Many of us find ourselves running like mad in the hamster wheel of life. It’s not quite a case of running very fast just to stay still but there are times it feels a lot like it. A new year often represents a cut off point – a chance to re-invent yourself. Millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions showing great determination to make a change that will improve their lives.
Top of the list are:
- Losing weight
- Working less but achieving more
- Having more fun
The same issues can apply to your blog. You spend lots of time feeding it with new content but do you spend enough time promoting it? Some experts say you should spend only 20% of the time writing your blog and 80% promoting it. Otherwise who is going to know that your lovely content is there?
A first step is acknowledging that there are a few posts that you wrote because you needed to post new content – and not because they were the dazzling pieces of blogdom they deserve to be.
Lose some weight from your blog and gain some pounds, dollars or euros
So if you concentrated on writing slightly fewer posts of consistently higher quality you start to trim your blog into a fitter, more engaging look. It’s an easy way to hit resolution number 1 and it makes a start on number 2. However, you’re not really achieving more until you do some more promotion.
But do you really need to spend extra time on your promotion?
Of course it would! And this is where viral content comes in.
Viral content such as quizzes, polls and lists are interactive so they are fun to take – and most importantly to share. Here are a few examples:
7 Reasons Lazy People Should Create Viral Lists
Lists are consistently read and shared more than articles
You can create a fabulous list in minutes on Riddle
That is shareable across all social media
Job done. You can relax now
While people enjoy your message and then…
…share it with their friends (doing your work for you).
You can even pop our riddles into any blog, site, etc to bring in traffic
You can write a blog post in a list format more quickly than an ‘article’ post and it’s quicker for people to read. If more people read all the post you will get more shares. You can also put a new twist on an existing post that has been very successful in the past.
You can even also write a short list and pop it into a blog post to create some and make it much more appealing.
A poll is even quicker to add. You involve your readers and the results can often be used for a new (easy and targeted) blog post.
Quizzes and personality tests
These take a bit longer to create but people love to share them. Especially if they can show off how clever they are or tell other people something interesting about themselves.
So people end up promoting your blog for you – saving you time and helping you reach a new audience for free.
How about getting more return visits?
You can also include forms to add people to your newsletter or blog feed. Once people are in the mindset of answering questions about themselves they are much more likely to give you their email address or relevant details. This means you get extra traffic on a regular basis without spending ANY more time.
All this leaves you more time to hit the third item on the list – have more fun. Of course, if you’re having lots of fun you’re going to have loads of entertaining things to write about. And pssst! Don’t tell anyone but writing quizzes and lists is actually lots of fun!
Make a resolution to create viral content with our easy to use Riddle tools today. You can start by putting your New Year’s resolution into a list so you can tell everyone about them. This makes it MUCH more likely that you’ll stick to it and reap the benefits in 2016!