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Write on Seekyt, Infobarrel, Squidoo, and Wizzley to Earn the Best Return - How and When Strategies

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 11 27

Welcome to Part 2

This is the second part of an answer to a forum question on How do you know where to write about what and when?  I'll apologize, as it is long with big block of text, but I hope you can extract some juicy nuggets.

Here's a bit about each site and their strength and how to use them,  after my first 200 articles.  There is a rough sequence that is really working for me, I've written about the sites in order not rank.  The strategy I have evolved is down at the bottom of the article.

So my choices are based on traffic too (Squidoo brings in more than infobarrel, which brings in more than Wizzley which brings more than Seekyt) but all bring in reasonable Adsense and Amazon earnings.

Part 1 - Write on Seekyt, Infobarrel, Squidoo, and Wizzley to Earn the Best Return - Why? is worth reading to give an idea how this plan fits overall into revenue sharing, online writing and earning money on the internet.

First Squidoo

Squidoo has commercially inclined modules with direct feeds to Amazon and Cafépress, Zazzle, and a number of other affiliate programs.  This makes setup relatively easy and quick.  The minimum requirements are five modules of unique content, and this is pretty easy to do, even if you are writing product reviews.   

I use Squidoo for Amazon reviews and longer Top 10 and gift lists that are impossible to do with link restrictions elsewhere.  These convert well too.  It is also an excellent platform for anything where you need  lots of outgoing links including resources and long factual articles that required links. 

I usually don't write under 500 words there, as I want room to set context and have LSI, but you could easily write less.  I have seen some articles with pretty well just an introduction, but I don’t think that can be sustainable for a site, so I make sure I do more. I figure the Amazon modules are probably feeds and won't carry much weight search-wise too.  The main disadvantage of Squidoo is that if you're writing about a topic that has multiple other pages and your topic is not unique, it can be frustrating to get to your page indexed with Google. This is the only downside that I have noticed.

This traffic is generally pretty high compared to other sites, but it is a large site.  Most of my articles get at least one view a day and some over 100.  If you are not able to have an AdSense account, Squidoo is also an excellent option as there is an advertising revenue share program.

Naysayers complain because they do not know exactly the formula for calculation, but if you have a number of decent quality articles, I think the adshare is comparable to what you earn on AdSense on other sites for the same amount of traffic, and on tier 2 articles ranked from 2500 to 8500 on Squidoo I think you earn quite a bit more per article.  Amazon sales are great so far on Squidoo and I seem to be averaging over $2 per article there even in Jan and my early articles are not sales targeted at all.  Always do these 10 Things to Write Successful Articles on Squidoo and you will find things easier.

Second Wizzley

Wizzley is set up similar to Squidoo with modules. It is a little quicker and easier to use than Squidoo and I’m inclined to write shorter articles there, as short as possible that they will publish with the product I want to showcase.  Bolding, italicizing, bullet points and lists is quicker and less clumsy than Squidoo. You have more style options as far as fonts, background wallpaper and you can also have two columns similar to Hubpages.

Income from Wizzley is via AdSense (you need your own account), Amazon modules, Zazzle and other affiliate links very similar to Squidoo.  They have their own ranking system that I am not bothered about right now, as it doesn't directly affect organic traffic  income as far as I can tell.  For one username I’m more interested in Google traffic and sales there, but mighthave a go at getting up there with the other username just for kicks, if I get the time.  More likely, those types of hobby, and informational comment-drawing articles will probably end up here or Seekyt.

Wizzly is ideal for Amazon too.  They are tougher on word count per Amazon product, so I use it for shorter comparisons only, but I have sold 2 Amazon products with 4 articles in 2 weeks, so good sales conversions so far.  I bet they’ll be close to Squidoo for earnings per article.  Traffic is higher than I was expecting.

Third Infobarrel

Infobarrel, I use for 500-1000 word articles that have lots of images, so you get the media pages too.   I do 500 minimum words here to get contest points and increase income.  Anything in the style I’d use here, under 500 words, goes elsewhere, usually Seekyt.  I don’t pad or stretch articles and find the last 100 words can take longer than the first 400. 

There is less of an Amazon emphasis here, but the articles can be product related as well as hobby or informational.  I wriet more “how to buy” type articles, what to look for, earlier in the buying process rather than actual reviews, though I have some from earlier. 

Articles do better directed for Adsense, I try to not pick specific models of things too much now, but when I have included those with a link or picture, I do get a few Amazon sales here.  Earnings are under $1 an article, on average. Probably depends on article type, subject and how commercial they are.  You are all here and know all IBs advtantages and limits.  IB is third in my sequence and all these sites have their place for my needs.

Fourth Seekyt

I use Seekyt for very short, under 400 words, 2000 characters is all you need.  It is quick and simple and I can end up with 800 words quite quickly, which I never seem to manage here.  I have no idea why.  Once the border goes green and you have enough content, I know I can stop but some contrary part of me just wants to finish what I was talking about!

They are more Adsense oriented too like IB and traffic is lower but ctr is higher than here and earnings about the same (I don't often get over the minimum 75% share here) between here and Seekyt (7o%).

On Seekyt, you can put images and link to Amazon in the body of the article, so I find myself doing that.  It can be a pain to get images and manually link everything to Amazon, though they convert OK, I think Seekyt is better for Amazon than Infobarrel as the links aren't as limited.  You can do a top 3 list if you want.

There is a simple easy Amazon module at the bottom but the images are tiny, I don’t think that converts the best, but you can specify actual items that you want in there. 

Writing a short but sweet related article to one on here or Squidoo, is what tends to happen on Seekyt.  I write short how to’s, shopping tips and  recipes there too, they are fast and easy.


I have some hobby (gardening chicken) articles on Hubpages that never do much Amazon or Adsense wise, but I get paid per view there, about $75 cents an article per month but they are more mature.  I haven't written anything there since last July as they are too erratic in their TOS and guidelines and four sites is enough for me. 

Overall strategy for Amazon

What works well for me (and should for you) is to  read and research products and reviews while writing on Squidoo/Wizzley first.  Once you know about the niche and are familiar with pros and cons of various products and using your own experience in that area, write more general overview articles.,  Write shopping guides on what to look out for when shopping online.  You'll see patterns and trends when you read one product listing after another.  I do those summaries on Infobarrel and Seekyt.

You are distilling the information and making slightly longer lasting and evergreen shopping topics and maybe Adsense-friendly to as people are still researching more than buying.

I realize I may be missing out on the “pull the trigger” later shopping stages of Adsense for IB and Seekyt, but am happy to grab my Amazon cash now for as long as it lasts.  I can think of only 2 articles out of 200, where I earn much more on adsense than I do with Amazon.  That may totally be due to topic choices too.

TravisAitch and JCMayer777 have the Adsense side of things down to an art on IB, so read their earnings reports and forum posts, old and new, if that is the direction you prefer.

I am still figuring out the long term plan, but for now I want cash that buys me the freedom to take my time choosing what I want to do for real income, with some hope of some residual income from this work as well. 

The internet will always be dynamic and I am not sure that one thing we do now will create income for ever, but I intend to enjoy it as long as it lasts and is relatively easy.  I think it is only going to get harder and more competitive as time goes on.

Thanks for reading!

If this has helped you, at all and you are still not signed up with some of these sites, I'd consider it a privilage if you considered signing up under my affiliate Wizzley and Seekyt referrals when you are ready.  If not, I understand and will probably never know, so enjoy the information anyway.  I truly hope these articles help with the big picture and getting the best return from the confusing opportunities out there.  

I have another article I wrote about Seekyt that I can’t link to the due to link limits here. 

There is a 30 day challenge starting on Seekyt 15th Feb, and I thought it was a great opportunity to share what I have experienced on Seekyt.  With its pluses and how it complements writing on Squidoo.  PM me and I can send you the link if interested.  

Also, ask questions about this article in the comments as I am happy to clarify if needed.  I sat down this morning and this wrote itself, so I imagine there is some nonsense and run on sentences despite proofing.



Feb 13, 2012 12:40pm
Wow - these two articles are great! I'm going to have to come back to them later and give them a more thorough read but I love what you're doing! You're income reports are definitely showing some great results!
Feb 13, 2012 12:59pm
Thanks dcmgaw, it's funny, I couldn't put my finger on what I was doing really until today. I know there's lots of info to digest. Hope it helps.
Feb 13, 2012 1:26pm
These articles are very helpful. You're right skeffling, there is lots of info here. Now when I get ready to diversity my writing platforms I know exactly what I should write!
Feb 13, 2012 1:46pm
Thanks IJ! I hope it helps you, Thanks for reading.
Feb 13, 2012 1:26pm
how much % ad-share do squidoo provide? IS full time registration free???
Feb 13, 2012 1:50pm
Thanks for reading Sultanarzari I thought I was going to earn $151 for December and just got $170 in my paypal! Yay!

This link explains it better than I can, there's no set percentage like here, it all goes into a kitty and is divided up. http://www.squidoo.com/Squidoo_Payday

It is totally free to sign up!
Feb 13, 2012 1:54pm
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Feb 13, 2012 2:25pm
i don't see any setting to link adsense account in squidoo??????
Feb 13, 2012 2:31pm
You don't need an Adsense account at all. That is why is a bit of insurance if your Adsense is ever closed on you, that's another reason I write there. I know of one great writer that left IB because her adsense was yanked on her and she has no idea why.

No need for amazon, cafepress or Ebay affiliate numbers either, though you can use your own associate ID for Amazon and Zazzle text or photo links, and I think cafepress too. I have a amazon.co.uk link I use sometimes too.
Feb 13, 2012 6:46pm
These articles are so helpful. Thanks for writing them.
Feb 13, 2012 9:24pm
I agree with you 75%, but personally I prefer HubPages over Squidoo in terms of website design and transparency with the revenue sharing % (unless you are enrolled in the HP ads program, whose algorithm is as secret as Squidoo's). Nice overview.
Feb 13, 2012 9:57pm
You make Squidoo sound very appealing. I will join them down the road...
Feb 13, 2012 10:08pm
Great comparison, I never thought of squidoo will have such a power.
Feb 13, 2012 10:17pm
@Aurora, glad to help. I guess if I wasn't so restless, I wouldn't have learned this so quick! I just like to work smarter, not harder and get the best return on my time.

@MMM I actually hated Squidoo in the beginning, my first 2 articles on Infobarrel in August was an article from Squidoo moved and split into 2 here. I didn't move any others because I had organic backlinks. I had 7 articles there then and realized there were just better places for my chicken articles! I just didn't get how to make it work. Then I though what the heck, I'll put my product reviews there. Everything fell into place, and I have a better idea now and even since I wrote that other article I have learned more!

@KCAllen, I am opted in on the HP ad program, so it's the mystery amount! I don't expect anything from my articles there. Google keeps cutting them off then putting them back up so I barely look anymore.
Feb 13, 2012 10:21pm
Poster, neither did I til I was getting up every morning in December to multiple Amazon sales! I think each site has its place but I am quite excited about my Squidoo earnings and feel like it is only going to get better as I learn more. I don't plan to give any of the other sites up and enjoy the variety of experiences, people and payment!
Feb 14, 2012 6:56am
I have a short product review of something I just bought and was wondering where to put it. This will help, thanks.
Feb 14, 2012 4:19pm
Timely advice - I'm preparing to launch into a series of articles that will be interlinked among themselves but will be different in size & structure so will probably do better on different sites. Thanks!
Feb 14, 2012 8:16pm
That is great it is good timing for both of you. A short product review, I'd do on Wizzley or Seekyt-Seekyt is the best if it's non-Amazon IMO. I mean there are no hard and fast rules, but I think this is working pretty well, this early in the game. If it's just one or two items, here is awesome for a 500+ reviews too!

I am really glad this will help people find the right fit. Shame to have something you have labored on languish just because it's not optimally showcased! Thanks for reading everyone.
Feb 15, 2012 9:30am
Thanks for sharing! I was planning on branching out to hubpages but it looks like I may hold off for a while. Was the PPV about $.75 for 1000 pageviews?
Feb 15, 2012 10:51am
Mine's low because they are all chickens or gardening! Actually not sure if that varies. Since last April, I have had 15,000 page views, 10,000 image gallery and have $65 to show for it. And some adsense too, pennies a click usually due to the topic and maybe three amazon sale in 10 months. I am sure it would do better with product reviews but have heard of people having articles deleted wholesale when adding new articles and when admin takes a closer look. I can't comment on how true/common/or the circumstances, but I don't feel like taking the risk when there are the likes of Infobarrel that I do trust, and the other sites above.
Feb 20, 2012 3:23pm
Whit woo Claire, your earnings are steaming alonng. Swap you? hehe. I am hoping in 2-3 months that the effort I have put in since the New Year will convert.
I obviously know of all of these sites but have never slowed down enough to collate the information that you have on all these sites, so I really enjoyed digesting this article.
I appreciate all the information here.
Feb 21, 2012 6:54am
Thanks Emma. I am sure it will soon start to convert after the little lag in the beginning, great you got your momentum going.

It's funny, this was so fast to write as this is all in my head. I will be updating the Seekyt section when I am sure of the new revenue sharing setup. It doesn't change a lot for me, I am looking forward to a quicker (actual) payout on Chitika from them, and that feeling of "what if Adsense is ever pulled" is gone for that site! As Del Boy says "fingers in pies, Rodney". Amazon should still be fine there too, maybe it'll even be enhanced a little more, guess we'll see. I hope it doesn't affect some of the big guys too much like JC, it'd be a shame with all they have worked for and built up.
Mar 31, 2012 6:24pm
Outstanding article with plenty of solid advice for newbies like me. It's . very condensed and gets right to the point.Thanks.
Apr 23, 2012 11:05am
Awesome information! I am bookmarking these articles and will be back often as I begin to expand to other sites. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
May 3, 2012 4:31am
Great article and thanks for the tips. I have been adding some articles on squidoo and enjoy writing there. I also found a writing site similar to squidoo called zujava have you heard of it?

And also I already got a clickbank sale from one of my squidoo lens as well. Thanks again.

May 3, 2012 7:44am
That's great Dolphin 772004, I am so glad people are starting to see sales, makes me glad I shared about it. It is encouraging, and you can see it is just a matter of making more good lenses to get more earnings.

I just checked Zujava out, it looks pretty good. I see a lot of Squidoo big names on there, so it may be a good bet. I bet the Wizzley-type articles would do well there, and I like the idea of the ad cut and Paypal payout. PM me your referral link and I'll sign up under you and give it a try this week.
May 3, 2012 8:13am
Just sent you a PM, I also have it on my profile page.
Oct 21, 2012 2:06pm
Signed up through your link!!
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