Build a Following on Triberr

I love Triberr. It made a big difference in my blog, but how do you build a following on it?

Having followers on Triberr means that every time you publish a new piece of content, your followers will share your content with their Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn audience. In fact, this can be a completely hands-off operation for your followers.
Bloggers, podcasters, or YouTubers should consider following a number of people on Triberr in order to keep your social accounts active and your audience glued to your updates due to the amazing content you keep sharing.
Use Case 1: Business Blogs
You run your company’s blog and need eyeballs. What do you do?
Your employees are on social networks. Your company’s message is timely and relevant to your employees. And since many of your employees are connected with your business partners, clients, customers, and general public, chances are your company’s blog is relevant to that audience.
Employee advocacy is a marketing channel few businesses are taking advantage of. There are platforms that charge thousands of dollars to help companies spread their message though their employee network, but on Triberr, you get it for free.
Use Case 2: Superfans
You are an amazing content creator (blogger, podcaster, or YouTuber) and you need eyeballs on your content. What do you do?
Your readers are on social networks and some of them may be your superfans. Following you on Triberr means that they will likely be among the first people to share your content. And if your content makes them look good, then being among the first to share it could be very beneficial to your followers, and it could be beneficial to their audience.

How to Build a Following On Triberr

You will need to grab your profile URL first. To do that, go to Account/Profile (see image below).
How to Build a Following On Triberr screen 1
Note the URL for your profile page. It may look something like this: or something like this:
Both are correct, but one is prettier. If you’d like to beautify your profile URL, here are the steps.
In either case, you’ll end up on your profile page, which may look something like this (see image below).
How to Build a Following On Triberr screen 2
Note: To change your header image, follow these steps.
Notice the Follow button on your profile page. Clicking the Follow button reveals an option to set sharing to auto or manual (see image below).
How to Build a Following On Triberr screen 3.1
Default option (No) is to set sharing to manual. Clicking “Yes” will set sharing to auto, which means that whenever new content is published on the blog, the new article will be shared automagically to whatever social accounts are connected to the follower’s Triberr account.
Follow these steps to add TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn accounts to Triberr.
Want to take Following for a spin? I’d love to be your guinea pig. You can follow me here, and you can unfollow any time.

The Possibilities

When compared to other social networks, the economies of scale are completely different on Triberr.
For example, 500 followers on Twitter means that only few followers will see things you share with them. Five hundred followers on Facebook means that only few of your fans will see your status updates (unless you pay extra).
Let’s consider what happens when you have 500 followers on Triberr.
Five hundred followers, each connecting their Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts means that every time you publish a new post you will get 1500 shares.
500 followers X 3 social networks = 3 shares per follower.
And if every follower has you on auto, those shares are guaranteed and reliable.
Also, consider that those 1500 shares are only the first ripple. Each of those 1500 shares may lead to re-shares which leads to the 2nd ripple, which may lead to the 3rd….you get the idea.

Breaking out of the Triberr bubble

Triberr is very content-creator focused. Having other bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers follow you is incredibly valuable. In fact, it’s so valuable that we’ve built an entire platform around it and called it Triberr.
But you’ll want to break out of the Triberr bubble and get your employees, friends, family (and anyone else who might be able to reach your target customer) to follow you on Triberr.
To do that, here are few ideas.
1. Invite your Facebook friends to follow you on Triberr. You’ll probably have to explain what Triberr is and how this helps you and them, but luckily the article you’re reading right now should give you some pretty good ideas.
Ditto on Twitter, LinkedIn, and elsewhere.2. Add a badge to your blog. You’ll have to make one yourself for now and link to your profile page, but we plan on rolling out an official plugin soon that will look something like Facebook’s “Like my page” type box.
The plugin will probably look a lot like Facebook or G+ equivalent. If you have ideas on how these designs could be improved, please let us know. Here’s a proposed design on the right.
3. Invite your existing blog followers via newsletter or blog post. You’ll probably have to explain what Triberr is and how it helps your blog readers stay on top of your content, easily consume it, and easily share it, but luckily the article you’re reading right now should give you some pretty good ideas.
 4. There are few esoteric ways in which I’ve promoted my blog that have worked really well. Same esoteric ways could be used for your Triberr profile, Facebook page, or any number of other places where you want people to engage with you.
Here are few ideas:
– Add your Triberr profile to your email signature.
– Add your Triberr profile to your business card.
– Add your Triberr profile to your bio lines on other social channels.
Word to the wise: Keep in mind that the No 4 may be pushing it. Be smart about who you’re communicating your Triberr profile to. It’s not for everybody. It’s really for the two use-cases mentioned above (business blogs and superfans). Everybody else will probably be put-off if you pester them with your “follow my blog on Triberr” message.
If you have additional ideas, please share below.

What’s Your Use-Case?

I presented 2 use-case scenarios above. Business blogs and superfans.

Is there a 3rd scenario that I didn’t think of?

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TucsonFoodGuy Michael Iafrato is the Tucson Food Guy… Foodie, Blogger, Social Media and Tech Guru, Activist, Kiwanian, and Friend!!!

I’m a Vegan. Kinda.

I am a big guy. I love food; I am the Tucson Food Guy after all. So why would I become vegan?

Being a big guy has its benefits: I am recognized wherever I go, I have a specialty store that sells clothes just for my size, people can’t take their eyes off me… OK, I guess those aren’t really benefits. In reality, it is tough being a big guy. I can’t go to a regular store and get clothes off the rack. I can’t sit comfortably in an airline seat. I can’t breathe when running down the street. What’s worse than being a big guy, is being a big guy with a neuromuscular disorder (myasthenia gravis) who loves food. That’s right: I can’t exercise to lose weight because my body doesn’t work the way it should, so the only way to lose weight is to diet. Oh no! I said the evil-bad 4-letter word! I hate diets. They are horrible. You are expected to eat enough food to basically fill about a quarter of my stomach.
So when I was looking for how to lose weight, I spoke to my friend who is a vegan and he told me, “Look, go vegan for five days a week, and eat what you want the other two. I guarantee you will lose weight.”
So I did just that and I became a flexetarian. A what? A flexetarian is someone who is a flexible vegetarian, or vegan, as in my case. So what do I do as a flexetarian? Well for me, I am keeping mostly to an anti-inflammatory diet. In this diet, well researched by Dr. Andrew Weil and talked about in his book, “Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being”, you eat basically a vegan diet – no or very little dairy, no or very little meat, no white or processed carbs. What you eat is healthy fish and seafood, tofu, vegetables and fruits. You can have a glass or 2 of wine if you like. You get to enjoy amazing food, like some of the recipes featured in“True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure” which is by Dr. Weil and Sam Fox and has wonderful recipes that are featured in Weil and Fox’s restaurant chain, True Foods.
So how’s it going? How is the Italian Tucson Food Guy enjoying being a part time vegan? I have to admit, it is easier than I expected. First thing I have learned is Whole Foods is my friend. I found a wonderful almond coffee creamer that has taken the place of my half and half. It is better for me and keeps me moving towards no dairy. I even had baked ziti and kept it vegan. Yes, I traded the Ricotta cheese for an almond ricotta cheese and the mozzarella for an almond based mozzarella cheese, and they have a parmesan cheese made out of ground nuts that tastes very much like the real thing. The ziti was amazing and I didn’t even miss the real stuff.
Dairy is one of the biggest culprits in inflammation. As a myastheniac, the more dairy I can avoid, the better, but avoiding dairy is not only good for those of us with myasthenia gravis, it is good for everyone. It has been scientifically shown that when people give up dairy they have less allergic reactions and less overall health issues. And this trend has not gone unnoticed in the main stream. Pieology, a chain of pizza restaurants based in California has recently announced that they will carry vegan mozzarella cheese. Pieology has invited me to try their new vegan cheese pizza and I will post in a later blog my review. I hope that this first step will be followed by other restaurants, not to completely eliminate dairy for those who still want to enjoy it, but to have options for us who have given dairy up.
Am I happier without dairy and without meat? You betcha. I have never felt better. I am more energetic, more active, and feel like I did before my myasthenia gravis took control of my life. I can feel the difference on my off days or on days that I might not keep vegan.
So, becoming a vegan is a very hard thing to change all at once, but if you do it in baby steps and become a part time vegan, you can slowly work it into your lifestyle and I guarantee your body will feel the difference.
Are you a vegan or have some vegan story or recipe to share? Comment below as I would love to hear your story.

Taco Night Saved and Made Better

So I bought these Shells from Ortega to have Taco Night at home. I love Taco Night and like to do it myself instead of paying Taco Bell or going out. At least I know exactly what kind of meat I am using, etc.

So when I opened the box I was very upset because my shells were all broken.

I had some soft taco shell so I was going to have to have soft tacos instead. But I really was craving crispy tacos. So I took the broken pieces of the taco shell and put them on top of the soft shell.

Then I dressed up my taco with my regular ingredients.

It was awesome. Better then a normal taco. I have seen something like this on Taco Bell’s menu before but always said who would want to do this. Well add me to the list. I might do this for now on.
So the lesson we learn here is sometimes think outside of the box and when you think something is ruined it might not be.

The Rise of Downtown Tucson

Once upon a time in the city of Tucson if you were to walk down the streets this is what it would feel like. No one was around. It was a ghost town, well worse then that at least ghost towns have tourists.

Sure Tucson had tourist, about once a year at least they would come to our great city for the Gem Show. I know, I know… El Tour de Tucson. Yes they would come for that as well.
But on a regular weekend you can go around downtown and it would be empty.
But then something changed. What changed, I really don’t know. Some might say the Over priced, Under Regulated Rio Nuevo worked. I highly doubt that. 
Businesses just started opening downtown. First a few restaurants, then some more. A few breweries, then some housing came in. 
I have gone to some places downtown and will review a few of them and review a few more soon, so Downtown has risen and is a happening place now. Join the Tucson Food Guy and let’s discover downtown together over the next few weeks.

I’m running for Kiwanis Governor-Elect

So I am running for Kiwanis Governor-Elect. I am very excited. My District in Kiwanis included Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso County Texas. It is a great district. We have amazing people and culture. And we have AMAZING food!!!

You have the Mexican Influence, the Native American Influence, and some Cowboy Cuisine mixed in there.

So the food guy will get to have wonderful food around the District.

But what is Kiwanis… It is a Community Service Organization that changes the World, ONE CHILD and ONE COMMUNITY at a time.

You should join Kiwanis and join me in changing the World.

Coming Soon… Pizzeria Bianco

3 hour wait for a pie… You gotta be kidding me? Nope. That is normal at the Phoenix eatery of Chris Bianco. It must be worth it to have people waiting that long. I mean you can get pizza anywhere. But this is a Bianco pie. It is the top of the pizza world, well at least the national pizza scene.

Rated as one of the best pizza places in the nation by countless news outlets and surveys. This place is the pizza mecca. But Michael, they don’t have the fancy certificate and number from Naples like Vero Amore. Well maybe not, but they have something that Vero Amore nor no other pizza place have, a James Beard award.

Well I have never tasted the pizza heaven that is Bianco. Well consider it is a 2 hour drive to Phoenix, plus you have the 3 to 4 hour wait. Well I can’t handle that for a pizza. But alas, have no fear, Chris Bianco and his pizza will be near…

That’s right, Chris will be opening his trademark Pizza location here in Tucson. It is part of the downtown revitalization that is sweeping through Tucson. I think it will be a welcomed addition. If Chris keeps to his ways of using local sourced foods as much as possible and if Chris becomes part of the Tucson community I think Chris has what it takes in his character as told by others, me never have met him, to overcome the Tucson-Phoenix rivalry that has made victim many a restauranteur that has tried to make Tucson their second home.

Once Chris comes to town I hope to try his pizza. Right now Vero Amore is my favorite pie in Tucson but I am always willing to try new pie. Does the Tucson Food Guy know Pizza? I would say so… I am from Pizza Pedigree. My cousins have owned and operated Denino’s Pizza on Staten Island, named one of the best pizza places in New York since 1937. Denino’s will always be the best pie I have ever eaten.

Hopefully Bianco’s Tucson Pizza will take the place of the family as the best pizza in my heart.

Triberr – The Bloggers Superhero… with Proof

Many of you have heard me sing my praises for Triberr before. But it really is a superhero…


But now I have the proof… Back in 2007 I started Tucson Food Guy.

Don’t you love my little cactus. Well back then I was a little blogger with really no audience. Well unless you count my mom, who even she didn’t like my blog. 
Well after some redos and mistakes I think I finally hit a mega 50 page hits… Yippie.
Then something changed in my life. I met this dude named Dino. And he was telling me about this awesome business he started with a friend called Triberr. Well I was like, yeah ok Dino, you’re my friend’s friend so I will be nice to you and sign up but whatever, I have no views anyway.
So I used Triberr for a post or 2 on my blogger site. Then I took down my original blog and did some revisions and what not on WordPress. So it brings me to now. I came back to Blogger because of the integration with Google Plus. But wait… I looked at my visits chart on Blogger… And look what I see…
Wow my numbers shot through the roof during the time I was tracking visits with Blogger and was using Triberr.
I had over 4000 hits in the few months that I was online with Triberr and Blogger. Nevermind how many more hits I had with WordPress and Triberr.
So now with the proof in hand I ask you… Why are you not on Triberr?