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I'm wondering what peoples opinions are on implementing a system on your website where if people want to read your article they have to first tweet about your article using a wordpress plugin or something similar?

How would this affect your search rankings?

Would people do it in large enough numbers so you see an overall increase in traffic to compensate for the people who simply leave your site without tweeting as they don't want to be sharing your link on their personal social media profiles?
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    you need enough free content on your site so people know what they are getting and will want to pay with a tweet.

    I personally have never paid with a tweet or a like to read any content. That is not to say I never would

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  • Profile picture of the author Verdatti
    You have plugins that lock in content so that people have to give you social votes to read the content. Google "social locker" and you'll see multiple options.

    This kind of plugins boosts your social votes but at the same time, it will make some of your visitors angry. When you're looking for content would you like to "pay with a tweet or a social vote" before you read the article?

    To answer your question, this kind of plugins should boost the social votes and increase your bounce rate at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Iteration View Post

    . . . if people want to read your article they have to first tweet about your article

    Iteration,

    I think you will be losing a large part of your potential audience if you do this. First, there is a large segment of the population that don't tweet at all - so they can "pay" for your content.

    In addition, as Al stated, many probably don't want to be linking to anyone they don't know or trust.

    Also, you stated that they first have to tweet, then they get access. Why would I want to share your content before I even knew what it was? What if it's total garbage or nothing but a hype filled sales letter? Why would I want to endorse that?

    To me, the better approach is to not limit your audience and give the article away freely with a back link to your web site. Then your prospects won't be limited because there is no risk to the receiver in that process.

    Good luck to you,

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      If you want me to "pay with a tweet" before showing me what I'm tweeting about, I've got two words for you...

      Back Button!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Yea, I agree with others. I don't think this is a very good idea. It would be more effective I think to add your 'share this on twitter' call to actions at the end of the content. If they liked the content, this is the time they'd be most inclined to share it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Iteration
    I was thinking the same thing but only locking the last paragraph of the article and structuring the content to make this appealing but its not a good idea.

    I might implement it for one or two competitions and leave all the articles open.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      A better way to encourage tweets is to use a tool like clicktotweet and put the tweet code in a colored box in the middle of your content. You can learn the code for a simple colored box by googling it or you can also get a plugin that will do it for you, you can google that as well

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  • Profile picture of the author Soloseller2014
    I think you should have to provide 2 to 3 paragraphs for free after you put "tweet"and ask readers/visitor please tweet to read the complete article. So there is more chance that interested people will tweet it.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    That would be a stupid thing to do asking people to tweet before reading your article, instead install a social share plugin so readers can tweet or like your article if it is good content. If you were to do that, most people would leave without reading your article.
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  • Profile picture of the author Engineer2Blogger
    I actually did this with a lot of success.

    I told people to share and comment on a particular blog post for a discount/eBook. Helped it rank in no time
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Iteration View Post

    I'm wondering what peoples opinions are on implementing a system on your website where if people want to read your article they have to first tweet about your article using a wordpress plugin or something similar?

    How would this affect your search rankings?

    Would people do it in large enough numbers so you see an overall increase in traffic to compensate for the people who simply leave your site without tweeting as they don't want to be sharing your link on their personal social media profiles?
    I've seen this on Facebook, I think this is something that works to start, but people get sick of it.

    Just my opinion
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  • More and more people will skip the content and move on, I do it for news site they give me a part then I have to subscribe I move on, but it might be profitable, you have to test is you decide to go that route.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Robert Puddy View Post

      How about making the first part of the article free to read and then have a tweet to read part 2



      same question, if you already read part one of an article series would you tweet to see part 2 or 3
      Depends on Part 1. Also depends on what I'm supposed to tweet.

      If the content is good enough and I can choose the tweet content (or the tweet content is maybe a pull quote with a hash tag or something), yes I would. If the content sounds like a gushing testimonial, probably not.

      My original answer was for posts that have a subject line and blurb good enough to make me click, but ask for the tweet before showing any of the actual content. That still isn't going to happen.
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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Puddy
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        Depends on Part 1. Also depends on what I'm supposed to tweet.

        If the content is good enough and I can choose the content (or the content is maybe a pull quote with a hash tag or something), yes I would. If the content sounds like a gushing testimonial, probably not.

        My original answer was for posts that have a subject line and blurb good enough to make me click, but ask for the tweet before showing any of the actual content. That still isn't going to happen.
        Ok this is an interesting thread for a couple of reasons, and your reaction to it is intriguing me.

        So lets say you just purchased a $7 product with an ebook and 10 instruction videos (subject doesn't matter for now) when you login to access your purchase you get a one time offer that says if you tweet or like for the original product you can have the advanced video course added to your order.

        And I put login in the original question because everything I sell is hidden behind a login, so on top of getting the advanced course, you would also be tweeting or liking your own affiliate link to the original product

        would you jump on that without thinking?

        And if the answer is no you wouldn't jump on it without thinking, what would be the objections

        PS: I forgot one important part the affiliate sale if you made one would be 100% instant payment directly to your paypal account
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Robert Puddy View Post

          Ok this is an interesting thread for a couple of reasons, and your reaction to it is intriguing me.

          So lets say you just purchased a $7 product with an ebook and 10 instruction videos (subject doesn't matter for now) when you login to access your purchase you get a one time offer that says if you tweet or like for the original product you can have the advanced video course added to your order.

          And I put login in the original question because everything I sell is hidden behind a login, so on top of getting the advanced course, you would also be tweeting or liking your own affiliate link to the original product

          would you jump on that without thinking?

          And if the answer is no you wouldn't jump on it without thinking, what would be the objections

          PS: I forgot one important part the affiliate sale if you made one would be 100% instant payment directly to your paypal account
          I never jump on offers like this without thinking. It goes back to part of my answer. If I get to choose the content of the tweet, I might very well do it, with or without the affiliate link. If it's a brash plug for a product I haven't even seen yet, I'm not going to stick my name on it. The 100% to my Paypal isn't a consideration.

          As for the offer of the advanced course, I haven't even had a chance to evaluate the original purchase yet. Why would I buy an advanced version (even with a tweet) if I don't know whether the original is worth the $7 yet?

          Make me the same offer after I've had time to go over the product myself, and we have a new conversation.
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  • Profile picture of the author akif
    Its a bad idea. Unless you offer them for free
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  • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
    I only tweet something that I've read and liked (even if I like something, doesn't mean I'll tweet it). I'm pretty picky. Otherwise, I risk my own reputation by tweeting something that ends up being a waste of time.

    Yeah, this idea definitely rubs me the wrong way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Iteration
    The vast majority of people, 95%+, don't share/tweet a link to an articles even if they think the content is top quality.

    How can this be encouraged without making it mandatory to read the full article?

    In a couple of my sites I invest a lot of my time into researching and writing on topics that are comprehensive and solve problems for a lot of people in a certain niche and even when they have followers/friends that would benefit from the content the reader still won't share.

    What are you thoughts of asking people to share your content if they think it is good as they only way that you can continue to invest your time to supply them with this level of content is to grow your readership with their help. I haven't seen that done much and personally I am not a fan of adding this line to my articles.

    I'm sure if I surveyed my readers if they think the content is share-worthy the majority will say yes but they still won't click the share button!

    I understand, especially with Facebook, that its their personal social space to share pictures of their holidays and parties with their friends and not a place for a string of article links but with Twitter there seems to be more willingness to share interesting content however while almost all my readers have Facebook only about half have a twitter account.

    I'm missing on on a lot of traffic as the following graphic shows:

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    • Profile picture of the author farichsolos
      Warriors,

      The main purpose of "pay with a tweet" exists actually is not a stupid idea at all. Sometimes we need to look at it from different perspective. If you use it for articles or infoproducts, then surely it is not right way to promote it.

      But, let say you want to market your product using this kind of method. You can use "pay with a tweet" to viral out discount options or coupon code for your product, let say bunches of new iphone 7. You have your iphones selling live on your website but you use Facebook to market out the digital coupons with your website address attached. Does this means free marketing to you? The reader will not be suspicious about it knowing that it is just coupon and not some misleading information they would risk their lives to tweet it.

      Hopefully this would give light bulb to someone out there who are really need to market their products but does not know how to spread the offer out.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by farichsolos View Post

        Warriors,

        The main purpose of "pay with a tweet" exists actually is not a stupid idea at all. Sometimes we need to look at it from different perspective. If you use it for articles or infoproducts, then surely it is not right way to promote it.

        But, let say you want to market your product using this kind of method. You can use "pay with a tweet" to viral out discount options or coupon code for your product, let say bunches of new iphone 7. You have your iphones selling live on your website but you use Facebook to market out the digital coupons with your website address attached. Does this means free marketing to you? The reader will not be suspicious about it knowing that it is just coupon and not some misleading information they would risk their lives to tweet it.

        Hopefully this would give light bulb to someone out there who are really need to market their products but does not know how to spread the offer out.
        Fair enough, but if you actually read the original question, it was about content locking an article. Asking people to promote something sight unseen before allowing them to read the article.

        Much different animal than tweeting a discount coupon for a known product.

        I don't even have an issue with Mr. Puddy's idea of using the 'pay with a tweet' idea to promote a course. I just wouldn't do it myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    No. Tweeting before you read the post is backwards. I just won't do it!

    A better idea is to deliver such good content that your visitors would naturally tweet it, FB Like it or even G+ it.

    Every time I get to a blog and it blocks content, I just leave immediately.
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  • Profile picture of the author melons
    Nope nope nope. It's too aggressive. The Internet's a big old place, pretty sure I could find the information I need without being strong-armed into anything.
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