Five Things I Learned from John Chow That Made me a Successful Blogger

This article is guest posted by Carl of Make Money Online with a 13-year old.

I see loads of blogs copying John Chow dot Com (Style, design, evilness, etc.). Sadly, many of them failed. Honestly, I am one of those. I am one of the victims who copied John Chow’s marketing tactics. But why did my blog became successful? What did I do to make my blog more interesting?

I’m not self promoting here guys. I’m just here to share the things that I learned from this great blogger that helped me through my blogging difficulties and marketing.

So, I’ll just go straight to the point. Here are the 5 things I learned from John Chow that made me a successful blogger.

1. Be Unique

“What the heck Carl? You just said you copied John Chow’s marketing strategies and now you want us to be unique?”

Yea I copied, but not literally! I just get the thought on how John Chow became successful and revised some of it.

Like for example, John Chow is the evil one right? That’s why people love him, he’s unique in some kind of way. John Chow uses branding for people to love him. So if I say, who is the root of evil again? What comes up in your mind? Of course, John Chow!

2. Socialize with famous bloggers

To those loyal John Chow readers here, did you remember the time when John Chow is chatting with Darren Rowse through Adwords? The “I love Darren Rowse” ad? That was the perfect idea that caught Problogger’s eyes and noticed

3. Leverage Your Knowledge

There are so many great bloggers out there with great and useful post. Some are guru’s blogging just for popularity. But how did John Chow established himself as the make money online authority to many people?

As stated in the guest post of Adii from my blog:

I doubt that he knew anything about making money online and monetizing blogs when he first started blogging. But John Chow has persisted with his goal to be regarded as an expert (see the wording, his readers thinks he is the expert, although he might not even think so himself) and he had the self confidence and arrogance to back up these goals.

4. Don’t Play with Google

If you could recall, remember when John Chow edited his robots.txt? Then after a day or two, his rank went down in Google for the keyword “Make Money Online.”

Yeah… I know if you want to be an SEO expert, you gotta experiment. But please, not on your main blog that gives you 5 figure monthly. I hope John Chow gets some Google love soon.

Oh yea. I told Google that I hate them because you’re not in the top search results for the keyword John Chow! Though I’m not switching to Yahoo πŸ˜›

5. Never, Never Give-Up

Even though John Chow is still not showing up number one in the search results today. He still have this sportsman spirit (John Chow used to hold the 100 meter dash in his High School) that keeps his blog alive and his community active. He even reached another blogging milestone by breaking the 6,000 RSS mark!

This is also a reason on why people don’t make money online. They give up. After few months they give up because they are not earning or they’re earning not enough. Remember, Blogging is like planting a tree. It takes years to harvest the fruits.

81 thoughts on “Five Things I Learned from John Chow That Made me a Successful Blogger”

  1. Debo Hobo says:

    Great info, I will follow your suggestions as well, Thanks:)

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      Never give up is advice that can also apply to any business.

      1. simon says:

        That’s ture!

        1. is he actually 13?

          1. 13 has to be the number of the week. There’s this guest blogger over at Shoemoney who claims he’s a 13-year-old affiliate marketer.

          2. Marc says:

            On Friday the 13th nonetheless…

          3. Debo Hobo says:

            Hey I was born on Friday the 13th. For me it is obviously a luck day. πŸ˜†

  2. blogcrowds says:

    I like your pic on the About page, aged ten years already man πŸ˜† .

    Pretty good RSS image as well 😈

    1. feve says:

      yeah.. i’d say very nice. i’m envious, i wish i could 13 again and writing blogs about making money. my life would be different.

      1. what do thirteen years old do nowadays?

  3. John Chow,
    There’s a lot you teach us. Your ebook is great. Do you ever socialize with bloggers in person?

    One Man. One Year. $100,000 online.

    1. Jeff Kee says:

      Yeah he has some social lunch events on the weekends.. I’ve met him on occasions!

    2. Joshua says:

      Uh, why wasn’t I informed? 😎

    3. Mybloggo says:

      Next time got any social lunch events Please info me….

      Just joking only….Cuz i also cant attend….

      1. Debo Hobo says:

        I just want a John Chow dot Com t-shirt or mug. John where can I get that?

        1. ouchs says:

          yeah he should open a tshirt store…:)

          1. i think he should

            more money for john

  4. Victor says:

    Maybe Carl is the real John Chow, and the John that we see is only heΒ΄s uncle, that is evil, in a familiar way . . . πŸ™‚

    1. Haha, yeah, that would be really EVIL πŸ˜‰

    2. Joshua says:

      So now John is Kumiko, BobMeetsWorld, JohnCow AND Carlo? 😈

      1. Mybloggo says:

        This must ask John Chow

        1. simon says:

          One thing I’m sure that’s John is not Simon :mrgreen:

      2. simon says:

        That’s so evil 😈

    3. what a storyline πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†

  5. Jay Tillery says:

    How do you know John Chow didn’t copy someone else?

  6. Shaun Carter says:

    Very well written post Carl. Definitely some good points.

    1. it’s very good writing for a 13-year old, actually, it’s good writing for any age group of people

      1. His tenses are a bit askew, but for a 13-year-old this is quite remarkable writing actually (if he really is as old/young as he claims).

  7. wow … great post from Carlo … he’s a good Kid Blogger!



    1. great future awaits

  8. John Cow says:

    We fully agree with point 1!

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      I think you are unique, in that you didn’t stop at copying you literaly cloned John Chow dot Com.

      1. John Cow is unique…the irony baffles me.

  9. Great post! Good job Carl!

  10. bob cobb says:

    Very few of us are original, its all about doing little things that set us apart from the pack.

    1. and being consistant

  11. shman says:

    Nice post, nice self promotion, good luck!

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      That’s a skill I need to work on.

  12. Jason says:

    Very good information.

    1. definitely

      he’s done pretty well for himself to write for john

  13. Goob says:

    Nice guest post!

  14. Cool post Carl. I always read your blog as well!

    1. is carl someone famous?

      1. If he isn’t already, he will be after this, that’s for sure.

    2. Mybloggo says:

      Me too…reading Carl blog and Subscribe! his Full Feeds….

  15. Sergio says:

    I strongly agree with the last point. I remember I technically gave up by selling my site, but that was when I first started. But I realized my potential in the niche and even the passion in the niche, I regret selling it.

    1. Sometimes regret can be the best motivator. Rising above it and moving on can only do you a lot of good. Great insights though, man, and good luck with your future endeavors!

  16. Well one must never copy but learn from sucessful blogs and try to do even better. Further go step by step and start making small success rather tha over feeding yourself with info and at the end, getting bored and doing nothing 😐

  17. Casey says:

    Carl, It’s cool to see you here on John’s blog. Great post!

  18. Lewis Empire says:

    This is a really good post.

  19. Ryse says:

    Great ‘about’ page on your blog. Hi, I failed twice and never earned a dime online, now I am qualified to teach people how to make money. What a joke, grow up bud.

  20. ouchs says:

    this kid will be a millionaire by the time he’s 20

  21. So, this is the 2nd 13 yr. old that is an online money maker. That’s very interesting. hmmm

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more.

  22. Fable says:

    Great article! Makes me feel that little bit more optimistic that my blog might become successful after reading this. πŸ˜‰


  23. CatherineL says:

    Great post – I didn’t know about the Darren Rowse ads – they were hilarious.

  24. justinf says:

    i actually agree with your google stance, but i dont hate them. its just that their algorithms seem to change from day to day nowadays. for example, i was no.1 for “that allison stokke photo”. i got a lot of evil link bait traffic.

    but hey – i did have that photo in the blogpost.

    now if you search on google, you wont find me. i’ve been shuttled off to the google/blogsearch engine. which is odd. why have my blog in the main results for so long?

    john is right in one respect – if your blog is not on your own domain and your own server, you will be at risk of this. i personally dont mind as my blog is more an experiment in SEO, whilst offering populist fark like stuff plus a bit of tech. it helps me monitor the changes in the google algorithm.

  25. Carl Pei says:

    That’s really good and all but, can we see some kind of qualifications? Like how much you make online, some of your websites, anything.

  26. Shane says:

    Or you could brown nose John and other bloggers until you are… well, brown in the face.

    Seriously, what is your fascination with this guy? He has not produced anything of value in YEARS!

    He brags about “Earnings” and THAT is what makes him his money. Sad really.

  27. la bloga says:

    Juraria que vi una lagrima salir del ojo derecho de John cuando dijo “Never play with google” jejeje

    1. simon says:

      Is that Spanish ❓

      1. “Straight to John” was all I could make out of it, but yeah, I think it’s Spanish.

  28. simon says:

    I’ve learned from JohnChow but I never copy him. Because some of John’s techniques don’t work on Chinese marketing, blog. I find my way to succeed. Anyway, thanks John~ πŸ˜€

  29. donalyza says:

    I’m happy for you Carl being here! You make Filipinos proud! Good job!

  30. Bloggeries says:

    Good article,

    You have to be original; there will only ever be one John Chow or Problogger etc… Also many people mimicking there mentors also talk about them incessantly and inadvertently become an infomercial for the person they are trying to emulate. Almost like an affiliate but with no program πŸ™‚

  31. Starboykb says:

    Impressive! Carl! 14 years old money maker? OMG!!

    I spend my time learning making money online for at least 9 years now. Non were successful honestly. But still, I won’t gave up at least :wink:.

  32. I am not blogger but I have few websites more than 4 years and I know that I should last long and be patient.

  33. ritchie says:

    Thanks for the nice and very interesting read! Of all the postings on John’s success, I think this is one of the most insightful ones.

  34. Thanks for all the comments guys! Sorry for the late reply coz I’ve been on our school retreat when John posted this.

    Thanks again, thank you john chow too πŸ˜‰

  35. Rhea says:

    Great advice. Especially the planting a tree analogy. I’ve got my John Deere harvester primed and ready…

  36. Gustav S says:

    Excellent points , but I have always thought that the problem is not to find a way to make money but the mindset of the person behind… that is the main problem.. 99% of people, lack discipline, they cannot even stick enough time to something in order to let it work. They all think that multiple sources is a good idea… all that is wrong.. you cannot even stick to one of them how will you stick to 5 of them?? if you really want to be rich or have a decent income you need to fix yourself first… you can believe me or you can just make your quest for riches longsuffering, experience will teach you what I have just said πŸ™‚ … you are more than welcome to visit my blog I am always updating in order to help people find the right mindset for business.


  37. Gadget says:

    This is the theory: Content+Traffic+Click=Money πŸ˜€

  38. mikeytran says:

    hi guys, i am trying to start a blog… but i really don’t know where to start… i played around with blogspot and wordpress… but im having a lot of trouble trying to edit my blog with those… any help or suggestions??? thanks so much

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