Squidoo Tightens Squid Rules

Squidoo HQ is introducing a limit to the number of outbound links to the same domain that you can have on a lens.

If you have more than 9 links to the SAME domain on a single lens, your lens will get locked. There will be domains that are whitelisted (exempt from the 9 link limit because they’re trusted) as well as sites that are blacklisted, so even a single link to that domain will get your lens locked.

If anything, I can’t see it affecting many, except for the most idiotic of link builders.

It’s not as tight as HubPages, which may be a little too tight (no more than 2 links to any one domain), but 9 seems like a crazy amount. I think 4 would be a good number. And Squidoo may want to consider URL shortening/redirection services. I imagine these will become quite popular as a method to get around the blacklist, or in the very least to avoid crossing the 9 link limit. Maybe they should count such URL services as wildcards.

What would be ideal is if Squidoo HQ introduced a system BEFORE they throw the switch come mid-July that will give individual lens notifications if there are potential problems. I have hundreds of lenses, I may miss a few, and it would be nice to be able to be given a fighting chance to compliant rather than feel like a criminal.

You can read more about the intended changes here.

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  1. It will be interesting to see how a lot of different things like blog search modules etc are handled…not to mention some more nefarious things i won’t point out here. :)

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