How to boost sharing with a Twitter retweet link!

Do you send out a lot of tweets on Twitter but don’t have a lot of people retweeting them?

Would you like to learn how you can generate more engagement on Twitter and build better awareness for your business?

In this article I’ll show you how to create a Twitter retweet link that can help you do that.

What is a Twitter retweet link?

A Twitter retweet link is a direct link to retweet your tweet.

With a Twitter retweet link, you can save your readers time by providing a way for them to easily retweet you without having to go to Twitter, find your tweet, and then click to retweet it.

Twitter retweet link example
Example of a link to a retweet on Twitter

Where can I use a Twitter retweet link?

You can include a retweet link anywhere you can add a hyperlink.

Here are some of my favorite places to use them:

  • In a blog post
  • Within an eBook
  • Email newsletters
  • Email signature

Follow these steps to learn how to create a Twitter retweet link to start getting more people sharing your content on Twitter.

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Twitter Analytics – Measuring your success on Twitter

Do you track your success on Twitter using Twitter analytics?

While analytics may seem like a scary thing, Twitter has been on a roll lately with the addition of some powerful new tools that can help you grow you presence on Twitter.

These include the ability to schedule tweets on Twitter and Twitter analytics.

Today we’re going to cover Twitter analytics and how you can use it.

Tracking with Twitter Analytics

Twitter Analytics let’s you do more then just see who your followers are or how many times a tweet was retweeted.

You can track the following areas with the Twitter analytics tool.

Timeline activity

The timeline activity section let’s you gather a lot of information about how popular your tweets are.

For example, you can see the number of clicks, favorites, retweets, and replies that a tweet got.

Timeline activity for Twitter analytics
View favorites, retweets, and replies in Twitter analytics.


Besides seeing your timeline activity, you can use the analytics tool to track your followers.

For example, you can see follower growth, location, and the people they follow (so that you can follow them back).

Follower activity in Twitter analytics
Analyze who your followers are following and where your followers are from.

Website activity

The website activity section let’s you track how well the tweet buttons on your website is performing.

After you install the tracking code, you can see timeline activity from your website.

Twitter analytics for websites
Track how the tweet button performs on your website.


Website activity in Twitter analytics
View website activity within the analytics interface.

How to use Twitter Analytics

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How to Schedule Tweets on Twitter Without Using HootSuite

In case you haven’t heard the news, you can now schedule tweets on Twitter – but there’s a catch.

You have to do it through the Twitter Ads interface.

No, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to start paying Twitter to use their tool. Anyone can schedule tweets on Twitter using the ads tool.

Note: scheduling tweets through Twitter only works on a desktop. You cannot schedule tweets from a mobile device (yet).

Another thing that I find interesting. The timing of this announcement aligns perfectly with the upcoming Twitter IPO and suggests that Twitter plans to make money by giving all users the ability to create Twitter Ads.

What’s also interesting is that this could mean the end of HootSuite – more on that later though.

To schedule tweets on Twitter, follow the instructions below.

How to schedule tweets on Twitter

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The Twitter media grid – quickly access tweeted photos and videos

Twitter media grid

Did you know, Twitter has its very own grid for storing your media. It’s called the Twitter media grid.

What is the Twitter media grid?

The Twitter media grid is a page on Twitter where you can quickly access any photos or videos that you’ve tweeted out. This is a very helpful tool and definitely a link that you should bookmark if you’re someone who shares a lot of photos and videos and want to be able to access this information quickly.

Twitter media grid vs Twitter archives

For those of you thinking of downloading your Twitter archive to find your tweets with photos or videos, while this is another way to access past tweets, it’s not as efficient.

While you can download your Twitter archive, the Twitter media grid can help you save time having to comb through past tweets.

If you know that you’re looking for a photo or video that you tweeted out, instead of using your Twitter archive, you can quickly access the Twitter media grid to find what you’re looking for.

And because the Twitter media grid is visual, you can easily scroll through and see the content you’re looking for whereas your Twitter archive would require you to search for the specific terms you’re looking for.

As your tweet volume grows, this may mean you’ll have to go through tens of thousands of tweets. Not exactly an efficient use of time.

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How to turn off retweets on Twitter & should you?

How to turn off retweets on Twitter

Earlier this week, the question was raised on if you should turn off retweets on Twitter and if this was common practice among other Twitter users.

If you’re unfamiliar with this feature and are scratching your head on why someone would want to turn off retweets on Twitter in the first place, you’re not alone.

Most users don’t even know this feature exists, so why would they want to turn off retweets?

The overcrowded Twitter stream

If your Twitter stream has gotten overrun with too many retweets from specific followers, you can simply reduce the number of retweets that you’re seeing in your stream just by turning off retweets.

When you turn retweets off on Twitter, one thing to remember, you’re not turning off all of the retweets that you see in your Twitter stream. What you’re doing is turning off retweets for specific users that you follow.

This means that in your Twitter stream, you’ll still see all of the normal tweets from a specific user, just not the ones that they retweet from others.

Should I turn off retweets on Twitter?

One thing that puzzled me about turning off retweets is that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to begin with. Why would someone want to turn off their retweets?

Most sites on the web are teaching you different ways to get more retweets. There’s even the Twitter list feature, which was recently expanded to allow you to create 1,000 Twitter lists with 5,000 members in each.

You can also create a Twitter retweet link to include in your content to encourage people to retweet and share it more!

So should you turn off retweets on Twitter?

Personally, I don’t see the point of turning off retweets. Sure, my Twitter stream may be full of retweets, but that’s a good thing, because normally, that’s how I discover new people to follow.

To discover or not to discover, that is the question

When you go to turn off retweets on Twitter, remember, there’s no magic switch to automatically turn off retweets for specific users. You actually have to go to each profile and turn off retweets for that user.

To me, that seems like a waste of time. I could avoid all of this by creating a Twitter list for people that retweet too much (make sure you make it private so they don’t see the name of the list) and consume my Twitter stream this way.

One other thing about turning off retweets is that you are turning off the discovery side of Twitter.

Retweets are a great way to learn about new content, but also to find new people on Twitter that your followers follow, but you don’t. This means you’re going to need to spend more time finding new users to follow.

Overall, it seems like you’ll need to also find more time in your day if you choose to go this route and turn off retweets.

I like to give the following example when talking about turning off retweets.

Turning off retweets on Twitter is like turning off likes, comments and shares on Facebook. (tweet this).

How to turn off retweets on Twitter

If you’re still not convinced and want to turn off retweets on Twitter, here’s how.

1. Sign in to Twitter

2. Visit a Twitter users profile who you want to turn off retweets for

3. Click the dropdown menu next to the “follow” button. Select “turn off retweets”

How to turn off retweets on Twitter

Question: Do you find your Twitter stream overcrowded with too many retweets and would you consider spending the time to go through your hundreds or even thousands of followers to turn off retweets for each? Let me know how you feel about turning off retweets by leaving a comment below.

Search Twitter Using Google For Faster Results

One of the questions I often get asked about is how do I get more followers on Twitter?  Gaining followers on Twitter is a two way street. For starters, it’s something that you have to work at.  You cannot just join Twitter and expect to get a lot of quality followers overnight.  So how do you build your network of followers on Twitter?  First off, you need to tweet good content. This means content that people will want to share.  Here’s an example. Second, you’ll need to spend some time searching Twitter for other users and topics you should follow. For this, I recommend that you search Twitter using Google.

Search Twitter using Google for faster and more accurate results

Why search Twitter using Google?

Twitter search isn’t broken. It still works. It’s just not easy to find tweets.  When you search Twitter using Google, it opens you up to a whole lot more possibilities.  Using a Google search also has a number of advantages. Continue reading Search Twitter Using Google For Faster Results

How to embed tweetchat in WordPress

For those of you looking to leverage the social networ Twitter, to engage with your followers, one of my favorite tools to use for this is Tweetchat.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tweetchat, what this tool does is it allows you to hold a chat on a specific Twitter hashtag. There’s no need to refresh your screen or sift through multiple hashtags. You simply enter a hashtag and it Tweetchat creates a room where you can tweet and chat with your followers.

Tweetchat features

Here are a few features of Tweetchat

  • Put blinders on to everything else going on on Twitter and focus on one hashtag
  • Feature certain accounts so that they stand out
  • Converse in real-time
  • Have fun!

How I use Tweetchat

Personally, I’m a big fan of Tweetchat. I use it during conferences by broadcasting it to LCD and plasma screens that I have setup. This way, attendees can follow what is being talked about on Twitter while they’re walking around. If they want to participate, all they simply need to do is visit Tweetchat and sign-in to their Twitter account and they can easily add to the conversation from their mobile devices such as their smartphone or tablet and it will show up on Tweetchat.

Another way that I like to use Tweetchat is to embed it into my website. This way someone can easily join the conversation from my website. The great thing about Tweetchat is that if you want to, you can embed tweetchat into your WordPress blog,

Embedding tweetchat into your WordPress blog takes just a few minutes. Here’s how to do it.

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View and send tweets to iOS contacts

Now that you’ve purchased your first iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPad Mini) and taken the time to import or add phone numbers and addresses to all of your contacts, one important area you don’t want to overlook is to add in your contacts Twitter username.

Why add a Twitter username to your contacts?

By adding a contacts Twitter username, this allows you the opportunity to easily view tweets from your friend right from your contacts. This also makes it easy to send your contact a tweet right from your contacts screen as well.

How to view and send a tweet to iOS contacts

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How to change your Twitter header image

Big news today for Twitter users. Twitter profile pages have now been updated with header images. If you’ve ever used Facebook or Google+, they’re basically a version of the cover photo.

To see what Twitter header images look like, visit your Twitter account and click on the “me” section. Now let’s customize your Twitter header image!

So how do you change your Twitter header image?

First things first – prepare your image. When creating your image, keep in mind that using a smaller image than the recommended size will result in a grainy and poor Twitter header image. Also, when choosing an image, remember, this image goes below your Twitter avatar so it may take a few tries to get things right.

The recommend size for your new Twitter header image is as follows:

  • Dimensions: 1252×626 px
  • Maximum size of 5 mb

Why change your Twitter header image?

One of the key benefits to Twitter header images is that it’s a great way to help give your followers better insight into what makes you tick – it’s also great for improving interactions with followers.

How to change your Twitter header image via your desktop

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Sync contact photos and usernames from Twitter on your iOS device

How to sync contact photos and usernames from Twitter to your iOS device

While I love using Twitter, it can often be difficult to keep your Twitter photos and usernames in sync with your iOS contacts. For most people, they never update their iOS contacts and end up keeping two separate lists of contacts.

By keeping two separate lists of contacts, this means lost time and lost productivity.  Fortunately, if you have just a few minutes, you can learn how to sync contact photos and usernames from Twitter on your iOS devices.

Before you can sync contact photos and usernames from Twitter on your iOS device, you need to first download the Twitter app.

Download Twitter app

How to sync contact photos and usernames from Twitter on your iOS device

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