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Making Money On InfoBarrel - My September 2010 Earnings

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By Edited Nov 25, 2016 10 23

Well another month has come to a close and another month of InfoBarrel earnings have accumulated. Last month I posted my first earnings report here on IB and I outlined how I transitioned from using InfoBarrel for a source of backlinks to a source of income. I made this switch in my philosophy somewhere around early to mid July 2010 and since that time my earnings have skyrocketed.


The link above will take you to my breakdown of my early days of earnings on InfoBarrel and will also show you my earnings trend over time including this month and future months as they are written. In summary however I will say I made around $10 on Info Barrel in June 2010 and three month later, in September 2010, I made $222.84 on InfoBarrel.


Additionally I took second place in the InfoBarrel September writing contest which bumped my total earnings for the month to $272.84.


To break it down into it's pieces I made from various sources on InfoBarrel


  • $191.22 on Adsense
  • $12.34 on Chitika
  • $19.28 on Amazon
  • $50.00 on IB contest winnings


Not counting the contest my residual income increased from $81.11 in August 2010 to $222.84 in September 2010, an increase of 175 percent month over month. My goal for the month was to achieve a 100 percent increase so I flew by that goal with ease.


My strategy for the month was simple. I wrote a lot of long articles (60 articles in total – most of which were 1000+ words) and each article linked heavily to other articles that I've published on InfoBarrel. Each article was based (for the most part) on a generic and boring product type and each product tended to have many different synonyms for the product and many adjectives that were required to describe the product. This helped achieve a lot of long-tail search traffic and helps a ton in pulling in targeted traffic.


I also added a lot of targeted Amazon links in my signatures which targeted some of the main keywords a person would be looking for when they landed on my articles. This helps generate clicks over to Amazon and since the keyword is so targeted to a buyer they are more likely to buy on Amazon. I only started adding Amazon to a few of my articles in August so September was my first month using this as a monetization technique on InfoBarrel.


This technique worked nicely I think and I can't wait to get my monthly Amazon affiliate tier up to 6.5 percent. Right now I'm on the 6 percent tier on Amazon and if I can double my Amazon sales then I can bump up to the 6.5 percent tier in Amazon which will increase my earnings there on average by about 8 percent per sale. For a bunch of sales combined this can be a good increase and nothing to snuff at. That will be a goal for the near future I think. Maybe by November I can be at that higher affiliate tier.


As for goals for the month of October I will continue adding some content to IB, most will be targeted to Amazon and similar types of generic and boring products as I want to get my Amazon affiliate share up to the next tier higher (6.5 percent). I will also be focusing on backlinking a lot of my posts from September which are already shaping up to be good earning articles.


My goal for October is to once again double my IB income which means my goal is to hit $445 on IB alone. I do make money elsewhere on blogs, HubPages, eHow, and other content sites but this goal is for IB only. It will take a lot of work but I'm up for the challenge and I think it's achievable.


I recommend you read my mega post on my InfoBarrel earnings experience which outlines every month I've been here in summary and if this post is an inspiration to you then I hope you'll join InfoBarrel and make a difference in your financial situation. It's not complicated but it is hard work but there are many helpful people in the forums, myself included, that will help you get up and running. Good luck!


Oct 4, 2010 4:34am
Wow! Your earnings have really sky rocketed! Congrads and I look forward to reading your next earnings report.
Oct 4, 2010 1:26pm
Thanks - I really look forward to reading my next report too. :) It's been a lot of hard work but many it's paying off right now.
Oct 4, 2010 4:43am
That's inspiring. If I share my Sept earnings, nobody dares to write anymore.
Oct 4, 2010 1:27pm
It only gets better Scheng - as you learn what works and what doesn't your earnings will only improve.
Oct 4, 2010 5:00am
That's awesome chezfat! Your earnings have been super impressive and more inspiration for new members and further evidence of how it IS possible to make a good chunk of change on InfoBarrel. Keep up the great work I look forward to seeing your increases!
Oct 4, 2010 1:30pm
Thanks Travis - I try my best to both work hard, inspire others, and teach what I'm doing at the same time. I feel it helps me organize my thoughts on what I'm doing, what works, and what doesn't.
Oct 4, 2010 7:40am
From $10 to over $200 in 3 short months, that is awesome. Well done indeed and thanks as always for sharing. So I guess you're saying at 1 x 1000 word post is better than 2 x 500 words?
Oct 4, 2010 1:33pm
Thanks Louis - I wouldn't put a blanket stateemnt on the 1 x 1000 statement. I would say for generic products with lots of descriptive adjectives in their names then a 1 x 1000 article works great so long as you use all the possible synonyms you can throughout the article. For a single keyword I think a shorter article is fine... everything hinges on choosing low competition keywords and geting plenty of backlinks so there are some moving parts to consider.
Oct 4, 2010 7:54am
That is really good Chezfat, you are inspiring to other writers!
Oct 4, 2010 1:34pm
Thanks Sookie - I'm glad I can offer something. :)
Oct 12, 2010 10:58am
Hello chezfat. You are certainly doing well and also trying to help others. Can you advise a newcomer to this site the best template that can be used for submitting articles. The information would be appreciated
Oct 12, 2010 12:52pm
Thanks for your compliment and for yoru question - I have roughly 250 articled published on this site as of the today and every single one of them is on the "blank article" tamplate. I've never even tried the others. As far as I know they all have potential because the site owners are constantly experimenting with ad placement for the best possible spots and I imagine each template is optimized. I prefer the blank template however but that's just me.
Oct 13, 2010 9:39am
Thank you for the information. I will certainly look forward to start within a day or two. Appreciate your response
Oct 18, 2010 3:54pm
Wow! You are doing really good. I did check out your other articles too, you really have good hands on writing. Thanks for sharing. Good luck.
Oct 20, 2010 8:35pm
Thanks Nehal - it comes with time. Good luck to you.
Oct 20, 2010 7:30pm
Nice! Inspiring! Thanks for sharing your progress and your strategy.
Oct 20, 2010 8:36pm
Your welcoem LS - I look forward to reading of your successes here in the future. :)
Nov 12, 2010 4:50pm
Hi Chezfat, I'm a very recent transplant from ehow to infobarrel. Its great to see that you're doing so well! Thanks for an informative article.
Nov 14, 2010 8:15pm
Hi Paige - let me first say welcome. I hope writing here suits you. I did enjoy writing for eHow as it was my first introduction to this kind of work but I have enjoyed my time here even more so. I hope it works out for you too.
Nov 29, 2010 1:12am
This site is so much better than eHow for flexability and monitization.
Nov 29, 2010 8:34pm
I couldn't have said that better myself Jade - I haven't even scratched the surface yet of affiliate sales either.
Aug 31, 2011 9:14pm
earning's report makes me to think to strive more...
Sep 29, 2011 12:34pm
Thanks for sharing your earnings report. Now it's a year later and I'm curious to know how it's going. I've got lots to learn about back linking, keywords etc. Thanks for the helpful articles.
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