Sometimes it is important to tell everyone when you totally screw up. Especially when it is a lesson that others can learn from without having to experience it for themselves. Just before I started my Squidoo challenge, I could not figure out why I wasn’t making any sales from one of my Lenses even though it was receiving a good number of visitors each day. I had similar content elsewhere that was converting well, so what was going on?
The Lens had been earning around $1 per month from text link ads for five months straight but not a single product sale. Wait a minute! Text Link Ads? Why am I getting money from Text Link Ads?
That’s right, folks. I forgot to turn off the text link advertising in my Squidoo settings. Therefore all of my affiliate links were competing with advertisers’ links. As I have mentioned before, I try to limit the number of available links to readers when I am attempting to make a sale, especially those links that I am only going to earn pennies from when I could be earning dollars.
Squidoo payments were sent October 12 and that is also the date I turned off those text link ads. The remaining 19 days I earned $16.04 in affiliate commissions. In November, I earned a little over $86 from product sales through Squidoo.
Should you expect immediate sales the moment you turn off third-party text ads? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean the lesson isn’t still there. If you are trying to make money from everything at the same time, there is a good chance you are making money nowhere or making less than you could be if you focused on one money-maker per piece of content.
Are you running third-party text links while trying to affiliate market?
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