Friday, June 20, 2014

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dawnraeb is the Mid-Atlantic States Travel Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 06:20 AM PDT

me_at_pretty_boyToday, we’re pleased to introduce you to dawnraeb.  She’s our “Mid-Atlantic States" Travel Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.

My niche topic is the Mid-Atlantic States Travel. I am fairly loose in what I describe as the Mid-Atlantic region as it is more about a certain feel and an attitude to me as opposed to geographical boundaries. As cowboy hats and Anasazi beans signify the West, the Mid-Atlantic area has specific flavors and icons. I had already written a couple of regional lenses prior to Squidoo starting the niche contributor section. It was a natural and exciting role for me to take on.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I suspect that I fell in love with the region over time. I have written about a specific day during a visit here that was so beautiful I was moved to tears. I was also moved to relocate to the area. I am still exploring and experiencing things the Mid-Atlantic region has to offer. I am still moved to tears at times.

Who had the most influence in your life?

There have been many people who have influenced my life in a variety of ways. It is likely that the person who had the most positive impact on my life isn't even aware of it. Her name was Terry. While I could probably write a book about how much role models like her touch children's lives, I will try to summarize briefly.

She took me under her wing and helped me learn to fly. She allowed me to work at her stable in exchange for lessons and time with the horses. I was a hard-working child and she rewarded that with increased responsibilities. I didn't quite realize it until the day she allowed me to help rehabilitate the beautiful Arabian mare, Meesha. While there were older and more experienced volunteers and stable staff, Terry gave me specific instructions on how to ride Meesha around the track. Rules that I followed literally step-by-step. Meesha was recovering from severe injuries and hadn't carried a rider for a long period of time.

Through these experiences, Terry instilled in me a work ethic and quiet pride (and the beginnings of a self-esteem). I am thankful for her to this day.

The good news is that as an adult I have found a group of Squidoo writers, much like Terry, who are nurturing, kind, and supportive. They too are a great influence on my life.

When she’s not here at Squidoo, you can find dawnraeb at the following places online:
Mid-Atlantic Travel with Dawn Rae on Facebook
Doin’ Time on My Behind

Dawnraeb invites you to stop by and share a review at her, Review Your Favorite Assateague and Chincoteague Island Items, lens.

You can get to know all of our contributors HERE.

Introducing Rhettaa

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 05:55 AM PDT

Lensmaster rhettaa on SquidooMeet lensmaster and active RocketSquid student Rhettaa, who found her way to Squidoo – twice – and now is growing her lens list by leaps and bounds. Enjoy our interview:

How did you find Squidoo? Back in 2008 I was looking for a place to share some information about websites and crafts for kids. I found Squidoo but then I started a kids’ newsletter and a website instead, which I still have. Back then I was working full-time.

Now I am self-employed and I keep my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. I write for several online sites, some of which pay and some which don’t. I love to share all sorts of things that are interesting to me and with a little more time on my hands I went looking for another place to write and possibly even eventually make a little profit. Money is not the main goal but I like the idea that it is a possible benefit. Squidoo popped up in my search and I was really impressed with the way it is set up now and how easy it is to share so I jumped in.

Of the lens you have made what is your favorite? The Georgia Blues Musicians: Three Atlanta Blues Bands You Should Know lens. I love the local blues scene here in metro Atlanta, and many of the musicians are friends of mine. I am such a huge fan of the three groups I featured and love having a chance to support them whenever I can.

What one tip would you give a new lensmaster just starting out? I just started out myself but my tip would be to join RocketSquids and read some of the tips and then just jump in and play. The site is really easy to use once you get started.

Thanks for the opportunity to share!

Thanks for participating, Rhetta.

To learn more about Rhettaa, visit her bio page and check out her lens list.

If you have fewer than 25 lenses and would like to get on the fast track to Giant Squid, then apply to join us on RocketSquids. We’d love to have you!

Lens of the Day: How To Stretch A Gallery Wrap Canvas

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 05:13 AM PDT

canvasWrapped canvas prints are all the rage in modern decorating right now.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and want to include this great look in your home, visit today’s Lens of the Day to learn more.

How To Stretch A Gallery Wrap Canvas by wildfacesgallery is just one of the many Best of Squidoo How To lenses offering exciting ideas and step-by-step instruction for all kinds of fabulous hands-on projects.

Have you shared your talent, wisdom and easy-to-follow directions on a new lens yet? What are you waiting for?

Start your new, or your next, How-To lens right HERE.

Squidoo Is Down – UPDATE: We’re back up.

Posted: 19 Jun 2014 03:39 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 8.06.57 PMWe’re currently down but working hard to get things up and running fast.

In the mean time follow us on our Twitter Halloween page!

or our main Squidoo Twitter page.

The New Featured Lens Threshold

Posted: 19 Jun 2014 01:56 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 4.50.18 PMIn our relentless focus on unique, useful, and updated high quality content, we’ve found that many of the lenses in our lower LensRank ranges either don’t perform well or no longer meet our editorial standards. So as of today, any lens that has a LensRank of over 175,000 will move into work-in-progress (WIP). We’re doing this for a couple of reasons and we wanted to share why we’ve made this decision.

1) Lenses that are ranked over 175,000 (on average) have not been updated in 3 years. This means these lenses are pretty much abandoned and in many cases have outdated information.

2) These lenses are getting little to zero traffic which means they aren’t bringing much value to Squidoo or the lensmasters who created them.

3) The lenses are incomplete. Some of the lenses we’re seeing in this group were started, published but never really finished. They had enough content to get published but they are clearly incomplete which probably accounts for the low traffic and lensrank.

The tricky part is that there are a handful of good lenses in the group that just haven’t gained speed over the years or are holiday lenses that lost traffic because they are out of season. The good news is that you can easily get quality lenses that you care about out of WIP. Simply edit the lens, add some new content (or edit outdated content), republish and share. If the lens is good it should pick up speed from there.

Above all, our most important reason for moving the featured lens line is that we want our best content to shine. There’s some spam that accumulated in these lower ranks over the years and we want to make sure it’s not live on the site.

So what about payment? Only lenses with a rank of 85,000 or better are eligible to receive Ad Pool earnings from Squidoo, so pooled payments will not be affected. Additionally, lenses in this range generate very little Amazon or eBay revenue, so attributable earnings will not be significantly affected either.

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More lenses that are gaining traffic.

Posted: 19 Jun 2014 11:39 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.53.13 AMI wanted to do a follow-up to yesterday’s post and share some lenses that are thriving in the new Best of…topics.

I think it’s neat to see the visual graph on these as it gives you a nice view of how much these lenses have acutally gone up in traffic.





Replica Bertoia wire side chair by BritFlorida

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Are You Ready? Scientific Proof For Life After Death by DaveStone13

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Easy Origami Dresses To Fold by Kinworm

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How To Clean Goldwing Carburetors by jbdkz

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