Monday, June 10, 2013

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The Outbound Link Limit

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 08:35 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 10.51.25 AMOver the weekend I received several questions about affilate links on a lens and I want to clarify and explain what’s going on here. We, have a lens called About the limit on “overly promotional lenses” that explains things pretty good, but I want to take it a step further.

First, we’re doing this because the search engines have told us we must. The internet keeps changing, and the standards of the search engines drive many of the decisions that sites like ours (and thus our users, like you) have to make.

So what does this mean for lensmasters? Previous to March 2013 we “Greenlighted” our Giant Squids and gave them a “free pass” on the outbound link limit. We’re now to the point where we need to take a look at the entire site (Giants included) to determine which lenses are promoting too many links in a poor or junky way. So we’re doing a lot more hand reviewing and locking of lenses that are simply too over promotional. This does take time, but I can assure you we’re working triple time to make this happen.

The bottom line is that what worked 2 years ago, isn’t working today. A well curated lens about red kitchen appliances with very little content may very well need a makeover to meet the new standards.

The best thing that you can do right now is take a good hard look at your lenses and try to determine if you’re using too many links or being overly promotional. The reason we haven’t set hard fast rules for Giants is that we’ve seen really good lenses with a lot of links and poor lenses with just a few links. We try to offer guidelines, not commandments.

But…what we’re saying loud and clear is that all lensmasters need to make sure that their promotional lenses contain elements like…personal review and recommendation, storytelling, personal photos, unique perspective, humor, education, human interaction and creativity.

We don’t want to see…an account full of cookie-cutter lenses, lenses that scream…”Buy, Buy, Buy”, miles of ugly affiliate banners and buttons and sterile sales lenses.

As we say on this lens...That’s plenty of room for promotional goodness. In fact, infinite room for it. Just make sure that you’re bringing something to the table with every new lens you make. Consider it a challenge and an opportunity to create quality content on the web.

**Photo from clemmac on Flickr.

IMMINENT! My Superhero is…

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:15 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-06-09 at 8.02.01 PMThis week the Giants shared some spectacular Superhero lenses. I really enjoyed reading how a person, TV show or character had so much influence on their lives and I think you will too.

These Superhero lenses are truly unique so if you haven’t had a chance to create one I strongly encourage it. Just pick someone or something that had a great influence on your life. Easy and powerful! Then share it with the people YOU care about.

Only Giant Squids get to participate in the IMMINENT! challenges. Not a Giant Squid yet? Don't miss out on the fun…check out the Giant Squid program right here.

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Editor for the Day: Casacicak

Posted: 09 Jun 2013 11:55 AM PDT

casacicakToday’s Editor for the Day, Casacicak, brings us the “Best Of British Seaside Resorts” via her favorite lenses.

As a Brit living abroad I love to read articles about home, and in particular the seaside resorts.

Wherever you are in the UK you are never too far away from the sea, and in this time of economic austerity more and more people are opting not to travel abroad for holidays, instead choosing a “staycation”

The pages featured below showcase the best of British coastal resorts, filled with personal anecdotes, recommendations and historical facts. There are top tips for interesting places to visit, reviews of places to stay and so much more

Whether you are British or want to visit Britain, I hope you enjoy your tour of the best of British seaside towns. ~Casacicak


Bournemouth Visitors Guide

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Thank you Casacicak for taking us all to the beautiful seaside today.

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