Are you tired of all the hype about internet marketing and the get rich quick schemes?

Are you looking for new and creative ways to build an online business?

Look no further

This list of the 10 examples of viral Content News websites will inspire you to start your own viral content news website.

The viral content websites business is a relatively new market with moderate competition, which leaves room for you and me to get a piece of the cake.

All you need is a nice WordPress theme and a few hours a day to write content for your website to start profiting in no time. This is especially ideal for people who can’t afford to spend a lot on fancy software subscriptions or tedious keyword research. If you are one of those busy people, I have got the solution for you.

Be aware though: some of the ideas I’m about to share with you are new and haven’t been shared elsewhere.

1. Shareably.net

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Traffic

Sharably is a network of viral websites. It is devoted to providing entertaining articles on various topics such as animals, cooking and celebrity news.

The network gets an average of 5m visits across all of their websites, according to Similarweb.com. Most of their traffic comes from social media, namely Facebook ads. The website relies heavily on its articles going viral on Facebook’s advertising platform.

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To achieve this level of virality, the website publishes evergreen pillar articles that get a lot of engagement and shares in addition to awe-inspiring news pieces.

Business model

The network uses traffic arbitrage to generate their income. They monetize the website with Google AdSense, relying on articles that get shared heavily, therefore bringing in a good amount of paid as well as organic traffic from social media.

Branding is also part of the network’s strategy as they aim to establish themselves as a go-to source for entertaining and useful pieces of news.

Their business model is built upon the idea of testing multiple pieces of content until they hit a winner.

Monetization

The network uses Google’s AdSense program to monetize their websites. To make the strategy work, they test multiple ad positions and split pillar pieces across a number of pages.

This technique enables the network to get more page views and to lower bounce rate, leading to a higher RPM.

The network has built a community of people interested in reading entertaining news about animals and cooking.

Characteristics

Any first time visitor of the website would necessarily notice its unusual layout. It is geared towards making visitors spend more time thanks to their content formula and their interactivity techniques such as the next and back buttons.

Their content is broken down in a way that gets serial scanners engaged with the articles.

Design

The design is minimalist and clean with a focus on content. The website is designed in a way that increases time on site.

It has a nice color scheme and the articles are easy to scan. The homepage highlights the newest content and provides links to their popular inner pages.

Content type

The site focuses on two types of articles. Interesting news and pillar pieces of more than 5k+ words. The long form content helps bring a good chunk of their traffic through Facebook Ads. The news pieces keep the community engaged and entertained all the while bringing in a good amount of traffic as well.

Ways to improve

The downside to the network’s business model is that they only depend on Google AdSense to generate their income. Building an email list or using chat bots could help the website have a diverse portfolio of income streams.

Lessons learned

Traffic arbitrage is a lucrative opportunity for people who want to build a lucrative online business without the hassle of writing content for the serps. The business is quite scalable and is easy to build, especially for people who want to get started on a budget.

 

2. Pawpulous.com

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Similar to Shareably, pawpulous is another successful example of viral websites. The website is geared towards animal lovers who are passionate about dogs and cats.

The website receives 1.5m monthly visits and the traffic channel is mostly Facebook ads(according to Similarweb.com). The website uses the same method of traffic generation as shareably.com

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Their community of interested readers helped the site grow to this level thanks to their articles going viral.

Business model

The business model is mostly traffic arbitrage. The site is monetized with Google AdSense clicks and social shares traffic.

Pawpulous generate their income by displaying advertisements to interested visitors coming from social media.

Similar to the first example, branding is also part of the website’s strategy as they aim to build a community around their media website.

The website uses split testing to drive traffic and scale their campaigns.

Monetization

Google AdSense clicks are the main revenue stream. By split testing different ad formats and positions, the website succeeds at generating a good income.

Pawpulous uses the same bounce rate and dwell time lowering techniques as the first example. In addition, they depend heavily on native technology to display relevant pieces of content to interested readers.

Characteristics

Most of the websites that use this business model have almost the same designs and layout with their special UX metrics. Unlike the first example, Pawpulous doesn’t use next and back buttons. Instead, they rely on native technology and the scrolling habits of users.

The content is easy to scan and read, leading to more social shares and maximum virality.

Design

The design is minimalist and clean with a focus on content. The website is designed in a way that increases time on site.

The website uses a clean and minimalist color scheme. The layout is simple and effective in increasing time on site.

Users can easily find the latest and popular stories on the home page and can navigate to categories easily.

Content type

Pawpulous publishes entertaining news pieces on animals. These articles are share baits that help the website generate most of its traffic from Facebook.

These new pieces keep the readers and visitors of the site entertained and engaged on site and on social media.

Ways to improve

The website depends mostly on Google AdSense to make money. They could improve on this by using a second income stream such as affiliate links and/or an email list. This could sustain the website for the years to come in case the traffic takes a dip.

Lessons learned

With a simple layout and a pinch of UX metrics, you can easily build a scalable business with viral websites like Pawpulous.

3. Remedydaily.com

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Remedydaily.com is another proof that viral websites work. This website centers around home remedies and beauty hacks for women.

The website gets an average 2.8m visits per month and their channel is Facebook ads(according to Similarweb.com). The method of generating traffic is similar to that of the first two examples.

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The business has also built a community of interested readers who are passionate about remedy hacks.

Business model

Traffic arbitrage is the main business model for this website and the site relies on Google AdSense clicks.

Remedydaily generate their income by displaying advertisements to interested visitors coming from social media.

Remedy daily have established a lucrative revenue stream through the Facebook ads traffic source.

And as is the norm with viral websites, remedydaily focuses on branding through content marketing and social media.

Split testing is also part of this website’s strategy to match visitors with their content.

Monetization

This is another example that uses Google AdSense to make money. They increase their dwell time with native technology, leading to a lower bounce rate and more page views.

Similar to Pawpulous.com, remedydaily use native technology techniques to make visitors stay longer on their site.

Characteristics

Remedydaily is another example that makes use of the scrolling habits of readers to provide relevant articles and stories. The layout is simple and clean

The content is easy to scan and read, which results in more social shares and maximum virality.

Design

The website uses a simple and minimalist color scheme. The layout is simple and effective in increasing time on site.

Users can easily find the latest and popular stories on the home page and can find content categories easily.

Content type

Remedydaily publishes insightful and useful tips on topics such as home remedies, making use of the share bait techniques that generate traffic through Facebook.

Remedydaily have also built an engaged and loyal readership that helped the site grow.

Ways to improve

Similar to the other Traffic arbitrage sites, their business model could use a boost by including another type of income streams such as building an email list or using chatbots to interact with their readership on social media.

Lessons learned

If you are on a budget, you can build a successful business thanks to traffic arbitrage. It requires minimal initial investment and with a little luck you can scale the business however you like

4. Lifed.com

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If you want to try something different while still maintaining the same viral website idea, lifed is an excellent example.

Lifed provides hacks on various topics ranging from car repairs to DIY hacks. The site gets 120k monthly visits from one traffic source which is Facebook ads (according to Similarweb.com).

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Business model

Traffic arbitrage is the core business model for lifed.com and the site relies on affiliate links to generate commissions and send traffic to affiliate offers.

Lifed makes money by sprinkling a few of their affiliate links in the articles that get a lot of social shares on Facebook.

Lifed is also a brandable website and is a go-to authority on all things life hacks and other topics such as technology and DIY.

The websites test viral articles to send traffic to pillar pieces.

Monetization

Unlike previous examples, the site is monetized with affiliate offers. Although the site still uses the tried and true dwell time increasing techniques to maximize their profits.

Lifed doesn’t use any native technology or scrolling hacks to generate their income. They rely mostly on their readers being genuinely interested in their recommendation of products.

Characteristics

The layout strikes you as quite simplistic and plain. Still, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover since their strategy gets results.

The articles are easy to scan, leading to a higher amount of social shares.

Design

With a simple layout, lifed is a good example that you don’t need a fancy design to get results. You can be effective with a simple layout.

The content can easily be found and the site is easy to navigate.

Content type

The articles published on the site are diverse in covering multiple topics such as technology and life hacks.

The articles cover topics in depth and are detailed and actionable.

Ways to improve

Lifed could use another income stream to get a boost in revenue and traffic. Although the site depends on the same traffic arbitrage strategies, it still has a low amount of traffic compared to the other websites.

Lessons learned

With a little creativity, you can make an untapped strategy work for you. With some initial investment, start making money today by implementing the techniques used by lifed

5. Viralnova.com

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Viralnova is on a different league. The main traffic source is Google and search keywords, which makes it another creative way to make money with viral websites.

Viralnova publishes viral articles on different topics such as technology, funny stories, and culture. The website gets an estimated 423.8k visits per month(according to Similarweb.com).

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Business model

Viralnova uses search traffic to generate their income. The website suggests related articles to keep visitors on the site.

In addition to native technology, the website used infinite scroll to increase their page-views and income.

Viralnova has built a solid brand around their idea. By constantly publishing entertaining content, they have built a solid following that is passionate about their niche.

Monetization

The website is heavily reliant on AdSense clicks to make most of their income. Viralnova is a big name in the viral website game and are considered game changers when it comes to ways to monetize viral AdSense websites.

Viralnova uses some several hacks such as the related content widget to blend ads with their native content and maximize clicks.

Characteristics

The layout is simple with a focus on bounce rate increasing techniques such as the infinite scroll.

The layout is designed to combat ad blindness and fatigue.

Design

The site is easy to navigate and you can find the latest stories easily on the homepage.

The content can mostly short articles that are easy to scan.

Content type

The articles published on the website cover topics such as funny stories, animals and celebrity news. They are written in a witty and funny tone. Don’t be fooled though, some pieces are informative and useful.

Ways to improve

Diversifying traffic channels could be beneficial to the website, as search engine traffic is quite volatile and the numbers could dip overnight as Google rolls out a new update.

Lessons learned

You can get started today building your own viral site. All you need is some time and commitment to writing entertaining pieces that keep your readers coming back for more.

6. Littlethings.com

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Littlethings is similar to viralnova in many ways. The site gets most of its traffic from search engines and uses SEO keywords.

Littlethings also produces content on useful topics such as health and DIY. With an estimated 4.4m visits per month(according to Similarweb.com), the website is considered an authority on viral news pieces and actionable tips.

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Business model

Littlethings uses the same model as viral nova by leveraging the search results to make Google AdSense money.

Infinite scroll is one of the techniques used on single post pages. Littlethings built a solid community around their idea and are considered a trustworthy source for entertaining news and articles.

Monetization

Littlethings  generate a good chunk of their income from AdSense clicks. Littlethings has been one of the pioneers of the viral news websites business model.

Characteristics

The layout is clean and makes use of the infinite scroll functionality to increase time on site. As is the case with similar brands, littlethings uses ad blindness ad fatigue combatting techniques.

Design

Similar in terms to Viralnova, you can easily navigate website categories. the search bar helps you access other useful content.

Content type

The content is mostly short articles about stories and tips on life and DIY. You can find plenty of actionable advice on the website, something that is creatively built into the whole idea of witty and useful pieces of content.

Lessons learned

Littlethings is a lucrative business idea that you can leverage to your benefit. All you need is a clean layout and some initial investment to unlock the power of traffic arbitrage.

7. Distractify.com

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Distractify is another idea that leverages the power of viral content. Distractify writes about topics such as stories and celebrity news. The site gets 2.4m monthly visits from one traffic source which is Google(according to Similarweb.com).

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Business model

Traffic arbitrage is the main business model for disctractify.com and the site relies on ads to make money

Distractify is a well-known brand in the industry. Moreover, it has built quite the following of passionate readers in its niche market.

Monetization

Distractify makes money with ads and is considered one of the largest viral news websites.

Characteristics

The layout is clean and makes use of the scrolling techniques to increase time on site. As is the case with similar brands, disctractify uses ad blindness and ad fatigue counter techniques.

Design

Similar to Viralnova, the website can be easily navigated. The search bar will help you access other useful content.

Content type

The content is geared towards lovers of tips on life and DIY. You can find plenty of actionable and useful information on the website, something that is creatively built into the whole idea of witty and useful pieces of content.

Lessons learned

Distractify is another variation of the whole viral website idea that is open for you to try and experiment with. Start building your own version of distractify today.

8. Betterme.tips

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Better me is a different beast. The owner built a mobile app to go with the website and their reader base is increasing over time.

Better me has an abundance of information on healthy food and workouts for mostly women.

The website gets an estimated 85.6k visits per month(according to Similarweb.com).

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Business model

At first, the website started with the same idea as remedydaily.com but has evolved into a one-stop shop for information on diets and healthy food.

The business model uses Google AdSense to turn visitors into profits.

Better me takes branding to another level by redirecting the loyal readers into the mobile app.

Monetization

The website and the app are monetized with Google ads and Ad mob. The owners use the infinite scroll functionality as well as the page interaction to increase RPMs.

The monetization strategy is quite creative and new with an opportunity to scale further.

Characteristics

The layout is clean and simple to navigate with the highlighted categories boxes.

Design

Although the website is professionally designed, you can still achieve the same goals with a premium layout. The pictures are quite explanatory and the feel of the website is nice.

Content type

The articles published on the site are diverse in covering multiple topics such as technology and life hacks.

The articles cover topics in depth and are detailed and actionable.

Ways to improve

Lifed could use another income stream to get a boost in revenue and traffic. Although the site depends on the same traffic arbitrage strategies, it still has a low amount of traffic compared to the other websites.

Lessons learned

Once again a little creativity can go a long way in giving you good results. Betterme.tips is an ambitious idea that expands beyond the usual formula for building online businesses.

9. The Dodo

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The Dodo is an awesome example of viral websites. The brand has built a large engaged following on social media. The website has an estimated 5m visits per month.

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Business model

The Dodo leverages the power social media engagement to create a dedicated following. The business model is mostly backend.

The Dodo is an excellent example of a solid brand. The brand has built quite the following on Facebook among animal lovers.

Monetization

The website makes money through backend channels. The videos shared on their Facebook page make up the largest part of their business strategy, which proves once again that building trust with your audience is king.

Characteristics

The website has a simple easy to navigate layout. The articles are readability optimized for maximum engagement. Still, the lion’s share of engagement happens on the Facebook pages.

Design

The Dodo’s assets are very creative. Shifting the focus toward engagement on social media platforms.

As for website content, the layout simplifies the process of finding stories.

Content type

The network publishes witty pieces that aim to drive more engagement and organic shares and traffic.

Video makes up a large amount of their strategy and their readers seem to respond well to this type of content.

Lessons learned

Creativity is a great weapon in your internet marketing arsenal. Following in the footsteps of the Dodo, you too can build a large audience on social media platforms that you can monetize through back end channels.

10. Thoughtcatalog.com

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If you are feeling particularly adventurous, may I suggest Thoughtcatalog. This is another viral website that specializes in useful articles on relationships and life in general.

The website receives 5m visits a month according to similarweb.com.

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Business model

This brand uses the list building and back-end channels to generate their income. Most of their traffic comes from Google. They also use Google AdSense to monetize their content.

Thoughtcatalog is a large brand in the life and relationships niche, which proves once again that branding is another key element in the whole viral websites equation.

Monetization

Thoughtcatalog uses a special type of content formatting to combat serial scanning. The articles are in the form of short listicles.

Characteristics

The layout strikes you as quite simplistic and plain. Still, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover since their strategy gets results.

The articles are easy to scan, leading to a higher amount of social shares.

Design

The layout is clean and simple. The content and categories can be accessed easily.

Content type

The articles published on the site are diverse in covering multiple topics such as relationships and life advice.

The articles cover topics in depth and are detailed and packed with actionable tips.

Ways to improve

The website could benefit from expanding onto other sources of traffic such as social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest.

Lessons learned

Thoughtcatalog.com is among the myriad of ideas available to you that you can mimic to build a profitable viral content site business. By investing your time and energy into building a thoughtcatalog like viral news website from the ground up, the experience can be lucrative, rewarding and full of growth potential.

Conclusion

For people who are passionate about building their online business, you have an opportunity to explore the viral website business model further and get ahead in the game. Some of these ideas can be adopted with minimal investment and a little effort.

Sources:

https://www.similarweb.com/

 

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