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Going Viral: How I Got 5000 Hub Views in 24 Hours by Utilizing Facebook

Updated on January 22, 2014
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How to Capitalize on a Trend

It was an average winter day when I logged into Facebook to see what my friends and family were doing. While viewing my news feed, I saw picture after picture of brooms standing unassisted in kitchens, bathrooms, and on porches. There were straw brooms, angled brooms, one mop and a few Swiffer mops standing on end. One Facebooker even posted a photo of a vacuum. Many people were commenting in disappointment saying that they were unable to get their broom to stand upright on its own. I was curious as to why so many people were suddenly doing this and what made them think it was possible to get a broom to stand alone. After reading many posts and comments, I found that readers were claiming that the brooms were standing unassisted due to the planetary alignment of Venus, Jupiter, and the moon. Participants claimed that the alignment made changes to the Earth's gravitational pull which allowed the brooms to stand upright.

Knowing what little I do about science, this theory did not make sense to me. I googled this phenomena. To my disappointment, there were no relevant articles explaining whether or not this phenomena was possible. At this point the light bulb in my mind went off and I decided to research the principles of astronomy and test the theory for myself.

Upon reading Newton's standard principals of the laws of gravity, I discovered that a disturbance in the Earth's gravitational pull could not be caused by the alignment of planets in the Universe. The only heavenly body that has influence on Earth's gravitational pull (outside of an object such as a meteor) is the moon. Through further research, I learned that even the slightest change in Earth's gravity would cause much more than standing brooms.

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Turning Ideas Into Hubs

Social sites such as Facebook and Twitter often experience sudden trends that spread from user to user. When spotting such a trend, it is important to act on it quickly. While you will want to take the time to write an outstanding article on the trendy subject, it is imperative to get your hub into the cyber realm as soon as possible to maximize views through reader interest. Sharing hubs on trends on social media sites increases views as readers share the article with their friends. Views on my hub "Can Planetary Alignments Cause Brooms to Stand on Their Own" break down as following per social media site:

Site
Number of views in 24 Hours
Google (all sources)
4243
Facebook
441
Digg
31
Ask.com
147
Pinterest
135
Stumble Upon
5
Hubpages (all sources)
57

The Power of Social Media

Social media tools are easy to use and great for getting traffic to hubs on Hubpages. This hub was shared on the included social media sites. Interestingly enough, this hub has not been viewed on Reddit or Twitter.

Hubpages on trends may have a short shelf life and may not always be considered "evergreen" material. If capitalizing a trend on Facebook or other site, consider writing the hub where it may have an evergreen quality. In this case, people may not often google "standing brooms" but will do so in instances of planetary alignments which is included in the title.

Even if you don't spot a trend on Facebook or any other media site, it is possible to start a trend of your own. If you have a trendy hub idea that would make your friends curious, share it on Facebook and ask your friends to share to it. Sharing leads to more views and bigger hub successes for you.

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing this Tammy - I doubt I shall ever hit a trend like this, but it was fascinating reading about your viral hub.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Judi Bee! It is mostly luck.. LOL. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 5 years ago from France

      Wow that is amazing, you need to be quick to be able to capitalize on daily trends.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I was surprised today that I had 70 hits from facebook,it is usually about 3.I don't know what inspired it.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Interesting hub Tammy :) I need to research this!!! Voted up!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      very good tammy. and congratulations! I've shared this.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Congratulations!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Another awesome Hub Tammy! Thank you.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Thanks a lot for these insights! Voted up and useful!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would die from shock if I got that many hits on one of my articles. That is amazing; I'm just glad it happened to you and not someone I don't like. :) Great job my friend. I'm always pulling for you.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How cool to have a viral hub! That would freak me out. So neat, though. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shared on Facebook!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. 5000 hubs views in 24 hours was a great achievement for talented writer like you, Tammy. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and rated up! Success for you....amen!

      Prasetio

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Very well written, and useful Hub. Thank you for writing it, Voted up and sharing.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Wow, that's quite incredible. It just goes to show how much of a snowball effect is possible! I published a hub today that got re-pinned on Pinterest 10 times in about an hour but that's my only real claim to fame LOL.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting. I'm finding that only certain niche topics do well on reddit - oddly enough, those hubs that were least viewed by other hubbers were more successful there. Each social media site seems to attract different viewers:)

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Wow!!!! I am impressed. Good for you!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is wonderful news, Tammy. Congratulations. I hope this continues to bring in more hits for you. And thanks for sharing my sites. Links to this site may mysteriously appear there as well ;)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, tammy, lol! how clever are you? nice one, I shall have to think of something to start a trend! Ummm, hang on, I have an idea coming...! lol!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Agree with Nell here Tammy, you were fast on the draw with the standing brooms, excellent. The Google source numbers were awesome as were the others. An intriguing peek into the social site scene as well. Haven't utilized them like i should but definitely something to think on. Dorsi hit a hot subject with those strange sky noises, her comment thread is still going on some. A pleasure to share this Tammy.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Princessa!

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      beagrsv 5 years ago

      Good stuff!! Thanks for sharing...

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi dahoglund. Perhaps one of your followers probably shared a hub or two of yours. That is awesome and great for one day on Facebook!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks audraleigh!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you PDX. I am always glad to see you!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Lilleyth!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Curiad!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks poet 83!

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      move2move 5 years ago

      Great Hub and very informative!

      Thanks for sharing Tammy :-)!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I almost did Bill. It didn't get read much on Hubpages. I had a major spike in earnings and I about did a cartwheel. Thank you for your warm comments and for sharing. You are one of the best hubbers ever and I appreciate your support more than you know.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Victoria Lynn!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you my friend!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Prasetio30! I appreciate that very much and it is good to see you.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks dmop!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Cloverleaf. It surprises me what takes off on Pinterest and what doesn't. That site is unpredicatble but can be a really good resource.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by Kris Heeter. Reddit is a very tricky site. I thought music hubs would do well there but the 20 somethings apparently didn't like my taste in music. They voted me down. But, you still get views when they do that. LOL. I appreciate the insight.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Claudia Tello. Thanks for your visit.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Alocsin... for your support and for suggesting the idea. You are a great teacher!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Nell Rose,

      I don't think it would be too hard. If people will stand a broom on end and think it is standing due to planetary influence, trends can't be that hard to start. It may be as easy as telling people to pat their heads and rub their tummies at the same time and they could say.. win the lottery. :) I wish you luck and creative thinking!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for dropping in Alastar. I remember when Dorsi's hub made it big. I think hers had more than 10,000 views in a day. She did a fabulous job with that hub.. written gold. It is good to see you!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting beargrsv!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I appreciate your comment and visit move2move.

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      move2move 5 years ago

      You're welcome Tammy (hug)

      I just read your answer about God and energy on the other hub and indeed it has been observed that the body looses exactly 21 grammes after death, what is pretty measurable if you ask me :-)! To me, it's clear that down here, the box of observation (science) is way to little to be able to catch the whole picture as good as our own spirit probably can when unbound from the physical body. But ok, I will keep that in the field of the theories 1st, as this isn't something that can be completely proven, like wanted/expected by the dominant scientific community, to be so by now ...lol.. :-P!

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      Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This was interesting Tammy. I have posted many of my hubs on Facebook and Twitter and had some results but nothing like you had. Great job! Manybe I will hit the right subject if I can catch the trend in time.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks move2move. That is a really great, deep hub! I love that field and discussion on the subject. I don't think man has the brain power to comprehend the real powers of science. We still do not know what scientific component holds us together in our bodies. It would be unwise to think that our human definition of science is the ultimate word on all things that occur in the universe or what is beyond this life. Thanks for the great discussion! :)

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      move2move 5 years ago

      That's what I'm talking about ... ;-)

      Kind of goes in that way ...

      Personally I consider true science to be kind of a bit different in nature from the definition we give to it within our society. But that's another vast subject ..lol... :D!

      Still have to find my trend, though...hahaaa:D

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting Hub Tammy. I have a lot yet to learn about social media and promoting hubs in general, and this was a great place to start.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! 5000 hub views in 24 hours! That is a great achievement. Congratulation and thanks for SHARING.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      How I wish I can get 5000 hub view in 24 hours :( I am full of envy

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is a great tip Tammy - You found one of these rare type of things that people are searching for information, and you are one of the very few that are providing it for them. I do try to keep my eye out for those, but my facebook friends aren't as trendy. I didn't see a single thing about the standing broom phenomenon!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Wow. Congratulations. You have provided a great tip for all of us. Voted up and SHARING.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      That is cool, very cool. Like how your idea popped.

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      Shelly Epperly 5 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      Great idea... I am so using this for both Hubs and Squidoo. Of to write my way to the bank... Have a fab day one and all.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      so THAT'S where the cool "brooms standing on their own" hub came from! I love it! Such fun! :) Great idea you've got here. I'm going to keep an eye on these sorts of "trends."

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot for the above useful information. It is a great hub, Voted UP...

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, what a great idea. I have to say that I didn't see your info on FB but I did make my broom stand!:) My kids got quite a kick out of it. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for that next trend. Thanks for sharing your secret!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Tammy, this is great info. I never even thought of looking for trends in the social medias. Thanks for sharing this great idea!! :-)

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      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Kudos on this hub. It is important to research trends. It is also important to note that trends are influenced by the time of the year, like St. Patrick's Day or people searching for corned beef and cabbage recipes. You can look at trends by date on Google and it is possible to write a hub that is "evergreen" and will trend at different dates during the year. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Allen. Keep watching for trends!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks move2move. I enjoy our science chats and look forward to more. Your definition of science would make a great hub. You will find your trend!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Melovy. You are doing really well rocking the hubs of the day. I think you may have set a record with those! Keep up the great work!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Thelma Alberts. I appreciate it.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am sorry cebutouristspot. Keep watching for big trends. :(

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your visit Millionaire Tips. Most of this was just luck and timing. Pinterest is a great way to find new trends too. Appreciate it!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the comment tarajeyaram!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you rasta1!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hope it helps mepperly. Thanks for reading!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Yep Cclitgirl. It was a Facebook phenomena. Thanks for commenting.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much dilipchandra12.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks cardelean. I got my angled broom to stand. I am going to try it after March 22nd and see if it will stand again. I am pretty sure it will. I appreciate your visit.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for the visit and comment sholland10. Good to see you.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for that tip cabmgmnt. I didn't realize that Google had a trend detecting feature. That is awesome. Thanks for reading and sharing that helpful information.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is really great advice, Tammy - and you're right; the window of time is narrow. You have to be a fast writer to do this, but it does create a surge of traffic! I had similar results with my hubs on Yeardley Love and on Rush Limbaugh.

      Excellent hub, and a very good example of how to do it. Thanks! Voted up!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      By choosing the right topic and unique content, we can drive huge traffic to our online articles. Your experience is amazing.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Great hub Tammy and congratulations on your wonderful experience! I would be stunned if I got that many views - so well done!!! I'm a bit like Alastar in that I haven't yet used Facebook or Twitter to the full potential, but it's something I really will have to start thinking about.

      Great hub + voted up!!!

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Wow! What an achievement and great hub. I don't have that many friends on Facebook so I doubt if I could achieve that but you've laid out some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      What a great idea Tammy

      Combining a trend on Facebook with an evergreen subject. That had never occurred to me before.

      Thanks for an interesting Hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I don't get a ton of hits from Facebook for HubPages, but it is consistently one of my top traffic sources for Etsy. Hopefully my hub following will keep building there,too.

      Thanks for the tips!

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      jellygator 5 years ago from USA

      Great idea! I have normally written on topics I think will endure, but I'll have to see whether I can become a good trend-spotter!

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Wow, that's so cool. How clever of you. Good idea!

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      Brittany B 5 years ago from U.S.

      Good job! I will definitely be looking for trends now! It's just hard to find ones I know anything about!

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      Dawn Conklin 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      That was a great idea! Funny what topics get more views too. I have noticed people talking around the same thing on Facebook before but never thought to write a hub about it!

      Great job :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Marcy, I need to check out your hubs. You are brave to take on Rush Limbaugh and his recent faux pau. I miss out on a lot by not taking on the controversial subjects, but I don't like mean comments. :P Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Vinaya Ghimire!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Seeker7, it really pays to do the research if you want more hub views. Thanks so much for your visit.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading savanahl. You probably wouldn't need a large amount of friends on facebook as long as they continually share the hub. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your visit Shinkicker! I appreciate that.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi randomcreative. I just discovered Etsy. It is like crack to someone who loves crafts like we do. I didn't realize we could put hubs there.. Hmm... I will have to check that out. Thanks for reading!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for jellygator. Always remember we can also be trendsetters too. ;)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks albertsj. I appreciate your visit.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Best of luck Sadie14 and thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for commenting Dawn. I know that LOL Cats are something very popular on my Facebook circle. Cute animals are just irresitable.

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      iphone-5-release 5 years ago from NY/HK

      Going viral is probably one of the coolest things in this age of technology. I have had a couple facebook pages go viral and overnight 100,000 of fans liking the page. If this had happened to my hub I would be very happy. Everyone needs to have something go viral its a joy!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Interesting article Tammy! I saw some posts about brooms too and I didn't understand what they where talking about. You are so clever to write a hub about it and you must also have been very fast! I am so glad to hear about the success you had and it tells me that I should use Facebook more. Sometimes I think I waste my time on Facebook, but I guess I am not using it as I should!

      Best wishes to you,

      Tina

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      Brittany B 5 years ago from U.S.

      Hey Tammy I was just wondering if you are still seeing this kind of traffic a couple days after your initial post?

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Tammy! I was out scouting ..so glad I didn't miss this one! You know I haven't been much into the SEO of things, keywords, but I have been trying to learn it. This is a wealth of info for me. I see a few links up there I am going to check out too! AWESOME!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing that thoughtforce! Best wishes to you as well.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sadie14, After the initial post there was massive traffic. As the week went on it tapered off. The actual alignment is March 22nd so I expect the traffic to end around that point and HOPEFULLY pick up again for the next planetary alignment in December. Thanks for a great question.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks RealHousewife. It really does pay to learn about SEO and the not so fun stuff. I really had to force myself to do it. I am not a technical person either. Thanks for your kind comments and visit.

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a hub well done and a fascinating read. Hope your traffic continues to flow like the wind! Kudos, up, and SHARING!

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      Brittany B 5 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you for your response Tammy! I really admire your work on here and appreciate you sharing.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for your kind words Hub Tub. I wish the very best to you as well.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are too kind Sadie14. Anytime!

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      Laura Writes 5 years ago

      There are so many ways facebook can be utilized for marketing. Great hub! Voted up

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Londonlady!

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      Xenza Caladwell 5 years ago from Newberry

      Love facebook that is what I be on all day long like OMG.......

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Xenza Caladwell.

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      Xenza Caladwell 5 years ago from Newberry

      you is welcome

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      Xenza Caladwell 5 years ago from Newberry

      hope you do

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi tammy - Years ago I used my broom to do some sweeping and when I finished I went to lean it against the wall and that broom stood straight up the second I let go of it. I didn't think it was anything special back then, but I do now.

      So, what have I learned from this hub of yours? Well, first of all find or start a trend, write a hub about it and get it out there pronto!

      And second of all, that you are a fabulous writer and I should read every hub you've written!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I think most brooms will stand up normally. We just never try it under normal circumstances. You are too kind. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Have you heard about eggs standing on end during a spring equinox?

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Lilleyth,

      Yes, I have also heard of people trying to balance eggs. I tried to do that for this experiment but there was no way I could get an egg to stand.. at all. I wonder if they tried to boil them first or something. I didn't want to risk one hitting the floor.. LOL. Have you tried it?

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Great work Tammy, way to go girl!

      I love the way you translated the trend into a hub and pronto, and the fact that it does have legs, in terms of planetary alignment searches. Well done.

      Guess what? dropping this into Facebook too.

      Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you molometer! I appreciate the share. :)

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Wow! What an interesting article. I honestly have written several hubs that were trending and now they have many views. Broomsticks standing on their own? lolo! I probably would have grabbed mine to see if it was really happening, in fact maybe I will. Thumbs up! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your visit AEvans. Today is the last day of the planetary alignment. Anything after March 22nd is pure coincidence. Thanks for your kind comment!

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      thilanwij 5 years ago from California

      Time to hit all the trending topics! *Goes on Twitter*

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL Thilanwij! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Very interesting article and clever tips. Thank you for sharing. voted up

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting AnnaCia! :)

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Tammy you are an inspiration to me for sure. I joined about 4 months ago as well and see you are doing fabulous that is awesome. I am definitely following you young lady. I don't think I've ever had 5000 views on anything. But I will definitely your other Hubs. Great job. You go Tammy!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That is such a kind thing for you to say William Gerace. Thanks so much. I look forward to reading your hubs as well.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for letting me know HB.. I missed this one. That makes three. I will report it as well. Thanks for keeping an eye out for these. I wouldn't have known about this theft if it weren't for you!

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Very clever and well done for spotting the dynamic. You have made me think and the creative flow has been awakened by this great hub. Thank you.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am so glad Spirit Whisperer! I appreciate your kind comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Tammy, I wonder how I missed this interesting hub of yours. To catch a current trend and make it into an article at that very moment is very vital to make an article go viral, apart from other ways that a write up could go viral.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip. Voted up, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Wonderful article about your experiences with this hub. Congratulations for this.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting jaswinder64!

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      El Ray 5 years ago

      Very good article on leveraging topics that are trending on social media sites! I do my best to stick to evergreen topics, but in the past I've used Google Trends: http://www.google.com/trends/, Yahoo! Buzz Index: http://buzzlog.yahoo.com/overall/, and Trendfetch.com: http://www.trendfetch.com/ to find hot topics to create content on.

      Voted this article Up + Useful!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for sharing these sites El Ray. I have never heard of Trendfetch. That could be very helpful and a great way to get new ideas. I appreciate the read and the comment.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      You got to love using facebook and other social media trends. When I first started writing I didn't really use facebook to share my hubs. I am not sure if it was fear to show what I was doing or what. Now things have completely changed as my friends have doubled... and they are all hubbers. Now I share with ease! Great hub and great tip - I never thought of looking at trends on facebook!

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      CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      tammyswallow- this is a great achievement for you! I have to admit I was shocked that you got that many views from one hub, motivates me to write captive hubs:) Thanks for SHARING!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing that Barbergirl28. Facebook has been a great tool. It helps things spread quickly. I appreciate your visit!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks CookwareBliss. I was surprised also, especially when I put so much into other hubs that didn't qet half the views. It is all about timing and LUCK. I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      After such a large number of comments there is nothing unique to say, except obviously you are doing things right to maximize profit. I post on Reddit too but don't find it particularly helpful. Thanks for the information. Great hub.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Pamela99. Reddit can be pretty rough if you are not a 20 something.

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      maheshpatwal 5 years ago from MUMBAI

      Great source of information on social bookmarking. Bookmarking of hubs on facebooking can be so much beneficial for the page views never expected it.

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      This is some great advice that I will put to use. Thanks and sharing

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thanks for this informative hub Tammy. Passing it on among my followers.

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      Kalpana Iyer 5 years ago from India

      If you are writing a hub based on a popular topic trending on social media sites, there's a high chance of your hub going viral. I wrote one on Sachin Tendulkar after a World Cup (cricket) win and it reported a nice number of hits per day. People were so enthusiastic about reading the whole thing. Now it has died down but till date I haven't experienced that kind of traffic for any of my other hubs. It is very essential to keep an eye on what people are talking about but like you said it's also very important to get the page live as soon as possible. That's where I become lazy. I take my own sweet time..

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Now this hub is definitely defying the gravitational fields of a static non upward moving hub, I can sense you've gotten a complete hold and grasp of your social bearings, and azimuth motor drive systems, as well as your GPS, LOL.

      If you Google those last lines you may also find some evergreen content to look up, and I'm a tech geek so you know the deal with me, hehe.

      The funny thing is that, for something technical in nature to go viral it must have a social element involved today, or else all systems are a no go for sure (social media topics are a gold mine today for sure).

      I tend to experiment with differing techniques with each hub I publish as well, and I've noticed some cool trends in my stats as well, but nothing like this viral action in a 24 hours period you've personally been responsible for, wow is all I can say to your skills of observation Gypsy. You are a genuine motivated person, who goes the extra mile to take your skills to the next level.

      I commend you on writing such a powerful hub here, and I will take much of this as an additional add to my arsenal here of mental tools as a writer and web editor on hubpages and even outside of this network, and mainly becasue I'm also a web developer who definitely need such fine tuned info to help in my efforts.

      Voted up and you know the rest, Pinned, facebooked, twitted, and shared amongst friends here on hubpages, and G+'ed as well even though there is no longer a g+ button any more, lets hope we get it back soon.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks WhydThatHappen! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and sharing Gypsy Rose Lee. I appreciate your visit.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Good for you divacratus. Timing and a little luck are essential. My traffic has died down on this hub too. I am hoping it will pick up again during the next eclipse. I appreciate you sharing your story.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much CloudExplorer. I have learned such things from friends like you. This was pretty much an experiment. When I saw so many photos going up I wanted to learn more and there were no internet articles at all on the subject. It just made sense and I got lucky. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. It is always great to see you.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Turning a trend into a useful Hub. Very innovative!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks jlava73! I appreciate the comment.

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      chaturrajneesh 5 years ago from India

      This is really innovative idea to cope up with writer's block. Voting it up!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks chaturranjneesh. I sure hope you aren't suffering with writer's block! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Good information, voted up, useful and interesting! I will have to study trends more carefully, I'm sorry to say I find FB and Twitter a bit of a chore. Must be getting old! Congratulations on the idea and on sharing this idea with us.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading joanveronica. I agree, FB and Twitter aren't always the best ways to spend an after noon. I try not to overshare and bore my friends and relatives. I appreciate your visit and kind comment.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      The problem I have with FB is when I get on, I can't get off, and I waste too much time. I just get drawn into it.

      As soon as I take a break here, I'm going to check out my broom. I'll just bet it won't stand up!~

      Great Hub, I voted it UP, and will share, too.

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      I never thought it would happen to me but I checked my stats this morning and I had a hub hit 5000 views from one day and it is all thanks to Facebook. Interesting what people find entertaining. I hope i can jump on the band wagon and get more to launch this way!

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      Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

      Sounds like fun! Which I had the time to do something like that. Maybe I can push my retirement up a few years . . .

      Enjoyed the read, it will likely stick with me because it was so interesting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Me to Mary615. I have to put myself on a Facebook schedule so I don't spend to much time on it. All those cats! Good luck with the broom and let me know how it goes! Thanks for your visit.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations cabmgmnt! Makes you wish all hubs would perform so well. That is awesome!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Dtutchess O'Blunt and Donnah75!

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      talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I don't promote my own Hubs on Facebook that much anymore (well, actually I do it when the time comes, like one bookmark every few days or weeks for a new Hub). I'd like to get more Hub views naturally by commenting and promoting others' Hubs.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great ideas talfonso. I try not to share too many on Facebook. My friends and family would probably block me (unless I spammed them with cat pictures). You can still use Facebook to spot new trends. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.

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      Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

      I've never really used Facebook as a method of promotion for my Hubs, now that I've read your article I will have to try out the latest trending events and see how it goes. You make it seem both challenging and fun and that's what it's all about. Great Hub!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I appreciate that Magdelene!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      It's always a mystery to me what causes traffic; it seems to be feast or famine. Thank you for shedding a little light on my darkness, lol!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for commenting mollymeadows. This seems to be a small part. Whoever does discover the secret is going to make it big. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Wow again! I am always wondering if I should do more work with social media and it seems the answer is yes!

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      Jesshubpages 4 years ago

      interesting!

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      Hi there! I think this is an awesome idea - capitalizing on social media trends, but what I do think is even better is crafting this article describing the other, and its outcome. What a wonderful idea!

      Congratulations:)

      Kerry

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Kerry43. Your kind comment is appreciated.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So impressive! Don't think I would ever have come up with an idea like that in a million years but looking for trends is such a great idea. I can hope one of my hubs go viral.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind comment healthylife!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi tammyswallow,

      Wow that was amazing! FB is a robust platform and can be very beneficial if one has a large followers. I agree writing on trending topics of the moment can massively increase traffic. Voted up.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks dwachira!

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      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      Have you tried duplicating this with other Facebook trends?

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I have tried but nothing has been as sucessful as this one. It was just luck and timing. :)

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      ChrisStyles 4 years ago from USA

      Very cool. I've never had a hubpages page go viral in any way, but I have had a regular blog post go semi viral on Facebook and that was a fun experience, though it was totally luck for me.

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Great hub! I hope to have similar success. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading Missy Mac.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      I read this and went and tried it myself by signing up for StumbleUpon. I added about 7 or 8 of my hubs as a page on my profile and within an hour I had almost 100 hits to those hubs; although, only about 45 hits show up as coming through StumbleUpon, I'm not sure where the others show up but I think they must have inadvertently come through StumbleUpon because my numbers were stagnant for hours before this. However, after that initial hour, I have only had a few hits from StumbleUpon within the past approximately 24 hours. Thanks for the tips. 100 hits still beats no hits. Voted +++

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing your success HoneyBB. Sounds like you had some big success with StumbleUpon. Those are great numbers and views will continue as people share your work. Awesome!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub. 5,000 in one day! Wow that is amazing. None of mine have ever gone viral, but I will try.

      Voted up:)

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      A very interesting hub Tammy, congratulations on going viral, and thank you for sharing this :D

      Voting up and hitting relevant buttons on my way out :D

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much maggs. I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      That's awesome. Great tips on trends. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up and a share

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Great quick idea! 5000 views in 1 day is astonishing! I barely get any views from google maybe 1 a day? I average about 10-20 views a day, but the majority of my views are from hubpages itself, I have utilized my keywords, etc. So I'm confused.

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      Tammy 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jacobb! Views were much better a few years ago. The Google Panda updates have basically stopped all Google traffic to Hubpages which are basically regarded as spam. My success came from getting lots of views on Facebook because of people sharing information. Now, the main source of my views is Pinterest. If you can find a niche there you should be fine. Hope that helps.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      tammyswallow, Yes, I agree, I used to use a different account, but then I decided I wanted a fresh start after stopping writing for about a year. Views were definitely better back then!

      Yes, Facebook is a great social platform to get more views for sure! I also get many views from Pinterest, but my main views are from HubPages which is annoying, I only get around 10-20 views a day even with my 34 hubs!

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