Twitter is one of the fastest growing Web 2.0 properties around. Everyday, thousands of people join Twitter and millions of tweets are posted. When you have a fast growing community, you have the potential to make a lot of money. As long as you are there at the right time with the right product, there is no reason you can’t build a business on Twitter. Twitter API is a great way to start building a service for Twitter, but that’s not the only way you can make money on Twitter. With that in mind, here are a few ways to build your business on Twitter:

  1. write free applications for Twitter.
  2. write a paid application for Twitter.
  3. sell backgrounds for Twitter.
  4. create training courses for Twitter.
  5. be a match maker on Twitter.
  6. be a job finder on Twitter.
  7. help others find internships on Twitter.
  8. Promote affiliate products on Twitter.
  9. Make money with your links on Twitter.
  10. create account management services for Twitter.
  11. offer Twitter analytics.
  12. write an innovative URL shortening service.
  13. write an iPhone app for Twitter.
  14. write a Web 2.0 mash-up with Twitter.
  15. create a WordPress plug-in
  16. create a Twitter friendly community theme for WordPress (MU).
  17. build a “yellow pages” service based on Twitter.
  18. help companies build their online reputation with Twitter.
  19. offer Twitter (social media) consulting.
  20. sell your products.
  21. throw Twitter auctions.
  22. throw non-profit events on Twitter.
  23. network with super-connectors.
  24. Build JVs.
  25. drive traffic to your blog.
  26. help others go green.
  27. make money rotating ads on your profile.
  28. create a Q/A mashup.
  29. build a video-Twitter service.
  30. let people go over 140 characters.
  31. build a Twitter chat system.
  32. create a niche Twitter portal.
  33. sell Twitter scripts.
  34. write a book!
  35. create a video-cast.
  36. build a radio-show around Twitter.
  37. build exclusive membership sites.
  38. create a social shopping portal.
  39. offer free services and go viral.
  40. offer horoscope on Twitter.
  41. become a c-level job resource.
  42. create a medial portal.
  43. create a legal Twitter mash-up.
  44. offer fitness services on Twitter.
  45. write a trend analysis app.
  46. create a retweet software suite.
  47. build an innovative Twitter client.
  48. create a movie portal based on Twitter.
  49. sell shirts on Twitter.
  50. raise funds for a great cause (twestivals).
  51. build a troll hunter service.
  52. create a productivity tool.
  53. build an image/file/video service.
  54. provide security services.
  55. come up with new product ideas.
  56. survey your current customers.
  57. poll your followers for new product features.
  58. build an automation tool.
  59. build corporate Twitter management suites.
  60. create voice services for the community.
  61. add Twitter to your sales pages.
  62. advertise on Twitter.
  63. offer tutorial on Twitter API programming.
  64. create an expense management service.
  65. become a tweet-up coordinator.

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Everybody is talking about the social media these days. Just a few days ago we had Kutcher vs. CNN in the first Twitter challenge. The goal was to reach one million users on Twitter and also contribute to a great cause in the process. The social media industry may be maturing, but there is still a lot of money to be earned. Let’s not forget that as great as Facebook, FriendFeed, and Twitter are, they are not perfect. You all probably remember myspace and its dominance a few years ago. Where is it now? It’s barely holding on. Things change quickly in the social media, and that means entrepreneurs are always going to have the opportunity to make money with their products and services. If you are willing to learn new things and think outside the box, there is no limit to how much you can earn in this industry. With that in mind, here are a few ways to make money online from the social media:

  1. Paid applications: writing an application for Facebook and Twitter is one of the best ways to make money online. As long as you provide a unique value, there is no reason you can’t monetize your work.
  2. Free applications: free applications can help you get a lot of traffic back to your site and even promote your other products. You can’t beat free.
  3. Services: there are many services that you can provide to folks who want to get in on this whole social media thing. You can help them achieve more followers or promote their businesses online. You could teach them how to get started with the social media. Consulting and coaching is one of the best ways to make money in this market.
  4. Videos: you can take your service to the next level by creating a video product that shows people how to do things. It’s more than consulting. It’s teaching a lot of people how to get things done.
  5. Products: you can always create products that let people do more with the social media. This goes back to item number 1 but these products will address a set of needs. You can create a program that lets people grab information from various social media sites and track their reputation across these networks. The sky’s the limit here.
  6. Corporate services: most corporations are still not on board with a lot of things that are going on in the social media. They are proactively looking for solutions that help them manage their reputation and get more out of Twitter and Facebook. What a better way to make money than offering these companies a solution they can work with.
  7. Reports: you can always sell reports as long as you provide real value. You can also put together a book if you have gotten real results on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

There are many other ways you can make money on social networking sites. The sky’s the limit here. You can create all kinds of mashups and get more specific with the above tactics. Social media is here to stay. Why not make


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The social media has changed the way people communicate and do business. A few months ago, a lot of people would laugh at the idea of businesses using Twitter, Digg, and other social networking sites to drive leads and increase their business. But if you are still ignoring the social media sites these days, you are leaving money on the table. Sites such as Twitter are amazing channels to reach out to customers, prospects, and even partners and build and expand your business. And best of all, there is no monetary cost for using these sites. You don’t have to pay to build a Twitter profile nor do you have to pay others to follow you. All you have to do is communicate and provide value to others and folks will follow you.

If you are a business owner, you should not live without a Twitter profile. A couple of years ago folks didn’t know about Twitter, and the opportunity wasn’t that huge. But today, folks are searching out for companies on Twitter. They want to contact you. They want to reach out to you. If you are not on Twitter, you are missing out big time. Sites such as Twibs allow businesses to announce their presence on Twitter to the world. There are thousands of businesses already listed on Twibs, and if you are a business owner, you should list your business there as well.

Whether you are an individual or a small business, you can still benefit from Twitter. But Twitter is different from anything you have dealt with. The community is smart and can see through your efforts to make quick bucks. That’s why you should have a real plan to succeed on Twitter. If you are a small business owner, you should:

  • Create a professional profile: your profile helps you make a good first impression on your followers. You should take time to write an catchy bio about your business (what you do, …). You should also change your background and put your business and website information as well as your logo on it(read our logo piece here).
  • Link to your website: when you create your bio, don’t forget to give your followers a link to follow if they like what you do. I can’t tell you how many small businesses forget to include their contact information on their Twitter page.
  • Create your business avatar: your avatar helps you make an instant connection with the Twitter community. You should take time to design an avatar that is attractive and portrays an image of what your business is all about.
  • Not be stingy: a lot of folks decide to protect their updates from others. That’s the worst way to approach Twitter. Twitter is all about openness and contributing to the community. By locking up your updates, you are depriving yourself of Twitter’s full potential.
  • Update regularly: a lot of small businesses set up their Twitter account, update it a couple of times, and then forget about it for a month. Your business doesn’t stop going on for a month, right? Then, your Twitter account shouldn’t either. You should try to post at least 5 valuable tweets each and every day. That’s really the bare minimum.
  • Provide Value: the more you add to Twitter, the more you get out of it. People follow you for a reason. Give them valuable information, and they keep coming back for more.
  • Throw Giveaways: giveaways are one of the best ways to go viral on Twitter. People like freebies, so why not give them some to spread your name and brand all around Twitter (see Twitaway for ideas).
  • Network with others: don’t be scared to communicate with others and respond to their updates. Twitter is a networking site. It’s a many-to-many communication service. It’s not just about you!
  • Know the limits: if you are a business owner, you should know that what you say on Twitter can help or harm your business name significantly. Don’t say anything you don’t want others to hear about in a professional situation.
  • Put it all together: if you are involved in other social communities, you should use the twitter tools available to link your twitter account to those sites. Sites such as Friendfeed and Facebook provide you with the opportunity to do just that. By connecting your accounts on multiple networks you can realize synergies and further expand your following.
  • Listen!: that’s probably the most important step in your Twitter journey. You’ve got to listen to what others are talking about, what products they are interested in, and what their needs are. Not only you can get product ideas from Twitter, you can address your business’ shortcomings as well. Be a good listener on Twitter, and the sky’s the limit.

Unlike what some businessmen want you to believe, Twitter does matter. It matters for small businesses, big businesses, and individuals. It’s a great branding tool, and it can drive lots of traffic to your website. But you have to connect with prospects/customers, provide value and listen to others to get the most out of Twitter. If you are not doing that, you are wasting your time and hurting your business.

Are you a Twitter believer yet?

The Twitter Report by Walt Prorok & Chris Vendilli

For more information on how you can expand your presence on Twitter, read the Twitter Report to find out marketing angles which can help you drive thousands of leads to your business every single day.


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