How Do I Make Money With Twitter? Here’s the Answer!
Twitter is one of the most influential social media networks there is today and anyone, including celebrities, businesses, politicians, rising stars, or normal people like you and me are on it and you should be too. Great, so the big question is, how do I make money with Twitter? Well, here’s the answer!
What is Twitter?
First off though, what is Twitter? Twitter is a social media network like Facebook, Google+ or other social media networks you are familiar with but they work a bit differently. It’s a way for you to communicate and stay connected with quick 140 characters or less of text, photos, videos or links called “Tweets”.
Just to give you an idea of how HUGE Twitter is, they have over 300 million active users every single month. They have over 1 billion unique visits monthly to sites with embedded Tweets. That’s pretty darnn huge and you can imagine how much exposure just one single Tweet will have with so many people on there.
If you don’t have an account, you should sign up here.
I’m on Twitter, Now How Do I Make Money?
Now the good part, how the heck do I make money on Twitter? Well there are several ways depending on you as an individual. Do you have a business to promote? Do you like posting videos on YouTube? Do you have a lot to say about a particular subject? Do you have something to sell?
Even if you have absolutely nothing to sell, I’ll show you how you can sell other people’s stuff and get PAID! This is called affiliate marketing and I’ll talk more on that later.
Things to Get You Prepared
1. Get Followers
First off, to make money off of Twitter you need followers. The more followers you have, the more reach your Tweets have and the more chance of people interacting with you or clicking your links to make you money.
If they like your Tweets or decide to Re-Tweet it (broadcast your Tweet to all of their followers) it reaches even MORE people and if someone in that network Re-Tweets the number of people who see your Tweet just gets bigger and bigger. This is what people talk about when they say something goes “Viral” because like a virus, it just spreads and multiplies very quickly.
2. Learn Some Marketing Skills
If you want to earn money on Twitter, you need to know what you’re doing. You should learn lead generation (how to get people to click on your links), and possibly affiliate marketing (how to promote other people’s products and get paid).
To do this, you should have a website of your own that will give more details and entice the user to purchase. This is important because Twitter limits your Tweets to 140 characters so you can’t really promote your product much on there. Have you every bought something just because someone told you to? Chances are you want more details on the product than “Just buy it”. No one will buy anything that they aren’t sure about so having a website that describes in more detail about what you are promoting will greatly increase the chances of them buying.
Don’t have a website? Don’t know how to make one? Don’t worry. I got your back. You can create your own FREE website here. It’s super easy to do and you don’t even need to have prior knowledge on how to build one! I know teenagers and grandpa’s over 65 making over $10,000 a month! It’s free to build so why not try?
OK, I Got My Website. Now What?
Great, now you have your website and that’s the first step to success. Now you have to decide what you want to do to make money. Here are some options:
1. I Have Products of My Own To Sell
Already have your own business or have products to sell? Great! Then just use Twitter as a lead generator and write Tweets to promote your products. Add a link to the product on your website so they can have more detailed information on it as well as a means to purchase the product.
2. Don’t have any products?
Don’t worry if you don’t have any products. Thousands of companies have products that they want sold and you can help them sell it. You’ll get a cut of any sale you direct to them with your link inside Tweets if the user decides to buy.
This is called Affiliate Marketing and is one of the most popular ways to make money online. This is because normal people like you and me don’t actually have any products to sell. Plus even if we did, we definitely won’t want to store the products in our homes, there’s just no room! And if we had to deal with packaging them up, printing shipping labels, and paying to ship them, and dealing with customers, oh my, that’s A LOT of work!
I definitely don’t have time for that and I’d rather be going out with friends or spending time with my family. And that’s exactly what you can do if you choose to do affiliate marketing. You promote other people’s products on your website and redirect them to the company who is selling the product through a special link that identifies that you referred them. That’s it! If the user decides to buy, it will be handled by the company. The product will be shipped by them, and customer service will be handled by them. So what do you have to do? Just promote the product and add your affiliate link for users to go to.
You can see the power in this. So let’s say I post a Tweet about an iPhone and say how it’s awesome and add a link to my site that shows how amazing it is and have an affiliate link to a company who has them on sale. Once the Tweet is out there, ANYONE on Twitter can see them at any hour of the day.
So say someone on the other end of the world goes through your link while you’re sleeping and buys it, you get PAID! Yup! You can get PAID while you sleep! Actually you can be paid 24/7 because anyone may decide to buy something through any of your links. Remember, you won’t just be promoting a single product so there will be more chances of getting a sale.
Sounds awesome right? Because it is! Think about it, when you’re looking to buy something you usually do a bit of research online to see how good it is or see if you can find a better deal. When you do this, you are searching Google or any search engine which brings up results. These results are websites! You are looking at web pages that explain about the product and usually has a link to where you can buy the product right? These people are making money off you by affiliate marketing! And you know what? You can be too! Now you see how powerful having your own website is?
3. Sponsor Tweets
If you have a decent following, you may be able to get companies to pay you to Tweet about their products. Companies like SponsoredTweets brings companies and Twitter users together in a market that allows them to pay you for your Tweets!
You simply add your Twitter account or other social media like Facebook (you can add multiple if you want) then you wait for advertisers to make bids. Like I said, you need to have a decent following or no one is going to pay you to Tweet because you won’t give them much exposure.
So if you want to go this route, make sure you have a big following, make sure your account is not brand new as this doesn’t give a good reputation yet, and make sure you have a decent follower to following ratio. If you follow 5,000 people and you only have 1,000 followers that doesn’t look good. However, if you follow 1,000 people and have 5,000 followers that looks like you are genuinely popular.
I personally don’t have much experience with this because I don’t have a large following but feel free to try it out.
4. Offer Your Twitter Services
If you’re good with Twitter and know how to get a lot of followers you can use this skill and charge people to help them get followers. There are people doing this on Fiverr who charge people $5 for 100 followers.
Or if you know how to make a nice Twitter header, people are willing to pay you to make one for them. There’s a lot of Twitter related things you can do. Just go to Fiverr and search for Twitter.
5. Hold a Twitter Contest
Again, if you have a decent following, you can get in contact with a business who’s looking for publicity. You can offer to hold a contest on Twitter and be paid a percentage of the sales.
For example, you can Tweet that your local electronics shop is giving away a free iPhone to a lucky Tweeter who re-Tweets your Tweet mentioning them. This will for sure get a lot of people to re-Tweet and get the company name out there. You are essentially helping them advertise their company by holding the contest so in return they may give you money, store credit, a new phone, or whatever the deal may be.
6. Use YouTube
Many of you go on YouTube to check out videos but did you know you can make money from it? There are tons of people making money just by posting videos on YouTube. If you are good with Twitter and know what people are searching for and what’s popular, you can take advantage of that and create YouTube videos about those and then Tweeting about it.
Since people are already looking for it, they’ll most likely click your YouTube link that you Tweeted and you can connect a Google Adsense account to it to make money!
Twitter is a very powerful way to get products seen. With over 300 million active users every month there’s a HUGE network you can take advantage of to help yourself make money. Although I’ve shown you a few ways you can use Twitter to make money, the best way to make money online in my opinion is having your own website. Websites are what you’ll be promoting on Twitter anyway. When you Tweet a link, it’s a link to someone’s website. You’re helping them earn money. Why can’t that website be yours?
Unfortunately there’s no such thing as a get-rich-quick method. If someone tells you there is, it’s most likely a scam or there’s some hidden costs or high up-front investment. Think about it, if there is, wouldn’t everyone be doing it by now? If you’re serious about making money and willing to put some time and effort into growing your own online business, I suggest you read my Getting Started page where I introduce you to a program that works!
Remember to share this post with others so they can be earning money too! I’m sure your friends and family would appreciate it.