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Squidoo: Showcase Your Flickr Photos

Jul 14, 2008
Squidoo can be used for many applications including creating your family tree, promoting affiliate products, raising funds for your favorite charity or building a network around your hobby or interest.

This article focuses on using Squidoo to create your own photographic art exhibition. When you visit Flickr you notice that photographers have their photos ungrouped or included in photosets according to predetermined themes.

With Squidoo, you can create modules to display your photos according to themes that you choose. You can even reclassify the same photo in multiple ways.

Below are the six basic steps involved to build your own photographic directory on Squidoo.

1. Decide a theme for your Squidoo lens

You may have photos from various areas that show different flora or fauna (flowers or animals, for example). You may have visited different countries and taken multiple photos of various scenes, e.g. seaside views, mountains, rivers and lakes. You can create a Squidoo website (lens) dedicated to any one of these themes to showcase your photography. With Squidoo, you are not limited to the number of lenses (websites) you create. In fact, you are strongly encouraged to make as many as possible (as long as they inform and help others). So you could focus a Squidoo lens around your flower pictures, holiday snaps in a particular location or your favorite photos of cars/trains.

2. Locate your Flickr photos around the chosen theme

You can use the search facility in Flickr to locate your photos that have been tagged with the relevant keyword. Alternatively, you could just draw on a photoset if it is relevant to your lens theme.

3. Record the description and URL of the photos you want to use

You can use Notepad, Microsoft Word or other program to collect these descriptions and links as you will need to access them to build your Squidoo lens.

4. Register your Squidoo lens

It is important to have your major keyword in the lens URL if possible. You should also make sure that your main keyword is in your lens title, primary tag and introduction.

5. Build your Squidoo lens

Your photos can be included in the Flickr module provided and will form a montage of "thumbnail" size photos. You can also use a text/write module to showcase landscape photos or your best photos. You can add various other modules to add interest. These could include the RSS feed from your travel diary, your blog's RSS feed, descriptions/reviews of relevant affiliate products, Google blog posts or any other relevant module.

6. Update the Squidoo lens regularly

You can achieve this by adding new photos, comments, stories or resource links. You can use the text/write module to discuss an incident, event or funny experience related to the themes of your Squidoo lens.

Squidoo is highly adaptable to multiple applications. This article explains how you can showcase your photos by building Squidoo lenses around themes of your choice that draw on your Flickr photos. Of course, you are not restricted to Flickr as the source of your photos. You can use any source or repository.

However, Squidoo provides a special Flickr module that enables you to enter the Flickr URL's of your photos and displays them as a group (thumbnail size), thus forming a montage of images. Squidoo makes it easy for you to showcase your own Flickr photos around themes of your choice.
About the Author
This article is written by Ron Passfield, top 100 Squidoo lensmaster and Giant Squid. For more information on how to use Squidoo, visit Ron's lens:
Squidoo Marketing

For an example of how Ron has showcased the Flickr photographs of Barbara J H, visit:
Barbara J H - Maroochydore
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