I wanted to post a bit of an update to my last post, Squidoo: Pimping Spammers and Scammers.
There have been several comments posted here, and apparently some of them are due to something posted to a Squidoo forum. Evidently someone posted a link to my previous entry on Twitter. This person said she was a lensmaster with 227 lenses and was bragging about having “made a fortune on Squidoo.”
Speculation on that forum is that the person who posted to Twitter was me or one of my friends. Nope. None of us. I hear that it was also suggested on the forum that people leave comments on my blog to share their experience so that “the good press would outweigh the bad.”
Well, Squidoo fans, please think before you comment. Those who came before you have not left me kindly predisposed towards more comments about Squidoo. If you want to call me a “liar,” tell me to “fess up,” or otherwise insult me, your comment will be deleted. Period. If you want to say something constructive, that’s great. Otherwise, just don’t.
I stand by the point in my original post. It sucks that the people at Squidoo deleted my account and that of one of my friends, plus the lenses that one friend had done. They gave me no opportunity to be heard, no second chance. Same thing with my friend who hadn’t done lenses. Her account was deleted. As for our friend who had done lenses — she asked for a review. When the response came, there wasn’t a word about our other friend or me. They just told her that they’d deleted her lenses because she’d given too many other lenses low ratings. They totally ignored the fact that those lenses were mostly affiliates selling a couple of Migraine “cures.” Never mind that their Terms of Service don’t say a word about limiting low ratings.
Squidoo says they’re doing away with such spam lenses, but a quick search today showed plenty of them still there. So, it still seems to me that lots of spammers are making money while other people are penalized for being truthful. I miss the days when people were given the benefit of the doubt. Affiliate spam is pretty obvious, but giving too many low ratings? Get real.