Blog Traffic Guide: 63 Ways to Make Your Blog Go Viral

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‘Going Viral’ means thousands of social media shares, hundreds of sites linking to it and unusually enormous traffic. But do you really want to make your blog go viral? What are some of the ways to make your blog go viral?

Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to get their blog post to the right audience?  We all do, right?

As we have always insisted, blogging is 20% content creation and 80% promotion.  Nowadays, it’s not about the number of posts that you’ve got,  it’s about the quality of posts. Learn to curate great posts that the influencers in your niche would want to link to and share with their followers

Read also: How to Start a Blog and Make Money Step by Step Guide

To help you make your blog go viral, we have compiled a list of the most trusted recommendations that give ultimate results. We know, it’s a lot to take in, but just be sure to try off a few dozens of them and see how it works out for you.

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    Ways to Make Your Blog Go Viral; Before Publishing

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    Before you hit publish your post, there are several ways to make your blog go viral and include the following:

    1. Write an insanely awesome post that depicts your expertise in the field.

    Think of an ultimate guide, a resource article or simply a long list content.

    Just like writing a book, you should craft something that you would be proud to put your name on it. The era for cheap, unorganized and robot-generated contents is over. Your content has to be of great value if you want others to talk about it.

    Evergreen content is a search engine optimized content that is continually relevant and resourceful and stays “fresh” for readers. To start you off, here is a beginners guide to evergreen content by Word Stream

    2. Optimize your post for On-page SEO

    You don’t need to be an SEO expert though, you may hire one if need be. Ensure that you have met the following recommendations before hitting the publish button.

    • Do keyword research and aim for keyword intensity of above 0.5%
    • Employ the use of long tail keywords. Neil Patel breaks down 11 reasons why you should embrace long tail keywords
    • Use synonyms or phrases related to your keyword randomly in your blog post
    • Link to insanely awesome content from other bloggers related to your content
    • Link to your existing blog posts that are related to your blog
    • Always include Alternate tags for all your images. Ensure that your alternate description carries your keyword.
    • Include your keyword in your blog post seo title
    • Let your keyword appear in the first paragraph of your post
    • Set your focus keyword and meta description.
    • Ensure that your meta description is compelling enough to have people click through

    To make this process a lot easier, we recommend that you download Yoast Plugin if you are not using it yet. It is great since it gives you on time progress about your post optimization and rates your content SEO as either poor, okay or good.

    3. Write Compelling Blog Post Title

    When it comes to blog headlines, stick to clarity, brevity and emotions.  Harness the power of power words to earn credibility and trust.

    Instead of 52 Ways to Manifest Your Destiny, 

    Why not try something like

    52 Powerful Ways that will propel you to your destiny 

    You should spend enough time researching and crafting the best headline for your blog. You can come up with three or so blog title variations and ask friends and colleagues which one would they prefer. It works like gem, trust me 🙂

    How to Make Your Blog Go Viral; After Publishing

    4. Share your post on twitter.

    I prefer you do this manually. Simply copy the link,  and head to twitter. Write a compelling introduction of about 100 characters,  paste your link and upload a full size image.

    This is important so that twitter displays it as a large image instead of a thumbnail aligned to the left. Find and include relevant hash tags. You can use a tool like Hashtagify to find relevant hashtags. When it comes to twitter, one or two hash tags per tweet are enough

    5.  Share the tweet link with your friends and colleagues and ask them to retweet.

    If you do this right, you can have about 100 retweets on your post. The best way to do this is via Whatsapp and Facebook

    6. Pin the tweet to the top of Twitter wall.

    This way, people who visit your profile can see it and click through, hence continued source of traffic. Chances are, if you have the right followers, they might want to favorite and retweet to their followers as well

    7. Monitor performance of your links.

    You can easily do this using a service like to track the click-throughs and determine which platforms work for you so that you can make a decision on where to spend your time, resources and energy on.

    8. Post the link to your Facebook page

    At The Penny Matters, we usually recommend that you focus on three main social media platforms and these are Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Well, we know Pinterest is not really a social media platform but rather a visual search engine.

    Focus on growing your fan page to at least 5000 likes. You can follow our Facebook page and keep the challenge on. We have not cracked the 5000 likes mark yet, but we have strategies in place

    9. Pin the Facebook post containing your blog post to the top of your page

    This is similar to what you did with twitter. By pinning it on top, you ensure that your fans who were not online at the time of posting still get a chance to check it out, and click-through

    10. Post to Relevant Facebook groups.

    If you are a member of engaged Facebook groups, be sure to post there as well.  Posting in ten relevant Facebook groups guarantees over 500 visits. Just customize the intro message to suit each of the groups.

    For people to engage with you, you need to engage with them. Answer their questions in the group, comment on their posts, share their content.

    Don’t post often,  but when you do ensure that you are of great importance. This way people will trust you and look forward to your group posts.

    Good News: We have recently launched our own Facebook group; Transformational Online Entrepreneurs after years of deliberation. Be sure to join the discussions

    11. Comment on other blogs

    Leave thoughtful and highly useful comments on other people’s blogs especially those under your niche


    Read and comment on 5 of the relevant highly engaging blog posts related to yours every day for the next thirty days. Using Google Analytics, you can track the performance so that you can make informed decisions at the end of the challenge

    12. Employ the use of track-back.

    You get notified when other people link back to you.  Just like comments, track backs are likely to be abused by spammers. To ensure your internet safety, use track-back filters. If you are using WordPress, you would want to install a plugin like Akismet

    13. Link out to other sites.

    If you are writing a really long post, you can link to as many as 20 or even more external posts.  Most often the site owners will be notified and they are likely to share your post if it is really relevant to their audience. This post itself has more than twenty external links.

    However, we do not link just because we want to, it is because of existence of great blog posts in the blogosphere which we feel can complement our contents and help our readers expand their knowledge with related contents.

    14. Email all the influencers you have linked to.

    So if you have linked to 100 websites,  the next step is to find contact information for all of them.

    What you need:


    • Email addresses
    • Twitter handles
    • Google+ accounts

    Once your post is live, you would want to send a personalized email to each and every one of them, thanking them of their great contents and also letting them know that you have featured them in your insanely awesome new blog post.

    Start off with these influencer outreach email templates by Ninja Outreach

    15. Mention all the influences on Twitter.

    Even after sending them an email, it is not a guarantee that it will be open and read. Now, why not harness the power of twitter to give you an upper hand?

    Write custom tweets, with image and a link to your post and mention your influencers.  Tagging them along will increase retweets. Since twitter limits content characters to 280 as of December 2017, it means you can only add six to seven handles at a go. You may need to create three of four dozen tweets in order to mention all the influences featured in your post.

    Twitter is a great place for outreach, be sure to follow our Ceo and founder twitter account for great tips and amazing content creation advice

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    16. Tag all the influencers you mentioned on your post on Google+

    Since you gathered all the influences Google Plus accounts, simply create a new post and tag your influencers.  Unlike twitter, Google Plus foes not have limit restrictions, so simply tag all of them in one post.

    Let them know that their posts have been mentioned on your post. They are more likely to share and hence a great pool of shares.  Keeping in mind that Google itself owns Google+, this can really create massive traction.

    Gave up Google+? Here is why Moz, the SEO giant thinks that you need to reconsider it. 

    17. Attend and speak in events.

    Talk about your new massive blog post and how it has revolutionized your week since you last published it. Also carry your business cards with you with address to your blog.

    Ensure that your latest massive post is the first thing they see when they land on your homepage.

    Walter Akolo, a renowned Kenyan freelancer and online entrepreneur also recommends that you run online training as well as organize your own seminars as away to build an irresistible brand

    18. Guest post on another’s blog.

    Guest posting is known to bring lots of traffic to your website. Reach out to websites related to the blog lost you’ve written and offer to guest post on them.  Naturally link your massive blog post.

    However, when starting off you need to learn how to do it right. There are tons of information available for free online, invest time to learn and improve your pitching skills.

    There are tons of benefits of guest blogging include generating quality and targeted traffic that highly convert

    19. Monitor your performance using Google Analytics.

    Almost every expert blogger will tell you that you need to install Analytics from the day one.

    It’s a great nagging friend who will always tell you hard truths about how bad your website is doing. Monitoring your results will help you narrow down to options that actually work for your website. However, never let the metrics kill your blog 

    20. Incorporate Great Design.

    Your readers won’t stay if your home is all cluttered. Stick to simple design that serves your purpose. Our idea of a great blog design here at The Penny Matters is one that treks towards achieving minimalism

    You will notice that our website is easy to navigate because we decided to stick to simplicity. Try that too, and your bounce rate will tremendously drop, increase average time-on-site stats.

    21. Reply to Comments

    It is a good blogging habit to always interact and engage with every comment that one leaves on your post. Keep conversation going, gain new ideas and build loyalty.

    However, when you reply to comments, there is no way that your readers are notified that you actually replied to their comment. That sucks, right? Well, by simply installing Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin, you can easily notify them automatically once you or any one else reply to their comments

    22. Send out announcement email to your subscribers.

    To be effective, write a catching intro, include link and ask for one more favor: Retweet.

    To make it easier, include a ready to click tweet with a customized message. You can do so using a service like Click to Tweet.

    23. Host a Webinar dedicated to the general idea of your blog post.

    Discuss some of the points and ask people to head over to the link to download a off version of the article. This is effective in that you may add a couple of hundreds of subscribers to your list

    Here is how you can run a successful webinar. Besides, you do not need a sophisticated and expensive tool when you are starting off. Femtrepreneur details how you can run a webinar for free using YouTube live, formerly Hangouts on air

    24. Find a popular conversation related to your niche and bring in some value.

    Join the discussions and bring in some real value. Where to find popular conversations

    • Facebook groups
    • Twitter chats
    • Blog forums
    • podcasts

    Ways to Make Your Blog Go Viral: Submissions

    25: Submit to Niche: Business

    26: Submit to Niche: Blogging

    27: Submit to Niche: Programming

    28: Submit to Niche: Business

    29: Submit to Niche: Internet Marketing

    30: Submit to BlogHub

    31: Submit to Niche Business Be sure to follow their guidelines

    32: Submit to Niche: Growth Hacking

    33: Submit to Pages

    34: Submit to simply choose the right category  and submit your post for consideration.

    More Effective ways to make your blog Go Viral

    35:  Proofread your post for errors.

    Errors could be the reason why people are not sharing your post as much as they would.  Simple errors which can be detrimental sometimes slips our eyes.  Having a third-party to run through the post is quite effective for objectivity

    36: Submit to Digg

    37: Submit to Stumbleupon

    This site can send you massive traffic, however the bounce rate is likely to be very high with time on site being less than forty seconds

    38: Submit to Reddit

    39: Submit to Yahoo Buzz

    40:  Add to your email signature.

    You can quickly do so on Google by going to settings.  Alternatively, you can use platforms such as Wisestamps to set up your premium and professional email signature

    41:  Post to MySpace

    42: Find and post in the forums related to your niche

    43: Submit to Technorati

    44: Post to your Pinterest account

    Be sure to follow our own account

    45:  Post to Pinterest group boards.

    Group boards are similar to the Pinterest groups except that they are collaborative. To begin with, join at least 15 group boards with at least 3000 followers each. These boards should be related to your niche.

    To start you off, join our Online Business group board

    46:  Directory submissions. There are hundreds of them.  Simply find the ones relevant to your post

    47:  RSS directory submits

    48:  Submit to social bookmarking sites

    49:  Answer relevant questions on quota and link back to your massive article whenever relevant.

    50:  Add to your signature in forums

    51:  Reach out to other bloggers and request them to mention your post.

    Link building strategy isn’t dead, and it can massively boost your post. If people are linking to it,  then this tells search engines that you’ve got something interesting to say.

    52:  Add the link in your next newsletter

    53:   Feature more quality links than the reigning champion. Chances are, the long list content you are crafting already exists, though they may not be that long. To stand out, you need to ensure that your list outdoes any other 

    Note that people are likely to click through the post, “35 WordPress Themes That Rock” compared to “7 WordPress themes for your blog”

    54: Craft content that elicits emotions. Don’t be dull. What do you want your readers to do?  Telling a personal story is a way to build loyalty and grab your readers attention

    55:  Embed a relevant video. Google owns YouTube. Finding a relevant video on YouTube and including it on your lost can boost your ranking a bit. Use of rich multimedia is becoming the go for approach to most bloggers and you don’t want to be left out.

    56:   Ensure that your site has basic social sharing buttons. The best plugin is social warfare. Narrow down. Having too many options is the reason for confusion and hence no sharing at all. Basic buttons to show should be Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. That’s what we do here at The Penny Matters

    57:  Schedule an additional ten tweets to go out over the next few weeks. You can employ platforms like Hootsuite and Buffer

    58:  Schedule additional pins to go out over the next few days or weeks.  The best way to do this is to use Tailwind. You can use different graphics for each pin you schedule. Do split testing to determine which pin gains more traction

    59:  Use Ritetag to optimize hashtags for your tweets.  Simply paste your tweet and Ritetag will give you suggestions of hash tags based on your content

    60:  Share your article on LinkedIn

    61:  Use Twitter cards as they allow you to add a bit more characters and the leaves are well optimized. Besides, Twitter cards allow you to directly collect email addresses from your twitter wall

    62:  Include a click to tweet link on your email campaigns

    63:  Links placed at the middle outperform those place at the end of your tweets

    In a Nutshell,

    Making your blog go viral is a great task and demands a lot of your time. however, if done correctly, can be immensely rewarding.

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    10 thoughts on “Blog Traffic Guide: 63 Ways to Make Your Blog Go Viral”

      1. Mysson Victor

        Hey, Thanks so much Susie. I am glad you found this quite helpful.

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      Very good list indeed, thank you. And maybe the most important thing of all – write about a subject that you are truly passionate about and help and inspire your readers to greatness. Please check out my posts on starting a business on

      1. Mysson Victor

        Hey Mathias, thanks so much for your beautiful and uplifting comment. I agree, writing on topics you are passionate about generates that momentum to keep you going. Great blog you’ve got there at The Start Up Uplift. Keep up the good work

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      Hey Victor – great blog post.
      “Write Compelling Blog Post Title” – I think it was David Ogilvy that said ” When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

      I’ve seen some amazing blog posts with lousy titles, and it’s a real shame considering how much hard work went into them. Using “Power” words is definitely a way of getting more attention in the SERPS, and also improving your CTR 🙂

      1. Mysson Victor

        That’s very true Niall. Titles have to be as captivating as possible, as well as informative. Taking time to analyze different headlines so as to arrive at the ultimate best can be quite rewarding in the end.

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      This is really a great resource.

      I just printed it especially to keep the list of submission sites. I was familiar with a few of them like, but there are so many more!

      Thanks Victor!

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      This is the most informative and helpful blog post for new bloggers. The tips are so amazing. I can’t wait to put them to use. I will be re-titleing all my posts now. As a new blogger myself, I need all the great advice I can get. I’m positive this post will help many. Thank you and I look forward to ready many more of your posts.

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