What is Triberr and Why Do I Care?
Triberr [ http://triberr.com ] is a website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach – the number of people who read blogs. The concept is a tribe, with bonfires (postings or meetings), and tribemates. Each tribe has its own flavor or concept. One tribe might be all about fishing, another computers, still another, moms looking for info about childrearing. I belong to a tribe for book bloggers, one for erotica writers, one for Science Fiction Romance writers, and one for writers of steamy, sensual romance.
Each member of a tribe has his/her own blog. Members also have Twitter accounts, and most, if not all, also have other social media accounts.
How Triberr Works
When you upload an article to your blog, it feeds into Triberr, and the tribe to which you belong sees your post in its Tribal Stream. The other members of your tribe(s) can then approve your post and send it automatically to Twitter, sharing your post with their followers. They can also route your post to Facebook, StumbleUpon, G+, and LinkedIn. In return, you also share their posts with your followers.
How Is It Different?
Unlike social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, where hands-on interaction is necessary for effective reach, Triberr requires only a few minutes a day to approve posts. The tribal council area, where tribemates can interact with one another, is largely quiet (depending on the tribe). I rarely spend more than ten minutes total, spread throughout the day, visiting Triberr and approving posts. My time spent on Twitter is less now, because Triberr does a lot of work for me. My personal blog has grown in readership tenfold since I began using the program, with little additional work from me.
A Word About Reach
On Triberr, your personal reach is determined by your number of Twitter followers. The reach of a tribe is figured by the total number of Twitter followers for each member of the tribe. One tribe of four people, each with 500 followers, would have a reach of 2000 people. [ 4 x 500=2000 ] Even if half your followers are also followers of the other three people, you have still doubled your potential reach, simply by joining. A recent addition of a tribe to which I belong changed my reach from 12,500 to 153,450.
Using the Tribal Stream
The Tribal Stream is where you will do most of your work. It’s the main page in Triberr, and is where approvals are done. On the left side of the page is your avatar. Beneath it, you’ll see how many tribes you belong to. Your reach will be listed here. To refresh the number of followers on Twitter, click the cycle symbol next to your reach. Be sure you are logged in to the Twitter account that you use for Triberr. If you have more than one Twitter account (one for business, one for home) be aware that Triberr will connect to the one you are logged onto at the time.
On the stream, you can visit your tribes, see invitations sent, change your settings, check outgoing posts, see who routed visitors to your website, who sent out your posts, read about maintenance on the site, and of course, send out new posts.
“Bones” are currency on Triberr. You get bones by clicking the little thumbs up icons on posts in the tribal stream. You need them to join additional tribes, or to send invitations. Everyone starts with 100 bones.
You can create a badge for your website or blog showing you’re a Triberr member, and displaying your karma. Karma reflects points your tribemates have assigned to your posts. You can also give yourself karma. Karma is a bit of a mystery. Everyone wants to know what it does, or how to use it. It’s hard to find info about it, but like most things on Triberr, it’s there for a reason, even if we don’t know everything about it. When you begin, you will have zero karma. Choose a topic such as blogging, marketing, books, authors, interviews, etc. Stick with one topic until you’ve gained a bit of karma.
Using a Hashtag on Triberr
If you want a particular hashtag to go out over Triberr, create your blog post with the hashtag in the title. Your tribemates can opt to alter the words in your title. This can work to your benefit, as they know their audiences best.
Triberr considers some words to be spammy and they are not allowed, including free, hop, giveaway, contest, etc. If someone on your tribe uses a word like this, you will not be able to approve the message for automatic tweeting until you change the word. You can, however, tweet it directly from the stream and then delete it. Each tribe has its own rules about what should be done. Follow your tribe’s rules.
Getting Ready for Triberr
Before you can use Triberr, you will need an RSS feed. Create one using a program such as Feedburner. Your blog program may provide one automatically. Any RSS will work.
I recommend you use a hit counter. Statcounter [ http://statcounter.com ] is a simple one to use. If you use Blogger/Blogspot, one is built in. WordPress also has its own type. You will want to track the progress of your hits, and see if your posts are reaching an audience. A hit counter is an excellent way to do that.
You should have a blog, a Twitter account, and if you have accounts on Facebook, StumbleUpon, G+, and LinkedIn, you’ll be able to link them to Triberr as well. Only a blog and Twitter are required.
Drawing an Audience
As in writing a book, you need good content, well presented and attractively displayed. Use strong keywords. Your name is one keyword you should not overlook. Genre of your books, words related to your posts, and topics that are of general interest also help.
Use legal images for your blog. To make the most of images, be sure to label them (caption, in Blogger/Blogspot). Web crawlers will index pictures if they are labeled, adding weight to your blog’s status. Free pictures can be found at the following sites. This is only a partial list given in no particular order.
Visit this site. http://triberr.com/blog.php?post=24541
On Mondays, you can hang out with others and listen to a cool conference call, ask questions, and learn much more about Triberr, including how to create your own app, and make your blog a Twitter powerhouse.
Triberr is a powerful, easy way to bring readers to your blog. It’s automatic, requires little time, and provides a means of helping others. If you’re looking for one item you can add that will make a big difference, you don’t have to take my word for it. Try it for a month, and see what you think.
I’ve written an ebook called How to Use Triberr. You are free to share it with others, so long as credit information remains intact. Click here to download. [ http://kayelleallen.com/media/How-to-Use-Triberr-byKayelleAllen.pdf ]
Kayelle Allen is the owner of The Author’s Secret an author support company. She’s also an award-winning, multi-published author. Her heroes and heroines include badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find…well, the unfindable. And sometimes (shh!) make them disappear again. She is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.
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