Happenings In The Community

I took quick trip around the John Chow dot Com community (918 members now) to see what members were talking about. This is something I enjoy doing a lot because it helps me discover blogs that I may not have noticed before. Here’s what a few community members are talking about.

Everybody Go To has an interesting article on gaming ReviewMe for hits to your website. How do you do that? You raise the price of your reviews to $750 so you show up at the top of the publisher listing. No one will order a review from you but they may look at your two star blog to see why you think it’s worth $750.

Speaking of ReviewMe, Net Business Blog has an article call Paid Reviews – Payment is Just an Incentive. In it, Matt discuss that your priority list when doing paid reviews should be: 1) does it fit into my niche 2) do I like the product or can I give a bad review 3) consider the payment.

Along the same line as above, I Help You Blog shows you How To Make An β€œOff-Topic” Paid Posting β€œOn-Topic” And Keep Your Readers Happy.

Derrich.com is holding a Bloggers Tournament. Apparently, I am in it and I made it pass the first round. I’m up against Career Ramblings (who is offering help on your job application) in the second round. Since I don’t want to beat up on a girl, I recommend everyone vote for Jane.

Lee Dodd has a couple contests going on. Lee has kick started EarnersForum 2.0 with a $12,000 contest, including 5 full passes to Affiliate Summit East and a gaming system. Lee is also giving away one free ticket to Elite Retreat.

Mitchell Harper at HarpzOn.com shows you how to make your Windows desktop look like a Mac. Why would you want to do that? I have no idea. That’s like a guy dressing up as a girl.

Last but not least, North x East says 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. I wonder if he made that up?

69 thoughts on “Happenings In The Community”

  1. People lie with stats anyway… so what’s the big deal if they’re made up? πŸ˜›

    1. My website, http://DVDRentalForums.com is also holding a contest.

      Register, participate in the community and you could win some recordable DVD media, some DVD movies or other prizes.

      Sign up today and discuss DVD rental services with other interested people!

      1. Aris says:

        I thought John was referring only to blog. But hey, at least you got a visit from me and next time I know where to find you just by checking this post again.

    2. Broc says:

      its funny how everyone goes about there normal ramblings and conversing with one another without ever referencing you post
      i love the john chow community

      1. Vincent Chow says:

        That’s because the Top Commentators list exist.

        1. David says:

          Its a free link on a high traffic site… 😈 We just learn from our root of all evil 😈

        2. yep – yada yada – ramble ramble.

    3. Jez says:

      Whats the point, its not going to generate any sustainable benefit, you just look like an idiot.

      Would you really want potential adverisers visiting your site, looking for 5 seconds before deciding you are a complete fool?

  2. That’s like a guy dressing up as a girl.

    That’s classic!! I have always wondered why one would try this, there are some Firefox themes that do the same….

    1. Aris says:

      I always find the comment from John like this made me laugh and made me always come to check his site even before learning the idea of adding traffic to my blog from you. πŸ™‚ That’s why I thought the comment on my recent post was very mild and John would laugh at it too. πŸ˜†

    2. Gary Lee says:

      I’d have to say it’s like a girl dressing up like a guy! πŸ˜€

      1. David says:

        hmm…you mac user you πŸ‘Ώ

        haha…if I wanted to look at a mac screen, I would use my mac, but I much prefer my Windows platform right now…

  3. Matt says:

    Shoemoney is also giving away one ticket to elite retreat! I live about an hour out of San Francisco, maybe i will get it?

  4. derrich says:

    Don’t be a softie, John. Let Jane have it!!! 😈

    1. Kenny says:

      Yeah the evil meter is dropping


    2. Jane May says:

      Bring it!! 😈 LOL

      1. You site is winning right now!

        1. Jane May says:

          Yeah, I had to pay for those votes πŸ˜‰

          1. Gary Lee says:

            she’s good for the money!

          2. Tim says:

            I voted for you Jane.. does that mean the check is in the mail Jane? πŸ˜‰

          3. Jane May says:

            Tim…hahaha, ummmmmm, don’t hold your breath…but I appreciate the vote. You just got on my radar πŸ™‚

          4. Jane May says:


            I’m sure you’ll get a lot more traffic if you sign up for MyBlogLog and download the widget. Just a piece of advice…looks like you just started? How’s it coming along??

          5. Tim says:

            Hey Jane,

            Thanks for the advice.. i just added the widget.. hopefully that works. You’re the best!

            yeah I just started the site it’s coming along, I have a lot to learn but with the help of people like you, it should make learning this stuff a hell of a lot easier πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

            Thanks again!

          6. Jez says:

            I just stuck a myBlog widget on one of my blogs, Im not sure it will generate much traffic, but its good fun all the same

  5. Tyler Ingram says:

    I know that 100% of the people who read this post, have visited http://www.johnchow.com πŸ˜‰

    But I would say roughly 5% of the traffice http://www.tyleringram.com gets is from http://www.johnchow.com

    Whew.. making statistics is hard work!

    1. Tyler Ingram says:

      I would like to point out that spelling and grammar have been excluded in the post above.

      1. Aris says:

        Where did you get that number from? MBL? I know my Technorati rank keep getting higher after I learned it from Saman. πŸ™‚ Ah ha, I saw it. You have posted about the Nintendo contest. Hm, I’m too young to play Nintendo. I will pass it this time.

        1. I’m too young to play Nintendo” Wow, I never thought I would’ve read that! πŸ˜›

        2. Gary Lee says:

          Aris – use Google Analytics to get these kind of numbers and alot of other ones too. If you need help, let me know.

        3. Who is ever too young to play games? ‘Liar’! πŸ™‚

        4. David says:

          umm…ya…I’m with Saman on this one, too young for Nintendo??? 😯

      2. Jez says:

        That will be the next plug in, a spell checker for comments πŸ˜‰

        1. David says:

          if you use Firefox, it has a built in spell checker… πŸ˜‰

        2. Use Firefox – it has a built in spell check!

          1. David says:

            Ha!!! I won that one!!! 😈

            But, I must say, great minds think alike!!

  6. “Why would you want to do that? I have no idea. That’s like a guy dressing up as a girl.” HAHAHAHA I love it! 😈

    1. Aris says:


      How was the traffic after being reviewed at Johnchow.com? Did I miss your post. I just click on the link but didn’t see the posting about it.

      1. Hey Aris. The traffic kicked ass – 865 uniques the day John’s review went up and I have another one on Performancing.com coming up – $500 but it’ll send me thousands of visitors. I love ReviewMe :mrgreen:

        1. That’s definitely some nice attention and exposure for the worth of what you are paying for. πŸ˜€

          1. Aris says:

            Yeah, at least it’s much less time consuming than what we the ‘comment chaser’ have to spend on this site to keep the link on top spammers list. πŸ˜€

        2. Jez says:

          Is it too early to tell how many regular readers that has converted to?

  7. Jane May says:

    Very nice of you to send your readers to vote for us on derrich’s page John. Hopefully they take a detour and check us out on the way πŸ˜‰

    1. Aris says:

      So Jane, John is not abandoning you right? πŸ˜†

      1. Nope, he told us to vote for their site!

        1. Jane May says:

          Yup, and I hope you did Saman!!!

          1. You got my vote Jane, us “little guys” need to stick together!

      2. Jane May says:

        Nah, I feel the love again!!! πŸ˜›

        1. Gary Lee says:

          We’re going for the upset!!! Go SoCal Bloggers! hahahaha

          1. Jane May says:

            don’t look now, but I think we did… 😯 ❗

  8. John, you just got me thinking. How long until people start gaming the MyBlogLog comments system like they do MySpace? I decided to write a post sharing my views:

    MyBlogLog The New MySpace For Spammers?

    1. I guess you are right. IF only there is a way for community leaders to filter the spammers out of the community messages. That would keep it clean/

    2. Jez says:

      I bet its already started, I havent seen any yet but Im expecting to very shortly, there again, you dont necessarily need to spam comments, joining thousands of communities will get you lookups ❗

  9. Your article got me thinking John – I think MyBlogLog will become the next MySpace in terms of comment spamming, actually I’m almost certain of it. Wont be long until someone figures out how to automate gaming the comments on MBL. I’ve put up a detailed opinion on my blog.

  10. Collis says:

    89% of people love being linked to by JohnChow πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the link up John!

    1. I wonder who the 11% who don’t are?

  11. Kenny says:

    0.002% of you will click through to my website right now.

    0.01% of you will click through after reading this second sentence.

    66.67% of the stats in this post are made up πŸ™‚

    1. What do you know? I just clicked through to your link. πŸ˜€

  12. Hey John,

    Long time reader…

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great tips on everything.

    I actually just signed up for a life insurance (canada) that will let me divert my taxes… so thanks for that big time, just saved me about 13 grand this year alone!


  13. IndoDX says:

    Wonderfully members john, that really huge member list πŸ˜‰

  14. HMTKSteve says:

    John has obviously chosen not to talk about my current contest as he is hoping to get a second web site review out of me!

    Considering some of the current entrants he might just get that!

    1. Mine either, even after I emailed him about it (just like he asked)…

  15. Matthew says:

    The review me article was weird, no real benefit of anything…?

  16. carl says:

    I think it’s because of the top commentators list that’s why the community is getting bigger and bigger! maybe I shall install mine also! and be evil like john!! hahaha 😈

    1. Jonix says:

      go for it carl πŸ˜€
      There is no doubt that this plugin increase the community, the comments, the content, and the search engine spiders love it!

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