How Twitter Can Actually Earn You Some Cash

While I haven’t done as many Twitter posts as my mate Mitch I have got a few under my belt. One of the first being about adding the Tweet My Blog plugin. This plugin was supposed to tweet my posts automatically as well as making me some cash on the side. It did the first well enough, except for the ugly banner on top of my blog for all first time visitors, but it failed to make me any cash, not even a dime. The plugin is no longer on this blog, as I now use feedburner to tweet all new posts.

I’ve also done a post on whether Gremlins had invaded Twitter describing an anomaly where I was following all these people that I didn’t actually want to follow, and how I checked those who I was following who didn’t return the favor.

OK. that’s it, so I reckon unlike Mitch I haven’t written all that much on Twitter,  :innocent1_tb:   and just to show you how much he has written about it you should check out his TweepSearch post.

But this post is not all about Mitch, it’s about a new way I’ve found for making money on the Internet, and you all know how I love sharing these ideas with you guys, and yes this one involves Twitter. Seeing as how there are heaps of people who use Twitter it’s not surprising that people out there are using this to market their products or services.

I’ve only just joined Sponsored Tweets through Shoemoney figuring if he was using it there had to be some value to it. At the moment I’m earning a dollar for every tweet I do for an advertiser, but apparently those who have a huge following can earn a lot more.

The way it works is, once a member, you get a DM, or email whichever you choose, from an advertiser wanting you to tweet their product or service. You would then decide whether or not it’s one you would promote. If you’re agreeable you would tweet the ad with the relevant prefix letting your followers know that the tweet is a sponsored one. Sometimes the tweet will not be published until the ad is approved, but once it’s out there you will be paid.

Sounds like a pretty good deal so I signed up. If necessary I will do an update to tell you how it’s all going.

BTW, I am currently trialling another scheme that will earn you some money, it won’t make you a fortune but every dollar counts. I’ll do a post once the money’s in my PayPal account.

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  1. I think its fine if the tweets indicate that its sponsored and isn’t misleading.

    1. That’s the only way I would do it.

  2. Hey Sire,
    Looking forward to your update of how much money you’re making from it.
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..You’re A Bad Parent If … =-.

    1. If an update is needed you can be assured that I will do one Gordie.

      1. We will be waiting with bated breath for the updates Sire :) Seriously, I do agree with you that every dollar counts. So a dollar for every tweeted ad is good. And don’t forget to tell all about that other scheme you’re trialling.
        .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..USB Switch Box: Multi-tasking Aid =-.

        1. So far so good James, I made my first dollar and have two people signed under me. Honestly, considering it hasn’t even been 24hrs yet, this is the best affiliate I’ve ever promoted.

          Considering how many people use Twitter, the possibilities seem excellent.

  3. I’ve made just under $7 with Sponsored Tweets, but most of the opps lately have been for store brand formula. I did a few, but that’s not my following. If I have a following, then it’s not my following. :blink_tb:

    There was one opp that was pretty neat, but I was too slow at accepting so I missed out. I’ve seen where some do okay with it and others steer clear altogether. Guess I’m more middle of the road.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Self-aware or Self-obsessed =-.

    1. Too slow Anne, don’t they give you three days to accept it? I always thought you ladies were quick off the mark when it came to money, after all, no money no shoes and stuff. :devil_tb:

  4. Ok, you are the second article I have read about this in less than 2 weeks, I am usually not a big fan of this type of stuff, but hey, I am open minded when it comes to cash :-)

    I have over 2200 followers on my account now, so maybe it is worth a try….

    Besides, my results could also make a great post idea ;-)
    .-= Keith @HotBlogTips´s last blog ..Where Are Your Readers? =-.

    1. Signed up through your affiliate ;-) Suggested my tweets were worth $2.56! We will see who goes for it though, I am picky about who I tweet about….
      .-= Keith @HotBlogTips´s last blog ..Where Are Your Readers? =-.

      1. I got a message confirming that Keith. At least that part of it works. I’ve only got 425 followers which is probably why I’m only worth a measly dollar :laugh_tb: Oh well, it just goes to show you only get out of something what you put into it, and I’ve never tried to grow my following.

        Let’s hope that this venture turns out to be a profitable one for us Keith, and thanks for signing up under me.

  5. Checked it out as well.
    Apparently I would have to pay advertisers $0.07 each to run their ads because I have so few followers, ha,ha..
    .-= Glen´s last blog ..Why Does It Matter =-.

    1. Yeah yeah Glen, pull the other one mate, it plays Jingle Bells. :laugh_tb:

  6. Hm. Not sure what I think about this one yet; Twitter is interesting, and I’m still finding my feet there, but thus far I’ve not been a fan of sponsered tweets.

    On principle, I think. Which means it bears further thought.

    Thanks for the heads up – Definitely something to think about. :)
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..The New Direction: Mission Plan =-.

    1. Ethically they’re 100% above board as all tweets have to be mandatory disclosed. This from their ethics page.

      SponsoredTweets.com facilitates an open relationship between our Tweeters and Advertisers. The Tweeters that engage in a sponsored tweets program are required to disclose their relationship with marketers in their communications with other consumers. Our platform programmatically requires disclosure from all participants, applying standards and compliance system wide.

      We comply with FTC regulations that state, “When there exists a connection between the endorser and the seller of the advertised product which might materially affect the weight or credibility of the endorsement (i.e., the connection is not reasonably expected by the audience) such connection must be fully disclosed.”

      Besides, it’s totally up to the individual what they tweet so technically you would only tweet something you were happy with.

      1. True enough – may be worth a look then. Thanks Sire :P
        .-= Heather´s last blog ..The New Direction: Mission Plan =-.

        1. No worries. I’ve taken a photo of my artwork which I will be using is a post which I will be linking back to you.

          1. Oh, was that the self-portrait you were talking about?

            Can’t wait to see! :) (also, thank you in advance for the link, really nice of you)
            .-= Heather´s last blog ..The New Direction: Mission Plan =-.

            1. Sweet! I’ll look forward to that then ^_^
              .-= Heather´s last blog ..The New Direction: Mission Plan =-.

            2. That and others, and it is going to be my pleasure.

  7. How many follower do we need to join it?
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..Why Should Free Blog be avoided? =-.

    1. I’m not sure Dana, I had a quick look but it doesn’t say. Just give it a shot and see what happens.

      1. I just signed up and you don’t need any to join, but you need these requirements before they’ll put you on the list for advertisers:

        – 60 days on Twitter
        – 100 Tweets
        – 100 Followers

        Apparently advertisers can still look for you directly without those though. Good luck! (If you decide to join)
        .-= Heather´s last blog ..The New Direction: Mission Plan =-.

        1. Thanks for that Heather, I remember seeing that but couldn’t work out where, it was when I signed up :doh_tb: :laugh_tb:

  8. First off, there is nothing more frustrating than writing an entire comment and losing it because I forgot to fill out my email address, not your problem. I will try to recreate this to the best I can. I was completely against Twitter and felt that it was of no use because of Facebook. The other day I actually used Twitter with a colleague to experiment with it a little. I could see how it could be of much use in online life and networking and connecting, and am willing to admit I was really closed minded about Twitter and tweeting. I am now constantly intrigued with it and its different uses and learning more about it, though I don’t know that I will ever be completely Twitter dependent, I now can appreciate why other people find it so useful. Thanks for the post!

    1. Yeah, I’ve done that too, and I’ve taken your extra effort into consideration by not delinking you’re url for not following the rules. :wink_ee:

      Yes, Twitter does getting used to, but it’s well worth the effort.


  9. Twitter:
    Well, first, look at your title, because I certainly thought you were about to be talking about something else that mirrored my Cleavage post. lol

    Second, I hope it makes you some money. I decided against doing that, pretty much for the same reason I won’t do paid review posts. But I hope you make some money from it.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Residual Or Full Time Income? =-.

    1. Thanks Mitch, title is now fixed.

      I know this won’t appeal to everybody, but I reckon that a lot of people will be interested and as long as you don’t overdo it I think it will be a good system.

      1. I had to think about that one for a moment. :lol_tb: Mitch finds all the good stuff.
        .-= Anne´s last blog ..Self-aware or Self-obsessed =-.

        1. Yeah, I called it Titter instead of Twitter, and of course Mitch had to be the one that picked it up. :thumbup_tb:

    1. Only just started today Jayce, and so far one Tweet = $1, which ain’t bad for typing less than 140 characters :thumbup_tb:

  10. Sounds interesting. I wonder how many follows you’d loose though?

    Good luck with it. :)
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..List of Twitter Applications =-.

    1. If you tweet responsibly you shouldn’t lose any followers. If you had one offer a day I don’t think one tweet out of many, considering it was fully disclosed, would put anyone off.

      Also you wouldn’t tweet anything you would find objectionable. It wouldn’t be any different than doing paid posts, everything in moderation.

      1. Thanks Sire. I’ll think about it. If I sign up I’ll do so through your link.

        1. No worries Rose, the more women under me the better:)
          .-= Sire´s last blog ..A Unique Valentines Gift For The One That You Love =-.

  11. I’m not touching that one.


  12. Twitter:
    Hi Sire, first of all I’ve been using the Tweet My Blog plugin for a while on several blogs and I didn’t realize we were supposed to make money using it.

    I have mixed feelings about making money tweeting but I’m pretty open minded. I’ll see how it goes with you. Seems like a great idea to setup a separate account and build a ton of followers to use for the program.
    .-= Brian D. Hawkins´s last blog ..What Does It Take To Get A Million Twitter Followers? =-.

    1. I’m happy to use it on my current account. It’s not like I’m going to abuse the system at all.

      Yep, were were supposed to make money, but not from using the plugin, more from any sales derived when people saw that ugly banner.

  13. Wow Sire! I’ve been trying to get here for days and it seems like I picked the perfect time to visit. This Twitter things sounds like something I should really consider since I don’t do any kind of advertising on my blog but write about so many national known food companies and cookbooks. I will definitely check this out when my eyes aren’t about to close.

    I just visited you on twitter to see what the sponsored ad looks like, not bad. This is GREAT to know and I really appreciate you sharing. I’ll be back ASAP to re-read what I think I read, (yes I’m pooped) As a matter of fact, did I see your tweet correctly? The one 17 hours ago where the title was not changed, LOL. See ya soon. I’m excited about this one!!! Nighty night…
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Winning Recipes From The Junior League of Indianapolis =-.

    1. Hey Louse, I’m glad I got you all excited, I don’t normally have that effect on women. :laugh_tb:

      The ad I did was for Zenni Optical, and after checking their prices I was honestly shocked when comparing a pair to one I bought over here.

      Anyway, I think the whole package is a pretty sweet deal and as long as you keep the sponsored tweets to a reasonable amount I don’t see it as a problem.

    1. Got you under my wing Hutts, thanks for joining mate.

      1. See what happens mate. The anniversay of the Victorian bushfires last Sat. Terrible time that!

        peter

  14. I haven’t made any money with Twitter though sponsoring tweets sounds interesting. I have been thinking of Deep Frying some Tweets, but just haven’t come up with the right recipe. I think I had the oil too hot last week. I dropped the Tweets in there and they disintegrated on contact. For now maybe I’ll stick to Deep Fried Twinkies
    .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Hot ‘N Spicy Buffalo Posts =-.

    1. Don’t wait too long Jim. The earlier you get into it the better, especially as you can then start promoting it as an affiliate. Wait too long and everyone will have saturated the market.

  15. Wow! That was easy Sire. I signed up. Once again, I’ll be back later to comment. I’m off to an auction where I intend on buying 400 cookbooks!!! Have a wonderful day and thank you!!!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Winning Recipes From The Junior League of Indianapolis =-.

    1. No worries Louise. 400 cookbooks? I assume you collect them? I remember reading on your blog about a rare cookbook that you had.

  16. Now who’s building suspense…I look forward to updates on both. ;)
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Here We Go! Theme Construction Part 1 – Your Participation Is Wanted-Needed! =-.

    1. Don’t go waiting for an update Dennis. It’s free to join and the longer you wait the more opportunities you’re likely to miss out on. As a member you can also promote it as an affiliate thereby increasing your earning potential.

      1. That all depends on which happens first, your update or me rejoining twitter…if you recall I deleted my account last year.

        As for this other scheme…I’ll wait patiently unless you want to shoot me a preview email. ;)
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Here We Go! Theme Construction Part 1 – Your Participation Is Wanted-Needed! =-.

        1. I forgot you gave them the flick. Just joined another scheme, so I have two I’m currently working on. One pretty well guarantees a few bucks a month the other promises a lot more.

          1. I know how careful you are with such things; that’s the only reason I’m so curious as to the outcomes.

            If you need someone to bounce off, hit me up. :)
            .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Here We Go! Theme Construction Part 1 – Your Participation Is Wanted-Needed! =-.

  17. Gotta be honest, I am not a fan of trying to make money with Twitter. (when it comes to us online biz folks)
    To me, twitter is a community building site. (again, for us)
    I do, however, think brick and mortar businesses can make money with Twitter indirectly. But you have to give first and give a lot, then you will be rewarded.
    Just my $.02.
    But I do hope you do well with it Sire, because you are a good dude and I wish all the best for ya!
    AL
    .-= Allyn´s last blog ..Profiling James The InfoPreneur =-.

    1. I know you’re nothing but honest Allyn and I’m one to try any scheme that promises it can make me money. I will sign up for it and then post about my experience to so that others can judge for themselves whether or not it’s for them.

      I don’t see this as bringing in big bucks, unless perhaps if you have a huge following, but I also don’t see it as ruining your following or Twitter status. So far I’ve only tweeted one ad and that’s hardly a drop in the ocean of my tweets. :tongue_wink_ee:

  18. I have 3000+ followers, and my Sponsored Tweets price is set to $2.8 I have done a few tweets and earned something like $11 dollars, I don’t remember the exact number, but of course I can not put my hands on this money until my account reach $50 to cash it out!!

    Anyways, Sponsored Tweets works, but I don’t think that having a huge number of followers means you will earn more in all cases, because advertisers will look to your tweet price with no big interest if it’s too high which is negative factor, and they will maybe try it once and test how many clicks they get, if they didn’t get what they expect then they will never comeback!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..What is the Advantages and Disadvantages of HUGE and LONG Link List Blog Posts in the long term =-.

    1. You can always lower the amount so more advertisers can contact you.

    1. Consider it done Hesham.

  19. I’m just about to start up a Twitter account and see how it works for us. Thanks for the info. It should be helpful.

    1. No worries Matt, I hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else.

  20. Man, I don’t like Twitter all that much, but upon reading this I now wish I were a Twitter celebrity :(

  21. This reminds me to visit Sponsored Tweets and lower my price. I’m impatient already for my first paid tweet.

    1. Let us know how that works for you jan.

  22. I hear the likes of Kim Kadarshian makes big bucks from tweets like this. Can’t wait to read your update on this.

    P.S: I’ve written a blog post on Snap Dollars which should go live next week Monday. Left links to your blog and also included the capture of your cheque (With image credits to you, of course). I hope you don’t mind.
    .-= Udegbunam Chukwudi´s last blog ..Beware Of Internet Dating and Email Scams PLEASE! =-.

    1. Nope, I don’t mind at all. You can also do an update once you get your check in the mail :thumbup_tb:

  23. Man Sire your comments are unreal here, the master of comments that’s for sure. In regards to Twitter I think one of the biggest issues when it comes to making money on Twitter is realizing that only about 30% of all the people signed up to Twitter actually use it. If you break down those %’s the masses aren’t really there yet, or at least in quality. Making any substantial money from Twitter is a challenge for everyone looking to market on the social networking site.
    .-= Extreme John´s last blog ..A Day in the Life of.. Episode 1 [video] =-.

    1. That’s true John, but this isn’t about us marketing, it’s about others paying us to market their products by tweeting them. A whole different matter.

  24. This is great you’ve joined SponsoredTweets.. But I should upset you.. I hope you don’t mind :)

    Well.. I’ve been using it for several months. And this thing really works. But..

    For 2 months (or so..) I’ve recieved only 2 offers. The first one was from SponsoredTweets.. I guess your first offer is the same.

    The total income from sponsored tweets is $3.29. Yeap.. it really looks ugly.

    I’ve also asked them via twitter for any tips to get more offers. The answer was “Play with your keywords and price”.

    Well.. I’ve added more keywords. I’ve changed my price for 1 tweet from suggested price of ~3$ to 1.49$.

    Guess what.. it didn’t work. Still no activity.

    I will keep trying it, but as a good source of income it will not become, I guess…
    .-= iWoodpecker@website traffic and promotion´s last blog ..Let This Girl Survive – A Lump of Ice Fell on Her Head Right From the Roof of Multi-Floored Building – on 5th February, 2010 =-.

    1. Nope, my first Sponsored Tweet was not from them at all. I’m sorry you’ve only had one offer, I suppose it depends on a lot of factors.

      For me it was just another way of making money on the Net. I never said it would make me a fortune. I’ll take the tasks as they come knowing that at the end of the day every dollar counts.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..How The People Search Craze Could Put Money In Your Pocket =-.

  25. That’s the fun part about blog-visiting – always get to learn something new. I’ve heard but never intended to try out Sponsor Tweets but amazingly, quite a number of commenters have participated. :-) Looking forward to your coming post, Sire. I’m sure the results will be quite impressive as you’re an influential blogger. No harm in trying things out. ^^ Best wishes!

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..6 Status Updates Scheduler for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn =-.

    1. The blog is all about trying and sharing Ching Ya. That way they can learn from my mistakes and profit by my success :drunk_tb:

        1. That’s because you bring out the best in me. :wink_ee:

  26. Used to use Tweet My Blog plugin. The difference is that this posts immediately instead of within an hour and it also allows me to show my latest tweets on the blog here.

    I don’t promote twitter in my emails etc but having the widget has shown a huge increase in followers over the last few days.

    That is the key it creates more followers and speeds up my message and for free too.

    1. I don’t have the widget on my blog because I’m not all that fussed about my displaying my numbers. I reckon I may place a link somewhere though for those people who want to follow me.

  27. This sounds similar to affiliates paying people to post on their forums to get the threads going and the traffic flowing.

    1. It’s different in that advertisers are paying to sponsor their products or services, but either way I don’t have a problem with it.

  28. Hi sire, Thought I’d check back here to see how the sponsored tweets were working. I haven’t gotten any offers yet but perhaps, I too need to revisit my keywords. Thanks again, I’m off to see your latest post!!!

    P.S. Yes, indeed cookbooks are my passion!!!
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Shrove-tide Tidbits & Delicacies =-.

    1. Hey Louise, I’ll probably do an update soon. Sorry I haven’t been back to that post, one of the drawbacks of not being able to subscribe to individual posts I’m afraid.

      I had a feeling it was a passion of yours :wink_ee:

  29. I look forward to your update, Sire. And, I agree, I visit many Word Press blogs where I can easily subscribe to an individual post. Blogger has that option beneath the comment section, I think.
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..Shrove-tide Tidbits & Delicacies =-.

    1. I’ll try not to disappoint Louise.

  30. I have never use Sponsored Tweet yet, since i just created my Twitter account, i will wait to have more followers before joined Sponsored Tweets.
    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Sushie@ diet plans´s last blog ..To lose 4 to 6 pounds =-.

    1. Well don’t forget who told you about it when your ready to join Sushie. :wink_ee:

  31. I have to laugh because as I moved the cursor over the link “Tweet my blog” a little box comes up the says “not so hot.” :laugh_tb:

    Are you saying the plugin is not so hot or you post on it is not hot?
    .-= Ned Carey´s last blog ..Today’s Quote =-.

    1. :laugh_tb: The plugin isn’t all that hot Ned. I try to include some extra information in those links so you never know what you get when you hover over them.

  32. thanks for the advice, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to take advantage of twitter. I guess now I need to focus on getting more followers to really make this service beneficial. It does look like an awesome way to get a little extra out of twitter. It would be nice to get an idea of how the number of followers can effect that amount that is made.

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