This morning, I was working on a lens that is close to tier one since updating lenses gives them a brief lensrank boost. When I published my updates, I got redirected to a screen that was not my lens but a new terms of service page, which Squidoo is calling their “Improve the Magic” TOS. Excuse me while I LOL all over myself.
If you are already on Squidoo, then I assume you have seen this, or will the next time you log into your account. But, if not, I’ve copied it for you below…
An important note from Squidoo to all of our members!
(You’ll need to read this and hit the big button at the bottom, and then we’ll get out of your way). We have a challenge and we need your help…
Thanks to you and the millions of Squids who have embraced The Scroll of Originality, Squidoo has reached records amount of traffic, charitable donations and user revenue. We stand (we always have) for passionate, original content. Squidoo is about storytelling, first hand reviews and recommendations.
Our site is only as good as the pages our users build, and lately, too many people are taking a short-term view and building pages that don’t work, pages the search engines don’t like, and pages that are cookie-cutter instead of personal.
We need all of our users to reconfirm that they’re committed to our approach to content.
The important rules are still the same: share your passions, tell stories and be personal.
Starting in March, 2013, we’ll be running scans on all of our featured lenses to more aggressively detect spun content, junk and keyword stuffing. If your lens gets flagged it will get locked (and eventually deleted without notice) but you have the opportunity to fix these lenses and make them better. And you can start right now.
Check out this lens which explains how you can fix some of the widespread problems we’re seeing before you get flagged. It’s entirely possible that your lenses need no improvement at all, but if you’ve actively swapped ratings, added countless affiliate links and focused on the short-term, we need you to take action now.
It’s simple: go through your lenses, make them personal, delete extraneous affiliate links and ugly buttons. Make them the sort of thing you’d like to see, not the product of gaming the system and industrialized linkbaiting.
98.4% of Squidoo is amazing. If we work together, we take take all of our pages where they need to go.
My favorite part is the text on the buttons below the TOS, which I’ve screencapped …
You guys – let’s improve the magic!
So, here’s what I’m thinking – how the hell are they going to automate the process of seeing if lenses are personalized? Now, I’m no programmer or coder or whatever, but I can only assume that this can be done by searching for the types of words that would be used, such as:
- In my experience
- I think
- I’ve found
And I’m sure that there are other words that fit into this as well. So, guess how you can update your lenses to make them personal? Add in some bullshit sentences that include words like that.
I just love my new Hello Kitty shower curtain, it makes my bathroom so happy. But I almost bought the My Little Pony one for myself because I love me some Rainbow Dash.
See how easy that is?
Now, time to finish making all my lenses personal.