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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Score: 3/10
- Pro: Simple to use
- Con: Can’t choose what you want shared
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.
Photo by Bruno Cordioli