You know that your exposure increases when someone retweets your posts. It's a sign that your followers are indeed following you and that they find your tweets interesting enough to retweet.
But you already know that!
So what's the secret? Other than the basic things like writing great content or adding Twitter buttons on your website, there has to be a few more advanced tips to get more retweets, right?
Well there are! So, without further ado, let me count the ways – 24 actually.
Use Mentions: The more mentions you include in a tweet, the higher your chances of getting a retweet.
Use Links: Multiple studies have confirmed that using links within your tweets will result in more retweets.
Retweet others: When you're generous with YOUR retweets, those around you will be more likely to reciprocate.
Use hashtags: Tweets with #hashtagsreceive 2x more engagement than those without hashtags.
Ask for a retweet: Spelling out Retweet will net you better results than using the abbreviation RT?
Place your link carefully: Place the link 90% of the way through your tweet increases the likelihood of getting a retweet.
Optimize your tweet length: 71–100 characters is the optimal length in terms of getting retweets.
Reach other time zones: If you want the opportunity for retweets in other parts of the world, try scheduling tweets to go out while you are away or sleeping.
Don't flurry tweet: Be cautious about posting multiple tweets in one fell swoop, schedule your tweets.
Tweet great content: It goes without saying that if you want retweets, your content nees to be retweetable.
Retweet button on your website: Having a retweet button on every page of your site is critical if you want your visitors to retweet your content.
Use pictures: Tweets with pictures receive far more retweets than those without. An average of .404 retweets, compared to .0133 for those without.
Tweet at the optimal times: Tweeting on Sundays will increase your chances of getting retweeted, as will tweeting after work hours.
Inclue a number: Where relevant, use a number or digit within your tweet. Tweets containing numbers get retweeted 17% more often than those without.
Show enthusiasm: While you may not be entirely comfortable using lots of emotion in your tweets, using exclamation marks can actually increase the likelihood of getting retweets!
Use CAPS: Tweets with a higher ratio of capital letters receive more retweets. I suggest using CAPS to emphasize specific words.
Add pretty much anything to your tweets: Adding extras like hashtags, digits, quotes, videos and photos will get you more retweets.
Don't always talk about you: Focus on delivering value, being useful to your audience and do not make it all about YOU.
Focus on popular content: In order of popularity: news, instructional tweets, entertainment, opininion, products, small talk.
Talk about Twitter: People are more likely to retweet if your post mentions Twitter, as opposed to another social network.
Say thanks! People appreciate the recognition, so posting a message thanking the people who have reposted your messages goes a long way in building the retweet relationship.
Use most retweeted words: you twitter please retweet post blog social free media help please RT great social media 10 follow how to top blog post check out new blog post
Avoid least retweetable words: game going haha lol but watching work home night bed well sleep gonna hey tomorrow tired some back bored listening
Be social: Respond to direct messages, retweets and interact with others who share content that you find engaging.
Conclusion Getting retweets is more of a science than an art, so start experimenting today! You'll find that if you leverage the information above, you'll boost the number of retweets you get. So give it a try and happy tweeting.
Mentions: charts and data, Dan Zarella and Kim Garst