SheToldMe.com Changes Their Registration
If you're like me, when you signed up for Hub Pages, you eagerly poured through the advice hubs of HP veterans to learn how to improve your stats and traffic. Getting back-links from other sites is the top suggestion for success and SheToldMe.com is highly recommended by most hubbers on this topic.
After compiling a list of sites recommended by other hubbers, I spent a day visiting each site to check out what perks they offered, what their requirements were and to scour their Terms of Service to weed out any that insisted on a “permanent irrevocable perpetual right and licence” (meaning they keep your articles even after you close your account with them).
When I arrived on the much touted SheToldMe site, I found the ToS acceptable, I liked that I didn't have to spend a lot of time re-writing my original article to get back-links and 100% revenue sharing was a sweet incentive. Then, I spent nearly 20 minutes trying to find a way to register with SheToldMe.com. No matter what I tried, there was no way to register.
I returned to Hub Pages and did a search to see if anyone else was having trouble registering. Indeed, there were. I found several Questions, but no one seemed to have a solution or know what was going on.
As a last resort, I wrote a letter to the contact email provided at the bottom of SheToldMe.com asking how to register. On August 15, 2011, I received a response from SheToldMe.com letting me know that registration to the site had been re-opened ... with some conditions.
New Registration Conditions
According to the email, a Premium Membership is now required of all members in order to post scoops (what they call their articles) on the site. Free membership only allows the member to vote on other people's scoops.
Premium Membership is $12 annually and must be made through PayPal. For those who still wish to register with SheToldMe.com, the link and special instructions on applying can be found below in the original letter.
Original Email From SheToldMe.com
Received August 16, 2011 from SheToldMe.com:
I've just opened registration again, but please note that from now on a Premium Membership is required to post scoops on SheToldMe.com for all members, new and existing ones.
Premium Membership subscription costs $2 per month or $12 per year. Payment is via Paypal only.
If you can't or don't want to pay a premium membership, registering to SheToldMe will prove pointless since you can only vote on scoops with a (free) basic membership.
If you're interested anyway, then please register here: http://shetoldme.com/publish
And make sure you fill in the "motivations" field with something meaningful and personal, not a copy and paste from a presentation, that's how I screen applications, so please put something personal so that I won't deny your application by mistake.
NOTE: Although this email from James states that membership is $2/month, several existing members have reported that the actual amount is $5 USD per month.
" ... if you're used to post your tops on shetoldme now you have the choice of either paying a small fee ... or simply not being able to post on shetoldme."
At his other website, Best Reviewer, the owner of SheToldMe.com explains why he has made this major change and deals with public response. The reasons boil down to the simple fact that, by requiring members to pay, James won't have so many applications to sort through, fewer posts to approve and monitor, and more free time for the new websites he wants to focus on.
"I'm really fed up of having dozens of new applications to review every days ... I need to free up time because I have plans on creating 2 new sites ... So the result is that now nobody can post scoops if they don't buy the premium membership, so I won't have so much posted content to monitor, that's a lot of time saved."
In a reply to a poster James admits:
"I understand if you think that posting on shetoldme is not worth even $0.1 per month, I agree with that 100% ... Personally I wouldn't pay ..."
If the site owner doesn't think his site is worth paying for, is he worried about losing members? No way!
"I could be afraid of scoops not being submitted anymore and the site losing all its traffic, but I'm not worried the slightest, I know it won't happen, and that by this move I have saved time for my next projects, that's great!"
Existing members also have to pay to post, so those who have been using SheToldMe.com as a vehicle for back-links and Adsense revenue now have to decide if the site is still worth their valuable time (and money). Perhaps these words of encouragement to his faithful members will help with that decision:
"I think it is no big deal if you can't post anymore, see the glass half full and think of all the things you'll be able to do with all that saved time."
Thank goodness James has decided to save time for his members. Now, they can spend it at sites that are more appreciative of their members.
Are you interested in paying a membership fee to post on SheToldMe.com?
© 2011 Rosa Marchisella