This is a recount of my Triond activities in July 2011. I have received my first payment in paypal, proving that Triond is not a scam.
What I did
I joined Triond in the middle of June and wrote 3 articles in that month. However I earned a bare $0.01 for that month, which did not satisfy the minimum payout required. I started to think that maybe Triond was just a scam. After some research into how one can earn some money in Triond I started to work more proactively in July. I spent around 3 hours each day on Triond to write my own articles as well as to read and comment on others’. I explored the user list and added many friends. On average I needed an hour to write an article. In July I produced about one article per day. At the end of the month I have around 35 articles.
With all these work I earned enough to have my first payment sent through paypal. However the amount is still below $1. I would like to keep some privacy by hiding one digit of the actual earning – it’s just somewhere between $0.5 – $1 anyway. However it is already an encouragement for me to keep working for Triond, considering the disappointment I received on the first month of joining Triond.
The Traffic Sources
I tried to find where my views come from based on the data available in the Dashboard. Thanks to the Triond community half of my views are from fellow Triond writers. I estimate that my own clicks accounted for around 30% of the views. Google accounts for only about 2% of the views. I don’t blame Triond for low page rankings, because my articles do ranked fairly high for if they keyword match my articles. The reason for the low amount of traffic from google is that I am not writing on the most popular topics so I can only blame myself. But I have no intention to change my direction of writing as I do not want to write on something that I am not familiar with and not interested in.
Also I learned from some other writers that writing on some particular topics earns more than other topics. So I tried to do some accounting on my articles to see which web site gives me more income. However the consolidated data does not make any sense. For example in socyberty one article generated 1 cent per 13 views, but another article is not yet giving me any income for the 72 views already generated. The only conclusion I can make is that the income varies from article to article, not depending on where my article is published but on some secret algorithm that only Triond understands.
My earnings in July 2011 surpassed the threshold of $0.5 required for paypal payment. Now I have my own referral link so I can refer some friends and get some extra income. And I received the 2000 impressions badge and also the 20 articles badge.
I am still struggling to have an Adsense account approved. I have been rejected 2 times so now I am not sure where and when to re-apply for one. This is my next major milestone. The other milestone that I hope to achieve in August is the 50 articles badge. The next impressions badge is 5000 views which I believe I can only achieve several months later.
Triond is an online writing web site where you can have your work published and earn some pocket money from page views. To learn more about Triond click here.