This is susan369, new to Squidoo and already busy, busy, busy! Enjoy our interview as you learn more about her, her lenses, and her plans for the future on Squidoo.
How did you find Squidoo? In late 2013 I decided to look into the possibility of trying to make a living online as I struggled to find a regular job that I could fit around school hours. I quickly discovered affiliate marketing as a viable option. During my research, I kept bumping into blogs and discussions where people were talking about how they made money on Squidoo and how it helped them promote their own internet businesses at the same time. I decided to check it out and signed up in early January 2014. Now, a few weeks later, I’m totally addicted!
You’ve written some good reviews already, a nifty how-to, and even a very personal and very informative lens about a medical condition your family has dealt with. Anything new coming up on your lensmaking list? I’ve got so many ideas I had to start a list just to remember them all. Without giving away specifics, I plan to publish lenses about my favourite beach in Cornwall, my exercise bike, my favourite author, some internet related topics, songs from my favourite TV show, photography, my camera, some toys and craft projects and the list goes on and on. It’s quite an eclectic collection and it will keep me busy for a long time! I’d also like to submit at least one lens a week as part of my RocketSquid challenge.
What can Squidoo do for you? This is something I’m still trying to figure out. Although Squidoo is a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoy writing my own lenses and reading some of the others (and getting all those points to level up!), I must keep in mind that my main goal is to be able to make at least a part-time living from creating content for the Internet.
I’m working on two niche websites at the moment: one is a review/recommendation site about toys and other children’s stuff and the other is built around digital scrapbooking, which is a great passion of mine. Most of my lenses on Squidoo will be about topics that don’t fit the profile of my websites, but I also plan to write about topics occasionally that tie in with my websites, hoping to drive more traffic there. At the same time, I plan to list my Squidoo lenses on my websites as well, so it works both ways!
I also recognise the importance of utilising social networking sites. I recently shared one of my lenses on Facebook and I was amazed at the difference it made to my lens rank. My next challenge is to try and build a following on other social networking platforms like Pinterest and Google+. I was glad to see that Squidoo has just opened a Google+ account, so perhaps it can help me with that too!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to read, rate and comment on my lenses so far. Squidoo really is a friendly and welcoming community and I look forward to being an active member.