I’ve blogged about twitter a number of times, discussing tactics and strategies that I’ve used or thought about using… Right here we’re going to go through a method I use when I maximize engagements — which ultimately lead to making money online. The better you build your network, the more money you will make. What we’re talking about here is not difficult, but like the great Warren Buffet said, “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”
I saw that my twitter account had 2,999 tweets. Why not celebrate the milestone of 3k tweets?! Twitter now offers analytics that are readily available. I used to use topsy.com — actually I still do, but when I’m just checking basic stats, twitter has it laid out right there for you. By the month, I can see my most influential follower, tweet with the most engagements, and much more.
I noticed many times the tweet that thanks followers garners the most from the twitter Gods. Tweet this:
TomHanks 4D #follow [mention as many followers as you can] Make sure and include a picture of Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks looks like “Thanks” or you can say T.Hanks
This kind of tweet is also great when you are starting out. It get’s favorites and RTs like crazy.
So I see that I’m going to post my three thousandth tweet and I made a meme for it, mentioned all of my friends and top-followers on twitter, and unleashed this masterpiece:
I pushed another URL I purchased that may be better than my main brand, “LoL Cat Research”… Not sure if that’s the way to go, but sometimes you just have to freak shit.
I mentioned as many twitter handles as I could and then in the tagging section for the picture, I mentioned as many heads as I could there. Looks like this:
Twitter for cat blogging and NOT Facebook. This here is real talk └(=^‥^=)┐└(=^‥^=)┐└(=^‥^=)┐└(=^‥^=)┐
We will get to this but first, let me give you some background here. I never thought I would be into social media but it happened. From that moment on, there was no turning back. Racking up friends on MySpace was becoming an addiction. Checking out bands’ pages and occasionally friending and talking to strangers… It was my idea of a good time but after about a year of it, I lost interest and wanted my old life back. I began going out more and being social and happiness followed. Newscorp bought MySpace for $400 million and I thought they got a bargain.
Surely the company with all its users had to be worth more. But people left MySpace since a very right-winged conservative (owner of NewsCorp is Rupert Murdoch) purchased it and MySpace’s user-base was made-up mostly of stoner musicians and rebellious kids. They don’t want to have anything to do with the type of right-wing conservative business man that is responsible for Fox News. Moreover, Facebook was catching fire. Everybody just went over to that site. Facebook was clean, MySpace was creepy and now… compromised.
Microsoft decided social media wasn’t going away back in 2007 and made an offer Mark Suckerberg could not refuse: $240 million for less than 2%. It seemed like way too much money at the time, but now it’s clear that was a great deal for Microsoft. Geekwire reports:
It was a modest amount in the scheme of things — a $240 million investment by Microsoft in Facebook in 2007, valuing the social network at $15 billion at the time, and giving the Redmond company a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook.
Ok, we know what happens next. Facebook increased to over a billion users worldwide and the rest is history. Steve Ballmer’s initial investment increased his networth and in case you didn’t know, when my man makes a lot of money, he publicly goes nuts:
But do you need social media to make money online? YOU DO NOT! There are plenty of people who’ve proven this to be the case. However, if you want to be a successful cat blogger, you really DO need to build a social media following. One of the most common questions about this is “should I use all of social media?” and the answer is NO. The answer is simple:
Your life will be too lame.
Another problems is that you will spread yourself too thin. You have to choose two or three to roll with. In case you don’t know what the purpose is of each individual platform, check the funny-assed infographic… it says it all:
When I was a child way back in the last century, I’ll tell you about a new amazing technology that would change the entertainment industry forever. All of a sudden you could see movies without going to the theatre or watching them on TV years after they were released. You could now watch them at home on one of two devices: VHS or Betamax.
Deciding whether your family should get a VCR or Beta was a hot topic of debate. Beta was better quality but the tapes were larger. They were also harder to find. I was saying we should roll with VHS and the first two movies we rented were Revenge of the Nerds and Repo Man. I was glad we chose correctly since within a couple of years, no movie rental stores had Betamax tapes to rent. If you bought that machine you would’ve been screwed.
Now we’re living in a time where there are tons of social media platforms. You have to choose which ones you are going to rock and which ones you think suck moose cock.
Facebook bites the big one. It should be renamed: Disgracebook
They don’t show what you post to all of your friends. They limit it. Turns out FB needed to figure out how to monetize their site, so they came up with the solution that they would sandbox you unless you pay. Of course if you’re a celebrity or an Illuminati sell-out they’ll exempt you… but we’re not interesting in booty-kissing Lucifer just to be big on the #2 website in the world (at least I’m not).
Lets look at a typical disgracebook scenario: You spent all this time building up your profile, but it’s in vein since now they want you to pay to boost your posts. What malarchy. I’ve paid a few times and it didn’t change much. They say they’re going to show your post to thousands of people but they’re just sending it to click farms where nobody cares.
DON’T PAY THEM JACK!
Facebook sucks and they will take your money with no remorse. Remember: You spend time on FB, you’re just making Suckerberg richer. He’s not your friend. Worse yet, he wants YOU to PAY him for you to reach your friends on his platform. Still, that’s not my biggest problem with it. The beef has to do with my knowledge as a businessman. You ready for what I say is wrong? Drum roll please:
FACEBOOK LIKES ARE WORTHLESS AND YOU CAN’T SELL YOUR ACCOUNT.
Alarmed by the fact that teenagers are leaving Facebook in droves, Suckerberg hatched a better plan: buy other social media sites. Instagram for $4bn. What’sApp for $6bn. He’ll buy everything in site so that when you jump to the next one, he’ll own it. But guess what?
I don’t do Facebook, Insta, or What’sApp.
Instead I roll with what Suckerberg can’t afford to buy. Yep, with all the money he has, he can’t buy Google+ or Twitter and that’s why I rock. Google + is gaining traction as of late. At first I was hating on them since I felt like they were really giving me more work to do. Why did they have to go into social media? Why couldn’t they just stick with what they had: the most useful tech company in the world to date? That should’ve been enough. Ok, so I got over the hate and started using them. Why? Because when you post something on G+, it becomes searchable in google’s search engine and all the others (as far as I know). This is not true for the other platforms. You post something in facebook or twitter, only registered users can see it…
Pinterest is a good one. The pictures are incredibly interesting and it’s way more fun to search a topic in Pinterest than it is to do a google image search, although I still find myself doing that lots. The site’s user-base is about 90% female so this is something important to keep in mind if you are a golf blogger since you probably wouldn’t want to waste your time here.
Foursquare is good if you want people to know where to find you. A good friend of mine is a DJ and always has the problem of having to explain to everyone where she is DJing since she does a lot of gigs. She used to be able to just post it on Facebook, but since they changed it that doesn’t work anymore. Her foursquare app on her smart phone keeps her location public to everyone who is looking for her.
Twitter is my fave. You can look through lots of posts, pictures, videos and see what the latest news in the world is simply by adding a hashtag to the beginning of the word you are searching. Twitter followers are worth about $2 each, so if you sell your cat blog, you can sell your Twitter account with it and there will be a financial gain. Can’t say that the same way when it comes to the other platforms except maybe for YouTube. That’s because if your vids are getting shitloads of hits, you would have to say that’s worth more… albeit, if you are starring in your own videos, you can’t sell your account because you would still have to be in the vids yourself…
Twitter for cat bloggers is the life choice you must make.
When I say twitter followers are worth $2 each, I may be exaggerating but there is a pending trial involving a social media marketer who left a company and took his accounts with him. The amount his employer is suing for values each twitter follower at $2.75 each.
PhoneDog sued Kravitz for a whopping $340,000, in effect saying that he wasn’t entitled to his Twitter followers—because he’d gained the following while working for PhoneDog. The amount was determined by valuing each follower at $2.50 per month, and multiplying $2.50 x 8 months x 17,000, totaling $340K. Time article published By Dan Schawbel@danschawbelJan. 04, 2012
This was an old article and lawyers can really exaggerate costs while filing lawsuits no doubt. It’s one of the reasons why I never became a lawyer. Anyway, you can login to your twitter account and then open a new window and then go to the website: twalue.com
Next time we’ll go into more depth about how to use the platform and why twitter for cat bloggers is the way to go. For now, I’m saying Twitter will beat Facebook. I’m calling it now: August 19th 2014. My word is my bond. Represent Brooklyn,