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Updated on January 20, 2015

Registration Trouble

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 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 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 asking how to register. On August 15, 2011, I received a response from 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, the link and special instructions on applying can be found below in the original letter.

Original Email From

Received August 16, 2011 from


I've just opened registration again, but please note that from now on a Premium Membership is required to post scoops on 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:

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.

James' Explanation

" ... 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 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 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.

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    • I Am Rosa profile image

      Rosa Marchisella 5 years ago from Canada

      Glad to help :-) Yeah, it's never a good sign when the site owner isn't committed and excited. LOL

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      Ness 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the info. The truth is if I thought shetoldme would provide good backlinks I'd happily pay, but it seems that not even the site owner has a positive view on his site

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      Glad you found it useful and thank you for becoming a follower :-)

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, I Am Rosa! I am looking at places for backlinking. I joined SheToldMe when I first started, but I was not clear on how to create a good backlink (I still may not be - lol). I went to SheToldMe today in hopes of figuring it out, but I got the page about the fee. I came back to HubPages and found your article. I am glad I did. Thanks for the information, and thanks to everyone for the great comments. Very useful and interesting! :-)

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      Wesman - I've been with Snipsley for a few weeks. So far, no traffic from there and no revenue :-/ Perhaps I need to be patient for a while longer ...

      Dolores - As far as I know, the older posts will remain, without charge.

      Thank you both for reading and commenting!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      As a regular user of shetoldme, I wonder about older posts. He can't charge for them, can he! Sheesh, just when you think you got an easy link. Well, encouraging traffic is not easy.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'd say forget shetoldme, Article Blast is a great free dofollow link site, you don't get nothing but the backlink - but you don't pay nothing either.

      No, I'm not affiliated with Article Blast - I think I'm trying to encourage myself to get back over there though. . .

      There's something called "Snipsley" or something that is shetoldme like - and does offer adsense. Lots of folks use that.

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      CyclingFitness - Thank you for letting us know.

      $5/month is a lot, especially for what I see offered there. I'm curious if he made a type-o when he wrote to me saying $2/month or if he simply changed his mind ... hm.

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      I've just logged on too and my profile page offers the opportunity to sign up to be able to post 'scoops' really disappointed with this. They're actually asking me for 5 usd a month!!! Very disappointed.

      I've only had around 20 hub views however from my hubs posted on shetoldme so i'm not losing out a huge amount in terms of views. Fingers crossed my old content will remain on the site!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Flora - I am a current user, and he's not asked me for a dime! (good thing too!)

      I probably haven't used shetoldme in a week or so - but I've used Best Reviewer in each of the last two days - free of charge.

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      Flora - Thank you for sharing this with others! Yes, existing members must also pay if they want to post.

      Wesman - Thank you for the tip! I'll check out Article Blast asap.

      Ddraigchoch - Glad to help. "Sinking ship" is the term I've seen being used in the forums.

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Just logged in to my Shetoldme account. Not been on in a while and saw the charge. If I was sure that $12.00 would bring me extra revenue then I would do so. But is it a sinking ship now? Thank you for your hub.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Wesman-I think he is making current users pay too, at least that is how I read his notice.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I do use Shetoldme, but James Colin's other site, "Best Reviewer" is a FAR SUPERIOR site to use.

      I had several back and forth messages with James, the owner - just yesterday, and he's going to open two more sites.

      I'm sorry to hear that he's charging for the use of Shetoldme. I would not pay to use it. I'm glad I got in early.

      If I can make a suggestion, then I'd recommend "Article Blast" - no, it doesn't offer adsense revenues, but it's simple to use, and is a "dofollow" back link site.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I've shared this hub with my followers. I have been hearing great thinngs about this site givin gyou a better deal on adsense and was seriously considering podsting. If ther ewas no such thing as a free site-$2.00 a month wouldn't be much to pay. But when there are free sites, I think it is a low blow to make current users have to pay when they didn't have to before, just so James doesn't have to weed through lots of entry forms. What do you think that book publishers get the bulk of their paycheck for doing?! For looking through manuscripts that are horrible and a waste of paper. Why not delagate the work? I was going to sign up for them, but I'm not goingb to now. I have a paypal account because that is how I get paid-if I ever make money- but if I am going to pay out money, I would rather not go through paypal. So no thanks.

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      Here is some useful information, but at the moment I'd like to work only with free sites.

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      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      Marisa - I was pretty leery of it from the start because of the spammy sites. I hate clicking a link that goes to a site that requires you to click on a link to open the article that you originally wanted to see, which takes you to a page that MAY have the .... SHEESH .... Yes, some of the hubs were older. I went back to post updates on several sites in the comments on one of them and the hubber told me she'd written a few years ago and never kept up with it to keep the information up-to-date :-/

      Trinity - My impression is that SheToldMe is run by a very inexperienced young man. Someone shared this link with me: in which James basically tells everyone that the site it too tiresome for HIM to keep up with, so he's charging everyone to reduce the number of applications and posts he has to monitor. Charming.

      Personally, I'm trying Snipsly right now to see if this whole back-linking thing is worth my time, but so far I haven't seen any traffic or Adsense revenue from it :-/

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      Trinity M 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info Rosa. I must say this whole back-linking business is rather tiresome. Most sites recommended have some kind of problem or other related to them. Not sure if I would bother with Shetoldme now that you have to pay though.

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      Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

      I used SheToldMe when it first started but I gave up pretty quickly, when I realised it was becoming a link farm full of links to spammy sites.

      I would've expected it to be hard-hit by the Panda updates and perhaps the premium membership is seen as a way to improve the quality - but since the site is just a bunch of links with very little content, I can't see it ever becoming hugely successful. I'm surprised to hear that so many Hubbers still recommend it - although bear in mind, if you were reading Hubs that recommended it, they may have been written some time ago and not all Hubbers bother to update.