iWriter Review – Is It Good Value For Money?

I recently had an email from Brad Callen telling me about his new project iWriter. Brad is the brains behind the software Keyword Elite, SEO Elite and Affiliate Elite as well as a lot of other products and has a good reputation so I thought I would take a look.

iWriter is a site where you can get articles written very cheaply or get paid to write  articles.


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The thing that appealed to me was the fact that the articles are very cheap compared to a lot of other sites. But I did wonder about the quality. What do you get for your money?

Choose your writer quality

Writers are rated as basic, premium or elite so you can select the quality of the article.

Once you register at the site you can request articles of 150, 300, 500, 700 or 1000 words. A 500 word article written by a basic rated writer will set you back just $3.00. For a premium writer you will be charged $5.00 and $8 for an elite writer.

I decided that I would put them to the test. Not one to go overboard I just ordered one article of 500 words and selected a premium writer.

Order your article

Once I had funded my account I had to complete a description of the project, the category, article length, the grade of writer, my keywords, the tone of the article either friendly or formal, the purpose and finally any special instructions.

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When you have used the site for a while and you have found some writers that you like you can choose for your project to be submitted to them only.

I asked for my article to be written in short paragraphs with headings to make it easy to read. You get an email notification when your article is ready and I was surprised that mine was ready in a matter of hours.

This is fantastically quick as you have to wait at least 7 days at some sites for your articles.

Accept or reject

You have to review the article within 3 days and you have the option of accepting it or rejecting it. Unfortunately the writer had not taken any notice of my instuctions and had written a very long first paragraph with no headings.

I also noticed that she had only used my keyword in the article title and not at all in the body.

I assumed that as I was asked for my keyword the writer would automatically use the keyword throughout the article. Some of what she wrote was not true although I was not going to hold that against her but I had to reject the article.

I felt bad having to reject the first article I requested but there was just too much to rewrite myself had I accepted it. I did wondered if I would get some sort of black mark for this.

I have since read that the writer has to write a review of the requester to say if he approved the article quickly or not. Writers are told that it’s better to write for a requester with a good rating so they get paid quicker.

Writers  get paid 81% of the price of each article which I have read is good.  But it doesn’t seem like much to me especially for the lower word count ones.

I submitted a request for another article to be written, only this time I decided that it was better not to assume anything and requested that the keyword should be used at least twice in the article and once in the title.

The second article was done in no time at all and was written exactly as I had requested so I was happy to accept it. They all have to pass copyscape too so you know you have an original article.

Spin tags included

Each article that you receive also includes a separate text file containing your article with spin tags throughout the article.

If you spin articles for distribution to article syndication networks for backlinks this saves you time and money as most service charge between 2-10 dollars for “spin ready” articles. With iWriter you get them absolutely free.

I used them twice again but I had to reject the last one as well. I asked for an article to be written for my detox niche and the writer wrote one about detox for dogs!

It never ocurred to me to specify that my article should be about detox for humans. I had selected the Health & Fitness Category and not Pets so I had to reject it. I hope this is not going to be another black mark for me!

I requested a second article which again was delivered very quickly and was perfect. I had only selected a basic level writer this time as I wanted the article for spinning and distribution so it was good value for money.

I will continue to use iWriter and hope that the they can keep up the incredible speed of delivery and that they don’t put up the prices.

Have you used iWriter yet? If so,  what ws your experience?

Recycle Your Old Blog Posts If Get Stuck For An Idea

making money on the internetReading about Jane Fonda’s new workout DVD made me think about how you can recycle your old blog posts. Just as Jane has given a new twist to her original best selling exercise videos you can give a new twist to your old blog posts.

By the way this post came about from one of My 5 Top Tips For Getting Ideas For Blog Posts which I wrote a post about not long ago.

I am talking here about recycling your old blog posts by re-posting them on your blog. There are other ways of recycling old blog posts by posting them elsewhere but that will have to be a subject for another blog post.

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Am I Writing for Readers or Search Engines?

The question I asked  on Marc’s  Q & A Webinar last week was  “Should I have keywords in my blog post titles? ”

After going through Module 2 videos of the coaching course about setting up a blog I realized that he had not said anything about keyword research or using keywords in blog posts or post titles.

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All the things I have ever read about blogging say that you should spend some time researching keywords in your niche before setting up a blog and then work them into your blog titles and posts.

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How To Make Money On The Web With Longtail Keywords

One of the secrets of how to make money money on the web is to discover enough long tail keywords that have very little competition and use them to bring traffic to your site.

Alison Rothwell is an expert on SEO and explains it well in her newsletter article here:

What Are Long Tail Keyphrases?

Let’s first review how search engines rank your site. In case you aren’t aware of how this process works, we’ll make it simple for the purposes of this article. Search engines (like Google, Yahoo and Bing) will rank websites within categories and subcategories. So, take the example of the category of “cars”.

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