I just sat down with my cup of coffee and after perusing the WAHM forums, I decided to have a quick look at the Infobarrel forums (something I've been doing frequently since I began my Infobarrel experiment). I saw a post that caught my eye, and it reminded me of why I love writing for the site so much. My earnings aren't great yet (they will be), but the site's owners are wonderful and they really do listen to their writers. As of today, you now have a choice as to what type of Adsense ads display on your articles.
You can choose text ads, text and image ads, or image ads. Simply head on over to "My Account" and choose "Advertising Profile," then click on "Google Adsense Ad Type." If you aren't sure which one to choose, you can just leave the default setting of text and image ads, although I highly recommend changing to text only ads. In my experience, people are more likely to click on text ads, plus you get more ads per page that way. Perhaps you'd like to experiment with different ad formats to see which ones make the most money for you, and now you have that option.
The writers at Infobarrel have been asking for this feature for the past week or so, and I was extremely surprised to see the site's admin actually deliver. After writing for websites that treat their writers like their wishes don't matter, it's refreshing to feel like you're actually valued as a contributor. It makes me happy that I chose to write for the site, and I'm excited to see where it goes in the future.
If you haven't signed up for Infobarrel, I highly recommend it. If you were a writer for eHow, you were probably spoiled because it was so easy to earn there. Infobarrel doesn't have the same authority as eHow, so you'll have to work harder to make the same amount of money on the site. This means performing good keyword research, creating backlinks and promoting your work. However, I think it's worth it if you're looking for a good revenue sharing site on which to publish your content. After all, it's still going to be less work than publishing on your own sites, since you can leverage the authority that Infobarrel already has and you aren't starting from absolute scratch.
That being said, always remember to diversify. Perhaps a mix of revenue share sites and your own sites is a good way to go. For the residual income newbie, however, revenue sharing sites like Infobarrel are perhaps the best place to get your feet wet and really learn how to earn money online.