Understandably the community here is concerned about spammy lenses/hubs that might affect their bottom line. I've been deleting (or at least hiding) a bucketload of Amazon links.
Yes, I've gotten folks posting dire warnings and complaining about lens/hubs that I haven't gotten a chance to fix yet. And I only have 21 lens/hubs. Some of you have 300 or 1000 or more.
But in most part I've found that Hubbers are a helpful bunch. I'm thrilled to have met them and for their advice.
Hello Lionrhod. As you've probably figured out, there will always be some people at any site who will complain about just about anything. Ignore all of the complaints about the hubs you haven't had a chance to fix yet. I've met quite a few of the former Squidoo members and I know from what I've read, you're all working hard to get your lenses up to the HP standards. Instead of complaining, those people should be giving you all a lot of encouragement and congratulate you all for the hard work you're doing.
I find it much easier to find answers to questions here. I've had a lot of good, helpful replies to my posts here in the forum, and the Learning Center has been a real help.
I'm also enjoying the longer format of the content, and am surprising myself at how much more I now have to say about some of the topics I wrote about when I first started at Squidoo.
But yeah, there are one or two who just have a bee up their nose about all things Squidoo. I could do without that constant negative droning!
I have found the Management Team and many existing members to be very helpful. I also like the tools which once one gets used to them are very straightforward to use.
There will be some tension and a few minor skirmishes but the transition should be a friendly, learning type of experience. I have faith in the HP powers that be and I'm sure that many former Squids will be working doubly hard to get into the HP mode,updating lenses and learning the ropes. It'll take time before everything's ironed flat.
In the meantime encouragement and honesty are what's needed.
Just last month I got my very first (and probably last and only) payout from Squidoo.
Let's just say it wasn't enough to buy a 6-pack to celebrate.
Today my HP Earnings Program is finally showing a balance. I know we're not supposed to disclose much about earnings, so I won't give a figure, but if this keeps up, a single month should be more than all of Feb-July at Squidoo. A great motivation to get my pages finished and start writing new ones.
Older Hubbers will also be happy to know that I've also unpublished my one page that I felt was super spammy. I'm not sure how I let Squidoo talk me into a product review of lavender soap. *sigh*
Way to go. Wish you every success of course and... since the conversations about content quality and so on... I have been revamping my own stuff yet again. Practice what you preach and all that.
Mark you might be a little feisty about the change, but as a writer and comic illustrator I absolutely adore you. Your How to Draw a Zombie page had me rolling on the floor.
I totally get that this is your home and that you and some other writers here feel like they're being attacked by an invading army. (There's a cartoon for you to draw.) I don't blame you for that. I think a lot of us former Squids are feeling like castaways on a desert island which we suddenly realize isn't deserted. (And some of the natives are restless!) (Another cartoon?)
Glad you're working on fixing up your own site. That never hurts.
I have ONE (count it! wheee!) page left that I need to work on and then I'll be done with my old lenses and ready to start some new hubs. Whew!
A question: I made many of my Amazon capsules invisible. I deleted some, but I wanted to be able to switch out the products on a few of them in case the ones I left showing weren't big sellers.
And frankly, because I was recently the victim of a house fire, I'm still working on building my bookshelf and supply of kitchen tools up again, so I left some in just so I could order them again.
Some of my fixed lenses have invisible Amazon capsules because of this. And there's still a nag screen showing. Will it be a problem with QAP?
Thanks! Sorry but I can't tell what QAP will decide. I suspect you will be fine. They are not that strict - words, capsules, pics - that's what they like. A sprinkling of ads is OK.
I suspect the best way to proceed is to think about you and your reader and see what will be good for both of you.
Caveat. I make virtually nothing. Have not mastered sales or information.
The HP set up itself has been really helpful. I had a few violations, but the notifications made then easy to find and fix. I also like the various warnings, which make it easy to tidy up transferred hubs. Basically, couldn't be happier about the transfer
I write mostly about crafts and the Squidoo competition has gotten me to spruce up a lot of my hubs. There is some super good stuff that came over in that niche. So, all is good.
I am enjoying it here, and especially like the fact that so many are willing to help. I miss the easy way we were able to set up our payment info on Squidoo, though. At this point in time, that is the only thing I really don't like.
Often, it was hard to find answers "over there", but it seems the administrators and the community are eager to help. It rarely takes very long to help for any bumps in the road!
Not so much. Very disappointing for me. I've been with Squidoo since Beta. This is so much more complicated. Nothing is straight forward. My ratings make no sense, I'm getting no financial benefit and I'm very frustrated. About to pull my pages and give up.
By the way, I have two accounts and the one you'll see connected to this user name has only 3 finished pages which I'm unable to merge with my other account. I wanted to remain anonymous with these on Squidoo, thus 2 accounts. Now, even though one of the 3 lenses was fabulously popular and in the top 100 for months and months and at #1, as well, now it's just a lonely hub with no way to earn anything.
I'm quite discouraged.
I am enjoying the discovery process. Pretty such the computer set ups and look of the site I have come to like very much. The workshop is so easy.
I was confused about payout and money earning avenues but they are starting to clear in my fuzzy brain.
I tend to work things out on my own or use our forum to get answers from my coworkers.
I very rarely need the "supervisor". I am from a big corporation work ethic. I am invisible to the guys who can get me in trouble.
I wish I had dabbled into HubPages before. It is so like Squidoo in many ways.
HubPages did a good job of making the transfer easier along the way. I like how one day all my Squid links were converted to Hub links. Photo transfers were cleared of some problems, etc.
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