Triond Witch Hunt Signals The End?
Triond, the relatively new article directory in the same vein as Associated Content and Helium, has been having trouble recently. They used to operate a model with up-front payments and revenue share that ran alongside a very open “acceptable quality” policy.
Historically, this made the site very popular with non-native English writers who had trouble keeping up with a site like Helium’s stricter rules and provided them with a much-needed outlet and earning potential.
However, this year has already seen Triond remove their up-front payments and switch to a pure 50% advertising rev-share model wherein articles get half the revenue earned from ads placed on their page.
This is always a bad sign for a content directory that used to have up-front payments, as it generally signals a drop in company revenue being passed on to authors. It’s happened before and it’s bad news – if not for the company, for the people producing the content.
To put it simply, authors’ wallets are being hit:
In Triond’s case, it’s not a scam – they’re big enough to have sufficient traffic to keep revenue coming in – but it’s still a big hit to the average writer’s wallet.
However, to make matters even worse, Triond is using their newly-added “report” button (to flag low-quality, inappropriate or misplaced content to admin) in a truly horrific way.
Triond’s “August Special” offers a bonus for writing 5 articles, which is good, but also states that anyone who “also flags at least 15 articles will receive a 10% bonus“.
In simple terms, they’re paying people to witch-hunt.
This is one of the worst business decisions I have ever seen. Not only is it inviting batch-flagging by their users, it encourages aggressive attacks between rival writers and dumping the competition.
Not only that, they’re giving flaggers a nice little medal for their work, which is rather inappropriately yellow. Shame it isn’t star-shaped, then that particular (inverse) analogy would be even easier.
In one fell swoop, Triond has created an atmosphere of dissent among their users which, from those I’ve heard talking about it, could spark a mass exodus from the site.
What do you think? Is this a sign of the end for Triond? Is it just bad implementation of a good idea? Leave your thoughts in the comments!