eHow

By Joel Comm June 11, 2005 24 Comments   


How-to manuals are very popular when you are trying to do something for the first time (or the second time, or the third time, you know what I mean). The success of the “�for Dummies” book series is a great example of that. But sometimes you need information faster than you can run to a bookstore. That is where the internet comes in handy, and today’s Famly First Site comes in even handier.


The site is called Welcome to eHow. The motto of this site is “the fastest and easiest way to find out how to do just about anything. And get the stuff you need to do it”. It is divided into distinctive areas such as automotive, college, real estate, health, and even weddings. Then there is search engine function that allows users to enter topics, and see if there is any information on that topic. For example, “change a flat tire” takes one to a page that describes a step-by-step procedure on how to do just that. But there are also links to related sites, such as how to check tire pressure, and safety when jacking up a car.
The variety of material covered in this site is truly unique. I would recommend book marking it for future reference (like when you’re trying to change the plug on your vacuum, and you can’t remember where the ground wire goes). It is a great reference source, and is continually growing and adding new material.
http://www.ehow.com/home/home.asp

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24 Comments to “eHow”
  1. THE PREACHER says:
    I totally agree with you, Kimberly, I would not allow my children anywhere near the eHOW site. Just the other day a subject came up on the forums dealing with adult content, eHOW at first backed the article everyone was upset with. They later came on and deleted the article, only to replace it with a redirected link that took you to even more graphic articles. Shame on eHOW. As far as Janet earning more then her husband, this is true, but what she doesn't tell you is she built up those earnings way before anyone ever heard of the UK scandal. Many others also built up huge earnings, good for them. But ask almost anyone newer to eHOW and they will paint a much darker picture, where earnings are not only leveling off, but in many cases going backwards. The eHOW of today is different, to be sure. When asked why this is happening, ion a post today Julie from eHOW made a statement that earning go up and down at different times and it in part has to do with the secret formula they use to determine peoples earnings. Correct, and that is the problem many are facing today, ehow has changed that formula and the newer people to eHOW can not make anywhere close to the kind of money Janet makes. I added fifty articles to my article library and it didn't have any effect on my earnings, and many at ehow are complaining of the very same thing. Just the fact that they use a secret formula to determine your earnings should put up a red flag.
  2. Kimberly says:
    Isn't "Family First" a family site? The eHow site is filled with unfiltered adult content with no pop-up warnings of any kind. Don't let eHow fool you. Kids should NOT spend any time on eHow without direct, adult supervision, or they will learn "How To" do things you never dreamed they would learn in grade school.
  3. THE PREACHER says:
    Well, many writers are constantly asking the same thing in reference to their deleted articles, WHY? I will state right now, eHOW will not give you a straight up or down answer to why they get deleted, other then some senseless ramblings. The bigger question that me and many other writers could never understand is who so many top earning articles are deleted. How can eHow stand to shoot itself in the foot time after time? How can they stand to lose so much money? Here is the eHOW secret, or one of them, to eHOWs success. Me and some other writers began looking up deleted articles, and what did we find? Nearly every one of the articles eHOW deletes, it redirects those links back to a page that contains about twenty articles all written by DS, all on the same subject as the deleted articles. In other words, your sweat and hard work go down the drain to fuel more views to their DS articles. I am not making this up. So the higher paying the articles they delete, the more viewer those articles have, thus the more traffic they generate to their DS articles. But wait, there is more. These low lifes are really playing around here with a two edged sword. It's win win all the way around each time they delete a high earning article. How can that be? They have the high traffic from your deleted articles redirected to DS articles, and the big bonus is this, now eHOW no longer has to pay you any money as well on those articles. Are you beginning to see how dirty eHOW plays with its writers. And it happens all the time, people coming on complaining how their top earner was deleted, articles in many cases that have been up on the site for years, and all of a sudden out of no where, the article no longer is within their guidelines. I am warning everyone who will listen, these scum bags are not to be trusted. I will post more as we uncover more of their evil doings.It is our mission to blow the roof off their dirty little secrets once and for all.
  4. Here are the facts. EHOW is one of the buggyest sites you will ever write on. The publisher wizard they use is constantly breaking down, eating up half you articles steps, or freezing your articles in limbo so you can’t get at them and no one can read them. Communication sucks. Day in and day out writers are asking the same questions and getting no answers. And when eHOW does respond, it is usually a warning threatening action against you and your account. No PR skills what so ever. But as others have already stated on here, the UK site, eHOWs secret brain child, has split the community of writers right in half and has everyone going at one anothers necks. Secret, yes, their secret UK site. They secretly mirrored all U.S. writers articles onto both sites, without any of the writers permission to do so. they then made money off those articles, thousands upon thousands of articles, and told no one. When someone stumbled upon their secret site, it all came to a head. EHOW insisted their UK site had caused no one any harm, and for a lenghty time, refused to answer any of the writers questions. Many writers took down their articles, many left the site. Others threatened to leave, and finally ehow agreed to remove all articles of U.S. writers from the UK site. In the meantime, many U.S. writers found their once thriving articles had stopped earning. That’s right, eHOW, by mirroring the usa site over to the UK site, had messed up the url’s, so many LOST A LOT of money during this time. Ehow then insisted all U.S. writers articles were no longer on the UK site, and that the profiles would be removed. As it turned out, many articles were removed, but many more were not. Not only that, but all newly written articles here in the USA were still being cloned in the UK site. So where are we today? Well, the articles are finally removed, but ehOW still refuses to compensate U.S. writers for all the actually money they lost while their articles stopped earning. EHOW instead came up with what they called a generous compensation, not for money lost from all this, but for what they deemed the value of each writers articles were during the months the entire UK thing unfolded. Say what? So many writers generous compensation came to under $10, many more recieved under $!. But how could that possibly be? We are talking about writers who had hundreda of articles and who lost hundreds of dollars? Easy to explain, the valus of the U.S. writers articles were not worth spit during that time, because eHOW killed their article links when they mirrored the two sites together. They continue to refuse to compensate U.S. writers for all that lost income, even though eHOE profitted from those articles. Remember, U.S. writers were paid nothing for their articles while they were on the UK site, but eHOW had ads on those articles and pocketed all the earnings. The latest news is that outraged writers are demanding that their UK profiles, placed their from the U.S site without the writers permission, be removed. EHOW has said NO. U.S. writers are also demanding the right to edit those profiles, which contain their personal informat. Again, eHOW today has said NO. I would strongly recommend that no one sign up at that site. And yes, I realize many will question what I have said here, so I will let you judge the edivence for yourselves. Go to eHOW right now, click onto community, and then forums. Now click onto the EHOW SITE NEWS forum, and then onto the UPDATE ON EHOW UK SITE AND U.S. MEMBER ARTICLES. It is all right there within hundreds of posts, and you do not have to be a member of the site to go in and read the remarks left by members. The further you read, the uglier it gets. Many of the most vocal and outspoken posts have been deleted by eHOW, but there is still plenty there to read. http://www.ehow.com/forums.aspx?plckForumPage=Foru
  5. jeff hopeck says:
    eHow is 100% dummy proof if you are using the RIGHT KEYWORDS. Meaning, keywords that satisfy these criteria: 1. High Search Traffic 2. Low Competition If you create titles based on these keywords, you will notice every single article ranks high and brings in nice money. The trick to ehow is that you have to be a keyword expert. If you learn this critical element of search engines, you will have success on any writing platform. Then, you can buy domains and launch landing pages based on the proper keywords.... and the money will roll in left and right. I currently run Make Money Using eHow (www.makemoneyusingehow.com) and I assure you there is plenty of helpful info there to discuss keywords, 1-way link building, seo post linking, and many other helpful topics. Have a great day! Looking forward to hearing back from you.
  6. thebodygard says:
    Ehow, is not a good place to write. Please hear me, you will only be wasting your time writing for this site. You have some brown-noses who like to kiss up to the managers so that they don't get their articles deleted and money stolen. Most users have had our best articles deleted and money stolen from us by Ehow management team. If you do decide to write for this site, I recommend that you back up your work in word or other word processing system. The reason being is that they will delete your articles without any notice to you what so ever. But you will find that after they delete your articles, you will see that they have stolen your article-title and the contents and given to a contributing writer. Please, please, please STAY AWAY FROM EHOW!
  7. I love eHow, and the opportunity it offers to online content writers. I steadily make 4-figures per month from them. I have found that those who criticize eHow aren't skilled writers, and don't understand how to write online content. The eHow requirements are few: write articles in an executable, how-to format. So many people have left eHow disgusted because their articles were removed from eHow's database. 10 times out of 10, their articles were either very poorly written, or did not follow eHow's basic rules. Bottom line: if you can follow rules and can construct coherent sentences, eHow is a way to help you make money online.
  8. Cheryl says:
    I'm having trouble cleaning my down-filled nylon coat, does anyone know how to get it cleaned? I've washed it several times, but I still have stains on it!
  9. Dr. Jolhn Rahrer says:
    Dr. J.Stuart Rahrer responds: Thank you for your outstanding article. I also appreciate the insightful input of several other gifted writers. I wrote 1 article for Ehow and have since deleted it due to the overwhelming amount of criticism by professional writers such as you. I have written 18 books and I am currently working on the19th and 20th at the studio in my nursing home, if you want to call it that. You may see my book titles at Google under J. Stuart Rahrer. I am not trying to sell books or toot my horn in this group. Any way, most of them are out of print. However, I am compelled to make 2 points. 1. I think I may stop writing articles unless anyone knows if there are reputable, honest organizations who recruit writers like you instead of people with titles that appeal to members of the Mickey Mouse Club. For example: "How to make your bosom bigger". I am certain people read this article. However, the issue is in a statement by John Steinbeck below. 2. Years ago I attended a John Steinbeck lecture. I remember specifically that he said, "All I have as a writer is a gift and my integrity to live with". Thanks to you for bringing that thought back. Dr.J.Stuart Rahrer ([email removed])
  10. Dr. Jolhn Rahrer says:
    Dr. J.Stuart Rahrer responds: Thank you for your outstanding article. I also appreciate the insightful input of several other gifted writers. I wrote 1 article for Ehow and have since deleted it due to the overwhelming amount of criticism by professional writers such as you. I have written 18 books and I am currently working on the19th and 20th at the studio in my nursing home, if you want to call it that. You may see my book titles at Google under J. Stuart Rahrer. I am not trying to sell books or toot my horn in this group. Any way, most of them are out of print. However, I am compelled to make 2 points. 1. I think I may stop writing articles unless anyone knows if there are reputable, honest organizations who recruit writers like you instead of people with titles that appeal to members of the Mickey Mouse Club. For example: "How to make your bosom bigger". I am certain people read this article. However, the issue is in a statement by John Steinbeck below. 2. Years ago I attended a John Steinbeck lecture. I remember specifically that he said, "All I have as a writer is a gift and my integrity to live with". Thanks to you for bringing that thought back. Dr.J.Stuart Rahrer ([email removed])
  11. I am not sure what to do with E-how. I have read forums and see positive and negative when doing a Google search. I think I am going to write a little less for them and focus a little more on my blogs for now and see what happens. Writing takes time... and as we know.. time is valuable
  12. kittykitty says:
    I have found ehow to be very unprofessional and annoying. It does not really have a good reputation on the Internet. The forums are a mess with people bothering. You have to ask for info on there. It is pretty rude. It is too childish for me. They had the recent article purges that were annoying and left on as you can see many terrible articles. There are many that are horrid little people that butter up the managers to get attn. I made a little money of it but I got sick of their attitude. If some are making money on it like they say it is because they promote their site a lot. you can see it is about how to make money so people read it also. They keep asking to be friends with others to promote their articles also. It is not that easy for a normal person and would take more money than it is worth. I wish someone else had bought it. I took my articles off but it is still making money they prob want from people looking i guess. So if someone were really nutty they would look and make money etc. I really wish it would be closed down.
  13. CrystalZoom says:
    I have now taken my articles off the site after trying to work with them. I did make a little money with them so I was trying to keep it like under $100 a month and I had many articles. It was taking a lot of time up. They are very unprofessional and rude. They started taking articles off and they are rude about it. They shouldn't have left them on if not right since then you don't know. The forums are crazy and others are allowed to bother but you/I am not supposed to say anything back to the crazies. The monitor is a little kid and unprofessional so I know those offices. I wish someone else had bought it. I asked them to close my acct but it is still not closed. Maybe they still want to make money off me still.It is still seeming to make a little money from people looking at it but nothing there anymore. I thought it was from comments before but no comments I didn't make any. I can't stand the users on there the ones on the forum they just have nothing to do. They have all gotten together and bothering. Some keep networking and that is how they make money and adv themselves. If you have a site and keep advertising you will make some money. Their articles are very over rated and have some false or no info that is annoying. I really think it should be shut down. They just want others articles to get taken down so they can bother.
  14. ithee says:
    I have been a member for a year and make high 3 figures a month. But for the last 6 months ehow's attitude toward the writers who work for residuals has really soured. I don't believe they intend to continue with the WCP indefinitely. With recent deletion sweeps and the chaos of technical glitches, I do not recommend anyone sign up for a new account and become a new ehow writer. I would not be surprised if one day ehow just shut down the WCP with no warning and locked us all out of our accounts. Hopefully, when they do eliminate the WCP, they give us enough time to take our articles and take our money and run.
  15. While I wish eHow was more open with how they figure out earnings, they're a long way from a scam. While the theory is certainly true that you'd make more with 100% of the income from your blog vs. splitting it - try writing one post, doing no work, and getting on page one of Google. That's happened a lot with my articles on eHow, and with a few articles and backlinks most of my articles end up on page one of Google quickly - and they start making money for me right away after that. That's the big advantage. It would take me months and months to do the same on my own. Occasionally an article gets removed, and there's not a lot of explanation. This is a very minor complaint as it happens very rarely, but it really is annoying when it does happen.
  16. eHow.com has certainly received a fair share of positive and negative comments. All things considered I believe eHow has done far more good than bad. From an end consumer standpoint there are certainly useful how-to articles that really can be useful (some admittedly much more so than others). Although it's not uncommon to find eHow writers who've become frustrated with the site because of their earnings (or lack there of) I still believe the website offers a tremendous community of ambitious people.
  17. Karen says:
    I've been a member of eHow for around a 1.5 years now and am very happy there. It's not a get rich quick scheme and you do need to do your homework and learn a little about SEO and key-wording in order to make good money. From what I've seen the people who do the most complaining about being cheated in some way, are the actual rule breakers. Who find that their account has been deleted for spamming and stealing content from other writers. As for the page views, they don't always update everyday but you don't get paid for page views anyway.
  18. Cynanthus says:
    I've found the same thing as "just me" reported: the number of views on my articles are definitely NOT being tracked accurately. My article hasn't been removed, it just isn't recording how many people actually view it. My emails to ehow asking for an explanation have been ignored. I would love for some more savvy and successful ehow contributors to explain this if they can. If the compensation formula is based on # of views (among other things) then it seems like ehow has a financial interest in having their counter give artificially low results. Someone please prove to me I'm wrong. I want to believe it's legit, but so far it seems like a waste of time.
  19. Mr.Choice says:
    eHow is a good site especially when their robots don't delete your proper works.
  20. Jim says:
    I have met Writergig and can testify that she is telling the truth. I have about 30 articles and make about $30 per month at eHow. It's a great site with a helpful community. I like it as a creative writing outlet.
  21. Carol McKenzie says:
    Far from being a work at home "scam," eHow does offer legitimate income for those writers who care enough to take the time to write quality articles, and understand the fluctuations and unpredictability involved with writing online. Most of those unhappy with eHow either violated the Terms through writing spam or cloned articles, or infringe on copyrights by improper use of photos and had their articles removed, but refuse to accept they did anything to cause article removal. It's not a get rich quick opportunity by any means, but does offer an income stream, if you're willing to put in the work. I've been very pleased with the results I've had in my time a eHow and look forward to a long relationship.
  22. I have been an eHow member since 2007 and am very pleased with the site and all it has to offer. I earn over $1,000 a month, every month, in residuals from my 300+ articles. I also have some of my own sites, but eHow is a platform I will continue to use as long as there is the Writers Compensation Program.
  23. Just me says:
    I started writing for eHow three months ago and had 63 articles online. I have removed them and started hosting them myself after making a total of $9.00 the entire time. I would also notice that two or three days would go by showing that I had no page views yet I would be getting comments on the articles. Their page views did not come close to what I estimated them to be and the money is just not their. I noticed that the people saying they are making money on ehow are the ones that have articles on there saying how much money can be made and how to do it. I found ehow to be nothing more than another work at home scam that requires a ton of work and the only people that make anything off your hard work is them. Use caution when dealing with them and if you must give it a try please take my advise and start off small to get an idea of how it really works. You too will find out the truth about them if you upload your work there. Be safe!

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