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How to Write for Demand Studios Sucks

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 of Rightside (NAMEV) and 500 shares of DMD after the companies cut the chord. Then, the reverse split netted you 100 shares of DMD (someone who’s a better finance expert please correct me if/where I’m wrong).
When I woke up this morning, I saw that DMD had hit a high of $12.13 today. By the time I started writing this, it had dropped to $10.50 and was still dropping (14% down before lunch). I wonder if/when Demand concedes that it just needs to coast on its library of titles and take its cash without spending any more real money on the site, keep a few writers and editors around to keep eHow “fresh” and terminates 550 of the 600 Santa Monica staffers and most of the 3,000 freelancers they have left.
Here’s interesting info from a finance writer:
  • eHow.com and Livestrong.com continue to decline in page views and will have lower EBITDA in Q2 2014.
  • Rightside reported negative EBITDA in Q1 2014. Google entered the registrar space in June 2014. Expect even more margin pressure in the near future.
  • Both businesses are a melting ice cube. The Company needs to be taken private to implement a turnaround. Otherwise, expect 15-20% declines in the stock.
Looking at the first bullet point, Alexa seems to show that both eHow and LS improved their site rankings in Q4 and Quancast seems to show increased visitors.

Let’s see what happens to DMD on August 7 after the earnings call.

Here’s a quick rundown…..well…..no, I thought I was going to have time to make sense of this, but I don’t. Anyone out there care to make sense of this?

On another note – we also got this email and, rather than be the cynical bastards you think we are, we thought we’d post this for anyone looking for opportunities. I guess drop us an email….

I was hoping you might help me find good writers that want to make more than $25 an article. We are looking for writers that are able to post to sites with decent DA and better than normal quality articles. We’re having a hard time finding anyone who knows a topic and can get decent links. Thanks so much for your help. – Jerry C

Fired From a Content Mill: A True Story

Demand Studios Sucks

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 How to Shave a Honey Badger’s Balls one day, How to Hold a Honey Badger Sideways and Shave Its Balls and How to Dance the Macarena While Shaving a Honey Badger’s Balls.

Read the rest of the article here.

PS: “Ravis” – you can tell your wife you can’t get sued for voicing your opinion. Believe me, we’ve been doing it for 4 years now. It’s called freedom of speech.

Yep. Those were the golden days indeed. I think the most I ever managed in a 8 hour day was about 10 articles. I’ve heard tales of much more. What were some of your numbers?

On another note, looks like the Demand Stock has been in turnaround of late, shooting up to 11.00 per share. They’ve got an earnings call that they’re going to announce in a week or so, maybe something to do with that?

And to the anonymous commenter – sorry to say that both Richard and myself, believe it or not, still have writing privileges. It’s just not even worth the bother anymore.

Yep. Still here.

How to Go Down With the Ship

Hey DSSers,

Sorry for the delay.

Yep. We’re still here and about, although things are more quiet than they’ve been in years.

Notice that there are finally some new titles floating about. How is everyone finding things there?

Demand stock, however, continues to hover in the sub $5/share price. Ouch.

 

 

The Ship is Just About Under

How to Go Down With the Ship

Hey guys,

Not really much going on at the Demand front.

The queues look like they’re mostly empty. The few writers with permissions still at the studio keep  correcting old articles and everyone else sits around the forums bitching.

Here’s a bit of news straight from Demand staff:

I wish I had more solid answers for everyone when it comes to the renovation, particularly when assignments/sections will be “ready.” But alas, I am caught by surprise at times when things are announced

So – even Demand staff doesn’t know what’s going on. Sad.

In other news,

Demanding to be Saved

How to Go Down With the Ship

Howdy everyone!

Sorry been so quiet. Decided to take this time off to take some holidays. Figured now would be a good time since  the Demand queue is totally dried up during the eHow “renovation.”

Got this post in the mail from DSSer N. He raises some good points, so I’d thought I’d share it with everyone.

Got an idea for a story? A juicy tidbit?

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Saving Demand

If Demand Media shareholders want to see if Sean Colo is serious about turning around the company’s flagship eHow website, there are a couple of [...]

Demand Studios Closing?

Just had a couple of different people send this in. As with most of our anonymous tips, we’re taking it worth a grain of salt.

This instagram pic was linked to from the DMS forums somewhere. Go to the link and hover over the image and you get this message:

23 hours ago – Oh, Snap. The end of the month is fast approaching! Make sure to upload any In Production projects asap, as the Studio will begin its closure for site renovation starting in April.

Click on the image to see a screen cap.

Demand closing for renovations? Or just closing. And they haven’t [...]