This is a little guide to help you write your first Squidoo lens. Not the content coz only you are the real genius at that. But the how-tos .. coz as I am discovering, there are a number of ways to go. I love easy, so I will be on the lookout for that.
One possible way to start is by clicking the "Make a new lens!" link at the top right of the page.
When you make a new lens, it does not immediately get published (phew!). It goes into WIP (work in progress) mode. You can find it/them at:
Don't worry about all the fields you have to fill in. Life is a learning process. And you can change them later.
The only one thing you want to pay extra attention to is the URL. That can not be changed.
Image here shows an example (mine!) of a Lens (article) title. This is what others will see in a list of Squidoo articles. Can be edited.
When you go to the edit page, you will see that there are a lot of features/modules there. It can seem a bit over whelming so I will walk through them as best as I can with you.
There is some help available about the modules right on the edit page.
First module on the (every) page, is the Intro Tool (module cannot be deleted). Just click the "edit" button to go into it.
This module is meant to be used like an Intro section. So here I am just going to introduce what my Squidoo article is going to be about. Much like the preface to a book, the forward to an essay. a teaser, a marketing come-hither-and-look-spiel. Not too long. Not too short. Just let your visitor know what this lens is about.
When you go into this tool (by clicking the edit next to it), you will see that it contains 3 tabs.
Intro Text tab - Here you can give a title to your introduction section, write the text for your intro, and include a picture for this section.
Table of Contents tab - Within this, you can turn it on (recommended) or off. It is a table of contents (of themodules) - which are like sections of your lens/page. It helps your user see at a glance what's on your page and for them to use as navigation. And you can choose which of the modules you add to be included in your table of contents.
Discovery Tool tab - Again, you can choose to have this On (recommended) or Off. Basically it allows links to other lenses within your article (lens) and then other lenses might also point back to this article. You can let Squidoo decide which other lenses will be exchanging links with your current article or you can specify specific lenses of your choice.
2 modules you are likely to be using a lot of. Both are very similar. Used to write text sections for your lens.
Example of Text Module - what it looks like.
Module puts (optional) image to the left/right of your beginning text.
Example of Text Module with Big Picture - what it looks like.
Module puts your image at the top (centered) above your beginning text.
Believe it or not, that is all your really need, if that, to get your first lens published. But before you do, just let me point out your ...
The right column of your edit page is very interesting and useful. It is pretty much self explanatory as well as it has some help links to provide further details. You should take some time to check this out. You can change the look of your lens, either globally or just for that article. You can vary your earnings distribution, and more.
You can save your WIP at any time. Or if you are happy with it, then just click Publish (top right).
After you publish, look at it (View Lens).
In doing this little guide, I have written my first lens: My First Squidy Lens. It ain't great but it does give you and me an idea what one end result could look like.
Now I think I will just go and play around with Squidoo for a while, try out some of their hundreds of modules, and maybe prepare a Useful Beginner FAQ to navigate better.