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Always do these 10 Things to Write Successful Articles on Squidoo

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 9 25

My Recent Squidoo Experience

I have been asked about tips to make articles on Squidoo more successful.  My idea of successful is more traffic and comments leading to better ranking and income. 

After 7 months, I have 50 lenses, some are very new.   I am happy with sales so far, considering my first sale was about 6-8 weeks ago.  I am a new Super 25 Giant Squid and month old Squid Angel.  I had one lens make a sale of 2 items after 48 hours!

I am still learning Squidoo and don't know half the tools that are out there, but these are definitely working for me so I want to share them. In the bibliography, there is a link at the bottom to a very helpful long article that helped me.  It has details on actual earnings and how the pay structure works and what you can expect to get paid. 

You can fix up existing articles or give a new article a good chance at earning well by faithfully doing these steps.  Producing the words in an article is not a strength of mine and there are times when it flows and other times it does not.  I am becoming more efficient in my approach and hope to get better revenue per article and not have to write as many lenses.  

Lots of Google traffic and a high page rank on Squidoo means more money.  That is what you are aiming for and  you want people to leave your page to go to Amazon.

My Early Experiences on Squidoo

I have been on Squidoo for 7 months and actually removed an article from there 4 months ago, I was so fed up with earning nothing or very close to it.  I was all set to give up then I decided to start a Zazzle store 3 months ago.  Squidoo has Zazzle modules for easy promotion of products there, so I thought I'd give it one last try.  Note: you don't get paid for Zazzle referrals on Squidoo, but you do get paid for Cafepress and many others.

Part of my early lack of success was good quality niche informational articles with very little promotion.  I had done some keyword research but all by hand, with very basic tools.  I have better tools now, and love using Stealth and excel.  It is basic and simple and I am figuring out good ratios to do within the spreadsheets, while thinking about the commonsense of the searches.  I can trust it and am starting to trust my gut. I think choosing keywords is a science and an art.

Squidoo Specific Tips to Make More Successful Articles

These are the things I think have made the most difference in a short time!

  1. Do your keyword homework, great keywords are the key alongside good helpful content that is nicely presented.  Do all the usual on page optimization.  There are many Infobarrel members out there with a better understanding and tips on choosing keywords and great titles.  There are some great articles and threads on the infobarrel forum.  The keyword is the single most important step.  Your article needs to be seen by traffic.
  2. Fill in all 40 tags if you can with relevant using the free Squid utils program you can download on Squidoo - it will suggest them once you start filling a few in, saving your time.  Pick the most relevent ones that have a  green background.  A green background behind the tag word means your lens will more likely be shown as a related article as the amount of green is a reflection of how many other lenses use that tag.  Better tags means your lens will be found on squidoo and will increase you traffic, comments, squidlikes which in turn increase your lens rank and earnings

  3. Make sure you add the Lens Love Widget to every article - It means readers do not  have to scroll all the way up to the top to give a thumbs up and I have had lots more since I added it.  Squidlikes carry a lot of weight and an article ranked at 200,000 can easily jump to 100,000 next day after one squidlike.  Once you get above approximately lens rank 85,000 your article should start to earn "background money" from the advertizing pool.  Below that it's zero unless you sell something through Amazon or Ebay.  That is also less likely due to the lower traffic.

  4. Turn the "Table of Contents" buttons on - done by the tabs when editing the introductory paragraph on to  In Google Analytics On Page Beta, I saw people had been clicking on them.  Squidoo says they increase readership and clicks and I have not reason to doubt them.   

  5. Choose relevant related lenses, yours and/or other lens masters.  This is also accessed from the introductory paragraph edit tab.  When done with an especially high traffic article, you can spread the wealth a little and people do click through these as there is a good sized thumbnail.  I am sure it helps with on page SEO too.

  6. Use the My Lenses Module - It will start by listing all your lenses but you can get it to just list related ones by entering a common tag.  It will add new lenses to the list as you publish, so saves adding new links manually.  I use it down near the bottom either before the comments or before the Amazon search.

  7. Always make the very last module the Amazon search - people shop after reading lenses.  I have no ego about whether someone buys the exact thing I recommend or goes browsing for boxers shorts, plumbers tape or laundry hampers, I get paid either way.  The very first week I implemented these on a couple of lenses, I had 2 sales on 2 separate lenses, 2 days in a row!  I immediately kicked myself for not doing it sooner, and added it to all my articles.  Even if your article is not really commercial or product oriented put a related search in at the bottom. 

  8. Launch your article properly - use squid utils to Ping your lens when done, and use Submitstart to send it to Bing, and a ton of other sites.  By launching properly (which I never used to do) the rank of that lens jumps up the next morning, and will be even easier to find on the site, further increasing ranking.  Squidoo is a huge site so don't negate the value of other writers and users for buying, I have read they will often buy from lenses and there is no disqualification for that.

  9. Join in.  Comment and squidlike other articles, be a Squid angel or Giant Squid.  I never really used to do this and think it has had a massive impact on my lens ranks.  I find the navigation on Squidoo a little clumsy and I haven't mastered it, I still haven't shown my face in the forum, as I am not certain where it is.  But make the effort with commenting.  I use the search to look for things I am interested in reading about.  Once I leveled up so I was eligible to become a SquidAngel, I applied and was accepted.  Wee are supposed to bless at least one lens each day.  So I did that and the comments, likes and blessings on my lenses has snowballed.  Apply to be a Giant Squid when you can.  You get to save templates that save you so much time.  I just got accepted and I haven't even seen all the bonuses and Giant squid insider tips but love the templates already, they save you a lot of time!

  10. Listen to Squidoo HQ when they give tips for articles they want.  Like IB, I think you have a greater chance of being featured as Lens of the Day.  Around the time I started to be a Squid Angel, I noticed the quests more, some are silly, but some just involved reading lenses on how to write a good review, or a list of ideas from Squidoo's analytics.  They tell you what people are looking for!  The articles I have written in the past two weeks based on those tips have had more traffic in a day than some of my early articles get in a week or month.

Action Steps

  1. Join Squidoo, fill out your bio and put an avatar picture in
  2. Add the above favorite modules to your favorites, it will save a lot of time
  3. Download the Squid utils program - it is indispensable
  4. Comment, squidlike and visit other lenses.  You will get to know other writers and also you will get a high percentage or return squidlikes which will bump up your page rank and advertising income.
  5. Join twitter and or facebook - I recently joined twitter and feel it has helped me promote quicker, more effectively and more easily and it's fun too.

There are some excellent articles on earning on

Make Money Flipping Houses
Squidoo. The reference page was the turning point for me!  Learn how you get paid and an idea of what you will get paid too.

So write, read, comment and promote.  Same as anywhere.  I hope these specific suggestions help you earn more money on Squidoo!

Remember there is a critical mass or momentum you reach that seems to allow things to take off in a good way on Squidoo.  Sales, squidlikes/blessing,  click outs and views all affect lens rank.  Some bring money in on their own, then they raise the adpool payout which is lens rank dependant too.  So success breeds success.

This is my earnings report for December 2011 and January 2012 and gives you an idea of what I am earning doing these things.  Before that, I was lucky to earn 50 cents a month.



Dec 9, 2011 6:07am
Thanks for your tips to success on Squidoo. Looks like they've go a lot of little tools, widgets and such. I've been thinking about writing there. If I eventually do, I'll be sure to keep your pointers in mind.
Dec 9, 2011 6:13am
Thanks for commenting Mark. It can seem confusing with the variety, and a lot of the modules are different but very similar. Choosing the right one makes a difference and can save a lot of time. For example, for putting links to my other squidoo lenses, I was using Featured lenses where you have to enter each url separately. It takes way longer and does not automatically update when you publish new lenses, but with "My lenses" it is almost instant and they get updated if you publish another lens with that tag.
Dec 9, 2011 10:09am
Thanks for explaining the ins and outs of Squido. I have been curious about the site, but have never ventured over there.
Dec 9, 2011 12:02pm
I can agree with point #3. One of me early lens got liked and it climbed from rank 220K all the way to 140K !

The article really make good points of Squidoo, but one thing that I don't like is that it's hardly "passive income" - you'd pretty much had to be more active than usual to promote and upgrade the lens.
Dec 9, 2011 12:04pm
Wow, this is GREAT! I've tossed up a few Squido lenses a while back, mostly just messing around, and of course got nothing out of it. Since then I think I've written one or two for backlinking purposes, with no commercial intention at all.

For some reason Squido always seemed like such a unique animal in the Make Money Online game, and I never seemed to "get it." But hearing your success and reading through your tips gives me some motivation to try it out again.

Dec 9, 2011 12:34pm
Thank you for this article. I am rubbish at Squidoo but with your tips I hope to improve matters. I have only 8 lenses and I find it difficult to keep them afloat. Anyway, I am off now to visit your lenses to see how its done properly.
Dec 9, 2011 12:52pm
I have been at squidoo for a while now and have made $5 and now am working on a few extra articles.
Dec 9, 2011 1:17pm
@InfoJunkie Glad to help

@Spark - I agree, not exactly passive but I think the income potential is greater than some content sites and as long as it is tasteful you can put up a lot of links too. As far as I am concerned going and looking at a few articles and voting on them is well worth the time in the return likes and rank increases. If I am already on there writing, I can do that pretty easily.

@Jerky, glad you like. This is all the important stuff I have figured out, I am sure there is more but these are the highlights! I never got it either and was quite disgusted with it up until last month!!

@Tom Carver Hope it helps. Don't forget to use the side widgets once you level up to them, you get all the 8.5% Amazon on the Spotlights in those.

@Pastorkayte Keep it up! I earned about $6 from April to October on 7 articles. Last month it was over $17.80 just in Amazon without the adpool. The bulk or my articles are only 1-2 months old.
Dec 9, 2011 11:52pm
Nice - good info. I've never tried Squidoo. Unfortunately I can't do amazon, so that is a limitation for me everywhere.
Dec 10, 2011 7:12am
Aguy, glad it helped. There are quite a few other ways to earn on there. We don't use our own Amazon number, though we can if we want to take the time to set up individual affiliate links. Amazon is the the Associate or Affiliate and then they pay you, I am not sure if they will do that based on your state, but I think the only "number" of mine they have as far as accounts is my Google Analytics.
Dec 11, 2011 7:46am
Very imformative Article...Thank you.
Dec 11, 2011 11:31am
Thanks Intellifax. I hope it helps you on Squidoo.
Feb 14, 2012 4:44pm
I can't find Squid Utils on the Squidoo site - is it no longer available there, or is it from some third party?
Feb 15, 2012 4:11pm
Sorry I missed your question, it's a third party. I'll POM you this too.
Feb 26, 2012 9:18am
Just used this for my first completed lens thanks. Have you considered a follow up, How to keep your lens featured?
Feb 26, 2012 12:48pm
Well done Egdltd, I checked it out. I do plan on doing a followup, not sure when so I PMd you too with more even tips, some very recently learned! Looking forward to seeing more of your reviews!
Feb 26, 2012 1:53pm
Thanks. And it only took four and a bit years to finish my first lens. Hopefully, the next one will be slightly faster.
Apr 4, 2012 10:35am
Couple of things I was unaware of on here, thanks for the heads up. I enjoyed this article.
Emma x
Apr 4, 2012 3:44pm
Thanks for the good article. I was amazed at your progress at Squidoo. If I am honest I kinda hate their system. I have done a few lenses over the years, but have never made any money on them and have really struggled to want to work there. Maybe following your suggestions I can get a few lenses up there and making some money. That would certainly be nice. :-P
Apr 5, 2012 6:04am
Thank you for taking time to share all this valuable information. I've looked at Squidoo several times but found the site to be intimidating! This tutorial helps simplify it, so I may give it a shot after I get IB going to my satisfaction.
Apr 26, 2012 2:03pm
Haha, Claire, I found this when searching for revenue share amounts for Squidoo. You are on first page, well done.x
Apr 26, 2012 2:46pm
OMG that's funny! Good for you for learning this. I had a bibliography link on this article and I can't see it. The lens I linked to in it has all you need, can you see it?

'll put it on here Again "Make Money Online with Squidoo - My Earnings Report"
Apr 26, 2012 9:31pm
Thanks for a very informative article! I learned a lot!
May 28, 2012 10:36pm
The Amazon search module tip was a great tip to share, I have been with Squidoo for years and never thought of that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jun 29, 2012 6:12pm
Great article! I haven't actually been on squidoo in a while, but am thinking of getting started writing there again, mostly to link to my other articles and hopefully make some amazon sales. Your articles have been really helpful! :-)
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  1. Klaird "Make Money Online with Squidoo - My Earnings Report." Squidoo. unknown/unknown/unknown. 9/12/2011 <Web >

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