Have you had an article deleted in eHow's infamous "article sweeps"? Has your user experience been less than what you had hoped for it to be? Do you make hundreds of dollars a month, on eHow, and swear by it's website platform so much that you would easily recommend it to your friends repeatedly?
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Whether your experience, with eHow, has been positive or negative, there is no doubt that discussions about many recent occurrences on the eHow platform are sure to elicit significant controversy, as freelance writers from both sides of the aisle converge to 'duke' it out over the vast expanse of internet. While never actually seeing each other, outside of an occasional avatar, they have formed strong opinions about eHow, of course, based on their own personal experiences.
My continual research reveals many things about the eHow platform. One thing is for sure, opinion is seemingly just about as varied as night and day, with even the most long term eHow writers mildly disgruntled by several aspects of their noticeable business practices. For those who have succumbed to the same reports of faulty customer service, mass article deletions, and user glitches, the choice to leave eHow has been easy, although, for others, it has been a clear struggle.
With so much time, and "self" invested, like a failing marriage, it is sometimes difficult for some to just let go.
For those who may be unfamiliar, the eHow website platform is essentially one of the most popular, fore-running, websites that is tailored to addressing the "How-to" needs of thousands of people, daily, across the globe. It is a noticeable pioneer in the ever-expanding realm of article submission, revenue sharing, website platforms. With very passionate freelance writers involved, testimonials scoured over the internet detail a writing platform that can be, quite frankly, very lucrative, to those who have mastered the art of article writing for the internet.
For those who have discovered that delicate intersection between search engine optimization, skillful writing, and keyword research, it is not uncommon for them to make upwards of several $100 dollars a month in passive, residual, income. With the United States' economy the way it currently is, it is easy to see how one could be drawn to such an enticing, and lucrative, website platform.
Unfortunately, something has gone incredibly wrong with the eHow platform, as of late.
To the casual observer it may be difficult to delineate what problems exist, and to what extent they exist. After all, no company is perfect, nor is it expected to be. It is when the resounding sounds of user disgruntlement reach unbearable proportions that one cannot help but take notice. With its very own forum completely saturated with user complaints and palpable frustration, it is absolutely heartbreaking to see even the most long term eHow user seeking refuge in a violent storm unclear of expectations, and nearly inexistent user feedback.
I have never, personally, had an eHow article deleted in eHow's massive, site-wide, article sweeps.
Unfortunately, it is absolutely painful to read reports of freelance writers, just struggle to simply get by, who have had upwards of 20+ of their hard written articles deleted, with very little reason or feedback. Afforded with absolutely no opportunity to correct their writing, prior to deletion, they have watched some of their most prized, and highest earning, eHow articles simply cease to exist. Arguments for both sides have clearly ensued, under the guise of necessary quality control.
There may be something inherently "wrong" with their way of conducting business, from the start, that they could master if they were to only head massive onslaughts of advice, and behave in a manner similar to such platforms of Info Barrel. While I write this article on the Info Barrel website platform, it is clear that I have a mild bias in favor of them, however, many former longterm eHow freelance writing stragglers have found recent refuge at Info Barrel.
Not only is their website governed by incredible customer service, but, Info Barrel is also completely transparent about the Google Adsense revenue share that they give to their faithful writers. In order to avoid massive "article sweeps" years down the road, and subsequently upset even their most loyal contributors, Info Barrel has instituted a policy that requires every writer's first ten articles to be manually approved. Had eHow done this from the beginning, rather then vigorously advertise and uncontrollably expand it's user base beyond what it was clearly able to manage, they wouldn't have to worry about hurting those who have invested their lives, time, and effort, into a deep-rooted loyalty that has clearly gone unacknowledged.
Their behavior is a slap in the face to both long term, and short term, users alike.
Under this massive "veil of secrecy" concerning user expectations, guidelines, and earnings, what has transpired is what I have elaborately deemed a "massive exodus" from the eHow platform, in search of greater potential and recognition. While some may be hesitant to completely remove all their articles from eHow, the relationship is certainly becoming bleak when long term users consistently feel like they are being ignored. With over 150 articles uploaded to eHow, after my fifth email went unanswered, I felt both saddened, and unwilling to entrust my hard, passionate, work, into the hands of a company that would never exchange communication with me on the most fundamental level. Coupled with massive, site-wide, user glitches, I couldn't make sense of how a company became so popular, while becoming simultaneously disattached completely from its users: the very life-blood of it's website and community.
Like many, under such little transparency, I gravitated towards Info Barrel, and fell in love. Not only are my emails answered immediately, but, for once, I can say that I fully understand the expectations and guidelines that they have for their users. It has become a beautiful reciprocal relationship, but, more importantly, it is a precursor for the longterm, sustainable, business model that, I predict, could even surpass the behemoth influence of eHow.
With that said, how has YOUR eHow experience been? Whether positive, or negative, I encourage you to leave a comment immediately following this article! Rather detailed comments on other articles, of mine, only seem to validate the importance of this article, with each one seemingly resonating deep to the core of those who have been hurt, with little to no feedback produced or available.
Even if you just completely ignore my articles, you may want to pay particular attention to the comments, of former eHow freelance writers, HERE:
- Predicting the Demise of the eHow Website Platform
- Have You Moved Your Articles from eHow to InfoBarrel Yet?
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