Search the internet for “iWriter” and you’ll find a lot of mixed reviews about it. Some people say it is a fraudulent site that preys on poor writers while others say it is the best writing site. Whatever your take is, iWriter has influenced many writers and continues to influence writers up to today. It is a great platform for both amateur and professional writers. I came to iWriter as an amateur writer who didn’t even know the meaning of SEO but I’m now a seasoned, Elite writer in writer who can write on a wide range of topics.
How I got into Writing
After a long and fruitless job search, I was on the verge of giving up. I had almost exhausted my avenues when I came across an advert about a writing job. With no experience whatsoever, I decided to apply. I was given an article to write and lo and behold, it was accepted and I was paid. Seeing I had nothing to lose, I decided to give writing a try. Additionally, writing was something I had loved since childhood. After consulting a friend, I did a quick search online and came across iWriter. I quickly signed up but my nervousness hindered me from writing an article for the first 3 days. During those days, I kept myself occupied by reading about SEO and online writing. After gathering enough courage, I finally pushed myself to write the first article. Needless to say, it was rejected. My second and third articles got rejected as well. Luckily, my fourth article got accepted. Looking back, I think it was God’s way of telling me “hold on,” and hold on I did. Within 6 months, I had written my way up to Elite status. So what’s my secret? What did I do differently? Here are some tips and tricks to help you on your way:
Write and Read Daily
I cannot emphasize this enough. “Practice makes perfect” is one of my life’s mottos. You can’t expect to be good at something you don’t do every day. If you want to be a good writer, write daily and read from top authors and writers. Writing and reading will help you to perfect your grammar and punctuation. Some requesters on iWriter will reject your articles for minor grammatical mistakes. I don’t blame them; Google doesn’t tolerate poor grammar either.
Learn to Differentiate Requesters
I normally categorize requesters into two classes; Easy 5-star and difficult 5-star. Translated, this means there are some requesters who will easily give you 5-star rating while others will make you earn it. If you want to get high ratings, write each article as if you were writing for a tough requester. Requesters who push you to write better make it easier for you to get to elite status. However, this doesn’t mean you write for requesters who constantly give other writers bad ratings. As a personal rule, I never go for a requester with less than 60% rating.
Understand the Topic
You can’t write a great article about a topic you don’t know. For example, if you see an article requested about “gynecomastia treatment,” how do you go about writing it? First off, you have to understand what gynecomastia is before you start to write the article. When writing on an unfamiliar topic, give yourself a few minutes to understand the topic well before starting to write.
At standard level and premium level, jobs are hard to come by during the day. However, jobs at these levels abound at night. In fact, sometimes you’ll find so many jobs you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you want to become an elite writer, become nocturnal, write articles at night, and sleep during the day. Drink lots of coffee to help you stay awake.
Hard work pays, Period. Don’t write bad articles and expect to get good ratings. As far as iWriter goes, trying to get to premium or elite level through shortcuts will only get you banned, avoid it at all costs.
In conclusion, if you want to get to elite status, work hard, write daily, and understand topics. You’ll soon be earning $8.10 per article and even more depending on the requester. I guarantee you, once you can write for iWriter, you can write for any website out there.
About the Author
Joy is a fan of FreelancerKenya and also a writer in iWriter and other platforms.