As a blogger promoting themselves on Twitter, I use retweet accounts to help my promotional tweets reach a wider audience. This involves mentioning an account like @FemaleBloggerRT or hashtag like #BloggingGals in my tweets so that the account owner can see it and retweet it to their followers. The two accounts I just mentioned have thousands of followers, so it can be hard to get noticed. It’s worth noting that if you aren’t being retweeted, it might just be that the account is very busy and they simply can’t retweet everyone, but there are definitely things you can do to help yourself get noticed and get that all-important retweet.
ONLY USE ONE HASHTAG/MENTION
It can be tempting to add a million and one hashtags to every tweet in the idea that more people will see it. This is true, but the RT account doesn’t necessarily want to promote every other RT account under the sun just to show off your post. Try and limit it to one account and a couple of hashtags per tweet. It can also end up looking a bit spammy if you’ve got loads of hashtags and accounts mentioned, which presumably isn’t really what you’re going for.
DONT SPAM THEM
Seems obvious, but it happens. If you’ve mentioned someone 30 times in the last hour, what makes you think they’ll still want to talk to you, let alone do you a favour? You may think that the mentions will be so crowded you won’t get a look in, but a few of tweets per hour is more than enough, and you’ll ensure you won’t end up on anybody’s black list.
I’m a very visual person, so I tend to gravitate towards tweets with pictures in them. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, so try and include an image in your promo tweet to grab people’s attention. If your post doesn’t have any pictures in it, you could always use a funny/relevant gif so that people can see your personality. I always use the main picture from my post that often has the post title written on it, which I find really works.
LEAVE A LINK
This is important just in terms of people being able to find what you’re actually promoting, but I definitely wouldn’t retweet anything without a link. It’s not just blog posts either, links to your Facebook page or other social media are always useful if that’s what you’re promoting.
MAKE IT RELEVANT
Most RT accounts are there for a specific niche. If you’re a fashion blogger, probably stay away from beauty blog RT accounts, or if you’re a travel blogger don’t use the fashion blogger hashtags. Whilst a wider audience might see your post, if they aren’t your target audience it’s probably not really worth it. Sure, the views will be nice. But wouldn’t you rather some real engagement? A few new followers? Stay relevant with the accounts and hashtags you’re using.
Tweet during account running times
Is the account run by someone in your timezone, or are they on the other side of the world? There’s no point in mentioning accounts when nobody is around to retweet, so you might have to work out when the best times are to mention people with a bit of trial and error.
I hope these tips were helpful. Obviously they aren’t a surefire way of getting retweeted (I don’t get retweeted all the time by any means!) as sometimes accounts will just be too busy/miss your tweets. Keep at it and you will get there eventually. If you’re looking for accounts to mention, check out this list on Abbey’s blog. Have you got any advice that I’ve missed?