My Squidoo Lens Is Locked! OMG!
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 Sure enough when I logged in to my dashboard, one of my lenses was unpublished and it had the Heads-up Warning sign (the yellow circle with the [!} in it).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 Then I requested for a greenlighting because I was curious as to why this lens was unpublished.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:
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.
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.
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. =)
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.