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Compensation Analyst

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

, activities, duties, and requirements • Helps implement and administers compensation programs • Reviews existing and proposed statutory… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Technical Ad Operations Specialist

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

• Collaborate with site teams to drive scalable Ad operational improvements and integration projects. • Manage projects, including integration of… Glassdoor

2 days ago

Editor-Demand Studios – new

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

Demand Media is seeking inventive, ambitious go-getters fascinated by the new media evolution who want to work in a fun, edgy environment with an… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Sr Software Engineer (Fullstack)-

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA is an e-Commerce site and platform whose goal is to empower its huge community of digital artists to create and sell art online thru… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Oracle Applications Engineer

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

• Perform application support development and enhancements for Oracle Financials / HR / Projects and related integrations and customizations… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Sr Manager, Social Media-eHow

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

• Grow community engagement and social referrals; • Develop successful strategies for Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, as well as other emerging… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Software Engineer

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

• Test Framework - Design and implement key components for a large-scale next generation web crawler / test automation / monitoring tool, using… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Media Infrastructure Python Developer

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

Build a large-scale next generation web-crawler/test automation/monitoring framework. Interact with engineering teams to assist continuous… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

DevOps Engineer

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

The Media Infrastructure team is looking for an experienced, motivated, devops-minded software engineer to join us in maintaining and improving our… Glassdoor

16 days ago

Sr Product Manager, LIVESTRONG.COM

Demand Media Santa Monica, CA

The Sr. Product Manager will play a crucial role enhancing those products as well as dreaming up and launching new experiences and tools. Charged… Glassdoor

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    Freelance Writing Experience Simultaneously Rewarding and Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Freelance Writer  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Demand Media as a contractor for more than 3 years


    I have been a freelance contract writer for Demand Media for several years.

    Demand's system allows me to sign into an online virtual "work desk" from my computer, choose article topics that interest me, write the articles, and -- if the editors approve the articles -- get paid for them. The online virtual "work desk" is really well-designed, and enables me to produce articles, see copies of past articles, review article payments, sign in to forums for writers and editors, and many other good features.

    I am paid regularly (twice a week) via Paypal. I receive approximately $25 to $30 per article. Articles are published very promptly.

    Writing these articles sharpened my research and writing skills. When I first went to work for Demand, I was a bit long-winded as a writer. Conforming to their requirements forced me to write in a punchier, clearer, more informative and colloquial style.

    Demand also insisted on thorough research for articles in my specialties (law, business, finance, careers, health care), forcing me to be more careful in my choice of references.

    Demand enabled me to get back into freelance writing after years away from freelance writing spent in other careers.


    Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section.

    For writers used to working with one or two editors on a regular first name basis and becoming familiar with their preferences, constantly having your articles reviewed by strangers -- usually anonymous -- can be stressful.

    Demand's editorial guidelines are ridiculously complex, and management has recently added "The Associated Press Stylebook" requirements to Demand's own internal guidelines, making it very difficult to write articles that conform 'perfectly' to the two sets of guidelines.

    CEs have difficulty applying two sets of guidelines, leading to situations in which one CE will approve an article using certain types of references or grammatical uses and the next CE will reject a very similar article, objecting to those same references or grammatical uses. This can affect a writer's overall "scores" from CEs, causing writer ratings to fluctuate dramatically, even if a writer's style has not changed.

    In addition, the CEs are of uneven quality. Some are very experienced, conscientious and polite; others are inexperienced and/or rude. Demand allows writers to rate CEs anonymously, and CEs rate writers anonymously on writer "scorecards." CE ratings of writers seem to count for more than writer ratings of CEs.

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    I would suggest that Demand assign writers to one or two CEs in each section and give them a chance to communicate with them regularly on a first name basis, as opposed to the current system of nearly anonymous editing.

    If a writer and CE don't get along, give the writer (or the CE) the option of transferring the writer to a different CE. If a writer "flunks out" with three or four CEs, then the writer probably has a problem. If a CE consistently 'loses' writers, then that CE has a problem. You'll quickly weed out the poor quality writers and CEs using that method.

    I would also suggest that Demand use just one set of editorial guidelines, instead of two.

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