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Hi everyone,OK, I know, most of you have completely forgotten me, or, never even knew me... and there's a very good reason for that... I've been completely bluffed by another website! OK, I know... that's a bit of a bad reason for not having been around for what seems like ages... but 24 hours in a day is just not long enough to do all I'd like to! hope you'll let me off?....
۩For those who don't already know this time consuming but money making site, I'm talking about trivago.
I'm going to tell you about how my experience there is going, and what I can do there...A very important detail is that trivago is still very young, so there is a lot to do... and therefore a bit of money to gain to develop it... how long for? Impossible to know... but then nothing is eternal.. we'll see!
۩So here goes with my experience anyway...
First of all, if you want to help a friend out by making him/her gain a third of whatever you/yourself will eventually earn, without loosing out on a single penny yourself, you can register via their/my link lol ;-) (let me know in my private guestbook, I'd be very thankful!/helpful!) Same will go for you, if you find a worthy friend or two too.So to register is the easy part... the normal name and address bit to fill in.
You then get your ordinary e-mail to confirm you did really fill in that form.۩
So now you are a member of trivago.com! Well done you! I say that because from my small experience one of two things will happen from here on... either1. Like me, you are going to seriously enjoy this.... or
2. Not at all...The different reasons for both options, I'm going to try to explain to you, if you take the time to read them....
First thing I did personally, as many do, was to take a holiday review originally written for Ciao, and posted it on trivago...The second level is reachable within one review... so you soon feel like reaching level 3!
Trivago sells holidays too. That means that you can also look and compare prices for your next holidays, or eventually book them here. Half of the money gained by trivago for doing so, is shared out amongst the members who write for, give photos to, and help to build the trivago site. What you gain depends on how much you contribute to the site, but also, as to how much the other members participate. All the information's on your gains are clearly indicated in your statistics.Every two months, your "proportionate gain" is transferred onto your account, that sum then stays fix. Every two months your trivago account is transferred onto your Paypal account. So that's the money bit sorted!
So, as I said, to get through the first level, I just added photos, and a few reviews. Also I added a few Internet links towards the beautiful area I live in, and invited a few friends via my link. To get through each level, you need to be "promoted" by 5 other members who are two levels ahead of you. This generally takes a few hours. And of course you need a minimum of shares... 250 to get your second purple lozenge.۩
A few photo's, reviews, attractions, links and externals later, I reached the 5000 parts necessary to be promoted, (by 5 other members two levels higher) to level 3... represented by three purple lozenges!
At level 2, I discovered "external reviews". These consist in finding someone else's point of view (on a hotel or an attraction, ie. a restaurant or a museum) and turning it into your own words, whilst attaching the link to the original review you've taken it from. Now, I do admit, I've not been a fan of these from the start. Even worse, a person I reviewed from ciao (France) did not appreciate the fact that the link to her review could make her have more reads on Ciao.... since, I take my external reviews from tourist guides, or books. Trivago does list out the major sources for these. I can also now add attractions to the site, those are basically anything worth seeing really, it's a rather vast option. I've added restaurants, zoos, museums, rivers, lakes etc...
And here, it becomes essential that I talk about the ratings on trivago.۩
You write a review, on the form you fill in to do so, you must rate certain aspects( i.e. accessibility, appearance or the architecture etc...) Your review must talk about these aspects, or else you mustn't evaluate them... If your review corresponds with your ratings, and all the essential information is there, those who rate you (minimum level 4) do so between 10%-100%. A review is worth 250 shares. So depending on the evaluations, you can get UP TO 250 shares.
Adding hotels, links, external reviews or your own reviews are all evaluated by a percentage according to the action you undertake... here are some very concrete examples...
For the other actions it's slightly different. For example, for links, externals and adding hotels some are worth more than others from the start. When you fill in the form, it'll tell you the maximum you can gain for that source. Don't ask me how they work out the importance of each place!!!So don't be upset when your brilliantly researched hotel you added only gives you 70% when it's activated ... It's just the way it works. I promise, you'll get used to it!
I'd warned you it was complicated...So where was I... yes, level 3! So now things get serious, and to achieve level 4 I needed ;
1. 100,000 shares
2. 100 of those nasty external reviews! lol (some people love these by the way, I'm just a moany one!)
3. 50 hotels completed
4. 50 Internet links
5. 100 reviews rated.
1. Approve other members photos, Internet links and external reviews.
So that's where I'm at, personally, I'm hoping to obtain my level 5 before the summer holidays!! where I'll be able to ;
To cut a long story short, once in level 6, you can approve added hotels and attractions added by other members, and have access to the "discoverer" forum! For that, I'll eventually need :1.250,000 shares.
OK, why "not particularly"?Because where you live is elsewhere for someone else! You don't have to be a traveller to participate... In your town, however small, there must an attraction to add to trivago! A church, a restaurant, a fitness club.. a stadium... the possibilities are vast.
OK, so that's what I do there.۩
When you arrive on the site you are greeted by your mentor, who is there to help you out whenever you have a problem, or difficulty to get on.
In brief this is what I like there ;
Well, as you guessed further up, I don't like external reviews much!
I admit that getting grips of how I should do what at the beginning was rather teadious. I think that is where those who abandoned did so.
It's very addictive, like Ciao I guess!
I've invited a few friends on trivago, I'd say half of them are really into it, and the other half don't participate at all.
The delay before actually being paid is long, too long, I reckon.
Hope to see you there soon ....
I'm loving it!
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