Is there anyone out there successfully using Twitter to make money?
Well, I make around $2 a week by posting ads occasionally through http://mylikes.com
But I do it very infrequently so as not to upset people who follow me.
I also get a few visits to my various articles by using hashtags.
Not to make money, but to promote dialog, hubpages, and hubs that my fellow hubbers write. I use it as a resource tool. Check me out, I love twitter. http://twitter.com/onebrncowco.
Like I sent a tweet out earlier today about a writer here named Cosette who has a cool hub on Project Runway.
But as for making money solely off of it, no. It is just a marketing tool for me to promote my articles, and websites.
i used to use twitter but not anymore. it got to be too much work!
I get nice traffic from Twitter. A few folks have stated they work to get followers. Instead, I focus on tweets with keywords. I get a lot of Twitter traffic for days after posting tweets because people find me when they do a search.
I wrote about Twitter and traffic in the following hub:
10 Things I Learned in the 30 Hubs Challenge
I've heard of plenty of stories of people using it and getting some success from it. I don't personally use it, just never had a need.
I am still figuring out how to actually use twitter, using it to make money is beyond me!
You will get more out of Twitter if you are interacting with your followers.
A person would be more likely to Retweet your link if they know you and like you.
Empty posts with no personality might get a few clicks but nothing like the results that ten or twenty Retweets will get you.
10 of your followers at an average of 2000 followers each RT your post will put your link in front of 20000 people. Those people may also RT it for you exploding the potential.
Things can go viral on Twitter real fast.
If you have only 2000 followers yourself you can see the difference in exposure if you do not get a few RT's.
On a related note, they have a site called twiends.com where you can get more followers. In a sense you are buying followers on that site, but they have some protections in-place to insure that you only pay for the ones who continue to follow you for a period of time.
I'm up to nearly 300 followers in a short period of time, and some of them are now coming to my site. The trick is to give readers something to read every day, other than the name of a hub.
It can be a snippet of information, something funny to read, or anything else that engages the reader on a frequent basis.
Yoshi you are paying for followers?
You are exactly right as far as providing interesting tweets.
Just a suggestion.
Use the twitter search to look for subjects that you would like to make comments on.
Simply Retweet people and respond @theirname to their tweets and you can gain followers so quickly.
If you follow me @arthurfontes I will help you get some followers. #followfriday my friend.
Actually, I'm paying to form an initial gathering. If one just adds tweets they will form a group over time, but to get noticed on a quick basis one must advertise ... a necessary evil when you are marketing a product such as a website.
My current plot is to pay for about 25 new followers a day, which costs me about $1. I then throw out an interesting fact each day that keeps them checking my tweets, and in turn they come to my site and look around.
Once I have my tweet group up to about 2000 (which won't be long at this rate) I can shutoff the pay mechanism and cultivate the crowd I have grown ... and it will be advertising dollars well spent, considering the ones you spend elsewhere bring a reader in once and then they are lost to the ether.
Reddit.com is also a really good tool for bringing readers in. They currently bring in 90% of my traffic on my Voodoo Science series. Even as I type this they just brought in 51 page hits on my latest article and the count is still going ... and I posted that article about an hour ago. Now *that* is a decent reach.
Still, I think Twitter is a much better tool, as you are developing a following, rather than staging a one-night stand by engaging other sites at the moment.
I'm not saying backlinks are bad ... quite the opposite .. they're great! However, nothing beats a following that keeps watching and keeps returning. Any site that can do that is destined to rise to the top over time. That's why Twitter should be in the pocket of anyone serious about getting page views over time.
What does it mean when you put the # symbol in front of something? What does it do?
I'm still trying to learn...obviously. LOL
If you do a search #hubpages in the Twitter search you get a timeline of other people who have used that hashtag.
This is how you gain a following #Search for the targeted demographic profiles of your customer and interact with them.
If they do not respond back they are probably bots who never look at the Twitter timeline itself.
The followers you are receiving are possibly thinking like you?
Like hubber to hubber conversions I am not sure if the value would be worth it?
If Everyone in your group simply posts with no interaction of real life what is the potential?
I am talking about gaining followers who are actually sitting at the keyboard anticipating a reply to their well thought out tweet.
I am a newbie to internet marketing. I am proficient at targeting my customer demographic in print and internet as far as used cars goes.
I think actual spenders and clickers even readers are alive and looking to connect with other people. Spending a few minutes a day is easily worth the effort.
20 twitter visits on my article today ... so yes, they are worth the investment.
However, I *do not* recommend this approach to hubs. Why? I'm marketing a site not just articles, and if I used this approach for individual articles it would inevitably fail.
The goal is to bring readers into a universe I have total control over, and in so doing I can gauge their reactions and manipulate the look and feel to see what attracts them. With Hubpages I am confined to how the site works (which it actually works quite well) and to the fact that any page view could easily lead someone back out to someone elses profile. As such, on Hubpages we build value for ourselves and share it with others.
Also, having one's own site allows for more creative advertising, such as with Yieldbuild. This allows me to produce ad campaigns where I can see a market, or to eliminate advertising when I see viewers have grown fatigued.
This is why my approach with my own site is different and I do see the need to pay for an initial audience. As I am using Woopra I get a direct view of the number of hits I get from Twitter and I have taken that into account as to whether or not my campaign is working.
As of the moment, it's working out better than all but Reddit for bringing in readers.
As for why I just don't tweet others and wait for them to tweet me in return ...
1) That involves me in a lot of Twitter user accounts I don't intend to read, causing much clutter in my account.
2) I don't friend people with the expectation they should friend me back.
3) When I follow someone on Twitter, I want them to know I am an active follower
For these reasons I'm not one to go with the friend you - friend me policy.
However, I am exploring all avenues to bring in the traffic, and doing quite well considering scientific topics (as a rule) are hopelessly limited in audience or overwritten to the point you need many backlinks to compete.
My current goal is to establish a word of mouth marketing campaign, but to do that I need to first write more material. After all, I don't want those words to be 'Not much here ... going elsewhere'
I wish you luck and I will acquiesce to your knowledge of Internet marketing.
I was just trying to tell you my experience with Twitter that I will admit I have only accrued a small following. Somewhere in the low 8000's but I wish you all the luck you deserve.
I only know a fragment of what it would take to make money with the process.
I only knows what I knows But I wish you luck in your endeavor.
Your experience and knowledge isn't wrong. I was only explaining what I was doing and my methodology. Again, what I am doing on my own site is a lot different than what I am doing here, so it demands a different approach.
I'm working on raising the Titanic overnight, which is why I am being so hardcore about my process. If I was only marketing a blog I definitely would not be using this process as the ROI (return on investment) would be a huge negative. However, the site I'm working on is a point of presence (like popular science, discovery magazine, etc) so I need to command a quick following or risk losing the crowd.
So far, my ROI has been positive, which is why I have been willing to invest a small amount. Should that number turn negative then I will know that I have saturated my marketing and need to go with what I have.
It's the difference in purpose that determines the difference in marketing, which is why you are right about what you are saying, and why it won't work in my case.
It's important to me that you understand that I'm not disagreeing with you as I don't want others interpreting what you are saying as being wrong - because it's not. However, like in my case, there are a few exceptions to the rules.
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