Friday, August 22, 2008

Gnomedex: Ben Huh, icanhascheezburger

One great presentation today at Gnomedex 2.8 came from Ben Huh of, featuring lolcats. Like WidgetBucks, icanhascheezburger is a Seattle company. If you haven't visited the site, it's fantasticly fun and addicting. He went through the "eras" of icanhascheezeburger, including crashing their $6.99/month Web hosting service in 2007, moving to WordPress later that year after outgrowing their self-hosting. He discussed the progression of the company, which was really fascinating. Check it out here and see a picture of Ben here (from Duncan Riley of Inquisitr)

They've now grown into a total of seven blogs (listed below), will hit 100 million page views a month next month and at peak times are getting 80 page views a second. By the way, there are 42 million cats in the U.S. and their data of lolcats is about 800,000 at this point - so get out there and start making your cats say funny stuff.

According to Ben, 90% of revenue comes from advertising, 10% from merchandise and Oct. 7 the icanhascheezburger book comes out, which will be another source of revenue.

more animals

Engrish Funny
I Has a Hot Dog
Fail Blog
Pundit Kitchen
Totally Looks Like

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