AdSense pays out when you reach $100 or more. Getting to that point can be a real challenge, though. So far, sharing articles to social networking sites corresponds to a small uptick in page views. Getting people to comment and rate articles is a challenge. So far most of my traffic comes from fellow Triond members. For that, I thank all of you. I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy reading yours.
I’ve read Tony Leather’s articles about his experiences with Triendster, and I see some of the same things he sees. A lot of traffic within Triond means that we are all networking a lot more effectively, but inside networking is not enough. We get paid from ad revenue, and that is set by page views and “time on page,” among other factors. When you read someone’s article, take note of something that you can ask a question about or make a comment on that will start a conversation. Make relevant, informed comments that reflect a point in the article, and whenever possible, make purchases from the businesses that advertise on that article.
If we all do that, everyone here will benefit.
When you write an article, check your grammar and spelling, and don’t just use a translation program. Ask a native speaker to read your article and fix any awkward constructions that your translation software got wrong. Don’t be a “Pants of Spandex” writer, notorious for poorly-translated copy. Shrimp do not wear tuxedos and you cannot accrue a Haitian from rotating. If a fellow writer points out problems in your copy, make appropriate corrections as soon as possible. Poorly-written copy pulls the reputation of the entire site down and reduces the value of everyone’s articles.
Ask questions in the comments section, to get a conversation started, rather than simply saying “Good share.” Questions and answers add value to your article, especially if they prompt you to make revisions. Encourage new Triond members and use the “Like” button when you find a well-written article that provides useful information. Share articles on Facebook, Digg, MySpace, Xanga, StumbleUpon and other social networking sites, along with a short comment explaining why you like the article, whether or not you agree with it, and what you plan to do with the information in it.
Above all, though, remember to thank one another for making all these efforts. So to all who took the time to read this all the way through, Thank You!
Tell me what you think brings more traffic to your articles and encourages people to buy from the companies that advertise on them.