I recently embarked on a test set of Twitter postings. This was to deduce whether posting Wizzley links to Twitter would have any effect on visitor numbers (either from Twitter, the link shorten service, or from the pick-up of those links by search engines). I posted each link twice daily for a period of approximately 2 weeks. The results for me were as follows:
Hits from of significance:
Wizzley - rose slightly in the period
Tuvaro - rose significantly
Rebelmouse - rose moderately
Piccshare - rose moderately
Blekko - decreased moderately
Bit.ly - rose significantly (this was the link shorten service I used)
Yandex - very slight increase
Google.com - static
Lavasoft.Blekko - slight increase
Yahoo - approx 33% increase
Bing - slight increase
Delta-search - approx 25% increase
iSearch123 - 15% decrease
Babylon - 25% decrease
Searchfunmoods - 25% increase
From this data I can conclude that there is an upside to posting the same links regularly. However, the results are mixed: being significant for lesser search engines such as Tuvaro, Piccshare, DeltaSearch; and negative for Blekko, iSearch123 and Babylon. For the major search engines, there was no impact for Google or Bing, but surprisingly some positive for Yahoo.
The provisos here are that other factors (not of my doing) may have influenced some of the results, but overall the additional visitor numbers from Tuvaro, Piccshare and Rebelmouse had an influence on the overall visitor proportional shares.
My Wizzley readers are now not the highest percentage of visitors (just dipped below 25%). Tuvaro is now the number one supplier of visitors (just under 25% also), then Rebelmouse (10.4%), Piccshare (9.9%), Blekko (8.5%), Bit.ly (5.3%), Yandex (2.2%), Google (1.8%), Yahoo (1.2%), Bing (1.0%) with the remainder of the 200 top visitor providers (11.2%).
This data is for visitor numbers not income which seems to have stayed about constant.
I have now curtailed my Twitter promotional activities and shall not repost for at least 2 weeks. If I find any significant changes I shall inform you further, if this data is of any interest to you.