Miscellaneous Happenings On The Net

Win The MS Zune That I Gave Away

Remember that 30GB Microsoft Zune that I gave away in a blog contest that was won by Ms. Danielle? Well, it turns out she doesn’t want it either and is giving it away in another blog contest to promote her new blog site. I wonder if I can win it back? With my luck, you shouldn’t bet against me. 😈

The King Is In The House

King Nomar (I wonder if he’s a real king?) gave me the heads up on his newest Internet venture, 9mb.com. It’s a webmaster’s forum. To kick it off the ground, the king is hosting a $200 contest plus opportunities to win free advertising. Everyone loves free advertising. King Nomar currently holds the record for sending me the most beer. The least I can do is give him a plug in return.

John Chow dot Com Dissected

Tyson over at Some Make Money has done a pretty amazing break down of my monthly blog income. Check out this highly detailed and easily understandable graph. :mrgreen:


Tyson’s dissection is a multi-part series. The first part, length of my blog posts is up now. Future post will dissect frequency of posts and linking strategy. It should be an interesting read.

Tyson also came across an interesting Google ad with the headline that states, “John Chow Is Old News.” I didn’t know I was new news.

What Is Your Contingency Plans?

Community Spark is asking if you have a backup plan in case your blog bites the dusk. A contingency plan is something very few of us think about. However, if you depend on your blog as an income source, then you better have some kind of plan in place.

The server that house John Chow dot Com has two drives that mirror each other. If one drive goes bad, it automatically switches to the back up drive. In addition, there is an off site tape backup system that makes a weekly backup of the blog. I also have a copy of the blog on my home computer and my flash drive.

While Community Spark’s article talks about contingency plan for your web hosting, they also discuss contingency plans for revenue streams and software. It’s well worth the read.

John Chow dot Com FeedCat

I’ll file this one under the really strange department. Alex MartΓ­nez of AlexSEO.com has turned my RSS feed (which you should subscribe to so I can break 6,000) into a bunch of kitty pictures. I’m sure cat lovers will appreciate it.

44 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Happenings On The Net”

  1. Awesome!.. the master has been dissected! nice job tyson!

    1. Jack Book says:

      applaud to Tyson.
      you made it, stand up to the john chow dot com media πŸ™‚

  2. Excellent reading as always John!

  3. Nomar says:

    Thanks for metioning my contest John !! We drink one on it 😈

  4. Alex says:

    Thanks for mention :p

  5. Thanks for the link, John. I think all too often we think that so long as we back up our sites, all will be well.

    How many of us though, have contingency plans in other areas? What if the software we rely on is discontinued? What if our current revenue stream fails?

    We should have contingency plans in place for every area of our website.

    – Martin Reed

  6. For the Kitty thing: put your own feed address instead of John’s one in the URL and you will get the same with your own articles. This is mine: http://lol.ianloic.com/feed/www.salatti.net/feed/ πŸ˜†

  7. Rich Minx says:

    That ‘revenue growth’ graph reminds me of a Jackson Pollock painting. Any Jackson Pollock painting.

  8. Those cat feeds pics are straaange

  9. Bryan says:

    I’m going to press my luck and go for the Zune too. I’m on a roll today.

  10. ms danielle says:

    thank you for mentioning the contest πŸ™‚ what would you do with it if you won it back? give it away…again?? lol

    1. John Chow says:

      Yep. Who knows, maybe you will win it again!

      1. Zlatan says:

        That would be boring,
        instead you could just give it to me ..

        :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      2. This would be the first time that ever happens in the blogosphere I bet.

      3. ms danielle says:


        “return to sender” πŸ˜‰

  11. Way to go there Nomar!

    Your probably already buzzing in success!

    It’s good to see people giving back when they can. Great work John!

    Keep the buzz on!

  12. terra says:

    Wow, thanks for being so “out there” with your earnings and sources of income! Most bloggers would rather keep pretty tight-lipped about these type of things. Your blog isn’t old news, and it provides some of the best advice and tips around! People just get jealous…anyways, Great stuff!

    1. Tyson says:

      I am in complete agreement with terra. It is the openness of John that drove me to collect the data on his blog. His revealing of revenue and expenses allows one to believe it can be done.

      With that said, I am contemplating doing a running comparison between John and couple of other popular make money blogs, along with following some of the other new comers that I have found through this site.

  13. Casey says:

    Wow, that’s a really detailed graph.
    And someone looks to be obsessed with cats…

  14. Having two independent disks, or even two independent servers in the same data center is _not_ a contingency plan. Well, let me correct myself, it’s a contingency plan, but a poor one.

    Five seconds of a backhoe digging in the wrong place takes out any data center. One hurricane takes out a whole city. One fire empties a building for hours and knocks a major TV station off the air.

    A server in another city, totally independent costs what, $100 a month? johnchow.com makes how much per _day_?

    As the man once said, failing to plan is planning to fail.

  15. shaun says:

    Nice graph it looks like you are headed for nothing but more success. Congrats Nomar I wish you luck with your new webmaster forum.

  16. Nick says:

    What the heck?? how did ReviewMe become higher than your monthly revenue income in April?

    John… Have you been drinking on the job? πŸ˜‰

    1. Tyson says:

      The Review Me income was not higher. The graph has 2 y axis. The left axis states the Revenue Stream Income and the right axis is the Total Income.

      I might post 2 separate graphs to avoid some confusion.


  17. Wallace says:

    is it a JohnChow Fan Club post?! πŸ˜›
    nice graph!

    1. Tyson says:

      Well, it does look like a fan club post, but it is not. I have always wondered what it would take to make Money Online. It was not until I started reading John Chow that I felt I could make money online.

      Since I have started my blog I am trying to set up some rules of thumb. I just thought that I would break down the post of someone that openly shares his results month after month.

  18. Tony says:

    Thanks for the graph. It helps me to realize what type of goals I can set myself. I realy appreciate all that you do for me!

  19. Zlatan R. says:

    great idea with the kittens πŸ˜†

    1. Zlatan says:

      great idea with the kittens πŸ˜†

  20. David Mackey says:

    You should use something like Mozy Pro (www.mozypro.com) to perform backups. It is extremely inexpensive and creates bit-differential backups continuously.

  21. Tyson definitely like statistics. πŸ™‚

  22. Tyson says:


    Thank you so much for the mention and the link. I have had to travel unexpectedly today, so I am just now commenting on this post.

    Part 2 should be online shortly.


  23. Mike says:

    I am also running my own competition – $100 prize.


  24. dotnetnuke says:

    competitions are cool, i would like to have ten hands to reach all (ok, it was a bad joke πŸ˜† )

  25. Sara says:

    I’m not always a sucker for cute animal pictures, but those cats are hilarious! I love the one for “Stephen Fung Tries His Hand at Modelling.” Too perfect.


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  27. chong says:

    John, you gotta at least check the math before you post.

    Adding just reviews and adsense would be more than U$11k for may 07. The totals don’t add up for the other months either.

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s not my chart. And there are two scales being used.

  28. Massive income for April, I’m really impressed. With the new review my blog scheme, I’m sure you’ll be earning a lot more, John.

  29. Michael says:

    does anyone at all want a zune. I would take a free one but who would actually buy one?

  30. That’s a great site. I’m such a data guy and love seeing graphs.

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