I’ve been with them about a year now. I’m not sure if I like them or not. I haven’t really put in the time with them, I guess.
Seeing one of their articles reminded me of why I don’t write for them more often.
Here’s the instructions for one of their articles:
*** Please read ALL of these instructions before taking on this order ***
1.) You will write an article based west hollywood home and using west hollywood home as the main keyword for the article. Follow the punctuation and spelling presented in the order title. If it is a mis-spelling of a common name or term, please use the mis-spelled version and in your article note that it is a common misspelling.
*** In order to use the keywords in a natural way, feel free to separate the phrases with punctuation and/or incidental words like prepositions and articles. For example, for “online degrees colleges” you could write “With more students seeking online degrees, colleges are expanding their online distance learning programs” or “Online degrees from colleges and universities are increasing in popularity”. ***
2.) Please re-word the order title west hollywood home into a useful article title – for example, if your order title is “cheap car insurance”, you might write “How to Find Cheap Car Insurance”. But you wouldn’t write “Insurance for cheap cars” because that’s changing the meaning.
This should be your only article title and should appear once at the beginning of the article. Don’t just use west hollywood home as your title
3.) Articles should be informative and useful. They are for an online encyclopedia/how-to site. “Fluff” articles with no real information will be sent back for revision. Try to provide INSIDER INFORMATION about the topic. Please do not simply instruct the reader on how to construct google searches to find the information on other sites. Whereever possible, this article should provide that information itself.
4.) Avoid writing excessively in the second person (overuse of you/your, e.g. don’t write things like: “You will need to remember a few things when you are shopping for your car:”
5.) Please use variations of the Order Title as keywords throughout the article. Aim to make your article HIGHLY FOCUSED on the Order Title, and try to make your article findable by search engines through good writing and good use of keywords.
6.) Please make sure to use keywords in an intelligible way. Please do not simply add keywords into the article in a way that does not make sense to a human reader.
7.) Write for a U.S. audience, unless the Order Title specifies another country.
8.) It is expected that writers will conduct research on west hollywood home, and write an informative article that aims to be an expert-level article about the topic.
9.) Please try to write the article in a way won’t make it seem dated a year from now. Don’t mention specific prices or short-term sales (price ranges are okay); don’t use phrases like “this year”.
And the grand total of what they’ll pay you for following all those instructions above?
Which, I guess wouldn’t be bad if we all didn’t have the collective Demand Studios monkey on our back. Why would I spend the time jumping through all those hoops, writing (AND RESEARCHING) that article for $9.99? Why do that when I can hop over to Demand and write a shoddily researched article for $15?
After Demand IPOs and those $15 articles start disappearing, I’ll probably become much more familiar with Textbroker. Luckily, Richard is pretty familiar with West Hollywood, so I’m sure he can handle that article for Textbroker.
Because you KNOW whoever requested that article is gonna be even more hardcore than your typical CE.
PHOTO: That’s the Riot Hyatt there in West Hollywood. I stayed there once. It was a pretty crazy place back in the day.