With all the craziness that has been going on lately at Squidoo, people seem to be wondering if it is still worth the time and effort. The short answer to this is – Yes!
Now, here’s the long answer. Ranking and banking on Squidoo is not as easy as it was this time last year – or even earlier this year. Not only have Squidoo lenses taken a beating int the SERPs, but Squidoo HQ has been pushing out ridiculous changes (often with no warning) resulting in a lot of people losing lenses and accounts. The truth is that you can still rank and bank with Squidoo lenses, but it just might take a little more work or a little more time. And, unfortunately, you have to try to ensure that you get pretty much zero backlinks that are no-follow, which can be difficult.
I have spend the past almost three weeks traveling around Europe and I did not take my laptop with me. So, when I returned home I had a couple of lenses locked. The reason was for bad inbound links, or no-follow links. I did not make those backlinks, which means that I had zero control in terms of who was linking to me. The good news is that if you have your own websites, you can try to balance out your backlinks by sending your own do-follow links to it.
Am I Still Making Money on Squidoo?
Some of you are wondering if I am still making money from my Squidoo lenses. Like most of you, I have lost several lenses – including some of my top tier 1 lenses. I have been fortunate though in that none of my accounts have been locked and that I am still making money. Don’t get me wrong, the amount that I am making from Squidoo has taken quite the nosedive. But – I am still making a decent amount of cash each month and I see no reason to stop and throw in the towel. In fact, I am making some new lenses today.
Based on my experience, it seems that adding a text module or two of kinda generic content at the bottom of your lenses – being sure to not use your main keywords – gets your lens up to 100% and keeps it published. I know of one guy who got the ‘low quality’ warning on a lens and added a text module of PLR content to get it to 100%! How crazy is that!?!
The sad reality is that Squidoo got a warning from Google and ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. Then, they attempted to make changes to the site in regards to good SEO practices when it is painfully clear that no one in charge there knows squat about SEO practices (good or bad). The dust seems to be settling though and I am hopeful for some good Halloween earnings. You may want to consider making some good Halloween lenses too!