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Ddraig's InfoBarrel achievements and earnings with Info Barrel in October, and goals for November

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Ddraig's October

So October was my seventh month being with Info Barrel. I had not taken seriously at all until the end of September, and I do feel that I put more effort in to Info Barrel in the month of October. That is not to say that I saw it as a joke, but rather I did not dare put my heart and soul in the site until I knew exactly how I was going to progress.

During October I was starting to settle down slightly, children back at school and I was mentally stealing five minutes before I have to prepare my household for all the chaos that is Christmas, yes I know, Bah humbug. I love life with my family but some days the " slow down" button would be nice.

I have had a chest infection and very bad flu bug, but I could have managed that if it was not for the complications it caused. Not for me personally, but my parents need me right now. My step father has throat cancer and is post operation and having daily radiotherapy and weekly chemotherapy. He is half way through a seven week treatment, and for the last few weeks I have not been able to go near him. For people that have been lucky enough never to deal with cancer, this is because if I make him ill, and his white cell count is not right, they will not give him his treatment. How could I live with myself if that happened. So I have had to keep away at a time when they need me the most. I have obviously kept in touch with the phone, but I am only 3 miles down the road, so that feels a bit paltry. That is my next task, is to go and get the flu vaccine and that way I know I have some sort of protection, and then I can do my share of caring for him, giving my mother a much needed break.

So as you can imagine, I have not always had a clear mind to write, but funnily enough in October, I wrote the most articles. Maybe with all the personal stuff I needed another focus. Not that I wrote that many articles, but it is going in the right direction. In total I published 12 articles in October, with 3 of them being outsourced and edited by myself.

Yes, I am starting to look at this writing as a career and as MY business, it is almost a mental shift that you have after a while. Well, if you are trying to make a living on line it is, I am not speaking of the many lovely writers that I have come across on Info Barrel and Hubpages that write for pleasure only.

Outsourcing is not something I can afford at the moment, but wanted to see how it worked. I found an outsourcing company called Text Broker, and I sampled both direct and open sourced writers. Two articles I landed superbly with a writer named Tony and was more than happy with the outcome. I will be using him again when I have some more spare cash for expansion.

I also sampled the negative side of receiving an article in much need of editing. If I had been more confident on how to use Text Broker, I would have rejected the article completely. As it was, I accepted it with out truly reading the article, that was in broken English and was missing some information. I also only paid for half of the wordage, and used the basic article to flesh it out with better SEO, facts and better English. It is become more apparent to me who the native English users are, and those that either use the translators are just bad at writing in English as a second language. Kudos to them for trying, but "not on my time, dude!".

I used Chitika for the first time this month and also Click bank. Chitika has earned me precisely $0.09, and Click bank to be fair has not had the chance, because I have not really been concentrating on my Blogger account this month.

So as it stands as an overall earning total for October, across the board was,


Adsense revenue; £34.72. ( £1.82 from InfoBarrel).

Chitika; $0.09

Amazon; Big fat zero. Yet to break into Amazon earnings.

My biggest earner is still Webanswers, which is scary because it is slowly sliding down Google's rankings. I am looking forward to the day when my articles are earning me more, as InfoBarrel is a much more stable foothold.

InfoBarrel is my second strongest place and thirdly is Hubpages that earned me a whole £0.02 in Adsense revenue.

So that is my October. I am learning more, reading more on the forum, thanks to JC, Soldier and all others who help with such informative information on SEO and other techniques.

November goals

I am suddenly seeing how helpful the editorial calender is, because even if you were not to enter or be featured, it is fabulous when you have writer's block. The editorial has one category and it sends you off on a spin off, keeping you extremely busy in research all month, well done to the fabulous InfoBarrel admin team for that helping hand.

So what are my targets this lovely cold month of November?

1) To write more articles than I did in October. I want at least 15- 20 articles published by my own hand.

2) To see my name in the first 50 of the contest board, as I am yet to be on the top 100. My own fault as I have only ever admitted a couple of articles.

3) To hit payout with Adsense, which for the UK is £60.

4) To break into Amazon sales at least one sale.

5) Take one day in November where I do no writing, apart from to take notes and study some more SEO and some other online optimization.


I would like to wish you all a fabulous November, and wish you all a prosperous one.



Nov 2, 2011 8:02am
Thanks for your insight!.
Nov 2, 2011 8:08am
I am so glad you are getting into your stride on IB, I honestly think we picked a great place and community to write, earn and learn. I hope all is well soon with your family and November's goals come easily.
Nov 2, 2011 8:19am
Keep yourself motivated and stay in the groove! Once the money comes in, the spouse's tend to get on board pretty fast. Good luck this month!
Nov 2, 2011 9:03am
Thank you guys and gals, and good luck to all of you also. Mommyx3, yeah they have that little quirk, think it is because I threatened to spend it on a spa day, he he.
Nov 2, 2011 11:14am
£1.82 from InfoBarrel...

this is impressive for your first "real month" producing. Keep up the good work.
Nov 2, 2011 5:25pm
I am glad to see something TWC. Thank you kindly for your encouragement.
Nov 2, 2011 7:00pm
Hope you are on the mend now and that your step father is on his way to a successful recovery. Wishing you the best of success.
Nov 3, 2011 2:49am
Thank you kindly LLWoodard. I am on the mend, but unfortunately my stepfather is getting worse, but because of the treatment and not the cancer, so fingers crossed.
Nov 3, 2011 2:36pm
First and foremost I'd like to wish you and your parents well. :)
Secondly, great article on your achievements and earnings! Keep going at it Ddraig.
Nov 3, 2011 4:43pm
Thank you so much SincerelyT. I appreciate your well wishes and your encouragement. I hope you have a great November.
Nov 3, 2011 9:23pm
I'm glad that you're feeling better and hope that your dad will be feeling better soon too. I know how hard it can be. I took care of my dad when he had cancer, but he was in his 80s and there was nothing that could be done. Hang in there. Remember: it will all be ok in the end -- if it's not ok, it's not the end. I've been writing for both IB and Squidoo for only a month and I'm finding that IB is a better for earnings, although it's not as easy to do really "pretty" articles, like pictures and formatting and nifty graphic stuff. I used to write for Demand Studios for over 2 years; they just buy the articles their writers write; it not a revenue share or ad-based revenue or anything like that. They have a list of titles and the writers pick the titles they want, use DS's format, write in DS's style ... in other words, not much fun, but it paid per article, which meant a predictable income. The work just shut off like a faucet about a month ago and so I (and thousands of other writers) went looking elsewhere. I landed here and on Squidoo. I have a few articles on Xomba and Wizzley too, but I'm not there much). Like you said, it's hard to get spread so thin. There is so much to learn about backlinking, SEO and all that stuff. The more I learn, the more I realize that I don't know! Anyway, I hope you have a great November. I'll be checking out your articles!
Nov 5, 2011 10:57pm
Hope you meet your goals and thanks for sharing your progress.
Nov 6, 2011 3:27am
Thank you for that kind message Oxfordian. I also hope that November is the month for you on Info Barrel.

Sun-scribe, thank you for your blessings.
Nov 10, 2011 4:54am
@ Ddraig. That's impressive. You have worked very hard against all odds and it paid off. Just so you know I am now available for ghost writing jobs and will write quality keyword rich and good SEO articles for you if you ever need it again. Cheers! ;-)
Nov 10, 2011 5:38am
Bless you Dan and thank you for your offer. Unfortunately I am absolutely with out a pot to p£££ in at the moment, so will keep you in mind when I have some money to pump back in to my articles.
Nov 13, 2011 5:45pm
Ddraig, I'm happy to hear you're earning on WebAnswers. I always wondered if WebAnswers was really worth it in terms of time invested there and return on investment. For example, if you spend an hour a day but you're only making 5$/day, that would mean that you're only making 5$/hour... you see what I mean? What do you think?
Nov 29, 2011 7:36pm
Keep plugging away. You need to stay focused with smaller goals, like those you can accomplish monthly, in order to stay on track with the long range goals.

Best of luck.
Nov 30, 2011 12:36pm
Impact, hope all is going well for you.
JC, Thank you so much, I have to make it concrete that I stick to mini goals because I am a naturally chaotic person.
Nov 30, 2011 12:59pm
Thank you for sharing your progress, it's very encouraging to see real results, I often need encouragement to keep me motivated to write here.

Sending positive energy & light to your parents, have they explored any kind of alternative treatments for your stepdad? Natural and non-invasive methods? If you have Netflix (or the equivalent) check out The Gerson Method; Food Matters; Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead; and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (she cured herself of cancer-hard for some to believe, but it's absolutely true) Hope this offers some valuable information for you and your family.

Continued success and speedy recovery to you! ; )
Nov 30, 2011 1:37pm
If you are ever lagging and want a kick up the butt, give me a pm Alwritetea.
I feel better today as mum said he actually made a cup of tea today, something he has been too weak to do. How bad is that for an athletic 55 year old that has never smoked or drank properly?
I know they haven't started alternative treatment and I have looked in to it for when he can actually swallow, he has to have feeds through a tube in his stomach at the moment.
My friend has recommended a tea that begins with E, I have the name in my emails. I have to wait until he has the tube removed. Thank you so much for the positive energy, it really did help me through the other day.
I will take a good look at your recommendations, and I can believe it, because I have seen the benefits, not cure but boost from natural foods in a friend of mine that died of Breast cancer.
On a lighter note, it is the first tomorrow, I really can't wait to see some of the big guns reports and people I have become familiar with.
Ddraig x
Nov 30, 2011 3:53pm
I'm so glad you posted this. It is important to share your goals and successes. I can only tell you that I just received my first google adsense check $107.39!!!! It does take some perseverence despite personal life events that take one away from writing. I know, I just divorced after 34 married years (2 daughters and a grandchild), and i am having cataract surgery on each eye in Dec. A good friend is dying and I know that i need to continue writing despite it all. The first adsense check really helps monthly motivation. Besides, I like reading your work!
Dec 1, 2011 2:44am
Footloose, thank you kindly for your comment. Well done on your cheque. I am sorry to hear that your own life has very critical life changes.
I bid you the very best of luck with your surgery and hope it does not keep you away from the site too long.
I am sorry to hear your friend is dying, it is heart wrenching to think someone knows they are leaving us all.
With my writing, it is a shame that I am learning that my actual preference does not earn much money, as it is based in historical stuff. So you may see a mix of product stuff, but I am sure you will see which articles are from my heart.x
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