Making Money with Sponsored Tweets

Note: This post contains affiliate links

As a formerly broke college student/ currently somewhat broke post-grad student, I like making money. More importantly, the bill collectors like it when I make money.  A few months ago I stumbled onto, an online marketplace that connects you directly with advertisers looking for tweeters to help promote their businesses, products or services. Simply put, literally pays you to tweet.

Like most of you, I originally thought this was a scam. After all, if it sounds good, looks good, and is on the internet, then it must be untrue. Luckily for me, I decided to give it a test run. After a few days, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was, in fact, a legitimate revue steam for twitter users looking to expand their horizons.

The best part? It's so easy to use. Simply sign up, set your price, and wait for the offers to roll in.

Here's how it works
When advertisers post opportunities that match the keywords you have provided in your profile, they are sent your information. If they are interested, they will send you a notification of the opportunity. If you feel the tweet doesn't fit your voice, or is inappropriate for your readers, you can simply choose to decline the opportunity. However, if you are interested, you have up to three days to respond to the opportunity before they move on to someone else.

How to get those opportunities

Make sure to enable click-watch. Clickwatch is a program that retweets your tweet if it doesn't get enough clicks and advertisers love it. You are ten times more likely to get more opps if you are enrolled in the program.

Don't go above the suggested price. The suggested price is calculated based on the amount of Twitter followers you have.  Since starting the Sponsored Tweet program, my suggested tweet price has grown from $5.00 to nearly $7.00. Not bad.

Be sure to choose your keywords wisely. You're only allotted ten key words per profile, so choose the ones that best fit you and your audience.

Build up your Klout score. The better your Klout, the more likely you are to receive opportunities.

Always. Always. Disclose. This is a biggie. Though the #spon hastag is always included in your tweet, make sure you don't remove it. Failing to disclose that you are tweeting an ad can land both you and the sponsor in big trouble.

So there you have it, a quick way to tie in your love of the twittersphere with making money. Remember, this is not a get rich quick scheme. I can't promise that you'll end up raking in tons of dough, but the one thing I have learned from monetizing blogs is: don't put all your eggs in one basket. Find multiple sources of revenue. Make your blog make money for you. Join Sponsored Tweets today!

Not bad for a days work.

Coconut and Banana Green Smoothie

Happy Thursday! If you follow me on Instagram, you know my latest passion is finding ways to transform fresh fruits and veggies into delicious drinks. So many of you seem to enjoy my juice recipes. However, a few of y'all have mentioned that you only have blenders. Today, I've got you covered. The Coconut and Banana Green Smoothie is one of my absolute favorite smoothies. Why? It's packed with fruits, veggies and is downright delicious. And the best part? It's super filling. 10-12 oz of this will keep you turbo charged for hours. And because it contains bananas, this is a great drink to fuel your workout.

I'm a big fan of green smoothies. While fruit smoothies are healthy (in moderation) I like knowing that I'm taking in those good ole healthy leafy greens as well. If you're looking to use smoothies or juice for weight loss, you have to be mindful of the calorie count. Fruits contains loads more calories and sugars than vegetables. An entire bag of spinach contains less calories than just one banana. So be careful when you start packing in the fruits. You can actually gain weight without realizing what you're doing.

For this smoothie, you will need:
2-3 large handfuls of spinach (I sometimes use more)
1 frozen banana
1 cup of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla milk (way tastier than regular milk and only contains 80 calories per cup. Score!)
1 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
3-4 cubes of ice

I tend to start off blending my milk and bananas first and then adding the spinach and coconut flakes on top. Make sure you blend well to remove all the chunks. This recipe makes about 16 oz of smoothie.

As always, if you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to hit the pin it button on the top left hand corner of the top image (hold your mouse over the picture and the button will appear). Be sure to stop by next week for some more healthy and delicious drinks that will help you shed pounds and keep cool this summer!

Until next time,

I'm Officially A Published Author

Yes, you read that title correctly! As of today, I am the proud author of Utilizing Social Media For Blogging, a how to guide for effectively using social media to increase blog traffic. My ebook is currently available on both Amazon Kindle and the Nook via Barnes and Noble.

If you are looking to monetize your blog, by now you are aware that in order to make a profit from your blog, you have to first have traffic. Although SEO plays a large role in generating traffic for your blog, it is not the only way. Social media can be a highly effective source of traffic for your blog, but it takes time to learn how to navigate the social media realm. This book will help you turn your social media platforms into a direct tunnel to your blog, increasing your blog traffic exponentially.

Utilizing Social Media for Blogging is JAM PACKED with useful information to help you use social media to grow your blog traffic, and all the content in the book is brand spanking new, so it's not something you're going to be able to find on my blog. You can currently purchase it for $2.99. That's even less than a tall cup of coffee at Starbucks!

For years, one of my biggest personal goals was to become a published author. When I was in high school, I was published twice in a book that was circulated all throughout the DODDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) in Europe. From that point I realized I wanted to do more. I could do more. Enter blogging.

The written word has always been a passion of mine, so it would seem logical that I would find a safe space to share my words with other. And after almost three years in the blogosphere, I've read so many amazing stories from people who had fulfilled similar goals that I thought, "Why not me?"

And so I did. I've been working on this for about a year on and off. Whenever I had a quiet moment to sit down and research or write, I took advantage of it. Admittedly I could have finished sooner, but as we all know, life gets in the way. Luckily, it was always just temporary.

So what next? Finally following through with publishing a book has been a motivator like no other. Now that I've gone through the process, I know what to expect the second time around. I can't promise that it will be soon, but I can promise that I WILL publish another book.

I encourage you all to purchase a copy. As I mentioned before, it's extremely affordable. Three years of blogging has taught me that if you ever want to grow your blog, you have to invest in it. Think of this as a small investment in your very bright blogging future.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email to tasutton22@gmail and we'll talk!

Until next time!

4 Simple Steps To Teaching Your Toddlers How To Float

Disclaimer: As a SwimWays SwimSteps Ambassador, I was given products for this review. However, as a mother I completely stand by my thoughts and opinion in regards to SwimWays products. 

As a mother, child safety in and around the water is extremely important. Every time I hear a story about a child drowning, I want to lock Little J in her room and forbid her to go near a pool. But realistically I know that's not the answer. Truth be told, the best way to prevent your children from drowning is to help teach them how to swim at a young age. Recently we have seriously stepped up our efforts to teach Little J how to swim. Luckily, my friends at SwimWays have helped us along the way. 

For the next few months I'll be discussing water safety and sharing different tips and tricks on how to help encourage your toddlers to swim. This particular post will be centered around phase one of our swimming journey, floating. 

We started Little J off by teaching her how to lie flat on her back on the ground. Parents of small children know that this alone can be quite an accomplishment. Once she felt comfortable lying still on her back, we moved to the tub. We spent a few minutes each day for about a week helping her become more comfortable lying on her back in the tub (without splashing, another huge accomplishment for a toddler). Once she felt comfortable, we packed up our gear and headed to the pool. 

After tying (unsuccessfully) to help Little J feel comfortable enough to lie back in my arms in the pool, we decided that the next day we would put her in her swim vest to help her overcome her fears. And it worked like a charm! It gave Little J the confidence she needed to lie back while also alleviating my fears. 

The next trip to the pool went much smoother. We started off by letting her get comfortable with floating on her stomach before we moved on to floating on the back. Though we're not officially out of the floating stage, she has improved significantly since her first attempt, we plan on taking weekly trips to the pool until she is. We're one step closer to keeping our daughter safe in the water. And as a mother, that is an incredibly satisfying feeling. 

Now that you've read about our adventures in floating, here's a quick refresher on teaching your toddlers how to float. 

People often assume that floating is a basic instinct, that it comes naturally, however, in reality, it can take tons of practice, even for adults. For children, it can be especially difficult since they are less buoyant and often times less comfortable in the water. 

1. Swim coaches often times recommend having your children lie down flat on their back on the ground first so that they know how to position their bodies without having to worry about the water. 

2. Once they feel comfortable practicing the floating position on the ground, try putting them in the bathtub, this will help them to prepare for the pool. Once you've conquered both the ground, and the bathtub, it's time to move onto the pool. 

3. As we found out with Little J, putting your child in a swim vest can help to alleviate their fears of sinking. This also allows them to learn how to properly balance their bodies so that they stay afloat once the vest comes off. 

4. Allow your child to become comfortable at his or her own pace. Rushing them can lead them to develop a fear of the water. Let them learn at their own speed. 

Want more useful swim tips, be sure to tune in later this month for phase two of our swimming journey! 

Until next time,