Since removing nearly 150+ of my skillfully crafted articles, one-by-one, from the eHow article submission, revenue sharing, website platform, I have dedicated myself to writing many articles detailing my experience with eHow. While my initial articles were written primary about my own negative personal experience, over the course of roughly 2 months, they have seemingly grown to encompass the sentiments of many emerging disgruntled eHow users. Near the end of this article, I have included a list of the articles I have written for the intellectual consumption of anyone who so chooses to read them, and embrace the near heart wrenching reality they convey.
Whether you read my articles or not, I only ask that you read the multitude of Info Barrel user comments that have been posted at the tail end of these articles.
Most may have become accustomed to reading my, oftentimes rehashed, articles written about how the eHow website platform has seemingly succumbed to shady business practices that, in my honest and humble opinion, stem from the highest echelons of eHow management. While I admit that 'no company is perfect', and that I have not 'spent a day walking in their shoes', it is the clear and utter disregard for their very own users that destine eHow for some rather uncertain times, as it struggles to maintain its stranglehold on a booming industry that simply has more to offer in so many ways.
Don't just take my word for it.
Rather than bash eHow with baseless comments, that can be easily construed as being voiced by yet "another disgruntled user", I have chosen to let the comments of the most elite, and influential, eHow members speak for me in order to fully substantiate the warning signs that I truly hope many online writers will pay attention to. Initially, I had hoped that my series of articles would serve as a vocal demonstration of general user concern that could be embraced by eHow, the company, and simply changed with little harm or foul. To eHow, even a casual Google search is sure to turn up blog post, after blog post, that fully embodies this collective disgruntlement of users who feel as if they have been subjected to the widest gauntlet of human mistreatment and neglect.
It is for the work at home moms, and struggling college students, that I have been writing these posts.
With nearly 300,000+ articles currently uploaded to eHow, along with a user base of several thousand people worldwide, clearly eHow has done something right. They have obtained 'the' highest ranking for a "How-to" website platform, in an industry that is booming with some of the most innovative and powerful entrepreneurs who are constantly seeking to dethrone the leading competitor in their chosen industry. This inherent competition is cyclical, and healthy, as it is the hope of many that this very competition will cause a company to constantly evolve to better meet the needs of users.
Unfortunately, either eHow truly doesn't care what its very users think, it is run by very poor management, or it has completely disregarded the needs of the 'few' for the revenue making potential of a website that has clearly grown beyond its own ability to maintain it.
User glitch after painful user glitch, as documented in some of the most prominent blogs on cyberspace, only serve to validate that eHow doesn't appear to have a very tight reign on its ship whatsoever. For a freelance writer, who dedicates hours upon hours towards refining my craft, I have quite a bit of difficulty now entrusting any of my precious hard work, and time, into producing extremely high quality content to eHow.
If eHow has taught me one thing, however, it is to continually ensure that backups of my articles are saved to an external Microsoft Word document, prior to submission.
Where disgruntlement and uncertainty abound, many eHow writers have reached the cross roads of a painfully brutal reality. Do they leave their articles posted to eHow, with hopes that they will not fall prey to yet another round of vague feedback, and disenfranchisement, produced by their occasional massive and infamous, site-wide "article sweeps"? or do these very users sever their ties with eHow altogether?
Sadly, this dilemma reaches much deeper to the core of each individual, and portrays a picture similar to that of an abusive relationship. Unfortunately, eHow users have simply come to accept the many flaws and glitches of this platform, as their very skillfully crafted articles teeter on the balance between high earning's potential, and inexistence (with little, to no, feedback, on how they can change, improve, and make their articles better). In the last few weeks, it has not been so uncommon as to hear users constantly detail how their "top-earning" articles have been removed from the eHow platform.
Now, to revisit the plight of the work at home mother, or the struggling college student, this dilemma reaches deep down to their very livelihood. As many have invested themselves fully into eHow, do they now take a leap of faith by removing their articles from eHow, and placing them on another similar website, with hopes that they will earn, or, do they leave their articles posted to eHow, in hopes that they won't succumb to the same fate that many other user's articles have succumbed to with each 'article sweep'?
This choice is difficult, however, it is one that many people must be made aware of. For eHow, they can either listen to the voices of their users, adapt, and move forward, or they can continue on the road that they have been: one filled with unclear user guidelines, little to no transparency regarding earning's allocation, and nearly inexistent customer service. Unfortunately, with article after article written, there is no indication that they will ever change. As new, and innovative website platforms emerge, such as Info Barrel, even the most devout of long term eHow users have found refuge beyond the confines of eHow.
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