Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Fun Gift Idea For A Wheelchair User

Are you looking for a fun gift for a wheelchair user? Consider Wheelchair Armrest Pets. Wheelchair Armrest Pets are stufed animals which attach to the armrest of wheelchairs. Instead of resting the arms against cold plastic armrests, your loved one will share their moments with these lovely wheelchair armrest pets which will keep them company all day long.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Squidoo Tips And Tricks #2: Monitor Your ClickOuts

How often do you check your clickouts? Honestly, I do not do it often enough and I bet there are some people who never check there clickouts at all. In case it is not clear what a clickout is, that is when someone clicks on a link in your lens and it takes them somewhere OUTSIDE of Squidoo. Why are clickouts important?

* First, many times clickouts are from commercial modules such as Amazon or Ebay. Checking your clickouts will tell you what people are buying from your lens, or more importantly, what they are not buying. If a certain product has no clickouts, maybe it is time delete and replace it with something else.

* Second, one of the factors which determine your lensrank is the number of clickouts that you have. If your lens has alot of clickouts it will rank higher. Higher ranking lenses earn more money from Squidoo.

So, for two reasons, if a certain product or link has no clickouts, it is wasting valuable real estate on your lens and should be replaced with something else.

As an example, I have a lens about Christmas 2011. Recently, that lens had 3 Amazon modules on it, one with Christmas songs, another with postpartum girdles and the third with Christmas Cards. When I reviewed my clickouts, I noticed that the Christmas cards and postpartum girdles were getting all of the clickouts. Christmas Songs? Nada. Zip. Nothing. Even though they were at the top of the lens, Christmas Songs were getting NO clickouts at all. I guess people are not so excited about buying DVDS of Christmas songs. Needless to say, I deleted the Christmas songs and am currently testing other products.

How do you check clickouts for a lens? On your Squidoo dashboard, point your mouse at the lens you are interested in. Below the lens you will see "Edit, Label, Stats, Delete. Click on Stats. On the top of the Stats page you will see "Summary, Traffic, Earnings, Royalties", click on Traffic. Scroll to the bottom of the Traffic page to find the clickouts for that lens. It should look something like this:

This is my second in the series of Squidoo Tips And Tricks. I wonder if these are helpful to anyone? Is there anything else you would like me to cover? If I get a good response, there will be more. If not, this idea will probably die out.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Squidoo Tips and Tricks #1: Put Duel AND Comment Box On ALL Lenses

I have decided to start a new feature called "Squidoo Tips and Tricks". Squidoo Tips and Tricks will be the things that I have learned in my five or so years of being in Squidoo. Many of them will be small reminders, which you may already know. I hope some of these will be helpful.

Here is tip #1: Put BOTH duel and comment box on all lenses. Allow everyone (not just logged in Squidoo members) to post, but require that you approve all posts. Strip out all HTML. Above you will find a screen grab of how I set all of my duel and comment modules. Why?

Search engines like fresh content. If a website or lens is old and not updated, in time it will drop in the rankings. Comment box and duel modules allow site visitors to create content for you. Not only do you get to read their interesting feedback, these modules keep your lens fresh. This is why I allow everyone to post whether they are member of Squidoo or not. However, you get a lot of spam. So, you must review all comments before they are allowed to be posted. While I typically delete most posts with links or html inside, check the "strip out htmal" in case you let one slip by. Why? You can get punished for having links to bad websites.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What To Do About Cold Feet

Winter is around the corner and many people suffer from cold feet. No I am not talking about the type you get before getting married, I am talking about the type you get when it gets cold, or as you start getting older. Cold feet can be painful and distressing.

In doing my research for the lens, I stumbled across some interesting things I had never heard about, such as slippers powered by a UBS connection, allowing you to work as long as you want while your slippers are warmed by the power from your computer.

Of course another interesting ideas, and perhaps more fun, is footed pajamas. Since footies cover from top to bottom, the heat generated by your entire body is channeled down south to the freezing extremities, otherwise known as your tootsies. Check them out.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

All About Onesies

I was looking for a way to extend my lens collection about footed pajamas and came up with the idea of making a lens about onesies. Why? Onesies and footed pajamas are very similar. If you have a baby, in the winter you will dress them in footies and in the summer in onesies. But doing this lens, I learned a few things.

First, I had never heard about onesie extenders. What a great way to get more life from your baby's onesie.

Second, I learned that there are onesies for adults which snap at the crotch. These are mostly used by adults who use diapers, due to incontinence or other reasons.

Small things, but it seems like whenever I make a lens, I learn something in the process.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Footed Pajamas Lens Gets 500th Like!

Wow, my footed pajamas lens has reached a new milestone. 500 likes! Whoopie!

I have other successful lenses but none have managed to even come to close to the success that this lens has achieved. What is the secret to its success? I have no idea. But I enjoy it anyway.