You Know What I Hate About RSS Readers?

They never deliver awesome content from bloggers I’ve never heard of.

All I see are new posts from bloggers I know. Bloggers I’ve been reading for months, sometimes years. Don’t get me wrong…

These bloggers are great, if little stale. I wish, I wish…you know what would be really cool?

  • I wish there was a way for me to be surprised every once in a while.
  • I wish there was an easier way -than trolling the Interwebs- to discover new voices in the blogosphere.
  • I wish there was a way to…I wish there was a way to do all this without doing the upfront work of building my RSS Reader entries…I mean, c’mon.

Sure, I could go to a popular blog and read the same ol’ drivel.

Sure, I could go to one of those large, newspaper-like sites that publish vetted, safe -and let’s face it- boring content.

Sure, I could go to a site where a team of drones decides what’s good and what’s not.

But what I really want is a new, independent, and reader-selected content, recently published, and filed under my favorite category.

Dawning of the age…

Well… Friends. Countrymen. Good people of this Earth. For the first time ever, introducing just such a service.

You know this service already. You love it. It has brought many-a-clicks to your blog, and now it’s looking to bring even more.

Triberr opened its doors in March of 2011, and since then –at the time of this writing- it has climbed Alexa ratings to become a top 900 most visited site in US. It is in the top 5,744 most visited sites world wide.

It is likely that these number will be even better (lower) by the time you read this.  Of course, Alexa is just one silly way of measuring site’s success.

Triberr also gets about 60,000 visits per month…and that’s a lot of visits for a young up-start.

So we decided to give this traffic to you.

Anyone need some traffic?

Instead of featuring few members and a graphic of what Triberr does, we decided to turn Triberr’s homepage into a kind of dynamic RSS Reader.

On the main page, it lists the best posts across various categories, plus it has categories listed along the side and the best posts in those category.

How to get on Triberr’s homepage?


  • Obviously you have to be a blogger who is part of a tribe on Triberr.
  • You need to write great, original and compelling content.
  • Be selective and discerning of who you tribe up with; you are -after all- sharing your audience with that blogger
  • Do good things on Triberr and receive good Karma

Before you know it, your blog will be displayed in the main listings area or at the very least, (or perhaps even better?) in the relevant category.

Give it a go. I would love some feedback on how we can make it even better.


Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi 🙂

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  • Wilson Usman

    Totally get what you’re saying…

    I like the simplicity of the design so I would keep it like that. My suggestion right now would be some kind of action step, because when I’m there I really don’t know what to do if I’m a newbie.

    • Dino Dogan

      oooh..thats interesting feedback Will…so, I guess the main thing we want people to do is to go and visit the blog post. Of course, they do that by clicking on the link….is it that part that needs to be clearer?

      Or were you thinking of a different action step?

      The other action step we were thinking about is a link to learn more about Triberr…we’ll be updating the copy for that and link to a different area of the site….

      Did you have something different in mind that I missed?

  • Eugene Farber

    Dude! This is awesome! You’re about to put AllTop under :).

    I believe I have a new homepage.

    • Dino Dogan

      Oh man…that is wonderful of you to say 🙂

      We just want to leverage the amazing network we’ve developed for the benefit of the bloggers who make Triberr the awesome service that it is.

      We need to work on design some more, making the algorithm really relevant and bringing non-bloggers into the fold. Suggestions?

      • Eugene Farber

        Good question. I think design could be a big part of it, just to make it more inviting for people who have never heard of Triberr (although I like the way you list authors with their photos, makes it more personable).

        I guess it really comes down to a matter of promotion and finding the non-bloggers wherever they hang out. My best guess would be Facebook.

  • Janet Callaway

    Dino, aloha.  Love the new design and enhancements.  Can’t wait to learn all about Dynamic Tribes.  With all the changes and goodies you and Dino keep giving us, I feel I need to stay camped out at the Bonfires to stay current with my tribes.  As always, thanks so much for all you do. 

    Enjoy a week of serendipitous experiences.  Aloha.  Janet

    P.S. When you have a minute, look at my most current post which mentions you & diyblogger.

    • Dino Dogan

      Thnx Janet, will do 🙂

  • John Garrett

    Wow that’s pretty awesome, Dino! You’re always innovating with this thing, man.

    So it doesn’t look like I can take this thing “full circle” and have wonderfully varied new posts from the Triberr home page pop up in a news feed for me? I tried subscribing to it in Google Reader and no go 🙁

    Still, Eugene is onto something here. I’m one of those “blank home page” people, since when I jump online I usually don’t wait for whatever the home page would be anyway. However it’s now set to my homepage so I won’t miss the best of the best!

    Thanks for putting in such hard work on this. All of us that benefit from it really appreciate it.

    • Dino Dogan

      Thnx John,

      So the two updates that are upcoming are the ability to tweet/facebook/G+ from within the box on Triberr AND Category specific RSS feeds (as well as the main category).

      Obviously, we need to work on design some more, making the algorithm really
      relevant and bringing non-bloggers into the fold. Suggestions?

  • Jens P. Berget

    Hi Dino,

    This is great. Triberr is getting better and better. And, reading your post about RSS readers made me think. I am subscribed to a lot of blogs, and it feels like I’m reading the same stuff over and over again. It’s time to get something new, and you’ve got it all figured out my friend. Thanks.

    I’m heading over to Triberr and I’m going to subscribe to it right away.


    • Dino Dogan

      What I love about it is its transparency. You can actually see the number of visits send in the last 24 hrs….atm, it’s showing over 70K visits to Triberr members for the last 24 hrs……and the updates to that section will be awesome…you just wait 🙂

      We still need to work on the design itself, making the algorithm really relevant and bringing non-bloggers into the fold. Suggestions? Especially for the last one…

      • Jens P. Berget

        I’m not sure, but for non-bloggers, it might be more important to add headlines and categories with big letters and at the top, and not the name of the bloggers? A lot of non-bloggers that I talk to on a regular basis have no idea what an RSS feed is, and they will probably never use an RSS reader, not even if I spend weeks to explain it to them 🙂

        • Dino Dogan

          Thats a great point. I had very little use for RSS before we started Triberr…so I get it.

          Now you bring up an interesting thing about categories vs authors dilemma.

          I like that we display authors because

          A) Everyone else shows categories…I like to be different 🙂 and
          B) People like seeing faces….we see ourselves in other people’s faces…I think its a huge attraction switch

          So…categories on the side (we plan on cleaning them up and controlling exactly what goes in there) and author-centric boxes with post preview.

          Convince me that that’s not the way to go? Make your case, sir 🙂

          • Jens P. Berget

            I’m not saying what you’re currently doing is not the way to go, because I think it’s brilliant. It’s just that if you’re looking for non-bloggers, we need to think like a non-blogger. And if I do (I have no idea if I’m successful or not thinking like a non-blogger), I don’t care about the faces of “unknown” people. All I care about is finding something that is interesting to me. And that’s usually based on topic or a intriguing headline. And that’s it, or maybe a picture.

            For instance, If I was a picture of a smoking hot woman, I would click on it no matter the topic or the headline 🙂


          • Dino Dogan

            Thinking like a non-blogger…great idea.

            You’ve given me a lot to think about…thnx Jens…you are a gentleman and a scholar 🙂

  • Jedilost

    what about the blogs which are not in English?

    • Dino Dogan

      There are already many blogs there that are non English. It all depends on whether or not those blogs are part of Triberr distribution network. We dont have language separation atm, but Im sure we’ll get there soon enough. 

  • Riley Harrison

    Very creative Dino. I bet it will be a big promotional success

    • Dino Dogan

      I hope so too….it will make our site more sticky for non-bloggers and bloggers alike, I hope…plus it should be really cool once we lock down categories, make it prettier, easier to share, subscribe, etc.

  • Stacey Herbert


    • Dino Dogan

      hehe…thnx Stacey 🙂

  • Catascouts

    60,000 visits per month being in top 900 sites in US?!
    Hmmm… This means I can be in top 900 pretty soon I guess. 🙂

    • Dino Dogan

      Sorry…that was a mistake…the correct number is 869 in US 🙂

  • Vagex

    Great ideas, this will help more traffic, and we just need to focus at content

    • Dino Dogan

      Plus I think we’re passing link juice and rank to displayed pages….not 100% on that tho…will have to check.

  • Matthew Karsten

    I’m constantly impressed with all the great features you’re adding to Triberr! Subscribing now.  🙂

    • Matthew Karsten

      Is there an actual RSS feed for the homepage content?

      • Dino Dogan

        Not yet…I know, I know…we need it. It ‘ill be there soon, I promise 🙂

        Also, we were thinking of going little old school and placing “Make me your homepage” thingy somewhere in there….whadaya think?

  • Kavya Hari

    Great ideas with high traffic on here 🙂 Thanks a lot for given up here 🙂

  • Michael Said

    Some awesome ideas here thanks for sharing. I agree with you that there are some very talented bloggers out there just waiting to be discovered. 

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  • Brian

    Hey Dino man keep your head up! The blogosphere is just starting to grow and soon you will see so many new bloggers you won’t know what to do with yourself. You know if your looking for new content and bloggers to meet you could always join us over @blogengage:twitter I would love to have you joining and submitting your content daily!

    • Dino Dogan

      Hi Brian,

      Thnx for tweeting few of my posts today, that was very nice of you. And thnx for leaving a comment.

      As for joining blogengage, I dont know if you can tell, but I dont believe in buying traffic, hence Triberr 🙂