I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t have time to set up their own sites, but that’s negative thinking, I remember I made a hubpage last year three days before Christmas that still made some decent sales (actually it made most of the sales in the post Christmas sales but the point is that it still made money).
So there is still time!
Now the choice is yours whether you choose to set up a hubpage (faster rankings) or squidoo (better flexibility) but both react nicely to some backlinks and should be able to make you some nice Christmas cash – or rather February cash when you actually get your money
(Oh and yes you can use your own sites too, but they might not rank quite as quickly as the web 2.0 sites – they are a better long term solution).
How do you choose whether to target Squidoo or HubPages (or other web 2.0 site of your choosing?).
Usually I’ll check how many pages are already on those sites using the keyword that I want to target. Let’s say I want to write about the new Fisher Price Dance Star Mickey doll. If I do a search for site:squidoo.com Fisher Price Dance Star Mickey I can see that 384 lenses are targeting that toy and site:hubpages.com Fisher Price Dance Star Mickey have 402 hubs targeting it.
Usually I choose the one that has the least amount of sites with my term in it (by the way – I’d actually probably go with snipsly.com for this toy because it only has 3 other pages that have that term (and only two that are actually targeting it) – much easier to rank better with them even though I hate the layout for that site).
As I told you last post, I’ve been pretty pleased with how Squidoo has been reacting to backlinks and while it still takes a few days to a week for the lenses to get indexed, they are very responsive to backlinks and have been moving up nicely.
The problem is that SO many other marketers are using Squidoo too, so it can sometimes be difficult to get your lens ranked higher than theirs (which is why I usually don’t target products that have too many other pages also targeting that term).
By the way – I’m LOVING the Amazon banner creator that you make from SquidUtils.com – all you do is place the product code and your affiliate id in the generator and it will make a cool banner just like the one below for you! Just copy and paste the html onto your lens and voila – image banner created! LOVE IT !!!
It’s not too late !!
Anyway back to the point of this post. That it’s not too late to set up some more sites and start ranking them. So I have a challenge for you.
Create 5 Amazon product sites on any web 2.0 site of your choosing before the end of the month and start backlinking them.
You can choose any products you like – although I usually prefer to find products that are on the Amazon bestseller lists that have at least a four star rating AND 10 or more reviews. Price is not really an issue for me, but I tend to prefer products that give at least a decent commission – so if there are 10 products that you like, choose the five that cost the most –
That’s it. 5 review type pages. Then start backlinking them. Use Build My Rank if you have it, or write articles if you don’t.
If you manage to make more than $500 from them, then thank me by giving me a little donation – I just bought a new house and want to update the kitchen in it