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Chezfat's April 2011 InfoBarrel Earnings

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 6

What an April that was huh?  It’s now a week and a half into May and I am finally getting to writing this and for just a short time today I thought about possibly skipping it all together but instead I learned quite a bit in April as did many of you too I’m sure.  In this business everything is always changing so you have to always look for ways to capitalize on those changes even when they don’t favor you at first.

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Long story short I saw a notable drop in my InfoBarrel income month over month.  Not only did my page views decline but so too did my conversion rates and with the redesign of the “look” of the main IB page template the emphasis on Chitika and Amazon has declined as well.  Month over month my InfoBarrel income declined by 41.3 percent.  In March I made $615 on InfoBarrel and in April I only made $361.10.  You can see my main infobarrel earnings page here.

If you have any experience in this then you know that big content sites like IB were affected by algorithm updates this month causing search traffic to decline.  The site redesign and ad placement has also negatively affected many writer’s conversion rates in April too.  Coupled together this affects earnings significantly – in the long run it’s probably a good thing but it’s no fun now.

Luckily I have other properties making up some of the difference.  This month I didn’t see an overall increase in my income but at least my income didn’t tank 41 percent month over month.  If you are an online publisher who hasn’t yet gotten involved in starting your own sites for diversification then definitely consider doing so – just do it.

In April as I watched conversion rates fluctuate all over the place here on IB I noticed some super ways to enhance the earning potential of articles already published on site.  In the past I’ve shared my thoughts on how to goose your IB earnings by contextually linking to Amazon and just a few days back I shared how you can use pictures in your already published articles to improve your conversion rates.

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If you haven’t’ read the article on using pictures you should now because much of my time on IB over the last couple weeks has simply been editing old articles adding pictures and contextual links to keep visitors on my pages and in front of my work.  One published article may take you 30 minutes to write but by adding three optimized pictures like this picture of a silver coin necklace you may spend an extra 10 minutes but have four times as much monetized content attributed to you.  Not to mention the “Media” pages your pictures go on convert at an excellent rate. :)

Regarding my income month over month the new ad placement definitely takes some emphasis off of the alternative income streams of Chitika and Amazon and softens the look of Adsense.

My Monthly InfoBarrel Earnings Breakdown

Chitika - $20.95 (-71.5 percent)

Amazon - $26.06 (-51.2 percent)

Adsense - $314.09 (-35.7 percent)

Total InfoBarrel Income - $361.10 (-41.3 percent)

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As you can see Adsense didn’t decline as bad because it is still featured as the most prominent ads but the others tanked mightily.  April was also my first full month where my main Amazon articles couldn’t be found in the search engines.  My main article – my travel coffee mug article – couldn’t be found in the SERPS at all for the month and naturally it earned sales commissions at a very poor level.  The article only made $10.76 in Amazon commissions down from over $40 just a couple months back.

Luckily the article is showing signs of being revived in the SERPS so I’m encouraged that it may start getting more traffic again and start earning a lot on a monthly basis once again.  I’ve slowed in my backlinking of it but haven’t stopped completely.  We’ll see how May finishes out but so far I’m encouraged.

Overall I’ve been spending less time on InfoBarrel as of late due to my work on my own sites but I still feel that InfoBarrel is a huge part of my diversification strategy and I would recommend it to anyone just starting out and to anyone who is experienced alike.  If you are a new reader I encourage you to read through some of my tutorial articles here on InfoBarrel, many of which are linked from my profile page and then learn how to leverage the site to really get your online business humming along.

My IB income dropped month over month but because I have many other sources of income the damage is minor, the good news is that the drop in IB can’t go on forever and by making some changes to the way I publish here I’m sure that I can recover some of this lost revenue – let’s cross out fingers, after all, I still want to say I’m making $1000 dollars a month on InfoBarrel or more.



May 10, 2011 6:48pm
Thanks so much for your honest information about earnings, and for letting us know how to use your tips to improve our personal earnings. You are a wealth of information!
May 12, 2011 4:24pm
Interesting report. I am hoping earning rebound for summer, as I want to create my niche sites. I always appreciate all of the help and guidance you have given me and the IB community.
Sep 4, 2011 1:26pm
Thanks for the info Chez - how have things beensince April ? Hubpages seems to be improving how have you found IB ? I've only got a few pages here and am wondering whether it is worth putting in the effort to greatly expand my IB footprrint?
Sep 6, 2011 12:07pm
Hey Homer - Things have been hectic for me since April (health issues, new baby, and being swamped at the day job) but all in all everything has been pretty good online. I have stepped back from IB lately but only because I don't have the time that I did before and because I'm seeing so much success with my own sites.

IB is still worth it though. It's a great training ground, there are great people to network with, and there is very good potential for earning. In the month of August I made around $520 or so and I didn't publish anything here for the entire month. Sept is shaping up to be similar. Good luck.
Sep 6, 2011 12:12pm
wow $520 in August; that is very good, especially when it is supposed to be a slow month; you will do great in November and December. Congratulations about your new baby.
Oct 22, 2011 9:32pm
Yeah, this is pretty in-depth and helpful stuff. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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