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Website now charging for publishing links on their site

Updated on September 4, 2011

Website now charging for publishing is a site that many writers, photographers and other Internet users employ to publish their links in order to get more traffic. Not only does the poster/user of the site get more exposure for traffic but a 100% revenue of the adverts that show along their content.

Is using working for you?

Do you think it is worht paying $5 a month or $12 a year to be able to publish links on this site?

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Now charging

The site now charges a premium membership of $5 per month or $12 per year. Being new to the site (I joined in July 2011) and experiencing this change in terms, I am still at the stage where I cannot give a correct evaluation as to whether or not this is worth it. In the interest of assisting others thinking about adding to their link wheel, it would be greatly appreciated if current users with premium memberships or those who have used the site for long period could give an indication of what they think through the poll below.

Pros of the site

- It seems to be very popular with content producers and therefore should be good for content promotion

- -The mere fact that they are charging for their services indicates that they have enough numbers and must be doing well.

Cons of the site

-Personally I find the Photoshop fails totally annoying now. They used to be fun at first but seem to be run off the mill now.

-Much as charging for their services is a much needed step to take for a site that pays 100% of Ad revenue to its users, it must be understood that it is not only the site that makes things happen, it is its users as well. I would have seen a revenue sharing system as the way to go, as there is no guarantee to the user recovering their monthly or yearly fee from the ad revenue. I think if there is revenue sharing then the site is obliged to promote itself more so that it secures its share of Ad revenue.

With the current standing, they can just sit back and watch the subscriptions come in. This puts the site in danger of becoming redundant since the focus of marketing it is not directly related to advert revenue.


I would like to think that if a site has a huge following, it is up to them to market their advertising space and promote their site so that their advertising revenue grows rather than charge the very people who bring in the business. However-who am I to blow against the wind?


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    • Alladream74 profile image

      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      @PurvisBobbi44. Thanks for passing by. I am finding it quite effective to link them to my sites blog and then also

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida


      Thanks for writing this hub for us, as I have been researching what site to join to send traffic to my hubs, that I have been writing for 8 months. I am learning it takes a lot of research to find the right place to place links to make any money.

      Thanks so much for the help.


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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @2besure.The idea of paying someone to give them content is a bit ridiculous. I think they should bare in mind that they get revenue from advertising. Thanks for passing by.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I used to make 15$ or more a month with SheToldMe. I still don't like the idea of paying to post my links there, so I stopped using them.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Paul. Yes i think the spam was a bit much on the site, and like you, I do not see myself signing up.Thanks for passing by

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      Paul Goodman 6 years ago from Florida USA

      I think they are asking too much money, so I have no plans to sign up. Although I do also appreciate that part of the reason they are charging is because of all the spammy stuff that has been put up there, which was getting out of control.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Amber.Yes, I think the best way to promote is through communities and forum.That way you know you are safe. Thanks for passing by.

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      Amber Allen 6 years ago

      Hi Alladream74

      I certainly won't be joining now and I agree with your conclusion. My hub traffic has recovered well following the initial decline after the Google Panda slap and I'm very pleased with the action taken by Hubpages to recover the situation. If my hubs had been on - who knows what would have happened.


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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Joe. Thanks for passing through. I think it is much much better to engage in communities like we are doing now,I always end up going to see the content of the people who comment on my hubs. Furthermore, there are a lot of free and good services such as Delicious, Stumbleupon, Facebook,Reddit etc

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      I've never had much luck with I will definitely not be paying for the service. Thanks for the hub.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Flora.Thanks for the information. Good to know what is going on there.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I was considering using this site when I heard about the changes. According to Wesman Todd shaw who is a long time member, if you are not already a member it probably won't be the site for you. Long time members do not plan on using it for new articles written for that site, but just links.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Temirah. Thanks for passing by. The site was pretty rude actually,I tried to publish a link and it says ACCESS DENIED you are not a premier member blah blah blah, the audacity!

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      Temirah 6 years ago

      This is useful news. I've used the site but haven't had traffic from it so don't think I'll be paying for it. Thanks for the tips.