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Squidoo Payday Questions & Answers


Squidoo Payday FAQ

It never fails, every month on payday the same questions are being asked in the SquidU forum. Most of them by new lensmasters, but surprisingly, there's also quite a bit of confusion among some who have been around for a while.

Figuring out how the payout works was one of the first things I wanted to learn as a new lensmaster. I asked a lot of questions in the forum, and I asked some to Squidoo HQ directly. I've been around for a while now, and I'm just about certain I have it straight. ;)

I always help answer questions in SquidU, and thought it was time I wrote out everything here in one place. Hopefully you find it helpful.


What is the minimum payout?

Can I change the default?

$1.00 is the minimum amount required to receive a PayPal deposit from Squidoo.

You can select the amount you want to reach before you get paid. Start by going to your dashboard. Select the My Profile tab. Scroll down to your Payment Settings. One of the options there is Cash Payout Threshold:. Click on the Change link next to it. You will be able to choose from $1, $5, $10, $15, $20, or $50.

I always suggest setting your threshold to $1.00. You only see your individual lens pay stats when you reach your threshold and get your PayPal deposit. If you want to wait for a higher sum you can leave it in your PayPal account before transferring it to your bank account.

If you do not reach your Cash Payout Threshold your earnings are held in your "Reserve Hopper" until the next month, or as many months as it takes to reach it.

*** Update: Starting with the July 2014 payout, HQ is changing the cash payout threshold to $25. ***


When will I see my first payout?

How long until I start earning money with Squidoo?

If you have sold an item through your lens right away your first payday will be 2 months after you published your first lens. Squidoo's payout schedule has a two month delay. Money you earn in January, for example, will be paid out to you in March.

If you haven't made any sales yet through a money maker module, your first payday will come the following month (3 months after publish).

After their first month lenses start to earn a portion of Squidoo's AdSense revenue, so even if sales are few and far between you will typically see a payout every month after that.

One reason you wouldn't is if the lens is a WIP lens, a Work In Progress. If your lens has a

symbol on your dashboard it's WIP.


What day of the month do we get paid?

When is pay day?

According to Squidoo, expect it on the 15th of the month, and if it comes before that it's early. They really just say that incase they run into a snag. Payday is usually well before the 15th. Update: It's now usually very close to the 15th.

2014 payout dates:

January 14th

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February 14th

March 15th

April 14th

May 16th

June 13th

2013 payout dates:

January 15th

February 14th

March 11th

April 12th

May 14th

June 13th

July 11th

August 8th

September 11th

October 8th

November 11th

December 13th

2012 payout dates:

January 12th

February 13th

March 14th

April 14th

May 10th

June 12th

July 13th

August 9th

September 8th

October 12th

November 15th

December 11th

2011 payout dates:

January 11th

February 15th

March 15th

April 14th

May 13th

June 10th

July 14th

August 11th

September 15th

October 13th

November 15th

December 14th

2010 payout dates:

January 12th

February 10th

March 9th

April 13th

May 6th

June 10th

July 14th

August 13th

September 13th

October 13th

November 16th

December 15th

2009 payout dates:

January 9th

February 10th

March 11th

April 7th

May 14th

June 10th

July 10th

August 13th

September 15th

October 8th

November 5th

December 15th

2008 payout dates:

January 8th

February 7th

March 8th

April 8th

May 7th

June 4th

July 10th

August 7th

September 8th

October 6th

November 10th

December 11th

2007 payout dates:

May 9th

June 8th

July 6th

August 6th

September 7th

October 10th

November 7th

December 12th


How is AdSense paid out to lensmasters?

What are the payout tiers?

AdSense and Glam Ad revenue is not paid out based on clicks from your lens. The amount generated by all of Squidoo's lenses is added together and divvied up based on a Tier system.

There are usually 3 Tiers, I've seen a 4th reported on rare occasions. The "best" (read: worth the most $) is to have a lens in the first tier. The average lensrank, per lens, per month, is used in determining which Tier your lens falls in for payday.


The lenrsanks posted below are rough guidelines. Lens averages might be off by mere decimals from one another. After your lensranks are averaged they are then reordered based on the calculated ave. of all other lenses.

Tier 1 is for lenses with an overall lensrank of 1 up to 2,000.

Tier 2 is for lenses with an overall LR of 2,001 up to and including 10,000.

Tier 3 is for lenses with a LR of 10,001 up to 85,000.

Each month the amount each Tier receives varies depending on sitewide traffic and Ad click-throughs.

As an example, on the December 2008 payday:

Tier One got 25% of the ad pool

Tier Two got 17% of the ad pool

Tier Three got 8% of the ad pool

These are all of the previous tier payouts since this system was implemented:

2007 Ad Pool

July 6, 2007




August 6, 2007




September 7, 2007




October 10, 2007




November 7, 2007




December 12, 2007




2008 Ad Pool

January 8, 2008




February 7, 2008




March 8, 2008




April 8, 2008




May 7, 2008




June 4, 2008




July 10, 2008




August 7, 2008




September 8, 2008




October 6, 2008




November 10, 2008




December 11, 2008




2009 Ad Pool

January 9, 2009




February 10, 2009




March 11, 2009




April 7, 2009




May 14, 2009




June 10, 2009




July 10, 2009




August 13, 2009




September 15, 2009




October 8, 2009




November 5, 2009




December 15, 2009




2010 Ad Pool

January 12, 2010