Have you ever wondered why some people are able to earn more money than others when writing articles online? I know I wondered about this early on in my eHow days. I couldn't figure out why I was averaging under a buck per article, per month, while others boasted earnings substantially better. I really drove me crazy, but like most people, I continued to write articles without really knowing what I was doing. One day I got sick of it, and bought an eBook on search engine optimization. This was the best thirty bucks I ever parted with.

The SEO eBook was full of great information, which I had never really considered. At that time, I was stunned with how much more money I was able to make with my articles. I became quite fascinated with SEO, and decided to do some real hard core investigation and studying, so I could figure out exactly how it all worked. I wanted to learn more about it, and sought any and every method I could think of to study and analyze search engine optimization.

Armed with what I thought at the time was a great grasp of the true nuts and bolts of SEO, I began my journey. Soon, it was apparent that I had only scratched the surface.

I started off checking out various sites for tips and tricks to use. Some seemed to work well, while other failed miserably. It seemed that many sites offered "free" tips, but few really worked well with Info Barrel. When it was all said and done, I would venture to guess, conservatively, that I spent several hundreds of hours on my computer checking it all out. I soon realized that my best bet was to really study my Info Barrel articles, and see what was working out the best.

I was shocked by the results of my studies. I quickly realized that my longer articles were outperforming my shorter articles. While most sites offering "free" tips will tell you that a 400-500 word article performs better, I found it to be untrue, in most cases. The truth is, most of my 1,000 word articles make much more money. Why is this? I feel it's because I cover more angles in the article, making them more "searchable" when looking for information. Many of these articles can be found with all sorts of search phrases. I made a nice little checkmark by article length.

I wanted to really study my longer key phrases and see how they were performing. I knew they had advantages, but I really couldn't figure out exactly why. It was almost by accident that I realized many of my articles were on the first page of Google results when multiple search terms were used. This meant that longer articles, with long tail keywords were searchable when many different phrases were inserted in the search engine. Not surprisingly, they were making more money than many of my shorter articles. I made a note of long versus short keywords and placed the checkmark by long tail.

I decided to double check my article keywords to see what types of scores they were getting on the Wordtracker site. I knew this site was a great resource, and I had been using it for some time. I wasn't able to pull out too much from this alone, but I was able to make some serious connections when I checked out the competition, and then compared them to the Wordtracker scores my keywords were assigned.

I decided to check out competition for the keywords I selected in my articles. I learned about this in the eBook I purchased, but was surprised that I could actually attach a ratio for keywords and Google results, which worked almost every time. I got to the point where I could predict an article's earning potential, and ability to draw natural views with pretty impressive accuracy. I wasn't always right, but I was way past guessing. Again, it was time to make a checkmark in the competition column.

I was already pretty familiar with how to generate relevant ads, but I decided to double check the Google Adwords site to see what I could learn. At first, I thought I hadn't found any new information, but then, almost like a light bulb was turned on, I realized I should check out the synonyms of my keywords, and see how they were performing. I took a look at my articles, and was able to decipher what was driving most of my advertisements. I put a little checkmark by synonyms and advertisements.

As you probably already know, keyword density is incredibly important when it comes to SEO. The eBook I purchased had some good information, but was sort of lacking in real detail in this area. Oh sure, I was on the right track, but I needed to determine exactly what density was right to use. I checked my placement on Google for several articles, and then copied and pasted them to Word, so I could check the word count, and count out the keywords. After many, many hours, I was able to place the most important checkmark of all on my paper. Keyword density had been checked off.

You will likely find many people that question why you would by an eBook when so much information is available online, for free. I would point only to the fact that I have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours studying this. If you spend 100 hours researching SEO, how much have you saved per hour? How many articles did you write the wrong way, costing you money? I suspect this guide will pay for itself in no time.

As you read this guide, I encourage you to really think about how you are writing your articles now, and compare them to my methods. I am quite confident you will make much more money. I hope you enjoy the journey you are about to take. It is a collaboration of hundreds and hundreds of hours of research, and analysis. Let's take a look at how you, the Info Barrel author, can make more money than ever before with your articles.