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Going Viral: How I Got 5000 Hub Views in 24 Hours by Utilizing Facebook
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.
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:
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- Standing Brooms: Can Planetary Alignments Make Brooms Stand By Themselves?
Disproving the myth that brooms will stand upright during a planetary alignment due to changes in Earth's gravitational pull.
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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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