Tuesday, April 6, 2010

eHow Stops WCP, Forces Writers to Work for Demand Studios

On April 5, 2010 eHow stunned members by announcing the end of the Writer's Compensation Program or WCP.  During the eHow UK fiasco eHow community managers Julie and Rich assured members that the WCP was not going away.  I have very mixed feelings about eHow cancelling the WCP and giving writers the boot. Julie claimed that eHow's decision to stop the WCP was partially based on their inability to salvage the publishing tool.  I doubt that's it.

Writers are still compensated for the articles that are on eHow, but no one can add more unless it's done via Demand Studios.  Some eHow writers were automatically approved to write for Demand Studios.  I am pre-approved to write for Demand Studios although I'm skeptical about writing for a company that displayed such disregard for their writers. Hindsight is 20/20.  Demand Studios likely planned to end the WCP at eHow to quite some time, but they failed miserably when it came to transparency.

Essentially, eHow sent a pink slip to thousands of people, but it wasn't their first shady move. Article sweeps were suddenly routinely done to get rid of articles that didn't conform to their rules, but they failed to tell members about the changes or notify anyone that their articles were on the chopping block. 
Now, eHow writers need to start looking for other revenue share sites like InfoBarrel, HubPages, Seekyt, and other up front sites like Seed or Textbroker.   

To all of the writers who are still reeling from the news my sympathy goes out to you.

(note:  eHow stopped paying members for their articles on May 5, 2011)


JadeDragon@innovativepassiveincome said...

Considering how many times we heard that DM was committed to eHow and the WCP... ya. The UK site never hurt anyone until it did either. I'm watching and blogging about this train wreak.

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