He said two minutes.
SEOPressor, a company, authored The Great Paradigm Shift: Your Content Will Go Viral in 2 Minutes. Their Ebook reports that it will take you two minutes, not immediately, as my headline states, for your blog post to go viral.
I figured two minutes and immediately were pretty close.
This post will explain how to rapidly, if not immediately, make your blog post go viral.
However, their Ebook thoroughly explains how to write and promote a post that results in abnormally high page views for you.
How to Get a Blog Post to Go Viral
- Write about travel or lifestyle. According to the book, those are the two most popular blog topics. If you write about one of those topics, people are more likely to read your post.
- Write about trending photos. If the photo is tagged with one of the nine most popular trends, photo posts will result in higher page views than other posts. Listed in alphabetical order those trends are Beauty, Crafts, Home Decorating, Fashion, Fitness, Food, Kids, Pets, and Travel.
- Put memes in your posts. A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. Humor blogs do well for a reason. People love to be entertained. A meme is funny. Busy people don’t have to read an entire post to be entertained. They look at the moving picture.
- Write content that is relatable. Seinfeld was one of the most popular TV shows of all time due to the relatable situations the characters found themselves in.
- Write content that is thought-provoking. One of my most successful posts asked people to consider whether idioms should or shouldn’t be used in blog posts and other types of writing. People took sides. It actually became a debate about free speech and other civil liberties.
- Write content that is unusual or outrageous. I once wrote a parody of blogger stereotypes that fell flat. I was heavily criticized by a population of my readers. Not wanting to offend anyone, I felt awful. However, the page views were so high, I realized what many people know. Controversy breeds high page views.
- Write content that is short or simple. Don Charisma is successful at this. He offers a quote, and people offer interpretations. Quotes are short, so busy people can still engage.
- Write topics that are taboo. Jason Cushman just finished a two-year run writing about taboo topics. Although he has recently changed his theme, his taboo topics garnered him a whopping 55,000 blog followers.
- Write about gossip. Did someone say Bill Cosby? After I wrote the post, my readers spent time offering their opinions about Mr. Cosby’s guilt or innocence regarding his sexual misconduct allegations, and the page views soared even though I was new to blogging with few permanent readers.
- Write humor. Every time I go to Austin‘s site he has an engaged community. Lucy Mitchell from Blondewritemore is so funny, she actually received the award for the funniest blogger at this past summer’s Blog Bash.
- Write posts that will evoke emotions. Recently, I visited a blog containing a post about a homeless man who lived under a bridge the writer met while on vacation. There were so many comments and likes it was clear the post was getting high page views. People were using social media to try to raise a collection for the man. Uplifting posts like this do better than negative articles.
- Write posts that arouse fear or frustration. Then, provide the solution in your post.
- Write posts that remind the reader of their disappointments or their dreams. Then, tell the reader in the post how to achieve those dreams and avoid their disappointments.
- Write posts that your readers will want to share. You know your readers. Most readers like to share posts that have strong content that will help their readers. Research shows people like to share positive content.
- Write posts with a tantalizing title. Portent‘s headlines are so “tantalizing,” they border on downright silly at times.
- Teach people how to do something. This is why DIY (Do It Yourself) bloggers are so successful.
- Write posts offering a fresh perspective. My first viral post offered a fresh perspective. Most blogging posts state if you get on the first page of Google, you will get blog traffic. My post described how you can get on the first page of Google before you have blog traffic. This “fresh-perspective” post garnered me such high page views, I was convinced I had found my niche–blogging.
- Start your post with a “How to” headline.
- Include links to influencers. Then, ask them to share your post.
- End your post by asking your readers to share.
- Add infographics.
- Use Google Keyword Planner to make sure people can find you on search engines.
- Promote everywhere within the first 24 hours of publication.
- Promote on social media during the best hours. For Facebook, that would entail avoiding weekends. Promoting on Twitter, however, is best during weekends. Pinterest users are on Saturday morning. Google+ users are on between 9 and 11 am.
- Send your post to content curation sites like StumbleUpon.
- Send your post to blogging directories.
- Publish during your best day and time. Go to Dashboard, Show Me, Insights to check your best day and time.
Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips vouches for SEOPressor.
SEOPressor helped me get over one of the biggest challenges I faced when I started blogging.
In conclusion, some of the book’s ideas may sound like the same advice you’ve heard before, while other tips in the book may sound novel.
Whichever is true, there should be some tip in the book that you are willing to try that you haven’t tried before considering the wealth of choices.
Readers, please share this post so other bloggers know what suggestions the book made for getting a post to go viral.
Which of the Ebook’s tips do you think you will try? Were there any that suprised you? I look forward to your views.