There are over 181 million blogs on the internet, according to the Nielsen/McKinsey Company, an online tracking firm. Most have relatively small, albeit devoted audiences. But every now and then a blog post breaks out and goes viral. What does that mean?
No other medium of communication lets us share information as quickly and affordably as the internet. A picture, video, or text post can make its way around the world in minutes online.
Instead of the hundreds or thousands who may have received these messages in the past, now millions can read or view them on phones, computers, and other gadgets. Best of all, they can be shared by everyone. You don’t have to be a head of state or government official to be kept in the loop nowadays.
How To Make Your Blog Go Viral?
Short video clips and pictures are much easier to share than the written word, especially if they’re funny or cute. But it is possible to get a blog post to go viral… it just takes a bit more work. And if it works, a viral blog can draw an incredible amount of attention to your website. You could see the number of daily visitors spike overnight! Where to start? Consider the following five tips:
Make It Easy To Read
The main reasons any piece of information goes viral are that people are interested in it and it’s easy to access and enjoy. When it comes to blog entries, users want posts that include short paragraphs, sentences, numbered or bulleted lists, and lots of white space. They don’t want to read through long, boring sections that do not succinctly state and make interesting points.
A creative title and a catchy first sentence are also essential. It is also often a good idea to add a few pictures, including a photo and short bio of the blogger. Including links to other sites should help increase website rankings, since hyperlinks are important to all of the major search engines.
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Most online readers read to obtain new information rather than for pleasure. A blog that contains nothing but old news is often dead on arrival. No one will read it because most people already know what it has to say. Conversely, if you tie your new blog post to a current event and include new information, you may just generate a buzz, which is what it takes to make information go viral.
There are tens of billions of blog posts on the internet. Getting the public to notice one of them takes talent, hard work, and a whole lot of sharing. Begin by posting the entry on every social media site you belong to, particularly Facebook and Twitter. Then join a few more social media websites like Pinterest and Google Plus and post it there too. You can also share your work in popular forums and send it out in emails via services such as WiseStamp.
- Submit to Digg
- Submit to Reddit
- Submit to StumbleUpon
- Post to Myspace. Myspace is dead, long live Myspace.
- Post on Forums in niche
- Relevant blog comments
- Social bookmarking
- Provide SEO keywords for images
- Directory submissions
- RSS directory submits
- Forum comments
- Post to Google +
- Add to your signature in forums
- Post to Twitter
- Press releases
- Link to our own past AND future blog posts
- Refer to posts on Quora
- Refer to posts on Yahoo! Answers
- Refer to posts on LinkedIn
- Post to Facebook
- Submit to Technorati
- Post to Pinterest (if applicable)
- Post to YouTube (if applicable)
- Submit to Delicious
- Add to your email signature
- Post to LinkedIn
- Add to your next newsletter
- Request other bloggers to mention your post
Take A Stand
As we mentioned, if your blog entry includes familiar information, it won’t got viral. It doesn’t matter how well the post is written or arranged or how many people you send it to. Now, you don’t have to be Woodward and Bernstein. But at the very least, you must take a stance on a particular topic or issue and support it with interesting facts. Even if you don’t blow the lid of the story, there’s a chance your post will go viral if you provide new information and present it in an appealing way.
The great thing about blogging is that it’s a more personal form of communication than regular reporting. A blogger need not observe journalistic standards, including the detached, formal style most journalists use. Rather, they can speak directly to their audience and even inject a little humor, when appropriate. When utilized by a talented and experienced blogger, this casual approach can make a post more readable, which should make it easier to share. Just be careful not to overdo it. Always remember that your main goal is move information, not to make people laugh with every other sentence.