Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Shelf Life of A Tweet - Part Two

The results are in. I've concluded that the shelf life of a Tweet is about 15 minutes with no significant amount of traffic after that. That's if the message hasn't been retweeted. My results are for part one:

Start time 18:38 -
1 minute - 13 clicks
5 minutes - 18 clicks
15 minutes - 21 clicks
30 minutes - 22 clicks

I guess these results are not typical as everybody on Twitter has a different number of followers. My results came from a following of 7349 people which if you know about Twitter weren't all on Twitter at the same time.

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The Shelf Life of A Tweet - Part One

I've been using a Url Shortener that also allows you to track how many people have clicked through your URL's through Twitter. I was just curious because some people I've noticed are using Twitter to post messages for MLM's and affiliate links every 15 seconds or every minute - all day.

And they haven't been suspended or banned! Go figure! What really surprises me are these people have followers. Tens of thousands of them!

So I wanted to try something to figure out the lifetime of a Tweet. I'm going to use Su.pr and try to find out how long it takes before the traffic stops coming to this post.

I'll update you in the next post.

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Trading Your Time For Nothing - How Not To Make Money Online

Most of us probably started the same way when we attempted to make an online income.  We got this crazy notion that we could make millions just like those internet gurus do.  That it is possible.

But we just needed someone to show us.

So we clicked links.   And we found free "systems" if we just entered our information in the opt-in form.  These people promised that if we just followed their system then we could get rich just like them.  And we believed it.  So we tried them and nothing happened.  We used free traffic exchanges because we bought into the idea that we didn't have to spend money to make money.  We soon figured out if thousands of people were promoting this web site why would people join me?  And then the cycle began.

We found more free content and tried to read huge ebooks that we got for nothing and ended up on so many email lists that just reading the emails took hours.  And we  didn't really get anywhere.  How many free ebooks do you have cluttering your hard drive?

So what are we supposed to do if we still want/need to make a little extra cash?

If you've been spinning your wheels for so long without results here are a few tips to clear yourself and your hard drive from information overload and have your own "money-making system". These are two of the most important steps to creating an online business according to this recent post from the CopyBlogger.
  1. Try.
  2. Repeat step 1 until the desired result is achieved.
And here are some of my tips:
  • Traffic Exchanges are okay if you're just starting out.  Just don't join anything.  Get your free credits by clicking on through web sites so you can get people to see yours.  Traffic exchanges are good practice for learning how to write compelling titles or ads.  But this could turn into an unpaid job if you get involved too much.
  • Don't follow the latest trend.  Pick one method and stick with it until you've mastered it.  I just realized that internet marketers are always looking for new products to promote to their lists and once they run out of ideas they go back and recycle something that was done years ago.  Remember banner ads?  I'm getting emails promoting banner ads now which were passe several years ago.
  • Manage your emails.  I sign up to several email lists every week, but I also unsubscribe to a lot of them every week too.  Especially the ones who give me no value - the ones who are always offering me a product with each one.  Have a folder for each marketer that you value their information.  Sometimes I give people extra time to show me value.  If I don't see it forthcoming I unsubscribe.
  • Focus.  If you don't do anything to move your business forward every day then you're just treating it like a hobby.  People will sense that you're not being serious.
  • Every once in a while you may want to buy a product if it's going to help you.  Sometimes they help you get to your goals quicker and save you time.  Just don't buy everything.
There are many more tips I could tell you but figuring out where your best efforts applied that can bring your business to the next level is the best teacher for you.  Do what works for you and keep on trying.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

How Many Bloggers Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

Depends on how many of them get paid.  I heard not many.  You would have to talk to a lot of bloggers before you would actually find one who made enough money online to make a living at it.  That's kind of the reason I started this blog.
I wanted something to keep score.
After many months of being a member on the Warrior Forum I haven't made any significant money from Adsense - I made some but not enough to get a check, yet.  I've managed to get a sale from Clickbank only to have my commission refunded with only days to spare on the guarantee.  I've tried Twitter but learned that you can't just send people straight to an affiliate link unless you've got thousands and thousands of followers.  I'm still trying to find the best way to make money online.
Article marketing can be fun, but if you have trouble writing a lot of articles quickly the traffic dies down and the clicks through to your web sites slow down to a trickle real fast.
So that's why I started this blog.
Kind of like my experimental blog.
I figured it was a way to share some things that I'm doing to get to the next level and maybe let others share what they've learned in the Internet Marketing field.   So, if you want to get a piece of that then just PM me at the Warrior Forum - I'm Ryan700.  Who knows there might be some surprises in the works.  And we all may make a little more money!