Triond is not a perfect site, as many a writer can attest, but perhaps we should stop waiting for the Triond staff to improve the site and we should do so ourselves.
A lot of writers begin their Triond experience with dreams of making it rich. They’re getting paid to write, so they begin to hope they can write a few articles ever now and then and watch the money roll in. Others are a little more realistic, realizing they will have to write a lot of articles to make any money, yet they still have hopes of making that money.
The truth is a lot more disheartening. You write and write and publish and publish, yet only pennies are rolling in. Maybe you’re only making a few cents a day. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones pulling in ten or twenty dollars a month. Maybe you’re even one of the few Triond writers managing to take home a hundred dollars a month, or maybe even a little more, from the site.
To knock the breath from beginners just a little more, another truth is that it is much more difficult to make money through Triond than it was even a year ago, and even more so two or three years ago. Why is this? One of the big changes was when Google adjusted the algorithms for its search engines more than a year ago, making it more difficult for those utilizing Google to stumble upon Triond articles. Also, some of the more popular content linking sites (such as Reddit and StumbleUpon) have cracked down on what they consider spam, sometimes outright blocking Triond sites. Frankly, these sites were responding to complaints by their users. But why would readers complain about Triond articles and those of other “content farms?” The truth is many of the articles simply aren’t very good, often repeating information found elsewhere in a better format and sometimes providing outright nonfactual information; some Triond articles are written with bad grammar, bad spelling and bad punctuation.
Now, I don’t claim to be any great writer even though I am a writer professionally (meaning this is how I pay my bills each month), so I don’t want you to think I mean to hurt the feelings of other Triond writers or to bash them. I’m only trying to tell things as they are. There are a lot of complaints about Triond, but if we writers want to make the site better we need to be the ones to do so by improving our writing skills and by producing better articles, ones that cannot be found elsewhere, articles that will draw readers to Triond sites.
The staff behind the Triond site are like those of any company. They probably have a lot of things to do, and perhaps the least of these is keeping Triond up and running. Stanza Ltd., the company behind Triond, has more business interests than just Triond, and for those who are willing to admit it, Triond has probably been a big pain for the Stanza folks. Complaint after complaint has rolled during my years at Triond, many of those complaints obviously biased and self serving. Now, obviously Triond could do a lot of things to improve the site, and perhaps the site’s owners have let things fall apart and get a little sloppy around here, but honestly what reason do they have to make major improvements when all they hear is a bunch of bitching and complaining? When you had a boss who treated you that way, were you ever enthusiastic about doing what he wanted?
Should writers roll over and put up with anything the Triond staff does? Obviously, no, but a little respect and a little willingness to work with the system might go a long way.
In other words, if we want Triond to improve, it is us writers who must improve the site. Write the best articles you can. Edit, proofread, add some images. Link only where appropriate. Build the Triond site. Make it success. By doing so, the powers that be behind Triond will begin to pay attention to the site again. Sure, most of us will only make pennies, but if you’re only reason to write for Triond is to make money then you would be better served by going elsewhere, perhaps by publishing e-books.
Remember, you have the power. You can make Triond a better site.