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My InfoBarrel Earnings for January 2012

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I wish I could say that my January earnings doubled or even slightly outperformed my previous month's earnings but they didn't.  About a third of the way through January, I asked other IB writers about their click thru rates only to have them (and admin) confirm that January was one of the slowest months in the Adsense game and that it should pick up in February.  I hope so. Because January was nothing to write home about.  I earned less in January than I did in December.  

It wasn't all bad news though. I more than doubled my Chitika total and I added 36 more articles to my InfoBarrel library, bringing my total to 105 articles!  Getting to 100 articles was a major milestone for me.  Even though I wrote fewer pieces, it seemed like more because that magic number felt elusive.  Sigh.  I'm glad it's over.  Now on to the next goal of 150 articles total on IB.

January Progress


$19.82 from Google Adsense (not even meeting December's total of $22.77--boo!)

$4.62 from Chitika (more than double my December $2.02) 

Total: $24.44 (.35 less than December's total)

Articles Written: 36 (105 total)

Contest Points: 53


Jiffy Articles (aff link)


  • 37 articles over 100 views
  • 8 articles over 1000 views
  • 2 articles over 5000 views
  • 1 article over 10,000 views

12,198 views on my articles

51 clicks

SU bringing in 59% of visits to my articles.  This is down from the 75% StumbleUpon brought in during the month of December proving that the more articles age the more they're likely to get organic traffic.


  • backlinking: this was boring and I didn't see much traffic from it but I will continue to do it
  • more use of StumbleUpon for backlinks and traffic
  • outsourcing as a way to supplement my own writing rather than take it over
  • placing articles on article directories as a specific backlinking practice
  • meeting specific goals to earn InfoBarrel achievement badges

Plans for February 2012

  • Write more--hit 150 articles in February or exceed that number.
  • Outsource more articles.  All of the Jiffy articles writers are of excellent quality and send me finished copy fast so I will continue to use them.
  • Add pictures to articles and add content to media pages ala Chezfat.
  • Interlinking articles which I didn't do (but meant to) during January.


Feb 1, 2012 1:22am
Well done! and I like the fact you set yourself targets.
Feb 1, 2012 1:22am
Well done! and I like the fact you set yourself targets.
Feb 1, 2012 2:14am
Well done on achieving 100 plus total articles. I am totally with you on January bombing, as this month I worked on my articles here at InfoBarrel for free.
I think that you are probably seeing a low ctr because your traffic is mainly coming from SU, which they tend to bring in high numbers but hardly any click through. This is all setting you up for a great summer however, so I wish you the best of luck.
Feb 1, 2012 2:55pm
I agree with this. Social networking traffic is great but rarely translates into click through on ads. Case in point: My mildly viral video article on embarrassing wedding proposal rejections brought in over 11,000 views in just over 36 hours time and a whopping 7 dollars in Adsense (and some of that was likely from other articles or my Bukisa adsense). However this traffic could be useful on sites that pay per 1K views. For example 11K views X 2.00 per 1K views is 22 dollars. But the potential of earnings on click through could be higher (I've seen click through earnings of 2,3,5 dollars a click so it doesn't take much if there is high paying ads).
Feb 1, 2012 2:32am
100 articles is a crazy awesome emotional milestone. I'm staring down 200 and I've gotta say the mystique just isn't the same. Topping that first triple digit is a feeling that's tough to beat. Maybe 1,000 will have the same luster?
Feb 1, 2012 9:39am
Good Job! I hope to hit 100 articles in February (fingers crossed!)
Feb 1, 2012 10:37am
Good job! Wishing you to accomplish your next target.
Feb 1, 2012 11:35am
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your strategies and providing inspiration! :) Good luck with yor February goals.
Feb 1, 2012 1:34pm
Congratulations, keep going!..
Feb 1, 2012 3:04pm
January was my first month so I cannot comment but this article has given me inspiration to carry on writing on IB. Thanks :)
Feb 1, 2012 7:16pm
Congrats on reaching the magic number 100! Hopefully things will pick back up next month.
Feb 2, 2012 10:44am
I love reading earnings reports! Thanks for sharing. I'm not glad to here about the mid-January slump, but it's a relief to know that February should be better. Happy writing!
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