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How to Set Goals for Squidoo

Updated on March 14, 2012

Squidoo Goal Setting

If you landed here, you are likely busy setting your goals for Squidoo. Setting Squidoo goals can happen at the first of a month, a quarter, a year, or on your birthday! Whatever plan makes you happy, that's the way to do them!

These are just my suggestions, but hopefully they will set your own ideas in motion! As always, enjoy your work and creativity at Squidoo. When it stops being fun, your readers will know. That's the time to take a break!

Wishing you every success in meeting all your Squidoo goals!

Squidoo Community Goals

How will you participate in the Squidoo Community this year? Is there a volunteer position just waiting for you?

You will want to set goals for visiting, too. How many lenses will you visit this year, ranking and commenting? if you visit just five lenses a day for a year (or 360 days allowing for a few missed days), you will visit 1800 lenses a year! Not only will you learn about a variety of subjects, but you will be exposed to different styles of creating lenses and get to know many of your fellow lensmasters.

How many lenses will you read next year?

What is your schedule for visiting Squidoo lenses?

I intend to read 3-5 lenses a day for over 1000 for the year.

I intend to read 3-5 lenses a day for over 1000 for the year.

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  • Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

    I try to read at least 5 lenses a day. It's a great learning experience.

  • purplelady 7 years ago

    I have not been keeping track of the lenses I read; because one lens will have a link or a comment that will take me to another and so on and so on. I have started keeping an email addressed to myself in my Drafts and have been adding lens URLs and other links to that Draft email that I can reference. But it is not a very organized way to do it; so I think that I shall take your lens to heart and say I shall read at least 3-5 a day and keep track of them according to category. Thanks for providing the pep talk in here. 5 Goals and 1 Giant Fave so I will know where you are at all times.

  • ohcaroline 7 years ago

    I enjoy reading lenses as much as writing them (well, almost as much). I think I read more than the 5-a-day. There's so much to learn from them.

  • JJNW 7 years ago from USA

    I would LOVE to visit all the great pages on Squidoo!! This is a great goal. I try to Twitter to folks to remember to support each other. Thanks for reminding ME! Follow me on Twitter at and tweet me when you make new lenses and I will follow you. That will be a good reminder too!

  • Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    Geez I would think 800 by next year.

  • Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

    I'm aiming for 5 a day ... just like my veggies.

  • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    I kinda cheated on this answer. I looked at my stats and in the last 6 months I have rated over 1500 lenses. I don't have a schedule exactly. I just like to read.

  • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

    I usually always read at least 5 a day. I hadn't added it up before. No wonder I am so addicted to Squidoo!

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    I really do try very hard to read at least 5 lenses per day. I learn all sorts of things and meet nice people too.

I don't keep track of how many lenses I read.

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  • cmadden 4 years ago

    I don't keep track, except when a monster comes up to tell me :->. I would resolve to organize this activity more, but I know myself well enough to know it wouldn't last - one distraction from one lens to another, and there I go, down the rabbit hole for another chunk of time. Sigh.

  • Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I don't really keep track of this, but do visit lenses daily - especially to those who have visited mine. Also I visit some regularly in my Squidoo angel category, but always feel way behind on this.

  • blue22d 7 years ago

    I tried to keep track in a lens but I could not keep up. I haven't made the commitment as to how many I will read this year but I know I will enjoy them. It is good to have goals and I appreciate your lens.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    It's only when I get questions like this that I may actually go and check how many lenses I have read. But then I have read more than my stats say, because I reckon there's a huge number I have landed on and then got off as quick as I could ;)

    I dont have a visit schedule, but I guess I should make it part of my Time Management!

  • EelKat13 7 years ago

    oh my - I have no idea how many lenses I read per day - all I know is I've already rated well over 6,000 lenses since I joined Squidoo, so I average about 2,000 per year this being my 3rd year here. No doubt I'll add another 2,000 before this year is out, maybe more.

  • AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

    Currently, I don't keep track of how many lenses I read and rate. However, in the new future, I will try to set a goal of about 3 - 5 per day. Otherwise, I fear, Squidoo will consume my life because, just clicking on one lens has kept me on the computer for an additional hour, or more, because it led me on an extended journey which I hadn't, initially, counted on. Now I know better.... so I'll likely set a goal but not limit myself if inspiration strikes.

  • WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

    I know I read and rate too many as I've rated 2,693 in a year and a half but...I enjoy it.

  • MarcMooney 7 years ago

    Currently I am researching Squidoo, at the moment I am reading about 10 a day, but I think I will stop counting soon, personally I think I will read more than I write. This will ensure that the ones I do write are as as good as they can be.

  • Bambi Watson 7 years ago

    On Jan 8th I will have been at Squidoo for 1 year, I have rated 2,578 lenses as of today... since I only rate about 1/3 of all the lenses I visit...I guess that averages to about 20-30 lenses every day?

    I don't really keep track, but I know I visit a lot of lenses lol!

  • greenerme 7 years ago

    Right now I have no schedule to read lenses. I tend to go after lenses that grab my attention, like this one did in the forums. Some days I might visit 30, other times I might have a couple weeks go by without visiting a lens. All in all, probably around 3 per day is what I'm averaging.

  • julcal 7 years ago

    I will do my usual morning routine, get through my morning rush, and then check my "favorites" along with twitter. This usually keeps me busy for at least an hour of lens reading. In fact, I have to tear myself away or my day would be filled with reading lenses. I can't keep track, every day is different, due to my other business. I really hit the ground running each day.

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Are you a goalsetter?

Do you set goals for your Squidoo activities?

Yes! Squidoo is my business on line. I set firm goals and plans.

Yes! Squidoo is my business on line. I set firm goals and plans.

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  • Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Yes, and find that I'm not very productive without focus on goals. I think those who are self-employed need goals more than anyone.

  • AmateurAtHTML 6 years ago

    I'm new here, but I hope I'll get good at goal setting...and goal achieving, which is the big issue!


  • ohcaroline 7 years ago

    I've been a squid about a month now...and yes I have goals.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    Errr......I try to set goals Joan!

  • EelKat13 7 years ago

    Squidoo is my #2 source of income (after Zazzle) so for me it's a business and is treated as such. Originally I had a goal of creating one new lens a day, but once I hit 300 lenses I changed it to 3 new lenses per week instead, because I had to allow time to update the older lenses.

    Today, 500+ lenses later, I still use the 3 lenses per week goal and I try to update no less than 10 lenses per week. I'm on Squidoo about 4 hours per day as a result, but it pays off.

  • ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

    Work full time but Squidoo is more than a hobby for me. I set a lot of goals. Unfortuately I'm usually scrambling to meet them. I'm organized but there is just not enough hours in the day.

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  • AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

    I work outside the home but, like anywhere else, I do set goals for myself. Ironically, I even set a goal to relax; otherwise, I will miss that opportunity for an extended period of time - except during sleeping hours. Insane, isn't it?

  • MarcMooney 7 years ago

    Yes 2010 will be the "Year of the Squid" for me.

  • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

    I am definitely a goalsetter.

  • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

    I am also a goal setter.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    Yes, I'm a goalsetter, like you Joan. I've outlined some reachable goals for myself.

No. Squidoo is just my hobby. I Squidoo at my leisure.

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  • Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

    I can't say that Squidoo is a hobby but I hoped to have more than 200 lenses before my third anniversary. Since that's only a few days away, I am determined to have 250 before the end of the year.

  • Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

    I guess I'm more of a feet first kind of person and I just jump into the puddle and start splashing around. It's fun, but a bit messy too.

  • Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I set short goals but not much on Long Range Goals. My sister is much better at that than I am

  • julcal 7 years ago

    No, when I set goals for doing lenses i found myself stressed about it. Now I come and go. Each time I come back I find lens-making more and more of a joy. I just made a new lens to SEO a new website. It's still a work in progress, but when I'm finished I feel motivated to do another Jung lens!

Creating Lenses

Squidoo Lens Creation Plan

How many new lenses do you want to create this year? 50? 100? 200? After you determine the number of lenses you want to create, simply divide that by the time available. For example, to make 50 lenses in one year, you only need to create one lens a week. Most people have time to create at least one lens a week. When you have 50 qualified lenses, you can apply for Giant Squid Status.

Or if you are a Giant Squid working on 100 lenses, just one lens a week for a year will accomplish that goal as well.

The Ever Present Goal of Making Money

Making Money on Squidoo

How much money would you like to make from your lenses this year? Again, break down the number to the months of the year. If you are making $10 a month now, can you double, triple, quadruple that amount next year? How on earth do people make money at Squidoo?

Study the most successful lensmasters. You will not see spammy lenses and you will learn the best way to present products and make sales.

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Did you get busy and set some super Squidoo goals?

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      cricketlady 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great advice about setting Squidoo goals, Joan. Your questions made me think.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      Actually, I am pinning this for easy reference. There is information that I need to spend some time digesting. Thanks for sharing this.

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      AmateurAtHTML 6 years ago

      Good advice...good page. Thank you for the tips!

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for these great tips and ideas - I am inspired!

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      Winter52 LM 7 years ago

      What a coincidence that I found my way here today. I was just thinking of this very topic. It is so easy to lose your way. I think that I just found mine again. :)

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      You are an inspiration! Thankyou. I should really set some solid goals.

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      purplelady 7 years ago

      I have never been very good at setting goals. I used to blame the fact that I had so many things to do and not enough time that I couldn't set goals but always vowed that I would change and do better. Now I know that it is true that people do not really change. Also, now that I am older, I blame AAADD (Aging Associated Attention Deficit Disorder) for my not setting goals. It is hard to set goals when you know that some "bright, new shiny thing" will come along and you would just have to set new goals all over again. But, dare I say, "I will try." I will FAVE this lens so that I will be reminded of your great ideas and as blue22d said, "your voice is going to haunt me!"

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      semas 7 years ago

      An inspiring lens from an inspiring person.I love visiting your lenses and always find something new to learn each time.

      Thank you for following my blog.It gives great pleasure to know that you liked my work.


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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I just might....your voice is going to haunt me! Thanks Joan.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Yep- Thanks, Joan!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Have joined Senior Squids on your recommendation, Joan. My goals are to learn more about making money, make the best lenses I can and just have fun with it all.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      @myraggededge: You will enjoy the Senior Squids - that's a great bunch of folks!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I haven't set any Squidoo goals for 2010 (where did January go?) I do think it's important to visit other lenses, and I think I can hit 10,000 rated lenses by the end of this year. Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your Purple Star JOan and thank you for trying your best to keep me on track :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I have goals. I just hope I have the time to meet them.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm just formulating my goals right now, but my PLAN is to become a Giant Squid by the end of 2010... maybe even before! Mainly I want to learn and grow and become the best lensmaster I can be, not just for myself, but for the Squidoo community.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Great lens, Joan! I intend to expand on a few of the niche areas of my lenses. That's as close to a goal as I can achieve, in terms of lens creations, for the upcoming year - but I'm willing to bet I may surprise myself. :)

      Congrats on that twinkling little purple star up there!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star and Happy New Year 2010! :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star. I am not sure about my goals. I just keep reading and writing and loving every minute.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on that shiny purple star - well earned and most deserved. Thanks for the Squidoo goal setting prompts.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      You didn't have an option for me on the duel lol...I think I'm pretty involved with Squidoo, enough to say it's not just a hobby lol, but I'm very anti-goal setting for myself. I know that setting goals helps a lot of people, but for me it just makes me lazy...If I give myself a deadline in the future, I won't actually do the work until the deadline...

      I do better just acting on ideas & such right now...setting goals & making plans just gives me a reason not to do it now, then I get all stressed out & by the time the deadline arrives I don't really enjoy myself... So instead I just take it one day at a time & get the most out of everyday that I can...that way I only do the stuff I really need to do or enjoy & I don't stress out over the rest...I know I'm a weirdo lol!

      Great lens! I know it will really help all the goal setters out there!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      This year, I'd like to get even more focused than the previous year on topics, and see how well that works for me. I've set some goals and I'd like to stick to them! Thanks for this great lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This is a great lens! i haven't really set my 2010 goals yet, but you certainly gave me a few things to think about!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Super lens, Joan. You are the Queen of Goal Setting. One of these days I am going to take your advice and do much more of it.

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      inkserotica 7 years ago

      Great lens :) 5* and have lensrolled you to my goal setting lens and given you a sprinkling of Angel dust!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I really enjoyed this lens. Great idea. Thanks for all you have done to help me along my with reaching my goals. Blessed by a squidoo angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great job, as always Joan! Let's make those goals a reality in 2010! Sprinkled a little Angel dust while I was visiting!

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      julcal 7 years ago

      Joan, this is a great topic for a lens and you did, as usual, a great job with it. Thanks for the thoughtful reading!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Yeek!! It's almost 1/1/2010!! I must

      start getting my years end review in motion!!

      And based on that, my entire future!!

      I love the graphics on this lens!!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I need to be diligent and write down my goals. These are great suggestions to get started.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Some great suggestions to nudge us in the right direction as far as Squidoo goal setting.