Posted By SquidooFreak on June 13, 2012
Time has come for yet another payout from Squidoo – this time for April 2012.
For me, this was an average sized pay-out, but I’ll take the $9.42 of residual income for some work I did 2 years ago. Every little helps as they say, and as far as I’m concerned it can only get better from here on in.
This past month I haven’t had much time for lens building due to work commitments, but I’ll be back with some more new lenses as soon as possible. In fact I have made a few “work in progress” lenses – but for far they are just that.
Posted By SquidooFreak on May 14, 2012
In the last few posts I have made about payouts from Squidoo, you may have noticed me mentioning Squidoo Payout Tiers, and wondered – What Is Squidoo Payout Tiers?
Squidoo payout tiers decides how big a share your lens will receive from the Squidoo AdPool – the combined amount of money generated for Squidoo through on-page advertising – and is decided on a lens’ average lensrank for the month in question.
Squidoo Payout Tier 1 : Average lensrank from 1-2.000
Squidoo Payout Tier 2 : Average lensrank from 2.001-10.000
Squidoo Payout Tier 3 : Average lensrank from 10.001-80.000
The typical payout for a lens in Tier 1 is $50.00-$60.00. Tier 2 lenses are paid around $6.00 – and Tier 3 lenses are paid around $0.30.
As you can see, getting a lens into Tier 1 can be hugely lucrative – but you can imagine that with over 1.000.000 lenses competing – competition is fierce! Getting a lens in Tier 2 is less problematic – but still hard enough. The majority of my payout – aside from sales – comes from Tier.
Maybe it’s time to make a concerted effort to get some lenses into Tier 2! Heck! Why not shoot for the stars?
Posted By SquidooFreak on May 13, 2012
This weekend has brought another Squidoo payday upon us – the payout for March 2012. As previously explained, Squidoo pays out with a 2-month delay.
I expected this to be a quite meager month, since none of my lenses made any sales in March, but I had a nice little surprise, in that my Best Bedroom TV lens made it into Squidoo Payout Tier 2, and so got a bigger share of the Squidoo AdPool.
My total payout for March 2012 was $13.48 – which is not too bad – considering this was achieved with lenses that had hardly been touched for 2 years.
Next month I expect another low paying moth, before the payments from some of my new lenses is going to start showing, and also I’ll see the results of getting more of my lenses back into the payout tiers.
Posted By SquidooFreak on May 12, 2012
For those of you following this blog over time, you will know that I have been a great fan of the Info Product Killer course, and have recommended it in several posts. The reason is that it is indeed a very good course.
Or was – I should say – because Craig Kaye decided to discontinue the course. The key element I have taken from the product was the call to action images that I have built into my lenses (and still do!), while the rest of the course was essentially all about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
I have found a product to replace IPK in terms of the SEO part (the call to action images are now self explanatory). The new product is called Bring The Fresh 2012 – a newly updated version of the already immensely popular Bring The Fresh course.
SEO is one thing that will help you to take your lensbuilding (and website building) onto the next level (though not essential as many of the SEO techniques are already employed by Squidoo), so if you’re thinking along those lines, it doesn’t get better than Bring The Fresh
Posted By SquidooFreak on April 29, 2012
Once in a while, Squidoo HQ will send out a challenge to all lensmasters, to build a lens for a certain subject. I have now taken part in two such challenges, since I came back from my Squidoo “holiday”, and submitted the lenses: How To Get A Green Lawn and Pigs In A Blanket Day.
After each of those Squidoo challenges, the editors at Squidoo HQ will put together a Squidoo Monster Board, which will feature the best lenses that was submitted for that particular challenge.
The first of those two lenses never made its way onto the monster board for the gardening challenge, but the Pigs In A Blanket lens made it onto the “Silly celebrations in April” monster board, and from now on I know to make an effort to get my challenge lenses featured on there.
The reason why? It gives a fair amount of people passing by, liking your lens, and boosting its lens rank, and also gives you an option visit them back and return the favour. As much as Squidoo is about building lenses and making money – there’s also an excellent community of helpful people on Squidoo – and I have been honoured to have many of them as my guests this weekend.
I’ve even had a few “Squidoo Angels” passing by (lenmasters with powers to give your lenses a blessing) – which have given me a few boosts – and not only to the Pigs In A Blanket lens.
This has been a great weekend for me on Squidoo! Long may it last….
Posted By SquidooFreak on April 27, 2012
This morning I woke up to an exciting surprise. I’d been awarded my first ever Purple Star – a reward from the Squidoo HQ – given to “remarkable, rare and truly great lenses.” Needless to say – but I’m quite proud of this achievement!
The lens that was awarded with the Purple Star is the Pigs In A Blanket Day lens that I published just 10 days ago, and submitted as my entry to the “Silly Celebrations In April” quest. The deadline for the quest was on April 25th at midnight – so while sifting through the submissions for the quest – Squidoo HQ found my lens to stand out!
While this is something for me to be proud of – and something that encourages me to continue building great lenses – it also has an effect on the lens itself. The Purple Star reward have given me a boost of about 10,000 places in Squidoo LensRank overnight (and it was doing quite well already for such a young lens). Time will tell if more comes of this – and if so – I’ll keep you all updated!
Posted By SquidooFreak on April 17, 2012
Squidoo is continuing to celebrate wacky holidays throughout April, and Squidoo HQ set out a quest to create a lens for any of those holidays.
My choice fell on a holiday celebrated on April 24th – National Pigs In A Blanket Day – because I like the dish and I love cooking, so I could actually relate to it and write about it.
My research ended up taking me a few unexpected places, and I was able to put a few personal experiences into the lens, which I now think may be a contender for Lens Of The Day. I might go ahead and unashamedly nominate it myself.
I’m going to keep my eyes open for the next squidoo quest – and write new lenses as I go – but for now I give you: http://www.squidoo.com/pigs-in-blankets
Posted By SquidooFreak on April 15, 2012
I’ve been back lens-crafting for just over 6 weeks now – and there has been another Squidoo payout this weekend. This time around I had a bumper payment of $23.60.
Considering this payment is from a bunch of old lenses that I hadn’t really touched for about 2 years, that is not a bad payout at all! It’s mainly down to the activity of one lens, my lens on bedroom televisions, which performed particularly well that month, and sold a couple of TVs through the Squidoo Amazon modules.
While I’ve been away, most of my lenses have dropped out of the payout tiers, which is something I’m going to address later this month. The payout tiers is decided based on lens rank – so I’m obviously going to try and better the lens rank of my lenses in general – even if you could argue that it is work for pennies.
In my view – picking up a lot of pennies makes me a few dollars – so yes, I can be bothered doing it!
The forecast for next months payout is a bleak one – but I’ll continue lens crafting and build my earnings as I build my portfolio of lenses.
Posted By SquidooFreak on April 5, 2012
Yesterday I published another new Squidoo lens. I kept going in the gardening niche, and made a lens on How To Attract Butterflies to your garden.
For many years the amount of butterflies have been in decline, as a lot of their natural habitats have been destroyed. Gardeners can play a huge role in kicking this trend to the curb, and help build their numbers simply by choosing to plant nectar rich flowers and shrubs.
This lens I made to point out this fact – because I think butterflies are interesting and beautiful creatures – and because I wanted to add another lens to my gardening portfolio. My next lens will be in a very different niche, which I just spotted by chance this morning. More on that when I release the lens.
Until then – go and have a look at http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-attract-butterflies-2
Posted By SquidooFreak on March 29, 2012
Today I put the final touches to my new lens: How To Buy A Lawn Mower. I built this lens on the back of the previous lens I made for the gardening quest on Squidoo – about how to get a green lawn.
I suppose you could call this lens a spin-off of that lens, but being a gardener and pushing these things round for a living has given me a bit of insight as well.
My plan is to see how this lens fares for now – and get on with other lenses I’d like to build – possibly jump on the band wagon and work on another Squidoo Quest lens.
If this new lens with advice on the process of buying a lawn mower takes off, like I hope it will, my next step will be to build individual lenses for the mowers featured on the lens, and have them working together hand-in-hand.
Visit the new lens at http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-buy-a-lawn-mower