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.
My Blown eHow Opporunity and Lessons Learned
Here are the three things I learned:
- 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.
- Always utilize the Related Article feature when uploading an eHow article.
- 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.