My First Squidoo Lens & About Bloody Time Too

Yep, it’s probably been nearly two years now and I’ve only just completed my first ever Squidoo Lens! If you haven’t seen it yet, perhaps you could swing on by and rate it for me. If you have a lens and would like me to reciprocate just leave a comment.

Anyway, why did I decide to finally finish the almost forgotten lens? It had a lot to do with what I was talking about in my Necessity The Mother Of Invention And How It Relates To Blogs post where I talk about how you find ways of doing something when there is a need to get something done. Those who know me know that I don’t do all that much to market this blog other than to comment on other blogs. That doesn’t mean that I don’t know how to market it, just that I’ve never had the need or desire to do it.

So, what’s changed? It’s all because of the post Quick Update On People Search Money Opportunity, an update on the original How The People Search Craze Could Put Money In Your Pocket post that describes a way of monetizing the a particular facet of the web. The need for knowledge, in particular knowing where a particular person can be found. Apparently 30% of all searches on Google and Yahoo are people search related and that’s a huge market.

I decided to try and get a portion of that market, but to do that I need to expand my marketing skills. I need people to find my site before anyone else’s and I decided that Squidoo was going to be a small part of that plan. The problem was which of the many available landing pages do I direct the traffic to, seeing as they’re all good and each one would possible target a different market.

My solution was to design my own squeeze page landing page, one that would incorporate most of the better links. Thanks to FlexSqueeze and it’s squeeze page facility I now have my own specially designed landing page. Although I will be using this page on the majority of my blogs I will only be using the one on this site as the targeted page.

I’m not sure how many of you have heard of or use Squidoo, but honestly if you haven’t got your own lens yet you could be missing out. If you check out my Squidoo Lens you will notice that I have links linking to several of my posts. If you construct it in such a way it would be a great way to market your blog. Not only will it give your posts extra link juice,  there’s also the extra traffic that it will bring.

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  1. That is a nice squidoo lens, but what are you going to do with it now that it is up? Will you be promoting it, or anything like that?
    .-= Tom@Market Samurai Discount´s last blog ..Market Samurai Review | Part 1 =-.

    1. Not too shabby for my first one hey mate ? :thumbup_tb: I don’t think I will have to do anything with it. I’ll get the link juice while it’s up and if it get’s any visits from search engines and stuff, it may eve direct some traffic to my sites.

      What I will do though is create more lenses.

  2. Should throw a couple good links to the Squidoo page for the type of search traffic you are looking for. Squidoo has so much natural authority given how big it is and can rank every easily for terms because of it. Welcome to the Squidoo world.
    .-= The Real Josh´s last blog ..How to find targeted Twitter users for your business =-.

    1. Thanks Josh. What do you mean by;

      throw a couple good links to the Squidoo page for the type of search traffic you are looking for

      Is there a special procedure involved in doing this?

      1. I mean to post a link from your Squidoo page How to make a living blogging the authority that Squidoo has is huge and can be tapped with a few relevant and targeted links. Makes a big difference in gaining targeted traffic.
        .-= The Real Josh´s last blog ..How to find targeted Twitter users for your business =-.

        1. OK Josh, that link didn’t go anywhere, and I’ve already got several links from the Squidoo page pointing to different posts on this blog. Is that what you meant?

  3. not sure I know why, but I set up my squidoo lens finally after reading your post. only stuck my feed on there for now, will explore more later to see how it can best benefit me by using it. it gets hard to keep up with all the different outlets and I have been caught up in the past in trying to be on too many of them so I am trying to limit myself…
    .-= Keith @HotBlogTips´s last blog ..Comment Links: Are They SEO? =-.

    1. Hey Keith, you mean something I wrote influenced you in some way? :wink_ee:

      I’m not sure it’s the right approach but I’m just going to virtually set them up and leave them to their own devices, unless I need to change something.


  4. Twitter:
    Very cool Sire, I rated your lens five stars, favorited it and joined your fan club. How’s that for support?

    I made a couple of lens trying to promote a niche site that did terrible but never really tried a real lens for a main site. I should add that to my list, I believe it could help.

    BTW That’s a nice pic too
    .-= Brian D. Hawkins´s last blog ..Do-Follow Community For Bloggers =-.

    1. Brian, you won’t believe this but before your comment I didn’t even know there was a fan club :doh_tb: I actually had to go over there to see what you were talking about. :laugh_tb:

      As to the pic, I thought seeing as how people know me well enough by now, it wouldn’t scare too many away.

      Thanks for rating the lens Brian. Where’s yours so I can return the favor.

      1. I didn’t know you could do that either! LOL
        .-= Keith @HotBlogTips´s last blog ..Comment Links: Are They SEO? =-.


      2. Twitter:
        I’ll take a rain check until I have something worthwhile there Sire. I only have a couple junk lenses there right now.
        .-= Brian D. Hawkins´s last blog ..5 Money Making Tips For Newbies =-.

        1. No worries Brian, whenever you’re ready mate.

  5. Sire, although this is my first post here, I hope it will not be my last. I am the bearer of bad news.

    Squidoo’s TOS forbids MMO type lenses. Anything that has make money, make money online or any affiliate type lens. They have gone as far as blocking weight loss lens because so many of these lens were pushing affiliate products.

    Not sure how long you will be able to keep this lens before they lock it up and throw away the key.

    I have had over 40 lens locked and deleted due to the fact that they were MMO lens.

    I would have left a comment on your lens but you do not have a guest book up to leave a comment.
    .-= Denise @ How to Make Money Online at Home´s last blog ..How to Make Fast Money Online for Free =-.

    1. Hi Denise. They’ve obviously changed it after I joined nearly two years ago. Just my luck. Thanks for the heads up though, as it gave me time to edit the lens so that it doesn’t look like a sales page, but still has the link in place. At least that way I’ll still get the link juice.

      Oh, how rude of me. :doh_tb: Welcome to WassupBlog, I hope you enjoyed your stay and that one day soon you will return.

  6. I’d be very interested to hear how this works out for you. Hope you do a follow up in a couple of month’s time.
    .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..Understanding Motivation – Part II =-.

    1. No worries Steve, I’ll be sure to keep you in touch.

  7. Lately I use squildoo lens for make linkwheel for one the SEO purpose of my client. Squidoo is really one nice web2.0 site which provide dofollow link.

  8. I’ve visited the lens, and agree with the others that it is a nice looking.

    I also read the money scams article with some interest.

    Frankly, the only online venture that I know for certain will make a person a living is the one that my sister is involved with. She is an online recruiter for Linda Christas College. They provided her with training and support materials free of charge and she is making a nice bit of money every month. Enough to support her entire family. He husband can’t get over it as he says with a grin on his face. There are other recruiting openings also at the College if anyone of your acquaintance is interested. So, maybe that’s a place to look or review or whatever approach you might take.

    Just a suggestion. I’d like to hear your opinion.

    In the meantime, the webmaster at ToysPeriod tells me you left a comment over there. I am going to have to go read it. It is my favorite hobby shop, and I think I mentioned it here the last time I visited.

    Beth

    1. OK, first of Beth, I deleted one of your other comments because you placed a link in it pointing to a site that is completely unrelated to the post. The site is obviously your and you were milking the comment for some juice. That could be considered by some as spam and is totally unnecessary considering I’ve allowed you to use keywords in the url.

      I’m afraid I don’t have an opinion regarding Linda Christas College as I’m not familiar with it, but if it’s working for your sister I reckon it’s a good thing.

  9. I recall that I’ve also made a lens sometime ago (I think way before I put up my own personal blog) but has left no content in it. I’d probably check if it’s still alive. I guess I’ll also squeeze it for what backlinks it could serve me.
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..HTML For Kids =-.

    1. Go do it James, as they say every little but helps.

  10. Nice first shot man, will there be more?

    Oh, didn’t you have a beard at one point?
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..I’m Looking For Launch Partners – $20 OR Three DoFollow Links For You! =-.

    1. Never while online Dennis, but I did have a beard many years ago.

      1. Hmm, I could swear you had one in the vids you did last year.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Blog Updates: New Category-Pages Done, Like It? =-.

        1. Nope, maybe a couple days growth but no beard.

  11. Making money with niche sites is easy: content + backlinks + more backlinks + a lot more backlinks = lots and lots of cash. Just do the same thing over and over again and sit back and relax.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Rapid Weight Loss Guru Officially Launches =-.

    1. Making money can be a lot of things Rose but I reckon most people would agree it’s not all that easy.

  12. Awesome Sire! I like Squidoo a lot myself.
    The biggest thing you can do is stack links on top of that squidoo lense. Stack the hell out of it!
    It will gain authority pretty fast and that juice will slow to your sales page!
    Best of luck and keep us updated on it will ya?
    AL
    .-= Allyn´s last blog ..Introduction To BackLink Stacking And Why =-.

    1. I’m not sure I get what you mean Al. I may have to read that post to see if it will all become clear to me.

      Cool, read the blog and it makes a whole lot of sense except for one point. I left a comment there for you to explain to me.

      As to the rest of you guys I suggest you head on over there to get a good read.

      1. Sire, to answer your question to Allyn. What he is talking about is:
        Write articles at different directories and send a link to your Squidoo lens.
        Make an article on InfoBarrel or Hubpages and send a link to your Squidoo lens. (I mention Infobarrel because the links out are active right away.
        If you have other blogs on different IPs send a link to your Squidoo lens.
        It doesn’t take a lot of links back to your Squidoo lens to get a Squidoo lens PR as Squidoo already is an authority site.
        Make sure you publish your Squidoo lens daily and ping it daily.
        Getting all these links to your Squidoo lens is how you do link stacking.
        The same thing goes when someone puts an anchored link to your site in a post. You want to stack links from other sources to that post to give that link more juice. DO Not use the same site that was linked too. You will just be diluting that link. You want links coming from different sites. The more power you throw at that post the more juice Google will give that link. This is how you build authority.
        .-= Denise @ How to Make Money Online at Home´s last blog ..How to Make Fast Money Online for Free =-.

        1. Thanks for that Denise. It suddenly dawned on my after commenting on Al’s post, and your comment just reaffirmed it. Thanks again.


  13. Twitter:
    Well, based on what Denise just said in her comment, your lens might not be sticking around too long, and that’s too bad because you actually have a “real” picture on there. I hope the rest of you get there to see it before it’s possibly gone.

    I’d have given you a rating, but that would have meant I’d have had to sign up for an account, and you know how I am. :cool1_tb:
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Creatures Of Our Generations =-.

    1. What, you have to sign up for an account to vote :jittery_tb: :lol_tb:

      No worries Mitch, I know how it is. Thanks to Denise I’ve edited the lens and I reckon it may just pass, especially considering there are so many other blatant MMO lenses out there.

  14. Squidoo is a free site that allows users to create free pages or lenses. Squidoo lenses can be used to promote products, ideas or just for fun. Many lens makers use them to network with others by joining their lens with others in topic-specific groups.

  15. Sire,
    You are putting it all together. It is time for me to spend some time looking at what you do.

  16. Lately I use squildoo lens for make linkwheel for one the SEO purpose of my client. Squidoo is really one nice web2.0 site which provide dofollow link.
    .-= Metin2 Hile´s last blog ..Jewel – “Stay Here Forever” =-.

    1. That’s what appeals to me also Metin

  17. Congrats to you on your Lens ! A few years ago I set up a Squidoo account, but have yet to write a lens. Not sure what my issue is…just lazy I guess. I do quite a bit of writing on HubPages – very similar to Squidoo but not as lenient when it comes to links (I heard).

    1. There’s no time like the present Kathleen. Why not drop by my lens and give it a vote :wink_ee:

    1. I noticed that there was a setting for money, but I’m more interested in Squidoo’s marketing potential.

  18. Hi Sire, just visited your Squidoo lens.Great job! I have not done anything to my lenses for a long time, even though I know I should.I have been busy building Hubpages (93 so far).Squidoo and Hubpages are great for linking back to your blog and some specific posts as well.
    .-= Tom – marketing tips´s last blog ..Using Google Language Translator For More Traffic =-.

  19. Hey Tom, I haven’t looked at Hubpages yet. Perhaps that should be the next on my list. Thanks for the comment mate.

  20. I hope you know Squidoo links are nofollow by default until your rankings rise to an acceptable point.

    That’s one of the reasons I haven’t created another Squidoo page
    .-= Udegbunam Chukwudi@Earn Online´s last blog ..Beware Of MMO Blog Setup Services Like This One! =-.

    1. Yep, and both my lenses have reached the point where they are now dofollow so all is cool Udegbunam.

      1. I’ll need quite an interesting post to create a squidoo page that gets loads of traffic and in turn gets me those dofollow links. I think I might have a few in mind already ;)
        .-= Udegbunam Chukwudi´s last blog ..Beware Of MMO Blog Setup Services Like This One! =-.

  21. Hi Sire,
    Great point about Squidoo having natural authority…..never realised that. A Lens is now on my list to do.

    Thanks for that,

    Adrian
    .-= Adrian Swinscoe´s last blog ..Increase Your Profits by “Pruning” Your Business =-.

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