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Welcome to my Squidoo blog, where I share my experiences, tips and thoughts on writing online (mostly on the Squidoo platform). You can use the links on the right hand side to explore the places (and profiles) I write under.

Friday, 30 March 2012

New Lens - ToonTown Gags

I just finished another addition to my ToonTown niche of Squidoo lenses this one will serve like a lensography as I slowly complete pages for each and every gag category. This will work in a very similar manner to my Wizard101 lens niche which does really well at bouncing traffic around eachother.

It can be found here: ToonTown Gags

New Lens - ToonTown Online

Have you heard about the popular MMORPG ToonTown Online? The game is published by Disney and is aimed at children as young as five (all the way up to adult). I've decided to start up a new series of lenses on this popular game (just like I recently did with Wizard101).

Here is my first lens in the series: What Is ToonTown Online?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wizzley - Wizard101 Worlds

I decided to give Wizzley another shot, publishing my second article on this platform. I decided to make it Wizard101 related again and hopefully build my niche either further (I have to wait till I have 5 articles to change my links to dofollow though).

Overall I'm pretty happy with the Wizzley platform although I want to run Chitika ads and its taking nearly 2 weeks to get my publusher ID reviewed unfortunately. You can see it here: Wizard101 Worlds

Zujava - Wizard101

Today I finished my third Zujava leaf which builds further on my Wizard101 niche that I have been building over on Squidoo for the past few weeks. The page is located here: Wizard101, Choosing A Wizard101 School and details the different primary Wizard101 schools available while providing some basic information about each one.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

ToonTown Online

I've been playing ToonTown Online for a while now and have finally decided to start building up my niche relating to this popular online game for kids. Disney is behind ToonTown Online and makes revenue through in-game ToonTown memberships and also various spin-off items that they sell or use in-game content to push potential products.

The game is a complete blast to play though and attracts just as many adults as kids these days, I managed to pick up a Free ToonTown Membership which has allowed me to access all the game content thankfully.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

My Games Like Series

Seeing as I now have 14 lenses in games like series of lenses I decided to make a Games Like Lensography to group them together, not only does this create a great way for visitors to find these lenses it also a great way to let Google traffic and link juice flow between them!

New Lens - Games Like GTA

Another lens in my game like series is complete! This time I tackled games like Grand Theft Auto (GTA) which took more than a months worth of work (but it was a lot of fun playing all the games like GTA!)

For now this lens will round out my games like series while I work on promoting the rest of the lenses that fall into this category, I've got a few lying around that I can probably get up to Tier 2 with some serious promotion, that is the plan anyway!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Squidoo Payday

This payday is for January lensrank. My earnings are on there way back up after the downswing that I experience at Xmas (due to the lack of sale lenses). January was a slow month for tier earnings though (it always is) so that also meant payday was a little lighter.

I also decided to switch over one of my Tier 1 lenses to charity earnings (since I hit Giant Squid, they actually recommend to do it in your congrats email and I had been thinking about it for awhile). Anyway the payday was $303.81

I'm hoping to hit $500 next month or the month after, I did alot of work in January that would have taken effect in February which is being paid out next month. Can't wait!

New Lens - Games Like Pokemon

The latest lens in my games like series of lenses, I decided to tackle another big one in Pokemon. I found it quite hard to find some good games over the past week, I find plenty of poor ones, I'm talking at least 30. I ended up picking my favourite 8 and including them on my lens: Games Like Pokemon

Sunday, 11 March 2012

New Lens - Games Like Angry Birds

I have only had an iPhone for a few months but one of the first apps that I got for my iPhone was Angry Birds, I already knew what it was about and how to play just from watching other people (and I was addicted).

Angry Birds definitely wasn't the first physics based puzzle game, I had played many before (mostly online), so I decided to make a lens dedicated to my 11 favourite games like Angry Birds.

On a side note this is my 50th post on this blog. How time flies.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Games Like World of Warcraft

My latest addition to my games like series (its been a while). This is such a successful niche for me that I decided to add another big hitter into the mix (WoW in this case). I am a long time MMORPG player and they have always appealed to me, except I have never been a fan of World of Warcraft, It never really appealed to me (and there is the money aspect). It is definitely a polished game though.

Anyway here is the lens: 11 Games Like World of Warcraft

Thursday, 8 March 2012

My First Leaf over at Zujava

I did some experimenting over at Zujava and created a simple League of Legends page. Overall the sites seems pretty good and im going to use it to compliment my lenses.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Building My Wizard101 Niche

I recently just finished building my Wizard101 niche over at Squidoo, which only took me about a week or 2 to complete. The niche focuses mostly around the Wizard101 schools (of which they are 10) along with some other more general Wizard101 pages.

Creating niches is something some newer lensmasters seem to struggle with, but the backlink benefits in themselves is enough reason to start one. Also the fact that you can get a visitor on one lens to move to another lens helps bumps up your overall visits and in turn lensrank.

Heres a list of my Wizard101 school lenses:

Wizard101 School - Storm
Wizard101 School - Fire
Wizard101 School - Ice
Wizard101 School - Death
Wizard101 School - Life
Wizard101 School - Myth
Wizard101 School - Balance
Wizard101 School - Sun
Wizard101 School - Moon
Wizard101 School - Star

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Schools of Wizard101 - Choosing A School

I continued to expand my Wizard101 niche today with the inclusion of a lens called Wizard101 schools. Eventually I will also make a lens for each individual school of magic in Wizard101 and then link them all together to bounce some traffic between them (a very important tool to learn to do on Squidoo).

My First Hub - Wizard101 Review

I created my first proper Hub over at HubPages today: Wizard101 Game Review

Eventually I plan to link it all up to my Squidoo Wizard101 niche and hopefully bounce some traffic in between the sites. Although HubPages continues to be hit by Panda I really don't know how effective it will be, only time can tell.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Learning HubPages

More recently in my online adventures I finally decided to head over to HubPages and give it a try. I must say I did like what I see but with the Panda algorithm issues there definitely is limited earning potential currently. I would like to use HubPages to support my Squidoo profile in good time (I need a better author rank to create dofollow links).

I don't plan on using Adsense on HubPages due to the high cashout requirements, I am instead looking at VigLinks and Chitika.

My most recent hub is all about learning HubPages and has many resources that helped me learn the ins and outs of the system. I hope its helpful for anyone looking at getting started on HubPages

My First Wizzley Article - Wizard101

I decided to give Wizzley a go and try to diversify some of my earnings away from Squidoo. I was impressed with what the site had to offer, the only down side being registering for all the ad companies yourself. I decided to go with Chitika advertisements over Google Adsense on my pages mostly because it offers payments through PayPal for a minimum of $10 where as Adsense requires at least $100... If my pages on Wizzley take off then I will make the switch later on.

So anyway I decided to write my first page about a new niche I've been slowly building up around Wizard101, the game is taking off and I want in on some of the traffic that is available! The page can be found here: Wizard101, The Free Online Wizard Game.

A final points about Wizzley is that all your links are nofollow until you have 5 quality articles. An annoyance is you are looking for quick backlinks but overall it does probably increase the overall quality of the website (which is great!).