Link baiting is the process of posting a controversial article (usually funny in a bit of a twisted way) or something else unusual with the intent of people linking to it and telling their friends, followers, and readers about it. It can be a tricky thing to do since it’s tough to get things to go viral (generally things that aren’t authentic get sniffed out and people hate them). With that being said, if you can pull off a successful linkbait article you can earn yourself literally thousands of links and a ton of site traffic in no time at all with no more work than it takes for writing the article and starting the fire.
I would suggest these things when you write a link bait article…
– Don’t make it too long. The point of these is to be a quick shot of high quality compelling information that people want to share. You want a 15 year old to be able to make it through the article without dozing off.
– Make it funny. There is nothing worse than a linkbait article that just completely fails. You can read them through and think to yourself what is this crap?
– Get the right person to edit it. I have a friend who is not only funny, but he’s paper funny. He can write a story down and it sounds good. There are lots of people who can tell a joke or a good story but far fewer can translate that to paper. Find one of these people and be sure to thank them since they will be the key to your success.
Anyway that’s all I really have to say on that. I just wanted to get the word out to real readers so that I don’t get lynched when I may post something on here soon that is a little off color, in fact I’d love it if you see something on here worth sharing that maybe you take a few seconds and fan the flames yourself. Thanks!