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WinterWolf's September and October 2014 Performance Report on Infobarrel

By Edited Nov 13, 2014 13 28
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My first two months performance report

Since this is my first performance report on this site, I will start from the beginning. My name is Suramya, and I started writing online since 2010 with a blog on Google Blogger. I have since then published on HubPages, Squidoo, ExpertsColumn, again back to Squidoo, then again on HubPages and now finally to InfoBarrel. It's been a roller coaster, but the experience has been very much rewarding.

So far, InfoBarrel is the best website I have come across. Not only do they provide generous revenue sharing opportunities, they are also very accepting towards the homepage features. If you are new to Infobarrel, the best place you would start is the Newbies Guide written by an IB member, classicalgeek.

I'm sharing my experiences of writing here, hoping it will be helpful for new users. At the end, I will also share the lessons I learned and mistakes to avoid.

September 2014 Performance and Earnings Report

September Picture

Now that you have read the guide for new members, let's cut to the chase. As you know, there are two ways you can monetize your IB articles - the Tier Ad program and the Amazon Associates. If you don't want to have Amazon, that's okay - Infobarrel's in-house program is enough.

In September, I published 9 articles here on IB. 6 of them ended up being featured on the homepage in October. Now let's talk about the interesting part - money. How much did I make? Well, 80 cents..ish.

71 cents from Tier 1 and 16 cents from Tier 2. As expected, Tier 1 ads (AdSense) made more than the directly sold advertisements.

Let's talk Amazon!

Despite getting clicks, I didn't refer a single sale. Honestly, I was hoping I would have made at least one sale. Guess the articles did not mature enough to attract the buying audience.

Total: $0.87 from 9 articles (11,928 words)

October 2014 Performance and Earnings Report

October was a very busy month for me. No, not writing wise. October is the month of the biggest festivals and celebrations here in my country, and I could not spend a lot of time online. I also traveled out of the city twice and I missed the homepage features of 3 of my articles. But there was a silver lining.

October Halloween Pumpkin

In October, I wrote 3 articles (only 4,070 words). One of the articles - weird facts about Nepal, kept getting denied because of a very strange bug in the Map Element. When it was finally published, I shared it on my Facebook profile. Little did I know, a friend shared it on a group, and one of the group members shared it on his massive Facebook page. Within few days, the article had over 2000 shares and the traffic jumped too. It was featured on the homepage early this month, after which it took off to become the #4 article on Infobarrel.

Motivated from this, I did an experiment - have an intriguing title. I was watching too much Buzzfeed and 9Gag, so coming up with a catchy title was not hard. Enter - 10 Insanely Beautiful Pictures of Nepal That Will Blow Your Mind Away

It definitely does not blow your mind, but it does provide the essence of it. Much of the motivation came from Ryan's article about viral content where he stresses on drawing out extreme emotions from the readers. That's what I tried to do, and I guess I moderately succeeded. The pictures are not only beautiful, but they also have an "aww" factor to them. Combined with descriptions and little known historical facts about the places, the article flew and now sits on #55 on the Top 100 list. It was shared by a very reputed journalist, Miss Nepal, a half dozen online newspapers and yes - it also became a victim of copyright infringement (I have already filed 7 DMCA notices so far, this article helped a lot).

Okay, enough about going viral. Let's talk money.

October 2014 Earnings

Dollar Bank Notes

As you have probably guessed, I made more than enough to make a payout. What's inspiring is that not only articles, but also the images are earning money from tier ads.

$139 from Tier 1 and $43 from Tier 2 - $182-ish from the contextual ads.


I referred 5 small sales on Amazon this month from Infobarrel. An encouraging point is that two of them happened before the other two articles went viral. Another plus point is that 3 of those 5 sales were the exact thing I showcased. This is a very good news for me because Amazon was always my first choice for monetizing and it has always been rewarding for me on Squidoo and now HubPages.

Amazon Total: $3.14 from 5 sales. It would have been slightly less but my sales from HubPages got me a higher commission rate from Amazon.

Total for October: $185.49

Cumulative: $186.36 from 12 articles (as of October 2014)

What I Learned

  • Don't check your traffic and earnings all the time. It's addictive, I know - but it's totally useless. Instead, read others' articles, comment on them, share them, join their followers and grow a following yourself. Internal votes are very helpful for increasing your articles' score.
  • Share your articles on social media, but not all the time. Seriously, your friends will get bored and probably hide your stories from their news feed. And please, don't be pathetic and "like" and "favorite" your own shares.
  • Don't be snarky. I have made this mistake and I'm not proud of it because it's not who I am. Be careful on the forums because the situation can escalate quickly. Don't jump into conclusions, don't attack others and don't be defensive if think you are the victim. No one's biting you - hit the report button, period.


Thank You Card
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A very big thank you to egdcltd and StefanCollins who motivated me to write this report. I hope to write one every month to show what can be done and what it is like to write on Infobarrel. Your performance reports are inspiring and it will help a lot of fellow users who are new to the site. Also, Lyra Kua and Rainy Kua - thanks for joining. You guys make this site feel "at home".

Finally, thanks to VicDillinger, RoseWrites, Classicalgeek, Mjpyro, JadeDragon, Shar On, Joey LeighGoessl, Kellapat, Dtroms, PensiveScholar and Amerowolf who write the best content and constantly help new users in the forums.

Suggestions for fellow writers

  • If you are a new user, read the Newbies guide again. More tips by mjpyro.
  • Make yourself familiar with the editorial guidelines. 325 words is just a bare minimum and in my honest opinion, looks tacky because it will have ads all around it with no meat. Aim for at least 700-800 words if not a thousand words.
  • If you are writing a travel article, try to include a map element in your articles. It will really help those who happen to visit the destinations you wrote about.
  • Be careful with the rating element. It is not for rating your own article, it is for rating products, recipes and works best on reviews articles.
  • Don't get discouraged if your article keeps on getting denied. I have had so many denials and it has only made me a better writer. The monthly contests can be a very good motivator.
  • Write what you know best. Yes, you can research keywords (which by the way, can be very profitable) but the satisfaction you get from creating a successful article on the topic you are genuinely passionate about is awesome. Try to find a balance between SEO and your topic.
  • If you're not yet on Infobarrel, you should join.


Nov 11, 2014 9:15am
This is very instructive. You focused on creating high quality sharable content and were rewarded for it.
Nov 11, 2014 10:26pm
Thank You Jade. :)
Nov 11, 2014 12:31pm
Congratulations on your success. This is very encouraging. I hope you share more of your future insights with us.
Nov 11, 2014 10:26pm
Hi Ologsinquito,
Thank You. I do hope to share my performance in the coming months too. Thank you for reading and for your comment.
Nov 11, 2014 4:46pm
Good stuff, and thanks for the shout out. I haven't read much of the Newbies Guide at all, and have paid scant attention to the Monthly Contests. Maybe I should change my ways, but at my age it's hard... and I don't want to start treating this as a job.
Nov 11, 2014 10:27pm
Yes, it's really important that you don't feel this as your job. Otherwise, it gets overwhelming and you will just lose focus. Thank you.
Nov 11, 2014 10:55pm
Wow, I'm so happy for your success. :) I will be looking forward to your future performance reports. I hope it will get better each time. This is truly a helpful article, and thanks for sharing it with us.
Nov 12, 2014 7:52am
Thank you. Best wishes to you too!
Nov 11, 2014 11:20pm
I'm so impressed! I'm so glad that you've finally found the best site for you. Writing online was not all smooth sailing, but everything that has happened teaches us something. It's amazing that you have earned this much in such a short time! I hope you'll continue to grow as a writer. :D
Nov 12, 2014 7:53am
I hope the same for you too, Rainy! It was a heck of a roller coaster and it has taught a lot.
Nov 12, 2014 2:19am
Enjoyed reading your report, congratulations on your successes! Also, thanks for the mention. You've shared some great tips, thanks :)
Nov 12, 2014 7:54am
Thank you Leigh. I love reading your travel articles, plus thanks for also following me on Pinterest. ;)
Nov 12, 2014 8:54am
Respect, but what drives me crazy is the time it takes for my articles to be approved or rejected, I got over the earnings and views.
Nov 12, 2014 9:26pm
Yeah. That can be a bummer at times - especially on weekends. The site's admins are very helpful though, so if your article is rejected, they don't hesitate to review it multiple times.
Thanks for stopping by.
Nov 14, 2014 7:54am
This was a great article for me! I am the newest of newbies, in my eyes. I've never written 'publicly' before, and I guess, from the sounds of things, finding Infobarrel and the amazing contributors has been nothing short of good luck. The only thing I'm somewhat confused about (well, honestly not the only thing) is sharing on Facebook and Pinterest (as well as your article being posted in all the other areas you mentioned) I was under the impression we couldn't share the article we post on Infobarrel anywhere. Again, thanks for this article. You give me hope!
Nov 14, 2014 7:38pm
Hi Aallatt,
Thank You. About sharing - you can share the "article", means you can share the address of your article, not copy the whole article and post it elsewhere. Hope this helps.
Best wishes to you! :)
Nov 15, 2014 7:12am
Hey great article, especially considering you are just starting on Infobarrel. Those earnings are awesome, I wish I could make that. You see guys like VicDillinger and jcmayer but they are experienced ninjas with honed skills. For a newbie writer like me, you give me hope! Thanks.
Nov 15, 2014 8:59am
You're welcome and Thank You so much. ;)
I'm glad you liked it and that I was able to give you hope. IB is a terrific platform - you just grow your writing skills day by day, which will eventually lead you to do much more than the bare minimum. All the best, see ya around!
Nov 16, 2014 8:23pm
I'm a beginner at Infobarrel with a broken English in writing. But, believe me after reading this piece I decided to work even harder to get approved and then featured.
A motivational article, Wolf!!
Nov 16, 2014 9:14pm
Thank you Educateurself. I'm glad you found this article motivational. I'm an ESL myself, and my English isn't so perfect. Work on it - you will eventually get higher.
Thank you for your comment!
Nov 17, 2014 8:42am
Great work! I'm hoping for better Amazon performance myself. Good luck to us all!
Nov 19, 2014 4:16am
Hi. thanks! Hope Amazon showers us this holiday season :)
Dec 26, 2014 10:00am
Every article you write gets me fired up.
Dec 31, 2014 6:53am
Oh wow, haha! What kind of fired up is that? :D
Jan 4, 2015 8:16pm
Thanks for sharing WinterWolf - great info and very encouraging for a newbie!
Jan 5, 2015 5:04am
I'm glad you liked it. It can be intimidating at first for a new user, but hang in there. Thanks!
Mar 10, 2015 5:16am
Thanks for this - I've only just joined (and thanks for your advice re FB too) so articles like this really help with understanding how it all works and what to focus on
Mar 10, 2015 7:37am
Thank you Millyscott. It can get pretty overwhelming at first, but learning everything is worth it. I wish you every success.
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