Remember what it was like learning something new that was fun to do. You could enjoy the subtleties of each new task and you didn’t mind failing because it was new, you just tried again a different way until you got it. That is what I’ve been doing for the last month.
I found a place that takes your back and teaches you online marketing basics without telling you what you are doing. It’s crafted in such a way that the art of blogging and online marketing are combined yet broken down into such small blocks you don’t realise the whole until it is done and passes.
You Learn By Doing
“You learn by doing”, I hear that all the time. At Squidoo that is what you do. By entering your information into the building blocks of the system you are guided, successfully, to a finished product. Along the way each “lens” or post you make is ranked along with all the others posted at Squidoo and you can follow the progress. You are given points when you do something right, awards and trophies when you hit milestones or do something exceptional. This point system shows you the value of the basics of online marketing.
My Month in Squidoo
I’ve taken the month off my blog to get back to the basics of online marketing. I started exploring what Squidoo has to offer and what it teaches you to do while it is rewarding you for writing with its system. Example: You get a few points for commenting on other peoples blogs, you get a few points for using certain modules in your post. You get a lot of points for each new lens you write. You get a lot of points for participating in challenges called “Quests.” You even get points and rewards for just showing up every day.
This boils down to these basics we have heard before. Blog every day. Tell others. Make Money. Have you heard that line before?
Squidoo shows you the online marketing basics by teaching you the write well-crafted personal lenses or posts. The better you write the posts the higher they rank, the more people see them and the more money you get paid. This is the whole idea behind doing anything online.
Don’t do anything because you are told to do it. Do it because you know the value and do it because you are having fun doing it.
Let me show you what aI mean with my months work at Squidoo.
Some of My Squidoo Lenses
One lens I wrote last year before I knew what I was doing. It is red flagged so the public can’t even see it because it is full of bad practices. It sits at 523,839 on Squidoos ranking.
Penguin Update: Types of Backlinks | Keep it Real sits at 143,689. (Tier 4)
How To Make A Kite sits at 113,154 (Tier 4)
Social Media Marketing – Join the Adventure sits at 107,394 (Tier 4)
Natural Sourdough Bread sits at 62,557 (Tier 3)
Find Competitor Keywords – Keyword Research Made Easy sits at 58,029 (Tier 3)
My Easy Chocolate Cake Recipes sits at 36,251 (Tier 3 )
How to Make a Mini Weather Station sits at 29,831 (Tier 3 )
Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal Stone Review sits at 2,782 (Tier 2)
Bottle Gardens and Hanging Glass Terrariums sits at 110 (Tier 1)
Getting Recognition Learning Online Basics
Squidoo has a tiered payment plan. Members get paid from revenues from Google Adsense ads and Amazon affiliate payouts, as well as direct sales of products. They have many other modules that allow one to make money online but these are the main ones.
Tier 4 lens (>85,000) are at the bottom of the list and get paid very little. Most of the lenses I did when I started writing on Squidoo are in the Tier 4 category.
Tier 3 Lenses (20,000 – 85,000) get a portion of the Adsense money but it is a small percentage and you’re lucky to get about $0.50 a month for lower lenses. But they get money and more of it the higher you rank and the longer you rank there.
Tier 2 Lenses ( 2000 – 20,000 ) will get over $6 a month plus direct sales and referrals.
Tier 1 Lenses (1-2000 ) get the most traffic and sales portion at $40+ a month for as long as they stay ranked. Plus of course direct sales and so on.
The money is nice but at this point I am showing you this to show you the progression my work has taken from following the teachings and guidance of the Squidoo team. I’ve gone from writing crappy Tier 4 lenses to getting several Purple Star Awards and a Lens of The Day Award In just over thirty days. I think this is awesome.
The secret is in the numbers. Like all online marketing blogging, you get paid from the traffic you receive. Get out there and write good lenses, tell others and get paid. Hmmm I’ve heard that before.
I’ve hope you’ve learned some online marketing basics today and will continue to follow my efforts as I will be posting more soon.
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