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iWriter is a platform where writers can write projects that clients have requested. If you want to know more, just check out my previous review here. Last week, I was understanding of a few things about iWriter. This week, not so much.
This week, as an Elite writer, I made $175.00 off of fourteen articles. Not terrible for an Elite writer, I suppose, but the goal is to reach Elite Plus and double that money.
Which is damn near impossible when iWriter won’t do a thing about fraudulent clients.
Let’s back up and I’ll tell you how I came to use my blog as a platform to rant about the injustice of it all. Today is the start of a new pay period at iWriter, for those of us who choose to be paid weekly.
I accepted a couple of projects, completed them relatively quickly to kick off my week, and then took a short break. I received an email notifying me that one of the clients for whom I wrote an article sent me a message on the site.
So, naturally, I log in. I’m expecting to see a request for a rewrite, but it’s just the client telling me he did not receive the work. (I always message my clients after sending the work in order to invite them to send it back for revisions, if necessary.) His message is quickly followed up with, “Got it. Thanks.”
I go back into the article queue and look for another project to write and see another request of the same type by the client who just messaged me. No big. As I mentioned before, Squatters have caused clients to need to post more than one project of the same type to ensure they receive their articles on time.
And then the guy rejects my work and rates me with three stars.
I’m not someone who can’t admit when she is wrong or has done shoddy work. Maybe I’m a bit prideful, though. All I know is that article was a breeze to write and absolutely met the client’s expectations. What happened was the client quickly jotted down the 150 word piece and then rejected my work in order to avoid paying for it.
It was 150 words. That I could care less about. It took me all of fifteen minutes to write that tiny project. What pissed me off (and pardon my language, but I’m fairly certain we’re all adults here) is that he rated me less than five stars.
“But at least he rated you three,” you might be saying. Sure. And that’s more than most clients will do, I agree. But one three star review took me down from an average rating of 4.81 to 4.78. In order to reach the Elite Plus tier, you need to have an average of 4.85.
I have to write over twenty more articles in order to make decent money now.
But surely iWriter values their writers, right? Certainly they would step in on a matter like this and correct the wrongdoing.
Wrong. They still have not replied to my email regarding the matter. What’s more, iWriter is even automatically deleting content a writer has written that has been rejected, making it more difficult to catch a fraudulent client (i.e. thief) who rejects content only to later use it for their website, blog, or in this case, video game announcement.
For this reason, writers should always screenshot their work on iWriter before the client can reject the work. I started doing that as soon as I realized iWriter began deleting rejected content. Now all I have to do is type a string of words from my rejected content into a search engine (with quotations around it) and if something pops up, promptly comment on it with the screenshot.
Put thieves on blast if you work for iWriter. Put thieves on blast if you don’t work for iWriter. It’s plagiarism and their reputations should suffer for it.
Once this client uses my work illegally, I will also link their website to the iWriter team along with my screenshots to bring it to their attention.
But will it help? Probably not. Which brings us to the title of this blog post. Is it iWriter or is it iClient? Because iWriter only seems to care about protecting their clients anymore and it’s really starting to push me towards Upwork.
iWriter has routinely failed to protect writers by 1) not allowing us to leave comments about clients on their profiles when they have rejected our work, and 2) failing to correct ratings on a writer’s or client’s account (even when the one giving the ratings specifically calls for it to be done.)
Almost every client on iWriter has a five star rating. I wonder why? It couldn’t possibly be because nobody whose work has been unfairly rejected is allowed to have a say about the requester, can it? And the clients’ profiles never reflect how many articles they have rejected, either. It’s simply not a fair system for writers.
When I brought up unfair ratings to iWriter last week, do you know what they said? They told me to choose clients who have a higher approval rating. So, essentially, I should not work on their new customers’ articles if I want to be successful.
They’re actively deterring writers from helping their platform’s database of clients grow. Who wants to wait a month for an article to get written because all of the writers are too fearful to take a chance on the new guy?
Honestly, it just feels as though iWriter is dangling a carrot in front of their writers while working diligently to keep it out of their reach. This platform may not be the best choice for working full time, after all, which is a shame. It has great potential, if only the iWriter team would work harder to protect their writers. Without writers, iWriter would have no clients.
They should remember that and treat us accordingly.
Upwork remembers that very well. Their clients are more discerning and honest than those that iWriter seems to attract – and they pay more! What’s more, I spent an hour on the phone – yes, the phone with a real live person – today and they answered all of my questions about my potential employment with them. They have fail-safes in place to protect both writers and clients, ensuring that any dirty dealings are immediately dealt with.
They actually give a shit and, unless iWriter starts showing me the same love, they’re going to lose one of their (*cough* very few *cough*) native English writers.
I will be writing an Upwork article within the next week for those interested, so keep your eyes peeled!