Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Q: How Important is Having a Guestbook on My Lenses?

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 06:00 AM PDT

orange monsterA:  A guestbook or comments module can be a very valuable tool both for you and for your readers. Here are three benefits of including a guestbook on every lens:

1.  Offering a place for questions or comments shows that you care about your readers.  If you forgot to tell them in your recipe instructions when to add the eggs, they’ll let you know.  (Be sure to make corrections promptly if someone does point out a mistake or omission!)  If they want to thank you for recommending a book or movie, they’ll be appreciative that you provided a place where they can do that.

2.  Asking “What do you think of my recipe/project/product?” can elicit great user-generated content and information and ideas that you hadn’t thought of.   If a reader has used the same product you reviewed and loved it just as much as you do, their input could be just what the next reader needs to make the decision to buy the item.  A great comment from a reader might also provide a topic idea for your next lens in the same niche.

3.  A guestbook can also be used to solicit new readers.  Asking, “Who do you know that could use this information?” then suggesting that readers share your page with their friends is a great way to generate goodwill – and new traffic.

We suggest you set your guestbooks to approve comments first so you can filter out the occasional but inevitable spam.  Be sure to respond to guestbook comments, especially questions, in a timely fashion. It’s good practice and good etiquette as well.

How do you use the comments module in your lenses?  Feel free to share your secrets with us in a comment below.


Community Lensmaking Quest: Review It!

Posted: 31 Jul 2014 05:50 AM PDT

8344048410_176048abb9_zHey Squids.  We want to know what you’ve been shopping for lately.

Have you recently purchased a new computer?  An exciting book?  A pet product… like today’s Lens of the Day?  Or maybe you’ve been shopping for school supplies or baby shower gifts?

Whatever it is that you’ve recently purchased, we’d like to see your personal review about it.

Did you love or hate that new movie?  Were you delighted or disappointed with that new electronic gadget?  Is the KitchenAid brand mixer really worth the money you spent on it?

To complete this quest, create a new lens about something you recently purchased.  The item can be something large or small… in size or in price.  We want to know your honest opinion and we’d love to see a photo or two if possible.

The key to this quest is in the writing.  Use your own words to tell us about the item.  Think about the things you’d tell a friend if they asked you about the product and share that on your page.

Here’s an example of a personally written review.

You can create a traditional lens using the link on your dashboard, or you can use our Product Review format by starting your lens HERE.

When you’re finished, share the link in the comments below.  One or two or several of us might be getting ready to buy the same thing and we’d love to know your opinion of it first

Next Friday, we’ll grab a handful of the lenses we receive from this quest and show them off right here at SquidooHQ.

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3 Can’t Miss Cooking Hacks

Posted: 30 Jul 2014 01:37 PM PDT

Our Cooking Hacks 101 community quest not only produced a terrific Lens of the Day but it also brought in some great ideas that might come in handy when you’re working in the kitchen.

Here’s 3 that you might find helpful.

The Easiest Way to Peel a Hard Boiled Egg

1. The Easiest Way to Peel a Hard Boiled Egg

People have been peeling boiled eggs for years. Yet, everyone is still looking for the easiest way to produce a smooth, perfectly peeled egg! Many people have developed their own special method that works for them, at least, most of the time. Some people a…

Simple kitchen hack using glass jars

2. Simple kitchen hack using glass jars

Below you’ll find an image of an item that is so very important in my kitchen. It saves me time – money too – and makes several cooking tasks so much easier But it gets even better. It doesn’t cost a penny and takes about a minute, if that, to ma…

Quick way to soften butter

3. Quick way to soften butter

I don’t know how many times I’ve jumped up from my computer to bake a cake or make cookies from a recipe that looked so easy and so good I had to try it that very minute. Do you do that? I dash about, pulling the ingredients from the fridge and t…

Have you created a lens that shares a useful cooking trick? Share the link in the comments section below so we can all check it out.

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