This guest post is by David Kendall
How do you optimize your twitter tweets for Google?
While Twitter is commonly recommended as a way to find a focused and attentive audience, build your brand, and generate direct traffic to your website, there are other advantages to maintaining a good presence on Twitter.
If you know how to optimize your Twitter presence for SEO, you can get better search engine rankings on both your website and your tweets, which should lead people back to your site.
Here are five tips on getting your website and content noticed in order to drive consistent, organic traffic to your site for years to come.
1. Choose a good Twitter username.
One of the first things you need to choose when you set up an account is your username. Choosing a username is not a decision to take lightly! Your Twitter username, also called your handle, becomes part of your URL (which will be twitter.com/username).
Your URL becomes a static page in search engine results. Choose a username that relates to your topic, campaign, brand, or presence. Your username should be as short as possible – fewer than ten characters is ideal.
A short username will allow people who are tweeting at you more space to compose a tweet, and will ensure people can retweet your long tweets (some programs still insert “RT @username” before a retweet, so that’s a waste of five characters plus your username length).
2. Use your real name or business name.
If you went for a keyword-focused username, your account name should be your real name or your business name.
Your chosen name is often more visible than your username, and other people will see it a lot. It should therefore be something you can brand and build authority around.
Don’t make your chosen name the same as your username; take advantage of the extra space to choose something different.
3. Include a keyword-rich bio.
Your bio is displayed on your profile page, and is one of the easiest ways to show search engines what your Twitter feed is about.
While you should avoid keyword stuffing, you have 160 characters to fill with relevant information about who you are, so you should be able to fit in a few keywords or phrases that are still easily intelligible by people reading your profile.
Spend some time writing and rewriting your bio to make sure everything fits.
Many businesses and individuals include an “elevator pitch” in their bio or a list of related industries or keywords separated by commas.
For instance, a good bio could start with: “Business Name: Corporate website design, print graphic design, and logo design.”
That bio would go on to describe a few more specific niches of interest, and the business website URL would be included in the appropriate spot (there’s a field in the Twitter settings page for the URL).
4. Keep your tweets focused on your topic.
Off-topic tweets are okay for showing that you have a personality and interacting personably with people, but you should also create original tweets that include a keen focus on your topic and keywords on a regular basis.
Tweets should be 120 characters or less to allow for commentary and retweets by others, and the first 30 to 40 characters of the tweet are most important.
When breaking industry news is released, make sure you’re tweeting about the news, as search engines index social media pages quickly and you might end up getting some traffic or a long-term link for an important piece of news.
5. Integrate Twitter with your website.
Send tweets about new content on your website (but make sure you don’t just tweet new content, or you look like a spam), and include a link directly to the content.
Since the people who clicked through are already on Twitter, if you can get them to retweet a link to the blog post or article and keep the keywords you choose, you’re in business.
You should already have a Twitter share button on each page, preferably one that allows people to post a pre-specified message or edit it.
Twitter is good for more than just getting direct traffic and immediate attention.
If you pay careful attention to your keywords and the SEO-friendliness of your Twitter account, you can use Twitter to gain search engine rankings for your tweets and even for your website.
Author Bio: David Kendall contributed this guest post on behalf of WhoIsHostingThis.com – see here for more information on their hosting reviews. David is a freelance technology writer and his articles appear on various marketing blogs.
25 thoughts on “Top 5 SEO Twitter Tips for Better Search Ranking”
Excellent seo Information Shared , Got new ideas shared, thank you
Great tips here David. Twitter is an awesome social media site and a wonderful help to people doing online business. Simple tips like the ones you mention in this post can boost the quantity as well as quality of traffic redirected to your blog / site from Twitter. Thanks for sharing these David.
Couldn’t agree more about the username part. It is so frustrating when you see someone you want to follow but can’t remember their Twitter name later. Gotta go with something at least semi-memorable.
Thank you so much Larry – I do value your comment. Having a memorable twitter handle is vital.
Great work you have done David Kendall, this tips will help to generate massive traffic from twitter, plus help in seo. keep it up and share more.
Great inspirational post for me because recently i joined twitter and it will help me a lot.
Thanks a lot for this post… this has seemed to be of a great help to me.
Twitter has really demonstrated the unique feature of social engagement. Of all the Social Networks, Twitter stands out as the most target focused conversation driver, which accounts for the revolutionary changes it has unleashed in the real world, and same experience is possible in business branding.
thanks for sharing this useful post.twitter has been a very useful and effective social media for marketing and seo of all the businesses online. it helps great to get traffic and backlinks to the website and also get business. the point of using keywords in the profile information is really great. thanks for these really useful points on seo with twitter.
You’re most welcome and thanks for making out time to read my post. See you around.
There is also one tip which works very well for me – tools for automation. You can use Hootsuite or Triberr for this.
Thanks for sharing,
Great post – I have been using twitter for some time but probably not maximizing the effects. I will take these tips on board.
Really good – it’s easy to think of Twitter as only a social platform rather than as a website with links, keywords etc.
Nice write-up Michael. Every time I read a post about twitter, i feel like i am still an amateur. There is still so much to learn about Twitter. Haven’t ever thought about using 2 different names (username & chosen name). Thanks for the tips mate.
Also whats the deal with # Tags & @ tags. Can you please help?
Yes, there is so much about twitter that we must learn. As to your question, let me take it one step at a time. The #Tag, according to techforluddities means: :A hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #Lost or #lost, because it’s not case-sensitive), you’ll get a list of tweets related to the TV show. What you won’t get are tweets that say “I lost my wallet yesterday” because “lost” isn’t preceded by the hash tag.”
The @tag is simple – it shows the twitter owner, or handle. I hope this helps.
Awesome post, I do most of these but I never thought about having a keyword rich bio. Thanks for the info!
It’s good to have you on my blog Jon. Yes, a keyword-rich bio that is written naturally can boost your reach on twitter and search engines.
This post is too good. Twitter has many faces to be known. I like all the tips but the last one is really impressive and worth emulating. Integrating twitter with the website is the fastest and smarter way of connecting with the readers. Thanks a lot for writing this post,
Hashtag are often overlooked, but smart use of them can yield better result. Most of the people fill up bio, profile image and other stuff, but they often miss out reaching wide audience by not including hastag in their tweets.
That’s a good point Ricky. Using hashtag can bring more twitter success for marketers. Thanks a bunch!
I’m not sure how Keyword rich my bio is, although it does appear for search results. Might tweek it and see If I can get it to rank a little higher. Thanks for the tips.
Go give it a shot Simmeon. I’d be grateful if you could share your experience with us. Thanks for reading!
really an informative article for a new twitter user, I also want to add here to use # Tags & @ tags to get better exposure in twitter search results.
Informative and awesome is the title of this post Michael, I particularly like # 5– Integrate Twitter with your website, this is because it has worked and is still working for me. Twitter is no doubt another good and easy way to drive traffic to your blog is you do it well.
Thanks for sharing friend.
You’re right Theodore. Twitter is really powerful. We just need to understand it better.
Comments are closed.