I thought it might be kind of neat to post my Info Barrel experience right here on the site. I'm excited about this website. Well… here it is.

About Me:

I'm a full time jail guard. I've been married for 14 years and have three sons, 12, 10, and 5 years old. We all love to ride four wheelers. We spend a good portion of our summer on the trails. I enjoy the outdoors in general, whether it be on a boat, four wheeler, or in the woods hunting.

I started writing articles online to make a few bucks. It's been a very worthwhile undertaking. I enjoy writing, but I sometimes have little time. I tend to spend a lot of my time writing online during the middle of the night, while the family is sleeping. I typically save them and then post them later on. It's just my routine, I suppose.

I have insomnia, and it actually serves a purpose for me. I tend to write a lot at night and save the articles.

Computer knowledge:

I'm a far cry from a computer wizard. I don't know how to make a blog, or do any sort of html codes. (EDIT: I learned my first html code in early November, 2009.) This is really the biggest reason I'm going to post on this site! I've been writing on various sites for a total of 8 months so far. As I usually do, I threw myself into learning as much about SEO and keyword density as possible. I purchased an ebook,I picked up odds and ends over time, and can now get virtually all new articles on the first page of Google, at least when I put my mind to it. I've come up with my own formula that works quite often when I I follow it. It was sort of something that just popped in my head. I studied what I thought I found, and thankfully, I was right. I figured out how to make some real money here.

Promotion:

I do virtually nothing in terms of promotion. I submit some of the articles to digg.com, but that's all. I've noticed that several of the articles get indexed by Google within 30 minutes, so I tend to just submit those that aren't getting indexed for some reason. Promotion has been something on my to-do list for some time. I'm guessing it'll stay on the list for a little while longer. I don't have the patience or attention span to devote too much time to this type of stuff. I suppose ignorance is bliss.

How I Make Money Writing Here:

I only have a Google account on this site. I don't know what the signature line is, so I don't use it. I never set up an eBay account, which is fine, since it's no longer an option. I don't know how to use or even what self serving links are, so I don't use them. I don't know what html really is or how it works, so I guess I should add it to my to-do list. I don't know how to add affiliate links for Amazon or any other forms, so I don't use those either. I know I'm leaving money on the table, so I will eventually take the time to figure it all out. For now, I'm just writing articles. I guess maybe I'm an SEO savant, to some extent.

EDIT: I have a Chitika account as of November, 2009.

May 2009:

This was when I joined the info barrel family. I wrote my first article on May 10th. I was able to put out 39 articles for the month, and was lucky enough to increase my adsense share to 90%.

I made $23.40 for the month with my info barrel articles. I was very happy with those results. With most of my articles only being one to two weeks old, I figured there was some real potential.

June 2009:

I had a lot going on. I didn't write any articles, but I did visit the site from time to time.

June was a good month in terms of pay. I pulled in $103.81 from Google on my info barrel articles. This is really passive income. I was still making money from the articles published a month prior.

July 2009:

I got back into writing articles. I was able to pop out 79 articles. I was able to earn the 90% share rate. I wrote pretty much every day, with few exceptions. I actually had a few saved and ready to go that I intended to publish, but I just never got around to it. Some of my articles were shorter, around the 400-500 word mark, but many, especially near the end of the month, were over 1000 words. I'm happier with these articles.

I made $182.07 from my info barrel articles. I'm happy with the progress overall, and I'm hoping it grows. I thought it may bump up a little higher, but I know a lot of online writers are complaining of decreased earnings. I'm very pleased.

August 2009:

As of the 13th, I've written 46 articles, not including this one. I'm not sure how much time and energy I have to devote to writing with so little summer left.

As of the 13th, I've $83.66 for the month. This is really a little less than I hoped for, but I'm charging. The first 5 days were horrible for me. I only cracked the $6 mark once. Most of the days were under $5. The results for the last several days have been much better.

EDIT 9/1/09: The month flew by fast. It was really a month of ups and downs for me, but overall, it turned out okay. I made $212.30 on my Info Barrel articles!! I guess I was actually hoping for a little more, but I'll take it.

I started out really slow, charged for a few days, then slowed down again. The cycle just seemed to continue for the month, without much consistency. Many of my newer articles have poor Google placement. I know I wasn't very good about keeping track of keyword density. I need to pay more attention in the future.

I got a little lazy, popping out shorter articles. I find that articles around 1,000 words are much more informative and tend to get placed fairly well.

September 2009:

The month just flew by. I only pushed out one measly little article, but I got really lucky and it's ranked #1 on Google. I got lucky, but it's really not one that will bring in a ton of money. Oh well. I enjoyed the last kick of summer, and started taking some meds to help me sleep at night. I'm hoping to pick it up, write some additional articles, and try to be a contender for the next contest.

For the month, I am just over $220.00. There are a few hours to go yet today (September 30), so maybe I'll earn a few more cents yet.

This is what passive income is all about! I spent about 40 minutes "working", but still made some decent money.

I see that new servers were added. I'm still pretty new to the online scene, but I really think that speaks highly of the site. While other companies are downsizing, and making cuts in expenses, this company is bucking the current trends. They are putting some money into it, so it continues to grow. Reading the achievements on the blog, it's obvious the growth has been phenomenal. Good job to the Info Barrel admins, owners, etc.

October 2009:

The month started out terribly. I was making only a buck or two each day, for the first several days. This is WAY lower than usual. I read somewhere about a problem with ads not matching up. This may explain the poor results.

Once the first week ended, my earnings took off. I made hundreds of dollars again this month. I have to wonder about how much better it could have been...

I didn't write any articles in September, so I didn't get the benefit of the additional Adsense impressions. What a big mistake. I won't make that mistake again.

Some of you may already know that I'm working on an ebook with Howie, x3solxdierx3x We have been working day and night on it, communicating along the way. We both have the same things in mind with this project. I put more time into this product than I did with my full time job.

Our main goal is to offer the best product possible. I think we are on track. We have very different areas of expertise that compliment each other quite well.

November 2009:

It was a really fun month. I blew past $400 this month in Adsense earnings on Info Barrel. My best day of Info Barrel Adsense income was over $28! For the last couple of weeks, my daily average has been just over $20, save for Thanksgiving, and the day before and after Thanksgiving. If not for those three poor days, I may have cracked $500 in Info Barrel Adsense income for the month.

All authors were given the opportunity to gain additional revenue on Info Barrel this month with the new Chitika ad program. My Chitika ads make me much less, about a buck per day on average. Still, it really adds up over the course of a month.

As you probably know by now, I'm writing an eBook with Howie . We are nearly complete with the project. We have several guides written, all designed to help Info Barrel authors make more money. I'm guessing, judging by where we are now, that we will have about 300 total pages, single spaced, between all of them. We wanted to offer the most complete guide for any platform. Most platform specific eBooks are in the 30 page range. I think we are succeeding.

December, 2009:

It was a goofy month. I was pounding out $20 days like they were going out of style until about the 12th or so. At that point, my earnings dipped way down. Now, I still finished up with about $400, but it was actually pretty disappointing. Oh well, once I add my Chitika earnings of about $50, the month becomes a little more acceptable. I think I found the problem.

I've read about people being thrust into interest based options with Adsense. Looks like I was selected. I noticed it yesterday under my account settings. I opted out yesterday and today I'm already seeing much better results. Looks like I'll have to wait a little longer for my $500 month. I really wonder when I was volunteered. Too bad, it could have very well been a much better month. Oh well, December in general is usually not so great, from what I've read. We'll see what January brings.

September, 2010:

So, how do you forget that you have an article to update for almost a year? Good question, but I did it. With a full day to go, I have earned just over $1,000 for the month. I love the new skyscraper ads and the way the Admins of Info Barrel continue to strive for improvements.

Chitika finally got back on track after a long intergration to Chitika Select. I think my earnings in July for Chitika were done to about $10. This month will be well over $50, so they are definitely back on track. Amazon hasn't been great to me, at only $8. I am looking into sites like commission junction, but haven't quite gotten there yet.

My Overall Opinion:

This is a great site. The customer service provided is great. I have used the contact us feature a few times to ask some questions. All responses have been handled in a timely manner. The site has a good "feel" to it. I suspect it will be around for quite some time, so getting involved on the ground floor just makes sense.

I think I'm a fan of the new ad layout, launched on blank articles this August. I suspect it will improve the earnings for the online writers here. I guess time will tell, but so far it looks good.

I think one of the nicest things about the site would be the contests and incentives to write more articles online. For the last several months, all writers have been able to earn points for the month. Scoring 30 points, which is only 6 articles 1,000 words long, will get you a 90% Adsense share. This makes the site much more lucrative for the online writers. I am hopeful the contests like these continue.

EDIT 9/30: I love the way this company posts information on the blog. I was wondering why an email wasn't answered, but I see in the blog that it was down for a while.

Other companies around the country are going belly up, but this one is growing, and is willing to spend some bucks to maintain the rate of growth. The new servers are doing the trick very nicely, from what I can tell.