Do you want more Twitter traffic? Well who doesn’t. One of the best ways to get more Twitter traffic is to get more retweets… but you already know that.
But do you know how to get more retweets? Other than the basic things like write great content or add Twitter buttons to your website there has to be advanced ways to get more retweets, right?
Well there is! Here are 10 ways to get more retweets:
Avoid least tweetable words
Out of 30 million tweets analyzed, here are the words that tend to be retweeted the least:
And here are the most retweeted words:
- please retweet
- social media
- how to
- blog post
- check out
- new blog post
If you are trying to get the most retweets, you should avoid using the least favorable words in your tweets and stick with the favorable ones instead.
Time your tweets
Did you know that 48% of Twitter users are based in Eastern Standard Time? Or that 6% of all retweets happen during 5PM EST? And if you want to get more specific, did you know that tweets that occur on Wednesday get the most visibility?
So if you want to get the most retweets consider tweeting out messages on Wednesday at 5PM EST.
Time peoples tweets
You already know that you can place Twitter buttons on your website to get more retweets, but wouldn’t you ideally want people to click the retweet button during 5PM EST?
If you just use the normal Twitter button, you can’t control when people retweet your content. But if you use the Buffer Twitter button, you can control when someones tweet goes out.
The way it works is that people click the Buffer tweet button and it automatically pushes the tweet out during ideal times instead of pushing it out instantly. This way it gets the most visibility, which should help those tweets get more retweets.
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll notice that I tweet a lot of quotes. Whether it’s quotes I am coming up with or others are, they tend to get anywhere from 20 to a few hundred retweets.
The reason I tweet these quotes is because it’s not only causing my followers to get used to retweeting my stuff, but I am also growing my follower count through this tactic.
Plus if I tweet a quote and then tweet about something else within a minute, that second tweet tends to get retweeted an additional 4.1%. So if you want to increase your retweets start to tweet quotes.
Place retweet buttons throughout your blog posts
I wrote a blog post on “business advice in 3 words” last year and the post got over 417 retweets. The reason it was so successful is because for every phrase I used to describe business, I added a tweet button next to it.
In total the post had 54 retweet buttons. And out of the 417 plus retweets, 283 of them came from the 54 retweet buttons within the blog post.
Don’t be afraid to place retweet buttons within your copy whenever you have an interesting phrase that people may like. It can drastically increase how many retweets you get. It has worked well for me and other blogs like On Startups.
Add links within your tweets
As simple as it may sound, there is a huge difference between tweets with a link and ones without links.
If you look at the image above you’ll notice that 18.96% of all tweets contain a link. But 56.69% of all retweets contain a link. So if you want your tweets to be retweeted, you’ll have better odds if you include a link.
Let people pay you with a tweet
Have you thought about a concept in which people can pay you with a tweet? For example, Simply Measured lets you gain access to some of their products if you tweet about them. And if you want to use some of their advanced features without having to pay, they usually ask you to tweet about them again.
This method has helped the company attract over an extra 1000 new customers each month.
Another example of this is to give away a free White Paper or E-book. But to get access to this free material you can request a tweet, which should help you get more downloads.
Networking doesn’t have to take place offline. Every week I try to get to know at least 5 Twitter users that have over 20,000 followers. I do so by direct messaging them, communicating with them through email, tweeting at them, and retweeting some of their tweets.
After my relationship with these users grow over time, every once in a while I’ll ask them to retweet some of my tweets. And because they have a ton of followers, that tweet also gets retweeted a handful of times.
If you can build relationships with enough power users, you can ask them at all at once to retweet some of your tweets, which should cause your numbers to go through the roof.
Use 1.62 Syllables per word
Simplicity isn’t the key to retweets. If your website has a higher readability grade level and you use more syllables per word, you’re more likely to get retweets.
If you look at the image above, you’ll notice that most retweets contain 1.62 syllables per tweet. While most tweets contain 1.58 syllables per word.
So don’t try to dumb things down… don’t be afraid to sound smart.
People follow hashtags
Yes, people do follow people, but they also follow hashtags. Just look at the trending sections area on Twitter or better yet, check out Trendistic to see what hashtags are being used right now.
Did you know that 1% to 2% of the tweets on Twitter include hashtags? That may not sound like a lot but with over 200 million tweets a day, anywhere from 2 to 4 million of them contain hashtags.
So if you can leverage popular hashtags, your tweets will be more likely seen by others, which will cause more retweets.
Getting retweets isn’t an art, it’s a science. If you leverage the information above, you’ll maximize how many retweets you’ll get. So it give it a whirl, try to use just a few of the tips above and you’ll start to see more retweets.
So do you know of any other ways to get more retweets?