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My Ehow Experience

By Edited May 1, 2016 11 25

Of all work from home opportunities, I chose to put my eggs in the ehow basket. I wanted a work from home job that would let me make money online. I first heard of ehow on a news segment for work at home Moms. I did a lot of research, googled for ehow reviews and visited the ehow forums for information. It seemed like a great opportunity to make money writing. All I had to do was write step by step instructions on how to do something. It didn't seem like it would be hard work, it wasn't like thesis writing or anything that difficult. Being that I am never short of ideas, I decided this would be my own work at home business.

When I started at ehow, I set a goal of two articles a day no matter what and I stuck to my plan. Every day I saw a little more money for my efforts. Even though it was only pennies a day in the beginning, it soon increased to dollars a day. I really felt this was going to work out. I knew that it wasn't going to be a make money fast and easy site. I knew that ehow is based on the promise of residual income. Many who frequented the forums spoke of the $500 per month club. They said it would take time and patience to get there, but definitely do-able. Many of those writers had 200 to 300 articles and really weren't focused on writing much more. I was excited!

By September of 2009 I had over 300 articles and I was making between $6 to $8 per day. I was thrilled! I was making money from home! Many of my articles were still new and hadn't had time to mature, so the possibility of generating even more income was definitely there.

In October of 2009 I had close to 400 articles and I was making an average of $11 per day. Ok, now I was really determined to build a large library. I felt this had to be one of the best work at home sites ever.

November of 2009 started out unbelievably well. From November 1 to November 12, the least I made was $15 in one day and the most I made was $28 in one day.

Those were the last of my good ehow days. From November 13 on, my earnings began to slowly slide. The people in the forums said it was typical of the holiday season. I believed them. My earnings in December dropped to between $5 and $8 per day. I slowed down on my writing and started some heavy duty promotion on Xomba and Shetoldme. I made sure to write my own summaries rather than copy and paste my intros because I heard google didn't like duplicate content. All of the promoting didn't help. I tweaked some of my no longer earning articles. It didn't help. In the back of my mind I knew something was wrong because my views were sky rocketing to triple and quadruple what they were in October.

Then all hell broke loose in the ehow forums. Some had figured out why the earnings were down sharply. The earnings fell off of a cliff because ehow cloned their own site, called it ehow UK, redirected articles to the new site and didn't compensate their writers. After much yelling and screaming in the forums, ehow stated they would remove the articles from the cloned site and all would be well. They also promised to generously compensate the writers for the UK.

Here it is February 2010. On 538 articles I am averaging $4 per day and dropping steadily. Ehow articles are still on the cloned UK site and there has been no communication regarding compensation.

The bottom line: steer clear of ehow. Of all writing sites that offer work from home opportunities, ehow has to be the most unethical. They do not communicate, side step questions or don't answer at all. Ehow deletes posters in the forums who demand answers or ask the tough questions. Put your time and effort into a site that appreciates their writers and treats them with the respect they deserve.



Feb 6, 2010 4:40pm
I, too, was an eHow writer (I have decided not to pull my articles but have not written any in a while). Welcome to Infobarrel--I hope you do very well here, and I am sorry that you, like so many of us, had to suffer through the lies and abuse, including the abuse from other eHow members who steadfastly believe that eHow can do no wrong, and that writers who question what is going on are somehow "disloyal." I know eHow pays the bills for many people, but other sites can, too. Infobarrel is just one of those sites (but with one of the best revenue-sharing policies I have seen).
Feb 6, 2010 6:28pm
This is heart wrenching, Kristara.... :(
Feb 6, 2010 6:29pm
...just "DUGG" this article, Kristara....I think more people need to read stories like this... :(
Feb 6, 2010 7:55pm
Thanks for putting this article out there. Glad to have you here on Infobarrel!
Feb 6, 2010 8:18pm
I was making more money with eHow (naturally) than here on InfoBarrel but I couldn't bring myself to keep writing for such an unethical site. Luckily I happened to find this place the same day I decided to quit eHow. Got to bring my articles over here and even change a lot of them to non-how-to format.
Feb 6, 2010 10:05pm
I still have this Gut feeling Info Barrel will become pretty big...

Feb 6, 2010 10:59pm
Thank you for sharing your story. It is amazing the drops that many have been seeing over on Ehow. I too am leaving up my articles there for the time being and building other residual income streams.
Feb 7, 2010 7:35am
Thanks for all of your support! I am also leaving my articles at ehow for the time being, but definitely concentrating my energies on Inforbarrel.
Feb 7, 2010 1:58pm
My story is much like Kristara, eHow doesn't see us as people but as pawns. Whoever it is that owns eHow makes millions or maybe billions with their secret pay scale as we make pennies.

I have almost 400 articles, but don't write as much on eHow as I used to. They have a take what we dish out or leave attitude.
Feb 7, 2010 2:51pm
Well said! This month I'm writing more for info, than ehow. If you can go one day with just one problem on ehow, that is considered a good day on that site.

It's always something with ehow. There is no way Kristara's pay should decline! She writes actively and has well researched articles. Ehow steals from you. I can't believe I invested so much time with them. With over 400 articles written for ehow, being a member for nearly a year. That site creates more headaches and effort than its really worth.
Feb 8, 2010 5:29am
After I moved from eHow I was glad to see a lot of the friends that I had on that site moving to Infobarrel. I just finally got fed up with the technicall issues and lack of response from them. Great article letting people know what's going on over there.
Feb 13, 2010 8:53am
Thank you for sharing your interesting story, Kristara! I certainly remember you as one of my good friends from eHow, and I see a lot of us here now and I hope to see more of eHow's better writers here ow that the word is getting out.

I have a funny addition to this story. My 100 articles earn me about $15 a month on a regular basis at eHow, and since that amount did not really go down during the UK debacle, I did not even know about it until I started writing here and then I found out what was happening. I stopped writing there a while ago, actually because of some of eHow's other shady practices, like for example how their "editors" steal article ideas from us hard-working writers and put them on the home page for their own gain! Yeah, that happened to me twice and that was it for me there!

As far as compensation goes from the UK site, eHow said that they would compensate us in our payment this month. I earned my usual $12.00, and they takcked on about $1 more for my compensation. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

They are a bunch of crooks, but since I don't feel like removing all of my hard work there, I'll just leave it and collect my little bit each month. I just re-write an article from there (my own, of course!) if I can't think of a new idea some days.

Good luck here and keep on writing!
Feb 20, 2010 11:57pm
Thanks for writing out your eHow experience. I think it's good to hear from a lot of people. I didn't know you had this experience until reading. So many folks have silently sat with the eHow stuff that it's hard to tell which way the scale weighs sometimes. I'm no longer writing there though I have left up my articles.
Feb 24, 2010 1:15am
wow, what a story - that's rough that all of your hard work turned out like that. I've been trying several sites like earnwrite, bukisa and others to get the feel for this. I hope your doing better here!
Feb 24, 2010 5:05am
I signed up for eHow about 3 weeks ago and after reading all that has been going on in the forums, I have yet to write anything for them! I know a few new eHow users that have not heard of this and when I tell them about it, they totally ignore me. But they will soon find out. Great article!!! Two thumbs up!!
Feb 24, 2010 7:09am
My advice would be to take the slower, sure road and continue with InfoBarrel. It is easy to become discouraged because you don't see the rewards right away, but after a few months and lots of backlinking, I am starting to see the benefits.
Feb 24, 2010 7:21am
Yup that is my plan. I know months of work will definitely benefit me...I cant wait until I am pre-approved so I can post automatically lol
Feb 24, 2010 7:27am
I can say it will become worth it and am not usually a big cheerleader for any site. What helped me a lot was backlinking on stumble, xomba, shetoldme, digg etc, but make sure you write your own summary rather than a copy and paste of the intro to avoid duplicate content.
Feb 27, 2010 10:28am
So many have stories just like this one.

I hope you do well with Info Barrel. Just remember that like eHow, it takes a while to start making the good money. I'm doing really well here, and I'm sure you will to with time.

Best of luck with your online writing!
Feb 28, 2010 7:54am
Thanks for the support JC!
Mar 31, 2010 11:17pm
I understand your issue completely Kristara, as I have only been with eHow for 3 months now, and the first month was not so bad in terms of publishing, but the last 2 months are just ridiculous. I am just curious who they have there working in their IT department, because at any other company they would have been fired by now. I am assuming that they are focusing less on the eHow members, and focusing more on the eHow Contributing Writer's instead for some reason. I am starting to write more for HubPages, Xomba and Info Barrel due to all of the glitches that eHow seems to always have. I believe, from what others have said, that I will be much happier in the long run.
Jul 21, 2010 3:34pm
I currently have 634 articles and averaging around $9 per day, very disappointing....still. Did your earnings tumble too?
Jul 21, 2010 5:27pm
I am frustrated, but I am happy I found Info Barrel because before long with less articles I will be making more than ehow.
Aug 6, 2010 2:02pm
eHow hasn't gotten any better since they did away with their writers' compensation program. Now it pays upfront for approved content on topics of their choosing, which would be just great except, first, you can't narrow your search for topics because all you get is a random assortment of unrelated junk and second, their editors are so doggone picky that by the time you satisfy them, you've spent too much time for your $15. I'm now inclined to stick with places that share AdSense revenue and backlink like crazy.
Jul 27, 2011 9:07am
I stumbled upon IB after hearing an independent review of it and hearing how eHow was NOT the way to go. It would serve that company right if people slowly pulled their written material off of it and migrated it to other ethical websites that do reward people as they say they do (the way I feel IB does).
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