eHow is doing some much needed housecleaning. They’re removing articles that don’t meet with their writing standards. I’m very much in favor of this housecleaning.
As I’ve mentioned before, I know that I’ve written an article or two for eHow that I was less than proud of and fully expected to have some of my articles removed. Well, yesterday, I received an email stating that they removed 5 of my articles because they didn’t meet with their standards. Actually the wording was:
“…Article(s) that were removed from your account more than likely fell into one or more of the following categories:
- SPAM articles; articles that read like advertisements.
- Articles that do not fit the How To format.
- Articles that are cloned. This essentially means creating replicas of articles with the same or similar body of content and using different titles.
- Plagiarized articles.
- Articles that are inadequately written– this can range from severe grammatical errors to incomprehensible How Tos.
- Articles that are search optimized for financial gain but offer little or no useful information for the reader
- Articles promoting click fraud on web advertisements…”
Honestly speaking, I don’t think any of my articles fell under the above categories, but if eHow wanted to remove them, I guess it’s within their rights. I did send an email to them, however, asking if they could give me the titles of the 5 removed articles. I don’t really expect a response, but I figured I’d ask them before I go through my list of almost 300 articles to see which 5 were removed.
I keep a list, a link and a backup copy of my articles. So, I guess I’ll have to check my list against theirs to see which articles ones didn’t meet their guidelines. This is not a high priority on my “To Do” list, but it did make the list.
eHow Site Integrity
If pruning articles serves to improve the integrity of the eHow site, than prune on. Let’s face it; freelance writers who take the craft of writing seriously prefer to be associated with websites of quality. On the other hand, those who are looking to get rich quick by taking literary shortcuts are the ones who stand to lose the most from the recent eHow pruning.