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Getting Viewers on Squidoo

My sister liked this lens I created about her favorite author, so she sent an e-mail about it to all her friends. I guess she has a lot of them, because the lens jumped to the top of my list of 68 lenses. Thanks, Sis, for giving it a boost!

Gene Stratton-Porter

Going Strong

Your best lens today

Gene Stratton-Porter

Last updated: 12/28/2009
Total visits: 46
Overall LensRank: #8531
Topic LensRank: #91 in Books

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Posted by on December 31, 2009 in Squidoo, Uncategorized

 

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Providing Article Reviews on eHow

Since I’m considered to be an old-timer on eHow (after 22 months on the site), new writers there often ask me for advice. If they ask me to review a particular article or just their articles in general, I try to give them one suggestion at least for improvement. It doesn’t seem helpful to just scan the article, put a comment, “good topic,” and leave it at that.  Usually I’ll send the recommendations in a personal message rather than leave criticism in the comment section where everyone could see it. Here’s an example of a recent review:

The first thing I noted (even in your titles) is that English is not your first language. To make sure your articles have a good flow, I’d recommend that you get a friend to review them for grammar and word choice.

The amount of review needed is more than your friends on eHow usually will be willing to give. Perhaps ask a personal friend. E-mail the article to them so they can make quick adjustments, then mail it back to you. Then post it on eHow.

Unfortunately the awkwardness of some sentences will put readers off. This will result in poor earnings and possibly deleted articles for you on eHow.

I hope you don’t feel hurt by my comments. They are meant to help you. Best of luck in your writing career. Virginia

Unfortunately many newbies join a read/rate/comment group, so they get many “good article” comments, five stars on everything and recommends that are just pat-my-back-and-I’ll-pat-yours. This creates a false sense of well-being that gets in the way of their improving as a writer and as an earner on eHow.

Sometimes I even send unsolicited reviews to people. Amazingly, most of them thank me and ask to be my friend. I’ve always worried that someone will be offended and retaliate for my unwelcome advice by putting single star ratings on all my articles. It would take them awhile since I have 475 of those.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2009 in eHow

 

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I Just Learned to Use All Posters as an Affiliate

I kept seeing other people with classy looking pictures from All Posters in their websites, Squidoo lenses and in their blogs. Thinking it would be nice to have some of these big pictures too, I signed up a few months ago as an All Poster’s affiliate. Apparently they pay a referral fee if someone clicks through to their site and buys the poster. That’s nice, I get to use their picture and maybe even earn some money while doing so.

Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out the directions for pasting the HTML code into the places I wanted the All Posters’ print to show. Today, a fellow Squidoo lensmaster sent me directions and I was finally able to put several stunning Flint Hills posters in my Squidoo lens on that topic. They look great there. Thank you, ElizabethJeanAllen on Squidoo. She has wonderful topics in her lenses and was very kind to help me out.

Here’s an example of one of their posters: Vintage Woman Golfer


Vintage Woman Golfer

Forbes, Bart

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Posted by on December 29, 2009 in Squidoo, Uncategorized

 

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Stats on Sugar Valley Lake Website

It’s interesting to see how people end up at my website about Sugar Valley Lakes. Here are the stats from that site showing the keywords. Obviously Google is doing a good job for me as most of the searches came through that search engine.

Visits

Visits = the number of people to land on your lens. Find out how to get more!
Pageviews – the total number of times your lens has been viewed by visitors.

Visits this period: 87 visits   Pageviews this period: 110 pageviews   Pages/visit: 1.26   Lifetime visits: 91

Traffic Sources

 

Source Visits
Google 49
Referral 25
Direct 7
MSN 2
Discovery 1
Yahoo 1
AOL 1
Bing 1

 

Referral traffic comes from blogs, websites, forums and other lenses.

Direct traffic comes from browser bookmarks or typing in your URL.

Search traffic comes from people searching for a specific topic in engines like Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

Disovery traffic comes from Squidoo’s Discover (aka “Related Pages”) tool.

Keywords Number
sugar valley lakes
3
sugar valley lake kansas
2
sugar valley lake
2
lake homes for sale sugar valley lake mound city, kansas +
1
hidden valley,ks lake lots +
1
sugar valley lakes kansas 2009 +
1
lake front property linn county sugarvalley lake +
1
sugar valley lake beach +
1
what’s there to do in kansas city october 31 +
1
sugar valley lake homes for sale +
1
sugar valley lake for sale +
1
sugarvalley lakes mound city kansas +
1
lakelot kansas +
1
linn county kansas sugar valley +
1
sugar valley lake fishing
1
sugar valley lakes,mo +
1
property sugar valley lakes ks +
1
squidoo.com/sugarvalley. +
1
sugar valley craft +
1
sugar valley lake mound city ks
1
lakes kansas “linn valley” “hidden valley” +
1

 

 

Keywords Number
sugar valley lakes
3
sugar valley lake kansas
2
sugar valley lake
2
lake homes for sale sugar valley lake mound city, kansas +
1
hidden valley,ks lake lots +
1
sugar valley lakes kansas 2009 +
1
lake front property linn county sugarvalley lake +
1
sugar valley lake beach +
1
what’s there to do in kansas city october 31 +
1
sugar valley lake homes for sale +
1
sugar valley lake for sale +
1
sugarvalley lakes mound city kansas +
1
lakelot kansas +
1
linn county kansas sugar valley +
1
sugar valley lake fishing
1
sugar valley lakes,mo +
1
property sugar valley lakes ks +
1
squidoo.com/sugarvalley. +
1
sugar valley craft +
1
sugar valley lake mound city ks
1
lakes kansas “linn valley” “hidden valley” +
1
sugar +
1
sugarvalley lake +
1
sugar valley and hidden valley lakes ks 66056 +
1
sugar valley lake lots for sale
1
sugar valley lakes golf course ks +
1
mound city sugar maple festival +
1
“sugar mound” craft show +
1
mound city kansas craft fair +
1
sugar valley craft show +
1
mound city craft show +
1
sugar mound arts and crafts sale +
1
mound city, ks 2009 craft fair +
1
houses for sale sugar valley kansas +
1
linn valley lake lots for sale +
1
when does the sugar valley craft fair start +
1
sugar mound craft +
1
sugar valley lake mound city +
1
sugar valley lake kansas for sale +
1
sugar valley arts and crafts festival +
1
homes for sale sugar valley lake ks +
1
homes for sale sugar valley lake kansas +
1
mound city sugar valley craft festival
1
sugar valley lakes kansas +
1
sugar valley lakes for sale +
1
sugar valley mound city +
1
sugar valley lakes lots +
1
sugar mound craft show +
1
“baldwin, kansas” fall festival +
1
sugar valley lakes resort community
1

 

These tags, or keyword phrases, delivered your lens to searchers.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2009 in Kansas, Uncategorized

 

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I’ve Been Blessed by an Angel on Squidoo

I’m all excited. This morning I found that one of my lenses on Squidoo was “blessed by an angel.” This is the first one for me and it’s an honor on the site. There are a number of angels on Squidoo and they can dispense blessings which means your lens stood out from the crowd.

I’d just made the lens last night and it’s about reviewing books for Amazon. Here’s my blessed by an angel lens.
Update: January 23, 2010 – This lens has now been blessed by three angels on Squidoo. I guess lots of angels are book lovers.

The Butterfly
The Butterfly

Art Print by Gutmann, Bessie…

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Posted by on December 22, 2009 in Squidoo

 

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Memory Trigger – Writing Christmas Memories

Christmas isn’t always as happy a time as we would want. Do you have a memory of a Christmas that disappointed you? Were your expectations for a certain gift not fulfilled? We’re you unable to be with loved ones? Write about the circumstances around that disappointment. Tell why you fixated on that anticipated gift and what it meant to you. Try to figure out why it wasn’t forthcoming and explain that situation.

If you spent a Christmas away from home, write about how that happened. Describe the setting where you celebrated the holiday and how it was different from your family gatherings. If you were able to salvage a merry Christmas from the situation, explain how you did that.

Other Christmas memory triggers could be about:

  •  too much snow
  • unseasonably warm
  • away in the military
  • after a recent loss
  • while unemployed
  • other financial difficulties

Here’s an example of a memorable Christmas captured in words by an online friend, Nancy Carol: Christmas Without Mama

Nancy Carol

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2009 in Writing

 

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Limpkins

Limpkins are an odd sort of swamp bird in Florida. They walk with a rather halting gait which led them to be named limpkins. They’re a good sized bird but not flashy like the egret and blue heron.

Limpkins are brown with white spots and have a call that will wake you right up at 5:30 from a sound sleep. Here are photos that I took in my backyard this morning.

In this series of photos, you see the limpkin wading in the lake, dunking for a mussel, carrying the mussel back to shore, then putting it down to break it open.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2009 in Birds, Uncategorized

 

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