Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Lens of the Day: Make a Paper Mache Statue

Posted: 03 Apr 2014 05:38 AM PDT

The Best of Squidoo

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 11:24 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 2.51.52 PMWe’re pretty excited to share something brand new with you today.

Squidoo was founded on the premise that great content should be shared, featured and applauded, that “the best” means something special. For years we’ve used lensrank to calculate excellence and it works very well, however lensrank is only one layer. The second layer is the human element…Purple Stars, SquidooHQ spotlights, Lens of the Day and boosts, but we wanted more. A special element that really lets lensmasters shine.

So today we’re ready to add in a third layer to surface excellence. It’s called “The Best of Squidoo”.

“The Best of Squidoo” allows the SquidTeam to handpick our most interesting, generous, useful and just plain awesome content and showcase it in one place. So we’ve created 12 new “Best of…” subdomains for books, movies, music, product reviews, crafts, food, how-to’s, travel, home, hobbies, pets and Halloween.

If your lens is editorially selected for “The Best of Squidoo” it will live on a new subdomain and be surrounded by quality content on specially themed entry pages.

This is a really nice perk on Squidoo (the biggest we’ve ever offered) and a way for you to raise the bar not only on Squidoo, but as an author on the web. “The Best of Squidoo” is not about popularity or lensrank, it’s about editorially finding the best content and showing it off, front and center for the world to see.

So how does this all work, and what are the perks?

The process is acutally pretty simple. We’ve got a team of real humans who are searching the site for great content. Once a reviewer finds a lens that they love they’ll promote it to one of our new subdomains. This means that if you get promoted you’ll have a new URL, unfortunately this also means that your social media numbers will be zeroed out, but your lens will have a new home as a “Best of Squidoo” lens on a newly themed page like this.

The perks of being “the best” are good. In addition to being on a new subdomain (which we’re hoping will bring in more traffic because the entire subdomain will reflect excellence). Best of…lenses will also participate in a special payout pool.

How to I get on a “Best of Squidoo” list?

It’s actually pretty easy. You’ll need to be found by a SquidTeam member. We’ll be adding new lenses to the “Best of Squidoo” lists on a daily basis and new and updated lenses will get top priority.

What if my lens doesn’t make it?

That’s the way the ball bounces so to speak and we don’t mean this in a negative way. Not every lens will make the lists and it’s not the end of the world. In fact it’s an opportunity to up your game. If you’re consistently not getting selected take a look at lenses that are, learn new techniques and think about ways to raise the bar on your own writing.

Finally we’ve compiled a list of  tips to get you started:

Thanks (as always) for embracing new ideas on Squidoo. We’re pretty excited about growing this one and cultivating our best content, with your help of course. We couldn’t do this without you.

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