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A Treasure Chest of Squidoo Writing Ideas to Help You Reach Top Tiers

Updated on February 26, 2014

How Can My Top Ten Lenses Help You Succeed at Squidoo?

Your own experience is a treasure chest. Open it to discover the wealth that is hidden inside!

Yesterday I was talking to a new lensmaster who wanted his Squidoo lenses to do better and make more money. He was making a mistake that is very common among new writers and chosing topics that were very broad. He was having trouble because those topics have a lot of competition and he was not getting traffic.

I suggested rather than try to appeal to a broad base of people, that he narrow his writing topics to his own experiences. This lensmaster is from a part of the world I have always found fascinating but never had the chance to visit. I would love for this gentleman to write about his neighborhood, the people he knows, the recipes his mother and grandmother cooked for him, his life as a school child, his first job, how he met his wife. These topics are winners on Squidoo, but too often overlooked by new writers who underestimate their appeal.

I would like to share with you my top performing Squidoo lenses and how I got the idea to write about each one. None of these lenses developed out of a desire to figure out which topic would make the most money. Although I do want to make money. I absolutely do! Trying to calculate a financial winner for some reason does not work. I hope to show that what does work is writing from your own personal experience.

Here are my top lenses and how I got the ideas to write them! All of these lenses are currently either in Tier One or Two. I hope by sharing them with you it will help you examine your own experiences to get some fresh ideas for your lenses!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great work. I love these lenses that feature the newest 10. I think I deleted mine somewhere along the way.

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      4 years ago

      Very interesting and thought provoking. It has not given me any new ideas yet but I'm sure some will come to me later. Thank you.

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      Old Navy Guy 

      4 years ago

      I have written from experience in the past. Nice lens here. I am surprised more people have not found it and read it. It opened my eyes to a lot of things. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      ~That's a nice touch on a simple "lensography"- and clever way to make your top ten lenses an even bigger success! Naturally, they all deserve it. Have fun around:)

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      5 years ago

      You are ALWAYS an inspiration to me. Your articles show real thought and always deliver more than I expect. You're a great role model for Squidooers.

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      Alisha Vargas 

      5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      There are so many ideas for lenses, all around us and you are so right, sometimes it's the obvious ones that make the best lenses :)

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Inspiration is all around us :) *blessed

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for some great writing ideas. My experience is much like most popular lenses are not ones that I set out to make lots of money...they are just about my personal experience. blessed

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are wonderful examples of how to write about things we know about and are passionate about, and in my experience those lenses always turn out to be the most engaging and, ultimately, lucrative. Authenticity always pays off! Blessed. :)

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      5 years ago

      This is one of the most enjoyably readable lenses about succeeding on Squidoo that I have read.

      And, K, I can't tell you how many times I have thought about your chicken coop (we used to have a shed just like yours!). Every time I do laundry, I think of you hand washing your clothes. So, your memorable lenses are memorable for me, too!

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      Timothy Arends 

      6 years ago from Chicago area

      Most of your lens ideas seem to be about thriftiness and saving money, rather than more potentially lucrative topics such as reviews of big-ticket items. How do you monetize such lenses?

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      6 years ago

      Yes and I find that they are easier and more enjoyable to write. Thanks for sharing how you get ideas and what is working for you - Blessed.

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      6 years ago

      This is exactly what I needed to read today I realized today that I was getting too caught up in trying to figure out how to make a profit I was starting to suk the fun out of writing! Thank you

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been meaning to write more problem solving lenses. My top ranked lens right now is one of those.

      This is full of excellent ideas for lens topics. I'll feature it on my newbies lens and my Squidoo tips lens, What I Learned This Week.

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      Heather B 

      6 years ago

      Tell your daughter I love Arthur as well! ;-) Thanks for the tips!

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      6 years ago

      Sometimes I write from my experiences and sometimes not. For example, I've a vegetarian, and I write a lot of vegetarian lenses, but I can see how perhaps I should write a few more 1st person lenses. Good tips.


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