Top 5 Most Influential Websites of 2011

Word of mouth advertising has long been perceived as the epitome of marketing success. When dealing with the Internet, word of mouth advertising has been replaced by viral marketing, where content on your website such as pictures or video gets passed around through friend-shares, website links, and other means. Within a relatively short period of time, the Internet becomes your stage and everyone who is anyone is familiar with your work.

Going viral’ is something websites strive for these days. In order to accomplish this feat online, it depends on which sites your site content is featured. There are a wide range of websites that can trigger material to go viral but we’ve compiled a list here of the top 5 sites which have the highest potential of taking your content to a world-wide audience

From celebrities to the stay-at-home mom, people now have the capability for making themselves, their products, or their services a household name. Here are the top 5 most influential viral websites currently online:

1. BuzzFeed

This website has grown astronomically and now maintains actual formulas for becoming viral. BuzzFeed is the leader in making site content get around the web fast. The site features stories, lists, photos, videos, and more that are considered buzzworthy.

2. Gawker

Gawker has trademarked their tagline as ‘the most important site on The Whole Internet™ and it statistics speak for themselves. Gawker covers everything from the latest news to pop culture fascination.

3. Huffington Post

Huffington Post, the leader in Internet news, has come a long way. They now specialise in features like Top 10 lists, epic failures, photo galleries, and of course, the latest and greatest viral videos.

4. YouTube

The most popular DIY video channel features videos by everyone from the average Joe to the phenomenon Justin Beiber. Videos can be viewed by multiple criteria and viewer feedback can boost videos into the web stratosphere.

5. Mashable

The leading go-to blog for everyone from industry bigwigs to co-workers in your office who want to be in-the-know about social media happenings and all- things-Internet. Getting material featured on the Mashable site may take some time as they are not known as being quick to highlight virals but once your content makes it on the site, be assured you’re in.

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Author: Mitch Fraser

Mitch Fraser is currently the director of two successful Australian companies that provide time and money saving solutions for their customers: Tomorrow Finance and Drawstring. At Tomorrow Finance, Mitch helps people find the cheapest home loan products to bring Tomorrow's dream into today; while at his web development company, Drawstring, Mitch focuses on the outcomes for his clients by taking the time to understand each client's business and unique situation while maximising their return on investment. Mitch obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computing Science and Diploma in Information Technology and Professional practice with first class honours, from The University of Technology, Sydney, in 2005.

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