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How to build a lens

Updated on April 29, 2015

Lens Building is Child's Play

Forget the plans and the hardhat. This form of building is simple, easy and lots of fun, So many newcomers to Squidoo struggle, as I once did, to understand what it is about and how one should construct lenses? The mysteries continued in the many abbreviated and shortened forms of instructions and the missing links to tell you what something is or where to find it.

Hopefully this lens will help you out if you are in that situation. The ins and out of doing it right will come easier as you get into it but to start with it might be a bit of a mystery and you will need to juggle things a bit. So come with me and explore a little about the fundamentals of lens building.

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Finding Your Way Around

Where to Start

Always think of your visitor in the best possible light. Make them feel welcome and find some relevant but good images to display that emphasise warmth, knowledge and that target your subject matter.

It can be a bit of a minefield to start with but the list on the side are your tools. And you should start with them as they are going to help you build your lens from the ground up. Look them over and experiment with them to discover their purpose. They can be moved around by click and push up or down. If you want to remove one or two put a tick beside them in the box and press save.

When building your lens the first place you will visit is the Dashboard. This brings you to the lensmaster page where everything will happen. Here you will see a big button which says Create a Lens. Press it and you will be asked what your lens is about. Think of the right words here so that others will find your work when it is published. Be creative as well. What would you put into the search engine box to find your lens.

Once you have named it you get a chance to type in the url you want. This is very important. What you add here can take you to the top of page 1 on Google or to any page thereafter. This is where you need to be clever but not too much so that you defeat yourself. Your heading should also be keyword for the benefit of SE ratings.

If you are writing a story on swimwear, for example, you might put in /thehistoryofswimwear. But I put dashes between my words so that Search Engines have less trouble understanding the string. So enter /the-history-of-swimwear. Now if someone is looking for the background of it or where it originates the chances are they will come to your lens. You can also do searches to pick better keywords and even a better url, but that is not what this lens is about.

Once you name your url you select the category under which it should appear, then the rating. Most are G rated. then press next. You might get a message that states Bummer - this url is not available. That means going back and picking another until you have the right one. When that is done press Create My Lens and you are taken to an editing page where you add your modules and start writing.

Lens Building is a lot of fun and once you get the hang of it you will find it is also very addictive.

Build a Lens
Build a Lens

Now to Build a Lens

First things first

You probably have a fair idea about what you want to talk about but you may not know how it will shape up. That's OK and quite normal because you can go back again and again as many times as you need to in order to correct it, fix up errors, typos etc. So don't worry about that at this stage.

When starting a lens it is usual to select the modules required as well as the theme before you start to write. In other words you are working to a plan.

Look to the right hand side of the editorial page and you will see a section that says 'Add Modules'. It also has a shortcut and here you can quickly get your list of them. I like to go to the 'Browse all Modules section." When that opens there is a list of things to choose from and here I generally select 'Text module' and by pressing it 6 times I get six boxes. I also select 'Twitter follow' and a couple of 'Duel'. Press apply before you do the next step/

Now look on the left and you will see a box in the middle labeled 'All Modules', now go there. Here you will find a lot of nice things which you can experiment with over time. My choice is always Bookmark, Twitter follow, and About me. Also you can add the Black box (at least 2) a couple of New Video and the New Table of Contents'. The only other ones I worry about are the 'Featured Lensmasters' and the 'featured lenses'. These allow you to put a list of lenses, either yours and/or someone else on, and the featured lensmasters is the way to credit angels who visit and bless your lenses. or to put in lensmasters whose interests favor your own. These are better added later when you have lens or angels to add to these.

Once you have done selecting press Done Adding and these will be added to the box on the right of your page.

Now for some fine tuning. IMPORTANT - Save your lens at regular intervals with the save button on the top right, otherwise you might loose your work if the browser crashes.

Have You Built Anything on the Web Before? - Do you know HTML or even what it means

HTML means Hyper-text-markup-language and this is the code by which all web pages are built. But you don't need to know that with this lens building tool. The editing page does it all for you.

Do you feel you are learning something here?

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    • MasterDripper 4 years ago

      I am new and still learning...

    • hmommers 4 years ago

      I always learn. That's a good thing :)

    • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I have someone else do my programming.

    • Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I always do when I visit your lenses.

    • GreenerDays 4 years ago

      Definitely!

    • Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Yes a lot because it's all new.

    • cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      On this lens: yes! On Squidoo: every time!

    • Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      Saving the lens periodically is something i don't do, so I will remember to do that now. I would hate losing all that work.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes and no. I will know more once I begin to build.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I hope I am always learning something. I think it is important to keep learning to stay up with the times. That is why I try to follow all my favorites and what they are doing so I can learn from them.

    • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love Squidoo and I'm always open to learning new things. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    • Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      I've been on one big crash course.

    • akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Learning is fun here at Squidoo...thanks.

    • Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      always learning...

    • GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      good basics

    • jvsper63 6 years ago

      Yes i just wanted to go to my lenses. you just taught me something about how i was putting in my tags!!Thank you!!!

    • jvsper63 6 years ago

      Yes i so!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, even though I've picked up a lot on my own, I learned from your tip about the Featured Lensmasters, and Featured Lenses modules. I'd never built anything on the Web before joining Squidoo, but I've progressed since then, and now I'm slowly but surely learning HTML and even incorporating some of the easier HTML "tricks" into my lenses. It's a lot to learn but I'll get there!

    • Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      I have built my own website before.

    • hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      It's a constant learning journey

    • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Enjoyed you lens and your summary. PIcked up some hints and links. Thanks.

    • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Definitely. There is a lot to learn, too.

    • Philippians468 6 years ago

      yes i definitely am!

    • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I confess I've been an HTML code weenie since 1995. I can find my way around CSS and JavaScript, too but I really love the simplicity and professionalism of Squidoo lens modules and styles. Web 2.0 is way easier than Web 1.0 and earlier, believe me!

    • danny79 6 years ago

      You can learn from anyone, even with basic knowledge

    • James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      ugh! I guess I didn't learn anyting HAHA!

    • James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      yes, I have learned a lot on squidoo!!! Know I know how to do so many things that really are giving our salon a leg up on our competition!

      www.matthewraysalon.com

    • Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      Yes, it is well done learning lens :)

    • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I am always learning. I like your last tip. I have had a lens crash while working on it and lost my work. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

    • Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Yes! Even thought I am a squido vet, your tips are terrific!

    • Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I didn't know anything about HTML when I began on Squidoo. The many helpful Squidoo Tips lenses available, like this one, have helped me tremendously, and I learn more every day.

    • Arc4life 6 years ago

      Yes, most definitely. Squidoo lens are chaulk filled with info and it is great that you are giving a review on it here to help make my lenses even better.

    • kt_glasses 6 years ago

      I find some module tips I didn't know before. Thanks.

    • the777group lm 6 years ago

      Squidoo + HTML + cut & paste = pretty

    • brandonmotz lm 6 years ago

      I have learned everything I know about HTML from the helpful lenses and lensmasters here on Squidoo!

    • Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, I love using HTML and CSS on my lenses. It's all about making it more appealing for the reader, content-wise and visually. So I really like to use it to spruce up my lenses! :)

    • Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very helpful!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      definitely :)

    • Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      Oh, yeah! This is great, and already in my favorites on my computer. So many of you kindly help us all, and this is sort-of like an invention-extension mini-course, in laymen's terms! Love it, and thanks!

    • pajamamoma lm 7 years ago

      absolutely!

    • Cranberri 7 years ago

      So far So good :)

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      • marckq 6 years ago

        I only learned when I signed up with Squidoo

      • irenest 7 years ago

        no

      • Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

        Not so far, but looks promising. I would like advice on the best book about HTML to buy.

      Its Just So Easy

      Building lenses is easy with Squidoo as all the coding is done for you. The difficult part is knowing what to write about and to present it in the best possible light.

      An easy Way to Get a Site with Google

      But you won't get an easier one than here on Squidoo and its about as good as they get. So let's persevere here

      Fitting the pieces together
      Fitting the pieces together

      Order Your Modules

      Do you know what you are going to talk about?

      Once your modules are added you can go to the side bar and change them around. Simple put the curser over them, one by one, and left click to move them up or down. The one that should appear at the top of the list is Bookmark followed by the New Table of Contents, then your text boxes, all of them, come next. Then move the guestbook til it is just under the text modules. Then add the flicker and Google blogs etc. If you want to keep all the other boxes that's OK. But you may find it easier to check the box beside the unwanted ones and when you press apply they are removed. At the same time your modules are set up in the order you have chosen. If you ever want to redeem a removed module just go to browse modules where we started.

      Yoou might also want to add some Amazon and other sales modules so you can sell products through the lens,

      Now to write. Start with the Introduction. What is your lens about, who are you, what's your authority for it, How will it help anyone and what should it achieve. Readers like to know up front whether this is worth reading so you put in your best punches right here. When you finish typing press Save

      Most people start a lens with nothing more than an idea and they let the flow happen, as I do, when the story develops. But, if you are not a writer and are struggling with ideas then you have a perfect tool in the modules to help you.

      On a notepad or piece of paper note down the main points of your debate. Try to get 6 to start with. That's enough for any lens. The points you note here can be the heading for each of your text modules. You are told to add a picture and this helps tremendously to create interest and keep people focused. I get my images here . But there are lots of free image resources as well but I find I can more easily negotiate and find what I want with this Company and the images are dirt cheap but very good and you have them for life. That means you can use them again and again as I have done on many of my lenses.

      Its my policy to pay for what I get as I know that others go to a lot of trouble and they deserve to be rewarded.

      You might like to read my lens How to Write Well to get some ideas on writing, before you start

      Add Borders for interest
      Add Borders for interest

      Decorate Your Lens to Create More Interest

      Add a border to your modules

      Learn how to add borders as they help to make your modules more attractive. It also gives the code for bigger font sizes and aligns the text for you. But go easy. you don't want it to be too gaudy so choose the best color scheme to fit in with your pictures and theme, etc.

      You can also learn how to add your own pictures and align them with text, etc, You should bookmark these sites and put them into a folder named Squidoo Tools as you will get a collection of them as you go on.

      There are a lot of handy hints available which will help you when you need to know.

      This lens will help dress up your work with style. Again take it easy until you know what you are doing.

      This is another tool to use on all your lenses.

      It will come to you over time.

      Most important is to make sure you rename ALL the modules in your own words. If you leave any as default titles you will get penalized by those who might otherwise rate you highly.

      Also in the top right hand corner there is a block with your bio in it. Press edit here and redo your bio to suit the topic you are writing about. Some people are very fussy about that one as well..

      Latest News
      Latest News

      Now You Can Publish

      But only when you have your lens ready for viewing by others

      Before you press publish make sure your have plenty of content. Modules with only a couple of sentences or such will quickly let you down. People want content and to learn something new from you, so don't just rehash someone else's lens as that will get you banned from Squidoo all together.

      Make sure you have it as you want it, although you can alter text, the pictures, borders, and other things by choosing edit at the top of the page on the lens afterward at any time. Only you have access to that tool. You can also add to it as much as you want at any time, correct errors, edit and eliminate typos, change the theme, and so on. You cannot alter the url or that side of things so make sure to do it right first time.

      Before you publish there is an area on the right that says Tags. Here is where you can add keywords, one per line. Some will tell you to put in strings of words while others say not to use more than one or two words. What you need to know is how people will search for your topic and arrive at your site. If you are selling cheese then 'cheese types' might be Ok whereas 'types of cheese' would be better. You can get a lot of advice on keywords in Squidoo.

      When your lens is published you can press the view lens at the top to see what it looks like. it may take a while before it is featured, however, and that is when you can go to Squid Utils and use the tools available to ping your lens and do other things.. You can also use Facebook, Twitter and Squidcast to let others know of your publication and to get back links. When you get your link from View Lens make sure you put it in the Critique Forum for others to look at and comment on. There are other forums where you can also post your link but get used to the CF first.

      Has Your Confidence Improved?

      Are you ready now to build your lens?

      yes

      yes

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        • Millionairemomma 5 years ago

          Yes it has improved. Thanks for the helpful info.

        • cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

          Yep! I am building. Learned a wee bit here... and everywhere I go on Squidoo. Nice.

        • marckq 6 years ago

          Yup, many thanks to you!

        • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          I've already built 40 lenses, but you never know too much about writing and Squidoo.

        • akumar46 lm 6 years ago

          It helped me a lot...thanks.

        • Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

          still learning...

        • GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

          on to lens 29!

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          I've made 21 lenses, and I'm ready to build the next one, but I'm aware that I still have much to learn. I'd like to encourage anyone who's hesitant to take the plunge. Squidoo makes it easy, just do it and you'll learn as you go. You'll get lots of support, too. from experienced lensmasters.

        • Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

          I am confident that I have something worth writing, confident with most of what I have learnt so far but...the reason I don't do anything about "putting my lenses out there" as it were apart from family, friends & other lensmasters, is that 1stly I have no idea how to drive traffic here except by bribery & word of mouth, 2ndly is, although I use photographs which either my daughter or myself have taken, I admit that I do also grab photo's from the internet randomly, yes I check to see if it says copyright protected but I have no idea about the creative-commons stuff nor how to tag the photo to show where I got it from (which I think is quite an important thing ?), I'm finally at the stage where, although I didn't care about who I was writing for when I began on squidoo...now after 50 lenses & still have an avid interest of becoming one who's lenses have many readers hehe...I need to knw exactly the bits which are MUSTS, ditch the bits which are A WASTE OF TIME, etc...in other words HELLLLPPPPPPP !....please x

        • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

          C'mon kids - it's fun and free!

        • blue22d 6 years ago

          I have done some study on my own, but most of what I have learned that I apply to my lenses I have learned from other Squidoo members. Nice lens.

        • Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

          Im always ready :)

        • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          I have over 200 lenses. So yes I am ready! This would have been an excellent place for me to visit when I was just getting started.

        • Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          My confidence improves with each lens I write. Now I just need to learn how to create lenses faster! With only 22 lenses in a whole year, it will take me more than 2 years to reach my next goal -- that of Giant! :)

        • brandonmotz lm 6 years ago

          I am always ready to build a lens! Just give me some coffee and I am good to go. :)

        • modz 7 years ago

          It is very helpful information. Thank You. 5* for lens

        • Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

          Confidence up, very helpful, and off to polish lenses!

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          • Carole11 6 years ago

            Not yet, but you have definitely inspired me to keep thinking about it! I have only made one lens and you came by and visited which is how I found this one. I clicked through your name. I am not sure how to do anything, but that worked for me.

          • the777group lm 6 years ago

            No, I need a little bit of inspiration.

          Special Things to Know About Squidoo

          It's a huge community

          To start with its a huge community of web masters who use lens building for all types of things. Some just use it to write stories about things they know and are interested in. Others use it to advertise products, and you can do that either through affiliate sales you generate on your own or through sites like Amazon, eBay, Zazzle, Cafe Press, and so on. You will find there are modules for each of these in the Browse Modules section. They are simple enough to follow.

          (My lenses add to my marketing efforts as I send the url to my lists of subscribers who have opted for information about my Malls. This saves me writing huge newsletters all the time.)

          You will also be able to put in links to your blog as well as to blogs or news reports on Google. The video modules you included can lead you to some more great material to enhance your lens. Just click uTube or one of the others and type your subject in the search box. Select the video you like the best and copy and paste its url from the top of your browser into the slot in the video section. Press save and then move the video module to the most appropriate spot in you lens.

          We also added some duel modules. These help to engage your audience in your site. Ask a simple question, preferably with a yes or no answer and its done. Again add these in the most appropriate spots.

          Black boxes: These also add to your lenses, as I have done in this one. Just type in some text and select the color from the bar on the left and you're done. Then move them in the side bar to the most appropriate position.

          Finally add an inviting sentence to encourage people to leave a comment and follow this with your star rating module.

          You will notice that I have an additional text box and this is what I do with it. On all my lenses I have an invitation to join Squidoo and you can get paid if others join under you. You can check the details out in your Stats at the top of the Dashboard.

          Still images from Dreamstime - click here

          © 2010 norma-holt

          . . . Please scribe your note here before you leave. Thanks Remember do these quizzes to earn yourself heaps of points

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              norma-holt 4 years ago

              @Girlwiththorns: So glad it has helped you. Nice to see you here as well.

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              Girlwiththorns 4 years ago

              Great easy to understand introduction. Thanks :)

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              Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              It's only very recently that I started feeling it's fun building these lenses.

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              GreenerDays 4 years ago

              Thanks for collecting all these useful lens building resources in one place!

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              VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

              Wonderful for beginners and wonderful for a refresher course. Thanks you.

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              poutine 4 years ago

              Excellent lens for beginners on Squidoo and even for some more advanced lensmasters.

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              SteveKaye 4 years ago

              This is wonderful. Now I'm going to go back and check out the many resources that you cited. Thank you!

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              Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

              There is so much to learn. I appreciate this lens as well as all the lenses that help new squids to create great lenses.

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              Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

              Very helpful lens. I will need to come back. Thank you.

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              miaponzo 5 years ago

              Thanks for all your building help!!! Blessed!

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Great tips and wonderful use of the duel module. It's always fun to read before and after testimonials from lensmasters.

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              writerslist 6 years ago

              Great lens... Thanks for sharing.

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              Nicole_Anderson 6 years ago

              This was just what I needed, as I was reading it was almost as if you were in my head lol, a really useful and helpful lens. Thank you for putting it all together and sharing...

              Nicole.

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              LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

              This lens is very helpful and easy to understand. Thanks so much for taking the time to create something so useful to many people :)

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              marckq 6 years ago

              Your lenses are very helpful, thanks for being very generous. Building great Squidoo lenses can be very challenging

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              marckq 6 years ago

              Your lenses are very helpful, thanks for being very generous. Building great Squidoo lenses can be very challenging

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              Harshitha LM 6 years ago

              I liked the 'Order your module' section. I have published few lenses yet I do not know all the options and modules available. This lens is very helpful...

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              akumar46 lm 6 years ago

              Nice tips for making great lenses...thanks.

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              masunyoananda 6 years ago

              Learn a lot here........great lens....thanks for sharing..............

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              sdtechteacher 6 years ago

              Very helpful, thank you!

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              Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

              Love it...thank you for the help!

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              jojokaya lm 6 years ago

              very informative lens.

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              Beduage 6 years ago

              Very helpful for newbie like me

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              GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

              good lens fundamentals, nice job :)

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              jvsper63 6 years ago

              I am so glad i decided to come here tonight. I was having a problem with my tags,other stuff also but now i know i wasn't putting them in right! Thank you..Great lens

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              This lens is a great resource for information. Even though I'm not the newest of newbies, I know I still need to learn a lot. I got a lot of valuable information from this lens. Bookmarked, liked and favorited. I'm sure I'll refer to it on a daily basis for a long time! This is one of the most easy-to-understand "How To" lenses I've seen. Thanks!

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              Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

              This is great info, and well explained, I have been here a while, but I have spotted a few resources I have not seen, and I know you find the best resources, so I am off to check it out! You make it sound so easy, wait a minute....that's the fun part it is so easy that you don't need to be put off, learn from these great lensmasters and you will soon have lenses building up nicely.

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              Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

              This is great info, and well explained, I have been here a while, but I have spotted a few resources I have not seen, and I know you find the best resources, so I am off to check it out! You make it sound so easy, wait a minute....that's the fun part it is so easy that you don't need to be put off, learn from these great lensmasters and you will soon have lenses building up nicely.

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              Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

              I learned some new things from this lens. I plan to print it out and highlight some things in it.

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              Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

              Ok ...so...I have read your lens, as I also read other lenses which are supposedto (& indeed do help other people)..so why oh why am I still none the wiser as to get my lenses read by people other than those I know, nor about how to know that I not breaking copyright laws etc...grrr how come everyone else..even kids seem to pick it up so damn quickly whilst I just go round in circles...still exactly where i was this time last year...more miles yes but...apart from more lenses with a few more readers...getting nowhere fast ? Maybe I should consider ..Giving it up as a bad idea altogether & be happy writing as I have , foe..almost no-one or...Aaarghhhh lol x

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              oioioii

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              Great tips and small steps to build a lend in Squidoo. I remember as a newbie how I started and got used to the Squidoo interface and that I have fallen in love with it.

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              jennikitten lm 6 years ago

              I'm still getting the hang of Squidoo, so I've favourited this one as well as giving it a thumbs up! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my lenses :)

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              hayleylou lm 6 years ago

              This is a great resource. Wish I had found it when I started out here. **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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              Philippians468 6 years ago

              love your lens! thank you for such an informative lens! cheers

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              Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

              Thanks for featuring Squidoo Tech Stew - it's really a group effort of how to build and market Squidoo lenses created from the best how-to lenses right here at Squidoo, lenses like this one!

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              Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

              This is an excellent and helpful guide. Sure wish I had it when I started, but I had you and that was even better. Thanks for all of the help!

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              danny79 6 years ago

              Very helpful, a summery of a sea of material on the web and on squidoo

              Will use it

              Thanks

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              DallasNicole LM 6 years ago

              Great lens! As are all of yours!

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              reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

              Thanks for this helpful lens, skiesgreen! Just started my twitter account and I would like to tweet this first.JM

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              This how to build Squidoo lens is so great .. dear, Norma. I love it .. Add to my favorite .. and I think this how to lens will help a lot of Squidoo newbies to do the lenses easier :)

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              Khalid-Osman 6 years ago

              Very nice lens. Love it!

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              Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

              Just had to return, now that I have a bit of 'Angel Dust', to ~~Bless~~ this Very Helpful Lens

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              Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

              I remember when I first started out, I didn't have a clue. Too bad I hadn't read something like this then. Wonderful how to build a lens article. Thumbs up all the way!

              Thanks so much for featuring. "How to Promote a Print on Demand Shop on Squidoo"

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              Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

              Great advice for beginners. I still consider myself in that category. Blessed

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              rachsue lm 6 years ago

              As always, a great lens, So much advice. Thank you so much!!

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              Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

              How did I ever miss this lens? It's filled with wonderful advice for creating lenses, plus the bonus of some terrific resources. Bookmarked for future reference!

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              felixthecat12b lm 6 years ago

              Thanks for letting me know about your lens. I'm not sure why I haven't found it sooner! One place with a wealth of info.

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              Carole11 6 years ago

              I never realized what all was possible with Squidoo. Thanks for teaching me so much and keep up the great work!

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              Arc4life 6 years ago

              Great Lens ! Thank you for the information- lots of features I was not aware of

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              Pete D 6 years ago

              Great lens. Rated and favorites so I can revisit it later. Thanks

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              eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

              Great lens! Lots of help to people just getting started. Blessed and lensrolled to my Newbie's Guide to Squidoo lens.

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              mich1908 6 years ago

              What a fantastic and useful lense! I particularly liked the images and decoration part. Thank you.

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              the777group lm 6 years ago

              I hope it get some mini Squidoos wriggling into their first lenses.

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              Great help and intro to new lensmasters! I remember when I first heard about Squidoo and a lens, I wondered if I would need a camera LOL - Kathy

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              MrLewisSmile LM 7 years ago

              Very creative lens!

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              Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              Great lens with very useful and practical tips and advice for anyone who want to successfully build Squidoo lenses. Thanks for featuring my Squid-School lens. Keep up the good work! :)

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              drivinghelp 7 years ago

              Great guide for referring back to. Excellent advice

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              southshoretees 7 years ago

              Squidoo does make it pretty easy to make a great looking lens. Thanks for this guide, very helpful.

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              jolou 7 years ago

              Great info. I've been making lenses for some time, but didn't know how to make the nice borders and other things. Thanks for linking to other lenses as well. 5 stars for sure!

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              VeggieGeek 7 years ago

              Very helpful lens, and a beautiful looking one too! Thanks for all the information :)

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              Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

              Wonderful guide for building lenses. Well done!

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              Davidfstillwagon 7 years ago

              Great introduction to squidoo! 5* and fav'd it

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              Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

              Wish I had seen this, when I first started. Great info, and thanks!

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              pajamamoma lm 7 years ago

              great lens and so helpful! I will be coming back to refresh my memory often as I continue on my squidoo quest!

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              Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

              This is a wonderful resource, especially for newbies! How could I have missed this one. Nicely crafted too. *blessed*

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              Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

              I wish I had seen this lens in November 2009 when I first started writing Squidoo lenses - it would have saved me an awful lot of time struggling to find out how to do things, getting it wrong, and editing bits over and over again to get them halfway decent!

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              BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

              Very comprehensive and a great help to newcomers. A great refresher course, too, for those of us who've been around. Lensrolling and featured in Squidoo Help Videos since they do go along quite well together. Thanks so much.

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              semas 7 years ago

              A well presented lens to guide newcomers! 5*

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              Cranberri 7 years ago

              Thank you! Very helpful!

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              bbudoyono lm 7 years ago

              This is awesome! Thanks for it.

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              Patricia 7 years ago

              Nice job on this lens. Great for Newbies!

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              Hearts in Ink 7 years ago

              Hi Norma

              Some useful ideas here. Thanks. I've bookmarked the links in the Decorate your lens module as they look pretty useful to me.

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              Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

              Your lens that describes the basic steps to create a lens will certainly be of great help to newcomers on Squidoo. Those who send out email invites to friends to join squidoo can include the link to your lens. It would get prospective newcomers that much more interested when they see how easy it is to make a lens.