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A Blown eHow Opportunity

Today one of my articles was featured as the eHow of the day. Last week I was contacted by someone on staff regarding the main picture for the article. Apparently the size picture I use is smaller than the “eHow of the day programming tool” requires, so she asked if I would mind if she changed the picture. Of course I didn’t mind.

As some of you may know I’m going through a rather large dose of life right now so I didn’t have much time to look at the particular article to see if I could spruce it up or add a few links prior to it becoming the eHow of the day. I was a little surprised and annoyed with myself for blowing a great opportunity.

eHow Related Articles

Although the article was okay, I realized this article was written quite some time ago, before I started using the “Related Articles” feature when uploading an eHow article. For those of you who don’t know, down at the bottom of the eHow article upload interface there is a section where you can place links to related eHow articles.

Way back then I tried using it once, it didn’t go smoothly, so I stopped trying. Later on down the line I realized that the feature is a bit quirky, but if you’re persistent, you could link your article to 5 more of your own eHow articles.

After making the discovery, I tried to go back over my 300 articles to insert related links. It’s a slow and tedious process. I promised I would do one or two a day but other obligations got in the way.

Utilize Your Own eHow Resources

I have also adopted the practice of finding one of my own non eHow articles and one affiliate link to add in the resources section. I don’t always have an article or an affiliate related to the eHow topic, but when I do, I always link to it. Apparently, my eHow of the day was written before I adopted this practice.Related Articles

My Blown eHow Opporunity and Lessons Learned

Here are the three things I learned:

  1. Make sure the lead picture for the article fits the eHow size criteria. The image size eHow used for my feature article was 424 x 282.
  2. Always utilize the Related Article feature when uploading an eHow article.
  3. Try to link to one of your non eHow articles and/or affiliates with each eHow article written.

It may take a little more time when uploading the article, but the extra time up front can put extra dollars in your pocket in the long run.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Melissa June 16, 2009, 8:59 am

    Hi there!
    I’m so glad I found your blog. I also write for Ehow and have only recently realized the importance of related articles. The tool is very tough and time consuming to use since there can be several articles with the same or similar title. In fact, I’ve often thought about suggesting a way that the writer’s name be put next to the article title. This would make the related articles so much easier to find.

    Congrats on being featured on the front page…I’m still waiting to see one of my articles up there! Thanks for the tip on resizing the pictures too. That’s helpful!

    Take care!
    Melissa (newmama on ehow)

  • TorriDawn June 23, 2009, 2:02 am

    I have been interested in writing since I was in elementary school. I wrote in high school creative writing and my papers were often read to the class by the teacher. I didn’t know how to communicate orally so it came out pretty effortlessly on paper. I write often but not as my income until now. I am glad I came across your articles while researching how to begin making money writing freelance. Thank you for sharing your writing experiences and wisdom. I will be following and learning. Torri

    • Felicia June 23, 2009, 7:31 am

      I wish you all the best Torri.

  • Stacey July 10, 2009, 8:42 am

    I’m so glad I discovered your site yesterday. I’ve been reading and digesting ever since. I’m a Realtor and caregiver to my mother. When the real estate market began to turn sour a couple of years ago, I went to work for a local daily newspaper as a proof reader, and eventually wrote a monthly column for them. No longer employed by the paper, I still contribute my column from time to time. Early this year, I began blogging, and have considered freelance writing as a possibility. In your very busy schedule, with your full, full plate, would you please consider taking a look at my blog and giving me your honest opinion with respect to my writing. Is this something I should pursue? Your opinion is most valued.

  • Amanda July 30, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Hi Felicia,

    I really like your site, just wanted to say that. Thank you for the information breakdown on the services and sites you contribute to…

    I wrote my first eHow article today about – a short how-to tutorial for Adobe Indesign…

    In browsing the site, which I have frequented before, it just seems to me that every single subject has been written on, or has variations of the same articles everywhere. I know I should stick to niche areas, I specialize in graphic design, street, urban, and modern art, progressive ideas, and more. But it seems every time I try to search and see if anyone else has written a similar article, sure enough a couple show up in the search.

    Do you have any suggestions for me?!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated !! Thank you…
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    • Felicia July 30, 2009, 9:56 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      Glad you’re finding NJFM helpful. As far as writing on topics that have been addressed before, if the other article is worded exactly as you would word it with the same slant you would put on it with your exact same insight and knowledge, then I would say leave it alone and find something else to write about. However, if the article isn’t written as you would write it with your insight, humor, personality, knowledge, slant and whatever else you could bring to the topic, then it sounds to me like you should write about it.

      Over time you’ll gain more confidence in your unique writing ability. Until then, even if someone else has written on the topic of your choice, write about it anyway. To coin a phrase that I use time and time again (and every time I use the phrase I mention how much my daughter wishes I would find another way to express the point), there’s more than one way of skinning a cat. Find your own way with your own writing voice.

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