It seems like we have done it all when it comes to iWriter in Kenya. If you check out my former post titled iWriter Suspends Kenya, you’ll see hundreds of comments showing the struggle we had when the first ban happened. Eventually it ended peacefully when we realized that you could just change ISPs and continue writing. As of that time, Safaricom modems were the ones affected so many switched to Airtel and Orange and all was well.
A few months down the line, all mobile ISPs seem to have been blocked. I personally do not agree with Brad’s statement that they are blocking scammers from countries like Kenya, India and the rest. I strongly believe it is an effort to block out writers from countries that do not have English as their first language. This is a noticeable trend online but don’t worry, we can still make it regardless. When it comes to scamming, I believe there are many 1st world countries that can put iWriter down in one day or scam 100 times better than Kenya and the others. I am not advocating for an outburst in Warrior Forum or iWriter Support Desk and this should be taken solely as my opinion.
There isn’t much we can do about that. Below are some of my suggestions on how to we can go about this.
1. Start With a Cost-Benefit Analysis
Being a writer there, I have also been affected. We cannot spend too much time trying to get it back since it will just go again. Should you go to Warrior or send insults on iWriter’s support desk? No. I believe we have already used too much time doing these. Some people report that it’s working well through non-mobile ISPs such as Zuku, Access Kenya and the like. In case it is working in your end, kindly leave your comments on which ISP you are using so that guys can know what works. You can use the options below:
i) Install the specific ISP that works and be using it: Only do this if you earn so much from iWriter that you can bear the loss. The aim here is to minimize the loss as much as possible. If you earn like $200 a week from iWriter, you may lose more if you leave abruptly. It may therefore make sense to just get what works and stick with it while looking for alternatives. Leave it completely only when you have another site giving you $200 or more per week. If you make $20 per week, there is no sense in shifting ISPs.
ii) Use a cyber cafe to collect and submit work: This should not be very costly and you can use it as a temporary measure. It may be a little inconvenient but in life, we get what we work for. It is better to use this option to process special requests as you look for other avenues. This is because special requests give you 2-10 days to work on them therefore you can simply collect work, do it in Notepad (this won’t introduce special characters) and then submit before time’s up. Aim at submitting way before time since they’ve also been having issues with their web hosts and you don’t want that to happen when your special request is due.
iii) Keep your iWriter account: Maybe a couple of weeks or months later they will consider getting Kenya back to their “fully functional” list. I may also be wrong about the ESL thing above. Therefore don’t rush into asking support to delete your account.
This does not need any more emphasis. I have stated many times in this blog and elsewhere that when making money online, you need as many streams of income as possible. I read somewhere that even God put four streams in the Garden of Eden to make sure it is adequately supplied. It is now time to bid heavily in Elance, oDesk, LondonBrokers and other sites. Try also starting a blog and learning different other ways on making money online. The wise already did this long ago. I am doing a series of posts about how to do this so make sure you add your email on the sidebar and follow blog via email.
3. Kill the Chain Reaction
Every action has a consequence. It seems strongly possible that iWriter does not want most Kenyans and other ESL (English as a second language) writers in their site. Therefore, whatever action you do on this, there will be a follow-up consequence. In short, if we all shift from mobile ISPs to another popular ISP, they will ban that ISP in the next couple of weeks. For example, if in the comments we all say it works fine with Zuku, iWriter will ban Zuku in the next couple of months when they notice many Kenyans are there. The biggest hint here is that we all need to slowly move out of iWriter. Let’s only leave those who have done their serious cost-benefit analyses and are willing to shift ISPs for this reason. In my opinion, they also need to shift their main source of income from iWriter in the long run.
4. Use Alternatives
There are only two serious alternatives that I can recommend from personal experience. These are Elance and Fiverr. You can also try oDesk. Let’s not be mean guys, kindly suggest on the comments which other sites work for you. I know most of us don’t want to bid but it is better to visit places where you are welcome.
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5. Join GlobeSkill
Yes, there is still little movement in GlobeSkill but it is closest home. In case you have not registered, click here to register. For more on GlobeSkill, click here to see my GlobeSkill article. Let’s promote it by looking for both freelancers to outsource to and clients to work for.
6. Don’t Act Desperately
Do not join fake programs that promise you super-normal profits overnight. I check out my stats frequently through WordPress Dashboard and Google Analytics. Over the last couple of days, some of the search terms that have brought many to my site include:
- iWriter Suspends Kenya
- iWriter bans Kenya
- iWriter forbidden in Kenya
- Is iWriter back in Kenya?
- Adila Adoyo
Adila Adoyo? I also asked myself the same question. I am sure guys came across this name through some spam mails that have been making rounds in the last couple of months. A commenter once asked about it here, Google picked it up and now FreelancerKenya is in the first page of Google for the search term, “Adila Adoyo”. You can see those comments in the article, Why Kenyan Writers are top-rated and Most Clients Always Want to Hire Kenyan Writers.
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iWriter is an incredible site but we shouldn’t allow it or any other site to keep shaking us around. Use the above tips and others in this iWriter article. Feel free to leave your questions and comments below. For more advanced, “Kenyanized” tips on making it online, don’t hesitate to buy my eBook.