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Writing on iWriter - Tips to Raise Your Rating and Make Money
Writing for iWriter
iWriter is an up and growing writing site that allows writers to write articles for requesters that post on almost every topic imaginable. There are some great things about this website and some not so great things. I have been writing for them for about three months and I find that it is a great place to generate some decent pocket money. I am sure if I had more time to dedicate to this writing site I could crank out more content and bring in more than the $50-$75 a week I am making. Here is some of the things I've learned about iWriter.
You have to earn your rating
iWriter gets a lot of criticism for this, but I honestly found that it didn't take me long to rise up the ranks through their rating system. Unlike some writing sites, iWriter ranks its writers through reviews of the individuals who request the articles the writer creates. There are three levels of writers. One star is where everyone starts regardless of how much experience you have as a writer or the quality of your writing. This alone tends to ruffle the feathers of veteran and experienced writers, but that's the rules and if you want to write for iWriter you have to use their ranking system. Two stars or a Premium writer happens after you have five ratings and a favorable score. This is relatively easy to achieve. Three stars is reserved for Elite writers who maintain an overall rating of 4.6 or more.
Sometimes the star rating system stinks
Most of the requesters on iWriter are fair. I would go so far as to say more than 80% of them are very fair. The one downside of the rating system as it exists is that you can get a terrible 1 out of 5 star rating on an article that produced everything the requester had in their special instructions. You wrote a 3% keyword density article, used the required keywords, had good grammar and because the requester didn't like it (or for whatever reason) they either reject the article or give you an unfair 1 star. It doesn't happen often, but it truly destroys your rating. I have found however, that if you write to the iWriter staff, they will look into the matter. If you have a well established rating with lots of articles with good ratings they will fix this problem and change the one star so it doesn't destroy your overall rating.
The pay is good if you can produce a lot of content
Once you have two stars or three stars as s Premium or Elite writer you can easily earn decent money writing. The articles range in price from $1.00 to up to $20 (for 700 or 1000 words). The key is to write quality and rise up in ranks so that you can write to the better paying articles. The problem most writers have with this site is they feel it is still too low for their standards. This very well may be for a well established writer who has lots of writing gigs. However, for a lot of people, this writing site offers a real way to write for money and earn it quickly! You earn 81% of the asking price if you you write from the requesting pool and 86% of the asking price when you are special requested (which will be explained in a minute). On average as a Premium Writer I am making about $50 to $100 with very little energy spent to write. I write the content that interests me and for requesters that have good ratings.
You can get a following.
If you write well the people requesting articles will eventually ask you to write for them exclusively. This means you are special requested and the articles are for your eyes only. These are great because you have a few days to write for a requester you know likes your work and is fair. This starts to happen quite a bit after a few weeks. Write well and you will find that article requesters will seek you out!
They pay regularly and if there is no feedback
You need to have a PayPal account, but iWriter never misses a payment. You have options for how you are paid as well. They are reputable and make sure your payment is in your account when they say it will be. If you write an article and you are not paid or rated in three days the iWriter staff will automatically forward the payment to you. This is great because you never have to worry that someone will request an article and then leave it out there in space for weeks to get paid.
You can rate your requester too.
You have to be fair as well, but if you wrote a great article, followed directions and got a bad rating you can warn other writers. You can also let other writers know that the requester takes a long time to read/rate and pay. The majority of writers for a requester write fairly. This is a great way to determine who is a good requester to writer for.
One note of advise on choosing who you write for...
I find that if I pick requesters that are established with an approval rating of at least 75%, I get a fair rating. The one downside of iWriter is that occasionally you will get a deadbeat who pops onto the site, requests an article or two, then rejects them all mysteriously. Article stealing is possible, but the individual will soon be off iWriter or the writers will write this in the reviews to warn other writers. Try to work with individuals who appear to rate their article requests fairly to make sure your rating is a true representation of your abilities.