a social experiment

photo credit: <a href=i’m starting a twitter experiment today. i’m tired of reading upstart blogger and listening to all the tales of how great his new product twitter rocket is.

i’ve no doubt it works.

however, i am left with a lingering skepticism: as great as the product may be, and as fantastic as a 50% payout on his affiliate program is (it’s actually unbelievably good), that still makes 50% in ashley morgan’s pocket. his recent @sixfigureluke campaign to promote a random schmoe to generate a six figure income in six months just means that ashley morgan will also be on a six figure payroll in that time. i can’t help but be skeptical.

but i’m left with a lingering doubt about generating even a modest amount of steady, passive income — am i doing the wrong thing by listening to the skeptic in me?

i’ve tried following upstart blogger’s example and find out how twitter rocket works without actually buying it. he himself did that with Twitter Traffic Machine and Brute Force Twitter. i didn’t have much hope in accomplishing anything in my searches, but i figured i had to at least look.

then i tried another tack – with our @ArcanePalette twitter account, i tried out Tweepular. lots of people use it, right? it suggests followers and reveals people who you follow who aren’t following back and vice versa. so i followed everyone who was following me, and unfollowed some people who weren’t and then added the first 200 (and some change) recommendations. huge mistake. my inbox was suddenly spammed with worthless marketing zombies and porn bots. i regretted what i did within 2 hours of doing it.

it can’t be that hard, right?

here’s the thing: like i said, i have no doubt twitter rocket works. way too many people are preaching its virtues for all of them to be creatures of ashley morgan’s imagination (as was accused by others of @BloggingHannah – she literally spends just about all day tweeting about Twitter Rocket). but i’m unwilling to shell out cash on anything that’s promoted that hard. it sounds too much like a scam. what i know of twitter rocket is:

  • it’s a process (as opposed to a software).
  • you spend about 30 minutes a day on it.
  • you can find targeted people to follow (and followers) that are in your niche.
  • you can pretty much tweet naturally as you would otherwise.
  • it’s easy.

my experiment: reverse engineer twitter rocket (or something close).

i’m a smart guy. i’ve been around the net for a long time. i also know how upstart blogger approaches things and what he’s good at, having read his blog for a while. i am a twitter rocket affiliate. mostly this is an experiment to see if i can figure out how twitter rocket works. or, failing that, at least figure out a process that i can use — let’s call it twitter schoolbus (my 4 year old loves Magic Schoolbus, and a schoolbus that can turn into an airplane, a spaceship, and an alagator is a good enough metaphor for my experiment).

i am going to create a new twitter account and try my theories. as soon as i test them, i will post what i’m doing. because i’m also sick of everyone saying “i’m letting you in on my secrets” without actually letting anyone in on anything (without paying, that is). and if i can generate at least $97 through twitter rocket affiliate links, then i will buy twitter rocket just to appease my curiosity.

what’s my real goal? this blog gets very little traffic.  i think it could do better.  the theory is that if your twitter following is big enough, you can drive a good amount of that to your blog and generate your passive income if you have well placed ads.  at this point, i’m not concerned about making money, although it would be nice.  all i’m trying to do right now is to drive some traffic to my site without feeling like a spammer, or part of some crazy pyramid scheme, or using black hat seo techniques.  if i do make money, well, so much the better.

let the experiment begin: @teh_s3quence