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---- eHow dumps their forum and member profiles
Lapizuli - 3:40 am on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)existing content inherited from previous ownership
|No doubt eHow would love to move the cost of content as close to FREE as they can get. |
They had free and they let it go, or actually changed the business model, presumably in order to better control quality. As I recall, before spring of last year, and for a period of two (three?) years, eHow had at least four sources of content that I know of:
content created by write-for-hire folks through Demand Studios (now Demand Media Studios)
content created by topic experts who were paid I don't know how, and
how-to articles created by "community members" who are the people you see on the eHow forums.
The last group wrote for no up-front fee and were only paid royalties. These "free" articles were of variable quality. Demand Media ended the program last April, I think it was. Writers are still paid for existing content, and those who met quality standards were grandfathered into the Demand Media Studios stable, where they may still write the no-up-front-pay (i.e., "free") revenue sharing articles, this time under editorial control.
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