Sunday, March 1, 2009

How (and why) to Transfer a Lens

I’ll start with the reasons you may want to transfer a lens from one Squidoo account to another.

1. If you’ve started building lenses under one account and later decide you’d like to break them apart by niche, or separate out business lenses from personal ones.

2. If you’ve made multiple Squidoo accounts and later want to combine them into one account with the hopes of becoming a Giant Squid or to get into the Giant 100 Club.

3. If you want to give away or sell your lens to another lensmaster.

Now the how.

You need to have at least 3 lenses to see the Transfer a lens link on your dashboard. You will see it under the heading Don’t miss this tool!

Transfer a Lens Link

(If you have less than 3 lenses try the direct link If that isn’t working you can create 2 temporary lenses, make the transfer, and delete the temp lenses.)

You will also need the email address of the lensmaster’s account where you are sending the lens.

Once you are on the Transfer a lens page it will look like this:

Transfer a Lens Page

There you will select the lens you want to transfer from the pull down menu, enter the email address of the recipient and click Send. That person will have to accept the lens to complete the transfer.

A note of caution:
If you have money pending on your dashboard for a lens you are transferring to someone, that $ now belongs to the new owner.

What about Groups?

They can also be transferred, although they require one, very important, extra step. Because so many people have had a hard time transferring groups I built a lens to help with that. How to Transfer a Group.


  1. I've done this a bunch of times. It usually runs smoothly, except in Internet Explorer there seems to be some problems. Firefox goes a-ok. Nice start to your blog!

  2. Thanks for the info Exactly what I needed to know.

  3. I want to change the url of my lens. Can it be done without deleting the content??

  4. Elyse
    No, we can't change a lens URL. You'd have to claim a new lens,transfer the content over,and delete the original lens.

  5. Thank you very much for the info about lens transfer - I was looking for it. I will going to transfer some of them to my Girl's profile, so she can play with them :)