How writers can use Pay with a Tweet

Word of mouth is the best kind of advertising a writer can get. Other people spreading the word about how fabulous your writing skills are is every writers dream come true. 

Pay with a Tweet’ is the first social payment system, where people pay with the value of their social network. It's completely free to use.

How it works:

Every time someone 'pays with a tweet' they tell all their friends about your product. Simple! Better yet your users can decide if they want to pay with a tweet on Twitter or with a post on their Facebook wall to tell all their friends about you, your product and your brand.

How writers can use pay with a tweet:

'Pay with a Tweet' is a fantastic way for writers to create a buzz about themselves and their writing. Here's a few ideas of things you can do:

  • Authors - Sell a sample chapter of your book
  • Authors - Sell an activity pack to go with your book
  • Authors - Sell a reading group guide for your book
  • Writers - Sell a sample article or access to your portfolio of published work.
  • Poets - Sell a poem from your poetry collection.
  • Journalists and publishers - Sell your leading article to promote your magazine, newspaper or charged online service.
  • Sell your latest commercial or book trailer
  • Sell a basic version of a service you provide and bring more people to your website where they can learn about the benefits of your charged premium service.
I've personally used one on my website for when people download a copy of the free Home-schoolers Kit that goes with my book 'Italian for Tourists'.

This is what the button looks like:


How can I track how many people paid with a Tweet?

There are multiple ways to track your Pay with a Tweet campaign. Here are some:

1. Track and count the Tweets with a service like As keyword to track, use the URL of your Tweet-text, because this is the only part of the Tweet that the users can't edit.

2. Track the clicks on your link. If you use to shrink the URL you use in your Tweet-text, you can access a simple statistic of clicks and latest Tweets (up to 100) by just adding the "+" icon behind the url. For example: If your URL is "" just add the "+" and see the statistic of it "

3. Follow live who paid with a Tweet by just searching on Twitter for the URL of your Tweet-text.

This is a great way to send your message viral. Have you already used it? How?


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