Thursday, July 30, 2009

Getting Started With eHow

Since I'm going to be focusing on eHow for a while, I thought I'd give my readers some tips on getting started with eHow. For those of you who don't know what eHow is, it's a website where members submit how-to articles and they get paid every time someone clicks on an ad within their article.

How Do I Sign Up?

Sign up for eHow by clicking here and filling out the form. After signing up and verifying your email, log in and fill out your profile, verify your PayPal account and add a profile picture. Now you are ready to write some articles.

What Do I Write About?

You can write about anything you want. As long as the topic hasn't already been covered, it's free for you to write about. Try writing about something you're familiar with. Starting out, it's hard to come up with ideas. I was using the top requested articles but eHow has removed that feature. Now, I look through the articles that others have written and find ways to morph the articles into my own. For example - I read an article called "How to Update the Map on a Garmin GPS" so I wrote an article called "How to Update a GPS". If you do this, make sure that the article is unique and never copy an article. Also, you don't want to write an article that has been done a dozen times. I found that there weren't many articles on how to update a GPS so I felt like I could write a better article than the ones that were out there.

How Do I Begin Writing?

Everybody has their own way of writing articles but I start by finding some good keywords, a visually stimulating picture and some references. Always have multiple sources but I never plagiarize. I write my intro first and make sure that it has 70-100 words. My intro contains my main keyword once. I also make sure that I include my main keyword at the end of my article (tips & warnings) and I try to put it in one of the steps. eHow has a great template that you follow to create great looking articles. Pictures are important as they keep the reader interested. An interested reader will be more likely to click on an ad within your article.

Is eHow Worth It?

Yes, eHow is worth it. It may not seem like it at first but over time, your article earnings will continue to grow. After 3 weeks, I've made $5.70 with 13 articles. Many eHow members report that it takes at least 4 months for an article to mature and start making its maximum profits. If you write 200 articles and each article makes $2, that's $400 per month. Let's say you want to stop writing for a month but your articles continue to earn $2, that's another $400 you'll make without doing a thing. The average person makes $1 per article after the article has matured.

How Can I Make eHow Work For Me?

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is very important when writing eHow articles. Having SEO articles will maximize your profits as the articles will appear higher in the search engines. This turns into more views and more ad clicks. I'm not going to explain it in detail as there are a ton of guides out there that can explain it better than me.

Where Can I Learn More?

To get the maximum profits on eHow, I suggest reading this guide:
Don't forget to visit the eHow community forum for help and assistance. Now that you know all about eHow, get writing. I would love to hear about your progress in the next couple months.