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Is TSU a Pyramid Scheme?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Many people are immediately turned off by TSU because they think it’s a pyramid scheme.

By having the ‘family tree’ structure, the person who invited you to TSU will benefit financially from you being there. How much they will benefit is entirely up to you.  It will range from zero to infinity, but will always only be one third of the benefit you receive.

First we need to understand,

Q. What is a Pyramid Scheme?

A. A pyramid scheme is simply a business model that is unsustainable – and often illegal – that convinces you to join by promising payments (or other incentives) if you encourage other people to join.

Usually this means that money has to come in the front door faster than it goes out the back door.  This will often work until sign-ups start to decrease or people lose confidence.  By this stage, the owners have made their money and the little guy is left with a hole in his wallet.

 

Q. TSU gives payments, and encourages users to ‘recruit’ so this means it’s a pyramid scheme. Right?

A. Wrong.  He’s why

  1. It costs nothing to join or use TSU, so any money in the system is coming purely from advertisers (who choose to advertise), and not from you. You can never lose money only gain some. How much, is entirely up to you and your actions.
  2. TSU ‘only’ gives out 90% of the revenue generated by advertising, so there is always more money coming in the front door than goes out the back. If they don’t make it, they don’t pay it.
  3. TSU sign-ups have already come in waves, and the network shows no signs of going away. Usually a wave follows a user with a large following joining and bringing some of that following with them.

 

Q. So is it better than other social networks?

A. Well…this is a matter of opinion.  Have you ever received a share of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter’s revenue?

Have any of these networks ever directly shared their success with a charity, due the the charity’s participation in the network only?

 

Q. So should I quit other social networks and just use TSU?

A. No. TSU is still comparatively small (a bit under 5 million registered users) and does not have the reach of the social media behemoths. However, I think the genie is now out of the bottle and we’ve already seen (particularly with Facebook) that the big boys don’t know what to do about TSU.

TSU is going to grow. How quickly, only time will tell, but it should definitely be part of your social media setup.

 

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?
Tip 12: How to get more followers on TSU?
Tip 13: TSU Invite Code

 

TSU Invite Code

I can’t believe that I got to TSU Tip 13 and I still hadn’t written a post to give you a TSU invite code!

Q. What is a TSU Invite Code?

A. A TSU invite code / TSU invitation link / TSU shortcode (all these terms are interchangeable) is just a URL that you need to sign up to the social network TSU.

 

Q. Why do I need a TSU Invite Code?

A. TSU users can earn on the social network in 2 ways.  First, by posting quality original content and have people like / comment / share.  Second, by inviting others to the network to help it grow.

 

Q. So, what is the TSU Invite Code?

A. Everyone’s is different.  I have 2, because I have 2 accounts.

My personal code: www.tsu.co/goofysurfer

The Flower Pictures gallery code: www. tsu.co/flowerpictures

Clicking on either of these links will make me your ‘TSU Dad’.

 

Q. I’m already on TSU, what is my code?

A. Your code is just: www.tsu.co/(your username).  Your username is just the bit after the @ symbol on TSU.

If you invite a friend, family member, colleague etc. to TSU, make sure you use your TSU invite code.  You’re the one spreading the word, so you’re the one who should benefit.

 

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?
Tip 12: How to get more followers on TSU?

How to get more followers on TSU

So you’d like to know how to get more followers on TSU, right?

Q. Is there some magic wand I can wave and suddenly have hundreds or even thousands of followers?

A. I’m afraid not, but read on because all is not lost.

There is one thing that I’m certain of on TSU (and on social media in general)…Followers bring Followers. Think of it like a snowball rolling down a hill, the bigger the ball gets, the easier it is to get even bigger.

Q. That’s a nice little anecdote, but can you prove it.

A. Until today it was just something I’d observed, but didn’t have any proof of, so I went back to my TSU Analytics. If you’re already on TSU, you’ll probably know that you can go to your Analytics Dashboard and review your Views, Likes and Comments over the past 30 days.

Well…being a bit of a geek for the numbers (there was quite a lot of stats in my degree), I’ve noted all of my numbers since the start (Oct 2014) in a spreadsheet.  Yes…I know…but sometimes it comes in handy.

So, I decided to compare my daily new followers in March 2015 against my new follower numbers for October 2015, and here’s the results:

New Followers in March 2015
New Followers in March 2015 – click for fullsize
New Followers in October 2015
New Followers in October 2015 – click for fullsize

This is even more striking than I expected it to be.

Q. So what does this teach us? 

A. In my opinion, it’s this. If you find a social media page that has a lot of followers you immediately think it must be good.  In fact, if you found two identical pages, but one had ten times the followers than the other you’d immediately expect the one with more followers to be better.

Q. Why is this?

It’s because you assume that other people have already reviewed the page and determined it to be good. You don’t actually decide for yourself, you allow others to decide for you.

The difference between what I did on TSU in October compared to what I did on TSU in March is not much, but the difference in follower numbers speaks for itself.

Obviously I hope that people enjoy my page, but it’s up to me to ensure that people continue to follow me.

Q. So how does this help me learn how to get more followers on TSU?

A. Quite simply, it shows you that perseverance is the key.  Start by following these simple steps:

  1. Find the area/topic that interests you most (then you’re less likely to give up at the first few hurdles)
  2. You must create quality content (and I’ll do a post later about Quality over Quantity)
  3. Engage with others who are also interested in your area (remember to use hashtags)
  4. Keep going…you may know you’re doing the right thing…but you should expect others to take longer to realise.

 

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

Thomas A. Edison

 

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?

Is Google finding your TSU posts?

Q. Does it matter if Google finds your TSU posts?

A. Of course it does, and here’s why.

Let’s say that your hobby or profession is photography, and that macro photography is what interests you most. Let’s also say that you’ve joined TSU, and that the majority of your content is close-ups of insects. But…you really only post your images and a couple of hashtags, if you remember. It’s highly unlikely that Google is going to find your post.

Q. So what should I do differently?

  1. Always give your post a title. This should be relevant and not an attempt to spam (Google doesn’t like this, neither does TSU and neither should you).
  2. Always give your post a short description. This could be where you were, what camera you used, what the subject is, how long it took you to get the shot you wanted etc. etc.
  3. Always use at lease 2 or 3 (relevant) hashtags. i.e #caterpillar #insect

This will make it much more likely that your post will be ‘discovered’ on TSU and be indexed and found on Google.

Q. So what?

A. Well, if someone – who has possibly never heard of TSU – finds your post on Google (TSU posts are now Open Web and can be seen by non-members) and joins TSU as a result, they join under your shortcode.  They are then a child in your family tree network forever, and remember, TSU rewards both original content and those who grow the network.

Here’s something to try:

Open a new tab or web page. Go to TSU, but log out of your account. Go to Google and search for ‘YourUsername on TSU’.  Click on the link to your account.

You’ll be able to see all of your account but not interact without signing up.  So click on the link that says ‘Join’.

Have a look in the Referrer Shortcode field.  It is you!

Q. Can you summarise this?

A. Sure. Take a little more care and attention when you make your posts and gain TSU children without having to do anything!  Cool eh.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU

 

 

Connect your Social Profiles

Q. What are my Social Profiles?

A. Your social profiles are the other accounts you have on Social Media, i.e. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc.

Q. How do I connect them?

A. There are 2 different ways.

First, go to your page.  At the top where you see your name, your username and your friend and follower numbers, you’ll also see an ‘Edit Profile’ button on the left hand side.

Connect your Social Profiles

Click that button and fill in your website details (if you have one), your YouTube channel, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts.  Click ‘Save’.

Now go back to your page and you’ll see the links on the left hand side.

The second thing to do is to connect your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Click your profile picture (top right), click ‘Settings’ and then click ‘Social Accounts’.  Fill in details for whatever accounts you have.

The next time you create a post, the Facebook and Twitter icons will now allow you to send that post directly to your other accounts (NB: make sure you do this before clicking ‘Post’ on TSU).

Social Sharing to Facebook and Twitter

Q.  Ok, I’ve got that, but why?

A. If you share your posts to your other social profiles and someone then navigates to TSU via your link (shortcode invitation) and then signs up, they will become your ‘Child’, and you may benefit from that.

It will also help you find your contacts from other networks on TSU.

Learning to use multiple social media sites in harmony is a powerful skill and one which you can use to help build brand YOU.

Don’t worry if you don’t use all the social websites.  Just connect the ones that you do.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement

Meaningful Engagement

Q. What is meaningful engagement?

A. To me, meaningful engagement is just communicating with someone when you actually have something worthwhile to say.

If you see someone’s post and the thought you have is ‘oh, that’s nice’, then click the Like button and move on.  Do not type ‘Like’, ‘Nice’ or spam your username in the comment field in the hope that it will raise your own profile.

Q. How to do it?

A. For example, if you are looking at the @flowerpictures page, and you see a particularly nice red rose, you might like to say why you like it.  i.e.  Is it the colour? Is it the composition? Is it the lighting? Is it the focus? etc.

Better still, engage directly with the photographer – by using their username in your comment – (i.e. @flowerpictures).  You might even have a question about the image.  Where was it taken?  What camera and lens did you use?

Q. Why should you do this?

A. Because, meaningful engagement creates meaningful relationships, which should be what everyone is looking for.  Let me give you an example.

I recently took part in a discussion on someone else’s page (because I was interested and it was fun).  That led to that person making a $3.00 donation to my page.  Now…that was nice of them, but it was certainly not expected, so I in turn donated it to @detroitwaterbrigade.

However, the result of all of that is that I have built a relationship with a stranger based on respect, and a deserving charity gets the benefit.  Can you get better than that?

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users

How to invite Friends to TSU

Q. How do I invite my Friends to TSU?

A.
Click the TSU logo at the top of the page.

 

Find TSU logo

 

Click ‘Invite your friends’ on the left of the page

Add Friends

 

This gives you an option to:

Copy Link (which you can then paste wherever you like)
Send Invites (direct to someones e-mail address)
Refer on Social Networks (posts to your Twitter, Facebook or G+ accounts)

Q. Why should I invite my Friends?

A. Like any social network, it can be quiet and uninteresting until you start following and friending people and viewing their content (and having them view yours). Whilst it’s a great idea to use TSU to discover new and interesting people, where better a place to start than with the people you already know.

Please share to your favourite social network (buttons below).

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions

Account Restrictions on TSU

Q. What restrictions do TSU place on each account?

A. In order to minimise spam content on the network, TSU implemented some limits for different types of activity. Here’s a summary of the main ones:

No more than 45 posts in a 24 hour period
Only 15 of those posts can be ‘shares’
You can only have 50 pending friend requests at any time
You can follow up to 1000 people (or 1/3 or your follower numbers once you have more than 3000)
You can have up to 5000 friends
You can mention up to 10 users per post (i.e. @flowerpictures)
You can add up to 10 hashtags per post (i.e. #flowerpictures)

The 24 hour period starts and stops at midnight UTC/GMT.

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Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head

Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head

Q. What is a Eucalyptus Head?

A. ‘Eucalyptus’ is a Crayola colour. It’s the same as the TSU branding colour, and it’s the same as the default profile picture colour.

Although the internet has distanced us from face-to-face contact, it has also given us access to people all over the world.

People still want to get to know people, and they are much more likely to feel a connection with a picture rather than some words.

Make sure you upload an image to your profile picture (and your cover). Either one of you or of one that says something about you.

It also makes sense to have a consistent image online (i.e. Facebook, G+, Twitter etc.) If people already have a connection to you, you should use that goodwill.

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Tip 1: How do you find the right people

How to grow your Family Tree on TSU

Ok…so you’ve joined TSU, you’ve posted quite a bit, you’ve shared other people’s content and you’ve even seen some money credited to your bank account.  The next step is growing your Family Tree or adding TSU Children.

Full Disclosure:  At the time of writing, I have 246 Children on TSU. You can be the judge if that is a few or lots.

Why should you want TSU Children?

TSU rewards people who bring new people to the network. For every $100 dollars of advertising revenue generated alongside your content, TSU keeps $10, gives $45 to the content creator and the other $45 is distributed up the Family Tree using the rule of infinite thirds.  (for more information on this, please refer to What is the TSU algorithm? in the TSU FAQs)

How to add TSU Children?

Different people will have a different take on this, but in my opinion, your goal should not be to add as many TSU children as you can. Your goal should be to add interesting or talented children.

For example, I am a photographer.  I enjoy many types of photography, but in particular I like pictures of flowers.  So, I set up a page on TSU called Flower Pictures (@flowerpictures).  I then used the other websites and forums that I already participate in and approached photographers whose work I admired and invited them to be a contributor to the gallery.

I DID NOT talk about money, I DID NOT just randomly spam people. I personally contacted those who I thought would benefit from being featured in the gallery, and who’s work would make the gallery a page people would want to visit.

I focused on what I could offer them, FREE.

Has it been successful?

In my opinion, yes.  I now have 246 Children, that are making the TSU network better.  Their images are reaching 669 followers – which has grown from 0 in just over a month.  I have shared 190 images to date, and these have received nearly 29,000 views.

More people are following the page daily.

What else?

I feature the week’s most popular image as the cover photo of the page for the next week.  Here are the winners in the first 4 weeks (I think they are all terrific…and you should see some of the images that didn’t win!):

What should you do?

If you want to replicate the method I have used, ask yourself the following:

  • What do I like/enjoy?
  • What can I offer?
  • Where is my opinion relevant (either online or offline)?
  • How can I help?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you’re on your way to having a successful TSU experience, with lots of Friends, Followers and Children.

I hope this helps.

 

Fraser 🙂

ps – make that 248 children.  In the time it’s take me to write this I can now welcome @paulyjoe and @jimmyphoto.  Look out for them on TSU.