InfoBarrel is another one of the oldest sites for making money through revenue share. It works very similar to HubPages, by writing whatever you want (within reason) and posting it online. Before signing up to any site, many people question whether it is possible to earn money online writing at InfoBarrel.
How InfoBarrel Helps Writers Earn
The site owners created a site that offers revenue share for writers. Writers are allowed to add their own content, and will earn 75% of the revenue on the site. That includes the earnings from affiliate links, such as Amazon or eBay. It’s one site, though, that I’m not sure if other types of affiliate links are allowed.
It is one of the better sites for earning money online through revenue share. However, that is only if you can get people to view your articles. I’ve only had one of my articles get constant views. Some never see any, which personally doesn’t make sense considering articles make money elsewhere; I’ve also seen the articles show up on Google search results.
I decided to stop writing at InforBarrel for reasons that I detailed on Writedge back in April. Since then I have continued to earn money just on the one article that seems to be doing really well (for reasons unknown).
Do You Need Google AdSense?
There are two different earning programs when writing at Infobarrel. The first is through the Infobarrel’s own earning program and there is no need to have your own Google AdSense account. The second is through Google AdSense. To earn through the second one, you will need to sign up for a Google AdSense account, which is free to do so. Like I mentioned in the HubPages post yesterday, this takes time and you need to have a portfolio of work first. I’m not sure if you can use your articles at InfoBarrel to sign up for an account.
Amazon affiliates is the third way of earning. You suggest products for people to buy when reading your content, and then you earn a commission for each product sold.
Sharing Previously Written Content on InfoBarrel
Many people want to make money from content they’ve already written. You can make money writing at InfoBarrel with previous written content as long as the content is not published anywhere else on the web. If it was posted somewhere else, you will need to make sure it is removed from that site first.
You cannot republish it anywhere else while it is on InfoBarrel, either. It will be removed from InfoBarrel and your account could be deleted. It’s generally not a good idea to add the same content on multiple sites. Google discourages against duplicate content, and it offers nothing extra for your readers.
One of the problems I ran into after I stopped writing at InfoBarrel was that I couldn’t delete my content. The Terms of Service are similar to many older ones, where the site owners have the right to keep the content online if they want. I wish I’d noticed this in the Terms of Service when I signed up, but it’s only because I’ve been burned by this type of term in the past that I’ve realized just how bad it can be. Now I always look out for something like this, and refuse to write for a site if I can’t remove my articles when/if I want.
I don’t understand how the sites can have the right to keep the content on the site indefinitely, though. Authors retain copyright, so surely the writer could ask for the content to be removed. It’s something I haven’t tried yet; but I may do sometime in the future.
Writing at InfoBarrel certainly isn’t for me. But there are plenty of people making some money from it. I make between $5 and $20 a month on one article that’s on the site. It all depends on how well that article has been picked up on the site. I don’t do any promotion, except maybe sharing the link to that one article every couple of months or so, so it’s not bad for earning residual income.
Do you think writing at InfoBarrel is for you?