Well, I have to finally admit that I have a problem with Squidoo. I’m in love with this site and I can’t stop. I can hear my wife yelling at me somewhere in the background, telling me it’s time to go to bed, but for some reason I can’t stop!
I am a normal, every day blogger. I don’t count myself as a professional though. I’m somewhere between Darren Rowse and the homeless guy on the street when it comes to my blogging integrity. The only difference between me and the homeless guy is I probably would eat that.
So, just like any normal blogger, I find things that aren’t necessarily new, but new to me, so I thought I would share it with you and show you why I love it so much!
What Is Squidoo?
Squidoo is basically a Web 2.0 tool that I use to drive traffic to my site from a third party platform. Read the link above for more information on what web 2.0 tools really are. I don’t want to go into all of that again, but I will tell you that Squidoo is one of the many Web 2.0 sites that are considered as high authority to Google, and therefore, a link from this site will benefit anyone’s blog.
As a blogger, you tend to find many new opportunities every day to link back to your site. This one is no different. Or so I thought.
I am no advocate of building millions of links. I think that keyword stuffing in a post is one reason of many why people may not come back to your site, so I really don’t recommend writing for the search engines. So it was no surprise that when I actually stumbled upon Squidoo a year ago that I was not really that into it.
Seeing other “professionals” opinions on Squidoo, I thought it was just another way that you could slip article marketing past Google by writing junk disguised in keywords while pointing back to your site.
Realizing that this was an opportunity for me to create beneficial links, I joined.
The “Link-Wheeling” Idea on Squidoo
Have you ever heard of “link wheeling” or building a “link wheel”? Now I’m not promoting this by any means, but it’s the process of taking web 2.0 sites like Squidoo and others and creating two links on each page. Basically one link points to your money page, and the other link points to another page on a web 2.0 site that also has the same description I just mentioned, thereby “closing the wheel” and generating Google to notice you faster.
Have I ever done a link wheel?
I’m not going to answer that, but I will tell you that there is a certain site that I used to have, that is lost somewhere in Google’s sandbox for some reason that shall remain undisclosed. Needless to say, as of this moment, I don’t recommend building link wheels.
So when the link wheel idea came out, it basically affirmed the thought I had about these sites in the first place. It was just another tool for spammers and scam sites to use to build links and basically pervert the whole process.
Until one day
My Love For Squidoo Emerged
As I grew up in the blogging industry, links became second thought, and making connections became my top priority. You can find me on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, because I love to connect with people!
The true secret to blogging success is building relationships, not links.
One day I was creating a lens on Squidoo about what social bookmarking is when I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before.
A search bar.
Now don’t laugh at me. Up until then, I was only using Squidoo to create a great backlink to my site. Thinking that this platform was used by only ogre’s and witches, I didn’t necessarily think about socializing with these kinds of people, so I never really took the time to look.
An amazing world opened up when I used the search feature. It was like when they opened the doors to the candy room in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory…I swear I heard music!
Why You Should Use Squidoo
You’re a blogger. You need to make connections, and you need to get visitors, and this is a great place to get them. For the past year I was only writing my article and getting the link. I never thought once about browsing the platform for other people. I just thought it was like I described above. Sure, there are going to be party poopers anywhere you go, but you can sift through these to get to the good stuff.
Not only are you getting great backlinks to your blog posts on Squidoo, but you are also engaging people that are just like you or in your niche. You can make new connections easily from this platform, which is the best part about it!
So, register for a Squidoo account today and go “like” my lenses!
Here are a few to get you started: