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It's been a busy week or so with holiday preparations, work in the office, and trying to get my old gallery re-opened briefly for holiday sales. And that's meant driving to and from Philly just about every day and working until about 6:30 at night (then about an hour on the road home). Just exhausting. I don't know how people can do the commuting thing full time.

As such I haven't had a lot of time for Squidoo'ing and other writing, although I did get a short lens up today on updates to Weight Watchers Points Plus for 2012. There aren't major changes this time around since the Points overhaul this past year, but it will be interesting to see if it addresses some of the real issues people have been having with PP.

(Interesting to see, I've gotten over 500 responses to the survey I added to my previous WW article just a couple weeks ago. And only slightly above half of those 500 have said they're happy with PointsPlus.)

I have a couple other lenses in the works at the moment but I doubt I'll get to them until after Christmas. It looks as though three of my Christmas lenses this year have settled into Tier 2 for the month, which is nice to see - the most popular being the one on our Fontanini Nativity set. But a number of the others have done well saleswise the past 2 months - right now I've got about $87 in my pending pool, largely from all those new Christmas lenses. I hope these will end up "maturing" well for next holiday season and that I can tweak some of them to be better performers.

Beyond that, my Squidoo payday this month was not great, but I was expecting that as October was a pretty "meh" month for my lenses. Only 1 in Tier 2, no Tier 1, and 30 in Tier 3. It also wasn't a good month for sales. But, I spent most of that month working on building up my Christmas portfolio instead of actively promoting and trying to improve those other lenses. I do look forward to much better payouts come January and February 2012...
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Squidoo, your Tier ranking will never cease to baffle and amuse me.

My highest ranking lens on Weight Watchers PointsPlus and the Problem of 29" has slowly, so slowly, been creeping its way into Tier 1. Right now of course there's a lot of buzz for WW, with the annual plan tweaks and changes due to be announced by the end of the week. As such, it finally broke through and stayed in Tier 1 for all of November (yay!) and was actually hovering around 500 in the ranks for the past week or so.

Yesterday it gets its best single-day traffic ever, jumping from around 150-200 hits a day to almost 600! I was excited to see how that might affect lens rank this morning. Well, it managed to DROP in rank down to #1,016. :-/

Just goes to show, there's no one foolproof way to get high rank. This is a lens that gets a decent number of clickouts but doesn't move many products. And I suspect with sales/holiday lenses being the "thing" for December, it'll be a struggle to keep this lens in Tier 1 this month, unless I add a lot of new info once the plan changes are revealed.

We'll see.

My writing goals for December - well, I'd love it if some quick upfront assignments showed up at DemandStudios, but I doubt that's going to happen. Even though I'm in their First Look program, yesterday was the first time I got a notice about any assignments available in my favorite topics in a good month or two. And of course they were long gone and claimed by the time I woke up at 6:30am and got the email. That site has just completely dried up for most users, which is a shame - and just makes me glad I didn't over-commit myself to counting on them earlier this year. It was nice for a month or two when I could pull in a hundred dollars a week or more, but a lot of tedious work writing to their format as well. I've even started watching the assignment desk at Y!CN again, but for some reason I just keep getting targeted with NYC-Metro area stuff, and, um....hello, I'm outside of Philly? I don't get it. I still have my issues with them since earlier this year, so I'm not going to write anything there again unless it's for good upfront pay.

So I guess I'll stick with updating and promoting my Squidoo holiday pages and hope for some decent sales, even if I can't crack the mystery of Tier ranking!
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Since Weight Watchers has rolled out their new weight loss plan, "PointsPlus", not everyone has been cheering with joy. This article looks at why some may be struggling with the new Points System, especially those starting out with 29 Daily Points.

Read more: "Weight Watchers Points Plus: The Problem of 29"
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What has changed in PointsPlus? Myths and Facts revealed. Weight Watchers' new weight loss plan, PointsPlus, introduces significant changes for those used to their previous Points-based program.

Read more: Weight Watchers Introduces PointsPlus: A Critical Examination of the New Plan


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