by dodif
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Hey guys
I want to see what's your opinions about squidoo lens.. Is this better than Wordpress blog?
Think about it, it's much easier. You don't need to pay for domain,host,design and other things..

Thanks
#blog #lens #squidoo
  • Profile picture of the author casablancas
    But you also have to giveaway 50% of your earnings. I'd rather go with my own niche site with my own optimized URL.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by dodif View Post

    Think about it, it's much easier.
    But it isn't yours.

    You don't own it
    . Someone else gets to make up all the rules. And change them whenever they feel like it (and they do, notoriously). And to interpret the rules, and the policies and procedures, as inconsistently and idiosyncratically as they like. And to impose all sorts of restrictions on you. You have no long-term security at all. And it's all so unnecessary: it's not even as if there are any benefits that you can't get far more safely and securely elsewhere (even without paying, if that's what you want).

    What kind of "business plan" is that?

    These threads will tell you what you need to know (though that may, of course, be different from what you want to know ) ...

    Too Much Advertising on Squidoo??
    Is Squidoo still okay to post article to?
    How to subtly advertise on Squidoo and Hubpages?
    How do I Use Squidoo Effectively?
    Advice on Squidoo
    What's the value of a Squidoo Lens?
    Using Hubpages, Squidoo, and Tumblr to generate backlinks
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    • Profile picture of the author dodif
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      But it isn't yours.

      You don't own it
      . Someone else gets to make up all the rules. And change them whenever they feel like it (and they do, notoriously). And to interpret the rules, and the policies and procedures, as inconsistently and idiosyncratically as they like. And to impose all sorts of restrictions on you. You have no long-term security at all. And it's all so unnecessary: it's not even as if there are any benefits that you can't get far more safely and securely elsewhere (even without paying, if that's what you want).

      What kind of "business plan" is that?

      These threads will tell you what you need to know (though that may, of course, be different from what you want to know ) ...

      Too Much Advertising on Squidoo??
      Is Squidoo still okay to post article to?
      How to subtly advertise on Squidoo and Hubpages?
      How do I Use Squidoo Effectively?
      Advice on Squidoo
      What's the value of a Squidoo Lens?
      Using Hubpages, Squidoo, and Tumblr to generate backlinks
      Thanks for the reply..

      Look, I have a wordpress blog, before 2 months it was successful (200-300 views per day) and I was placed in 1# page in my favorite keywords in Google. but suddenly,one day, I couldn't find my posts in google in my favorite keywords.. (but if I search my URL I find it)
      I've tried everything, but nothing helped.. So I decided to try squidoo..
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by dodif View Post

        Look, I have a wordpress blog, before 2 months it was successful (200-300 views per day) and I was placed in 1# page in my favorite keywords in Google. but suddenly,one day, I couldn't find my posts in google in my favorite keywords.. (but if I search my URL I find it)
        I've tried everything, but nothing helped.. So I decided to try squidoo..
        So, let me see if I have this right: you were dependent on Google, and (like many thousands of others, a couple of months ago) discovered that a site that depends on Google for its primary traffic can only ever be one algorithm-change away from a potential accident, and have decided instead that you want even the ownership, control and continuing existence of "your" next site to be dependent on a different third party whose decisions, policies and procedures you can't influence (and maybe still dependent on Google, too)?

        I'm sorry you've had this "little local difficulty", and I promise I'm not trying to be "smart" or "cute" about it, but please excuse the observation that the logic of your purported solution is far from immediately apparent.
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        • Profile picture of the author yesacpow
          I totally agree with the above posters. For one you don't have full control over your lens and one day you could lose it just the same for whatever reason. Secondly there are a ton of rules that you have to abide by which you would have to if you focused on building your own website.

          I'd say, focus on building up the authority of your own website and in so doing you can have articles on squidoo and other web 2.0 sites to provide your money sites with some relevant backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Magician
    Naught more to say about Squidoo that Alexa didn't, above. However, I will say the experience of registering a domain name, putting up a site, searching through Wordpress themes until you find one that pops, adding plugins and an opt-in box, and learning traffic are far more valuable in themselves than any initial paycheck. In this business, you need your own website. Domain registration, hosting, and autoresponders are dirt cheap. Don't cripple your business by refusing to purchase the few tools you need.

    Hope this helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author ShaneBoyd
    Squidoo lenses, Blogger blogs, Hub pages and all those other free sites are NOT your money site. They are ONLY satellite sites that point towards your site. They're for SEO, not for selling products. They only thing you should be using those sites for is linking.

    They were nice years ago. Not so much now.

    Good luck,

    Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I would roll with the blog. I'm all about simple and easy marketing, and it's much simpler (in my opinion) to make money with your blog than with Squidoo. I hope you have a good traffic plan and conversion plan for turning your blog visitors into cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheLinks
    Yes, you don't have to pay for domain and web hosting, but do not actually get the liberty to put your content on an independent domain, because Squidoo will allow you to use the sub-domain name. Besides this, you cannot compare Squidoo with Wordpress, that provides the option to use variety of themes and widgets.
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  • Profile picture of the author MJ Christiansen
    Well I would only use a squidoo lens to link back to my blog. In fact squidoo is a good site to link to because of the pr7, but i wouldn't use it as your money site...yes it's good because you don't have to deal with the pain of of setting up a blog.

    But let me tell you once you've set it up and you have a design you like, then adding content to it is sooo easy...just like editing a word document.
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  • Profile picture of the author bluez
    using your own blog with 100% full control is way much better than leverage with web 2.0 sites like squidoo. Rather than risking your chance to get your lenses deleted or unable to publish it due to what they regarded as self advertising.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonylee93
    Both! When it comes down to it, they work together more than anything. I highly recommend using both to your advantage, while your writing content for one the other one can be earning you a few bucks! It comes a good system once you invest into it!
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  • My best ways to use them all is to first build up a cool blog, with unique articles and a lot of information, then advertise it thanks to a Squidoo Lens.
    Contents must be different to obtain the best, so for example if your blog is about "Dog Training", the Squidoo Lens could be about "How to Dog Sit".

    Put some strategic links in your blog to Squidoo, and in Squidoo to your blog.
    That's all!

    See you soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    To add to what Alexa said,

    Hardly any of the Squidoo's pages come up on Google SERPs.

    So, it's not worth it.

    And if you have to create backlinks to your Squidoo page, you better do it on your own webpage.
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    • Profile picture of the author LittleLindaPinda
      I am enjoying Squidoo and I like how nicely the modules are set up for us. Sometimes the ease is worth the giving up part of the commission.

      At times it can be frustrating to figure out why they won't publish a certain modification that I make to an article. I have to read it over and over again trying to determine a word or two that is not acceptable even though my intentions are to be helpful to the reader. A few words tend to be rejected and I am still trying to figure out what words not to write. I realize the obvious ones.

      Overall I am very glad I returned to doing more Squidoo lenses/articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    It is lot more easier to gain page rank in a squidoo lens but you can not expect a lot of earning from it because, most of the readers of squidoo lenses rarely clicks in adsense ads. And even if they click, you will get only 50% of it. But yes, you will get a lot of visitors to your money site if you can build a good featured squidoo lens.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Just wanted to chime in about the split commissions... you don't HAVE to split commissions! They give you nice looking Amazon modules but they don't mind you using your own Amazon affiliate links or affiliate links for other sites.

    As for lenses not showing up in Google, I actually seem to rank faster with my lenses than on my own pages.

    I do a mix of both. I have niche blogs and I do Squidoo lenses when I want to write about something without building a site. I have 2-3 lenses about a line of toys or one about a new kitchen appliance I bought and loved. I do a lot of seasonal lenses rather than building Halloween or Christmas related sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author vCr8
    Having a squidoo page is more just like guest blogging. It can help you promote your site. It is however great because you can have some royalties when you really ain't paying much attention to it. But if you are serious with blogging, it is better to get your own site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Gray
    I would recommend your own WP blog over any web 2.0 properties every time, however i would still set up the web 2.0 properties and use them to drive traffic to your blog as a 2nd tier system perhaps targeting more esoteric or longer tail keywords with them.

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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    I would go with blogging and use the Web 2.0's as buffer sites.
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