Homer Simpson
Credit: The Simpsons

I recently went through a little InfoBarrel rebranding process, before the end of my first week, as a result of mistakes I made, mostly, by rushing into it a little. I don't think many people are going through the exact same thing I had to as they start. As I'll explain, my folly was really just a gaping oversight when it came to reading the policy here at InfoBarrel. But I think the major takeaway from this story isn't exactly what I did or how I fixed (and am still trying to fix) it, but that this initial learning process is key to getting started on the right foot as an article writer. 

I got really excited about InfoBarrel this most recent Saturday night, when I first heard about it as I was researching what I really planned to spend that weekend doing -- starting a blog for the purposes of affiliate marketing. I planned to use the knowledge I've gained in my current profession working with consumers purchasing home/small office printers to deliver helpful content, troubleshooting, product reviews, and the like. The marketing expert in the video I watched described InfoBarrel as the best way to get started, both in learning about affiliate marketing and making passive income online and also actually seeing your first earnings (both have been very true for me in this first week!). 

Immediately I was off to InfoBarrel and signing-up. I believe I had my first post up very soon after that, about how big printer companies make consumers pay more. I was very pleased with it. I wrote another one that night and another the next day. As I write this now, I had 4 published and 1 pending. Had.

The plot shall thicken. As I did this, I wrote under the pen name "Home Printer Ph.D." and intended to stay within that niche in this InfoBarrel account. I used that pen name because (here it comes) I started a blog under that same name and was putting all my posts there as well. This is a no-no. InfoBarrel explicitly states that you can't do this because they don't want duplicates of their content all over the web. This makes perfect sense. Further, I've since realized that the blog would only have cannibilized my InfoBarrel earnings anyway. Like I said, they are explicit, but I was simply to eager and excited to notice. So they took them all down. I've taken down the blog and re-submitted the work, as well as contacting them about having the likes/comments restored (if that isn't automatic), and I anticipate a thoroughly happy ending. I've done worse things.

At first, I was frustrated. But as I write this (almost a part of the rebranding; my first non-niche post) I realize that I actually benefitted quite a bit from this err. The research I had to do to understand and solve this problem for myself helped fill in a lot of other cracks in my InfoBarrel knowledge I didn't know I had. That's why I mentioned that this early issue in one's InfoBarrel experience is so crucial -- it forces you to go out and learn, no matter what difficulty your having. It forces you to think a little differently. Of course, any problem in any aspect of life does that. But as a new InfoBarrel writer, I believe this is particularly helpful because the earlier you realize exactly how ridiculously vast what there is to learn about this business is, the better.

So, you may have known that you can't post your InfoBarrel articles anywhere else. Don't rub it in. My point is that that led to me reading many very helpful articles about "InfoBarreling" (as I like to put it sometimes) that I might not have encountered for a while had I just kept plugging along. Furthermore, I abandoned the origingal "brand" I chose and just decided to write as me, still often within my niche, but also exploring other topics -- I've seen many good articles already that have inspired me to diversify. None of these major changes, which will likely result in greater success, would have been made had I not screwed up. Always be careful about diving into something too exictedly, like I did. Always be careful. But, when you do dive in too excitedly, as we all surely do from time to time, just make sure you're ready to be wrong and learn.