Thursday, June 18, 2009

On Track, Article Topics, Friends and Such

It's been a week since my last post. Work and life became hectic, but things have settled down for the moment. I was able to churn out a few articles this week, but if I stay on this track I don't think I'll make my goal of 21 articles. I do have 21 days until the end of my 30 days though, so maybe I can kick my writing up a notch.

The trouble I've been having lately is mostly just coming up with article topics. People say it's okay to write on a topic if it's been done before, but put your personal twist on it. I struggle with this though. I just don't think there should be 10 articles on how to paint your nails. But coming up with new and original topics is very difficult. So what to do?

I went through my entire friends list the other night and tried to comment on at least one article for everyone. I didn't for some because either they only have a few articles and I've made comments on them all or I really didn't have an interest in the topic. I don't think it helpful to the writer if I have absolutely nothing constructive to say about their article because it's on a topic that I would never try to look for on my own.

And finally, 15 out of my 26 articles are now making money. Whee! It's only a few cents here and there, but it's great to see that my older articles are finally picking up.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Writing Writing Writing

Instead of updating the blog tonight I spent some time writing a few articles. I think I'll start posting my older articles over the next few weeks to see if I can get some fresh views.

How to Shop at Costco Without a Membership

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Friends and Forums

From what I understand, eHow wants to foster an community environment among the writers so they encourage you to make friends, join groups, and post to forums. It seems like a good idea for me since I'm new to eHow. I've made some friends who have been very encouraging and have provided great feedback on my articles. I haven't really done anything to maximize the potential from having a lot of friends. Comparatively to others, I only have a handful (only 42). I'm not exactly sure what it does for me in terms of earning or writing a lot of articles. If anything, I seem to spend quite a bit of time commenting on other people's articles rather than writing new articles.

As for forums, I'm going to stay out of them for now except to check them periodically for news or tips. There's a lot of good information to be found there, but I feel like it's an easy way to get singled out for negative attention (i.e. johnnymart and his account deletion debacle).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Goals for the Next 30 Days

Since I didn't make any goals for my first month, I thought I'd start out with a few for the next 30 days.

GOALS
1) Write 21 more articles (same as last month)
2) Earn $10

Sounds pretty straight forward. :)

Update Frustrations

Article view and earning updates have been a real problem for me. I know, I know that I promised myself that I wouldn't worry about earning money on eHow, but it's difficult to ignore when your earnings pops up every time you log in.

Some days I earn a few cents and there was the one day I earned over $2 and then there are days when my views and earnings won't update at all. The longest I went without an update was for seven days, which happened after my $2+ day.

I'm not sure what's the issue. I don't like the inconsistency, but from reading the forums, this is a consistent problem. If I happen to see that it hasn't updated for a few days, I usually email Rich the forum moderator but I don't really want to have to do this every time. Rich has said that eHow is looking to make updates more consistent, so I shall wait and see.

The First Thirty Days

A few months ago I read an article about earning money writing for various websites such as eHow or the Examiner. The concept was interesting, so I mulled the idea in my head for a few weeks. I knew I wanted to start writing more regularly, but I needed some sort of structure to encourage me along and I liked the idea of being able to earn money. So I decided to try out eHow.

When I started writing on ehow on May 7, I didn't have any real goals in mind. Maybe writing an article a day? Maybe earning a few bucks a month? Without any goals, I decided to just write what popped in my head and not really worry about things like search engines optimization or ad cost-per-clicks until I got a good handle of the eHow world. I spent the first 30 days making friends, commenting on articles, reading the forums for tips, and generally just writing when I felt like it.

And in my first 30 days on eHow, I wrote 21 articles and earned $6.31. Pretty good? I like to think so.