Happy Monday! Last week we announced our new Best of Squidoo project and we’ve got some tips to get your lenses on the lists. We’re adding both new format and traditional lenses to the lists so these tips apply to both.
We also added the Best of…lists to SquidooHQ as a tab so that you can find lenses more easily. Each topic has a Top 100 list and subtopic Top 100 lists. For example if you look at Books on Squidoo you’ll see “Explore Topics” on the right hand sidebar. If you click on “Cookbooks” you get: The Best Cookbooks Pages on Squidoo.
First and foremost we’re looking for quality but here are 5 more tips to get your lenses noticed.
1) Check your lens for missing information – We’re seeing lenses with deleted YouTube videos and missing photos. Make sure that your lenses are updated.
2) Stay on topic – If your audience wants to read about “Green Pepper Recipes” give them recipes about green peppers. Veering too far off topic can make a lens too long and complicated.
3) Nix the add-ons – This is a big one. I’ve come across a bunch of lenses that I’d love to promote and they are awesome…except at the bottom of the lens I’ll find a section called “Blessed by these SquidAngels” or a mile long list of featured lenses. We’re looking for super clean lenses that stay focused.
The same goes for too many Zazzle or AllPoster links. Yesterday I found a fantastic lens but at the bottom it had 10 links to Zazzle products. Now don’t get me wrong we love Zazzle and reviewing one product or having a few nicely placed products is great, just don’t go overboard.
4) Remove CSS – We want Best of Squidoo lenses to have a clean feel and CSS can be really hard on the eyes. Your content is awesome without the bells and whistles.
5) Linking – Relevant linking in moderation is fine but links to junk domains, link farms or SquidDon’t sites is a problem.