So there has been much conversation this week about Squidoo, their changes, and the uneasiness people are feeling around it all. Several people have mentioned that Squidoo is 90% or more of their online income, it’s the only way they’re making money, they consider it their job, and it pays their bills.
This frightens me a little bit. I don’t want to see any of these people struggling to make their bill payments three months from now if Squidoo cannot recover its search engine rankings or if their lenses are locked.
Someone said to me they didn’t know how to make money online other than with Squidoo, they asked me for suggestions or ideas – essentially to brainstorm. So here we are – right off the top of my head today – 10 ways you can make money online that are not Squidoo…. in no particular order whatsoever…
- build your own niche website – use affiliate links there
- build your own niche website – sell advertising there
- do virtual assistant work
- offer gigs on Fiverr
- write and publish on Kindle
- offer graphic design services
- bid on freelance job boards like Odesk or Freelancer
- sell a craft on Etsy
- use a site like iWriter and get paid to write articles for others
- get a paid blogging gig – check out the ProBlogger job board or apply to be a Guide at About.com
That’s just off the top of my head in less than a minute. I could do this all day long. There are literally millions (probably hundreds of millions) of ways that you can make money with just yourself and your computer. Squidoo is not the end of the work at home income road. Go forth, explore, test, find something that works for you and that you enjoy.
If you’re on Squidoo because you want the income each month, remember that the skills and perspective you have from your writing and work on Squidoo can shape the skills that you build to go out and do other things that could potentially mean even more profits for you in the end.
This is not an anti-Squidoo stance. Just a be prepared for anything and everything stance.
I encourage you and even challenge you to try something new this week – or even just go out and look around at some other income opportunities other than Squidoo. There’s a big wide world of internet out there, please don’t limit yourself to a web property that, at the end of the day, will always belong to someone else.
If you need help or want to brainstorm just drop me a note – my inbox is always open.
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.