Saturday, June 21, 2014

How to Get Your Blog Post to Go Viral

Noah Kagan, a web entrepreneur, analyzed 100 million online articles (he had help) and is pretty sure he knows what kind of posts earn wide readership.  Here are the "10 ingredients that will help increase the shareability of your content." (From the Huffington Post--click the link to see how Kagan develops each point with evidence from his study):

1.  Long form content gets more social shares than short form content

2.  Having at least one image in your post leads to more Facebook shares

3.  Having at least one image in your post leads to more Twitter shares

4.  Invoke awe, laughter or amusement.  Appeal to people's narcissistic side.

5.  People love to share lists and infographs

6.  If you make a list, make it with 10 items

7.  People share content that looks trustworthy

8.  Getting one "extra influencer" to share you article has a multiplier effect

9.  Re-promote your old content

10.  Tuesday is the best day to publish content