Imagine every time you created a new blog post, 10 friends would each share a link on social media leading to it. Consistently. Without being nagged. Would that make a difference in getting new views on your blog? You know it would! What if I told you that you could have 100 friends who did that? Triberr links you to friends (they’re called tribemates on Triberr) who will do that for you.
Books have been written about Triberr. Google it and you’ll get plenty of hits, but what is it and what does it do? Triberr is spelled with one B and two Rs (not Tribber) and it’s a way for bloggers to share their blog posts with likeminded bloggers, who then approve the posts to go out over Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest, all from one place.
Is Triberr Only for Writers?
No. If you have a blog and you are on social media, you can use Triberr. Many businesses are on Triberr, and so are book reviewers, mommybloggers, product reviewers, activists of all kinds, craft-oriented people, hobbyists… in fact, anyone who simply loves to share.
What Triberr is Not
Triberr is not social media. You don’t have to click like buttons, vote, or chat (although you can easily comment). You are on Triberr to gain readers with whom you can engage. You won’t have to find friends or create chains of followers. After you join the site and set up your blog and links, all you have to do is look for a tribe of bloggers who post material similar to yours, and begin sharing their posts while they share yours.
How Long Does Triberr Take?
After the initial set up and preparing of your profile and tribe, this program is the fastest thing online. You log on, share the posts you think your readers will like, and close the window. This takes about 5 minutes a day. You will find new bloggers whose work you like, and reading their posts may take more time, but the approval process within the system is fast and easy. This is not social media, where you have to spend long periods of time. It’s quick. In and out.
Yeah, But Does Triberr work?
It cranked my blog viewers from fifty a month to a thousand times that within a few months. It has remained consistently high. On my book blog Romance Lives Forever, the reach is now two million. If you want a way to get new eyes on your site, Triberr works.
How Do You Use Triberr?
You set up your WordPress blog with a Triberr plugin, or your Blogspot blog with an RSS feed. Follow the instructions on Triberr when you sign up. Once you’re a member, you join a tribe of fellow bloggers, adjust your blog settings to feed into the tribe(s) and begin blogging. I set my shares to release every 20 minutes, but you can make it be manual, once an hour, and many other settings.
Each day, your blog post comes into the Triberr stream, where your tribemates can share it. It then goes out to the social media they use, most often Twitter. Your blog post’s title becomes the text of the tweet, and a shortened URL is added. Your Twitter handle is added at the end of the tweet. They look like these samples from my blog:
All of that is done automatically when your tribemate clicks “share” or hovers over the approve button. One blog post can get you dozens (and upwards of hundreds plus) mentions a day, depending on your tribes.
How to Test Triberr
Be sure you have analytics installed (such as Google Analytics, or Statcounter). Check your stats for a week. Ideally, you have been watching your stats for some time. After you install the Triberr plug in (WordPress) or set up the RSS feed (Blogspot), watch the stats and see the difference.
What Tribes Do I Join?
The tribes you join should have members who write material similar to your own. You don’t want to join an erotic romance tribe if you write kidlit. For best results, follow the others in your tribe on Twitter and/or Facebook, wherever you’re going to be sharing posts. You can create one of your own, and join many more. I’m a member of 35. Since not everyone posts every day, it’s easy to keep up. On a free account, you can approve up to 100 messages per day. To join my Books and Book Reviews Tribe, click the image below.
What Does Triberr Cost?
Many people use the free version, which allows 30 people per tribe, and two tribes of your own. Prime Lite is $10 per month. It allows you to create up to 7 tribes, with 50 members per tribe, and to connect 4 blogs and 7 social media accounts. There’s a price break ($8.50) if you buy a year’s worth at a time. The top is $35 per month which allows significantly more connections, tribemates, and tribes. Some people use it for years without upgrading past the free version.
Tips for Using Triberr Effectively
Hashtag formatting tips
- Because your blog titles become tweets once they are imported into Triberr, use hashtags sparingly and target them. Use more real words than hashtags.
- You can edit your title in Triberr and add hashtags there if you don’t want to use them on your blog.
- Don’t use punctuation in a hashtag. Once you add punctuation, the hashtag breaks (#scifi works but #sci-fi becomes #sci). Adding an exclamation point, question mark, or other punctuation at the end of a hashtag is ineffective. It’s lost because it becomes normal colored text against the colored text of the hashtag. #SciFi! (see?)
- Make hashtag memes unique. One that goes around on a regular basis is the #AtoZchallenge. This gets people to write a post every day for 26 days, using the letters of the alphabet. That’s fine — as long as you make the post titles interesting. Please don’t bore people with grade school language (A is for Apple, B is for Baby, C is for Candy). This is not a chance to blog every day. It’s supposed to draw readers to your site. Show them how unique and special you are. Try post titles like these: The Wells of Hell by Graham Masterton #AtoZchallenge #bookreview; Unbridled Passion is her Undoing #AtoZchallenge; Reward Yourself for Productivity #AtoZchallenge.
Other Basics for Titles
- Don’t write post titles in ALL CAPS. It’s SHOUTING. Which is RUDE.
- Watch out for “I” messages. Remember that your post will go out over the tweet stream of your tribemates, who may not be excited about posting things that begin with or contain the words “I” or “me”. (I Review Book Title XYZ; I Will Never Do This Again; Watch Me Do an Amazing Trick, Why I Hate SomeSillyThing) Those are your declarations — not your tribemates’. Use neutral language to gain more retweets, or edit your post once it’s on Triberr.
- Don’t use a meme as your sole title. Add details. “Thursday Throwback” tweeted for 20 tribemates makes it look like you’re spamming everyone. But “Thursday Throwback: The Ins and Outs of 80’s Music” has appeal and is likely to be shared.
- Avoid ampersands (the & symbol). These break in Twitter, become multiple characters in code form, and will make your tweet less readable. Curly quotes can do the same thing. Check your apostrophes too.
- Make your titles short, but not too short. How short is too short? Four words is about right for a minimum. Many people refuse to share fewer words because a host of these in your stream can look like spam.
- How long is too long? Remember that your URL will be counted in the character length in Twitter, but it will be shortened in Triberr. If your current post URL and title together is about 120 characters, it will be a good length to gain retweets on Twitter. Longer than 140 characters means the last part of your post will be cut off and not shared. If that’s the URL, no one will be able to visit your site.
- Beginning a post with “Day 30 of” anything is going to look as ho-hum as it looked on Days 2-29. Don’t fall into this trap. Be original. Why would anyone care that you do the same thing every day? They don’t. What they care about is anything you do that you make sound interesting. Grab readers with new information and make them curious. Be a good writer. Pull readers in with an exciting title, not one that announces you did the same thing again today.
- For those who post updates on #NaNoWriMo and other such challenges — please see the above bullet point. You are a writer, so use those writing skills and excite people by sharing info about the awesome book you’re writing, not its statistics. Tell us the challenge you overcame in completing the 2147 words you wrote today, and how it made you feel. Don’t post an article that ony tells us you wrote them.
- Share the posts of your tribemates. If you don’t share, don’t expect to be shared.
- You don’t have to share everything. If you write erotic romance, no one expects you to share hashtags with #KidLit or #YA. Vice versa. You can avoid this by checking out tribes ahead of time to see what their members share.
- Do read the posts of your tribemates and leave comments. You will be surprised how interesting they are, and what good writers you are following.
- Comment in your tribe’s discussion page, and let tribemates know if you’ll be away for a vacation, and that you’ll share again once you get back. It’s not social media, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be social.
Triberr is a blogging tool that helps you amplify your reach. It connects you with readers you would not likely reach alone. It provides you with a network of likeminded bloggers who can help you reach your readers. And it’s one of the quickest, easiest sites out there. It’s effective, and it can be fun.
That’s it. Those are the basics for using Triberr. If you have tricks and tips of your own, please share them in the comments. If you have questions about Triberr, feel free to ask. I’ll do my best to answer, or send you to someone who knows.
Go to Triberr now: http://triberr.com (you can register here, and use Twitter to sign in)
Find Kayelle Allen on Triberr: http://triberr.com/kayelleallen
Follow or join the Books and Book Reviewers Tribe http://triberr.com/pages/tribe-overview.php?tid=38868