Are you thinking about becoming an InfoBarrel writer, but wonder if this is a good way to earn extra money? That is quite understandable. Many people want to be writers, but aren’t sure they would be good enough at it to earn any money. My past writing experience has been similar. Before I began writing on the internet, I wrote several short stories to sell to magazines. I did succeed in selling one children’s story that I sold for $50. However, once the story was sold, that was the last money I ever saw from it. There were no residual earnings to follow. Recently, however, I got back the rights to that short story from the publisher and turned it into an Amazon Kindle book called, "The Parrot Trap." It is exciting to finally be getting residual income from it.
Today, there are many great opportunities to write on the internet. How much can you earn? It depends entirely on how many articles you write, how much demand there is for that information, how much advertisers are willing to pay to have ads connected to your articles, and how willing you are to put in an extra 15-20 minutes after writing each article by promoting them on various backlinking sites to give them extra exposure.
I joined InfoBarrel in April of 2010, but initially only submitted a few articles so I earned very little money. Shown below are my direct earnings, just from Adsense alone and, later, from InfoBarrel's separate payment system combined with Adsense. These amounts do not include other income I earn online. As a result of my experience here at Infobarrel, I have also learned how to earn money from other writing sites and my own blog. Not only have I found other sources of Adsense income, but my writing experience has lead me to begin making Amazon sales. The numbers that I have shown below do not reflect any of these additional revenue streams. Therefore, what you see here is just the "tip of the iceberg" as far as potential income is concerned. That is why readers would be wise to purchase a few books and read up on all the different ways you can earn money by writing online. It has truly amazed me all the opportunities I have had online!
Income in 2010:
Total Adsense for 2010 -- $116.39
Income in 2011:
Total Adsense for 2011 -- $741.87
Income for 2012:
Total Adsense for 2012 -- $899.67
Income for 2013:
Total Adsense & Inforbarrel for 2013 -- $682.67
Reflections on other online income:
InfoBarrel made some changes, beginning in March of 2013, that caused my income to drop a little, based on combining its private accounting and what I earn in Adsense revenue. HOWEVER, the numbers above do not reflect the Amazon income that I earn from my articles. Since I use the same Amazon number on several sites, including Infobarrel, it is hard to break down the amount. I just want to say that I receive an Amazon payment nearly every month in amounts ranging from $10 to $25 a month.
In addition, I continue to be pleased with the success of my blog, Baby Boomer Retirement. I am up to over 15,000 page views a month! People from all over the world are now reading it and I have received a lot of positive feedback. I hope a few of you will pop over and check it out.
Unrelated to general Amazon product sales, I also now have six books for sale on Kindle Direct Publishing (direct link to Amazon books by Deborah Dian), and I receive direct deposits for these sales every month, too. This is another income stream that some writers will want to try. The books do not need to be long, but you do need to be willing to publicize them a little. My books are all available in both Kindle and paperback versions.
With planned future growth in my InfoBarrel earnings, income from other writing sites that I have not included the income for (such as Squidoo, Bubblews and DailyTwoCents), my Amazon product sales, my blog, my books and and other revenue sources, I now earn approximately $300+ a month from all my online freelance writing. What's more, I just do this as a little part-time activity in my spare time and while I watch television. As I continue to add more articles and books, who knows what the potential income could be in another five years?!
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Well done deborah, I think it took me eighteen months to get my first payment from adsense. But then again I was just writing for the sake of writing and enjoyment I was not doing any research or checking for best keywords. Thanks for sharing
Congratulations Deborah-Diane! I love that you are (and continue to) succeed in your dream of writing on-line. I admire your drive, spirit and good-will toward others.
I cannot think of anyone else who deserves this victory as much as you do. Your sweet spirit shines through everything you write - and here you are again sharing and offering to help others. Salute.
Those are very good earnings. It gives me hope that I, too, can get up to your level in a reasonable time frame by continuing to add content here.
I agree with your thoughts about Webanswers too. It's a good platform to round out your Adsense earnings pretty fast. But it is heavily tilted in favor of constant activity. It gets kind of grueling to answer a dozen questions every day. I did it as I was getting started there, and liked the easy earnings. However, now I've fallen back to just answering a few questions per day on Webanswers. I'd rather focus more on my other freelance projects and building long term passive income with Infobarrel.
How rewarding to see your earnings growing so well. Thanks for sharing some of you methods of earning extra too. Can you please explain what you mean by "This month, I made a few of my media pages clickable, and $2.09 of my InfoBarrel income came from media." I'm not clear on what you mean by media pages.
Certainly. This is something I learned from the forums. Click on the photo at the bottom of your article, below the comments. It should go to a media page (although it doesn't work on my older articles). Save the URL from the media page. Go back to your article, and edit it. Click on the photo within the article and hyperlink it to the URL for the media page. Then, if someone clicks on the photo, it will take them to the media page for that picture. See the photos on my article "Have Fun in Tombstone Arizona" for an example. There are ads on the media pages, so that increases your ad exposure for that one article. I just did it a couple of weeks ago, and saw immediate results ... and I only have about 20 clickable photos!
Deborah-Diane, I saw you on my friends feed today with a new article and was amazed by the 22 comments, then realized it was started in January. That's a great idea to continually amend your earnings article. This is very inspirational to newbies and oldies. We are fortunate to have this great opportunity on the internet for residual income. Thanks for sharing and in such a concise format.
Well done on that fabulous growth. And now I realize that I better get typing away, or I will be lucky to be on a dollar in 12 months.
All I need is some peace and quiet. Any patrons want to pay for boarding school for my children whilst I make it please?
Congratulations Debbie, on your growing success. And thanks so much for once again sharing the details with us. I think seeing your numbers will encourage a lot of IB writers who might feel they aren't making much progress.
Well done Deborah-Diane on both the earnings and the increases. Thanks so much for sharing, it really does inspire. Your blog is excellent, I hope it starts to earn even more for you soon. I am sure it will as word gets out!
Exciting news! Congrats on your success and your progress! These earnings articles are fun to read and inspiring. You are a good writer and it shows!
I had been wondering if you were still updating your earnings here on InfoBarrel. Glad to see that you are. Looking forward to future updates.
Well done on another payout! Feb was lower for Adsense for a lot of members as far as I can see, clicks were worth much less. Your blog is great, and I sure will earn much more as time goes on! It is great to compare the earnings month after month. Here's to an even better March.
Thanks, everyone, for your supportive comments. This article does not reflect all the ways that I am now earning money from my InfoBarrel articles. However, I have become very pleased with my success and look forward to having this income as a supplement to my retirement savings.