Twitter Lists for SEO How to


Twitter allows you to organize accounts into lists using its Web interface. Twitter clients like TweetDeck also support Twitter lists.

Everybody uses lists as if they were the best thing since sliced bread.

The SEO community is as always on the forefront and has been early adopting. Twitter lists is SEO 2.0 at it’s best. Let’s dive in the Twitter list game. This is my concise Twitter lists for SEO how to:

  • Make lists public. This may seem obvious but just to remind you: private lists won’t get seen by others or indexed by Google
  • Don’t add just everybody to a list, be choosy. I won’t follow a list that makes me add 200 or more new followers. I rather subscribe to a list of 40 “best of” Twitter users
  • Use keywords or rather keyphrases e.g “x seo” instead of just “seo” as list names. Lists can show up in search results
  • Add yourself to your own lists, this way people who subscribe to your list can subscribe to you as well
  • List others to get listed yourself. I often check who puts me on their Twitter lists and list the people who do on the corresponding list of mine Twitter lists are
  • Tweet your lists and blog your lists. Twitter lists are not just internal Twitter features, they have real URLs you can refer to. You should do that.
  • ask others whether they want to be added to your list. For instance I seek more people for my engagers list.

That said Twitter lists are still a very new feature or medium. We will see in a few minutes whether they really add value to in this case I’m optimistic.

I’m often wary of feature creep etc. but Twitter lists appear as the most natural and logical extension to Twitter you could imagine so I doubt you can go wrong with adopting them.