My highest earning ehow article was swept away. OK- it sucked. It was very poorly written. If I was eHow, I would have deleted it, too.
However, it was bringing me over $30 a month. From 5 minutes of work.
I wondered why it hadn’t made any money this month, so I clicked it to see the ad alignment and found an entirely different article. by some guy named Bruce. Hey Bruce, wanna buy me a cup of coffee for all those incoming links I created?
It’s a crappy situation all around. There’s no way to ensure that all of my incoming links end up on my article- can a URL be redirected according to the referring page? And still- that wouldn’t meet eHow’s goal of making sure their content wasn’t crap.
Luckily- the fear that writers would have no access to their deleted work is completely inaccurate, go through the “edit” feature and there’s your stuff. I was able to verify that it was, indeed, a crappier article than I had remembered.
Just to be a good sport, I went ahead and redirected all those inbound links I had built to other articles in the same content web.
I’m not done with them, each site I write for has different editorial standards and I am not interested in becoming a famous writer, or having the best spelling, grammar or picturesque speech. My goal here is to bring in a decent online income, without spending 12 hours a day online.
So I’ll continue keeping my eggs in many baskets, I’ll re-post my crappy content somewhere that has no standards and in the future, I’ll keep a better eye on my high earning articles.