In the last couple of posts we've been discussing easy ways to come up with blog topics and web content.
One of the things you really want to do is create Link Bait, or more importantly these days: Share Bait.
What does that mean exactly? It means your content is so great (informative, shocking, funny, controversial, thought-provoking, etc) that people naturally link to it or share it with their friends and readers.
It's a great way to increase web traffic because your readers will do all the back-linking and social media sharing FOR you! Which means your content has the potential to go viral, increasing your reach exponentially. Not to mention this is exactly what you need to improve your search engine rankings.
I'll explain the image above, and share one of my all time favorite (FREE) tools for coming up with great link bait ideas...
Link Bait Generator
About a year and a half ago I met this crazy guy online named Jon. He actually sent me a FINGER in the mail. LOL. Did that get my attention?? Um, you betcha!
And of course it landed him a feature in one of my videos and a permanent inbound link here on my blog.
Jon runs a free website called Link Bait Generator.
I used it in another post where I discussed the Best Email Subject Lines, even.
I get tons of stuff both in my PO Box and by email, but most of it is just plain junk and boring canned requests. Every once in awhile though, something really gets my attention - and that's exactly what Jon achieved!
Even more recently he responded to my personal video blog with a shocking but hilarious video, which I of course shared on my Facebook Page (lol, it was too funny NOT to share). And speaking of my vlog, that's where the image at the top left came from. Jon posted it on Facebook and tagged me, which of course got my attention!
And look... here I am blogging about him and his website again.
Getting Creative With Your Link Bait Ideas
The website is really FUN to use! Just go to www.LinkBaitGenerator.com and sign up. It's totally free, and you'll get a whole list of post ideas by email when you do.
Once you sign up, you can generate as many fun ideas as you please. You simply type a word or phrase into the box and click "generate". Here's an example where I typed in my name:
Now that would be a fun post, don't you think? LOL...
I may just have to write that one!
Just for fun, I typed in the word "books" and came up with these titles:
8 reasons to love books
8 ways books can be used as a weapon
10 ways books can help you get a date
6 books that almost destroyed the world
Or how about "business"...
15 coolest business tricks ever
Why your business sucks
6 bits of business advice that will land you in prison
8 reasons to fear business
You can just type in anything you please, really...
5 BS facts about pets that everyone thinks are true
5 amazing things you probably didn't know about dogs
My most embarrassing low carb experience - ever!
10 ways parenting can help you get a date
6 Hollywood movies that make blogging look ridiculous
Why blogging sucks: myth vs. reality
15 coolest video blogging tricks ever
The geekiest collectibles of all time
7 bizarre ways you can die suddenly in the kitchen
5 life lessons learned from cooking
8 ways men try using technology to get laid
8 ways technology could help you survive a zombie outbreak
6 shockingly evil things about iPad apps
10 epic fails involving exercise
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Just imagine some of the humorous posts or videos you could create with these crazy title ideas!
Obviously, as I mentioned above, the key is in creating something so funny or outrageous or shocking or informative... that people just naturally WANT to share it with everyone they know!
Give it a whirl for yourself at Link Bait Generator.