I posted on several of my social profiles, as well in my Triberr tribes that I am changing my Triberr strategy.
I have to say Triberr came a long way from the first day and became a force of its own. I like the service for the most part, and I am happy I was honored to be one of the first users.
However, as the tribes grew bigger I started to worry a bit. Although most of my followers were used to me tweeting from Triberr and I didn’t have complaints from them, I felt bad for tweeting all of those posts without reading them. I read maybe 5% of those.
I was reading less and less blogs because I knew I would eventually RT them. That resulted in less comments from me, which then resulted in less comments from those same bloggers.
There was another interesting thing. I noticed some of the members of a tribe I was in, were not tweeting my posts. Ever. Which is OK, if they don’t like my blog. But I don’t think they ever bothered to visit.
Main thing, maybe they should have said something. I was tweeting their posts even though I didn’t read them. Yes, my mistake! Tricky bloggers, aren’t they!
My stream was filled with links. Some links were from blogs I have never visited (because we happened to be in the same tribe).
I noticed the first “results” with Klout where I was marked as a “broadcaster”. It was a slap in my face because of the way I was handling my Twitter account from day one and all the conversations I had there.
So I read Kristi’s post on her strategy when it comes to Triberr and decided it was time to step up the game. I have been thinking about it for some time and her post was just the push I needed.
This post has three goals:
- to inform my tribe members what I plan to do
- to tell my followers what to expect in my Twitter stream and
- to tell you what I think a great Triberr strategy might be
Start by removing automation
This was my first step. I turned off automation for all the tribes I was in (except one that has several awesome lady bloggers that I was lucky enough to get in my tribe, and I always tweet their posts anyway).
Tell people what are you doing
I left a message in every tribe I am in, to let them know what I was planning to do. I think this was fair on my side.
It was really annoying for me to find out that there are people not tweeting my posts at all. I don’t
mind care, I just think it is nice to inform a tribe mate.
I also shared this plan on some of the social sites I use with a short note that I am changing my strategy and moving to manual.
What will I exactly do
First of all, I am going to read every post that is sent to my Triberr post list! Once I read the post, there are 3 things that can happen:
#1 I will not approve the post to be sent through my Twitter stream. No explanation needed here.
#2 I will approve the post to go to my Twitter and that is it.
This will be the case with posts I like, but aren’t really targeted at my ideal follower. Or aren’t really in the same “niche” this blog is. However, since the post is good, it would be a shame not to send it at least that one time.
#3 The best scenario and one of the main reasons for the decission
If I like the post I will not only approve it, but also RT it after reading and schedule another RT (at least 3 RTs in total). I add a short message to most of those RTs so people would know what I liked about it or why should they read it.
If I have time or have something smart to say, I will probably leave a comment and share it using some other buttons as well.
I think this is the most beneficial thing for the bloggers in my tribes. It is also beneficial for my Twitter followers, because they will be sure I am really recommending something good.
I started doing this approximately two days ago. And I already see results I was hoping for.
#1 I can’t remember the last time someone retweeted one of my tweets that was sent from Triberr. Since I started doing this, I already got several RTs. That means that the post was read by more people or at least got more exposure (if someone randomly RTed it because of the message I attached to the tweet, like “must read”).
#2 I was surprised to see a tweet in my stream from a blog I have never read (this specific tweet happened two days ago). So I checked and found the person in one of my tribes. Had no clue we were in the same tribe.
I had two of his posts lined up in my Triberr. I read them both. Sorry, but they were really lame. Not approved.
Imagine this: I tweet it. Someone clicks. Read the post. Hates it. Says I suck for tweeting a post like that. Stops following me on Twitter. Stops reading my blog.
Nope, I am not ready to lose people as easy as that. Of course, I can’t make everyone happy, but I sure can do my best to keep you all around. Every one of you means a lot to me, so now that I have you here, I want to keep you :)
#3 I gave more blogging love to great posts and blogs I stopped reading lately. More RTs, shares, votes, comments…
#4 I read several posts I would have missed otherwise and they were so good that I am including them in my round up on Saturday.
#5 Here is an interesting example on how this worked for me.
I went to read a post by my friend Marlee (two of her posts are in this week’s round up because of my new strategy) and simply loved the font she used on her titles. Exactly what I was searching for months.
I dug around to see what font she uses, found it online, downloaded it and… now what. I had no clue how to add them to my blog. So, I did a search on Google about adding fonts to Thesis theme and found a Thesis tutorial blog I haven’t seen before.
They had the tutorial and the code I needed (a great video tutorial actually), so I managed to add these fonts and create the new cool headlines with them.
From reading ONE post (that I would have missed) I got:
- the font I was searching for a while
- 2 posts for my round up
- a great Thesis tutorial blog
- learned how to add fonts to a blog using CSS
One thing led to another just because I went to see her post! If that isn’t a lot, I don’t know what is.
But this sounds time consuming
It does. And it is. But let me put this in business language: if I clean my Twitter stream and become more trustworthy to my followers they will come to my blog more often. They will have faith in me and trust my recommendations. They might eventually subscribe to my newsletter or buy something through my affiliate links. Was it worth it? Sure was!
I work from home and I have time to go through with this. It might delay a few tweets, but I think ROI will be good for both me and others involved.
For now, this will work for me. If in the long run I don’t find this worth my time, I will rethink my strategy. But I don’t think I will be automating this process anymore.
Update: since this post, I have closed my account on Triberr.