Am I the only person in the world never to have heard of ehow before Panda?
It is funny how that works. I was going to post this on the Panda thread, but it I went off topic and wrote way more than I expected. LOL So here it is:
Over the years my wife and I have had to continually re-invent ourselves. In fact, I haven't worked for anyone in over 25 years. Way before the Internet went public.
A couple years ago, in a crisis in this business, we investigated other opportunities. At that time, we investigated e-how, HubPages, Examiner, and many more sites. I am not sure any of them will survive or have a sufficient business model, but they can be used for SEO and to make money.
We signed up with all of them. I even went through a background check to become an Examiner.
Not all of those websites are the same. The Examiner and Associated Content, IMO, are still in very good positions. My wife receives money from e-How occasionally.
A year ago or so they made changes, and not everyone can write for eHow. They probably saw the Panda writing on the wall. They became very discriminating.
Associated Content is kinda discriminating. Anyone can write for them though (at least that is the way it used to be).
HubPages is pretty cool. You can place your Adsense on your article. Your ads show up every other time. Their ads show up the other time.
Other Article Directories:
One of the best "quality" article directories is e-zine. They are very discriminating and it takes longer to get your article published. They don't work on the weekends or nights. One time I wrote an article and they didn't publish it until I made some changes. They are the most picky of the article directories.
Articlesbase, a huge but newer site, takes every piece of junk out there. I have seen people put copyrighted material up there. No problem. I wondered how they got away with that. Maybe it is because they are based in Israel and it is harder to sue them? I don't know.
The bottom line: Most of these sites were used for SEO. You publish an article on them and get a link back to your page.
Gather is another one. Last year we made several hundred dollars (not much, but considering the effort) with Gather. They are like a social networking site. They will pay you a little for posting something, posting on someone else's post, and doing all sorts of stuff on their website.