(Update July 2015: This review is over six years old and has not been updated. I’m leaving it on the site because it still gets a small number of readers. However, I would like to direct writers who are starting out to my review of the Freelance Writers Den or the ebook I wrote with Carol Tice. Both are excellent resources for new writers.)
When a representative of Demand Studios asked me to review their site last month, I was hesitant. Quite frankly, I’ve been very busy lately and I didn’t have a lot of extra time. Also, I try not to get too involved with sites that are considered “content sites” because, in my experience, they tend to pay less than average.
However, I also know that many WritingThoughts readers are curious about Demand Studios (even more so now that Deb Ng of Freelance Writing Jobs has partnered with Demand Studios), so I reluctantly agreed to review the site. However, I did insist that I give my honest opinion. So, that’s what this is – my honest opinion of the Demand Studios experience.
The process of signing up for Demand Studios went quickly. I was approved to write about a half hour after I signed up. Writers who are interested in applying will need the following:
- Multiple writing samples
Writers who are interested in Demand Studios should also have a photo of themselves handy since one of the first things they will need to do after they are accepted is post a photo and write a brief biography about themselves.
After I was accepted as a writer, I took some time to look over the resources available to writers on the Demand Studios site. The resources are extensive. The first resource was not actually on the site, but attached to my approval e-mail: a 20-page guide for new writers. In addition to the guide for new writers, I found the following writer resources online:
- Templates and samples
- Writer forum
- Training camp materials
- Help desk
Of course, there are likely resources on the Demand Studios site that I didn’t have a chance to review.
Writing a Demand Studios Article
Writing a Demand Studios article is nothing like the writing that I do for my private clients. My private clients pay for accurate material that is presented from a very unique perspective. I provide a wide variety of writing products to my clients ranging from extensive tutorials, press releases, landing pages, ghost blogging, and yes, even a few web content articles. All Demand Studios articles, however, closely follow one of several pre-determined formats or templates.
For my review, I chose to write on some financial topics. I often cover this type of topic for private clients and I knew where to find accurate information. (Admittedly, this topic is a little more technical than some.) On the date that I looked, all available articles paid $15.00 or were revenue share articles.
My first article took me two hours to research, write, and download into the Demand Studios form. The second article took me only 45 minutes, and the third took me about an hour. My articles were accepted a few days later and I received payment via PayPal about a week after I initially submitted them. The articles were published on a client site, in this case eHow. You can see them here.
Things I Liked About Demand Studios
- There were plenty of instructional resources available for the new writer
- Templates and samples made it clear what they wanted
- The ability to take work at your discretion
- Adequate time to write an article from the time that you select a topic (seven days)
- Prompt payment via PayPal as promised
- Author bylines for work done
- There seemed to be plenty of work available
Things I Didn’t Like About Demand Studios
- Limited types of writing. There are less than a dozen templates by my count – but you won’t do really creative projects here.
- Pay is on the low side of acceptable (at Salary.com the 2009 range for a content specialist is $40,878 to $74,818).
- Jobs are listed (and selected) by title. Some titles are unclear or have obscure meanings.
What I Don’t Know Much About
- Filmmaker and Copy Editor positions – I joined the team as a writer, so I don’t know anything about these other positions.
- Higher paid articles. I didn’t see anything with a higher upfront payment than $15.00, so I don’t know whether or not more experienced writers are given the opportunity to accept higher paying gigs.
- Non-article writing such as title reviewing and title proofing.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that I would write for this site again, but mainly if I had no projects from my private clients. In fact, that’s one of the benefits of this site – you can write for them when and if you have time to do so. There’s no commitment to write x articles in a week, or even in a month.
In fact, this site could easily be used to end the familiar freelance writer’s “feast or famine” cycle.
Others who might wish to write for Demand Studios include:
- Writers who are just getting started
- Writers who do not wish to market their writing services to private clients
- Writers who are transitioning from a full-time job
- Non-writers who wish to supplement their other income or share their expertise
(Disclosures: While I was asked to write this review, I was not paid for the review itself. This review represents my honest opinion of the site based on the experience that I had at the time that I wrote the review. I did, however, receive compensation for the articles that I wrote during my research for this review. You can find those articles on eHow, here.)
Discuss this review and share your experiences in the comments.
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