One of the joys of Squidoo is the community surrounding it. OK so not everyone gets on well all of the time but what family does? Some aspects of the community come over as negative energy but you (yes you) can be one of the many who prefer a more positive approach. There are many ways to, and many places where, you can interact with fellow Squidoo writers but one of the best is by holding out a helping hand. Here are 5 simple ways to ‘pay it forward’.
- Take 15 minutes every day to visit other lensmasters – don’t be lazy about it, don’t just visit the ones featured on the front page or the top 100 in any category. People are posting their links all over the place, on blogs like this one, on Facebook on numerous pages, on forums the best of which is the new unofficial SquidΩ. Granted some are more self-serving than others but you are likely to come across some gems this way that otherwise escape a lot of attention. Time to give the underdogs a boost I think.
- Thumbs Up! – Yes it is obvious and easy – and unfortunately, often abused. Be one of the people who actually read a lens before pressing the like button. Don’t then sit back and wait for that lensmaster to get back to you with a like to your lens. In an ideal world that shouldn’t be your prime objective i.e. collecting reciprocal likes, instead think of it as looking for good lenses and rewarding them.
- Comment – a comment holds much more weight than a thumbs up. For starters it shows you have actually taken the time to read the lens. Don’t just put ‘great lens’ though – most lensmasters are unimpressed with these lazy comments. They are too much like begging for a reciprocal response. Be altruistic – don’t expect anything in return and when you do get a response think of it as a bonus. If you really want to give the lens a boost, then use the working/keyword in the title to respond – the search engines love comments that show good interaction and are actually on topic. Just look at how experienced lensmasters use the comments box to generate more interest: in one of my backyard birding lenses for example several commentators specifically use the words “backyard birds”, “birding” and so on to emphasis the topic for the search engines.
Can I just say here, don’t get upset if you don’t hear back from a lensmaster, most are just busy, they don’t mean anything personal by it and everyone really does appreciate good comments.
- Share the page – take a minute to bookmark or share the page. Squidoo makes it easy with bookmarking buttons in the left-hand side sidebar but make sure the lensmaster approves of pinterest before you use that option – not everyone does and there is a great deal of controversy over copyright issues and pinterest. Personally though I also use bookmarklets I have in my browser for pinterest and scoopit. They give you more options including which image to use. Tweeting is also a good one for sharing especially if you can retweet – retweets carry more weight.
- Show their lenses in your sidebar – the discovery tool for related lenses that you find in the edit mode of the intro is a great way of promoting other folk’s work. If you don’t fill it in Squidoo will so make the most of it either to advertise your work or to promote lenses that have impressed you.
I’m sure you all have your own favourite ways of helping others, recommending lenses for LOD and purples stars for example, these 5 are just a few of the most simple and least time-consuming ones I try to do every day.