Websites and Blogs with Companion Squidoo Lenses
How badly can anyone screw up free?
Seth Godin and Megan Casey are running a Squidoo show with 1.5 million pages, and untold thousands of writers, who have given all that time and talent to them for FREE.
They take ALL THAT FREE TIME, and all that FREELY GIVEN TALENT, and make mountains of money from taking, no, not the half they promised from the start, but nearly ALL of the earnings from all the hard work, the blogs, backlinks and the sales made by those ‘lensmasters.’ This has created a situation where the lensmasters are dependent on Amazon affiliation to earn money from those pages. It is indispensible to almost all of them.
The gaming that goes on BEHIND THE SCENES, known by experienced lensmasters and warned about repeatedly but IGNORED, siphons off another huge portion of traffic and sales.
The gaming got into the faces of users when they introduced the gaming of monsters on the site, encouraging MORE FREE CONTENT with worthless points and the sticks and carrots of ‘modules’ and ‘themes’ and the always dangling promise of some income from that work.
The abuse of the ‘squid angels’ program is legendary and ongoing.
Yahoo pipes at minimum provides certain people with privileged access.
Squidutils claims they take 10% but there is no proof, aside from the absolute dearth of traffic and sales, that that’s ALL they take. No proof provided, none forthcoming.
The forum is and has been a disgrace. Very few even dare to enter it.
Nobody has any proof of any kind that the charitable funds donated by the lensmasters to charity are actually GIVEN to the charities, and no documentation provided that could be used by those lensmasters for proper tax deductions.
But the worst of it all RIGHT NOW is the unbelievable arrogance of new TOS that forces, SITE WIDE, massive violations of AMAZON’S TOS. Is it arrogant? You bet! A lensmaster with almost 200 lovely and original pages, given FREE to these people to suck all the income from them they can, found one of her pages, containing manufacturer’s specifications LOCKED and unavailable to her, but not only that, visitors received the implication that SHE is the wrong doer, plagiarizing content, and potentially ruining her good reputation.
They don’t even care enough about their ‘Feeders’ to answer questions about what the problem with the page is in the first place, or respond to requests to remove flags and restore pages that are improperly punished in this manner.
Unbelievably, for two such ‘internet savvy’ people, and with absolutely NO PROOF that there is even a sizeable or an actionable problem among the writers onsite, they have decided to flag or seize (lock) pages that they arrogantly claim have duplicate content, STEALING people’s LEGITIMATE WORK, and doing it because they FOLLOW AMAZON’S TOS.
Lensmasters depend on the income they receive from their affiliation with Amazon. While Squidoo may want to risk the entire site being cancelled by Amazon, we fear that Squidoo will take the rest of us down with them.
Manufacturer’s specifications are NOT ‘duplicate content’ that is penalized by Google. Indeed, Google itself follows TOS with manufacturers in properly presenting products according to manufacturer’s requirements, and if they did not, they wouldn’t have the advertising that has made them filthy rich.’ Neither is promotional materials created for the purpose of marketing products, and neither is appropriately used copyrighted material according to the Fair Use Clause. Almost EVERYTHING a person writes has probably been used somewhere on the internet or in books and magazines. Duplication is impossible to totally avoid. Public domain is exactly that: public domain.
How can Seth Godin and Megan Casey, both self-proclaimed media and business experts, be so ignorant of ‘Fair Use’ clause, and so averse to providing EVIDENCE to support their reckless and damaging actions on those who have given them their media empire FREELY.
Time for those pages to be UNFLAGGED IMMEDIATELY, UNLOCKED IMMEDIATELY, and a REVIEW OF AMAZON TOS made by headquarters IMMEDIATELY, before Amazon crushes the entire site like a bug. I suggest a review of the ‘fair use clause’ of copyright law by those who have the power to game lenses and the site owners themselves.
Headquarters wants 1.5 MILLION pages all redone to link to public domain materials? Have you lost your minds? Not everything people quote from is even ON the internet. Pictures, quotes and vids on my pages are all credited as required, which may or may not have ANYTHING to do with Squidoo. You’ve gotten it all free, off of the backs of others and NOW YOU MAKE DEMANDS LIKE THAT? Chase down all the lensmasters who have abandoned their pages, like Rolling Stone Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and National Geographic. See how much they’re willing to pay someone to provide the links and credits headquarters is now demanding! Based on what? Useless opinions and assertions in that torture chamber called the forum? Let’s not let facts or proof get in the way of opinions! Make everybody squander their time and effort on a demanding, pointless and ultimately useless endeavor to shut up a few who refuse to be placated in the first place? You can do all of it at YOUR OWN TIME AND EXPENSE- NOT OURS.
I further suggest a true ‘spring cleaning’ of Squidoo Headquarters. With all the EXPERTS who are currently unemployed, I’m sure that there are some out there who can figure out if the entire site is being siphoned of traffic and sales, if the paying lensranks are being gamed – AND THEY ARE- and whether or not Seth has been duped into losing VAST amounts of money through clandestine means.
There are a LOT of things that have just gotten worse and worse at Squidoo, but not a soul in charge who cares about the facts.
I want my lens UNFLAGGED IMMEDIATELY. I want the locked lenses UNLOCKED IMMEDIATELY until headquarters provides EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT UNLAWFUL DUPLICATION OF CONTENT IS RAMPANT ON THAT SITE.
Oh, and you owe that lensmaster a VERY PUBLIC APOLOGY.
Just a final reminder of the TRAVESTY of ‘duplicate content’.
For YOU Seth Godin —–>Flash Mob (Orange Squids: All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us<——For YOU Megan Casey
From all of us ‘content is king’ lensmasters. Your ‘potential customers’ who get ‘flog you and the horse you rode in on’ customer service.