Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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What’s In Your Backpack? 9 Lenses Stuffed With Back to School Ideas

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 07:08 AM PDT

Last week we asked lensmasters to create lenses that hosted their best backpack filling ideas for students going back to school.

In addition to today’s Lens of the Day, which came from this same quest, we wanted to show off a few more of the lenses we received.

Browse through the following 9 lenses to find some very creative and different ideas.

Back to School Supplies List for a High School Student

1. Back to School Supplies List for a High School Student

With my older daughter starting high school this year, I need to figure out what special or extra supplies a high school freshman might need that are different from the middle school/junior high supplies she has used at school for the last few years. We ar…

Packing a Backpack for a Young Man Going to University

2. Packing a Backpack for a Young Man Going to University

My nephew, Zack, is going away for his second year of university in Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury is in northern Ontario. Zack has his first year of university there last year so he already knows it is a colder climate with more snow. He’ a good snow shov…

Marvel Avengers Backpack and Supplies for Boys

3. Marvel Avengers Backpack and Supplies for Boys

For anyone who loves superheroes, the marvel avenger comic books or modern films/cartoons were probably a big part of their childhood and are still today one of the most popular and best- selling forms of memorabilia – especially in the form of children…

What's in the Deacon's Backpack?

4. What’s in the Deacon’s Backpack?

For many people who are elderly and not able to care for themselves any longer, many times the only alternative is to go to live in a nursing home. These homes vary in many ways, but their primary function is to look after those who are old and frail, help…

Hippie School Supplies for Girls

5. Hippie School Supplies for Girls

As I walk into my nineteen year old daughter”s room to put her clean laundry on her bed, I look around her grown up space and wonder how did this happen? Once upon a time, her bedroom was a canvas for the childhood princess room I always longed…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpacks for School

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpacks for School

It’s almost time for school to start, and to start thinking about buying school supplies. My 9 year old grandson says a backpack is one of the things he looks forward to buying the most. He chose this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack as one of hi…

Filling a College Student's Backpack

7. Filling a College Student’s Backpack

I bet you’ve seen these signs in Target already, and it’s only July. That means back to school season is upon us again! As a college student that has done this back to school stint a few times, I thought I would offer some pointers on what to loo…

Top 10 Teacher Picks for Sophia Loving Elementary Age Girls - Backpacks, Lunch Boxes and Back to School

8. Top 10 Teacher Picks for Sophia Loving Elementary Age Girls – Backpacks, Lunch Boxes and Back to School

If you want the student to stay much more motivated, surround them with themed items they like. This concept works well for students of any age, including adults. It got me through college. Many times students must tackle those tasks that are not what one…

Essentials for College

9. Essentials for College

Be it your first year or recurring, every college student needs to be prepared for school. Of course every school has essentials but those tend to revolve around textbooks and software recommendations. Either way you will be needing more than what is initi…


Salad Samurai: Interview with Vegan Author Terry Hope Romero

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:18 AM PDT

screen shot 2014-07-22 09:17:58 AMIf you're into vegetarian or vegan food, or a foodie who loves awesome cookbooks and recipes presented with fun and flair, then you know the name Terry Hope Romero.

3 Important Reasons to Change Default Module Titles

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:00 AM PDT

orange monsterModules are the building blocks of Squidoo lenses. Ranging from text modules to video modules to Amazon, photo gallery, poll modules and more, modules hold the content that make each of our lenses personal and unique. Besides relevant content, there’s one more thing that every module on your lens should have and that’s a descriptive title. Each title should be written by you to replace the default titles that the Squidoo workshop fills in when you add modules in bulk.

Here are three reasons why you should replace those default module titles with well thought-out titles of your own:

1. Search engines need information about your lens. In fact, the module title field is one of the places where search engines look to find out what your lens is about. Therefore, title fields are perfect places to include keywords that describe your lens topic. That's an important factor when it comes to SEO (search engine optimization) and a fundamental reason that descriptive module titles are key if you want to make lenses that will be included in SERPs (search engine result pages) where potential readers can find them.

2. Your reputation is at stake. Default titles make lenses appear incomplete or unfinished, which makes you (the author) look unprofessional. It’s hard to concentrate on what you’ve written about your topic if it’s introduced with the words “New Text Module.” And, really, what does “New Comments” mean to your readers? Not much. Instead of the defaults, write something descriptive in those title fields to engage your readers and keep them reading.

3. Using custom module titles will help you reach 100 percent on the lens scorecard. While the green scorecard scale is only a guideline when writing your lenses, if you see a score of 91 there instead of 100, it could be that you forgot to replace a default module title. Making that important change may bring you up to 100 percent which should be the goal on every lens you own.

So, those are my three most important reasons to update module titles. Do you have others? Anything else to share on this topic? We’d love to read your input in a comment below.


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