While in the first article we talked about the good parts of iWriter, in this one, we’ll take a look at the platform’s downsides. Keep in mind that I would definitely recommend this resource which offers jobs for writers. But it would be unfair to just leave it at that and not point out some of the bad experiences I’ve personally had on this website.
Absurd Benefits for Requesters
The first thing you’ll notice once you start working on iWriter is that requesters have it all going for them. When you submit an article, they get an image of that article and can read through it, deciding whether or not they want to approve it. If they don’t like it, they just reject it and, in most cases, won’t even tell you why. It’s kind of frustrating knowing that you worked hard on an article and it got rejected without any specific reason. If I were working on the iWriter team, I’d implement an obligatory reason for rejecting an article. Offering jobs for writers is alright – but why would you go out of your way to ignore their needs and not look after their interests?
As a personal example, I had one article rejected because it met the specific instructions. Yes, you read that correctly – I followed specific instructions and that was the reason it was rejected. How do I know that was the reason? Because the requester said so in his review. Of course, I couldn’t do anything but leave a response to his review. And, of course, like most of the time, the response was not published. If you had a bad experience with any requester, you’re allowed to leave a response review in case he writes something bad about you – a sort of chance to put things straight. The silly thing is that it seldom gets published – I have no idea why, I haven’t used bad language or anything offensive; I just pointed out some facts.
Other reasons for rejecting the article included something in the lines of “not good”. What exactly is ‘not good’? Where did the article fail to rise up to your expectations? Why not just send it over for a rewrite, pointing out what you want changed? I’ll tell you why.
iWriter – Offering Jobs for Writers and Opportunities for Scammers
The first thing you need to take into account when your article gets rejected (that is, if you’re certain it was a good article and met the requester’s criteria) is that it may be used anyway. As mentioned before, the requester gets an image of your article and can either type the article in a new document rom that image or use OCR software to get the text without any kind of effort. Then they reject the article and publish it or sell it anyway.
My advice? Keep copies of your articles at all times or use the ‘Articles rejected’ section to have access to those specific articles. Once it gets rejected and you know it’s good, publish it on your own website or blog. If you don’t have one, then use it on Ezine or give it to a friend. And constantly check whether or not it was published elsewhere. To do that, just get a couple of random phrases and do a Google search. Use quotation marks at the beginning and end of your search to get the exact text you’re searching for in the results.
When this happened to be, I didn’t know how to act on it and submitted a ticket to the iWriter team, informing them of what had happened. It took a while before it got sorted and, in the end, I got my money for the article – so that’s pretty okay, if they truly deal with these sort of issues like they did when I filed the complaint. But the thing is, the requester was not banned from the website – he or she can still scam writers into working for free.
It’s true that if I were offering jobs for writers, I couldn’t think of a better method of allowing the requesters to review the article before approving it, without allowing them to copy it and distribute it. But if that were to happen, I would ban their accounts and their PayPal address. So my message to the iWriter would be: “Don’t take your writers for granted! Sooner or later they’ll get fed up with all the benefits a requester has and you’ll be left without anyone to work on your platform!”
So that’s about it as far as jobs for writers on iWriter goes. Again, this is based on my personal experience. Some people might have no problem with the platform whatsoever, but I highly doubt it. I even recommended the platform to a couple of friends who are also working there and have experienced the same problems I have.
Check back soon for another review aimed at another platform offering online jobs for writers!
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