I often get e-mails asking how life has been after eHow. My only regret with eHow shutting down its writing program as it did is that I was in the middle of yet another experiment which came to a screeching halt. So rather than perform my experiment on the eHow website, I’ve decided to look for a new home to continue it elsewhere.
Transitioning from eHow to Demand Studios
The transition from eHow to Demand Studios wasn’t too difficult since I already had a DS account. Many of us eHow writers knew exactly what was in store for us since we have been through the DS rigors.
Just for grins I claimed three articles using my new eHow pre-approved Demand Studios account which has a three-article claim limitation. The title was in my usual area of expertise and it wasn’t difficult to write. I wrote it in my usual style giving the appropriate references.
Imagine my frustration when I received a plethora of silly questions. I saved both the article and the comments but elected not to share them here. Instead, I allowed the article to expire and then claimed the same article under my original Demand Studios account. I wrote the article and it went through without a hitch (it might have been the CE or it might have been the new account).
Not Wasting Time
After that experience I decided not to waste time writing through my eHow approved Demand Studios account. If I choose to write for DS, I will continue using the same old account that I’ve been using for the past couple years. Although there are the occasional silly requests, I don’t feel like I’m under a microscope.
From the time eHow made the switch to the DS interface to now I’ve written about ten Demand Studio titles. I keep telling myself to write a revenue share title and to suggest a title just to test the procedure, but I have yet to do so. I’m not so sure that I’m up to the anticipated frustration.
In the time since the eHow writing program was discontinued, I noticed that my eHow income dropped about $130 last month. It could have been a seasonal fluctuation or a drop in article popularity. I’m not spending too much time trying to figure out the reason for the drop. I did prune a few of the non earning articles and placed them elsewhere, but they couldn’t have affected my monthly income because they never earned anything in the first place.
Since eHow is a closed chapter and Demand Studios is an on-again off-again love affair, I have been spending more time developing my own sites. I always keep my eyes open for new quality opportunities, but at this point in the game, I think I’ll spend my time developing what I have.
Fun While it Lasted
The eHow ride was fun while it lasted and I guess all good things must come to an end eventually. Time to move on. Grandma’s recent earnings of over $300 in one day with Textbroker proves there is life after eHow (and an alternative to DS).