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SquidU: Tricks of the Trade

Updated on June 21, 2013

Squidoo Tricks of the Trade

If you haven't dropped by SquidU and explored the "Tricks of the Trade" section; you really ought to. Even if you have stopped by before, it is worth going back to regularly. There will always be new tips being told that might make your life a lot easier. In this lens I have included some of the best threads in the "Ticks of the Trade" part of SquidU. (I have also written a brief summary of the threads and put them into related categories.) Lastly, I have included some related lenses about different Squidoo Tricks of the Trade. If you like this lens check out the shop keeper talk version.

Google Keyword Research
Google Keyword Research

Keyword Research

When building a lens a lot of people ask, "Does it matter what I make my Lens about?" The answer: No! You can build a lens on whatever you want. The trick is to get traffic. You need good keywords/tags if you want to get traffic. They need to be related to your lens, and they need to be searched a lot. Any keywords will get you traffic, but you want traffic that is interested in your lens. So if your lens is about "vintage radios," you wouldn't picks keywords like "discount shoes," "shoes," or "cheap shoes." The traffic you would get would not be interested in what your lens is about. If you are selling something you need the perfect keywords. Keywords really are that big of a deal. Keyword research shows you what people are searching for, how many are searching that term, how competitive that keyword is, and even related keywords. Here are some threads from the tricks of the trade section of Squid U. I have also listed some related lenses specific to keyword research.

Google Insights and keyword research thread.

"Unique" content

Getting Chosen keywords into your important intro

Beating your competition at the keyword research

Keyword Research trick for amazon affiliates

Squidoo eBooks

Get some more tips from squidoo eBooks. Don't find any of them useful then write your own and make an eBook today.


Lens Stats and testing

On squidoo there are many SEO analysts, internet markets and many tech savvy people when it comes to the internet. Some of the biggest questions start with why and how on squidoo to these people. "Why is my lens rank so low?" "How can I get more traffic to my site?" "Does having a poll or duel on my lens make it better or worse?" Those are simply just a few of the commonly asked questions. Here are some threads that I found very interesting. The First one is on testing and studying changes on lenses how to do it and why. The second to me is the most interesting it has tons of neat tricks of on and off page optimization but i really like the first post on should we really trust the common wisdom.

Testing results Whys, Hows, and even some other results from great lensmasters

Things to optmize on lenses/ Testing Common Knowldge

Find Your Lens on Google

Conversion -- How to Boost Clickouts and Sales

Squidoo and Flickr

One of the coolest things I learned from the tricks and trade section are how powerful images are. I never noticed it before but surprisingly you can get tons of traffic through having your pictures in google images. This first thread talks about getting easy traffic from flickr. Last but not least talks about aligning your picture in a text box to fit the needs of your lens.

Getting Traffic with Flickr

Aligning pictures in a text module

SquidU Forum Now on Squidoo

SquidU Form threads currently still exist however to keep up with current information check out the Squidoo Forum

Blogging Tips and Tricks

If you aren't familiar with blogging you should be. You are either trying to get people to your blogs to see your content and make sales, or using blogs to get people to your website. You should also have social media somewhere in that mix. Either way blogs are crucial to getting traffic. Here are some blogging tips to help you get traffic.

Guest blogging: Guest blogging is probably the best blogging tip I can offer you. Guest blogging is easy traffic and you can even earn money form guest blogging. The idea of Guest Blogging is simple. Get a guest with klout to write on your blog. This is a win win situation. Gives you free content and their influence, and possible sales. In return they get more exposure to them and get to write an article for a really great blog. The networking is amazing Guest blogging is great if you are getting guest bloggers, being a guest blogger yourself or both.

Lens Rank

Lens rank is the overall or category rank of how your lens compares to others. To some this is a diffrence from getting more attention to their lens and more traffic. To others it's about getting in the tier system to make some money from the squidoo adpool. Some spend time forever trying to get higher in lensrank with little movement other with huge success. Here are some interesting threads i found about lens rank. The first one is about what goes into page rank and it's factors this is really interesting. Although no one knows the exact formula for lens rank this showed me some factors i never had thought about. The second one is about the new feature lens rank boost and when to use it. Again like previous section i have added related lenses to for this subject as well.

Lens Rank Factors

When to use turbo boost

The Lens Rank Update Official from Squidoo

On page Optimzation

When you look through the testing lenses sections threads you learned or already knew that about on page optimzation and off page optimzation also called linking. Here are a couple of threads that talk about certain ways to optimize your lenses for either really good results or some really cool uses of modules. I also added a thread on the discovery tool.

Thread on the Page Break Module

Putting Music on a lens

Customizing your lens to work with an Amazon Store

Squidoo Discovery Tool

Font Color

Keep your lens updated with out having to update it Trick

Over Optimzation

Content Lenses

Table of Contents SEO Trick

Secret Video Trick to bring tons of traffic

Optmize your intro with this google snippet tool

Make your lens stand out with HTML

HTML Tool for website and squidoo lenses

Lens internlinking note

Off Page Optimzation / Linking

Although building lenses and optimizing them on page is helpful so is optimizing them off page also known as linking is as well. There are many diffrent ways to link and many debates over linking as well. Some of these ways are Bookmarking, RSS Feeds and Article Marketing. The most common type of linking is linking where you go of page and try and get a link to your lens. There are many debates and discussions on these links such as follows vs no follows and page rank. Those are what the threads are about. I have also included a group of lenses with tons more information on bookmarking and submitting urls.

Squidoo and Directories trick

Getting Traffic/ Follow and No Follow debate

Page Rank and more Follow and No Follow Debate

Article Linking

Quality Backlinks

Traffic and Cash

What Can you do with the right tools

New Squidoo Directory just for your lenses

Posterous a really great blogging tool

IP address and backlinks

Google Panda Algorithm

Increasing your chance of getting Lens of the day | LOTD

Quantity of Domains and Backlinks debate

Thread Linking Technique

social media sites
social media sites

Earning Money on Squidoo

A lot of lensmasters goals is to incorporate these goals and make money online and on squidoo. This is very possible there are many who make hundreds of dollars if done correctly others, make be lucky to get a few dollars here and there. Learn how to make money online and on squidoo from this section

Making money on squidoo basics

Squidoo eBooks

Money by make an eBooks

Power of goals and money.

How people got rich on squidoo

Squidoo and Internet Marketing Videos

Here are some videos to help you with your journey on squidoo and making money online

you and squidU
you and squidU

You and Squid U

From this lens you can tell I am a huge fan of Squid U. Not only can you find a lot of useful information on what to do to increase lensrank, to drive traffic, and get tips on making better lenses in general -- it is also a thriving community of creative genius! The forum is populated by Squidoo staff, veterans, experienced lensmasters, and newbies; just like you! There is so much to learn about the SquidU Forum! Here are the two threads I chose to conclude this lens. They will help you a lot.

Get Squid U to work For you.

Helping each other out through Squid U and ebooks.

Tip Drop

Make money on your lenses wit shop keeper talk

Squidoo Success Stories

Get Updates

Favorite this lens to get new updates so you can stay on top.

Squidoo Module Secrets

There are tons of modules on Squidoo some aren't used as much as the should be and other can be used for different reasons to dramatically increase the efficiency of your lens.

Craft Lens Secrets with cooking modules

Did you Learn Anything new?

Did you Learn anything new?

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Optmizied Lens Now What?

Great now you know how to optimize your lens. Now what? First optimization is a never ending process. There are always be a need to keep your content current and new ways to optimize your lens. The question is do I keep the lens or should I sell it.

Here is a squid U thread about what you should know about selling and keeping your squidoo lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! Thanks. I believe this is the most informative lens that I have read. So much good stuff. I will be returning again and again. ....

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      HosieryQueen 4 years ago

      Very nice lens... Lots of interesting and useful information and links... There is no reason for not loving and liking this lens! Great work! :)

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      Notafraid 4 years ago

      Very helpful. Thank you!

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      linsm76 4 years ago

      I hate reading something that I expect to give me information only to have to click on link after link after link to get it, if I get it then. Time to move on.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a newbie. Thanks show much for the information. I've bookmarked your lens.

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      racingdatabase 4 years ago

      Great advice - I learned a lot, thanks!

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      DigiDollars 4 years ago

      Great info...valuable for any squid.

      Thanks for taking the time to share.

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      bdwilliams lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I had no idea about lens rank before.

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      JonTempleton 5 years ago

      I had no idea how lens rank worked. Thanks for sharing! *like*

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      psk09 5 years ago

      Your off-page optimization linking information is excellent. Great resource here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent list of resources! Thank you for sharing this!

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      George McCasland 5 years ago

      I can say that I have a lot of trouble understanding this subject, though now I am trying as three of my lenses appear to shot up in Google Ranking. My top lens has a 4/10 ranking, which I presume is good. Hits are up 1000% from March to July, and I have already exceeded the July hits with today passing 300 hits for on day, and there is still two hours to go before the cutoff for the day.

      I'm trying to understand why this lenses, and the two other that are not doing quite as well as it, but are picking up speed, suddenly got the attention of Google, so that I can duplicate it on all the other lenses. All my material is built around a central theme of understanding family law for the layman. It is especially interesting considering all the Attorneys trying to do the same thing, and paying hosting services to help them get there. I'm just an old fart living in a nursing home with a pension for research.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      You have a wealth of information here.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Really informative, thanks for the great info!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I will be coming back here to learn more!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      Very informative lens, I will bookmark it and refer back to it constantly.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Nice lens, surprised it's so low down

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      jacinto888 6 years ago

      Very informative, it wil ltake a while to incorporate all of the info on this lens!

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      This answered many of the questions that I had about how to make quality lenses, Thanks so much.

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      schatzjopi 6 years ago

      thanks for this excellent lens

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      Thankyou for the excellent references and VERY useful information

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      benisterben 6 years ago

      very very useful! thank you! book marking this now!

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      pablina31 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great lense. I certainly learned something new and will implement the ideas you have given me.

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      pablina31 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great lense. I certainly learned something new and will implement the ideas you have given me.

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Thanks for helpful information!!

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      Alejandra Duris 6 years ago

      Thank you for your help.

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      Ken Parker 6 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      Great lens about tricks and trade. I learned a lot.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Thanks for the advice!

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      mantasticman 6 years ago

      Great job ! Good info, Thanks!!!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 6 years ago

      Love the 'cute modules to spice up your lens'. I tend to use the same format over and over.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Learned a lot, very helpful - thanks!

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      TheKids LM 6 years ago

      "Amazing horde of info Batman." I'll be back to click the rest of your content links, but right now my browser's packed! It's readin' time!

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      Luminosity LM 6 years ago

      What is really funny is all of these things remind me of staying up for days talking with buddies about games we love and then converting that information to action.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great tips and links!

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      AllyVuitton 6 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens! I think it's important to present your lenses nicely! I really need to get into the habit of doing some keyword research. Blessed!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thanks! Now I am going to all the lenses to get the golden tidbits!

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      SeanFromCA 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I need to do more keyword research and look into more social networking.

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      thanks...great information and resources

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      Thank you! Loved all the links to resources on SquidU

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      Loved it.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Just checked it out now. Thanks for the idea.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens,very informative.Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/13/2010. Have a great day!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens,very informative.Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/13/2010. Have a great day!

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      refrige23 7 years ago

      Great Lens, thanks for the information!

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      leathersleepersofa 7 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      so much to learn on squidoo i can never stop.

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      bt55 7 years ago

      Lots of great info. I don't spend near enough time on SquidU, but when I do it always has something valuable to offer.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another lens with great information.

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Good job, thanks :)

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      brycecollins lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for the Blessing Darciefrench i appreciate it very much.

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      Definitely favoriting this lens!

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      I have favorited this lens so I can get updates, angel blessed it and I will feature it on November Blessings. Keep up the good work!

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      ParkerHarvey 7 years ago

      This was really helpful information - keep up the good work

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      What an excellent idea for a lens! This should become a very handy resource. Lensrolled to my improve lensrank lens :-)

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      Some good tips here I missed the first time they were on the forum, hope you can keep adding to it!