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Ddraig's Infobarrel earnings&achievements& aspirations and goals for February

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What a month January is!



Making money online by writing

Not for anything good, but my oh my, when people said it is the worst month for stats, they were not joking. I completely bombed on InfoBarrel during January, it was worse than December and I did not think it could get any worse. I did not earn more than a penny from Adsense, Amazon or Chitika, so that one is pretty easily summed up for my InfoBarrel earnings.

I did earn £17.41 from Adsense, but that was £16.44 from Webanswers, £0.79 through Webanswers referrals, £0.16 through Hubpages, and an errant penny from InfoBarrel and another from Seekyt. Who said earning money on line was meant to be quick though? When you end up with really low earnings, don't give up, push through, work harder. That is exactly what I plan on doing with the lovely Skeffling, CrystalNici and a few other members. We have set ourselves targets and are hopefully going to feel accountable to each other. If you wish to join and set yourself a goal, feel free to read the goal we are setting, in the forum. Most of us are aiming to write 500 articles by the end of January 2013. So that is 1 down, only 499 to go!

I managed to get 7 articles published in January, making my total 41 articles. Not what I had attained to achieve, as I wanted to hit the 50 articles mark during January. I am not cross with myself as I did add an article to Hubpages and 3 articles to Seekyt, so I would have been a lot closer to my target had I published all those articles here at InfoBarrel.

I am pleased with myself that every single one of those articles hit over the 1000 word target and gave me 35 points for the contest. Meaning I hit my top revenue percentage. That means I better earn something soon, as a high percentage of nothing, is still, nothing!

I know exactly what is wrong, it is that I did not get a move on with my articles in the beginning, so not many of my articles are mature, and most of them were not SEO optimized or LSI optimized. Most still aren't fabulously so, but it is improving. For any of you just starting on InfoBarrel or indeed starting to write, you will need to really get some content out there in the first 6 months, because if you take it at a slow pace at the beginning, you will take longer to have enough content maturing later on. This really makes a difference between what you will earn against someone else who has been at the writing for the same length of time as you but has really put the hours in.

Good bye then to January, as you irritated me beyond belief, and not just here at InfoBarrel. January was brutal across the board, but better than December.

What I want to happen in February

As stated, I stand at 41 articles, if I am to slowly succeed to hit my 500 plus target, I must write approximately 10 articles a week. That then, is my very strict target for February, to write at least 40 articles. A target made tighter in the shortest month of the year. There is a fabulously easy way for me to achieve this target, I just need to avoid my Facebook account like the plague. Facebook just has a bad habit of chewing your time for no reason whatsoever. Who really cares what people are having for dinner, but you just seem to be captivated.

I always aim for a target of 31 points worth of articles, as that is what all writers that are here for work should be attaining to, for maximum revenue share. I usually do this by making sure my articles are 1000 words plus, as they are then 5 points each. If I attain my target of 40 articles it won't matter as I will hit the 31 points whichever way I write. Don't worry if you are aiming for a 1000 word articles and are coming a few words short, as long as you go back and edit them at some point in the same month you will receive the extra points. The extra points do not getted added on if you edit them in a different month to the month you originally published the article however.

I have added up all the word counts on all my articles and I am just over 14,000 words short of hitting another achievement, that of writing 50,000 words, so that is another target I am aiming for.

I also wish to try and gain some revenue from Amazon this month, or at least write some articles that with gain me that in the near future, when they have gained authority. Adsense is fabulous for revenue sharing but it always works better when Amazon is part of your income.

Hopefully even with these targets I should start noticing some decent income with in the next 2 or 3 months. I am not getting hung up on the earnings too much, just write more and work harder. Now that the family season of Christmas is out the way, I am all InfoBarrel's, heart and soul.

I love being part of the team here at InfoBarrel, and I like the way that if you are not doing something to the best potential for you, the advice is there to help you tweak your work. There is information in the forum here that is the friendliest forum to exist on the internet to date. If you wish to know where to find tools that will help you promote your articles, then the InfoBarrel forum is the place to check and ask. I can say hand on heart that I am definitely part of the team, and I am starting to really get to know regular writers, with great appreciation that I do know them. Thank you for making this journey enjoyable people.



Feb 2, 2012 3:43pm
Sounds like I am going to have some tough competition this month in the contest! Thanks for sharing!
Feb 2, 2012 3:51pm
Bless you Ziggy, but I am no way even going to try and win the comp, unless you are offering to babysit? I don't mind posting the kiddiwinks to Australia? Will they suffocate in bubblewrap? hehe.
Feb 2, 2012 3:46pm
a great update and you made me smile when you told january to shove off! you are an important part of the support and camaraderie (sp?) here on IB. fabulous update!
Feb 2, 2012 3:52pm
Cheers Moanasaves. I am glad I have made someone smile, I like doing that daily.x
Both you and Ziggy as well as many others are becoming part of my daily life and you can't help but get to know people when you have daily contact.x
Feb 2, 2012 6:02pm
Great earnings article DD. I feel the momentum building!

I am looking forward to the 500 articles party! I have a whole 2 down already!
Feb 3, 2012 1:17am
Hehe I am the same, this is the " Watch me go" InfoBarrel article!
Feb 4, 2012 6:05am
Amazing! That's a good performance for last month. We're looking forward to greater February earnings! :)
Feb 4, 2012 6:15am
Thank you Athena. I think we are all hoping February is the month that gears our earning up.x
Feb 4, 2012 12:37pm
Lovely article hunni, always a thrill to see you name up in... well writing frankly but bit time here we come right??? I also loved the way you told January to take a hike, proper made me smile that did. I am behind on my first week target too, have 5 up now and one half way done, but need to build the new website on Monday...Gulp! Still I can work a bit more this evening and tomorrow, so it's all good, we will catch it all up on less busy weeks I am sure. This challenge is keeping me going right now (its a bit of a tough time) and writing with you and Skeffling and the others is keeping me smiling and coming back on. Keep it up hunni, it's going to be awesome xxx
Feb 5, 2012 4:35am
Thank you Nici, can't help but think there is a Northern connection with you, as there is with Skeffling and myself also? Claire lives in Canada( I think she said), but is from Yorkshire, and I live in South Yorks.Notts Borders. Your use of our dialect makes me think you are up North somewhere?

I can't wait to see your efforts on this website my friend, you have some great ideas.
Feb 5, 2012 6:14am
OMG. Well my dad was born in Nottingham, my Mum's people come from Preston, I lived 6 years in Huddersfield, and was born in Leicester!
I grew up mostly in Norfolk, but live in Fareham, Hampshire right now. A slight Northern connection, however I would say!
I bought the domain name last night, www.writerschallenge.com I thought it was good to just keep it non specific then we can use the website again for next year's challenge as well. What do you think?

I have 4 articles left to do this week, but just go a few article ideas so will get them out this afternoon and will be on schedule again!
Just gotta keep it up over the next few busy weeks now, how are you doing?
Feb 5, 2012 6:18am
I am doing good, I have a few in draft I am pushing to complete. I don't get the support I need off the partner however, he sees all this as a load of carp. He is the kind that will be all happy and dandy to have the money coming in, but I will have to get there before he supports me. Yes, I am in a peeved mood right now. Least said, quickest mended there.
I think the name is fabulous, should hit a few search results too. Good luck for tomorrow.x
Feb 5, 2012 6:14am
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Feb 5, 2012 6:27am
See my post on "the thread". We will support each other, in this and in other ways I think.

Not sure what happened up there with the deleted comment though, did I press send twice??
Feb 5, 2012 6:36am
Yeah, I just deleted the double post. Always looks ever so suspicious seeing "post deleted" doesn't it.
I haven't known you long enough for you to need to leave expletives...yet, hehe.
Feb 18, 2012 2:26pm
Just wanted to wish you good luck with your goals and the 500 article challenge! I joined, too, so we are all in this together. And I have a deal for you...what your kids need is a hyper-active german shepherd mutt. Where should I send her?
Feb 18, 2012 2:44pm
I love German Shepherds but I already have 3 dogs that get worn out by the kids, they are Stafford Bull Terriers.
Thank you for your good wishes, I hope you get where you wish to also. x
Feb 20, 2012 11:12am
Enjoyed the article - need to spend more time here at IB. Hopefully I will make that a priority in the next few weeks. Sounds like I'm missing out on the lions' share of community!
Feb 20, 2012 1:04pm
Being part of the community certainly is a worth value to you both education wise and monetary wise. It is exceptionally hard to promise yourself everywhere you wish to be. I look forward to seeing you around more often.
Feb 29, 2012 6:51pm
How did you do on your goals?
Mar 1, 2012 5:08am
Hi Jason, am just writing up my new report this morning so should be up in next few hours. I am quite pleased with last month, even though earnings still aren't what I want, the other criteria is going well.
Mar 1, 2012 5:48am
Awesome! Post it in the thread when it's done so I can have a read ;)
Mar 1, 2012 1:59pm
Will do Ziggy, I am being really lazy today. The late night last night frazzled me, my brain function has been limited all day.
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