Hi there 🙂 As you might already know, I had planned to do reviews of several different info products about how to create a Squidoo lens and add Amazon products to it and make money.
It came as a total surprise for me that Tiffany Dow was launching a new product about that topic, but since I know Tiff is making money with her lenses, and that it doesn't take her very long to start seeing some money, I had to include her new Squidoo Quick Commission Guide in this group of reviews.
I was extremely lucky and even got a courtesy copy, so here I am, doing the review.
If you know me, you also know the price of a product doesn't influence my reviews. I've been ruthlessly honest about high-priced products that wasn't worth their price, as well as praising low-end products with high value.
And true to the way I usually do reviews, I'll compare the promises from the sales page with what you really get, as well as tell you details about how good the product is, if there are videos, and if they can be downloaded, etc. etc.
An Atypical Sales Letter
So, let's start with the sales page: Haha, no hype, not salesy in any way. Tiff is probably breaking every copywriting rule there is, but it must be clear to anybody who sees this page that she has a valuable product anyway.
Where's the “I know how you feel, I've been in the same situation as you” intro?
Where's the paragraph that tells the potential buyer about all his/her existing problems and if he/she doesn't buy then he/she is going to stay a loser forever?
But Tiffany doesn't have to build rapport in her sales letters. She already has it. She has a huge fan base who likes her and likes her products and are loyal to her, so she doesn't have to have any of that stuff on her sales page.
All she has to do is tell people about her latest product and what they should expect from it.
And this is what I'm going to take a look at here: Does she deliver on her promises?
This is a guide that teaches people how to do things a little different on Squidoo.
Tiffany goes on to tell us that she's noticed that those of her lenses that had the most success were build a little differently. She didn't use keyword research as such, just common sense. And you should focus on sharing with people, not selling to them.
Tiffany says on her sales page that she will teach how to do that in her product, and she does.
As an example: In Squidoo Quick Commission Guide, Tiffany shows what you can write if you don't own the product yourself and don't want to lie about it.
Tiffany says that she's going to teach us a way to pick products without doing the traditional keyword research with numbers and exact searches and PR0 sites or anything like that. And she does teach that method, and it does make sense 🙂
She promises to teach what kind of content should go on that lens to make people read and buy, and again, her reasoning makes a lot of sense. Her statistics prove it.
Third, she says that she will show us a handy method to organize the research and present it to the audience so that they are not going to feel overwhelmed. Again, this makes a lot of sense, and yes, she does teach that method. Both in the e-book and in the accompanying videos.
Tiffany will tell us what to put in the content, she says, and again, she keeps her promise. Not word for word, of course, because you want a unique lens, but after you've read the e-book and seen the videos, you'll know exactly how to write your content, and what to write in it.
Then she promises to show how she sets up her lens, and again, she keeps her promise. I learned a few tips I had no idea about, and they are of great value.
You'll also learn about how to promote your lens (easy-peasy) and how to come up with future ideas. Nice tip, there.
What Does Squidoo Quick Commission Guide Consist Of?
Squidoo Quick Commission Guide consists of a PDF-file (the main book), and a text file with links to six videos and the HTML code to add a link to your lens.
The e-book starts with a quick intro – And that's exactly that. You learn about what's in the guide and that you get accompanying videos with it.
How to pick a product: Tiff shares one of her low traffic lens statistics as well as the sales numbers. Impressive. Gives us all hope.
Then she shares some great tips to find products to create lenses about and mentions some Christmas presents like “tools for my husband”.
Tools for your husband, Tiff?
Ha, that reminded me of many years ago. I had a boyfriend who told me months ahead of my birthday about the brilliant gift he'd found for me, and I really looked forward to receiving jewelry or something really cool.
What I got was a heating pad!
I somehow managed not to show my disappointment, but I wanted revenge! So for his birthday soon after, I gave him an electric toaster!
AND HE LOVED IT!
Right, okay, so maybe some men will love to get tools for Christmas.
Throughout the e-book and videos, you get inside Tiff's head and follow her thoughts as she starts building her lens, from product choice to keyword phrases, which goes in which module, etc.
What? No real keyword research? Tiffany is a crazy marketer, but – BUT – she gets results 😉 And you know what? I made several thousands per month on autopilot from a site I created in Danish years ago, and I did no keyword research at all. It didn't exist back then. And when it was invented, it was only for English words. So I tend to believe Tiffany here. Yes, you can make money without doing keyword research, and perhaps more money than if you did.
There are some background noises on the videos. I suppose they derive from the PC, and they are probably hard to avoid. The pictures also sometimes pixelize, but to be honest, it's not really annoying and you don't miss any information at all. I just wanted to mention it, because it is a fact that I noticed.
How Fast Can Your Lens Be Up And Running?
I find Tiffany's method very newbie friendly, but you'll have to do some writing and research. If you hate that, you'd probably be better off with Erica Stone's Squid Pro Quo that I've reviewed here.
In the beginning, you'll probably not be able to create more than one lens per day, using this method. It all depends on how fast you write, of course. But you don't have to worry as much about the “number's game” here, because you learn to build long-lasting quality lenses that can make money from now on and for years to come. Not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.
If you hate technical stuff – or are afraid of it – you're going to love this product. You're going to build lenses without using any HTML at all, unless you want to (we geeks do want to, of course). You can use the HTML code provided for special links, if you like, but you can also skip it.
I'm building my first lens, using this method at the moment. I started yesterday and I'm well on my way today. I went through Tiffany's book twice already, while starting to build the lens after the first read, and I've been watching the videos. I also taught my son about another Internet marketing method, cooked, went shopping, edited my husband's Danish texts, oh, yes, and first of all, I did something special.
I had sat aside several hours to make this lens, and my husband had his own plans. He was going to change a blog that was originally a network WordPress blog, and he wanted to turn it into a stand-alone blog.
Therefore, he deleted the files and uploaded a new blog script.
Then I heard the dreaded “oups!” and then “Briiiiiiitt?”
And I knew that whatever plans I had, I could forget about. I ordered a cup of coffee and then I fixed his mess.
This to say that it might not take you two days to create a lens. I had reasons why it took me that long 😉
When Can You Expect to See Some Money?
Who knows? This is not an exact science. You're dealing with people here. But if you make your lens the Tiff-way, I don't expect it to take long. Maybe a week?
I'm working on a lens about World of Warcraft's latest extension, and it might not be the best product, but I wanted to make this lens for personal reasons. And I'll update this review when I have some results.
Is “Squidoo Quick Commission Guide” Good or What?
For me, it was instant love 🙂 Everything I read made sense to me. I got the files late (2AM) two days ago, but I HAD to read the e-book, before I went to bed, and I just couldn't wait to get started.
I like to write, although I still feel somewhat insecure when I write in English, but I have no doubt that it's worth it. I've made sales with my less wordy lenses build after the Squid Pro Quo system, but it wouldn't surprise me if I could make much more using Tiffany Dow's Squidoo Quick Commission Guide.