Any PotPieGirl Trainees out There?

Last Update: January 04, 2013
I am working my way through the PotPieGirl training and wondering if any of you here on WA are doing the same. Actually, PotPieGirl is where I was first introduced to Wealthy Affiliates.

I am still pretty much at the start of the training and have put up 6 Squidoo lenses so far. Here are my links if you would like to check them out -

http://www.squidoo.com/skiphop-baby-bags
http://www.squidoo.com/bread-maker2
http://www.squidoo.com/6-qt-pressure-cooker
http://www.squidoo.com/reading-aid-for-macular-degeneration2
http://www.squidoo.com/kid-s-table-and-chair-set
http://www.squidoo.com/sschwinn-recumbent-exercise-bike

Comments, both good and bad, will be appreciated. If you like any, please "Like".

I would love to hear from anyone here that is following this training. My pages are not yet ranking but I know I still have much to learn.
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bryonbrewer Premium
take out any table of content modules as there is now a built-in TOC section in the "introduction" module which works a lot better. As long as you update your lenses regularly (once a week if possible) and include modules that self-update, like RSS feeds, and modules that encourage people to interact, such as polls, debates, and comments, you will do fine
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Thanks for all your tips. Will check out the TOC in the intro. Thanks also for the reminder on updating and the rss sounds like a great idea too.

Will spruce up the comments module, maybe ask questions that will encourage replies and participation.
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PotPieGirl Premium
Do I count as a PotPieGirl trainee? lol!!! Totally use the TOC option that is found in your intro module, but it's still a good idea to put a TOC module at the bottom of your lens. It's good for readers and it's good for helping Google.

As for RSS modules: While they do self-update, Google cannot read them so they don't do anything for that "freshness" factor. (use the Google News module instead - that's a hint).

Anything that encourages your readers to interact is a great idea (helps lensrank which helps your lens keep that precious green check).

From the look of your lenses, you're off to a GREAT start, Kathy - great work!

Jennifer
~PotPieGirl
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bryonbrewer Premium
oh thanks Jennifer, I had been using RSS primarily as links back to my blog but didn't realize google can't read them, that means it doesn't even count as a backlink either then? I can see the value in a TOC at the bottom too because some lenses are long and it helps usability. Good tips !
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PotPieGirl Premium
Putting a RSS feed of your blog on your lens is a GREAT idea for people - but no, it doesn't count as a backlink to your site since they don't render in time for Google to read them. Make a "real" text link to your posts and/or site on your lens to get some link juice (but no more than 9 links to your site).
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bryonbrewer Premium
Ok, RSS feed for some click-outs then, and i also put a few hyper links naturally into the text like "you can always <learn more> about bla bla" ..how do you feel about link lists? like a "further reading" list with a few links to my blog, I can't decide how I feel about them, sometimes I think they are good, other times I see someone's lens and it just looks too busy
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PotPieGirl Premium
The Link List module can work really well for many purposes (depending on the purpose of your lens) - and, the links are DO follow and seen by Google as well.
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bryonbrewer Premium
ok thanks, i will include them in my next lens updates!
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Hi PotPieGirl, Thanks much for chiming in here and for your comments on my lenses. My Squidoo rankings are now starting to improve daily so I am encouraged! Also thanks for the rss and other tips. Have a Great Sunday!
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bryonbrewer Premium
I noticed that there is an option in the RSS module at the bottom, "Include HTML in excerpts?" ..if you select "yes" does that mean Google can read the links and count as extra backlinks? or is that irrelevant still?
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August7way Premium
I'm not familiar with potpiegirl methods, but I think they look attractive and come across well and thorough, and I can see the method at work.

Keyword choices and competition level look very good for for The baby bags, The bakery, and especially the reading aid, but a little steep for the other three.

I can see no problem with the lower left margin on the baby bag lens.

I agree table of contents at bottom seems a bit contrary, but the internal links should help. Be sure to backlink to your squidoo pages from a link directory or forum to help ranking, and then 'ping' your articles too.

Good job.
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Thanks for all your tips. I am still a little fuzzy on the whole keyword thing so I am happy to hear that at least some of my choices were good . Links on bottom are for the sake of internal links but I will be adding a TOC on top too.

I'm not sure what you mean by backl-inking to sq pages from link directory or pinging but I am sure that will come as I progress in the training.
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/skiphop-baby-bags:
When you scroll down, you can see that there no margin in the lower left corner; hence some of the writing seem to be hidden.
I think the table of content should be on top;
The last advert at the right should be removed: too much adverts.
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Thanks for your reply Ostanavision. Will add a TOC on top but I don't think I have any control over the sidebar ads. I do not see the issue of "hidden text" as you mentioned. I would be curious what os,browser and browser version you are seeing this with.
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Hello Kathy! I think I'm the only one seeing the hidden text because you are not the only one saying you did not see it. I'm using firefox aurora version 17.
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David_S Premium
Sorry, haven't followed her training for a few years now. Her training is stellar but not sure if its old training or has been update. Many google updates have deemed most of it no longer viable in this market
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Hi David, Thanks for your comment.
I did make sure that her training was updated since both Panda and Penguin. You bring up a great point - everyone should be sure that any training that they are considering should be no older than 6 months old, tops. I know that Penguin hit around May 2012
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joyceosborn Premium
Good stuff! I will look at them when I feel better! Going to bed shortly. I took her course about four years ago or so, maybe longer, and I have purchased her new one too. She is very smart!
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kathyjf1530 Premium
Thanks Joyce.
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