Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Demand Studios Debacle

Hello. It's been awhile, I know. But I've been busy doing freelance work to prepare for some holiday shopping.  One of the clients I have, Demand Studios, recently did an upgrade to their article creation system. To put it bluntly, they cut out a LOT of available work. But not people. Just the work.
If you were a general eHow category writer, there were thousands of titles to choose from. Now? Zero. UNLESS you qualified for the First Look Program. To do that, you needed a 4.0 out of 5 for your structure/grammar score on your last 50 articles. I have a 4.0...on my last 43. Doh! Otherwise, the only titles available were the ones the First Look qualifiers no longer needed.
So what does that mean to you? It could mean a lot. Demand Studios was one of the biggest freelance online content publishers out there with available work if you could get in. But now they've downsized considerably.

UNLESS you can write for a special category that they are looking for. Currently they need financial experts.
For me, dropping the queue for titles actually didn't have much of an effect because I qualified for eHow Home and Garden last year. Talk about good luck! I wrote a ton of plant articles last year because my wife was here as a good resource and so many were available. The eHow people said "hey, write for our category!" I didn't think anything of it but now I'm glad I did. Because I still have 25,000 HandG titles to choose from. I've latched onto a specific subject and have used my own techniques from my Demand Studios book to make good money during lunch or at night. Let's just say I'm becoming very knowledgeable in lawn tools and maintenance.

This doesn't mean that the freelance writing world has collapsed. It's just changing and getting harder to break into as a general writer. Don't give up hope if you are noticing these changes. Instead, get better and strengthen your own abilities. Many of the First Look people have said that they are a little more paranoid now so they've paid more attention to what they submit than before. They want to keep the 4.0 score and I don't blame them.

It's the same as the regular work force. If jobs are hard to come by and there are many qualified people applying, you need to improve your skill set to show your value.

Happy Writing!


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