It's True, I did IT! I get more page views to my hubs from Twitter over Google! At least that's what my "Traffic Sources" notes.
My Hubs! Twitter Traffic better than Google?
Very nice. Twitter has been a good source of traffic for me as well, but Google and Yahoo still win out.
I don't get it -- the whole Twitter thing I mean. I just joined, but now what?
Now, the key is to get all of your friends, family, and consumers to join, then market to them. Read my response to "Isabellas."
In the section that asks what you are doing, just write something interesting each day, put one of your hub titles and the link beside it. Just be yourself, be creative and follow people you find interesting.
If you have any great advice for people that are new to Twitter let me know! I am trying to gain followers and haven't really gained that many. Just 50 over three months, which isn't really that many.
Thanks for the advice!!
I'll try to do my best here...of all the Twitter tools I've experimented with (and I've used free and paid tools), I find that the free tools available, can be as competitive.
If you've gotten all of your friends to join your band of Tweeples, but some still reluctant to hit that Tweet up button; then you can use a tool like TweetSpinner.
There, you can enter keywords that focus on the market or consumers you hope to attract; in turn, following them. In return, I would speculate that about 20% of those followers will follow you. Because of Twitter's friend/follower ratio, it would then be ideal to toss out those who don't follow you, and start again with the keyword following process.
Each follow process shouldn't be exhausted more than once per day, as it will raise your API limits, so I would hold off until the next day.
Also, have your friends and family market for you, and have them open a Twitter account on behalf of you. Retweets get as many page views, if not more, than traditional hits.
I hope this helps...I'll get a hub going on Twitter Followers & Numbers.
But, does Twitter traffic earn you money like Google does? I stopped publishing my hubs via Twitter because the traffic never equaled any earnings. Yes, the traffic was good, but I still think Google traffic is better for terms of earning money from Adsense and other ad based programs.
I could see how Twitter may work with affiliate programs, but my fear is that all tweeters are getting so accustomed to ads, they simple annoy commercial tweets. I was following some guy who tweeted literally 5 times in one hour, the SAME product (with different descriptions)! I removed him from my list for annoying the heck out of me.
Doesn't Traffic to your hubs, regardless of the type or their origin/s, earn you money with Google adsense? If I have people visiting my hubs from Twitter, I'll earn money that way than just other sources alone. Honestly, I've received more Page CPMs now that a lot of my traffic is being driven by Twitter.
It's a bit more complex than that.
If the Twitter traffic is truly interested and leads to conversions for the advertisers, it's just as good. Otherwise, it could work against you in the long run.
Think of it this way. Say you were an advertiser with a product, Sweet Cruncheez. You want to pay for two marketing campaigns.
One campaign is to feature your product in a grocery store in the breakfast cereal aisle. Since you know people coming into the store are looking to buy food, and you also know that there's lots of competition from other food manufacturers, then you'll pay a lot to feature your product in a prominent section here. Targeted traffic+high competition= High Advertising Bids. This is like Google search traffic. People searching on Google are looking to accomplish a specific task.
The second campaign is to rent a billboard sign: "Sweet Cruncheez Rule the Universe." The billboard is located on a highway in the country. Truckers, tourists, commuters--everyone goes by there. If they glimpse the billboard, they may or may not eventually buy more Sweet Cruncheez. You're much less likely to have high conversions even if you pay a lot. But there's no reason to pay a lot for your billboard ad. No highway has truly targeted traffic, so there's not much competition from other advertisers, unless the highway is one only truckers are using--so there may be fierce competition for billboard ads for truck-stop diners. Less targeted traffic+low competition = low advertising bids. This is like article promotion in Twitter, Digg, or other social networking sites.
If a Web page with AdSense gets too much impulse traffic from promotion efforts, this traffic is more casual and less agenda-oriented. That is, the visitors are rarely in the mood to register for a newsletter, buy a product, or whatever.
Google can track conversions to Web pages, I believe. They're not going to continue paying a publisher well who consistently sends low-quality traffic to their advertisers. In the short term, it may pay, but in the long term, not so much. That's how I understand smart pricing.
Does that make sense?
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