How to Leave Ehow and Demand Media WCP.

The offer to buy your work

if you are like me.. a former Ehow writer who had a bunch of time wrapped up in some articles that were quietly earning a little money of interested Do it yourself'ers... You were probably a little miffed at your articles being deleted with little or no notice... and later being told that you had to "Apply to Demand Media" for a job and work directly for them and meet their Criteria instead of doing things the way it was when you started contributing there...

Then you were told that you could no longer contribute but that they would keep the articles you allready had there... (if they made the cuts) and they would continue to pay you on them.. few pennies here and there... every little bit helps so you kept them there...

Then... as of May 5th 2011 we are informed that Ehow will no longer pay for our articles in the former way, but that we must sell all of our articles to them for a Lump sum which in my case was about the equivalent of 9 or 10 months payments that I would have made anyway.

What can you do now?   

Well... You have two choices really.  you can sell out for what you would have earned in a few months anyway (seems pretty poor business to me).  

If you act fast however you have another option.  Contact them and ask for a link to view thier offer and your Ehow WCP screen (its been moved so you have to ask them to gain entrance now)

When they send you the link... so you can sign in again... You may view their offer, and also access your articles.

With this access you may sign in, Click "My Articles" then you may Copy and Paste all of your articles into a word doc ( For any articles that you do not allready have saved...) (Remember to click on your photos as well and save them to a file with new descriptive names and place numbers so you can recreate the pages later)

Save each Article into a file and then Go to the article  menu again and Click Edit...  Scroll to the bottom of the articles Edit page and hit the Delete Article button at the bottom and Confirm it.   Poof... your article should be deleted from their system and you can happily go about your life submitting your articles in other happier and more lucrative (we hope) places.

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chuckandus6 5 years ago from The Country-Side

I considered trying Ehow and now I am glad that I didn't pursue it. Thanks for the useful information


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Just About It 5 years ago from southern CA

I was a little miffed also but decided to sell out and start over!


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MrMaranatha 5 years ago from Somewhere in the third world. Author

I know that in the short term it would be more lucrative to sell out.. But I can handle missing 15-20 dollars a month for awhile until the articles hits pick back up... The fact is I rather enjoyed writing many of those articles.. especially the Concrete and Fencing series some of which were deleted with no way to recover them... Of course I will write more... But I for one prefer to keep my work... continue to talk to the people reading the articles and commenting on them... Give pointers and help where they need it... Just makes sense to me.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I never knew about EHow and I am glad that I still don't. Thanks for the hub.


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MrMaranatha 4 years ago from Somewhere in the third world. Author

Ehow rode to fame on the backs of little people... then picked the cream of the crop for themselves and fed the rest to the Hogs... Made good business sense for them I guess.. but it killed a good thing.. a fun place that many of us enjoyed... and insulted the people who made it possible for them to grow.


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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

MrMaranatha, you seem to get your investment out of it I hope. I look forward to reading you other hubs and hopefully all of you "How to..." hubs.

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