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Demand Studios WCA Results

I finally tried it. Over the last two weeks I wrote two WCAs (Writer Created Assignment) for Demand Studios. After reviewing my eHow earnings and comparing them to my other writing venues, I figured that I should at least give it a try.WCA

Edits and Modifications

As a general rule, once my article is accepted, I don’t review the changes nor do I review my report card. I do the best that I can with the title subject matter, try to follow the Demand Studio guidelines and then I divorce myself from the article once I’ve received payment.

WCA-EarningsBecause the WCAs are writer created, I broke my general rule to see how my final articles turned out. There were edits and modifications but I believe the edits were just a matter of writing style. The edits did not change the intent or the facts in the article but it did change the flavor. Personally, I don’t like the final flavor, but that’s why I write under an assumed name when I write for DS.

Show Me the Money

I write for DS because of the cash. It’s not because I’m enamored with the subject matter nor do I find it a creative writing challenge. I believe in calling a spade a spade and when it comes to Demand Studios, it’s all about the cold hard cash.

Is the WCA worth it? Only time will tell, but I’ve written 2 articles in two weeks and have earned a little over $2 for the two. OK, averaging 50 cents a week per article is nothing to get excited about, but it’s a nice start. I’m still trying to duplicate the magic formula that caused one eHow article to earn over $3,000 in less than a year. When I find the formula, I’ll let you know.$3,000 eHow Article

Not the Same as eHow

As we all know, the WCA process isn’t the same as writing for eHow’s WCP (Writers Compensation Program) and it takes longer for the article to be reviewed and published, but so far it seems to be worth it. Only time will tell.

PS: I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth (it has been a while since I wrote a post here on NJFM). My writing Mojo has taken a vacation and rather than force it to come back, I decided to allow it to come back when it is ready. 😉

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  • Ignatius July 27, 2010, 9:51 am

    Thanks for the information. That is really a pretty good result. If the earnings stay where they are, in a year you will have come close to doubling what you would make with a regular Demand Studios article. There has been a lot of discussion about the DS revenue share, but very little in the way of statistics. It’s nice to see some solid numbers.

    • Felicia July 27, 2010, 10:11 am

      Ignatius, only time will tell. I had been holding off writing a WCA, but I think I’ll write one or two more to see how the trend goes.

      You know I’m a numbers junkie so I’ll share my results in a few months to see if its really worth it.

  • Deanna July 27, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this informaiton, Felicia. I never thought I’d try DS again, but this makes me think it may be worth it. As for that $3000 article of yours – Wow – I’d sure like to know how you did that too. Good for you! 🙂

  • Julie-Inspired to Write July 27, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Welcome back Felicia! I put DS on old for now. I am kinda tired of the How-to articles…. I decided to join HubPages since I can be more flexible in what I write. Do you mind passing on to your reader’s my last blog post about Today.com? Freelance writers should know about the transfer of them to BlogDog – Scam!!

    • Felicia July 28, 2010, 7:44 am

      No problem, Julie. Quite some time ago I wrote a post sharing my unfortunate experience with Today.com. After my experience and the experience of so many others, I’d recommend that folks stay away from Today/BlogDog.

  • Master Dayton July 29, 2010, 5:16 pm


    Thanks for the update. I’ve also been meaning to write around 20 of the passive income articles and give them a month to see what happens and if it’s worth my time or not, but “life happens” and I’m still just getting to that. I’ve had minimal results so far, so I’m still leaning on the “potential but jury’s still out” until I can figure out whether it’s really a comparable model to eHow or not. Thanks for sharing your update.

  • Maria (WriterGig) July 30, 2010, 6:48 am

    I’ve found that Demand Studios WCA articles have decent residual income potential. It’s virtually the same as writing eHow articles in the old WCP format, except for the editor review process and slight loss of control over content due to edits.

  • Amy Michelle August 3, 2010, 1:36 am

    Not bad Felicia. Do you ever write flat rates for DS?

    • Felicia August 3, 2010, 10:36 am

      Amy, last month I wrote too many flat rates for DS. I had weaned myself off of them and then last month I started writing again. I think it has something to do with my daughter wanting to spend extra movie, shopping, ice cream money. 🙂

  • Rick Hendershot August 7, 2010, 7:23 am

    Hi Felicia,
    Great site and very helpful information. Have you written a post where you compare or summarize your experience with all the (writing) revenue sources you have tried?

    • Felicia August 7, 2010, 7:32 am

      Hey Rick,
      I’ve written a few posts here and there comparing a couple of sites but I don’t think I have one comparing them all.

      Some sites I try, write a few articles, let them sit and then come back to see if the articles are performing. If they don’t I go on to the next. The only site I write for continuously is Suite 101 because I’m contractually obligated to write an average of one a week. All of the rest of them, I haven’t added content regularly so I’m not so sure I can truly compare them.

  • Lynne October 7, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Hi Felicia,

    Am I missing something? I was a writer on e-How before the changes and separately a writer for Demand Studios before the merger. I haven’t been writing for a while and just logged back in to start working again.

    I don’t see any link to be able to create the Writer Created Assignements even though I remember doing this before the merger.

    • Felicia October 7, 2010, 12:56 pm

      Lynne, things have changed quite a bit since you were gone. If you want to write for eHow you have to do it through the DS interface. Additionally, all of your user-generated titles are now edited by the DS editorial staff.

      This happened back in March. You might have to dig real deep in your email inbox to find the notifications about the changes. Have you logged onto DS lately?

  • Lynne October 7, 2010, 1:04 pm

    Yes – I have logged in recently to the DS site. I can’t however see any links or tabs to the Writer Created Assignments – only the flat fee ones.

    I’m wondering if they have me down mistakenly as a UK writer (who aren’t allowed WCA) as I am British although I am working and living in the US.

    I’ve emailed them to find out

    • Felicia October 7, 2010, 1:10 pm

      That could be it. When I log in and look at my Work Desk, there’s a tab that says “Create Assignment.” If you’re not seeing that tab, then maybe you’re not allowed to create your own. I’m sure they’ll give you better information when they respond to your email.

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