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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing on InfoBarrel

By Edited Jan 11, 2016 81 87

Welcome to InfoBarrel!

Don't get us wrong. We love newbies. But those of us who have been on InfoBarrel for many years have seen the same questions posted over and over in the forums. Some old-timers may start to get a little prickly after answering the same question four or five times in one day, because newcomers don't think to search the forums or other articles. So here is what I hope will be your all-in-one guide to writing for InfoBarrel, Welcome, and we wish you a lot of success!

Signing Up

Advertising and Amazon

If you haven't signed up yet, you should!

You have Tier 1 and Tier 2 ads automatically enabled. Tier 1 is usually Adsense; Tier 2 is other advertisers.

You can use InfoBarrel even if you do not have an Adsense account.

Amazon: put your tracking code in the appropriate line under "Advertising profile." This is all you need to do.

Some General Tips on Articles

Your article must be original. This means a) you (or someone you hired) wrote it themselves and did not copy it; and b) it is not published anywhere else—not on your blog, not on another site. If you publish it elsewhere after it is accepted, it will probably be deleted from InfoBarrel.

If you are transferring an article from somewhere else, your original article and any copies must be deleted from the internet before you publish on InfoBarrel. If your original article is still published, you can file Notices of Infringement and get unauthorized copies removed. If your original article has already been deleted, it may still be possible to find an archived copy with the original date, which will prove your authorship.

You must have rights to use images. Finding an image on Google isn't enough. Using a Creative Commons image isn't enough. Not even linking back to the images is enough. If you don't understand how licensing works, it's best to use images in the public domain.

InfoBarrel writers have been extraordinarily generous in sharing their ideas and resources for writing articles[2]. Be sure to do a search and read both articles and the forum for ideas or the answers to your questions[3], so the users of InfoBarrel can spend their time being genuinely helpful in other ways. In addition, be sure to read the InfoBarrel Editorial Guidelines. Understanding the guidelines will save you a lot of time and worry and prevent many article denials.

Non-fiction only, please. General motivational articles of the "you can do it!" type will not do well; neither will articles that are simply musings on some topic, or your unsupported opinion. Those articles are better suited to blogs; InfoBarrel is geared for informational articles only. Don't worry, you can learn how to write great informational articles!

Understand and follow the Terms of Service for both InfoBarrel and Adsense.

There is an InfoBarrel FAQ[1]. While it is somewhat outdated, and InfoBarrel has changed a lot (always for the better) since its debut in 2008, there is still a lot of good information, both in the FAQ and in the comments.

Publishing Questions

Article denials and more

Your article is read and approved or denied by a real human, not automatically run through software. Therefore, it does no good to criticize the software for rejections, as there is no software. That makes you look uninformed. The human editors have a selection of reasons why a submission would be denied, and most likely, if your article is denied, you will get a canned denial response. It's still a person who reads your submission and makes the determination. Insulting the approvers in the forums is unlikely to help your case.

Common Article Denial problems

Non-contextual links: A call to action, such as "Click here to read . . ."  or "Search the web for . . ." is not acceptable on InfoBarrel, even if the link leads to another article on InfoBarrel. It's also not a good idea, for several reasons: first, the search engines won't have a clue how that link is relevant to your article; second, readers may be reluctant to click on a link if they don't know what it will take them to; and third, you will never rank for the phrase "Click here." The hands-down winner for that anchor text goes to downloading the Adobe Acrobat reader!

The other possible denial reason for a non-contextual link is a link in the form of http://www.somewebsite.com. InfoBarrel rules require comprehensible anchor text. So weave your link into the text of your article. If you read this article you will see numerous examples.

Non-contextual links, but I don't even have any links: InfoBarrel rules prohibit a text reference in which an entire website address is given. So "This item is available on Amazon" is acceptable. "This item is available on Amazon.com" is not. Just get rid of the .com and your article should be approved.

Link in the first paragraph: Even if you don't have a hyperlink in the first paragraph, your article can be denied if you reference a web address, such as amazon.com, in the first paragraph. If you have short paragraphs, allow at least ten sentences before your first external link.

Not enough words, but I wrote over 400 words: You pasted your article into the summary box.

InfoBarrel Article Summary Box
You need to create a text element and paste your article into the text element instead.

InfoBarrel Add Text Element

Overly promotional: You are not presenting an impartial review of a web site, product, or service, but instead promoting one like a sales document. If you write a review, make sure it is impartial. If you write about a single restaurant that gives out free food on Tuesdays, that is an advertisement. If you write about ten places to get free food in your town, that is an article that will meet InfoBarrel's quality standards.

Awkward use of English: Without going into a full explanation, you have more than two grammatical or spelling errors in your article. If you keep getting denied with this reason, and you really can't see your mistakes, it might be time to hire an editor.

Additional formatting: here are some of the most common reasons for denials in this category:

  • Run-on sentences

  • Comma splices

  • Random capitalization Of words

  • Failure to capitalize proper nouns

  • failure to start sentences with a capital letter

  • Paragraphs are not logical breaks

  • One-sentence paragraphs

  • Paragraphs that are too long
  • Improper (or no) use of hyphens

  • Improper use of apostrophes (for example, using an apostrophe when you meant a plural)

  • No space or multiple spaces after periods

Title errors: Use title case for your titles. Make sure all the words in your title are spelled correctly and your grammar is perfect.

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Self-serving links: any link that is not to a clearly neutral source, such as a government or educational site, is considered self-serving. Companies hire content writers all the time to promote their brands, and the staff at InfoBarrel have no way of determining whether you have a financial relationship with a company. So links to neutral sites will not count against you, but links to blogs, other articles, and websites for companies will.

Duplicate: Only original content that is unpublished elsewhere is allowed on InfoBarrel. Thus, an article can be original in that you wrote it, but it must not be published elsewhere on the web, either before or after you submit it here. If it is published elsewhere, it will be denied as a duplicate. Spinning an article to get it past the plagiarism checkers won't work, because a human reads your article and can detect spinning, whereas software might not.

Excess whitespace: Go through your article and look for extra spaces or returns. Extra returns often show up in text elements, as when you go through and modify your text, the returns tend not to get deleted and show up at the end.

Other Article Approval Information

How long will it take for my article to be approved: Usually a day or two, longer on weekends or holidays, or if there are hundreds of articles submitted at once.

I am preapproved, but my article went into the approval queue: There are two possible reasons. One is that you have a proscribed word in your article. In this case, it is up to the article approver whether your article will be published. The other is that you have a keyword density error, which will also send your article to be manually approved.

When do I get preapproval status: When the human editors feel you are trustworthy, you will be preapproved. Don't expect this to be before you have had a minimum of ten articles approved without any denials.

Note: Your preapproval status may be revoked, if your articles are flagged enough times for grammatical errors or violations of linking policy, InfoBarrel's Terms of Service, or other valid reasons.

Other Article Questions

Can I edit my article after I publish it? Yes, as many times as you like. It is recommended that you update your old articles from time to time. Most writers try to maintain a schedule of at least yearly updates.

What happens to my published article after I edit it? If you are preapproved, the new version will be live immediately. If you are not yet preapproved, your edited version will go into the approval queue, and your previously approved version will remain live. If your edited version is denied, your previously approved version will still remain live. Regardless, your statistics, earnings, and all the rest will remain unchanged.

I see a published article that is worse than my article that got rejected: Flag the article, and someone on InfoBarrel's staff will review it. If it does not meet InfoBarrel standards, it will be unpublished, with a note sent to the author.

Images

How to get images in the middle of your article:

There are two methods. The first is to use an image module. Your image will be resized to take up the entire column width.

The second method is to click on the "Images" tab to the right of your editing pane, and then select the image you want, and click "insert."

InfoBarrel Insert Image

How to resize an image: If you have used the "Insert" method, then click on the image once. You should see "handles" appear and you can drag the handles to resize your image.

Where to find images: If you are new to online publishing, you should probably stick to public domain images until you are sure you understand Creative Commons licensing and copyright. Add "public domain" (in quotes) to your image search. Be sure to visit the page, because the search may bring up pages that state, "This picture is not in the public domain." It is up to you to verify the status of each and every image; a friend of mine got fined $5,000 for one unauthorized use of one image.

Uploading an Image to InfoBarrel

Aligning Images in InfoBarrel

Amazon

For those of you who have existing Amazon affiliate accounts, everything to do with Amazon on InfoBarrel is relatively easy. If you do not yet have an Amazon affiliate account, be aware that Amazon is deleting new accounts that do not sell anything within 90 days, so hold off on applying until you have a sizable number of articles.

You can have one Amazon element or link for each 200 words of your article. However, you can have a maximum of only two self-serving outgoing links, so the two (links and elements) are not interchangeable. In summary, if you have a product, use the Amazon Product element. If you are linking to a search page, Listmania! list, or other page, use a link.

Entering your Amazon code: Put your tracking code into the "Advertising Profile" where it asks for Amazon.

Place Amazon modules in between blocks of text: split your text into separate elements, by adding more text elements and then cutting/pasting your text into the new elements. Then add your Amazon element and move your modules around with the up and down arrows.

Links

You can have two outgoing links to trusted sites in your article body, and another two in your signature box. Links that are to sites not of sufficient quality may be nofollowed or deleted. This policy was only recently introduced and is still being refined. If you see your links disappear, it is because the site being linked to did not meet high enough quality standards.

You can have unlimited links to other articles on InfoBarrel, including your own. This will improve the experience of your readers, as long as those links are relevant, and will earn everyone more money. Why? Just think of the last time you were on Wikipedia, and looked up from the article you were reading, and realized it's now 3 o'clock in the morning! And on every article (except those published under the InfoBarrel University category), there are more earning opportunities. So link away!

What Is/Are?

Tags: These are also known as keywords. Article tags tell search engines how to understand your content.

Article summary: the "teaser" to draw readers into your article from a search engine. Don't paste your entire article in the article summary box! Try to leave it at 150 characters or fewer.

SEO: Search Engine Optimization. Basically it means to make your article search-engine friendly.

Code Element: this is for including samples of computer code within your article. Normally your code would be executed by the browsers and not be visible. Putting your code within the code element means that it will not be executed and will appear as you intended.

The number next to your article in red, yellow, or green: This is your article score, generated by an algorithm based on a number of factors. A score of 40 or below will be displayed in a red box, and this means your article will not be visible to the search engines. A score of 41-55 will be displayed in a yellow box, and a score of 55+ will be displayed in a green box. To improve your score, consider adding images, Amazon elements (being mindful of the limit), videos, maps, references, links to other relevant InfoBarrel articles (your own or someone else's), or other relevant material. Don't worry, only you and InfoBarrel staff members can see your score.

Views/Reads: Views are the number of times someone has opened your article. Reads are longer times spent on your article page.

Backlinks: web pages linking to your article. The more, the better, as long as they are from high-quality web sites. Be sure to follow the backlinks in your Account menu: sometimes someone has copied your entire article. In that case, you need to report the page to Google if it contains Adsense, and also file a DMCA takedown request.

References: Just like all those papers in school, references show where you got your information.

The green links in my article: Yes, we know you didn't put those there. That is advertising, to help pay the bills. That income goes to InfoBarrel, and in exchange InfoBarrel writers get one of the highest ad share percentages of any content platform around.

The Feature button next to my images in the Images tab: This allows you to select which image will be used as your article thumbnail.

How Do I?

Paste an article from Word: use the little folder marked with a "W" to paste your content. Your formatting will be preserved.

Copy and paste from a word processor or Web page: Use the keyboard shortcuts rather than the mouse. Ctrl-A selects all text; Ctrl-C copies selected text; Ctrl-X cuts selected text, and Ctrl-V pastes the text. (Incidentally, Ctrl-P prints, and Ctrl-S saves.)

Get an article on the front page (feature): Featured articles are selected according to the monthly editorial calendar, although certain time-sensitive articles may go to feature immediately. Look for the "Get Featured" link in your author toolbar.

Get an Amazon module, image, or video in the middle of my article: Remember how you had to create a text element to get started? You do that some more times, then split your text into the different text element modules you just added, and cut and paste your text paragraphs into them. Add your desired image, video, map, or Amazon elements, then use the up/down arrows on the top-right-hand corner to move your new modules to your preferred order. 

Pick an image to be used as the primary article image: Go to the images tab, and next to each image for your article you will see a button that says "Feature." As soon as you click the button and press Save at the bottom, your article thumbnail will be changed (if you are not preapproved, you don't have to go back through the editorial queue if that is your only change).

Use an affiliate link: make sure that your link is contextual, then simply highlight the text you want as the link, and click the "chain" icon (because there are links in a chain) and insert your link. Remember, you get only two outgoing links per article, and they must both relate to your article and be contextual.

InfoBarrel Link Creator in Toolbox

 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page: If you are in edit mode, and it seems like you are stuck and can't get past a certain point, you have an edit box open in one of your modules. Find the "x" in the upper-right-hand corner, close the box, and you will be able to scroll to the bottom of the page.

InfoBarrel Edit Box

Check keyword density problems without going through the approval queue: Use the "Save and Preview" function and keep editing until your Stats tab stops showing red and the box is blank except for the word count.

InfoBarrel Keyword Density Alert

InfoBarrel Save and Preview Button
InfoBarrel Status, No Keyword Density Error

Publish my article: Click on "Publish" at the bottom of the editing page. 

InfoBarrel Publish Toolbar with Publish Button Highlighted

You'll see a new dropdown toolbar, then click "Save and Publish."

InfoBarrel Save and Publish Toolbar

Your article will be either published if you have preapproval status, or be sent to the approval queue.

Cite my sources: Use the References tab (to the right of the Elements tab).

Prevent my article from being copied: Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent someone from stealing your article. However, you can be notified immediately when an article is copied, and there are ways you can partially automate filing DMCA Notices of Infringement.

Adding References to Your InfoBarrel Article

Delete a comment so the user's name shows but the comment doesn't: You will find a "Delete" option on the right-hand side of each comment.

Delete a comment thread: This will delete a single comment and all replies to it. Use the "Delete Thread" option on the right-hand side of each comment.

Change the title of my article: You can change it when you edit the article.

Change the URL of my article: Send a private message to Admin.

Transfer an article from elsewhere: First, make sure you have saved a copy of the article. Then delete it from the previous site (make sure you have traced down any unauthorized copies and they have been removed via a DMCA takedown request). Wait a few days for it to be deindexed and cleared from the search engines' cache, and then publish it on InfoBarrel. You may have to modify your article to suit the rules, which tend to be much stricter on InfoBarrel than on other sites.

Delete an article: Send a private message to Admin (the first person in your friends list) giving them the URL of the article you wish to delete.

Delete your account: Send a private message to Admin.

Payment

When you get paid: 45 days after the end of the month in which your balance reaches $50.00. Amounts less than the $50.00 threshhold are carried over to the next month.

How you get paid: Paypal.

When my article will show up in Earnings: when it earns something. Articles that show up as o.oo have earned a fraction of a cent. Don't worry, it all works out and it all carries over.

When are Earnings updated: This is a manual process, and in part depends on reporting from third-party sources. If you are a new writer, concentrate on writing articles. The earnings will catch up, we promise.

Earnings views don't match article views: Several factors play into this. First of all, InfoBarrel rotates its views with yours. Therefore, not all of the article views are your views. Second, earnings views are counted only when an article earns something. If you have a pay-per-view ad that will count towards earnings views, but if you have only pay-per-click ads, the earnings views will show up only when someone clicks on that ad. (It's against everyone's Terms of Service to request that people click on ads.) And finally, remember, updates are a manual, not an automatic process. It will catch up. Writers who joined in 2009 are still active, and they would not be still publishing at InfoBarrel if they were not being paid.

InfoBarrel Dos and Don'ts

From experience, don't use Internet Explorer. For technical reasons which are beyond the scope of this article, Internet Explorer doesn't play nicely with InfoBarrel. Use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, or another browser, instead.

Do not post a denied article in its entirety in the forum and ask for help. The search engines will see that the text was posted in the forum first, and if your article is published, the article will be seen by the search engines as duplicate content, and your article will be penalized.

Do not insult the admins, article approvers, or other users in the forums. You might need their help some day, and you will be less likely to have people eager to help you if you are unpleasant to them.

Do not hit the "post" button in the forums more than once, no matter how long it takes. InfoBarrel sometimes has surges of traffic, and the response can be slow. Like the elevator, it heard you the first time. If you repeatedly hit the "post" button, your post will show up as many times as you pressed it.

Don't obsess about the way InfoBarrel works. Don't get tied up in the approval process, or earnings, or views, or likes, or comments, or scores, or any of the multitude of distractions that come with article writing. All of those worries keep you from your main task, which is writing articles. So instead of worrying about all those things, which won't make you any money, just write more articles. Everything on InfoBarrel will make sense with time and experience.

Do search the forums and articles for the answer to your question before you post it. In all likelihood, your question has been answered dozens, if not hundreds of times.

InfoBarrel Search Box
Credit: Copyright 2014 by Cynthia Wunsch. All rights reserved.

Do have patience. Passive income is a long-term investment, not a get-rich-quick method. Rather than worrying about earnings, concentrate on publishing articles, articles, and more articles. The earnings will come. The fact that so many writers have been on InfoBarrel for many years, and are still active, shows that it works. Really, it's not a scam.

Do be specific when you post in the forums: Too many threads go on for ages in the forums because the original poster is not specific enough about the problem. Give the other users as much information as possible, because they will be able to explain your problem (and what to do about it) in hours rather than days or weeks trying to guess the solution.

Do maintain a positive attitude. Everyone (including you) will be happier for it!

Now That You Know This

You should have few, if any, problems with InfoBarrel. All of us old-timers hope that you will have a lot of success here.

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Comments

Mar 11, 2014 2:47pm
RoseWrites
Thank you, you covered numerous points succinctly. Your article will help many newbies, like me.
Jul 3, 2014 12:04am
Amimoaggrey
Please rose with all due respect i still can figure out how to post or write an article in this awesome site. my email is amimoaggrey@yahoo.com. Please take me through step by step. I do have quality articles saved in word but i do not understand how to post them in the site.
Jul 3, 2014 6:22am
classicalgeek
We answered this in the forum, but you didn't bother to read it there, so here it is again. Look for your name in the header when you are logged in. Look to the right of your name, where it says "Create." Click there and you'll be taken to the article publishing page.
Mar 11, 2014 2:55pm
jacobfields
Thanks. This looks pretty comprehensive.
Mar 11, 2014 3:51pm
LiviBui
Great information...I've learned most of these the hard way in the last week!
Mar 12, 2014 5:35am
dogman007
Thanks for helping out us newbies. Great list and ideas to account as we get started writing articles.
Mar 12, 2014 8:48am
vicdillinger
There is much nuance that goes into putting up an article (layout, etc.) and you have covered the majority of issues.

The part about "self-serving" links is perhaps the most critical for newer users. The term itself is misleading for many.

This was a really good primer (and that thing about closing the toolbar to get down to the bottom of the "edit" page--dependent upon which browser one uses--was PRICELESS!) Big thumb!
Mar 12, 2014 9:15am
classicalgeek
Closing that toolbar has caught me a number of times!
Mar 12, 2014 3:17pm
vicdillinger
It truly is the dumb stuff like that that can turn a new user off the site. It's not hard to get stuff done here (and anyone looking at the complexity of some of my stuff can see there's WORK involved in getting things to "look" like that) but one DOES have to know how to operate the upload process and something like NOT closing that toolbar can be a real showstopper (the first time it happened to me it took me several minutes to figure out what was wrong!)
Mar 12, 2014 10:20am
adragast
Great article! Should be a must-read for newcomers.
Mar 12, 2014 10:55am
claudslewis
This is exactly what was needed. A thumb from me!
Mar 12, 2014 11:40am
mommymommymommy
Thank you for an informative guide. Any time there is a the same old question in the forums, I will link your article in the thread!
Mar 12, 2014 12:33pm
Introspective
Excellent article - should be a "must read" for all new IB members!
Mar 12, 2014 9:50pm
RoseWrites
Came back for the updates - love the Dos and Don'ts. I think being generous online and returning visits is important too (and not to ask people to "post my stuff on your social networks" etc.) Sometimes, not always, new folks expect people to promote their work - but fail to reciprocate (even a little bit). There's always some give-and-take in the online world.
Mar 13, 2014 6:49am
classicalgeek
Thanks, Rose. I woke up this morning to find three more issues that I can write about, so I still have a lot of work cut out for me (I'm getting pretty good at drawing red circles around stuff though). You're right, generosity is key. Too many people are trapped in scarcity thinking!
Mar 13, 2014 7:18am
RoseWrites
You know, for every time I promote something of mine, I promote something (worthy) that someone else wrote. I think we need to work together on platforms to keep standards high (and I sure learned stuff the hard way). I appreciate your dedication and generosity very much - you are helping many of us online. Take good care, Rose
Mar 13, 2014 11:24pm
Larah
Good article classicalgeek, you obviously know your stuff. Thanks for helping out new starters like me.
Mar 14, 2014 1:08pm
admin
Wow, this is amazing Classical Geek! I'm going to post this on our FB page.
Mar 14, 2014 2:23pm
classicalgeek
Why, thank you! Now I am REALLY flattered. I hope perhaps you'll consider linking to this from help, FAQ, etc. pages as well, to make it easier for newbies to find.
Mar 14, 2014 8:35pm
admin
We've made this the first articles you see when you go to the IB University page, and we're going to direct people to it when they sign up for IB.
Mar 15, 2014 8:23am
classicalgeek
As my UK friends would say, *gobsmacked*. Thank you so much!
Apr 29, 2014 8:01am
JadeDragon
Very worthy of that honor. Great article.
Mar 14, 2014 7:10pm
shar-On
Great article for the newbies, some of these things are so simple but still easy to get wrong without more information.

It is a bit like reading instructions on doing something against seeing a video. A video make things look so simple. So that we wonder why we missed the point when reading the instructions.
Mar 19, 2014 1:08pm
Tonirej
thank you
Mar 20, 2014 3:42pm
jny986
Great article that will be of huge help to the newbies. I think that it is great that Admin is going to use it as the reference point for newcomers. That will save from having the questions posted in the forum. Thanks
Mar 21, 2014 1:35am
Gonzo
Great article! Classicalgeek could have easily made this into an Ebook and sold it but instead chose to share it with everyone for free. Thanks for this great article!
Mar 22, 2014 2:02am
Faye
Two thumbs up - thank you, you taught me a thing or two still.
Mar 22, 2014 4:12am
Gonzoid
A very informative, newbie guide and speaking as a newbie I have learned a great deal. All I need now is to try and put it into practice.
Mar 22, 2014 8:40am
LavenderRose
This article would have been so helpful when I first started writing here. I spent hours and hours in the forum and at IB University trying to figure it all out. You have simply outdid yourself, and I'm very glad that it's being given to all newbies. That will help out a lot, and cut way way down on the repetitive questions in the forum.
Apr 4, 2014 9:47am
WriterJanis
I'm new here and this is extremely helpful. Thank you.
Apr 10, 2014 1:12pm
Moina-Arcee
I'm not new and this is extremely helpful. Thanks.
Apr 11, 2014 9:06am
NHalden
Thanks so much. Very informative.
Apr 26, 2014 5:08pm
MegaDieter
Sweeet. Can't wait to get started.
May 9, 2014 1:53pm
Ruby3881
This is a fabulous intro for those like me who are new to the site. Thank you! I've bookmarked it for future reference, as I'm sure I'll want to come back and refresh my memory on some of the finer points as I start writing articles.
May 19, 2014 9:06pm
classicalgeek
You're very welcome. I mostly wrote it to save myself the bother of answering repetitive questions in the forums. :)
May 12, 2014 6:43pm
Sunetworker
Thank you for the above - I hopefully will get there in the end but obviously I need to refine a little further.
May 15, 2014 10:16pm
Sunetworker
I am now so please as I have finally had an article published. I was initially rejected a few times but I got there in the end through perseverance and repeated reading of the rules, the instructions and my article.

Let's hope I have learned fully and my next articles will take less time to get published. I still have to get the hang of linking, adding pictures and how to earn some money but I trust that it will all work out for the best.
May 18, 2014 11:52am
tmerlino
This is a great article. Thank you for posting it. I've submitted several articles now so far, and I have to admit that I'm still getting used to the approval process and what does or doesn't get approved. Sometimes I have to make several changes before it will be approved, but hopefully I will understand the process well enough to make it to the ranks of the "preapproved." :)

Thank you again; this was a great article with tons of useful information.
May 19, 2014 9:07pm
classicalgeek
I'm very happy you found it useful!
May 31, 2014 7:16pm
northernSkies53
Hi classicalgeek,

Just got a chance to read this article in its entirety and just want to say thank you for posting this. It contains such a wealth of helpful knowledge especially for someone like me just getting started and has answered a ton of questions. It was exactly what I was looking for. Definitely bookmarked. Thank you!
Jun 1, 2014 10:25am
classicalgeek
You're quite welcome. I hope you'll be happy at InfoBarrel!
Jun 8, 2014 1:40am
Sami41
Thanks so much! I'm brand spanking new and glad I read this before I submitted many more articles. I've only submitted one, still waiting on approval. This will make my future articles much easier! Thanks again!
Jun 11, 2014 1:57pm
Hanabanan
Thank you so much for posting this, it really helped me out and I think I can improve my InfoBarrel account now!
Jun 24, 2014 4:20pm
Gopala
Just the thing I was looking for. You have saved me the trouble of looking for them in the forum. Thank you from a very grateful newbie.
Jun 25, 2014 2:49am
skchamp
Thanks for posting this useful content. It is of great help to people like me who are new to Infobarrel. Thanks a ton !
Jun 25, 2014 8:53am
classicalgeek
My pleasure. I am happy you found it useful!
Jul 2, 2014 3:30am
yayang0405
Thanks for this informative article. As a newbie, this is very helpful.
Jul 2, 2014 2:19pm
LeighGoessl
Hi classicalgeek, Thank you so much for this article, I too am new and this is tremendously helpful! Best, Leigh
Jul 3, 2014 12:36pm
Naxasinmax
Lot of great information for newbies like myself. Now its time to write!
Jul 4, 2014 5:29am
krsh888
Great article! Thanks!!
Jul 10, 2014 2:59pm
GichanaJ
Amazingly informative! Thanks for sharing such helpful tips.
Jul 25, 2014 5:32pm
NazrinSyafiq
Thanks for this info. Really helps me in my writing.
Jul 29, 2014 8:29am
jmastbrook
Thanks for directing me here for my questions. Sorry to be the annoying newbie on the forum! I'm sure I'll get it all figured out as time goes on. Thanks for your patience and for taking the time to write a comprehensive and helpful article.
Aug 1, 2014 1:01am
classicalgeek
We don't mean to be rude when we direct people here.

We just want to save you the time and effort of posting in the forum, waiting for an answer, checking the forum to see if your question was answered, wondering if anyone read your post, wondering if you're being ignored, wondering if you have been banned, wondering where in the world everyone is, etc., until your question got answered, when the answer is here and you can read it instantly, have your answer, and be on your merry way!
Jul 31, 2014 10:16pm
goatfury
Thanks for posting all this info! I'll read over this periodically. I'm looking forward to a healthy, long relationship with IB.
Aug 6, 2014 5:04am
WildTigger1966
I am new. I have a quick (hopefully) question. It says in Amazon that Missourian does not qualify for the Amazon Affiliate program. I cannot sign up to be one. Bummer! This will affect me greatly correct?! Does it mean I shouldn't be an article writer for InfoBarrel?
Aug 12, 2014 8:02am
classicalgeek
You can still earn from other affiliate links (two per article), as well as the ad placements. None of this will be affected by living where Amazon doesn't pay out. And at some point, Amazon will probably reach an agreement with your state. If by then you have hundreds of articles here, you will be exquisitely positioned to take advantage of the agreement, by adding Amazon elements to your already-existing articles. Since InfoBarrel doesn't allow pure "sales" articles in any case, my advice is to go ahead and write!
Aug 10, 2014 12:07am
thelethallife
Thanks for this post, it was very beneficial!
Aug 29, 2014 8:08pm
talking-songbird
Hi, thanks for all the valuable info, but I'm still at a loss as to how to reference and obtain images. You kind of skidded over that too fast for me.How do I get permission to use images I find online, for instance. I just submitted an article with a generic clip art-like image. Was I supposed to reference this?
Aug 29, 2014 10:32pm
classicalgeek
If the site you got it from did not explicitly state "This image is in the public domain," then yes, you must both get permission and reference it. Otherwise you are breaking the law.

You get permission by contacting the creator of the image. If you can't, don't, or won't contact the creator, or if they deny you permission, you cannot use it. It's really that simple
Sep 12, 2014 10:14pm
Browna86
It depends on where you go. If you are browsing images online and click to preview them, there is usually a link to the image source. You can go there to find contact information and request to use the imagery that way.

I've done this on several occasions for classwork and the providers of the images were quite agreeable. For my articles I will either generate my own imagery or imagery generated by fellow creatives from sites I participate on (like stock sites). There is a piece on this in IB University [http://www.infobarrel.com/Resources_for_public_domain_images]that offers up some good starting points.
Sep 12, 2014 10:09pm
Browna86
Didn't see this mentioned and was wondering: is there a limit to the number of video's we can post to a single article? I have an article that makes use of them.
Sep 26, 2014 1:46am
infolinkzone
this is very useful for me thanks
Sep 27, 2014 4:32am
rainykua
I'm new here and this is exactly what I need to know. Thanks!
Oct 11, 2014 11:32am
moondom
Ok, this is what I was looking for. Thank you Admin for posting this information!
Oct 19, 2014 6:35am
raihannewaz
As a new member i was waiting for a info like this one and i got it from this article! thank dear !
Oct 19, 2014 9:56pm
TAJorgensen
Wow! I signed up for Info Barrel a couple years ago and never did anything with it. I just came back and decided to read a few articles first, this one is so good! Thank you for taking the time to give all this information!
Oct 27, 2014 6:05pm
foverfield
This is a very good reference post. I will definitely bookmark this page as a reference. Since I am fairly new to this site and writing and I am going to have lots of questions.
Oct 30, 2014 3:33pm
Info_Man
I just published an article on InfoBarrel and had a terrible time using the 'Save as a Draft and Preview' option. I tried this using the Firefox browser and Chrome and, with both, the screen would freeze and the browsers displayed a message that a script was unresponsive. It took forever for me to upload the article. Do you have any suggestions? Also, now that the article is published, Google's first crawl shows a blank page for the cache. Are there server problems on this site?
Oct 30, 2014 9:04pm
classicalgeek
I'm sorry, I don't have any information on this because I am not an admin--just a writer. In your "Friends" list, Admin will be your first friend. Send them a private message and they will respond, although it may not be immediate.
Nov 6, 2014 3:00am
Nelius
Now I feel like a melon for posting my silly questions on the forum before giving this article a read. I do apologise, I am a newbie - but we all have to start somewhere. Thank you for this informative article.
Nov 7, 2014 2:27pm
dannyone
Thanks for this!

Hope other newbies will stumble upon this article, too.
Nov 11, 2014 11:15pm
LyraKua
This is a really helpful guide for newbies. You've covered up pretty much everything. Thanks for sharing.
Nov 21, 2014 7:51am
HappyFace
Thanks for a great article for a very motivated newbie, with zero experience on everything on the internet!
Jan 7, 2015 6:27am
alfredloo90
Just joined InfoBarrel today. Glad to have stumbled on this article. Very helpful indeed.
Jan 14, 2015 8:43pm
ziklag
Very comprehensive and straight to the point. Thank you very much:)
Jan 18, 2015 7:23am
JamesOxford007
Wow! Thank you, very insightful to the point of information overload, but in a good way! I will need to reference back to this article as I begin my path on InfoBarrel. I only ask people are respectful to newbies like me! Everyone was once a newbie.
Jan 21, 2015 5:04am
the_peanut_empire
That's a lot of information to digest for us newbies but indeed a great help. Bookmarked!
Jan 21, 2015 7:18am
margiemom
I have written for a number of websites, but these are the best instructions I have seen. Very clear and accessible and easy to understand. Thanks!
Feb 18, 2015 7:10am
Millsy36
These are extremely helpful pieces of advice for somebody new like me. Thank you!
Apr 6, 2015 10:16am
Amirji
Got many answers to my questions. I just started writing and want to find out where to look for my articles when published. Thanks a lot.
May 5, 2015 3:54am
supunifernando
very informative
Jun 17, 2015 11:05pm
afydecor
Good info for newbies like me...
Aug 11, 2015 8:31pm
Browna86
Probably should've stopped here first before flying solo. Learned about the clicking thing but incidents resurfaced when my mouse, not working anymore, would process clicks more than once. My current struggle is with article topics.

So far there is one article whose issues still escape me; but the others are okay. Thanks for the intel CG. Keep up the awesome work.
Aug 28, 2015 11:30am
thewritesuperwoman
Thanks for the information!
Nov 20, 2015 5:50am
TrevorLaRene
I'm very glad I read this!
Feb 22, 2016 9:20pm
vermaprithvi16
I am new to the site and have been trying to write my article since past two days and was facing problems. Now that I read this I am filled with hopes again. Thank you so much!
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  3. "InfoBarrel Frequently Asked Questions in the Forum." InfoBarrel.com. 3/05/2014 <Web >

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