If you’re going to try and make money on Twitter, you’ve got one of two options.
- Sink a load of time into personal branding and gain a lot of followers.
- Control a ton of automated accounts.
Shocking news – I opt for the second method.
Let’s detour for a bit and explain why, shall we?
Let’s get this clear – personal branding matters. You are – your fucking – name. Period. Full stop.
You need to do personal branding if you’re running a company, looking to get hired/promoted, or looking to network. Basically, unless you’re already retired – you need to brand yourself.
However, there are obviously limits. Your personal brand has lines in the sand that dictate what you can and can not do. Your personal beliefs, morals, and reputation are out there and on the line. So, under my own name and brand, I’m pretty limited to being squeaky clean.
However – in the vast, anonymous internet, I can do anything.
Government grant offers? Flogs? Teeth whiteners? Acai berry? Sign me the hell up.
[notification type="alert"] I am Jack’s unrestrained, capitalist greed. [/notification]
For this reason, I opt for the automated-army instead of one account. It allows for diversification, early adoption, and bubble-riding.
Now, moving along.
Once you make the decision to go big, you need accounts. You can either make these on your own, a handful a day so you stay off the radar and build up over time. Or, you could stop being a bitch.
Building accounts at scale would take some coding skills (or a coder) and some good proxies. Or you can just buy them.
Buying was my method – since I can’t code my way out of a paper bag. Thankfully, the market is ridiculously saturated, and prices are low. Here are the sources I can vouch for:
- WPBlackhat – You’d need to be a member. Good luck.
- Accs.biz – 1,000 accounts is $100. Or, start small with 100 accounts for $15.
You want to look for accounts that are email verified, have a profile pic, varied background/design, filled out bio section, and a location. You also want a seller that will give you the user/pass to the free email addresses used to create the accounts. If they don’t do all that, pass. Seriously.
Once you’ve got the accounts, there are two more steps – getting content into the accounts and getting followers. They’ll be covered in the next posts.