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The 10 Second Glance to Awesome Info Barrel Articles

By Edited Jun 21, 2015 6 15

While I was actually considering adding this article to the eBook that jcmayer777 (Jason) and I have been working hard on, I decided that this technique is one that Info Barrel members can begin utilizing now to create awesome Info Barrel articles. In what I deem the "10 Second Glance", I will show you how I sometimes gain inspiration for new Info Barrel articles. No matter how great of a writer you consider yourself to be, one thing is true: you will more than likely encounter something called "writer's block".

This topic is so important, that jcmayer777 (Jason) actually wrote an entire complementary guide on it, and how to overcome it, that we will be packaging alongside our soon-to-be-released eBook project.
His take on overcoming 'writer's block', especially for Info Barrel writers, by the time our eBook is released, probably will push well over 15 pages, or the equivalent of uploading probably 15-20 articles here on Info Barrel. In the meantime, for my technique to be effective, one must begin by exploring the websites of similar platforms like eHow and/or Instructables. By utilizing their search functions, you can find articles that are similar in nature to what you have decided that you would like to write about here on Info Barrel. As a precursor, one must immediately understand that this is a technique that can be easily manipulated wrongfully if you don't keep yourself in check.

As a writer, you will never know everything there is to know about a topic. With that said, my "10 Second Glance" method requires you to visit an article, of immediate interest to you, on a similar website platform. Bear in mind, there is absolutely no shame in taking the title of their article word for word. The reason I say this is because while a website like eHow may have 237 variations of "How-to Cut Grass", Info Barrel may actually have none, if any. As passionate Info Barrel writers, it can certainly help your writing endeavors by using the titles of articles as inspiration. Not only must you write an article about that topic, but you should strive your very hardest to write it better.

You will find, however, that because of the very poor quality control and assurance of similar competitive websites, which a lot of their articles are poorly written to begin with. Because website platforms like eHow frown on duplicate titled articles, unfortunately, they are left with very poorly written articles for some of the most searched for topics. By identifying awesome topics, that you think other people would search for a lot, that are written poorly on other similar websites, you have a chance to do the same thing for Info Barrel but 100 times better.

Unfortunately, this is where many writers may walk a delicate balance between plagiarism and creating their own very unique content. Sometimes, when I am fresh out of ideas, I will pull up an article with a topic that I feel is highly searched for, yet is poorly written, and I'll take a "10 Second Glance" at it. Rather than focusing on plagiarism, I quickly skim for main ideas as I follow their, often poorly written, steps. Remember, plagiarism is typically when you find more than 3 subsequent words that are all the same (at least that's how I learned about it in grade school). Once again, because of the poor quality control of articles on article submission, revenue sharing, websites, you can very easily find topics that are very poorly written.

Most often, because of the authority that competing websites have gained in the search engines, these articles will rank very high, at least initially. As Info Barrel continues to grow by leaps and bounds, it will continue to gain favor and authority in search engines. Now is your opportunity to take those topics and make them a hundred times better. Oftentimes, you will find that many steps are missing, grammar and spelling are lacking, and the article was put together in only a few minutes time. In this method, you aren't necessarily looking for words as much as you are for general ideas and themes that you can govern your writing around.

For example, I took this mediocre rated article on eHow, utilized its title word for word, and created a very detailed article that doesn't even verge on plagiarism.

Once again, article titles can be so generic and vague that by simply taking them, you aren't plagiarizing, especially when you cross into the arena of "How-to" articles. If you are inspired to write an article about "How-to Shave", chances are that someone, somewhere, in cyberspace, has written a similar article. For Info Barrel, you should really pour your heart into it and give as detailed steps as you possibly can. By doing this, your articles stand a much greater chance of gaining search engine visibility, and ultimately earning in the long run.

Tools I Use for InfoBarrel: Market Samurai Keyword Tool, The Best Spinner, My 6-Book InfoBarrel Success Course, Unique Article Wizard, and more to come soon....



Nov 9, 2009 5:52am
Wow, great article! Your ideas are inspiring to strive to write the best I can for infobarrel. Thanks!
Nov 9, 2009 6:00am
Thank you, ladybugblue!.....Because other platforms have been around for so long, it can be a bit frustrating to new writers because...well....ALOT of great topics are already taken.....

....with websites like "eHow", it really is a shot in the dark sometimes because, you can work your hardest to write the perfect article but, since they strongly discourage articles that are even remotely 'similar' in nature, it is very difficult to know if one of their millions of users has taken the topic you hope to write about already....

Being such a newcomer to the game, one of the benefits of Info Barrel is that not every "How-to" article possibility is taken already.....let's face it, just about anything anyone would do a Google search for, has probably been taken already on eHow....THOSE are the articles that earn the real money, leaving the new comers with tricky waters to wade through.....

....my solution is to simply do what they do....but, do it BETTER for Info Barrel....
Nov 9, 2009 8:59am
I am excited about getting started writing for infobarrel - your insights are really interesting - this is my first foray into writing like this.
Nov 9, 2009 9:27am
I really liked this article a LOT! I find SOOO many crappy article on eHow, (I have been writing there for a year now...). Now I have some ideas as to how to do better for certain topics of interest on this site. Thank you!
Nov 9, 2009 9:32am
....the truth is, if eHow, with a rather large staff, can't even control the quality of it's own articles....I don't see any problem with Info Barrel members using those article titles as a guide, to beat them in the search engines....

I agree, ljbinkop.....the quality of some articles over there is SO POOR....that they actually should be re-written....but, because eHow frowns upon the same title being used twice, writers usually have no other choice but to re-write them for another platform....
Nov 9, 2009 11:01pm
Thank you! A great tutorial on how to re-write, including one's own articles, without duplicating: Strip it down to the essentials and build it up again. :)
- And, as it seems very unlikely that the internet will ever run out of badly written articles, there's eternal supply of ideas, with some research done already ;)
Nov 11, 2009 12:33pm

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You have written a classic SEO primer in disguise.
Great job! Info Barrel should pay you.
Oh ... Duh ... :)


Nov 11, 2009 12:49pm
Thanks Mitch! :)

Stay tuned for our Info Barrel eBook!

It is VERY good so far!....plus, leading contributor 'jcmayer777' (he's won most of the IB contest thusfar) has written alot of it, alongside of me.... :)
Nov 16, 2009 8:22pm
Seems you're very active here. Your ebook is quite observable here and in some other places on the internet. I saw you on BHW as well, wow.

So, are you doing any promotion of your articles here?
Nov 16, 2009 8:41pm
Hey grishien, I really LOVE this platform, and I have been a frequent user of both eHow and Squidoo....unfortunately, at least for me, neither of them seem to reach the quality and earning's potential that I have found on Info Barrel....

I really don't do alot of promotion....although, I have utilized various forms of social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) to help on occasions.....We write about that ALOT in our eBook.....

If you have any specific questions or anything, just let me know! We have a pretty helpful and welcoming community here!
Nov 16, 2009 8:54pm
Well, one of the here told us his experience with Infobarrel. He's earning approx $0.25 per article/month. That is without additional promo. From what I read on the internet and my own experience is SEO I'd rather believe this guy somebody who's saying he earns $1.75 without special promotion.
Maybe you have some secret knowledge to bring me to your point of view?
BTW, when promoting stuff, try to be persistent, you have a risk to annoy people. Just try to spread your efforts over other places.
Nov 16, 2009 8:56pm
Correction: I wanted to say "try to be less persistent"
Nov 26, 2009 7:24am
A truly amazing technique. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Dec 6, 2009 2:53am
Brilliant you really do inspire the writers. And all writers need a spark of inspiration at times.
Jul 12, 2010 8:22am
A great motivational article with spectacular content. I can definitely relate to how much junk there is in cyberspace, and will focus on writing high quality articles here at IB to help overcome that problem!
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