I saw that 10 million dollar question come across Quora today, "How Do You Write a Post That Goes Viral?"
That is a tough question to answer because there is no one-size-fits-all answer, as the success of a post depends on many factors - including your target audience, the topic of your post, and the tone you use.
However, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of your post going viral and we'll explore some of those tips and tricks. So keep reading if you're ready to take your blog posts to the next level!
What makes a viral post possible?
A viral post is one that spreads around the internet at lightening speed, often times because of its controversial subject matter. It's basically a blog post that has gone viral and in order to understand how a viral post works it's important to first understand what makes a viral video or image possible.
A viral video or an image comes about when someone sees the content and it sparks something within them, they share it with their social network which sparks something within them causing viral growth.
So to understand viral growth one must first understand how sharing works on social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
Get viral with the help of social media
Most people are on several different social media sites that all require you to log in, once logged into these different sites you'll find yourself logged into all of them simultaneously.
Viral content spreads quickly on social media sites because of how viral content is created in the first place, when a viral video or image goes viral, it's shared with people who feel a connection to the post and then share it again with their own networks which causes viral growth. If these commenters give negative feedback about the viral post then this could cause viral decline though most viral posts don't receive much feedback at all.
Now that we understand how sharing works on social media, let's take a look at what makes a viral quality post different from any other blog post you've ever read online.ading!
Common factors of a viral post
The common factor between viral posts is that they contain shocking content. If you want people to share your blog post you have to think of something that will shock the readers.
Another viral quality about viral posts are that they are either funny or emotional, if it makes someone laugh out loud then they're more likely to share it with their network. The other emotion viral posts give off is sentimentality, viral posts often tug on heartstrings and leave readers feeling nostalgic for some reason or another.
A viral post can simply be a video or an image but most viral posts include both video and image components, this gives the user more reasons to share the post making it more viral than just a viral image on its own would be alone.
Now that you understand the psychology behind going viral, it's time to start putting these tips into practice. Start by brainstorming some ideas for content that are sure to get your readers talking. Once you have a few topics in mind, begin writing and make sure to keep those engagement factors in mind. And most importantly, have fun with it!
The best content is often born out of experimentation and trying new things. So go forth and create some viral blog posts that will help your business succeed. Thanks for reading!
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