I began writing for them about a month ago. My first article was a masterpiece of SEO goodness that hit slot #1 in Google results for its keywords on its third day in publication. It has remained in slot #1 ever since, even though they deleted it a week ago. Why? It's not "in the how-to format". The hell with eHow.
I rewrote the article about three weeks ago after an online acquaintance warned me eHow would delete it for not being in the how-to format. I told her, "You can't put this in the how-to format - it's about which add-ons are best for doing certain things in Firefox." But after that I did try to, you know, get it more in the how-to format. And I thought I succeeded. They deleted it anyway, even though it was making me money, and was well-received by readers.
It's like eHow wants to cut its own financial throat. All of its articles are covered in ads, which is how they make their money and give us our pay-outs, and my article was no exception: it was totally covered and smothered in ads. I think online ads are hideous, but I use AdBlockPlus with Firefox, so I don't care if there are ads as long as I can't see them on my own published content.
Coincidentally, my article did touch on using AdBlockPlus to block ads....hmmmm, wonder if that offended them?
Those ads were making money for both me and eHow, so why can't they loosen up and realize their format requirements are ridiculous? They hinder creativity and subject matter, decrease ad views, increase costs, and generally make the site a lot less informative than it could be.
Maybe I should write for about.com if I'm going to write how-tos - their format seems a lot looser, which is what I need, being the highly creative and independence-craving person that I am - I can't stand editors, I don't like rules, and I really can't stand - formats.
Oh, and I've had a huge headache for the last six hours. I'm not taking anything for it because supposedly treating pain is "bad" and just makes a rebound headache more likely, according to the latest research, so there's no doubt my suffering is just making me even crabbier than I would be otherwise over eHow's bullshit.