8 Retweet Exchange Websites reviewed (TraffUp, Like4Like…) I tested a few retweet exchange websites: JustRetweet, ViralContentBuzz, RetweetLine, TraffUp, RetweetsPro, SocialRota, Retweet.it and Like4Like to find out the best one.

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on February 12, 2014
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Retweeting services are a pretty good way to help spread the word out, increase your social media influence and meet other interesting people and businesses. The only drawback is that spammers use these services which degrade the whole idea and can potentially harm your account too.

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So I created a few test accounts and tested the most popular ones to see which ones are good to use and which ones are either a risk or a waste of time. There are tons of websites that offer similar services and from a list of 25+ I picked eight and tried them out: JustRetweet, ViralContentBuzz, RetweetLine, TraffUp, RetweetsPro, SocialRota, Retweet.it and Like4Like.

TraffUp

traffup-review

  • Score: 9/10
  • Pro: Very easy to get points
  • Con: Can only link one account

Supports Twitter retweets and followers. They also have the option to get free visitors to your site although as you can imagine, that traffic is pretty useless. It’s really hard to find something to tweet from a respectable account since most are like: “work from home and earn tons of moneys!”, “make money with turbo peypal”, “super seo specialist for ya website!”… The trick to earn credits fast is to go to the Websites tab and visit those websites to earn tons of credits quickly! So far it’s the second easiest website to get free retweets and it’s very fast too. I wouldn’t get Followers from there though, most of them are sexual, coupon and free money accounts or users from Asia. Just one tip, do not post more than one retweet at a time since the same account can tweet all your retweets.

Like4Like

like4like review

  • Score: 8/10
  • Pro: A lot of social networks
  • Con: Full of spammers

Has the most social networks and options by far (loads of them). Unfortunately, there is no quality control of any kind, a lot of spam content and many users are bots. Also started loosing followers/shares after just a few hours although they reimbursed the credits later. I would use this one just at the very start to break the ice but continue with another service or strategy since there are a lot of spammers.

SocialRota

socialrota

  • Score: 7/10
  • Pro: Most natural and long term strategy
  • Con: Has glitches sometimes

SocialRota has the best design and user experience. The quality of the tool is great and also very easy to use. They support Twitter retweets, normal tweets, Facebook likes and Google +1’s. A cool feature about SocialRota is that it lets you customize the tweet to whatever you like so you can post retweets, mentions, simple status updates or anything you can think of (other services force you to tweet that first through your account). You can also use your own URL shortener or keep the URL as is. The only disadvantage is its user base, having launched quite recently, the community is still small and it may take more time than with other competitors to get your stuff out. They combat spam pretty effectively and have measures to avoid unnatural behaviour or abusive accounts. Bonus: The lists are reordered randomly on every page load so nothing gets forgotten in the bottom pages.

JustRetweet

justretweet review

  • Score: 7/10
  • Pro: Simple to use
  • Con: Can only create one tweet every 24 hours

It support Twitter tweets and followers, Facebook and Google+. Retweets are done through the “RT @user” method so not a real retweet. You can specify minimum number of followers to be able to retweet which is cool to ensure you get quality people. Getting credits is super easy, order the list by number of credits and get 70-100 credits in one go. The categories are pretty limited so you may find it hard to find your niche. It sucks that you can only submit one tweet every 24 hours, very frustrating…

reTweet.it

  • Score: 6/10
  • Pro: Nice domain name
  • Con: You need to retweet twice

They modify your link to use their URL shortener. It just works with Twitter retweets. You start with 10 credits although to earn one credit you need to retweet two times (each retweet you do gives you 0.5 credits) which makes it a bit frustrating, spammy and slow for free-only users. Another thing I didn’t like was that your link gets modified to go through their URL shortener system which make your retweets look pretty obvious that they came from a retweeting service.

ViralContentBuzz

viralcontentbuzz-retweet-service-comparison-review

  • Score: 4/10
  • Pro: Quality content to share
  • Con: Slow moderation

Supports Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and StumbleUpon (G+ doesn’t give credits). The system starts giving you low respect unless you pay, hence it takes weeks of usage and blind trust to become an effective marketing tool. All new additions are moderated which helps keep the system clean although I signed up on a Saturday and had to wait two days to get my content approved… If that was a timed campaign it would have been a massive fail. On another occasion a European finance article was rejected (?). A bit confusing how credits are measured, you start with 10 but you never know how many are needed for a tweet or like. As a newbie I spent all 10 credits on my content and haven’t seen any activity in 7 days yet, it asks for 30 more credits to move it back to page 1… I’m giving up on this one.

RetweetsPro

  • Score: 4/10
  • Pro: Free welcome tweet
  • Con: Dead

Supports Twitter tweets (you can customize them but no mentions allowed) & followers, Google +1’s, Facebook likes and YouTube thumbs up. The form submission was confusing and frustrating and ended up posting a tweet without the link. There where only 4 tweets available and none of them where interesting or relevant so it was pretty much useless.

RetweetLine

retweetline-retweet-service-comparison

  • Score: 3/10
  • Pro: Simple to use
  • Con: Can’t choose what you want shared

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Up and running in 20 seconds. It is very simple and easy to use, so simple you can only choose how many points to give, not even what to tweet. It grabs your last 5 tweets and there’s no customization which means once you tweet 5 things from other people you end up getting other people’s retweets instead of yours, pretty pointless.

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37 comments

  • Tim says:

    This is amazingly good. I intend to use this for pretty much all my Phonegap projects!

  • Xavi Author says:

    Thanks Tim, that’s the purpose of this project, it is a great lightweight start without requiring any heavy library or restricting license. If you find any issues let me know and I’ll help you fix them. Please let me know if you launch any apps with it, I’ll be glad to feature them in this post.

  • inyman says:

    Great work !

  • Eric says:

    Nice job… We will use this on one of our upcoming projects! This really helps.

  • Josiah Sprague says:

    That’s pretty cool. It even degrades acceptably in IE8 (the farthest back I personally care about). One enhancement you might try is setting user-select to none on some of the interface elements that shouldn’t be selectable. Really great work! Thanks for sharing this!

  • 185 says:

    Simply love it!

    You can add -webkit-touch-callout: none; to disable the callout shown when you touch and hold a touch target.

    Also, sometimes when clicking a link in web apps they may open in Safari, you can fix that by using a script like gist.github.com/1042026

  • kirubai says:

    Great Job! :-)

  • Purged Reality says:

    Awesome! Love this.

  • Lee says:

    This infinately contributes to the Public Domain License. You sir, are a scholar and a gentleman. Please continue to update and improve this. Also, look into some donation services and get some buttons put up.

    How do I completely remove the sidebar? Everything I tried removed the sidebar but the content does not go fullscreen… it still acts as if the sidebar is there, just not being displayed.

  • Xavi Author says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments, I’m glad you like it.

    Lee,
    To hide the sidebar you will need to resize some main content elements. See the CSS at the end of the ‘style’ tag that starts like this:
    @media only screen and (max-width: 768px) {

  • Clem says:

    Great job, it’s really usefull and really well thinked ! GG

  • shatle says:

    how can i remove the ‘delete account’ ? i can not find the html tag. i am a student.

  • Joshua Sailsbery says:

    Freak’n awesome

  • bored-student says:

    Wow, just what I’ve been looking for all day. Just ran this on the android simulator and it has amazing performance compared to other templates I’ve been looking at today.

    I’m going to split it up and create a base template for applications created using PhoneGap. A good template that can be used on iOS, Android and other mobile touch devices is certainly needed. I’ll post a link to the finished version on here once done.

    Note: I’m not a pro at HTML/CSS so this may take a week or two.

  • Xavi Author says:

    That’s great news bored-student :)
    It’s so fast because it doesn’t use any JavaScript at all and the code has been hugely optimised to be both small and fast to render.
    If you have any doubts with HTML/CSS let me know, I’ll be glad to collaborate in the creation a PhoneGap template.

  • bored-student says:

    So I’ve done abit of work on my template for PhoneGap that is based on this template. The template is in it’s early stages of development but version 1.0 can be downloaded from:
    http://www.bored-student.com/phonegap-ui-template/

    A Google Code project has been set up under the Apache 2.0 License to develop this template further. All details can be found on the page link above.

    I hope people find it useful and it would be great for other developers to get involved with the project who have some expertise and time.

  • Kryton says:

    Very nice template as this kick started my project with a few mods. On the table there is a border around it in your sample as well as mine and I’ve tried to get rid of it with no luck. Any ideas?

  • Xavi Author says:

    Hi Kryton,
    I spent some time trying to get the corners rounded and there is no way yet, searching around the Internet it seems it is a bug from browsers (or it hasn’t been implemented yet). Problem is that the borders are not set in the table but in its tbody.
    The alternative is to just remove the border in the CSS here:
    #main table tbody {border: 1px solid #B4B7BB;}
    Glad to hear you are using the template, I’d love to see what you come up with.

  • Luis García says:

    Gracias por este impresionante trabajo sin imágenes.
    Viene lo vectorial y para quedarse. El diseño y la programación se funden y tu lo has logrado con este fantástico template.
    Enhorabuena y muchísimas gracias.
    Cuando termine mi proyecto (algún día) te enviaré el resultado.

  • Charlie K says:

    Thanks for the great template!
    This may be a solution for the table corners problem. Move the white background color from tbody to the individual table cells (tbody tr td), then replace the existing “Dirty fix…” with the following:

    #main table {
    border-collapse: separate;
    }
    #main table tbody tr td{
    border-top:1px solid #B4B7BB;
    }
    #main table tbody tr:last-child td{
    border-bottom:1px solid #B4B7BB;
    }
    #main table tbody tr td:last-child{
    border-right:1px solid #B4B7BB;
    }
    #main table tbody tr td:first-child{
    border-left:1px solid #B4B7BB;
    }
    #main table tbody tr:first-child td:first-child {
    border-top-left-radius:10px;
    }
    #main table tbody tr:first-child td:last-child {
    border-top-right-radius:10px;
    }
    #main table tbody tr:last-child td:first-child {
    border-bottom-left-radius:10px;
    }
    #main table tbody tr:last-child td:last-child {
    border-bottom-right-radius:10px;
    }

    Tested in latest Firefox, Chrome, Safari(Mac). Hope it helps.

  • rox says:

    now this is beautiful..great work .. thanks for share !!

  • idevi says:

    Great work! I am glad I found this template. One little problem. How can I get the side bar to scroll on an Android Tablet 3.2.1 – I thought I might change this:]

    /* All portable */
    @media only screen and (max-device-width: 1024px) {
    #sidebar {overflow:scroll;} /* Sidebar is only scrollable in portable devices, you can change that */
    }
    /* iPhone */
    @media only screen and (max-width: 768px) {
    #sidebar {display:scroll;}<————————————**
    #main {padding-left:20px;}
    #main .header {padding-left:0;}
    #main .header .left {left:10px;}
    No luck. Any suggestions? Thank you again!

  • Lee Wen says:

    Excelent work. Congratulations. I was looking hours for this and nothing is better than yours.
    Thank you

  • Ted Wilson says:

    I already have a database created and managed with MySQL Workbench, where do it enter the details? How can I use the fix it in Workbench?

    Thanks

  • Jack says:

    This is great!

    Do you have a version of this with an additional left column for a Country/State/Detail style interface?

  • LC says:

    Very nice template, I’m currently transitioning a web app to use this new template. I will send the author the link to the application by roughly the end of the week.
    Only one issue I encountered is by adding a form tag around p input styled elements get crunched (looks to be margin). Seems wrapping with form modifies the context they are in.

  • Tomas says:

    Actualmente solo resta esperar que la empresa Apple realice
    lo esperado y disponga su esperado producto para cumplir las
    necesidades de lo que se quiere con dicho móvil y una vez lo tengan en su poder disfrútenlo de verdad porque
    necesitarán tiempo para conocer todas sus posibilidades y aplicaciones que
    harán su rutina mucho más sencilla y divertida.

  • Fred says:

    Great stuff Xavi,

    Definitely going to use this for an app. How do I go about inserting icons into the sidebar links where there’s a grey square? Couldn’t work it out…

    Thanks!

  • Lester Hurtado says:

    Nice work. How do you intend to replicate the smooth transition from one web page to the next once a button is clicked? Thanks – Lester

  • W says:

    I’m thinking about first using your template for a desktop web app, which will eventually move to the ipad. For now, I’m having trouble figuring out how to get the sidebar to scroll along with the main content… if the web browser window is not tall, I cannot see the entire left navigation area, and scrolling only will move the right panel.

  • James says:

    Xavi,
    I’m using your template and it’s really great. It works very well but I’m having the problem with the fixed header moving as described in this note from the top of the template.php page:

    Notes:
    – Header position bug when scrolling: When you scroll down, the header may move to the middle of the screen. Fix it by removing the # from the URL.

    I do not have a “#” in my URL. I’m not certain of what you’re talking about removing. Can you please clarify or suggest what else might be causing the header to move?

    Thank you,
    James

  • Jeff says:

    Great Template! Will be using it for a new App now being developed. One issue I have been struggling with is how to add another button alongside the .left in the .main.header?
    Any help appreciated.
    cheers

  • Tim says:

    My layout goes left somehow on my ipad. Is there any issue with that?

  • edmundo says:

    thanks a lot i could do 2 day version of my web page with your template pda.lcda.org thanks a lot i’m very grateful xavi

  • Corey Avis says:

    Great template! One addition I would like to see… You have a red button, for Delete and Remove buttons, but a green style for other more positive buttons would be nice.

  • Corey Avis says:

    An error I’ve come across… You didn’t account for form elements actually being put in a form. The margin is lost around paragraph elements leaving no space between elements inside a form. To correct this, find this line:
    #main .content>p
    and change it to:
    #main .content>p, #main .content form>p

  • dbair says:

    Great template!
    Can you add a menu structure that consists of sub menu items?

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