Making money at Squidoo is painful. At least, for me it is. I work hard on updating lenses only to see them edged out of the top tier by excellent lenses made by other lensmasters. I worry about my income being reduced because I'm dependent on this income; it is my only income. Well... I also earn from AdSense, but Squidoo is helping me get by in this world.
I'm happy because today not one lens ranks less than 200,000 ... the lowest is at 183,830 - so I'm glad I took the time in July to update all low-ranking lenses three times, but OMG ... they are so totally worthless and I wonder if I should just delete them.
Okay, my lenses are updated, but are they unique and useful? Apparently not enough of them are. The ideal useful lens would be attracting buying consumers. Some of my lenses do and I'm grateful for steady sales although I wish they were more voluminous. I feel like I'm obsessing now. Really I must get more work done on creating more lenses and promoting them. I think that's where I need to go with this now.
Instead I've chosen to make my first Zujava leaf. Squidoo is so congested with lensmasters now, it is getting crazy in there. Occasionally a new lensmaster will figure out how to get lenses into the top tier, edging out old borderline lenses. I've seen lots of my lenses edged out over the last year or two. At the same time I've got two top-100 lenses right now. They've been up there for a while. For a long time I didn't think I'd even have one. I know that they edged out someone else's lenses. I can't even imagine why.
Back to work. So much to do today! This next update I'll be checking on backlink scores and labels. I predict that future success at Squidoo will be very dependent on lens promotion.