March 30, 2012

I am a triberr member for almost a year now. I do not claim to know everything but I can tell you that triberr is a great tool of promotion if we use it wisely.

1. you need to be committed! (updated September 3rd 2016)

If you think to register and be done with it. Forget it!

With a little how-to, we can now auto accept blogposts. We do not need to manually go on Triberr feed and accept each blogpost showing up. We just need to clic on the name, follow the person (or unfollow and follow again), a YES/NO auto will show up. Clic YES. Done!

2. you must blog!

How will people know you if you do not show yourself, if you do not blog? Approving others blog can give you exposure but only a little because the percentage that people will look at your twitter profile and click to check your blog is limited. But if you blog and the link is shared in the tweet, then it is easier to click and the exposure greater. Now this said, you also do not need to slave yourself by blogging! A couple of time per week is enough: you are the one in control and remember that if you blog rubbish, people will not take you seriously and will not visit you again so be imaginative, remain focus with erotic romance subject and avoid diapers or the crack of the plumber… or create another blog for that! You want to build a regular audience, you want them to return and you want them addicted to your work!

3. your name must be seen regularly!

If you tweet once in a blue moon, people will not know you. If your name is seen all the time, curiosity will be picked and chances are people will visit your profile and your blog. It is known that a customer will need to see multiple times an ads before being tempted to buy the product.

4. reciprocity!

Fair is fair. If you take the time to approve the blogs of another person, then you shall expect the same in return right? Well, unfortunately this is rarely achieved and after a while people get discouraged because they do not see the results that were promised.

If your tribe has 100 members (tribemates). The total reach (= number of all the followers put in a common) is 100,000 followers but then only 10 members approve your blogs and their total reach is 8,000 followers… then the great feeling that you are part of a big tribe means nothing because the total reach will never be used: 92,000 followers will never get the chance to know the great author or reviewer you are because your blog won’t be approved by all 100 members, so not shared on twitter and seen by only a small number of followers!

But think about the potential if everyone in the tribe approve your blog, then the full reach will be achieved. The exposure will be at the maximum and everybody is a winner! The more your blog will be retweeted, the more people will be tempted to click on the link to check it. Number is key to increase exposure!

5. approve all blogposts on a daily basis! (updated September 3rd, 2016)

However, if everyone in the tribe follow a simple rule to approve all the blogs and commit themselves a couple of minutes per day on triberr, then I can promise you that you will see the results! Once in a blue moon does not work. You need to persevere. Did you give up your book before you said “the end”? Yes, it will take time to see the sells results but within a week you will already see the number of your followers growing really fast, same as the visits on your blog! So, yes. It is worth it to spend a couple of minutes each day IMO.

Update (September 3rd 2016): still valid. If you do not want to share automatically every blogposts from someone, then you still need to share!

6. Be smart!

Not all the tribes are the same! Yes it is very tempting to be part of huge tribes but each chief (the tribe’s mod) has his/her own way to manage the tribe and the tribemates may not be the one you wish your name associated with.

Some chief will just tolerate that people approve as little or as much as they want and as often or not as they want. Nothing wrong with that, but yet again, the goal will hardly be achieved. Some, like myself, will ask you to approve ALL book related blogposts no matter the erotic  subgenre.

So pick the right tribe that fits your genre so you will be comfortable to approve the blogposts without issues. If, for example, you are an erotic author blogging about sex scenes and another is a Young Adult author and do not write about sex scenes at all… I am not convinced that everyone will be at ease to approve each other blogposts.

7. ask and read the rules of the tribe before joining!

Communication is important. You need to know what to expect in order to have no surprise!

– do I need to approve all the blogs?
– what genres is shared?
– do you share something else than books and if yes, am I obliged to approve?
– I blog non book related material, is is ok to do so? will those be shared too?
– do I need to blog daily or does it matter if I can approve only once a week?
– Can I approve whenever I feel like it, what is the frequency requested?
-If I need to take a break from approving, can I do that? Do I need to tell the chief?

Once you know, it is then very easy to be part of a tribe without frustration.

8. Respect your tribe!

You cannot join Triberr without being invited. Word is that some will ask to join a tribe and once they are in, they will create their own tribe or quit to join other tribes. There is one word for that: rude! Nothing wrong to join as many tribe as you wish! But to ask a first invitation in order to join Triberr and use this person who spent $$ and time in order to be able to step inside Triberr and quit the tribe to find “better” tribes, is a no-no. Remember that it is a small world eh?

Even tho, triberr is not a place to chit chat and mainly a tool to help us all to get more exposure. It remains that it is people that are clicking to approve YOUR blogs not machines.

Triberr changes their rules about it all the time. It is all about $$. They developed a free concept, they spend a couple of years to make it successful, not they want to have some money back.. which is quite normal when you create a concept that works. That also means that if you own a tribe, we need to be updated which is one thing they lack in their winning concept: communication. But the good news is that if you are a tribemate, everything is free for you: your only goal is to find the right tribe and to be invited 🙂

Today, it is possible to invite already registered people (tribemates) for free. Triberr calls it “breeding”. However, they decided to limit the number of member per tribe up to 30. If we want more, the chief (tribe’s mod) needs to pay. It is no longer possible to invite a person via an email only. The person must register, then contact the chief, then wait for the invitation to join.

We can also be followers of tribes. Meaning that we do see the forum chit chat and all the posts of this tribe will show up in your tribe stream AS IF you were a member but you are not. You can approve but nobody in the tribe will see your blogs. You must be a member, not a follower for that. I suggest then to approve the blogs and once you showed your interest, post a note in the forum to request to be a tribemate. A short explanation of what you blog, frequency and if you are the type to approve will help. Beware to do not follow to many big tribes because your tribal stream will be overloaded!!

Overall. Remember that mutually approval is key. If you join a tribe and never approve the other’s post, chances is that you will be booted very quickly! Who wants a selfish person in a community? nobody!

9. Be patient with Triberr!

And this is a hard thing to do. The mods/creators are constantly updating their site and most of the time once you finally understood how it works, you need to take the 101 triberr manual again. It is a great tool but you need to remain flexible. No matter how much you would like this or this option to work out, the mods have their own agenda and they can hardly respond to each and everyone’s suggestions of new options.

10. Do not become a Triberr slave!

Keep in mind that triberr is a tool and only a tool! Be wise to pick the right tribes and people. Be committed to approve on a regular basis. Blog regularly and book related as much as possible to be taken seriously.

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WISH TO JOIN AN EROTIC TRIBE?

January 2013: All my tribes have the same rules: we approve EVERYTHING mutually (except non book blogs and promotional status). However, I want to give a change to everyone and my “authors” tribes. Because Triberr limits us the number of tribemates, I want my tribe successful and number of twitter followers do impact all the tribe, so I created 3 tribes that will fit everyone IMO. FYI, #1 started with a low reach a year ago. It took time and dedication to blog. #2 is just starting to boots and #3 is brand new. Again, it just takes time and dedication and results will be there!

No Boundaries in Erotic Romance #1:
No Boundaries in Erotic Romance #2:
No Boundaries in Erotic Romance #3
Romance reviewers and bloggers:
Promote an erotic romance book!:

The maximum members authorized is 30 for free tribes. I only have free tribes. Check the total reach of each tribe but remember that only a small % is valid. This reach is the sum of all member’s twitter followers. Not all followers are connected and will see the blogposts. However, it is still a great way to promote your blog 🙂

New tribe dedicated to book promotion. EROTIC ROMANCE ~ Authors, agents, editors, promo services, publishers, self-publishers/authors, cover designers, reviewers, book bloggers welcomed. New releases and coming soon blogs: excepts, giveaways, blog hop, reviews, cover book, sales. The potential is endless. This tribe is dedicated to business only

My rules?

not much rules but mutual sharing on a regular basis.

Interested?

Contact me per email at menagereviewer @ gmail.com

– your Triberr name
– your twitter ID
– which tribe you are interested to join

It exists right now a lot of romantic to slightly steamy tribes on triberr. But not much exclusive erotic tribes. A lot of tribes are very open to accept all genres and I am very fine with that but because I experienced it first hand, I can tell that not all non erotic authors are happy to associate their name with erotic blogs and vice et versa I am not fond to associate my name with “diapers” blogs…

I chose to have only erotic tribes and therefore erotic authors/reviewers because it avoids dramas in a way that we are all at ease with the genre no matter if it is erotic MF, MM, FF, MENAGE, BDSM and EROTICA. We are not shy of what we love and we are proud to promote and associate our name with each others blogposts. The only exception is my reviewer’s tribe: if the reviewer post 50/50 erotic and non erotic, I am fine with this. But there is one thing in common in all my tribes: none of the authors/reviewers are homophobic.

No need to be a blogger-maniac but remember that considering the number of erotic authors, if your name is not shown on a regular basis then you will not see results. So a couple of times per week is good but the number of time is your choice!

If you are a newbie and scared to join because it sounds complicated. Don’t be. We were ALL newbies once. It exists now wonderful procedures and “oldies” are more than happy to help you to surf around.

If interested, contact me.

~ Mary~

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