10 Ways to Get More Re-Tweets

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Do you want more Twitter traffic? Well, who doesn’t? One of the best ways to get more Twitter traffic is to get more re-tweets…but you already know that.

But do you know how to get more re-tweets? Other than the basic things like writing great content or adding Twitter buttons to your website, there have to be advanced ways to get more re-tweets, right?

Well, there are! Here are 10 ways to get more re-tweets:

Avoid least tweetable words

Out of 30 million tweets analyzed, here are the words that tend to be re-tweeted the least:

  1. game
  2. going
  3. haha
  4. lol
  5. but
  6. watching
  7. work
  8. home
  9. night
  10. bed
  11. well
  12. sleep
  13. gonna
  14. hey
  15. tomorrow
  16. tired
  17. some
  18. back
  19. bored
  20. listening

And here are the most re-tweeted words:

  1. you
  2. twitter
  3. please
  4. retweet
  5. post
  6. blog
  7. social
  8. free
  9. media
  10. help
  11. please retweet
  12. great
  13. social media
  14. 10
  15. follow
  16. how to
  17. top
  18. blog post
  19. check out
  20. new blog post

If you are trying to get the most re-tweets, 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 re-tweets 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 re-tweets, consider tweeting out messages on Wednesday at 5PM EST.

Time people’s tweets

You already know that you can place Twitter buttons on your website to get more re-tweets, but wouldn’t you ideally want people to click the re-tweet button during 5PM EST?

If you just use the normal Twitter button, you can’t control when people re-tweet your content. But if you use the Buffer Twitter button, you can control when someone’s tweet goes out.

The way it works is that when people click the Buffer tweet button, it automatically pushes the tweet out during ideal times instead of pushing it out instantly. This way the tweets get the most visibility, which should help them get re-tweeted more.

Tweet quotes

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 re-tweets.

The reason I tweet these quotes is because it’s not only causing my followers to get used to re-tweeting my stuff, but it’s also helping me grow my follower count.

Plus, if I tweet a quote and then tweet about something else within a minute, that second tweet tends to get re-tweeted an additional 4.1%. So, if you want to increase your re-tweets, start to tweet quotes.

Place re-tweet buttons throughout your blog posts

I wrote a blog post on “business advice in 3 words” last year, and the post got over 417 re-tweets. 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 re-tweet buttons. And out of the 417 plus re-tweets, 283 of them came from the 54 re-tweet buttons within the blog post.

Don’t be afraid to place re-tweet buttons within your copy whenever you have an interesting phrase that people may like. It can drastically increase the number of re-tweets 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 the ones without links.

tweet links

If you look at the image above, you’ll notice that 18.96% of all tweets contain a link. But when it comes to re-tweets, a whopping 56.69% of them contain a link. So, if you want your tweets to be re-tweeted, you 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 its products if you tweet about the company. And if you want to use some of its advanced features without having to pay, it usually asks you to tweet about it again.

This method has helped the company attract over an extra 1,000 new customers each month.

Another example of this is to give away a free White Paper or E-book. In exchange to giving access to this free material, you can request a tweet, which should help you get more downloads.

Build relationships

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 re-tweeting some of their tweets.

After my relationship with these users grows over time, every once in a while, I’ll ask them to re-tweet some of my tweets. And because they have a ton of followers, that tweet also gets re-tweeted a handful of times.

If you can build relationships with enough power users, you can ask them all at once to re-tweet 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 re-tweets. If your website has a higher readability grade level and you use more syllables per word, you’re more likely to get re-tweets.

twitter reading level

If you look at the image above, you’ll notice that most re-tweets 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.

twitter has tags

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 re-tweets.

Conclusion

Getting re-tweets isn’t an art, it’s a science. If you leverage the information above, you’ll maximize the number of re-tweets you get. Give it a whirl. Try just a few of the tips above, and you’ll start to see more re-tweets.

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  1. Hi Neil,

    That’s great finding.. I never know that there are some most favorable retweet words, I’ll certainly use them in my tweets and of course I also try to tweet some nice quotes.

  2. Interesting finding Neil,

    I feel it’s really important to tweet when your followers are ready to retweet and there are few apps which let you know when your most followers stay online and you can schedule your tweets accordingly and it certainly works.

  3. I love Dan’s work, guy definitely has most things on Twitter down to a science.

  4. Neil great stuff, always offering value.
    Its important in building a good network which you network with, once you have that connection with them, for them to retweeet your stuff would be no problem.

  5. There is lot to do in 140 chars one more thing i would like to add is tweeting multiple times the same tweet.

    did not knew about the time when tweets are retweeted the most.

  6. Great Post Neil..Got Something New from this post !!!

  7. Thanks Neil,

    I am still working my way through Twitter so this is definitely a big help in the process.

    Great post.
    David

  8. I think the nature of most vs least retweeted words is interesting. I wonder if the data has changed in the last 1.5 years? Mostly it seems like being positive matters, and things oriented towards Twitter interest followers.

    • I’m sure the data may have changed slightly. Being positive is always a good idea. People respond better to positive words, it gives them a good feeling. Which in turn makes them want to pass it along to others.

  9. Great stuff Neil…We didn’t pay much attention to Twitter before because we simply didn’t understand it. We get it now and are kind of obsessed :-)

    Two things to add would be allowing enough extra space so people can add something and your RT’s don’t get truncated. Also scheduling your tweets to go out at or around the same times each day so people get used to seeing them at a specific time and/or actively look for them at that specific time.

  10. Splendid write up Neil… Looking forward to see a post on how to get more Shares/Likes in Facebook…

  11. FINALLY a twitter post that makes sense and is useful WITHOUT reusing boring content. Thanks so much!

  12. Brodie Schroeder :

    Nice post Neil your entries are always goldmines for opportunists. I have recently taken to Twitter myself and I’m using it to unconventionally leverage myself and build a team for my potential startup. I’m just the average college kid with an idea looking to surround myself with people who can help make it happen. We’ll see if it works. Either way though, this Twitter science is great stuff and will help those who use it to their advantage.

    Brodie Schroeder
    @BrodieSchroeder

  13. As expected, a fabulous laser-focused post!

    I would like to add using a site like Twitlonger dot com if you absolutely need to use more than 140 characters in your Tweets.

    I thought I had a doggone good handle on Twitter Re-Tweets but I’ve learned some great tactics here, Neil — thank you!

  14. Really useful stuff here, thanks Neil. Especially like the most retweeted words section. Guess it’s true that asking for RT’s really works, will have to try it more often.

  15. You missed one point – Just have more followers! Period!

  16. You give some great suggestions that I will have to think about when using my Twitter account.

    I was wondering if you have looked into Triberr.com at all? You join a tribe, and all your tribe mates retweet your posts for you. If you have a good tribe, you’ll get your other tweets retweeted, comments on your blog, and a solid social network as well.

  17. Awesome data. I’m surprised LOL isn’t #1 of the words to not be retweeted. The fact that “Please Retweet” was on the list of words most likely to be retweeted goes right to the point of asking for what you want. I often advise clients to directly ask for retweets and likes, and shares. They’ll sometimes resist, but once they try it and see the positive results they take to the advice pretty well…

  18. The game makes me re-tweet the links… and shocking news.

  19. Damn, really is a science with all those venn diagrams and ECGs. Haha, I’m really going to try and start following your suggestions on the best post times for various social media platforms and see if I can get larger spikes than normal.

  20. Awesome info, Neil — the best/worst words are incredibly useful.

    I keep coming back to your blog for pointers to research data to learn more about whatever the topic of each post is.

    It’s not always what you write, sometimes it’s what you cite. ;)

  21. “Let people pay you with a tweet”

    I use it by using paysocial.in

    Whats your openion Neil ?

  22. Hi Neil,

    Coincidentally, I found this posting as a ReTweet from @Wandia_info. Thanks for sharing this content; it is clearly effective. By the way, I also ReTweeted this down to a growing 500+ following.

    Respectfully,

    Chris

    @SocialSanchez

  23. Wish, what’s with the yellow background ?
    It’s really hitting the eyes, especially on the iPad.

    Please fix it Neil.

  24. Hey Neil, Thanks for the post. I think at the end of the day, you just need to be simply interesting to get people to follow you, retweet you, and recommend you.

    One way to do that is to talk about others more than yourself.

    On a separate note, Is the “RSS” sign up banner at the end of your posts a plugin or something you coded yourself?

    Thanks

  25. John Alexander :

    Hi Neil,

    This is a wonderful post as usual, Neil. Thanks so much for sharing these tips. They are so helpful, I’m letting all my readers know about your Blog.

    Thanks again and best wishes,
    John Alexander

  26. Hey Neil,

    Awesome guide on getting retweets. I think building relationship with the followers is the best way to get retweets.

    I love the guide about the most retweeted words.. !

    Thanks for sharing this awesome stuff with us.

  27. I remember Tim Ferriss doing similar things as far as measuring the optimum date/time to tweet to hit the correct audience-stream. Little insane, but I suppose it’s necessary. :)

    Thanks Neil

  28. Hi Neil,

    Here’s my easy guide to getting the most out of Twitter – right here! Thanks :-)

  29. Didn’t know that most tweeters are based in EST zone. Thamks for other findings too.

  30. Great info again.

    However I think we should focus on getting more followers before we think about people retweet.

    • I believe that people’s retweets will help produce more followers. If your readers retweet something of your that their readers like then they may start to follow you as well.

  31. Great article with very good info. I keep trying to find legit ways to increase Twitter followers that really have interest in the topic that I am tweeting about.

    • Thank you, I am glad you found this post helpful. Gathering followers can be difficult. Keep providing useful content and implementing tactics like I have mentioned and you should see improvement.

  32. Hi Niel

    Good Article. I understand the logic of viral effect through twitter but still find it difficult to comprehend if people really read each other tweets that often. If you are following lot of followers, then its even more difficult to track the conversation.
    I think I am missing some obvious thing.

    Anand

    • Thanks Anand,

      I believe people do read tweets that often. We are in an age where people are constantly interacting on social media sites like twitter. All hours of the day, every day people share, read and connect through twitter, way to much to not be reading each others tweets.

  33. Hi Neil,

    Once again, thanks for another great post! Always find your post so insightful and well researched, but then again, if you practice what you preach is not that hard right? :)

    I too use buffer, and have really found it to help a lot! Makes life on twitter so much easier!

    Anyway, thanks again! Cheers.

    • Thanks Meyer,

      It definitely helps giving advice from personal experience. That way you can honestly let others know what does or does’t work.

      Cool, it is a great tool.

      Yep, anytime.

  34. I believe on related re tweet of stuffs which give me more real followers.Yes we can consider all above the good point, but re tweet of other stuffs is also important.

  35. Nice research about retweets. Got some idea of words usage.

  36. Hi Neil,

    One of the great post for all because if we want in this post lot of things to learn for one of the best social media site.

    You mentioned each and every thing very well how we can get much advantage with the help of twitter.

  37. Hello Neil,
    I enjoyed reading your post about getting more re-tweets. I didn’t know that there were certain words that can increase one’s re-tweets — I’ll definitely keep those highly recommended words in mind. I also found your advice on timing tweets interesting. I’ll try that, too. Thank you for these very helpful information. More power

  38. very interesting and detailed analysis… i was wondering why i dont have much retweets, now i know … my twitter: @diamontip

  39. Neil great tips here and will keep the top retweet words handy.
    Thanks

  40. Neil,
    You mentioned that tweets on Wednesdays get the most visibility. Is this an urban legend or a fact? What is the reason behind it?

  41. Making money with retweets! I had no idea about that. I think I’ll but that to test ;)

  42. Is the list of most retweeted words maybe retweeted more because more people use them? Is it per-capita? Because per-capita would make more sense as far as the statistics.

  43. Interested to know how you went about putting the retweet links in for each quote on that other post?

    Do you have it automated – If so… how? and

    If not… What’s the process?

    Thanks for a great post – Hoping you can take the time to answer :)

  44. Great, even the results of the survey are also presented here. And about the quote, I think that’s true. I see a lot of accounts that tweet quote get a lot of followers

    Thank you for share this ….

    • No problem, glad you liked it. I have found it is true, that tweeting quotes can produce more followers. If you don’t do it already give it a try and see how it works out for you.

  45. a big wow.. did not know there are these tips on twitter. Well everything could be turned into business. Thanks neil, I could share this to my friends I know.

  46. Didn’t know that hashtags are so strong in the twitter world. This just added a new dimension to my tweets. Thanks for the great advice.

  47. You’re a genius Neil, and your ideas are very useful. Thank you!

  48. Hi Neil,
    Thanks for sharing this, yes I agreed with everything you said here. The most important thing is building relationship with other twitter users, retweet some of their tweet and if they happens to retweet yours, you should THANK them in return and by doing this, you will be building trust and relationship with them.

    Avoid spamming your followers with your own promotional tweets because not everyone likes that!

    Another way to get people retweet your tweet if you don’t have enough followers is by adding your tweets here http://www.JustRetweet.com which other users will get your tweet retweeted. So Neil, I think you should include JustRetweet on your next list ;)

    Thanks

  49. Thanks for the very interesting info. I learned a lot from this post about twitter behavior, now i need to think about how to use it.

  50. Thank you Neil. I was using the least retweeted words on my tweets. thank buddy. you work for me as my teacher.

  51. very difficult to get the power users talking to small users.. :(

  52. I’d like to start increasing my twitter followers, there is a great way to add a retweet button below your post. Have you tried out twitter anywhere+?

  53. Do follower count really increase with tweeting quotes? Thats news for me and an idea too Thanks for the tip.

  54. How to study effectively :

    It seems to me that call to actions are included a lot in the “good” words to use. I also think that quotes make excellent tweet, however it really isn’t much use if I only have 5 followers, eh? Those statistics are pretty cool though.

  55. I thought sharing what I was watching was pretty cool on twitter, and now I’ll have to change my strategy :(

  56. Tip no.1 ,6, 8 are the best!

  57. very nice collection nail.twitter is my targeted website for drive traffic.your article is help me a lot.keep sharing :)

  58. Hi Niel,
    Thank you for the great information. I have been doing some of what you suggested on Twitter, but will most definitely implement some of the other ideas you provided here to increase my network of followers through retweets!

  59. RTed you three times yesterday before even reading this post.. Must be working lol

  60. I’ve been struggling using twitter in business, and even on a personal level. This post has given me some motivation though. Since I mainly work in Gambling, most forms of promotions seem to come off “spammy” it seems. So I’m always trying to balance that out.

    Great stuff though Neil, and thanks for the info. I’m always amazed at the stats you share. Thanks!

    • I hope you are able to find a way to balance it out. It can be difficult if people see your tweets as spam. Try out some of the ideas from this post. Hopefully they will help to increase your success in retweets.

      Best of luck.

  61. As far as i tried to get more followers was only to tweet some interesting things and gain niche and large amount of followers. But i never thought if words also can help me out to become popular over twittter. Thanks Neil ! You are superb.

  62. Houses for Sale in Chula Vista :

    The most important tips are to create many good lasting relationships and then also the tip about hashtags. Hashtags are very popular and they can make you rich if you latch on to the right one!

  63. I just love the way you analyze different basic activity and and web design as described in previous post as Analytic is being one of my favorite subject for research. The thing I like in above blog is the time you have mentioned to get more exposure. There are tools which schedules your tweets automatically with time specified by you.

    • Cool, thanks for letting me know what you liked best about this post. Definitely check out those tools and try using them sometime. If no longer having to manually post your tweets you will save yourself a lot of time.

  64. M.E. Anders, the Cult Slayer :

    After reading this article, I started my own Twitter Game Plan to implement these tips into my own strategy for relationship building. Priceless! Thanks!

  65. Neil,

    Plenty of info to take onboard here, so thanks for that!

    Didn’t know that you could find out about the most re-tweeted words, now makes sense.

    Thanks again,
    Glenn

  66. Hey Neil,
    I loved your idea about building relations. Actually I had read your post a couple of weeks back and decided to try it out. I followed someone on twitter who had tons of followers and after about a week I asked him if he would retweet my tweet and today he was kind enough to do that. I am so excited about it so I decided to share it with you. Great idea man!

  67. Nice post Neil,
    It was really insightful.

    Thanks for sharing!

  68. As usual, great post!

    The tips are very useful. I just can’t believe that there are people who pay you for a retweet. Is it one of those “techniques” to gain more traffic on a company’s site?

    Just a clarification, don’t most people think that tweets with links are spams? Hmmmm.

  69. Nice ideas to get more tweets. Thank You.

  70. Just after reading this post, i come to know how to get more retweets.

  71. Great tips Neil,

    I personally use bufferapp and timely.is for schedule my tweets and that’s working awesome. These apps schedule my tweets perfectly..

  72. Hi Neal,

    You recomend putting retweet links through the content. How do you do that? I saw the article about the business advice and each link tweet just a little bit of text, not the link to the whole article like the tweet button.

  73. Hey Neil.

    Loving the design changes around here lately. The new landing page for your traffic product is so sexy it makes my knees weak.

    I may have missed it but how do you add tweet links to individual phrases within a post?

    Love that idea.

    Tyrant

  74. Thank you, Neil! I learned a lot from this post.

  75. do you know any free service which provide free retweets?

  76. Loved all the advises but time matters for your tweets agreed.. Thanks Neil will definitely share this post

  77. Just stumbled on your blog during my travels across the Internet. This is great stuff. I have a bunch of Twitter followers but not many retweets. Am going to put his in practice.

  78. Thanks for the Info – hopefully now I can get a lot more people to re-tweet my posts. Thanks

  79. In my opinion, Scheduling tweets in perfect time does matter,i use bufferapp for schedule my tweets…

    did not know about the most retweeted words,this will help me a lot!
    Thanks neil :)

  80. hahahaha i forget that i already read this post 6 days ago….but i forgot. but after reading the comments i read mine and i did not even remeber lol

    Sorry Neil
    Don’t look me as spammer, i was digging your blog from few days..lots of useful resource. I don’t usually comment on blogs but i feel very comfortable here when i submit comments.

  81. Neil, This is by far the best blog about SEO and marketing that I’ve come across. I started in the web business about one year ago and I barely knew how the most basic concepts worked. Now I feel like I can keep up with about half of the specifics. There is so much more to learn and I just wanted to let you know that your efforts have been very valuable to me!

  82. Great tips, I have had a hard time with my twittering, maybe these tips will help me out. Twitter just hasn’t been easy for me.

  83. I read your post really very enjoyable content. Good to know about more retweets. Every post are very informative really…
    Thanks

  84. Not surprised that ‘please’ was in there, I don’t have the stats on hand, but I think I read it on copyblogger (?) that the most RT’ed things actually contain the word ‘please’.

    The proof is in the pudding that politeness goes a long way.

  85. Those retweeted words could help someone get more retweets by themselves. You could piece together some sentences from those words themselves!

  86. So interesting to know that you can program your retweet button to do it on a certain time!!! Never have heard about it before. I will surely use that trick!! It will make a huge difference!!

  87. Some great tips for getting more retweets, thank you! I love the fact that tweets with more syllables are more likely to be retweeted :-) I never would have thought that!

  88. Great post and great ideas Neil. Thanks for sharing!

  89. Just found this amazing site http://retweetspro.com that gets you thousands of targeted Twitter followers for free! You simply exchange retweets. No joke! Try it and thank me later.

  90. Nice article. I use RetweetsPro to get tons of free retweets. I get a good amount of retweets everyday and I’m getting more exposed thanks to this wonderful site. http://RetweetsPro.com

  91. hey neil,
    from this post, i came to know many things which i did not know.
    thank you for telling favorable retweet words.this post was full of interesting knowledge.

    Thanks.

    Matt

  92. What a great article, only just seen it and it explains to us why some of our tweets get retweeted and not. We will certainly follow some of your guidelines Niel and look for more retweets and also ensure we include links to as this sounds link the reason many of what we think are useful tweets get forgotton.

    I will now look at some of your other articles for more info :)

  93. Hi!,,,,,,,,!!!The tips are very useful. I just can’t believe that there are people who pay you for a retweet. Is it one of those “techniques” to gain more traffic on a company’s site?

    Thank you so much!~,,,,

  94. Great article. It’s important to look at retweets as an indicator of good content and try to create quality rather than push average content at people repeatedly. BTW you should change your site so that the comment box is at the top rather than all the way down at the bottom…I’m scroll lazy…

  95. I recently noticed floating share buttons plugin, i think it also works great for improving retweets.

  96. Hi Neil

    Thanks for such a wonderful and useful Tips. I used one or two phrases from the list of most retweeted words and it works great. Additionally if possible please provide the best timing for when to share Tweets for different countries. So It will also more beneficial for us.

    Thanks Again.

  97. Dear Neil,

    Although this article is a few years old, I found it very helpful and I plan to put many of your suggestions to action as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing!

    -D.
    http://www.codenamedredin.blogspot.com

    • Danielle, glad I could help. Thanks for the feedback. I always like to know how I can help people by relating old questions and problems to new blog posts.

  98. This is an old post but I am going to try some of the techniques mentioned here and report back on the results.

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