I have now been working full-time on Squidoo for 6 weeks. While it is not very high paying, it was still a lot of fun. Here are my stats for this week compared to last week.
Lenses at the End of Week 5 – 90 Lenses at the End of Week 6 – 98
Earnings During Week 5 -$92.40 Earnings During Week 6 – $83.66
Visitors During Week 5 – 893 Visitors During Week 6 – 1,504
I earned less this week than I did last week even though I had more visitors. This is because last week I was fortunate enough to sell an item through Amazon that cost over $400.
I didn’t get a high priced sale like that this week, instead I sold more lower priced items. For example, during week 6 I had 44 Amazon sales and during week 5 I had 18 sales. So I more than doubled my number of sales in the past week even though the total earnings were less.
I was looking at people who have made over 500 lenses. Out of the most recent people to hit 500 lenses, only 5 out of 26 (19%) are able to maintain that number. I see many of them who have had their lenses number reduced by having lenses rank worse than 400,000.
As you may already know, if you don’t work to maintain your lenses they slowly get worse and worse ranking. If they rank worse than the top 400,000 lenses on Squidoo they become deindexed in Google and you’ll have to work on editing them to make them better in order to have them rank again.
Looking at the trophies for those who have made more than 600 lenses only 1 out of 16 (6%) still have that number. With the 700 lenses trophy there are zero out of 12 (0%) who were able to maintain that number. Just in case you are curious, here are the 800 lenses, 900 lenses and 1,000 lenses trophy winners.
To try and see where the sweet spot was of what can be realistically maintained I started looking backwards at the numbers. With 400 lenses, 9 out of 40 (22.5%) still had that number or more. With 300 lenses, it is also 9 out of 40 (22.5%).
At 250 lenses, 19 out of 40 (47.5%) still had that number or more, this seems to be the max you can go on Squidoo while still having a decent chance of keeping most of your lenses ranked.
This tells me that Squidoo is NOT good for volume, but is best for having less than 250 high quality lenses that aren’t too difficult to maintain. Since truly PASSIVE income is the goal, I am not so sure Squidoo is the best place for achieving this long-term.
I am considering putting my Squidoo experiment on hold for the month of August to start up a new experiment at Zujava. I am really curious to compare the two. All the great keywords I passed up on Squidoo because they had other lenses targeting them, I can now write on over on Zujava where there isn’t any competition.