Squidoo for HubPages

Seth Godin, Squidoo Founder

Godin founded Squidoo with Megan Casey, promising to offer writer's a place to share their passions. Uniquely, 50% of all revenue was dedicated to charity.
Godin founded Squidoo with Megan Casey, promising to offer writer's a place to share their passions. Uniquely, 50% of all revenue was dedicated to charity. | Source

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Squidoo and HubPages, An Arranged Marriage


No need to worry. That sucking sound you hear is just 200,000 or so Squidoo articles being sucked into HubPages, metamorphosed into something called a “hub.”

Think about it. If you’re an abandoned Squidoo writer, you never will have to explain to anyone what a “lens” is, except for your glasses, and no one will call you that strange concoction of a word Seth Godin must’ve thought irresistibly clever — a “lensmaster.”

After all these years, I still can’t force myself to save that silly term in my dictionary, leaving it eternally underlined in red.

Today’s the day on which HubPages promises they will be ready to absorb the content from their long time rival, buff the content up, bounce it around a little and let it go live as a “hub.”

What should we expect, those of us who’ve never had HubPages content, those who’ve have both HubPages and Squidoo accounts, and HubPages writers who never created a lens?

Good news, I think, for the Squidoo writers leaving the ghost town their preferred writing site has become. Good too for writers like me who’ve long had accounts on both sites. Initially, the least benefit will accrue to writers exclusively on HubPages.

As welcoming as many have been and as much as the long term results are likely to help everyone, in the beginning, HubPages writers will be unsettled and forced to adjust to a huge infusion of new content, much of it competing with what they’ve already created.

The main thing HubPages writers will find troubling is a broad drop off in the overall quality of writing. No, that’s not because HubPages has better writers. It’s because more of them are primarily writers, something that is not and wasn’t the case at Squidoo for a long time.

Megan Casey, Squidoo Cofounder

Megan Casey brought her background in publishing to Squidoo
Megan Casey brought her background in publishing to Squidoo | Source

How Squidoo Devalued Writing

When Seth Godin and Megan Casey launched Squidoo, they promised that it would be, like Godin’s books, a place to write about your passions. That mission is still all over their Terms of Service and other official documents, but for most writers on Squidoo, that intention was buried years ago.

I can’t tell you what color Seth’s and Megan’s eyes were when they launched Squidoo, but by the time I started writing there, all four were solid green. You know, the color of money.

There was a lot to like about Squidoo, especially the effervescent community and Megan and her staff’s endless ways to encourage and embrace their writers.

But when she wrote a post one day that declared, in essence, the only opportunity for making serious money on Squidoo was from Amazon and, to a lesser extent, eBay sales, I wondered if I’d taken a bad turn or if I knew where I was going the first place.

Adsense, she wrote, was never going to make many writers much money. This hit me in the pit of my stomach. Adsense sharing was the only way I was making anything online. The dribble I got from Amazon sales reflected my disinterest in pitching products.

But by then, floodgates that led to drowning the platform she and Godin started had already opened. Experts on jacking up online income were coaching anyone with a dime to spare to get on over to Squidoo and start making lenses. Whether you could write or not was pretty much irrelevant.

If you could copy and paste product descriptions from Amazon and elsewhere, that’s all you really needed.

That isn’t too say that everyone on Squidoo was creating nothing but catalog lenses, but enough of them were. I can tell you from my days as what was called a “Squid Angel,” charged with searching for great new lenses and giving them a boost, struggling to find anything not oriented around Amazon product sales was exhausting.

One after another, boring lenses about consumer products were piling up.

No wonder. It was clearly what Megan Casey and Seth Godin wanted. In fact, Godin stopped talking about Squidoo as a place to write about your passions. In a major interview, he now called Squidoo “a recommendation site.”

Squidoo Leadership Asleep at the Wheel

The drug, the soporific, was money.

Seth Godin and his team were not alone. Marketing content rapidly overwhelmed writing on most sites, but Godin and company were among the slowest to react.

HubPages, for example, clamped down on Amazon product links, requiring a minimum textual content to justify the sales and prevent the site from becoming Amazon and eBay by proxy. Wizzley and others did too. Eventually, Squidoo imposed a twenty link limit on Amazon, with no corresponding textual requirement. Including eBay made the limits on catalog style lenses virtually meaningless.

Meanwhile, with Megan Casey fleeing without advance notice to an unrelated website about dogs, Seth turned the reins over to Bonnie Diczhazy, a popular HQ team leader, just as all hell broke loose with Google.

Why, Google wondered, should searchers be sent to Squidoo for information they could easily get in a click or two on Amazon? Squidoo’s views plummeted. And why shouldn’t they? The average Squidoo lens offered about as much original content as a Saturday afternoon on cable television.

Led by Diczhazy, who weathered a ferocious roar of criticism that should have been directed elsewhere, Squidoo’s HQ team scrambled energetically to recover. Of course, there were oversteps and mistakes, but in an emergency like no one has seen before, trial and error is the name of the game.

In the fall out, many writers abandoned Squidoo in frustration. Others were shocked to find content that had been encouraged and rewarded one month was banned the next. One impressive constant was Diczhazy’s unwavering optimism and the wellspring of fresh ideas that came with it.

Honestly, I don’t think I could have hung in there as she did, at least not with her class and perseverance. One thing did puzzle me though, and it nagged at me. Neither Bonnie nor Seth or anyone else in leadership at Squidoo took the least public responsibility for the fiasco that cost so many of us big chunks of income.

There never was an apology of any kind. Even when he sold access to our content without consent, Godin portrayed it as his doing us a favor.

That, in retrospect, was a harbinger of things to come.

But I gave up on seeing any apology and, impressed by Bonnie’s performance, I made a decision to, not just stick with Squidoo, but to do what I could to help rebuild the platform.

Not much later, I was asked by Nancy Carol Brown Hardin to join her, Margaret Schindel and Ruth Cox in administering a Facebook Group called Squidoo Positivity. Our mission was to help reinforce Bonnie Diczhazy and her team’s efforts by encouraging others to create great content and to give them an upbeat place to land outside the still raging storm.

That’s where I sat, two-hundred new lenses later when Seth Godin dropped the news that we were all on our way to HubPages. You had to weed through the double-talk, but essentially he’d thrown in the towel, selling out to his more successful rival, the one with the courage to make painful changes.

What Does Squidoo’s History Mean for HubPages?

This history now becomes HubPages history, an absorbed legacy for which adjustments will have to be made. Hats off to HubPages for making the future look less painful than it might be. But I can’t imagine it will be that smooth or as much under HubPages control for long.

A good number of Squidoo’s best writers will not joining the migration. A lot threw up their hands and deleted their accounts in frustration in 2013 when Google stopped sending traffic to much of Squidoo. Among the reasons -

  • It wasn’t profitable enough anymore
  • They protested Squidoo’s handling of the crisis
  • HQ blocked dozens, even hundreds of their previously flourishing lenses
  • Trust in Squidoo’s long term survival was gone

Others left because they believed that Seth Godin’s selling of access to their content was unethical or even illegal. Some were so turned off by the transaction they deleted their content before the transfer, believing that going along meant approving Godin’s conduct. Perhaps most damaging to HubPages, in the long run, are those that deleted their accounts, denying the possibility of a transfer because they felt HubPages, by association, approved of Seth Godin and his team’s behavior.

So, after a good deal of the best of Squidoo has been taken out of the mix, what’s left is sometimes very good and, at others, weak and far from HubPages’ standards.

Over the next four months, as HubPages absorbs Squidoo, it won’t be entirely like putting a round peg in a square hole, but it will be close. Frustration will rise off the assimilating Squidoo content as certainly as dust raises from a storm. The cumulative personality of HubPages will permanently change.

It won’t be only the weaker marketing material from Squidoo that causes friction, although there will be plenty of that. Of those of us who decided to accept the transfer, a larger number are unhappy with what occurred. Trust will not be automatic.

Few will devote themselves fully to writing on single platform. Squidoo shattered the allegiance many of us had. Maybe HubPages can win it back. They are certainly trying and gaining some converts with their responsiveness and consideration, but just like when you lose your first love, it won’t ever be like that again.

But who knows? A mature love, informed by experience, might be even better.

The clock is ticking, and time will, as always, tell.

David Stone

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  • Loved every minute of it
  • Hard to love making pennies per hour online
  • Writers online are at the mercy of website owners who frequently don't care about them
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David Stone 23 months ago from New York City Author

That's gone alone well so far, but there is always a group that resists and plays the blame game. I'm sorry they are missing out because HubPages has been incredibly welcoming and there is opportunity here.

Thank you.

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Snakesmum 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Just found this hub David - another well written article. :-) I do hope that eventually the square edges wear off the peg, and we all fit well into the round hole that is HP.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

I couldn't agree with you more, Barb, and although I was semi-active on HP before, my first few days of expanded activity have been more promising than I expected by a lot, a wonderful surprise.

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BarbRad 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

I really enjoyed reading this, David. Since I've been on HubPages as WannaB Writer almost as long as I've been on Squidoo, I'm no stranger to this environment, and that's been an advantage.

The truth is, though, that aside form having to move my Zazzle promotion lenses to my blogs, I really do like HubPages better. No silly monsters. No tiers. Although you are in a community, I don't have the feeling that the top slots are pretty much spoken for and making money is almost impossible. I don't feel the deck is stacked here. The thing I liked best about Squidoo was the RocketMoms community, and they discontinued it. I'm looking forward to being BarbRad here now.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you, Susan. I thought it was important to get it said, then move along.

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Susan300 2 years ago

Excellent summing up, David. Very thorough and well-presented.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Some are already over on HubPages. It should be no surprise that Bonnie's came first.

For the rest of us, it's a guessing game, but favoritism, catalog lenses and lens rank schemes won't work here. I think our lenses will stand on their own for their content and skill at reaching readers.

Good luck, Sandy. A lot to be seen down the road.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

I think they will, Tawnya, as well as on other sites like InfoBarrel, Wizzley and Seekyt. Most will have a hard time putting all their eggs in one basket again. Trust won't come back easy.

Thanks. I'll look forward to seeing you around here and anywhere else you post.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you. Sounds like you are ready to make the move and keep building relationships.

The situation is sadder for people who got on Squidoo because of its reputation as a place to earn real money. They got clobbered when the site tanked and worse when rights to their content was sold with complete disregard to their wishes. The lost money and got dissed in the process.

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ReviewsfromSandy 2 years ago from Wisconsin

I keep looking for those Squidoo articles uploaded here. Guess it will take some time. In my Sandyspider account here it has been a roller coaster ride. Wonder how the ride will be in my new accounts.

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bead at home mom 2 years ago

David, I appreciate this article. After hearing your further discussion on this topic I continue to understand why I'm not as upset as others are by this whole incident. For me, Squidoo was really nothing more than a place, a tool, for me to exercise my writing voice and learn from others how to do it correctly or at least somewhat correctly. I will choose to assume that by not losing many of my pages I did not take away the 'sales' writing but the 'content' approach, making money eluded me in the Squidoo world, I was grateful whenever I made a few pennies (believe me that is all it was) and when other folks would stop by to leave a kind comment I was astounded that they even found me much less wanted to take time to comment on something I wrote. It was a time consumer but in all reality I feel I walked away unscathed by the whole incident (would the phrase 'you get what you paid for' fit here?). I invested nothing but my time and ended up with lots of written content of my own interest that I can now go out and distribute in my variety of blogs based on all these articles. I have learned much from my fellow writers and continue to learn how to discern what it is I will do with it. So thank you again for your highly valued opinion on this very educating topic from a newb in this crazy world of monetizing words. Cheers to you my friend.

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TJHousel 2 years ago from NE Ohio

Nice summary, David. While I was only at Squidoo for two years, I did enjoy the community and even the non-sensical monsters encouraging me along the way. I was sad to see Squidoo go, but I'm resilient and will keep trucking on. Here's to hoping that all migrating Squids find greater success here rather than there.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you, Julianne. I think you're right. We need to be realistic about what happened - surprisingly difficult for some people - and go forward optimistically. There's too much denial out there, resistance to the reality of what happened, and all that does is swing the door open for more of the same.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

I did try to spin positive on the forums. I stuck up for Bonnie and her team because I thought they were trying to make the best of it in a very difficult situation. I still feel that way.

With others, I tried hard, with nothing in it for myself beyond the shared success of Squidoo, to get others thinking positive creatively on the platform, which made it all the more painful when Seth pulled off his sale and Bonnie defended it. It was a betrayal.

You can characterize the reasons why Bonnie managed to get her lenses transferred first. If you think she was being generous, great. You should know that some were transferred as long as three months ago, according to the stats on her list of hubs, and she was allowed to pull them into a single account after the merger, a benefit not offered the rest of us. And by the way, Seth and Robin, like Bonnie, pulled all but three lenses off Squidoo well before the announcement.

A lot, but certainly not all, ex-Squidoo writers want to give Bonnie the benefit of the doubt, but since it's obvious she knew about the deal for months before it occurred, her actions in encouraging fresh content and giving out misleading answers when asked about changes in the format are not easily spun positive. Were they afraid the writers, who actually owned the content Godin was milking value from, might object and demand a share if we knew? What other reason might there have been?

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theraggededge 2 years ago from Wales

In my view this is a very negative summing up of the Squidoo experience. I have to say that I enjoyed it and learned lots. I'm sad that it's gone but things must change.

I do remember you, Dave Stone, coming down very hard on people in the Squidoo forums if they dared to put forward a less than enthusiastic opinion about Squidoo management or their difficulties in attracting traffic.

BTW that comment about Bonnie is quite uncalled for. She probably volunteered her lenses as guinea-pigs.

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juliannegentile 2 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

There are so many similarities between what happened to those of us that were with The Mining Company/About.com from the start, until they were sold and the Squidoo story. I signed up during the Squidoo beta, but have barely logged in for many months. I'm hopeful for this change, but I've been through this before. Thanks for writing this hub. I enjoyed reading it.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you, Ruthi. Best to have it on the record. Some people don't want to have this information circulating, but not one has come back with a counter argument or any detailed disagreement. For me, and for you, I believe, passive resentful is not the way to go through life. Take a position and move on.

Ruthi 2 years ago

From one who chose not to follow the (no longer) leaders of Squidoo, I appreciate another article of the saddening and maddening truth of Squidoo. I wish my friends from its community only good things here at HubPages and other creative places.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you, Deb.

A month ago, this would have been impossible to write because the perspective was different. Forced to move on, we've got a unique opportunity to square with our past and make a clean break.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you for your kind cmpliment.

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favored 2 years ago from USA

As always David, you have a unique way with words. I'm never bored with your writing.

debW07 2 years ago

Hi David! By the time I found my way to Squidoo they had already been slapped on the wrist. Bonnie was given a difficult task and I appreciated the changes she was required to implement. The site's about-face, requiring quality over quantity and sales, made lots of writers see red. Although I understood the gripes of those who were earning a great deal of cash, I also understood the need for Squidoo to boost the quality of the website. Reading your perspective gave me a bit more insight from a long time writer with the site and I can appreciate your sentiment. Here's hoping for a better future for all of us.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

You might want to blame Seth for not sharing his earnings from the sale with the actual owners of the content he capitalized on.

Why let him walk away with money that doesn't belong to him?

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snerfu 2 years ago from Madurai, India

Yes, checking out of Squidoo is more pleasurable than the check in. Though I will not blame Seth or Casey for anything. They probably made enough money and decided to call it a day. Yes, I did feel foolish but we all do foolish things some times. Good to be here with HubPages.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Go get 'em, Pam. HubPages is optimized for creators of smart content like you.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Wise, BunnyFabulous. If you're looking for other options, my suggestions are InfoBarrel, Wizzley and Seekyt. I have content that pays on all three.

Thank you.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you, RonElFran. I hope so, too.

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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

In all of the reactions to the HubPages/Squidoo deal, this is the most knowledgeable and thoughtful I've read. I do hope the transition will be smoother than you anticipate, both for HP and for former lensmasters.

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BunnyFabulous 2 years ago from Central Florida

I didn't know much about the politics, etc. going on with Squidoo until very recently, and it's made me appreciate even more what Bonnie has done to help promote great content. She was trying to rescue a sinking ship, and she did so admirably. My interests and areas of expertise happened to be decently profitable on Squidoo, so when it took a hit, so did my income. I enjoy writing and providing meaty content, so hopefully HubPages will be one of the venues in which I can express myself and earn at least a little bit so I can still be able to be home with my young daughter. I'm definitely not going to be putting my eggs in one basket with writing this time. Lesson learned.

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Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

Of the 144 lenses I had published on Squidoo, I deleted 29 of them in preparation for this transfer so now I've got 115 I need to "whip into HP shape". I had also deleted quite a few Amazon modules at the same time.

Still learning my way around HubPages. What I've seen so far is encouraging.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

A case in point - Bonnie Dizchazy has announced that her lens have transferred. Guess who grabbed the prime spot for herself. Of course, as Seth's enabler, she knew for months and kept the charade going o maximize his profit.

Congratulations, Bonnie. Foolish of me to think you'd have the humility to wait for those who trusted you.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Just common sense, Donna. But you know what they say about second marriages? They are the triumph of hope over experience.

An habitual optimist, I refuse to let Seth Godin's behavior turn me off on every other writer's site. Keep on pushing!

Thanks, Donna. I share your shock and disappointment.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

A little humor goes a long way in my world.

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Scarlettohairy 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

I say, Squidoo, don't let the door kick you in the butt on the way out the door. It was good for awhile and now on to better things.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Some people do well, June. Some do very well, but most don't. The difference with those who earn is their awareness of the core value of SEO. That is, you write first for what searchers are likely to be looking for and give them more than what others are providing. Many writers create around their own interests without enough thought about who's going to want to read it. It's absolutely wonderful to write about your passions. For a lot of us, it won't do much for our incomes. My first passion, for example, was poetry, an interest with which you can go broke faster than almost any other. I still write it though, because I love it. I just have no illusions about earning anything for it.

Thank you, June.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

You're right. The most resilient lensmasters are already adapting, writing new content here and elsewhere. They will be successful, wherever they are. It's the others that will have a a more difficult time making the adjustment.

Thanks, Paula.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

In perspective, it looks like HubPages made the right choices. Squidoo's writers will have to learn.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thanks, Ann. You will find a good, secure home on HubPages.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

Thank you.

I'd say your comments are pretty much in alignment with mine. For appearances, you might check out Wizzley, which is sort of like Chef Keem, the originator, put Squidoo and HubPages in a sack and come out with something like the best of both. It's sort of like Squidoo without the constant product hawking, with some restraint.

Donna Cook 2 years ago

Hi Dave, I was 100% Giant Squid. Never again. Since Godin dropped the bombshell, I've found out what I've been missing on HP and other platforms. Just waiting for the transfer and getting and AdSense account. Once that is in place, I will never again depend on one Web site.

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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

David, thank you for a cogent article. You asked for our thoughts. Here are some of mine.

Squidoo was for me a testing and learning ground, and I am grateful for all I learned there. I enjoyed it most after I discovered the friendly faces, warm personalities and dedicated writers at Squidoo Positivity. Both my interest and my activity deepened considerably after joining that group.

As for HubPages, I'm thrilled to find a total de-emphasis on sell-sell-sell articles. As you allude above, I often felt Squidoo wanted me to be little more than a barker outside the Amazon big-top.

I do hope HubPages will take some lessons from Squidoo and make its site more attractive. It's very dry and dusty in appearance now. The pages are cramped, narrow and busy.

I suspect they think this makes the pages more appealing on mobile devices, but even with Squidoo's larger fonts, bolder splashes of color and additional content, it looked much better on my iPhone and iPads than HubPages does.

Another feature I'm enjoying on HP: They encourage us to take the time and space to add useful information to our hubs. On Squidoo, I felt like I shouldn't write more than a third-grader could read in five minutes. Here on HubPages, I am grateful for the prods to delve deeper into my subject and provide the information I myself would want to find there.

Thanks for this article, David. It has an intelligent approach I appreciate so much in your writing. Like salve, it soothes the wounds.

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Ann Hinds 2 years ago from So Cal

I am going to talk about your poll. I voted that I'm proud of my work. I didn't do many of the more commercial ones because that's not where my heart is. I could have easily chosen "I love every minute of it" because some (not all) of my lenses are exceptional. Hope they remain that way on HubPages. Again, great insight into the finer points that got by me.

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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

I've never been on Squidoo, but you should know that the staff has always been very responsive to the community. There had to make trial and error decisions too, and apparently picked good ones for the most part. They persevered with their decisions even when people complained because they didn't want to change their hubs again. There are a few decisions I still wish were changed (related ads), but for the most part the decisions have been good. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Well written, David. I think you summarized the situation quite nicely. Although there are ranges of feeling throughout, you have given the jist of how we feel.

I agree too with your assessment of the future, the square peg in a round hole is a good analogy. Even with the transfer there are many of my lenses that won't fit in here. However, the one thing that you did not say which is sort of an aside, is that of the transferees, many are already writing new Hubs in addition to what is being transferred.

I think that the overall traffic coming to Hubpages will be quite beneficial although there may be people here and there who find that they are now competing against similar Hubs. They would have been already competing with them on Google previously in the original Squidoo format.

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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

I now regret that I didn't pay more attention over the past couple of years. I really wasn't attentive to the politics behind the sinking ship that was Squidoo. I saw my online earnings from Squidoo dwindle to almost nothing, but I thought it inevitable and that other places were doing just as badly. I was (am) retired, but a little extra money comes in extremely handy, so I continued to create lenses, just not as many or as often. I made only about half a dozen product lenses, thankfully, so most of my lenses remaining are of better quality. I ignored most of the challenges because frankly, I could not see that the topics would be of interest to many people. If they're not going to attract visitors, I reasoned, why write them? I admit to feeling a little discouraged about the future of online writing as a source of income. I am thinking i may do better to seek a few writing contracts from time to time rather than counting on or hoping for online income again. I enjoy the community at these online writer sites but as for earning an income, its discouraging.

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David Stone 2 years ago from New York City Author

In the long run, all should gain. HubPages will earn substantial new revenue they can invest in new technology and other initiatives. If we all band together, we can make a very dynamic site together. But it will take patience for now.

I probably should have added that I appreciate HubPages willingness to take everything. It's a huge undertaking.

Thank you for your comment.

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rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay

This is such an interesting, informative read, David. I've never written on Squidoo as I wasn't at all crazy about their platform and am not a sales type writer. I'm excited to see the lenses transfer, and you can bet the HP regulars are going to be taking a good look at our new neighbors. Hopefully the transition won't be too wobbly and the merged community will be successful! Welcome to those making the big move!

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