|By Svilen Milev Stock.Xchng|
I was wandering around the DMS site one day and clicked on the Blogger link to see what it is all about. Maybe everyone has already checked this out and I'm slow, but I didn't know that DMS offered a chance to work together promoting a blog you already own. I checked out the FAQs and the terms and decided to apply with my Health News blog. A couple of days later my blog was accepted, I placed a code in it to allow DMS to "crawl" it and I was on my way.
What is DMS Blog Distribution Network?
DMS hooks up with already established blogs and places some of your posts or links to their sites with a bio and blog link information attached. If the blog posts are read on their site - you earn revenue share. If the reader clicks through the link to your blog - you earn money as usual from your own blog. Sounds simple enough. The only thing you have to ask yourself is: Do I want DMS to have access to my blog posts/articles and give them permission to place them wherever they want? I thought about this for awhile before applying and decided that for my Health News blog, it would probably be a win-win situation. Although the blog was getting some traffic on its own, I didn't think it would hurt if DMS sent a few people my way. If nothing else, I would earn some money with DMS revenue share on the blog posts they did use. If I don't earn a dime -then I'm not really out anything because I still own the blog and the right to post whatever I want to it without interference from DMS.
How to Apply
If you already have an account with Demand Media Studios, you will want to log in before applying so you don't have to set up a new account. Log in, click the blue "Account" tab, click the "Positions" tab, then click on "Blogger". This will get you to the application, FAQs, etc. If you are not a member of DMS, you can go to their web page and click on Bloggers, then apply.
I'd love to hear from anyone who is already a part of this program and what their experiences have been. Or, if you join, let us know how it is going for you. I will update everyone on how it does for me and if I earn money from it throughout the next few months.
I found this post about the DMS blogger's agreement interesting. Be sure to read the post and the Comments. At first I thought I hadn't read the agreement properly (and panicked) but then saw that the blogger's post wasn't showing the correct terms of agreements. http://www.crimeandfederalism.com/2010/12/demand-media-scamming-bloggers.html