This is going to be the first blog post in a new series we are going to release now and again that will chronicle the successes of our users. We will be doing interviews with successful InfoBarrel writers which will hopefully inspire other writers to reach to the next level and achieve their writing goals.
The first edition of InfoBarrel Success Stories will be with one of our top writers, jcmayer777. So with no further adieu, let me introduce Jason!
Jason: No problem
Ryan: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
Jason: There’s not too much to tell about me, but I’ll give it a go. I’m a full time jail guard in Wisconsin. I dabble a little in dispatching, but mostly stick to working in the jail. I’ve been married for 15 years and have three sons. If you call me in the summer, I won’t be home. If you call me in the winter, unless I’m at work, I’ll be hunkered in my home whining about how much I hate winter.
Ryan: I guess I'll just jump in head first, so when did you start writing for InfoBarrel?
Jason: I wrote my first article on May 10th, 2009, so less than a year ago.
Ryan: What Inspired you to start writing for InfoBarrel?
Jason: I was writing on another site and was really just looking to diversify a little. I happened on the site, in part from hearing other people talking about it, and the high revenue share offered. I decided to write a few articles, just to see what would happen. As you can see, it went well and I never really quit writing articles.
Ryan: If you don't mind me asking, what was the most you've made in a month?
Jason: I was stuck right around $500 per month for quite a while, but was able to final break free and finish up a little under $700. I’m really happy, especially considering we are just exiting the worst timeframe for earning money now. The sky is the limit!
Ryan: What are your long term goals with Infobarrel?
Jason: First up, I’d like to hit $1,000 per month. I haven’t had as much time to write lately, so I know I need to get moving. I know it won’t take too long to make it, especially with the high earning season just around the corner.
I would like to hit $2,000 per month by the end of the year. This is not an unrealistic goal at all. I’m sure any writer willing to put some time into it can achieve this level of earning. If a writer has the time to write and ability to drive traffic to their articles, there’s no reason they couldn’t make enough here to replace their full time job income. You can really impact your standard of living this way.
Ryan: What do you like about InfoBarrel?
Jason: Everything, but I suppose that’s a little vague. I really like the open platform. You can write about just about anything, and in a format of your choice. Since you’re not stuck with a single format option, you can really get the creative juices flowing, if you choose to.
Beyond that, I really love the customer service. If I have a question, I know it will get answered in a timely fashion. I know you guys, the Info Barrel Admins, cruise the forum and contribute from time to time, too. This gives all the writers a chance to get any answers they are looking for, without having to wait weeks, or longer, for a simple response.
Oh yah...there’s the money, too!
Ryan: Why don't we get a littler more personal here, what do you do in your spare time?
Jason: I live in northern Wisconsin, but I hate the cold. I know, it doesn’t make much sense, since it snows almost half the year. In the winter, I really just pick up as much overtime as I can and hunker down in my home. I’m really pretty much a hermit after Christmas.
Once summer rolls around, I’ll be on the lake fishing a lot. I may even use my Info Barrel earnings to pick up a new boat. When I’m not on the water, I’m on the trails, four wheeling with my family. We all have four wheelers and really enjoy riding them.
It may not be real manly, but I also love planting and growing flowers. It was never anything that appealed to me until about 5 years ago. Like so many things I do, once I started it, I just kept going. A good portion of our yard is covered each year with perennial and annual flowers.
I guess it’s kind of obvious that I like to write articles on Info Barrel, too. I always say this is a healthy addiction. Most things I like to do cost money, like fishing, four wheeling, and gardening, this hobby actually makes money. It’s really great. I make money for something I would most likely do free. It’s almost like I’m stealing.
Ryan: What is your dream job?
Jason: I think I’m in it. I’m a jail guard and love it. I suppose I would like to make more money, just like anyone else, but I’m really quite happy professionally. It was something I always wanted to do, so I decided to go back to school almost 10 years ago. It was the best decision, short of writing for Info Barrel, I ever made. I love it. I love new challenges, so you never know what the future will bring.
I know I have sufficient, although certainly not professional, writing skills. I love writing articles with Info Barrel. This is really a great side job. I’m pretty much living the dream right now!
Ryan: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Jason: Even though I’m working my dream job, I suspect I wouldn’t continue working at the jail if I had millions in the bank. I’m pretty sure I’d still write some articles.
I’m not that terribly materialistic, but I suspect I’d upgrade to a little bigger, although not huge, house...probably on a nice lake. I’m pretty sure there would be a new boat and some new four wheelers in the garage. Other than that, I’m really pretty happy with everything I have now. I would really just be happy to put away money for my three sons.
Ryan: As I understand you've written an Infobarrel book with Howie(x3xsoldierx3x), would you like to tell me a little bit about it and what inspired you come up with it?
Jason: Yes, we are nearing completion of our eBook now. After almost 6 months, we are finally getting all the loose ends taken care of. It took us so much longer than we originally anticipated, but we really both wanted to make absolutely certain we were providing a topnotch product. We both started out wanting to simply provide the most detailed and complete eBook for any platform. I think we succeeded.
We aren’t up and running just yet, but we will be very soon. It won’t be too long before you can visit www.infobarrelsuccess.com. In the beginning, the site will simply serve as a landing page for sales conversions. In time, however, we would like to make the site more useful for all members. We are hoping to add free videos and tips for all of the Info Barrel community to use at some point down the road. With the site growing so rapidly, it’s only a matter of time until Info Barrel competes with the biggest online revenue sites. It’s going to happen. The growth trends with this site are mind blowing. Check them out for yourself.
Really, the inspiration for it was from Howie. Howie actually contacted me about writing the book with him. We found that we both really believed in the Info Barrel platform. Both of us were quite happy with the site. After we talked a little, we found out that we had completely different areas of expertise, which would allow us to really cover all the possible angles in our eBook. While most other money making eBooks are only about forty pages long, ours covers all angles, and the entire course is nearly 10 times that length, without fluff. This may actually sound a little intimidating, but we broke the course down into several sections, so it would be easier to follow. We wrote for beginners and those more advanced.
We’ve only shared the eBook with a few people so far. It has been received much better than we could have even dreamed. In fact, one person even went as far as to thank us for providing them with information about SEO in our course that they hadn’t learned in years of research. Pat Flynn of www.smartpassiveincome.com even went so far to say “out of all the "how to make money writing content" guides I've read, the Info Barrel Success eBook Course is by far the most detailed and comprehensive of them all.” Pat has made over $30,000 a month online, so for him to rave about the course like this is a big deal. Just so everyone knows, these comments weren’t made for referral sales or financial gain, since we are not offering any sort of referral program at this time. These are legitimate testimonials, unlike so many you read.
Ryan: If you could tell up and coming InfoBarrel writers something, what would it be?
Jason: You don’t have to be a professional writer to make money on Info Barrel. If you can write coherent sentences, you can probably write a decent article and make some money. Even though the site is still in the infancy type stages, it’s easy to see really big things on the horizon. Those that get on board now, while still near the ground floor, are going to be the leaders of the site tomorrow, when all the writer’s income levels explode. The money I’m making now is really just the tip of the iceberg. As the site gains more favor with Google and other engines, articles will get more exposure, leading to more money for Info Barrel writers.
Here’s a good way to put it...If you could travel back in time about twenty years, what would you do from a financial standpoint? You could invest in WalMart or recreational land and make a killing. You could invest in tons of other stocks that were about to take off and have a lot of disposable income today. Info Barrel is pretty much the same way now. You can invest some time, not money, and have a lot of disposable income over the years. Ten years from now, you’ll wish you could travel back in time to get in on the Info Barrel ground floor.