TradingView Social: how to gain exposure and build a reputation on TradingView

Sep 9, 2016

Hopefully you didn’t miss the 10 golden tips on creating awesome and lasting custom chats post by one of our moderators, @JasperForex. Here is some new insight!

Contributors often ask what they can do to catch the communities’ attention so more people would view and like their publications. For new or little-known members who don’t yet have a record of achievement at TradingView, getting exposure can be a daunting task and occupying a spot on the coveted top authors leaderboard may seem like a mission impossible. With over a million ideas published and 750 new ones being published daily by traders from all over the world, how do you get people to notice yours?

You build a reputation by creating value for the community, so that should be your main focus. Sounds easy, right! No? Don’t worry, we know the first steps are often the hardest, so here are 10 tips to put you on the right track. If you are new to publishing, they will help you start off right and be on your way to gain the respect of others. If you already published ideas and would like to stand out more, they will help you discover where you can improve. Apply them, raise your game and get noticed! Your user profile has complete stats to keep track of how you are doing.

  1. The power of why over what. TradingView is not a place for those seeking simple calls to buy or sell. Our community is driven by a scientific approach of peer review: to share, review, critique, learn from and build upon helpful, descriptive ideas to maximize profits. This is one of our core strengths. So don’t just say what the market will do, explain why by sharing how you got to your bias. Use the drawing tools to visualize your analysis and provide a meaningful description. Detailing targets and stops is a definite plus, because it helps others understand what you mean.
  1. Mix it up! Don’t just publish trade ideas, throw some other posts in the mix that grab people’s attention! Education is one of our strongest assets and users love insightful educational posts. If done well, they can get hundreds of likes and thousands of views. There are many topics to choose from: share your view on trading psychology, give advice on money management, highlight what’s in your trading plan, explain how you set targets, detail configurations of price patterns, list 10 favorite tips, write a trading-related column or describe a personal experience. Be creative and captivate your audience!
  1. Presentation is everything. A catchy title certainly helps, but what draws people’s attention first and foremost, is the chart. Avoid analysis paralysis and make it look professional, balanced and clean. By keeping it simple, others can grasp your market view intuitively. Well-presented ideas are included in the trending feed on our homepage, which heightens their exposure. They are sorted according to their popularity among the community and top trending charts can get thousands of views. A distinctive chart design can further help your publications to stand out.
  1. Choose quality over quantity. Avoid playing a volume game: trying to build a reputation by publishing many hastily thrown together ideas, that each get a few likes. One well-thought-out idea generates more value, more engagement and more reputation points than several half-baked ones. Our community is known for intelligent and helpful ideas, so avoid publishing charts that don’t pass the grade. Quality content keeps its value over time. You can study it months later and still learn something, which organically leads to additional followers and likes. All analysis published on TradingView stays public permanently, neither users nor staff can delete an idea once it’s been published, so why not give it your best shot! Beware: contributors that publish more than 5 ideas daily rarely produce quality content.
  1. Get found. The 5 most searched instruments are EURUSD, Gold, SPX500, Oil and GBPUSD. The most popular time frames range from the hourly to the daily. Taking these factors into account, increases the chance of your ideas being included in popular searches. For example: an analysis on the weekly for Abiomed Inc. stock will probably get noticed less than one on the hourly for Gold. Using smart tags further enables people to find your ideas while linking to similar ones helps those get discovered as well. Give yourself a leg up! Another great strategy could be publishing ideas for symbols that have few or no ideas at all. Be the first and get noticed!
  1. Embrace feedback. By replying to comments in a timely, valuable and positive way, you naturally stimulate more comments. The public discussion of ideas is an important feature that brings a lot of value and it provides a nice way to interact with those who are interested in your views, to share your knowledge and to learn from others. Be respectful, even if someone argues an opposing view – a good debate with strong arguments can bring value to both sides. The TradingView community is active and engaged, posting over 600 comments daily and highly rated ideas can get hundreds of comments over time.
  1. Update your ideas. Use the update status feature to provide quick updates on the management of published trades or to add important information to the original idea. Through a cool timeline under the chart you can show if the trade is active, how news affected it or if the target was hit. By using snapshots you could demonstrate how price action develops along the way. It makes your ideas more informative and dynamic, engages the readers and generates extra views and likes. Your followers will get instant notifications of any updates.
  1. Everyone has something to share. Among our contributors are experienced traders with proven strategies who contribute awesome content. Some members say only they should publish ideas. We passionately disagree. We believe aspiring traders of all levels have something to share, be it a good trade opportunity, a valuable tip, or a profound insight. This works in 5 ways:
  • It helps others
  • You learn by getting feedback
  • You hold yourself accountable
  • You see yourself improve
  • You build a reputation in the online financial space

There is great value in sharing your journey to become a better version of yourself as a trader with a public trading journal to show for it.

  1. Be truthful. Avoid publishing after-the-fact winners or ideas where price progressed significantly towards your target before you publish them. Don’t selectively update only winners, or claim profit on losers. The natural instinct may be to do this, but it’s not really fair, is it? And it won’t give you a real advantage because the trust you worked hard to gain is easily lost this way, which hurts your reputation. Our users have formed an advanced community that understands that -given the nature of the market- everyone will sometimes get something wrong. Getting better at anything requires you to be perfectly honest about successes and failures, with yourself first and foremost. So own up to losing trades and treat them as opportunities to improve, you will only get better from it. Think of it as a journal – when you publish some analysis, you can come back weeks, months or years later, and learn from it. Honesty is always the best policy!
  1. Have patience. Don’t expect to get noticed and build a following right away. Remember: what comes fast, won’t last. Your first publications, even if they are good, may get just a few likes. Don’t get discouraged by that, keep sharing ideas and you will gradually earn respect from our community. If you offer good services, don’t rush to sell them from day 1. Increase your chances by earning recognition and trust first, through the contribution of quality content. It’s worth the effort since it’s human nature to prefer to buy from people we trust.

Using these tips will help you improve your reputation and make a name for yourself. Apply them, bring it to the next level and bring on the awesome ideas!

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