** Squidoo Filters Update April 3rd **
Just as people are starting to get their Squidoo lenses ticking all the boxes again people started to send me messages saying that the SAME lenses were getting caught again.
Sure enough, I get an email come through letting me know that one of my lenses is back in the danger zone again – it’s the same one!
The same lens that was given the green light after getting the ‘heads up warning’ last week – perhaps it was a glitch?
Given that there is a new date for me to fix the lens by it doesn’t seem likely even though Squidoo has been having technical difficulties recently.
So it looks like all isn’t that quiet after all.
What I am finding a little strange is what HQ had to say about it on their Help My Lens Was Flagged post …..
Finally…If your lens was flagged and fixed.
If you were able to publish your lens that means it meets the new standards to remove the flag. However, the actual yellow icon may still be showing. We’re in the process of running a new scan to remove the flag on fixed lenses which will remove the icon. Going forward you’ll just need to publish your lens to remove the flag (provided it meets the quality standards).
Even though I’ve yet to go in and fix it I have to say that this does seem a little odd to say the least. What I found even stranger is that one lady over in the comment section was actually AWARDED A PURPLE STAR WHILST FLAGGED!
Getting an established Purple Star lens flagged seems pretty harsh to begin with but understandable as changes within the site may not have been reflected in the lens – getting one on a flagged lens means someone at HQ thought it worthy but the system didn’t.
Mixed messages for sure. Guess we’ll have to wait a little longer for the all clear.
Edit – I’ve cleared the warning by adding a few lines of content to one module – It could be that they added some more criteria to the filters and it just so happened that this lens got caught twice.
*** Original Post ***
Who knew that Squidoo cleaning house would be a headline writers dream! “Squidoo Is Dead”, “Squidoo Hates Me” and my favourite “Why Squidoo Forcing Me To Leave?” are just a few that I’ve seen in the last 72 hours – I’m certain that there are going to be a lot more coming soon 🙂
Once it became clear that the new ‘squidoo filters’ were being rolled out and lenses were getting warning notices – hysteria wasn’t far behind! My inbox was on fire yesterday with questions from worried Lensmasters wondering what would become of their lenses and/or accounts and asking what my advice is.
My advice is for EVERYONE with an account at Squidoo to log in and check your dashboard today – once you get the ‘heads up’ warning you have a week to put things right. Emails are being sent out to Lensmasters who have been caught in the new filters but double check for yourself.
This is what you’ll see if you’ve got a warning ….
Click on the warning sign and you’ll get an idea of what could have triggered the new Squidoo filters. Here’s what to do next ….
- Don’t have a knee jerk reaction and start deleting all your lenses because Squidoo is just sooooo unfair! That’s a total waste of your time and effort.
- You can download my handy guide to fixing your lenses to help you through the process.
- Do NOT start making a whole heap of changes all at once. Make a SINGLE change and see if you can publish your lens or you’ll end up not knowing what fixed it and doing a whole heap of work that wasn’t needed!
Chances are that your lenses might be caught in the filters if they ……
- Use spun content of any kind
- Are thin on content
- Too commercial in nature
- Excessive keyword stuffing
- Have overuse of affiliate links
These latest filters might seem very aggressive at first glance, by now I’m sure that you would have heard a thousand and one horror stories, but they have been put there in an attempt to stop the massive influx of low quality lenses that have been damaging the site.
Even established sites like Squidoo have to jump to Google’s dance and there is nothing that Google hates more than poor quality content. Squidoo has reported a drop in traffic but a massive increase in spun content that’s creating very low quality lenses that have quickly become a problem.
By introducing the filters Squidoo is doing some much needed spring cleaning and this should be seen as a good thing. Ok, some of their choices such as stopping lens transfers is not one of my favorites and I can totally understand why people are upset that their ‘purple star’ lenses have been caught but I don’t own Squidoo – you should never forget that replying on someone else’s platform is dangerous and putting all your eggs in one basket is just silly.
It’s important that you give the changes a chance – at the end of the day, Squidoo is a powerful tool and anything that improves the site and increases your income should be welcomed. Of course there are likely to be some teething problems but the long term outlook is still a fantastic one.