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SEO Tips for Writing Articles at InfoBarrel Plus Earnings Report

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SEO and Keyword Research Tips for InfoBarrel

It took me 13 months to start earning money from InfoBarrel. This is my second InfoBarrel earnings report. Now, I'm making almost $1.50 per article and am excited by the progress. Learning how to make money online writing articles feels great when the articles start earning. Sharing writing tips helps others find success.  No one has to horde keyword research or search engine optimization (SEO) tips for writing articles at InfoBarrel.  My goals are learning how to apply keyword research and SEO techniques as I improve my writing.  There are a few basic principles I've learned about writing articles online.

  1. I am in control of my earnings.
  2. The articles hold the answers.  Look at my articles before blaming a site low (or no) earnings. (Website factors play a part, but earnings are tied to the articles)
  3. A site's earning potential cannot be judged accurately before writing a minimum of 20 SEO optimized articles. Write 100 SEO optimized articles before smack-talking a site to others.
  4. Diversify my writing portfolio (where I write, ways to earn)
  5. Keep learning.  Perseverance is key.

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Tips for New InfoBarrel Writers - Learn Search Engine Optimization and Keyword Research

New writers need to focus on writing articles. Search engine optimization is a tool that helps an article rank higher in the search engines, something essential for making money online. Read about SEO,  learn keyword research, and write articles.  Start writing about familiar topics.  Put the topic (keyword) in the article title, headings, and use it a few times throughout the article.  Check spelling and use proper capitalization in article title and body.  Set up an Adsense URL channel to track IB articles. Pre-approved members can use Google Analytics.  Make sure to link Adsense to Analytics to get Adsense data in Analytics and access the best stats.

SEO Link Building Strategies - Backlink, Interlink, and Natural Backlinks

A backlink is a one way link to an article or website.  Search engines, especially Google, count backlinks as "votes" for your article.  Backlinks can improve search engine ranking and page rank (PR).  Natural backlinks are the best type of backlink.  A natural backlink is when someone links to your content because they like or dislike it.  Write interesting, funny, and helpful articles to attrach natural backlinks and reposts on social networking sites.  Interlink related articles you've written.  Quality backlinks are better than quantity backlinks.

Backlink Tips -- Do not submit an article to a social networking site without reading it or checking ads for relevancy.  Wait at least 24 hours so Google ad bots can crawl the article otherwise you risk passing around an article with mismatched ads.  If your Google Adsense ads do not match your article topic take a look at the keyword density with a free keyword density tool.

Two sites I use for backlinking: 

  1. Seekyt:  Revenue share site 70% on all ad spots.  Pros:  Do follow contextual links, 400 word minimum, SEO optimized site, great admin, Adsense and Amazon revenue, stats from Google Analytics. Cons:  None really.  Admin is open to feedback and helping people succeed. Go check out Seekyt, sign up, and start earning.  
  2. Infopirate: Post web tips (mini articles). Pros: Excellent site, 80% revenue share, do follow backlinks, great earning potential.  Cons: Contextual links in blogs are no follow.  Read their content terms. No duplicate content or titles.  I've had a $10 day at Infopirate and earned $17 in November. Use Infopirate for backlinking and rev share. 

Do not use your Adsense ID on every backlinking site (see comments).  Manual backlinks are frowned upon by Google, so attaching your Adsense ID to every backlink is counterproductive. Natural backlinks are the best type of backlink.  When the majority of backlinks are manually made it does not look good and can lower your earnings, especially when you use social bookmarking sites with questionable content.  I use revenue share sites like Seekyt, Hubpages, InfoPirate, etc. to backlink articles because I can also earn money.

Adsense Click Stats - Conversion Keywords

Google Adsense clicks stats are under the "content" tab in Analytics.  The Adsense stats show earnings for keywords and articles.  The top Adsense content tab shows which article made the most money.  Look for conversion keywords so you can learn what works.  A converting keyword is a search query that resulted in article earnings via an ad click.  Use the following steps to find Adsense click stats for articles, keywords, and backlinks (referrers).

1. Top Adsense content.

Click the Content tab --> Adsense --> top Adsense content.  The list shows the articles with the highest earnings and its stats (CTR, eCPM, Adsense ads clicked, etc.).

  • November 2010 InfoBarrel Earnings: $293.56 total earnings
  • Top views = 651
  • Highest Adsense Day = $21.05 vs. lowest Adsense Day = $0.78 (Adsense earnings fluctuate)
  • Adsense - $235.01; Chitika - $18.25; Amazon - $40.30
  • My Adsense earnings are 35.3% higher than October InfoBarrel earnings. It's important to note that my total page impressions in November were 20,000 less than October because of seasonal articles.

2. Top Adsense referrers

Click content --> Adsense --> top Adsense referrers.  This list is important because it shows earnings from outside traffic, such as backlinks (natural and created), bookmarking, and other websites.  Look at the Adsense page impressions as well as the earnings.

  • November Earnings: $21.89 plus over 1,000 page impressions from these referring sites. Awesome. Earning $20/month from made and organic backlinks is success. Adsense referral traffic shows that backlinks work.

3. Best keyword(s) and landing pages Use the image below to help you.

To find the exact keywords that resulted in earnings, go to top Adsense content. Click "none" (above article titles) then choose "keyword" from the drop menu. 

Repeat for top Adsense referrers, but choose "landing page" from the drop down menu.  The landing page is the article the referring site landed on.  These are backlinks.


Find Conversion Keywords Using Google Analytics







Writer's stats vary based on their SEO, number of articles, backlinking strategies, keyword research, topic choice, and much more. Use analytical data to increase InfoBarrel earnings.

  • I don't share my highest or lowest CPC or CTR keywords. Keywords are the individual meat, and I've seen too many other hungry writers steal from the plates of their colleagues. Because of this, I don't recommend sharing your highest CTR keyword(s). Some writers share this and their highest paid articles, but I've seen too many coincidental articles pop up, so I do not.

SEO Tips and Keyword Optimization for Writing at InfoBarrel

The percentage increase for November wasn't huge because I'm earning more money. The earnings above are InfoBarrel earnings only.  My total online earnings were around $600.  I hope sharing some of these tips about search engine optimization and keyword optimization helps you learn and find success writing articles on InfoBarrel. Use these SEO tips on others sites, too.

Perseverance and learning SEO are keys to earning money at InfoBarrel.  Remember, I did not earn on InfoBarrel for over 13 months. Perhaps it's the record for zero earnings and sticking with InfoBarrel.  Once I discovered why I wasn't earning, I applied new SEO techniques and it paid off.  Now, I earn daily from InfoBarrel, but I never expect it.  Expectations lead to disappointment.  Writing online is volatile with many variables as seen by the $20 earnings fluctuation. 

InfoBarrel is a transparent revenue share website run by excellent admin, plus we have an incrediblly helpful forum community, so sign up. Don't pay attention to negative reviews written by members who failed to learn how to earn on InfoBarrel.  You can make money writing articles on InfoBarrel if you learn keyword research and search engine optimization.

One More Quick Tip About Earnings and Views

Check for plagiarism any time views or earnings suddenly drop. Content theft is rampant.  When someone copies your article it's plagiarism (even if link to it), so check articles for plagiarism periodically.

Keep writing, ask questions, set goals, find patience, and lets earn money.

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Dec 8, 2010 12:23am
Very well thought out article JP!

I had no idea your numbers were pushing $300 on InfoBarrel. I look forward to the day (hopefully really soon), when I read one of your reports telling us you've rolled over $1000/month.

Keep up the great work.
Dec 8, 2010 2:01pm
Thanks Ryan. What a turnaround, eh? I've already earned $100 on IB in December. It feels really good. I am so glad I stuck with you guys. I feel like I'm in a good position to argue others who think IB writers cannot rival other sites for earnings. A couple days ago someone said (in another forum) that if I want transparency then it's what I want, not everyone else. I replied, why would you NOT want it? InfoBarrel raised the bar and it's good to be part of such a great site. Can't wait to see what the future holds.
Dec 8, 2010 12:48am
This is a wonderful, and very helpful article, JP. I really appreciate your open, honest and helpful articles about backlinking, SEO, and more. Thank you!
Dec 8, 2010 2:07pm
Thanks, and you're welcome. I think it's really great that this is something we can share with each other because it doesn't have to be secret. We all adapt to our own styles that work for us. I'm looking forward to IB 2.0.
Dec 8, 2010 2:56am
I agree with Ryan and Deborah - this is an excellent article full of so much more info than just your numbers. It's nice to see you are doing so well here - it looks like you too have your near-term sights set on $500 and then $1000. :) Good luck!
Dec 8, 2010 2:13pm
Thanks Chez. It's exciting to see that I turned that corner after struggling for so long. I am glad I stuck it out. You've helped me out a lot along the way and I appreciate it. My sights are on $500! Broke the $100 Adsense line already. Most of this is with minimal backlinking. I plan to break from writing in January and go back and backlink with articles at some of the other sites and directories. I just want to make sure I choose the best few sites.
Dec 8, 2010 4:25am
Fantastic article. I have been busy with ghost writing for a while now and not really paid too much attention to my own article cache. Your title caught my eye and the material has motivated me to get a move on with populating this site with at least 20 articles.
Dec 8, 2010 2:20pm
Awesome! I went back and made a minor edit to the 20 article spot. I realized that I was thinking 20 optimized articles, but I didn't write that down. What I meant was at least 20 articles that have some piece of SEO to them, whether it's long tail keywords, keyword research, on page optimization, something.
I came up with that number by what I've written at Hubpages. I have less than 20 articles there, but my earnings have started. I just wanted to clarify that with you, and others, so those who have 20 don't say I'm wrong. The better they're optimized the better they earn.
Also, thanks for letting me know the title caught you. Titles are hard for me, so glad I got one right!
Dec 9, 2010 6:23pm
Awesome article, JP!

I'm going to have to read it several times, I am sure.

My short term goal is to double the amount of articles I have up. (Currently have 15)

But - I want to make sure I write them sensibly, per your advice here. It almost sounds, though, like you optimize AFTER you have something up...is that correct?
Dec 9, 2010 10:42pm
Well, both. Before writing I do keyword research and some other things to see how to write on my topic. For example, your "piano tuning tools" article has a tremendous amount of competition (65,000,000), and the chance of you faring well in Google is minimal. This has nothing to do with writing ability, but a broad topic and the PR of IB. Glancing at the article though I see there are several types of tools (felt, for ex). I'd take the current article and break it down to the individual tools or find some other way to reduce the competition. The only way to really do that is to focus the keywords more. Compare your current title w/the felt tool, and then look them up in Google. You'll see what I mean. I hope that makes sense. Leave me a comment if you want more clarification.

Using Analytics is an excellent way to see if you actually optimized your articles, and to see what else you can write about. For example, if you are earning on the piano article, you want to know exactly what words people are typing into Google or if they're coming from a backlink or bookmark. That's where these tips come in the most. You may find you're earning from an unrelated word, the singular or plural version, or get another idea for a related article. And, so much more...

This is a seriously long comment back! Hope it is helpful though.
Dec 9, 2010 10:44pm
@aguy - I hope you don't mind the feedback on your article. It's more helpful for you if I use your article as an example to you.
Dec 9, 2010 11:43pm
Awesome feedback! Thanks!

Makes a lot of sense.

OK - next step - learn to use the competition tools!

Thanks again!
Dec 10, 2010 12:46am
Great article. Just a quick question, how do you add adsense to google analytics?.
Dec 10, 2010 4:58pm
After people write 10 articles they get access to Analytics. Since you have more than that you shouldn't have a problem.
Make a new profile in Analytics for InfoBarrel the go to the "my account" page here in InfoBarrel. There's a spot where you can enter your Analytics number. When you go back to Analytics check the left hand side for the word 'content' and it's under that tab that Adsense info will show.
Give that a shot. Let me know if you have another question. Those are directions from memory!
Mar 26, 2011 7:22pm
Did you get Adsense to show in your Analytics? I was just reading through comments and trying to follow up with people.
Dec 10, 2010 6:39pm
JP, thank you for a very informative article. It has helped me!
Dec 20, 2010 2:12pm
Sweet. I love the principles, and better instructions for analytics and adsense sites. I shall print this to refer to more often! Thanks.
Dec 30, 2010 6:30pm
Thanks. I just tweaked them a little bit to make the "best keywords" section a little clearer. Hopefully. It's not too much different, but I thought it needed to be changed. So, just in case you did print it you might want to mark that spot. Thanks for the comment.
Dec 20, 2010 3:04pm
jp - as always a great read and some spot on advice. I am looking for my first $20 day and $200 month on IB. That is the next goal. Good luck to you in reaching $500.
Dec 30, 2010 6:27pm
Thanks Sound! It feels good to finally be earning, and knowing WHY. I think that 2011 is going to be GREAT for us. I guess it's time to start on my December report. I'm usually posting them later than everyone else, but oh well. Good luck to you, too!
Dec 30, 2010 9:20pm
As I prepare to start going back through my articles and clean up the writing (now that I have learned about 1,000,000 things since starting here), this is helpful to read. I love the principles you start the article with. I wished others who are disgruntled with writing online would see that list.
Dec 31, 2010 1:39am
Thanks dpeach, me too. It took me just about 2 years to learn that and really internalize it. I really wish that people who wrote at eHow first would see it. I read a blog today by a successful eHow person who said that writing at InfoBarrel is a waste of time, that she'd "tried it" and didn't earn. I looked at the profile and there are 6 articles. Unfortunately, that's not much "trying" for a site like this that isn't already massive like eHow. Writers who learn here and take the time to earn will be stronger overall, I believe. I know that I am. Here's to learning 1,000,000 more things!
Jan 29, 2011 6:30pm
Superb article. Will bookmark this sucker for future reference!
Mar 2, 2011 9:48pm
Great article, very informative I am coming back to read this again!
Mar 25, 2011 9:40pm
What a superb article. There is a reason you're an InfoBarrel champion!
Mar 25, 2011 9:44pm
By the way, jpwriter, could you please clarify what you mean about not using your Adsense ID on every site? How does it "look bad"? Am I jeopardizing myself somehow by doing this? I am using the same Adsense ID on Infobarrel, two blogs of my own, InfoPirate, and one niche web site. Haven't signed up for SheToldMe or Seekyt yet.
Mar 26, 2011 7:19pm

I'm actually working on a longer article about that topic (Adsense ID thing) that I'll get up next month because I've been researching it. You sound fine. SheToldMe is a good site for backlinks and has a high PR, but it's also kind of a low quality site because it's just used for backlinks. Google has taken some action on these types of sites because people use them to "artificially" create backlinks. Ideally, backlinks come naturally because your content is good rather than us creating all of them, but since you need backlinks...that's how it is now. Some people earn on STM although I never earned a cent, ever.

If your Google Adsense ID is on too many sites that are penalized for low quality, etc., then this can make YOUR ads worth less money to advertisers. Also, you don't want all of your backlinks coming from yourself, and when your ID is attached to the content then it's coming from you. That's why natural links from sites with related content are so great. I decided to only use my Adsense ID on sites that really offer an earning opportunity. Just cause they say rev share doesn't mean anything. Sites like STM and Redgage are good for backlinks, bad for money, so leaving off the ID is a good thing. Snipsly was penalized by Google a few months ago. Although you can earn there if you keep putting content there, it may be a site to just leave the Adsense off and use Amazon on instead.

I hope that makes some sense. I'm glad you asked the question. I don't want people to start deleting their Adsense from places unless they know why! But, I'd say if you've been there for months, have lots of content, don't earn (like STM for me) then remove the ID. It wont hurt ya that's for sure.
May 22, 2011 8:15am
Excellent timely article for me and apparently others as well per the comments you command. Your title caught my eye this morning as titles are absolutely the hardest for me as a new writer. This article will definitely help me. Excellent thumbs up! and thank you for the share which is one of the greatest things about Infobarrel and makes its forum feel so friendly, kind, and compassionate to both new and seasoned IB members. Maybe one day, I, too, will have an earnings report to share. Peace today, V
Jun 18, 2011 8:46pm
Excellent article. Thank you for sharing what you know. I'm pretty new to InfoBarrel, but I've bookmarked this and will definitely use it as a reference when I begin backlinking and bookmarking my articles.
Aug 3, 2011 4:19am
This article has been so useful in helping me found my way around analytics. Many thanks.
Aug 3, 2011 10:10pm
I'm still having problems with it. I have an analytics account, but under "status" it says tracking unknown. I have an analytics ID#. It says if it's not tracking it's because I haven't put the code on one of the pages. So I am really confused now.
Aug 4, 2011 6:55pm
Did you add your Analytics ID to the "my account" area on InfoBarrel? You don't have to add code to any pages, but you do have to add your ID # so that InfoBarrel can add it for you.
Aug 3, 2011 10:10pm
one of the infobarrel pages
Aug 23, 2011 7:09pm
I think I figured out why Analytics wasn't working. InfoBarrel requires new members to go through a pre-approval process. Once you're pre-approved then you can add your Analytics number to InfoBarrel. Go to "my account" to add it.

If you're using Analytics on more than one site make sure that you create a new profile for InfoBarrel (in Google Analytics). There's a link in the article to a blog post on how to link Adsense to Analytics.

Hope that helps. You are probably approved already since your articles are well-written.
Aug 22, 2011 7:21pm
I had bookmarked this post. Thanks jpwriter....
Oct 5, 2011 8:40am
Awesome article, super helpful. Thank you.
One dead link worth fixing: "Learn Keyword Research" located in the second paragraph of sorts.
Thanks again for all the helpful info!
Nov 6, 2011 9:13pm
Thanks for the heads up. I didn't realize that link was bad. I'm fixing it now.
Nov 3, 2011 2:53am
This article has some fabulous tips. Some I knew and some I didn't.
Nov 3, 2011 6:36am
Great information and inspiring story. I admire your patience, and I am sticking with it!
Nov 6, 2011 9:36pm
Grats on the success, these kinds of articles help inspire others!
Feb 4, 2012 5:56am
Encouraging article for the new comers plus great tips about seo. Especially I like tips about adsense click starts area.
Apr 15, 2013 4:30am
Thanks, jpwriter. I'm putting this as a link in one of my articles for the SEO part. Thumbed up!
Feb 1, 2016 11:23am
Hey, jpwriter, I really appreciate the transparency in this article rather than the drudgery of some articles that generically state a revenue stream as "good" without including actual numbers. I had a couple of questions. First, you made $293.56 total earnings in November of 2010. What are the numbers like today? and how many articles did you have to generate that $293.56?
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