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Five Year Anniversary for Squidoo

Updated on June 24, 2011

Five years later, Squidoo is an overnight success

Squidoo is a free site where you can build a page about anything that you're passionate about.

It's a community of people who care about each other as well as the things they write about.

It's one of the best, most robust, most fun platforms for creating user generated content and making money from it.

And it's a way for us and for you to raise money for charity.

Corey, Gil, Megan and Seth were around to see the sun rise on the Squidoo empire five years ago. Since then, Josh and Kimberly and Aaron (along with contributions from Bonnie, Robin, Tisha and more than a million lensmasters) have helped us create a site that creates incredible new content every day.

This lens is a nutshell overview of how we're doing now, on our 5th birthday.

Have you tried us lately?

If you haven't, then you haven't really tried Squidoo.

We've come an awfully long way in 5 years.

We have a revenue sharing system that makes it possible for lensmasters to earn nice bonus money from the good lenses they build, supplemental to their other online endeavors. Or even pay rent. Or buy their kids birthday presents, or just go out to dinner on us.

We have over 1.5 million pages of the best user-generated content on the web.

We have a teeming community of people who believe in high quality writing and authentic recommendations.

We have more than 1,000,000 (one million!) people visiting the site every single day.

We have a whole new gaming system that makes lenscrafting more fun than ever. It feels good to know when you've done something right!

We have new modules.

We have a lot more to come.

And a back bowl featuring untouched powder for those deep snows and blue-sky days.

Now in the top 100 of all US websites - So says Quantcast. But then, it's all relative...

Squidoo gets more than one million people visiting the site every single day. Wow.

Half a billion served - No unicorn chaser needed.

Squidoo and charity

The primary goal of Squidoo's founders is to make it easy for you to give little bits of money to charity every day.... without using anything from your wallet. Every Squidoo page earns money for charity or its creator, and once millions join in, that tiny drip turns into a torrent.

In honor of our fifth anniversary, our founders are awarding $275,000 in additional charitable donations to causes we care about. Going forward, we'll be making more donations on an ad hoc basis.

This is separate from and in addition to the Squidoo Charity Fund, which is funded by lensmasters who earmark their royalties to the Fund. Stay tuned for news of a big donation from the Fund, with the help of our Squids in the community.

Below are the organizations we're gifting today's $275,000 to. That's more than a quarter of a million dollars for charity. Feels good to say out loud.

Charities can read about partnering with us here.

What's next?

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5 years in, Squidoo is a thriving community, company and concept.

We're not going away.

We'll be right here here, waiting for you to craft the best pages you know how.

See you soon.

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