To succeed with or on social media like del.icio.us, StumbleUpon or Mixx (I leave out social news sites Digg and Reddit as these sites boycott any SEO related topics) so called killer content is needed. It does not suffice but it’s a prerequisite to get to the front-page. Bloggers often call such outstanding content “pillar content” as it’s one of the pillars of a blog. As most blogs do not break news unlike Techrunch e.g. this killer content in most cases will be a huge list of resources:
Such posts are really popular and get bookmarked and linked as well for later. The biggest drawback of them for the blogger or writer: It takes days or weeks to write such a resource list in many cases.
In recent weeks I noticed a different pattern while blogging: My most popular posts took me in between one and one and a half hours. In contrast I usually need at least 2 hours for a good post.
One of these posts got popular 3 times on StumbleUpon during one month, bringing more visitors each time. Another post got 300+ bookmarks on del.icio.us and others became popular on Mixx, my favourite social news site, four times in a row in the last two weeks.
There are 3 main ingredients of such low workload popular posts. They do not have to contain all of them but each helps tremendously:
Present serious information in a humorous way, make people laugh in unexpected contexts.
Write about something everybody knows of or better deals with, like the Internet, Google, Windows, Firefox etc…
Enable your audience to quickly digest much information, which they otherwise would need hours or days to research.
Just consider this headline example:
10 web tools “computer illiterate” John McCain needs to beat Obama
It has all three aspects.
These 10 tools might be the 10 must have tools for new Internet users who want to become pros quickly, something like:
Usually people would yawn when encountering such a list, but with this twist these tools for web noobs list might succeed big time. Now you might add some humorous descriptions like “Gmail, a widely used electronic mail service by ‘the Google’. For electronic mail you don’t need pencil or paper!”
You see, it’s easy. Now the time is up.