If you’re a frequent visitor to the World Wide Web, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “go viral” before. When content is said to have gone viral, it means “it is viewed by a very high number of people in just a short period of time.” Of course, the number needed to be considered viral is very subjective, but basically it is just high traffic content be it an article, blog post, song, video, etc. In this case we’re focusing on writing, however.
So, how does one go viral? According to this article from Forbes, there are 10 solid strategies one should implement when aiming to write something viral. Some of the tips I found most interesting include:
The power of visuals
I am always so focused on the content of my actual writing that I tend to forget the engagement visuals can create. According to Forbes, visuals, paired with an enticing headline, are a fundamental component to writing viral content.
Apparently posting at 9AM EST is a great time to release your article, blog post, etc. into the Internet because you’ll be catching those workers who haven’t had enough coffee yet and are delaying starting their work day!
Definitely check out the rest of the eight tips from the article to learn more about writing viral content and see how you can apply these tips to your own writing. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up writing a piece that will even beat BuzzFeed’s stats! You never know!
Enjoy and good luck!