New Squidoo Theme: Thanksgiving Released


The latest Squidoo theme is now available for those people on Squidoo who are already preparing for year-end. The Thanksgiving theme has been released so if you are doing turkey or cooking-based webpages at Squidoo, you now have a cool theme to use rather than just the basic default.

Here's a link to what the valentine's theme looked like if you missed them. New Squidoo themes get released periodically based on upcoming holidays to allow lensmasters to craft their pages and take advantage of the visual themes available.

Payday Today At Squidoo! Best Month Ever!


 I was working on a couple of my Squidoo pages and noticed that my revenue for eBay and Amazon sales was gone from my dashboard which usually means imminent payment. So I checked and Ka-Boom! Payday! The Big Blue Box alerting me to the fact that today was indeed payday.

Ad Pool: $16.47 - $2.80 - $0.14

Info Links: $3.22 - $0.55 - $0.03
That's what each of the 3 tiers received:
1st tier is those webpages ranked at Squidoo from 1-2,000. They received $16.47 from the combined adpool PLUS a further $3.22 from the Info Links revenue for a total of $19.69/lens in the top tier.
2nd tier (2,001 to about 8,500) received $2.80 in adpool revenue along with $0.55 from the Info Links for a total of $3.35 for each webpage ranked in the second tier.
3rd tier (8,501 to about 80,000 or so) received $0.14 in adpool revenue plus another $0.03 from the Info Links for a total of $0.17.

Along with the money made online at Squidoo through the ranking system, we also received money from Amazon and eBay and Cafe Press sales made during December. Your goal should be to try to increase this revenue as much as possible rather than relying on that generated by LensRank because it has a greater upside.
For myself, this is the third month in a row that my online money generated from Squidoo has increased and the amount was the most ever.  If you're thinking that you would like to give Squidoo a try, just sign up here:

All it costs is a little bit of time. There's tons of tutorials and a great forum for asking questions and very helpful people who have already gone through the start up stages. If I can make money online at Squidoo, just about anyone can, so give it a shot!

Sudden Deluge In Vistors To Squidoo Page From Yahoo

I've written about this before, but I'm surprised when it happens. I created a new webpage on Squidoo and published it a week or so ago. Traffic has been sparce to say the least. Maybe one person every day or two. Until today when suddenly there's a lineup to get in. I check my stats fairly regularly like everyone else does and earlier today there was 2-3 visitors to this page over the last few days. I go away and come back and suddenly there over 100 people visiting the page, 99% from Yahoo, with no Google traffic at all. I just went back and it's up to 109 since I started writing this post.

How in the world do I harness this? If I could bottle it I'd make a fortune from internet marketers lol. It does show about a third are clicking out which is also good because that might mean some sales. One good thing about a sudden influx of visitors is that there should be a nice bump up in the Squidoo rankings, which means that when Squidoo pays out for lensrank for February (2 months from now), I might see a tidy little bonus depending if the page can maintain this higher rank. It will be a day or so before the higher rank is reflected on my dashboard.

I'm not quite sure how I tickled the belly of Yahoo, but they seem to be quite pleased with my efforts. Hopefully the traffic will continue pouring in and doesn't stop as suddenly as it started. Now if I could only entice the mighty Google to show me some love...

Olympic Pins: The Next Big Sporting Event At The Vancouver Olympics?

I've published a webpage all about the most current collectible Olympic pins for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Basically it is a catalog of all the 350 pins produced for this year's winter olympics. Actually, the page is incomplete as I am still adding much needed information about these highly sought after trading pins.

Like most I enjoy watching the Olympics and have noticed that Olympic pins always grab a bit of the spotlight during each olympic year. I am a collector of many things but I haven't ventured into the arena of pins with an olympic theme yet, although I do own several label pins that I've accumulated over the years. There are many rabid fans of memorabilia from the olympics and there is a thriving market for these pins and being someone who loves seeing collectibles I've decided to make a Squidoo page about the hobby. It is called Collecting 2010 Olympic Trading Pins if you would like to take a peek. The page has had some interest from visitors but is not really ranking or registering with Google or Squidoo, but that's fine. The page is still relatively new and needs a lot of work.

The problem with Olympic pin collecting is that there are so many pins to collect! There are 350 official 2010 Olympic pins from this Winter Olympics and the hobby covers all the past Olympiads and new pins are already appearing for the 2012 Summer Games in London. So the problem arises that there is only so much information that can be put on a single Squidoo page. A catalog of 350 of the most recent olympic trading pins leaves little or no room for descriptions about those from the past which are more valuable and sought after and the cool pins coming out now and in the run-up to the London games.

If you plunge into a field like collectible pins and memorablia, you find out how truly massive it is and how difficult it is to cover as much ground as possible. In order to be found by the avid collector is hard at best and almost impossible for such a new webpage so close to the current Olympiad. But I've decided to publish anyway. The way I look at it, by giving collectors a site that plays to their interests over time the page will get stronger and found by those with an interest in pins. The webpage itself will get re-written again and again with new information collectors will find interesting and expand. As time passes, Google will see that the page has some authority in the field and give it a bump in the Page Rank. By adding to the page and providing links to other pages of interest to pin collectors they will hopefully keep coming back to the page. Or maybe it will just crash and burn.

That's what I think is good about Squidoo pages. You can produce a page that is just okay and improve on it and expand on the topic covered either on the page itself, or by making more pages covering more facets of the topic and eventually you will have a vibrant community of pages that are all visited with some regularity by interested visitors. Of course, I could just end up becoming a collector myself and begin writing about a topic I've fallen in love with. Let's see where it goes...

Yes! Google Page Rank 4 On My Squidoo Page

I just checked to see what the Page Rank of one of my top Squidoo pages has a Google Page Rank of 4, which is pretty darn good thank you very much. Getting a high page rank from Google is not too easy, although many pages in Squidoo's top tier have the same (maybe higher) ranking, I just wanted to crow a little about it. I do have many pages that are ranked 2 or 3, but having attained a level 4 means Google feels the page is of some authority.

The page jumps in and out of the page one in the search engines, occasionally taking the top spot in the serps for periods of time. I have several other high ranking pages that put in appearances on Google's first page of results, but it's nice seeing them given such authority by the serps. That sort of placement in search engine results usually means a fair bit of traffic heads my way, which is one of the main goals of trying to do well at Squidoo. More traffic means a better chance at more sales, more comments, a higher ranking in the Squidoo rankings and basically a bit more money in my PayPal account.

How are you Squidoo pages doing as far as Google Page Rank? I'm sure there's a bunch of people who do as well and better. Leave a comment, maybe a suggestion or two for others trying to improve on their results.
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