It was such a dangerous experience, I was thinking that we were all safe not until I heard a swift sound passed by my ear. I later found out that it was the bullet of a sniper rifle, the sniper missed it and this made me realized that I was the luckiest guy on earth. We didn’t just stop there but ran to another location and settled there for a while, within two minutes I heard a cracking sound like someone threw a stone, I looked down and saw this little stone rolling towards my direction and before I knew what was happening, I saw myself floating in the air.
What just happened there? The stone happened to be a grenade which exploded and threw me up like a football. That was a nicely exaggerated story and I’m sure it got your attention. The big question is; how can I write an explosive blog post? By the word explosive, this means that your blog post is definitely going to be a bomb.
How far and effective do you want your blog post to be, like a grenade or like an atomic bomb? What’s the difference? The blast radius of a grenade’s explosion is just 15 meters while that of an atomic bomb is calculated in miles. Of course if you want your content to go viral like an atomic bomb.
Comparing this with your content, how can you make your content go viral like a bomb?
Let’s make this practical using a grenade as an example: Throw a grenade where there are explosives, guess what’s going to happen in the next few seconds. They are all going to explode right? Think of the magnitude of its virality (don’t mind that language). The bomb is your content while the explosives are your readers. Throw your (quality) contents to your readers and they’ll make it go viral by promoting it. That’s just a summary, let’s elaborate it.
How to write an explosive blog post.
Your content’s quality depends on your flow and writing style. There’s 99.99% tendency that a five hundred word article can possess more quality than that of a one thousand words article, agree with me? It’s the best medium of building relationships and getting recognized as a professional in your niche or industry. But how does quality content relate with “viral”?
Quality content gets shared
I’m sorry but this won’t work if you don’t have sharing buttons on your blog. I mean, how can I share you content with my followers after reading it? Copying and pasting your blog title and link to my twitter account is definitely going to be a very big stress. I also come across blogs with a sharing button but whenever I hit the tweet button, I’m always welcomed with the content title and the link to the content (no twitter handle) only, if I want to be thanked for sharing your content, how are you going to know that I was the one that shared it. My little advice is that you should implement this as soon as now, you might be missing the next big thing.
Quality contents are always linked to
Who’s going to link to a content with low quality? Definitely nobody! Of course you would rather give more insight on what your blog post is addressing by linking to quality and informative contents. Quality content is also one of the best and safe link building strategies that work. Sit down and write your content while others link to you, you’ll get more backlinks, higher ranking and more awesome significance.
You’ll be featured
There’s a big difference between being featured and being linked to. Here you’ll be interviewed and some questions will be thrown to you in the area of your expertise. What’s the significance? You’re splashing your name round the blogosphere and at the same time building your reputation.
You don’t need to make traffic the king, dethrone traffic and make content the king instead, you can manage to make traffic the queen but traffic can’t get you quality contents, only quality contents can drive traffic to your blog.
Climbing back to the top, quality is better than quantity. I hopped to one of my favorite blogs and I just read the shortest (but striking) blog post ever. You wouldn’t believe this but the blog post is just 2 words; well it’s a continuation of the title
Title: Can “Epic” Posts Be Short?
Blog post: Yes. Discuss.
The content might just be 2 words but it’s the best way of creating an interaction and building relationships with other bloggers, very little but comprehensive. According to what most of the readers said; Epic post is not dependent on the number of words but how the post communicates with the readers (some disagreed though). You can check out the post, interactions and arguments made in the comment section – can epic post be short?
Hey Brian, you’re doing a good job; no wonder folks call you “The Genesis”
What is an Epic Post?
Corbett Barr exploded the blogosphere is 2011 with a new slogan; “write epic shit” and this blog post alone got close to 300 trackbacks, imagine 300 blogs linking to your blog, shit!
Feature other bloggers
Do you want to go an extra mile in exploding your content? You need to stand in front of a wider audience by featuring other bloggers on your blog post, sometimes guest blogging alone can’t do the trick especially on blogs that don’t accept guest posts. To achieve this, find experts in your niche, write about them, link to them and send them a shout out on twitter. Simple! They’ll help in promoting your post on social media thereby giving your blog a good exposure. I had good success in it when I wrote a blog post on 20 successful bloggers.
Call to Action at the end of your post
After reading your contents, your readers can simply leave your blog but your call to action actually tells them what next to do. Using call to actions at the end of your blog post is just like pouring more fuel to a burning fire, the flame is definitely going to go higher and spread wider. Never underestimate the power of your call to action. A mare “please share this” has a viral effect. This is going to dust off the cobwebs blocking your sharing buttons.
Put some humor into your call to action as they’ll will persuade your readers into sharing your post, examples are:
Love this post? Why not play with the social buttons below.
Whew! Took me 5 good hours to write this quality post, hitting those buttons is really going to make my day.
Did you just share this post? Oh thanks a lot. Did you actually share it?
More explosives please!
Of course quality content explodes but before they do you need to pull the trigger, don’t assume that they’re going to promote themselves. You need to promote it first and let others find out about it, when that’s done, they’ll do the rest for you. Really? You need to be an addicted guest blogger, splash your name round the blogosphere and get recognized. You and you also need to utilize your social media strategies wisely, build relationships and magnet readers to your blog. Of course, having a good relationship with likeminded bloggers is the best way of getting those genuine readers that’s going to spread your content like fire, do exactly what you want them to do for you. Comment on their blog and share it to your followers, bloggers ready to build a lasting and genuine relationship won’t hesitate to do the same in return.
Out of Quality content? Let’s go rob the bank.
What did you call it, writers block? I just found out one simple way to bypass it, have you ever written a blog post with the aim of heading for 1500 – 2000 words but you got stuck at 1000 words? It happens especially when you have some crazy heavy loads on your head; I noticed it’s quite difficult to target two birds with a stone.
Through Adrienne Smith, Jon Morrow thought me how to legally steal content titles from other bloggers. I mean the kind of stealing that won’t land you into the “blogojail” because you have the license for it. In a summary, I learnt that you can get more ideas by reading other bloggers blog post (and blog title). I don’t see any crime in writing something related to it and giving the title a little touch to make it better, comprehensive and interesting. You can check it out for yourself – Jon morrow told me it is okay to steal.
Does an Attractive title really count?
Yup it does, an attractive title can create buzz on social media especially when it’s being shared by your readers. Sometimes you need to forget creating those SEO titles and focus on your readers by sharing something interesting.
An example of post that fell in all the criteria mentioned above is the one in which I featured 45 experts sharing their best monetization strategy, it really created buzz on social media, it was epic, some folks linked to it, it ranked on google in just a few hours with keyword: “monetization strategy” and more…be sure to check it out as it’ll be lucrative.
These are awesome ways of getting the best out of your content and exploding them like an atomic bomb. If you have any outstanding tips that works like magic, drop it on the comments.Time to implement my call to action. Oh no! My sharing button developed some faults; can you test each of them to see if they’re working? Thanks in advance.