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Last week, I got 3,000 visitors from just a SINGLE tweet by a power user. Wow, can you imagine the power of that single tweet?

Here’s how it happened


I woke up one morning to check my statistics… WHAT? I got 3000 visitors in one day? Cool!

I then hurriedly scanned my analytics to find out what was causing the huge spike in traffic.

I  discovered that a twitter power user, Jon Winokur @AdvicetoWriters, tweeted my blog post called 9 Confusing Confusions in English Grammar, which I published back in November 2010.

Here’s the tweet


When Jon tweeted my blog post, the snowball effect happened. His followers saw his tweet and retweeted it, and their followers saw their retweets and retweeted too; ultimately his tweet reached his followers’ followers’ followers. Get it? :P

I checked my stats again to analyze the visitors three days since the tweet.

I checked how long these visitors spent on my page. Wow, the average time they spent reading my post was about 7:00 minutes! Not bad! :)


What we can learn from this

i. Targeted content

Now, it wasn’t just some power user who tweeted that post. It was a power user who solely focuses on writing advice—Jon (@AdvicetoWriters).

ii. Real followers

Jon has more than 60,000 followers (and has been listed over 4,000 times), and he is only following about 800 people!—which means his followers don’t auto-reciprocate or something, but they genuinely follow him because he gives top-notch advice for writers.

Maybe that’s why his tweets get a lot of attention and he is very influential.

iii. Some numbers

Seeing the stats of his link, Jon’s link was retweeted 68 times, and it received 3,154 clicks! That means that tweet to his 60,000 followers resulted in about 3,000 clicks, about 5%.

That’s not bad actually. Not everyone who has 100,000’s of followers can achieve that! One time a person with more than 100,000 followers tweeted a good post of one of my friends, but he told me nothing much happened.

iv. Quality content

That post I wrote about confusions in English grammar was not easy to write.

It took me like a whole week to write, revise, proofread, and repeat. And 3 months to learn about grammar in school. But ultimately, quality content brings a lot of benefit to your blog, so it’s worth the hard work writing it. :)

And THAT’s how much a tweet from a power user is worth! It’s always nice to occasionally get a spike in traffic (thanks a lot, Jon @AdvicetoWriters; I appreciate it!).

Have you had any experiences like this before? Please share it in the comments below. :)

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 Posted on : May 24, 2011
Tags: Twitter

213 Responses to “How I Got 3000 Visitors from a Single Tweet by a Power User”
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  1. Hello Gloson, this is the first time I am visiting your blog. While looking through the side bar I understood that you are a great young talent :)

    This is another example which shows that great content will always get rewarded. You have wrote a great piece of content and the reward came in the form of a tweet from a popular person.
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    1. Hello Rojish,

      Thank you so much. Yeah, it’s all thanks to @AdvicetoWriters =). By the way, I’ve just visited your blog and it looks like a great blog! =D

  2. Congratulations! That’s amazing… this is how viral information spreads on the internet, it’s a perfect example of this effect. I liked your chart by the way!

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  3. Hi Gloson!

    Congrats on the Twitter success! Every once in a while we luck out when a power-user shares our content socially, but something you mentioned shows that it’s not *really* luck at all. You worked really hard on that post and polished it as much as you could, and invested quality time making it really solid. That counts for a lot, because as you said, power-users are influential because they only share content that’s worthwhile. Their reputations and social klout depend on it.

    So good job!

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    1. Hi Delena,

      Thanks, and totally agree! Yeah, power user frequently tweets quality content. So if you want more chances of getting retweeted by a power user, first step is to write quality content. =)


  4. Wow, that’s very awesome, Gloson. I’m already speechless here. You just beat the adult blogger guys. Well done, kid. :)
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  5. Gloson,
    First, congratulations on the spike in traffic! While the tweet helped drive traffic to your site, what really was at the heart of your success was the quality and relevance of your article — and your persistence. Hard work pays dividends!
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    1. Thank you very much Dana! It was really worth it =)

  6. Congratulations on having 3,000+ pageviews. I haven’t experience of being re-tweeted by other twitter account. I just hope that some people could re-tweet my tweets too. Anyway, I realize how much a re-tweet could contribute so much in increasing page views.
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    1. Hi Evelyn,

      Thanks a lot! Don’t worry. You can get retweeted too. I find that the best way to get retweets to retweet people first, agree? :)


  7. A really interesting case study. I’ve just been reading Malcolm Gladwells work on “the power of the maven” and this is his principle in practice.

    Find the key influencers in any market is a great way to switch on visibility. A lesson for us all, that working hard at developing one contact – the right contact can be a million times (or 3000 times!) more effective than a scattergun approach!

  8. Congratulations For getting 3000 visitors from only single tweet.
    This is really inspirational for many blogger.
    I hope you will keep writing good posts.
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  9. Hi Gloson, first time commenting on the blog. I am absolutely taken back by how well you write for such a young man. It’s incredibly impressive. And that is one nice traffic spike :-)

    I once had something re-tweeted by someone with influence on twitter and its awesome. The domino effect is pretty cool where people re-tweet the power users tweet.

    Anyway, great post. Hopefully i will comment some more on the blog in the future.
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  10. Congrats for getting 3000 visitors for a single article. Twitter is an easy to use social site and if effectively used can do wonders for your blog.
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  11. Yes Gloson, its only the quality that matters. I checked your that article long back and I must say, this is one of the best article and that is the reason jon (@AdvicetoWriters) tweeted on his quality twitter account which resulted in very heavy traffic.
    Pritam @ Speakasia´s last blog post ..What is the fate of SpeakAsia

    1. Hi Gloson, thanks for sharing this awesome tips. I have also experience a traffic spikes before and I know how I feel when the traffic went back to the normal rate and even went lower than how it was before.

      This is super Epic!

    2. Hi Pritam,

      Thank you very much Pritam. I’m glad you enjoyed that post I wrote about grammar. :) Yeah, I agree with what you said which is quality matters.


  12. Wow! That is amazing, good for your man! Not everyone have this chance.
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  13. Gloson , To be a good blogger one has to face different situations. Some time traffic is high and some time its low. But good knowledge of handling traffic can increase your blog popularity with a little effort. Few months ago one of my post got discovered by StumbleUpon user , the traffic was 3k-4k per day for around 5-7 days. Then the traffic started decreasing then I thought I have to implement some experience , So placed widgets of blog networks traffic exchange. Which doubled m traffic and got the same post popular on an another social bookmarking site.
    Sarv007@ Cloud Computing Techie´s last blog post ..Cloud Anywhere- Apps for Your Mobile Device

    1. This is a great achievement, stumbleupon is really cool way to get awesome traffic to your blog. Thanks for this tips :)

    2. Hi! Wow, thanks for sharing your experience. 3k-4k per day? You serious? That means in about a week you’ve received approx. 21,000 visitors. That’s amazing! :)


      1. Yea ! I got around 41k stumbles on my post “Top 10 Internet Fails” and then it was discovered by a Jeomonster user. But Stumbleupon increases the bounce rate and are not good for adsense.
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  14. That’s pretty amazing, really. Btw: the “resposne” was way better that what you suggest: it’s 5%, not 0.05%. Just sayin’..

    1. Hi Dave.

      Thanks, you attentive mathematical whiz! Corrected. I must have forgotten to convert the decimal into percentage, and ended up percentagizing the decimal. Thanks for the math lesson. =)


  15. Congrats on that! I’ve experienced something similar, so I can relate. In 2007 I awoke and checked my stats to see 18-thousand hits???????? I had accidentally posted about someone and something two months earlier – the story then suddenly made national news, and I was the only thing on the internet (for about 5 hours) that had anything on topic!

    Nice feeling. Rare occurance! It would be nice if we had magic dust we could sprinkle on our keyboards and make everything

    1. Hi Dave,

      Woooow, your story made national news? That’s AWESOME! :D It must be a really happy experience for you. But the thing is there is no magic dust. :P


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