5 Secrets To Writing Popular Blog Posts

Popular Blog postsBlogging is an ongoing process and content generation and curation are two important aspect of it. By the end, your blog should constantly be updated with new content. Now, we usually categorize content into two form: Pillar content and filler content. We have already talked about Pillar content in detail earlier and today, we will look into aspect of creating Popular blog posts.

Writing a popular blog post is not an easy task, but it is not impossible. I believe that anyone can write a popular blog post if you are committed to it. Writing a popular blog post may require extra effort and time but it is surely worth the effort. Such kind of post will not only help you to increase Social signals but also help you to get quality backlinks. Specially, in 2012 when quality and natural links matter the most, such blog content will help your blog not only survive, but grow to next level.

The kind of traffic, exposure, back links and subscribers that a single popular post will give you may be more than the entire traffic your blog has ever gotten that is why you need to start writing the popular posts which are often called “EPIC SHIT”.

Important Ingredients for Popular Blog Posts 

Now, there is a huge difference between a normal blog post and such posts which will contribute the most to your blog. When you are creating such list, you have to make sure every detail is proof-read and always cite the source of information, as it will help in building the credibility and you will also get Outbound link SEO advantage.

Your Article Headline

headlinesYour headline is a crucial factor when in determining if your blog post will become popular. your headline is the first thing that a potential reader will first come in contact with, your headline will determine if the reader will click through to read your entire post or just ignore it and look away.

Using this post Headline as an Example “5 Secrets To Writing Popular Blog Posts”; this headline is somehow tempting because of the word “SECRET” in the headline, when you saw the Word “SECRET”, you felt that rush within you about learning something new about writing blog posts, you felt you are going to learn a hidden technique or trick for writing popular blog posts isn’t it? :-D

You too should apply this principle to your blog posts; you should make use of tempting and spicy words in your post Headline to make your headline attractive and tempting to your readers click. Use words like: Ultimate, Secret, Fail-Proof, Killer, Free, Fantastic, Effective, Mega and so on. If you are worried about SEO and catchy title, you should read: How to optimize post titles for readers & for Search

Quality Content

Your post content goes a long way in making your post popular; after people get excited and tempted to click through by your headline, the only thing that will keep them much longer on your post page is your post content. for your post to be popular, you need to learn to create compelling contents, the kind of contents that makes your readers go “WOW!” and this can only be achieve by providing value in your post.

Make a detailed research about the topic you are to write and create a detailed post with necessary information and details such that anyone who reads it will fall in love with your post content. You should also format your content very well and make it scan able.

Be Controversial

Another awesome secret to writing a popular post is to get controversial. being controversial does not being you should be insulting or abusive, rather you should write constructive   criticism about a popular Topic, subject, Blogger or anything that is in really going viral. When you write constructive criticisms about something in vogue and you are able to support you points and views with substantial facts, your post has a high tendency of going viral and becoming popular.

After writing a controversial post, make sure you share it on social media sites and also send a tweet and mention the post to anyone that has a connection with the post (the person or company that you criticized) this will make them aware of your most and usually they will retweet and share your post.

Follow Trends in Your Niche

Following trending issues and topics in your niche is also a great opportunity for creating a popular blog post. Did you notice when pinterest was trending in the blogosphere? Many bloggers wrote a lot of posts on Pinterest, some even went further to create eBooks and various products about pinterest and I bet it with you that they all got great result from their actions.

You too can implore this tactic to write a popular blog post; look for what is trending in your Niche and write a post about it. Don’t just write any other usual blog post thingy, but create a detailed post with lots of information about that trending topic and before you know it, you are the news in town.

Another technique is to use the sensitive topic in your niche and craft a well researched post. For example, when Panda launched Harsh added about Google panda recovery process and I used the same technique after Penguin penalty launched.

Ask Your Readers to Share

The most popular posts are usually popular because of lots of social media promotion, people tend to read posts that are shared by friends or liked by people they know. Also, the easiest way for people to find your content is through social media sites.

Therefore, after writing your posts, make sure you tell your readers to hit the sharing button; most people will read, drop a comment and leave but you can include a “CALL TO SHARING” beneath after your posts. you may think it’s not necessary, but I can tell you that it works absolutely well, as a matter of fact, it has worked on me :-D

Same is with sharing your articles on Facebook or twitter, instead of sharing it automatically, use manual share and ask questions right there for more engagement.

Over to You

Well, these are some of the things which will help you to compile a popular blog post and am sure that you will have one or two other techniques you usually use to create that “EPIC SHIT”. Kindly share your tips and techniques with us in the comment section; we will love to learn from you.

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This is a guest post by Joseph Adediji from Josylad. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our guest posting guidelines.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 11 )

  1. Aqib Shahzad says

    Quality of content always matter than the quantity of content. Make sure you have write something useful that your readers would like to read and also give some catchy title to your blog post to get the attention of your readers towards your blog.

  2. Worli says

    The most popular blog post must offer not only appealing updates for persons to view but are also optimized in such a way that it gives rise to more blog traffic! It purely comes down to fulfilling visitors to your site while also making the content simpler to find online.

  3. david says

    I have seen that asking readers to share has worked. But it is not something that works on everyone or all of the time. But it does increase the number of shares, typically.

    On the other hand, it seems that some people are tired of being asked to share.

    But if you were to write a really good post with really valuable content, that’s the right time to ask someone to share. The content needs to have the WOW factor.

  4. Anurag says

    Is Writing our post under some Ghost-name or as a Ghost-writer a good idea, if some one wants to keep his real name aback….

  5. says

    Quality is the most important thing required to write popular posts. And a great headline to attract more people. I think if there’s quality then readers will automatically share it…

    • Joseph Adediji says

      You are right Avi, quality is really important, people love quality post and that is why it is taking the #1 spot.

  6. Amit Shaw says

    Thanks Harsh For sharing this tips. I before starting writing we should give our time for Eye catchy Title. Because Title is the main factor before writing a popular blog post.
    I am using HeadLine Hacks for this.
    Writing Controversial blog post is always best way to get your post popular.

    • Joseph says

      Hi Amit, Headlines really does the trick, eespecially if you share it on social bookmarking sites.

  7. says

    Hello Harsh
    You pointed it rightly. Article Heading has to be really good and eye-catching. It may bring many visitors. Out of the bunch of articles, a good and attractive heading may bring huge number of traffic. Quality content is also important. If you will have quality content in your blog, you can ask your readers to share it, and in a way number of views will definitely increase.
    Thanks for those secret tips Harsh!

  8. maxwell ivey says

    Hello; this was a truly comprehensive article with lots of great links included. You mentioned sharing and otherwise promoting your posts. Just as an example of the unusual I reached out to Elvis Presley fan sites with the link to my last post about a park train i now have for sale. It came out of an amusement park he and his friends and family frequented in Memphis, and as a result the post has been reposted on a couple of these sites with others having promised to follow suit. It may not bring me the sale, but the additional traffic is welcome and could bring it to the attention of someone who does want it. thanks again and take care, max