Brian Clark, Sonia Simone, Chris Brogan, and Darren Rowse — four bloggers that command speaking rates of thousands of dollars a day — are the brains behind the Third Tribe Marketing project.
Complete with monthly Q&A phone calls and audio transcripts of interviews, the site is predominantly an internet forum that costs you nearly $50 a month to participate. Thousands of bloggers and affiliate marketers belong. How many is unknown but Chris mentioned 2,000 on his blog last fall and the number likely increased since.
I joined the fray nine months ago after reading one too many articles by Kristi Hines on the benefits of joining the Third Tribe.
Creating a profile and asking questions on the forum was easy — but I eventually recognized (later than I should have) that I can ask the same questions and receive similar responses from other places that don’t cost as much. Granted responses in other places may be from other people that aren’t paying for the privilege of membership, but why should one’s insights be different than yours?
The site is currently closed to new members (here’s Darren’s blog piece on the subject) as the foursome are apparently brainstorming to launch a second phase. Best wishes to them but I’ll be sitting it out.
P.S. Thanks to Michael Schechter (in a guest article for Danny Brown) for inspiring me to quit.