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InfoBarrel Preapproved Criteria

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How To Become Preapproved

To become preapproved on InfoBarrel for article submission and editing a user must meet the following criteria:

  1. 10 approved articles with minimal inappropriate content.
  2. Have been a member of InfoBarrel for at least 14 days.
  3. User's articles must not be for the sole purpose of promoting or building links to external sites. We want people to create quality content for the benefit of Infobarrel's readers.
  4. User's articles must be diversified and should not be based on a single subject regurgitating similar materials.
  5. User must demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language and have not had any or very minimal denials due to bad English.
  6. User must have an avatar/display picture

Once the above criteria have been met a manager will evaluate your account and grant you with preapproved status if they find your account in good standing.

Our goal is to create high quality content that provides value to the reader. If we deem you have ulterior motives for your content we reserve the right to refuse or remove preapproved status.


Apr 20, 2009 12:57pm
Hi, once you have reached the qualifications set down above; How long does it normally take for the pre-approval managers review? Thanks. - Phil
Apr 20, 2009 1:42pm
At this point preapprovals are manually approved. So it may take a few days before someone is able to take a look at your account and articles.

By the way, you are preapproved now.
Apr 20, 2009 5:43pm
Yeah I spotted that. I should have known that as soon as I asked it would happen. Thanks. Actually I like the idea of a real live human checking over the articles. Thanks again. - Phil
Jul 12, 2009 8:24pm
Do we have to be pre-approved to include hyper-links in our articles? I just had my first article accepted today, YEAH!!!! The only problem is that the link I included is showing up as html code. I went to the edit screen and everything looks fine. Any idea what is going on here?
Aug 24, 2009 3:19pm
Hey Ashwhit,

No you don't need to be preapproved to include up to 2 self-serving links in your article. That issue you encountered sometimes occurs when our text editor does not completely load before you start typing.
Aug 13, 2009 9:44pm
Hi, do I get pre-approved automatically after completing the eligibility criteria? Or do I need to apply somewhere? I have 12 live articles but still waiting to be pre-approved.
Aug 24, 2009 3:21pm
Hey Vishy,

Preapproval is a manual process done by the admins here at InfoBarrel. There is no need to apply for it. It will be done when you reach the criteria. If you are not preapproved then don't worry, keep writing and your account will be reviewed again and again until an admin feels confident in your writing and sets you to preapproved status.
Aug 24, 2009 9:16pm
So how many subjects do you have to write on? I am mainly interested in genealogy and gardening. I don't really want to write on other subjects, well unless something new catches my hobby eye. Or did you mean don't write about aphids on roses, why aphids eat roses, keeping roses safe from aphids, and keeping aphids away from roses kind of stuff?
Aug 25, 2009 4:00pm
Hi Maryrecord,

You are correct with the topics. We want our writers to show that they aren't just rewriting the same 2 or 3 articles over and over again. Writing different articles on genealogy and gardening would be just fine for diversity.
Aug 30, 2009 8:00pm
my articles both got denied for lack of formatting and capital letters, i was gonna go edit then but they dont even exist anymore? does that mean i have to start over?
Aug 30, 2009 11:05pm
Hi Bramy,

You can find your denied articles by going to your My Content page and clicking on the Denied Articles tab. From there you should be able to see your articles and the reason(s) they were denied and make the appropriate edits to them and resubmit them.
Aug 31, 2009 10:34am
Hey Admin, I've written InfoBarrel articles about some fairly obscure areas and lots of them have been declined - for bad English. Even though it is my first language and because I have been declined so many times now, should I create another account to demonstrate my ability to write better to have a better chance of Preapproval or will I still have a fair chance?
Aug 31, 2009 1:39pm
Hi I-Crashin-I,

There is no need to create a separate account, your account will be reviewed as if it was the first time it has been reviewed.
Sep 1, 2009 9:42pm
Also, I noticed that many of your article categories are things like school subjects such as psychology, science, math, history. What if I don't want to write school- like articles, but rather recipes and tips for saving money or driving safely? What category would that be in or do you not accept articles like that?
Sep 2, 2009 1:09pm

Those sections are just the base categories. Inside each of those there are more categories and inside those there are even more categories. If you write on a topic we don't have a category for we will create one.
Oct 3, 2009 5:06am
Do we have to ask about getting checked for preapproval or will they automatically do it once you meet the criteria?
Oct 6, 2009 1:15pm
Hi Goingforbroke,

No, we have a system that automatically informs us of the members who are eligible for pre-approved status. There is no need to apply as we regularly review all accounts that meet the necessary requirements.
Oct 19, 2009 4:07am
I've tried looking but I have not yet found it anywhere

But I was wondering how often a member who meets the requirement is made a pre approved?
Oct 19, 2009 2:07pm
Hey CSjun89,

Members who meet the requirements go up for review right away. This doesn't mean that they are approved right away. We go through the account to make sure we are comfortable with the writing and the topic breadth of the user. So if you aren't preapproved, keep writing and you will eventually get it.
Nov 16, 2009 6:40pm
How do we notify you if we think someone is using our content from another site?
Nov 16, 2009 7:48pm
Hi MPmomof3,

If you think someone is breaking the rules or abusing the system, please email us with the Contact Us form or use the flag option on the article page.
Jan 4, 2010 8:24pm
I actually stopped writing for awhile because apparently after 10 articles published per your guidelines I still have to go through editorial approval and that is tiresome and frustrating, at times. When am I going to get preapproved??
Jan 5, 2010 2:46pm
Hi Midnitewriter,

Preapproval does not automatically occur when you reach 10 articles. At 10 articles we begin to review your account to see if you should be preapproved or not. We encourage our writers to keep writing while there accounts are under review as this will help the process along.
Jan 17, 2010 11:08am
Hi, I am very new here. I have not written any articles yet, but I have many good ideas about what to write. I have read many of the comments and FAQ, but I haven't found a *clear cut* set of rules for links. (and as I see it many articles have no links at all, - neither in articles nor in signature (some articles doesn't even have a *full* signature! - Therefore, these questions: a1) what is *the* maximum of *content related* links in the article? a2) can they be to own websites IF the content and even domain name are obviously related? and b1) how many links in the signature? b2) Can I have different signatures to different 'niche' articles? b3) What happens to 'old' articles IF I change my general signature? ... ... Please accept my apology if the answers are somewhere in FAQ etc, but I haven't found it!
Jan 18, 2010 2:03pm
Hi Askformore,

I'll get right to your questions
a1) The maximum number of self-serving links you can have your article is 2 and they must be used contextually. You can link to other Infobarrel articles and to purely informational sites (ie wikipedia and governement sites) and they will not count towards your link count.

a2) You can link to your own sites, but they will be counted towards your 2 self-serving links.

b1) You can have 2 links in your signature. They do not need to be contextual.

b2) you can create as many signatures as you would like and attach different signatures to different articles.

b3) There is no general signature at this time. So if you create a signature it will not overwrite any signatures you have up already. However if you edit an exisiting signature, any articles with that signature on it will also have the signature changed.
Jan 18, 2010 2:48pm
Thank you for a very precise answer. However, because I am in a process of writing several articles, then I want to be 100% certain of the rules. (I will describe a hypothetical *extreme* scenario - but before that I want to emphasize that I do not spam or 'oversell' (I believe that those who do that sell less than those who 'soft sell' in an informative way) ... OK here goes the extreme scenario: ... I write an article and have TWO contextual (relevant) links to own websites, and I have other links to other (OWN) related Infobarrel articles, and I have TWO links in my signature! ... Is this extreme situation within the rules? Do you apart from the rules have other comments to my scenario?
Jan 18, 2010 3:14pm
Nope, this would be fine. Frankly the more you can help the reader out in finding his information the better your article *should* place in the search engines.

I say should because there is more to it than just this, but it is a good place to start.
Jan 25, 2010 12:23pm
Hi again, I have now written the first three articles which I want to publish (I am aware that they will have to be approved manually) I have one 'How to..' saved as a draft right now.
HOWEVER, when I check it as 'preview' then it doesn't appear as I had hoped, therefore two questions:
A) which font and size are the normal standard and/or is it applied automatically?
B) will the manual approval to 'newbies' include the 'final touch correction' of font, size, etc?
Jan 26, 2010 1:43pm
Hi Askformore,

The regular font for articles is Georgia and at a 14px size. If you type directly into the Infobarrel editor the font type and size will be taken care of automatically. If, however, you copy and paste your text from a rich-text editor like Microsoft Word, your font type and size from that program will stay with your text. Our system will try to edit out the font types and sizes that would be incompatible with the site but it does not get everything. So if you find that after your article has been published it doesn't look quite right, you can go edit it to fix it up. Keep in mind though that until you are preapproved, your edits will go into the approval queue as well.
Jan 25, 2010 12:24pm
and finally (less important) Is it possible after publication to 'edit' layout, i.e. font etc?
Jun 3, 2011 8:37pm
yes you can ;)
Feb 22, 2010 2:22am
I am new to this site and I plan to write articles, but being a former English teacher my passion is proofreading and editing. Therefore, I hope you will offer monetary remuneration for this service. I clicked on a link here that read "this criteria." It should have read "these criteria."
Feb 22, 2010 12:55pm
Hi Brinkleyj5,

We used to have the ability to edit articles but we removed it because of the possibility of malicious editing. If we can think of a way to add it back in, we would like to do it, but for now we don't have any plans to put this feature back in.

Thanks for the heads up on that grammar issue. The text has been changed.
Feb 22, 2010 9:58pm
I am lost, mainly because of computer language that I just don't get sometimes! I understand that you need 10 articles. Can I submit them all at once, using things I've written? If so, how do I do that? If not, then what do I do? Write 10 articles & submit them to where? I write a lot about the Homeless situation in San Diego. Also, do you accept political articles? Thanks
Feb 24, 2010 2:36am

You can submit your articles at any rate you would like. We ask that you follow the guidelines (article not posted elsewhere on the web, over 325 words, links in contextual format, etc). We do accept political articles, but please refrain from derogatory or slanderous material.

You can publish your articles by logging in and then clicking on the Create button in the blue link bar. This will take you to a page where you can choose the template for your article and then type it in and publish it.

If you need some more help, seld us an email with the Contact Us form (link also located in the blue link bar).
Jan 6, 2011 2:04am
To admin: thanks for the great pre-approval guidelines. I just have a question about content. I love writing reviews of popular culture products: movies, music, t.v., etc. I was wondering if I would reduce my chances of becoming pre-approved if I stuck to this area or genre, but attempt to vary my content with different/unique twists or angles. Sure, every now and then I would do regular reviews, but as long as the editors observe my attempts at variety, would this be acceptable?

I appreciate any feedback from anyone, as I have been listing lots of potential article titles, but haven't submitted anything yet, due to nervousness...sure, I won't lie, I want to make some money, but I want to write interesting, moral reviews and possibly dab in history, philosophy, psychology and education issues. Perhaps a writing style guide would benefit me. Take care, everyone!!
Jan 7, 2011 3:09am
Hi c4collins,

The topics that you choose to write on have no effect on your pre-approval in fact we encourage people to choose topics that they enjoy. As for the writing style, again that is entirely up to you.
Apr 14, 2011 5:44pm
Hi! I just submitted two of my first articles here at infobarrel; unfortunately the first one was denied. I would like to know where to appeal. It was denied because "self-serving links have call to action". I reviewed the article and the link was contextual. Should I just resubmit without editing?
Jul 26, 2011 3:17pm
The only way to "appeal" is to make changes to your article.

A contextual link is a link in the content of the page. A self-serving means that you benefit from the link somehow, contextual or not. A call to action is usually some way to asking the reader to do respond to that link, for example, to leave the article to go to your link.

If the admin denies your article you need to change it rather than submit it again. Look closely at the words around the link for the call to action. If it's really an error, email them through the contact page.
Jun 3, 2011 8:38pm
Hello admin,

Who actually approves our articles?
Jul 26, 2011 3:19pm
The admin approved your articles. It's not automated or anything. It can be a pain waiting for an article's approval, but just write in the meantime. The approval process is there to make IB a quality site.

Jan 29, 2012 8:49pm
Is it necessary to set up an URL channel within Adsense? Will that have any bearing on my earnings
Feb 13, 2012 1:22pm
I was trying to find where to write the article and cant find it. I thought you will have to send the summary first before you will be approve and continue to write. Lucky I manage to see the Text with Edit button near the publish. Sorry my bad.
Feb 25, 2012 4:43pm
I can't get to the Url channel for adsense - it just doesn't show up on my account. Anyone know why? In addition what exactly is the url we enter - is it www.infobarrel.com or is it something else?
Jul 8, 2012 8:13am
Hello success, you can enter your infobarrel profile page URL.
Apr 20, 2012 10:26am
hi admin,

what is the difference between preapproved and not yet preapproved?

May 27, 2012 9:43am
Hello, Admin, I dont have website or blogspot, How can I apply for Google Adsense.... Please, I am confuse now. Thanks
Jul 8, 2012 8:12am
share2460 write at least 10 good articles in infobarrel and then apply for Google adsense. Most probably you will be accepted. You can give your profile URL to Google when signing up. But make sure you have some good articles. Hope this helps.
Jul 8, 2012 10:42pm
Hello, is there a way of seeing how much we're earning? and also some sort of analytics as to how our blog is doing marketing wise?

Second query: I created a signature with a "self-serving" link but when my article got published (yay!), the signature and self-serving link did not appear. Can you please explain what I did wrong? Thank you very much!
Sep 6, 2012 9:17am
Will google accept a profile url.. i read elsewhere that it doesn't work.. am a newbie on this site and when i applied for my google adsense i got rejected... (for my blog).. now i would like to use the profile url.. i would like to apply after 15 articles out in IB.. but would like to know the chances of it getting accepted..

Any pointers in this regard is appreciated.. thanks!
Sep 8, 2012 11:46pm
But how do i apply for adsense through your website i didn't found any link there to get my adsense account
Sep 8, 2012 11:46pm
But how do i apply for adsense through your website i didn't found any link there to get my adsense account
Apr 7, 2013 1:38pm
Adsense accounts are no longer needed at IB.
Sep 24, 2012 10:16am
How will I know when my writing has been approved and ready to go live? Will you email me?
Apr 7, 2013 1:39pm
Articles will just go straight to live, not into the Pending tab. Good luck
Sep 30, 2012 7:52pm
Hello, can anyone help please? I have written and submitted my article for a few days. So how long will it normally take for an article to be approved to go live? How do I know if my article already goes live? Thank you!
Apr 7, 2013 1:38pm
approvals are usually within a day, but can be longer due to staff being busy or lots of submissions. approved articles go live as they are approved and you get an email notification.
Nov 17, 2012 8:34pm
I don't have any approved adsense account so can i get new adsense account from InfoBarrel ?
Dec 13, 2012 8:25am
When applying for Google AdSense with my user InfoBarrel URL "http://www.infobarrel.com/Users/InfoHunter" I get this message "URL must not have a path (example.com/path) or subdomain (subdomain.example.com)." - So, If i do not have an existing website already how can I sign up?
Apr 7, 2013 1:36pm
Adsense will not give accounts to those without an established website already.
Mar 5, 2013 1:22pm
I just joined the other day, and have since written an article. Do I have to wait the 14 day before I can submit my article even though I have met all the other requirements?
Apr 7, 2013 1:35pm
You must be a member for 14 days before you can be pre-approved. You can submit articles right now.
Mar 21, 2013 9:50pm
Can you get pre approved status taken away?
Apr 7, 2013 1:36pm
Yes, would you like to request that?
May 5, 2013 5:34am
Do not mean to sound dense on this subject, but I am a bit confused. So joining and completely the account information permits one to write. But yet another preapproval and/or approval phase exists. Please explain what a "preapproval" is exactly. For what am I or my articles being "preapproved"? Second, if there is a "preapproval" stage, then please tell me what exactly is the "approval" stage? Thank you.
May 5, 2013 12:37pm

I believe that this terminology refers to the review method that IB employs.

Approval: Your first ten articles must be approved by a human editor before they are published on the site. They must grant "approval" for your article to appear. This is to keep out crappy articles and robot posters.

Preapproval: After you have had ten articles approved by a human editor, your future articles are "preapproved", meaning that when you hit "publish", your article immediately appears in IB, which it referred to around here as being "live". These articles do not have to be read by one of IB's editors before being posted.

Hopefully, this explanation was helpful.
Jun 13, 2013 7:38pm
Thank you Rosenberg, this was indeed very helpful.
Oct 23, 2015 2:58pm
Hi Admin, how long does it take for an article to be pre approved?
Nov 29, 2015 4:37am
Okay I'm a movie guy. Old Hollywood and the like. There's a ton of diversity in this one subject. Is that okay or are you saying I have to write on other topics?
May 9, 2016 10:15am
Thank you dear IB Team for letting me in. Warm regards to all honorable members here. I wish all the best of luck and excellent penning. Hope I can meet up to the minimum standards here which is undoubtedly possible by all of yours' kind guidance and generous help.
Jul 13, 2016 10:37pm
Thanks admin :)
I have just started writing. Hope to follow all the guidelines mentioned above.
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