SEO Claims Twitter Increased Rankings From Page 4 To Number 2 On Page 1

Nov 24, 2010 • 8:34 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

There is a subscription only thread at WebmasterWorld that has one SEO claiming he was able to increase his site's ranking only through Twitter.

What he did was send hundreds of Tweets over the timespan of two months. He tailored the tweets using @ replies to hundreds of people, with a short URL pointing to a specific blog posts.

Then his site's ranking jumped from the fourth page of Google to page one, rank number 5. Now he is ranking in the number two position.

He said there was nothing else done.

Of course there are many questions in the thread and others reporting similar cases, even with Facebook. Of course, all speculation but it is a good thread.

Again, you need to be a member to see the WebmasterWorld thread.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Zac

11/24/2010 02:21 pm

Great.... Here comes more Twitter spam :-)

David Zimmerman

11/24/2010 02:51 pm

BS! Granted- I have not read the post in the forum but my twitter app, @FeedTwit, has been sending a tweet for the last two months every time someone new signs up for a new account (a dozen times each day). This tweet is directed @theNewUser and contains a un-shortened url to http://feedtwit.com/ and then a random phrase including of keywords (about 10 possible combinations). In addition I had the homepage of the site take the last tweet from my app and hard-code it in the content of the homepage. This refreshes the page with new content (albeit only 140 characters of new content) each time a new person signed up. Additionally, I had the "via" link in Twitter pointing back to the site with keywords in the link. Unfortunately all these links are nofollowed. This is why I did not see any increase in ranking through these efforts after keeping at it for a few months. What it accomplished: *new, fresh content on the homepage giving Google a reason to visit my homepage frequently. *sending the Google spider to my site frequently. *encouraged people to promote my service by RTing their first tweet, hence sharing it with their friends. Here's my theory about the SEO impact of Twitter: Google gets access to the pipe of data which it uses to identify new content. This gives things a "freshness" factor but not a ranking advantage. In other words, Twitter will send the Google spider to your site more frequently but not directly affect your rankings.

Troy Roark

11/24/2010 03:44 pm

Did the guy (I'm assuming) provide any proof??

Nathaniel Deal

11/24/2010 03:57 pm

Some SEO's would say that this is impossible, but I say it could be done given the right circumstances. 1. The site received a huge spike in traffic due to twitter referrals and google constantly indexing them in their "social" portion of the serp results. Which in turn would drive traffic from the serp's as well. 2. The competition of his targeted keywords were low to mid competition and he had a good chance of moving into this position relatively easy. 3. The short URL he used could have been generated on his server, which would have increased his pr flow. 4. He's getting a lot of repeat traffic from other sources such as twitter feeds on other sites and bookmarks. It really depends on a lot of factors and the use of link bait, but it can be done. I think he should test the longevity of these results by not tweeting or building links with his anchored keywords for the next 2 months. If he remains in the number 4 spot, or even the first page. Then I'll deem his claim credible.

Michael Martinez

11/24/2010 04:50 pm

A lot of people have been pointing out for a long time that many Tweets are reposted on other sites that don't use "rel='nofollow'" and that these links may pass value. Of course, usually when people say they didn't do anything other than whatever they are testing, they are excluding all the other stuff they actually did. For example, did the guy do this with a blog or some other site that publishes an RSS feed? Did he publish new content on the site during the time he was Tweeting? That would have a profound impact on his site's search performance and it would completely invalidate his test.

John Griffith

11/27/2010 03:58 pm

Some idea of the targeted keywords, search activity levels and competitive landscape for targeted keywords would really help judge the value of the claim. Did he get to the #2 position for 'ice cream' or 'family owned ice cream restaurant with carry out duluth MN'

No Name

11/28/2010 03:27 am

Its possible - each Twitter account has a unique Google PR (ex: Twitter.com/JordanDepot has PR 5; Twitter.com/JustinBieber has PR 7) so a backlink from either Twitter page could prove beneficial. The only flaw I see is that you cannot embed anchor text on Twitter, only URLs. This lead me to believe that by linking from a high PR Twitter account, you might be able to pass on some credibility/link juice, but like others have said, it'd be nice to know what the targeted keyphrase is, and how competitive it is.

Whoisbid

01/14/2011 07:33 pm

I have been testing out what kind of traffic comes to brand new sites being developed today. I made a page concluding something new to many. If you want to test these things you will need to spend time building several sacrificial sites for testing purposes. There are lots of unanswered questions in late 2010 and early 2011 There is a lot of chatter going on about it or should I say "Twittering"

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