I recently have gotten into eHow. For those that don’t know, eHow is a site in which you write up an article about how to do something, and post it. But it doesn’t end there, you get a cut of all the advertising that eHow gets from your article so it becomes a potential money maker. Though this wasn’t what got me really, I mean I do want money and right now I am struggling financially, but ultimately, I am a writer and the format they have created somehow makes it akin to an internet magazine.
So I have begun writing. I figure that at the very least I will get myself better in the habit of writing so that I can just do it easier when I get to a point in eHow where I can let it go. Right now I’ve been striving for 1 new article a day, with 2-3 new articles on weekend days. This gets me to about 10 new articles a week. At just 9 days on the site, I have 13 articles already written and published and about 30 total since I enter ideas for articles right away so that I don’t forget. I figure I could easily get 50-100 articles before I start running short of ideas.
o far, I’ve been concentrating most of my article writing on Travian, Waymarking, and what I know about how to bill Wisconsinsin Medicaid since I work there. I figure I should at least try to stay within the limits of the intent of the site is.
However, that sentiment isn’t true with others and I think this proves to be the real problem with eHow as a whole. While I think it is great to get people the ability to make money off their work, and I do think it is a good incentive to encourage people to do it, I think it fails because what ultimately happens is you have people who have no idea what they are writing about just to make money. I mean it could be a great way of getting quality posts but instead it seems to do the reverse.
As an example, on my first day on the site, I went and looked up Hemophilia. I figured that if there is one thing I KNOW better than most, it is Hemophilia. What I got was a silly how to on putting padding on a child with hemophilia and putting padding on hard corners and other rediculous suggestions. I felt like the person had never even met a Hemophiliac, and here I have a severe case and I have never even SEEN those extremes. (And yes I do know other Hemophiliacs.)
What I feel happens on eHow is that people run out of articles that they know to write about and so they continue on and start writing about things they don’t know in an effort to make money about. I grant that these people generally go out and do some research, but given that they don’t have experience with it, they couple that research with random ideas on the subject and don’t even know how to pick out good research from bad research.
I do think it is cool that they go out and do research that maybe I wouldn’t, and it isn’t completely awful, but it just isn’t the quality that maybe a site like this should be. The real problem is a lack of editorial overview. People can just post what they want, and it is instantly published. I realize that it would take some manpower but they really should have created 5 or 6 editors who could review and pick out quality, and then after awhile allow others who have proven themselves in a field to review as well.
Still, despite the bads of eHow, I think it is worth my time at least a little. A good example of why this is is to just look at stats…. I have just 13 articles at the time of this writing. Over a week I have made $0.58. No, it isn’t a ton, but say i have an average of $0.50 per 10 articles per week. And say I make my goal to be 50 articles. That is $2.50 per week which is $10 a month, that isn’t too shabby. And considering that I don’t have to ever write those articles again, if I maintain that for even a year that means that is an extra $100 a year. And that isn’t even counting possible advertisements I get for this blog if I decide to link here from one of my articles. It seems like it is worth at least investing a little bit of time in it.