Websites and Blogs with Companion Squidoo Lenses
Problem. Squidoo headquarters REQUIRES 20 squidlikes for a lens to be 100%.
Problem. Even with the requirement, headquarters advises us that we cannot ASK for squidlikes.
Problem: Lenses without 20 squidlikes can be dropped into wip.
Opportunity? Someone called @1chocolateparty on twitter is selling squidlikes.
My conversation with this person started when I saw their lens tweeted.
My reply to them was “I can’t make sense of what your lens says to do. After 20, squidlikes serve no purpose, squidooers buy nothing from you.”
Their response was “Tell me more about the purpose of SquidLikes before 20. I think they have no monetary value whatsoever. For that reason I charge nothing :)”
The ONLY value Squidlikes have is to get your lens up to 100% so it isn’t continually at risk for being tossed back into wip. Anything over that may contribute a tiny bit to lensrank boostings, but those boosts won’t last long enough to get you and keep you into a paying tier. Especially if you get them all at the same time, or nearly at the same time.
To pay anyone for squidlikes is preposterous. To try and create a ‘market’ and generate income from squidlikes is purely abuse.
The abuse is worsened, in my opinion, by the fact that this person uses ‘chocolate’ as their keyword for their lens. The oblique references to selling squidlikes has nothing to do with chocolate, almost every chocolate lens at Squidoo does get at least some outside traffic, but using keywords in this manner is abusive.
If I were an outside visitor looking at ‘chocolate’ and landed on that page, I would be out of Squidoo forever. Scams are everywhere, no need to rake them in from bad sites.
I suggest that Squidooers get realistic about squidlikes. Outside traffic doesn’t give them. Inside traffic does, yes, but Squidooers don’t spend money on YOUR pages. Only outside visitors do that. Twenty squidlikes are necessary for no other reason than Squidoo headquarters say they are. If they are a requirement, then not permitting a Squidoo lensmaster to ask for help making that requirement only invites abuse.
Do whatever you have to in order to get your 20. After that, forget about it and do whatever you need to to earn some money with your lenses.