Twitter is a fast growing social networking, micro-blogging site where users simply answer the question, “What are you doing?”. The answer must be no larger than 140 characters. This may sound like a small amount of characters for a person who is attempting to market their brand or product. Personally, I beg to differ. Twitter’s limit of how many characters a user may type, keeps marketing short, simple and to the point.
Social media has become a big way to get your brand or product noticed fast. In March 2008, Twitter had 1+ million users, 200,000 active users each week and there were over 3 million twitter messages per day. These numbers are astounding, but show you how important social networking is today.
Using a site like Twitter to network allows your target audience to get to know you. How do you find your target audience? With tools like Twellow.com and Wefollow.com you can get your brand out there to who you want to see most. Simply enter a keyword and voila you have a list of people you should be following.
The best approach to marketing your brand on Twitter is to keep links at a minimum. The profile you set up on Twitter will have the link to your website, and if you have something you really want to share go ahead and post the link on your updates. Many followers enjoy connecting with you and getting to know who the real you is. You can chat about your day, what project you are currently working on or a new product that is coming out. A great way to market without putting links out to your follows all day long, is to update Twitter every time you are doing something new.
Every time you update your blog, website, product line, sell a product, or other similar situation you can update your Twitter account. This shows users that you are in high demand and they will soon get in contact with you to ask more questions. This approach is a nonchalant, non-sales pitch approach to gaining new customers, clients and friends.
Many want to know how those who make money blogging make their money. Reality is making money with blogging means having multiple ways to make money. You can start with simple to install ads such as Google Adsense, Amazon Affiliates, or Project Wonderful.
Once you have started with those basic options you can now move onto creating content for you blog. You will want to have at the minimum one blog post per day. Google indexes your website and the robots will eventually pick up on a regular schedule your site has for content, so if you are a blogger who only ads new content once every few days then Google bots will eventually only come to your website based on what your writing habits are.
I personally try to write content every 6 hours, but I do not always have this matter of fact schedule. The reason I can get away so to speak with every 6 hours is because I don’t cover one niche topic, I am all over the place from working at home, parenting, personal posts, to giveaways and product reviews. I enjoy s haring my wide range of knowledge as well as personal habit of changing my mindset to positive in hopes that I am helping someone somewhere learn to be more happy & positive.
Once your Google Page Rank hits 2 or a 3 you will start finding many people will be willing to work with you on paid blog posts. These are usually very easy and are simply companies who want to have more “link juice” on the internet. What you end up charing per blog post is usually up to you, however, some companies have a set budget and it could be as low as $10 per blog post. I am strict on who I will work with now and who I won’t work with. I am also pretty set on my rates for the most part.
When you are just beginning you can do trial and error to determine your “worth” for a paid blog post. Start big, start little, whatever you are comfortable with. Eventually you can get paid text link ads, sidebar image ads and add CPM ads to your sidebar (more on CPM at another time).
The best way to start making money blogging is to:
- Find your niche
- Write one post at a minimum daily.
- Share your writing on Social Media outlets such as Facebook & Twitter.