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Do You Squidoo?

Squidoo does so many things, but in this post, I will give you an introduction of what it can do for you. It is a free service hosting thousands of web pages or blogs.

Squidoo is a  publishing platform and community that makes it easy to make an online “lense” which is like a blogpost. It is very simple to do and a powerful way to share your interests or even what you are selling to build your online identity and  branding.  It is called a lens because, like the lens of a camera, it is something you are looking at very closely and magnifying its essential features in detail.  With this in mind, you want to do a few things with Squidoo.

First you want to backlink it to your blog.  Squidoo can do that with a simple plugin.

Your blog is very important. It is your central hub where you want people to go, make purchases through your affiliate links, divest themselves of your knowledge, primary business opportunity and so forth.

There are so many things you can do with Squidoo besides linking back to your personal blog, though.  Affiliate programs are a great way to make some extra cash with Squidoo.

First you need to set up a paypal account (Squidoo helps you do that too.)

The payment threshold is $10 which means Squidoo will pay you when you reach that amount in your account.  Otherwise, it rolls over to the next month until your account reaches the $10 threshold. When it does, your royalty will be deposited into your Paypal account as long as you have specified in your account setup that you want to be paid cash.  If you fail to specify this, Squidoo will, be default, pay your royalty to a charity fund.  Keep in mind, it will usually take about 45 – 60  days to see the money in your Paypal account from the time it is approved to the time it is actually disbursed and credited.How do you make Money on Squidoo?The profits that Squidoo shares with you is pretty meager really.  This is not how you should plan to make substantial earnings on this site. You make money by selling products through affiliate links. You don’t share those profits with Squidoo…they are all yours.

There are many affiliates you can choose from.  You can join a “Big Boy” company and get around 8 – 10% on a sale.  Or, I have seen up and coming smaller companies that offer 45% on a sale.  That’s up to you.  I suggest that it has something to do with who you are and what you want to sell in addition to the affiliate programs and MLM’s or other featured opportunities that are already housed on your personal blog site.

Meanwhile, you should explore the Squidoo communities.  They are somewhat like syndication tribes. I suggest you just browse through them to find the opportunities you would most like to associate yourself with.

And don’t overlook the awesome power of using our Squidoo site lens to earn a higher ranking on Google.  This is possible because you are exposing your lens to such a vast diversity of viewers. You probably already have your Face Book, Twitter and Linked In sites rolling along and connecting back to your hub blog.  So why not also leverage the SEO-rich power of Squidoo?

Perhaps the coolest thing I’ve seen is how you can even write your own e-books on Squidoo and promote them there as well! Many of my clients get involved in Squidoo solely for this feature. This is a subject in and of itself, and I will give you much more detail about it in a future post dedicated to e-book development and marketing.

For now, hop onto the Squidoo and see how to put it to work for you.  Explore the site… feel your way around… have some fun doing it!  And as always… Feel free to contact me to learn more.  We can chat anytime by telephone or skype.  I’d love to learn what you’re doing out here in this vast and fascinating e-world!  And I’d love to help you learn to do if more effectively and profitably.

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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15 Responses to Do You Squidoo?

  1. Rachel Lavern
    Twitter:
    November 23, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Even though I see that you wrote this post a few years ago and I first heard of Squidoo a few years ago, I still was not aware of all of the ways one could use it.

    I first heard of it while talking to a group of people who wanted to make as much profit online without having to invest much. Although I do know that there are many people with the misconception that fortunes can be made without spending a dime, someone asked if they could just use “Squidoo” rather than create a self-hosted blog.

    Whatever happened to that very old saying: “It takes money to make money” 🙂
    Rachel Lavern recently posted..Business Lessons Learned While HikingMy Profile

  2. admin March 30, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    Glad to be of help! Squidoo is fun but remember when writing use key words in the first and last paragraph! 🙂

  3. Melissa Coulter March 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Great! Information, Donna. My Husband, Stewart, has been wanting to set up a profile on Squidoo but didn’t quite understand the benefits. Now he does and will be setting up a profile today!

    Thank You,
    Melissa A Coulter

    PS. U Go Girl! 🙂

  4. admin March 25, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    Christy, It is so easy to do that you won’t need an ebook. If I can do it so can you! Just long into it and There you go! Try it and if you have any problems, connect with me.

  5. David Merrill
    Twitter:
    March 21, 2010 at 2:30 am #

    I thought I knew quite a bit about Squidoo, but I never paid much attention to the communities, so I’ve got to chec k that out. And e-books… I wasn’t even aware of that feature. So good stuff to learn on this post about Squidoo!

  6. Christy Dutilly March 19, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    Donna,
    Hope to see more about the ebooks on Squidoo. Not something I know anything about! Another blog perhaps?
    Christy

  7. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    March 19, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Hey Sharon
    I know there are so many levels and I try to do them correctly, but it IS A LOT OF WORK!!! Sorry I missed our meeting. I was away and couldn’t get any access…long story. But will syndicate!
    .-= Donna Merrill´s last blog ..Do You Squidoo? =-.

  8. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    March 19, 2010 at 1:49 am #

    Hey Kellie, it must be kismit! I am working on my squidoo. Sorry I missed our meeting. I was in the hotel from hell and couldn’t get service. But I’m baaaaack! lol

  9. Sharon Hartman March 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Great info Donna! I set up my Squidoo account…now have to get in and get it working.

    There are so many platforms to help build our businesses. Using them correctly and linking them together becomes very powerful!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sharon
    .-= Sharon Hartman´s last blog ..The Power Of A Tribe? =-.

  10. Kellie Hosaka March 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Mahalo (thank you) so much for this detailed write-up on Squidoo! And yes, I’d love to hear about the ebooks.
    It’s so funny when you asked the question on FB, my son was just starting to look into it, however, I don’t know much about it. Because I was researching Seth Godin for my last blog post, it was very synchronistic as Seth developed Squidoo!

    Thank you again!
    Aloha,
    Kellie 🙂
    .-= Kellie Hosaka´s last blog ..Linchpin – Are You Indispensable? =-.

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

      I know…so much to do such little time. I find the Synchronicity growing on my journey in the Tribe and on the Internet Mktg sites.

  11. Val Wilcox March 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Donna,
    This is something I’ve heard about and have yet to get into. Thanks for the info to assist me in learning more,
    Val
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Can You Hear Me Now? =-.

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

      Thanks Val. I love exchanging all the tips we journey through.

  12. Glyna Humm March 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    Donna – Very interesting information. I didn’t know anything about Squidoo until this article but I think I will go check it out. Thanks for the tips.
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Internet Marketing and Social Networking – A Match Made in Cyber Space Heaven =-.

    • Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

      Glyna check it out …so much fun. Thanks for the comment – Donna

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