Writing for Demand Media Studios

Just hearing a whisper of Demand Media Studios can send some freelance writers into a frenzy.  Last week I spent an entire class period (no, I wasn't paying attention at all - I was really engrossed) reading blog arguments about why Demand Media Studios sucks and why Demand Media Studios is awesome.

All it really boils down to is what's right for you.  And no one has the right to tell you what's right for you - you already know it.

I'm certainly not going to tell you what to do.

I am, however, going to pass along the pertinent information so you can make an informed decision.

First things first: No writer - I don't care if you're bragging about making $100 an hour all over the Internet or scratching out booze money by writing for Textbroker - has the right to judge another writer.  We all have the right to disagree for our own reasons (like thinking the flood of Web writers are responsible for driving down fees in general, or believing that content mills give us all a bad name) - but you should never go around saying people aren't 'real writers' because of how they choose to make their money.

Second things second: I am not endorsing Demand Media Studios.  I'm not saying you shouldn't write there, either.  All I'm doing is providing the info I've got on it because it might help someone who's considering writing there.

How Demand Media Studios Works

  1. Writers apply.
  2. Writers are accepted.
  3. Writers write three 'trial' articles which senior editors comb over.
  4. Trial articles are usually returned for edits.
  5. Writers edit and resubmit.
  6. Articles, if they pass the editors' scrutiny, are published.
  7. Writers are paid.

Demand Media Studios Pay

They pay like clockwork on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Generally, articles are bought for $7.50 to $15.00, although there are some variations.  After a piece is approved by an editor, writers can expect to see the money in their account during the next pay period.

Demand Media Studios pays by PayPal, and there is no minimum payout amount.

Demand Media Studios Editors

Writers are not paired with editors at Demand Media Studios.  Instead, writers' work is sent to a queue that is available to editors.  Therefore, several different editors are editing the same writer's pieces.

Editors are required to work quickly.

Writers only get one chance at rewriting a piece; if it gets rejected after edits, the writer does not get paid.

Demand Media Studios Guidelines

Guidelines are very specific at Demand Media Studios.  They are available on Demand Media Studios' site.

Where does Content from Demand Media Studios End Up?

Demand Media Studios places content on eHow, Answerbag and LiveStrong.  There are several other sites with content coming from Demand Media Studios' creators.

Can you Make More Money as a Freelance Writer?

Of course.  Demand Media Studios isn't a high-paying gig - but it works for people who are in between private clients, are having difficulty finding clients or who only have a few hours to devote to freelance writing each week.

However, how much you make is your business and shouldn't be shared with anyone besides Uncle Sam.

If You Choose to Write for Demand Media Studios...

  • use a pen name.
  • read the guidelines for each type of work before beginning it.
  • don't get caught up in arguments defending it.
  • keep evaluating whether you're making enough effort marketing your services to private clients.

Do you write for Demand Media Studios?  What has been your experience?  Is there anything I left out?


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