In the past few weeks, I have been but one of the many, many Squidoo lensmasters who have had their accounts transferred from Squidoo to Hubpages as the Squidoo company shuts down. This migration of Squidoo content has been a traumatic experience for many, especially those who were unfamiliar with Hubpages. It is an emotional journey and financial one as Squidoo was full of part-time writers who earn their only money from their income online. Many Squidoo members were homeschool moms or caregivers of the elderly and disabled. And for the rest of us, a significant portion of our time and livelihood was bound up in Squidoo both directly and indirectly as Squidoo provided connections to CafePress and Zazzle, both of which are limited by the laws of Hubpages.
For those of us with over 50 former lenses, the transition is not without pain. Besides learning the new layout, dashboard and system on Hubpages, the need to update and wholly change some of our articles is quite evident. While there are numerous benefits to this task, it is still one that is daunting and difficult. Some of my articles will not be able to be hosted on Hubpages since they do not fit the formula required for their Quality Assessment Process.
This discovery means that once I update and fix the articles that will stay, I will need to move the others to additional sites that will work with the articles already written. This includes my many articles written specifically for CafePress, Zazzle and other affiliate sites.
Excellent customer service
I do want to wish a hearty Bravo! to the Hubpages administrative team, who have been responding to the frantic cries for help from the Squidoo masses. They have been patient and professional with us, answering questions in the provided Squidoo Community Forum. I only wish they would just as avidly have a word with a few blatant stalkers and naysayers in the forum who are intimidating the tentative forays from Squidoo transfer newbies.
How to best handle the transition
If you are having trouble handling the transition and need some guidance, this is how I recommend that you work through it. We have four months to complete updating, however the sooner you complete it, the sooner your work will be able to become part of the regular Hubpages system and recover from the move. Besides we may have lost our chances for some Halloween earnings, but the rest of Q4 is still open for us.
- Unpublish articles that are Squidoo related and cannot be adapted. If you can keep the URL for another purpose.
- Update your highest earners first, then your seasonal articles, then the rest
- Follow the QAP rules shown in the black box above each hub and in the yellow box in the right-upper corner of the edit mode.
- Hubs with red skulls are the most urgent because they will become unpublished after the four-month transition.
- Broken links are indicated by a black arrow and in yellow on each hub, however check all links to make sure they are still good.
- If you can, change your hubs to a minimum of 700 words or add a lot of pictures and videos to give them more meat.
- You can only link twice to any external site on any one hub with the exception for a few white-listed sites such as Wikimedia and .gov sites.
- Learn to use the less sales capsules is more method that has proven to work on Hubpages, and transfer any articles that just won’t fit that model to your own sites or elsewhere.
- Work on creating a balance in your account between commercial and non-commercial hubs.
Interlinking is a key for renewed traffic
A recent study by Searchmetrics has shown that interlinking on websites is one of the most overlooked ways to improve your authority with Google. We can interlink in three ways on Hubpages.
- Groups–assigning hubs to groups provides links at the bottom of each hub to two other hubs
- Link capsule–you can add other hubs to your link capsule
- Text links–create text links in a list or throughout your hub to other related hubs
It is important to remember to link only to related hubs and websites for benefits. Unrelated links are bad mojo now.
Groups on Facebook
I am a member of two very supportive transition groups on Facebook that I can recommend. They are the Lens to Hub Help and the The Writer’s Door groups. You can ask your questions in either group if you don’t want to enter the Hubpages forums. You are also welcome to post any questions here about what is in this post or other related transition issues.
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