Matt Tuckey is a writer from Oldham, England. He covers celebrities, night life, Manchester, fitness, creative writing, social media, confidence and events. Some of this may, in some way, help others. Or maybe it'll just entertain you for a while.
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case you haven't guessed, this post discusses porn stars. If this is
something you can't handle or don't want to read, go ahead and skip
it. But you could be missing out on a social media goldmine.
over a month ago
I told you I had a plan to get my blog up to 100,000 hits by the 18th
September, using Twitter, this blog
and a third site.
third blog site is Porn Star Tweet, a
syndication of all the tweets being uploaded by all the
English-speaking pornstars of the world. Or, at least, 1500 of the
actors and actresses in the field. I discovered it in this article on
tech blog Mashable. For
more info on the site, and an insight into the world of pornstars who
use Twitter (it's a thing) check out this article on The Daily Beast.
a month I absolutely blitzed Porn Star Tweet, asking as many listed
people as possible to retweet a link to my blog, with the promise of
giving them a good mention here. As the majority of accounts have
over 1000 followers, it wasn't long before the page views started to
ebb and flow in.
wasn't an easy ride, though, (no pun intended) and there were lots of
ups and downs along the way (okay, pun intended). I approached 903
people for an RT. Like Frank Drebin once said in Naked Gun 2+ 1/2,
“It's like having sex. It's a painstaking and arduous task that
seems to go on and on forever, and just when you think things are
going your way, nothing happens.”
someone to RT your blog takes two tweets- one to introduce yourself
and your blog, with a link to the site included, and another to ask
to retweet the first one with a promise of a good mention on the blog
should they agree.
a few pointers I made, throughout the month, about my self-imposed
requesting an RT, follow the individual first. Show commitment.
Also, once you've asked a few hundred people, it makes it easier to
check if you've already approached a particular person. (If you're
following them, you've probably already asked.)
spelling when tweeting. Make sure your tweets look professional.
their name when you ask for the RT- not on the one you want them to
RT. People respond to their name. Show that you're tweeting them
individually. Don't put it on the one you want their followers to
see. Remember, you're addressing them too.
shorten names and be too “friendly” when you address an
individual- you're not their mate. You're still a stranger to them,
so show respect.
manners. Say please. After receiving an RT, always tweet again for
thanks. If a conversation arises, roll with it. Essentially, they're
giving up their time for you. Be nice.
you have some outrageous ablity to hold hundreds of names and
figures in your head, keep a spreadsheet of who you have asked.
Include fields for their name, whether they responded at all,
whether they RTd, their stats to the nearest thousand at the time of
tweeting to them and a notes field.
7 people RTd the wrong post and wouldn't RT the one I asked them to,
despite my pleas. 5 people put my @ handle at the start of the tweet,
essentially tweeting my blog back at me and me only by copying and
pasting the text of the tweet into a new one. Why anyone would do
that when you can click one button to properly RT is beyond me. But,
I suppose that out of the 900 I asked, 5 isn't too bad. You're going
to get the odd person who's not Twitterate.
had other problems throughout the project. Some people won't promote
something uless their name is on it. Others won't promote at all. One
girl told me she would if I “took her to England.” Sometimes
their followers would give me shit if they didn't like my blog.
Another girl replied with a simple “nope”, which surprised me as
it actually took her more effort to write that and send it to me than
to just hit the Retweet button. My skin certainly thickened over the
downside to this form of promotion is that a retweet is a momentary
benefit. It appears in the followers' newsfeeds only to be piled on
top of by hundreds of other tweets from possibly hundreds of other
followers. If they don't see it within minutes of the RT, they may
never do. So the instant surge of hits is helpful, but in a different
way than leaving a comment on a blog post. That post could be hit on
through Google searches at any time in the future.
the middle of this project it transpired that the porn industry was
on shutdown due to a syphilis outbreak.
I'd not picked the best time to approach people, when many people
were suddenly out of work and a few were possibly never to work in
the field again. The atmosphere out there must be tense, so I've got
to give extra credit to those that still wanted to help me at that
a few days of heavy tweeting, the Porn Star Tweet feed was full of
stars I'd already asked. On the right hand side of the site's home
page, there's an alphabetical list of all participants listed, so I
switched to this to blast a few more tweets out, which was quite
effective... until this happened.
didn't occur to me that this was a form of spamming as I only
approached each person once, and if they didn't respond, I moved on.
But after one of Darla Crane's followers showed her displeasure, I
asked my friend Tomleecee if
he thought what I was doing constituted as spamming. “Yes,” he
replied. “And a little neurotic.” Hmm.
personally don't think it is spam as I addressed each person
individually and engaged in conversation when appropriate. Besides,
if it was spam- which it's not- wouldn't the spammer be the retweeter
filling up the timelines of thousands of people, as apposed to the
guy with less than a few hundred followers?
I thought, if my Twitter disappears at least my blog will still be
operational. So I figured it was time to go for broke. I cranked up
the tweeting and the RTs kept trickling in, but as the deadline
closed it became obvious that I wasn't going to make that 100K page
view target unless something incredibly radical happened.
it didn't. I'd started project at 83,784 page views. I'd asked 903
accounts. 251 RTd me. I had just under 93K views at the self-assigned
the time of writing, I still have my Twitter account, so I've had no
Twitter-imposed spam sanctions as yet. I started the project with 450
followers. I finished with 745. Most of them will be spam, but 44 of
them were the porn actresses / actors I approached.
something I haven't discussed in this post yet- something you MUST
have been wondering since you started reading this. It's possibly the
same question that Tomleeceeasked me in a text
after discussing this project. “Why porn stars?! You mentally
unstable Mr Tuckey?”
a good question. Well, the “why porn stars” part, at least. I've
found that traffic comes into my blog from a number of sources-
mostly Google searches and links attached to comments that I left on
other sites. But my stats surged a year or so ago when I started to
ask porn stars for RTs. I'd asked all sorts of people prior to this:
TV presenters, radio jocks, authors and journalists- the majority
downright ignored me. Adult entertainment actors and actresses just
seem, on the whole, more helpful. They are nice people.
who gave me the RTs and the exposure to new audiences? Find these
people by simply typing their name into Twitter's search bar. They
are all worth a follow.
Heather Summers (20)
Kenna Lennon (472) Followed back
Scarlett Monroe (475)
Cheyne Collins (475)
Lacey Logan (483)
Cami Smalls (593)
Ember James (626)
Lesley Cummings (722)
Scott Lyons (735)
Gina DePalma (790)
Gavin Steele (804)
Aiyana Flora (850)
Allie James (870)
Missy Monroe (1K)
Kira Sinn (1K)
Brynn Jay (1K)
Aiyana Flora (1K)
Sands (1K) Ms Sands' words: “I
didn't retweet ur blog cuz u asked,, but becuz I really enjoyed it! I
like ur "ode 2 Beyonce". Great skillz Matt..”
Harper (1K) Followed back
Wilder (1K) Followed back
Kid Dynamite (1K) I
retweeted his fetish site as he asked.
Tommy Pistol (2K)
Nick Da Cannon (2K)
Lee Young (2K)
Shane Dos Santos (2K)
Daniel Hunter (2K)
Casey N Jennifer (2K)
Penny Lynn (2K)
Amber Peach (2K)
Angela Salvagno (2K)
Mike South (2K)
Kimber Peters (2K)
Jody Rose AKA JR
Felicia Flint (2K) Followed back
Barrett Blade (2K)
Angel Kelly (2K)
Jon Jon (2K)
Madison Rose (3K)
Payton Leigh (3K)
Kaylee Evans (3K)
Chris Evans (3K) Married
to Alana Evans, who also RTd
Callie Carter AKA Callie
Beach AKA Goddess Brianna (3K) Ms Beach RTd a few weeks later, which
made a pleasant surprise. Followed back. She RTd a second post off
her own back as she's so nice. Her tweets are syndicated on her site, whereby I got some extra traffic.
Izzy Taylor (3K) Followed
Charlize Danay AKA Deidre
Destiny Sin (3K)
Ariel Piper Fawn (3K)
Ron Getz Lucky (3K)
Mae Olsen (3K)
Christy Wild (3K)
London (4K) Followed back
Mistress C (4K) Followed
Kris Slater (4K)
Tegan Tate (4K)
Hayden Bell (4K)
Kandy Kash (4K)
Teal Conrad (4K)
Ellie Idol (4K)
Bradley Suicide (4K)
Leta AKA Pleasure Bunny (5K)
Sahara Knite (5K)
Anita Peida (5K)
Bella Blaze (5K) Her
words: “Will you buy me a present?” Followed back
Lindy Lane (5K) Says
“Done :) For the record though you're a total nerd.”
LeiLani Love (5K)
St Clare (6K)
Dee (6K) Says “Check out the talent”
Beau (6K) Ms Beau asked me: “Depends,
City or United?” referring to the two Manchester football (soccer)
teams I live near. I said I'm interested in combat sports only.
Although I also regaled the time I got stuck in Old Trafford's lift
with a group of hot women at my graduation ball. This was a good
enough anecdote to get me an RT.
Mandy Armani (6K)
Favourited. Ms Armani wants to switch jobs! If only my blogging was a
real job. I think if she found herself babysitting a photocopier for
9 hours a day in rain-drenched, recession-battered Oldham she'd be
quite happy to go back to porn. (Not sure the same could be said for
me if I was swording in San Fernando, mind.)
Sasha Sparks (6K) Twitter
slipped up when Ms Sparks fired out the RT. I only got notified 23
hours later, and through email, not in my mentions. Her message was
lovely though. “no prob! Wish more ppl could learn from u- just b
direct, honest & respectful- & doors will fly open for u!”
Kaz B (6K) Followed back
Nico Luna (6K)
Ashley Renee (6K)
Lucky Starr (6K)
Eric John (6K)
Ana Foxxx (6K)
Ainsley Addison (6K)
Xander Corvus (6K)
Asia Zo (7K)
Brittany Blaze (7K)
Star (8K) Followed back
Kali Dreams (7K)
Shane Diesel (7K)
Victoria Love (7K)
Darcy Tyler (7K)
Mari Possa (7K) When I
checked her profile I found she already follows me. Word must be
Evilyn Fierce (8K)
Zoey Kush (8K)
Scarlett Fay (8K) Says
she “expects a warm reception if she comes to England.” If you
come to the North West, Ms Fay, it's guaranteed.
Jessica Jensen (8K) I saw
a tweet of Ms Jensen's whilst I was on the Twitter page of another
porn star. She had tweeted to Michelle B not long before I'd landed
on Ms B's page, so I fired a request out to Jessica knowing she
would see it. I tried to keep my eyes peeled for opportunities
throughout, rather than just sticking to Porn Star Tweet's newsfeed.
Dawn Marie (8K) Followed
Angelina Black (8K)
De Luca (9K)
Rita Faltoyano (9K)
Kaos (9K) RTd her sitein return, as she asked. Followed back)
Tara Holiday (9K)
India Babe (9K) A girl
from my home city of Manchester!
Venton (10K) Followed back
Candy Alexa (10K)
Lori Anderson (10K)
Still (10K) Followed me first. Presumably my name is doing the rounds
in the industry!
Phoenix (10K) Followed back
Alia Starr (10K)
Rayne Falls (10K)
Brenda James (10K)
Claudia Valentine (11K)
Sabrina Linn (11K)
Favourited. Followed back
Stacy Burke (12K)
Tara Lynn Foxx (12K)
Carey Riley (12K)
Rebecca Jessop (12K)
Christina Carter (12K)
Kenzie Karter (12K)
Dan Leal AKA Porno Dan
(12K) Owner of Immoral Productions porn studio.
Amber Lynn Bach (12K)
Tori Taylor (13K)
Sienna Hills (13K)
Shay Hendrix (14K)
Anita Dark (14K)
Lola Foxx (14K)
Jill Kelly (14K)
Alyssa Branch (14K)
Eva Karera (14K)
Alicia Loren (14K)
Alexis Silver (15K)
Jordin Skye (15K)
Tegan Summers (15K)
April Flores (15K)
Lee (15K) Followed back
Courtney Page (16K)
Danica Dillon (16K)
Erin Marxxx (16K)
Heidi Hanson (17K)
Leilani Leeane (18K)
Jayda Diamonde (18K)
Morgan Ray (18K)
Moxxie Maddron (18K)
Charlotte Stokely (18K)
Cassandra Cruz (18K)
Followed back. Says I “sorta look like michael fassbender” (sic).
I'm not complaining!
Tristan Jaxx (18K) Who
else can say they've had their blog RTd by a gay DJ porn star?
Darla Crane (18K)
Natasha Star (19K)
Jessi Palmer (19K)
Amber Chase (21K)
Aryana Augustine (22K)
Ariella Ferrera (23K)
Kaci Starr (23K)
Sammie Spades (24K)
Nicki Blue (24K) Followed
back, and thanked me!
Mr Pete (25K)
Paige Turnah (25K)
Misty Stone (25K)
Diana DeVoe (25K)
Amber Ashlee (26K)
Rachel Aziani (26K)
Delilah Strong (27K)
Syren De Mer (27K)
Michelle Maylene (28K)
Misti Dawn (28K)
Liz Viscious (29K)
Lexxxi Lockhart (29K)
Ashlynn Leigh (31K)
Supasized ass cheeks
Dee Siren (31K)
Ava Devine (32K) Her
words: “hey baby! I love British cock!”
Heather Starlet (33K)
Karlie Montana (34K)
Veronica Rodriguez (35K)
Capri Anderson (38K)
Evans (38K) Married to Chris Evans, who also RTd
Nicole Aniston (40K)
Amy Anderssen (40K)
Courtney Taylor (43K)
Emy Reyes (46K) Her
words: “Check it out lovers!”
Selena Rose (47K)
Jordan Kingsley (48K)
Aurora Snow (50K)
Chanel Preston (50K)
Leyla Black (53K)
Nikki Delano (55K)
Carmen Valentina (58K)
Ava Rose (61K)
(67K) Getting traffic from her website as it shows her tweets
Daisy Rock (76K)
Breanne Benson (86K)
Eden (112K) Her words, in relation to my Ten Predictions post: “Cool stuff. Although i think that nostalgia
will NEVER die ;) RT coming. ;) Good luck.”
Brooklyn Lee (142K)
Brianna Jordan (160K)
And my top retweeter...
Britney Maclin AKA Bibi
Here's how my stats
looked by the end of the month.
At the peak, when I was
asking all of the regular tweeters, I was getting 1200 hits a day.
In conclusion, I can't
thank all the retweeters enough- you didn't have to do as I asked;
you did it out of kindess and I appreciate it. I think that, in
retrospect, a task like this can become obsessive- I was on the edge
of my seat waiting to see who the next retweeter will be, and how it
affects my stats. Focussing on it for a month can take the balance
out of your life. You forget to do housework. You run out of milk.
And, like Lindy Lane suggested, it is very nerdy. I would say that
asking for retweets- whether from porn stars or anyone else- could be
a helpful addition to your blog marketing activity. Just upload your
post, share on your own social media sites, comment on other blogs,
ask for a retweet.
may not have hit my target, but the RTing got me some great exposure.
Thank you, Porn Star Tweet. And thank you, porn stars.