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Getting an Featured Article on Infobarrel - How do You do it and What it Means for Your Traffic Flow

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By Edited Dec 27, 2013 6 14

Getting an Article Featured on Infobarrel

What to Write about?

I am writing this charity article to provide some insight into the Featured Article spot.  Recently, after 2 months of writing on Infobarrel, I was fortunate to be chosen for a featured article.  I have enjoyed the recognition, the comments and the interactions with fellow IB writers, and wanted to share other benefits I have noticed.

If I can show you how this has helped me, a new writer, maybe more people will write articles that can be featured.  This will increase the competition for the front page, giving more selection for admin and raising the bar for the home page.  It is the first thing a lot of visitors see on Infobarrel, and an excellent place to have full of scintillating articles!

What Does Having a Featured Article Mean to a New Writer on Infobarrel?

At the time of writing, 2 articles are chosen to be featured on InfoBarrel's home page each day.  The eighteen most recently chosen featured articles are posted on the Infobarrel home page for nine days total.  Then they remain on the header page for their topic category for some time after that. 

For off site promotion, Infobarrel administration show featurted articles on  http://www.facebook.com/infobarrel also tweets the featured articles.  This enhanced exposure is awesome for you as a content writer.  You may see;

  1. A boost in traffic.  For a new writer, it can be a dramatic percentage increase, my daily page views doubled the first day.  Maybe you will get a few Adsense or Chitika clicks as a bonus.  Generally, other infobarrel users don't click on ads, but you will get more non-members reading all your articles.  Page views increase on other recently published articles too.

  2. Increased exposure on the site - If you have not already introduced yourself on the forums, this is where other Infobarrel members will first meet you and your work.  Being part of the writing community can mativate you and teach you tips, tricks, tools and shortcuts to improve your article writing on Infobarrel and other content sites. 

  3. An increase in friend requests - By befriending, any new articles you publish will be listed in your friends feeds and may result in more views.  With the friendliness of the IB community, sometimes those new articles may generate more comments and even thumbs up votes to increase your article rating and  google "+1" votes. You will find it easier to keep track of the activity on the site by reading the your feed to see what articles your friends are publishing and commenting on. 

Traffic to My Infobarrel Articles Before and After Being Featured

The First Big Spike was Oct 12th, Feature Day!

Traffic to My Infobarrel Articles before and after Being Featured
Credit: Skeffling Lavender Farm

How to Get a Featured Article

Improving your Chances

  1. Study the editorial calendar of planned features for the following month.  You can see it through the submit a feature tab at the top of Infobarrel.  Use the topic list for ideas and choosing articles to write.  There is a lot of flexibility and choice as there are about 60 topics each month and often they are very open-ended, like "Top 10 lists".  The more days in the month that you write for, the better your chances of getting a featured article.
  2. Infobarrel administration has a  How to get your Article Featured hints and tips list,  they know better than anyone what they are looking for!  Go through the Submit a feature tab and click on the upcoming month editorial calendar, all you need to know is there.

  3. Highlights are, include good quality properly credited pictures, citations and references if possible, attractive formatting with proper uses of titles and uniform image widths.  The article should be entertaining, interesting and useful for the reader.   Admin recommends also reading this article on The Anatomy of a Viral Article by Ryan.
  4. Increase your odds again by looking at the Editorial Calendar for updates later in the month.  Topics that have few or no submissions are in bold so you can choose an under-submitted topic or day to write for. Often the calendar updates are announced in the Infobarrel forum.

Another bonus of submitting potential featured articles is that your ad share can be raised from 75% to 80%.  You gain 1% per article that fits into the editorial calendar up to 5%.  Of course you can gain another 15% ad share by writing articles to give over 30 points in the monthly contest, to bring your share up to 90%.

Writing Your Featured Article!

I hope this helps users, new and old.  The forum is so helpful and if you are new here, the best thing you can do for your online and passive income career is check it out and meet the other members.  Writing for Infobarrel is fun and feeling part of the community can really motivate you! 

My first featured article was an unlikely article about Extreme Winter Vegetable Gardening.   Start writing your featured article today.



Oct 21, 2011 11:49am
Great article Skeffling, and congrats on the feature. Feels good, doesn't it? It was nice to see a screenshot of your traffic increase....I noticed similar effects from mine. I do have a feeling that, with time, getting those featured articles on the front page will become increasingly competitive....so, it makes all the sense in the world to try to secure them, now, while the site is young. I think you hit the nail on the head, though, with all those benefits. While not exactly a "monetary" benefit, I do also think it's great how IB has incentivized this kind of content with the reward system, as well. If nothing else, it's fun just trying to get to the next level of achievements.
Oct 21, 2011 11:53am
Congratulations on all your features this month. It is fun getting to the next achievement, I forgot to mention the 100 points you get for a featured article!
Oct 21, 2011 12:02pm
Appreciate the info here. Featured articles do give writers a goal to shoot for, and that's never a bad thing.
Oct 21, 2011 2:07pm
Great article.
Oct 21, 2011 4:52pm
I am glad it is helpful kmancloquet. I agree LLwoodard, it certainly does give goals to aim for and if you are short on article ideas, a list to prompt you.
Oct 23, 2011 9:18am
Wow that was a great article, I am glad that you wrote it and it has inspired me to write an article for the Featured page.
Oct 25, 2011 11:17am
Wonderful article; you are so right, having a featured article has many benefits! I remember reading your article; it was very good and deserved to be featured, congratulations! Also, what a kind and generous idea to make this a charity article!
Oct 25, 2011 9:12pm
Thanks Pastorkayte and Introspective for your kind comments, I am glad you enjoyed them. It was a no-brainer on the charity article. I have 2 now out of 40, I will do more!

Go for it Pastorkayte, I wish you luck on it!
Oct 29, 2011 7:16am
Great article, I have read some of the forum information, and I found it helpful. I am trying to submit my first feature in November, I hope the article gets approved by Monday though!
Oct 29, 2011 7:52am
That's great Kris. Good luck with the entry. I am sure admin will make sure all the ones submitted in the month are eligible. You'll be pre-approved before you know it!
Nov 3, 2011 3:56pm
Thankfully my article was approved in time and I submitted it as a feature!
Nov 3, 2011 6:16pm
Good Luck Kris! I submitted one already for this month!
Dec 5, 2012 7:56am
I am just starting to use iB. I have been working on a few things that are small but informative. When I finish them and submit them I will defiantly be going to look at this. I thought that when I was starting that I could do without being featured but after reading you article and the comments it sounds like a lot of fun and something that I want to work toward in the near future. Thanks for giving me a new direction.
Mar 1, 2013 11:08am
I'm a relative newbie, but love the idea of getting featured and connecting with more IBers and the external community. Thank you for this article.
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