Post updated: September 7, 2018
Viral Content Bee is a FREE to use blog content sharing tool, where bloggers and influencers will share your content on the major social media platforms.
Is it any good? Look at the number of shares on this post (under the title.) 90% of those were courtesy of Viral Content Bee, and they didn’t cost me a cent!
Previously called Viral Content Buzz, I discovered Viral Content Bee (VCB) recently when my favorite content-sharing site JustRetweet was suspended by Twitter (hopefully returning soon!)
Since JustRetweet was both driving a good chunk of traffic to my site as well as helping my Twitter following to grow rapidly I was naturally keen to find a replacement.
Happily, I can report that VCB offers a very similar service, allowing me to my blog posts with thousands of (hopefully) eager new eyes.
Viral Content Bee Review
Put simply, VCB is a simple to use blog content sharing tool where bloggers share your content on several social media platforms after you’ve accumulated points by sharing the content of others.
With plenty of subscribers with large followings sharing your content on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn I’m sure you’ll find, like myself, that it’s a useful and valuable service for driving traffic to your blog.
A big plus is that it’s a free service, with paid ‘Pro’ plans offering extra credit, better analytics, forum access etc:
Another plus is that you only need to spend a few minutes a day on average sharing others content to gain points, and then offering blog posts of your own as ‘projects’ for others to share in their turn.
Signing up for Viral Content Bee is easy, using your Facebook or Twitter profile. VCB then send you a confirmation email after which you set up your profile and connect whichever of the social media accounts you currently have set up.
Currently, VCB allots you ten credits upon joining which is enough to create a project. Since that will only allow you a few shares however you’ll want to earn more credits by sharing others content.
You do this quickly and easily by clicking on ‘Dashboard’ in the top menu, then scrolling through the projects on offer looking for any you’re willing to share with your followers.
Beneath each project is the social sharing icons for the five available platforms – Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and LinkedIn.
Clicking on Twitter, for example, will allow you to share the project immediately (for 2 credits in my case), schedule a date and time, or ‘buffer’ the project to be shared at a time dependant on your setting in ‘Scheduler/Buffer setting’.
Twitter sharing example:
Adding a Project
To add a project you simply enter the URL, title and description (make it interesting and use correct spelling and grammar to make it more likely to be shared.)
Then choose ‘Groups of Interest’ that are relevant and a ‘Project Budget’ – the more credits, the more shares (you can always add or subtract credits later). Finally, check the boxes of the platforms you’re willing to have it shared on and upload appropriate images.
As you can see in the screenshot below, you can view the ‘Budget set/left/scheduled’ stats for each project.
Budget Set is the number of points you’ve budgeted, ‘left’ is the number of points left, and ‘Scheduled’ shows the number of points scheduled to be spent by other users when sharing your project at a future time.
As a ‘newbie bee’ your project will be placed in a queue awaiting moderation, which can be fast or slow depending on the time of day (since I’m in Australia it’s often taken about twelve hours or so, probably due to the moderators being in the US and presumably asleep.)
Once you’ve been considered a safe and reliable user by the moderators your projects will be automatically approved.
(Ensure you read the Quality Requirements before submitting your project.)
Once your project has been approved it will be added to the top of the front page of the Dashboard, where it will be most visible to users looking for content to share. As time passes it will gradually sink down the front page to the bottom, and then on to page two.
It’s recommended to engage with other users when they share your content, liking and thanking them for the share.
Jump to the Front of the Queue
Since your project is considerably less likely to be shared once it drops off the front page (as with the second page in Google Search) it’s useful to know there’s an option to pay 30 credits to send your project back to the top of page one again.
The best way to do this is to first ‘Stop’ the project, as this releases unused credits. Then click on ‘Move any of your projects to the front page!’ (halfway up the ‘My Projects’ page), choose the project/s to move and you’re set.
You can do this as many times as you like, though it’s a good idea to delete the projects at some point and make changes to the title (and descriptions and images as desired) to make it look fresh and new for the other users again.
As an example of the power of Viral Content Bee, see the following image. The image shows two of my ‘projects’ (posts) being shared on Twitter by a couple of ‘influencers’, Ryan Biddulph of ‘Blogging From Paradise’ fame, and Angela Giles.
Each has around 50,000 Twitter followers. Where else can you get your post promoted for you by influencers, and seen by hundreds of thousands of eyeballs for free? (If you know such a site please let me know!)
Not only does this kind of free publicity bring me good traffic and boost my Twitter following, it’s also great for SEO!
For example, Google ‘How to Gain 100,000 Twitter Followers Review’ or ‘Pinteresting Strategies Review’. At the time of writing, both these posts of mine have reached page one on Google search after only three months, mostly due to publicity by influencers I get for free via Viral Content Bee.
Re-enter Old Projects Quickly
Since VCB doesn’t save your project data, the best method I’ve found to quickly re-enter previously created projects is simply to save the relevant data to a spreadsheet, as in this screenshot:
I save the URL, blog title, description, and Pinterest image address, as well as the date I last added the project to VCB.
Then when adding a project where you’ve previously saved the data, just copy and paste from the spreadsheet into the relevant text boxes.
This way you can cycle through your posts on a regular basis, continually getting them reshared to thousands of new readers. That’s great for SEO of course, and will be a big boost to getting your posts ranked high up in search.
Viral Content Bee Case Study
The owner of VCB, Ann Smarty, performed an interesting case study where she submitted a post from a small, neglected site she owned to VCB for sharing.
The traffic on the site saw a substantial jump, mainly in this case due to StumbleUpon which is often useful for getting posts to go viral. (Update: StumbleUpon has now ceased to be!)
“I say, this little case study is a perfect illustration of how Viral Content Bee should work: It just seeds a couple of initial votes and lets your content quality do the rest for you! The better the content, the more odds you have to get more shares and likes!” (Ann Smarty)
As Ann points out, you can’t expect your post to go viral without having good content. So long as people like what they see they’ll be willing to share and reshare, so get to work creating awesome content!
Every blogger wants more traffic, and Viral Content Bee is a great way to earn that traffic without having to spend a huge amount of time (or any money) to do so.
Where else can you have people with followings of up to 100,000+ sharing your latest posts with their followers for you?
So what are you waiting for? It’s free to use–go and try out Viral Content Bee for yourself, you won’t regret it!
Have you tried Viral Content Bee yourself or would like to know more about it? Let me know in the comments below.
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