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Another eHow Cleanup

Apparently eHow is still in the process of cleaning up their site. From what I can tell, this is the second round of article deletions.

This time around 11 of my articles were deleted. I agree with 10 of them, but the 11th one I can’t figure out why it was deleted nor will I spend any time thinking about it. All in all, ever since they started the cleanup I found that my daily eHow income has increased. It may be a coincidence or a fluke, but I’m enjoying it.

Recycle the Deleted Articles

As I’ve written in the past, never throw away your work. There is always somewhere on the internet where your deleted article could be put to good use. Before copying it and pasting it somewhere else, however, take a good long look at the article and critique it. eHow is removing articles for the following reasons:

  1. SPAM articles; articles that read like advertisements.
  2. Articles that do not fit the How To format.
  3. Articles that are cloned. This essentially means creating replicas of articles with the same or similar body of content and using different titles.
  4. Plagiarized articles.No Spam
  5. Articles that are inadequately written– this can range from severe grammatical errors to incomprehensible How Tos.
  6. Articles that are search optimized for financial gain but offer little or no useful information for the reader
  7. Articles missing key pieces of information.
  8. Articles promoting click fraud on web advertisements.
  9. Articles that read like blogs or provide opinions as though they are fact.
  10. Articles that do not answer the stated title.

If you believe the articles were deleted for reasons # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 the article probably should be either thrown away or re-written. If you believe the article was deleted because of reason # 2, 9 or 10, there’s a place on the internet that will gladly accept your work. Just make sure to make corrections or title changes as needed.

Lucrative Article Rejection

In the last eHow cleanup, I lost two articles. After reviewing them I didn’t feel they needed to be changed in any way so I just placed them on one of my other sites. They’ve have been doing very well financially.

Win-Win SituationThe interesting thing about the timing of this round of cleanup is that I’ve been too busy to write for eHow this month (life sometimes takes a front seat). It now looks like I’ve got 11 less articles than I did when the month started, but I’ve earned more this month than I did last month. Go figure. To top it off, eHow has graciously provided me with 11 new articles to place on one of my other sites.

I look at this situation as a win-win.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Crystal July 22, 2009, 12:29 pm

    Great blog – I’m really glad I found you! I have a question specific to eHow articles that I hope you can answer. During my early research into eHow, seems I recall seeing somewhere (probably a blog post or article) that an article posted to eHow had to be exclusive to eHow for a year and could then be posted to one’s own blog or site or whatever – but I can’t find that in their terms. Do you know anything about this? Thanks!

    • Felicia July 22, 2009, 12:42 pm

      Hi Crystal,

      Welcome to NJFM. As far as posting your eHow articles elsewhere, I didn’t think that was possible unless they were removed from eHow. However, I looked at their FAQ and found the following wording:

      “Articles you’ve published on the eHow website and are also published on other sites must be owned by you. To avoid any plagiarism confusion, please make sure the byline matches the byline on your eHow website account.”

      It seems you can place your articles elsewhere, but I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. It probably would work to your advantage to re-word your articles so that there would be no question of plagiarism. Additionally, placing the same article on different sites mean they compete with each other for the targeted keywords.

      Hope this helps.

      A side note: Crystal, I visited your website. I’m going to link to your rock climbing jewelry site because I just did a review on an indoor rock climbing facility I took my kids to. It was my first time rock climbing so I learned new words like carabiner and belay.

      My Hudson Vally site doesn’t get a ton of traffic, but anyone interested in rock climbing may be interested in your jewelry.

  • Crystal July 22, 2009, 3:44 pm

    Wow, Felicia! Thanks for the links! And I appreciate your answer to my question, as well. Checked out your climbing facility review – very good info for anybody who hasn’t previously been to one – and especially if they’re taking kids. On my article posting question – I wasn’t intending on duplicate postings but remembered seeing something about a 1-year exclusive requirement and couldn’t find it in eHow’s terms. Must have been a different site. As you can tell, I’m really new to all this – found out about online writing opportunities from you in fact, when I stumbled onto your blog after reading one of your articles on Suite101 which I stumbled onto while researching something else altogether … You know how that goes. Anyway, I really appreciate the quality content on your sites/blogs and the professionalism of your articles posted to various other sites.

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