Do You Squidoo?

Posted by 6 October, 2008 (14) Comment

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Squidoo is a website that allows anyone to EASILY build a single page website called a “lens”. The lens can focus on a particular subject or can be a broad overview. The person who makes the lens is termed a “lensmaster”. Squidoo claims you can build a lens in 60 seconds and best of all, it’s free!

So, who should use Squidoo?

1. Business owner

2. Blogger

3. Anyone marketing anything

4. People who are passionate about a subject and want to spread the knowledge.

5. People who want to complete a simple webpage about themselves.

Why should you Squidoo?

1. Money

There are a few ways to make money using Squidoo.

On your lens, you can elect to have Google ads displayed. This can be a revenue source for you, but it will more than likely take some time to see any money so be patient.

You can opt to showcase Amazon, eBay, and CafePress items on your lens and if people purchase them, you earn commission. This is also termed “affiliate marketing”.

You can also make money by referring traffic from your lens to your blog or website. Of course, you only make money on your website or blog if you have advertising of some form.

2. Give to Charity

One of the great aspects about Squidoo, and has most likely attributed to a lot of it’s popularity, is that they give to charity and give YOU the option to give to charity. The breakdown of revenue is:

1. 5% goes to charity off the top of the revenue they pull in from ads and affiliate links. You don’t see this from too many companies so Squidoo should certainly be commended for that.

2. 45% of the revenue goes to the overhead of running Squidoo.

3. The other 50% goes to either the charity of the lensmaster’s choice, or is directed to the lensmaster in the form of cash.

3. Simple Web Page

There are not too many other websites that can get you up and running as quickly as Squidoo.

4. Great Publicity

Building Squidoo lenses that direct people to your website or blog is a great (and free) way to promote your services. If you have a blog, you need to have a Squidoo lens.

Even if Squidoo doesn’t seem like your “cup of tea”, I would encourage you to visit a charity lens that Squidoo set up: http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo-charity-giveaway. For every vote they receive for a charity, they will donate $2 (up to $80,000) to that charity. As I write this, I believe they have already exceeded the 40,000 vote ($80,000) figure, but you are still able to vote.

You can go here to make your first lens!

Also, here is my profile on Squidoo: http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/HappinessisBetter

Some other alternatives to Squidoo are:

Hubpages – From what I’ve read, it’s very similar to Squidoo with a different look and feel. I am not familiar with Hubpages and JUST signed up moments ago.

Here is a review of Hubpages vs. Squidoo by JohnKnoo.com

Oondi – This is another website very similar to Squidoo and Hubpages, but not as well known. I’ve read that they pay 100% of the advertising income instead of the 50% offered by Squidoo. I’m also not very familiar with this website.

Anyone have experience with these websites?

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Do You Like Money as Much as I Do?

Posted by 2 October, 2008 (2) Comment

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I’m not sure why I’ve always had a fascination with money. I’ve always liked making money and I’ve always been careful with spending it.

It all started when I was in the 4th grade. I do not recall why I wanted money, but I tried to figure out how to make money. I assume it was for baseball cards or the like. I started selling candy to other kids at school. The bus driver even gave me the nick name, “The Candy Man”. I would go with my parents to Sam’s where I would buy laffy taffy and blow pops, then mark them up 100%. Looking back, I was proud that I was able to pull in $40 a week, which is a lot of money to a 9 year old in the 80’s.

Between the age of 9 and 16, my quest for money became more urgent. Once staff at my elementary school told me to stop selling candy to other kids (they didn’t like the competition 🙂 ), I started mowing lawns. In middle school and prior to turning 16, I also worked at my dad’s baseball card shop. I usually had to work for credit so I would use the credit to buy packs of baseball cards that were of high value to other collectors. I had the inside scoop on whether the good cards had already been plucked from a box or not and thus I was able to tilt the chances of opening a pack of cards with a valuable card. I then sold the valuable card either to my dad or to friends.

Once in high school, my first “real” job in was at a dollar theater. I started out asking people “would you like butter with that”. Yes, it was lame. I was covered in all sorts of neon colors because it was owned my Cinemark Theaters. My starting pay was $4.25 per hour which was enough to pay for gas and insurance on my car (which was REALLY expensive ~$200/month). I quickly moved to projectionist which was more up my ally. During my second summer of work eligibility, I had 3 jobs. I worked at the movie theater (my main job), at Winn Dixie bagging groceries and at RGIS as an auditor (REALLY boring).

That fall after I had maxed out my “potential” at the movie theater, I left Cinemark to bag groceries at Tom Thumb. I quickly became a cashier where I was pulling in $5.25/hour. I was only there for 6-9 months before starting at Flashnet (a 1995 internet provider) where I was a salesman. It was actually my best job during high school. I made $8.oo per hour plus commission. With commission and my base pay, I was making $12.00-$15.00 per hour. I’m not much of a salesman, but it made the job a lot easier since the calls were inbound and therefore the callers were already interested in signing up. It was just really a matter of services provided.

I had various jobs working for professors in college. My next business took hold in 1999. I started selling Pokemon cards through my website and Yahoo! Auctions. I had originally wanted to start a website for my dad’s business. Everyone, especially a business, NEEDED a website. It was the big thing. Well, my dad wouldn’t commit to move forward on a website, so instead I asked him to could order more cards than usual so that I could buy the excess (at the time a seller had to have a store front to be able to buy Pokemon cards from the manufacturer). My first internet business was born. I did fairly well considering I had a part time job and a full load of engineering classes. I pulled in around $12K in about a year. Unfortunately, I jumped into the business towards the peak of the short-lived popularity. It was interesting that most of my customers were overseas. That business lasted about a year prior to dying out. It was an interesting ride though, and thankfully that entrepreneurial spirit has persisted.

Do you have any childhood or college money-making adventures? I’d love to hear them!

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