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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
March Madness – Kayelle Allen

What is Triberr and Why Do I Care?

Triberr

About Triberr
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
“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.

Badges
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.

Content
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.
http://www.cgtextures.com/index.php
http://copyrightfriendly.com/default.aspx
http://www.morguefile.com/archive/
http://www.public-domain-image.com/
http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
http://everystockphoto.com
http://dreamstime.com

More Questions?
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.

In Summary
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 ]

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Kayelle Allen logoKayelle 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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22 comments to “March Madness – Kayelle Allen”

  1. Shauni
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 2:57 am · Link

    This was an excellent article.. it really explains Triberr

    Shauni



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 21st, 2012 at 10:58 am · Link

      Shauni, I’m glad I could help. I love the program and wanted to share it with everyone.



  2. Dino Dogan
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 3:15 am · Link

    Are you kidding me? You wrote an eBook about us? WHOA!!!!

    You know, it’s amazing. Triberr is this little part-time thing Dan and I started. Now we have 2 other guys helping us with the site, we have 10s of thousands of members, and we have amazing bloggers like yourself education their readership about us, which is the best way to get initiated into the Triberr world. Period.

    And you wrote an eBook. And that’s a big validation for us. People dont just spend time putting an eBook together unless they are really moved to do so.

    Again, thank you so much, and I promise we’ll keep making the platform better and better. And hopefully, this year Dan and I can start working on it full time :-)



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 21st, 2012 at 11:01 am · Link

      Dino, you see? Your personal interaction, and the interaction of all members of Triberr is only one of the reasons this program rocks. We are in it to get the word out about our blogs, move our names forward in some manner (branding), and share our ideas with the world. Triberr is one of the best ways to do this that I have found in the last eight years of blogging and sharing online. I’m a huge advocate. Thanks for dropping by and underscoring that message.



      • Lisa Kessler
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          · March 22nd, 2012 at 1:53 am · Link

        I agree!!! I love Triberr and a big part of the reason is that Dino interacts!

        When we’ve had some issues with blog feeds etc. He’s always right there…

        Triberr rocks! :)

        Great blog Kayelle!

        Lisa



      • Kayelle Allen
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          · March 22nd, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Link

        Lisa, thank you. I agree — the staff really tries to help and you get personal feedback. The other day, there was a note at the top of the screen that the site would be down for an hour of maintenance. I clicked over to the page before the hour was up, checking one last time for updates before heading off to do other work. There was a page that said “Oops! Where did Triberr go?” and a note reminding us of the maintenance being done. It had a little “tweet this” snippet that said “good luck with the work tonight on the new server” (or words to that effect). I tweeted it, and about 5 min later this tweet came back thanking me and saying my good wishes were working because all was going well. How neat is that? Triberr has a Twitter account for issues — so if something’s iffy, you can pop over and tweet about it. They get on it right away. That is good service.



  3. Kayelle Allen
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 11:22 am · Link

    Wanted to point out something many miss — right click on the Triberr poster at the top of this post, and choose “view image.” Read over the info – it’s the core of Triberr, and it’s quite short. The message is simple. But at the bottom instead of it saying “copyright” — it says something else. Go find out and you’ll learn one of the secrets to Triberr’s success.



  4. Roni Lynne
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Kayelle,
    Thanks for taking the time to help the uninitiated understand more of the cyber world! I have downloaded your ebook and will be checking it out soon! :-P
    Gabriella~Loving your March Madness so far!
    You rock!

    ~Roni Lynne

    YA Adventures in the Paranormal…and Beyond!

    Connect with me!

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RoniLynneAuthor

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/RoniLynneAuthor



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 21st, 2012 at 8:06 pm · Link

      Roni, you’re welcome. Any questions, feel free to email me. My address and other info are in the ebook. Thank you for taking time to comment.



  5. Pauline Baird Jones
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 12:16 pm · Link

    I don’t have a “view image” option in Chrome, but have to say, this is a great summary of Triberr! I’m still finding my way around Triberr, but have already seen my numbers increasing in both twitter and blog hits. Thanks!



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 21st, 2012 at 1:02 pm · Link

      Thanks, Pauline. Good to see a tribemate over here. ^_^ I’m glad you stopped in. I’m learning every day myself!



    • Dino Dogan
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        · March 22nd, 2012 at 2:27 am · Link

      Here is the link to the original post with the large version of the poster. There you can see the “fine print” :-)



    • Dino Dogan
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        · March 22nd, 2012 at 2:27 am · Link

      I forgot the link, didnt I? :-)

      http://triberr.com/blog.php?post=22317



      • Kayelle Allen
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          · March 22nd, 2012 at 12:50 pm · Link

        Thanks, Dino! I looked for this but couldn’t find it. However, I had loaded the image in Twitpic to share on Twitter, and had it there. I’m glad you came back and posted it.



  6. Karen Cote
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 7:53 pm · Link

    Nice Kayelle! This is simply fabulous. You class you gave was amazing and this is a nice addition to what you’ve already taught. Thank you for explaining the process. As you said, as writers, getting out name out there is essential to success in the social media world we live in today. This is an invaluable tool to do just that and it’s very unselfish of you to take some time to share. I know my fellow writers are grateful for all you do and I cannot wait for the Summer Camp to learn even more. Thanks for all you do.



  7. Karen Cote
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      · March 21st, 2012 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Whoops! Your next class should be on avoiding typos. I think it’s a matter of thinking faster than I type. LOL. Pssst don’t tell my editor. Her lectures are pretty stern. (just kidding) she’s great.

    Thanks again.



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 21st, 2012 at 8:07 pm · Link

      Karen, thank you. Your enthusiasm is what propels you. ^_^ It’s a pleasure to help, and I look forward to working with you on Triberr — would love to have you in my tribe.



  8. Marie Andreas
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      · March 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 am · Link

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU! LOL!!! I am new to Triberr and this blog was perfect!

    I feel like I’m getting it :). (ok, slowly ;))

    Wonderful post- thanks! :mrgreen:



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 22nd, 2012 at 12:37 am · Link

      Glad to hear it, Marie. Good luck with Triberr!



  9. Carly Carson
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      · March 29th, 2012 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Thanks for the article. I’ve been saving it to read (hence I’m late). Triberr seems like a great concept. If only there weren’t so many new things to learn all the time…



    • Kayelle Allen
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        · March 30th, 2012 at 12:27 pm · Link

      Oh, isn’t that the truth everywhere, Carly! ^_^ I’m glad you were able to use the material and make sense of it.

      The marketing group I belong to is working on setting up lists of those interested in joining Triberr, and we are working to coordinate getting established tribes and interested parties connected. If you (or anyone on this blog) are interested in learning more, feel free to drop by and read the info. Anyone can see the posts — only members can reply.



      • Kayelle Allen
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          · March 30th, 2012 at 12:28 pm · Link

        Well, it didn’t accept my code with the website, so I’ll write it out and you can copy/paste into your browser. How’s that? http://is.gd/mfrwgroup OR, go to Yahoo Groups and search for MarketingForRomanceWriters. :)