If you would have asked me if I had a Twitter account 2 years ago, I would have asked you what a Twitter was. Needless to say, I wasn’t very social media savvy and had lots to learn about marketing.
Fast forward to June of this year and I come across the course Influencers 101 by Saira Perl. It came highly recommended by others I know in the online business space, and it had some amazing testimonials.
Now, by this point, I knew that it was possible to land virtual assistant clients through Twitter, but I was clueless to the income potential it really had.
So after doing some research and watching the student testimonials I went on a limb and enrolled. It went deep into:
- Skyrocketing your following in under 20 minutes a day
- Making money through different monetization methods
- Getting loads of engagement through Twitter lists
- And tons more!
This all sounded amazing, especially since I was starting from ground zero. I had recently started a new account and only had 3 followers, so I was eager to learn how to start gaining followers and making money on Twitter.
Want to see how you can get paid to post on Twitter? Grab your free copy of 10 Companies That Will Pay You To Tweet! This is a newer guide Saira came out with and has some great companies influencers can use to meet with brands.
And I’m happy to say that just 2.5 months after starting the course, I’ve been able to gain 1K+ followers on my account. Going from 3 to 1.4K+ in under 20 minutes per day has been really fun to see.
*UPDATE: Back in November, I used the Buffer scheduling tool for about 2 weeks to space out my tweets and was able to make several affiliate sales from Twitter during that time. In total, I made over $70 from the experiment. I had 1,400 followers at the time so that, and the percentage of commission I was making impacted that amount. I’ve been on a hiatus from Twitter these past few months, but I’m hoping to get back into it and start another experiment again, and hopefully make a post about it too. 🙂
On that note, let’s get into the steps of how I was able to make my first affiliate sale!
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Grow Your Twitter Following
Taking time to grow your following is crucial!
Essentially the more followers you have, the more people you’re getting your content in front of. One of the keys here is that you’re going to want engaged followers who are interested in what you’re going to be sharing.
So for example, since I write about online business, blogging and social media, I wanted to look for people who were interested in those topics. To do that, I used Twitter’s search function and looked up people who used relevant hashtags. I also researched influencers who write on similar topics and looked through their followers as well to start growing my account.
Click here if you’d like to go through Saira’s free email challenge: 1K Followers In 10 Minutes A Day. It’s super helpful and will provide you with action steps you can use to start growing your following today!
Share Interesting & Relevant Content
While you’re building your following, don’t forget to share fun and informative articles with your new audience. You’ll start to get used to tweeting and will be able to gauge what kind of content does well + what times of day you get the most engagement.
In Influencers 101 you also learn how to write captivating tweets that get more clicks, retweets, and likes. And you’ll also learn how to easily gauge these metrics using Twitter analytics.
Pick Your Affiliate Product(s)
Once you have a good amount of followers, it’s time to start experimenting with sharing affiliate links with your audience.
I only recently started promoting affiliate links (August 20th) and within the first week, I was able to make 3 affiliate sales. And have made a few more since as well!
The key here is to promote relevant offers to your audience. For example, since I write about social media, I share courses, ebooks, and tools I personally love and used with my audience.
If you’re a food blogger, you could share some of your favorite cookbooks, meal plans or culinary tools you use.
Schedule Your Tweets On Buffer
Now that you have your affiliate product(s) picked out, it’s time to create images for them. I personally use canva or photoshop to make my images. Here’s a quick tutorial I’ve written on how to design pins. The method is mostly the same, but on Canva you’ll want to go with the dimensions of a Twitter post: 1024 px x 512 px.
Once you have your image created, you’re going to want to come up with a ~140 character description for your tweet. The goal here is to make it sound intriguing. So ask a question or give a tip about the product that’ll make your audience want to click through and check it out. Don’t forget to include relevant hashtags and affiliate disclosures within your tweet as well. I personally use #ad or #affiliate on tweets I can receive a commission from.
After you have your tweet image and description, you can either manually tweet it on Twitter or you can schedule it through a program like Buffer.
With Buffer, you’ll have access to comprehensive analytics to see which tweets perform the best, what times you get the most retweets, and overall engagement. Plus, you’ll be able to schedule your tweets in advance so that you’ll have your Twitter strategy running on autopilot. It’s a super handy tool and I highly recommend it. Click here if you’d like to test run Buffer for a free 2-week trial.
Whether you’re looking for a new side hustle to bring in some extra money for the family, or you want to make a full-time income online, Twitter is definitely worth checking out.
And if you want a step by step overview of how you can make money and grow your following on Twitter, I highly recommend checking out Influencers 101. Saira goes over all of the essentials and makes sure you get started on the right foot and are set up for success. Click here to check out the course and see if it’s right for you.
Are you ready to start making money on Twitter too? Let me know in the comments. 🙂