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 http://www.triond.com/rw/42589. 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?