It’s a bad week for people who write for 3rd party sites like Squidoo. We got some news from both Squidoo and Zujava that really show why it’s important to have your own site.
Let’s talk about them both and how I’ll personally be dealing with the changes.
I always loved Squidoo. The people there were cool and the environment was always fun and light hearted. Then things started to change. They got more strict with their rules (which is fine). Then they started locking lenses left and right that used to be considered fine. I lost a lot. I was angry but it’s their system.
For years I’ve enjoyed monthly payments from Squidoo. I even used to run a blog dedicated to it! I haven’t written there in months but I was still earning a nice it of money.
Now this. Not only have they sold the site but they’re giving us ONE WEEK to deal with our lenses. We have two choices.
1. Have them transferred to HubPages. I don’t like HubPages. The site lacks the community or fun environment, I don’t like their payment structure, and their rules are even more strict to the point where I had trouble getting hubs published with more than 2-3 Amazon links.
On top of it, only your “best” lenses can be transferred. Their automatic system decides if your lenses are good enough to go to HubPages. If not you’re out of luck. Better download before time runs out or your content is lost forever.
2. Opt-out and download your lenses before time runs out.
Very little notice on top of just selling us and our content like this just feels so wrong. I will not be going through with the transfer. I’ve downloaded my content. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet since I used Squidoo niches I didn’t want to build an entire site around. I may or may not reuse the content later.
Oh, another thing that really made me mad about this…
We didn’t even get an email about this. If I hadn’t seen people talking about it on Facebook I would have lost all of my content! How messed up is that? The writers at Squidoo are what made the site and treating them like dirt makes me hate that I supported them as long as I did.
They also just recently raised the payment threshold to $25 and now anyone who has under $25 will not get their money, it will be donated to charity.
Ugh, enough about that. Let’s move on to the other thing.
I was a big supporter of Zujava when they first opened because of their tiered payment structure. EVERYONE got a share of the ad revenue.
I set up a lot of pages over there around when Squidoo started changing their rules. Zujava requires more content in order to promote products but I always had better conversions that way anyways.
Originally I used my own Amazon links and I was making a nice bit of sales. I don’t think I would have made less sales on Squidoo but I liked spreading my content around. Then they changed the rules and said no using your own links. You need to use their modules and they get 50% of the commissions.
I left my content there after making the edits but never wrote another page there.
Now I find out (again, not from them but from a Bubblews post by someone I know from there) that Zujava lost their affiliate account for violating a rule!
They will not be getting it back and encourage us to switch back to our own affiliate links.
I’ll be pulling my content instead because I don’t want to risk my affiliate account using my links on their site which has already been banned from the program. It’s not worth it to me.
In the end…
I’m so glad I have my own sites up and running. I feel for all of you who depended on these sites and were let down. I urge you to work on starting your own sites rather than jumping to another third party site. It’s not worth this happening again!
If you need help figuring out the start up stuff like setting up your domain/hosting, installing WordPress, getting your theme installed… feel free to use my contact form and send me a message.
Goodbye Squidoo and Zujava. It was fun while it lasted.