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Those of us who offer our articles to eHow in hopes of making some money really are not employed by eHow. They allow us to offer articles that may be published. If we follow the guidelines and they accept the articles, they are published. This is a great opportunity for even inexperienced writers to be published. How many other places are there that will allow you to write and possibly earn money?
Actually, there are many places that will allow you to write and earn money. eHow is just a local favorite. By local I mean EARTH.
Some are not happy with the fact that eHow will not accept articles they feel will not satisfy their advertisers. As we have no rights to anything eHow owns or earns, and eHow does not buy our articles but allows us to keep all rights and even publish these elsewhere, why the complaints?
Perhaps there has been some misunderstanding on the part of writers. Some did not understand the terms of service.
One thing I would like to see change is this: If eHow is going to dismiss or delete an already published article, it would be really nice to have a copy of the article forward to the author. No, it is not the responsibility of eHow to do this, but it would be a great act of kindness that would retain some talented writers.
What are the main reasons articles are deleted from eHow? Some were automatically published, and later it was discovered these were not in the how to format. It can be that simple. If you are writing about how to wax a car, explain it in at least three steps. That is not asking too much.
Where it gets a little iffy for many is the comment that an article is 'common sense' and therefore can't be accepted. Hmm. I heard this expression once that if was really common sense everyone would have it. There are a lot of things I don't know how to do that may seem like common sense. I read several hours a day and always learn something new.
One eHow member mentioned in a forum that she has dedicated 2 years of her life and thousands of hours to have the amount of articles she has on eHow. No one could read her plea and not feel her pain-but-I have to say she must copy her articles elsewhere and keep track of what she has. Her articles are beautiful, but may not meet eHow standards.
My eHow articles may not always be to eHow standards. I have lost several articles over the last few months for being common sense, spammy, and I just am not worried enough today to recall what the other reasons were. I will save copies of what I have written and have also posted many elsewhere and just wait.
If eHow members have some better ideas about what we can or should do I would like to hear from them.
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