John Chow Gives In To Google, Back In Search Engine

If you follow me on Twitter or read Shoemoney’s latest post, then you already know I’ve been let back into the Google search engine. This post will explain how I did it and provide some background into my battle with Google.

Despite Shoe’s attention grabbing headline, Google did not give in to me. Then again, I didn’t give in to Google either despite my headline. The three year saga ended to the benefit of all parties involved. I am back in Google and Google no longer looks bad when someone does a search for John Chow.

Background Information – Playing with Fire

Three years ago, Google decided to make an example out of me because I was violating some major rules in their Webmaster Guidelines. Specifically, I was selling paid links, writing paid review and created a huge link building scheme to rank for certain keywords. This all happened around the time when I was trying to present myself as an “evil” blogger.

When the Google slap hit, many bloggers wrote me off, saying that without the Google traffic, I would slip off into the sunset and never be heard from again. After all, who can possibly survive without the help of big daddy Google?

I had two choices. I could correct my blog to comply with Google like all the other webmasters did when they got slapped. Some were let back in, some weren’t. Instead, I chose the other route, which said, “Screw you Google! People say I can’t build my blog without you. I’m going to prove them wrong!”

You know the rest of the story. Without the help of Google traffic for the past three years, John Chow dot Com continued to grow in both traffic and income. The blog and the brand are bigger than ever. I had accomplished what many bloggers and SEO “experts” said could not be done.

Why I Decided To Get Back Into Google

The decision to try to get back into Google was made a month ago after discussions with Shoemoney and Neil Patel. Since the challenge of building a blog without Google was pretty much done and proven, the new challenge was trying to get back into Google. Would Google even talk to me after I’ve made them look bad for three years?

The other reason for trying to get back was purely financial. Three years ago, paid links were a big part of the blog’s income. However, as time passed, I moved the blog’s income stream to a backend system. As the backend income grew, paid link became a smaller and smaller percentage of the blog income. At the time I removed them, the paid links accounted for about 2.5% of blog income. I knew I had to remove the paid links and comply with Google’s Webmaster Guidelines in order to get back in and since the links made up so little of my income, it wasn’t a big deal to dump them.

I also worked out that I would need Google to send me only 2,000 visitors per month in order to make up the income lost by the paid links. I know how much I make from every new visitor that comes to my blog (I explain how I do this in my How I Make $40,000 a Month from a Blog post). I knew that if Google were to let me back in at full strength, I would get far more than 2,000 referrals a month from them.

Testing The Google Waters

The normal way for getting a banned/slapped site back into Google is to correct whatever got you banned in the first place and then send a reconsideration request using Google Webmaster Tools. There is no assurance or guarantee that Google will reconsider you and let you back in. You just basically have to hope and pray. This was something I didn’t want to do.

To test if Google would let me back into the index, I came up with the idea of creating a duplicate blog that was Google compliant on and redirected the Googlebot to it. If Google would rank the dot ca blog correctly, I would then make the same changes to the dot com blog and redirect the bot back. However, I made a grave mistake. When you show your visitors one thing but something else to the Googlebot, that is known as cloaking and it’s against the Webmaster Rules. The end result was the dot ca blog getting slapped and the dot com blog getting a PageRank of ZERO. I was off to a really bad start.

The Dinner That Changed Everything

The turning point came when I was having dinner with Neil Patel and the boys from Unique Blog Designs.

Neil told me the best way to get back into Google was just to talk to Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team. Neil told me that Matt is an extremely fair guy and would be open to the idea of letting me back in even after that stupid cloaking trick. Neil facilitated an introduction and Matt and I exchanged several emails. I got the feeling that Matt must work 24 hours a day because every time he emailed me, it was after 10PM.

Neil was correct in saying that Matt was extremely fair and after correcting one misunderstanding, Matt informed me that a member of his team had submitted a reconsideration request on my behalf. The next day, I was back in Google.


The process I went through to get back in Google is probably beyond the means of most webmasters. Because of this, my recommendation to you is just to work with Google and comply with their Webmaster Guidelines instead of going against them. Sure, it might be fun to be like John Chow and play the rebel but you have to keep in mind that I am the exception and not the rule. Most blogs can not grow to any meaningful size without Google traffic.

Thanks goes out to Shoemoney, Neil Patel and Matt Cutts for making it possible for me to get John Chow dot Com back into Google.

119 thoughts on “John Chow Gives In To Google, Back In Search Engine”

  1. Wow, I realised some time ago of course that your site had been pulled, but it’s so great that after all this time you get all that Google traffic back again!

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    1. Philip Nowak says:

      Amy, I noticed that John’s site was gone for a long time and then suddenly one day the .ca site appeared out of nowhere and was the number 1 search result for “John Chow”. I was so confused, but now it all makes perfect sense. 🙂

    2. I break this news back on July 11th. Congratulation John , now you are par with us, No Evil 🙂 🙂

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    3. Paul B says:

      Hi John, how does your paid reviews for people that have pruchased various affiliate offers you’ve been pushing fit into this? Have Google said that they’re ok with followed links in paid reviews?

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      1. Ben Cook says:

        Paul, Google has publicly stated several times that links in a paid review must be nofollowed.

        Of course, they also have a two tiered system of justice where big sites like TechCrunch and apparently JohnChow can get away with things like that and most of the rest of us cannot.

        It will be interesting to see if Matt Cutts and Google makes John nofollow all the links in all his paid reviews or not.

        If I were one of the people that paid for the reviews in order to get a link from John, I might not be too pleased.

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      2. John Chow says:

        That is a really gray area. Google would prefer it if you no follow all aff links (my Ninja Affiliate plugin does that anyway). Basically, the rule is if you would have wrote the post even if it made you no money, then the link can be a follow link. For example, I would have written about Become a Blogger even if Yaro didn’t have an affiliate program because it’s news that is related to what I blog about.

        1. Paul B says:

          That makes sense but what about the bloggers that bought “Become a blogger” on the understanding that they’ll get a paid John Chow review? As much as the traffic is nice a large part of the value has to be in the link juice passed? If suddenly those reviews are nofollowed then I can see people not being too happy about it.

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          1. John Chow says:

            People buy reviews on this blog to get buzz and traffic. They don’t buy it for a backlink. In all the years I’ve been doing reviews, I had only one person asked me to link to his site using an anchor text. The rest just wanted me to write about their product/service.

          2. With the kind of traffic you have John, I think the exposure may be enough and better than a follow link.

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    4. ProBlogineer says:

      wooho, congrats man.. I see you are ranking for various terms and not on john chow now.. Traffic must be roaring now, and i can see the effect on alexa rankings..
      Good work, keep it up..

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    5. John, did you actually saw any increase in traffic? It seems you already had a lot of traffic without the aid of G.

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  2. Nick Queen says:

    Very nicely done!

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  3. Andrew says:

    John the bottom line is you caved. Spin it any way you like but the end results is the same.

    If you only needed 2000 hits from Google then what’s the point? You could have grabbed 2000 hits in your sleep.

    The way I see it is simple, you took the easy way out and caved into Googles demands. Goliath won this battle John.

    You made me a fan quite simply because you showed you had balls by standing up to Google and that is something I respect. I’m still a fan of your achievements John but I have no respect for what you’ve done here.

    You say that you make $40K a month from this blog and that text ads made up only 2.5% of that income. That equates to a measly $1250 a month in revenue.

    So what your saying is that you gave up the entire fight for the sake of $1250. Now I already get it that your going to make 10x that amount by being back in Google but your a smart guy John. You would have come up with some clever way to do it with or without Google.

    I’m one very disappointed fan.

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    1. Andrew, that’s not really a very good summarization of what has happened. I think it’s actually great. I’ve always believed in the mantra “why fight against Google if you can work with it?”.

      You where just considering the sales/monthly revenues that JC will make with being back in Google. But obviously, the case is much bigger than that.

      Google’s dilemma was when they realized that the searchers are looking for JohnChow and they can’t find him on first page result. Thus, the traffic had been flowing to the name opportunists like NotJohnChow and JohnCow (as what I have read in ShoeMoney).

      You forget the basic reason why their is SEO, to build longterm and forever traffic. That’s it I guess. Without Google Search, there maybe countless of fans right now who would’ve met JC sooner than later.

      Although Social Networking is the best-selling method right now, search engines still provides as a solid, stable and more efficient way of reaching up to a wider audience.

      Think of the new make money online bloggers right now who knows nobody, they will look up to google to see who’s the gurus. And if JC is not on the first page SERPs, it maybe a pity for the fan club community.

      I think this is a great story, getting back with Google is not something we hear everyday. Congrats JC!

      I’m one very happy fan 🙂

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      1. Andrew says:

        Maybe you didn’t read John’s post properly. He states 2 reasons for doing it. 1 he proved that you can build a blog without Google and 2 “The other reason for trying to get back was purely financial.”

        So my summary was in fact spot on.

        The only reason I’m still visiting the blog is because I can relate to wanting a new challenge i.e. seeing if he could get back in.

        But really think about it. Anyone can break the rules, get slapped, kiss up to Matt Cutts, get compliant again and get relisted so its a pretty piss weak challenge by any measure.

        Do your research and what you come up with is that John ‘intentionally’ broke all the rules and got slapped. He dealt with it for 3 years and still built up his blog. All the while Google looked like fools because no one could get relevant results on JC.

        That was the whole point wasn’t it John? It would have only been a matter of time before Google would have had to take some measures to save face given all their hype about relevancy because the John Chow saga contradicted everything that Google says and does.

        No doubt if JohnCowdotCom was slapped then JohnChowdotCom would quickly race in and try to take advantage of that.

        So no matter which way you look at it John Chow you caved. You ran with the ball all the way to the 5 yard line and then dropped the ball. 3 years of success without Google then you get compliant – WTF?

        Clearly there’s more to it that he’s you’re not telling us about and the JC kiss asses will congratulate you on this as being an achievement but you and I both know you dropped the ball.

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    2. I think you should read these lines carefully

      Since the challenge of building a blog without Google was pretty much done and proven, the new challenge was trying to get back into Google.

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      1. Andrew says:

        ZK I did and I addressed it in my previous comment 3rd paragraph.

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    3. Randy says:

      Andrew, you’re an idiot. There’s no other way to say it. John still got to keep all the google juice from those reciprocal links as well as the paid review links.

      Here’s a nickel, go buy a clue. Google caved BIG time!

      1. Andrew says:

        Thanks Randy you are clearly one of the great thinkers of the world.

        Tell me though with all your deep Zen like insight how is it that Google caved?

        Did Matt Cutts approach John to resolve this? Or was it that Google made no demands and just re listed the site unconditionally? Maybe it was that Google was loosing so much business because of the whole saga they gave in to Johns demands?

        I don’t know, I’m an idiot so you tell me.

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        1. Randy says:

          Andrew, read Shoe’s post. If you still don’t get it, use the nickel.

      2. Ben Cook says:

        Randy, if you think John’s site is getting ANY benefit from that whole reciprocal link scheme you obviously have no idea how Google works.

        They let John back in, but that does NOT mean he’s benefiting from those links. He ranks well because of all the NATURAL links his site has attracted, not because of the link scheme he pulled back in the day.

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    4. Ghostwriter says:

      Andrew – From my point of view it’s a good thing. Any methods to get more traffic to johnchan dot com is a good thing from John’s point of view.

      There’s not much benefit from going against Google. It’s not as if John needs to completely revamp his blog.

      As long as the quality of the content is the same, it shouldn’t affect us readers.

      Although it’s cool being banned from Google and still be able to get loads of traffic, the benefits of being listed back in Google far outweighs it.

    5. John Chow says:

      Andrew – You’re right. I am a smart guy and I believe you’re a smart guy too. Isn’t it a smart move to give up $1,250 a month in order to make 10x that much? Sure I can use other methods to make that without Google but why not do both and receive twice the bang? That would be the smart thing to do.

      If you feel I should have continued to defied Google for the principle, I’m sorry. I’m not a guy who does thing on principle. It was a business decision to get back into to Google, just like it was a business decision to go against them 3 years ago.

      1. Andrew says:

        Thanks for clearing that up John. I understand what you’re saying but I guess it boggles the mind as to why you did it in the first place if not based on principle.

        That then leads me to wonder what was the business decision, (other than raw publicity) to break the rules in the first place.

        Which then leads me to wonder, if not based on principal, why leave it to carry on for 3 years. Would it not have been a more profitable strategy to let it run for 6 months, milk the publicity and get your ranking back instead of allowing so many others to feed their own juice off of your name, your success, and your publicity.

        It wasn’t my intention to offend you John and I was being genuine when I said you’re a smart guy, but like you I don’t give in to popular opinion and I won’t kiss ass just because the masses do it.

        Thanks for the reply.

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        1. John Chow says:

          The business decision to go against Google was made for several reasons. 1) it fits with my brand. I’ve been banned from Digg, banned from Technorati and now banned from Google. To try and correct and get back into Google would have gone against the “evil” blogger persona I had created. 2) The blog wasn’t as well monetized back then and getting back the Google traffic wouldn’t have replaced the link income. 3) The publicity generated by my banning would send me more traffic than Google sent me. 4) There are other ways to get traffic.

          As for why I waited 3 years. Well, I just never thought about it until recently. I had never built my sites around Google because I believe if you live by the Google, you die by the Google. What got me thinking about getting back was when I ran some numbers based on revenue per user. Three years ago, the blog made no where near as much per user as it does now. After running the numbers, I realized that it was time to get back. Yes, I should have done all this sooner but like I said, I just never thought about it.

          1. Andrew says:

            Thanks for you complete honesty and disclosure about all this John.

            I guess I just felt a little let down by the seemingly defeatist approach that this gave out. But at the end of the day you have to do what you feel is best for your business to grow at the pace you expect.

            If you want to understand in better detail where I am coming from and why I’ve said what I have just head over to my blog I’ve written my own article, completely from my own perspective on it.


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          2. If you put the “no follow” tag to all your links you won’t have any problem and like you say you follow all the rules in the Google’s webmasters guidelines.

  4. Congratulations! Just wondering… what was going through your mind when you got removed from google’s listings and how did you stage a comeback? (You mentioned your traffic grew after google removed you from their searches… is it because of the publicity?)

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    1. John Chow says:

      I believe my first thought was, “Damn. That sucks.” Then it was, “Oh well.”

    2. Bulls eye … that was really a nice question …

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  5. Unoblogger says:

    This is some story.. I understand that your tiff with google was over 3 years back and all these days you were not featuring in google? So without the google traffic what really helped your survive… I am sure you can come out with another post on ways to be independent of google

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  6. Ghostwriter says:

    John, would you say that you managed to get back in to Google because of who you know? eg. Matt and Neil?

    Getting back in Google after 3 years as I know some friends who struggled badly for over a year. They managed to get back in after moving their server to a new ip address and changing a lot of their website.

    However, it is good news that you’re finally back in Google. I guess this will give you more publicity 🙂

    1. Well if you are John chow than you can not hide from people even if you change your server or website or whatever you want to change.

      Other blogs of John Chow are working fine … only and get slapped.

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    2. John Chow says:

      I would say I got back in because I complied with the Webmaster Guidelines. Having Neil introduced me to Matt just sped up the process.

      1. Ben Cook says:

        But you haven’t fully complied with the Webmaster Guidelines. Your paid reviews still contain followed links which Google has stated are the same as paid links.

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        1. Ben Cook says:

          Looks like the Paid Reviews have had the nofollow link applied to them as well now.

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          1. John Chow says:

            Maybe you should have checked before making your comment. 🙂 The sponsored posts got nofollow links at the same time as the TLA removal.

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  8. This is such a great story. I’m glad you got back in because it was just ridiculous for such a popular blog to not be listed. I do, however, kind of miss the days when you were an “evil” blogger. The site was a little more entertaining. But it’s still great!

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  9. This post is showing your determination power John and we salute you for that.

    I think this one is most inspiring and positive post. Saving it in my bookmark to read it again and again.

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  10. Congrats, John!

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  11. Tinh says:

    Two claps and big congrats to you John, the day you get back comes and I guess your traffic will be exploded soon. Tinh

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  12. Randy says:

    Google gave in to you John. Otherwise they would have forced you to remove all your paid reviews, continued to deindex them (make money online indeed!) or forced you to nofollow the links. You have all the keyword juice from those still. So yes, Google is your bitch.

  13. John Chow does it again! One for the little guy!

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  14. Cam Birch says:

    Excellent story. Full of excitement and intrigue. Ranking in google is excellent for traffic but sucks with the crappy rules they keep in place. I’m curious how long until the anti-trust lawsuits start up for Google, Microsoft never had that much power over people and they got slapped down hard.

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  15. I already reported this on my blog before.

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  16. temujin says:

    Did Google give in to John Chow? Or did John Chow give in to Google.

    Some honest question. Do you think Google would lose sleep or money if John Chow is not ranked number 1 for his own name?

    Do you think Google would tumble for a mere 40k USD?

    You people are funny.

    But anyway, still a good move John Chow. If you wan’t to play in Google’s turf then by all means play by Google’s rule.

    If you don’t then there is still Yahoo! and Bing.

    But not as pretty prospects as Google.

  17. Good storey. Is that mean you are no longer writing post for money in general? I feel some of your posts have money deal involved. Are those banned by Google also?

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    1. John Chow says:

      I will continue to write posts on money because that’s one of the blog’s topics.

  18. Niwla says:

    Good to see that your back in Googles list John.

    My compliments to the people who helped you out to.

    But does google give site owners a warning first before they kick people out? Because sometimes people are breaking rules that they are not even aware of.

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  19. Yes, Google is very important to every blogger. Don’t try to go against them. I like Google very much because most of my traffic come from Google.

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  20. TimM says:

    Wow, sounds like a bit of drama but it’s an interesting story to read. Congratulations on building your blog successfully despite the conflict.

  21. TweetFind says:

    Congrats John!

    You were the first blogger I started to read. You motivated me to create my own site. Shoemoney and Neil Patel were next.

    The Google Slap is tough, but Matt Cutts does seem like a cool guy. I mean no one wants to be the bad guy and its great that you were able to reconcile your relationship with Google.

    Wow, now with Google Traffic Your site is going to explode some more!

    Again, Congrats.


  22. Man your really sucking up to Google
    You don’t even follow links in your post comments nada now that’s funny and chopped the BLUE almost completely off your site.
    You sold out man screw Google 🙂

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    1. John Chow says:

      The blog never had follow links in the comments. They were always no follow.

  23. ark says:

    Wow, congratulations on that. Does this mean your site will even grow larger due to the traffic that will be generated by google?

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  24. says:

    But see.. John google has not changed itself – google has once again started liking or crawling you because you have followed the guidelines…

    I think that’s pretty normal for any blog or blogger who did not comply with guidelines get slashed and who follow get crawl…

    But anyway it always feels good to get back your brand in google – i am suffering from this and i can surely understand the happiness…’s last blog post: How to Protect Your Identity from Being Theft

  25. James Hartje says:

    Glad to hear your back

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  26. Blogger says:

    Good thing you and Matt Cutts were introduced.

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  27. HeHe congrats John 😉 Glad to see you back im

  28. EarningStep says:

    congrat john . i am 100% sure this will triple your traffic

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  29. Adam Baird says:

    Part of me is sad to see you give in, but it is pretty great that you built a blog around the fact that you were banned from all of these traffic getting services.

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  30. Congratulation john,

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  31. fas says:

    Congrats John, many will feel bad who have been dancing on your name since so long.

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  32. Tran says:

    In general, I think John is right but maybe the time is controversial but to my opinion he is right as this time is quite hectic to all business decision. Losing your brand to boost your income is a good strategy.

    What is the main objective of this blog? It is for monetization? If yes, it is right decision. I would love Google and its traffic if it can double my income

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  33. Blogger Rise says:

    Goog to have you back jhon, hope there is no one being fool by other who taking advantage on your name 😀

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  34. Asswass says:

    I thought that you would never surrender John., But oh well, I guess your blog is going to grow consistently now :).

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  35. Wow! That was fair enough for Matt. The good news here is that both JC and Google have benefited from this reconciliation. Google was cured on giving a false John Chow search page results and JC is back to Google.

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  36. Chess Poker says:

    congratulations for being back in Google… however I was astonished by some numbers, how many visitors you have coming from search engines per day ?

  37. Julien says:

    You’re amazing for this performance… You really rock !

  38. Work At Home says:

    Looks like you have lost the battle with Google now. You must be very thankful to Neil for that intro arrangement.

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  39. Tushar says:

    So should be expect your blog income to become $80,000 soon ? 🙂

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  40. Congrats John! Hey, you are the exception and not the rule, but that’s why you stand out, right?

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  41. Its great to see you back. All your hard work paid off. Cheers.

  42. Debo Hobo says:

    I guess it’s not really what you know, but who you know then…..

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    1. Cam Birch says:

      Knowing someone who can get you a great job as a lawyer isn’t very useful unless you are a lawyer. Yes getting ahead is largely based on who you know, but if you didn’t know anything to begin with it doesn’t matter.

      John got back because he now follows the Google TOS, he got in faster because he knows someone who could help him. Special treatment yes, but not so special as to cause issues for Google.

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  43. Congratulations on getting back into the search results. I would think your blog would really soar at this time.

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  44. EarningStep says:

    there is one great effect because of this, for whose that have the same topic which is make money online , prepare yourself to see your rank down on google SERP . because JOHNCHOW IS BACK

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  45. This will surely bring your income level higher. Once your start ranking for your keywords again I can’t picture the amount of money will be made.

    John do you think your income will rise to over $100k a month?

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  46. Melvin says:

    A pretty good saga for you Chow… You’re back again it to where you at before, itseems..

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  47. game-girl says:

    A nice story of life and business.It is so natural to have conflicts there.But it is necessary to be over the conflict situation to come through it.

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  48. It’s always nice to be able to prove the big dogs wrong. It definitely shows what a great deal of confidence u had in yourself and your business. It really is a great example of what one person can do fighting against a big corp.

  49. filing says:

    Congrats, John. Nice to hear Google was fair to work with, and you’re back in!

  50. I have the same situation, it’s just that only my PR was penalized when I joined PPP. In SERPs, I still rank. exactly a year after, Google awarded me back my PR. Of course, I complied and sent them reconsideration through webmaster tools. 🙂
    thank you Google.

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  51. Jamaipanese says:

    welcome back to the Googlenet, err i mean “internet”

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  52. Michelle says:

    It’s great that you took the challenge and proved that there could be exceptions to the rules. However, it’s important to knwo when to start. Battles cannot not go on forever.

  53. Michelle says:

    I should also say that it’s good to know that the compromise can be achieved with such powerful companies as Google. Your experience is very inspiring!

  54. Way to go to stand up to Google. They really are bullies. I am getting so fed up with Adwords I am going to cut that budget and hire 10 guys from Bangaladesh to do SEO for me 24/7 for the same money.

  55. This just shows how asinine Google really is.

    Their official Reconsideration Request system is a complete failure. It doesn’t work at all and no one bothers to maintain or repair it.

    And yet if you happen to socialize with a Google employee, you can get whatever you want.

    Google is completely corrupt in every possible way.

  56. Dean Saliba says:

    I can only imagine ther kind o traffic you will get now!

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    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      Me too! Anyway, John is Top 10 of the keyword “Make Money Online” right now in Google search engine, it’s just a place below my blog, is that meaning that my blog has the same value with my blog? Definitely not, John Chow is doing very well with his blog. I’m just working hard on the keyword ranking..:D


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  57. King says:




    1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

      I’m so surprised to see a mandarin comment over here.
      King, we need to know what you’ve done to cause your site de-indexed in Google, selling text link or writing paid post? If yes, then you have to take off all of them. Then go to Google Webmaster Tool and send a reconsideration Letter to Google and wait for reply. That was what I did before and what you can do now.


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  58. B J Rakow says:

    I don’t see it as ‘caving in’ by either you, John, or Google. I call it clever negotiating. Like your posts enough that I have your link on my blog which features posts on my experience as a newbie blogger blogging for money.

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  59. It’s where you deserve to be once again Mr Chow. 🙂

    PS, less food related tweets please, you are forever making me hungry!

  60. Jerick Mac says:

    wow! congratulations mr. John! now, notjohnchow, johncow etc etc are gone. 😀

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  61. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    Congrats John! I’ve also seen that you’re now back to Page 2 of keyword “Make Money Online”, you’re back to the track now! Anyway, congrats John!


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  62. Alan Toaca says:

    Great article John! Glad to see that you’re back on Google =)

  63. Rahul says:

    Brave people swim agaist the water.. you proved it………

  64. Ben Pei says:

    Hey John,

    Been waiting for the time that you would get rid of Paid Links, although you didn’t have too I see it was just for a challenge which is such a JC thing to do – way to GO!

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  65. WallnerX says:

    Congrats John.. now your will get even more traffiic..

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  66. hospitalera says:

    Nice to see that Google treats big and small players (nearly) alike. Well done and congratulations to John for living well with as well as without Google. SY

  67. Julien says:

    Hi John, I made a post with your great story 😀
    (in french)

    I think it’s so awesome that I couldn’t resist to share this performance with my readers 😉


  68. Great story John.. That’s quite a comeback act!!! Good job and congrats at being back on google!

  69. So basically the advice is:

    Make friends. Make sure those friends have friends who are the face of Google to the online webmaster community.

    Got it. Will start working on that one tonight.

    Congrats on being let back in!


  70. adwooz says:

    Hi John. Thanks for this discussion, it’s really great in terms of what not to do.
    I’ve heard about your story from far away from place this happened. There were a lot of misunderstanding. Now it’s clear.
    I used to ask “What if…” and reply with “When…” rather then “If..” Any ways. Tell John, please. What if Google did stay on the line with it’s decision and there were no buddy Matt Cutts at the first place. Your actions? Can Google screw you up with all of what you’ve done? Forgive me for the word “screw up” for the sake of G.
    And one more question may be not related to this great story but do related to all of money making issues: If Google banned you as ad Adsence user due to some “suspicious activities” on your site why they banned you for the next time for another site? Just because they don’t trust you as a person? (you, your not related to you or your site personally)
    Great topic, great job, Nice to meet you!! Will come back

  71. Great post… congrats getrting your site back

  72. John Chow is an inspiration. Thanks for all your blog posts.

  73. Nice one John. I wonder if Google would be so forgiving if you weren’t so well known, however? It is the one thing about building a web business through good SEO that is a little scarey… if Google decide something is bad, and its how you make your money, you are pretty much screwed….

  74. Now John Chow will be stronger that ever! Congratulations for having your blog back in Google! 😀

  75. Suroso says:

    Yah, I’ve read many articles told that Google hate review website. What if a new blog like mine have some website review post? Is it good for my stepping stone?

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