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Squidoo Polic Changes

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by str8thustler, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. str8thustler

    str8thustler Power Member

    Dec 3, 2008
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    ClientMAX Marketing
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    Limited outbound links???

    If you'd rather not read this email...
    If you'd rather not read the rest of this email, here's one big overview page for you. It's a supplement to our Squidoo Terms of Service. Or, read on for a quick summary.

    1. No Spam. This one's not new, but it's worth saying again.
    It's simple: given our pedigree, our point of view and our dyed-in-the-wool, we-will-never-change-our-mind conviction on this issue, spam is not okay at Squidoo. For a few years now we have had a very strict and enforced stance against spam. That's staying the same, and if anything, getting even more rigorous. If you actively spam people with your Squidoo lenses (by email, in blog comments, by stalking and harassing people on Twitter, by tricking people with the content in your lenses, and more) we'll lock your entire account.

    2. No more X-rated or Porn lenses
    If you came to Squidoo to create X-rated or pornographic content, the time has come to say farewell. We're not discontinuing these lenses because we've suddenly grown shy, or because we no longer believe in the freedom to publish what you want. We do. Practically though, supporting X-rated pages no longer makes sense, and it invites more spam and empty traffic and wasted overhead than anything. Find out more about why we're making this very hard decision, and what it means for your X-rated lenses. (Don't panic! You can export your content and take it with you).

    3. No Junk Topics from our "SquidDon't" List
    Lenses on free movie downloads. Toenail fungus cures. LoseBellyFatNow promotions. Reverse Phone Lookup 4U. You know junk when you see it. And lots more examples.

    Unforunately, topics like these are overwhelmingly conditioned and proven to attract spammers. If a topic has displayed enough trickery and spam and bad activity, we choose not to support it. If we find a lens on a SquidDon't topic or something very similar to it, we'll lock it. For good. Our best recommendation: Don't bother with topics like these. There's plenty of incredible stuff to write about and recommend online without having to go near the edges of what we're got going here.

    4. A new limit on overly promotional lenses
    Making a lens to promote or recommend something is a terrific endeavor. It's a big part of why a lot of our people are here. But: Less is more! Sales lenses far too often turn into junk lenses, as described by the relentless number of outbound links to the same exact domain. Being overly promotional rarely works. "Buy here buy here buy here!" never does.

    So to help you focus your lenses, and sell even better--and to help surfers find our pages more useful overall--we're introducing a limit to the number of outbound links to the same domain that you can have on a lens. If you have more than 9 links to the SAME domain on a single lens, your lens will get locked for review. Of course we'll have domains that are whitelisted out of this (meaning, you can have as many outbound links to them as you like), as well as sites that are blacklisted (meaning, even a single link to that domain will get your lens locked).

    Please read all the important details on how this works.

    What now? First, take a deep breath.
    We won't be flipping the switch on these new policies until July 20, 2009 or later. So you've got more than a month to review your lenses to make sure they're playing by the rules.
  2. dragonheart

    dragonheart Newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
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    IMO, more than nine OB links in a lens is spammy anyway. Not much to worry about, Squidoo knows where its base is and it seems like they're actually going to clean up the place.

  3. Biscut

    Biscut Regular Member

    Feb 9, 2009
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    Sounds like some good changes to me. My first lense had 4 OB links and I thought that was more than enough. I don't know how anyone could benefit from having more than 9 links to a single url.
  4. hustlingrind

    hustlingrind Junior Member

    May 26, 2008
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    Got a few of mine locked, p-d off.
  5. gragster

    gragster Regular Member

    May 24, 2008
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    no lose bellyfatnow and such sounds like they are going after cpa/affiliate offers
  6. matapples01

    matapples01 Regular Member

    May 15, 2008
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    Anyone else been dinged by the new policy. I have a "promotional" lense (not sure what the hell else you'd build a lens for but, anyway) with a few links in it that has a decent original content article on it. It was green since I built it but when I looked this morning it's back to a WIP status. It has enough modules, non-excessive links..etc. but is still WIP. Anyone experiencing this as well?
  7. 1renegade

    1renegade Registered Member

    Feb 22, 2009
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    Great summary.I prefer a summary over the detailed copy. Shouldn't be a problem with 9 links, sounds like plenty to me ;)