Countdown to the end for Squidoo.com.
It’s a sad time for many who have over the years invested quite a bit of time, and effort into writing articles and reviews for Squidoo; which was at one time a top 100 visited website.
For those just following ; sometime late in “2012” or early “2013” Squidoo began to experience a sharp drop in visitors, most of which were generated by Google generated SEO traffic. To those who are in the know, this was referred to as a “Google Slap”.
A “Google Slap” is where, Google through it’s multitude of Algorithms, penalizes a site for not meeting certain criteria, or exceeding other criteria (sort of). Most people will agree, this penalty occurred because of the type of content that was beginning to be published on Squidoo, e.g. – many pages of material that consisted of little more than dozens, sometimes hundreds of links to Amazon, E-bay, CJ Junction, and various other affiliate retail sites.
It’s doubtful that Squidoo staffers would have ever allowed any of these types of pages to be published had they been aware of how frequently it was happening. Unfortunately it appears their attempts to monitor the site’s content through, software filters, and writer feed back were not enough. The foxes were beginning to take over and by mid “2012” they had seized the hen house.It didn’t take long, and they devoured the reputation and good will that the Squidoo staff had built up over the previous years.
Their attempts to mitigate the damage, and keep the predators out after the fact were unsuccessful, and in mid August of “2014” – Seth Godin founder of Squidoo announced that “HubPages is acquiring key content from Squidoo” . With the transfer to occur on the 29th of the same month.
Squidoo began in humble beginnings as one of the first social media sites established for the premise of allowing average people to write about, well, anything, and as a pioneer in the revenue sharing concept, Squidoo led the way for many other, similar, websites.
So sorry to see you go. We’ve had our ups, and we had our downs. We’ve cried together, we’ve laughed together, and too often we forgot that through your innovation, we made history together.
Things have been said, and motives at times misunderstood, but through it all we tried to stay together. Yes, your’e right. It is time to move on. I respect that you are sending the best of what you were to live on elsewhere, and appreciate all we’ve learned together. I’ll take a little piece of you with me, and even long after I will have no doubt forgotten about you, I’ll be passing on some things I learned through you. _
Thank you, and goodbye,