UPDATE: Once you finish reading this article, be sure to read THIS InfoBarrel forum thread. Unanticipated by me, prior to writing this article, in its current state, InfoBarrel can't actually qualify or a Google Adsense Premium account. Because we all use seperate Google Adsense ID#s, InfoBarrel would have to aggregate all its writers under it's own Google Adsense account. On a positive note, this is entirely possible...and, may actually be the most feasible option for InfoBarrel. The ultimate difference is that we would be paid directly by InfoBarrel, rather than having earnings accrue in our own Google Adsense accounts.
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Having noticed some amazing trends early on in InfoBarrel's growth, I came under some pretty intense criticism for deciding to invest a significant amount of time into writing for such a very young, relatively unproven, website like InfoBarrel. While I would spend hours toiling away at expanding my article database here, it became quite frustrating to see many writers join InfoBarrel, only to not see what I saw, and leave after a very small handful of articles submitted proved unfruitful. Self-purported experts on writing content for similar website platforms were quick to brush InfoBarrel off, and spread word quickly of its earning's hopelessness to their friends.
In August 2009, when I first began writing for InfoBarrel, the truth was that InfoBarrel was very young and had significant less authority than alot of its competitors online. In a very competitive industry, I'd say for InfoBarrel to gain the foothold and leverage that it has, in those critic's defense, required nothing short of an amazing feet of branding and marketing. Behind these forces, the fundamental business model of InfoBarrel had to be superior to the Squidoos, HubPages, eHows, Suite101s, HubPages, and Bukisas of the world.
Of course, even to this day, convincing others that a superior business model on InfoBarrel provides the greatest overall potential for writers to earn is nothing short of a perpetual headache. Writers want to earn, and they want to earn now! I certainly can't blame them, however, I do feel that I can give at least a miniscule insight into the promising future of such an exponentially growing website. Beyond the expected talking points that I have focused on for months, behind the generosity, transparency, and customer service that I have come to love from InfoBarrel, there is one other occurence that bears mentioning: InfoBarrel's qualification and obtainment of a Premium Google Adsense Account.
This event hasn't exactly happened yet, so I also can't blame others for not seeing or caring about it.
For me, however, the eventual obtainment of this account has been a single motivator and driving force behind my submitting tons of content to this website. Akin to investing in stock, I strongly believe that those who begin to expand their own article databases now could very well be sitting on full-time incomes when InfoBarrel achieves much greater favor and authority in Google.
So, how does a Premium Google Adsense Account work, when will InfoBarrel obtain one, and why should I (You) care?
While this is certainly a loaded, multi-faceted question, the answers to these questions will, when implemented, literally explode writer's earnings here on InfoBarrel. Let me, however, preface my answers to these questions by saying that there are a few unknowns such as how exactly InfoBarrel will actually integrate this Premium Google Adsense Publisher Account when it actually qualifies for one.
With that said, as InfoBarrel's daily traffic continues expand, they are slowly becoming a very valuable online property in the eyes of Google. As a regular standard Google Adsense publisher, this is precisely how we are afforded the opportunity to earn at least a portion of our revenue from writing here: via Google Adwords program, advertisers pay Google to host advertisements on our InfoBarrel content. In its simplest form, InfoBarrel writers earn up to a 90% revenue share when those advertisements are 'clicked on' (100% of revenue share is earned when your advertisements are clicked on during a 75-90% impression-based ad rotation cycle, to be more specific).
What would you say IF InfoBarrel writers could host more Google Adsense ad blocks on a single piece of their content, have the "Ads by Google" tagline removed from each ad block, and have InfoBarrel ownership itself directly negotiate for a higher revenue share on those advertisements? I don't know about you, but this seems like a winning combination to me. Fortunately for us InfoBarrel writers, these things only scratch the surface of the massive amounts of benefits that a Google Adsense Premium Publisher Account will afford InfoBarrel writers.
1) Additional Adsense Ad Blocks -- At this time, it is unclear just how InfoBarrel will integrate additional Google Adsense Ad Blocks into its framework, however, it will eventually. With a looming debate over longer articles versus short articles, the anticipation of InfoBarrel's obtainment of a Google Adsense Premium Publisher Account has been a major driving force behind my desire to write great deals of content that are in excess of 1,000 words. While some may call me crazy, great Google Adsense Ad block integration, I strongly believe, will look more natural and appealling to search engine traffic that arrive in a 1,000+ word article. It is very possible, as well, that in order for InfoBarrel's platform to not be seen as overly promotional (cramming 7 ad blocks into a 300-500 word article) that they may simply not integrate these additional ad blocks into short articles.
2) Optional Labeling of Google Adsense Ad Blocks -- Open up any InfoBarrel article, and you will see that each displayed ad block currently has a tagline that says "Ads by Google": a small title, however, for many who have become conditioned to seeing it, it screams "this is an advertisement. Don't click on it or someone else will earn money and someone will try to sell to me!" With this pre-conditioniong, online users are becoming quite accustomed to ignoring these Adsense ad blocks. When InfoBarrel qualifies for a Google Adsense Premium Publisher Account, all these Adsense ad blocks, on all your current hosted content, will take on the optional labeling preference of InfoBarrel, themselves. InfoBarrel may choose not to label their ads, or they may choose to do so: both approaches will certainly need to be tested in order to see which reaps the greatest rewards for InfoBarrel (as a company) and it's writers.
3) Adsense Ad Formats that are Flexible -- While standard publishers are limited to pre-defined dimension ad-blocks, this isn't the case for esteemed Premium Google Adsense Publishers. With the obtainment of an Adsense Premium Account, InfoBarrel will be able to fully customize its ad blocks with a variety of font sizes, styles and color schemes. If done by InfoBarrel correctly, this could lead to even greater integration of Google Adsense Ads into InfoBarrel's interface, thus, resulting in even greater revenue earned by InfoBarrel writers.
4) Negotiable Revenue Sharing Terms -- While standard Google Adsense Publishers are constrained by Google's inherent revenue sharing arrangement, InfoBarrel's obtainment of a Premium Adsense Account means that they will be granted an audience by Google themselves to discuss and negotiate their own revenue terms. Even though Google is a giant super-power in the online world, this doesn't preclude a brilliantly marketed and leveraged website, like InfoBarrel, from establishing a very strong and loyal following and enormous traffic. As InfoBarrel grows, it becomes more and more valuable to Google, and, will be then given the opportunity to directly negotiate their own revenue sharing terms.
5) Dedicated Involvement by Google Professional Staff -- From receiving dedicated business support from an account manager and sales representative, to enhanced technical support from a sales engineer, InfoBarrel's website platform will be treated like the gold that it will become when it officially qualifies for a Google Adsense Premium Publisher Account. Because Google has such a vested interest in doing everything it possible can to see the site earn more (and their advertisers gain more exposure), this means that writer revenue share and earnings, from current content, will be entirely subjected to Google's support for increased monetization. Point in case: If you are earning only pennies from InfoBarrel now, yet you continue to provide high quality content, it will be very difficult for you to NOT make money with this arrangement.
With additional Google Adsense block integration, optional labeling of Google Ad Blocks, and flexible ad formats, it is really quite easy to see just how much of an impact that directly negotiable revenue sharing terms will have on writer's earnings. Embedded within the trends of an ever-evolving online world, there are little to no websites, with current Adsense Premium Publisher Accounts, that actually share revenue with writers in the manner that InfoBarrel does. With millions of pageviews each month, a leading article directly online, entitled Ezine Articles (while they allow for content syndication) doesn't share with writers a dime of their Google Adsense Premium Account earnings. It is my strong belief that InfoBarrel's writers will be some of the leading earning writers anywhere online.
This is precisely why I love this website so much. How about you?