Don’t you just love this headline
So, see those nice little sharing buttons above? See those numbers in them? Well, those are numbers I got from a service called Viral Content Buzz.
If you’re visiting this post on a launch day, those numbers are probably far from impressive — but check back in a few days and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Now, if you own a very popular blog, and if Google loves you (respect!), this kind of media exposure may be just a drop in the ocean for you. But, if you’re like me – trying to find your place under the sun – chances are you can use all the help you can get to get your voice and your brand out there. This is where Viral Content Buzz comes in.
What’s All The Buzz About Viral Content Buzz?
VCB is a service owned and run by Ann Smarty and Gerald Weber. The concept of VCB is brilliant – you share other people’s posts on your social media accounts, collect points, and submit your own posts to be shared by others. Nothing complicated about it, nothing even to inventive, but still – brilliant!
VCB Quick Tour
Viral Content Buzz is a free service, meaning that anyone can come and join and start sharing and submitting posts. The more posts you share, the more credits you gather, the more opportunities for your posts you create.
Of course, there is a PRO version, and of course – I use it But for a beginner, you may want to go with the Free version first and see if it works for you as it does for me.
First, take a look at the VCB official video.
Once you log into VCB and create a profile, you connect all your social media accounts with the service. Social media accounts currently supported include Twitter (up to 5 Twitter accounts), Facebook profile, Facebook pages, Pinterest, Google+, and StumbleUpon.
As soon as you connect your SM accounts, you can start sharing projects from the Dashboard (bear in mind that posts submitted for sharing are referred to as projects).
Here’s a look at the inside of the VBC site (I’m showing only my projects for privacy purposes).
As you can see from the picture, projects are organized into categories, with the ability to create your own category in order to display only those projects you are interested in sharing.
By clicking on the project title you are taken to the original post. Important thing to mention here is that every post goes through a verification process. After submitting a project, the project is put in a queue until a VCB moderator checks and approves it. This ensures that all projects available for sharing are high quality posts.
Once you find a project you would like to share, you just click on a sharing button next to it – and voila, you just earned yourself some credit points.
(You can’t see the sharing buttons in the picture above because I can’t share my own projects. Other projects have Twitter, Google+, Facebook… buttons which enable you to share them with just one click)
— Ann Smarty (@seosmarty) February 5, 2014
Buzzing Around And Gathering Points
The bigger your social network – the more points you gather. Meaning that if you have 20,000 twitter followers, every time you share a project on twitter you will get 4 points.
Similarly, every time someone with 20,000 Twitter followers shares your project, you lose 4 points from that project.
(I don’t know the exact numbers here, but I do know that if you have only 100 twitter followers your Twitter shares will earn you 1 point)
Creating Your Projects
Every post you submit to VCB for sharing is referred to as ‘Your Project’.
To add a project you have to fill in the URL, Title, and Description and choose which social media sites you would like your project to be shared on. Have a look at the screenshot on the right.
This is where you assign your project budget – number of credit points. I always start off with 30 points, and then add more points as they get spent (adding 30 points to a project gets it moved to the front page of the main dashboard).
Monitoring Your Projects
In the My Projects section you can see all submitted projects, their progress, budget, etc. You can easily assign additional credits, edit or delete your projects. (Bear in mind that every time you edit a project it gets moved back to the moderation queue).
Finally, Watch Your Posts Go Viral
OK, enough with the user manual (it’s my professional deformation to always include a manual in my reviews
Let’s get down to numbers. How much can you really benefit from this service?
Well, it all depends on how good your posts are and how much you are willing to share other people’s posts. Your credits will get spent rather quickly, so you will have to constantly gather new points. Furthermore, if your writing is bad, no one will want to share your posts, and there’s even the possibility of them being reported as low quality. But, you are a top-notch writer, so no worries there!
Since we got that out of the way, here’s the statistic. I will let the picture speak for itself.
This is a screenshot taken from my analytics dashboard. December 25th was approximately the day when I started using VCB to its full potential. See the increase in traffic? Impressed yet? I know I am!
Since I started using VCB, my clicky visitor notification went from ding …….. (2 minute break) ….. ding, to – ding, ding, ding, ding! (I just love that sound
My mailbox gets filled up with ‘Congratulations, your project just got shared’ emails faster than I can clean it. And all this in less than a months’ time!
— Gerald Weber (@the_gman) January 15, 2014
Now that I’ve explained the concept behind the Viral Content Buzz, and you’ve seen the results of using this service – I would like to invite you to come and join it! No, I’m not getting anything out of it – except more people sharing my posts. The more people join this community, the better it is for all of us.
I just love seeing quality posts get submitted to VCB, and I love sharing them. Since I know you’re an epic writer yourself, I would like to see you take advantage of this service, join the community, build some buzz, and watch your blog go viral!
Comments, questions, feedback are awaited below….