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Simple effective formula for going viral on Facebook

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by gorang, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. gorang

    gorang Elite Member

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    I have a blog on Facebook games which I really wanted to go viral on Facebook.

    After setting out a simple strategy, it is now snowballing quite well and every day I seem to accrue even more likes than the last.

    I now get about 15-30 likes per day and it keeps increasing.

    The point about this method is that the likes are targeted visitors. They are people who are either converted from Google searches or have clicked the like button in Facebook after checking out the site. So their value is very high.

    The first thing you have to do is make sure that the content of your website is something that can go viral. There's no point trying to make a post about golf tips or acne treatments go viral. It is just not going to work(in my opinion!).

    What I did was start a competition where I give away free Facebook credit gift cards. My users are Facebook addicts and will love to spend these in games. The competition is genuine, I went out and spent £50($100) on Facebook credit gift cards.

    This worked to a certain extent but I needed people to share the competition page and gain exposure.

    To do this I found a good plugin for wordpress called "Like lock"

    Once installed, you simply place [like-lock] [/like-lock] tags around the content you want to lock and the page will display a blue box with some text and a like button. In order to reveal the content, users have to press the like button. As far as I can tell, not only does it like the page but it shares the content on the user's Facebook page. So now my competition is getting exposure directly on people's Facebook.

    I changed the text in the blue box asking them to click the like button in order to enter the competition.

    You can find like-lock here

    Code:
    http://xxx.cliconomics.c0m/download7254/like-lock.zip
    http://xxx.fileserve.c0m/file/2mmmtkc
    I also added a popup to my site. It is a simple lightbox type popup and i'm using a free version. I first noticed it on the Farmville Freak blog. I inspected the code and found out it was called "wp super popup". You can find it in the plugins section of wordpress for free.

    There is a pro version but for my needs right now i'm only using the free version.

    I set the popup to display after 7 seconds. I did this because I want people to get a full scan of the site and then hopefully when the popup display, they will be interested enough to click like. I was going to display it on 1-3 seconds but I feel that people likely to bounce on the site will be more inclined to if I force a popup on them straight away and this might include people who would have actually liked my page if I gave them a chance to see my content.

    At first, I wasn't getting many likes, but after a week it snowballed quite rapidly and now it seems like I get a new like everytime I refresh the page. (Just checked the site and I gained exactly 10 likes in the few minutes it took to write this post)

    I think this is possibly one the most natural and effective way of becoming viral.

    If anyone has other ideas to add to this method to make it better then please share. I'd love to improve it in some way.
     
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  2. gorang

    gorang Elite Member

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    Sorry guys I forgot a virus total. These downloads are from another place, I didn't upload them.

    Gimmie 2 mins i'll virustotal it.

    Code:
    File name: 
    like-lock.zip
        Submission date: 
    2011-05-04 21:00:39 (UTC)
        Current status: 
    finished
        Result: 
                 0                 /42 (0.0%)
    
    Additional information
                                                           
                                   MD5   : 6722302b6b46b78360a36ba3e839f56b SHA1  : d52db393a5dc785533786645174a61377eef589a SHA256: 5fa2324f82b56f5f717276dcfc512685b557a237bacbc8cc1a2a794cce243568
    
    http://www.virustotal.com/file-scan/report.html?id=5fa2324f82b56f5f717276dcfc512685b557a237bacbc8cc1a2a794cce243568-1304542839
     
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  3. djbankrupt

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    great useful info man, cheers.
     
  4. weBay

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    This is great. Some scum bag has sabotaged me so a lot of my referral traffic and google traffic has dried up (and my sales).. anyway i thought about sandboxing the c*nt but instead I have been putting my energy into working on increasing my Facebook traffic.

    What I have done is put a like lock around my free bonus content that I give away with my clickbank product. Before I used a gateway but it made basically no money and most people didnt use it. Now everyone likes on FB to get the bonus. I have only just implemented it but I am getting loads of FB traffic now. Its great! SAles are up too.

    I also use I like Viral which pops up (similar to the OP) about 10 seconds in and asks for a like. It might be a bit annoying but it doesn't seem to be having a negative effect.... in fact quite the opposite.
     
  5. gorang

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    I think very few techniques you find on BHW and other places genuinely work very well, but this is one of them.

    So long as you get some organic traffic and you have something users can like your content for, then this will do well. You're also getting very targeted and high value likes from it too.
     
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    Thanks for such great plugin , any idea on how to make it work on non wordpress websites? like i made them like my page before downloading an mp3 ?
    Thanks
     
  7. trixxx

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    You can try "I like viral", it has WP (plugin) and non-WP version.
     
  8. acotut

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    At the end of the post,I realised you used pink font,but my eyes couldn't see the difference untill they saw the white text from your Code tags.At first you made me think I am sick or something lol.

    Thanks,great information indeed.
     
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  9. abzee

    abzee Registered Member

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    unable to download :( link not working
     
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    gz_cp Regular Member

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    Is there a similar plugin for Joomla sites?

    Thanks.
     
  12. ying-yang

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    nice plug in thx. great post too.
     
  13. skeeg86

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    it look good also am going to try
     
  14. markhenry121

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    As there are threads available before but this is really useful among them.
     
  15. Rougemont

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    Thanks for the share. I'm going to try locking away some of the content on my more popular blog posts to see what happens.
     
  16. Cindy

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    Hey I've got kind of a twist on this method, I've checked out both the likelock and ilikeviral plugins and noticed something even better: While the likelock plugin is perfect as a content lock, it only gets "likes" which only show up on the visitors facebook wall and in their "info" section (even less viewed).

    However, the ilikeviral plugin allows you the option of them "sharing" your link, which means that your page shows up on the main wall of facebook that ALL of the visitors friends see when they log into facebook!

    That seems like it has a lot more potential, my question is: Is there anyone here who can code this for us (or at least me ;))? Basically the concept of content locking is the same, but reach has expanded BIG TIME!
     
  17. Gipsy Kings

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    Thanks for sharing your valuable experience with us :)
     
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    Thx a lot for your share, sharing is caring :).

    Any new links or re-upload, cause download links are dead.
     
  19. futurestic06

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    what should I say? Its the best technique ever. I have seen these technique is used in mostly song/ video related sites. Really thanks for sharing. and I am going to use it in my new WP site.
     
  20. kamchatka

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    All the links are dead