The day I found Triberr my blogging world changed for good.
Now that may sound dramatic but it really has had a huge impact not only on my Twitter engagement, but also traffic to my blog.
This is Triberr. A platform of likeminded bloggers who agree to share each other’s blog posts to their Twitter audience, which is loosely based on reciprocity. It’s sort of a weird format, but it works really well.
To prove this, here’s a screen shot showing a couple of stats for this week (second column) and last week’s (first column) Twitter engagement. This is from a service called SumAll.
This just shows the power Triberr can have because let me tell you, this would be much lower without it.
A tribe is essentially a group of bloggers. Pretty simple right? When you join a tribe everyone’s posts will appear in your stream, and yours in theirs. The stream is a format we are all familiar with as it is a similar concept to how Facebook uses it.
As you scroll through your feed however, generally you are not looking for things to read (though this does happen occasionally), but for things to share. You can choose to share all, some, or if you’re a selfish bastard, nothing. This will then push out to Twitter. I generally just pick the ones that seem to fit in with my niche within travel, but I like to apply this loosely so I share the maximum I can.
The best part about this though, is that you are able to go on a bit of a binge, share, say, 20, 50, (pick a number) posts and these will all be scheduled out at an interval of your choosing (up to 4 hours). This ensures that you aren’t just spamming your following causing followers to get seriously pissed off.
Free accounts can have tribes of up to 30 members, paid accounts can have up to 75. Once a tribe is full people can still follow the tribe and share content, but their own content will not appear in the stream of other members.
The more tribes you join you more people there are in your Triberr network that have the opportunity to share your content. Be aware though, the tribe admins are under no obligation to add you. Sometimes they prefer only players with a certain level of followers. This is of course preferable for admins (and members) because everyone wants others with large followings in their group so to as to give them access to larger potential audience on Twitter.
Once you’ve created your account the process to get going is actually not as straightforward as it could be. Here is my suggestion on how to go about it.
Step 1 – Fill out your profile so others can know a little bit about you. (At Account > Settings)
Step 2 – Connect your Twitter account in Account Settings.
Step 3 – Set your Stream Settings under Stream. I have mine set to post every 4 hours, but obviously go with what suits you best.
Step 4 – Add a new blog under My Blogs. Your feed url will most likely be http://yourdomain.com/feed.
Then, click on Show blog token and follow the instructions to install the Triberr WordPress plugin.
Step 5 – Start your own tribe. This may actually be the most intuitive part of the process but click on the Tribes tab at the top, then My Tribes, and click on the giant button that says “+New Tribe”. Follow the bouncing ball to add title, description etc.
Because no one likes seeing an empty tribe, it might also be a good idea to find some people and invite them to join. You can invite people to join directly from their profile page. Aim for people with a high Twitter following. The higher your group’s reach, the more people will want to join.
Step 6 – Back on the Tribes tab start looking for tribes to join. Click on Explore new tribes, select Travel, and start sorting through groups.
Look for ones with a member count of less than 30. If you are feeling lucky you can become a follower of any tribe and hope the chief may boot someone to let you in, but this is reasonably unlikely and will just fill up
Step 7 – If you happen to have more than one blog, you are able to add multiple blogs to your account, but can only assign one blog per tribe. In your account settings under My blogs, click on Assign Tribes and you’ll see the following box:
You can see that I’ve assigned some to Anti Travel Guides and some to Next Level. Many of the tribes I’m in are similar because people join many tribes so it is likely that both of my blogs will appear in most people’s feed. Of course, I have no data to back this up, it’s an assumption.
The blogs that are unassigned are for tribes in which I am only a follower, not a full member. You don’t need to do anything with these.
As I mentioned above, group membership is completely decided by the individual tribe ‘chief’, and you need to request membership. This is pretty easy to do though and if you have a decent twitter following they will be glad to have you on board.
Find a Tribe that you want to be a part of and click on Follow. Now, at this stage all you’ve done is allowed all posts from current members into your stream available for you to share. You’ll be taken to the Tribe conversations page and a popup will ask if you want to request a promotion to become a full member. Click on this otherwise the chief will not know you wish to be promoted.
It is the customary (but not required) to leave a nice note on the wall introducing yourself. This may also help draw attention to the fact that you wish to become a full member.
Rinse and Repeat.
Once you start to be accepted into a number of tribes you’ll find more and more blogs appearing in your Triberr stream. You’ll also start to notice people beginning to share your own content on twitter. You’ll know because you’ll be tagged in an @mention.
Lastly, keep in mind that the visibility of how often you log in and share to everyone and admin can and do boot people for not sharing.
The way your post will appear in the stream is pretty standard but there are a couple of ways I like to tinker so maximise my Twitter outreach and blog exposure.
First of all, your tweet will take the following form
I like to favourite and sometimes RT for two reasons: to acknowledge the person who has shared this for me, give them a little more exposure, and also so that my name is getting eyeballs on it all the time. Even if it is just someone is just checking their notifications. It’s all good exposure and good for branding.
However, sometimes I interview people and like them to be able to be @tagged in a tweet whenever this is shared. Or, (less often) sometimes my title is great for the blog, but not great for Twitter sharing. The text that is shared is easily edited by going to Account > Profile, and pressing on the little arrow on the post. Then select Edit.
You can type in whatever text you want here and it will become the tweet that is shared. You can also edit the text/images in the body but I can’t see why you’d need to do that.
Here’s one I prepared earlier to include my most recent interviewee.
Now The Aussie Flashpacker is notified every time this is shared.
Let’s get you started with your first tribe. Click here to go to the Next Level Tribe Page and request to join. (Edit: Next Level filled up, I created a new one called Backstreet Nomad’s Wanderers).
Boom and your done.
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Luke works a regular 9-5 job, and his salary he calls his travel fund. He and his wife spend most of their time in negative annual leave due to this expensive yet incredibly rewarding hobby.
Luke travels for 3 reasons: becoming immersed in a different culture, finding the less obvious attractions, and for hectic bragging rights back home.