Hi Seth, I’ve decided to write you an open letter on my blog today. I can’t tell you how sorry I am that the Squidoo site is ending. There’s a deep, sad place in my heart this week. But more than that, there’s gratitude for the effort you put into making Squidoo a good experience for so many of us.
A light went on in my head.
You mean, you really can earn money on this site?
At the time I was working part time at the Pizza House in Happy Camp, California… a very small town in the far-northern mountains of California. I wasn’t earning much, so the money Squidoo sent was like an amazing gift.
I then went back to Squidoo and started making more pages. A good thing considering I lost my pizza making job in September that year, just as the recession was getting underway.
Because of tumultuous upheaval in my personal life, I haven’t been one of the top earners on Squidoo… and my page count rarely got over 200. However I continued on and struggled, so I was making a good income until 2013 when the bottom fell out of our Squidoo lives, due to changes with the Google search engine algorithm.
Suddenly I saw people complaining about Squidoo! I was shocked, saddened, and distressed. They blamed everyone but themselves… but mostly they blamed you and the staff at Squidoo HQ.
I could not do that. I knew you were as distressed as we were, and that HQ staff were trying their best to redeem the good search engine standing of Squidoo. I trusted you, totally… and why not? After all, you started the site for charity, and not for personal enrichment. A huge portion of Squidoo earnings were going not only to charity but to all the money-hungry writers like me who needed to pay bills.
I thank you for everything you did to try to save the site. I thank you for starting Squidoo with such altruistic motivations. I thank you for ending the site with the transfer of our pages to HubPages so our work won’t be lost, and so our search engine traffic will follow us through redirects from Squidoo.
It seems that Squidoo fell into a dip
and Seth Godin, being the savvy
marketing expert that he is, got out.
It has been a good run and Squidoo will always be a good memory… I loved the site and will miss the beautiful, colorful pages. The last page design update was outstanding and I’m sorry we won’t be there to make more use of it.
Seth, I’m happy I got a chance to work alongside you for as long as I did… I am so honored to have been able to write on your site and to know you almost-personally.
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you… that’s all I’m going to say.