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 share the deathless prose of my blog posts with thousands of eager new eyes.
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 Facebook Pages, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and Google+ 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 to VCB 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 are the social sharing icons for the five available platforms – Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, StumbleUpon and Google+.
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 time of day (since I’m in Australia it’s often taken about twelve hours or so, probably due to the moderaters 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.
VCB 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. (They do reportedly have a high bounce rate however.)
“I say, this little case study is perfect illustration of how Viral Content Buzz should work: It just seeds a couple of initial votes and lets your content quality do the rest for you! The better 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!
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