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Demand Studios, The Follow Up

Posted by on Oct 10, 2009

Back in August, I wrote about trying to join, then finally being accepted to, Demand Studios as a writer. I thought I’d post a follow up to let you know how things are going.

Let’s start with this; I’ve made money. That’s a big deal, I must say. I’ve made $15 for every article I’ve written except one, where I made $7.50. I was doing really well with it until Mom got sick; then I just couldn’t concentrate on it. At some point, once a consulting gig I’m doing completes, I’ll get back to it.

Next, finding things to write on isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. They set all the titles, and you don’t get to change them up. In my field, there are some titles I haven’t touched because they just don’t quite fit, and I couldn’t figure out what kind of article to write about it. With others, I knew the information, but one of the things Demand Studios wants are links to places where people can get more information, and that I just couldn’t find. Well, some of it I could, but it’s restricted, which means no one else could get to it.

Titles are my worst problem, though. When you run out of titles in your topic, and you will, then you have to determine to see if you can write on topics you know nothing about. That’s where the research part comes in, and I’m not bad at that. What I’ve found happens often, though, is that there’s either no information about something or the information you find doesn’t conform to the article title you’re hoping to write. For instance, there was one topic on something that wanted an article on the side effects of this one thing I’d never heard about. I went looking for information and it turned out there were only two side effects; headache and nausea. Kind of hard to write a 400 word article on two things, so I had to give that one up.

Next, you find that trying to write to someone else’s style can be difficult. They require what they say are action words, not passive style words, and passive is the style I write in best. So, we’ve had some issues with that one. They also say they don’t like any throwaway sentences; in other words, you can’t set things up for the big hit. I find that hard to do also, since it doesn’t quite conform to storytelling, but of course this isn’t storytelling with them. And sometimes it’s confusing when you use a term that they pick out and say they need more information on it, when at another time they didn’t pick it out at all. Adding definitions helps you with the word count, though, so there’s no real gripe there.

I’ve had all except one of my submissions approved. On the one that wasn’t approved, I actually rewrote an entire article, just so the guy could tell me that he didn’t think he was learning anything new. Well, sometimes you’ve communicating information that someone else just might already know; that’s the title you selected after all. My thought is that not everyone else would know that information, but they have their standards. I’ll probably find a place for that article somewhere; have to work on that one, though, as it’s a topic that doesn’t fit here in any way.

If you can figure out a way to write at least one article an hour for 7 hours, you’ll earn $105 a day. That’s not so bad if you have nothing coming in. I haven’t tried to write any of their revenue sharing articles, which I mentioned in the last post, mainly because I haven’t seen a title that I feel I can research yet. But one of these days I will, if I need to. After all, it would be nice seeing some residual cash coming in from something I wrote.

These folks aren’t easy to write for at times, but overall, they’re fair, and it’s money if you can write at all. Of course, me being me, I’m always on the lookout for better paying things. As I find them, I’ll mention them; stay tuned.

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Foreclosures in Las Vegas:

Mitch, say a person whose passion is writing, writing and only writing, $105 in 7 hours/day sounds to be a incredible deal. All he needs to do is stick to the rules and know basic ethics of technical writing. I am glad that you made something out of these guys. Having said that, there is this problem of doing monotonous tasks. You will get bored soon. 7 hours daily only for writing will make Mack a dull man 😀 I prefer to do it once in a while so that I am spontaneous as well as creative.

Regards,
Mack McMillan

October 10th, 2009 | 12:01 PM
Mitch:

Hi Mack,

Actually, if you like research, this is the thing for you. There are hundreds of topics, some of them harder than others to write on. I’ve had many that took me less than 15 minutes to write because I knew the topic well, and others that have taken me a couple of hours to put together correctly. But even the 15 minute articles then took a bit more time because I had to try to find supporting research material, which isn’t always easy. Lucky for me, some of the material comes from articles I’d previously written that are online, so that helps a great deal.

The beauty of it, though, is that if you like working from home, you pretty much have the entire day to get to it. And something I forgot to mention; they now pay twice a week!

October 10th, 2009 | 8:24 PM

It’s nice to see your writing career is lifting off nicely!

One thing I would recommend (the name of the program escapes me) but what it essentially does is searches article sites/ google blog search etc etc on one topic and you can read through them all in one location.

This I find speeds up the ‘research’ phase for any topics I myself am writing on.
.-= Donace´s last blog ..Mafia Wars Collections and Items =-.

October 11th, 2009 | 6:48 AM
Mitch:

Donace, if you think of the name, share! 🙂

October 11th, 2009 | 10:06 AM

I’ve had the same experience with Demand Studios. You can suggest your own topics/titles for approval. I’ve written several articles that way. Sometimes you will get paid more for these articles.

I also use Associated Content. You can write an original article and get paid more, or submit ones you have already published. On those, you get paid per click through. It adds up over time.
.-= Pam Archer´s last blog ..We’re Killing Ourselves =-.

October 12th, 2009 | 10:18 AM
Mitch:

Hi Pam,

I actually did try to submit two titles. One got turned down immediately, and the other one got turned down a week later. I probably won’t try that again.

I thought about Associated Content, but I kind of need my money “now”, and I’m not sure they do that. But I’ll look into it again.

October 12th, 2009 | 5:17 PM

Mitch, I’m a little bit concern about the FTC new regulation, where they’ve set up a new rule that the bloggers would face up to $11,000 fine, if they didn’t disclose paid endorsement for each of the paid blogposts/reviews! In this case, we have no choice but to enclose the paid endorsement for the paid reviews. By the way, did you think that this enforcement is going to leave the effect on you or not?
.-= wilhb81´s last blog ..Business one-liners 68 =-.

October 13th, 2009 | 2:45 AM
Mitch:

Hi Wil,

Not going to have an effect on me in any way. What the FTC is looking for is realism; you certainly can’t say that anything I’ve ever written is copied or not real. That’s their basic issue, trying to make sure people aren’t lying just to make a buck by copying something someone else wrote, or setting up fake pages and the like.

I’m good. Not only that, but the few times I actually got something for free, I mentioned it, which then satisfies their qualification for disclosure. Nope, this doesn’t concern me at all.

October 13th, 2009 | 9:41 AM

Do you know if it is difficult to get accepted by Demand Studios? I have done some technical writing for past jobs but I wouldn’t say I have any technical pieces that really shine. I have written a couple pieces for Constant Content but they were more health/ general interest oriented. They wouldn’t really go with my resume. I am wondering if I should wait until I have some technical writing that I think is exceptionally good or if I can just throw in a couple of pieces that are “pretty good” and get accepted.

Well, that may be a tough question but I was wondering if you’ve heard of many people getting rejected. I’d like to start making some money as soon as possible 🙂
.-= Brad´s last blog ..Skin Health =-.

October 21st, 2009 | 3:17 PM
Mitch:

Hi Brad,

Here’s the thing, based on my experiences, which I’ve written about a few times here. The first time I got rejected. After I got over being mad, I contacted them to ask why I was rejected, and they said they had problems seeing the CV I sent them because it was in Word instead of a pdf. They should have asked for a pdf up front if you ask me. So I got to resubmit, but had to do it under a different email address, which is what they tell you, and that time they accepted me.

All you have to do is submit at least one example of your writing. At that point, as long as you can string a couple of sentences together, then learn how to write in their format, you’re probably good to go.

October 21st, 2009 | 5:31 PM

Well, thanks for this bit of advice! I took a couple weeks to get over being mad, but like you, got a nice big “welcome” the second time around.
.-= Brad´s last blog ..Skin Health =-.

November 16th, 2009 | 5:20 PM
Mitch:

Hi Brad,

I may get over being mad at some point myself, but the truth is that I did go on a two week hiatus from them before writing my last 3 articles, just to see how things had changed and if I was going to have any difficulties. So, I was already feeling kind of unappreciated.

November 16th, 2009 | 6:03 PM