Just sharing my experiences as a newbie

Just sharing my experiences as a newbie | When I first joined ImgFlip I found it hard to get any views let alone votes on my memes like so many newbies I thought a Cabal controlled e | image tagged in sad happy cat,memes,imgflip,newbie | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
1,065 views, 37 upvotes, Made by isayisay 8 months ago sad happy catmemesimgflipnewbie
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Confession Bear Meme | you know... I'm really starting to like you | image tagged in memes,confession bear | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Awkward Moment Sealion Meme | IT'S COOL DUDE | image tagged in memes,awkward moment sealion | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Ancient Aliens Meme | Ta-Da! | image tagged in memes,ancient aliens | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
It's hard to believe that most people can't figure this simple piece of logic! Ok, quit screwing around, back to work, dammit! Ha ha! :)
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Steve Harvey Meme | RATHER THAN LOOKING AT THEMSELVES IT IS EASIER TO BLAME EXTERNAL FORCES | image tagged in memes,steve harvey | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Batman Slapping Robin Meme | It must be the Illuminati! STFU! | image tagged in memes,batman slapping robin | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
To begin with, people here are extremely finicky, there isn't a day that peoples tastes are the same here. I do what the hell I want! Lmao! Make them, submit them, no expectations, that's the best way! (That was the advice Socrates gave me and it's definitely the best I ever got for being here)
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THAT IS LOGICAL | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Hey isayisay, I memed about you today imgflip.com/i/1u1r3v
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Thanks man. Thought you were actually going to do that shopping list. lol :)
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4 ups, 2 replies
I saw a (serious) "advice meme" that said straight out don't expect to get many upvotes if you use your own images. If at all possible, use one of the "popular" templates--the ones near the beginning of the "all templates" list.

That's why you see the same templates being used so much. People look through "other captions for this meme" and often upvote them. If you are using your own template that won't happen.

Also, if you "Add image" to ANY template, Imgflip doesn't consider it that template any more, so it won't be included in the "other captions" group.
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One other thing is that no matter how good the picture match is, each template has a "standard" theme associated with it, e.g., "Bad Luck Brian", "Overly Attached Girlfriend". If YOUR meme isn't related, a common reaction is "Ugh! That's not the theme!"
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Know what you mean, which is why knowing your audience is important.

But there is also laughs to be taken from using standard templates differently. Which is what I am doing with this BLB here. Certainly not everyone's taste.

imgflip.com/i/1u0mgo
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I will not limit my creative expression for views and points! Of course I could *redirect* my creative energy more toward...lol <shrug> I get my 1st frontpager. It hits the top. Grumpy cat being negative. So...ya. :D
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According to most standard templates also allows your meme to feature faster than custom templates (but not always the case with me tho).

Standard templates carry with them standard reader expectations which can work for and against you depending on how you use them just like what you said below.

New templates does take some experience to get right. DashHopes does that well. Each time he posts up a new template you can be sure it goes to the top of the front page and there will be others using it too.
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3 ups, 1 reply
the only thing i know about imgiflip is that they are mostly american
congrates for reaching the leaderboard and beating raydog
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Thanks man
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Too many new users don't try to make their comments upvoteable. You are doing a great job.
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2 ups, 1 reply
To tell you the truth, though, I have more fun in the comments. 10 upvotes on a comment is like 100 votes on a submission for me.
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3 ups, 1 reply
Yes the comments are much more fun!
Yes greed is real but front page is much too fickle.
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Plus you'll be in the top half of the all time 100 by the end of the day perhaps. While i'd be stoked to hit 1/4 mil today! Lol :D
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3 ups, 1 reply
You're right almost there. :)
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Aug 13 2017 10PM EST number 50 on the all time points leaders list (of 100) congratz! :D
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Haven't been keeping track of that of late, still got lots of commenting to do. lol :)
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Wait...need 15k so that would really be something for me to do that today! lol :D
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Easily achievable. :)
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For you or Raydog! My daily avg seems to be 7k. lol :D And today has been under that. I can wait.
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:)
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:)
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:)
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When I first joined ImgFlip I found it hard to get any views let alone votes on my memes like so many newbies I thought a Cabal controlled everything; But then I realize that there is no cabal all I needed was to make the right memes for the right audience and make some friends along the way
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