We’re going to discuss to get traffic to your website without spending a dime is the viral blogging method.
What exactly is viral blogging? Viral blogging is when you post content on purpose that is most likely people will share it. And as a result, the post goes viral.
You may think that, hey, every piece of content I publish, I publish it so that people will share and it goes viral! True, but the difference is that you choose your topics and the format of your posts in particular ways. In a way that is present in the most efficient viral content.
Here we are going to go over some of these specific content types. And show you how to give your posts the best chance to go viral.
How To Get Started With This Method
There are some things that you’re going to want to do no matter what type of content you are posting. These are tips that are the same for all the content that you’re planning on posting.
The first tip is to post on a regular basis. People are more likely to come back and read your content over and over again if you post regularly.
This means posting once a week, on the same day, or whatever your schedule happens to be. You can post every five days; you could post once every two weeks.
You need to post in a particular interval that people don’t forget about your content. That means posting at least once per week, but not so often that people overwhelmed by it and can’t read it all. You always want to leave them wanting more.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to write and post your content when you’re scheduled to publish it. If you’re using WordPress, you can schedule your content. You can publish on a specific date and time, and you can write several weeks in advance if you prefer.
Another thing that you want to do is make sure that you use your keywords in both the title and in the post. Do you know what your keywords supposed to be?
If not, you need to do some keyword research and find out what keyword phrases are being searched for. Try to find a happy medium between keyword phrases the get a lot of searches. And those phrases that have a ton of competition already on the first page of Google results.
As mentioned at the beginning of this book, high-quality images are vital. Make sure that you include pictures of your content. Make sure that they are both high-quality and relevant to the text on the page.
Also, make sure that you don’t pack everything into huge, intimidating blocks of text. Create subheadings so that people can skim the content. And break your text into several paragraphs with a general rule of no more than 100 words per paragraph.
You can have less, and you can even have a little bit more, but use it as a general rule of thumb. Note that, paragraph length-variation are more interesting than paragraphs of the same length.
Viral Blogging Content Types
Now, we are going to discuss some of the different types of content that are great for creating viral posts. These are more likely to be shared than anything else. Each of these types of content is unique and has a different style than other models on this list.
With some types of content, you may want to include humor or lighthearted writing. And with others, you want to avoid humor and take a more serious approach.
If you’re wondering where this information comes from? There have been several studies of different content types. The studies were to determine what kinds of content gets shared most often. The market research company BuzzSumo recently analyzed over 100 million articles. They did it to discover what gets shared and the results include the post types listed below.
Top Ten Lists
For some reason, top 10 lists seem to do particularly well on social media. In fact, it is the number 10 in top 10 lists the does well. No one knows precisely why this happens. It might be because ten is a nice round number. Or it could be because eight items are too few to make up a decent list. Or 15 are too many. Whatever the reason, the top 10 lists should be part of your viral blogging strategy.
News and Current Events Contents
Posting the latest news or current events will get you noticed, it will also get your content shared. When someone learns about news, their first instinct is to share with others.
Suppose the news already posted to most of the major news organizations and websites. Now creating content on that news story won’t do you much good. The chances are excellent that they will share it if you can “scoop” other news organizations.
Controversial Topics and Titles
Another content type that is sure to get shared is the controversial topic. With a controversial title. You can also create controversy with blog posts. And titles that are evergreen which will keep getting traffic for years to come.
Entertainment and Celebrity News
One content type that is popular is celebrity and entertainment news. The problem is, there is a lot of competition for these articles and topics. Some websites dominate this market. They cover celebrity entertainment news only. But, that doesn’t mean you should ignore this content type altogether.
You can cover a celebrity and tie it in with your industry. Let’s assume a hypothetical example. You could talk about how Drake invested in a new company if you were in the business industry.
Of course, politics is always one of the hot-button topics on the Internet. Publishing a political and controversial article may share with millions of others. You can always mix two of these types and get better results. But politics combined with controversy seem to be a potent combination for sharing.
The great thing about this topic is you can share an opinion if you like, without any real factual basis. Unless of course, you are quoting facts to back up your opinions.
How to Promote Your Content
Publishing this content isn’t going to be enough. You need to promote your content on social media. But not the standards like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest may not be enough.
You also want to use social bookmarking sites like Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon. These sites will get you in front of readers who will take your content and run with it.