Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Squidoo Alternatives #6 - eHow

My series on Squidoo Alternatives has concentrated on Web 2.0 sites that allow you to submit your own content, provide useful backlinks to your own site or blog and also provide the opportunity to make money. EHow looks and feels completely different from Squidoo, but the essential premise is very similar. The main difference, however, is that eHow concentrates entirely on How-To type articles which are very structured point by point type. This structure makes the articles very easy to read and extremely easy to write, as much of the work is done for you. Some might find this structure a little restrictive. You do have the option to add pictures to your articles.

The articles have a resource box in which you can place a link to your site, or indeed affiliate or referral links. EHow is a highly rated, high traffic site, so links here are valuable.

In terms of earnings, eHow allows you to opt-in to the Writer Compensation Program where you receive payments according to how popular your articles are. Payments are by Paypal and the payment threshold is $10. However, the big, huge drawback of this program is that it is only open to U.S. residents!!! So for people like me (I live in the UK) the only earning opportunities eHow offers is through placing affiliate links in the resource box.

In conclusion, eHow is extremely easy to use and the structured format make the articles very direct. The articles provide useful links to your blog or website and certainly help to enhance your reputation as an expert in your subject. I have read that many people have made good money on eHow, but unless eHow intend to extend their program to non-U.S. residents then a large proportion of internet users will not be able to participate.

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