IAPWE, also known as the International Association of Professional Writers & Editors, has been around for quite a while.
And scamming a lot of people out of their hard-earned money.
Yes, IAPWE ISN’T a site that I would personally recommend. I wrote this blog post in 2019. Depending on what year you’re reading this, then you know that you’re not the first (and probably not the last) person to ask whether IAPWE is legit.
You All Know The Scam…
1. The Craigslist Ad
So far, I’ve only seen IAPWE as a Craigslist ad. Most of the posts are usually pretty similar. Make money as a writer or editor by following a certain link:
According to the screenshot above, the ad claims that you can make $10 dollars per 100 words that you write, or $3 per 100 words that you edit. So for a thousand word article (like this one you’re reading), you would make $100 if you wrote it, and $30 if you edited it.
2. Waiting A Month For A 5-digit Pin
Once you click through the link, and submit your content, they ask you to send them a random 5-digit pin.
You can see from the screenshot that it was over a month that IAPWE replied to my original email with my 5 digit pin.
3. The Money That You… Don’t Get?
Unfortunately, even after you’re allowed to register, you don’t get to make money quite yet. At least this is what happened when I tried to join the many years ago.
As you can see in the screenshot above, I can’t see the jobs, because I haven’t upgraded to a Professional or Business member yet?
What kind of idiotic-ness is this?
According to the link I followed (shown above), it looks like it’s going to be around $6 per month, just to be part of their little membership group.
Guys, you don’t need me to let you know that even if this wasn’t a scam, it’s not worth it.
4. The Money They Make Off Of You
And this is where the scam comes to a close.
When you sign up, you just get added to a job board section for people hiring writers.
So, you’re not even making money through IAPWE. They’re just collecting your money to send you to free resources.
If you scroll all the way down to the comments section of this article, you’ll see numerous testimonials that repeat the same exact thing I said.
Sadly, you’re not going to be able to make money writing content for other people
Can You Even Make Money Writing Now-A-Days?
Look, as always, I’ll be honest, and give it to you straight.
Getting paid to write articles for other people isn’t something that is worth it now-a-days.
Especially if you’re in the United States or one of the major 1st world countries.
Notice the emphasis on “for other people“.
Let me emphasize it one more time.
For other people.
Now, if you write articles for yourself, well then, you can definitely make a ton of money.
This Is How You Can Make Money By Writing For Yourself
See the screenshot above.
That is money coming to me because I wrote something.
I actually wrote a couple of things about a year and a half ago, and it’s still making me money to this day.
You see, you don’t need to work for someone else to make money by writing.
You just need to learn how to take that passion of yours (writing), combine it with another passion of yours (like for me, getting scammed) and having it make money for you, even after you finish writing.
Back when I was first starting out, trying to learn how to make money by writing, I stumbled across a program called Wealthy Affiliate.
Back in 2018, Wealthy Affiliate was (and still is) teaching me how I can take any passion I have and make money from it.
I know, I was thinking the same thing as you:
“Any passion at all, and you can make money from it?”
Make Money By Writing About Any Passion Of Yours!
As of writing this (in 2023), it’s 5 years since I’ve joined Wealthy Affiliate, and I’ve put that question the test.
Over the course of those 5 years, I’ve made money blogging about many different types of topics:
- bad breath
- how not to get scammed
- self care
- minimalistic wardrobes
- bullet journaling
I’m actually in the process right now of starting a new site with my wife about homesteading, gardening and homemaking.
Any passion you have, and you can make money from it by writing about it.
Let’s Be Honest: This Isn’t For Those Who Need Money Right Now.
If you’ve landed on this page, and you’re looking for money right now, then this isn’t going to work for you.
Wealthy Affiliate isn’t a “Get-Rich Quick” scheme.
I personally had to work hard for a good three-four years to get where I am now (I worked on my site on and off during that time).
But it’s all worth it in the end.
As of right now, I’m fairly confident that if I were to have to start over, I could get to the success I am right now in less than 2 years.
Do You Want To Be Your Own Boss In Less Than 2 years
What would you do if you knew that in less than 2 years you could be doing what you want, work when you want, and not have an employer breathing down your neck?
Not have to worry about finances?
Would you be willing to work through the hard times in you life (like when I had to work on my business even though I felt as though my marriage was falling apart, uncertain of the future, and scared this wouldn’t work)?
Would you be willing to learn something new every day? (With the knowledge I know now, I have the knowledge and experience of a Content Writer, Social Media Marketer, Paid Ad Specialist, Copywriter, Web Administrator, Funnel Strategist, as well as a ton of other job titles!)
If you are, then I would love to connect with you.
I’m willing to help you build your business in two years, if you’re willing to just do the work and learn something new every day.