An “internet meme” is defined as something that spreads quickly on the internet.
Normally a meme will take the form of celebrity gossip, a funny new video/image, big sports news, tech news or a breaking disaster story. With social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Digg and Reddit, the speed with which these memes are shared is greatly enhanced.
These memes come and go in a matter of hours on the internet, with millions of people paying attention one minute, then quickly moving on to the next meme.
So while the world of internet memes is full of bald Britney Spears, Justin Bieber news and the lastest iPhone gossip, there is also a lot of opportunity to try and jump on a meme and write a blog post that relates in some way to it. The best way to do this is to find a meme that you think you can add further information or context to.
So if you’re a hair product company and Justin Bieber’s new hairstyle is going nuts on Twitter, do a post on the “ten things you can do to make your hair Bieber-licious.”
It takes a bit of creativity to jump on these memes, but if it is done right and you are in fact adding to the conversation the pay-off in additional targeted traffic to your website can be huge.
Here’s a few ways you can track internet memes:
Google Trends Hot Searches – updated every hour this site shows you the 20 hottest searches currently on Google.
Tweetmeme – following the most recent “retweeted” posts on Twitter.
Yahoo Buzz – ranks what the world is searching for on Yahoo at any given time.
Written by Kevin Grandia
[This is part of an ongoing series of articles on 50 Simple Tips to Better Blogging and you can check out all the previous tips there]