How to Make $2,000 Per Month Writing for InfoBarrel – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 1

If you follow the buzz around the internet and you read various “make money online” blogs, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about InfoBarrel (and it was even mentioned in my interview with Lauren Nelson).  InfoBarrel is an article directory/platform much like Squidoo, HubPages, eHow, etc.  The standard model goes like this: You write an article and you get paid when someone reads it and clicks on an ad.  The reason InfoBarrel’s popularity is really starting to explode is that they have a very favorable earnings program, where they let you keep the majority of the money that your articles earn.

I believe I’ve come up with a solid plan to make $2,000 per month with InfoBarrel, which I’m going to call my InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge.  It won’t happen overnight, but it also won’t consume a lot of your time.  In fact, once you’ve got the hang of it, you shouldn’t have to spend more than 90 minutes a day on it.  Sound good?  Keep reading.

[Warning: This is a long article that goes into a lot of detail!]

Why InfoBarrel and Why Now?

Before I get into specifics about how I plan to make $2,000 per month with InfoBarrel, I think it’s important for you to understand why now is the time to join InfoBarrel and begin writing articles.  No, InfoBarrel isn’t as popular as the “big guys” (Squidoo, HubPages, etc.), however there are a number of things to love about InfoBarrel.

1) They are booming. A quick look at their Alexa profile tells me that their U.S. rank today is 3,374 and they have seen enormous growth since 2009 (see Alexa graph below).

2) Although they are booming, they are relatively new. This is important because it means you’re less likely to come across articles that you want to write, but have already been written.  Of the top 100 writers on InfoBarrel, only 54 currently have over 100 articles published.  They may be booming, but relative to the rest of the internet, this could still be considered an untapped opportunity.

3) Your articles you write today will be worth significantly more a year from now if InfoBarrel’s growth continues at an exponential pace. Without going into a discussion about “page rank” and Google’s ranking algorithm (which I don’t know much about), your articles will very likely have a better search engine ranking in the future, which is crucial to getting traffic and generating revenue.

4) They currently have a revenue-sharing model that is unlike other similar article sites. InfoBarrel allows you to keep 75% of the Google Adsense revenue generated by your articles.  Most similar articles sites only allow you a 50% share.

5) They have a lot of room for improvement. Although they have a very solid process (requiring approval of your articles before they go live, which I love), the site design is less than desirable.  I think they will eventually revamp the design and layout, create a more appealing logo, and in general, look like a more professional and authoritative resource.  Although “content is king” (I hate using that phrase), design is almost just as important.  Personally, I think InfoBarrel will be HUGE if/when they redesign the site.

Haven’t you already tried something like this?

As many of you know from reading prior posts on this blog, I experimented with another article platform (Squidoo) and ultimately decided to stop using it for now.  It wasn’t a matter of being lazy, but there were a few things I didn’t like about Squidoo:

  • The earnings methodology was unclear. Your pay is impacted by your “lens rank,” which is impacted by traffic to your lens.  Beyond that, it unclear exactly how Squidoo divides up earnings among its writers.
  • The “lens” format was a little annoying to me. Although it’s unique and somewhat interesting, it got old after the first handful of lenses.  Not only do you need to spend time writing the actual content, but you also could spend a lot of time designing the lens (with Amazon widgets, guestbooks, and various other lens objects you can add).  That’s all great for the experience of the reader, but it can get tedious from a writer’s perspective.
  • Squidoo is well-established, and therefore competitive. It’s not easy to create a lens title that is based on high traffic keywords.  It’s certainly not impossible, but Squidoo has been around for awhile and its popularity has led to a more competitive environment.  This could be a positive thing (more popularity), but I’d prefer a service that is lesser known but has a lot of potential (like InfoBarrel).

How Exactly I Plan to Make $2,000 Per Month

Here’s the part of the article you’ve been waiting for.  I’ll go ahead and give a standard disclaimer:  I’m not guaranteeing that if you follow this guide, you’ll make $2,000/month.  First, this is a long process that I think few people are capable of actually staying committed to.  Second, this number is an approximation.  Some of you might only make $1,600/month after a year while others might pull in $2,400/month.  It’s going to depend on lots of factors, but the most important one is your hard work (and mine too, of course).

How You Earn Money with InfoBarrel

InfoBarrel gives you three ways to earn money with your articles (there’s a bonus fourth way that I will discuss later).  You will need to create accounts in all three places.

  • Google AdSense – In order to have your InfoBarrel article ad impressions appear in your AdSense account, you’ll need to create a separate channel within AdSense, which takes about two minutes to do.  The URL you will want to add a channel for is www.infobarrel.com.  You can read more instructions here.
  • Amazon Affiliates – You should create a separate tracking ID for InfoBarrel if you currently use Amazon’s affiliate program for another site or blog.
  • Chitika – When I tried signing up for Chitika, I received a message saying, “As we prepare to transition to an upgraded version of Chitika ads, we are temporarily holding off on approving new domains and accounts…Your application is on file and will be reviewed once we have finished our upgrades.” Based on what I’ve read, Chitika represents a tiny % of earnings on InfoBarrel, so don’t worry if you can’t get this set up right away. UPDATE (9/15/2010): My Chitika account was finally approved, so I can begin earning with this site.

As you might have guessed, when someone clicks on an ad within your article from an AdSense or Chitika ad, you earn a certain amount of money (I think the value per click can vary widely).  If someone clicks on your Amazon ads and purchases something on Amazon within 24 hours of clicking your ad (they can purchase ANY item on Amazon, not just the product shown in your ad), you earn a commission.  All of this is fully automated once you set up your InfoBarrel account with the proper ID numbers from each advertising source.

Three Quick Articles Each Day

This is the “meat” of my plan, and it’s really quite simple.  The way to achieve $2,000 per month will require you to write an average of three articles per day.  Once you become efficient in finding topics to write about and creating effective titles (which I will explain later in this article), you should spend, on average, 30 minutes writing each article.

If that seems like an impossible task, consider this:  InfoBarrel articles are only required to be 400 words or more in order for them to appear in the site’s index.  From my experience, once I know what I’m going to write about, a 400 word article takes approximately 15-20 minutes to write.  I generally also like to include one image, but this isn’t absolutely necessary in every article.

There are some rules to keep in mind with your articles (these are taken straight from InfoBarrel’s site):

  • Must be original and be created by you and must not have been submitted or posted elsewhere on the web.
  • Must not be a sales document, advertisement or any other type of promotional document.
  • Must be written in proper English with correct spelling, grammar and structure.
  • Must not be derogatory, hateful, pornographic or defamatory in any manner.
  • Must not have external links in the first paragraph. Links to other InfoBarrel content is ok.
  • Maximum of 2 self-serving links per article.

Once you’ve found your efficient “groove,” you can expect to only spend around 90 minutes in total writing your three articles each day.  If you space them out, it really isn’t so bad.

If writing three articles per day seems like a daunting task to you, consider the following times you can write, assuming you’ll spend 30 minutes on each article:

  • Each morning while you have your coffee and breakfast
  • In the evening when you’re watching TV
  • During your lunch break
  • Before you go to bed

It’s unlikely you’ll have time to write three articles each and every day – after all, we have vacations, jobs, events, etc. that consume our attention periodically.  You can offset this by writing 4-5 articles on days where you have more time, such as on weekends.  Write about topics you enjoy, to keep yourself interested in what you’re writing.

The Math Behind It All

My $2,000/month goal involves the following assumptions:

  • Write three articles per day
  • Continue this process for an entire year (365 days)
  • Most articles have titles that are properly search engine optimized
  • Articles will earn, on average, $15 per 1,000 page views

Although we’re using $15 per 1,000 page views as our estimated earning rate, there is evidence that this rate might be slightly conservative.  I took the below screen shot from the sales page for an InfoBarrel success product (I won’t link to the sales page because I don’t want to imply that I’ve tried or recommend the product when I haven’t tried it):

According to this image, this user has earned approximately $18.64 per 1,000 page views for his InfoBarrel articles, which is well above the $15/1,000 rate that we’re using for purposes of this challenge.

If we’re earning $15 per 1,000 page views, then $2,000 requires approximately 133,500 page views.

“Wow!” you think.  133,500 page views per month?  There’s no way I can I accomplish that.

Let’s break it down:

3 articles per day x 365 days/year = 1,095 total articles after 1 year

133,500 page views across 1,095 articles = 122 page views per month, per article = About 4 page views per day.  Remember, this is just an average.  Some articles may have 8-10 views per day while others might have 0-2.

Bonus: Affiliate Links and The Signature Box

While you may find that your earnings are fine based on the AdSense, Amazon, and Chikita revenue, results may vary.  If more of your articles have search engine optimized titles, you’re going to receive more views and clicks than others who put very little effort into their article titles.  However, this isn’t the only opportunity to make money with your articles.

InfoBarrel, like many other article sites, allows you to write a different signature box (i.e. author info. box) for each article you publish.  This is a perfect opportunity to link to an informational product as an affiliate, using products sold on affiliate product sites like Clickbank.  For example, if I write an article called “How to Increase Your Reading Speed,” I might create a signature box that reads:

Eric is a CPA who enjoys writing about business ideas, technology, and lifestyle design.  If you’re interested in more information about increasing your reading speed, check out this speed reading audio course.

In the signature box, I am linking (as an affiliate) to a speed reading course I found on Clickbank.  If someone clicks through this link and purchases the product, I earn $20.36.  InfoBarrel also allows for two contextual links within your article, which you can also link to affiliate products.  You need to be sure that your article isn’t about selling the product, however.  InfoBarrel strongly discourages this, and will deny your article if you are improperly using affiliate links.

If you find that there is no product relevant to your article, you can use this as an opportunity to build backlinks and traffic to your blog or business website.  For example, my signature box in this case might read:

Eric is an entrepreneur who enjoys writing about everything from technology to making money online.  For more great content, read his blog at My 4-Hour Workweek.

As you can see, this is an excellent way to further monetize your articles. To reach a goal of $2,000/month, I really think this is a crucial step that should be implemented wherever possible.

Why My Articles Will Be More Popular Than Other Writers’ Articles

It’s pretty clear to you now that traffic = money.  If your articles aren’t visited, they simply won’t generate any money for you.  This is the reason why your title is the most important part of your article. I know this sounds like a broken record, because I’ve mentioned this very same tip in my guide to using StumbleUpon, and you’ve probably heard it countless times from other bloggers.  Although there are many ways to get traffic to your articles (which I will cover in detail when I write Part 3 of this series), the primary one we will focus on is organic traffic (i.e. traffic from search engines).

There’s a classic debate with writing online between writing for search engines and writing for people.  Which is better?  When you write for search engines, you try to focus your title on keywords and phrases that have a high volume of search activity.  When you write for people, you essentially ignore search engine considerations and focus on writing titles that are interesting and eye-catching to a human being.  When writing articles for InfoBarrel, we should write articles focusing on each objective (but not necessarily at the same time).  Some articles will have titles that focus on search engine optimization while others will simply focus on being interesting to the human eye.

Writing for Search Engines

The reason your title is extremely important is because this is one of the primary factors that influence how people will find your articles on search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.  You might think you have a great title until you find out that only 30 people a month are even searching for it – of these 30 people, you’re unlikely to capture any traffic if you’re not on the first page of Google’s search results for those specific keywords.

I’ve looked around at the articles written by some of the top 100 writers on InfoBarrel, and I came across some people who actually write articles that share information about their InfoBarrel earnings.  One person complained about writing 200 articles and only earning $60 last April.  I took a look at the articles she has written, and it was clear to me why her earnings were so low: Most articles had titles based on keywords no one is searching for!

Try Market Samurai FreeIn order to write effective titles that receive plenty of traffic, we’re going to use a piece of software I’ve written about before: Market Samurai.  If you don’t know anything about Market Samurai, go ahead and read my initial reaction about the product.  Market Samurai is going to allow us to find out which titles will help us generate the most traffic to our articles, while keeping in mind how competitive each keyword or phrase is.

I’m going to run through an example now showing you how I use Market Samurai to write titles for my articles.  Let’s take the example I used previously about an article that discusses how to increase your reading speed.  First, I’ll create a project in Market Samurai called “increase reading speed.”

Next, we’ll look at the keyword research tab and generate some possible keywords to base our title on.

For purposes of this example, we won’t attempt to filter any of the 133 potential keyword ideas out (but filtering is one really nice feature of Market Samurai).  We’ll go ahead and click Analyze Keywords to see what our best options are.

The top keywords are ones that we’re very likely going to ignore.  Because they are very broad keywords, they are probably very competitive and not worth building an article around.  In addition, these words don’t really make good article titles on their own.  In case you’re wondering what those letters mean on the top row – SEOT tells you the maximum number of clicks per day a #1 ranked site for that term would expect to receive.  PBR is kind of confusing to understand, but it basically quantifies how relevant the search term is to what you’re trying to find, based on the initial keyword we used (“increase reading speed”).

If you feel lost at this point, don’t worry.  Market Samurai has a TON of free videos that explain everything you need to know.  When you get the chance, you can watch the video that explains everything I’m attempting to show here.  In fact, all of the following videos are excellent:

A list of ALL videos can be found here.  Now, back to what I was saying.  Those high traffic, broad keywords are probably too competitive, so we’ll look at some more realistic options:

“How to Read Better and Faster” sounds like it would be an interesting title, so let’s dig deeper into that keyword by clicking the little key icon.  The way we’re going to examine this is by checking out our competition for the keyword by clicking the following button:

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I’m not going to explain what each column means (you can learn all about that in the 3rd video I listed above), but essentially, these results display the top 10 Google results for the keyword “How to Read Better and Faster” and examines 13 different criteria that affect each site’s rank in Google.  Green means the site is not competitive with respect to that attribute, and red means it is highly competitive.

These results seem favorable to me.  The #4 result is an Ezine article that has a page rank of 0 and only 1 backlink to the actual page.  Even the #1 result doesn’t appear all that powerful to me – its greatest attribute is it’s DA which is the site’s age (14 years).  The great thing about publishing an article on an article website instead of your own blog is that your article takes on some of the attributes of the main domain (infobarrel.com).  It’s the same reason why an Ezine article is ranked #4 in the above example.  Here are InfoBarrel’s competitive attributes:

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InfoBarrel pulls some competitive weight now, and I’d only expect this to grow tremendously over the next year as InfoBarrel increases in popularity.

Our last step is to make sure this title is available on InfoBarrel (you can check this earlier if you prefer).

Success! It looks like this would be a good title for an article. (Note: I did not wind up writing this article because I was just using it as an example, so as of the time this post was written, that article title is still up for grabs.)

As you can see, Market Samurai is a pretty powerful tool when you’re trying to come up with titles for articles, so that they rank better in search engines (which ultimately gets you more traffic and more income).  The funny thing is, I’ve barely scratched the surface for the things Market Samurai can do.

Click here to try Market Samurai free for 12 days (no credit card or other payment information needed for the free trial).  Remember, if you like it after trying it, you’ll receive a discount for purchasing it within the first few days of using it (I can’t remember the exact time limit for the discounted price).

If you don’t think you can afford Market Samurai once you’re done with the free trial (even though I have no doubts that it will pay for itself quickly), you can use Google’s Keyword Tool to at least see how much traffic various search terms get each month.  I’ve written a brief overview about how to use this in another article.

Writing for People

Although we’d like to almost always write our titles for search engines (I’m only talking about InfoBarrel articles – there are many instances in writing and blogging where you’re better off writing for people, not search engines), this simply won’t be possible for every article.

First of all, it’s time consuming to research titles, and if we’re going to write three articles per day, we won’t necessarily have the time to optimize each title.  Second, not every topic you’ll write about will receive a lot of search engine traffic to begin with, but this is okay.  For example, if you want to write about “My Experience Learning 10 Languages,” you aren’t likely to find a lot of search engine traffic on that topic.  However, the title is extremely interesting and will cause many people who are already looking around InfoBarrel to click on your article and read it.

It’s possible that you’ll “write for people” and still wind up with an article that works for search engines.  You might be frustrated with your job and at the spur of the moment decide to write an article called, “Hating Your Job.”  As it turns out, this might be something a lot of people search for on Google!

The bottom line is, you shouldn’t waste all your time and energy perfecting each title so that it aligns with search engine traffic.  Sometimes in order to write articles quickly, you need to be able to write about whatever pops into your head and seems interesting.

Potential Struggles with This Challenge

I’m always one to point out flaws in my own thinking, not to demotivate myself, but to allow myself to be realistic and understand hurdles before I get to them.

1) I still work a full-time, 9 to 5 job. It’s possible that there will be days I don’t write three articles, and won’t have time to make them up on other days.

2) My estimated earnings are exactly that – estimates. No one has proven how much money can be made per 1,000 article views, simply because it varies.  There is a chance my estimate is way off, and I’ll only earn $1,500/month instead of $2,000/month.

3) Lack of article ideas. I may be able to write the first 50 articles with ease, but after that, I might struggle with what to write about.  Fortunately, I’m going to work on another massive guide like this one, which will cover how to find ideas for articles.

Good Luck to You!

Hopefully this article has gotten you excited about making money writing articles – I know I’m excited! If you’re going to play along with me, click here to sign up with InfoBarrel. Let me know in the comments if you’re going to take on this challenge with me, or if you’ve already done something like this (with InfoBarrel or another similar site).  I’d love to hear your feedback.  Also, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about InfoBarrel, my challenge, or Market Samurai.

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139 Responses to “How to Make $2,000 Per Month Writing for InfoBarrel – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 1”

  1. I’ll be interested to find out how this goes. I enjoy your blog. Don’t know if I could keep up with 3 posts per day, but you are right that little 400 word articles don’t take long to write. Good luck!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Joe! I agree, it’s not going to be easy, but hopefully the eventual passive income will make it worth my time.

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  2. Wow, what a powerful article, Eric. I like the hard, quality information and the fact that you put yourself out there with a goal. My understanding is that you are challenging yourself to do three articles a day and that you will keep us informed of your progress? I won’t commit myself just yet, but it is fascinating.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    You got it, buddy. :) I will be adding this challenge to my monthly “Passive Income Experiments” update that I just started doing last month. Thanks for the comment, Tyler!

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    Howie Reply:

    Not sure if you’d be interested, Eric…but my IB Success course is up for sale now.

    https://flippa.com/auctions/124872/Sales-Page-AND-6-Book-Course-Product-Aligned-with-Exponential-Growth-Website

    I just don’t have the time, resources, and market leverage to turn it into what it is deserving of becoming.

    Based on my research, I’ve made a very formidable case for InfoBarrel and for the product, but I have little to no marketing influence.

    Someone like you or Pat, with rapidly growing blogs, could do quite well in the longterm and short term.

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  3. Hi Eric, great information on researching keywords. I’m pulling for you on getting to that $2,000/month, but a little worried about it, too. I’m having a bit of trouble finding people who are earning more than $100/month on InfoBarrel right now. Granted people who are earning a lot, rarely like to talk about it, but that InfoBarrel forum is full of small potatoes earners. I hope their problem is that they are spending too much time in the forum, and not enough time writing! Anyway, good luck on this endeavor. It’ll be fun to watch your blog to see how it works for you.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for your thoughts, Brian. I would agree that the vocal majority don’t seem to be making a lot. Part of it is because the big time earners don’t share information (I hope to be one of the few who does!), and part of it is because these people:

    a) don’t properly optimize their articles and titles for search engines, and

    b) don’t attempt to drive traffic or build backlinks to their articles (although I think if you do (a) well enough, you don’t need to worry about this one too much).

    Quantity is another issue. If you look at the top 100 writers on InfoBarrel right now, you’ll see that the top writer (with 975 articles) doesn’t even have as many articles as I plan to have in a year.

    Let’s hope it goes well – thanks for your support!

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  4. Eric, Very cool idea here. I’d be curious to know why you’re not going with a more independent strategy using niche blogs/websites? After all, with the right article marketing + seo strategy you could get your articles AND your website pages ranking high with time…

    Great post!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks, Jason. I have played around with niche blogs/websites a bit, but found that they take a bit more work. I will definitely be working on these along with my “InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge.” Right now, my InfoBarrel plan gives me the ability to create a passive income stream when I have short periods of free time (like a lunch break at work) when I wouldn’t otherwise be able to work on an actual niche website. Since I only plan on spending 90 minutes per day on these, I’ll have time to work on other projects as well.

    I know you have an article marketing membership product coming out soon, which I’m looking forward to checking out. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Eric,
    Congratulations! You came in 3rd place in my blog commenting contest!
    All the best,
    Ian

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Awesome, thanks so much, Ian!

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  6. Eric! This is fabulous! I’m down for the challenge. I’ve been wanting to ramp up my work for residuals as it is- perhaps we’ll keep each other accountable? My system will probably be a little different… but three articles a day sounds like a plan to me. Let’s play!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Lauren! That would be awesome to know that I have someone playing along with me. You’re much more of a pro writer than I am, so I have no doubt you could crush this challenge. Maybe that will help motivate me to stick to the plan!

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    Lauren Nelson @ Part-Time Diva, Full-Time Mom Reply:

    Haha, thanks for the kind words, but we are probably far more evenly matched than you imply. Ready… set… go!

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  7. Eric

    This is SERIOUSLY epic, dude!

    Holy crap – and its only Part 1……????????

    Good luck on this quest of yours, I’ll be following to see how you do.

    Cheers,
    Chris

    PS. Just shot that GP for you… I will email you a link when it’s ready for you, bud.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Chris, thanks for the kinds words! I’m very excited to see your video guest post and share it with all of my readers!

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  8. Love the long post and the plan for taking advantage of InfoBarrel. I’ve used them mostly for link building and considered the AdSense and Amazon sales just bonus, but I think the potential is definitely there. If you end up with 1,000 articles, you only need them to average $2 an article a month to make your goal. Hammer on your plan and definitely keep us up to date.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Master Dayton. I’ll definitely be giving updates at least monthly, so stay tuned!

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  9. Outstanding post. I’m always fascinated with the amount of time and effort that some people put into their posts. I admire that. I wish more people would work this hard.

    You have really given us some wonderful tips and I think I’m going to join infobarrel because of it. If anything, some more backlinks would be awesome, even though I don’t think they count. It should still send me some more visitors.

    Good luck on the quest. It sounds like you have the right frame of mind. :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Richard, I appreciate the comments. This post did take a long time to compile, but I definitely feel like it was worthwhile. I know it may help a lot of the readers here, but it also helps me stay accountable for my goal. :)

    As for your comment about backlinks, I believe links in an InfoBarrel article are “do follow,” so they should benefit whatever site you link to for SEO purposes.

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  10. wow, thanks for a great post. I had not heard of this site and will be checking them out. Thanks for the in-depth lesson and thoughts on the whole thing. It is so much better to read about this from someone that is not ‘working’ for the site and we can get honest opinions and reactions.

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    classicalgeek Reply:

    If you have read something about InfoBarrel, remember that the InfoBarrel staff is only three guys up in Vancouver. InfoBarrel has a lot of outspoken cheerleaders, but they are not working for the site.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yep, I am aware of this. :) They have a strong interest in seeing InfoBarrel succeed, so I would expect them to hire whoever is necessary to maintain this current growth pace.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment! If you have any interest in writing, definitely check it out, and see if it works as a possible source of passive income for you.

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  11. A great article: I would just like to point out one rule about affiliate links at InfoBarrel that you have overlooked. Digging a little deeper, you find that that InfoBarrel asks that you limit your affiliate links in the article to only 25% of your articles.

    Another rule that gets many writers into trouble at InfoBarrel is understanding “call to action” links vs. contextual links. InfoBarrel requires that all links inside the article must be contextual, not call to action (you can put whatever you want, within reason, in your signature).

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the tips, classicalgeek. I wasn’t aware that InfoBarrel limits you to affiliate links in only 25% of your articles. Currently, I have them in > 50% of my articles, so I guess we’ll see if they say anything. I’m not sure I see this anywhere in the rules, but I may have overlooked it.

    As for affiliate links in the article body, I do recognize that they only allow contextual links, which I think is fine. This is pretty important to the long-term success of the site – can you imagine if most articles were disguised sales pages with calls to action? I think it would really detract from the quality of the site, so I’m glad they only allow this type of linking contextually.

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  12. This seems like a very ambitious task, but one which will be possible if you stick to your targets of writing 3 articles each and every day. I have previously used Infobarrel, however, I have stopped using it so much as Hubpages and even Xomba seemed to be better but your post has made me consider going back and reviewing Infobarrel once again!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree, it’s very ambitious. I think Hubpages and Xomba may be better today, however InfoBarrel’s ad earnings share and current growth rate point to better days ahead. Most of the InfoBarrel “experts” strongly believe the site will quickly climb the ranks and become one of the top article sites online, but only time will tell. Thanks for the comment, Bristolboy!

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  13. Eric – very cool & ambitious idea. I read the post on it a week back and have since been checking your blog every other day for an update. I think that + the fact that you already have 22 comments on this post is testimony itself that folks are pretty interested to see how it goes.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Dinesh. Part 2 of the challenge will be up next week, and my most recent post today gives a little bit of an update on where I’m at so far. :) I think results will be slow at first (as the articles gradually build up and age their way up the ranks on Google), but time will tell how it all turns out!

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  14. Looks like an interesting challenge. I’ll be interested to see how well you do.

    I like Infobarrel a lot but so far the earnings have not been great. Hopefully they will continue to grow as the site grows as you say.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Carrie! I’m confident as our articles age and Info Barrel increases in popularity, our articles will increase in earnings. :)

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  15. Hey Eric, I am there with you. Writing is one of my fun things and 400 words will be great. I have a list of things I would like to write about anyway and most should be something that will be good seo stuff that is workable.

    I tried Squidoo and didn’t like it, got my feel wet writing in AC and have been looking for a new place that would work better for me. I liked the looks of the site. Thanks for the tip.

    I have read a lot on my phone of yours, and have your book, but hate to reply by phone. keep up the great work.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Marty. Writing can be a ton of fun, though it does get a bit tedious when you struggle to find things to write about. Having to only write 400 words makes it a bit easier to crank out the less interesting articles, though.

    Hopefully Info Barrel will be just what you were looking for!

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  16. That’s quite I challenge. I’m also working on my “5-in-12″ goal. LOL

    Good luck!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks!

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  17. Hey Eric. I really enjoy your passive income experiments and I find this one particularly intriguing (I also found Squidoo frustrating). As much as I enjoy writing, I don’t know if I would be able to keep up with three articles per day on top of my own blog. I look forward to your post on coming up with article ideas. Best of luck!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Andrew! It will be a tough challenge for sure, but I’m glad to have you around as a supporter. :)

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  18. I am a die hard Hubpages fan, cannot say I earn as much as I desire. But the results are slowly showing up. I am so excited for your motivaiton and zest for this challenge. However I have a question, If I were to write for another site other than Hubpages which would offer me better returns in say 3 months time? This is important for me as I want an alternative site to increase the potential of adsense.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Tim, great to see another person interested in writing online. I think Hubpages is a great site, and is probably one of the better options right now. However, I think it won’t be long until Info Barrel catches up to it. The earnings potential at Info Barrel is greater than Hubpages, primarily because you can get up to 85-90% revenue share on your ads, versus the 50% that Hubpages offers.

    The main argument for Hubpages right now is that it’s more popular, and your articles there will probably rank better than those on Info Barrel. With enough backlink work though (and I’ll have a post on this soon that goes into a lot of detail about how to improve the search engine ranking of your articles), you can rank just as well on Info Barrel.

    In my eyes, there’s nothing wrong with writing for two sites. Try Info Barrel, and write a few articles there while you also write on Hubpages. See which one you like more. You probably know this by now, but results come very slowly. Patience is SO important. I think this is something where, if you stick with it, you’ll see tremendous results over time. Hope that answers your question.

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  19. Hello Eric!

    Great idea–I would like to join the challenge. I am wary…but optimistic (if I can be both at the same time:)).

    Let me ask you–are you going to focus on articles about just what your website is about, or on a wide range of articles? I always wonder about this; my blog is personal finance.

    Thanks for your time and the inspiration!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Glad to see you’re going to join the challenge, Amanda! It’s been pretty tough for me so far, mostly to maintain the pace of 3 articles per day.

    To answer your question: My articles focus on ANY topic. I’ve tried to do some research to see which topics cause ads to to appear that have a higher earnings per click. I think personal finance is one of the higher paying topics, so that’s a good place to start. I’ve said it a million times before, but the key really is picking a good title (one that has the keywords that you can rank for and receive decent traffic). Good luck, and keep us updated on your progress!

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  20. The problem is that infobarrel is a site which is cluttered with useless quasi-articles which tell the reader very little more than they knew to start with. The real reason for the article’s existence (advertising, back links) is far too plain to see. Infobarrel will fail for this reason. Then what? You’ve spent a considerable amount of your time producing 1000 articles which you’ve handed over to someone else. Just my opinion.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    While I will agree that some articles are lower quality (and exist only for backlinks and/or ads), how is this different from the other major article sites like Squidoo and Hubpages? What about one of the largest article sites, Ezine Articles? People write for Ezine almost exclusively for backlinks. All of those sites have succeeded, so I see no reason why Info Barrel couldn’t do it too.

    Also, I believe at Info Barrel, the author owns the articles that he or she writes. If I wanted to, I think I could pull my articles off Info Barrel and publish them somewhere else. At any rate, I’m willing to take a risk here and create a ton of articles for the potential of some pretty nice passive income down the road.

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  21. How goes it on this front? 3 articles a day for an entire year, plus this site and now your P90X site….and whatever else you got going on. You got gumption, that’s for sure. :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    If you take a look at my most recent “Blog and Passive Income Update” you’ll see that I admit to not being able to stick to writing 3 articles per day. I’m not one who is afraid to admit when I’ve set the bar too high, so I decided it’s in my best interest to write as many articles as I can, as long as it doesn’t conflict with my other goals. Realistically, I’m hoping to now average 1-2 articles per day, which I think will still get me to my goal eventually (but at a much slower rate).

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    Jason Reply:

    Better high than low; it’s the difference between reaching and tripping…I’d take the former any day.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Definitely agree!

  22. Great take on InfoBarrel not being as established as other sites yet. I think that’s a great way to look at it. You’ve inspired me a bit.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Eugene, thanks for the comment. Glad to provide you with a bit of inspiration!

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  23. Hey Eric,

    When you came by the blog the other day, I guess I didn’t put the two and two together when you said you had done a similar challenge, and then I stumbled upon this today.

    How many articles were you able to crank out for IB thus far? Since my little one week challenge has ended, I’m trying to commit myself to roughly 3 to 5 articles there weekly, which allows me just enough time to lock in some killer keyword titles. I just can’t wait to see this site start to explode over the next year or two. It’ll be well worth the writing I think.

    It can be tough writing articles and trying to keep up with everything else (the day job, other projects, etc.), so I know where you’re coming from. Keep at it though man!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    So far, I’ve only written about 105 articles. After originally aiming for 3 articles per day, I’ve scaled it back to 1-2 articles per day.

    Now is definitely the time to lock in those great titles – the site is still new enough where there are a lot of untapped areas.

    I agree that if/when IB explodes in popularity (it’s arguably happening right now), all of us will be glad that we got in on it when we did.

    Thanks for the comment!

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    Howie Reply:

    Eric,

    Sorry about my continual pumping of Info Barrel…

    but…I think you’ll be VERY surprised (and happy) when you see the release of IB v.2.0.

    Let’s just say….Ryan and Kevin KNOW what they are doing….

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the heads up, Howie. I’m definitely looking forward to it. :)

    Now, if only I could get back to writing articles regularly…

  24. Hey Eric,

    What a massively useful article you wrote up. :) You provide tons of useful information in here that I’m sure many first time InfoBarrel/Market Samurai users can use when writing for content sites.

    I especially like how you give the Market Samurai walk-through. It really is a terrific program. I first started using it about a year ago (the free trial). However, only recently (a few weeks ago) did I purchased the program – and, I must say, they added a lot of awesome additional features. :)

    Best of luck with your challenge! 3 articles a day is definitely manageable. I believe the summer before last I was writing 3-5 articles a day for eHow before they closed down the writing platform. It was a lot of work but, at the same time, not too much where I would burn out.

    However, you also have your blog posts to worry about (for this site and the Niche Site Duel), so I can imagine that it might be a bit harder on you than it was for me.

    I’m probably going to do a similar challenge with Demand Studios – or maybe even with a combination of content sites to diversify my income.

    Good luck!

    Christina
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment, Christina – you’ve been on fire lately providing a lot of great comments here! I really appreciate it.

    I’m no longer writing articles at a set pace (3 per day is pretty ambitious with multiple other projects going) but I am definitely still looking to increase my article collection on a regular basis.

    My earnings growth may be slower, but I still think it’ll grow to a very significant amount eventually!

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  25. Awesome long an thoroughly crafted article. Ive seen Pat Flynn talk a bit about InfoBarrel but you inspired me to go through with it. Thanks
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Glad to inspire you, Edwin. Let me know how it goes!

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  26. Hi Eric,

    Great detailed information on your plan. Thanks for sharing. I’m new to the passive income game (1 month) and looking at all the different “business models” out there.

    I like that writing articles has the potential for providing income for a good while after they are published.

    You’re article has motivated me to come up with my own plan. Like you I have the “day” job and have to scale my writing plan to fit.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Francis. Best of luck to you – here’s to a productive and profitable 2011! :)

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  27. 2011 is going to be a big year for my blog, as well, Eric. Keep an eye out for a blog called “JonathanVolk.com”, especially on January 3rd. A 1,000+ word guest post I had submitted there, about InfoBarrel, will be published!

    (On a side note, do a little Google search for “John Chow Jonathan Volk”. John Chow featured him. You’ll be amazed when you see just how much that guy makes every month….)
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Good stuff, Howie. I’ve actually been reading Volk’s blog for about the last year or so. He’s definitely an internet marketing success, but doesn’t blog enough “real content” these days. Looking forward to reading your guest post there though, and watching your blog grow in 2011. :)

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    Howie Reply:

    Just did a guest post for John Chow, as well, if you’re ever interested, Eric.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Howie – I’ll definitely check it out. You’re on a roll with these guest posts lately!

  28. I’m curious about the advice to set up a separate Amazon Affiliates account for InfoBarrel. Why is that?

    Thanks,
    Cynthia

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Cynthia,

    Actually, I’m suggesting that you set up a separate tracking ID (not an entirely separate account). This way, you’ll be able to track which clicks and sales are a result of your InfoBarrel articles, vs. other sites where you may have Amazon affiliate links.

    If InfoBarrel is the only site you use with Amazon Associates, however, a separate tracking ID may not be necessary.

    Hope that clears up any confusion!

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    Cynthia Reply:

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for the reply. I went to Amazon Associates and saw I could create a separate tracking ID. Thanks for your help!

    -Cynthia
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Happy to help!

  29. Wow, really really really nice. Thanks a lot for the info. You’re way too awesome writing such quality content and it’s only part 1, wow! Great job.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem! I’m glad you found the content useful. Thanks for the feedback, Latief.

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  30. Wow, you are very ambitious Eric. Great article, I think I will take this challenge too… Thanks a lot for sharing this, cheers!
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    Eric G. Reply:

    If you do decide to take the challenge, best of luck! :)

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  31. I like the plan and I believe is achievable.
    The only problem I see here is the fact that the website doesn’t have the trust and rankings of the Squidoo website for example.

    I never see infobarrel articles ranking on Google but maybe is because of the words I use in my searches.

    Good luck with your project and let us know how it works :)

    Maria
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    Howie Reply:

    Maria,

    I hope Eric doesn’t mind that I chime in here. I would encourage you to head on over to alexa.com, and plug InfoBarrel in. It’s important to think of these sites in terms of their history/growth trends/etc.

    InfoBarrel hasn’t been slapped hard, like Google, either. Their viable quality control process is something that deviates greatly from most websites in the industry and it is also one reason why you will gradually begin to see their articles ranking much higher in Google.

    I began watching InfoBarrel in 2009. Last month, they released a new website. One thing is for sure, Ryan and Kevin want to get it to Top-100 Alexa.

    Hope that helps.
    Howie
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for answering this one, Howie. I should direct all IB questions to you – you always have the best answers. :P

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  32. @Howie: I bet that a big influence on their Alexa growth is because of the people submitting their articles, not necessarily because of the search engines visitors.
    @Eric: Any updates on the challenge? I wanted to know if you are making money with Infobarrel.
    Thanks
    Maria
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    Howie Reply:

    The growth is because of both: they work hand in hand. Although, Alexa’s system is inherently ‘inaccurate’ and ‘skewed’ because it essentially relies on all those who have the Alexa toolbar installed (that’s a very large population, however it doesn’t account for everyone online—I’ve begun writing about this in my latest blog post over on Tactical Cashflow). Search engine visitors are actually attracted to a site BECAUSE of the actions of the collective who continually submit high quality content.

    This about it like growing your own blog or website. Sites like InfoBarrel just manage to have a user content generated system that, in return for revenue, gains hundreds of articles a day (rather than the 1 or 2 articles we’d probably submit to our own blogs). This is why, overtime, Web 2.0 properties naturally rank very very high….the real kicker though is to watch for those that effectively control for quality the best.

    At one time Squidoo was even “slapped” by Google…

    InfoBarrel, as of right now, has one of the best quality control/editorial processes online.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Maria,

    I generally always update my IB article progress in my monthly income reports, which you can check out here:

    http://www.my4hrworkweek.com/category/income-reports/

    As always, thanks for the comments! :)

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  33. Not long ago I started a blog, and the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work. cheers!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem! Thanks for the comment!

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  34. Well, I got started today but I do know now that I need a specific goal now.

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    Evan Reply:

    I was originally going to do three articles a week anyway.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Even 3 articles per week isn’t bad – the key is to just stick to whatever goals you choose!

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  35. Hi Eric

    I just came across this post today and it’s timely because I’m starting to get into article writing and recently joined Info Barrel. Thanks for the great read!

    Carl

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Carl!

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  36. This is very inspiring to have this level on clarity and a goal so grand. How are you doing on your goal? I make it a point to write 3 article during the work week, 4 longer ones on the weekend. I use them for article building. I have seen a push in my adsense by over 200%. I know that dedication and smart tools will win the race to passive income online. Thanks for posting.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    The goal isn’t going well (I haven’t written in a few months) but I continue to see my earnings increase, so I’m happy with the articles that I have written so far. I think if you stick to your plan, you’ll be very pleased with the results.

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  37. Hello, my name is Al. First off, you are a great inspiration and I thank you for your free knowledge sharing on helping all your listeners “get out of the day to day and becoming more productive for creating multiple streams of income”.

    Anyway, my question is how do I go about handling a tax / title ID at my local county for my business. I’m assuming that you must have come up with your own company name for tax purposes, etc. I already have my own domain but am just starting to blog but I still need to setup a paypal account and get my own business name registered for income tax purposes.

    Can you briefly explain how you went about doing this for your business?

    Thank you SO MUCH!!!

    feel free to e-mail me @ garza2240@gmail.com if you wish to reply “offline”.

    God Bless.

    ~Al

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks so much for the comment, Al! Right now, I actually blog/do business as myself (i.e. as a sole proprietor), with my own SSN vs. using a tax ID. However, I have been meaning to set up a tax ID as well as an LLC for my business activities. It’s probably too much to explain in a comment, however I think I will write a whole post about it, once I do it for myself. That way, I can walk you (and everyone else) through the steps that I took. I’m assuming there are many others out there with the same question. Great question, thanks!

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    Dave G. Reply:

    Hey Eric,

    Your post was certainly well-thought and definitely inspirational. Do you have any updates on how things are going for you and your plan? Appreciate it….wish you continued success.
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  38. Nice article, this is a method for earning money online. But I have some doubts as to just how effective this approach is when done as written with no other back-linking strategy.

    You haven’t stated any specific results that you have obtained from using this method. Also the example shown does not give any indications if any other back-link strategies are or are not employed to get the earnings stated.

    For ‘SEO Competition’, Market Samurai shows the top ten listings found on Google. But the reasons that these links are in the top ten is because of the numbers in the other columns, such as ‘BLP’ these are back-links from other domains to the web page listed in the results. It’s because of these other factors, ‘Domain Age’(DA), ‘Google Page Rank’(PR), ‘Referring Domains’(RD), etc. that this keyword shows up in the ‘Search Engine Results Pages’ (SERPs) were it does.

    On the other side InfoBarrel does have a PR of 4 and is highly ranked by Alexa, Compete and Quantcast. so it is certainly an excellent article directory to place you articles.

    InfoBarrel should certainly be included in any back-linking strategy.

    Overall, I like this article.

    Back-linking strategy is not just for promoting websites, it can also be used to promote articles!

    The earning potential can be increased by using Social Bookmarking Sites (I have a list of these on my website) to increase the favor the article has with search engines. This is one aspect of a back-link strategy.

    You can also create a videos that goes along with the article then post them on YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and link back to your article(s).

    Use the same or very similar keyword based article title in the video title as well as the hyper-linked anchors text on the video sites. This is about relevancy between the keywords and the article content.
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  39. Hi Eric,

    I’m almost a year late, but I’m going to join this challenge with you! Let’s do this!!!

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  40. This is kind of a long term plan in my opinion, and i’m not the one to take up on those. But i like the fact you tried to step away from the normal platforms and are willing to take some risks with InfoBarrel. Because this is how big money is made, taking risks instead of playing it safe.

    I don’t doubt you’ll reach your target sooner than you think.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Martin – I don’t even think InfoBarrel is all that risky if you’re willing to stick with it.

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  41. I’ll take it if it’s even a tad better than Squidoo, which has been killing my dreams lately. I actually gave up on it once i noticed i’m getting closer to schizophrenia.
    I don’t dream at making $2000 from this, but i’ll try and see if i can come close to it at least.
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  42. Amit,

    For the 100th comment on this blog post, just thought I’d stop in…good job Eric…

    Since you brought up Squidoo, thought you might like to read a guest post I had done on Super-affiliate Jonathan Volk’s blog a few months back…

    http://www.jonathanvolk.com/how-to-make-money-online/revealing-the-next-squidoo-hubpages-and-ehow.html

    Enjoy!
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    Amit Reply:

    Oh, so i only got to be the 99th. Too bad, always seem to be one step behind with these things :)

    On a more serious note, thanks a lot for that link, there’s definitely some solid info there.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Howie – it’s crazy to see this post still receiving comments almost a year after it was written. Obviously, I haven’t focused much on InfoBarrel for awhile, but I still consider it to be the best revenue-sharing article website out there, and it still continues to play a part in my monthly online income.

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  43. Eric,

    It’s a tad bit late, but I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I found this article to be very helpful. I just quite my job to start this online marketing stuff–which I’m still very new to…so I will have to take on this challenge. Thanks for sharing! I hope to take this and run with it!

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  44. Hey Eric,
    I’ve been getting your emails for awhile but haven’t read much of your stuff until this post. This article is great! I’ve signed up for infobarrel and am going to see how many articles i can write daily (and on a regular basis). Thanks!

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  45. Eric,
    I just came across this post and wanted to say thanks for sharing. I am sorry to see that you were not able to keep up with the 3 a days… but understand completely.
    I am looking forward to getting to that 1k/month mark as well and this site seems like a way to get there.
    Thanks.
    Kim

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  46. My opinion is that InfoBarrel is in essence the same as Squidoo or HubPages, you just had more success with it because of your dedication.
    But that’s just my opinion as a marketer, since i don’t to article writing, ever.
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  47. Hi Eric,

    very impressive what you write and the maths as well. I have to say to write three articles a day within around 90 minutes seems very daring. And persistance is needed, like always. I found your article inspiring – thanks for that.
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  48. Have you had any trouble removing articles from InfoBarrel? I tried deleting two of my articles and I couldn’t, so I had to change their content to total jibberish and then republish. I wrote the IB folks to ask them how to remove my articles…no answer as of yet.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    To be honest, I’ve never tried removing an article. Your best bet is to probably ask in the forums – they are usually very helpful there.

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  49. hi Eric, I am very much grateful for this. However I wanted to know, Is it possible to earn from Infobarrel when you are not from the U.S.A? And how do you sign up for Google ad sense when in case you don’t have a domain website?

    [Reply]

    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Musa,

    Yes, it is possible to sign up to InfoBarrel and earn money via AdSense when you are not from the US. As for getting a Google AdSense account without a domain, I’m not 100% sure, although I know many have done it. One way I can think of is to set up a free site via http://www.blogger.com. I’m sure if you ask on the InfoBarrel forum, others can give you ideas based on what they have done. Hope that helps!

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  50. Thank you for this article!!

    I have been looking for a good guide to making some residual income online and I think I found it.

    Do you think InfoBarrel is still booming? Do you think it will continue to boom? Just curious since it is a year later from when you wrote this article. :]

    Thanks again!!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Yes, I still think InfoBarrel is booming even though I have not put too much work into it lately. I think it’s definitely going to be one of the top revenue-sharing article sites in the future.

    There are several people who currently earn over $1,000 per month, and those who put a lot of time into it in general seem to be rewarded well.

    The key is to keep writing and realize that it takes time for your articles to age and rank well. Also, you need to make sure to choose your niches and article titles wisely, as these will impact your article’s ranking. Above everything else, be patient, and your hard work will pay off. If you give up too soon, you will find that the payoff isn’t nearly as great.

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  51. This is a great article. Hope you reached your goal!

    I’m currently starting an Info Barrel challenge to see what I can make with Info Barrel

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  52. That is one seriously long article. If you put 1/2 the effort into IB you will do well there.

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  53. Hey Eric!

    Great blog! I’m always amazed at how you can write epically long articles and keep them fascinating down to the end.

    As per my last blog post I am right now working on more articles for IB. I have seen the approximately $15 per 1000 views to be a very good estimate.

    I was curious how many views per page per day you are seeing on your IB articles.

    Right now I am seeing about 1.5 views per IB post per day. I wondered if that was the norm for you as well?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Quinton! I currently have 134 articles and average about 290 page views a day…so I guess that’s about 2.16 views per IB post per day.

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    Quinton Hamp Reply:

    That helps immensely! Thanks!
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  54. Ok.. Looks like I’m a late comer to this post. I’m going to be reading all three parts that’s for sure. I may even take up the challenge myself as its quite interesting. I’m also thinking that if the subject is relevant, then the articles can be spun and re-submitted to other directory sites and linked back to the info barrel to increase the traffic and revenue.
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  55. Hey Eric, reading your article in 2012, how did your challenge go!

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  56. Sounds like a lot of work. I would rather pour all that into a membership site or Ebook and get Passive Income (residual passive income)from writing good content in one area to make a better profit. I also believe it is important to know what you are promoting in your site.
    I once went to a site that had links all up and down their web page embedded into the text. Good idea to put many links in your content but then when I clicked on one I thought would take me to their “special part” of the website it took me to a tax ad promoting something entirely different!! Needless to say I sent a very angry email and vowed never to go to that blog again. Just to make a few cents they lost me as a reader.
    1000 articles Whoa! That’s a lot. You know their has to be an easier way to make great passive income on the web. I keep meaning to read that 4 Hour Work Week. I did have the chance to read Crush it! It was a great motivator for online business. Anyway would love to see how you are doing in 2012. I think I will explore a little more. Good Luck.

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  57. Wow, it always seems to amaze me when I find new writers and actually read a post all the way through to the end. I cam across your site because I was reading one of Pat Flynn’s post and he mention your website. Cheers to your success and I am glad I found this site. This information was very useful and inspiring. (^_^)

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  58. Just now reading this post. I’m curious how it all went and I’ll be sending you an email. I never run out of things to talk about so I think I can take this on as a personal challenge. On a side note, I think it’s amazing that I stumbled upon both InfoBarrel and your blog post for two totally different reasons. This must be a sign.
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  59. Great article.I really enjoyed reading this post, you have written such nice content.Thanks.

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  60. Hi Eric,

    I will certainly start writing on InforBarrel.
    I as just not sure to be able to fill the 3 or 4 post per day.

    Regards,
    Rui
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Good luck Rui!

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  61. Hi there, thanks for the information. I enjoyed reading about your earnings challenge. I hope it is continuing to go well for you.

    I started writing for InfoBarrel some months ago. It is a great site to publish articles on. I find researching the topics I am interested in does take a bit of time though.

    Writing three articles a day will not be easy for most people if they are interested in getting top quality content out there on the web. Adding value to people’s life through what you write is, in my mind, as important as the money you may end up making.

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  62. what am amazing article
    thanks man it really helps

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  63. Hello Eric,

    thank’s for the information. I will try writing on InforBarrel and make some money with it.

    Cheer,
    Ricardo
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  64. Eric, what was the highest you got per month?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I probably made it up to around $100/month before everything was cut short when I lost my AdSense account. At that point, I somewhat gave up on writing new articles for InfoBarrel.

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    Laura Reply:

    Do you know why you lost your account, or did they cut you off without them telling you?

    I hear of this happening quite a bit.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Unfortunately, they closed it down without really giving me a decent explanation. They said it was closed due to “invalid activity.”

  65. I gave up on hubpages this after 3 articles I wrote all got rejected without any explanation…

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  66. Hi Eric,
    i’ve read your article and all the comments down to here and it seems from your last reply that things are getting worse. Would you still recommend writing for InfoBarrel like you did in 2010?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi John – I still think InfoBarrel is a great place to start learning about internet marketing. In other words, learning how to research keywords, perform basic SEO tasks, create content, etc. It’s more difficult now to make money there than it once was, but with patience, you can still make money. With that said, it may be good to start off writing there, learn how everything works (possibly earning money as a bonus), and then leave to pursue building your own website(s). Hope that helps!

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    John Reply:

    Helped a lot, thx! You confirmed what I unconciously already knew.

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  67. Hi 3 or 4 400 word articles a day seems a big ask, bur if you manage it you deserve to make that sort of money. Good Luck John
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