Want To Rank High in Google's Real Time Search? Get More Twitter Followers

Jan 14, 2010 • 7:54 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A month ago, Google added real-time search results in the form of Tweets from Twitter and other real-time search related sources. Yesterday at Search Engine Land I covered an interview with Amit Singhal of Google via Technology Review. The interview explains how Google ranks those real-time search results - on some level.

Want to rank high in those Google real-time results? It seems like all you need is a lot of followers and you should be set.

From the interview:

"One user following another in social media is analogous to one page linking to another on the Web. Both are a form of recommendation," Singhal says. "As high-quality pages link to another page on the Web, the quality of the linked-to page goes up. Likewise, in social media, as established users follow another user, the quality of the followed user goes up as well."

Obviously, Google needs to figure out the value of the followers of followers, but that shouldn't be too hard in this equation.

Another interesting point was in regards to the use of hashtags in Tweets. The interview wrote that hashtags may "serve as red flags to lower tweet quality and attract spam-like content."

Of course, this does not mean anything you Tweet will show up in Google's search results. For that, they need to be trending topics, and a good way to see what is trending is to look at Google Trends.

Honestly, there are some interesting thoughts in the comments on my post at Search Engine Land.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorldand Google Web Search Help.

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Jaan Kanellis

01/14/2010 08:10 pm

Get more followers or have some one with a lot of followers, follow you.

Monika Reed

04/27/2013 10:05 am

If you've spent any amount of time on twitter, you've probably noticed that successful marketers often use a very similar format, when posting tweets that garner a lot of attention, re-tweets and responses.

Mil Bern

11/21/2013 07:40 pm

Well, that might be true. But getting twitter followers is not as easy as everyone thinks. Most people will struggle 24/7 with that problems and even tools like buffer or lockli wont help you. Maybe lockli could give you like 100 more followers for every link you share (http://lock.li) but its definitely not the best thing for your twitter as these followers are often faked. What do you think about this? Thanks

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