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Tips, Tricks, Tactics, Strategies, Tools, Resources, and Lessons Learned from New and Veteran InfoBarrel Writers.....and, How Can I Use Them to Make More Money on InfoBarrel in 2013-2014 and Beyond? - Part 5

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 3

Similar to websites like oDesk, eLance or Freelancer, at its most basic iWriter is essentially an online freelance writing and outsourcing platform that allows for and facilitates the smooth and seamless purchasing of content. On iWriter, anyone can either sign up to purchase articles (i.e. a buyer or requester) or to write articles (i.e. an article writer, or content creator). Because of this dynamic, interactive arrangement, mutual benefit is continually realized by both freelance writers, as well as, the webmaster and business owners that iWriter brilliantly brings together. While those who are looking to acquire articles and content post their guidance and instructions, in the project form, ANYONE can sign up to use iWriter as a freelance writer in order to tackle one of many projects that are posted by website owners and webmasters every single day.

When purchasing articles on iWriter, articles are purchased on an escalating monetary scale dependent on three things:

  • The Word Length Required by a Purchaser
  • The TYPE of Project (We’ll Mention that Later on in this InfoBarrel Article….)
  • A Tier Pool Selection of Writers, ranging from either Basic, Premium, or Elite Writers. Generally, the star rating of a writer is inherently related to the quality of content you can expect written, as a high level of customer satisfaction is typically required for a purchaser to give a high star rating.

iWriter Pool Selection of Writers

On different pages of the iWriter website, you may also encounter the Basic pool of writers as being referred to as Standard, like this:

Different Levels of Writers on iWriter

This system isn’t perfect, as you can certainly find high quality writers hanging out at a premium or basic tier pool simply because a disgruntled purchaser unjustly punished them with a low star rating for any given project. In this sense, purchasers can really have a lot of impact in determining the destiny of a writer, whether low star ratings are warranted or not. There is a lot of perception and subjectivity involved, but, as an article buyer, the goal should be simple: find the highest quality writers, for the lowest price possible, in order to maximize your return without spending too much. Throw in an element of ethics (ex: what price is TOO low for a writer? What should be the optimum price to show respect for one’s talents, while also simultaneously not ripping them off?), and the waters of outsourcing can easily become saturated with confusion and uncertainty with regards to how exactly to proceed.

(I understand that people come from all walks of life, and some could care less about the actual well being and livelihood of a writer, though hidden behind a huge veil of anonymity. One thing I do like about iWriter, however, is that if you manage to strike gold with a writer who can meet all demands, requirements and expectations in a timely manner, you certainly have the functionality available to offer that person future jobs and/or tips of varying amounts.)

Generally, the idea is that you will pay more money for an article to be written, depending on what you select for either of those three things mentioned above. Consider each of those elements to be a variable of sorts and, as you adjust any of them, the variable of price will subsequently adjust right before your eyes.

The site is not currently structured to tell you this, but here is exactly what you can expect to pay dependent upon what mix you choose. To find this information out, you would have to explicitly choose different combinations of the above variables, on the project/order request form.

Prior to writing this article, I have personally purchased at least one article at every combination seen below. I have NOT used iWriter to either have articles RE-written (Project Type #2) or to have an eBook created (Project Type #3).

Project Type #1: Have articles written:





150 Words




300 Words




400 Words




500 Words




700 Words




1,000 Words




2,000 Words





Project Type #2: Have articles RE-written:

For InfoBarrel writers, this could be the prime opportunity to help you increase your articles’ internal quality score above red (41 points or below). In May 2013, InfoBarrel announced the release of this new quality standard, and, subsequently, any article that falls below a quality score of 41 will immediately be de-indexed from being able to be found in search engines, like Google.




150 Words



300 Words



400 Words



500 Words



700 Words



1,000 Words



2,000 Words




Project Type #3: Have an eBook written:

Having realized a great deal of success with the eBook business model, all while utilizing e-Junkie as my online platform of choice for storage and automated distribution for the last 3 years, I would likely NEVER purchase an eBook creation package anywhere.

Here is why: eBooks, in themselves, are perceived to be valuable and, as such, companies have capitalized off of this by creating service options to have eBooks written.

....but, what is an eBook anyway?

Really, if you think about it, all an eBook really is is cohesive collection of articles, governed by a table of contents, that has a logical coherent flow from a starting point to an ending point. Throw a pretty cover into the mix and, Voila, you have yourself an eBook. While I will discuss the eBook business model later in this article series, along with the tactics I have used to create, market, and sell my own eBooks, it is paramount for an InfoBarrel writer to realize that Google Adsense alone--at least not at this juncture of their program evolution--will make them as wealthy.

Creating a product, like an eBook, however, can.

Consumers want value, and when they perceive something to be valuable, that they feel will ultimately benefit them in some way, shape, or form, they WILL pay for it. While you can certainly launch your own website(s) to sell your eBook(s), it is also entirely possible to use InfoBarrel itself to make money by selling your own product! 

With that said, I would never ever ever (ever, one more time, just for good measure....) purchase an eBook package. For the sake of this article, I listed iWriter's prices for eBooks to be written and created, dependent upon (like the articles above) whether you choose to tap into a premium or an elite pool of writers, simply because it is a project option on the website. Again, as a potential buyer that is hoping to maximize my gain and value, while expending as little as possible, there are better, less expensive and potentially higher quality, ways to have eBooks written WITHOUT having to succumb to the marketing ploy behind various website's eBook creation packages.

In my next article, I will break down a tactic, for eBook creation, that few people think about, yet that will save you ALOT of money. You will not want to miss it!




7,000 Words

(20 Pages)



12,250 Words

(35 Pages)



17,500 Words

(50 Pages)



26,250 Words

(75 Pages)



35,000 Words

(100 Pages)




Before mentioning specific tactics and strategies that I have personally used on iWriter (and that could likely be applied elsewhere), near the completion of writing this article, I reached out to Dr. Jerry Cunningham via a simple InfoBarrel private message. While first seeking his approval to publish this article, I had also wanted to engage him in conversation related to his experience with iWriter.

Below are some insights into how he leverages iWriter to his best benefit in conjunction with his publishing of articles and content on InfoBarrel. Interestingly enough, though I went back and included this quote excerpt here AFTER I wrote this entire article, I found that he and I did several very similar things as far as tactics and strategies behind leveraging this platform.

Read what he has to say below, and, in the following article installment are tactics that I had written up PRIOR to inserting this excerpt from him. Bear in mind that, in complete transparency, above and beyond the things he likes about iWriter, he also reveals some of the challenges he currently faces with trying his hardest, as an article buyer, to really maximize the quality of content he receives in return for  his payment.

From an email, dated 14MAY2013, with Dr. Jerry Cunningham’s approval to cut and paste:

“I have used iWriter for 14 article on Infobarrel.  I will outline how I have used them.

I do all the keyword research myself.  I will probably spend about an hour doing this part of the research.  I probably spend more time doing the keyword research, than the actual writers do with the article.  I am not for sure on that.  

I then go to iWriter and put in what I want them to write about.  I will request a 500 to 700 word article.  This is pretty cheap.  While the person is writing this article, I can be researching or writing my next article.  They say two heads are better than one, and in this case it is true.  I can get an article almost written by them at the same time I am writing another article.  Two for the price of the time taken to write one.  

I am a psychologist and business owner.  I write all the articles dealing with this stuff.  I am learning the online writing business, thanks to your ebook and I write those articles all myself.

When I have an outsource article written I read it all the way through before I approve it.  I have rejected articles from iWriter about 5 times, so far.  I have learned to write a special instruction notes on there that "Proper U.S. English and grammar are required."  However, I still get awkwardly written articles that do not use proper grammar.  I have also received articles that are obviously just cut and pasted from various sources and maybe spun.  I paid for one article and it sounded great until I went to find a source to put in the article and it was the exact same article.  

After I approve the article, I go back and read it again for content and grammar.  I write another 500-700 words, essentially doubling the article.  I add pictures.  I add sources if needed.  Then I publish it.  

Overall, I have been very satisfied with iWriter.  When i request rewrites the writers have done a very good job, except for that one article I mentioned that I flat out denied and told the writer not to write it again if they were just going to cut and paste.  

I do plan on using them again in the future.  

I was thinking a good strategy is to take whatever I make now from InfoBarrel and only use that much for outsourced articles.  That way I am not using other budgeted money.  In the long run, the money I spend on these articles including the $2 tip is well worth it.  I can get a good article that I can make great for less than $10.”

In the next installments of this InfoBarrel article series, you will find some “killer tactics” that I had written, into this series of articles, PRIOR to my private message exchange with Dr. Jerry Cunningham. Regardless of the outsourcing platform one ultimately chooses to purchase content from, I am convinced that there will always be challenges and barriers to receiving high quality content. Some will adamantly declare that “you get what you pay for”, however, this isn’t always the case. Because website platforms like iWriter pool writers from all over the globe, it is entirely possible that you may receive a garbage, spun article that you had paid a premium, or, very possibly, you could receive a high quality article that you paid a low price for.

With so much uncertainty, these “killer tactics” I had to learn the hard way through trial and error after submission of many many different projects. You will find that, by doing these things on iWriter, or elsewhere, you will preemptively shift the likelihood of high quality content back into your favor long before you ever submit a project to a pool of writers.

Proceed to my list of killer tactics for outsourcing content and article writing....



May 17, 2013 8:14am
I am going to have to use some of those tactics in my writings. Thanks for the information.
May 17, 2013 11:44am
Thanks for sharing advice from your experiences outsourcing articles. I'm going to clip this page to Evernote, read the previous 4 parts of this series and follow your recommendations.
May 17, 2013 11:44am
Thanks for sharing advice from your experiences outsourcing articles. I'm going to clip this page to Evernote, read the previous 4 parts of this series and follow your recommendations.
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