$6,000 Contest from John Chow and XR.com

Boy! Have I got a contest for you! After I donated the $5,000 that XR.com sent me, Richard Lau asked me if I would like to do the same thing for a reader? With that, I would like to present the $6,000 Christmas Contest!

The winner will received $5,000 for the charity of their choice plus an additional $1,000 so they can buy something nice for the holidays.

That’s right! $6,000 of pure cash! None of this crap about winning something that’s “valued” at $6,000. To enter the contest, you need to sign up for an account at XR.com. Then you need to write a blog post about it. The post should link back to this contest, include the name of the charity you’re playing for, what you’ll do with the extra $1,000, and a review of XR.com. Richard asked that you link to XR.com using the keyword Tiny URL because that’s what they create. However, you are free to use whatever descriptive keyword you think fits them. Here’s an example.

John Chow is holding a new contest to give away $6,000 in CASH! $5,000 would go to the charity of your choice and $1,000 will go to you to spend however you want. If I win, I would give the $5K to [insert charity] and I would put the $1,000 into [a big party! Or whatever].

The contest is being sponsored by XR.com. XR.com is a tiny url service that [insert the rest of the review]. Sign up for an account and check it out!

Once your post is ready, send a trackback to this post. If you link to this post, the trackback should send automatically. If it doesn’t go, then enter the URL to your post in the comments. The deadline for entry is December 24. Winner will be drawn on December 27 at the last Dot Com Pho of 2008.

This is your chance to win big for your favorite charity and win big for yourself. I’m looking forward to reading the entries and discovering all the great charities out there. Good luck and enter now!

239 thoughts on “$6,000 Contest from John Chow and XR.com”

  1. Rich Chick says:

    That’s so decent of him! Good luck to everyone participating, I think I’ll sit this one out πŸ™‚

    1. How about $5k for us $1k for the charitites?

      1. John Chow says:

        Why stop there? Why not all for you and nothing for the charities? Please study the concept, “Give and you shall receive” if you don’t understand.

        1. Yeah its a good ratio and well worth entering, just for the charity alone, lets alone the pretty good prize money to the winner in cash

          1. That is extremely generous of him! It is so awesome to know their are people like this out there.

          2. Doesn’t look like I posted a trackback, so I’ll post my contest entry link here: http://webchief.blogspot.com/2008/12/6000-contest.html

        2. Ritesh says:

          I give, and I am not expecting anything in return.
          I’ve emailed you.
          my best,


        3. very well said.. $1k is enough for that… i will participate for good cause…

        4. Mubin says:

          Im sorry you took offense to my comment John, but is this the same person that promised the revenue to his “bloging experiment” to go to charities, but as soon as you started making some decent money decided against that?

          Please get off your high horse.

      2. Study Babes says:

        lol i cant believe someone even said that

        1. Rowell says:

          I hope he meant it as a joke but still..

        2. Joe says:

          Yeaaa…. Yeaaa.. you guys are all saints. right.

      3. Faisal Anwar says:

        wth, that would be good but this reward is for charity and I support whatever John’s doing. You go John!

        1. Eranda says:

          why don’t you bend over? πŸ™‚

    2. Taris J says:

      Thats an excellent idea for a contest and a great Holiday idea!! I’ll have to put some thought into this one!! πŸ™‚

    3. why sit this one out, its so easy to do. I’m getting started on mine now πŸ™‚

  2. Ian Fernando says:

    damn that is what is up john! giving to the holidays to a charity and cash for a fellow reader of yours! this is going to be a viral holiday!

  3. Pheak.T says:

    what a deal, good advertising for xr.com as well.

  4. Who gets the charitable tax write off receipt? XR.com or the winner?

    1. John Chow says:

      It would depend. You can claim the tax receipt but then that $5,000 you donated will have to be claimed as income to you. The end result would be you owe money. If XR.com donate directly to the charity in your honor, they get the receipt but you don’t get the income hit. You will need to claim the $1,000 as income however.

    2. Chris says:

      Does it really matter. Just as long as the money goes to help a good cause.

  5. Tim Jones says:

    Going to write my post, now.

  6. Wow one of the coolers contests you’ve ever had John πŸ™‚

  7. eric tan says:

    Will participate… Awesome philantrophy day after shock

  8. |1f34|-|1r3 says:

    this is just great John..Just wait for the entry from me !

  9. Got the post up now John,and I am sure all the homeless animals over at the shelter will thank you if I win.

  10. James Wilcox says:

    Perfect time for a charitible contest! I’m sure Habitat for Humanity will thank me when I win! πŸ™‚

  11. Rowell says:

    A contest that does something great! $6k for a charity would absolutely be awesome, especially in these economic times. I’ll be participating and good luck to everyone else!

  12. phobos says:

    Count me in as well πŸ™‚ will post something later

  13. John you got my attention! I’m just wondering how will you pick the winner. Randomly choose from the candidate list or?


    1. John Chow says:

      Right now, it’s a random draw but that’s not written in stone yet.

      1. Ok thanks for the answer. I’m just interesting if i have some chances.

  14. Freeman59 says:

    Great idea ! I’m in on my blog : http://www.freeman59.fr/?p=3145

    $5000 for les “Restos du coeur” great charity that give some food for all that live in the street (especially in this period)

    $1000 for me for giving a contest on my blog ($250 reward) and $750 to buy a new camera and make some ads πŸ˜‰

    i’m linking here because the backlink don’t show automatically !


  15. Going to post about it in couple days count me in on this

  16. I am blogging this….will send you the url

  17. DollarDevil says:

    I’m all about this contest. It’s too bad the contest doesn’t end sooner to make for an even better Christmas for some. It’s okay, I plan to review and post about XR.com in the coming days and will have a trackback link for you ready to go soon!


  18. Kile Gates says:

    In case my Trackback didn’t work here is the link.

    Thank you very much and you guys are a god send. Have a wonderful and Happy Holiday!

  19. Very nice to see you donating to charity again. I’ve seen many bloggers getting into the habit of donating there extra earnings. This is a great habit and I love to see it.

    Your a very big inspiration chow, keep it up.

  20. Snow says:

    wow, $6,000 is absolutely a cool prize! πŸ™‚

    1. Nice, I’ll take some of that $1,000 and buy my wife an iPod for Christmas and give the $6,000 to uh…I’ll have to think about that, there’s lots of great things to give that kind of cash to in our area.

      1. John Chow says:

        $1,000 for an iPod? What’s it made of? Gold? πŸ™‚

        1. T says:

          In some countries in eastern Europe you can find an Ipod at even 1000$…. Stores around there are just ripping off people.

  21. Ryan McLean says:

    Hey John,
    Thanks for the opportunity to do this. I claim this idea because I wrote this idea in the post where you said you received $5,000. I said you should make it a competition and give the readers a chance to win it. So I hope I win the competition.
    Here is a link to my post http://www.smarterwealth.net/2008/11/win-6000-on-john-chow/ which will go live in about 14 hours.
    I did everything you said…signed up for xr.com and posted about the competition so I really hope I win (I don’t often win competitions). Good luck to all (especially me)

  22. Talk about a high roller! πŸ˜€


  23. Shannon says:

    Wow What a wonderful gift for the holiday.

    1. gendut says:

      great news and gift in year end of 2008

  24. WMW says:

    I think i’m going to give this one a try John, its for a good cause.

  25. Another $5k for charity is nice. Best of Luck for all them

  26. I just might take part in this excellent contest. Thanks again John!

  27. Rowell says:

    I really wish I had $5k just lying around so I can give it to charity rather than trying to win. Even if I don’t win this contest I will donate as much as I can.


  28. jesse grant says:

    Thank John and Xr.com , here is the link where I did my contest entry linking back to both your sites . πŸ˜› Good luck everyone


  29. Eman says:

    Great idea! And will participate.

    Thank you.

  30. gendut says:

    wow…..great challenge with ……great prize…..!!!!

  31. Wow, it is just getting better all the time. Keep up the good work guys!

  32. Simon says:

    Oi, John! I’m from New Zealand. Just letting you know that the NZD/USD exchange rate is looking pretty good at the moment. If you give the money to me and my charity, we could make it stretch a loooooooooooong way!

    For those who want to know who my charity is: http://www.thoughtsfromdownunder.com/archive/2008/081125.shtml

  33. Hey Moto – John!

    Been following you on Twitter, and this caught my attention. This is indeed a worthy contest, and I’ll definitely enter it straight away. $5,000 to our favorite charity is very generous, and I’m sure whoever wins, their chosen charity will appreciate the extra cash.

    On a side note, are you going be at Interop in Vegas this coming May? I’m gonna try to be there, and could use another dose of Moto Party Madness. πŸ˜‰

    Ross (Tolemac on Twitter and at TTZ)

  34. shun2u says:

    but the XR.com seems so simple..

  35. donsanchez says:

    Should a little german boy like me try that too? Hmmmm…

  36. wow, this is a big amount. i’ll post about the contest after this. keep up the with the big prizes!

  37. jobucks says:

    wow, $1000 dollars is enough for me to have a big party if I won

    1. Have you written blog post yet?

  38. @seavista says:

    Great contest..I love these types…everyone wins.

    If you are looking for a great charity try:


  39. TechZoomIn says:

    Am into the contest!

    Here is my post: http://www.techzoomin.com/yet-an-another-blog-contest-by-johnchow-of-worth-6k/

    If i win the contest i will give $5k to Autismspeaks.org and will host a contest like this with the help of other $1k πŸ™‚

    That John for giving an opportunity to try my luck πŸ™‚

  40. Erz says:

    Here’s my entry:

    My account name at xr.com is blogga.


  41. Hey John! I’ve blogged this… (I don’t think the trackback worked, so here’s the link: http://netchick.net/2008/11/25/wow-this-is-a-great-contest/)

    Thanks! Best of luck to everyone!

  42. Jacob says:

    Good luck to everyone participating! That is a lot of money for some Christmas fun, and also a good time to give to charity. πŸ™‚

  43. Ian Evans says:


    Having just lost a dear friend to heart disease my entry would send the whole $6000 to hear research at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Here’s my url:

    http://www.digitalhit.com/evansabove/archives/2008/11/25/xrcom-and-paying-it-forward or http://xr.com/7if

  44. Great idea for a contest around the holidays John. My post is showing up in the trackbacks below and is also at http://www.trishalyn.com/2008/11/who-would-you-donate-5000-to/

  45. Awesome idea, John. I should be in the trackbacks below, but a direct link is also here: http://crystal.earth-byte.com/john-chow-and-xrcom-donating-6000/

    Yay for Charity πŸ™‚

  46. Carl says:

    I don’t think the pingback went through.. so http://www.k-rad.hk/just-trying-to-win-some-money/

  47. BusinessX says:

    Great idea with the awesome charity give but some really decent cash also for the winner. Richard Lau is a great guy and hope XR.com works out for him.

  48. Media6 says:

    Is it possible for me to join?? I created my first very own customized website last may and I am getting visitors lately.. The purpose of the site is for me to practice coding..

    Anyway, I really wanted to help the charity this Christmas especially the National Charity here in the Philippines..

    I’ll post a comment here once my post is up..

    Thanks for the oppurtunity

  49. dzerom says:

    i will join this cool contest to help other Filipinos…

  50. I love such contest! Awesome!

    Sent my trackback.


  51. Very cool contest John. If I have the time, I will enter as well.

  52. HelloKit says:

    My Movable Type does not pick up your Trackback URL for some reason. Here’s my post:

  53. Dhyarga says:

    xr.com user id musyodik

  54. Wim says:

    John, is it ok if the article is in dutch?

  55. Nilo says:

    Please check my post, hope you like it http://xr.com/fds

  56. Media6 says:

    I used a self-programmed blog.. So it doesn’t do trackbacks.. Here’s the linkhttp://www.media6.co.cc/blog/10/Christmas-contest-from-John-Chow-and-XR.com.html…

    Hope I win

    1. Media6 says:

      Let me correct it. http://www.media6.co.cc

      My user id in XR.com is ertaboy356b

  57. game-girl says:

    The idea has a great spirituat value. It is vague what to do. What is the average salary now in the USA?

  58. gadis says:

    wow, win 6,000 amazing

  59. Clarisse says:

    This is a really nice contest. It’s a good way to help those people who really need the money. Here’s my post: http://such.dazzling-notes.info/2008/11/28/6000-contest-from-john-chow-and-xrcom/

  60. Dhadha says:

    hi john! this is really a nice contest. btw, here’s my post: http://i-heart-contest.com/2008/11/28/contest-from-john-chow-and-xrcom

    thanks for this great opportunity! more power! πŸ™‚

  61. Robinoz says:


    I’ll enter, but if I won, would you pay the $ to an Australian charity?


  62. Ben Pei says:

    Way cool.. I am in for this!

  63. Gary Viray says:

    Hello John. I’m joining this contest. My entry can be found at

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  64. Costin says:

    I’m not into money-competitions but maybe some of my 5 rss readers will πŸ™‚

  65. ugur celik says:

    You’re totally right that, that is true
    Published on my page http://www.videozox.com/

  66. Rick Gundzik says:

    Couldn’t find trackback, here’s my link.


    Thanks John

  67. Karl Hadwen says:

    Paying it forward is the way to go, When I start making some extra money from my blog, for sure I’ll be donating a certain percentage to a charity, such as a cancer related, as certain family members have died from it πŸ™ You guys can check my blog out at http://www.genxor.com

  68. Blogology says:

    We have posted about the contest to spread the word, and of course reviewed XR for a chance to win. But we don’t want a penny, rather (like many other entrants) we would ensure $6000 went straight to our Children’s Charity, plus we would kick in all our blog profits for the month of December!


  69. Sajid Iqbal says:

    Nice idea but dont think the charities I would like will be included. So not going to tak part.

  70. Genius says:

    Hi John, I posted my link but it is not listed, if you don’t like my blog, please at least tell me

    Link: http://toprecentnews.blogspot.com/2008/11/win-6000-contest-from-john-chow-and.html

  71. Ori says:

    Hi John, I’m taking part, and this is my post link:

    Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

  72. Hajib says:

    I just participate! good luck to everybody… very cool site… from this long of URL…


    to this short!

    http://xr.com/rdy <—- its only 8 character… wow!!


    1. ugur celik says:

      thats nice blog. good luck hajib
      thats mine http://www.izlevideolar.com/

  73. contentpig says:

    In sales we like to call this a win win scenario. XR.com gets mad crazy traffic John Chow gets the pings/trackbacks and I get a chance at $1000 and some charity gets $5000 sounds good to me. Thanks for the opportunity!

  74. contentpig says:

    In sales we like to call this a win / win scenario. XR.com gets mad crazy traffic John Chow gets the pings/trackbacks and I get a chance at $1000 and some charity gets $5000 sounds good to me. Thanks for the opportunity!

  75. MY-Hou says:


    1. Jackie says:

      what is thist ? my-hou
      it isnt working

  76. cool contest if only i had a blog

  77. alek says:

    Great idea John and XR – apologies for missing this post when it first went up.

    The Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease would love to see another $5,000 donated to help find a cure – please see blog post #256 here – http://www.komar.org/cgi-bin/christmas-blog

    And if you want some holiday fun, swing by in the evening for the 20,000+ lights that you can not only view via three live webcams, but also control – D’OH!

    1. ugur celik says:

      it is not good alek.. good luck

  78. Takumi86 says:

    Hi John, thanks for this contest

    I have create a new blog entry post Here

    also here’s the link when i shortening the blog post using XR.com

    1. kadin says:

      thats nice blog.. good luck

  79. I am in the contest. I made my blog at http://christmascontest.blogspot.com/ and used the XR.com to make the Tiny URL at http://xr.com/sop.

    Warm Regards,
    William Clements
    [email protected]

  80. Karun says:

    using xr.con:

    i really wanted to help the less fortunate kids here in the Philippines well goodluck everyone!

  81. Great concept John. I’ve been out of the blog game for a while but sure am glad to see you doing what you’ve enjoyed then and still doing the same. πŸ™‚

    – Swapw

  82. W3 Planting says:

    Really like the idea donating a major amount to charity, they really deserved the money more than us; here is entry for the contest


    Best of Luck to me πŸ™‚

  83. mova nugraha says:

    this is my first comment on John Chow website
    And this is the first time I joined a blog contest


    This is my blog post

  84. wasn’t sure if this is how i Trackback or not. You got a tough job ahead of you picking the winner! *crosses fingers*


  85. mova nugraha says:

    I just curious and wondering how to decide the winner?

    just curious

  86. Rich Hill says:

    Just blogged about this contest on LinkMoney dot org.
    Mine is Shorter Than Yours Contest.

  87. HELPSBLOGGER says:

    dear sir,
    i am a 20 year old guy from india just started blogging.i wanted to take part in your contest so wrote about your contest in my blog with xr.com’s review.i have only two articles now in my blog including your contest.if you have time then please take a look at my blog.i will be glad if you give me some tips.
    here is my contest post:

  88. stormwhiste says:

    Great Job John!!!
    If I will to win this contest, I will donate all of the $6,000 to charity. No one needs it more than them especially during this challenging time.

  89. Louis Liem says:

    Hi John!
    I’ve got it blogged here: http://www.homebiz.bukiki.com/win-1000-from-johnchowcom-and-xrcom/
    and for the prizes, I prefer donating them to Kiva.org and have my own for some investments and domain renewals.

  90. phostan says:

    Great contest. πŸ™‚ will be blogging about xr.com

  91. phostan says:

    Hi, not sure if my post will be trackback here … not sure how to do it …. here’s my post url πŸ˜› http://www.phostan.com/2008/12/win-6000-with-john-chow.html

  92. Awesome Contest John!

    Here is my post!

    From 68 characters to 16

    Chad Van Norman

  93. arun says:

    I am done..

    here is my post : http://www.befolks.com/blog/johnchow-6000-contest-with-xr/

    xr tinyurl : http://xr.com/rpk

    expecting the results.

  94. Mama BoK says:

    Hey .. John,

    Can I pick my daughter’s school project “PENNY 4 PLAYGROUND” as the charitable organization..?? or does it have to go to the Heart Foundation or Cancer Association..?? thanks.

    1. John Chow says:

      As long as it’s a registered charity, yes.

  95. Ok, I finished writing my review, here’s the link just incase the trackback doesn’t appear.


    I’ve used XR.com quite a bit since I heard about it here.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the money for my chosen charity, I’m sure a charity will be extremely grateful at the end of this.

    Kind regards,

  96. Helmi Asyraf says:

    Hi John Chow,
    I just checked the trackbacks below and I couldn’t find my review links. I am not sure why.

    So, below is the link for the review…


  97. Cah Kontes says:

    Hi John!

    blogged here: http://www.cahkontes.com/kesempatan-menang-1000-dari-johnchowcom-dan-xrcom/
    and for charity, I’ll have wwf.org for $5,000 and my own piggy bank for the $1,000 πŸ™‚

    best of luck!

  98. mama bok says:

    Awesome..!! i’ll check with the school. Thanks..!!

  99. Wow…This is a great money! I’ll definitely donate the money to mercycorps.org and make use of the rest of the money to promote my blog. You can see my post in the following post- http://xr.com/4ss

  100. Yen says:

    Hello, this is an amazing contest and I just like the idea of giving that amount to a charity! So, I joined too;) Here`s my post!


    Kodus to you Mr. Chow and to the sponsor! Bless you heart! and Happy holidays!

  101. Yen says:

    Hello, this is an amazing contest and I just like the idea of giving that amount to a charity! So, I joined too;) Here`s my post!


    Kodus to you Mr. Chow and to the sponsor! Bless you heart!

  102. IT Freak says:

    I would also like to take part in this contest. Here is my my blog link. http://itandbusinesstalk.blogspot.com/2008/12/win-6000-with-john-chow-and-xrcom.html

    You can also check out my site: http://xr.com/mfx

  103. I think that I would donate the money to a single mom who needs their light bills paid for for the year

  104. I was just reading all the comments Chow and I’ll have to say that you have really inspired people to pay things forward. The fact of the matter is that … if you are generous then those who want to be generous and who are generous will surround you and vis versa. Chow have you written about what made you give your money away or at least your thought process from it. Such as you saw something that sparked it or a personal belief of sorts?

  105. Holly says:

    Hi John! I’m entering my submission. Here’s the link: http://9-5sucks.com/node/7
    My blog is very new so please don’t judge too much when you go see it πŸ™‚

  106. Mik says:

    Here is my post in case the trackback doesn’t work: http://slightlymordant.com/blog/2008/12/15/win-some-big-money-in-john-chows-contest/

    Awesome contest.

  107. Camper says:

    Here’s my post.. i ever πŸ˜€


    May God Bless all participants. Thanks for the good cause!

  108. AhTim says:

    linked to this post but no trackback appear? my post url here http://ahtim.com/win-6000-contest-from-john-chow-and-xr-com/

    –blog for dream–

  109. David says:

    I wrote about your contest here: http://www.dailydollarreport.com/john-chow-6000-contest/

    Nothing like $1000 extra in your pocket πŸ™‚

  110. Picasso says:

    here’s my entry and my review of XR.com


  111. iceah says:

    Hi John,

    I just came into your post about the contest. I hope I am not too late in joining. Here’s the link to my post : http://xr.com/0qe

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!!!

  112. Made my post and registered for XR.com. Here is my post using the XR tiny URL service: http://xr.com/iyy

    Thanks John Chow dot com and XR for the contest.

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