Oh, I cannot count how many controversial articles I have written over my last six months writing on this website, nor can I recall all of them. But one thing is certain: these controversial articles I have written were more successful in the long run. Although, if you are sensitive to criticism, these are not the types of articles you should write. It is a fact that for every 1000 people who agree with your opinion on a subject, there are 2000 who look at it and shake their heads.
On a controversial article, comments by both supporters and naysayers will be more blunt and much more scathing. Readers will get into ideological battles on your article; these battles are ones you should stay out of. There are also the readers who disagree with your point of view so much that they will attack you personally. Those are the comments where you have two options: respond with something witty or ignore it. Ignoring it will avoid further conflict, but at the same time, they will feel the need to bash all of your work across the website. Responding with something witty will usually shut the other person up, telling the reader that you will not take that sort of nonsense. Now, ask yourself: is this worth the extra views?
Recently, I just wrote an article talking about the Miami "zombie" attack and how the LQP-79 virus, which supposedly makes humans crave other humans' flesh, is not real. I wrote this article on Thursday night, and to date, this article has made almost 27,000 views total. 27,000 people have read my article. I was so surprised! This showed me that talking about a controversial topic may be the best way to gain views. As a writer, I have always wanted to make my readers think, and a controversial topic that divides your readers is the ultimate way to accomplish this.
Controversial article writing is not for everybody. If you want to write about history and travel, then do it. If you want to write about biology and medicine, then go for it! I am not saying controversial articles are for everybody. Some writers would rather have a small, respectful, and loyal fan base. But maybe try writing a controversial one for a change. You may end up going viral over the Internet as I did.
Link To My Biggest Article: http://expertscolumn.com/content/there-no-lqp-79-virus-miami-cannibal-was-just-really-high
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