The Glass is Always Full: October 2008

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

What is Squidoo?


My friends and family are asking: So what exactly is Squidoo, and why would you want to be a Giant Squid (trying not to laugh)?


Squidoo is one of the top 300 most popular websites in the U.S. It is a collection of over 700,000 web pages at this writing, created by people with interests in anything and everything. Each page is called a lens and can be about almost anything. There are some ground rules, and some subjects aren't allowed. Spam of any kind is definitely not allowed. What is encouraged is really good content.


Lenses can be used to earn money for the author or for a charity. Squidoo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities and for its users (lensmasters). Creating a page is free. Squidoo automatically sends 5% of all proceeds to charity, then they keep 45% to run the company, and finally let the lensmaster decide what to do with the other 50%. So, it's a cooperative. Lensmasters provide the content, Squidoo provides the advertising and then splits the proceeds. In addition, you can also promote your own product or affiliate products on your sites. At the beginning of each month is payday. You can easily see what your lenses have earned from your dashboard. Then in addition you may receive income from your other products and promotions from outside of Squidoo.


Lenses, which I think of as mini niche sites, are easy to create, and there is a friendly, supportive community of Squidooers ready to answer questions and give any help that's needed. So, if you'd like to give it a try, go to one of my pages and click on "Make a Page" at the bottom of the right-hand column. And please let me know you're there so I can help.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I'm a Giant Squid


My Squidoo lenses were accepted by Squidoo, and I'm now a Giant Squid, which means I have created at least 50 lenses (web pages) with quality content in the Squidoo article directory. Here is my page where all the others can be found in one place - The Squidoo Lensography of Nancy Oram.


I actually have 70 lenses and I'm taking a break from creating new ones. I need to polish up the existing ones and promote them, etc., before I add to them.


My new goal is to make the 100 club by the new deadline, which is December 31. It's quite obvious that people are making money at this, some $2,000 to $3,000 and up per month developing Squidoo property. And those are the ones telling about it. There are many more not sharing their secrets. Basically it takes three things: Quality content, promoting and marketing really well, and creating lots of lenses (rinse and repeat). I can do all that, but it is a job. I really love the elements of writing and creating these little mini niche sites. I'm not that happy about the promoting part, but I'm working on ways to automate that a little bit. Making more lenses just means to keep working steadily at it and repeating the process.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm Overbooked


It's time to update this blog. I've been so busy trying to increase my online income, I haven't had time to blog about anything. This was meant to be a family blog, but I've kept a personal journal (the kind you write in and keep in your nightstand) for years, and I really don't want to stop, or repeat myself here. If this site shuts down, I'll still have my journal.


I might change the tone of this to chronical more of my business, since that's what I'm involved in at the computer most of the day. We'll see how that goes. I actually started another blog about that, but I can only keep up with so many blogs, and this one is established now.


So here is my business update. The past month my main business goal was to reach 50 Squidoo lenses to make the Giant Squid status. I accomplished that around the 15th of September. Deadline was September 30, and Giant Squids will be announced Monday, October 6. As of today I have 70 Squidoo lenses. They're listed at the bottom of this blog.


While working on that goal, I let my eBay listings just lay there in the store inventory and haven't done any active listings. Sales are way down, even for store inventory. I'm waiting while eBay makes some adjustments and sorts out some things they're working on.


I really have all the infrastructure and elements of several good online businesses in place now. I just need more of me or more hours in the day to get it all working. Each month my income increases, though, and I'll just have to keep building.


Goals for the month of October include: Making more Squidoo lenses and linking everything together; adjusting to eBay changes; updating my websites.