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Would you Prefer More Blog Readers or Twitter Followers?

Posted By Darren Rowse 14th of March 2009 Reader Questions 0 Comments

I’m running this poll over at TwiTip but thought it’d be interesting to run it here on ProBlogger too as the topic is relevant to both audiences and I was curious to see if there would be any difference in the responses on the two blogs (given their topics cover the two options.

Which do you value and prefer most – Blog Readers or Twitter followers? And why?


Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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  • As many people here have already said, there is no way to monetise your twitter followers (yet), save by sending them to your blog.

    And finding a way to monetise twitter would defeat the whole point of microblogging.

  • Twitter is also another source for getting traffic to the blog .

  • Twitter follower are more passive while Blog reader on the other end are faithful readers.

  • More blog readers by far. What would be even better more interaction on the blog.

    It kinda makes one feel….loved.

  • Both. But if I have to choose (in this case, I do), then it is blog readers because a) I need a reason to keep writing articles and b) they might make me some money by clicking on my adverts. :-)

    But Twitter is great for drumming up interest, referrals, etc.

  • I prefere more blog readers, because there I can (in the future) monetise my blog. Twitter is a nice tool, not more.

  • I prefer blog readers to Twitter followers .Quite amazed by the fact that a lot of people feel the same.

    Twitter is a micro-blog.A 140 char long story or a link is never interesting.People like me love description and elaboration.Ultimately,any twitter post links to a blog post.The quality of the post is checked in the blog but not on Twitter.

    Also,it’s the blog readers that can bring good income to you..:)

  • Blog readers definitely. I write in a lot more detail and value comments more on my blog than any rubbish I write on twitter.

  • I prefer blog readers rather than twitter followers.

  • I don’t feel as if a tweet or two can capture a whole thought. I’m working on it but just not quite there.

  • Writing a historical novel online, so blog readers first choice. Twitter is good for promo ( and light relief!)

  • Even though twitter is getting all the attention, we must not forget why we join twitter. To get more exposure to our blog. So I’d rather have more blog readers.

    I wrote a whole post inspired from this post

  • I think both are important.

  • Hmmm that is truely confusing and quiet worth thinking. Well generally i think we need followers…cause they carries the whole package!, they follow because they have read it. That could possible be, but…let me try to explain it in my site.

  • For now Blog Readers because Twitter is still in its infancy.

    Many non-internet marketing ppl see Twitter as a “childish” type of thing…but I believe this perception will evolve. Until then, I need as many blog readers as possible!

  • I started getting some twitter followers and I guess that I will keep working on it. Until now I prefer my blog readers but maybe after I get many twitter followers I start liking the twitter followers. Who knows.

    Mohammad Afaq
    Free Website Traffic

  • I joined Twitter only last week and i still have not figured out how it works. Coming to your question i prefer blog followers to twitter followers. On second thought what is the point of having followers if they do not click on the ads?

  • i want both of them lol

  • I’m new to both, and I’d prefer blog readers because I know they chose to be there.

    Twitter is great to be exposed to new audiences and to quickly learn about new ideas and have immediate feedback. However, there seems to be a lot of people on Twitter just looking for an automatic follow and playing it as a popularity contest. sikiş I’ve followed – and then unfollowed – people who have thousands of followers but don’t seem to have anything interesting to share or talk about.

  • I would prefer more blog readers, but I view Twitter followers as very important because they are ultimately driving traffic to your site by spreading your message.

    In response to the very first post, it is certainly possible to monetize Twitter. John Chow mentioned it in his blog post titled “Blog Marketing Vs. Email Marketing Vs. Twitter Marketing.”