iWriter.com is a popular site for both writers and publishers alike, but it's certainly not the only website out there where you can find freelance work or get content written.
There are a ton of better iWriter alternatives out there and each come with their own set of pros and cons.
In this article, I'll show you some of the most popular alternatives to iWriter – some you may have heard of and others you've likely never come across, so you can find the right one for you.
iWriter Alternatives Criteria
To be considered a great iWriter competitor for buying articles, the content site needs to give you an acceptable level of content in a reasonable timeframe and it needs to be affordable.
(Which is why you won't see Fiverr featured in this list – I've just never had a good experience with them.)
Looking For Writing Work
And if you're a writer then you need an alternative platform that's going to give you a steady stream of work for decent pay and know they're actually going to pay out.
Lucky for you, there are quite a few options that meet those criteria.
So, if you're ready to expand your horizons and try out some new options, here are the 12 best alternatives to iWriter in 2021:
OnlineJobs.ph is for Filipinos only, but if you live in the Philippines and are looking for long-term salaried work then I can not rate this site highly enough.
This is a gem of a content site that very few people know about and it's probably the one on this list that I've used the most.
Unlike your average content mill site where you pay per article, OnlineJobs is aimed at helping publishers find full-time writers.
They have a free membership which allows you to post your job listing and take look at the applicants but you'll need to upgrade to the Pro membership ($67/month) to be able to contact them.
I've hired 2 full-time writers through these guys and you can cancel your membership as soon as you've found the person you're looking for.
The reason I like this site so much is that I prefer to train and build a long-term relationship with my writers and it's also a lot more cost effective paying a monthly salary than it is paying per article.
From my experience, Filipinos are diligent workers with a high level of English proficiency so you can get high-quality content for the fraction of the price you'd pay someone in the UK or US due to the difference in living costs.
Applying is straightforward and free. Once approved, you can choose your writing assignments based on the type of article, topic, required word count and how much it pays.
Each writing job does have a deadline, so make sure you can complete it before the time is up.
How much you get paid can vary from around the $15 mark all the way up to $50. Online Writing Jobs pays you every Friday via a check in the mail or PayPal.
You hire specialised writers based on topics like science, health, automotive and education. They don't list prices on their website and have you fill out a contact form first so they have a better idea of the type of content you're looking for.
There's no joining fee and you get paid exactly 1 week after finishing a job.
The only drawback is Upwork takes a percentage based on how much you've earned. If a client pays $0-$500 then Upwork takes a 20% commission, from $501–$9,999 they take 10% commission and for $10k+ they take 5%.
You fill out a job listing, set how much you'd be willing to pay and Upwork will give a shortlist of potential candidates to choose from.
On the basic membership, you only pay a 2.75% fee per job completed, meaning if you bought an article for $100, you'd pay $102.75 in total.
Creating your profile gives you the opportunity to sell your skills and talents to potential clients.
You can then search for writing jobs and bid on the ones you're interested in. With PeoplePerHour you can bid on 15 jobs per month for free with the option of buying more credits if you want to.
Posting a job offer is completely free and you'll usually start receiving proposals within a few minutes. You get to set the price and the minimum rating level for potential writers with a full description of the work you want doing.
If you are a US citizen with a natural flair for writing, Composely pays you well for your time.
Be warned though: only 1% of applicants are approved!
With 350-500 word blog posts starting at $64.95 you are paying a bit more for this premium content site, but the writing quality is a lot higher.
If you're looking for something long-term they also offer a fully managed service and a chat with one of their consultants so they can provide you with content that's right for you.
HireWriters is probably the content site on this list that's been around the longest.
They pay up to $20 per article depending on your expertise level and type of content and payout every Friday.
You can get a 1,000-word article written for less than $5 but don't expect the quality to be that great. The advantage of this site is you can get access to a ton of writers at very affordable rates.
Depending on your skill level and experience, you can make a lot of money as a freelance writer with Contently and potentially have the opportunity to work with some big brands like Euronews and TechCrunch.
Check out their payments rates here.
Contently is similar to the managed service you get at Compose.ly in the way they don't list prices on their website (which is annoying, but I get there are so many variables.) They prefer to offer a bespoke service designed around your brand needs.
8. Crowd Content
According to their website, only 15% of new applicants get approved, but if you are, you really do feel like you're part of a team.
They give you clear guidelines to follow which makes it easier for you as a writer when you know exactly what their expectations are.
There's a wide variety of writing work available with this one: from writing Tweets and Facebook posts to blog content and product reviews.
They also process payments every Tuesday and Friday which is handy.
Crowd Content has a ton of writers all from the UK, US, Canada and Australia and they hold their writers to a high standard, which shows in the quality of writing.
The cost of content will depend on the type of content you're after and the star rating of the writer. According to their pricing calculator, a 600-word article written by writer rated 3 out of a possible 4 stars will cost around the $48 mark.
TextBroker is free to join and never charge you membership fees or commission.
The amount you earn depends on your personal rating, ranging from 0.7 cents to 5 cents per word:
They pay their writers (who have a balance of more than $10) every week via PayPal.
You decide the word count, the processing time and the level of writer. I personally would only recommend writers with a 4 or 5-star rating.
Content starts for as little as 1.5 cents per word and as TextBroker recruit US citizens only, you know all your content will be written by a native English speaker.
Freelancer is a free and flexible freelancing site with big and small jobs available.
Once you create your account you can browse jobs and choose whether you want to get paid per project or per hour.
I really like the layout of this site and the fact you have complete control over your job specifications and the price you set, plus you only pay for the work once you're happy.
The site is free to use and you only pay a 3% commission or $3 (whichever is higher) when you're paying your freelancer.
I hired someone through Freelancer for the first time recently when I decided to get a new logo for this website (the old one started to look very dated) and I will definitely use this service again.
Within seconds of posting a job I had dozens of bids and the freelancer I dealt with replied to me almost immediately throughout the ordering process. I got my logo within 24 hours.
Of course your experience can vary using these types of sites depending on who you get but go for someone with a lot of positive ratings and you can't go far wrong.
This is a site many disgruntled iWriter writers have flocked to lately and unlike Upwork, Outsourcely doesn't take a 20% cut of your earnings.
The site is free forever or you can choose to upgrade to a ‘featured profile' for just $10/month (billed quarterly) to have your profile show up at the top of clients' search results.
Most of the writing jobs on this site are salaried, full-time positions.
Outsourcely is a great site if you're looking to hire someone long-term or if you're looking for content in very specific or technical niches.
You'll find a bunch of highly qualified candidates and I don't think the price is bad either.
Last but not least, our final iWriter alternative is WriterAccess who have a very simple sign up process.
You only need to take a quick proficiency test, provide a quick writing sample and you're good to go. Based on your profile they will match you up with potential gigs.
WriterAccess take a 30% cut and you get paid every two weeks for all work completed. The pay is higher than average though, ranging from 3 cents to 8 cents per word. You can take a look at their pay rates here.
This is a premium writing service where you pay a monthly fee starting from just $39 a month. They have highly specialised writers and a pretty cool interface where you can manage your outsourcing.
I hope this list of iWriter alternatives gave you some new options to look at.
If you're an aspiring writer looking to go full-time, you might want to take a look at my review of Elna Cain's Write To $1k course.
In it, Elna shares some of the best resources, tips and tricks from her own experience as a freelance writer and it comes highly rated.
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9 thoughts on “12 Badass iWriter Alternatives For Writers And Clients ”
Thanks Simon, it was incredibly helpful to read both the client and the writer side of the info in one article. Even if I am a client looking to hire a writer, it’s helpful to see how it works on the writer end of things and how they get paid. Definitely a very helpful article.
Very happy to hear that!
Sir, I need a site that accepts and pays for fictions, because that’s the kind of writing I do. Thanks.
That’s an awesome article Simon. I’ve heard just 3-4 of them so far. As working online is my part time job. I’ve been looking for sites, where I can find good writers. Through your post, I got so many good alternatives.
Your analysis was in depth and complete, you have highlighted essential benefits of all platform. My only question is, if my site is not in English, can I find writers for different languages, among the writers platforms you’ve listed?
Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing post. It will be useful for many.
Hey Akshay, great question!
Most of them would be looking for English writers, or at least the vast majority of the work would be for English content. It may be worth doing a quick search for writing sites in your local language, I’m sure they’re out there.
I know at least Upwork and PeoplePerHour offer articles in a variety of languages.
Contently, Freelancer, Outsourcely and Textbroker also offer translating work if that is something you’d be interested in.
Hello Simon, this one was very helpful to me as I am looking for writers for my business and honestly, it is not easy to find good writers today and I mean quality ones. I agree with you regarding the Fiverr, I also had a bad experience with them, 2 of their writers was only copying other people content and giving to me, really sad.
I will try Upwork as it is a very popular service and not expensive at all.
Let us know how Upwork works out for you!
4 years and 360 posts after starting my first affiliate website I decided the only way to keep growing my business is by reinvesting some of the profits and start outsourcing. iWriter was the first site I went to. I quickly learned the 3-star rated writings though cheaper, were just terrible.
I honestly tried about 10 different writers and more fool me – I felt so bad about disapproving work, I would just pay them and spend all my time editing and often, just re-writing the whole article – I mean, seriously what’s the point?
I know I only have myself to blame!
I did find one good writer on iWriter – he actually approached me and sent me a message. He was a good writer and I ordered articles from him for about 3 months or so…
But here’s why I think it’s so hard to find a writer, especially for affiliate marketing websites:
You don’t just need a good writer – you need someone who knows how to write for a website, knows SEO and knows how to write with intent. That’s why now I much prefer to hire writers (usually through OnlineJobs) who will work for me full-time and who I can build a long-term relationship with – I fully train them so they know exactly what I want and it works out a lot more cost effective.
That’s my take anyway 🙂
Hi Simon you certainly have nailed it with this article. I have been working online for about 9 months now and have recently started to look into freelance writing. I had only heard of iwriter and fiverr until today. I had no idea there were so many different other iwriter options available.
I don’t feel like my writing skills are quite up to scratch yet so how do I know I will be good enough to write for others?
Do most of these alternatives give you a deadline for when you need to have your articles in by? Time seems to be an issue for me at the moment do you have any tips on how to get the articles I write completed in a shorter time?
I have bookmarked your page as it will become handy for me In the future for sure.
Thank you for bringing this list of iwriter options to my attention.
Take care and keep up the top work.
Hi Matthew, thanks for sharing and kudos to you for looking at alternatives. The writing requirements do vary depending on the site and I can only give a very brief overview here so it’s worth checking how any content site works before signing up.
With regards to your writing skills, I think we are our own worst critic. The best way to get started is to just start bidding on jobs, build up your rating and your writing does get better over time.
I hope this helps! 🙂