- Lens of the Day: Living with a Hearing Impairment
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- Hello March!
- Twitter for Squidoo Users
- Fabulous New Lenses for the Week of Feb. 28th
- We’re Retiring The CafePress Module
Posted: 01 Mar 2014 05:26 AM PST
Posted: 01 Mar 2014 04:51 AM PST
Posted: 01 Mar 2014 04:50 AM PST
Are you impatient for warmer weather to arrive? Impatient for your lenses and the rest of your online business to take off like a kite on a breezy day? While there’s not a thing you can do to change the weather, there are things to be done to help improve the performance of your Squidoo lenses and your online business. First, you’ll need a plan. And good plans start with goals. As you’re setting your goals, ask yourself these four questions:
1. How many lenses will you make this month? It helps to set goals for club and quest participation and to set aside time for making lenses for your niche and any new passions that come along. Be reasonable in your expectations so you won’t feel rushed or frazzled if you get behind. Remember, it’s fine to modify your goals in midstream.
2. How are you going to keep your lenses up-to-date? Make a plan to freshen up lens content regularly. Check the calendar for upcoming holidays and events then move related lenses on those topics to the top of your priority list.
3. How are you going to promote your work? Make a social media plan, then get out there and do some promoting. Watch for suggestions from Tom’s ongoing series on social media (and our tips on RocketSquids if you’re a member).
4. How will you reach out to others to share Squidoo? You’ve got a good thing going here, so why not share it with a friend? We even have beautifully-crafted video invitations like this one that you are free to use to invite like-minded people to the site.
As in life, success on Squidoo starts with goals and plans, so invest some time early this month to plan your work. Then work your plan and watch what happens!
Now tell us, what do you have planned for the month of March?
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 04:43 PM PST
Today we’re going to cover Twitter, a social networking platform with a unique format that makes it easy to learn and use. Twitter won’t appeal to everyone but if you enjoy it, it can be a powerful tool for connecting with your audience and your influencers.
As I mentioned in the intro, Twitter’s posting format is a short 140 character post. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in using, read on for tips on how to get the most out of your 140 characters.
1. Use lists to find other users to follow
Lists are curated lists of Twitter users that you can use to discover people who share interesting content and ideas. I recommend you check out lists relevant to your topics on Squidoo and follow users that post great tweets. Don’t feel like you have to follow everyone, be selective and follow users that post content that speaks to you or informs your approach to lensbuilding. Also beware of the “over-tweeter”: These are the Twitter users that flood the service with tons of tweets around the clock or dump 10 at a time.
Following these types of Twitter users will clog up your dashboard and may prevent you from seeing valuable content from other more restrained users. Take this as a lesson as well – keep your tweeting at a reasonable level. With Twitter, less is more and quality is much more valuable than quantity. Don’t feel like you need to post all day every day and try not to post more than 3 things within a few hours.
2. Keep your audience clue-ed in
Use Twitter to keep people in the loop about what you’re doing on Squidoo by tweeting when you update an old lens, create a lensography or start a new project. You can use the short format to show that you’re active and serious about the quality and freshness of your content. Be sure to use any relevant hashtags when you announce a new lens or do an update – this is a great way to help new readers find your work.
3. Clean up and replace your old Twitter modules
Some of you may remember that at one point Squidoo lenses offered a variety of Twitter oriented modules. Changes in the way Twitter works would eventually mean that we could no longer support those modules and we had to retire them. Fortunately this turned out to be temporary and we were able to roll out a brand new Twitter module in January of 2013. If you have any lenses with these older modules, be sure to remove them and update your lens with the updated version.
From time to time, visit your lenses and check to see that whatever search term, user or hashtag you’re using in the module is working well. From time to time, users may delete accounts, hashtags may “go dark” or change in meaning. When this happens it’s a good idea to replace the search with something else so readers see the most valuable and interesting content in your Twitter modules.
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 03:30 PM PST
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Posted: 28 Feb 2014 12:40 PM PST
CafePress was one of our first Squidoo modules, and it’s been a great addition for lensmasters. Unfortunately, due to a number of internal and external issues we are now forced to retire the module.
The CafePress module will soon be automatically removed from lenses. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
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