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
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.
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.
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:
OK let’s get serious. I checked my site’s traffic and this is what I see:
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?
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:
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You want a Kanye meme? You got it! The self proclaimed “loudest voice of his generation” is disappointed by yet another Grammy Awards ceremony. In case you missed his 2009 outburst, you must look it up for it’s high entertainment value. I can’t give it to you here because we’ve been through it plenty and it’s not my job to educate fools who dwell beneath rocks. Get out into the world or search it online, and only then should you continue reading this.
So what does all of this have to do with this here cat blog? Kanye is a crazy cat man! It’ true… behold my the latest LoL Cat Research meme masterpiece:
Kimye made it clear that they were not happy about the Best Album nod to Beck at this year’s Grammy Awards. Kardashian posted her WTF face on social media while Kanye jumped the stage but refrained from yanking the mic this time. Prince grimaced after the announcement (made an LoLCatResearch demotivational poster for that — see two blog posts ago). Beck took the high road in all this and even though I’m not a fan of his audio, he gets props here for his diplomacy. Interwebs can’t meme attack him for that!
One of my first, if not the first meme pic I made was in fact Kanye-related. There was a South Park episode where the kids made the funniest joke ever and they became world famous for that. Kanye doesn’t get the joke despite the fact that he is the greatest genius of his time, and proceeds to seek out the kids of South Park with his armed goons. They kill Kenny… Anyway, the joke only works if told to a heterosexual man:
Do you like fish sticks?
Do you like fish sticks in your mouth?
You’re a gay fish!
I took a picture of my kids’ cat “Oonda,” and made the following meme, which didn’t get much play on the web. Maybe the joke is too deep. Here it is: