Monthly Squidoo Lens Showcase – Your Thoughts

May 14, 2008

Social Marketing

Have Your Squidoo Lens Featured On Kelly Stone & Squidoo Showcase

I’ve been spending a lot of time going through some top notch lenses over at Squidoo this week and wanted a way in which I could showcase the ‘best of the best’ on Squidoo here at this blog.  Today I want to announce the start of Squidoo Showcase and I want you to be apart of it.

The Idea

Basically, I want to create a whole site dedicated just to Squidoo lenses.  There are hundreds of great lenses that should be recognised and just seem to slip through the net.  Perhaps the person who created the lens has done so for a hobby and has not mastered the art of marketing on Squidoo, either way, their lenses are sitting there when they should be seen by the people who would benefit from them.

Each month/week(?) I intend to find the best Squidoo lenses that Squidoo has to offer and showcase them here and at Squidoo Showcase (still under construction).  The lenses can be submitted from the creator, you can nominate a lens you like or I will contact the owners to see if they would like their lens showcased.

After the basics of the lens is discussed, there will be a short interview style questions and answers with the lensmaster (should they agree).

What else would you like to see?  I intend for this to be more of a community project and would love to have your ideas and comments on this.  Let me know what you think, what you would like to see etc.

The Lenses – Do They Shape Up?

Once the site (Squidoo Showcase) goes live, there will be some guidelines there to show people how their lens should shape up before they submit it to us for review.  Obviously, it wont be about having XXX amount of visitors each month or lenses that have made massive amounts of money.  (Although this could be an interesting feature)

Contribute Now

I really want to know what you think about this and any ideas you have on the subject.  If you think you have an idea, let us know about it.  Any problems you can see happening?  Let us know.  Let’s get the ball rolling on this one as I hope to have the Squidoo Showcase site live and running next week.

Join in and share your thoughts and views.


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19 Responses to “Monthly Squidoo Lens Showcase – Your Thoughts”

  1. Kelly Says:

    @ Bob

    Thanks for your comment Bob, I think that this would be perfect for people who want to nominate their own lenses too – so stay tuned to see how this progresses.

    @ Dennis

    I agree with the time frame, I think you meant two weekly changes. Great idea about the winner and runners up – certainly something worth thinking about.

    The section on the ‘hows and whys’ I think would best be addressed in the creators interview – they would be best placed to let us in on any sneaky little tricks they know etc.

    Thanks for your comments.


  2. Tony Says:

    Great idea Kelly its nice to see someone cares out there. Great work Kelly.

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  3. David Says:

    Sounds like a good idea look forward to it.

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  4. Bob Blick Says:

    I like the idea and wonder why no one ever thought of it before. I have a number of sites on Squidoo and one in particular that gets decent traffic and have tried a few times to nominate it as Lens of the Week. No success.

    This idea you have is perfect for the Squidoo crowd.

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  5. Dennis Says:

    Hi Kelly: It is a great idea!

    Here are my thoughts, suggestions, etc.
    The time-period should be more than a week and less than a month – how about bi-monthly?
    In terms of quantity, how about one “winner” and 3 or 4 or maybe 5 follow-ups?

    I see lots of value with the slant of an educational/training venue – by that I mean going thru the lens and point out all of the things that make standout. Why is it so exceptional? In some cases it would be worthwhile to point out how or why was it successful. Did it get high rankings in Google? Did people read it and how many, etc. Was there a call to action and did people respond in anyway, etc. etc. etc.

    Anyone writing Lenses, whether just starting or those with hundreds of Lenses, would benefit – because everyone wants to get better at it, and this forum would most definitely help.

  6. Sallie Says:

    Excellent idea! I think Dennis has made all of the points I thought of, so I won’t waste the space. Keep up the good job Kelly!

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  7. Jackie Lee Says:

    Kelly I think it sounds like a great idea. Leave it to you to come up with yet another great squidoo site. 🙂

    Jackie Lee

  8. Dominic Says:

    Hi Kelly

    Great idea (the simplest ideas do seem to be genius ideas)!

    I think Dennis’s timeline is too long.. I’m thinking more of 1 week between lens deconstruction and lensmaster interview which would lead to this sort of line:
    Week 1 – Lens #1 deconstruction
    Week 2 – Lensmaster #1 interview – Lens #2 deconstruction
    Week 3 – Lensmaster #2 interview – Lens#3 deconstruction

    By the way, how do you intend to do the interviews? Webinar, Skype, or just an emailed Q&A?
    What happens if the lensmaster declines the interview (slightly silly of him/her if they do) or is not available or is not involved with Squidoo now?

  9. Syed Mohtashim Says:

    Any platform that accomodates a unique vision of the portrayer
    shall redefine any onlookers perspective for the better; this in turn shall enhance the already booming likability scale for Squidoo.
    A hall of fame that encases the achievement of true blue entreprenuers
    shall take the shape of a perennial accolade.

  10. Brisha Says:

    Kelly your idea is great, would hope to participate.
    regards Brian.

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  11. Roy Says:

    Hello Kelly,

    You’ve made a marvellous job of your blog. It makes me very envious. I wish I had the organisational skills to emulate this. I can’t see it being anything other than a success for you. All the very best……Roy.

  12. Ida Says:


    I like the idea.

    English is not my native tongue, and I suppose there are many around like me. It would be useful for us to have some comments about the style of the texts, included in the analysis. This might help to become more conscious about one’s own writing style. E.g. the text may be US/UK slang, youth language, technical, formal, etc.

  13. PotPieGirl Says:

    Kelly –

    What a wonderful idea! With over 500,000 lenses within the Squidoo site now, there is no telling what gems are hidden inside.

    Looking forward to seeing it!


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  14. Cat Says:

    Brilliant idea Kelly! Perhaps need to think a bit about the categories of lenses. A really good affiliate marketing lens is going to be judged on slightly different criteria to a really good lens intended only to inform about a subject?

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  15. Kelly Says:

    Thank you for all the comments they have really given me some extra ideas. Not only have people been leaving comments here but the emails came in thick and fast yesterday too, so thank you to everyone who took the time to leave messages.

    I’ve got a lot of plans for the site that I will share later with you, but for now I’m just trying to get all the basics in place.


  16. Gary Says:

    this is a great idea, one thing that i’ve noticed is that
    all the gurus assume that everyone reading there information
    knows exactly what they are talking about.
    I have not seen anyone do something for the absolute
    beginner, for instance I ‘am having a real problem with
    adding affiliate links to my Squidoo lens i have searched
    every where , I know how put the code in my lens
    but that shows up just the way that i put in in???
    my point being is a tutorial showing how to, and if this
    happens you do this or that. 😳
    thank you

  17. Ron Passfield Says:

    Hi Kelly

    I think the showcasing is a great idea. A lot of people do not understand the rationale behind the design of different lenses. I would be happy to participate and be interviewed.
    I could discuss my Top 100 lens or others that I have been creating lately. Thanks a lot for your great training material and Squidoo Queen which I purchased some time ago. I have joined the “envy crew” – what a great blog – it encourages quality interaction.

    Ron :roll:

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  18. Minsheyenwen Says:

    Getting Your Squidoo Lens Showcased on the Kelly Stone blog is a GREAT IDEA!
    I would be happy to participate, too.

  19. Wordpress website guy Says:

    Great idea Kelly, A best of Squidoo that is not part of Squid. Looking forward to it.

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