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Featured Lens Module… and a Squidoo Wish!

Posted on Apr 21 2008

What is my all-time favourite module on Squidoo?Wishlist

Well, it’s got to be the text module 😀 But second? The extremely well-hidden Featured Lens module.

You can see it in action on almost all of my lenses (here for example: www.squidoo.com/squidtail). Featuring my other lenses, cross-promoting, and linking to other cool lenses on the same topic.

But if you are new to Squidoo… You may NEVER have come across it!

That’s because it is, for some reason, hidden rather well!

This blog post serves 2 purposes.

1. To help you find and use the module if you don’t know what/where it is.

2. To get enough people to fall in love with the module like me to get Squidoo HQ to move it into the default section for ALL to see!

Squidoo is doing lots of work to get visitors to look at more lenses during their visit to squidoo.com (with the new lens layout and the new Explore More feature right under the intro), so why not make the Featured Lens module easier to find and add to our lenses? That would really really help Lensmasters cross-promote.

So having said that, how do you currently find the module?

Click ‘Add Modules’ when you’re editing your lens, click the A-Z tab, then click F. And you’ll see it there.

And add it to, say, all your lenses about cats… And showcase all your other lenses about cats! And then when someone visits one of your lenses they will be FAR more likely to visit your other lenses.

Job done!

Lewis 🙂

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9 Comments

  1. XP says:

    Oh yeah, the FeatLensMod … been using that since I discovered it, January maybe?

    A lot of my early lenses were related so I would include the FLM on each in a series, to easily (and quite attractively) guide readers to my other lenses on the subject! (Model horses, for example — within that niche there is collecting, showing, customizing, different makes, etc.)

  2. jaguarjulie says:

    Here here! Lewis — you are so right! The featured lens is very cool BUT I’ve got to search for it every time I want to add it! It should definitely be a DEFAULT module. I also like text and Polaroid modules, not to mention the Wikipedia module.

  3. The FeatureLensMod is great, thanks for the tip!

    Maria Reyes-McDavis

  4. I definitely include featured lenses under most of my sites for related lenses. I’ve also used it as a way to feature groups where the lens is a member (something Kim has noted in the Help Africa Group).

    I do a alphabet search for “F” to find the module. I seem to remember that it used to be a default / basic for a time. Maybe they’ll include it back again.

  5. Achim says:

    Hey Lewis,

    two of my top 3 lenses are made up almost entirely with FLM’s. I just added some relevant content and a few pics and videos, but the weight of the lenses is carried by other lensmasters works (and my own, of course). Both lenses are ranked around 300-400.

    You are represented, too, my friend. In both of these:

    http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo-austin-texas
    http://www.squidoo.com/funny-squidoo

    Best,
    Achim

  6. Jeff says:

    It really makes sense to take on this strategy. Why lose a visitor if they don’t find what they were looking for. Or if they did find it, lets help them find more lenses they may like.

  7. LMP says:

    One of my favorite modules is the Polaroid module. It basically acts as a frame for photos you want to post on your lenses.

    I use it to decorate my lenses by taking a photo of a product and then using the poloroid module to highlight it. It is also difficult to find. Again you have to use the A-Z search to find it. You can see how I have used it on two of my lenses:

    http://www.squidoo.com/UggShoes

    http://www.squidoo.com/gummibears

  8. Andrew says:

    Thanks for this info. I have been trying to figure out how to get a lens featured for a while now. It seems like a broken system.

  9. dkmitchell says:

    Very helpful information. Thank you!

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