Virginia likes to help other writers get started online. She wrote for eHow, Squidoo, Hubpages, and is a blogger.
I Spent a Lot of Time on Squidoo
Making Money on Squidoo
I first started on Squidoo with the idea of promoting my mother's book and also calling attention to a lake lot I wanted to sell. My first lenses accomplished those goals, but I didn't stop there. Creating the lenses appealed to my sense of creativity. I was looking for a new outlet after the eHow website developed publishing issues. Squidoo seemed just the right thing for me to create online content.
At first, I didn't realize the earning potential for Squidoo, as there's a two-month lag in paying earnings. In browsing around the site, I found some lensmasters (writers of articles) discussing the money-making potential of their lenses. It opened my eyes to the possibility of having fun and making money at the same time. Lovely idea!
Squidoo isn't a get-rich-quick site and there is real work involved in creating quality lenses. The good news is that the site is free and has a very supportive atmosphere with lensmasters willing to help others succeed. Over time, lenses can earn significant money for the lensmaster once you learn how to monetize, how to apply keywords and how to create a lens that attracts an audience.
Here are my payouts from Squidoo, so new arrivals can see the progression. This is just one sample, as others earn more if they create high-interest lenses and some earn less if they are less proficient in their lens creation. New lensmasters find it inspiring to see the possibilities of creating and earning on Squidoo.
The Squidoo site has now closed and the content shifted to the Hubpages site.
It Takes Time to Grow And Earn
My Paydays on Squidoo - 1st Year - Note that for months and months, I earned very little
- Sept. 2008 - Made my 1st lens and went away, forgetting about Squidoo.
- August 2009 - Returned and made 2 lenses.
September 2009 - Made 5 lenses.
October 2009 - Published 9 more lenses on Squidoo. (on the 10/08/09 payday for the month of August earned nothing. Squidoo has a 2 month lag for paying out the earnings.)
November 2009 - Added 25 more lenses. (Earned nine cents on the 11/05/09 payday)
December 2009 - Made 34 more lenses. (Earned ninty-four cents on the 12/15/09 payday. This is from the October work.)
- January 2010 - Made 27 new lenses. (Squidoo said I earned $3.73 for the November work, but still haven't reached the minimum $10 payout that I'd set)
February 2010 - Made 23 new lenses (In mid-February, Squidoo told me I earned $4.23 for the December work.)
March 2010 - Made 28 new lenses (On the March payday I earned $8.95 for the January work.)
April 2010 - Made 12 new lenses (On the April payday I earned $9.57 for the February work.)
May 2010 - Made 7 new lenses (May payday, I earned $31.56 from 61 lenses. The rest of my lenses did not earn anything this month. This was the royalties for the month of March.)
June 2010 - Made 20 new lenses (On the June payday I earned $50.29. Remember the 2 month lag in paying, so this was for earnings from April)
July 2010 - Made 29 new lenses (For the July payday I earned $42.22. This is for earnings in May.)
- YOUR ROYALTIES (06/01/2010 to 06/30/2010)
Your new lens earnings this period = $58.90
Zero lenses in tier 1, 7 lenses in tier 2, and a huge number in tier 3 or lower.
(I'm really looking forward to next month's payday, as I've had a number of associate sales on various lenses)
- YOUR SQUIDOO ROYALTIES (07/01/2010 to 07/31/2010)
Your new lens earnings from this period = $139.50
96 lenses earned something during the month, but $85 came from my three lenses that stayed in tier one.
Add in the $99 from the Summer Sunshine award, my earnings came to $238.50 this month from Squidoo.
Rise and Decline of Squidoo Earnings - My Record
Won a Sunshine Award in August
The $99 for this award was deposited to my Paypal on the same day as my September monthly payment. Lovely!
You don't have to make this many lenses, but it took me awhile to learn what works best for me.
My Second Year of Earnings on Squidoo - Starting with the October 15, 2010 Pay Out
- Not payday yet, but I just sold my first Squidoo lens. It was a tier one and I sold it for $100. That may sound too cheap to some, but it was a seasonal lens that will only earn a few months each year. I'm excited about this new way to earn using Squidoo.
- YOUR SQUIDOO ROYALTIES (08/01/2010 to 08/31/2010)
Your new lens earnings from this period = $193.27
Total earnings = $193.27!
Combine the royalties with the $100 from the lens I sold brings my Squidoo income to $293 for October. This is real progress!
- YOUR SQUIDOO ROYALTIES (09/01/2010 to 09/30/2010) Paid out on November 16, 2010.
Your new lens earnings from this period = $226.60
A few of the dollars went to charity, out of the $226.
- YOUR SQUIDOO ROYALTIES (10/01/2010 to 10/31/2010) Paid out on December 15, 2010
Your new lens earnings from this period = $395.64
Total earnings = $395.64! (a few dollars of the $395 went to charity)
That's from the sales of Halloween items on the lenses plus 5 lenses were in tier one which paid about $25 each! Wow! The infolinks are paying mostly pennies and Chitka seems negligible. I'm loving Amazon though!
- YOUR SQUIDOO ROYALTIES (11/01/2010 to 11/30/2010)
Your new lens earnings from this period = $379.77
Total earnings = $379.77!
I was hoping that this month would be bigger (with Christmas buying) than October was (with Halloween buying). Guess not. I'm still excited about December Amazon sales which I won't know about until mid-February.
- Just received the February payout (covering earnings from December 2010). I was anxious to see how the Christmas season earned. My total earnings after a small bit was given to charity is $455.06. That's the best payday for me yet!
I expect next month to drop down without all the Christmas shopping boosting the earnings.
I like the new way that Squidoo is posting the month's earning so you can see the top earning lens and scan down the list without having to click on each one. Great!
- March 15 payout (covering earnings from January 2011) was $318.67. As expected, the earnings dropped from the peak Christmas earnings. This is probably the range I'll earn in unless I make more lenses, fine-tune my sales lenses and build more backlinks.
- BONUS - I just received $30 for a creating a commissioned lens. The nice part, is I get to keep the lens, as they just wanted the backlinks. The lens is in the third tier, but I have hopes of moving it up to second tier over time.
- Yes, there is FREE LUNCH. I made a lens for a friend and she treated me to a nice lunch.
- April 2011 (February 2011 royalties paid out 04/14/2011)
* Total featured lenses on date: 203 lenses (I have more lenses but they did not earn anything)
* Total paid in cash via PayPal: $323.74
- March 2011 earnings (paid out May 2011)
Earnings on May 13, 2011 payday ....$348.08
- April 2011 royalties (paid out 06/10/2011)
Total featured lenses on date: 187 lenses (this doesn't count my non-earning lenses)
Total paid in cash via PayPal : $292.04 (a $56 drop from last month)
- May 2011 royalties (paid out July 14, 2011)
Total featured lenses on date: 183 lenses (I have more lenses than that, but the count doesn't include the non-earners)
Grand total this month: $467.59 WhooHoo, this even beat my Christmas month earnings!
- June 2011 royalties (paid out August 11, 2011)
plus $5 for a referral which means someone who signed up through me made their first $15, so I get a bonus. My new total is $451.97 for the month.
- July 2011 royalties (paid out September 15, 2011)
$465.41 Then on September 21, received an additional $96 which was the missing Chitka and Ad money that I filed a bug report about. That brings the total for the month to $561.79. Highest month yet!
October 10, 2011 - just received a bonus from an experiment Squidoo did with the angels. I earned $21.59 in the DueProps Angel Project. Very nice. That brings the total for the month to $583.38.
Whoops, Error on My Payout
Luckily I looked closely at my September 15, 2011 payout with the details of earnings for each lens. I noticed that Chitika and Adlinks $$ were missing. I submitted a bug report after checking to be sure my settings were correct.
They responded today saying that I would receive the money for that as a separate deposit. I'm hoping it equals another $35 to $50.
9/21/11 - just received the missing funds for another $96. Yay!
My Third Year of Earning on Squidoo
- October 13, 2011 received the payout for August. It's the best yet! $623.22
- November 15, 2011 received the payout for September. Even better than last month...$793.40
- December 14, 2011 was the payout for October. Halloween made some great sales for me and with 10 lenses in tier one, I made $1,074.93.
Best payout yet!
- January 12, 2012 received the payout for November. Slight drop off after Halloween and before major Christmas shopping. Still quite good at $997.36. It dropped about $77 but I'm not complaining.
- February 13, 2012 was the payout for December. Christmas earnings were good, so my payday was $1,360.82. That's the best I've ever had.
- March 14, 2012 was the payout for January. I expected it to drop after the Christmas high, but wish it hadn't dropped this much.
Total paid in cash via PayPal was $852.52. About half of my lenses did not earn anything, meaning they didn't rank in tier one, two or three and did not sell anything through Amazon or eBay.
- April 14, 2012 - payout for February. Up a bit from last month. $881.43
To give some perspective, this is about double what I made in April 2011. It's a huge improvement over the $9 that I made in April 2010.
- May 10, 2012 - payout for March. Down a bit, but not too bad. $824.95 was the payout.
- June 12, 2012 - payout for April. Up from last month (and double what I made in June 2011). $884.33 was my payout.
- July 13, 2012 - payout for May. Big jump forward with a payout of $1,213.06. That included 11 tier one lenses and 16 tier two lenses with several hundred falling into tier three.
- August 9, 2012 - payout for June. Holding steady at $1,337.27. I had 12 tier one lenses this time.
- September 7, 2012 - payout for earnings in July. Dropped down some to $1,064. I had 9 lenses in tier one.
My 4th Year on Squidoo
- October 12, 2012 - This is the payout for the month of August. Best pay day so far....$1,492. That included having 11 lenses in tier one and quite a few Amazon and eBay sales from my lenses. It does not include associate income from Amazon or Zazzle.
- November 14, 2012 - Payout for the month of September. $1,348.05
- December 11, 2012 - Payout for the month of October. $2,000.15
The Halloween shoppers gave me a real boost with those topics earning $815.
My purchased lenses pulled their share and earned $240. I'm sure they will do even better once they are more mature.
- January 15, 2013 - Payout for the month of November. $1,443.
As expected there's a little lull between Halloween and Christmas shopping.
I started selling off some lenses once I reached 825. I'll add my profits from that later.
Oops, forgot to include my niche account which made $350. That brings my total to $1,793.
- February 14, 2013 - Payout for the month of December. $1,623.
Not as high as I was hoping. I'll have to tweak my lenses and see what I can do better. This does not include my own Amazon affiliate earnings.
- March 11, 2013 - Payout for the month of January. $736. I knew the tier payments were going to be lowered this month. That has hit everyone hard, I imagine. This is the lowest payout that I've had since October 2011. Hopefully the drastic changes Squidoo is making right now will impact earnings in a positive way for the future.
- April 12, 2013 - Payout for the month of February. $719. Holding steady.
- May 14, 2013 - Payout for the month of March. $778. Up slightly from last month.
- June 13, 2013 - Payout for the month of April. $706, Down slightly from last month (and down $1300 from my peak month). I had 5 lenses in tier one, 18 lenses in tier two and 250 lenses in tier three. A few earned from sales but didn't make it into the tier ranking. About 1/2 of my lenses earned nothing (318 of them).
- July 11, 2013 - Payout for the month of May. $769. Encouraging as there is a slight upswing. That's 6 lenses in tier one though the ad pool is sadly much lower than when Squidoo was flying high. Lots of sales though and ten lenses earned really well without even making it into tier one.
- August 8, 2013 - Payout for the month of June. $822. Thanks to some seasonal lenses, an upward movement! I had 10 lenses earn tier one pay. Fifty percent of my lenses earned, though some earned only a penny each.
- September 11, 2013 - Payout for the month of July. $639. Almost a $200 drop from last month so pretty disappointing. That's 11 lenses earning tier one payout, but many more just making 13 cents each. Sigh...
My Fifth Year on Squidoo
- October payout - $440. This is a drop of $200 from the previous month. Disappointing. Tier one lenses paid a mere $11 each. I am seeing an increase in sales so maybe the payout two months down the line will be better.
- November 2013 payout - $706. Good increase and I feel encouraged. This is for earnings from September 2013.
In addition I received $100 for being a winner in the lens making contest for the new product format.
For perspective, this is about the same as Nov. 2011 when I had a lot fewer lenses.
- December 2013 payout - $1,034. Halloween happy time! All the sales from October gave a nice boost to the payout. I also received this month a $50 Amazon gift card as a prize in one of the quests.
- January 2014 payout - $726. Down from last month. The good news is there's a fair amount of $$ still on the dashboard, so maybe next month will be better.
- February 2014 payout - $1,016. This is the Christmas sales payout so I expected it to be above what I earned last month and it is. It's about half what I earned last February though.
- March 2014 payout - $442. Another big drop. Feel like I'm on a roller coaster.
- April 2014 payout - $547, so a little better than last month. I'm seeing some good traffic on my spring lenses and have hopes for improved payouts in the next few months.
- May 2014 payout - $751, so that's the 3rd month of an upward trend. Up by $200 over last month. I had 15 lenses in tier one but the ad pool only paid $8.55 this month.
- June 2014 payout - $652, so slipped back a hundred dollars from last month. Sigh.
I had 17 lenses in tier one but the ad pool was just over $6 for those.
For the upcoming months, I'm hopeful to see a jump in earnings. The sales have picked up.
- July 2014 payout - $625, so holding steady thanks to my summer time lenses. I was hoping for an increase but see a good amount still on my dashboard. So looks like next month will be better.
- August 2014 - $676 for this month.
Are You a Former Squid?
My husband felt that I mislead people into thinking it was easy to make money writing online. He said I should tell everyone about the 4 to 8 hours a day that I spend at my computer. OK - now you know, that instead of watching television, I Squidoo. Since I love it, it doesn't seem like work to me.
Anonymous Poll - How Much Was Your December 2011 Payout from Squidoo?
This is just the Squidoo payout, not what you make with other affiliate income that links to Squidoo.
After you answer the poll, it shows the totals. It's going to be very interesting to see how it averages.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Virginia Allain
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Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 19, 2018:
I admit that to make the kind of money I did with Squidoo required hours of time at my keyboard. My hubby complained, but I was having fun.
Matthew Brown from UK on April 14, 2018:
I miss Squidoo. It was fun creating lenses. I only put a few hours a week in and that showed in my earnings but I enjoyed my time so much I'd have probably done it for free.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 18, 2017:
I was hopeful when I first arrived on Hubpages, but quickly got discouraged at the low earnings. Now, I'm moving some hubs to my blogs or to Trendzic where I can sell things. Now I'm making some new hubs but know they are unlikely to earn much.
John Dove on November 17, 2017:
For me, it's as if all my work on Squidoo -- all the hours and hours -- simply vanished! Sad.
How was your transition to Hubs?
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 05, 2017:
After Squidoo folded, my income is greatly reduced on Hubpages. This is due to their restrictions on featuring any number of Amazon products on a hub. Gradually, I'm moving sales hubs to Trendzic & Webnuggetz.
John Dove on October 29, 2017:
Very impressive work, indeed! Your discipline is to be admired. I wonder what you are doing now that Squidoo has tanked and folded in with HubPages?
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on August 03, 2014:
In 2014 I made $939 total for the past four months, then along came June and July, and my sales and earnings have both tanked. I'm hoping for better days with the advent of the Fall season. Couldn't get the duel answer above to post. Seems we've all been all over the place with earnings.
burntchestnut on May 31, 2014:
Thanks for such a detailed report on your Squidoo career. I joined November 2008, but have only made 78 lenses in all this time. I'm finally beginning to understand how to promote myself and my lenses and I can see it's paying off, at least in traffic. It's difficult for me to write a sales lens; I like to write about what I'm interested in. I have to balance the two.
Lou Cannon from British Columbia, Canada on May 13, 2014:
I'm just starting... Joined about seven months ago and didn't do a thing... Then over the last couple of weeks I have been dedicating every minute that I can scrounge up and have produced over a dozen lenses thus far :) It is so educational to have advice from members of the community that have been here for a while... Thanks for sharing!!
fixitwithmusic on May 07, 2014:
On my records, nothing has happened the last two months - payment wise. Glad to see you are doing alright :)
Rob Hemphill from Ireland on April 06, 2014:
Can't believe how well you've done. Like scarlettohairy my earnings have dropped dramatically.
Cherrylyn Moquete from Philippines on March 28, 2014:
Great lens, I've only just started so I'll get back to
you on that. But this is a fun hobby, hope it works well too :)
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 17, 2014:
Thanks again for sharing your payouts with us. I'm glad you're still earning a decent amount. Mine has gone down down down.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 18, 2014:
@Lynda Makara: I have a lot of interests (genealogy, Civil War, gardening, photography, self-publishing, etc.). Write very focused pages and before you know it, you have 600. I also have a number of product pages.
Lynda Makara from California on February 17, 2014:
I just have to ask, how did you ever come up with so many ideas for lenses? Over 600 lenses just boggles my mind.
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on January 14, 2014:
Wow, this is impressive. We don't spend anywhere near as much time as you do on Squidoo, so our payouts usually run $30-$60 a month. Someday maybe we'll catch up! Keep up the good work!
Fay Favored from USA on January 04, 2014:
Came to visit my first friend here :) I'm going to come back to read some that I missed. Blessing for the New Year! Appreciate you so much!
chrisilouwho on December 01, 2013:
Wow this is great thanks. Hoping to make a bit to pay off some student loans. Hopefully the new changes won't be a hindrance for all of us newbies!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 02, 2013:
@subuh81: Because of the changes this year, it is more difficult to earn now.
subuh81 on November 02, 2013:
Thank you so much for sharing.I'm new here and your lens has inspire me to make some extra $$$ with squidoo.will try my best :)
PlumberJorge on October 14, 2013:
Nice to know you're still keeping up against the tide. Keep it up. Very helpful lens.
Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 06, 2013:
Thank you for sharing this info with us. It's good to know what squidoo is all about. I'm still new to squidoo but so far, I love it.
IrisHoppenbrouw on September 17, 2013:
Wow, the recent downfall of Squidoo is really obvious in your earnings history! Such a huge drop from one month to the other!
jseven lm on September 12, 2013:
You did get hit hard with the changes too but hopefully, you won't take any more hits and climb the ladder again! xx
Lorelei Cohen on September 12, 2013:
Crossing my fingers Google comes to its senses and starts being more realistic. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Villain.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2013:
@DeeDeeGee LM: The tier payments are fairly low now and it's hard to get ranked in the top 2000 lenses (tier one). Going after sales (Amazon and eBay) is the easier way to earn on Squidoo these days.
DeeDeeGee LM on September 12, 2013:
So far, I haven't made anything at all. I have no idea which tier I am on, (Nor do I know how to find out - but probably not on any).
I like doing Squidoo so, for the moment, I don't mind about not earning as I am learning. So I will look at your other lens to see what I can do to monetize them as I want to earn something.
Keep up the good work!
Kristen from Boston on September 12, 2013:
I'm glad that your husband had you mention how hard you work. I know that you work on Squidoo all the time, so it definitely is a full-time job to make the amount of money you have. You create quality articles Virginia and I'm so glad that it translates into income for you. Very well deserved!
msmith1386 on July 10, 2013:
Thank you for being so open about your squidoo earnings. It is inspiration to new squids like myself for the coming months and years that I'll be on squidoo. I love that you said that instead of watching tv, you squidoo! Awesome.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 15, 2013:
@jethrosas: The visitors from Google had dropped off, so hopefully the changes will make that better. Then we will earn better after all the lenses are improved.
Jethro from Philippines on April 15, 2013:
I didn't know that the changes that Squidoo did has a great impact on how our lenses earn.. Hope the big changes will affect our lenses in a positive way in the future. Anyway, I enjoy returning back here and read this again and again. :)
Fridayonmymind LM on March 24, 2013:
This is great. Thank you for letting us know of your success and the hard work part.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 19, 2013:
I really appreciate your monthly update. I don't feel so bad with my March earnings after seeing yours cut so drastically. Yes, let's hope bigger and better earnings are in our future!
IMHustle on March 07, 2013:
Wow ... 663 featured lenses! Someone has been very busy :) Congratulations on your success with Squidoo. I'm in reboot & build mode here and this lens of yours is great motivation for me to apply myself + keep at it. I'm adding this to my Squidoo notebook on Evernote. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
NizzleNet LM on March 05, 2013:
Very Motivational ! Thanks for Sharing this Great Journey.
bluelily lm on March 03, 2013:
Well! ma'am your passion and commitment has enabled you to earn these amounts. So there is nothing misleading in this, rather I should say no pain no gain.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 23, 2013:
@elizajane202 lm: Wading through the month-by-month listing of earnings is tedious, but I wanted to give others a complete picture of how your earnings build up on Squidoo. Yes, it is a lot of work, but I find it fun.
elizajane202 lm on February 23, 2013:
Love seeing that you showed it takes time to earn money but once you get there you stay up there. Course they must realize it takes a lot of work. :)
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 26, 2013:
@InfoCoop: Too many people give up after just a few months. It really does take some time to build a significant lens library and allow the lenses to mature.
InfoCoop on January 26, 2013:
Excellent information and very motivational. It helps so much to know that I'm in a marathon and not a sprint race. I'll keep plugging away and hope to one day have my own earnings success story.Keep up the good work. Kudos!
anonymous on January 16, 2013:
Hey Vaillain how many lenses do you have in that niche account is it mainly sales lenses
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on January 15, 2013:
I love coming here each month to see how big your Squidoo pay out is. You've had some fabulous months lately!
Jethro from Philippines on January 14, 2013:
I always return to this lens because I get inspired whenever I look to the earnings every month. I hope I can earn what you make. Thanks for inspiring us by showing them here. Keep it up! :)
Resident-Nerd on January 11, 2013:
Very inspirational!! I have wanted to make money online for many years and just recently found squidoo, i hope this may be the real start for me as no other avenues have had any luck. New year and new doors opening i hope. Thank you
carolweez on January 06, 2013:
Reading stories like yours, making good money with your lenses, is very encouraging for rookies like me. Many thanks for boosting my confidence.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 03, 2013:
@artmarks: I'm starting to see 2 1/2 to 3 years as maturation time for a lens. A few get big traffic and sales right away.
I don't spend much time on backlinking and social promotion of them. Over time, as I keep enhancing the lens, traffic builds and money follows.
artmarks on January 03, 2013:
This just shows that you have to build more lenses and overtime they will start earning some nice money :) Keep creating good quality lenses and the money will follow.
AstroGremlin on January 01, 2013:
So inspiring! I've never been afraid of a little hard work so think I can do this. Somewhere in your writings you mentioned "dud" lenses. If a pro like you can write dud lenses, this helps me accept it when it happens to me. (Not that I give up on sprucing up ones with promise.)
jerbo63 on December 15, 2012:
I have really enjoyed the articles about your adventures in the squidoo journey. I joined up over three years ago and started to build a site. I have been away until two weeks ago when I came back to complete my first site which I actually enjoyed and now I have the desire to make two more before the end of the year. I plan to e around for a while so I'll see you again.
BelleBanks on December 14, 2012:
I always enjoy reading about what other people are earning as it gives me motivation to write more. Great job and I'm sure your earnings will just continue to grow and GROW!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 14, 2012:
@pumpum: You're doing great! It took me months and months to actually earn something.
pumpum on December 12, 2012:
WOW!!!You give me hope. I am new, my first pay will be in january, but nothing much, although I had my first sale this month, so in February I am gonna get something :)) Great lens,thanks for sharing.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 11, 2012:
@Scarlettohairy: Thanks, I was elated when I saw the $2000.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on December 11, 2012:
Congratulations on cracking the $2k threshold! Wow!
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on November 17, 2012:
Thank you again for all you do to encourage other writers!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 12, 2012:
Back to check on this month's payout. Way to go on having your best month ever. You're such an inspiration, Virginia!!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on September 27, 2012:
@marigoldina: No, tokyonights7, the totals shown here are strictly squidoo payouts. I do make more with Amazon and Zazzle above and beyond what is shown here.
Heather B on September 27, 2012:
I was curious, Virginia, are you including your Amazon Affiliates earnings in that total? Congrats on breaking the $1000 mark!
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 25, 2012:
@Hannah Writes: You have a very good point, about earning online being more of a marathon. Best of luck to you on Squidoo.
Hannah Writes on August 25, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this success story with us! Step-by-step is the way to gorw your online income. This is a marathon, not a sprint!
fathomblueEG on August 19, 2012:
This is proof to me that it's possible to earn income on Squidoo if you work hard and write really good lenses. Thanks for the inspiration:-)
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 10, 2012:
@Shoputopian: I think you are doing marvelously for the year and a half that you've been on Squidoo.
Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on August 10, 2012:
I'm so jealous now think I had better get my butt in gear and make a new lens.
RichLeighHD on August 09, 2012:
Brilliant lens... It's reminded me of the money that's there to be made if you really put your mind to it on Squidoo.... Makes me feel all the more foolish for not having really put in any work on my lenses/created any new ones these last few years.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 09, 2012:
@Frischy: I've been really encouraged by how well the combination of sales and tier rankings are earning for me.
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on August 09, 2012:
Wow! Wow! Wow! Show 'em how it's done, girl!!! Great payday!!
gemjane on July 25, 2012:
I have it bookmarked--there is so much info you have shared, including generously including others' helpful lenses. Thanks for the great lens!
getmoreinfo on July 20, 2012:
Thanks for the inspiration it is really helpful especially when one is just starting out with squidoo making lenses.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 27, 2012:
@Mickie Gee: Remind him that you could have a hobby that involves shopping and spending lots of money.
Mickie Gee on June 27, 2012:
My husband often chides me about my hourly wage on Squidoo. I spend way too much time and get paid way too little for it. Like you, however, I love it. So far, my earnings have paid for many art camps and gifts for my grands.
lesliesinclair on June 17, 2012:
Stunned to know how your work is paying off!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 12, 2012:
I really appreciate your letting us know what you're earning, Virginia. Thanks for updating this lens!!
Jethro from Philippines on June 09, 2012:
I always come back to this lens because I know someday my earning here in Squidoo will be the same as yours or exceed. :P Thanks for sharing your earnings vallain. :)
hntrssthmpsn on June 03, 2012:
I have a tendency to make a lens here, a lens there, and then wander off for a month or two... this is a very inspirational lens, and a great reminder that, like most things, Squidoo gives back what you put into it. Congrats! Your hard work is a wonderful, shining example for slackers like me!
Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on June 02, 2012:
Hi loved reading about your payday, congrats on making so much.
IncredibleArtWorld on June 02, 2012:
Well done on all the hard work you've put into making lenses! This lens inspires me to try harder on Squidoo and put more time and effort into it.
wolvyz on May 28, 2012:
What you make in Squidoo is quite awesome. I hope I can reach at least half of your level some day.
FamilySolutions1 on May 23, 2012:
You got a great lens here. I just published my first featured lens and it took me many hours to make so I appreciate the work that goes into a great lens.
The best part of this lens is the disclaimer. The past few months I have been spending an insane amount of hours and the better parts of nights doing online marketing. I just started seeing small results now. Deep down I knew that the people who make it in online marketing long term put in lots of time but people love selling the "get rick quick dream".
Adrienne Jenkins on May 23, 2012:
Isn't it amazing to have earned over $10K so far on Squidooing. Thanks for sharing your earnings which are oh so inspiring. Glad your husband suggested that it takes 4-8 hours of work to earn as much.
Jethro from Philippines on May 22, 2012:
I always find myself keep coming back on this lens. It's my inspiration! :)
ToyTown on May 21, 2012:
I'm very impressed with not only the amount of money you have come to make on Squidoo, but with your open attitude about it. It is motivation for those of us who are just starting out to keep working at it and to never give up! Thanks for Sharing!
PennyHowe on May 20, 2012:
Love you baby picture. You are so right about taking baby steps. Congratulation on sharing this very personal information with us. I know you work hard and am glad to see you are finally being awarded for it.
gottaloveit2 on May 16, 2012:
Wow! You're really doing so well, Virginia. Over $800 last payday! You, as always, are my inspiration.
Cara on May 05, 2012:
Congratulations on your success. I'm a newbie to Squidoo and still finding my feet. Some good pointers for me. Kind regards.
ForestBear LM on April 25, 2012:
Congratulations, you have done so well! I still have a long way to go, but appreciate you sharing your amazing squidoo journey with us. Thank you so much, you are a great inspiration. Wishing you all the best
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 20, 2012:
Congrats on your impressive success on Squidoo. Very inspiring for those of us who are still getting established here and online. I am slowly but surely beginning to see the results of dedicated effort. Up to now, I haven't really focused on making money. I should, though, given the time I invest in creating content. Thanks for sharing your journey. Appreciated! Wishing you much enjoyment and continuing success.
norma-holt on April 20, 2012:
This is a wonderful lens with some great information and inspiration. My lenses are not really aimed at money making but there is some coming in. Featured this on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on How to Work At Home - Internet Marketing, hugs
marsha32 on April 19, 2012:
My April was $10.86 lol You have become my mentor though! I truly do wish we could meet in person :)
David Gardner from San Francisco Bay Area, California on April 18, 2012:
Yup. Squidoo isn't a "get-rich-quick" scheme... but as a freelance editor and writer, I've seen worse ways to make an income. ( *grin* ) ... I've been Squidooing since May 2007 (yeah, I'm an *old-timer*) ... and I've been seeing my payouts from Squidoo inch up month over month... haven't broken the $200 barrier yet, however. Probably because I'm writing lenses and doing my own photography for the sake of my interests rather than trying to sell anything in particular -- but I'm working on that, too. Congrats on a Squidoo masterpiece that gives inspiration to us all!
CruiseReady from East Central Florida on April 15, 2012:
You are so right about the fact that it's not easy... or quick. But Squidoo is addicting, that's for sure.
Sunflower2423 on April 06, 2012:
Good lens and very informative. Thanks for sharing this gives me confidence that in due time I will hopefully be making money too a month from Squidoo.:)
kismet80 on March 23, 2012:
LOVE the disclaimer. I've been making my living online for years now, and it's SO true. You really have to love it or be prepared to spend a lot of hours working hard at something you find tedious (which is still good enough for some people). I've never done much with Squidoo, but it's true of any kind of online work.
writerkath on March 14, 2012:
I'm learning a lot from you Virginia... I'm off to visit more of your lenses. You are top notch! Thanks for the inspiration! Kath
anonymous on March 10, 2012:
Thanks for sharing this. I feel inspired. I just started a few days ago but I can clearly see my first paycheck in front of my eyes :-)
Jethro from Philippines on February 19, 2012:
I envy you but because of this it made me more determined to do my best here in Squidoo. Thanks for sharing this vallain. :)
MoonMaa on February 16, 2012:
I haven't made a lot of money on squidoo yet, but I'm going to keep trying until I do. I love squidoo too! Thanks for sharing! Very encouraging and inspirational!
GreenMind Guides from USA on February 10, 2012:
Envious? Ummm...I HOPE to make a few dollars some day? Thanks for this lens as it is very inspirational. I love writing lenses but a little jingle in the jeans is also a motivation.
Little Linda Pinda from Florida on February 09, 2012:
I appreciate the information. I have been telling people about Squidoo. It is a great way to share information and our passions for helping people.
ekogde on February 04, 2012:
Thanks for this great lens..can motivate newbie like me to make more lens
getmoreinfo on January 26, 2012:
Thanks for sharing what you have learned as being a writer for squidoo, it shows that if one puts in the time and the work that we can be rewarded for our efforts.