Long story short, yesterday I got into a discussion over at the Demand Studios forums where an individual in question offered to pay for my flight to the Santa Monica (or other, closer headquarters, depending on their personal preference) headquarters for Demand Studios to record video footage of me doing what it is that I claim I do on a regular basis: write 4 articles per hour with Demand Studios (and the equivalent elsewhere). After all, it’s the basis of my Content Writing 101 eBook; showing people how to make a minimum of $50 per hour while writing for content mills. If I complete the challenge, he gives me a $1,000 prize. If I lose the challenge, I give $1,000 to DS’s Write for a Cause charity which donates books to children.
Now, while I’ve already included Camtasia footage of some of the methods described within the book, I started thinking about this in greater detail. You see, I made the comment over there (the Demand Studios forums) that part of my normal routine is sitting down and writing 4 articles for DS (or other content mills) per morning around my cup of coffee. It’s been my routine for quite some time; I generally do my content writing in the early morning hours and my private client work in the later morning hours or the evening hours. Naturally there was an uproar of disbelief from the “world is flat” crowd who believe that it is impossible to create content consistently on such a regular basis. Nevermind the fact that I have 3.5 years of research into my methods and niches and formats used to consistently break the numbers that I do. The only thing that matters to some people is that “it’s impossible”.
With that being said, I accepted after some back-and-forth bantering. However, we are currently waiting to see if Demand Studios is willing to take us up on the offer. A lot of people seem to think the DS higher-ups wouldn’t accept such a challenge, but we will just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, on the off chance that they don’t, I decided it would be beneficial in the first place to go ahead and do my own YouTube video challenge of the same nature: show me putting into practice some of the methods included in the eBook to give people a chance to see things working in the moment rather than waiting until after they make their purchase. And since I know how important trust is to customers putting money on the line for a product, I give you the Complete Writing Solutions YouTube channel. You can either click the link or hit the “Follow Me” tab on the right-hand side of your screen to navigate to the page. While the first few videos are going to be promotional in nature to show people proof positive of me using some of the methods described within the eBook, I’m also going to be using the channel in the future to host podcasts as well as conduct interviews with other professionals in the field.
For now, there’s simply an introductory video up. I apologize for the size of the video; it was recorded on my laptop screen, as I don’t have actual recording equipment right now and decided to create this video on the spur of the moment; gonna have to go out next week and buy a Sony Bloggie. In any case, I’m going to do a 5 part video series to show people exactly how I use some of the methods described within the eBook to reliably break that $50 per hour mark. Specifically, as a result of the challenge that was issued, I’m going to be utilizing Demand Studios for this particular test, although you can easily transfer the results to any type of content mill you work for.
Today I recorded the first episode of the series to some pretty good results. I ended up with 4 articles completed with 10 minutes on the clock. That is, 4 articles written within 50 minutes of time. And that was after a documented mistake that cost me about 5 minutes of time, when I mis-read a title and was forced to back-track and re-write half of an article. Otherwise I probably could have done 5 articles within the alloted time. All of this is documented, with start times, finish times, article titles, content of the article and so on and so forth, and next week after the 4 articles in question have gone live I’ll be releasing the first video to the public on the YouTube channel to begin the nationwide promotion of the eBook starting in May of 2011.