I know I’ve blogged about Squidoo on numerous occasions here and in my other blogs that are primarily concerned with internet marketing and how to make money online, but the benefits of having your own Squidoo lenses are so great that I’m surprised that some marketers haven’t taken the plunge and created their own.
It’s not that creating a lens is difficult or even time consuming. At least not in the beginning and it’s up to the lensmaster how often or regularly they want to update their lens or lenses.
For me, I update them quite frequently. The main reason is to keep them fairly high in Squidoo’s own internal ranking system, because the higher you get them, the more traffic they’ll attract.
The benefits of a lens are manyfold, the important ones being the fect that they can funnel some of their own traffic back to your main websites or blogs and the lens provides useful one-way links to them. Of course the more lenses you have, the more one-way links you can provide for your sites.
Of course, you have to be reasonable with this. It’s no good creating a hundred lenses for the sole purpose of making links to your sites unless you’re going to populate those lenses with original and unique content, or you’ll just get branded a spammer and your lenses will be removed.
But if you’re sensible, there’s no reason why you can’t maintain a decent number of lenses to give some external boosting you your sites and blogs in terms of extra traffic and link juice. I’m doing that right now with eighteen lenses all well populated with my own original content. Some of those lenses actually received decent page ranks in the last shakeup, some of them getting PR3, so the inbound links from those lenses are even more valuable now.
Something to think about if you haven’t been able to create your own lenses yet. For a bit of writing and effort, you can be boosting the popularity of your websites and blogs with PR bolstered link juice from your own lenses!
Isn’t that worth some time and effort?
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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:
- 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.
- Set up a free hosted blog on the same theme and link to the lens.
- Set up a pro hosted blog (not another one!) on the same theme and link that to the lens as well.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
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