13 Tips for Getting More ReTweets

Jan 21, 2010   //   by Eric Brantner   //   SEO Blog, Social Media  //  79 Comments

For those looking to spread their message far and wide on Twitter, attracting ReTweets (RT) is a must. When your followers RT your content, it can create a snowball effect.—Your followers RT it, then their followers RT it, and then their followers RT it, and so on.

But to enjoy that snowball effect, it all starts with knowing how to attract those initial RTs. Here are 13 tips for getting more people to RT your content.

  1. Message your friends to ask for them—I’m assuming you have at least a few close friends on Twitter. To get that snowball rolling, shoot them an email or an IM asking them to RT your content. Most times, they’ll be happy to help. Just make sure you don’t constantly bombard them with RT requests. Moderation is key.
  2. Include “Please RT” on your tweet—It might seem a little desperate, but adding “Please RT” at the beginning or end of a tweet can help you get some good RT action. Again, this is something you don’t want to overdo as your followers will begin to ignore you. I prefer only using “Please RT” for important causes, rather than something that just benefits me.
  3. Install a Twitter button on your blog—Placing a TweetMeme button on your blog makes it easy for your readers to instantly share your content on Twitter with only a single click. Make sure the button is placed above the fold so readers easily see it.
  4. Include @mentions to those referenced in the post—Sometimes, you might quote or reference someone else in your post. Whenever you do this, include an @mention of that person. For example: “33 Copywriting Tips found on Twitter (include link) w/tips from @Copywritings @heatherlloyd and more” These @ mentions put you on the radar of those people, and it could lead to them ReTweeting your content.
  5. Don’t just drop a link. Add something to it—Take a look at the 50 most recent Tweets from your followers. I bet probably half of them are links to articles or blog posts. We’re constantly being bombarded with links on Twitter. To stand out, you need to add something to your link drop that makes it more intriguing.
  6. Repeat the Tweet a few different times—I like to repeat certain Tweets a few different times to ensure all my followers have an opportunity to see it. For example, repeating a Tweet in the morning and at night ensures people on both coasts will see it. Again, just don’t overdo it.
  7. Thank those who RT you—Whenever someone RTs you, @reply them with a simple thanks. It’s a small, simple gesture that can go a long way to getting them to RT you again in the future.
  8. Give unto others—Honestly, I should have put this at #1 on this list. You have to give if you want to receive. And you should always give more than you ask for in return.
  9. Take part in Midnight Moguls—Need a little extra social media love? Check out Midnight Moguls. This growing community meets up every night from 12 am ET to 1AM PT to help each other get more RTs, blog comments, links, etc.
  10. Keep Tweets short to allow room for RT—Don’t fill up all 140 characters in your initial Tweet, or else there won’t be room for someone to RT you (unless they edit your initial Tweet, which is usually too much work for most people). Aim for 120 characters or less to allow for easy ReTweeting.
  11. Use relevant hashtags—I’m not going to lie, hashtags can be a little annoying at times. But when used properly, they allow people who aren’t following you to see your Tweets they might be interested in.
  12. Leave yourself some breathing room between Tweets—A lot of times, people sabotage their own efforts by binge Tweeting. Whenever you drop a flurry of Tweets all at once, things get watered down, and all your Tweets run together. If you’re trying to get something ReTweeted, leave a little space around that Tweet so it’s easier for your followers to focus in.
  13. Tweet interesting content—It’s simple really: People RT content that they find interesting. So, you need to know what interests your followers, and Tweet about it.

How do you get more RTs? Share your best tips in the replies.

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  • Ann Smarty says:

    Keep Tweets short to allow room for RT – this one is very important! Few people realize that the shorter the Tweet, the more RT @ RT @ RT @ it will allow.
    .-= Ann Smarty´s last blog ..The Roast of the Silver Surfers =-.

    • Gerald Weber says:

      Ann,

      I run into this problem all the time when trying to retweet someone else and there is not enough room. I sometimes will take the time to edit it but if I’m kind of busy it’s too much trouble and I’ll move on to something else. My feeling is that the average person is not going to take the time to edit.

    • wniizzati says:

      yup… the more the RT, the more exposure
      .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • Ann Smarty says:

    Keep Tweets short to allow room for RT – this one is very important! Few people realize that the shorter the Tweet, the more RT @ RT @ RT @ it will allow.
    .-= Ann Smarty´s last blog ..The Roast of the Silver Surfers =-.

    • Gerald Weber says:

      Ann,

      I run into this problem all the time when trying to retweet someone else and there is not enough room. I sometimes will take the time to edit it but if I'm kind of busy it's too much trouble and I'll move on to something else. My feeling is that the average person is not going to take the time to edit.

    • wniizzati says:

      yup… the more the RT, the more exposure
      .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • I think you are totally off base with the 120 characters. Keeping tweets between 70 and 100 characters allows room for your RTers to be RTed. And be honest, who wants to RT someone’s tweet if they can’t also get a RT?

    And now that I have to redo the article on RTs I was working on, I must get back to work ;)

  • I think you are totally off base with the 120 characters. Keeping tweets between 70 and 100 characters allows room for your RTers to be RTed. And be honest, who wants to RT someone’s tweet if they can’t also get a RT?

    And now that I have to redo the article on RTs I was working on, I must get back to work ;)

  • JD Rucker says:

    Tip #3 – putting Tweetmeme on my blog, more than doubled my retweets. It also helped to “revive” old posts when people got there months later through SU or search. Had a story over 3 months old get picked up by a strong twitter account and picked up over 500 new retweets as a result.

  • JD Rucker says:

    Tip #3 – putting Tweetmeme on my blog, more than doubled my retweets. It also helped to “revive” old posts when people got there months later through SU or search. Had a story over 3 months old get picked up by a strong twitter account and picked up over 500 new retweets as a result.

  • It is amazing how powerful the little RT button on a blog post is for traffic.

  • It is amazing how powerful the little RT button on a blog post is for traffic.

  • Mike Templeton says:

    You've covered all the basics. Between making it easy to retweet, optimizing what you share, and simply asking others to pass along the message, there's no reason your tweet shouldn't sprout wings and soar far and wide.

    Also, as you mentioned, asking for your community to support you like this is something you've got to earn. Help your followers by retweeting their content and they'll be more likely to help when you ask.
    .-= Mike Templeton´s last blog ..Why Your Organization Needs a Home on the Web =-.

    • Gerald Weber says:

      Mike,

      I totally agree with you.. Building a strong network based on mutual friendship and respect is the key to all social media success in my opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. :-)

  • Mike Templeton says:

    You've covered all the basics. Between making it easy to retweet, optimizing what you share, and simply asking others to pass along the message, there's no reason your tweet shouldn't sprout wings and soar far and wide.

    Also, as you mentioned, asking for your community to support you like this is something you've got to earn. Help your followers by retweeting their content and they'll be more likely to help when you ask.
    .-= Mike Templeton´s last blog ..Why Your Organization Needs a Home on the Web =-.

    • Gerald Weber says:

      Mike,

      I totally agree with you.. Building a strong network based on mutual friendship and respect is the key to all social media success in my opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. :-)

  • Hesham says:

    I think using hashtags is a cool thing if we don't add more than 1 or two hashtags to our tweets, I use it often!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..Does Your Site Design Turn Off Visitors =-.

    • wniizzati says:

      # tags is great. we can keep track for a keyword.

      Last month, I joined #februarywish tag..

      got friend from that # tag
      .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • Hesham says:

    I think using hashtags is a cool thing if we don't add more than 1 or two hashtags to our tweets, I use it often!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..Does Your Site Design Turn Off Visitors =-.

    • wniizzati says:

      # tags is great. we can keep track for a keyword.

      Last month, I joined #februarywish tag..

      got friend from that # tag
      .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • You seem to have covered it all. Well, I didn't know about Midnight Moguls. It seems to be an interesting concept. Will give it try if possible.
    .-= Divyun Raje Vaid´s last blog ..Microblogging scripts – Create your own twitter =-.

  • You seem to have covered it all. Well, I didn’t know about Midnight Moguls. It seems to be an interesting concept. Will give it try if possible.
    .-= Divyun Raje Vaid´s last blog ..Microblogging scripts – Create your own twitter =-.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    I love how you added, "don't over do it" to most of them, this is a good way to end friendships.

    As for tweetmeme…I visit many blogs during a week, and the new thing seems to be removing that exact plugin…something about it SERIOUSLY slowing page load.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Blog Move Is Imminent ! I’m Looking For Launch Partners… =-.

    • Gerald Weber says:

      Dennis,

      That's interesting you say that about tweetmeme because I haven't had any problem with tweetmeme.

      However, I have had problems with the tweet this plugin seriously slowing down page load and I removed the tweet this plugin as a result. Are you sure you're not thinking of tweet this?

      One of the cool things about tweet meme is once you authorize the application to connect to your twitter account, you can RT posts that are using the button with with only a single mouse click That makes your posts extremely retweetable! :-)

      • Dennis Edell says:

        So confused, too many of the damn things. lol

        Is tweetmeme the best of them all?
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Blog Move Is Imminent ! I’m Looking For Launch Partners… =-.

        • Gerald Weber says:

          Dennis,

          In my opinion, yes tweet meme is the best one.

        • Dennis Edell says:

          Thank you.

          Now that’s just the button for visitors to tweet, that’s not one of those auto tweet post plugins is it?
          .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Time Has Come. The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Move!! =-.

        • Gerald Weber says:

          Yes it's just the button. Tweet meme makes it simple for your blog visitors to retweet with only 1 single click. Also it keep a current count of how many retweets you have gotten.

        • wniizzati says:

          i`m also using tweetmeme..

          highly recommended
          .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    I love how you added, “don’t over do it” to most of them, this is a good way to end friendships.

    As for tweetmeme…I visit many blogs during a week, and the new thing seems to be removing that exact plugin…something about it SERIOUSLY slowing page load.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Blog Move Is Imminent ! I’m Looking For Launch Partners… =-.

    • Gerald Weber says:

      Dennis,

      That’s interesting you say that about tweetmeme because I haven’t had any problem with tweetmeme.

      However, I have had problems with the tweet this plugin seriously slowing down page load and I removed the tweet this plugin as a result. Are you sure you’re not thinking of tweet this?

      One of the cool things about tweet meme is once you authorize the application to connect to your twitter account, you can RT posts that are using the button with with only a single mouse click That makes your posts extremely retweetable! :-)

      • Dennis Edell says:

        So confused, too many of the damn things. lol

        Is tweetmeme the best of them all?
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Blog Move Is Imminent ! I’m Looking For Launch Partners… =-.

        • Gerald Weber says:

          Dennis,

          In my opinion, yes tweet meme is the best one.

        • Dennis Edell says:

          Thank you.

          Now that's just the button for visitors to tweet, that's not one of those auto tweet post plugins is it?
          .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Time Has Come. The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Move!! =-.

        • Gerald Weber says:

          Yes it's just the button. Tweet meme makes it simple for your blog visitors to retweet with only 1 single click. Also it keep a current count of how many retweets you have gotten.

        • wniizzati says:

          i`m also using tweetmeme..

          highly recommended
          .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • michael says:

    Thanks for those Tips!
    Although I think the most of them are anyway a question of decency.
    @Dennis Edell: I also think tweet meme is one of the best. Also designfloat seems pretty cool to me.

  • Dennis Edell says:

    I haven’t heard of designfloat before.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Time Has Come. The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Move!! =-.

  • Follow me says:

    The key that I've found to getting RT'd is to tweet something that you know your followers want to say, but just don't have time to type out.

    We do Lakers Game play-by-play for every game and give a "Words Eye View" for fans on the go and equipped with only their mobile devices, so being able to tweet "Lakers Win and I'm feeling GREAT ABOUT IT" gives our followers an easy way to express their love for the Lakers without too much effort.
    .-= Follow me @LakersNation´s last blog ..lakersnation: Lakers Numbers Don't Lie. We might be in trouble on this road trip -… <a href="http://bit.ly/8ZJv2D” target=”_blank”>http://bit.ly/8ZJv2D =-.

  • Follow me says:

    The key that I've found to getting RT'd is to tweet something that you know your followers want to say, but just don't have time to type out.

    We do Lakers Game play-by-play for every game and give a "Words Eye View" for fans on the go and equipped with only their mobile devices, so being able to tweet "Lakers Win and I'm feeling GREAT ABOUT IT" gives our followers an easy way to express their love for the Lakers without too much effort.
    .-= Follow me @LakersNation´s last blog ..lakersnation: Lakers Numbers Don't Lie. We might be in trouble on this road trip -… <a href="http://bit.ly/8ZJv2D” target=”_blank”>http://bit.ly/8ZJv2D =-.

  • Chad says:

    Plenty of great tips here and many of them I already use. The Midnight Moguls sounds interesting and I will be looking into them further.
    .-= Chad´s last blog ..** This was supposed to go up last night but I had issues with… =-.

  • Chad says:

    Plenty of great tips here and many of them I already use. The Midnight Moguls sounds interesting and I will be looking into them further.
    .-= Chad´s last blog ..** This was supposed to go up last night but I had issues with… =-.

  • ICT Trends says:

    Every time I read tips, I find I'm missing something. I guess this is the process of learning. I did not realized the importance of your No 4. Its great. Now I'll certainly follow this.

    ~Suresh Khanal
    .-= ICT Trends´s last blog ..Reader-friendly Blog Design – Checklist. =-.

  • ICT Trends says:

    Every time I read tips, I find I’m missing something. I guess this is the process of learning. I did not realized the importance of your No 4. Its great. Now I’ll certainly follow this.

    ~Suresh Khanal
    .-= ICT Trends´s last blog ..Reader-friendly Blog Design – Checklist. =-.

  • Matt Mtl says:

    Creative list!

    I noticed your tweet meme has some competition above the fold ;) – Excellent strategy. One before content, one after.

    I'll be mindfull of not going to 140 on my tweets from now on, this is something I do a lot.
    .-= Matt Mtl´s last blog ..Ye Olde Search Engine Submission Scam =-.

  • Matt Mtl says:

    Creative list!

    I noticed your tweet meme has some competition above the fold ;) – Excellent strategy. One before content, one after.

    I'll be mindfull of not going to 140 on my tweets from now on, this is something I do a lot.
    .-= Matt Mtl´s last blog ..Ye Olde Search Engine Submission Scam =-.

  • Great list. I've been getting a lot of errors with tweetmeme, and have been trying to switch to TOPSY. However, their system apparently has issues with servers using IIS (whatever that is). I keep both trackers on my site. for some reason, having 2 tweet buttons gets people clicking…

    http://www.dockerydesign.com has some interesting stuff… Does the "follow me" button on the standard site work for you?

  • Great list. I’ve been getting a lot of errors with tweetmeme, and have been trying to switch to TOPSY. However, their system apparently has issues with servers using IIS (whatever that is). I keep both trackers on my site. for some reason, having 2 tweet buttons gets people clicking…

    http://www.dockerydesign.com has some interesting stuff… Does the “follow me” button on the standard site work for you?

  • Great List.

    To build an even bigger list, here are some of the points I mentioned in a list of mine :)

    - wait for biggest possible audience : if you know the superbowl's on (French soccer cup in my case) delay your Tweet. Applies to weekends, timezones and 'normal' office hours too.

    - use a URL shortener to keep your message short (re your point10), using your domain if you can. Your true followers will be more willing to click and retweet

    - profile your followers and talk to them directly : if you know that 30% of you followers are accountants(for example), start your tweet with Accountants, this one's for you
    .-= Léo, Propulsr´s last blog ..8 Plugins Anti-Spam WP pour Blogs WordPress =-.

    • wniizzati says:

      what I worried about the IRL shotener is that it didn`t work.. sometime it result to something like this 'the tpage may harm your computer'

      so, we can`t 100% reach the our friends n followers

      any suggestion?
      .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • Great List.

    To build an even bigger list, here are some of the points I mentioned in a list of mine :)
    - wait for biggest possible audience : if you know the superbowl’s on (French soccer cup in my case) delay your Tweet. Applies to weekends, timezones and ‘normal’ office hours too.

    - use a URL shortener to keep your message short (re your point10), using your domain if you can. Your true followers will be more willing to click and retweet

    - profile your followers and talk to them directly : if you know that 30% of you followers are accountants(for example), start your tweet with Accountants, this one’s for you
    .-= Léo, Propulsr´s last blog ..8 Plugins Anti-Spam WP pour Blogs WordPress =-.

    • wniizzati says:

      what I worried about the IRL shotener is that it didn`t work.. sometime it result to something like this ‘the tpage may harm your computer’

      so, we can`t 100% reach the our friends n followers

      any suggestion?
      .-= wniizzati´s last blog ..Should I join Ad.ly – in stream advertising ? =-.

  • Thanks for the info. Lots to absorb. Just added "tweet this" to my blog. For those of you other newbies out there who find this as overwhelming as I do, I found http://www.bloggerbuster.com/2009/03/how-to-add-t… to be helpful for using "tweet this". Now to figure out the rest….. :)
    .-= Julie Weishaar´s last blog ..Reputation Management =-.

  • Thanks for the info. Lots to absorb. Just added “tweet this” to my blog. For those of you other newbies out there who find this as overwhelming as I do, I found http://www.bloggerbuster.com/2009/03/how-to-add-tweet-this-links-to-your.html to be helpful for using “tweet this”. Now to figure out the rest….. :)
    .-= Julie Weishaar´s last blog ..Reputation Management =-.

  • Gerald Weber says:

    I'm glad you found the post useful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :-)

  • Gerald Weber says:

    I’m glad you found the post useful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :-)

  • gautam hans says:

    I think if you use titles which are intriguing then it always helps. I had submitted a post that categorized bloggers into 11 groups – the title was 11 types of bloggers but instead of using the title only, I added a question – which one are you?

    Getting RTs like this is equivalent to getting more comments. asking questions does help in the whole process
    .-= gautam hans´s last blog ..8 Traits of a Twitter Champion =-.

  • gautam hans says:

    I think if you use titles which are intriguing then it always helps. I had submitted a post that categorized bloggers into 11 groups – the title was 11 types of bloggers but instead of using the title only, I added a question – which one are you?

    Getting RTs like this is equivalent to getting more comments. asking questions does help in the whole process
    .-= gautam hans´s last blog ..8 Traits of a Twitter Champion =-.

  • iyinet says:

    Thank you information..

  • iyinet says:

    Thank you information..

  • Bob says:

    Glad I stumble by Gerald, I've been meaning to put the TweetMeme button on my site but been so busy I forgot, thumbs up for the list