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Why I Decided to Leave Squidoo for Hubpages

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Michael Kismet has an I.Q. of 144. Michael also enjoys writing from time to time, in the pretentious, third-person sort of way.

I want to preface this article by saying I'm sure that there are plenty of people perfectly happy at Squidoo, I myself was perfectly content with "Squiddy", until this morning. I hope everyone who reads through this article won't judge my behavior too harshly.

Hubpages or Squidoo
Hubpages or Squidoo

Squidoo's Rude Awakening

I'm dead asleep in bed from last night's whirlwind adventure that is "Bubblews". My phone chimes over and over, notifying me of incoming emails. I lethargically check them with one eye barely being able to open. Nearly 20 emails from Squidoo, I spring out of the bed like there's a cat-sized cockroach spooning me.

Clear the gunk from my eye sockets and to my dismay, all said emails from Squidoo are individual automated warnings that they will be locking my lenses. I have never dashed to my laptop and powered it on with such ferocity. I was fuming, like a Japanese anime character. I'm sure a hypothetical bystander could see the steam pouring off my skull.

A few days from paying their writers, they went ahead and locked so many lenses that the forum was full of hard working, quality writers clamoring for answers. Some were angrier than most, myself included. They cited "low-quality content", even members with coveted "Purple Star" lenses were being locked, due to "low-quality content" all of a sudden.

Squidoo sold to hubpages
Squidoo sold to hubpages

Step Into the View of My Perspective

I just want to give you a little perspective on the level of betrayal I felt. Maybe this does sound like a rant, but this injustice I'm feeling is fresh and I wanted to write this Hub while I still had the fire ignited within me. For me personally, it is highly insulting and very insensitive to email me that my articles were of "low quality".

Articles mind you, were at 10-20,000 ranking, which isn't great, but hardly horrible either. I had written quite a few this summer and they were maturing in rank. Including sales I made for them during this month, and those lenses were locked as well. So, now I have to forfeit those sales that derived from my traffic, from my article which was deemed of "low quality".

So, all the sleepless nights of writing my heart out just snuffed out by one company's arbitrary attitude and capricious actions. I don't care about the money, this is all about the principle for me. This hub, as long as it exists will never have any sale modules on it. This is about Squidoo's decision to ambush me, and my refusal to go quietly into the night.

Squidoo acquisition by hubpages
Squidoo acquisition by hubpages

I Loved the Squid Before I Met the Hub

I was looking for a nurturing place to do what I enjoy doing most, read and write. To me, like too many out there, writing is an art. A personal art that is hard to duplicate, cause we are so amazingly different in our art. Yet we can all appreciate how another passionate writer can swing their pens differently than we're used to.

I started on Squidoo, and it was love at first lens. People were kind, they were very gracious in their comments and that's one great memory I will take away with me from Squidoo. The members are an extraordinary set of artists, and I genuinely hope they find success if they decide to stay with Squidoo.

Mid way through this love affair, a friend recommended Hubpages. She informed me of her prior history with both Squidoo and Hubpages, and that my writing for Hubpages would be a better fit. She also praised Hubpages for being more polished and professional and will help mature my love and craft for writing.

You Must Choose; There Can Only be One!

Which company will you swing your pen for, Hubpages or Squidioo?

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I Was Loyal, Because It's My Nature

More and more I began really enjoying Hubpages, it was strange to me at first, with Squidoo just over yonder waiting for me to come home. I was really attracted to "Hubs", but I already had a main squeeze in writing platforms. So, I stayed away from "Hubs" I was loyal to my Squid, who I assumed cared and loved me too.

So, I continued writing on Squidoo, more and more lenses, countless hours that were invested in sitting in my worn out desk chair with no lumbar support whatsoever. However, I didn't even care about that, cause I was doing something I absolutely adored. Today, I've never felt so betrayed by an online entity, and I have Comcast AND bank online with Bank of America, and they are atrocious.

I'm the kind of sailor that's going down with the captain, that is the extent of my loyalty. Oh, "Squiddy", all this love and loyalty for you, just to be thrown overboard so you can save a few gold shillings.

I Humbly Implore You to Voice Your Opinion

I want to apologize for my curtness, this certain kind of passion isn't me. I just feel scorned, and Squidoo has devolved to "Squi-don't" for me. Please if you have anything to say on the matter, I would truly appreciate other perspectives. Thank you for reading through.

(9/21 Update) Looks as if Squidoo finally has come to the end of the line, I'm just thankful I jumped ship right before it sank, like a stone tied to a brick. However, they did send me my finalized earnings, for which I had doubted I would ever see. But, they paid me every penny they owed me, for that, I can give them some respect. Hopefully, we have all learned from the folly of Squidoo, don't become so greedy that it blinds good judgment.

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    • othellos profile image

      Mario Psomas 3 years ago from Europe

      Squidoo was the perfect platform for abusers to make money. I joined them in Feb. 2013 and left them a year later after realizing what was going on. Fortunately I only wrote 5 lenses (3 of them won "Purple Star") and made $1.00 I guess. Horrifying experience for any writer to see what kind of lenses were on Tier1...

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      viryabo2 3 years ago

      I'm not too surprised at how you feel. I too felt 'badly' treated at Squidoo . . . WIP and locked lenses was the order of my day. I soon tired of it all and stuck mainly with HubPages. I left Squidoo finally with only 7 lenses. Unbelievable hun? From about 30!

      Now, Squidoo is 'dead'.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I had many Purple Star lenses locked. Lenses where I was praised for my writing were suddenly in red to never be seen again.

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      Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Michael, I have never written for Squidoo, but am featured here at Hub Pages, although I'm not making money.

      Things like this happen. It's the internet. Accidentally click on a wrong icon and your material disappears!

      If there's anything I encourage you to master, it's the emotions. If we could see our auras and how ugly they become when we spew out anger, disgust, or any negative feeling, we actually are polluting our environment. It's not too far from suicide, really. Regard changes as being for the best. Be grateful for everything, because everything is an opportunity, perhaps in disguise.

      With Hub Pages acquiring Squidoo, I expect many changes to occur here within the next six months. Undoubtedly, I will have to relearn this business of content writing, which I don't really write well anyway (I tend to be a romantic and idealist).

      So, I will stay with you, Michael, as we learn (or relearn) Hub Pages. You're not alone.

      Voted useful, funny, and interesting.

      Blessings!

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      Michael Kismet 3 years ago from Northern California

      Marisa, I know! I suppose this hub is now technically obsolete, but I do feel I should leave it up for sentimental value. When I heard the news, I didn't really know how to react, it feels like being forced to sit down and eat at the same table with the enemy. =)

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      Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

      Michael, isn't it funny how I came across this Hub just before Squidoo announced it was closing? Sounds like you were quite prescient in your decision!

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      Michael Kismet 3 years ago from Northern California

      Marisa, you read one of my hubs! I feel it's unworthy of a hubber of your clout and caliber. =) I wrote this hub on the day it all happened, I roared and I rampaged, but I'm over it now. It's so three weeks ago. Be careful Marisa, cause you're in real danger of me becoming increasingly enamored with you.. rawr!

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      Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

      I found HubPages before I discovered Squidoo. I did try the Squid but never really got anywhere with it, so I can't really comment. However, to be fair to Squidoo - both sites have made huge changes since Google started its Panda/Penguin/whatever dance, and many members would say HubPages has made just as many bad decisions as Squidoo. Also, it's perfectly possible that they'll make more bad decisions in the future!

      The one consolation is that HubPages and Squidoo are both surviving where other sites are closing down or have failed so dismally they might as well close down, so some of those decisions must've been right, even though they did upset authors.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I am a recent convert to Hubpges after being active on Squidoo for the past three years. When I joined Squidoo I thought it was awesome...and by the end of my first year there I was bringing in over $100/month easily, Tier One lenses were worth about $50 month, it was great! (And no, I was NOT turning out spammy sales lenses.)

      But ever since they got google slapped and started their massive "clean up", I just feel like every step they've made to try to recover has been a step in the wrong direction. The emphasis on lenslets and product reviews; the automatic filters catching perfectly good lenses, now the new WIP level...four of my first five hubs here are pages that were dying on Squidoo and which now are performing much better here on Hubpages. Beyond that, the communication from HQ is terrible and only wants to focus on the shiny, and not all the problems with the site currently.

      I expect I'll be moving a LOT more lenses off the site either here or to my own blogs, leaving behind only those that are still consistently performing at the Squid.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Great article. For the moment, I'm leaving my 20 or so live articles and two WIP ones on Squidoo, only because I moved some of them from another site and I'm tired of moving around. But I have no plans to add more content there.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      It is a welcome one. I loved and enjoyed reading your post. Thank you so much for this sort of warning which may help a lot who is thinking of associating with Squidoo. Please do write this type of informative and helpful hubs. All the best.

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      smw1962 3 years ago

      I understand your view completely. After two years of writing for Squidoo, they're suddenly locking my lenses like crazy. No warning. No responses to my emails. Apparently the time I spent being an active little "squid" mean nothing to them. From now on, I'm putting my efforts into Hubpages.

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      David Hunt 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I dabbled at Squidoo for a bit, but two things bothered me. Many articles were filled with sections that looked like part of the articles but weren't and I got tired of trying to wend my way through them. Perhaps that's just a nit, but it made them look chopped up. The other thing was that I couldn't figure out whether I was going to "make the grade" and get into a level where I would start earning. With HubPages, I at least see a decent correlation between visitors and earnings, despite the shifting CPM and impressions.

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      Katina Davenport 3 years ago from Michigan

      I have a squidoo profile but never actually wrote any lenses. I thought about the time it would take to create the lenses and realized that I did not have the time to do it.

      I am very sorry that you had your lenses locked. Sounds like a lot of people will be upset. It seems that these article sites are becoming more difficult to write for, with all the changes it can be hard for some people to keep up.

      Welcome to hubpages and I wish you success.

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      Michael Kismet 3 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you TimeTraveler, Torrs13, examiner, kathleen, Paula I will be "following" you, if that's okay? Not "stalking" just following around with non-homicidal interest. =)

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      TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

      Welcome aboard! We need people here who write as well as you do, and I want you to know that in my more than 2 years here, I have never seen HP refuse to pay people for their labors, unless they got banned for very, very bad conduct here.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      I am a Squidoo transfer as well. I still have lenses over there that generate some income, but I never write new stuff there anymore. This seems to be a continuous problem on Squidoo now. I'm sad it has gotten to this point. I'm happy to write for HubPages and I really like the community. This site wins in my opinion.

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      Michael Kismet 3 years ago from Northern California

      I'm feeling very much at home here on Hubpages, thank you for your support!

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I agree with what you say about HubPages being better than Squidoo. I have never used Squidoo, I took a survey a while ago of Squidoo, Bubblews and HubPages. HubPages came out on the top. I have also heard so many others complain about Squidoo and Bubblews. I voted this up and shared it.

      Kevin

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Michael....I am not at all familiar with Squidoo, but it appears now that this is a good thing. It's unfortunate you have had this disappointing (infuriating?) experience. It is understandable that you feel as you do.

      I have been a member of the HP Community for a little over 3 years and this is where my Loyalty is. Nothing is perfect and I've had my little tantrums a few times due to HP actions that have pushed my buttons, but nothing serious. Overall, HP has it together and they KNOW what they are doing. It is an enormous pleasure to be writing here.

      Nowhere in the world can there possibly be a more wonderful, gifted and generous Community of positively fabulous people (writers). As for the money? That's up to each individual and how much they put into their work.

      I hope that you find out why Squidoo did this horrible thing to it's members and more importantly, how they justify what looks to be very unfair and unacceptable.

      Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you can go forward and put this ugly experience behind you. There's only so much you can do and in the end, things like this become a learning experience you need to chalk up.

      Best of luck to you!....Peace, Paula