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Demand Media Studios: Scam?
Many people are familiar with eHow. It boasts the largest and most popular online presence for "how to" articles on a variety of subjects. If you've ever used eHow, then you're familiar at least to some degree with Demand Media Studios, although you may not have been aware of it.
Demand Media Studios is the company which runs eHow and a number of other websites that publish useful online content. They get this content from freelance writers, and they accept applications from nearly anyone. This has led to a lot of potential authors wondering if Demand Media actually pays or if it's some sort of scam.
As a freelance writer for Demand Media, I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is not a scam, and that they do pay. It's actually a great way to Work From Home!
Let's take a closer look at Demand Media Studios and see how it works.
Who Can Write For Demand Media?
Any citizen of Canada, U.K., or the U.S. can apply to be a freelance writer through Demand Media, so long as they are over 18 years old. The eHow program is the easiest one to be qualified for, as the other sites require more specialized knowledge or experience, although they do pay a higher rate.
Demand Media is very open with it's application process, and is willing to consider anyone with a grasp of English, good writing skills, and ability to follow editorial guidelines.
How Do I Apply To Be A Writer For Demand Media?
To apply as a freelance writer, you will need to visit the Demand Media Studios website and select the "Apply Now" now. It's quite a simple and easy process.
One thing you will be required to have to complete your application is a sample of your writing and a resume that is focused specifically on your writing career. Creating your writing resume doe not need to be a long and difficult task. It can be very basic. Just create something simple that details your past experience writing. You can include writing in school, on blogs, on HubPages, or anything else.
How Long Will It Take To Get A Response?
The length of time it will take Demand Media Studios to respond to your application will vary. For myself, I received approval a few days later. If you haven't received a response, simply be patient, as your application likely has not yet been reviewed.
Generally, most people who submit a writing sample without many spelling errors and that is grammatically correct should be approved without difficulty, and you should receive a response within a week.
What Happens After I'm Approved?
After you're approved, you'll be able to select and write your first 3 articles for eHow, or apply for one of the other sites if you meet the qualifications.
The first 3 articles are very important if you plan on writing a 4th. Although they do not specifically state this, they use the first 3 articles as a sort of screening process, so you want to make sure that you are doing your best on this, to be welcomed as a full member, afterward.
General Information About How Writing For eHow Works
You choose your topics from a database. The format of the article will depend on the topic chosen. Most people are quite familiar with the "How to" format. In addition, there are two others.
Once you choose your topic you will have about a week to finish your article. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the editorial guidelines before submitting an article, as you only have 1 chance at a rewrite, before the article is rejected if it does not meet minimum standards of quality.
Demand Media Studios eHow Payment Information
Payment is through PayPal, and is sent out twice per week. The current rate for a standard eHow article is $15 per article.
There is a possibility of revenue sharing instead of a flat payment system, but this is no longer typically done, and I have not come across it with eHow articles at all, myself.
What Is It Like To Write for Demand Media Studios?
Writing for Demand is pretty cool. I love the fast payment through PayPal, and I've learned a lot about proper formatting and style that has made me a better writer on other platforms, as well. I also like that I get a byline and a bio for my articles on eHow, that help brand me as an expert on the subjects I write upon.
The pay for eHow is pretty good for entry-level freelance writing. I've heard that it's not unusual for people to be able to do 2-3 articles in an hour, if they choose the right topics, which puts your earning potential up to $30-$45 an hour. For myself, I've found it takes about 90 minutes altogether for me to complete one article, but this is largely because I'm not yet comfortable with many of the editorial guidelines so need to refer to them as I write.
The drawback with eHow is that you can only write upon the topics that are available to choose from in the database. Most of the topics that look easy are quickly snagged up leaving a variety of strange or awkward topics that nobody wants to write on. Getting a good topic requires effort and, to some degree, luck.
Tips And Advice For Demand Studio Writers
Demand Media Studios has strict editorial guidelines and they are expected to be followed. While it's true you are assigned a copy editor who reviews your work, the copy editor will not just make the improvements for you. The article will be sent back to you with the improvements requested, and you will need to make them yourself. You only have 1 rewrite, so it's very important to research the editorial guidelines and learn them well.
When choosing your topic, focus on topics that seem interesting to you or topics you believe you can finish quickly. If you have the time and want the best odds at a good topic, refresh the screen every few seconds, because the best topics will be gone nearly instantly. This will give you a chance at snagging them yourself.
Stick with one format of article and learn it well, instead of bouncing around from one format to another.
Make sure your first 3 articles are all accepted by investing extra time and energy into them. The first 3 are the most important, because they are edited by a "senior copy editor", and these is basically the filtering-out process that Demand uses. Once you get past the first 3, you'll be able to relax a bit, but you still want to maintain quality writing.
What Do You Think?
Have you tried writing for Demand? If so, what was your experience?
Do you know of a similar publisher?
Are you interested in trying freelance writing?