Hi there 🙂 It's snowing in Jerusalem today. That's only a couple of hours away from us. No snow here, though, but the temperature is low: 11 degrees Celcius / 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit. And we're still having thunderstorms.
Anyway, before this turns into a weather forecast, I'm going to switch back to the topic for this blog post: What can you use Squidoo for?
I joined Squidoo more than five years ago. I don't remember if I created a lens back then or not. If I did, it's gone. A couple of years ago, I build a lens, following Tiffany Dow's 52 week challenge system. It made me some money (it still does), but I got caught up with a lot of other things, and then – for some reason – I started to belive that Squidoo was dead.
It isn't. It's very much alive and kicking, and today I'm going to give you a few suggestions about what you can use Squidoo for.
I hope that you will get at least one new idea to take with you from this blog post.
What Is Squidoo?
Squidoo was created by Seth Godin. You can compare it to Blogger.com – you can sign up for free, and then you can build “lenses” which consists of different modules: text, pictures, videos, all kinds of cool things.
Why is called a lens? Because each lens is focused on one topic. It's not like a blog, where you can post all kinds of different topics. Well, you can, but that's not its purpose. One lens – one topic. Keep focused, and your lenses will work for you.
You Can Make Money on Squidoo – Wooooohooooo
There are several ways you can make money on Squidoo. In fact, they make it very easy for you, and you don't even have to be signed up under the individual programs to make money with eBay, Amazon, AdSense, CafePress, and other places.
Besides earning commissions from these programs, you can add your own affiliate links to lenses, and you can sell your own stuff.
You Can Test a New Niche on Squidoo
If you're considering a new niche, but don't know if it will work or not, and if you would like to write a lot about it yet, then you can test it on Squidoo. If your lens succeedes in getting traffic, sales, and comments, then you might consider this niche. If nobody cares, well, then you haven't wasted much time on it, and no money.
You Can Use Squidoo for Branding
Tiffany Dow created a 30 day branding course. I think she got sidetracket along the way, and I don't blame her, LOL. What I learned so far was good. And one of the things she taught us was how to use Squidoo for branding.
You simply create a lens about something that you hold high, like ethical marketing, honest business, good writings, or whatever it is that you stand for.
I wrote two such lenses, and you can find them here:
Squidoo Is Also a Great Place for Backlinking
Or so I've heard. I'm too lazy to do backlinking, and so far, my sites rank well without. And doing things just to get backlinks is boring.
But you can create a lens, closely related to your product, or blog, and then link back.
You Can Hang Out on Squidoo
It's addictive. It's fun. And there's a really nice community there. After a while, you get to know other lens masters. And you get to read a lot of great lenses, and learn a lot of new things. And you can network with other lens masters.
What Should You Do Now?
I would really appreciate it if you left a comment. What are your thoughts about Squidoo? Do you know it? Do you use it? Do you love or hate it?
What other things do you think Squidoo could be used for?
Make me happy, and tell me all about it 🙂