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    Beware of eHow Spark

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Demand Studios has been known to copy ideas before, and their latest idea, eHow Spark, is no different. Spark works a lot like Pinterest. You can pin photos and text to your boards and share them with others using an app or a “clipping” tool. The catch is, while Pinterest says in their Terms of Agreement that they have no claim to what is pinned on their site, eHow claims everything: Click on it to make it larger. I think this is a clear warning to content producers to stay clear of this site. If you want to keep other people from using your content on eHow Spark,…

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    I Take Back Everything I Said About Demand Studios

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin In this previous post, I told you how Demand Studios was so much better than it used to be. I take it all back. After working with them again for several months, I’ve found that DS is still just as messed up as everyone remembers. They say they want quality articles, but the truth is they don’t have the slightest idea what quality is. To test my theory, I decided to contact experts to get information and quotes for the topics I was writing about. As anyone who’s gone to journalism school or worked for print publications (and almost anyone else) knows, expert interviews are one of the best…

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    What is 4Writers.net?

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin 4Writers.net is a website where writers can sign up to write essays for pay. What’s the catch? You have to do a test which consists of 10 grammar questions and an essay. Now, if you don’t know me, I’ll let you know right now that I’m against doing any type of work for free. Granted, I could see answering the grammar questions. There’s no way they can use those answers for profit. The essay, on the other hand, could be used whether or not you “pass” the test. this is a common scam used to get free content out of unsuspecting writers. Am I saying that 4Writers.net is a scam? No. I…

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    DMS Slowing Down eHow Production

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Well, the event people have been predicting has finally happened. Demand Media Studios has all but halted the production of eHow articles. In an announcement made last week, DMS said that it will limit the amount of titles produced for the site for the foreseeable future. Titles are restricted to subjects that hasn’t already been covered by eHow. Hmmm, titles that hasn’t already been covered by eHow… Articles on lengthy, in-depth processes that are worth a lot more than $15-$25 a pop. I don’t see many writers spending their time writing for DMS any more. The lure of the fast buck is gone. Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin

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    How to Replace Demand Media Studios?

    Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin Lately I have been writing a lot for Demand Media Studios. Here’s why: They pay twice a week I can make $30 an hour or more The articles can be written using very little brain power I can do $100 worth of work in a few hours and spend the rest of the day working on my ebook, blogs or websites There have been rumors swirling, though, that DMS is having financial trouble and won’t be able to last much longer. So, after tapering off for a few weeks, I’m back to the client hunt so I can keep more eggs in my basket (I have several clients other…