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Demand Studios Revenue Share Program

Below is an email that was sent out by Demand Studios regarding their revenue share payment plan. For those freelancers who currently write Demand Studios, you already have this in your inbox. For those writers who are considering writing for Demand Studios, you can get an idea of how the revenue share plan works.

The email proves my point that it appears to be a much better option to place your articles on eHow than submitting them to Demand Studios revenue share plan. If you will note in the example below, the revenue for each article is shared over “their 5 year life.” However, placing your article directly on eHow allows you to share the revenue for the entire life of the article (no 5 year limitation). Additionally, when writing for eHow, your articles are automatically approved and you don’t have to wait for editors to kick your articles back for one reason or another.

Actually, you can read the email and make your own decision:

Dear Writer,

We launched the revenue share payment option because it was a way we could offer you more income for every article you write. By sharing article earnings as we receive them we are able to reach above the standard flat fee rate. We wanted to share with you the great results from the first months of the program.

The graph below shows earnings for articles published in February. As the articles get indexed by search engines and build traffic, payouts increase. By the third month, average monthly payout per article is $1.24. Based on historical data, we project these articles to pay out an average of $72.81 over their 5 year life. For about 1 to 2 hours of work per article, we hope you’ll find this time well spent!

Please note this is an estimated average of all articles. Payouts for any individual article will vary.

Demand Studios Revenue Share

Example Earnings Scenario

The financial benefits of writing revenue share articles really hit home when writers write a consistent amount on a regular basis. Writers start to quickly earn a revenue stream that persists long after the writing has stopped. Here’s a month by month example of projected earnings for a writer who completes 20 revenue share articles a month, based on our estimates above:

Demand Studios Earnings

This writer will make more money in Year 1 writing flat fee, but writing revenue share articles results in a continuing stream of income for 5 years after the article is published.

Why We Can Pay More

Demand Studios revenue share articles will earn you more than similar programs at other freelance sites because our distribution is so large. We are owned by Demand Media which has a network of over 50 million users across multiple high-quality websites such as eHow, Golflink, Travels, Trails, and more.

We recognize that there may be immediate financial realities that make flat fee payments a better option for some of our writers at this time. We would like to assure you that not only are the flat fee assignments not going away, we are going to be aggressively increasing them in the coming months.

To the extent you have the flexibility to do so, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great program to maximize your earnings!

If you have any questions on this program, please feel free to contact me personally at mike.cowan@demandmedia.com


Mike Cowan, Head of Marketing, Demand Studios

The one thing that the Demand Studios Revenue Share program offers that eHow doesn’t offer, however, is the ability to write for other sites such as Golflink, Travels, Trails,etc.

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  • Cheryl June 20, 2009, 11:00 pm

    I’d love to learn more about Revenue Sharing, but I am having a problem that seems to be keeping me from using DS at all. Wondering if anyone here has experience with a new sign up issue like this one. I combed the Demand Studios FAQs for this problem and wrote the editors to ask about this — no response.

    I have signed up “been approved” provided all the correct information. However, all I see on the assignment page is “No titles meeting your search criteria have been found.” I have not conducted any searches — this message displays automatically. Has anyone else had this problem? Shouldn’t I be seeing a list of assignments? If anyone can help, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Felicia June 21, 2009, 7:46 am

      Hi Cheryl,

      Did you complete your profile information? They’ve changed the user interface quite a bit from when I first signed up, but under your profile there is a section where you get to select topics for which you are qualified to write. Try selecting several topics and then look to see if a list of titles will display. If that doesn’t work, then try contacting them.

      Good Luck!

  • Samantha November 25, 2009, 7:58 pm

    For the most part I love DS, but their note that each article earns more than $1 per month is rubbish. I have 5 revenue share articles with DS that I’ve written over the last 6 months. This month will be the first that I might break $1 for all of these articles combined. At least one of these articles places within the first 5 search results on Google. Had I known about the 5 year limitation, I probably would have stuck with the fixed fee articles and ignored the revenue share completely.
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..A Cold, Hard Reality =-.

    • Felicia November 26, 2009, 5:15 am

      It makes me wonder if anyone is doing well with the DS revenue share articles.

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