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Add Squidoo lens to Technorati


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Squidoo blocks Technorati and other robots from crawling Squidoo RSS feeds through their robots.txt settings. However, you can use Google Feedburner to get past that. Here I show you step-by-step how to do it.

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Add Squidoo lens to Technorati

  1. 1. How to add your Squidoo Lens to Technorati
  2. 2. The Problem <ul><li>Squidoo blocks Technorati – this is a trick to get ‘around’ this problem using Google Feedburner </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step 1.) Publish Your Lens <ul><li>Your lens must be published first. </li></ul>So go create a lens on Squidoo, and then once it's published , come back here.
  4. 4. Step 2.) Find and Copy Public Lens URL <ul><li>Next, go to your published page, </li></ul><ul><li>and copy the URL . </li></ul>For example, I would copy : and paste it into Notepad .
  5. 5. Step 3.) Find RSS URL <ul><li>Click on the little orange & white RSS icon at the top of your lens. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Copy Squidoo RSS URL <ul><li>Copy the Squidoo RSS URL to notepad. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 4.) Google Feedburner <ul><li>Next, we need to head over to Feedburner and &quot;Burn our Feed&quot;. </li></ul>So sign into Google Feedburner : http:// with your gmail/google account
  8. 8. Burn a Feed <ul><li>You will see the box: &quot; Burn a feed right this instant &quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Paste in your Squidoo RSS feed . </li></ul>For example, I would paste in: and then click on Next .
  9. 9. Adjust Title and Unique Feedburner URL <ul><li>Adjust Title and Custom Address . </li></ul><ul><li>Then click on Next . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Copy Feedburner URL <ul><li>Copy your new Feedburner RSS URL to Notepad </li></ul><ul><li>e.g: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep clicking Next , Next, etc. to setup your Feed. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Notepad Check <ul><li>So in my notepad , I should now have.. </li></ul><ul><li>Squidoo Public Lens URL, </li></ul><ul><li>Squidoo RSS URL (which we no longer need) and </li></ul><ul><li>Google Feedburner URL . </li></ul>
  12. 12. Step 5.) Technorati <ul><li>Head over to the Technorati website http:// and sign in. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Click on Username <ul><li>Once logged in, click on your username. </li></ul>
  14. 14. &quot;My Claimed Blogs&quot; <ul><li>Once you see your profile, scroll down the bottom of the page, until you see MyClaimedBlogs . </li></ul>
  15. 15. Start a blog claim <ul><li>Paste in the public URL of your Squidoo Lens and then click on &quot; Claim &quot;. </li></ul>For example, I would paste in:
  16. 16. Details <ul><li>Next it will ask you for the details of your blog – or in our case, the details of your Squidoo lens . </li></ul><ul><li>Type in your title of your lens </li></ul><ul><li>Type in your public url of your lens </li></ul><ul><li>Type in the FEEDBURNER url of your lens </li></ul><ul><li>And any blog that links to your lens </li></ul>
  17. 17. Details Example
  18. 18. Add your Lens description & category <ul><li>Type in your lens description (in a human-friendly way), and pick up to 3 categories for your blog &quot;lens&quot; to be submitted to. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Site tags <ul><li>Add your site tags ( keywords that match the content of your Squidoo lens), then click on Proceed to the next step . </li></ul>
  20. 20. Blog claim status <ul><li>Next, you are put in a queue. </li></ul>Sometimes they are slow, but today I can just click on &quot; Return to Profile &quot; to go to the next step.
  21. 21. My claimed blogs <ul><li>Scroll back down to My claimed blogs , and then click on Check Claim . </li></ul>
  22. 22. Technorati Claim Code <ul><li>Copy the code they have written on the claim status to Notepad. </li></ul>So in my example, I will copy the code &quot; 3T5VZEFBRP29 &quot; to notepad.
  23. 23. Step 6.) Back to Squidoo - Edit lens <ul><li>Head back to Squidoo and go back into &quot; Edit &quot; mode of your lens. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Edit the '1st' Module <ul><li>Edit the first module of your lens (it must be the first , as the first paragraph is the only thing that shows up in Google's Feedburner). </li></ul>
  25. 25. Paste Technorati code <ul><li>Paste the Technorati code (my example 3T5VZEFBRP29) into the start of the lens. </li></ul>Then click Save .
  26. 26. Publish Lens <ul><li>Publish your lens again. </li></ul>Unfortunately, re-publishing your lens is not enough to update the feed, as Feedburner checks it's feeds every 30mins. What you need to do next, is &quot;Ping&quot; Feedburner manually to update your lens.
  27. 27. Step 7.) Ping Feedburner <ul><li>Head to http:// </li></ul>For example, I would type in my Squidoo URL: http:// Type in your &quot; Public &quot; Squidoo Lens URL.
  28. 28. If you get an error <ul><li>If you get an error for whatever reason, the feedburner url works too </li></ul><ul><li>ie: </li></ul><ul><li>Of if all else fails, you can just wait 30 minutes , it will ping automatically and update your feed </li></ul>
  29. 29. Step 8.) Technorati Verify <ul><li>Now head back to Technorati and click on &quot; Verify Claim Token &quot;. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Claim Status <ul><li>Technorati will report that it's evaluating your claim. In approx 10 mins, you should receive an email saying that it's successfully crawled your blog. </li></ul>You can also check this on your profile .
  31. 31. Successfully Crawled <ul><li>Now that the lens has been successfully crawled, we can go back to our lens and remove the code . </li></ul>
  32. 32. Delete Claim Code from Lens <ul><li>Go back to your Squidoo Lens , delete the Claim Code from your first module, save, and then click Publish again to restore your lens. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Wait for Technorati Review <ul><li>Wait for Technorati to do their review . If you are successful, they will let you know via both the Profile page, and an email. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Done! <ul><li>And now your Squidoo lens has some &quot; Technorati Love &quot;. </li></ul>
  35. 35. More Tips <ul><li>Become a Facebook Fan </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Follow me on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Visit my Blog </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Penny Butler