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My Squidoo Experiment

Updated on November 14, 2012

The Squidoo Income Challenge: Week One

The first week of my Squidoo Income Challenge ended on October 7, 2012. It has been a very productive experience and it has motivated me to set a goal of 1000 lenses in the next 6 months. How close am I now? I am about to reach 200 lenses. Not bad when you consider that I started out with 84 lenses in August. I added 50 lenses in September. My goal was to add another 50 in October and I surpassed that goal. I am now at 192 lenses. I know what you're thinking. "That's great, but are you making any money?" I tried to take notes everyday, so I can share my results. Let's go over those stats.

How many Squidoo lenses were created?

On Oct. 1st I started out with 134 lenses, but added another 4 before I went to bed. At the end of the day on Oct. 7th I had 153 lenses. That means I added 19 lenses in a week.

Did the lenses earn any money?

The answer is yes. Some of them earned money within days. However, they aren't the type of lenses that earn every single day. I started out by using low competition keywords that didn't get a lot of traffic. i wanted to be sure I could rank for the keyword within days. Why? I wanted to make sure that there would be sales. The only way i would know is if it made it to the first page of Google as soon as possible without having to build backlinks. That saves me time which I can use to build more lenses.

How much did the lenses earn?

At the end of the first week my Squidoo accounts showed a total of $37.27 and $9.93 from my personal Amazon Affiliate account. (That doesn't include Squidoo ad revenue share or ebay sales). The earnings are a little difficult to keep track of because I believe the ebay sales from the previous month was already posted in preparation for my monthly payout. My totals decreased after my October Squidoo payment was made. I have the totals for those weeks too. Will share them in a future post.

 My daughter is one of the main reasons for my Squidoo Income Challenge.  She is studying environmental engineering and college is expensive!  ;)
My daughter is one of the main reasons for my Squidoo Income Challenge. She is studying environmental engineering and college is expensive! ;)

Do you earn money on Squidoo?

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Another Squidoo Experiment

While building my lenses, I decided to add a few seasonal lenses. I wanted to see if what I learned worked for all kinds of lenses regardless of the topic. I'm happy to say that I had successful results. I know that many of you want to see what the lenses look like. I tried to post links on my previous hub, but the HubPages TOS clearly states you can't have more than two links to the same site. I was so bummed out, I stopped sharing my results. However, I found another way to share the links. It's too late to go back and share every lens that I posted for the past month. However, I did create a list of my Halloween Squidoo lenses. From now on, i will also post the lenses I build on a daily basis. If you are joining me in the challlenge, leave me a comment over there. ;)

Take the Squidoo Challenge!

Hope you enjoyed this hub. Please, take the time to share this hub with friends and family by email, twitter, Facebook, pinterest or your favorite social network site. Visit the link above to join me on the Squidoo Income Challenge. I have finished my first month and the results are well worth the time. Will post week two soon...

Please, leave your comments and questions here! ;)

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @lmsanjith I posted a link to one of my accounts.

      You can join Squidoo here: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmaster/referral/supermo... Contact me after you join and complete your profile on Squidoo.

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      Sanjith Lakkol 5 years ago from BANGALORE

      Good information about Squidoo earnings, but you have not disclosed your Squidoo name. Is it in the same name. I liked most of your hubs. I want to know more information about how to make money online with Squidoo. Please help me.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @T. R. Brown I couldn't figure out why I was making lenses that were not making money for me. Then I read about a tool that several of these lensmasters used. I decided to give it a try. Let me tell you that every I know exactly how many other sites are competing for my keyword and how much traffic I will get before I write my hub or lens. I am no longer throwing darts at a target in the dark. I know how each lens and hub is going to perform. This saves me a lot of time for two reasons. First, the tool tells me exactly what sites are currently ranking for the keyword (even specifically giving me the hubs and squidoo lenses). The second time saver is that I don't have to build backlinks. If I do, it reallly doesn't take much. I can tweet it, like it, pin it and give it a plus - then I'm done. I used to run around building backlinks on forums, rss directories, article directories, do follow blogs, etc... Now i have more time to make lenses, hubs and blog posts on my own sites. ;)

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @Lipnancy Take it! You will not regret it. I am going to write a post right now that will help you. Be sure to read the links I have shared above. They also helped me immensely! ;)

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @Lauryallan Continue to use HP. but start to make one lens every week. At the end of one year, you will have 52 lenses making money for you. Once you get the hang of it, you can change it and make one every day. The money will really add up. I am going to write the next post now. I have three different topics I want to write about, but I think I may just write about the way easy method that I started using when I earned my first $200 month on Squidoo (that's excluding the Amazon earnings which totaled $160.00). I'm not sure if I posted the link to the free ebook yet. It really helped me a lot. However, there is one tool that helps me choose keywords that NEVER miss. Without that, I wouldn't be doing so well at this challenge.

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      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Supermom,

      That was very interesting. It hadn’t occurred to me that the timing of the publishing would impact the indexing. After reading, it occurred to me that I should probably take some of the higher performing topics and aggregate into a blog with AdSense and Amazon affiliate links. At least that would give me more control of the NOINDEX issues. I also plan to run some lenses and see how that performs.

      You have touched on some really solid concepts with this Hub.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I am still looking forward to more information on Squidoo! I may just take your challenge.

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Yeah I've been reading that skeffling link you prvided for the past 2 hours which led to other stuff about squidoo and infobarrel and amazon affiliate incomes etc. I really suck as buyer targeted articles and make most of my HP income from the CPM. I want to make more income in 2013 with the affilaite programs and move away from earning through pretty much solely through the HP Adprogram as I find it lacks transparency...

      Looking forward to your next article!

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @T. R. Brown Was just doing some research on the question you asked and I came across this blog post.

      http://greekgeek.mythphile.com/2012/09/new-hub-vs-...

      Interesting, isn't it? What do you think?

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @Lauryallan There's a tool I found that will help you make money using any site on the net. I am going to share it in the next post. I tested it with Squidoo and HubPages. The lenses and hubs I wrote are on the first page of Google right now. Check it out: Google squidoo income challenge or sunflower kitchen curtains. You will find my lens and hub on the first page. One is #1 the other is #3. (By the way, my squidoo lens is under Squidoo_income_challenge for the sunflower site). Will be back to share all the details. In the meantime, check out the sites I shared above with some other hubbers. They helped me a lot and they will help you too!

      Good luck and stay tuned. ;)

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      Hey I am looking forward to finding out how you make so much on Squidoo. It's a platform that I've never managed to get to work me.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @T. R. Brown You are very welcome! I know exactly what you mean. I provide SEO services and I do a lot of backlinking. I have been building lenses for years, but not earning a lot in regards to tier payments and Amazon. The most I earned in a month was a little over $400. However, I found this lensmaster that had great success. She's been building lenses for about a year and earned over $8000. this October (with the help a few other sites)! She doesn't even backlink. I started using her technique and it WORKS.

      Here's her site http://skefflingsmakemoneyonline.com/

      She's not the only lensmaster getting great results. I am writing a post in a little while with a ton of resources. Don't do anything until you read it because it will save you from a lot of trial and error as well as expenses (ebooks and tools some people want to make money from). I am on my way to make $500. + this month, which I haven't gotten close to earningon Squidoo since last Christmas. I use a combination of techniques from about 4 different lensmasters. Stay tuned for more info.

      Oh and be sure to come back and share your results! ;)

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      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Supermom,

      This is really helpful. I haven't been writing on HP very long, but I am pretty fluent with SEO and keyword research. I was really impressed with HP's ability to drive my researched hubs to the first page of Google, but that has changed dramatically over the past 3 months or so. In the summer, I had several Hubs that were ranking in the top 5 for their primary Keyword within days of their being indexed. That is simply not happing now (even with some fairly significant link building for relative uncompetitive keywords).

      My traffic was getting close to 2,000 a day in the late summer with relatively few hubs and it is now below 300. I tried InfoBarrel with and got nothing, so I think I will be testing Squidoo. Thanks for saving me a lot of testing work!

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @wetnosedogs Got it. Sent you a reply. Read all those sites, you will definitely make money. At the rate my lenses are earning, I should earn about $500 or more from Squidoo and Amazon!

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      supermom,

      I did get your email and responded back. The questions will probably give you a headache. LOL

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @wetnosedogs Thank you. Her name is Rebekah. She is currently in VA attending college.

      Thanks for sharing my hub. It's greatly appreciated. Did you get my email?

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for another wonderful hub loaded with information. That is a precious picture of your daughter you shared with us.

      I am sharing this.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      @T. R. Brown Definitely! I was able to get several Squidoo lenses on the first page of Google within days of being published, without backlinks! The last hub I wrote titled Squidoo Income Challenge took a few weeks to rank on page one. No question about it, Google LOVES Squidoo!

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      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Very interesting. Have you done any sort of A - B testing against HubPages to see which site has more Google mojo?

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