Viral articles are articles
designed to be shared via social media, word of mouth and links.
It’s content that others want to talk about, and will turn readers
into promoters of your content.are word of mouth worthy, and will
grow your site more so than any other kind of content.
Viral posts are rarely produced effortlessly. They take time and
care to produce, and it shows in the finished product. Many of us
like the idea of creating viral content but lament that we don’t
have enough time. Luckily, more time is not what we need.
Time can always be made by changing the way you distribute it.
Rather than writing short posts daily, what if you wrote three
short posts and one carefully constructed, virally targeted post a
week? Unless those short posts are quite profound, you are likely
to find that the virally targeted posts grows your blog far more
than the four short posts would have.
Without further ado, here is the list created by Skellie
- Assemble one sentence/paragraph answers to a question you ask
key figures across your niche.
- Create a time spectacle: create content non-stop over a
designated period of time (8hrs, 24hrs?).
- Write a review of the redesign of a popular blog/website in
your niche. Everyone has an opinion on redesigns and will
appreciate someone laying out some of their own thoughts.
- Assemble a directory of great interviews conducted with
prominent/interesting figures in your niche.
- Construct a central hub of posts written on a specific, focused
topic of great importance to your niche.
- Create a ranked list of products, services, people, or some
other variable, within your niche.
- Offer a free service to everyone who asks, utilizing one of
your skills. Then expect nothing in return.
- Write a history of your niche’s presence online. What have been
its earliest blogs and websites? Its most popular? Are they still
- Begin a group writing project.
- Assemble a directory of tips on a topic, delivered in the form
of quotes from other sites in your niche.
- Build a quiz for readers to test their niche knowledge.
- Offer to write a guest-post for anyone who asks. View it as a
long-term commitment: could you manage one guest post a week? The
task only becomes insurmountable if you want them all done at once.
People will be patient if the service has no strings attached.
- Conduct a short interview, both containing the same questions,
with two prominent figures in your niche, and display the answers
side-by-side, allowing us to compare the answers.
- Assemble a large number of one-sentence tips on a specific
- Simpsonize some key
personalities in your niche.
- Assemble the most interesting or thought provoking quotes that
apply to your niche, even if the person quoted was not talking
about your niche specifically.
- Ask readers a question and have them answer it on their
blog/website. Then link to the collected answers from a central hub
- Write a post carefully arguing a view that you feel many of
your readers will agree with.
- Take reader questions and answer them in one post. These can be
questions about you, your niche, or your site. Set boundaries if
- Link to online tools, software and sites any person taking part
in your niche should know about.
- Organize an initiative and get other bloggers involved.
- Take a birds-eye view of your niche, analyze its strengths and
- Predict what your niche will look like in 5, or 10, or 50
- Create a list of feeds you believe everyone interested in your
topic should be subscribed to.
- Answer a question many of your headers may have, but have not
asked because of its complex nature. Some questions of that nature
that might be unspoken by readers in this niche, for example, are:
What do I do if my blog isn’t growing as I hoped it would? How long
will it take my site to start generating a worthwhile income? Is
there ever going to be a big enough audience for a site in my
- Address a general ‘want’ shared by most readers in your niche.
What are the key three things readers of your site want? For this
site, that might be: more traffic, more links, more subscribers. To
address the want for more subscribers, I might write a post called:
“Ten Innovative Ways to Get More Subscribers”. There have been
plenty of posts on this subject, but readers are likely to have a
look just in case there’s something they haven’t seen before. To
make sure they’re rewarded, make certain you meet this need in an
- The web is on a productivity/uncluttering trip at the moment.
Can you write a guide to being more efficient or productive in your
niche? Can you write a guide to getting organized in your
- Visualize useful information and make it easy to share.
- Show readers how to construct a cheap object that will prove
useful to them.
- Release a free ebook, packed with value.
- Write a post answering 5 important questions, then ask others
to answer the same questions on their own sites, promising to link
to the answers from a central hub post. Follow through on that
- Take a famous/interesting person and ask: what approach would
that person take to my niche? For example: The Leonardo Da
Vinci Guide to Cooking.
- Create a ranked list of must-read books relating to your
- Create a beginner’s tour of your topic. If you were showing a
beginner the sights, what essential articles should they read to
get a grip on your niche?
- Explore what you would change about your niche if you could.
What are its short-comings?
- If you could only share 10 more tips with your readers, what
would they be?
- Assemble a collection of amazing photos/images relating to your
niche (some niches will be more suited to this than others).