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Is Demand Media Studios A Scam? Why Do Freelance Writing For eHow

Updated on December 22, 2011

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?


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    • younghopes profile image

      Shadaan Alam 

      6 years ago from India

      interesting hub, i applied at demand studios both as a writer and blogger months back but didnt get their reply, perhaps as u said it is for US, canada citizens and I am from India so i didnt get the response

    • Green Lotus profile image


      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I can see why you have been successful writing for eHow! Thanks for this great tutorial. I've been thinking about getting back into the professional end of writing again, (I've been on a long hiatus :) I hope you're continuing to Hub...I'm about to become a follower.

    • viking305 profile image

      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Very comprehensive information about writing eHow articles.

      I may go over there to have a look, but I will probably only consider it if the writer can keep copyright of their work

      Thanks for sharing. Up and useful

    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 

      7 years ago from Aurora

      I attempted to log in to DemandMedia today and was sent to a legal form with legalese I hardly understand, supposidly as of effective November 14, 2011.

      It is highly illegal to change contract terms without adequate notice. For the paltry pay there, I do not intend to hire a lawyer for this activity! However, the ACLU may be interested in this illegal activity!

      I was unable to ask a question, see where I was at at my workdesk, absolutely nothing without signing this form.

      As mentioned in the comment above, the editors have lesser knowledge of the rules than the writers.


    • HutsonG profile image


      8 years ago from Missouri

      Be prepared for numerous editors each with their own interpretation. Make sure you know the guidelines better than they do. New editors may not have the rules down pat, which can cost you in article scoring and rejects.

    • ubanichijioke profile image

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      Great job. Good work. Wonderful hub.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Excellent hub, as usual. Great hubs like this always generate interesting and helpful comments. Appreciate your work very much. Voted up, up, up, and bookmarked. :)

    • .josh. profile image


      8 years ago

      I've considered giving Demand Studios a shot - happy with the clients I've got through Elance for the time being (not quite as restrained, and you don't have the numerous editor issue), but this is some great info. Definitely good to resort to if I do decide to try it out.

      Well written and informative hub, Bud. Good stuff.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! I didn't even get halfway through your article before I 'bookmarked' it. It sounds interesting for sure. I plan on investigating it when things settle down a bit for me from my new job. Haven't started yet, but am very nervous...

      Voted up for its useful content. Nice job.

    • Alladream74 profile image

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      8 years ago from Oakland, California

      I have not tried eHow/Demand Studios but after this article, i will have a look at them.Have bookmarked it for when i will sign up.Thanks for the insights

    • ErinPittman profile image


      8 years ago

      Great info. Thanks!

    • Jennuhlee profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      No disappointments here as usual, great writing, interesting topic, I always use ehow so naturally I was immediately drawn to this hub. Very helpful, specific information, great job as always.

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      8 years ago

      Very informative and helpful hub.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • annmackiemiller profile image


      8 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      this looks very interesting Bud - I must look into it. thanks for the info. voted up useful and interesting.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for this information. I wondered about writing for eHow. I have used the website a lot for researching information-as a reader. It's great to have honest information from someone who has written for a company.


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