I wasted a bit more than a week with iWriter before I realized it was a scam.
So, you've decided to start working as a freelance writer. Maybe you are a stay-at-home mom, maybe you just quit your job or maybe you simply want to earn an extra income by putting your killer writing skills to use. The world of online writing, however, not only is a very competitive one but can also seem very chaotic when you first enter it. If you stumbled upon the iWriter platform, let me stop you before you lose your time. iWriter is, truly, a scam. Let me tell you about my experience with it.
What Is iWriter and How Does It Work?
iWriter is a content and article writing service that serves as a middle man between writers and their prospective clients. Clients give requests about the type of article they want, its length (usually from 500-2000 words), their targeted keywords, and the price they're willing to pay. Once a writer signs up (which is free) they can go to their dashboard page and click on the "write content" button. There, they are shown a list of the above mentioned requested articles, from which they can choose one and start writing immediately. Once a writer finishes the article, they submit it and the client either accepts it or asks for a revision. Finally, once the client accepts the article, they rate it.
How Are Writers Paid and How Much Can They Earn?
As with any writing platform, the more articles you write, the more money you can earn. According to iWriter, writers get 65% of the price of each article. The prices vary based on the writer's level (Standard, Premium, Elite or Elite Plus) and the length of the article. Now, I'm not gonna explain in detail the different levels not only because you can find all the information on their site but also because no matter what your level is, you most probably won't get your money. Regarding the payment method, iWriter pays its writers via Paypal on every Tuesday for earnings up to one week prior. However, you must have earned a minimum of $20 each week in order for them to pay you. Once you reach $20, payments are sent to your Paypal account within a 24 hour time period—or so they claim.
How I Started With iWriter
When I first decided to try freelance writing, I had no idea where to start. As a result, I did some research, reading dozens of articles that recommended some platforms and places a new writer could start earning. Unfortunately, in one of them, someone recommended iWriter, a platform that I found very attractive. According to what they said on their site, I would be able to write as many articles I wanted, whenever I could, and make payout every week (provided I had reached the $20 milestone). Awesome, right? So, I signed up and started writing immediately. I had a lot of free time then and I used it in order to craft as many high-quality articles as I could. I quickly reached the $20 milestone and by the time payout day came, I had earned more than $120. What is more, all of my articles had received 5-star reviews from the clients. I was filled with enthusiasm!
How iWriter Proved to Be a Scam
On Tuesday morning, payout day, I tried logging into my account and I couldn't. Instead, I got a pop-up message saying that my account had been blocked due to "too many Copyscape warnings". Now, one thing I didn't mention earlier is that when a writer submits an article and sends it to their client, iWriter supposedly runs it through Copyscape. If it detects any plagiarism, the writer receives a warning. Three consecutive Copyscape warnings or 10 total within 15 days, result in the closure of their account. In my case, I had received one Copyscape warning after submitting one of my articles, although I had not used any information found online. In fact, it was an article about nutrition and healthy eating, a topic I already have a lot of knowledge on, so there was no need to do any research. What is more, iWriter had highlighted the sentences that were supposedly plagiarized and there were four or five sentences like "It is important that people follow a healthy diet" or "A healthy lifestyle can provide you with more benefits than you think", etc. Nothing to plagiarize. I felt shocked, robbed, and decided to contact them in case there had been a mistake.
I sent them an email, explaining in a very polite way what had happened, stating that I'm firmly against plagiarism and that there must have been a mistake. Surprisingly, they did answer my email. They wrote that my account had been blocked due to the fact that I had received more than 15 Copyscape warnings in the last 14 days—when I had only been using the platform for a week! A blunt lie! I contacted them again, saying that they're mistaken and that I had actually received one, single warning, which was also false. They answered again, saying the exact same thing. So, I realized that not only had I wasted my time, but I had also worked hard for free and lost more than $120. When I googled something like "iWriter account blocked due to Copyscape" I discovered a forum where people shared their experiences, which were exactly the same as mine. It seemed that iWriter was ok with people who wrote a small number of articles and consequently, didn't make much money. Those who managed to collect a lot of money in a short amount of time, were doomed. Disappointed and sad, I deleted the e-mails and started searching for other writing gigs.
All in all, I don't think that iWriter closes everyone's account immediately. If they did, they wouldn't be able to provide their clients with their requested content. So, maybe some writers are lucky and get to receive some payments. Let me tell you, however, that iWriter will come for your account sooner or later, especially if you start making three digits every week. Do yourself a favor and don't waste any time with this platform. I'm sure that with time you'll find some other, reliable alternatives.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Margaret Pan
Margaret Pan (author) from Athens on June 03, 2020:
Thank you very much Umesh! Of course you can share this article on Facebook so that more people will know of these frauds.
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 01, 2020:
Thanks a lot for this alert. It is a valuable information. Do you allow us to link it in facebook so that it gets more coverage. Of course, you can yourself link it there. If you think proper we would make it known to many through the social media channels. These frauds should be exposed. Thanks God I did not join there as there was a time when I was thinking to sign up there.
Margaret Pan (author) from Athens on May 31, 2020:
Thank you, Brenda. They did submit my work to clients and the latter even "rated" me for my work. 5-star ratings, which were for nothing, unfortunately.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 28, 2020:
Thanks for sharing your experience.
It is awful to put your hard work out there only to be taken.
I wonder if they actually submiited your work to client and got paid.
Hopefully you found a new prosperous outlet.
Thanks for sharing to others to warn of this bad company.
Margaret Pan (author) from Athens on May 06, 2020:
Thank you very much Mitara, be safe&well.
Mitara N from South Africa on May 05, 2020:
My goodness, thank you for creating the awareness. These days there are so many avenues that seem optimistic until we get to experience these scam artists.
I hope that there are much more honourable platforms out there that can actually live up to what they communicate.
Take care, keep well and be safe
Margaret Pan (author) from Athens on May 05, 2020:
That's some useful advice!
Margaret Pan (author) from Athens on May 05, 2020:
Thank you for your comment, Lorna. I really hope that too.
Carolyn Fields from South Dakota, USA on May 04, 2020:
Thanks for this. I actually decided not to write for iWriter when I learned how little they were willing to pay. I call this a "content mill". There are others, such as textbroker, and writers work, that pay very little as well. You really need to be on your toes.
Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on May 04, 2020:
I can imagine, though I've never been stolen from on such a level as you have, I am comparing the feeling to when I've typed out six chapters of a story in one sitting and then the computer hard crashes and doesn't even draft save. The devastation of so much effort being eliminated in an instant is disheartening.
I hope you've found better mediums, both here and elsewhere!
fx2go4u on May 04, 2020:
Internet is a SCAM at least 99% of it. Most sites that they claim to pay , they do everything in there power not to. Some thoughts before one go there. 1. Google scam reviews 'payout +siteaddress" for the site , 2. Check what is the minimum payment and how long will take you to get there , for example if min payout is $20 and to get there will take u more than a 2 - 3 days with the work they offer most likely is a scam. 3. Do not keep money on there site every time try to draw the minimum amount , cause is there site there rules and they can change fast without warning
Lorna Lamon on May 04, 2020:
What a waste of your time Margaret and I hope that by highlighting this scam iWriter won't have as many writers. Like you I would just put it behind me. Thank you for sharing this valuable advice.
Margaret Pan (author) from Athens on May 04, 2020:
Kyler, I wasn't aware of BBB's existence until you mentioned it! Honestly, when it happened all I wanted to do was forget about it.
Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on May 03, 2020:
It is extremely unfortunate that you had to deal with this, and even worse that they took your money. This could be disputed in court, but no one really has the time for that. Did you try going through the BBB?