Time sure flies when you’re having fun. It’s been one year since I signed up for eHow. I placed my first article on their site on September 25, 2008. Since then it’s been an interesting journey.
I’m going to share with you a few things I’ve learned in the year that I’ve been writing for eHow.
Ready? Here it goes:
Quantity is not better than quality. When I first started writing for eHow I was determined to bang out 100 articles in a month. I did manage to accomplish what I set out to do, but in doing so my article quality did suffer. It’s not that I wrote grammatically incorrect articles; let’s just say that the subject matter was of little benefit to the general eHow public. With titles like How to Maintain a Clean Closet and How to Complain with Effectiveness, I’m surprised eHow let them remain on the site.
Traffic is key. I have articles that have little traffic and articles with lots of traffic. Articles with lots of traffic make lots of money.
Socializing is nice but not necessary. eHow is a very social community. Initially, I would spend a lot of time in the forums reading what people were saying, commenting on articles, adding friends and getting caught up in the social aspect of the site. I did learn a few things, but most of the time I spent in the forums was not productive time for me. This is not to say that forms are bad. It’s just that I had to learn to limit my forum time.
Read rate and comment is not absolutely necessary. eHow has RRC groups (read, rate and comment). It’s nice that there are folks that like to read, rate and comment on fellow member articles, but it has no bearing on earnings. My highest earning article has no stars and no comments. My second highest earning article has one star and I’m not sure if it has any comments.
Writer gig’s book was a tremendous help. eHow author Maria O’Brien (who earns in excess of $1,500 a month with eHow) has a book, How to Earn Passive Income at eHow.com: Residual Income for Web Content Writers. After purchasing, reading and implementing the recommendations in her book I noticed a marked increase in my eHow income.
There are other books by eHow writers and I understand they are just as good and the writers are just as qualified to offer sound advice. I’m of the thought process ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it.’ Maria’s book worked well for me so I stuck with that one only. However, if you’re looking for additional information on how to make money on eHow check out Janet Ford’s or Anthony Delgado’s ebooks. I’m sure there are more ebooks, but these are the ones I’ve heard of the most.
I like diversity. I can stomach writing “How to” articles for a limited period of time. After writing my initial 100 articles I suffered a strong case of eHow burn out. It took me 9 or 10 months to write the next 200 articles. Now I only write one or maybe two a month. If a ‘made for eHow’ article topic pops into my head, then I write it. Otherwise, I write elsewhere.
eHow gives and eHow has the power to take away. Because some of the articles on eHow did not quite follow their guidelines, they removed them. The removal of these articles is lovingly known as an eHow article sweep. I’ve had 11 such articles removed. This brings me to the next thing I learned in writing for eHow…
Backup any article written for the internet. I’m rather meticulous with tracking what I write and backing it up. Therefore, when the sweep occurred, all I had to do was reformat the articles and place them elsewhere. Several of them are doing very well on my on site.
eHow is great for backlinks and affiliate sales. I’ve found that the right affiliate link inserted in the resource section of an eHow article can be profitable. Similarly, using a previously written article as a resource and linking to it can drive a nice stream of traffic to the article.
It’s an easy way to earn money. In the one year of writing for eHow I’ve earned $2,691.63. It’s not a huge windfall, but as my dad would always say, “It’s better than a stick in the eye.”