Demand Studios Review: The Pros and Cons
Is It Worth The Time?
Demand Studios is a clearing house that pays freelancers to write short articles on various topics. The majority of available titles on the site are short "how to" articles that pay $15, but an increasing number of titles now pay only $7.50. Approved articles are published on eHow.com, or one of the other websites Demand Studios owns.
I wrote over 200 articles for Demand Studios since joining and I participated in their Writer Created Assignment program for revenue sharing, which closed in 2011. I still have an account, but I haven't produced any articles in a long time. I do still earn money from their closed revenue sharing program.
If you are considering joining DS, I'm sure you want to know if it's a scam or not. It's definitely not a scam, but I don't really consider DS a very good place to make money writing anymore. Although my experience writing for them was relatively positive, there were plenty of times when I felt burned out from the writing.
Demand Studios does receive public criticism. Some freelancers consider them an underpaying 'content mill'. They were also featured on the news once and ridiculed for some of the ridiculous eHow articles appearing online. Articles like "How to Make Toast" and "How to Pick Your Nose" existed on eHow.com at one time. I think those two were taken down, but "How to Breathe" still exists.
For me, DS provided a convenient way to make extra money online when I needed it. But is Demand Studios a good place to write today? Maybe, but I probably won't go back. In 2011, their strict writing standards grew more strict, and now in 2012, there are barely any titles available.
Here are some of the pros and cons associated with writing for Demand Studios:
Get paid twice per week. Payments are issued on Tuesday and Friday. Payments are sent to you through PayPal. They are one of the only sites that pays twice per week.
Payments are always issued on time. The site is not a scam and always paid me when money was due. I received a timely payment for every single approved article I wrote.
Work from home writing. You can't argue with that. Sitting on your ass writing articles is easy money for the most part. I didn't write for Demand Studios full time, but many people do (maybe not anymore though).
Become a better writer. Even though rewrites are annoying, some of the copy editors I dealt with provided encouraging feedback that helped me improve my writing skills.
Write as many articles as you wish. Demand Studios allows you to claim 10 to 20 titles at a time and if you can find available titles, you can continue writing as many articles as you can tolerate. I think the most I ever wrote in one day was 10 articles. I used to write a minimum of 5 articles per day.
Writing samples. Approved Demand Studios articles are well written and make good writing samples when applying for other freelance writing sites.
Strict writing standards. In the beginning, it takes a lot of time to learn and understand the very specific type of article format and writing style Demand Studios expects from their writers. Some people argue that too much is expected for the price of $15 and I would have to agree.
Most articles take more than one hour to write. Not always, but many do. If it's taking more than one hour to write a $15 article, you are not earning very much money if you treat it like a traditional job with hourly pay. If you are unable to adapt and write faster, you will end up working long hours to earn enough money to make it worthwhile.
Burn out. So many people get burned out writing article after article for Demand Studios, especially if you're pumping out content full time.
Rewrites. This is probably one of the most common Demand Studios complaints. I did not have a lot of rewrite problems. I was able to produce at least 15 articles in a row before one would come back. The main problem with rewrites on Demand Studios is due to the fact that your content is always viewed by different copy editors, so you're always dealing with different people who might be more picky than others.
Low pay and high expectations. Writing standards are important, but they do expect a lot for $15 and it's become worse over the years. Most articles take longer to write because of it.
No titles. In early 2011, there were thousands of titles to choose from, but now there are barely any titles available.
No article rights. Every article submitted to Demand Studios is for full rights. They are basically buying the article from you and you can't republish it anywhere else for profit.
So is it worth applying?
Probably not if you're looking for full time work, but if you're looking for extra money, or something new to try out it might be worth it. There aren't too many available titles so don't expect much. You have to check their site to see if they're even looking for new writers. You must submit an application with your best writing sample. You will receive an email notification whether you're accepted into the program or not.