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First you have to know that it’s not that easy to make money on social networks. I mean real money. More of the people trying to make money on twitter are hardly made a few dollars a month. In order to make decent money with Twitter you need to start with good foundations. Make a good strategy and work hard. To put it mathematically is to have many followers. Also you have to be positive, not spamming your followers. Acting well and be ethical will help you to achieve your goals.
What is the way to make money on twitter?
There are two ways you can make money with Twitter. First you can promote your own products and services or you can promote other peoples products and services. Both of the ways are similar – you just post links on Twitter. Also you can use Twitter to get more traffic to your blog or site. To build your own brand.
Now is the moment to say what you don’t have to do for money – to get paid for following people, to sell your Twitter account or to get paid for sending direct messages. It’s against Twitter policy. If you do so you can get banned or lose more of your followers. And it’s not worth it – you can make only a couple of dollars.
What Is Twitter?
Twitter, is a free service , a combination of a micro blogging tool and a social networking site. Twitter is free to join and you can get set up with an account in a matter of just a few minutes.
Twitter has two main components. Just like social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook, you can add “followers” and follow other people as well. They’ll receive your updates and you’ll receive theirs. What is unique is that your messages are limited just to 140 characters, which is why some people call it a “micro blogging” tool. You have to keep your messages brief and to the point. Now a day more people like this.
Here are some basics of twitter. If you are familiar with Twitter you can skip this chapter.
Followers and Following After you have followed someone their tweets will appear in your timeline. For your tweets to appear in someone else’s timeline the user must be following you. Tweets -This is the short messages you sending to your followers.
@ Mentions are how you publicly interact with people. To make use of them all you need to do is type the @ symbol then the username of the person you want to mention. Like normal tweets @ mentions will appear in your timeline, however you can view them all by click the “Mentions” tab on your homepage.
Direct messages are private, they can only be seen by you and the person you have sent one to. Better not sending spam and affiliate links with direct messages, because you can lose your followers, or get banned. To send a user a Message just go to their profile and click the “Message” button. To view the messages you have received just click the “Messages” link on your homepage.
Retweets or RT’s are a way to share tweets you like with your followers. There are two ways to retweet a tweet . The first way is to simply click the “Retweet” button found on the tweet itself. The other way to do it is to copy the tweet and create an @ mention with letters RT in front of it then paste in the tweet. Doing it this way is know as the old way and will appear in the users Mentions tab instead of the Retweets tab.
Favorites Add a tweet to your favorites by rolling over it and clicking “Favorite”.
Twitter lists are a way of organizing people you follow into groups so you can easily view their tweets.
Account phishing You have to be aware about this – it is not something new, like all around internet, there are some people that are trying to attack your account and take your personal information. Just have to be careful when you use some 3rd party service that requires access to your Twitter account it will ask you to authorize it. Malicious applications will take advantage of this access and use it to spam your followers or collect your data. It’s happened to me before one month – they hacked me and sent some spam messages from my account. I was lucky and everything finished when I changed my password. Never authorize any application unless you trust it’s creator and know exactly what it’s going to do.
How to set up your profile
Your Twitter profile says a lot about you and is often all some people will see. A good choice for a profile picture is a recent photo of yourself, however you can really use anything you like. But better is picture to be clear. About name you should use your real name – the best way to brand yourself, and to give you more credibility. Of course if you are making account to brand your site or blog or business is OK to use this brand name. About address – just city and country are enough to target your local audience.
Bio – you can use 160 characters and use hash tags in your bio. Using hash tags in your bio can help people find you when they are looking for people that are interested in certain topics.
How to construct a tweet?
If you want your tweet to be well constructed it needs to include a hash tag, a link in the middle of the tweet(optional), be spelt correctly. Whenever you post a link you should use a service such as bit.ly to shorten it. You should avoid services that offer to pay you for using their url shortening service. Your Twitter followers will not be happy when they click these links as they will be presented with ad’s before they are able to see the content you have shared.
How to post my tweets?
There are some rules and ethics that apply when you tweet. If you want to be successful on Twitter have to take care about the way you tweet.
Tweeting once a day is not enough, once an hour is more in the ball park. The more often you tweet the more chance you have of being seen. Always try to leave at least a few minutes between your tweets.
To start out with, better to post things that are related to you personally and not your blog directly. Remember, first and foremost Twitter is a social networking utility. People have a low tolerance for blatant advertising. You have to post not only promotional links. Have to post links related to your niche, or just interesting things you find around the Internet. Share your opinion. Post links to recent news stories, especially those related to your niche, and offer your opinion. Share links to other people’s sites and explain your view.
When you post nothing but your blog posts, or posts to your other sites, your followers will lose interest fast. Don’t spam your followers. Be sure to talk about something other than yourself so that you don’t come across as a spammer.
Respond to all replies. When someone replies to your message, make sure to respond to them to let them know you got their message.
Don’t use all caps in your updates. This is one of those general online etiquette tips that applies to Twitter as well.
Check in from time to time with your account. Don’t start a Twitter account only to check in with it every few days or once a week. Make it a part of your daily routine so you can connect with your followers.
Who To Follow
To make money with Twitter your followers need to be targeted, active and engaged. A big part of accomplishing this is knowing who to follow. You should search for keywords that are related to what you tweet about. If you follow people that are not interested in the same things as you then they will most likely never follow you back and if they do they won’t find your content interesting. Just follow people that have tweeted recently. Doing so will increase your chances of being followed back. This is also clearly a good way of discovering active accounts.
Don’t mass follow people at ones. This way you are easily able to manage who hasn’t followed you back yet and ensure you don’t follow automated accounts. Avoid following people without any profile information or a profile picture. These are normally automated accounts and will just unfollow you once you have followed back. Also accounts like these are often banned quickly by Twitter, following them back can leave you following an account you cannot unfollow. Churning is when someone follows you and unfollows you on a regular basis in order to stay at the top of your followers list and is one of the most annoying things people do on twitter. You can block this user to protect yourself.
How to gain more followers?
You can use this services to help you gain twitter followers. Two months ago I had around 60-70 followers. With 30 minutes a day work and using the sites below now I have more than 1000 followers and still growing every day.
Twellow.com is Twitter directory when you can list your account to make it more visible for search engines and to make more followers.
Twiends.com is the best site to grow your followers. They use points system – they called seeds. Seeds can be accumulated by following people or by logging in each day. Twiends.com has recently added an auto follow back function. This feature has greatly reduced the amount of time needed to clean up your account. By setting your account to only auto follow back accounts that currently have seeds it is possible to grow your Twitter followers very quickly.
TraffUp.net work the sameway like Twiends, even more – you can use your point for retweets or traffic exchange. TraffUp have referral program. Every time you refer a user you will get points.
Using this services will gain you more followers ,but many of them are going to unfollow you soon after you following them back. That’s why you have to work to maintain your account clear.
Unfollow Those That Are Not Following You Use a service like Friendorfollow to discover who isn’t following you in return. Once you have discoverd who isn’t following you, you should manually unfollow these people.Never use any mass unfollow tools, twitter may ban your account. Keep a close eye on your timeline and unfollow any account you think is automated. Automated accounts will not only clog your timeline, they will never click your links or interact with you in any way.
Twitblock.org This site is good tool for spam filter and bulk blocking for twitter.
Twitter analytics services provide you with valuable insights that will help you keep track of many important factors of your account. Klout.com is a great tool and does an outstanding job of measuring how influential you are.
Other good service is Tweet Grader
Social Media Marketing Services
Social media advertising/marketing services act as the middle man between advertisers and tweeters or the users of other social networks. These are the services that actually make it possible for you to “get paid to tweet”, without them making money on Twitter would be quite difficult as you would have to do all of the ground work yourself.
There are many sites you can find on search engines , but here on this article I list most popular social marketing services that you can use for free to earn money on Twitter.
SponsoredTweets is free to use social media advertising service by IZEA. SponsoredTweets gives people, small businesses and major brands access to both affordable and effective word of mouth advertising on Twitter. IZEA is a world leader in social media sponsorship, operating multiple marketplaces including WeReward, SponsoredTweets, and SocialSpark.
Unlike other advertising platforms the SponsoredTweets platform doesn’t present you with a list of offers, sponsors find you. That’s why you have to write the right tags correctly. You should use tags that directly reflect what you tweet about, for example if you tweet about anything and everything like most people do then you should use the “general” tag.
Getting sponsored can take a time, you do need to be patient. Your first sponsorship will most likely come after a few weeks. If you are making an effort to tweet “correctly” you should start seeing sponsorship offers more regularly. Before you accept the offer you should check the landing page and ensure it is something you would normally share.
You can earn more money by referring people as tweeters or advertisers.
My likes MyLikes connects advertisers with relevant social publishers who create tweets, facebook , tumblr posts or videos for them. They track all your MyLikes to formulate a quality score for each user. The higher your quality score, the more you get paid per click. Payment can be received via PayPal or by Amazon GiftCard. Payment is made every Friday.
It’s very important to tweet no more than 2-3 times a day commercials. If you tweet only sponsored tweets most likely will lose more of your followers. Post some news related to your niche, or some funny staff.
There are many sites where you can get paid for your tweets. Also hundreds are twitter related. It’s physically impossible to put all this information on this article. I will write more about some interesting sites I found online. You can expect more updates soon.
I will appreciate you follow me on Twitter. I always follow back my followers. Here is my twitter account: