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jcmayer777's Earning Report - October 2011

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October was Outstanding!

In my September Earnings Report, I stated my goal for AdSense on InfoBarrel was $1675.  I blasted that goal out of the water, which I really wasn’t expecting.  I hoped to hit my goal, but figured it would be pretty close.  It wasn’t.  I had my first $2,000 month in AdSense earnings for InfoBarrel. 

Best Daily Total:  My best day, according to AdSense was $98.90 for InfoBarrel.  I cannot complain about being a frog’s hair away from a hundred dollar day, so I won’t.   I had several days that approached the $90 mark, especially the second half of the month.  I hope it continues.  I hoped I would set a single day record for the month, but I fell substantially short. It was still a great month.

Third Week Dip:  Oddly enough, I saw I big surge in week two and a dip in week three.  The last week was great, although the 31st wasn’t stellar by any means.  I expected to have a poor Halloween in terms of earnings, so it wasn’t a surprise.

Cherry Articles:  When it was all said and done, my best article shattered the $200 for the month.  I’ll never complain about that.  I had a second article that performed very well for the month and ended up just over $180.  All told, I had 5 articles that eclipsed the hundred dollar mark.  No new cherry articles this month, but I have my eye on a newer one and hope it breaks out for next month.

Christmas Articles:  I’ve never been big on seasonal articles, but I have a Christmas article that almost hit $70 this month.  I’m hoping it will clear $100 in November, but I’m not sure that will happen.  Only time will tell, I suppose.

Other Stats:  Chitika wasn’t much, but it did represent an additional $100 in earnings.  My Amazon account started out great, but fizzled and ended up at just over $20.  I need to work on getting affiliate sales.  It needs to be a goal of mine.

Other Sites:  I made at least $100 in AdSense on Xomba, HubPages, theinfomine, posturown, and came up a hair short of $100 on Seekyt.  Bukisa was the worst of the batch and I intend to abandon them completely.

Goals for November

Content:  I’ll make sure I get the 90% revenue share, but that’s probably going to be the extent of my content writing.  I am going to try to make a point to add some affiliate links to maximize earnings.

AdSense:  November is often the single best month of the year for writers.  I’m confident that I’ll make great money with my articles again in November.  My goal is to break $2,500 on InfoBarrel.  That means I need to make $483 more this month.  I am going to make some changes to underperforming articles this month and see if I can get a few more to earn good money.  This isn’t going to be easy.

Other Sites:  I’ll post some articles on Seekyt and I might go and try to post some on Xomba again.  I don’t get that site’s direction, but my earnings have always been very strong there.  I’ll post there and hope they don’t go belly up, which in my opinion, is a risk.

New Tips for Writers

Last month, I went over the basics of LSI and tried to put what I wrote a book about into less than 500 words.  I thought long and hard about what tip would help out authors the most.  I’ve given quite a few tips on the one tip thread, but a few need more explanation to really make sense.  I decided to go into methods for manipulating the ads showing on articles.  Luckily, Skeffling made a suggestion when I asked what other things people wanted to see in the tip section.  That suggestion was essentially about ads on IB and how to maximize their potential.

Ads on IB

In terms of InfoBarrel, writers don’t have nearly as much control as they would if they used their own blogs.  That’s okay, as the platform has a fantastic setup for the advertisements.  It’s honestly one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Write Longer and Earn:  You need somewhere in the 550 word range to get the tower ads to show.  That’s the tall block on the left side of the article.  When IB introduced these, my earnings skyrocketed.  I highly suggest that authors make sure their articles are long enough to generate them.  I have a few that I need to adjust to get them, but not that many.

Controlling Ad Types on InfoBarrel:  You can control the types of ads that show on InfoBarrel.  To take charge of your ads from the site, hit my account in the upper right hand corner and then advertising profile highlighted in blue.  Click change to the right of Google AdSense ad type and you can select what shows. The default is text and image, which is preferred by most.  You can choose text only or image only, if you want to experiment.

Controlling Ads Through Google

You can take the ad controls to a whole new level if directly through your AdSense account if you wish.  I’m not well-versed with the new interface, but since the classic view is being retired soon, I guess that should be the focus. 

In the new interface, up near the top of the screen, you’ll see home, my ads, allow and block ads, and performance reports.  Select allow and block ads and you’ll have some options to consider.

To Block URL’s:  If you want to block a URL from displaying your ads, you can.  I actually had my ads somehow show up on a borderline site and blocked them.  Simply click Advertisers URL on the left.  A text box will show up where you can enter the URL of the sites you want to block.

Blocking Ad Categories:  In some cases, it might be advantageous to block certain categories of ads.  Click allow and block ads, and then general categories.  You’ll see the percentage of times each category shows up and the percentage of income each ad category brings in.  Ideally, you want the percentage of income to be equal to or higher than the percentage of ad impressions.  If the income percentage is substantially lower, it might be worth blocking that category.  Just click the box to the right of the green check mark.  Use caution with this one, especially if you are blocking ads relevant to a substantial amount of your content.  I only block one category.  You can repeat this process for sensitive categories as well.

Search or Content Ads:  The debate is on.  I’m sticking with ads for content, since I feel it’s the most logical method.  However, some people have reported an increase when they allow ads for search.  If you want to experiment, simply click allow and block ads up top, then advanced settings on the left.  Under interest based ads preference, you can choose to show interest based or content based ads.  It’s up to you.

Easy On-Page SEO

Why stop with one tip for the month?  I’ve mentioned this a few times on the forum threads, but I’m not sure how many people have seen it or tried to implement it.  On-page SEO is as it sounds – it’s what you do on the page of your article to optimize it for the search engines.  If you read my tip about LSI in last month’s earning report, you have a good head start. 

I’ve made some comments about looking at the future of SEO, not the present, when you write your articles.  While I’m a big advocate of keyword density standards, I realize that the days of overdoing the keywords are on us, and the search engines will only continue to alter what they want.  As a simple solution, I would suggest finding a great set of keywords (probably my focus on next month’s report) and using a very easy method to rank for lower competition keywords.

With this method, you can simply use the keywords in the exact form and order in the very first and very last sentence of the article.  You write (mostly) naturally everywhere between, paying attention to synonyms and LSI words. 

To make sure you don’t go overboard with density, make a list of LSI words, as covered in last month’s report, and appropriate keyword synonyms. For example, you would use cash in some places instead of the word money or inexpensive instead of the word cheap.  Just make sure you use each of the keyword synonyms at least a couple of times in the article and hit any appropriate angles to hit the LSI words.

When possible, interlink your articles.  Never interlink to irrelevant content.  Link only to that which is relevant to the article you are writing.  If possible, make the contextual link using the same keywords you are targeting for the article you link to.  If you’re writing an article targeting cheap four wheelers for sale and you want to link to an article that targeted the keywords off brand youth ATV brands, the contextual link would look like this in the sentence (underlined portion would be the link)

While there are many off brand youth ATV brands, you need to stick with a reliable manufacturer whenever possible.

This topic would be extremely relevant to the article cheap four wheelers and would make perfect sense that any reader would check out the link and read the info on the brands.  The SEO juice, while somewhat minimal in all honesty, is easy enough to attain to justify the time.

For the most part, these are the only parts of on-page SEO you can control on InfoBarrel.

Thanks for taking the time to read my InfoBarrel earnings report.  If you have something you’d like to see on next month’s report, just leave a comment or send me a pm.



Nov 1, 2011 9:07pm
Dude, you're making so much money here on InfoBarrel that governments are going to start getting jealous! Very nicely done, sir, what I wouldn't give to sit down for a beer with you (with a laptop, of course).

Rock On
Nov 1, 2011 9:12pm
PM me if you're ever in northwest Wisconsin and we'll have that drink!
Nov 1, 2011 9:11pm
Thanks for the update, inspiring me to do better with my time here on IB!.
Nov 1, 2011 9:12pm
This whole post is so freakin incredible...im speechless. I have learned so much from you Jason...

BTW..i sometimes get confused with LSI and synonyms..can't they often be the same. That free tool thats out there sort of illustrates that. But im tyring not to overthink it too much and just write and do the analysis on the back end in analytics.
Nov 1, 2011 9:24pm
In my report from last month, I tried to condense the book I wrote about LSI into a tip of about 500 words. It's not nearly as complicated as people think it is. LSI isn't the same as synonyms, but both play a very important role in SEO and maximizing earnings.

Check out my report from last month and read over the LSI tip section. Feel free to PM me with any questions you have.
Nov 1, 2011 9:50pm
Thanks. I think I got it now after reading last month's report. I went back into lsikeywords.com looking up my new keyword there are one or two that are close but not technically a synonym. Not sure if this is the best tool to even be using, but I'm going to really start concentrating on these two components more.
Nov 1, 2011 10:26pm
I know you know this, but you just inspired me to write my $#% off again this month. Thank you for sharing your tips. It is truly appreciated.
Nov 1, 2011 10:30pm
Wow, I think that's the highest I've heard on here so far. Congrats.
Nov 1, 2011 11:10pm
I did NOT realize you can control the ad types on your articles. I believe you've given me an opportunity here to do even better with this bit of information. Thanks a ton JC! Rated.
Nov 2, 2011 3:31am
JC I am gobsmacked. If anyone can do it here, I would expect it to be you or Soldier, but wow, over $2000. Even converting that into £s, is hundreds more than my husband earns working all month.
This is a drive for me, because he is only just getting behind me and supporting the writing I do. He has finally seen the potential, and that has lifted a lot of stress off me. So here is to a brighter future.
I am off to read some of your information on Seo and Lsi now. Oh, and good luck for this month, I am sure we will here that you will break the $100 a day this month.
Nov 2, 2011 3:51am
@ jcmayer777-wow! You blew me away again! I can't say much you are simply the best ;-)
Nov 2, 2011 5:09am
Good show JC! Your posts will certainly help others to keep at this game.
Nov 2, 2011 6:43am
Congratulations. That is excellent, the $100 day has to be close, I look forward to reading about that next month! Very inspiring. Thanks so much for link :-) and the adsense info. It is great people share what they know as it is a win-win for all, as the site thrives and prospers. Cheers
Nov 2, 2011 7:35am
Amazing! So much fun reading your about your success. I appreciate the Tips For New Writers. Very cool. Thumbs up!
Nov 2, 2011 7:53am
JC, once again you continue to educate and inspire. I hope that new writers read and learn from you. From my start here on IB almost two years ago, you have been a constant source of inspiration to me. Thank you for all that you have taught me.
Nov 2, 2011 5:28pm
Wow, that is incredibly generous of you to share not just information about your income, but also some of your secrets to getting it.
Nov 2, 2011 8:44pm
JC you inspired me when I first started here, and I continue to be inspired! I look forward to seeing your reports and tips. thanks so much for sharing.
Nov 3, 2011 1:49am
Excellent work. I cant wait to read more of your work. I love to write and learn from others who love to do the same thing. Thanks again for your wonderful content.
Nov 7, 2011 4:52pm
Excellent work. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing tips with us mortals.
Nov 11, 2011 11:39pm
Very helpful report. Interesting to see how little Chitika earns you - extremely slow for me too.

I'm with the camp that says Google can decide what ads to show - interest based or contextual - image or text. How can we out guess all those engineers?
Nov 23, 2011 4:54pm
Well done, sir.
Nov 29, 2011 2:35pm
Right, now I've got something to aim for... ;-)
Dec 30, 2011 11:12am
One thing I like about your writing is that it is actually useful as opposed to "just" keywords and SEO. Thats a major part about writing actually good and useful content. You deserve any money you make from it!
Jan 28, 2012 10:52am
Thank you so much for sharing your wisedom! All of us Newbies are totally indebted to you...and it wouldn't hurt some of the old-timers to check out your income articles, too.

Keep up the good work!
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