How to Build A Web Page Using Squidoo

If you decided to build a web page with free web hosting services, Squidoo is a great place to start.

Just type “” into your favorite browser and click the big orange ‘sign up now’ button with the single eyed squid monster behind it. That takes you to a screen where you can enter a user name (you might have to try a few to get one somebody else doesn’t already have), an email address you are comfortable possibly being public with (get a yahoo or gmail address if you don’t already have one you can use), select a password, accept the terms of service, enter the captcha and – finally – press the ‘join now’ button.

Next time, all you have to do is enter your email address and password and you’re all set to build a web page, or squidoo lens as they are called here.

Once you are in your dashboard, just find the ‘create a lens’ button and press it. That will get you headed down the path to where you can start creating a web page.

As an example of a completed squidoo lens, take a look at Rent-PS2-Games. It’s a fun site that shows many of the building blocks you’ll use for yours as well.

Back to getting started … you should be at Step 1. Just follow the directions and type in what you will build a web page about. Click continue and fill in something for the title, your ONE chance at setting the URL, the best topic from the drop down list and a rating as well.

On Step 3, select three keywords, or keyword phrases that people might search for to find your lens. For the above example, maybe video games, video game rental or rent video games would be good, since the best tag ‘Rent PS2 Games’ will have already appeared in the best tag for my lens box.

Click Build my lens and you are ready to go.

Now, to actually build a web page, I’m going to turn you over to the Lens Workshop Tour video. It’s just under 10 minutes long and does graphically what a lot of words would take here. And they probably do a better job anyway – after all, it’s their platform. So get to creating a web page – and remember, as long as it’s in draft form, you can’t break anything (that others will see anyway) …

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