Blast From The Past

I’ve been blogging for over a year now. However, most of the current readership has discovered this blog only in the recent months. While some readers have gone and read every single posts I have ever written, most are just keeping up with my current ramblings. I understand it can be a daunting task to read 700 blog posts so I thought I would point out some of my older works, which you may find interesting.

I hope that this will get more people to explore the archives. If this goes over well, I will post more “blast from the past” in future posts. Please let me know if you would like that.

How Not To Get Rich On The Internet – This was a post I made way back in December, 2005. I was invited to an “Internet Marketing Workshop” to give my opinion on what they taught.

Paying To Cook My Own Dinner – This was my very first food post. As you will see, my food postings have improved a lot since then.

The Wynn Garden Villa – If you thought my suite at the MGM Skylofts was big, check out the Villa at Wynn Las Vegas. I would love to book it for next year’s TTZ CES party.

An Inside Look At TTZ – I took some photos of the data center that housed the TTZ web servers. The photos of the servers are out of date because we’ve added more servers since then.

So You Want To Be A Google Whore? – This was my first big article and pretty much set the tone for the future direction of the blog. In this post, I explain “If You Build It They Will Not Come” and show the key to getting traffic.

Video Blast From The Past

This video, taken back in August 2006, has helped to reaffirm my status as the root of all evil. If you’re a bee lover, please don’t want the video.

40 thoughts on “Blast From The Past”

  1. Andrew Chen says:

    Hey John,

    Just want to tell you that whenever I try to access your site using a subdomain. It display a page saying the site is hacked or somthing like that.

    For example if I type in in the address box of the browser and hit entered. That page displays.

    Actually any subdomain you try on will display that page.

    I think you may want to look into that.

    1. John Chow says:

      Then don’t type any subdomains. 🙂 I’ll have my admin look at it. Thanks.

      1. Alex Becker says:

        lol, that was an easy fix.

      2. Jon Daniel says:

        Yeah, it’s the same message that showed up when your site was hacked while we were at CES. It’s the same on Stephen’s blog too. Darn hackers…

        1. Stephen says:

          Thanks. I’ll have to get the admin to have a look.

    2. Jane says:

      I guess people have nothing better to do than to hack into subdomains where not too many people visit.

      1. John Chow says:

        All subdomains now point to

  2. Gdog says:

    You truly are evil…you murderer!!! 😉

    1. Alex Becker says:

      I don’t think he killed it.

      1. Jane says:

        He might have stunned it though 🙂 It’ll live!

        1. John Chow says:

          I think it lived

  3. Leftblank says:

    Really eivl, no doubt. I must say those older posts are also pretty nice to see, gotta love those server pics, too bad you didn’t show any ‘insides’ of ’em 😉

    1. Stephen says:

      We bought the same ones. They look like this inside:

  4. Nomar says:

    That are some fine articles John !

    1. Jane says:

      I agree, I like the Google Whore the best…Great tips for everyone to use.

      1. Raghu says:

        I started reading John’s blog with that post – so the first impact was quite high !

  5. Scott Howard says:

    Good idea, I may have to do something like this myself sometime.

  6. bryan glanz says:

    Hey you embedded yet another youtube video. John you have the invite for the adbrite invideo ads so umm what you waiting on. If you do not already have a nice watermark image for the right corner. I would be interested in creating one for you otherwise It would be cool to have a little contest for a prize. Open it up to all of your readers.

  7. skintube says:

    Stupid question here but how are getting adsense to show up so neatly in some posts? Are you entering it manually into specific posts?

    Also, how do you ad the deal time ones in as well? Thanks!

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I was wondering that too. Why not monetize the videos too?

    2. He’s using the AdSense Deluxe plug-in to display the AdSense ads.

  8. Alex Becker says:

    This is a good idea. I just read “How not to get rich on the internet” I looked at that example store and its current page rank is 0. For some reason my blog has been getting a page rank of 3 recently and keeps cycling back to 0 then 3. So I guess I’m doing better and I paid $0 for it.

    1. Jane says:

      I get the same ranking. Depending on what time of day I try it, it ranges from 3 and 0.

  9. Great articles John! Making for some good reading today.

  10. Ryan says:

    John, I think these type of posts are great. Every once in a while I’ll see something interesting in the “Related Posts” section and start on a path that leads me to read a few interesting posts from early last year.

  11. Alex Becker says:

    I also read the Google whore one and I must say I considered the idea of making 100 sites. But then I tought I will just make one and see where it takes me.

  12. Marc says:

    Nice compilation John. I’m a new reader myself and this is a very helpful post. It never hurts to highlight your top material.

  13. Ms. Q says:

    Video made me think of the “Bambi Meets Godzilla” cartoon: Bambi peacefully grazing, classical music in the background then WHAM! A big clawed foot smashing Bambi. The End.

    In this case, bee minding it’s own pollinating business and FLICK! off to the Elysian Fields.

    1. John Chow says:

      I was very mean, wasn’t it?

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Root of all evil, killing baby pandas.

  14. Wow its me says:

    I went to a korean bbq place where we had to cook our own food, and for me and my wife it came to 70.00 . That was my first and last time.
    Funny story was I didnt know we had to cook it. They came by and put the meat on the grill and walked away…it started smoking and my wife was like we should flip it…I was like “no, they will be back in a minute” pretty soon it was on fire and a woman from the table over came over and told us we had to cook it ourselves…haha….
    Moral of the story…the wife is always right.

  15. Raghu says:

    One problem that I realized with your new comment structure – If I start to reply to a comment but cancel it the page does not get reloaded fine !

    Does not happen always but seen it a couple of time s. I have seen it in Firefox.

    1. Alex Becker says:

      That just happened to me also.

      1. Raghu says:

        Mr. John – Looks like a common problem. But dont know if you can do much though !

  16. Raghu says:

    I started reading your blog from the time you posted the Google Whore posting and have been a reader ever since !

    1. John Chow says:

      Good to hear I have long time readers. 🙂

  17. Hey John, I’m visiting via Wet Coast Women and started reading your posts. When I realized there are 700 of them, it was a relief to learn you’ve highlighted the best ones…

    I’m going to link to you if you don’t mind, start reading, then perhaps do a review to get a link back from you.

    Great idea – no wonder you are a mogul!

  18. Jane says:

    I would highly encourage you to post similar “blasts” from time to time…I think it keeps people involved when you reference something they had no clue you wrote. I would just caution the frequency of them. Great idea!

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