Money Making Ideas – How to Make Money with a Free Squidoo Lens

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Squidoo is one of the 100 most popular websites in the US.

If you like to post your content in the form of separate articles around a specific topic, Squidoo is a great place to do so.

They call their articles “lenses”, because they are supposed to “focus” on a single area.

Even if you have no technical knowledge at all, it’s easy to set up a lens on Squidoo, and to add written content, pictures and even videos.

Squidoo makes it easy to monetize your lens with AdSense, Amazon etc. or you can write about an affiliate product that you want to promote.

Create an Account

First of all, you have to create an account. You can use the same account to write about all the different topics you like, since each lens is created separately afterwards.

Add a photo to your account, and write a short paragraph about yourself.

Create Your First Squidoo Lens

First of all you have to answer the question: “What’s your lens about?”

Take a look at some of the already existing lenses. You’ll find that people write about all kinds of things, like cup cakes; wedding songs; how to roast your own coffee beans etc. Make sure you put in strongly related keywords in your description.

Next you have to set a goal for your lens. Choose “I’m going to sell [your topic] items and earn $$, for myself or a charity (“money maker!”), if you want to monetize your lens.

Your lens title could be the same (or almost the same) as you chose in the first question. But you could also elaborate more about it, in order to make it truly appealing.

Choose your lens URL wisely, as this cannot be changed later. Make sure to put in your keywords in this URL.

Pick your category, and rate your lens.

Choose a few tags, and you’re done.

Add Content to Your Lens

After you’ve set up your lens, you have a pre-made template, ready to fill in the blanks.

Before you add anything, choose your theme. The lens is setup with a default theme, but there are many others from which to choose, and you can preview every one of them before deciding.

You can easily add text, photos and videos, and it’s easy to add special features like voting, guestbook, Amazon, eBay and many more.

You can add and delete modules with the help of the menu to the right.

If you don’t finish your lens, you can save it as a draft, and come back later and finish it. Once you’re finished, you can click ‘Publish’ and sent your lens out into the world to read.

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