Have you heard the surprising news about Squidoo? They are shutting down shop, and lensmasters have the option of having their featured lenses transferred over to Hubpages. Only “featured” lenses (green checkmark) are eligible to be transferred. Everything else will be deleted. So if any of you still have a few Squidoo lenses left, after the massive deletion of content they have done over the last two years, now is the time to export it, save it, or let it be transferred to Hubpages.
Hubpages is similar to Squidoo in it’s concept, a revenue sharing site. But the logistics of it are a little different. They rank their “hubs” differently, have different quality standards, link limits, and revenue sharing splits. I already have an account on Hubpages, and make a bit of money, but really have never put any effort into it because I really liked Squidoo, that is, until, all the changes, deletion of lenses and entire accounts, etc, etc. However, even if you already have a Hubpages account, like I do, you must make a new account using the link from your Squidoo dashboard. This new account will contain your former Squidoo content once the transfer is complete.
I have a few lenses left at Squidoo that were not deleted during their crazy policy changes, and I AM going to let them be transferred over to Hubpages.
Here’s the official announcement from Squidoo about the change – http://hq.squidoo.com/squid-news/squidoo-and-hubpages/
Here’s a list FAQ’s about the transition – http://hq.squidoo.com/hp-faq/
You only have until August 29, 2014 to OPT OUT of the transfer, if that is what you want to do. So, if you have any lenses at Squidoo, log into your dashboard, and read up on your options. If you do nothing, featured lenses will be transferred and the rest deleted. So at least log in and export all your content so you have your data, before it’s transferred or deleted.
Here’s a screenshot from my earnings stats dashboard from each of three different Squidoo accounts. The lifetime total for all three accounts equals $25,734.90. Squidoo will still pay me a little more in September and October (for earnings from July and August). It’s sad to think about “what could have been” if the wheels hadn’t fell off the wagon around Feb 2013. I guess that’s just a reminder not to put all your eggs in one basket.
What do you think of Squidoo shutting down? Leave me a comment below!
Update March 1st, 2015:
As of right now, I’ve earned $45.17 on Hubpages and currently have 15 featured Hubs. That’s for the time period Sept 11th, 2014 – Feb. 28th, 2015. So a little over 5 months. I really haven’t done anything with them. I had 20 lenses that transferred over to Hubpages, so that means I have 6 that are currently not being featured. It’s nice to have a few extra dollars, but honestly I’ve been spending most of my business time working on Zazzle stuff, so I haven’t done anything with Hubpages since the transfer.