I am thrilled to have had the honor to do a question answer session with the Squidoo master herself, Skeffling.
Below you will find 5 questions that I asked her about her experiences and advice she had for anyone looking to make money online.
Not only does she dominate Squidoo, but she also runs her own website where she graciously gives away all the information she uses to make her profits.
If you would like to check it out, take a look here at Skeffling’s Make Money Online blog.
Her total earnings last month were over $6000.00. With over 90% of those earnings coming directly and/or indirectly from Squidoo, Skeffling is our Squidoo master of the month. She is also known in many online corners as someone who is always helping out with an awesome winning attitude.
We are fortunate to have her helping us here. So without further ado, here is our interview.
Online Interview with Skeffling
Anthony – How did you get started online?
Skeffling – “When I was in dental school, around 1999, one of my elderly patients, who was an antique dealer, told me about eBay. She was selling fine bone china on there and after I graduated as a dentist, I started selling items from local auctions on eBay part-time in the evenings. It was fun, and gave me some spending money, as all my earnings were going to student loans. We evolved to selling antique linens as the shipping was low and they didn’t break in the mail. I taught myself how to ID and restore them to sell, and was able to start buying my stock on Ebay. I never knew what was more fun, looking for linens to sell or selling them for way more than I paid.”
Anthony - Was there anyone who helped you with your online business or someone who you followed that inspired you?
Skeffling – “I guess there wasn’t anyone specifically, no mentor or anything. For succeeding online, I knew I could do it myself as I had done well with the Ebay before and knew the research, analysis and creative work itself suited my skill set. I have an awesome friend, Marcin in Poland, who has helped me this summer with ideas for my blog and helped with WordPress and Aweber.
I am not really a follower of anyone in particular, but I have learned a lot from Chris Guthrie on selling Amazon products. His method of diversification of income is one I intend to pay attention to and pick and choose the income streams I enjoy dealing with. I did start to listen to podcasts like Chris Guthrie’s. Adsense Flipper’s, Spencer Haws’ and Pat Flynn’s this summer once I knew it was time to diversify, and those have helped open up the big picture. You realize there are many ways to make money online and it is just a matter of choosing the ones you think have the best odds of working, are the most stable and that you will enjoy.”
Anthony - What is your #1 tip for people starting out trying to make money online today?
Skeffling – “Pay attention to your successes, however small. You have to try something, then look for patterns in your results and do more of the things that are earning for you. If you increase your success and efficiency in what you are doing, you will earn more, faster. Why keep inventing the wheel, when you can fine-tune the one you have.
Don’t be intimidated by other people’s success, allow it to motivate you to work hard on your own way of making money. Those looking to buy the answers from “gurus” will end up losing over time as you need to take action yourself. You have to be willing to evolve your own way to earn online if you can. It is not easy and is a ton of work, but if you can enjoy the process as well as the results, you will go far and do well online.”
Anthony - What online platform would you suggest as the best place to make money at?
Skeffling – “I have to say Squidoo at the moment. I am averaging about $16 per article per month, so it is a decent place to start. People will want to diversify and if they learn to do well with Amazon, Seekyt is another great little platform with an attentive, accommodating, admin that is a good dual Adsense and Amazon earner. For diversifying to straight Adsense income, Infobarrel is the best bet, as their media pages allow for higher click-throughs and better earnings. Generally article income will be lower per article there than Squidoo, but it is another diverse source and having your earnings coming from many platforms and affiliate programs is wise.”
Anthony - What is one thing that you wish you knew before you started your online business?
Skeffling – “I wish I had realised how much fun it was going to be, I would have started much, much sooner. It was much harder to get the earnings momentum going than I thought it would be, at least 1000 times harder, but it is way more addictive to get those results, so it evens out.”
*** Thank you goes out to Skeffling for spending time to do this interview. It is a great benefit to us all. And a special thanks to all of you who are following my blog. Here is a link to her site one more time if you missed it Making Money Online.
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