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Why Not To Delete A Lens

Updated on June 22, 2013

Don't Do It!

Lenses on Squidoo are created to share great quality content that helps you spread your message to readers. With over 1 million lenses on Squidoo, the competition is fierce, but friendly. If you have Tier 4 lenses that are above 300,000 in lensrank, that can be discouraging and can cause you to delete those lenses. I just want to say one thing--don't do it!

You Spent The Time

If you spent the time to create that lens, that is your unique content that no one can take away from you and call it their own. You content is a powerful tool that represents your reputation and you took the time to add content to that lens. You must think of every lens as a book. If you made a book, would you destroy it? Of course not!

Small Traffic Makes a Big Difference

There is one big advantage for bad ranking lenses: any kind of traffic is very significant. One of my lenses ranked near 300,000 had 5 visits in 1 day. The next day, that lens' rank was under 100,000. If you think your lens will never escape, then just promote it on the SquidU Forum. You'll definitely get at least 5 people to find you, and it has been a big difference for most of my lenses.


How would you feel if over 50 charities such as the ASPCA, Squidoo Charity Fund, Save The Children, Save The Horses, and more charities depended on your lenses for money. As Bonnie points out in one of her lenses, our lenses can change the world by donating back to charity. Charities work on making things right and giving back to the less fortunate. You can help these charities with your Squidoo lenses right now, so why delete them?

You Never Know When A Lens Will Do Well

There are a lot of my lenses that are in Tier 1 and 2 that stayed at a consistent lensrank for a very long time. My Cheapest Lego Sets lens used to be ranked at around 30,000 every day. Now it is a Tier 1 lens. My Top 10 Yugioh Cards lens was ranked at Tier 3 for a very long time, and then it went right to Tier 1. You never know when a lens is going to do really good, and that is why you shouldn't delete your lenses. I had a lot of WIP lenses that I was thinking about deleting. I thought that the WIP lenses were lost causes. In fact, this lens was one of those lenses in WIP status. I decided to update these lenses and see what would happen. Today, I have no WIP lenses and hope to get all of my lensranks under 100,000. It is a hard task, but it is possible (without deleting lenses, of course).

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    • MGuberti profile image

      MGuberti 4 years ago

      @Tricia Deed: Keep the Christmas ones because you will have a head start for the next Christmas. In addition, deleting a lens also means losing any of the pending earnings.

    • Tricia Deed profile image

      Tricia Deed 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I understand why a lens should not be discarded. But what about seasonal lenses such as Christmas where the market is no longer active?

    • LittleLindaPinda profile image

      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Yes, I agree that you should delete a lens, maybe tweek it which I need to do.