It seems to me to be odd writing about Squidoo on InfoBarrel, but I have had a lot of questions in the last few days since my March earnings report.  I thought I would write this where it would do a lot of good, where it is an additional source of income as well as the AdSense from InfoBarrel.

I am excited about my Squidoo earnings and it really isn't that difficult to do.  I get up most mornings to Amazon sales now, way more fun than checking Adsense!  I hope you get the same thrill soon.

So I have included more tips some of them a little more advanced as a follow-up to my first article, Always do these 10 Things to Write Successful Articles on Squidoo


10 Tips to help boost your Amazon sales

  1. Do not forget to add the side widgets. There are three small modules that will show on the right-hand side of the published article under the related articles.   If you use the Amazon Spotlight module there, you will earn the all 8.5% commission any sales from Amazon that you have the that go out through those links. Apart from electronics which is 4% . So you will not be sharing the commission with Squidoo, they pay all of it to you. When adding the site widgets, I used to put accessories and additional items that someone may purchase with the main article products, but I learned that it is better to put more of the same types of items that you have in the main article product.  The single time I have done that, I earned $38 from the results, I am in the process of changing them all over.  If you want to drive traffic to your blog in that niche, this is also great way to do it here with the feed module.

  2. Do not underestimate the power of putting the lenses that you really want to promote in your profile page.  Maybe the rank is lower than all the other lenses, or they are the lenses that have a lot impulse shoppers and sales, the but you can certainly increase the traffic and squid likes by placing them in your profile page.

  3. Fill in your profile page with links to your website, blogs, Twitter and other social sites. Squidoo is very generous with the links on this page, and it can't hurt at all to use it to it's full.  PR on your profile can be quite high, one of mine is PR 3 and one PR5 so take advantage.  

  4. I haven't done it yet, but it's like InfoBarrel you can have a separate profile with links for each article.  You may be able to encourage Amazon clickouts, readers to visit your other lenses or even to join Squidoo. It is up to you how you want to use that prime real estate.

  5. When deciding your title and keywords make sure your article is not a duplicate title or close to an existing article. Squidoo is such a large site, with well over 1.5 million pages.  So occasionally a lens will not be indexed at all with Google, without a the huge back linking effort, which I am not prepared to do.  As far as Google is concerned, Squidoo already has articles on that so will pass over yours.  So if your heart is set on the subject, you may want to rethink your approach and keywords.  By typing the following into Google you can see how many similar pages that are on Google on Squidoo. "xxxxx "

  6. You can use your own affiliate links for Amazon, Zazzle and other affiliate programs, but you will have to create your own html links.  I only occasionally use my own Amazon affiliate links as my conscience tells me it is not fair to Squidoo.  Using their modules the bulk of the time means I probably earn half of what I could if I exclusively used my own affiliate link, but it is just easier to use theirs.  I am sure at some point they will disallow your own the affiliate links and I won't feel like changing them all back and setting them up again. Wizzley presently has that rule, all affiliate links go through them. 

  7. Squidoo is a little limited in the text highlighting type options, and if you search, there are quite a few lenses there on using HTML to spruce up your lenses. The most important HTML that I use is for embedded links. I recently discovered this really great website that will construct your links quickly so you can cut and paste them directly into the Squidoo text boxes for a link.

  8. If your article is primarily for Amazon products, make sure you have buyer keywords. These can be model numbers, comparisons, best or top lists, reviews and those looking for cheap prices, deals, inexpensive and affordable items. If you use these, you find that somebody is closer to purchasing an item and so your odds of a sale increase dramatically. When I first started doing this, I felt a little odd trying to sell to people, but you really don't have to try.  I learned that many people to come onto the Internet to purchase something and want to do it as quickly and easily as possible. The more succinctly you can compare, contrast and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of various models of product, the quicker they will click through either to purchase or get more information from Amazon.

  9. How to increase your click through rates.  I had gift list in December that had a terrible click through rate compared to all similar articles I had, it was 8%.  I used the Google Beta On Page Analytics, and found that many visitors were attracted to the related article thumbnails  to the right, instead of my article text. I figured I had too large of a block of text at the top of the article. I think I had two or three paragraphs in the introduction and then another text block before any sign of any product for people to buy. When people are shopping, they seem to be in a hurry.  I find that the click rate is can be improved by putting an Amazon block just under the introduction and course the Amazon Search at the bottom of the article. My lowest average click through rates are about 15%. I have some articles that have about a 70% click average through to Amazon. Many readers that do not click through to Amazon, go to my related articles.

  10. Don't stop at one article. Don't agonize over a niche!.  Just try something and see how it does. If you start to get sales in the first few weeks, I would strongly recommend writing more articles about similar types of products in the same area. You really never know until you try, and if you can try a few areas that interest you to start with, then you can replicate your success to some degree with related articles. Those similar articles you can actually link to and choose as your official related articles to your original lens. This means shoppers that do not click on Amazon certainly have a higher rate of checking out more of your lenses, with another shot at an Amazon click out.

Also if you are interested I have a few more tips here on my Making Money Online blog