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[Case Study] – Five Days – Five Squidoo Lenses Per Day

By Britt Malka / December 27, 2012

Squick Money: 15-Minute Squidoo SystemHi there πŸ™‚ I can’t believe that it has been 15 days since my last blog post, but well… I have an excellent excuse. I’ve been busy πŸ˜‰ And now I’m going to be even more busy, but this time, I promise, I will keep blogging meanwhile.

I’m going to challenge myself and do a case study at the same time: I’m going to build five Squidoo lenses per day for five days and see how much income I can make with those during January.

And I’m going to keep you posted here.

This is what I’m going to do:

Five Squick Lenses per Day (Slightly Tweaked)

I am going to use my Squick system to come up with topics for five lenses per day, 25 in total, and I’m going to add content to these lenses using my Squick system as well as other tweaks I come up with.

For this case study, I’ve created a new Amazon ID, but I will also use Squidoo’s Amazon links (faster and easier).

I will label my case study lenses, so I can easily show you my results when they start to roll in.

My Expectations?

Well, anything, really. Every income above $1 is a win! Because I know that when the snowball starts rolling… yeah, you know what happens πŸ™‚

Day One: My Five Lenses

http://www.squidoo.com/goal-setting-and-planning

http://www.squidoo.com/goal-setting-workbook

http://www.squidoo.com/goal_setting_for_kids

http://www.squidoo.com/planning_calendar

http://www.squidoo.com/new-years-resolution-book

Will You Join Me?

Challenging yourself is always good. First, it makes you do something. Second, it helps you keep focus.

So are you in? One lens per day is fine, but track your progress, and share your lens here in the comments for my daily updates.

38 comments
Mike - December 27, 2012

Hi Britt,

Awesome challenge!

I’m not going to take part this time as I’ve already got enough on my plate for January. I will, however, be following you and the rest of your peeps progress with keen interest.

-Mike

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    Britt Malka - December 27, 2012

    Thanks, Mike πŸ™‚ And good luck with your goals for January.

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Joanne Reid - December 27, 2012

Hi Britt,

I am going to join you in this challenge but I got to admit that 5 lenses a day is quite a task!!! Hmm, I was looking at your Squick system — I’m going to have to get it…

Today I am starting with the first set of 5 lenses. But first a second cup of coffee and some serious cogitation.

Cheers
Joanne

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    Britt Malka - December 27, 2012

    Way to go, Joanne πŸ™‚ But watch out with that thinking thing πŸ˜€ Don’t overdo it πŸ˜‰ I hope you’ll come back and tell me about your five (or how many you did) lenses.

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      Joanne Reid - December 27, 2012

      LOL – you are a wise woman! That is my weakness — overthinking and underdoing. I am making my list of 5 lenses for today and I will be back to tell you what they are.

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Joanne Reid - December 27, 2012

One more thing — what are you using to keep the spam out — that math challenge thingie? I would love to have that on my site because I keep getting spammy comments…thanks in advance…

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Joanne Reid - December 27, 2012

Thanks!!!!

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Joanne Reid - December 29, 2012

I am still in but Squidoo seems to be sluggish. I will post yesterday’s 5 and today’s 5 later today…I assume things will be more user friendly shortly. Here is one that I did get up:
http://www.squidoo.com/letting-go-of-your-wip-lens

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Joanne Reid - December 30, 2012

The other four lens from yesterday are:
http://www.squidoo.com/grumpy-cat
http://www.squidoo.com/karen-cushman
http://www.squidoo.com/best-buckwheat-pillows
http://www.squidoo.com/best-kitchenaid-stand-mixer-accessories

These are all going to be added to over time but it is good for the soul to work hard on getting five lenses out.

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    Britt Malka - December 30, 2012

    Awesome! You’ve been busy, Joanne

    I’m going to make my five lenses now. My weekend is Friday and Saturday (and I have started to take Sunday off as well, but today, I’ll make the lenses before going World of Warcraft).

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Victoria @ My Daily Cuppa - December 30, 2012

Hi Britt!
I love the idea of this quick and easy challenge so I have jumped on board. I have just purchased your book and will start reading it tomorrow.

Challenges are what help me to get things do and 2013 will be my year of “Doing”, which includes making more money online, writing my short kindle books and lots more besides.

Have added you to my Google Plus thingy, Twitter thingy and have signed up for the mailing list too. πŸ™‚

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    Britt Malka - December 30, 2012

    Wow, Victoria, thanks, and welcome to the challenge πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to seeing your lenses.

    I love what you wrote about 2013 becoming your year of “Doing” – awesome! πŸ˜€

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Leo@Professional Income - December 30, 2012

I guess the obvious question is how exactly do you write five Squidoo lenses a day and still keep the quality up. That seems to be a lot of writing — but is great if you can keep it up.

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    Britt Malka - December 30, 2012

    Good question, Leo, and you don’t exactly…

    Meaning:

    1: The lens you haven’t published will not make you money.
    2: The lens you haven’t created cannot be improved.

    The purpose (for me at least, it will be different for non-writers) of these quick lenses is to get something out there, fast, and then improve them later. That saves you time. I spent two hours on a lens that never really made it above the 400,000 rank limit, so it was basically a waste of time.

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Cathy - December 30, 2012

I bought and read your book and loved it. I started to implement your ideas with the keyword research and kept wondering why I couldn’t find anything on Amazon with less than 100 c0mpeting pages.
When I searched your keyword that you only got 33 results for (the one where Erica’s lens is #1) when I did the intitle and inurl search, I got 1920 results! That’s a huge difference. The only thing I can think of is maybe I get more results since I’m in the USA?
So now I’m wondering how to do this part of the research.

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    Britt Malka - December 30, 2012

    Hi Cathy and thanks πŸ™‚

    I don’t always do that extra keyword research. I wanted to test the system as basically as possible, so to begin with I only found products the Squick way on Amazon.

    Some of my lenses, I’ve later used my keyword research system on, and again others, I’ve used Erica’s method.

    I’m using Google.com so I should get the same results as you, I think… I’ve used that method for years and I’ve had well-ranking articles on Ezine, so I assumed that it was the same results you could get everywhere, using google.com.

    Okay, I went through a proxy server and chose a US proxy. This means that for Google it will look like I’m in the US. I used Firefox with my settings and did the search: 37 results now.

    Then I opened an incognito window on Chrome. Still with the US proxy open.

    1900 results, but wait: 4 pages? So I went to page 4 of the results, and then Google told me that there were only 33 results.

    It’s a Google bug I’ve noticed before. It helps if you change your settings to show 100 results on a page, but sometimes you still have to go to the last page to see if there really are that many results. Don’t know why it happens.

    Hope this helps πŸ™‚ If not, then send me a message, or write again.

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Victoria @ My Daily Cuppa - December 30, 2012

OK – I have made a start. This is on an account that I set up way back in 2008!!! I deleted all the rubbish that was there (made absolutely no money as I didn’t know what I was doing. lol)

I have now got these three lenses up.
http://www.squidoo.com/hello-kitty-cookie-cutter-set
http://www.squidoo.com/strawberry-cookie-cutter
http://www.squidoo.com/roller-skate-cookie-cutter

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    Britt Malka - December 30, 2012

    Awesome lenses! My two favorites were Hello Kitty and Strawberry πŸ™‚

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Debi J - December 31, 2012

Well, let’s start with Day 1. I’m completely impressed with your Squick system as far as productivity. And I’m definitely going to be blogging on how these work from the financial side as well. Thanks Britt!

Day 1 Lenses
http://squidoo.com/foam-mattress-topper
http://squidoo.com/family-tree-photo-collage
http://squidoo.com/flower-hair-accessories
http://squidoo.com/pictures-for-living-room
http://squidoo.com/weddingphotoframes

Off to check out everyone’s work!!

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    Britt Malka - December 31, 2012

    Welcome to the challenge, and wow! Thanks for that review, Debi!

    I went to your lenses, and I loved all five of them. Great ideas!

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Joanne Reid - December 31, 2012

Day 3
http://www.squidoo.com/4g-tablets
http://www.squidoo.com/best-tablets-of-the-year

I am officially behind — but I do have 3 more almost ready to go.

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    Britt Malka - December 31, 2012

    You’re doing well, Joanne.

    I’m still working on my five lenses for day 3 right now. Tip: Do all five at the same time. It saves you time. Or at least, it saves me time, because I go through all of them and change the theme, add the modules, reorder etc. Then I close all but one and start adding content.

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      Debi J - January 1, 2013

      The Squick ones that start moving up in rank will eventually be good for Amanda’s challenge once we start adding more content. πŸ™‚

      And the do all 5 at once tip works great…thanks Britt!

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Amanda Thomas - December 31, 2012

I’ve got a challenge going over on my Squidoo blog and someone mentioned yours. That’s a lot of lenses! I struggle with even one a day. Your book looks interesting. I think I’ll be picking it up to review for SquidsPro!

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    Britt Malka - December 31, 2012

    Thanks, Amanda πŸ™‚ I heard about your challenge, but didn’t know where to find it. Now I’ve joined πŸ™‚ Well, Squick lenses will not be fitting for your challenge. On the other hand, I personally love to do different things: Some fast and furious lenses to improve on later, and then some that takes time and love to create. Your challenge is for the latter. Great idea!

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Joanne Reid - January 1, 2013

Here are the other three from Day 3:
http://www.squidoo.com/printed-cotton-quilts
http://www.squidoo.com/space-gravity-pen
http://www.squidoo.com/all-about-daisies

This is quite a challenge…just coming up with ideas is a workout.

Happy New Year!

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Joanne Reid - January 2, 2013

Well this is my 5th of Day 4 and the 100th lens overall. It is really just a skeleton….funny how it stalled me because it involves Mom. I kept getting lost in memories.

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    Britt Malka - January 2, 2013

    I get lost in nightmares, when I think about my mother πŸ˜‰ You’re lucky to have a good one. My grandmother was the sweetest person on Earth, on the other hand, and I have lots of lovely memories about her. Funny, too.

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Joanne Reid - January 2, 2013

Oops — forgot the lens URL

http://www.squidoo.com/all-about-gladioli

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Clefty - January 5, 2013

I got just one more squick lens done today. I got quite a few likes on my last bunch and even one squid angel blessing!
My Squick lenses are doing pretty well already. They range from 69,000 to 98,000. My other lenses seem to be doing a little better today too.
http://www.squidoo.com/mickey-mouse-cookie-cutters is my newest one (got inspiration from happyflower who did a few cookie cutter lenses πŸ™‚

Thanks for all the likes so far everyone!

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    Britt Malka - January 6, 2013

    Good work, Clefty πŸ™‚ And congratulations on the Angel Blessing. It’s good to hear that your lens ranks are increasing.

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