I get emails about Squidoo pretty frequently. Most of the emails have some version of the same three questions. Here’s the questions from an email I received yesterday. I’ve taken out the hi, how are you’s, and just left the questions.
1. How long lens will be indexed and get ranking on page 1 google? 3-6 months?
2. Sorry this is quite to the point, but do you think we are able to get decent income from Squidoo lenses alone?
3. If now I start to make new lenses to prepare Christmas time, do you think I can make it? I am thinking that the time span it’s quite short to promote the lenses and get rank on Google.
1. How long will it take to get to page 1?
This completely depends on the keyword you’ve chosen ~ the level of competition the keyword has and how diligently you build backlinks to the lens.
I’ve had lenses indexed and ranked in a day. I have lenses that were indexed in 24 hours and STILL don’t rank for the keyword.
There is no set answer to this question because there are too many variables, between the keywords you choose, and the action you take.
You can certainly choose keywords with minimal competition and get them indexed in a day or two ~ if you do some basic linking.
It’s possible to get them ranking on the first page in a week, to a couple months ~ again depending on the competition level of the keyword and how diligently and consistently you build backlinks to the lens.
2. Can I Create a Full Time Income from Squidoo?
You probably can, but why would you want to? I love Squidoo, don’t get me wrong. But I would never create my entire income from a site I don’t own, where someone else makes the rules. The thing is… your lens could be locked or taken down at any point, simply because Squidoo decides to change the rules.
The other thing about Squidoo is it’s going to take a LOT of lenses. I’m not talking 5 or 10 here. If you’re trying for a full time income you’re going to need at least 100 lenses (probably more than that) … researched, promoted, backlinks built, the whole process done for EACH and EVERY lens.
People do make a good income from Squidoo. (You can see here how many lenses Capt Squid has) I would not personally use it as my main income source though. It is a perfect place to get started, to learn SEO, to learn about creating content, to learn about conversion ~ and what it takes to get people to click through and buy. It’s great to earn your first dollar ~ or your regular $500 a month. But at that point I would take some of my earnings and reinvest it into a hosting account and start building sites I own ~ using all the things I learned from working at Squidoo.
3. If I start now, can I make it before Christmas?
If you don’t start now, you’ll never make it for Christmas. The first year I did the Christmas Cash Blueprint I started in the beginning of October. It cut it close ~ and I had to work my ass off, but I did get some of my lenses to page one and made some money.
The next year those lenses had some age on them and they did quite well again.
It’s not all about “today” or “this Christmas”, these product lenses are products people are using throughout the year. People buy stuff all year long, they happen to get into a bit of a feeding frenzy the last couple months of the year, but the work you do on these product lenses doesn’t end the day after Christmas. These lenses will continue to work for you for sometimes years to come.
So… in conclusion:
1. You’ll never get to page 1 until you decide to do something and do it.
2. You’ll never get to a full time income until you decide to do something and do it.
3. You’ll never get something ready for Christmas until you decide to do something and do it.
I truly appreciate your questions… I truly appreciate the doubt and the fear that is involved in getting started, in making a decision.
But really. If you don’t decide and get started you will not reach any goals.
What’s your decision? What are you going to do today? Pick something… (just about everything will work, so pick something) and start doing it. Daily. Consistently. Persistently. Today.
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