5 Essential Twitter SEO Tips

February 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Twitter SEO Tips

Since a few months, Google shows tweets in their search results. This means that tweets can be a fantastic source of traffic for your website if they have a excellent Pagerank. Here are 5 essential Twitter SEO tips to increase the efficiency of your tweets.

1) The first 40 characters matter most

Regarding the SEO of your tweets, the most vital part of your tweet are the first 40 characters. These 40 characters also include your username. Try to include the most vital keywords of your tweet in the first characters for better search engine results.

2) Optimize your account

There are a few simple tips you should keep in mind when you fill in your personal information, such as;

Name / Username

As I already mentioned above, the first 40 characters of your tweet are really vital for SEO. These characters are proceeded by your actual name and username. That’s why it’s vital to choose a username that’s relevant to your brand/company/blog… You can easily change your name via your profile settings.


You can compare your bio with the meta description of a website. Use keywords that are relevant to your business for better indexing results. But don’t forget that your bio is limited to only 160 characters. Also, your bio is constantly indexed.

Website URL

Although the url has a “nofollow” attribute, it can still be usefull to drive traffic to your website. People who are interested in your tweets are likely to take a look at your homepage.

3) Reckon about retweets

Make it simple for your followers to retweet by limiting the length of your tweets. Every retweet is preceded by your username. So don’t forget to leave room for the phrase ‘RT @username’. This means that the maximum length of your tweets isn’t 140 characters, but 140 minus ‘RT @username’…

4) Use hashtags

Hashtags act as keywords. Prefix a keyword with a ‘#’ to make a hashtag. They help other users who are interested in that keyword to learn your tweet. Hopefully, this will also lead to a retweet. In this case, don’t forget the fourth tip!

5) Choose a excellent URL shortener

Not all URL shorteners redirect the user to the real URL. Choose a URL shortener that uses 301-redirects (permanent redirects). This way, search engines index the actual URL instead of the small URL. I suggest using bit.ly or TinyURL.


Hi. My name is Kevin and I’m a design addict from Belgium. I’m also interested in football and games. You can find me on Twitter.

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