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How To Make Money On Twitter

Chris Moore - Thursday, January 07, 2010
So you've just joined Twitter or you've been on there a while and haven't made it work to your advantage. You want to see some return on your time and want to know how to make it work for you or your business. Fear not, below are 3 surfire ways to make Twitter work for you:
  1. Get ReTweeted - Bascially with this method, you want your followers to pass along your content to everyone they know. Well if you don't ask, you don't get. So what we're really trying to say is, it's as simple as adding 'please ReTweet' or 'please RT' to the end of your post. For example:
    SynapseMedia Check out our 30 Day FREE Website trial. Includes FREE website templates. Please RT #webdesign
    This will usually prompt people to share your information if they find it useful and/or if they think their friends and followers will too. Don't be affraid to ask. We usually leave around 30 characters spare so people can add their own little customisation as well. You may also like to add some sort of reward for people ReTweeting. This will encourage them even more to pass on your message. For example, you could add on the end of your Tweet 'Please RT and Win A FREE Widget!'

  2. Sell Your Service Or Product - This tip is pretty straight forward. All you need to do is place your price, item title and url, and you're all set. We suggest using a url shortening service like bit.ly if your domain name is longer than one or two sylables. For example:
    SynapseMedia $509 : Online Business Solution and CMS. Get a website now! http://bit.ly/51pbGf - Please RT #webdesign
    With this style of Tweet, you are giving your followers the price and service/product right upfront so there are no suprises when they land on your website. Be sure not to over post these kind of Tweets that are directly selling. People soon get fed up of seeing them and they may end up unfollowing you. Try to limit to 1 per day at most, that way you won't annoy anyone and your offers seem a little more legitimate. After all, who wants to buy something from somewhere when all there items are on sale all the time! It makes you question the real price.

  3. Identify Leads - Ok this one is almost a no-brainer. What do you sell? We'll use Gardening Tools as an example. This is simple really, just head to your Twitter homepage and click in the search box. No go ahead and type in 'gardening' or '#gardening', and voila, you will be presented with a list of people and businesses that have recently had an interesting in Gardening. Now you can do a few things here. 1.) You can follow these people in the hope they will follow you back, 2.) You can direct message (DM) them in relation to their post and hope they follow you, 3.) You can ReTweet (RT) their post and hope they notice and follow you, or 4.) All of the above if you have time! Here's an example:

    The DM
    @JoeBloggs Hey Joe, nice article on #webdesign and #onlinebusiness. We totally agree with your predictions for 2010.
    The RT
    RT@JoeBloggs I just wrote an article on Web Design and Online Business for 2010.
    With this style of Tweet, you are giving your followers the price and service/product right upfront so there are no suprises when they land on your website. Be sure not to over post these kind of Tweets that are directly selling. People soon get fed up of seeing them and they may end up unfollowing you. Try to limit to 1 per day at most, that way you won't annoy anyone and your offers seem a little more legitimate. After all, who wants to buy something from somewhere when all there items are on sale all the time! It makes you question the real price.
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