This post has been long overdue. So, you might want to retrace your steps with part one here
To save you the trouble of having to read part one again, let’s start with a short recap. In the first part of this three part series, we covered extensively how you should pick an article on iWriter, what you should look out for and above all, the kinds of clients that you should consider. You might be a great writer. But if you consistently pick bad clients to write for, you will always have bad ratings and your account will be eventually closed. Picking a good client should be among your top priorities. You can refer to the first article on how to get around this.
Now that you have your article on the text box ready to start, what next? How do you make sure that you do a great job on it and get well compensated for it? Not with money but ratings. Before you start writing or even researching. Before you even read the instruction. Here is one more layer of safety that should run.
Run one last check on the client
Quickly, save the article as a draft. On the page that you’re redirected to, click on the client’s name. It will take you to their history of feedback. Here you will get to see how the client rates writers on average and what the writers have to say about them. I have had experiences where I have written content which the client said was fabulous but then they go ahead to give you a 3.5 star rating. That is not a so fabulous rating.
Remember, other than making money, your goal on iWriter is to grow and make something out of your writing. One of the ways you do this is by getting good ratings. So if your average rating stands at 4.1stars, you should consider clients who have the tendency of dishing out 4 and 3.5 stars. Hope you get the math.
Get to the instructions
After you have comprehensively covered your ground with the client and are sure he will give you a good rating if you do a good job, get back to the task at hand. Start by reading the instructions carefully. Even if it is a client that you have worked for before, don’t get cocky. Read those instructions again. The biggest mistake you can ever make as a writer is not reading and following the instructions.
Most people will quickly research and jump of the first page they think will fit in the article. Here is what you should do. Start with the basics. Understand what the article is about. If it is a product, understand what it is, what it does and how they feature in the daily use. The goal is try to convince the client you’re knowledgeable in the field by throwing facts and figures regarding the topic once in a while. You can’t be able to do this if you do not read sufficiently. Once you have done this, you can then go ahead to look into the content that would be fit for the article.
Using the iWriter textbox is somewhat cumbersome. You also run the risk of losing all your progress if the page happens to refresh. I would suggest that you begin by getting the job done on Word. After getting the writing complete, you can then go ahead to paste the work on the iWriter textbox. To make sure the formatting is right, especially when you have bullets, once the content has been copied on the iWriter textbox, highlight it and copy. Paste it back to the Word document and format it as you would please. If you paste it back, you will notice the structure is corrected this time.
If you happen to use other spell checkers like Grammarly, always make sure that you paste the work back to the Word document before you copy it on iWriter.
That brings close to the second part of our series on being successful on iWriter. On the third part, we will have a look at what you can do after you complete writing and how to increase your chances of getting a favorable rating. Remember, if you want to be a great freelancer, never go for shortcuts. Do things the right and the old school way.