Enhance Your Squidoo Experience!
This addon for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome incorporates extra features into the Lens Workshop and a few other pages on Squidoo. The most significant improvements are: Lensrank updates, colored tags, detailed stats, integrated ping, and more...
Got IE or Safari? Get the Squidoo Toolbar instead...
Ping Lens After Publishing
Whenever you publish a lens, an extra link is added to the box at the top of page: "Ping lens". This will notify a variety of search engines and blog aggregation services that your lens has been updated. The best time to click on this is just after publishing a lens for the first time, or after doing some major rewriting of it. If you've only made a really small change to the lens, then it's probably not worth doing a ping.
Color Coded Tag Editor
When editing the tags for a lens, each one is color-coded depending on it's popularity.
100+ - lots lenses use this tag
21 - 99 - some lenses use this tag
5 - 20 - a few lenses use this tag
2 - 5 - not many lenses use this tag
zero or 1 - no other lenses use this tag
New in version 1.8: underneath the tags will be a list of suggested tags, based on what other similar lenses use for theirs.
It is best to pick tags that are popular, as it increases the number of lenses that your lens will appear on via the Discovery Tool. Make sure that any keywords you pick are directly related to your lens. Avoid using 'long tail keywords' as these will add no value.
For more tips on tags, read Making the Most of Squidoo Tags.
Access to Tools in the Sidebar
One new box is added to the sidebar on the right of the workshop. The box is titled "SquidUtils.com", and it is opened by default. This box contains links to some of the tools on SquidUtils, and will open in a new tab or window.
Edit Dashboard Labels
Dashboard Labels are a great way to organise your lenses in to groups so they are easier to manage. Now, you can assign your lenses to labels within the Workshop itself.
Link to Any Module...
At the top of every module there two extra links: [#link] and [Top]. 'Top' takes you to the top of the workshop, while '#link' to that module when it is published, so that you can provide a link to it from elsewhere on your lens. Simply right-click on the #link, and select 'Copy Link Location' from the menu.
In the sidebar, you will find a bunch of links:
Login to SquidUtils - automatically login to SquidUtils
Advanced Dashboard - jump directly to your list of lenses
Lensmaster RSS Feed - get all your lenses in a RSS feed
Check For New Script - get the latest version of the addon
More Detailed Lens Stats
Summary of Lensrank and Traffic
When you view the stats for one of your lenses, you'll see some extra links a features:
- just below the lens title, there's a new 'Edit' link that goes directly to the workshop.
- below the graphs is a table showing the actual traffic and Lensrank from the charts.
- the Traffic tab will show the total click-throughs, and calculate the CTR.
How To Install The Addon
Step by step instructions
for Firefox and Chrome
Get The Workshop Addon for Firefox
in 2 easy steps...
- Install the Greasemonkey plugin and then restart Firefox.
(Skip this step if you've already done this before, and are just upgrading)
When successfully installed, you will see a monkey face on your status bar.
- Click on this link to install the script. You should see this popup window:
(if you get a screen full of text instead, check step 1 again)
Click on the Install button, and you're done!
No need to restart - just go to your Dashboard to see the improvements...
Get The Workshop Addon for Google Chrome
If you prefer to use Google Chrome instead of Firefox, then here's how to install it:
- Click on this link and download the script to your computer.
Ignore the yellow warning bar that appears along the top of the window.
- Then, go to the menu and click on Tools --> Extensions.
- Drag the file from the download bar into that new page.
- Next, confirm that you do want to install this addon:
- That's it! You should see the new features on your Dashboard and Workshop.
Tested in Chrome version 7.0
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