Because Google loves Squidoo, it's also great for promoting and driving traffic to your brick
and mortar business OR your online business(es) and/or other web sites, including blogs, generating leads for a
home-based business, affiliate marketing, to your eBay, CafePress, Zazzle, Etsy (etc.) stores, and much more.
It's all FREE, and you could even earn royalties for charity OR FOR YOURSELF.
Be sure you follow their Terms of Service and avoid building lenses on topics listed
HERE. They are doing everything in their power to ensure that quality lenses are built rather than "spammy" or "junk" lenses
that do not offer any value to their visitors.
How You Can Earn:
• Through revenue sharing with Squidoo by using Amazon,
eBay, and CafePress modules in your lenses. What I like best about this is that you do not need to be individually
signed up as an affiliate for them. In fact, I applied to be an individual eBay affiliate and I was turned down, so the
only way I can earn commissions on eBay sales is through eBay modules on my Squidoo lenses.
(Note Aug. 2009, I recently heard that eBay is no longer allowing people to
use their individual affiliate links on sites like Squidoo and Hub Pages, anyway, so luckily you can still earn through the
Squidoo eBay modules.)
• Through revenue-sharing with Squidoo on
the other advertising they place on your lenses, such as Google Adsense ads, Glam ads (banners), and
contextual text ads (they are the green links you may see on my lenses, and you can opt out of those ONLY IF
you designate all your Squidoo revenue-sharing earnings to charity).
• You can also earn affiliate commissions directly by
placing your own affiliate links on your lenses (including Amazon and CafePress) if you are individually affiliated
with them. I often include my own Amazon direct affiliate links in the text blurbs accompanying the items in my Amazon modules.
That way I earn if someone clicks my text links OR if they click the Squidoo module links.
TIP: One nice way to add interest to your lenses with interesting graphics is to
be an affiliate of AllPosters.com and display relevant artwork along with your affiliate links for purchasing. Amazon also may have some
nice artwork to feature with your affiliate link, but you can earn higher commissions with AllPosters.
(Note Aug. 2009, at one point
they were paying for referrals, but I found one source that says they discontinued that in 2008. I also checked their TOS
and no mention is currently made of lensmaster referral commissions. However, I'm still offering my lensmaster referral link just in case that changes again in the future.)