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As Squidoo’s Is Evolving How Will It Affect You?

Squidoo has been and continues to be a great source for Senior Online Marketers to try out ideas without the cost of setting up their own domains. However like many things on the Internet times are a changing and you need to be aware of some of the new guidelines.

If you have been following from the sidelines you observed as Squidoo evolved into a SERP-ranking powerhouse and finally invested in a guide to teach marketers how to do it themselves. They created content, did all the recommended traffic tactics – and one day awoke to discover their lenses locked and their efforts ruined.

Squidoo made many changes in 2009 – and for good reason. They were in the good graces of Google until one day the search engine giant decided to teach them a lesson and slapped their search engine rankings into nowhereland.

To combat this horrible effect, Squidoo knew what they had to do. They had to lock down spam lenses, implement some new rules and take down unsavory content. Gone were the porn lenses that were previously allowed on this site.

A new Squid Don’t lens was erected to help guide lensmasters in how to create a proper page on Squidoo. Many ClickBank products, which were the bread and butter of some affiliates, were blacklisted.

No more teaching how to cure toenail fungus or how to lose weight with acai berries. These topics were just too enticing for spammers, so Squidoo had to make them off-limits for everybody – even those who provided viable content about them.

Squidoo did create a great program called the Giant Squid program, where lensmasters with at least 50 good lenses could bypass the filter system they set in place – because they earned a badge of trust from the creators of Squidoo.

They limited the number of links to a hefty nine, which is more than generous considering places like Hub Pages only allow two. In the coming year, Squidoo will be checking up on lensmasters to see who’s abiding by their policy and who isn’t – and they’ll be cleaning house on lenses that don’t comply.

One unfortunate prediction about Squidoo is that they will continue finding new resources that help them make money. It’s understandable, of course – but it inserts links and competition in your lens that you can’t always turn off.

One of the best ways to get what you want on Squidoo is to become an active participant in their SquidU forum. Here, you can interact with the founders and worker bees on Squidoo – and they constantly ask for your input on future decisions, letting you speak out about how it will affect you.

For example, they’re considering giving lensmasters the ability to take a live Squidoo lens and purposefully make it a work in progress lens – but before they do, they’re asking for your opinion. Take advantage of this open door philosophy because not many social networks have it – they simply make the rules and you’re expected to follow them.

Within the Squidoo system you will find many people already anxious to share their ideas and expertise on how to build an effective lens.

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