situation at Squidoo is not getting any better. Their need spam weeding policies making more and more people to leave the place and use other sites. Worst problem is they seems to have no idea what they are doing. You get a mail saying your Lens is locked due to spam and fix it or leave. But Nothing about what really wrong in lens or what to fix. They have a scoreboard and even if you get it upto 100 but still blocked would say blocked. You have to send a mail asking them to “greenLight” the lens but their official greenLight lens say chances are very low they unlocking a lens once it’s locked.
Maybe they are planning to weed out spammers but irony is sooner or later all good writers gonna leave it apart from their volunteer staff an spammers them selves. Spammer don’t go away because of rules they would just make more and more spam lenses. Also it’s was Squidoo it self encourage authors to make all kind of crappy lenses so Squidoo could earn more from AdSense and Amazon. If they think pushing some rules can get everything magically fixed then whoever own the place lives in LaLa land.
Anyway no longer it worth the time you spend making a great lens when there is always a risk getting those lenses deleted. It’s a total waste of time. Maybe they will come to their senses and do something really fix those problems but it might happen way too late for the site. Squidoo Aelxa rank used to be at 72 but now has gone over 425. It’s not the traffic they only loose. Authors too. Less authors means less content and less content means less traffic.
Problem is there aren’t too many good alternatives for Squidoo. The best alternative is starting your own WordPress blog with cool responsive theme. But this will need bit of extra money and also extra skills. Which most of authors don’t like. You can start a Blogger blog which is good but you have to be more careful about posting content because they too have strict policy about spam. But I think you can use a good Amazon product blog there if you want to stick with one niche. But also now Alternatives for Squidoo merging up too. A good example is BubbleWS. They are still at primitive level but they are growing fast. They need to improve a lot and their system is not same as Squidoo.
One thing is clear, Squidoo is not same as it used to be. Even thought who faithful sticking to it don’t earn like before. Maybe things will improve later but so far things doesn’t look good.