Does anyone still make money here?
IB is nearly dead...they (admin) just hasn't admitted it to us yet. I sent facebook messages to three different listed admins almost a week ago and only received one response just today from Mat Boyer saying he and others parted ways from IB a year ago and seemed surprised that he was still listed as an IB Admin. Even he has no idea what IB is doing. I've tried the primary admin... Ryan... and he hasn't responded back any of the three times I've tried in the past year. My recent attempt was just last Wednesday 1Nov. ???? No answer. No help. No earnings. 150+ articles earning only $10 total in 2 years. That = Dead Site.
Same here. I am earning between .50 cents and .90 cents a month and was earning 20 to 40 times as much in the years from 2013 to 2015. Now, all I earn is pennies. It is not worth the trouble to mess around with it. They currently owe me about $35.00 and I sort of doubt Infobarrel will be around long enough for me to make it to the $50 threshold and get paid again. Unless they make some drastic changes, there isn't much worth doing here. I've pretty much written it off.
It is too bad, because this is the site where the other writers helped me learn the craft, encouraged me to start my own successful blog, explained to me how to fix problems when they popped up, and taught me so much. I didn't know how to do anything when I started writing here!
It really makes me sad to see this site fade away, when I owe so much to it.
I used to pay several of my monthly bills with just my IB earnings-not counting any of my other online income. Now we can get a few pizzas each month. The writing was on the wall for sites like IB a few years ago, after Squidoo and Zujava shut down and other sites like Seekyt changed owners.
However, how we are being ignored is not nice, nor is it a good way to say "goodbye" to a site that was well once well respected by its writers. Getting ahold of the admins should not be difficult, nor should having your account deleted. My idea of an unpaid college intern has gone unheeded, and yet it was a good and inexpensive decision.
If you want to earn online, using a small, controlled collaborative site works, and of course, your own sites as well. Lebenlernen, If you have not already saved your articles, do so now. Start your own site with them, but do not publish them until they are deleted here. That is what I did and I have two sites that I started while waiting for these articles to be deleted. They are still not live yet, but I got the wheels in motion so when they were deleted, I was ready to start.
Big surprise! ... On this account I have the reached payout level by the end of October:
Copy: Current Balance: $50.94 End copy
So, I should receive payment before X-mas.
... On my other account (some of you know which) the balance is now >$40
I wish all "Old Timers" a Merry X-mas.
Congratulations! I actually earned more this month than I have in previous months, bringing my balance up over $40, and giving me some encouragement. Thanks for the update.
Merry Christmas to you and the other "Old Timers," too!
If the monthly contests returned, that would be justification enough for me to write again. As it is now, the piss poor earnings still doesn't make it worthwhile.
Yikes! I have just joined and my great white hope seems to be turning to ashes already.
As an aspiring writer, does anyone know where an equivalent and, importantly, healthy new site is that would be the natural successor to this one?
In other words, where the heck should we all go now?
Don't waste your time here....Build your own sites.
Thanks Intellifax. Will swim away from this place then. Sounds pretty doomed here.
Yeah, I'd say InfoBarrel is dead. I only make a few dollars a month now. I last got paid in August and my current balance is $5.50. Besides the earnings, what I really miss is the community from sites like this. I first learned how to write for SEO on eHow. InfoBarrel taught me about promoting my articles and the contests taught me how to be a productive writer. Squidoo taught me about product reviews and got me into affiliate marketing. I've learned so much from all of you.
There's still Hubpages but I've never been successful there. I think I have 5 articles published and none of them are featured because of low traffic. I wouldn't mind giving them a try again but I don't think it would be worth it.
I have a few of my own websites but they don't get much traffic and earnings are stalled out at around $1500 a month - enough the pay the bills but not much left over. I keep writing more articles but don't earn more money. I think it's because Amazon changed the tier structure for the earnings. Plus, I'm sure Google is sending my sites less traffic since all I write about is product reviews.
I just started a new blog this month at: http://www.brainstorminginmotion.com. I really love reading blogs with case studies, earnings reports, and advice about making money online so I'd thought I'd start a blog of my own. I'm kind of nervous about putting myself out there like this but I think it could really help me figure out what I want to do online as far as making a living and it might be kind of fun. The first 3 posts I've written were actually pretty fun to write. I think I might be burned out from writing product reviews so this gives me a change in direction. Anyways, I would love for you guys to stop by and leave a comment. I really miss coming to this forum and see the regulars post tips & tricks and brag about their success.
Hope you are all doing well. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
When I started on IB, I made pennies and over time I paid several of my monthly bills with my earnings from here. Add in all of the other defunct websites where I wrote articles and I was able to be the SAHM I always wanted to be. When sites started disappearing, I decided to go back to work part time since I needed to make money and my earnings were declining across the board.
I love my job and I am still around when my kids leave for school and when they get home. If they get sick, they are sleeping while I am working. And I am still able to take my mom to her appointments and help her out.
The bulk of my online earnings come from all of my sites-I have nine in all and one more in the works after the new year. I have work appearing on three other small sites besides IB and I earn from those as well. I recently returned to eBay to sell stuff around my house and that has really helped my bottom line and clean out things we do not need. I also sell Girl Scout items in private Facebook groups when I have some spare time.
I agree with Ally that I miss the community most of all...it kept me sane during all of those long hours at home behind the computer screen. That is why I love going to work each day-I have a community again. And she is also right about Amazon-I sell lots of small items in bulk to leaders and used to make more money because I made more in commission. That change really hurt my earnings the most.
I still have the urge to write about things that do not fit on my sites, but my time is better spent writing on my own sites and earning.
If you want to start writing online, I suggest something seasonal. Two of my sites are for Halloween (I used to have others), and it earns money for me every fall. Or find a niche that is not saturated and that you enjoy writing about. I love Girl Scouts! Or write an ebook. I updated mine this summer and put it out in a real book edition and it makes me money all year round.
Happy holidays to all of you!
I do not feel at the stage where I am able to build my own site or sites. I would like to gain experience of article writing, with feedback - until I am confident enough to progress beyond that.
Since this place seems to be doomed, perhaps people could post links to sites that we could all migrate to in order to gain such experience?
Any article writing sites out there that are the current successors to this one?
Blogger.com is not bad and is Free to use.
I still make some money from [ hubpages ]...
I still get a fair amount of traffic from [ Ezinearticles ]
Not many writing sites left...
Try [ Streetarticles ] or [ sooperarticles].
Hi, Mark. I'm in something of the same boat. I plan to continue using IB for a specific reason (outlet for content that I eventually will turn into an e-book while figuring out how Amazon Affiliates and other monetization tools actually work). It's a shame; IB came highly recommended, but they seem to have passed their prime.