The Beating Heart of Squidoo
Every creation has a purpose and every living thing a core or heart which pulses life through its being. It draws energy from the life around it and it feeds on the substances that nature provides.
It thrives in a world of benefits, hardships and loss and it glows in the light of the radiation that penetrates the darkness that might otherwise destroy it.
Squidoo, my favorite publishing platform, is like such a living thing. It is full of love, tenderness, forgiveness and warmth. It can be embraced, cuddled, nurtured, and petted but it also needs care and love in return to help it thrive and return the benefits of all its lovers. Join me in my Squidoo adventure and meet some of the team behind the scenes that make it so.
The Things to Know About Squidoo
That video summarises the possibilities of Squidoo as a tool to get online and to market some products and hopefully, make money from them. But it is much more than that
Its history began less than some 5 years ago and yet it has a collection of some of the most remarkable works on virtually every subject around. Launched in 1996 it boasts almost 1.5 million lens. Its founders are Seth Godin, pictured, who is an entrepreneur and marketer who writes books, blogs and other stuff, and Megan Casey, featured in the video below. We owe them a huge debt .but they are not the heart of Squidoo.
The true heart is the life generated within by its members, people who join to create and be a part of the Internet world. They are a family in here and the lenses, or views of things important to them are a treat to behold.
Squidoo Took the Internet World By Storm
In just 5 years it has become a great place to be and it sports some of the most creative amateur lens masters on the net.
What does Squidoo Do for You? - How do you relate to the things it offers?
Do you find it a great place to hangout?
Addictive, Passionate, Educational, and Fun
If you are not doing it you are missing out
Many in Squidoo know that the more unique and variable their subject matters are the more likely it is that they will be rewarded with either blessings from the remarkable Squid Angels who are a group of volunteers who do their utmost to help lens masters achieve top ratings, or in some other way.
Every blessing increases the rating by a few points and several blessings will see it jump higher. All you need to get one is a good lens, done to the individual angels standard (usually you are told what that is on a website or in the Angels' forum. Then put your link where it can be found, either in the Critique forum or in the Angels forum or one of the others.
But that is only low key stuff compared to becoming a giant and achieving a rather high status which is worth going for, To get there you have to produce 50 top quality lenses within a three month period after accepting a nomination or asking to join the challenge.
Behind the scenes also there are some lovely administrators and groups which you can join to learn from and be a part of the heart of Squidoo in a different way. Take Robin and Bonnie, rms and bdkz by user names, they run the Giant Squid program, and a a few other things like the purple star awards. The receipt of one of these is a joy beyond words.
These two ladies also run one of the most popular groups at Squidoo, Rocket Moms. If invited to join please don't hesitate as you will not only learn heaps but you will make a lot of friends and gain more insight into the workings of this great place. They work extremely hard while balancing Squidoo interests against that of their families and other things..
Do You Squidoo
Many ask what is Squidoo. The short answer is that squids squirt ink and a lens is a place where Squidoo squids spill their ink into wonderful creative web pages.
If you have not done one yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
When you are a giant - Whoopie.
The insider club
It took me a long time to figure out what a Giant Squid is, I mean in this place not in the ocean. I thought it full of mystery and of people who have been here for yonks and possibly even built the place. Way above my head. Then, one day, out of the blue came an email. I had done something like 4 or 5 lenses at the time and nothing too special.
It was an invitation to become a giant. What! The message informed me that I was a good writer and that my lenses were up to scratch to enter this challenge. It caused a bit of amusement and also much excitement. But the next entry date was a couple of months away. The conditions are that you have 50 completed lenses of rather high quality before you are considered for the Club.
Yes, it is a club. I thought about it for a while and considered how could I possibly get 50 lenses up and running by the deadline.
Nonetheless when it came time to enter for the challenge I had already some 22 lenses under my belt. So I submitted and went like a bat out of hell for the next three months. Wow, I did it. Just.
With 50 lenses finished I thought of resting for a while. But no, I could not do that because what if one or two of them were not good enough, Talking to myself like a teacher to a child with encouragement and a goal ahead two more lenses were hurriedly pumped out.
Time went by slowly for the next few days as I waited impatiently. Then an email. So You Want to Be a Giant was the heading. Congratulations to our newest Giants. It was one of several sent out and the goosebumps went up and down my arms and legs and the tears welled in my eyes. I was in. Hallelujah!. Then the badge, in fact I saw the badge just before the email. It was a huge shot in the arm.
Hardly had that shock subsided when another email announced that I had been awarded a purple star for one of my lenses. Again goosebumps up and down my arms and legs and tears in my eyes. How could anything compare to those few days and the awards and pleasure they brought me. But only giants can get purple stars so it was like icing on the cake.
How Good is a Squidoo Award to You? - Do you celebrate the win?
Would you or have you worked hard for a giant's badge?
100 Club was The Next Challenge
Not that I knew much about that one.
Along the way to giant hood I was encouraged to submit lenses for the 100 club challenge, but I did not know too much about that one. Every time I put my lenses in for the giant plexo I submitted them to the 100 one as well. But there is a big difference between doing 50 lenses in 6 months and another 50 in three months. That was what I was now facing.
On and on with lens building I went. Day after day topics poured out and before I knew I had over 75 lenses finished and I was less than halfway through the time. Boosted by the rate with which the lenses were now pouring out of me I was further surprised when I reached the target of 100 lenses and a week or more to spare. The family saw little of me and those in contact could not understand. "Is she crazy?" I could hear the comments behind my back
Then a horror thought crossed my mind. What if I wasn't registered for the 100 challenge? Quickly sending off an urgent email to rms I asked her to make sure I was in. I then sent Robin an email that I had done the 100 lenses. Back came a reply with the heading "Wow, 100 lenses" and a congratulatory note within on the number completed.
More waiting for the next 2 weeks to pass and another couple of lenses were done and submitted.
One morning I opened my Squidoo lenses and saw the 100 badge on one of them. I was ecstatic. Quickly racing to my emails sure enough a congratulatory email announcing my 100 club acceptance. Wow, then I found out it comes with a whole heap of new privileges
Meet some Giants
This is the story from the official purple star site. I am reproducing it here so that you can see how well you can do with a little encouragement:
"How it works: the longer answer
the ins and outs and overs and unders
There is no more longer answer. This is sweet and easy.
Purple Stars are fairy dust. They're magic. They're surprises. You'll never know when or where they'll arrive--but you'll get a special email if you're bestowed with some Purple Star goodness.
Your Giant Squid Organizers will dust standout lenses, both new and old, at any time of the day or night, with purple stars. Masterpiece lenses. Lenses making a name for themselves. Lenses trying new things.
The best way to get picked is to get yourself noticed for your incredible content, for trying new ideas and modules, for running conversations on your lenses, for standing out from the crowd. Do that enough, and the purple star fairy will find you.
You can also drop a line about a stellar lens (your own or someone else's) to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make sure you're getting noticed."
The only thing greater than these rare awards (only 1000 a year) is that of being named Lens of the Day, or LOTD for short.
Lens of the Day
The rearest award at Squidoo
If you do the maths you will see that only 365 of these lenses can be awarded each year. That is rare indeed among 1.5 million or so lenses.
If you achieve this then you are top of the list. But you have the prestige and position to be able to advise others on great lens writing. Become an angel and share your knowledge because that is how you can get around the best and be the ones who can spread the most joy. I personally love making people happy and to be able to give them a boost in ranking and a lift in their heart is my greatest achievement in Squidoo.
With any of the awards you can nominate yourself or someone else for them. Just send the nomination to the appropriate email address and wait. If you are selected you will certainly be informed and pleasantly surprised.
Building a Lens is Easy and Free
That's the most amazing part of this community
Everyone of any age can come into Squidoo and start building a lens. The tools and the site are free and there is no hassle from anyone concerning your subject matter, You are virtually free to write what you like, what interests you and in a way that you feel comfortable with. Having said that one is not allowed to spam or copy other people's work without acknowledging the source.
Squidoo has very simple rules and most people adhere to them without much trouble. But if you are here to promote your other web sites and try to hard sell the members you are in the wrong place. You can list your sites on lenses and get visitors to them in that way and you can sell affiliate products, as well as those from Amazon, eBay, and others, and you get 50% if you opt to donate half your income to charity. However, that is not a criteria and some opt to take it out. Some, like me, give 100% to Squidoo and it, in turns, gives a percent to charity and the rest is used to maintain the site.
Many make lenses on products for which they are an affiliate or they sell their own stuff, as I do, by referring people to your books, lenses or articles. If you maintain a list of contacts then you can send them the url of your latest lens and they get to read about the products and gain trust in you through them. This is far better than simply sending someone a spiel or banner ad through email.
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