Twitter driving non-Twitter traffic!

In SEO, Social Media & Online PR, The Digital Marketing Blog by Daniel2 Comments

I spoke on the topic of search optimisation and podcasting at the recent SIPA conference and was really interested to hear a presentation by Craig Hanna from e-consultancy (e-consultancy.com is a great resource for all things Internet Marketing).

Craig spoke on the topic of using Twitter in practice and as you can probably guess it was a really popular topic. I had already asked how many people were using Twitter and at least 30% of the room said they were. I then asked who knew why they were Twittering. About 80% of the hands went down.


Creative Commons License photo credit: Lazurite I’ve got a twitter account butnow what?

I think one particular part of Craig’s presentation could answer this question for most people.

Essentially what Craig demonstrated was that a very high percentage of the traffic driven to your site by using Twitter doesn’t actually come from the Twitter site or other Twitter tools. Essentially, people are reposting tweets into their blogs, emailing links found in tweets to their friends, using social bookmarking tools to spread links and referring to points made in Tweets in discussion forums.

Craig demonstrated this by looking at some site analytics and showing the very low level of visits directly from Twitter. However, when you looked in the tracking for the Bit.ly* links within the Tweets you can see the number of times they have been clicked on from various different sites.

Try this out and let us know what kind of results you are getting – particularly the percentage of traffic directly from Twitter vs. the volume from elsewhere.

*Bit.ly shortens URL’s so they fit into your Tweets nicely. You can set up TweetDeck.com to use Bit.ly as your default url shortener and automatically gives you the tools to see how many people have clicked on your Bit.ly links. By only posting the Bit.ly link in your tweet you can then see how many people clicked on the link overall and what impact your tweets are having outside of Twitter.

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  1. Re: “Craig demonstrated this by looking at some site analytics and showing the very low level of visits directly from Twitter”

    Another explanation is that Twitter users ARE responding directly to your Twitter tweets. But they are doing it from third party apps like Tweetdeck or Seesmic. Obviously these won’t show up on your analytics as coming from Twitter.com, right??

  2. jeff, i think that’s def another great reason to using a tracking url like bit.ly, I’ve always been interested about client based twitter traffic.

    I wasn’t there for Craig’s session but I think they had examples of the shortened url being used on blogs and forums aways from twitter as well.

    Not ideal from SEO point of view but the traffic still has a value from a traffic perspective

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