How I Earn $20 an Hour with Demand Media TQA

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

Demand Media Studios TitlingMy primary way of making money from home is as a Title Quality Assurance agent for Demand Media. If you have been following faithfully then you are well aware of the titling roles. However, if you are not, then  be sure to catch up by skimming over my explanation in a previous post, Demand Media Titling 123. 

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By now we are all aware that there are multiple roles in the titling department with Demand Media. Many people would agree with me that the favored role is in TQA. This is because many find their average hourly wage to be higher than any of the other roles. However, after all the hype, many new to the TQA role have become disappointed and wondering how they could ever possibly make as much money as people like me are claiming.

I am frequently asked how I make over $20 an hour with TQA. I have spent some time really analyzing how I do it and I feel ready to share with you some simple tips.
These may seem like minor things, but when you put them to action, you will see your hourly average increase.

First we must accept a reality. Speed is key. You must read the title on  your screen and then make a decision to approve as is, send to TE to be edited or reject as an unusable title- all within an average of 3.6 seconds to earn $20 an hour.  Now stop and count out 3 seconds to yourself to get a true feel of how long you have. Seriously, you gotta do it.

So how can you make decisions that fast, especially when you have to Google search several titles? Well, that means many of these decisions must be made even faster to make up the time you spend searching! It also means you need to understand the guidelines inside and out. You need to get into the mindframe of a Demand Media Titler!

  • Read the newest posts in the forums daily.
  • Brief yourself with the guidelines given to you regularly.
  • Read over the sample Erick posts for you in the Titling Resources.
  • Study the role of TQA and become an expert of your job!

This is the primary and only way to make good money in TQA at Demand Media!

Additional Tips:

  1. Stop Googling everything! When I started I was googling and double checking myself. This is all very good and a great way to learn, but at some point you need to accept that you know what you are doing and stop over analyzing! If you already know that one part of a title needs edited, then there is no point in Googling to see if something is misspelled. You must know when to just move on.
  2. Check you have the proper screen size. Not something you have thought much about right? You can easily adjust the size of your screen by holding down the control button and either scrolling in and out with your mouse or using the up and down arrow keys. Controlling the size of your screen to a size that is easy on your eyes will help shave seconds off your reading time. I find if my screen is too big then my eyes feel attacked and I have a hard time reading the titles.
  3. Are you using the arrow keys? This is a common mistake many new to the TQA role do. They do not realize how much time they waste using their mouse! Use those arrow keys and only use the up and side to side arrows. If you use the down arrow, the screen will shift and your fingers will become very sore very quick. Every second counts and a gimp finger will hold you back (that made me laugh out loud).
  4. How are you Googling? There are many apps available for you to use. I have not downloaded any of them and tried them out because what is working for me is simply highlighting the word or phrase (you can double-click the entire title to highlight as well) and right clicking to find “search on Google”- a new screen pops up, I don’t waste any time reading through articles. I only read the headlines and can get a general answer for what I need to know within a second or two. Remember- every second counts! You are not being paid to sit and browse the web. Get back on track right away!
  5. Focus on your job! Taking your job at TQA seriously and letting go of distractions is essential if you want to make good money. You get what you put into it and until you dedicate yourself to it- you are not going to make a good living from it. Close ALL of your other screens. Save your Facebook time as your goal. I tell myself I cannot check Facebook or email until I make $10. But I have an hourly goal of $20, so that helps me get back to work after my break. This is how I do it, but everyone has their own way that works for them.
  6. Use keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation: I’ve found that using keyboard shortcuts can significantly speed up my workflow. Instead of relying solely on the mouse, I use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the titles. For example, I use the Tab key to move between fields and the Enter key to submit my edits. This saves me time and reduces the strain on my fingers.
  7. Set specific goals and deadlines: To stay focused and motivated, I set specific goals and deadlines for myself. I determine how many titles I aim to review within a certain time frame and set a deadline to complete them. This helps me stay on track and ensures that I make consistent progress throughout my workday. By holding myself accountable to these goals, I can increase my productivity and earnings.
  8. Minimize distractions and create a productive workspace: Creating a distraction-free environment is crucial for maintaining focus and efficiency. I make sure to eliminate any unnecessary distractions by closing unrelated tabs or applications on my computer. Additionally, I set up a dedicated workspace where I can concentrate solely on my TQA tasks. This separation helps me mentally switch into work mode and minimize potential disruptions.

Hopefully these tips have enlightened you to how important it is to count every second. If you spend 15 minutes checking email, you just lost $5.  So stop playing around, get into gear and treat this job like a $20/hour job and you will find your way to making good money online with Demand Media TQA.

This is your brain after a good day of Titling

Titling gets boring

What are your TQA Titling Tips? Do you have any Questions?

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Katie Jones

August 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

I do the Title Editing and I wish it was simple, lol. I enjoy it but you literally have to Google every title just to understand its meaning and to see if it is right! I am getting better at it but I wish I could do $20/hr! On my good days, I can make $2 above minimum wage, lol. ANYTHING COUNTS 🙂 Thanks by the way for showing me such a remarkable “job.”


August 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

LOL. That’s my brain after just a few hours of dupe checking! Great post, I might have to start using some of those tips for dupe checking as well…


August 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

Excellent tips! For me though, I use the down and side arrows. The screen doesn’t shift at all when I do that and I’ve found that it bothers my fingers much more if I use the up and side arrows. I may try your trick on the screen size thing though. Sometimes I feel like it’s too big and the words are just too large. I hadn’t thought of adjusting the screen size.

Miranda Grimm

August 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

If you adjust your screen size, then you may begin to notice the screen shifting.


August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

The forums are my best friend for titling. I check them out every day before I get to work. i consider my time there as a business meeting. Keeping on top of what we are and aren’t accepting helps me go way faster. For example, we have just stopped accepting one word answers. Which means that all those medical codes, abbreviations ect. are all rejects now. That helps me go a lot faster. I also keep an eye out for that ? at the end. A lot of titles are questions but lack that ? and so are shipped off to edit with no googling or further thought from me.

Miranda Grimm

August 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

Exactly Jess! I like the new rule of no short answers because now as soon as I see the word Calories I reject 🙂


August 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm


I applied and took the test for the Demand Media TQA job back in May and I have yet hear from anyone. Should I reapply? Any suggestions?

Miranda Grimm

August 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

A lot of people did the same. If you passed then you are waiting on a list for openings. If you failed then it is good to reapply. If it were me, I would reapply with a new email just in case. But I have not seen anyone new being hired for quite some time.


August 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

It’s so good of you to share these tips with others wanting to get started with Demand Media doing TQA. I had seen this job listing and wondered just exactly what a TQA editor did.


August 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I have to disagree. I think title selection makes the most money. I can make $30 or more an hour…Much more than $20. 🙂

Miranda Grimm

August 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

🙂 that is fantastic! I do usually make more than $20 an hour but I only make $30 an hour when their are really good titles…like a strew of recipe ones! 🙂


August 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

This has helped me so much, but one of my problems in searching google is I have to take my fingers off and do the clicking and search. I’m on a laptop so I don’t see any way around it. It really slows me down when I have to search. Any suggestions?


Miranda Grimm

August 31, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Im not exactly sure what you may be referring to. I also use a laptop. Have you checked into a wireless mouse? They are really easy to set up and cost under twenty bucks. I am used to the track pad so I don’t usually use the mouse, but for someone who is used to grabbing a mouse- it could be worth the money for a time-saving purpose.


August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I did want to say that when I have my fingers on the keys I can really go thru the titles but when I have to research then it drags me down in time that’s what I was talking about before any suggestions on how to speed up the searching?



Miranda Grimm

September 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

aha! I see, yeah I know what you mean. There are a lot of tricks people use to speeding up their google search time. I use the google Chrome browser and can highlight the word or phrase by double clicking on it and then right click and there is an option to search google for the highlighted word(s). It opens in a new window, I quickly scan the headlines to find my answer and go right back to the DM screen. Check the forums for TQA as well, everyone has their own method and you might find some great tips given there too!


November 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

Not anymore! Demand has recently laid off most of the TQAers and is in the process of major downsizing across the board! If anyone has any LEGIT leads for alternative to DS TQA, etc., online work, please share…