Last week I wrote a post about Making Money with eHow. I talked about what I did to set up my account and the things that needed to be done in order to begin making money. During the week last week and this past weekend, I wrote and published my first article on eHow. This is my follow-up to last week’s post.
In case you are not already familiar with eHow, it is an article directory on which you publish ‘how to’ articles. You may also have an opportunity to be paid for your work under certain conditions. You must be a legal resident of the United States. Your article must be viewed and favored among readers. Your compensation, according to eHow depends on many different things, including popularity, usefulness and the topic of your article. But eHow is pretty vague on how articles are rated in these categories.
Writing an Article
Writing an eHow article is pretty easy because it is basically a bullet-point list of the steps you would take to accomplish a certain task.
After you have set up your account and when you are ready to begin writing, find the prompt on the home page entitled “Write an Article.” From there eHow will prompt you to enter the title of your article. Since the title of the article will always begin with ‘how to,’ which is already there, your title should complete that sentence.
Once you have entered the title, you may upload an image that will provide visual stimulus for your audience. For example, if you are writing an article called “How to Make Apple Pie,” you might want to upload a picture of an apple pie, or of someone preparing the ingredients for an apple pie. Providing such an image gives your article immediate context once someone arrives on the page. Readers will recognize your topic before they have read the title. Be sure that you have the authority to publish the photo and always provide due credit. eHow provides fields for you to fill in a caption and provide a photo credit.
At the end of the first page, eHow asks you to rank the difficulty of accomplishing the task in your article, to provide an introduction and a list of items that someone would need to complete the task. Once you have finished with this page, click the “save & continue” button to proceed to the next page. This is where you will publish your article.
You will write your article directly on the eHow website as opposed to uploading content from a file. There are fields for each step in your process. The eHow page gives you about 4 or 5 steps and after that, you click on the “add a step” button to continue. I am not sure there is a limit to the number of steps. My article had 8 steps.
Once you are finished writing in the content, eHow asks you to list any helpful tips or cautionary points to anyone following the instructions in your article. So, for example, if you are writing about how to do a particular exercise, you might state a warning that anyone with a back injury should be cautious.
Lastly, eHow will prompt you to add tags to your article and choose a category for filing the article. Article tags help to optimize your article for search engines. Choose tags that are directly relevant to your subject-matter. For example, if you are writing about how to groom a Yorkshire Terrier, your tags might be: dog grooming, pets, pet grooming, and Yorkshire Terrier. There are many other keywords that you can use as well.
In categorizing your article, eHow lets you choose up to 5 categories. It is a good idea to list your article in as many relevant categories as possible. People searching for your topic might arrive at the subject in a number of different ways.
After these final steps toward publishing your article, eHow lets you go one step further to publish your article to Facebook. I liked this feature because it added another level of marketing the article I published.
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