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.