After almost a year, I am sharing my experiences writing for Triond.
I began writing for Triond in February of 2011. I had been wanting to try my hand at doing some online writing for quite a while when I discovered sites that would pay you to write articles. Triond was one of many, and I decided to give it a try. Now that I’m a couple of months away from my one year anniversary, what do I think?
If there is one thing that I must give Triond credit for, it’s the fact that the actual act of writing is very, very simple. I have never had one issue with the writing interface, nor with the dashboard itself. When I have a writing idea, I can get on the site and pound it out relatively quickly and it generally goes online immediately. Rarely have I had an issue.
One thing that I wish I could do, however, it is manipulate the royalty-free images that Triond offers. I love that I can use images from Wikipedia and other place to post in my articles, by more often than not they tend to be giant monstrosities taking up a majority of my article. If I could at least make them smaller, then I would be one very happy writer.
Oftentimes writers on Triond rave about the community linked to the site. While there are many great people writing for Triond, it also has an equal number of plain old jerks. The forum, which no longer exits, was generally filled with hateful people who were ready to criticize you for the slightest little perceived infraction of the unknown community rules. There was always this idea in the forums that fishing for views was bad, and while I agree that if you used the forum merely for that purpose, then they were probably right. But if you wrote an article that related directly to the topic being discussed and posted a link, you were blasted.
The very first time I posted in the forums I was attacked. I didn’t post an article link, and I think I was asking a usual newbie question. Instead of being ignored by the so-called “veterans”, I was instead insulted and rarely participated in the forums again.
However, the support I get in my actual articles has been terrific. People make some great comments, and they sometimes even send some nice direct messages. This kind of support is always welcome, and is one of the reasons I continue to write for Triond. Meanwhile, the forums are a memory, and I hate to say that I applaud that decision. It was a terrible place to try an learn anything, and often was a nightmare to visit.
Let’s be honest: even if you aren’t interested in making money of Triond, you would love to get a million page views. As writers, we all want people to read our stuff, and the money reflects those page views. That is perhaps the most difficult part of writing online.
When I started writing on Triond, I was a little disappointed in my original page views, thus was upset by the money I made. The truth is that I didn’t know a thing about attracting readers and did a pretty poor job in my first few weeks. I actually quit writing for a very long time, but have since learned quite a bit about SEO, and my page views reflect what I’ve learned.
It’s not really about the money like t was when I started as it is about becoming a better writer and getting page views. If you really want to make money with Triond, there are really only 2 ways to go about it. One way is to spam like you’ve never spammed before. Write 50 nonsense articles a day and you will be able to make a tiny amount off the fact that you’ve posted something that someone is bound to look at. The other method is to write 3-10 high quality articles a day, and spend most of your time doing search engine optimization. The second way is much harder, but there have been some alleged success stories on Triond with this method.
If there is one overriding thing I have been disappointed with on Triond it is that the operators of the site do nothing to help you get page views. On top of that, the “Hot Content” section rarely changes. It is always the same 5-10 people, and the same articles from 6 months ago. And some of them are, at times, really poor articles. While those articles may have the most page views in total, it would be better to see the content be more current. Why not list the most popular from the last 30 days? Or how about a “Featured Contributors” section to show-off some of the writers? I for one love discovering great new writers and would appreciate an easier way to do so.
I have had ups and downs in my opinions of Triond. There are days that I enjoy posting a new article, trying to attract readers, and watching the real-time updates on the dashboard. There are other days where I work my tail off on an article only to scratch out a couple of page views, while seeing some really poor articles rack up the readers. It can be as frustrating as it is rewarding.
I now believe that Triond is for 2 types of writers. One type is beginners. The virtually frictionless system of writing and getting articles online is a boon for somebody just starting out. It is also easy to make a couple of extra bucks after writing for a while, which is a nice benefit. The second type of writer is the one who has no desire to do anything more complex. Many retirees write on Triond, and I can see why it’s attractive to them. They don’t have to maintain a blog, or write any code to get their writing online. That is perhaps one of Triond’s biggest strengths.
For the rest of us, however, I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to eventually take what you’ve learned on Triond, especially if you’ve gotten good with SEO, and apply it to a personal blog. Blogger and Wordpress are both good ways to get your writing online without doing a lot of work. While you may make no money at all, you can still take advantage of Adsense, and you can even add other revenue sources such as being an Amazon affiliate. The problem is that you only make money with these types of services if people click and not on page views alone. Of course, your own blog would be more work, and that is perhaps the big turn-off for most people.