Shetoldme Review

Social bookmarking and search engine optimisation

Social bookmarking is a way to share links of interest. It allows you to submit links with a description to let the world know that you have discovered something interesting. However in recent days, submitting links to social bookmarking sites have become a search engine optimisation technique. The method allows the links to gain popularity in the eyes of major search engines.

There are many social bookmarking sites where links get indexed by search engine spiders. Now there are 2 types of links; “do follow” and “no follow” links. The “do follow” links means that links are indexed by the search engines and act as a vote for your site. This in turn helps the links to gain popularity. “No follow” links are of no value as far as search engines are concerned.

There are several “do follow” social book marking sites, one of which is sheoldme.com. I was very pleased to find out about this site so I joined the site.

I want to talk about a website called "shetoldme", a social book marking site that allows one to make money at the same time. There are many social bookmarking sites where one is able to share links and make money. Shetoldme claims that it is a social bookmarking site with adsense revenue sharing. I therefore signed up with this site so that I can share links similar to the well known social networking site called "Digg".

These are some of the benefits that I was hoping for when I joined shetoldme:

More traffic: More links I added on shetoldme.com, more direct traffic.

Increased visibility and link popularity: As the site was "do follow", it would help the links to get indexed and rank well in the search engines.

100% adsense sharing (100% adSense revenue sharing program). The site allows one to add their adsense code and get 100% adsense impressions. This means that no other adsense codes will be present other than yours.

Shetoldme website deleted my account.
Shetoldme website deleted my account. | Source

My account was deleted

I got an email from the site owner called James telling me that my account has been disabled. I was intrigued as to why my account was deleted as most of my links were from hubpages and personal blogs, neither was it related to any undesirable content.

I therefore enquired why the account was deleted and what I can do to sort out the issues. I got an email from James. He replied that my links where India related and although it got lot of traffic it was not making money. I was also told to look elsewhere for my links.

Indeed my sites are INDIA centred. Most of my links to the site were related to India. I was carefully choosing my keywords to get maximum traffic to the shetoldme site and ultimately to my links.

This is not only rude, misleads about the signup process, deletes your account without notice, keeps the keywords in the titles to get traffic to his own site but there is also a hint of sarcasm in the webmaster's tone and approach. I therefore request you to stay from the shetoldme site, your hard work will go to waste as your never know when the webmaster will delete your account. I looked up on the internet to see if others were also banned. I realised there were others as well. You could be next. This person still keeps the hard work that I put in to bring traffic to the site as it still has my keywords in the URL as seen in the image.

The URLs created are still there.
The URLs created are still there.

100% adsense impression?

In addition, it did not share full 100% adsense impressions as originally claimed. When I had a look at the source code of the pages, I discovered that there were 3 adsense codes. I enquired with the webmaster who told me that there were 3 adsense codes on the pages. One was shetoldme's owns adsense code, the person who referred me to the shetoldme and the third was mine. The placement was unusual as well. The site's adsense code was on the top (more chances of being clicked), mine was on the left side and the referrer’s adsense code was on the bottom. This clearly shows that the site does not give you 100% adsense impressions as claimed. It splits 3 ways between their owns, yours and the referrer. The best position is reserved for the sites own code. No wonder I got lots of traffic but no revenue. This clearly suggests that the the site has not been truthful.

Something to hide

Whois search of shetoldme

If you do a "whois" search on the site, you will notice that the domain is a private domain. The address, the phone numbers are hidden. This means that the site owner has something to hide. Unlike hubpages, their whereabouts information are masked. You would expect to find the address of a reliable website. Does this mean that the site has something to hide. Shetoldme has nothing more than an email address if you wish to contact them. 

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LennyP profile image

LennyP 5 years ago from Iowa

Did they delete your content or just your account? If they kept your content up, but disconnected you from the earnings, that is a very shady thing to do. If they deleted your content along with your account then I don't fault them at all for removing content they do not want on their site.

As far as the 100% AdSense thing is concerned, you must realize they are not running a charity and that they have an angle.


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

Hi Lenny,

They deleted everything; the content, the account barring the URL. The URLs are kept intact. Go there and type in "Bihar" you will see that the URLs are there to keep the traffic coming to the site but diverting their traffic to their main site or some other scoops. SO they are using my hard earned keyword research for their own gains.

About the 100% adsense, they are lying that you get to keep 100%. Its split 2/3 way, you (your adsense at bottom, theirs on top for maximum clicks and the referrer). They should make this clear about this.

So be warned what and how you intend to use this site for, your account could get deleted.


James 5 years ago

It's not correct, the url are not there anymore, they are still in Google's index but will be removed automatically after a small period of time depending on Google only.


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24news 5 years ago from India

Hi, Rudra

You are right they delete account without any notice and the administration work is look like a scam. Only one admin who give all rough answers of your questions after too taking too much time.

According to google, user must place only one adsense code in one page so my question is, how does shetoldme.com work with three adsense code?

By the way great helping article simply vote up and thanks for sharing your experience with us.


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

Hi 24news. There was no mention in their change in terms and conditions just an automated email that your account has been deleted. The explanation I got was that Indian accounts are no value to his site and hence are being deleted at least that is what I understood. I guess best is to stay away from this site.


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

James, the URLs are still there. You are still driving traffic using the hard work I did to make those SEO friendly URLs. Please delete them.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

Thank you. I found your hub very interesting. I use Shetoldme to a limited degree and have not had problems up to now but it is of value to me to learn more.


James 5 years ago

Rudra if you say the opposite of what I say, what do you want me to say now?

Obviously you're angry as you're making a lot of noise (press releases and what not) about that, but get over it, life goes on hahaha!


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

Peter, I had hundreds of these so called scoops and never had any issues. All of them were good original stuff and complied with the terms and conditions of the site. But then got an automated email saying that the account had been deleted. So there you go, use it with caution, you could be next.


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

James, you could restore my account that was illegally deleted because the content related to India.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

They clearly state what they are doing in their "AdSense Revenue Sharing" statement.

They say "On every pages you create your AdSense ads will be displayed 100% of the time." That happens to be true. But they need to make money too otherwise they wouldn't exist. So every page also has ads with their Adsense code and that of the referrer.

They also honestly say "When you refer a new member to SheToldMe.com with your referral link, you will have your AdSense ID displayed on every content pages this member submits, 100% of the time."

So it is no surprise that you discovered three AdSense codes on each page. That's exactly how they explain it.


James 5 years ago

@Rudra: "All of them were good original stuff and complied with the terms and conditions of the site."

you know it's not true as you had content related to India, as you say yourself, and that is not allowed anymore on my sites as this traffic converts poorly to say the least.

Sorry but I can't restore an account, it is deleted. The only way would be to register again and post only scoops not related to India of which you had also and I'm not denying that all your scoops that I read were of good quality.

But I need to manage/administrate my web server and sites, so I do what I have to do so that things can go on for a little while longer. I don't know when it will stop and I'm aware it can all stop suddenly, loss of traffic, problem of server overload, etc.

Cheers,

James


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark

Great review and great hub on the matter of how bad shetoldme's customer service is. There is no point arguing. There are a lot of other social bookmarking sites that are BETTER and FRIENDLIER customer's service. Lets move on and hopefully more hubbers will be aware of this. Thanks


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

James, why are my content related to India not any good to your site? You deleted my account without warning and now you expect me to join again and do the hard work twice. What about the hard work and effort that I put into being traffic to your site.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

Rudra, do a Google search for "Google Panda Update" and study what webmasters need to do now. Then you will understand. Don't take it personally. All sites need to conform to new standards in order to survive.


James 5 years ago

Of course me being just one person running several sites, i have as much time as you do. I'm friendly but as my sites got popular I can't spend as much time with content violators as I did before by warning them personally by email.

I don't advice anyone to use my sites or anyone else's other than their own web properties. Time is always best invested on producing content on your own sites.

As for the traffic, i noticed a big drop over the last weeks, because i deleted content related to non western countries. Earnings on the other hand have not suffered that much since traffic is now mainly from western countries. And much of my web server resources have been freed for future growth.

So I don't feel it's a bad move at all. As Glenn mentionned the ways to get traffic have been restricted/redefined by last google update. It's an on-going game with changing rules. Next I have to think about is how the way smartphones are really starting to require specific creations, that's a develloping part of the online money earning game.


Krish 5 years ago

I dont like that site either. I never made any money out of it.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

SheToldMe had been recommended to me by several Hubbers. I never got around to checking it out. Thank you for saving me the trouble.


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

I do not find Shetoldme to be a bad site. Any website has the chance of closing down altogether or closing your individual account.

For this reason you should always spread your interest.


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Annabelle74 5 years ago from San Francisco and New York

SheToldMe started out s an interesting option. I joined several months ago and have referred more than50 people, with the promise of Adsense revenues based on referrals. Well guess wat, I've recieved NOTHING.

So I stopped using it for a while. Today i decided to give it a go and post some scoops, only to discover I must no PAY $5 a month or $12 a year to post to his site.

Well screw them! I'm not about to be scammed by a site that has neither increased traffic to my blog nor given me adsense revenue, whilst I have loyally referred many people to them. Now they're popular (thanks to users like you and me making referrals), they think they can get greedy.

My advice to all bloggers, writers and business people out there.... WITHOUT US, SheToldMe would be nothing! Le's wak away and Make SheToldMe the nothing that it deserves to be!!!

Annabelle


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Rudra 5 years ago Author

Now you have to pay to use the site, its getting better. "Itoldyou" but some die hard fans of the site started to hound me all the way. Just spread the word about the site.


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prasadjain 4 years ago from Tumkur

This shetoldme.com seems to be an anti-Inidan site in its attitude.sorry for the loss of your strain

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