I just received some sad news that Kenya has been suspended from iWriter.com on 10th July, 2012 until further notice. The reason given by their support team is the fact that they have had a lot of hacking, breaking accounts and stealing money attempts from IP addresses that seemed to come from Kenya.
This is sad news indeed as I had already pitted iWriter.com as the best article writing website. It is my sincere hope that they will sort out the problem soon. In case there are Kenyans out there trying to hack into their accounts, I hope this habit stops when they see what it has led to.
Meanwhile, I would advise everyone to spread their wings. Try using sites like Fiverr, Elance and any other legit freelancing sites. I would like to hear what you have to say about this so feel free to drop a comment below. Also as I stated in another post, try diversifying ways of making money online so that if one is affected, you can gain from another. It is my sincere hope that all will be well soon.
The following are real time updates on actions that were taken by both myself and other readers. Eventually, iWriter officially came back though partially.
Update (11/7/2012 – 2:11pm)
iWriter is back on for Kenya. I hope it will remain this way. Note that it is not back for everyone in Kenya. Keep looking out.
iWriter is now back for most Kenyans. There are still sections of the country where it is still banned. I believe soon the ban will be lifted everywhere.
iWriter is now not working again for Kenyans, only very few. It is fully back for India. I don’t know about the rest of the countries. From research, the following countries were also banned Litvia, Russia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Malaysia, Czech Republic.
Advice: Continue advocating for it to be back especially through Brad’s Warrior Forum iWriter thread by following the link below:
Use only 5% of your energy on this, 95% of your energy should be spent looking for something else and setting up your portfolio elsewhere. Think positive and remain optimistic for better opportunities. Click on “Follow Blog via Email” on the sidebar for more updates on how to make it online as a Kenyan. Kindly don’t talk dirty either here or on Warrior, it will do you no good. Just one post there is enough. After all, he is the owner and reserves the right to do what he wants.
Thank you for taking my advice and trying to persuade Brad to get us back. Let us remember that iWriter is Brad’s website and he reserves the right of admission. If he says we go, we cannot force him to let us stay.
Advice: Please let’s try to focus our energies on something else for now. Any more about him on Warrior Forum will just sound rude and defaming. Remember the goal is not to paint a bad picture of him, but try to get Kenya back on HIS system. I have posted my last comment there about Kenya and I have also refocused on other systems. For those who iWriter works for them, enjoy it when it lasts. If it doesn’t work for you, I am very sorry. Keep checking back every few days and maybe it may come back. Check my other posts below on what you can do to make it in the long term.
Here is Brad’s last response to Ndege, a Kenyan writer in iWriter. Let’s respect his wishes and ownership of the site, having already said what we feel (WSO means Warrior Special Offers):
Hi ndege, I agree. Trust me, if it were possible to allow you to write, we would. It is not possible.
Again, it is a case of dishonest people ruining for honest people like yourself. There is nothing more we can do now or in the future. And I’ll leave it at that. I’m sorry.
There are other writing sites that I would suggest you pursue. You can Google to find them.
If you have further questions regarding this, please use the support desk, and we will be happy to respond. Again, I’m very sorry.
I will no longer be commenting on this topic in the WSO.
He will no longer be responding as stated above. On masking IPs, contacting support or commenting to the forum, feel free to make your personal decisions but my opinion is LET IT GO. We’ll make it or make it, nothing in between. All the best guys
iWriter is officially back in Kenya. This has been confirmed by Brad Callen in Warrior Forum and also by most writers in the comments below. There are a few IPs that are still not working. Brad claims that in case there is a spammer in your IP class, the whole IP class will be off. Otherwise, most writers are fully back on iWriter. Time to get writing!
iWriter seems not to be working for guys using mobile ISPs. This is soon after guys were happy it was back. This seems like a deliberate effort to block out most Kenyans. Let’s keep looking for alternatives to avoid losses.
iWriter is now working for guys on Airtel. I hope it will come back to all other mobile ISPs. The problem though is that there seems to be very little work on the queue.
iWriter is still working perfectly for people on Airtel. Other mobile ISPs still seem to have problems but most non-mobile ones work fine. Workflow is also great and there have been no other bans on Kenyans for over one year. Enjoy writing on iWriter.