If you've decided to join InfoBarrel and start writing helpful content based articles in the pursuit of starting a passive income stream then congratulations; the first step is often the hardest as it is filled with uncertainty and often nervousness. If you are brand new then you have probably overcome these thoughts and have started a journey that will be very rewarding, although you must know that this path will be long and will not happen overnight. On InfoBarrel you can make 1000 dollars a month… but it will take a lot of hard work to build up that kind of income and significant dedication to reach those goals.

Before we go into the particulars of a practical and simple way to choose keywords for your InfoBarrel articles you should first learn the theoretical side of choosing the right keywords for InfoBarrel. You should first understand the theory of what makes a profitable keyword and why these keywords are worth spending your time on. Only after you understand the theory should this article be read and followed.

In general a profitable keyword is a keyword in which advertisers are willing to pay a lot of money to get a lead to their website where they are likely selling something to the reader. This is the basic premise of advertising networks and is the basic way that writers on InfoBarrel get paid. There are a number of built in ad networks at InfoBarrel and writing articles gives you avenues for readers to get matched up with advertisers looking for targeted traffic.

Considering advertisers are usually looking to sell some sort of service or product it is best to have readers who are interested in or are more receptive to products than readers who are merely looking for entertainment, general knowledge, or factual information. Unless your advertiser is selling information which cannot be found for free elsewhere, a casual web surfer will likely not be in a buying mood nor will they be receptive to buying. This is why it is not in your best interest to write about topics unless they have a distinct commercial appeal. Someone looking for information on the differences between M3 and M2 money supply may find your article on the topic enlightening but they are very unlikely to be a profitable reader and thus a keyword relating to money supply will not likely convert well.

What Other Factors Make A Keyword Profitable

So if commercial appeal makes a keyword profitable what else helps? Aside from commercial appeal the next most important thing is getting found in the search engines. You can't bring readers who are receptive to buying something to the table if those readers can't find you and your articles… and that's where keyword refinement comes into play.

Some of the best commercial keywords are generic products. Brand name or item name product keyword are great but they lose value over time as new brands become popular and old brands and old models fizzle. Generic products however will always be searched for regardless of the brand or model which is hot at the time. Off the top of my head I have no idea what brands and models there are in the 'toilet seat' world but I do know that everyone has toilet seats and they all need replacing from time to time.

The trouble with 'toilet seats' as a keyword however is that 'toilet seats' is very broad. Many people searching for this will be buyers while some others may not be buyers. Thinking critically however you should assume that a person looking online for toilet seat hinges probably has a broken toilet seat and needs to replace the hinges right away. This keyword, 'toilet seat hinges', is probably a perfect buying keyword and should be a profitable keyword.

Before we analyze the profitability of this keyword and the merits of writing an article on the topic of toilet seat hinges as a new writer you should also understand that writing a article using the keyword 'toilet seat' is also not a good idea because it has a lot of competition. The bulk of content writers are unwilling to do the amount of backlinking needed to rank for shorter keywords and although the profit potential in 'toilet seat' is probably higher than 'toilet seat hinges' when your keyword starts growing to three and four and five words long the keyword becomes increasingly easier to rank for. It is always a good idea to backlink your articles anyway but choosing a word that is easier to target and rank should speed the process up and help keep your spirits high, which is very important for new writers to maintain.

How Much Profit Potential Is There

Once you determine what your keyword is you need to next decide if it is worth your time to write an article on the subject. We feel the article is a buying keyword that is sufficiently long how do we ensure there is enough money in the keyword to give it our time. To do that we can assume there is money in the kewyord, which is what I've done up until this point, but to verify it on a different level we need to consult with a keyword tool which displays how many searches are happening for those keywords on a monthly basis and if there are advertisers for those keywords.

Peering at the Adwords tool we can see that there are 1300 monthly searches for this term and there is roughly 90 percent advertiser competition for the term and that the advertisers are paying greater than $0.90 per click for this term. Using this information we can assume that there is a fairly decent amount of money to be had here on a monthly basis if we can rank high for this term. A number one rank for 'toilet seat hinges' consistently brings about 40 percent of search traffic to your article and a rank of ten brings in around two percent, so even ranking in the tenth spot should give us at least 25 targeted visitors a month with a upper end potential of 520. Assuming a fairly high conversion rate due to this being a buying keyword you could expect to make a good amount of money on this one keyword especially if you get a lot of long tail search traffic to your article as well.

Next I like to make sure this is a keyword which can be competed for by a normal person and to do this all I do is search for the term and look at the search results. Now there are many methods to analyzing the competition but the method I like to do is to look for the highest ranking result that has the exact keyword I'm targeting in the three areas, the title, description, and the URL. If it has it in one, two, or none then I skip over it.

In this situation the number one result has the keyword in all three locations so I stop scanning. I use this one search result to base the competition because I expect my article to have the keyword in all three positions thus this is my most closely related competition. To analyze this competition I open up the page and check its page rank which in this case is PR0. From this I know already that it doesn't take much to get to the top. All you need is your tags set up properly and a few backlinks to get you up to move up to the top. And with the advertisers being present the article is a definite green light.

Basically if you find any article on the front page with your keyword in all three positions and its page rank is 0 or 1 you should be able to easily duplicate it with a well written and long article, with a few backlinks, and a little seasoning. Basically you can't get to the top immediately but as your article ages it will get closer and closer to the top especially if you send a few backlinks to it.

Another Trick To Select And Even Better Keyword Title

You will always want your main keyword to be in the title of your InfoBarrel article because this will also place it in the URL as well but you also want to add a word to the beginning and end of the keyword to lengthen your keyword so that it also targets a long tail version of your main keyword. In the instance of toilet seat hinges a long version that Google suggests is replacement toilet seat hinges and toilet seat hinge bolts. If I add these to the front and back end of the article title I can entice more traffic through long tail targeting and not dissuade readers by narrowing the topic any further. My article title will be Replacement Toilet Seat Hinges And Bolts. This article title targets my main keyword and makes ranking for long tail keywords much easier.

In the article I write I will use the main keyword in the first sentence of the article to ensure it ends up in the description of the article in the search results and then I will make sure to write a long winded article on everything relating to toilet seat hinges and bolts that I can think of. Luckily Google Suggest also helps me with what to include in the article as other options from Google Suggest include brand names like Bemis, Kohler, Mayfair and other toilet seat hinge related accessories like bolts, washers, kits as well as toilet seat hinge design such as stainless steel, brushed nickel, brass, chrome, and plastic. Assuming I alot a single paragraph or sections of various paragraphs to all these facets of toilet seat hinges I should have a fairly long article capable of ranking well for a ton of different long tail keywords.

Once you go through this effort you will then have to write your masterpiece and then improve your search engine rank by sending a few backlinks at it through basic article marketing, guest blogging, or social bookmarking and then wait for your article to start drawing in visitors. I like to wait a couple months before analyzing my work and refining the article based on the analytics I accumulate in the first couple months after publication.

The important thing however is to do all the pieces right from the start because an article like this will make money a lot faster and easier than an article with a high CPC and a ton of market saturation and market competition. Do this diligently adding at least an article a day to your library and in a four to five months you should have 120 to 150 articles which are likely bringing in over a hundred dollars a month if not a lot more. My InfoBarrel earnings are just an illustration of how this can happen.

If you haven't yet joined InfoBarrel then take this as an opportunity to do so. InfoBarrel is a young site and is growing very fast. Plus the hardest part of building passive income is starting. If you do it now you won't regret it months down the road when you are getting paid consistently month after month for the work you did today.