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How to get a link from the BBC to your Twitter URL

October 28, 2009 3 Comments

Want to get your Twitter page doing better in Google for a search on your name? Here's a way to get a link off the BBC to your Twitter URL.

The BBC runs minute-by-minute text commentaries online for most Premier League and international matches. As part of this, they occasionally print comments that people tweets. When they do, they link to the URL of the person who tweeted.

First example

Last night, for instance, you can see that Caroline Cheese was writing the page, reporting on goalflashes and major incidents (her name is at the top, above the last timestamp). Look down the page, and you can see two tweets that she's included.

Here's a screenshot of the link on the BBC page (the blue copy is a link to peg_leg5125's Twitter URL):

Link from BBC to someone's Twitter

Link from BBC to someone's Twitter

Second example

Here's last saturday's live report, which featured seven tweets, each with a link to the tweeter's main twitter URL. The report author was Jonathan Stevenson, and he'd handily included his twitter address at the bottom of the page. Here's a sample tweet quoted on the BBC page (again, the blue text is a link):

More tweets used by the BBC - with a link

More tweets used by the BBC - with a link

Conclusion

These links are followed. Obviously they aren't going to print any old spam or rubbish. So don't bother trying to game them.

But if you've genuinely got something interesting to say, why not tweet the author of the BBC report and see if you can get a link.

Update from 13 December 2009: And here's my link!

Result!

Result!

GOOOAAAAALL!

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