How do you link to a Person? Twitter? or Blog?

If I was given a chance, I would divide internet into BT and AT.

BT = Before Twitter and AT = After Twitter 😉

Now that we are in the AT, when we decide to mention another person on one of the posts, you have two options – Link to their Twitter Profile? or Link to their Blog?


Linking to the twitter profile is effective because people can add that person up and instantly socialize. This is good when you look from the part of your readers.

But when you see it from the part of the person, he doesn’t get any appreciable link juice from your blog. Obviously twitter doesn’t need your backlink. Some people would like it, they even leave twitter links on guest posts.

Twitter or Blog?

By linking to the Blog, as we used to do in the BT days, the person gets the link juice. Readers could go around and find his twitter profile from his blog, but how many would do that? I am doubtful.

The freaky solution?

Use Twitter Handle as the Anchor Text and link to the blog. You get the best of two worlds.

For example, you could link to me as: @ArunBasilLal

When a twitter use see the @, the knows its a username. The link points to the blog. What do you think?

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6 Comments.

  1. SBA says:

    I’d prefer that link names point to the blog which is where you find out more about the blogger/marketer/designer. You’re probably mentioning the person in terms of their blogging, not twittering. So why introduce the Twitter name at this point? Leaving twitter names on a guest post is different — the post tells a lot about the blogger…

    That being said, your solution is creative!

    What about both? @ArunBasilLal of Million Clues where the link is on the blog name?
    or @ArunBasilLal | Million Clues?

    • If its about a single person, the way you said @Name of Blog is great, and probably that is what I would do. It makes more sense. I don’t like using pipes.
      But if you happen to mention a lot of people, as I do on my personal blog kuttappi.com, then @firstPerson of HisBlog and @secondPerson of His Blog would be awkward 😉

  2. Creative use of the Twitter handle, plus it’s always good to direct users to your site and then have a large Twitter icon in your sidebar so they can easily follow you 🙂

  3. Anish K.S says:

    I am using my url in comments :).

  4. Twitter has now been used by many to get more traction when it comes to traffic. It can be an excellent way to get better SEO. Social media is now a very important aspect that needs to be used more.

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