You were probably expecting to see some Squidoo lenses here, right? Sorry, no lenses this month. Again.
I’m still not confident it’s even worth my time to create pages on Squidoo. The traffic from search engines still hasn’t recovered and Amazon sales via lenses is at an all time low.
Earlier this month Squidoo HQ was complaining about incoming links to lenses and saying lenses they felt had too many “low quality” links would be flagged/locked/deleted. The updates and notices they send out to lensmasters are often ridiculously vague and I just don’t have time to keep up with their constant changes and requests.
You can read the vague blog post about low quality links here. Lensmasters began reporting lenses being locked for “having multiple nofollow links” and similar messages. Considering Squidoo itself makes all outgoing links nofollow, using nofollow as a basis for locking a lens is dumb. Yes, I said it’s dumb. This is the second or third time “nofollow” has been mentioned on the HQ blog and I just keep thinking, “You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
The end of May has been all about “getting personal” with product lenses. And again, the community of writers is frustrated and annoyed by favoritism, finger pointing, mixed signals, confusing definitions, and unclear guidelines.
Squidoo isn’t fun for me right now, so I’m just not even looking at it. That’s really all there is to it.
It’s not even about the traffic or the earnings – those things are nice, but Squidoo was a place where I could have fun and still feel like I accomplished something. It’s not doing that for me right now, so I haven’t even looked at my account very much this month. I’ve logged into my dashboard there maybe three or four times this month, I used to check it daily.
I momentarily considered selling all my Squidoo lenses and just crossing it off my list permanently, but they’ve turned off the ability to transfer lenses so I can’t even do that.
Squidoo just feels like negative energy to me lately, and I have a ton of other things to focus my energy on in a positive way.
I have my niche sites to work on. I have my cross stitch site to work on, which always makes me happy. We’ve been working on getting things active over at VA Helper Blog and Podcast, and that has been especially rewarding for me. I’ve spent a lot of time working on a course to help virtual assistants that will be coming out soon.
I’ve been making a very conscious effort to spend more time offline. I was getting a little too wrapped in being online and I was working to the point of burnout, it just wasn’t good. So I’ve been spending all day Saturday offline – every Saturday – even if I have to force myself to leave the house and turn off my phone in order to avoid the temptation of jumping online to do “just one more thing.”