Well, I quit my job. Again.
We’ll go into that further later.
This blog post is going to be all about my experiences with iWriter from Day One to today. I am now a full-time ghostwriter for this site, having reached the Elite tier earlier last year. I’m determined to do this for 100% of my income.
How Does iWriter Work?
A client will post an ad for an article they want written and then writers, like me, will choose to write those projects for them. Clients can also choose to request you specifically to work on their projects, which is always a great experience because the likelihood of being rated five stars and having your article approved are much higher in this instance.
How Do Ratings Work?
A writer or client can be rated anywhere from one to five stars by the other party. If I write an article for a client and they accept it, they can rate me out of five stars and I can do the same.
The problem is that if they reject my work, they can rate me but I cannot rate them. I imagine this is to avoid disgruntled writers from giving clients a poor rating simply out of spite. I can understand that business model, even though it puts me at a disadvantage.
In May of 2017, the last time I wrote on iWriter before this February, the iWriter team would amend an unfair star rating for their writers. This year, as of January, the entire site went under a complete overhaul. I suspect it is under new management, as well, although this hasn’t been confirmed. Regardless, this practice regarding unfair ratings has changed.
The iWriter team is still quick to respond to emails and messages to their Facebook page. They explained that the reason they no longer interfere with ratings is because it censors both writers and clients.
I can understand that.
If a writer deserved a low rating and knew that all they needed to do was fire off an email to the iWriter team to get five stars, then ratings in general would be a moot point. I imagine that this kind of abuse of the system is likely the reason they now refuse to intervene in regards to ratings.
What continues to be a problem, however, is the “default” star ratings for both clients and writers. There are cases where a client will post more than one request for the exact same article. I assume they do this because of the “squatting” culture on iWriter.
“Squatting” is when a writer will reserve a project, then go off and explore the jungle for a couple hours or something, and then return to realize they are nearly out of time and return the project to the pool without writing it. It wastes the client’s time, which can be especially frustrating if the client is on a deadline.
I’m making an educated guess here when I say that this is probably why they post multiples of the same project. The point is that when another writer finishes the project for the client, there could be another writer submitting that same piece to the client. When this happens, the client obviously only needs one article of that type and must decline the other article(s) that are submitted to them.
And when they reject the article, the “default” star rating is one star. If they just send the rating with a comment of, “The article has already been written, but thank you,” without checking first, your overall rating is severely impacted. The default rating when I rate clients after a project is four stars. Excellent clients’ ratings have been negatively impacted when I’ve been too excited to double-check before I send my review.
I have submitted a suggestion to iWriter about possibly including a confirmation or warning screen about the rating the client or writer is about to send. I feel that this will help everyone on iWriter rate each other more accurately. I have never had an issue with iWriter not assisting me before, so I have no doubt that they will take my suggestion under consideration.
Why Do Ratings Matter?
For writers? Money. For clients, their reputation depends on it – and, yes, that matters.
Writers go through four tiers on iWriter, each successive tier resulting in significantly more money earned per word. You start out at Standard, which pays anywhere from one dollar to five, then you move up to Premium, which can pay between five to ten, then Elite that pays ten to forty-five, and finally, the Holy Grail of iWriter – Elite Plus, which pays anywhere from thirty-five to Jesus-Christ-is-This-For-Real.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m Elite. I currently have about sixty-five ratings in my account and will need to write 20+ five-star rated articles to reach the promised land of Elite Plus. I’m not stressing. I’m making enough from Elite to pay all of my bills, so it’s fine. As long as I reach Elite Plus within the next few months, I will not become discouraged.
I said that a client’s reputation relied upon his rating. Let me explain. When a writer is perusing the slosh pile of requests from clients, we see every client’s approval rating along with the project they are asking to be written. It also displays how many rejections versus accepted articles the client has accrued.
Anything under 60% is a red flag. When you see 0 approved and 0 rejected, the client is brand new – you’re rolling the dice. A writer does not want to work for these clients because the probability of them rejecting their work and rating them with a low number of stars is too high. We try to avoid any unnecessary risks to our ratings because this is how we make money.
I’m going to close this out right here for now. I have a lot more to say, but this is getting extremely long. Next time, I’ll talk about glitches when submitting your work and how to avoid losing the article you just spent forever writing. I’ll also give you some insight on how to avoid introducing special characters into the article writer when copying and pasting from a third party like Word.
Until next time, happy writing!