Fixing Five Flagged Squidoo Lenses Today

warningYesterday the filter ran through a lot of Giant Squid accounts, mine included. I had 34 flagged to be “fixed” and I managed to get through 13 of them yesterday before I went to soccer with the boys.

Today my goal is to get through the five flagged pages that are always in my top 20 lenses, bounce around in tier one and tier two, and that each have commissions attached to them. My goal is five green lights here, so let’s get started….

acceptModern Cross Stitch Patterns
This has consistently been one of my highest ranked lenses and it has a handful of sales commissions pending, so it needs to be fixed. But I honestly have no idea what the issue is or where to begin.

After staring blankly at the screen for awhile I decided to start by removing the Amazon widgets in the sidebar. Hit publish – Green light means go!
(breathes sigh of relief)

acceptGreat Gifts for Booklovers
I’ve had this lens for a long time now and it has made sales every month since the day I published it in the gift guide (by the way, the gift guide it was created as part of doesn’t even exist anymore) This is one of my best performing pages and it’s also a purple star lens.

More staring at the screen unsure what to do. The intro module is a bit short, so I’ll beef that up a bit and write some new text. Hit publish – low quality error.

Some Amazon modules could use text in them. Filling that in and hitting publish again – low quality error.

This is my not happy face 🙁

Removing two Amazon modules from sidebar and hitting publish – green light.
(note to self – start with sidebar widgets next time)

acceptNightmare Before Christmas Snowglobes
This lens makes sales all year long, it’s ranked pretty well at Squidoo and gets search engine traffic, and it’s also one of my favorite topics so let’s see what I can change here. It is a little thin on words and heavy on Amazon modules, so I’ll start there.

Adding text to all Amazon products listed, included those in the sidebar because I’d like to avoid deleting them. Hit publish – low quality error.

Let’s try reducing modules by consolidating the Amazon Spotlights into regular Amazon modules. Five Spotlights into one Amazon module – Hit publish – low quality error.

Deleted items that were no longer available. (oops, darn you Disney and your retiring products) Hit publish – low quality error.

Deleted Amazon Spotlights at the bottom of the page that talked about the Blu-Ray and DVD packages. Hit publish – low quality error.

Removed a banner affiliate link. (probably should have done that first!) Hit publish – low quality error.

Changed bio from custom to default. Hit publish – low quality error.

Deleted one Amazon module from sidebar. Hit publish – low quality error.

Deleted second Amazon module from sidebar. Hit publish – low quality error.

Deleted third Amazon module from sidebar. Hit publish – low quality error.

Grr. Removed two more products. Hit publish – low quality error.

Added another paragraph of text in the intro. Hit publish – low quality error.

Changed all the titles on Amazon modules and made sure none used the word snowglobe. Hit publish – low quality error.

This is silly. I don’t know what else to change, so let’s add things.

Adding the About Me module. Hit publish – green light. Finally!
(another huge sigh of relief)

acceptCorn Shellers
This lens was made on a whim. I was teasing Mark over at LateNightIM.com about his corn sheller site and pretending to be his corn shelling competition online – I never expected the page to rank as well as it did or to get any notice. It actually ranks okay for search terms that it targets and I’ve never done any work on it or any promotion of it other than just creating it. And it gets random little sales here and there. I definitely want to keep it so I need to figure out what’s wrong.

Removing the Amazon modules from the sidebar. Hit publish – low quality error.

Darn, I thought that would do it. This one actually already has a lot of content on it.

Removed an eBay module that was pulling duplicate results that another eBay module had. Hit publish – low quality error.

Hmm… Deleted another eBay module. Hit publish – low quality error.

Reducing the number of products featured in each remaining eBay module from 5 products to 3 products. Hit publish – Green light, good to go!

acceptSuper Hero and Comic Book Barbie Dolls
Another one of my favorites and it makes good sales throughout the year. Definitely need to fix this one.

Removed Amazon modules from sidebar. Hit publish – low quality error.

Removed the featured lenses widget. Hit publish – low quality error.

This page is mostly Amazon Spotlights, so let’s consolidate some of those into a regular Amazon module. Hit publish – low quality error.

Changed all the module titles, looking to eliminate any repetitive words. Hit publish – low quality error.

Added About Me module. Hit publish – low quality error.

Added a poll with an image. Hit publish – green light!
(and a final sigh of relief for the day)

Goal acquired ~ woohoo ~ That’s a wrap!

That took awhile, but I’m glad I have those lens updates checked off my list now. I still have another 16 lenses to go through, but those can wait for another day.

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About Loretta

Transcriptionist, passionate cross stitcher, writer at heart, wife, mom, and finder of lost shoes...

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four amazing young men, has been working from home full time since 2001. With a busy transcription service business, a few niche sites, and a handful of other internet marketing projects on the go, the computer is always fired up and the ideas are always flowing.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! My general action steps have been…

    1. Add some personal content. Even a few sentences with “I” “me” or “my” seem to do the trick.
    2. Add a sentence to each Amazon description.
    3. Reduce the number of affiliate links.
    4. Repeat until published.

    • Loretta says:

      The Amazon modules seem to play a big part in everything that I’ve had to change. Making sure they have text in them and balancing the amount of text versus product names is making the most difference so far.

  2. Virginia Allain says:

    I first try adding a poll and an “about me” module. Sometimes that is sufficient to balance the sales modules. I really don’t like to delete the Amazon sidebar modules as those are in a prime spot.

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