Monday, April 12, 2010

Finish Your eHow Articles Today

Today, the 13th, is the deadline for finishing up and submitting any draft articles that you still have in the system. You have until midnight, Pacific time. I do have one draft article, and I've tried several times to submit it. Each time I get an error message saying that eHow is experiencing problems. I'll agree that it's experiencing problems, but as far as I know the deadline has not been moved. If the errors aren't fixed, we may simply lose articles that were meant for the site.

Luckily, there are plenty of other places to put them. If you take a look through my last post, there are several places listed. I am considering starting a FireHow account to transfer some of the articles to. My draft article will almost certainly have to be transferred because of the errors. It's a shame. eHow was a nice earner, but it looks like that era is over. Which site will rise up to take the place of eHow? I'm eager to find out.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Other Places to Put Your eHow Articles

If you choose to take your eHow articles down and place them somewhere that doesn't have guidelines that allow the site to stop paying you for no reason (that is literally a part of the new eHow guidelines), there are many places that you can place the articles. Here are some of the best choices:

With HubPages, you can publish your eHow articles on hubs, the HubPages word for an article page. Each hub can earn you AdSense earnings, Amazon affiliate earnings and eBay earnings. This site is one of my biggest AdSense earners, so I find it very worthwhile. I also make regular Amazon and eBay affiliate sales from it.

Triond is a content company that will publish your articles on a variety of subject-specific sites. With this one, you are paid a revenue share directly from Triond as well as getting a direct share of the AdSense revenue.

FireHow is a site that I have not yet tried, but it is getting some favorable reviews from Web writers that I know. it works similarly to eHow, but page views are factored instead of pure rev shares.

Constant Content
Constant Content is a fantastic site that have been using for years to generate a monthly stream of income. The site does accept articles that have been published elsehwere, but they must be sold for usage rights instead of the full copyrights. The

All of these sites can continue to earn you a share of your article revenue every month. These sites all accept articles that have already been published online, but deleting them from eHow first is a better SEO strategy. If you keep your eHow articles up on more than one site, it can damage your page rank standing. However in my opinion it's better to put your eHow articles up on one of these sites and then deleting them from eHow is the best strategy. It may take longer to delete eHow articles now, but if they are on a site that doesn't have unfavorable guidelines, the earnings are far safer.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What to Do With Your eHow Articles?

eHow writers who have any articles on the site have some choices to make right now. If you were accepted to write for Demand Studios and you want ot move your articles under their control, there is a new set of rules that you must accept. Among them is this: Demand Studios has the right to stop paying you at any time. That's right- for no reason, they can simply stop paying you.

For now, eHow staff members are telling us that you will retain the rights to WCP articles, even after they go to the control of Demand Studios. This will give you the right to publish them elsewhere, but it will not necessarily give you the right to remove your articles from the eHow site once the articles make the migration. And, Demand Studios will retain the right to republish the articles anytime during the next six months.

The alternative is to take your articles down right now. Apparently, you can't do that right now without asking their permission. And, once you ask for permission, they have 10 days to remove the articles.

If you choose to take your articles and run, you have to ask to resign from the WCP and ask them to remove everything. If you haven't been accepted into Demand, I really am not sure what your options are. I think you can leave them under Demand Studios control and continue earning or you can resign.

Personally, I'm unsure what to do. I want NO part of the new guidelines whatsoever. They have even removed the five-year cap on the Demand Studios revenue share articles, apparently after we agreed to five years of royalties from the articles. The new unlimited cap is touted as being "royalties forever," but it really just means that they can stop paying for those if they choose to. I wrote the rev share articles through Demand because I was afraid they'd do something like this at eHow. I'm seeing a pattern here.

*All of this is coming from my reading and rereading the new guidelines. The entire thing is convoluted and difficult to get through and various eHow staff are clarifying it by the hour. And on top of that, all of this is subject to change at any moment and it probably will because that's how this company rolls.

Monday, April 5, 2010

eHow Ending WCP

After several years and a lot of writers finding their SEO footing, eHow is now ending the Writer's Compensation Program. A lot of eHow writers did see this coming, but like a lot of people, I didn't see it coming so quickly. It looks to me like a poorly-written NYT article got to the owners and made them feel self conscious about a lot of the bad WCP articles that were out there.

Here's what this means if you are an eHow writer:

If you have draft articles, you can finish them right now and still get them published. Some people are reporting that they can still create new articles, complete with new titles, and that they are going through. That might be possible for another couple of days. But, if you have draft articles, get them done in a hurry. You have seven days from today.

Your articles will still earn you money. Your articles will stay on the site, and you will still be paid for them.

You will no longer own your articles. If the articles are now being run through Demand Studios, you will no longer retain the rights to them. They haven't clarified this yet, but trust me. It's coming. All Demand Studios articles are bought outright, and their rev share articles are no different.

If you were accepted to write for Demand Studios and haven't written for them before, congratulations. They are sought after by a lot of Web writers because they pay quickly and there is as much work as you want. Here is a look at what it's like to write for them. Actually, this is more accurate, but there are some positives. The pay is twice a week, and you can decide between up-front pay and rev shares. If you write a good number of both, you have money coming in quite often and can buy tons of Cheetos.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More About the eHow U.K. Situation

If you talk to anyone who writes articles for eHow, you will undoubtedly hear about the U.K. eHow situation. If you haven't heard much about it, here is the perfect wrap-up of the entire situation. It really is as bad as the article describes. I was happy to get a small payment this month that was to compensate me for the U.K. traffic that stole traffic away from my U.S. eHow articles, but that appreciation lasted only a few minutes.

Based on the last revenue from the site, I believe that a more accurate amount would have been roughly seven times what they paid. Technically, they didn't have to even offer the small amount they did. Or did they?

There are loud cries of eHow fraud and it looks like a class action lawsuit is building. I don't know if it's all just talk, but there's a pretty good case being made in the court of public opinion for bad faith and fraud. I'm not happy with revenue dropping and I'm not happy with the site refusing to answer questions for such a long time.

To top that off, I've had an article stuck in limbo for five days. The "10 minutes" it takes them to approve an article has been stuck at about 24 hours for several weeks now. But, five days? Why should we wait so long? I have one more draft article that I intended to do, and then I think that's it for me for now. eHow will have to seriously clean up its act for me to ever write for them again beyond that article.

If you still like rev share sites and still do well with them, here's an article that I wrote about various revenue share sites and how they work. I recommend all of them except for Bukisa. All of them send me a monthly payment for work that was done long ago- some of them for work that was done four years ago. That's what revenue share sites are all about.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

No Affiliate Links in New eHow Articles

If you have ever used affiliate links to make money online through your eHow articles, the rules just changed. Starting yesterday, no more affiliate links are allowed in new eHow articles. You don't have to take out the old links, and you won't have your old articles deleted for having affiliate links, but no new articles can have them.

Here is the ruling on using affiliate links. The actual rule is the one at the very bottom in tiny print. So, not only is the new rule one that can get your article deleted from the site, it wasn't even brought to the attention of eHow writers. It wasn't emailed to us, and I only heard about it, a day later, from someone else who happened to see it. This is coming on the heels of the whole eHow U.K. fiasco, which I am now hearing is not yet resolved. My eHow payments are actually lower this month, per day, than they were last month when the problem was supposed to have been solved.

The infrastructure problems, the deletions, the U.K. problems and the lack of communication are tempting me to turn away from a site that used to be a fairly fun little money maker. I am still undecided, though. If revenues go back up to what they were pre-U.K., continuing to write for them may end up being worth it.

What are your eHow payments like now? Have they gone back up, or are they tanking like mine are?

Monday, January 11, 2010

U.K. eHow to Take Down U.S. Articles

If you're an eHow writer, you may know that the mirror site, the eHow U.K., has been posting our U.S. articles over there and would not answer the question about whether U.S. writers under the Writer's Compensation Plan would be paid for the U.K. views and clicks. Today, that questions was answered.

It was announced on eHow this afternoon that U.S. eHow writers under the WCP do not get any revenue from their articles that are posted on the U.K. site. Unfortunately, the U.K. site is currently ranking better than the U.S. site in search engine results because it is growing rapidly with mirrored content. It's growing faster, so it's ranking better, taking revenue away from all U.S. WCP writers.

However, with the announcement that we were not receiving any off that revenue came the announcement that eHow will be taking our articles down from the U.K. site. This is extremely welcome news for the many, many eHow writers who had abandoned eHow. Many had actually taken their articles off the site and put them on sites like Bukisa and Infobarrel.

The articles are being taken down incrementally because of the huge number of articles that have been republished there. All of them are supposed to be gone within the next few weeks.

Friday, January 8, 2010

eHow U.K. and Earnings

As you may know, eHow started a U.K. site, which is a great thing for U.K. writers. But, as it turns out, it may not be so good for us. I am getting Google alerts nearly daily saying that eHow is cloning my articles for the U.K. site. And, as many eHow writers are discovering, the U.K. site is getting a higher page rank than the U.S. site.

How is this bad for us? Well, we aren't actually being paid for our articles that are being put onto the U.K. site. That's right- our articles are being taken and cloned for a site with better page rank and we aren't seeing a dime for it. This is prompting a lot of eHow writers to take their business elsewhere, and I don't really blame them. My revenues have been down slightly since this has been going on, but I will stay put for now. I am making almost as much as before from them.

However, if revenues from eHow fall any further, I may transfer some of my articles to Infobarrel. This is a site that is supposed to give you 75 percent of the Adsense revenue plus Chitika revenue. The site is getting good reviews from freelance writers, though I don't have much experience with it yet. I'm trying out a few articles with them this week to see how they stack up with eHow. If it's better, I'll report back. If it isn't, well, I'll still report back.