martes, 2 de octubre de 2012

Squidoo


What’s your story?

Create a collection of the things you know and love. Learn how.

Brand new to Squidoo?


Welcome!

Squidoo is the popular publishing platform and community that makes it easy for you to create "lenses" online. Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything you know about your topic of interest--and snap it all into focus. Like the lens of a camera, your perspective on something. (You're looking at a lens right now).

It's a supersimple, fun and powerful way to share your interests, build your online identity and credibility, and connect with new readers and friends. It's all free, and you could even earn a royalty for charity or yourself.

Because there's so much you can DO with Squidoo, we know it can get a little overwhelming when you're brand new and still poking around. So many different ways to make a page, different themes and colors and ... what was that about money?

So, while there's a ton more to know (and you'll figure it out over time, never fear) we wanted to put together this overview page for you. It's got some vocabulary, some examples, and a basic lowdown on what you can expect from Squidoo. If you look at the tabs up top, you'll see there's a lot more info here too, like our Terms of Service, a FAQ and more. No need to read it all, but good to reference back to over time.

I hope you'll feel comfortable poking around and exploring, and when you're ready, try making a "lens" of your own.

Thanks for visiting.

What kinds of lenses can you make?

All kinds. Every kind.

Not sure what you can make a lens about? You could make an About Me lens (well, about you). Or a review lens. Or a lens about your blog, to help point traffic to it. Or a lens about your art. Or your eBay or Etsy or Zazzle or CafePress shop. Or about your hobby. Or your dogs. Or your hometown. Or your favorite books or movies or video games.

Here are a few more places to get ideas, and a few tips for getting started:

A few fun facts

as of August 2012

1. Squidoo has been reviewed by the New York Times, Mashable, BoingBoing and sites and papers around the world. But the reviews we're most proud of: those from our lensmasters, who talk about Squidoo and their lenses on their blogs.

2. We call our pages "lenses" because each is one person's focus on something that she's interested in, something that matters to her.

3. Squidoo was founded in 2005 and was live to the world in 2006. The founding team consisted of just four people. In 2011 we're only at 6 full time people.

4. We are on the list of the 100 most popular websites in the US, ranked by Quantcast traffic.

5. We launched the site with the tagline "Everyone's an expert (on something)." We have since learned that while this is indeed true, most people are too humble to consider themselves serious experts. Rather, most people think of themselves as hobbyists, passionates, interested (and interesting) folks. And that's what we've got here. Taglines are overrated.

6. We generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual royalties to charities and to our users.

7. There's a Squidoo cookbook! In early 2009 Seth and Megan wrote The Joy of Squidoo: A Recipe Book for Great Lenses.

8. If you want to know more about Seth Godin, Original Squid and founder and bestselling author and blogger, look here.

9. Many lensmasters earn more than $10,000 a year from Squidoo. Some make $100. Others are happy with $40 or $4. Lots give it to charity.

10. Most of our best users aren't here for the money. It's just a fortunate byproduct of their passion and great content.

11. As of October 2010: More than one million people visit Squidoo (that means your lenses)every day. The more traffic one lens brings in, the greater the chances that visitor will see your lens as well. That means it's good for you when your competition on Squidoo succeeds.

12. Squidoo is free to use.

13. Many of our lensmasters earmark their earnings for charity, and the Squidteam also makes donations to worthy causes throughout the year. So far, Squidoo has generated more than $500,000.00 to charities around the world, including Acumen Fund, charity: water, Room to Read, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and literally hundreds of others. We hope you'll join us in creating positive change in the world.


What's this about money? A real world example.

and how does that work?

Let's look at a (real) example scenario.

Robin is a very busy, very creative woman. She was helping plan her son's wedding and put together this lens all about the mother-son dance songs they were considering, and then asked her friends to comment on their favorites. She added YouTube music videos of some of the songs, a list of her top contenders, an open comments section for other moms to post the songs they danced to with their sons, and featured some great wedding books for sale on Amazon.

So now, if you land on her lens and like one of the products she recommended, or you like one of the contextual Google ads we've matched to her page and you either buy or click, Robin earns money. (This page was entirely free for her to make, remember).

She's also made about 300 other lenses on things like Best Panini Sandwich Recipes andBunches of Cute Birthday Cupcakes.

In fact, Robin has gotten so good at making recommendation lenses about the stuff she knows and loves that she's one of our very top earners, making thousands of dollars on Squidoo.

So that's how it works. Cool, huh?

A more direct way to understand the money breakdown is this: We put ads on lenses, and offer lensmasters the ability to recommend products they can sell via our affiliate programs with Amazon, eBay, CafePress and others. Revenue that the company receives is split like this: We keep 50% to pay server bills, a few salaries, keep the site running, and make donations to charity. That leaves 50% which we give directly to our lensmasters (that's you) for your good work. You can then either take your royalty payouts in cash via PayPal, or donate your royalties to one of a few hundred great charities. It's that simple.

Many of our lensmasters earmark their earnings for charity, and the Squidteam also makes donations to worthy causes throughout the year. So far, Squidoo has generated more than $500,000.00 to charities around the world, including Acumen Fund, charity: water, Room to Read, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and literally hundreds of others. We hope you'll join us in creating positive change in the world.


A few handy links to get you started

If you're just digging in...

Squidoo HQ: Our official group blog
Everything you ever needed to learn about Squidoo.
Start a new lens!
You'll find lots of links and buttons around the site that you can use to start a new lens, so here's just one more shortcut if you're ready to get going right now.

http://www.squidoo.com/

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