I was pleasantly surprised when I signed up with eHow; after posting 5 articles and one week later, to my surprise I had earn $1.95. It’s not a lot of money, but it does prove that you can actually make money by writing articles for eHow.
Step one is obvious, you need to sign up with eHow. It's a simple process, only taking a few minutes. If you' don't want to use your real name and are afraid of attracting online stalkers, eHow allows you to use a pen name. In order to register and become an eHow write you'll need an email address to verify the registration. If for some reason you don't want to give out main email, get a FREE web based email such as Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail.
Brainstorm and pick topics to write about it. I recommend picking a topic that will help people. There are many people with problems and they're searching for solutions for them. For example, you can write about “how to lose weight". Some other popular topics to write about are relationships, health, and beauty.
After you have the first article written, you should keep your focus on the same topic, but write it from a different angle. In the first article using the "how to lose weight" example, you can write about how to lose weight by dieting. Then in the second article write about how to lose weight by exercising, etc...
You need to write at least 5 articles. That should give you enough articles to earn at least $1 after the first week. You want at least 5 articles because some of your articles may not initially make money (Some articles will make more money than others, depending on the quality of your writing).
After the first week your articles should've earned at least $1 -- more if you picked the right topic and people enjoy your writing style.
If you want to make more money, just rinse and repeat.
The key is to pick relevant topics that people will find interesting. Unfortunately that involves doing a lot of researching. It'll make your writing process easier if you write about topics that you enjoy researching.
If you just don't have the talent or patience for writing, there are software programs that will write the articles for you. The other option is to pay a freelance writer to do the writing.