Saturday, July 27, 2013

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Lens of the Day: My Mum’s Christmas Pudding Recipe

Posted: 27 Jul 2013 05:27 AM PDT

We’re quite traditional with our Christmas and the Christmas meal on the 25th is one of those traditions we stick to. Turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and Christmas pudding. Yum!

New Amazon Link Limit

Posted: 26 Jul 2013 11:11 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 1.46.44 PMWe’ve reviewed the sales records of more than a million lenses and we’ve found that after the first ten Amazon links on a lens, further links to Amazon quickly drop off in effectiveness. In other words, your first links matter the most.

Based on extensive analysis and confirmation, Squidoo has determined that for SEO and conversion purposes, there is an optimal number of Amazon links per lens.

In the next few days, we will begin enforcing a strict limit of 20 Amazon links per lens. Any additional links beyond the first 20 will simply be hidden, while the content inside will be preserved. For example:

Cephalopods as Pets

Will become:

Cephalopods as Pets

This limit applies to both Squidoo and custom affiliate links. If the Amazon link limit has been reached, any further official Squidoo Amazon modules will be hidden entirely. Because further Amazon links are hidden, lenses will not be unpublished as a result of this change.

We’ll also release a Workshop tool that, if a particular lens is over the limit, makes it easy to identify all the Amazon links on the lens so you can review them. And we’ll include a Dashboard notice so it’s easy to tell which lenses are affected.

In the meantime, you can use the the Score Card feature in the Workshop sidebar in order to determine if your lenses already have Good Amazon link usage.

Finally, because we’ve determined that Amazon sales can be a good indication of lens quality, and because the new Amazon link limit will help prevent lenses from becoming overly promotional, it may become a slightly more important factor of LensRank in the future.

Editor for the Day: RuthMadison – Inclusion for People with Disabilities

Posted: 26 Jul 2013 10:03 AM PDT

ruthmadisonI am really passionate about disability rights and finding ways to include those with disabilities in every day life.

These lenses do a great job giving tips for both people with and without disabilities to help those who have the disabilities connect. ~RuthMadison

 

 

 

Wheelchair Accessible Weddings : Wheelchair Weddings

1. Wheelchair Accessible Weddings : Wheelchair Weddings

You’re in love and planning a wedding. You’re just like so many other couples. So much to consider. There is a significant population of disabled brides and grooms out here. There are some extra things they need to consider when planning a wedding. These p…

Making Disability Dolls Beautiful

2. Making Disability Dolls Beautiful

I was doing about 55 on my scroll down the Adora site, not speeding, mind you, but I had a destination in mind. I wasn’t paying much mind to the dolls that swept past the open window. Until I saw her. I would notice that doll on a quick scroll. I would not…

Museum Touch Tours for Blind & Visually Impaired

3. Museum Touch Tours for Blind & Visually Impaired

I’ve noticed that museums, galleries and other such public art spaces are redefining how they approach the concept of accessibility. While in some cases it appeared to be simply taking what was there for, in this case, sighted persons and adding maybe a Br…

My personal experience with Down Syndrome

4. My personal experience with Down Syndrome

I’m going to tell you all about my life experience with Down Syndrome (DS), what it is and how to cope. My sister who is now a young adult has down syndrome. She is the most loving, caring, and happiest person in this world. She is my inspiration, my HERO…

Wheelchair Bound: Insult Or Fact ?

5. Wheelchair Bound: Insult Or Fact ?

Every minority group has descriptive words which label them. For most minority groups, these terms are now considered either out- dated or forbidden. However, for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities, these labels live on. One of the most co…

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Resources for Living with MS and Staying Well

6. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Resources for Living with MS and Staying Well

Welcome to my lens and personal journey on Multiple Sclerosis! This Squidoo lens has grown over the years and you will find plenty of information for your personal consumption. Because there is so much, I hope you will consider bookmarking this lens and co…

Matthew Sanford - Paraplegic Yoga Teacher

7. Matthew Sanford – Paraplegic Yoga Teacher

I first heard about paraplegic yoga teacher, Matthew Sanford, a number of years ago when my mother sent me a newspaper clipping about him. Like my mother he lives in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. I’ve since heard more about the work he’s been doing wi…

The iPad: a Useful Tool for Autism

8. The iPad: a Useful Tool for Autism

Computers are useful for those with autism; they facilitate communication and aid in learning. In recent years, there has been some buzz in education and autism communities about the Apple iPad. The iPad, like other computers, is an effective tool for many…

Navigating the Airport in a Wheelchair

9. Navigating the Airport in a Wheelchair

I have pushed wheelchairs through airports from Canada to Zambia, and several places in between. Working casually as a travel companion aide, I have helped clients realize their dreams of seeing the world. Even for those of us who don’t face the daily chal…

Accessible Design and Construction

10. Accessible Design and Construction

After an accident, an elder- age related disease such as a stroke, or people simply slowing down as they get older, it’s imperative that the home is safe and barrier- free to promote independence. Accessible Design & Construction provides Barrier- free…

Thank you RuthMadsion for bringing these terrific helpful lenses to our attention.

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