Dissecting John Chow dot Com

Kumiko’s Cash Quests has posted one the best review of John Chow dot Com that I’ve ever read. Kumiko was able to get under the surface and really dissect how a Dot Com Mogul makes money online.

Look past the banner advertisements and see the posts where he thanks those who bought him a beer. Is it a “thank you” post, or is it an advertisement for the sites linked to in the post? Is it an encouragement for others to “buy him a beer” in the hope that may too receive a link from his site at cheaper prices than his regular advertising options?

Look past the AGLOCO posts and see the traffic that they generate. Does he care about making money from AGLOCO or will he make more money through the publicity generated simply by having such a large network? Does your answer change when I tell you that just one of my comments on one his AGLOCO posts has already sent me over 2000 visitors?

Look past his free e-book as a learning tool and see the affiliate links in the book. Does it surprise you that affiliate sales are the blog’s second-biggest earner?

Look past his review me for a link back promotion and see that the “batch” posts only stay on the front page for around 4 hours. Is his plan to receive more traffic than he is giving out?

For a limited time, Cash Quests is offering reviews of your site for $50 and I must say, it’s definitely worth every penny. The review has sent me 167 visitors from the Cash Quests blog. However, over 500 people read Cash Quests from RSS so I’m sure the real visitor count sent by Kumiko is over 200. If you don’t have the $400 it takes to order a ReviewMe review on John Chow dot Com, then a review on Cash Quest is the next best thing.


60 thoughts on “Dissecting John Chow dot Com”

  1. Kumiko seems to be coming along pretty well. Too bad I can’t afford a review on either of your sites. Being a broke college student is blehhhh.

    1. Ankur says:

      How about easyfinancedreviews.com? 😆 😆

      1. Debo Hobo says:

        Great self promo plug! 😈

        1. kumiko certainly is doing really well

          2000 pageviews for one comment? wow, that’s impressive

          guess, i’ll have to go there and check it out and spread the word for avideoaday.com

          1. ritchie says:

            “Easyfinancedreviews.com” already exists. It’s called “social network” / blogger contacts.

    2. Brilliances says:

      Hasn’t she sold her blog? Somehow I don’t think it’s kumiko no more…

      1. Cash Quests says:

        It’s DEFINITELY not sold. However, there have been a few small changes that have increased the value of the site exponentially. Trust me, it’s still very much “kumiko-powered”!

  2. bob cobb says:

    definitely a great in depth review. Not a bad site overall.

    1. very good review

      i’m sure kumiko is jumping up and down for joy as she just saved herself 400 dollars

      1. She’s always been visible in John Chow dot com, and has earned a lot of respect from peers and readers for a while now. This only boosts her popularity.

  3. Debo Hobo says:

    Yes it is true everyone of John Chow dot Com posts are densely filled with affiliate links and ads that is not difficult to see. That is why he is a ‘mogul’. They are there for the world to see and click on but is done in a unobtrusive manner. As far as the Review me for a link back. It would be nice if he lived up to the agreement and posted the link. Still waiting for my link from June 23rd(Batch 90).

    1. john will keep his words for sure

      john offers the ebook for free, besides the affiliate links are just a live example to show us how to apply it in real life situation

    2. ritchie says:

      I’m also waiting… since the Google dismissal there haven’t been any new batch posts.

      1. Debo Hobo says:

        I wonder who else is waiting. I am starting to feel doooped.

  4. CFernandes says:

    I had also read the review before you mentioned it. Actually, probably the reason it didn´t send YOU more visitors is because most of his readers know your blog (it was my case), but if the review wasn´t of a blog that was already so popular, then he would probably have sent A LOT more visitors.

  5. H:H says:

    One comment = 2000 visits? no way

      1. i think she got that many over a period of time so no surprise there…wish i commented

    1. Cash Quests says:

      Way. I was in the post of John using the AGLOCO viewbar. John’s post got linked to by the AGLOCO company blog and traffic to his post went through the roof. I picked up the leftovers. 🙂

      1. Mubin says:

        So, it wasnt really from the comment you left, but from a link John left in the post?

        Also, I read the review last night and I must say it was very detailed. I also read on Kwan’s site how you are moving back from the kuminko came and turning it just into cash quests, could we see a possible sale in the foreseeable future?

        1. Cash Quests says:

          Let me clarify – there was a link in a comment that I left in the post.

    2. shman says:

      It is possible.

  6. AsiaPartTime says:

    Very detailed review. Best of the best…..

    1. it’s good, but not that good

      1. ritchie says:

        I agree. Nothing new in this review, but it sums up Johns tactics nicely.

      2. It’s a breath of fresh air actually. I’ve read a lot of John Chow reviews and I have to say this one is pretty good than most.

    2. Debo Hobo says:

      I really only points out the obvious. 😐

    3. shman says:

      Yea, it’s great. I wish sb. review my site like this ;).

  7. Mybloggo says:

    Maybe will buy a reviews Kumiko’s Cash Quests….

    1. $50 is rather cheap

      1. ouchs says:

        that is cheap

      2. ritchie says:

        In my experience it’s much better to go in with a low price; the higher number of reviews you get definitely pays off.

        1. That’s actually a good strategy — spread those reviews to hopefully reach more people.

    2. Mybloggo says:

      Ya i agree all the point…

  8. Casey says:

    I saw this post on the site and loved it as well. Excellent post.

  9. So basically everything John appears to be doing for other bloggers benefit, is actually to benefit himself… this is news worthy. You still owe me a glass of wine- John for leaving a comment on your keg party post. -Michelle

  10. Josh says:

    Fifty bucks for that review is great. It is very detailed, and well written. You got your money’s worth!

  11. Am I the only one having trouble viewing Kumikos site lately? I mean it just doesn’t load 🙁

    1. I can view it fine on both Firefox and IE.

    2. Mybloggo says:

      Me too can view by Both Firefox and IE

  12. In terms of trafic, are there any numbers on what amount of trafic/number of users is generated for JohnCow.com by search engines, subscribers, affiliate sites, mybloglog. Just wonder how most users come to this site.

  13. I was at this site before and generaly it is good idea.

    1. shman says:

      I have to agree with You. Kumiko is dong great job :).

  14. Must have been a great comment to drive that kind of traffic. 😈

  15. Fable says:

    Looks like a pretty good deal for me. And at $50, I might just order a personal review for my blog. 🙂

    Steve

    1. I could already see the reviewme requests pouring in. Snaps for Kumiko! 😉

  16. SELaplana says:

    i was reading it yesterday and I was really impressed by how she wrote the review. i think kumiko will be the next John Chow…. th eonly bad thing is she’s banned from Adsense.

    1. Cash Quests says:

      I make more money without Adsense than I ever did with it. I’d rather keep a reader on my site than send them away for ten cents.

  17. Bloggeries says:

    Interesting article, the author did a great job disecting and getting behind the apppearances on the blog. The real question is was the article written to review john or promote himself? Either way both were achieved so congrats. Also it was interesting to see the real perceived motives behind the actions. Pretty cool.

  18. Jason says:

    It is hard not to break even with $50…

  19. Chuck says:

    I visited Kumiko’s blog way back when she first started, and wasn’t too impressed (well, except for her pic, assuming that’s even her!)…but after scanning the site just now, I must say that I feel she’s come a long way in recent months. The article on the Chow-Meister was nicely put together, and she’s clearly done some other good work recently. A pretty good read!

  20. LoL, that is a great review. I like how you review folks then it disappears in 4 hrs. Even though it is gone in 4 hrs, almost all of your readers have read it by then.

  21. Jack says:

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    It’s DEFINITELY not sold. However, there have been a few small changes that have increased the value of the site exponentially. Trust me, it’s still very much “kumiko-powered”!

    You’re kidding right? CashQuests is so “un-Kimiko” it is a joke. I unsubscribed from the RSS feed and will be dropping it from the blogroll on my site.
    The current Cash Quests site is bland, boring and ORANGE! What a provocative color!
    Kumiko’s site was spunky and fun. It had fire, spit and gumption.
    Cash Quests is about as exciting as a melted popsicle on a sidewalk. An orange popsicle.

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