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How to do a 301 redirect on Twitter- even though Twitter doesn’t allow it

Posted By Josh Peters On December 22, 2011 @ 9:26 am In Featured,SEO,Social Media | 4 Comments

When you make a new Twitter account, it’s important to grab your old username. You don’t know how many blogs, articles, lists, etc. are pointing to your old profiles. If someone clicks on one of those links, they will be directed to your old page, which, unless you claim it, will be an error page saying that the username doesn’t exist anymore. Or even worse, one of your competitors may notice you’ve abandoned it and pick it up for their own use.

Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t allow you to do a 301 redirect when you want to change your profile username, but with a couple of easy steps you can achieve the same result.

Step 1 – Get a Gmail account: You need a Gmail (or other email) account that is not associated with any Twitter usernames to make this work, so get that taken care of first.

Step 2 – Change your existing Username: Sign in and click on your name in the upper right corner, then click on Settings and change your Username to whatever you want it be and then sign out of Twitter.


Step 3 - Make a new Twitter account: Using the email account you secured in Step 1, sign up for a new Twitter account and claim your old Twitter Username.

Step 4- Update the Info: Update the bio for your old username with a simple message stating the profile has moved and can now be found at @NewTwitterUsername. [2] Then, post a single tweet stating the same thing. For an added bonus, you can create a new list and put only your new account on it. If you have a custom background, it’s also a good idea to change it to reflect the change as well.


Step 5- Let Them Know: Send out a tweet under your new username letting everyone know you’ve changed it. If you have a newsletter, include that update in it. Also, be sure to update all of the links you have to your Twitter account.

That’s it. 5 easy steps to changing your Twitter username without losing any followers or having your old username pillaged.


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[1] Image: http://www.thesearchagents.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/TwitterUsername.png

[2] @NewTwitterUsername.: https://red001.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=3e53c2a47b7d43a9af56588fed86f8db&URL=mailto%3a%40NewTwitterUsername.

[3] Image: http://www.thesearchagents.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/AccountHasMoved.png

[4] SEO Tips for Facebook and Twitter: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2009/09/seo-tips-for-facebook-and-twitter/

[5] All You Need is Links: Valentine’s Day Edition: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2014/02/all-you-need-is-links-valentines-day-edition/

[6] Google takes some heat over Google+: http://www.thesearchagents.com/2012/01/google-take-some-heat-over-google/

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