Squidoo vs Website

by wandererw 13 replies
I'm very new to Squidoo. Just created a Squidoo lens and have no idea as to how to get some content on it.

But what I would like to know is the difference between a Squidoo lens and a web page. I mean, what are the advantages and disadvantages of one compared to the other.

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
    The advantages of your own website over Squidoo is that you own the website, with Squidoo you're putting content on someone else's.

    Squidoo is probably easier to create, but in the long run you're better off with a site of your own. It does have its uses though - you can use Squidoo to funnel traffic to your own site and for backlinks. I wouldn't use it as a main business model.
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    • Profile picture of the author wandererw
      Hmmm...Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author tamtu
        When you are new to squidoo it would look strange,but once you get used to it,its great. The best thing I found about squidoo is that if you create a lens as it should be, then you will hit the first page of Google the same day for your keyword, sometimes you even get to top the page. Browse around you will find enough material on how to create a squidoo lens for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author drr
    There are many different avenues towards getting content for your squidoo lens - write stuff yourself, hire a copywriter or buy some private label rights content on the niche you need and then toss the words around a bit.

    RE lens vs website, you should really have both - your site is your signature, and you have full control over what you can do with it. It's also not dependent on Squidoo's TOS or any other external factors (eg someone deciding to sue Squidoo because of some copyright material or whatever, and thus the site shutting down...unlikely but you never know).

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  • Profile picture of the author Simon_Sezs
    Originally Posted by wandererw View Post

    I'm very new to Squidoo. Just created a Squidoo lens and have no idea as to how to get some content on it.

    But what I would like to know is the difference between a Squidoo lens and a web page. I mean, what are the advantages and disadvantages of one compared to the other.

    Thanks!
    There is very little difference other than the fact that you don't "own" and you can only make one page. There are some advantages to both though.

    1. With Squidoo, you can build these types on the fly. I have been able to build like 20 in a day or two. This works out great if you have long tail keywords that you are testing for viability.
    2. That said, you can check the actual pulse of the market itself because Squidoo (and hubpages) can reach the front page pretty quickly in non-competitive niches. If it reaches the top 5 and you start to get sales, you know that the market may be worth a full fledged site.
    3. You can also create sub niche squidoo pages based on long tails and point them to pages deeper in your website for a little link juice.
    Basically, whatever you are doing with ezinearticles (minus the direct affiliate link), you can do with a squidoo page.

    I use squidoo but I think that using it in and of itself (using lenses exclusively) is probably a bad move. You should be diversifying your sites across the spectrum. It will give you more linking power over time.

    The more sites you own/control...the greater power you will wield in the long run. I think this is one of those rules that most new marketers don't get or don't want to get b/c it takes time.
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