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Being Telepathically Topical

Posted on Sep 05 2008

The Giant Squid blog points us to a very interesting lens. It was lens of the day a few days ago too.

I don’t agree with what Sarah Palin says (her big speech was written by Bush’s speech writer!), but I’m not writing this to talk about politics.

I’m writing this because the lens was telepathically topical.

It was made BEFORE Sarah Palin got the nomination for the VP. And as a result, it was already ranking well in google. Number 9 I think. Then when her name hit every media stand in America, people searched for her. To find out who she is, and what she means.

And the lens got 33,000+ visitors in one single day….


It’s currently at lensrank 2 and has had almost 90,000 visitors this past week.

The lens was made by Susan Lewis, and she is one smart cookie.
She said to me that she decided to make the lens because she thought Palin had potential. Wow. ‘A complete shot in the dark’ she said.

Making lenses AHEAD of time is a clever move.

What could YOU make a lens about that will make it big at some point in the future?

Here are some of my ideas:

  • Lenses about products that don’t yet exist (Apple Touch Tablet anyone?)
  • Lenses about movies that aren’t out yet, or are still being made ( has ALL listings of these!)
  • Lenses based on terms like “Madonna’s New Album”, or “Paris Hilton’s latest scandal”.

Anything really.. 🙂

Instead of thinking about what people are searching for today, maybe make a lens or 3 about what people might be searching for tomorrow.

It may make you 33,000-visitors-a-day happier 😉

Nice work Susan.

Lewis 🙂

P.S. What’s the highest number of visitors YOU have ever gotten in a single day to one of your lenses?

I have no idea myself, because I don’t look at the stats like that. But I guess it’s no more than one thousand on a single lens. Probably not that high. There cheers for Susan!

Lewis Smile

Lewis Smile is a Writer, Blogger, Web Geek, and very much a daydreamer. He helps people for a living, and works online. See the Contact Info page to say hi. Find out more about him here.

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  1. Timewarp says:

    Hey, thats pretty cool about the Palin lens, I havent had a telepathic lens like that but another approach is to get ready for holidays months in advance eg. I started making halloween lenses at the end of august and I saw a thread in the squidoo forums that some people are getting ready for xmas already.

  2. Roo says:

    WOW! 33,000 in a single day! Awesome! I’m justrecovering from the shock of seeing an old lens of mine shoot from being a 3rd tier plodder with a dozen or so visits a week to getting over a thousand visits in 3days just purely on traffic from google and yahoo. There doesn’t seem to have been any telepathy here and traffic is dropping back to normal now, so I guess it was just a flash in the pan.
    What was it? A lens about Reborn Baby Dolls. Not my usual subject for lensmaking!

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