Infobarrel for Online Income?
InfoBarrel is yet another site which offers writers a way to make passive income or residue income online. Its a site where you post your content and then you make money based on a percentage of the advertising revenue. Authors are free to write on almost any topic, there is no up-front payment for writers and no editorial control over content submitted to Infobarrel.
From an Internet Marketing point of view – InfoBarrel seems like another site where we can exchange useful content for useful do-follow backlinks.
In many ways its similar to HubPages but a much newer site – launched in mid-2008. They are currently offering 75% revenue share: they have a contest on for May: if you publish 30 250 word articles (or 15 x 500 words or 6 x 1000 word or mixture thereof) in May then you will get 90% revenue share in June – just a thought!
Will InfoBarrel Pay Me?
No they won’t you are paid direct from Google Adsense and/or eBay affililate programs. If you don’t live in countries that these programs support or if you have been banned from one or both then you will not earn income from InfoBarrel articles.
Similar to HubPages if you refer someone to Infobarrel you get a percentage of the impressions of advertising on their articles (from the Infobarrel share not the writer’s share). The links in this article are affiliate links.
InfoBarrel Compared to HubPages
√ Very similar concept that suggests to me that InfoBarrel will be in for the long-haul – if you don’ t generate any revenue you don’t get paid.
√ InfoBarrel has a human approve your first 10 articles: this should keep the spammers out- which will keep the Google love coming.
√ As a new author my articles are getting indexed within hours by Google, also my links are do-follow from day one. Hubpages no-follow’s new author’s links until their author score grows
√ InfoBarrel has explicit guidelines for authors: READ THEM. They are similar to EzineArticles.com and the important thing is that you can’t put links near the start of the article.
√ Easy to use social bookmarking tools to share your articles with twitter, facebook etc.
X The editor tools are a bit undeveloped compared to HubPages. You have more freedom- you can use html- but this can also make it a little more of a learning curve for those who are new to web tools. As always write you content offline using a text editor like Q10 and then cut and paste it into InfoBarrel – avoids all the codes you get from Word and similar editors and means you have an off-line copy of your work in case the site disapears!
X No direct control over the url of your article – its exactly the same as your title – which is a disadvantage for SEO purposes sometimes.
X No statistics or integration with external statistics such as Google Analytics – analysing the search query that your visitor used to find your aricle is a good way to write more articles which the search traffic will find…UPDATE: they are considering integration with analytics
X The categories for articles is WAY too undeveloped – like no travel category! Also the front page is very static – with the same featured article and articles under the main categories showing for up to a week. UPDATE they are working on this in Beta at the moment.
InfoBarrel Compared to Squidoo
√ Instant indexing by Google of InfoBarrel articles after approval and publishing. Enough said I think!
√ Transparent revenue sharing model, But this will not work if you can’t get an affiliate ID for eBay or Adsense but for the rest of us its a much better way to be paid.
InfoBarrel For Writers
√ You can produce articles which include images, videos and html editing options (tables etc)
√ You can add either a custom signature (create as many as you want) or your profile at the bottom of your article to point readers to your blog or other website.
√ 75% Adsense and eBay sales share. No upfront payment but this means there are few limitations on what you can write except for the usual exceptions which are against the Adsense TOS (drugs, alchol, sex and rock and roll 🙂 )
X Other members are allowed to edit content – but the edit has to be approved by administrators and you will be notified for the attempted change – its supposed to improve grammar/spelling etc.
InfoBarrel For Internet Marketers
√ Up to 3 do-follow links allowed – preferably in the signature box – very similar rules to EzineArticles
√ To date the approval of articles has been fast – once less than 4 hours.
√ I’ve seen my articles have almost instant indexing by Google
X Doesn’t seem to have the strong internal internal linking that HubPages has.
X Has the potential to get your Adsense account smart priced, if you add your Adsense ID
What do you think? Are you going to add Infobarrel to your online portfolio?