6 Tips to Get Retweeted More Often

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Maybe it is just me, but I find that getting a notification that someone has retweeted my content is really exciting. It could just be that I am glad that my contribution is being appreciated and has provided something to the user. But more likely, it is a slightly childish ego that makes me happy to get praise, like being patted on the head and given a lollipop for drawing a pretty picture of a dog.

Whatever the case, I am positive this is a common feeling. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see so many people asking about how to increase their number of retweets.

Yes, yes … I know a lot of these people are professionals looking for social media-promotion opportunities. I am also aware of the fact that Twitter retweets are one of the most effective ways of increasing visibility and gaining a wider number of loyal followers. But, I bet there is a little of that grinning six-year-old in us all.

Here are six tips to get your content retweeted more often, no matter what your reasons are:

1. Download an eBook

Science of ReTweets

This one is a must-read, and it is the number one step if you are working on getting retweeted. Download Dan Zarrella’s “Science of ReTweets” (view this presentation to get a better idea).

2. Learn The Right Times For Tweeting


Everyone has a main demographic, and a big part of aiming for that target audience is by knowing the time zone they are located in and when they are more likely to be on. There are plenty of tools out there that work by analyzing your followers and finding out the perfect time for you to tweet, which makes it easier to schedule updates accordingly. Two of the most popular services for this are SocialBro and Tweriod.

3. Viral Content Buzz “Retweet me” Option

Viral Content Buzz is the free social media platform that lets you get retweeted by retweeting other users’ articles. To get retweets, check “Retweet” option:

Retweet me option

This option is meant to let you track your projects being retweeted:

  • Get the stream of your retweets in your Tweetdeck column.
  • Get more followers.
  • Increase your influence.

4. Participate in Twitter Chats

Twitter chats are a great way to get people listen to you on Twitter because you are contributing to a shared Twitter stream. If you are unsure of how Twitter chats work, please check this article.

Here’s also a schedule of Twitter chats in the Internet Marketing niche (it misses one newer chat #seopub):

Twitter chat schedule

5. Look For Breaking News

Word spreads on Twitter very quickly—to the point that news and media outlets are actually monitoring the site right now for information (I’m serious). So if you get a handle on a story before anyone else (at least on Twitter) or you are among the first to post about it, you will be one of the main people retweeted.

Look for big news stories or even just something interesting. Make sure you are subscribed to some of feeds known for having news up when it first breaks, and then be quick to repeat it.

6. Mention Your More Influential Followers

You probably have a handful of people on your follower list that are better known than most or have a high number of followers. Giving them an @mention is an easy way to get a potential retweet back. As long as the post is relevant, they will probably want to share it with their own followers. Since they have a large list, more people will see it in their feed, which means more potential retweets.

BONUS – Don’t Be Afraid To Repeat Yourself

Get Retweeted More Often

Sometimes, you say something that was really good or well received. Just like other content, it doesn’t just go into obscurity as time goes by. You should bring it back to people’s attention by tweeting it a second time, to show new followers what they might have missed. If it was popular once, it will probably be popular again, as long as some time has passed and allowed you a new wave of followers.

Do you have any retweet tips? Let us know in the comments!

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Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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  • Flak

    A link direct to an email submit form? OMG this site gets worse and worse by the day!

  • http://www.hekwerk-verkoop.nl Arne

    Nice tips, thank you for that. I find it rather difficult to find interesting things to tweet about in our branche. We are in the fences branche, which is rather boring for people to follow on. But maybe we have to think more outside the box, as you say in your article. Thanks and greets from Holland.

  • https://plus.google.com/110826622201196466178/posts Nick Stamoulis

    I always try to reTweet my own content in the morning and afternoon. My thought is that people on the West Coast aren’t going to scroll back to Tweets from 6 AM there time, so I want to hit them when they are active and online. Plus, one Tweet is just a drop in the bucket and there is no guarantee anyone will actually notice it since there are millions of other Tweets that might catch their eye.

  • http://www.consultancymarketing.co.uk Ian Smith

    Excellent piece Ann.
    I believe you have listed 7 points rather than 6 ??

    • http://myblogguest.com/blog/ Ann Smarty

      Good catch! I do suck at math ūüôā

  • http://bostonmediadomain.com jeff selig

    hashtag monitoring and posting is certainly one way to observe tweet timing. Cross promoting from platform to platform is another. News jacking helps but original thoughts are best. https://plus.google.com/113879444696474580115?rel=author

  • http://www.hallaminternet.com Susan Hallam

    Great article, Ann, thanks. I think even simple tactics, such as keeping your tweet short enough to be easily retweeted without the content being truncated makes a big difference, and certainly makes subsequent retweets easier and more effective.

  • http://geniusgeeks.com Ricky Shah

    Great tip. I know that you recently started a new venture called “Viral Content Buzz”. The other active community is justretweet which is also a good community to get your voice heard. I forgot the link, but there was an inforgraphic that mentions the best time to retweet or tweet the content to get maximum exposure.
    The good thing about Viral Content Buzz and Justretweet is that it includes @mention, which will ultimately affect your Klout score as well.

  • http://www.msocialh.com Qasim

    Hi Ann,

    those are really great tips to improve the number of retweets I am following most of them, specially Viral Content buzz.

    Although retweeting others tweets that is related to your niche may consume some time but it will encourage those people to retweet your tweets that relates to their niche, it will become a sort of retweeting partnership, Also website like easyretweet and justretweet will help you get more retweets.

  • http://www.premiumseosolutions.com.au/ Audrey Abbey

    Great tips, its really a pleasure if someone re tweeted my post I believe that it provided the readers useful information.

  • http://www.andykuiper.com Andy Kuiper

    Thanks Ann ūüôā

  • http://www.techlurk.com/ Akshay Aggarwal

    Awesome tips for retweets, Social Media signals are the significant ranking metrics in my opinion.