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darren-w-gray and the April Infobarrel Update

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Writing for Infobarrel Takes a Backward Step

I took the inspiration of writing about my monthly updates from other writers right here on Infobarrel. From reading the inspirational post of some of the earners, I thought it was time to document my own earnings, right from the beginning of being a writer on the site.

This month has been really quiet in terms of writing. I was lucky enough to to lose all of my internet access for the weekend I was least busy and that did not help researching,add to that recovering from a weekend conference for the Hospital Broadcasting Association and my bubah; and I managed to miss my 6 article monthly target.

I managed a less than respectful 3 articles which were on secure home networks, iPads and UK Rail Travel but the core viewing figures are:

295 Page Visits from 213 unique visitors - Down 30% Visits & 28% Visitors
Most popular page: My March Infobarrel Update 

There does seem to be some discrepency for the figures though as according to Analytics my iPad article was only viewed 61 times, whereas according to Infobarrel it was 81. I mention the iPad article as the vast majority of those occured in the first 12 hours of the article and I hoped that when I jumped out of bed the next morning there was a chance it had done well. This was not the case though and views have been negligable since then.


My earnings have plummeted this month, probably because I have not written as much as I usually do. AdSense earnings depend on who you talk too; Analytics show this as $0.01 whereas my AdSense plugin for Chrome says £0.13. This is from two minor hits on Infobarrel articles over the month. This does not even warrant a percentage to show how bad it has been.

Things at Chitika  are just as bad; from a total of 807 impressions I managed a big fat ZERO.

Things at Amazon have never got off of the zero mark. My UK affiliates account managed 5 clicks but no sales and in the US 2 clicks and no sales.


Various home issues have meant that I have had to drop my local niche blog, which had never earned me a penny despite 1000 views a month (mostly from spammers though judging from the comments I had to moderate) and Squidoo and TopicSpotter only managed a few log ins and no edits.


Discouraged? Not really. I just need to go and have a good head vs wall session and see what happens this month. 



May 1, 2012 3:41am
I noticed that in the early days you see pretty big dives when you stop posting content. I think this is because in those times you are essentially 'living off the initial bursts of views'. Once things mature you will keep earning even when you don't do a thing (though not as much of course).

As for the discrepancy between analytics and IB that happens because Analytics filters out repeat visitors while IB does not. That is a high number of repeat visitors, but that is actually a good thing; it means that your content is good to refer to or engaging enough to warrant a second visit. Tech or 'how-to' guides can sometimes get these sorts of stats.

Don't hold your breath for Chitika, even the big earners only get a few dollars from there.

As you said keep on track and things will pick right back up!
May 1, 2012 4:52am
I am glad you are not discouraged Darren because as you know I have 4 kids. I always find the first 4 years the worst(sorry), or should I say, the most time consuming. Your lil bubba also has the lactose thing which makes extra work, having a new baby will mean you have to support your wife who will be tired, you work full time........The fact you get any writing done at all is amazing, so keep motivated.
Have you thought about doing Dad articles? There are plenty of mummy blogs but it would be great to have a dad's perspective on products, issues and illnesses etc.
I wish you the best of luck with your writing and your lil family.x
May 1, 2012 10:54am
Don't be discouraged. I can't imagine how busy you are, even if you do 3 articles a month, that's still something, and there may be more time available in future months, you never know, as things even out. The articles you already have will continue to climb. I know what the established guys are were talking about now when I first started here.

That is a great idea Emma. Even if they are just articles as well. Just think you are learning all this about raising a baby, other people are wondering if they are doing right I bet you'd have avid readers for every baby lesson you have already learned!
May 1, 2012 11:19am
We all have those times when things don't go as planned. You seem to have a positive outlook and that, plus patience and perseverance, will keep you on the road to success. Good luck in May!
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