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Demand Says Buh-Bye to eHow?

The beginning of the end?

Yep. Looks like Demand is selling off eHow.

Sad days.

I wonder “e-How” the assignment queue is doing?

I’m just glad that Richard picked me up a Demand Studios t-shirt while they were available.

 

Drop the Zero and Get with the Hero!

digital-number-zeroHey kids!

It’s summertime. That means we’re on vacation. Just like Demand! LOL. Found this letter stuck in our letterbox. Looks like we might be around after Demand is gone! But don’t feel too bad. All the Execs cashed out long ago.

Once again there are ZERO titles to claim at Demand Studios! Take a look at the flimsy, sugar coated BS they are telling contributors now.

Hi everyone,

Two weeks ago I announced that we were making some changes to better support eHow’s overall editorial strategy. While that effort is still underway, we’ve determined that our best option going forward is to have a smaller number of contributors dedicated to this project.

For that reason, today we are removing access to eHow assignments from several of our contributors. If you are someone who is losing eHow access, you will be notified via email. If you are part of that group, this decision won’t impact your standing as a member of our contributor network and you will continue to be considered for any upcoming clients and projects. But that does mean you will not be able to claim any new assignments for eHow.

New Projects: Pairing Talent and Opportunity

We work with brands that have varying content needs and we foresee most future projects providing opportunities for smaller pools of dedicated contributors. With that in mind, our goal will be pairing the right talent with the right opportunity. This will help us create partnerships between brands and contributors in a way that helps brands accomplish their content goals while helping you grow your portfolio of work. As always, you have the discretion to choose or decline to work on any of the assignments we make available to you, and the terms and conditions of the Contributors Agreement remain in effect.

Help Us Connect You

I’m asking every member of our talent network to complete a brief questionnaire that will provide us with more insight into your background and interests. This information is going to be used by our team to select members of our network for upcoming projects. We’ve already had a lot of success doing this for brands like Samsung, Experian and Office Depot.

Realistically this means that most members of our network will no longer have a steady flow of assignments available to them at all times. But when you are contacted and selected for a project, we believe it will provide a better opportunity for you as a professional. We’ll also continue to keep everyone updated about what’s going on behind the scenes including new projects and partners.

I’m sure there are a lot of questions which is why I have created this forum post. Please feel free to post questions and comments here and I, along with other members of the team, will jump in and provide you with as much insight as possible.

Thank you,

Jordan

Is Demand Still Gaming Google?

Howdy all – sorry for the delay. Been lots of craziness in the Demand Sucks world, but it looks like we have the website back under control. Just so that we all know what the score is, here’s some prices to remind you: 

DMD IPO Price 2011: $23.59 Current DMD price 2015: $6.58 

Of course, that current price is after a couple of splits, so I’ll leave all the financial mumbo jumbo up to you DSSers or Richard Head if he ever decides to show up again. 

Anyway, thanks for all the emails. Here’s a guest post from DSSer “Bob Smith”. 

Demand Media Studios was founded on one principle – […]

Old News

How to Go Down With the Ship

Yeah, we know it’s been a while since we rapped at ya.

In all truth, neither Richard or myself has even logged into the Demand site in many months.

Writing this post yesterday made me curious to see if I still even had permissions, so I checked.

And, lo and behold I do.

A quick snoop around confirmed that Demand is pumping out hard hitting journalism pieces as ever.

Some of the titles I noticed in the queue:

What is the Most Popular Job in Japan? Tractor Repair Training How to Teach English in Greenland

Ahh, some things never change.

Now […]

Demand Earnings Call and a Job?

How to Write for Demand Studios Sucks

Hey DSSers,

This was dropped in our mailbox a few days back by fellow DSSer BamaFan. Make of it what you will. Feel free to post your own comments. 

So, Demand’s insiders decided to salvage what’s left of their personal shares by splitting off the domain name side of the biz from the dying content side just days before the next (disastrous?) earnings call.

While it looks like Demand’s stock has soared from $5 to $11, that’s because shareholders got a 1-5 reverse stock split. I think if you had 500 shares of DMD before the changeover, you got 100 shares […]

Fired From a Content Mill: A True Story

Richard Head

Wanted to give a shout out to lurker “Ravis”. He shares a story about writing for Demand back in the early days. This pretty much hits the nail on the head:

Over time, the pay went from from $15 to $25, so I wrote a little more often. In the words of the wise and sage-like Todd Snider, it was all about that easy money, and I was just looking for the most I could get for the least I could do. And man, was it easy. The best part was, you could often write variations of another article you’d written previously. For example, I would write […]