If you do, how is search traffic to your articles there? Has there been a recent change from the Google Panda or Penguin updates? Would you recommend this site to other writers?
I have a few articles there under the name Thinkwrite17. It used to seem like I earned as much on ten articles as I did here on over a hundred, but I've lost track of earnings with the changes in the Google Analytics format. I can't seem to find the old report with earnings.
Infobarrel is small and has less of a community feel than it does here, but lately, I've started writing there again. So, yes, I would recommend it. I would encourage you to read the Terms and Conditions.
Let me know what you decide?
PS - I've started the transition of all my photos using the alt tag. Thanks for your helpful advice.
I have one article there but I have a friend who says they prefer Infobarrel than HP, I don't share that sentiment.
Does your friend get traffic from Google and is he making any money with the InfoBarrel AdSense program?
I think he does. Based on what he told me some time ago he makes some money there. I think he also makes a few product sales.
Someone told you about Wizzley. I read a page that mentioned Jo Harrington (3 yr. member here, 0 Hubs) has book published and selling on Amazon. On Wizzley, in 12 months, she wrote most articles and received most Editors Choice Awards and also attracted thousands of readers.
I'm also on IB. I do agree with other contributors that traffic there is comparatively lower. You can hardly type a search on Google and get an article from Infobarrel. What's more, you can't delete your article unless you flag it and wait for the guys to delete it. Their quality assessment is also more stringent, particularly keyword issues.
However, it's a legitimate site and worth the effort. My advice to all HP writers is to never dare move your hubs elsewhere. I've tried it and failed miserable. If they don't get traffic here, they won't get it anywhere else. Aim at improving them instead.
I just saw a Hub from 3 months ago about Infobarrel below. Unless you have, you may want look it over.
I have two published articles there. Both were checked/corrected by native speaker, because my initial attempt was rejected due my poor knowledge of English language. Traffic is poor (well, so are my keywords in these articles), but links coming from IB proved to be pretty good in my case.
Their forum was good source of knowledge few years ago, but now it looks almost abandoned.
Editing is not so cool as at HP. If you are looking for alternative, I think Wizzley is closer. If you need diversification of links, try both. If you want to earn good money, you probably already know your own site is the best option.
WriterFox, I highly recommend Infobarrel. My traffic isn't great there though, but I'm not putting as much into that site as I have here or elsewhere. One of my referrals, though, is writing up a storm and appears to be doing pretty well.
You can probably figure out how get a lot of traffic there as well.
However, I should add that the money appears to be better here, even factoring in for the recent traffic loss.
Good question I would be interested in following this one to see what others think. The loss of Squidoo cost me and I do not think we can assume HP is immune to the wrath of big G!
I tried them at one point and found the traffic to be poor. I still have some articles on there which get very little traffic, but then again, I haven't done anything with them for a long time.
It sounds like more HP people are writing on Bubblews than on Infobarrel.
The site isn't on Quantcast, but these are the figures from Alexa:
49% of the traffic is from India
26.6% from the U.S.
5.7% from U.K.
2.1% from Pakistan
Site traffic sent from search engines: 7.3%
Alexa makes traffic estimates from people who have its toolbar installed on its computer, so the data is not from actual traffic numbers like Quantcast. (You can look at statistics for HubPages on Alexa to see how they compare to real data on Quantcast.)
Still, I am wondering about that site and the kind of traffic it receives from search. The revenue sharing plan seems to be better there but, if there's no traffic, there's no revenue to share.
I only wrote 2 articles there. I didn't like how the site publisher worked with few options. The two articles haven't ranked well. Maybe if I put more work in there, I would have done better, but I've noticed I've never seen an Infobarrel article in any searches I do. There were also writers that shared their earnings and I wasn't impressed.
You originally asked how traffic is going on Infobarrel. I checked the forums and I don't see any complaints over there about falling traffic.
A more relevant question would be, how much traffic were they getting in the first place?
Writing sites are often quite insular. For instance, my very first writing site was Helium.com. When I joined HP I was stunned to see how much I could earn compared to Helium. But six years later when I went back to Helium to collect my articles, I came across several of the same writers, still writing for pennies and still thinking that was the best they could do. They'd just never raised their head above the parapet to see what else was available.
I've learned that when a writer says, "I recommend such-and-such a site and I'm doing well there", it means nothing - because some people think "doing well" is 5 cents per article per month, whereas others think "doing well" is $5 per article per day!
Are you leaving too?
I am trying to check them out (without signing up yet) and cannot read the pages because there is no down bar.
No, I'm not leaving HP. My traffic is still good here. But I'm curious about InfoBarrel. I know at one time a lot of HP people were writing there but the site doesn't look very active now. I would consider writing a few articles there if I thought I wouldn't be wasting my time. Also, it looks like if you publish something there that you have difficulty deleting it if you want to.
I also had trouble viewing it on Chrome.
I will suggest you stick to one Good article directory because there's no point trying other platforms .You'll end up writing endless articles for peanuts.
I have several blogs, write hundreds of articles on many sites without actually benefiting anything financially but just the love of the art.
At the moment i am totally burned out tired and concentrating only on one or two two sites.
I tried info barrel before moving to hubpages because I could actually make payout here.
I have a few articles there but they don't get any traffic which is why I haven't really bothered any more. It seems much easier to get traffic on HP (although my traffic here is only a fifth of what it was a while ago).
There is someone over there who reached earnings of almost $3000 per month some time back. Think he's on a lot less than that now though, but I haven't been over there for a while to see what's going on now.
That is the gist if it--you think traffic here is low? Over there it is lower
Traffic is definitely lower over there, as our earnings. But it's still a nice site.
I wrote a number of articles a long time ago in IB. Since I did not get much traffic there, and earnings were thin, I have stopped writing there.
Info barrel was being pushed hard by some SEO pundits about 3 years ago as the up and coming content site, but IMHO it never up and came.
I popped in there yesterday after reading this thread. I published one article there and am going through the wait and see approval process.
Not sure how it will go, but I am always willing to try a site I have not tried. I have made a few dollars here and there over the years by doing so.
It was not hard to publish there however there was one glitch. No matter how hard I tried I could not get a caption to appear for my photo. I tried deleting it and then reuploading it several times to no avail.
Please let us know how long it took you to get approved.
I've done a little checking and it doesn't look like anyone there is making $1,000 a month right now, though some people used to in 2010.
So far it is taking 17 hours and 49 minutes according to my "last" activity on the site. Seems like a rather long wait. Will update here when and if it become published. Or....when it becomes denied as that is another option.
I will say that your "About Me" information will not be published until you have one article published on the site according to my page.
OK, thanks. It appears like this site is owned by two guys who own a lot of other sites, too, so maybe this one isn't their top priority right now.
Did you have a look at the forum? It's not very active.
I glanced in the forum yesterday to look for any "tips" that may jump out at me. Needless to say not a thing jumped. It is amazing that I read one "help" or "faq" article there that suggested that even though a lot of information was outdated and from 2008, that some still applied. That does create a worry that they do not keep things updated with the current and/or ongoing changes of the site.
I had no idea about the owners of the site at all. I may delve into that and check things out as time allows.
Has your article been published yet? What's your user name there?
I started writing over there in June I think. It can take anywhere from a few hours to more than a week to get an article approved. The admin review new articles manually, and I think they get some help from trusted writers on the site to review articles (at least, someone said so in the forum).
I only have 11 articles there so I've been slow to say what earnings are like there. I can say I have one article I wrote a few months ago there that is on page 3 of the SERPs for the keyword phrase. However, as others have said, my understanding is that it's been a long while since anyone has made big earnings there, maybe a few people make some money. Also, I've noticed many people say they make some money but they have a large volume of articles. Again, I don't know a lot about that, I have minimal experience there.
Edit: The reason I was attracted to the site originally is that I think they pay per impression and you don't need an Adsense account to earn; for me it was a way to diversify in a relatively safe and (possibly) effective way.
Wow! A week to get an article approved! That really sounds like no one is minding the store. I appreciate your feedback.
Just to update here: It has been 48 hours since I submitted my first article on InfoBarrel and so far it has NOT been published. What a joke. I should delete what I placed there and publish here on HP or on my blog.
Sounds like the site is not exactly looking for/encouraging new writers! I hope you ride it out just to see how long it takes. Then, at least, you'll have some information about your experience there to write a review Hub about it. Then, you can see how long it takes Google to find the article and Index it. Then you can delete it.
Could you share these few article directories you find worthwhile? Thanks
I have an Infobarrel account that's about 2 and a half years old with about 70 articles, non-niche. Not only does Infobarrel rank very poorly in SERPs, but also the CPM is much lower than at HubPages.
The articles I have there are not worth relocating to my own sites or HubPages, so I just leave them there to get the $5 a month they generate.
The site has never really recovered from its Google penalties, but because it's a low-key operation (nothing like the staff bloat that HP has), the owners still profit from it so it's still alive. At least they know how to run a site efficiently. And the owners are pretty nice.
Some points in its favor are that you don't need an Adsense account to earn from their earnings program. And they are not so restrictive on many topics the way HP is. But they don't have subdomains to insulate users from other users's crap, and the site doesn't look as nice and clean as HP does.
There may be people who manage to get good search engine traffic to their infobarrel articles, but I think most users have resigned themselves to targeting social media, which is more work and defeats the purpose of passive income. All in all, I can't really recommend it.
This thread has reminded me that I need to transfery info barrel pages to hubpages.
Just a heads up for people who have Infobarrel articles and want to take them off the site. There's no do-it-yourself delete or unpublish option on IB as there is on every other user-generated content farm; you have to email staff and they delete them for you. I think they are pretty good about turnaround times, but you might have to wait depending how busy they are.
84 hours and counting since I submitted that first article there. Still it is not published (or denied) so far. I can see how that would certainly be discouraging to someone new to the site!
TaDa! I am published as of this post on IB. Doing a little promoting to see what kinds of views I can get and such. Only an 86 hour wait period, lol.
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