Nov
13
2012

Squidoo Quick Commission Guide Review Part 2 – The Report

In part two of my review of Tiffany Dow’s Squidoo Quick Commission Guide we’re going to open up the product and see what’s inside! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to read part 1 of the review.

The product is made up of two documents, a text document and a PDF. The text document has the one string of HTML she suggests using (nothing complicated) and links to watch or download the six videos in the course. She also says that at the end of the PDF there is a hyperlink you can use to contact her if you need help.

Before I watch any of the videos I want to check out the PDF. It’s 23 pages including the cover and table of contents. There are eight chapters, starting with the quick intro.

She doesn’t mention if you should watch the videos in tandem or read the PDF and then watch the videos. I’ll go over the PDF in this part of the review and the videos in the next one.

Chapter 1 – The Intro

She makes it very clear that this guide is about connecting to buyers and making lenses that will get you commissions, which is great because that’s what I’m looking for. Nothing against non-sales lenses, but those are more personal and not something a simple guide can teach you to make.

You get a list of things you’re going to learn in the guide which is all listed on the sales page. I, once again, love that she talks about the content in the lens. That’s the part I’m really excited to read.

Chapter 2 – Picking Products to Build Lenses About

Her method for picking products isn’t as much about sifting through stuff on the Google keyword tool, but using common sense to identify what’s going to sell well. You get to see some screenshots of her earnings from a young lens that are very believable for me since I’ve seen those numbers from some of my own young lenses built around hot topics.

She starts pointing you in the direction of the types of things that sell very well on Amazon. I like that she has you think about the items themselves rather than just keywords. It makes it a lot easier to think of things you might write about.

The core of the method is finding products people will buy based on a ton of examples of buyer phrases that she shares. She uses a lot of the same methods I use when brainstorming but she articulates them so much better than I ever could. I’ve got a few ideas already of things I’d like to build lenses on.

Chapter 3 – Research

This chapter is all about seeing how much buyer interest there is for the product you want to write about. The big takeaway from this chapter is about how to find what potential buyers are asking about before they buy products.  I think that’s important. She’s not just compiling a list of products and putting them out there, she’s focusing on creating a well rounded lens that will answer the customer’s questions while also putting products in front of them. That’s a great strategy if you want to sell anything that isn’t bought solely on looks.

Chapter 4- Modules

She has a very easy setup for modules and goes over how to outline and plan your lens. Planning makes lensmaking go so much faster! I’m noticing she mentions Squid Pro Quo a lot throughout the product and references things she learned in there without telling what they are. That makes senses because it’s not ethical to go building a product based off of a product you didn’t create, but I guarantee it’ll have you looking at the sales page if you haven’t already bought it. (It’s a great product that I do recommend, but it isn’t necessary to build lenses like Tiff is teaching.)

The method she uses to do her research is very simple but does make you learn about the products you are promoting. Setting up the modules is easy. There’s no tricky formatting or anything like that. You don’t need to know any HTML, though she offers up a very small snippet of code if you choose to user it.

Chapter 5 – The Content

Yay! This is the part I was most excited about. It’s shorter that I expected which is a bit disappointing but she gets the topic across well. She gives you the key ingredients to adding useful, relevant, and interesting content to your Squidoo lenses. It’s all about helping the reader and getting them on your page and sharing it which is awesome. These are also the types of lenses that end up higher in lensrank because people share and like them! The extra content also gives you more chances to be seen by the search engines.

Chapter 6 – Lens Setup

This chapter is about setting up your lens including things like the sidebar. She says one thing that I think is really important – “You need to get comfortable playing around with Squidoo in order to master it.” That’s SO important! It may take time to get used tot he layout and everything, but once you do things go so much faster.

She talks about themes and I disagree here… I hate how the default theme looks. lol That’s personal preference but I really like “The Professor” for general lenses, “Munch” for food lenses, and a few others for lenses in specific niches.

I’m noticing a few typos along the way in the report. That’s not very Tiffany. She must have really wanted to get this information out for us!

The rest is adding the modules and filling out sidebar widgets to create lenses like she does. She tells you what settings she uses in the different modules and everything as well.

Chapter 7 – Promotion

She has a very short list of things she does to promote her lenses and they are all very simple to help get the ball rolling. The list of things I do is a bit longer and I’m thinking I should write a blog post about that a bit later.

Chapter 8 – Checking Your Lenses

This is the last chapter of the report and is all about using your existing lenses to come up with new ideas for lenses. It’s something a lot of experienced lensmasters already do but I know a lot of new lensmasters don’t think of it.

Conclusion:

I’ve read through the whole report and here is what I’m thinking so far…

This guide isn’t really a step-by-step guide to creating templates Squidoo lenses. It’s a formula for creating engaging lenses that readers enjoy. This can be very powerful if you’re willing to take the time to do it. These WILL take longer than Squid Pro Quo lenses, but they’ll offer up more to the readers so it’s a give and take.

Personally I’m looking forward to mixing the two together and using Squid Pro Quo for the sales side of it and Tiff’s guide for the content side of my product lenses.

Things I would have liked to see (some of these might be in the videos):

  • An example of one of her lenses. I’ve seen them, but that doesn’t mean others who buy the guide have and it’s always good to have an example of what you are working towards.
  • Information on what she does as upkeep for her lenses. Do you update them? If you do, how often and what for?
  • I feel like all of the mentions of Squid Pro Quo would get really annoying for someone who didn’t have Squid Pro Quo, especially if they chose to buy this guide instead of Erica’s guide.

Overall I do feel like I learned a lot of good tips! At this point I would recommend this guide for someone who wants to create great lenses but doesn’t know where to start, especially if you are intimidated by a lot of HTML because there isn’t any. It’s not an exact formula though, so if you are looking for copy/paste instructions for building lenses, Squid Pro Quo may be more your style.

In part 3 I’ll go over the videos and in part 4 I’ll make my first lens using the things I learned from Tiff!

Don’t forget to check out Squidoo Quick Commission Guide!

(Here is part 3.)

About the Author: Amanda Thomas

Amanda is an avid writer and Squidoo addict with a passion for helping new Squids find her way. When she isn't making new lenses, working on her blogs, or writing new Kindle books she is playing video games or learning to cook new and interesting foods.

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