David Cantone

David Cantone is a blogger and an entrepreneur involved in social media and marketing 2.0.

How to Get More Retweet Action on Twitter

I’m sure you’d love to receive more retweets that you currently do. In fact, we all do, I’m the first to admit it. Why? Because more RTs means more traffic to your blog, to your videos and to whatever it is you want to share with others. Besides, more RTs also mean to get more exposure in other people’s stream so it would be easier to you to attract new followers. Well, today is your lucky day buddy because you’re going to read my best tips to get lots of Retweets.

  • Keep your tweets short and leave at least 25 characters with free space. ¿Why? In order to get RTs your tweet will need that free space to contain the RT and @username. Besides, short tweets get more RTs because they look nicer and cleaner than long ones and, above all, because lazy people don’t like to read too much, and the Internet and Twitter is plenty of lazy people :D .
  • The content of your tweet must be interesting and eye-catching.
  • Just ask on your tweet for a RT. I don’t use it but I know many people who apply this technique and works quite well for them. For example: “Looking Into the Mirror of Life – http://su.pr/193M7S – Please RT!”
  • Place strategically some call-to-action buttons on your blog to make easier for your followers to share your content. If you use wordpress I recommend you to download and use the smart sharing plugin just as Mashable.com does.
  • Make some RTs to your followers. Some of them will want to return you the favour. If they don’t do you can’t get upset with them. Well you can but you shouldn’t because they don’t force you to RT their tweets; it was your choice.
  • You can create a group of 5 to 10 twitter buddies and share your own tweets. I don’t apply this tip because it has two potential negative effects: (1) I don’t think that your followers will be happy to see the same people’s tweets time and again; and (2), it’s quite probable that your buddies don’t have the same or similar amount of followers as you have.
  • Use hashtags in an effective way. I suggest you to add just one hashtag or even two but not more. ¿Why? Because they make your tweet look dirty and, at the same time, you would seem a spammer.
  • Find some twitter users in your niche. Create a new column using TweetDeck with their @username. Check the RTs they receive and follow those people who made the retweet. If you’re lucky they will follow you back. If they don’t you can try replying some of their tweets or Retweeting them. You can identify who don’t follow you back and unfollow them manually with who.unfollowed.me.
  • Make sure your blog posts have great and eye-catching titles.
  • Send your tweet several times over the day. You can schedule your tweets with su.pr.
  • Be grateful to people for retweeting your tweets. Don’t thank all at the same time. Each follower who RT your content deserve your complete attention and your sincere gratitude.
  • And finally, my best piece of advice: be a good twitter user, be social, actively engage your followers, build meaningful relationships and your retweets will skyrocket for sure.

Follow these tips and your tweets will receive more retweets than ever before.

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Comments

  • August 27, 2010

    This is a nice list, RTing is useful for spreading the word on Twitter. We recently covered RT measurement tools on our blog http://tweasier.com/blog.

    I certainly think the blog post title reccomendation you make is important as this is great for SEO benefits too.

    Keep up the good work.

  • August 27, 2010

    I believe that the most important advice is your last one. If you’re a good twitter user and you’re social, people will appreciate you and what you write. When they appreciate you, the chance that you’ll get a retweet is a lot greater than if you’re not.

    And always follow the KISS principle, “keep it simple, stupid.” The more straightforward your tweet is, the more people understand it, the easier it is to get it retweeted.

  • August 27, 2010

    Great work !
    That’s true man.. no of Rt’s of ours will help to get back many Rt’s for us :)

  • August 27, 2010

    Hey Jens, thanks a lot for your comment.

    Yes I agree with you 100%. The best advice is to be oneself and always trying to be a good Twitter.

    I love that KISS formula.

    Have a nice day buddy and againg thanks for your comment :D

  • August 27, 2010

    Thanks for the list. I especially appreciated the pointer to the smart sharing plugin… it’s got a nice, clean look to it.

  • August 27, 2010

    Thanks for a great and timely (for me anyway) post. All good guidelines. Glad to see I have been doing most. I’m especially going to use the ‘niche’ tip. Cheers. Leisa

  • August 27, 2010

    Nice tutorial. We love it! Hope we can reach 3million retweets this week.

  • August 27, 2010

    Love this-thanks! I find that Twitter etiquette is much like everyday life manners.

  • August 28, 2010
    Luz Martin
    @Luz_Martin

    Hello David:

    Good Post and Good Ideas from Twitter, you can need your personal branding or company promotion about Twitter in Google. It´s fantastic!

    Thank you!

  • August 31, 2010

    Thanks for the great article. I constantly have issues with getting re-tweets! I think your spot on with re-tweeting what your followers say as well give and take I guess right?

  • September 1, 2010

    Thanks for this post! The list above is comprehensive and quite useful. One tip I feel many sometimes tend to forget is “less is more”.

  • September 3, 2010

    Amazing information, great work…Will definitely help to improve one on Twitter :)

  • September 6, 2010

    hehehehe nice post… i like how you plugged the last line :D

  • September 7, 2010

    Great tips. I re-tweeted as well. :) I have tried to keep the size of the tweet in mind, as well as using attention-getting subjects. I try to think of what my followers might want to read, and also create lists of tweeps based on subject so I can quickly scan and re-tweet on various topics. Thanks!

  • September 10, 2010

    Regarding how to Get More Retweet Action on Twitter: I’m cheating! Add the word of God to Twitter – there is nothing more powerful in this world.

    See http://twitter.com/jesustweeters & http://www.jesustweeters.com/index.php/

    You will get more retweet action on Twitter. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

  • September 14, 2010

    That’s Awesome, more than 300 RTs just in a week or so.

    Thanks a lot my frineds for sharing and for your comments.

    Yes Susan, thinking about what your followers really want to read can make a difference with the RTs you get, and that’s mean more exposure for you and your tweets on their streams.

    Best regards,

    David

  • September 22, 2010

    Thanks David! This was really helpful. I make it a point to RT as much good stuff as I can. I’m trying to create a brand, and it’s just the beginning so posts like yours really help.

    I just followed you, and you’d be interested in following me that’d be cool. I’m at @mikepedersen.

    Regards,
    Mike

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