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How can eHow get away with this?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 9 14

I write mostly for eHow.com, and have been mostly happy with the way I have been earning money there. I have seen an increase in earnings each month that I have been a member, and the increases have been substantial. What more could a person want?

So, in the forums over at eHow, I started reading complaints from fellow eHow members. Many of the complaints were the normal nit-pick type of complaints, but as I read there were some complaints that started to stand out, and made me start wondering whether or not I should just write exclusively for eHow, or if I should start to spread my wings a bit, and write for other sites that offer a way to make some extra money.

The complaints that really rattled me the most, were in regards to the lack of communication, and they were right about that. Article sweeps are a normal occurrence on eHow, but when they do these sweeps, and delete articles for no clear reason, it can be very discouraging. When an article that belongs to you is deleted in the sweeps, they will email you, and tell you that they deleted certain articles, but their explainations can be very vague. If you try and contact eHow regarding the deletion of your article, you are lucky to hear back from them at all.

Then there is the secret algorithm that eHow bases your payment on. Places like Info Barrel make it clear that you make money based on the ads that people click on, eHow pay is based on a secret formula based on page views, people clicking on ads, and whatever other secret stuff they want to throw in. So you can have an article that gets a thousand views, and make nothing, or you can have an article that gets 25 views, and makes five dollars. This can make things very confusing.

Today I found out that eHow members based in the USA may have been losing money for the last few months. I found out that eHow somehow transferred articles from their US members, and put them on their new United Kingdom eHow site. This in itself would probably be alright, but the UK version doesn't have a writers compensation program. So, every time someone clicks on the ads on the UK site, the writers don't get paid, but eHow still does. People all over the site are in an uproar, because earnings have been way down, and this seems to be the one thing that has caused the decrease.

I read an article on Info Barrel by
x3xsolxdierx3x, he said that he had taken down all his eHow articles because of all the trouble the site was having, at first I thought that was a little extreme, but then I sent him a message asking him about his decision, and he told me Info Barrel had many advantages. First he said the communication was way better, he said he would get an answer to questions within 48 hours, this was way better than ehow that never responds to questions. The other thing that made sense was the payment method on Info barrel was clear, no hidden algorithms, this was a big plus too.

I figure that if I can find a place where I can still make decent money, and not have to wonder whether my articles will be there from day to day, then maybe I need to spend more time writing for that place, rather than a place that has a multitude of problems. Info Barrel seems to me, a really good place to write for, so I will write for them more extensively in the future.

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Comments

Jan 13, 2010 12:22am
Travis_Aitch
InfoBarrel seems to be benefiting immensely from eHow's antics...sucks for them! HA! InfoBarrel &gt all
Jan 13, 2010 5:30am
ladybugblue
I have been here since Sept. and glad I made the move. I am slowly moving all my articles here as well as writing others. Not making as much as E-How yet but I am seeing my income double each month so far. I believe in the long run though that people are going to wish they had done this later. InfoBarrel is Awesome! I am very happy here and have peace of mind.
Jan 13, 2010 9:24am
ethelsmith
I recently joined EHow but have not written anything for them. I realised after joining that UK writers do not earn money. Well not yet.
Feb 1, 2010 10:03pm
Allen-Douglas
I have been at ehow for a year. I am not ready to move things over, but I thought I would give this site a legitimate shot.
Feb 11, 2010 6:46am
simpleprocedures1
Very good information on the problems over at eHow, since eHow seems to be having nothing but issues and the only ones making real mooney over there are the executive team at DS.
Feb 14, 2010 11:39pm
mecheshier
Just joined the site. Loved your informative article on eHow...
Feb 25, 2010 3:54pm
jcmayer777
I was an ehow writer for quite a while, too. I'm very happy to be here with Info Barrel. I love this site!!
Feb 28, 2010 6:35pm
freedomw
u're the not the only one that's left ehow. i personally know one person. thank god i just recently signed up for them. secrecy stinks. napalm ehow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 25, 2010 7:29pm
kims3003
I agree with all of this. The concerns you had about EHOW are very valid ones. Yes they pay good but the uncertainty's are far too many. I also did not want to continue to be a part of a business who I feel is going to be faced with a class action lawsuit in just a matter of time. There is some funny business going on with them and I just can't pin point exactly what it is. I feel people who have been unhappy with them for valid reasons and have suffered the loss of articles for no apparent reason or have issues with the pay they received, should stand up to them and more importantly push forward with doing something about it instead of just leaving and allowing them to continue.
Mar 25, 2010 7:29pm
kims3003
I agree with all of this. The concerns you had about EHOW are very valid ones. Yes they pay good but the uncertainty's are far too many. I also did not want to continue to be a part of a business who I feel is going to be faced with a class action lawsuit in just a matter of time. There is some funny business going on with them and I just can't pin point exactly what it is. I feel people who have been unhappy with them for valid reasons and have suffered the loss of articles for no apparent reason or have issues with the pay they received, should stand up to them and more importantly push forward with doing something about it instead of just leaving and allowing them to continue.
Apr 15, 2010 11:47am
ladybella248
I can totally agree with your decision to look outside of ehow to write your articles. I am very satisfied with Infobarrel and have recommended others to give them a try.
Jun 30, 2010 9:01pm
snowfence
I sure miss eHow. It's hard starting over. Infobarrel seems to be a great site, though.
Feb 5, 2011 8:00pm
Lynsuz
Great to see you Mike. Didn't know til now you were at IB. Will read some of your articles. ^^ This one is a good one, tell it like is kind of thing. See ya round. Lyn
Mar 14, 2011 8:53am
Scale-of-1-to-10
That's some dirty business, over at eHow....
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