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Best Lenses for Newbie Lensmasters to Visit

Updated on February 24, 2013

Welcome Newbies!

Thanks for visiting my lens. Being something of a newbie myself, I thought it might be worthwhile to consolidate a lot of the info that new lensmasters typically have questions about: building lenses, levelling up, getting paid, etc.

Please bear in mind that this lens is a work-in-progress; I will continue adding to it as I come across notable lenses that can help newbies. Moreover, if you are aware of a worthwhile lens that I may have overlooked, please feel free to point it out to me - even if it's your own. (I have no issues with anyone's self-promotion of a great lens.) Hopefully you'll find the information here useful and informative.

Lens Ideas and Lensbuilding

One of the first stumbling blocks that newbies - and even wily veterans - often encounter is what to write about. From my observations, people generally fall into two camps on this issue: the "Money" camp and the "Have Fun" camp.

The Money camp says that you do keyword research, find a niche and write about something in that category. The focus here, of course, is on making money, and there's nothing wrong with that. That's why most of us are here (at least in part): to earn a little moolah. On the flip side, the Have Fun camp says to simply write about things you enjoy. In other words, write about the things you want to write about. You should want your writing efforts to be fun; otherwise, you may not stick with it.

As for me, I kind of straddle the line; I believe it's a balancing act. I think if it's all about the money - all work and no play - you won't enjoy it very much (unless you start making mucho dinero from Day 1, which isn't likely). However, if it's all fun and games, you may become disillusioned with Squidoo and think it isn't a very good revenue source. A good analogy is that of a guy who has always wanted to own a restaurant. So, when he buys a place, does he offer the kind of cuisine he always dreamed of - say, Italian - or does offer what the stats say will sell, like American? One is his dream and the other isn't, but he may have to find that sweet spot in between to two in order to survive and be happy.

That said, I think you should start off writing about whatever you want to write about - just have fun. Let's face it, you're going to have a steep learning curve, so if you're going to make mistakes let it be with respect to lenses that you wrote just for fun, not those you're counting on to be your bread-and-butter. And don't worry about trying to make the first lens - or any of them - perfect before publishing. Here are some lenses to help you get started:

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Squidoo Payday and Tiers

Of course, the possibility of earning money is a big motivator for the creation of lenses. However, you need tohave an understanding of how the Squidoo system works. In essence, payouts are based on the tier your lens is in. Put another way, it depends on how well your lenses rank on Squidoo. Fortunately, some other lensmasters have already done a fine job of discussing tiers and payouts:

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Squidoo Points, Levels and Levelling Up

Simply put, you get points for doing good things on the site: squidliking others' lenses, leaving comments, participating in polls and so on. As you accumulate points you will level up, unlocking various features along the way such as quests, special themes, etc. With that in mind, here are some great lenses on the points system and levels on Squidoo:

Backlinking, Traffic and Rankings

After you've been writing online for a while - whether on Squidoo or elsewhere - the concenpt of backlinks will eventually rear its head. Basically, to make money from your lenses you need traffic;. To get traffic, you typically have to rank very highly with the search engines. To rank highly with the search engines, you usually have to have backlinks. Quite the vicious cycle, isn't it? Thankfully, as with most other educational matters regarding lenses, others have already done the heavy lifting:

Best of the Rest

Lastly, there were some highly informative lenses that I didn't thik fit neatly into any of the other categories, but which I felt truly deserved mention:

Summary

And that officially sums up (for now), what I feel are the best lenses for newbies on Squidoo. Hopfully this will keep freshly-minted lensmasters from having to search too far for any of the answers they're looking for.

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    • mcspocky lm profile image

      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      Adding a link to this lens on the new lens I'm creating! :D

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      clkbm 4 years ago

      Great resource lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Agree with you about quizzes being the best way to earn points. I guess the best strategy is to take quizzes from Giant Squids and Angels. :) I can't believe I speak this lingo.

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      Nicely organized, a great recource

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      goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

      yes, these guidelines would really help. my gosh, i was like a lost chicken when i started. blessings for good deeds.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great resource.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another greats lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another greats lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another greats lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Hi, nice list for a starter. I can add one more thing about leveling up: participating at quizzes can give you 10 points only on certain levels, after 60 you got only 5 points. But!

      If visitors participate on your quizzes, you got 10 points no matter your level is.

      Cheers:)

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      qasimalhammad 5 years ago

      That is a great list, sure it takes a quite good time to build up this lens, which will be very helpful for all newbies

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Good info!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very helpful resource you have created here, I commend you for your community spirit.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great resources. Thanks.

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      RecordLady 5 years ago

      Alot of great info. Great read for any newbie.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very helpful lens! I am actually going to add this to my favorites as a general resource for when I am building new lenses. Thanks for the great info and Happy Smile Day!

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      great collection of info, this is very helpful. Thank you!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      Great research! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very useful lens. Love the detail.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Very helpful resourch.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Some really great recommendations here :) Blessed!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great resource for newbies or anyone who wants to learn more about Squidoo!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lots of handy links here! Thanks!! =D

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Great compilation of Squidoo resources. I found the 'backlink' section to be especially useful.

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      KathyBatesel 5 years ago

      Very helpful stuff here! Tweeted and voted up. Thank you.

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      JonTempleton 5 years ago

      Very good resource for new squids!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      @gypsyman27 lm: Thanks for the kind words. In response to your question, I certainly believe there's room for all types of writers at Squidoo. In fact, I even mention the need to achieve a certain balance between perhaps writing what you want vs. what's commercially viable. However, my main focus was on the types of questions I thought those new to Squidoo would have, so I tried to point out helpful links to those.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      This could be helpful, it's easy to see that. You've included useful links for those in need of them to follow. What about people that simply write stories, not how to do, or what to do in a given situation. Just stories about themselves, or other people. Is there room for authors like that? I don't know, but after a while I chose to write that kind of lens. It has worked for me, I write what I enjoy and yet I still can make money if I chose to work on that as a goal. I did enjoy reading this, it tells me a bit about you without me asking. See you around the galaxy...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice, helpful lens for newbies like me. Thanks.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      So many good lenses to use as examples and so little time!

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Great lens for newbies. I've added it to my new online newspaper The Squidoo Herald. The link to it is on my profile.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Great lens for newbies. I've added it to my new online newspaper The Squidoo Herald. The link to it is on my profile.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      @Tugee: Thanks. Hopefully other people will find these lenses as helpful as I did.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: Thanks for the compliment.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      @sittonbull: Thanks for your kind words, and for creating a helpful lens yourself. Hopefully you'll have time in the future to share more of your insights here on Squidoo.

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      iWrite4 5 years ago

      Thanks for this guide!

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      You've really created a great resource here for beginners to Squidoo and I'm honored that you featured my lens on Learning as a part of it! OhMe gave me a good start, but I haven't been very active over the past two years because of outside activities. I do, however, think Squidoo is a wonderful forum for expression and more... and hope to have some time in the future to participate more and write more. All the best for your success here!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is great to have all these helpful links on one page.

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      Tugee 5 years ago

      This is a great idea! Collection of lenses for newbies. I wish I saw something like this when I started, it is wonderful you put it together.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice and useful resource! Thank you!