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.