How To Build A Squidoo Lens

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 25 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: If you have all your “ducks in a row,” creating a Squidoo lens goes pretty quick. Now, by “ducks in a row,” – I mean, keyword phrases chosen, 2 or 3 – 300 to 500 word pieces of content pre-written, etc.

If you have that already done that you could put a Squidoo lens up in a matter of minutes. Considering this may be your first time, allow yourself 15 – 30 minutes to get used to the interface.

As to finding more content, well – that’s something you can spend a lot of time on. I guess I’d say allow yourself an additional 30 to 60 minutes to do some research. You’ll need more content in the days to come.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 11 Introduction Video – 30DC

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How To Create A Squidoo Lens

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Build your Squidoo Lens – build a link to your WordPressDirect blog – and submit your lens to several social bookmarking sites with Social Marker.

Squidoo – Click here to set up your Squidoo lens.

Copyscape – Click here to check the originality of your article/lens.

Use your main keyword phrase as the title of your Squidoo lens (or get as close as you can.) When you get to Step 4, make sure you use your category keywords (the other keywords you’re using for categories in your wordpressdirect blog). Use them in the section where it says “And 3 more good ones are:”

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Find More Content Using Market Samurai

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Market Samurai has been updated to help you find even more content sources for your niche research.

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Backlinks and Indexing

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 21 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: The getting of backlinks is something you’ll want to add to your daily routine. Once you make it a habit, you’ll probably only spend 10-20 minutes a day at it. Initially, you may want to spend some time getting familiar with Google Groups and other related forums and pages that will let you add comments with a link back to your site. I’d say today you may spend about an hour or so exploring the communities related to your niche.

While it may be tempting to just start posting links – make sure you’re doing it in a way that contributes to the community. If you just start throwing up spammy links, you won’t be welcome for very long.

Checking to see if your site is ranked in Google should only take a minute or two.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 09 Introduction Video – 30DC

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How To Get More Backlinks

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Google Groups – Click here to find groups that relate to your niche.

Do a search for forums related to your niche.

Find relevant Squidoo lenses where you can leave comments with your keyword as the anchor text – by searching for “your keyword/phrase site:squidoo.com” That will narrow your search to pages on Squidoo.

I wonder if that might work on other platforms we’ll be looking at…

Make sure your comments are contributing to the conversation. Before you submit your comment, read it to yourself in the context of the page and other comments. Ask yourself if your comment is adding value to the page.

If your weren’t you and you were reading the comments – would you read your comment and say “good point” or would you say “so what.” If you’d say “so what” there isn’t much chance anyone would be inclined to click your link.

Participate 5-10 minutes per day – make it part of your daily routine. If you add 1-2 links per day this way, you could have an additional 20-40 backlinks by the end of the thirty day challenge. Based on our research with Market Samurai – that many backlinks can make a big difference in your organic search engine rankings.

And make sure you’re comments add value.

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How To Find Out If Your Site Is Indexed

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To find out if your site is ranked by Google – use the “Site” operator by typing “site:yourdomain.com” into the Google search box.

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