Thursday, February 28, 2013

Squidoo Update - February 28, 2013

My week started off on an exciting note.  I woke up on Monday to a notice that my Abraham Lincoln Birthplace lens was chosen for the highlight reel for the Presidential Imminent Quest.  

Which means I got a new trophy!  And I got a shiny new purple star for that lens as well!  It was a good Squidoo day!

So far I have only written two new lens this week.  The first is a resource list for promoting your blog posts.  The lens is Food and Craft Blog Link Parties.  The other lens is a plastic canvas how to guide.  I still have a few things to add to that one though.  I am hoping to have it finished up this week. 

As for the rest of my week, I have two lenses I want to get up before the weekend is over.  One is a St. Patrick's Day Craft for the So Crafty Quest and the other is for the Electronics Imminent Quest.  I have no idea what I am going to write about for that one though.

Hope your week has been productive! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The New Imminent Quest - President's Day

Wow! I got a lens for this week's Imminent Quest done before the Saturday deadline! I am impressed with myself LOL. I wasn't going to participate this week because I am not really into history and couldn't think of a topic. But then I remembered that we had visited the Lincoln Birthplace National Park in Kentucky and decided that would make a great lens for the new quest.

There's not a lot of monetization for this one, so I imagine it is going to have to rely mainly on clickouts to gain ranking. I made use of a module that I had never used before so that was exciting.  I put the Google Maps module on there so that people could get directions.

This makes lens #57 for me.  I am slowly but surely getting there. I just realized that if I do nothing else but participate in the Imminent Quests all year, I will have 52 more lenses in my portfolio.

Happy Squidooing!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

One Less in My WIP List!


I finally buckled down and finished up one of the work in progress lenses I had started awhile ago.  This one is about Running a Successful Blog Giveaway.

I have been running Blog Giveaway Directory for several years now and I have seen a lot of mistakes made that are turning off potential entrants.  So I thought I would make a page to share all the tips and tricks I have come across for making sure your latest blog giveaway is a success.

This is Squidoo lens #56 for me and leaves 7 WIP lenses.  Since some of those lenses were transferred over from another account, I probably still have 10 to go before I get the 50 lenses trophy.  I am going to wait until I get that trophy before I apply for the Giant Squid 50 level. 

Happy Squidooing!  I hope you all have a productive week and get lots of lenses written.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Squidoo Imminent Quest - Things That Are Red

This week's Imminent Quest on Squidoo was to write a page about things that are red.  After tossing around a few ideas, I decided to go with a nutrition topic.Since I am a dietitian by profession, I really should write more about nutrition related topics.  Unfortunately, I seem to get sidetracked by writing about all my fun little hobbies.

This week I wrote about Healthy Red Fruits and Vegetables that people should include more often in their diet.  I included a brief overview of the nutritional benefits of each one and included some healthy recipes that highlight the ingredient.

Not much else has been new for me on Squidoo, other than the fact that I just hit level 66.  Only 5000 points to go to hit 67!

Happy Squidooing!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2013 Squidoo Community Valentine's Day Challenge

I had a productive morning already.  I noticed a Squidoo quest that was ending shortly where you needed to make a lens about something you love.  So this morning, I wrote a lens about our family's favorite summertime activity - letterboxing.

I have to say Squidoo is definitely on the ball today.  I had my trophy for the challenge and my points within a couple of hours of submitting.  Adding a new trophy to my collection is always fun!

I also got another surprise today.  My collecting elongated coins lens was featured in a post on collections  from Squidoo HQ this morning.  So exciting to be recognized!

Later today, I hope to get started on the week 2 challenge for the Imminent Quest. This week we have to write about something that is red.  I already have my idea.  Just need to do the keyword research and get writing.

Happy Squidooing!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Squidoo Quest - Imminent! Think Spring!

The first Imminent quest is ending tonight.  To qualify, you had to write a spring themed lens of some sort.  I got my entry finished in just the nick of time.  The lens I created for this quest is on creating a Spring Break Bucket List.

I think I am going to enjoy the Imminent quests.  They will get me writing something other than sales lenses.  Not that there is anything wrong with sales lenses, but I want my portfolio to be more than that.  I also like the fact that each weekly quest helps you earn more entries into the grand prize drawing.  I have my eye on that $5000 photography package!

I still have 8 WIP lenses that are calling my name, so I had better get back to work.

Happy Squidooing!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Share Your Collections Quest ~ New Squidoo Lens

I don't participate in every Squidoo Quest that comes along, but one of the latest ones looked fun so I decided to participate.  The quest asked you to create a lens based on something you collect.  One of my hobbies is Collecting Elongated Coins, or pressed pennies as they are also known.  So I had a lot of fun putting this lens together.  It was a lot of writing and images though!  This is lens #52 for me.

In other Squidoo news, last night I was awarded another trophy and I hit level 65.  Is everyone else as obsessed with those trophies as I am?  For hitting level 65, I was awarded a lens rank boost.  I promptly used it on a lens that is getting close to tier 2.

Well I am off to work on one of those 9 lenses that are WIP's.  By the time I clear them all out, I should be close to earning my 50 lens trophy and will be able to apply for the Giant Squid 50 level. 

Happy Squidooing!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Squidoo Writing Update - February 3, 2013

squidoo writing update

I have been doing lots of keyword research this week.  In fact I have 10 work in progress lenses!  Ugh.  Definitely need to buckle down and get those written.  Sometimes I think I enjoy keyword research and coming up with lens ideas more than I enjoy writing the lens itself!  Please tell me I am not alone in having pages and pages of keyword and lens ideas sitting on my desk.


And now for my most recently updated lens...  I put a ton of work over the past week revamping this lens -  200+ places where you can submit your blog giveaway.  Promotion really is the key to running a successful blog giveaway.  This list includes sweepstakes directories, blog giveaway directories, forums, social media sites, giveaway linkies, and more where you can add your blog giveaway for free.  If you host giveaways on your blog, then it is definitely worth checking out.  More


So this upcoming week, my goal is to get those WIP lenses built.  Today I am planning on getting one written for the new Squid Quest that asks you to share your collection.  I am super excited about that one.  Should be a fun lens to put together.

So tell me... What are you up to this week on Squidoo?