Squidoo Experiment – Week 6

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
Squidoo Week 6
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.

7 Comments so far

  1. Sherri Joubert on August 5th, 2012

    Hi Amy,

    I’m following your progress with Squidoo, and I’m curious why you’re spending so much energy on platforms you don’t own.

    Are you running experiments on these platforms to report on them? We see your incremental results on your blog. Are you planning to write a book or report on your findings?

    Providing the truth about different platforms and methods of earning an income online; which work, which don’t, and the cost in time v results; would make a great book.

    People are really tired of get-rich-quick schemes that only make the course creators rich. Most people aren’t out to get rich anyway. That’s all I want to supplement my tutoring business income. They just want a comfortable living or extra part-time income they can ramp up if their primary source is cut off.

    I think such information from a successful online business owner such as you would be very valuable.

    Best of luck!

  2. Amy Bass on August 5th, 2012

    Hi Sherri,
    I own over 50 blogs that I have kept through the years. I found that I didn’t really like having 100+ blogs to manage and 50 seems to be my magic number. I have articles written and posted to them on a regular basis.

    However, I have had those topics for so long I wanted to branch out and write about other topics without needing to create an entire blog about them.

    I wanted to do some experiments to find the best revenue sharing sites for diversifying and piggy backing on the authority those sites have already developed.

    Plus, it is a really fun side hobby for me to enjoy and I truly love the creative aspects of crafting the lenses and pages.

    No I don’t think revenue sharing is a solid business model for basing your sole living off of, however it isn’t bad for extra cash in addition to your “bread and butter” income.

  3. Carrie on August 14th, 2012

    I am doing Squidoo and getting some results. But I seem to find out when I come out with a lens someone else does one to outrank a person. So it gets hard to do lenses without someone helping them. I am mostly earning off of Amazon from my own links in my lens. I earned 72.00 after a donation to Purr(animal shelter) on Squidoo. Not much like I would want but it is a start. I would love to branch out with my own blogs. I bought your course the niche blogger when it came out awhile back. I need to go back and reread everthing and maybe I can get the courage to start my own blog. :)

  4. Carrie on August 14th, 2012

    Sorry meant it is hard to do lenses without someone copying or doing a lens that is similar.

  5. Joel on April 27th, 2013

    Sounds like a bit of effort in order to stay in the top 400,000 to avoid getting deindexed. And i agree with Amy, it’s alot of effort to put in when you don’t own the site. At least if you owned it, you could sell it when you didn’t feel like carrying on with it.

  6. Carrie on June 11th, 2013

    Hi Amy,

    Was wondering if there were any updates on your squidoo lenses for your experiment. I know now squidoo is cracking down on lenses of hardly any content or has links of selling stuff ,ect. Are there also any updates on how your websites that you own are doing. I enjoyed reading your posts and they were a great encouragement. Hope everything is well with you and your family. :)

    Carrie :)

  7. Lindsey Whitney on July 28th, 2013

    When you say you’re working full time on Squidoo — how many hours a day are you putting in? Thanks for the reporting. This is super helpful!!