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"Why Haven't I Made Any Money Yet?" - Writing Online Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

By Edited Oct 19, 2015 13 33

There's no easy button on the internet, so stop looking for it

writing online for cash

Infobarrel is an outstanding platform. I myself have been here for more than a year now and am still regularly surprised by how helpful and informative the community is, how functional the editor is, and how proactive and responsive the administrators are. If you're looking to make some friends, write some great material and be part of a site where you can learn and grow as a writer, Infobarrel is the place to be. The only problem is, you probably won't earn any money on Infobarrel.

There's nothing wrong with the Infobarrel platform and for the aforementioned reasons, I think it's actually the best site to write for. I've noticed however, that a large number of the people who come here do so expecting to make some fast cash. Somewhere along the line they heard that there's money to be made in the article-writing business, so of course they sign up and pump out a few articles. Now it's time to sit back and watch the money roll in right?


This truth will upset some but there is no easy money to be made in this business. I see time and time again folks eagerly sign up and throw up 5 or 10 articles. Two days later they're on the forums asking why they have not made any money yet. You are going to need to invest a lot more than 5 articles to see any sort of noteworthy return here. There's no free lunch, and Infobarrel is no exception. 

I would like to propose to new Infobarrel writers that you treat your article-writing as a business. Decide how much time you want to invest in building your business each day or week. Devote some time each week to learning more about this type of work. SEO, keywords, latent semantic indexing, article format and legally obtaining relevant photos are all things that you need to be working on regularly. Please, for the love of all things decent, stay as far away as possible from article spinning. Getting into article spinning is like paying money for garbage, you will be disappointed. This is a BUSINESS, not a money machine. Let's say that you have written 10 articles and spent one hour writing each of them. You have ten hours of time invested into your business. I can tell you that few business startups expect any type of returns after ten man hours of time invested. It's just not enough.

You may be thinking: "But I'm a great writer, surely everybody will want to read my stuff!"

That may be true, but when you're writing articles, being a good writer is not does not make you stand out. Being a good writer is the cost of entry here. There's a lot more to writing online than being a good writer. If you're a good writer, or if you're passionate about writing and really want to learn, you belong here. You've made a good choice by signing up to Infobarrel. No other site will offer you the support, feedback and community that IB does. What you need to add is time and effort, and lots of it.

The difficulty with writing for income is that you will go for a very long time before seeing any real income. Don't let anybody fool you about this, it's not an overnight payoff. There are success stories out there from folks who have done very well but they have invested hundreds of hours writing high quality material over months and years. Internet marketers are out there telling the world that they can earn hundreds and thousands of dollars writing for Infobarrel and Squidoo and it irritates me because they're only sharing part of the story.

It's like me telling you that you can become a millionaire as a realtor. I wouldn't be lying to you but I'm certainly not giving you enough information to even get started. You need to make a long-term commitment to your writing to really see worthwhile results. The hardest working, most experienced writers on this site (VicDillinger, mommymommymommy, skefflings, and introspective to name just a few, there are dozens of others) will all tell you that writing is not a get rich scheme or trick. It's hard freakin' work and it's insulting to those of us that work super hard at it that so many flock here thinking they are going to earn their riches overnight.

The reality is, you probably won't earn any money on Infobarrel or Squidoo or any other platform for that matter. The platform is not the problem though, the problem is that too many people have been fed a lie by internet marketers that there's quick money in article writing. Whether they actually believe it or whether they are primarily concerned with affiliate product sales, it doesn't matter. If you want to earn, you need to work long and hard. The other issue is patience. You will need it, and lots of it if you're going to go far in this business. We live in a world where we expect things immediately. We have access to the world's information on wallet-sized devices and many people do not have the patience to wait for things anymore.

Now that I've weeded out the get-rich-quick crowd, you can make spending money here, you can make a living here, or you can make a fortune here. I myself have not earned anything more than spending money yet but I'm investing hours into learning how the more successful amongst us achieve their results. Those of you who are willing to work for it, there's much to be gained. There's nowhere better to be than Infobarrel for a person who wants a top-notch platform and the support of a great community for your writing journey. You can't cheat success though, you can't fool search engines forever and you won't get rich producing garbage. There's money to be made, but if you're here for quick riches, I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that there are none.



Mar 19, 2013 12:12pm
Preach it my brother. Well said.
Mar 19, 2013 4:21pm
Thanks for reading Mark!
Mar 19, 2013 1:22pm
Great article! Definitely a must read for newbies.
Mar 19, 2013 4:24pm
The forum here lacks sticky threads which I know helps newbies on other sites. I hope in the future admin will add that functionality. Thanks for reading.
Mar 19, 2013 2:09pm
Well said. There also seem to be a number of writers who are buying articles and posting them as their own - nothing wrong with that if the object is to make money but it doesn't help improve writing skills.
Mar 19, 2013 4:23pm
There are many who do that. I don't personally but it's not a moral stance, I figure my time and money is better spent improving my own writing for now. That way if I ever do want to outsource I can better know what to ask for. Thanks for reading.
Mar 19, 2013 3:39pm
Good article very true and will probably make me lower my expectations as a noob
Mar 19, 2013 4:25pm
You can choose to lower your expectations, but I would instead choose to work harder to meet your expectations. It's not that it can't be done, it's that it's not easy.
Mar 19, 2013 3:54pm
This is a great article and something that Imhave been repeating over and over and over for years! I appreciate the mention. IB is by far, the best writing platform out there. Stick with it and write, and you will be pleasantly surprised!
Mar 19, 2013 4:26pm
Thanks for the comment M3 and you're welcome. I follow and enjoy your stuff and you're a rold-model for diligence in producing great content.
Mar 19, 2013 4:27pm
Writing for IB works best if you really enjoy it. If it is a painful process, you'll find it hard to succeed. It takes time, commitment and lots of patience.
Mar 19, 2013 4:42pm
You nailed it. It's the difference between genuinely loving to write, and writing because you think you can make money at it. You won't succeed with the latter unless you have the former.
Mar 19, 2013 4:55pm
Excellent article. I write about subjects I like but none of it earns me any money - but that's my choice. You are spot on with your comments.
Mar 19, 2013 5:39pm
But you love to write and that's the beauty of it. We need people like you who aren't just in it for money. I think that you bring something more genuine to your work that way. Thanks for reading.
Mar 19, 2013 5:19pm
Interesting read, I'll post my thoughts back in the forum.
Thanks for that.
Mar 19, 2013 5:39pm
Thanks for reading.
Mar 19, 2013 5:52pm
Well said...Want easy, buy a lotto ticket and cross your fingers.
Mar 19, 2013 6:06pm
With 1 in 50,000,000 chances....how could you not want to try? ;) Thanks for reading.
Mar 19, 2013 7:43pm
Great Article.. It took me a lot of articles before I started to make money, but I kept at it, learning more along the way. It is a business and should be treated as a business (like you stated). Most self employed people put in hours before they see profits. You have to like writing and perfecting your skills and stick with it even before the money comes. But the rewards can be amazing and the money does show up!
Mar 23, 2013 2:18pm
Agreed, great advice! Thanks for reading.
Mar 23, 2013 1:37am
Your article is good. I agree that there is no substitute for the effort put in. I made some nickels and dimes here with a few articles, and I like where this is going long term. Thanks migrieg.
Mar 23, 2013 2:18pm
Thank you for reading!
Mar 24, 2013 3:56am
very nice wake up call. i've gotten into this recently and i don't expect to make a lot doing it. it's a nice, fun way to try to get some passive income set up while i'm between jobs.
Mar 30, 2013 4:27pm
The more you write the more you will learn and earn. You can earn a very worthwhile income here. It's important to know how much work it takes!
Mar 29, 2013 2:47pm
Well said, migreig, well said.
Mar 30, 2013 4:26pm
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Mar 30, 2013 4:26pm
Thank you sir!
Mar 30, 2013 4:19pm
I have just joined InfoBarrel and have also joined Squidoo and Zujava. Reading your article, I could identify with everything you wrote. I have found it is very hard work, you need to do a lot of research and learn, learn and learn. It is not passive income, but hard earned pennies! I don't think I have ever worked so hard for a few dollars! But I am determined to make it work eventually.
Mar 30, 2013 4:28pm
Follow the successful folks on here. I haven't yet found one who doesn't want to help!
Apr 14, 2013 2:18pm
Good article and realistic also. Nothing in life is for free.
Apr 16, 2013 11:29am
You got that right. Thanks for reading.
Apr 16, 2013 11:29am
You got that right. Thanks for reading.
Apr 16, 2013 1:49pm
As MarkWeaver said, "Preach It!" :) Thanks for the great article. My first goal is to be able to write a decent article in an hour. I spend 8-10-12 hours sometimes!
Apr 16, 2013 2:10pm
That's a good goal. Remember that social sharing is becoming more and more relevant as compared to search. The thing is, people don't share crap, and they don't hang around to read an entire crap article. It's infinitely more important that your articles be outstanding quality than having huge numbers of them. Ask anybody who has been around here for a while whether they would rather own 500 mediocre articles or 100 outstanding ones, I doubt any would say the 500, but I could be wrong.

Look at VicDillinger, he gets more attention around here than anybody and has written only a couple hundred articles. Less than many of the experienced authors here. But he writes only awesome stuff and instead of trying to achieve results through quantity, he achieves results with the sharing, liking and tweeting that comes with quality. All numbers aside, quality lasts, quantity does not. This is applicable everywhere in life, not just articles.

Sorry for the rant!
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