Shortly thereafter, I received a second proposition from Ad.ly, this time to advertise beer. Again, the amount offered was $1.40. I declined. I’m not about to hawk booze for a lousy $1.40. I have standards.
$250 — that’s much more like it.
Thinking long and hard about it, I have decided that I will issue paid Tweets — if the price is right. I logged in to my Ad.ly account, and upped my price per paid Tweet from $2 (the recommended amount), to $250.
I also visited my account at SponsoredTweets.com — another pay-to-Tweet service that I had registered with a while ago, but so far have gotten no action from. I raised my amount there also to $250.
I used SponsoredTweets back in October ’09 to issue a paid Tweet of my own. For $117.65, a major blogger sent out several Tweets directing people to WealthyBohemian.com, and specifically to my article on how to become a semi-celebrity. (These Tweets were labeled with the “#ad” hashtag.)
My blog saw a significant — though temporary — jump in traffic as a result. That blogger has tens of thousands of Twitter followers, so even a small percentage of clicks could result in a lot of people checking it out, if only for a moment.
I bought the Sponsored Tweet mostly because I was curious to see how the service worked. Would I do it again? Maybe.
Meanwhile, if you have something you’d like me to pitch via my Twitter feed, $250 is all it will take to make it happen. Hell, that’s a fraction of what I normally get to record VO for a major ad campaign. My Twitter followers are all highly interested, motivated, bright, good-looking people. So are the readers of my blog.
I should add: The folks who follow me on Twitter don’t hate me — yet. They might start to, and soon, especially if I include ads in my Tweets with any regularity. So get your advertising message out with me now, before the masses turn on me!