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Ehow vs InfoBarrel

By Edited Dec 31, 2013 3 8

Recently much debate has been had concerning which is the better site- eHow or InfoBarrel. When all facts are presented in an unbiased fashion, one can make the choice for one's self which site is better suited to him or her.

Pay Scale

Let's cut right into the meat. After all, most online content writers are most concerned about one thing when it comes down to it- the money.


eHow's pay scale is based on a "secret algorithm" not shared with writers on eHow. Most assume the algorithm has to do with Google ad clicks. According to eHow's Terms of Service, the algorithm has to do with popularity and usefulness of the article, along with writing quality and user response, such as comments and ratings.


InfoBarrel's payment is 75% of Adsense revenue. This means, if an article is published on InfoBarrel, 75% of the time the article will have the article writer's Adsense code embedded within the article, and the other 25% of the time the article will have InfoBarrel's Adsense code. However, InfoBarrel does run contests about once every month or so in which the writer may gain up to 90% of the Adsense revenue for all articles the following month after the contest ends.

Types of Articles Accepted


ehow accepts only "how-to" articles. Simply put, this means eHow articles are to be written in a step-by-step format in which steps build upon each other to complete a specific task. For example, and article titled "How to Make Scrambled Eggs" would explain, in step-by-step format, how to make scrambled eggs. Step one would be to melt butter in a pan, step two would be to crack the eggs and place them into the pan, et cetera, until the task is completed. Articles are required to be at least three steps long and longer than 200 words. No blog-like articles or advertisement-like articles are allowed to stay on the site.


InfoBarrel offers a wider range of articles allowed, including a How-to article, a Review article, and a blank template for writing any type of informational article. Articles need to be at least 325 words with at least 400 words recommended. Articles cannot be a sales document or advertisement.

Content Quality Control


eHow deals with quality control in what is commonly referred to as "article sweeps". This means that articles are reviewed in large batches every month or so and articles which do not meet guidelines are deleted from the site. The writer of the article should receive an email alerting the writer of which article(s) was/were removed and why. The reasons given are basic, such as "spam", "not in how-to format", or "legacy rejection".


InfoBarrel deals with quality control in a different way. When a writer first signs up to write on InfoBarrel, the first ten articles written are reviewed by staff before going live on the site. If problems are present within the article, the writer typically has a chance to fix these problems. After the first ten articles, each article goes live on the site after the writer clicks on the "publish" button below the text box when writing the article.

Writer/Staff Interaction


eHow's community liaisons deal with the community sporadically in the forums and often via private messaging within the site. If a writer has a major problem, such as being flagged for plagiarism, the writer often exchanges emails with community liaisons via personal email.


InfoBarrel's staff seems to have a larger presence in the forums and as apart of the site as a whole. InfoBarrel's staff does communicate with writers via personal email if a writer has a question or problem. As InfoBarrel does not, at this time, have a private messaging system set up on the site, personal email is a good option for private interaction with the staff.



eHow's community is large and diverse and often interacts both in the forums and through private messaging on the site. The options for "friends" and "followers" gives the site a social media feel. If discussions become too heated on the eHow site, posts or entire forum threads are deleted.


Infobarrel, while not having as large a community as eHow, also interacts on the forums. InfoBarrel has the options for "friends" and "followers of writers as well. As of this time, no discussion has been deleted from the relatively new InfoBarrel forums.

hich is the better site? The author's hope is that readers will come away with a better understanding of the workings of both sites and figure out which site works for them: eHow, InfoBarrel, or, as often is the case, both.



Jan 27, 2010 7:03pm
Thank you for a very informative (and unbiased) comparison!
Jan 27, 2010 10:04pm
I think infobarrel is better. Good one.
Jan 27, 2010 10:47pm
I am new to infobarrel but have almost a year of experience on eHow. Thanks for the comparison, I think I am going to enjoy what infobarrel has to offer.
Feb 12, 2010 11:07am
Thank you for the honest and unbiased opinion when comparing eHow to Info Barrel.
Jul 10, 2010 9:49am
Besides the fact that their WCP was closed, I do think that, while smart in theory, years later, the ability to only publish "How-to" articles is inherently self-limiting....
Jul 19, 2010 3:14pm
I'll check eHow but I think concentrating on Info Barrel is best.
Jul 21, 2010 5:16pm
Sweet, thank you for the insight. Helps a lot when trying to get started here.
Oct 7, 2010 11:30am
Nice article, ope minded to understand how online article runs both ehow and infobarrel. Thanks very much for sharing.
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