Squidoo rolled out major changes today and a lot of lensmasters and authors feel they will lose income this month.
Sure places like Squidoo are free to use and great to add extra income to your month and extra traffic to your sites. But, they’re also owned by other people who can do whatever they want whenever they want, including roll out untested changes right in the middle of the busiest online shopping time for the year.
I’m not going to go into details here… you can read about a lot of it at the Squidoo HQ blog in these posts …
==> Introducing the New Responsive Layout
==> Responsive is What Every Smart Site That’s Growing is Going to Do < == > to which I responded with my two cents comment about why I think the community is so angry.
A quick overview is that Squidoo changed their layout for the entire site to be more mobile responsive, but it changed *everything* and many felt that it looks awful on desktop and laptop computers now. When the community complained that the changes were sudden and had bad timing and did not look so great on their own computers at home Squidoo’s response was to say that mobile is important and that they are one of the top 10 sites visited by mobile users according to Quantcast. To that response the community seemed to be more outraged, some Squidoo lens creators are talking about selling off or deleting all their pages after the holidays, it’s just mass chaos over there right now.
My own thoughts on the changes… I’m not really sure yet. I think I’ll just leave my lenses alone and see what happens. Though, I don’t think I’ll be making new lenses in December until it becomes clear to me what Squidoo’s plans and changes are going to be in the end. I get the impression this isn’t the end of the change waterfall… and it’s certainly not the first change to upset Squidoo lens makers this year.
You Need Your Own Web Properties
If you can write for Squidoo and make money, you can write for yourself and make money too! Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to get out there and create something fantastic. If you have your own site things like drastic layout changes in December won’t happen unless you implement them. If you have your own websites the only one who decides what you can and can’t do on the pages within it is you. You can write as you please, promote as you please, and make changes as you please.
Yes, getting a chunk of Squidoo’s revenue share program is nice while it lasts. But how long will it last? They could suddenly decide tomorrow to turn off that revenue share and stop giving you half of the Amazon earnings that pages earn. They could stop offering you a share of the advertising revenue at any time. I don’t think those changes are likely, but they could happen.
- Go buy yourself a domain name.
- Hosting too, if you don’t already have it.
- Install WordPress, which is free
if you need help installing and setting up the technical pieces, I highly recommend Reliable Webs for your hosting, they’ll get you going in the right direction (It’s who I use currently, read why I chose them in my review here)
- Write content for yourself!!!!
If you have questions about starting your own website, my inbox and comments section are open… I’ll help you as much as I can or point you in the direction of resources to answer your questions.