Couple of years ago, I commissioned someone through elance.com to animate three cartoons for me using Flash technology. I came up with the overall concept of each cartoon and then the guy who did it for me fleshed it out into cartoon form. Each one cost me about $350 or so. They are hosted at one of my many domains… dog9.com. (If you’re a true blue liberal, you might want to just bypass visiting the site. It’ll only get you all worked up! Haha)
My intention was to drive traffic to the site using the topics that are covered and then sell advertising on the site. There are plenty of cartoon/joke sites out there that make lots of money from their traffic.
Well, I never really did anything with it. Even without doing anything, I still get about 25 to 50 visits a day and make about $20 a month through the affiliate links I have on the site. Can you imagine where I would be today if I had actually worked at getting some traffic?
If you were to pick topics that are related to popular keywords in the search engines and build some clever cartoons, you could build a bit of a following. I’m sure if I had kept adding cartoons, word would have spread eventually through the conservative world (target of my cartoons) and I’d be getting much more traffic than I get today.
If you haven’t seen the jibjab cartoon, you need to. This is a perfect example of cartoons driving traffic to a site. They’ve been featured all over the news and have gotten millions of hits. If they played their cards right, they would have made LOTS of money on advertising… etc.
My cartoon site is still there, however. I could focus on the traffic generation at any time. Just there waiting for me to do something with it.
Time is such a luxury. I wish I had more of it.