Squidoo is Dead and Zujava Took a Hit Too – Goodbye!

frustration.gifIt’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.

Squidoo Has Been Sold to HubPages

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.

Zujava Loses Their Amazon Affiliate Account

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.

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Comments

  1. I’m tired of relying on third party sites to make money. I dislike the way Seth handled things over on Squidoo and I never tried the Zujava – thank goodness.

    This is a hard lesson for many to learn, but the most important one too — establish your own HOME online. Nothing is a guarantee, but at least you have more control when you are the one steering the ship!
    Bonnie Gean recently posted..Hit the Road Jack – You’re Fired!My Profile

    • Ya, I hate that so many people are going to suffer because of this. For me it sucks but it’s only a small income loss so I’ll live. For others it’s huge.

      More than anything I hate the lack of communication and caring in the entire situation. They didn’t even EMAIL us? I get emails every week advertising lenses or events but they don’t bother to email for the website being sold? That’s crap.

  2. It’s really sad that this happened to Squidoo and Zujava. I recieved a special mug from Zujava when first starting out in the content marketing business. And it was a huge deal for me when becoming a Giant Squid on Squidoo.

    It’s unfortante that good things have to come to an end. Although, it’s sad I’m happy I’ve been building skills and writing on my own site for sometime.

    Goodbye Squidoo (Seth godins baby) and Zujava.
    Vincent Rescigno recently posted..When to Add SEO basics to Your Blogging WorkflowMy Profile

    • On the bright side I learned a lot about how NOT to do things. This was just handled so poorly and it did make me lose a lot of respect for Seth. He’s a smart marketer in some ways but he treats his audience pretty poorly.

  3. This really has rocked the online writing community hasn’t it? I’d already been purging my accounts but this just makes things happen a little faster.

    As you mentioned that you have some lenses (and likely leaves) that you don’t have entire sites based around their topics, I’d love it if you’d consider moving some of them to Writedge or Daily Two Cents. We’ve been growing fast and our Alexa ranks are going crazy. And we have some great tools for writers. Amazon links are absolutely allowed and you get 100% of the profits. And I may be biased but I think our growing community is pretty awesome. πŸ˜‰
    Danielle McGaw recently posted..Squidoo Purchased By HubPages: What Should the Writers DoMy Profile

  4. I can’t believe writers didn’t receive notification. A week to move – good luck!

    Thankfully, I never did get my head around Squidoo – so what little happens to be there is probably battered by their clampdowns they had!

    Another lesson to build your own home online and not rely on 3rd parties – a hard way to learn though πŸ™
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  5. Kinda makes me glad I didn’t jump on the squidoo band-wagon. LOL
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  6. I found out about this Friday and it took me till just a few minutes ago to get my first of several posts done about this. It kind of shook me to my core for a lot of reasons. Thankfully, I built my own sites and am making more at those than I ever did at Squidoo. I just hate it for others who have been burned before or who are being hit right now. It’s just shameful the way this was handled. I agree with you about using your own sites rather than 3rd party ones that’s for sure!
    crystal touchton recently posted..Squidoo Sells To Hubpages: The Exit Interview – Past, Present, And FutureMy Profile

  7. They just need to de-index first and might need some adapting for word count but I’ve moved many of mine over. We’re working on servers and speed issues right now to make sure that it can be handled so any downtime you see now is temporary. πŸ™‚

  8. I only heard about the Squidoo sale from a post on Facebook. I got an email from Squidoo just TWO DAYS AGO!!! That is ridiculous.

    I hadn’t written there for some time but what an unprofessional way to treat people. I am glad that they have now changed the payment threshold back to how it was before because I have around $11 pending. With that $25 threshold, they would have stolen thousands of dollars from the little people like me.

    Totally disgusting.

    So many people keep saying – get your own domain – this proves why this is so important right?
    Victoria Virgo recently posted..The Fantastic Benefits of Making Money Online & Living LifeMy Profile

  9. I like the fact you are taking I dependent stance focusing back on your own site.

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