Expanding on what Dino Dogan of Triberr often says, I wholeheartedly agree: when selecting a tribe, evaluate whether the syndicated addition of your blog to the existing members’ Twitter (and in the future, potentially other networks) timelines will be of benefit to them, rather than just what the tribe would do for you. For those without an invite, searching for tribes to request an invite, look at more than the tribal reach (combined following of the Twitter accounts that a tribe potentially sends blog articles out to) and also look beyond a few prominent names among the membership of the tribe.
Getting into Triberr – Tactically
1. Read beyond the name, category and reach (yes, while you talk of community, learning… I do see this “reach” thing is what everyone new to Triberr is fixated on) and read on to tribe’s description and requirements. Be concerned if these are weakly defined or completely blank. Find tribes to apply to (it may take many applications – took me close to 20, for whatever that tells you) where you get the sense that they are looked after. Beware the Chief (blogger who started the tribe) who appears to look to grow lazily and without much thought in who they will open their tribe to: they started with a hefty following (or inbred it up to that), and now rests on those laurels, and takes nearly everyone with a large Twitter following. Inbreeding: this is the inviting to a tribe of members already in Triberr (open to just a handful of tribes, currently), a thing that is as good as it is bad, and a function that we asked for… and a sticky subject – something for another post.
2. Look at the blogs of the tribe members. Nearly all have it as the link declared in their Twitter profile. Are you blogging on similar topics? If you are an up-and-coming technology or social media blogger with 3,200 Twitter followers, and discover that the large-reaching tribes on those topics will not take you, you may see that mommy-blogger-themed tribes offer a large reach and many Twitter mentions (nice and nice, yes) – but get in such a tribe and you are signed on for turning your Twitter account into a vehicle for we-blog-anything characters, with too many Triber.it (paid Triberr blog post sendings) per day… coupon deals… cockamamie sweepstakes and dogs of about seven other colors. Truly, people’s definitions and standards on blogging are radically different. As such, do find a tribe where your blog fits. Join this one, and once in, the other members will like you, and you’ll like them. After all, since you may only join one and create three tribes (the Triberr system), apply to ones that you would be happy calling home. The good start that I enjoyed is much owed to the fact that I got into a tribe that I continue to like: Janet Callaway’s Networking Peeps.
3. Personalize your application, including your main Twitter handle and blog URL – and do so after reading the requirements. You will get the chief’s attention; they’ll definitely at least look at your Twitter following, and some, like me, will look at you blog as well. I, for one, am one chief who is thoroughly impressed when I see that you did not apply for my largest-reaching tribe (perhaps having read the follow-up to this post in which you see where you might fit and also qualify for), but rather, one or two of my tribes that are most appropriate.
A few suggestions on configuring Twitter and RSS connections
Assuming you have an invite code, be logged in to the Twitter account (in Twitter) that you will register, initially, for use in syndicating fellow tribemembers’ blog posts. You can add up to two other Twitter accounts later. If you see your Twitter avatar in Triberr, it is configured correctly. If you don’t see your Twitter avatar, watch their video (see their blog) to learn how to fix that.
Feedburner is supposed to be supported, but tends to send Triberr tweets doubling (multiple tweets of the same content – a really bad thing, and a Triberr “beta” unfortunate problem than Dan is working on, I am told). I thus ask people to install their standard RSS, or, if part of their blog would not be right for any specific tribe, look into setting up a category, such as “Triberr” and using the category-specific .rss to got to our Tribal feed. Normally, though, the whole .rss is fine; for WordPress blogs, just follow the .com with /feed. My .rss, for example, is http://osakabentures.com/feed
You will see an RSS message when you first create your account and before your first post is tweeted. This is a reminder to make sure you installed your RSS correctly. And if you have any concerns or difficulty, the guys are fast-acting, so contact @triberr for help. Kindly understand that I am just a user, not in the Triberr business, and cannot do your registering for you or fix problems. I can help you trouble-shoot, if you SKYPE me. I am always glad to help – but you need to speak with me during Japan business hours, sorry.
See Part Three of this three-part article series, on tribes I am developing, entry requirements, themes, to be published tomorrow: Ranking & Reaching 3/3: About My Tribes
I began this blog series yesterday, with Ranking & Reaching 1/3: Blog Cross-Promotion