Are you an aspiring writer? The online world offers you the best place to readily expose your talent to a wide range of readers from different age groups and social classes. Always remember that content is the key! Readers are looking for articles and posts that are worthy of their time. Here are ten friendly tips that may help you create a blog or website with a content that will catch the attention of many online readers and influence them to share it with their friends.
1. Use an Interesting or Witty Headline
If you want to write something that will go viral, make sure that you give your article or post a headline that will immediately catch the attention and minds of netizens. A short, but concise one would do the trick. Think of a way to encapsulate the main idea of your work in a few words. Be direct and make it sound as interesting as possible.
2. Be Relevant
Acquaint yourself with what’s popular in the online world by observing the popular trends that rule social networking sites. Write about something that is just starting to take off in terms of popularity and release your post at the best time possible. Good timing always helps!
3. Give Them What They Want
Making your written work viral is in a way similar to the business of marketing and selling a product to customers. Consider the preferences of most online users. What topics do they like to read about online? Are they reading for the purpose of gaining new knowledge or simply for fun?
4. Have Some Authority
Don’t forget to do your homework first before you write. Spend some time researching and learning about the topic you are planning to write about. Beef up your content with concrete and understandable information; don’t leave your readers with an empty mind in the end. By imparting something to your readers, you become worthy of their time. It pays to be a smart writer.
5. Connect with Your Audience
Refrain from bombarding your readers with complex terms and deep words. Be conversational and as much as possible; make your work an easy read.
6. Finish Strong
End your work with a sticky statement, memorable comment, or a strong opinion. This way, you will leave your readers thinking of what you wrote about or waiting for your next post.
7. Spread It
Use relevant online forums and discussions as a way for you to reach a huge number of readers instantly. Remember the goal here is for you to catch readers who will eventually share your work to others who will hopefully do the same thing and so on. A more effective strategy would be to get the help of the influencers or the more popular and established bloggers in spreading your article. It will also be ideal for you to embed social networking site links such as Facebook within the page for easy likes, tweets, and shares.
8. Art for Art’s Sake
Present your article or post in a simple but creative manner. Use colors and fonts that are pleasing to the eyes. If possible, include some relevant and catchy or even controversial photos as well. Give your readers a compelling visual experience.
9. Try a URL Shortener
A shorter URL may help in making your article or post more viral. This is due to the fact that shorter URLs are more likely to be copy-pasted by online users since it is more convenient. It also increases the possibility of readers tweeting about your work given the social networking site’s 140-word limit.
10. Add a Disclosure Statement
Leave a disclosure statement at the end of your post. This will notify readers if you are paid to write the article or if you are simply doing it for fun. Also, you may want to authorize your readers to reprint your post but let them do so while keeping the original source links intact. This can help you get new readers.
There is no sure way to make your work go viral. Sometimes it takes a lot of patience and luck for you to have one viral post. Just keep in mind the tips mentioned above and you’ll surely be one step closer!
Alexis Thompson is an alumna from Martin College Australia, a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.