I Can Has Traffic and Muneez?Many Internet users have heard of the the I Can Has Cheezburger (ICHC) blog. The blog provides daily lolcats - cat photographs combined with funny captions written with special lolcats grammar. As the Wikipedia listing describes an lolcat is "an image macro featuring a photograph of a cat with a humorous and idiosyncratic caption."
While many have heard of lolcats and the Cheezburger blog most are popular unaware of the blog's growing traffic and advertising income. Bloomberg says the blog started by Eric Nakagawa now gets 500,000 pageviews daily and runs ads that cost between $500 and $4,000 a week.
The article doesn't disclose ICHC's monthly revenues but in addition to the upfront ads they also run Google AdSense text ads on the blog. The article explains how the authors of ICHC have added new features to the blog to increase traffic. They even added a "LOLCat Buildr" that lets people create and submit their own lolcat.
The popular blog has inspired scores of imitators and variations on the lolcat theme. It is unclear how much traffic these other sites are receiving but it is probably less than the I Can Has Cheezburger blog gets. Some of the other blogs include LOL President, LOL Bots, LOL NIN, LOL Trek, lolkottke, lolcats.com, memcats, lolterrorists, lolgay, LOL Tapirs, LOL the News, lolgoth and LOLMaps. There is even a programming language based on the lolcats concept called LOLCode. If you do enough searching you will also run into some O RLY? Owls. There are plenty of ORLY Owls and Lolcats to be found on YouTube as well.
Find the right combination of photographs and amusing captions and maybe you can has traffic and "muneez" -- at least enough to buy a cheeseburger.
Posted on July 16, 2007