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A Quick Guide to Kick-Starting Your Writing on iWriter

Updated on May 12, 2017
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Januaris is a freelance copywriter and SEO analyst. He writes articles for sales pages and does on-page optimization to improve page rank.

As you may be aware, iWriter is a freelance site that specializes in content writing. Used by skilled writers and trusted content requesters, the site is one of the most reputable freelance platforms on the web today. It is always full of projects; i.e. work that is in the form of articles, rewrites and eBooks.

I have been working on this site for the last 4 years, and I can truly say that it is a great place for new freelancers to earn online. The platform is a legit one: not a scam. Some people may think that it’s one of those rip-off sites, but it's not!

In this quick guide, I have discussed a few important things that a newbie would need to know or do in order to succeed on this content writing platform. So if you are planning to join it, read on to learn how to kick-start your use of the platform.

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site's logo | Source

1. Create a Complete Account - It’s Free and No Tests to Sign Up!

Unlike other article writing sites, iWriter does not charge you anything to sign up with them. Also, it does not subject you to tests or exams in order to start working on the platform.

You only need to create an account by filling in your personal details on a signup page and you are good to start picking projects. I recommend that you choose a strong password in order to keep your account secure.

In Brief, How to Sign Up/Register with iWriter.

1. Visit the site.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Save.

2. Watch a Simple Video Tutorial on How to Use iWriter

The video tutorial is provided by the operators of the platform and is designed to help you get started with much ease.

You may be tempted to start without watching the tutorial, but I would advise you to go through it in order to know how to use iWriter quickly and enjoy easy time on the site. You will be able to learn about the statistics of the requesters, the best requesters to work with and how to pick projects, among other important things.

You can watch the tutorial from here!

3. Keep Your iWriter Account Safe From the Word Go!

What I mean by that is to always protect your account from being terminated. Your account will be blocked or suspended if you go against the terms of use of the platform. It will also be blocked or suspended if your work fails copyscape 3 times. And in case you didn't know, written work fails copyscape if it is plagiarized. The following is the warning that you get when you try to submit plagiarized work.

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

Other reasons for banning of iWriter accounts include: scamming, low rating and sending the same article twice. Some people think that their accounts have been hacked when they get blocked, but this is usually not the case. See some of the messages that you get when you have been blocked.

  • "Error: Your account has been blocked due to trying to send the same article twice."
  • "Error: Your account has been blocked due to scamming rating."
  • "Error: Your account has been banned due to low rating."
  • "Error: IP is temporarily banned because you are using too many iWriter accounts."

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

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

If you get banned, you can request your earnings by sending a message to the support team. Getting your earnings after a ban will be possible if you have the minimum amount ($20) in your account. So if you get banned with less than this amount, you may have to forget about requesting your accrued pennies.

4. Work From Your Mobile Device with iWriter App Basic or App Pro

The App Basic is a simple and elegant text editor that allows you to write an article or take some notes. The same is true for the App Pro, but the Pro comes with more advanced features.

Feature of iWriter App Basic (Version 3.3)

  • Little or distraction-free interface.
  • Dropbox and iCloudsync for iPad & iPhone.
  • Tailor-able themes and fonts.
  • Automatic bullet/number list continuations.
  • Multitasking help and support.
  • TextExpander help and support.
  • Bug & down-speed fixes and user interface support.
  • Suitable for both iPhone & iPad.
  • Available in a number of languages, including English & Russian.
  • Compatible with iOS 8.3 or later, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Export options of the App Basic

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

How to use the App Basic (tips and tricks)

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

Features of the App Pro (Version 1.1)

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

How to use the App Pro (tips and tricks)

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

5. Write On a Wide Range of Topics

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

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

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

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

Your speed and quality of writing matter a lot on this site. The requesters approve or reject your articles and give you a rating. So you should strive to produce great work, otherwise your articles will get rejected with low ratings making you vulnerable to a ban!

Stream of work after completing the first three articles!
Stream of work after completing the first three articles! | Source

7. Rise From a Standard Writer to Premium then Elite and Elite Plus

On this freelance site, people start as standard writers then rise to premium, elite and elite plus levels depending on their completed projects and ratings. See how you can get to these levels.

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

8. Get Paid According to Word Count and Writing Level

Yes, the amount you earn depends on your writing level and word count. The least you can earn is $1.02 for a 150-word article. On the other extreme, you can earn $50 or more for a 1,000-word article when being an elite plus writer. The available word counts include: 150, 300, 400, 500, 700, 1000 and 2000.

The payments (for a beginner) include: $1.62 for 300 words, $2.00 for 400 words, $2.43 for 500 words, $4.05 for 700 words, $9.00 for 1000 words and $15.00 for 2000 words. Any project above 2000 words is termed as an eBook and comes with higher earnings.

9. Provide Outstanding Work to Get Special Requests

Special requests come from requesters who liked your previous work, and have higher earnings than the normal requests. A requester will send a special project directly to you through the platform and it's only you who will see it unless there are other favorite writers included by the requester to complete the project.

These requests are identified by a yellow star image, so when you see them, do them first and you will earn more.

10. Get Paid Via PayPal

This writing site pays only through PayPal, so you should have a PayPal account in order to receive payments. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can create one for free. With the PayPal account, you only need to enter your PayPal email on your profile page.

On this page, you can set your iWriter account to receive payments weekly on Tuesdays, bi-weekly on Wednesdays or monthly on 5th or 25th. The minimum payout is $20 which means that you get paid only after you have this amount in your account.

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

Get payment instantly on your PayPal account
Get payment instantly on your PayPal account | Source

11. Become an Affiliate and Earn More on iWriter

This is a great way to maximize your earnings on the writing platform. You should have a blog or website to qualify for the affiliate program. After you have been approved for the program, you get an affiliate link which you should embed on your blog or site to start earning commission.

You earn the commission only when a requester joins the site through your link and posts some work. The affiliate earnings are paid just like the earnings gained through writing. To increase your earning potential in the affiliate program, you can send emails about the writing service, but spamming is unacceptable. You can also use banners to boost the affiliate links.

12. Be Ready to Deal with Site Errors

While loading pages, you will come across some annoying errors. Some of these errors disappear after a few minutes while others stay forever probably due to ban. The short-lived errors usually happen due to high traffic on the site. See the common error messages below.

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

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

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

"Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at www.iwriter.com."

"Chrome can’t access iWriter."

"HTTP 404 iWriter Webpage Not Found."

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

Conclusion

iWriter is a great place to use your writing skills and earn a side income. It is quick to sign up with and easy to use as detailed in this guide.

The content writing service has a reliable support: you can enjoy a live chat with a customer care service provider or communicate with the management through email. Another great thing is that you can always communicate with the requesters through the platform. You can also access your progress and stats on the homepage.

If you are pretty new in the world of freelancing, there are a number of iWriter alternatives that you can use to diversify your earnings. Some of them include: Constant-Content, Fiverr, VWorker, Article Document, Freelancer, TextBroker, Odesk, Elance, Guru, DotWriter and Content Authority.

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© 2015 Januaris Saint Fores

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