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From the author of 4. Ask Friends to Retweet Your New Blog Posts.

4. Ask Friends to Retweet Your New Blog Posts.

Send a direct message to a few of your Twitter friends asking them to retweet your latest blog post. It helps if you actually write the message out for them, like "Please RT: 6 Reasons Not to Feed Your Twitter Stream To Facebook. http://bit.ly/g75UPU. The recipient will (hopefully) know not to include the "Please RT:" in the message, and will retweet it for you.

I did this several weeks ago, and that post ended up being one of my most successful, with more than 1800 visits in just a few hours.

Do this with two caveats: 1) don't ask the same people to do this repeatedly. Once every few weeks is plenty. And 2) do this for your friends in return, but without being asked. My personal rule of thumb is to retweet someone else's posts more than 7 or 8 times before I ask them for this favor.

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