Because Squidoo always has a jump on an unknown website when it comes to Google recognition, and indexing, and generally has a boost in search engine ratings, Squidoo is an ideal place to write articles that will drive traffic to your own website where you can earn more money directly from selling your own products and services or affiliate products and services.
I will give you two examples that I myself am participating in, one that is active, and one that will start in January.
If you pay attention, you will notice that I am building the main website by adding both content pages and products to capture more varied keywords from the site itself. This particular site is about 4 or 5 years old which helps it show up pretty quickly in searches because there is a lot of history. This site is currently at a PR2 but goes up and down between 2 and 4 throughout the year. My biggest concern is to drive more buying traffic to the site, and then have stuff for them to buy when they get there. I will be working both ends of this spectrum all of next year by creating Squidoo lenses about individual artists and/or product lines that I carry to drive traffic to the site, and by continuing to add products for people to buy. If I do this for an entire year consistently, what do you think will happen?
The second example is a brand new website that Bev and I are working on together. This website is called DIY – Do It Yourself Reviews, and it is really an experiment by Bev and myself on writing product reviews that primarily drive traffic to Amazon.
You will be able to watch this site grow, starting in the first week of January, when we get it going. Our plan is to add 2 reviews per week. To help support this new site, I am already setting up [intlink id="1080" type="post"]RSS feeds[/intlink] to Twitter, and adding the feeds to lenses and hubs. I am also creating some outlying product reviews that will send traffic to this website. Again, with Bev and I adding 2 reviews per week, how much traffic do you think we can build by the end of the year? This blog is going to earn income from affiliate products, but we won’t have to share it with anyone else. And we can use the power of Squidoo’s reputation on Google to send traffic to the site.
There are other high ranking Google article sites that will also help drive traffic to your own website. My personal favorite is Hubpages, but Ezine Articles comes in a close second. And there are many more.
Once you learn the techniques to make your Squidoo lenses successful, there is no reason why you cannot stretch out your wings, and build your own website or support an existing one with your skills. Squidoo can help you get there faster.