10 Tips for Hiring Freelancers on iWriter

I am not going to lie, iWriter is one of those freelance sites that sounds too good to be true. After all, where else can you get a unique article written in just a few hours (that will pass Copyscape) for as little as $1.25? And how can an article writing service offer quality articles for such a low price?

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If you want to get to the 10 tips for finding a freelance writer on iWriter then feel free to scroll down. However, before you do I wanted to let you know a little bit about the site and why I recommend it. I am an Elite writer there, working my way up to Elite Plus. And before I became a writer there I actually hired writers from there, so I was already very familiar with the site.
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I will be honest, I never had a desire to freelance on iWriter. However, I had a change of heart after joining the Income Steps Academy, which I reviewed the other day (click here for my review). I was going to skip over the optional writing for pay section of the course since I have already been iwriterfreelance writing for several years and didn’t want to write on a site that started at such low pay.

However, I realized that if I was consistent it would only take a month or two to work up to Elite Plus, which pays really well (and I am just a few articles away from my goal).

The way that iWriter works is this: all writers have to take a simple writing test to make sure they have a good grasp of the English language. And once they pass, they start at the bottom as a standard writer for very low pay. As the standard writer takes on more jobs they advance to the next level, but only if they are able to keep their ratings up, which is only fair because clients who are willing to pay more want writers who have good ratings.

Now I am not going to lie. There are some writers at the standard level that just aren’t that good  (and will eventually be let go if they can’t keep their ratings up). However, there are also some really good writers at the standard rate who have plenty of experience, but since they are new to the site they are pretty much “paying their dues” by starting at the standard level.

I actually like to think of being a standard writer as on the job training. Sure the pay is low, in fact, when I got started there I didn’t care as much about the pay as I did getting high ratings for my articles. And that is the attitude of most of the standard writers that I have encountered there.

So as you can see, iWriter isn’t some kind of scam. It was created by internet marketer Brad Callen, who is well known in internet marketing community, as a way to bring writers and clients together. The articles that you get for less than $2.00 can indeed be good quality. So as promised, here are some tips to help you get good articles.

10 Tips for Hiring Freelancers on iWriter

1) Give clear instructions. Once a writer accepts your article they have a limited amount of time to write it. If your instructions aren’t  clear and the writer can’t get a hold of you they may not be able to get the article completed in time. When this happens the article goes back into the Queue and the writer loses what work they did put into it.

2) Test the waters. An effective way to find a writer that you like is to list a handful of jobs at one time. This wont cost you very much, and you will quickly connect with some really good writers.

Some writers may even continue to write for you at lower pay if it means you will help them keep their ratings high. For example, as an Elite writer I have access to a lot of better paying jobs, but I still write for one client at standard pay because her articles are really easy to write, plus that 5 star rating that she always gives me is worth its weight in gold!

3) Keep track of your favorite writers. One nice feature of iWriter is that you can request specific writers. This will save you a lot of time and aggravation for future projects.

4) Ask for a rewrite if needed. Sometimes the writer just doesn’t deliver what you had in mind. If this is the case then contact him or her and ask for a rewrite. Usually the writer may have misunderstood your instructions and would like the opportunity to fix the article (and protect their rating) instead of having it rejected immediately.

5) Remember that you get what you pay for. I have to admit that I am very picky but I rarely reject an article. In fact, I am more likely to just make the corrections if needed since I really hate to reject an article when I can tell the writer really did try their best. After all, they might be just getting started in Freelance Writing and it will take some time for them to improve. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Which brings me to number 6…

6) Don’t feel guilty if you have to reject an article. Nobody likes to reject someone’s work, but if you hire someone at the standard level there is a chance you will get an article written that is just not good, and no amount of fixing it will help! If you end up with a writer who just doesn’t have a good grasp of the English language or simply ignored your instructions then don’t feel guilty if you have to reject it. Some articles just can’t be saved!

7) Treat the writers with respect. As a writer I find that a lot of requests are very demanding  and downright insulting. Needless to say, writers will avoid these clients for fear of their articles being rejected.

8) Keep in mind that not all articles should be offered to standard writers. It really amazes me how often clients will post a job in the standard section and make unusually high demands, such as asking for an article that would be best written by someone with an advanced degree in the subject. Again this goes back to “you get what you pay for.” And even if a writer with no knowledge of the subject attempts to write it, they will have to spend a lot of time on research. Articles like this really do demand higher pay.

9) Rate your articles fairly. The only way a writer can advance in iWriter is if they maintain a certain rating, with 5 stars being the highest. If you are happy with the article then go ahead and give it 5 stars. If you are somewhat satisfied but expected more then give the writer a chance to revise it instead of automatically giving the article a lower rating.

10) Watch the tutorials. On the iWriter website there is a very helpful video that will walk you through submitting your first article request, which makes the whole process really simple.

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If you follow these tips for hiring on iWriter then you should have no problem finding great writers to work with. And while you may get a few articles that do not meet your expectations, overall, you will find that iWriter really does offer a great value!

 

One Comment »

  1. Christine Stephenson June 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm -

    What a great article thank you for all your great tips and information.