I pronounce the InfoBarrel forum DEAD
IT's a sad, sad day when the forum where I met so many great people finally dies.
It has been dying for at least a year.
No updates, no communication, no users and today at least 5 topics, including the top 4 are spam that nobody has deleted.
Goodbye InfoBarrel friends. Contact me via Phil@MaXXers.com if you wish to keep up our friendship, please.
Sorry to hear that, Philtrate. I'm just now coming back and noticed the same things you did: deader'n a doornail. And the unaddressed spam???? Yikes. I'm in the middle of uploading my next article. Catch you in a few.
So, yeah, kind of weird around here. Can't put links in the Amazon modules provided, can't delete stuff in my "drafts" section, and can't edit an article I wrote last month so I can add a link to another article to it. What gives? Seems as if the place is falling apart.
Kind of saddens me to see this once vibrant site go down the dumper.
All true. Site needs maintenance.
Anybody have a clue why it's not getting any attention? I've been out of the loop here, and what I'm seeing here in the forum postings seems to be ignored by admin.
I sure don't. I had admins as friends on Facebook years ago. I don't have that account any more. If I did, I'd message them there.
They are still sending the payments. That's what keeps me doing stuff here.
I noticed the Amazon link issue last week. It lets you add the module but when you put the URL into it and press save, nothing happens. So not sure what is going on right now.
In February I was able to get Amazon mods to work, so I don't know what happened in just a matter of a few weeks.
I have a friend who wrote here years ago and has a number of very successful articles which are still on the Infobarrel and continue to earn her a little money. We got together and had lunch recently. She asked me about moving her articles to another site. However, I told her that she would have to get management to let her delete them, they are very difficult to contact, and there really aren't any other sites out there where she could move them and expect them to do better.
It really makes me sad to see what has happened to all the online writing sites like Infobarrel, eHow, Squidoo, Bubblews and Hubpages. The writing world, which was so much fun five years ago, seems to have dried up. I earn the most money from my own blog, baby-boomer-retirement. Other than that, I just earn a few bucks here and there ... hardly worth worrying about.
The forum spam is absolutely out of control. It looks terrible.
What IB is today is nothing compared to what it was in its prime. I agree with Deb that I miss the days of having multiple sites to write on. I am an admin on Goody Guides and I write there, but other than that I focus on all of my Girl Scout sites and have started two new blogs with articles from here that I am updating. My son is a tech guru and will make me another site over his Spring Break.
It is obvious that the site is being ignored. It is like a one-sided relationship.
I have stopped writing here now and I doubt that I'll write here again. Too much trust has been lost. Ignoring problems for two months and counting with the buggy mess that is IB4 and, I can only assume, dropping the maximum percentage payable to writers from 95% to 75% surreptitiously do not help matters. At some point the site is going to die now and I do not want to have any more content on here when it does. As it is, transferring all of my content would take around a year of doing nothing else and that assumes none of it has been republished elsewhere. I have no idea how that last is going to affect things.
That alone tells me no one is at the wheel.
Hey, I am trying to publish my article but its not uploading i'm new here please help.
Thanks for your kind words about my writing. I don't know if those old photo hyperlink instructions still work anymore. However, years ago we would create internet links for our photos as well as our articles. We could click on the photo, then click on the the little link in the box that opened up, and type in the URL. However, since the release of the new version of InfoBarrel, most of those types of links don't seem to work anymore.
The articles I write for my Baby-Boomer-Retirement blog are completely original and not related to anything I have written on InfoBarrel. I wrote a few general articles about retirement on IB a long time ago and mentioned my blog in them. I even used to have a link to InfoBarrel from my blog. However, I no longer do that type of thing as much. My blog is now my primary source of internet income.
I have worked for years to build up my baby-boomer-retirement blog. Now, it is my largest money maker, but it certainly wasn't when I started it in the fall of 2011 ... nearly six years ago. However, some people who have made blogs about products or crafts have seen their blog zoom into popularity much faster. MommyMommyMommy has an unrivaled Girl Scout blog, for example. Another writer here created Domestic-divaonline, and she has done well with it. I believe the former writer here who went by Godfather also created a blog that sells products related to the Godfather movies. At least, that is what he said he was doing when he disappeared from here and Squidoo. Find something that is unique to you and stick with it for years. That is how to make money.
Thanks, Deb! I think your blog rocks as well, and is proof that if you stick with a niche, you can earn and grow a following.
My original Girl Scout blog, which is now seven years old, has branched to three separate static websites that are linked within my main blog, as well as another level specific blog that I post on 2-3 times a month. I also have several static websites on topics that interest me. Like Deb, those used to supplement my IB and other site income, now they are my bread and butter. Blogging is work if you want to earn from it. If you just want to write your thoughts, then it is fun.
Good luck on your blog!
Boy have times changed around here :( IB really has lost the momentum I saw back in 2013 when I was writing much more often.
Here's my thoughts on the whole thing.
Maybe we all need to rally round and get things back to the interaction level we used to have. Remember those days of yore? Hell, I'd even gotten a girlfriend out of it a few years ago before I married my current wife.
Oh, and the other thing we can do is WRITE and publish here!
I'll be posting another piece within a week. I'm not giving up on this site (I've written over a million words here, after all, so I'm fully vested).
Time to reclaim it, kids!