What is Daytipper
The online media company Daytipper (Daytipper.com) has a tip for you. Publish useful and informative tips, and be paid $3 for each one.
Daytipper.com is a new online media company and community that invites everyone to “share practical, useful knowledge with others, get paid, or donate to the charity of their choice” (Daytipper press release).
Daytipper.com covers popular web topics including Cooking & Food, Education, Pets, Family, Finance & Money, Gardening, Household, Leisure & Recreation, Pets, Recycle/Reduce/Reuse, Relationships & Love, Technology, Transportation, Travel, and Wellness.
If the content and approach of Daytipper.com seem familiar, it could be because DayTipper.com is the new reincarnation of Vitamin-T (www.dailyvitamint.com)
There are a couple of main differences between Daytipper and other “tip” sites. Popular tip sites like Yahoo! Answers and do not pay their contributors.
Other sites, like Guru.com and Howtodothings.com require a multiple-part application process and a review of an individual’s capabilities in a given topic.
While Daytipper.com does rely on its editors to check tips for quality, the concept by Daytipper.com is to let everyone contribute what they know.
Interview with Nathan Preheim
Nathan Preheim is one of the founding members of Daytipper. According to the Daytipper.com web site, “Nathan started Daytipper because he believes that many people have personal anecdotes that they are willing to share, but lack an easy method to do so.” His official responsibilities include “Principal Product Management, Strategic Planning & Business Operations.
Preheim recently agreed to an email interview.
I have to ask, how did you come up with the name DayTipper.com? It’s catchy.
Nathan Preheim: “Thanks. We like it too. :) We actually hired a branding consultant, who came up with a slew of great names. In the end, we felt that the name Daytipper best portrayed our service. Gigantip was my runner up selection. :)”
If you could describe DayTipper.com with one word what would it be?
Nathan Preheim: “Useful.”
Who do you see as your biggest competitors in the “online tips” market?
Nathan Preheim: “Nobody else is doing anything quite like what we are offering. There are a variety of tip sites on the web, but our emphasis is on high quality user-generated tips.”
Did the popularity of Yahoo! Answers prompt you to start?
Nathan Preheim: “No, actually I developed the concept of a tip sharing service back in 2000. I sat on the idea until I organized a management team in November of 2005.
Life’s Little Instruction Book, written by H. Jackson Brown, was a big inspiration for me.
People seem to like and enjoy learning new tips and tricks. Daytipper acknowledges that everyone is an expert on something. The tips on our site have helped someone before. Deep down, I think we want to help others. That was the intent with Daytipper. Share your experiences. You tell us, we’ll tell the world. We wanted to develop a vehicle or platform that allows people to share and benefit from unique and clever ideas.
And I just wasn’t satisfied with the existing tip sites. We want to become a one stop, tip shop. We hope that Daytipper becomes the de facto comprehensive tip repository for useful ideas, advice, and ideas.
Visitors are guaranteed to find something that will make their life easier, save them money, or save them time every time they visit the Daytipper site. “
I noticed in the press release that you are aware of the addictive quality of this type of sites. I found the same thing with Yahoo! Answers. Do you know that from authority?
Nathan Preheim: “Absolutely. This is one of the reasons we implemented the Top Tippers feature. We have many users who want to see their name on that leader board.”
How prepared are you for a giant swarm of people who can’t wait to be paid for the same type of tips they’ve been supplying to other sites for free?
Nathan Preheim: “Absolutely. This is one of the reasons we implemented the Top Tippers feature. We have many users who want to see their name on that leader board. “
How is DayTipper.com funded?
Nathan Preheim: “It has been entirely self-financed.”
A lot of blogs and web sites are finding a print market for their products and becoming books, including LifeHacker (www.lifehacker.com). Do you ever see Daytipper the book?
Nathan Preheim: “Perhaps. The website will continue to be our preferred medium, but we are exploring other methods to deliver our content.”
How many Daytippers do you currently have?
Nathan Preheim: “I can say that traffic to the site has increased 250% since late December and that we have received over 6,000 tips within the past four weeks.”
What types of tips are usually rejected?
Nathan Preheim: “We reject lots of duplicate tips. That’s tough, because many rejected tips are very useful. It’s just that someone beat you to the punch and submitted a similar idea earlier.
We will reject tips with egregious spelling or grammatical errors. So take your time and carefully document your idea.
Also, generic tips are rejected immediately. Here’s a good example. Someone submitted a tip about color therapy. They said something to the effect of ‘Color therapy offers lots of benefits. Google color + therapy to learn more.’ Be specific. Tell us how you benefited from color therapy, or what specific aspect of color therapy is especially useful. Tips that aren’t family friendly will also get rejected.”
What types of tips are usually accepted?
Nathan Preheim: “Useful and original ideas. Tips are automatically accepted if we read them and say any of the following statements, ‘What a cool idea!’ ‘I can’t wait to try that.’ ‘I never would have thought of that!'”
What is the best advice you can give DayTippers and future DayTippers on increasing their tip acceptance rate?
Nathan Preheim: “Be sure you search the site first, to see if your tip has already been published. We receive LOTS of duplicates.
Also, think about what kind of tips you’d be interested in reading or that would appeal to a broad audience. Conventional wisdom is fine, but we like to hear from people who have applied conventional wisdom in a unique or special way. Obvious conventional wisdom tips probably won’t get accepted.
Finally, be as specific as you can. If we read it and we don’t understand what you are saying, it will be rejected. Tips needs to be clear and intuitive.”
With so many tips being submitted, and approved, and only a small percentage of those actually being published each day, contributors are wondering, when or if they will see their tips in print and be paid for their submissions. What would you say to these people?”
Nathan Preheim: “Daytipper has steadily increased the number of tips is published daily. We originally published three tips per day.
We are currently publishing six tips per day and we hope to continue steadily increase that number. I do ask that tip contributors be as patient as they can.
As you indicate, we do have a large tip queue and it’s going to take awhile to publish all of these tips. I can tell you that if your tip has been approved, I can guarantee that it will be published.”
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about DayTipper?
Nathan Preheim: “I do want to thank everyone who has submitted tips. We are grateful for the support. I get lots of ‘when will my tip be published’ emails. We literally have hundreds and hundreds of tips in queue, waiting to be published. We are currently publishing six tips a day.
The number of tips we publish per day is proportional to visitor traffic. So the more people that visit Daytipper, the more tips we are able to publish. If you are frustrated that your tip hasn’t been published yet, tell all your friends and family to visit Daytipper. :)
We’ve got some excellent tips in queue. We are also hard at work designing and developing some new features that will further enhance the website. Stay tuned.”
Daytipper likes hearing from its users. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.