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There are so many "punch line" websites like:




but it's a mystery how they ever get so popular.

I have an idea for a punch line website too, but I want to make it BIG!
Does anyone have any tips for marketing these kinds of sites?

p.s. and no, I do not own any of these sites, and am not disguising it as a question to market them lol.

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it's a mystery how they ever get so popular

For humor,* word of mouth online (digg.com, reddit.com, stumbleupon.com, community forums, and e-mail) and offline ("did you hear about ...") is all it takes to get people talking about the "punch line" (a.k.a. the "meme") and drive traffic.

Note: The same cannot be said for most other categories of web site offerings.

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Well, that's actually true of all types of website, and it's the principle that search engines like Google operate on. It's just hard to get people excited enough about your CRM software/B2B service/aluminum solenoid valves/etc. to actually link to your page and promote your products by word of mouth. – Lèse majesté Sep 9 '10 at 3:17
Turning things back around to the original question: if it's funny/salacious/interesting enough, it just needs to be released and it will spread on its own... (conversely, no amount of spamming social media networks will make a dull product or service worth talking about) – danlefree Sep 9 '10 at 6:03
I agree. I don't get why people keeping spamming various websites with their own boring websites. – jackman Sep 9 '10 at 23:35

Sites like acid cow, bored.com etc are worth aproaching to see if they will take up your punchline. short of that its really down to if your site is funny/engaging enough.

One thing that might work is getting your punchine to be spread by some influential social media users and forum mods etc...

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