Dot Com Pho – Stupid Human Tricks Edition

I’m back in Vancouver for my fist Dot Com Pho since moving to Seattle. Of course, everyone got a big laugh out of that since I moved to Seattle only 6 days ago so I didn’t really miss any Vancouver Pho. While I like to say I came back to Vancouver just for Dot Com Pho, the truth is I came back for a family wedding (one of my cousins is getting married).

This episode of Dot Com Pho is a bit longer than most. However, I think you’ll enjoy it more because we got into a bunch of stuff that we’ve never done before. Stuff like stupid human trick. We also to got meet Dot Com Pho’s newest and youngest member and I got a real hand written letter in the mail from a reader! Enjoy the episode and tune in next week to see where I end up.

111 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Stupid Human Tricks Edition”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    LOL you missed nothing…

    1. Ed Lau says:

      I’d like to also point out that we all eventually got it right.

      1. Nice tricks You’ve got there John. You gotta learn how to do the tricks ed. It will be important to entertain your children in the future..

        1. To entertain … Ed’s smile is more than enough … plus he got great sense of humour as well.

          Ed, I am also requesting please add Indian food category as well in your blog.

          1. Ed learned all the tricks pretty quickly. Much faster then some of us including me.

          2. John should do a pho tour and get all of our talents on film.

          3. Yeah … for that John should open new blog.

            I do not want that this blog should get more category.

          4. Ed

            Now two people are asking for Indian food category in your blog, so add it.

            All people from India, request Ed to try Indian food as well.

            Go for Butter Chicken and Naan or Chicken Biryani or Butter Paneer with Kulcha.

          5. Ed Lau says:

            Will do. I enjoy Indian food a lot so I’ll update with some Indian posts in the future.

          6. Would love to read your comments and your view on Indian food.

    2. I think he had withdrawals even before missing any Pho meetings 🙂 Sure it was a wedding…

      1. John is not addicted to Dot Com Pho as you seem to imply however jokingly.

        1. That’s without a doubt, but the actions of person speak highly as opposed to the words or intentions…however sincere.

          Based on the 6 day hiatus, one would think it would be a habitual pattern that he could not do without (aka withdrawal).

          Now, we all know that John wouldn’t travel to Vancouver just for Pho, but it sure is a coincidence…

          1. Dan Lew says:

            These around the table talks look really fun!

          2. Yes they have all kind of members … with different talents. So you can expect such blasts.

    3. Dan Lew says:

      Congrats on your 250 or so hits in your first 2 weeks 🙂

      1. Ed Lau says:

        That’s per day…not over two weeks time.

        1. PPC Ian says:

          I’m very impressed! Great work on ramping your traffic so fast. Also, great work fixing your blog from eating itself! 🙂

          1. Hey Ed

            Thank you very much for adding Indian food in your

            Really like it.

            Try Paneer items

  2. d3so says:

    In today’s world of technology you actually got a snail mail letter, pretty cool. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for future dot com phos.

    1. That is what we called Classic. ^^

      1. kinda like a ’56 Chevy 🙂

        1. And they don’t make cars like they used to anymore! “snail mail” is still a lot more personal than an email and can have a great effect.

          1. Now only banking or attorney or telephone bills use postal mail.

    2. I know right, getting a hand written note in this day and age is pretty cool.

      1. Hand written letters work and they have a much bigger impact than email. They also require more work and a stamp.

        1. exactly, it gets the authors attention quite well.

          1. well worth the cost of postage may I add.

          2. Yep, look what it just did with John. Got enough attention he put it on video.

          3. Boy John was really really happy for that.

            Its like we found the precious things of our grand parents … lollzz

          4. ibnujusup says:

            i like curry very much… 🙂 chicken or meat curry… it is awesome… 🙂

  3. Sahil Kotak says:

    So, from now on wards Dot Com Pho’s would be in Seattle or Vancouver? 😀

    1. d3so says:

      I think they’re going to have them in both places. Johns gonna have his own branch in Seattle while the Vancouver guys continue without him, at least I hope they continue; very interesting bunch they are.

      1. Sahil Kotak says:

        Hehe, that would make some problem for sure but let’s see what John does 🙂

        1. I’m sure they both will go strong!

      2. Hope so, since Ed has lots of interesting ideas in his mind. And there is Michael and also some other interesting peoples too.

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          Yeah, I think they would try to meet each other in next closest place.

          1. Because Camera was on John’s control than he was leading Vancouver dot com pho.

            After John I think Ed will start leading.

      3. That would be pretty cool if different parts of the country started having them and John made appearances to all of them.

        1. John will still be visiting the Dot Com Pho in Vancouver about once every month.

          1. Yeah, but if other cities across the country would start hosting them, John can have a might network…

          2. I am sure when John will visit that dot com pho will be special one.

  4. PPC Ian says:

    John, congrats on your cousin’s wedding!

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, congratz John!
      Btw, what did Stephen name his baby?

      1. Oh yeah, that small thing…the wedding, no pictures?

        1. d3so says:

          I guess no one wanted to be a sponsor

          1. Yeah I remember once he asked for the sponsor of his child name.

    2. SEO Tips says:

      Yeah man, congratulations! It’s kind of a coincidence too because my cousin is getting married as well, though she’s form Seattle.

  5. PPC Ian says:

    Can’t wait to see the first Seattle Dot Com Pho!

    1. d3so says:

      Well, there was already one when he went down there to shop for a house remember?

      1. Did he post a vid about it, I dont remember seeing…no vid, no proof 🙂

      2. PPC Ian says:

        I think I missed that one, I will check the John Chow archives to see if I can find it!

    2. Sahil Kotak says:

      I would also be interested in that. 😉

      1. There was a post with a video from the one in Seattle. D3so is right about that.

        1. d3so says:

          Yeah, he was with the UBD crew and talked about their squeeze plugin.

          1. If you guys wanted to know about that post and want to see that post than please go here –


  6. Jeff Caceres says:

    It’s good that you’re back again in Vancouver, John. At least your fans in Vancouver missed you a lot and your Dot Com Pho edition as well. I have to say congrats for the successful wedding of your cousin.

    1. Lol, he was only away for six days and you already missed him? SY

      1. d3so says:

        I know right? It’s not like you have to see him every single day.

        1. I do not know but we would love to environment of dot com php at seatle.

          Without Ed this will be light I think …

    2. I think he may be gone already…I can’t imagine a wedding being held on a monday or even sunday (although very possible on long weekends).

      1. Why would anybody miss John when he didn’t even miss any Dot Com Pho since he moved?

        1. hmmmm…good question, I sure didn’t mention anything about missing him. I think most of us get enough of John through his blog 🙂

  7. back to the old days a letter in the mail that is hand written.
    you should look at this another way,
    old style marketing still works, its like fashion it goes out of favour then in a few years it comes back in

    1. d3so says:

      Imagine if you marketed with snail mail to your email list. You would probably convert up to 30% more.

      1. Sahil Kotak says:

        Probably more as they would think that they got a personal snail mail.

        1. That would reduce spam d3so.. ^^

          1. Yea, there is no “spam” button for snail mail:)

          2. I am sure D3So will stop himself … if he wont get conversion …

            Because postal mail cost money 🙂

      2. Yeah, but your expenses would go up as well, paper, envelops, postage, pens, etc.

        1. d3so says:

          You can get as much spam in your mailbox as your email.

          Yes, supplies can bring costs up but if you’re promoting a high comission product, it’s worth it.

          Sending personal letters is key in local affiliate marketing.

          1. When was the last time you’ve received a personal letter?

            When did you right one?

          2. I meant when did you write one?

          3. d3so says:

            I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve written and mailed a personal letter. I also can’t remember the last time I’ve received one. Well, I do get cards on my birthday that are pretty much like letters because people write stuff inside.

          4. I think I got one about 4 or 5 years ago. So it shows that if a person gets one now it’s a memorable event.

          5. d3so…you need to get with it bud, don’t lose track of your roots 🙂

          6. I think the last thing I wrote anything in that went in the mail was a birthday card. Might be on to something with sending an actual letter to your list.

          7. Received one 3 weeks ago…wrote one 7 weeks ago…although rare, they still are created and received.

          8. Yeah. Local affiliate marketing is something good to concentrate on. And it is just the best option for local business.

          9. Jeff Caceres says:

            In my country, local affiliate marketing is not that common. I usually market the products and offers to targeted customers in other English speaking countries like US, UK, Canada and Australia. If it’s common, I should have promoted the offers heavily and easily.

          10. I think Frank Kern said teaching local offline businesses how to market online is the best opportunity internet marketers will have in the next 5 years to make a million.

          11. commission and revenue are one thing, but profits are another. The more you can maximize ROI, the better your chances of success.

  8. Happy to see you back…….enjoy

    1. Sahil Kotak says:

      He was just back for 6 days. 😉

      1. I think he was gone for 6 days, not back for 6 days…

        1. No need to count the days but if you insist on it it was 7 days or one week.

          1. Well, this post was published today, and in it he claims he was away 6 days….not sure how you would get 7 from his statement of 6???

  9. MyBB says:

    Yeah, congratz John!

  10. I know the nose trick, it’s the last finger that actually does the trick, although the other two tricks seems to be interesting, I bet is the last finger that’s doing the trick.

    1. LOL…nevery really thought about that

  11. Congrats on your cousin’s wedding John.

    You got one classic fan there John and I bet he really likes the way you tell how you make money online. i also think he tried to avoid spam by sending you a mail. And it really is interesting since there is no hyperlink in the mail. XD

    By the way he is one classic fan of yours. You could try to reply him by mail too John XD.

  12. Michael Kwan says:

    Haha. Those stupid human tricks look like fun. And yes, I think Ed did it right. 😉

    1. Hey Michael,

      The tricks were fun and they were quite clever.
      Ed did it right. He broke the chop stick on purpose and it was funny.

      1. d3so says:

        I thought he broke it on accident lol it was funny.

        1. Sahil Kotak says:

          lol, I thought the same.

          1. Purpose … no he was not able to complete that one …

            But John these tricks were great …

            Nose trick was also great … you can keep busy anyone with these kind of tricks.

  13. Harshad says:

    I think Vancouver wil always remin special for John. Expect more Dot Com Phos here.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree with you Harshad! Vancouver is where Dot Com Pho started!

  14. Bill says:

    We love John Chow and have learned alot about blogging as it relates to SEO.

  15. The baby crying brings back some memories of lack of sleep! I’m glad that stage is over.

    1. Dan Lew says:

      Like John said, eat, shit and sleep, that’s all babies do! 🙂

  16. Dan Lew says:

    Amazing how times move on, it is such a surprise by anyone these days to get a hand written letter, 10 years before it was normal, very strange sometimes exciting to see this sort of thing, it seems more personal then any other type of marketing, so this is my thought – if you want to create attention to John Chow, send him a personal letter maybe he will make a regular thing from this?

    What do you say John? Maybe have a weekly letter announcement?

    1. Time will keep move … you never know what we will see in next 10 years.

  17. I am sure whoever saw this video … must have tried this at least for once.

  18. May be in near future we will be able to see more postal mail to john.

  19. PPC Ian says:

    I can’t remember the last time I received a nice hand written letter. Gary Cooper, awesome idea!

  20. Ferres Art says:

    Have you got twitter account friend? So i can read your website

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