Squidazon Review Part 3: What’s in the box – and what’s the hold-up?
Except – the holdup was all good!
What’s in the Squidazon Box?
First, what’s in the Squidazon package: The guide (56 Pages) that explains everything you need to know. Plus, there are links to a few videos embedded in the guide! Those serve as illustration and supplements when things get either technical or an illustration would make things MUCH clearer.
Plus, there are a whole bunch additional goodies. And before I even list them, I want to point out…
that for both Word files and Excel type files, there are various versions: A doc file, a docx file, AND a odt. Oh, and a pdf file too when appropriate. The Excel files come in a parallel set of files.
So here they are:
1) Backlinks Tracker files
2) Checklist (of tasks)
3) Finding the Best 5
a) Squidoo links (in pdf and Squidoo links text files)
b) SquidUtils (in pdf and text files)
c) Your Links (ditto)
5) Keyword Tracker
6) List of Niche Ideas (very valuable)
7) Niche Evaluation Spread Sheets
Erica really overdelivered here! These resources together with the main guide should provide all the info I need to start building my lenses.
And build them I will.
What’s been the Holdup with my own Lens Building
Okay, yes, I should have built a couple of sets already, but instead…
I fixed up my “old” lenses first.
Here’s why (and why it’s a good thing):
Erica’s book gave me some outstanding tips on how to boost the rankings of your old lenses by applying some of these strategies to them, and so I decided to do some of this.
In addition, something happened that I hadn’t quite bargained for.
I went to my Squidoo account and discovered that out of my 72 (at the time) lenses, 51 were listed in “work in progress” status and only 21 were “featured”. Ouch! This is bad because work in progress lenses won’t show up in search engine results, plus there are only so many new lenses I get to start before running into trouble with the Squid monsters.
So I decided I better start working on getting my account straightened out before I start creating all those new lenses!
And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
Here are the results from my Squidoo Lens Building
My latest stats are MUCH better:
I now have 42 featured lenses and 32 work in progress lenses. Yay.
Actually, that’s two more total than originally. I created a couple of new lenses in the process because they fit with what I was doing.
I’m going to do that for another day or so and then I’ll get started in earnest.
I don’t have to fix ALL my works in progress, but I do want to minimize them as much as possible.
In fact, I worked on 12 yesterday, and at least most of them should convert into Featured Lenses within a day or two, so there are only 20 more that I have to fix. And some of them truly are Works barely Begun!
So I’ll do another dozen or so and then it’s Squidazon all the way!
Reasons for the detour
I’ve already explained about Squidoo policies and why it’s a good idea to have lenses actually be featured rather than hidden away in “Work in Progress” purgatory.
Here’s another reason:
I use those lenses to send me traffic to my money sites. And so it’s in my best interest to have them working for me. This is a much quicker return on my efforts than starting brand new lenses, at least in the short term.
I mean, if I spend a week sprucing up some 50 lenses, the work to pay-off ratio is pretty good. So if you have a whole bunch of dormant lenses, you may want to take a look at yours and do the same.
But if you don’t, get started building, and I’ll be along for the trip REALLY soon.
More next time, when I’ll be creating my first set of 6 lenses!
Want to join me in building Squidazon lenses? CLICK HERE for your own Squidazon package!
And if you want to go back to the start of this series, just CLICK HERE!
See you soon!