Has Twitter SEO Tweak Paid Off Already?

A few days back we wrote about how Twitter had changed title tags of their site to better optimize their pages in the search engines (Google particularly).

Today I was looking at Alexa (which tracks how different websites are going in terms of traffic) and saw this with regards to Twitter Traffic:

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It’s a big spike in traffic that saw Twitter rise in Alexa’s rankings from in the 200’s to somewhere around #30 virtually over night.

Things have settled down again in the day or two since but traffic does still seem to be higher.

I’m sure there are a variety of possible explanations for this rise in traffic – but it does seem to coincide with the week that Twitter changed its title tags. Are there any SEO types out there with any insight?

Comments

  • April 2, 2009

    I was wondering why Twitter had so many outages last week…

    Thanks,
    Nate

  • April 2, 2009

    Nah, it is not because of the “SEO”, it is because more people are using twitter.

  • April 2, 2009

    Wow thats great that your traffic and rank jumped. Dose this convert into conversions though?

  • April 2, 2009

    Wow, so much for so less? It is very interesting to see how small SEO tweaks on large sites can make a big difference. This is fantastic SEO example!!

  • April 2, 2009

    There’s a lot of talk lately about Twitter. Everywhere.
    I’ve ran into talks about Twitter at work, in magazines and of course, the blogosphere is celebrating it…
    So I’m not sure if it’s only SEO. It’s a hot trend. Everybody’s talking about it.

  • April 2, 2009

    I noticed that http://twitter.com/professor started ranking for a SERP for “Jesse Friedman” yesterday. I think you’re right!

  • April 2, 2009

    That’s pretty awesome. Interesting that they just started implementing it though, they must have recently had a did-we-incorporate-seo-into-our-sites-tags moment.

  • April 2, 2009

    I agree with Yohay honestly. We just started to develop our new arts & literature magazine (Forth)’s social web identity over the past week, and already it seems as though the press out there about twitter has increased significantly from when we first tested out twitter even just half a year ago.

    Do I think SEO is useful though? Yes, absolutely. Having extra traffic with potential new readers is great – but I don’t think it beats traditional news and trend buzz around a website/product/brand/etc.

  • April 2, 2009

    Its certainly very intriguing and would explain the various outages and buggy problems Twitter has been experiencing over the last week if the traffic is a “real” increase and no just a stats measurement issue.

    Not sure how a simple title tag change could cause such a huge ( no Monumental!!) leap in Alexia Rankings, not unless they did something very specific to appease Alexa itself that they had not done previously.

  • April 2, 2009

    Just yesterday I did a search and one of my tweets was in the #4 in Google for a search that had many results. That’s the first time I remember seeing a tweet show up on the first page unless there weren’t many results. Maybe it was just coincidence or maybe they’re changes did make a difference.

  • April 2, 2009

    Following my previous comment, also the established Guardian acknowledges Twitter with its April Fools piece:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/01/guardian-twitter-media-technology

  • April 2, 2009

    I don’t think it’s to do with Meta tags or SEO!

    If you noticed Oprah and Ellen have been promoting Twitter all week!

  • April 2, 2009

    It’s a little bit of SEO and a little bit of word of mouth. Combined they’re making the twitter traffic bounce through the roof. Plus this title tweak potentially hurts them with users like me who tweet under their real name.

  • April 2, 2009
    Luke703
    @luke703

    One simple answer:
    SxSW

  • April 2, 2009

    In the site revamp it seems Alexa have changed the way their site penalties work – Problogger.net for instance had a massive boost again, as did andybeard.eu and other people in the heavy Alexa toolbar user category

  • April 2, 2009

    I think the meta plus everybody TALKING about the META TAGS had something to do with the rise in traffic and now that everything has settled everything will settle back down a little above normal traffic.

  • April 2, 2009

    LOL. Twitter is growing FAST. It seems like I hear a twitter plug every single day on ESPN Sportscenter. Facebook really lost its glamour with all the applications, extra BS, and confusing layout. The only extra buzz Facebook has is the ability to view photo albums, and with Twitpic, that’s now taken care off.

    Twitter proves that less is more, and it doesn’t take a whole page of crap to connect with real people on a real lover. Bravo Twitter!

  • April 3, 2009

    Can traffic be increased using twitter, how to do it. help needed.

    Thankyou,

  • April 3, 2009

    Good pots thank you.

  • May 10, 2009

    I think it’s because of Twitter popularity.

  • November 18, 2009

    I think it’s because of Twitter popularity.

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