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’.
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 realclearpolitics.com.
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.