My tenth lens, Greekgeek’s Squidoo Tips: How to Get Your Lens Found was created June 5, 2007. It remains my most popular lens, and has been updated and improved many times as I refined my Squidoo techniques.
What This Lens is About
Ten steps for writing a successful lens that will attract readers. This lens also has Squidoo Performance Polls inviting experienced Squids to share their best lensrank and typical traffic. If you haven’t voted, click da linkie!
The introduction is like a television episode teaser. You’ve got to “hook” your audience; don’t waste time on anything that doesn’t achieve that goal! At the same time, use text that contains keywords/search terms for Google. For example, I packed several keywords into the first sentence of my introduction module, and told people what they’ll get out of visiting the lens:
So, you want to learn how to build appealing Squidoo lenses (or any kind of webpage), attract web traffic, and get your Squidoo lens found by Google! This three-part tutorial covers…
Why I Made This Lens
I was brash and stupid. Doesn’t EVERYBODY make an expert lens on “How to Squidoo” while basking in the glow of early, lucky successes?
No, seriously, I was doing a lot of research on how to get traffic to web pages, and was having good luck doing it, so I decided to share what I’d found. (I did have previous experience from my own website).
Things I Learned Making This Lens
“Ten Steps to do X” webpages are very popular.
Squidoo members flock to lenses sharing tips on How to Squidoo, provided you give them specific, useful, unique guidelines they can immediately put into practice.
How to use/credit Creative Commons images.
“Ten Steps” isn’t enough. As time went on, I broke this lens into three: the first on how to write an appealing, effective lens that attracts readers, the second lens on bookmarks and social networking, and the third lens on SEO — search engine optimization — which I consider the best lens of the series.
Things I DIDN’T Learn Making This Lens
Yet another lens that could have been better-titled to capture searches. “Squidtips” doesn’t get searched often. Nonetheless, this lens is at the top of Google for “Squidoo Tips”!
Lens Stats and Milestones
Purple Star, 225 days on the Top 100 list so far, and it’s often #1 in the SEO category on Squidoo.
As of today: Lensrank #108, 856 ratings 956 favorites, 20913 lifetime visitors.
Best lensrank achieved: #8. Lifetime earnings: $259.80