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I came across another of the newer writing platforms, this one is called “Seekyt”. At first glance, it appears very much like Zujava. I am not yet familiar with who runs it , but (yes, I MUST boast) even though there is a 3 article hold similar to the Zujava platform, my very first article was published without waiting for the total of 3. Now, as much as I’d like to boast that the reason is because I am such a slammin’ writer…there is a very good possibility that the owners know me, or my name from other platforms.

Seekyt also has a Page Rank of 3. Since it is a newer platform, there are tons of good URL’s to be had. They are more strict than say, Squidoo, on content and the articles must be laid out in a certain way. There is also a link limit (which should not matter unless one is link-stuffing). It is worth the investigation for those who are seriously considering article marketing for their small business.

My only gripe with Seekyt (and it was really my fault) was that I lost some killer content. I had duplicated the window to get the link for my first article, and in the process something glitches. I lost every word of that content! Now, as a freelancer, I normally write everything out on a Word Document before I submit it. When I am writing my own content, however, I tend not to do that. I was in the moment. I was feeling the muse…I just went with it. Lesson to be learned here: Always have a backup copy of whatever you are submitting.

Seekyt looks like it will go places, and with it, of course, should be your own great content. So, what are you waiting for? Go! Sign up at Seekyt and get those killer articles out there!

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Being a long-time member of the main writing platforms, such as Squidoo, I like to investigate new platforms, often while still in Beta. I did so with Zujava, but somehow the account disappeared. So, I reopened my account and am once again active in the community.

Zujava is a bit different than most. The major difference being the writer must create 3 leaves (pages) in order for any of them, or future leaves to be published. This is to ensure quality, and although it could be considered a bother by some, it seems as though it is “paying off”.

About Zujava’s Creators

Bill Nihill, one of the creators of Zujava is no stranger to those in the Squidoo community. In fact, many newer platforms are created by current and former “Squids”. He liked Squidoo, and what it offered, but felt it could be improved upon. So, he and the co-creator began Zujava. One of the intentions was better quality information, and a more fair pay-out system. He is an artist and a writer. Bill keeps users up to date with the latest information via blogs and leaves.

Justin Emond is the developer of Zujava. He is the “go to” guy when it comes to keeping the site up and running, as well as trying to make it one of the best platforms available. I honestly do not have a lot of information about Justin, but one thing is for sure…he is doing a great job with Zujava!

Making Money with Zujava

There are actually several ways to make money by using Zujava. One is by incorporating your Google Adsense ads and Chitika accounts, as well as adding any Amazon sections you add to your page. You share in the revenue with Zujava.

Another way is by referring others to the site. As with most platforms, encouraging others to join is often rewarded. It isn’t much, but I suppose it could add up if enough people are referred. By the way,  the link above for the site IS my referral link. However, I do not skew my reviews of a site for the purpose of getting revenue. My opinions are honest and straight-forward.

Businesses can also make money by creating, or having someone else create a quality “Leaf” for them. These are quality back-links, and I will go into that in a moment. The rules of content are stricter than some other platforms, but that just adds to the quality of the site.

Now for the nuts and bolts: Zujava has a PR of 3. Seeing as how it is a newer platform, that is pretty good. Chances are high that the PR will continue to climb. Links created by those who are established at the site are “DO FOLLOW” links. Zujava is, like most other good platforms, very community based. Simply throwing a new leaf up does not guarantee anything. Those leaves which are maintained and inter-linked are going to fare better than others. Authors who are active in the community will achieve more success with their work than will those who post and run.

I’m very excited about Zujava overall. It appears to be an all around win-win situation. The monitoring of the leaves means that most of the junk is kept out. Since content IS king, it is best to choose your king wisely. The “Petting Zu”, which refers to those with less than 3 leaves, also increases the likely hood of Zujava becoming a link dumping site. As a writer, this means a lot to me. As a business who wants quality links, it should mean something to you as well.

Omaha Writers Group can work with you on a plan to open, maintain, and grow your Zujava presence. If you would just like several leaves done, and that’s it, we can do that as well. Keep in mind that we will adhere to the rules of the site. Our reputation is on the line, and so is yours.

 

 

 

Just out of curiosity, I decided to do a little experiment to see how many opportunities are being lost here in my own city of Omaha. As many of you know, Squidoo is a platform which has millions of hits each day. Most lenses end up with a URL such as w ww.Squidoo.com/yourbusinesshere. In this experiment, I decided to search on Squidoo for Omaha Roofing. Guess what I found? Take a look.

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Squidoo Search for Omaha Roofers

As you can see, the Squidoo URL for “Omaha Roofing” is wide open. Each and every roofing company in Omaha could be snagging that URL with a well-built, SEO friendly lens.

Then, I decided to do a search just for the word “Omaha”.  This is what I got:

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Besides the several Omaha Steak lenses, the field was wide open. There actually was a lens created with the URL squidoo.com/Omaha, but it was not even featured, which meant it was WAY down in the rankings. This is a lost opportunity, and a waste of  a great URL, not to mention back links, Google ranking, and the rest.

The thing is; most URLs at Squidoo are for product lenses. In other words, they are Amazon lenses. They are built to showcase a variety of a certain type of product. Businesses in any area, and of every type have the unique opportunity to have their business highlighted with their name and the city. The experiment I did was for Omaha roofing, but the same is usually true for most cities and business types.

Squidoo, as I’ve mentioned before, has a page rank of 5. Google loves Squidoo. If a lens is well-built, and SEO friendly, the only other thing needed is to try to keep it updated. This can be done with a variety of modules that draw in new information every day.

We now know that Omaha roofing companies are losing business. What about yours? Here are some possibilities

Madison Wisconsin Boutique

Anniston Drywall

Vancouver Plumbing

Port Orchard Cosmetologist

DC Accountant

Whatever you do, and wherever you are, you could be grabbing some fantastic URLs not only on Squidoo, but Hubpages, Zujava, Wizzley, as well as other sites. People ARE searching for every type of business in every city. Put yourself out there and stop losing customers.

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It used to be that a local business could open their doors, put an ad in the local paper and maybe the Yellow Pages, and that was it. Now, things are much different. Even in smaller cities, there is a lot of competition. It is not enough simply to exist. The internet is most likely where your customers are going to turn when they are looking for services. People do not stroll down the avenue anymore to find what they need; they stroll along the internet super-highway.

This does not only apply to big chain stores and other retailers. It applies to small business owners, such as roofers, contractors, carpet cleaners, hair dressers -you name it. Small businesses need to have an internet presence. As daunting as it may seem, it is possible to achieve the presence you need. It may not be simple, but it is doable.

Most small business owners quickly discover that they would rather do what they do best, which is running their business. Although some undertake the task of setting up and running Twitter, FB, Pinterest, and other accounts, and running them, others turn to professionals. Oh, and then there is the keyword search. That task alone can eat up some serious time.

You will also want to have a blog, along with a website. Once you have those, it will be important to get back links (links from other pages to your website or blog). Does this all seem like a lot of work? You bet it is! It is, however, the best way to gain the advantage over the competition.

At the very least, small business should consider having a presence on the following sites:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Google +

For maximum exposure and back links, the following sites should also be utilized:

  • Squidoo
  • Hubpages
  • Zujava
  • Wizzley
  • Digg
  • Stumbleupon

Each of the above sites will take time to learn and utilize properly. Again, it IS possible to do it all yourself, but time-consuming, and at times frustrating. Perhaps you may want to get your feet wet and try one or more of these sites to see if the task is something you can handle. If you find that you need help, it is readily available.

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Squidoo may have a silly sounding name, but the results are far from humorous. Squidoo has a page rank of 5. Needless to say, Google loves Squidoo. It is an excellent site to provide quality back links. Small businesses are truly missing out if they are not taking advantage of all Squidoo has to offer.

Squidoo lens creation service is available. With 5 years experience building lenses, I have earned the rank of “Giant Squid.” That is no small accomplishment. I have taken what I have learned and now help businesses by creating custom Squidoo lenses. There are a variety of different modules available to help enhance the “Google love” and also to keep the lens fresh. Some of these modules are only available to those with a Giant Squid status. I can, however, create the lenses under your business account if preferred.

I can add your own copy to the lens, or I can create custom content along with adding appropriate pictures. Of course, if you have pictures you would like on the lens, we can add those as well. I work with each business individually to create a quality Squidoo lens which can both educate the public about the company, as well as provide quality back links.

 

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I am very excited to be soon launching the new and improved Omaha Writers Group site. The switch to Word Press was a big one for me, but I’m giving it a go. Here you will be able to check out the services offered, as well as get helpful information on small business, back-links, SEO, and article marketing.

I hope to make this an informative, and interesting site for small businesses looking for information on how to get started, where to go for help, and how our services can benefit you and your business.   If you have any questions, or need any help, please do not hesitate to ask!

 

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