Hi, as you may remember I've closed new registrations to SheToldMe.com on 23rd june 2011 when I left for Thailand. Well I'm settled down since beginning of July but haven't re-opened the registration because I'm really fed up of having dozens of new applications to review every days, most of them I have to deny because the people don't follow instructions.
So anyway I was thinking what to do with this site, I need to free up time because I have plans on creating 2 new sites like best reviewers but more focused on their own topics.
So what I did today is that I re-opened the registration at shetoldme but now in order to post a scoop you need to have a premium membership which you have to pay for. 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.
Now for the registration, I wrote on the form that one will have to pay in order to post. So at least that will remove the registration from people who actually read the form but are not willing to pay anything for the service.
Of course I'll still have dozens of applications from those who don't read the form, but it's pretty simple to delete, just have to look at a few key fields from the form.
Initially my goal wasn't to make payment mandatory for posting for existing members. I wanted to have a paypal "gate" in front of the registration form, so that only those who had paid via paypal would be allowed to register (pending approval) but I wasn't able to do it, technically it's not easy to do I've found.
So I've reverted to that, at least I'll receive some payment and it will limit the number of scoops submitted.
I simply wanted to explain to you and also to warn you because if you're used to post your tops on shetoldme now you have the choice of either paying a small fee ($12 per year, it's $1 per month, ok, not the end of the world really) or simply not being able to post on shetoldme. Well except if you're a long time member and have over 70 scoops there, then you can have a lifetime premium membership for free, simply contact me. Also if you're a premium member on Best Reviewer, also contact me if you wish to have a free premium membership over at shetoldme.com. But in other cases, 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 :-)
At least that's how I see it for me, 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! The site might lose all of its traffic but it will be for another reason, just like web directories have lost all their traffic in the past, it wasn't for this or that reason, it was because Mister Google decided that the game was over and stopped sending traffic to web directory, and since 90% or more of the traffic to web directories and most other sites come from Google, it's just a matter of time until it happens, it's not like we've learned about this just today, we know it and simply work around it by having multiple sites, that's all.
By the way, do you use Paypal's buttons on your site? I never did and since I made the premium membership on best reviewer, and now on shetoldme, I think it's great, I want to put some more on my other sites for different purposes, I want to sell things, I want to do many things.. but I won't do it right now, first I'd like to have two new sites based on best reviewers and be in a position to send you an email announcing the sites ready for your use, that would be so nice to be at that stage already, I should have started before! :-)