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13 Important Things You Should Know Before Writing on iWriter

Updated on January 3, 2017
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Januaris is a webmaster and writer with a great passion for the SEO niche. He loves to write articles about SEO and freelancing.

As the name suggests, iWriter is a freelance site that specializes in content writing. It is one of the online platforms where the best freelance writers and trusted content requesters meet. The site is always full of projects, such as articles, rewrites and eBooks, from the content requesters.

I have been working on this site for the last 3 years, and I can truly say that it is the best place where new freelancers can earn online. The platform is a legit one, not a scam. Some people might think it’s one of those rip-off sites. But it's not!

I have tackled a few critical issues about the freelance site in this iWriter review 2017. So, read on to learn more about the writing platform. If you are a writer, you will definitely find it helpful. If you want to request content on the site, you may find this additional review more suitable for you.

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1. Create a Complete Account- It’s Free and No Tests to Join iWriter

Unlike other article writing sites, iWriter does not charge you anything to sign up with them. Also, it does not subject you to tests or exams in order to join the site. You need only to create an account by filling in your personal details and you are ready to start earning. Craft your username and password for secure login purposes. If you are interested to register with the platform, you can join iWriter from here.

In a nut shell: How to sign up/register with iWriter.

1. Visit the site.

2. Click on the "Sign Up/Register" link.

3. Fill in your first & last name, email address, username and password.

4. Sign up and confirm the process from the link send on your email.

5. Login to your account and on the homepage, click on the "Edit Profile" link.

6. Upload your photo, write a short bio and select your best topics to get alerts (not mandatory).

7. Enter a valid PayPal email address and other details that are optional such as box address and payout.

8. Save.

2. A Simple Video Tutorial on How to Use iWriter is Provided

It is easy to get started on this platform with this tutorial. You may be tempted to start without watching this tutorial. But I would advise you to go through this easy-to-understand tutorial, if you want to know how to use iWriter and enjoy easy time on this site. You will learn about the statistics of the requesters and how to pick projects.

Watch this short tutorial

3. Your iWriter Account Can Be Banned!

Your account will be blocked or suspended if you go against the terms of use of the platform. Most accounts are suspended if an article fails copyscape 3 times. Articles fail copyscape because they are plagiarized. See the warnings below.

"Error: Failed Submission #1: Your article was run through Copyscape to ensure that it is 100% unique. Copyscape has indicated that the text highlighted in yellow below is not unique, and is found on 1 or more web pages already published on the internet. You must change these portions of your article to pass the Copyscape check. If you receive 3 submission failures in a row, your account will be suspended, so be sure you modify the highlighted words below before resubmitting."

There are a number of reasons for banning of iWriter accounts, including scamming, low rating and sending the same article twice. Some people think that their accounts have been hacked when they get blocked. See the messages that you get after you have been blocked.

"Error: Your account has been blocked due to trying to send the same article twice."

"Error: Your account has been blocked due to scamming rating."

"Error: Your account has been banned due to low rating."

"Error: IP is temporarily banned because you are using too many iWriter accounts."

The first ban is self-explanatory. If you are tempted to send the same article twice, your account will be blocked forever without warning. The second ban happens when you attempt to scam the site with spam articles. The spam articles can be the ones that do not pass copyscape. The scamming ban can also happen when you send any form of unsolicited emails about the site.

The third ban happens when your rating is below 3.2 after 10 reviews or 3.4 after 20 reviews. The fourth ban happens when the platform blocks some IPs (IP class range) or when you open a new account after being blocked. Some IPs from Kenya (Orange), Bangladesh and India have been blocked.

If you have been banned, you can request your money by sending a message to the support team. This can be possible if you have the minimum amount ($20) in your account. So if you get banned with less than this amount, you may not get any money in your PayPal account.

4. iWriter has Two Apps (Basic App & App Pro)

The basic app is a simple and elegant text editor that can allow you to write an article or to take a note. The same is true for the app pro, but the pro comes with more advanced features.

Feature of iWriter app (Version 3.3)

  • Little or distraction-free interface.
  • Dropbox and iCloudsync for iPad & iPhone.
  • Tailor-able themes and fonts.
  • Automatic bullet/number list continuations.
  • Multitasking help and support.
  • TextExpander help and support.
  • Bug & down-speed fixes and user interface support.
  • Suitable for both iPhone & iPad.
  • Available in languages such as English & Russia.
  • Compatible with iOS 8.3 or later, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
  • Capacity: 10.90MB.
  • Cost: $4.00.

Export options of the app

  • Send through email as text.
  • Export and save files as PDF and other suitable forms.
  • Post to social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Print via AirPrint and other platforms.
  • Open and read files in other applications.

How to use the app (tips and tricks)

  • Swipe up and down to reveal and hide the keyboard respectively.
  • Click on the Status Bar to scroll the text.
  • Swipe right to open and see the Documents menu.
  • Swipe with at least two fingers to undo or redo tasks.
  • Click and hold on any key to show additional symbols and alternative characters.

Features of the app pro (Version 1.1)

  • Built-in Markdown help and support.
  • Dropbox & iCloud sync for iPad and iPhone.
  • Quick navigation with GoTo menu and Text searching.
  • Live markdown syntax highlighting for quick text editing.
  • Fast & responsive editing for all sizes of files.
  • Preview for Markdown & MultiMarkdown documents.
  • Keyboard bar with arrow keys and markdown marks.
  • Export Markdown to HTML and PDF.
  • Formatting and navigating shortcuts within text.
  • Tailor-able themes and fonts.
  • Automatic bullet and number list continuations.
  • TextExpander Touch help and support.
  • Compatible with plain text files such as.txt & .md (.rtf, .doc, and .docx not applicable)
  • Additional and more flexible settings for font.
  • Multitasking help and support.
  • Bug & down-speed fixes and user interface support.
  • Supports shortcuts (Press & hold Cmd button on external keyboard to access them).
  • Suitable for both iPhone & iPad.
  • Available in languages such as English & Russia.
  • Compatible with iOS 8.3 or later, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
  • Size: 11.20MB.
  • Cost: $5.00.

How to use the app pro (tips and tricks)

  • Swipe up and down to reveal and hide the keyboard respectively.
  • Swipe right to open and see the Documents menu.
  • Click on the Status Bar to scroll the text.
  • Click and hold on any key to show additional symbols and alternative marks.
  • Swipe with at least two fingers to undo or redo tasks.

I've consulted many books in my writing career, but I've found the guide included below the most useful. I can advise you to check it out.

5. There Are a Wide Range of Topics to Write On

This is one of the most interesting things about iWriter. I find it easy to write and earn on the topics that I am familiar with. Content requesters are constantly posting projects from different niches. This allows you to choose projects on the topics that you understand well.

Some common categories include: health and fitness, science and technology, shopping and product reviews, travel and leisure, business and medical.

6. You Can Complete As Many Projects As You Can After Writing the First 3 Articles Successfully

There is no limit on the number of projects you can write on iWriter. The system allows you to work on one project at a time, but you can finish many projects through this way. The more projects you complete and get approved, the more money you earn.

Your speed and quality of writing matter a lot on this site. The requesters approve or reject your articles and give you a rating. You may get banned from working on this site if most of your articles get rejected with low ratings.

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7. You Start As a Standard Writer, then Premium, Elite and Elite Plus

People start as standard writers on this freelance site, but they can graduate to premium, elite or elite plus level depending on their ratings and completed projects. See how you can get to these levels.

  • Standard- Being a new writer or with a rating of less than 4.1 stars.
  • Premium- With a rating of 4.1 stars or more and at least 25 ratings.
  • Elite- With a rating of 4.6 stars or more and at least 30 ratings.
  • Elite Plus- With a rating of 4.85 stars or more and at least 40 ratings.

8. iWriter Payments/Earnings Are Based on Word Count & Writer Level

An elite plus writer can earn $50 or more for a 1,000-word article. The amount you earn depends on your writing level and word count. The least you can earn here is $1.02 for a 150-word article. The available word counts include: 150, 300, 400, 500, 700, 1000 & 2000.

The payments (for a beginner) include: $1.62 for 300 words, $2.00 for 400 words, $2.43 for 500 words, $4.05 for 700 words, $9.00 for 1000 word and $15.00 for a 2000-word article. There are also the eBooks which come with higher earnings.

9. You Can Get Special Requests If You Provide Outstanding Work

Special requests come from requesters who liked your previous work. They usually have higher earnings than the normal requests. A requester will send special projects directly to you on the platform but no one else will see it.

These requests have a yellow star image, and this is how to identify them. So, when you see these projects, do them first and you will earn more.

10. Earnings are Paid via PayPal

This writing site pays only through PayPal. So, you should have a PayPal account to receive payments. If you have a PayPal account, you need only to include your PayPal email on your profile page.

If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can create one for free. You can set your iWriter account to receive payments weekly on Tuesday, bi-weekly on Wednesday or monthly on 5th or 25th. The minimum payout is $20, which means that you will get paid only after you have this amount in your account.

Some users may experience delays when receiving payments. The delays happen when money is being sent from your site account to your PayPal account.

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11. You Can Become an Affiliate and Earn More on iWriter

This is a great way to maximize your earnings on the platform. You should have a blog or website to qualify for the affiliate program. You will get an affiliate link after you have been approved for the program. You should embed the link on your blog or site to earn a commission.

You can send emails about this service, but spamming is unacceptable. There are also banners to boost the affiliate links. You will earn only when a requester joins the site through your link and posts projects. The affiliate earnings will be paid just like the earnings gained through writing.

12. The Site Is Sometimes Affected by Errors

While loading pages, you can come across some annoying errors. These errors are temporal, but some may be permanent probably due to ban. The short-lived errors usually happen due to high traffic on the site. Some users may think that their accounts have been hacked. See the common error messages below.

"Forbidden. You don't have permission to access / on this server. Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."

"Not Found - The requested URL /404_not_found.php was not found on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."

"Critical database error: Connection was refused by server. Please try again later."

"Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at"

"Chrome can’t access iWriter."

"HTTP 404 iWriter Webpage Not Found."

"iWriter is closed for maintenance. We're sorry for any inconveniences this may cause, we will be back online."

13. There Are Many iWriter Alternatives on the Internet

The following freelance sites are like iWriter: constant-content, fiverr, vworker, article document, freelancer, textbroker, odesk, elance, guru, dotwriter and content authority.

Some of them may not be fully similar to this content writing site, but carry the same theme. You can try them to see if you can diversify your freelance activities.

In Conclusion...

iWriter is one of the best online platforms where you can use your writing skills and earn a side income. It is quick to sign up with and easy to use as detailed in this review. The content writing service has a reliable support. You can view your statistics on the homepage.

Get a tip from an experienced user: You need adequate time to work on this site just like in any other job.

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