iWriter Alternatives..?

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Hi everyone!

A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and signed up to iWriter in the hopes of making a bit of extra pocket money here and there. So far, so good - having written 10 articles so far, only one of which was rejected, I am hopeful that I will soon be able to treat myself to the occasional little luxury now and again with my hard earned cash, particularly when I am eventually upgraded to premium and then elite status. As a matter of fact, the new pair of shoes I ordered last week using the proceeds of my iWriter efforts arrived early this morning and are looking marvelous!

However, the only real problem I have with the website is the fact that there is often not as much work available as I would like; I understand that one cannot expect to make a full-time living from iWriter but, while this is certainly not my intention, I am hoping to increase my efforts and my subsequent earnings very soon and my concern is that there simply will not be a sufficient supply / variety of requested articles for me to make even an adequate amount of money each week.

Having checked the website once again only a few moments ago, there are currently only three pages of articles available to standard-level writers such as myself. It is fair to say that people in my position cannot afford to be too picky about which articles they choose to write but, considering the volume of people seeking out the skills of article writers, obviously a significant proportion of said people are going elsewhere to find the right people.

It goes without saying that services such as Freelancer and oDesk are popular venues of choice when the help of a writer is required but what I'm wondering is if anyone is aware of websites similar to iWriter, preferably in terms of both pricing and format (ie. writers being able to fulfill available orders straight away without the need to bid / compete against other writers).

If anyone knows of any such websites, I would be immensely grateful for any suggestions provided.

Ben

PS. Just in case anyone was wondering, yes, I have already attempted to seek out the websites in question myself via Google but have thus far encountered only websites offering payment plans that simply would not be worth the time of either myself or any other self-respecting writer!
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    Ben:

    Even though it is still a bid-style format, I'm going to suggest vWorker.com to you. Last year I got started writing articles that way. At first, I was only making $5-$7 per 500 words or so, but then I found clients who wanted repeat business and we were able to talk off-site. To this day, I only have 10 completed jobs there, but I got perfect ratings on all of them and that still speaks volumes to people. I've since partnered with my mentor and opened my own article-writing business. It took some hard work, but it's well worth it to me now. There have been points where I've had to hire more workers because my services were in such demand.

    You should think about starting your own site to put samples of your work up. Go back and read Alexa's posts about article marketing as well. You can learn a lot from her on how to drive traffic, which will help you to gain customers on your own. (If you're lucky, she'll post here too.)

    -- j
  • Profile picture of the author andynathan
    You might want to try Craigslist or just contact people through a WSO on Warrior Forum about your services. Put together a great package and you could be surprised with the results.

    Let me know through a PM or Skype if you have any questions.
    • Profile picture of the author benjaminjsy
      Wow thanks for the quick responses guys!

      Thanks a lot Jason - to be honest, I have never heard of vWorker before but I'm looking at it as we speak. $5-$7 per 500 words is more or less the sort of payment level I was hoping for (to begin with at least) so fingers crossed I might have a bit of luck with it! Eventually, I would love to set up my own website in the way that you have so I guess I'd better just concentrate on building up a portfolio of work for now and gradually work up to it!

      Hi Andy, thanks for the advice! I have thought about using Craigslist as a method of getting the word out about my services but my concern is that I would have very little recourse in the event of non-payment. I'd like to think that most potential customers would be scrupulous when hiring me but there's always one or two bad apples that try to take advantage. Although, I suppose if I were to set up a website of my own, I could simply use CL as a way of getting traffic and maybe implement some sort of up-front payment system on the website to minimize the risk of being taken advantage of.

      Although, before setting up my own website, I would really like to follow your other suggestion of offering my services here on the Warrior Forum, just to get a feel for the overall process and hopefully get some good feedback in the process! Alas, for the time being, I think my post count may be a tad too low to start flaunting my services for all to see so I'd better get contributing elsewhere on the site for a while!

      Thanks once again for your help gentlemen, I really appreciate it!

      Ben
  • Profile picture of the author pamb10
    Have you considered fiverr? There are lots of writing offers there. I also agree a WSO offer is a great idea and a way to get your name into the hands of the right audience.
    • Profile picture of the author tedw
      Have you tried googling "get paid to write articles"? (Still can't believe "googling" fails the spell checker in this wysiwig editor ).

      You will want to do a bit of homework on the sites that come up from the search results. Have heard of people getting burnt by groups who never paid authors for the articles they submitted!
  • Profile picture of the author Leo Wadsworth
    I would also encourage you to keep progressing on iWriter. I don't know the stats, but I know that I always ask for proven writers -- there may be a lot more work available there once you get to the higher quality levels.
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Make an account on Triond - Publish Writing, Poetry, Music, Video & Content Online and write twenty fantastic articles on there, and integrate it with your Google AdSense account, if you have one.

    You will probably not earn much, but you'll not only earn through AdSense but also through the website itself. Chances are you'll probably earn enough to buy a candy bar in about fifty years, if inflation doesn't occur.
  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    As long as you are writing articles for $5-7 you will always be struggling to find enough clients. There is a whole armada of writers willing to work at those rates, which nicely matches up to the armada of clients who pay those of rates.

    Further, you will be driven to lower your rates over time because price is the primary competitive factor in these markets. Pretty soon you will end up writing articles for $ .001 per word in order to remain competitive

    If you increase your prices to $50 per article or more you are in a completely different market. The competition is much less fierce because there just aren't enough writers who realize they could be doing this. In addition, you won't need to write nearly as many articles so you wont need as many clients as you need now.

    The clients you will have in this market will be much more likely to hire you again and again, because at these rates you are seen more as a partner in their business rather than just some service provider.
    • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

      If you increase your prices to $50 per article or more you are in a completely different market. The competition is much less fierce because there just aren't enough writers who realize they could be doing this. In addition, you won't need to write nearly as many articles so you wont need as many clients as you need now.
      Wow. Just wow.

      I'm sitting at $25/article now and the clients are trickling in...where are you getting $50 per article? If I could get in that price range it'd be amazing. I feel my content is worth it (I've never had a complaint on the quality of my articles and the bump to $25 from $15 didn't seem to affect my clients), so I'm very interested in how you market $50 articles and where you get the clients from.

      If you'd rather PM me, feel free.

      -- j
    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post


      If you increase your prices to $50 per article or more you are in a completely different market. The competition is much less fierce because there just aren't enough writers who realize they could be doing this. In addition, you won't need to write nearly as many articles so you wont need as many clients as you need now.

      The clients you will have in this market will be much more likely to hire you again and again, because at these rates you are seen more as a partner in their business rather than just some service provider.
      I worked as a freelance writer for a while when I first started online and I was lucky enough to be paid $50 an article almost from the beginning. I'm not sure how or where you'd market yourself as a $50 an article writer - definitely not on IM forums anyway because the majority seem to want writers for $3-$10 per article.

      I was lucky enough to work for an offline company that wanted to expand and build a business online (I applied for some writing jobs I came across on Craigslist). They knew the value of quality content and were actually apologetic that they couldn't afford to pay more than $50 per 500 word article. The quality of my writing was no better than it would be if I were writing for just $5 an article but I was making $150 a day (while still working in my day job).

      I doubt it's easy finding clients that will pay $50 an article, but it's definitely possible. You just have to avoid those with the $5 mindset (which seems to be mainly Internet Marketers). Maybe try offering your services to SEO companies? A friend of mine got writing work through an ad in a local newspaper.
  • Profile picture of the author buildingewealth
    Hello,

    How are you today? Please can you write about 6 articles for me? I am looking for a write who can write about 10-20 articles for me monthly.

    Are you interested? Do kindly let me know.

    Chinedu
    • Profile picture of the author XONI
      Originally Posted by buildingewealth View Post

      Hello,

      How are you today? Please can you write about 6 articles for me? I am looking for a write who can write about 10-20 articles for me monthly.

      Are you interested? Do kindly let me know.

      Chinedu
      Hello,
      I am interested in writing for you. I am an elite write at iwriter.com and have more than three years of experience. Kindly email me at engr.zainabkhan@gmail.com for samples and orders. Turnaround time is 24 hours.
  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I would contact people directly - you can make way more money. Open a ad for your writing service in the Warriors for Hire section.
  • Profile picture of the author WordpressManiac
    Sign up for odesk.com and sell on Fiverr you will find more Jobs there.
    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by WordpressManiac View Post

      Sign up for odesk.com and sell on Fiverr you will find more Jobs there.
      This is very true. People resell text writing from Fiverr for more than 1 cent a word. You can, AT LEAST, double your money. Even more lucrative are logos. Get a $5 logo and enter it into a contest or include it as part of a $250 web design package. The possibilities are endless.
  • Profile picture of the author art72
    There are several great suggestions already mentioned above. I agree, look deeper into Alexa's take on article marketing, and you very well may find; writing your own articles/content yields much greater returns.

    I signed up when Brad first launched that site, and never committed myself to writing enough to give it a go. So, I congradulate you on taking action, and building both your stats and earnings via your writing.

    All the Best,

    Art
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  • Profile picture of the author Faisal66
    Originally Posted by benjaminjsy View Post


    If anyone knows of any such websites, I would be immensely grateful for any suggestions provided.
    Have you tried PostLoop....

  • Profile picture of the author ExpertSEOServices
    Unfortunately I had disappointing results from iWriter. Some terrible writers and very low quality articles.

    Fweez is great but turnaround time sucks

    Now I source most of my writers here from the WF or DP forum. I have found a good team of reliable writers there.
  • Profile picture of the author MyNewMama
    If you are a good writer, try Demand Studios. You'll receive $15 per article.
    In addition, many traditional newspapers outsource or use correspondents to cover news that traditional journalist/news reporters would cover. You'll receive anywhere from $75 to $200 per news article.

    If you're familiar with the AP writing style, which most newspapers use, you can write your own ticket.
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