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AJWalton's November InfoBarrel Earnings Part 3: Let's Talk More Tactics

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We've already looked at my November earnings and December predictions in Part 1, and the first 3 layers of my InfoBarrel system in part 2. Time for numbers four through seven:

1. Keyword Research
2. Article Writing
3. Article Publishing
4. Article Optimization
5. Backlinking (SocBks)
6. Rewriting (backlinking with article directories)
7. Interlinking


Part IV: Article Optimization

This is all the on-page optimization you can do with an article to either increase page views, or increase earnings. Header tags, images, tag fields, and the Amazon box go in here. Any affiliate links you may have would also be done at this time. Because intellectually, this is a much different process than writing or publishing, I also do this seperately. I'll optimize 5-20 articles (maybe more, if I'm feeling really motivated) at once. Again, you can do this much more quickly if you only focus on a single task. Not much else to say here - it's a boring and annoying task, but ignore it at your own [financial] peril.


Part V: Backlinking (Social Bookmarking)

Social bookmarking makes me feel like a robot. It sucks and absolutely destroys my arms as I can't use speech-to-text for URLs, copying and pasting, etc. I tried outsourcing it but that didn't work very well in trial, so I wasn't about to give people access to my real bookmarking profiles and AdSense ID. I'm very fortunate to be living with Alex right now, as he's taken up the task of social bookmarking when he has energy to spare in the evenings.

The bookmark strategy is fairly simple - we have a "master spreadsheet" that stores the URL, Title (an alternate one from IB - it's good to use new titles), tags, and description of each article. Then it's just a copy & paste job into the appropriate forms. Description writing is something that has been successfully outsourced. Yes, it's easy, but it's not the best use of my time compared to pretty much any other task. The same information is used on each of these bookmarking sites, except for Xomba which is a stickler for duplicate content. The logic behind this is simple: Having a bookmark rank well in the search engines is not a priority, so it doesn't matter if they get nailed for duplicate content - they still pass on "link juice" just the same.

Social bookmarking might be tedius, but you can directly increase your income by 10%-50% by using social bookmarking sites with revenue sharing. Right now I'm only using social bookmarks with revenue share, when articles age I'll add bookmarks if they need more page rank. These are my favorites:

InfoPirate: I earn about 10% of my InfoBarrel total on InfoPirate. So $200 becomes $220, just by backlinking my articles. What more can I say? Oh yeah, 80% AdSense share!

Xomba: Same deal as InfoPirate, but I'm newer there and don't have all my stuff bookmarked yet

SheToldMe: People report iffy success with STM, but I earn about 5% of what I do on InfoBarrel there. Definitely my #3 choice. (100% AdSense share)

Snipsly (no referral link): Forgot to put my AdSense tracking code in until recently, but I get a large number of page views from Snipsly, even more than InfoPirate and Xomba. It won't earn as much directly, but it's good for traffic generation. (80% AdSense share)

The others I use: Jevitt, Fuelspace, Tipdrop, YouSayToo, OnGoBee, KarmaLynx, MyCibb, SquidStop, Seekyt. All of these can earn with AdSense. They are NOT all dofollow links. My articles rank well enough initially this isn't a concern for me, there's enough dofollow there for my purposes. My primary goal with social bookmarks is to get an additional 50% in earnings through these 13 bookmarking sites.

Alex is currently taking care of this, leaving only 2 tasks remaining.

Part VI: Rewriting

This is very similar to article writing, exept with different goals in mind. I choose articles to rewrite based on either a) great earnings or b) great potential earnings, if the google rank/traffic total was better. Some articles are created specifically for Amazon ads, others just to provide link juice - it all depends on the numbers. My first choices are HubPages, theInfoMine, PostUROwn. Other sites I use include GoArticles, Squidoo, ArticleBlast, and eZine.

The greatest earnings potential is found here. This is the one thing I will always do myself.

Part VII: Interlinking

You may wonder why I left this until the end. There's really no perfect spot for this. Chezfat would probably put it near the beginning - as he has great success from this tactic. Interlinking can only have 1 of 2 purposes:

a) pagerank flow between pages

b) funneling traffic to a certain page/reducing bounce rate

Articles with a high CPC get traffic funneled to them, articles that need a search engine result boost get a PR boost, simple as that. A quick glance at your analytics will usually tell you what you need to do


In Conclusion: Something Suitably Profound

So there you have it. I think that's everything I do and plan on doing. 7 sections, 7 days in a week - maybe I should devote 1 day to each thing (not really, you'd burn out doing the same thing all day long).

Really, all I can say is thank you to the IB community - I'm standing on the shoulders of some very tall giants here. So a shout out to Howie, Travis, Chez, Jason, Ernie, jpwriter, Deborah-Diane, mommyx3, Maya, jpwriter, freedom, DKRunner, Sookie, Mary, mcimicata, Phil, Godfather, sound_foundation, classicalgeek, veto, and everyone else I forgot to mention even though you rule! (And a big one to Eric for getting me here in the first place.)


Resources I use and love:

Market Samurai
The Art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine Optimization

- a great book that will make SEO as natural as breathing
Google Docs (spreadsheets galore!)
MacSpeech Dictate (speech-to-text software)

and of course: InfoBarrel - if you're not writing here yet, it's about time you sign up.


I tried to be as thorough as I could - but there is a ton of information to try to convey here. If there's something missing you want to see, ask in the comments or on the forum and I'll add it in one of these articles. You can also check my week-by-week earnings report which contains more detailed earnings numbers and suggestions for new writers.


Dec 1, 2010 1:40pm
Interlinking is hard to do without breaking your rhythm. I'm still trying to get better at doing this more efficiently.

I usually try to link each of my long articles to 5-10 others with properly anchored text but doing in contextually can be a chore and can be confusing to track which articles have been linked to a lot and which have been neglected.

There is no doubt however that doing this extra work significantly will help your earnings a ton although everything you are doing already sure is working.

Everybody thinks of high volume versus fewer targeted articles - you somehow are doing high volumes of targeted articles - it obviously works well. :)
Dec 1, 2010 1:43pm
I'm still trying to figure out the best way to adopt your interlinking strategy. Because I have so many articles it's very tough to keep track of what links where, so my current idea is to see what articles perform the best/have the most potential, and then make a concerted effort to link to them more than the others.

If you figure out a foolproof system let me know, this has been the most difficult thing for me to figure out - and I know the potential payoff is huge.
Dec 1, 2010 2:19pm
I've got a system but I don't think it's foolproof - I keep refining it and it's getting easier - sometime soon I'll have to publish something on it and see if we all can refine it so that it's even easier to implement.
Oct 24, 2011 1:09am
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Dec 1, 2010 2:38pm
One strategy could for interlinking can be this: You manage somehow to have all the content published at IB in one file as a single webpage with 2xx or more complete posts on it (with the titles, too) and every time you publish a new one - you made a search in that single webpage for the new KW of your last article and see exactly in which articles you can add it. Then do it for all those articles where the new KW was found. + add the last article to the webpage. This way you're pretty sure that you add them all - everywhere. You have to make this once - starting with the very first article you published. Then add every new one. It is not complete! (I know.) The good news is that this can be easily outsourced (IMO).
Dec 1, 2010 2:45pm
I think that's a very interesting idea that has a lot of potential.

I would probably create separate pages for each niche - as you'll only be interlinking within a niche (most of the time). You also probably don't want more than 10 links in an article or it would get a bit busy - so you could split them into groups of 10 or something similar. "Office Furniture (1)" and "Office Furniture (2)" if you have enough articles.

I think it would depend on how you write your articles, since I always write them in groups of 10+, I'd have to adjust accordingly (I'm not linking 1 article out to 30 others). But your idea could work very well as is for others.
Dec 4, 2010 7:38pm
You'll only be interlinking within a niche --&gt yes and no. I have for instance a lot of gifts articles - which I can add to a lot of other less-related articles whenever the 'gift' or 'gift ideas' appear - in phrases as "this can make an excellent gift for..." (and you're article is about skateboards for instance). Well - this is my idea of interlinking - but I am wondering if it is worth.
Dec 4, 2010 9:33pm
Ahh I see. I don't do this simply because I have too many articles to keep track of, and I try to funnel traffic to my best earners. I think Chezfat does similarly though and it works well for him. So definitely a viable strategy!
Dec 1, 2010 9:06pm
I interlink a lot of my articles. My viewpoint is that the longer the visitor stays the better chance I have of getting the visitor to click an ad.

I don't really have a system to my interlinking. On point you raised that is very smart is to interlink and funnel traffic towards higher paying articles. I need to do this much more.

Thanks for all of the great advice you put out.
Dec 1, 2010 11:27pm
I agree Ernie, I'm going to be trying to reduce my bounce this month through interlinking.
Dec 1, 2010 11:04pm
As far as interlinking articles, I have written some articles simply as support for an article that I think might be a money maker. The secondary article could stand on its own, but it gives Googlers 2 chances to land on the money making page. (Not that I am an expert on what makes money yet, but based on what I have read, I think I am starting to understand what makes money and what doesn't.)
Dec 1, 2010 11:27pm
That is what I consider "rewriting" in my grand scheme. I guess I should have been more clear that the article can either stand on its own, or function as support for the first one. I agree completely with giving Google an extra chance to land on a $ page.
Dec 2, 2010 5:09pm
Interlinking is not much of a chore. You don't want to put too many links in so I just write what I want and when I touch on a topic without going in depth I just use keywords that make sense in the sentance to link out to whatever article I've got on the topic. I'm always trying to link between domains I use.

I don't keep track of where I build links or how many. More random is more natural right? I just keep building more high quality links.
Dec 15, 2010 8:08pm
I enjoyed reading your success story and learned several new things that I'll give a try. Thanks for all of the good info.
Dec 15, 2010 8:42pm
Hey Intheknow. I'm glad you were able to find some useful info! Best of luck writing!
Jan 10, 2011 4:09pm
Backlinking/Social Booking marking question. i'm at infopirate right now, and just created a blog where i talked (about 600 words or so) about my fitness article i did on here with links to the IB guide. and after that i noticed the "web tip" where it only has to be 50 words and you can throw links up to your original article. which do you use to link back here to your IB?
Jan 10, 2011 4:32pm
I think I use the web tip. I haven't bookmarked since they changed the layout but that looks like the one.
Sep 6, 2011 9:47pm
I really needed this advice and information. THANKS FOR SHARING..
Dec 25, 2011 2:04pm
Thanks so much for this. You've introduced me to several new resources.
Mar 1, 2012 8:52pm
Thank you very much!
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