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You know what I firmly believe? That online jobs are the future. But, well, that’s just me. Now, one of the jobs with a low barrier to entry are article writing jobs. There are several article writing sites but today, let’s focus on iWriter. Godfrey, a good friend of mine, was kind enough to write for me this guest post. He’s earning more than $300 every week on iWriter, and he’s eager to tell us more about it. Here goes the iWriter review!
I joined iWriter in 2012 and I am now an Elite writer. I’ll tell you later what Elite is all about. iWriter is a legitimate company and if you don’t like bidding sites, you’ll be happy to know that all you need to do is sign up and pick a job depending on your rank.
I’ve gathered lots of experience writing for the company and I want to share with you some important factors that will help you start making $300 and more every week at iWriter. You will find these tips to be very helpful, whether you are a newbie or an experienced writer who is looking for writing jobs on iWriter.
I specifically get special requests from clients. I am currently on more than 60 requesters’ favorite writer lists. I sometimes feature on the iWriter homepage as one of the highest rated writers. Guess what, you can do it too!
Where Do I Start?
To begin, you need to register an account using your email address which will only take a few minutes. You will need a Paypal account too. After registration, log in to your account and click “Write Content” button on the main menu.
A new window will appear, listing the Available orders. As a new writer, you are only able to work on the standard articles, which are listed on the very last page of the orders (navigate to the last page, the pages are listed as 1, 2, 3 etc.). Click the (+) button to expand on an order. You will be able to either read the “instructions” or “write the article”. For now, you need to click on any standard article, which will lead you to a simple 15 question test. After passing the test, you will be able to start your article writing career on iWriter. This can happen in less than 30 minutes.
Every new account is limited to one order after every 45 minutes. This means after you write an article, you will have to wait for 40 minutes before you pick another one. This limitation is placed on all new accounts, until you have 5 article approvals. The process goes faster if your requesters approve your work immediately you submit. You can only pick and work on one order at any given time. You will however be able to work on as many orders as you want in a day. Payment is prompt and you can choose to be paid on either 5th of the month, 25th of the month, Tuesdays weekly or Wednesdays weekly.I like that while competition for orders is high, you will always get enough orders to work on everyday.
IWriter New Site Updates
Test: A few months back, anyone looking to work on the iWriter platform only needed to register and start working on the site. Today, iWriter has introduced a small test – basically 15 simple grammar questions. The test is easy and most of the time you will get 14 or 15/15. If you fail the exam, you can contact Brad Callen and they will send you a link for another test trial after every 24 hours.
What About Ratings?
Initially, iWriter had only three tier ratings: standard, premium and elite. The company recently added a fourth one: Elite plus. Standard is the lowest rating, elite plus is the highest rating. From my experience, it’s not easy making even $30 weekly with a standard rating. You can make about $70 with a premium account weekly and you can easily make $40 daily with an elite account. Unfortunately, there aren’t many writing jobs in the elite plus section. If you are lucky though, you will be able to get even a $52 for 500 words (really motivating).
These images show you how the ratings look like. Note the highlighted colors.
Exciting huh? Now, before you proceed, please note:
1. There are only a few jobs at iWriter Elite plus.
2. You will need to keep refreshing to get good jobs.
3. iWriter is not a get rich quick scheme. Be patient, submit quality articles and you will do more than just pay your bills.
iWriter Tips and Tricks
1. Rating: Again, the money is in elite and elite plus levels. From the very beginning, as a newbie, focus on your rating with little emphasis on the money. From the very first time you join iWriter, aim to get several 5-stars. The money will begin to trickle in after you hit a strong rating. It is important to note that hitting a premium or an elite level may seem easy, but maintaining the rating is an uphill task.
2. Your ability to pick good orders quickly before someone else picks them.
Use F5 key, Ctrl + R, or your mouse to keep refreshing until you get the right job to work on.
3. Your ability to quickly identify con requesters/ identify good orders.
Some requesters are cons. They will always cancel your order however good your quality may seem to be. I find most of my orders being approved because I choose the right requesters. You are probably asking how? Any requesters with threatening words like “I will report you to iWriter” “I will mark you as spam”, “Native English only”, etc. I avoid like Ebola. I personally ignore requesters who have very long instructions or poorly written instructions. And requesters who always give a 3.5 or lower rating even after doing a wonderful job? Hate it!
A good order will have a high approval rating, I advise 80% and above for newbies. Short, but clear instructions. I love re-writes because they are always approved most of the times, unless you do a really shoddy job. If a requester approved your work earlier, chances are high that he/she will approve your work again. I easily maintain my 5-star rating by going for $1 articles, or $2 articles (in the standard section) as the requesters will always go with my default 5 star rating. Only do orders you understand and have the confidence you can deliver on. If I were a new writer, I will also want to avoid working on orders listed by new requesters, they are likely scam.
4. Quality! Quality! Quality!
I cannot stress this enough. To earn good money on iWriter, your quality has to be unquestionable. A 5-star article must have a good structure, an attractive title, and you guessed it, no spelling or grammatical errors. Make use bullets, numbers, sub-titles too. A high quality article is informative, answers all the requester questions, is well researched and educates the reader (Not fluff to fill the number of pages). Learn how to use the iWriter editor, write somewhere else (probably on a Word document) then paste on the editor. Note that copy pasting from Word doc to iWriter editor distorts some characters.
Quality check: After writing your article, say a draft, you need to polish to ensure everything is perfect. To get the best results: First, manually proofread your document for errors on the word document. Secondly, use the word document spell checker to correct errors. Thirdly, use a free tool like ginger software to check for grammar errors (you can also use paid plagiarism checkers like Grammarly or Copyscape). Lastly, read manually again for any errors. You will never go wrong with this simple four step quality check. Use images where necessary, or you can add image links (be careful though, some image links are reported as plagiarism by Copyscape).
5. SEO Skills
It’s very easy mastering basic SEO for iWriter purposes. You need to learn how to use your keyword. You also need to understand the keyword density. Basically, for a 500 word article, use your keyword once in the first paragraph (within the first 150 words). Use the keyword once in the last paragraph. Also add one keyword in the body of the article. Always go with requester keyword density and note that the more keywords you add, the higher the density climbs (you can learn this from the iWriter keyword density button just above the editor).
Underline, bold and italicize the keyword. Do not use the names of competitors or mention other products. Also, do not talk negatively about a product. Avoid talking about personal views. This applies always when doing other article writing jobs, from other websites.
When did you last send a private message to a requester? Well, if you have ignored this, it is high time you start talking to all your requesters. I literally ask my customers to give me a genuine 5-star rating, and I ask for it in a good way. Only ask for a good rating if you are sure you have written a great article. I have developed the habit of communicating to all the requesters. Not all requesters love being talked to and some will put you off from the very beginning. It is however critical that whenever you are handling a big project, say 2000 words or an eBook, talk to your requester before working on the order. If you need any clarification, please ask your requester as most of them will be glad to answer.
I always PM my requesters with a line like this:
“Hi, I wrote you the article [title], I know you will love it, kindly give me a good rating and review. I will also appreciate future special requests from you. If you however need any corrections or additions to the article, kindly send it back as a revision, I will be glad to fix it. Thank you very much”
What You Need To Know About iWriter Ratings
It is true that the more you stay in a venture, the more you learn. After having been in iWriter for quite some time, I have come to understand some unique aspects about writing jobs on iWriter:
Rating: The rating system on iWriter is designed in a way that it can either build or ruin your writing career on the platform. Example: If you write 10 articles on iWriter, and all the 10 articles are rated 5-stars, your account default rating changes to 5-stars. If you write 10 articles and all are rated (average rating) 4-stars, you will end up with a default 4-star rating. iWriter system takes the latest 10 articles you have done, calculates the average rating on the 10 articles, and uses the average as the default rating.
‘What are you blabbering about?’ you ask? Well, iWriter instructs requesters to rate a writer every time an order is submitted. The truth is that about 90% of the requesters will never give a genuine rating. Instead they use the system default rating (they just click “rate/enter” without moving the rating down/up). The trick is to always submit high quality articles for every 10 continuous 5-star ratings to ensure that your default rating is a 5-star. That way, whenever a requester rates you without changing the default, you accumulate several other 5-star ratings.
Note: If your article gets cancelled, your default rating drops down drastically. For every cancelled order, you need about five 5-star ratings to recover. You don’t want that.
When Will iWriter Ban Your Account?
- Consistently submitting poor quality articles.
- When a requester clicks on the button “spam” on your order.
- Rating yourself.
- Running more than one iWriter account in a single IP/Computer.
- Continuous complaints to support.
- Exchanging contact with requesters.
- Using abusive words.
- Login to different IPs with your account over a short period of time or when you use a proxy.
These may seem as a lot of work in the beginning, but once you jump the boat, it’s as easy as plug and play. You can also make it easier by always seeking for the help of an expert. You can depend on iWriter to pay some major bills, in fact, if things work out well for you, making $300 weekly on iWriter is a breeze.
Keep this as your reference for article writing jobs, abide by the rules and keep focused on the good rating instead of the money, and all will be well even before you know it. See you on the other side!
PS: Brad (the owner of iWriter) recently added a contact button on iWriter main menu. They respond to writers’ questions in less than 24 hours. Here is Brad Callen support link http://www.iwriter.com/contact_us.php
Recommended course: Writing With Flair – How to Become an Exceptional Writer