Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Things To Come

Hey everyone, I'm wanting to spread the word to my readers that I'm going to start doing a little eHow Update. While ideally I would do this daily, it will be at least weekly. As well, I am looking to take on the questions that anyone may have regarding eHow, general freelance writing, or working from home questions. Even off topic questions would be welcomed.

Just email your questions to mr.jeffbeer@gmail.com OR comment below ;)

As well, I am thinking of doing reviews on the things you want to know more about -- so whether it's a website, business, freelance writer, product, ebook, etc., shout it out to me and I'll give you THE MOST HONEST REVIEW! I'm sure you all have seen tons of eBooks that you are tempted to buy, but never do because you don't want to waste your money -- well let me do that FOR YOU! :)

Thanks again for checking out The How-to World (2.0) -- I'm looking to take charge of this blog, so I need your input, questions, etc.!

Back to Basics - Writing Style

*Dusts off the cob-webs*

It's been a long, long... long time since I posted anything here in The How-to World, but I figured since I've finally have crawled back into eHow.com, I figured might as well start back at this blogging gig.

So, I really don't know where to begin but by stating that I have been earning with eHow, and I am so thankful for finding this awesome site. It has been a significant source of income, but at the time I know there is much further potential to earn more!

I never considered myself a 'guru', 'expert', or 'veteran' to eHow.com, much less freelance writing, but as I took some time of in mid-late 2009 to soul-search, I realized that I am indeed all the above, to some degree.

I have been with eHow.com since November 2008, and I have been working through internet mediums since August 2005. So, if there is one thing that I am, that is experienced.

Successful? Not completely.
Made millions online? Not even close (just a couple thousand).

However, it's been my goal to make 2010 a defining year for myself, in both personal and professional matters. And that is where I have coined this particular pose as getting 'Back to Basics - Writing Style'.

I sort of lost touch with those things that I was passionate about (freelance writing & eHow being one of them). However, I am determined to get back to where I belong, and truly make the success I know I am capable of.

So, hope you stick around, as I definitely plan on staying right here!

Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm Back: A Brief Update

Hi all,

As you may have already known from the last two posts... I have been focusing my energy on WritersHall and the WH forum, as it is something that I have been wanting to start for the longest time now! I am so happy to have some of you alredy on the boards posting away, and I am really trying my best to keep you happy and staying on WritersHall :D

Well, as those events have ultimately led to me neglecting The How-To World blog a bit, I wanted to give you all hope that i haven't completely abandoned this blog... trust me, I will never just up and dump this blog, and don't plan on doing so anytime soon!

However, I will have to find a way to implement this blog into WriterHall, a challenge to look forward to in the coming months.

On a final note, some things gonig on around The How-To World blog:
- The poll is closing up
- February is coming to a close -- I'll give a little post to the earnings, and overall thought on the month (I CANNOT beleive it's March already... SLOW DOWN 2009!)
- Trying to make a transition/partnership with WritersHall

I noticed that the followers of this blog keeps growing, and I have to take a moment to say thank you... I honestly was not expecting to have a SINGLE follower, but you all proved me wrong :) Again, I want to encourage all of you to check out http://writershall.com and the Writershall forum: http://writershall.com/forums

If you loved what you see on this blog, I PROMISE that you will love WritersHall ten-fold!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Attention All Writers!!!

There is an awesome website in the works as we speak. Whether you are just starting your writing career, or an established 10+ year veteran, we got the site for you!

Only interested in writing for eHow or AC, or perhaps you are starting a novel or eBook? No matter who you are, we are looking for you!

The site? WritersHall! (http://www.writershall.com)
It's going to be full of all great resources, and if WritersHall is purposed to help further everyone's career in the writing world! From Online Freelance to Paperback Publishing... WritersHall will tackle every possible subject.

So, we are hoping you are as excited as we are here at WritersHall... cause it's really going to be a blast, while at the same time enhancing everyone's success in their writing careers!

So again, check out http://www.writershall.com for the updates and progress
...it will be in its 'infant stage', so we hope you can take it in, and make it a part of your writing career family :)


Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Hello to all loyal readers, new and old. It is with great pleasure that The Jeff Beer is launching an online writing course! With recent discussions and devlopments, there has been a surprising increase of interest towards this, so if you happen to notice a slight decline in activity here, know that the energy is being focused into bigger and better things FOR YOU! :)

In the meantime, feel free to leave suggestions about what you would like to learn more about in writing, freelance, writing, online writing, or anything in general! :)

Here's to our future!

Friday, February 6, 2009

eHowlity 5: eHow Questions Answered

This eHowlity is going to be a little Q&A session. I'm trying to draft up a little spot on the blog where you can ask a question, and I'll answer it as soon as possible. *If anyone would happen to be of assistance on this, please do not hesitate to contact me! :D

So, let's get to the question:

Tonya said... Hello fellow Ehow writer! I am so thrilled at your 100th! I have many to go before that. I would love for your to have a spot on here for questions about ehow...cause I am already wanting to pic your brain! My friend and I tried this and are doing the opposite of each other. She has 300 "friends" I have 87...and so forth. We just can't seem to figure out the "system" in which it all works, why recommended numbers go down...why some articles are viewed over 300 times and it makes no money. Will definately be following your blog.

Great question, Tonya. You definitely threw the big one at me... but I'll try my best :) First off, great idea on working your experiment with someone else. Very effective and creative idea. Second, I'll break you comment into pieces, so I can answer everything as best possible:

'We just can't seem to figure out the "system" in which it all works' - This is by far the most common question on and about eHow. To be honest, there is no answer. Even to the veteran writers with awesome Google/eHow experience... the "system"* is made to be mysterious. I know, it's frustrating, but eHow does this in order to stay competitive and fair. If someone has discovered the system, they most likely won't tell... imagine if you found a huge crate of gold in your backyard. Most likely, you would keep this secret to the public. So the only advice/ answer I have is to simply not worry about this. Instead, focus on the 'true' system: write as many keyword-rich articles as possible, and research the keywords that people are Googling.* I should note that I am using "system" to represent the eHow earning compensation program... just to make clarity on the language.

'why recommended numbers go down'- To the best of my knowledge, Recommendations go down as a result from eHow's glitching. That means, when eHow goes through updating their website, which allows the possibility of losing recommendations. However, I want to get more into the idea of recommendations itself. As some of you have known, I have voiced my opinions towards recommendations as not being of importance. Why? I believe that recommendations have no value, since anyone could simply recommend anyone on a whim. While I would love to think that my almost 100 recommendations gives a presence that I am a good writer, I know that at the end of the day it did not create earnings. So, hate to be a bit pessimistic in that aspect, but don't focus on recommendations, and as I mentioned in last question... just focus on writing quality articles.

'why some articles are viewed over 300 times and it makes no money'- This is another common, but unanswered question. However, I will definitely be able to bring insight to this area. I am pretty certain that every eHow writer has at least one, if not several, eHow articles that are viewed hundreds of times, yet have yet to earn a penny! Why is this? Remember that eHow's earning are based on ad contracts, primarily via Google's adsense program. Therefore, eHow get's payment from reader's clicks on those ads, which you receive a percentage of that earning per ad clicked. So, you have an article that has 300 views, but earned nothing. How can you get it to start earning? There are two methods:
1.) specifically create a writing style that indirectly moves your reader to do further research the article's topic, which will enhance your chances of having ads clicked. I have found this through my years of online and freelance writing, but I am amazed as to how this technique is such a secret. While I preach highest quality in your writing... mixing it up with this little marketing technique will give a creative method for earning!
2.) Start marketing heavily on internet resources, so that you can get thousands of readers that can become frequent, loyal readers of your work. Best method for this is to start a blog, and become active on internet resources, such as Twitter. ***REMEMBER: it is against Terms of Service with Google Adsense that you do not state the readers to click your ads! While not 100% certain, I am 99.99% that eHow follows this policy as well. If you do this, you will be banned from Google's Adsense program, and 'possibly' be banned from eHow. Even if you did ask... readers will quickly lose interest in you anyways, so just avoid asking for clicks altogether.
Obviously, you want to mix both 1.) and 2.), but if you must choose one, go with 1.).

So, hopefully this answered your questions Tonya. I enjoyed this post, and hope to get more from YOU, my lovely readers :) If I can leave you with one idea, let it be this: Writer right, and yearn to earn! ...sorry, it's Friday. What I mean is write with quality, and in return you will see earnings be decent! I know, a 'DUH' statement, but you'll be amazed as to how many people don't truly understand the power of quality writing.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Wrap-up of January 2009

Good morning to all! I hope that January has been a warm welcome during this cold month. As it seems that 2009 is going full-speed, I felt that I have had an unusually large amount of down-time... something I haven't truly had in years. While I was working hard on eHow and my freelance writin, this down-time has allowed me to get back into my creative self, and with that I have accumulated numerous great ideas that I am certainly excited to announce in the near future! Some being career-related, and others being more artistic hobbies... but nonetheless January has been a great time to think, wonder, and meditate (it is safe to say that coffee also played a vital role as well).

But now I want to focus this bit towards my 'eHow' goals. Here is what my goals were back on New Year's Day:

1.) Have written 1,000 articles by end of the 2009 years.
2.) Make a $1,000 month by March (...so I got 3 months to give that done, oh boy!)
3.) Make eHow writing a steady income, thus making it a full-time job.

So, how is the progress? Not sure, I must say. I have passed the '100 article' mlestone... and while I wanted to announce it in the eHow forum, I decided not to. Why is this? Simply because I knew I could (well, should) have had those 100 articles written back in December. As well, I noticed that everyone and their mother (this can be both figuratively OR actually :P) announces their milestones, so I feel it has become a bit mundain.

Even more, I am a bit inconclusive in my progress report because my earnings are lower than Decembers (I still have a day or two to match or beat Dec.'s earnings... so keep your fingers crossed!)
Another bit of a bummer is the eHow's management lack of consistency in updates. Don't get me wrong I understand how much of a PAIN that is... but it has tested my patience for sure. Hopefully February will be a kinder month in that regard. :)

So, going into the new year, I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew... but I have a big mouth, and an even bigger appetite... so I'm not going to back down from the challenge. Almost majority of my articles are over a month old, so I am looking forward to seeing this 'ripening' effect that all the veteran eHowers talk about.

Overall, I must say that eHow IS a full-time job, no matter what my earnings are, I can always depend on eHow to bring me success, month after month... I hope eHow does the same for you!


p.s.- I am going to start a little program for interested writers on this blog in February! It is going to tackle all the questions that I have found throughout my time as an eHow writer, but I will also get into discussions covering freelance writing to keyword research to marketing to working on the internet in general! So, please keep reading the How To World blog... I am deeply humbled by your support!