Secrets of Twitter Follower Sites Revealed!

If you are into internet marketing, then you are nowprobably into Twitter as well. If you are into Twitter, you have probably run into numerous Twitter follower sites on the web. They promise to get you 3,000 followers or more, for about $70. These sites are popping up all the time now. Maybe they are run by the same company, maybe other people just want in on the action. Either way, I am here to show you the easy secret that is behind all of the sites.

Perhaps you know it, perhaps you don’t. But if you use those services, changes are you do not know. Now this is merely just a method on how to do what they do, for basically free. The software may not be the same, but the general idea behind the method is the same for a lot of the twitter follower sites.

Step 1:

Get the software Twiping. Twiping used to be free, and not many people knew about the software. Now it costs $9, which is cheap and much cheaper than $70 each time you want followers. Basically the software is twitter account management software. It allows you to follow, unfollow, find targetted people to follow, etc.

Step 2:

If you want targetted followers, which can be even better than what the twitter follower sites do, start by clicking on someone you follow in your niche. then select to see their friends or followers. You can filter results, and by doing so can follower and target only people that have the keywords you decide (such as internet marketing). You then follow everyone listed.

You can also just select anyone, and follow anyone if you just want to increase your follower count quick.

Step 3:

Twitter has restrictions and only lets you add about 1,000 new users a day. After 2,000, you have to keep a 10% ratio between friends and followers I believe.

So after you have added 1,000, wait a few days until everyone has followed you back. Most poeple follow whoever follows them. Whoever does not follow you back, use twiping to select “friends not following me” and delete them all.

Step 4:

You now have a pretty equal friend to follower ratio (depending on how your ratio was when you started this). You then repeat the process.

That is basically it. That is what most of these sites charge you for. Add friends, delete friends that do not follow you, add more friends.  By doing this, I have increased some client’s userbase by 1,00s within a week or 2. And they love it because they are all targeted followers.

Let me know your results or thoughts in the comments.

Trey Smith – Middleman, Noobie Friendly

Okay there is a lot of hype about this guy Trey Smith right now. And I really do not know why. He creates these few videos on the most basic knowledge and people are treating him like a God. His first video okay perhaps is helpful, teaching people you can TOO make iphone apps. I knew this awhile ago, almost did it, but actually getting your app into the app store is NOT easy.

His third video “The Black Box” hypes about this “almighty secret” that no body knows about. Its the “secret that got Bill Gates rich!” Do you want to know what the secret is before giving your precious email account away to some unknown guy? The secret is the word: Software.

That is it! He talks about how great software is, and then updating it is. And how by having updates, it gets people like Bill Gates rich. This is the secret of Windows. On top of that, all of thse people are singing his praises for this information. I did not realize the internet was full of complete newcomers, to not understand how software and updates work. When you purchase software, and there is an update, and you pay for it, that is how you get rich.

I give it to Trey for having enthusiastic videos and such, and I guess internet newcomers is his market, I just did not realize people do not know the basics of software and updates. I do not know where Trey Smith came from, he popped out of the blue and has these professional looking videos. I am going to stay away from him, his knowledge has no use to me, perhaps it does others though. Although I guarantee most people will not do his course, which is about making iphone apps.

What are your thoughts, do you like Trey Smith or do you agree your basic knowledge surpasses his information? Leave a comment below or on facebook.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Media Marketing

I went to a discount book store yesterday in my area. It formally was a Forman Mills (For-mon Mills!) That jingle always gets stuck in my head. Anyway, it turned into a bulk book store. I will have to say I was less than thrilled going in there, epecting a huge store. There was not a big selection. it could have been that they ‘lost their lease’ (how does that happen?) and so they were not getting any new books. Everything was at least 80% off.

Their business selection was small, but they did have one good book that I have. Then I came across the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” section. I usually hate these form of books, but two caught my eye, but I picked up one: “Social Media Marketing.” SInce that is my next venture I figured it could be a good read. Although even my friends joked “You probably could write that,” I bought it anyway mostly for the fact this $19.95 book as $3.15. I could not complain. So I will be reading this lately. I will make an updated post(s) on whether it is a good read. I picked it up though, so right there I at least recommend it for even new comers. I don’t buy too many books, so if I do it usually means to me it has some value.

Mailinator.com – Countering Spam But Affecting Marketers

I just wanted to make a post about a great site I use all the time, mailinator.com. By no means is this site new, and I am not saying it is. It is just a great tool to use to avoid spam. Basically, if you need to input your email address somewhere but you don’t really want to give out your true email, you make one up @mailinator.com and you can instantly access the mail. Such as spam@mailinator.com. No password needed. You just go to the site and put in what you entered, such as “spam” in the box saying “check your inbox” and there it is.

Only thing is anyone else can use it too so do not put valuable information in there such as social security or any passwords you actually use. It is a great tool, but a lot of services automatically block it now. Some software such as some auto-responders auto block anything from an @mailinator.com email, so you wont be able to use it.

So what are the repercussions of a service like this? Nothing, for you, but for merchants and people that rely on collecting your email, such as internet marketers, it can actually hurt their business. Internet marketers sometimes make visitors enter their email addresses before being able to access something good like an ebook, or a video. That way, they can market to you in the backend, by emailing you. This is how they usually stay in business (and thus can continue to give away free ebooks!).

This is very common now, whether or not using that site or just using a spam filled email account, users are on to marketers trying to get their info; especially new marketers. If they don’t know them, why trust them? As for seasoned marketers, such as Eben Pagen, people know and perhaps trust his products, so they are more likely to put in their real information.

But in any case, one starts to wonder if it has gotten to that point where asking for an email for a free product and being joyful for having thousands of new ‘subscribers’ may be useless now, as most people just put in a fake or spam filled email. That they never read. Where is the value in that? What are your takes on this? Do you think most people put fake emails in now?

Spokeo.com – Keep An Eye On This Site

Okay, all I can say really is, “wow.” This site is too much. I recently discovered this site, spokeo.com. It claims to be able to find people and information on those people. You can start a free search, but the ‘good’ results cost money to retrieve. Luckily, it does give you some info for free. Doing a simple search for me and my state, I found me, and my last address. It also listed my family, which was correct. Age would have been a few years off, and perhaps house value (but not sure). It was correct in stating I am, in fact, a male.

I did a few other searches and it is cool, but the scary part comes when you click the ‘friends’ tab on the site. It can connect to your emails (like how facebook does to find friends) and shows profiles, pages and even pictures you may have never seen before. It showed photo’s of one of my friends that I’ve never seen before. It was cool, yet scary at the same time.

So what is useful about this site and its information? Well on the good side, you can use this site to keep an eye on what information about you is out there on the internet. I was able to realize my main email address is not circling around and neither is my cell phone. But then again, who knows how outdated the information on the site is. It still showed my last address which I moved out of 4 months ago. It also can be a cool tool to find your friends profiles and pictures.

On the other end, it could be used by other people to stalk you, and try to get as much information about you as possible. As I said, you can get their age, address, number, even whether or not they are single. They could find incriminating photos and misuse them. Employers could also use this site to research about you. People can use this information to check up on someone before a date. THere are many uses.

Also, all of this knowledge is based off of the free information given on the site. The information released to you after you purchace could be a lot more. They show that they could find hobbies, age, income, house value, email address, photos, videos, social networks, etc.

So be careful, and notice what information is out there on the internet about you. The internet is NOT as private as you may think.

Train Explosion Turns Out Bad Case of Whisper Down the Lane

So there was quick ‘news’ and twitter statuses that a train exploded in North Philadelphia. Yet NO news was to be found about it (sounds like there is a North-philly sucks joke in there somewhere). Turns out it was just a bookbag caught fire and there was a lot of smoke. No flaming trains. Whisper down the lane never worked as children, it still does not work.

Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20110201_Bookbag_fire_disrupts_subway_service.html

Don’t Forget Your 1099’s!

Just a reminder for you business owners or anyone with contractors, today (January 31st) is the deadline to send out the 1099’s for your freelancers!

Use TurboTax to do it the quickest, and save their info for next year (if needed). I don’t like that I have to pay $75 each year for the exact same software, but it makes the job easier I suppose.

Use Bit.ly links to Spy On Competition

By now you probably know what a bit.ly link is. They are a URL shortener and are used mostly on Twitter. What a lot of people do not know is that you can track stats of Bit.ly links. The best part is, you do NOT even need to own the link.

All you have to do is add a + at the end of the url to find out stats. Bit.ly gives you a whole bunch of different stats to use at your disposal. So how can this benefit you? Let’s take a look:

Use Bit.ly links for “reverse URL lookup”

adding the + at the end of the link will help you figure out what the link is before you click it. This is helpful if you are worried the link is a virus. I just used this technique last night. I got an email with a bit.ly link, figured it was spam mail and wanted to know what the link was. The link was http://bit.ly/eCxxqh so I changed the link to

http://bit.ly/eCxxqh+ and it shows the actual URL. you can then GOogle search that link, although it did not show up as anything. (It was spam).

Use competitors Bit.ly links to track their campaigns.

If you track any competitors you know the importance of statistics. Most companies or individual internet marketers have a Twitter account now, and therefor usually use bit.ly links. You can take their links and add the + at the end and track that campaign, and see how effective that marketing was. You can see how many clicks they got, what the referrers were, and if anybody has retweeted or shared that link.

Very useful!