Are you wondering how to get more retweets on Twitter? Then you’re in luck because I’m going to share with you the secrets to getting more shares, likes and retweets on Twitter.
Do you ever go to other blogs and look at their social share counts? Some of them get each blog post shared hundreds of time. So you go about creating great content hoping to set social media on fire… and what happens? Crickets. That’s what happens.
It’s happened to me countless times. At least it used to. I was so sick and tired of my content being ignored on social media that I had to do something about it. So I set out to learn what other bloggers do to get their content shared so much.
It turns out, you need more than just great content to get a lot of social shares. You need a strategy.
Why Getting Retweets Is So Important
Before I get into how to get more retweets on Twitter, you might be wondering if it even matters.
If you think that the number of retweets your content gets is just a vanity number, think again. Retweets are a really really really big deal. If you get your post shared a lot on Twitter, that means:
- You will get more traffic (and more affiliate sales)
- You will grow your email list (by converting twitter followers into email subscribers)
- You will acquire more backlinks (and improve your Google ranking)
- Google may look at how well received your content is on social media. (Source: Moz)
As you can see, the total number of retweets you get isn’t just a number you can show off, there are lots of benefits of getting your content retweeted.
Why I’m Sharing My Advice
I’ve been blogging and sharing on social media sites for over ten years. I didn’t start getting lots of social shares until 2018.
There was always frustration about why my content wasn’t being shared. I kept writing better and better content, but still, my posts were not being shared.
I know you might be frustrated too. It can be real disheartening to pour your heart and precious time into a post, only to have the Twittersphere ignore it.
Then in July 2018 I started this blog and actually spent a week studying tweets that had been shared a lot. I visited the sites and began seeing patterns. The blog posts that were shared a lot on Twitter had a lot in common.
I learned a lot in my journey of discovering how to get a lot of social shares on Twitter. So let’s end the frustration already. It’s time to take action.
How To Get More Shares On Twitter
So, do you want more retweets to your content? Read on for 5 ways to get more retweets on Twitter.
1. Add Beautiful Share Buttons On Your Blog Posts
I know this sounds like an obvious one, but there’s more to it than installing a WordPress plugin and letting it do the rest. I have spent years (and years) using every social media sharing plugin out there. Heck, I have even gone as far as designing my own icons and including the code to share by hand.
Here is what I have learned.
Use the Social Warfare plugin. This is what the big boys use. The industry leaders in your niche are using this plugin. They might not tell you. Heck, they might not even answer you if you ask them. But trust me they are using this plugin.
Those plugins, while robust, just do too much and were slowing my site down. They are too “noisy” for lack of a better word.
The best and most simplest option for me was using Social Warfare.
Do you see the social sharing icons on this page? That’s what your social share icons could look like. Here’s 7 reasons why they are the best:
- They numbers don’t lie. These icons convert very well for me.
- For social proof, you can choose to publicize your share counts or not (or only publicize them once they reach X amount of shares).
- You can activate Twitter cards which means that in each post, you can designate a specific image to be used when anyone mentions your blog post (very important!)
- You can choose where you want your icons: at the top of the post, the bottom of the post, or both!
- You can opt for floating buttons, which stay on the page as the user scrolls (very helpful to getting more retweets on Twitter).
- When someone shares your content on Twitter, your handle is included in the tweet. The plugin adds “via @username” to the end of the tweet. This directs more traffic to your Twitter profile and thus the possibility to get more retweets to other content you’ve shared.
- You can activate UTM tracking for the URL being shared so you can see sharing stats in Google Analytics.
The Social Warfare plugin is only $29 and frankly I think it’s underpriced for what it does. It has given my site a more professional appearance and boosted my social shares.
2. Add A Call To Action At The End Of Your Blog Post
How do you have your readers share your blog posts on Twitter more often? It’s simple, just ask them to share it! Is it really that simple? Yes, yes and yes!
Here’s a quote from Nora Roberts from her book The Gallaghers Of Ardmore TrilogyIf you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer’s always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. — Nora RobertsClick To Tweet
How do people know what you want if you don’t ask for it? They are not mind readers. So if you want your article to be shared on Twitter, ask them to share it on Twitter.
This is what’s called a Call To Action (CTA). Every single one of your blog posts should end with a call to action.
After all, what is your reader going to do after finishing the article? If you don’t tell them what to do, they will close your page and probably never visit again. Gasp! Oh the horror!
You will see that I try to finish every blog post with a call to action. For this blog post, for example, my CTA is for readers to share this post on Twitter.
By using the “Click To Tweet” option I mentioned in #1 you can have multiple CTA’s per blog post (if your article is long enough).
3. Tweet More To Get More Twitter Retweets: It’s A Numbers Game
A lot of new bloggers share their post on Twitter once and get zero engagement. Then they wonder why. Well, have you seen your Twitter feed? Refresh it. Refresh it again. It seems like every second a whole new set of tweets is sent out. Odds are, your followers haven’t and won’t ever see your tweet.
The solution? To post more of course. Did you know that the average lifespan of a tweet is somewhere between 18 and 24 minutes? If you don’t post often, your tweets will be buried in an avalanche of new tweets.
So this begs the question, do I just tweet the same message over and over again? No, don’t do that. Your followers and Twitter won’t like it.
If you think you can just spam Twitter with the same message and URL, think again. Here is the correct approach: create multiple messages with your link to tweet out.
For example, for this post, I created the following Twitter messages to send out:
- 5 methods to get more retweets on twitter.
- This is how you can get more retweets to your tweets.
- Boost traffic to your blog by getting more retweets.
- Here are 5 ways to get your content retweeted more often.
I then put these 4 tweets (with the url attached of course) on a scheduler to tweet my messages out on auto-pilot.
I use Revive Old Posts to tweet out my past content on a schedule. This tool is so helpful, as I couldn’t possibly do it by myself.
But do not just schedule your content only. In order to make it more natural, you should also tweet out some quotes, retweet some recent posts from influencers in your niche and then your own content.
So for example on a typical day I might send 2 quotes, share 3 of my own articles and retweet 2 influencers.
4. Write A Compelling Article That Demands To Be Shared
If you want your article to be shared on Twitter, the content needs to be share-worthy. Make your content so good they’ll want to share it. A compelling article is one in which the reader feels compelled to take action.
If your content isn’t up to snuff, you won’t get any Twitter retweets, no matter what you do.
The basic structure of a compelling article is:
Have a great title
Your title needs to be concise and yet powerful. Use superlatives such as “amazing”, “best” and “never”. You can use this title generator for help. Just pop your subject in and get suggestions.
Use images in your content
Let’s be honest, text is boring. Excite your readers by using images throughout your content. This could be screenshots, but it can also just be stock images. Anything to keep the reader interested.
Create a custom image for Twitter
Twitter posts which contain an image have higher engagement rates. I create a custom image for each of my posts exclusively for Twitter. Your image should have a 2:1 ratio. For example a good size for a Twitter image is 1200px x 600px. You can create your custom images on Canva. They even have a templates for Twitter you can use.
Since I use Social Warfare I see this handy section which lets you choose which image to use on Twitter.
Mention influencers in your content
A great way of getting your content retweeted a lot is by having an authority figure in your niche retweet your post. This will put your content in the eyes of tens of thousands of their followers. How do you do that? Just mention them in your post and then tweet them the link. They may return the favor and tweet your link out.
Call to action
As I mentioned earlier, end your articles with a call to action. Don’t be shy about asking your readers to tweet your post. It is not a big deal, it’s free after all and only takes seconds.
5. Use Click To Tweet
Another great part of the Social Warfare plugin is its Click To Tweet feature. You can add a Click To Tweet directly into your blog posts (like the one below) to encourage even more sharing.5 Methods To Get More Retweets On Twitter https://www.edwindollars.com/more-retweets-twitter/Click To Tweet
What could be easier than a single click to share your content? Using these within your posts is sure to give a boost to your Twitter share count.
By the way, speaking of share counts on Twitter, they no longer show the number of shares publicly. A workaround is to use OpenShareCount.com to keep track of your total Twitter shares. This service integrates with Social Warfare plugin so there’s nothing else you need to do.
If you want to get more retweets on Twitter and have your article retweeted over and over again, you need to promote your content. In fact, it is advisable to spend the same amount of time promoting your content as it took you to write it. Yes, you heard that right. This single piece of advice is what has made a noticeable difference in the amount of Twitter shares I receive.
Now it’s time for my call to action. If you have found this post helpful, please click below to share it on Twitter!5 Methods To Get More Retweets On Twitter https://www.edwindollars.com/more-retweets-twitter/Click To Tweet
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