Are you making money yet with ehow? Here are three ways that writers can make cash from the ehow.com website.
All of these options have the potential for great earnings. You'll probably have to pick one of these, though because you'll be unable to use all three due to non-compete clauses. I have opinions on which program is best which I share below.
Good Option: Get Paid to Work With WRG
Writer's Research Group is a writing company that will pay you to write eHow articles due to their contract with Demand Studios. I worked for them for several months in 2007 and ghostwrote about 70-80 articles for the eHow.com website. They were a professional company but it took me about 3 months to get my first pay. You can get paid to write how-to articles through them and they have other clients as well but when you write for WRG but must sign a non-compete clause. Writers should be VERY careful about signing non-compete clauses as it can seriously hamper your earning potential in the future. If you're not in the U.S, this can be a good option for you to earn money writing.
Better: Work With Demand Studios Directly
Demand Studios owns eHow.com and will pay writers to write directly for them. They have a self-serve system where you can claim titles and submit your own ideas and they pay weekly via PayPal. I was accepted into this program after I left WRG, but luckily realised I wasn't really eligible due to being Canadian before I submitted my first article.
BEST: Passive Income With The eHow Writer Compensation Program
The eHow Writer's Compensation Program (WCP) is a system that enables you to do revenue sharing by writing your own articles. You get to put your own name on them also so these are NOT ghostwritten. I'd love to make money this way but it's for Americans only (at least for the moment.) You can still write on the program if you're non-U.S but you won't get paid directly.
It can be good for high profile clips or to help you promote your other websites. If you use it now and they open up beyond their borders later, you'd be set to earn some cash. Because this site is a highly ranked site, it can help you get a lot of traffic!
How much can you earn?
Demand Studios doesn't divulge the % or formula so you're writing similarly to writing for Google Adsense where they keep the formula secret to maintain the integrity of the system. The great thing about the eHow writer compensation program is that instead of writing and getting paid once, you can write something once and earn from it for ever and ever. You do need to write the right way in order to maximise your earning potential, though...
That means you'll need to learn a bit about hot trends to write on subjects that have good earning potential and you'll want to learn a bit about search engine optimisation (SEO) as well.
When I wrote for WRG, I wrote some titles that I'm sure would have earned me a lot of money had I written them for the writer's compensation program instead. They are coming up in the search engines regularly near the top (or at the top) of Google's results even today. I now know that the $10 per article I earned could have earned me hundreds of dollars by now.
Learn to maximise the Writer's Compensation Program's potential:
My writing friend MariaO'Brien wrote an ebook on how to make money through this program. She's been doing it for several months and is making over $1,000 a month now from the program, mostly through residuals. The longer you do this, the less effort it takes because articles you wrote six months ago could be gaining momentum.
I just finished reading her e-book and highly recommend it! Check out the book. Maria has spent a lot of time perfecting her methods and shares those methods in this book.
The great thing about this program is that taking ten minutes to write an article now could earn you money indefinitely. I once wrote a blog post for a shared revenue blog that took me literally 2 minutes to write and since late 2006 it has been earning me $20-$30 a month in Google Adsense revenue ever since and I'm not even getting all the revenue from it! I can only daydream about how much I'd have earned by now if it were on ehow.com considering their high monetization and traffic results! That's why this program is so awesome. You get to capitalise on e-how's Google juice to get maximum exposure for your articles which could have some great results.