ANSWER: No one knows for sure but Google.
Okay, it was a trick question. But SEOmoz is running an experiment to see how tweets effect search rankings and they need your help.
Here is how SEOmoz has set up the experiment.
“In order to test these two ranking factors (traditional links and social media citations), we are going to need to promote two nearly identical pages using one promotion method for one and the other promotional method for the other while targeting the same keyword phrase. We can then see which page performs better in both the short term (my guess is the the tweet driven page) and the long term (my guess is the link driven page).
These two test pages will need to be targeting the same keyword phrase and on the same domain. I could do this on my own domain but doing so would be disingenuous (Hey everyone, send links and tweets my way! It is for an “experiment” ;-p You wouldn’t be fooled for a second and my apartment would get TPed… again)
Instead, the two test pages will be on a local charity’s website and target the phrase “Hunger in Sierra Leone”. The local charity, SeeYourImpact, is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that sends 100% of donations to the charity of a donation makers choice. The non-profit then photographs the results and sends the photo and a story of how the donation made an impact on an actual person to the donation maker so they can ‘see the impact’ (thus the name) of their donation. There is absolutely no financial affiliation with SEOmoz and SeeYourImpact although we do do consulting for them on a pro bono basis. In short, we think they are doing a great service but no money is being exchanged between the two organizations.”
Where you come in.
Below are two link options. The first is text with a link for Twitter. The second is code for a traditional link for your website. Pick one or both, but any links that you provide will help in this experiment.
Help end hunger in Sierra Leone and meet the life you change http://bit.ly/hpsMJq
<p>Help end <a href="http://seeyourimpact.org/explore/sector/hunger/fighting-hunger-sierra-leone/">Hunger in Sierra Leone</a> and meet the life you change.</p>
Help end Hunger in Sierra Leone and meet the life you change.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road.
I’ll post SEOmoz’s results here or you can follow the SEOblog to see results as they come in.