make money with twitterCan you capture it in 140 characters or less? Then you can probably make money off of it using Twitter.

Twitter first hit the Internet publically in 2006. Thanks to savvy, outside-the-box advertising and a little bit of celebrity endorsement, Twitter.com became the newest way to say what’s on your mind (“Tweet”) without exceeding 140 characters (spaces included). Brevity is the key to making the most of Twitter.

“Tweeting” (definition: the act of posting a Twitter update) is often referred to as “microblogging.” Like its older, more familiar cousin, the blog, tweeting is simply another mode of sharing your thoughts, editorial style.

The difference, of course, is that with Twitter, you must choose your words carefully. It’s not always easy to send out a message when you’re limited to 140 characters. However, it has given rise to some powerfully creative advertising and money-making opportunities.

How to Create a Twitter Account

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, this is Priority One. Sign-up is simple and free of charge. Here’s how to do it:

1) Go to http://www.Twitter.com.

2) Locate the box with the header “New to Twitter? Join today!” Fill in your name and email address in the appropriate fields, and then choose a password and click on the “Sign Up” box. You’ll be redirected to a confirmation page.

3) On this page you’ll be asked to confirm your information. You’ll also be assigned a user name based on the name you provided on the previous page. If you don’t like Twitter’s name choice you can change it, just as long as the one you choose isn’t already in use.

Once you’ve completed this page, click on the “Create my account” button. Be sure you read Twitter’s “Terms of Service” first, especially if you plan to use your account to make money. You’ll be redirected to an informational page.

4) On the informational page, read the micro-tutorial and then click on “Next” to get to the next page.

5) On this page you have the option to choose some other “Tweeters” to follow from categories such as music, entertainment and others. It’s a good idea to start out by following people, companies or products, particularly any that relate to the theme you want your Twitter account to have. Otherwise, you can skip this step by clicking on the link at the bottom right of the page that says “Skip this step.”

6) On the next page you’ll be given the opportunity to look for people you know from within your various contact lists who are also on Twitter. You can search your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Messenger, AOL and Linked In contacts. You can also skip this step if you wish in the same manner as described in Step #5.

7) Finally, you’ll be redirected to your Twitter home page. Now you can start tweeting!

A Few Words About Creating Twitter Accounts

A common question is “Can I have more than one Twitter account?” The answer is yes, but you have to have a unique email address for each account. Many business people like to have a personal account (for personal tweets) and a business account. Some people have multiple accounts for different business ventures they’re involved in. If you don’t have a unique email address for every venture you want to undertake on Twitter, it’s easy to create email accounts for free using Gmail or Hotmail.

It’s advisable that you always create a Twitter account using your own name. This is because anyone can create a Twitter account using any name they want to, including someone else’s.

Creating an account in your own name is a good way to protect your interests, both personal and financial/business. If you’d rather not do business deals from your personal account, then create a second one (or third, or fourth) to do business within.

What to Do Now that You’ve Created Your Twitter Account

Congratulations! You can send out your first Tweet! After this, you should take time to update your profile. This is vital information if you plan on monetizing your Twitter account eventually. It will help potential followers to see what you’re all about. People are more likely to follow you if they have similar interests and tastes.

Doing Business on Twitter: Amassing a Following

In order to sell any product or service, you first need an audience. On Twitter, your audience is made up of all of the people who “follow” you on Twitter. Therefore, your first order of business once you create a Twitter account is to amass a following. Here are a few suggestions for doing this:

* Search people you know. If you didn’t do it during the sign-up process, now is the time to search for contacts through the forums already mentioned. On your home page, locate the link for importing your contacts. Choose one of the forums listed (i.e. Gmail) and click on it. You’ll have to input your user ID (i.e. your Gmail address and password).

Then Twitter will automatically search your contacts and see if any of them also have Twitter accounts. Once they find matches, they’ll bring them up, and you can click on that contact’s “Follow” button. Now ask that person to follow you.

* Use your other social networking sites to get Twitter followers. Are you on Facebook? Post a status update asking people to follow you on Twitter, with a link directly to your Twitter page.

* Search the profiles of people who follow you. Once you’ve started getting a few followers, go to their lists of followers and start following their contacts. Many will probably reciprocate the gesture.

* Click on the link located on your Twitter page that says “Who to Follow.” It’s located at the top of page, just right of center. Twitter will automatically generate a list of people you can follow based on clues it picks up from within your profile (i.e. your interests). Choose some or all of these to follow, and many will follow you back.

* Create catchy Tweets. People will follow you if they are drawn to your tweets. If creative writing isn’t your thing, it may be well worth paying a writer to create catchy tweets for you. Or, tweet famous quotes or irresistible tips.

* Add the Twitter widget to your Website or blog. Your site visitors will be able to click on this link and become your followers.

* Get yourself listed in Twitter directories. JustTweetIt and WeFollow are two good ones.

* Offer incentives. Links to exclusive product coupons or a prize for the follower who refers the most people to your Twitter page are two examples.

Don’t wait until you have a certain number of followers before you start tweeting. Begin sending out tweets as soon as you create your page. Your tweets will attract new followers.

How to Start to Actually Make Money Off of Your Twitter Page

So you’ve got an admirable following. Now what? There are a number of ways you can make money using your Twitter account. This tutorial will list three of the most popular and simplest to implement, with the steps you’ll need to take to employ these strategies.

Sponsored Tweets. SponsoredTweets is one of the best and easiest ways to get paid for tweeting. With this program, Twitter users can sign up as sponsored tweeters. SponsoredTweets will send out tweets (basically short written commercials) as you. You get paid when an advertiser sends out a tweet as you.

Here’s how to get started:

1) Go to http://www.sponsoredtweets.com/. Locate the button that says “sign up as a tweeter” and click it. You’ll be re-directed to another page.

2) On this page you’ll be asked to grant authorization to Sponsored Tweets. Click on the “Sign in with Twitter” button. You’ll be redirected to another page.

3) On this page, input your Twitter ID and password and click on “Add app.” This part may take half a minute or so. Then you’ll be redirected to the next page.

4) This is the page where you’ll provide some of the necessary information. Enter your email address, and choose how much you want to charge for every tweet (SponsoredTweets automatically chooses a default amount based on the number of followers your account has.) You’ll maximize the number of sponsored tweets you get if you choose this figure.

It’s suggested that you enable the “ClickWatch” feature (it’s checked off by default already). This increases your chances of getting sponsored tweets.

You’ll also be able to select your content rating. Choose from “Everyone,” “Mature” and “Adults Only.” This is one way of having some control over the kinds of tweets that will be posted on your behalf.

You’ll also be asked to choose “tags.” Tags are words that advertisers will use to find people who are willing to tweet about their products/services. Use words related to the kinds of things that you don’t mind having tweeted on your behalf. Some examples include “baby toys,” “organic cooking,” “hot rods,” “classical music,” “SEO,” “solar energy,” etc. You’re allowed to choose up to 10 tags (it’s recommended that you maximize this feature by choosing 10). If you’re unsure, you can click on the link that says “popular tags” for ideas. When finished, click on the button that says “create my tweeter account.”

* Note: You won’t qualify for Sponsored Tweets if your account is less than 60 days old, and/or you have no followers. If this is the case, you can still sign up, you’ll just have to wait until your Twitter account passes that 60-day mark and/or gets a few followers. You’ll be notified when this occurs.

5) Once your account is approved and active, you’ll be taken to a page with automatically-generated listings of some specific companies, services and/or products you might be interested in tweeting. You can choose any from this list if you desire.

Once your account is approved, you can sign in to SponsoredTweets anytime and check on the status of your account, how much you’ve earned and more.

MyLikes: This site is an advertising platform that not only uses Twitter to send out sponsored tweets, but users can also get sponsored YouTube videos and blog entries. This tutorial will focus on monetizing your Twitter account with MyLikes.

1) Go to http://www.mylikes.com. Locate the “Monetize your Audience” button, located near the top right hand of the page, and click. You’ll be re-directed to another page.

2) On this page, click on the box marked “Connect with Twitter.” On the next page you’ll be asked to supply your Twitter user ID and password. After this, click on “Authorize app.” You’ll be re-directed to another new page.

3) Fill out your email address and choose a nickname and a password. Next, click on the “Sign up” button. You’ll be taken to a page with a list of topics.

4) Choose up to 10 topics from this list (make sure to choose a full ten). Choose things you enjoy; these are the topics you’ll be making money from. Then click on the “Save Categories” button.

5) Next you’ll be taken to a page where you can choose from some specific tweets to run on your profile and how much you’ll make each time someone clicks on one. You can choose as many as you like. (Note: Some tweets are only paid out to tweeters in specific countries. This will be noted on the ad.) You can tweet the supplied text, or create your own tweet on the subject.

That’s it, you’re done! Now just keep coming back to run more advertising tweets and increase your earning potential!

Sell Affiliate Products: Instead of signing up for random tweets to be posted on your Twitter page, you can choose a specific product or products to sell, using tweets to promote them. All you have to do is sign up with your favorite affiliate product or partner.

You may already know of a product that you like whose seller offers a commission through affiliate marketing. Another option is to sign up with an affiliate company like Amazon Associates. There are hundreds of them on the Web. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of signing up to be an Amazon Affiliate and then show you how to promote your product(s) on Twitter.

1) Go to https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/ and locate the box that says “Join Now for Free” and click it.

2) On the next page, enter your email address and click the field marked “I am a new customer.” Then click on the button marked “Sign in using our secure server.” You’ll be re-directed to another page.

3) On this page, fill out your name and re-type your email address. Then create a password. Finish by clicking on “Create account.”

4) On the next page you’ll need to provide your legal name, address and phone number. When finished, click on the box marked “Next: Your Website Profile.”

5) Confirm your correct address and then click on the box marked “Save this address.”

6) On the next page you’ll need to fill out the “Website Profile.” In the case of a Twitter account, use the name of your Twitter account and your Twitter feed. Answer all of the questions on this page based on your Twitter account. Make sure you agree to Amazon’s Terms of Service by clicking in the appropriate spot. Then click on the box marked “Finish.”

7) On the next page you’ll be assigned an associate’s ID and you’ll be asked to choose how you want to get paid.

It may take a few days to get your application approved. Once you do, you’ll be given codes/links to tweet. This is how your sales will be tracked and credited. You’ll make a percentage of every sale that originates from your Twitter account.

Hope this helps,

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(9) comments

Liza Mendez says:

November 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Income thru twitter? I love twitter and I am following a lot of personalities. But I will follow your suggestions more if I could earn from it!

Normalyn Finster says:

November 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I am a twitter follower but I am not sure if I can make others follow me. Of course I have friends who will but how could I earn from twitter if I have only a few followers. I wish could be coached on how to sound interesting through micro-blogging.

Ella Mae Cooper says:

December 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I suggest, you enjoy Twitter first. Eventually you will discover that the potential for income is enormous that are not yet fully discussed here.

Ernest Leigh says:

December 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

You may call it a personality disorder but I love to say “Follow me on twitter!” But with your post my new catch phrase is Earn me through Twitter! Kidding aside, you made twitter more interesting!

All says:

December 20, 2011 at 6:24 am

Have you read the news? Even the Prince of Saudi is investing on Twitter! This article is timely. If royals will make money out of twitter, why not we poor mortals?

Nilma Hussein says:

January 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Yes, I read it in the news that there are great things coming for twitter. I have an account but it is dormant for 2 months now. I think I have to tweet again.

Bryan Sunders says:

January 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

Michelle Obama is also now on Twitter! Imagine the publicity it could further bring to the tweeting world! If Twitter can now draw multitudes then logic will tell us that money should also come with it.

Bernadith Ong says:

February 21, 2012 at 5:27 am

Everyone has a twitter account I guess and I want to take the opportunity of earning using twitter account. You just have to select if you like the sponsored tweets or maybe sell and be an affiliate partner. You will never know the result until you start doing it.

Gem Geraldo says:

April 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I am a person who is fond of social networks and obviously I have a Twitter account. I became fond of twitter because for me it is easy to manipulate. Since I am fond of social networks I am aware that I can earn some extra cash on Facebook but not on Twitter. Well, thanks for this article I am now aware. I would share this to my friends who have business they could take advantage of this. Thanks for posting!

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