I know that Demand Media Studios gets bashed around a lot on line. Despite the fact it is one of the few places online that consistently pays (and twice a week at that) it does get negative press. I’m guilty of bashing them a time or two (well not really bashing DMS, just airing frustrations about some of the CEs). Just to let you know, this is not an about-face on my part. I still have some of the same DMS frustrations, I am pleased with their recent format change.
New DMS Format: Topic View
The other day as I was browsing around looking for assignments and I noticed a new format called Topic View. I tend to stick with what I know and do it quickly. I try to be as efficient as possible because at $15 a pop I can’t afford to spend too much time on any one article.
When I first saw the new Topic View format, I didn’t bother trying it. I wasn’t in the mood to learn a new format. I wanted to write a few quick How to articles and get on with it.
Well, the other day I was feeling a little adventurous and I decided to try one. What I found was it was that the format is so much easier than writing a How to. Using the Topic View format is similar to writing a real article. You get to select a topic, choose the angle you wish to present and then address it accordingly. No more starting sentences with actionable words or rewording steps in a fashion to make it fit the How to guideline. This is the closest I’ve come to a real writing to Demand Studio since I started writing for them.
The best part about the Topic View format is that if DMS rejects or requests an unreasonable rewrite, the article is already in a user-friendly format that makes it easy to upload elsewhere. No longer do I have to change my actionable steps into article sub-headings to make it fit in on another site. All I have to do is copy, paste and viola!
I’ve only done a few of them and they all have gone through without a hitch. I get the feeling that since the Topic View format is closer to real writing, we all may see a decline in rewrites and rejections (I hope). 🙂