Bloggers Bring in the Big Bucks: How a personal obsession can turn into a popular favorite and maybe even a full-time job
Eric Nakagawa, a software developer in Hawaii, posted a single photo of a fat, smiling cat he found on the Internet, with the caption, "I can has cheezburger?" in January, 2007, at a Web site he created. It was supposed to be a joke. Soon after he posted a few more images in the same vein: cute cats with funny captions written in a silly, invented hybrid of Internet shorthand and baby-talk. Then he turned the site into a blog, so that visitors could comment on the postings. What happened after that would have been hard for anyone to predict.
"We just thought, O.K., they're funny,"Nakagawa says. "Suddenly we started getting hits. I was like, where are these coming from?"
And here I've been doing my famous "Artists' conception" schtick for YEARS and how much have I made off of this? Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nada. A double-scoop of nuttin'.
CLICK THE GOOGLE ADS, PEOPLE.
Artists' conception of people who click the frickin' Google ads like lab monkeys on crack:
Artists' conception of people who DON'T click the frickin' Google ads like lab monkeys on crack: