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My InfoBarrel Earnings And How You Can Build Residual Income

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I wanted to start writing about my InfoBarrel earnings and how my InfoBarrel income has been growing. A few other writers at InfoBarrel have been doing this for a while now and I experimented with publishing an income report back when I first started here late in 2009 but now I feel this type of article is a great motivator for new writers to develop their own residual income stream by writing content for InfoBarrel.

Before I get into my actual InfoBarrel earnings I need to preface this article with a description of my time here on InfoBarrel. Let me first say that I signed up with InfoBarrel in November of 2009 with only one clear goal. I wanted to use InfoBarrel as a primary means of building backlinks to my main blog and as a way of building backlinks to my money articles elsewhere on the web. At the time I did absolutely zero keyword research for my articles on InfoBarrel and I did not attempt to increase or even create earnings here beyond random residuals for building backlinks. This resulted in me receiving small earnings over the first few months here.

After a number of months past I slowed in my backlink building here and eventually started to experiment with ways to actually make money on InfoBarrel. I quickly found that although InfoBarrel offered an amazing platform for building backlinks to my other websites and articles it also offered an unparalleled opportunity for novice writers to make money writing online. It was also perfect for those people who are unable or unwilling to build a personal website or for those wishign to diversify as they make money online.

My InfoBarrel Earnings – Before I Even Tried To Make Money On InfoBarrel

November 2009 - I published 37 articles and made $1.26 - This was my first month here and I published all 37 articles in about two weeks. They were quick and I punched them out simply for backlinks.

December 2009 - I published 53 articles and made $6.66 - This was my second month here and I published all most of the articles in the first two and a half weeks of the month. Again, they were quick and I punched them out simply for backlinks. Only a couple of these articles were based on money keywords but I did nothing to promote them and little to research them.

January 2010 - I published 20 articles and made $8.74 - In my third month on InfoBarrel I published these 20 articles throughout the month randomly. Some of these were actually things I wrote for school a few years back so I just edited them for the web. Others were simply for backlinks. They were all quick and I punched them out simply for backlinks with the exception of maybe a single article or two. Only a couple of these articles were based on money keywords but I did nothing to promote them and little to research them.

February 2010 - I published 13 articles and made $9.55 - Finally in my fourth month on InfoBarrel I published these 13 articles with the primary goal to see if I could actually make some money on InfoBarrel. About half of my published articles this month were for backlinks and the other half were based on money keywords. I did some basic article marketing after doing keyword research. If I were to do it again from scratch I would have done different kinds of marketing and slightly different keywords but all in all this was a good first effort for me. I wasn't yet taking making money on IB seriously at this point though – this was just a small experiment.

March 2010 - I published 2 articles on InfoBarrel and my InfoBarrel Earnings were $13.34 - Both of these keywords were based on light keyword research but the articles were meant for backlinks. I did little to no promotion or though regarding these articles.

April 2010 - I published 12 articles in the month of April 2010 and made $16.77 - About two thirds of these articles were meant to be money articles and the others were meant for backlinks. At this point I believe I was still deciding whether IB was worth my time as a money maker as it was one of the last places I focused my efforts towards. I was however seeing some results from a few of my past articles which was probably a stepping stone to me taking IB seriously as a money maker To this point I still only had a handful of articles that I intended to be money articles and only a very small few of those I even promoted. At this point the experimentation phase with generating InfoBarrel Income was coming to an end.

May 2010 - A published 9 articles in May of 2010 and made $35.12 - this was the first month where 100 percent of my articles were meant to be money articles. At this point I still did only a little promotion of articles here on IB but instead started learning how to make money here. This was a learning month for me where I pooled my knowledge from other areas of online content writing and started applying it to IB.

June 2010 - I published 5 articles in June and made a total of $10.14 - this month again was only money articles and I started getting serious with planning them out from keyword to execution to promotion. I was also involved in promoting other sites through other means but June was the last month that I consider to be a month of making money on InfoBarrel without even trying. I did focus on money articles here and a little promotion but it was an afterthought. This was the last site I worked on and the one site I tried the least on.

Summer 2010 - I Started Trying To Make Money On InfoBarrel

In mid July I finally decided that InfoBarrel was the place for me to focus all my energy. I contemplated starting my own money site but the ease of InfoBarrel meant that all the admin tasks of starting a site would be handled by someone else. I also felt that the revenue share on InfoBarrel was high enough that it would be close to me running a site by myself and as a result it was worth it as a tradeoff. I began writing almost only money articles and by the end of the month began focusing on promoting my material on IB in a way that was serious. As I've learned on InfoBarrel since November 2009, you can make money on InfoBarrel without trying but but you won't earn much much. If you want to make serious money you have to take it very seriously and work hard.

July 2010 - I published 23 articles on IB in July 2010 and made $42.55. Most of these articles were meant as money articles but I made some mistakes in keyword selection. Overall the promotional work I started putting in was dramatic and deliberate. Although earnings for the month of July were low comparative to the work I put in this was the groundwork for major increases to my InfoBarrel Earnings in the months to come.

August 2010 - This was the month when I came out of hiding in the InfoBarrel community – I began participating and helping others with what I had learned but had yet to really do on the InfoBarrel platform. I knew exactly what to do but I was simply not doing it on Infobarrel previously due to other commitments and other sites I felt were ore worth my time and energy. My InfoBarrel Income for the month of august shot up due to my efforts dramatically and they accelerated into the end of the month. I published 19 articles on IB during the month of August based on very serious research coupled with very focused and well planned promotional strategies and my Infobarrel Earnings for the month were $81.11.


September 2010 - In September I made it a point to try a few new ideas to promote my material on InfoBarrel a little better internally. I began building authority to my profile page which links to all my articles and began interlinking my articles heavily. I also tried my hardest to win the monthly contest to get an internal link from the contest page as a monthly winner but fell one article short. I published 60 articles and added Amazon to many of my older articles and increased my income by 175 percent month over month. By the end of September I had made $222.84 + $50 for coming in second place in the contest. All in all it was an amazing month full of hard work. See my full report on this month here.

October 2010 - In October I published 14 new articles but focused most of my efforts on taking it easy and relaxing a bit but also in building backlinks which take much less mental energy. I ended up spending more time with the wife, gettign more sleep, focusing a bit more on the 9-5 job, and watching more TV but my backlinks were targeted to my more efficiently earning articles and as a result I saw an increase in InfoBarrel Income of 51 percent month-over-month. I made $337.61 and really enjoyed the month. See my full report on this month here.

November 2010 - In November I published 15 new articles on InfoBarrel. I wasn't that prolific on the site this month but did a lot of behind the scenes work building backlinks and working on other projects. In November I tried to improve on my Amazon earnings and get the spicket flowing so-to-speak and in the end I did just that. I realized a 42 percent increase in my InfoBarrel Income over the course of the month as I made over $63 on Chitika, over $40 on Amazon, and over $375 with Adsense. When all was said and done I worked 22 days in November and saw an increase in InfoBarrel earnings to $480.93. See my full report on this month here.

December 2010 - See my full report on this month here.

January 2011 - See my full report on this month here.

February 2011 - See my full report on this month here.

March 2011 - See my full report on this month here.

April 2011 - See my full report on this month here.

How You Can Build Residual Income On InfoBarrel

I have slowly started putting together a roadmap to building significant residual income by writing on InfoBarrel. I have a limited history of doing so but I know how it's done. You can follow along with the posts I've already written on creating an InfoBarrel Income stream and on your Earnings Potential on InfoBarrel. You can also read my guides to selecting a keyword titles for InfoBarrel: The theory behind it and a practical tutorial.

Once you selct a keyword and write about it you may want to read my thoughts on the impportance of improving search engine rank with your InfoBarrel articles - this is obvious to some but often lost on first time writers. And once your article is published you may also want to learn more about how pictures can help you make more money here on InfoBarrel as well as how you can diversify your income by focusing on building more income via Amazon Associates.


Also make sure to check in later for more updates as I add new content to this guided series on making more money on InfoBarrel. Anyone can do this if they really want to – it's not hard; it just takes hard work and a drive to get things done.

This InfoBarrel Earnings report page will be updated in the future as my InfoBarrel Earnings expand month by month. Feel free to follow along and grow your residual income by my side. If you haven't yet joined InfoBarrel you can do so through my affiliate link or by heading to the homepage to join.



Sep 7, 2010 2:58am
Thanks for sharing your experience Chezfat. Much appreciated.
Sep 7, 2010 1:06pm
No problem Justin - This kind of an income report has been a long time coming - I don't know why I waited so long.
Sep 7, 2010 8:51am
You have certainly improved your earnings that's great. I also started in November too, but have not earned that much. As I cannot see my earnings in
my analytics account I am not sure just what I have earned each month. Some days a couple of dollars others pittance of cents, but still improving that's the main thing. Good article it should encourage newbies and that's the main thing.
Sep 7, 2010 1:10pm
Hey Eileen; once you decide to go for it you just have to dive in and work your butt off - this month I'm on pace already for another big increase in IB income I want to get it up to another rough double this month.

To track your monthly income on Adsense all you have to do is setup a channel to track the entire IB domain. Go to URL channels and add www.infobarrel.com to your list and then you can get everythign in one big pool from at least this point forward. Good luck with Analytics - it took me 8 months to get that working correctly.
Sep 8, 2010 1:04am
gee thanks for that so we learn something new today. that's great thanks again will do that now.
Sep 7, 2010 11:16am
I'm glad to see your articles are beginning to earn you more money each month!
Sep 7, 2010 1:12pm
Thanks Ernie - for the old articles it's all in the backlinks I've recently added and for the new articles it's all in the keyword research as well as the backlinks. Now, if only I had focused more on those key points here at IB when I first started back in November '09.
Sep 7, 2010 11:23am
Great article chezfat thanks for sharing these numbers! It's cool to see how you started out and I think one of your articles about InfoBarrel was one of the first IB articles I ever read back in December. Glad to see you have figured out IB's potential and congrats on the ever-growing earnings!
Sep 7, 2010 1:16pm
Thanks Travis - I remember you were one of the first people to ever comment on one of my articles - I think it's the same one you are referring to. And if I remember correctly it was my article about using IB for backlinks. :) Times have changed. Now I'm finding backlinks sources for IB articles.
Sep 7, 2010 12:51pm
thnaks for sharing useful info
Sep 7, 2010 1:17pm
Not a problem at all - I want to help as much as I can.
Sep 7, 2010 4:01pm
August 2009 -- When I really began pushing Info Barrel down people's throats, to the point of annoyance...lol....insisting that, based on the trends I had studied, as well as the collapse of eHow's WCP, that Info Barrel would turn out to be a refuge for alot of eHow writers, as well as, like you said, anyone that wanted to earn online....

Time will tell....but, I certainly think this site has the makings of a PR7 site if it keeps going on the course it has been.

Nice article, Chez, as always! I'll be sure to add this to my Squidoo lens :)
Sep 7, 2010 7:39pm
Thanks for the compliment Howie - I hope IB does grow in authority and I think it will. It's only two years old after all.
Sep 17, 2010 7:07am
Having spent over 20 years in the computer software field, I know how easily I used to slip into the industry jargon. Being new to this field, I am now seeing how frustrating it is to be on the "outside" and not understand the jargon.

For instance, X3, when you say you think this "site has the makings of a PR7 site", that sounds complimentary. However, if PR7 means page rank 7, I'd think a page 7 ranking would be a BAD thing..What am I missing.

Thanks from a newbie, crawling around like a baby....
Sep 17, 2010 7:33am

A site's Page Rank is just one of many factors that Google uses to essentially 'grade' the value and authority of a site. New sites typically have a low PR, while, with time and high quality backlinks and a substantial amount of content, a site can gradually build up it's PR. Now, PR isn't everything...but, generally, the higher it is, the better.
Sep 7, 2010 4:35pm
Great job chezfat, you're definitely a valuable member and someone everyone can learn more from. So glad to see your hard work is paying off.
Sep 7, 2010 7:40pm
Thanks GodFather - I hope I can help others learn. It's always a double edge sword - helping others cuts into your own productivity, but I think it's worth it in the long run.
Sep 10, 2010 10:17am
Chezfat, you have been an immeasurable help to many on the forum and in infobarrel (myself included!). After 6 months I feel like I firmly have a grasp on the right way to do things and it is paying off. This is destined to be my best month ever and I hope soon to realize the kind of gains you are seeing. Great article and should be very inspiring to those starting out.
Sep 10, 2010 3:02pm
Thanks SF - your word are very kind - I'm glad to hear you are getting comfortable with knowing what to do - with that knowledge you'll start learning how to refine everything and get more efficient. I know you'll see solid increases if you've been at this for 6 months learning the whole time. Good luck!
Sep 15, 2010 10:52pm
Chezfat, it's great hearing about your success, I'm hoping to learn from what you've done. I think I can write good content with decent SEO practices, now I have to learn to drive traffic with backlinks.
Sep 16, 2010 2:49pm
AJ I'm always happy to help out - If you have nay questions just ask - I'm not the authority on the suject of making money online but have learned quite a bit and have had success so far - I'm sure with hard work and time you will be doing great also. Good luck to you.
Sep 16, 2010 4:48pm
Thanks for the open dialog on how you've evolved in your writing style and resulting earnings. That's very encouraging.
Sep 17, 2010 1:43am
No problem - I'm flattered that this post generated so much interest. I will continue to evolve and I hope my future earnings posts of mine will be even more encouraging. Good luck to you!
Oct 22, 2010 7:43pm
Chezfat - I just wanted to thank you for your articles - they are extremely well written and informative. I signed up through your referral link today. I've written my first article and submitted it. This is all new to me, so I might be asking for help! Thanks again for sharing your valuable insight.
Oct 22, 2010 8:05pm
Thank you so much for the compliment - I'm glad I was helpful in getting you on board here at IB. Make sure to visit the forums - I will always help as much as I can to get you going and there are a bunch of other people there who are willing to do the same. If you haven't yet, make sure to read my "theoretical" and "practical" tutorials on choosing keywords for IB articles (they are both linked from this post). They are a basic guides to ensure you write profitable articles here. In my opinion if you are going to write for money you should do it in the most efficient way possible. :) Welcome!
Oct 27, 2010 12:57pm
Greetings Chezfat -- I have a question for you; how to I contact you?
Oct 27, 2010 2:18pm
my email is listed on my profile page.
Oct 27, 2010 7:56pm
OK, thanks!
Oct 27, 2010 8:03pm
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Oct 31, 2010 10:47am
Man! I am new to InfoBarrel and i really like your article. I have a question, When does the articles get approved. My Articles have still not reviewed.
Nov 1, 2010 1:23pm
Should only take a few days to go through the manual review process. Once you get 10 articles approved you will be in-line for immediate publishing. Thanks for the positive comments and good luck to you.
Dec 1, 2010 7:11pm
Wow, Brian! I'm really impressed with your progress. That's amazing that you were able to make so much progress in so very little time. Keep it up and looking forward to your future updates!

Dec 1, 2010 7:42pm
Thanks Christina - I know I'm not the only one that can do it - some others here on IB are blowing me away with what they are doing. I just published an update for November and it's got some good improvement over October but I've always got more work to do. Good luck to you here!
Jan 6, 2011 11:18am
Congradulation on your increase earnings. I too have been going back and fixing articles. Well I am off to read more of your Info Barrel earning article and thanks.
Jan 6, 2011 1:29pm
I need to go back and make some edits myself. :) That could be a good article all by itself. Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by.
Feb 4, 2011 3:40pm
Very intuitive article chezfat. Just want to send the word out that people like myself learn quite a bit from people like you who share their knowledge. Thank you for creating such great resources. I'm going to continue learning from your guides and following your income reports.
Mar 26, 2011 2:34pm
I hope you were able to use some of the info here to help yourself out - thanks for the positive comments.
Mar 26, 2011 1:58pm
As a newbie here, I'm impressed. There are a lot of people writing about earning money, but very few who show exactly what they earn and how. Thanks!
Mar 26, 2011 2:36pm
First of welcome to IB - if you put int he work you will be rewarded here. Good luck to you. I always try to help others out so feel free to ask any questions, I'll do my best to get you on the right track. I've got a lot of "tutorial-style" articles here on IB as well as my blog so hopefully those can help too.
May 21, 2011 6:29am
This one is a great article - fairly exhaustive and very informative. I enjoyed reading it and I am hoping to put it into practice in quick time
May 25, 2011 11:03pm
Awesome awesome article. Thank you so much for sharing what you've learned. This is extremely motivating.
May 26, 2011 2:01pm
You are welcome Greg, I hope it helps you get off to a great start.
May 26, 2011 3:32pm
Hey thanks for a great article. I'm sure I will be re-reading this to try and get my articles going.
Oct 6, 2011 10:05am
After a year since this was written, it is still timely for people like us. Thank you.
Dec 11, 2011 6:22pm
Thanks for adding value to our IB experience, and more.
Jan 4, 2012 2:04pm
As a newbie to IB this is really inspiring to read.

Thanks for the post.
Jan 5, 2012 1:09am
For a newbie this is really encouraging. It give me hope that one day soon I'll be able to make my first penny online.
Jan 15, 2012 9:02pm
How has it been going the last 8 months?
Jan 16, 2012 6:35pm
It's been going good cort - I've been a busy dad for 8 months now. My earnings have continually been increasing too. It's been a fun time. I'll be updating this sometime soon so look out for that.
Feb 28, 2012 4:18pm
I'm fairly new to IB, but I'm still trying to figure out how to check my earnings. I'm completely clueless.
Mar 18, 2012 1:53am
I've only been IB a couple of days now, but this article is full of a lot of good information and really is motivating. Thank you for writing it.
Apr 22, 2013 6:24pm
Thank you for the information. I was reading this to my wife and she got excited because I am at about the same point you were at the forth month.
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