As many of you already know, Squidoo is in the process of ending its tenure on the Internet. I wrote one article about this transition already focusing on the community aspect of this news. As you look around Facebook and the rest of the Internet, you can see several other people’s opinions on this topic. Some are angry, while others are relieved. And there are those of us who have a bit of hope that this ending can lead to something better.
It is not really a secret that I was sorely disappointed in the way Squidoo handled things for a while. After my own account was locked, I decided that while I would keep some lenses there, I wouldn’t support the site by helping others through blog posts and articles. But enough of that. Let’s talk more about going forward.
Changes and growth
Since December of 2013, I have changed my online writing to move more into the area of contract freelance writing. I now expect to be paid upfront for what I write, for the most part anyway. This makes my perspective on affiliate marketing and free writing gigs even more skewed.
I believe that my writing is a service or a commodity, if you will, something that has a value that can be translated into dollars and cents. I expect to get paid for my skill and knowledge, therefore if a platform is not providing that for me, I will not use it. With that attitude in mind, I think that the experiment of moving content to Hubpages will be interesting, but also fraught with difficulty. Hubpages has found a new balance since its own hit by Google a few years ago. By educating themselves on what was acceptable to Google, they have imposed new rules on their membership. I am positive that some of my oldest lenses that still make money on Squidoo (yes, even today I had some sales on my dashboard) will not fit in under the new Hubpages system.
Transitioning to Hubpages
The four-month transition to the new system is quite acceptable. Hubpages will allow us to keep our pages up through the end of the year to earn whatever they can from the redirected traffic from Squidoo. I find this quite fair, and it also gives lensmasters the time to alter, move or completely delete their original page. Many of us have incredible numbers of scammers who have copied our successful content over its long life. Some of my lenses go back to 2008 and they still get decent traffic even in these last days of Squidoo’s existence. However, if Hubpages can pull this off, I commend them. They will increase their content load immensely, and offer Squidoo’s denizens a place to start over. If not, and I am sure that some of the content will not work, at least their offer will put them in good stead with the majority of the talented and dedicated lensmasters who stuck through until the end.
Follow me during this change
If you want to follow me on Hubpages, I now have two accounts. Paula Atwell and lakeerieartists. I plan to use the Paula Atwell account to write longer articles that are more like the freelance writing that I am already doing, and the older account for more art-related articles and product reviews. However, the lenses that I still have will land in the Paula Atwell account, so I will leave them there to receive residual traffic from the 301 redirects.
Whatever happens, I think we will find that Hubpages will get a boost from this action. How long it will last is up to the team at Hubpages and how this transition is handled and perceived by Google and readers.
Other related articles online:
HubPages Acquires Squidoo: Content Migration To Begin Within A Few Weeks
Squidoo To Move Content Over To HubPages After Being Acquired
Squidoo and Hubpages
R.I.P Squidoo: A Long Time Coming
From Squidoo to HubPages – A Mover’s Guide
Squidoo and Hubpages
Squidoo is Dead, Long Live Hubpages
A Reply to One in the Myriads of End of Squidoo’s accounts
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