Like Facebook, Twitter is also moving into the business mainstream. This is particularly true when Twitter themselves launches their own guidelines and best practices for doing business on Twitter.
While some of you may think that this is not good for the Twitterverse, truth is that many are using it for business purposes or simply put, to make money online. If you are new to Twitter and no nothing about how it works or want to learn more, a good place to start will be to read the Twitter 101 – Special Guide To Twitter For Business (link below).
If you already familiar with Twitter, you will see that most of the Tweets contain links. Such links will most likely be shortened and will direct you to specific pages on the web. Whether it is a blog post, landing pages, affiliate links, etc., using Twitter as a means to promote something that can earn some revenue, is what this post is all about, provided you do it properly and responsibly. Properly means to respect your community (your followers), by providing something of value (even if it is an ad) and not sending several Tweets, over and over again, simply to sell some crap. Pay particular attention to the frequency that you are Tweeting and do not use the “automatic” feature of any business model no matter what. Screen the ads yourself first and then decide. Above all, do not SPAM. By repeatedly tweeting the same message you are violating Twitter’s spam rules, and you could get your Twitter account suspended. Doing all this will provide an insurance that you do not hurt your reputation and cause people to block your Tweets or simply unfollow you.
That said, there are many popular models (or most talked about), launched in the past few months that attempt to help Twitter users to make money from Twitter. Doing a search for the term “make money with twitter” should return a reasonable amount of results for you to analyze and make a decision a to which model could work best for you. Some of the most popular business models are, but not limited to:
- Inserting tweets from advertisers into your Twitter stream.
- Inserting sponsored messages into your Twitter background (Probably the less aggressive one).
- An advertiser provides links to post on your Twitter account. You earn money each time someone clicks on that link. It is sort of a PPC for Twitter.
- Sponsored tweets are just the same as sponsored posts, only this time it will have to be in 140 characters or less:)
There you have it. Of course there are other ways to make money using Twitter (affiliate marketing, promoting your own services and products etc), but that will be covered on a later stage. Build your home based business on a step by step basis and good luck!