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Why Should I Participate in Squidoo’s Community Quests? (Includes a Lensmaking Challenge)

5614813544_b480316fcd_zOur Community Lensmaking Challenges aka Quests are open to all members of Squidoo and we encourage all of our lensmasters to participate in as many or as few as they find interesting and here’s why.

Get New Ideas

Each week, our sitewide challenges provide you with several unique lensmaking ideas to inspire you and spark your imagination.  With each idea we offer, we always invite you to get creative with the topic.  Many of our more experienced lensmasters will tell you that some of their best lenses were created in response to a quest simply because it forced them to think outside of the box.  So, with each new idea we provide, before turning it down as something you’re not interested in, we ask you to put on your thinking cap for a little while and you just might surprise yourself with a unique new idea.

Get Some Inside Traffic

When you post the link to your new lens in the comments at a quest challenge, it puts your work in front of the entire Squidoo community.  If fellow lensmasters enjoy reading your page, they might leave you a Squidlike, a nice comment or even help you get the word out about it via social media.

Of course to get real traffic to your page, you’ll need to  create UUU lenses and then do some sharing of your own outside of Squidoo but our challenge posts are a great first place to show off your newly published work.

Learn From Others

Visiting the lenses shared by others at our community quests is a great way to learn how to become a more successful lensmaster yourself.  You can see the creative ways other lensmasters are responding to the topic and also all of the different techniques they use when building their own lenses.

Gain Recognition

Quest participation is also a great way to put your work front and center where your community leaders can easily find it.   These are the people who choose lenses for our Best Of categories, Spotlight Posts at HQ  and also for the exclusive Lens of the Day spot found at the top of our home page each day.

Your Challenge

  • To complete this challenge we invite you to visit the Lens Challenge tab located at the top of the page at SquidooHQ.  Here’s a quick link to it.
  • Choose one of our previous quests and complete it by creating a new lens for the topic before midnight on July 31st.
  • When your lens is finished, stop back here and share the link in the comments below.
  • After the deadline, we’ll feature a bunch of the lenses we receive in a special post right here at SquidooHQ.

If you’ve already completed all of the quests that you found interesting, you are more than welcome to participate again by creating another new lens for any of the topics there.

We can’t wait to see what you build!

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Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • topclimb

    As always, thanks for the info!

    • rms

      You’re very welcome.

  • Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    I enjoy taking part in all the Squidoo Quests, keep them coming! Unfortunately, I can not always participate, due to time constraints and/or sometimes the mood of my mind gets in my creative way.

    • rms

      We love it when you do participate.

  • kinworm

    I enjoy having a go at the quests, especially the crafty ones, and it can be really good when you’re drawing a bit of a blank otherwise. Fun to see how other people interpret the same challenge too. Great post, thanks.

    • rms

      Thank you!

  • dcoleman93

    I also like participating in the quests but find it hard to decide which ones I should do. I like to do reviews mainly.

    • rms

      You’re always welcome to get creative with our topics and reviews are always a good idea.

  • Kylyssa

    I think the quest prompts are way, way better than they used to be. They are much broader in appeal, aren’t cray laser-focused on products anymore, and last longer than just a day or so. I used to sometimes have more than ten quests on my dashboard and couldn’t find any of them appealing enough to bother doing. And when one popped up that was appealing, I often had no time to do it because the quest length was usually so short. Now I have the opposite “problem” because I regularly see more than I have time or energy to do. It’s nice because I can be very selective and choose only the ones I really, really like a lot and have time to do.

    The one thing I miss a little is the way a feature on the HQ blog used to bring lots of inside views and now it might mean five to ten extra views spread over a few days rather than a hundred or more like it did once upon a time.

    • rms

      With these community quests and spotlight posts, we’re hoping to bring more inside views to the lenses as well.

  • Kathryn Grace

    I enjoy the quests, especially the ones that make me think about something I would not ordinarily write about. I do wish the quests ended at midnight in our time zones, though, because sometimes I’m frantically trying to finish a quest at the last minute and I miss the deadline by minutes or an hour, as I did the other night with the Look What I Made quest. I finished it before midnight Pacific time, which lately has been early enough on other recent quests, but not for that one!

    • rms

      To be honest, when it comes to the community quests, you can submit them at the post at any time and not just by way of the quest lens so that might help give you a few extra hours.

  • serendipity831

    Robin, You are absolutely correct in saying that some of the best lenses are inspired by squidoo quests. I know some of mine have been and it’s also helpful when you’re at a loss for a subject to write about. Keep the creative quests coming! !

    • rms

      Thanks for sharing the feedback!

  • katiesnow


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  • CalobrenaOmai

    I’m very selective in the quests that I do. It has to be something I can do with ease with little to no prep work. It took a while for the Summer quest where we shared a story of a trip we took. I did one on a road trip of which lots of flashbacks occurred. At least we learned a lesson from that trip.

  • MareeT
  • katiesnow

    This is what i just did as I missed the deadline for look what I made!

    • partybuzz

      katiesnow, your link doesn’t work. I believe you accidentally used the link to the workshop. You need to put the link to the actual lens. Thanks.

  • poetvix

    This is so cool. There have been a few I missed that I would love to do. I hope this comes around again. So often, I don’t get a good idea until the quest is gone. This is like getting to turn back the clock :)

    • rms

      Glad you like it!

  • grammieo

    I always enjoy the quests, but can’t sometimes participate in all of them. But all of what you mentioned is true and it does help you become a much better lens maker…..

    • rms

      Thanks for sharing your feedback with us about the quests.

  • partybuzz

    I love the quest! Although some are just not for me, there are many that give me ideas I would never have thought of. I’m going to see what I can come up with now. :)

  • Kathryn Grace

    After multiple tries to use the included “add products” module, I gave up and published this without them, but I would like to have included a couple of our other favorite detective shows. Hope that gets fixed soon! “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” is one of our favorite detective shows. We only wish they would produce more seasons! Here’s the link to my review:

  • Merrci

    The quests are so much fun. I know I can’t manage all of them, but it’s a challenge to do many of them. The ideas you and HQ have come up with have inspired me to try many different subjects. Good to grow and practice at the same time. Thanks Robin!

  • goatfury
    • goatfury

      Also, just had this for dinner tonight. :)

  • sabutler

    Good information here, thank you. :)

  • mala1963

    The thing is I have read a lot of Giant Squid’s lenses and implemented most of their ideas, all my lenses have now had over 5,000 visitors and all I have earned is $0.33!! I have even tried different products, now I only choose the most expensive product as no one has bought the products that were relevant to my lense. I am getting a little disillusioned by Squidoo as we writers are putting in all the hard work and we are not fairly rewarded. I even hire people to market my lenses!

    • CalobrenaOmai

      My earnings are mainly from lens rankings. No purchases have been made to day through any lenses that I’ve written but its nice to have the modules up for future reference. Though I would love for the earnings to modified a bit to make it less complex.

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  • prosperity66

    What do you mean by inside traffic Robin? Internal traffic? In this case, what’s the benefit apart from higher lensrank in some cases? I’d like more info about this…

    • rms

      Just saying that it’s a great way to show off your new lens to other lensmasters.

    • Ruthi aka abitosunshine

      Consider, too, that an additional benefit is that if a lensmaster really likes your lens, they will, in all probability, share it with their social site followers.

  • QuiltFinger

    I’ve been having fun with some of the recent challenges, and they are a great way to get exposure within Squidoo. There are usually quite a few option/possibilities. If you see something you like, I say, go for it.

  • dawnraeb

    In the past, I participated in many Quests…and loved it! I need to get involved in the quests again. They are fun to do and helpful in the ways you outlined. I really need to get organized and get back into the Quests. Thank you Robin for the nudge.

  • jackiemoorewagner

    Glad I read this article. When time permits I enjoy the quests.

  • Silver_Lotus

    thank you!

  • InformationBubble

    Here’s mine for the Decorate a Dorm Room for Back to School Quest :)

    How to Decorate the Perfect Pink Dorm Room

  • BinkMeister

    Thanks for the info. I decided to create a review on one of my favorite all time movies: Top Gun. So below is the link:

  • cybaby

    Completed 2 Squidoo Quests on a weekend.Would be great if I could do that often, unfortunately I cannot. Occasionally, I’ll try to find time for a quest.

  • StephenJParkin

    I am in the same category as Ruthie, but keep them coming as I often draw inspiration from your challenges.

  • Merrci

    Here’s one for the Pet Breed quest:

  • Debs

    Time and work commitments stop me from completing quests…but I LOVE them as a source of ideas. They really do encourage creativity!

  • BarbaraCasey

    Somehow I missed the Fabulous Favorites book quest… here’s my review of Chris Guillebeau’s The $100 Startup that was on Susan’s best-selling self-help books list:

  • yasminefromgo

    how can i finish this quest?

  • partybuzz

    I had so much fun with the dorm room decorating quest, I decided to do another one. This time my dorm room has a Chevron print for girls.

  • lhbeninger

    Robin, I participated in one of the Quest (by the numbers). I was sure I had submitted my new lens before the deadline…but you’ve posted the entries (mine not among them) and I have not yet received acknowledgment of the submission. Do I submit the lens again under this Quest, or…?

  • thatgrrl
  • javierstation

    Hi people here is the link for my lens: “How to earn money on the internet”, its too interesting, visit it!!

  • serendipity831

    Here’s my lens for the challenge~

  • Wir55
  • Kalafina

    I always forget about the quests, remember, then finish after they expire. It’s like..yess! and then dammit! I must admit I did enjoy writing for the Cooking 101. I didn’t get it in quest time but I still had fun with my lens: Keep those quests coming and I’ll keep on working on getting the date straight :)

  • gamestoenjoy

    Very helpful information!

  • Coletta Teske

    I’ve always enjoyed participating in the Squidoo Quests. It is so much fun seeing what people come up with and the diversity of projects. Coolness! I did a book review for the DIY Community Quest…
    Let’s Sew Together and Create Family Memories @

  • alternative-therapies

    Thanks for the updates

  • partybuzz

    Here’s another one for the Kitchen Hacks challenge: The Easiest Way to Dry Lettuce:

  • swampnut

    Thanks…this is interesting. My work tends to get in the way along with family “At home projects” and just life, but I do enjoy occasionally getting involved in these. Last week my work in South Africa kept me a little too busy to complete anything. Now that I am back in Georgia… we will see.

  • essayshub

    I wanted to join this fun activity.

    Here’s my newly created squidoo lens : It’s an old lens on my draft and decided it to finish today. I hope you will appreciate it. ;) Cheers!

  • rob2922

    I have returned to squidoo after a few years break , My work was the main factor in this.

    on coming back i see that the quests have inproved and are far more varied so i will be rebuilding my squidoo profile and taking part in more quests.

    This was my last effort written a while ago
    I have new experiences to write about now, as i have spent two years in the Indian ocean working in Anti Piracy. Any questions or requests you know where i am .

  • NanLT

    I don’t want inside traffic though. Inside traffic is not where I am going to make money. What I want is to pull in and encourage outside traffic! What is Squidoo doing to help encourage this on their end?

  • LoreleiCohen

    This is mine done for the dorm decorating quest.

  • Deborah-Diane

    You are so right that quests have inspired me to write lenses that I had not thought about before!

  • sbellis

    Sounds good, need to get back into writing I have been awol for too long.

  • jlweiss

    I took the challenge; I did a review for the Review it quest and here is the lens: splintered-review

  • oo7haze Hey guys please tell me what you think!

  • SheilaMilne

    Is it here I should leave the link to my “Look What I Made” quest? I made an illustrated atlas:

  • terilass

    Wanted to do this one before and ran out of time. Thanks for the second chance Robin. Got it done under the wire today.

  • DanceMomOnline

    This is my first attempt at completing a quest. I just discovered quests today and wish I’d discovered it sooner than tonight’s deadline! But, I thought I’d give it a shot. I chose the “Fill a Backpack with their Favorite Things” quest. It’s a great idea and fits in well with all my dance-related ideas. Here it is –

    I definitely want to continue to spend time working on it. But, I think it’s a decent start. And I think I’m going to enjoy doing the quests when I can. The prompts are a good way to get the juices flowing.


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