Wednesday, January 27, 2010

eHow Earnings

Wow!  Since my last post I have made more money on eHow than I did in all the time that our articles were on the UK site.  Obviously that slip-up (ahem) by eHow of putting our articles on their UK site really did cost us money.  I don't know if they're going to reimburse us for lost earnings.  There has been some community chatter about that but not a word from management.  I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

eHow and the United Kingdom

Lo and behold!  eHow fixed the UK problem.  They usually move really slow to fix things, but I guess certain words or phrases prompt them to expedite matters.  Words and phrases such as:  legal/illegal, civil action suit, attorney, you get the idea.
They have removed all of our articles from their sister UK site and, if the UK site comes up in a search result, it is redirected to the US site.  WooHoo!!  Maybe we'll start making money again.  Dare to dream.

SEO Book

I've been asked about the SEO book, which I haven't read yet by the way.  It is an ebook by Google and it's free to all.  So, here is a link to the book.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

eHow........An Endangered Species?

I've stopped writing articles for eHow except for a recipe that I wrote a few weeks ago.  Many of the more seasoned writers have removed their articles from eHow and transferred them to Bukisa or Xomba and/or other sites that pay for content.
The ongoing technical problems at eHow are too numerous to mention.  But the BIG problem, and the reason that so many people are leaving the site, is the new eHow in the United Kingdom.  eHow management, in their infinite wisdom, decided to start a sister website in the UK. (rather than fixing the problems that they're having with the site in the US).  Since they needed articles to get the site going, they used all, or at least most, of OUR articles.  That would be fine if we were getting paid for our articles on the UK site, but we are not.  Our articles are showing up on Google searches as  So if someone wants to search.....How to Boil Water, the top search on Google will be the UK site instead of the US site.  That person will read the article and learn how to boil water and the author of the article doesn't make any money.  Our earnings at eHow have plummeted as a result of this debacle.
Everyday there are complaints from eHow members.  Some have contacted eHow's legal department, some have consulted an attorney of their own.  eHow hasn't actually admitted that they've done anything wrong but they did assure us that our articles will be removed from the UK site.  I don't think that it's just some computer tech making that statement (he's just the messenger), my guess is eHow's legal department issued that assurance.  We were told that it will take a few weeks to take the articles off the UK site, that means a few more weeks of plummeting earnings to look forward to.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Google Does Not Like Plagiarists!!

As you know I reported two plagiarized articles to Google.  The article that was on the Chinese website has been removed.  It's good to know that Google takes plagiarism seriously, and actually does something about it!  The other article is on a website that originates in India, still waiting to hear from Google on that one.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Plagiarism Saga

Well there has been no response yet from Google regarding either plagiarizing website.  I've been told that it takes a few weeks to get results.  I had posted a public comment on the website that took my Rare Book Conservator article.  That website originates in China, so a nice person who I don't even know, translated my comment into Mandarin Chinese just to be sure that they get the message.  Click here to meet that person.