Comments Please!

That’s not really a request for them, or even a statement of fact. Sometimes a blog title can be misleading, or others it can be right bang on the nail.

So what’s this one? You’ll see…

Blogs are the perfect medium for writers to air their thoughts and for readers to enjoy some pretty clever and thought provoking writings from a huge selection of different authors on an almost limitless variety of subjects and ideas. An even greater thing about blogs is that those readers have the opportunity to comment on the author’s particular post.

Ah, this is where it’s going…

Personally, I welcome comments on my posts as long as they’re well written and offer something worth reading. When I visit other people’s blogs (and I do, often) I also feel moved to comment on certain posts.

I believe you should always give that which you expect to get in return.

So I always try to write a comment that in some way adds to the original post. It’ll always be a couple of sentences at least and be on topic and I like to think thought provoking enough to get the author’s attention so he or she will respond. So that’s what I would prefer to see in other people’s comments on my blogs. When a regular reader feels moved to comment often, I’m more easy going and let the odd one-liner go, but generally, I don’t have time for those comments that are simply the “yes, I agree.” or “good post.” variety.

You know the ones I mean, especially if you’re a blogger too.

Some bloggers though, just don’t get it.

Here I am, offering a free one-way back-link with any comment that I approve to go back to the blog or site of the person who leaves the comment and they go and squander that offer by posting a “nothing” comment, of the kind I just mentioned.

Why do they even bother?

Do they really think I’m going to approve a comment that says nothing and adds nothing to my blog? No way, Jose!

A good blogger who wants to gain good back-links and promote their own blog properly will already know what they expect to see in comments on their own blog, so they will post a quality comment and I will immediately approve it (even if it criticises my post in a constructive way). I’m a fair bloke, so I treat others the way I expect to be treated.

So bottom line. Please do comment on my blogs and make them good quality and I’ll approve ’em and even reply to them – and give you a free one-way inbound link to your blog in the process!

Is that fair, or is that fair

Make Money with Squidoo

I know I’ve written about Squidoo often on my blogs, but it never hurts to mention them again, especially as I’m starting an experiment to make money from them.

Anyone who’s played with Squidoo lenses already knows that they can be used in a number of different ways to make money as well as drive traffic and nice one-way inbound links to your blogs and websites. One of these ways to make money is to promote affiliate products both on your blogs and your lenses, doubling the exposure thereby increasing the chance of capturing sales.

But there’s another way.

It’s not well known, so I’m going to let you in on a small secret…

You should avoid promoting anything to do with Internet Marketing, because it’s such a tough niche to crack. You should also avoid the usual suspects like Clickbank et al if you want to follow in my experiment, because they are also done to death and everyone and their dog is getting in on the act!

You need to find smaller affiliate programs – there are plenty to be found using Google – and work directly with them as well as mixing it up with some bigger ones like Commission Junction and Linkshare.

Then you need to do some serious keyword research.

I didn’t say it would be easy.

Once you have your killer keywords for some less well known but highly searched products, go through your affiliate companies until you find a few that sell the products you want to promote.

Then create your Squidoo lens. Make it a good one, using your keywords sensibly in the title as well as in the body. Write good reviews of the products you’re promoting and make those reviews keyword rich (but don’t keyword stuff them or it’ll work against you). Use your social networks to promote your new lens – tag it and stumbleupon it, you know the ones that work best to get traffic to the lens.

You’ll find is you get your keywords right that the lens will get high in the search engines and you should get some good targeted visitors, some of whom should convert into customers.

Ok, you probably won’t make a fortune with just one lens. It is also a fair bit of work, but the income will be steady as long as you keep you lens up to date and regularly updated with new content.

Then if you have the time, find more products with good keywords and make more lenses. If you can convert around a conservative $50 a month with one lens, would ten lenses make you smile?

More Squidoo Tips and a JV to Make Money

Rather than repeat a lot of stuff, I’ve recently posted more Squidoo tips on how to make money with lenses over at my JV blog.

What’s this? You have a JV?

Yes, see my post here at Make Money Blog for the details about a blogging JV.

The tips include several little known secrets on how to make money with Squidoo and can be found at these three posts at Blogging Web 2.0 about Squidoo.

Incidentally, while I’m on the subject of the JV blog, we’ve started a monthly competition over there. We’re giving away $30 to the individual who makes the most guest posts on our site.

It’s easy to do. Simply register your details on the site and then start posting.

We have some simple rules to follow, which are posted on a “Competition Rules” page so that everyone will be clear as to what we’ll approve and what we’ll deny, as all posts will be moderated fairly.

Interested?

Yet Another Squidoo Lens!

Another though came to me earlier today whilst thinking about ways to make money. I’m already having some success with Squidoo, so it was a natural continuation of this train of thought.

I was thinking that there must still be some avenues that are unexplored. Then I found one.
So I went and created yet another lens to add to my growing family.

I’ve decided to put to good use all the PLR eBooks that I have lying around gathering virtual dust on my hard drive. Rather than do nothing with them, it made a lot of sense to put the two together to make money with them.

Once I got going, I found it taking rather more work than I originally envisaged.

That’s because each eBook has to be set up with its own sales pages and PayPal button, download pages and all the other odds and sods that go into creating a salable item. Imagine the work involved for a dozen or so of them!

Anyway, I got to thinking that the best way to promote them for sale would be to put up a bargain basement sales page on Squidoo and put them all together there. It’s far from ready to sell anything, so I’m not going to publish the link just yet – at least until it’s got a few eBooks ready to sell.

In any case, if you fancy doing this yourself, here’s the plan:

  1. Set up the lens first with some content rich text modules and other paraphernalia to make it publishable. Add some eBooks to sell with good reviews and links to their sales pages.
  2. Set up a free hosted blog on the same theme and link to the lens.
  3. Set up a pro hosted blog (not another one!) on the same theme and link that to the lens as well.
  4. Set up links from my other lenses to the new lens – but a couple per day over a week or so, so the SE’s don’t think it’s manufactured – they like to see new blogs grow slowly and naturally!
  5. Write an article (or two) and submit to ezine articles for a high PR back-link to the blogs to get them indexed fast. Then write more articles linking to the lens to get that indexed too.
  6. Promote the lens through social bookmarking such as stumbleupon and del.icio.us etc and make it known to the social networking sites.

That should keep me busy for the next few weeks, so let’s see how this little experiment comes off!

Then I’ll publish the link to the new lens so you can visit and see how it looks for yourself