How do I build a buzzfeed website? Anyway, this is a comprehensive 5500 word count guidelines on how you can create and run a successful viral website like Buzzfeed, Viralnova, boredpanda, Upworthy etc; Perhaps you might be thinking it is an impossible task to launch one, however, with the right mindset, monetary investment, commitment, determination and the will to see it become a success story, you can do it.
The following are briefs on the requirements to opening and starting a viral website:
- Approximate average set up cost of USD150-400
- A mobile responsive WordPress themes built for this niche
- A cost effective and yet powerful webhosting server
- A brief, short, memorable and catchy domain name
- WordPress installation and full configuration
- You must be naturally gifted as a writer ( being creative is an added advantage, at least for a start all by yourself)
- Setting up a creative team who loves the goal and purpose of being in the team
- Hard work, hard work and finally, hard WORK!!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Technical Factors and Facts
- 5 hard core truths about your new venture and what you should know FIRST.
- Selecting the perfect website design (e.g. using designs similar to Buzzfeed, Viralnova, Upworthy etc).
- Getting the right name, for domain name registration and website hosting of the same.
- Installing and configuring WordPress Software
- Website Configuration, Installation of needed plugins, adjusting settings
- Important Page set up (e.g. DMCA, Disclosure etc.)
- Setting up your categories, menus and widgets settings.
- Setting up Front End Submission Contents
- Sourcing viral website contents and name ideas
- Publishing your first article or posts
- Setting up Viral websites on Google search console, and Google indexing the site and posts
Promotion/ Marketing / Success Tips
- Facebook Page set up
- How to get massive traffic from Facebook
- Twitter Account set up and growing targeted followers.
- Instagram Account set up
How To Make Money From A Viral Website
Three proven ways of making money with this niche:
- Signing up with Google Adsense
- Direct advertisements
- Press releases
5 hard core truths about your new venture and what you should know FIRST
I think it is important I share some important facts with you to get your mind straightened up so that you will understand what you are about to do.
- Daily Work Commitment
Running a viral website is not for the lazy folks. It is not just a content farm like hubpages etc. it is more like a news website where you have to write and publish unique articles every day. It is recommended to post and publish nothing less than 3-5 new posts every single day.
Constant articles on your website and sharing same on social media is what will bring the viral effect and enormous traffic. So, get ready to work very hard and possibly hire some people to assist you with the task.
I recommend you have about 50 unique articles first on your laptop, publish about 30 on your website first ( to make it look full and busy), then schedule the remaining 20 posts to be published about 3 times every day for the next 7 days. Doing this will give you more time to continue writing posts and your website becomes active from the first day of launching out.
- Constant sharing on social media
This is where most people miss the entire point of running such site. Remember, a viral website is a unique niche that is totally dependent on social media (Facebook and twitter) to get traffic and make money even from Google AdSense; you just have to rely on the search engines ( Google) for about 10-20% of the traffic.
So, the concept is to constantly share your posts on FB and twitter on a near daily basis (every 30 minutes interval).
First, make sure your site has lots of articles/posts
Once you publish a new post ( schedule such post to be published on FB at different intervals, e,g 2 hours interval, schedule the images in the post to be published at different times also, schedule the videos on the post to be published at different times also).
Now, for your other posts (that you have already published); no matter the time and year of publication, you can also schedule selected ones to be shared on Facebook and twitter using the above method. This method is called “Rinse and repeat”. Just take a look at the twitter and Facebook profile of Buzzfeed and other sites, you will see the intervals at which they share articles/stories.
With this method, your FB timeline and twitter is always busy and your audience (followers and friends) are busy reading, sharing, commenting on your posts); doing this will trigger a viral sensation effect.
- Publish Funny, Shocking, Captivating and Interesting Articles/Images/Videos
From experience, publishing a funny /sensational/ shocking videos gives the most viral effects; in essence, you have to understand that not all articles tend to go viral because they lack the viral elements.
For example, using lol, OMG etc. at the beginning of your posts gives it the viral effects. Publish funny, interesting, interactive, shocking articles that will naturally make people to want to share and recommend to their friends, family, colleagues and even enemies.
- Build A Team
When I got started with my own viral news website, I must confess that the work load was just too much for me, partly because I was working in a corporate environment and also because I am a family man. I realized that I was burning out and quickly need a help.
Study Buzzfeed method and strategy, you will realize that they have a team; however, if you are just starting out, you can do all these things by yourself, but by the time you start making some few dollars, I honestly recommend you build a team. You can start with your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or your entire family members.
Let each team member have a definite work assignment, don’t be jack of all trades; designate a specific task to each member of the team.
- Report Breaking News First
Buzzfeed, Viralnova, Upworthy and other sites all incorporate and mixes their articles with daily news update about their country, global events, celebrities e.t.c
For you to have a breakthrough, you must strive to have a website that report breaking news first. You can read on how to launch a successful online newspaper here.
For example, the moment Donald Trump ( the president of USA) called Omarosa Manigault Newman ( his former white house Top Aide) a dog on August 14th, 2018 on twitter; Buzzfeed quickly published an interesting, breaking news within 39 minutes after he posted it on twitter.
Selecting the perfect website design (e.g. using designs similar to Buzzfeed, Viralnova, Upworthy etc).
We are gradually moving to the technical aspect and this involves the designing stage and setting it up. Please know that paying a web designer to create a viral website for you is going to be expensive.
What I use and what most people uses (even Buzzfeed, Viralnova) is the use of WordPress software and its accompanying tools. There are some professional companies that design and sell creative templates that you can use for your design concept.
The best options is to get these professionally designed WordPress themes built solely for this online niche from these reputable companies ( listed below).
I have penciled down the following recommended mobile responsive templates that are highly SEO optimized for you. You can get them for as low as USD35; after buying it, simply download the ZIP files ( on your computer system, PC or laptop, just keep it there, I will explain in the later part of this guideline on how you can use it to design your site).
You can get these themes and others from the listed companies below ( just search for the terms and lots of template will be displayed to you).
Getting the right name; for domain name registration and website hosting
This is the most important aspect; the term ‘Buzzfeed’ is a brand known all over the world.
It is the name of the site, the same name is used as their domain name and the name is also used on all their social media accounts.
You need to consider a sweet and memorable name for your viral website; do not pick a long word name, it should not be more than 10 letter words.
Pick a name because you will use the name as your domain name ( the technical name the internet understands).
First, you need to check if the domain name is available; you can do that using the Bluehost form below. If the name is fresh, unused and available, register it immediately now before other people uses it.
You can search for all forms of name that comes to your mind and settle for a name that will serve a long term branding purposes and advantages.
WebHosting of the domain name
When you get the domain name using Bluehost (Bluehost is a big company, the most trusted name in terms of domain name registration, website hosting because of their unstained reputation, dignity and security), you will automatically be directed to host the domain name. I honestly recommend you host the domain name immediately.
Hosting the domain name means that your website to be, will be accessible on the internet; people will be able to read, download and stay on the website. Hosting the domain name is the second most important step to execute.
I use Bluehost for this blog and my own news viral website; so I recommend you get on board Bluehost.
Another added benefit of hosting with them right away is that you will no longer pay for the domain name registration because they will make it free for one year. This is a good deal as you will be able to save an approximate amount of USD15 per year.
You can follow the below screen shot on the domain name registration and hosting.
Installing and configuring WordPress Software
When you sign up for hosting, you will be guided for the installation processes, chief of which is the type of software to use, select WordPress and proceed.
All these processes are not rocket science and within some few minutes, you should be done with the installation and configuration.
The reason why I am taking my time to explain all these things is because I want you to know how to handle all these things ALL by yourself without having to depend on me or any other programmer to get the ball rolling.
Follow the guidelines below and complete the installation.
At the end of the day once your site is up and running, you should be mindful of these two points below:
- Your Bluehost Login: Please remember your password and username ( keep it safe somewhere on your computer or laptop)
- Your WordPress Login: If the installation is successfully completed, then your website is now being powered by WordPress; in such a case, you will also be given a username and password (you will be asked to create it); keep the login details safe.
So, in essence, if you check the browser, you should now be able to access the inside (dashboard of your new site) by typing the following: www.nameofyoursite.com/wp-admin and the following will be shown
Type your username (mostly email address or admin) and your password, and then you will have access to your dashboard.
The dashboard will look like this:
Website Configuration, Installation of needed plugins, adjusting settings
Now, it is time to start the configuration process. But before we start with the design process, there are some important things to take care of.
- Go to your WordPress dashboard, towards the left hand side, locate settings and select ‘Reading’.
- Check the box that says ‘ Do not allow the search engines to crawl this site’
- However, after the website has been fully configured, you will come back to uncheck this box (do not forget)
Secondly, you need to change and adjust the permalink settings to an SEO optimized format.
To do that;
- Go to the same dashboard
- Locate settings, from settings, go to permalinks
- Click on it and proceed to change the default settings
- Change the present default from ‘date based settings’ to ‘ Post based settings
Follow the images below for more understanding:
Step 5 (1)
Designing – Theme upload / Demo upload
Once done with the above two settings, it is now time to go ahead with the design concept. We would need to change the default design of the site to your own concept, using the Viral WordPress themes (template) you earlier purchased.
To do that, follow the guidelines below:
- Locate the ZIP file you purchased and downloaded on your laptop
- Sometimes, you might need to UNZIP it (and locate only the WordPress files); but in most cases, the original ZIP file is okay.
- Go to your WordPress dashboard, locate appearance and from appearance, locate themes, click on it and click on ‘Add themes’
- Chose Upload, and locate the ZIP file
- Install and activate the new ZIP file
Follow the images below and also watch the video:
However, in some cases, you may want your new website to look exactly like the template or theme you purchased; in such a case, you will need to download what is called the demo of the purchased template.
To do that, you will need to follow the instruction (s) below:
- First, locate and install the importer plugin.
- Go to your dashboard, go to appearance, under appearance, plugins and from plugins, click ‘add new plugins’
- Sometimes, instead of uploading the downloaded plugin (which is also good but time consuming, I simply search the box, type the name of the plugin there, then from there, I install and activate the plugin).
Once done, go to the downloaded ZIP, unzip it and locate a file with the .xml extension. This file contains the demo. However, in some themes, they may provide the demo separately and you will be informed on where to get it or upload it from.
Use the importer plugin to upload the XML file and the demo will automatically be installed.
Demo installation video
Step 5 (2)
Installation of needed WordPress Plugins
Once done successfully, you will need to install some very important plugins that will turn your website into a full-fledged viral websites. Example of such plugin is the poll plugin, question and answer plugins.
- Yoast SEO plugin: Its all about SEO, essential for a newbie or starter
- W3 total cache: you want your site to be fast i.e extremely fast loading? then install this plugin
- Sumo Me: Most important for that social sharing buttons ( plus, they are responsive)
- No follow: keeps your links intact
- JetPack: Essential plugin
- Akismet: Border that stops spams
- Viral quiz plugin: Needed for engagement, it supports Front end submission features ( very important)
- Poll plugin: to conduct poll on the site
- Question and answer plugin etc.
To install a plugin or these plugins, simply see the image below and also watch the accompanying video.
Step 5 (3)
Important Page set up (e.g. DMCA, Disclosure etc.)
There are important and notable pages you need to set it immediately you launch your site. These pages are of importance if you want to run a viral website.
- DMCA pages
- Disclosure page
- About Pages
Though, it you buy a viral WordPress theme as recommended above and you uploaded the demo, there is every possibility that most of these pages are already there. What you will do is to locate the pages and start editing them to your own standard.
But if not, follow the steps below to create the needed pages:
- Go to your WordPress dashboard, locate pages, and click ‘Add new’
- Give it a title e.g. DMCA, fill it with needed content and click publish
A major headache can be how to get the right contents to fill up these pages; in that case, go to Buzzfeed, Viralnova etc., study their own pages and use it to draft out yours ( do not copy and paste theirs!!)
Contact Page ( Form inclusive)
For the contact page, publish the page and make use of Jetpack plugin to set up the forms. After installing the JetPack plugin, activate it, then go to wordpress.com, open a free account and link it with your site ( it will be shown to you on the screen that you should link it together). After linking it together, then your activated form becomes live, then follow the image below to implement it.
By default, the contact form is automatically featured on all pages and posts. So, in your own case, after publishing the contact page as you would publish a page, you will see the ‘contact form’, click on it, fill up the forms with your emails etc and it will be implemented.
NB: Again, most of the themes have already published contact page, just check first by going to the pages and see if it is there, then you edit it. but if not, then follow the instructions above.
Step 5 (4)
Setting up your categories, menus and widgets settings
Popular categories in this niche includes; quiz ( this is the most popular category on buzzfeed), humor, funny, OMG, my story etc.; every published post must fall under a particular category.
How do you do that?
- First, go to the category section and check the list of categories already there so that you will not have duplicated copies.
- Go to the left hand side of the dashboard, close to the top, below post, you will see ‘categories’; click on it and you will be taken to the next page.
- You can start adding category section one by one (if you need ideas on names of categories, go back and spy on Viralnova, 9gag, Buzzfeed etc.).
Arranging your menus properly will help make navigation of the contents easy for both your real time human visitors and also the search engines.
The menu is mostly seen at the top, below the header; it is arranged in hierarchy. Example of a menu arrangement is shown below.
In most cases, your menu contains the following navigation links:
- About pages
- Contact pages
- Your selected categories e.g. quizz, Humor, Funny, Stories, just for laughter etc.
So, how do you set up your menu?
- Go to the same dashboard, under the appearance, locate and click on menu
- On the displayed page, you will see the list of menu (if you are using the uploaded demo), but if not, it will be blank.
- Click on ‘create new menu’, give it a name and click save
- Towards the left hand side, you can start adding notable pages and categories you want to displayed on the menu
- Do these until you are pleased with your choice, then click save. Play around with the various features, remember to save, refresh your page to see the affected changes!
- Please note, that we have primary and secondary menu, and depending on your theme settings, your primary menu can be adjusted from the settings on the menu page.
To get an idea on how to set up the menu very well, follow the images below.
Please see the image below to have an idea of what your widget settings looks like. The widget is like football stadiums where you can change anything you want on the site. From the widget, you can add Google AdSense codes; you can adjust the displayed links on the right sidebar etc.
On most templates (WordPress themes), the widget is the first place to visit because it is from here you can adjust and set up the homepage (the front page) and practically carry out anything on the site.
Setting up Front End Submission Contents
What makes a viral website viral in the real sense is the collaboration, engagement of uses and their effect on spreading the contents to the extent that enormous /large amount of traffic starts flowing to the content/website.
This is mostly achieved not only by you but also by people posting and submitting content on the site without you having to monitor and approve the posts ( it depends, but it is advisable you approve any submitted content before publishing them, put quality check in place).
This principle is called ‘Front end submission content’; to do this, you can:
- Either set up an account on your website for selected people and make them to be a contributor, editors, authors etc.
- Or simply install the ‘front end submission contents’ plugin; and anybody can submit contents to the site at will. ( however, on most templates I recommended, it is already installed, you will see the ‘submit’, create’, or ‘register’ button at the top of the site).
To set up account on your site for these people, follow the guideline below:
- Go to settings, locate users and click on it
- Create users (chose whether they will be editors, contributors, writers, and author’s etc.)
- Type in their emails, Upload their picture ( passport sized photographs); though its optional
- Give a brief description about them and click publish
A notification email will be sent to their email address containing the login details; with this approach, they automatically become privileged to start posting.
The second approach on the Front end submission principle is by installing a plugin and from the plugin, you can adjust the settings. I fully explained how to use and implement the Front end submission process and also how to make use of dummy writers/users to speed up your growth in my earlier post on how to publish a video website like YouTube ( you can read it here)
Sourcing for viral website contents and topic ideas
Generally, getting stories to write about is a major challenge and everybody has gone through it in one way or the other.
However, for the viral niche, getting name ideas or post ideas is very much easy;
- Your number one source of inspiration is your surroundings
- Number two source of getting ideas is from established viral websites ( Viralnova, 9gag, vox, upworthy, distractify etc).
- The most important of all is Buzzsumo ( explained below).
- Twitter and Google trends
I will explain;
Your Surroundings / Environment
Remember, if you want to achieve fast growth, then you must learn to publish original, non-duplicate and unique articles, videos or funny pictures etc.
The best place to get it is from your environment and surroundings; go to amusement parks, go to nurseries, go to comedy nights and shows, go to places where they train and keep animals, visit the veterinary doctors. Listen and follow popular celebrity’s etc.
You will be surprised and astonished at getting lots of humorous ideas if you can just think and act!!
From established viral websites
Let me share this trick with you; go to Buzzfeed or any other website in this niche, visit their old posts (published about 2, 3-4 years ago), get some posts, rewrite them with new title and then publish them on your own site.
Because most viral articles tends to have a little life span when initially shared, so going back to the old ones and republishing them will add flavor to your blog.
Buzzsumo is an important tool used by all online professionals, successful bloggers and website publishers. However, the major use and importance of Buzzsumo is in the use of publishing viral contents.
This tool makes it possible for you to know and detect popular posts/articles, determines and shows you the number of times the particular post or article has been shared on Facebook, number of likes, number of tweet, retweets and mentions.
With this idea, you can know and accurately publish something similar that has the tendency to go popular. The tool also makes it possible for you to see influencers ( i.e. the fellow who shared the post, this makes it possible for you to contact them and form a business relationship in helping you also).
- Go to https://buzzsumo.com
- Type the name of a particular topic or title or even name of a website e.g. upworthy
- Chose the time frame e.t.c.
On a personal note, I make use of twitter trends. I study and observe what is trending on twitter, and then I quickly write a post about such headlines (keyword/topic/title), and then publish it.
After publishing, I share it on twitter massively and sometimes, give it a boost on Facebook using Facebook Ads.
How do you know a trending topic on twitter?
Sign or login to your twitter account, look towards the right hand side or left hand side and you will see the displayed trending topics.
This is a very powerful tool if you are building your site to depend a lot on Google organic traffic. it is available in both English and chinese. You can get trends using keyword, your country, categories etc. Check out Google trends at; https://trends.google.com/trends/
Publishing your first article or posts
Once your website is ready and you have been able to write a comprehensive article, putting in place all the elements needed for it to go viral, then it is time to publish your first post.
To do that;
- Go to your dashboard
- Locate new, select ‘posts’
- On the displayed page, give your post a title, and start writing the article; remember to insert and put funny pictures. It is a MUST that your content should contain images and videos. I am not talking about 1 or 2 images, but images from 5 upwards; the same thing with your video
- Select the right category ( check towards the right hand side)
- Add a featured image ( towards the end of the right hand side of the page)
- Click on publish!!
After successfully publishing the post, your next line of action is to share them on Facebook and twitter. Remember the scheduling process I mentioned earlier.
How to maintain your new site
Running this niche is serious business and for you to achieve and maintain your success, you need to take critical steps to maintain and secure your site.
You maintain the site by:
- By constantly updating your plugins
- By regularly updating your themes and WordPress versions
These updates can be done right from the dashboard and you will be notified automatically because it will be shown visibly on the screen.
Set up on Google search console, and Google indexing the site and posts
All websites that wants steady traffic and actually wants to succeed automatically needs what is called the search engines. The biggest of these search engines is Google, so it is a MUST that you get your website on Google so that people can search, locate your site and then click through to check out the contents.
- Make sure you have published at least 20 quality articles
- After publishing these quality articles (they are already on the site) and the site is fully configured, remember to uncheck the portion that says ‘Do not allow search engines to index this site’. Do this because it is very much important.
- Go to ( https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home)
- Sign up and register your website. Configure your site there and get it active.
- I recommend you watch the video below on how to verify and configure your website on Google search console
After this, submit your sitemaps and submit all your posts one by one (use the ‘fetch as’ feature to do this, you will get your articles and posts indexed faster).
Now, to start getting Google to index and show your articles on its search result pages, I recommend you watch the video above and also follow the guidelines in the image below. I also recommend you install the Yoast SEO plugins at https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/).
Social Media Set up And Marketing
All the above tasks and guidelines are meant to teach and show you how you can set up your site and blog all by yourself. Once you have correctly achieved the above points, we are now in the next critical stage of our tutorial.
And you know what?
This is the most important of them all, this is where you are going to work hard and invest money!!
Facebook Page set up
There is nothing viral without Facebook because FB is the powerhouse of traffic to your site. So, you have to do everything possible within your power and reach to get loved by Facebook and its algorithms. Now, this is the first step as explained below.
- Go to facebook.com, and open a Facebook page ( seen at the base of the homepage, or if you are logged in already, just look for a place where it is written ‘ open a Facebook page’)
- Open the page, and set it up nicely (including using funny images (including that of animal e.g. dogs and cats) as both your profile and background pictures).
- Invite your friends, enemies, colleagues, classmates, and family members etc to like the page. You can also invite the people in your email lists to like the page. Doing this will give you your first initial followers.
- When done, the next step is to use Facebook Ads to get targeted traffic (and before you use the Ad, make sure you have shared some of your posts on the page already)
I honestly recommend you read Neil Patel: Beginners guide to facebook ads that convert
- In the Ad, chose your interest with something viral, and you select a budget of around USD10 to start getting followers.
- Watch the video below to have an idea on how to use Facebook Ads in getting likes for your viral website.
- Give yourself a target of at least 50,000 followers (this shows your level of seriousness) for a start. As the Ad is running, continue writing articles and be sharing them always. Check out the FB pages of most of these viral websites, they are actually in their millions.
Buzzfeed has more than three Facebook page accounts, and each account has more than a million Fans/likes!!
How to get Massive Traffic from Facebook
This niche is a serious niche, and people that are successful with it will tell you that they invested a lot of their time every day on the site.
You only get massive traffic from Facebook for your viral website without spending money on Ads using:
- Facebook Influencers
- Getting active on Facebook Groups:
- Boosting posts with viral potential on FB:
Influencers on FB are basically individuals with lots of fans/likes. It is your duty to start looking and searching for them. Not on FB, but also on twitter and YouTube, reach out to them, make a deal on how they can be helping you to share your posts/videos/articles.
In some cases, these influencers are the owners/admin of some popular groups ( i.e. FB groups).
Getting active on Facebook Groups
You have to spread your tentacles to get every bit of traffic from FB. One area people do not pay attention to is in Facebook groups. Create a group for your own site, keep it active and grow it.
However, wisdow is required. Join many related and popular groups ( groups with more than 50,000 members). Reach out to the owner/admin, present a deal/proposal for the admin to share your articles/posts for you. Trust me, it works in an amazing miraculous way.
The secret of buzzfeed, LADBible, naij and other viral websites is in the use of these Facebook tricks mentioned and embracing quizzes ( buzzfeed secret). Buzzfeed quiz is the most popular category, therefore, you also need to implement quiz on your own site. Do something that will get people engaged and active on your site!!
Boosting posts with viral potential on Facebook
Another reliable method is boosting of your post. I only use this method if I see the possibility of that particular post going viral. These method works perfectly well for major news, sudden shocking celebrity news/updates etc. You can also study your traffic statistics (that is why the use of JetPack plugin is essential, you will see the traffic received by each published post).
If you discover that a particular post is receiving unusual traffic less than 4-5 hours after being published, such posts needs to be boosted. Such post can give you millions of traffic within days!!
Twitter Account set up and growing targeted followers
I use twitter a lot because of the limitations imposed by Facebook. Though twitter is not as effective and powerful as FB but it is still a formidable force to reckon with.
If you are really serious about your project, then I also recommend you open an account with twitter (remember to use your domain name in order to maintain the branding purposes).
This is to get the account and use it:
- Go to twitter at https://twitter.com/ and sign up for a free account
- Complete the sign up process, fill up your profile, use nice pictures (same as Facebook earlier explained)
- Start sharing lovely, inspirational quotes first (this will set in motion people following you and also tweeting your tweets)
- Do not use twitter Ads ( it is expensive compared to FB)
- Now, the hardest part is getting real targeted followers and growing them
- From my experience and what I use, I make use of an App ( it is not automated); and with this App, I am able to grow my followers to around 66,578 ( as at August 15th, 2018)
- With this help, you will work manually growing your followers but with precision and speed
- The tool is called MANAGEFLITTER, I recommend you check it out and probably sign up for their TRIAL VERSION.
- You will need to get an influential account ( e.g. followers of Buzzfeed or upworthy), follow their followers and in turn, their followers will also follow you. Then you rinse, flush out the ones not following you after 5 DAYS, then you start again!!
- After signing up and you start getting followers, continue sharing your quotes and pictures of animals, funny images e.t.c. Tweets just like the Facebook scheduled approach I mentioned earlier.
Instagram Account set up
I also recommend you open an account with Instagram and get active. Not only on Instagram, do the same for Pinterest (because Pinterest is an image focused website).
With both Instagram and Pinterest, you stand higher chances of getting traffic to your website from the shared images on them.
How To Make Money From A Viral Website
95% of viral websites make money using Google Adsense; apart from using Google Adsense ( they are actually the best, biggest and most reliable CPC network to join); you can also join other CPC ( cost Per Click) networks and they include:
- Media.net (owned and run by Yahoo/Bing)
- Propeller Ads e.t.c
The only CLAUSE with the use of these CPC is that if you are using Google Adsense on your site, you should not use any other CPC network because you may get your AdSense account banned!!
Again, if 100% of your traffic is coming from Facebook to your viral website and none from Google and you are making lots of money from Adsense, you may also get your account banned. I support Google on this because they are trying to keep their integrity unstained.
However, I recommend Google Adsense to you, trust me; they are the best, pays highest and are most reliable!!
The above methods are based on CPC; however, the bulk of the money to be made from this kind od online niche business is:
- Direct advertisements
- Press releases
You can read about these other methods from an earlier article I published about running a successful news website (check towards the tail end on making money from news website; I also shared the model on how Buzzfeed makes their money). Read it here:
If you need help and assistance, you can reach out to me through the live chat feature below or the contact form. However, as a measure of your seriousness, you must have purchased your domain name and web hosting.