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What You Need to Know About InfoBarrel Updates

By Edited Jan 11, 2016 11 13

InfoBarrel admins (there is only Kevin and Ryan) will disappear for ages, and it will seem like the site is stuck and they have abandoned it. Contrary to your perceptions, this is not true. This site is their livelihood, and they are constantly working behind the scenes to stay up-to-date on the latest developments, in order to keep InfoBarrel profitable and ahead of the pack. While other sites are reacting to technological developments, the admins here have already addressed the issues because they are very proactive. Plenty of times when a new internet development has been posted to the forums, InfoBarrel admins will respond with, "Oh, yeah, we already implemented that."

The kind of programming and testing they do is extremely labor-intensive. I know, I own a tech company with programmers, and I used to be one myself.

Admins here don't like to announce things until they are successful, and I don't blame them. When they announced they would be working on InfoBarrel 2.0, they were continually bombarded with questions about when it would be ready. Now they play everything close to the chest, and announce when a new feature is ready. Silence on the admins' part doesn't mean they have abandoned the site; it means they are working on something big behind the scenes.

There are frequent questions (sometimes weekly, and sometimes there will be four or five threads on the same day) on the forums, asking about updates to different data on the site. At present, updates to earnings, contests, and features are manual. Just like elevator buttons, poking admins won't make updates happen any faster. They have been doing contests and features for years, and they know they need to update things. If they are not updating, it is because they are working on something else that they feel is more important.

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Earnings reports are particularly tricky, because the data is provided by advertisers, and sometimes advertisers are not noted for their timeliness.

The InfoBarrel admins understand the ease and practicality of automatic updates. However, programming and implementing automatic updates so that they work flawlessly is the work of many months, if not years, of programming, and features like this can take a back seat to more important developments in technology.

You don't have to worry that you won't get paid. Many of the writers here have been around since the early days of InfoBarrel, and they would not still be here if they were not getting paid.

Features and contests are additional perks of InfoBarrel. But understand that they are the icing on the cake, and that they can be discontinued or replaced at any time.

Rather than obsessing about earnings, updates, features, editorial calendars, contests, or other aspects of the site, it is far better to keep on writing. InfoBarrel is a particularly active and engaged site with a very small staff, and you will use your time far more productively writing articles than repeatedly posting in the forums about issues that the site admins already realize need to be addressed. In other words, get back to work!

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Apr 9, 2014 8:33am
All I can say is thank you for this!
Apr 9, 2014 8:45am
Like it, Pin it, Tweet it, share on Facebook. Please. And keep the URL handy for posting to the forums. :)
May 17, 2014 3:03pm
Thank you! One of the things that drew me to InfoBarrel when I first started poking around was the fact that staff seemed very engaged, but I have noticed that activity seems to have dropped off in the past year or two - likely as the site grew and more demands were placed on Ryan and Kevin.

It is reassuring to read that all is well behind the scenes. Other sites may not be running as smoothly, and it's easy to become a little skittish after a bad experience elsewhere.

I added this comment as a reply to yours because I noticed you were directly encouraging others to share the link. I wanted to clarify with an experienced user, is this something that is generally accepted on InfoBarrel? I know on some sites any open request for views, shares, comments, etc. is considered manipulating traffic. I wouldn't want to make any assumptions about how/when it's OK to encourage sharing like this.

In a similar vein, does InfoBarrel have any rules about how we conduct our social media sharing? I've noticed some members have pinned the same content to multiple Pinterest boards, for example, because the content is of interest to a number of different audiences. That seems very reasonable to me. But again I didn't want to assume because some sites have very strict rules about how often one can Tweet a link, how many times a link can be shared on Facebook or Pinterest, etc.
May 19, 2014 9:24pm
I normally don't ask for shares; I have asked on a few articles that are specific to IB writers, simply to save repeated questions from newbies in the forums, and to save all the old-timers some aggravation.

However, as far as I know, and I've been around a while, while IB has very strict rules on behavior on the site, what you do on your social media is up to you. IB admins have suggested (not ruled) that no more than 1/5 of your social media shares be to your own stuff, simply so that you don't look like a spammer.

Hmm, I believe you've pointed out the need for another article. :) Maybe next month.
Apr 10, 2014 1:04pm
thank you for this post! I learnt a lot :)
Apr 13, 2014 1:07am
Well explained classicalgeek, as always :-D
Apr 19, 2014 1:22am
Very well put. I actually met one of them for coffee and they definately have a vision for the site and it is all about quality. Hard working pair of guys and one lazy cat!
Apr 19, 2014 7:44am
I agree. I always get steamed when I see people trying to get around the rules, or complaining about the restrictions. Nobody here remembers the days when writing platforms (that shall not be named) routinely tried to scam their writers. IB admins are honest, and honesty should be repaid in kind.
May 13, 2014 11:57am
Absolutely wonderful - thank you so much. Sharing, pinning, G+ and thumbing.
Jun 3, 2014 9:53pm
Good to know! Thank you! And thank you admin!
Jun 30, 2014 6:22am
great information, thank you!
Jul 9, 2014 6:51pm
Good to know about this information. Thanks.
Jul 11, 2014 9:00am
I'm adding this to my list of required reading for Infobarrel newcomers.
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