The Easiest Way To Make Money with Twitter

I’ve been using Sponsored Tweets for over a month now and I have to tell you, it’s got to the easiest way to make money with Twitter. Since joining back in August, I’ve made over $1,000 for sending out tweets that took no more than a minute each to write. At $125 per tweet, it works out to an hourly rate of $7,500!

What The Heck Is Sponsored Tweets?

Sponsored Tweets is a new Twitter advertising platform, owned by IZEA, that connects advertisers with Tweeters. Advertisers can create sponsored conversations on Twitter. Tweeters can earn money for spreading the word. Think of it as the Pay Per Tweet version of Pay Per Post.

Your tweet price is based on many factors, like number of followers, number of tweeters you’re following, the age of your account, how often you tweet, etc. Sponsored Tweets will give you a recommend price you should charge but you are not bounded by it and can set whatever price you want. I recommend you aim high and lower the price if you don’t get any bites.

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That’s like asking if people will stop reading your blog if you put advertising on it. The answer of course, is no. As long as your tweets are targeted to your niche, there shouldn’t be any problem. The last sponsored tweet I sent out got retweeted a dozen time because it was related to what I talk about.

Another thing to keep in mind is, most followers won’t even know the tweet was sponsored. IZEA requires 100% full disclosure but you can make it flow so naturally in the tweet, followers may never know the difference. For example:

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The above tweet was sent 12 days ago. It was retweeted a bunch of times as well by followers who read it. Did you know that was a sponsored tweet? You should. After all, the tweet did say, “bought to you by”.

In my next post, I’m going to show you how to increase your chances of getting advertisers to use you for sponsored tweets. In the mean time, if you haven’t signed up for the service, go give it a try. It doesn’t cost anything and you can remove yourself at anytime. Even if you charge only $5 per tweet, that still works out to $300 per hour if the tweet takes you a minute to write. Where else can you get that kind of pay rate?

Sign Up For Sponsored Tweets


152 thoughts on “The Easiest Way To Make Money with Twitter”

  1. Sahil Kotak says:

    A very good way to make money from twitter. I was not knowing about the site Sponsored Tweets but thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes they are in this field for quite a while. When they introduced themselves in the market every big player were talking about them …

      Recently we saw some downfall on them.

      1. Sahil Kotak says:

        Thanks for telling about them. Do you use them?

    2. Steven Roddy says:

      Yeah, I did not know about it either. I went ahead and signed up…figured…what the heck? I am not out anything!

      1. Sahil Kotak says:

        What happened?? Don’t you like them?? Well for earning money from SponsoredTweets you need big amount of follower.

        1. Well if you want to make big than you will need huge list of followers. But they starts from 200+ followers.

          So if you have those numbers you can go ahead.

  2. Blogging says:

    I decided actually some days ago to take a new approach to Twitter, I made my updates private, weeded out all spammers that I was following, blocked the worst ones and inactivated all my “Pay to tweet” accounts. I figured out that that I had to be first the Twitterer I wanted others to be. And that doesn’t include sponsored Tweets. I don’t want to get them, why should I want to send them? BTW was too much advertisement in Tweets not one of the reasons you unfollowed over night 55 000 people Jon? SY

    1. John Chow says:

      The main reason was too much DM spam. Sponsored Tweet doesn’t do DM.

      1. Blogging says:

        That is true, but it is still unwanted advertisement, I don’t like to receive it in my time line, so why should I bother others with it? Money? SY

        1. John Chow says:

          Money is as good as reason as any!

          1. Sahil Kotak says:

            Everyone Likes Money, Except this Guy, I think so. 😀

        2. I don’t mind one or two advertisements in my time line because occasionally they are things that I’m actually interested in. It’s seeing the same repeated spam several times that lights me up (in a bad way).

          1. Well if you are using twitter that means you will use some time to tell people about your blog post. So somehow you are doing ads at there.

            So if your getting tweets which are related to your niche than this is also equal to that.

            So basically you just have to pick tweets which are related to your niche.

          2. Sahil Kotak says:

            Yeah, I agree because all of us are doing ads at twitter without knowing or not.

          3. Sahil Kotak says:

            I think there ads are always different and they are likely giving or selling something, or some times telling people to visit sites. But the point is the ads are different always.

        3. Lee Ka Hoong says:

          I think it depends on what’s your purpose in blogging or twitter, if there is money making opportunity, of course we must grab it because we’re tending to make money from our blog or twitter.

          You’ll say so because you don’t want to make money from your twitter or blog.

          That’s only my 2 cents.

  3. Lee T. says:

    John,

    Thanks for recommending yet another excellent program! I was about to sign up for Sponsored Tweets until I saw I needed 200 followers. I’ve only been growing my following the last few days, and not at all aggressively, so I’m a bit shy.

    However, I am finally ready to commit to implementing the great tools and strategies you and others freely share with us. Therefore, I will grow my following over 200 and utilize Sponsored Tweets to make money.

    Cheers!

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      Hey, why don’t you try John’s twitterfollower tool for getting more follower, it is a very good tool.

      1. Yes response are quite good and you will get good followers instantly.

        Main advantage is they have bulk unfollower button. If someone is not following you even if you follow him/her … just one click and they out from your follow list.

        Here is the link of that tool – http://www.twitterfollower.com/

  4. $5 per tweet to $300 per hour is definitely preferable. I agree on you with this one JC 😉 As for IZEA’s SponsoredTweets, I believe most of the orders only goes to accounts with a following of around 10,000. Nothing goes to those running around 1000. Though that might be justified, still I wonder if IZEA can place a little remedy to that.

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      Yes, I have 900 Followers as per there estimate they give me $1 per tweet.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        You have to get more than 1000 follower to increase your chance to catch the attention of advertisers.

        1. Is that the magic number? My account isn’t 90 days old yet, so I haven’t been really worried with checking on sponsored tweets (I do have an account signed up already though). Maybe at 90 days i’ll have 1000 followers and be able to see what Sponsored tweets is all about.

          1. Sahil Kotak says:

            No, It is not sure that you will get advertisers in 1000 Followers because I have 1000 Followers now but still not got any offers.

          2. Benjamin Cip says:

            I didn’t say you have to get 1000 followers to make money with Sponsored ads, I just said that you begin to be an interesting publisher in the eyes of advertisers, after it all depends about how much you charge your tweets I think.

          3. Sahil Kotak says:

            I do not think a publisher with 10K post will get $1 also because there are many guys here and they are not getting offers also.

          4. Yeah, I would think someone with too many posts might come across as diluted and less valuable.

      2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        I do only have 750+ followers right now, I set the price as low as $3 per tweet (Perhaps it’s still high). I’ve yet to get any advertiser yet. I’m trying to increase my followers now..

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          You set the price of $3 in 750 followers???? They just gave me an estimation of $1.12 for 1300 Followers. But I am still not got any advertisers.

        2. I wonder if setting a higher price might actually get yield more tweets. at $125 per tweet with 45000 followers, that’s 360 followers per $1. That would put your $3 for 750ish followers right in line with John’s pricing.
          I don’t think the recommended price has anything to do with the number of followers. I think it’s just a base recommendation.

          1. Wow that is really cool calculation. I really appreciate that.

  5. I’m happy to do this, because most of the people who follow me are DM spammers anyway. So from now on they can get spam from me, and I’ll get paid for it!

    1. Wow … so you are ready to take revenge from them …

      But for such kind of followers I do not think that you will get enough return.

  6. Wow! I didn’t know of these sponsored tweets before. This is really great! Great info

    La Union Jobs

    Thanks again!

  7. Kevin Pasco says:

    I’ve made $30 with Sponsored Tweets from 3 deals. Not bad at all considering the state my Twitter account is in.

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      Hey That’s Good, How many Followers You Have In Twitter?

      1. I think he have 4546 followers …

        Have a look at here – http://twitter.com/kevinpasco

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          WOW!! He is getting $30/Tweet for 4546 followers. That’s good.

          1. yeah, that’s a much higher $/follower than even John Chow.

    2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Wow that a great price! $10 per tweet, with 4546 followers! How long you’ve been using SponsoredTweets Kevin?

      1. Sahil Kotak says:

        Ahh! I didn’t see that he got $10/Per Tweet. But that’s good.

        My question is also same from how long you are using SponsoredTweets?

        1. May be he is really attractive in the eyes of advertisers …

          But however $10 is really good price but this should be frequent instead of once in a bluemoon.

  8. guideasy says:

    I think,the key of making money with Twitter is, how to get lots of followers, we get more followers , we get more money.

    1. Yes thats the theme of making money through online …

      Get more and more people behind you … and earn money through them.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Well it’s not that simple, you’ll need “quality” follower. What I mean by quality followers are the one who actually give attention to your tweet and click on them. I noticed many spammer on twitter and I don’t want to follow them as I’m sure they will stop following me and won’t click on my link. I prefer not having a lot of follower if they are true follower rather than having a lot of follower who actually never follow me.

        1. WP Themes says:

          Well.. if you have quality followers.. they will be gone in an instant if you tweet them with sponsor ads.

          Either you stay with quality followers and don’t go into grey area. or just go all out

          1. Benjamin Cip says:

            I don’t think they will leave you if you tweet sponsor ads. As long as you don’t over use it, it can sounds like a normal tweet. For example, you can send a sponsored tweet every 10 messages.

          2. Sahil Kotak says:

            I agree, because the quality followers will b waiting for a good information, but we start ads through it.

          3. Quality followers won’t bail on you if you tweet a couple of sponsored tweets. As long as you aren’t spamming them most people are totally understanding. Sometimes the sponsor is actually something useful…

          4. Quality is important in every format.

            Whether this one is twitter or anywhere … so I presumed that you have good follower.

  9. Mike in Bali says:

    In the short term, yes you might make some money, but people will more than likely stop bothering to click any links you post on twitter.

    So when you do actually post something of value, that might be useful, people are going to ignore your message.

    1. To overcome from this kind of problem … you will have to mix up your quality tweets and with sponsored tweets …

      This is the only way through which you can get more and more sponsored tweets …

  10. Josh Lam says:

    I’ve made $220+ from SponsoredTweets. They’re awesome.

    Read my comparison between the 10 other Twitter Advertisting networks to get an idea on which ones are the highest paying:
    http://joshlam.com/2009/09/comparsion-the-11-twitter-advertisting-networks/

    1. In how many days you made $220 and through how many tweets …

      Details regarding this will be very good.

    2. That’s a really good return. I’m excited to check out your post.

      1. But still he have not provided the details … which we requested.

  11. DJ says:

    Thanks for the great tips John! I had no idea that there was a way to make money by tweeting. $125 a tweet is out of this world, I am shocked at that number.

    1. Yeah, it’s crazy that he can charge that much for tweets… but then again, with 46,000 followers most of who are probably targeted… he does offer a great value.

      1. Yes just one tweet and message to 46k+ people. I do not think that in any way you can convey your message to thousands of people.

        Plus if you got the credibility like of John than any one would love to pay you that much.

  12. vinay says:

    I have been a member of sponsored tweets and I am pretty happy. It is the best way to monetize your twitter profile.

    1. How much you are making and what you are getting for one tweet.

    2. I’m also curious how much you’ve made so far?

  13. Hey John,
    Can you choose what kind of ads? How much control can you have over what kind of ads?

    1. LetUpdate says:

      I think it as same as sponsored review, so you can choose which ads you want to tweet.

    2. Sahil Kotak says:

      There are two types first is the advertisers writes ads and you have to approve them and the second is you write ads.

    3. John Chow says:

      if an advertiser wants you to write a tweet they will send you details to your sponsored tweets control panel. You can then choose to accept or reject the offer. So you have total control.

      1. Yeah that is the beauty of this program …

        You will get all the control of it … so that your image and your credibility should not stake.

        1. Benjamin Cip says:

          It’s great to be able to choose to accept or reject the offer… just wondering what’s happen if you reject too much offer, will sponsored tweet will ban you?

          1. John Chow says:

            No, they won’t.

  14. LetUpdate says:

    Wow, it seems the earn really good. Hem… how is the minimum followers to able accept in sponsored tweets?

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      I think minimum is 200 Followers and your account must be 2 Months old.

      1. And how much you can accept through such kind of basic accounts ?

      2. Is it only 2 months now? When I signed up i’m pretty sure it was 90 days/3months.

  15. NickTako says:

    Thanks John! I wasn’t familiar with this offering from Izea and now will definitely check it out. I will let you know of my progress and success and if you make it to Izeafest, I will owe you a drink!

    Thanks again!

    @NickTako

  16. Holmez says:

    I hope that people believe that social networks aren`t for making money. Isn`t it enough it brought a huge traffic to our personal websites?
    when we use twitter for something rather than small blogging, we make it nasty.
    we should stop trying to make money from every thing around us because we gonna lose most of them (didnot you say that before).
    the best thing is to blog about something you love and get sponsors to develop your blog.
    but to just blog for money and to make blogging is your only source for getting money i thing is very bad habit we should not go on in it.

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      Hey I think you do not like to earn money??:p I think you are somewhat correct, I think John also was agreed on this in one of his post telling that he Unfollowed 55K Members.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        Well, we can do both enjoy blogging and make profit from it. I see no sin by doing that

  17. Holmez says:

    I hope that people believe that social networks aren`t for making money. Isn`t it enough it brought a huge traffic to our personal websites?
    when we use twitter for something rather than small blogging, we make it nasty.
    we should stop trying to make money from every thing around us because we gonna lose most of them (didnot you say that before).
    the best thing is to blog about something you love and get sponsors to develop your blog.
    but to just blog for money and to make blogging is your only source for getting money i thing is very bad habit we should not go on in it.
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  18. Daan says:

    Hmmm.. Awesome. I’ll first build up a big followship before starting with this but is sounds cool!

    1. Yes another way to make money through internet.

    2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Yea, building up your follower list 1st before getting into this program, you will receive a lot of advertisers if you have huge amount of followers. I’m trying to build mine too.

  19. From the comments that I have read above, I for realise that some people are in doubt whether it should monetize social media site such as Twitter.

    For me, I stick with one rule that is simple – It doesnt matter if you want to monetize those site as long as you have done and take part in the site first.

    For me the problem with twitter is not because people keep sending links. The problem is there are bunch of people that ONLY sends links and hopes someone clicks on those link.

    So, I really support and will definitely use sponsored tweets to monetize my Twitter.

    Cheers!

    What do u think JC?

    1. John Chow says:

      That sounds like a good explanation to me.

      1. Unfortunately, those people who keeps sending links have never think that way and therefore makes Twitter less attractive place.

        1. I’m not crystal ball holder, but got woman’s intuition.
          Twitter will be sold for big bucks as Youtube some days. New rules will take effect especially after recent money injections.
          For now on it’s good place to make money, why not.
          JC takes opportunity on it and succeed because of mindset he created. GOOD job, JC

    2. That’s a great point. I think using twitter to promote and make money exclusively makes you seem spammy. I think offering in conversation about your niche and possibly other subjects mixed with links makes twitter better.

  20. V.C says:

    The chance for anyone is not the same.
    Some can get an amazing sponsor, some get nothing.
    Especially small twitter.

    1. Small people will never get anything major … this is the thumb, universal and forest rule as well.

      1. Benjamin Cip says:

        In the jungle, only big predators survive, you have to be the most intelligent of them and succeed!

      2. “John Chow, a damn fine person” no joke he is. :0) No doubt he’s got huge readership and will be.
        The difference between forest animals and humans in free society is how HB can utilize the brain.

    2. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Yes small people doesn’t get an amazing sponsor, but if you have huge followers, I do believe that advertiser doesn’t care whether you’re big or small people, as long as you have huge followers and they will advertise on your twitter account.

      1. Huge follower will make you big in their eyes Lee.

  21. Has anyone else actually had a company offer them to pay them via sponsored tweets besides John? He’s the only one i’ve seen actually have an offer yet. I’m interested to hear if anyone else has.. How many followers? What did you charge? (again, i’m at 90 days, so i still won’t get offeres for a few more weeks).

  22. ProTwit says:

    Sponsored tweets is a good system and I’ve made a few hundred bucks so far, but it seems that only the ‘celebrities’ and web celebrities are getting any paid tweet offers. It started good out of the gate and I was getting $50 per tweet, but the offers have dried up. I’m guessing you need pretty massive numbers to get offers? I’m worried that this system is falling prey to most other ‘ad network’ type system, that in the beginning all the publishers are making money, but as they sign up thousands of tweeters, everyone under cuts and tweets cheap, meaning no one can really make good money.

    I have 15,000 which is a good number so I should be making a bit more cash…

    ~Chad

    1. EarningStep says:

      wow… great job my friend.. 15.k are big number… and $50 need a guts….

    2. Sahil Kotak says:

      Wow 15K followers in twitter and you are getting $50 is very good, you do not need to worry. The advertisers will be back to you soon.

    3. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Wow you have huge followers and $50 per tweet is absolutely cool! I believe that more and more advertisers will look for you because you have huge followers, that’s what they want.

      If you lower your price, I believe that you’ll get tons of offers.

  23. Jackie Chia says:

    That’s a big idea.

  24. fas says:

    On the internet there is a race of grabbing as much money as soon as you can.

  25. Steve says:

    I’m going to give it a shot. Seems like paid posts but without the possibility of Google slapping you silly for doing it.

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      LOL, Google cannot do anything here because t is of Twitter, Inc.

  26. I am still a bit a bit sceptical about advertising the twitter accounts, but I am also curious and would like to test it with one of my accounts.

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      I already made money with a similar advertising program on twitter, so I’m certain you can make money with sponsored tweet

      1. EarningStep says:

        please share to us cip… is that revtwt that you are talking about

  27. James says:

    Sounds good I will definitely give it a try. Thanks!

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say.

    2. Sahil Kotak says:

      Same here, Till now not got anything from there. Should start the account might you get one. 😀

  28. Charles Lau says:

    Making money this way is a good idea!

    And I think it’s a good to disclose that this is a sponsored tweet. Though it may cause people to unfollow you, it will start to set a standard to your followers that you are serious/professional about twitter.

    1. Benjamin Cip says:

      People won’t unfollow you if you don’t spam them with a sponsored tweet in each tweet you create.

      1. Charles Lau says:

        Oh yes, that’s right! It only reflect how ugly your history of tweets are, and I am one of those who will unfollow such people..

      2. Sahil Kotak says:

        Yes. When the people get to know that he/she is spamming twitter account then you will be unfollowed by them.

  29. Money-Era says:

    If you want to learn more on ways to monetize Twitter, please visit http://www.money-era.com/category/monetizing-twitter/

  30. So long as the STs are sprinkled within your Twitter stream, I don’t see a problem with that at all. Especially if the products are of interest to your audience!

  31. James says:

    Nice post.
    I think there are easier ways to make money online..

  32. hailey beth says:

    I’m going to give it a shot. Seems like paid posts but without the possibility of Google slapping you silly for doing it.

  33. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    I’ve been using SponsoredTweets for months but I’ve yet to get a sales. Perhaps I’ll need to wait for your next post about how to increase the chance of getting advertisers.

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      LOL, Lee. John is getting advertisers so he can tell what he is doing to get them and that post would be nice for us.

      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Absolutely! John has huge followers and I’m sure he has something special wants to share with us. We would learn something from his coming posts, I can’t wait to read that!

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          Yes, John has a something special to share with all and I like his all posts.

  34. WendyAnn says:

    This is genius! A very sweet extra revenue stream!

  35. MyBrute says:

    SponsoredTweets is by far one of the best Twitter advertising networks.

  36. cosmosblog says:

    I’m going to give it a shot. Seems like paid posts but without the possibility of Google slapping you silly for doing it.

  37. EarningStep says:

    i will be the first man wait for your next tips to make money with sponsored tweets john

  38. Brian says:

    Wow, John, this is really amazing. I’ll be sure to sign up for an account. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Hey John,

    I must say this is a wonderful concept, and I must compliment the people who think this way. I never gave it a thought that you can do something like this from twitter. This is simply awesome.

    Thanks for this amazing information. Let me give it a try.

  40. I just started using your twitter follower tool and as I build up my followers, I’ll definitely have to give this a shot!

  41. I never knew that this could be done. I’ll try it when i get more followers

  42. I liked couple of things espeially well; i.e. if I don’t mention some of basic “John Chow style”:
    1. Better follow up for next post.
    2. Unique idea that is definitely profitable for a lot of people
    3. Your comfort in sharing it with your industry fellows.

  43. Looking at this from a different angle, I’d be interested to know how much traffic these kinds of campaigns yield.

    I’d be interested to know what the click-through rates are etc, and if it is worth advertising in this way. Might drop a little money and run a little test on this.

    I suspect it might be better to promote content rich pages and blog posts with this method as well.

  44. i like your article and found it quite effective. want to have more info and would visit your blog. Thnks

  45. Twitter can be this much effective i wonder it can increase a lot in earning. Thanks for nice article

  46. Hi John,

    What a fantastic Blog you have here.

    Please check out mine its making me a lot of money.

    Simon

  47. Tech says:

    Just another way to bring in the cash.

  48. I am a big fan of twitter, but I haven’t tried to earn a certain amount from this site. There were a fast popularity rate with this social network because it has great features that would be applicable for any of its members.

  49. gaban says:

    the problem i have is i only have a few friend from twitter
    i should work harder to get many friends

  50. Great resource. I joined and referred another 73 people joining under me. Thing is, I have not seen any opportunities yet, probably they need to spend more effort recruiting advertisers?

    Make money with Twitter is really easy with this,

    Thank you!

  51. hi john, where do we get paid if I sign up for sponsored tweets?

  52. Money-Era says:

    I wrote on Izea platform http://www.money-era.com/2009/06/izea-new-advertising-platform-for-twitter/ couple of months ago. Congratulations John on your success!

  53. Thanks for introducing some awesome sponsored for Twitter. Gotta optimize the revenue for Twitter.

  54. Nathan says:

    I have never made a penny of twitter.I think I need more followers.

  55. I gotta check this out! I heard of it a while back and thought it was just my neighbor rambling on about a bunch of get rich quick nonsense. After reading some of the posts here, I think I might have to jump in and give it a go. I have over 1500 followers. that should help right?

  56. I just signed up for Sponsored Tweets and hope to get some responses soon. How long does it take, anyone know?

  57. I believe buying clicks through Twitter can cost you WAYYY too much. You could easily get the same amount of traffic by just less than half the price.

    -Mike

  58. umar says:

    wow…i love twitter…i have sign up now

  59. work at home says:

    I am really enjoying your post written on make money by tweeter. I did not think that we can also make money by using twitter. I was busy on affiliate marketing or like other for making money. Now I will be busy on twitter monetization.

  60. Thanks John, why not give this a shot. Who know, I may make some extra money. Very cool and easy tool to create extra income.

  61. John Burton says:

    Great advice – sponsored tweets are the way forward and I would highly recommend getting on it NOW before everybody is doing it.

    John Burton

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