As we all know, it’s critical for indie authors to blog effectively, but it can be difficult to find an audience and grow your blog. Many indie authors use Triberr in order to do this. I know that Triberr is not for everyone (some feel it takes the social out of social media), but if you do use it, here are some Triberr tips and notes about recent changes to the platform.
Indie Authors – Is Triberr Good or Bad?
Let’s first address the social part of Triberr. Some folks say that if you just tweet all the posts in your Triberr stream, you’re potentially alienating your Twitter audience with stuff they don’t want to hear about or read (for more on Triberr, visit Promoting Your Books and read the Triberr posts). I disagree. You can choose to automate or manually retweet posts, so I only auto-tweet others who generally post about reading and writing. Sure, there might be an occasional post that I would prefer hadn’t been tweeted, but these are few and far between. I also check my tribal stream regularly and manually tweet only the posts that have an interesting title (remember, I’ve blogged on how critical a blog title is), one that I think my twitter followers will find interesting as well.
Now, some critics will say that I’m spreading posts that I don’t even read. Only partly true. Yes, I can’t read every post out there, but again, if the title is a reflection of the post, I can feel fairly certain the content is pertinent to my Twitter followers. Also, I am alerted to, and end up reading, more posts than if I was not involved in Triberr. To me, that’s a win-win for everyone, and especially indie authors who have difficulty getting traffic to their blogs.
Indie Authors – Some Triberr Changes
Does hitting the thumbs-up arrow do anything meaningful now? It used to earn bones – does it now?
Thumbs up does 3 things. First, it gives feedback to the author that you liked their post. It also acts as social proof for tribemates that are scanning their stream for the best content. Lastly it is tracked as party of a quality score algorithm that we have plans for use with later on.
So keep that in mind (especially the quality score – it will be interesting to see what’s done with that:)). I thought the thumbs-up was basically ineffective, but it’s not…
How can one earn bones or is the only way to buy them?
You can earn bones by unlocking Shields (in your Account drop down menu). Bones themselves are being depreciated in favor of Prime membership. Most of the things you could do with bones are either free, or are only available to Prime members.
Under your profile drop-down menu there are “Shields”. What are shields? Here’s a hint… You unlock them, you display them and you get bones for them.
Why does the number of shares (when you hover over a person you can see how many times they shared your posts and how many you shared of theirs) change so much? I, for one, can never tell who is consistently sharing my posts because it seems to get reset way too much…am I just missing something?
I wrote a bit about the share count in a bonfire yesterday.
Basically, it has to do with storage of posts. Now you should see the last share date instead of the total number of shares.
Do I have the mute correctly understood, it will just hide this person’s posts in my stream?
That is correct.
Is the Triberr plugin for WordPress free? And does this just allow users of Triberr to see comments people actually put on my blog?
- It imports your post immediately. With the RSS import it can take a few hours to get your post imported, depending on when you publish.
- Comments that tribemates leave from within the Tribal Stream can appear on your blog in addition to comments left on your blog directly.
- You can reblog your tribemates’ posts that you like, if they allow the post to be reblogged.
I also asked Dan if there was anything else he wanted me to share. There are a few things Dan wanted to highlight:
Tribes can now have “followers”, which starts to create an audience on Triberr itself as opposed to solely relying on Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn audiences.
You can read more about this feature in this post.
Dan shared another thing that I had noticed before, and it’s what prompted this post :):
On November 15th, all tribemates who have not shared a single post from the tribe will be set to “inactive” and their posts will no longer appear in the Tribal Streams of the other members.
Read the details on this feature here. If you’re someone who shares your own posts but you don’t reciprocate and share posts by your tribemates, you’ll want to read this…
A final thing Dan wanted to note was Triberr’s new hosting feature:
One that I’m particularly proud of is our new TriberrVIP Premium hosting program. Basically, any of our Triberr Prime members can host any or all of their blogs on our enterprise level hosting platform at no additional cost. They get access to paid themes, plugins, unlimited space and bandwidth, and it’s fully managed so we setup and install everything for you, even down to configuring plugins.
We’re expanding beyond driving traffic to our members sites into a company focused on solving all problems bloggers face. One of the biggest is poor hosting, so it just made sense that we’re now focusing in that area as well.
Read more about this here.
I appreciate Dan clarifying some things about Triberr. If you use Triberr, I hope you’ll share this post so we can all use it more effectively. Please let me know if you have other questions and I’ll try and get them answered :).