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Squidoo Tips for Lensmasters

Updated on August 23, 2017

Baby Squids and Giants

This web page will teach you how Squidoo lenses were made a few years ago, back when they were separate from Hub Pages. Includes how to fill out your bio, upload your photo or avatar, and rate. You can take a fun quiz about the lens modules.

For more help, you can go to the old forum at SquidU and read the help section, or go to the new forum at HQ. The link is on your dashboard.

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These guides are written by excellent trustworthy lensmasters.

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First Thing

Learning About Squidoo

The first thing to do when you sign up for your Squidoo account is to choose your username. You need to be sure it is the one that you want, because you can't change it.

You should fill out your bio on your lensmaster page. It can be about anything that you have experience with or enjoy doing.

Then you should upload an avatar. It will appear on your lenses, on your lensmaster page, in the fan clubs and groups that you join, and on lenses that you favorite. You can use a photo of yourself or something that you like. You can change your avatar if you want to. You might have problems uploading it if it's a large file size or if you don't type something in your bio box first.

Favorite, Lensroll, and Fan Clubs

The favorite, lensroll, and fan clubs are no longer available.

Points and Trophies

Now lensmasters can earn points and trophies to make it more fun. You move up to the next level when you earn more points to unlock special items. For more information go to the SquidU forums. There are a lot of questions and answers in the forums to read about the new system.

Lens Themes

Color Choices

You can use themes to change the color of your background, titles, and links. You can see a list of them and change them when you edit, at the top right side of your workshop tools. The New York theme is the best if you don't want anything fancy. New holiday themes are available. Winter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, and St. Paddys. Four new themes have been added. Big Lucid, Squid Grid, New York, and Bubble Gum. The newest one is for gardeners.

There are new garden, food, and craft clubs. See your quests tab for information.

This is the black box. You can use this to type something important and make your lens more colorful.

You can change the box color to blue, light blue, green, gray, orange, or red, not just black.

You can use some html in this box to add links or change the text color.

With the latest updates, now the black boxes on your lenses can match your themes without using html or css. Just select the theme option when you edit the black box in your workshop. But you can't see it until the lens is published. The camo theme might have a bug right now because the box is just black. This box is the blueprint theme.

Blue

Light Blue

Teal

Green

Gray

Orange

Red

Purple

Pink

St. Paddy themein the green box.

Valentine theme in the red color box.

Making Your First Lens

How To and Tips

When you are ready to start your lens, click on Make a New Lens. First you choose the title of your lens and the URL and the topic category. Then choose the primary tag, and up to three more good tags. When you see the choice of I want to tell everybody about (your title), I want to sell things about..... you will get different modules to start with depending on your answer. You will have to add and delete some. If you choose I just want to do my own thing, then you won't get any modules and you can pick exactly the ones that you need.

You can also add more tags. You can have forty tags, but it's best to use ten to fifteen. The search engines may penalize your lens for keyword stuffing if you have more than fifteen tags.

You need to change all of the default titles such as New Guestbook, New Amazon, and rename them. The search engines use the titles as keywords to help your lens get found. You can change the Table of Contents title, also.

Your lens should also stay on the same topic. If your lens is about dogs, then all of your text, pictures, and everything that you sell on that lens should be only about dogs.

If you have less than three modules, your lens will be a work in progress and can't be viewed. For the best results, you should use more than five modules.

When your lens is published, it can be viewed, but you can't lensroll or join groups until after it gets ranked at the next lensrank update usually in the mornings in the United States, but in other countries it may be later.

There is a link below to some great lensmasters that have lenses with more information about specific parts of how to build a good lens.

Using the Various Modules for Your Lenses

With or Without HTML

There are a lot of different modules that will make your lenses more colorful and varied than just the plain text box and link list and you don't need to know any HTML to use them. You can start with the various modules and then add html or css to some of them later. I have examples of the modules that are used the most here on this page so that you can see what they look like.

When I first heard about Squidoo, I looked at the list of the top lenses and I looked through the helpful posts in the SquidU forum before I signed up. I learned everything that I could about making lenses before I started making them. There are a lot of very helpful pages about it.

I have a lot of experience with the internet and computers. I designed 5 different web sites in 1998 with HTML. I know a lot about JavaScript, but you can't use JavaScript at Squidoo. I can also write computer program software.

Example of the Duel Module You Can Use - Start a Friendly Debate

Did this help you learn about Squidoo?

This is the Post-It Note

You can type anything important here, but only a few lines.

Remember to change the default title.

You can use html to change the text color.

This is the Text With Big Picture Module

If you don't know any html yet, you can use this to center your pictures on the page, and you can use just the photo without text.

This is the Polaroid Module

This is the Polaroid Module
This is the Polaroid Module

This is the Poll - You Can Upload a Picture

Did this lens teach you about the modules that you can use?

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Other Modules

Weather and Words

The countdown and the weather did not work when I tried to use them here. The weather widget and module work now. Here they are.

Tip: The Random Facts, Homer Simpson Quotes, Word of the Day, and other modules like that should only be used on a lens about words, facts or trivia. They are off the topic with anything else, and your lenses should always be about the same topic for the best results with lensrank, search engines, etc.

For more help about making the best lenses, check out this link.

Squids - You Can Sell Products on Your Lens

There are six different Amazon modules, but this one is the easiest to use. Sometimes the others show No Results if the search terms are not exactly right.

You can use this part to describe your products in more detail.

Remember to Change the Default Title Name.

This is the most important thing module. It is good for adding links with HTML.

Back to Top Image Credits: Public domain photos.

The best place for this is at or near the bottom of a lens, to let your visitors read everything before they leave a comment.

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      It's always great to have a lot of resources in one place when starting out. I'm sure you have helped many new Squids.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I think you thought of everything Squidoo! Great!

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the great information!! It will definitely come in handy as I update my lenses.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Thanks for the useful information, It will come in handy for me.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for the tips and info

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Very informative lens - thanks!

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      pacrapacma lm 4 years ago

      Lots of information I can use here. Thanks. I've pinned this to a Pinterest board, so I can come back to this lens for help in the future.

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      veronicatarantino 4 years ago

      Cool tips.. thank you for sharing

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tips and links.

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      I couldn't agree more that this page is a valuable resource, especially for some of us novices:) I am looking forward to updating my lenses, thanks for the great advice!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you for creating such a valuable resource for new and experienced lensmasters alike! Blessed.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      I've bookmarked this page, it's a great introduction for new lensmasters as well as seasoned Squids... Blessed x

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      We all need to stay on top of things, and this has helped. Thanks.

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Thank you for sharing these tips, very helpful for all of us at whatever level!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What a great resource! Even though I've been squidoo-ing for a while I picked up some great tips.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Sandi-Prince 5 years ago

      Very useful info for us newbies! Thank you :)

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      Great info. I did not realize there was so much more I could do with html. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a bunch for the info.

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      godinhora 6 years ago

      Super lens...

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Which is exactly where I put mine.. right before my Twitter follow choice and my About me module :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Better late than never.... finally compiled my SquidAngel Lens from my 'angel flight' back in the Fall of 2010 :-) So.... returning to tell you that this lens has now been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf".

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Very cool! Blessed!

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      marketmasterpro 6 years ago

      Jack you are awesome and informative! We are favoring this lens and bookmarking it too!

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      Wonder-V 6 years ago

      Great info, thank you for sharing! I will be using a lot! I now know what a few modules look like that I didn't know how to use!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Good reminder to use more of the modules, I tend to forget this!

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Lots of great info here. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh my, I REALLY need to study this Lens a LOT! Great and inspiring (hopefully not overwhelming) info that I truly need! :-)

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      HTML is a mystery to me, so I love the fact that I can use Squidoo without learning it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice and helpful resource for newbies. Blessed!

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      shandigp 6 years ago

      GREAT lens! Wish I found this FIRST when I started! My husband just started his first lens, though, and I'll definitely be showing him this lens today! LOVE IT!

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Wow, very thorough lens!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      This is very nicely laid out and great information for all lensmasters. What I've learned from the flickr module is if you go straight to flickr and do advanced search and select "Find content to use commercially" and use those picture links pasted into your module it will display pics. Hope that helps. You've helped me and I'll bookmark this page.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Wow just got my 1000th comment badge from your prediction module!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Very helpful, thanks for the work.

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Great tips for newbies and veterans alike!

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      maxnic11 6 years ago

      good stuff

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very good. I will add this to my Top Do Dare things to do on Squidoo.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great info. Hope new lensmasters find this easily, and get good information from it.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I've been with squidoo for nearly two years and I still learned a couple of things here as well as clicked through to a couple of wonderful lenses. You've created a nice resource as well as a great starting point for newbies. Very nicely done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for all the great tips :)

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @javr: Returned to bless this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very useful lens.... especially a great guide.. for me...

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Very useful lens! Blessed by an angel :)

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      Luminosity LM 6 years ago

      This multi guest book is engaging.

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      As I said above, nice to have all of this in one place. Blessed.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      There is always something to learn. Squidoo is not complicated but can be difficult, finding just the right module is not easy. You have given some great examples - thanks

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      What a great way to lay out a Squidoo Tips Lens. Really enjoyed going through it, even at level 54. Would have been great to have as a newbie.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the way you use the box with "back to the top." I'll have to try to figure that out.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very nice tips. Thanks!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Thank you, I will definitely be applying these tips to my next lens. You saved me a lot of time and trouble (and others, I am sure). Take Good Care, Rose

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nicely done, and thanks for the help.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I am a pioneer Giant 100 Squid and I learned things here

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Always helpful to have a review of Squidoo lensmaking, no matter how long one has been on Squidoo. But it's especially good information for Newbies just starting out. I made the mistake of beginning my first lens without reading Squidoo tips and help lenses and made a lot of mistakes at the beginning, to the point that I became frustrated and almost quit. THEN, I got smart enough to begin learning from lenses done by experienced lensmasters. So to get a good start, and a solid overview, this lens is the place to begin! ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like your job. Good job.

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      Nightowl John 6 years ago

      Nice compilation. I'm adding it to my squidoo tips collection.

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      GeoffSteen 6 years ago

      Thank you for all this detail - it's gicen me some really good ideas for my lenses. Plus the what-not-to-do section made me laugh!

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Alot of useful information for new squidooer's. Thanks for putting it all together. Blessed

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Great detail! I like how you included pictures of the different themes.

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      residentialarch 8 years ago

      Jack2205, I found your lens via a comment you made in my forum topic. This is a very detailed and extremely helpful lens. Thanks for creating it.

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      Cherry-Ambition 8 years ago from U.S.

      I think I've also learned that my lenses can be longer, as long as all the content is related and keeps my readers/lens vistors interested. Thanks!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Wow! This is great info even if you are past your first lens. Thanks for the great info.

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      storge 8 years ago

      Hi,many thanks for all these good and useful info on this wonderful lens. it will be a great help for me as a newbie!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      You know, the variety of modules for lens building has SO drastically changed and improved since I first started making lenses in March 2006. I am in awe of the possibilities.

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Some useful information. Squidoo seems confusing at first and it's good to have lenses such as this to pass on a few hints.

      Mike.

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      daider 8 years ago

      I just produced my first lens not long ago. I've taken a few notes from your lens and will apply them on creating my future lenses. Thanks!

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      Nara White Owl 8 years ago

      Jack2205,

      Thank for telling me about about your lens, great help here.