Titling at Demand Media
Updated on: by Amy Kennedy
There has been a huge amount of interest in the Titling jobs at Demand Media. It does not come as a surprise considering it is rated as my personal favorite non-phone, non-technical, flexible, high paying and quick paying jobs! I am so glad so many of the readers have found their way into titling at Demand Media and now so many others are asking me “How do I apply?” I feel it is important to make a one-time explanation of titling with clear instructions for applying as well as my tips for being offered a chance to test into Demand Media Titling.
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What is Demand Media?
Demand Media is an online content writing company. What that means is any website or company who need articles written for their site can turn to Demand Media for content that matches their subject. Some of the common websites that use Demand Media as a source of material is Livestrong.com, Tyra Bank’s Beauty and Fashion, eHow.com as well as many others. Demand Media is one of the leading online content generating companies.
What is Titling?
The process of titling is very interesting. Before Demand Media’s writers ever begin to write an article a title for it is made. Demand purchases search engine queries from top search engines such as Google. These searches are then sent through the titling process to determine if they would make quality articles and are usually edited to be turned into a quality titles without spelling or grammatical errors.
From my understanding, a title, or search query, makes its first stop at Title Quality Assurance, also known as TQA. This is where I personally work. We determine, based on a set of guidelines given to us by Demand Media, if the query is already good enough to be a fitting title, if it needs some editing before making it as a title or the query is rejected as not being a fit for Demand Media. This is a simple job but instructions and guidelines are not always black and white. However, the people working in TQA are very easy to work with and always ready to explain or answer questions.
When titles are determined in TQA to need editing, the query is then sent to the Title Editing department, abbreviated as TE. Many people say this is the most difficult of the titling jobs but many are happy to be there still. The name of this job is pretty self-explanatory. The editors simple make any corrections necessary to turn the search query into a usable title. What makes this so difficult for the editors however is following a set of rules or guidelines that limits how or what an editor can really do. Sometimes they have a difficult task doing the impossible with queries that really should have been rejected in the first place.
I am not completely sure how accurate I am in this, but I believe the titles that are edited are then sent back through TQA until they are either rejected or accepted. The accepted titles are possibly then sent to Duplicate Check, which is where a lot of the readers of WAH adventures have found themselves. This is a pretty good gig and many people really enjoy it once they get the hang of it. Duplicate Checkers are depended on to ensure similar articles are not written over and again. Those working in Dupe are given the title as well as several others that are deemed similar. If the checker determines that the first title would produce nearly the same article as any of the others listed the title is rejected, otherwise the title continues down the Demand Media factory line.
One of the final stops on the Titling line is Title Selector. These workers choose titles that are appropriate for each site contracted to Demand Media. For instance, a Livestrong.com Title Selector would ensure the articles chosen are fitting for the style and subject matter needed at Livestrong. Additional job titles that I am not well versed with and do not even know if they still exist are Category Quality Assurance and Category Editor as well as Keyword Quality Assurance. More about all of these job types with explanation of their duties can be found on the Demand Media website.
All About the Pay at Demand Media
Each of the titling roles at Demand Media pay per titles.
Title Quality Assurance- 2 cents per title
Title Editing- 4 cents
Title Selection- 2 cents
Duplicate Check- 2 cents
The pay is based on the average speed one can move through the titles. While the rates seems extremely low you may be surprised how much people make per hour! I can speak only for myself, but in TQA I average around $18 an hour. Some average much higher some people much less. It seems a lot of people in Duplicate Check average $10-15 per hour but Title Editing people often average the least as editing titles can take more time. Although their pay per title is the highest many seem to average $8-10/ hour.
Demand Media pays twice a week! There is no cash out threshold. Every Tuesday Demand Media titlers receive a paypal deposit for the work they completed the previous Thursday through Sunday. Every Friday we receive a deposit for the work done from Monday to Wednesday! This twice-a-week pay comes in very very handy when money is tight or sudden unexpected expenses come up!
How Flexible is Demand Media?
As of right now, none of the roles have a required amount of work to complete except to be active within a 30 day period. So, I can choose not to work when I do not want to, when I want to work, how much I want to work. If I wanted to sit on the computer for a straight 20 hours and work I could, given there are titles available. If I wanted to not work at all for three week I can.
Once you log into working at Demand Media you can stop whenever you want. I have two small children. I can stop at the drop of a hat and it not effect me or my work whatsoever! This is THE BEST work at home job to have when you are caring for children! I cannot express this enough!
What Skills Do I Need to Work as a Titler?
There is no set skill level. You simply need to be able to follow directions and use common sense. This is a simple job that does not require you to submit a resume or even have a high school diploma.
Can I Work More Than One Titling Job?
The simple answer would be NO. Generally we can only work one role at a time. However, Demand has made a few exceptions here and there when the work load gets very high. Often people are given privileges to work a second titling job to help out from time to time. But the official word is that usually we cannot work more than one role.
How Can I Apply for Titling at Demand Media?
Applying is as simple as sending an email to [email protected]. pan>
I do have some tips based on the information I have gathered from fellow applicants about how to ensure you are offered a chance to test into at least one of the roles.
Send a separate email for each of the titling jobs, each from a different email address! Be sure to address each subject line with the titling role you are applying for (Title Quality Assurance or Duplicate Check…). Give a quick and brief request for the position within the body of the email. Then, be patient. While some of you will be lucky and apply right when they are needing more titlers, some will apply just after a hiring spree and will be stuck waiting for possibly months.
What is The Hiring Process Like?
After you have applied you may eventually receive an email letting you know of their need to fill positions in whichever titling role is needed. Demand Media will attach a set of guidelines to read over and a link for a test to measure your ability to follow the directions in the guidelines. It is suggested to have the guidelines open. Many of the sample questions in the test will be very similar to the examples given in the guidelines! The test is NOT timed but can only be completed once.
After you have submitted your test be sure to follow any other instructions given in the email.
If you test high enough and they still have openings left, you will receive a Welcome email with instructions for signing in and getting started! I would suggest first visiting the forums at Demand Media for some guidance. Then, get to work! Just take it easy your first couple of week, learn what they are expecting of you and then, as you get the hang of it, your average hourly rate will steadily increase!!
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