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My Squidoo Lens Is Locked! OMG!

Updated on November 8, 2012

What's Going On?

Yesterday I received an email from the Squidoo Team informing me that one of my lenses was flagged because it featured content that is against Squidoo TOS. Sure enough when I logged in to my dashboard, one of my lenses was unpublished and it had the Heads-up Warning sign (the yellow circle with the [!} in it).

This lens is my very first Squidoo lens it was originally called 'How To Find An Online Job - A Guide, but I've changed the title to 'Basic Guide To Finding An Online Job Or Business Opportunity'.

I created this lens in March this year when I joined Squidoo and it was also the lens that made me learn all about lens-making. So you can maybe understand how shocking it is for me to learn that suddenly this lens that has been on here for months was flagged as inappropriate to be on Squidoo.

Requested For Greenlighting

Naturally, I read the email and notifications to find out why the lens was put on hold. The Squidoo Team provided me with the possible reasons why the lens was flagged including:

- being overly commercial

- having too much duplicate content (unoriginal)

- not abiding with the SquidDon't policy

- low in quality

So I reviewed the lens, and read the SquidDon't policy and TOS. I made some amendments like changing the lens title, removing some modules that are unnecessary and removed the link to my personal blog. Then I requested for a greenlighting because I was curious as to why this lens was unpublished.

Then this morning when I logged in to Squidoo again, the lens is now Locked because it "was 'warned' for 21 days" but I only received the warning yesterday morning!

What Bothers Me

There are things that bother me about this development and mind you, they've been bothering me all morning that I can't concentrate on my work! I'm supposed to be writing an e-book!

Before I tell you the things that bother me, I want you to know what the intentions of the locked lens were:

- share my experience as an online earner

- assure others specially fellow Filipinos that they can find jobs online

- tell them what to expect - they won't become millionaires or earn thousands of dollars everyday

- share my personal tips on finding online jobs

- advice them there are scams out there and they have to be careful

- NOT about selling any product or pointing readers to an affiliate site

Okay so the things that bother me are the possible reasons why the lens is now locked:

Duplicate content

I did not copy the content from anywhere online, not even from my own blogs or articles I published on ezines and other websites. I am also aware of Squidoo's policy on citing resources and not copying and posting whole articles or paragraphs from other sites even if you cite them. What I wrote on that lens was my original, taken from own personal experiences.

Too Commercial

I am not promoting any product, directly or otherwise. There were a couple of Amazon modules on the lens but I don't think that's reason to flag the lens as being too commercial. The lens originally pointed to my blog but I'm not selling anything on there and I didn't ask people to click on the link to my blog, I just put it there so they can go see it if they wanted to. Sure there are ads on my blog but again, I am not directly selling any product nor am I asking my readers to click on the ads in exchange for the tip I'm giving.

low Quality

I'm no Shakespeare, I'm not the most engaging of writers, but I try to at least present my written ideas in a way that people who read them can understand what I'm going on about. Most importantly, I try to write in a way that people glean some useful things from whatever I am sharing, that they at least learn something and that they go away feeling that their time was not wasted.

Did not comply with the Squidont policy

I went through the The SquidDon't Content Policy and ticked off the list o topic that are not allowed on Squidoo and none of those topics was ever included on the lens.

I don't think I'm the only one who has a lens flagged or blocked for whatever reasons. If you've experienced this too, please share it here. =)

Am I the only one who experienced this?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I have just wrote my first lens yesterday and was really excited to published it. When I finished my lens and clicked publish, it was being locked. What a nice motivator for a first timer in squidoo--it sucks.

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      Robert Locke 4 years ago

      I really do hope this is the end of the road for Squidoo because they seem to think they can have their cake and eat it! Also, their methods of communication suck as you have shown. Time to move on and seek oher platforms who just might treat their writers a bit better!

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      Cherry-Ambition 4 years ago from U.S.

      I would HIGHLY suggest not posting any new lenses on Squidoo unless you plan on writing about boring topics in a simply and short format. That is seemingly what Squidoo wants. And definitely don't do any lensographies.

      I have one exceptional lens, along with two lensographies, that are locked right now. I already contacted HQ about the exceptional lens, and they've ignored whatever I wrote. I have another exceptional lens that I apparently can't publish because it just has too much stuff on it (they say they don't like the links, but it doesn't have any more links than my other lens do at the moment; just a lot of Zazzle, CafePress, Amazon & Etsy items, with a few links to products on other websites). I might try to get it greenlighted, but I expect that it will just be locked instead of looked at. I plan on moving everything to Wordpress, and then eventually just having my OWN website with versions of my lenses on it.

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      joanride 4 years ago

      Yes. My first lens has been locked too. No explanation given. I don't know what to do. I think it may be the one link to my niche website, but is there a rule forbidding it?

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      runs-with-scissors 4 years ago

      Recover your locked lens here! From the Squidoo workshop, export your lens. This saves your work as an xml file. The register at piranhalake.com and import your lens.

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      LifeSculptor 4 years ago

      Hello,

      I've had avery similar experience with my first ever lens - which has been on squidoo for about 2 years suddenly being locked with no heads up or response from squidoo. Unbelievably frustrating! It has bothered me an awful lot too. I hope we can all get resolution soon!

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      Yes, I also recently got a lens locked without notice and they will not give a reason as to why. That is very frustrating as I do not know what to fix. They invite you to "fix the problem" without telling you what it is.

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      AliciaMae 4 years ago

      Yes, with multiple lenses and I can't get Squidoo to respond and tell me what is wrong with them! I'm getting absolutely no response at all, I've been waiting 6 weeks since the first one even though they said they'll respond within 30 days - so there's no way to republish the lenses even if I make changes (if they'll even tell me what those changes need to be!) It's ridiculous.

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      cody everette 4 years ago

      I sympathize...just got hit with an email about locked lens and freaked out a bit like you did. In some respects this is a sign of good things--it's important that Squidoo monitor the quality of lens and keep themselves reputable.

      I'd just like to know more details as to what they find upsetting so that I can fix it...their email lists a number of possible problems without getting into exactly which one is the issue. A more personalized email focusing on the issue, or at least telling which one and linking to a FAQ, would be helpful.

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      Yes, one of my lawn mower lenses was locked. I'd used a variety of sources to produce my own specifications list (as I do for my main website). However, although I tried to make this a unique specifications list, I can see how this could be interpreted as duplicate content (especially as I was reviewing 6 different products with similar specifications) - weight / dimentions / warranty / cutting width / cutting height etc, etc. I guess it did look like a glorified Amazon specification list for each model. Having said that, I did have my own 'pros' and 'cons' for each one and an introduction for each product.

      I removed the specification lists and put pretty much the same content into separate paragraphs (one for each product), adding my own wording to the details. Personally, I don't think the new version is as pleasing to the eye for the reader (The specifications previoulsy were in bullet points) - but we'll see how it affects click throughs.

      I then wrote to the locked team, and it was released about 2-3 days later.

      I think if you have got lenses that either have a defined list of specifications or, for example, a recipe, or song lyrics, then you have really got to make sure you have a LOT of extra 'original' content to water down the amount of 'unavoidable' duplicate content.

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      Katerina Kostaki 4 years ago from Athens,Greece

      Me too .My third locked lens was reviewed as duplicate and not original while it's not .

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      TimeshareBrokerS 4 years ago

      I also had my first lens flagged for duplicate content! I had reposed some of the content from my company blog. before reading the Squidoo Originality Pact (shame on me, I know.) I re-edited the piece and submitted it for approval about a week ago; but so far haven't heard anything. Will keep you posted!

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      HarrietC LM 4 years ago

      @amalimrock: It's really hard to figure out what's wrong when your lens is flagged as 'low quality'. They give suggestions like the lens is 'too spammy', 'with duplicate content' or 'too commercial'. But if you review your lens and it's nothing like what they suggested, it can get really frustrating, especially if you've done everything to be original. New lenses arenât the only ones flagged either, even lenses that have already been published for weeks that you only tried to update can suddenly be considered low quality.

      If youâve done everything you can do for your lens and it still gets flagged, you can request for greenlighting and hope the Squidoo team look at the lens and realize it's good to go OR at least get back to you as to why it can't be published. As per my own experience, I only had one greenlighting request that was approved. Iâve sent two other requests and got no reply from the Squid Team. :(

      Looks like my lens will be deleted soon from Squidoo but I hope you have better luck with your flagged lenses.

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      amalimrock 4 years ago

      OMG you're not alone! I've got 2 work in progress lenses that are flagged as "low quality" when I did most of the content myself!

      Do I see anybody talking about FB hoaxes? No

      Do I see anybody talking about going through a 5 day kindle ebook camp? No

      Granted some of these contents are already out there, but I'm rearranging it and adding my own personal experience and flair into both subjects, and I doubt both of these subjects are under the SquidDon't list too! I wonder what's wrong? :(

    Why This Affects Me So Much

    Well, since I requested for a greenlighting, there is a chance the Squidoo Team will re-review the lens. I'm really hoping they reinstate it ^_^ or at least send me a note explaining in detail why it was locked. That would at least give me peace of mind because then I have a reason and I'm not kept guessing...

    I am surprised that this has affected me so much, it actually put me off my morning work routine!

    But then I think it is because every lens I make (and I'm sure fellow lensmasters can relate) is a labor of love. And there's just something about creating lenses that is simply addicting. You can do so much with a simple idea, expand it, and share it with like-minded people. Only last night I dug up some of my old drawings and thought "Hey, I can make a lens on how to draw manga (Japanese animation)". Before I went to bed I already have a mental picture of how the finished lens will look like...an intro, pics of my drawings, step-by-step process, videos, etc. But instead of creating that lens, I am making this one. =(

    Another thing that bothers me is: will my other lenses be locked and my greatest fear, will I be locked out of Squidoo and my account deleted?

    Perhaps I'm exaggerating but well, there you go, that's just how I'm feeling right now and I'm craving chocolates!!

    I'm hoping that things will turn out fine. The Squid Team reviews greenlighting requests once a week so I'll have to wait. If they don't greenlight my lens, it'll be deleted in 60 days. That will be really sad, my first lens, you know. Blessed by a nice Squidangel and liked by other lensmasters. The comments on it were also very encouraging, what hooked me on Squidoo in the first place. The interaction within Squidoo is one of the things I really like here. It's not even about earning, well, not yet for me anyway because I haven't really earned anything significant. It's more the chance to create something of great interest and sharing it with other people. I hope that is not taken away.

    Any thoughts, advice, reactions? You're welcome to post them here...

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        greatkhan24 4 years ago

        Your not the only one. All my lenses got lock.

        And another thing that they look at, traffic. Were is the traffic to your lense or backlinks to your lenses coming from.

        And if they see that your spamming backlinks. Then they lock your lenses up, without telling you as well.

        How Do I know. Because I know that's the reason why my lenses are locked. And Now I wasn't spamming. I was getting backlinks using a method that Squidoo deems Spamming.

        To add on, getting backlinks is never easy. And for me to do this and then get lenses lock out after three weeks is kind of saying that they don't like cheaters.

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        norma-holt 4 years ago

        I have had lenses flagged and been told they had duplicate content when in fact they were written straight from my mind. When I pointed this out to the team the flagging was dismissed. The main thing is to act immediately and not wait to respond. it is very upsetting when you get a kick like this and it feels like you have failed. The main thing is not to despair and keep writing quality lenses. I just blessed your one on recycling because it is a good piece of work. If you produce that kind of quality you will be OK. I can't find your lensography that you pointed out in the comment on Killing the World. Perhaps you can email me the link. Hugs

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        KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

        I've been on Squidoo for 6 years and got a duplicate content warning a few days ago. The lens is not a duplicate -- I've got separate lenses for each of the Perry Mason seasons and they're definitely season specific. I create them as the DVDs are released, so this has been going on for several years. Thus far the lenses haven't been locked and thankfully there is only one more season.