iWriter Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Note: I do include updates about iWriter in this long article, so if something I said is not valid anymore, or has changed in some way, there will be an update underneath it. Luckily (depending on how you look at it), not much as changed at iWriter since I wrote this hub, so there is not much to update!

If you notice that I have missed something, good or bad, please leave a comment at the end of this article and let me and other readers know!

Thinking about writing or requesting articles from iWriter?

Since I have been doing both for a while, I thought I would give you a to-the-point review on what iWriter is all about, and whether or not it is worth your time, money, or effort.

I have been there for a little while, and I think that I have some insight that would reflect many other peoples opinions and influence your reasoning for or against iWriter.p

Note: Since writing this article there have been many comments posted that reflect my opinions on the service, so take the time to scroll through some of them at the bottom of this page to learn more about what actual users are saying about their experiences.

Following is the good, bad, and the ugly of iWriter.

What's Good About It?
What's Good About It?

The Good of iWriter

For The Writers

As soon as you sign up to iWriter, you can start writing immediately. This means that, potentially, you could start earning some money for your writing today. It is probably the least painful way to start earning money online quickly, that is, if you can produce articles that the requesters are happy with.

Also, I have never seen iWriter miss a payment. The staff seem to be quite good at ensuring payments get sent out. The payment frequency is set by you (weekly, bi-weekly etc.) and the money is deposited into your paypal account. As of now, there are no other options for payments. I have my payment schedule set to every Tuesday.

Unlike some other places, iWriter has people actively looking for specific articles, which takes all the guesswork out of what to write. Just pick a request, not the keywords and the special requirements, and then write the article - it is that easy.

The requester can tip you. I find the requesters at iWriter are generally cheap, even when you over deliver and write an excellent article (it is after all a cheap place to get articles), and your tips will be few and far between.

It is important to note that the requester can tip you even after they have approved your articles. Even a year after, as long as it is sitting in their approved articles requested section.

For The Requesters

It is cheap to buy an article on iWriter. If you want, you can buy a 1000-word article for less than $10. You can even buy a 300-word article for less than a couple of dollars. You can't get much cheaper than that.

There are many writers waiting to write, so you can have an article within a few hours. Of course, this depends on the kind of instructions that you give. The more vague you are, the less willing writers will be to pick up your article.

You can reject the writers work if you don't like the article and it will go back into the writers pool to be picked up by someone else. This means that you never have to take an article you are not satisfied with.

After you find some writers you like on iWriter, you can pick them as your 'favorite writers' so that you get the same quality time and time again instead of wondering who is going to write your article and whether it will be any good. This saves a lot of time.

Elite writers are generally really good writers, and they worth the extra few bucks that you have to shell out. It is still cheaper to buy from them then from other people on other sites, and it's well worth the money. Take advantage of the fact that you can only promote your articles to elite writers if you want.

Your articles come in two formats: One plain text, just the way it was written, and one with spin tags.

Update Dec. 9/12 - Apparently you can upload the article written for you straight to your WordPress blog. I haven't tried this, but there are easy enough instructions on how to do it. Considering most of us use WordPress, this is a big bonus for convenience.

What's So Bad About iWriter?
What's So Bad About iWriter?

The Bad of iWriter

For The Writers

Starting out on iWriter, you can only write basic articles. You need to write 30 articles with a star rating of 4 or more to get into one of the next levels which comes with a higher payment. Basic payments are just over a dollar to about $7 (depending on word length and price point requester chooses.)

If you get 4.6 stars or more as an average, then you can move into the elite writers group and have your choice of articles from all three levels. The elite articles pay more.

Update Jan. 21/13 - Today a new option called the 'iWriter Fast Track Program' popped up for new writers. This program allows you to apply to skip the 30 day wait time by writing 3 articles around keywords that they choose. Then, they review those 3 articles and rate them, take an average star rating, and boost you up to a premium or elite level. BUT you have to pay a fee of $147 to apply. Their reason: so that serious writers apply and so they can pay the employees. I don't know what to say about this...I just hope the employees are fair in their reviewing.

Update March 30/14 - I had a woman comment on the Facebook page for writers at iWriter about the fast track program. Essentially she said that the ad for the fast track program said that she would get her three 'fast track' articles averaged, but instead she got an average of all of her articles already written plus the three articles. As she says, "Even if they had rated them at 5 each it would not have elevated my average enough to be promoted." So beware before you pay the money. If you have a ton of articles written, and your average is already low, those three articles are not going to raise your average. But if you have zero articles, then it could get you to elite fast if you can get 5 stars for each of them.

Moving on...

The requesters on iWriter can reject you for no good reason. I've seen all kinds of lame rejections, and you are literally rolling the dice if you don't know the requester or have never written for them before. Of course there is an approval rate under each requester, so you can see how likely they are to reject you, but there is no guarantee.

The requester can say what they want about you in the review, and they can make you look pretty bad when they are being ignorant. I've seen perfectly capable writers get blamed for plagiarism and spinning articles. Up until a few days ago writers were not allowed to critique back (this really should be in the ugly section), but now writers can at least make a statement that appears under the review of their work.

Also, you cannot write on word and paste into the provided text area on iWriter. If you do, weird characters get introduced. In addition to that, many times you will format your article inside iWriters text area, and submit it, only to find that the submitted product looks ridiculous. Somehow the formatting gets screwed up from messing around in the text area.

I personally put all of article in notepad, make paragraphs in there, and then paste it into the iWriter text area and LEAVE IT ALONE! Or, find a system that works for you and stick with it (I think different browsers have something to do with how it needs to be formatted - at least for me.)

You will get rejected if your article looks like crap, and until iWriter is kind enough to provide a functional text area and a preview button - I wouldn't risk it.

Update: August 5th

The editor seems to have changed. What used to work for me, doesn't work anymore. I can't tell you how frustrated I am that iWriter didn't communicate this new change, and it messes up my chances of getting approved for articles because they now look like crap.

Basically, when I copy from notepad into the iWriter editor, and format the text inside the editor, it looks like this now:

There is no space between each line
as if I am writing a poem.
I wish iWriter would communicate better
so this kind of stuff would not happen.

In addition, I used to hit enter twice to ensure there was an actual space in between paragraphs, but now that seems to double space the paragraphs, which adds to the ugliness of the submitted article.

Like I said, test it out and find something that works for you. I think it has to do with using different browsers, although I have no idea why that would make it different inside of the iWriter editor.

For The Requesters

If you want quality articles, then you may waste a lot of time trying to find them on iWriter. Since the pay grade can be quite low, you may find that many of your articles that you receive reflect the price you are paying. While you do have the option to reject the articles, you may waste a lot of time rejecting and, in turn, have to wait a while for a decent article.

However, if you find some good writers on iWriter, then you can save them to your 'favorite' list and use them consistently to ensure you get well-written articles quickly.

You can also always choose elite writers for your projects. As I said, the extra money is worth the headache you save, and there are a lot of good writers in the elite pool on iWriter.

When You Want To Rip Your Hair Out...
When You Want To Rip Your Hair Out...

The Ugly of iWriter

For The Writers

The requester determines what star rating to give you. There are many who will give a positive review but leave a 3 or 4 star rating. Because the star rating directly influences how much money you can make, this could affect your ability to make money if you keep running into unfair reviews.

Even though iWriter makes it hard for requesters to copy your article while approving, this doesn't mean that they can't jot down what you wrote and then reject your article. I have had an article rejected and used anywase, and since there is not much you can do about it (besides complain to iWriter and possibly get them banned) you are pretty much screwed out of your time and money at that point.

For Both Writer and Requester

Right now, iWriter is completely down. It's been down for a few days. Why? Well, if I didn't stop by the warrior forum, then I likely would not know. There is no communication between iWriter and your email regarding concerns like this; therefore, you are just left hanging.(Apparently they are changing servers.)

There have been many changes that have occurred in iWriter within the past few weeks that were not communicated to us, and to me that's just bad business. Writers and requesters are what make iWriter run, so you think that they would want to keep us in the loop and give us the respect of letting us know when they are going to change their servers with a notice in advance - or, an email.

I have heard word that there is going to be a blog, so that may improve communication a bit. Only time will tell.

Update March 1st/13 - Holy crap! I was checking my emails today and saw an email from iWriter. I thought that someone was playing a trick on me and pretending to be iWriter communicating in order to get me to click on a link or something. But no, it was actually communication from iWriter! Woo Hoo! The message was informing me about an article that I had not used yet, and letting me know that the queue is low right now and the chances of having an article written quickly are good.

Good one iWriter team. That is the kind of communication that you should be doing with both your writers and requesters. Even if it is a mass email once in a while that touches base about what is happening on iWriter, it makes us (or it made me) feel as if we are more than just money makers for you. It gives a message that we are actual clients that you give a crap about.

Update June 13th/13 - I have never received another piece of communication again. In fact, I learned new policies only after writing into the support system to find out what was happening with an article I wrote. So I still give iWriter a VERY poor rating for communication.

Update December 9th/13 - A few days ago they started a blog. Much of the blog so far is Brad talking about how he forget to communicate that new features were added, such as article re-writes.

However, one cool thing was that, apparently, requesters can now get a properly formatted kindle-ready book that you can upload into amazon. I haven't tried this, so I would be interested to see how it works. Writers cannot format with headings, and I've never been able to make a picture stick inside of the article, so I imagine it would just be chapters and text.

If you use this feature, please let us know how it turned out in the comments. Just be sure to include the words 'kindle-ready book' so that it can be easily searched for by anyone in interested in seeing it. (Otherwise, there would be a lot of comments to go through!)

The blog is geared towards requesters right now, but it is still nice to see something.

So is iWriter Worth Your Time?

For The Writers

If you have some decent writing skills and you can research, write, and review your articles in a short amount of time, then yes - iWriter can be worth your time. Especially if you get a bunch of people who specifically request you to write. Then you get some extra time to write the articles and a tiny bit higher pay.

But understand that if you write 10 articles in a day, get 3 rejected, and take 10 hours to write the articles, then you will likely only be making about $40-$60 a day for 10 hours of work (and it usually takes time.) That works out to about - $4-$6 dollars per hour. This is why it is important to write fast and find requesters that approve articles which are good.

Also, the above pay is only when you are an elite writer on iWriter. And because there are not always elite articles that you can write, you may find that you make less.

Otherwise,'s not worth your time if you are looking to make a full-time income. You can make some extra cash writing a few articles here and there, but if you can't research and write them quickly, then you may get more frustration and long nights than anything.

Update: Jan. 23/ 2013 - Today I noticed that I am getting paid more for elite articles. I'm not sure when this started, but I can tell you that the price difference is a few bucks, which can make a big difference. This is one of those problems with iWriter...they never sent out an email or posted anything about this change; instead, they just did it. While I'm glad that we will get paid more for writing really good articles, I wish they would start communicating with us better.

Update March. 5/2013 - Today I noticed that the prices had gone back down. Should I say how I really feel about this? Clients are too cheap to buy articles at a decent price so iWriter lowers the price. The writer earns less, the buyers pay less, and because requests have increased, iWriter earns more. No communication about this - like usual. Everyone wins but the writer.

For The Requester's

Yep. It is totally worth your time as long as you shell out a couple extra bucks and hire the best writers on iWriter (or not if you are not as concerned about quality). You are still paying less than you would anywhere else, and you get your articles fast and ready to spin.

The iWriter Affiliate Program

In case you didn't know, iWriter just developed an affiliate program. You have to be approved before you can become an affiliate.

They don't really give you much to go on besides a few stats.

Tip For Writers: Don't Cancel Your Article More Than Once

Today I had some problems with iWriter, and it was frustrating to say the least. Because there is zero communication from them to us, I had no idea about the 'rule' I broke and ended up spending an hour trying to communicate with someone from iWriter about the issue.

I decided that I would share this issue so that YOU don't have to go through this.

Cancelling Out Of Articles

I had a request today and I had cancelled the article once to look at how long the request had been there. I don't know why, I guess the question came to me afterwards, and being a little OCD I had to know the answer before I continued writing the article.

While writing the article, I had a formatting issue where the words started to become bold. I am assuming this was because I was re-writing an article for someone, and the bold formatting from the original got caught up in my editor - and became a part of my writing. There are no formatting buttons in the editor, so I don't know how to correct that issue, so I did what I normally do - I cancelled the article to go back in with a clear page to work with.

However, when I tried to go back into the article I received the message, 'Error: You have already opened that article for writing too many times. Please select a different article to write.'

After contacting the support system, with the following message:

I'm trying to write an article request, and the formatting in the article screwed up so I cancelled the article to come back in hopes that the formatting would clear up.

Now, I am getting a message that I have opened the article too many times for writing? What does that even mean? It is my article to write, so why does it matter how many times I have opened it?

Is there a way that I can get back in there now so that I can correct the formatting (since there is no way to do it while writing the article) and get on with writing?

I received a message saying:

You are allowed to start writing an article only for a limited number of times. You cannot cancel then create a new timer for the same article.

So I responded with:

The response I got was:

When you open an article to write it, you have X hours to complete it.
We had too many complaints from requesters about users that open an article, wait for the timer to end, open it again and so on, basically keeping that article busy and not allowing other writers to complete it.

The limitation to the number of "opens" was added somewhere at the end of last year. If you don't agree to this rule, I'm sorry, the rule is there to protect all our users and will not be removed.

So, I will still left wondering what to do about this. Plus I was a little ticked off that they are so keen to protect the requesters but not the writers...anywase, I asked again:

Okay thanks for clearing that up. Now I know.

However, what should we do in this situation. It was a request for me, so will it just sit there until the time runs out? If the requester re-requests it will I be able to do it?

Then, I waited for a while, contacted the requester and told them that they may need to re-request the article...even though I was not positive it would work, and then waited for a while longer to hear back from iWriter - a couple hours.

They did not respond back to me - so I had to ask again for a quick response about what I should do. It's not like I make money by the hour or anything...(I didn't put that in, even though I wanted to.)

Finally one of the helpful support people responded with:

Please inform the requester about your situation, Kari. Just so he can close the current request and open up a new one just for you to work on.

So, in conclusion, don't cancel out of your articles...

Update November 4th 2014

Yesterday, on a Monday, iWriter decided to move their website from one web-hosting site to another. There was no warning. There was no communication. It just happened, and writers were left without any ability to make money on the site for the day. This is just another unacceptable action by iWriter.

They have a Facebook page and they could have let everyone know what was happening beforehand so that we could come up with a plan of action, but instead they did nothing.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I had not heard of this program before. Thanks for the information and for the honest review for writers. I wish you success there and am glad to connect!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

relationshipc, haven't heard of this before. You did a marvellous job on all counts. Voting up, useful.

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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for the comments Christy. I wish you success as well :)

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Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for this thorough review - it does not sound like it is worth the time to me - very unbalanced.

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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

You have no idea Rosie. It really is a challenge to participate in iWriter as a serious writer sometimes.

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takeitnow 3 years ago

Hi there - I thought iWriter was the answer to my prayers... I paid for a 5 star person to write an article. I published it on my site and within a few days was threatened with legal action if I didn't remove it. This person provided me all of the paperwork to show that they had in fact written the article and never been paid for it. Apparently the iWriter author commissioned this other writer from Elance – passed the finished article on to me but never paid them.

I emailled iWriter to let them know and asked for a refund-all very politely (the writer I used has now been suspended) but not a peep from them. No communication at all. We have lots of websites we get articles for but we wouldn't use or recommend iWriter again. This was our first and only experience with them.

I just don't get why companies don't provide customer service. We try our best to answer all questions, give solutions, help.. because we know how frustrating the internet can be and we want to be really good at what we do.

Very disappointed in the service from iWriter - a reply and a refund would have gone a long way.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@takeitnow - Thank you for the feedback on iWriter. Yes, I also think that their customer service is lacking for iWriter. It's funny, because many other products by Brad Callen seem to be more important than iWriter; yet, I'm pretty sure he makes some good money on iWriter and should really start interacting more with the writers and requesters...or at least ensuring that they are happy!

Sounds like he lost a customer in you and likely anyone who reads your experience!

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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks for sharing your experiences with iWriter Relationshipc!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

No problem aj - people deserve to know what to expect before they sign up to iWriter! :)

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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I believe I'll stay clear of that site. The Bad and the Ugly scares me off without having to try it for myself. Thanks for saving us from iWriter, Relationshipc.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Lol - Your welcome Diana. I think they need to get their act together before more writers (their life-line by the way) are going to start participating.

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takeitnow 3 years ago

I still haven't heard anything from iWriter. It must be making them some money from unsuspecting customers.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Hey takeitnow, thanks for the update.

Hopefully someone from their company will read these comments and realize that they need to provide better customer service.

They obviously lost out on your business, and I imagine that they have lost out on other people's business as well - that's a lot of money that they are losing because they choose not to communicate effectively. And, they are losing respect because of it as well.

They need to treat both their writers and clients with the respect they deserve.

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rumintasari 3 years ago from Sleman

one of the most comprehensive reviews on iwriter I ever read, thanks for sharing the info with us.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for saying so Rumintasari. I feel I have a good grasp on the place. Interestingly enough I was asked on iWriter by someone (who didn't know this was my article) to rewrite this article for them - I thought that was hilarious. But, at least I know people are liking this hub!

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A_K 3 years ago from Delhi

I have had six rejected articles at iWriter , out of which I published four or five on hubpages. So, I no longer rue rejections.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

AK - Yeah, it's nice to be able to put your rejected articles elsewhere. No wasted time when you do that.

You just have to make sure that you don't take product reviews or articles about silly things that you would never write a hub about. For some reason, those always seem to be the ones that are rejected first and you have literally wasted your time with them!

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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida


A great detailed review about a writing site that is new to me.

It sounds like you have been working hard---just like all writers who want to make a difference.

I always admire a writer who gives both sides so we can form our own opinion.


Bobbi Purvis

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Bobbi - That is what it boils down to, isn't it? Just because I like a service doesn't mean that you will - and vice versa. It's important not to force your viewpoint one way or the other. A little reminder for me today...:)

takenotice 3 years ago from Australia

Thanks Relationshipc for allowing us to vent our dissatisfaction with iWriter, it makes you feel better being able to tell other people and to know it wasn’t just us.

Having said all that, our website does need articles written from time to time. We are a small growing business and given that we have looked at iWriter it does give you an idea of our budget at the moment. Is there a site that anyone recommends we could look at?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@take - I have bought articles from A 700-word articles is $17.50 as opposed to iWriter's $12.50. That is the cheapest one that I know of. Oh, and Fiverr.

Other than that, I know that sometimes you can find writers on forums (I've seen them inside affilorma for example) that are willing to work for a little less.

But remember, you get what you pay for. You can't expect stellar work when you are paying below standard wage - it's not fair.

This is the problem: iWriter is so cheap that no service can beat them (for people buying articles), so they can get away with some of the things they do because buyers are not likely to migrate elsewhere.

takenotice 3 years ago from Australia

Thanks for the quick reply , I will l give buykeywordarticles a go.

You do get what you pay for and I really appreciate that everyone deserves to get paid a decent amount.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I can sense that from you take. :) I know what it's like to start up a business on low-cash.

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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Very interesting review. I was reading a book on freelance writing that was written by one of my blogger friends. He mentioned this site and while he did say some stuff about it, your review really gives a whole lot of more information. I really want to jump into 2013 and make more than pennies with my writing. That being said, I was thinking of running into some of these places and doing content writing. But my time is limited and I want to make sure the referral is from another writer with an honest and full critique. Thanks so much!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Your welcome barber. It's definitely nice to get paid (and appreciated) for your writing. Like I said, if you decide to use iWriter you can make some decent money if you can write quickly and you are selective about who you are write for. However, expect to have some frustrations along the way with jerk-off requesters not appreciating you and your time. Wherever you go, I hope you do well!

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Ronna Pennington 3 years ago from Arkansas

I signed up, but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the extra info!

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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi by Relationshipc,

This is an informative review on iWriter, i have been seeing a lot freelancers talking about it but gladly you have provided the information i needed. Thank for sharing this, Voted up and useful.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Good luck with it Ronna!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Good to hear DW.

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Kris Heeter 3 years ago from Indiana

Thanks for this review. It's always good to hear the pros and cons on sites like this!

Fredrick 3 years ago

Very insightful... Thanks!

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Thanks so much for writing this article! I've been writing for iWriter since last June. I recently got a contract to write a whole bunch of articles for one requestor. I'm considering compiling several of those articles into an ebook. Do writers own the work they do for iWriter? I didn't sign any contracts. Am I free to publish those articles in my ebook?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@SayYes - No, you do not own the articles unless the requester rejects them. Or, I should say you own the rights until they decide either way...but you can't take back what you wrote for them.

If they reject them, then by all means, compile them into an eBook. However, if he approves them then they become his - not yours.

You DID agree to the writer and client agreements when you signed up to be a writer. Look here: and here You had was a little box that had to be checked before you could register. You even mentioned that it was a 'contract' to write the do you not really see it as that?

This is why reading your agreements before checking 'I agree' is probably a good idea.

Besides that, it is morally wrong to be 'hired' to write a ghostarticle for someone else and then use it after the purchase the rights to it. I would never even consider something like that. It's like copying content from other people, and it's a huge and annoying problem with the Internet, but it shouldn't be on an article writing site.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Thank you very much! I didn't remember that part. Thanks for setting me straight, before I went through a lot of work to do something illegal! Glad I asked you!

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Dawn Conklin 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

I have had issues there myself. Great review as you got it about perfect with my experience! I noticed that I got great reviews and no rejections for my first 30. But after that I was getting rejected often like requesters were also writers looking at me like competition. I got fed up and haven't been writing there in months.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Before I got this requestor, I made Elite status, then got a rejection for no reason, which put me right back to Standard. The guy I'm writing for keeps giving me 4 star reviews, so I can't advance to Elite. That doesn't bother me much, because at least I'm getting work, plus once I'm done with him, 3 more 5 star acceptances will advance me to Elite. Are people who request Elite articles more likely to reject them for no reason? How hard is it to advance in iWriter?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Dawn...I have actually seen a 'requester' leave a review similar to this - "I don't normally give out 5 stars because I want myself to be the highest rated, but I just couldn't help it with you!" So, I also have to wonder how many writers are just trying to ruin other writers ratings.

When I get rejected, my husband also says, "They are just jealous of your writing" - which may very well be true! I mean have you seen some of these requester's write their special instructions?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

In my experience, people who request elite writers are less likely to reject if they get a good article. For me, people requesting premium articles are the ones who are more likely to reject my articles BUT if a requester continuously gives me 4 stars, I don't write for them's not worth my rating for a few bucks from them. (I bet they don't tip either right?)

So, don't write for people who continuously give 4 stars to you and others and write good articles - when you do that advancing is easy.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Thanks, both you guys. Actually, my requester tips me $1 for each article. I agree, constant 4 star ratings are a drag, and mean thing to do. I'd better find a way to start earning real money on HubPages! I've been earning since last June, and have made only 81 cents! Any ideas on how I can increase traffic to my site, postings on my articles, and how much do I have to publish to make this feasible? Thanks!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Yeah, I'm not the one to ask about hubpages and making money! Drive traffic the same way you would as a blog - through seo and social media.

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fanfreluche 3 years ago from France (but Canadian at heart)

Once you found a few good writer on iwriter, stick with them, otherwise be prepare to face a lot of crappy article. From time to time I stick my neck out there and send the request at large to try to find a few more good writer to add to my pool: I usually end up having to reject a lot of them. I even had a few who accept the job and then 10 minutes later deliver a 1000 word article (seriously, I had this happen a few time).

But I cannot complain, I found some excellent high quality writer and I am happy to tip and pay better rates for them (always higher than the base price for Elite). I wish I could write everything I need myself, but it is just not possible, not enough time in a day :)

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Yes, you might as well stick with what works. If you find a writer you like, then there is really no need to deviate from them.

I gotta say that I can write a 1000 word article pretty fast if it is on a topic that I am very familiar with, especially with my speech to text software, but I still need time to edit it - so while 10 minutes is not impossible, as I can 'write' over 200 words per minute with my software - it really can't be edited that well!

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Anyway, I can use my research and incorporate it into erotic stories, and publish those in ebooks - right? About how much can I expect to make doing that?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Don't know. Ask someone who has written erotic stories and published those into eBooks. It depends on how good your writing is I suppose.

Darryl Brooks 3 years ago

I wrote some articles for them a while back. I don't recall much about, but since I deleted them from my bookmarks, I have to assume I was not happy for some reason. I just got an email inviting me to get elite status in 1 day to earn more money. I clicked on the link provided and after logging in was greeted with an error on a url of

I write for a lot sites and have good to excellent ratings, so this was a shock to me. Since I can't access the site, I have no idea what happened, but I won't be returning and asked them to remove me from their email list. Thought I would share the irony here.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Lol Darryl. Thanks for sharing. First of all, I'm surprised you got an email since they are not very big on communication. They did just update their system to allow newbies to rank higher faster, after they pay a fee of course. But, yeah, it doesn't surprise me about the error and inability to access the site.

squonk 3 years ago

I signed up to write for iWriter, but I ended up neglecting my account there after realizing I could make a lot more than half a cent per word on other freelance writing sites.

Speaking of other sites - the new "fast track" program. I just got that notification email. The link works, but I was a little shocked to find that iWriter was going to charge me an application fee. I do some writing on Textbroker, and TB's editors have a policy of evaluating every new writer and assigning a star rating. And guess what - they don't charge new writers a fee to get evaluated. Maybe $147 isn't a whole lot of money, but still - what the hell, iWriter. You just don't seem like you're worth the effort. At least not for a writer who cares about producing quality work.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for the feedback squonk.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I normally write there. Keep writing and you will find some requesters who really appreciate you. You will notice that the top writers or highest rated writers normally have 1-5 requesters who consistently ask for them. Because the requesters like their work, then consistently get 5-stars which helps them build up their ranking. Plus the more you write, the better you get, and the more requesters will give you 5 stars. I hope you find them!

gal 3 years ago

i have been writing in for more than a year now. I am currently in the elite level but it was not easy getting there. With regards to their system, wherein you don't have to bid for a project like most writing sites, it allows writers to choose the projects they want to write for. However, a lot of my friends, myself included, have had trouble accessing the website. We emailed support for this but they said they can't do anything about it. The only option was for me to use a VPN which i have to pay for every month. Then one time, i got banned from accessing my account just because of a glitch in their system. I replied to a requester's private message and, for an unknown reason, my response got sent to her for like 2,000 times! It's like it spammed her iwriter inbox. I emailed support again and they questioned me about the spam message and why i was using a VPN. So i told them that it was a glitch on their end not mine. They finally allowed me back into my account, but i still have to use a VPN to access it. After that incident, i kind of got tired of having to deal with a super slow VPN and having to pay for it just to access iwriter. It is also very unfortunate that their support staff are not reliable enough to fix glitches such as these.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Wow. You think they would have contacted you first to see what was going on BEFORE they banned you. I mean, nobody in the right mind, not even a spammer, sends 2,000 messages. They should have recognized that. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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Amanda108 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

Somehow I had never heard of iWriter until now! Unfortunately the bad and the ugly are outweighing the good for this writer. I'll hold off on the site for now, but this hub was very useful to me. Rated up.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for the comment Amanda.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

You have to earn $50 before you can be paid out. I have no idea about the earnings program and activation. If you can't find the answers through the FAQ link - - Then contact them directly and ask them. I'm sure they will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Tryggvi Rafn 3 years ago

I have been using iWriter for some time now and I love it. It brings be quality content fast. The key of course is how you write your instructions and interact with the writers.

I did a nifty review here where you can see how to use iWriter to get better content:

Best, Tryggvi

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Niffty Tryggvi: I love you how you promote the cheapest writers on iWriter, which I guess is why a lot of people use iWriter. Prime example. You shouldn't have to bribe people to write for you though. Offering 5 stars and a great review is something that would set off my alarm that this guy is going to NOT give me a good rating if he is the least bit happy, and I would be concerned to write for him. I'm assuming that other good writers would say the same thing. And, the chances of getting perfect writers in the basic level is 1/100. So you will do some rejecting before you find the perfect English writer that you are looking for. Good luck to you. I hope your cheap articles do well for you!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Bottom line: You get what you pay for.

Tryggv Rafn 3 years ago

Hi Relationshipc,

Nice discussion you have here.

Well, that is kind of the point with iWriter. To offer cheap content fast, that can be used for small niche affiliate sites and for SEO purposes etc.. I have used both premium and elite writers and the quality of work is in no way guaranteed. I do get the best result by writing great instructions and communicating with the writers, ask for a rewrite instead of rejecting etc. It does also reflect on my own rating and reviews.

You also seem to have missed my point, read it again. I offer 5 star ratings as a bribe to writers that are willing to work hard and write good content. It works, simple as that. You will get better results this way.

So you don't get what you pay for, you get back what you put in. Offer great instructions and be willing to work with the writers and you will get good results.

Best, Tryggvi

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

A 'bribe' to give 5 stars for good content is pointless. A writer gives what they can give. Their grammar does not become better when they are bribed. Their ability to research does not become better when they are bribed. A writer goes into a request doing the best that they can and hoping for 5 stars and a great review...they don't need a bribe.

You do get what you pay for in life, including on iWriter. If you pay $3 for an article, then don't expect a professional article. Yes, your instructions may help a writer reach your desired flow or topic, but it will not make a basic writer who has received under 4 star ratings consistently, a better writer.

There are some writers that 'bribe' writers by saying I will give you a great tip if you do well! However, you can see that they have approved 1000 articles, rejected 695, and gave 0 tips. Obviously the bullshit meter goes up on a writers part. It's just nonsense is all.

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fanfreluche 3 years ago from France (but Canadian at heart)

One of the problem overall with iwriter (and other similar site) is that many low quality writers have good star grade because they are rated by people who cannot make the difference between spin, badly written articles. I love iwriter, but I now only hand contact to the few good writers I was lucky to find. But to find them you obviously will have to fish a bit because I have dealt with extremely bad 4.5+ stars writers (and I am not hard to please by the way. I don't do a fuss on a few grammatical error, hey English is not my native language, but I know crap when I read it). So I cherish my little personal writers lol and if ever non of them can do the topic I need, I must arm myself with patience to find a new writer.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

THAT is a good point fanfreluche. Some writers do make it to elite status because they continuously write for people who seem to like their work and give them 5 stars consistently (even though their grammar and flow is crappy) and then when they write articles for other people they get low stars or rejected.

I think it is important to look at a writers history. I'm not saying this is a hard and fast rule, but if they have 500 reviews from one requester at 5 stars, and a few reviews from other requesters who did not appreciate their work, then they are likely someone who will not produce a quality article. Look for writers who have a wide variety of requesters (at least more than 5) and consistently get good reviews on their work.

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caerleongold 3 years ago

I'm pretty much in agreement with most of the stuff you've said here about iWriter. My overall opinion is that it is a good service for content buyers/outsourcers (provided you are willing and able to pay for the Premium or Elite writers). However, from the point of view of a humble article writer you are really getting the sharp end of the stick from iWriter, simply because the pay is too low. You would be better off slogging away on Hubpages or Squidoo for some recurring income that builds up over time, as opposed to writing basic articles.

I've put together a 3000 word expose/review of iWriter here:


I'd love if you came along and let me know your thoughts. I'm particularly interested in warning potential writers about the pitfalls of using iWriter.

If you've got the skill to write at Elite level, then you should be on Constant Content and not iWriter IMHO.

Warm regards,

Sam Frost

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I will check it out caerleon. I have to agree, the writer is getting screwed over. I've even had people ask me to write articles for even cheaper than iWriter on the side. It makes a writer feel pretty shitty about themselves, as if they are not worth a few cents per word. It is definitely not a place to spend your life...I kind of relate it to the hospital

Constant content is great, and I used to have a link for it up here. Maybe I will put one back. However, I found that articles didn't just fly off the shelf in Constant Content, and unless you have requests then you could make zero dollars from your work. My last straw was when someone copied an article (the part that they could see) and used it as an article which made my work useless.

Alicia 3 years ago

This site is NOT worth it. I, like everyone else, started out at the lowest ranking, which is about $0.007 per word. Thinking it wouldn't be too difficult to work my way up, I wrote a few articles. However, the clients didn't like them and some were rejected. I can understand where my style may not have been what they were expecting, but for me to spend over half an hour researching and writing an article to only be paid about $3 was simply not worth it to be rejected. With the quality of my writing, there is no reason for them to reject it when they are only paying me $0.007 per word. I'm not saying that I'm an expert writer or anything, but I have been working as a freelance writer for over two years and have written for eBay and other top companies without ever getting an article rejected. It is absurd that they can simply reject your work because they didn't like it when they didn't hardly give any instructions in the first place. My writing quality is far above what should be produced at $0.007 per word, and it's not worth it to work that hard for a few bucks that you may or may not actually receive. Seriously, what do they expect when spending $2.50 on a 500-word article. On other sites, you can get paid a minimum of $7 for that type of article, but I've made up to $25 for 500-word articles. I won't be wasting my time working my way up.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

What other internet writing sites do you recommend? The only ones I can find require a fee to join; it seems to me if they're rich enough to pay me, they shouldn't require a fee.

Also, now that I have a considerable portfolio, how can I use it to get better paying writing jobs? Robert Bly, author, says he has friends who make $25,000 a week writing ebooks. He says just be an expert on the subject and write a book about it, selling it through Amazon. Anyone know how that works?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I hear you Alicia! The people who buy articles on iWriter are spoiled. Almost all of them expect too much for what they are paying. In addition, many of them do not have great writing skills and reject articles that are well written...I'm not sure if it's ignorance around writing or if it is just arrogance and jealousy that causes them to reject.

For instance, I was rejected by a guy who obviously didn't speak English well, yet he had accepted articles from people who were consistently rated as writers with bad grammar and spelling. It makes you wonder.

In fact, it makes you pissed off. I'm getting tired of jerks that are too cheap to pay more than a cent per word rejecting articles for no reason. After hours of research and writing, it is enough to make your blood boil. Again, iWriter needs to do something about the rejection process or else they are going to lose a bunch of good writers and they will be known for bad writers and cheap articles - which kind of go together!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Check out KDP select on amazon yes. You can learn more about writing books and selling them on Amazon there. However, you need to have good writing skills because if you don't, Amazon reviewers will kill your chances at success.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Thanks a lot!

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Thundermama 3 years ago from Canada

Really useful hub. I was considering branching out to explore other places to write and will think twice about submitting to iWriter. Voted up and sharing.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks Thunder. Yeah, not many people want to write there yet. They definitely need to improve for writers.

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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Very informative and useful hub. I joined iWriter several weeks ago because it looked like a good starting point. I thought I could build up some credentials and gain some experience there. I can't say if it works for me or not...I freeze every time I see that timer start running. I can work on a deadline, but not with such obscure requirements! I'm glad you took the time to share your experiences with them.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Lol, you get used to the timer Sharkye...In fact, and time doesn't run out quite as fast as you think it might once you get the ball rolling on your article.

MH 3 years ago

Hey, it's a very good post on iWriter, shows all aspects.

I only wanted to say that its not all that bad there, I am fairly new to the site (just a week old). But if you know how writers are paid in India you will give not 5 but 50 starts to iWriter! here some of the writers are paid as low as $1 for 500 words!!! considering that iWriter is pretty generous.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

That's interesting MH. Thanks for sharing. I wish you success on iWriter!

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Here's another idea. Many of the articles I wrote for this guy can be combined into one chapter. If I do that, and alter it enough, won't that make it original? If so, then perhaps I can still publish them as an ebook.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@sayyes...Again, not a good idea. If you can't writer something original, then buy something from someone who knows how to write what you want. You take all risk when you rewrite someones work - and it could end up costing you a lot of money or create a bad reputation for you. I would suggest writing about something you know and making it original.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Relationships - I was talking about rewriting something I wrote, not copying someone else's work.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

You are talking about rewriting an article that you wrote for someone else. I understand completely. I am saying to you that you can do whatever you want as long as it is original, high-quality, and offers readers a genuinely good experience. Uploading an eBook is not the hard part, it is everything that I just said.

Just Mika 3 years ago

I tried to write an article for iWriter once. I set up my account, selected an assignment of 500 words for $2.43, and researched and wrote my piece. I was not even able to submit it AND my account charged a fee for "plagiarism". The phrases I supposedly "plagiarized" were the phrases "a ___________ is", "proceeds from a _________ loan", "from social security payments" and a few other very brief and general phrases. Saving the article and searching the site for information on how to go about fixing this yielded no information or results, and I gave up. I write for several other sites that pay far better and don't require you to contort the English language to find a totally unique way to say "a ____________ is". I won't be going back, good luck collecting their $.05 for my "plagiarism"!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Yes! That is a good point. During review articles, I have received the warning of duplicate content solely for using the name of the product (the keyword) throughout the article. It is laughable that I get charged 5 cents because I am using the name of the product which is what the requester wanted. In addition, it is very hard to change the name of a product and keep a keyword density that is required in the article.

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I've had that problem providing reference links!

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yansky23 3 years ago

I'm a newbie writer at iWriter. Your story is quite inspiring. I think it's worth the time spending.

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mcstir 3 years ago

Thanks for your review of Iwriter. I agree with a lot of the points you have made, including the fact that their communication sucks. If you click on contact you will be taken to where you can submit a ticket. You never know what is going on over there because there is never an email going out to explain. I have been writing on this site consistently for over a year now and have reached Elite status. I have a couple of people that send me special requests regularly, and when I have nothing else on my plate, I will write those because it is guaranteed money. Out of 724 articles that I have written to date, 24 have been rejected. I agree that every requester has the right to reject, but once that article has been rejected, it is still my property. I have sold articles that have been rejected on iwriter over at Constant Content and recouped my losses. For example, an article that was rejected on iwriter for a payment of $4.85 was sold on CC for $25.00. I know the article was good, the requester was just trying to get a freebie or wants some stellar English major article for under $5.00. Whatever the case, I don’t care. I just don’t appreciate some of the nasty comments left by people that are rude and nasty. Requesters already get to “punish” you by rejecting your article, they don’t need to stomp on your face while they are at it. A lady requested a unique article there, I wrote it and she came back saying that my writing was “rudimentary at best”. When I submitted it over at Constant Content, they accepted it immediately and I sold it within one day. I have to tell you that each article submitted at Constant Content is carefully reviewed by editors before it is accepted, so I know the article was fine. I guess the points I like about iwriter are that you can get paid each week and you know exactly what you are making. When you find a few requesters who like your work, you can make regular money with your writing. Of course, it’s not enough to retire on, but most people have other irons in the fire. Me, I write on several sites including Constant Content, Odesk and . I also have many of my own affiliate sites and keep those updated too, on top of my full time job. Brad Callen is very successful and I would love to know exactly how much money he makes off the backs of writers on iwriter, but I guess we will never be privy to that info. I wrote my own review of iwriter here: although that was over a year ago. I thought iwriter was the answer initially, because trying to find jobs over at sites like Elance and Freelancer means you are competing with writers who will write 500 words for 50 cents. The work can be sparse and the requesters expect a lot for a few dollars, but when you establish yourself you can definitely pick and choose the work. Just don’t rely on this one site for all of your extra income!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I love constant content, but I have had people copy my work on there as well. I had one guy copy the first 5 tips of an article I wrote. Unfortunately, you have to show a percentage of the article as a preview, and even though it is in picture form, it is very easy to copy.

I personally think Brad is making good money on iWriter and giving shitty service to the writers in return. BTW - every ticket I have submitted does not get fully answered. For instance, I submitted a ticket about communication and the person who replied talked like a politician and completely went around the issue at hand. Annoying!

Einsider 3 years ago

A writer I am not. but, guess I got lucky. I buy articles at iwriter, and found a writer I liked rather quickly. I started with lower rated writers and quickly moved to writers with elite status. And that is the type of articles I always receive.

I always make a request. this keeps "my writer" in the higher pay bracket and then the gratuity follows. Has made for a great relationship.

Wish I could do more. In time...

And, I would rather iwriter keep their collections % out of the gratuity.

This has been my experience.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for commenting Einsider - You are the first buyer, not writer, to really make a comment about your opinion. It's nice that you care about your writer and want to keep them happy - it does make a difference in how much someone will want to return the favor, for sure.

Articels 1000 3 years ago

Iwriter is a content mill and if you spend more than 10 minutes knocking up something for a requester then you are wasting your time.

Any rejected articles will be sent to my own blog pages and even accepted articles will be 'spun ' because $3 or $4 per 500 words just isn't enough.

Thedon 3 years ago

This review is 100%true. I have been writing on iwriter for some time and I think they give requesters too much power at the expense of writers. The only reason I keep writing is that in my country, the dollar is preety strong so I end up with a decent income after converting my iwriter earnings into my native currenecy. There are so many problems with this site that need to be sorted.

TheDon! 3 years ago

Again requesters on iwriter are very unreasonable. They expect to pay say $5 for an article, but they want an article that is as good as a $15 article from another site

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Agreed Thedon. Thanks for commenting.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I'm sure every writer feels the same way about requesters....but the sad part is that they can demand a good article for that price if we keep writing for them.

John 3 years ago

I find iWriter really frustrating. A lot of people who want articles written for them want the world for a few bucks. I think that iWriter has disillusioned a lot of people of what 'value' really is when it comes to article writing or writing in general. It's sad that iWriter raised and then lowered their prices again. I'm sure they don't care about their image as long as they make money, but really they should care, and they should start treating their writers better.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I agree John. As of this date, nothing has changed with this iWriter review article that I wrote, and that's pretty sad.

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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Wow- I never even heard of iWriter, so now I am intrigued and going ot check it out. Thank you for all of the information!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Cool. Let me know what you think epbooks!

arabelly 3 years ago

I think Philippines is banned at Iwriter. Sad.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Really arabelly? I didn't know that anyone was banned there...

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

They ban you if you fail Copyscape 3 times.

Hihi 3 years ago

I am writing from the Philippines and I agree that we are "partially" banned. LOL. I couldn't do anything since I signed up three weeks ago. Everything seems to work fine now.

What I don't like about it is the Requester's ability to reject an article and to leave a rating at the same time. I know that they have the right to reject one but I almost failed my attempt to be in the Elite Team because someone rejected a content and gave it 3 stars. If something's rejected, why the rating? In turn, I couldn't do anything. @_@ A bit unfair if you ask me. Anyway, I made it in two weeks after I patiently waited for each of my articles to be reviewed. I was concerned that someone will make a rejection on my 30th article. I hope no one here experienced the same thing.

One thing more: the site lacks communication about what's going on like that server error I've been getting, the sudden changes in rate (I've read that it got lower; I'm not sure), and oh: is there a demotion from Elite to Premium or Standard in view of the running Rating? (I hope this post's author can answer).

On the plus side, iWriter pays on time. The rates? Just fine although it can use a little increase.


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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Hi hihi :)

I am not happy with the ratings work either. However, I think that the rejection and low stars would work well at weeding out bad writers and allowing the good writers to rise up to the top,but only if requesters used the star system correctly (and many don't).

I FULLY agree with the communication. There is not just a lack of communication, there is no communication in iWriter!

I'm not sure what you are asking about the demotion. I think you are asking if you can get demoted from elite to premium and then to standard? Yes, you can. If you get enough bad ratings you can easily fall back under the 4.6 needed for elite and 4.0 needed for premium. In fact, the fewer articles you have completed, the easier it is for one bad rating to affect where you stand as a writer, so make sure you write for requesters who seem to rate fairly.

The rates are only fair for the requesters. They had increased them for a few months, but because of whining requesters they decreased the rates (and our pay). It would have been better to find a happy medium, but iWriter chose to lower the rates back to their original status.

Hihi 3 years ago

Ha! I knew it! So there's an advantage of looking at approval rates then. Good luck to the new guys like me haha!

@communication: -_-

@rates: i know its still business on the requester's side but there's a reason for writer categorization. oh well. when money's tight, we writers have no options. T_T

thanks for the reply btw. :)

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samiwilliams 3 years ago from Afton, Wyoming

I'll have to check this out

John 3 years ago

I'm not sure how the people behind iWriter sleep at night. I imagine in a big pool of money, but karma is going to get them. I feel so sad for people who have to write for $2. I guess their time is not worth much more than that to the people behind iWriter. And since the people behind the service seem to ALWAYS be on the requesters side, it makes it even worse.

Argo 3 years ago

I write on iWriter for few weeks and overall I am kind of happy with the site. I am currently Premium Writer and from 70 articles I got 4 unreasonable rejects.

One guy said me that the article doesn't make, I quote in his words ''articles doesn't make any SINCE''.

Second guy rejected me for apparent awkward 2 phrases that I used in text, I mean if he was so distressed by 2 small words he could have decency to make me rewrite because I put a lot of effort in that article.

From writer perspective I think the system can be unfair in so many cases. I am not mad at all about these 4 rejects, I am mad at ratings I got which were 1 and 2 star ratings. I mean, how does it make sense to write article for more than 1 hour sometimes, to eventually get rejected with some awful and weird reasons. I was, at one point having 4.58 rating which was SO close to achieve Elite Writer status (which offers more decent payment) and no I got two 1 star unreasonable 1 star ratings with rejection, so I have now only 4.48 rating and I can only dream of being promoted to Elite Writer Status.

I respect iWriter for their safe payments and few other thing, but I hate it because they are being very disrespectful towards their writers.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@ Argo - Thanks for sharing your experience. I love the quote. That is so funny! It is very nice that iWriter pays on a regular basis in a safe way, but yes you are right - writers get the shit end of the stick. (Are elite writers not worth more than 1.5 cents per word?)

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Argo - Believe me, I DO know what you mean.

@Corey - Very well said. I couldn't have said it better myself - you had me laughing and nodding my head because every word is SO TRUE. Thanks for taking the time to write all that.

Also, I was thinking about the writer you are talking about with 12,300+ articles...she must be doing something to create her articles quickly (spinning?) or she has an ability to write at 100 words a minute.

I wrote one article to her four the other day, and I wrote mine in a half an hour. I know this because the requester asked for five articles and I got one of them - when I finished, he had already approved her four.

There is no way anyone can write that fast, even with a speech to text software. In fact, I once saw a guy reject her article with the reason similar to 'This was a 2000 word article finished in 15 minutes? Come on!' But, whatever she is doing is working for her because she's taking a lot of elite articles and must be averaging, at least, $5 per article at 300+ every two weeks. I say good for her if she can do it!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

BTW - Thanks for the tip on textbroker...I've never heard of it before.

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wellness5 3 years ago from Fondi, Italy

Great hub and thanks for doing it. Just joined iWriter and this is what I have noticed. Yes, I have stared earning but 2 of my articles were rejected (2 stars) because of my poor grammar and spelling! Looking at some of the instructions, I guess many of these people are non native speakers and anything too complicated is classed as difficult to read (for them!). They cannot even write simple instructions. I have decided to keep it simple and avoid any request which is not crystal clear. I will also concentrate on the ones who like my writing and have given me 5 stars - not ideal but I am looking at other sites.

Your remark about their customer service is spot on - always only 50% of the request is answered.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@wellness - I think that is the case too. When they see an article full of unfamiliar words and unfamiliar phrases, they may think the grammar is not good...that has been my experience. Yes, stick to requesters who give clear directions. Wishing you good luck!

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handywords 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I'm writing on iWriter myself, and I really appreciated your piece. I've actually been thinking of things we writers on the site can do to empower ourselves.

For example, don't you think it would be great if there was a blacklist of terrible requesters somewhere that would warn writers not to work on jobs from particular requesters? Or that if they still chose to do so, it would be at their own risk?

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@handy- I always check requesters previous ratings before writing for them. Usually people will say how horrible they are. For instance, there is this one guy who always gives less than five stars, and everyone comments on it, yet people keep writing for him! I do think there has to be a way for writers to empower themselves, somehow.

Topaz 3 years ago

I've been with iWriter since last year and have discovered this page recently. I have only been able to cash out twice but now there are hardly any articles that I'm capable of writing. I had 2 requesters that provided vague instructions and gave me a bad review. Of all the requesters I've come across there was one with a really bad review that needed an article written. The only good thing was that it was a topic I was familiar with, Cosplay. I was surprised that they actually liked my article; they gave me gleaming review. Now, iWriter is all but silent. Unfortunately I can't withdraw my balance because its not at the min threshold.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@ Topaz - That sucks that you can't find articles to write. It seems to be the trend right now! I know how it feels to see a bunch of articles that you can't write. Articles on finance, real estate, and computers are my no-no's, and they always seem to be in demand when I am online.

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Joyette Fabien 3 years ago from Dominica

Interesting! I think I will give it a try!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@joyette - As a writer or a requester?

3 years ago

iwriter is no good.

They recently forfeited my money with them on false charges and also banned a poor writer who was writing articles for me. My faith in iwriter is completely eroded.

Advise to stay away from them

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handywords 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

@argo I recently had an article rejected because I apparently had "bad grammer". LOL!

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Wow, so you were a requester and got treated poorly?

melano gibson 3 years ago

they stole my money they now stop paying people who know their scret.

kimberlyds 3 years ago

I have so far written just one article that got approved rather quickly and was very happy with iwriter.... until now! I'd rather forfeit 2.4$ for one article rather than write 10 more and run into problems later and not be able to withdraw my money because its below the minimum!! Thanks for the honest review and thus saving my time and efforts!

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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Melano Gibson - what is iWriter's secret????

Do Not Use iwriter 3 years ago

Stop right where you are! Do Not use iwriter services. The quality of writing is horrible. Also the messaging service used called BradCallen is not professional at all. Recently, I sent a message to contact support in regards to a writer NOT following directions and submitted the wrong information. Amanda Campbell from BradCallen stated the following:

"Amanda Campbell

Posted On: 28 Oct 2013 2:09 PM

You can reject the article and/or report it as spam - provided the article was something you didn't need/wrong materials even.

Thank you.


When the I reported the article based off Amanada Campbell (support specialist) response, this is what I got in return:

""Amanda Campbell

Posted On: 28 Oct 2013 9:10 PM

If you remember, during your review of the article there are options like:

- approve article

- reject article

- request for a rewrite

- report article as spam

NOT reporting the article as spam via tickets.

Thank you.


Not Standing standing by her own suggestions.

Overall, Do Not Use Them. You can get better articles elsewhere. Try using

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Interesting that a requester is having issues at iWriter. I have dealt with Amanda quite a bit, and I like her. I think she just didn't give a detailed enough answer in the first response to clarify what she meant.

Venky 3 years ago

I am unable to access iwriter site since this morning. I do not know what to do. I wonder how to retrieve the balance in my account.

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

That's weird. You may have been banned, because I can access my account. If you were banned, I believe you will have no access to your balance.

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tamarawilhite 3 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

I've written a lot of articles for iwriter, as well as sites like Demand Media. You're right that it can be hard to get the 5 star reviews to get the Premium and eventually Elite ratings that pay more.

For someone starting out, the challenge is that there are so many new writers that easy assignments are snapped up.

I've never requested articles to be written for me. I've been paid for quite a few. I liked their change a few months ago so that someone who accepts your article cannot give you a rating below a 3. The auto-approve after three days also speeds up payment.

It is, in some ways, a better writing opportunity than Demand Media. There are many options that don't require citations and following the AP style guide. If you do good work for a requestor, you end up with a constant stream of work. And you can request to be paid weekly.

You won't make a fortune, but it is a reliable stream of income for those who can write about a variety of topics.

Rohit Venkat 3 years ago


I think you should contact their support. has a wonderful support system. I had a small doubt as to when my payments will reflect in PayPal. I received a prompt message from their support executive and as they had promised it reflected in my account after a couple of hours. I agree with the author. I have never seen, in my career at the website for a year, bryxen software(Owner of miss a payment. So you should be able to receive your automatically after it reaches the minimum amount you have specified.

libby690 3 years ago

Reading over your review on iwriter there are certain parts that I would like to add in my own thoughts on. When I had an issue with my account when I first started writing here, I had no troubles getting in touch with the support team to have them to help me get them corrected. Granted if it is the weekend, the person might have to wait for a response until working hours, but typically they seem to answer even on the weekends. I give them a star rating when it comes to their support team.

In addition, when a person is first getting started in this profession, and trying to become an established writer, they will feel very comfortable at Iwriter. There are several levels in which the person can advance to if they stick with it long enough. Furthermore, building up a client base with clients can often lead to having a never ending supply of work, especially for those that can write on any given topic.

I enjoy writing for this company, and appreciate the auto-approve function they supply for the writers here.

aris jay 2 years ago

Well, I agree with this post! I have been writing in iWriter for quite some time now and it really pays off my effort and sacrifices. This platform would be the best place if you want to pursue your writing career, but you need to be strong in the process. As you can see, receiving bad ratings and comments every now and then, but you must accept it wholeheartedly. I myself received negative feedbacks, but still I did not give up doing things I love.

Iwriter offers opportunities that you would ever possible get. Don't waste doubting what they have to offer because it might be too late for you!

Jesse Ngugi 2 years ago

iwriter is the best there is in terms of monetizing contents. The site has an exclusive list of writers and most clients are well-pitched. This review is great but there is one concern I would like to point out.

iwriter doesn't, at any point, overlook writers through payments. The site only tries to keep up with business by seeking a uniquely-positioned writer-client equilibrium.

A situation where the number of writers outweighs that of clients is what the site is trying to contain. And this is the most value-scope approach in securing the platform for the benefit of both. Anyway a great review.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Hi Tamara, Thanks for pointing out the change that I didn't know about. I didn't realize that requesters couldn't give you below three when approving. (I'll have to add that on my next update!)

I agree with everything you said.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Yes, Rohit, iWriter is excellent with their payments.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks for your iWriter viewpoint Libby! There is one woman on their support team (Amanda I think) who is excellent. I only had problems with a guy they used to have...I can't remember his name.

That's a good point about being able to write on any topic. I've had to turn down a few real estate and finance requests simply because it would take me too long to research for the price I was being paid. If I was able to write those articles quickly, it would have made a difference and likely added a lot of requests to my pool.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@aris: Not sure it would be too late for you if you wait to start...however, it is nice to jump in and try something and move past your fear.

I think that bad ratings and negative comments from shady people do not have to be accepted 'wholeheartedly'. There is only so much abuse someone can take. But, if it is constructive criticism or a poor rating that is deserved, then yes - you kind of have to accept the fact, learn from it, and move on.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Jesse: I think what you are trying to say is that iWriter pays a fair price to writers. Honestly, if you go to sites such as constent content (where you can buy a 300 word article for $40) it becomes obvious that (some) writers on iWriter are not getting paid what they are worth, and that requesters are looking for cheap content (as advertised).

I understand good business sense, but I am also saying that I, personally, feel that my efforts, time and energy are worth more than 1.5 cents per word. Or, maybe I just have bigger ambitions that others. :)

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Anthony Dale Orbe 2 years ago

Even with "the bad" and "the ugly" of iwriter, I still like it very much because it is a very easy way for me to write and earn money.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Absolutely Anthony, it is an easy way to make some money quickly.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

As far as I know it is just PayPal.

Secret Haha! 2 years ago

Uhm....Project requires me to get qoutes from famous people and use it in my article. I got hit with Copyscape - lots of yellow highlights on my screen. Contacted support but no reply yet. Has anyone encountered this before? What to do, what to do. Ek!

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coolandlearnmore 2 years ago from Hyderabad

Ok.. Thank you!! @Relationshipc

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@secret - this has happened to me a few times. That's why don't write articles that require any kind of quotes. It also seems to happen a lot to ensure articles that require popular longtailed keywords on popular topics.

Personally, I just cancel the article and let somebody else deal with it. I don't have time to wait for support to answer me back. But, I am interested to see what they do say to you. I'm assuming there'll be nothing you could do.

Mercy Merc 2 years ago

I have been writing for iwriter and i agree with this post that you can make good money.However, you must work hard just like any other job and provide quality articles so that you can have good ratings and positive feedback. I also get some few special requests and this keeps me going since i don't have to check the job listing now and then. They pay on time depending on the day you select. If you have good writing skills you can give it a shot.At the end of the day you will lose nothing by trying.

Shelm 2 years ago

I just started for iwriter and I believe in them already. Am happy I have an additional source of income. The good and ugly of iwriter will not make me change my mind. If you can write, write and earn money.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Glad you are happy with iwriter Shelm....Good luck with it.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author will definitely not lose anything by trying. But if you can't make a good income from it, there may be other avenues to explore.

selfefficacypub 2 years ago

I found a great writer on iWriter. I was happy with the service.

THEN I found out I didn't have rights to the articles. According to their Content User Agreement (how many of us actually read it?) they will "license" us to use it however we wish, but they maintain ownership of the content you pay for.

They now offer a service to write eBooks and kindle books for you, but you won't own the copyright.

Live and learn I guess...

Here is the link to their legal page. Check out section 7:

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Say Yes To Life 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

selfefficacypub - thanks for the info! I know the writers don't own the rights, but I wasn't aware the buyers didn't own them, either! I had considered having several writers crank out novellettes for me real quick - kind of like the "Sweet Valley High" series - but now I know NOT to do that!!!

elysium [on iwriter] 2 years ago

Hi there, you may want to update this on the UGLY section.

It seems that since a few days articles that are auto-approved receive a default rating of 3. It was confirmed to me by the customer support.

Of course, this is likely to penalize the writers who are expecting a fair review.

Another downside is that you can't do anything about it except sit and wait for the time to run out hoping that the requester will do something, there is no way to contact a requester unless they have open requests, which is even more frustrating.

elysium 2 years ago

got new info on that, it seems there was some glitch in their system and also the person from the Brad Called support did not know what she was saying about the issue. Disregard it.

Anyway, it's still frustrating you can't pm. anyone in the site without using the open requests

P.s. : nice hub Relantionshipc!

end of message...

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@elysium - Oh that would be frustrating if that was the case! I'm glad it is a glitch. I hear your frustrations loud and clear, I've had a few of them in the past week that make iWriter very, very frustrating.

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chasmac 2 years ago from UK

This is an excellent article - and Google seems to agree as I found it in top spot for the search term "iwriter review". I had been looking for something similar to TextBroker UK for the days when there's no suitable jobs, but those horror stories have put me right off, especially about rejections. At least with TextBroker, the requester can't reject any article without giving the author the chance to fix what's wrong. Thanks again for a very informative article.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@chasmac: Thanks for the comment. Yes, just yesterday I got rejected for the reason that 'English is obviously not her native language'. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it, except have a good place (blogs, hubgpages, etc.) to put your rejected articles.

44 2 years ago

iWriter is just running out of business.I have spent my time reading this instead of writing any articles. First, I ordered an article a few weeks ago and din't like it so I sent it back for revision. Next morning, I get a new article from a different writer???? I wanted the writer to do some revisions instead of rejecting the article(I have had three rejected for no reason)

Today, I wrote 2 articles to see how it goes and both were rejected.I contacted them to complain about one because it was a rewrite but the original was different from what was initially in the instructions. They responded with a single sentence. Grammar! I had to show proof that the original article wasn't in my instructions box but they never replied.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@44 - When I get an article sent back to me for revisions, I usually reject it and move on too - unless the revisions are minor. Why? Because the requesters that want revisions are normally the ones that pay as little as possible and don't tip, and I've already wasted an hour on their article for a few dollars, so why would I waste another hour?

Time is money and people do not want to spend hours on your article for a tiny payment. A few revisions is fine, but most people want a complete rewrite.

I think (know) most of the requesters on iWriter are cheap. It is so frustrating to come across these people who say, 'I will tip for excellent work!' but then never do because they are too cheap to tip! Or who say 'I want perfect grammar, excellent research, and extremely unique content...and I'm going to pay you a whole $5 to do it! Aren't you lucky?'

It is unrealistic to want that much for that little, and it is insulting, rude, and arrogant.

I'm also tired of people who speak English as a second language telling writers they have bad grammar. It's ridiculous! Normally it looks like this in the rejection comment, 'Sory. This is bad written.'



And THEN requesters ask for a rewrite so that they can pay a cheaper price, but they expect a brand new article with research put into it.

And THEN many people are trying to get an eBook written by requesting separate articles instead of paying for an eBook.

I also found one guy who is buying articles from premium writers who wants the articles to be perfect (of course), and then he is selling them to his clients for $30-$50 (clients who are willing to pay for quality articles). He's paying $5, demanding perfection and rewrites, not tipping, and then selling it for a huge profit while he sits on his fat ass and does nothing.

I have had it with iWriter.

I have a very hard time writing there and I am actively working on building up other projects so I can just stop writing for cheap people who are easily able to take advantage of other people working hard for them and then complain about the work that they receive from them.

Dahloan Hembree 2 years ago

I think I got lucky. I had written about six months ago for Iwriter and had done about 10 articls, but my rating started dropping due to silly complaints. I thn started looking at requestors with a high approval rating and chose one. He approved my article right away and sent a note.. would I be interested in being on his team and receiving special requests? He gave a five rating, so i said yes. That has been only a few days ago. Since, i have written five more for this guy and he has given a five on every one, and approved them within five minutes. I hope everyone can be as lucky. I will only write for this guy from now on.. his instructions are clear and he approves right away and gives a five.

lee ways 2 years ago

Iwriter shut my account "leeway" for no reason. I am utterly devastated!

Arjita Gupta 2 years ago

Well, scream as much you want to support iwriter. It is true that they pocket registrants money whenever they feel like. My friend lost 250 dollars, they would not credit it to her paypal. Similarly, I lost around 60 dollars. Shameless behavior. As far as their excuse on poor writing and other stuff, they still should not pocket the money which we have already earned. If they are so money hungry they rather open donation bank like beggars for themselves than such cheap antics

Reshmi 2 years ago

iWriter has gone crazy. It had no specific rule stated and with no prior notice it banned my account while I was doing pretty decent and was even on the favorite list of 4 requesters

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Reshmi - That seems to be how iWriter works. No communication about what is going to happy. Did they tell you why?

Nishi 2 years ago

the iwriter website blocked my account without any mistakes, it said spam articles. while i just wrote single article (a small real experience of mine) it was approved and i got dollar 3. But before paying me the money, this website blocked my account. I suggest don't ever make this mistake. this site took my original articles and didn't even pay me for that.

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snerfu 2 years ago from Madurai, India

Good to know so much about iWriter, it should prove helpful for those beginning to write. Nice article.

Kat 2 years ago

I just had my first experience on iWriter. My article was accepted but I only received a 3 star rating, with no explanation. Not sure how much more time I want to spend writing detailed and well-researched material, just for a low rating and even lower pay...

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Kat - I hear you! That's one of the big problems with writing for iWriter. It takes a while to build up your rating so that 3 stars don't hurt you, and if you are someone who researches and puts effort into writing - it can be a BIG waste of time! The money is not worth the effort.

Kat 2 years ago

Any tips for those of us trying to break into the freelance writing biz? It seems as though a writer needs to be established to be taken seriously (which I can understand -- a prospective client wants to know that you CAN write!), but you have to start somewhere! I don't mind earning my stripes with low-paying gigs to build my "cred", but I also do not want to waste a great deal of time spinning my wheels on dead-end projects (iWriter is springing to mind at the moment!) I just don't know where to begin!

Thanks for this article and your input Relationshipc!

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Kat - Check out for tips and much more. If you have a library nearby, check it out to see if they carry the book 'Writer's Digest University - and if it hasn't already been used, there is a code in there for a free year subscription to the site. Otherwise, the subscription is not that much if it is something you are really interested in.

Kat 2 years ago

Thanks a million, Relationshipc!

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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina

I appreciate the time you took to update this article multiple times. I have been writing on a personal blog and for HP for several years now. I am just venturing out to other things. I went to Google and typed in "iWriter review". Your article here was the very first Google result! I clicked on it without even noticing it was an HP article. Weirdly I trust it more coming from someone who has been here at HP for years! Thanks for providing us all with the positives and negatives before we invest too much time!

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Your welcome peeples.

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peejay1980 2 years ago from Neston, UK

I agree, iWriter is a genius of an idea, but unfortunately the bad eggs ruin it, but that's the world of writing I suppose. I think there should be some kind of review team that look over the article before submission, I've heard many horror stories of articles being rejected and then being used anyway. I had an article myself rejected for no good reason, they also need to ask buyers to submit more information.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@peejay: Yes, yes, and yes.

selfefficacypub 2 years ago

I commented earlier about not having rights to the content you buy from iWriter.

To be fair, you do get a license to use the content, but it is non-transferable.

Kinda makes it difficult to flip (sell) a website with their content on it.

Anyway, I have been struggling to get rights to the book I was having written by an excellent writer I was using there.

No luck...

They just won't do it.

Expensive lesson for me. I did a little research and found that most of the writing services I looked at DO transfer all rights to you.

I wrote some of that up here:

But it goes to a blog, so please edit this comment if I'm out of line.

alex 2 years ago

I completely understand your anger. I am an Iwriter, but very dissatisfied because I am now required to reach 4.1 stars instead of 4.0 to be an elite writer. The site owners have deliberately interfered with the ranking system to make life difficult for me. No explanations have been given by the support team for this action, even after numerous protests. They even had the audacity to tell me to try the fast track program. I mean, why the hell should i pay 147$ if they had found me incapable of moving forward to higher ranks.

edward 2 years ago

thanks for the helpful info. do you have any knowledge on what whether a writer can get paid after an account is banned if he had attained the minimum payable amount?

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@edward - As far as I know, a writer cannot be paid after being banned. IWriter has the right to do that.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@self: I couldn't respond earlier because I was on vacation, but I found your article very interesting. I highly recommend everyone read it who writes for, or buys from, iWriter!

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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Very useful article and comments; thank you all.

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Kristina Pitts 2 years ago from Greenville, SC, USA

Great article.

cmone 2 years ago

I am just wondering whether the formatting for iwriter articles changed...I realized i may space articles but on submission my work looks skewed. any help?

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

Thanks Kristina.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

I've found that using different browsers results in different outcomes. For example, in firefox I can just write normally and have my formatting turn out properly, but in Chrome, I have to hit enter three times after each paragraph to make the formatting work (otherwise my paragraphs are all together.)

I say, when in doubt, double space between paragraphs, check out what the pending article looks like, and use that information to tweak the way you format it next time.

Romio 2 years ago

Great website, But I am using fullwriter which is better

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splendgtlsolns 2 years ago from Kolkata

My experience is this:

Received an email dated October 13, 2014 with subject line: Your article was approved! You earned $1.02.

You were rated a 4 stars by misterigl and you earned


Please review the requester by visiting here:

Write more articles by visiting here:

Thanks for being an iWriter!

The iWriter Team.

When I tried to login, I could not and the message read: Your account is currently banned because of poor rating.

I sent the email as my point is my rating only improved after the above article got approved, and if they wanted to ban my account, why they did not do earlier before consuming my approved article for free.

Here is the response I received on October 14:

Amanda Campbell

I'm sorry, Rajeev; You are required to maintain a rating of 3.4 stars or higher at all times. The account has been closed permanently as your overall rating is 2.6.

Additionally, the amount you have in your balance is too small for a manual payment. Also, due to the nature of this ban, the funds cannot be moved to a different account.

I'm very sorry.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

splendgtlsolns: A 4-star makes your rating worse, not better. A 5 star would make your rating better. With a 4-star rating, it would move your average down lower and that is likely what happened.

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Relationshipc 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Joe - Thanks for pointing that out. We've talked about that here before, but it doesn't seem to stop many people from buying content.

akphilly 23 months ago

The issue I have about iWriter is that the clients are just too damn vague. I mean really, someone asks you to write a 500 word article about something & their only instructions are basically the topic, & what 'tone' they want it in. How the hell is someone supposed to know what to write about? Like for example, 'write a 500 word article about a fragrance label, use friendly tone'. Um....ok, what the hell? Or how about 'Coffee house experience, friendly tone'. Again, what is that supposed to mean, do they mean your experience working at one, owning one, going to one? They're all so damn vague, & the only ones that give you at least a little something more to go on other than a vague topic are the 'Elite Plus' ones, where you either have to have a whole lot of articles already approved to get to that level, or for the bargain price of only $147 you can get there just by submitting 3 articles for the staff to review & bypass the other levels. Give me a break!

BeamMeUp 23 months ago

Kari, thanks for the article, and sorry for the frustration. I was looking for information on rejecting articles as I do not want to be one of "those" requester types screwing up someones day. New to the iWriter site, I just want to find a quality writer. May need to ask iWriter about Joe's point above. May need to check out Odesk.


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Relationshipc 23 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@BeamMeUp - I would definitely do that. I think about that point Joe made often as I write for people. I haven't looked it up to see if anything has changed - mostly because I'm not requesting articles - but not much changes on iWriter from my experience.

You can read selfefficacypubs comment above as well.

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JessyFreeland 22 months ago from Florida

I started writing for iWriter as well and while I do find some really fun articles, the timer does unnerve me, especially when clients aren't being specific in their directions. I'm finding Textbroker to be a lot better in this manner, especially since writers can rate a client's instructions. Plus, you get more money depending on the rating you start at.

Sarah 21 months ago

I just got to 10 articles on iWriter, but when I checked the status of them it said it was under review by admin. Does anybody have any idea why they would review it? I know I didn't plagarize or anything and I have high ratings thus far.

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Relationshipc 21 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Sarah - According to the Facebook group for writers, - this is just part of the new process. I can tell you are a good writer, so I don't understand why they would review your articles, but it does seem to be part of their process now.

Sarah 21 months ago


You weren't kidding about their awful communication. I saw that and it gave me a panic attack. Thank you for telling me. :) I'm definitely coming to this website more often now for updates. I can't trust them for updates.

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Karen Hellier 21 months ago from Georgia

I had never heard of this site before today and found a post about it on Bubblews. Because I like to read reviews before I start writing on a new site, I googled Iwriter and found your hub about it. This was great and very helpful. I think I will stay on the sites I am on now after reading this. thanks for the very helpful info.

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Relationshipc 21 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Karen - Thanks for commenting. What sites are you on?

bobby_hopkins53 21 months ago

I was recently banned from iwriter due to the fact that when I moved from one location to another I never received some tax form and now I am unable to work and also they did not even pay me my last amount of money from my earnings.

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Relationshipc 21 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Bobby - I hear that a lot from people - about not being paid. I don't think that's right, considering you earned the money, but it seems to be the norm for iWriter. What tax form are you talking about?

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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

Thanks for this useful and very informative hub. I really learned a lot from reading this.

Cecelia Harris 20 months ago

The bad and the ugly have really scared me! Thanks for the post, it was informative. You could as well read here how you can become successful on Iwriter.

Thank you

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Relationshipc 20 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

You can also read a 31-page eBook on how to be successful on iWriter here: I used to charge for it, but now it is free to anyone who wants to read it.

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nmcguire7 20 months ago from Los Angeles County

I appreciate this Hub so much. Thank you for your hard work.

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vhayward 20 months ago from Michigan

I have been writing on iwriter for almost a month now and this review has absolutely nailed it. I also have noticed that my word count from word to the website always changes. For instance, on word my article was 2054 words. When I copied it over to iwriter it went down to 1943! That's over a hundred words lost and it doesn't even allow me to submit it because it is now less than 2000. When I asked about this they said they don't count numbers in word count (even spelled out like "nine") but even then my article should have only dropped 10 words.

I also don't like that requesters can rate you with half stars but you must give them whole star ratings. Also, I had an experience with an unjust rating (nothing was wrong with the article, it met all of his requirements and he rated me low because it just because...well no reason actually. Just wasn't for him.) When I went to rate him back I found that I couldn't go lower than 2 stars.

Ultimately, the site is great if you want to make some quick money and is a great tool for beginners who want to make money right away. However, the site is unfairly tailored to the requester with little to no protection for writers.

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Relationshipc 20 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@vhay - You are so right. The word count is always off by a lot from word to iWriter text. I've always wondered about that, but totally forgot to include it.

I am in total agreement with you. The site allows you to make some quick money (depending on who you write for), but you can easily get screwed. I get more people on my Facebook page telling me they were banned as they waited for articles to be approved, and then they lost all of their money in the process.

In fact, I've even seen good writers get banned because of a crappy requester who chooses to give them low ratings for the $2 article they requested. It's not fair.

Anon I Mous 20 months ago

One iWriter requester, a certain Courtney something, was so rude to me in her message, I decided I would have nothing more to do with either her or the site. IMHO, iWriter isn't worth the effort if you are any good.

BloggerMe 19 months ago

Hi there, I am doing some research for a website on making money from home, and came across iWriter. I was wondering if you know a quick and easy way to check that content has not already been published elsewhere, thus making it possible to check an article is authentic?

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Relationshipc 19 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@BloggerMe I'm assuming by quick and easy you mean free? PaperRater is one place you can check for plagiarism. And if you want to pay - Copyscape

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vhayward 19 months ago from Michigan

Iwriter automatically runs each article through cooyscape so I wouldn't bother running it again.

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vhayward 19 months ago from Michigan

Today I had my first truly bad experience with iwriter. I wrote an article (I'm was an elite plus writer) that was rejected. Fine, not everyone has to like my writing and that is the way the site is set up so it's not a surprise that they can reject willy-nilly. Here's my problem though, after rejecting my article the requester gave me a 1.5 star review saying it was repetitive. Of course it was , he wanted an extremely high keyword count in a short 150 word article, not to mention his keyword was actually a 3 word phrase.

Like I said, it's fine that he rejected it and even that he gave me a low rating (unfairly in my opinion). Here's my issue though, I cannot rate him back since he didn't approve my article? That seems like a huge draw back to me. Further more it dropped me down from elite plus to just elite since I am fairly new to the site still and have not written a huge number of articles. It just seems as if this site is unfairly tailored to the requester. I've e-mailed asking for a review of my article and am waiting to see if anything happens from there as I've heard of other people who've written a complaint about an unfair rating and had it fixed.

I am wondering if anyone else has run into this problem on this site?

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Relationshipc 19 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@vhayward - Sounds familiar to me. I have found, too, that I'm often unable to leave a review of a rejection. So, the low rating and the review just sit there without me being able to define myself. I don't find that fair either.

Japneet Kaur 19 months ago

Hello all,


I wrote 10 articles in all. Out of which i got 3 ratings after 4 reviews. 2 were rejected, and rest 4 pending approval. But before I could get reviews for nest 4 iwriter blocked my account for low ratings. As per FAQ its stands eligible for getting blocked only after 10 reviews. This is the second time its happening to me.

Please help in getting through this. What tricks should I play to avoid encountering such issues. I would be really grateful.

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Relationshipc 19 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Japneet - If this is the second time it has happened to you, it is probably because of your writing.

Also, don't pick requesters that reject a lot of people. Only write for requesters who have a high approval rate. In the standard category, a lot of the requesters are there to get WAY more than their money's worth, and because of how iWriter is set up, they can easily reject you, give you low ratings, and hurt your chance at making money.

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vhayward 19 months ago from Michigan

I agree with relationshipc, be sure to take your time choosing the right articles for you. A short low paying job with a good requester can be worth more than a high paying article with a requester who has less than a 50% approval rating.

Hayley 18 months ago

If anyone could help me with this I would appreciate it:

I just signed up for iWriter, and I'm about to get started. However, when I went to add my PayPal, I saw there was a field for Social Security number. I don't want to have to give out my SSN. If I leave it blank, will I still be able to get paid? I don't want to earn a lot of money and then find out I can't obtain any of it.

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Relationshipc 18 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Haylet - Contact their support and ask them. It's been so long that I don't remember if I had to add that!

Hayley 18 months ago

Ok thanks, I was reluctant to contact them in case it was required. They said you only need to provide it if you're making over $500 a year.

Sid 18 months ago

I am an Elite Level writer and have found it tough finding good projects to write this week. I only write for requester who have an approval rate of above 90% and star rating of above 4.9. I wonder where have all the good requester suddenly disappeared.

ZamZam 18 months ago

Thank you very much for sharing this with us. I have had to work with iwriter for quite some time. Requesters have more protection than writers making some of them take advantage of that. Lets face the facts.

The lowest withdrawal amount is $ 20, for your safety when you get to that amount withdraw it, make your withdrawals in a weeks time.

The longer you wait the risk of losing your hard earned cash.

I have had two accounts banned for no good reason luckily this happened after i had got my cash on Tuesday and Wednesday my account was banned.

Iwriter is like a gambling club you never know.

Searching for better sites now.

Wary Traveler 17 months ago

Ugh, all of this. It scares me so!

I'm not going to lie, I've wanted to write for a living for a long time. When I first started reading IWriter seemed like my golden answer!

Sure, it doesn't pay highly, but if you're an unknown content writer with no background in the industry that's likely how you're going to start anyway. And even if you're only making thirty bucks a day it's enough to get by, at least at the "Starving Artist" level.

But as I look at the content requested. A bunch are about garage repair companies in random states. How am I supposed to review a garage door repair company in Denver Colorado honestly While living in Chesapeake Virginia? And their special instructions can be very vague, asking for things like the "freshest and newest information on biological studies.". I know most of this is jitters, but all of this alone makes it difficult to dip your toes in the pond to begin with.

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The Wary Traveler 17 months ago from Chesapeake VA

So, even with all the forewarnings I decided to give IWriter a shot. And here are my results.

I submitted 3 articles in total. The first article was for a mobile carrier post, to which their little make sure I'm not posting someone else's work doodad took two parts from two different sentences and basically charged me 5 cents for using words and phrases that are commion in mobile carrier descriptions. One was "Unlimited domestic calls and text", this post was rejected , the reason the job gave was "They already had the job done.". Fine, no biggie.

My second article was a piece of fiction for a blog site, they accepted. 4.05 prize. Not bad, made me feel good. I'm assuming the third article was rejected however. Why? Because now I am banned from logging into my account due to "low quality rating" . Mind you, I've only had the account two days or so and have only submitted three articles in total.

End result: Terrible system, poor communication, and ever poorer management.

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Relationshipc 17 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@The Wary - Your story is a great example of what is wrong with iWriter. Obviously you can write. The first rejection was for a bogus reason, but they got away with rejecting it even though it wasn't really a rejection. And, to be honest, the the third article was probably rejected because the person couldn't speak English and thought your grammar was bad (I see that rejection a lot!)

In short, they are basing writer's ratings off requesters opinions. Not fair.

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The Wary Traveler 17 months ago from Chesapeake VA

@Relationshipc To be honest it's not even the rejections that upset me. If they don't like it then they don't like it. But to ban my account because my ranks didn't go up in two days writing only three articles? That's ridiculous. Three articles is not enough content to gauge someones ability as a ghost writer period.

That's just poor management, and how much do you want to bet that I will never see that money that I did make for selling that article? Oh the wonders of internet scams.

Bonface 17 months ago

I have been working for iwriter for the last two years. At first things worked very well, it was very difficult to find a client rejecting your work rather they asked for rewrite. Today the requester are cancelling the job with very shoddy reasons.

The iwriter support are very biased to the requester. They does not listen to the complain of the writer.

Nowadays they are failing to pay for new accounts. When you contact them why they have not send your payment, they block your account without your knowledge and the only message they send to you is that "your account has been closed".

I don't recommend any one willing to start freelancing to work here if you don't want frustrations. You will work then refuse to pay you. I have been training writers for the past one year but they discourage me for lack of payment. My student write articles of very high standard and most of them land to elite and elite plus but they refuse to end payment. It has forced me with my whole group to find work somewhere else. Please don't expect to make your end meets with iwriter. Look for somewhere else, there are many websites that are paying triple compared to what iwriter pays.

Bambi Majumdar 17 months ago

They are extremely unethical!!! They will use stolen content without any guilt whatsoever. They will take articles from anyone without verifying copyright issues or sources. When confronted with stolen content issues, they are super casual with answers like sorry we can't help. It shows despite being in the content industry, they have no respect for writers. One should be very very careful before putting in all the hard work.

New Writer 15 months ago

Well, I signed up and began writing. I am not the best writer but I am a good writer so I thought I could use my skills and get better as I go. Well, I wrote three articles - all of which were accepted - then today I log on to write another article and my account is locked out stating that my rating is too low. How can they lock me out for my rating after only three articles all of which were accepted? I feel they just want to get articles and then lock you out so you do not have to get paid for the hard work that you have done. BE CAREFUL WITH THIS SITE!!!!

patrick 14 months ago

Well well well.. at last an not alone thank you guys for sharing. I joined iWriter a few weeks ago and currently have had no article rejected. Just when i thought my dream was coming true i got banned due to low rating. All of my articles have been rated 3 star and others auto approved. Today was another day that i thought i was really going to achieve my weekly goal only to find my account blocked with three articles pending approval. Surely what does this mean? can i get my $10+ i worked for last week. Is there another way to get your account back? i will be happy to learn

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Relationshipc 14 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Patrick - 3 stars is a low rating, so that may be why it got banned completely. From what I've heard from others, you can't get your money back. And you can't get your account back.

dinaleaves 14 months ago

hi, I just took my time reading this article review all the way back from 2 years ago and to say the least, I think I will stay away from this site (iwriter ). I have applied for the account but am yet to waste my efforts writing a single article for them. I sure could do with recommendations for other writing sites. I tried applying for accounts on sites like writer bay, essay shark etc but too many rejections to count.

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Relationshipc 14 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@dina - Yeah, there is not a lot out there. Iwriter kind of has the market.

Marion 9 months ago

Just had my first article from iWriter rejected due to formatting! They said there was double spacing all through the article was a red flag that I had copied and pasted. Well they were right, I had, but only within the article as I moved things around as most writers do. How is this considered an acceptable reason for rejection when copyscape can detect any plagiarism? Think I will give iWriter a big miss and focus my efforts on sites with integrity in future.

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Relationshipc 9 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@marion - Yeah, the iWriter editor is different for every browser. When I format the article properly in one browser, all the paragraphs disappear, and in another browser with the same formatting, all the paragraphs double space. Now, I format the article in the editor before submitting according to the browser I know. It's a bit ridiculous.

And, yes, if it passed Copyscape, then it is not copied and pasted. That's ridiculous. People are ridiculous!

iwriterguy 7 months ago

i know it s an old post but I'm with ya 100% These guys need to refund me a bunch of money. Many people the articles written are safe because they use copyscape but if you simple copy an random sentence and paste it into google with quotations...99% of the time you will get a hit of a copied article. try it out yourself "your random sentence, etc" and paste into google. make sure you include the quotation marks.

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Stacie Writes 7 months ago

Couldn't walk by, without throwing my 2 cents. My experience with iwriter isn't rich. I started writing last month.

What can I say, I have written 8 articles, 5 of which were rejected. Aside that their payment is low, they do not even give you any guarantee. The buyer can just reject your article, without leaving a comment with proper explanation of the reason, or write something like "it's not what I expected". Well, shouldn't you write exactly what you expected? Sorry for my ranting, but I am quite frustrated. If they would have at least a modification button, it would have been different. At this point, writing for iwriter is like playing Guess it? game.

The only positive thing about iwriter is that they pay instantly and you can choose any topic you want.

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Relationshipc 7 months ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@stacie writes - Yeah, I hear you. It doesn't matter how good of a writer you are, you can be rejected for ridiculous reasons on iWriter. You have to find a few good clients, and that can be hard to do.

Ian 6 months ago

Hey, what is happening with iwriter text editor. I have had two articles rejected because the essay looks completely different from what i wrote. Is anybody else experiencing this and how can i go around it?

Yaz 6 months ago

Nowadays all the standard articles are mostly fake Amazon reviews (which you must post under your own Amazon account) or they are flagged for the requester's "favorite writer". Which is ridiculous. I have only been able to write a few articles because of this, so the chances of making it to premium look slim.

I think I'd rather spend my time writing my own Kindle eBooks or website and trying to generate money that way.

privi 5 months ago

I have been writing for iwriter for the past four years. I am an elite writer and a favorite writer of many requesters. But, recently my account has been blocked because one requester has reported me for plagiarism. They just blocked me and did not give me a chance to explain. Moreover, my one month's earnings has also been blocked. The money I have earned is for the articles that have been approved. So, how is it be fair to take my hard earned money!

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Mihnea Manduteanu 5 months ago


Firstly, thank you for this article. I've been thinking about joining iWriter for quite a while. Since I am not am American, my online freelance writing options are limited and this one seems very good. Looking over their site though I see that standard articles are beginning to be very limited. Today for example there is only one, just one request. So for me it's either the fast track or nothing at all. I haven't seen a lot of comments about Fast track...did anyone actually use it? Is it worth it? I mean there are a lot more Elite requests than Standard ones and I know my level is good enough...I've been writing on my own review site for years now and I have become a known figure in my field (I am a member of the International Film Music Critic Association) and I know my writing is good. The point is...Before taking this 147$ leap of faith (and it is a steep one) I'd like to hear someone actually tell me that they used the fast track and it's worth it, somehow...

Thank you.

Say Yes To Life 5 months ago

The number of types of articles fluctuate from one day to another. If there are only a few standard articles today, there will most likely be more tomorrow. I recommend working your way up that way, rather than buying in.

Pro 5 months ago

The Fast Track program is the boldest scam I've ever willingly been suckered by. Out of morbid curiosity, I just decided to throw $147 into the fire so you all didn't have to.

Now as they promised, after pledging my money, I was provided three "trial" articles to write. I wrote those articles. So far, so good.

My articles apparently got an average of 4.5 each, (just 0.1 short of Elite status at 4.6), but I was promoted from Standard to Premium. No feedback was given on any of them, so there's no way to tell if anyone read them or not.

Now, here's where things got interesting.

Iwriter determines your rating based on an average from the quanity of jobs you knock out. I had only ever written 10 articles for Iwriter, (plus the 3 for their Fast Track program). For some bizarre reason, after doing the Fast Track program, my rating was now calculated out of FORTY assignments instead of the 10 I'd actually done.

I assumed this must just be a temporary glitch, but after completing another assignment, the number went up to 41. For reasons yet unexplained, Iwriter added a total 30 nonexistent articles to my work history.

Now here's where things transcend interesting and just get disturbing.

Many others have mentioned how they were uncertain about the availability of articles on Iwriter. A common trend is that writers almost always seem to find articles at their level scarce (4 or 5 on a good day), whereas the higher levels appear to have hundreds available at a time.

When I was Standard, I had always seen that there were several hundred articles available at Premium level. I assumed this just must be because, naturally, more people are willing to be pay for better quality.

Now, with my newly-appointed Premium ranking, I go to survey the available Premium jobs.


There were three available.

24 hours ago, there had been 150. Now there were three.

Not content to jump to conclusions, I decided to do a little experiment. I relocated to another IP address, made a separate account, and then looked at the job listings again with the new account's Standard rating.

Premium job listing?

150+ available Premium jobs visible to the Standard writer (who they eagerly proposition the $147!Fast Track program to), but only 3 available Premium jobs available in reality to the actual Premium writer.


The next thing I realized was that an extremely high amount of the jobs available on all of the listings appeared to have been submitted at random dates; some of which as far as 2 weeks into the past. An article submitted on 5/24/16, directly above one submitted 6/02/16.

This bizarre inconsistency was consistent at the higher levels (Elite and Elite+) as well, which gave very ominous implications. At Premium level (with 150 jobs available to a writer who isn't Premium, but only 3 available to one who actually is), I could see that both Elite and Elite+ apparently have over one hundred available.

So, what's to make of this? Well, at a 4.5 rating with 41 articles (only 11 in reality plus Iwriter's ghost articles), it would take me approximately 20 more consecutive 5-star ratings to actually see Elite level, and an awe-inspiring 60 5-star ratings in a row to get an inside look into Elite+.

Frankly, if I truly possessed the time, energy, talent and luck to achieve such a momentous feat for the sake of discovery, then my time would have been better spent making my own website to approach real clients and write 70,000 moneymaking words for them instead.

And even if I were to fall short of reaching the ratings necessary just to SEE if there were any real jobs available, Iwriter would still get a cut from my prostitution.

I decided that this little recon mission had come to a close. To any brave soul of well-enough means and dead-enough spirit to pick up where I left off, vaya con dios.

privi 5 months ago

Hi Pro, what you say is right. As my elite status account was blocked by iwriter, I opened a new account. There are only one or two articles available for standard writers, but I can see that there are hundreds of articles for premium and elite writers.

Bob 4 months ago

Regarding your Notepad to iWriter posting problem, have you tried avoiding the truncated text by clicking on the Format dropdown menu and unchecking Word Wrap before pasting? I think that would do it.

Lol iWriter 3 months ago

I don't understand why people are surprised at how finicky the clients are and how lazy the writers are.

The pay offered there is horrendous. It's abysmal.

SallyR 3 months ago

I just joined iWriter today. I believe just like any other site, there are real people (with real ethics) and real writers. So the idea is still great.

But OMG how hard is it to find information on just the website? I mean things like: how do I cancel a request? how do I search for a specific writer? How do I send a special request to someone?

The FAQ is like, so uninformative. So that's my problem with them. But in saying that, I am still hoping the end result (article) is worth it in the end.

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Sunkist123 2 months ago

I was looking for a site to make a few extra $s and found iWriter. I've been freelancing for nearly 10 years, and never had any of my work flat-out rejected before iWriter. Of the 7 articles I wrote, 3 were rejected with comments like "not what I want" and "not what I'm looking for." I Googled and found 2 forums & a writer's blog with MANY complaints about the company- including numerous comments that the clients reject material and then go ahead and use it without paying for it. I don't think that many people could be mistaken or lying.

Arun 2 months ago

Its actually a fraud company. Dont go for it because they just make money like this: banning others accounts and taking away their cash. Now just imagine if they ban 1000 accounts everyday then how much can they make?

Arunodaya Singh 2 months ago

They earn via fraud so my advice is that you stay away from it. Even decent writers getting banned because they calculate your ratings based on rejected articles. so its obvious that the people who have rejected your articles is gonna rate you with 1 star or so. hardly seems fair to me. And what iwriter does is, it takes your account balance and just ban your account. Even if they are banning 100 writers everyday, i think they are doing good. New writers usually earn $10 in 3 days and after that they just get banned. you wont even get an explanation or even be able to see who banned you. The customer service is really bad as you wont even get a reply.

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Sunkist123 2 months ago

@Arun: Now that you mentioned this, there's also their so-called "Fast-Track" option- they actually CHARGE writers to access higher-paying jobs... an 'application fee' of $147 !!!!

I'd never heard about them banning people, but somebody's certainly making a lot of money, and it isn't writers !!!

I was with them for a few weeks, and the only reason I even reached the minimum for payout at all was one client liked my work so much that she gave me "tips" and a "special request" (direct order).

Fatima 2 months ago

I had 18 dollars in my account and an article pending review and they banned me out

They won't even let me transfer my money, they just stole it !

These people rob millions in this manner and then ban writers

Linwright 7 weeks ago

NEVER, EVER USE iWRITER - Seriously. Here's the deal, if you are going to use iWriter, check the blogs through Google (not Copyscape) every single time. I woudl say a good 50% of every article that I buy from iWriter is duplicate content...this is no joke, 50% OF EVERY ARTICLE I BUY FROM iWRITER IS DUPLICATE CONTENT.

As long as you're aware of this, and you check all article before posting to your website, you should be fine. Simply open a new ticket with them, let them know you want a refund and a new blog, and you'll get another blog at no charge.

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Relationshipc 7 weeks ago from Alberta, Canada Author

@Linwright - What do you mean 'you'll get another blog'? Do you mean you will get another article at no charge?

Ashwin 10 days ago

I have just started out with iwriter and so far my experience has been good, even if I have written just once. Most of the comments on here dampen your spirits but I guess i can understand given their experience. Are there better platforms for writers?

MaMiZa 2 days ago

I didn't read all comments thru, but I get the idea of what is going on with iWriter. I would like to share with you my experience. Since English is my second language, I was looking for a site where I can develop my skills and practice writing, spelling, grammar, etc. (even thou I am a very good writer in my language), so it seemed logical to me to start on iWriter. And it was a very good school for me on account of experience and what to expect. Let me start from the end. Last thing with iWriter is that I've made about 115$ in less than a week writing only in first star rank, taking only articles that were paid 13 bucks. They were all approved, with good review but ranked not higher than 3 stars. I got fed up with that, since I realized that it is very hard and it would take too long to upgrade, so I didn't write anything for a year. Finally, I remembered that I made some money on iWriter and went back to collect it, but for the past few week I've been truing to get them to transfer certain amount from my credit to my pay pal. Even thou everything is set as it should be, that is not happening. For that reason, I've been searching on iWriter and found out that they have tendency not to pay, but you stated that they do. What do you thing, what is going on? Second, I believe that there are people on iWriter who have more than one account, playing roles of employers and writers, giving themselves assignments (special writer requests) and ranking themselves with five stars, raising up their expert level. By coincidence I took a request that was "special" and received very angry, treating msg from the requester to leave that job or I will be banded, ranked with one star and so one. I apologized, because I really overlooked that it was special request, but it left me wondering. So I started to follow some of these accounts and I saw pattern. I even took on purpose few of assignments, just to see the reaction, and every time it was unnecessary very aggressive, just to emotional for simple article request (agenda was clear). That disappointed me, since I was writing and following the rules "by the book", but still getting great reviews, and only 3 star average for 30+ articles. One more issue, that was very annoying is the automatic program that checks copyscape. Every time when I used some common phrase (can't remember exactly what, but something ridicules like "green dollar bill") I was warned about copyscape and charged with a 0.05 fee. I also paid for a requested keyword as copyscape. They charged me even when I wrote a name of someone famous. Honest to God. Completely idiotic program. And I agree with you that it is too cheap and unfair platform for writers. For now, all I want from them is to pay me what I've earned, and erase them from my memory.

All the Best, MaMiZa

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