Yesterday I was accepted by Demand Studios! The editorial team have accepted my application and I am now a member of “a select group of writers who produce high quality articles for several brand-name websites on the Internet”.
It all sounds very grand but the bottom line is that now I have been accepted by Demand Studios I have a very real opportunity to create an extra income writing with eHow. Not only does this mean that I can start to make more money relatively quickly it also means that I can start to create a residual or passive income. The perfect for kind of income for a busy stay at home Mum.
What is Demand Studios?
Demand Studios is a content provider. They provide content to a number of websites including eHow, which just happens to be one of the most visited sites in the US. Demand Studios use a bank of freelance writers whom they pay for writing articles on a range of topics, in a variety of formats.
Joining Demand Studios, Writing with eHow
Applications to start writing with eHow are made and managed via Demand Studios. Both websites have built their reputation on the quality of the content they offer, Demand Studios maintains this standard through a relatively rigorous selection process which requires applicants to have a specific level of experience and expertise.
My application was processed in approximately 24 hours and once I had received the e-mail informing me that I had been accepted by Demand Studios I was able to log in to the site and head straight to My Work Desk.
Before you Start Writing with eHow
Once you have been accepted by Demand Studios and before you can get into full swing writing with eHow, you must complete a series of freshman tasks. Initially a bio must be created which highlights your professional experience. Receiving approval of the bio can sometimes be harder than being accepted by Demand Studios in the first place – my first bio has already been rejected, let’s hope the next one meets the mark.
Freshman writers must then complete their first three assignments under the guidance of an editor. Each article is reviewed and feedback provided before publication. Freshmen are strongly advised to wait for the feedback from their first assignment before starting the second.
At this stage you cannot assign your own article title and must select from those available through the find assignments interface. In my opinion this limits the titles available to a freshman writer and may make those first few assignments harder than most. But, this is the process that has to be followed if you are to gain your spurs as an eHow writer and so I have claimed my first assignment from the available list. I now have seven days to deliver against the title “How to make a Solar Panel from a Domestic Radiator”.
In the first instance an eHow writer earns an extra income by being paid a fixed fee for a published article. After review and fact checking by a copy editor, the article (previously selected and claimed through the find assignments interface) is published and payment is processed with the average fee for a 400 – 500 word article being $15.
Now let’s do the math. At $15 per article, working a five day week I would need to publish 8 or 9 articles per day to earn approximately $30,000 per year. As a stay at home Mum this really isn’t the passive income I am looking for. So why am I so excited about being accepted by Demand Studios and the eHow opportunity?
Building an eHow Residual Income
By all accounts the eHow revenue share program is the best on the net. In other words it seems like eHow is the writing site with the biggest pay offer.
Once I have completed my first three articles I will have full Work Desk access which includes the option to create my own article titles on subjects of my choice, titles which can then be submitted for payment via the eHow revenue share program.
Writers build their eHow residual income by being paid relative to the number of times the article is viewed and for as long as articles continue to live on the web and be of interest to readers the writer will continue to be paid. On this model an optimized article, targeting a well chosen keyword niche has the potential to earn far more than $15. Indeed I have come across many reports of writers receiving over $200 for just one article over a twelve month period. All of a sudden, requiring just 150 articles rather than 2,340, $30,000 a year seems so much more achievable.
By becoming an active member of the eHow revenue share program it’s relatively easy to create a passive income and that’s why I’m so excited to have been accepted by Demand Studios.