Archive for the ‘Passive Income’ Category

If you are an eHow writer you have probably received an e-mail by now announcing that the Writer Compensation Program will cease to exist to new users. They also announced that current eHow writers will now solely produce content through Demand Studios. This marks an extreme change for Demand Media which is one of the largest content creation companies in the world.

Current eHow writers will either be pre-approved, based on their current article acceptance rate as of April 1st, or they will be given the option to apply for a writing position at Demand Studios to continue producing content for eHow.

A lot of people who receive a passive income from eHow should pay attention to these changes. All of your old articles will not be touched and you can continue to receive revenue sharing from your articles as you have been, however, for any new articles you submit, you will have to go through Demand Studios.

Thankfully, I was pre-approved into Demand Studios based on a 92% acceptance rate.  Here is the e-mail that I received from eHow earlier today.

Demand Studios is now the exclusive writing platform for eHow.com.

Hi strongside,

Today, we are announcing that Demand Studios is now the exclusive platform for writing new articles for eHow.com. Congratulations, you have automatically been accepted into Demand Studios. This change will not impact any of your existing articles or payments currently affiliated with the Writer Compensation Program (WCP). Demand Studios gives eHow.com’s writers a more robust publishing platform including copy editors, quality assurance and a number of great, new resources for the writer community. We are committed to providing a quality experience and are excited for you to get started.

How does this impact you?

Demand Studios has a rigorous writer admission process to ensure quality. Writers, like you, were pre-approved, because of your excellent track record. Quality is paramount, and our criteria for accepting eHow.com writers into Demand Studios were based on writer activity level andmoderation history. By the end of March 2010, you should have published five or more articles, of which at least 80 percent were accepted. Also, you must have been a member of the WCP. Having written 64 articles with a 92% acceptance rate, you should be proud of yourself for being pre-approved.

We are migrating thousands of writers on eHow.com over the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience and will notify you via email when you can begin writing for Demand Studios. In the meantime, it’s business as usual, and you can continue to publish on eHow.com.

What are the benefits?

Demand Studios now offers the benefits you are accustomed to on eHow.com, with added flexibility. You can suggest your own titles and write articles that pay monthly on a residual basis. In addition you can select assignments that pay upfront. The combination of these options gives you the opportunity to make more money. You choose what articles you write and how you get paid.

Next Steps:

  • Continue to write using eHow.com’s publishing tools and watch for an email notification from us regarding your transition into Demand Studios.
  • For additional questions, please visit the FAQ or email us at writers@ehow.com.

Thank you,

The eHow Team

Important Changes Ahead

Here is an additional graphic provided from eHow that will hopefully illustrate some of the differences between eHow and the new Demand Studios publishing platform.

What do you think?

Will you continue to write for Demand Studios?


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It has been 20 short days since I registered with eHow.com and published my first article. I have learned a lot about the inner workings of eHow and been frustrated along with all the other eHow community members  at the publishing glitches. But through all that frustration, I have managed to publish 35 articles on my own.

Here are links to some of my favorite articles that I have written:

How to Graduate College For Free

How to Recycle Your Old Blog Posts Into eHow Articles

How to Get Free Stuff For a Product Review Website

How to Quit Your 9-5 and Live on Passive Income

How to Earn a Passive Income on eHow

How to Create a Niche Website that Makes Money

As of the writing of this article I have gained 434 article views. I have earned a total of $2.25. Not exactly a goldmine but I feel like I am well on my way to earning a steady residual income.

You can check out my eHow profile here.

Do you have eHow articles up? What have you found are the best methods for gaining traffic to your articles?

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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!

Check out my eHow profile here!!!

What do you think?

Are you already on eHow???

Photo by: Simon Howden

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The more I look for ideas of earning an income online I keep seeing one recurring theme: iPhone apps.

It seems like every time I turn around another one of my friends gets an iPhone. Personally, even as fanatic of a fan of Apple products as I am, I cannot stomach paying the monthly service fee through AT&T so I don’t own an iPhone, but I know that a whole boatload of people do, and those people buy apps!

So you have a captive audience willing to spend the big bucks on the phone, the monthly service fee, and all the trapping to make their iPhone cool and unique, and you better believe they are willing to pay a few bucks to download a cool app that will make them stand out among their friends.

Now I will be the first to admit that I don’t know the first thing about programming, so I would have to outsource the programming for an iPhone app, but I’m gonnna jump on this bandwagon while its hot.

Have you developed an iPhone app? Do you know exactly where the best programmers are to be found? Is there money to be made?

Photo by: Francesco Marino

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