Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hey - I Just Made Money with eHow!

So, here is something rather cool. I just got paid $5.69 for my articles on eHow. A few months back several bloggers like Passive Family Income wrote about their successes with writing articles for eHow. (Writing for Your Wealth is another great blog for this type of work and just had a great series on it.) So, I don't know - back sometime in September I wrote a couple articles... then forgot about them. Just this week I received an email from them letting me know they had credited my account. Yay!

The concept of eHow is fairly simple - you write "How to" articles and post them. As people read them and click on the advertising links, you get paid. The website is really easy to use and you can write about anything from How to Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car to How to Replace the Speakers on a 1987 Chevy. The articles are designed to be short and sweet and are really easy to write since they have a nice template all set up for you to use.

So, the other night while driving to my mother's house I was thinking about writing this post and I thought of several other different articles I could write. Fortunately, I keep a notebook in my purse at all times for just this kind of thing, so at the next stoplight I jotted down several ideas. I mean, why not? I love writing and this is the kind of thing that is right up my alley.

My in-the-car inspiration aside, the hard thing is coming up with articles to write. I don't feel like I know how to do much that other people don't know how to do, but then again, every article doesn't have to be about brain surgery. In fact, I just used an eHow article the other day when I was having problems configuring my Yahoo email account. A couple weeks ago I used another one for how to put up caulk in cold weather.

With the internet being such a huge resource for information, people are going online first when they are trying to solve a problem. I think that with the new frugal-forward fix-it-yourself economy of 2009, this is going to be truer than ever. So why not share your knowledge?

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louise said...

thats great! writing is one of best ways to make some quick money online

Dawn said...

Thanks Louise! I love found money, don't you?

passivefamilyincome said...

Dawn - Thanks for the plug. What is your name on eHow?

Dawn said...

You are most welcome! I will email it to you directly, since I am considering changing it.

Miss M said...

Interesting, I didn't know you got paid for eHow articles. I'm always looking for ways to earn a little extra cash, I'll have to check them out.

Dawn said...

Yes indeedy Miss M. Check it out, some people have done quite well with them. I'm still learning and only have a few up, but Passive Family Income has some nice links on his blog if you want to learn more.