Make Money Writing for eHow

My eHow articles have made over $20,000 so far

I write how-to articles for the eHow web site and am very pleased with my earnings. As of fall 2009, I've earned more than $20,000 on eHow.com in total monthly residual income payments for my online content articles. I only made $29 my first full month on the site (November 2007) but now, with just under 400 articles, I've earned over $1,000 a month for more than a year.

When I started writing for eHow's Writers Compensation Program, there was no discussion of eHow earnings nor the potential to bring in a good part-time income with the site. I discovered it for myself, and shared my method and success tips in my eHow eBook.

Here's what I wrote in this Hub in early 2008:

Several months ago, the online content company I worked for as an independent contractor announced there would be a month off between contracts. Since I depended on the contract for a large portion of my freelance writing income, I had to start looking for a replacement quickly.

I knew about eHow already, but had never written for them directly. They recently launched a Writer's Compensation Program, which offers writers a share of the ad revenue earned from the pages they write.

Many are reluctant to sign up with eHow because the site is secretive about how earnings are calculated and what share of the ad revenue writers receive. I decided to give it a whirl with an article I had been planning to write for the content company. I figured I had almost nothing to lose. I would have been paid $11 for the article otherwise, and was curious what it would earn on eHow.

So far, one of my first eHow articles has earned $35.28 in 2.5 months. If it continues at the same rate for the rest of the year, it will earn $169.34 in 12 months. [In fact, the article went on to earn over $287 in 12 months.]

Shortly after I wrote my first article and saw my earnings begin to pick up, I started writing more short how-to articles. Money was part of the motivation; as a freelance writer, money is important.

I also enjoyed sharing my knowledge on the Web for others to come across and hopefully benefit from. I chose topics I knew about and could research easily from my home library, so the writing process was pretty smooth.

Another reason I kept writing was knowing that I was writing "for myself" now. My rights to my work were mine. I retained control over my article, and could edit or remove it at any time. I could also use my real name if I chose, and have a byline to show others.

I also liked the fact that I didn't simply receive a one-time payment. With eHow, I would keep earning money for the articles I wrote months ago.

Online Writing Income

Earning Passive Income

I have over 350 articles in my eHow library. I'd like to create a large enough collection that I can keep earning substantial passive income from eHow even if I quit writing altogether. I figured, if my articles earn an average of $3 a month, all I need to do is divide my passive income goal (say $4,000 a month) by 3 and that's the number of quality articles I need to have online (1,300 ... yikes, that's a lot of writing.)

I enjoy freelance writing, so writing "for myself" at places like Hub Pages and eHow makes sense as it allows me to create streams of somewhat residual income that continue long after I've published the articles.

HubPages is great for longer articles and essays; eHow only works for short how-to style pieces. It's good, as a writer, to have both platforms for my creativity.

As far as I know, the share of ad revenue from eHow is the only stream of income from the site, although you can also link your eHow articles to your website, Hub pages or other things you'd like to promote. They do not have an affiliate program for referring new writers, as Hub Pages does.

If you're interested in another stream of income from your online writing, check out eHow. You might be surprised ... I was.

Maximizing eHow Earnings & Residual Income

After 24+ months of writing eHow articles professionally, I've discovered through trial and error what works best and what categories and topics are the biggest earners. I have answered dozens of emails and personal messages to eHow users, giving them tips on the best ways to increase their eHow earnings. Since I am a passionate advocate of passive and residual income streams, I love to see writers succeed at eHow and other revenue-sharing sites.

I decided to write an eBook on eHow and residual income to summarize and expand on the eHow writing process, maximizing residual income and sharing my own earnings at eHow as well as the success of many other writers there.

I wish I had had this information when I started writing for eHow, but at the same time it was a great learning process for me. I'm continuing my eHow writing as well as building up other passive income streams at the same time. I love that my writing will keep benefiting me down the road.

Write Creative Articles

Choosing eHow Topics

Choosing good writing topics for eHow is important for maximizing your earnings, especially as the how-to library grows and more topics are taken. However, there's always a niche that still needs to be covered.

New technology is a great area, as there is a time lag between when the items are released and people start writing about them.

Think of your hobbies and consider doing a how-to series on an aspect of that ... for example, how to care for motorcycles or how to care for different animal species.

Even if a topic is covered, you may be able to write a better article that drives more traffic by choosing your keywords carefully. I use Wordtracker and Google's Adsense Keyword suggester tool to come up with new ideas.

How-to Videos are Hot

Make How-To Videos, too.

eHow recently launched how-to videos, an excellent niche for you to consider as it is virtually unexplored and wide open for video titles. Use a digital camcorder and simple editing tools to create basic how-to videos that can then be uploaded to eHow.

You'll still need to give the steps in written format, but having a how-to video will put your submission way ahead of the game.

As the web 2.0 grows daily, video clips are huge. Get in on this trend and earn more money from ad revenue and affiliates.

An eHow How-To Video

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Lissie profile image

Lissie 8 years ago from New Zealand

It appears you need a SSN to sign up - so that counts non-americans out!


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christiner 8 years ago from NY

Very interesting - thanks for the info.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

I've thought about eHow articles and videos. I've seen a number of the videos on youtube. How's the animal section?

Edit- I just checked out the animal section.. It's filled with poor info. Sad.

How exactly do you earn with eHow. Trying to weigh the pros before I sign up.


markion 8 years ago from London

interesting, i wonder how many pageview were needed in order to raise that $35


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positiveminded 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

Great article; very informative too. I will surely try it out; but, right now, I want to make a success of hub pages and my own personal blog. Cheers! :)


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djtphn1 8 years ago from Riverside County, California

Great article, maybe I will try it....every little bit helps right????

Thx


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Marisa Wright 8 years ago from Sydney

Lissie's right - eHow accepts anyone as a member, but will only pay you if you're a legal resident of the United States.


Steve Mills 8 years ago

I am from Australia so this doesn't really help me. They need to open up the payment to international members. Plenty of great freelance writers over here!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I am interested and will look into this a bit more! Very good hub. Thanks!


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Jungle Talk 8 years ago

This is a great hub, very informative. I'm just beginning to expand my article writing and appreciate your sharing ehow. Thanks!


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pvbonus 8 years ago

Hi from Bizewriter@ehow --- You explained the process well. Passive income --- yes, most important in today's market and just plain smart!


jill 8 years ago

Why doesn't ehow accept international writers? Most freelance writing sites do.


dabblingmum 8 years ago

Thanks for the info. I've been considering e-how as a passive way to earn a bit of cash and was wondering how it worked in the long run.


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Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays

I was chucklin as I read your fantastic Hub. I. too, have done the math, re: how many article I have to produce to earn around 2000.00 per month.

I also agree whole heartedly with your thoughts about revenue shares. I think that writers do well to see the lng range picture: an artilce may not earn a huge amount but if you keep getting paid over and over again on it, this is a far better scenario over the long term.


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wlrahilly 7 years ago from St Petersburg, FL

Thanks for the info. I also write articles for places and for myself. I have just recently begun writing for eHow. I have read some of your articles on eHow also. You are a great writer!


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Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Lots of great info here, thanks for this hub! Been wondering about whether to bother with eHow, will check it out.


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Paul Profitt 7 years ago from England

ehow is still a great website for Non US residents providing that you have your own blog or website. You can use ehow for Anchor text link purposes which will in time rank your own website higher in the search engine ranking's


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mrboffo 7 years ago from Saginaw, MI

Excellent advice, as always, WriterGig. Love your stuff at eHow, and it looks like you're the go-to person for Hubpages, too!


banking man 7 years ago

thanks for your advice... nice hub


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RobertHassey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

Good point. The idea of passive, incrementally piling up income, especially when you are getting validated as a writer, is never a bad thing. I noticed you mentioned having written an ebook. I haven't checked it out yet, but it seems to be positioned in an earning model similar to what affiliate marketing (another context where passive income can be accomplished, after some work).

Essentially, the ebook/email/blog targets audiences already interested in your topic, allowing you to entice them even more; and then you have links to sites that sell products within the recommended experience in your ebook/email/blog. Then you earn a piece when your readers click on the links and buy a product.

It's not a bad idea, and considering your writing skill, I was wondering if you'd share your thoughts on this kind of dual website promotion and income generation for people. I'm an Internet marketing enthusiast, and I'm always open to new ideas and approaches.


RachelB 7 years ago

Great article, WriterGig.

I also got a lot out of reading your ebook about writing for eHow. I have had a lot of fun writing eHow articles, and I love how active the eHow message boards are.

Thanks very much for all the helpful information. You are very generous with your knowledge about how to succeed as an online writer.


RachelB 7 years ago

Great tips on maximizing eHow income. Nice work! Thanks for passing along your wisdom.


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

Thank's for sharing this, I just try eHow and just publish my first post. I'll see what happened with my article. Great hub :)


Rebecca Burdick 7 years ago

Great article! Very helpful and inspiring. I just signed up with EHow and am excited to start posting articles and see what happens.


Sparky 7 years ago

Ok. Based on ur experience with online writing, if my goal were to make 2500$ in a year, approx. 210 a month, how many good articles would I have to write?

I have gone thru eHow, but being an Asian, (India) its of no use to me as a non-resident of the US. Which websites do u think I should frequent?

I'll check this space for more in a few days. :)

I am going thru ur ebook oin ehow, to see how I can write more effectively on other websites.


Debra 7 years ago

Interesting article. I don't think they allow videos anymore, though. :*( I found out about eHow from www.WriteForEhow.com, and I registered already. I wrote ten articles, and was so happy when I earned some money. I will be writing more, and hoping they bring back the ability to make videos!


V.C 7 years ago

I'm from New Zealand.

Can I join eHow?


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Singular Investor 7 years ago from Oxford

Good article ! Thumbs up !

VC -you can join but you won't get paid. Only people in the US get paid.


ggg 7 years ago

Probably the first thing you should've said is that it'S for US residents only. :(


Angela 7 years ago

I ran across this article about writing for eHow, which you wrote 2 years ago. Are you still writing for eHow? I only see 6 articles on Hub Pages under your name. How do you feel about Hub Pages? I have a personal blog and I've written 35 pages for Squidoo, but I'm exploring other writing sites.


clarky 7 years ago

That is really cool, I didn't know you could earn from writing in ehow. I think it must be a very good site, which different from other article directories.


jonty 7 years ago

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.


Million Dollar Journey 7 years ago

Great Post, I have signup as member many months ago, but unfortunately I am not American residence, too bad I cannot join in the writer program.


jason 7 years ago

very good hub, I to have written some hubs for ehow. Only 5 hubs have been up about 3 weeks with about 400 views. Still no money in my account, guess i will have to wait to see if its worth writing any more.


jason 7 years ago

very good hub, I to have written some how to articles for ehow. Only 5 hubs have been up about 3 weeks with about 400 views. Still no money in my account, guess i will have to wait to see if its worth writing any more.


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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

sounds great provided one lives in the US


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Patti Ann 6 years ago from Florida

I have noticed lately that quite a few ehow articles are ranking pretty high. Hmm!! Might have to give it a try. Thanks for the great info!


Online Author 6 years ago

I had tried earnticle in the past and it never picked up, the site eventually closed recently. I tried Associated content but earnings seem to low again ($3 per article or $1.50 per 1000 impressions). After reading your earnings I am getting tempted to try eHow.


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eheverett 6 years ago from South Paris, Maine

This is great information. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.


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Bhawna Sharma 6 years ago from Mumbai, India

eHow seems quite lucrative idea, but alas! being an non-US resident I can't join that. Do you know any other forum where one can write and earn good some?


Elise Moreau 6 years ago

Wow, I got all excited when I read your article. I've wondered about writing for eHow, but I'm Canadian. It's really frustrating to find websites that only support legal residents of the U.S. It's happened to me with other sites as well. Bleh. How frustrating.


Busey 6 years ago

I just started using eHow and have decided it has potential. Now to focus my articles better and see where it takes me. Good Luck everyone


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EndaMac 6 years ago from Belfast

You can not get paid for writing articles on eHow if you are from outside the USA. That said, useful enough for backlinks.


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pakkiu 6 years ago

why cant they accept other countries? too poor?


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rackettec 6 years ago

very informative, already writing for ehow but some great advise.


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knowledgeispower 6 years ago

Great hub on how to earn at eHow.com

George

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Taylor 6 years ago

What are your best tips for spreading your eHow pages and getting more traffic with them? Anyone can answer this by the way. Please answer


Shoptilyoudrop 6 years ago

Thanks for the great information. I have always been curious about ehow and now that I see what great traffic it gets and that it has a page rank of 8/10! I think I need to get over there to start writing ASAP!


Kumara 6 years ago

Limiting writing opportunities to US residents only seem to go against the borderless world concept the Internet promotes. What's so difficult about paying non-US residents when there are established global payment processors like Paypal. Think Suite 101.

Or could it be that eHow is subscribing to the policy that non-US writers aren't good enough to write for their site? We see that in most adverts relating to content creation - only native US writers please!

Most of these advertisers suffer from the delusion that English could only be written well by United States Americans. These closed minds seem not to realize that

there are a good number US websites with terrible English and non-US websites with good English.

For our non-US writer friends, stop ruing on missed opportunities. If you think you have what it takes to excel in web content creation, set up your own website or blog and have a go for it. You may not see returns in the near future, but at least you'll have the satisfaction of having a piece of virtual real estate you can call your own.

Of course you can always use eHow for keyword and topic inspiration.


antonia 6 years ago

Great article about eHow! I see a lot of comments bemoaning eHow's inability to accept non-US writers, so I wanted to share a writing site that's open to all. It also pays really well, so you don't have to wait months before seeing your hard work pay off. For example, I regularly make between $35-$90 per article. The site is called Constant Content. Check it out at http://www.constant-content.com/?aref=26311, and let me know if you need help getting started!


ALRADY 6 years ago

Actually ehow is now recruiting UK and Canadian writers. Great post here and is very informative! :)


Jordy 6 years ago

I just joined this week. I have been looking for a post where someone actually tells how they made money on eHow in detail.

All of the articles or sites I've visited so far have an affiliate link to their ebook. grrr...I just don't trust it when people talk about results.


bornblond8dg 6 years ago

Great article...i am currently earning money on ehow...you are truly an inspiration for me to keep writing.I'm concerned about my articles since feb28 all my new ones have earned 0 i just started on ehow in jan 2010 and all i can say is that i made my payout that month and since.Does it at times take over a month for articles to start earning...thanks for any info!


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To buy aidaihua online.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great information - I have a couple articles on but just was not sure how to go about expanding that base. Will keep at it and thanks for the inspiration!


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Hi, did a search on you after reading your post on the WAHM forum. Now that ehow has folded what do you think of the site firehow.com? It is just a year old but I liked it, only problem is I can't get the site to load using IE, so I have been trading e-mails trying to get back up and running. Heading to your profile page next. :-)


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LilBlackDress 6 years ago

Thanks for the tip on writing for eHow. I took your advice months ago and now enjoy a nice residual income from them. Your ebook was so helpful!


SMITA SHUKLA 6 years ago

Excellent article...thanx a lot for the timely inspiration. I have just started my career as an online content writer.And honestly, this write up has guided me "how to" proceed further.Though, its disappointing to know that non-US residents cannot join the Ehow group as writers/contributors:((


Kannan NS 6 years ago

I just read all about eHow articles and it is simply amazing. I love to write articles short ot long. I am very much greatful if I get the opportunity to join you as a permanent member and start writing articles now !

With kind regards.

yours sincerely.

Kannan NS.


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evolveasite 6 years ago from United States

your writing is so engaging i read through the whole thing without looking away and some good tips


Derrick 6 years ago

Congratulations.As you said,the key to earning more money is writing on niches that you are passionate about,testing and experimenting ,search engine optimization and sticking to what works best.Online writing and marketing go hand-in-hand.Writing articles that help people,especially the How-To types is a good idea.


kausalya 6 years ago

can we send articles from india


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Jenny Calender 6 years ago

Neat idea, adding videos! And wow, you have earned a lot. congrats -- and thanks for sharing your tips!


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ultimatepotential 6 years ago from India

I never considered this until now. Thanks for all the information.


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CMCastro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I have always enjoyed being a teacher. Perhaps I will see what eHow can do for me.:)


Leo Sigh 6 years ago

You can't write for eHow any more. Not unless you're a writer that's been signed up by Demand Studios. So no point checking into it if you aren't.


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Laura in Denver 5 years ago from Aurora

Thanks, but we could use a Demand Studios update if you still write for them.


Raj Balakrishnan 5 years ago

Political steering in Business World

From Raj Balakrishnans Desk

Politics are very bad in professional environment. But we can not get away from them. Handling the things in fair manner will always lead to satisfaction of colleagues. Even if someone plays politics we should be careful in tackling them. For example some colleagues may try to degrade your status so that they can overtake you. In such cases you should try to clear your status to the superiors and keep yourselves fair. Even if someone is playing games with you, you shouldn't do it because politic players always face a hard time when their games are exposed and if you feel someone is playing with you then you should immediately report it to the superiors in assertive tone. If you just keep quiet then please realize that you are going to be the looser. And always keep a good relation with all of your colleagues despite how they are. Because only they will be successful both in profession and socially with whom their colleagues are happy.

The smart professional gets that the unofficial rules of politics can be more important than the formal rules and regulations. They know that decisions are rarely "fair" or "right" and that the decision makers have both personal and professional buttons that need to be pressed. They may not be the best at what they do but their connections and influence help them to climb up the career ladder over their purist colleagues.

Politicking is the act of scrutinizing business relationships and learning how to influence others more effectively. It means going through informal channels rather than officially sanctioned ones, and that isn’t necessarily bad. It does not have to be selfish. You can use your understanding of politics to influence people and achieve goals that are good for your company as well as yourself. Even in the most friendly and supportive of organizations, people don't always agree. So having an understanding of politics and knowing how to exert influence can help you to pull people together and achieve outcomes that are in the organization’s best interests too. So Tell the truth all the time and be aware of your timing as well as who is in the room at the time. .

Alliances and relationships do not always trump good work and vice versa. You need both. Align yourself with people who should be aware of the quality of your work and your potential to make a positive contribution. Develop the skill of knowing who might not have your best interests at heart and develop a survival strategy. Identify your professional goals and develop strategies that support them. Work hard not to step on other people to obtain what is important to you. Be aware and prepare for the consequences of your actions. If the media followed you around at your job, would you be pleased with what they wrote about your words, your behavior and your actions? The best way to handle office politics is to allow your productivity to speak for you. During these economic times politics is far less important than actually contributing to the bottom-line. One way to stand out is by out performing others and being willing to take-on other projects at work that makes you visible to the decision-makers that may not know you, but could dictate how far you go within the firm. The problem with most office political environments is that they are based more on regimes than anything to do with the firm. If you align yourself too close to a manager etc. they may fall out of favor with the suits (executives), then you may appear tainted by his/her influence. You should establish your own unique professional brand within the organization that includes your personality, character, ethics, and work-habits.

What we do not want is negative politics or maneuvers that are harmful for the society or organization. Such maneuvers are the result of skewed understanding of the people, priorities, resources, environment or situation. To control and eliminate such negative politics, two important arrangements are necessary i.e. Establishing free flow and sharing of information, as maneuvers are basically manipulated presentation and interpretation of information. With free flow of information, manipulation in presentation and interpretation of information becomes difficult. Establishment of professional culture in the organization by professional culture I mean a culture where decisions are made based on facts, figure, data, information and scientific analysis; and not on personal whims, fancies, priorities, or similar unscientific beliefs.

I would not waste time trying to climb the mountain of office politics because there is a threat of spending too much of your time-capital there that could be better utilized within another organization or department. This is how many professionals wind up unhappy after twenty years of playing the game and getting nowhere professionally. There is some degree of politics that has to be played within any organization, but when it becomes just as demanding as your job, and then there may be deeper issues. Take notice of those who have played the game and look at how long they have played it and compare that to how far they have gone within the organization over their history in the firm. Are they political to advance within the organization or are they political to save their jobs? Just remember that politics can only take you so far and the game will be played whether you are there today or there tomorrow.

However as such arrangements limit power, influence and security of senior management professionals, many are not sincerely interested to implement.

Good day.

Regards

Raj Balakrishnan


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stuff4you 5 years ago

I've always wondered about eHow's way of determining how much an article is worth. It seems unpredictable.


Dev 5 years ago

Has anyone been paid really? I don't get it!


mohammad 5 years ago

it doesn't allow to post article from outside USA so... i ll just post my articles on my own blog and get my money from adsense


mohammad 5 years ago

it doesn't allow to post article from outside USA so... i ll just post my articles on my own blog and get my money from adsense .. any body knows other good site that accepts articles from outside the USA ???


Online Medical Training 5 years ago

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information.Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post...


leo pan 5 years ago

i've submitted more than 100 article so far and it works


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iamageniuster 5 years ago

It was great when eHow was doing the WCP. I was earning about $100/month with only about 80 articles and I already stopped writing too. But now they closed the program and ended the residual income as well. I've sold my articles to them for a mere $360.


paval 5 years ago

well i find this topic useful..

i have written on a topic "what to write in hubpages"

pls read and comment.:P

http://hubpages.com/community/what-to-write-in-hub...


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MarkMAllen15 5 years ago

Interesting hub. I now learned on making money online through eHow.Thanks.


AllMyPosts 4 years ago

Is it true that eHow still pays only to members in US??

Kindly let me know!! If there is a link .. Kindly point out please!!


alan 4 years ago

thanx for the info...i was searching for a while

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puffpie 4 years ago from Bangkok

Thanks. Ehow really provide good source of articles.


business web hosting services 4 years ago

it doesn't allow to post article from outside USA so... i ll just post my articles on my own blog and get my money from adsense .. any body knows other good site that accepts articles from outside the USA ???


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SusieQ42 4 years ago from Lakeland, FL

As I was researching e-How article writing website I came across your hub. Thanks for the info!


deborah akore 4 years ago

i am a Nigerian citizen, can i join your ehow article writing?


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Lynda 3 years ago

I am from South Africa. Is it possible for me to earn money on eHow?


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carlarmes 2 years ago from Bournemouth, England

ehow is high in alexa, my competitors are there, so shall I. If you can't beat them, join them


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My Esoteric 2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

The best I can tell, the eHow WCP has closed its doors and is no longer available.


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