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Scary, Cool, and Simply Awesome Jack-O-Lanterns

My Jack-O-Lanterns page has always done well in October and November since I  published it in 2009. Always tier 1 in October. I hope for the best this year too. It is currently featured on Squidoo front page, so that’ll help a lot (hopefully will also help my other Halloween lenses).

The page has obviously been redesigned a few time. The last redesign was a few weeks ago to change the now defunct Flickr voting plexo to a regular link list plexo with images (rather neat idea, because you get the photos AND the voting. You can vote for your favorite carved pumpkin  here), and to change the caption image that was no longer under creative commons. That happens quite often, images that were available under a CC license getting switch by the owner to a copyright image. It is worth checking your images from time to time. Luckily I was able to find a similar photo at Shutterstock. I do have an “Images on Demand”  plan there and honestly I don’t regret it. Although most of my images are from CC sources, it’s nice to have access at great looking professional stock photos. If you hate the idea of having to subscribe to a plan, you can try iStockphoto: no plan needed you can just buy directly the images you need (but a plan is economical in the long run, I have a plan there too). Before you do subscribe for a plan on either of these stock photo sites, check for coupon codes, often there is one available and it will give you a little saving!

Also, both sites offer a free “photo of the week” and they are often quite interesting. And free is free!

Halloween and Christmas on Squidoo

It’s the season again! Halloween and Christmas. Both holidays are usually good for me despite the fact that I have very few Halloween and Christmas oriented pages. I do have the usual “must have” toy pages (all of them featuring toys NOT made in China), but compare to many writers on squidoo, I don’t have much to show. Still, I usually do great. So In preparation for Halloween and Christmas, I have been updating some of these pages especially two of them that usually perform pretty good:

Scary, Cool, and Simply Awesome Jack-O-Lanterns

Star Trek Christmas Ornaments

Here’s a cool 2011 Star Trek Christmas ornament:

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Now I will try to create some more Halloween and Christmas pages before it’s too late for 2011, but both are not really topics that appeal to me. I will write more pages on great toys not made in China, but I have trouble getting motivated for Halloween and Christmas pages. We will see!