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So, Your Twitter Account Is Suspended. Why? And Now What?


“Your Twitter account has been suspended.”

DA DA DAAA!

NO ONE wants to hear that… like, EVER… ? ?

Yet, with Twitter continuously changing the Twitter Rulebook (and, by the way, it’s YOUR, Twitter user’s, responsibility to stay on top of those changes!), it’s nearly impossible to keep your Twitter account squeaky clean.

I know exactly how you feel. I had not one, but several Twitter accounts suspended at one point or another.

Full disclosure: some of my Twitter account suspensions didn’t exactly come as a surprise… I knew I was playing with fire! ??‍♀️?

Learn more about my Twitter account suspensions in the best Twitter tools post.

Whether you knew you were breaking Twitter rules that got your Twitter account suspended or not (that’s between you and you! 😉 ), let’s take a look at

  • several common cases of why Twitter accounts get suspended,
  • what (if anything) you can do to get your account back,
  • what to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Sorry, Kids: Their Turf, Their Terms

What, on earth?…

You are right, this doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with your Twitter account suspension.

However, since humans now have a SHORTER attention span than your childhood friend, the goldfish (I know, right?!!! We ought to be ashamed of ourselves! ??), something I’d normally save for the end of the post has to be said now – while I have your FULL ATTENTION.

Yes, it’s THAT important!

Before we talk about your Twitter account suspension, let me say this (because you have a short attention span!)

per recent Microsoft study

Before we talk about your Twitter account suspension, let me say this (because your attention span is shorter than...)

Still with me? Or are you completely distracted by my masterful content repurposing?… (in this case, summing up the very long Microsoft study in two images.)

Wait, where were we? I’m so distracted… ?? Oh, yes, something really important

When using third-party platforms (any website you don’t own, in other words), you are completely at their mercy.

You are not ‘entitled’ to anything.

Their platform. Their rules. Their last word.

If they were to close their doors tomorrow (like Google+ just did), everything you’ve built on that platform is done for.

Thank goodness, a platform closing down for good is extremely rare.

But what about…

  • Google algorithm changes?
  • Facebook Zero reach?
  • Twitter API changes?

Speaking of Google algorithm changes, did you know Google changes it around 500–600 times per year? ??

No one can protect you from platform changes. All you can do is suck it up and adapt.

So, if your Twitter account is suspended, you’ll find yourself at the mercy of a random Twitter employee to plead your case to. And, let me tell you, they haven’t been that merciful, as of late…

Now… when I said, “All you can do is suck it up and adapt“, I was only half-serious.

There IS something you can and SHOULD do to protect yourself.

When using ANY third-party platform (Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare, Medium, whatever), your goal is to bring people you engage with back to your site as quickly (but spam-free-ly!!!) as possible, then build those relationships on your own turf and terms.

That’s precisely why I wasn’t crying when my Twitter accounts got suspended. At least, I milked them for all the website traffic I could before I was busted. 😉

(Details in the best Twitter tools post mentioned above; take a look at it when you are done here.)

Alrighty; moving on.

Was Your Twitter Account Suspended Because…

You know that message you got when your Twitter account got suspended?

It went something like this:

Hi,

The following behaviors are violations of the Twitter Rules:

  • Creating serial and/or multiple accounts with overlapping use cases
  • Cross-posting Tweets or links across accounts
  • Aggressive following, particularly through automated means

As such, these accounts will remain suspended.

Gut-wrenching, I know.

Let’s see if your Twitter account was suspended or restricted due to…

Was your Twitter account suspended due to repeatedly posting duplicate content to one or multiple accounts you run?

You used to read it everywhere, “Post your tweets multiple times to make sure your followers actually see your content!”

Oh, yes, the good ol’ golden standard of making yourself visible on Twitter…

No longer the case.

Twitter rules state:

You may not post duplicative or substantially similar Tweets on one account or over multiple accounts you operate.

So, whether you used to:

  • post the same tweet to multiple accounts you run,

OR

  • schedule/recycle the same tweet to go out hours or days apart

…it’s now against Twitter rules.

This one definitely hit HARD.

Take a look at this Twitter forum thread:

Will tweeting links to my new blog posts get my Twitter account suspended?

A Twitter employee replies:

Twitter responds to Will tweeting links to my new blog posts get my Twitter account suspended?

Yet another question follows:

Clarification on Will tweeting links to my new blog posts get my Twitter account suspended, please?

To that, Twitter says, “Sorry, we aren’t here to entertain every question about our policies.”

There you have it.

A whole list of don’ts and only one way to do:

  • craft each tweet thoughtfully,
  • post it manually (once),
  • then rinse and repeat.

Hey, I am all for maintaining/re-establishing quality content on Twitter, but realistically?… who has the time to market on Twitter ‘to a T’?

But then again… if more and more marketers stop using Twitter to promote their businesses, wouldn’t that create a great opportunity for those of us who don’t mind putting some elbow grease into it? ???

If you do want to share the same post across multiple profiles or to repeat it on your own profile, Twitter recommends that you retweet your original post.

Buuuuut… not too much 😉 , because ?

Another way to get into trouble with Twitter and get your account suspended is:

Was your Twitter account suspended due to liking and/or retweeting too many tweets at once?

Doing it ‘aggressively‘, in other words.

And it’s up to Twitter to decide whether what you are doing is aggressive or not. How convenient, right?

I once had a brand new Twitter account suspended within an hour of its creation for that very reason: I engaged with (liked, @mentioned) and retweeted too many posts within that hour.

Arrrrrggggghhhh….

Truthfully, what I was trying to do was to make my account look less ghost-towny! Since I didn’t want to tweet out a bunch of Traffic Generation Café posts (that was too spammy for my taste, ironically!), I decided to spread some retweeting/engagement wealth to the people I had started to follow.

Alas, that was exactly what got me banned! ??

So, how do you stay out of this kind of Twitter trouble?

Let’s say you go to your Twitter timeline to do that manual thing Twitter wants us to do – converse, engage, relate, be present.

Don’t just go nuts and like every tweet you see!

Give yourself a limit – let’s say to like 5 tweets, to retweet 5 tweets with a thoughtful comment to go with each one, and to share one of your blog posts in-between.

Better yet, do this 2-3 times per day.

OR better better yet, establish an easy-to-follow daily Twitter routine to make sure you make the most of Twitter within the least amount of time.

Read How to Manage Twitter Like a Pro [Your Daily Twitter Routine] to… well, learn how to manage Twitter like a pro 😉 !

Onto the next most common reason to get your Twitter account suspended.

Was your Twitter account suspended due to aggressively following and unfollowing Twitter users?

Twitter considers it spam:

…if you have followed and/or unfollowed a large number of of accounts in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive following or follower churn).

And, as if that was unclear in any way, here’s more:

Twitter clarifies policy on aggressive following and inorganic following behavior

Following/unfollowing users was always a huge part of my Twitter marketing strategy.

So much so that I don’t mind going a bit gray hat on this one every once in while.

Learn more: Best Twitter Tools to Get More Twitter Followers in 2019

The next way to earn a Twitter account suspension is closely related to automatically following/unfollowing users.

Was your Twitter account suspended due to using or promoting any tools to automatically add Twitter followers or engagements?

Twitter considers it spam:

…if you sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions (such as followers, Retweets, likes, etc.); and

…if you use or promote third-party services or apps that claim to get you more followers, Retweets, or likes (such as follower trains, sites promising “more followers fast”, or any other site that offers to automatically add followers or engagements to your account or Tweets).

Totally get it.

It’s one thing to use a Twitter automation tool to make your life of getting more followers easier (but you still have to do the work!!!), and it’s something completely different and definitely spammy to outright BUY followers, Retweets, likes, etc.

This one is easy: DON’T DO IT.

Was your Twitter account suspended due to abusing trending topics or hashtags?

Twitter considers it spam:

…if you post multiple updates to a trending or popular topic with an intent to subvert or manipulate the topic to drive traffic or attention to unrelated accounts, products, services, or initiatives.

Say, you create a tweet, then add a popular/trending hashtag to it – not because it’s relevant, but because you want your tweet to be seen by the people following the topic.

That example is a clearly spammy and unacceptable way to market your business.

I am sure most of you don’t do that, but there are many other ways to abuse trending topics… be assured that Twitter is monitoring that one very closely.

Was your Twitter account suspended due to posting affiliate links?

Twitter considers it spam:

…if you post misleading, deceptive, or malicious links (e.g., affiliate links, links to malware/clickjacking pages, etc.).

Social media is NOT a storefront. Not the right place to make a sale… unless you are paying for ads, of course.

Bring your followers back to your site. THEN convert them.

Speaking of affiliate marketing, read my recommendations on the best affiliate marketing programs to promote.

Twitter Account Suspension and Other Ways to Get Spanked

Now comes the hard part: paying for your Twitter indiscretions.

I’ve got some good…. aaaaaand some bad news for you.

The good news is Twitter is genuinely trying to make the platform better for everyone.

And they ‘aren’t there to getcha…

Should they feel that your otherwise healthy Twitter account is getting into a bit of trouble with Twitter rules, they won’t just ban you, I promise.

They’ll try to warn you first (most often, send you an email notification), then might give you a slap on the wrist.

For instance:

Twitter Might Require Tweet Removal

Twitter wants to ensure that:

…we are not being overly harsh with an otherwise healthy account that made a mistake and violated our Rules.

If Twitter determines that your tweet violated the Twitter Rules:

  1. They’ll send you an email to let you know which tweet is in violation and which specific rule it violated.
  2. You then can either remove the offending tweet or
  3. …appeal it if you believe Twitter made an error.

(Hmmm… Remove it and count your blessings!!! ?)

While Twitter is waiting for you to remove the tweet, they’ll replace the original content with a notice stating that the tweet is no longer available because it violated Twitter Rules.

This notice will stay for 14 days after the tweet was removed.

Twitter Might Place an Account in Read-Only Mode

Once again, this slap on the wrist is reserved for an otherwise healthy account that is ‘in the middle of an abusive episode‘, as Twitter puts it.

In this case, Twitter might temporarily make your account read-only, limiting your ability to Tweet, Retweet, or Like content until ‘calmer heads prevail‘.

If that’s your punishment, then:

  • You’ll still be able to read your timeline.
  • You’ll only be able to send Direct Messages to your followers.
  • Others will still be able to see and engage with the account.

The duration of this enforcement action can range from 12 hours to 7 days, depending on the nature of the violation.

Twitter Might Make Your Tweets and/or Account Less Visible

This is something that’s referred to as ‘restricting or limiting an account or content’ throughout Twitter Rules, yet there’s no specific section that explains what it is.

From what I could gather, it sounds like Twitter might limit (a.k.a not show) your account or tweets in search results, replies, and on timelines.

The only other piece of info we have is:

Limiting Tweet visibility depends on a number of signals about the nature of the interaction and the quality of the content.

Twitter Might Make You Verify Your Account

This helps Twitter weed out violators who are abusing Twitter multiple accounts rules – operating those to spam Twitter users, for instance.

If Twitter suspects you are running one of those Twitter spam rings, they will lock your account (remove it from follower counts, Retweets, and likes) and require you to verify account ownership with a phone number or email address.

Twitter Account Suspension or Permanent Suspension

Compared to a Twitter account suspension, all previous enforcement actions were just that: slaps on the rist.

Account suspensions happen if Twitter determines that a person

  • has violated Twitter Rules in a particularly egregious way,
    or
  • has repeatedly violated them even after receiving notifications from Twitter.

When Twitter suspends an account, they notify the account owner via email and explain which policy or policies he/she has violated and which content is in violation.

What to Do If Your Twitter Account Is Suspended

That’s the good news: if you believe Twitter made a mistake, you can appeal your account suspension.

=> Follow this link to file a report

The bad news is if you appeal is denied, your Twitter account suspension becomes permanent.

Twitter will remove your account from global view AND you will not be allowed to create new accounts.

Yes, it’s very sad and very final…

Marketing Takeaway

Phew!…

Bookmark this post and use it as a guide of what not to do to remain in good standing with Twitter.

It’s definitely a lot easier to follow Twitter rules than to deal with a Twitter account suspension!





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Want a new website before 2022?


Most of us start the year with goals: those things we hope to accomplish between each year’s New Years’ party. For some, it’s a company mandate. For others, it’s self-driven. No matter the root of your goals, the 2021 calendar indicates that we’re halfway to the end-of-year deadline. 

I’ve heard from several folks who said they want a new website before the end of the year. One of them said, “Yeah – I’ll start looking into it in the fall.” While his intentions were good, his timeline was anything but.

Understanding how long it takes to complete a project is vital to setting deadlines for your goals. Over the years, I’ve often had conversations with executives who believe a professional, high-quality new website can be created in three or four weeks. While that may be true in some situations, my experience of watching and being a part of hundreds of website builds tells me it is a misguided assumption. 

There are several key things to consider when sketching out your new website timeline:

First – what is the caliber of website you are expecting?

Do you want it to be a strategic marketing vehicle that generates new business leads and reassures prospective customers? Strategy takes time to develop if it is based on data. Pouring over analytics reports, potential keywords to employ, and user data is not an overnight task.  Do you desire quality content? Great copywriters can work quickly – but if they don’t have time to properly research your brand and your industry, the words on the page may not motivate customers to buy from you. 

Great websites are built using a proven process. In fact, the process Engenius uses has undergone a decade of refinement and now has over one hundred fifty steps to ensure that every website produced achieves a minimum level of quality. High-quality websites that achieve revenue-based results are not built in a day. (Interested in learning more? Start the conversation.)

Second – how much preparation have you given to the process?

Have you considered a list of competitor websites that appear to be successful? Have you taken time to understand your own brand enough to articulate it well to a marketing firm? Have you documented your sales process and how you hope to receive leads from your new website? 

It is not vital to do all of these things before talking to a web design firm; in fact, they may be able to help you answer these questions. It is important, however, to realize that answering these questions takes time.

Third – how much time and what level of priority can you devote to your new website?

If you are thinking you can hand a pile of paper to your website company and walk away, you are mistaken. In our modern world, your website is the hub of your entire marketing strategy. Devoting time to the scheduled review checkpoints with your website team will ultimately determine the success of the project. 

Only you work in your business day-in and day-out, meeting with customers, understanding the needs of those you work with. Your website team should be experts in developing great websites – but you cannot expect them to know every nuance of your company, your brand, and your approach to sales and marketing. Put succinctly: you must make time to be available to your website team throughout the process.

Determining how much time you have to devote to the website build process is vital for setting your own expectations. If you are going to let weeks elapse between giving content, reviewing, giving feedback, and approval to your website team, then expect the project to last a while. If you have the flexibility to review and give approval within two days, expect the project to move along at a more normal pace.

My experience tells me that a great modern website takes about three months to build, from the day the contract is signed to the day it launches – IF everything is optimal, the client doesn’t take a vacation in the middle of the project, and the client responds within two business days to all requests. However, because many clients have multiple priorities to juggle and the new website is merely one of them, most great website projects take between four and five months to realistically get from contract to launch.

Is a new website a goal you set for 2021?

If launching before the ball drops on New Year’s is a priority, now is the time to get your ducks in a row and begin the process. Waiting until fall to even start talking about it will only lead to one of two things: sacrificing quality or missing your deadline. 



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How To Make Money Writing and Selling Your EBooks Online


Today, the popularity of eBooks has opened up opportunities to both writers and non-writers. You can make money writing and selling your ebooks online as a freelance writer or by hiring a ghostwriter to do it for you.

The EASIEST Ways To Earn Extra Cash Online…

It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced wordsmith or a newbie writer, you can make money writing fiction or non-fiction ebooks. Still curious on how you can make money writing ebooks? This article will fill you in with all the details so read on.

How To Start Writing eBooks

1. Choose a Topic 

The first step to making money writing and selling ebooks is to find a topic you want to write about. If you have a blog, you can write an ebook on the topic of your blog. If not, you can write on any topic once you can provide valuable content.

Have you already written articles and blog posts for others on a niche topic? Then you’re already in the perfect position to write ebooks on that topic for you to sell to potential customers. 

Have a think about what subjects you enjoy writing about. Once you’ve chosen your topic, what’s next!

2. Write Your eBook

Now that you know what topic you wish to focus on, start writing a helpful ebook that you know will solve a problem for your readers, something they will need, want and love. 

You can easily do this in Microsoft Word and Google Docs in the first instance before converting and making your ebook compatible with a number of online ebook platforms. Go here for a tutorial.

3. Design Your eBook

The next step is to make sure that your eBook stands out from the crowd by designing a great cover with a professional and attractive look. 

You can do this yourself using an application like Canva which has great templates that can be easily updated, or you can choose to pay someone to design your ebook for you. 

Fiverr is a great place to find a graphic designer if you don’t have the design experience. With a stunning cover design, your ebook can grab the attention of your ideal target readers.

4. Upload Your EBook

Once you are happy with the content and design of your ebook you can upload or publish your book online. There are several places where you can upload your ebook and they are as follows:

You can upload your ebook to your very own blog or site. You can add payment buttons by selling your digital products through a third party provider like Gumroad, Sendowl, Easy Digital Downloads, Shopify Lite, Payhip, or Woocommerce and quickly collect your payments through PayPal, Stripe and other payment gateways.

Amazon has a worldwide audience, so uploading your book to their site can attract a huge number of buyers. You can upload the Amazon link of your ebook to your own blog or site and it’s both FREE and easy to get started!

  • iBooks is another which is a part of the Apple ebook platform similar to Kindle publishing.
  • You can self-publish your ebooks via Smashwords another reputable platform. Smashwords allows you to distribute your e-books to the Apple iBookstore, the Sony Reader Store, Kobo, and more distributors.
  • Blurb.com works in a similar way to Smashwords and allows you to sell your ebook on the Blurb bookstore and connect to other online stores such as Amazon, iBooksstore. 

4. Promote Your eBook

Once you have done steps one through three how are you going to promote your book to get those sales? 

Writing an attention grabbing description of your ebook with useful keywords will help to sell it quicker. You can use any of the social media platforms to promote and market your ebook such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and, of course if you already have a blog or site you can definitely promote it there too. 

You can use additional incentives such as coupon codes for introductory price reductions that can be redeemed at checkout.

You can also use other promoting strategies such as offering a giveaway, writing guest posts on other bloggers sites promoting your ebook, taking part in podcast interviews and even doing paid ads.

Another great method to promote your ebook is to share testimonials. You can get a small number of beta testers to review your ebook, use their positive reviews and share it on your blog or site and all relevant social media platforms.

Now that you’ve done the planning, creation and promoting, it’s time to sell your books. Continue reading to find out the best places to sell your ebooks,

Where Should I Sell My EBook?

Once you have published your ebooks online the aim is to earn money each time a copy is sold. Here are the best places to sell your ebook online:

1. Your Blog

As mentioned before, you can sell your ebooks directly on your own blog, keeping the majority of the profits. Keep in mind that the more traffic you generate on your blog the more money you can earn from the sale of your ebook. 

If you want the best results when selling on your blog make sure to write about the topics you blog about in a friendly and informative tone. That way, you will have an audience that is interested in your niche. The more readers that go to your blog will increase your chances of selling more ebooks.

Again, continue to promote your blog and ebooks through article marketing, social media networks, writing guest posts, and the many other methods.

2. Affiliate Programs

If you have been receiving a positive number of monthly sales and a lot of inquiries, you can set up an affiliate program for interested bloggers, writers, or anyone that wants to promote your ebooks. 

This is an excellent way for others to promote your ebook to a new audience and for you to make more money, gain new followers and help others promoting your ebook to earn money as well.

So how does it work? Your affiliate partners will do all the marketing of your books online via their own blogs, sites, social networks, or other channels and you will pay them an agreed amount of money for each sale brought about by their marketing effort. 

I recommend using SendOwl. With this platform you can provide each person with a unique affiliate link that they will share with their followers. This is one of the easiest ways to sell your ebooks online.

3. Online Platforms

There are a variety of other places on the internet where you can publish and sell your ebooks to make money every month. Here are a few more online platforms you can use to sell your ebooks to your targeted audience: 

4. Amazon

If you want to sell your books online, Amazon is the best place to get the exposure your online book needs to get sold. You can list your ebooks on Amazon paying a fixed amount as service fees. When a copy of your ebook is sold, you earn 70% of the sale. Amazon is a great selling platform that allows you to reach a much larger audience.

5. Kindle Store

With the Amazon Kindle store, you can publish ebooks on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to make money online. Publishing on the Amazon Kindle store is a lucrative way to earn money from your ebook. The Kindle app can be used on almost any device such as iPads, smartphones with the advantage of reaching a global audience.

6. Google Play Books

Beside downloading apps on Google Play, a great place that you may not have thought of is Google Play Books. You will earn a 70% split on any ebook sold. It’s very simple to sign up to.

7. eBay

Although it’s not the first place you would think of, you can list your ebooks on eBay and sell them online. You pay a cut of the sale price for each transaction to eBay.

Tips on Making Money Selling eBooks

  • Content: The key to making money by writing and selling ebooks online is to write well-researched and informative content that provides a solution to a common problem people may have.
  • Non-Fiction: If you are writing non-fiction, make sure you write valuable, in-depth content that your readers will find helpful as there may be similar ebooks on that topic online already.
  • Cover: Have a great cover design that looks eye-catching and grabs the readers’ attention.
  • Reviews: If you are selling through Amazon, encourage buyers to leave an honest review. Getting reviews will help your ebook rank higher in search results on Google and other search engines so more prospective buyers can find and buy it.

Final Thoughts on Writing eBooks to Sell

Hopefully you’ve been inspired by the information to write and sell ebooks. Why not start writing a useful digital book? The positives of this profitable online business is that all age groups; teens, stay at home moms, and retirees are able to create, design and publish online books. 

To be successful as an ebook writer and seller, you must write great content on a desirable topic, have a well-designed cover, promote it on social media once it is published, and sell it via the various online platforms. Now is the time for you to enter this lucrative business and share this idea with others!

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