The first thing I looked at was Squidoo and I decided I had to change my lenses as far too many of them have amazon modules on them. This would greatly affect my Squidoo income however and I'm not sure I want to see that go down - dilemma, dilemma.
I make 6.5% on Amazon under my associates a/c and if I didn't make so many sales through Squidoo I'm sure that would be up to 7 maybe even 7.5% (although that might be wishful thinking). At the moment 94 of my lenses have pending dollars from Amazon so this is where I need to start - and I have.
I am changing over amazon modules to text modules slowly - why? Because the lenses are ranked well in Google and I don't want to spook Google by changing them too much. This is the reason why I hadn't changed them over before - well one of the reasons, the other is my natural laziness!
I am spending 30 minutes per day changing over modules in lenses, but only one module at a time. I've started with the lenses that have the most sales from Amazon and I'm working my way down.
What about my Squidoo income? I am worried because most of my income from Squidoo comes from sales as opposed to tier payments and psychologically I know I'll feel upset if my income starts to go down (even though overall it'll be going up). To counteract this I am taking a few steps.
Wait you've got updating down twice! That's because I'm using a two pronged approach to my updating so before we go into that I'll get the Legofun out of the way!
I am going to be writing 2 legofun lenses per week - those of you who are regular followers will know that this is my niche a/c. I'm also running a Lego on Squidoo blog and I'm hoping that this a/c will do well as it's a niche a/c.
The first type of updating I am doing is a 30 minute per day routine. It is often said that keeping lenses fresh will help with ranking...........I must admit I didn't pay a lot of attention to that as I have had lenses in the top tier that hadn't been touched for months. However, I've looked around at some of the top lenses in certain areas where I 'know' the lensmaster makes a lot of their Squidoo payments through lensrank and they do keep their lenses pretty well updated.
Any lens in the top two tiers will be updated at least once a week and I will be working my way down the list so how many in tier 3 get updated will depend on how quickly I work my way through them! This is quick updates and nothing major.
I haven't worked out how much time I can allocate to this, but I need to spend so much time each week doing major updates on some of my lenses. My older lenses in particular are in dire need of a change. I will be starting by looking at keywords, then the serp tool etc. I need to update amazon modules as well and make lenses click friendly.
Using these techniques as well as continuing to increase my lenses should keep my Squidoo earnings steady for the year (fingers crossed).
Where else am I going to get my income from? Amazon, as I've already mentioned, Zazzle, Google and Shareasale are the areas that I am concentrating my efforts on.
My question to you today is - how much do you want to earn in 2011 and have you planned how you are going to achieve it?
Before you go - would you like to buy a set of steak knives?