How To Handle Negative Comments In A Blog

I’ve been noticing an increase in negative comments in the blog. The commentators aren’t happy with the level of advertising, number of ReviewMe reviews, promotion of AGLOCO, food posts, etc. They warn that the blog is not what it used to be, that I am on a slippery slope, and that my traffic will go down if I continue on this path. My reply to all this is, “Thanks for making my blog bigger.”

Negative Comments Are A Good Thing

I actually look forward to negative comments in my blog because it’s an indication of growth. This is a general rule to keep in mind: as your blog gets bigger, the number of negative comments increases. Therefore, don’t look at negative comments in a blog as a bad thing. It’s really a good thing – your blog is growing! Evil rule to remember: if you’re not pissing somebody off, you’re not doing it right.

This does not mean you should purposely try to piss readers off. That would be stupid. What is does mean is you cannot please everyone all the time and you shouldn’t even try. That goal is not possible no matter how much we wish for it. The blogsphere is too diverse a place for everyone to be happy with what you have to say or do.

Negative Comments Encourage Discussions

Let’s face it, a blog comment section would be pretty boring if everyone replied, “Great post! I completely agree with you.” Having a negative comment show up in a post encourages discussions among the readership. It’s the same as a flame war in a forum. While many people say flame wars are bad, most forum owners won’t stop it once it starts because it generates a lot of traffic and traffic equals money.

This is one reason why I allow negative comments on the blog. I know the negative comments will bring people on both sides of the issue to post their views. It’s ironic that the negative commentators warning of traffic decline are in fact helping to increase traffic.

People Who Say They’re Leaving Don’t

No one really completely leaves a site. They may not visit as often as they used to but it’s rare for anyone to never come back. I’ve had commentators post that my blog had changed for the worst and they’re leaving and never coming back. The next day, they’re flaming me again for another post.

How To Handle A Negative Comment

The best way to handle a negative comment is to thank the reader for making it and then address his concerns. Never flame the reader even if he flames you. That makes you look extremely unprofessional. While you can edit a negative comment for profanity, you should never delete it. A comment is the same as content and content drives traffic.

The next time you read a few negative comments on your blog, don’t look at it as a bad thing. Instead, it’s a sign that your blog is growing and you’re doing something right. If you never get a negative comment on your blog, you’re doing it wrong.

128 thoughts on “How To Handle Negative Comments In A Blog”

  1. Leo says:

    I totally agree . . . I mean . . . you suck! I’m never coming EVER!!! πŸ˜†

    1. Nomar says:

      Who is John Chow ? :mrgreen:

      1. The Master 😈 πŸ‘Ώ 😈 πŸ˜›

      2. Marc says:

        The root of all evil of course πŸ™‚

    2. Jane May says:

      I expected to see this as the first comment…just didn’t know from who? πŸ˜€

      I try to keep all comments regardless, of what they say. We had one person cuss up a storm, and I edited it so that the comments wern’t the actual words, but left symbols to give you the fu*%en idea.

      You should have seen that follow up comment…that I couldn’t post πŸ™‚

      1. Alex says:

        It’s ok to delete or edit profane comments. However, deleting negative comments is nothing less than cowardly!

        You have to be a (censored) to delete a negative comment!

        1. Jane May says:

          lol…i like the censorship

          1. Marc says:

            Censorship rules!

            But I generally keep everything. I don’t get much flack, but do from time to time. John’s right though. They spur on discussion.

      2. Dave says:

        We do our best to leave all comments up, but in a case like that, I think we’d moderate it.

  2. troy says:

    I agree .
    Covering the long and short of the gold market, I know what you mean. So many emotions evolved.

    Keep up your good work , I like your site.

  3. Nate W. says:

    John, while I have been reading your blog for 6+ months now and have found so much of your content to be useful and applicable, it is unfortunate that when someone types “make money online” into Google and they come to this page first, they will not see even one post on the front page about making money online. I understand this is your blog and you can do what you want with it, but if you commit to focusing the theme of your blog on making money online, you should consider writing less ReviewMe’s and less food posts and instead focus on your theme. If this blog was just featuring ReviewMe’s and food posts, which it has been lately, I would never visit it.

    It is also unfortunate you have surpassed ProBlogger in the rankings for “make money online” because Darren’s articles are much more on topic about the phrase you have so actively tried to rank for.

    1. Gary Lee says:

      I’d have to agree with Nate’s points here. . .

      1. Me too, anyone notice that the usual top commentators have moved on….

        1. Jane May says:

          I was thinking the same thing, and the number of comments have dropped as well. It was common for John to have 100+ comments on a single post.

          We’re starting a new site…what’s your excuse Sam??? πŸ˜›

          1. Marc says:

            I’m trying to put more work into my own. Top commentators disappearing suggests that they’ve learned something here and are applying it.

          2. Jane, i have to tell that at least this post has 82 comments so far :).
            So it seems lots of people still come here.

            At my blog I try to do what Nate says, and post only about my topic (which is linux), but If John wants to post about anything, Just like Nate also says, it is its blog.
            But John just a suggestion, maybe you can create a category where you off-topic posts goes, and keep only the on-topic post on the front page.
            Just my two cents.

        2. Marc says:

          I’m not sad to see some of them move on. Some of the past top commentators were… extremely brief… with some of the comments that they left.

        3. jez says:

          I used to read this blog every day, now I visit maybe once a fortnight.

          The blog used to discuss the importance of quality content and winning readers, now there is a stream of paid posts, and this, a post on negative comments…. and a noticable shift in focus towards Google traffic…..

          1. Marc says:

            Unfortunately transient traffic pays and steady readership doesn’t. Hence the progressive shift in focus.

        4. Dave says:

          I’m not going anywhere πŸ™‚

    2. Nate,
      I respect your views and found your comment well thought out. But when I come here, every time I come here, I learn something about making money online. John is number one for a reason and although Darren’s articles are great, I come to John’s page more, and for one thing, to learn how to make money online. I am an entrepreneur, journalist, and publisher, and I find John’s level of understanding in all aspects of blogging, both optimization and content, are exceptional. He has helped me to double unique visits twice in three days. All I hope to do is improve. What John is doing takes vision. Thank you again,


      1. John is number one for a reason – that’s not really a valid point. John asked everyone to Google Bomb him using the words “Make Money Online”…

        1. Jane May says:

          good point. There should be a line as to where you are with marketing your site and the content being reflected. I think for the most part, it’s still about making money online, but has been diluted with the off topic posts. But a person can easily go to the archive section or top posts at the top of the page to find those making money online tips.

          Hard to balance.

          1. πŸ˜† Balance is definitely important. Being a little crazy helps too. 😯

      1. Word. 😯 πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

      2. Ed Lau says:

        Word up! [/Cameo]

    3. Kenny says:

      I was doing some searches on Google to research what other sites are doing in terms of SEO work and when I searched for “make money online” John’s site is no longer in the SERPs.

      1. Marc says:

        That’s due to Google changing which page they’re ranking for that phrase. It happens to me from time to time when I have a category that closely matches a particular post and they end up competing for the top spot. Then, despite the fact that they’re neck and neck with each other internally, they have significant differences in rankings. There’s much to be learned in that tidbit, for those who are interested.

      2. Dave says:

        Still result 1 and 2 for me πŸ™‚

      3. Actually, if you do a search on Google for “make money online”, Bidvertiser is #1, John’s #2 and I’m #3…again (The Squidoo lens “Make Money Online” is mine). Darren is once again #4. For a while there was some other site there, but he’s back.

    4. notebooks says:

      I agree with Nate mostly. I find variety fun at times, but a little too much food here!

      1. I love the food. 😎
        Keep it coming. πŸ˜›

    5. uberum says:

      I see it differently. John wants to make money with his blog and for sure he is doing it. His entire blog is the best article about making money online.
      I’m not interested in next Jhon’s dinner (in fact I am not able to recognize most of that food :mrgreen: ) and I simply ignore them, but I’m interested in this REAL EXAMPLE that is this entire blog and see what actions he takes to monetize this blog.

      In summary, I don’t look for specific literature about how to make money, I want to see a real site doing it and then, use what I see interesting and discarding what is too much evil for me.

      BTW John, will you show how much you did in March ? are you now a Google Whore ? Let us dream with those figures.

    6. I agree. There should be a balance of ReviewMe reviews and actual articles about making money online. I hate to make the comparison, but ProBlogger “appears” to have a more long term approach to “making money online”, than John Chow. A list of articles on top of your page might help.

    7. Gath says:

      Isn’t the fact that JC now ranks for ‘make money online’ more Google’s problem than JC’s? – JC isn’t even in the top 10 on yahoo.

      1. Woah!

        Neither is mine and I’m listed third on Google?? I do get a lot of traffic from other search engines, but I’ll have to check into that.

        Good observation!

  4. Stidham says:

    I agree this site is getting to cluttered with ReviewMes and Aglocos. I HATE IT AND I AM NEVER COMING BACK!!!

    P.S. Ill see you guys tomorrow.

    1. Classic LOL we’ll be seeing a whole lot of the same people tomorrow, that’s for sure. πŸ˜†

  5. Mike says:

    Well said John! I thought it was so good I actually submitted it to Digg for others to read who may not know of your blog yet:

  6. i tend to agree with nate; perhaps you should place a article repository at the top for those that come here searching for make money online? or perhaps a customized landing page?

    1. Peter-Jan says:

      Hi ‘Best CD rates’,

      Can you tell me how you should do that?

      I once visited a site that welcomed me for being a google visitor with a certain keyword I used.

      I couldn’t figure out how they did it, can you tell me? And John, maybe this is worth a post?


      1. James says:

        Just a matter of finding the right script or plugin. You could take a look at something called Landing Pages. That might do it.

      2. Gath says:

        Check the referrer (to determine where the visitor came from) and the querystring of the the referrer to see what keywords they used.

  7. ps i thought john was banned from digg? O_O

    1. Nate W. says:

      John is not banned he is just on auto-bury, which is basically Digg’s Banned v2.0.

      1. Alex says:

        The Digg links under his posts are just a decoration!

        1. Dave says:

          they look pretty πŸ˜›

  8. John,
    I personally think that your blog would be too boring if it was only talking about money making and SEO tips. Its good to have a little bit of variety. I also think that its cool you share your travelling / dinner experiences with us.
    I have a questions for naysayers. How many of John’s tips have you implemented on your blogs or sites? I bet not even half of what he gives away because its very hard to utilize everything even if its valuable.
    So its better than John gives us one very good moeny making post and we try to apply that and in the meantime he is sharing low key stuff with us. If he started posting 5 awesome money making, get traffic, SEO gold posts, you all will be crying and asking him to slow down.
    So John, Keep up the good work buddy. πŸ˜€

  9. Paul. says:

    I do get annoyed with all of the reviewme’s. I enjoy them if it’s a quality product but some of the stuff you review isn’t all that great. Maybe be more selective?

    1. Raise the review prices. It’s should be a win win.

      1. thesilly1 says:

        Raise the review prices and give the extra revenue to those who comment…. or just send me the $$ πŸ˜›

        1. That would be pretty evil…for us LOL. πŸ’‘

    2. Marc says:

      Just don’t read them if you don’t like them. It’s that easy. I usually don’t read them.

      1. thesilly1 says:

        This still generates the traffic which is exactly what we’re looking for. πŸ™‚

  10. It’s still human nature to be unhappy when someone tells you that your format or content in their opinion “sucks”. I audit my comments, so I tend to edit things occasionally, but I also haven’t had a lot of negative feedback either. Good points made however.


    1. Marc says:

      Edit things??? 😯

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for censoring your blog and all, but editing people’s comments is a whole other can of works that I wouldn’t touch with a 100 foot pole.

    2. Good insight, Sir Cajun sir. Inevitably, it’s your site, your blog — ignore the negativity, delete them, provoke them; it’s really up to you. The best part is, people can be as mean and pointless as they are, but YOU still have the power at the end of the day. Plus you get some decent traffic, too.

      1. Marc says:

        Delete them sure, but editing is a whole other ballgame…

  11. Site used to be about helping people make money online, but now it is more focused on making you money online. For some reason people still like to read what you eat for lunch, so props to you and your success.

  12. Simonne says:

    Reviews are good. How else could we find out about cool sites? Wait until they are well-known? Wait until the buzz becomes so big that even if you live under a rock you still cannot sleep because of the noise? And I don’t understand why people tell the site author what to do?

  13. Simonne says:

    I forgot something: why do people complain about advertising? How else could you enjoy the beginning of each month, when John publishes his earnings from the previous one? Instead of saying thank you that you have the opportunity to see this case study while it runs, you complain. If you had to pay to learn those, would it have been better?

  14. Shawn Knight says:

    Very well said. I have not had hardly any negative comments on my blog (yet), but I am all too familiar with it from my hardware review site. No matter how hard you try, how well a review is written, someone, somewhere is always going to find something to bitch about. It sucked at the beginning, but over time you learn that it is perfectly normal. Be cordial with those people who you reply to and like you said, never flame back… that’s just adding fuel to a fire you don’t want to play with.

  15. James says:

    Hey, even negative comments beat no comments. At least then you know why.

  16. Andy says:

    Depends what kind of site you run as to whether you can keep comments completely unmoderated. I run a site that covers Russian politics, and the debate gets kind of heated at times.

    And, while I’m all in favour of allowing all viewpoints equal access (after all, intense debate = more readers), sometimes it crosses the line into personal abuse.

    For example, I had one reader recently accuse another of being a child molester, and publish his home address.

    Also, I think there comes a point where, if comments threads descend repeatedly into flame wars, it actually drives away traffic and potential commenters, as people decide they don’t want the hassle of being publicly attacked, just because they dare to express a viewpoint.

    (Although, I should say that, when it comes to negative comments about me personally, it’s pretty much open season. I’ve got a pretty thick skin, so I’m happy for people to say pretty much anything they like about me).

  17. Sean says:

    Controversy is awesome. Once you get people going at it back and forth there’s really no stop until they get bored. This is a huge traffic help since they’ll all be trying to get everyone to back them up lol.

  18. I hate you John Chow! 😈

    People that are going on about this blog being topic should maybe think about the fact that this blog IS making money, and it is online.

    So whether or not he tells you how to do it, or you are left to figure it out on your own, John is right on topic.

    He is one of the few people who discloses virtually everything he does, good and evil, and actually has numbers to analyze (bigger than $11.41, even!).

    Mr. Chow writes ReviewMe posts to make money, but maybe you’ve noticed he has both trashed and praised many sites through the service.

    Most of his posts are about making money or spending the money he makes. Take a look at food reviews.

    I’ve been to a few restaurants John reviewed. I didn’t go the restaurants because of John, but I do appreciate the thoroughness of the reviews and pictures he took. It helped to understand the menu and what I might be in for! He’s got more up his sleeve on the food thing, IMHO.

    Back to my point (I know I was getting at something)…

    Any ‘how to’ web site will cater to a certain audience, both in topic and in the fact of the audience not ‘knowing’ whatever it is you’re writing about.

    As people learn and read your articles, they will become a part of a different audience (those that ‘know’). So it makes sense that people will not visit as often, or comment as much (as Saman mentioned about the top commentators).

    I think that those that have read most of John’s stuff will have much of the value he has to offer up until now, versus any new visitors having a TON of information to take in.

    The moving target that is your audience…

    This comment has been sponsored by Make Money Online with John Chow!

    1. Simonne says:

      πŸ˜† How much did you get and how can we join?

  19. Joey says:

    I would prefer less review me posts but now and again they cover something I am interested in. As for the advertising on the site I think it is to be expected since this is a site about making money. I do enjoy the occasional post about food or farms there are plenty of blogs to fill the void if John has nothing new to add on the money making side.

  20. Ed Lau says:

    Censorship!? #%*& you, you #%*&ing #%*& #%&*ity #*%& ^&(@ !@#(%ing #(^&# ^(#$ #(^^ipity #(^&!

  21. controversy and negative comments are good! The John-evil-Chow way is great! I mean, it’s true if all comments were all joyful, and agreeing, it sure is fun to know people agree, but a little conversation never hurt anyone (maybe it did.. but hey). On the other hand, positive feedback from your readers if awesome, but more cool than that is when your readers bring good points and add to the discussions, no need for negative comments πŸ˜‰

    Ok, so John, i’m telling you man! i’m never gonna leave a comment on your blog again, you’re “that” bad! nahh.. evil, but not “bad”

    take care, “great post” by the way πŸ™‚

  22. Dj Flush says:

    John chow the most evil blogger earth 😈

    1. Marc says:

      Not just earth πŸ˜‰

  23. Nario says:

    Hi John

    I from Argentina and read your blog every day.

    I have a question.

    What happen with

  24. Jeff says:

    negative on that one John. I read your blog almost since the beginning and its become complete shit and alot of other agree with me. Your losing alot of your readership. Your 15 minutes are up. Go get rolled.

    1. Dave says:

      People keep saying this, but it’s not true. Have you been looking at his monthing visitor statistics? His readership is going up, not down.

      1. You come across comments and readers full of animosity, yet you wonder ‘what are they still doing here?’ πŸ™„

    2. Gath says:

      If John likes negative comments, then this one has got to make his day :mrgreen:

  25. Jack says:

    I still like your blog. πŸ™‚ I don’t care of food post, and review me post. If i don’t like that post, i will skip it. πŸ˜€ I read the post that i like.

  26. Yes, I love comments, even my negative ones!

    Little do many of the negative commentators know, they’re helping to refresh my page and add even more good SEO content to the posts they don’t agree with.

    And then the commentators sometimes get into fights with each other.

    I leave the curse words out there, too. Many people just need to vent. Plus, it helps SEO — you’d be surprised the heinous search terms people type in that include curse words coupled with other terms.

    I only deleted a few bad comments I received as a knee jerk reaction after posting my Kramer post, but I wish I’d left those out there too.

  27. Hu$tler says:

    Instead of criticizing John’s site, here are a few options to make this better:

    1) Raise the ReviewMe price to $500. Less posts = same money or more

    2) Less food posts, but more hot chicks post. I’m sure none of these guys would complain. It should be a hot chick post for every food post. I don’t care who, just slap a hot model somewhere on a post; no words needed.

    3) On the sidebar, create a top ten latest make money online posts. Hence, this would satisfy the whiners.
    Make Money without a blog

    1. Yumcha Girl says:

      Ummm, just a gentle reminder. Not all of John’s readers are male 😐

  28. blogdinero says:

    Sure, the negative comments helps, but the blog must be protected against spam because so usually filters the spammers to have an open door.

    1. Marc says:

      Sure but spam is a completely different issue altogether. Negative comments are just people who have less nice things to say about your blog.

  29. Shaun Carter says:

    Excellent topic to address John, and a fantastic position on it.

    Controversy and different opinions are what make the Internet such a great place to be – a good debate never hurt anybody.

    1. True…it only gets ugly when people veer away from the idea of a “healthy debate” and just launch their unrestrained displeasure if only to be downright mean.

  30. Simon says:

    fantastic post!

    I’ve left negative comments although never threatened to not return!

    But I do enjoy reading the blog and enjoy the fact that it stirs up my juices every now and then!

    1. I agree, this is a great post!, I even have you this blog sindicated in my google Reader page!

  31. Can you handle all these somewhat negative comments , John? :mrgreen:

  32. mickno says:

    You suckers. He got you to link to him with “make money online”. I bet your blogs didnt get anything out of it hahaha. Now he make money by posting ads (revieme)everyday hahaha. GO John you evil marketer.

  33. Habitaquo says:

    Thanks John, you are a genious πŸ™‚ Now i got some ideas for reply some negative comments πŸ˜‰

  34. Ricky says:

    You can promote agloco 1000 times a day but can you at least eat something that looks like real food and not some kind of dog turd?

    The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a Dot Com Mogul that eats shit and makes money to post pictures of it…

  35. vik says:

    John Chow, you Smirnoff drinking SOB!!! You suck and your blog sucks. I hate you. You are the worst person ever!!! On top of that, you are Canadian. How bad can it get?!?!

    -I only made this negative comment because per your post, it’s good for you.

  36. Collis says:

    I very much enjoyed your comments on negative blogging and read them out here in the office.

    Its true that polarizing people is often a characteristic of the most popular blogs.

    I suppose the only thing to watch out for is that you are in fact polarizing (i.e. there are people on both sides) and not just alienating. As a regular reader and a subscriber for the last few months, I’m confident that you couldn’t alienate everyone even if you tried πŸ™‚

  37. Kirg says:

    I for one love how your blog has turned out currently. And a few days ago I read through all of your 100+ page history so I pretty much saw it all from start to finish.

    I like the ReviewMe’s since they tend to be about newer online services which gives your blog a Lifehacker blog feel so it keeps me up to date on new stuff to market.

    Anyone who has a problem with the reviews really needs to think outside of the box, they are a way to make money online, they tell you what’s might be the next fad.

    I also absolutely love your fine dining posts, but then again cooking is a passion of mine, and those posts are what keeps me coming back every day more then anything else.

    So here’s one vote for keep up the good work.

  38. Elaine says:

    It obviously depends on the kind of blog you have and the types of negative comments you get. There is a big difference between “you’re wrong about ___” and “you’re a bitch.” The second one has nothing constructive to say. It’s just hateful. That’s all.

    I turned my comments off and I am so glad I did. Moderating and responding to hateful comments ate up too much of my time. People can go call me names somewhere else, thank you.

  39. πŸ˜•

    Well, I took the comments off of my mommmy blog because some crazed fan (of a boy band my daughter LOVES), made really ugly comments. I WILL NOT allow someone to fry my kids…especially when it’s uncalled for. It was a fit of jealousy that I could not condone. Then she lied about her age and even had her friends come over and comment too. That blog is about autism, parenting and my day to day life with 7 kids. I will not allow strangers to attack my kids … ever.

    So, I turned on the comment moderation. I also had to do the same on another blog because a pretty popular blogger attacked me. Whatever. He has his way of doing things and I have mine. But when he gets on his soap box about poverty, which he knows nothing about….that’s another story. Being a single mom, is hard enough. Having someone that never went through the hell I’ve been through, talk down to me and try to minimize my situation….I let him have it. He got upset…

    He and a few readers decided to pick on the new blogger, I let him have it and then shut off the comments. I try to keep my blogs family friendly. I didn’t want my readers to be offended.

    Besides, isn’t your blog your KINGDOM?

    People will always have their own opinion, but there are certain things that are off limits. My kids are one of them!

  40. thesilly1 says:

    Anyone else notice that this post has the most comments on a post in a while? Go figure. Even talking about negative comments will get you traffic…. πŸ™„

  41. Dave says:

    I predict John will get at least half a dozen free link backs due to the buzz on this post πŸ™‚

  42. I have to agree with you John in one thing, you and nobody will never be able to make everybody happy, and if anybody ever try it, He/She will be the only unhappy ’cause will never make it.!

  43. Derrich says:

    I’m totally leaving you, John! Except when you have food reviews. I get hungry, ya know.

    1. Dave says:

      I’ll believe it when I see it! πŸ™‚

  44. Don’t worry John we still like you πŸ™‚

  45. You cannot please everyone — that’s the whole point of it. Even if you’re the most likable person in the world, some people could still say nasty stuff about you. But do you cry, throw a fit, go against your principles and retaliate? Perhaps…it won’t solve anything though; negative comments are just gonna keep on popping up. It’s up to you to dish out or dismiss.

  46. Jack says:

    i hope your site gets hacked again cause it sucks now! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  47. “If you’re not pissing somebody off, you’re not doing it right” — this goes on my words-to-live-by list. 😈

  48. Bob says:

    Funny I see this post just after having thought about the subject. I have not been reading this blog for a long time but have noticed that the content is turning more towards advertising and pointless fillers in between. I still enjoy reading the reviews just to get another person’s point of view but there is not much left on the blog which seems to be personal.
    Nothing wrong with that but I see a trend with other blogs trying to mimic this concept and it’s a shame to think that blogs are turning into the next spam medium.
    Also one thing I can’t get my head round is the way some people seem to worship John. He’s just another guy with another blog that happens to get more traffic than others.
    Big deal?

    1. “Worship” might be too much, Bob. I think it’s more like an esteemed “high five” — yeah, that’s it. πŸ™‚

  49. i agree, johns posts about fine dining and cars definitely add to the flavor of the blog, and help remind us why we’re trying to make money online – so we can enjoy those things too!

  50. Amanda says:

    I don’t mind it because infact it’d be great to marge all 3 of my blogs into a monster blog about me, seo etc, and my geek crap but its a hard thing to do. john does it well.

  51. Jenny says:

    Yes, that whole post may be true, but I don’t call it “growth” when someone attacks you personally calling you names and saying your dirty and a moron just because you like a certain sport.

  52. This blog basically has it all — travel, food, new gadgets, great deals and freebies, evil contests, and reviews that are, admit it, useful for a lot of us mogul dot com wannabes. Some might think it’s ambitious, but it could mean for the better. πŸ™‚

  53. Kevin says:

    good post john. I think that negative comments are great for a site (as long as they are constructive). However, i think its important for any webmaster to take on board any comments that are made.

    im a huge fan of your blog and in particular, your writing style. However, in two of my posts i have critized your blog for 2 things.

    1. All reviews are 100% positive. I find myself skipping most reviews now as they are always 100% positive. I understand that you might be rejecting sites for review that you dont like however it’s hard to not lose faith in your reviews when there is little of no negative aspects in the review. If there is no criticism then the reviews come across as advertisements or sales talk.

    2. The review me for a link. There has been nearly 60 posts linking back for people who have helped you google bomb your site higher in the rankings for the term ‘make money online’. I understand you want to pay those back who linked you etc however im sure many other readers like myself get bored reading these posts very quickly. You have written some great posts about making money line and promoting blogs however i fail to see how these get rich quick linking schemes are gonna help any blog long term.

    i hope you dont think im being too negative as i enjoy reading this blog. However, i think that the blog should concentrate more on helping others making money instead of yourself.

    that being said, hope your enjoying your stay in canada :):)

    1. In no way am I being combative here, but I just wanted to say that not all ReviewMe posts are 100% positive. If John found something, well, questionable he certainly said something about it. As far as making money for himself vs helping others, I think the whole premise of this blog is just that — to help others earn while generating revenue. A huge chunk of his earnings go to charities anyway, right, so I don’t see anything wrong with that at all.

  54. Paul. says:

    I try not to leave negative comments, only constuctive critism.

  55. max says:

    I agree with you John.

  56. Russ says:

    I agree john. You’re doing find, keep doing what you do best!

  57. zz says:

    negative comments my ass πŸ™‚

  58. I heard John Chow is going to turn this site into a food review website only! Uh oh! πŸ˜€

    Good post!

    -Sam from

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