In The Vancouver Sun – Making Money on Twitter

In the Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun, the city’s largest newspaper, has featured me on the cover of today’s Business BC section. The topic was making money on Twitter. Specifically, how new services like Sponsored Tweets and Ad.ly are allowing Twitter users to monetize their Twitter streams.

Since I started with Sponsored Tweets a month ago, I’ve made nearly $2,600. I expect Tweet income to hit $6,000 next month with the addition of Ad.ly to the mix. This really is the easiest way to make money with Twitter. It only takes a minute to write a Tweet (less than that if the advertiser writes it for you). I say I spent a grand total of 20 minutes writing the tweets that made me $2,600. That works out to $7,800 an hour! Even if you only make $5 a tweet, you can create a rate of $300 an hour for a one minute tweet.

If you want to start making money with Twitter, you should join Sponsored Tweets and Ad.ly. Then go read my 10 Tips To Make More Money with Sponsored Tweets. It will show you how to maximize your Tweeting income. In my January 1 post on How To Make 2009 Your Best Blogging Year, I said you needed to get on Twitter. Now you know why.

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57 thoughts on “In The Vancouver Sun – Making Money on Twitter”

  1. Spryt says:

    Heh, it’s right if you have a many followers.. And it’s not passive income)

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      Yes, it’s not a passive income and unless you have thousand follower, you won’t catch the attention of advertisers, in orther word, you won’t make a penny unless you are a dot-com celebrity.

      1. John Chow says:

        Not true. I know quite a few people with only a few thousand followers doing very well with Sponsored Tweets. And Ted from IZEA told me that they have some offers coming up that will go out to everyone regardless of how many followers you have.

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Sounds cool! I’m waiting for that, hope to get my first sponsored tweet soon.

          But still I believe that huge followers would generate more sales.

          1. Just need to advertise your twitter account as if you were advertising your site, I suposse 🙂

            Seems like the time spent to advertise your twitter account worth it.

  2. Wess Stewart says:

    Just wanted to let you know that the first link for ad.ly is broken…

    1. Yep he is saying right …

      In the newspaper as well your $40000 is discussing …

      Now tell them you are making more than that 😀

  3. They called you small player John. But yeah in front of $20000 tweet your payment is small.

    Sally is looking great 😀 (Is that her first photo on paper)

  4. Linh Tang says:

    Congrats on making the cover of the Vancouver Sun! $2,600 so far in sponsored tweets is awesome! Love the pic of you and your girl. She’s pointing to the screen and saying “Tweet it dad! I need a new toy.”

  5. 5 figures? You gotta be kidding me! 😛

      1. Earlier days hard working and now enjoying such hard work at the fullest.

      2. Who said you can’t make money while being lazy, huh!? 😀

        1. Benjamin Cip says:

          that’s really easy money, wish I had 1000,000 followers so that I can enjoy sponsored tweets lol

          1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            Haha, 1,000,000 followers are too much, perhaps set 10,000 followers as your fist goal? Once you achieve your first 10k followers, I’m sure you will receive tons of advertiser already. 😉

  6. What’s a great earn you have but i surely need a large amount of follower for it.

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      that’s the “secret” to make money with twitter, getting a lot of follower…. but is that everything? maybe you also need to be famous enought to catch the advertisers’ attention. But in some way, if you get a lot of followers it makes you famous, eh?

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        I believe that huge numbers of followers is the main key, second would be the famous of the blogger. I believe that advertise will like to advertise on a twitter which has 10k followers instead of a 1k followers.

  7. fas says:

    Congrats John for coming in the news. You are already very famous.

  8. fas says:

    Nice picture there

  9. Greg Ellison says:

    That is pretty cool to make that much doing really nothing. I have made 15.00 total from sponsored Tweets. For Ad.ly I think you need a lot more people. Greg Ellison

    1. John Chow says:

      Can’t hurt to apply to see if they accept you.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Nothing ventured, nothing gained…. let’s give it a try.

  10. Kelly says:

    Congrats for being featured in the Vancouver Sun…

  11. Kin says:

    Congrats John, nice picture on the paper! You’re a proper celeb!

  12. Mortgage Guy says:

    Hope you make it to TIMES and NEWSWEEK one day. May the Lord be with you.

  13. Jennie says:

    Awesome, John!

  14. gagaukon says:

    i applied 3 or 4 of your makin money tips on sponsoredtweets, and finally got an offers.. tq

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Great! How much you made for the offer? I’ve yet to get my first advertiser, perhaps my number of followers is too little, I’ve only 860+ followers right now.

      1. gagaukon says:

        its my first 2 dollars 🙂 this is my 1st month with ST… i have as little as700++ followers ony 🙂

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Seems great, I joined ST for months and I do have 800+ followers but I have yet to receive any advertiser even thought I set my rate as low as $1. 😉

          Anyway, congrats!

  15. Kalvster says:

    Cool. I wish I could be featured like that!

  16. Joy says:

    Congrats on the featured being featured! That’s awesome.

    I haven’t thought of doing sponsored tweets at all. Perhaps i should think about that.

  17. Ms. Freeman says:

    Congrats John!

    I guess I should give Sponsored Tweets another shot 🙂

  18. Carol says:

    I’m happy for you John. I signed up for Ad.ly today. I have 3759 followers. I’d be happy to cash in on that. 😉

  19. Congrats, John! Good strategy for more sponsored tweets.

  20. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Wow John, you was featured in newspaper again! Congrats John, you become the most popular money making blogger in your area and perhaps the world already. Great job!

    We’re here to support you!

  21. IpooodStudio says:

    Wow! That’s interesting … I may try it myself.

  22. Which is better Twitter Advertising or Ad.ly?
    I see you use Twitter advertising Jon. Kim Kardashian uses both.

  23. work at home says:

    I have joined in sponsored tweets and also earning from this tool. Till now I am not getting much from sponsored tweets as I have not much follower.

  24. Will sponsored tweets and similar now also take in account in how many lists you appear as opposed to how many followers you have? SY

  25. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Seems great, I joined ST for months and I do have 800+ followers but I have yet to receive any advertiser even thought I set my rate as low as $1. 😉

    Anyway, congrats!
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  26. Hey John,

    I have been with you since the very first post that you have made about the sponsored tweets.

    And I have made some decent money from it. However I haven’t heard about the Ad.ly.

    Thanks for introducing Ad.ly. I will surely benefit from it too.

  27. khalid says:

    Congrats John
    How I can earn some from sponsored tweet, please sapre some time of yours to guide us.

  28. Everyone is making money on Twitter.

    1. I’m not making monsy on twitter yet. I guess it’s time to start though.

  29. cjniche says:

    Wow…great results, John

  30. Asswass says:

    John Shoe made $15.000 last month with tweets. You’re following behind my friend lol. Just Kidding.

  31. Vance Sova says:

    Hi John,

    Nice post, also the newspaper page shot looks extremely good. I wonder what you used to take it and put it up.

    You’re getting to be quite a celebrity even in the off line world.

    I wonder if a regular, not a famous person like you, can make the same kind of money with sponsored tweets.

    I suspect that not likely.

    I’ll go and read more of your posts that I’ve missed before I discovered your blog about 3 months ago.

    Vance

  32. chair wheels says:

    Congrats on the prominent press! Great picture there with your daughter.

  33. I am following you on Twitter [ In every sense] . sign up with sponsored tweet too, lets see how far i can go with it

    currently i am following 50+ people and 7500 user follows me. Will this ration help me get better price?

  34. Congrats on the writeup. It looks like Sally is telling you what to do there in the picture. So she’s the real brains of the JohnChow.com operation?

  35. videostar says:

    Here is one more opportunity to make money.It looks like money is everywhere.SAlly is cute and clever.She knows everything.

  36. Twitter keeps on making the headlines, and poster boys such as John are the ideal authority figures to promote the efficacy of using twitter to the unwashed masses…….heheheheh

  37. Brian says:

    I’ve made $2.75 with Sponsored Tweets, but haven’t had any offers from Ad.ly. My follower count hasn’t broken 500 yet. You definitely need more followers to make a decent amount from it. Or get tons of people to sign up with your referral link so you make money off of them.

  38. Fez says:

    Hi john,
    Great stats you have got there. Inspiring. I also have accumulated 1900 followers. Lets hope I get to stats anything close to yours.

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