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Skeffling's Oct 2011 Passive Income Earnings from Writing Articles on Infobarrel

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Skeffling Lavender Farm on Infobarrel

This is my 100th online article and my 45th on IB.   I am writing this as a journal for myself, a place to keep a record for taxes, haha.  It's also to encourage others that this can be done, no matter how eccentric, disorganized and odd you may be. 

Expect monthly updates and rambling commentary as I try to make sense of the big picture.  I guess I will apologize now for the length of this earnings article.  Here's an introduction so you can take things I say in context, or a grain of salt maybe.

About me

I am an impatient, disorganized, easily distracted person so not the best fit for online grunt work.  But I love the thrill of the hunt and researching things, I take delight in the little things, and sharing and teaching what I know.  My writing is improving and better than it ever was in school thanks to a children's writing course I took in 2001-2.  I didn't mean to teach people, it's wierd, they just seem to keep asking and listening, and expecting me to know things.  In city offices I go to to work, people are fascinated with homesteading stuff, and you can't go to a Christmas party without people asking you about chicken reproduction or how to make jam.

So I graduated from dental school in 2000, and I started selling on Ebay that year to help with the student loans as I decided I didn't like dentistry that much, but still had to do that fulltime too.  Back then on Ebay, your password was still a 4 digit number.  We bought boxes of stuff from auctions for $1 and then split up the contents and might make $10 on the lot!!  First thing I ever sold, I got $3.49 for and I was hooked!  It evolved into linens as they weren't breakable and I taught myself all about them after buying lots of antique linen books, using the $1200 US from 3 "flipped" books I bought in boxes of junk books at a local auction.  I took $30,000 one year in linen sales my spare time well over 7/8 of that profit. 

In 2005 I decided to go freelance as a dental locum and only work half the time for the same money by travelling to offices where the dentist was sick or on holidays.  Then we got the farm, I got busy and the economy dropped off for the linens.  Only the best stuff sold and for half what it did before, so I let it go while learning about chickens, farming, growing lavender and beekeeping, when I wasn't away working.

Since University, I seem to have crazes where I learn about things for months or a few years and figure them out.  I think writing online is one, but am hoping it's the way to freedom and never having to look in another mouth again. 

So what am I doing here?

I am of the mind set of work smarter not harder and even in school my motto was "maximum return for minimum effort".  So what am I doing here?  I am hoping to pay my bills while I stay at home on my hobby farm.  In order to do this I want to be efficient and make the most of each opportunity.  I learned since I've been on Infobarrel the "how to" and recipe type articles I am drawn to aren't the best for generating income.  I enjoy doing them and will keep writing them, but I still want a decent online income.  So that means alternating product reviews and problem solving and money saving, more commercial articles in between my homesteading self sufficiency posts!

I would love for this income to be truly passive and to go on for years with no input from me, but I figure any income or freedom even for a period of time is worth the effort.  There will always be changes in payout schedules, traffic, policies, interests, search algorithms and websites seem to come and go in a few short years, so to assume this will last for ever may be wishful thinking, but it is a dream of freedom. 

If enjoying the process, the research, the writing, the promotion and sharing information to help people is enjoyable, then producing new content over the years will be a pleasure anyway.  And I love it!

Starting at Infobarrel

13th August 2011


I signed up August 13th 2011.  I can't remember who referred me.  I think I read about Infobarrel in a passive income article.  I honestly can't remember, it might have been Ezine.   I have taken in and read some much information on passive income and writing content online this summer and fall. I remember most things, but not always where I saw it! 

Other online writing since March

I already had a Google Adsense and Amazon Account and was quickly approved for my Chitika account on joining.  By joining part way though August, I was a little late for the contest, but achieved 12 points.  I was a bit shy to join the forum til September and am so glad I did.  The moral support is wonderful, the technical expertise incredible.  I have learned more in 2 months about writing successfully and increasing my Adsense revenue here than anywhere else. 

I had been writing on Hubpages and Squidoo since March-April, earning just a couple of dollars a month though that has been increasing.  I hadn't written anything in either place since July but am now writing on Squidoo more. 

I have a website, www.EuskalOiloas.com and forum which keep me busy, and another www.easychickenry.com on chicken care etc.  The Euskal Oiloa are a rare breed of Spanish chicken I am lucky to own.  I felt strongly enough about sharing them, I have sent hundreds and hundreds of fertile eggs all over Canada this year for just the cost of mail.  That is a lot of eggs to wrap in bubble wrap! 

I have a handful of newer blogs on blogspot.  One is a week old and I made 55 cents already.  I am trying to find a way to affiliate for an unexpected very specific bigger traffic item people want.  By bigger traffic like 5 google searches a day!!  But it's the best yet.  I am learning.  One blog is for an affiliate link with lots of back links and it has crept up but is still on page 2 and no sales!!  I will do more with these, but think I'll get more feedback from more IB and Seekyt articles and see which are worth getting domains for after recent forum discussions.

The Adsense Spikes are Getting Closer Together....

August on Infobarrel (10 articles by month end)

Adsense: $0.25 

Amazon: $0.00

Chitika: $0.00

New to the site Aug 13th still working full time, so a bit slower writing!  I was not the forum then either.  I was amazed I earned anything!

September on Infobarrel (total 27 articles)

Adsense: $1.46    

Amazon: $0.00

Chitika: $0.61

I slowed on the writing here to spend a week or two setting up 2 Zazzle stores.  I have images from the antique linens and lavender, and my belted Galloway cows.  I want to do another on chickens as I have thousands of pictures I have taken.  Adsense seemed higher around the holiday weekends.


October on Infobarrel (total 44 articles, 1-feature, 2-charity)

Adsense: $8.50   

Amazon: $0.00

Chitika: $0.96

I am getting Adsense clicks most days now which is wonderful.  I guess the two month rule is true!  The Infobarrel earnings are more than half of what I make with all my other sites though Seekyt is looking promising with 74 cents in Oct on about 10 articles.  Hubpages took a huge nose dive half way through the month and 95% of my google traffic completely dried up, I hope it is temporary.  I still earned about $5 there on 22 articles.  Squidoo gave me 2 Amazon sales back to back, for a grand total of $0.48!  But I am with the program!

I don't have my analytics/Adsense set up right, so I can't tell you which articles the clicks come from, occasional I seem to randomly be able to see which have produced a click in the custom channels, but nothing I can keep track of.  It only lets me see 6 or 7 channels though I have uploaded them all.

Goals for November

Being new to all this, there's the huge question of What do you do first, read up on SEO or write tons of articles?  You could choke up and never write if you try to learn it all first, but to spend months writing things no one can find or wants to read is a waste too.  I have been trying to do a bit of both, which works well for my short attention span.  So it means I am both producing something and any time I am not writing and just surfing the net and reading, it's either keyword research or learning SEO, LSI and all that.

It is important to note that with the dynamic nature of the internet, some older threads and even articles are not as accurate as they once were, so keep reading and sifting.  I make sure I check in at least once a day in the forum, and trying to make it less than 10 times a day.

I'm not really goal-setter though I see that is this the way most online content writers keep themselves going.  I usually give up 95% of the way to a goal, but sometimes almost immediately, I go off track. I should set goals anyway and be 95% further on than I was, but something in me rebels against them and my mind just wants to wander.

I guess a goal of writing at least an article a day, somewhere, is reasonable, and 2 or 3 even better. I don't know how else to aim or set goals for specific amounts, so I will keep doing what I read to do.  Keep writing.  Just keep plugging away, stop checking Adsense all day and get on with it! 

It is a numbers game to a degree, but having good ctrs and click amounts along the way will help.   Quality will beat quantity eventually, the way things are going with Google.  I did outsource some articles and was very impressed with them. But I have tweaked them beyond recognition in most cases.  I loved the ideas in them, and it gave me a great lift and I learned a lot from them, they were very smooth, but they fit my profile in other sites better than IB as they were.  Not sure if I will do outsource again or not.

Going back and interlinking more is an idea, but I already do that with anything new I write with existing articles.  It's the early stuff that has a more recent article I can link too that needs to be done as I don't write in batches, I am all over.  At least it's random links, and I'm seeing some organic back links too.  Linking the media pages in first half of my articles needs to be done now too, now I have figured how to do it without going into the html code.  I want to comment more on articles. I am just so slow and they often end up being a novel!  But I'll do it.

Edited to Ask if you are curious, did I meet my goals in November?

Is writing for Info Barrel for you?

Anyone can write for passive income on Infobarrel.  Everyone knows something interesting that other people don't know.  Start with that.  Share your hobbies and interests, or even write about your favorite TV shows or movies.  You can learn the other stuff as you go along, if you want to go further.  Not every article will be perfect, but you'll learn.  I am learning and earning, and I know it will only get better. 

The community here is second to none, and I'd love to thank everyone who has helped me knowingly, or by something they wrote a year ago.  Thanks.



Nov 2, 2011 11:46am
I didn't find this article to be long at all and it's probably because the topic interest me so much. The last paragraph closes this article perfectly. Great job and thanks.
Nov 2, 2011 12:06pm
You made this a beautiful read Skeffling, and your personality sounded as though you were writing about me.
Well done on your earnings and personal achievements. I look forward to us all learning and growing together.
I love these articles because I can't wait to be able to come back in a year and see how far we have all come.
Nov 2, 2011 12:15pm
Well done, I'm like you, a newbie here and hope to start making money from my articles soon!.
Nov 2, 2011 1:20pm
As all have said, great article and I didn't find it long either. I found it inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us.
Nov 2, 2011 1:35pm
Nice article on your progress, keep them coming.
Nov 2, 2011 7:20pm
@HBI Thanks, I agree on the paragraph! I definitely owe 3/4 of my earning to the tips from everyone here!

@Ddraig, know I see me, when I read some of your posts. We just have to buckle down and do it, I was good and didn't get distracted all day, I just wrote another article instead. 4000 words today!

@Mosilager it sill come, the only way it won't is if you stop writing! Looking forward reading your earning report in the future!

@Lynsuz, thanks, I do feel like I have started to get over the "does this work" hump! It is only going to get better.

@brlamc, thank you for your kind comment. Enjoy the site!
Nov 2, 2011 8:37pm
Great job! Isn't it exciting to see those clicks coming in on a regular basis?!
Nov 2, 2011 8:43pm
Keep up the good work! I look forward to the next report and seeing even more earnings for you! Remember, one step at a time!
Nov 2, 2011 10:25pm
Wow - sounds like you are doing really well so fat!
Nov 6, 2011 4:19pm

I made a typo in my comment and it won't let me edit it.

I meant to say:

"Wow - sounds like you are doing really well so FAR!" (Who put the "T" right next to the "R" on the keyboard?!?)
Nov 2, 2011 10:47pm
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I don't want to admit how long I've been working at writing online and still haven't mastered the art of back-linking or even a website of my own. Wishing you the best of success.
Nov 3, 2011 4:43am
Inspiring article and good to know how you are doing 10 weeks for me as a new infobarreler - thanks for sharing!
Nov 3, 2011 7:23am
@Deborah-Diane thanks for commenting, it is great it makes me more determined now. I feel like I am really starting to see results.

@Triplemommy Thanks, I hope I have more to report! It's so hard to do things one at a time, I am terrible at prioritizing I want to do it all at once then get nothing done.

@Aguy Thanks, It is encouraging. I wanted to post this because I wanted people to know it does happen. I usually check my keywords, the odd article,like this one I don't, as I figure it's point isn't earning money anyway.

@LLWoodard the websites were built on Weebly! About the only code I know is the bold . I cheat and use Netscape composer if I need html. I want to figure out the Wordpress, but I want to keep building up my articles too, so little time!

@JASmith Thanks for stopping in and commenting, I can't believe how fast the time has gone, just keep writing, make sure you use good keywords and read the forum a little every day. I learned a lot on there how to write articles effectively and especially on Infobarrel.
Nov 3, 2011 9:44am
Nice article, it's always encouraging to see how people are doing :)

Really cool about the basque chickens! My family up north breeds them, I used to be terrified of the evil thinguies with bright eyes that would follow you around when I was small :) Next time I go visiting I must mention there's basque hens in the states too :D
Nov 3, 2011 1:08pm
Very candid and...interesting.

I guess if anything is to be gathered from this post its that diversity is the key.
Nov 3, 2011 6:22pm
Thanks Irene and Mo Williams.

Irene the basques are the friendliest chickens, probably why they followed you around (and for food, they are greedy!). My great aunt in Skeffling had plain old Rhode Island Reds that used to peck us when we collected eggs.
Nov 5, 2011 6:18pm
Neat stuff. Thanks for sharing your journey so far online. Doesn't sound very scatter brained to me actually.
Nov 6, 2011 10:58am
Nice article, looking forward to seeing Novembers results for you!
Nov 6, 2011 1:34pm
Thanks Sun-Scribe and Screaming Eagle! Welcome to Infobarrel and your writing journey!
Nov 25, 2011 10:29pm
great monthly report! you've inspired me to track mine as well although november will be my first report so it won't be particularly inspiring. which reminds me, i'm looking forward to your november report--
Nov 26, 2011 11:13am
Hey Moana Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Yes, track yours, it will keep you going, look forward ward to reading it when you are ready! I noticed you have lots of traffic, so maybe it will be better than you think!

Looks like November will be better, more due to Zazzle than anything, and Amazon! Hope to break $20 with adsense for Nov but not all of it will be from IB.
Nov 29, 2011 10:48pm
So nice to read this. Had meant to comment on this earlier. Very encouraging and so nice to have a better picture of you personally and how your IB writing and other efforts are paying off. Kudos to you!!!! You are a great role model here on IB.
Nov 29, 2011 11:15pm
Thanks EG. How kind of you to say so. Just figuring it out as I go like everyone else. I started on my Nov earnings article and it will be separate. It may be long too,I have so much to share! Nov's been the best yet!
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