How did you hear about the Twitter Rocket, and when?
I stumbled upon the blog of Ashley Morgan (The Upstart Blogger), read his posts, got curious about his free 30 Day Blogging Course, and signed up for webhosting using Ashley's affiliate URL just so that I can receive the course that Ashley Morgan promised.
While waiting for him to deliver the complete course, he talked about Twitter Rocket. That was sometime around July 3, 2009.
Did you hear about it from people who were known to you, either through the internet or in person? Do you personally know anyone directly responsible for the development of the Twitter Rocket?
I heard about it through Ashley Morgan. I don't personally know him.
Have you personally purchased the Twitter Rocket for the full advertised price?
If you did, do you have receipts of proof of purchase?
Yes. I purchased it for $97 via Paypal (Transaction ID: 07xxxxxxxxxxxxx2K)
How soon after your purchase did you receive the eBook?
I got it after a little under 13 hours. Ashley was having some problems with his email system. He delivered the ebook manually via email (file attachment).
Was it complete and were you able to understand it?
It contained 28 pages and I was able to understand it.
As a background: I started using Twitter in July 2006 and have tried different approaches in Twitter over the years.
How soon were you able to implement the steps in the eBook?
I created a new Twitter account (to test the model which assumes one does not have a blog) and implemented most of the steps in the ebook on August 4, 2009.
Did you already have an established website or blog of at least a year before your purchase? If not, how soon after the purchase did you start a website/blog? How many posts does your website blog have now? How many did it have before the purchase? Do you have affiliate links or adsense or any other marketing income from your site besides the Twitter Rocket? How often do you post on your site, and how many of your posts are content driven, and how many are affiliate driven? How many of your posts are related to the Twitter Rocket, and how many are not?
For this Twitter Rocket experiment, I used the "no blog" approach.
Are you using AN Hosting as your host? If not, who is your host?
Yes, I am, but not in connection with Twitter Rocket.
Are you using a variation of the Upstart Blogger website style?
No. I use a different kind of WordPress theme.
Are you a musician?
I play a bit of piano and guitar. Haven't performed professionally.
Has your previous website been shut down for any reason?
No, but I have some old websites (Geocities, Hypermart) that disappeared from either lack of updates, and changes in the free website offering.
Are you promoting the Twitter Rocket without having a website or blog at all?
I've experimented with promoting Twitter Rocket without having a website or blog, using the steps outlined in the TR ebook. I've also experimented promoting TR using blogs established at least a year before TR.
Have you followed the eBook and done the steps required, when required?
Mostly. There are some steps I haven't gotten around to doing well.
I tried a certain step (Day 4 - Step 1 - page 16), but was unable to complete it within the 30 minutes a day target. I still have to figure out how the other TR affiliates (particularly the ones reporting high earnings) are doing it within the timeframe.
It involves visiting a certain site, and then searching for something based on a certain set of criteria. I tried my best to follow the instruction given in page 16 of the Twitter Rocket ebook, but it was too hard.
Maybe others will have a less difficult time. Anyway, if you own a copy of Twitter Rocket, you'll know what I'm talking about. I just wish there were a more viable way of completing Step 1 of Day 4 (of the 5-Day Plan).
How long does this take you daily/weekly?
About 20 minutes a day. (This does not include Day 4/Step 1, which I found rather time-consuming. I'm still searching for a way to do this step easily.)
Do you use Twitter to promote the Twitter Rocket?
For purposes of the experiment (no-blog model), I used only Twitter to promote my TR affiliate link.
How many Tweets do you do a day/week to promote it?
During the no-blog experiment, I sent one tweet a day to promote TR.
How many sales a day/week have you made from the Twitter Rocket, at $47 commission each?
Zero sales. (no-blog approach)
What were the numbers of your Twitter followers and who you follow before you used the Twitter Rocket, and how have those numbers increased by day/week?
It was a brand new account, growing at the rate of 10 new followers a day.
Do you believe it not possible to get Twitter followers any other way?
Based on my experience, there are many ways to get followers.
Do you use Twitter to drive sales to your site, or use Twitter directly for sales?
Mainly to drive traffic. For purposes of the Twitter Rocket experiment, however, I was using that special account to drive traffic to my TR affiliate link and hopefully generate sales.
Have you heard of any coverage of the Twitter Rocket other than the Upstart Blogger, people advertising as affiliates, or people questioning the eBook?
If you initially purchased the eBook at $97, and the AN Hosting, have you made your money back yet?
How many sales of the Twitter Rocket and An hosting would you need to achieve to call the eBook a success for you?
How few in order to consider it a failure for you?
Well, even with zero sales, I don't consider it a failure because during these past few weeks, I have learned a lot about Twitter, internet marketing, and people.
Although I was not able to duplicate the success claimed by other Twitter Rocket affiliates, I know that the new things I have discovered about people and the web is priceless.
How long do you imagine it will take you to determine whether it has been a success or a failure for you?
30 days is enough time, based on my experience.
Would you sell this eBook to a family member or a friend?
Yes, but with additional content.
If you believe in this eBook, how long do you think it could be a successful marketing tool?
It will be good for at least another two years. There are still a lot of people who haven't tried, much less even heard of, Twitter.
Do you believe the Twitter Rocket will still be marketed a year from now? Or longer?
I think it will be marketed by at least one person for at least two more years.
What do you think of the people who express concern or skepticism about the Twitter Rocket or it's long-term viability?
I think they're either prudent, or are behaving based on past experiences with some things promised on the internet by some marketers.
What do you think their motivation is?
Concern for others, specially fellow skeptics.
Why do you think they have not purchased the eBook?
They (or their friends) have probably gotten scammed quite a few times in the past, or a lot of their pre-sales questions have not been answered well.
Do you think people expressing criticism of the Twitter Rocket have the freedom of speech to bring up questions about it, or does it make you mad?
I consider such expressions as opportunities to improve the product, or provide reassurances to the buying public. Valid questions need valid answers, particularly if we're interested in transparency.
How long do you anticipate using the Twitter Rocket, in weeks, months or years?
I'll be ending my 30-day Twitter Rocket experiment soon, and will use a modified version of it. This Twitter marketing model will continue to evolve in the weeks to come.
How much money do you anticipate you will make?
I'm targeting an average of $2,000 a month using a vastly modified method of Twitter marketing. This will not be from selling the TR ebook, though.
Do you believe you can make money while you sleep?
Yes, but only with the generous help and support of other people who are awake while I'm asleep. I do help them, too, while they're sleeping. Welcome to the timezone-less world of the internet! :-)
Would you feel bad if you made money selling the eBook, but the people who bought it from you did not?
I'd feel worse if the people who bought the ebook via my affiliate link did not take action or even at least try some of the steps outlined there. True, results are not typical and success is not guaranteed, but if the buyer were not satisfied, I wouldn't mind losing the commission if they ask for a refund. It's only fair, right?
Because it is an intangible one time purchase, do you think there might be a time when the Twitter Rocket becomes too saturated in the market to sell?
We're living in a dynamic market, one which expects new products in the future. There's always the threat of saturation, or obsolescence. That's why products (and marketing methods) need to evolve.
What has been the best part of your Twitter Rocket experience?
Getting to know some people better.
What has been the worst?
Getting to know some people better. ;-)
How long do you think you will continue using/marketing the Twitter Rocket?
For as long as the market wants it.
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