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Aitch's InfoBlog: My First $100 Month

By Edited Mar 28, 2016 3 16

Ever since I began writing for InfoBarrel in January 2010, I have had a really good feeling about the earnings potential for my work. I have been keeping an extremely close eye on countless semantics and subtle aspects of online content writing ranging from SERPs, to SEO techniques, backlinks, promoting, and everything in between.

Needless to say, I have spent a lot more time than most people studying and researching all of this, when I could have spent that time writing more articles. However, my earnings have been consistently doubling every single month since I started here on InfoBarrel, so I'm okay with it; especially since I now have a wealth of knowledge and fun facts that can help other writers on this site when they have questions.

Anyway, even though I could have had a lot more articles written by now, my earnings are still pretty impressive. I think it's awesome when other writers like Ernie and jcmayer777 go out of there way to share their earnings with everyone, and I want to join in and hopefully give some of you a hefty dose of motivation to keep striving to reach your goal. Since I hit a great milestone of earning $100 in the month of May, I thought it would be the perfect time to start writing about my success.

From here on out, I will be publishing an "InfoBlog" every month to document my InfoBarrel earnings from AdSense, Chitika, and Amazon. With these InfoBlogs, other writers will hopefully read them and see that it is definitely possible to earn a decent side income from InfoBarrel!

Before I get started, I would like to recap my first 4 months here on InfoBarrel so you can get an idea of what it took to build up to my first $100 month.

1st Month - January (25 articles published)
Total Estimated Earnings ~ $2.00

2nd Month - February (74 articles published)
Total Estimated Earnings ~ $11.00

3rd Month - March (122 articles published)
Total Estimated Earnings ~ $26.00

4th Month - April (142 articles published)
Total Estimated Earnings ~ $60.00

As you can see, my earnings have been more than doubling each and every month. This is what I like to see :-)

Now for my May earnings...

148 articles published

AdSense ~ $90.00
Chitika ~ $22.00
Amazon ~ $3.00

Total Estimated May Earnings: $115.00

What makes these earnings even more impressive is the fact that I did not write any kind of new "money-makers" for the month of May as I was busy trying to raise enough money for my first month's rent by writing for Demand Studios and getting paid up-front.

I like how Ernie displays his top 5 earning articles as well as his top 5 articles for page views, so I will go ahead and jump on that wagon and do the same thing. I think it's pretty interesting to see which articles are doing best and I'm sure you feel the same.

Top 10 Earners for May

Top 10 Page Views for May

If you haven't noticed by now, my BBQ grill articles are really making some money! Even though only two of them are on my top 10 list for page views, you can plainly see the top 10 earners are overrun with BBQ grill articles. I don't know if that's just a great paying topic, or if my SEO skills were top-notch during the time of writing them. Whatever the reason, I don't care, just seeing clicks on them on a daily basis is good enough for me.

Here's to hoping my earnings keep doubling each month! I wish all InfoBarreler's out there good luck! Remember that unless you know some SEO techniques, the earnings do take a while to start manifesting. This is true with just about any revenue sharing website like this, but moreso with InfoBarrel because it's still relatively young.

The people who succeed in this industry are the ones who fight through the bad months and keep striving to reach there goals. If you quit, then of course you're going to fail. Keep writing and don't stress out about your earnings! The money will come in due time! Patience is virtue. Nothing in life worth having comes easy, remember that!



Jun 10, 2010 10:47pm
You are so right about the "fighting through the bad months.." Just keep writing and the money will follow is the way I look at it. Great article and thanks for sharing your earnings!
Jun 10, 2010 10:50pm
Congratulations! These are great numbers and thank you for sharing.
Jun 10, 2010 11:40pm
Thank you for sharing. I might as well copy you, and write about my earnings and articles. I think I'll include the ways I am promoting them.
Jun 11, 2010 1:56am
Great stuff, Mr. Aitch ;)! I definitely just need to keep writing. It's getting difficult to stay motivated, but I'm sure eventually the dollars roll in.
The day I get my first click will be a wake-up call to how writing on this site is actually beneficial, and stories like yours prove that.
Jun 11, 2010 3:54pm
Don't get discouraged Glunn...the first clicks always take the longest. I remember how frustrated I was until I got that first click, then after that they just kept accumulating. Each week I would see a slight increase in clicks, and now 4 months later I'm finally to the point where my lowest earning days are like $2 instead of $0. Keep up the writing and remember as long as InfoBarrel keeps getting more and more popular, your earnings potential will keep increasing. Good luck and thanks for reading!
Jun 11, 2010 3:37pm
You are really doing great with your BBQ articles! I hope you hit $200 real soon. I have not yet hit the $100 a month with InfoBarrel but it looks like I will this month if it keeps up!
Jun 11, 2010 3:42pm
In The Last 7 Days I have earned over $30.00 so I better hit it this month. :)
Jun 11, 2010 3:56pm
Thanks ernie! I was pleasantly surprised at how well the BBQ articles did especially since the only reason I wrote them was for the extra % points for the contest. But it looks like I stumbled on a great topic in the process. I have no doubt you will hit $100 sometime real soon, and I'm sure you feel the same. Best of luck to you!
Jun 12, 2010 11:18pm
This was so encouraging, exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks for posting this. I look forward to following your InfoBlog. Way to go!
Jun 17, 2010 6:35pm
Besides adding your top earning articles for the month, can you also note how many articles you have published? For those of us wondering when we might make the same amount of money, it would at least give us a ballpark number to shot for. Thanks.
Jun 18, 2010 1:18am
Great idea asithi! I don't know why I left that out...I will update it right now! Thanks!
Jun 25, 2010 11:42am
Congrats on the high earning month!
Jun 26, 2010 6:45am
Congratulations! It's always inspiring to see others doing well.
Jun 29, 2010 8:41pm
Hey Travis; Great article! Thank you for all the information, it really helps us newer contributors.
Aug 2, 2010 8:22pm
Writng good seasonal articles is a good part of your overall strategy. The analysis really helps. You are generous with your encouraging words and I wish you continued success Travis.
Aug 18, 2010 1:44pm
Great article as usually. I will follow in the footsteps of the leaders.
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