HireWriters.com is an on-demand content creation service. The company began in 2012 as sort of an article marketplace, linking those who needed content with writers from around the world.
I was lured in by the low prices ($5 for a 700 word article), but should have known better. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
That price is for the lowest quality tier, meaning it will probably be illegible to most of your website visitors.
Plans and Pricing
Still, the HireWriters rates are pretty affordable, all things considered.
A 500 word article from a “Skilled” writer is just $8.25. Where things get more expensive is when you want to jump to the next tier, “Expert.” A 500 word article from an “Expert” writer is $19.
Skilled writers are defined as those who have completed at least 7 jobs and earned a feedback rating of at least 4.1 in the HireWriters system. Expert writers have completed 12 jobs with a 4.6 rating or higher.
Another service HireWriters offers is a re-writing, or article spinning service.
The theory behind this is you can use the same content in multiple locations without triggering any “duplicate content penalties” from Google, because each will by slightly different.
HireWriters Intro Video
I tested out a couple of articles using the HireWriters system. I made the minimum required $10 deposit, and was pleasantly surprised to find it earned a 25% bonus! So if you really need a lot of content written, it would make sense to make a bigger initial deposit to maximize the bonus.
I had two 300+ word articles written by “Skilled” writers for $5.50 apiece. Both were tackled by the same author, and neither were amazing.
The writer struggled to follow the directions and examples I gave them, and failed to answer all the questions I said the articles should address.
I specifically asked for neutral, news-style, articles (who, what, where, when, why), but got back a lot of generic fluff content that didn’t really deliver. Maybe this is me being cynical, but if felt like they were really just looking for anything that would get them to the 300 word target so they could be done.
And for $5 I shouldn’t be so harsh.
In the end, I had some usable sentences but had to re-write most of the articles myself. I can’t even share the articles as examples because they’re almost unrecognizable from what I got back. But like I’ve said before, there’s still some value in getting a shell back and having some structure to start with, rather than staring at a blank screen.
Just recently I went back to HireWriters to test out the “Expert” level, and was pretty impressed. The cost was significantly higher — $19 for a 500-700 word article, but it took hardly any editing to get it ready for publishing. And for the two articles I ordered at that level, both came back over the 700-word count.
So that’s the thing. If you want an article you’re going to sign your name to, you’ll probably have to pay a bit more, or just do it yourself. If you don’t care, or are just churning out content for search engine digestion, HireWriters is a great choice.
Related: My Outsourced Content Writing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
I’ve also tested articles from Fiverr and Textbroker, with pretty similar results — though every now and then you get a homerun.
|Customer Rating||not yet rated|
|Minimum Cost (500 words)||$265 per month||$5||$5||$7.50|
|Type of Service||Subscription||A la carte articles||Pre-screened writers; varying quality||Pre-screened writers; varying quality|
|Best for||Agencies, ongoing content needs||One off, quick work||Inexpensive filler content||Connecting with reliable writers|
|Notes||First article free||Check Fiverr Pro for better quality||25% bonus on first deposit||Pricing is per-word|
|Learn more||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
The other writing company I like is Copywriter Today, which is perfect if you have demand for US-based writers and a lot of content on a monthly basis.
Have you tried Hire Writers? If so, please share a quick review of your experience below to help others with their decision.
Hirewriters.com is a Scam. It is the year 2022 and they still decide to take away a writers hard earned cash without solid reasons. I you make more money in a week, they decide to close your account just like that.
DO NOT JOIN this platform unless you want to be frustrated like I am at the moment.
1* ☹ Doesn’t get any worse than this. Stay away!
Hire writers .com is A Terrible service
Avoid this company , Brandon the owner does not return any balance outstanding in your account he keeps it !!!!
Be warned… !!! . The writing I have had from 3 writers has been terrible, I have had to send multiple reminders and content samples of what I’m looking for . in the end I have re-written the articles and wasted hours trying to get people to do it for me ..what a terrible service avoid if you value your time and money
The customer service is nightmare and its a scam, Stay away from HireWriters. You wont get any response if you want a refund in case you wish you don’t want to continue.
I got a worst quality article and that too half written, when wrote to hirewriter I did not get any response. I just got scammed from Hirewriters I did not even get the deposited amount as I had planned for a long term business.
@”Upset” and “Susan” if you happen to read this:
Some of what you both said sounded like my recent experiences. If so, the wrongdoing was not on the part of the Hirewriters team. My entire computer was hacked, and as any changes to Hirewriters accounts have to be verified through the person’s email, hacking into my email account was how the individual accomplished it. I didn’t notice anything until I didn’t get paid, and saw an unfamiliar email address in my account for both email and Paypal. The ‘offender’ was listed as firstname.lastname@example.org, so my pay went to their paypal account instead of mine.
It took some doing, but Hirewriters recovered my account for me. However, I’ve not received any assistance from Paypal, never got my money back.
I did some checking and found the hacker is using a VPN in Sweden.
I’ve had only positive experiences with Hirewriters staff, and in my decade+ of freelance writing this was the only time I’ve experienced a situation like this.
Hirewriters could be the best writing site out there, but they at times freeze your account for no reason at all. I think they should improve their communication since I believe their support team is not very accommodative.
I have been writing for HW for about a month and am at Expert level with 4.81 stars out of 5. I believe some of us on there are good writers and it’s unfair to judge based on one or two experiences. It is a first come, first serve basis, after all. Most of the clients I wrote for commented what an excellent job I’d done. I have been writing for about 30 years now and do have talent. It runs in the family; my cousin has written several articles for a major magazine. For me, HW has been a great start into the business of freelance writing. I hope to continue to write for them, but would love to find something permanent. Just FYI, it clearly states we are not able to exchange any kind of personal contact information via HW email.
I tried to give them another chance after my pay was stolen through a hack (see my previous post about the hack they blamed on me having someone use my password and change my pay pal address when the hacker’s IPO was from China). Then a year later, I messaged a repeat client with the e-mail of a source that I used for an interview for an article, as he was looking for leads to get photos to go with the article. I did not violate their terms by giving my personal e-mail–had they stopped to read the e-mail before blocking me they would have known this. Instead, HireWriters froze my account and tried to steal my week’s pay. I explained the situation and was told they would unblock my account “for now”. Wow, so nice of them! The fact that customers asked for me personally and had me pitch ideas for future work (they would request through HW) was actually helping their business; however, they were too paranoid to see it. They will block you with no questions asked. You just go on the site and find your account locked. I write for other sites, as well as print and online magazines, and I have never been treated so poorly. It’s goodbye Hirewriters for me. They have some contact info on their 1099 tax statements but they don’t pick up the phone. The only person you get to deal with is “Brandon” who is no help at all. It was okay while it lasted but I’ve had enough. The prices that many customers are willing to pay have gone down too. You see an article for 200+ words and it turns out to be 400 or even 500 required. I was an “expert” writer and got great reviews for over 600 articles. Shame on me for staying with them for so long. After reading many of the reviews of HW, I know mine is not a unique experience.
Same Story: I need fast food reviews for my website, TheDailyDriveThru.com, and signed up for HireWriters.com. I put a small amount ($20) into my account and when I tried to sign in found that my account was frozen – no explanation. There is no customer service phone number, no email address, and when I try to sign in, Firefox warns me the site is insecure. I am trying to get my money back via PayPal. This is not a recommendation.
One downer is that when customers buy work they sometimes actually put their own bio in the “About the Author” section. That peeves me as some will give you credit if you include a short bio. This one customer said “yeah, send us your bio” and I did and he put his name on it anyway with a bio about himself saying how he loves writing great articles. It made me want to throw up. I would not mind if they didn’t list any author; however, to byline himself and say how much he loves writing “great articles” when using my work word for word feels wrong. The bio was included right under the citations as he requested. This happened time and time again so I stopped asking. He wants to look like a cool writer guy but has to have someone else write for him. I guess that’s what you get when you sell your work on the content mill. I just never thought this one buyer would be so blatant in taking the credit and profess that he “loves writing great articles” Ugh! Does HW not allow author’s names to be credited?
Grace, talk to me.. i can be of great help on the same, reply through the e-mail and i will get back to you
I am a Skilled level writer at HW. Two days ago, my account was frozen.
I have zero clue as to why my account was banned for life.
Apparently, I “downloaded” some file with a virus which compromised their system.
That is such a load of baloney that the word ridiculous seems an understatement!
Anyways, hoping to get my outstanding balance of 30 bucks from them.
Anyone knows any good similar writing sites, where you don’t have to battle a bidding war?
I am a writer and a mom to a toddler. So, my time is limited on the best of days.
I just want to write good stuff, and not frustrate myself wasting hours of time and energy at bidding sites.
So not my scene!
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I not only consider myself a good writer but, I’ve been told by many people that I am an excellent writer. What type of writing do you need?
The have deducted amount from my account and not showing on the balance on website. I submitted the request to either refund or provide me it as balance but I haven’t heard from them.
I’ve been using Hirewriters for two months, and I haven’t had too many issues. I had one issue of Hirewriters saying I turned in an article late, but I actually turned it in much earlier than required. I think this company is shady in some places, but not always. I mean, it may seem like only a little money when they deductyour pay, but from a lot of people, it adds up.
I have just started using hirewriters.com and I have been notified that I’ve been accepted as a writer. Since so many people are posting angry comments, I was wondering if it’s just that people who had a problem with HW coming up and narrating it, while a FEW happy users came and started a fight. I would like to know all this because I would like to be sure this isn’t some scam site.
I am a writer too, can we share at least if you don’t mind
I just happened to come across your review while looking for something online. I have used HireWriters over the past year off and on, so I thought I’d weigh in here with my own experience.
I initially tried using their “beginner” quality writers and had some mixed results.. but when you consider how cheap they are, that’s to be expected. I later tried the “skilled” and “expert” level writers, and had much better results. Now that I have been using the site for awhile, I found some great writers that I use regularly.
I’ve used some other sites in the past before HireWriters, and had horrible results. The sites were also buggy to top things off… this is not so with HireWriters. I feel like it is laid our extremely well.
I do think they could improve things to be even better, but from what I’ve seen, it is the best platform out there. I’d recommend them.
I’ve received payments per agreement…up until this week, when it seems that a lot of cheaper, newer writers have come on board and suddenly HW needs tax information and can only process it using technology that I’m not sure even exists in my part of the world. They’ve paid, but they’ve not paid enough for me to go to wherever anybody can “scan” a printed document that could easily be mailed! Why would a company be so secretive about disclosing a physical address to which the document could be mailed for less than a dollar?
I found this site yesterday while logged into clickbank.comI placed an order for 2 articles but have not received any answer.now that I read the reviews I will not proceed.
I am a writer as well as one who orders content for my clients, though not through this company.
I just started with hirewriters.com as a writer. My first impression of them was a little uneasy because they pay writers a RIDICULOUSLY low amount. In fact, I was a bit shocked that this article says the cost was $5.00 for 300 word piece. From what I am seeing, the typical pay rate is 1.15 for 300-700 words. It’s truly an insult to writers. I have yet to see ANY assignments for any level of writing other than, beginner and general.
In addition to there being NO information about HOW to cancel an assignment (before or after the deadline), I was docked $1.32 for each of these articles’ missed deadlines (these assignments were higher paying gigs; $2.37 for 850 words)
zerys.com, from both a writer and client perspective, is a far better company. The quality of content I have ordered from them is outstanding. (of course you’ll have that when you pay your writers more than $.0034/word
I set up an account with hirewriters and after writing several essays had my account immediately frozen without receiving pay. The paypal was set up, the quality of my work was excellent, and still no reason for freezing my account.
I had the exact same problems as Shawn Hinton. Keep away from them. If you want to write for a legitimate site, go to textbrokers.
I am also a writer for HW and have been for over two years. I have found them to be a great company to work for, and I agree that people who complain may have an axe to grind. I know from talking to employers that some of the work submitted is not great, but I also know that you have to take a grammar test and write an essay before you get taken on, and come from an English speaking country.
If you engage an expert, you will get good work. You also have the option to ask for a revision, or just plain fire the writer. If you want to pay $1.50 for 300 words, don’t be surprised if you don’t get Shakespeare.
Fees are not stellar for beginners, but the tip is to build relationships with the clients you write for and have them submit work just for you on the HW site. I can make $100 a week without breaking sweat, usually more.
Hi, Are you still available to write articles? Would love to find a writer that write well. Thanks!
I was a writer for this company. I’ve received primarily 5-star reviews (with about four 4-star reviews) out of 200 articles. I’ve received praise from the clients I’ve composed articles for. However, this company is shady! They froze my account and claimed that I had made a second account, which was not true! I let them know that I didn’t.. I mean I write for plenty of sites, this one isn’t the highest paying and there was no need to make a second account because there is no cap on how many articles you can submit each month. Anyway, the supposedly “fixed” the problem, only to reopen my account but hold on to my money for several weeks. I’ve had enough of them and I’m letting everyone, both writers and clients, know that this place isn’t paying some of their writers.
I’m having the same issue that you are having. I signed up about two weeks ago and wrote about 20 articles. I made it to expert level because of the positive (4-5 stars) reviews that I got from most of the clients. They locked me out of my account yesterday in the a.m. and tried to tell me that I was using a computer or ip address from a banned client or writer. Wrong answer. I’ve done nothing wrong, and I am disgusted that a business would conduct itself this way. I have copies of everything that I wrote, and I will be filing copyright infringement if someone uses materials for which I was not paid. What a disgusting company. I’m going to warn other struggling writers not to waste their time there. Please let me know where I can go aside from the BBB to report these shady dealings.
Just read the previous comments from Susan…
No offense but you think someone in their company is going to break into your account, and input some yahoo address in order to steal your trivial amount of $10? That’s ridiculous… lol… I laughed when I read that. Also you sound very upset about $10? Sounds like you are probably from a foreign country and they may of banned you for that reason.
I’m sure either you were a bad writer, they banned you, so you are out trying to get revenge, or, you did in fact have several writing accounts (which is against their policy), or you did something else to break their terms of service.
I have been writing there for over a year, and they’ve always paid me on time, every Friday. I’m making about $100/week now so I’m thankful I found them.
It seems like people only comment on stuff when they have something negative to say, so I had to chime in here and let other people know what my experience has been like.
I opened an account with Hirewriters and wrote 6 articles and finally got up to $10.63 at which point I should have been paid. I never got paid and wrote to them at least 5 times asking why not. They mentioned some “yahoo” address that they paid me through my paypal account. I told them this is not my account and never was. They kept disputing it saying that was my address (weird, no?). I finally checked my account and noticed that this unknown yahoo address had been typed into my profile under my “paypal” account. I have no idea who’s address it is or how it got there. I pointed this out to them in yet another email. Their response…..”we are closing your account because you appear to have multiple accounts and that is against our policy”. WHAT?!
I believe someone within their company must have typed in that yahoo address so that they could get credit for my $10. I had only one account with them and was excited about finally working my way up to getting $10. Their accusation that I had multiple accounts and then summarily dropping me sounds like FRAUD to me. I will report them if I could only figure out where they are located. Have you noticed that there does not seem to be any information about them anywhere? I would never recommend this website to anyone and suggest that you not waste your time.
Susan, I had the same experience this week, but for over $80. I had been with HW for almost a year, and I am one of the “expert” writers .
I am going back and forth with tech support about this as PayPal said the fake Paypal e-mail belongs to someone in China. They slipped right in and changed my payee e-mail.
HW told me my password should have been stronger, but it was an obvious hack job. Apparently there is “nothing they can do”. I am fuming–not just over the $80 but the insanity of it all.
Paypal needs HW to contact HW and I keep e-mailing Brandon from Tech Support for help. Can’t find a phone number anywhere! Paypal is going to try to e-mail them to get a response. I am not holding out too much hope.
Update: Paypal have me a credit for the stolen pay but HW seems like they could care less . Paypal said they should care because if there was a security breach where someone could just replace my email on their site, their system isn’t secure. It’s not just a weak password ( mine wasn’t) . There’s no phone number or physical address for Hirewriters, just e-mail. Ugh! No other writing site that I work for was hacked– just HW. If you write for HW check your profile carefully.
Correction “gave” me a credit. My phone has autocorrect that misbehaves. HW did apologize but that is all. I never thought this could happen. On Textbroker you have to contact them directly to have your paypal address changed. I do like the variety of fun articles I get to write as an expert write on HW; however this event disturbed me. I will be watching my account like a hawk.
I use hirewriters all the time, and have never had any issues with them like the previous client posted. My suspicion is that they probably were doing something fraudulent.
I usually get about 50 articles a month from HireWriters, and have a group of writers there I regularly hire to help complete them.
The user interface, the price, the quality.. they’re all good over there at HireWriters. I recommend them.
I was ok with HireWriters at first and made a bigger than expected deposit for the 25 percent bonus. The articles are decent and do require editing. For the cheap prices they are acceptable. One day I log in and my account is completely gone. I had about 40 dollars in it and they will not refund me. I showed them my bank statements for the purchase and they still are refusing. I am forced to take legal action against them and would highly tell anyone interested in their services to stay away.