Too Much Advertising on Squidoo??

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I'm messing around with setting up some Squidoo lenses as secondary online properties. The lenses seem to have too much going on. I prefer clean pages with clear calls to action (my aff links). Squidoo lenses just seem to have too much "stuff" on them outside of my content.

Do you agree or am I in the minority?

Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author trevord92
    They've got to earn money to provide their free service somehow.

    If you want control over the pages, you'll need your own site.

    If you want pages that often respond well in the search results, provide traffic, etc then Squidoo often fits the bill. You can then also get two (or more) bites at the cherry - a Squidoo lens and your own site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Use your Squidoo lens to drive traffic to your own pages. In the long run it will work out better since you will have better control over your own site than on a lens. Moreover, you can also flip your own website for a large sum of money once you have some regular profits coming in.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakleinweber
    They do have a LOT of ads, but you know what, they still do great. I mostly promote physical products with my lenses and I sell tons.
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  • Profile picture of the author diandao
    many people live by the ads.it's acceptable.
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  • Profile picture of the author kislany
    You can choose to disable some of the ads if you want, but you need to change your options for the money to go to Squidoo or to a charity in the global settings, and then disable some ads manually. I think then only Adsense will show, nothing else. I might be wrong there, but that's what I remember from a while back.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by wolfmmiii View Post

    Too Much Advertising on Squidoo??
    I agree with you, Tom, but to me it's a very small point.

    Like many experienced, successful Warriors who stopped using Squidoo a year or two ago, I feel my reasons for not touching it (not even as part of a backlinking strategy) are far more compelling and significant ones than that.

    It took me time, but eventually I learned that Squidoo gave me nothing I couldn't get (also without paying) elsewhere, where I was in control, rather than Squidoo being in control.

    I see the same thing, time and time again, in "Squidoo" threads, here. Experienced, successful Warriors are explaining why they don't use it, and a few people promoting "Squidoo stuff" in their sig-files and/or in WSO's are recommending it. They're tricky conversations, because people tend to mention the "advantages" they think they get from Squidoo and don't tell you that they could have done exactly the same, or better, without Squidoo imposing restrictions on them and owning and controlling "their" site. (Maybe some of them don't even realise that?!) But as so often, in internet marketing, the voice of reason is easily drowned by the voice of commercial interest.

    Whatever you want from Squidoo you can get for yourself elsewhere. You can even get completely free, reliable, well-established, professional, advertising-free hosting for the purpose, in many different places, these days. Squidoo can give you nothing that you can't get for yourself, if you want to own and control your site and your business. Don't imagine that you'll get any significant "traffic advantage" or "SEO advantage" by using it: those days have long gone! Its own home page may still have a high page-rank, but that isn't going to help your pages there, much.

    These threads, which contain plenty of factual information as well as some opinion, will be helpful to anyone interested in the subject who's willing to read them ...

    Squidoo/Blogger as primary website

    Is Squidoo still okay to post article to?

    How to subtly advertise on Squidoo and Hubpages?

    How do I Use Squidoo Effectively?

    Advice on Squidoo

    And with all the threads like this last one, and Google apparently being on something of a de-indexing rampage at the moment, by all accounts, there's not much point (and maybe rather a high risk!) in trying to use these "Web 2.0 sites" for backlinks, either: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6000312
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    • Profile picture of the author aussiecopy
      Yeah, definitely, Squidoo is an interesting place. There are heaps of Squidooers who aren't making a cent, and for some, that isn't their intent anyway.

      There were/are a couple of decent inexpensive WSO's that showed the way round Squidoo which I found helpful. I reckon you will find the dudes who are doing well out of Squidoo have bazillions of lenses, like hundreds and hundreds, a couple just isn't going to do much.

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    • Profile picture of the author lisakleinweber
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      Whatever you want from Squidoo you can get for yourself elsewhere. You can even get completely free, reliable, well-established, professional, advertising-free hosting for the purpose, in many different places, these days. Squidoo can give you nothing that you can't get for yourself, if you want to own and control your site and your business. Don't imagine that you'll get any significant "traffic advantage" or "SEO advantage" by using it: those days have long gone! Its own home page may still have a high page-rank, but that isn't going to help your pages there, much.

      I disagree with this part. I feel there *is* a significant traffic advantage on certain kinds of topics. Granted, I don't own a website that it would make sense to put these kinds of topics on, so I can't measure the difference, but I can put a new lens up on squidoo and have significant Google traffic to it in *hours*. That doesn't happen at my own sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author BCRed
    Squidoo are NoIndexing lenses on a lot of accounts that don't have high enough standing there, cover your pages with ads, and delete pages that have been 'spammed' with too many backlinks. There are way better Web 2.0s to parasite from in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author WishfulDoing
    I know what you mean, O.P. When I first considered Squidoo I thought it looked like a jumbled mess with all the ads competing with the content. Now, I'm used to it and just mentally block out all the ads. I have put up a few lenses but I really hate it when their ads are very similar to products that I am selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author carolinesmith09
    I don't really mind squidoo having those stuff. I'm already happy with their services and I can get it for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author footfoot
    "but I can put a new lens up on squidoo and have significant Google traffic to it in *hours*. That doesn't happen at my own sites."

    Prove it. Should be pretty easy
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      I guess it depends what you want it for. I use squidoo to engage people in certain conversations by working the community. it has a very active community of people related to my niche.

      Many of those, then go and read my ebooks and/or register to my community.

      When I chose squidoo as part of my promotion strategy it was because I could rank a lens and put it on first page for my keywords in about 2 days - what I did.

      Thanks to that lens, now my site is on first page for my keyword right behind it. But it took me one year.

      Panda and other dances did not affect them, they stay strong. I want to think it is because they are good resources for those keywords.


      I used squidoo long time ago to promote a toy a helicopter using the conversation domination system - it was that long ago - and it worked pretty well even with distractions. You need to add a big arrow box and other attention grabbers.

      I donĀ“t use those techniques anymore. These days I am more about people than links.

      Sandra
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Best way to deal with this is to start your own site and promote your own product or an affiliate product.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebizman
    Squidoo is completely spammed out with ads!!! annoying!
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