Focus on the Topic at hand with your first Squidoo Lens


squidoo-lensSquidoo has been one of the most popular sites around for the last one or two years, but this is mostly because the users have decided that Squidoo is a great site and rewarded it by putting up lenses on all sorts of topics.  In essence, they have made Squidoo into one of the great places to be for information gathering, something that you can get in on if you learn the very simple process of creating a lens on Squidoo.

The Squidoo Lens Concept

The Squidoo lens is basically a portal to a lot of information on a specific topic.  The topic is chosen by the person that created the lens and the website URL usually reflects a title that is in sync with what the lens is about.  You might see text, pictures, videos, links and other special internet features on a given lens, with different lenses getting ranked by not only the level of content but also by their relative popularity.  In the end, the Squidoo lens is essentially a micro niche site and Squidoo itself is a network of different micro niche sites that combine to attract millions of viewers per day.

Setting up your first Squidoo Lens

Now that you know the basics of what Squidoo is all about, it is time to start on the task of setting up your very first Squidoo lens.  In order to do this, you will need a Squidoo account.  As far as taking your personal information is concerned, Squidoo is better than average and asks for the minimum amount of information necessary to give you an account, so you can feel confident that you are not signing over a whole lot in order to get your username and password for creating lenses.

Once you have those two, all you need to do to create a new lens is click on the new lens button, enter in an appropriate title (the title will become the URL after, so make sure you pick a decent one) and you are basically good to go.  Once you have created the actual lens, you can add whatever material you want to it.

If you want to create a decent Squidoo lens right off the bat, you should consider adding at least a small block of introductory text about your topic and then selecting an appropriate picture to upload to go along with the text you just created.  In fact, you should add a lot more if you want your viewers to get the most of the Squidoo experience, but in the end it is really a matter of choice on your part.

The more information you include in your lens, the higher it will be ranked in terms of quality and the more people will end up seeing it.  Text and a picture is the minimum considered necessary to even get a ranking on Squidoo, but if you are just looking for some back links and a few page views it might just be enough for the shrewd internet marketer.  Ultimately, the choice is yours and depends on your priorities.

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