Using Twitter for SEO

Has anyone used Twitter for SEO purposes? I’ve heard my boss talk about it but I haven’t dove into it yet.

How do you use Twitter for SEO?

I’d like to know what kind of results you’ve received and if this is actually a good tactic to throw into my SEO toolbox?

Hi Alex, and welcome to SitePoitn! :wave:

To make a long story short, you don’t use Twitter for SEO. Especially since Twitter (rightly) blocks the search engines from following the links posted on it via the rel=“nofollow” attribute.

Oh wow, I didn’t know that. I guess thats why we aren’t using it.

It’s a social networking tool that when used properly can bring you plenty of traffic (but in order to get the traffic you must first develop the relationships). The Twitter crowd is very aggressive about beating up advertisers though, so make sure that when yo do advertise, you do so in an editorial fashion (such as "Now reading: " or "Just posted: ").

Welcome to SitePoint Alex!

I’ve always used Twitter as a mini email send. For instance, if I write a blog that I think is really top-notch stuff I’ll post it on Twitter. However, take Dan’s suggestion seriously and make sure that you put an editorial spin on it.

Can any body tell me about twitter?

I had never used twitter for SEO purpose, from what I learn here I think it should generate good traffic form a editor perspective.

I just use it to build traffic for my site and blogs. We can’t get any SEO benefit from it or any useful links. :smiley:

I use twitter for SEO purposes and it’s really worth it by giving more traffic to my site but taking necessary precautions is must when using it…

Generating traffic is not SEO. It’s marketing and promotion.

I read the title of the post and couldn’t figure out what you meant by using Twitter for SEO. The only way I could think of using it for SEO would be posting to Twitter with phrases you want to rank for, since twitter feeds are indexed. I have seen some twitter status updates come up pretty high in search results… but as mentioned above that doesn’t really help you any. It might get traffic to Twitter but not to your site.

Here I found a very interesting writeup about SEO benefits in using twitter:

twitter is much better to get traffic like forums signature…:smiley:

yup! It’s marketing and promotion but for me some part of it may consider as SEO coz’ for me getting traffic means getting link partners… that’s my opinion :slight_smile:

Yes , i using twitter, it gives more traffic.

In that article, he says:

So bottom line is - There is no SEO benefits what so ever using Twitter, and if you are trying to get popular on it for the “viral” benefits, then I’d suggest you spent the same time on Digg/SU or Deli, and you’ll get four fold “popularity” of what you would get on Twitter.

There absolutely no SEO benefits from using Twitter. There might be other benefits, such as increased exposure if you have a lot of followers, etc. but that has nothing to do with SEO.

Twitter can get you loads of visitors and also sales ,but if done in an effective way.

Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?
Twitter is also a great marketing tool. As it was already mentioned it can bring traffic if a lot of people follow you on twitter

Yes, Twitter is good for SEO. If your Twitter tweets are popular, their popularity will definitely affect the Google search rankings of the sites you link to from your tweets. There are lots of places those tweets show up, like blogs and those sites drop the nofollow tag. When you tweet, it goes into various sites and transmits authority back to the sites you link to. Twitter’s SEO value kicks in when your tweets are syndicated out to blogs via Google Gadgets or get picked up by sites like Topsy that aggregate popular tweets. These sites often drop the nofollow tag from the links in your tweets, and that is when Google’s search algorithm starts to pay attention to them.

Twitter will not affect the SEO and the rankings of your site. Period.

On the other hand it can bring you a significant amount of traffic. I definitely recommend you to use it.