Squidoo announced this week (August 15, 2014; “HubPages is acquiring key content from Squidoo, creating the largest site of its kind in the world. Today, we’re announcing that as a result of this acquisition, Squidoo is moving the best of its content to HubPages.”
If you are still with Squidoo and have held on hoping that things would somehow turn back into the Squidoo we all used to know and love to work with, then you can stop holding your breath or hoping. It’s going to be done; it’s going to be over; it’s going to be kaput.
Now you have a decision to make as to what you want to do with your content that you have on Squidoo.
HubPages is supposed to be bringing over the best lenses to their site but how do we know what “they” consider the best lenses? I’ve tried to work with HubPages in the past and found it very difficult to work with, let alone make any money from it. I am not going to say that you can’t make money, some say they have. I’m just saying, HubPages is not for me but it may be perfect for you.
I have thought a lot about what I want to do with “my hard work” (since 2009 when I first joined Squidoo) and I have decided I will bring it all to my own website where I have total control over what I write and no one can locked it, delete it or suspend it.
Squidoo has given the members a few options that you can read about from your Squidoo dashboard or from this link >>>
Basically, you have until August 29, 2014 to either let HubPages decide that your lenses “may be good enough” for their site or remove them yourself and save your content.
I thought I had a daunting task ahead of me in moving 65 lenses but there are others who have more than 200 to 300 lenses to move if they want to keep their own work and not have it done away with, IF HubPages deems it not “Key Content” that they want to buy. There are many people having mixed feelings after hearing this news. Some are excited; some are angry; some are just stunned.
This kind of makes me think of the difference in how books used to be published and the opportunity we as writers now have to self publish our own work. In the years before, a writer had to rely on a publisher or a publishing house to determine if their book was “good enough” to print and take a chance on. Writers had to follow their rules and their timing schedule. Sometimes it would be over a year before a book was finally put into print and advertised. The writers were at their mercy in terms of promoting, pricing and you received royalty payments but not anything like you are able to receive via self-publishing.
It’s a lot more work but you have total control of your work; when it’s released, when it’s promoted and where it’s published and by whom. No upfront printing costs for books to sit somewhere in a box until they sell.
Writers of today have a whole new world opened up to them and we “run the show” now. You may have to work a lot harder and longer to get your book on that best seller list but at least you know you have a chance to do it. It all comes down to YOU and how much you want it. You now have just as much of a chance of being a famous and highly paid writer as anyone else does… IF you take action and write the book you have thought about for years.
Squidoo FAQs regarding the transfer, etc.; http://hq.squidoo.com/hp-faq/
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