April 4, 2013

Squidoo Hop: Flagging Frustrations

Hello, and welcome fellow Squido Lensmasters! For those who aren't travelling here by blog hop and don't know what Squidoo is, it's just a place where you can make nifty little web pages about any topic you choose, and maybe earn a little money for yourself or a charity in the process.

Oh, and Squidoo has been making some changes...not allowing things that have been fine for sometime, locking lense, flagging lenses.  And I've been scrambling to keep up.

Before I flagging had even started, I went in to edit My Vintage Alphabet Posters lens and learned I couldn't publish it without fixing it first.  That lead to me doing a bunch of research about the posters I had featured, and even lead to a lead for some other great additions (one Etsy seller I asked a question of offered to help me in future research...I'll be posting some of her vintage restorations soon).   

The the flagging officially began, and I found several of mine flagged.  One I deleted (a one about Black Friday linkies I didn't care to try to keep up anyways).   I worked like crazy and got two of them fixed.  Another I worked like crazy on but couldn't figure out why it wouldn't publish.   Easter weekend (when I usually fast from the internet) was approaching and so I decided to quit  since "they would only be unpublishing them" and I'd have more time to work on getting them republished later...or so I thought.

Come Monday morning I saw that one of the lenses I had left "to work on later" had been unflagged, one still had a flag but said I had until late April to fix it...and two of them had been locked.  CRAP.    I'm letting one of those (My Art Nouveau Calendar One) go.  The other, My Giveaway Linkies Lens, which I had worked like crazy to try to fix and which didn't have ONE money-making module on it (or affiliate link out), I have moved to this blog.  It was one which got tons of traffic, was consistently in tier 2, and which I used for my own reference frequently.  I'm frustrated because other similar giveaway linky list lenses on Squidoo remained...so I was wrong about it being a banned subject (thought after trying to fix it unsuccessfully that maybe they considered it a gambling lens).  I think now that maybe I just used the word "giveaway" on it too many times.  WHO KNOWS.  I wish the algorithm would have been more clear on WHAT was wrong with the lenses.

Anyways, so then the next day I go on Squidoo to fix the one that was flagged but not locked (My Texas Christmas Cards and Ornaments Lens).  It was now LOCKED.  (Grrrrrr....I had started to fix and I would have finished the day before, but they said "you have this much time."  The algorithm LIED.)

And then, today, I go in again to work on some stuff and I see ANOTHER lens of mine has been flagged.  SHOOT.  I thought this was OVER!  

It's the uncertainty that is freaking me out!    I don't trust the dates they give anymore...but I am going to risk letting it go one more night.  HOPEFULLY, that newly flagged lens will not be locked in the morning. 

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