The $1,000 Sponsored Tweet

As some of you many know, I recently joined a new pay per tweet network call Ad.ly to see how they compare to Sponsored Tweets. The early results has been pretty amazing and I think every Twitter user should jump on this.

I knew that Ad.ly was well funded and had signed a lot of big celebrity tweeters commanding a very high tweet rate. What I didn’t know was that they’ve been getting some nice payouts for even the small time Twitter users. While my 50,000+ followers may seem big, it’s really small compare to a celebrity like Kim Kardashian with over 2 million followers. Still, Ad.Ly was able to get me $1,000 for my first tweet!

My Ad.ly Earnings

The tweet was already written by the advertiser so all I had to do was hit accept and Ad.ly did the rest. $1,000 for hitting a button! While $1,000 tweets maybe few and far between, the average rate Ad.ly has been getting me has been much higher than Sponsored Tweets. The second tweet Ad.ly got me was for $200.

My Ad.ly Earnings

Like Sponsored Tweets, Ad.ly is free to join and you have total control over what ads you accept and reject. You can also set your own price. However, Ad.ly will try to sell your tweets at the highest price they can get for it. And if an advertiser wishes to make you an offer, ad.ly will present that to you as well.

If you are already signed up for Sponsored Tweets then you should sign up for Ad.ly as well. After all, it’s better to have two companies working for you than one. It will be a race between the two to see which one earns me more this month.

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89 thoughts on “The $1,000 Sponsored Tweet”

  1. David Spinks says:

    Ad.ly looks really interesting. Seems that they don’t enforce disclosure though…that seems like a huge problem. Or am I wrong? Do they have a disclosure engine in place?

    1. John Chow says:

      They do enforce disclosure and have a disclosure engine in place. A paid tweet says Ad or Ad by Ad.ly.

      1. Rich Guy says:

        How do they pay a sponsored tweet by paypal, check or electronic funds transfer?

        1. John Chow says:

          They pay by PayPal or check.

      2. Tinh says:

        Congrats John, I saw the top 20 and you were there. Hope I can win the Challange IV :-)

        1. Yes paying through paypal is an add advantage instead of check.

        2. HaHa I cant imagine him not being there with a 1k tweet lol

  2. Will says:

    Holy crap – good for you! I’m going to try this.
    I assume that’s $200 per day for 5 days ($1000/week)?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, it was $1,000 for one tweet. That $200 screen shot is another tweet they got me.

      1. Will says:

        Oh I thought you set the price per week and they tweet once per week per advertiser.

        1. John Chow says:

          That is an option an advertiser can choose. Or they can choose to just do one tweet as well.

      2. wow, really a big hit john.

        1. Nice to see that your 140 characters are giving you that much money.

          That means of value of one character is $71.43,

  3. What’s your response been from your followers in regards to tweeting ads?

    1. John Chow says:

      I have received a grand total of 2 replies saying they are going to unfollow me because of sponsoring tweeting. Not bad out of 50,000+.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        It’s silly to unfollow someone just because he is using sponsored tweet or whatever could make him earn some money…

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Yea, as long as the sponsored tweet is relevant and nothing goes wrong at all. Perhaps the 2 followers jealous of John because John makes big money? ;)

      2. I don’t mind seeing sponsored tweets in my timeline, as long as it is not too many. Where do you set the border, John. How many sponsored tweets / unsponsored tweets would you feel are too many? SY

  4. neelmoney says:

    Shoemoney is also traveling with the same ad.ly money . let us meet him. who knows I will be there soon….

  5. Dang, $1,000 for a single tweet, somehow I don’t think that will last.

    1. John Chow says:

      So you might as well get a piece of the action while the getting is good! :P

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        I didn’t know that people could pay $1000 for just one tweet… it’s certainly because you are an authority because I don’t think they would pay that amount of money for everyone with the same number of followers.

      2. Ms. Freeman says:

        Heck yah I joined. I just joined Sponsored Tweets a few weeks ago also and I am already making money with it.

        1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          Cool! How much you made and how many followers do you have Freeman?

  6. Peter says:

    I have been a member of Ad.ly for a few months now and till today I have not received a single offer from advertisers, whereas with sponsored tweet I have been receiving offers. If you think Ad.ly is much better than S.T. please tell me what am I doing wrong coz I don’t see Ad.ly being any better.

    1. Gain your followers and be known to the public. You will get your offer.

  7. No luck nor with Adly nor with Sponsored Tweets so far for me ;-( SY

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      Even I haven’t been active on twitter for age, I received some new follower, plus a sponsored tweet of $1 lol well, let’s see what will happen if I get active again.

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        lol! You’re better that, I didn’t receive any offer even a $1 per tweet offer. I’m trying to increase the number of followers right now. :)

  8. Greg Ellison says:

    Shoe has made over $33,000 from Ad.ly. I haven’t received any but I don’t have the followers like him or you. I think most of my followers are bots so I think I have to delete them. I have to find better people to follow me. Greg Ellison

  9. Wow, that is some serious money…

  10. Sponsored Tweets has been decent. I signed up based on John’s recommendation. Definitely worthwhile. I am looking forward to see the activity on Ad.ly. the only part I don’t like so far is having to wait to get paid. Sponsored Tweets pays instantly upon hitting $50 (nice).

  11. Kali says:

    Twitter is a cool tool and it is very good for getting traffic, it will be very interesting to see what kind of traffic I can generate.

  12. Dean Saliba says:

    I joined these last night. I’d be happy with $1 a tweet. lol

    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      How many followers do you have Dean? I’m going to try this too as I have not much luck with Sponsored Tweets.

      1. Lee is keep asking from everyone that how many followers they have and if they have less than why I am not getting such offer.

        Isn’t Lee ?

  13. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    $1000 for just a tweet? That’s a huge amount man I’m sure you’re going to hit the accept button in less than 10 seconds?

    Anyway, congrats on the $1000 per offer, that’s great but with the number of followers you have, you deserve it John!

    1. John and Jeremy also invested good amount of time and money to gain so many followers … I still remember those contest … lolzz

  14. Kevin Pasco says:

    So far I’ve had 4 pffers from Sponsored Tweets, let’s see if I can top that with Ad.ly

    1. Kevin Pasco says:

      *Offers

      Stupid keyboard!

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        lol! No worry, as long as we understand what you’re talking about. :)

        Between, how many followers do you have right now Kevin? I’ve yet to receive any offers from Sponsored Tweets yet.

  15. Giovanni says:

    Hmmn.. this has given me an idea :-) excellent

  16. Wow, ad.ly give such a big earning.

  17. Manuel says:

    $1000 for a single twit – very nice. Just signed up there after seeing a post on shoemoneys blog (seems he already made $33k with ad.ly)

  18. Allan says:

    I will have to look into this and see if this type of advertising will work for my sites

  19. woww, it’s great, 1 tweet can make $1000.

  20. Wow congratulations Jonh :d I just wrote an article about Ad.ly referral program:
    http://www.chotoan.com/ad-ly-referral-program-and-contest/

  21. That’s great news. I haven’t even hit $1k total at Ad.ly yet but it gives me something to look forward to.

  22. Ignacio Neil says:

    A great option for the advertiser to use. He can advertise as well as tweet or just be happy twittering.

  23. Twitter is the bomb. Being that it is still pretty new to most, it’s a great way to connect to potential customers.

  24. oes tsetnoc says:

    $1000 for one Tweet? you really rock john! I think I’m gonna test this… but my followers are less than a hundred by now… :( maybe $0.0001 per tweet?

  25. MLDina says:

    Any plans for an in-depth comparison of SponsoredTweets and Ad.ly?

  26. Andrew says:

    Wow that is quite impressive. Congratulations.

  27. fas says:

    That is some payment, $1000 per tweet, wow!

  28. That’s awesome John, And btw, thanks for writing your book on making money with your blog. I truly enjoyed it (and will adapt it)

  29. Stefan says:

    $1,000 for clicking a button…even only all the buttons I clicked gave me $1,000! Well done!

  30. Constantine says:

    John, I remember back in January you encouraged those who havent joined twitter to do so ASAP. I ignored your advise, Am now looking back with regret. I joined twitter last week and now am in the rush of hunting for followers.

    Love your blog. Good luck to every one here

  31. Damian says:

    Thanks for the heads-up John!!! Does this require a certain age, or can you start immediately?

  32. Agus says:

    hi John,

    Is that so easy as you said ? Is there any charge for that two links?

    Could you tell me why tweeter is more powerful than other social networking media?

    Tks John, u are my internet guru’s….

  33. Stone Atwne says:

    Nice, that’s great money.

    I signed up for both of them a while ago. Sponsored Tweets has so far offered $1 five times but I’m yet to get offers from Ad.ly.

    I have about 270 followers. I think one’s ratio matters a lot. You might not get an offer even if you have 10,000 followers but follow 12,000 people.

  34. Dino says:

    Signed Up for Ad.Ly but i haven’t gotten any type of sponsored tweet i lowered my price and everything not sure how many followers you need or the ratio in comparison to followers and following. But its worth a shot i suppose.

    Dino | Dinono.com

  35. I just signed up, since SponsoredTweets has basically stopped for me :)

    -Mike

  36. 1000 USD is too big for a single tweet. very amazing.

    1. gagaukon says:

      140 character for 1000usd, is beyond my imagination. i wish i can make money with a click of a button. :)

  37. Rosa says:

    I have been rolling the dice on this one and coming out pretty good. Not near as good as John Chow but still proud of what I have made.

  38. sastone says:

    Hi John

    I love their referral program and hopefully the Twitterers with a small amount of followers will benefit from all this aswell not just the big cats, time will tell.

    thanks for all the advice

  39. CredFollow says:

    One great thing with John is that he replies to comment.

  40. I signed up for ad.ly and have yet to be matched with a sponsor.

  41. Blog Tactic says:

    You will only make money from sponsored tweets IF you have a huge Twitter following. Anyway, those brokers usually invite A-list Twitter user like JC.

  42. Bill says:

    awesome..i`m speechless :D

  43. gagaukon says:

    i signed up with sponsoredtwets and ad.ly, but so far i earn some $$ with sponsoredtweets, ad.ly hv not yet match me with a sponsor. i signed up both the same time.

  44. Nicky says:

    Find New faces and make them friends by rating their face. Very uniquie and easiest way to create new friends loging to site now and find Are you Hot or Not

  45. yeeones says:

    just come here to…..

  46. oes tsetnoc says:

    $1000 just for one click :O

  47. swarnaw says:

    i have not money yet.

  48. That’s good for you! Congrats for being a part of the Top 20 :)

  49. chester says:

    That’s fantastic. I wonder what Demi Moore or Ashton Kutcher would get paid per tweet.

  50. security war says:

    Yes paying through paypal is an add advantage instead of check.

  51. I’m wary of stuff like this, as it may violate the Twitter TOS, as I’ve recently read them.

  52. Guildford says:

    is that true usd 1000 for a click? i am a bit amazed.

  53. abrablog says:

    already try ST. Not try ad.ly yet. But i will try now.

  54. Ad.ly is kewl.. 1000$ for a single tweet OMG i still cant believe this…

  55. mini laptop says:

    Oh this is a great amount John. I never thought they would pay as much as this for one sponsored tweet. Well, this is the reason why I should concentrate in bringing more followers to my bag. I still can’t believe this.

  56. $1000 for just one click… unbelievable.

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