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Info Barrel – Make Money, Build Backlinks | Working Towards Home

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.

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13 Responses to Info Barrel – Make Money, Build Backlinks

  1. Sara says:

    Thanks for posting this. Infobarrel is new to me but I am all for back linking on web 2.0 sites. :)

  2. I signed up with your link :) Now just need to spend time with writing more articles LOL

  3. Bihar says:

    Infobarrel has a limitation that your first 10 articles will be reviewed before publication.

  4. Sara says:

    Hey, this post is in the #5 position on page 1 for “Infobarrel”. Nice work!

  5. Ann Yo says:

    This is a good article and you can certainly earn money from writing original articles through Infobarrel. They also allow you to attach backlinks from your other articles or blogs.

  6. Gina says:

    I signed up to Info Barrel a few weeks ago. I’ve got to write more articles, but people who’ve been there have said they like it a whole lot more.

    It only takes a day to get your article approved. Your Adsense publisher link will show up 75% of the time. In other words, every 3 times your page is viewed, you earn on the impressions. But if someone clicks on your link, you earn 100% of that click.

    I always wondered how the Info Barrel staff earned their money. It looks like they earn from that fourth impression. And imagine all the thousands upon thousands of articles they’ve got on info Barrel. That’s a smart way of earning money…every time an ad shows.

    I say dive in. Why not. I think I’m going to rewrite some of my eHow articles, too.

  7. Gina says:

    Sorry…I should have clarified that better. You earn 3 out of 4 times the ad impressions near your article. In other words, those ads appear every time your article is viewed. Three of times you earn. The fourth time, the money goes to Info Barrel.

    If a reader clicks on any of the ads by your article, you get 100% of the revenue share.

  8. Witchie says:

    More than a year later I’m just wondering how you would rate your experience with eHow and Infobarrel now?

  9. Carrie says:

    Witchie, check my earnings page.

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  11. Witchie says:

    I enjoyed your post and was just wondering if you find Info Barrel as quick to approve and within months then delete your articles as say Squidoo or Hubpages both of which I had this problem with.
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