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How to turn yourself into a content Generating Viral Machine?

Updated on December 29, 2013

You can be a longshot or a favorite here online, its up to you

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Defying the odds

Those whom have arrived to this very hub must be thinking, what in the world is the author smoking to come up with such an evasive action style title. Well the fact is coming up with high volumes of digital content worth being viewed by a world of web surfers/social communicators, isn't an easy task at all.

There's many ways to generate large volumes of content digitally, but getting it views is the other tricky part. What will tend to happen to the quality of such content is a great loss in value if quantity gets put more importance and emphasis upon over that of quality.

As they say its quality over quantity, "yes", well for those online experts who have figured out how to crack the digi-code of high volume generation while maintaining high quality will beg to differ. Publishing one uniquely generated page, video, creative display etc... per day at a time working on each given element of your content, inspecting, proofing, and editing each time you post works wonders.

Isn't she Beautiful - Get the right imagery relevant to your articles

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All the yes's lead in the same direction

Yes, there will be a huge trade off that is to occur in the midst of this content generations happening and jazzy business of working your fingers like a mad man or women writer, social networking personality, artist, musician, web developer, online entrepreneur etc... Yes, there's going to be pandemonium in the battle field for video makers who knows he or she has a great deal of editing to conduct. All after the scrupulous motions they just went through, while making their daily attempts to muster up the best original user generated video footage.

Yes, this all takes a great deal of time in a single day or in the evening time. Also yes, this job isn't for everyone and not all those who seek to become a professional online, can figure it all out when they need, want or wish to. "This thing takes a certain kind of digital beast of burden."

Finally..... Yes, folks will be happy to know how all this gets done behind the scenes and while a person needs to earn a real true to life income on the ground, support their family if they actually are parents and or attend college, high school, participate in their hobbies and whatever floats their true to life sail boats. Wouldn't you wanna know if you were somehow stuck like a prisoner behind your computer screen at home for some odd reason, and was wondering why you still couldn't figure this bad boy out.

Content Online is Everything!


Does my content I produce of high volume also have a sign, sealed, and delivered approval stamp across it for quality assurance purposes Aka QA stamp?

More then likely if you're writing for Hubpages, and you notice in your my account section, those symbols next to each hub towards the far right of the screen there. The darkened black dot (circle) one, "do you know what that one means?"

If you haven't yet figured it out after joining this awesome community/writers network. The not so well known fact that each article you decide to offer up, actually goes through an all intensive computerized quarantine/human filtering process. Yup, you got it correct folks, HP filters out all the crappy/awesome digital works here, so that its network can actually appeal to the online world, but not just for that reason.

Our network of online writers must also compete with those high powered machine world cyber engines of networks, that are pumping out unique user generated content in the billions per day. Such as Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Twitter, Youtube, and the list goes on and on.

Yes my smarty pants friends, Hubpages is competing with all the big boys here online, all while simultaneously trying to stay afloat due to the Google Monster. When I type that factor of Google, its no joke or laughing matter neither how a virtual Panda Bear or Penguin can ruin a good time here on the social web or should I say Clouds.

Don't go crazy sharing to much neither, well because it's not wise folks, balance is the key!

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Never over do things Google is watching us!

Google is the boss pretty much on the web, and most website owners must deal with the predominant factor that they run the place due to them owning much of the web traffic views we receive. So when a website steps out of line by allowing poor quality content to be offered up to the online world. Its no laughing matter. That online business/corporation in error will soon be in threat of losing all that its invested in and worked so long and hard to attain, because they depend on views.

Viewership online is the lifeblood of any E-business. So without people clicking on Ad's, the tracking of web statistics, and analysis charts/graphs none of this monetary digital revenue can be made or translated into dollars.

This is why its so important for any content creator to take heed to the rules and regulations set fourth in lets say the terms of service, or the terms of use in any online platform they choose to join (Google is not playing with us, nor is the owners of these content farms, and revenue sharing sites). Whether it be a networking community that they will eventually be offering up content to share with others, or a bookmarking social media type website where curation tools are present to do much of the same, the rules pertain to them all.

Most people learn the hard way though by trying to over do things (Sharing to much of their content per day, not wise at all), and generate spammy content. That's not content generation if you are going to plague any given network with your content, that's known as social spam.

Balance Poll

Do you find it hard to balance things out online while trying to generate large volumes of content?

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So how do I balance things out here on the Internet today?

Online today there's many ways to generate content, and there's also many deterrents involved for those who have no way to communicate such content to the rest of the globe. For instance, a writer is looking to get their message across on a blogging platform. That same person decides to join several social networking communities such as Facebook, Google+ and many others.

Upon joining these networks this person must also do a great deal of digi-ground work of getting to meet a whole lot of people. Especially if their content isn't appealing to the online crowds in the billions yet, and they just got things started. This is where much of the frustration begins, but the plot thickens for sure, as that same person also is looking to create more unique content.

Words and Tip from the Wise: Think about truly communicating with folks while networking. Don't spam them in their inbox locations, get to know folks one at a time, day by day, and share fairly with them by not just liking their content with clicks, but get into what they are offering up if it spikes your interest. Next thing you know your content will begin to get shared as well, because you've been establishing a web of trust between other cool people online who actually care.


At this point what is the best method and approach to tackle this sort of dilemma of a digital kind? How does one go about playing the balancing act, and still achieve their goals of high quality as well as quantity?

These questions are something that is 100% relevant to the users time parameters they have available to work on such a balancing act. So this isn't as easy as one might think to answer accurately for each persons given situation.

Ways to improve on your content delivery

Choose a topic to focus on and own up to
Network with your followers and subscribers
Seasonal Posts work well
Make the topic stand out
Communicate consistently
Post regularly but not excessive
Relevance is important
Establish yourself by making real connections
Space out your posts

Make sure to be seasonal with your content being generated

Think evergreen content

  • Take your time choosing topics
  • Choose high quality visual elements that are relevant
  • Make sure you edit out errors in any of your content
  • Look to others veteran users for advice and assistance in content management systems, social curation, and ways to cultivate what you come up with.
  • Be innovative, think outside the box, and challenge your creativity

The real deal for long term hardcore content generators

Now if you're a power user and one that generates content for 8 hours or more per day, lets say give or take. That sort of online personality type will have the maximum potential to be able to workout a well defined game plan of attack, balance, and short term/long term goal achievements. There will always be holes and flaws in any given system that a person may try and attempt to conjure up though, but keep in mind while making such attempts to workout a wiser strategy and approach to it all, also be mindful of how you choose to operate. This shall help you improve on your content creation/generation game.

If done properly you will begin to see a clearly defined pattern that shall emerge from your online activities. Where you can also begin to adjust and adapt to the more pending issues in your life if any are to surface. Once you get into a good regiment as your online content issues will seem to flow around your normal life patterns over time. Due to the fact that you also have 100% ownership of much of the content, work hours and what you choose to generate. This is the same for any business that starts out from scratch that is in search for ways to expand its horizons, by maybe looking to employ more workers to perform a great deal of the tasks needed to drive their initial projects to completion.

The functional roles being played out for any business is serious though in comparison to what you'll be facing online. Those who focus much more on exactly what message their putting out here online, will begin to drive home such a message much more effectively and for those folks seeking out such content. At times you will also learn that each given moment in your life will seem to stunt your growth process, especially if you think your going to keep everything the same while going through this transition process of sorts, but hang in there and somehow balance will come if you work on it day by day. (Try to steer away from getting frustrated or bogged down - Slow and Steady wins the prize!)

Like any business, again there will be huge losses to assess, and gains to look forward to starting out, but breaking even is the initial aim for anyone who's smart enough to know what it takes to keep any business alive online or off. So the same goes for a person who looks to generate massive quantities of digital creative works. Who wouldn't wanna break even, when many people worldwide are facing bankruptcy and much worse due to harsh times of a uncertain economic kind.

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Short and Snappy Conclusion

Content creation is like a work of art, and takes fine tuned care to be able to churn out. Make sure though to think about universal subject matter that people worldwide are actually searching for here online. So no matter how many articles, videos, songs, or E-books etc... you chose to write, much of it won't get viewed a great deal if not done smartly and timely with care. Especially if your title, subtitles, descriptions, branding, keywords, thumbnail images, relevant subject matter, and tags aren't perfected with good SEO strategies.

Working on your delivery timing and frequency helps as well, and besides working on overall quality of your content offers up. If anything the most important thing to keep in mind here on the world wide social web is to keep consistent with it all, which will begin to take your creative works to the next level of viral views just as a printing press is designed to perform.

Good luck! to all. Feel free to drop comments, all are welcome. Thanks for sharing!

© 2013 Mike Pugh


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks &tobusiness for caring to contribute to my writing efforts. I hope more folks find my article to be of good use to them :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Interesting and extremely useful information. Nice job.

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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Np problem @brakel I got rid of it for ya, thanks for messaging me about the comment. Thanks again for caring to give my article here a try, and for sharing!

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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Glad this article could help you out @traditionalmom thanks for caring to read it and for sharing!

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      Jennifer Schultz 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for this great article, it really helps out someone like me who is just "budding"!

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      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I sent email to HP to get my post off as my Iphone somehow garbled message by a Facebook interference. Something is wrong. Sorry.

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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      @brakel2 thanks for the insightful comment that was quite thoughtful of you, I am glad you found this article of mine to be one your liked reading. Thanks for sharing, not sure of the persons FB profile you shared with me though, I never met such a person.

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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      @LKMore01 glad you liked my article, and thanks for the cool supportive comment as well as for sharing with me.

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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for the supportive words @rebeccamealey I did my best to try and help folks from everything I learned here since joining Hubpages, and also when it comes to networking here online. It's tough but manageable for sure :)

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      4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Cloud Explorer. Excellent information, advice and ideas. This will be read again and again.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for all the advice.This is such a well-planned and nicely written hub. It is obvious that you practice what you preach!

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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      @billybuc thanks bro for being a true friend, yeah man its the long terms slow and steady pace that wins the digital pie for sure :) I learned much of it from you, to take things one day at a time, plus take huge breaks as well.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You always deliver the goods and the message, Mike! This gig ain't easy but it is doable. I'm in it for the long run just as you are. Best wishes to both of us, brother. :)


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      Mike Pugh 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much for supporting my writing efforts Susan, glad you liked it :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow! Great article Mike. I'm pinning it so that I can come back and read it again and again.


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