Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Squidoo Tip # 14. Take Breaks from Computer Work

As an active Squidoo Lensmaster, I often feel guilty for taking breaks from computer work. There's always so much to do on Squidoo - build new lenses, add content to the old ones, stop by and comment on lenses by other Squidoo lensmasters, participate on the Squidu forum... And the list goes on and on... I also run an Etsy store, and it certainly takes up a good part of my day. Well, this year, I decided to take a long Holiday break from Squidoo and only logged into my account every other day to refresh a lens or two. Although it wasn't a complete break, it certainly felt like a vacation to me, when compared to the 20+ hours I usually spend on Squidoo weekly. Christmas is a Holiday I cherish - it is time for family and friends. So this year I took my time to do plenty of Holiday Shopping, Decorating, Baking, and Fun Activities with those Dear to me.

If you are self-employed, like I am, there are no paid Holidays and no paid vacation time. You are in complete control of your schedule, but the downside is that taking time off may cost you... At the same time, I am very convinced that taking breaks from computer work helps me get back to reality and then later achieve greater success. Too much time in front of a computer leads to stress and fatigue and affects productivity. Although I did feel like I should have put more effort on Squidoo over the last few weeks, I am happy that I took my 3 week break from computer work and can now get back to it with more energy. My Christmas Break is now officially over. New Year is right around the corner, and now is a good time to set some new goals and come up with a plan to accomplish them.

Hope you all had a great Christmas! I sure did :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Is it wrong to build Squidoo Sales lenses?

       Is it wrong to build Squidoo Sales Lenses? In my opinion, No. But I have seen some posts by other Squidoo lensmasters who were very negative about Squidoo Sales lenses. They suggest that sales lenses have low quality content that diminishes the quality of Squidoo. Is it right to have nothing but Sales Lenses on Squidoo? Probably not. I suggest that you do have several well-researched high-quality Squidoo articles along with your Sales lenses. The reason why Squidoo lenses rank well in the Search Engines is that Squidoo provides quality content on a variety of topics. And since being part of the Squidoo community is important to lensmasters' success on Squidoo, you do want to contribute to overall Squidoo success. At the same time, I believe that there are two types of Squidoo Sales Lenses - lenses that don't benefit the reader in any way and are made with the sole purpose of making Sales and lenses that solve readers' problems and help them in the decision making process.
     I personally put a lot of effort into making my Squidoo Sales lenses the perfect solution for the reader's query. You may be surprised to find out that I have already spent 7 hours of planning and research on my newest lens Best Toys for 2 year old Girls. From coming up with the idea and brainstorming, to researching the topic, applying personal experience, and reading customer reviews of individual products, it takes time to come up with a solution of the reader's query. My goal is to help Parents, Grandparents, Family Members, or Friends to help pick out the perfect gift, and if I don't succeed in my efforts, I will not get any visitors from Google. Every one of my Sales lenses takes a lot of time and effort, and plenty of continuos improvements and frequent updates.
    Do Sales Lenses diminish the quality of Squidoo? Some lenses do, I agree. But there are also other lenses that offer solutions to reader's problems or point readers in the right direction to where the solution may be found. Sales Lenses also contribute to the Squidoo Ad Pool. For example, my top performing lens Top Christmas Gifts for Girls 2011 gets 5+ Google Ad clickouts per day, making Squidoo $5-$10 or more per day in Google Adsense revenue. So to sum it all up, in my opinion, both, Squidoo lensmasters and Squidoo, benefit from Sales lenses, but it's also important to contribute well-researched quality articles to contribute to Squidoo overall success.

     November 6, 2012 Update: My newest addition: Best Toys for 1 year old Girls has already taken me over 30 hours of research, planning, and content updates. However, it will be the perfect go-to place for anyone looking for the perfect gift for 1 year old baby girls - since I have already picked out the age-appropriate educational toys, narrowed down the choices to the best toys available on the market in 2012, and broke them down into categories to make the selection easier.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Squidoo Tip #13. Own Your Topic on Google

When it comes to getting a permanent spot on the 1st page of Google, Expertise is your key to Success. A combination of Squidoo's high PR (Search Engine popularity) and Topic Expertise is a perfect recipe for owning your Topic on Google. What do I mean by "Own Your Topic on Google"? Make your Squidoo Lens the best resource on your topic available online. If you are sharing "best mac & cheese" recipes, make sure that you have the best collection of  mac & cheese recipes available online. It is great to have 50-100 or more lenses on Squidoo, but it is even better to have 25 well-researched lenses that can answer just about any question about the topic. Google likes aged content - webpages that have been around for a while and have been getting content updates on a regular basis. Don't stop adding content to your lens after you publish it. Add relevant information at least a couple times per month, and you have a good shot at getting Google's attention. Learn everything you can about your niche and the topics you choose to cover, and you will be well on your way to making a steady monthly income on Squidoo.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Katie Colette Daily

This is just too cool - you can make your own paper from Tweets or Facebook posts!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Make Money with Squidoo. Squidoo Tip #12.

Make Money with Squidoo
Squidoo Affiliate Marketing Tip
If you are new to Squidoo and are not familiar with internet marketing, this information may be helpful: Affiliate Marketing. But basically, affiliate marketers help consumers find goods and services that may be beneficial to the consumers. Many companies have affiliate programs. They provide links to affiliates and pay commissions (typically 4-10%, but may be as much as 75%) for every sale completed through the link. Companies may also provide you with banners, photos of products, and products feed. Squidoo participates in Amazon, Ebay, and Zazzle affiliate programs. When you sell an item using Squidoo affiliate modules, Squidoo gets commissions and then splits the commissions with you.

So what is my Squidoo affiliate marketing tip? 3 days ago I got a $105 check from an affiliate network I registered for several months ago. It was a very unexpected surprise and it made my day. I made only 1 Sale through a banner I placed on one of my Squidoo lenses. $105 for only 1 Sale! So my tip is not to limit yourself to affiliate programs available through Squidoo. My suggestion is to sign up with Several Affiliate networks by providing your Squidoo lensmaster account as your web address, and if you have a website or a blog too, make sure to mention it as well. Affiliate networks are great because you don't have to sign up with every merchant. Instead, you have an independent company track your sales and combine all commissions you get into one check. You get an opportunity to become an affiliate for Target.com, Walmart.com, Kmart.com, GoDaddy.com, and thousands of other sites. You get excellent photos for your Squidoo lenses and are able to give your readers more product options. Here are the Affiliate Networks I recommend:

1) LinkShare
2) Shareasale
3) Google Affiliate Network

I don't like to recommend Clickbank - although many of the Clickbank products offer the most competitive commissions, there are also plenty of spammy products that can trigger Squidoo spam filter and even get your lens locked. There is one product I would recommend to all Squidoo lensmasters - One Week Marketing (great tips from potpiegirl).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Squidoo Tip #11. Build Sales lenses.

There are two ways to make money on Squidoo. You may choose to build Sales lenses and make money with affiliate programs or you can build lenses around a "hot topic" (topic in demand) and make money by attracting visitors to Squidoo site (get paid for Tier 1, 2, and 3 lenses by Squidoo). If you sell Amazon and Ebay items through Squidoo Amazon and Ebay Modules (vs. Affiliate links to sites), you will most likely get nice Top Tier payouts from Squidoo plus your share of Affiliate commissions.

"Hot Topic Lenses"
 Coloring Pages lenses perform very well on Squidoo. They generate a lot of clickouts, including clickouts to Coloring pages websites and Google Ads. The lenses bring in a lot of Google traffic and get high Squidoo rankings even if affiliate sales are low. "Smurfs coloring pages", "Cars coloring pages", "Tinker Bell coloring pages", etc. are built around "hot topics" in demand.

"Sales Lenses"
On the other hand, there are Sales lenses. They are built for consumers ready to make a purchase who need a little help picking out the right item. The lensmasters who build lenses for the consumers (I will repeat myself here) ready to make a purchase are the lensmasters who make money on Squidoo. Let's take my Zippered Pouch Tutorial lens. Although it's informative, it's not a very good Sales lens. People searching for the tutorial are probably not exactly in the "make a purchase" mood. They may click on the Amazon or Ebay items I suggest, but will most likely leave without making a purchase. On the other hand, my Vintage Buttons Wholesale lens is very much geared towards the buyer looking for a good place to buy vintage buttons wholesale. My lens showcases various types of vintage buttons, and since Ebay is one of the best places to buy vintage buttons, I am likely to sell some Ebay items through my lens. Another example of a Sales lens - Dora Gifts for Toddler Girls that showcases Dora the Explorer products.

Comments? Questions? Do you have good Sales lenses? Would love to hear from you :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Squidoo Tip #10. Be Social...

Is it possible to make money on Squidoo without being social? Experienced Internet marketers do it all the time. I have seen 1st and 2nd Tier lenses that hadn't been updated in 1-2 years bring in enough Google traffic to keep them at their high-ranking positions. The lensmasters are often busy working on other projects and no longer active in Squidoo community.

But if you are just starting out on Squidoo, I strongly suggest that you do spend some time reading and commenting on other Lensmasters' lenses and participating in Squidoo forum (Squidu). You are guaranteed to meet some great people who will make suggestions on how to improve your lenses, give you advice on how to bring in more traffic, and squidlike some of your Squidoo creations. I believe that traffic and clickouts are the two most important stats when it comes to lens rankings. However, if you are a newbie, Squidoo internal traffic, Squidlikes, and Squidoo Angel blessings can make the difference between Tier 3 and Tier 4 lenses (making a few cents and realising the potential of Squidoo and not making money at all).

There are quite a few Lensmasters that supported me in many ways and gave me advice when I first started out. Tipi, LisaAuch, Darcie, Liz, TeamSTM, AJ, and many other Squidoo Lensmasters supported my lenses by Squidliking, commenting, blessing, bookmarking my lenses, sharing them on Twitter and Facebook, and giving me advice.

If you are a Squidoo newbie and are looking for ways to increase traffic to your lenses, I strongly suggest that you become an active part of Squidoo community. You will get a lot in return.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Daily Squidoo Tips: My First Tier 1 Lens

This is a link to a post at a new blog I follow by Squidoo Lensmaster Tilen Hrovatic Daily Squidoo Tips: My First Tier 1 Lens: "My hard work and a lot of coffee finally took me somewhere on Squidoo. By following tips from some succesful lensmasters and building a netw..."

Also, please check out Lisa Auch's new post: Understanding SEO Free - what a find, Lisa :)

Squidoo Tip # 9. Blog to make more money on Squidoo.

Have you realized that most of the people who make decent monthly incomes on Squidoo usually have blogs? Wordpress blogs, Blogger blogs, TypePad blogs, etc... Blogging is really not that hard to get into. Blogger is one of the easiest blogging platforms to work with, and if you have published a lens or 2 on Squidoo, there's no reason why you should wait any longer to start a blog. Although Wordpress blogs are more SEO friendly, Google loves its Blogging creation, so Blogger makes a great choice for anyone interested in getting into blogging. I personally work with both, Blogger and Wordpress.

So why blog to make more money on Squidoo? Several reasons. First of all, valuable backlinks. My Blogger blogs are  Do Follow and by creating links to my relevant lenses in my posts, I create quality backlinks. I also allow and encourage backlinks to other Squidoo lenses in comments (by the way, if you have any problems posting comments with your Google account - make sure that the "stay signed in" box is not checked when you login - Blogger has been having some minor issues with Google accounts comments). The backlinks give you additional advantage over lenses with no backlinks or backlinks from Squidu forum only, so it helps your lenses rank better. As your blog becomes more popular, the value of your links increases.

Also as you can see, in the left sidebar, I created permanent links to my Squidoo lenses and Associated content articles. That's another way that you can get more views for your Squidoo lenses. When it comes to making more money on Squidoo, every visitor counts! And by promoting your blog, you are also promoting several lenses at once, saving yourself plenty of time for creating new lenses.

Finally, as an additonal benefit, you can add Google Adsense to your blog and learn how to Make Money with Adsense and Blogger. If you do decide to apply for an Adsense publisher ID, make sure you have had your blog for at least a couple weeks and have posted at least 7-10 quality posts. Also, before you start displaying Adsense on your blog, read carefully over all the Dos and Don'ts and add a Privacy policy to your blog!

Hope you had a Happy July payday! Would love to hear how you are doing on Squidoo :) Please feel free to comment!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Squidoo Tip #8 - Publish Seasonal Lenses to make money on Squidoo.

Have you started working on your seasonal SQUIDOO lenses? From last year, I remember how many Tier 1 and Tier 2 lenses dropped down in their rankings to make room for seasonal lenses that were getting high Google traffic. It may seem silly to start thinking about Christmas in July, but if you are really serious about making money on Squidoo, now is the time to invest some effort into building Halloween and Christmas Sales lenses - think costumes, decorations, and gifts. Last week I started seeing some unexpected Google traffic to my Tier 4 Top Christmas Toys for Girls Lens (today the lens is already ranked at 14,804). The Christmas gifts Lens performed really well back in October, November, and December. I got Tier 2 lens Earnings and affiliate commissions for 3 months in a row. It was definitely a great achievement for a newbie :)
Do you have a Seasonal lens you are working on? Please feel free to comment on the post and include a link to your Christmas or Halloween lens. Hope you are doing well on Squidoo. I can't wait for the July 2011 Squidoo Earnings!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Squidoo Tip #7 - Increase Clickouts to make more money on Squidoo.

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Squidoo uses the number of Clickouts as one of the parameters in determining your Squidoo Lens rank. Why are they so important? When visitors land on your Squidoo page, they are looking for answers and solutions. And it is your goal to give them the information that is relevant to their searches. Ideally, you want the visitor to spend at least a few minutes reading over your lens and then send them on to a different page - it may be a product you are promoting, or a site that may be interesting to your reader, or maybe one of your lenses on a related topic (hey, a clickout and an extra lens view - can't get much better then that, unless you are trying to make a sale, of course...)

The last thing you want to happen is for the visitor to glance over your lens and click back to other Google Search results. Click backs will have a negative impact on your lens' Google rankings. Google lets your readers decide on the relevance of your lens' contents to the keywords used throughout the lens. By Generating Clickouts, you optimize your Squidoo lens for Search Engines. It is a great way to send a reader on to a different site and keep them from clicking the "Go Back" button. Clickouts will give you a better Google Search placement and will help your lenses make it into the Tier 1 and 2.

In my Squidoo Earnings Diary, I feature my top performing lenses, give links to my blog, link to articles that may be interesting to other Squidoo lensmasters, and feature Amazon products. If someone clicks on a Google Adwords ad, Squidoo will also count that as a valuable Clickout. I also like to take advantage of the Google Search Module to help my readers find useful information on relevant topics.

As always, I hope you are making money on Squidoo. I would like to hear from you - would you like to share your Squidoo SEO tips?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Squidoo Tip #6 - Update Squidoo lens tags to make more money on Squidoo

Have you updated your Squidoo lens tags lately? Tags are an important Squidoo tool that helps Squidoo identify similar lenses and suggest them to Squidoo readers. Google traffic is very important, but you can't ignore the opportunity to attract a few extra readers from direct Squidoo traffic. Let's take my First Dance Wedding Songs lens. There are quite a few Wedding lenses on Squidoo, like for example this Best Mother-Son Dance Songs lens by rms that today reached the overall Squidoo ranking #1. There are thousands of brides and grooms who turn to Google for help with their wedding planning. They land on a Squidoo page that may or may not answer the question they have. Then they see Squidoo Lens suggestions in the sidebar and click on another lens they may be interested in. Or they click on a tag in the Tag Cloud and find a list of Lenses that cover the topic. How do you get Squidoo to suggest your lens to the reader? By selecting the right tags. This Squidoo Tags SEO lens by Squidoohelp is a great reference guide for using Squidoo tags to optimize your lens' findability within Squidoo. What can you do today to get more Squidoo lens views? I suggest you find a couple well-ranked Squidoo lenses in your niche and get some tag ideas for your lens. Find the best tags for your lens and make sure that your primary lens reflects your main topic. The more similar your lens tags are to another lens' tags, the better are the chances of your lens showing up in the sidebar. If you have several Squidoo lenses on the topic, I suggest you make your lens tags similar and add your lensmaster name to all lenses as a tag - to get Squidoo to suggest your own lenses.

Do you have Squidoo Tags SEO tips you would like to share? I would love to hear from you! June 2011 Squidoo payday is coming soon - hope you make some money!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Squidoo is a waste of time...

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Today I ran into an article about Squidoo being a waste of time. That's exactly how I felt after my first couple months on Squidoo. $0.25 for hours of work seemed unfair and seeing little to no lens traffic was simply depressing. I can totally see how some people can feel that Squidoo is a waste of time. But I also know of several lensmasters that have 15-30 Tier 1 lenses, along with 25-50 Tier 2 lenses, and hundreds of Tier 3 Squidoo lenses. They get $500-$1000+ from Squidoo per month along with affiliate commissions from Ebay, Amazon, Zazzle, LinkShare, ShareASale, Commission Junction, and Clickbank. Squidoo can certainly be a waste of time, but for the lensmasters who have figured  out the "magic formula", Squidoo is a nice source of income.

As of today, I have three lenses in Tier 1, two lenses in Tier 2, two lenses that keep on jumping between Tiers 2 and 3, and ten Tier 3 lenses. If I was to get a paycheck from Squidoo today, I could probably count on around $100 plus a couple dollars in affiliate commissions for my Amazon and Ebay Sales. $100 per month in Squidoo Earnings is certainly better than 25 cents. Would I say it's a good compensation for the time I spend on Squidoo? It will be, if I manage to keep the traffic to my top lenses steady for several months while also building new lenses. Squidoo lenses are also a valuable tool in promoting my Etsy store, so I always remember about the money I save on blog advertising by publishing my own articles.

How do you feel about Squidoo? Are you wasting your time? or do you think that your hard work will pay off in the future? As always, comments are welcome!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Squidoo Tip #5 - The easiest ways to build backlinks to your Squidoo lenses.

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Backlinks are very important in optimizing your Squidoo lenses for the Search Engines. What is a backlink? Basically, it's a clickable phrase that points to a webpage. For example, if I wanted to point to this blog, I would want to select something like "Squidoo Tips" or "Squidoo SEO" and place href attribute with the links' destination (my blog).   In HTML, the backlink would look like this:

<a href="http://squidtips.blogspot.com/">Squidoo Tips</a> ,

 and it would look like this to my readers: Squidoo Tips. By the way, if you do decide to comment on this blog and backlink to your Squidoo lens, <a href... > format is what you would need to use.

So what is the easiest way to build backlinks to your Squidoo lenses? How about another Squidoo lens? For example, let's take my Google Adwords Tips and Tricks Lens. In this lens, I mention that it would be smart to use a Google Adwords Coupon when experimenting with Google Adwords campaigns. I also have a Google Adwords Coupons lens. So why not create a backlink to the lens and make the "Google Adwords Coupons" lens more attractive to Google?

This backlinking strategy works really well if you have several lenses covering related topics. By building links between your Squidoo lenses, you will not only create more content views, but will also make Google think that your content is popular, since other webpages are pointing to it. I recommend using your key words for the anchor text of the backlink.

Also, I recommend that you checkout this Squidoo lens by Squidoo Lensmaster Emonanam: Best Do Follow Forums and this Squidoo lens by LisaAuch: How to get my lens found

Hope you are making some money on Squidoo! As always, comments are very welcome. How do you build backlinks to your lenses?

Friday, May 20, 2011

What do you do when Google stops sending traffic to your Squidoo lens?

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Well, I wasn't going to post to this blog today, but this morning I noticed that the traffic to my most popular lens suddenly dropped. Apparently, I have lost the VIP placement on Google, and Google moved me way down in the Search Results...
 I would say I am a little disappointed seeing the drop in traffic to my Squidoo lens, right as it was getting close to moving to 1st Tier. What kind of drop in traffic are we talking about? I had 190+ visitors per day for several days in a row. Then Google gave me a little warning yesterday that I somehow ignored - only 90 visitors yesterday and 1 visitor today..., and when I do a search for my keywords, my Squidoo lens is nowhere to be found. I think my Wedding Songs First Dance 2011 lens is unique and very helpful to brides trying to pick the best song for their First Dance, and I believe it deserves the VIP placement on Google. But I was so worried that if I make any changes to my lens, the traffic is going to drop, that I didn't update the lens for a couple weeks. Well, I should have known better. Google is always after the most up-to-date content, so if you want your lens to rank high on the Search Engines, update your Lens on a regular basis. It doesn't have to be every day, but once or twice a week is good. My Wedding lens is competing with well-known sites like "The Knot" and "Get Married" - very recognized sites in the Wedding industry, so if I want my lens to beat the kind of competition, I certainly have to work hard. So I added content to my lens, added new tags, and I will be looking for ways to add some backlinks to it as well. I am sure I will get the traffic back! I would love to hear from you. What do you do if you see a sudden drop in Google traffic?

Update on 5/24/11 Google is sending traffic my way again :) Super Excited!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Squidoo Tip #4 - Do include YouTube modules in your lenses

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Why would you want to include YouTube Video Module in a Squidoo lens? Not only will you add great relevant content to your lens and bring more value to your readers, you will also optimize your content for Google. One of the things that Google takes in consideration when figuring out where your lens should be in the Google rankings is how much time your readers spend on your site and whether they click back to Google Search results. By displaying the right YouTube Videos on your lens, you answer the readers questions, keep the reader on your Squidoo page for a couple extra minutes, prove to Google that your content is relevant to the key words, and therefore, your Squidoo lens gets a better ranking in the Search Engine Results. Squidoo is a big authority on Google. So if you use the right key words throughout your content, display YouTube Videos, engage your reader, and provide the information the reader is searching for, you will have good chances of landing on Google's 1st page. As always, please feel free to leave your comments and link to your Squidoo lenses.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Squidoo Tip # 2. Do key word research to make more money on Squidoo.

Do you do Key Word Research before you publish your Squidoo lenses? The other day someone suggested to build a lens per day to make a good income on Squidoo.

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I agree that having a 100 Squidoo lenses will probably push 5-10-15 of your lenses to Tier 1 and 2 - that is if you stick with related topics and interlink your lenses. But I personally think that if you optimize your Squidoo lens content and try to push every lens you build into the higher Tiers, you will make more money on Squidoo. One Tier 2 lens is worth more than 15 Tier 3 lenses, and one Tier 1 lens pays better than almost a hundred Tier 3 lenses.
I have had several lens make it to Tier 1, but keeping them there may be a little complicated. The only way to keep a lens in Tier 1 is a steady high traffic from Google. How do you get Squidoo lens traffic from Google? By doing key word research and optimizing your Squidoo lens content for search engine crawlers. I use Google Adwords Keyword Tool to find less competitive keywords and analyze competition. For example, if I am writing about dog training, I know it would be hard to get lens traffic to Squidoo lens "dog training", but "dog training tips for kids" or "German Shepherd puppy training" may be a little less complicated. I don't look for key words that get the most searches, but I do pick key words that get a steady traffic with less competition.
Once I pick a key word, I try to get a lens name with the key words in it, then I use key words in the introduction modules and throughout the lens.
As always, I would love some comments. Do you do key word research for your Squidoo lenses?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Squdoo Tips. Tip # 1 - Pick a niche for your Squidoo lenses.

What is a marketing niche? Why would you want to pick a niche for your Squidoo lenses?
I love writing on a variety of topics. And that's what I initially started out doing on Squidoo - I had a lens about my dog, a lens about Christmas gifts, a lens about a steam mop I use, and so on. My lenses weren't supporting each other and the few views I was accidentally getting here and there didn't result in any additional traffic to the other lenses.
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When compared to mass marketing, niche marketing can be described as "targeted to a certain group of people". The best way to make money on Squidoo is to build a lens around a product or one very specific topic that people are searching for. Then build more lenses in the same niche. What would be a good niche? Recipes lenses do really well on Squidoo. Let's take "Casserole Recipes" - you can build lenses "Beef Casserole Recipes", "Chicken Casserole Recipes", "Potato Casserole Recipes", and so on. You can feature your other casserole recipes in Squidoo lens' Sidebar or at the bottom of each lens. You can make one lens that includes links to all the recipes. With recipe lenses, picking a product to promote is not very difficult. But like Seth Godin suggests in one of his books, make sure you have a banana you are selling, and that banana is very obvious. When given too many options, consumers get lost  and end up leaving without making a purchase - and that's the one thing you want to avoid.
So if you are interested in making money on Squidoo, my tip today is to pick a niche for your Squidoo lenses and write, write, and write some more. Connect your lenses to each other and get several lens' views out of every visitor that comes to your Squidoo lens. Looking forward to hearing about your Squidoo experiences. Please feel free to leave me a comment and a backlink to one of your lenses :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Squidoo Tips Blog from Katiecolette on Squidoo

 Hi there! I am KatieColette from Squidoo, and I am starting this blog to share my Internet marketing tips, tips for increasing Squidoo lens traffic and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in general.
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I have been a member of Squidoo for about 9 months, but I didn't realize the potential of Squidoo until about December of 2010 when I read a Squidoo lens about Squidoo Tiers - I am pretty sure that this Squidconomy Lens was the turning point in my Online Marketing career. I will have to admit that I got on the opportunity to publish online content on Squidoo without learning much about the site and the community. I took advantage of publishing a lens without waiting for an Admin approval, added some more content to the lens over the next few days, and, after not seeing much traffic to my lens, left Squidoo for several months. After seeing first Tier 3 lens earnings in my Squidoo account, I did a Squidoo Search on "Squidoo Tiers" and found all the motivation I needed to continue my Squidoo Journey. I started a Squidoo Earnings Diary lens where I have been keeping track of my Squidoo Earnings and my experiments with Squidoo modules, key words, building backlinks, etc. I also joined Wealthy Affiliate University to learn more about Internet marketing and making money online. If you are interested in exploring Blogging, Article Writing, and Web Content Writing as a part-time and full-time career, follow my blog! All Squidoo members are welcome to share Squidoo Experiences. Please feel free to leave a comment related to my post and leave a link to a relevant Squidoo lens. This blog will be a do follow, so once I build up some traffic to this blog, you will have an opportunity to build backlinks to your lenses :)
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