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Finding Your Tsu-ccess: A Social Media Tsu-torial is a great new social networking site that pays 90% of its advertising revenues to the users who create the content. While that sounds like a lot of money, earnings on Tsu tend to trickle in slowly for most users. Many have been on the site for weeks and complain they have yet to earn anything. Others are still just at a few pennies. It's discouraging, especially when they see power users reaching their first $100. It seems random, and maybe even unfair.

If you've been on Tsu for weeks and you still aren't making much money, you can probably increase your earnings significantly if you just change the way you use the site. First of all, remain active and be consistent. Visit the site daily and keep up your effort, even if it feels you are moving at a snail's pace.

Other things that could help are listed here below:

Post original content

Most of the posts I see on Tsu are either shares of someone else's content, or graphics people obviously pulled off the internet. No commentary, no idea why the person related to this content or what they want the reader to take away with them. Just maybe a couple of tags that they hope will increase their page views.

If you want to get real traffic, post real content. It's just that simple.

Post your own words. And if you really want to share that inspirational quote, at least create your own meme! Take some time to find a licensed graphic, give credit to the creator. Spend some time on it. Put some care into it. Your own original content is what's going to bring people to your profile, and it's what will keep them coming back.

Be authentic

Tsu is a very social site, so if you want to succeed there you have to be social. Post an avatar. Fill in your bio and put up a cover picture. Nobody wants to interact with a “greenhead!”

Once you have a presence, you need to reach out to other users and give them something to see when they come to visit you. So do generate some original content, as above. And also take the time to both write and respond to comments.

Try doing it in whole sentences. Really. Because one-word comments like, “Nice!” or “Cool,” are about as engaging as one-line posts that do more to note the time of day that you posted, than to communicate any thought you might have had at the time.

Vary your activity

It's important to remember most people are not going to see your content in real time as you post it. So give some thought to how it's going to look as somebody scrolls through your content. If they see ten or twelve shares in a row, they're going to get the impression that you don't create any of your own content. The same goes for posting photos: even if they're your own work, if you just post photo after photo with no text beyond a few tags, people will think you have nothing to say.

So try to mix it up a bit! If you share a post, follow it up with something you've created yourself. And don't share too many posts from the same user in a row. Try also to alternate between posts that focus more on text, and posts that have a more visual component or a video. That shows your reader that you're versatile!

Don't be afraid to be selective

I actually switched off the option to receive friend requests on Tsu, because dozens of total strangers were bombarding me with requests. Most hadn't so much as left me a like or comment. That type isn't going to visit your content again, so why waste a follow or friend slot on them?

At the time of writing I have 57 friends, 277 followers, and 11,190 views on my content. It doesn't take a huge following to get good traffic. Honestly, I've seen people with twice and even ten times the number of friends and followers, who are getting the same number of page views I am. Obviously it's not about the numbers, as much as it is about how engaged your friends and followers are. So choose carefully! Only friend and follow people who are consistently interacting with others on Tsu.

Want more tips?

If you are on Tsu, feel free to look me up @Willowyfe (and if you aren't you can join using my short code!) I'm always happy to help other users along.

Additionally, the graphic below is the welcome message I send to all my new children and their children. It contains some tips that could help you improve your earnings.

This post is my Tutorial entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge

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Image credit: Both images are my own creations, and may be freely shared with attribution as follows below

Kyla Matton Osborne aka Willowyfe ( CC BY-ND 4 .0 )

Kyla Matton Osborne aka Willowyfe (CC BY-ND 4.0)

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bestwriter wrote on November 19, 2014, 12:30 AM

That was quick emoticon :cool: I have yet to open up big there. I do post original content and on checking I do have views, comments and likes.I wonder when the earnings really start. Persona is great that way. Activity that earns features the instant it is visible.

AngelSharum wrote on November 19, 2014, 12:39 AM

I'm not doing too bad there, for me. You know I never post anywhere each I'm up to almost 1,300 views in four days.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on November 19, 2014, 1:30 AM

I'm there too I plan to share some of my articles from PP and other sites

BarbRad wrote on November 19, 2014, 1:55 AM

Great advice and your tutorial covers it all. I have to admit I was really bummed out last night when I had spent at least two hours interacting and had posted lots of original content and my bank only went up a penny. For the five days before that I'd made at least three cents a day, and I have no idea what went wrong yesterday.

idyll wrote on November 19, 2014, 2:40 AM

great..what's a very neat & complete tutorial tips for the new users. Thanks for sharing it.

raighmon wrote on November 19, 2014, 3:55 AM

I have account in Tsu and always active for more than 2 weeks but I haven't earned any cents there. PersonaPaper is better.

MegL wrote on November 19, 2014, 4:02 AM

Great tutorial. That has given me some ideas and some information, both of which should be helpful, thanks.

maxeen wrote on November 19, 2014, 7:20 AM

Thanks for helpful advice. Haven't seen any actual writing on there though ,I''ll check it again..

laksh wrote on November 19, 2014, 7:52 AM

I am really getting discouraged there.. The earning meter isn't ticking at all... for 150 views, at least we must earn 1 cent!!!

maxeen wrote on November 19, 2014, 8:14 AM

Hello Ruby, many thanks to you, I think you have given me the push i needed to get started on Tsu. I am beginning to enjoy.....

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 19, 2014, 9:30 AM

I am not very active there but I have earned 2 cents, lol. I can't figure out the sharing thing. I see no way to add comments when I share a post or photo. I will keep trying though.

AliCanary wrote on November 19, 2014, 10:13 AM

Yet another site to post original content and interact...between PP, Bubbs and Tsu, how do you manage to do it all? Yikes!

seren3 wrote on November 19, 2014, 2:22 PM

I have bookmarked this article but don't know when I'll get to Tsu. It would be my 4th site and I may have to give up another. Trying to "qualify" for one of them is turning into a grind! Thanks for the info!

tinamarie wrote on November 19, 2014, 2:28 PM

Wow! This is perfect Ruby3881 - Great work up and I will certainly be following this guidelines. Thanks so much for putting the time into this!

WordChazer wrote on November 19, 2014, 3:26 PM

Thanks ruby3881 . I'll be along this weekend, as I don't know how much longer I can put off the temptation of fully joining another site.

phoenixmaid wrote on November 19, 2014, 4:04 PM

I joined TSU but there are lots of things about the site that just set my don't trust this alarm off. The biggest of them being that the site requires you to have a huge number of referrals to make any real earnings combined with the 3 tier referral system it just reminds me too much of a pyramid scheme.

midastouch wrote on November 19, 2014, 4:04 PM

Again, you beat me hands down, I can't stop praising you to the high heavens and asking that you continue to enjoy good health and common sense which is not very common in these times we are in. This is quite helpful. Thank you

carolscash wrote on November 19, 2014, 4:46 PM

I have not been able to get an email to confirm my email address I am not sure why. I would love to join the site, but it seems that I am not meant to

BarbRad wrote on November 19, 2014, 5:53 PM

Just to set the record straight, my bank had jumped nine cents after the new day started early this morning.

MarshaMusselman wrote on November 19, 2014, 7:44 PM

Great tutorial, Kyla. I'll have to keep your suggestions and ideas in mind. Maybe this winter I can put together some photo's to use for my own content or quotations that I locate to share.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 20, 2014, 3:45 AM

Agreed! It's a lot easier to see the earnings add up here. I'd love it it Tsu would adopt a similar set-up, but it seems no other company wants to take the risk. It seems very logical to me that we are paid more for page views, but that we also earn for comments we leave. It's so clear-cut, and it encourages quality of content and authenticity of interaction :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 20, 2014, 3:46 AM

That's definitely a good start, Angel! I'm sure your photos will help bring you even more views as others discover you there :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 20, 2014, 3:47 AM

I'm getting really great results from promoting both my own content and Persona Paper in general, on Tsu. I hope you have results that are at least as good as mine :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 20, 2014, 4:56 PM

I can see it comes more naturally for you to write the shorter statuses on Tsu. I'm enjoying reading your posts there :)

maxeen wrote on November 21, 2014, 3:26 PM

Hello Ruby, I was just gently sailing along on Tsu,getting into it ! I realised that my comments(your post) were not staying put! Frustrating--help....

Glenn wrote on November 22, 2014, 1:27 AM

This is an extremely important article that every Tsu user should read. I just forwarded a link to it to two of my "children" on Tsu. And thanks to you, I discovered Persona Paper, another great site.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 22, 2014, 12:50 PM

I'm glad you found the tutorial useful! Please let me know if there are other questions or topic areas you like to see covered!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 22, 2014, 12:55 PM

In my experience anyone who is posting engaging content and really interacting with other users ought to be making at least a few pennies by the end of 1-2 weeks. Most of the people I've heard saying they aren't earning enough, were barely posting any content and mostly sharing others' content. They also weren't actively engaging with other users at all.

As far as which is better, I don't think there's any comparison at all between Persona Paper and Tsu. PP is a site whose emphasis is creation of substantial, written content. Tsu is a social network where we can promote our Persona Paper content and potentially find more people to join our PP community. Just in referrals and page views for my content here, Tsu is paying off for me very nicely,

Ruby3881 wrote on November 22, 2014, 1:11 PM

I hope it will help you to earn more on Tsu, Meg. And maybe here on PP too :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 22, 2014, 1:13 PM

You're not going to see articles specifically on the site at Tsu. Why? Because it's not a writing site! It's a social media network where you can just post a quick message of a sentence or two. You can also share links for content you've published here at Persona Paper, or on other writing sites :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 22, 2014, 8:12 PM

The earnings rates are lower at Tsu than they are here - and the earning structure is vastly different. I think I had close to 2,000 page views when I earned my first royalty payment - 3 cents! Since then, I've been earning more through shares, comments, etc. and through my children. So my royalties are higher but I don't need as many page views :)

Ruby3881 wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:17 AM

Glad to see you here, Glenn! And thank you ever so much for sharing the link to my post :)

Isabella wrote on November 23, 2014, 3:18 PM

Hi everyone! I've been setting up my TSU account so i haven't spent much time here on PP. But i can tell you it is a great site, you must not look at it as a money tree. To enjoy it you must engage in the topic at hand. Liking is one way but mostly leaving a valid comment that is pertinent to the topic really is important. Full sentences are appreciated, meaningful ones are even better. I'm not a great fan of sharing unless it's the persons accomplishment, example she's a photographer and traveled the country, like Spain and it's splendid, outstanding. Original content i great too, but you need to find your audience. Take your time, don't rush, you'll earn slowly. You can find me on Tsu almost daily,

WordChazer wrote on December 6, 2014, 4:24 PM

Funnily enough phoenixmaid it's not just the referrals. Earnings are 1c per 1k views. So if you have a few friends and post a couple of times a day you are going to be stuffed, As I was, when it took me 2 weeks to earn the measily 1c. I was beginning to suspect 1k = 1c but I wanted to check. I had 14 friends and 15 followers (some in both categories) and it just wasn't happening. Too many copyrighted photos and not enough original writing (blog style or otherwise) for me. My editing head wanted me to report the copyrighted photos and spam content but that then meant I blocked more people than I followed. There is a reason why I don't like Facebook. That...