33 FREE Tips to Get 1,000 Shares on Your Next Blog Post 
Are you frustrated about publishing new blog posts on your blog because they seem to underperform even when you know they’re top-notch? Read this 5,000 word guide and learn actionable ways to get 1,000 shares on your next blog post(s).
Hello, and thank you for checking out my blog today. In this week’s post, I’ll show you the strategies I use and still use to get loads of social shares on my blog posts. This article basically shows you free ways to and get 1,000 shares on your next blog post(s).
At the time of writing, out of the 12 articles on this blog, 9 have at least 100 social shares. With the highest being 3,000 [all without twitter shares].
In this post I’m going to show you actionable tips to get similar or even better results on your new blog.
How to Get 1,000 Shares on Your Next Blog Post 
1. Publish an Expert Roundup Post.
Yes, if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of publishing expert round up guides especially as a new blogger.
In fact, with just a single expert roundup post, I was able to kickstart my new blog (this very blog) to 1000s of pageviews in my first 2 months. My first expert roundup generated over 1000 social shares during the first week of publishing.
Roundups are effective in generating tons of social shares and web traffic too. Here are the 3 main steps to publishing your first expert roundup post.
- Coming up with your idea.
- Finding popular bloggers to participate.
- Marketing the published post.
To be able to publish a mind blowing roundup, you need to think outside the box and come up with a topic idea no one has touched.
When I say topic that’s not been touched, I mean there’s barely any roundup post about it.
This would even get influencers more interested to participate. In my free course, “Expert RoundUp” I walk you through practical steps I take to generate unique topic ideas for my roundups every single time.
The strategies show you how anyone could come up with potential roundup ideas in about 5 minutes even if you’re a complete beginner [yes, trust me].
I wouldn’t want to get too deep into it here because I’d already spent quality time putting together this free email course on how to publish your first expert roundup guide.
I walk you through the very first step [coming up with the roundup topic] to getting 1000s of shares. I put this together in just 3 lessons for easy understanding [wouldn’t want to overwhelm you].
So sign up below and learn how to publish a single post that would surpass all other posts on your blog, the Expert Roundup.
2. Mention Influencers and Email them.
When starting out, you should be generous enough to always link to certain influencers in your blog posts. This is a strategy I used and still use till date.
Link to their content, find their contact details and hit them up.
There’s 90% possibility they’ll share out your post. In fact, it’s one of the best ways I’ve gotten influencers to tweet my posts.
In this post [below], I show you how to get top blogging influencers to tweet out your blog posts every single time.
3. Quote Experts in Your Articles.
If you don’t want to link to influencers [not a good idea], you could also quote their words within your blog posts. I like to do this when I am not able to find any suitable post from an influencer to link to.
Every expert loves to be quoted because it shows respect and fan-ship. You show that you’ve read their piece and respect what they wrote/said. Most experts will be happy to share it out for you if you reach out.
4. Write Long, Detailed Blog Posts.
If you blog consistently, you’d know it takes time to put out long form content every time. This is probably so because that’s what works today.
Detailed content keeps your readers happy and engaged. Avoid fluffy content if you want to get 100 or 1000 social shares.
A good way to keep balance as a busy blogger is to publish both long [time taking] and shorter posts. For example on this very blog, I try to keep my articles between 2,500 to 3,500 words but my long form content go as much as 5,000 to 10,000.
Yes, I have a 10k-word article!!!
5. Publish Listicles.
Listicles are articles [or content] written in form of lists. For instance, “12 ways to make money” OR “101 tools to get more traffic”.
Personally, I find listicles or list-articles easier to create than generic ultimate guides because you have a list of things to cover. Before I write list articles, I put down the list of all the items I would discuss in the post before I begin writing.
This way, I have a list to follow and I tend to find that a little easy. Also, list articles tend to perform better.
In fact, on this very blog, 4 out of 5 of my most successful blog posts (in terms of social shares) are list articles.
Here are 3 list articles that have done extremely well:
6. Use Clear & Responsive Social Share Buttons.
To be able to get 1000s of social shares, you need make it easy for readers to hit the share button. The tweet, share and pin buttons have to be exceptionally clear and responsive.
Some social share tools do not offer this and some bloggers suffer from it.
Have you read any post and be like like “wow, I need to tweet this!” but don’t see any share button?
Yes, I’ve faced that severally. In fact, I always tell bloggers to include share buttons whenever I don’t see one. Here are the best social share buttons I’ve tried on this blog.
Social Warfare is the best social share plugin I’ve used. It’s the one I still use on this blog today. The slick design, share counts and responsiveness is what I particularly love about social warfare.
One thing that’d make this plugin 100% is twitter share counts; at the moment, you need to use a third party tool or service in order to display or regain your tweet counts. Asides that, social warfare is one of the best in the market and I 100% recommend it!
I used Mashshare earlier when I started this blog. What I loved about Mashshare is how responsive it is.
When it comes to responsive designs, in my opinion it beats social warfare. If you’re looking for a social share plugin that’s extremely simple then I’ll advice you go for mashshare.
Also responsive and it used to be my favorite share tool [yes, beating social warfare] until it suddenly stopped displaying on mobile devices [still don’t know why].
If the problem was to be solved, I think I’ll go back to SUMO because with a bit of code, my twitter share counts would be back which is a boost to my blog’s social proof.
PS: All of the tools above have completely, forever free versions but you could upgrade to get more features for better user experience.
7. Use Buffer Share Button.
Buffer is a social media management tool that allows scheduling of social media content on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram and Pinterest.
Buffer also has a feature where readers could schedule your blog posts directly from your blog with just a click. This means, users can schedule your posts to multiple social accounts with a few clicks. Here’s how it works:
Your reader jumps on your blog post, reads and decides to tweet but then notices the ”buffer” button and he’s like “oh, easy, I’ll just buffer this!”.
The reader clicks on the buffer button and is taken to his or her buffer dashboard with the link and title of your post. There, the reader is able to schedule it multiple times to any social media platform.
Here’s the thing…
At the moment, I only know of one social share tool which displays buffer button which is SUMO SHARE. It’s another feature I also miss out on Social Warfare.
8. Use Sticky Share Buttons.
Have you read any piece and wanted to share but had to scroll all the way up or down to get the share button?
Yes, a lot of times.
Using sticky share-buttons will save your readers seconds of scrolling up or down. I use sticky buttons on both desktop and mobile versions of this blog.
If you’re reading this guide on mobile, then you’d notice the beautiful, responsive button stuck at the button of the page as you scroll. For desktop viewers, the sticky button is on the left side of the page.
9. Create Pinterest Friendly Images.
I started this blog without a pinterest account. Even though I wished I started leveraging pinterest from day 1, I don’t regret it because the posts that I published without a pinterest account [or pinterest image] still outperform the others.
But with pinterest, you get a spike in social shares. Pinterest is a thing now and you wouldn’t want to miss out.
In fact, since starting pinterest and creating pinterest images for my blog posts, I’ve seen a huge spike in social shares. Also, pinterest has become one of my most shared social button on my most recent blog posts.
To learn more about pinterest, here are 4 resources you should use:
10. Embed Click-to-Tweets.
Click-to-tweet [CTT] is a content marketing feature that’s used to create customized twitter share links. This feature allows you to share certain quotes from your blog posts to twitter.
Here’s an example:
Readers are able to share this quote on twitter by clicking on it.
I use the free WordPress plugin, Better Click to Tweet, to embed CTTs in my posts. On the other hand, you could create CTTs online on clicktotweet.com.
Sign in using your twitter account and authorize. From there, you’d be redirected to your account dashboard where you can generate click-to-tweet links quickly.
11. Highlight-to-Share Buttons.
Highlight-to-share is pretty much similar to Click-to-tweets but slightly different. Highlight-to-share supports more features.
Click to tweet supports just one social platform, Twitter, but Highlight-to-share supports more: Facebook, Twitter…
Whenever a reader highlights any part of your content, the share buttons pop out, prompting the reader to share.
I love how hubspot uses this feature to boost their social media shares.
12. Avoid Clumsy Content.
Have you clicked on a blog post you were eager to read because the title completely drew you in just to land on the page and see something like this?
I bet YES!
Spread out your content to keep your readers engaged as they read. The more engaged your readers are, the more shares you’ll get.
Try to keep your paragraphs between 2-3 sentences and ensure lots of empty spaces within your content.
13. Use Bucket-Brigades
According to Wikipedia,
“A bucket brigade or human chain is a method for transporting items where items are passed from one (relatively stationary) person to the next.”
In copywriting, Bucket Brigades are an old school copywriting tactic that were originally designed to keep people reading sales letters.
Bucket-brigades are words or phrases you use in your content to keep the readers interested.
Examples of bucket-brigades are:
“Here’s the thing:”
“Confused? I’ll explain”
This keeps your content fresh and far from boring making your readers engaged and excited to read more and more.
PS: I want to give credit to Brian Dean of Backlinko.com. I first came about bucket-brigates on his blog.
14. Share to Your Email List.
Your email list should be your number #1 priority as a blogger. Most new bloggers forget this; I did too when I was just starting.
Your email subscribers are usually your biggest fans. What I do whenever I publish a new post on the blog is I send an email with a long excerpt from the blog post with a link to continue reading at the end.
I also urge my subscribers to share the post after reading.
Here’s the thing:
To be able to drive traffic and shares from your email, you need to grow it first. Without an email list with 100s or 1000s of subscribers, you would not be able to drive traffic and shares.
Smart bloggers know that to grow their email list effectively, you need a conversion focused list building tool. Now, there are several list building tools you can use to create great optin forms on your blog but I always use and recommend Thrive Leads.
With Thrive Leads, you can create effective sign-up forms like Popups, Embed forms, Screen Filler, Ribbon, Slide-In and more.
In fact with Thrive Leads, I was able to more than triple my sign up conversion rate on this blog in less than 2 weeks.
Here are the different types of forms I can create using Thrive Leads: In-Content forms, Lightbox, Post Footer, Ribbon, Screen Filler, Scroll Mat, Slide-Ins, and Widget Forms
15. Link Out to Other Bloggers.
Links, links, links!
People will almost always share your content when you link out to them. In fact, after writing every content for my blog, I carefully go through it to see if there’s any word or phrase to add a link.
I then go through Google or Pinterest to find bloggers with content that match what I want to link to.
For example, if a blog content I’m about to publish has a keyword phrase, “drive traffic to your new blog”, I’ll find a blog post on how to drive traffic to a new blog and link to it.
Please note that this must not be articles by influencers. Look for average bloggers that put out great content and link out to them. They’ll be more than glad to share out your post everywhere.
I prefer to use Pinterest to find relevant content to link to because I easily find average bloggers who put out great content.
16. Recommend Other People’s Content as “Helpful Resources”.
This is a little bit different from linking to relevant content from your posts. In this case, you add similar content to what your post is talking about.
You may have already noticed these within my blog posts:
Think of it like “Further Reading”.
I got this idea from Wikipedia:
It’s an effective strategy to getting people to check your content and hopefully share. Bloggers always appreciate backlinks thus will be more than happy to check your content and share it out.
Also, always go through each article before recommending it in your post.This ensures you’re recommending something that adds value to your readers.
Here’s the template that I personally use to reachout to bloggers I recommend in my bog posts:
I came across your article about picking a blogging niche a while back via twitter and I particularly love how you point out the importance of picking a blog niche.
I decided it’ll be useful to my blog readers so I linked to it in one of my recent posts. Here’s the link (Just search “rob”):
Let me know if you’d want me to change or update anything at all. Also, I’ll appreciate your honest feedback on the post. Thanks, Rob.
And here’s the reply…
Great article, Simon! Just shared it on Twitter. Thanks for mentioning me!
17. Use an Image Sharer.
Using image sharing buttons on your blog posts can improve your shares and traffic too. Most especially traffic from pinterest.
I’m sure you must have seen how bloggers drive tons of traffic from pinterest by simply creating and posting optimized images on the platform.
Make it easy for your readers to share your pinterest images from your blog.
Social share tools like SUMO SHARE and SHAREAHOLIC have this feature built-in. Install any of them on your blog and you’re good to go.
18. Use a Call-to-Action on Your Share Buttons.
I’ve not personally used a call-to-action on my blog share buttons because Social Warfare, Mashshare and all other share plugins I’ve tried don’t have this feature but it’s a feature I see quite a few bloggers use.
I think if you tell readers to share with a CTA, they might be more likely to hit the share button.
Feel free to let me know if there’s any data backing up this psychology. I’ll include it here with a credit link to you.
19. Repurpose Your Content.
Content repurposing involves reformatting or recycling your existing content for other platforms or mediums. As I quote content repurposing expert, Anna Hoffman:
“CONTENT REPURPOSING is a multi-channel marketing strategy that puts your business message in every format and on every platform your potential customers are looking for it”
If your content is in article format, repurpose it for YouTube, Slideshare or infographics with a link back to the original content.
This way, your message could reach 1000s more without having to create a completely fresh post.
Image credit: TrafficGenerationCafe.
20. Remind Your Readers to Share.
This is a simple strategy to improve your blog shares and I came about it from blogging expert, Raelyn Tan.
At the end of all her blog posts, Raelyn reminds her readers to hit the share button to share on Facebook, Twitter and also tells them there’s a pinnable image for pinterest.
I also use this strategy on this very blog. What I do is I tell my readers to join my email newsletter if they love my blog content.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to manually type that message every single time. There’s a wordpress plugin for users to add any message you wish to after every content on your blog.
Download and install the “Add Widget After Content” in your WordPress. This will enable you add any message after all your blog posts.
21. Publish Infographics.
The human brain processes visual data 60,000 times faster than text.
Infographics are popularly known to boost content visibility fast. In fact, blogging experts like Neil Patel, Spend so much every year on Infographics.
An Infographic is a visual representation of information or data. Research shows that people remember things they see more than they read.
In fact, research also shows that Infographics can increase web traffic by up to 12% [source].
There are several tools to create an Infographics but I recommend Canva because because I love how simple it is.
You could also pay freelancers online to create infographics for you.
22. Mention Tools.
This is one of the most overlooked yet effective strategies to get more shares on your content. How does this work?
You basically mention tools, link to them and hit them up letting them know you mentioned and linked to them in your guide.
This was the strategy I used to get tweets from huge social media tools companies like buffer [which has 1 million twitter followers] and Quuu, [with over 10k twitter followers].
Find 2 or 3 tools related to your niche that would provide value to your readers. Don’t just slam tools because you want to get tweets from them. Focus on providing value to your readers first.
For instance, if you blog about social media, you could mention tools like Canva, Hootsuite, Click to Tweet etc. Likewise if you blog about personal finance, you’d mention tools like Credible, Motif Investing etc.
After I mention and link to their websites, what I do is I reach out to them letting them know I love and recommend their tools so I mentioned it in one of my posts.
Here’s a reach out template:
Hi, guys! Simon Zaku here [a cool fan].
Btw, I just wanted to let you guys know that I mentioned, [name the tool], in my recent guide on my blog, [mention the blog].
The guide is [insert words length] and I would love a tweet if it’s worth it.
Just CTRL + [insert word in the article where you linked] to find where I mentioned [name of tool].
Tip: Don’t forget to follow up your emails.
Most times, I tag the company’s twitter handle when I tweet the post with something like
How I Get Top #Blogging Influencers to Tweet My Blog Posts Every Single Time – Step by Step Guide https://t.co/uAGySc6rIB via @s_zakuu
This way, the social media or twitter manager would see it too.
23. Display Social Proof and Avoid Negative Social Proof.
This is so because readers would be more likely to hit the share button if they see that 1000s have shared already.
Here’s the thing…
Displaying social proof can make or break your social shares and here’s why…
If you display relatively high social media share counts [think 100s or 1000s], it’ll act as social proof but what’s the case when you display too low social share counts?
It’ll do the opposite right?
So what you want to do is to stay away from low share counts and only display share counts when they pass a particular threshold.
Another way to avoid negative social proof is by hiding [or not displaying] share counts for individual share buttons.
Here’s how to hide individual share counts in Social Warfare, the social share button I use on this blog.
After installing the Social Warfare plugin, a “social warfare” tab will appear on your WordPress dashboard.
Click on the tab and scroll to “Share Counts” under the “Display” tab.
Toggle off the “Button Counts” and allow “Total Counts”.
24. Reach Out to People that Have Tweeted Similar Content.
After publishing my first blog post which was a huge expert roundup article, I started reaching out to people who’ve shown similar interest.
These were people who’ve shared similar content, commented on similar content or engaged with any similar tweets.
The goal here is to find and reach out to at least 100 people interested in your type of blog post.
You find them, pull out their email addresses and reach out to them.
The first thing to do is to find similar articles to yours and I recommend using Google searches here because it’s the fastest.
Head over to Google and search for the keyword(s) your blog article is targeting. If you’re targeting “beauty for teenagers”, run the phrase on Google to find content that already ranks for it.
So let’s say the title of your post is “10 Ways to Make Money Online”, you’ll Google “Make Money Online”.
Pick the top 5 results and keep in an excel file.
The next step is to find people that have tweeted out those 5 articles. When starting out, I used buzzsumo to pull out these users FOR FREE!
I think buzzsumo offers a free trial period which I jumped on during the time. (I just confirmed they offer a free 7 day trial).
Head over to buzzsumo.com and sign up for their free trial. After setting up your account, you’ll be able to login to your dashboard using the email and password you used.
On your dashboard, navigate to the “Content Analyzer” tab and insert any of the 5 article links above then search.
Click on the “twitter sharers” tab and export the list to excel (or CSV).
Repeat these for all the 5 articles above and you should have a long list of 100-250 people that have tweeted similar content.
Reaching out to 250 or even 100 people is a hell of work because you need to find their email addresses, websites blah blah blah…
So what I do is I pay freelancers to get this done for me and it’s absolutely worth every penny. I mean, I’ll do it again and again.
You can find good [and super cheap] freelancers on fiverr.com or freelancer.com. Both websites are great and I use them a lot.
25. Spend Time on Your Titles.
Titles appear everywhere…
From tweets, facebook, google plus and linkedIn shares and pinterest images. Your blog post title has the power to make or break your blog posts.
I try to write my headlines with the reader [or target] in mind. Try to write while having your reader in mind.
Ask questions like: “would I myself want to click this?” OR “will my problem be solved if I read this post?”.
What I do is I write about 5 different headlines for every blog post I write then pick out the best possible one.
Sometimes, I ask my blogger friends to help me out with picking the right headline for certain blog posts.
26. Keep the Reader Engaged
Keeping your readers engaged is also as important as writing great headlines for your posts. It’ll make no sense if you get visitors to click your titles but turn them off seconds after landing on your blog.
This is so important, Google now uses this metric to determine search ranks. This tells how important reader engagement is.
Try to tell exciting stories in your blog posts; don’t be boring. Don’t be all BUSINESS, BUSINESS, BUSINESS!
Incorporate your personality and tell stories in your content.
To make this easier, here are 3 actionable ways to write content that keeps your reader going…
- Tell engaging stories at the right time.
- Use bucket brigades.
- Space out your paragraphs [2-3 sentences per paragraph is OKAY].
27. Use Content Lock.
Content lock is a content marketing strategy to get readers to share your stuff, follow your social media accounts or like your facebook page for an incentive.
Most times, content creators [bloggers] hide a part or some of their content which is only visible when you share the post.
For example, if you write “10 tips to do X”, you’d only allow readers access to 7 out of the 10 tips while the remaining 3 would be locked and readers only gain access after sharing.
There are lots of content locking tools on the internet but here are a few great ones;
28. Write on Trending Topics.
People share what’s trending on social media all the time. As a blogger trying to boost your shares and traffic, you’d want to leverage this.
If you blog about social media, you need to stay up to date about all things Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat.
It’s funny how these types of blog posts can spike your traffic and shares because you literally have to do anything.
What you want to do is keep in touch with your market trends and repost them on your blog.
For instance, a few days ago when Pinterest introduced Pinterest Communities, Carla Gadyt immediately published a blog post and also created a YouTube video about it on her blog and YouTube channel respectively.
This illustrates how every blogger should stay up to date with news trends. But here’s the thing:
To write on trending topics, you need to find them first. I personally use Google Alerts to stay up to date with what’s happening in my industry.
29. Have Enticing Thumbnail Images.
Having enticing, clickable thumbnails for your blog posts is an essential strategy you shouldn’t ignore. With my 1 year blogging experience on this very blog, thumbnails can increase your social media engagements.
That’s why all my blog posts carry enticing featured images that look something like these:
These images appear on social media when your posts are shared, encouraging people to click and check it out.
I use Canva to create my social media images and I absolutely love it. It’s simple and free!
How to Start Using Canva for Your Blog in 3 Steps
Like I said, Canva is pretty easy to use and it’s also free. In fact, it’s the best image design tool I’ve used for my blog.
Here’s how to set it up:
- Sign up on Canva.com for free.
- Get 1 or 2 Templates for Your Blog.
- Start Creating your Images.
30. Publish During Weekdays.
Weekdays tend to perform better than weekends when it comes to blog performance. I don’t know for you but my blog’s traffic tends to be higher on weekdays than on weekends.
I guess this is so because people don’t check their emails, read blog posts or basically do business on weekends.
31. Encourage Your Cycle to Share
This is a very important marketing strategy every blogger should use. I name this the “family & friends technique”. Here’s how it works:
- You write and publish a post on your blog.
- You email your family and close friends to check it out and help you with the sharing.
I use this strategy every single time for all my blog articles.
Reach out to people you know that would almost always share everything you post. For instance, I email my close cycle blogging friends whenever there’s a new blog post on my blog.
These can be influential blogging friends or people I’ve built relationships with online. I basically get a list of people I know and hit them up.
This is very vital to my blog strategy because I get good Return-On-Investment [ROI] from it.
Here’s a reachout template you can use:
“Hi, [INSERT NAME]. How are you doing today, bud? Hope all’s good!
Btw, I just published a new guide on the blog titled: [INSERT TITLE OF THE BLOG].
Check it out and let me know if its 💥 or NAH. If it’s 💥, be sure to share it all over, man 🙂
Here’s the link: [INSERT LINK]
Thanks, [INSERT RECIPIENT’S NAME].
Please note that I use this template only when I’m reaching out to a close friend of mine. When it’s cold reach out, NEVER USE THIS TEMPLATE.
32. Install “Revive Old Post” WordPress Plugin.
“Revive Old Post” is a wordpress plugin that allows users to set up automatic social media shares. This is especially important if you have so many posts on blog hence can’t continually go through each of them to share.
33. Use Evergreen Social Media Automation Tool, SmarterQueue.
SmarterQueue is a social media management and automation tool.
Most bloggers use SmarterQueue to load “share queues” with their blog content (and other people’s content), pre-schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.
What I love about SmarterQueue is its evergreen automation feature. You get to schedule your blog posts once and SmarterQueue will continually repost it on your social media channels without you having to continually visit and revisit it.
Getting 1,000 shares on your next blog post might seem impossible especially when you’re just starting out but with these 30+ strategies, you’ll be on your way to racking up even more than you’d expected.
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