Mourning Squidoo

The day before yesterday I was banned from Hubpages. That day was about shock. Yesterday I archived my stuff and wrote about Hubpages as it exists in our world now. Today I find myself mourning the Squidoo that was. Not the Squidoo that gave up last... Read More

Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

squidoo-trophiesOn August 15th, Seth Godin announced that the website I have long been making a living on, Squidoo, is going. The content and it’s authors are moving to Hubpages (and therefore the money making opportunities as well). It was a stressful day, so I had to process information quickly. I decided within half an hour that I liked this news. While I once loved Squidoo, I had come to distrust its management. Hubpages was always slightly annoying, and boring, but it is run by competent people. The kind who actually know how to build a site.

Was it really that bad at Squidoo? Yes, it really was.

I’ve been silent on Squidoo’s many mistakes in public, over the last year, because I was still making money there and it was becoming clear HQ wasn’t listening to feedback anyhow. The only thing I did was advise people to stay out of Squidoo if they weren’t already in.

Now that the take-over is official, I can finally open my pen. This is mainly about the stuff that happened after the panda update that penalized Squidoo late 2012, early 2013. Continue reading Squidoo is dead, Long Live Hubpages

Mourning the old squidoo – time for me to post about my disappointments

In another community, very unrelated to Squidoo, I’m known as a bit of a controversial figure, a whistle blower if you will. I guess it’s time to voice my issues with the latest change. To me it feels like we’ve been abandoned. All... Read More

Why Hubpages lost and Squidoo didn’t in the latest Google update

I’ve been working on a post comparing Squidoo and hubpages for months now. It kept getting postponed, because Squidoo kept changing on me. In fact, most of my notes on the differences are now moot, because Squidoo has simply bridged the gap.... Read More

20 tips on how to interlink your online properties (websites, lenses, hubs, articles)

When you are trying to make a living online, one of the things we hear a lot of are LINKS. Links are hugely important to getting pages to rank in Google and Bing. However, they’re the hardest thing to get right. I see people worrying about links... Read More

Google surprises: Changes in the Google SERPS Oct. 2010

I’ve been watching Google¬† for years, but this month things are different. They’re simply weird. Some of these changes are probably not new – merely new to the Dutch serps – but since they change the game of online promotion... Read More

People or search engines? About priorities

I’ve had several online conversations lately with people which have clarified my own position about online marketing. I have long had the policy that I am only putting energy into blogs, social networks, bookmarking services etc. if they have followed links. That is, other than twitter. I prefer blogs that are self hosted, but that’s not totally necessary.

Twitter is the exception, because at twitter there’s community. More: there’s a community of bloggers there. So twitter, while it doesn’t have followed links itself, is still a great place to combine promotion (getting to people) and search engine optimization. Lately another exception is facebook. But facebook is little work, because I post my tweets there (yes, twitter again). And of course if a conversation should start, I take the time to participate. Continue reading People or search engines? About priorities

A story of a successful lens

This is the story of a lens that gets most traffic. Today it gets, as you can see, about a hundred visitors a day. That’s enough for a permanent spot in the squidoo top 2000, and with people voting on it regularly it’s enough for a regular... Read More

Passion or Making money?

Potpiegirl wrote recently that she feels all that talk about ‘following your passion’ won’t make you a living online. At least that’s how I understood this post about niches. She should know. I don’t agree with all her... Read More

So, what sells?

My squidoo income is still mainly lensrank. However, I’ve recently come to earn about 20% of my squidoo income off actual sales. Looking at those statistics, I come to two conclusions about what sells: Go really NICHE. I’ve got some low... Read More