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Ten Tips for Getting Started at Tsu

So many people have said they tried but felt lonely or invisible there or just weren't sure what to do. Thus, they decided it wasn't for them. Worse yet, some were recruited by people who then left the site and their tsu children without training or support. I'm in contact with one of those now and trying to help her along.

So just how do you get started on tsu if no one is actively helping you? It's a good idea to find a mentor who is a good tsu role model. I have found one for myself and will share the name with anyone who asks. I also have a list of people who make good tsu friends. I offer it to my tsu children or anyone else that asks.

Being invited to tsu is rather like being invited to attend a party with someone - a very large party where maybe you know very few people and you haven't found them yet. You see people all around you in little groups talking, but you don't know how to connect to one of them. So you join one group after another and listen to the conversations to see if you are interested. If not, you move on. Eventually you will find the people you fit with and can talk to. It really helps if someone introduces you around. My chosen mentor does that.

Here are the basics I tell my children.

1. Make sure you set up a complete profile that includes your interests and location and links to your other social networks in the spaces provided on your profile page. I would suggest you use the name people you know from other sites will recognize.

2. Connect with people you already know and respect that are already on tsu – people who follow site rules, don't plagiarize, and don't post photos they don't have the rights to. Check your tsu parent's profile each day and those of your tsu siblings if you know who they are. If you don't know, ask your parent.

3. As tempted as you may be to get a lot of friends quickly, be picky. You will be judged by the company you keep. One hundred active friends who post original content you feel good about sharing are worth a thousand who post photos they have no rights to and leave one word comments all the time or, worse yet, spam your comment section. (Of course, you can delete the spam comments.) I probably decline ten friend requests for every one I accept. Look at profile feeds before accepting requests. Is that what you want to see in your feed or share with your friends? If not, decline. You don't need a thousand friends the first month. It's great if you've got 200 who really interact by then, and that's a lot to really keep up with.

4. Choose your friends as you would here or at that other site we know of. I have always looked at the profiles of those I notice making great comments on the posts of others and sent friends requests if they were as good as I expected.

5. This is something new I'm going to start doing. I'm going to start a list of what my tsu friends seem to be interested in and tag them in posts or comments when I think they will like something or could help someone else I know. Getting an idea of what interests your friends will help you make posts that will be attractive to them.

6. Speaking of interests, use hashtags on your posts. Only the first five will be indexed, so chose relevant ones carefully. You can add some in comments. Find others interested in the same things you are by searching on the hashtags that interest you.

7. Post at least once a day. More is better, but better one post each day than seven once a week. People considering following you want to know you are active. Spend a few minutes a couple of times a day with your notifications, and check your last ten posts for comments to answer at least once a day in case you missed some notifications.

8. Make thoughtful comments that show you read the post.

9. Be discriminating in choosing role models. Not all the people who are voted Top 50 in tsu by other members follow the rules. They may just have large networks to support them. Some are building on sand and will later fall away. The “Rah! Rah!” factor won't last. Peope who engage in genuine communciation will. They will get to know each other and learn to help each other to reach their goals. The people who join thinking they will make lots of money won't last because they won't see the money fast enough.

10. Relax and just enjoy getting to know people and looking at their posts and interacting. That's what you are really there for. Once you know what you are doing and can help others, invite some other friends to join and help them get established. That's what a tsu parent is supposed to do.

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SoundNFury wrote on January 20, 2015, 10:40 PM

If I ever decide to join Tsu, I will keep these tips in mind. They all seem like great tips.

CalmGemini wrote on January 20, 2015, 10:51 PM

Great tips If I join the site definitely I will follow your tips.Just now,I am in two minds-whether to join Tsu or not.

WordChazer wrote on January 20, 2015, 10:53 PM

I had a really good mentor (and she's on this site too). Unfortunately, it was the site itself and the admins' attitude to 'what constitutes a post' that irritated me. One photograph with no attached text explaining it does NOT make a post. Especially for those of us who do not click instantly with visuals alone. It merely raises red flags that the photo means nothing to the poster beyond 'it's pretty', or 'I've nicked a photo and I'm trolling for likes and worthless comments.' The pay rate also annoyed me, although oddly, it's not that bad really. It just felt hard to get anywhere on that site.

Glenn wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:00 PM

This is a very good list of things to do to improve one's activity on Tsū. I actually don't spend much time there anymore, but I keep getting one or two pennies a day now even without activity. I see it must be from my downline since I already have 26 people in my network (my children and my children's children). That keeps growing by itself. I can only wonder what it will be like in a year and in five years.

I do check in almost every day just to respond to comments. I like your idea of checking the last ten posts because I know I miss things sometimes. Most people don't know to tag me in comments and then it doesn't show up as someone leving me a comment, it's too much work to check every comment just because most are comments to posts where I had commented, and those usually were not directed to me anyway. I sure you know what I'm talking about.

I also did have a few children tell me they lost interest. Too bad, I expect this to grow -- ever so slowly. But grow it will. Look at how slow Facebook grew in the early years when Marc was till in college.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:02 PM

Two things. First: this seems like a lot of investment of time and calculation and surveillance/scrutiny of others' online habits/interests in return for... ?
and Second: never heard of Tsu before reading this post, but the whole "family" thing - children and parents - strikes me as ever-so-faintly ... uh... creepy?

LilyDay wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:41 PM

Some good advice.

I like Tsu, but I don't like the fact that one cannot wholly block members. There are those whom I do not wish to even see at all.

I also don't like that the limited blocking we can do requires that we go to the person's profile page. That is something that should be able to be done (and done completely) by hovering over the name as one would on Facebook.

Personally, I have proactively blocked hundreds of users on FB; I would like similar power on Tsu, since it is quite annoying to see the follow-for-follow crowd and one-word (or, better yet, one letter) crowd at all ever.

LilyDay wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:45 PM

I should say "done at the site of the comment," rather than by hovering over the name on FB. I do wish that I could just edit my comment.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 20, 2015, 11:50 PM

I hope I am not asking a dumb question, but just what the heck is TSU you speak of in this post?

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:08 AM

I have come to them through trial and error. It what is working for me.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:11 AM

Don't join if your only interest is earning. Do join if you enjoy social networking. It is a good place to promote your posts, but not if that's all you do.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:12 AM

Just don't make friend with or follow people that make those sorts of posts. That will keep them out of your feed.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:16 AM

One more thing. If you are thinking of joining, do it now. The sooner you join, the greater your earning potential. You don't have to start with a roar. Take it a bit at a time, but don try to be active until yo have a decent profile up. If you need an invite, my short code is the same as my user name here.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:17 AM

If those losing interest keep their accounts up, they may become interested again if the site becomes more mainstream.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:23 AM

tsu is a social network that shares revenues with its members. It uses network marketing to get the work about it out and to see that new members have someone to help them get started. Since it is free to join, I'm OK with this. The tsu family is really just upline and downline. Tsu parents, and grandparents earn a percentage of what their children and grandchildren earn without taking anything from their earnings. This is to motivate people to invite others to join. It's sort like a Facebook that pays a bit for the time you put in. You need to have an invitation from someone to join. It's called a shortcode. It's best to get one from someone who is active and will help you get started. Mine is the same as my user name here.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:38 AM

I'm not so troubled by anyone that I feel I need to totally block them. I just delete any spam they post and I report them.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:45 AM

Tus is a relatively new social network that uses a network marketing system to get new members. Since there is no cost to join, there is no money to be lost. The site shares revenues with members according to their interaction and content. It's like earning a few pennies doing something similar to what people do on Facebook. However, you aren't supposed to post things, especially images, that you don't have the rights to, and that includes many memes from sites that only give permission to post on non-commercial sites. Tsu would be considered commercial because it pays. So it' snot quite true to tell people they will get paid for doing just what they do on Facebook. If you think you might be interested and have more questions or want an invite to join, please message me.

Wordsmith wrote on January 21, 2015, 1:23 AM

I tried Tsu but I didnt like the format they use. Also it seems like a hard place to earn money. Why bother?

mustchoice wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:29 AM

Do you teach ? Are you a teacher, if you are come one day in my places .I love, teachers they are important people in society .l hope you understand why asking you this.

MegL wrote on January 21, 2015, 7:04 AM

Great tips. You have definitely helped me with being on Tsu

VinceSummers wrote on January 21, 2015, 8:55 AM

I tried Tsu. It took me only one tip to ditch Tsu.

kcmaice wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:22 AM

This is very helpful BarbRad as I was lost when started tsu, thankfully I just went for it and followed most of what you stated here and found some great people to be connected with. I do like your idea of tagging friends to posts in which I think they would like as I think it will strengthen relationships and make the platform even better than it already is.

inertia4 wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:04 AM

BarbRad I have been trying to be active there. But for about two weeks now I have not earned a single penny. I do post there, I do like and comment on my friends posts and my children. But still nothing. It's like I was left outside of the party and was not allowed back inside. I have been using Qkadoo more lately. I think that site might have something going for it. I still like TSU. And I feel between TSU and Qkadoo we would have a world of promotion and airing to do with our content here and elsewhere.

LilyDay wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:54 AM

There are so many spammers on there that it would be more effective if they could be wholly blocked. FB gives the option to block and report, which is a more effective wa of shutting that down.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 21, 2015, 11:46 AM

I have given up with that site. I need to delete my account. I have not made any progress with it.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:37 PM

Thanks for the tips. If I ever decide to join Tsu or create an account there, I'll take a look at these tips again. However, have heard a number of negative things about that site so, for now, am still doing more research and looking for more info. There were positive things too but I'd still like more info anyway.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:06 PM

If money is all that is important to you on that platform, you're right. Only those with large downlines will make much money. I find it's better than Twitter and Facebook for promotion, though, because there are people there from all the writing sites and they do follow links that look interesting to them. I often see links there I didn't notice earlier and click. So some money comes indirectly. Artists and photographers also promote their work there.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:09 PM

I am a retired teacher. I also used to volunteer to teach English to Vietnamese refugees to America. Now I just sell books that will help people learn English and every other subject taught in American schools. I used to teach high school English, and I also had an editing business for foreign students applying to get into American graduate schools. They would pay me to proofread their admission essays.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:10 PM

Thanks, Meg. I'm glad some of these tips helped.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:11 PM

To each his own.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:15 PM

I think it was one of your comments somewhere that made me write this post. I'm glad you found your way around. The comments on the post at tsu, where I posted this last night, have given me a new perspective on my befriending policy, though. Maybe I shouldn't be so picky until I've got my 5000 friends. Maybe I should just continue to be picky about what I share.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:17 PM

What on earth is Qkadoo. Sounds like something a rooster would say. I hope it's not another Seth Godin idea. He does think up some odd names for his sites.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:18 PM

Why delete? Why does it hurt to keep it there? You may change your mind someday.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:18 PM

I think I may have joined that site at one point, but I didn't get very far. I may check it out again. Thanks for the tips.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:19 PM

I hesitated at first, too, but I like to get into things early and find out for myself, as long as it doesn't cost me any cash.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:21 PM

If you go back, look me up.

kcmaice wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:38 PM

I am glad I could be an inspiration :) I am picky about my friends on tsu as there are quite a few people who do not follow the rules (constantly posting follow me I'll follow back, or Follow me and I will like comment consistently and so forth) and I don't want a ton of irrelevant posts in my feed, which would make it harder for me to connect with people who do share the same interests. Not to mention going through and "unfriending" people to make room for those who I will want to be friends with :)

carolscash wrote on January 21, 2015, 3:54 PM

I tried three times to join and never was able to. I don't know why but I could never get an email from them. I think that the advice you posted about there is the same for here. It takes good connections and daily posts to get anywhere on these type of sites.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:34 PM

Squidwhisperer - It's no more work than Facebook, which it's most similar to. It's very popular with bloggers, photographers, etc., so you probably know many people there already. And that makes it a good audience to promote your work to. I've found my Tsu followers much more willing to click on my links that my followers on any other social media.

As for children and grandchildren, those are just the terms Tsu uses for your referrals and their referrals. You get a certain percentage of the ad revenue earned by those you sign up and those they sign up.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:37 PM

It took me about that long to earn my first penny. Just be patient and concentrate on using it as a promotion tool and social network. The money will come later.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:40 PM

Sorry, inertia4 -- I should have tagged you in the above comment.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:51 PM

I think most of the people who try Tsu for a few weeks and then quit were looking for easy cash, which Tsu isn't. But as of right now for me, it's on par if not ahead of Facebook as a promotion tool, and I think the number of views I get from it will increase substantially the longer I'm there. I also love it as a social network because so many writers I have met seem to gravitate there. I've been able to reconnect with many friends I made in my early days at Bubblews who either left the site or that we lost track of each other after the new Bubblews messed up my connections. I've been able to read posts by my friends on other sites or their personal blogs that I never would have known about if we weren't connected somewhere other than a writing site. I'm sure the same thing has happened with them finding more of my posts.

It can take a week or two or three for that first penny to come. If you are new and have yet to see a penny, it's not because you are doing anything wrong or Tsu isn't working for you. Focus on using Tsu to help you make money elsewhere and consider anything in your bank there a bonus.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:21 PM

That is true, you make a good point, I will keep it then.

inertia4 wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:51 PM

BarbRad Qkadoo is a new social network like TSU but better. And no, it is not Seth Godin. The site was created by a woman named Lynette Artin. It is pretty innovative. I cannot post my referral link here. So try and contact me on either Facebook or TSU. Or just go to my profile on Bubblews. The links is there now. I think you might like that site.

inertia4 wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:53 PM

OldRoadsOnceTraveled I was making some money there when I first signed up. Everyday I was making anywhere from 2 cents to 11 cents a day. Now I make nothing at all. I don't know. I am not leaving there though. Hopefully things will pick up.

inertia4 wrote on January 21, 2015, 6:53 PM

OldRoadsOnceTraveled Don't worry about it. No big deal. I just like to tag the person I am speaking to.

Gina145 wrote on January 21, 2015, 8:05 PM

I deleted my Tsu account but I keep wondering whether I should give it another try. I'm just not sure I can spare the time for another site. I'll bookmark this post in case I do rejoin.

BarbRad wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:35 AM

Carol, did you check your spam folders? I signed up with a Goggle account, and they it sends tsu messages to a social networking tab. Everything doesn't go straight to the inbox.

BarbRad wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:37 AM

I've found the same thing. I also discovered I can have the best of both worlds by clicking the Facebook share button when I post to tsu and it will post to both sites. One post I shared yesterday got my first responses on FB in a long time.

BarbRad wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:39 AM

If you join again, pick a good tsu parent who will help you succeed. I tsu parent should interact with your posts and share them so that others will find you. Your parent should also help answer your questions and mentor you a bit.

ChickJ wrote on January 22, 2015, 5:43 AM

Maybe if I find more time I will go back to TSU. But your list of tips are excellent.

BarbRad wrote on January 23, 2015, 2:10 AM

It will still be there if you decide to come back. At least I hope it will. I really enjoy it.

arthurchappell wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:02 AM

I must check Tsu out at some point - your advice will be useful If I do jump in there

BarbRad wrote on January 23, 2015, 5:21 PM

I left a question on the post you put on my wall, but you didn't answer it yet. I'm waiting for the answer before I sign up.

BarbRad wrote on January 23, 2015, 5:24 PM

You've nothing to lose by trying it.

inertia4 wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:13 PM

BarbRad Sorry, I haven't been on much. I don't know the difference between a regular member and a public member. But they do tell you to sign up as a regular member. I am going to ask that question there. I like it there.

inertia4 wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:15 PM

BarbRad I just asked Lynette that question. I will let you know what she says when she sends me a reply.