As more indie authors use Triberr to try to gain a following for their blogs, and as Triberr continues to change, more training is in order :). I also see some rather unfortunate things at play in Triberr that I thought I’d comment on. This is just my take on things, and how I use Triberr to help fellow indie authors (and others) in my tribes. Watch the short video with some tips for indie authors and more Triberr training.
If you’re new to Triberr, watch these videos first:
Indie Authors And Triberr – Auto Approval
I’ve been using auto approval now, and so far I like it. The greatest upside is the time savings you get. The more people you set up for auto approval, the less blog posts you have sitting in your tribal stream for manual scheduling. The downside is that you won’t be Facebook liking, Google plus-ing, Stumbling or In sharing those blog posts, but it’s a great time saver. But there’s another thing that to consider. If you aren’t in Triberr a lot, but you want to make sure that you’re tweeting others posts as they come into the tribal stream, you can auto approve posts so you don’t miss tweeting those posts.
Indie Authors And Triberr – Create a Tribe
I have not personally created a tribe as I keep getting invites from others and I’m in some really great tribes, but I wanted to pass along some tips (thanks to Bert Carson for sharing how he has created a lively and active tribe).
Initially, you had to have an invite to join Triberr (and you can still get in this way), but I’m told that now you can join without an invite. If anyone can speak more to this, please let me know.
Indie Authors And Triberr – Grow Your Tribe
So you’ve created a tribe – now what? The next thing Bert did was to send direct messages to people he knew on Twitter. Some people (including me) accepted his invitation (even though I was in a couple of tribes already, I figured Bert would create a great tribe so I joined his). Then Bert wrote a blog post about Triberr and its usefulness and he got some more people into his tribe. He continued to reach out to people on an individual basis, and he’s had some tribal members recommend people for his tribe. What happened with all this is that Bert’s tribe has grown a lot in a little time, and the tribe has a reach of over 100,000.
Indie Authors And Triberr – Make Your Tribe Great
Once you’re in and you’ve named your tribe (how about Indie Authors and Triberr, just kidding) and you’re asking people to join, consider the dynamics that will make your tribe great. Bert wanted a tribe of writers and readers, and he gave some thought to who would make good additions to his tribe. What Bert did here bears repeating: he invited people who he thought would make good additions to his tribe.
I see people creating tribes and they invite anyone. This is probably not a good thing and here’s why: people are tweeting your posts to their followers. Your tribe members will be less likely to tweet your posts if the posts are not what their followers are interested in. Why be in a tribe that’s all about basket weaving if you’re an indie author? Most of the basket weaving folks probably have Twitter followers that aren’t into writing and self-publishing (believe me, I’ve seen this happening in my own tribes and I’ve had feedback from others about this). You want to be in like-minded tribes so you’re tweeting things your followers will appreciate.
Indie Authors And Triberr – Reciprocation
Ah, this is where things get sticky. Triberr’s success is based on reciprocation, but sometimes (especially as indie authors), we can get focused on what we need, and we forget about others. I put my blog posts on Triberr so that others will share them on Twitter, and I share the blog posts of others in my tribes.
But here’s what I see happening in some of my tribes. Some people will share all the posts of their tribe members (unless it’s offensive or not appropriate for their Twitter following), but those tribe members aren’t returning the favor. This defeats the purpose of Triberr – and it’s not fair. If you join Triberr, part of your joining should mean you’re going to tweet the posts of others too – but too many people aren’t doing this. Also, it’s easy to find out who’s tweeting you and who isn’t (watch my videos to see how). I’ve seen people leave Triberr because they feel like their doing their part, but others in their tribe are not…that’s too bad.
Another thing to note (again): if you’re not on Triberr much, but you want to be reciprocal, auto enable other’s posts. Who cares if I post three times per week and you only do so once – if I see you tweeting all my posts, how much more likely do you think I’ll be to help you out, whether it’s in Triberr or elsewhere? Build that positive karma :).
Watch this short video for a few tips on auto enabling and more:
Now that you’ve watched it, try saying top traffic driving tribemates five times fast :).
Indie Authors And Triberr – My Policies
Here’s what I’m doing in Triberr:
- if you tweet my blog posts, I’ll return the favor
- if I see that you aren’t tweeting my posts, or very few of them, I’ll stop sending yours until you reciprocate (remember it’s give and take, not just take)
- And yes, I do factor in if you’re new and you haven’t had a chance to tweet my blog posts yet – I only stop tweeting yours if I’ve seen that you’ve been in Triberr a while and you’re still not tweeting my blog posts
- the people who I see are consistently sending out my posts, or they have auto enabled my posts, I’ll return the favor and auto enable their posts
- if you have numerous blog posts per day, I’ll only send out one or two (I don’t want to overload my tribal stream or Twitter with too many of your posts in one day)
- for manual tweets, I try to like, Google + and Stumble the posts, unless I’m pressed for time
- I reserve the right not to tweet something I don’t like or I think my followers won’t like (it’s rarely the case but it has happened)
That’s what I’m doing now (it could change). I want to be helpful, but I also don’t want to be taken advantage of. Also, if you think you’re sending out my posts and I’m not reciprocating, (nicely) tell me about it. I really am here to help others so I want to know if I’m missing something (or if Triberr has a glitch).
Indie Authors And Triberr – The Bottom Line
Triberr is an awesome way to get more traffic to your blog. Just remember, we all have our parts to make it work. What are your thoughts?
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