Why Ehow.com is a Bad Source of Information

Wed, Jun 16, 2010, by ericdl6019

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EHow.com, the pinnacle of online information on how to "do it yourself" Is it really that great? Who writes the articles for eHow? More importantly, can they be trusted?

eHow.com, What is it?

If you any sort of computer junkie, you’ve without a doubt heard in some way or another just how versatile eHow.com is. Surprisingly, not many people know what eHow.com. The website, in essence, is a mother-load of information, and specializes in delivering users “do it yourself” articles on the fly, granting them the freedom to improve their daily lives with a few clicks of the mouse. 

But Why?

Why? Because you can! eHow.com’s rapidly growing popularity seems to be triggered by the site’s ability to turn an ordinary couch potato into a “look what I did all by myself” addict. The site offers a treasure trove of knowledge, all of which is used to entice an unsuspecting web surfer, ensnaring them in a web of residual “how to” guides.

Who Writes for eHow?

eHow is unique in that it allows everyday computer users to sign up and apply for a position as an honorary writer for the site. That said, I was deeply saddened when my own application to become a part of such a prestigious organization was declined. Defeated, I packed up my five page litarary analysis of Death of a Salesman I had used for my credentials and went on my way. However, my attempts at gaining access to eHow were not in vain, as I uncovered a startling aspect of eHow’s writing armada that would surely turn the intelligible internet user away form the site’s “accessibility”. 

In short, eHow, although it gallantly wields the power to decline applications and forbids users from applying more than once, is made up of, quite simply, you. That’s right, eHow’s entire army of internet-savvy writers are nothing more than computer users with access to a keyboard and the site’s inner workings. A close aquantience of mine, who introduced me to the lucrative business of writing for the site, was accepted while I, an avid writer, was turned down by the site. Having access to an “insider”, I quickly discovered that an accepted “chosen one” has the ability to write about anything they want, meaning that a thirteen year old in Kentucky could be the one giving you advice on how to juggle flaming tennis rackets safely and appropriately. 

So?

So? So do you want someone who has no idea what they’re doing telling you how to do stuff? NO! You want reliable, safe information that is both accurate and easily understood. Think for a moment, have you ever followed eHow’s “instructables” word for word and had good results? Tell you what, next time you need information on how to do something, ask a real person, or, better yet, just google the thing.

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  1. John Lii Says:

    yeah anybody that writes for ehow sucks

  2. EhowsucksCowdung Says:

    There is only one class of people lower than the morons who write for ehow… those would be people who read ehow.

    Do your part for the good of the net, never EVER click on any link on the ehow site.

  3. Oldenoughto Knowbetter Says:

    If you need ehow you need “Crock Pot Helper”. A real case of the blind leading the blind most of the time.

  4. Bob Says:

    eHow articles are the spam of the wiki world.
    They are written to get search engine hits to generate ad revenue, but articles don’t give any useful details.
    Whenever I search for instructions, I include ” -ehow ” in the search terms, so I omit those results.

  5. Smedleytee Says:

    Eric-

    You may have been turned down from even a crappy site such as eHow because you can\’t spell \”aquaintance\” and apparently can\’t be bothered to spell-check what you publish, either. Just a guess.

  6. Lionel Says:

    Also it’s “literary” not “litarary”.

  7. lolyourlife Says:

    ehow has its fair share of crappy articles with useless information, but check the date. if it was written within the last two years, chances are the information is correct. it has to be. wikipedia information does not ever have to be correct. i can’t even begin to describe how many times customers have come at me with a wikipedia link for some dated electronic trying to score big on projected values.

    how is this site any more purposeful than ehow? because it’s a couple of random cyber bro opinions with low income advertisements paving the way?

    hey webmaster – how long until you can retire on that webupon income with your 22 year old swedish bride?

    probably not very soon. amateur writers that can’t even break through the simple system that is Demand Studios. how pitiful. but hey! you guys got a few clicks to your website here! show coca-cola that you were able to crack the 2k users/month barrier.

  8. john Says:

    well thats spot on. use ehow and you will fail 90% or more often

  9. ehow.comHater Says:

    Ehow is absolute trash. I have only ever found one decent diy project.

    How to hook up RCA jacks to computer. Buy an adapter.

    Thats just genius, sounds like a 10 year old wrote it.

    I have permanently stricken ehow.com from all search results.
    The fact that people write and go to these sites is what keeps this buisness model afloat.

  10. John Welker Says:

    You may be right about eHow, I don’t know enough about the subject to comment. However, I can give you one reason why eHow may have rejected you. You are not a good writer. You don’t use the English language properly. Your writing is cumbersome and I had to struggle with the context to decipher your sentences, at times. Work on that and try again. Good Luck.

  11. fernanda Says:

    i think u r a HATER . just because they turned u down u decided to bad maouth them. if they have declined ur writings it means they have standards, after all… i mean just proofread the text above and u will feel embarrassed.
    in the 1st sentence there is a verb missing (which i ve added in capitals) – If you ARE any sort of computer junkie, you’ve without a doubt heard in some way or another just how versatile eHow.com is.
    also, the 2nd sentence contradicts the 1st one , and has a verb missing (added in capitals) – Surprisingly, not many people know what eHow.com IS.
    and then u spelt LITERARY and ACQUAINTANCE wrong.
    i mean… come one
    i wouldnt give u a job as a writer
    maybe u just think u r better than u actually are
    how about some more practice b4 slagging sites off when they turn u down?
    I HAVE ACTUALLY USED EHOW A FEW TIMES for arts and crafts and THEY WERE SPOT ON
    i have no reason to defend a website, im not even a fan, i wouldnt use them as source for a research article or smthng, but it is a useful website for practical things

  12. fernanda Says:

    sorry for the typo, i meant mouth

  13. C M Says:

    Yea sorry…Not everyone is good at DIY. You need good technical know-how, and you need to be able to think on the fly, because simply reading DIY is not enough, you need to be able to see what they are trying to get you to see…

    Having said that, every DIY I’ve followed has turned out successful. So can’t imagine how people would have so many problems unless they just simply weren’t skilled enough to do it…

    Seriously, unless you are good at figuring things out for yourself, hire a pro, because an article can’t do it for you.

    As for the author of this article…wow sour grapes? Your mad that you weren’t given a role, yet us lowly people who actually know what we’re doing – yea us every day people – get the roles? Give me a break.

    What makes you better than US? Many experts are horrible teachers. And the reverse is true as well.

    “simply, you” “So do you want someone who has no idea what they’re doing telling you how to do stuff? NO!” “ask a real person, or, better yet, just google the thing.”

    LOL So the site stinks cause it’s written by us, so we should ask people like us instead, or better yet google it for articles written by people like us….

    Ya ever think that you failed at both application and theory on EHow.com because you don’t take the time to actually think?

  14. Tom Says:

    Heh. It is a content mill plain and simple. The focus is on providing as many articles as possible in order to serve advertisements and thus generate revenue. Their goal was never to provide quality DIY instructions. This is a case of quantity over quality. Consider yourself lucky that you were rejected by these greedy losers. Writing for eHow is not something you want to brag about.

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