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ZiggyD's May 2012 InfoBarrel and Adsense Earnings Report

By Edited May 24, 2016 5 39

May has been a huge month for me on InfoBarrel and YouTube in terms of Adsense earnings and freelance writing gigs. I have seen massive and inspiring growth in places where I didn't expect and it seems like the care and effort I put into all of my work is really starting to turn heads. This is awesome because the exact reason why I am self-employed is because I don't like changing my values for other people. So to have my work recognized for being high-quality means that I can continue focusing on quality instead of doing what seems common in the freelance writing industry and just turning out mass-spun content.

Well, without further ado let's start off with the most exciting part for this month!

YouTube Monetization

A little while ago I wrote on the forums that YouTube had just started offering monetization to anyone who had a Adsense account. I was pretty interested because it presented an opportunity to make a few cents playing and commentating on video games. Well, I was write about the second part but not quite right about the 'few cents' part.

Adsense Earnings Through YouTube - $54.62 +

I say plus because there is still a day left in the month and I seem to be getting between $3 and $5 a day so this should jump up a little more. 

Compared to the growth I have been seeing in written content this is a HUGE jump up. In fact, at my current rate I should earn around $150 in revenue next month. And that is assuming I don't see any more growth, which is unlikely because I plan on uploading a video every day next month - at least.

You may be wondering how many videos I uploaded and how much work I put into this to jump up from $0 to $50 in one month. I have 22 monetized videos on my YouTube channel ZiggyDStarcraft and the average length of my videos is somewhere around 10-15 minutes. In terms of effort, it takes about another 10-15 minutes to edit and write out the descriptions and titles for each video I upload.

All in all, it's not that much effort once you know what you are doing. There was a fair bit to learn regarding copyright rules first, however, and that was one of the most time consuming parts.

I am considering writing up a guide for earning through YouTube, maybe it could be the topic for my first ebook (or at least a series of articles). Let me know if you are interested in this in the comments below.

By far the best thing about all of this is that all of my videos have been about video games. Indeed, I am making money playing video games, which I would be doing anyway because I love it.

This sits very well with me.

[Update] I adjusted the figures to match my end of the month earnings and I also decided to experiment with a giveaway on my channel. I'm going to see how giving away a copy of an indie game works out in terms of views and subscribers. I think I can almost make back the costs of the game on the Adsense revenue from the video alone if it gets enough views. I'll report my findings in my next earnings report or in my guides late next month.

Let's Play Some Diablo 3 on Hardcore Mode


I had an interesting month on InfoBarrel in terms of networking. I am finding more and more that this is the biggest benefit of InfoBarrel for me and it goes to show that you aren't just here to make money through Adsense. If you are not talking to people and reading their content then you are not using all that is on offer here at IB. Probably 9 out of 10 of my freelance gigs have come through InfoBarrel too, so it has the potential to be a great source for work opportunities.

Adsense Earnings Through InfoBarrel - $7.28

Amazon Earnings Through InfoBarrel - $0.48

Chitika Earnings Through infoBarrel - $0.89

My IB earnings seem to be holding very steady which I am happy with considering I missed out on the full revenue share bonus last month and because my article posting has been pretty sporadic.

Amazon has slowed down considerably but is till pulling in the occasional sale. I should note that I received my first Amazon payment too, which is now sitting in my gift card balance waiting for me to buy a keyboard.

In other news, Chitika is starting to do something. All I have to say on that is "neat"!

I think that while YouTube has more potential for burst earnings, IB has the best long-term consistent earnings. As such I will continue to post a few articles here a month, hopefully enough to max out my revenue share each month (though I will be struggling this month).

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing has been my biggest point of growth this month. I will no longer be sharing the exact amount I am earning through writing gigs as I feel that this might breach my clients confidentiality, suffice to say that it is enough for me to live off while still having time to work on my own projects.

The biggest thing about this is that people are referring their friends to me and people are seeing the work I am doing for others and taking the time to ask me about my services. I love this! This sort of thing is what makes this community so great to be a part of.

If you are trying to break into freelance writing then there are three things you should be doing: writing your own high quality content, networking with people here on InfoBarrel, and, putting a lot of effort into the jobs you do get. This way you will make a name for yourself as a quality writer, you will find out who needs work done, and you will encourage recommendations from your clients.

Goals for June

I didn't do too badly with my goals for last month, the only one I really fell apart on was my minimum InfoBarrel posts. I estimate that I will only be getting to 22 points this month but that is okay as I made significant steps forward in other areas.

My goals for June are pretty much an extension of last months goals but adjusted to reflect the outstanding performance on YouTube. So here they are:

  • 31 Points on InfoBarrel and Some Featured Posts - I said 30 points last month but the minimum to get full revenue share is actually 31 points. I want to keep slowly growing this long term income stream while focusing on other projects.
  • Maintain Enough Freelance Work to Pay for Essentials - Rent, food and bills are all going to be covered by freelance work. So far It's looking pretty good for this, based on my current communications with clients. Please feel free to send me a PM if you need any writing done next month and I'll let you know what i can do for you.
  • A YouTube Video Every Day and at Least $150 in YT Adsense - I want to put out at least one video every day to keep growing my channel and my subscriptions. At my current rate I should be able to make $150 at a minimum. $200+ would be great and I don't think it is unattainable.
  • Keep up 1-2 Posts on RLHighscore Each Week - RLHighscore is starting to make a little bit of revenue and is supporting my YouTube channel so I want to keep posting here fairly regularly.

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It's been an exciting month but more exciting is what next month holds. A full month to push YouTube and I will know if it is for me. Thanks for reading, please leave a comment below!



May 30, 2012 6:44pm
Awesome... way to go. The YouTube action is great.
May 30, 2012 6:57pm
good on you and nice to see that you are doing well on your Youtube channel
May 30, 2012 7:28pm
You are doing wonderfully well, congratulations, ZiggyD!
May 30, 2012 7:38pm
That is great what a great month on Youtube. It certainly pays you to do more of the same stuff that is working and earning money for you, especially when you love it! You do a great job and deserve your success. Congratulations.
May 31, 2012 12:15am
Thanks Skeffling! I am back at home now and set to get to work again ;)
May 30, 2012 8:01pm
Wow. The youtube part is amazing. Looking forward for more info on making money on youtube.
May 31, 2012 12:18am
Something is in the works... keep an eye on my articles. ;)
May 30, 2012 9:11pm
That's so cool that you can earn while playing video games! Now if only I could think of something that I can make videos of :) Congrats!
May 30, 2012 10:05pm
Awesome man. For some reason I thought only youtube members with a huge number of subscribers could make money. Guess not!
May 31, 2012 12:17am
Yeah, it's great now that anyone with an Adsense account can get started. It makes sense, really, because it let's YouTube monetize more of the content that they are hosting and it's really great because now the little guy can make a few dollars too.
May 31, 2012 3:50am
Very interesting to read indeed. I would definitely be interested in a YouTube eBook. I have absolutely no idea where to start with it or anything but it totally makes sense as an additional income source. And of course Google tends to push YouTube stuff toward the top of search results (even if it's terrible; which I'm sure yours isn't) so there isn't a lot of SEO to worry about. Well done to you. Here's to continued success.
May 31, 2012 6:56am
Yeah the SEO is still there for YT but it is much easier to wrap your head around. You pretty much have title, description and tags for on-page SEO and then you can embed videos in other places for the 'off-page' SEO. It functions a little differently to written content but it ends up being much more friendly for beginners.

I'm starting to think through everything I need to get down for a guide to all of this so keep an eye out for updates!
May 31, 2012 4:24am
Hi Ziggy,

Looks great! Especially the YT earnings of course. I am wondering though if this is going to last, as your videos are most of all about Diablo 3, which is taking a big leap now of course..
May 31, 2012 6:54am
Not sure if you mean my last written content or my last video content but the answer to both is that I plan on continuing with both for a long time into the future!
May 31, 2012 5:01am
The YouTube income is great going for such a short lead in time. I wonder if YouTube income will increase or if it turns out to be a short term fad.
May 31, 2012 6:53am
I think it will be more burst income then written content but there is still potential for some decent residuals as videos keep getting views. Of course it all depends on the content and whether it goes out of date fast. I'm going to be doing both written and video content to keep the long term and short-to-mid term covered.
May 31, 2012 5:14am
Have you been able to track your YouTube earnings for each video? AdSense only tracks Content Host earnings, and, for me, YouTube's own Analytics says I haven't earned anything - which isn't what AdSense says.
May 31, 2012 6:52am
It takes a while for it to update but you can get rough figures through YouTube's analytics section.
May 31, 2012 8:13am
Might be something wrong then, my YouTube analytics still show no earnings after several months.
May 31, 2012 4:20pm
It looks like my YT analytics estimated earnings are far below my actual Adsense earnings - by about $14. So perhaps there is a time delay or it is just inaccurate and both of these might explain why your showing nothing.
Jun 1, 2012 12:44am
Could be inaccuracy - I've earned so little (£0.14) that it wouldn't take much of a margin of error to make it vanish.
Jun 18, 2012 4:49pm
Just an update on this. YouTube seems to only display earnings in whole dollars so if your video has made less than a dollar no earnings are shown.
May 31, 2012 4:49pm
My goodness, Ziggy, you're heading for the big one, and it appears to be pretty close. I'v been thinking about videos as well, but don't even know where to begin, I guess I would first have to find a niche or do something I enjoy. I think a guide earning through youtube is a great idea; comprising some free tools on how to:
May 31, 2012 5:00pm
Ugh, sorry about the spelling mistakes everyone. I updated the months YouTube earnings too.
May 31, 2012 5:23pm
It is really a nice way to progress on IB.
May 31, 2012 9:10pm
love the YT angle! keep it up!
May 31, 2012 9:35pm
Thanks for all of the comments everyone! I updated the figures for the end of the month and added in an extra little strategy I am trying out (see the [Update] tag).
Jun 1, 2012 2:08am
Great report! I am really pleased with your success. I have used ZiggD's service and he is very professional and you will get well researched quality articles.

Keep up the good work and cant wait to see you at the $1000 mark.
Jun 1, 2012 4:22pm
I can't wait either! Thanks for the well wishes and recommendation!
Jun 1, 2012 4:27pm
That's really great, especially the youtube monetization. Did you use any recording programs or were the games you've been playing had some sort of in-game recorder?
Jun 1, 2012 4:32pm
I use Screenflow for Mac which I highly recommend if you are on a Mac. It allows you to capture screen, sound, mic and webcam and then edit all in the same place so it is very user-friendly. I believe XSplit is the most popular for Windows users though I haven't used it myself yet.
Jun 1, 2012 5:57pm
Thank you ZiggyD. I don't have a Mac though, so thanks for letting me know about XSplit.
Jun 3, 2012 6:01pm
As a bit more info: it seems people use xsplit and FRAPS together to record on windows.
Jun 1, 2012 7:12pm
Well done, looks like your videos are paying off. As i stated over twitter i checked them out, looking forward to seeing was else you come up with.
Jun 3, 2012 6:01pm
Thanks MissKate! I really appreciate the support!
Jun 5, 2012 7:17pm
This sounds like an interesting way of life. I almost wish I lived like this... however, I'm in highschool, and even if I was an adult, I dont think I could live off of 60 bucks/month.
Jun 5, 2012 8:52pm
Haha, no. Not many people could live off $60 a month. I pay the bills by freelance writing for other people. My plan is to slowly build up my Adsense/YT/etc. income to a point where it becomes a major source of income. $1000 a month is the goal (though if I get there I wont be stopping there).
Jun 8, 2012 3:32pm
Interesting post! I learned something from your post and will be improving my own earnings. Thank you!
Jun 20, 2012 11:48pm
UPDATE: $121 on YT so far this month and ten days to go. Looks like I should be making my goal! Very exciting stuff - heaps planned for next month.
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