With today’s announcement of a new Amazon link limit on Squidoo, it is obvious that Squidoo no longer wants content that is intended to sell. If you happen to make money accidentally, that is still okay for now, but if you are like me, that is not good enough. Personally, I have a family to feed and bills to pay, and lots of great content that I have written over the years that makes money. Throwing it away is not the answer. The only good thing about this announcement is that it is early enough before the Christmas shopping season to post new content that has time to be found by people and search engines.
I really do not understand what Squidoo is currently trying to do, but at the very least they are doing a good job at chasing away long time writers on the site. Their ultimate goal does not seem to mesh with mine, which is building a long-term income.
My advice is to move your content to another site or several sites.
What is the best way to move content?
Whether you are going to move content to your own sites or another site like Zujava, which is very much like Squidoo in construction, your best bet is to keep your Squidoo lenses where they are until you absolutely have to move them. Most likely they have matured and have regular traffic that comes to them.
- Step 1: Make a list of Squidoo lenses that you want to move. (Or any other content for that matter.)
- Step 2: If you are moving content to your own sites, you can duplicate it exactly, or you can rewrite it so that it is fresh, keeping the same basic information. To keep your Squidoo lenses up longer, it is best to rewrite the content. Keep your titles and subtitles the same, as there are many articles online with similar titles.
- Step 3: If you are moving content to a site that you do not own like Zujava, you will have to rewrite your content completely. Zujava does not allow duplicate content and they will be looking for people to move content from Squidoo. That does not mean you cannot use the same topic, though. (This goes for any content site you move to.)
- Step 4: Add a link or two from your original lens to your new article on the same topic. This will start to filter traffic to your new article.
- Step 5: Look over the history of your lens to see where your traffic is coming from. See if you can determine links that you put in place from other related sites. Replace these links with links pointing to your new article.
- Step 6: Leave the old lens on Squidoo until they lock it. Might as well eke out as much money as possible from the original lens.
This process takes time, but will give you a better result in the long run. It is unfortunate that we have been spinning our wheels to make Squidoo happy over the last several months but it is time to take control of our own content, and in a way that will be beneficial to us in the long run and the short run.
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