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Writing for Info Barrel-A Step-by-Step Guide for New Writers

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Writing online can be overwhelming in the beginning. There is so much to learn! It is hard to focus on just one thing, but you must if you are going to succeed. No one takes one piano lesson and can play a concerto! There is a lot of dedicated practice involved before getting to that point.

While I am no means an expert, I have been writing online for almost two years now. In Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles”, he advises to take large jobs and break them down into small, digestible chunks.

I want to share with you a step-by-step guide for starting your Info Barrel writing career.

Step #1 for Writing on Info Barrel

Start writing!

I know this sounds so obvious, but I constantly see people spending more time in the forums than they actually do writing articles. If you want to get your preapproval status, you have to write at least ten consecutive articles that have not been denied.

Which leads me to the next frequently asked question, “What should I write about?”

You need to write about a familiar topic so that the ideas them come naturally and easily. You also want your first ten articles to be about the same topic so you can interlink them (link them to each other).

Here is an example. Suppose you do stained glass as a hobby. Here are ten articles you could write and link together:

1. The History of Stained Glass

2. Ten Most Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

3. An Easy Stained Glass Craft

4. An Intermediate Stained Glass Craft

5. An Advanced Stain Glass Craft

6. The Best Stained Glass Kits

7. The Best Stained Glass Products (you can even be more specific and write about the brushes, paint, etc)

8. How to Sell Your Stained Glass at Craft Fairs

9. How to Open Up a Stained Glass Etsy Store

10. Stained Glass Techniques

That’s just one example! Write what you know.

Step #2 for Writing on Info Barrel

Learn About Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Edit Your Articles

There are many wonderful writers here on Info Barrel who have written articles about SEO. Read anything jcmayer777 has written-he is the master!

Once you understand a bit about SEO, tweak your published articles. The most basic SEO technique that I learned from jcmayer is to write the title as your first line in your article and use it in the last paragraph of your article.

Step # 3 for Writing on Info Barrel

Use Keyword Tools

Using keywords and their synonyms is essential for getting your articles ranked in Google. There are free keyword tools that anyone can use.

Using the stained glass theme, put that phrase in the keyword tool and see what other words and phrases appear. Can you rework them into your article naturally?  

Step #4 for Writing on Info Barrel

Add Media

There are many free media images available for you to use in your articles. Learn how to add them in a way that enhances the article. In the stained glass example, if you are doing product reviews, get the related images from Amazon if your state permits you to be an affiliate. Add your affiliate link to one of the products.

When you write about a specific craft, add your own photos and the finished product. People love to see what it should look like.

Step #5 for Writing on Info Barrel

Promote Your Articles

There are many ways to promote your articles. Backlinking, Facebook, Twitter, and other social bookmarking sites will help get your article seen on Google.

Step #6 for Writing on Info Barrel

Create a Free Blogger Blog for Your Articles

Dip your toes into the world of blogging by creating a free Blogger blog (you can always set up a Wordpress blog and get hosting for it later). Again using the example of stained glass theme, write posts relating to your topic and link your Info Barrel articles to your blog and vice versa. You can also add Amazon product links or any other affiliate you are a member of.

On my Girl Scout blog, I write a few posts that tell specifically about what I am doing or what my opinions are on different leader topics. Other posts are a summary of my articles here on Info Barrel, Hubpages, Seekyt and Xomba. I link the posts to the articles. I also interlink posts within my blog and add Amazon and Commission Junction products that leaders would need.

Step #7 for Writing on Info Barrel

Create a Signature for Each Article

You are allowed two self-serving links in your Info Barrel signature. Use it to your advantage! Find ways to promote products in your signature box that can create sales for you.

Step #8 for Writing on Info Barrel

Be patient. Keep writing.

You know the expression “Rome wasn’t build in a day?” The same can be said for writing online for earning residual income. Just because you write an article it does not mean that it will earn money.

And conversely, just because an article has a ton of views it does not mean that it will earn you a penny. There is a learning curve to online writing, anyone who has done this long enough and is honest will tell that to you.

Last year, Sound Foundation created a forum thread about reaching pay out at the one hundred fifty article mark. Other writers, myself included, reached payout sometime around that same milestone, give or take a few articles.

A frequent forum question is ‘When will I earn money?” Yes, it is frustrating to not earn a penny from your articles.

Ask yourself why you aren't earning.  Be honest with your answers. Are you writing? Are you reading, learning, editing old articles as your knowledge increases?

Here is some food for thought...

Would you open up a brick and mortar store and expect to earn a profit in your first thirty days of business? Of course not.

Would you invest in a stock and expect your profits to quintuple within the first month? Of course not.

Did you earn a college degree, get hired by a company, and become the boss after working there a month? Of course not.

Writing online is not a quick way to make money.  You will increase your earnings over time when you continue to write and learn.

I hope this step-by-step guide will help any new writer who happens to read it. Stick with it and before you know it, you will be earning additional income!


Nov 2, 2011 11:16am
This article was very informative and helpful. Resources like this are great for newbies like me.
Nov 2, 2011 11:37am
Excellent article! Great succinct summary TripleMommmy. Even for non-newbies it's a wonderful commonsense approach.
Nov 2, 2011 8:37pm
Great stuff. Please keep it coming.
Nov 2, 2011 8:40pm
Thank you for the comments. It is my intention to help! I knew NOTHING when I started and learned from the other writers. I want everyone to succeed here on IB!
Nov 3, 2011 3:48am
Thank you! Very helpful for everyone of us who are struggling to see how writing for Info Barrel works and turns out.
Nov 3, 2011 7:52pm
Thanks! You are a great example of how persistance and patience pays off!
Nov 4, 2011 4:22pm
Very Helpful! I am surprised there aren't more comments!!
Nov 7, 2011 1:55pm
Thanks for this article. I was very helpful as a writer.
Nov 8, 2011 12:34pm
Thanks for this great article! Very helpful to all newbies struggling to succeed :-)
Nov 9, 2011 6:11pm
Great post! I'm a newbie, and I'm using this as a supplement to my own writing blog. I have definitely learned through blogging that a lot can be learned overtime about this type of thing. Most importantly - keep at it!
Nov 18, 2011 10:46am
Very helpful article. Re-inforces that Infobarrel is not a get-rich quick site. I've managed 11 in 3 weeks so here's to the next 100+. Thanks for your ideas. Everyone is so supportive to Newbies like me.
Nov 22, 2011 9:27pm
Its good to see an article that is very HONEST. Many articles are not as direct and honest as yours so Im happy to see this here for many to read!
Dec 4, 2011 7:20pm
I enjoyed this article and it was fabulous.
Dec 5, 2011 12:06pm
Great & useful article. As a newbies, I learned many things. Thanks.
Dec 30, 2011 8:48pm
Thanks, very helpful article.
Feb 5, 2012 9:31am
Hi, I'm new here and this article has great advice for starting out. Thank you.
Feb 5, 2012 11:38am
Thank you! It's my pleasure to help others.
Feb 15, 2012 7:45pm
Your article was refered to me in the forum. There's a lot of stuff in here. Thanks for it. I'll start off by working hard on number on in your list. Similar topics linked together. I'll take it one step at a time. :)
Feb 18, 2012 3:15pm
Like strollersoapbox, I was referred to this article in the forum. I will definitely be bookmarking this.

I think the thing you mentioned that hit home the most for me was "start writing". Just like you said, I've spent a lot of time reading/learning (I hope) in the forum and haven't done much actual writing.

Time to start putting more articles together.
Feb 23, 2012 6:15am
Thank you so much for writing this informative article!
May 23, 2012 7:11pm
I hope it was able to get you started!
Jul 31, 2012 3:10am
Your article is much appreciated. I am just starting out and can see how much there is to learn! I like your advice about writing for a niche and linking articles together. Having a blog is also a good idea. Information like this really helps new writers like me - thanks very much.
Sep 3, 2012 7:09pm
You are very welcome! Thank you for reading!
May 10, 2013 8:11pm
Great article. Thanks for the advice.
May 11, 2013 6:52am
You are welcome!
May 11, 2013 2:34pm
Thanks for creating this helpful guide! I just published my first 2 articles here. I really like your suggestion re: writing our first 10 articles on a familiar niche topic and interlinking them.
May 12, 2013 2:09pm
This was a great article, and sure has got me on the right track now. There are so many things to learn, and I really liked your advice via Mr. Canfield, makes perfect sense! Thank-you!
May 15, 2013 7:57am
I appreciate you both taking the time to read this. Just get started and write!
Jun 3, 2014 2:57pm
I like how your article explained your points in a basic step-by-step guide. Your suggestions are easy to follow. You gave a good check list for newbies to follow when starting to write for Infobarrel.
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