Are you looking for realistic ways on how to go viral on TikTok? Learn how you can create content that people actually want to watch. You won’t have to spend a ton of money or learn how to dance!

After many years on social media, I finally unlocked the key to having viral content – learn from my trial and error!

Read on for the best tips and tricks on how to go viral on TikTok.

Picture of TikTok app on cell phone

My Experience With TikTok

Below, I will elaborate more on my experience and stats on TikTok (6 million video views, 600k likes, 12k followers in 5 months).

But to start off, I won’t waste too much time! Let’s get straight to these realistic TikTok tips:

How To Go Viral On TikTok With No Followers

Let’s say you are starting from scratch on TikTok. Here is everything I did to get where I had viral videos, despite starting off with no following on any platform.

The Realistic Way To Go Viral On TikTok

Thankfully, TikTok has come a long way from people thinking they have to be able to dance or just be super good-looking to get success on the app.

Unfortunately, that only works for a few people as they just have that “something” to them. For most though, they are better off going in a different direction.

This is what I realized: most people didn’t care about my makeup, clothes, or life (harsh – but understandable). These types of content are what I used to post about.

Realistically, people only care about what benefits them. This is where you can create content that people really want to see. Make videos that people can learn from. Don’t make it just all about you!

@mianicolewilson7

Healthy Sour Patch Kids 😜 Skip too much processed sugar and save your skin #fyp #wellness #healthy #foodhacks #candy #beauty #skincare

♬ Like That – Doja Cat
One of my viral TikToks!

Ideas For Viral TikTok Videos:

  1. Share helpful advice.
  2. Make videos around a topic you are an expert at.
  3. Share life hacks.
  4. Create business focused content.

Share Helpful Advice

People share their reviews and opinions on many types of products on TikTok. It can be their favorite Amazon buys for decorating, makeup, skincare items, etc. I’ve even seen someone share how to escape from the trunk of a car! Share the things that people will benefit from learning.

Share What You Are An Expert At

I’ve seen many viral videos on my FYP that are from pros in their field. Money experts have shared great tips on investing, chefs share great recipes, fitness gurus show workouts. It’s a great way to share nuggets of wisdom in a easily digestible way so that people pay attention and become hooked. Then, they will want to learn more and be invested in following you.

Share A Life Hack

One of my viral videos and one that I got media coverage for (more on that below) was a video that shared a life hack. I showed TikTok users how to break free from their sour candy addiction by putting lime juice on grapes. This is a little known hack to create “healthy Sour Patch Kids” as this fruit combo tastes super similar!

Highlighting A Business That Sells Something People Totally Need

Many small businesses have taken off (even during the pandemic!) because they started posting on TikTok.

If you are offering a new product or service that people would love to buy, create a video! People love to see the behind the scenes of businesses. Plus, they won’t know about your great products unless you put it out there for them!

You are unique! There is bound to be something that you can share taken from your life and experiences that can help others.

Here are other viral TikTok tips that you’ll need to incorporate into videos to get the most reach:

Other Things That Contribute To Viral Videos

Here are some other tips to follow:

  • Find a niche and stick to it. Find a topic or category that you can create helpful content about. Stick to it as TikTok favors accounts that prove they are an “authority” in that niche. They do not favor accounts with content and topics all over the place.
  • Make sure you don’t delete videos. Sometimes, TikTok can give life to videos that are old, and increase its views.
  • Put videos you don’t need on the “private” setting instead. If you decide to go in a different direction with certain videos, don’t delete them all at once. TikTok will recognize this as spammy behavior and it may affect your reach.
  • Don’t overuse hashtags or use spammy tags. I find that no matter if you use hashtags or not, a viral video will go viral.
  • Get to the point of the video right away. People have short attention spans now, so get to the good part before viewers scroll away.
  • Always use bright, natural light, and clean looking backgrounds. This makes your videos look more professional – and people might take you more seriously!
  • When applicable, jump in on trending hashtags. But, only if it relates to your niche.
  • Try to stick to a regular posting schedule. If you post videos then go inactive for a while, this shows TikTok that you are inconsistent.
  • Film your videos directly from the app. If you can, create your content from the TikTok app rather than pre-recording it through the camera through your phone.

How Long Does It Take For A TikTok To Get Views

Social media followers likes and comments

I have had videos that went viral almost immediately – the views rapidly grew every minute. The comments and likes came flooding in.

Other times, videos gained traction but over a period of a few days/weeks. The growth was more steady.

Then, as mentioned above, some videos didn’t get many views right away. But TikTok would breathe new life into them and then they would get more views after I thought the video was dead.

I Went Viral On TikTok, Now What?

Get ready for the likes and comments to roll in! TikTok videos can build up views and likes fast. It might feel overwhelming.

If your video goes viral, try to deduce what worked well with the video and recreate/incorporate it into future videos.

Was there a certain word keyword that was sparked people’s interest? Did a certain topic get more traction than other topics you’ve created? Maybe try to expand on that topic.

When you build up an audience who knows your content will benefit them, you can use this platform for many things!

It can help get the word out and increase sales for your business. You can go down the blogger/influencer pathway, and make money off of social media. Or you can do it just because you enjoy interacting with others and creating helpful content.

My TikTok Experience and Statistics

Screenshot of TikTok creator profile

My videos on TikTok have gotten almost 6 million total views and more than half a million likes. I also gained 12k followers, all in a few months after signing up on the platform.

After struggling with social media for almost 5 years, I was so happy that my content was getting seen.

Media Coverage

On top of my content taking off, Business Insider even featured one of my viral videos. After that, the story of my video appeared in lots of other news publications too. This probably has given it even millions of more views.

Update: I recently stopped using TikTok to focus on this blog. I decided it just wasn’t a platform that I enjoyed despite the success (…I’m too old for it!)

The tips still do apply because I have also taken the same videos and uploaded them to Pinterest. No matter what platform (Twitter, Instagram, etc) my same videos tend to get great reach. I’ve started to understand more what most likely makes certain content go viral.

Now you know the most realistic ways to go viral on TikTok! I hope that this guide helps you and I wish you luck!

Best, Mia

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