There is a post on Yuku Squidoo about Hugdug shutting down. http://squidu.yuku.com/topic/4703/Grab- … CqI5fldUuc
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Hello generous HugDug users!
As you may have heard, Squidoo (the home of HugDug) has sold its key assets to HubPages.
Alas, HugDug pages don't easily fit into HubPages' format (even though the sites have similar names) and that means that effective Friday, October 3rd, the site will no longer be live and open to the public.
We know that there's some fabulous writing on the site, and we want to encourage you to visit your pages and copy and paste your reviews onto a new platform. For quickest access, visit your dashboard: http://www.hugdug.com/dashboard
This is incredibly inconvenient, and we feel terribly about this. We know you put a lot of effort into your reviews, and we appreciate your goodwill and confidence in us. Unfortunately, we just didn't get the traction we needed with users, social networks or the search engines in order to make this project work.
Thanks again for caring, and good luck in your future writing.
-- Seth and the team at Squidoo
Shades, it was the for-charity site that they promoted for a while. All proceeds went to whichever charity they were sponsoring (and possibly some to Seth's company to cover the costs). The format as far as I know was review-lenslets so too short and unsuitable for HP.
Thank you, Fiorenza! I've been so busy this morning, I did not have time to research it. I was on Squidoo for years, and did not even know about it...par for the course!
Half of profits went to charity, not proceeds.
"Within 90 days, we donate 50% of HugDug's profit to the charities our users identify. We compute our profit after expenses and taxes. We allocate the donations based on the sales made via each review.
At the end of every month, if the money we've donated doesn't account for at least half of our profits from operating HugDug, we make up the difference with an additional donation. Hugdug always gives at least half of our after-tax profits to charity.
If Amazon lowers the affiliate commission they pay us (as they have done in several categories), we may end up paying less than 2.5% of the amount the visitor spent, but we will always top up the donation we make to equal half of our after-tax profits."
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