Wow its hard to love a Squidoo lens

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  1. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 12 years ago

    I've spent the last 2 hours working on Squidoo lenses. I can't believe how hard it is to love one. I like to nurture my hubs, I want them to look beautiful. But I want to publish and run away from a lens as quickly as possible. I guess I just wasn't made for that platform. I feel so lucky to have found, and fallen in love with, Hubpages.

    1. Christene profile image60
      Christeneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I love my lenses dearly.

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image77
        Maddie Ruudposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I love my contact lenses.  They make me a lot less blind.

      2. Spacey Gracey profile image39
        Spacey Graceyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Can you tell me how to find one of yours - I think if I could look at one that had benefited from a loving touch I could do better with mine.

        1. Christene profile image60
          Christeneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          There is a link on my hubpages profile. smile

          (And just so no one thinks I'm anti-hubpages or something...I do post over there for people to come try HubPages too! And I link lenses to hubs to get traffic over here.)

    2. thisisoli profile image74
      thisisoliposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Fully agree with you there, Whenever I build a lense I always feel as if I am doing a 'bad job'. Not sure whhy but it definitely leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth for that company.

  2. Dolores Monet profile image94
    Dolores Monetposted 12 years ago

    I was just looking at Squidoo. I want to write some articles where I can churn them out and get some links back here. I have that love for my hubs. I write for ezines, but since they don't least Squidoo pays.

  3. profile image0
    EmpressFelicityposted 12 years ago

    I signed up to Squidoo, built one lens and never returned.  It was mind-numbingly s-l-o-w to use (anyone else find that?) and although it offered a mouthwatering array of capsules, I couldn't get the one I wanted (Etsy) to actually work, i.e. show the stuff in my Etsy shop.  So I gave up in disgust.

    1. profile image0
      EmpressFelicityposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Update: I've just gone back into my lonely lens and had another go, and it worked fine.  And it's not slow either.  Beats me what I was doing wrong before LOL.

      1. thisisoli profile image74
        thisisoliposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Now you just have to compete with the spam articles to get in to the two Google slots!

        I am not a fan of squidoo, but plenty of people still make money on it, so I don't feel like it is my place to tell others not to bother.

        I merely think it is a personal choice.

  4. Christene profile image60
    Christeneposted 12 years ago

    I hate my contact lenses. They make my eyes dry. tongue

    I won't post links, but some lenses I am most proud of are

    Only Children
    Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes
    ASL For Everyone

    If anyone is interested they're easy to find.

  5. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 12 years ago

    Thanks Christene - you posted those up as I was typing my question - great minds think alike.

  6. Spacey Gracey profile image39
    Spacey Graceyposted 12 years ago

    Oli - frankly it just makes me feel dirty - like I am doing a half-arsed job, just to get it over with. I am wondering if it is because I have been writing about the same topic for so long, I'e just got really bored of it.

  7. LeanMan profile image85
    LeanManposted 12 years ago

    I tried to do a couple of lens before I started on Hubpages, I carried on with Hub pages as I found it easier.... Plus I was trapped in the forums and could not escape....

  8. Dolores Monet profile image94
    Dolores Monetposted 12 years ago

    Well, just reading the top Squidoo lenses, I am not impressed. HubPages just look better.

  9. Pcunix profile image91
    Pcunixposted 12 years ago


    I tried Sqidoo way back when.  I never looked back.

  10. wychic profile image84
    wychicposted 12 years ago

    I think I did four or five lenses, just trying to give it a fair shot...I had one on keeping bugs as pets that I liked alright, but the others just felt like a waste of time...and turned out that they were tongue.

  11. Kangaroo_Jase profile image78
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 12 years ago

    Interesting, I started at Squidoo before I started at Hub pages and I am liking both platforms. Each one does things slightly different that cater for me in different ways.

    The same with Ezinearticles and Associated Content, in a squidoo forum I expressed how much I chucked a wobbly (That is Australian for got a little upset, for those of you playing at home) about Associated Content no longer paying international authors.

    Do I still use the platform? Hell yes, I still have multiple articles and one has in excess of 115,000+ views. It is still beneficial for traffic.

    I feel thisisoli suggested it best, its all about personal choice.

    1. salt profile image60
      saltposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe you need an american friend who can give you a us address for payment.

      1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image78
        Kangaroo_Jaseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        That is one option I am currently exploring salt, thanks for the suggestion

    2. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This.  I have a more well-rounded and diverse web presence with lenses.

      Plus, I do make several hundred dollars a month from them too.

  12. Mutiny92 profile image64
    Mutiny92posted 12 years ago

    I like the interface of Hubpages better, but I have a few lenses in the top tier, so I can't complain with the payouts over there...I don't like the slow continual drop in lensrank though....It can be a pain to go in a "refresh" them often.

  13. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 12 years ago

    Gladly it's not an "either or" choice. We can work on both platforms and should. Diversity in affiliate marketing and online selling is a necessity.

  14. cocopreme profile image87
    cocopremeposted 12 years ago

    I prefer HubPages because the layout is more user friendly.  It takes me forever to figure out how to do anything on Squidoo.  I always have trouble trying to upload files too. 

    But one thing I do like about Squidoo is the quiz lenses they offer.  I have a couple of quizes on Squidoo that get decent traffic.

  15. Angela Harris profile image67
    Angela Harrisposted 12 years ago

    Tried Squidoo before Hubpages. Really don't like it. I'm a huge fan of Hubpages, though. That being said, I have quite a few lenses, and try to keep them updated. But I never seemed to get with the groove at Squidoo.

  16. Richieb799 profile image67
    Richieb799posted 12 years ago

    I haven't logged in Squidoo for a while, I found bits harder to organize than in the hubs

  17. Appletreedeals profile image70
    Appletreedealsposted 12 years ago

    I too use both services, different animals - that's all
    but I do seem to see hubpages a lot more in serps when I am doing keyword research.


  18. Len Cannon profile image87
    Len Cannonposted 12 years ago

    I think their revenue sharing model is weird but I keep meaning to do more with it but never get around to putting in the effort.  I'd like to take the time to use it since they seem all right amazon products but I'm not a big fan of the fact you don't use your own affiliate account information. It isn't that I don't trust them to give me a fair share, but I would rather the amazon sales go to my monthly shipped total.

    1. Christene profile image60
      Christeneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You can use your own affiliate links.

  19. darkside profile image74
    darksideposted 12 years ago

    Having been an avid user of both, and used Squidoo for a year before I joined HubPages, they both are excellent if you play to their strengths.

    I will say that it's easier and quicker to build a hub then a lens. Picking and organizing capsules is faster than doing the same with modules.

    That wasn't always the case. But they added new features and also dumbed down the process which also made it longer.


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