Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Squidoo Co-Brands & Front Doors: Part 2

On Monday we looked at SquidWho, SquidFlix, and SquidVids lenses…3 of the 7 links that can be found at the bottom of our dashboards. Today I’ll cover the remaining 4. We’ll get to the hidden gems a bit later.

Hey Monkeybrain

Hey Monkeybrain! is “where smart people go to argue”. These can make really great interactive lenses. If you have an opinion on something tell the world, then let the world chime in. Some lensmasters go the serious route (I tend to), others get a bit more playful with their arguments. It’s up to you. If you can generate enough buzz the lens has potential to really take off. The top arguments are listed on the headquarters page…I assume it’s the top 100 but it’s not easy to navigate. Maybe that’s on the list of future improvements(?) But it can be fun scanning the page anyway. I’ve made 2 of these and my Smoking Debate has gotten people fired up! Great discussion to be had on both sides.


The Ever Project

The Ever Project, I think, is one of the coolest ideas for a front door Squidoo has had, but for some reason they just have not ranked well. You get to choose a descriptive URL without “squidoo” in it. Are you the coolest <fill in the blank> ever? Coolest.fillintheblank.ever.com could be your URL. There are currently 85 different words to begin your URL from artiest to zippiest (I have the full list if you are interested), then select any keyword of your choosing. The address is always followed by .ever.com. These lenses have gone through a major update to the template. I miss the old version, but the current one is nice and clean. Even having rank woes I still like this format and have made 4 of my own. My favorite is The Smallest Macs Ever.


SquidLit

SquidLit is your home for book review lenses. This template is sharp. The lens heading and module titles are bold and have a typewriter-esque feel to them. I have not made any myself, book reports were never my thing in school ;), but I do want to give you an example to look at. Seeing as though I recently saw the movie Coroline I was drawn to CDT’s review of the novella Coroline. I think they did a nice job. :)


And last for today is…

SquidBids

SquidBids is the “place for trusted eBay sellers to strut their stuff, showcase their auctions and stores, and get more traffic.” Well, I’m not really an eBay seller (I used to be!) so I haven’t given this lens type a try either. I might use it to feature a favorite eBay store in the future…just haven’t gotten a chance yet. If YOU are an eBay seller this is a great way to reach more people and interact with your buyers. Here’s a lens for you to get a feel for what you can do with SquidBids…it’s imajgin's Photography Showcase by lensmaster ImaGinny. The only thing I’d add to it is a guestbook. ;)


This concludes my introduction to the 7 most common Squidoo Co-Brands/Front Doors.

But wait! There’s more! A lot more. Check back soon for the next installment. :)

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1 comment:

  1. Christene

    As a fairly new squidlet, I am coming to regard you as the oracle of all things Squid!
    Your blog is hereby bookmarked.

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