Getting more retweets is an essential way to build your presence on Twitter. Although many people find it difficult to get numerous retweets every day, others are easily able to get well over 100 retweets for all of their tweets. Getting retweets does not have to be hard. In fact, you can get more retweets tomorrow by implementing these 15 tactics.
- Retweet other people’s tweets. When people see that you retweet other people’s tweets, some people will decide to retweet your tweets too. Some people believe that retweeting your tweet will incline you to retweet one of their tweets. Other people will be grateful that you took the time to share someone else’s quality tweet and then retweet your tweet. Some of your retweets may even get retweeted by your followers.
- Tweet motivational quotes. No matter what your niche is, motivational quotes always get retweeted. Motivational quotes fill your followers with a powerful message, and some of your followers will want to share that message with the people who are following them. As a result, your tweet gets retweeted.
- Tweet with 1-2 hashtags. Tweets with hashtags are retweeted more often than tweets without hashtags. However, a tweet with too many hashtags is hard to read, and as a result, does not get as many retweets. The ideal number of hashtags to include in your tweets to see the best effect is 1-2 hashtags. Anything over that will not get as many retweets.
- Tweet articles that your targeted followers would want to retweet. Many bloggers make the mistake of tweeting their blog posts primarily to get more traffic. In order to get more traffic to your blog, the titles of your blog posts need to be appealing to your targeted followers. I do not tweet my blog posts from the first month because they are not as good as the ones that I am writing now. As you publish more blog posts, you will have more options. Only tweet your blog posts that you know your targeted followers would visit and retweet.
- Tweet other people’s articles. These articles still need to be quality content that appeals to your targeted followers. Although you should be tweeting about your own blog at least 80% of the time (as long as your blog posts are really good), some of your tweets should be about other people’s articles.
- Include r/t at the end of some of your tweets. The word some is very important. Using r/t at the end of some of your tweets will give you the desired effect of getting more retweets. However, if you include r/t at the end of all of your tweets, it will lose its effectiveness. R/T works like an exclamation point. If I used one exclamation point in this blog post, it would be very effective. If I replaced every period at the end of any sentence in this blog post with an exclamation point, that exclamation point would lose its effect.
- Get retweeted by people with big followings. If someone with 10,000 followers retweets your tweet, chances are some of those 10,000 followers will retweet the retweet. As more people with big followings retweet your tweets, you will get more retweets from those people’s followers.
- Become a superstar who everyone wants to retweet. Ellen DeGeneres is someone who gets all of her tweets retweeted thousands of times. She also has the world record for most retweeted tweet (3.4 million retweets and 2 million favorites). Although you may not be able to get 3.4 million retweets, or thousands of retweets per tweet for that matter, what if you could get a guaranteed 10 retweets per tweet? What if you could get 50 guaranteed retweets per tweet? Becoming the superstar in your niche will make people pay more attention to your tweets and retweet them.
- Tweet more often. In order for your tweets to get retweeted, your tweets need to be seen more often. By tweeting consistently throughout the day, you will increase the amount of retweets you get every day.
- Include pictures in your tweets. The only reason Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet was retweeted 3.4 million times was because that tweet had a picture. The same tweet without the picture would not have gotten nearly as many retweets as the tweet with the photo. In my experience, including a picture in my tweet has more than quadrupled the average amount of retweets I get per tweet.
- Tweet between 71 to 100 characters. That is the sweet spot for tweets that get retweeted. Making your tweet too short will not give your followers a good reason to retweet it. If your tweet is above 100 characters, then it will take too long for your followers to read the tweet, and they will skip over that tweet. It may sound shocking that people do not have enough time to read a 100-140 character tweet, but since the Twitter feed moves so fast, and there are countless other tweets to read, your tweet needs to be short and to the point.
- Time your tweets accordingly. Did you know that 48% of U.S. users go by the Eastern Time Zone? If you want to get more people to retweet your tweets, schedule your tweets to get published at the times when people in the Eastern Time Zone are using Twitter. Even better, schedule 1 tweet every 20-60 minutes throughout the day so anyone from any time zone can read your tweets.
- Include a link in your tweet. Whether the links in retweeted tweets lead to articles or YouTube videos, most retweets contain links. Some people do not retweet a tweet based on the 100 characters. Instead, these people retweet the tweet based on where the link takes them.
- Tweet about Twitter. The people on Twitter want to get more followers and talk with their friends. If you tweet about Twitter, users who want to learn more about being successful on Twitter (almost everyone) will retweet your tweet. Then, as more people see your tweet, it becomes contagious and spreads across the social network.
- Live tweet during events. Ellen’s most retweeted tweet was sent during the Oscars. Oreo’s famous tweet about dunking in the dark during the Super Bowl black out got more than 10,000 retweets. Esurance sent out a tweet after the Super Bowl with their $1.5 million giveaway.
By getting more retweets, your content will be able to spread on Twitter faster. As your content spreads faster, you will gain followers at a faster rate. What are your thoughts about the list? Do you have any additional tips? Please share your thoughts and tips below.