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How You Can Use A Meme To Make Money Online

written by Alex Shalman on June 8, 2007

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What Is A Meme?

A meme is basically a unit of information that spreads virally among people and cultures. In the context of blogging, a meme is usually a list of questions, that gets passed along among bloggers.

A good meme consists of five parts (reference: Gotta Get Goals).

  1. An introduction to what the meme is about.
  2. A themed picture that people can take back to their blog to brand the meme.
  3. The rules for participating in the meme.
  4. The blogger completing the meme for himself.
  5. The part at the bottom where the author tags other bloggers to participate.

Making Money Online With A Meme

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an excellent way to get noticed by google (and lesser search engines). It bridges the gap between people looking for something, and the something being looked for.

Memes play an important role in the SEO game. By obtaining backlinks, you increase page rank, and even rank yourself for a choice keyword if you properly execute the anchor text request.

In the month of May, John Chow dot Com received 4,747 visitors from the keywords “Make Money Online” alone. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this converts into more loyal readers, which in John’s case seems to always convert into lots of money!

Aside from SEO, a huge benefit of a meme is that you have another blogger write about you. To his readers this means that he approves of your website, and it is very possible that his readers become your readers.

Essentially what a meme does is give you free exposure. This is because a meme is viral; the best form of advertising. Having your website monetized and sticky is the next crucial step to making money online from a meme.

This post is guest written by the King Of MeMes – Alex Shalman – he writes about wealth and abundance at Alex Shalman dot Com.

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Connor Wilson June 8, 2007 at 3:13 pm

Memes sometimes aren’t just worth posting (to me). Link trains and stuff like that out to just get a quick traffic boost don’t usually go over too well with readers, so I avoid them.

5 productivity tips and Why I blog are the only two I’ve done.

Andy Dang June 8, 2007 at 3:18 pm

187 Views and no comments. People must not be WOW by Meme because many people already knows about it.

Kumiko June 8, 2007 at 4:54 pm

MeMes aren’t very WOW at all. I feel they’re kind of saying “someone else had this great idea for a post and I’m going to copy them”.

Stephen Welton June 8, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Is tomorrow the day that John Hits 6000?

This is something new for me anyone with some more in depth information please join in on your successes or challenges with the program.

What should a new user do right from the beginning to get the best results with this?


Kenneth Dreyer June 9, 2007 at 8:57 am

I think it might take a couple more days than that.. :b But hey, 6k is a new and huge milestone!

Kenneth Dreyer June 9, 2007 at 8:58 am

I heard of it a long time ago! I’m just not a really big fan of them :b

SEO Blogger June 8, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Is make money online all we think about :sad: ? *also, this post should have been at I think you’re forcing it by ‘trying’ to make money online with ‘meme’.

Andy Dang June 8, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Making Money Online + Gadgets + Eating is what JohnChow is about. Talking about making money all the time seems shallow huh?

SEO Blogger June 8, 2007 at 3:56 pm

What I mean is you’re forcing it with the make money online by pimping memes =P. The post is mainly about SEO and traffic, very little on “How You Can Use A Meme To Make Money Online.” (I think you think too much about making money online :).

BTW–the way you link to other post with the above anchor texts aren’t ideal (plus I got to hover over the links to find out what the linked posts are about).

shaun June 8, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Good post, it’s nothing the majority of the readers don’t know though.

website copywriter June 9, 2007 at 1:05 am

I knew about memes, but I have to admit I didn’t know how it really worked until I read this post.

Chris Chen June 8, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Memes clog the blogosphere with crappy content. They’re the equivalent of Email chain letters. And we all know what happens when you receive a chain letter in your inbox – DELETE.

Alex June 8, 2007 at 6:31 pm

Cool good post

OnlineCashFlow June 8, 2007 at 7:02 pm

I’m kind of neutral on the whole meme thing. I posted a viralink (matrix of 120 *s) and it seemed to have brought in a little bit of traffic. However, memes seem like you could actually provide content within your post as well as helping with some link love.

Just my two cents.

David Mackey June 8, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Memes seem like an interesting concept. I’ll have to think up one. :-)

website copywriter June 9, 2007 at 1:10 am

Memes can get a little annoying — if you see them everywhere all at once. However, if you decide to post a viralink on your blog and do so sparingly, I don’t think that’s so bad. It ultimately helps your PR and spreads the love.

Kenneth Dreyer June 9, 2007 at 8:56 am

Personally I’m not that big a fan of memes. They tend to get annoying..

Angie June 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Free publicity is the goal of the frugal blogger. I challenge myself to get what I need for no money out of pocket.

The Junky's Wife June 10, 2007 at 7:37 am

Memes are pretty corny, but I think they’re useful (even the corniest link exchange ones) when a blog is new or struggling. It helps get a little exposure as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the content. The best memes, I think, are the group writing project kind, where there’s a genuine collaborative effort to connect with others who are writing about similar topics. Those are fun, and they remind me of the kinds of writing experiments I did in grad school for creative writing. They can be a little hippy-dippy, of course, but I’ve met some neat folks while surfing for a group writing project to jump-start my own writing when the content well’s running a little dry.

Andy June 14, 2007 at 6:33 am

This might be a dumb question, but how exactly do you start a meme when you’re new on the blogosphere?

Just post it, link to some bloggers who probably know nothing about you, send them an email and hope they take notice?

Alex Shalman June 15, 2007 at 2:48 am

No Andy, I would say a better approach would be to comment on the blogs of slightly/greatly more established bloggers. Get to know them a bit, make a connection, than they will be more likely to respond to your meme request. Once your at the center and have people participating you have a chance for your meme to be viral. If everyone tags 5 people, and they tag 5 and they tag 5… you basically have exponential possibilities.