The Simple Secret Behind Writing Viral Blog Posts

viral headlinesHere am talking about some great content – viral content that spread across the internet like a wild fire. Everyone wants to create a great content, quality stuff that many people read, spread and ultimately to shoot up across various social sites and get links from every blogs. As you all know only a successful great content will go viral.

Content is king, how do great people (A-list bloggers) create content that are of quality stuff and goes viral immediately once they publish? What marketing strategy they use to attract readers? What makes the readers to click the link in first place to read the blog post? The TITLE OF THE POST is one of the major reasons why content goes viral on Social Media sites.

If you analyze a viral content, the major source of traffic for it will come from social media sites. If you carry out a detail research, most of the people first reTweet or Facebook share the content before reading it. So, if you take a pattern of viral content on the past – you can find almost all the content’s Title is unique and attracting the people to click the link.

I am not going to discuss about the article marketing strategy, but a point involved in it which explains “Great Titles Makes Content Go Viral”. You see, a good title will get a lot of more clicks and attention, be creative with it. Adding a Punch in your titles will get more clicks than a normal title for a blog post.

For example:

1. Samsung Galaxy SIII Review
2. Samsung Galaxy SIII Review – The iPhone Killer!

An exaggerated expression (superlatives) that you hear on TV advert promotions will be very much useful in generating the title for a post. Use words like new, improved, best, better, faster, easier, quicker, foolproof, unbeatable. Every word is there for a reason. You might want to be a bit more subtle in your post. After all, you’re not a 30 second commercial. But there are things to be picked up that are appropriate for you.

Before writing the title of the post, put yourself in the mind of your audience and ask what text would be so compelling that they need to click-through, read and then share it with their friends. Your title should get an immediate emotional reaction.

Targeting your readers mind with emotion based words that express amazement, anger, anticipation, curiosity, disgust, humor, sadness, trust etc. Also Controversial titles get higher clicks. Make sure if your title sparks the curiosity, then the content should satisfy it. Always keep in mind, the great title should make people to Click, Read and Share.

Still find it difficult to create great titles for your blog post?

Don’t worry. Visit social media aggregators like Popurls.com – these websites display the top links for the day. It will aggregate all the viral content that is being discussed in social media sites. So, obviously you get an idea to create your own title by seeing how most of the viral contents have their titles.

Never be afraid to experiment with the titles. Play with the combination of words, unexpected combination will work wonders. Try some rarely used word combinations in your titles. Odd ones stand out. Remember, all great viral content titles are short, crispy and exact to point. 65 characters Is your limit. That allows some space to get reTweets on social media sites. Not only has it given some space to share on social media sites, but also valuable room to comment.

When you do a basic research on what type of content goes viral, you can find a pattern there. Contents that become popular includes list posts, checklist to complete a process, useful tutorials or list of tutorials, success stories, failure stories, hot controversies, freebies, Giveaway, Breaking news, etc.

Now after great title, comes great content. It is not necessary that only a great in-depth content should go viral. Even a small picture of your cat goes viral if it interests people. Many of your in-depth thesis notes wouldn’t work. The content that are compelling, controversial, humor, unexpected, unique and useful will go viral without any doubt.

One method which I tested and works – Get personal with your title. If you share your experience, your content has a great chance of going viral. Make sure you keep the title more personal and meaningful. Write a headline that will blow your reader’s mind.

For example : How I made $900 using YouTube in 23 days, Why I Hate Facebook New Layout, 5 Annoying Twitter Features that I hate the most.

Are You Tired Of Writing? 7 Tips To Overcome That!

write when you're tiredThere are many people around the web who makes their living by writing and I’m another proud one among them. Sometimes I feel writing has been torturing me and I don’t feel like writing at all. I’m also a busy human like others, I do have my personal life and when I come home ending up a busy day, nothing concerns me more than a good sleep.

I heard people often saying, “When you’re tired, you must have rest. Don’t write until you start feeling better”. Everyone is ready to give a useless advice when others are struggling with something. They don’t understand how pressure a writer feel when he has some work to do and he don’t feel like doing.

I feel being tired is no less than a writers’ block. All the time, I’ve been working for my paid writings, personal writings and managing my personal life (home, family, friends, bla-bla…) and it’s quite difficult for me to get back into my shorts and sit in front of my computers for few more hours. Whenever I feel so, I turn complicated things into simple ones.

1. Save Heavy Parts for the next day

Writing for web isn’t just a bunch of words, clients expect an SEO friendly, optimized, keyword rich in my article and I must satisfy theirs’. So to make your writing easier at such odd times, flag those parts which you feel difficult as To Do’s for the next day.

2. Dig out the project of fun

Some of technical writings are serious by nature and work, while some others are fun to do. Suppose if you are going to publish an e-book or tutorial, you can work with the multimedia tools rather than editing your copyright and disclaimer.

3. Complete all the simple stuff

This part is followed by the previous one. When you’ve saved all the tough tasks for the next day, you’re directly meant to complete the remaining simple parts on that very day.

4. Watch Your Intakes

I often see people, who feel & put themselves in a writers’ block condition. Even they change their food habits at such conditions. But I suggest you to take a small lunch and please don’t take too much coffee. The carbohydrates and caffeine in that can definitely affect your energy levels. Also drinking water regularly will help you to blog better.

5. Take a Walk

When you don’t feel like writing at all, take a walk and have some fresh air to get your blood flowing and clear your brain.

6.Grab Your Headphones

Most of the people motivate themselves with music and so I. Put on your headphones and listen to your favorite numbers. You can also do this while writing. Personally, I am a great fan of Taylor Swift and I usually write hearing to her latest albums. If you have a Dropbox account, you can upload your favorite files there and play music from your Dropbox account or you can download some awesome MP3 Songs from Grooveshark.

7. Still Can’t Work? Take a leave

If none of these works for you, then you should better take a leave or a short-term vacation. If you don’t have enough time to go out for a vacation, you can at least do refreshing things of your type like I go for bike riding, golf course or watch a movie.

If you are interested in blogging and travelling, you can check these out :

  • 35 Painful Mistakes Travel Bloggers Make (And How To Fix Them)
  • 25 Great Online Tools for Travelers and Vacationers

This article is written by Koundeenya Dhulipalla. He is the owner of Ink Drops. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

6 Secrets Of Effortless And Effective Blog Post Writing

Effortless WritingI wrote this post in just 25 minutes – not a joke.

You may wonder “How can I?”.

My answer to you is very simple, by following my blog post writing plan.

These days, writing is most effortless work for me, because of my blog post writing plan. I can crank out more than thousand words in less than half an hour without breaking a sweat.

But it didn’t always used to be this way. It didn’t used to be so easy.

The game changer that changes everything for me is “My blog post writing plan”, which made writing so much easier and effortless for me, that I can write one blog post in half an hour. All because of my post writing plan.

Which I’m going to share with you today here, all you have to do is just keep reading.

So let’s get into real story:

1. Use WordPress Full Screen Writer

Do you know the key that makes us slower writer?

If not! Then it’s distraction.

Distraction is the thing that makes us walk like turtle. But here’s the truth it’s not a story of Rabbit and turtle, that you can win the race with your slow speed. It’s blogging world where you have to be quick, if you want to win.

And for quick writing you have to avoid all distractions, which makes you slower and slower.

Do whatever you can do to create a distraction free environment, if you really want to increase your blog post writing speed.

Here’s My Way To Avoid Distraction :

The writing software that we use to write our blog posts are one of main villain behind distracting us from our writing. So it’s better to walk with a distraction free writer.

Full screen editor

WordPress recently come up with a very cool feature for writers with the label of Full screen Writer, which made writing more rapid and distraction free. So give a try to it.

2. Start With Headline

As we all know that the most important element of our blog post is headline, which gives us readers.

Headlines are the thing that grabs the attention of our readers and entice them to read our blog post. If you have creepy and uncatchy headline for your blog post, then no one is going to read it, but situation gets turned soon when you have good and catchy headline.

Remember one thing you can survive with a good headline and not so much good content, but you can’t survive with creepy headline and high quality content.

So it’s better to make 3 or 4 headlines combination, and think about which one is best for my blog post.

Here’s my way to get a catchy headline in 2 minutes :

I recall the whole story of my blog post in my mind, and then I write the title for my story. Like if I’m going to write a blog post on “how WordPress automatically saves the edited versions of all your post as autosave.”, and then my title would be “Self Storage Facilities of WordPress For Bloggers.”

So recall your story, and write your title. – see so simple.

3. Lede Line

The second most important factor of our blog post is our intro paragraph, which makes readers to read the rest of our blog post.

If you have a catchy headline for your blog post, but your intro paragraph is not so much attractive then readers will easily going to bounce back.

Because our intro paragraphs are like first food bite, if we like the first bite then we will eat the rest. If not then you know the exact place of food. Yaah! You are right, it’s dustbin.

Here’s my way :

I write my intro lines in a way that each line is linked with other line. So that if reader wants to know the whole story, then reading the whole post is only way.

4. Stick A Catchy Image

Image attracts people. Right!

I can’t count the exact numbers of how many times I’ve been lured into reading a blog post simply because it has attractive image attached to it.

There’s a saying that I would like to mention here “Image speaks thousand words in a single glimpse.”

And I’m totally agree with it, a well choose image can give you thousands of reader.

So always have a place for an image in your blog post.

Here’s my way :

I always search flickr to find a conceptual image for my blog post, with a proper credit.

You can also use this list : 40+ Websites For Copyright And Royalty Free Photos

5. Use WordPress Draft Feature

WordPress has self storage facilities of our blog posts, which has the label of draft. I personally love this feature, because it helps us to maintain the quality of my blog post.

As we all know that we can’t find our own typos, at the time of writing our blog post. So it’s better to save our post as drafts, and take a tea break. Because we don’t want to lose our content quality right, and typos can be a very major reason for losing our blog post quality.

Here’s my way :

Once I complete my blog post, I saved it as draft, and forget about it for a while.

6. Come Back And Publish It

Once you feel like now you forgot about what you’ve written in your post or your mind get refreshed, then it’s time to come back to your blog post and read it one or two times. You will amaze that how many typos and errors you’ve make in your blog post.

So taking a small break can make you familiar with your mistakes, and by tweaking all those typos and errors you can increase your blog post quality. That’s the thing we all want right.

Here’s my way :

I come back to my article and read it 2 or 3 times to find my errors and after tweaking it, I simple hit publish button of my blog.

IMAGE CREDIT : Soartsyithurts