I was starting to get a bit burnt out on backlink building for my niche sites and decided to take a break. At the same time my backlinking efforts have only re-emphasized the importance of having lots of content at my disposal which made me think about some quicker money-making opportunities.
Not only is content important for building up my sites, but many of the sites I have joined for high PR backlinks also include blog functions. If I had more content, I would post an article or two on these high PR sites to get some in-text, dofollow links. The problem is that I just don’t have the time to write my own content and my budget is so small that I have been unable to afford quality writers.
So, combining my need for more cash with my need for a break from building my niche sites, I decided to focus on other revenue streams. I have about 15 articles over at eHow and have been making a consistent, but quite small income there which I funnel into my niche site budget. I decided I would try rewriting some of those eHow articles (since that is fairly quick and easy) and submit them to another revenue-sharing site.
I decided to focus on Info Barrel as I have been hearing some good things about the site lately. Info Barrel requires you to submit your adsense code to get 75% of the adsense earnings on your articles. You can also get a cut of EPN (eBay partner network) earnings, but I am not signed up with them yet. Of course, no one knows exactly how the revenue-sharing works over at eHow.
At first I thought I would do a test to see how a new article posted on eHow and then rewritten for Info Barrel would compare in revenue. So I wrote up an article on a new topic for eHow and then wrote on the same topic for Info Barrel. I ended up not even doing a rewrite, but wrote on the same topic independently for each site.
The articles went live this morning and I will track the progress. In the meantime, I plan to start rewriting my eHow articles and posting them over at Info Barrel. Info Barrel has a contest right now where if you earn enough points by May 31st (through posting articles) you will raise your adsense cut (to 80-90% depending on the points earned) for the month of June. I’m going to try and at least reach the first tier (80%).
I have a feeling that the upfront revenue from Info Barrel won’t be quite as good as eHow at first, but I still think the site has a lot of potential. One of the things I like is that the site is newer than eHow, so it isn’t as saturated on good article titles/keywords. I just noticed recently that eHow is now not letting you choose an article title that has already been written on, and since most of the good keyword phrases have already been taken, you now have to be more creative. Info Barrel seems to require unique titles also, but at least you aren’t limited to the “How to…” like eHow.
But what got me more excited about Info Barrel was the backlink potential. If you are building niche sites, here are some added benefits to writing on Info Barrel:
– You can add 2 in-text links to your articles and they are dofollow.
– You can add links in your profile and they are dofollow.
– You can put links in your signature (in siderbar of article) and they are dofollow.
– There is an author RSS feed which you could submit to aggregators for BLs.
– You get a referral bonus on signups – nice if you have a money-making niche site.
The profile links at eHow are also dofollow, but links in the articles are not nor are they in-text links so this is a nice bonus on Info Barrel. eHow also doesn’t have an RSS feed for your author account which I think stinks. And since the “signature” next to your article can contain a description and links to your site, you could easily set yourself up as an expert and get traffic to your sites that way.
Overall, I am excited about the possibilities at Info Barrel and would recommend other niche site builders check it out not only as a side income but also for backlinking and traffic possibilities. I will definitely report back on my progress.