Where Do We IB Writers Go from Here?
I never made more than a few cents on IB, except the time I won a monthly contest.
The best IB feature was always the forum and the way we support each other.
For now, at least, the forum still works. Can't we continue to support one another in the same way we always did? I am happy to forget InfoBarrel as a money-making platform, but I want to maintain and grow the network of writers I have met on this forum.
How is this going to work?
I suggest we are positive.
If you have something you need help with, then ask. If you have something to boast about, boast. If you want to offer help and advice then do so.
It is probably best if each writer starts a new thread under their own name.
Are people still being paid here?Is it worth it to add more articles?
Interesting thought, Phil. I really do miss the supportive community that used to be here before everyone started whining about everything.
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I show earnings credited in July 2017, so yes, people are still earning.
I even got a payout last month, though it took three-ish months for the earnings to actually finalize. So, while slow to update the earnings, they do indeed still payout.
While I have never missed a payout, my days of earning on IB to pay my bills are over. Amazingly, I still have articles that generate Amazon sales so I am refreshing articles but not adding anything new.
I was paid in July so yes, they are still making payments to writers.
As for Phil's question, the days of earning based on clicks is long over. Google does not pay much at all. I am close to my Google payout (something I made every month for years and a good amount at that), and when I am paid, I am removing Google ads from the only platform where I still have them.
I have many websites and just had my son design a new one for me where I am now starting to see sales. With the exception of one site where I still have work, I will not write for anyone else ever again. I need to control my own body of work.
Where I go is with my own sites. I miss the forums that were so helpful and made writing alone at home for years not seem so lonely. It is one of the reasons I went back to work part-time, besides seeing the demise of the other article writing sites and my income dropping. I love my preschoolers and they bring me great joy.
If I might ask, what other forms of monetization do you use? Like Amazon? E-books? I have a few websites of my own now and I don't make much from Adsense either so I'm interested to learn other ways that work better.
Amerowolf, I use all kinds of affiliate programs. I use Amazon, Commission Junction, Shareasale, Linkshare, Zazzle, Impact Radius, and eBay Partner Network. Amazon is by far the one I use the most. When I need a specific product, I can find it more easily by using other options. This has helped me find products that may be out of stock in one place, but in stock on another.
I do have two ebooks and just had one of them made available in a paperback version. Thanks to free lending, I do not make as much money from Kindle books as I used to.
Now that my life is busier than ever, I buy online all the time. That is how my friends shop as well. Go for affiliate links with products in your niche.
I'm planning on doing a comic/graphic novel/manga [whichever the proper term is] pretty soon. Still working on my blogs (more or less) and drawing. Would be nice if admin or anybody from the higher ups actually checked in to let us know that IB isn't forgotten.
That's awesome! I love all of those things, and no matter which one it is, I'd love to see it when you get it started!
I have also done well with my baby-boomer-retirement.com blog. I actually have 15 paid subscribers from listing it on the Amazon blogs site. I also advertise both Google and Amazon products on it and I am working on my own book to accompany my blog. I can advertise it on the blog and make money from the sales of my book.
Feedspot now ranks my blog as one of the Top 100 Retirement sites and Top 75 Baby Boomer sites on the web, which is very flattering.
I could probably start another blog and manage it, too, since I have stopped writing for outside sites, just like MommyMommyMommy has said she has done. I just need to decide what topic/product would interest me enough to keep it up, since it took over a year and more than 100 posts before I really started to earn anything significant from my retirement blog.
I always found the Infobarrel forum to be helpful, and I hope we can keep the community working here, even if we only earn small amounts of money. Virtually everything I have learned how to do online, I have learned from people I got to know on the Infobarrel forum. I feel as if you are all my personal friends, even though the only writer from here I ever met in person was Divaonline. Now the two of us get together about once a month!
I hope we all continue to drop into the InfoBarrel forum with our suggestions and questions, and general support in the coming years. I agree with Mommyx3 that we all need that support. Writing at home can be a lonely business!
Yes I really miss this site too as when I wrote as myself (Eileen) and in my daughters site which is Shar_On. I do check in and see what is happening but no longer write. Instead we enjoy traveling around our beautiful Australia.
1) a few are, most aren't 2) absolutely, positively, incontrovertibly "No." The owners have abandoned the site, so should the contributors.
Setting up another thread for each name sounds fine if I could get this thing to let me do so. I have a failed message dialogue box on this page with my html address even now and every time I access the forum.
Beyond that ... Since you folks seem to be the more active forum members, do you folks have any updated info or a method of waking up the IB Admin? I've tried several times to get an answer and or have my content and account cut loose --- OR even get them to throw me a bone as to where the site is going - or is it really dead; nothing - no responses for all this past year. Ticks me off since I can't use my articles anywhere else until I get them pulled off the deceased IB.
Thanks for letting me bend your ears Gang.
I was able to successfully contact the admin via a private Facebook message. Good luck!