Evil Blog Contest – Win A Nintendo Wii!

John Chow, Michael Kwan and Tejpal from 1234Pens.com

It’s time for another blog contest. This time I’m giving a Nintendo Wii that was graciously given to me by 1234Pens.com! Just like the Sony PS3, people lined up overnight in order to get their hands on the Wii. Unlike the PS3, gamers purchased them to play and not to resell on eBay. Make no mistake about it, the Wii is a lot of fun. Now you can win it! Here’s how.

To enter the Root Of All Evil Nintendo Wii contest, just make a post in your blog about it. Link to me using the anchor text “make money online,” link to www.1234Pens.com using “promotional pens,” and link to this blog post. Here’s an example.

John Chow dot Com, a blog that helps you make money online, is giving away a Nintendo Wii. To enter, all you have to do is write a blog post about it. This is mine. Where’s my Wii? The contest is sponsored by 1234Pens.com. They make promotional pens.

OK, that was a pretty bad example but you get the idea. Add as much information as you want – just make sure you follow the linking rules. This contest is open to everyone. If you have blog, you can enter. It doesn’t matter where you are or what language your blog is in. After you made your post, send an email to [email protected] with the URL to your post. Once we confirm the post meets the linking requirements, we’ll print out your email and toss in to the draw bucket.

At the end of this month, I’ll draw one name from the bucket and that blogger will be the proud owner of a brand new Nintendo Wii! The draw will be done in a video post. Good luck!

238 thoughts on “Evil Blog Contest – Win A Nintendo Wii!”

  1. This is awesome John. I’m working on my post now πŸ‘Ώ

    1. I just realized your evil plan. You are boosting your rank for search results as well as the standard evil linkbaiting. Truly evil πŸ‘Ώ I also realized I just replied to my own post. πŸ™‚

      1. Bryan Baker says:

        James! Haha hey buddy. You crack me up.

        1. Hey nice to see you hear Bryan πŸ™‚
          here’s my post for the contest already 😈

        2. Very clever James, very clever and evil! 😈

      2. Jez says:

        Another good plan by John, its a decent prize so I think he’ll get a few link backs, I wonder if he’s getting his pens free as well!

        1. He is. They are a gift, from them.

          1. Jez says:

            Figures, worth the publicity if the readership is local, a bit too far away for me to order any πŸ™‚

          2. I guess that it’s still worth every effort, since an international audience brings about a potential larger audience than a local context.

        2. Jonix says:

          A very good plan indeed, this one will bring an avalanche of backlinks πŸ™‚

      3. πŸ˜† I am so glad you are Google Bombing yourslf!!! πŸ˜†

        1. How soon will the ripples or effects take place? I can’t wait for the results! πŸ˜€

    2. I never win any draws but I’ll participate in your experiment. I’m easily bought.

  2. Bryan Baker says:

    You get sooo much free stuff…you are the Root of All Evil! 😈

  3. Heheh, Cool contest.

    I will probably be entering it.

    It’s not like I write about anything else except this blog anyways. πŸ˜› (JK, I have an AGLOCO post as well. ^_^’)

    1. Bryan Baker says:

      Wow people comment really fast here… Why can’t Bryan-Baker Dot Com be the same? πŸ˜₯

      1. Jez says:

        Cos you not giving away a Nintendo Wii πŸ˜‰

        1. Bryan Baker says:

          Great point Jez. Then again I don’t get them sent to me for FREE! Damn JC is a “lucky” guy. The harder you work the luckier you get.

          1. Work harder Bryan! If you try, maybe you find that it is not too hard to woo your audience! πŸ˜€

          2. Very true, write quality content & get your name out there and the comments will come!

          3. Leftblank says:

            I think John is getting far more comments on the give-away posts than the actual quality content posts, giving things away pays better in terms of attention πŸ˜‰

      2. Simonne says:

        “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” πŸ˜› This is a quote from your blog, Brian! You have the key, now use it!

  4. Alvin Phang says:

    Cool stuff.. working on my blog post too at my blog.. =)

  5. Andrew Kuo says:

    wow… that’ll be me in a year!!! Anyone want to time me?

  6. Erik says:

    A backlinkers dream.

    1. It really is another great idea!

  7. David says:

    ooo…a wii…I’m in!!! :mrgreen:

  8. derrich says:

    You are one evil mutherf^(&#r, John!!! πŸ˜› I just finished my post. Until tomorrow…

  9. Eli says:

    I’m just writing out my blog post bout it.

  10. Gdog says:

    I will enter because I want this Wii!!!

  11. Tyler says:

    Woo I sent in my email along with my url: http://www.tyleringram.com/blog/Win-a-Nintendo-Wii!


    1. Tyler says:

      Umm the URL works fine if you include the ! at the end πŸ˜‰ Silly script seemed to parse it out there..

  12. Gary Lee says:

    I KNEW IT! I knew John was going for the term “EVIL”. . . . . i’ll already have a wii, but the “evilness” that John is instilling in me doesn’t care and makes me want another one!

    1. I love that he is using my Google Bomb idea!

  13. JN says:

    WOW …..this is a very smart move to get as many links as possible and also to get back on the Digg frontpage…..man your are such an root of all evil πŸ˜›

    1. Jez says:

      Dont think its really Digger material TBH, could be wrong…

      1. I agree, this would never make it to the front page…

  14. ilker says:

    You are eWiiL John!!

  15. Wow this is a sweet contest! I’m sure you’ll get plenty of entries. 😎

    1. Jez says:

      He already is judging by the number of pingbacks already in the comments, a real master of self promotion….

  16. Sweet move! That would be sure to boost up some interest. Gosh, why didn’t the other advertisers think of this as well? Sure to spark some fantastic interest in the site. Even I got my hands going on it!


  17. kenny says:

    LOL I was waiting for this contest so you could rank well for that term. :mrgreen:

  18. Nenad Ristic says:

    This is a brilliant contest. Can I enter it multiple times, since I have more than one blog.

    Looking forward to my Wii.

    You can find my blog entry here

    1. Jez says:

      I would have thought so, the idea is to get backlinks, I dont think John is too concernde with “rules” πŸ‘Ώ

      1. I agree. The rules are simple. What’s most importance is the buzz around it. More blogs posted means more exposure and buzz!

      2. Marc says:

        How true. John and rules very rarely seem to get along.

        1. He didn’t say you couldn’t enter multiple times!

        2. Jez says:

          Unless he writes them πŸ‘Ώ

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      Like I said somewhere else in here, I don’t see why not. The whole point is to generate backlinks.

  19. kenny says:

    Hope you guys are emailing in your URL to 1234pens.com and not just posting it here.

    1. Vincent Chow says:

      I almost forgot to email my entry, but not after reading your comment. πŸ˜› I learnt to be an evil from John Chow, like, generating some buzz for my blog by posting my entry URL here – http://www.vincentchow.net/966/win-a-nintendo-wii-contest

      πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ

      1. Oh man! I completely forgot! Thanks for the reminder!

    2. Good point. I’m seeing a lot of urls in the comments here, though they may just be looking for a few clickthroughs…

  20. Azeem says:

    Here is my two cents for the contest:

    By the way John, Will I get a linkback for your site’s review:


    Happy contesting!

    1. um… you don’t need to post the links. WordPress’s linkback system will let John know!

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        No harm in sending an email too.

  21. Rekzai says:

    Wow great contest, I wish I could enter !!

  22. 😈 Will you never stop giving away stuff?

    You are becoming the font of all things evil. Without you the entire western industrialized society would just stop! Or it could be because of you. Everyone’s busy typing up their post. Millions upon millions…

    Mmmm Better get mine in early.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Do you want him to stop giving away free stuff? Free is always a good price.

    2. Never never never. A Wiiiiii for Freeeeee! πŸ˜›

  23. Jez says:

    It will be interesting to see if Johns PR increases with the next update given the number of links he is amassing….

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I think he said he’s aiming for PR7.

  24. Nenad Ristic says:

    Why did people have to go and remind everyone about the fact that they need to email their entries? πŸ˜†

    Anyway, I hope John keeps giving away stuff… Free stuff good!

  25. Yan says:

    John, what is good in being the next “miserable failure”?

    1. Marc says:

      It’s different. John actually is the root of all evil and has lots of posts discussing it. So he’s not trying to Google bomb, just get relevant backlinks.

      1. Sure he’s trying to Google Bomb himself, why else would he have us put that link in there?

  26. danielle says:

    well i didn’t win the lotto last week so we’ll see how this goes… my chances are much better anyway

  27. Lim says:

    Very impressive with your social network, party, lunch or dinner with web savvy at your area. Where are you living? Why you are so close to those internet webmasters? I am very lonely here at Malaysia, have very less webmasters working on web stuff.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      There’s a good contingent of bloggers and internet folks in Vancouver. We get together for lunch once a week. Great for networking (it’s how I got the gig at TTZ).

  28. carl says:

    I joined the contest john! πŸ˜› I hope i win!

    here’s my entry:

    thanks. :mrgreen:

  29. Mubin says:

    Sweet, just posted mine at http://www.mubinahmed.com

    How long do you guys take to respond if the blog meets the requirements?

    1. I guess you have to ask the nice folks at 1234pens themselves! Anyway, if you have sent (like the rest of us), you are good to go!

  30. Steveyu85 says:

    oh… gosh, a Wii! What can stop me from joining it?

  31. Steveyu85 says:

    It’ll be too good to be true if I win a Wii…
    oh man, i’m better start writing now!

  32. Wii says:

    I’m glad you liked my wii contest idea.

  33. Mubin says:

    Hey Wii, why dont you let people know that its a different competition altoghether instead of trying to mislead everyone?

    Also anyone know where I can find out about more blog competitions like this one? I really feel like winning something!

    1. Marc says:

      John had a post a while ago covering other contests in his community.

    2. Marc says:

      John had a post a while ago covering other contests in his community at

    3. Agreed. Though his tactic did get me to his site, for a little bit.

  34. Marc says:

    Deliciously evil contest John. Go splits on the backlinks and splits on the prize (I assume). Offer a platform that’s wildly popular yet still comparatively inexpensive. No need to return the backlinks breaking the reciprocal circle. I love it.

  35. HMTKSteve says:

    Will this be the first blog entry with more trackbacks than comments? Or has john disabled trackbacking for this entry?

    1. Jez says:

      Nope, your own trackback is listed a couple of comments above this one

      1. That’s not what he meant. This article sure looks like an equal number of comments and trackbacks as well. Definitely one of the most!

  36. Abe Olandres says:

    Is it ok to add nofollow tag in the links?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, it is not OK. A nofollow tag means no entry.

  37. Carl says:

    Oh you are an evil one. πŸ˜€

  38. Guk says:

    Wii is really nice. I own it and I recommend you guys to buy Need For Speed Carbon. It’s super fun!

    Nice contest Evil John.

  39. Deb Ng says:

    What the heck. I’m in.

  40. Matthew says:

    1234pens are definitely helpin ya out, great contest

  41. Dave says:

    I have submitted my post here (and e-mailed of course :)) http://www.davidpitlyuk.com/2007/03/13/win-a-wii-by-blogging/

  42. James Gill says:

    I’ve sent mine πŸ™‚

  43. Nuker says:

    So did I πŸ˜‰ Good luck to you all!

  44. Deb Ng says:

    Can we do it on more than one blog?

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      You’ll have to check with John, but I don’t see why not, so long as they are different domains.

    2. More blogs means more exposure and better chance at the search engines. 😈 I doubt he will disallow it.

  45. Matt Huggins says:

    Is the “root of all evil” anchor text case sensitive?

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      No, I don’t believe so.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      That’s absolutely brilliant (and evil) πŸ™‚

  46. Kenny says:

    Whoever wins should continue the chain of evilness by running the exact same contest.

  47. Wow! Look at all those pingbacks… people are posting like crazy.

    People really want a Wii… well, I also want a Wii πŸ™‚ I gotta go work on my post.

    This is a brilliant way to increase search engine rankings John – for you and your sponsor.

    1. I wonder how soon this will translate into the search engine results. There’s many search terms for “promotional pens”, so hopefully it pushes the sponsor up the search tables too.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Yeah, it’s a really competitive keyword(s)

  48. Albert says:

    Kenny – I agree with you!!

  49. yan says:

    After all it is all about making a sensation, and it doesn’t really make any difference if you flash boobs or try to be the root of… you know what.

  50. Mike Panic says:

    I’m in, article written but set to auto-publish tomorrow moring, heh.

  51. If you get to the top of the Google results for “root of all evil” I will laugh. With the traffic you have and access to bloggers willing to link to you, there is a good chance you can pull of some other crazy feats as well.

    Best of luck and I hope I win the Wii.

    1. That would be a nice calling, since it’s his tagline, anyway. πŸ™‚

  52. David says:

    And…a few days after the original post, I finally took the two minutes to write up my post..haha..You can check out my Wii entry if you want.

  53. Dinner says:

    OMG! That is sweet! I’m going to have to get started!

    1. Dinner says:

      Yes! Got ‘er done right before going to bed!


  54. Gary Lee says:

    I should get best Blog Title for this contest, right? πŸ˜€

  55. carl says:

    yey!! I’m in!! they just emailed me:)

    1. Gary Lee says:

      this is in Chinese John!!!! you see, they’ll never shut you down! NEVER!

  56. Lady Aeval says:

    Why in the world would you give up your Wii?

  57. Lady Aeval says:

    Okay, I gave in…

    Check it out at Geekmom. Email is on its way.

  58. I really hope the Wii is mine!

    Hey John, if you get an extra Xbox 360 feel free to throw it my way! :p

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    1. Jack says:

      Any news on when the winner will be announced?

  61. George Oluwakayode E. says:

    What a powerful ste is this…. it’s nice and i know i’m working forward to my post now.
    I’m from Nigeria.

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