- Step 1: Finding article titles to write. At first you will have to browse in order to get a feel for what is where. Make sure you look at the column that lists the pay and ensure that it says $15 otherwise, keep moving.
- To browse quickly you will have to learn how to scan. Filter out the cheapo $5 articles by using the type field to select “About”, “How-To”, “How Does” and so on. Everything except Fact Sheet and Revenue Share.
- You will probably like doing some types more than others. Start with those types first. If you can fill your max claimed queue with articles you like that it best.
- Get a feel for what the “stupid” articles are in your most frequent categories. For example, How To Build… is very common in the business category and 99% of the time I don’t want to write any of those articles. Remember you need speed, so if out of 40 How To Build, there are two for you, skip them. To skip them, use the page number navigation at the bottom right to click out two pages at a time until the titles stop beginning with How To Build, or whatever else you aren’t interested in.
- Other title beginnings that I find mostly worthless (you might like them though, so don’t just listen to me) are How To Install, How To Become, How To Make.
- Step 2: Searching for article titles. I mentioned that the search function doesn’t always work, but if you can find enough to write via search, then you can save time by not browsing through all the titles. Learn which keywords are in the titles you like to write. For example, if you like to write about home security systems, you will obviously want to search for security, but also alarms, sirens, monitoring, and maybe windows, locks, doors, and so on. Keep a little sheet of paper in a notebook with your list so you don’t have to remember. Turn on your browser’s remember form input feature so that when you type “s” into the field, it automatically pops up with “security”. Again quickly scan the results and move on to your next term. If you have 15 to 20 terms that usually produce a couple of results you should easily be able to keep your queue full.
- Step 3: Don’t Write It, Write it FAST Remember to make it worth it, you have to write fast. Your name isn’t on this. You probably won’t even every find out where it ends up. Be accurate and write well, but do not spend time looking for just the right word. Your Thesaurus is banned from use while writing for Demand Studios. If “smart” is close enough, use it. Don’t waste time trying to come up with “savvy”.
- Step 4: Find ONE Good Resource Yes, there are ten great resources for people who want to claim disability insurance, but that isn’t what you are getting paid for. You are a writer, not Google. Find one good resource and put it in the Resources section, then submit. If you find two good ones in the same search, then put two, but remember this is about time.
- To find good researches use Google with the site operator. The site operator works by restricting results to certain sites. Just type site: after your search. For example, to get only results from ibm.com for memory chips, you would type “memory chips site:ibm.com” into Google search.
- Use gov and edu to filter out lame-o sites. There are tons of junk sites out there that rank higher because they use SEO and Google isn’t as good as everyone thinks it is. You can filter out a lot of garbage by using site:gov or site:edu. Don’t bother with org because plenty of scumbag spam sites use .org.
- You can use partial sites too. So, site:investor.ibm.com works to find just sites that have investor.ibm.com at the end of their URL, like www.investor.ibm.com, stockreport.investor.ibm.com and so on.
- Step 5: When In Doubt Submit Not sure if you’ve done well enough, or if you have really answered the title? Submit! You always get one free rewrite. Assuming you are a good writer, you don’t need the rewrite for your sentences, you need it for what is or is not missing. So, submit, and let the editor tell you what it still needs. Put in everything he asks for and resubmit. ADD, DON’T EDIT. Just add on sentences don’t rewrite what you already wrote to make it flow better.
- Step 6: Know When To Fold Them Again, this is about volume. There is no penalty for deleting a claimed assignment from your queue. If you get back the editor’s comments and it will take you more than 3 or 4 minutes to fix it, just delete it and go find another article. Don’t let your time build up so that it has taken you 45 minutes to write one $15 article. Likewise, if you start writing something, and you are spending more than 5 minutes looking up facts or numbers, abandon ship. Find an article you know more about.
- Step 7: Only Write What You Already Know You don’t have time to do research. If you can’t write how to make chocolate chip cookies without looking up more than one or two facts from websites that you already know about, don’t take the article.
- Step 8: Write What You Have To NOW. Sometimes it can take a day or two for something to get edited and published so that you get a new spot in your queue. If you have to write 15 articles per week in order to make your car payment, and you have a 5 maximum, then fill up your queue and sit down and write all 5. If you are doing it right, it should take you less than 2 hours. That way, if it takes a couple of days to get your articles published, you can still grab some more. Keep up with this. If one comes back in one day, grab a new one and write it. Keep your queue full of “waiting for approval”. Of course, if you only need 10 a week and your maximum is 10 or 20, then write them whenever you have spare time or are bored. I write most of my Demand Studios stuff on my laptop while I’m on the exercise bike. I get 40 minutes of cardio, and I make $45 or $60.
I’d say that’s worth it.