Affiliate Marketing On Twitter

Ok so anybody that doesn’t care about ethics or spamming, make something that creates Twitter accounts, follows like a million people (a lot just follow you back for the hell of it), and then spams the crap out of them with affiliate offers. Or just make a bot that sends a crap load of direct messages to people saying “Hey I see you have a house, I got a really cheap mortgage refinance here.” I’m not advocating you do this, just sayin’.

Twitter on Quantcast

I took a quick look over at Quantcast on Twitter to see what the demographics looked like.

The site caters to a more educated audience.The typical visitor subscribes to New Yorker and reads

Ok so we have more educated people on Twitter, and it looks like the audience is a little older than the 13 year old Myspace crowd. So this kind of makes ringtones or something like that not the best choice.

So what do older people want? I don’t know, the really old chaps like wine, cigars, etc. Mid range people maybe want Starbucks coupons, New York Times subscriptions, maybe a better mortgage. All of these things have affiliate offers. It looks like 30% of the users have a child in their household…maybe you coupon guys can find a Toys ‘R Us coupon for them, haha.

Do I have any idea that this will work? No…it just came to mind as I was on Twitter earlier. I’m in the whole webmaster crowd on Twitter, but I’m sure there’s normal people out there that don’t know what affiliate marketing is. It’s just a potentially large traffic source that looks untapped; perhaps people are doing it already and I just haven’t gotten any spam.

Good luck and don’t blame me for any of this.

DISCLAIMER : These are my ideas only, and I am not recommending you take action on anything I say. If you piss Twitter off and they sue you or something crazy, don’t point the finger at me. I’m only thinking out loud here, if it sparks any ideas in your mind then so be it.


  1. May 8, 2008

    I think it would be hard to convert twitter traffic but if you send them to a made for adsense website, or parked page I bet you would make some decent revenue.

  2. May 8, 2008

    Twitter audience would revolt in droves. I hope internet marketers don’t ruin the damn thing. News today is that Twitter is blacklisting spammers.

  3. John
    May 8, 2008

    i think most people on Twitter are above-average in terms of smart internet users, and unless you provide info that is really valuable to them, they’re not going to purchase anything from your site. I think they’d be even less likely to click on ads on a made-for-adsense page.

  4. May 8, 2008

    Actually, Twitter just announced that they are banning users who are spamming. They’re basing the ban on the ratio of followers to following, or the other way around.

  5. May 8, 2008

    I actually read an article about 2 hours ago on this exact topic. Jim Kukral had a problem with receiving hundreds of messages everyday so he ended up quitting Twitter.

  6. May 8, 2008

    great post on this issue. i have not gotten in the eye of any twitter spam yet. i do see direct marketing channels like “deattwit” i have been trying to ask dealtwit what kind of performance he is getting. no response. but i am interested if that concept works.

  7. May 8, 2008

    does anyone have any idea how much of this is happening.

  8. deStone
    May 8, 2008

    Paul this is a lame attempt to sound edgy. Go back to the general shit.

  9. May 8, 2008

    You’re killing me Paul. Let’s get back to real marketing tactics and leave the spam BS traffic thats only going to get people banned and make them a few bucks out. Thanks.

  10. uhh
    May 9, 2008

    Marko, Why don’t you go back to wtf it is you do and let people blog whatever the hell they want to … Every post he posts you have some stupid ass comment … stfu, go burn your cheap knockoff suit & get your teeth whitened, cause you sound & look like a douchebag

  11. Patrick
    May 9, 2008

    Please not even you on spamming Twitter! :(

    Jonathan Volk had also a great “marketing idea”… stick to the legit “spamming” and leave BS ideas behind.

  12. Patrick
    May 9, 2008

    BTW just because of such shit info/ideas i stopped reading Zac Johnson’s crappy blog & Volk’s blog is not far away from removing it from my RSS reader.

  13. May 9, 2008

    Do you hate for the purpose of hating? He made a possible mistake posting this, but still, doesn’t mean you need to jump onto evey post and say he’s wrong. Pick your battles wisely.

  14. May 9, 2008

    This post generally isn’t a great idea. Its one of those ones that is a hastle to everyone… Nevermind your accounts getting banned….

  15. May 9, 2008

    Twitter is filled with sheeple that follow all the webmasters that tell them to join. Sheeple buy stuff. Sell um an ebook or piece of software that’s going to make them rich. It’s just that simple. The webmaster crowd buys all this junk :)

  16. John Toms
    May 9, 2008

    Your a clown Paul. Get back to aff marketing and stick to arbitrage… people meet product equal profit.

    Didn’t think spamming was your style. Shows what a noob you actually are.

  17. May 9, 2008

    Uhh, I believe you’re missing my point (s). I am simply challenging Paul to post higher quality content, thats all. Clearly you’re unable to comprehend my intentions and can only make fun of the the things you have gathered from a photo of me, which unlike you, I am not embarrassed to show and attach to my name. Next time you decide to waste my time with you’re pointless comments at least say something worth reading instead of speaking through strictly emotion and no thought.

  18. May 9, 2008

    The simple fact that you are suggesting that this post was a possible mistake only reiterates my point. Again, I am not “hating” on Paul, simply challenging him to post higher quality content. I appreciate his posts and the time he takes to write them, I really do, but wouldn’t his readers benefit more from tactics that wouldn’t jeopardize getting banned and spamming other people? I will praise good posts and disagree with bad ones, doesn’t mean I have anything against Paul.

  19. JJDW
    May 9, 2008

    Well, his point is simple and he is right. Your comments are annoying as hell. He is going to post what he feels like on HIS blog no matter what your stupid ass comments suggest.

  20. Ross
    May 9, 2008

    this is a terrible idea, not because it won’t make you money, but because it is a prime example of when affiliate takes a good service and trash it up with all the spammy offers (like craigslist).

    If you can’t find ways to make money without spamming people than you should not be an affiliate marketer. there are pleny of legit ways to make money, no need to ruin good serivces like twitter.

    if all of ur 3500 subscribers started doing this tomorrow and posted 3-4 offers a day, that’s 14,000 spam posts a day, just from ur readers alone. that would effectively turn off tons of twitter users and in term ruin the profibility of this scheme all together,

    So in the end you will turn off twitter users, people won’t have anyone else to spam on twitter, and u ruined a cool service.

    bad post here paul. leave the shady techniques to nickycakes, i would prefer to learn legit stuff here,,,,

    Paul, u can post something like this and then just say “i’m not advocating this” b/c the fact that you posted it means you advocate it.

  21. Tony
    May 9, 2008

    There’s nothing wrong with spamming. The pussies who are against this because of spamming and not because it’s lots of work for little profit are fascist and socialist freaks. You need to understand that even email spamming is justified if you can get away with it and you make good bank. Anything that ain’t illegal worldwide or against the laws of nature is fair game.

  22. May 9, 2008

    I had an offer from someone who wanted to buy my Twitter. They must have really wanted my display name.

  23. Ross
    May 9, 2008

    what does spamming have to do with fascism or socialism? I can think of plenty of things that are not illegal world wide that should not be done.

    You’re ethic void is as great as your incompetence…

  24. May 9, 2008

    Haha. Clearly another person with nothing better to do then complain. Go run a webfetti offer on the content network and stop being a bitch.

  25. May 9, 2008

    And that decent revenue would certainly attract a ban soon from Twitter.

  26. May 9, 2008

    You are assuming most of the people who read the post would actually start spamming people around through twitter, is it? In my opinion, people shall keep twitter clean, at least I am doing it.

  27. May 9, 2008

    I somehow found it irrelevant, spamming is spamming after all; does not matter whether it’s legal or illegal. Unfortunately not all laws in all countries ban everything that is illegal but eventually they would.

  28. G
    May 10, 2008

    Agreed, there is nothing wrong with spamming. I make money from it.. so how can it be bad? Money is bad? I don’t get it. ;) … Damn socialists…

  29. WayneDog
    May 11, 2008

    It’s already being done by many spammers… You just haven’t been a victim yet.

  30. May 11, 2008

    and of course from adsense too..haha

  31. May 12, 2008

    Hahahahaha this comment page is full of funny commenters hahahahhaa making my day as im laughing my ass off here!

  32. May 12, 2008

    hahahahahahaha i have a shot gun so if you wanna borrow it come over i give for free so you shoot him down….i dont see anything bad with marko’s comments!

  33. May 12, 2008

    hahahahaha yea i love the part of 14k spams which is totally awesome…would make twitter top visited sites on the internet and world :D

  34. May 12, 2008

    how many followers do you have? I’d sell mine if i have the opportunity to get the buyers!

  35. May 18, 2008

    I don’t know how good could you convert Twitter traffic. Especially that now Twitter is mostly webmaster-based.

  36. May 22, 2008

    Hmmm, I never thought about that. I’ll have to give it a try :)

  37. May 23, 2008

    About time i get Twitter i think. Sounds fun.

    -Dave King

  38. May 29, 2008

    Am I the only one who thinks Twitter is stupid and lame..?

  39. March 25, 2009

    I’ve never really been drawn to Twitter. I guess I never really “got it”. But I guess since so many people are pushing it, I’m just going to have to jump in and see what’s up.

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