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I joined Squidoo back in 2009 with the intention of jumping in, making lots of lenses, and making lots of money. I wish I had actually done that, because by now I’d have lots of lenses making me money already, but, unfortunately, I didn’t. A couple months ago, February I think it was, I decided to get on the ball and actually do something there. I have, so far, a total of 18 lenses and this past payday I got my first Squidoo payment from my lenses. I made a grand total of $7.74. Okay, so I’m not getting rich here, but I don’t think that’s half bad for not really doing much of anything. I haven’t done much but create them and then update them here and there. Some of them do need a little makeover, but overall I think they are looking okay. I have plans to do a little article marketing and work on some backlinking in the near future, but as of yet I really haven’t done much in the way of promoting them and I have made a couple sales. Yesterday, I woke up to find I had made 6 sales on one of them! That was a sweet surprise! That was the first “big” sale I’ve made so I was pretty excited about it. I will get paid for next payday, and hopefully I will have made some more sales by then.
I have been keeping track of my lens ranks every day and it’s amazing how much they can fluctuate day to day. I’ve had a few that have gone as high as in the 7,000 range, but then bounced back down, and I can’t figure out the reason since the traffic seems to stay about the same, and even when I haven’t done anything to them they sometimes still get higher ranking, or suddenly drop.
Unfortunately, as happy as it makes me when my lenses climb in Squidoo lens rank, or when I Level Up, or get comments and stuff, none of that is going to help me make any real money. Unless I make a buttload of lenses and get them all into the top 2000, and manage to keep them there, Squidoo payouts are not going to support me.
The thing that is going to make you money with your Squidoo lenses is to find a great niche, build them with sales in mind, optimize them for SEO and Google traffic, and promote them like crazy. As much as getting the love and admiration of the Squidoo community for your efforts with comments and visitors is awesome, most other Squidoo lensmasters are not going to be your customers. They’re trying to make money, too, not spend it. LOL
The target has to be outside search engine traffic from people looking to buy what you’re promoting, so that’s my goal!
This is my newest lens, and it started out somewhere in the 260,000 range, and after I fleshed it out a bit and added some tags this weekend, and the only other thing I did was Tweet it..it is now at about 160,000..I’ll be working on trying to boost it a bit more over the next week, and then start promoting and see what I can do with it.
I ran across something today that has got me all fired up. I was on Twitter and someone tweeted a link that said something like “Watch this guy build 10 affiliate sites in 10 minutes” or something like that. I’ve been slowly dipping my toes into the affiliate marketing game recently, so I went to check it out. I figured it was gonna be some niche site builder/scraper sorta thing, and thought it might be useful, since I’m currently in the planning process of maybe starting some of my own niche sites. Just as an FYI, I have been interested in affiliate marketing and sort of studying it for a really, really long time, but I’ve never actually jumped in and tried to seriously do it before, and this video I saw today is one of the main reasons why. I hate this kinda sh*t with a fiery passion! I can’t tell you how much it pisses me off. I’m all for affiliate marketing and marketing, in general. There’s nothing wrong with helping people who need, or might want, a service or a product, or who have a problem to solve, find what they’re looking for and getting paid for your help. I’m all for that! Free enterprise, Capitalism, rah rah..God Bless America! ..lol. What I hate is people who try to make money by deceiving someone, liars, and that “Get em to give you their money any way you can” mentality…and what I call “Hype and Air”
This video was by a marketer named Anik Singal. I don’t know anything about him and have no clue about anything he has done besides this, so I’m not judging him personally, really I’m not, but if this is the kind of thing he offers on a regular basis, I don’t think I want to know much more about him. Here’s the problem.
I went to the sales page where there’s two videos, and Mr. Singal starts talking about dishonest marketers who promise to make you rich overnight and how it’s all crap. Okay, so he gets points for honesty about that…that’s a good thing. As the video goes on, he does his pitch and sets it all up, and the guy is good. He’s real good. He definitely got into the right game, cuz he almost had me clicking that button to shell out my $47.00, and I don’t buy ANYTHING without lots of research and making sure it’s something that is useful and I really, really want it. Then I decided to look a little deeper. The name of his program is Profit Jackpot, and it’s an article and video scraper/spinner plugin for WP that helps you set up autoblogs. It, apparently, does something to the code so Google can’t tell it’s duplicate content and he claims if you set up about 25 sites you can make decent money with all your sites on autopilot. Of course, you could set up hundreds, because it’s all automated. Set it and forget it and collect the cash.. All this for the low, low price of $47.00.
Here’s what he doesn’t tell you:
- For the $47.00 you get a basic software that has a max limit of 25 sites you can build.
- You don’t get the article spinner, video scraper, or comment scraper for that price.
- The article spinner turns out unreadable goop, guaranteed to get you slapped.
- The content it pulls in is not guaranteed to be relevant to your topic.
- To get the functionality of what he shows you in his video, it will cost you $200 and up, depending on how many of his upsells you buy into.
- You can build your sites in 10 minutes..if you already have your domains installed and set up with WordPress, and have all your keywords researched and ready to pop them in, and plug-ins installed and ready to activate. So, even though he builds them that quickly, your time starting from scratch will be quite a bit more than that. Not that that is a big issue, once you get to the building stage it’s quick, but it’s still deceptive.
- The software isn’t compatible with HostGator or GoDaddy.. (where I host and where I buy all my domains, of course).
- All of the sites he built using the software in the video have all been taken down. Maybe, since he built them to demonstrate the software, he took them down himself because he knew they were built up and filled too quickly and didn’t want red flags from Google, or maybe not. In the video he invites people to go look at them, so taking them down wouldn’t be too smart on his part
When I first Googled for information, the results i got were a lot of sites like “Profit Jackpot Review” or “Profit Jackpot Scam”, which I immediately know to avoid like the plague, because they are more than likely affiliates who are promoting the product, and the review style of affiliate marketing is used a lot. When I want to know the real deal on something, I go someplace like Warrior Forum or Wicked Fire. or somewhere where people will give you the straight dope who don’t have anything to gain. I got the information for this post from a thread on Warrior Forum, click the link above to read it for yourself.
To be fair, this software isn’t complete crap, because it, apparently, does actually do what it’s meant to do, in a way. If it came with complete functionality for the $47.00 and not just a 25 site limit, and if you wanted a way to occasionally drip content to your site automatically, it could be useful. If you set up sites the right way, keep doing your SEO and posting original content, just use it to add an article here or there to help keep it fresh so you don’t have to be constantly on top of all your sites, it could be fine. Of course, I wouldn’t depend on the spinner or let it just scrape stuff and never check it, like Amit suggests, and I definitely wouldn’t use the comment scraper, because it, apparently, disables links back to Youtube and that’s against their TOS for using their API. But there are lots of autoblog plugins out there, if that’s what you’re looking for, and not all of them are marketed by misleading people.