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A Social Media Master's Journey - 100 Days, 100,000 Followers

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by The Mentalist, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. The Mentalist

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    Hello BHW!

    For quite some time now I've been active in the social networking section of this site, and now I'm out to prove there is still big money to be made in social media. But first an introduction to myself. Currently I do social media management/consulting, not just for Frank's Pizzeria. I've had contracts with a few fortune 500 companies, and I have a professional identity in social media. I formerly had over 100,000 followers before, but I sold the accounts for a nice price. Of course I can't go and prove these things, that would be idiotic of me, but it is kind of irrelevant because this journey will be using tactics on BHW, and minimal investment. (Not really professional social media stuff)

    This is just as much a chance for me to help anyone trying to start in social media as it is for me to see if I still have what it takes to snag some followers. But this journey isn't just limited to social media, because when you have social media, you also have great SEO and marketing assets. I will try to ask every question I'm asked as well.

    Journey Objectives: To be completed in 100 days
    - Gain 100,000 new followers total on a few social media accounts
    - Choose 2-3 themes/brands, and make the social media accounts based on these
    - Expand these 2-3 branded social media ideas to Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, G+, and Facebook
    - Effectively monetize these accounts using branded website galleries
    - Create an Amazon store/brand, and use social media accounts to help rank the site
    - Spend no more than $250

    What I will use: $250 limit
    - Two old Twitter profiles I already own, have 9k followers each, but are completely inactive
    - A lot of connections I have that will allow me to buy promotions for these accounts
    - Various Fiverr gigs for store SEO at some point
    - A paid Amazon store creation, from a BST thread
    - iMacros to automate some tasks (I'll make my own)
    - BHW/Social Media wisdom :)'

    I also have a solid Instagram account with 31,000 followers, averaging nearly 2k likes per picture, but I won't use it to necessarily aid this journey, as I know not many people have a starting asset like that.

    100 days is a long time, and social media can be exponential when it comes to growth. It wouldn't surprise me if achieved well over 100,000 followers, or under (account ban, etc). But this journey will transition from accumulating social media followers, to monetizing them with Adsense galleries, building social links that help rank a site, you get the picture. I'm not setting a goal for money because if you have 100,000 active followers, that's at least $10 a day, CONSISTENT income. This is more about me proving social media isn't rocket science, and has great potential.

    Also note:

    The Amazon store is based on an idea, which I've done keyword research for already and I think has potential. But the primary focus of this journey will be social media.

    I used the term "social media brands" because I'm making accounts that will have duplicate profiles across multiple social networks, then I will build websites for monetization, and basically what you end up with is something larger than just social media, but a nice niche website. You also gain more followers because people recognize your account across different platforms, basically branding principles applied to social media.

    I will try to update this regularly, at least every 2 days with an official update. I'm entering a busy 2-3 weeks, with jury duty and other obligations, so it may be a slow start, but keep reading, this will be a fun journey! The journey will officially kick off this Thursday, but I'm starting prep work now, and want to be able to answer questions and stuff. Besides, you all know what happens when you say I'll just wait a week or two to take it up a notch, etc. No time is perfect, so time to take action!

    Total $ spent:
    Total $ gained:
    Total $ earned

    Twitter followers:
    Tumblr followers
    G+ followers:
    Instagram followers:
    Facebook fans:

    Total followers gained:
     
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    I appreciate the encouragement!
     
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    Good Luck! Looking forward to the updates.
     
  5. DiamonMike

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    Well...you already have 1 follower...ME :D
     
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    Social Media is something that I need to learn more about. I will watching this thread closely.
    Good Luck
     
  7. The Mentalist

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    There are a lot of ins and outs to it, hopefully I will shed light on some for you!
     
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  8. The Mentalist

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    Journey's Eve

    So tomorrow I officially start my journey, but today I'm setting up the profiles/getting a few things ready. I have a few accounts that I used before at my disposal, but here's what I'm starting with.

    Twitter:
    2 accounts with 9100 and 9700 followers. About 500 "active" or semi-new followers on each.

    Tumblr:
    2 new accounts, one with 30 followers and one with 4.

    Instagram:
    A new Instagram account with 0 followers, and a nice one with 31k that isn't a part of this journey.

    Facebook:
    One page with 30 fans.

    G+:
    3 accounts, with a total of 7 followers.

    It's clear I have my work cut out for me, so here is my plan: I will be massing from Twitter, Tumblr, and G+. I haven't decided if I want to use an Instagram bot or not, simply because a brand new account like I would be making doesn't have much wiggle room. I may have to buy promotions or figure something out with Instagram and Facebook besides buying shares.

    Some social networks will give me lots of followers, some barely any at all, that's expected. My personal bets are on Twitter and Tumblr to do most of the work, but we'll see.

    I've decided I will only start monetizing my followers once I reach 100k, because even if you do monetization right, it stymies growth a little bit. I will probably be working on monetizing the accounts in a week or two, but until then I'll just wait.

    Well come tomorrow, I'll mass at the best time, late afternoon, and then proceed to wait until evening and see how many followers I've gained. Let's get this started!
     
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    You have a great plan! Let's see it in action :)
     
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    It's will start tomorrow, might have to update late at night though, unfortunately I will be gone during peak massing.

    Also a large curveball, I will be without one of my old, 9k accounts, I got it sold for way more than it's worth, although since it is older than two years, if you know how to mass, it can be worth a lot.

    So yeah, that will make my journey a bit more difficult. It only gives me one account to mass from, making a new one is useless, but I have some 6-month old ones I will try to remember the passwords to, and give it a shot lol.

    I will be massing Tumblr, and setting up paid G+ and Facebook shares. I can't find much on the current G+ following limits, but I do see they don't ban, they just disable functions for a day or two. So tomorrow will mainly be kicking off Twitter and Tumblr, and setting up for G+ and Facebook, and getting my Instagram account set up/promotions found.

    I'm basically doing every social network except for Pinterest, I got a review copy of 200+ board invites, and I have an old account set up well with a 100 legit followers or so. I may proceed to just post content, and do very casual following/unfollowing, because I don't want to lose that account somehow.
     
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    Excuse me but: whats 'massing'?
     
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    Just the same thing as follow/unfollow. Mass following people pretty much.
    Except a lot of big Twitter accounts, if they get over 100,000k followers, they simply don't bother to unfollow anymore, then they don't drop followers, and because it takes forever.
     
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    Okay, so I will add this to my main thread, but nailing down some objectives/strategies.

    First I will buy 10 private proxies (squid proxies), just $17 a month, not a bad investment. From there I will make an Instagram and a Tumblr account for each proxy. These accounts will be nothing special, but I'll use Tumblr Retribution and the Instagram Mega Bot ($32 total) to do basic following/unfollowing and liking procedures. I'm going to just grow these accounts over a few weeks, then start using them to promote my main accounts, which are well branded and have better content.

    This means I'll be managing around 30 accounts total. This isn't that easy of a task. I will try to focus on just making 2-3 posts a day on each account, better content rather than mass content. Luckily Tumblr has a queque, but Instagram accounts may only see 2 photos a day.

    G+ I have found someone who I'll be buying shares from, he runs about 12 accounts. That will be my kickstart so to speak. Facebook I may be buying shares, still not sure yet. Twitter I will be massing on 1 account, maybe 2-3 more if I can remember the logins lol.

    Today I'll just be massing on 1 Twitter, and 2 Tumblr accounts. Setting up shares, and buying the bots/proxies. I will also be setting up a large automation tool for Twitter massing (hopefully).

    To start

    Twitter Account 1: 9850 followers
    Tumblr Account 1: 49 followers
    Tumblr Account 2: 16 followers

    Editing the main post with a comprehensive tracking of my followers outlined below, let the fun begin!

    Social Network

    Account X
    Initial Followers
    Total Followers
    Gained Followers

    EDIT
    I guess I can't edit posts that have aged a certain amount, so we'll keep a running tab. I'll make a new post in RT after this
     
  15. The Mentalist

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    If there is no account information, that means I haven't set it up yet, until I get all my proxies, I will probably have to wait.

    Twitter


    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 9850
    Total Followers = 9850
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Tumblr

    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 49
    Total Followers = 49
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 16
    Total Followers = 16
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 4
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 5
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 6
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 7
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 8
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 9
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 10
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 11
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 12
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Instagram

    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 31193
    Total Followers = 31193
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 4
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 5
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 6
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 7
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 8
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 9
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 10
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 11
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Facebook

    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 29
    Total Followers = 29
    Gained Followers = 0

    Google +

    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 5
    Total Followers = 5
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Totals
    Initial Followers = 41142
    Total Followers = 41142
    Gained Followers = 0
     
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  17. The Mentalist

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    Also, I'm looking to mass automate Twitter following, and what I'm specifically looking for is mouse tracking software that also detects scrolling. For example I was using Automator to make a workflow, but it doesn't detect scrolling. I think using terminal, the workflow, and some code I can solve the problem though.
     
  18. The Mentalist

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    DAY 1

    Twitter


    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 9850
    Total Followers = 9937
    Gained Followers = 87

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Tumblr

    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 49
    Total Followers = 69
    Gained Followers = 20

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 16
    Total Followers = 34
    Gained Followers = 18

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 4
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 5
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 6
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 7
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 8
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 9
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 10
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 11
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 12
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Instagram

    Account 1
    Initial Followers = 31193
    Total Followers =
    Not Monitoring For This Journey
    Gained Followers = Not Monitoring For This Journey

    Account 2
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 4
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    Account 5
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 6
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 7
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 8
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 9
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 10
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 11
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [SIZE=5][COLOR=#800080]Facebook[/COLOR][/SIZE]

    [B]Account 1
    Initial Followers = 29
    Total Followers = 29
    Gained Followers = 0

    [COLOR=#ff8c00][SIZE=5]Google +[/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][B]Account 1
    Initial Followers = 5
    Total Followers = 6
    Gained Followers = 1

    [B]Account 2
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 0
    Gained Followers = 0

    [B]Account 3
    Initial Followers = 0
    Total Followers = 1
    Gained Followers = 1[COLOR=#ff8c00]
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    [SIZE=5][B]Totals[/B][/SIZE][B]
    Initial Followers = 9949
    Total Followers = 10075
    Gained Followers = 126

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    Okay so over 100 followers, despite forgetting to do most of my massing. I'm working on an automated solution to Twitter. Tomorrow should be a big day to get stuff done. I'll buy bots, proxies, set up the rest of my accounts, and start my following (massing) on those. I also bought $20 worth of shares from a guy who has a lot of Google Plus pages, this doesn't seem like much, but he's offering me a great rate, so it equals plenty of shares. Starting up on G+ may be tricky.

    So after tomorrow I hope to have.

    Tumblr and Instagram bots going, with 10 new accounts going on each network.

    An automated Twitter massing solution. Right now I am using the "Android Glitch" which means mass following in thousands. But I don't have a way of doing it other than manually. I'm working on that.

    Lots of content created, content is king, no scraping here. The best accounts I will use a logo/branding for as well.

    Expenses will be $20 shares, $32 bots, and $17 in proxies. And that should be all of the expenses I will need for a while.

    This journey may seem to get boring if I'm just doing followers. So I'll try to introduce monetization in about 2 weeks at the latest. I won't monetize the accounts directly, but just start to work on setting up monetization. Again no spammy ads, content based ads that won't kill my accounts. Obviously Instagram I can't directly monetize right away, I'll simply be looking to build the accounts up and direct them to a few main ones.

    Day two should be a bigger one.
     
  19. Spawnie

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    Thanks for explaining "massing" I was already thinking its a shortcut for something - just didnt knew what exactly...

    I will definitly keep an eye on your journey - pretty interesting.
    I'm actually only on facebook but always wanted to extend to other networks - its just too much timeconsuming for me to handle that many accounts since I have to update a bunch of fanpages already...

    Good luck on your journey - even tho I dont think you need luck ;)
     
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    Thank you,
    And Facebook will be a minimal part of this journey it appears. Simply because unless I am merging untargeted fans into the page, which really isn't what this journey is about, it's hard to really get started without footing some cash.

    Update:

    Figured out how to semi-automate Twitter massing, but the technique still takes about 45 minutes to follow 5k, which is what I want to target for now. Unfollowing may be a problem as well, I imagine I'll catch up to my ration quickly, and there are certain hitches with how my method works that makes unfollowing a bit more of a challenge.

    Bought the proxies, or at least ordered, once I have them for sure I'll buy the bots, because otherwise it's pointless.

    One concern is that this journey will take a toll on my computer, running bots on Parallels and bluestacks seems to be a lot of work on my macbook pro. But as long as it is plugged in it performs well.

    Also made some content today.

    Tonight after massing is done I'll post my numbers for today.