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How to Make Money on Squidoo

Updated on January 2, 2013

Make Money with Squidoo

As a freelance writer, I have learned that in order to meet my income goals I need to have my hands dipped into several pots. Yes, Hubpages is most certainly one of these pots. Squidoo is another one. I've been on that site for three years and I've learned a thing or two about being successful there. I thought I'd share them with you. :)

Write Original Content at Squidoo for Greater Success

Getting Started with Squidoo

The first thing you need to do, of course, is set up an account. But beyond that, if you are used to the hubpages platform it could take a little while to get your bearings over there. However, the one thing that is the same on both sites is the fact that quality content is one of the biggest factors that will determine your success.

My advice is to sign up on Squidoo but before you start creating your first lens, have a look around. See what the community is all about and what kinds of things people are publishing over there. I personally get a lot of ideas by looking at the way people set up their lenses.

Think About Keywords for Your Lenses

Just like with Hubpages, keywords are an important part of your success on the site. For me, I choose one keyword to be the main one. I make sure the keyword is in the URL, title, and once in the lens itself and that's it. You don't want to overdo it or stuff the keyword in. This doesn't help you get better rankings anymore. In fact, it can hurt you.

I think it is far better to choose one main keyword and then write your content in a very natural manner. Your visitors will enjoy your writing and it is a better long term strategy for success. You don't want people to think that you are annoying, and stuffing keywords into your articles is definitely annoying.

Using the Modules Vs. Promoting Affiliate Programs

The big question is whether or not you should use the Amazon, eBay, and other money making modules to build your income or if you should promote affiliate programs. The short answer is that it really is up to you.

I personally do a combination of both but I need to tell you that I only choose products that match the content and offer value in some way.

For example, in a lens that I have about repairing hardwood floor scratches, most of the revenue comes from commissions from selling the Tibetan Almond Stick from the Amazon module. It's a $3 product that works beautifully to remove surface scratches. Notice how I didn't promote a $30 eBook that would basically say the same things that I said in the lens - I actually gave a recommendation for something that is helpful.

Assignment: If you're new to Squidoo, or even if you're not, I have a challenge for you. It is to create 10 new lenses with 5 of them using only the Amazon module for commission and 5 of them only using affiliate links, like those for products found on Clickbank or Commission Junction. I challenge you to choose topics that you find interesting and can create unique, original content about, and to choose products that enhance your information.

What do you think?

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    • kohuether profile image

      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      I am pretty sure you can add previously published content on Squidoo, by the way. You aren't giving any rights to Squidoo - the content still belongs to you. It took me a while to start making money there and it wasn't until I had about 50 lenses up that I started to see a return.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Do you want to share the articles you have up there? Maybe I can offer some tips that can help! Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      As far as Squidoo is concerned I am not sure if I can publish articles that I have published elsewhere.

      At the moment I obviously have not got the hang of the site and have put 6 articles on Squidoo covering a wide cross section of subjects - but with absolutely zero response. My articles seem well received elsewhere so I can only assume they are not boring.

      As I say I am earning nothing from these 6 articles after a month and will cancel them and re-publish elsewhere.

      If I can add previously published articles I can put over 120 onto Squidoo immediately covering subjects from natural healing thro to historical and political discussions. Any comments would be gratefully received. Your article voted up and useful.

      Kind regards Peter