Talk about late to the party. More than 1 Billion people joined Twitter before me.
But on Saturday December 10, 2016 I finally broke down and joined.
Admittedly, I’ve been somewhat anit-twitter since they came onto the scene in March of 2006. I even wrote an article in 2009 called “I refuse to tweet”.
I just couldn’t wrap my mind around sending 140 character messages out day after day. And besides, I figured “who would want to follow me anyway?
Hey, I take pride in being able to admit when I’m wrong. And I was wrong about Twitter. Dead wrong.
It took me 10 years to figure that out.
So this past weekend I joined Twitter.
Not because I want to tweet every day. I joined because I Want the extra traffic that can be easily gathered from this media giant.
And here’s what it took to finally get me to break down and join Twitter after all this time…
Saturday morning I got an email from my ol’ friend and software developer named Ankur. He was writing to tell me about a new WordPress Plugin he had developed.
At first glance, I was immediately turned off – because it was for Twitter.
I told him I’d never joined Twitter, simply because I didn’t have time to “Tweet”.
He said “Just try this plugin Jim, it takes just a few minutes to setup, and then it is completely set and forget. And best of all, it will grow you a large Twitter audience on auto-pilot.”
Hey, I’m no dummy. I know how big Twitter is. You can’t watch CNN or CNBC for more than five minutes without hearing the word Tweet, and they aren’t talking about birds.
So my Twitter Experiment began officially on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Yes, more than one billion people signed up to Twitter before I did. Can’t be much later to that party than that!
Anyway, step one was to sign up for a Twitter account.
So that you can see I really joined on that date, here are a couple screenshots I took…
Upon signup Twitter asked me if I wanted to connect my Gmail contacts and gave me some suggestions for other Twitter users to follow. I selected yes and one of them followed me.. Yeah, my first follower.
Step two was to add Ankur’s WordPress plugin to my site and watch his step by step videos for setting it up.
I’m not too tech savvy so it took me about 25 minutes to get everything set up.
It was basically, click here, then copy and paste this code, then click save, etc.
Then I had to pick some keywords that match my niche, such as Internet marketing, affiliate marketing, WordPress, home business, etc. and enter them into the plugin.
Finally, I chose some images to post (included via Pixabay within the plugin) and set a few other options.
Once I had it all set up, I turned off my PC and went for a hike with my Yellow Dog.
I let the plugin get to work building me a following on Twitter. It does that by liking tweets related to my niche, and many of those users then in turn follow me. Simple enough.
When I checked my email later that day I saw lots of proof it was working. Here is a screenshot from my Gmail account:
Fast forward to today, Friday, December 16, 2016 as I write this post. And here are my results so far…
I just logged into my new Twitter account and see that I just surpassed 300 followers.
You can see for yourself what the current count is at my Twitter account here.
The plugin appears to be getting me more than 50 new followers a day. At this rate I’ll surpass 1000 in less than two weeks from today. Not too shabby. Definitely not something I could have done on my own.
This plugin is building a Twitter community for me, all by itself.
Again: All I did was add the plugin to my site and add the keywords related to my niche.
The plugin does the rest.
Every hour of every day it…
– tweets for you
– retweets and likes other tweets
– gets you real followers in any niche
It basically does all the stuff that I don’t have time to do — the reasons I never joined Twitter.
All that’s left for you to do is watch your Twitter Followers grow and grow.
When your following gets big enough, you can start using it for promoting your best products and affiliate offers.
In fact, I already received some direct traffic from a few of my tweets, and made a few affiliate sales of products I review at my Make-a-Living-Online.com site.
Oh, there is one more feature that this plugin has, that I have not had time to setup and test yet. You can use this plugin to grow an email list, via Twitter’s ad platform (without paying for ads.) I’ll be testing that in the near future as well and will report back on the results.
OK, all in all a successful experiment. If you want to add a Twitter community to your online marketing presence but don’t have the time or patience to do it manually, you may want to give this plugin a spin. Here is my affiliate link:
If you get the plugin from my link, I’ll do something special for you as a bonus. When I hit 1000 followers in a couple weeks, I’ll tweet out a link to your site. Just comment below and let me know what date and time you got it. And be sure to tell me your URL so I can tweet it out!