1. Proofread! Proofread your lenses carefully. Reading EVERY word on your lens OUT LOUD is the very best way to find mistakes that are otherwise easily overlooked by you but that pop right out at your readers.
2. Cite your photos! Here’s a guide to using photos on Squidoo. Review this and pay special attention to the section on citing your photos. Even when you use your own pictures, it’s important to give yourself a line of credit so people will know they’re yours. And if they’re not yours, be sure that you have permission to use them. The lens at the link will explain more.
3. When you ask for a critique, follow through! The “critique me” portion of the Squidoo forum is active and we love that! It’s disappointing, though, to notice great feedback but no response from the lens author who asked for the critique in the first place. On the other hand, it’s very satisfying to see prompt replies by new lensmasters who truly appreciate – and apply – the advice they’ve been given by generous Squidoo veterans. Even better? Watching those same “newbies” paying it forward, helping others once they’ve gained their own lensmaking expertise.
4. Slow down and aim for excellence! Squidoo isn’t a race. It’s better to write a lens one day then re-read it the next day, fix the mistakes that you find, and then publish and announce it to the world. Even if you miss a quest deadline, you’ll be submitting an excellent lens right out of the gate which will give you a better chance of having a lens that qualifies for the official “best of Squidoo” list. Having as many lenses as possible designated as “best of” certainly will take you a long way down the road to success on Squidoo.
Do you consider yourself a successful Squid? What habits have you developed that are helping you reach that goal?