10 Tips To Get The Most Shares

10 Tips To Get The Most Shares

How to build readership across multiple social media platforms.

I've heard it said before that Odyssey exists solely to accumulate Facebook shares, and to "go viral." The more people that click on Odyssey articles and spend time on the website, the more money that Odyssey can charge its advertisers to advertise on the site. At the same time, Odyssey content creators have their voice heard by thousands of people, sparking national conversations on the daily.

Creators at Odyssey are often criticized for producing "click-bait," which supposedly we write ONLY to persuade people to click on our articles. But here is the two-step catch some aren't getting: every writer wants their article to be clicked on. The more people click on it, the more people read your work, and the more people share it — it's a cycle.

Every published writer wants their work to be read. This goes for Odyssey writers just as it goes for newspaper reporters and Cosmopolitan bloggers. If you write something you're proud of, you want people to read it. This is the purpose of published, rather than private, writing. "Going viral" is an extreme success because the more people who read your work, the better.

Here is how to maximize your readership on Odyssey.

1. Share on Facebook.

Odyssey automatically posts your article to your Facebook for you when it goes live, but this isn't enough. Hundreds of people on everyone's Facebook friends list post and share things every day. This makes it SO easy for your share of your link to get lost in the news feed.

Share your article to your Facebook at least every other day for the first week after it goes live. Tag friends who you think would enjoy it. For example, if I wrote an article on feminism, I would tag my girl friends who I know are avid feminists. Also, tag Odyssey and relevant Facebook pages: Odyssey Friends and Family, Odyssey Relationships, Odyssey Activism, or Odyssey Health and Wellness. Make sure the post on Facebook is set to "public," marked by the globe icon next to the time stamp:

Another way to customize your Facebook share is to copy and paste a great quote from your article to your post.

2. Post to Facebook pages and groups.

Start by searching your article topic and/or title on Facebook. For example, when I wrote an article about having cats as pets, I searched "cat lovers" on Facebook and posted in the Facebook pages and groups that popped up. This is a great way to reach your target audience because people Like pages and join groups that are specific to their interests.

3. Tweet using hashtags and tagging @TheOdyssey.

You just might get featured!

4. Copy and paste your article link into your Instagram bio under "website."

Then, to direct followers to the link, post a relevant Instagram photo and use #linkinbio. Tag @TheOdysseyOnline in the photo and in the caption.

5. Post an Instagram story using #linkinbio.

Don't forget to tag @TheOdysseyOnline in your story.

6. Attach the link to Snapchat.

A new Snapchat update now allows you to attach links to your Snaps! Take a Snap, click on the paperclip option, and copy and paste your article link. In your caption, tell your followers to swipe up to view your article.

7. Post to Tumblr.

8. Submit to StumbleUpon.

Submitting to StumbleUpon is the easiest form of social media sharing. Simply click the orange "SU" logo below your article. Once you make an account, all you have to do is select a category, add a tag or two, and select whether your article is safe for work. Then submit, and StumbleUpon does the sharing for you!

9. Pin to Pinterest.

See that red button in the upper left-hand corner of each article? Use it! Create and pin to relevant boards.

10. Share on LinkedIn.

One of the best things about writing for Odyssey is building your writer's portfolio. Put your Odyssey page link on your LinkedIn page to establish yourself as a blogger.

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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This Phone Kidnapping Scam Could Cost You Thousands And My Situation Should Be A Warning

This article is to tell you my story and provide tips on how to understand what is a scam/how to prevent them.


A few weeks ago, my family was caught in the middle of a kidnapping phone scandal that costs us a couple hundred dollars. Many times you hear these stories on the news and think it couldn't happen to you or your loved ones. Then, when it happens, you haven't taken any cautionary measures. This article is to tell you my story and provide tips on how to understand what is a scam/how to prevent them.

This scam took place between my sister and father at first. All the scammers needed was the two phone numbers and some computer software to trick us. They began by calling both my sister and father at the same time. The call to my sister's phone looked like it was coming from my father because they use software that made the call come from my father's phone number. Caller ID showed my father's name and made it seem like they had his phone. The same concept happened to my father with my sister's number.

After they get you to pick up, they told both my father and sister they had kidnapped the other. They told my father they kidnapped her off the streets. They told my sister that my father had a debt to pay and they're holding him hostage until they get the amount. At this point, both my sister and dad think the other is being held hostage (when neither was). They tell you not to hang up the phone or they will hurt the loved one.

They then ask for money in the form of VISA gift cards or such. They will tell you to buy/max out multiple cards to the highest it will allow (usually $500) and then tell you to read the numbers of the card to them. This makes them untraceable. The number varies between each scammer so that might now always indicate a scam.

The reason you don't immediately hang up is that they are smarter than just telling you they have someone you love. For example, they used personal information they made my sister tell them against my father (and vise-versa). They make you say your location (ex. my sister's college) and what is around you to make it believable.

Also, people tend to begin these times and they will use all of the info you share against the other person they called to make it seem real. On top of the info, they record parts of the conversation when someone is talking and play it back for the other. In our case, they told my sister to say, "Don't worry dad, I'll take care of us. We'll be okay". Then, they played this clip back for my father to make it seem like they actually had her there.

Now, most people just think it's so easy to just hang up and call bullshit but they make it very clear not to mess with their rules. They told my father not to tell anyone about this, stay on the line at all times, and do what they say. If he was to not listen, they threatened to rape and/or kill my sister. This obviously is a brutal image to even imagine, so it's not worth risking it. So, he stayed on the line.

My mother then came up to my father and figured out what was happening and the real game began. She took the phone and used her skills at lying to delay buying the cards. My sister didn't have anyone with her at college so she ended up giving them a few gift cards. She then was stranded at a Kroger just waiting. They kept her on the line to keep recording her voice for my mom. Now that my father wasn't on the phone, he called the police and began investigating. He called her roommate and asked if he had seen my sister.

The roommate hadn't seen her; however, he had her location turned on. He tracked her to Kroger and ran there (he lives in the city). The roommate and my father worked with the police and SWAT team to get my sister. Meanwhile, my mom is just acting like an idiot and asking many questions because she wanted them to think she was confused. Any lie she could think of, she was using.

When the SWAT team saw my sister, they didn't grab her immediately. They made sure nobody was with her. After confirming she was alone, they radioed that they had the victim. This caused my sister confusion because she didn't think she was the victim. She still thought they had our mom and dad. So she's yelling at SWAT to find my parents. They then bring her to the station and explain what was actually happening. After my parents got confirmation my sister was safe, they called the scammers out and they hung up immediately. All were safe and the police were now trying to track the scammers.

Overall, it took hours to get the full story from all 4 people (and what you just read was the abridged version). They then took my sister's phone and made my parents come to pick her and her phone up.


- Turn on your location with at least 3 trusted people and tell your family who has it

-Make a code word in case this situation happens so you know it's real

-Never actually buy the cards they ask for

-Always have a pad and paper so you can write notes to people if they are around

-DO NOT tell them how much money you have

-Never trust the scammer, even if they tell you some true information

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