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