It seems you can’t log onto the Internet anymore without seeing Internet memes. They clutter Facebook, Reddit and other major social media sites every day. It is understandable to see why. People crave quick humor to escape the stress and monotony of daily life.
Since there is such a strong demand for humorous content, publishers can capitalize off of it. This is especially true for anyone who wants to start a blog and build out a collection of funny videos and pictures. However, since there are so many humor blogs on the Internet, it can be difficult to carve out a competitive niche. If you want to start your own funny blog, the best place to start is by researching other successful humor sites.
Here are ten of the most successful humor sites on the Internet and the reasons they became so successful.
List of the Top Funny Blogs on the Internet Today
When it comes time to find laughter, look no further than what the internet has to offer. Whether it’s the latest funny cat video, online jokes, or even videos that were never meant to be funny — you will likely find all of them in the list of funny blogs listed below.
9gag is basically a Reddit clone solely for funny memes. It is a user generated content platform for people to share their favorite gifs, videos and other funny content.
Users can upvote and downvote submissions. The content with the highest number of net upvotes rises to the top of the site. This ensures that the highest quality content gets the most visibility, which makes the site more appealing to its users.
The website is also strategically optimized for high-volume keywords that aren’t as competitive as some of the other keywords targeted by other websites in this niche. The site is ranking on the front page for the term “dank memes.” Choosing keywords like this has helped carve a niche with its target audience.
2. Funny or Die
Funny or Die isn’t quite as dark of a humor website as it sounds at first glance. However, the memes and videos on this site are certainly a little bit more twisted than your average humor site.
It also seems to cater to a slightly different demographic than most other humor sites. The content is mostly geared towards older millennials and Generation Xers, rather than college and high school millennials and Generation Z viewers. The site seems to have done well by focusing on an otherwise untapped demographic.
CollegeHumor prides itself as the website that offers “The funniest stuff on the Internet.” Contrary to its name, the content is not directed primarily towards college students. However, it does seem to be better suited for more intellectual viewers than most other meme sites.
The jokes are also more detailed than those you will find on other humor sites. Most other joke sites have one-line memes, rather than detailed jokes that build up to a punchline. CollegeHumor is different, because it has videos and collages and tries to mimic stand-up comedy routines by offering more detailed humor, which sets it apart from sites like 9gag.
4. The Chive
The Chive also has richer and more detailed jokes than typical meme sites. They pull the readers in with list headlines and deliver an array of images to make a point. Their BuzzFeed style approach to humor has helped them create viral humor content.
Here are some examples of some of their list posts that went viral:
- Simply put, Mistakes Were Made (40 Photos)
- [Expletive] stealing parking spot every day gets the karma he deserves (5 Photos)
- The [Expletive] toilet humor you’ll ever see (25 Photos)
Previous research on viral content sharing shows that these types of lists seem to do very well, especially if they get shared on Facebook or Twitter. This appears to be one of the reasons that The Chive has really taken off.
Dorkly is a humor site dedicated to gamers. This is a massive demographic, so this site has grown by capitalizing off of it. Since their content attracts links from gaming related sites, it also ranks well for a number of gaming keywords. Some of the keywords that Dorkly ranks for include:
- Rick and Morty Memes
- Best 3ds games
- Best gamecube games
- Best Halloween costumes 2015
The site is ranking in the number one position on Google for each of these keywords at the time of this writing.
6. Faking News
Faking News is a satire site specifically for Indian readers. This is a demographic that has been overlooked by the vast majority of other publishers.
As somebody that lives outside of India, I admit that I don’t get many of the cultural references. However, the authors do a fantastic job blending Indian politics and pop culture into the humor, so even foreigners can appreciate the humor on Faking News.
Faking News shows that it is possible to create a successful humor website by targeting a large and less competitive market in another part of the world.
Cheezburger has a trending topic every day, which is an interesting approach most other humors sites don’t take. Readers can visit the site and see dozens of jokes around the trending topic.
One day, the trending topic was cats. You could find all kinds of interesting cat jokes.
It isn’t exactly clear how Cheezburger chooses trending topics, but they clearly know what their readers want. After taking a look at some of their old trending posts through the Way Back Machine, it seems that most of their jokes seem to be about animals. They clearly have done their research and know that animal memes are all the rage, so this has helped them get a ton of recurring traffic.
Smosh is a meme site primarily for pop culture references. Like Dorkly, the site tries to get traffic both from appealing to the general interests of their target demographic, as well as people that enjoy funny jokes. They rank well for both movie and comedic keywords.
Here are some of the posts they have created:
- 7 Celebs Share Stories of their First (Normal) Jobs
- OUR FAVORITE AUSTRALIANS (The Show With No Name)
- ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Trailer: This Movie Will Be Big! (Small?)
Pop culture references are a great way to draw people in, especially with good humor.
9. Bored Panda
Bored Panda is a website for interesting user generated content. The site has a humor section, which covers lots of amusing stories from its users.
Unlike most other user generated content platforms, Bored Panda makes sure that submissions with the most visibility are most likely to go viral.
This editorial approach is the best of both worlds. The editors can choose from a vast pool of content without having to pay a handful of content creators to create variations of the same stale jokes. At the same time, they ensure that low-quality submissions don’t dilute the value of the rest of their content.
10. Pleated Jeans
Most of the other sites on this list gained a competitive edge by serving a special market. Pleated Jeans is different. This humor site doesn’t follow any formula.
So, what is its secret to success? It is difficult to say, but it seems to be due to the founder, Jeff Wysask’s impeccable reputation for humor. BuzzFeed referred to him as “one of the funniest people on these here Internet tubes.”
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