Squidoo

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Squidoo LLC.
Search Engine
Industry Internet
Successor HubPages
Founded 2005
Headquarters Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Key people
Seth Godin, Founder;
Megan Casey, Cofounding member, Editor in Chief;
Gil Hildebrand, Jr., Cofounding member, Chief Engineer;
Corey Brown, Cofounding member, COO
Number of employees
14

Squidoo was a revenue-sharing article-writing site. Articles were called "lenses". In 2010, the site consisted of 1.5 million lenses as of October 2010. On August 15, 2014, founder Seth Godin announced that HubPages had acquired Squidoo.

History[edit]

Development started in 2005. The launch team consisted of Seth Godin, his book editor Megan Casey, former Fast Company employee Heath Row, Corey Brown, and Gil Hildebrand, Jr. The first version was developed by Viget Labs.[1]

Site structure[edit]

Squidoo was a user-generated Web site which allowed users to create multimedia pages without an understanding of HTML.[2] Godin called articles "lenses", because he saw them as "[focusing] light and [showing] us what we need to see." Writers were called "lensmasters". In Squidoo's early stages, Godin noted that Martha Stewart and Jane Goodall's lenses did not receive large amounts of traffic, whereas lenses on myspace and the online game Line Rider were among the site's most successful.[2]

Godin announced in January 2006 that the company would start a profit-sharing system whereby lensmasters would receive affiliate income from ads they placed in their lenses.[3]

Reception[edit]

After its debut, Squidoo was profiled in CNN, The New York Times, MSNBC, and The Washington Post.[3][4][5] The site was given top prize in South by Southwest's community/wiki category in 2007.[6] Squidoo challenged established information Web sites like About.com and eHow for traffic, while it remained similar in unique visitor numbers to other revenue-sharing sites like Mahalo.com and HubPages.

HubPages acquisition[edit]

On August 15, 2014, Godin announced that Squidoo had been acquired by HubPages in a friendly takeover. In common with many revenue-sharing sites, Squidoo's traffic and income had been declining for some time[7] and if it had not been sold to HubPages, it would not have been financially viable to maintain the site.

In the announcement on the Squidoo site, Godin explained:

They’re [HubPages] the industry leader, continually pushing the envelope in terms of their content, its presentation and the traffic and traction they get online. The best way we know to serve our users is to give them an even better place for their content, and when I talked with Paul Edmondson at HubPages, it became clear to both of us that combining these platforms leads to a stronger, more efficient, more generous way to share great stuff online.

Users were warned to save their pages, as only the top-performing Squidoo lenses would be transferred to HubPages.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seth's Blog: How to Succeed in Business (to Business)". sethgodin.typepad.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b Interview of Seth Godin on Squidoo Stone Temple Consulting. June 20, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Squidoo.com Washington Post. January 8, 2006.
  4. ^ A Home Where Bloggers Can Plumb Those Obscure Passions The New York Times. April 10, 2006.
  5. ^ Tahmincioglu, Eve Beware of social networking overload MSNBC. July 21, 2008.
  6. ^ Squidoo Honored at 10th SXSW Interactive Web Awards on Vigit Labs. March 14, 2007
  7. ^ https://wizzley.com/rise-and-fall-of-squidoo/
  8. ^ Ashley Zeckman (19 August 2014). "Seth Godin's Squidoo Acquired by HubPages". Search Engine Watch. Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC. Retrieved 14 September 2014.