I cut short that Tier 3 Lens Marathon abruptly because of real life ickiness hitting the fan right after I signed off. I alluded to it in a Tweet and won’t rehash, but suffice it to say I was in no mood to work on Squidoo for a few days, and when I came back, I had other things to work on.
So the question is, did 20-30 minutes of work on my bottom-dwelling lenses lift them up enough that they would at least earn pennies a month, which isn’t much but adds up long-term?
That was…let’s see, 15 lenses:
- moved from rank 224,041 to 97259. NO.
- moved from lensrank 223,022 to 115,816. NO.
- moved from LR 223,021 to 86,437. MAYBE.
- moved from LR 223,020 to 176,095. NO.
- moved from LR 210,838 to 113,621. NO.
- moved from 202,803 to 176,092. NO.
- moved from LR 184,469 to 96,551. NO.
- moved from LR 180,666 to 91,101. MAYBE.
- moved from LR 178,986 to 173,659. NO.
- moved from LR 161,985 to 115,814. NO.
- moved from LR 161,336 to 142,165. NO.
- moved from LR 160,519 to 101,840. NO.
- moved from LR 158,377 to 126,461. NO.
- moved from LR 126,461 to 90,548. MAYBE.
- moved from LR 123,718 to 71,414. YES – BY PAGE BREAK.
Conclusion: it’s not worth updating lenses below tier 3 hoping they’ll get to tier 3, unless you’ve really got some new material.
However, I did learn one thing! With #15, I took two related lenses that were getting tiny bits of traffic, but both were in the LR 100K range. I deleted lens B and copied its contents into a Page Break page for Lens A. That combined the amount of traffic, clicks, etc that two lenses were getting enough to create a single tier 3 lens.
NOTE: Frequent updates can continue to lift lensrank a little more each time. I know some lensmasters improve their chances by republishing all their lenses frequently. But that is time-consuming for the amount of return you’re getting. I was looking for simple ways to improve lenses so they would earn at least a few pennies AND maintain themselves.
I think it is better to sink most of one’s time onto more successful lenses. I was simply willing to try to sink a day into least-successful lenses, if it meant that long-term, they’d pay more. It looks like they don’t.
It might be worth doing this not on the bottommost lenses in your dashboard, but on the lenses that over in the 70,000-90,000 range. It’s possible that with minimal improvements,they could consistently pull in a tier 3 payment (all of a quarter).I may try that as an experiment at some point.
I would be interested in an update in a month to see the effect time has on those same lenses.