What is Squidoo and How Can I Make Money From It?

Check out my lensSquidoo is a website that allows anyone to add a page of content on any topic they like. It’s free to join and free to create pages and for those who have had no experience with websites or blogs then Squidoo is the quick and easy alternative.

Squidoo is made up of thousands of pages with each page called a lens. A user can create as many lenses as they like – in fact, Squidoo encourages it. Each lens is unique to a particular subject although it is not like Wikipedia where only one page can be created on any one topic. With Squidoo the same topic can be written about on multiple lenses by different users.

Each page of content, or lens as we will now refer to it as, is solely edited by the one user who is known as the lensmaster. It essentially becomes their lens to do with as they wish as long as it is within the boundaries of Squidoo’s terms of use of course.

Each lens is made up of modules, although to anyone looking from the outside in, the lens looks just look any other webpage on the internet. To a lensmaster however, modules are the building blocks of their lenses.

To create a lens a lensmaster needs to add modules to their page. Each module serves a different purpose. For instance, there are text modules, eBay modules, Amazon modules, list modules, Guestbook and Link modules, Youtube modules, just to name a few. The lensmaster can choose any of these modules from a huge list and when selected the module is added to their lens from which they can then edit to suit their needs.

Once a certain number of modules and content have been added to a lens it can be published for all the world to see.

How Can I Make Money with Squidoo?

Squidoo has internal money making methods which can be set up simply by adding a module. Once you add these modules you edit it them to add products.

Some of these modules include:

  • Amazon module
  • eBay module
  • Cafepress module

You can also make money from royalties which are paid on a monthly basis by Squidoo. This won’t be much and I usually donate mine to the charities which are set up within Squidoo.

Another way to make money with Squidoo is by referring people to sign up. When they make $15 through their lens then you receive a $5 payment.

These methods will not make you a lot of money.  The big dollars actually come from adding affiliate links to your lens. This is what makes Squidoo so special as they allow you to add these types of links. You can use Clickbank, Commission Junction, Linkshare or any other affiliate network to get product links for your lens.

We’ve put together a 7 Day eCourse that teaches you how to create a Squidoo lens from start to finish. It’s free so it’s not going to cost you anything and you can unsubscribe at any time. Sign up here…

What is RSS?

I have to admit that it has taken me a long time to get my head around RSS. I’m not sure why really because it is actually quite simple. When I first came across RSS I didn’t even make an attempt to try and figure it all out which is not like me at all. Normally I like researching things to find what they are all about. Well, eventually I had to do something since I had multiple blogs that all have the little RSS icon prominently placed at the top of the page, so it was about time I figured out why.

What is RSS?

RSS is a way of providing your updated web content to your visitors and for them to see the updates in  an easy to view format.

The acronym RSS stands for a number of different things depending on who you ask:

– Really Simple Syndication
– RDF Site Summary
– Rich Site Summary

So, lets say for instance that you regularly visit six different blogs on the internet. Each day you go to each site via your bookmarks and you check to see if they have added anything new. This, as we know can be very time consuming as you have to wait for each page to load and then check if they have actually added anything new since your last visit. It can also be annoying if you check daily and nothing new has been updated.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could access all the latest posts for your favorite blogs in only the one window? Well with RSS you can do just. The RSS feed from each of these blogs can be organized in such a way that they can be fed to you to you in an easy to read format.

Get Yourself an RSS Feed Reader

To view all the latest updates from your favorite websites on the one screen you require an RSS Feed Reader (aka Feed Aggregator) which will allow you to view your favorite blogs or websites content in an easy to read format.

You can get a reader from a variety of sources. I use Google Reader as it is free and comes with my Google email account but there are plenty of others available. Click here for a list of readers. You will need to choose one and follow instructions to get it up and running but believe me it’s just so much easier to use Google Reader.

Here is what my Google Reader looks like:

Once you have the reader up and running all you need to do is add your favorite blogs or websites. To do this you require the RSS feed URL for each website you want to add. Usually you can find this by clicking on the RSS icon on a blog or website. It will look like this:

You can see this on my blog at the top right of the screen. Once you click on this you will be taken to a screen where you should see a link that lets you subscribe to the feed. It will differ depending on the feed being used.

You can also subscribe to a websites rss feed from within the RSS Reader itself.

Bear in mind that the Reader itself will not always show the full blog post or update. In general, you will receive the title of the post plus a description of the post. If it interests you then you  click on the link to view the full post.

So that is what RSS is – a nice and simple way to provide updated content to your readers and a way for them to receive notification that you have made updates to your site.

What is dofollow and nofollow?

What is Nofollow This is a question that is not an easy one to answer without first providing you with a bit of background, so here is an explanation that will hopefully help you to understand these terms.

The goal of many internet marketers, especially those who focus on natural search, is to get good quality backlinks to their site.

So what is a backlink?:

Firstly, backlinks are also known by different names and inlinks or inbound links are other common terms.

It really doesn’t matter if this doesn’t make sense just yet, all you really need to know is that a backlink is any link from another website to your website.

Why are backlinks important?

Having good quality backlinks coming into your website can make a great deal of difference in how well your site is ranked in Google. This is the reason why many internet marketers put a lot of work into getting plenty of good quality, relevant backlinks because they know what a difference this will make in how well their website ranks in Google.

Unfortunately this process is open to abuse as webmasters go out of their way to grab as many backlinks as they can get, including ones that aren’t relevant to their site and could even be considered as just spam. Google became aware of this problem and in 2005 introduced the nofollow tag. What this did was effectively stop search engines from giving any credit to a link that had the nofollow attribute.

So how does the nofollow tag work?

Say for instance you were creating a link to my blog from your website. This is the code you would use:

<a href=”http://www.affiliateblogonline.com/”> Affiliate Blog Online</a>

And it would create the following link: Affiliate Blog Online

With the nofollow tag the code would look like this:

<a href=”http://www.affiliateblogonline.com/” rel=”nofollow”>Affiliate Blog Online</a>

Notice the addition of rel=”nofollow”. Although it has the bit of extra code the link would still look the same, like this: Affiliate Blog Online. So although you can’t tell the difference by looking at the link itself, the code behind it is telling the search engines that they shouldn’t give any juice to that link.

You will find the nofollow tag is standard on most of the major blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress and Typepad. This helps to prevent comment spam although we personally still get a huge amount of spam so I’m not sure it has done the job it was originally intended to do.

So how does the dofollow tag work?

In effect, dofollow is the opposite of nofollow – in other words, the search engines do give credit to the link.

To create a dofollow link the following code would be used:

<a href=”http://www.affiliateblogonline.com/”> Affiliate Blog Online</a>

But hang on a minute, is this right? You are probably wondering where the dofollow attribute is in that piece of code. Well there is no actual dofollow tag. It is just a term used to describe the opposite of nofollow.

So when you see the term ‘dofollow blog’ it just means that the blog has removed the nofollow attribute. So if you posted a comment on that blog then the link to your website would be given credit by Google and the other search engines.

Dofollow Plugins

To turn your blog into a dofollow blog you can download a plugin that removes the nofollow attribute from automatically attaching itself to comments left on your blog.

Andy Beard has put together a comprehensive list of dofollow plugins on his site so check it out.

You can also join the No Nofollow community at Bumpzee if you really feel strongly about this issue.

The benefit of creating a dofollow blog is that it encourages people to leave commments but on the other hand it can also encourage even more spam. Just ensure that you have the Akismet Plugin installed to help combat spam.