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AJWalton's Week-by-Week InfoBarrel Earnings

This article has been generously donated to InfoBarrel for Charities.
By Edited May 26, 2016 12 47

***This article is updated weekly. Every week I will add an analysis of that-week's numbers underneath the table and move older weeks above it.

I think one of the most useful tracking methods an InfoBarrel writer can use is week-by-week statistics. It's a short enough time period to really see some trends emerge (better than monthly), and not so short that a bad day here and there will totally wreck your numbers.

I've seen excellent growth since returning from Hawaii September 6th, which is when I started stat tracking. I only have 1 article published prior to this which is not a charity article, my How To Get Rid of Raccoons article, which served as an SEO learning tool. It's the first article where I really tried to earn, as almost all my initial articles published between July 26 (sign up) and August 3rd (left for Hawaii) were copy & pasted from a wordpress blog and not optimized in any way. Just before I left I purchased the InfoBarrel Success program by Howie (x3xsolxdierx3x) and Jason (jcmayer777) - which I finally dove into on Sept 6, 2010.

I got my first click on September 9th, actually 2 clicks, for $2.98. I'm not sure on what articles unfortunately. An earnings trend didn't appear until the start of October, and in every week since my impressions, number of clicks, earnings, and earnings rate per article has increased almost without exception (sometimes one number has decreased, but the bottom line, earnings, hasn't).

Almost 100% of my earnings are from InfoBarrel. I get a bit from InfoPirate, SheToldMe, and Snipsly. Nothing from Squidoo (which I gave up on ages ago) or HubPages (only 7 Hubs at present).

But enough of me, I'll let the numbers speak for themselves:


Week-By-Week Earnings and Statistics:

I currently have 21 charity articles (this article will be #22). "Articles" is the total at the beginning of Monday, as I try to post all my articles for the upcoming week on Sundays (sometimes with a Wed/Thurs post depending on numbers). I've been good about this except for the end of November, due to the contest in the interest of fairness and "transparency."

 

Week 12: November 22 to 28 Analysis:

Despite not doing optimization on another 59 articles, my earnings rate per article increased yet again. At this point I'm making almot 25 cents per article every week - or one dollar per month. An interesting trend that continues: In a single day during this week I made more than I made over the entire week 4 weeks ago - Week 8 (Oct 25-31) had a total of $12.30. This week I had a number of single days that surpassed this total - the best being $20.02 on the final day. Also, at this point - I'm still yet to fail on a weekly-total projection, even though this week I had to earn $20 more than last, an average of almost $3 more per day!

I'm averaged a click on 2/3 articles over the week, which is slightly better than past weeks, and might account for the increased earning's rate per article

At this pace, it would take me 98 days to earn $1000.

 

Week 13: November 29 to December 5 Analysis:

This week was absolutely incredible. My goal of reaching $100 for the week was almost reached at the end of day six, where I had $99. Ending with $114.75 meant I saw an increase of $43.53 from last week - or $6 per day improvement! My earnings rate per article also exploded, seeing an 8.6-cent increase. This is an excellent number, as a lot of my future projections assumed a 0.33 earnings rate.

Fun number: at this rate it would take 61 days to reach $1000.

Two days earned around $25, with one a bit better and one a bit under. For me a new "all time high" daily total becomes the norm within 5-10 days. Hopefully I can achieve this as soon as possible, if I'm hitting $25 consistently by the end of this week, my goal of $700 for the month will be reachable.

My goal for this week is fairly extreme, $175. So far I've made all my earnings goals, even though I try to make them unreachable. This one is going to require a $25/day average - meaning a $9/day increase over last weeks average.

I will need about 5800 impressions this week to make $175.00, based on current numbers. This means I will probably have to make my best earners earn even more, because getting over a 50% increase in traffic seems unlikely. Hopefully I will start earning on Amazon as well, which would be a nice boost. My plan is to do as much rewriting as I can for HubPages, PostUROwn, and theInfoMine to increase the rank of some of my good articles, and hopefully cash in on a seconday earning source (I have yet to earn from an article site other than IB).

I've been doing more backlinking using my favorite social bookmarking sites with adsense revenue share.

 

Week 14: December 6 to 12th Analysis

Week 13 turned out to be an anomaly, not just my earnings, but the entire internet. A record number of users flooded the web in and around Black Friday (being from Canada, I was unaware of this until after the fact). So while my earnings from last week are down, the overall trend continues upward nicely. This is the first week my earnings rate per article has gone down, but saying above 0.200 is nice - meaning nearly $1 per article every month. My weekly goal of $175 was not reasonable on purpose, and I didn't come close, unless you count two sales of Market Samurai, in which case my total will end up right around $175 for the week after Amazon has been calculated.

At this point I've made about $275 in December, which is not quite on pace for $700 total, but I'm very pleased nevertheless - and assuming good growth patterns it's still very much achievable. I'm also extremely pleased that I'm finally getting some Amazon sales, which will augment my article earnings nicely. I expect a reasonably big upswing this week, as I will have around 475 articles that earn by the end of today (I determine my weekly "article total" amount by the number that are live by the end of Monday)

I might not make my monthly goal, but the earnings trend is very nice. This week if I maintain a 0.214 earnings rate I will be over $100, so I'm going to set my goal higher: $120. I'm also back in the running for the contest, which is unexpected but nice. This week I'm moving back to Winnipeg for the Christmas season to see family and friends, so things might slow down a bit, especially in terms of my forum activity and "lesson" type posting.

 

 

Week 15: December 13th-19th Analysis and Observations:

While week 15 didn't break any earnings records, I really didn't expect it to because of the late-December lull. Impressions and clicks were down, and my CTR was below 7%. My earnings rate per article is also the lowest it's been since the start of November. That being said, I would say this has easily been my best week yet.

Amazon is finally clicking, and since I made almost $10 this week off Amazon sales, this bodes really well for the future. This number offset a decrease from AdSense, that actually resulted in an increase in earnings over last week. I'm also over 500 earning articles going into week 16, which is awesome.

I don't have too many new articles from week to week this time, but that's because I spent a large portion of it setting up my new blog: Renegade Writer, where I plan on writing, podcasting, and creating videos about what I do. I've already received a ton of positive feedback, which I'm thrilled about. If you haven't checked it out, please do - I'm not proud of many things I do, but designing this blog, given my limited coding knowledge, is something I feel really good about.

At this point I'm going to need a holiday miracle (or a lot of people picking up Market Samurai) to reach my monthly earnings goal, but I'm not the least bit disappointed - things have been going great and look even better for 2011. I also haven't fallen too far behind in the contest despite relative inactivity this week.

My lesson for the week: Learn to do one thing really well at a time and really master it, then apply it everywhere. Then move on to the next thing and master that. Don't try to do everything at once. I focused on keyword research for a long time, then article writing - now these are pretty much automatic. My next goal is to continue Amazon optimizations and create a ton of blog content.

Another lesson: Titles are KEY. Learn to write good titles, and study the masters. I'd also recommend studying cliches, famous sayings, and reading poetry. Those skills will come in handy when you try to write captivating (and keyword-rich) titles.

 

Earnings Table

Week

Articles

Impressions Clicks AdSense Chitika Amazon Weekly Total Earning Rate
Sept 6-12 10 23 2 $2.96 $0.00 $0.00 $2.96 0.296

Sept 13-19

23 108 4 $2.68 $0.00 $0.00 $2.68 0.117
Sept 20-26 44 173 2 $0.81 $0.42 $0.00 $1.23 0.028
Sept 27-Oct 3 54 282 2 $0.34 $0.26 $0.00 $0.60 0.011
Oct 4 - 10 68 531 20 $4.58 $0.84 $0.32 $5.74 0.084

Oct 11 - 17

92 731 21 $5.89 $0.52 $0.00 $6.41 0.070
Oct 18 - 24 92 600 35 $9.09 $0.99 $0.00 $10.08 0.110
Oct 25 - 31 92 805 34 $9.97 $2.33 $0.00 $12.30 0.134
Nov 1 - 7 159 1244 78 $21.46 $2.72 $0.00 $24.18 0.152
Nov 8 - 14 204 1351 102 $31.42 $1.76 $0.00 $33.18 0.163
Nov 15 - 21 236 2059 142 $42.69 $6.93 $0.00 $49.62 0.210
Nov 22 - 28 295 2361 206 $62.77 $8.45 $0.00 $71.22 0.241
Nov 29 - Dec 5 351 3583 293 $105.65 $9.10 $0.00 $114.75 0.327
Dec 6 - Dec 12 374 3392 223 $70.76 $6.77 $3.51 $81.04 0.214
Dec 13 - Dec 19 475 2893 189 $64.80 $8.96 $9.22 $82.98 0.175
Dec 20 - Dec 26 510 2355 195 $55.24 $5.59 $7.20 $68.03 0.133
Dec 27 - Jan 2 515 2969 239 $66.34 $1.57 $0.00 $67.91 0.132

 

Week 16 & 17: The Holidays

I saw mid-November type earnings through these weeks, with similar page impressions and clicks. Hopefully this means my earnings will increase substantially when traffic recovers in January, as I have almost 2x as many articles. Other projects & holiday committments essentially halted progress over these couple weeks. My earnings rate per article is the lowest it's been since the end of October. When I started on IB my test number was 0.120, so I'm at least above my initial baseline.

I've found that traffic multiplied by 2.5 equals earnings in cents. This has held true for me pretty much this entire time. This is better than my initial baseline of 1 visit = 1 cent. I hope this increases as my articles mature and as I figure out what is most profitable and do more of it. Quick one this week - I'll get back into detail next time. Cheers!

 

Some Interesting Observations

Earning rate is the amount I can expect to earn from an single article over the course of a week. For comparison sake, Travis, Jason, and Chez often score over "1" in this column.

My top two articles are a holiday article ($12.85 - posted on Oct 31st) and an article with an incredibly low CPC, but a great Google rank and high CTR ($5.67 on 36 clicks, or $0.16 per click - CTR is 8.82%)
***I've removed the titles based on the advice of another IB member***

The point is that holiday articles are a great earnings boost - and don't be discouraged if an article has a low CPC!

I regularly have days where my CTR hovers around 10%. I believe Godfather25 also gets a high average CTR and lower average CPC compared to others. Again, look at your numbers and make them work for you.

So What Have We Learned?

1) The first couple weeks can be difficult, certainly. This is especially if you only have a few articles and they aren't optimized in any way. I didn't start earning until I was over 50 articles. Lots of people earn before this, and you can too if you learn some SEO principles and study some of the best here on InfoBarrel. I would seriously consider the InfoBarrel Success program. Jason and Howie have said it themselves, you can learn it all yourself, if you want. I'd rather save the time, the guessing and checking, all that annoying stuff - and spend it writing. Anyway, they offer a 100% money back guarantee so why not?

2) Use the forum - I guarantee that any question you may have can and will be answered by someone who walks the walk. Usually within a couple hours.

Another big upside of the forums is the support you'll find if you're having a bad stretch. It can be frustrating doing this "passive income" thing. Most of us don't have an overwhelming amount of real life support for "making money online"/"internet marketing" type endeavors - so we should all help each other out.

3) There are many different strategies you can use to earn. I have a high volume of articles that earn less per article than many others, but my earnings have shown this approach to work. There's no one "correct" approach - choose the one that utilizes your strengths best. I hate backlinking (I have tendinitis and can't do a bunch of window switching for title & tag gathering easily, or any other task involving a bunch of mousework.) My solution is more articles. While I actually hope to spend more time optimizing in December, clearly I could continue with article production and have a lot of success.

4) Your earning rate will increase even if you don't do anything. This one is for you Howie! As InfoBarrel gains authority as a website, your articles will rank better, and therefore earn more, even if you don't do a damn thing to them. I haven't optimized almost anything in November, yet each week my earnings rate has increased. The opportunity that exists to increase earnings just but doing a bit of extra work on the optimization side of things is huge!

5) Learn to utilize ALL avenues of income. AdSense, Chitika, Amazon; other article sites such as HubPages and TheInfoMine; Social Bookmarking sites such as InfoPirate and Xomba. This would be a "learn from my mistakes" tip, as I do very little of this. I would probably triple my income (if not more) if I had all of these revenue sources producing.

6) Keep writing and have fun. Every article, every click, every bit of passive income is a bit of financial pressure lifted off your shoulders. Whether you're single, a couple, have a large family, or are in a different situation, you can duplicate the success so many are having here on InfoBarrel. If you haven't signed up yet, you really should. In September 2010 I didn't know anything about SEO or article writing, but I should make about $300 in December, whether I choose to work or not. You can too. Good luck and happy writing.

Comments

Nov 27, 2010 1:13pm
desperatejournalism
great post AJ thanks for sharing and motivating the community!!
Nov 27, 2010 3:08pm
AJWalton
Thanks desperate!
Nov 27, 2010 1:19pm
dreamaker
Good deal AJ, a few newbies like myself can use the motivation. Thanks
Nov 27, 2010 3:11pm
AJWalton
thanks dreamaker, you seem to have a good grasp on the whole "earning online" thing!
Nov 27, 2010 4:01pm
Jerky
This article ROCKS! I'm a numbers nut myself, and to see other people do the same makes me happy (at the very least, it makes me feel less weird - or at least comforting that there are people out there like me). But what's better is your "analysis" of the numbers. Any chump can count beans - believe me, my grad degree was statistics-heavy - but it the people who want to know what those numbers are "saying" that truly end up on top.

And I love the "Pimp My Sled" in the title. I completely agree that a catchy title can make all the difference in the world when it comes to search engine traffic.
Nov 27, 2010 5:57pm
AJWalton
Thanks Jerky! I have so many spreadsheets with numbers, projections, and all sorts of data sets. So much fun to mess around with. I agree, knowing what the numbers say is an incredibly important part of this process.

I wish I could recreate the magic of "Pimp My Sled" in other titles!
Nov 27, 2010 4:43pm
dpeach
This is good information. It is even more helpful in that you are just a couple of months ahead of me in this game. This gives me a good idea of what can be accomplished.
Nov 27, 2010 5:58pm
AJWalton
absolutely dpeach - and you're doing a lot of good things that I never did. The "mastermind" group (I forget what you called it) you put together is a great idea.
Nov 27, 2010 6:00pm
dpeach
It started off as "4 Newbies and 1 Old Timer," but I have settled more on "October 2010 Team." Thanks for the encouragement.
Nov 27, 2010 7:11pm
dynsight
Amazing article AJ! Good job on your earnings! I should start keeping a record like this to track my earnings. I'm still in the infant stage of earning, but what you portray here gives me hope that it will increase as I pump in more articles.
Nov 27, 2010 7:38pm
AJWalton
I really recommend recording from the start. While your initial numbers won't give you much accuracy in terms of projecting future income, it's great to see how far you've come (and to see that what you earned in a week x days ago, you now earn in 1 day)
Nov 27, 2010 8:07pm
Sookie
This is a great article. It is really nice to see a progression for all the hard work. Way to go!
Nov 27, 2010 9:06pm
AJWalton
Thanks Sookie! It's been great having you around on the forums during the journey.
Nov 27, 2010 8:38pm
jpwriter
Great breakdown and info AJ. Everyone is so different in their earnings, esp at the beginning. When some of us started we didn't even have a forum! Imagine that. The site wouldn't even be the same.

I made over $1/article. It's nice, esp since I didn't earn here for almost a year. No joke. I have a suggestion to you. If it were me, I'd remove the highest CTR titles from the article (for now). Put em up later. You will end up w/someone copying them. All of us who've had really great earning articles have had them jacked by someone either in concept or word for word. Or both. Just don't want to see your hard work chipped away any.
Nov 27, 2010 9:07pm
AJWalton
Thanks for the tip jp, I've removed the titles. I've also appreciated your presence on the forums, you provide great viewpoints that others often miss.
Nov 29, 2010 7:55pm
jpwriter
You're welcome and thank you. I appreciate you letting me know that, too.
Nov 27, 2010 9:04pm
Ernie
Dude, this was an excellent analysis! I am glad to see your earnings increasing so much. Greta work.
Nov 27, 2010 9:08pm
AJWalton
Thanks a lot Ernie! I've learned a ton and been inspired reading all your "earning by writing [on IB]" articles!
Nov 27, 2010 11:28pm
LoveSpaces
Excellent idea to track the earnings this way. AJ thanks for sharing! It really inspires me to do the same.
Nov 28, 2010 12:40am
AJWalton
Thanks LoveSpaces! And congrats on your 100 articles.
Nov 27, 2010 11:55pm
vetochemicals
Very well done AJ, I'm off to start a sheet with figures too and agree that in the future it will be noteworthy. Congrats on all you've accomplished in a short time period!
Nov 28, 2010 12:42am
AJWalton
Thanks Veto! I'm sure you'll find the tracking worthwhile. It also makes me want to write more and get better numbers "next time"
Nov 28, 2010 12:38am
aguy
Awesome, AJ!
Nov 28, 2010 12:43am
AJWalton
Thanks aguy!
Dec 6, 2010 2:50pm
Jerky
Dude, AJ, you're nothing short of an IB stud. I can't believe how well you are doing! I think the moral of the story here is: Sit down and work! You've cranked out an incredible amount of articles (no easy feat, even with voice-text technology) and are seeing your efforts pay off waaaaaaay sooner than anyone could have expected. You're an inspiration man!

Just out of curiosity, what's your backlinking strategy now? I remember you weren't doing too much to begin with, but I see in the forums and in your posts that you're really getting into it. I'd love to study the "AJ" method.

Again, awesome job buddy!
Dec 6, 2010 3:35pm
AJWalton
Hey Jerky thanks for the awesome feedback.

My backlinking strategy is fairly straightforward right now. Nothing crazy like Travis does with 100's of backlinks to certain articles. I basically just go down the list here:

http://www.infobarrel.com/The_Best_Free_Social_Bookmarking_Sites_With_AdSense_Revenue_Sharing

I'm lucky, Alex (AGWishart here) does the backlinking when he gets home from work (we're rooming together right now). Using Opera and master spreadsheet with URLs, titles, descriptions etc ready to input he can do a ton far quicker than I can. It's hard to me to do a lot of copy & paste and mousework. We might post a video soon.
Dec 11, 2010 11:34pm
csjun89
Really great post that should inspire more people!
Hard work and drive is really what makes it work
May your amazon pick up this December!
Dec 12, 2010 12:40am
AJWalton
Thanks csjun - I think Amazon should be picking up soon. Finally got a sale this evening!
Dec 13, 2010 1:49pm
Jerky
I love reading your updates, AJ. It's become part of my Monday routine. Thanks for putting these together every week!
Dec 13, 2010 2:30pm
AJWalton
Thanks for reading - it makes me feel good about sharing both my successes and failures.
Dec 13, 2010 2:27pm
SuffolkJason
Congratulations again! Looking at your earning rate of nearly 32 cents/per article/week in week 13 it probably was an anomaly. However I know you're planning to spend time in the New Year further optimizing your best performing articles so 32 cents or even higher could be achievable. Thanks for all the information and advice you post. I love the way you post so openly highlighting your successes and blips along the way. I'm sure you will build up quite a following on here and on your blog. You will make many affiliate (Market Samurai etc) sales because you are trusted.
Dec 13, 2010 2:32pm
AJWalton
Thanks Jason! Based on the earning rates per article Jason, Travis, and Chez get I think I should have no problem getting to 70cents/article. This is much lower than they get but I'd rather keep my estimates conservative. Even if I only do half that, with 1000+ articles at 35cents/article it'll be a nice amount! Thanks for commenting - great to see you active on the forums too.
Dec 13, 2010 8:23pm
aidenofthetower
Thanks AJ. This is the first time that I have looked at this and I must say that this is impressive and you have done a great job breaking it down for everyone.
Dec 13, 2010 9:00pm
AJWalton
Thanks for your feedback Aiden! I'm trying to explain things as best I can, I'm glad it seems to be coming off the right way.
Dec 19, 2010 7:17pm
Jay_Angel
AJ: I am averaging about $3.50/day now with 62 articles. I attribute this sucess to you and JPwriter. Thank you
Dec 19, 2010 7:19pm
AJWalton
Way to go Jay! That's fantastic, I needed around 100 articles to do the same. JP has great advice, I should really follow it more. Keep up the great work, you may have to teach me sometime :)
Jan 5, 2011 7:34pm
chezfat
AJ - I've read your updates on this post a few times and I'm not sure why I haven't commented yet but I love seeing the progress. Like everyone else the last 2 weeks of Dec for me was very slow and January seems to be picking up nicely so I assume your next weekly earnings update will look good. FYI - I just posted my December IB update - I still just missed $500 with my measly ~275 articles. :) Good luck in January!
May 6, 2011 9:04am
Fran5050
Thanks for sharing - lots to think about. I'll be re-reading this several times and watching your progress.
Jun 27, 2011 4:32pm
AJWalton
Thanks Fran! All the best with your writing!
Jun 26, 2011 11:27pm
Info_via_Tim
great article thanks for posting, I really enjoy reading this type of article for motivation!
Jun 27, 2011 4:32pm
AJWalton
Thanks Tim, the best of luck to you!
Jun 30, 2011 2:30pm
Viviann
Hi AJ. What a great job you have done in analyzing and tracking. Your commitment to learning how to make this work should be commended. It is extremely useful for newbies like me coming on the scene and surely, InfoBarrel should be pleased by the contribution you have made. I look forward to getting onboard and learning all this stuff!!
Jun 30, 2011 3:18pm
AJWalton
Hi Viviann, thanks for your feedback. I'm sure you'll have great success creating your own writing system.
Jun 30, 2011 3:21pm
Viviann
Thanks for the vote of confidence!!!!!!
Jul 29, 2011 9:48am
elvanhurck
Hey AJ,

Read the article and the feedback all the people are giving you. I don't know what more to say but: you're an inspiration to writers on IB. Great job and hope you will keep writing great articles like this one!

I'm currently waiting for my first article to be reviewed and approved, hope it gets some nice feedback like your articles.
Jul 29, 2011 4:57pm
AJWalton
Thanks a ton for the feedback! :)

I wish you the best of luck with your writing here. It's a great community - I'm sure you'll do just fine.
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