Making Money While On Vacation


Without a doubt the biggest advantage of blogging and making money online is you can do it from anywhere in the world. As long as you have the proper equipment and access to the Internet, you can make money while traveling the world. Most people go on vacation to spend money. I go on vacation to make money.

As a matter of fact, I should do this more often because the blog made almost $50,000 while I’m here in China. That’s a new blog income record.

Time And Money = True Freedom

It’s really pointless to make a lot of money if you have no time to spend it. Reversely, it’s even worst to have all the time in the world but no money. The ideal is to have both and that’s what the Dot Com Lifestyle is all about.

Maintaining the Dot Com Lifestyle is the reason I have decided to not accept the very generous offer from Market Leverage to be their new affiliate manager. Being cooped up in an office for eight hours a day, plus another hour or two in the car commute, isn’t my ideal of fun! Now, many people will tell you that you don’t make money by having fun. They’re not living the Dot Com Lifestyle. 😀

67 thoughts on “Making Money While On Vacation”

  1. Francesc says:

    Nice, I’m algo getting a Kindle 2 next week.
    Love your pandas 🙂

    1. Ryan McLean says:

      This is a great post John,
      Cool to see you with a Kindle

      That is exactly why I am building up my dot com empire so that I can work from anywhere in the world and actually make a lot of money while doing it.

      I currently have a blog about wealth and making money online, but I am really debating whether or not I should go for a blog with my name as the domain name.
      I managed to secure the .net version (not the dot com version)….if I can get my hands on the dot com version then I will definately change my blog

      Ryan McLean’s last blog post: How To Create An Ebook The Easy Way

      1. Jake Stone says:

        One thing that I always wonder is that how many would actually like to make money online anywhere? Looks like people like to spend their days in front of computer or at least within few kilometers (insert mile, if you don’t know that one mile is 1.6 kilometers) from their home.

        I think that most people just play with the image of being on a sunny beach and making money at the same time. Those few who actually want and need to have that lifestyle are already living it or half way getting there. For the rest of the sorry bunch of online workers, it is just 2 weeks work holiday and then back to business as usual. I must praise John Chow for taking far deeper dedication to this work mobility lifestyle.

        Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

    2. That seating position actually doesn’t look very comfortable lol

      Taris Janitens’s last blog post: We Are Back & The Zonda R

      1. fas says:

        You know the Kindle is not the only book reader. Sony too makes one and it is as good as the Kindle if not better.

        Yes John the dot com lifestyle is a dream but not everyone can get it 🙁

        fas’s last blog post: Why Are Americans Obsessed With Apple?

        1. John Chow says:

          The main advantage of the Kindle is its access to the store.

        2. Agreed. Everyone dreams of this kind of lifestyle but in order to achieve it, you need to put in a lot of hard work and have a lot of luck and some brain.

          Exposing SEO Techniques’s last blog post: Listen to Howard Stern Exposing a Screeching Beyonce

          1. And, one might lose his or her social life trying hard to strive for a lifestyle like this. 🙁

      2. Jake Stone says:

        Well you know that John puts up a certain show to demonstrate us the .com lifestyle.

        Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

  2. I wish have your lifestyle dude, seems amazing 😀

  3. Michael Kwan says:

    Can’t help but notice that you’re sitting on the face of a panda.

    Michael Kwan’s last blog post: The Hangover with Iron Mike Tyson

    1. John Chow says:

      You think that is being disrespectful? 😛

  4. congrats on the 50K milestone! really an accomplishment. Enjoy the dotcom lifestyle John!

    [email protected]’s last blog post: Freebie Monday #17 – Free Kashi Granola Bars (Canada) / Free 50% off Coupon for Old Navy (USA)

  5. Joe Gelb says:

    If I was on vacation I would sleep for about a week. When I would finally wake up I would forget how to type

    Joe Gelb’s last blog post: Smart Phones Need Some Numbers

  6. Ryan McLean says:

    truely inspiring John
    one day I will have the amount of money and freedom that you have

    Ryan McLean’s last blog post: How To Create An Ebook The Easy Way

  7. YES , The Dot Com Lifestyle, can be achieved with 1% perspiration and 99%vacation if you have the right tools:)

    Classifieds Theme’s last blog post: People Magazine Gets Cloned

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Ha! Well said. I suppose you just happen to have those tools and are willing to share them with the rest of us, say, for moderate price of 97USD per month…

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

  8. Hi John,

    I´ll be glad if I make 10 times less than you are making now. Looks an awesome life. Congratulations for your new and improved income.

    Marketing Business Review’s last blog post: The First Day of My Freedom

  9. “Maintaining the Dot Com Lifestyle is the reason I have decided to not accept the very generous offer from Market Leverage to be their new affiliate manager.”

    I knew you were fooling all of us. 😉

    Chris Jacobson’s last blog post: Sunday Chatter – 4/5

  10. Ryan McLean says:

    I am actually going away to New Zealand in may and I will be working while I am over there.
    It is my dot com lifestyle that allows me to do this

    Ryan McLean’s last blog post: Win A Free Website Review Worth $115 Just By Commenting

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Way to go Ryan, take some photos of those beautiful mountains to motivate the rest of us.

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

  11. Allan says:

    Yeah having a combination of time and money is the best. Its unfortunate that some people will never be able to experience it.

    // Ace
    // Follow Me
    // Get free traffic to your blog at

  12. Marketophile says:

    Great to see that your enjoying your vacation John. I think that Chris J. nailed it on the head (just like you have many times before). There are plenty of opportunities out there for people that are playing the online marketing game well….but the lifestyle that we have is way too amazing to give up for a day job! This stuff is too much fun:) I think I’ll keep my current position as head of “Me Inc”. Enjoy the rest of the trip!

  13. Paul U says:

    speaking of earnings, when are you going to post your March 2009 blog earnings?

    Paul U’s last blog post: Winner of the 1st pr contest

    1. John Chow says:

      I no longer post income reports.

      1. wosoho says:

        2008 October is the last time?

        wosoho’s last blog post: 看John Chow的soho生活

      2. Why not? You did post your income just now as being 50K for the month so to speak….just curious really.

        [email protected]’s last blog post: Freebie Monday #17 – Free Kashi Granola Bars (Canada) / Free 50% off Coupon for Old Navy (USA)

        1. John Chow says:

          My accountant advised to stop doing them. Also some of my advertisers didn’t want me posting them either because it reveals how much they spend on my blog.

          1. Jake Stone says:

            That’s a good advice. It can be disheartening to see big name blogger getting flat fee from advertising agreement with certain money making service, while it produces very little for small timers who actually rely on service dynamics to generate sales. So good call.

            Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

  14. I call this one is a perfect life. I do not think that in any kind of profession you can enjoy that much.

    Enjoy your life and also earn money. Now as M leverage is taking care of your china trip bills so you can relax more as well.

    [email protected]’s last blog post: Google denies rumors of buying Twitter

  15. Silvia says:

    I was greatly impressed by the the blog’s earning record.Three cheers for you,John.

    Silvia’s last blog post: Злодей Джокер появится в фильме Темный Рыцарь 2 Битва за Готэм

  16. Ronnie says:


    So you initially accepted the offer and then now you’re not accepting it?

    1. John Chow says:

      That is right. I am rejecting their offer.

      1. MLDina says:

        Ouch, John. That hurts! Couldn’t even have made a phone call? Now what am I going to do with the ‘Welcome to the NEW Dot Com Life’ banner and all the swag I ordered for you?!

        1. John Chow says:

          Give it away as a prize in the next Market Leverage contest?

  17. Hoto says:

    You are so right. Money is not freedom. You have to have also the time to spent it. Time and money is the key to freedom.

    Hoto’s last blog post: 7.27 lbs off in just 1 week

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Monks would define it rather differently. We all have 24 hours per day and money is just a vessel that gives you things that you have not yet learned to live without. Extinguish your desires and you have your freedom.

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

  18. Scott says:

    Hi all can anybody tell me how to get my blog to the top of the seo pages. Have built a ton of back links etc…and still not working and worst of all my business has taken a huge plunge lately with all these layoffs. Please Help.I started off blogging not to make money but know really need to start making some to helo pay for the bills


    Scott’s last blog post: Desired Battery Charging For Heavy Duty Trucks

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Hello Scott, your blog is very thin in content. I imagine that even it would be on top, it would not provide much value for the visitor, so it would not do much good for you to be on top.

      Yahoo finds 3 links to your blog, can’t but wonder if there is correlation between your statement of “a ton of back links” and “heavy duty”. I sure hope not.

      Now, after the criticism, you have a good start. Your position is ultra American as you trash the rubbish that comes from China. Build on that, I suppose you will find an audience that shares your conviction.

      The way to make money with this is to occasionally give your audience tips on rare good stuff that comes over seas… stuff that saves money for your reader and really helps them.

      Also, have you ever considered what is your target group? I would imagine that an average heavy duty professional doesn’t read blogs, but maybe someone heading servicing operations would. Focus to those people. Show them parts that last and save money and provide them easy method on obtaining those parts.

      Jake Stone’s last blog post: Jon Waraas – a man in need

  19. Making 50,000 US dollars while going on a vacation is spectacular. Your story inspires all of us bloggers to be a prolific writer. I hope that one day I can live a do com lifestyle like you. Thanks.

  20. Yep, what a joy in big money when you have no time to spend it 🙂

  21. mymytri says:

    Congrats john for the mark you reached while in China.Really inspires…

    mymytri’s last blog post: Free Track Google Adsense Clicks with Statcounter

  22. mymytri says:

    Congrats john for the mark you reached while in China.Really inspires…

  23. Pretty darn amazing John! The power of the internet!

    The Almost Millionaire’s last blog post: Should I buy a house?

  24. 50k is impressive – even more impressive – reading a kindle while sitting fully clothed by the pool – where’s the swimsuit John? Let’s see those legs! 😉

  25. wosoho says:

    so nice lifestyle.

    and i share you life in my blog with Chinese.

    if you approve, i would post more about you. i wish be a soho like you.

    wosoho’s last blog post: 看John Chow的soho生活

  26. sam says:

    Congratulations on getting your job, and also for making the decision about your time, it is always nice to be offered a job but knowing whether the job is right fo you is a different thing altogether, I would like to get to the stage where I can make money from home.

  27. That looks soo relaxing –

    Sheila Sultani’s last blog post: Where the Hell Did My Pagerank Go?

  28. Nice going with the new income mark, John. Now let’s see if you can get to $60,000.

    TYCP Entertainment Magazine’s last blog post: Courtney Van Dusen Interview

  29. It’s a great inspiration just seeing you so relaxed and not having a thing to worry about. But I hope you didn’t get a backache sitting the way you did 🙂

    Work At Home Blog’s last blog post: 8 Top Internet Marketing Tips

  30. Vladan says:

    I always commes here to get the good strategies for blogging. To get the plugins (paid and free) working right, to get all the technique, how-to stuff… You know.

    Because I’m in a niche where I’m strong enough to post technical articles to drive visitors via Search engines and Forums I don’t need an advices on what to write.

    Love the website design here… -:)

  31. sarroora says:

    Oh, it must be great to be able to travel anywhere!:D I want to do that too, if God wills. I haven’t left my country for many years so I really need some change!! I want to buy an IPhone, so I’ll save money for it by doing some freelance work online. I’m still new to that so God help me:D.

  32. It’s nice when everything falls into place. See hard work pays off eventually.

    [email protected]’s last blog post: How Do You Build A Popular Blog?

  33. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    I’ve my handphone which can be accessing to internet but I rarely used it during vacation. It’s awesome John to see you actually earn $50k during vacation to China, curious how you make it. well done John!


    Lee Ka Hoong’s last blog post: How To Make Money At Home

  34. Rajagoplan says:

    amassing wealth is of no use unless you enjoy the fruits of it. you also require the time for enjoyment. your post is very apt. i am beginner in bloging. pl visit my blog and suggest improvements and methods for money making. Thanks and regards.

    Rajagoplan’s last blog post: Displacement Agencies!

  35. Agent 001 says:

    John , so the kindle is working in Hong Kong too.

  36. The DOT COM LIFESTYLE should include a more comfortable seating area for a tall person like you 😀


  37. Mike says:

    Awesome post..what are you reading?

    Mike’s last blog post: dui defense attorney

  38. Melody says:

    Are you going to do a post about how much you’ve made (or maintained) while still in china?

    Melody’s last blog post: My T-shirt Design Contest Entry

  39. Brady Ware says:

    Your Message So I’ve been curious I have noticed that you no longer post the famous John Chow dot Com income report. Is it gone for good?

  40. I completely agree with you John. I can’t wait to quit my day job and work my business full time. When this happens I’ll have much more time to spend doing the things I like.

    Like making real money 😀

  41. Sofia says:

    This is pretty interesting:-) Who doesn’t want to make real money:-) You inspire me.

  42. Chabelita says:

    How wonderful it is…
    It could be same way that I make earning money while I’m sleeping. Just made Ebook: Special Niche “Secret Revealed TRICKS: Printing Business Ebook”.

  43. Online TV says:

    I agree that we can make money online from anywhere in the world but I do not think that we should do that in our vacation. I think that we should rest and have a good time in vacation, and we should not work. If we will work during our vacation than that will not be a vacation but a business trip.

  44. I couldn’t agree with you more. What’s the point of having a lot of money – if you aren’t able to travel and enjoy it?

    The joy of blogging is that you CAN travel while working. It’s spectacular!

    Smart Boy Designs’s last blog post: Love Your Blog Topic Like Stephen Hawking Loves Science

Comments are closed.