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12 April 2012 @ 09:34 am
Trying something new with Squidoo...  
So I've been following the Buying and Selling Squidoo Lenses Facebook group for a while, even though I've never bought a lens before - and I'm not especially interested in doing so, either. I like working on my lenses from the ground up, using my own words, etc.

But I'm thinking about working on some new lenses with the sole purpose of selling them. Not lenses that would take an awful lot of time to set up, but good basic starter lenses for people that are more interested in doing things like constantly monitoring Amazon links for expiring/sold out products and stuff like that. Which happens a lot on jewelry lenses, and I find them tedious to maintain.

So I basically want to try to create a starter set of about 20-30 lenses, ones that shouldn't take me more than 1-2 hours each to build and basically promote, and then see if I can sell them after a month's "test marketing". Because while I hate to give away lenses that might eventually become big successes, it would be nice to get some quick cash for lenses that don't take me a lot of time to build and create.

I'm going to be starting with jewelry sales lenses featuring different, more unusual stones. This is the first one I've created for this project/idea:

Moss Agate Jewelry.
pisceanblue: ZOMG!pisceanblue on April 12th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea; I think putting your skills to work for you in such a way not only will profit you, but hopefully make some of the other content on Squidoo that much better.
Nicole Pellegrininicpel on April 12th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)

I like the point you raise about helping to build "better lenses" across Squidoo. The more I'm reading up on the subject, a lot of new lensmasters find it useful to buy pre-made lenses at first to study how they are done, learn basic html tricks, etc. And to start out with lenses that I can state proudly are "above the board" - with original content, references linked, and all photos credited should hopefully help teach others to do the same.

Also now that I can create custom lens templates, there are some basic styles of lenses that should be easy for me to "crank out". I don't want to put them up for sale until I can get a little history into them, test driving the structure to prove their worthwhile, but also because I want to get fair pay for them as well. I'm not going to be selling bargain basement, bare bones $5 lenses. That's fine for some people, but I want to create lenses that are at least worth $10-20 each, based on the time I'm putting in to them and my history as a lensmaster. I think that's fair, especially if I'm including any original content including new photographs and such.