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I can't get rich online and neither can you. Topics include why you won't get rich with your blog, ideas you wish you had thought of, and other Internet phenomena.

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Monetizing Memes

Every once in awhile, some video or concept will take the Internet by storm, resulting in what is known as a meme. You’re probably familiar with the term, but if you’re not, here are a few examples: The Numa Numa Guy, the Chocolate Rain song, and the Don’t Taze Me Bro guy. So, when a new meme emerges, what do money-hungry Internet entrepreneurs do? Why, they try to monetize it of course. The resulting site is usually a pile of crap, but you could probably learn a thing or two from it. To start, let’s look at some memes.

Lolcats

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a lolcat:
Can't Get Rich Cat

The concept of a lolcat is simple: Find a picture of a cat, stick some text on the picture, and you’re done. Generally, the grammar is on par with that of a 4 year old. Anyway, the Internet loves its lolcats, and that love has given birth to this site: I can has Cheezburger. A vast collection of user-generated lolcontent, ICHC also happens to be loaded to the brim with ads. That’s probably a good idea on the site admin’s part, as I’m sure his bandwidth bills are the stuff of nightmares.

Ron Paul

The Internet’s favorite Republican candidate, Ron Paul has become somewhat of a meme as well. Check out this site: Ron Paul Fan. Looks innocent enough, right? Well, I happen to know for a fact that this site is an autoblog. In other words, the blog’s author never touches it. It just sits there and makes him money, and judging by the number of Google Adsense blocks there are, I’m sure it’s doing a pretty good job.

The Star Wars Kid

This site was created back when I was in high school: Jedimaster.net (Warning: Some ads not safe for work). You all remember the Star Wars Kid, right? If not, you must be pretty young. Anyway, this site was made ages ago to host all of the SWK parody videos that popped up around the net (Youtube hadn’t been invented yet). I haven’t been to this site in years, and I’m a bit appalled at what I’m seeing now: Ads everywhere. I’m pretty sure this site has more ads than actual content. Oh well, I’ll always remember it fondly.

What’s the point?

If there’s anything to be learned from these sites, it’s this: You don’t have to be creative to make money online. Just wait for somebody else to come up with a good idea and then pounce on it, much like these aspiring webmasters did. Keep your eyes open for emerging memes, and you might just get lucky. That, and timing is everything. Be the first to organize if you want to be the best.

Of course, that still makes you an unoriginal copycat, profiting off of an idea that wasn’t yours, but if you’re ok with that, there’s money to be made.

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