You may be a bit frightened by the title (no, it’s not that type of inbreeding) but don’t worry, I’m only talking about Triberr – an automated content sharing tool for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Triberr describes itself as: “A robust, industrial-strength content distribution network built for bloggers, by bloggers. By giving bloggers a platform to group themselves in organizational units we call tribes, we make it fun and easy for your tribemates to share your content via their social media channels.”
It sounds like a great tool for bloggers in theory, right? But is it all what it’s cracked up to be? Find out in my Triberr review below! (And yes, I will be addressing the bones, bonfires, and inbreeding shortly.)
How It Works
Once you’ve signed up for Triberr, you can start joining tribes or even create your own with the bones you received for signing up. Everything costs “bones” in Triberr and once you run out of your freebie bones, you’ll have to purchase them yourself with real dough or try to earn some by giving ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ ratings to your tribe members’ blog posts. Initially, you’ll probably waste a lot of bones trying to join various tribes only to be turned down by the tribe chief.
Why is this? Well, Triberr is somewhat of a popularity contest. If your social media accounts don’t already have a ton of followers and you’re not in any good tribes yet, (and how could you be… you just joined!) you’re not really of any value to existing tribe members. However, here’s an inside tip: Leave comments on Bonfires (pretty much like a forum) telling various tribes that you’d like to join. If you blog often and have quality posts, tell them this and include links to prove it. Show you’d be a beneficial addition to their tribe and you’ll score an invite or two. You can also create your own Bonfire and tribe and invite other new members to join it. Once you’re in some tribes, you can spend more of your bones to start inbreeding. If you were hoping for something more scandalous, sorry to disappoint, but inbreeding simply means that you can now invite existing Triberr members to join your tribes.
Since Triberr automatically imports your blog posts through your RSS feed, your tribe members will start getting your posts almost immediately. The same goes for all your tribe members’ posts – you’ll see them showing up in your stream pretty quickly after joining your first tribe (depending on how often they write, of course). You can choose to have your tribe members’ posts sent out automatically or manually and you can vote a blog post as being good or bad (thumbs up or thumbs down) and they can do the same for yours.
If you’re looking for a way to increase not only views of your blog posts, but comments, too, Triberr should definitely be a consideration for you. You will undoubtedly get more readers after you get in a tribe or two, so it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll see your stats go up. I am currently in three tribes (although no longer active) with 87 members total and a reach of 1,971,514. Your reach is calculated by the number of tribe members you have and the number of followers each has on their social media accounts individually. Keep in mind that number is your potential reach only. Are you really going to get over one million views on each of your blog posts? Highly unlikely. But my views did increase by 200-300 per post, which was pretty great.
If you choose to manually approve posts from your tribemates (and you should), you’ll be able to regulate the quality of content going out to your followers. You’ll also be able to make sure relevant content is being sent out, which is very important.
Another great feature of Triberr is that you can forge relationships with other bloggers in your tribes. Since you’ll be sending out their content every day and talking to them through social media and Bonfires, you may start to make some friends. At the very least, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for networking with like-minded bloggers.
If you let Triberr automatically send out posts to your followers, you run the risk of sending out poor content, which ultimately is only going to reflect badly on you. As I’ve reviewed potential posts to send out in the past, I’ve seen ones with glaring grammatical mistakes that would make any reader cringe, as well as posts that have absolutely nothing to do with the categories the tribe is supposed to stick to. Okay, so you’re thinking, ‘Just manually approve them then and stop complaining,’ right? Well, yes, you can do that, but who really has the time to sit there and read 50 blog posts a day? Or even 10 for that matter?
If you’re truly concerned about the quality of content you’re sending out to your followers, you absolutely have to read the blog posts your tribe members are writing, which is going to take up a lot of your time. And let’s be honest, you’ll probably get to the point where you’re doing nothing more than quickly skimming the blog posts before approving them because it just takes too long to read all of the posts in your stream. And that’s nothing but risky biz if you ask me.
Before anyone gets mad, I’m not saying people who use Triberr are spammers. What I am saying, however, is that Triberr can start to look like spam on your social media accounts. This is especially true if you’re not posting much other content. If the only posts your followers are seeing are automated posts sent out through Triberr every 60 or 80 minutes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it can start to look questionable. Has your account been hacked or are you really sending out 20 impersonal posts a day on purpose? Do you really want your followers asking those questions?
After concluding my Triberr review, would I use it again? Probably not. Even though my blog post views did go up, and there were plenty of great bloggers with quality content in my tribes, I just didn’t find the time it took to regulate their posts worth it. I had to weed out too many posts with typos and grammatical mistakes, as well as posts that just didn’t have anything to do with the topics my followers were interested in. Plus, I didn’t like the way my tribemates’ posts looked on my Twitter account.
In my opinion — for what it’s worth — you’re better off finding other ways to grow your blog’s exposure, like working on producing high quality content first and foremost, and then exploring other avenues to get the readers you want and deserve.
Do you have a Triberr review of your own? Please share your opinion below!
Images courtesy of Triberr and Flickr by S. Falkow and The Justified Sinner