Squidoo – A New Reason to Blog
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When I first truly learned about what blogs were and how I could use them to promote myself as an author, I was incredibly excited.I set out creating blogs on everything I could think of. You know what I mean – you may have even done the same. Of course now, the novelty has worn off, and sometimes blogging is just a chore. Luckily, there is a new reason to be excited about blogs.
Squidoo is an online community of sorts that provides its members, called lensmasters, with web-authoring tools that make it simple and pleasant to create niche websites, called lenses, on topics for which they have an interest or are an expert. Each lens is then ranked according to several factors (traffic, content, ratings) and can be accessed through a search feature or tag clouds, which are groups of relevant keywords that show you by the size of the font how popular they are (truly a fascinating feature!).
When you create a lens on Squidoo, you add pre-formatted modules. Each of these modules is designed to allow you to do something different, whether that be create a bulleted list, write copy and add a picture, insert a video clip from YouTube, or sell items you have created on CafePress.
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