In the biggest study of its kind, Branded3 has revealed that tweets do affect your Google ranking position, with URLs receiving over 7,500 tweets ranking inside the top 5 results.
Using our own online petitioning site, Twitition.com, we utilised a sample of its 7.6m signatures to gather data on the value of tweets on SERPs positioning, and found that the more tweets a URL receives, the higher up the rankings it sits.
If you’ve ever used Twitition.com, you’ll know that when you sign a Twitition, you send a tweet out containing the Twitition’s URL, so we can assume that a Twitition signature equals a tweet.
Our study found that URLs received a significant boost in Google rankings up to 50 tweets, when the effect seems to level out.
The subsequent benefit of gaining tweets is fairly minimal until around 5,000 tweets, when the average ranking of a URL is 31. URLs with over 7,500 tweets enjoy an average Google ranking of 5, whilst URLs over 10,000 tweets are almost guaranteed first page rankings.
Of course, there could be many factors at play here and we only used Google for this study, but what the results have conclusively shown us is that there is a correlation between number of tweets and Google rankings.