(^._.^)ノ what to do when you reach 3k tweets

I’ve blogged about twitter a number of times, discussing tactics and strategies that I’ve used or thought about using… Right here we’re going to go through a method I use when I maximize engagements — which ultimately lead to making money online. The better you build your network, the more money you will make. What we’re talking about here is not difficult, but like the great Warren Buffet said, “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”

twitter account screen shot May 18th 2015
saw that I made 2,999 tweets… time to take action!

I saw that my twitter account had 2,999 tweets. Why not celebrate the milestone of 3k tweets?! Twitter now offers analytics that are readily available. I used to use topsy.com — actually I still do, but when I’m just checking basic stats, twitter has it laid out right there for you. By the month, I can see my most influential follower, tweet with the most engagements, and much more.

I noticed many times the tweet that thanks followers garners the most from the twitter Gods. Tweet this:

TomHanks 4D #follow [mention as many followers as you can]
Make sure and include a picture of Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks looks like “Thanks” or you can say T.Hanks

Tom Hanks 4d follow screen shot for cat blog LoL Cat Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This kind of tweet is also great when you are starting out. It get’s favorites and RTs like crazy.

So I see that I’m going to post my three thousandth tweet and I made a meme for it, mentioned all of my friends and top-followers on twitter, and unleashed this masterpiece:

LoL Cat Research 3k tweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I pushed another URL I purchased that may be better than my main brand, “LoL Cat Research”… Not sure if that’s the way to go, but sometimes you just have to freak shit.

I mentioned as many twitter handles as I could and then in the tagging section for the picture, I mentioned as many heads as I could there. Looks like this:

mention as many accounts as you can when you tag people Stoned Soul | Hip Tot | John McGill Banned | Lordz

 

 

Christopher Walken is fricken AWESOME!

If you are a fan of this here blog, you know that I’m all about masterful memes. And what better way to highlight this fact than to use the very best!? Christopher Walken is freaken AWESOME. This will probably be the cover of my first how-to book:

ultimate christopher walken meme pic

The sketch is often considered the best Saturday Night Live piece ever made, or at least ranks in the top 10. “More Cowbell” is hilarity at it’s best. It was written by playwright Donnell Campbell and Will Ferrell, who rocked-out as the fictitious “Gene Frenkle” cowbell player.

Jimmy Fallon is in it as well along with a plethora of famous comedians and actors. Although it debuted some 15 years ago, Walken can barely go anywhere in public without a stranger asking him for “more cowbell.” The Blue Öyster Cult, writers and performers of the song in the sketch, for a long time had trouble verifying who played the actual cowbell on the track.

I remember looking up info on the sketch and Wikipedia was saying that no less than three (3) people were arguing over who played cowbell on the Blue Öyster Cult smash, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”… Today, throwback Thursday (April 23rd, 2015), I looked it up again on wikipedia and found this:

Eric Bloom played it on a rerecording of the song some years later, but the original idea came from David Lucas, who went around the corner to his Warehouse Recording Studio on W. 46th St, got his cowbell, and went back to the Record Plant and played the part.

They also added that SNL sent an intern to buy a CD so they could get the producer’s name. Poor kid got the wrong album:

Christopher Walken portrays producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the Iron Maiden vocalist of the same name). Bruce was not the actual producer of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” The song was produced by David Lucas,[3] who discovered the band and produced their first album, and also Agents of Fortune and Spectres. Sandy Pearlman[4] was their long time manager and lyric writer. Murray Krugman[4] represented Columbia Records. Bruce Dickinson was a midlevel manager at Columbia Records whose name appears on a Blue Öyster Cult reissue CD and a greatest hits compilation as the “reissue producer.” The SNL intern who was sent out to get the record got the Best Hits CD instead of the Agents of Fortune original CD.

“In Memory of Gene Frenkle 1950-2000” appears at the end of the video with a picture of Will Ferrell. Blue Oyster Cult claims that fans continue to contact them expressing their condolences even though the character never existed.

Below is an example of someone remixing the video. I’d say it was ALMOST good. The DJ/producer forgot just one detail but it’s the biggest detail… What we’re saying is what THE Bruce Dickinson is saying: the track NEEDS MORE COWBELL!!!

mad men meme pic

Learn how to make a meme into a demotivational to drive max traffic to your blog, BEOTCH.

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted and traffic suffered of course. Time to figure out what to post about and since we’re all about #cute #cats and #comedy here, it would be easy to go into that again. Throwing cats into the comedy always seems to work, but this time we’re just going to roll with comedy.

~(=^‥^)ノ☆ Sorry crazy cat ladies, you’ll have to check back next week for that #pawsome content you’ve come to expect.

mad men boss drinking whiskey picI went to google trends and saw that the hit TV series “Mad Men” was trending like crazy. I compared it to another hot show “Empire” and the comparison was not contest: Mad Men wins by too much. There were other trends as well, but I figured Mad Men was the easiest to make fun of.

Step 1 Find an image: A google image search for “Mad Men” in quotes brought me a picture that was easy to caption. Step 2, was to go to cheezburger.com to use their advanced meme builder.

Since finding something clever was difficult, Step 3 was to google search “whiskey jokes” — the Mad Men picture features a misogynistic boss sitting at his desk drinking a bourbon neat — which just so happens to be my favorite drink! Only thing is, I never enjoy it at work because makes me mean and nasty,slurs my speech, and can even turn me into a dancing fool — all at the same time!! I found a joke about drinking at work that was perfect.

lol cat research - mad men meme picStep 4: Uploaded the picture to cheezburger’s advanced meme builder and typed the joke into the speech bubble. I watermarked with @LoLCatResearch on the bottom right and made it semi-transparent. The result is #awesome … true?

Mad Men Meme = MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

Let’s party! But wait — we’re not finished and I’ll tell you why: After we rock a masterful mad men meme pic we must turn it into a demotivational poster. This way we get two jokes in one. It’s an effective content strategy because I can use a meme pic for awhile, and then transform it into a demotivational poster and push that around some more. Remixing content is all the rave in google SEO land these days. True that.

Eventually we can make a song and put it in a youtube video with this and other memes. Let’s write lyrics right now about the meme building process. Keyword research is telling me Hip Hop is hot again. Probably because the trailer just came out for the Straight Outta Compton. The movie will no-doubt be a guaranteed blockbuster nostalgia film showing the history of the rise and fall of the top Gangsta Rap group of all time: Niggers With Attitude (N.W.A.)

N.W.A. straight outta compton movie posterI’m a huge N.W.A fan and the solo careers that followed from the founding members, most notably Easy E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre. In recent news, former Death Row Records C.E.O. Suge Knight is on trial as a suspect for murder since he ran someone over with his SUV near the film set of the movie while it was being taped. All of this will probably lead to new content for the future. Believe that!

My only claims to fame is through several of my Hip Hop gigs and my being one of the top cat bloggers in the world who also produces and promotes live family entertainment events at HipTot.com. Because of this, we’re going to make a Gangsta Rap track right now. Let’s freestyle verse lyrics for almost a minute, then we’ll have two lines that will signify the chorus is coming. Check it:

  • If you want to learn, son; you must watch ┌(・。・)┘♪
  • Do what I say, non-stop till you drop ┌(・。・)┘♪
    CHORUS
  • This is how we rock
  • This is how we rock (pause)
  • This is how we rock BITCH
  • This is how we rock
    (〜 ̄△ ̄)〜 \(^▽^@)ノ (ノ ̄ー ̄)ノ

Ok enough rhymes everybody… time to go back to work. Or should I say, back to work making whiskey at work pics!!! Anyway, I switched to cheezburger’s demotivational poster builder but was disappointed by the shortcoming of them cutting off the bottom of the picture and thus making my @LoLCatResearch watermark severely compromised. I went into my gmail and found my way to the g-drive where I used google docs option to create a drawing. You could use “google slides” (PowerPoint rip-off) the same way.

There, it was easy to make a demotivational poster since I worked for eight years at JPMorgan Chase as a PowerPoint operator and I have incredible desktop publishing skills. I’m not going to tell you how I did it, but I’ll tell you this: you can do a search for free demotivational template downloads, where you can make what you want in any number of software platforms. I’m looking for hi fives ლ(=ↀωↀ=)ლ after you peep the final product:

lol cat meme demotivational poster about mad men tv series

 

Bruce Jenner cat is the meme of the week

lol cat research - transitional cat meme

 

Bruce Jenner Cat

After checking out what’s trending online, it seems like the biggest thing going on right now is Bruce Jenner transitioning to a woman. Now it turns out that they are canceling Keeping up with the Kardashians and will instead give Bruce Jenner his own reality show.

Fabulous!

The only episode I ever saw of said Kardashian show was when they got a financial advisor to have an intervention with Kim Kardashian because of her spending habits. She wasn’t having any of it but Bruce told her something like, “you have money now, but it’s not always going to be the case… what are you going to do when the checks stop coming in?” 

Damn good advice Bruce and thanks for the intervention. For that you get a pawsome gif animation I found on Tumblr:

http://lolfunnow.tumblr.com/post/113568975866/blink-and-youre-dead

lol cat research loves this brown paper bag catMost would agree and LoL Cat Research also agrees, that coming out is the way to go. You don’t want to be a closet cat. That leads to anxiety and depression that can lead to much, much worse. But what people don’t talk about enough is what to do AFTER you come out. If you want to crossdress, wear something nice. Don’t be one of those whack transitional cats in a paper bag or a potato sack. I’ll stop rhyming now… peace. (=^‥^)/

Oh and by the way, you can save cats on death row by buying a tee shirt right here.

Friday the 13th Cat

Friday the 13th catIf you listen really closely to the Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition”, you will hear how he outlines the ridiculousness of superstitious behaviour. LoL Cat Research is here to tell you that black cats are mistreated on Friday the 13th way more than any other day.

The masterful #meme you see posted above pays homage to the Friday the 13th Cat… Owners of black cats should be extra careful and keep their cats under close watch today!

Driving traffic with meme pics

Yesterday brought me a nice spike in traffic to my website based on the fact that my meme pics matched popular searches and my pics were watermarked with my URL. Katy Perry, the megastar who performed at the last Super Bowl halftime show, had decided that if you can’t beat em’ you should join em’… What I mean is that the pop idol had been acting a bit odd since a dancer in her crew wearing a shark suit got way more attention than she did. So why does this matter? Here’s why:

#LeftShark = vehicle for you driving traffic with meme pics

left shark is the real MVP
google “left shark memes” and LoLCatResearch.com ranks the #15 and #17 image results.

I made a meme pic and a demotivational poster (see right) and it brought me quite a bit of traffic just after the Super Bowl ended. #Pawsome !!!

I’ll take traffic however I can get it. Memes take a long time at first, but I can bust them out in less than 10 minutes and bang! Instant original content is created (Cheezburger.com has the best creator for memes. It’s super, super easy to use). Make sure you name the image and watermark it with your website. If you don’t, it’s all pointless. Of course don’t watermark pictures that you didn’t create or don’t have the rights to. You can also watermark with something other than your website. Any call to action you are trying to exploit will work — and work well!

Driving traffic with meme pics is one the top digital marketing strategies available.

First step is easy:

1. Find a trending search and make light of it. Think of a joke to write on a funny picture. Hurry though. Time is everything when it comes to driving traffic with meme pics.

2. Write blog post. Include your meme pic in your blog post the way I am here. Post links to your blog all around social media and message boards, and that’s all there is to it.

Driving traffic with meme pics
#1 result when google “left shark meme” 

3. Promote it. This step is the most time-consuming but at least it’s all free. Here we go: Send a link to your website to all your email subscribers. Online news giants who publish their story (which is almost always “spun”), always have message boards where you can leave comments. You MUST definitely take advantage of. It means you will have to register with them. I know it’s annoying and time consuming, but you should by all means do so. reddit, imgur and similar sites are ideal places to post.

Let’s talk about the last two parts of my Left Shark traffic saga that has made life so fricken #pawsome I can’t even tell you. Katy Perry had been getting a bit rattled over the fact that a dancer in a shark suit stole the show from her. Someone started selling 3D print-on-demand Left Shark statues. Lawyers issued him a cease and desist letter and it made big news. Argument was briefly over who owns the intellectual property rights to the shark — the designer of the suit, or Katy Perry? The statues were pulled off the virtual shelves but not at a cost. Katy Perry began losing face in many people’s opinions because it appeared like she was jealous and cheap. The Scumbag Steve hat made it on to her in a couple of memes and so her lawyers pulled back a bit on the Left Shark enforcement circuit.lol cat research breaks down the katy perry with scumbag steve hat meme

Fast forward to early March 2013, Katy Perry announces that she has a Left Shark suit for sale and it retails for an eye-popping $129.00 ( =①ω①=)

Guess what? Even more traffic is coming my way! WONDERFUL!!… If you were here, I’d want to give you a High FIVE — LoL Cat Research style — no JIVE. It would look something like this:
~(=^‥^)ノヽ(^‥^=ゞ)

OK let’s get serious. I checked my site’s traffic and this is what I see:

March 4th screen shot of jet pack traffic for LoL Cat ResearchSee that blast at the end? That comes almost entirely from me posting on CNBC’s message board. Here is the exact post:

LoL Cat Research screen shot of comment left on CNBC message board of Left Shark suit for sale article
Screen shot of comment left on CNBC message board of Left Shark suit-for-$ale article

If you look at the way I phrased my post, I made sure to be engaging while self-promoting in a way that doesn’t over do it. Last think you want is to get kicked-off a site for being a spammer. That’s why I try to make my posts rhyme, contain a joke, or just be completely ridiculous. Also make sure you’re not racist or sexist, homophobic or some type of extremist. In other words, don’t be a dick. If you are the strategy will fail. Think of this like a virtual office. You wouldn’t go into work, flirt with the secretary, curse-out your boss, and slap a bumper sticker with your logo on the side of the water cooler, would you?

lol cat research likes shark tank with left shark
wish I thought of this one.

All I can tell you is this: you can find your self getting reciprocal traffic in very little time. Also, if searches for what you made your meme pic about continues, waves of traffic back to you will follow.  I hope my Left Shark story provides enough truth in value of driving traffic with meme pics. But you know what?

That traffic was yesterday.

Yes. We got to keep our eyes on driving traffic today. So what I did just before writing this, was the formula for driving traffic with meme pics: I used GoogleTrends to find a top search that was relative to my cute cats and comedy genre. It wasn’t long before I found crazy cat Kanye West was getting tons of searches. The traffice spike eminated from the release of his new song All Day.

I’ve gotten traffic from Kanye’s stunts and craziness several times in the past. I felt I should no more about the current news, so I listened to the track and thought it wasn’t bad. The beat is really great in an evil, hip hop kind of way. On the other hand, what he talks about in the song mostly belongs to the absurdly ridiculous category. Maybe I’m wrong, but really… I am not!

So anyway, I was having trouble coming up with anything to say, so I decided to go after traffic using a formulaic meme combo technique. Behold the masterpiece that will bring traffic to my blog for years to come:

LoL Cat Research - kanye west with jackie chan and teacher memeMore and examples and monetization techniques plus much more are included in my free eBook Making Money with Meme Marketing. Only $1.00 or FREE when you subscribe to the LoL Cat Research weekly newsletter. Send an email with the subject line “Making Money with Meme Marketing” to LoLCatResearch@gmail.com RIGHT NOW!!!

High School Senior famous for “Laser Cat” photo, commits suicide.

Laser Cat photo | high school senior poses with his rescue cat | the student committed suicide in February 2015
Intentionally cheesy 80’s style pic goes viral. Devin Rodriguez championed the rescue cat cause. LoL Cat Research solutes him. He is dearly missed.

The New York high school senior whose ’80s-style laser portrait along with his cat became a web phenomenon has died of apparent suicide.

The parents of Draven Rodriguez, 17, of Schenectady, told the changing times Union that he died at home. Cause of death is suicide.

Rodriguez’s senior photo journeyed viral after he was adamant on having his rescue cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, be included with him in his yearbook photo. The intention was not to create any kind controversy, Rodriguez said. Somewhat, he just wanted to become different.

“I really wanted to be remembered and this is kind of my last chance in the area before I move on to college and hopefully do great things with my life,” Rodriguez told ABC News in the time the photo. “I want people to remember my personality and not just my face.”

Working with Schenectady-based photographer Vincent Giordano, Rodriguez created an intentionally cheesy, laser-streaked portrait of himself holding Mr. Bigglesworth, a long, bushy stray cat who’d gotten into the family home and never left.

Anticipating resistance from the school to his desire to have it included among the senior class’ formal portraits, Rodriguez posted the photo online to garner support. It blazed around the Internet and was mentioned by Jimmy Fallon in a “Tonight Show” monologue and by talk-show host Ellen Degenerees.

Diane Wilkinson poses with chihuahua in laser cat sequel photo
If you can’t beat him, join him. School principle allows student to pose with cat if she can pose with her lap dog. LoL Cat Research is not sure what to make of that move.

Regardless of the school initially giving Rodriguez flak for wanting his feline friend within the photo, the student launched an online petition to realize support for his endeavor. That petition garnered greater than 7, 500 signatures. University officials eventually relented, provided that the school principal, Diane Wilkinson, could bring her own pet Chihuahua to the woman photo shoot. Rodriguez and Wilkinson posed together with their furry friends in one photo for the classes year book, complete using a note about a trigger dear to both advisors: rescue animals.

“He’s a great kid and I needed to support him even far more,” Wilkinson told ABC News last fall. Friends and family of Rodriguez say he went out of his way to make friends with people from all corners of the country – both online and off – via youth-leadership conferences and just around his hometown.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people in the United States. LoL Cat Research published an earlier post on how Toxoplasma Gondii infections result in higher suicide rates. It’s shocking to realize that parasites could be the cause behind many suicides… This is why the government needs to provide more funds for scientific research. Finding a cure is many years away, but with the suicide rate increasing as much as 16% over the past two decades, we can all agree that more must be done to not just prevent, but to understand what causes suicide.

Laser Cat’s magnitude

Having a picture like Laser Cat go viral is by no means easy. Take it from LoL Cat Research, creators of scores of meme masterpieces that have gotten some attention, but nothing like this. The kid knew how to rock it. He could’ve been a successful marketing brand creator, or perhaps a politician. It seems like the sky was the limit and the future was bright as can be.

Draven Rodriguez was interviewed on The Sean and Richie Show (107.7 WGNA – Today’s Country [SEE VIDEO BELOW]). When he tells his story, he seems to be in such great spirits. It’s so sad that he is no longer with us. “He had an empathy for the world and for other people that I think is rare in kids his age,” his dad, Jonathan Stewart, told the Times Union. “It was wonderful to see.”