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Squidoo-sday – April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

BASIC – How to Link Your GCU Cards in a Squidoo Lens

GCU artist Moonie asked: “How do you actually get all the little picture links, etc., (for) posting cards (on Squidoo)?”

Answer: That’s easy, and I’ll show you how. There are two ways you can go about it.

First, you’ll need to add a TEXT module to your Squidoo lens. Why? Because a TEXT module is where that ol’ HTML magic happens. This is what it looks like:

Next, pick out the card you want at GCU. See that row of symbols under the card? Click the dollar sign, you’ll get a pop up box with two HTML codes to choose from.

Copy the Image Link.

Go back to the TEXT module of your lens. Paste the HTML into the box. Click SAVE.

Voila! There’s your card with a clickable link to its Card Details page at GCU.

That size of image will fit five across (so that’s five “portrait” style cards, only four “landscape” style cards will fit) the width of the lens. To put a little space between images, add/     /at the end of each clump of image link HTML code – no spaces, please! It’ll look like this:

And the end product looks like this:

However, suppose you want a larger image as part of your text.  First,  re-size your chosen card with your graphic editor program to make it a reasonable size. While Squidoo prefers squares, as long as you don’t make your image too huge, it shouldn’t get distorted. You may have to play around with it a bit to find out what size works best for you.

Next, head over to GCU and click that dollar sign again. This time, you’ll want to copy the Text Link code.

Now back to the Squidoo TEXT module. You’ll see this:

Browse and upload your picture, and use the Text Link you got from GCU to link it to a URL. UPLOAD the photo. Click SAVE. And you’ll get a lovely big photo on one side (your text will be on the other), and the photo will be linked to the Card Details page on GCU.

And there you have it.

If you have questions regarding Squidoo, send them to us, ‘cause we want to help! And if any of our super duper Squid lensmasters have tips, too, we want ’em!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 5:11 pm

    Thank you very much for this; I may finally go from feeling daunted to feeling productive in this particular area. I am also wondering: There was a short-lived campaign awhile back to try and convince Squidoo to put GCU on their white list. I remember that several of us sent messages pleading our case (which would increase the number of permitted links going out from a lens to GCU). What say we try that again? Perhaps we can start a movement here to bring this issue back to life.

    Thanks again – for everything!

    • April 22, 2011 6:50 pm

      If we can get organized, we can certainly try. However, before we take that step, let me get with the GCU Kahunas. Maybe they’ve already got a petition in the works, or perhaps there’s some behind-the-scenes activities we’re not aware of. I’ll let you know what I find out.


      Edited 4-23-2011: Shaun tells me GCU has tried to get white listed on Squidoo in the past w/out any luck. There used to be an area where you could recommend sites to be white listed, and I know several artists recommended GCU, but I can’t find that area anymore. Squidoo has really tightened up its content policy, so this may be a lost cause.

      However, the GOOD news is that 9 outbound links to GCU are a gracious plenty. You don’t want to have too many outbound links to a single domain in a lens anyway; it starts to look spammy, which is a no-no. Best thing to do? I usually do 2 rows of 4 “portrait” cards (so that’s 8 links) + 1 text link to the GCU page that contains more of my same cards.

      We’ll just have to get creative and use what we’ve got to the best effect.


  2. April 22, 2011 9:10 pm

    I have been trying to create a Lens at Squidoo today. I am having trouble uploading an image from my computer to show up in the Text Box Module. I have tried a small image, I have tried a large image, I have tried a square image. Nothing seems to be working for me…. Any suggestions? I sure would appreciate your help.. It isn’t an image that will link to GCU, as it is only a sample image to have in the module as a reference.

    Thank you so much.. Sher

    • April 22, 2011 9:31 pm

      Woo Whoo, I just figured it out. I found out the image size to upload from your computer should be 250 pixels wide. Hope this information helps others when uploading their images directly from their computers.

      • April 23, 2011 5:42 am

        Thanks for the tip, Sher!


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