Art of Retweets: Top 10 Ways To Improve Your ReTweetability

Art of Retweets: Top 10 Ways To Improve Your ReTweetability

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Retweeting is a great way to share information and ideas, as well as bring a nice flood of social media targeted website traffic.

When you retweet someone, you show that you think enough of what they have written to share it with your followers and by doing that, increase their social media website traffic – one of the ultimate compliments on Twitter.

But how do you get tweeple to retweet your thoughts, pictures, videos?

That’s what my objective was when I set out to find the best retweeting tips out there.

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Don’t worry. I am not going to talk about the obvious: your idea itself needs to be contagious, you need a great headline, etc. There are plenty of blog posts written about that.

I was more into discovering the “nuts and bolts” of a retweet: does it matter how many followers you have to become more “retweetable”? Is it in the words we use? The length, the links? Is it the kind of content we send our social media traffic to?

What does it REALLY take to generate tons of targeted website traffic via Twitter?

If you are really into the science of retweeting, visit Dan Zarrella’s blog at and get his report “Science of Retweets”.

For everybody else who wants to increase their social media traffic by improving retweetability INSTANTLY, here are some practical tips to get you there.

1. Hours of the day: Peak tweet hours – business hours (between 9am-5pm; I guess that’s one of the very few advantages of having a J.O.B. – you get paid for tweeting). Peak retweet hours – 3pm to midnight.

Moral: if you want to be read, tweet in the morning; if you want to be retweeted, tweet at night.

2. Days of the week: The worst day for RT is Sunday; it picks up from there and peak RT day of the week is Friday, going back down from there.

3. Use links: Tweets with links are retweeted much more often – meaning: send your social media generated traffic to good content.

4. Use URL shorteners are retweeted the most (tinyurl is retweeted the least – don’t ask me why).

5. Length: forget 140 characters, the shorter the better. 120 characters is the new maximum if you have any chance to be retweeted.

6. Use hashtags: using existing hashtags greatly increases your findability by Twitter users and Twitter bots alike.

7. Short profile names help. This one is optional, but very helpful for obvious reasons. The shorter your name is the more space you leave for retweeting.

8. Punctuation matters: Overwhelming 93% of all retweets contain proper punctuation in them, particularly colons and periods. So pay attention to those small details.

9. Most Retweetable (read: generate the most targeted traffic) Words & Phrases social media increase your targeted website traffic image

1. you                              11. please retweet

2. twitter                        12. great

3. please                         13. social media

4. retweet                       14. 10

5. post                            15. follow

6. blog                            16. how to

7. social                          17. top

8. free                             18. blog post

9. media                         19. check out

10. help                           20. new blog post

As you can see, the word “YOU” ranks as number one – a reminder that we all like to be talked to on a personal level. If you are talking to “me”, then I am more likely to retweet you.

The word “PLEASE” is very important. If you want to be retweeted, ask for it and be polite while you are at it.

Tweeting about your new blog posts, particularly on social media, is a smart thing to do as well.

10. Least Retweetable (read: generate the least amount of targeted traffic) Words

1. game                            11. well

2. going                           12. sleep

3. haha                             13. gonna

4. lol                                 14. hey

5. but                                15. tomorrow

6. watching                      16. tired

7. work                             17. some

8. home                            18. back

9. night                            19. bored

10. bed                             20. listening

As you can see, if you are talking about “you”, like telling someone we are going to bed and such, you won’t be retweeted. Generally, the –ing verbs, like “going”, “watching”, “listening” won’t get retweets either.

So, if you want to get retweeted, don’t answer the “What are you doing?” question and don’t get into idle chit-chat.

Well, that’s it for me, folks. I hope you enjoyed the reading.


Also, if you want to do more research on retweeting, here is a tip: the most valuable advice I found was in the comments for posts.

Which means I need your help!


  • What are some of the things YOU like to Retweet?
  • What do you like to see YOUR FOLLOWERS Retweet?
  • Any tips you’d like to share on the best ways to get YOU to Retweet and bring me some more blog traffic :)?

ana hoffman yournetbiz

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  1. Hi Ana. it’s great to read your posts about twitter and how to maximise the effort to win more twitters to my twitter account. It’s a great idea to choose the words to use in order to gain more followers. You are indeed encouraging and I’m enjoying your posts greatly. Keep up the good work.

  2. Hey Ana,
    That is a very interesting article. I didn’t really know that the word “you” has such a great impact in retweeting. I mean I have to work and pay more attention on what phrase I use in my tweets. I guess tweeting just the title and the link of a new post is not the right tip to follow.
    Anyway, thank you very much for the information!
    have a good day!

    • Of course, all these tips greatly depend on the authority of the user, Lenia – some people will get RTed no matter what, and then again, some of us actually have to work for it!

      Thanks for the +1!

  3. At first I thought that there word tweeple was a typo and then I realized that you merged the word tweet and people together!!
    Very helpful info, thanks!

    • With Twitter becoming a social networking super-power, Webster dictionary will have quite a bit of updating to do. :)

      Glad you enjoyed it, Llaima – see you back soon.


  4. I love tweeting and do RT posts I enjoy. This has been really informative and I’ve duly noted best times for tweeting and RT too. Thanks Ana. I’m learning heaps over here and yes you will get another RT. I see you’ve had heaps already so others are enjoying this post too :-)
    Patricia Perth Australia