How to Make Money on Twitter: Beginner’s Guide [2022]

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Have you ever wondered how to make money on Twitter? 

Believe it or not, you can make some serious money from social media platforms like Twitter. 

In fact, Twitter receives more than 2 billion search queries per day.

twitter search statistic

Image: The Millennial Money Woman | Source: Kinsta

So, if you’re not using Twitter as a part of your money-making strategy – it might be time to consider doing so now. 

You could ultimately use Twitter as passive income.

Or, if you create a well-known and established Twitter brand, you could make it your full-time career, like Kris Sanchez did at 25.

He earned $500,000 per year from his Twitter account, pictured below.

uberfacts twitter profile

I’m not saying that you’ll be making $500,000 on Twitter by the time you finish this guide.

But I can give you my proven strategies to turn your Twitter account into an income producing asset.

Keep reading.

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4 Steps to Take Before Monetizing Your Account


Before you even think about making money from your Twitter account, first you have to take some steps to ensure your journey will be a success.

From my time on Twitter, I’ve experienced that you can’t expect to make money if: 

  • You don’t have an audience base
  • You aren’t trusted among your followers 

First, I’ll show you how to make the perfect Twitter profile.

Then, I’ll show you 5 different ways to make money on Twitter.

1. Stand-Out From the Crowd: Design Your Twitter Profile


Before you even start building an audience base, you want to make sure you are presentable.

Just as if you were introducing yourself in the real world to real people, you want to make sure you appear buttoned-up, professional and personable. 

That’s where your profile comes into play. 

There are several things you want to pay close attention to as you craft your profile:

  • Select a high-quality profile picture
  • Include your website URL (if you have one)
  • Carefully word your BIO (160 character maximum)
  • Develop an easy to remember Twitter handle & name
  • Design a clean and professional profile background picture

Take a look at my profile on Twitter. 

I’m not saying my Twitter profile is perfect, but it seems to do at least part of the trick, since I’ve been getting some traction on Twitter.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the more aesthetically pleasing your profile, the more likely you’ll have people reading about what it is that you advertise.

The next section is your Twitter handle (using the @ mention) and your Twitter name.

If you want to make a sale on your profile, then you probably don’t want to have a Twitter name or handle like @qwerty123.

Make your name appealing – and add an emoji after your Twitter name if you want.

the millennial money woman twitter profile 2

Check out some thoughts behind my Twitter name and Twitter handle:

  • My Twitter handle is short and to the point
  • My Twitter name is in line with my website – I’m easily identifiable
  • My stack of cash emoji helps people identify I have something to do with money

Next, carefully word your BIO. 

Here are some tips I used:

  • Be direct
  • Be personable
  • Be professional

Here’s my BIO:

the millennial money woman twitter bio

With my BIO, you can tell the following:

  • My name
  • What I do
  • My credibility
  • How you can benefit from my services

And the last part I want you to focus on is linking to your website, product, affiliate link, etc. 

Twitter has a spot for your “location” on your profile.

Instead of sharing my location (Miami, USA) I decided to add something a little more creative as my location and connect it with my website title.

the millennial money woman twitter location

Once again, you immediately understand that my website will be about finance.

How long did it take me to design and adjust my finished Twitter profile?

It probably took me 6 months to figure out what works and what doesn’t work.

The software I use to design my graphics is Canva Pro.

Trust me, it’s going to take some time to design the “perfect” Twitter profile, and chances are, you’ll constantly be making edits and changes (just like me).

2. Create Consistent Content that Adds Value


The next step is probably the hardest: Creating consistent content.

The keyword is consistent.

You can create amazing content, even have your tweet go viral, but if you are not consistently adding content, then you’ll probably lose traction on Twitter. Fast.

As you can tell, Twitter can easily become a full-time job, if you are trying to build up your audience. 

Here are my rules:

  • If you want to build an audience, you have to add value 
  • To add value to your audience, you have to create content

How can you create consistent, valuable content?

With my secret weapon: Create 24/7.

Below are the statistics of my monthly gained followers since I took the create 24/7 course:

the millennial money woman monthly twitter followers gained analytics

If you truly commit to the content-building strategies within the course then you’ll notice your Twitter audience grow.

fiona smith the millennial money woman

The Bottom Line:

If you want to build your credibility with your audience, then you have to provide valuable content.

3. Engage with your Audience


Now that you have established:

  • A killer Twitter profile
  • A solid plan to create consistent content

It’s time to begin connecting and engaging with your Twitter audience.

I am a HUGE advocate for engaging and connecting with your audience – on as many levels as possible.

For example:

  • Direct Messages
  • Comment on others’ posts
  • Reply to comments on your posts
  • Ask genuine questions to get to know your audience

By showing that you are genuinely interested and by showing that you care about them, your audience will slowly trust you. 

Keep the conversation going.

twitter conversation example

Building trust is a slow process – it takes a lot of time.

That’s why, to be successful selling products, for instance, on platforms like Twitter, it will likely take some time (at minimum several months) before your reputation and trust has been built up with your followers.

4. Build Relationships with “Mentor” Accounts


The next and last step to building your Twitter account before monetizing it is to build relationships with accounts that I call “mentor accounts.”

When I started taking Twitter seriously, I classified Twitter mentor accounts into 3 categories:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

Here’s what I mean by these classifications:

Twitter Account Sizes

Small

1,000 to 5,000

Medium

5,000 to 10,000

Large

10,000+

Now some may argue that “large” sized accounts should be more around the 100,000+ follower range – but think about it:

If you want to connect with a Twitter account and learn from them, chances are, a 100,000+ sized Twitter account won’t have the time or won’t take the time to connect with you personally. 

Learn from your mentor accounts by asking questions.

Some questions could include:

  • What made you start your Twitter journey?
  • How do you best interact with your audience?
  • What are some Twitter obstacles you’ve run into?
  • What’s a trick to staying consistent and motivated?

I’ve been in touch with some accounts that are close to 400,000, and these guys do take time to chat with me. 

However, it took months to build that relationship up, because I had to find a way to stand out from the other 400,000 followers. 

How do I connect with larger “mentor” accounts?

I message them.

Your Twitter platform is one thing.

Your direct messages have a completely different – and arguably more effective – power by building lasting relationships.

How to Make Money on Twitter: 5 Ways to Monetize your Twitter Account


Now that you know how to create the perfect Twitter profile, next you can take several steps to monetize your Twitter account.

Let’s take a look at how to make money on Twitter:

Become a Tweet Ghostwriter

1. Become a Tweet Ghostwriter


Yes!

You can make money by being paid to ghostwrite Tweets for other accounts!

It’s a pretty neat side-gig that you can build up.

In fact, one of my good Twitter friends, JK Molina, makes $6,000 to write 5 tweets per day.

$1,200 per Tweet is how much you can earn if you’re a ghostwriter

And yes, I’m 100% serious when I say that you can earn over $1,000+ per tweet.

Typically, the goal of a Twitter ghostwriter would be to:

Help their client find more clients through the ghost tweet.

JK Molina said it best:

“What you’re really selling is for your client to get connections with other people.”

Most business owners don’t have time to think about:

  • How to create a tweet
  • The optimal time to send it out
  • Engaging with their Twitter audience 

…And that’s where someone like a Twitter ghostwriter would come into play.

So, how do you obtain your first ghostwriting client?

Here are some steps that you could pursue:

  • Reach out to verified Twitter checks 
  • Reach out to people who are SaaS owners
  • Reach out to people who have money to spend
  • Reach out to people who appreciate the power of Twitter
  • Reach out to people who are looking to sell expensive products or services

Think about it:

If you charge $500 (for example) to ghostwrite 1 tweet, and that 1 tweet earns your client 1 client who pays $2,000, then your tweet just paid for itself.

That’s the power of Twitter.

Connection.

Here’s the proven formula to earn your next ghostwriting gig:

  • Introduction / Greeting
  • Write a sample tweet for your prospect
  • Make a bet on yourself and say that you will pay them $20 (or $50, etc.) if that tweet does not make them sales/followers/clients, etc.

However, this is a pretty good tactic to engage your potential client and promote your ghostwriting services.

Once your prospect has shown some interest in your ghostwriting, a next step might be to request a call with them and ask pinpointed questions such as:

  • What do you teach? 
  • What are your goals? 
  • Who is in your network? 
  • What are your expectations?
  • What’s a cool fact about you?
  • What is your target audience? 
  • Which Twitter accounts do you look up to?
  • What are some commonly asked questions you get? 

Once you have answers to these questions, you can start crafting your tweets (and potentially even Twitter threads).

And here’s the ULTIMATE pro tip – shared by JK Molina himself.

Let’s say you’ve landed your first Twitter client. You just finished ghostwriting the tweets for your client. And now you’re looking to boost engagement on your tweet.

Here’s how:

The question that you ask your prospect, “which Twitter accounts do you look up to” would be a perfect guide for you.

Reach out via direct message to these Twitter accounts and offer them some money in exchange for retweeting your ghost-written tweets.

Now your client has access to a whole new network.

Boom.

However, to make money as a Twitter ghostwriter, you first have to show that you are a successful Twitter writer yourself:

  • You’ll likely need a proven Twitter brand
  • You’ll likely need to show your Twitter analytics
  • You’ll likely need to show that your Tweets drive link clicks

And that’s why I recommend you first start your ghostwriting journey by checking out the step-by-step Twitter growth guide, Create 24/7.

It will take time to build your Twitter platform and it will require lots of hard work (and long hours) on your part to prove to other Twitter accounts that your work – your Tweets – does drive traffic and engagement.

Become an Affiliate Marketer

2. Become an Affiliate Marketer


One of the fastest and easiest ways to make money on Twitter is by promoting affiliate products. 

I think promoting affiliate products on Twitter (much like affiliate marketing) is a fantastic way to earn money – fast. 

Although anyone (including accounts with less than 1,000 followers) can promote affiliate products on Twitter, you’ll see more success when you:

  • Build an audience 
  • Show that you provide value
  • Sparingly promote affiliate products

The last thing you want to do is to ram affiliate products down peoples’ throats all day long. 

Spamming someone’s timeline with affiliate products is an easy way to:

  • Lose your followers
  • Lose your reputation
  • Lose your audience’s trust

The worst-case scenario would be if you promote a product that isn’t good.

Not only will you lose that customer, but you will likely also lose your reputation.

So, how do you get started with affiliate marketing on Twitter?

First, you will want to create an account with Gumroad.

Gumroad is simple, easy to understand and the interface is generally straightforward. 

As you can see, I affiliate for some products as well on Gumroad.

gumroad affiliates example

Using websites such as Gumroad, you can:

  • Sell your own product
  • Affiliate with other products
Second, you will want to reach out to content creators and ask if you can affiliate for their product.
 

Any affiliate product purchases that result from your promotions will then be sent to you via Gumroad and deposited into your bank account (if that is how you select to receive your money).

Trust me, approaching someone and just asking outright to affiliate with them may massively backfire on you.

Talk to the product creator, get to know them, find out what they stand for, and then ask that they make you an affiliate for their product/service they are selling.

If promoting affiliate products sounds like the money-making strategy for you, then I highly recommend checking out Twitter Affiliate Mastery.

Affiliate Mastery is the ultimate guide to affiliate marketing on Twitter.

All you have to do is follow the step-bystep process and you could pay for your bills with your affiliate marketing income.

Sell Your Own Product or Service

3. Sell Your Own Products and/or Services


In my opinion, the most lucrative method to make money through your Twitter account is by selling your own products and services. 

You can collect 100% of the fees and it’s just so much more rewarding when you earn money from a product you created.

gumroad product page

As you can see, you can make money through several different ways on Gumroad:

  • You can sell pre-orders
  • You can sell your products
  • You can create a membership charge

The most lucrative method here will likely be the membership charge, since you’ll be receiving recurring monthly income.

See how many people are inclined to purchase your product.

gumroad pre order

Here’s a quick snapshot of how your pre-order could look, using Gumroad.

If the response is overwhelmingly positive (aka you make a lot of money before your product is even on the market), then you know that you should sell your product.

If the response is negative and you only see 5 people pre-order your product, then it might not make sense to spend so much time on developing your product, and instead, move on to another, potentially more lucrative, project.

And why not sell products on Twitter?

twitter account users spending statistic

Image: The Millennial Money Woman | Source: Twitter

I’ve seen Twitter accounts make over $30,000 in less than 8 months, just by selling their own products on social media.

If they can do it, so can you.

Send Your Twitter Traffic to Your Website

4. Send Your Twitter Traffic to Your Website


Assuming you don’t want to affiliate for other products or create your own product to sell via Twitter, then you can also consider using your Twitter account to promote:

  • Your blog
  • Your website
  • Your business

Basically, you can use your Twitter account to promote yourself or your company.

And that’s why I thought it was a good idea to include this as a relevant answer to the question “how to make money on Twitter.”

Twitter is an ideal social media platform to generate traffic to your website. 

For example, when I publish a new blog post, like this one on my latest side hustle ideas, I release a tweet.

twitter blog post

I’m not a big user of hashtags or @-mentions when it comes to writing tweets, but others use these symbols to potentially add traffic.

I personally think too many hashtags (for example) “litter” the tweet and just make it look a bit spammy, so I try to stay away from them.

Once you locate a Twitter conversation where someone is looking for the best ghostwriter (for example), you could join the conversation and promote your services.

Twitter won’t be the only social media platform you can use to search relevant conversations and opportunities for you to promote yourself. 

Other social media platforms could include:

  • Quora
  • Reddit
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook

The bottom line: Use Twitter (or other social media platforms) to send traffic to your blog, business website, etc. to potentially sell what you have to offer.

Build Your Email List

5. Build Your Email List


Lastly, and likely most importantly, you can use Twitter to build your email list.

"Your email list is like digital gold."

The most valuable digital possession is likely your email list.

Why?

Here are some reasons:

  • Email is personal and one-on-one
  • You build relationships with potential customers
  • You’re becoming personal because you’re in someone’s inbox
  • You’ll likely reach more people, because more people use email
  • Your audience wants to hear from you, because they signed up voluntarily

As you can see, to sell and truly promote yourself, you need to start building a solid email list. 

I’ll reveal a personal secret of mine here:

I built my email list by following the strategies mentioned in the Create 24/7 course through the art of writing threads.

When done right, you can gain massive exposure with threads.

The downside is that threads can take a long time and sometimes it’s just a matter of timing.

You could have the best written, most well-thought-out thread but it might not do well, because you just weren’t lucky on that day.

It’s happened to me before too, I worked probably 2 to 3 hours on a thread, sent it out, and it just tanked.

That’s life – you win and you lose a little.

Here’s a glimpse of one of my threads:

the millennial money woman thread twitter

This thread did mediocre – it’s certainly not viral. 

But, by carefully implementing the strategies from Create 24/7, this thread helped me gain over 90 email subscribers in 1 day…

mailchimp audience performance

As you can see, since I started focusing on my Twitter journey, I’ve had a 19,400% growth rate in email subscribers. 

How did I manage to gain 90+ email subscribers in 1 day?

At the end of each of my threads, I give my audience a call to action.

  • I request that my audience consider signing up to my email list if they enjoyed my thread 
  • I promote my email list by indicating the benefits my audience will receive from my emails

And you know what?

The strategy worked like magic.

the millennial money woman thread cta

And I have only been promoting my newsletter for 10 months. 

Imagine the trajectory for 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?

The first 4 to 5 months that I started working on my email list, I probably got 1 to 2 subscribers a day – and 2 new subscribers was a GREAT day.

FAQs

There are Twitter accounts that have made money with less than 1,000 followers. The key to making money on Twitter is not about the number of followers you have, but about the quality of your follower base. 

The more you engage with your followers and the more your followers trust you, the more likely you will make money on Twitter. 

So, someone may have 1,000 followers, but only because they follow-for-a-follow. 

Chances are, you’ll likely make more money with 600 followers who actually wanted to follow you versus 1,000 followers who just followed you because you followed them first.

You can earn more than $3,000 per month from Twitter. However, the amount of money you earn depends on several factors. 

Those factors may include: 

  • The quality of your Twitter followers
  • The quantity of your Twitter followers
  • Whether your Twitter followers trust you
  • The amount of time you engage with your audience
  • The amount of time you spend on Twitter in general
  • The types of products or services you sell or affiliate with

When you have quality and quantity Twitter followers, you have the chance to make a lot of money.

Just like all things in life, you can earn money on Twitter if you fully dedicate yourself. 

Although there is no formula to becoming Twitter famous, the most proven strategy is to consistently create content and to regularly engage with your audience, which will help you grow your follower count. 

If your ultimate goal is to become Twitter famous, then you need to treat Twitter like a full-time job. 

You’ll need to be working on this platform on:

  • Evenings 
  • Holidays
  • Mornings
  • Weekends

Social media doesn’t rest, and if you want to be Twitter famous, you can’t rest either. 

Some things you can do to increase your chances of becoming Twitter famous:

  • Add humor
  • Make connections
  • Tweet consistently
  • Add personal stories
  • Post valuable content
  • Keep your tweets concise
  • Become an active participant
  • Engage with your audience regularly

I’ll be the first to tell you that Twitter can be exhausting, and if you’re not surrounding yourself with the right Twitter accounts, Twitter can be a very toxic place. 

But, if you play your cards right, you can be very successful (and earn lots of money) on your Twitter journey.

Closing Thoughts: How to Make Money on Twitter


If you like the idea of working from home, on social media while making money, then you may want to consider building a killer Twitter account today.

If you use your time wisely, you can make a lot of money from Twitter.

"Social media is a double-edged sword. Use it wisely."

Keep in mind that if your goal is to make money with your Twitter account, you have to make sure that you dedicate your time to making money – not mindlessly scrolling through Twitter.

Remember this: Making money on Twitter is not going to happen overnight.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you grow on your Twitter journey:

  • Add value
  • Post consistently
  • Engage regularly

Don’t expect to make money from Twitter just by ramming products and services down your audience’s throats. 

That won’t be sustainable and you won’t get a good reputation.

The simple answer to the question “How to make money on Twitter?” is this:

Add consistent value, engage often, be authentic, and money will come. 

If you want to learn the same strategies I used to grow my audience to 115,000+ followers organically, then check out the Create 24/7 Course

If you apply the methods within this course, you’ll also see success.

Which strategy from today’s guide are you going to try first?

Let me know in the comments below.

Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith is the founder of The Millennial Money Woman. She holds her Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning, has advised decamillionaires for 6 years in the corporate wealth management sector and has co-founded a local non-profit community teaching financial literacy. She is the author of the personal finance book How to Get Rich from Nothing and her work is featured on Forbes and FinCon.

34 thoughts on “How to Make Money on Twitter: Beginner’s Guide [2022]”

  1. Jose Alvarez de Lara Sanchez

    ¿Podría ser mi propia producto una idea? Se trataría de un concepto filosófico que haga alusión a la vida y a la alegría de vivirla y disfrutarla con honestidad. Y esta idea sería la esencia de mi blog. Una constante reflexión sobre trabajo, el esfuerzo y la ilusión por vivir feliz. De hecho este sería el discurso en mis ghostwrites porque está sería mi audiencia.

      1. James Kemakolam

        I’m grateful you took the time to write this down, this is very encouraging and I know it will be very helpful.

        1. Hi James,

          Thank you so much for your kind words!
          I’m so glad to hear that this post helped 🙂
          Monetizing your Twitter account certainly is no easy task – and it often takes weeks if not months to see a difference. As long as you are consistent with your efforts, keep learning, and stay focused on the long-term, chances are, you’ll probably see a positive difference.

          Good luck on your journey!

          Cheers,

          Fiona

    1. Hi Alex! I’m so glad this post brought you value 🙂 Increasing engagement on Twitter is definitely difficult. What I found worked best for me was consistent interaction. It’s a long game. Good luck!

  2. Excellent blog post Fiona, as usual.

    As you’ve stressed, consistency on Twitter is imperative to build an engaging audience. I tried to be consistent to build my profile a while ago but I lacked a clear roadmap on how I would monetize, so I eventually lost motivation for it 🙁

    Keep it up, your blog is a great source of inspiration to me.

    Salut! 😉

    1. Hi Tony!

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂
      It’s definitely easy to lose motivation on Twitter – it’s not straightforward and there are so many moving parts (trust me, I’ve been there too).
      It’s always nice to connect with you – good luck on your journey!

      Cheers,

      Fiona

    1. You’re absolutely right. Education can certainly open doors for you. And once you start learning how Twitter works, as long as you are consistent with your efforts, you can start seeing a positive difference. Good luck on your journey!

  3. @IghodaloLucky

    Thanks for this information!
    Please I need a direct help from you, I want to start making good money with my twitter account. I’m working on getting 1k followers soon!

    1. It’s my pleasure!
      I’d say that my biggest take away from Twitter is that you really have to be consistent with your actions. I mean, every single day you need to work on your Twitter account if you want to start making money. Trust me, it’s not easy – especially when you don’t see results immediately – but if you look 12 months or even 24 months ahead, your efforts today will make a difference.

      Consistency really is the greatest key, in my opinion.

      Hopefully this helps – and good luck!

      Fiona

  4. I new on Twitter and l don’t really feel like l am embarrassed when l don’t see a like or even a new followers on my account
    I am really happy and have learnt something
    Thanks so much

    1. Hey there!

      That’s wonderful news 🙂
      I’m so glad to hear this post helped teach you something new and valuable.
      Building a large – and high quality – Twitter audience is certainly no easy task. It takes a lot of time (and patience), so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It typically takes a lot of time to see a difference, but as long as you consistently put in the work and keep learning, you’ll probably start seeing some changes for the better.

      Good luck!

      Fiona

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂
      I’m so glad to hear this post added value for you!

      Managing and building a Twitter account is certainly no easy task – it took me a lot of time (and many trials and errors) before finding a rhythm.
      If I could give you one piece of advice from my time spent on building my Twitter account, it’s to simply stay consistent even when the results may not show your efforts. In the long term, you’ll start seeing a difference as long as you keep working toward your goals.

      Good luck on your Twitter journey!

      Fiona

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