John Chow on Breakfast Television

If you live in the lower mainland and watch CityTV (channel 13), you would have saw me on Breakfast Television this morning. BT is CityTV’s morning news show. Most of the time, I catch the tail end of the show because I’m not a morning person (the show starts at 6AM and goes till 10AM).

Unlike the Lab with Leo, Breakfast Television is a live show. There’s no retake if you screw up. I showed up at 7:30 to get set up. I waited in the green room along with Lynda Pasacreta of the Better Business Bureau (talking about Scam Jam 2008) and FoodTV’s Anna Olson (talking about her new show, Fresh with Anna Olson).

I was interviewed by show host, Simi Sara, who did a really good job explaining how things would work. This is only the second time I’ve done a live interview. They’re a lot fun because you never know what might happen (the thought of destroying something did cross my mind).

All this media attention seems to be working. The blog is at a record high 22,291 RSS readers.

58 thoughts on “John Chow on Breakfast Television”

  1. Gary Lee says:

    Media Exposure really is the best . . . now the thing is creating a way of making it more viral so more people watch to which you can get more interviews! Secret Words? Hidden Phrases? hmmmm 👿

    1. John makes it sound so easy…just comment on other people’s blog. Congrats on the tv exposure anyway!

      1. Nice segment John!

      2. Robert says:

        Well, that DOES work. Commenting on other blogs is a great way to build traffic….provided what you say in your comments as SOME value.

  2. Shawn Knight says:

    Yet another great opportunity to bring in traffic! I had my site on TechTV’s The Screen Savers back in 2001 and it brought in a good amount of traffic.

    The funny thing with all of these interviews is that they all ask you the same general questions 🙂

  3. Dusty says:

    This interview should add few more subscribers to your ever-growing list. 22K! Unbelievable!

    1. John, I saw you on CityTV from Toronto, we have timeshifting and there you were! I almost had a heart attack, I couldn’t believe it! How did you get a gig like that? How did they even hear about you! Now you have really made it…next is Larry King Live…or is that just drunk talk?

      1. Terry Tay says:

        Is Larry King still around? 😆

        Anyway, congrats on the live interview and TV coverage John. It seems you have your own Media Chow Chow Train chugging along. You’re picking up so much free exposure you’ll need to write a blog post on how I get so much free media exposure pretty soon.


        1. Robert says:

          How long until Bill O’Reilly interviews you?

  4. Paolo Gaspar says:

    I personally don’t like citytv (I like global better), though if I had known that you were gonna be on, I would’ve tuned in! Congrats on the appearance. How did you get the invitation to appear?

  5. It’s interesting that you looked really calm during the interview although it’s a live show. 🙂

  6. Congrats – I BT but in Toronto, if I knew about it earlier I would time-shift my PVR for Vancouver show…

  7. Tyler Ingram says:

    Pretty neat. So are you more well known for your blog now John than TTZ?

    Pretty interesting to see the purse snatching at the Joyce station 😉 I’ll have to actually listen to the interview when I get home.

  8. John Esberg says:

    TV is all too fun. I really enjoy how-to seminars even more. There is so much value in being trained in public speaking. It gives you great marketing and then you can even try something I find even more entertaining: radio shows! I worked with some doctors on a radio show once in the past: too much fun! :mrgreen:

  9. Hugo Vincent says:

    Congrat’s john, can’t wait to see next months results with all the hype you’ve been generating.
    as allways excellent work.


    1. John Esberg says:

      6 more days left in this month. I’ve been wondering how this month will turn out for John too. He’s jump up quite a bit on his RSS feeds since his last tally. It’s like watching the stock market go bullish.

      1. Robert says:

        See, not EVERYTHING is bad with the economy. Blogging is reaching record levels!

  10. Bloggerking says:

    congrats Johnny boy 😀 you are getting more popular

  11. Cool interview. Congrats – TV exposure is a great way to get your brand to new people that would never have heard of you otherwise 🙂

    Maybe you should create a “Press” page where you collect all the newspaper, magazine and TV interviews you’ve done 😉

    1. Robert says:

      Or a separate blog post about all the publicity. It’s definitely something I’d read.

  12. sean says:

    Well done 👿

  13. Josh says:

    I have to admit that it was a lot of fun telling someone that I am a blogger for a living, and like the news lady it is a little different concept for them to wrap their heads around.

  14. says:

    Very cool interview… One day we’ll all be there! Just need to find that niche!

  15. Khalid says:


    Congratulations and good exposure!

  16. Good work John, well deserved.

  17. being passionate is the right thing!! and your right you do not consider it work if you are passionatei about what you do even if it is in a saturated niche

  18. Mike Huang says:

    Congrats on more media attention John. You’re so lucky that you’re getting one appearance after another!


  19. Simon Lau says:

    Nice work on getting onto BT. That will definitely bring a good surge of traffic to your site! How did you get the opportunity of being on air and where you nervous?

    1. John Chow says:

      BT emailed me and asked if I wanted to be on the show. I asked was it live. They said yes. I said “Sure!” No, I wasn’t nervous. I’m getting used to answer the same questions over and over again. 🙂

      1. Simon Lau says:

        That’s awesome that they found you. You did a great job on the air. I’d be scared sh**less if I was on live!

        1. Robert says:

          You NEED to write a post analyzing how all this newspaper, magazine, and TV publicity is affecting your traffic. You’re becoming a celebrity.

  20. Congrats John ,

    This blog really deserves to be advertised , it`s worth a lot more then 1000 best seller blogging e-books. As John said the most important thing in blogging is the content the rest come along.


  21. Bash Bosh says:

    Really great way to improve overall traffic and popularity rankings.
    Congratulations for achievement Chow!

  22. Erik Fuller says:

    John Chow… You are a bad ass

  23. John says:

    WaY to go John!!

  24. Bigman says:

    Grats on the exposure!

  25. tech blog says:

    he makes money of er nothing 🙂

  26. Hannah says:

    Congratulations John… now us peons have to figure out how to get media attention when we’re NOT raking in 30k per month 😉

    For those of you who do want to get on TV/radio/newspaper/magazines but don’t have John’s traffic (and other) stats, you need to do two things. The first is ASK. When I was in grade 12 in 2005/06 and there was the teacher strike in BC, I e-mailed CTV that morning (promtness is key) and asked if they wanted to interview a grade 12 student who’s chances at scholarships was reduced by this strike and see things from a student’s point of view. Two hours later I was in the car headed east to Vancouver and by 11am had shot a segment that ended up on the 6 o clock news. This only happened because I ASKED if they wanted me on their show; I knew no one at CTV.

    Also, try and do something related to your niche. If you run a dog training site, try and get an interview at a dog walk, etc.

    Just some tips to consider for those envying John’s real-world media attention.

    1. John Esberg says:

      Feeding news to the press is a nice touch. They have to worry about content just as much as a good blogger. On a side note, I always find it amusing when people on TV or print media complain about bloggers. They like to put out a claim that the accuracy on the news is not certain. Let me tell you a little secret, I’ve known indepth background on plenty of reports. Every single one of them had errors. EVERY SINGLE ONE!

  27. Joseph says:

    Congratulations on your success!

  28. Nice interview…really smooth…normally Simi Sara likes to take over the interviewee all the time. Blogging FTW!

  29. Excellent job. Well done John! 🙂

  30. Syed Balkhi says:

    looks like you might be getting close to Darren of Problogger if you keep getting this media attention.

    1. Chetan says:

      Yeah but not completely in the field of blogging 😈

      Btw congrats John for the tv exposure!

  31. David Chew says:

    Congratulation John, those guide and tips that you say is very good.

  32. Congratulations! It’s such a shame she mentioned their URL instead of yours…

  33. Peter says:

    Rubbish tips for making money online.

  34. Sava says:

    great to see you on tv .
    You really deserve it

  35. Fei says:

    wow, many thing i have to learn from you Jhon…
    congratulations on your success

    1. Tyler Ingram says:

      If you’ve learned so many things from him, why are you still using Blogger? 😛

  36. Did I not predict this at the begining of the week when the 2nd newspaper article was done? Watch and see if things don’t continue as I mentioned.

    It’s a pretty standard path and it’s a hard road to get onto, but once you’re on it’s pretty much the same destination. John, many kudos to you.

  37. Sha says:

    That’s great. Good for you, John. I can see more press on the way.

  38. cajuns says:

    Good video John. You came across as fun and sincere.

  39. Joey Burdick says:

    “I make money online by telling people how much money I make online.” ….blogging for fun?

  40. They should have given you enough time to tell them the hard part.

    Good Job, You should do this more often. The exposure would be good.

  41. Mike says:

    Good interview. Congratulations for getting even more media attention. We’re already jealous of you John as it is.

  42. Hi John,

    I just watched the show and I liked. You’re doing such a great job explaining to a lot of people how this work. You’re so fast when she asked how you do this. Passion 🙂 That’s the key.

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