The value in Hubs
Look Beyond the Lens to The Full Picture
In the time of building my lenses on Squidoo there have been many complementary lenses by others that are of great value to me. Many just coming here for the first time may not realise the great community and the benefit we give to each other through our work.
You get nothing if you don't give and what you give comes back to you with interest. So how does that work on Squidoo? Remember the adage "what goes around comes around" Well, that's what we are talking here.
This lens may set you straight and help you to have a happy personal experience here with other lens masters or you may disagree with everything that's said. Well, that's why I am including some duels so you can have your say and oppose me if you like.
Bulding a lens is easy
Its just a case of understanding how to do it.
Many new people need help and that's why I did this lens so they can easily follow simple lens building advice and get cracking. When the lens is finished you put the link to it in the Critique forum and anywhere else you think it is appropriate. But NOT in the Introduction forum, that is for introduction by new arrivals only.
When you put your link in the forum you ask for a critique from other members who also have lenses in there hoping the same as you. They expect aome kind person will visit then and add a comment in the guest book and hopefully give it a star rating. But what if they don't? Your lens is unvisited so you ask again, and probably again. Then you are disappointed because you wonder if the work isany good? Why hasn't just one person visited and rated it? Why don't you have any feedback?
The first thing to do is check your BIO. Is it filled in? Can people identify with you? Have you got an Avatar instead of the default Squidoo one? Are you someone to know or a ghost who hides from identity?
Once you have your bio filled in and people can see something about you they feel warmer towards your lens. It's a proven fact. But in the bio there are other clues about you. When you joined, for instance and how many lenses you have rated is also there. How many you have as favorites, and so on. Have a look and see for yourself how this registers and tells even more about you.
In other words how many lenses have you looked at and given ratings to for other hopefuls in here? It all counts.
When I check someone's bio I want to see that they have done this, especially if they have built some lenses and been around for a while. If they have not then I don't rate their lenses either and many people feel the same way.
You are in a give and take society here. If you rate for others they will return the favor and rate your work. No one leaves a comment on any of my lenses without a return visit immediately and before the comment is added to the page. If they leave a good comment in my thread in one of the forums this can also result in a visit to one or more of their own lenses as a reward, if you like.
Are you interested in helping others? - Or are you strictly here for your own benefit?
I can see there is an advantage in helping others
But What Else Can You Do
If you want to make friends then be a friend
Everybody wants ratings both in Squidoo and on the Search Engines. The latter works through back links as well as keywords. It's easy to create back links by linking to other people's websites. I do this as an exchange with people who have domains of a similar nature to mine. We write to each other via email and ask for permission to put their link up in exchange for them putting one or more of my links to their website. This gives both sites a boost in SE ranking.
The same happens on Squidoo.
When you see a lens with similar content to yours then you can lensroll it to your lens and add a link in a 'Featured Lens" module on your lens. This does great things for you which you may not otherwise consider.
When you lensroll someone's lens to your own their lens shows up in the box to the right of yours. You will notice this has a scrolling feature where several lenses are shown. Most of these will have similar keywords to your own but if you choose the lenses that should be shown here then there are greater benefits for a number of reasons.
First off tell the lens master that you have done this in your comment in their guest box, not anywhere else on the lens. State that you are lens rolling their lens to one of your own and will feature it there. This gives the lens master a boost and he/she may do the same for you. It doesn't always work that way but it should This provides both of you with back links similar to linking web sites together. You also get the back link in the commentary box but NEVER spam this facility with a url address, only the name of the lens itself.
Thia is a BIGGIE - If you spam with a web address chances are you will get nothing and your comment will be deleted.
There is another big bonus that comes from adding other people's lenses. Every time you do this you have to republish the lens which allows you to ping it and send a squidcast again as well as a twitter and facebook update.
Are You Familiar With Backlinks? - Do you want higher search engine results?
Are back links high on your agenda
Further Benefits from Backlinks
They go on and on
Once you establish back links for your site(s) they can go on and on. For instance, if the site you have a link to has links to others sites, for example through blogs, web sites, articles, and so on, then so do you. It's a chain reaction.
Type a keyword into Google and see what comes up. You can follow this up with a back links checker to see how many that site has. If it's a popular site chances are they number in the millions and even lesser known site will number in the tens of thousands. They put their links in forums, blogs, on web sites and through affiliate sites which, in turn, radiate out like a huge fan to cover anything and everything those sites link to. It's an amazing exercise to see.
So just by putting a link to someone else's lens on your lens you might just find your own site linked in to all of their back links as well. But that's not all because when others, such as the Giants and Squid Angels come to your lens they look to see have you any favorites from other lens masters. It then increases the chances of you getting a blessing and a higher lens rank in Squidoo.
The Importance of Back Links
To get good Search Engine optimatisation they are extremely important because they show the SE that your site is well respected by others. The most links the bigger the respect and the higher the ranking.
Build Free Back Links Through Articles
Make Friends in Squidoo
Activate your contact email
People in here can bend over backwards to help new comers get the right help and information to build a site. They often will email you to point out an error rather than add it in the comment box on your lens.
They will also invite you to join groups, to achieve status within the community and become a Giant or a Squid Angel. But generally you will make friends by checking out websites, leaving nice comments, visiting people's threads in the forums and ALWAYS be polite and respectful. Treat others as you would want to be treated and don't tread on toes if you can avoid it.
Never put people down because they, like you, are doing their best and personalities can clash. Even ideas they write about may clash with yours. But that is a challenge you have to get over. It doesn't mean that because someone writes on a subject you dislike that the lens is no good. Put yourself in their shoes. They are writing on what matters to them and they are looking for opinions on improving the lens, not on some ridiculous comment about the subject.
Bear in mind that what you put out there comes back and it may haunt you. So be careful until you are comfortable and know your way around.
Are You a friendly Soul? - Or are you here for a fight?
I want to be friends with as many Squids as possible
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