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The Daily Quarter

How would you like to earn 25 cents a day for your favourite charity in an initiative I’m going to call ‘The Daily Quarter’?

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been very enthusiastic about the social network TSU.

TSU has similarities with Facebook, but it rewards you (in dollars and cents) for the content you publish.

I don’t use TSU to make money (although my account does make money). I use it alongside my other social network accounts (Instagram, Facebook, G+, YouTube and to a lesser extent Pinterest and Snapchat) to help promote this website and my photography portfolio in general.

When I first joined TSU it was simply under my own name and online nickname Goofy Surfer. I then made a 2nd account called Flower Pictures, to create a place for people like me who like taking photographs of flowers.

The Flower Pictures page then became a Group (when that functionality was added) and is now called a Channel. It is currently the 53rd most popular channel on TSU. It will definitely be in the top 50 by the end of the year…and hopefully much sooner.

I still have my Flower Pictures page – which has nearly 10,000 followers – and it is to there that I share (what I consider to be) the best content from the Channel, daily.

Starting from today, I will also be selecting a Daily Quarter winner (using the hashtag #dailyquarter). This will be my personal favourite image of the day. I will then ask the winner to nominate a charity on TSU to receive the Daily Quarter (or 25 cents!)

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this prize for your favourite verified TSU charity, all you have to do is follow the Flower Pictures channel and upload your images.

You can upload a maximum of 3 per day and any image you upload must be your own original content.

There will be no restriction to the number of times a person can win the Daily Quarter for their charity.  The winner will be awarded on merit only…it doesn’t matter if you’ve been using TSU for a long time, or just joined today.

Good luck, and thanks for helping me help people less fortunate than ourselves.

🙂

 

Is My Content Good?

If you’re trying to grow a presence online, then you’ll be aware that social media is where it’s at.  Personally, I use: TSU; Instagram; G+; Facebook; YouTube; Pinterest; and recently even, Snapchat (username Goofy Surfer) (the order is my personal level of importance).

But is my content good?

This is the question that I (and you) should keep coming back to, and this is why you should always refer back to the data.

On TSU, there is a great Analytics tool that allows you to evaluate every post that you make. You should be using it! And the best thing…it doesn’t matter how many Friends or Followers you have.

I use a 10% rule. It’s simple. For every 10 people that see my post does 1 person like it?

Here’s a few examples:

This image has received 327 views and 51 likes (15.6%…good)

Contrasting Fortunes - Is my content good?
Contrasting Fortunes

This image however, has only had 29 views and 2 likes (6.9%…poor)

Flag of the UAE - Is my content good?
Flag of the UAE

This post, has had 2270 views and 199 likes (8.8%…ok, but great reach)

As your audience grows, you will notice 2 things.  First, some people will share your content regardless of whether or not they like it, just because you have a big audience (in the hope that you will do the same back).  DON’T! Or rather, only do if you genuinely do like their content. Otherwise, your agenda is clear and people see through it in seconds.

Second. The 10% target you’re aiming for is likely to become a little ambitious. As your content reaches a bigger audience, it is natural that not everyone it reaches will like it (although some will).

ALWAYS focus on the people with whom you’ve got a GENUINE relationship with. They are your biggest fans and your biggest supporters. They will help you because they want to, and you will help them because you want to.

You will also notice that something that gains good momentum on 1 social platform, will not necessarily gain it on another. When you see this, start varying what you do on that platform and see what works.

But keep analysing… IS MY CONTENT GOOD?

Hashtags Give Your Posts a Second Life

This one isn’t just a TSU tip…it applies to social media in general.

Most people do not have a strategy on social media. They throw lots of things at the wall and hope that something sticks.

It is true that there are no short cuts to success, but you can definitely make the road longer than it has to be.

If you do not use hashtags, you have to get lucky! You have to hope that one of your followers is online at the time that you post (unless they scroll down their feed for ages). You have to hope that they like your post, you have to hope that they share your post and you have to hope that one of their followers does exactly the same thing.

That’s a lot of hoping!

Q. So what can you do differently?

A. In a word HASHTAGS.  Hashtags make your posts searchable forever. That means that something you post today, can still be found a year from now, and that can give it a Second Life …or even a 3rd, 4th or 5th.

Q. So what hashtags should you use?

A. This is where people in general are getting it wrong. How many times have you seen #originalcontent on a post? If you post something right now to TSU using this hashtag, by the time your post loads and you go to the search box and type in #originalcontent your post will not be the top result in the search.

Let me give you an example using Instagram. The reason I like Instagram is that tells you the number of times a certain hashtag has been used as you use it.

Let’s say you have a picture of a red rose in a park on a sunny day. If you used #red you’d be competing with >68 million posts using the same hashtag.  If you used #flowers, you’d be competing with >59m. If you used park it’d be >14m and if you used #sunny it’d be >25m.

Q. So what does this tell you?

A. It tells you that these are popular hashtags, so the chances of someone using that hashtag a year from now and then finding your post are extremely small. They are all good hashtags to use, but they are for short-term benefit.

Q. So what else can you do?

A. Get specific! When people search online…in fact…when you search online, you want to find exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s say you used #redroses.  This reduces your competition to >466 thousand.  If you used #redrosepark there is only 1 other post!

Now…not many people will search the hashtag #redrosepark but those that do will definitely find your post, and that, makes the work you do today pay back again and again and again.

In summary, yes you should use popular hashtags, but you should also get specific too.

 

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
Tip 14: Is TSU a Pyramid Scheme?
Tip 15: Choose a Good Username
Tip 16: How much does a TSU Group Earn?

 

 

Choose a Good Username

This is a tip for TSU, but actually it applies everywhere.

If you’re going to have a public profile anywhere think very carefully about your username, because usually it can’t be changed, and you’re going to be stuck with it for a long time!

You certainly don’t want put in lots of effort to a profile, that later you may start again (or worse…give up completely), simply because you didn’t like your username.

 

Q. So what is a good username?

A. It should be

  • Memorable – this might simply be your own name if you intend to build a brand around yourself.
  • Easy to Spell – we all hate it when someone spells our name incorrectly, so maybe you could shorten it if yours is particularly difficult.
  • Say something about You – for example, I have 2 profiles on TSU. One is called Flower Pictures and the other is called Goofy Surfer. Both say something about me and my interests.
  • Consistent – do you have other online profiles?  If yes, then it’s good to keep a common username. That way, any goodwill you build up on another site may transfer to your new account.
  • Funny – however, only do funny if you can do funny!

 

Q. What isn’t a good username?

  1. Anything Rude or Offensive – unless you intend to have a rude or offensive page (and granted there are some that are successful), you will put off more people that you turn on.
  2. Random Numbers and Letters – Nothing says “I’m lazy” more than someone who can’t even be bothered to think up a title for themselves. No-one is motivated by this.
  3. Anything that tries to piggy-back on someone else’s success – Be original, be genuine, be yourself.  A username that is deliberately trying to use someone or something else’s identity in the hope that it will bring you success is doomed to failure from the start.

 

Sorry if you’ve just read this and thought “Damn, I wish I’d thought of this earlier”. This tip is really intended for people who have not yet signed up. However, hopefully you’ll find something interesting in my previous tips.

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
Tip 14: Is TSU a Pyramid Scheme?

How to Feature in the TSU Flower Pictures Gallery

Hi, I’m Fraser and I’m the person behind the Flower Pictures Gallery on TSU.

At time of writing (10th December 2015), the gallery has 7950 followers, and this number is growing daily.

So how can you get your images shared to the gallery?

First, you must join the Flower Pictures Group (it’s completely free). Once you are a member of the group – currently there are 629 members – you can upload your own images. A maximum of 3 per day is allowed, and all images must stay on topic (the clue is in the name!)

What next?

Every day, I go through the images uploaded to the group and share what I think are the best ones. As long as you focus on quality, there is a good chance I’ll be sharing your images soon.

Do I have to post in a certain way?

No.  You can post whatever and however you like, but if you want your image to be as ‘visible’ as possible, I’d suggest something like this.

  • Click ‘Add Title’ and give your image a name i.e. Poppy at Sunset
  • In the ‘Create’ field give a short description to tell the viewer a story i.e. Where is it?  When was it? What camera? What lens? Why you took it?
  • At the end of your description, add some relevant hashtags i.e. #flower #poppy #red #macro (do not overdo it with the hashtags, this is counter-productive and may put off the viewer).

Why does the page have more followers than the group?

Well…first of all, not everyone is a photographer. Some people just like to follow the page, so they receive great content in their TSU feed (we do all the work for them…you take the images and I curate)

Also, groups on TSU are still in BETA phase, so they are a lot newer than pages.  Both are growing daily and both offer great exposure for your images, so there is no downside to featuring in either.

Anything else I need to know?

We regularly run competitions on the group, which not only increase your exposure (more people view the group while the competitions are on) but I also offer small cash prizes to the winner. I also match that prize and give it to one of the registered charities on TSU (currently there are 61 registered charities).

JOIN THE GROUP and see what all the fuss is about.

 

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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?

Who YOU should invite to TSU

Inviting other people to TSU is a good thing for 2 main reasons:

1. It allows you to connect with the people you already know on a great new social network, that recognises the value of #originalcontent.

2. You improve your own personal monetisation on TSU, as the ‘parent’ of the person you invited.

Q. But is it more than that, and can you work smarter?

A. Yes, and here’s why.

TSU have introduced functionality that notifies a ‘child’ when their ‘parent’ makes a post.  Let’s say Tom invites Anna to join TSU, and she does.  From then on, every time Tom makes a post Anna will receive a notification (this can be switched off in notification settings, but the default setting is on).

Q. So what…why is that important?

A. Well, let’s think about the people.  Imagine Tom is a photographer, and Anna is an editor at a magazine that Tom has always wanted to be published in.  Now, every time Anna logs in to TSU she receives a notification from Tom (if he’s made a post).  Tom will now be at the front of Anna’s mind the next time she has a job that he is suitable for.

Q. What does this mean for Tom?

A. Firstly, people do not sign up to TSU just because you tell them to. They sign up to TSU because you contact them personally and give them a list of reasons why you think TSU would be good for them. Sometimes they agree, sometimes they don’t, and this is fine.  If they don’t, you shouldn’t continue to pester them…you wouldn’t like it if someone did that to you!

Secondly, if Tom really wants to be seen as the go-to-guy by Anna, he now has a responsibility (to himself) to post quality content. Remember…Anna will see everything.

This will ultimately be good for Tom, good for Anna and good for TSU.

Q. What does this mean for you?

A. If you are using TSU purely for social reasons (i.e. to talk to friends and family) then invite your friends and family.

If you are using TSU for more commercial reasons, then think carefully about the people that you would like to see your content.

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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

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

Mention other Users

Q. How do I mention other users on TSU?

A. It’s easy.  Simply type @flowerpictures (or whatever other username you wish) into either your post or comment.

Q. How do I find someone’s username?

A. You can find it below their name on their page, or by hovering your mouse over their name where they have made a comment or their post has been shared.

Q. Why should I mention someone else in my post?

A. Although people may have you as a friend or follow your feed, this does not mean that they automatically read everything you post.  If you think something will be of particular interest to another user, using the mention function is the best way to get their attention.

However…DO NOT…spam high profile users in every post you make seeking attention.  This is a sure fire way to get yourself blocked by them or even banned from TSU completely.

Your first priority should always be to construct a quality post.  Only then should you draw it to others attention.

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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

Use Hashtags

Q. What is a hashtag?

A. A hashtag is basically a word or a phrase preceded by ‘#’ and is used on social media sites to identify messages on a specific topic.

Q. But why are hashtags good?

A. Imagine you are John Smith that has just joined TSU. You might have 2 Friends and 1 Follower. You might not even have that, but you want people to see your tulip photographs.

You can either wait for your 2 friends and 1 follower to share your tulip photographs among their friends or you can add some hashtags to your post i.e. #tulip #flower #red.

Now, anyone on TSU (around 3.9 million people at time of writing) can find your post if they search using one of your hashtags.

Q. How many should I use?

A. TSU restrict each post to a maximum of 10 hashtags. This is to stop people from spamming using irrelevant hashtags. I’d suggest using 3 or 4 relevant ones is a good strategy to start with.

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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