eHow Ends Writer Compensation Program – Let’s Discuss

breaking-newsBig news in the eHow world.

If you haven’t heard about it already, eHow is making Demand Studios the exclusive platform for writing and contributing articles to eHow, and ending the Writer Compensation Program (WCP).

The WCP was established in 2007 as a way for anyone (living in the U.S.) to sign up and start contributing how-to articles, sharing the revenue generated from ad clicks on each article. I myself have been a part of the WCP since mid-2008, contributing 150 articles in one month and no articles since. However, every month for the last year I’ve earned upwards of $150-200 for doing basically nothing. This was the power of eHow and it’s WCP, and it’s why so many people flocked to become a part of the program.

Well now, things are changing. Starting April 13th, the WCP writing tools will be out of commission and you will have to sign up apply to become a writer for the Demand Studios platform. Here are the benefits of applying at Demand Studios, as outlined on the eHow blog:

  • A better publishing system for writers: writers can suggest their own titles (instead of going strictly with articles that begin with “How to…”
  • Writer empowerment to make more money: writers now have the option to choose to write articles that pay monthly on a residual basis (just like the WCP) or select articles that pay upfront.
  • Better quality articles: because all articles will now go through a review process and quality assurance.

Why I Think This is a Good Thing

I think the most important thing about this change is the quality of articles that will be published on the platform after the change has been made. If you’re at all familiar with eHow or have written for them lately, I’m sure you know that they’ve been getting a lot of heat for removing articles (without warning) because of poor quality, spam, or certain guidelines that have not been met. Many of the “rules” or guidelines were fairly gray, which is why I think so many articles were removed, and so many people complained.

I could be wrong, but I think change this is their response to that, especially considering the WCP was just recently opened up in the UK. Now, articles will not even be published until they meet editorial guidelines and are of the highest quality, which is good for anyone searching for information on the web, and good for writers because their articles won’t be deleted (or “swept”).

Less spam and clutter that was just there to try and make a buck.

Why I Think So Many People Are Upset

Many people are calling this a scam. It’s NOT a scam, but here’s why I think so many people are upset about the situation.

No one really likes change, especially a change like this that is fairly drastic, involves money and income, where the people involved don’t really have a say.

People react the same way when Apple decides to not approve certain iPhone applications, or remove a large number of apps for whatever reason, as they seem to be making and changing the rules as they go. Again, money and invested time is involved.

What was nice about the WCP is that it was simple. Sign up, write an article, publish it, and get paid a share of the ad revenue. Plus, you get to keep the rights to what you publish.

Now, things are a little more complicated. First instead of signing up, you have to be approved. This means that not everyone who wants to participate can. Secondly, in order to publish an article, you’ll go through an approval/editing process, which is somewhat unknown of exactly how that works at the moment. Lastly (if I follow what people are saying in the eHow community forums correctly), the rights for articles you write under the Demand Studios platform will no longer be yours.

Plus, like I mentioned before, this change comes somewhat suddenly and without warning. Even though many people see this change as being good, they’re still freaking out because it’s all happening so fast.

It makes you wonder…what’s next?

For Existing eHow Writers

For those of us who have articles published on the eHow platform, you’ve probably already seen a number of emails from eHow about what’s going on. What’s good to know is that our existing articles will still be online and generating an income per usual, and we still own the rights to those articles (I believe).

Sweet. I plan to continue to earn a revenue on my existing articles.

But again, after April 13th, you can no longer write new articles for eHow, and you must apply for Demand Studios if you want to continue to contribute to eHow.

What To Take Away From This

Personally, I see this change as a good thing for eHow itself because of the quality of articles that will be written. I also see it as a good thing for writers who do get accepted into Demand Studios because of the new and more professional opportunities that come with it. However, I’m a little put off about how the change was made (like other changes that were previous made on eHow) and how little time people have to even absorb it all. One would think that a company who has grown as a result of the people who participate (almost religiously) in it would understand more about how to bring about such a change and communicate with its users.

Maybe it’s not even possible to do it without rebel. Who knows…

For now, I’ll be looking more into Demand Studios, as well as other platforms such as Info Barrel and Xomba, to see what the passive income possibilities are.

The Overall Picture

There are a few things we can learn from this that go beyond the changes at eHow:

  1. It always seem to happen this way: once you get comfortable with the way something is, it changes. That’s life. Be ready for it, welcome it, and take advantage of it if you can.
  2. Don’t put all of your eggs into one basket. In other words, diversify. Things change daily, and what you could be relying on today may not be available for you tomorrow.
  3. When things change like this, it’s okay to be angry and have an opinion. Just don’t DO anything as a result until you have all of the facts straight, and maybe after you’ve calmed down a bit.

I know there are a lot of eHow writers out there, so I’m curious…What You Think? Good Move? Bad Move? How do you feel about the changes and where this is all headed?

This blog post is just my opinion and based on my thin understanding of the facts that I’ve received from various sources, including the eHow blog and its community forum. Actions that you take from this point on regarding eHow or Demand Studios is up to you and you alone. Thanks!

  • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri Junttila

    I’ve personally not done anything with eHow. Demand Studios is for U.S residents only I think? I have been keeping an eye on InfoBarrel and even trying some HubPages but haven’t really done it seriously as I haven’t really felt motivated to learn exactly what the best way to go about it is, so I just stick to my article marketing ;)

    • http://www.innovativepassiveincome.com/ JadeDragon

      Canadians and UK residents can write for Demand Studios too. They can’t access the newish revenue share program though

  • http://www.wordplaywithvinay.com Vinay

    interesting that they went this way… i actually only found out about ehow from your blog so was a bit behind the band wagon, have been meaning to check it out. Dont think I will be bothered now… i guess they have enough articles to start changing things up. They certainly do well in the rankings.

  • http://ascenttofreedom.wordpress.com DJ Wetzel

    Hey Pat,

    I’ve just recently started eHow (less than a month ago) and I have written 65 articles. I got my “pre-approval” letter the other day for Demand Studios and I am looking forward to starting to write with them. From what I can gather, you will have the option to choose whether you want to get paid a flat fee for your article or set-up a revenue sharing model for your articles.

    I am excited about the change because I do sometimes get frustrated with the SPAM type articles that I have seen and the SPAM messages I keep getting from some eHow authors just trying to get article views.

    You are exactly right though. all change brings about frustration and anger. I think eHow could have used a little more tact in this transition as ALOT of people earn a portion of their income from their passive eHow earnings. Basically, alot of people lost a good chunk of their income when they made this transition, even though current articles will still continue to earn.

    My biggest question going forward is whether we will be able to continue to put Resource links in our articles? I have enjoyed the Amazon Affiliate earnings through these resource links and was hoping to continue that.

    Thanks for bringing this up (I would much rather discuss this issue here than the overblown eHow forums)

    • http://www.ehowarticlesbybestmommy.blogspot.com bestmommy

      Hi DJ,
      As far as posting affiliate links in the resources, ehow banned those recently stating that no affiliate links were allowed in any NEW articles. However, they did say that they would allow us to keep the affiliate/referral links on our existing articles. I’m assuming the same would apply at DS, but I could be wrong.

  • http://www.freemanlegacyllc.com Ms. Freeman

    Great post Pat, thanks for putting it all in perspective for those out there that are pulling their hair out over this change….

    I think change is always good tough, but good. The quality of articles published on eHow was not the best, even some of mine were on the lame side and have since been removed. I just wish eHow could’ve figured out a way to actually do a quality assurance review of the articles prior to publishing them. After all it was taking them like nearly a day to publish them after they were submitted, so what was the actual hold up. Anyhoo no big deal that just part of doing business why waste time complaining. That’s not my style. :)

    I look forward to working with Demand Studio and all the other Passive Income opportunities out there.

  • http://experimentsinpassiveincome.com Moon Hussain

    Pat,

    I received an email that I was approved for DS (I didn’t apply for it). One of the criteria was: “By the end of March 2010, you should have published five or more articles, of which at least 80 percent were accepted. ”

    I met that criteria followed by an email regarding article sweeps in which they’ve removed 5 of my articles.

    I’m only disturbed by the way eHow does things. It’s really a wake-up call to invest time in other things with better ROI.

  • http://www.jewelry-secrets.com Richard Scott

    I signed up for eHow . Never wrote any articles for them. I signed up just so I could email other eHow writers and tell them to either quit using my copyright images (which states copyright on every image) or to add me as a resource link. That’s an ongoing job. For some reason, people still think any image on the web is free. eHow should make it more apparent in their “How To Write For Us Tutorial” about where you can and cannot get images.

    • http://ascenttofreedom.wordpress.com/ DJ Wetzel

      Hi Richard,

      After reading through the eHow forums about this new transition, it appears that your issue with images was a factor in the switch. At Demand Studios all eHow writers will only have a stock set of images to choose from so Demand can avoid any copyright lawsuits and stop having to allocate staff to deal with taking down un-credited images.

      So hopefully, going forward you won’t have to deal with this issue.

    • chelsea

      Richard, One thing I noticed was that when you add an image, eHow asks for copyright information. I always provide it, but noticed lately that it never showed up with the picture. I started adding that information to my caption, but it took a while before I realized the problem.

    • http://librarymix.com Alicia Rudnicki

      Writing for any DS website, such as eHow, DS writers can only use photos and art in the company’s gallery, which I assume contains only images for which they have paid or for which they contract payment in an ongoing manner. The range of choices is voluminous yet limited at the same time. It is often difficult for a writer to find truly useful illustrations, particularly for how-to articles. Let me know if this is incorrect, but it seems to me that while eHow may not have been scrupulous about where its images came from before switching over entirely to DS-contracted writers, it now is.

  • http://makeonlineincomemoney.blogspot.com/ Nichemomma

    I don’t think the company has acted with the greatest integrity to date, so they are suspect in my book.

    The problem with Demand Studios is that the editors are pretty crappy. IF they were making a concurrent commitment to improve their editorial staff/process, I might be more optimistic. If you haven’t written for DS, you have no idea what you are in for. The editorial staff quality is haphazard at best.

    Niche Momma

    • http://librarymix.com Alicia Rudnicki

      Although I am sometimes frustrated with Demand editors, in general, I see how hard they work — and for a pittance. I am extremely careful about my research, organization and quality of writing, but the CEs often make valuable improvements.

  • Ryan

    I think it is a good opportunity. I wrote 453 articles on eHow in about 3-4 months and I got automatically accepted into the Demand Studios family. I am taking advantage of the opportunity to write for Demand Studios and that I am being rewarded with being automatically pre-approved for Demand Studios as a result of my hard work and dedication to writing good articles. And I do agree with you on not having all of your eggs in one basket. I’m am the verge of making $1000 on eHow but that will not be my main source of income. eHow is just another means to bring in some more money for me to live in comfort and wealth

    • http://makeonlineincomemoney.blogspot.com/ Nichemomma

      Let me know how much you like the editors. You have no idea what DS is like. It is NOT the promised land. Nowhere near. I would caution you to look before you leap into the mountain of money on DS…it ain’t there.

      Nichemomma

  • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

    I haven’t been using ehow, I am just hearing about their writer compensation program for the first time. In my opinion, i think this will make the place a better place and will result in those that are just there for money leaving while those that have a better thing to say will say.
    Thanks for the nice post.
    BTW: I want to write a guest post for you, i tried contacting you using the contact page last week but I am yet to get a reply.
    Thanks.

  • http://www.BetterLearningBetterEarning.com Steve C

    Pat! You must have jinxed the program by mentioning it in your last monthly income report!

  • http://www.profitaddiction.com Profit Addiction

    Wow, very interesting. I haven’t seen this until I read it here. Thanks!

  • http://www.petermichaud.com Pete Michaud

    My wife has done a pretty substantial amount of writing for Demand Studios over the past year or so, and I think there’s an insight you’re missing here:

    Rewind a couple months, and the main issues with DS, from the perspective of a writer, was (1) the inconsistency and unprofessionalism in the copy editing staff, and (2) the lack of quality articles available to write.

    Unlike the way eHow previously worked, DS writers can’t just make up topics. They have to choose a article title from the pool, and write that article based on some very strict guidelines. The issue has been that even though there are “50,000 articles” to choose from, most of them are crap. You really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find an article title that makes sense (they are generated by an algorithm) and that can actually be written within the guidelines.

    Instead of fixing that issue, which writers were quite vocal about on the internal forums, DS opened membership to the UK and Canada. Great for them… except, remember how there weren’t enough articles for the existing writers? Now there’s an even bigger pool of writers competing for that insufficient amount.

    So people were pretty upset about that.

    Now, hot on the heels of that change, which was bad for the existing DS writers, is this: adding even MORE people to the pool, competing for an insufficient number of articles.

    That’s why people are upset. It used to be possible to make a decent, full time income through DS. There are plenty of people who do (did?). Now that’s becoming less feasible, as the available articles are up for grabs by an increasingly large pool of writers.

    I’m not so sure the articles will improve dramatically, but you may be right.

    The real winners here? This is GREAT for Demand Media. DM doesn’t care if someone can make a living full time. They just care that lots of articles are pumped out very quickly, because that contributes to the bottom line. Also, they don’t risk running afoul of employment law if the people working for them are literally unable to work full time. So a pool that’s too big for the work being done is great for them.

    It’s not so great for the people relying on them to pay the bills.

    • http://makeonlineincomemoney.blogspot.com/ Nichemomma

      EXACTLY.

      Well said.

      Nichemomma

    • Costanza

      As per usual put-down articles of DS you state that there are “50,000″ articles and now not enought for everyone since new writers are coming….I have been a DS Writer for six months…as of today the available titles to write are over 215,000 dealing with articles…not only eHow and Answerbag which are available to everyone (new eHow transplants will have a probationary period for a time where they continue to write only eHow, but when that probationary period is over, they may apply for the special category articles as well, just like the other DS writers. Everyone at DS has to prove themselves, they are a client, we are freelancers as were the eHow gang…I currently have a queue full of titles ranging on everything from gardening, travel, genealogy, household how-tos and crafts…I just finished a title on cooking seafood. Sure, the CE’s want to make us tear our hair out occasionally, but they help us weed out our inadvertent mistakes as much as they aggrivate the stew out of us…I’d say 90 percent of the things they ask us to do are warrented. It also keeps articles at bay like the one’s published on eHow that were from contributers outside the quality eHow writers and DS writers…it was like Pat said above, they were just crap thrown up their to try and generate ad cash. DS is legit. There are senior writers that have been making a full time living for the last two to three years…they pay like clockwork twice a week…they do have the revenue share articles in addition to the flat fee. Plus its not like there are not other strictly passive income sites for those who just for whatever reason are not going to join the DS community. This really is much ado about nothing as the parent company of both DS and eHow is the same and has been the same..the only difference taking place is the quality of work that will make the cut. DS goes above and beyond any other client I’ve dealt with and believe me I’ve checked LOTS of them…although it is a different animal, Constant Content is the only other site that I’ve seen that provides a professional platform for serious writers who want to dedicate themselves to their craft. Seed has potential but its a bit of a crap shoot…its like answering a cattle call and hoping you “get the part.” There is nothing to fear from being able to write for Demand Studios..and if you want to fill your creative need to write about your own titles, you can still do so for passive income at DS or go to writer your stuff and submit it for sale at Constant Content with what you want to sell it for….even there tho, you don’t have benefit of ANY copy editors and your writing has to be approved to get on the site.

      • Costanza

        Sorry for the typos. I was trying out dictation software and as is quite evident, not only does it work lousy, it spells lousy as well. I could type out the corrections here, but I believe the basis of my point is understandable. Bottom line of my point: Demand Studios is a legit company, with over a couple of hundred thousand available titles on a wide-scope of subject matter. No client is perfect, but I have the first hand experience of knowing it is one of the best, if not THE best out there for freelancers serious about growing a writing career in this economic down-turn inwhich we’ve been subjected. Again, sorry for the mistakes above, that software is going into the trash heap.
        —Cos

        • http://www.innovativepassiveincome.com/ JadeDragon

          I’ve been looking at the 200,000 titles, many of which are like “How to install a door handle on a 1985 Chevy Nova” Ok, so I do you write that and why would anyone pay $15 bucks plus pay an editor to review it?

        • Costanza

          I don’t understand your statement the way it is written? Obviously someone is looking for that information as it turned up enough times within the algorithm to generate enough hits for a title generation. Plus, if you know anything about muscle car collecting and rehabing you would know that the Chevy Nova is one of the perennial favorites of the street racing set.

        • Wendy

          I think the point about the car articles is just that there are so many of them that you would think that’s all anyone wants to know about. They dominate the how-to category until you filter it down by another category. Even then, I still find mechanical articles about cars and other non-fitness things in the Personal Fitness category. Just saying.

        • http://librarymix.com Alicia Rudnicki

          For new DS writers who aren’t grounded in technical topics, the list of available titles can seem overwhelmingly loaded with auto and techno subjects. But once you apply to work in a specific niche, such as eHow Money or eHow Home & Garden, it becomes much easier to find acceptable titles. I really wish they would create an eHow Education niche for parents and students who want a bit of background on math, language arts, science and social studies topics without having to resort to lesson plan sites.

  • http://www.bestwaytogetinshape.com David Rachford

    The rights of the articles is the biggest change. For writers, the content is becoming part of the demand studios.

    But it seems for many article writers, it’s not that big of a deal. In other words, if you write articles for other websites, like Ezinearticles.com or another article directory, the articles become part of that site’s content, subject to their TOC.

    Ehow makes their $$ from content ads, which they share the revenue with the producer or writer… Where as Article directories serve as a way to channel SEO “link jucie” to another website, but the directories keep all the ad revenue from the site.

    I remember reading a pretty neat profile in Forbes on one of the guys behind demand studios: Richard Rosenblatt – check it out here:

    http://www.forbes.com/2007/09/26/myspace-online-media-tech-cz_eb_0926demandmedia.html

  • Howie

    Pat,

    Gulp….here goes….

    My opinion isn’t popular, I know, but I’ve been outspoken for quite some time now….I’ve taken my share of beating, however, I have alot of factual/well-documented information, as well as my own experiences and the experiences of others, to substantiate my case.

    Let me preface this post with 2 things:
    1) I removed all my article from eHow in August 2009 for MANY reasons.
    2) For the last 5 months, I have been writing 6 books about a similar website that is like night and day, compared to eHow, between management, customer service, fundamental ethical business practices, transparency, and platform offerings and functionality. LONG before I began writing this course, I became attuned to some occurrences at eHow. (Article sweeps, etc.)

    My particular interest in eHow goes beyond just an isolated criticism in their management, customer service, and transparency, but it also expands its reach to other websites, that I researched, who have conveniently integrated the same business practices into their own business models. So, before I get blasted, I’m not criticizing eHow to get more book sales….people are grown ups and can write for whatever website they feel like.

    There are a good 50+ websites out there that do essentially the same thing, yet have slight variances in revenue share offerings and functionality. I highly advise your readers to research them.

    With that said….

    Before one can make a case either way, we do ourselves and others a GREAT injustice if we look at this move in isolation from the historical context that definitely shed alot of light on why there are quite a few people who are upset and have gravitated elsewhere.

    For months, there was a concerted effort by eHow management to effectively clone there entire database of articles onto a mirror UK site. It sounds great to expand the website’s reach, right?

    Unfortunately….these articles were deliberately cloned without any desire (or plan) to compensate their originating articles. Any one who develops a website, especially on the scale of eHow, knows that one of the most fundamentals items of consideration should be the layout and monetization of the site.

    There was absolutely no plan or intent to compensate originating writers for the use of their content.

    a ‘Scam’? Debatable.
    Morally and Ethically Wrong and Downright shady business practices? Yes.

    ‘Technically’, they didn’t do anything wrong because they had intentionally skewed their TOS to allow for the complete replication and monetization of content. My question to you (anyone) is, if they had succeeded at launching their eHow UK website, in the name of “website expansion”, what would have been next, cloning originating writer’s articles on eHow Germany? eHow Russia? eHow Italy? eHow Madagascar?

    They would have completely saturated their writers potential to earn…and, in accordance with their TOS, it would have been completely legal. Had a small handful of very vocal members not said something, this is what was poised to occur….complete replication of content without any forethought to compensating originating writers….

    Their massive article sweeps have a very deep historical context, as well, in terms of how they have decided to run their business and grow it.

    What has occurred in your update, now, unfortunately, was flat-out denied by eHow community managers on several occasions. If I’m not mistaken, a massive article sweep was conducted before/during this announcement, as well….but, since my post is already so long, I’ll let someone else comment as to WHY they believe it was necessary to do yet another article sweep just before an announcement like this.

    P.s. Has anyone else noticed the complete removal of their eHow UK flag from their main page? Interesting, isn’t it?

    On another note, a friend of mine had the forethought to compile a massive .PDF of posts that were deleted from their user forum with legitimate user questions and concerns. These actions are very revealing.

    • Elias

      Thanks Howie. What other website(s) would you recommend better than ehow?

  • http://smallstepstohealth.com asithi

    I probably will not write for them until things shake out. There is no point in investing more time with ehow if I do not make as much money from them as before.

  • Howie

    P.s. My post was just skimming the surface. I’d love to get into the inherent benefits of operating under a “secret algorithm” for revenue share distribution, as well…. (eHow does this, as well as a small handful of other websites)…

    I do look forward to everyone’s responses and contributions to this thread.

    If I misunderstand something, or am perceiving occurrences of the last 6 months in the wrong way, for the betterment of all Pat’s readers, I’d be honored and welcoming to factual evidence that disputes some of these things….

    • http://ascenttofreedom.wordpress.com/ DJ Wetzel

      Hey Howie,

      I was not that well versed in the history of eHow as I only joined about a month ago. But I have been mystified by the “secret algorithm” that they used to determine earnings. For instance an article that receives 1,000 page views in one month earned only $0.15 whereas another article receives only 9 pageviews and generates $1.20. I understand that people may have clicked on more relevant ads but….I’m still not buying it. Seems very fishy to me.

      I still look forward to writing for Demand Studios..but I will put a lot more effort into researching the company before giving hem much of my intellectual property.

      • http://www.innovativepassiveincome.com/ JadeDragon

        Giving them your IP is exactly what moving to DS means. They take copyright to your content at Demand Studios. I am not clear on the earnings algorithm either. You you get paid on cloned content? I don’t know.

        • Costanza

          You know I find it quite interesting, JadeDragon, as I have perused the DS forums the last 48 hours and other Google/Yahoo Alerts I have found your name mentioned quite often. 90 percent of your comments observed convey that you are Demand Media/Studios savvy yet at the Demand Studios forums you have only been privvy to their private forums and member inner-workings for those same 48 hours. You may have been an eHow “representative” of your colleagues there, but on Demand Studios you were given an opportunity to join a darned fine freelance writer community and you waltzed in like cock of the walk ready to take over the place and denounce and proclaim what a disservice Demand Media has done to you and your fellow eHow peers. How do you legitimately expect to be respected or assimilate into a new client community when you denounce something you have only 48 hours experience with? It makes me very wary to respect anything you say, or take any of your Napoleonic jockeying as anything but ego and the need to whip your former eHow troops into an indignant posse. You’ve been offered a unique invitation to write for a client that you were already writing for to begin with, with an expanded range of opportunities and target publishers. You’ve been so wrapped up in your agenda I wonder did you see the article in AdAge that announced the newest outlet in the Demand Studios writers opportunities? Some of our writer’s have now been published in USA Today.com….to the tune of 4000 articles at higher than $15 per article rates. Something for you to chew on while you continue to grouse and wear blinders. If you hate the company so much…leave and dont let the door hit you in your arse on the way out. I doubt you will have many readers on the DSforums as it is if you continue in the same carping, soapbox, chest thumping Norma Rae routine you’ve been droning on about as if you own the place after 48 hours tenure. I know several long-timers who have already hit the Ignore button on your posting. I hear Suite 101 pays well for rev share articles….but, oh, that’s a real writers venue as well so you still have to “audition” since ur so prolifically talented with so much to say I’m sure you’ll have no problem passing muster there. Too bad your love of writing has been overshadowed by the all mighty dollar signs of passive income…what happened to the good old fashion way of earning wages? Frankly, I am one who hopes you do leave DS…you don’t deserve the place with your sense of entitlement attitude, besides which you are really becoming quite a bore with that same old song and dance of DM bashing. Get over it already!!

  • http://www.moneycrush.com Jackie

    I haven’t written for them, and definitely won’t now if you don’t retain the rights to what you write. As a side note, be especially aware when accepting any changes to the terms of services on sites like these. I used to write articles on Helium, which started out similarly. (I retained the rights to articles, got a share of revenue, and could remove things I’d written at any time.) Then one day I went on to remove some articles, and discovered that I could no longer do so. When I requested that they be removed for me, Helium refused to do so, saying that I had agreed to the change. Since I usually do actually read legalese, I find that hard to believe, but who knows.

  • http://www.chezfat.blogspot.com Brian

    Hey Pat, I thought I’d throw my two cents in too seeing as thought I’ve written for and blogged about eHow for a number of months now.

    Overall, the changes going in place are fine by me. eHow will have a better site with higher quality articles on it overall. They have yet to have any sort of penalty that I know of from Google so upping the quality can only mean they want to retain their respect in therch engines and with casual readers.

    I also applaud their willingness to continue paying out month in and month out for articles that have already been published on the site. Like you I will continue to get my monthly check for who knows how long. A much worse situation is if they decided to discontinue these payments as well by buying our articles out at a small flat rate or by some other means.

    What is annoying to be completely honest is the DS model. Yes, the focus on quality with DS will help the company and site in the long run but seriously, I write for the site because it’s easy to write for and pays good residuals. If it’s going to be a much greater pain to write for DS with their copy editors and such then I might as well post my articles elsewhere on InfoBarrel, Hubpages, or on personal blogs.

    Writing for residual income online is a hobby for me that I wish to maximize. Instead of sitting glued to a TV in my spare time I get to meet people online and make money by blogging and writing articles. Many people don’t want to have to get approved for everything they do online and I’m one of them.

    To sum up I know that the changes are for the best for the site but they also take away my desire to continue contributing to the eHow library of articles. I will of course happily continue collecting my monthly checks though. :)

  • http://www.idrawdigital.com Drezz

    In Canada, some of the options of writing for residual are very limited. I had started an account on Associated Content, then realized that I couldn’t earn anything close to what members in the US were making, and for poorly written articles. I decided AC was a waste of time and hopped over to Helium. The Helium model was decent, provided your writing was good and you wrote about the available topics. In addition, there’s a marketplace where you bid on article writing through your submissions – if it gets selected, you get paid, if not, it goes into the article pool and begins to generate money through the ad revenue model.

    I like writing how-to articles, and since I couldn’t write for eHow due to my location, Helium was the next best thing. I still have the account, but I haven’t contributed in a long time because I have other active duties that are more important.

    I could see how people would be upset that the eHow model has changed, since it seemed to be a pretty lucrative revenue generating option for some. But like the old saying goes – don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

  • http://www.musicismybiz.com Clay Butler | MusicIsMyBiz

    My biggest disappointment with the change is that articles submitted to Demand Studios is on a work-for-hire basis, forcing writers give up their copyright. Sure, you might have the opportunity to make more/quicker money, but you get less mileage out of your work. If you’re trying to use articles to build authority, credibility, or a catalog of intellectual property, your hands are tied to some degree, because you don’t get to choose where to place your articles. I guess writers have to determine which is most important: quick money or a large catalog of intellectual property.

    –Clay Butler
    MusicIsMyBiz.com

  • Alicia

    Hey, you are right it sounds like it will be better being that it will eliminate spammers and other ill fitted writing practices. Ehow is a great place to write and generate residuals. It is kind of sad though and I know a lot of people are upset. The first day that this was announced the ehow forums were in an uproar. Hope those who have invested two or more years there will be able to write for Demand. Once the smoke clears hopeful people will be satisfied with the change. Guess we will see what is to come in the future.

  • http://passiveincomegoals.com Tiffany

    Even though I was preapproved to write for Demand Studios I don’t think I will be doing so. I’m trying to focus on building passive income and truthfully I don’t feel like dealing with editors that aren’t all on the same page for a potential few dollars.

    With the change to eHow I am even more focused on creating my own niche websites instead of relying on other sites like eHow to bring me passive income. Like you said, never put all your eggs in one basket. I have a feeling that my articles that are left on ehow won’t be making as much money as they have been as this month I am at about half what I made last month.

  • Stacey

    I’ve written off and on for eHow and Demand Studios since the summer of 2009. The editors at DS are inconsistent at best. While my rewrite percentage is very low, the rewrite requests usually border on the ridiculous and almost every one I have received is in complete disagreement with the DS guidelines.

    I also agree that finding titles that can actually be written is becoming harder and harder to do. For $15 an article, it is my last resort for generating income. If you know a lot about working on cars, you should be set. Otherwise, good luck.

    • Costanza

      Stacey,

      As a DS writer, you should know it is not just car titles. As I stated in a previous post, I have gardening, genealogy, cooking, home imporvement, craft and travel articles in my writing title bin as I type this. DS is a good client if you want to make immediate money, and if you have requested/been asked to work on special projects you also know that $15 is not the max per article a DS writer can be paid. If people are serious about writing for a living full time, it can be done with this client. With that in mind, it is ALWAYS best to diversify in anything we do in life that our livelihood depends on…but a major asset to that portfolio is DS if non-fiction is your cup of tea.

  • http://www.makemoneyontheinternet.com Chris Guthrie

    I think it just goes to show that it’s better to own the platform rather than write for it. Start your own blogs and websites and you won’t have a boss that can change things like this one you.

    That being said, the quality of eHow articles are so terrible I wish they were banned from Google. So at the very least perhaps there won’t be so many terrible writers spewing crap up on the website.

  • http://www.melindasfitnessblog.com Melinda

    While change is sometimes difficult, I think this is a GREAT move by Ehow. Articles will be of much higher quality because we will have to deal with editors, which I’m used to. Editors help us to become better writers. Although…there are some VERY picky editors over at DS that can be frustrating.

    I’m already a DS writer so I don’t need to apply (again), but I can see how it’d be frustrating for other writers who are not. It may not be so easy to just sign up, submit and get paid, but the good news is articles will be of a higher quality and there won’t be any sweeps since articles will need to be approved before going live.

    I like the comment you made about change. It happens and you just have to roll with the punches. If you don’t agree with it, don’t write for Demand Studios. It’s always best to diversify your income for this very reason. Things are always susceptible to change and you always need to have a few different sources of income so that when something happens to one, you still have other income coming in from other sources.

    Thank you for a great post!

  • http://textroubadourtales.blogspot.com/ Will

    Most people are resistant to change, no argument there. The problem with eHow has never really been about the changes, but the way they go about them. Over a year ago the powers that be at eHow encouraged the members of the Writer’s Compensation Program to get involved in the forums in order to foster a community; once that was accomplished it seems eHow went out of its way to destroy that sense of community. Dissenting posts were soon deleted from some of the threads, and when that didn’t work entire threads were deleted. As recently as a few months ago eHow (Cheifly CEO Rich Rosenblatt and forum moderator Julie) stated over and over again that there were no plans to end the WCP. Demand Media (eHow’s parent company) is too large of an organization to pull off something as massive as this latest change without months of planning. In other words, they lied. They lied and they are continuing to lie, which is why I’m thankful that I pulled all of my articles a few months ago when the eHow UK debacle was going on. This is a company that has proven time and time again that they lack integrity.

  • SLP

    Here’s why people don’t like it: the new guidelines are questionable at best and the whole point of the WCP is now gone. I’m already a Demand writer and write for them occasionally. The whole point of writing directly through eHow is that you could write what you want without an editor making the silly requests that DS editors are so notorious for making. DS articles take forever because of the editorial process, and now eHow articles will no longer be worth the time to write because of it.

    The other point, the guidelines is pretty bad. The new agreement is that they don’t have to pay you anymore if they don’t want to. You could write hundreds or even thousands of articles for them and then stop being paid at any time for no reason. That’s explicitly built into the contract.

    I actually wrote rev share articles directly through DS because the agreement guaranteed residual payments for five years. Now, they are changing the agreement so that they no longer have to pay you for those, either. And that’s AFTER thousands of us wrote those and agreed to five-year payments for them. If that isn’t a scam, I think it’s time to re-examine the definition of the word scam.

  • Wendy

    So I started writing for DS over the past couple of weeks, before I knew about what was going on at eHow.com. I applied through Livestrong.com and figured that would be good for me to write more about health and wellness. I was really glad to be accepted, and still am. When I saw eHow.com on the list of sites to write for, I thought that was great because some of the articles on eHow.com were just not very good.

    That being said, I know about the inconsistencies of copy editors and filed an appeal about a rewrite today because I didn’t think the editor really understood the topic as I did and in the manner I wrote it for posting on Livestrong.com.

    For people who haven’t explored DS, there are other sites in their control that you can write for and other styles of articles besides “how-to” articles. Some of the titles make no sense and should never be written, but it’s an imperfect process so you have to let them know about these things. Yes, there are a lot of car articles to be written and some titles are in the wrong category, but what it comes down to is writing in a format in which you feel comfortable and in a topic you can handle.

    I don’t mind handing over the rights to these articles (which for me are mostly lists and how-to’s) because if I want to write how I feel and don’t want anyone to edit it, I can do that somewhere else, like I do on Associatedcontent.com. Not every article there goes under review and sometimes I just have something I want to publish right now. But I am also a featured contributor there in 3 categories, so I get larger upfront payments for those articles plus the passive performance pay of $1.50 per 1000 page views.

    You just have to be true to yourself as a writer and your reasons for writing what you write. Then find the sites that match up with that. None of them will be perfect, but at least you have options.

    Just my two cents.

  • Wendy

    Oh, yeah, and as for affiliate links, you can forget using those as references. There are certain sites you cannot use as references for DS and then additional blacklisted sites for the specific site you are writing for at the time. So, for example, no WebMD sources or sources where users can submit articles, or where the site uses Wikipedia as a source. Also, the editors fact check your references and if your link doesn’t point to exactly where you need the reader to go, then you must fix it. For example, if the information you cite is on the site’s homepage, that’s fine, but if not, you’ve got to get the specific link. And if the reader has to sign up for an account, even for a free one, to view information you already have access to, then you might not want to use it unless it is a scholarly article.

  • http://sidsavara.com Sid Savara

    Hey Pat,

    I think as long as the quality goes up, that’s definitely better for “quality writers” (for lack of a better definition). On the other hand, “quantity writers” (rewriters, spinners, people who are pumping out lots of articles quickly but not with the same quality) are going to lose out

    I’m not judging which approach is better to making money, but I think it is smart of ehow to get out of the quantity game (which they already have plenty of at this point) and focus more on quality

  • http://translationtribulations.com/ Kevin Lossner

    I saw the UK launch of eHow – much of the migrated content simply wasn’t relevant to that market. And in a discussion with DM manager many months ago, I learned that there are plans to translate “key articles” for foreign markets (apparently no bright cookie considered the need for cultural adaptation to other English markets).

    The move to DM content control was also planned for a long time; the representative I spoke to dropped a lot of hints, the meaning of some being clear only now. Having worked in a writing niche with a usual lack of control over IP for years and done reasonably well, I’m not too bent out of shape by the differences stated here about DM controlling the IP. If I have something I want to control, I’ll simply put it elsewhere.

  • Pat

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I’m not responding to each comment on this particular post because I’m simply soaking in all of the information that many of you have graciously provided to me and everyone else interested in what’s going on at the moment.

    Let’s just hope everything settles down soon! Cheers!

  • Ally

    I’ve been working for DS since July. I hate writing for them but needed to pay my bills. Last month, I made a goal to write enough eHow articles to pay my monthly bills (I live with my parents so I just have a car payment and a small credit card payment ~$400) so I wouldn’t have to work for DS anymore. I wrote 40 articles last month and made $30. Now that we have to go through DS to publish our how-to articles and they will own the articles, I don’t think I’m going to be writing anymore how-to articles.

    The main reason I hate writing for DS is the copy editors are very inconsistent. They are not on the same page and some of them butcher the articles so it looks like a kid wrote it. Your name is on it and there is nothing you can do about it. I also have the problem with not finding good titles to write. They are all car or home improvement articles with a few electronic titles sprinkled in. I have been doing Title Selecting with them since October (f.y.i. it pays more than writing) and even the title selectors don’t know what’s going on – half of us are on probation.

    I think I’m going to focus my time on creating niche sites that I actually own. I’m pretty sure that with the right keywords and some hard work I can make just as much or more money doing that than I was writing eHow articles.

    Here’s a little tip for those who are new with DS. Stay out of the forums! The people in those forums are rude, stuck up and mean. I don’t get offended easily but what I saw in those forums gave me nightmares. They gang up on the new and the weak. I haven’t been in there much since July but I ventured into the lion’s den when this whole thing was first announced and saw all of the eHow bashing. It was brutal.

  • http://www.webuildyourblog.com Andrew@BloggingGuide

    I think this change is really for the better! Quantity of articles published might get affected but at least the quality will go up. I personally think this is a nice move.

  • http://www.vintagedancer.com Debbie

    I don’t like the changes. It seems better to post your own articles on your own site and use other article distributors to drive traffic. Plus I think there is an eHow on everything “how to” already. Adding more articles on the same topic is just going to cause competition and a drop in revenue for everyone.

  • http://evengrounds.com/blog Julius

    There was a time when I very frequently read eHow articles for my work and for simply learning new things. I hope the changes would produce noticeably good results. I also like the advice you gave about change and how we should accept it.

  • Pat

    Thanks again for everyone who has continued to comment. I think might might look into infobarrel – it seems to have the least amount of uproar, and after checking it’s stats in alexa, it seems to be growing quite nicely. That’s a good sign :)

    I’ll definitely test and let you all know though.

    Cheers!

    • Howie

      Would be very interested to see what comes of your testing there, Pat….

      Bear in mind though, because it is ‘relatively’ new, it has only a fraction of the pre-packaged search engine authority that sites like eHow have. Like you said, though, it is growing at tremendous rates. The first time I told you about them was probably back in August last year, and it’s growth has only been increasing substantially since….

    • http://makeonlineincomemoney.blogspot.com/ Nichemomma

      IB is good. Really. I haven’t been focusing on it in favor of niches, but IB out earns my niches–which are almost a year old (I would say I am not the best niche blogger).

      M

  • http://nifty-things.blogspot.com Christen

    My opinion doesn’t really matter at this point. It is what it is. I have mixed feelings about the change for many reasons. I’m happy that Demand Studios and eHow merged together. The content will be much better now on the site. eHow did have it’s flaws and still will.

    The uproar isn’t about being ‘chosen’ or having to apply, or even that now the eHow writers will have to learn guidelines – this will make them better writers. It’s simply the way eHow went about doing things. I’ve written for eHow for 2 years and have collected more than 300 articles. In that time, I made well over 300 dollars a month and enjoyed my income. While ehow promises that income from previous published articles will still continue – they like to change the TOU as they see fit.

    It’s more about ethics to many people. The way the company went about doing things was morally wrong to many people. For months, writers have been complaining about the poor quality of help from staff as well as spammy articles from EDITORS that were never deleted but some good content was taken off – which happened to earn money for writers.

    So, the upset isn’t about the money in many cases, it’s the terms of use and warning. It was like taking candy away from a baby for many. Many writers that had invested YEARS into eHow and made good money. eHow writers were told that the WCP would stand (there was a question months ago of this happening.) It would have been nice to warn writers about the change instead of just ripping it away and saying, “Thanks for all your hard work, but we don’t need you anymore.”

    I was one of the writers that got accepted for DS and I’m happy about it. I just feel for those who invest much time and effort to get blown away.

  • http://www.usmarinepilot.com kevin

    I don’t have a dog in this fight but let me say this.

    I’ve seen many talented writers and videographers selling their services for too little in return. I understand using services such as these to get a “toe hold” as a paid writer/videographer but from what I’ve seen and the people I know you guys aren’t getting paid enough to invest a large amount of time.

    Instead of writing/shooting for these services write/shoot for yourself.Develop and sell your own products.

    I have experience in video and I’ve seen very talented videographers and editors work extremely hard when given these type of assignments but I’ve received incredible resistance when trying to get them to do the same for themselves.

    You don’t need to submit your stuff to DM, E-How, etc. You’re talented and able to create content for your own projects and IMO that’s what you should be doing.

  • http://www.usmarinepilot.com kevin

    Oh.. forget to mention… why wouldn’t Demand Studios do this? They’re getting great content for pennies on the dollar and they get to keep all the rights.

    They know it will piss some people off but they also know that they’re will be plenty of others to fill the void.

    Instead on enriching their coffers enrich yours.

  • http://monroe-underground.com Jen

    Hi Pat. I’ve been writing for eHow since around 2008 and for Demand Studios for about 2 years now. I’m not happy that they are merging the writer interface, but I can roll with it.

    I will continue to write for Demand Studios for upfront pay until I have begun to make enough passive income from other projects to stop. I don’t enjoy writing there. And to all you new eHow writers that are entering DS, a word of advice: stay out of the forums. You will only see attitudes like those of “Costanza” above (who didn’t have the courage to link to a profile or leave a real name).

    The editors at DS are discouraging at best. There was a glitch in the system a while back that showed the comments that the editors were making that the writers were not supposed to see. Disgusting! They were rude, arrogant, and extremely unprofessional.

    The editors leave much to be desired, though I have come across a few which are nice, constructive and easy to work with.

    One of the main flaws in the DS interface is that when you get a rewrite request from an editor, you have one shot to fix it and that’s it. If what you send back isn’t accepted, there is not further contact – it is simply rejected. It’s a pretty one way process, really.

    Since this happened, I considered writing a few articles for the revenue share model and creating the titles myself. However, I have no trust in eHow or Demand Studios that I will continue to get paid for those articles. The contract states that they can just stop paying anytime they want and I still won’t own the article. So I think I’m going to decline on that aspect.

  • http://crunchydata.com Kimberly

    Pat, I think people need to look a little deeper before jumping on board with DS. Demand Media set eHow up as a classic bait-and-switch scheme. It appears that eHow’s first year’s members made the most money and helped promote eHow. The second year’s writers made less as a group, and starting in July 2009, payment issues and content theft (“UK” site) became rampant on eHow.

    This was a setup to lead people to create content for eHow by making them believe they could earn more than was actually possible. eHow then used the analytics data from writer-owned articles to profit even more from their own content.

    Demand Media already exaggerates the average earnings they pay, claiming an average payout of $20- $25 articles in interviews, though their writers say they are lucky to get $15 articles. And some long-time Demand Studios writers have stated that DS editors require longer articles for the same pay after the writers have been with them for several months. More bait-and-switch.

    Based on Demand Media’s extensive history of misleading and outright lying to writers (claiming the “UK” site is in the UK, the WCP won’t end, you can delete your content any time, etc.), I conclude that this is a setup for another scam. I’d like to be a bookie taking bets on how long it will be until Demand Studios begins demanding increasingly more from writers while paying them less and less.

    I give it 3 – 6 months. Meet you back here in October to compare notes?

    • Howie

      If anyone cares to look at this from a historical context (I know…that would require some effort….), you would see many of the things that Kimberly points out. Past actions and dealings are very very revealing of what the future holds.

  • http://hopeandhappiness.weebly.com/ Shirley

    Here’s my take but first I’ll preface by saying I wrote/write for eHow and DS: I doubt we were scammed. eHow and DS are sister sites: one completely rev share, the other predominantly upfront pay. IMO, Demand Media was either doing an experiment to see which model would fair the best (IE: be most lucrative from a business perspective), or they were using eHow and the “anybody-can-write-here-no-experience-required” model to attract thousands of writers to build up sufficient content to drive traffic to the DM sites. So, now that eHow publishing is done, that leaves eHow writers scurrying to other venues or writing for DS. Many will feel they haven’t got a choice, others will be staunch anti-DS due to not retaining rights to their work, stringent guidelines, inconsistency of content editors, and a lot of work for what some consider little pay. As others have said, there’s other writing venues out there and more will become available every day. Not every online site will suit everyone and you just keep looking and trying places out till you find the ones that work best for you. Oh….. and remember the eggs/basket thing. Not good to keep ‘em all in one place as many eHowers are finding out.

    • http://www.ehowarticlesbybestmommy.blogspot.com bestmommy

      Wise words from a wise woman! Shirley was/is a source of guidance on the ehow forums and helped many of us get through some frustrating times. Thanks again, Shirley!

  • http://myWAHM.blogspot.com Maria (WriterGig)

    I think there is a lot that’s positive about the eHow-Demand Studios merger, not least of which is the higher content standards.

    Just like with eHow, writers can suggest their own rev-sharing titles and write on topics of their choice. eHow remains one of the absolute top articles for building passive income through content articles.

    I am a huge proponent of diversifying online income, and to that end recommend owning your own niche sites and blogs as well as publishing on content sites such as HubPages, Squidoo and Bukisa.

    InfoBarrel has not impressed me thus far but there’s plenty of potential for the future.

    • Howie

      “InfoBarrel has not impressed me thus far but there’s plenty of potential for the future.”

      You’ve been saying that Info Barrel “has not impressed” you for a while now, Maria….

      You have 6 articles currently written and submitted to Info Barrel.

      • http://myWAHM.blogspot.com Maria (WriterGig)

        I have six articles as WriterGig, that is correct.

        • Howie

          Even if you have optimized your articles with upmost adherence to SEO and LSI/LSA…and even if they all earn $30+ month each (entirely possible)….with a database of 6 articles your earnings there would still pale in comparison to your earnings at eHow, so much so, that I wouldn’t be ‘impressed’ with Info Barrel either.

    • http://makeonlineincomemoney.blogspot.com/ Nichemomma

      No the money is there on IB. Definitely there. But you need volume and it is slower (a bit) than ehow. They actually get good traffic. I’ve been pleased with IB and need to do more over there so I can hit critical mass.

      M

  • Howie

    Maria,

    Considering their past actions (Did that UK flag just fall off the front page of their website lately?), you can HONESTLY say you are comfortable writing for them (or any entity associated with them)?

  • http://melaniebremner.com Melanie

    I can see the pros and cons of each of those points. As long as you can still write and make money while having your name out there, it should all be good for your business.

    I am disappointed because people like me(Canadians) do not get the chance to be part of this, while we could have some really good information and experience to share.

    Do you know anywhere that allows this type of system for Canadians?

    thanks!

    • Howie

      InfoBarrel’s headquarters are in Canada.

  • http://melaniebremner.com Melanie

    thanks Howie. Going to check into it now.

  • http://wilsonusman.com Wilson Usman

    Hey Pat how are you doing with Xomba, Demand Studios and info barrel? Is it working out good?

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  • http://www.freecarsolution.com Get Paid To Drive Canada

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  • http://www.listmyfive.com jamin

    Hi, I know a lot of us at ehow have been frustrated about the loss of the writers compensation program so I wanted to share a website that was impressive and also offers a similar writers compensation program.  
     
    It’s called http://www.listmyfive.com you basically create any “top five” list that you can think of and get ad revenue share for the lists you create.  They to pay with pay-pal and set-up and publishing is simple.  This is the best thing I found sense the dismantle of ehow’s WCP.
     
    with listmyfive I’ve seen about the same revenue potential as ehow, so I thought I would share that site with fellow frustrated ehow writers… hope this helps.

  • http://www.ashleymadisonaustraliareview.com Carly Monsma

    How are you getting on using wordpress? I suck at html and coding so for me wordpress has been a god send.

  • Audrey Selig

    I would like to take some of my articles and post them elsewhere, I also would like to know if I had made under 10.00, if I will be paid for that amount. I also have no idea where my articlles will be going. I may need to write to them to ask these questions. I have been writing for a different website for a year now and have not written for eHow. I only have 15 articles there, so it is not the end of the world for me. I am sure others are very upset. I just want my questions answered. eHow did make some money for me, and for that I am grateful.

  • http://www.livingpress.com Frugal Mom

    I think progress is always important for a company. Though it may have kicked some people in the wrong places, it’s their company. How to articles are always helpful though.

  • http://www.askthetrainer.com Mike Behnken

    Ehow is a terrible website, a complete waste of time.

  • Mary B.

    I can’t get my money out of eHow.

    Customer service has not been very helpful so far. I am having to shake the tree a little.

  • Mary B.

    I can’t get my money out of eHow.

    Customer service has not been particularly helpful, brusque and incomplete replies. I will have to shake the tree a little. That’s just plain dishonest. Don’t keep my money AND my article. That’s breach of contract.

    • http://changeispossible-parvenu.blogspot.com/ richard

      They were bought out. Now they want your stuff for nothing. Just take your article and start a monetized log elsewhere. Google Adsense is pretty good for paying! I move 88 articles this evening and then deleted them from ehow. Let’s see how those Indian writers replace my style…ha ha ha . Not bloody likely.

      good luck to you.
      Best,

      Richard Smiraldi
      Author of Seven Murders In Sussex, a mystery

      • http://baltimorefitnessandweightloss.com Wendy Stewart

        Richard, now all of the writers are Indian. That was a pretty racist and insensitive remark.

        And for the record, I joined Demand Media before they took over eHow and never had a problem before or since. I don’t think it’s a widespread problem like many are hyping it up to be.

        Also, no one else’s system is going to be perfect. If you want more control and better service, do it yourself. No whining, just do it.

        • http://baltimorefitnessandweightloss.com Wendy Stewart

          *meant to say “not” instead of “now” in the first line. Ooops!

        • http://changeispossible-parvenu.blogspot.com/ richard

          Oh Wendy you couldn’t be more wrong!!!! I have removed my articles. I can do a better job myself. You should see the god awful article they cloned! Long story short – they want to keep the royalties, etc. for themselves and fine writers like myself who produce a certain quality of writing – are left by the wayside. I have over half a million readers! That’s quite a bit for them to lose!

          It isn’t just content, but style and quality that readers go after. And guess what, I’ve taken my abilities elsewhere.

          Demand Media stinks, and from you tone I take it you are one of their second rate writers.

          Well good luck to you. And I meant no offense to India. I just don’t think they should even attempt at duplicating American vernacular or idiomatic expressions. It’s ludicrous for you to think that it isn’t avarice that motivates them.

          You Wendy, are mistaken!

          Good day.

  • http://changeispossible-parvenu.blogspot.com/ richard

    Okay my friend, I let my 88 articles with my half a million viewers stand – just as you suggested. I never really thought I was getting full revenue anyway. Well today I received that little missive from EHOW how either I sell my articles to them for a pittance of what they are worth, or they will subsequently remove my articles. Well those you know whats can go to you know where, as I’ve removed all of my articles and I hope to take my 500,000 audience with me. Ehow cloned one of my more successful articles, “How to marry a millionaire.” I moved my audience to my blog where it now lives and guess what, the revenue from google adsense is phenomenal. I can only imagine what the new regime at EHOW robbed me of. It was good for a season and it got me writing again “thanks facebook.” But it’s over now. I’ll get that last royalty check in May and say goodbye to the old friend I used to know, formerly known as EHOW.

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    • http://mywahm.blogspot.com/ Maria (WriterGig)

      urbanchristmas — yes, Demand Studios has had a rev-share (residual income) payment structure for some eHow articles for at least a year. You can’t create your own titles anymore, but you could until about two weeks ago. I have about a dozen rev-share articles on eHow through Demand Studios and earn about $100/ month from them. see: http://mywahm.blogspot.com/search/label/demand%20studios

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