This is a sponsored post.
As you may have heard, Demand Studios and Freelance Writing Jobs have entered into a partnership. In return for Demand’s sponsorship, I’m spreading the joy at conferences, this blog, and across the social networks. Contrary to the grumblings of a couple of writers, my support of Demand Studios isn’t a new thing. I’ve been singing Demand Studios’ praises for well over a year now. I feel they’re perfect for new writers who are looking for a place to start, and, also, an easy way for established writers to supplement their income.
Back to My Humble Beginnings
Those of you who have followed FWJ since the beginning know I once wrote for a website called “Write for Cash” before launching a successful blog and getting into the social media space. WFC was a lot like Demand Studios. We logged into our dashboard each day, picked the jobs best suited for us, wrote, submitted and waited for the love from our editors. I credit my clips from WFC for helping me land my newspaper column. Most of the articles I picked had to do with saving money and thanks to those clips, I was selected to write about frugal living on a regular basis for an area newspaper. I think this is why Demand gives me a warm, fuzzy vibe. It takes me back to some good times. It reminds me of my humble beginnings.
Writing for Demand Studios
I signed up for Demand Studios a couple of years ago, though I never actually wrote for them. I was intrigued, but didn’t have the time for any new projects. Still, I supported Demand and posted links to their gigs often. Some people question my support of Demand Studios, and I can understand why. If you look through this blog over the past few years, you’ll notice I’m not happy with many content sites because I don’t like the way they treat their writers. However, Demand Studios is one place I recommended to the writers in this community from the get-go. They pay higher than average content site wages, treat their writers in a respectful manner, and they have a strict hiring policy, which means quality content. I can appreciate and respect that many writers wish to receive hundreds of dollars for their articles. However, it might interest you to know many highly paid freelance writers also write for Demand when they’re in between clients or would like a little extra income.
When we began discussing a possible partnership I revisited my Demand Studios account. I felt I couldn’t endorse them properly without making sure they were, indeed, a good place for freelance writers to work. I’ve been writing for Demand for the past month or so, and I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s exactly like my old friend Write for Cash, right down to the ..umm...interesting article titles.
If you’ve thought about writing for Demand Studios but wasn’t sure about how it worked or if it was a good opportunity, let me take you through the process. Really, it couldn’t be more user-friendly. Simply sign up and upon approval read the guidelines, pick your articles and write within the allotted amount of time. Yeah, Demand has a lot of rules and guidelines, but this also ensures clean, thoughtful, well-researched content. There are reasons for “the rules”. Demand Studios provides content to several different clients and articles must be created and formatted accordingly. They expect the best from their writers because their clients expect the best from them.
About Those Editors…
Now, I read comments on various forums and blogs about rejected articles and how editors must be biased. I can’t say I’ve had this experience at all. What I have noticed is that the editors at Demand Studios are strict. Because of this, I’m taking more care with my writing. My sentences are tighter. I’m re-reading my work and self editing. I lost a lot of that when I began blogging full time, and it’s good to get it back. I find myself thinking as I write.
Yeah I had to rewrite a couple of articles, but not for anything bad – I made some silly mistakes. I didn’t include my references, which every article must link to. This is something else I appreciate about Demand Studios. Writers are held accountable. They can’t just Google and post. Our editors want to know how we came upon our information and to provide links to our references. I, for one,appreciate knowing where writers find their sources.
Every writer has access to some stats. Our stats tell us how we did. We’re scored on our writing and our research. It’s also noted how many articles are rejected. Plus, our editors leave comments on our articles so we can get an idea of why we scored as we did. I know some writers don’t love this feature, I find it to be quite the motivator.
Payment is made via PayPal every Friday. For writers who appreciate the regular cash flow, this is indeed a perk as most content sites pay once per month. The process is like clockwork and it’s very rare to hear a freelancer complain about lack of payment. I only write a few articles each week for Demand, but I like that little something extra each week.
Why Now, Deb?
So now you’re asking yourself, “Is Deb only singing Demand’s praises because they have a partnership going on?” Well, yes and no. If you look back you can see I’ve been recommending Demand for almost a couple of years now. However, as I promised transparency, I probably wouldn’t have dedicated this entire post to them if we didn’t enter into a partnership. You know me by now, though. It’s very rare I do endorsements and sponsored posts. When I do, I offer an honest review. If something sucks, I’ll say it. If I didn’t believe in Demand Studios, you wouldn’t be reading this today.
What can you expect from this partnership?
You’re probably wondering how the partnership between Demand and FWJ will affect the FWJ community. I hope it’s for the better. I’m going to be attending conferences on Demand’s behalf to talk to you and other writers about the Demand experience. I hope to meet as many of you as possible and welcome new writers into the FWJ community. Consider me Demand’s Ambassador of Freelance Writing and Social Media. You can also expect a Demand Studios “Tip of the Day” right here on the FWJ blog, plus first dibs on job openings at Demand.
I know many writers who invest several hours a day writing for Demand Studios. Many of them earn betweetn $2,000 and $3,000 per month. That’s not a bad thing. Again, Demand Studios may not be for you, but for the writer just starting out it can lead to an amazing career. I should know. A site just like Demand Studios did wonders for mine.