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I have been paid for writing on 4 sites so far. I will provide a quick description of each site and my experience with it. Each site is basically the same in that clients request an article be written for a set price and a writer clicks on the request and writes it. The client then has the option to accept the article, reject the article or ask for revisions.
iWriter was the first site I signed up with. It was very quick and easy to set up a writer profile. There was no sample writing required. There was a really basic grammar test. I think it was only 15 multiple choice questions. If English isn’t your first language, this test may be a little bit difficult but for everybody else, it would be a breeze.
My experience so far has been kinda so-so. I have been paid about $100 from this site so far after writing 40 articles and have a rating of 4.62 out of 5. The pay rate at my current level is around 1.5 cents per word. The obvious goal is to get to elite plus status. I figure I need to write another 15 articles that get rated 5-stars to get to that level. If and when I do get to that level, I’ll be glad I stuck it out.
There are 4 levels of iWriter:
Standard – $2.43 for 500-700 word article
Premium – $4.46 for 500-700 word article. Requires 25 articles with an average rating of 4.2.
Elite – $8.10 for 500-700 word article. Requires 30 articles with an average rating of 4.6.
Elite Plus – $28.35 for 500-700 word article. Requires 40 articles at 4.85 rating.
Things I Like About iWriter.com
- Quick and easy setup. You can get started immediately. Other sites you have to wait a few days to get your account approved.
- No shortage of articles. There are lots of articles being requested all the time. They range from simple 150-word product reviews to 2000 word detailed articles about SEO.
- Opportunity to Quickly Advance Ranking. I didn’t try this but the site offers a writing course for $147. They give detailed feedback on a couple articles and if you improve your quality, you can be bumped up to “premium” or “elite” writer status without having to meet their other requirements.
Things I Don’t Like About iWriter
- The writing platform is very basic. The first three articles I wrote I was only rated 3 stars. Two of them were rejected. The other 37 articles I have written have received 4.85-star average with no rejections. I’m pretty sure they were given the low rating because the format was hard to read. You can’t do any bold text or indentations or italics or anything like that. And you have to hit enter twice as many times as makes sense. So if you want a space between paragraphs you need to hit enter twice. This is a relatively minor thing and can be figured out quickly, but those low ratings at the beginning hurt me later on.
- You are totally dependent on the client. If the client gives a bad rating, they don’t have to give any reason why. They don’t have to ask for a revision. And there is nothing you can do about it. I received one bad rating because the client wanted another writer to write their article. I had no way of knowing this. So not only did I spend the time writing an article that I didn’t get paid for, I got a bad review. I contacted iWriter support and they just said to be more selective in which clients I wrote for.
- It’s difficult to get to higher ratings. To get to the next level, you have to write 25 articles with a rating of 4.2 or better. This can take quite awhile because there are a lot of writers on the standard level (the first level.) Articles get taken very quickly so it takes time to build up 25 articles. If you start with a couple bad ratings like I did, it can really pull down your average and make it hard to get to the highest levels.
iWriter.com Review Conclusion
iWriter is a good place to dip your toes in the water of paid writing. If you don’t see a path to elite and particularly elite plus, it’s going to be hard to make much money here. I’m going to stick with it because I think I can get there. Elite plus doesn’t have tons of work available so it’s not like I could write all day every day. But if I can write one $25-$75 article every couple days, that will go a long way for my overall income.
I am happy to answer any specific questions you may have about my experience. Please leave a comment. For a review of HireWriters.com, my favorite site so far, please click here.