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These tactics have worked great for us over the years and continue to deliver results!

[Welcome to Neil Patel readers! This post is one of the earliest on the blog and we still reference it regularly when promoting posts. They continue to help us grow our traffic at a rate that is still surprising to us. Enjoy!]

It’s tough to make a blog post go viral. There’s no secret sauce to make every post a hit. However, there are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances.

A great blog can be a huge asset to you – it feels great to make and can bring attention to what you’re doing. The problem is that if nobody sees your post it’s not useful to anybody besides you. There are tons of suggestions around the internet to drive traffic to your blog and most of them work to some extent. Most aren’t so effective. There’s really only one way to create a popular blog: creating great content that can change people’s lives for the better. It’s about putting yourself out there and making a connection. Corbett Barr says it best, “Write Epic Shit.” Content is indeed king but without a spark even the best content will lie dormant forever without anybody seeing it.

You live in an Epic Universe – make more Epic Stuff!

Before you post:

  1. Keyword optimize your post. Put your main topics into Google Keyword Tool and title the post based on the most popular search terms.
  2. Add pictures next to key items, it makes them carry more weight. Derek Halpbern of SocialTriggers has a GREAT post about using pictures in your posts.
  3. Re-read your post to check for errors. 

After you post use these to get in as many brains as possible:

  1. Submit to Digg
  2. Submit to Reddit
  3. Submit to StumbleUpon
  4. Post on Forums in niche
  5. Submit to Yahoo Buzz
  6. Submit to Delicious
  7. Post to Twitter
  8. Post to Facebook
  9. Post to Myspace. Myspace is dead, long live Myspace.
  10. Post to Google +
  11. Post to YouTube (if applicable)
  12. Submit to Technorati
  13. Post to Pinterest (if applicable)
  14. Post to LinkedIn
  15. Provide SEO keywords for images
  16. Directory submissions
  17. RSS directory submits
  18. Forum comments
  19. Relevant blog comments
  20. Social bookmarking
  21. Refer to posts on Yahoo! Answers
  22. Refer to posts on LinkedIn
  23. Refer to posts on Quora
  24. Press releases
  25. Link to our own past AND future blog posts
  26. Add to your email signature
  27. Add to your signature in forums
  28. Add to your next newsletter
  29. Request other bloggers to mention your post
Submit Your Post

Put it everywhere! … and make it good enough for them to care.

You don’t need to do all of these things every time but the more places your post goes the more eyes you’ll find. You will quickly see what is really working

Play with these ideas and let us know what you think. Do you have any other ways you like to get your content out into the world? Post below and let us know what works for you!

Check out our Complete Formula to Get your First 10,000 Website Visitors

Additional resources you might be interested in:
How to Write Your First Blog Post
How to Blast Out of Obscurity
20 of The Most Effective Ways to Promote Your Products
Expert Blog Launch: Start Your Blog The Right Way
12 Lean Startup Tools to Launch and Run Your Business

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Kyle Eschenroeder

Thanks for taking the time to read this! Let me know what you think - the good, the bad, the ugly - in the comments below.

I'm an entrepreneur (more in the StartupBros About Page) in St. Petersburg, FL

  • Avatar for S. Mallik S. Mallik says:

    I am searching for a good article about how to make my blog post viral on the internet…At last, I found your post, really the post is very helpful for me. I am going to apply these good tips on my blog. Hope it will work perfectly.

  • Avatar for S. Davis S. Davis says:

    How can I get my mom story go viral. Our dad cheated her of her Inheritance and wiped her out completely. My mom is disabled now but prior employed as an license nurse . We are trying to raise funds for A Attorney?

  • Avatar for shubha@g shubha@g says:

    thanks. it helped a lot.

  • Avatar for Glory Pachnanda Glory Pachnanda says:

    Hi Kyle,

    I really like your article. Thanks for these tips.

    Thank You so much

  • Avatar for Desi Desi says:

    Hi sir.
    That’s really very impressive and very helpful for me
    Thank You appreciate your post.

  • Avatar for Dubai Blogger Dubai Blogger says:

    Great research and information, Thanks.

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