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HubPages is Different than Squidoo

Updated on May 5, 2016

Time to Change Our Mindset

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Giant Squid on a Mouse Pad

Are You New on HubPages?

According to my account here, I am new along with many people coming up from social media websites that are closing down. My name is Sandy and this is my new account on HubPages. (The crowd chants, "Hi Sandy!") As a former member of Squidoo, I would be overwhelmed coming into HubPages. The platform is so different. Many of the members (Squidooers) coming from Squidoo (since it has been acquired by HubPages) may find this as a frightening experience. Not knowing if any of your lenses (articles) will be accepted here, as these called hubs. Not everything that has been written on Squidoo will work with the HubPages format. You will have to find new homes for some of your articles.

HubPages has mentioned that they will be accommodating for all the new members coming on here from the Squidoo social network. We have a certain period of time to transform our articles to work with the requirements and format here on this website.

We are no longer called Squidooers, Giant Squids or lensmasters. Our articles and are no longer called lenses or a lens.

We are now called Hubbers and our articles are called hubs or a hub.

From a land called Hubpages

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Formally Known as Sandyswriter-Review on Squidoo

I joined Squidoo as Sandyswriter-Review on Feb 24, 2012. This was broken off from my main Sandyspider account on Squidoo. There I had been a member since July 4, 2008. Two reasons that I had broken off into another account is that it was that once you have written hundreds of articles on Squidoo, it because hard to find a particular subject within one's account. The articles are listed according to how they rank.

Looking for book reviews from Sandyspider was like looking for a needle in a haystack. After a few years on Squidoo I broke off in several niche accounts. Yet coming into HubPages are two of those accounts. My main account from Squidoo, which is a new account here called SandyMertens on Hubpages and this one.

Sandyswriter-Review was a loose niche account with book, movie and entertainment reviews. Writing about software, online coupons and a little more. The hyphen part in my name did not work well in looking up my account in the search bar. Coming into HubPages, it became ReviewsfromSandy

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Not New to HubPages

I am not new to HubPages. In 2009, I joined as Sandyspider here as a Hubber. It has been one large roller coaster ride. With its ups and downs, good times and not so good times. But one thing about HubPages that I have always enjoyed (as with Squidoo) is the community of people here.

Things to Know About HubPages

  1. Two links maximum to the same website domain.
  2. Exception would be Amazon and eBay when using the capsules (modules as they were called for Squidooers). Then it is for every 100 words, one product can be shown.
  3. Some words cannot be used on HubPages. An example was my highly popular article here which had many, many comments to it. It is now on and moved to a another site which I am no longer on. Now it needs a new home. This article I had to move because I was not going to change the name to "How Did Ryan Reynolds Get His Alligator Stomach". Not the right wording but I cannot use those words here. Afraid to write it out but it begins with the first to letters of the alphabet plus S. Even though, I was not selling anything about A B S equipment or minerals.
  4. Selling products from places like Zazzle you will have to add a link and not the code for it to work.
  5. Above all read the rules and go to the forums for help.

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Squidoo and HubPage Friends are Here

What Would Not Work on HubPages

Before the big Google Panda hit, we were taught on Squidoo to promote products. Promote Amazon, eBay, Zazzle and CafePress items. Then Squidoo had tried to make the adjustments and one change after another. Though the latest addition is those short product reviews. These are not going to work as they had on this other site. Promoting your Zazzle shop is not something that HubPages wants to see.

If these articles are brought over to HubPages, you will need to fine tune them to work.

That is all from this new (old) hubber ReviewsfromSandy and hope to see all my friends on HubPages.

Hello, my name is Sandy and this is my first hub.

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Summing it Up

Squidoo is a thing of the past and by now many of us know the difference between the two. But this can be helpful for anyone new to HubPages. Even if you are not new here, hopefully this will be of some help.

© 2014 Sandy Mertens

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      Nadine May 

      12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Haha, I see that I read this before. yes, we cannot promote ourselves in any way anymore. Not even a link to a blog. I think it's Google. They do not want to pay out to writers who in any way promote themselves, so the only thing we could do is to create a youtube video with our designs. I have had no time to do that yet...

    • ReviewsfromSandy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      2 years ago from Wisconsin

      The t-shirt has only been sold to my friends, Nadine.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Now found all three profiles. Love the Tshirt. Have you ever sold one?

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      Sandy Mertens 

      2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Stella, it has been some time since Squidoo. But still good to compare the two.

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hope all goes good.

    • ReviewsfromSandy profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Nadine, I have 3 profiles on HubPages. I would rather have one. Two were brought over from Squidoo.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I just saw that I have read this post before, so it seems that you have two profiles on Hubpages. You are an active lady.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Molly Layton It is a different platform than Squidoo was. But nice to see who is here.

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      Molly Layton 

      3 years ago from Alberta

      Very interesting! Thank you for sharing your introduction. I hope you like it here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Aladdins Cave That is the problem that I have. I can read and view everything that is helpful. But unless I work on myself, it stays unfixed. :)

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      Aladdins Cave 

      3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi Sandy,

      it's a pity about Squidoo, but towards the end, you could tell something was not right. Anyway, it took me years to perfect my Lens, and I was actually making a FEW CENTS before Hubpages took over. Now its all new. and this old dumb dumb has to learn everything again. What a pain.

      Your info here was helpful, but my pages won't fix themselves, so I have work to do :(

      Gave you thumbs up

      Thank you anyway

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Rachel Some people do quite well here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Kristen, it is definitely a different site.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Sandy, I have never heard of Squidoo before. Being an old fashioned grandmother, I am relatively new to a lot of things. lol I heard of HubPages from my niece who is "Mommy Knows What's Best". She makes a nice little earning on HubPages. I haven't earned anything yet but I have only been on for 6 months. Thanks for enlightening me to certain things. Voted up.

      Blessings to you.

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sandy, you're very welcome, I'm getting used to it for sure. It takes a while to get used to it for sure.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Kristen Howe, thank you. Hope you are enjoying it here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      CrisSp, My Sandyspider account has been on here since 2008. But the hubs there have not been updated to the latest changes, which reflects on the score. It is all about the TLC.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      lollyj lm, This site as well as others are always evolving. We all have to adjust and write for the site. Great that you had to do very little tweaking to make your articles work.

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nice hub Sandy. I've been here for almost a year as I near the halfway mark. Nice to meet you. Voted up for useful!

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      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Well, welcome (back) to HP! I have been away from HP for quite sometime too and will definitely need to go back and review new policies (do's and don'ts) and surely, my hubs are now needing some TLC (revision/omission).

      Thanks for the tap through this hub. It's indeed very useful.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      3 years ago from Washington KS

      Hi Sandy!! Enjoyed this hub. I was very intimidated when my lenses made the HubPages transition. At first my anxiety convinced me I should just delete everything and hide. Then a squidoo friend said, "Don't do anything rash. Just wait and see what happens." All my lenses were approved and became active hubs and very little tweaking was needed. JOY!! Haven't had the nerve to make a new hub yet but reading what you wrote here helped ease my anxiety. Well done!!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Nadine, Most of us could use 72 hour days.

      This isn't a new hub, but it did not reflect the new 100 words be link rule until now.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Patty, I do remember the Bell breakup. Good comparison.

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      Nadine May 

      3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great post Sandy. I MUST post a new hub soon, they are all waiting for me to create the images for them, but I'm so busy with all the other sites...you know what I mean.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Sandy - Does it remind you of the AT&T Bell Telephone Breakup with thick new manuals for employees every Monday morning?? I had friends complain a lot about Bell back then! lol

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Susie, hard to settle in when the rules keeps changing. My Sandyspider account here has been around since 2009. So I am not so new.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thelma, I am sure when you were on Bubblews that you had commented on some of my posts about Squidoo. But time has past. Enjoy your week too.

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      Just saw this posted on Facebook, Sandy. I hope you have settled in on HubPages well by now and learning all the Hubber lingo, etc.

      Wishing you all the best!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany

      Although it is too late to say welcome Sandy, you are still very welcome to me. I did not know that you were from Squidoo. I have known you as Sandyspider. Enjoy your new week!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      3 years ago from Wisconsin

      sheilamarie78 I have been promoting since 2009 in my Sandyspider account here. We can promote Zazzle but it is harder to do. Only two links to the domain and you will have to rework the articles to where it is not just about the products.

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      Sheilamarie 

      3 years ago from British Columbia

      So then, can we promote Zazzle on Hubpages or not? I see you have a lot of Zazzle articles that were transferred here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      DeborahDian I hope your articles do well too. Just keep in mind the differences.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have 153 Squidoo articles transfer to Hubpages. I hope they start doing as well here as they did on Squidoo. Then I will be happy with the switch.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      bgamall I am surprised that HubPages allowed you to use the Abs word.

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      Ben 

      4 years ago

      Good information here.

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      Gary Anderson 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      What? No S. P. Abs? So what else is banned around here that I don't know about? Lol.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have three accounts now. Two from Squidoo. It is confusing and too bad that would not allow everything to be transferred in our old accounts.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Hi, Sandy. This is the first time I've had two accounts here. I'm not sure if I should follow people from this account if I'm following them already as WannaB Writer. I guess you also have to stick to one identity in each forum discussion. I will find that confusing.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      favored, I miss you too. Hopefully we can be more connected here.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I miss my little spidey friend :) Hi Sandy. Glad you're here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks. I know with my old account, I have not been on here much. Except for a newer article there.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I was happy to see that photo of the Squid woman. Fits perfectly. You have always been one of my favorites here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      It depends on what you are writing about. Gary Anderson is the one who got me started on HubPages in 2009. He is like you with preferring HubPages.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      There will be a lot of wait and see here.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I envy everyone like you who do not have to make the adjustments.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      So even though you wrote a few lenses, you know that they will be an adjustment for us.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hi Deb! I feel like I am at an AA meeting, but it is a Hub meeting. LOL

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I keep looking for those lenses. But sure they may take some time.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      In my main account here as Sandyspider it has had its ups and downs.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I know when I wrote for Squidoo sometimes I would mention hub and lens on HubPages. Funny.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you. Hope this one will do better than my old account.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Too much work to do.

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      Sam Deal 

      4 years ago from Earth

      Welcome back to HP, Sandy!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Pixabay is one of my favorite sites for images and you found a fantastic Squid Woman there! I need to get more creative! I am glad to see you in this new account and look forward to many more Hubs from you here. Best success and Happy Labor Day!

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      John Fisher 

      4 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Welcome from another former Squid. I wrote a few lenses there, but I liked HubPages better, so I didn't pursue it very much.

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      Brian Stephens 

      4 years ago from France

      I have also been here for a while, but haven't been active for a long time. Perhaps it will work, just need to wait and see.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sandy,

      I am familiar with your old account here as well as another site and will look forward to your new hubs converted from Squidoo. I never wrote there so do not have to make those changes.

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      Barbara Badder 

      4 years ago from USA

      I wrote a few lenses at Squidoo. That was a hard adjustment after using Hubpages. We welcome your new account.

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      debW07 

      4 years ago

      Great lens, um, I mean Hub. (I'm part of the crowd chanting, "Hi Sandy!")

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      Patricia 

      4 years ago

      I am sure I will have alot of editing to do when my lenses get here.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      It would have been so much nicer had we had more notice. But for some reason, I am feeling that this is a pretty good place to be.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Sandy the trickiest part is the lingo, lol - hubs, lenses - don't know how many times I've had to backspace over that mistake when I type!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Welcome to HubPages via your new account, Sandy!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Sandy, Nice to see you here, seems we all have a lot of work to do! Thanks for the information :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      billybuc Yes I have seen you hanging around the water cooler on Facebook. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      CherylsArt We really didn't have much choice in the matter. But it made me really how outdated much of my work was.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Merrci Only this account is new. I had hoped to see some of the lenses here already.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh of course. I've seen you a lot on Facebook...well welcome to HP.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Yes, it will take some work, but I think it will be worth it in the long run. Welcome aboard Sandy.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very interesting Sandy, especially from someone new to HubPages. Hopefully we will adjust quickly here fro Squidoo, and get all of our lenses up to expectations. It's good to know so many are welcoming.

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