Those of you who aren’t familiar with Squidoo should check out my original Squidoo post, or do a search on Squidoo to find other posts about it.

Up until just recently, the amount of money you made in Squidoo from ad-sharing was quite small. I was averaging 85 cents a month from about a dozen lenses, some popular. The Squidoo folks have just changed their ad-sharing calculations to take into account the PR of the lens. This rewards those lenses that are quality enough to get linked to from elsewhere, including other lenses.

Several of my lenses abruptly jumped to earning $3 a month, totaling about $15 for the month for all of them. Now, $15 a month isn’t a lot, but when you consider that you’re being paid to write web pages that are, essentially, advertising your other online businesses, it’s not such a bad deal.

Ironically enough, though, my highest earning lens isn’t advertising anything! I wrote a couple of public service type of lenses, about subjects I felt needed more exposure, and they’ve gotten enough search engine traffic to be my two most popular lenses. One is my Computer Game Making For Kids lens, and the other is my Roleplaying with Kids lens. Regular readers will remember that the Roleplaying with Kids lens was named Lens of the Day some time back, and I wrote a series of posts about the effect that had on the lens.

You can join Squidoo here to get started making your own lenses. Keep in mind that the new calculations reward quality lenses, so don’t expect to slap something together that’s little more than a sales pitch and an affiliate link and have it earn anything from ad-sharing. Spend some time on the lens itself, and get it listed in as many high profile groups as are appropriate for the topic of your lens.

Soon you’ll be getting paid a bit to advertise your online businesses.

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