August 9, 2013

No more Squidoo for me

Hello friends and Zazzlers!
This is not a blogging comeback, yet. It's only a rather emotional outburst. I am moving my Squidoo content to this blog. I also deleted Squidoo links I had on the left side of this blog. It's over. I will keep my account there because there's interesting stuff to read at the site and I might visit and comment. But adios baby, no more Squidoo for me. 

Now, you may want to know what happened... or not. If you are familiar with Squidoo you might had some of your lens flagged or even blocked too by now. I was never an avid Squidoo writer.I created just a dozen lenses and spent months without logging to the platform. At this moment I am glad I did not write more! Most of it are blocked! 

At first I did not like Squidoo much. When I was more into it they started to make strict rules about how to create a lens. One I hated was the idea of putting an Amazon module at the top of the lens! Squidoo is worried about spun, duplicated content and poor English writting or content among other things. I think Google has unfriended Squidoo and so the captain is taking desperate measures to safe the ship! 

I have to struggle with English a lot as it's not my mother language. I know sometimes I am lazy and I use easy words and lazy sentences construction! So I must accept that maybe I am not just good enough at writting English to be at Squidoo. Many people earn money from Squidoo. My first poor content lenses made a couple of bucks in the first years. I gave it to charity. Lately, nada! It's a bit ironic that when I need the revenue nothing comes from that effort...! Squidoo pages demand a lot of effort and time from me and really I don't feel rewarded in any way. No trafic, no interaction, no money. And most of all it takes lots of time to set one lens correctly, I mean, the way Squidoo wants. I made an effort to improve my lenses but it did not work. So, the only way is out!

Thinking with a cold and objective mind I must ask myself what's Squidoo advantage when I can create a blog or two or three and do the exact same thing I do at Squidoo and in a much more confortable way. Of course there are SEO rules and if we want to perform well we must keep those rules in mind. But we're building something that in the long run we feel much more of our own than lenses ever will. Blogger adapted to Google too but Blogger changing policies never drove me crazy like Squidoo's. And there's also Wordpress that's a more professional platform to try. So, why Squidoo? No more Squidoo for me. And what about you?

1 comment:

  1. I never made any lenses on Squidoo, it was far down my to do list. I'm not a great writer and I know it takes a lot of me to even try to blog smallish posts!
    I have been following a little bit what has happened there, it's awful. I understand measure has to be taken not to be unfriended by google (fun way of saying that!). But it's cost a lot of people a lot of heartache. All the time that went into it ...

    It's like the hits come from left and right and center, on all various fronts of POD and writing. We didn't choose the easy road did we?

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