4 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Go Viral

By: | February 27, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | 34 comments
Writing a blog post that goes viral will help you get more traffic.

There are 4 ways to make your blog posts go viral.

Are you a blogger concerned about getting more traffic?  Would you like to see your readership grow?  On the other hand, with so many other blogs to choose from, are you concerned about falling stats?

The answer is clearly finding a way to get your blog post to go viral so that you can see your traffic, and hopefully your readership, increase.

Viral means writing a post that gets an unusually high response.

Share Something Shocking

I was just beginning to blog when I started reading articles about the best way to do it.  After all, you do something, you should do it right, I always say.  The advice I read explained it was good to start a headline with a number.  (Did you notice this post’s headline?)  I had read my friend’s book about being a perfect parent.  My daughter said I couldn’t be perfect; I explained in my post 3 Lies Your Children Tell that I disagreed with my friend–parents shouldn’t have to be perfect.

As a new blogger, I was surprised to see the page views on that post grew increasingly higher by the day.  People still read it; it still gets traffic.  Although the comments were minimal, people were, and still are, definitely reading my post.

Rationale: The beauty of the post was in the headline.  Parents wanted to know what the three lies were, and if their children were telling it to them.

Share Something New

A friend of mine talked me through how to install Google Analytics.  To my delight, I found myself on the first page of Google repeatedly.  (I still do–I say with much pride.  The screenshot below shows me on the front page of Google within the week.)  I was so excited that I wrote How to Increase Your Blog Traffic Using Google Analytics.  This, 4 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Go Viral, is my 100th post.  (Do I get a plant?)  Out of 100 posts, …Google Analytics has the second highest page views of anything I’ve written.

Make your blog posts get increased traffic

The post explaining how I got on the front page of Google Analytics went viral.

Rationale: Readers like to learn something new.  They were unfamiliar with Google Analytics.  According to the definition, the post went “viral” and many new subscribers followed.

Write an Expert Round Up Post

I spent many hours compiling the information for How to Be a Successful Blogger: 19 Experts Share Their Secrets.  Was it worth the time?  Absolutely.  I just wrote it within the week, and it is already my top performing post!

My readers that blog write about different themes.  Find well-respected bloggers in your niche.  Write them on their social media.  Ask them just one question; most people have time to answer one question.  It should be a question your readers want to know.  I asked, if you could only give one piece of advice to bloggers, what would it be and why?

To my delight, not only did the experts disagree with each other, but my readers and I have spent the week debating the answer as well.

Rationale: Find out what your readers want, and get them the answer from knowledgeable people in your niche.

Ask the Experts to Share Your Post

I recently published The Great Blogger Hoax in which I explained how helpful bloggers have been to me.  I was told to ask twice as many experts as I wanted in my interview since half would say no.  However, not one person refused to answer my interview question.

I inserted links to their websites, so they would get notified that they were included in my interview.  They shared it on all their social media and retweeted it.  Jason Cushman, one of the experts I interviewed, reblogged it, and then turned off comments on his site and instructed his readers to comment on my site, so I would get the traffic.

The adrenaline rush I had every time I heard the WordPress bell ping you can have too.

If you think others would love to have their blog posts go viral, please share.

Readers, have you had unusual success with a post?  Please share what your experiences were so that the rest of us can learn from you.

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    • Janice Wald at 10:31 pm

      AWwww Thank you so much! I hope I didn’t thank you already. I might have been so touched I wrote you already and forgot. I really am touched. A lot of this is my opinion based on experience. The fact that others think my writing is so valuable they want to share it with their own readers means the world!
      Take care and thanks again,
      Janice

  1. Angie Nelson at 3:25 am

    I love expert interviews. 90% of the time they will share or link back on a press page. It’s also a great way to fill your content calendar.

    • Janice Wald at 10:22 pm

      They all shared!! It is my most successful post, by far. What was your expert interview about? It sounds like you’re able to think of a variety of questions to do it over and over.

  2. Laissez Faire at 8:00 am

    I recently shared a post I wrote years ago as a guest blog for a friend. I shared it on facebook in a group specific to the subject I was writing about and it drives 100 readers a day through (I assume) shares because I only posted it once!

    • Janice Wald at 10:12 pm

      Hi,
      Wow! Very cool! Enlighten us. Maybe we can follow your advice and have similar good fortune.
      First, what was the topic? Next, what was the group? Third, can you share a guest blog and have people come to you? Guest blogs have to be original yes, so you can’t use your own post. Lately, a recent guest blog I did, the person had my material copywritten.
      Thanks,
      Janice.

      • Laissez Faire at 6:53 am

        The topic was “There’s No Such Thing as Baby Food”, the group was a group on Baby Led Weaning with over 3000 members that I’ve been a member of for five years. You can certainly share a guest blog. Whether or not they need to be original depends on the page you are sharing with. I wouldn’t care if it was old, for example and I certainly wouldn’t copyright it. I’m not a magazine that pays a fee and I don’t have 2.5 million users. But everyone is different so, if you aren’t happy with someone’s rules there are plenty of blogs out there to choose from.

  3. Terri Webster Schrandt at 11:04 am

    Great advice of course 🙂 One thought on the google analytics: If you google your key words on your own computer, you will come up high. It’s in the cookies saved to your computer. Windsurfing and some other keywords of mine came up on google search with my blog’s name and the post URL on the first page! I thought I had arrived until I had my friend do it on her PC at work. Not even close. So beware the google search.
    Consistently using your key words in tweets, posts, and other social media will definitely get you ranked high eventually.

    • Janice Wald at 9:59 pm

      I checked on my school computer and I was #1 I thought. I’ll check again tomorrow.
      Thanks for the Google Analytics tip. Someone sent me an article I may read and write a post about, so I may be privy soon to more information. Take care Terri. Did you have a good weekend? Mine was crazy busy.
      Janice

      • Terri Webster Schrandt at 7:37 am

        Good for you!! I have faculty training this week, I’ll check their google and see if I land anywhere 🙂 I keep thinking I’m going to get more things done on the weekend (so used to using weekends to do chores)…all I do is leisure! Oh darn! Bike ride with Hubbie. I really don’t know how you do it all.

    • Janice Wald at 9:52 pm

      Hi again!
      One of the posts I’ve had go viral was the Expert Round Up, so I felt qualified to discuss it in my advice to making posts go viral. Considering so many are on Twitter finding them wasn’t as hard as I expected. It took a long time, but I would do it again without hesitation. Response had been VIRAL! =)

    • Janice Wald at 9:32 pm

      Hi Dr.!
      Nice to hear from you. Congratulations on your post going viral. Very cool. Any tips for the rest of us?
      What was your position? I ask since most get shots immunizing against it today.
      Any tips for how to get a post to go viral would be appreciated by my readers and myself.
      Thanks for writing me.
      Janice

      • Dr Rupert Harker at 10:19 pm

        I am ashamed to say that it was a joke, what with chicken pox being a highly contagious virus.
        Sorry, but the jokes don’t get better than that.

        So what’s up with airplane food….?

        • Janice Wald at 11:34 pm

          You set me up! I knew they had a shot for it. Kind of funny that I didn’t get it.
          I DID get the what’s up with airplane… ha ha ha
          A funny doctor, go figure =)
          I was so serious too when I wrote you thinking you had an epiphany to share.
          Thanks for the levity.
          Janice

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  5. Janice Wald at 10:32 pm

    Someone else wrote and said they had similar good fortune with an expert post as well. A doctor wrote and said how he got his chicken pox post to go viral. I haven’t had a chance to read his comments yet, but it should be at the bottom of the post.
    What do you blog about?
    It was easy to find the experts, Jen. They are on Twitter.

    • Janice Wald at 11:29 pm

      Hi Vickie!
      When I first read this, for a moment I had to ask myself who Mamalisa was. Then I realized–Mama Scribbles! Of course! Welcome to Reflections! Thanks for the follow!
      Janice

  6. Lisa Kerr at 7:16 am

    I love all your blog articles, It’s especially helpful for people starting out, like me! It’s nice to have a blog to follow that’s so informative.

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