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How Can Squidoo Increase Website Traffic?

Written by George Manty  · December 4, 2006

I got a comment the other day on one of my posts asking:


I still don’t get it. What can Squidoo can do for you to increase pagelink?

First of all, website traffic 101 tells us that the more links you get to your website the better.

How does Squidoo help you get links to your site?

When you create a Squidoo Lens you create tags for it. These tags are used to categorize your lens. Your lens and other lenses have links to these tag pages. The tag pages link back to all of the lenses that use that tag. This means that when you create a new lens your lens automaticly gets links from the tag pages on the Squidoo site. Which increases the PageRank for your Lens.

Now we have a Lens with Links to it. How does this Lens help your webiste?

Let’s use my first Squidoo lens as an example. Click here and take a look at the lens.

Notice that the first link on the Lens is a link to our homeschooling wiki.

If you do what I did and create a link on your lens to one of your websites, you will have a new link to your website. Which is good, because some people will find your lens, click on the link to your site, and bring your site traffic.

This link is also good, because almost every link you get to your site will help it rank higher for Search Engine terms.

Another way that this link helps is that you are getting a link from what is known as an Authority site. Most people believe that Squidoo is considered an authority site. Authority sites are sites that are considered an authority on a specific topic and have lots of links to them. For instance, I think it is pretty safe to say that CNN is an authority site for news.

When you get a link from an authority site it is considered more valuable than a link from a non-authority site.

The Search Engines will see the link on the Squidoo Lens as a link from an authority site. Therefore this link from the Squidoo lens is going to be a good quality link to your website. Ulitmately, this one link isn’t going to make any site rise to the top of the Search Engine rankings, but it will help.


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24 Responses to “How Can Squidoo Increase Website Traffic?”

  1. Dosh Dosh on December 4th, 2006 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the article. I’ve used Squidoo and noticed that it does have some positive effect on ranking and traffic.

    BTW, would you want to trade links? I’ve already added you on my site. šŸ™‚

  2. George Manty on December 4th, 2006 2:01 pm

    Sure, you have the making of a very nice blog yourself. Keep up the good work! I will add it to my every growing list of feeds.

  3. Franck Silvestre on December 15th, 2006 6:44 pm

    Thank you for that explanation. I use create a squidoo lens for my site.

    I already knew squido, but you highlighted the fact that it is an authority site.

    I like to do everything that can help my ranking.

  4. George Manty on December 17th, 2006 8:09 pm

    You are welcome.

  5. Web 3.0 on February 12th, 2007 5:56 pm

    We Love Squidoo so much we are devoting most of our site to Web 3.0

  6. Affiliate ebooks on August 8th, 2007 5:55 am

    Though squidoo is an affiliate website , the recent slap by Google on it’s search ranking can be a concern for us affiliates. How are your lenses performing now ?

  7. George Manty on August 8th, 2007 11:14 am

    I haven’t been checking my lenses recently, because I have been super busy with other things. I will have to do that sometime this month.

  8. Jatin Dhillon on September 5th, 2007 8:54 pm

    Hi George ,

    All the squidoo pages which i have not updated in the past seem to have gone down in serps.I am now shifting focus to other sites such as hubpages.

  9. George Manty on September 5th, 2007 8:59 pm

    Jatin,

    I have seen a similar thing with my pages.

  10. Affiliate Marketing eBook Reviews on September 9th, 2007 10:34 pm

    This is a really iformative post! To be honest I am a complete blog and social networking newbie. I have spent the last few days just figuring out all these sites!

    I just found out what digg was 2 days ago! LOL

    I guess it is time I get out of the stone ages…

    Great post. A+ Thanks

  11. danny cheng on October 26th, 2007 11:33 am

    Thanks for clearing the air about tags and links from squidoo. I have a couple of lens in squidoo and they were indexed so fast I couldn’t believe it. Not once did I submit any of my lens to the search engines but they found them anyway. ( the tags and links helped I guess..) Of course, I recieved a reciprocal link from linkhelpers.net and found them to be a great help in the indexing process. Thanks!

  12. Vivevtvivas on December 15th, 2007 11:14 am

    Fast indexing is only one of the benefits of Squidoo. Great backlinks and high pagerank which is made even better after the July Google “slap”.

    It’s forced lensmasters to increase the quality of the material on their lenses and each lens now seems subject to the “rules” of Google for backlinks, quality keywords and not just junk thrown up on the site.

    I’ve been following the Squidoo story on this blog, http://mymarketingexperiences.info/category/squidoo and using http://www.ultimatesquidoo.com to increase my pagerank on Google.

    It’s been amazing using Squidoo and I highly recommend you check it out!

  13. Tom Chambers on January 5th, 2008 10:21 am

    This was just the type of article I was looking for. I have just begun to try to get my ducks in a row, and add some of these new fangled ideas to increase traffic and pr and this site has definitely made me more informed. I have just begun to build a blog at http://localheatandcool.com and will be using your information to make it more Squidoo smart..
    Thanks for a very nice post.

    Tom

  14. PressureWasher on January 11th, 2008 8:38 pm

    I am going to seriously start using squidoo to get traffic to my websites, and rank for keywords. There are many competitive keywords squidoo lenses rank for in Google. Now is the time to take advantage of it.

  15. PressureWasher on January 11th, 2008 8:42 pm

    Another good thing about squidoo lenses is you will normally see traffic quicker from a lens then when building your typical content site. Plus you don’t have to pay for a domain name šŸ™‚

  16. Bob Kaye on March 23rd, 2008 9:39 pm

    I have found Squidoo to bring occaisional traffic, but I believe if your keyword research is done first either using Google Traffic Estimator or Google Trends, your keyword links will be more popular since you choose the right ones.

  17. ricky on April 18th, 2008 3:54 am

    I gave squidoo a try, it’s funky but didnt do too much for me. I still visit seth godin’s blog quite often though

  18. Robin Sampson on May 3rd, 2008 10:13 pm

    Do you still feel the same about Squidoo>?

  19. Article Pro on June 27th, 2008 1:50 pm

    Hi,

    I’m a SEO - and I’ve built a few Squidoo lenses to test traffic volumes

    You’re wrong about this:
    “The Search Engines will see the link on the Squidoo Lens as a link from an authority site. Therefore this link from the Squidoo lens is going to be a good quality link to your website. Ulitmately, this one link isn’t going to make any site rise to the top of the Search Engine rankings, but it will help.”

    Squidoo like most sites nowadays add nofollow tags to all external links

    that tells the search engines to totally ignore the link to your website and not give it any credit whatsoever

    this is done to make sure that Squidoo retain the top rankings – and you get no SEO benefit

    you do of course get visitors clicking through to your site – provided you can get your squidoo lense viewed in the first place

  20. George Manty on June 27th, 2008 2:55 pm

    I don’t know whether or not Squidoo uses nofollow tag or not. I haven’t used it much recently. I will have to check that out when I get a chance. I thought that squidoo pages used to be followable though.

  21. Web Design Company on June 27th, 2008 11:33 pm

    Hi George,

    Chris Turnquist here with Proteus Design Studio. Article Pro is right about the no follow tags. They are intended to prevent the search engine crawlers from following your backlink. I am advising people to continue adding the links to your Squidoo pages just as you’ve explained in this blog post. Use your keyword as anchor text in the link.

    Most of these dynamic sites create nasty code and the don’t follow tags don’t work half the time anyway. So keep building links and you’ll succeed in ranking well for your desired keywords.

    Nice Blog Site BTW! šŸ™‚

    Warmest Regards,

    Chris Turnquist

  22. Google phone on December 9th, 2008 11:41 am

    Trying squidoo for the first time but it looks like the buzz is over? Any updates george?

  23. George Manty on December 10th, 2008 8:43 am

    Google Phone,

    Yes, people still use it to promote their sites and to make money. It’s still a good way to bring in traffic, although I haven’t been using it as much lately.

  24. Usman Khan on October 1st, 2010 12:07 pm

    Squidoo is a good way to get traffic to your website but in 2010 Twitter and stumbleupon are better options to work on if someone wants to rank higher in traffic volume.





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