Many of you probably already know about the site ehow.com The more I do research about passive income streams this repeatedly surfaces as one of the easiest and potentially, most rewarding residual income streams for writers. While I do not fancy myself a writer of novels or prose, I sure do like the idea of writing short (200-600 word) “how to” pieces.
Perfect For Scatterbrains!
I think my brain works extremely well with this style of writing. I have never been diagnosed with ADD, but I have serious trouble staying focused on a single topic for an extended period of time. Especially the time it would take to write say, a novel, or a feature-length article. With eHow, I can get an idea in my head and within 15 minutes, I have pounded out a quick 4-6 step How-To article about the burning topic of the day and submitted it to be published. If you are anything like me and have trouble staying focused on long writing assignments (or anything else in life for that matter) this may be for you!
Residual Income Potential
I want to be up front about my earnings through eHow so you can make an informed decision about whether this could be a quality source of residual income. As of today, my account reads $0. My first articles were just published yesterday, so I know they need to have time to gain momentum.
You earn income on your articles through Adsense revenue sharing basically. eHow has a complicated algorithm that they use to determine the share of the profits, but I do know that their calculations depend heavily on the Adsense earnings your article brings in. If you run a blog, you are probably very familiar with how Adsense works and can easily apply that knowledge to publishing articles on eHow.
SEO also plays a large role in getting your articles found. Basic knowledge of keyword searches will aid you tremendously in crafting titles for your articles and formatting your text.
As I move forward with this project, I will keep you updated with monthly earning reports. Hopefully each month they will continue to grow and grow and I will get a great jumpstart on the path to Life On My Own Terms!
What do you think?
Are you already on eHow???
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