THE SECRET TO MAKING CONTENT GO VIRAL

I read a fascinating book the other day:

It’s called, “Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an age of Distraction” by a guy called Derek Thompson.

According to him, there’s no such thing as, “going viral.”

For example, researchers at Yahoo found that 90% of content didn’t spread at all.

The majority of what you see on the internet does not go far beyond its original source.

Instead, the reason why some things spread is because of what he calls, “broadcasting.”

This basically means that a piece of content was featured in a major media outlet.

Sharing has nothing to do with it.

A good example of this is if your content makes the front page of Reddit.

In this case it will probably be seen by millions of people.  

THIS is how you go viral.

And while this flies in the face of conventional wisdom it does make sense.

The second secret is that your content needs to have what Derek calls, “a familiar surprise.”

This means it needs to be familiar but have a twist or fresh perspective.

What can you learn from this?

First, create content which resonates with your audience.

Next, get this content published where millions of people can see it.

Bottom line:

Going viral has no meaning.

The reason why something becomes popular is often because people SAY it’s popular.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton