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Squidoo: The End of a Relationship

I joined in April, 2009. I joined shortly thereafter, and worked my heart out. I loved Squidoo. It was my first chance to write online and be read. I will always be thankful for that. In December I had my first fifty lenses written and was able to apply to be a Giant Squid. I still remember how thrilled I was to wake up one day early in January and discover I'd not only been accepted as a Giant Squid, but also received my first Purple Star and my only Lens of the Day. I think that lens will transfer nicely to . I had just joined HubPages by that time. I think it's too bad my transferred lenses will have to have a separate account than the one I've been building for five years there already.

I have very mixed feelings about Squidoo's (or sell-out)with HubPages. I had been very loyal to Squidoo until they discontinued RocketMoms. After that, the relationships I'd had with other women on Squidoo weren't as easy to cultivate. I began to spend more time on HubPages. I didn't publish as much on Squidoo after that. I wanted to hang on to my Giant Squid status mostly to be able to keep a particular page active.

Twice now Giant Squids have had to reapply for that status, the last time only a few months ago. I had to promise to make five lenses this year in addition to the three short special ones we had to make right away in their new formats and submit with the application. I am relieved not to have to follow through with what remains of that commitment. For at least a year Squidoo has made lensmasters work overtime just to keep their lenses in good standing and accessible. Now that pressure is off.

Now the pressure will come from HubPages to get the lenses compliant with a very different set of requirements, especially as they relate to affiliate links and links to other sites. Squidoo allowed many more of them. I appreciate that HubPages will give us a brief honeymoon period to work on this. I also appreciate that they let articles that don't meet their standards sleep invisible to Google instead of just locking them the way Squidoo did. I think HubPages has always treated the writers more respectfully than Squidoo. I'm glad that my lenses that were designed as articles will have a home as suitable as HubPages.

Meanwhile, I still have many lenses that I know will never find a happy home there. I think I will have to move those to my own pages. I had been considering that for a long time anyway, and this is the push I need to get that project going. There are a few lenses that were more Squidoo's idea than mine, and I expect I will just delete them. I never wanted to write them in the first place, but they were RocketMoms assignments. I've already deleted some of them.

If you are also a Squidoo refugee, I encouage you to take the poll posted by OldRoadsOnceTraveled . It will be interesting to see what everyone else plans to do.

And now, I suppose those of us having to deal with the transfer will have a little less time to spend here for a while. I will still try to post one a day, though.

The photo is one I won't be able to use much anymore. My husband took it in the orchard. I have his permission to use it. It's now historical. That's too bad. The two T-shirt gifts from Squidoo are about the only tangible evidence I'll have now that proves we had a relationship.

Text is original and may not be used without permission.

B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

Image Credit » My husband took the photo and I have used it with his permission.

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AliCanary wrote on August 16, 2014, 11:30 PM

Would the lenses you can't use for HubPages work here? I have heard HubPages was a good site but it took a lot of work, so I haven't really looked at it. I did look at Squidoo a long time ago, but it was very confusing. This whole thing seems incredibly Byzantine, and I hope you get it worked out.

BarbRad wrote on August 16, 2014, 11:42 PM

I hope that means the surviving ones are more fit. Of course, new sites are popping up hoping to fill the void.

BarbRad wrote on August 16, 2014, 11:43 PM

Most of the lenses I have on Squidoo have affiliate links that are an important part of them, so they really wouldn't work here. I don't mind writing original work just for this site.

suffolkjason wrote on August 17, 2014, 4:09 AM

I agree that it's a pain to have to open a new Hubpages account just to receive Squidoo content. I think I'll just wait and see what Hubpages does with the content and take my time (if Hubpages allow it) to fix them.

Feisty56 wrote on August 17, 2014, 6:51 AM

I enjoy your clarity of thought and ability to express those thoughts. I'm not on Squidoo, but I certainly feel empathetic to the many who were and now have decisions to make as how best to move forward. I hope the process goes smoothly -- at least as smoothly as these things can be.

Ellis wrote on August 17, 2014, 8:18 AM

So you've been there, done that and got the

inertia4 wrote on August 17, 2014, 9:20 AM

BarbRad I ad a few menses there. But I clicked that green button to download and none of the downloads work. So, it seems my content is gone. I already have a HubPages account and when I went to move everything over, it told me an account already existed. So, that was out. I mean I could set up a new account just to get my content then delete that account. Maybe I will do that. I was never big on Squidoo or HubPages for that matter. But my content is mine.

SandraLynn wrote on August 17, 2014, 9:58 AM

I tried the Squid, briefly. Found it to be too much for my Type A to handle, oddly. I think they were going through one of their transitions and I was over extending myself with other things. I recently deleted my account there, too. They'd locked most of my stuff anyway and there wasn't any point. I'd never earned a dime in all the time...

This is sad. I understand where you are coming from and I'm sad for you, for this. Thank you for sharing and good luck with getting everything in it's rightful place, however you decide! emoticon :heart:

BarbRad wrote on August 17, 2014, 12:14 PM

I will write more on this transition later, but I may just download everything and rewrite what's suitable for HubPages and do something else with the rest. Having two accounts is a pain. I tried reworking two of my best last night. One was OK if I removed all Zazzle and some of the Amazon. I'm saving all as complete web pages so I can see what I did, and I'm all getting the downloads from Squidoo, which just have the files. The other lens, which has done really well for me on Squidoo, I tried for over an hour to modify, but I still don't think it will fly on HubPages.

BarbRad wrote on August 17, 2014, 12:15 PM

I appreciate your empathy.

BarbRad wrote on August 17, 2014, 12:23 PM

The green button doesn't work immediately. I got a message that it would take a while and would be ready for me later. I have 156 featured lenses. In order to open the special HubPages account you have have to click a link from the Squidoo announcement page that will automatically help you set up your separate account with a different email address for it. I wouldn't do it for ten lenses. But do save each lens as a complete web page. You can do that from the drop down menu in your browser. If your editor in Squidoo still works, you can also copy key places where you have HTML links to a text file so you don't have to go get them all again. you do that from the edit mode.

BarbRad wrote on August 17, 2014, 12:25 PM

I'm still deciding. I feel a blog post coming on.

inertia4 wrote on August 17, 2014, 2:11 PM

BarbRad Well, I found my content. I only had three lenses there. I deleted them because on was a duplicate from another site and the other two were out dated topics. So, I deleted them then I deleted my Squidoo account.

BarbRad wrote on August 17, 2014, 5:10 PM

Good move. You won't be sorry.

inertia4 wrote on August 17, 2014, 7:13 PM

BarbRad I know. I feel I did the right thing. I almost forgot about that until I got an email from them some time ago. Then I forgot about it until I saw a post about it.

sconstantino wrote on August 18, 2014, 12:47 PM

I wrote only a few pieces for Squidoo, but I had trouble with their format. I still write for Hub Pages though. I hope you learn to enjoy it. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 20, 2014, 12:02 AM

It seems to me like that would be easier, if it complies with HubPage rules. I mean, you're going to have to rework them to fit their platform and their rules anyway. But I don't know their rules about previously published content.

BarbRad wrote on August 20, 2014, 3:30 AM

I've passed my fifth birthday on HubPages on my main account. That account is under WannaB Writer. I love HubPages, just not having to open another account for Squidoo lenses that just weren't written for HubPages.

BarbRad wrote on August 20, 2014, 3:34 AM

Transferred lenses get automatic redirects from the Squidoo location to the HubPages location so that they don't lose traffic. It also helps avoid the whole duplicate content issue.