I was looking over some old posts and I realized that after I reviewed the Guide to Cashing in on Shiny New Object Syndrome I never actually reported my results. (One of those “oops, I goofed” moments.) I fully implemented what I learned from this course on a site I created but had little to no traffic on. It’s actually my Squidoo blog, SquidsPro. I’ve reviewed quite a few products over there now.
- Squidoo Niche Blaster
- Squid Pro Quo
- Squidoo Quick Commission Guide
- I also started reviewing Squidazon but stopped when I found out the templates don’t work with the new responsive Squidoo theme.
- I’m currently reviewing iDEAS xPRESS.
I’ll tell you a bit about my first review and my most profitable review.
The first review I did over on SquidsPro was for Squidoo Niche Blaster. I got a review copy and reviewed it following the strategy Tiffany laid out. It was time consuming and I also had to implement Squidoo Niche Blaster, but it was totally worth it.
The first big benefit was the new visitors to my blog. A lot of people want real reviews of products. I got a lot of traffic from Facebook and Twitter. I also was able to rank for “Squidoo Niche Blaster Review” for a while, though I’m not sure if I still do. I still get traffic to that review daily and many of the visitors sign up for my list, read other reviews, and even become regulars. The review really gave my blog a boost. (Each review after that increased the size of my list and my average daily traffic so they are doing a lot to build my audience.)
Next was sales… here is a screenshot I took a while back of my sales on Squidoo Niche Blaster. I was making several sales a week until Squid Pro Quo came out and I started recommending that over Squidoo Niche Blaster. (I still make weekly sales on Squid Pro Quo.) That last number was my commissions. I had to squish it to fit on the screen but you can click it for the full view if you can’t read it.
I also made money from the lenses I made while reviewing Squidoo Niche Blaster. The main lens is this one on Indoor Basketball Hoops. I’ve made over $100 in Amazon commissions from that lens. (Mostly during the Christmas season.) It’s also making monthly sales.
I’d call that review a success. (I’ve yet to encounter one that wasn’t a success but we’ll see…)
Now let’s talk about my most profitable review… when I reviewed SquidCrafter, a piece of software that helps you make lenses more quickly.
I heard about this release about twenty minutes after it came out. I knew this was something my readers over on SquidsPro would be wondering about so I immediately bought it and wrote up a quick post covering the first few steps outlined in SNOS. I got that out there as quickly as possible so they would know I was reviewing it. I invited them to wait to purchase it until I tried it to make sure it worked as described. I care about my audience and I’d rather waste a bit of money than have all of them waste a bit of money because I didn’t want to and I showed them that.
I did part 2 of the review that same day because I didn’t want to keep them waiting. Here is a screenshot of my sales on that one.
I think the fact it was very timely and I had a small audience built up from previous reviews really helped that one do well.
All in all I’m super happy with SNOS. It lets me help keep my readers from wasting their money or getting scammed, it makes it more feasible for me to try new products when they come out, and it gets more readers to my blog.
The biggest tip I can give when going through and implementing this product is to be you. Be honest with yourself and your audience. I also suggest this method be used in combination with regular blog posts. Most of my readers came for the reviews and stayed for the other content.