I just noticed some of my Squidoo lenses have been rated by other lensmasters and it makes a big difference on the lensrank.
Someone gave While Waiting for Harry Potter 7 a five star rating and its lensrank jumped from #8,458 to #2,282. Although that is not spectacular I believe the only change was the five star rating since I have done nothing else to promote it. Although occasional updates probably helped.
(By the way While Waiting for Harry Potter 7 is the lens I've spent the most time on. Feel free to check it out and give me any feedback.)
Meanwhile, A Teacher's Guide to Procrastination which has very little content, also received a five star rating. (I think someone thought my comment was funny.) Its ranking has gone from #3,010 to #2,862. It didn't change as much, probably due to a complete lack of updates.
The most interesting result is that Jo Rowling's Favorite Charities, which has absolutely no content, received a one star rating. At first I was annoyed that someone was rude enough to give a one star rating to a lens which is clearly under construction. Then I noticed that the LensRank went from #11,069 to #7,272. I guess any rating is better than no rating at all.
It has also, surprisingly, received a lot of traffic. (The stats page even claims it has raised 2 cents for charity!) I guess I should finish it and make it public. . . Although I am a little curious how good a ranking I can get without having any actual content. (I am planning on publishing it on or around July 1.)
(The math teacher in me feels compelled to figure out the formula(s) they use. The procrastinator in me realizes that it's probably complicated and not really worth the effort. Maybe I'll give my data to students and have them figure it out.)