The Ultimate Guide to Writing LinkedIn Articles That Go Viral

Influencers on LinkedIn Pulse like my man Richard Branson, have over 13 million followers.

But you’re not Richard so how do you make your content go further and get people reading?

Sir Richard Branson

According to LinkedIn’s latest available figures, more than a million people have published posts on LinkedIn‘s platform.

More than 130,000 posts are published every week; and the average post reaches LinkedIn members in 21 industries and nine countries.

After all, there are now over 710M members on LinkedIn.

So how do you stack the deck in your favour when it comes to publishing LinkedIn articles.

Here are 4 ways to hack the algorithm when writing LinkedIn articles.

Hacking the LinkedIn algorithm

1. Optimise your Profile

Whether you’re just getting started on LinkedIn or have already used it as a marketer or salesperson for a while, optimizing your profile is essential to your success.

With a complete profile, valuable and varied content, and a broad network, you’ll stand out from the crowd, attract more attention, and ultimately get better results in business.

Watch the short video below for some of the most important areas of your profile to get right.

How to optimise your profile

To dive into Profile Optimisation in more detail check out How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for Maximum Visibility on the Social Media Examiner blog.

It’s one of the best articles out there.

2. Grow Your LinkedIn Connections

Every time you publish a post on LinkedIn, your connections will see an alert in their notifications.

But to really make ripples, you need a large audience of first-level connections.

For any of the stuff we’re talking about throughout this post to really work, you’ll need to make as many connections as you possibly can that may be interested in your content.

To help get your connections ramped up, you may want to download the LinkedIn Messaging Templates 2021 which give you scripts you can use to invite people to join your network.

3. Get Featured on Channels

LinkedIn Pulse has more than 100 individual channels.

Some of the most popular channels are for Leadership & Management, Big Ideas & Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Social Media.

Check out trending topics and share your insights backed up with research and anecdotes to be featured in these channels.

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Want to get a story featured on LinkedIn Pulse?

Then you’ll have to tweet LinkedIn editos and ask them to check out your work.

Giving a tip to the LinkedIn editors on Twitter

Ask a Pulse editor to share your story on the channel on Twitter with “Tip @LinkedInEditors #LinkedInPulse” at the end of your tweet.

Yes, seriously, use Twitter to get featured on Linked. 

That’s how it’s done for now!

4. Good ol’ SEO

To categorise your content, LinkedIn Pulse does an analysis of the text of your article.

This is like SEO tactics of the dark ages, when all you had to do was include your keyword in the title and use the right words a few times throughout the post.

LinkedIn is still a relatively easy search engine to manipulate.

But a word of caution.

This will evolve just like Google did, so my advice is always act with integrity online.

Let me be clear, keyword stuffing is a bad idea (even though right now, it will probably get you a lot of exposure).

Always align your objectives with the platform and you can’t go wrong.

Don’t be boring

Bonus Tip – Don’t use boring images!

Definitely avoid using boring images in your content, such as:

How you chose images will come down to your brand.

But get creative and save the images using keywords – that will help with your SEO.

Here is a great example of an article with non-boring images – Why You Surround Yourself With is Who You Become

Now that we’ve covered some LinkedIn article hacks, you’re ready to write your masterpiece.

In this next section I’ll walk you through step-by-step preparing and posting your LinkedIn article.

Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a LinkedIn Article

If you are going to write something, you want your content to be discovered and read by as many people as possible. Right?

There are many benefits to publishing Linkedin articles and not limiting yourself to just publishing short posts.

The main benefit of writing articles on Linkedin is that it establishes you as a thought leader.

By publishing articles on Linkedin with your own content, relevant to your business and industry, you automatically position yourself as an expert.

Thought leadership statistics

How to Choose a Topic for Your Article

When you write articles on LinkedIn, you want to demonstrate your thought leadership, expertise, and industry knowledge.

Here are some ideas on how you can choose your topic:

Once you know what you want to write about, you are ready to get started….

Write a New LinkedIn Article

Start by going to the LinkedIn Home tab and clicking the Write an Article link at the
top of the page.

After you click this link, the LinkedIn Publishing tool opens.

This is where you create your article.

Choose Your Headline

To add a headline to your article, click the Headline field and type in a headline.

Choose a headline that will grab users’ attention in the feed and make them want
to click through to read the article.

List-based articles work well, as do mistake-based titles.

Check out these examples:

Format Your Article for Mobile

The next step is to format your article in a way that makes the information easy to

Because we’re bombarded with information and text online, it’s best to use shorter
text paragraphs interspersed with images.

This approach makes your article easier to read, which is particularly important when
people are consuming the content via the LinkedIn mobile app.

Adding subheadings, bullet points, and bold type also improves readability, as you
can see in the example below.

Always include a call to action in your article.

To illustrate, ask people for their comments (a great way to spark conversation) or to get in touch with you. Links to your website, podcast, or social media will work here too.

When someone leaves a comment, you can reply to them and keep increasing

Examples of questions you can ask at the end of your article:

Include Images, Video, or Rich Media in Your LinkedIn Article

At the top of the article, you can add a cover image. To do this, click in the area
above the headline and upload an image from your computer.

LinkedIn recommends using a 744 x 400 pixel image for best results.

After you add a cover image, two positioning options and a Delete button appear
on the screen.

Cover Image

Choose an image that will capture your readers’ attention in the LinkedIn feed and
make them want to click on the article to read it.

In addition to the cover image, you’ll also want to embed relevant images and
video in the body of your article.
To add an image or video, click the icon to the left of the article body.

Publish and Share Your LinkedIn Article

Once you’ve written your article and added images and links, what’s next? Note
that as you create your article, LinkedIn automatically saves it as a draft.

When you’re ready to publish it, simply click Publish at the top right of the page.

Share Your Article

Once you’ve published your article, you’ll want to share it. Click the Share button at
the bottom of your article to see the sharing options.

Be sure to share to these places on LinkedIn:

• Your personal LinkedIn feed
• A LinkedIn message (if relevant)
• LinkedIn groups
• Email list

When sharing articles to your personal LinkedIn feed use hashtags to get more views
on the link.

LinkedIn encourages the use of hashtags when you create posts and will suggest hashtags to use.

Why You Should Reshare Your LinkedIn Article

Articles have a much longer lifespan than posts on LinkedIn.

And while you can view the analytics for your posts for only 60 days, analytics for articles are available for 2
You can give an article new life by resharing it via a LinkedIn post that directs users to that article.

I have several LinkedIn articles that still get comments a year or 18 months after they were published.

To visualize this, if your article is about 10 reasons why someone should attend your live event, list one or two of those reasons the first time you reshare the article.

When you reshare it a few days or even a week later, discuss some of the other reasons.

Before publishing make sure you go through the follow check-list:

Article Structure

Here’s a suggested structure for Pillar Content in the form of a LinkedIn article.


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That’s it!

The key to getting ahead, is getting started.

Go get ’em!