BHW has provided me with a lot of free information in the time I've been here, and I want to give something back in return. Today I'll be showing you how I made my first $100 from AdSense by capitalizing on image boards. I no longer use this method for various reasons, but mostly just because I'm more interested in pursuing different parts of internet marketing. There are hundreds of different ways you could put your own spin on my technique, but this is an excellent jumping off point for beginners interested in seeing the potential of massive traffic without spending a dime. Perks: Content already provided. Don't need to spend money. Traffic is easy to acquire. To get started, you should know the basics of how an image board works; my target of choice was the popular *chan site (this is word-filtered, but if you haven't heard of it you can find it with a single Google search). I chose this board because I was familiar with it and I know exactly how the content gains and maintains popularity. You also need to understand how a meme works. Memes are sort of an "ongoing joke" usually taking root from something in popular media, but can span just about any subject you can think of. We're not going to be "inventing" anything new today, but we are going to exploit the open availability of images already out there. The research involved will be finding a potentially untapped, but popular meme (or growing in popularity). My meme of choice was an MS Paint comic about a show I liked at the time; I saw the potential of driving traffic from these comics because they weren't watermarked, but they were literally popping up everywhere. Personally I've only contributed to a small handful of the original content, but the site I built from them pulled in well over 50,000 views in a single month. Navigate your way to an image board or meme database. Select something you think you can work with (you're looking for pictures, obviously). Do a quick Google search about the meme to see your competition. If the competition looks like something you can manage (i.e. there aren't any sites completely dedicated to it already, and if there are then they're garbage), then you've found a potential money magnet. Next, you need to collect every related picture that fits your meme. I had built a folder of almost 200 pictures by the time I was finished, full of crappy little comics about the show I liked. This might take some time, but if they're something that is going to succeed then you should already be able to find a lot of these pictures. If you can't find them, you may want to choose a different meme that's already seen success. Now it's time to pick your "keyword" and develop your site. If you don't know what a keyword is, there are several great posts already explaining this (use the search tool). Fortunately, we're not going to have to do much research about our keyword - you've already seen your competition, and we're going to be developing an entire site dedicated to a single meme instead of a big archive of miscellaneous ones. Your keyword needs to be what people search for to find this meme. Make a list of all the possible search terms someone might enter into Google to find your meme, then head over to the Google Keyword Tool to see what gets the most hits in a month. Tip: make sure you have "Exact" checked so you know what's getting the most traffic. Now you have your keyword, your single meme collection, and you're ready to build your website. For this, I highly recommend using Blogger because it's free and Google generally ranks it pretty well (it's part of the Google network). Make your sub-domain the keyword you picked - in my case, this was "tvshowcomics," and register the site. Once you've got your domain ready, you need to watermark everyone one of those pictures you spent time collecting. I used MS Paint to create a white box below the image where I could slap my domain right into; I had absolutely no problems marketing the site this way. You may decide to put a watermark directly into the image, but make sure it's noticeable. I made mine pretty large to ensure people saw it, and again - no problems. Here comes the fun, developing your site! I would begin with about 20 images, each belonging to its own individual post. The only SEO I used was making sure my keyword was in the post title; you may want to develop your project a little better, but I was ranking first in Google because the competition was almost non-existent. The title I chose for each post was the punchline in that comic; my tags were only the character's names. Get your initial set of pictures uploaded and on the live site. After this, you want to upload the rest of your images on a timed release system; I released two comics a day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. You want to do this because it turns the site into an automatic money maker. When you have your meme collection finished and ready to release on a daily schedule, it's time to beautify and monetize your site. This is where knowing a little about SEO is beneficial; you want to make sure your site screams "Meme Resource" without looking like spam to Google. Make sure you use your keyword(s) and build the site to look like something people who visit are actually going to want to spend time on. I opted to create a custom header image, but outside of that I just used what was already available to me in the Blogger template manager. Whew! Now you've got your site and you're ready to start marketing it, awesome! The thing you need to know about marketing your site is that you're going to get people who will advertise it for free. The entire reason memes become successful is because people save them and share them, and would you look at that - now your watermark is sitting at the bottom of every one of those images. Of course, these things aren't going to spread themselves like wildfire, so you've got to do a bit of work to make sure people see your watermarked images. Head back to the image board, and start dropping them like a casual user. I'd even go as far as making my own threads about the meme, dropping watermarked and non-watermarked versions (to keep from looking like I'm spamming my site) - but I ALWAYS make sure the first image posted has an easy to notice watermark on it (as in, visible from the thumbnail as well). These threads have the potential to live for a long time, and to be seen by a lot of different people. You may even notice a little traffic beginning to trickle in almost immediately, but it will still take several dedicated times spreading your images before the massive numbers begin to show up. Think of this as your "backlink" work in a sense, because it's just as important - every time one of those images gets saved and reposted, it's work that you didn't have to do yourself. Monetize your New Site: AdSense - If you don't have an account yet, give your site a little time and apply for one. Products - Is your meme part of a bigger niche? Advertise related products from Amazon! List Building - Allow viewers to subscribe to newsletters, and start your first list! Additional Notes: Don't end here, make sure you keep adding images to be released in the future. Begin a journey into networking; this is a perfect chance to see how Facebook fans or Twitter following works. Don't post without a proxy; if you're too obvious with your link you may get banned! Well guys, this is what netted me my first $100 through AdSense; it taught me a lot, and while there may have been easier ways to get from start to finish, the experience I gained from a single campaign was invaluable. Here's to hoping you find success!