Q: What is TRIBE DIRECT?
A: TRIBE DIRECT is a discovery and distribution platform which was specifically designed to allow content creators to share their content, build their brands and start to gain revenue through multiple avenues. It was also created to give readers a daily stream of new comics they may not have noticed otherwise with all of the competitive noise in the marketplace.
Q: Does TRIBE DIRECT own the content once it’s posted?
A: No, we don’t need it and don’t want it. Every content creator keeps their intellectual property (IP) but TRIBE DIRECT is allowed to use the content in advertising or in marketing for the site.
Q: Is it free to publish/distribute on TRIBE DIRECT?
A: Yup, it won’t cost you a penny out of your own pocket as long as you own the content.
Q: Can anyone publish content?
A: Yes, as long as you are at least 13 years of age and your content follows the theater guidelines of G, PG, PG-13 or R and stated clearly (we use A = All Ages, T = Teen, P = Parental Awareness and M = Mature). Anything rated R/Mature will be put behind an approval gate which people must agree to in order to view. Pornography or copyrighted work will be immediately taken down and legal action can be taken.
Q: What type of content is popular?
A: Amazingly enough, the most popular pieces of content are All Ages/G and T/PG due to that allowing for the widest range of viewers.
Q: Can I use my own publishing brand name or do I have to use TRIBE DIRECT?
A: By all means, use your own! The platform was designed to allow each content provider their own place on the web, so it should look and feel the way you want it. That includes your logos, both for titles and company name.
Q: Do I need to be a licensed company to publish content?
A: Nope. You can be as big as Image or as small as Joey down the street. In order to be paid, you do need a valid Bank or PayPal account and anyone under the age of 18 will have to have a co-signed contract with their guardians. If you live in the United States, you will also have to fill out and supply a W9 form for tax purposes. TRIBE DIRECT does not see these, as they are delivered to our bookkeeper and accountant.
Q: Does TRIBE DIRECT require an exclusive contract to post content?
A: No. You can post or sell your content wherever you want, as well as on TRIBE DIRECT. We only ask a few things of you if you are going to distribute on our platform:
- Place the TRIBE DIRECT partner banner on your homepage and link back to our site
- If we tag you in social media, like it and share it!
- Don’t talk garbage about other content creators on the site – keep it to yourself
- Tell us 90 days before you want content taken down
Q: How often do I need to publish content?
A: We time and publish all of the content for you, you just need to load it up. We try to rotate content weekly, if not daily. Our goal is to get eyeballs on it to increase your brand/title awareness, so we do our best to give some of the milk without giving away the cow.
You however can publish as many updates (same as you would via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) as often as you like. Our system also allows you to sync with Facebook and Twitter, so sharing is that much easier.
Q: Do I start making money as soon as I post content?
A: Well, we try. You can get paid by multiple revenue streams (the next question covers that) so if your content is hot, yes, you will be making money. HOWEVER, we are just one month into launch and it takes time to generate traffic, so as our community grows, so will your chance for higher payouts.
Q: What types of revenue streams does TRIBE DIRECT offer?
A: We have multiple and building more. Currently there is revenue from ads, site subscriptions, digital/PDF downloads.
Q: Where can Featured content be found?
A: Unlike other sites, we don’t really have a featured section. We split content into comics and webcomics, then we also have a recommended section. You can also sort content a number of ways on our browse tab (most viewed, newest, certain genre, etc.), plus we have a recommendations engine which is on each content page.
Q: How much does TRIBE DIRECT take of the profits made?
A: The content providers make 70% of the profits, TRIBE DIRECT gets 30%.
Q: How can I begin publishing my own content?
A: Click the “Become a Publisher!” button at the top of the page and our content wizard can walk you through the rest.
Q: If I can read free comics, why would I create an account?
A: There a multiple reasons to create your own account! Mainly, so you can:
Enter into contests and giveaways
Own a subscriptionAccess your library of conten