Friday, August 30, 2013

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Introducing Samantha Haupt

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 06:03 AM PDT

Meet new lensmaster Samantha Haupt, who says she loves going on adventures and trying new things. We’re really glad she decided to try Squidoo! Enjoy getting to know her better:

What brought you to Squidoo? I'm always looking for new ways to challenge myself, while also sharing my writing. My boyfriend is actually the one who came across Squidoo one day and he introduced me to it. I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to challenge myself to write about topics that I otherwise wouldn't, so I joined, and I'm glad I did!

You say in your bio that you love going on adventures and trying new things. Any new interesting things on your lensmaking list that we can look forward to reading? More lens topics in the plan? I have a long list of lensmaking ideas on all sorts of topics – sometimes I don't even know which one to work on first. I'm particularly excited to write about the Rolling Stones concert I attended this year, fun things to do in Toronto, and annual boat races that take place near my house. I'm also planning to publish more gluten and lactose free recipes for those avid bakers! At the moment, I'm actually working on a lens about my recent camping trip to Algonquin Park.

What can Squidoo do for you? When I first found Squidoo, I thought it would be a good place to expand and improve my writing, but it's already done so much more for me. I'm grateful that there's such a supportive environment, which is great for receiving feedback. Sharing my stories and tips while earning some extra money is always nice, too! I want to thank Squidoo for the wonderful platform it provides for each and every Squid!

Lens of the Day: Prioritize – Create An Energy Budget

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 05:46 AM PDT

Introducing Lens Formats

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 01:18 PM PDT

Lens Format PreviewFollowing the release of the new workshop, we're getting ready to release a new experiment we're calling "Lens Formats".

Squidoo has always been a flexible platform, allowing you to mix and match your desired content in any way you see fit. But what if you just want to review a single product? Write a specific How-To? Share your photos or art in a gallery?

Having the ability to choose a focused format – beautifully designed with intent for that sort of content – will help guide you to making the best page you can for that goal.

The first Lens Format release is Product Review.

Product Review lenses will feature two to five modules max, with at least 250 words of unique commentary about your favorite things… books, music, movies, kitchen gadgets… and the rest.

The lens starts with a new special introduction. Lensmasters will recognize this as an Amazon-style module, but with a twist. The first twist is in the editor. We'll help you find the things you've shared and loved already, plus items that we think you might already own and love too. You pick a single product and write your unique take on it (again, in 250 words or more). It ends with a guestbook, so people can comment with their opinions, ask questions and more.

Those two modules are all that'll be required to publish, but if you want to supplement your review with some useful additional content, you can do that too.

You can add videos which show the product in action, the band performing a song from the CD you’re promoting, the author discussing the book, or anything else that adds value to the reader.

You can add three more secondary Amazon products. These can be add-ons for the product in focus, or alternatives.

Or, you can decide to add a Poll, more text, a recipe (if you're sharing a kitchen product and have the perfect one to match), or a call out.

This new format will also allow you to set a background image behind your lens.

This is completely optional, but we're sure lensmasters will find great and unique ways to dress up their lenses with imagery that helps tell the story – beautifully.

Of course, you’ll be able to continue to make lenses the same way you do today.

We're rolling this out to a small group of beta testers soon, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek before then. Seth wrote a review on Malcolm Gladwell's upcoming book, David and Goliath using this new format. Check it out.

And be on the lookout for this new experiment soon!

UPDATE: We’ve decided not to run ads on Product Reviews at launch. That may change over time, but as with any lenses now or in the future – if they don’t have ads, they aren’t part of the ad pool or payout tiers. Product Review lenses are lenses though. They get lensrank, they earn revenue through affiliate sales, they go through quality scans and TOS applies. So attributable revenue will be paid just like they do on the lenses in place today, including Amazon. The focus on these particular lenses is sharing a product you love, so we want that to be the primary focus on the page.

A GoodVeg Giveaway!

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 09:54 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 12.53.32 PMIt’s giveaway time!

Follow the link to Kathy Hester’s recipe for an AWESOME Almond and Great Northern Bean Fondue —  dishes you love to make (or WOULD love to make in the slow cooker) and you’ll be eligible to win one of TWO copies of her latest cookbook, “Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You”!

Two winners will be chosen at random at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Sept. 6.

You can also see this giveaway on the GoodVeg Magazine Facebook Page.


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