I haven’t had time to write here for the past few weeks due to some new client projects, but this newest and final twist to the eHow scam deserves a quick note: After stringing writers along for months and denying that they planned to end the Writer Compensation Program, eHow just announced that they have done just that.

So you eHow writers have been invited to apply to Demand Studios if you want to continue writing for eHow. Many have already been automatically accepted into DS if they wrote 5 or more articles with a low rejection rate. Frankly, anyone who has a choice (meaning you have food in the cupboard and your mortgage or rent is covered) and willingly associates themselves with Demand Studios after the treachery Demand Media has demonstrated toward its residual income writers deserves the abuse they will undoubtedly receive as a result.

From the announcement, it’s not clear whether eHow will continue to pay residuals for existing articles. Knowing eHow’s track record, that would mean NO.

I warned you all before and told you that DM didn’t want eHow writers any more. So please take heed now and move on to an ethical company. Write for InfoBarrel, HubPages, Suite101 or Examiner or another proven site.

And don’t look back or you’ll turn into a pillar of salt, and don’t say that Savage Sites didn’t warn you.

As soon as I can, I will publish a post detailing how Demand Media rigged eHow to maximize their profits in anticipation of this very day by scamming writers. In the meantime, here is the text of their “surprise” (not) announcement:

Important Announcement

Demand Studios is now the exclusive writing platform for eHow.com.

Hi [Member],

Today, we are announcing that Demand Studios is now the exclusive platform for writing new articles for eHow.com. This change will not impact any of your existing articles or payments currently affiliated with the Writer Compensation Program (WCP). We would like to invite you to apply to become a Demand Studios writer. We are committed to providing a quality experience, and Demand Studios gives eHow.com’s writers a more robust publishing platform including copy editors, quality assurance and a number of great, new resources for the writer community. We look forward to hearing from you.

How does this impact you?

Demand Studios has a rigorous writer admission process to ensure quality. Some writers were pre-approved because of their track record with us. Quality is paramount, and our criteria for accepting eHow.com writers into Demand Studios were based on writer activity level and moderation history. By the end of March 2010, you should have published five or more articles, of which at least 80 percent were accepted. Also, you must have been a member of the WCP. Having written 1 articles with a 100% acceptance rate, you did not qualify. However, we want to learn more about you, which is why we would like to ask you to apply to Demand Studios. Your application will allow us to see more of your work and to comprehensively review your writing.

What are the benefits?

Demand Studios now offers the benefits you are accustomed to on eHow.com, with added flexibility. You can suggest your own titles and write articles that pay monthly on a residual basis. In addition you can select assignments that pay upfront. The combination of these options gives you the opportunity to make more money. You choose what articles you write and how you get paid.

Next Steps:

  • Please complete any new articles that you are drafting on eHow.com within the next seven days. You will not be able to publish via eHow.com’s publishing tools after 12:00 AM (PDT) on April 13, 2010.
  • Apply at Demand Studios.
  • For additional questions, please visit the FAQ or email us at writers@ehow.com.

Thank you,

The eHow Team


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