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Hey Triond Writers: Are You Making Money From Your Referrals?

I try not to make disparaging remarks about Triond. I love the community of writers and the freedom to publish pretty much on any subject I feel like writing about on any given day. While Triond certainly doesn’t pay the bills, it does give me a little extra spending money each month, for which I’m thankful.

That said, there’s one thing around here that I’m perplexed about and one thing that’s simply annoying me.  


As of the last six months, I’ve noticed a serious decline in the quality of articles being published on Triond. I like the fact that Triond is a learning portal for new writers to develop and perfect their grammar. This is especially important to writers using English as a second language.

However, there has to be some standard when it comes to quality. Otherwise, Triond becomes a glorified blog with a lot of articles that are barely comprehendible through horrible grammar, horrible English, and short blurbs of meaningless thought. I’m already seeing the affect this lack of standard is having when it comes to social media.

For the last four years, I’ve spent countless hours building my Twitter, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and such accounts so that I can intersperse promotional Triond submissions without getting banned or looking like a troll, and my approach has worked…..that is until recently. Reddit cooking and food banned everyone submitting anything from Triond due to the poor, half-broken English recipes they were getting as Reddit submissions. So, yeah, I’m annoyed!


I have 55 referrals to I’ve had most of these referrals for at least a year. Yet, I’ve managed to make a whopping three cents since the program was started. I did a little exploring and found that around half of these referrals weren’t actively publishing, but a good third of them had actively been publishing articles. So, I’m just wondering ….out of 55 people, how can it be that they’ve made almost no money for me to have only made three cents?

I’m curious what is your experience, as Triond writers, with the referral system? Has anyone made any money off referrals?

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9 Responses to “Hey Triond Writers: Are You Making Money From Your Referrals?”
  • Sandeep Sunny Jasrotia
    November 15th, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I m making just few cents from my referrals…The cpm rate decreased the earning…Smile..

  • MissLindsie
    November 15th, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I have one, but it’s not making me any money. I think it’s one of those dummy referrals. Just make an account and do nothing,

  • Ixodoi
    November 15th, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Only one of my referral published good articles (Most don’t post at all, one – I got banned myself since he was violating copyrights).

    My only good ref wasn’t active lately, but he has around 20 articles, and I usually get around 2~5 cents a month from him.

  • K Kristie
    November 15th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Got 71 with 3-4 active or have published a few. I’m earning 5-8 cents a month.

  • J Pisani
    November 15th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I haven’t gotten my referral link yet but I found your article very interesting. By the way, how long did it take to get your link?

  • Edyta N. Tehrani
    November 15th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I got just one and no money.

  • martie
    November 16th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Every so often we get an influx of new writers that lowers the quality of Trionds overall articles. It has been happening every since I have been here.

  • zebedeerox
    November 16th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    First and foremost, Jo, what a well-balanced article, points made clearly and concisely and obviously striking accord with many Triond members who find themselves in the same boat.

    I’ve only arrived here this week after finding the site through a referral from an awfully-written article when I was searching for something completely off topic. Which in some way vilifies Triond publishing tripe – if it’s good enough for Google to rank, who’s to argue?

    I’m not saying it’s right, far from it. Spun copy is the bane of my life and I’ve remonstrated on my blog about it in numerous articles over the last eighteen months or so.

    I wasn’t even aware that there was a referral program so, secondly, thanks for that. My chagrin now is that I’ll start earning someone money who has no grasp of the English language whatsoever. But that’s being defeatist.

    The key point for me is reputation. Without one, a writer is going nowhere fast. If there has been a decline in standard, then the Triond team need to do something about it, too. It is their reputation on the line, too.

    I noticed the poor quality when my own first article got declined because of poor quality. I looked for comparisons and, once found, could not believe the reason the support team cited for not publishing my article compared to what I was seeing as already published – it was laughable.

    Needless to say, I’m up and running now and am so glad that there’s someone else who hates poor quality – it is theft, as the majority is spun content from non-natives who wouldn’t know punctuation if it came up and bitch-slapped them in the face.

    I’m with you all the way; I’m off now to try to recruit some of my G+ friends – or at least will when I get my referral link – to see if we can up the ante.

    Thanks again, and a very warm welcome to you all.

  • zebedeerox
    November 17th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Jo, I’ve shared your concern with my modest community, petal – article’s here:
    I’ve got a superb ‘how to guest blog’ series I’m going to publish on Triond next week, highlighting the issue even further.
    Added as friend on Triond. x

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