In The Vancouver Sun Today

You can find an article about me in today’s business section of the Vancouver Sun newspaper. I’m on page D3 with a tag line that reads, “Part-time labour of love online brings in some cash.”


The Vancouver Sun is the largest newspaper in BC, with a daily readership of nearly 500,000. You can read the full article by clicking on the above image. I did the interview and photo session last Friday. The Sun photographer told me I was going to be in the next day’s edition but that turn out to be incorrect.

The photo session was an interesting experience. The photographer needed to get a blogging theme so I recommended we go into my office and use the dual 20.5″ wide screen Dell LCDs. In order to get my blog and the Text Link Ads (aff) income page to show up on the photo, I had to reduce the resolution of the LCDs to 800×600. It looked really weird on the screens but it came out great in the photo. Too bad I couldn’t con the photographer into giving me a copy of the photo. The Sun enforces a strict copyright on the work of their photographers.

This is the second time I have appeared in a major newspaper. The first time was back in the summer of 2000 when I did an interview and photo session with Canada’s biggest newspaper, The Globe & Mail. However, I think being in the Sun is better because more local people read the Sun than the Globe.

46 thoughts on “In The Vancouver Sun Today”

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    Have you experienced an increase influx of traffic yet?

    1. Ali says:

      Yes did you see any increase in blog traffic from the post?

  2. Ben Isikoff says:

    Congrats! What a great honor, and a great article as well. To bad they wont give you a hold of photo, would look pretty nice as a new banner.

  3. Leftblank says:

    Quite an honor indeed, I indeed also wonder about the stats due to this article, any abnormalities already?

    Also, I must say the title of the article could’ve been quite somewhat more positive, but I guess that’s the thing you get with the Sun 😉

  4. HMTKSteve says:


    So, did they print hyperlinks in the paper ? 😀

  5. propstm says:

    Congrats on the article, however I get the following error when I try to read it:

    “Registered 6-day subscribers to the The Vancouver Sun newspaper or electronic edition enjoy full access to The Vancouver Sun Online.”

    1. John Chow says:

      Ya, only subscribers to the Sun can read the full article. That’s why I link to a scan of the article in the above image.

      1. Soultrance says:

        There’s also a plugin for Firefox called BugMeNot that does amazing things.

      2. propstm says:

        And I thought it was just an image!


  6. Sonia says:

    When they say “a part-time labour of love” I wonder what they mean 😉

  7. Congrats John !! I am sure we will see you in Wall Street Journal soon !!

  8. Ryan says:

    Awesome, that wax figure looks just like you! 😉

    The 800×600 definately made the picture better. I do, however, wonder if this is going to help increase your Google PR? 🙂

  9. Keep us updated on your traffic before and after the newspaper article.


  10. That closing statement on the article came off a bit strange. I bet many readers finish it with the thought: “Ok, so why isn’t he doing this 8 hours a day for quadruple income.”, which just isn’t the case.

    It could’ve mentioned in more detail what you write about too.

    Anyway, it’s all good publicity.

  11. Samer Bazzi says:

    I am very happy for you, that rocks, you are famous in BC 🙂 let the readership sky rocket!

    Congrads and thank you for your wonderful work on your blog.

  12. Andrew Kuo says:

    Yeah, I’m curious about traffic patterns for the next few weeks also. Anyways congratulations John for reaching offline publicity.

  13. Jeff says:

    I talk about this blog to my associates a lot. Some of my friends came up to me saying “Hey, your friend john was inthe paper today!!!”

    Thats grea.t

  14. Al Davies says:

    Congratulations, it’s nice to see a blog extend itself outside of electronic media. I can’t wait to hear you on the radio and see you on cnbc one of these days!

  15. gridtalker says:

    Congrats. John did they call you or did you contact them for the article?

    1. John Chow says:

      The Sun called me after they read my January recap.

  16. Rebecca says:

    wowsa, nice going!

  17. Soultrance says:

    Good work John. The article turned out really well. I just got back into the office from lunch and almost bought a copy of the Sun just to read the article, then realized I could probably read it on your site. Thanks for scanning it!

    My only complaint would be that they didn’t really give a whole lot of details on things, but otherwise it’s a nice piece.


    1. Michael Kwan says:

      While I agree that they were lacking in detail, you have to bear in mind the space constraints that the writer was dealing with, and it couldn’t get too much into the nitty gritty technical details, because the audience would lose interest.

  18. Nate W. says:

    Great job, John. Taking over the world, one newspaper at a time.

  19. Leif Hearne says:

    Good job John. It’s always interesting to see the cross over of our industry into the offline world.

  20. Dean says:

    Awesome John, I would have to say your one of my top 3 rss reads everyday. Keep your originality you are becoming an Internet Celebrity!

  21. Marc says:

    Thanks for the largish scan John. I’ll have to print out a copy and tack it on the wall 🙂

  22. Gdog says:

    Nice article, short and sweet. No mention of you being evil though?? 😉

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Or pandas.
      Or rock fights.

  23. Kev says:

    Great article, I just looked for your Text Link Ads listing but couldn’t find it, could you let me know which category this is under please?

    1. John Chow says:

      You can’t find me because I’m sold out. Once a blog is sold out, it gets removed from the listing. I would normally be listed under Business.

  24. Hey John, I came here via the Wet Coast Woman site. Congratulations – It’s great to see a Vancouver blogger ‘making it’ 🙂

  25. derrich says:

    Congrats! I even blogged about your achievement.

  26. Nomar says:

    haha thats great, must be getting extra traffic 🙂

  27. John, your going to be a hit with the ladies now. And your head doesnt look to bad in that pic either!

    Why do you have a slazenger poster framed on your wall?

  28. Also see that Rss readers have gone up yesterday to 1900, thats the highest I have seen it!

    Can I ask how you get that button to show on your site showing the number of Rss readers? I am trying to get it for my Million Dollar Blog, but couldnt find it.

  29. I read the article in the National Post this morning and WOW I am amazed as to how much money you have made! Thats truely amazing how you can get 200 000 Unique Hits per month. I want to create a similar website to your using this template. May I ask you how that is done?

    Right now I have a blog I created to try to earn some money to pay back my student loans

    If you have any tips for me on how I can maximize my earnings online, I would really appreciate that. How do the text ad links work for you? $200 a month? I would like that amount to get things rolling.

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  31. Adam says:

    Wow! It was amazing to learn that you make $3,440.66 a month. I would like to earn that much so that I won’t have to go out and work for anyone else anymore.

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