iWriter Review: How to Make $100 Dollars a Day with iWriter
Can You Really Make Money with iWriter?
A lot of content mills will advertise that you can make loads of money writing with their site, and iWriter is no exception. But it's hard to believe you can make good money on a site that proudly advertises, "only $1.25 an article!"
If iWriter is only charging $1.25 per article, how much (or little) goes into your pocket?
If you're skeptical about earning money on iWriter, you're not wrong. iWriter is full of low-paying clients that demand way too much for way too little. But that doesn't mean there isn't a way to make good money with iWriter--the key is to game the system in a way that makes iWriter work for you.
The TRUTH About iWriter
The reality is, iWriter is made for a certain kind of market. It's able to be successful because it bridges the gap between entrepreneurs who need cheap content and writers in countries where the U.S. dollar is incredibly powerful when exchanged into their local currency.
That may be discouraging for native English speakers, especially when the "standard" writer on iWriter is supposed to make about a dollar per 150 words. But that doesn't mean you can't make good money with iWriter. It just means you need to understand the iWriter ecosystem, and make it work for you.
The first step is to acknowledge that you are not standard!
And there are ways that you can get on the right track, pulling in premium and elite rates. Though iWriter boasts that an elite writer can make $14.99 per 1000 words, you can actually do even better than that. Just look at the example I have provided--there are projects where you can make twice as much as that for half the work.
Have a Game Plan
You're not going to get very far if you just start writing all the gigs you can get your hands on. Eventually, you're going to run out of steam. You need to have goals and metrics for achievement. Because the reality is, if you're thinking anything along the lines of, "If I write 10 articles a day for 30 days every day this year, I could earn $30,000!!" Then you're thinking all wrong.
I hate to burst your bubble, but this is the easiest way to imagine your success, and it's a sure-fire way to fail.
I'm not telling you this because I'm mean. I'm telling you this from personal experience, and because you should learn from my mistakes. You shouldn't be trying to cram the most work into your day--you should be trying to get the most money per hour.
This is for a number of reasons, one of which being there is only so much quality work, and there are only so many good clients. The other big reason is, there are only so many hours in your life!!! And every hour you give up to iWriter on a less than AWESOME assignment is an hour better spent elsewhere, either making money or living your life.
So in order to get the most money out of iWriter, you have to develop a game plan that's a little more sophisticated than, "Write all the things!" Here's my recommended game plan, that you're welcome to use as is or alter to suit your own habits and needs:
- Learn how to identify good work
- Learn to write well and fast
- Build a stable of great clients
- Get to Premium writer status
- Compliment iWriter earnings with other income sources
Identify Good Work
In the beginning separating good work from bad work can be difficult. But it's absolutely vital--you must learn how to discern between the good and the bad! As a writer who wants to make money, you can't throw yourself at whatever is out there. Use the following to discern between good and bad work:
- Check the Approval Rate-- Underneath "date posted" and "requester" you will see a line that says "approved" and then "rejected" with corresponding numbers. These numbers tell you exactly what it sounds like: how many articles have been rejected and accepted by that client. iWriter has already done the math for you and converted it into an overall approval rate. I recommend that it's not worth working with anyone who has an approval rate under 70%.
- Check the word count and Language-- Before you even check the special instructions section, check the "word count" section to the right, beneath "writer's type." You will see what kind of English (UK or US) is required. Sometimes, you might even find a request for a completely different language, so it's important to note this before you spend any more thought on this potential project!
- Read the Special Instructions-- As thoroughly and as efficiently as you can, look through the special instructions. Ask yourself if you understand their instructions, and if they are specific enough. If the client has simply put down a subject and keyword without expressing what this article might be used for or what kind of tone they would like, don't waste your time! You'll likely do something wrong because you're not a mind reader. Also, make sure that they aren't trying to get you to write a longer article than they're willing to pay for, as this happens and is not regulated by the iWriter staff.
Write Fantastically Well and Fantastically Fast
You can only succeed on iWriter if you write well and you write fast. I'm assuming you write well, but most people get in the way of themselves because they simply write too slowly.
One of the best books on the subject is 2k-10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. While this book is geared toward fiction writing, I think a lot of it can be used for blog and article writing on a smaller scale. My advice, based off of reading that book and applying it to my article writing is to do the following:
- Read the special instructions carefully
- Draft a quick outline
- Bolster each section with a "Brain Dump" (aka, anything I already know about the subject)
- Find and skim 2-3 relevant articles for inspiration
- Refine and edit
- Reread instructions and keywords
- Final edit
Remember, if a client gives you a bad review it's your job to figure out why. It doesn't mean you're a terrible writer or that they're terrible people. Sometimes it may be because you missed a keyword, or maybe they wanted the article to have a different tone. Think of it as your opportunity to optimize your skills.
Also: it's okay to open a dialogue with clients! Learn and tweak, rinse and repeat. That's the only way to become a better writer.
Get Clients that Love You
Did you know you can be paid better if you create demand on iWriter? When clients specifically ask for you, you can earn premium prices even if you're still a standard writer! Plus you can more frequently expect gigs without expending the normal amount of effort to seek them out.
Part of getting repeat clients is doing good work and exceeding their expectations. But a small trick to get them to come back to you is to express your interest in the review! If they have given you five stars, give them five stars back (assuming you mean it) and mention how interesting the topic was and how great it would be to work together again. If the client already has some more work up, why not wow their socks off and knock out a few more assignments for them right then and there?
Get Premium Writer Status
Getting premium and elite writer status can be a pain, and it's the step where most people give up. (Which is great, because there are actually relatively few premium and elite writers to compete with!)
There are two ways to go from standard to premium.
1. The first way is to write 30 articles. If your overall rating is over 4, congratulations! You have reached premium status. If your overall rating is over 4.6 you are an elite writer (and get even better jobs).
2. The other option is to pay the "fast track" fee. Taking this route cost $147, and what happens is that you write three articles that are then judged by iWriter staff. If the average is high enough, you can obtain elite or premium status.
I find that the second option is deplorable (I mean really, they are squeezing writers for money). But it doesn't help you to hate the game. If you really cannot imagine writing the 30 articles first, then this may be for you. But a word of warning, if you do not get a high enough star rating average on your test articles, you will not get premium nor elite status.
If you go the route of the 30 articles, remember that it's better to set yourself up for success than for failure. If you try to rush through the process, you're going to come to resent this all very quickly. Don't be the person who thinks: I must be able to make premium status in 2 days! I will write 15 articles in 48 hours and that will be great!
Chances are you will get agitated and walk away from money you could be earning when a hiccup comes along the way. Because the thing is, stuff happens. The site could go down or a client could reject your piece. Or in your desperation to meet your quota, you could take gigs with terribly vague instructions and set yourself up for failure.
Don't get in your own way. If you write 2 articles a day consistently everyday, you could achieve premium status in 2 weeks, which is very reasonable. We vastly overestimate what we can do in the short-term, but underestimate what we could do in the long-term.
Integrate iWriter into a Winning Writer Plan
Remember, iWriter is just a single platform. Yes, I do believe you can make it work and earn some decent money. But you shouldn't rely on any one platform for your entire income.
What if iWriter goes under? What if the server is down for a week? They sound like the worst case scenarios, but they are completely possible.
As a writer or internet marketer, you need multiple sources of revenue. Consider other content mills, freelancing sites, and platforms like:
- Kindle Direct Publishing
So try to shoot for $100 a day overall, not just on iWriter! Some days, I truly do believe you can make $100 a day on iWriter. Look at how great the pay is on the elite writer jobs! But that doesn't mean that you will find great gigs every single day--and it isn't worth it to waste your time groveling around, hating yourself and hating iWriter because the opportunities aren't there.
So remember, use iWriter and don't let it use you. What tips do you have for making good money on content mills?