I’d like to talk a bit about Squidoo now that I’ve experimented with it enough to form a pretty consistent opinion on it. First, let’s deal with some common questions:
Question: Do you actually make money on Squidoo?
Answer: Yes. You really do get money, though most people might make more money with Amazon affiliate links. It really depends on your skill set, however.
Question: Is Squidoo actually faster and easier than standard blogging?
Answer: Yes, it definitely is faster. You could put together a bare-bones page in Squidoo in 10 minutes, that has the appearance you worked on it for 2 hours. The quick interface makes publishing multiple posts fast and effective.
Question: Is Squidoo harder to use than WordPress or Blogger?
Answer: No. It’s actually quicker and easier to use than both, and still manages to give you more options.
Question: What is the biggest advantage with Squidoo?
Answer: Squidoo is, in a way, like the YouTube of web publishing. It’s very easier to network on, and the platform is great for learning what works and what doesn’t, as far as attracting traffic. Getting paid is also nice, but keep in mind that unless you donate your money to charity, Squidoo will take 50%.
Question: What is the biggest flaw or downside to using Squidoo?
Answer: That 50% of revenue being taken, that I just mentioned.
Ok, let’s get down to my review. I stumbled across Squidoo many months ago. A lot of people seemed to be saying that there was money to be made on it. It was like blogging, only with much better integration of pictures, videos, and other content, and it earned cash. Well, I was interested. I spent a few hours researching it, and then finally started up my first “lens”, which is what Squidoo calls your web page.
Your lens is like your post, but it is not one mass of information. A lens is composed of modules, which let you focus on the smaller sub-sections that make up the whole. There are modules for pretty much everything, and you can add or remove them at will very easily.
Squidoo isn’t technically blogging, but more generally, web page publishing. However, blogs benefit very much from the platform. Generally most people have not monetized their blogs to their full potential, and 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing. Squidoo makes it quick and easy to incorporate relevant merchandise into your lens, in a very unobtrusive manner that users respond positively to. There are many, many modules taking advantage of affiliate programs, including Amazon, Ebay, Zazzle, CafePress.
One great advantage to using Squidoo is that that you can use it “test the waters” out on a particular topic. Instead of spending a couple hours fully making a lens about singing fish, for example, you can put out bares bones version of singing fish, and 11 others. You can then watch the stats, and see what is in the highest demand, and fill it out further. There’s always some “hit or miss”, like on anything else online, but Squidoo maximizes “hit” and minimizes “miss”. It’s worth checking out, and if you’re wondering if Squidoo is, in fact, visually more appealing and engaging, you can see for yourself.
Here is my post about job interview strategies in blog format:
Here is the post on Squidoo, where it’s module format not only makes it look better, raises it’s visual appeal, and monetizes it, but it also helped me get in new content, but helping me to take the article one section at a time and further flesh it out:
Which do you like better?