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Squidoo Doesn’t Work Anymore

by PotPieGirl on April 8, 2009 · 33 comments

Is Squidoo Dying?

If I had a dime for everytime I’ve read that on the internet… wow, I’d be a VERY rich woman! In the two plus years I’ve been part of the Squidoo community, the claims of “Squidoo is Dead!” have been never-ending. First off, I want to say this… if these reports of the death of Squidoo keep the spammers away, then yeah, move along….Squidoo is a goner. BUT, if YOU are genuinely working on the Squidoo.com site, let’s talk for a minute and maybe I can shed some light on why your lenses aren’t being picked up by Google and/or staying in the Google index. (yup… I’ve got another PotPieGirl video! Fancy graphics and all! haha!)

Perhaps THIS Is Why Your Lens Won’t Rank in Google?

It’s well after 1am for me and I am BEAT…. like, totally worn out. My hands are killing me from typing as I again made the futile attempt to catch up on email. I THOUGHT I was doing pretty well today – that is, until I got to Wealthy Affiliate forum and saw my Private Messages…lol

Just look:

potpiegirls messages in wealthy affiliate

EIGHTY-THREE private messages! Holy Smokes! Even if each message “only” takes two MINUTES to open, read, respond and send – thats, what? 166 minutes…. almost 3 HOURS! Oh boy, do I sure need a clone! I answered a ton today, but if by chance YOUR message or email is still out there, please be patient with me. I am truly honored that so many folks want to have a minute or two of my time…and I do the very, very best I can.

Ok, back on topic….


Is Squidoo Dead?

I made this video tonight (uhhh… this morning) to answer that very question. My hope is that this video will shed some light and spread some insight as to what is happening at Squidoo.com.

I imagine a follow up video will be needed here. The technique I use was skimmed over since I was short on time since I keep all my videos under 5 minutes (time is precious, right? And who wants to listen to ME ramble endlessly? haha!)

Aside from a follow up video…. does THIS video shed any light on what is happening over at Squidoo or to YOUR lenses?

Do YOU think Squidoo is dying… or dead? Or do you think Squidoo is STARVING for some original content for Google to consume?


Tyla Mac April 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

I’m a night owl,too.LOL! I have also been seeing people in forums complaining about Squidoo and declaring it dead. These are usually people who think it’s a get rich quick scheme and get disillusioned when they find out different. They also seem to be people who don’t want to take the time to do keyword research or write original content. One of the first things I do when I’m considering a lens topic is check to see how many other lenses there are on the same topic. I’ve found that chances are if a Clickbank product is more than a couple of months old and has a high gravity there will already be numerous lenses promoting it. If I can’t find a keyword to use that hasn’t been done to death I move on and pick another product. This is not really time consuming either. It only takes a few minutes.

If people who use Squidoo would take your advice and concentrate on their keywords and subject matter instead of making their lenses a hard sell of their product then they would find that it still works just fine.

BTW,love the videos!

Squidoo Marketing Help April 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm


This seems to be a really hard thing to help people understand! They see the gravity is high and think that’s all they need to know.

Just checked one I get all the time at LearnItStepbyStep.com. Even though the keyword seems to be fairly non competitive there is 2400 lenses at squidoo about the keyword!! WOW.

No wonder people’s new lenses on this topic are not getting indexed.

Thanks for another eye opening video!


shaun April 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

hey jen great video that very useful to know most people copy other people and dont realise the potential of long tail high searched low competition keywords. I had the keyword i was testing “maverick money maker review” only 800 pages and 10 or somthing in the intitle…inanchor command, it got indexed in google within hours and was 2,300 in squidoo the next day and i hadnt even start building links. I think you should all take a leaf out of this lady book!!

Jaebird88 April 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Being one of the folks that you emailed last night about squidoo I find that you having done this video was very enlightening indeed. I love the way that you had found that long tailed keyword and found that there was no searches.

Instead of a follow up video how ’bout follow videos? IF you get the time…LOL

Thanks again for the video, and thanks for emailing me last night even though you were very busy.


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Mike Haydon April 8, 2009 at 4:10 pm

As always, you have such an insight into Squidoo. Hubpages has been working much better for me lately, but now I understand why and I can tweak my campaigns accordingly. Thanks Jennifer.

John Sitton April 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Love your new videos. Although you have preached keywords all along… you have just now penetrated the ashen tissues of my brain with the video i.e. the significance of utilizing the technology to read google’s pulse. Hence my originality is not original unless they say it is (Duh!) My business partner is ex CIA, but you’ve taught me more about intel here in 5 minutes than he has in 5 years. Great work and thanks for completing that prior to the final banzai attack of the sleep monsters! You will probably be working beside the TV this weekend as I will watching the ancient game being played out on the hallowed ground of Augusta! Enjoy!

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GatorWade April 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm


A great video and to answer you question No Squidoo is not dying! I will add this video technique to part of my keyword research as I do use Squidoo as my landing page in all the articles I write like a good One Week Marketer should!

I would add you can also add the search phrase
site:squidoo.com intitle:”Panic Away” inanchor:”Panic Away”
for a clear understanding of what the competition is for that product, those that use the product name as part of the keyword.

Great video and keep them coming, God Bless!


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Sunshine April 8, 2009 at 6:25 pm

As a much needed real reminder that is as timely as ever. Squidoo is as relevant today as it was two years ago. It seems to continue to get even better with time.

Savannah April 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Squidoo is as relevant today as it was two years ago. It seems to just get better and better with time.

Ron April 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I just love your video’s I could watch one every day! I learn so much from you Jennifer, I am so happy I found you!!! Thank you for doing what you do…

Keyword Research Services April 9, 2009 at 2:38 am

Great video PotPieGirl. I think a lot of the people who go off on a forum rant about a technique/website being dead is actually someone baiting people to read their post. I still believe that squidoo is a great tool. I’ll keep putting the lenses up while it’s working. It does help considerably to do a bit of link building for each lens. hubpages does seem to get search engine rankings easier.

Gary April 9, 2009 at 3:23 am

Thanks for making this great video on the keyword research! I am looking forward to watching your follow up video.

Spry April 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Great video Jenn and well said. Data is out now that is already showing the internet population is typing in longer and longer keywords on average. Long tail is where it’s at.

Golf Wedge April 10, 2009 at 10:45 am

Potpiegirl- WOW! I am going through all your stuff now, I’ve been doing this IM thing for over a year and I don’t know how you come up with this info-awesome.

Reeder Lyons April 10, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Thank you Pot Pie Girl

I am deeply blessed that you are so willing to be available and REAL, may your time be blessed with an additional 8 hours a day LOL

Thank you for your willingness to give of yourself so that so many of us can benefit as well.

your new “old carpenter” friend


Jodie April 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Hi Jennifer, great video! =) I just wanted to let you know I tweeted it… definitely worth it!

Squidoo is a growing site and I think by displaying it visually, many people will be able to see exactly what you mean.

Btw, when I tried to tweet it, it used spanish as the default language. Must be a bug or something. :S But since it’s pretty much username: / Password: it wasn’t that tricky and even I could figure it out. lol

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Keyword Research Tools April 12, 2009 at 10:23 am

Great Video. :)

No Squidoo isn’t dead it’s a matter of quality content and search engine optimization which most newbies don’t handle very well.

Everything online takes time and everyone should understand that a strong long-term business must have a strong foundation.

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daria369 April 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Great video and info – as always, thank you!! :) And – nothing works for everyone, does it – especially when one wants to achieve a lot and quick – without really going into what they’re doing, let alone enjoying it…

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Kyle April 14, 2009 at 12:00 am

Hey Jennifer…

Great post! I recently discovered your blog from one of your Bukisa articles. From what I’ve heard, Bukisa is quite similar to Squidoo. I’m interested as to what your thoughts are concerning other money making avenues such as Bukisa?

I do fairly well with Squidoo and would like to start reworking my articles for use on other sites to help maximize my full earning potential.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Ultratuga@Temas Para Telemovel April 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Great video Jennifer
I´ve been trying to use Squidoo to rank for non english pages, but it doesn´t work the same way the english pages. I feel anger, because I´m a big fan of Squidoo too. I guess I have to find another way.

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0zcan.com May 21, 2009 at 7:07 pm

You blew me away. That was one of the neatest and smartest way to discover anything on sites similar to squidoo.

Thank you very much!

Jerry Powers May 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Jennifer – INCREDIBLE tip on finding the best keywords to write about and go after. I had seen the tool on Google for having it analyze existing websites for it’s top keywords but I never used it. This gives me an idea for my current website in that I can look at what Google thinks my website is about! Thanks for posting this! I’ll be checking out more of your videos and information.

Patricia Winston May 21, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Hi Jennifer,
Yes, that was a quick spin – you can probably do some development with that idea. The next step would be to check further on viability through all the channels to see if you can get paid with that long tail keyword.

I agree with you though. I am currently resisting spinning something without real meat in it. I keep thinking about real writers from the past – they were unique in that they wanted to bring something chewy to the world – today’s writer seems superficial in comparison

Ron Passfield May 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Great video Jennifer. Took me a while to realize that I had to be in my Adwords account before the “website content” option would show up in the Adwords Tool.

Squidoo is far from dead. I have at least six of my lenses appearing on page 1 of Google for multiple keywords.

I discovered during the week that if I add a new lens to a featured lens module within my Squidoo authority site (PR4), then the new lens was automatically indexed by Google within 48 hours, sometimes within 24 hours, without my doing anything else. This happened to five lenses in a row, even though the content of the new lenses was very different to that of authority site. Squidoo is alive and well! It does reinforce your point, though, that Google is looking for depth and/or difference – not the same, superficial stuff.

Beanie Babies May 28, 2009 at 5:49 am

It is true that it seems like squidoo is hurting for fresh new content. Like you said, everyone is doing the same old thing, and your video is proof of that! Thanks for the eye opener and tips!

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Nando May 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for that video. That really cleared up the confusion I was experiencing for awhile. This information tells me that the door to profits with squidoo is still wide open.

You have a really cool blog and I like your laid back and fun style.

Thanks again,

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Michael June 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Hi Jennifer :)

Thanks for the video very good information and you’re right… the successful marketers do research extensively before launching a campaign :)

Construction Rochester August 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Squidoo had been very helpful for my site, well there are lots of sites that are popping out now a days and it seems like squidoo had been left out by this sites, well not really squidoo is still famous for some people who had been loyal to them

Cartier Tank October 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

As always, you have such an insight into Squidoo. Hubpages has been working much better for me lately

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