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    Beware of eHow Spark

    Demand Studios has been known to copy ideas before, and their latest idea, eHow Spark, is no different. Spark works a lot like Pinterest. You can pin photos and text to your boards and share them with others using an app or a “clipping” tool. The catch is, while Pinterest says in their Terms of Agreement that they have no claim to what is pinned on their site, eHow claims everything: Click on it to make it larger. I think this is a clear warning to content producers to stay clear of this site. If you want to keep other people from using your content on eHow Spark, head on…

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    DMS Slowing Down eHow Production

    Well, the event people have been predicting has finally happened. Demand Media Studios has all but halted the production of eHow articles. In an announcement made last week, DMS said that it will limit the amount of titles produced for the site for the foreseeable future. Titles are restricted to subjects that hasn’t already been covered by eHow. Hmmm, titles that hasn’t already been covered by eHow… Articles on lengthy, in-depth processes that are worth a lot more than $15-$25 a pop. I don’t see many writers spending their time writing for DMS any more. The lure of the fast buck is gone. Share this...FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin

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    Demand Media Gets Hit By Panda…Finally

    Demand Studios and Panda by Alina Bradford Google had promised that Panda was for sites like eHow, yet the first wave seemed to completely miss Demand Media. This time though, it seems like eHow got hit like a man in the ring with George Foreman, according to many traffic tracking sites and web trend sites, like WebProNews and It Pro Portal. So, what does this mean? Well, Demand has been frantically restructuring their way of producing articles. Most articles now have to be written by “experts” and have lengthy references. Even though the standard have tightened, the pay has stayed about the same. My guess is that most writers will jump ship like I did almost…

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    eHow WCP Alert

    If you used to be a writer for eHow’s WCP (Writer’s Compensation Program) you may want to check your articles. eHow is going through a site-wide sweep, deleting articles right and left. Recently, I had 20 articles deleted. There was no email to tell me that the articles were deleted and many writers on the eHow forum are reporting the same. Apparently, articles are being deleted because they have similar titles to articles that Demand Studios owns. At least, that’s what writers are saying over at the forums. I tend to agree, because none of my articles fit the criteria that eHow says they delete articles for, such as plagiarism…

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    How My Articles Have Been Affected by Google Change

    Well, yesterday I talked about how Google’s new algorithm has slammed Suite 101 from first page result to dozens of pages back. Well, the change has very harshly affected my page views over at Suite. This time last month I was getting around 2,500 page views a day at Suite. Yesterday I got 873. On the other hand, my eHow articles that I posted years ago are doing better than ever. Other former eHow writers report that their page views are doing the same or better than before the Google algorithm change. Other reports confirm that eHow has benefited from the change. Now, I may be wrong, but in my…