Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Demand Studios Writing Experience

By responding to an ad in the Hamilton College Career Center Digest, I became a freelance writer for Demand Studios. Demand Studios acts as a middle man between a freelance writer and a few specific Web publications such as eHow.com, LIVESTRONG.com and Trails.com.

Demand Studios provides article titles of all different categories for freelancers to choose. Once you claim a title, you have a week to write and submit your article for publication. If you do not write it within that time frame the article goes back into the queue for other freelancers to choose.

Demand Studios has specific guidelines regarding titles, subtitles, content, pictures and even for your profile. But these guidelines are tailored to meet clients’ needs and make you and your article look professional. Demand Studios also provides a forum for writers and editors to meet each other and learn from each other’s experiences.

Suite 101 vs. Demand Studios

I have previously written for Suite 101, which is a similar concept to Demand Studios. But the more I think about it, the more I see the differences. Suite 101 considers itself an online magazine and all articles are published through their website. Writers are also free to write on any topic they choose and are not limited by given titles. This can be a plus or minus, depending on your preferences. For me, I enjoy selecting from a list of titles because some days I cannot think of anything to write. But, on the downside, sometimes there are no given titles for which I am qualified or interested in writing.

Payment is another difference between the two. Suite 101 pays the writer only a few cents each time a reader clicks on the ads surrounding their article. Or at least this is true for new writers to Suite 101. So, for example, I wrote ten articles for Suite 101 and have so far only earned just over $11. Demand Studios pays between $5 and $15 per article and a few articles are paid-per-view. So I’ve written eight articles so far and have earned about $90.

Overall I think I prefer working with Demand Studios. I enjoy the instant gratification of $15 after submitting an article, and I prefer having a list of titles to choose from. The site is easier to navigate. I'm also permitted to write in a more casual tone and use the pronoun "you" in an article.

Both sites provide good resources for writers and tips for online content writing. My background is in Creative Writing, so before working for these two sites, I knew very little about writing Web content. But through writing for these sites I am learning a lot, building a portfolio and earning some pocket change.


Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Fascinating! You impress me with your 'go get'um outlook!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the insight- I'm going to log into demandstudios and start writing there! I have also written on Helium.com- but want more steady, paid work! THANKS again.

Anne Greenawalt said...

I'm glad you've found it helpful. Good luck with Demand Studios!

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