I pronounce the InfoBarrel forum DEAD
Frankly I haven't believed the earnings reports in around a year.
Yeah the program is deteriorating by the day. Not only can't you edit any articles I couldn't add a new one for "url error". so unless anyone else can add articles I think the Infobarrel train literally just stopped.
Yes, there are serious problems. I can not access my draft articles... I kind lost a lot of hard work.
The Wayback Machine became one of my best friends after Helium shut down. Be sure to save your URLs though, the search wasn't usually effective for me and there was some work I probably never will be able to prove is mine because I had missed saving some URLs on Helium. Anything WB Machine had crawled and I had the URLs to check, I was able to submit the to Google, Bing or web hosts as acceptable proof. (What I did this time around was save every IB auto email that said my article was published since it contains the URL)
I'm not sure how often this site is crawled by WB Machine, anyone who is concerned about stolen work might want to check to see if the IB articles are crawled, a lot of mine had not been so I added those myself.
Mommy, great idea about hiring an intern. That would be a win-win.
An intern would be an exceptional idea!
Another flash back. I remember another site, not a writing but recreational site, where everyone rallied to keep it alive till the head admin signed back on again; which was many years later. There were contests and events galore that did the trick for a while.
Finally head admin signed on and delivered the news of the forum and some site features. Signatures were of little use because it looked like the final decision was made prior to the head admin signing back on; not a smart move. Then came the Squid.
Oh sure encourage everyone to keep writing with the new release of contests knowing that the site will disappear shortly due to a buy out. Don't get me started on the unclear answers to articles and payouts (which changed too) and the false reassurance of everything disappearing once the site closes regardless if you opt out.
Wishful thinking again but is it really, truly, asking too much for someone(s) to check in with a post or two about the going ons of the site? Silent treatment of this nature has not sat well with me after the burning of my last sites; wounds not healed completely. It took a lot to get around to writing on here and things were looking up for a while.
This is a real shame as every time I consider coming back to writing, there are fewer places to do so.
Yes, there are a lot of problems on this site now that Admin has released the new version. I have also lost almost 50 draft articles and I am furious about it. I just sent a PM to Ryan on Facebook.
I am so upset about this. I used to write for Helium until it tanked and now this. I really loved this site when I found it but it has deteriorated so quickly it's ridiculous. And IB 4 is so bad that it feels like deliberate sabotage. Now I've lost all my draft articles, from ones I transferred from Helium and almost complete ones to mere wisps of drafts. Given the untold time and love that went into all these, this is not just annoying, it's truly heartbreaking.
btw, no updates for Tier I earnings for last 2 to 3 months.
That means, IB not going to make any future payments unless they are updated in time.
My earnings have been updated, but I have earned a mere pittance
Here is the update details for me, for the last three months
Page Views Update
January, February and March - Page views updated.
January - Tier 1 updated for just couple of days only and Tier 2 updated.
February - Tier 1 fully NOT updated and Tier 2 updated .
March - Tier 1 and Tier 2 both are fully NOT updated.
Generally Tier 1 (Google adsense) pays more money and it is frustrating to see how IB behaves in recent months. (may be for year regarding other issues)
Here is a chart for my current "finalised" earnings for the past couple of years:
The blue line is page views from Google Analytics. The red dots are "finalised" InfoBarrel earnings. The discrepancy in April last year was because I earned from Vic's articles from the day I purchased them but they weren't added to my account, and therefore tracked, for a couple of weeks or so.
In June 2016, following a stated problem with earnings there was a sharp drop. This problem was never reported fixed. January 2017 saw the release of the "nearly complete" POS that's IB4.
The chart shows that the problem isn't a decline in page views - which have trended upwards, even now - but income. I do not believe it has been remotely accurate since May 2016.
The owners of IB have demonstrated that they do not care about the site - even for resale - or its users. Given that it now is apparently impossible to post new articles, and no-one running it actually gives a damn about this, its days are definitely numbered. The entire site could go down and nothing would be done to fix it going by the available evidence. If you have any stuff on here, start backing it up.
I spent hours yesterday backing up the articles I wanted to save after reading the forum. Weeks ago, I did the same thing with articles I was moving to my new sites. This is what happened at Zujava...no admin response and then there was one...the site was closing.
While I find the state of IB sad, I am going to use this as a positive opportunity to update the articles I have, make them better, and still earn from them. The only thing that stinks is that I have many articles pinned thousands of times and those will have to start all over from scratch.
I have them pinned too mommy x 3, many times, it really truly sucks. I am still making money from the Amazon modules but if they need updating or replacing I can't do it, The amazon module no longer works for adding more and I can't add any new articles, or edit so this "Infobarrel train" just stopped in its tracks. Very sad. But as you said, use it as a positive move, rework the best ones and put them somewhere else. .
You guys better be backing up your stuff for a move.
The fact there are no listings to get featured for several months is a bellwether (the "newest" featured article is 3 months old), as is an error I get when trying to edit an article that is only two months old.
I'm guessing the Amazon modules still aren't working?
And a newer writer reported he couldn't upload anything at all (but that might be user error).
Admin's silence on all of the current problems speaks volumes. i think it's dead, kids, and no one's told us yet.
I had all my old material already saved to a flash drive, along with the images. I jsut now copied the 2 newest ones I'd uploaded recently so I could have "final" versions of them to move elsewhere.
Looks like we're done here.
Over the roughly 6 years I've been here I'd written nearly 300 articles, over a million words, and enjoyed the hell out of it.
I'd like to thank all the wonderful people I've "met" through this site.
My e-mail address is email@example.com for anyone who wants it.
Also, I'm on G-Plus: https://plus.google.com/+VicDillinger1
I wish everyone the ABSOLUTE BEST in their future endeavors!
My sincere hope is they would warn people with adequate time so they could salvage their work here. Many, like yourself, have hundreds of articles here! That's a lot of material to back up!
I have over 1600 articles here and have been here since Sept 2009 , and enjoyed the heck out of it too! I have always saved each article after I wrote it, so I have mine backed up, but still a pain in the a** to deal with if this site shuts down.
Feels like each man for himself on a sinking ship lol!! Its been really nice knowing you all
The problem with the articles I have written here is that I have no idea where I would move them. Hubpages isn't much better, and it is a pain in the neck to re-format every article to make it work on Hubpages. Most of my articles there have been repeatedly revised, reviewed and accepted ... only to be flagged again because they want more and more changes every few months. I have given up keeping them current there. Plus, before we put articles on Hubpages, they have to be removed from InfoBarrel and de-indexed by Google ... which could take weeks or months, since the Admin here has been so uncooperative.
In addition, I had about 100 articles on Squidoo which were earning me around $100 a month. Within months of having them moved from Squidoo to Hubpages, that income had dropped to less than $5 a month ... for the very same articles. I find myself wondering how much work I want to put in for a few bucks a month.
There are other sites, but many of them are not good matches for the articles I have on InfoBarrel. In addition, we still have the issue of getting them removed from InfoBarrel and de-indexed by Google.
Then there is the issue that our articles may have been stolen and, once they are removed from InfoBarrel, they could still be indexed by Google on another site. Then we have to prove we wrote them first ... which is also time-consuming.
The question becomes, how much energy do we want to spend trying to salvage old articles which we may have written years ago? How much udating, re-formatting, etc. are we willing to do?
I may want to salvage half a dozen articles, but it sure seems like a lot of work, and I'm just not sure it is worth the effort.
I am very sad about what has happened to InfoBarrel. I feel as if my articles here are, for the most part, are a lost cause.
I'm going to miss the people here. I feel as if a few of you have become friends over the years. That makes this especially sad.