How to Make Money Online Using Twitter: Tweeting Isn’t Just For Telling What You Ate For Breakfast
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ve probably seen that little blue pixelated outline of a bird floating around the internet.
That bird is the mascot of Twitter.com, a popular social media website where preteens, teens, celebrities, and thousands of people from every other cohort go to virtually waste time.
Since its creation in March 2006, Twitter has reeled in hundreds of millions of people who have created accounts. So what is it that makes Twitter so popular?
Well, everyone knows that people like to talk, especially about themselves. Most of what makes Twitter so appealing is that talking about yourself is the whole point. Members write short, text-based posts, called tweets, about what they’re doing, what they’re wearing, what their plans for the summer are, what they had for breakfast.
Celebrities usually create accounts to tweet to their fans about upcoming album releases, new movies, etc. On Twitter, anything goes. Then, if other Twitter members think your tweets are interesting, they’ll “follow” you, which means that all of your tweets will show up on their Twitter homepage so they can constantly track your activity and read everything you write.
Tweeting and obtaining a solid base of followers can be flattering, but what most tweeters don’t know is that you can actually make real money online using only your Twitter account. Here, we’ve collected a list of the three best ways to utilize Twitter in your latest money-making endeavors.
1. Tweet a T-Shirt!
A T-shirt company called Threadless has recently gotten the word out about an opportunity to make money by designing T-shirt slogans using your own tweets! The best part about it is, it’s totally easy. Just log onto Threadless’s website and enter your Twitter username and password.
Then do what you do every day on your Twitter account: Write a pithy, one hundred forty character blip that you think is amusing, or insightful, or whatever. Other Twitter memebrs will vote on their favorite tweets, and the winning ones will get printed on Threadless T-shirts and sold for eighteen dollars each. For the aspiring designers and clever tweeters out there, Threadless’s idea is a great way to make some extra cash on the side.
2. Find a Sponsor
If you’ve already got a solid base of Twitter followers, you can make some real money by getting companies to sponsor your tweets. For this to work, however, you have to center most or all of your tweets around one particular subject, like a certain brand of sinks. Then, all you have to do is contact the company that creates the brand of sinks and ask them to sponsor your tweets, or basically pay you a little bit of money for everything you tweet that relates to their products or company.
3. Advertise Your Products
Probably the most popular approach to making money on Twitter is advertising your own products through tweets. If you have something you want to sell, you can tweet about it to get the word out. But, don’t just tweet, “Buy my clay horses!” Instead, tweet about the pros of the product first, like how clay horses can really add to the aesthetic appeal to a room or make fun toys for small children. Then, once you have a steady base of followers, lead up to a tweet that actually mentions the product and how to purchase it.
Using whichever approach above suits you, you can actually make a load of money by utilizing Twitter. You can’t just leap right in, however. Before you take the plunge, carefully consider all the information we’ve included above to make sure that when you do begin, you do everything right.
If you take your time and follow every detailed step, it’ll be worth it when you gain success and the dough starts rolling in.