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Going Viral: How I Got 5000 Hub Views in 24 Hours by Utilizing Facebook

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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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Stumble Upon


Hubpages (all sources)


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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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Wilma Henry from Kentucky on May 04, 2021:

Thanks for the informative article. I need all the help I can get.

P-Sreelakshmi on June 09, 2020:

Thanks for sharing this!

Rich E Cunningham from Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2020:

I can't believe people actually believe that, its troubling

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on December 23, 2019:

That's a cute story about the brooms. These are some great resources. We have used Facebook and YouTube, but our biggest problem has been hackers hijacking our accounts, hacking off the like and share buttons, switching out the photos, and even manipulating circulation, etc. This has gone on relentlessly for nearly a decade now. I was even redirected from my own Blogger blog, and another one just disappeared. It is very frustrating to work on something for years just to have cyberstalking thieves scrape it, then hack the originals.

Jacobb9205 on April 27, 2015:

tammyswallow, Yes, I agree, I used to use a different account, but then I decided I wanted a fresh start after stopping writing for about a year. Views were definitely better back then!

Yes, Facebook is a great social platform to get more views for sure! I also get many views from Pinterest, but my main views are from HubPages which is annoying, I only get around 10-20 views a day even with my 34 hubs!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2015:

Hi Jacobb! Views were much better a few years ago. The Google Panda updates have basically stopped all Google traffic to Hubpages which are basically regarded as spam. My success came from getting lots of views on Facebook because of people sharing information. Now, the main source of my views is Pinterest. If you can find a niche there you should be fine. Hope that helps.

Jacobb9205 on April 21, 2015:

Great quick idea! 5000 views in 1 day is astonishing! I barely get any views from google maybe 1 a day? I average about 10-20 views a day, but the majority of my views are from hubpages itself, I have utilized my keywords, etc. So I'm confused.

Willette from Michigan on March 05, 2013:

That's awesome. Great tips on trends. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up and a share

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 21, 2013:

Thanks so much maggs. I appreciate you stopping by!

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on January 21, 2013:

A very interesting hub Tammy, congratulations on going viral, and thank you for sharing this :D

Voting up and hitting relevant buttons on my way out :D

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on November 26, 2012:

Thank you for writing this hub. 5,000 in one day! Wow that is amazing. None of mine have ever gone viral, but I will try.

Voted up:)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 25, 2012:

Thanks for sharing your success HoneyBB. Sounds like you had some big success with StumbleUpon. Those are great numbers and views will continue as people share your work. Awesome!

H Lax on November 24, 2012:

I read this and went and tried it myself by signing up for StumbleUpon. I added about 7 or 8 of my hubs as a page on my profile and within an hour I had almost 100 hits to those hubs; although, only about 45 hits show up as coming through StumbleUpon, I'm not sure where the others show up but I think they must have inadvertently come through StumbleUpon because my numbers were stagnant for hours before this. However, after that initial hour, I have only had a few hits from StumbleUpon within the past approximately 24 hours. Thanks for the tips. 100 hits still beats no hits. Voted +++

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 23, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading Missy Mac.

Missy Mac from Illinois on November 23, 2012:

Great hub! I hope to have similar success. Thanks for sharing.

ChrisStyles from USA on November 23, 2012:

Very cool. I've never had a hubpages page go viral in any way, but I have had a regular blog post go semi viral on Facebook and that was a fun experience, though it was totally luck for me.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on November 22, 2012:

I have tried but nothing has been as sucessful as this one. It was just luck and timing. :)

Megan Garcia from Florida on November 22, 2012:

Have you tried duplicating this with other Facebook trends?

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on October 16, 2012:

Thanks dwachira!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on October 16, 2012:

Hi tammyswallow,

Wow that was amazing! FB is a robust platform and can be very beneficial if one has a large followers. I agree writing on trending topics of the moment can massively increase traffic. Voted up.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on October 02, 2012:

Thanks so much for your kind comment healthylife!

healthylife2 on October 02, 2012:

So impressive! Don't think I would ever have come up with an idea like that in a million years but looking for trends is such a great idea. I can hope one of my hubs go viral.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 21, 2012:

Thanks so much Kerry43. Your kind comment is appreciated.

Kerry43 on September 20, 2012:

Hi there! I think this is an awesome idea - capitalizing on social media trends, but what I do think is even better is crafting this article describing the other, and its outcome. What a wonderful idea!



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Audrey Howitt from California on July 28, 2012:

Wow again! I am always wondering if I should do more work with social media and it seems the answer is yes!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 18, 2012:

Thanks for commenting mollymeadows. This seems to be a small part. Whoever does discover the secret is going to make it big. :)

Mary Strain from The Shire on July 18, 2012:

It's always a mystery to me what causes traffic; it seems to be feast or famine. Thank you for shedding a little light on my darkness, lol!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 11, 2012:

I appreciate that Magdelene!

Magdelene from Okotoks on July 11, 2012:

I've never really used Facebook as a method of promotion for my Hubs, now that I've read your article I will have to try out the latest trending events and see how it goes. You make it seem both challenging and fun and that's what it's all about. Great Hub!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 10, 2012:

Great ideas talfonso. I try not to share too many on Facebook. My friends and family would probably block me (unless I spammed them with cat pictures). You can still use Facebook to spot new trends. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on July 10, 2012:

I don't promote my own Hubs on Facebook that much anymore (well, actually I do it when the time comes, like one bookmark every few days or weeks for a new Hub). I'd like to get more Hub views naturally by commenting and promoting others' Hubs.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

Thank you Dtutchess O'Blunt and Donnah75!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

Congratulations cabmgmnt! Makes you wish all hubs would perform so well. That is awesome!

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on July 09, 2012:

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

Me to Mary615. I have to put myself on a Facebook schedule so I don't spend to much time on it. All those cats! Good luck with the broom and let me know how it goes! Thanks for your visit.

Duchess OBlunt on July 09, 2012:

Sounds like fun! Which I had the time to do something like that. Maybe I can push my retirement up a few years . . .

Enjoyed the read, it will likely stick with me because it was so interesting.

Corey from Northfield, MA on July 09, 2012:

I never thought it would happen to me but I checked my stats this morning and I had a hub hit 5000 views from one day and it is all thanks to Facebook. Interesting what people find entertaining. I hope i can jump on the band wagon and get more to launch this way!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 09, 2012:

The problem I have with FB is when I get on, I can't get off, and I waste too much time. I just get drawn into it.

As soon as I take a break here, I'm going to check out my broom. I'll just bet it won't stand up!~

Great Hub, I voted it UP, and will share, too.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks for reading joanveronica. I agree, FB and Twitter aren't always the best ways to spend an after noon. I try not to overshare and bore my friends and relatives. I appreciate your visit and kind comment.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on June 25, 2012:

Good information, voted up, useful and interesting! I will have to study trends more carefully, I'm sorry to say I find FB and Twitter a bit of a chore. Must be getting old! Congratulations on the idea and on sharing this idea with us.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks chaturranjneesh. I sure hope you aren't suffering with writer's block! Thanks for stopping by.

Rajneesh Chaturvedi from India on June 25, 2012:

This is really innovative idea to cope up with writer's block. Voting it up!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks jlava73! I appreciate the comment.

Jennifer Vasconcelos from Cyberspace and My Own World on June 25, 2012:

Turning a trend into a useful Hub. Very innovative!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks so much CloudExplorer. I have learned such things from friends like you. This was pretty much an experiment. When I saw so many photos going up I wanted to learn more and there were no internet articles at all on the subject. It just made sense and I got lucky. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. It is always great to see you.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Good for you divacratus. Timing and a little luck are essential. My traffic has died down on this hub too. I am hoping it will pick up again during the next eclipse. I appreciate you sharing your story.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks for reading and sharing Gypsy Rose Lee. I appreciate your visit.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

Thanks WhydThatHappen! :)

Mike Pugh from New York City on June 25, 2012:

Now this hub is definitely defying the gravitational fields of a static non upward moving hub, I can sense you've gotten a complete hold and grasp of your social bearings, and azimuth motor drive systems, as well as your GPS, LOL.

If you Google those last lines you may also find some evergreen content to look up, and I'm a tech geek so you know the deal with me, hehe.

The funny thing is that, for something technical in nature to go viral it must have a social element involved today, or else all systems are a no go for sure (social media topics are a gold mine today for sure).

I tend to experiment with differing techniques with each hub I publish as well, and I've noticed some cool trends in my stats as well, but nothing like this viral action in a 24 hours period you've personally been responsible for, wow is all I can say to your skills of observation Gypsy. You are a genuine motivated person, who goes the extra mile to take your skills to the next level.

I commend you on writing such a powerful hub here, and I will take much of this as an additional add to my arsenal here of mental tools as a writer and web editor on hubpages and even outside of this network, and mainly becasue I'm also a web developer who definitely need such fine tuned info to help in my efforts.

Voted up and you know the rest, Pinned, facebooked, twitted, and shared amongst friends here on hubpages, and G+'ed as well even though there is no longer a g+ button any more, lets hope we get it back soon.

Kalpana Iyer from India on June 25, 2012:

If you are writing a hub based on a popular topic trending on social media sites, there's a high chance of your hub going viral. I wrote one on Sachin Tendulkar after a World Cup (cricket) win and it reported a nice number of hits per day. People were so enthusiastic about reading the whole thing. Now it has died down but till date I haven't experienced that kind of traffic for any of my other hubs. It is very essential to keep an eye on what people are talking about but like you said it's also very important to get the page live as soon as possible. That's where I become lazy. I take my own sweet time..

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 25, 2012:

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for this informative hub Tammy. Passing it on among my followers.

WhydThatHappen on June 24, 2012:

This is some great advice that I will put to use. Thanks and sharing

maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on June 24, 2012:

Great source of information on social bookmarking. Bookmarking of hubs on facebooking can be so much beneficial for the page views never expected it.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 05, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Pamela99. Reddit can be pretty rough if you are not a 20 something.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 05, 2012:

After such a large number of comments there is nothing unique to say, except obviously you are doing things right to maximize profit. I post on Reddit too but don't find it particularly helpful. Thanks for the information. Great hub.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 01, 2012:

Thanks CookwareBliss. I was surprised also, especially when I put so much into other hubs that didn't qet half the views. It is all about timing and LUCK. I appreciate your visit and comment.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 01, 2012:

Thanks for sharing that Barbergirl28. Facebook has been a great tool. It helps things spread quickly. I appreciate your visit!

CookwareBliss from Winneconne, WI on April 30, 2012:

tammyswallow- this is a great achievement for you! I have to admit I was shocked that you got that many views from one hub, motivates me to write captive hubs:) Thanks for SHARING!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on April 30, 2012:

You got to love using facebook and other social media trends. When I first started writing I didn't really use facebook to share my hubs. I am not sure if it was fear to show what I was doing or what. Now things have completely changed as my friends have doubled... and they are all hubbers. Now I share with ease! Great hub and great tip - I never thought of looking at trends on facebook!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 12, 2012:

Thanks so much for sharing these sites El Ray. I have never heard of Trendfetch. That could be very helpful and a great way to get new ideas. I appreciate the read and the comment.

El Ray on April 12, 2012:

Very good article on leveraging topics that are trending on social media sites! I do my best to stick to evergreen topics, but in the past I've used Google Trends:, Yahoo! Buzz Index:, and to find hot topics to create content on.

Voted this article Up + Useful!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 06, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting jaswinder64!

jaswinder64 from Toronto, Canada. on April 06, 2012:

Wonderful article about your experiences with this hub. Congratulations for this.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 06, 2012:

Tammy, I wonder how I missed this interesting hub of yours. To catch a current trend and make it into an article at that very moment is very vital to make an article go viral, apart from other ways that a write up could go viral.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip. Voted up, awesome, interesting and shared.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 04, 2012:

I am so glad Spirit Whisperer! I appreciate your kind comment.

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on April 04, 2012:

Very clever and well done for spotting the dynamic. You have made me think and the creative flow has been awakened by this great hub. Thank you.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 03, 2012:

Thanks for letting me know HB.. I missed this one. That makes three. I will report it as well. Thanks for keeping an eye out for these. I wouldn't have known about this theft if it weren't for you!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on April 03, 2012:

This hub has been copied:


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 26, 2012:

That is such a kind thing for you to say William Gerace. Thanks so much. I look forward to reading your hubs as well.

William Gerace from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 26, 2012:

Tammy you are an inspiration to me for sure. I joined about 4 months ago as well and see you are doing fabulous that is awesome. I am definitely following you young lady. I don't think I've ever had 5000 views on anything. But I will definitely your other Hubs. Great job. You go Tammy!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 25, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting AnnaCia! :)

AnnaCia on March 25, 2012:

Very interesting article and clever tips. Thank you for sharing. voted up

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 23, 2012:

LOL Thilanwij! Thanks for reading and commenting.

thilanwij from California on March 23, 2012:

Time to hit all the trending topics! *Goes on Twitter*

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 22, 2012:

Thanks for your visit AEvans. Today is the last day of the planetary alignment. Anything after March 22nd is pure coincidence. Thanks for your kind comment!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on March 22, 2012:

Wow! What an interesting article. I honestly have written several hubs that were trending and now they have many views. Broomsticks standing on their own? lolo! I probably would have grabbed mine to see if it was really happening, in fact maybe I will. Thumbs up! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 22, 2012:

Thank you molometer! I appreciate the share. :)