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 SponsoredTweets.com, an online marketplace that connects you directly with advertisers looking for tweeters to help promote their businesses, products or services. Simply put, SponsoredTweets.com 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.
Not bad for a days work.