2007 Year In Review

My Future’s So Bright, I Got To Wear Shades

What an amazing year 2007 has been. A year ago, I set a goal to make this blog into something big by breaking into the Technorati Top 100. At the time I made that goal, the blog was ranked 1,379. The blog will end 2007 with a Technorati rank of 45.

By any measures, the growth of John Chow dot Com has exceeded my wildest expectations. In 2007, the blog’s RSS readership went from just over a thousand to over 14,000 and blog’s income went from $3,440.66 in January to $27,240.83 last month. Here are some of the highlights of 2007.

TTZ Media Opens To Everyone

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2007 was the year I open TTZ Media to the general Internet. Before then, the site was a private network of technology based sites. This was definitely my biggest project of the year. The webmaster and blogging community has received TTZ Media very well. Since opening up the network on October 8, over 1,300 sites have applied and over 900 have been accepted.

I expect TTZ Media Network to become a major force in online advertising and has set of goal of 10,000 affiliates for 2008.

Getting Slapped Left and Right

2007 will go down as the year that I got slapped left and right. I was banned by Digg (later unbanned and placed on auto bury), kicked out of the official Technorati Top 100, targeted by a SEO hacker and bitch slapped by Google. The blog took everything that was thrown at it and continued to grow, much to the dismay of all the John Chow haters. I’m hoping the ride will be smoother in 2008.

A Major Redesign

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The blog got a brand new look in 2007. Thanks to the amazing skills of Nate Whitehill and the gang at Unique Blog Designs, John Chow dot Com went from free WordPress theme to its own custom brand. The new theme has already spun off a string of copycats.

MyBlogLog Hot Communities Record Holder

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John Chow dot Com, along with TechCrunch, ruled the Hot Communities of MyBLogLog in 2007. We were the only two blogs that were featured in the Hot Communities for the entire year. Other blogs came and went, but TechCrunch and John Chow dot Com were like permanent members because of our ever growing community of MyBlogLog members. Despite being listed for the entire year, referral traffic from MyBlogLog wasn’t that great.

Becoming An Internet Superstar

Being interviewed by Yahoo

I did not realized how high this blog had climbed until I attended the Blog World Expo. It was really amazing to see the number of people who knew me. Because of this blog, I got to meet a ton of new people in 2007 and I look forward to meeting a ton more in 2008.

Thank You for Reading

I want to thank every reader of this blog. You are the reason I keep writing. Your emails and comments help drive me to keep outdoing myself. Thank you for an amazing 2007 and I look forward to serving you in 2008.


87 thoughts on “2007 Year In Review”

  1. 2007 was a very good year, and the progress is very noticeable. Nice work. I found your blog just a while ago and I am sure I haven’t but scratched the surface. I have a lot to learn from it I am sure.
    Happy New Year and keep up the good work.

    1. Fat Man says:

      good stuff. hope 2008 is even better.

      1. Happy New year everyone!! :mrgreen:

    2. Yeah, his improvements are noticeable thats for sure. Hopefully our blogs can hit his standard one day 😛

      1. I think he will make more than $50k/month in 2008. 😈

  2. Bobby Rio says:

    John,

    What do you think has helped you stand out among all the other blogs in your niche?

    1. MoneyNing says:

      It’s his marketing efforts…

      1. Well he already had a VERY strong platform to launch from in TTZ. While John certainly is a good marketer, it helps to have a launching pad like that.

      2. John, with the Ruff PC ad at the top of this page, I can no longer see any content above the fold. I hope you don’t make that a permanent ad spot… 😕

        1. Woops… sorry, that was supposed to be it’s own comment, not a reply. Please feel free to fix that and delete this one. 😳

        2. Steven says:

          I can! =]

          But yeah, I assume most people wouldn’t unless you have a really high resolution running and a large enough monitor.

          1. I suppose I could but I don’t want to get bifocals any sooner than I have to 😆

          2. May I ask why you comment like 100 times for each post? 🙄

    2. Marketing. He is a marketing pro!

      “90% marketing, 10% content” i’m sure he mentioned that somewhere on his blog.

    3. Zac Johnson says:

      I would think the initial “Google Adsense Whores” was the booster of all boosts for the blog.

  3. A Fantastic year for johnchow.com! Well done John, I hope to emulate some of your success rate hopefully for 2008!

  4. Blog Clutter says:

    Happy New Year, and it has been fun watching the site grow this past year and I know it must be very exciting! Good Luck in 08! Hey I still have never got a reply from any emails I have sent to you 😛

    1. John Chow says:

      I never got the email. Must have been that spam filter. Please send it again.

      1. Fat Man says:

        thats what they all say…

        1. Maybe it really was his spam filter. I’ve been getting alot of my emails from my blog going there too

  5. Congratulations on your successes this year John! I’m sure 2008 will be even better.

    Happy New Year!

  6. David Chew says:

    Great job and congratulation.

  7. Zac Johnson says:

    2007 was awesome John… my first year blogging and I loved it!

  8. David Chew says:

    Happy New Year to everyone.

  9. dupola says:

    Happy New Year.
    Now here is 2008 in China.

  10. chetan says:

    Good work whole year John..
    And google penalty thing was not that shocking for me that time.. as Make money online sites were generally targeted by them!
    Great work.. hope to get more good posts and help in the future 🙂

    1. When john was banned it didn’t have anything to do with other sites. He got banned for breaking Google’s guidelines. The rest of the PR drops and things like that since then that lots of other bloggers have been hit with were a whole other thing.

      1. That Google ban was totally unnecessary. 😐

        1. Well, they want to keep people from gaming their system so from Google’s perspective, it was absolutely necessary.

  11. It’s hard to believe all that happened in just one year!
    By the way, any update on that site you were going to take from nothing to something?

  12. Congrats on all your success. You have definitely been a big inspiration for me and what I’m in the process of accomplishing with our blogs. Seeing what you’ve done has definitely shown it’s possible… as long as you bust your butt! Thanks!

  13. John Chow for Prime Minister! John Chow! John Chow!

    1. MoneyNing says:

      At least John wouldn’t increase taxes on Canadian corporations if he became PM.

      1. He’d make a rule that, if your a blogger and earn more than $27k/month they actually pay you for achieving it :mrgreen:

  14. witchypoo says:

    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about your site, but thought yeah, yeah. It’s a money site. I was pleased to see good content, and the ads didn’t make my eyes bleed either!
    Well done.

    1. David Chew says:

      He done a great job keeping readers and attract more visitor. 🙂

    2. Yeah. Hes good at ad placement too, even without Adsung‘s perfectly blended ad technologies

      1. Etienne Teo says:

        Congrats on your success!

  15. Al Young says:

    John,

    Congrats on your well deserved success. Would love to meet you in San Francisco later this year.

    Happy New Year

  16. Wes Mahler says:

    John Great POST, I loved it, success story, and you don’t seem evil in this one, very, just ‘happy with life’. awesome. its just a happy post, may sound corney, but life is good and your definintely making it happen.

  17. MoneyNing says:

    2007 was the year I started coming regularly. Nice to have you in the scene John.

  18. bob says:

    Congratulations! And have a happy & prosperous new year!! 🙂

  19. Congratulations John on your success for 2007. It’s pretty amazign to see that your blog went from making $3,400 in January to $27,000 in November. I’m hoping to get to $10,000 per month by the end of 2008 on all my affiliate programs and with my new blog.

    1. Thats some growth. I think his, earnings will be more stable around the $30-40k/month mark this year, but even so they are still nice earnings from a blog alone 😀

  20. enovator says:

    “The blog took everything that was thrown at it and continued to grow, much to the dismay of all the John Chow haters……………………………………. 😈 😈 😈 ”
    Lol

    I am big fan of John Chow Dot Com and would like to thank you for all the info you gave us in 2007 and hope you will continue in 2008

    Happy New Year

  21. vhxn.com says:

    Congrats John on your success for 2007 , Good Luck Continue your Journey

  22. abasits says:

    this was the year of success for your blog JOHN CHOW,
    many many happy returns to u, keep you blog live – 🙂
    and yes,

    I have a good news, within first three months my blog alexa rating is raised from 61,00,000 to 4,05,023.

    Thanks to all my readers 🙂
    -abs (http://www.snackaday.com)

  23. Steve v4.6 says:

    Congratulations on a great year! Best wishes and continued success throughout 2008!

  24. Blogvalia says:

    Great achievement John Chow, You simply Inspire me to go farther every day, thanks for sharing what you do to be successful. Happy New Year 2008 from – Blogvalia.com

  25. Congratulations with all your successes, John! You’ve done magnificently this year and set a good example for all other inspiring bloggers. Here’s hoping that 2008 will be even better and bring even more success to us all! 🙂

  26. Great year John! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Oh yeah! and thanks for placing your EntreCard on my site for New Years Day!

  27. Mike Huang says:

    You’re one lucky man, Mr. evil Chow, but despite Agloco’s closing, you should still thank them for actually starting your blog’s readership…

    If I recall, they put you on every member’s dashboard with a link to your blog..

    -Mike

  28. Etienne Teo says:

    2007 have been a good year for me and so it should come better in 2008!

  29. jOHN CHOW THE HEAVY WINNER OF THE BLOGSPHERE yOU GREW YOUR BLOG SO FAST OMG MAN CAN i HAVE YOUR AUOGRAPH BUT ANYWAY THANK YOU FOR FREEDOM POSTING.
    http://livelymoney.blogspot.com/

    1. Dude… honestly, the caps lock isn’t needed. Congrats though, you join my list of blogs to never visit. 🙄

  30. My husband told me about this article. I read it and thought, “Wow, that is aw.esome!” Congratulations on a great year. It is inspiring to see you stick things out and be successful because of it. I wish you a great 2008.

  31. shy guy says:

    Good job from you…
    You make revolution for blogger..
    And now you become blogger celebrity…
    Keep up good work…
    I want to achieve more this year..

  32. Alan Johnson says:

    Congratulations John on your impressive results as far as RSS subscribers, Technorati rank and blog income are concerned. You have clearly reached your goals so that, of course, some new and higher ones are in order 🙂

    Wishing you all the best for 2008,

    Alan Johnson

  33. tracy Ho says:

    All the best, is great to know of your 2007 achievement,
    Wish you advance success 2008

    Tracy Ho
    wisdomgettingloaded

  34. Steven Snell says:

    Congratulations John. I’m one of the thousands of readers that found your blog in 2007.

  35. Happy New Year John!

  36. Silvery says:

    Hi John,
    If we are your motivation to continue your writings, you are our inspiration to continue blogging! Press on…even harder in Year 2008! Congratulations and Happy New Year To YOU!!!

    Best Regards,
    Silvery Leo

    http://leoprofitnest.com/blog/

  37. Eastwood says:

    congrats John! You’re an inspiration. Happy new year!

  38. David Chew says:

    Is 2008 and good luck on you blog John and congratulation of all your achievements 😀 . By the way i will be giving free advertising space on my blog and if anyone would like to know more just come to my blog.

  39. Kris says:

    Awesome; it just goes to prove that if you love what you do and put in enough effort, nothing is impossible to achieve. Hope your blog continues to grow John. 🙂

  40. Congratulation on you current success. admire on you tenacity and courage to continue building your blog. patient, courage and hard working does not belong to anyone. people need to earn it. and you earn it.

  41. seo audit says:

    Congratulations on a great year.

  42. Benny Ong says:

    Well done John and you are definitely an inspiration. 🙂

  43. Congratulations John, you did a great job with this blog. 🙂

  44. Web Hosting says:

    Well he already had a VERY strong platform to launch from in TTZ. While John certainly is a good marketer, it helps to have a launching pad like that.

    1. Alan Johnson says:

      His reputation as a blogger and the brand he’s created for himself will definitely be of great help as far as marketing TTZMedia is concerned. Just one of the advantages of being a successful blogger, aside from the income generated by the blog in itself.

      Alan Johnson

      1. No, what the comment (which was originally mine) was saying is that he already ran a popular site (The Tech Zone) and that helped him quite a bit when he decided to really launch this blog.

        1. Alan Johnson says:

          Indeed, the fact that people knew him as the owner of TTZ has helped a lot and, at this point, thanks to his reputation as a blogger, every new project (such as TTZMedia) automatically receives quite an impressive jumpstart 🙂

          Alan Johnson

    2. Oooh looks like we have a new form of comment spam! This is just a copy of my comment above. Kinda sneaky…

  45. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog the last couple of months John. I’ve also gotten a lot out of your ebook as well.

  46. 2007 might have been a good year but 2008 will be even better :mrgreen:

  47. justin says:

    Seting up some challenging goals and then acheiving it need lots of dedication, efforts and motivation. Well done acheiving your goal with flying colours. Lets see how do you do in 2008:)

    1. Alan Johnson says:

      Sadly, it seems that (especially this time of year) most people just set goals and leave it at that. Setting goals is extremely important (after all, you can manage your time better/increase your productivity and only end up going along the wrong path faster without the right goals), but being able to work towards achieving them separates winners from losers, it’s as simple as that.

      Alan Johnson

  48. JC favour says:

    I LOVE JC.

  49. Superstar indeed. Congrats and you deserve it brother. :mrgreen:

  50. Congrats and good luck for 2008!

    I’m sure it will be just as exciting following your blog this year as last year.

  51. Semohn says:

    Excellent read, I am looking forward to implementing a lot of your tips onto our music blog for this year! 😎

    Happy new year!

    SemohnK
    http://www.thefreshpage.com/blog

  52. Thanks for all your great ideas! Congrats on a spectacular ’07 and here’s looking forward to a great ’08!

  53. Liviu Pantea says:

    Indeed you had a really great year John, it might have several reasons why things take this turn but thing is for sure you have real quality content, witch is more important than any SEO. Keep up an outrun your self in 2008.

  54. max says:

    Great job John! No matter how many haters, that will only only help you boost your fame!

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