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Have You Moved Your Articles from eHow to InfoBarrel Yet?

By Edited Apr 24, 2015 3 14

It is not in my nature to write articles that demean other people, or companies. This trait is simply not reflective of the character that I would like to convey, whether in 'real life' or while establishing an online, respectable and trustworthy, persona on online article submission/ revenue sharing website communities like InfoBarrel. Unfortunately, my recent experience with the eHow platform has spurred my recent writing of a series of articles that, I hope, will serve more so as a warning sign to their founders/creators, rather than tear their company and business apart in a completely heartless manner.

The truth is that the fundamental nature of their business is great.

In fact, not everyone can be fortunate enough to stumble on an idea that essentially feeds and nourishes itself off of the very contributions of its users. The eHow platform is self-sustaining to that end: as long as passionate users are ready and willing to dedicate long hours towards writing, and uploading content, rather than produce the content themselves, these companies can display Google Adsense advertisements in order to monetize (make money off of) their own traffic. As has become fundamental to this business model, this revenue is then typically shared, based on a divided percentage, with their users/ content providers. Regardless of how traffic finds a particular article, whether through internal eHow searches or organic Google searches, the goals are essentially three-fold:

1) To increase the website's brand, and practicality, through the utilization, and provision, of shared knowledge.
2) To make money for the dedicated writer/content provider, that is based on "click-throughs" of their own articles' Google Adsense advertisements. (Monetization can occur in many ways, however, Google Adsense has proven to be the most reliable, at least for this industry)
3) To produce a self-sustaining, revenue producing, machine of a company that continually evolves to meet the needs of its users.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the eHow platform has gone wrong.

While my own negative eHow experience could provide ample material to write a plethora of well-crafted articles, in this article I am more so interested in delineating, and defining, a massive trend that has begun to take hold. With eHow's very own forum absolutely inundated with disgruntled members, it is difficult not to immediately be subjected to thread after thread of user complaints or reports of eHow website platform glitches. In fact, I challenge anyone who reads this article to go to the eHow forum, type in the keyword search query "Info Barrel", or "deleted article", and report back as to what you discover. (You are more than welcome to post your own eHow experiences, whether positive or negative, in my below provided comment section, immediately following this InfoBarrel article!)

The negativity is deafening.

Regardless of the industry they cater to, no company, contrary to what some may believe, is perfect. No matter what eHow does, or any other revenue sharing/article submission platform website or company do for that matter, they will never truly make every user happy. This occurrence is expected, especially in an industry that is swamped with many ferocious competitors. Unfortunately, the escalating trend of user disgruntlement, and dissatisfaction, has warranted the need for this series of Info Barrel articles. At the cross-roads should be a delicate intersection of quality articles, as well as satisfied users.

A compromise, or trade-off, needs to be made somewhere.

The resulting has been what I would like to define as a 'mass exodus' from the eHow platform, to such website platforms as Info Barrel and Instructables, for a variety of reasons. Under the heightened pressure of unclear user expectations, and nearly inexistent feedback, the eHow platform has done many things wrong. While they have, in fact, done many things right in the execution of their business plan, it is the things they do wrong that serve to tarnish the spirit, and loyalty, of their dedicated, and passionate writers/content providers.

While many eHow freelance writers have had absolutely awesome experiences with the eHow website platform, the consistent user disgruntlement isn't so much founded in individual user dissatisfaction with earnings, as much as it is about unclear expectations, and faulty company feedback and expectations. Very seldom have I heard negative testimonials regarding what eHow users earn from the revenue sharing aspect of their individual article's monetization. Many are fortunate to almost immediately have their articles indexed in Google's search engine for some great keywords, which makes eHow immediately appealing.

Unfortunately, however, this continual trend of user dissatisfaction is founded in what appears to be sheer and utter neglect of its very users, by the eHow staff and company. Not only has waiting days on end for an email response occurred to me, but, I am sad to say that I haven't experienced the worst of what eHow has done to its very own loyal, passionate, and long term users. With periodic mass article deletions occurring, there are many longterm eHow users that have had articles completely wiped/deleted from the eHow system with very little feedback, if any.

My heart can't help but drop when I read forum posts about how otherwise longterm eHow users are now looking for a new home for their articles because of the sheer user mistreatment and neglect that they have had to endure. As a dedicated freelance writer myself, I do understand the hard work and passion required to skillfully craft an article.

Unfortunately, it is my firm opinion that the eHow platform has grown beyond its own ability to effectively manage its users.

What has now resulted, in the eHow website platform, is a seemingly mysterious force that all users are subjected to periodically in their massive, site-wide, article sweeps. In order to safeguard and ensure quality content, this occurrence is completely understandable; however eHow could learn a thing or two from such platforms as Info Barrel. Info Barrel has not grown beyond its means because, from the very beginning of their website endeavors, they applied a 10 article manual submission review requirement for each new user that joined their website.

Had eHow done this years ago, they would not be constantly struggling to get a hold of managing their very own users. The differences in business plan execution are phenomenal, and while a plethora of articles could be written, I do encourage you to explore beyond the confines of eHow.

Whether your experiences have been positive, or negative, I encourage you to share your experiences, with eHow, at the tail end/comments' section of this Info Barrel article or, of course, one of my many other similar articles. If you are not currently a member of Info Barrel, you can join here, or it would be an absolute honor to have you join under my referral link here.

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Comments

Oct 9, 2009 9:11am
sneptech
Great article! My hope is that Info Barrel keeps growing. eHow was not responsive and full of bugs.
Oct 9, 2009 1:02pm
Anamika
I do not write on ehow. Majority of my writing is on HubPages and i do not see any reason for moving them anywhere as they are my major earners. As far as InfoBarrel is concerned I started only on September 1, 2009 and have not seen results as expected so far. I Hope to see better results soon.
Oct 9, 2009 7:25pm
retireyoung
It seems like more people are moving here from eHow.

I really haven't heard anyone complain about Infobarrel.
Nov 30, 2009 11:20am
mswengel
I've not had any huge issues with InfoBarrel. When I first started out, I had a few technical errors, but Ryan was very understanding and helped me personally. That impressed me above everything else.
Oct 9, 2009 9:20pm
capecreator
I am writing at eHow and just had 2 articles wiped out-never heard why from anyone-just beginning to try some other sites-thank you for a very insightful article!
Oct 10, 2009 9:08pm
ladybugblue
I am an unhappy e-how contributor. I have nearly 200 articles there, but it never reaches that for very long. The funny thing is that their reasons for deletions are so bogus. They will state it is common sense and then take the same exact title and rewrite it. My plan is to build here, they seem honest and it seems much safer here. I am writing much more here than for e-how. I lost 18 articles last month! I appreciate your article, people should know the truth about e-how.
Oct 11, 2009 5:41pm
Sonni57
I have almost 350 articles on eHow and would have over 400 if not for mass deletion of articles that I believe they make money off of otherwise why couldn't we rewrite it as on any other article directory.

Many writers suspect unethical practices on eHow since they have lost so much money from the deletion of articles. Therefore, they are writing elsewhere they do not trust eHow and put nothing past them at this point.
Oct 14, 2009 3:24am
lynn9490
I was writing for ehow but it didn't take long for me to be upset, I would put alot of time and hard work into my articles and one of every 3 would not be published because they said it was already on the web, I knew it wasn't I had spent long hours writing this stuff myself it was my work and no one else,It was hard in doing recipes because I guess maybe every kind is out there on the web somewhere. I had just started to get my money building up good and had just received an email my article that was submitted was published when I clicked to view it my account wouldn't log in I sent them a email and they replied saying my account was closed because of articles that was already on the web.All of my work in submitting those articles and I had no pay.I help my mom who has lung cancer so I write my articles then I have them prepared to type so I'm not sure if it was because I was submitting several at a fast pace or what but They wiped it all off,that was very hard for me to accept knowing how hard I had worked.I would not recommend them to anyone.Their business will fail because you don't do people that way and get by with it.
Oct 19, 2009 2:04pm
edieness
eHow is on the ugly list in my book. I still have articles over there, I am still making money - but I assume that as soon as ehow needs the link or SEO words they will sweep mine words away like leaves in the fall.

Currently deleted articles are magically coming back for some users.

The site is full of gliches. It is hard for me not to sound so negative when speaking of eHow.

Infobarrel has never given my any type of issue.

Currently I am trying to figure out which articles I want to move from eHow to infobarrel.


This is a thumbs up and a good write.
Oct 19, 2009 7:27pm
x3xsolxdierx3x
eHow's actions have really inspired me to write all these articles....I'm really not angry or bitter for my own sake, but, it really is truly unfortunate that thousands of innocent freelance writers are being pulled into it....

I truly don't believe eHow has a sustainable model, simply because of a variety of factors. People will make short term revenue, but if eHow doesn't start listening to it's members, it won't be around for very much longer.........in fact, many longterm eHow users are gravitating to sites that give better customer service and transparency.....

I really feel sick to my stomach....because it is comparable to a straight up scam.........people work very hard, and just to remove/delete people's highest ranking articles, for no reason, causes me great concern....especially when they don't allow any opportunity for them to fix those articles, and immediately redirect them to their major contributor's articles....

sad.
Nov 4, 2009 10:43am
dmacman7
i see where you say you moved articles to infrobarrel from e-how, I was under the impression you could not use articles written or published elsewhere, am i wrong?

i have written many artivcles but I have yet to make any money from there being posted. I must not be doing it right.
Nov 11, 2009 9:56am
ljbinkop
The more articles I read on this subject the better I feel about trying this site out, but leaving my active eHow articles (for now), active mainly because I havn't figured out how to earn money on this site yet. I just signed up for a Chitka ID, so maybe that will help. My articles have been not only randomly deleted at eHow, but I have been OUTRIGHTLY plaguerized twice by eHow's editors. I'm now so annoyed that I didn't do anything about it! I wrote two How To's in one week, and oddly enough, my article ideas and virtually my title appeared on the Home page there, but it was written by two different eHow Editors! Unreal.
Nov 26, 2009 7:16am
Ernie
I have experienced so many bugs at EHOW. How can you put up new content when their dang system is broken
Nov 30, 2009 11:16am
mswengel
So true!
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