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Behind the Scenes at eHow Pt. II: TL;DR

16 Aug

If you want to know why eHow articles are so bad, it’s because the writers spend more time writing their notes explaining their crappy writing than they do writing the article.

My favorite writer comment out of this manifesto is, “I disagree with AP about calling boats ‘it’ (see Item 3, above) and have written around that offensive pronoun insofar as is possible.” Seriously, who cares?

I also like the logic here: “I chose the slant of the article because of my extensive experience. If you disagree with the slant of the article, see the DMS Editorial Guidelines. If you disagree with the Guidelines, see the Content Curators.” In other words, I wrote this because I said so, and the rules say I can say so.

Click the image to see it in all its glory. The CE’s comment sums up the eHow editing process.

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Will was not a real captain. Will is a real mothah fuckin’ cap’n’. We regret any confusion that this may have caused.

How to Write Bad eHow Articles

7 Apr

 

This article is so damn awesome, I’m just copying the whole thing (sue me DMS).

How to Write Bad Ehow Articles

Why write quality, when you can write a bad e-how article?

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

things you’ll need:

  • Computer

Instructions

  • 1)  Pick a topic. Think of something you’ve never done and don’t know much about.

  • 2)  Don’t test it out to see if it works.
  • 3)  Don’t do any research on the topic.
  • 4) Write some vague instructions stating only the obvious. Make sure you don’t include enough information to actually complete the task correctly. You get extra points if the instructions seem to be for something other than the title of the article, or the steps are obviously out of order.
  • 5) Repeat the same spamy SEO key words over and over again in every step. For instance: Get rich quick.
  • 6) Don’t spelll chek. Who neads to spel? Spellling is stoopid, espeshialy in the tittle. Get ricch quickk.
  • 7) Uses bad grammar. If it make sense it not have have style. Get a rich quick.
  • 8 )
    A pirates life for me! 

    Put photos on every step that add no information to help complete the task. You get extra points if you use obviously copyrighted photos. Don’t put anything in the photo credit field. For goodness sake don’t take your own photos. Get rich quick.

  • 9) Put a completely unrelated affiliate link under resources. Link back to your unrelated blog and your e-book while you’re at it. Get rich quick.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Write as fast as you can.
    • Type what ever comes into your head
    • If nothing’s in your head, rip off other people’s work.
    • If you could hurt yourself following your instructions, don’t use this section.

    Resources

    How to Write Bad Ehow Articles | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5056330_write-bad-ehow-articles.html#ixzz1IqhNPBvf

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