The poor things really have been beaten up lately. And in more ways than one.
It really isn't their fault that their hubs were featured before they had a chance to edit them.
For that reason, I deferred on my Amazon squid-harpoon purchase.
And as to this thread title, you can start with me if you want to. Technically, me and my one former lens do qualify.
But seriously, do give some of the others a hug. Or, if tentacles make you nervous, a kind word or two will do.
I fully support the former Squidoo members. It wasn't their choice to leave their home and have their lenses featured before they had time to fix them up a little. From all I've heard, all of them are working hard to make edits that bring them up to HP standards. For some, that's a lot of hard work and time because they have so many lenses.
Oh I am battered and blue from banging the keys and trying to get my lenses back into some kind of shape. I need a hug! This will take me months to overcome. Sorry if the page is a bit wet - tears you know.
I feel awful about it and expressed the same in Paul Edmonson's thread when he first revealed what the deal is. I know the Squid transfers don't need or want our pity but they are really getting a bad deal. Sorry guys, HUGS.
Thanks so much for the sweet post! It's really lovely to meet people who are so supportive. I was with squidoo for only about four months and I had some ideas on interesting topics to write about, but it quickly became apparent that squidoo wanted short "articles" full of sales modules - I mean 20 amazon capsules for sometimes only a 600 word piece!! I'm so glad this transition happened because squidoo ultimately wasn't somewhere you could write about serious, meaningful topics that were of interest to you (or anyone else)! HP has definitely encouraged me to write in a more polished way and create better content. I wish I had picked hubpages five months ago!!
Anyway, I'm working on deleting and editing as many ex lenses now hubs as I can each day; but it isn't easy when you have a young baby! Thank you again for the kind words
Thanks for the kind words. Makes me want to rush and finish the remaining 28 hubs that I have been avoiding.
You are welcome.
HubPages is one of the kindest, gentlest websites on the planet. It really is.
Does this mean you've taken the harpoons off your Amazon wishlist?
No. There is this certain black and white bear roaming around...
Aren't they a protected species? On second thought - go for it! I'm right behind you.
Actually, well behind you. It looks awfully big.
Me too. I will take the hug. The good thing about this whole mess is that the sort of articles I used to write on Squidoo that got nowhere in lensrank because they didn't have clickouts or sales going for them are probably going to do much better here long term.
I must admit to feeling a sort of giddiness at deleting old lenses of mine. Over and over there, I kept hearing, don't delete...don't delete.
Well, I'm deleting and it feels good.
Any of them that you think are salvageable, you can just unpublish them and work on them at your leisure.
Update: And any hubs you've already deleted, you can change your mind and undelete them within 24 hours.
No, I'm enjoying deleting them. I never cared for them much. My passion is in writing about personal experiences. Those were pages I felt compelled to write about at Squidoo. Never cared for them.
There is a freedom in hitting that delete button...really, there is (but I'm also only allowing myself to delete a few a day so I don't go overboard).
I like this one, http://carikay11.hubpages.com/hub/Chrom … a-Who-knew . Made me wonder if there is anything similar for AMD.
You are going to love writing here then!
Look, there's nothing wrong with product hubs here, as long as they have good original content to go with them. But if you don't like this style of writing, you will really love HP!
That's what I'm hoping! While Google is figuring out its plan of attack, I'm just sort of lying low here and playing with Bubblews (having a surprising bit of fun with it too!) but I do think this will work out well now that I've figured out what works and what doesn't.
I think the payment method on Squidoo dictated the style of the articles. (My own articles there had too many product links as well.) Squidoo did not lend itself to articles that had no product links, if someone was writing with the intention of being compensated for their efforts.
Well the great thing here is that you don't need any product links at all to make money with the HP ad program. And those types of hubs seem to be a bit more immune from Panda rollercoaster effects! At one point I only had products in one of my hubs. The rest didn't and relied on HP income and they did OK.
I've been evaluating and outlining changes to see how many of my lenses I'm even going to try to save. I've only got 16 lenses and I'm already seriously considering joining a monastery.
Hi paradignsearch, I had 18 lenses and deleted my lenslets and for the rest I just removed excess product links. I will go back and give them another look tomorrow, but I got rid of the worst offenders yesterday. I may end up with just a few former lenses, but it's preferable to having thin content.
What with me and my one-and-only lens, I had an easy time of it. I just threw out all the Amazon capsules and called it a day.
Yes, that's what I did 1 year ago and have been earning steadily since then. Now the Amazon program calls to me 'cos it gave me 50c the other week.....dammit, now I will have to figure out the Amazon creature.....
I actually went in while my lenses were still editable on Squidoo, and stripped all the advertising out of every one of them except one. It made me VERY happy. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with that last one. It's a list of films about art and artists, and I was using the Amazon modules to provide the appropriate artwork. I don't feel good about doing that here.
Keep it anyway. I'm deciding to have a couple of Amazon hubs (like review lists) with good original content in them too, then I have separate hubs with no products at all. That way, it will be easier to find and delete Amazon capsules should that action be needed in the future.
I am also getting rid of Amazon products as fast as I can. The problem is with so many lenses it is taking ages.
I'm imagining Amazon as a cute little white fluffy rabbit. We whisper sweet original content into it's ear, pat it and persuade it and it goes and makes lots of baby rabbies (ie commissions).
You guys are all giving me a case of the warm fuzzies.
Except I'm no longer a Squid.
Or even an ex-Squid.
I'm a Hubber now. And happy to be one.
Thanks for the welcome here. We new Hubbers really appreciate it.
Next day or so I'll make it official by publishing my first hub that was born on HP.
What a nightmare. I am bummed when I have to edit a forum post, I can't imagine having a ton of hubs to edit quickly. Yuck! Hang in there! Personally, I don't care how long you take, but then I'm only here for the free donuts.
I don't do hugs but I feel we may be settling in the new normal. There are some Squid posters I read on the forums who make some sense, and some fine content too coming across. From my pov we have ALL been hit or not hit by the merge / Panda / whatever - so yeah - here's a nod of recognition.
by Person of Interest 7 years ago
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by Kerri Bee 5 years ago
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by Susie Lehto 4 years ago
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by Writer Fox 5 years ago
According to Paul Deeds' forum post, transfers of articles on Squidoo are beginning today. Has anyone had their account transferred yet? If so, how did it go?http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/123836? … ost2621573
by Person of Interest 7 years ago
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by Don Bobbitt 5 years ago
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