Friday, June 13, 2008

Build Squidoo Lenses To Make Money Online.

Squidoo Make Money OnlineSquidoo is one of the most popular ways to make money online. Lots of people who want to start earning money online have not explored Squidoo or don't know how they can use Squidoo to make money.

Squidoo is a Free Web 2.0 platform where you can earn money by creating "lenses". A "lens" is an easy-to-build, single web page that can point to blogs, favorite links, RSS feeds, Flickr photos, Google maps, your eBay auctions, CafePress designs, Amazon books or music, and oh so much more. That way, when someone is looking for recommended information, fast, your lens gets him started and sends him off in the right direction.

You can creat one lens or a hundred lenses, the choice is upto you. It takes about 5 minutes to set up a lens. Once you've created it, you can come back and work on it bit by bit to make it really great. There are different ways to make money from it and here are some of them:

1. Since you're the brains behind the "lens", Squidoo will share 50% of the revenue generated from the "lens" you the "lensmaster" have created. Any time someone stops by your lens and buys a product you recommended or clicks on a Google ad, you get 50% of the royalties.

Ad revenue (Google and other ads) goes into a pool, so as to avoide clickfraud. Half of the pool distributes out to lensmasters, on a PayRank scale that is based on each lens's average LensRank and traffic, and the number and quality of lenses in the lensmaster's account.

Affiliate revenue (ie, referral income - like Amazon and eBay and CafePress) is directly attributable to the lens that generated the revenue, and is not pooled with the whole co-op. The lensmaster gets a straight 50%.

2. Promote Squidoo through their affiliate programme - All you need to do is create your own account and get your referral link. If someone signs up through your affiliate link and then his or her lens earns its first $15, both you and your friend will each get $5 in to your account. I mean, for example, if you sign up with Squidoo using my referral link, then you and I both stand a chance in making money when you reach your first $15 earnings. But, if you don't sign up with a referral, then both you and the person who told you about Squidoo don't get to make that extra $5.

3. Sell and promote your own products - If you run an eBay store or Cafepress shop, then creating a Squidoo lens is one way for you to get new buyers. You just create a lens that is related to the theme of your online store, use the built-in functions of adding eBay and/or CafePress items, choose items that you wish to promote - then publish and share your lens.

4. Promote affiliate products - Other than using the built-in default Amazon, eBay, Netflix, CafePress, and iTunes "modules" mentioned above, you can also link to your own affiliate products on your lenses. This way you can ensure that you keep the entire commission to yourself.

Squidoo uses PayPal to send you cash and you can set the minimum payout to as low as $1. You can also choose to receive your payments either as 100% cash, 100% charity of your choice, or a mixture of cash and charity.

Other Advantages Of Using Squidoo:

Fast Google Indexing - Your lens can be indexed as quickly as 2-3 days. Although the time it takes to index varies, but you will find that it is much easier and faster to get indexed by Google than any other system.

High Google Rankings - Squidoo is very popular media as it holds good favor with Google and if you carefully select your keywords you can find yourself shooting up the search engine rankings.

Drive Traffic To Your Blog or Website - Since your squidoo lens will rank high on google and other search engines, if you link your blog or website from your squidoo lens, you can expect a flurry of new visitors, that may just turn in to readers, subscribers, and/or buyers of whatever it is you're selling.

Higher Page Rank (PR) - Google loves Squidoo and you should take advantage of this as much as you can by placing a link to your blog or website from your squidoo lens. Chances are that it might just help with your PR rankings.

Some Quick Resources For Your Squidoo Lens:

Each Squidoo lens has a topic. If you need a Niche that converts well then you should frequently visit Top 100 Lenses by Traffic or by LensRank and take a look at what other lensmasters are doing and copy their style. You can also search by Topic if you prefer. The other great place you can get ideas from is Squidoo's Tag Cloud to find out what is popular. If you need to learn to make better lenses, and pick up tips for promoting your lenses to the public then visit Run and moderated by passionate Squidoo volunteers and lensmasters, it is an answerplace for our newest and our most advanced lensmasters alike.

If you want to know more about making money from Squidoo, you can read Seth Godin's Everyone's an Expert and Flipping the Funnel. Become A Suidoo Guru is also a good ebook that will teach you step-by-step to create and promote a profitable Squidoo Lens.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Keyword Research Tutorial - Master Your Keywords.

Keyword Research Tutorial - Organize and Master Your Keywords.The aim of this keyword research tutorial is to help you generate an Internet Income from the content you provide, and also lay a solid foundations for online income in the future.

Often, before publishing content we either do not perform any keyword research, or perform it on a so and so basis. Therefore we don't give us a chance to get free traffic from search engines. In is this post I will hope to explain briefly how to plan and organize your keyword research.

Many of us make the mistake of assuming that a ranking for one generic term related to their site will turn their website into a profitable success. However, it is a fact that targeting multiple terms will not only drive traffic, but also lead to that all-important conversion.

Good planning and a systematic approach to get the best results from your keyword research can only do this. Here's a brief outline how you should approach the challenge of keyword research.

Prepare Your List Of Seed Keywords

Seed Keywords is a list of short generic terms that you think people will use to try and find your site. Now draw up a list of 20 most popular keywords and keyword phrases that you think relates to your topic. For example, if I am researching keywords for a site on "internet income" my Seed Keyword could be "income opportunity", "retirement income", "income streams" etc.

Remember to be creative while building the list because the wider the range of your seed keyword list, the more comprehensive your final results will be as it will open new avenues to find a profitable niche.

If your are finding it difficult to build the list, then go out to a book store and pick up some magazines relating to your topic or you can even ask your friends and family members to help you. Do what ever it is necessary to stimulate your creativity, but make sure you end up with at least 20 seed keywords.

Build A List Of Related Keywords

Expand your keywords into a list of Related Keywords that are often used to your particular subject area. For example, related keywords for 'Internet Income' would include 'Internet Advertising Income', 'Home Internet Income' or 'Extra Income Internet'.

Use this process to generate hundreds of related keywords and check their popularity, i.e., how popular each term is and how many searches are carried out for each keyword phrase.

Consider all of the possible phrases and themes of your site, even using a thesaurus to find related terms or checking competitor websites for ideas. It can be surprising just what terms your potential visitors will be using.

Locate Long Tail Keywords

Long tail keywords are typically 3-6 words in length, but they could be even longer. The term 'long tail' was coined by Chris Anderson and is used to describe the strategy of targeting less-competitive niche markets rather than the hugely competitive broad keywords. Extremely precise multi-word phrases tend to be far easier to position well than the more basic single keyword or double keyword phrases.

Now lets get into the details. The keywords you have found are the initial point for digging into the long tail keywords. Take every keyword you have researched in turn and explore how they are used in longer search expressions. For example, 'internet income' is used in these longer search terms: 'Income opportunity home based business', 'Home business income opportunity' or 'Six figure income'.

Subsequently, look at the every day search count to get an idea of the significance of each term. With this method, you can very rapidly put together a list of hundreds, if not thousands, of keywords.

Concluding Keyword Research Tutorial

Superior keyword research helps to sketch out an exhaustive content plan. This means that you won't misuse time on badly chosen content, but will focus on extremely relevant content that will bring the much-needed traffic you are after. Here are some Keywords Research Tools you can use to find Profitable Keywords.