Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Squidoo: Best for Residual Income

I know, I am not actively writing about making money online right now, but I am still actively writing online, if that makes sense! I have a couple niche sites/blogs as well as articles on places like HubPages, Infobarrel, Demand Studios eHow, Bukisa, Squidoo and more.

Hands down, Squidoo is outperforming the others.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that my 20-ish DS eHow articles are bringing in an average of $90-$110 (I just checked: only a bit over $70 last payment) a month and that's a decent per-article residual rate.

But look at this. I have just four Squidoo lenses under one particular account, and my recent Squidoo payment -- for October's earnings, just delivered yesterday -- was $31.55. I actually only had three lenses then, so that's an average of over $10 per lens from Squidoo, double that of Demand Studios.

Also, I earned $52.54 in commissions via one of my lenses in October. My DS eHow articles don't have affiliate links at all, but lenses are allowed them. That means in October I earned $84 from the three lenses -- or $28 each.

My writing friend Felicia, who just returned to online writing, asked me how long the articles have been up to give people more perspective  I opened the account in December 2009 (three years ago) and I wrote the articles six months later. So they are about two and a half years old.

I think the uptick in earnings is partially because Squidoo is doing well in the search engines as a whole, and not just because the articles are "older." In fact, Squidoo just posted on their blog about October 2012 being their biggest payout, ever.

Looking at Squidoo again reminded me of how I got started using PotPieGirl's advice (aff. link). I am going to revisit that material and build on my current success with Squidoo to hopefully increase residuals there, affiliate commissions and traffic back to my own blogs and sites.

And I have no further to look for inspiration than my eHow writing friend, Virginia Allain. She is currently making $2,000 a month with her lenses! I am so impressed with her success there. She has 798 featured lenses right now, an impressive feat in itself. Definitely check out her work.

If you're not on Squidoo ... get there! I think it's one of the very best sites for earning residual income from your writing and has excellent potential for 2013. Are you a lensmaster yet?