Demandstudios.com is a great website for freelance writers. It offers some of the best pay rates for writing online, and is an easy site to navigate and use. For the most part the editors at Demand Studios are helpful and informative, but there are some bad ones out there too. There is an acceptance process that a writer has to go through before they are able to work, but it helps to keep bad writers out of the mix. You must supply writing samples (Associated Content articles for instance), and provide a background of your writing experiences. Once an editor looks this over, then he will allow a writer to accept up to three assignments which will then be reviewed by a senior editor. The writer must be sure to follow the strict guidelines for the articles and research or they will be returned for a rewrite. If the rewrite is not up to par, then Demand Studios will reject it. During this process you must be diligent to follow the rules because you may not be allowed to write for Demand Studios if you have articles rejected during this trial basis. The writer is paid for these preliminary articles if they are accepted, and for those who make the grade this can continue to be a lucrative opportunity.
Some of the Good Things to Expect From Demand Studios
Once the approval period is over the writer can claim up to ten assignments at a time from Demand Studios. Once they are claimed the writer has a week to complete them. There are different pay rates for articles, but usually Demandstudios.com pays $7.50 for short pieces and $15 for more in depth articles. The short articles are around 200 words, and longer articles usually run around 500 to 600 words. This is some of the best pay for freelance writing I have seen on the web. Demand Studios values their writers, and pays them for their time very well. The site is easily navigated, and topics to write about can be searched by keywords. Unlike some freelance sites that pay once or twice a month, Demand Studios pays their writers twice a week. Any article that is accepted by Sunday night pays out to paypal on Tuesday, and anything accepted by Wednesday pays out on Friday. Demand Studios pays well, pays often, and always has a lot of articles to choose from.
There are some frustrating aspects to Demandstudios.com as well. Some of the available titles are generated by a computer and just don’t make any sense. Many of these titles clog up the system and are just not able to be written. The research that is required to back up your articles can be hard as well. Demand Studios wants .org or .gov sites to be cited in the research of the article. If you know a fact, or can cite a book you cannot list these. The articles must be cited by other websites, and Demand Studios is very picky about the sites that can be used as sources. This can be very upsetting when you know you can write an article, and are knowledgeable in that area, but cannot find appropriate citations to back up your article. It will be sent back if the source is not approved. If a source can’t be found that supports the article that is under Demand Studio’s scope, then that article will be rejected no matter how well written the piece is. Some of the editors can be frustrating as well. I have had instances where I would be writing two different articles that were nearly identical and one editor would tell me to broaden the scope of my article, and the other would tell me that I needed to tighten the article up. Both articles were written in almost the same manner. This can be both confusing and frustrating for the beginner, but listening to the particular editor looking at that particular piece is important.
If you are an expert in a field, or know where to research a topic online, it is a good idea to use keywords to be able to target articles in that area. This will allow you to use the same source material for multiple articles, which will greatly cut down on the time it takes to write articles. If you know about Medicare, for example, you may want to type in “medicare” in the keyword search to see how many articles there are to write. States and cities are also good keywords to try. You also receive scores on your grammar and research. You should always send in polished pieces to try and maintain a high mark for these categories. I’m not sure if they let writers go because of bad marks in these areas or not, but there are periodic reviews and if a writer is doing well they may allow them to claim more articles than just ten.
Demand Studios can be a lucrative place for freelancers to find writing assignments, but it can be frustrating if there are a lot of bogus titles or if there aren’t many assignments in their niche. A writer can always cull through the available titles and see if anything jumps out at them that way as well. However, the prompt payment and relative high price for articles really make it an opportunity that freelancers should check out.