A website which publishes interesting, informative or surprising content and inspires its readers to share its content with their social media friends is called a viral website.
It’s a kind of a website which gets popular and drives traffic through social media sharing and makes money by publishing ads.
I am sure you might have come across websites like Buzzfeed.com, Upworthy.com, Viralnova.com or Boredpanda.com these are the world’s most famous viral websites.
Today’s social media users love to share interesting stuff with their friends or tag them. It’s a growing trend which can make anything go viral without much of advertising or marketing efforts.
You can leverage this sharing trend on social media and make money by creating some interesting articles, sharing them on social media, driving people to your website and make money by publishing ads.
Another advantage of creating a viral website is that you can instantly drive traffic to your website via social media channels and make money, you don’t need to rely on Google or SEO techniques and wait for months to see a steady flow of traffic.
1. People who love to read and write about interesting topics
2. People who love social media
1. Ability to write interesting and read worthy articles
2. Ability to dig out exciting and share-worthy topics from the internet
3. Basic Wordpress website operating skills
You’ll need time to setup your website, social media fan page, finding topics and writing articles on them. Depending upon your experience time required might vary, but most of you can get your website running and publish your first article within a week’s time.
Step 1 - Setup your Wordpress viral website
Setting up a Wordpress website is easy, and you don’t need to learn any technical stuff to do it.
You’ll just need a domain name and a hosting account with a good web host to set up your Wordpress site.
If you need a step by step guide for doing this, you can watch Wordpress tutorial videos on YouTube to get started.
Step 2 - Create a Facebook fan page for you viral website.
You can create a Facebook fan page within minutes, but if you still need any help, you can always get help from Google.
Use professional-looking photos for your page’s display picture and cover photo and don’t forget to fill in all the necessary details regarding your website while creating the page.
I would also suggest you take a look at the Facebook pages of other popular viral websites and take ideas from them to set up your page.
Following is the list of some popular viral websites whose Facebook pages you can use for research purposes.
Step 3 - Publish viral content on your website and share them on your Facebook page.
Finding viral content and publishing them on your website is the most challenging task in this business model but fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem.
Just visit all the popular viral websites that I have mentioned above and find out which of their articles are trending, study their Facebook pages and look for the articles that have got most shares then rewrite and publish your own article on the same topic on your website.
A word of caution here, never copy any articles from other websites unless you want to get banned from Google or Facebook.
The idea here is to dig out the topics that are already popular then rewrite articles on them in your own unique perspective.
This strategy saves your time and also helps you write articles on topics which are already popular thus maximizing their chances to get viral.
Step 4 - Place Adsense ads
The best way to make money from your viral site is by placing Adsense ads, they’re easy to place, and when your site visitors click on your Adsense ads, you’ll earn money.
Use a Wordpress plugin called Quick Adsense for placing Adsense ads in the most optimal way that will generate higher clicks.
Step 5 - Grow your Facebook fan page.
When you’re just starting out the best way to grow your fan page is by using Facebook ads.
Start with a daily ad budget of $5 to $10 and promote your page posts. Ads will help your page get traction, followers, and traffic.
Step 6 - Rinse and Repeat
You’ll have to repeatedly find, rewrite, publish and promote new exciting content if you want to make money in this business.
The more you do it more money you’ll make hence get into the habit of doing all these tasks daily.