Hi there 🙂 Well, they say that all good things have to come to an end. I don't agree. But the good days with Squidoo certainly is over.
I feel like having been invited to a birthday party, and having fun, drinking cocoa and eating cake while holding nice pink balloons in my hand, and then all of a sudden the moon rises and the hosts show their true and ugly faces.
Soon the party isn't funny, and you feel like taking part in a horror movie.
Beaten up, your money stolen, you decide to leave as fast as you can. But how?
So many questions pop up in your head: What if I move the content of my lens and delete it… Will it still show up in Google? And will Google punish me for duplicate content?
And where do I move my lenses to? How do I do it?
Or maybe you're still in doubt… Should you just come through this bad situation and start building lenses as soon as the storm has passed?
Are People Giving Up Too Fast?
In one the Facebook Squidoo groups I'm member of, the leader wrote that she was certain that Squidoo – like a submarine – would emerge again later.
I don't think so. I think it's a sinking ship, and I'm abandoning. Like the man in this picture above me seems to be doing 😉
I believe that if you're in something, it has to be something you will stand for.
I will not stand for the way Squidoo HQ is treating people like criminals. This is what they wrote to me when they locked my lens about creating Amazon HTML links (without warning, of course…):
You're getting this note because one or more of your lenses is in violation of our Terms of Service and SquidDon't policy, as well as in violation of the Terms of Service of our advertising partners.
And they continue:
We hope you can understand that every free platform needs a system of checks and balances to keep it working and successful for its community. Fortunately, 99% of our members have no trouble with this policy and are thriving on the site.
Did you get that? 99% of their members have no trouble with this policy. Only YOU, you filthy scumbag!
And all the money that lens has made has been “defaulted to charity”. Stolen, in other words.
Can I live with these conditions? Yes, but I will not. And especially, because I know that these actions have hurt a lot of good and hard-working lensmasters.
I have places to take my lenses. I can live without the $8 or so Squidoo stole from me. But other people have put so much energy and hope into Squidoo. And that's what I'll not be a part of: Stealing away people's dreams.
Where to Move Your Lenses
The best place to move your lenses to is your own blog. On your own server. But even if you have many blogs, like I have, there are probably some that are outside the topics of these blogs.
You could create a new, if you have many lenses about a single topic. I did that for my cat lenses, which I'm moving now.
Other options are HubPages (not a good option – they are even more strict than Squidoo), Zujava, Weebly, Wizzley, Tumblr, Fancy, RedGage, Blogger, Mahalo, and for short texts Bubblews.
How to Save the Content of Your Lenses
I wish there were an easy way to do this, but I haven't found any. These three ways might help you, though:
- Open your locked lens in Edit mode, and click on Save lens text to your computer at the bottom right side. This feature might come from Squidutils, so if you don't have it, sign up with them, first.
- Get an add-on for Firefox called ScrapBook, and quick save your lenses with that.
- Open each module and copy the HTML code into a new text file.
I'm no SEO expert, haha, far from, so what I'm about to tell you might be wrong.
I got this question from a fellow lensmaster:
If you move the content that quickly, do you run the risk of duplicate content on your blog somehow?
And this was my answer:
Good question. Since I deleted the lens, it doesn't show the “this lens belongs to a criminal. we've removed it and stolen her money” page it used to. If I use the link, it goes to a 404 page.
So I just did a search on Google, and it still shows the Squidoo version in the results. I clicked through and got the 404 page (error page).
This means that Google – if it could think – would go: Hm… It seems like this Squidoo thingy has messed up its links and pages. I don't like that. I'll punish them.
Especially if they have many error pages.
That's one of the arguments Squidoo has been using against us for flagging lenses: If you link don't work, they claimed that they would be punish. And I believe them in this case.
At this moment, Google hasn't seen my new placement, so it's not in its index.
But when it does find it, it might show both versions for a short while.
And this is NOT duplicate content.
Duplicate content in the eyes of Google is only when you have the same content several times on the same location – like if I posted that guide on several blog posts on GetMoneyMakingIdeas.
I'll ask a real SEO expert and see what he thinks about it.
What You Should Do Now
You basically have two options:
- You can stay with Squidoo, show a low profile, hope and pray that they don't lock your best performing lenses and steal your money, and then start creating new high quality lenses according to their standards, when the storm have blown over. Let me give you an example of a purple star lens, by the way, so you know what to aim for… http://www.squidoo.com/doctorwhobedroomDon't worry about keyword stuffing. That lens is performing well, and the keyword “dr who” is mentioned 239 times (thanks Anna).
- Or you could move away, copy and paste your best lenses to other sites, and delete your lenses as soon as possible. That way, you returning the favor to Squidoo, who chose to punish you for working hard for them. When Google finds lots of 404 pages, they'll know something is wrong with the webmaster at the main domain: Squidoo.
I'm taking the second route. What about you?