A guy who operates a “fake follower” business raked in $128,000 in profits in the last 10 months. James Clegg’s done so well in this business, he quit his day job as an accountant.
He runs 13 follower-sales websites. He needs many websites because Google dislikes the fake-follower business. So each site has to use a constantly changing search-engine optimization scheme to show up in search results.
The fake follower business is a numbers game. The going rate is $11 for 1,000 Twitter followers and a typical order is for about $30. A server with a high search result could pull in 80-100 orders per day. (It might also charge more. The fake follower site we found from our Google search charges $17.50 for 1,000 followers.)
Buyers include minor celebrities, big corporations, practical jokers, but it’s mostly small companies who don’t want people to know they’ve only got 20 or so real Twitter peeps.
Did you know? Buying or selling Twitter accounts is a clear violation of Twitter’s rules. If Twitter finds these fake accounts, it will delete them.