Last week, Paula gave people an opportunity to Ask Questions on her post. One of the questions was asked by Mickie_G. Her question was whether to spend time writing the new Quests that have become a regular part of Squidoo or to concentrate her efforts on lenses that she had already written on the topic. I volunteered to answer this question for Mickie_G.
Although the Quests seem to be quite popular with many lensmasters, most of the time I choose to not make a lens on the topic given. I do think that a lot of times they are a way for people to stretch out of their comfort zone and write about something that they would not have even thought about. As a new lensmaster, one might find that it is a way to gain some additional monster points. Often times these Quest lenses are featured on the front page so that would give some opportunity for early traffic and a boost in the current months LR.
Here is my own personal take on the Quests, Mickie_G. And I want this to be perfectly clear, it is my own personal opinion and what I follow as a veteran lensmaster. Honestly, unless it is a topic that I think will just be fun to write about or it fits into a Niche that I might want to start; I have a tendency to not participate. Why? For a variety of reasons in my case.
Reason #1: I am not chasing after Monster points. They don’t make me any additional money. Being at a high level on the Monster Boards might look impressive to a new Squid but the readers that I am hoping to attract could care less. I would venture to say, they don’t even know those levels exist.
Reason #2: Due to the massive number of lensmasters who are joining the Quests, there is a lot of competition for basically the same topic. Certainly there are ways to pick a url and title that might stand apart from the crowd. One can get very creative and find ways for a Quest topic to fit into an already existing niche and if I think it would be sustainable and something that will eventually make me some sales conversions later…I might go for it. But, I have to be willing to wait until the initial influx of new lenses in the topic sorts itself out and quiets down.
Reason #3: If by chance the Quest lens that I were to make does make it on the front page for a week, is that traffic sustainable after the other Squidoo people have visited? Sure, it is nice to have that traffic, possible blessings and all and that might help with one month’s ranking. After that, what? Is it a hot enough topic, a topic that is searched enough by people outside of Squidoo that it can become a success on its own merits. I find that often times, it is not. At least for me.
Those are the 3 main reasons that I have the inclination to just pass on participating in the Quests. Oh, there might be one that I just think might be fun to write and I will. For the most part, I am more focused on keeping the existing lenses up to date and working for me. If there is a lens or a group of lenses that seem to fall into that Quest topic, I will make sure it/they has been updated, for sure. Those existing lenses have a bit of an advantage…age.
In the last few years, I have focused my time more on creating good niches that earn me a nice stream of income. I’m always looking for new ideas to add to a niche or to begin a new one. For me, the Quests, just do not usually fall into that plan. I am not saying that people should not participate. It is a personal decision for each of us. Some find them fun and others find them inspiring. Both great reasons to make one and add to your overall list of lenses. I just find that they do not work in to my own plan of earning income.
Thanks for your question Mickie_G. I hope it helped in some way.
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