As my friend Mike Gray pointed out at SMX Advanced, RTing is a great way to get people’s attention and build a relationship with them. The difficulty is getting people’s attention when they write a really popular post that gets RTed 100+ times.
So here’s the greyhat solution. 1) Create fake accounts.
2) Have them RT your RTs with a “via @YourUsername” appended.
The blogger whose post is being widely shared is now much more likely to take note of you. You not only RTed their post, but engendered multiple RTs.
3) Once you have enough followers for this to happen on its own, you can cut out the fake accounts’ RT activity. Until you make it, you can fake it.
As with most greyhat tactics, there’s a whitehat version, too:
Instead of relying on fake accounts, just have a group of friends RT each other’s RTs.
Reciprocal voting happens throughout social media like Digg etc., so it shouldn’t be difficult to extend the concept to Twitter.
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