I received one of the worst news through email from Squidoo yesterday evening saying my Top Lens was locked. My heart just dropped reading that! That lens is what helped me to earn a lot of money online with my affiliate programs. The article was truthful, original, and people relied on it to make money online and get free products at home.
The lens that was locked was my Product Testing Lens which was in the Top 100 on Squidoo, PageRank 4 with Google, over 2,000 visitors a week through search engines, #1 with several high ranking keywords, and so on.
Since I'm a Giant Squid I was able to get an answer back from someone from the Squidoo Team explaining to me why my lens got locked which was because of a bad backlink (affiliate link had expired) and I linked back to my blog too much. With that, I don't think my lens deserved to be locked, I should've gotten a warning first so I can get it fixed.
I remember on the forum WAHM.com, people were saying bad things about Squidoo saying it's not worth writing on there because any minute your lenses can get locked and I always defended it saying that Squidoo is trying to get rid of spam, cookie cutter lenses and other stuff and as long as you create good quality content, you'll be ok. But I guess I was wrong.
Moral of the story is, rules changes on writer's platform websites and one day your article can be live and the next day can be locked. Lesson learned, and now I just lost a lot of income. I've already started damage control and rewritten my article on my product review blog last night and now my blog post is on the third and fourth page of Google search, so hopefully it'll move up to the first page within a couple of days or weeks.
I hate to leave Squidoo, I love the community, the writers and learned a lot about writing online thanks to the platform. But it's just time to move on and work on my two blogs and grow it on my own.
I'm going to keep the remaining lenses on Squidoo unless they lock those too, but as for creating new lenses, I won't be doing it anymore.
Have a great day everyone!
UPDATE 6/5/2013- Squidoo just unlocked the lens this morning. The lens had bad backlinks on it which means my links from the affiliate companies expired and also spammers had my link on their websites which tip off Squidoo's filters.
Even though my lens has been unlocked, I will not be creating new lenses on Squidoo. Just too much policy changes going on with them. I'm just going to attend to the lenses I already have on there.
I'm Louida from Atlanta, Georgia and I'm a mother of two daughters, and a full-time blogger/influencer.
I love helping others learn how to start working from home online free to help supplement their current income.
I also blog at Productreviewmom.com
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