Demand Studios — Getting Hired — Part 1

Posted on November 30, 2010

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I’ve seen a lot of discussion online about writers having trouble getting accepted to Demand Studios, now officially called Demand Media Studios (DMS).

For those of you struggling, I thought I’d create content to help you get hired by DMS. This is the first of a series of posts on the topic.

You don’t have to already be a professional writer to be hired by DMS. You also don’t have to have a ready-made portfolio of work; although, it helps. You DO have to create a compelling writing sample that you submit when applying to DMS.

What do I mean by compelling? Merriam-Webster online defines it as:

  • forceful
  • demanding attention
  • convincing

If you are intuitive and clever enough, you can create compelling content about cleaning toe jam out from between your toes or picking up after your dog’s dooty accident.

Before you put pen to paper, peruse through eHow.com or About.com articles. To check out what I’ve written for DMS, visit my eHow.com profile . You’ll find my bio with links to a number of featured articles.

Basically, this is the kind of content DMS uses for eHow.com articles. You may have the ability to write even more compelling content.

When looking through the articles, consider how they are formatted. This is critical when creating content for DMS, since they require this type of format for all their articles. Some articles require a minimum of 3 sections with headings; others require at least 5 sections with headings.

When writing your DMS sample, consider the topics on which you are most knowledgeable. Determine a main article heading, then decide on a minimum of 3 sub-headings that will contain the content of your three sections. What I do when writing content for DMS is to consider the most important aspects of the article title that should be addressed. You don’t have to cure world hunger, but you should explain the most critical pieces of information regarding the topic.

For instance, if you’re writing on homeowners insurance, you don’t have to address everything there is to know about homeowners insurance, but you should address the type of homeowners insurance that most homeowners use. If you want to make sure to address everything for good measure, but still stay within the 500-word limit, insert a “Miscellaneous” or “Other Considerations” heading and only mention the other, less-important aspects without going into great detail.

That’ll give you food for thought for tomorrow’s post …

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