If you’ve ever done much writing for revenue share, you know that a lot of those sites have been suffering the last few years thanks to Google’s updates to rid the search results of low-quality content. However, one revenue sharing site that seems to have bounced back is Squidoo. Their set up is very comparable to that of Hubpages — you build “lenses” on different topics and you have a ton of different ways you can monetize those.
I know that I personally have been seeing Squidoo lenses appear quite often in the search results for various things I look up. If you are interested in earning some passive income, writing for Squidoo may not be a waste of time. Here’s more information on how it works:
You can create a lens (which is actually an article) on pretty much anything you want. Building the lenses is fun to do because there are so many nifty little things you can add in addition to just creating your content. You can add relevant YouTube videos to your lenses, link lists, RSS feeds, Amazon product recommendations, and so much more. And it’s all very point and click. I can’t speak for everyone, but I felt that the process of putting together lenses was fairly simple and also fun. I do think building a lens is very similar to the process of building a hub on Hubpages.
As I mentioned above, Squidoo has a lot of different ways options for monetizing the content you create. A few of the most profitable options according to Squidoo’s editor-in-chief are Amazon Associates (displaying relevant Amazon products on your lenses), Google ads, in-text ads, and displaying products from Ebay. There are also several other things you can add to earn money, and you can also put affiliate links inside your content if you’re involved in any of those programs.
Squidoo will split 50 percent of the earnings from your lenses with you (this would not include your earnings from affiliate programs you participate in that you use your own direct links for — you would get 100 percent of those). But the earnings from the Google ads, in text links, and the Amazon products you promote through Squidoo you will get 50 percent of. Keep in mind you do not have to use Squidoo’s Amazon links if you are a member of the Amazon Associates program. You can always just put your own direct Amazon links in your lenses. If you sell a lot of Amazon products, you may end up earning more by not sharing your Amazon revenue with Squidoo.
The payout threshold can be set to as low as $1 although it’s default set to $10. Options for payment are Paypal or charity. Payments are made monthly.
Help & Tips
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a revenue-share writing site with more help and tips for getting started than Squidoo has. There are tons of guides and how-to’s for newbies, so you certainly won’t have to worry if you’re new to it and feeling intimidated about the process.
Angie over at The Work at Home Wife actually did a passive income challenge at the end of last year focusing on Squidoo. She has lots of valuable information there on Squidoo and also shares her earnings. I would definitely recommend reading through this!
As far as my personal experience goes, I have about three lenses up on Squidoo currently, but I’ve never been very active over there so I’ve never seen much as far as earnings. This is one of those sites that I would really like to invest more time in, but I have been so busy lately I have just not had the chance to focus on it.
Writing for Squidoo vs. Writing for Your Own Website
There’s definitely something to be said for having your own piece of real estate on the web. You don’t have to share the revenue from your own property with anyone! Still, there’s some value to using Squidoo and sites like it for some passive income. For example, consider using Squidoo as an outlet for those fleeting interests that you have. If you’re like me, you tend to get completely absorbed in something for a month or two and then you just kind of burn out on the topic. Instead of creating an entire blog or website on something, why not just use Squidoo to write about it for a while?
If you build a website on a subject you’re interested in that doesn’t “stick,” that’s just going to end up being another abandoned website in the vast graveyard of abandoned websites that already exists on the web. So it might be better to give it a few months, use Squidoo or a site like it as your “outlet,” and make a little money until you see if this is going to be a long-term interest of yours. If it is, then maybe consider using your time and energy to create a website about it.
If you want to get started and create your first lens, you can go here. Do you have experience with Squidoo? Feel free to comment below!