Making Money Writing Your First eHow Article
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You’ve probably heard of eHow when looking for information on line on how to cook a certain recipe, or to conduct a non-routine task that has arisen in your daily life. Since the merger of weHow and eHow to the eHow.com website that exists today, eHow has become a very viable means for the freelance writer to add another great passive income stream to his or her writing portfolio. The following is an outline you can use for getting started authoring your first eHow freelance writing article.
Picking Your eHow Topic
First, you will need to brain-storm some ideas on what you are interested in writing about that will help others conduct a task. Some examples could be, “How to Cook Barbecue in Memphis,” “How to Change the Oil on a 1999 Ford Thunderbird,” etc. Once you have a topic or two, check the eHow topics to see if the same title has been used previously on the main screen of your eHow account. If it has, change the wording of your title a bit so that it is unique. This will help your article’s showing in the search engine rankings and ultimately result in more article views and money in your pocket!
Writing the eHow Introduction
A good eHow introduction is between 75 and 100 words in length. That is just enough room for you to introduce the topic to the reader and explain the benefits of following the steps in your prose. If you are new to eHow’s style of writing, you might find it best to write the introduction to the article after you have written the steps of the article. Regardless, ensure you use the embedded spell-checker in the eHow authoring tool as you complete the article steps to ensure you do not have any mis-spellings.
Writing the eHow Steps
A good eHow article contains three to eight total steps. You should start each step with an action verb. For example, “Open your Web Browser and navigate to the Microsoft website,” vice “In order to find the Windows 7 resource that you are looking for, go to the Microsoft Website.” If you have to use more than eight steps for the article, look at ways that you can combine steps since the reader will typical stop reviewing the article at this point.
Adding Imagery to Your eHow Article
Readers like to see imagery in articles if it is applicable to the topic. If you have personal pictures that are relevant to the topic, go ahead and add them using the picture tool in the eHow article editor. If you do not, the Wikimedia Commons are a great place to start for finding imagery that is licensed for re-use. You will also be rewarded by eHow for more contribution points with the greater number of images that are included with each article.
Adding Tips and Warnings to Your eHow Article
The Tips and Warnings section of an eHow article is the appropriate place for you to add extra information on the topic. You are not required to put any information in these areas, but if you think the reader will benefit from the information go ahead and include it in this section.
Providing Resources to Aid the Reader
The final stage to creating an eHow article is to provide two or more resources for the article reader to visit for additional information. eHow does not enforce a minimum number of resources on you, but between two and four seems to work best. When you are choosing a uniform resource locator (URL) for the resources, try to pick a direct link, to a relevant page on a website vice the top page of a large source.
That’s about it. Once you have finished adding resources, publish your article. A neat thing about eHow is you can go back and edit your work if new information arises; you missed something the first time around, etc.