Is iWriter Legit, Or A Content Mill Scam?
When I was a child, I wanted to be a famous author.
I used to write all the time. Stories, poems and write daily in my journal.
However, once I was a teen, the writing went out the window for a long time. Still, I always thought that some how… one day… I would write!
I just never thought it would be writing on the internet one day – let alone on my own blog.
Isn’t it weird how things work out? 🙂
As well as having a blog or website however, tonnes of bloggers who also supplement their income by Freelancing.
Actually, many bloggers end up exceeding their blogging income through Freelancing! But where do they start?
Today, I’m looking into iWriter – which on the surface, may look like an easy route into writing online for some.
In reality though, it really isn’t at all.
If you’re a blogger or website owner, you may also be interested in purchasing low-cost content from there, (I have myself) but there are some issues with that too.
Today, I will be looking into the pros and cons of joining iWriter – for both the potential writer and someone seeking out content.
So, stick with this post to the end and it should manage to answer your questions.
If you’ve had experience on iWriter, I’d also love for you to share your experiences below in the comments! This can really help other people researching this company.
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What Is iWriter About?
iWriter is a website where you can both purchase content, or write content varying amounts of money.
It’s very simple to join, whether you’re a writer, or someone looking for content.
You simply sign up and can get started right away.
Well, almost. As a writer you have to start at the lowest level – that’s their “standard level.”
At the lowest level, there are far less articles available and a much higher demand from writers – as all the standard writers are scrambling at the bottom to get these articles and level up.
As a client though, you can simply fill in the form provided on the platform stating what your article is about, word count and special instructions – you can also specify what level of writer you want, (the higher the level, the more you will pay).
Levels At iWriter
There are three levels – at each level, you are paid more.
These levels are standard, premium and elite and elite plus.
But to simply get from the standard level, to the premium level – you need to writer 25 articles in premium and have an average star rating of 4.1 to get bumped up to the premium level.
From there on, it should be far easier to move up in the ranks, simply because there are far more articles available for you to choose from.
The Big Hurdle: Getting Started With iWriter!
One big issue with iWriter… is getting started as a writer at all!
Yes, sure, you’re able to “get started right away…” in theory! But good luck finding any available jobs to do.
Often there can be limited projects available for standard writers and another thing I noticed is that people are often very specific about ONLY accepting a certain writer and that’s it.
As you can see in the image about, some people can sound quite rude about it. I’ve seen this regularly.
In fact, I think this is one of the most difficult aspects to iwriter. As I’ve been preparing to write this, I’ve kept checking back for potential standard articles and there are hardly any available.
Most of those requesting standard writers, have a specific writer in mind and they don’t want anyone else.
It must be incredibly hard then to get enough standard articles written in order to move up to the next level.
As a standard writer, you will also get paid next to nothing for your work. Although, the standard of writing can receive, can also be very poor!
I have opted for various levels article wise and the standard has largely been very poor, (apologies to all the good writers on the platform!).
While you have the option to reject an article, it does feel like trying to find a diamond in the rough.
I did find one writer that was pretty good in the end, so do exist – but it’s not easy to find them.
You can see exactly how much standard writers get paid below:
As an elite writer, you can get paid up to $14.99 for 1000 words. That’s still not much at all, but if you’re efficient at researching and writing, it could also not take you very long to write 1000 words.
Fast Track Your Way To Premium Or Elite:
You can simply bypass all this and jump straight into premium or elite status… but you will have to pay $197 to do it!
As part of your application, you will need to write 3 articles for them.
Depending on how they rate the articles, they will decide whether to promote you to either premium, or elite level.
Have any of you taken the fast track program? Do you think it was worth it? Let me know in the comments.
If I saw that it was possible to get enough standard articles written to move up, then I would see no reason for this fast track option.
But there seem such a limited amount of available standard articles, that I’m not sure how possible it IS to progress in the way iwriter has set up.
Have you managed to get enough standard articles? Any tips for other writers? Leave a comment below!
Possibly the only Way…?
What I have been trying is relentlessly refreshing the browser every five minutes or so. Every now and then, a new article will appear on the standard list.
But it goes almost instantly. There must be a lot of writers waiting and doing exactly the same thing.
So, I guess the lesson is, the best articles are snapped up in an instant and you have to be eagerly waiting, with iWriter open in your browser.
What’s good about iWriter as a writer…
- If you don’t particularly like communicating directly with clients, this is a bit more hands off and anonymous.
- You can become a favourite to some clients, which could then lead to regular work. This seems to be how some people have found some success with it.
- It could be a way to ease yourself into freelancing, if you’re a bit unsure of it and just want to get some practice in.
- You could use the platform as practice for writing in a variety of niches, (best if you’re not too bothered about the state of your account, as it’s only temporary). Therefore, you could be quite relaxed about it, expecting some rejections for example and testing out what niche is a good fit for you.
- IWriter did have a reasonabl reputation for paying on time, (but now I’m seeing some complaints about this!).
- If the client likes your work… you may get a tip! (But it’s unlikely!).
What’s bad about iwriter if you’re a writer…
- In the beginning, you’re paid next to nothing and even as an elite writer, it’s not great!
- People requesting content can just reject your aritlce for any reason they want.
- Some of the people requesting writing seem to want a huge amount for very little and do not treat the writers with respect.
- Those requesting content can also say whatever they want in their review against you.
- It may be VERY difficult to get enough standard articles and reviews in order to move up to premium level and it will take a lot of hard work and constantly checking back to iwriter.
- There are some scammers who will reject you, give you negative feedback and steal your aritcle. If this is discovered, iwriter still don’t take down the negative feedback you received.
What’s good about iwriter if you’re BUYING content…
- It’s super cheap, but expect a standard to match. I’m sure there are great writers on the platform, but they are not easy to come by!
- Articles are ready to be snapped up at any time and you will often see an article is ready and waiting for you to approve after only a few hours in some cases.
- I have read that some of the Elite writers are very good. Although, that is certainly not always the case by any means, (in my experience).
What’s bad about iwriter If you’re buying content…
- You’ll get people pick up your article, but that doesn’t mean it will be good! You’ll spend a lot of time rejecting articles and if you’re not comfortable rejecting people, it doesn’t feel very good.
- You’ll have a better bet getting something well written by choosing an elite writer, but that’s then furthering the issue of this system – where there aren’t enough articles for the newbies, (who may be great writers, but can’t get a gig!).
- It can be difficult to really convey what you want, when there is no back and forth communication. You simply have to explain what you want in the “special instructions,” and hope they pay some attention to it!
- Many people have complained that writers on iWriter regularly use spun, or duplicate content.
Complaints For iWriter?
Is iWriter Legit… Or Do You Feel Scammed?
iWriter is legit, but has a lot of issues going on. The way the site is set up makes it really difficult for new writers to ever progress.
There is also not enough done from iWriter to stop things like, spun and duplicate content being sent out. But also protection for the writer!
The reason being, some of the clients treat the writers so badly and reject work for any minor reason – it’s also been found that articles have been stolen, not paid for and negative reviews from that client are still left on the writers account.
iWriter claims they cannot remove negative feedback once it’s been left, (even when it’s been found to be false information and content has been stolen). But why not?
From my perspective, this is the lowest of the low if you want to start freelance writing.
From a purchasing perspective though, I can see the benefits of iWriter.
When I’ve had articles written at iWriter, but I don’t buy them with the intention of adding them exactly as they are – I have used them as a framework to build on and have edited them and added more detail and so on.
It’s been a cheap way to save some time. I haven’t found that the articles I have created were duplicates at all, but clearly other people have experienced this.
If you really want to achieve success as a freelance writer though, I don’t see iWriter as a good way to go about it!
I don’t see that the writers are treated with respect – you’ll get good clients too, but there seem some really unpleasant individuals on there.
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She really knows her stuff!
If you’re a keen writer, do you currently have a blog? Having blog or website can be a great way to showcase some of your talents and write within a niche that already interests you.
While you may not get paid directly for all the posts you do, (although, you can get paid for sponsored posts) there are a variety of ways that you CAN earn from a blog eventually and it’s something that can grow with you over time.
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If you have any experiences you’d like to share about iWriter at all, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
All the best,
So, after a long while, I recently started writing articles again with my iwriter account but I noticed payouts don’t add up. I’m receiving 70% of the project cost for special requests. But, the most recent update I could find on iwriter’s blog dated June 2 states that writers should receive 75% of the project cost for direct requests.
The link to that update is pasted below.
Have the website owners resorted to short changing writers?
That’s very interested to read James, I wasn’t aware of this development.
Have you tried contacting them directly and informing them about this?
Ricky W. says
I’ve recently started using iWriter and now I believe I’ve been incredibly lucky to have found the perfect writer for my blogging niche on just the second article (for premium)! I’m not sure how to check for spinning, but the writing really seems original and unique based on my experience.
You are definitely lucky with that Ricky, hold on to them tight. You should run articles through copyscape – although, I think iwriter are meant to do that anyway. If it was spun, you would likely be able to tell because they read terribly. Good think finding a good writer though for sure.
I just recently got on iwriter as a writer. They seem to have put me right in at premium from the start. Everything pays such pennies I don’t see how I could earn decent money at it, but after getting rejected from upwork, I assume partially because I had little professional writing experience, I’m hoping maybe if I can put “elite premium writer on iwriter” on my application under experience they’ll be like “okay this guy can at least write.” So to get up there as fast as possible I’ve been jumping on the 150 word to 300 word requests, some of which are actually fun to slam out in a few minutes.
I haven’t noticed any of this about articles being clearly for a specific writer they have in mind.
Definitely have noticed some of the instructions are written really rudely — “I WILL REJECT AND ONE STAR IF [X Y Z]!!!!!!111oneone.” Right mate and I, a writer with some self respect, will never write for you. Have fun with the truly desperate.
I find the search functions really don’t work. You can sort articles by word count or date of request, but the searc hfor topic or even to search for requests from specific client essentially don’t work and often articles I know exist don’t come up that way so instead I just ned to slog through the date-requested or word count order until I get to where I know where it is. For example I’m going through and I see multiple on page 7 down the date requested listing, I can’t open one in a new tab, but after I open in tha tab and do the request, I can’t get back to the others I had seen without slogging back to page 7.
Over memorial day weekend due I assume to some kind of error I could see but not fulful the requests for elite, but they would not sort into any kind of coherent order.
I note your post here is from a year ago so things might have changed since your original writing. I don’t find that interesting articles are snapped up immediately. Usually I can write an article and then come back and still find the other one I’d seen, but maybe I don’t like the same kind of articles as everyone else ahaha.
I’ve definitely had the situation you describe where I write an article that I think is pretty good and then it’s rejected for no reason at all. Since as I said I’m just trying to write my way to elite premium status, I really hate when that happens since it damages my star rating. After that happened a few times I’ve started only writing for clients that have over a 90% approval rating. Just a moment ago I saw a request I was about to do, an easy 150 word summary about blonde roast coffee beans, easy to knock out in a few minutes after a quick read up on what exactly there is to know about those beans, but then I saw he had a 38% approval rating and was like heck no. It’s entirely possible he just rejected a bunch of terrible articles and that mine will sail through, but I can’t take that chance.
Anyway I can’t offer much comparative analysis to other forms of freelance writing since as I said I’m only on there and my app was rejected from upwork.
thank you very much for the insight – yes, I did write this article some while ago. In fact, it may have only been a year that I updated it and probably a couple of years older after that! So, I will have to take a look back at iwriter again – I started having a really bad experience and stopped using them for content. I tried writing for them at the start but, I could just never find a suitable article to write! Everything seemed to disappear. Maybe that’s changed now and I will check it out. I think it’s a VERY good idea just going for people who have a 90% rating! Although I think I’m at about 80% — purely because some of the content was so bad. Have you tried Hirewriters? I mainly get content from there and on Upwork now. With Upwork, I find I have to offer quite a high amount, (well, high for me… $20+!) to get higher quality writers on Upwork and I’ve only paid one writer this. Prior to this, I’d been offering between $10-$15 and it just didn’t attract the right level of writer. So, if you’re happy to take work for that price, I imagine you could get a lot. Why were you rejected from Upwork? Hirewriters is hit and miss – the last article I only paid around $8 and did have to rewrite most of it myself. If you’re interested – message me what your rate would be for a 1500 article & I can keep you in mind … if you’d like! :). I find I have less and less time to write content, because I’m focussed on self-publishing at the moment. Good luck going forward!