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Info Barrel versus eHow

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On the surface, both the Info Barrel and eHow article submission, revenue sharing, website platforms are very similar in nature. With a struggling economy clearly experienced by many American citizens, it is easy to see how the freelance writer compensation attributes of both website platforms can be particularly appealing, especially to those who earn a passive income by working from home, or to those who have been laid off all together. Such website platforms have provided new opportunity amongst a growing sea of scams and ripoff artists.

Both website platforms have realized tremendous success as an ever-expanding internet user base is continually looking for new, and innovative, ways to make money. The truth is, however, that both their business plans are very simple and fundamental in nature, and they both fully exploit man's most primal urges for information expansion. By enticing people to simply provide quality, hand-written, content, both the eHow and Info Barrel website platform have realized a self-sustaining model that provides continual monetary incentives and reciprocates.

This occurrence is absolutely essential if any company is to maintain their own long term financial viability.

The most logical sequence of questioning now, however, is with regards to which website platform is actually the 'best' to write for. For the freelance writer, it is easy to search out, and gravitate towards, the one article submission, revenue sharing, website platform that produces the most individual revenue for the least amount of work. In an era where time is essentially money, hand-crafting articles really takes work, and a passionate drive is certainly needed in order to sustain one's ability to continually produce quality articles day in and day out.

This is a feet many have mastered to the tune of several hundred dollars, extra, a month, in purely passive residual income. What could be better than having the hard work you put in now pay monthly dividends consistently with each new month?

Strictly speaking, the eHow website platform is at the pinnacle of the article submission, revenue sharing, ladder. With very little competition that remotely even approaches their daily traffic, page views, and entire article library statistics, they have clearly cornered a market that is continually longing for new and intriguing ways to earn an honest passive residual income online. While some have accomplished this feet, as of recently, even the most long term members of the eHow website platform have begun to have second thoughts, in an industry flooded by many innovative entrepreneurs who are willing to do just about anything to dethrone the leader.

For companies like Info Barrel, relinquishing even greater revenue share is one way to gain appeal amongst writers who are continually looking for ways to make more and more money. This is precisely what they have done, and the world cannot help but watch as they have realized some of the fastest growth imaginable.

In a world where eHow user complaints and palpable disgruntlement have infested both their own website forum, as well as, all of the major search engines, eHow does have inherent elements of its website that must be changed or, unfortunately, it will face certain extinction in the eyes of long term members who are consistently made to feel as if they are not being listened to. After five of my emails went completely unanswered by eHow, I truly felt that, as a freelance writer, both my time and energy were best invested elsewhere. With outstanding customer service, following suit with hundreds of disgruntled former-eHow writers was an easy decision, especially under constant threat of loosing all, or some, of my 150+ quality written articles.

In one day, I joined this "mass exodus" by removing these articles entirely from eHow to Info Barrel.

With more specificity, one can see a clear difference between both website platforms in relation to their own transparency concerning the most fundamental, and enticing, elements of their respective websites: Writer's compensation (ie. Monetary Earnings):

According to eHow's FAQ:

"Q. What is my payment based on?

A. You get paid per article. Your article's earning potential can be based on a combination of several elements, including the amount of times it's been viewed and its category. The more useful your articles are to the reader, the more money you could make. Check out our tips and guidelines, like adding photos, and eHow's most-requested topics page for How To ideas."

Compare this FAQ to Info Barrel's clear and decisive sharing of 75%-90% of all their Google Adsense revenue. On top of that, any member of Info Barrel will earn 2% of the earnings of any members that they refer. With eHow's inability, or unwillingness, to even delineate a percentage of revenue that they are sharing with users, I have difficulty investing my own personal time and effort contributing to a website platform that fails miserably in the area of transparency time, and time, again. Freelance writers expect more, and they demand more, and, unfortunately, outside of an occasional advocate, their voices are going largely unheard.

Operating under a veil of secrecy in some of the most critical areas, eHow's unwillingness to simply listen to it's users is resulting in a massive tide of disgruntlement that reaches far beyond the confines of my own articles. In fact, as evidenced by comments written in many of my own similar articles, even the most passionate, long term, eHow users are growing restless. With hundreds of articles now contributed to eHow, they have found themselves at a cross-roads of uncertainty, under the guise of unclear user expectations, guidelines, and increasing user dissatisfaction.

They can't just be expected to stay, unless something gives, or someone listens to them.

For a freelance writer who is willing to invest monumental amounts of their own time and energy into providing quality content, this is the very least that they should do. Unfortunately, the eHow website platform, and company, has seemingly succumbed to the thralls of big business: where they guage their own success based off of the sheer number of contributors, rather than recognizing the valid complaints and disgruntlement of a few.

With that said, how has your eHow experience been? Whether positive, or negative, it would be an honor to have you share your experience with myself, and the world, in my comments section below this article! 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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Oct 19, 2009 6:45am
It's true that the income is good at E-How but when you can't publish for three days, what good is it? The bugs in the system are strange. They are always there and it's one issue after another. Good article and good comparison!
Oct 19, 2009 6:51am
The fundamental idea behind eHow is great, but, quite honestly, there are 'lesser-known' players in the game that simply "do it better"....
Oct 19, 2009 6:57am
...plus, their inability, and unwillingness, to respond to users, makes them incapable of taking an constructive criticism, or improve any aspect of their website, at all....

1) Their article submission guidelines should be re-written.
2) Like Info Barrel, they MUST employ a required mandatory article review, prior to letting users have free reign with their account (Info Barrel requires 10 articles to be manually reviewed)...
3) There earnings structure is not transparent at all, like Info Barrel.
4) Customer service is absolutely horrible. I regularly email/Facebook IM the head guys here (Ryan and Kevin)....they always respond within 24 hours....
5) I couldn't even publish an article on eHow without being subjected to massive site-wide glitches. It was very painful to say the least. They have advertised and promoted their website to no end, yet, they have neglected the very users that provide content to their website.
6) Their website has grown (membership) beyond their own ability to manage it. This is evidenced by massive "article" sweeps. Quality of content is NOT controlled, and they are making ALOT of users very angry.

Stay tuned for another article! lol....

(In the meantime, Info Barrel is growing at insane rates...gobbling up all the disgruntled eHow users and stragglers......)
Oct 19, 2009 7:04am
oh, yeah.....I know I come off a bit "angry" sometimes....lol....the truth is, I haven't fallen victim to things there because I immediately removed all 150+ of my articles when I started getting that nauseous feeling deep down in my gut....

....I am more concerned, and heartbroken, when I hear the stories of long term eHow users who have been brutally mistreated and neglected.....

....eHow has gone about it all wrong. At this rate, their business is NOT sustainable, especially under the veil of secrecy that many are becoming aware of....transparency is completely lacking, and writers need to know that there are other, viable, options out there...
Oct 19, 2009 9:19am
Funny I do not believe that you are the only one that comes off as a bit angry at ehow. Nice article, well said.
Oct 19, 2009 12:02pm
So true! I am hoping IB will be as lucrative.
Oct 19, 2009 12:05pm

It is in EVERYONE's best interest to contribute, and continue to grow, Info Barrel.........More quality content=greater favor gained to ALL our articles in Google/Yahoo/etc=Greater revenue potential!.....

eHow is NOT doing things right. Info Barrel is. Info Barrel is an emerging force to reckon with.....just watch ;) :)
Oct 20, 2009 4:56pm
I have stopped writing for ehow for the moment due to having articles removed without any notice or explaination. The explainations I have received so far are vague like "other" Most of the removed articles are going up here after I look through them to see if I can figure out why they were removed. Given the current state of unrest there, I may do as you have, but for me the jury is still out as I do receive some income from those articles and have not received much here to date...
Oct 20, 2009 4:59pm
That's fine and completely understandable, mommyhen42....

Ryan and Kevin have BIG things in store for Info Barrel, and, with time, and quality article submission inventory increasing, their favor in Google will parallel that of eHow...

If eHow doesn't change things ASAP....many writers will be leaving...

P.S. Make sure....definitely make sure that you have backups of all your articles, if you do keep them all up there....I keep a folder, on my desktop, with all my Info Barrel articles...
Oct 26, 2009 6:27pm
Great article! I belong to ehow. That was my first writing site i ever wrote on. I thought it was so neat. Then I met triond, helium, Associated content. Recently I joined xomba. Now Infobarrel. I even write for bukisa which does not pay well at all. I just started here and I sounds like a place that one can make a better income. I guess the proof will be in the pudding so to speak. I added you as a friend. Thanks for asking.
Nov 3, 2009 5:37pm
I definitely agree with the issues of Ehow. I did not even gain the opportunity to really give the place a chance due to how it has consistenly disallowed me to post there.

This isn't due to inappropriate or poor content. I simply could not post anything due to the bugs. Worse, yet, they tell me all the normal speal about deleting cookies and clearing my cache.

I understand many do not consider doing that, but I do that kind of stuff before I ever bother to contact customer service at any site.

Long live infobarrel!
Nov 8, 2009 11:39pm
Bugs...Glitches for Days or WEEKS...Publishing Issues...Unhappy Authors...Lack of Customer Service. Yeah, as many could guess, I'm talking about eHow.

Glitches fixed quickly, and mentioned in the blog...email questions answered within about 24 hours...Increbible growth...Authors making more money every single day. You guessed it, I'm talking about Info Barrel.

There is no comparison. Info Barrel wins by brutal knock out.
Nov 13, 2009 5:21pm
Yeah, I think I am through with eHow as well.
Dec 9, 2009 6:47pm
I totally understand why this article was written. I believe ehow is still a good platform as well if you like the how to style but compared to here I see where this site could be liked more. I am sure ehow will still stay but somethings need to be changed to allow better writers and writers whom were there from the begining before a bunch of spammers took over. Still love ehow just waiting for the drama to end.
Dec 26, 2009 7:00pm
One thing I like the best about IB over eHow is their article layout. I don't know how well it performs based on earnings, but I like that as a reader I can get the information I want without all of the spammy looking things everywhere. IB doesn't have a dozen distractions trying to take me out. I wrote an eHow review and wanted to seem fair, but the more I wrote the more I realized money and page rank is what they have going for them.
Dec 26, 2009 7:07pm
I guess that's a benefit of being one of the first out of the gate in this market, jpwriter.....eHow has had quite some time to solidify itself, and its page rank...

Unfortunately, I'm not sure if you follow their forums at all, but they are doing ALOT of things to upset writers that have been very loyal to them. They have begun to add clickable banners, at the tail end of each article, that directly links to all articles of "Contributing Writers", which serves as a continual distractor....it also, I'm sure has taken away from earnings (because it pulls people away from their articles, and decreases their own earnings potential...

that's NOT the way to treat writers....sigh
Dec 29, 2009 11:38pm
Yeah, I follow the forums. I have some huge banners (for cars) on top of some of my articles and then the big ugly on the bottom. I think eHow is starting to look like a big ad. It's disturbing. But, this latest UK debacle might be the final straw for me.

Jan 8, 2010 3:53pm
I write for eHow, and have been doing well, but my one question to this author, was it worth it to take all your articles off eHow and put them on Info Barrel? Did you start making as much money on your Adsense account, that you were making with eHow?
I know with adsense, you have to make a $100 to cash out, do you make this or more monthly? I am asking because I really want to write for Info Barrel more, but I don't want to put time and effort into something that won't payout. Let me know your thoughts.
Jan 8, 2010 4:33pm

I did EVERYTHING I possibly could to minimize my own risk when I finally decided enough was enough with eHow. It's a BIG move, especially when some people have hundreds of articles up on eHow. They may not be in the financial position to do so, which is completely understandable, especially when they have a generally relying income with eHow.

Yes, writing for Info Barrel has been very lucrative. There are so many factors involved, though, that go beyond just a simply comment. (that's why I decided to write an Info Barrel eBook course about it)

I didn't feel I could write anymore for quite a few reason. Ultimately, I didn't feel comfortable, at all, with contributing to a platform that:

1) Is extremely shady in its dealings (everything from their revenue share distribution percentage is hidden from writers, to the UK site conundrum)
2) Over the course of weeks, I sent them 5 emails with genuine questions and concerns. ALL went unanswered. Info Barrel responds consistently with 1-2 days.

....errr....I could go on and on...

The truth is, mikes, even if you don't venture completely over here now, Info Barrel WILL be a leading website. (I'll put money on this....just check their rankings on Quantcast, Alexa and/or Compete.com)....they are growing BIG time.....they already see over 400,000 Unique visitors a month (according to Google AdPlanner)....I've been watching their growth since last August....and, these guys have a game plan to take this all the way to the top...

Let me know if you have any more questions, mikes....or if you want me to provide more "specifics" on anything....

I recommend checking out some of "Jcmayer777"'s writing. He has some very good insights, and, I really believe he'll be close (if not there) to earning over $1,000+ month come March or April this year.
Feb 6, 2010 2:17pm
When someone has a 'secret' pay scale it allows them to do literally anything they want. So, why not if you can get away with it. I have been writing for over a year on eHow and now have close to 400 articles. A lot of time and work invested, so I stay. However, I do not write as much as I used to and write for Info and Xomba as well.

I like Info better since they treat writers with respect like we are real people, which is much different than eHow, who in their own way says take what we dish out or leave. The issue is money, since I don't have a job right now. It's easier to move content if you have another source of income. If you don't it's more difficult.
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