Get Backlinks from Every Tweet

By BenSpark | Social Media

Feb 15

I was looking at where my blog traffic comes from and I’ve noticed something interesting. Google is not the top referrer to my blog. My top referrer is actually Flickr which would make sense because, with my Photo-A-Day project, I post to Flickr every single day. With each uploaded photo I add a link from Flickr to my blog. That is something I do manually and it can take some time on my part, not a lot of time but some time.

What if you could get tons of backlinks doing something you do many times a day anyway?

I’m talking about TweetBrand. This free download that runs on Adobe Air allows you to determine the “via” link under your tweet. Look at your standard twitter programs like TweetDeck, HootSuite, Tweetie and Seesmic. Each one of those programs includes a link back to itself each time you use the service. So you are driving more traffic to these programs each time you tweet rather than driving traffic to your blog.

With TweetBrand you can determine not only the url that you want to link to, but you can define the keywords to drive traffic back to your blog with each and every tweet. For example, I set up my TweetBrand to link to BenSpark.com and I’ve branded it BenSpark’s Photo-A-Day. I’m certainly not an SEO expert and I’m sure I could have named it better, but the fact remains that the tweets are branded as I determine, not as those services brand your tweets.

I usually have both TweetDeck and TweetBrand open. I look for tweets to interact with on TweetDeck and then write out my response tweets and send them through TweetBrand. Is it elegant, no not at all, but it is worth that one little step to get more links for my blog.

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Everyday Photos… Every… Day… BenSpark.com is about my life through photography. Each image is a gateway to a story about my daily life. Occasionally funny, inspiring, interesting or creative BenSpark.com is real life in photos. With over 1850+ consecutive days and five different cameras BenSpark.com has documented images from the mundane to the amazing. I am Blog Consultant, Photo-A-Day Photographer and Daddy Blogger.

Barb February 15, 2010

This is awesome! I use TweetDeck also and I'm on my way to download TweetBrand now. Thanks for the post.

    BenSpark February 15, 2010

    Barb,

    That is great, there is a pay option called Market Me Tweet, I wrote about that on my blog too. I'll be downloading that soon too.

Kaye February 15, 2010

Thanks for an excellent tip. I'll give it a try :)

    BenSpark February 15, 2010

    Kaye,

    Glad to hear it. I hope you like it.

Brian February 15, 2010

Unfortunately this crashes every time I try to select my account. Might need to update Adobe Air.

    BenSpark February 15, 2010

    Brian,

    I think an upgrade is in order, I haven't had it crash on me ever and I've been using it for a couple of months.

      Brian February 15, 2010

      I updated Air and now the crash is merely a freeze. It does say "Update Available" at the top, but it just takes me to the pay version's page.

        BenSpark February 15, 2010

        Brian,

        I'm sorry to hear that. It is very strange. I run the software on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP and it works on each with no problems.

          Brian February 15, 2010

          Yeah, it is very strange. I've gone ahead and issued a support ticket. I tried re-installing TweetBrand and now I can't even change my Consumer Key/Secret or Twitter login details in the program. Not sure what's going on.

Brian Inman February 15, 2010

I use Twitpic. I am going to have to see if it works the same way otherwise I am going to have to switch to one of these you mentioned.

    BenSpark February 16, 2010

    Brian,

    Does Twitpic brand your tweets? I'm not following how Twitpic enters into the equation? Please let me know further about twitpic. I use it but not that often.

VictoriaAnn Design February 16, 2010

Wow thanks for this I didn't know it existed – looks really good I'm definately going to give it a try.

    BenSpark February 16, 2010

    VictoriaAnn,

    No problem, they even have a pay version called Market Me Tweet that is more robust.

Ichigo February 16, 2010

Thanks for this tip :) i'm going to give it a try too.

    BenSpark February 16, 2010

    Ichigo,

    That is great, enjoy, let me know how it goes for you.

K. Praslowicz February 16, 2010

You jumped my mind again into undergoing a project where I add links to the bottom of every photo I have uploaded on Flickr. I've been meaning to do it, but never actually executed on the idea.

I just did a cross reference of my Flickr stats vs my Blog's analytics. My photos on Flickr have half as many page views as the pages on my blog. Huge potential traffic that haven't I been utilizing. I think I know what I'll be doing for most of the night.

    BenSpark February 16, 2010

    K,

    Good for you. I'm happy to help stimulate an idea and move you to action. There is such a potential from sites like Flickr and Picasa and many others.

K. Praslowicz February 16, 2010

Oh yeah. And I'll definitely be grabbing tweetbrand as well.

    BenSpark February 16, 2010

    K,

    Excellent!

Daniel Bates February 16, 2010

If you're talking about the link on your twitter page, than you're not getting any love from google in terms of SEO – those are no follow links, so it doesn't matter how good your anchor text is, google isn't transferring SEO. Now you might be getting a little more traffic, but just wanted to clear up that there isn't any SEO advantage to this. If you're using any type of twitter widget it also is probably using a framing or javascript code, so once again traffic, but no SEO

    BenSpark February 16, 2010

    Thanks for Clearing that up Daniel. I did state that I am no SEO expert. The additional links are good though because it is just one more way that people can find you, organically.

Film-Book dot Com February 16, 2010

I'll give it a try. Nice post.

Akshay Kakkar February 17, 2010

But what is the link to download it? ❓

Blogging Tips February 17, 2010

Awesome.I never tried this.But I think I should give a try now.Thanks for sharing

Iphone Application D February 17, 2010

Well that's really great. Sometimes this thing comes in my mind that from different places people are tweeting. What's the reason behind that so now i get to know that why people are doing this.

Rıfat özkan February 18, 2010

This is awesome! I use TweetDeck also and I’m on my way to download TweetBrand now.

Blogger Template Pla February 20, 2010

nice post dude. Thanks 😛

gareth February 2, 2011

Thanks for the tip will give it a go.

security-systems-uk April 7, 2011

Cool, i will try using tweet brand for my security site and see how it works. cheers for the tip!

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