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10 Strategies to Go Viral on Any Platform

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Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, possibly the most viral book of all time, is still selling copies today is because he cultivates and frustrates deep curiosity right from the start of the book:

“The secret which I refer to has been mentioned no fewer than 100 times throughout this book… those who are ready and searching for it may pick it up.”

In fact, Hill, uses the word “secret” 31 TIMES before chapter one even begins.

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Proof

  • Show what you’ve done.
  • Answer the question “Why should I trust you?”

Preview

  • Tease how your audience might be able to do the same.
  • Answer the question “What makes this work worth my precious time?”

Payout

  • Give them the goods.
  • Answer the question “What can I learn that I don’t already know?”

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Determine what is *unique* about the platform.

To go viral, you have to think about what the consumer sees, not just you the creator. 

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Going viral is NOT the hardest thing in the world. The hardest thing in the world is figuring out what to do next.

The whiplash from obscurity to unexpected fame and back to obscurity will kill you if you aren’t ready for it.

At the end of the day, there is only one choice: Keep coming up with ideas.

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If you address a consistent problem of human nature, you have the ability to stick around a LONG time.

The book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was published over 80 years ago, yet it is still relevant today. Many of the things which happen year by year are timely solutions to timely problems. They are very popular for a while, but then forgotten (not necessarily a bad thing).

Carnegie went above the everyday and came up with a timeless idea, a timeless title, and a timeless book.

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Here’s what you can do instead to increase your viral potential through timeliness:

  • Go to Facebook
  • Look for the “Trending” panel
  • Make a post about any of those things.

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How do you figure out what makes a good headline?

  • Step 1: Go to the platform in question.
  • Step 2: Click “top stories” or “trending” or whatever channel highlights the best stuff.
  • Step 3: Copy the crap out of those headlines.

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If you feel shy about asking for shares or recommends (like I did), ask yourself two questions:

  • “Do I believe this is quality work?”
  • “Do I believe a single other person on the planet could benefit from it?”

If the answer to both these questions is “yes,” how could you possibly be embarrassed to ask for a share?

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Every platform offers you multiple chances to stand out, but you typically only have a millisecond to hook a new person.

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Trim the fat

Multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities will overwhelm and prevent you from being productive.

Focus on your 3 to 5 most urgent tasks on your to-do-list. Focus on one task at a time.

At least one of your Most Important Tasks should be related to your goals.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work

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Use the WOOP strategy for achieving goals:

  • Wish: What do you dream of achieving in the future?
  • Outcome: What form will that result take?
  • Obstacles: What’s in the way?
  • Plan: When that obstacle comes what will you do about it? 

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How To Go From Dreaming To Doing: 4 Steps To Motivation - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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  1. Discarding by category comes first (clothes first, then books, papers etc.)
  2. Break a category into subcategories (e.g. Tops: shirts, sweaters etc.)
  3. Keep only those things that spark joy (pick them one by one and decide if they stay or not)
  4. After you've finished discarding, organize your space thoroughly and completely (store all items of the same type in the same place)
  5. Do it all in one go (tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little).

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KonMari Method Checklist: 5-Step Cheat Sheet (w/ Visual) | Sloww

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