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Demand Studios Profile

By Michael Wong

Demand Studios offers opportunities for freelance writers and filmmakers to write articles and produce videos on topics such as food and auto to parenting and nutrition for their network of popular websites, including eHow.com, LiveStrong.com, and YouTube.com.

Please note that Demand Studios is part of Demand Media. Demand Studios is just the brand that Demand Media uses for their content production initiatives.

Did you know... Demand Studios writers create more than 5,000 articles a day, and there are hundreds of thousands of assignments available?

Did you know... Demand Media's eHow.com website is one of the most popular websites in the United States attracting over 70 million monthly unique visitors?

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Demand Studios fact sheet

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U.S., U.K. & Canada
Online
Paid-per-article/revenue share
$15-25/article, $200-600/movie project
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Every Tuesday and Friday
Independent contractor (10,000+)
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18+
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Santa Monica, CA, USA.
May 2006
Unknown
500+
$320 million in 2011
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310-394-6400

Where is Demand Studios available?

Demand Studios is currently only available to freelance writers, filmmakers and copy editors in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

How do I make money with Demand Studios?

Demand Studios offer three main types of jobs, but also two other "opportunities", and five other types of jobs with limited positions.

Demand Studios also offer these opportunities:

Other Demand Studios jobs

Demand Studios also mention a number of other jobs on their FAQ page (I didn't see them advertised anywhere else). Hmm... I wonder why they're hidden in the FAQ page. Maybe it's because positions are limited.

Anyway the pay is low low low, paying just $0.02 to $0.04 per completed task. Did I say the pay is low? Haha! :-) So you have to work fast to make any decent money.

Processing times for applications will vary but apparently the process could take up to a week.

Demand Studios in the news

Seeing major news networks run stories on a company is always reassuring. So here are some stories on Demand Studios by major news websites.

Seen any good news stories on Demand Studios from other major news websites? Please share the links with the community at the bottom of this page.

Demand Studios user comments

It's hard to tell whether an online job or business opportunity is any good. So I've scoured the internet searching for the most relevant comments by people who've worked for Demand Studios.

+ = positive comment / - = negative comment

-I written for demand studios and it was great that they paid out twice a week but the thing that I could not stand was the difference between editors. Some of them accepted my articles right away and other made me rewrite an article several times. In the end they are really too time consuming to writes articles for. - teddy67, Aug-10-2011
+Please take the forums with a grain of salt. I have written more than 3000 articles and have only had two rejected (with one overturned). Those who get lots of rejections are a vocal group, but they do not last very long...I write two or three DS articles an hour, it isn't complicated at all. There was a learning curve, but it shouldn't take more than a couple of weeks to get up to speed. - Nomadchick, Jul-10-2010
-i've written for them -- you do get paid, but you won't get paid like you do in a real freelance gig. an average, longish article pays about $15 -- but it might take you 3 hours to research and write the piece. others write really quickly -- it all depends on what you pick and how fast you research/write. i personally have not found it to be a good way to make money, in comparison to other freelance gigs out there. - unlucky.lisp, Apr-25-2010
+It worked well for me, but I've heard from other writers who were just frustrated by the whole process and the way Demand Studios handled editing/approving its content. But, I can tell you they are legit in the sense that, if you write the articles the way they ask you to (with very specific guidelines), they'll cough up the dough for them. I make about $45 a day writing for them, and it only takes me around 3-4 hours. Not great if it's your primary income, but pretty good as supplemental cash. - egoodlett, Oct-11-2009
+I went hardcore for the first month, writing a total of exactly 150 articles, and I just stopped...I have continued to earn money via my 150 articles each month since November...Total Earned: $879.66. - Pat, Jun-24-2009

Have you made money working for or applied to be a Demand Studios Guide, Topic Guide or Video Producer? Please share your experiences with the community at the bottom of this page.

Is Demand Studios a scam?

Here's a summary of what's good and not so good about Demand Studios.

What's good about Demand Studios

+Listed on New York Stock Exchange: it's reassuring to know that Demand Media is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with 2011 revenues of over $320 million.
+BBB rated B+: it's reassuring to know that Demand Studios is a BBB accredited business and rated B+, which is pretty good.
+500+ employees: it's reassuring to know that Demand Media has a staff of 500+ professionals supporting the company.
+Celebrity & major website partnerships: it's reassuring to know that celebrities such as Lance Armstrong (7-times Tour de France winner), Tyra Banks (model), and USA Today have partnered with Demand Media.
+Plenty of work: it's reassuring to know that Demand Studios writers create more than 5,000 articles a day, and there are hundreds of thousands of assignments available.
+80M viewers: it's reassuring to know that your content will be distributed to a network of websites attracting over 80 million viewers a month.

What's not so good about Demand Studios

-Low pay: some people have complained about the low pay but that's the nature of the game - the more you write the more you'll earn.
-Inconsistent editors: some people have complained about the inconsistency between Demand Media editors. While some accept articles right away, others make you rewrite an article several times.
-Mass lay-offs: there are reports that Demand Studios laid off thousands of writers towards the end of 2011.

Conclusions

Demand Studios is legitimate and not a scam. Demand Media, which owns Demand Studios, is public listed company on the New York Stock Exchange with 2011 revenues of $320 million. Along with its 500+ employees and celebrity partnerships, I think Demand Studios is a company you can trust.

Demand Studios offers freelance writers, filmmakers, copy editors, and experts the opportunity to make money online.

Some people complain about the low pay on offer and inconsistent editors. But in the many forums I've visited people consistently recommend Demand Studios as one of the best opportunity for those looking for freelance writing jobs that gives you the freedom to work when and where you want.

However I'm concerned by the reports that Demand Studios laid off thousands of writers towards the end of 2011.

It appears they laid off writers who produced lower quality content after being slammed by Google's new algorithm designed to remove poor quality results provided by content farms such as Demand's eHow.com.

As a result, Demand Studios have probably tightened their hiring requirements.

Overall based on what I've seen and read, I think Demand Studios is a worth a look if you can get hired.

Go make money with Demand Studios

Feb-21-2012 update: Demand Studios are apparently scaling back assignments because it now has enough informational content, according to this October 11, 2011 article, "Demand Media and Seed.com Weed Out Freelancers".

Demand Studios have shifted their focus to more targeted categories and other forms of content (slide shows, video series and feature articles).

They're still assigning some 'how to' titles for eHow.com, but there'll be fewer of them for the foreseeable future.

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