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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alternative to Ehow? Evaluating InfoBarrel

Continuing saga from previous post.....So when I got the news of my articles (including my highest earner-GRRR!!)being deleted on ehow I was a little miffed. Okay, I was more like, "What the @#%&!!" Anyway after reading some posts in their forums from other writers who had been through an article sweep before, I settled down and told myself it would be okay and I should just consider this a learning experience and move on--sort of like the way I felt when my 401K shriveled up. There was nothing I could have done in hindsight but in time things will get better, so just have patience.

Just as we are told to do with our finances, we need to do the same with our writing efforts. Don't put all of your articles or content in one basket since that basket may tip over and leave you with a big mess! So, as I was digesting the wise words posted in the forums by a fellow ehow writer I decided to sign-up for another article writing site and see how it would compare to ehow.

I was referred to infobarrel by an ehow friend and have so far submitted only one article. It was a rewrite of my most profitable ehow article that got deleted. I had to do a rewrite because as mentioned in my previous post I had not saved any of my ehow articles to my computer. Let's not go there, again...see earlier post for details. Anyway, I'm still trying to navigate the infobarrel site and I must admit it seems cumbersome compared to ehow. I'm willing to give myself some time to get acclimated and post a few more articles. Infobarrel says they share 75% of the ad revenue with the writer and they also offer a referral system that I'm really excited about--you get 2% of your referrals ad revenue as well. I'm not sure what percentage ehow shares with us and I know they don't offer referral commissions so that aspect of infobarrel interests me as well.

If you'd like to join me in my infobarrel experiment you can sign-up here. http://www.infobarrel.com/signup.php?ref_id=1889

Ehow June Earnings and Article Deletions

Yesterday I received my second paypal payment from ehow. WooHoo, $17.04!! I know, you're probably thinking, wow....she can treat herself to lunch or maybe a half tank of gas, right? LOL!! Anyway, I know it's not much but it's FREE MONEY that I created with a little time and brainstorming and I'm definitely proud of that! Any other ehowers out there will understand. For those of you who are wondering what ehow is just click the title of this post to check it out.
The grand total of $17.04 consisted of a carryover amount of $3.06 from May and $13.98 earned in June. (ehow's minimum payout is $10, therefore I did not qualify for May's payment until now) So far to date I have been paid $29.26 from my ehow articles.
I have also earned $.89 so far this month (July 7th).

On a sour note, a few days ago I was notified that 4 of my ehow articles were deleted by the ehow staff. Apparently, I was in violation of one of their rules, however they could not tell me specifically what each article's violation was.
They did say that they are working on being more specific with future article sweeps. I understand they want to keep the site clean and weed out articles that are poorly written so I'm all for keeping content standards up to par, but I do believe my writing was generally coherent and basically logical with no spelling errors. I am very disappointed by the fact that my most profitable article was one of the casualties. So now ehow and I have lost a great income stream. Go figure the logic in deleting that article. So I had 16 articles published and now I'm down to 12 after the sweep. And to top if off, I realized I was not prepared to face my first article sweep since I had not saved my work anywhere else. DUUUHHH!!
Note to self: "Always save your work--copy your articles to a word document so you can go back and post them somewhere else if ehow doesn't want them."

All in all, ehow is still in my good graces. I'm looking forward to writing more and reading and commenting on others articles. The community is very supportive of each other and has given me many great ideas and advice on writing and earning income with my articles and other online activities. I did, however, have a moment of spiteful thoughts when I discovered my articles were gone so I'll tell you how I've decided to deal with my frustration in my next post.


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