If you ever find yourself at work with nothing to do, then I suggest popping into the Squidoo HQ forums to see if there is anything important going on. Of the forums, the two that are most valuable for this are:
Like most forums though, there is a fair amount of drama and you can get sucked in before you know it 😉
Last week I was trying to visit Squidaholic to do a little spying on some lenses and could not get the site to work. It was redirected to Squidoo.com – imagine my surprise upon learning that Squidoo ran the site! If I had visited the forum, I would have discovered that several people were reporting this problem and that a Squidoo staff member had commented that they had taken the site down. Boo! So, unfortunately, no more easy way to quickly check out lensrank and such of another lens.
Another thing I discovered in the past week is that there have been several lensmasters who have gotten their ENTIRE Squidoo accounts locked. Why? Excessive updating of lenses. Apparently, some people were updating hundreds of lenses every single day to take advantage of the lensrank boost that comes from recently updated lenses. There is also some talk of automated scripts being used to do these updates, which may be the real problem here. Of course, all the lensmasters with closed accounts claim no wrong doing, so who knows what the real problem is.
The takeaway here is that you need to really err on the side of caution in terms of what you are doing with your lenses. This includes everything from updating to backlinking to keyword stuffing. You can earn an insane amount of cash from Squidoo and it would suck to miss out on that cash windfall because you went a little blackhat.
And remember, if your lenses get locked – you do not get the accrued money.