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How To Get Preapproved At InfoBarrel In Exactly 14 Days

By Edited May 28, 2015 10 31

Many of us newbies can't wait to get preapproved -- not only that we can publish the articles immediately after writing them, we can also get a big seal of approval as a writer, and a sense of belonging to the Infobarrel family.

I am not an expert on Infobarrel at all; in fact, I just got my preapproval status a couple of days ago.

I learned from others that it took them 30+ articles and almost a month to get it done, so I'd like to share with you how I achieve this status in the shortest time possible: exactly 14 days after joining and with only 10 articles.

1. Write Longer, More Indepth Articles

It is quite obvious that Infobarrel prefers quality, in-depth writing. If you look at their monthly contest, 1 point is given when an article is written with 500 words, 2 points are given with 800 words and 5 points for 1,000-word articles. In other words, an article with 1,000+ words is equivalent to five decent but shorter, 500-word articles, at least in the eyes of the Infobarrel editors.

So I would think that if you are willing to invest your time and effort to write longer, more detailed articles with at least 500 words and ideally 1,000+ words it can show your commitment.

In my case, for the first 10 articles I submitted, 3 articles have almost 500 words, 5 articles have 500-1000 words, and 2 have more than 1,000 words.

2. Do The "Things To Do"

Under the "Things To Do" tab, you can pick and choose some preselected topics in the form of articles and overview. I picked three titles from the "overview" pool: Austria, South Africa and Spain and wrote a detailed article for each of them. The reason why I choose to write these "country profiles" is that I really want to learn more about the country itself, and since they are all about countries, I can write much faster after settling with a certain style and format.

In a more practical point of view, I know these articles will be frequently (and automatically) linked to other Infobarrel articles if fellow writers put down the name of the specific country in their articles. I also believe that by taking part in writing overviews, it again shows my commitment to the Infobarrel community and it helps my case to get preapproved as soon as I am qualified.

3. Write A Variety Of Articles

If I were Infobarrel, the last thing I want to see is a writer keeps writing and rewriting the same topic for the purpose of creating self-serving backlinks.

The way to show Infobarrel that you are not one of them is to write a wide variety of topics, and write on something that's not leading the readers to somewhere else.

Writing overviews is probably one of the best ways to achieve this because Infobarrel wants us to write about them; but if you don't fancy writing from a list of pre-set topics, then at least for the first 10 articles you should write something that is not too commercial or promotional.

For me, I wrote a bunch of "fun facts" articles that seem to be well received. They probably won't generating a lot of revenue because of lack of optimal keywords, but at least they are very helpful in establishing me as a serious and committed writer for this platform.

Here is a sample for your reference:

4. Abide To The Infobarrel Rules

You would think this is a no-brainer, but it's so easy to break the rules as a new writer here! I personally got 3 articles denied: the first one is about including 3 "self-serving" links. In fact, these are not at all self-serving but it does indirectly point the reader to another webpage, which Infobarrel tries to minimize (understandably). So please note that by "self-serving" it basically mean any external links that you may or may not affiliate with.

How about the second and third mistakes? I actually wrote a bunch of articles way back in another web 2.0 platform but decided to move them to Infobarrel for a try. I made the stupid mistake (twice!) of forgetting to delete these articles in the original site before publishing them in Infobarrel. Needless to say, they were denied publications. Thankfully, Infobarrel figures out these are careless mistakes because they immediately approve the articles once I remove them from the other site.

I understand that I'm not the only person who is trying to move some of those articles from ehow, ezinearticles, hubpages etc to Infobarrel. Just make sure you delete them over there first.

Another tips: do save a copy somewhere in your computer. I haven't encountered any glitches yet, but from what I read from the comments and forums it seems to have happened before here.

5. Show Professionalism

I am not a professional writer, but I would like to show professionalism in all my articles. For example, if I use an image, I state the source at the end of the articles, even if they are from Wiki Common and are listed in public domain. For flickr photos, I will only include the workd of those who opt for creative commons and give them proper credit.

Another way to show professionalism is to have minimal typo (don't just rely on spell-check. Got to proof-read!) and be consistent with the format, e.g. capitalizing the first letter of each word in the sub-headings. It also helps a lot if you break out long articles using sub-sections or bullet points.

6. Join The Community

I can't say I am very active in Infobarrel yet, but I did at least respond to comments in my pages -- this is just a courteous thing to do, and I would think it again shows your commitment to the community. I haven't gone as far to participate in the forums yet, so for the sole purpose of getting preapproval, I would think some sort of interaction with the fellow writers is sufficient.

7. Or Maybe I am Just Lucky?

Finally, I have to say maybe I am just lucky to get preapproved quickly. Maybe Infobarrel has hired more reviewers to speed up the process... who knows. But the point is, I do think that if you implement some of the steps mentioned above, it won't hurt you at all in the preapproval process. So why not? Best of luck, and hope to hear your thoughts in the comment section!



Jul 12, 2010 12:25pm
Excellent article, One of the best and most useful I have seen. Concrete advice, good tips based on your own experience. Really impressive stuff, you might not have been a 'Writer' before, but you are now. Welcome. More on Forum
Jul 12, 2010 3:56pm
Hello A1girl; Great information on obtaining pre-approval status. Congratulations on doing it in 14 days! Nice article.
Jul 12, 2010 5:00pm
This is a fantastic article, great job on everything from writing it to achieving the goal of 14 day pre-approval. Keep up the good work!
Jul 12, 2010 8:23pm
This one is front page worthy. Good job.
Jun 3, 2011 8:41pm
jcmayer777 i agree with you! Thi is an excellent article and keep up the good work!
Jul 13, 2010 2:37am
Hi Philtrate, Introspective, Travis_Aitch and jcmayer777,

Thank you so much for your comments. I know some of you are the "guru"s here so I really feel excited to get an encouraging note from each of you.

I am still new to this but I'd love to be more involved in Infobarrel. You guys are great!
Aug 9, 2010 9:44am
Good info for me as I have just signed up. Thanks
Aug 14, 2010 3:51pm
Some really good advice. I think good quality article are the most important with staying potential. I have seen people that rewrite the same articles on here however.
Sep 4, 2010 11:52pm
I'm a newbie here trying to learn the ropes. And this article is full of great information. Thanks for sharing.
Sep 24, 2010 5:12am
Wow - wonderful ideas - in particular taking the "Things To Do" suggestion - that I do not consider very much as I have a lot of ideas. Now I will re-consider this - as a great way to start - as I am still waiting for pre-approval.
Oct 12, 2010 9:50pm
This is very detailed and helpful article. I am also new here, so I appreciate this good information.

Oct 15, 2010 11:13pm
I must say this is a very useful article for a beginner as me on infobarrel. I am no novice in writing because I have contributed nearly 100 articles at other sites, but infobarrel certainly has a class of its own. There articles used to get published in a jiffy and here I was wondering why does it takes so long. It is a good thing that the articles have to be pre-approved before your articles get actually published. Thanks for your guidelines. It would surely help.
Oct 23, 2010 5:13am
Very useful, actionable article that tells the reader exactly how to approach infobarrel. Thanks.
Nov 12, 2010 10:20am
thank you for the advice, i have just become a member and have not written anything yet. I do write for xomba and i enjoy that. i will be using this advice thanks so much.
Dec 1, 2010 3:19pm
very useful info thnaks
Jan 4, 2011 5:41am
Nice Piece there, very informative. At least when you get 10 articles up you get the chance to put in a Google Analytics reference number. I had been expecting pre approval after 10 articles, but it seems that it is not the way it works.

Keep plugging away with the content some more...
Feb 21, 2011 1:39pm
thanks so much for the great advice. I'm new also to submitting articles here but have 'coasted' around making comments for some time. Your article is informative and concise, detailed and challenging. Congrats on your achievement and much success to your writing future...
Feb 22, 2011 11:42pm
Very useful article. I want to try it for my self. Thanks
Mar 2, 2011 3:12am
Thanks all for your kind comments. Keep working hard!
Mar 9, 2011 4:31am
Very nice article especially for newbies like me. I always wanted to write for Infobarrel, but I don't want to do without first getting sure that my entry will not be rejected. That's why in my spare time, I would always visit this site and start reading articles and commentaries in order to make me more informed on the things that I am not yet enlightened with fully. Thanks.
Apr 24, 2011 8:04pm
Thank you for an enlightening look at how to get started fast but appropriately on Inforbarrel :)
Apr 25, 2011 9:29pm
Very useful (and true) information. I don't think you were lucky; I think you did your homework, have a good attitude and kept trying. Great job. One of the benefits of being pre-approved early on is that you can publish an article and see right away how your formatting looks. Thanks for the great article.
May 31, 2011 11:30pm
Very useful information. It caught my attention as I have been a member here but haven't taken myself seriously until yesterday. Knowing the ropes makes it much easier!
Jun 2, 2011 11:05pm
For a newbie like me this great info! Thank you!
Jul 12, 2011 10:05am
Hi A1girl!
Thank you for this very useful information!
Sep 5, 2011 2:20am
Great article! Very helpful for a newbie like myself, transitioning from hubpages to infobarrel. One question, is the "things to do" tab no longer available? I've heard much about it and have yet to find it, hehe.
Nov 4, 2011 9:13pm
Wow, great article! Good to know it may not take 30 articles to reach pre-approved status. Thanks so much!
Mar 27, 2014 5:48am
Great article, full of good information. I can't wait until I am pre-approved!
Mar 27, 2014 5:48am
Great article, full of good information. I can't wait until I am pre-approved!
Mar 27, 2014 5:48am
Great article, full of good information. I can't wait until I am pre-approved!
Mar 27, 2014 5:51am
Never mind, maybe InfoBarrel should should not pre-approved me just yet. I clearly still need time to learn the basics.
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