How I Got 3000 Visitors from a Single Tweet by a Power User

By Gloson On May 24, 2011 Under Case Studies
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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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187 Comments Add yours

  1. Ian

    October 10, 2011
    8:32 pm

    That really is extraordinary Gloson, and the best part about it is that this is a measurable result. 3000 visits from any source would be great, but this just shows how influential one person’s recommendation can be. We are all highly influenced by what others do and like and Twitter is a good example of this. Personally I can’t imagine how anyone can have 60,000 followers, unless they are a well known celebrity, but that seems to be the case here. Keep up the good work. Now i have to try to work out how to do the same thing myself……:-)

  2. zes

    October 11, 2011
    4:31 am

    This is very inspiring Gloson! I never imagined twitter can really be that powerful and helpful to a blog. Amazing really. Now, I think I will be visiting your site very often. Thanks a lot!

  3. Reamona

    October 14, 2011
    2:32 am

    You’re awesome!You did it.Just pursue what you wanted in life,you’re such a smart person.Goodluck to your career.

  4. Hendrik@Linkaufbau

    October 14, 2011
    10:46 pm

    Wow! It is interesting to see how you got 3000 visitors from a single tweet. This is the power of social media marketing and there is no surprise why twitter is listed among the top 5 websites on the internet.

    I have read the other post wherein you have explained us about the 9 common confusing confusions in English. That post was very interesting. It is very important for new freelance writers to learn these tips so that they do not get confused while writing articles.
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  5. bloggingtalks

    October 16, 2011
    12:17 am

    thats awesome ,,,really best of luck for your success
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  6. Satrap@ Make Money Online

    October 17, 2011
    6:45 am

    Wow, Amazing stuff Gloson. Well done!

    You touched on on point that I think lots of people over look and thats having “real followers”. We are constantly told that you have to increase your twitter followers and lot of people dont realize that its the quality that matters not the quantity. Thanks.
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  7. Jack Usman

    October 17, 2011
    5:11 pm

    After reading this article post. I can say WOW! Its great you got a 3,000 visitors in just 1 tweet? Awesome.

  8. Greg@Snow Blower

    October 18, 2011
    4:04 pm

    You did absolutely a great job! Getting 3000 visitors is such an achievement for you! Not everybody will surely reach this success. I wonder what’s the next successful post you’ll have in the future!

  9. Atishay Jain @ Tech Blog

    October 20, 2011
    3:04 pm

    As Jon has more than 60,000 followers and also you mentioned that he gives top-notch advice for writers then it is genuine to get lot of visitors on his single tweet on twitter. I wonder if i can get so many visitors like you get in in one day. It is amazing ti get this type of surprises from your google analytics account.
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  10. jorge

    October 25, 2011
    7:31 pm

    Wow! that is amazing! I trying to copy what you did and see if I get the same. I hope to get the same results. :)
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  11. Rob Benwell

    October 27, 2011
    9:00 pm

    You impressed me so much Gloson. You’re a smart kid and you’ve so much potential in blogging. Keep it up and More Power!
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  12. sindhuja@online examination system

    October 29, 2011
    9:04 pm

    Wow, very great, i can’t even think of 3000 visitor per day.I am eager to try for my website..:)

  13. Abhishek

    November 4, 2011
    12:54 am

    vow,this is really cool,getting 3000 visitors from a single tweet is just like a dream.
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  14. Alexis@St. Louis Product Liability Lawyer

    November 4, 2011
    4:18 pm

    It’s clearly because of the power of the “power people whom you followed and the power of the people whose following him/you” exactly like a domino effect. Twitter is powerful right? Ofcourse! The success lies on the content and into the your followers. Great points!
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  15. Milena

    November 10, 2011
    9:57 pm

    Hey Gloson, you’re a talent!
    What a kid :-)

  16. Helen@design your own hoodie

    November 10, 2011
    11:42 pm

    You hit the nail on the head when you say that quality content is the key – after all, it’s no good getting 3,000 visitors if there’s nothing on the page to keep them there for some time. You obviously went a great deal of effort to produce that blog post but boy did it pay off!

  17. UmairP @ iTechBreak

    November 12, 2011
    1:39 pm

    So all in all, what we need is a good friend who is a power user of twitter. But then again, he has to be a very good friend or else he may charge you. :)
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  18. Athonsy Herry

    November 17, 2011
    4:16 am


    Amazing,I never got something near as you.

    You impressed me,I’ll check your blog daily to check for new updates from you.
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  19. Chirurgia orale

    November 19, 2011
    3:10 am

    Hi Glason,
    wooow! this is an example of the power of social networks

  20. tekkaus

    November 22, 2011
    3:25 pm

    I have received thousands of hits every day…but never from a tweet…wow! How I wish I can be tweeted by a power user as well. Ha :D
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  21. Hayley

    November 23, 2011
    11:34 am

    Wow, Gloson! I wish I was there to give you a big “high 5″! Your title with “confusing confusions” was very catchy, too. It made me want to read it!
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  22. ioana moise @ windows 7 key

    November 25, 2011
    3:24 pm

    Wow Amazing Unbelievable traffic from only one tweet from today i am also going to trying twitter ,thank you for nice post ,

  23. Neil

    November 26, 2011
    1:23 am

    That took some time to come through but what a result,, 3000 in one day. well done, you never know what can happen.

  24. Don Gerig

    November 26, 2011
    4:47 am

    That is pretty inspiring. I have started with using social media on regular basis but obviously have not had this kind of success. I guess this is proof that it needs to be done a certain way in order to be effective. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 28, 2011
    5:31 pm

    Hi there

    You did absolutely a great job! Getting 3000 visitors is such an achievement for you! Not everybody will surely reach this success.



    November 29, 2011
    11:46 am

    very good blog, you make the inspiration for my sister’s blog
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  27. Arjun Rai

    November 30, 2011
    2:55 pm

    This will increase PR and help to have some good money :-D
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  28. make free money online

    December 1, 2011
    1:26 pm

    Wonderful! Just one tweet gave you all that traffic from an article you wrote long time ago!. I have learnt great deal of lesson from reading these which suggest no matter what great content is king.
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  29. Jomson George

    December 1, 2011
    5:29 pm

    That’s amazing…! Yes, Quality content create that much effect on our blog. You proved it. It inspire me and all other newbies too. Thanks for sharing this with us:)
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  30. Sortfolio Clone

    December 7, 2011
    6:18 pm

    i wonder 3000 visits for a single tweet,its amazing..even im going to try twitter to my blog…thanks for sharing such a unbelieving information..

  31. sai krishna

    December 15, 2011
    12:14 am

    really its grate that getting 3,000 visits from a single tweet.keep rocking :)
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  32. Bill Gassett

    January 8, 2012
    11:18 am

    Wow that is absolutely awesome. I cant say I have ever come anywhere close to that kind of twitter business in one day! There is no doubt that must have brought your blog to a new reading level.
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  33. Andrew Bycroft

    February 22, 2012
    4:02 pm

    That is a phenomenal result Gloson. I learned three important lessons from this:

    (1) The Internet provides all of us, no matter what our age or place of origin may be, with a voice to communicate to the world
    (2) Social Media propels word of mouth at lightning speed
    (3) Great content mixed with an element of curiosity work well at attracting visitors

  34. buy and sell

    March 20, 2012
    4:05 pm

    WOw you are a famous kid i checked all your blogs and surprised
    you had a talent and the brain to be successful, i admired you,
    i wish my kids would be just like you , ^^ god bless you kido.

  35. James Martin

    March 21, 2012
    10:41 am

    Impressive write-up Gloson! I actually searched your post and read it for more than 7 minutes! Probably, out of the 9, there are 2 grammar mistakes i often used. Now that i know, thanks to your post, i will never make the same mistake again. Twitter indeed is viral these days, it seems Jon is is a credible writer and trusted to endorse the best pieces found online. Great post by the way, hope you can share more on this topic!
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  36. Amit Kumar

    March 23, 2012
    5:22 am

    wow ..its awesome .. i tweeted approx 3000 but never got 10 % of this .. :)
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  37. Nicholas

    March 28, 2012
    6:09 am

    Thats pretty sick! I wish I had someone with a big twitter group that would be able to tweet my site.

  38. Henry Sim

    March 28, 2012
    5:39 pm

    Wow – the power of tweeter. Your sharing helps me to relate it in real action – very insightful. Never thought that Grammar would attracts. I am a certified TESOL teacher and it’s a challenge to get adult learners to be more passionate in their language learning.
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  39. Michelle

    March 28, 2012
    9:55 pm

    Interesting to note Gloson. Twitter is such a powerful and these kinds of stats just prove it. Social media has become extremely influential. It’s now an important factor in many company’s marketing plans.
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  40. Arjun Rai

    May 30, 2012
    2:57 pm

    Really inspiring post, this post encourage us to archive this position too, and defiantly one of the biggest reason is Social media which helps a lot. Thanks for sharing this information.
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  41. Lee

    June 17, 2012
    9:30 pm

    Hi Gloson, that’s truly inspiring to other internet marketers showing them the power of quality content. Whilst most people put all their efforts into marketing their site with content that offers no value it’s those that produce top quality content that will end up getting rewarded in such a way.
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  42. Eduardo

    July 8, 2012
    7:30 pm

    Hello Gloson,It was my first time I saw Your blog.I saw you from amazing Gloson That I know now that even a 14years old can do blogs.Yes twitter is very powerful to get visitors for some any reason you didn’t know that one morning you will awake to check a blog and probably you get 3000 visitors in just a day.Keep the good work kid.
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