iWriter is a content mill that has high expectations — and low pay — for writers.
Expected pay: less than 1 penny per word ($2.15 to $25.35 for 500 words)
Commissions & fees: NA
Requirements: Application; writing test; photo id; Facebook or Linkedin profile
iWriter enlists freelancers to complete writing assignments for less than a half-cent per word. Even in the exploitative world of content mills, this site’s pay is unusually poor.
How it works
iWriter accepts writers from almost every part of the world. You don’t need to be a native English speaker. Simply sign up and take two writing tests that the review team will use to judge your English capabilities.
There are two prompts: “Tell us about yourself and why you would like to writer for iWriter”, and “What is the #1 way a company can be successful with social media marketing?” Each prompt requires a unique 200-word answer.
If your application is approved, you will need to send a selfie holding a government-issued ID next to your face.
Once your profile is verified, you can start browsing the writing assignments in the feed.
As a new writer, you can accept only Standard-level writing projects. Browse through the queue to find a project that catches your interest. Ideally, choose a topic that you are familiar with and can write about quickly.
But when you’re browsing projects, pay attention to the client’s approval rate. We recommend choosing projects from clients that have an approval rate of 90% or higher. If you choose a project from a client that has a low approval rate, you risk having to rewrite the article for free.
The writer’s earnings will be displayed next to each assignment. However, you only receive those earnings once your article has been approved by the client, which can take a few days.
iWriter has four levels for writers. And those levels determine how much you earn for each assignment.
Every new writer starts at the Standard level, which pays about $0.004 a word — i. e. less than a half-cent a word. To be promoted to the Premium level, you must have a minimum rating of 4.1 with 25 ratings. In other words, you have to write 25 articles at the standard level and get good reviews from all of your clients to be promoted to Premium.
Premium projects pay slightly more — about $6.5 for 500 words. From there it takes another five reviews (for a total of 30) and a minimum rating of 4.6 to qualify for the Elite level.
Elite-level writers can earn about $7 for 500 words. But the highest level is Elite Plus. At the Elite Plus level, writers can earn $25 for 500 words.
Notably, most content mills we’ve reviewed pay roughly 2 cents per word — $25 for a 500 word article — to writers. And we consider that pretty sorry pay. But, at iWriter, you’re the top of the heap if you earn that much.
iWriter takes a 30% to 35% commission on writer pay. So if a client orders 1000 words for a total of $22 ($0.02 a word), the freelancer earns 65% of $22, or $14.30.
Most articles are around 500 words and pay $2.10 to the writers. The site pays every Tuesday via PayPal, Tipalti or Direct deposit. However, the writer must build up at least $20 in his or her account to get paid.
This is a terrible place to find writing work. We’d recommend almost every other writing opportunity on SideHusl.com over this one. If you are a skilled writer, consider nDash, Contently, Skyword or FreeUp. And those who write in niche topics — captions, dating profiles, resumes, etc. — should consider posting a profile and “package” on Fiverr.
What their users say (from SiteJabber)
I am deeply disappointed with the iWriter company’s unethical and unprofessional behavior. After countless hours working as a writer for their platform, they refused to pay me the money I rightfully earned. Despite multiple attempts to contact their support team, I received no response or explanation for why I was not being paid. To make matters worse, iWriter went a step further and closed my writing account, cutting off all communication and any future opportunities for work. This kind of treatment is unacceptable and disrespectful to hard-working writers like me who rely on fair compensation.
Writers spend hours writing content and the clients approve the content. During payday, iWritter will delete your account without substantial reasons and refuse to pay you no matter the money you had made. Writers stay off. Waste of time and resources.
Used to be good
This website used to be good for freelance writers, I worked here for several years. However, in the last year that I worked (2018), article requests were getting fewer and freelance writers were getting plentier. So we were actually competing in the time of milliseconds to pick up requests. Prices of articles were not changed at all, while the cost of living went up. In the end, I had to pick up any article theme just to make a living and clients were also getting more demanding day by day.