Evil Blog Promotion Ideas

Forget the traditional banner ad or doing link exchanges with other blogs. Let’s talk about some evil blog promotion techniques! The following are some blog promotion ideas that are not well known by many bloggers, could send you a lot traffic, may get you in trouble, and are evil enough that you would join the clan of evil for just attempting them. Evil scores are out of five stars.

Evil score: 4 stars – You RevewMe Me, I ReviewMe You

This one only works when ReviewMe has a 50% coupon code available. You agree to review another blog through ReviewMe (aff) if they will do the same for you. Let’s assume your blog cost $100 for a review and you find another blog that cost the same. Agree to review each other and sign up with for an advertiser’s account using your own ReviewMe affiliate code. You will pay $50 for the review with the 50% coupon, but that is canceled out by the $50 you’ll get for reviewing the other blog. At the end of the day, you’ll have a free review and make $25 for referring yourself. 😈

Evil score: 4 stars – The Text Link Ad Shuffle

Text Link Ads offers a $100 coupon for new advertisers using their Link Buying Starter Kit (aff). This is a great way to test out the service. TLA does requires you to buy $125 of links to take advantage of this offer, but it gives you $125 of links for just $25.00. And you can get a bonus $25 if you’re a TLA publisher and refer yourself for an advertiser account. 😈

Evil score: 5 stars – The PPC Shell Game

Occasionally, Google Adwords, Yahoo! Search Marketing and Microsoft AdCenter will issue $100 (or more) coupons for new customers. I normally don’t post about these because the coupons are always in short supply. The last one from MS AdCenter was for $200. For the truly evil among us, you can set up five accounts with one credit card number. Can you imagine how much traffic you can buy with $1,000 of free targeted contextual ads? Now imagine if you have two or more credit cards. 😈

Evil score: 3 stars – The Tech Link Train

This one was sent to me by Jimi of JMH Techtronics. It’s a list of tech sites/blog that anyone can add to. You reproduce the original list and then add up to five other tech, science or CE blogs that you like. Then let those added blogs know and tell them to do the same thing. Soon, the list will a mile long, spread all over the blogshpere, and drive Technorati nuts. 😈

***Start copy here***

1. Write a short paragraph at the beginning of your post and link back to the blog that put you on the list in the paragraph. This isn’t a suggestion. You need to break up the duplicate content string. Someone took the time to add you so the least you can do is give them an extra linkback.
2. Copy the list of originals below COMPLETELY and add it to your blog. If you would like a different keyword for your blog then change it when you do your post and it should pass to most blogs with that keyword.
3. Take the adds from the blog that added you and place them in the β€œOriginals” list.
4. Add no more than 5 new TECH, SCIENCE, or CONSUMER ELECTRONICS blogs to the list in the β€œMy Adds” section.

My Adds:
The TechZone
Mega TechNews
Tech Buzz
Connected Internet

The Originals:

John Chow dot Com
Ted Leung on the Air
Geek is a chic.
you’ve been HACKED
JMH Techtronics
Web Services
Tech It Like A Man!
Ugh!!’s Greymatter Honeypot
The Tech Inspector
***End Copying Here***

Evil score: 1 star – Sponsoring a WordPress Theme

This one is not that evil but I included here because it’s pretty unique. Thousands of bloggers use popular WordPress themes which are free to download. What you do is sponsor a WordPress theme by buying a link in the footer text. Maki at Dosh Dosh wrote Link Building through Word Press Theme Sponsorship: A Good Idea? It’s worth checking out.

The main problem with sponsoring a WordPress theme is the evil blogger who downloads it will remove the footer link. 😈

121 thoughts on “Evil Blog Promotion Ideas”

  1. oscarsito says:

    I am intrigued my Microsoft Adcenter, Would you say they are worth getting like adwords?

    1. John Chow says:

      With a $200 coupon, you bet! :mrgreen: 😈

      1. Nice! You used my “Clan of Evil” phrase in this post!

        Saman=Best +1

      2. Jez says:

        How often do they release coupons?

  2. oscarsito says:

    Seems that ended January 15th, but yeah so much worth of clicks.. Even though less people use Live Search It wouldn’t have hurt to get 200$ free in ads πŸ˜‰

  3. Jimi says:

    heheh…I figured you’d give me more stars πŸ‘Ώ

    I’m going to do a review of you this week somewhere. Just trying to figure out what way I want to go with it :wink:.

    1. How about giving a shot of evil twist features in it? It will definitely be sure of a read. 😈

  4. Aris says:

    Now I know why did they say, John Chow is evil. πŸ˜† Thanks for the great tips. But my off days is gone. Couldn’t sitting all day long in front of the computer anymore starting tomorrow.

    1. Thilak says:

      Na.. John Chow is just a wanna be evil Blogger. I bet he will be one πŸ˜‰

  5. Tim says:

    Evil Score: only about 1 star really 😯

    Leaving a relevant link as a signature in comments you make on popular websites. Bonus evil point if you’re the first to post.


    1. Jimi says:


      The comments here crack me up. I’m glad I started coming over here a bit more.

      1. We are glad to ‘crack’ you up. Continue to come back for more crackers.

    2. Actually if you look at the code in your link, it’s no follow – all links in comments are (unless you’ve changed your code):

      http://bla.st/john-chow-network/” rel=”nofollow”

  6. luke says:

    im one of the link train starters, wouldnt believe how well that actually works, took about an hour or 2 to set everything up and walla, it becomes a beast

  7. Oooh… you’re a great evil mentor πŸ™‚ I have to try out some of these evil tricks 😈

    But do you think ReviewMe and TLA is OK with people signing up under there own affiliate links?

    OK… “the evil blogger who downloads it will remove the footer link.” – I was wondering about that one, why I didn’t see a “theme sponsored by…” like I see on other blogs that use the Misty theme. Are you allowed to do that – isn’t it against the terms? I know that some theme designers get really mad (and even threaten people) if people remove the linkback that they had included in the footer.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I was wondering that myself.

    2. Yes, surely somewhere in the huge blob of terms and conditions nobody reads when they sign up for these things, there’s rules against referring yourself… I can’t imagine why they’d let something like that slide. I really think you follow John’s ideas here at your own peril; if these companies find out you’re being evil, they could drop your account and ban you from future services.

      1. I thought so as well for programs that give out referral bonus. I do know that it is out of the rules for payment processors such as e-gold or paypal. You will get warned, or even warrant a ban for going against the agreement when you sign up.

        That saying, what did the agreement stipulate?

      2. Some programs allow “self referral” while others don’t. But some programs just frown upon it but don’t forbid it specifically.

        I don’t allow “self referral” in my own affiliate program – I don’t see a reason why I should allow it…

    3. John Chow says:

      I’ll let you know if TLA puts $25 into my account for referring myself. I don’t get it until the review is complete and Stephen is taking his sweet ass time.

      1. This is a great list, but the problem I find is that my site still doesn’t rank high enough to sign up for most of these programs!

        1. Ashish Mohta says:

          It will take time….no worries just conc on content and commenting now rest it will pay back when its the right time

      2. We would love to hear from you. Hopefully, you will get paid. And we can learn from that too.

  8. Jimi says:

    What plugin are you using here to get the MyBlogLog pics to show up with comments if I may ask?

    1. Thilak says:

      He uses MyAvatar: http://www.napolux.com/projects/myavatars/

      Since Gravatar is back, I’m moving to Gravatar

  9. Jimi says:

    Nevermind. Found it. Thought it had a weird name and didn’t want to try searching for it…lol

    1. Gary Lee says:

      so, what’s the name of the plugin?

        1. Gary Lee says:

          nice . . . just installed it and it’s working perfectly . . just missing a comment from you . . where’s John in my community? πŸ™‚

          1. Thilak says:

            I’ll still stick around with my all time favorite Gravatar (http://gravatar.com)

          2. Ashish Mohta says:

            I am nout sure what i use…lol comes with the theme

  10. Hmmm haven’t checked our textlinkads yet. This idea is extremely evil so I’ll have a play on the weekend with it 😈

  11. Maki says:

    Thanks John, for the link!

    Great to see the Z List spawning off into a Tech tangent. I’ve gotten around links from 200+ blogs since I restarted the Z List a month ago on Dosh Dosh.

    If anyone is interested in trying out the Z List, see this post:

    Need free blog traffic and links? Try the Z-List.


    1. Gary Lee says:

      I remember doing this Z-List earlier . . . do I have to do it again or is once ok? I’ve gotten a few links since posting it in January.

      1. John Chow says:

        This is not a Z List, it’s a Tech List. If you have a tech based blog or site, then feel free to join it.

        1. Gary Lee says:

          ahh . . ok . . my blog is kind of like yours where I cover lots of things, would this count as a tech blog?

          1. Wouldn’t a tech blog have to be more specific-inclined? I affirm that’s what the tech geeks are doing.

          2. Gary Lee says:

            “Tech” is a pretty broad category these days, especially with everyone using the internet. Lyndon, I know what you mean though, but hopefully I can get by. In any case, I just started another, more narcissistic list to make myself feel better =)

          3. Ashish Mohta says:

            It juts depends what you are giving to your readers….tech has a lot of category and you can find 2-3 out of it for you…just one thing dont give just news there are already sites there

  12. Michael Kwan says:

    I just checked out the TLA link and it says this:

    Get $100 in free Text Link Ads by entering “starter kit” in the coupon field at checkout. The minimum order total to take advantage of this offer is $125.00.

  13. InvestMe says:

    thanks for the tricks, i’ll try this out!

  14. Rocky Chin says:

    Thanks for the link

  15. Vince says:

    How about an accidental ‘evil blog’ tip. Along the lines of the WordPress one you gave…

    a) Someone creates a theme for Word Press. It’s an ‘SEO and adsense optimized theme’…already has adsense ad placed and working. Key point.

    b) A newbie (like me) downloads it, finally gets it up and running over, say, about a three month period (day job and the family is priority 1, so the other web work happens elsewhere).

    c) All that time, while I am getting the blog really humming, getting my Adsense account set-up, etc….the owner of that blog theme obviously included their own adsense publisher number in there. So, until I finally go in and add my adsense registration # (in whatever .php file has it) , he or she is reaping clicks. And dollars from Adsense.

    The theme I downloaded works great, and I am happy the individual was able to glean what they could until I added my adsense info in. But think about it.

    Wonder if it will encourage a flurry of adsense optimzied themes!

    Hope that helps…and if you want to know what the name of the theme is…you’ll have to just visit my site. πŸ™‚

    1. Well, that is a little evil if they don’t disclose that it’s their AdSense code! They need to have ads showing so you can see it working, but they should let you know to ad your own code!

    2. There are in fact many plain adsense optimized themes, with the majority belonging to netizens in the domain-parking arena.

  16. Mat says:

    Great post John

    I feel slightly evil just for having read it

    My blog isn’t monetised but hey, those tips may work out in the end

    I blog about my actual business and I feel that’s the best way to make money out of it, if people actually head off to my business and buy my product.

    1. It doesn’t have to be monetized to give it a try. What you can do in the meantime is to really build up links and connections. The rest remains to be told in the future.

    2. Ashish Mohta says:

      Its just about getting links one way or the other but then be careful whom u link.Deep linking is a big concept but the train idea can work for any blog

  17. Jon says:

    These are very very evil!! 😈 😈 😈

    I’m gonna try them!! Thanks!!

  18. Jonix says:

    great post john! this is the kind of posts, that will have “thousands of thousands” of readers. Keep the show on the road, i’ll say it again GREAT POST :mrgreen:

  19. Some of these points are REALLY evil! 😈

  20. Genkisan says:

    Porting free CSS themes over to WordPress: 1/2 star ❓ 😈

  21. Hu$tler says:

    This is truly evil. Will you be my Su Fu? 😈

  22. Amit says:

    That really EVIL :mrgreen:
    I’m gonna try that all! 😈

  23. Gary Lee says:

    I’m gonna start looking for coupons like crazy!

  24. Jeff Kee says:

    I’ve already given thoughts to the first one about the cross-reviewing of each others blog.

    Sounds interesting haha!

    1. Yea, and the true fact is that it is a win-win situation for all parties!

  25. I have a question about the The Tech Link Train: Do you have to wait to be put on the list before making the post?

    1. John Chow says:

      If you were truly evil, you wouldn’t have to ask that question. πŸ‘Ώ

      1. Ashish Mohta says:

        Lol I guess he has that aspect ( no offenses) he just keeps on adding some evil plus minus on things but its cool

  26. A lot of this applies to this incestuous pile trying to be a pyramid of ad and tech blogs. How long can it continue before someone figures out it’s smoke and mirrors unless there’s real info about something other than making money from ads?

    I don’t come here to learn how to optimize ad income, but to see what’s being said about the real basics of blogging: titling, content and commenting. I have to dig, but it’s there.

    How would it serve me to have my blog reviewed by a tech and ad blogger? Say two hundred extra folks wander into a blog about food, ecology and fashion, how many would stick? In my estimation, none. Linking with you makes my numbers look better, but doesn’t affect my traffic. I’m still a fan because I would like to see the destructive spammers find a better outlet for their efforts.

  27. Jez says:

    Regarding sponsoring wordpress themes, free web templates have been doing this for ages too. One author claims to have up to 200k downloads of their templates, and has 2000 backlinks listed in google.

    1. I agree. But that is if the user of the sponsored templates do keep their promise of keeping your links on them

  28. Eviill concepts John. Real viable to implement.

    For the You RevewMe Me, I ReviewMe You, it is pretty common for blogs (both parties) to exchange a free one with each other as well. It ends up with ‘free’ cost for both as well.

    1. Ashish Mohta says:

      I can agree with you, It depends how popular your blog is.If JC is writing it might be a hit lol but if i write you wont get much traffic.

      1. Yea, but deep-linking inter-blogs are definitely important in the long run as well. Not that you cannot be a ‘hit’ in the near future.

        1. Thilak says:

          I guess, its not about traffic. The whole idea is to make Technorati go nuts and there is nothing you can do πŸ˜€

  29. Thilak says:

    Thanks for the add, I will follow the train this evening πŸ˜€

  30. Mr.Byte says:

    The first related post shows link to ‘Proof That Girls Are Evil’. I wonder how that topic is related to this post apart from the word evil????

    1. Ashish Mohta says:

      Lol don’t go the topic its the algorithm that matched evil on both the post slug….I don’t want to comment on that post lol

    2. Just because the word ‘evil’ pop up afew times more than intended, it may have caused it to indirectly be ‘related’. Now that’s ‘evil’…

    3. Thilak says:

      I have put your link on my list

  31. Ashish Mohta says:

    Review me and link chain is a good idea.I want to try it but with a different idea.Lets see if i can work on that this weekend.

    1. I agree with you. These two are the most common methods used by bloggers, and site owners. Beneficial for both parties.

  32. Gdog says:

    Damn, good ideas John…very evil indeed! 😈

  33. Thilak says:

    Ashish: I have put you on my list πŸ˜€

  34. Ashish Mohta says:

    Thanks Thilak, There is one thing missing on the list though , like one thing can be addeds is a small description or maybe the blog underline.That will be more effective…What do you thing JC

  35. Ashish Mohta says:

    He aint not getting evil but he is upto something for sure.Devincing an evil idea is a good concept but how many of them are successful is what will matter.

    1.Review me thing will not work for small bloggers.
    2.Train chain: either you add them to technorati or on your blogroll.Both are not easy after some period of time.

    3.Tla is good but then again small bloggers are still stuck..

    rest i am not sure if i got it so clear.

    There can be some idea if could be deviced for everybody…any ideas?

  36. Thanks for adding me to the tech blog link love thingy-ma-bob. πŸ™„

    You need to teach us all how to get favourited on Technorati infinite times now… πŸ˜‰

    1. Thilak says:

      Yeah John.. this is what we expect from you πŸ˜€

      Any hints, tricks or ideas anyone ?

  37. Jimi says:

    So who submitted that list to Digg?


    πŸ˜† Thanks to whoever did. I’m getting so much traffic from here, Digg, and TechCrunch right now.

    1. Ashish Mohta says:

      lol went to digg to haha.Guess we have the way to find out submitter there

  38. Ashish Mohta says:

    omg techcrunch too didnt get the pint submitting there …negetive 2 for that

  39. Ashish Mohta says:

    Thats another evil way to get traffic but pufff i dont like the idea if its not corelated….dont use them for traffic make the ppl come back for your site again…

    1. Jimi says:

      That’s why the idea about deep linking John posted last week is so great. People come in to read your site and you keep them there bouncing around to all the articles you write for a while. Post things with some value and they will come back. You gotta start somewhere.

      1. Ashish Mohta says:

        Deep linking is a better idea than this….ppl will surely stay but ppl coming from those site if they see they are being just spammed with links…i dont think so

        1. Jimi says:

          Depends. I submit stuff to Digg a lot, but only if it is an original article of some use. I didn’t submit the Tech list because it really doesn’t ahve a use for the overall Digg community. IF I see something on a site that is useful I will submit it, or if I have some news that is very new I will. It gets traffic, but your site also has to have good content on it too.

          Deep linking helps a lot for those sites that like to jack your content. They post the whole article sometimes, but people will clikc ont he links in it and get directed to your blog.

          1. Ashish Mohta says:

            Yup you got my point.!!! 😈

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  41. Review me and link chain is a good idea.I want to try it but with a different idea.Lets see if i can work on that this weekend.

  42. hendra says:

    Look for my aboutpage. Well, why don’t you tell what you can and what you can’t do to your reader. They will know you better. Heh…

  43. Markk says:

    Interesting read, but is it really evil enough? If Evil were Coke, I think these ideas would be Diet Cherry-flavoured Pepsi Max.

  44. Ohhhh… Now I see. I kept always overlooking your evilness John. I have been busy so I have not been able to really read up on all of your evil techniques. But now with this post it really helps me see your true colors.

    I think I will try to play by the rules when there are rules, but maybe I can use at least some of what you mentioned. >:P

  45. Clever – evil – but clever.

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