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What is a Meme and How to Make Them

Updated on January 20, 2014

Examples of Memes

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This site is popular for its memes.
This site is popular for its memes.
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New Year's resolutions after 1 month

You Probably Already Use Memes

You know those cute pictures everyone posts to their Facebook walls, sometimes with words, sometimes without. They're called memes and they are everywhere! Sometimes they can be used to make a statement in an eye-catching or humorous way, and sometimes they can be used to promote a blog or website.

Definition

/mēm/

Noun

  1. An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation.
  2. An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.

It can be a concept that is spread from one person to another in the form of a photo or a photo with text and is most commonly spread via the Internet.

Memes to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

By looking at my meme examples, you can probably guess some of their uses. The obvious one is humor and of course, making a statement. But for those of us who are bloggers, memes are a great way to DRIVE TRAFFIC to your blog.

Sites like Pinterest and Facebook are great places to show off pictures of all sorts, especially memes. The hope is that people will share and click on your meme, thus visiting your website or blog. You know you've done it with other people's memes, so why not your memes!

Important: the main meme needs to be the first picture for your blog. When you post to Pinterest, it automatically takes your first photo.

Creating Memes

One great place to make a meme is with Adobe Photoshop. You can purchase an older copy on Amazon for relatively inexpensive, or if you're going to use the program for things like personal photos or websites, then I'd splurge on a newer version. Thankfully, Photoshop comes with a book because it can be complicated; the program can do so much!

My new favorite place is a free website called iPiccy. I learned about it from a fellow blogger Dawn Edmonson. She has been successfully blogging on her site The Feathered Nest for six years now. She uses her memes to showcase her works on Pinterest which then drives people to her website. Love it Dawn!

Getting back to iPiccy, it's easy to take any photo and turn it into a meme. The first step is to choose the photo. It can be one you took or one you got from online.

To add text to any photo, click on the picture that looks like layers of paper (highlighted) and then click on TEXT.
To add text to any photo, click on the picture that looks like layers of paper (highlighted) and then click on TEXT. | Source
This is a meme I created for my website. I used a stock photo and added my own text.
This is a meme I created for my website. I used a stock photo and added my own text. | Source

Be Creative, Watch What Others Do

If you're like me, I like to "steal" ideas from others. Memes are no exception. While I might "steal" an idea, I try not to copy exactly what that other person has done. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.

In case you are dry when it comes to quotable quotes, here are a few websites to get some good ones:

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      5 years ago from California, United States of America

      I don't really get a lot of concepts on the Internet and it doesn't help that some sites on the Internet are ultra-hip and everyone is expected to understand it all even if it's not necessarily common knowledge. It's good to break it down and make it more concrete. I'm still figuring out some pretty "basic" stuff, some of it has taken me a long while to grasp. But that's how learning works; always discovering new things.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I really appreciate the encouragement. Sometimes, blogging and all that comes with it can make me feel like an idiot because I don't grasp these small concepts like the meme. Thanks for reading and the comment!

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Good explanation of what a meme is; even though I had a vague idea about them, my understanding wasn't concrete exactly; but you have shed light on it for sure. Also, good useful information, it's valuable to use images to promote our work. Thanks for sharing.

    • my_girl_sara profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading and the comment!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      mygirlsara,

      This is an interesting and useful hub. I learned a new word "mem" and how it can be useful in attracting viewers to my website. Voted up and sharing with followers.

    • dailytop10 profile image

      dailytop10 

      5 years ago from Davao City

      Memes can't be done with ease. It require high amounts of creativity. Thank you for sharing this hub! I enjoyed it a lot as I enjoy funny memes.

    • my_girl_sara profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Someone from Google+ just recommended another free photo editing site you can use for memes called Photoscape. http://download-photoscape-free.com/

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