Miscellaneous Ramblings – 10/11/2007

Meet Me at the AMD/Microsoft Power Together Tour

I will be at the Renaissance Harborside hotel on November 27 for the AMD/Microsoft Power Together Tour. If you’re in Vancouver and you’re interest in technology then why not come down and join me? Officially, you have to be in the industry to attend this function (which includes a free lunch) but if you’re evil, you’ll figure out a way to get in. The Power Tour is happening in 12 cities across the US and Canada.

Is Google Coming For You?

Lots of stories coming out about Google’s war on paid links. Search Engine Guide’s Jennifer Laycock has written up a great post on the subject.

Removing a site’s ability to pass link juice on those paid links makes perfect sense. Removing sites from the index instead of simply removing link power? That’s when I started believing Google was far more interested in sending the message “we will destroy you for daring to cross us” than about protecting the quality of their search results.

Should You Fake It Til You Make It?

If you don’t have money but make everyone think you have money, eventually you will have money. That’s the whole theme behind “fake it til you make it.” Good advice? I’m not sure, but Shoemony thinks there are some valid reasons to fake it until you make it. Shoe also has another cool post call If You Don’t Place Ads On Your Blog Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later.

BTW – I am ahead of the Shoe by 399 in our RSS competition. If you haven’t subscribe to my RSS feed yet, please do. It might win you some great prizes. You can also subscribe to the RSS by Email.

9 Grammar Rules all Bloggers Need to Know

I have to keep these rules in mind whenever I write a new blog post. How many of the nine mistakes have you made?

Million Euro Wiki Doubles It’s Productivity

Because of personal problems at the barn, the cow has sold the Million Euro Wiki to two people from the MEW community. The new owners plan to continue marketing the Wiki and take it to the next level. They also plan to continue the iPod giveaway after every 25 pages are sold. I will be giving away the 16GB iPod Touch that I won to one luck page owner who purchased a wiki page using the JohnChow coupon code.

TTZ Media Signs Up Over 150 Affiliates In One Day

My new ad network, TTZ Media, is off to a good start. Over 150 publishers have join the network since it opened. I will be making an optimization guide for the TTZ ads soon. Like any other ad network, performance depends heavily on how well you integrate the ads into your site.

The biggest advantage of TTZ Media is the pinpoint targeting of products. You can see in the above example how I pulled an ad for a 16GB iPod Touch. Imagine the number of clicks you would get if were to do a review of the iPod and had that banner embedded into the review.

If you haven’t join TTZ Media yet, sign up here.

41 Reasons Why Your Blog Probably Sucks

There are many reasons why your blog sucks. Performancing has came up with 41 of them. This is reason number eight.

Too personal. Unless there’s some lesson in your very personal discussions, don’t include them. John Chow gets away with restaurant reviews in his blog about making money online, but you won’t. If you want a diary blog, fine – but don’t expect to make money on it.

I can get away with anything! 😈

62 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ramblings – 10/11/2007”

  1. You’re not in the “industry” are you? Your readers should be your guests. :mrgreen:

    1. John Chow says:

      Of course I am in the industry. I was in that industry before there was such thing as blogging.

      1. Mubin says:

        John, is this blog making more money/getting more traffic than TTZ?`

          1. Mubin says:

            Money or traffic? 😈

            Stop being evasive johnny!

          2. Michael Kwan says:

            He probably means both.

          3. soccer dvd says:

            wow plus his blog income, TTZ and his tech site and god knows what other ventures, you’re rolling in the dough john. we’re all inspired

          4. Probably more traffic and money Mubin πŸ˜‰

      2. I know, I’m just buggin’ ya. :p

    2. lyricsreg says:

      I don’t understand what you mean. Are you referring to the external links ?

  2. Glenn Wolsey says:

    John, did you ever decide on what new LCD monitors to purchase? πŸ™‚

  3. Yay the Cow has sold the Million Euro Wiki…wonder for how much. And you are damn right, it seems like you can get away with anything…you 😈

    1. Wahlau.NET says:

      I am interested to know that too

        1. Interesting to be interested to know how much he sold or what? πŸ˜›

  4. Shaun Carter says:

    There were a lot of interesting posts you linked to, thanks!

  5. John has been lucky getting away with just talking about whatever personal info he wants, will he experience a sudden downfall anytime soon? I’m not sure, once your established as a successful does it really give you the authority to talk about whatever you want?

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    1. Justin says:

      I think it’s good getting personal every once in a while. If you are just based on fact that can interest a certain crowd, but if you never knew about what John is doing would you ever even want to read this post and comment on it. Because you know a piece about what happens in his life it compliments his blog.

      1. Missylicious says:

        I dont mind reading some personal posts at times as it helps to connect me to the writer. But not too frequently though.

    2. Give you the authority? It’s your Blog and you are free to write whatever the hell you want on it whether you are popular or not. If the people that find and visit your blog decide to stick around is another matter.

  6. Alan says:

    Does being too personal really damage your blog? People love the interaction between readers and them, just look at how popular reality t.v is. What distinguishes one blog purely about making money online (uberafilliate) with John Chows. Why is one vastly more popular than others. Probably because more people relate to john chow and have caught the reality tv bug which keeps them coming back… just to see what he’s up to πŸ™‚


  7. Michael Kwan says:

    I just registered for that AMD/MS thing, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it. I might be taking a trip to China/Japan during that time.

    In any case, gimme the iPod Touch! I can review it before you give it away (to me), you know.

  8. maurizio says:

    About your competition I have a small widget on my homepage with the daily stats. You gained +5.1% and he gained +1.4%. That’s more accurate than the absolute number.
    You gained 464 readers btw.

  9. Tom says:

    Yup you are right..you can get away everything but you still making good money …

    1. How he is doing this… πŸ˜•

  10. Love the articles - great reading says:

    Go John ! Somehow I knew you’d be one tough competitor for Shoemoney, I think he knew it too. I can’t wait to see the effects here of him saying you’re better on his site.

    JohnChow.com makes a crazy sum of money already, enough to set up a charity of some sort but thats another post, but I can’t help the feeling that its always about to explode even further.

    Keep it up!

    1. krillz says:

      funny thing is, john “bought” his subscribers with various contests, shoemoney is doing nothing. So I wouldn’t call that a win as it’s not based on the content found on the blog, but on what you can win.

      In my opinion most of the recent subscribers are just in for the prices and nothing more.

      1. John Chow says:

        You only think Shoemony is doing nothing. Believe me, he is.

        1. Is it intentional that you call Shoemony? hehe… without the e?

        2. So what he is doing? I’m curious… πŸ™‚

  11. Gary R. Hess says:

    Some great articles there. I particularly liked the grammar one. I have always had trouble with who/whom, the he/him trick works great.

  12. Mubin says:

    Those two posts that you linked to on shoemoney were not actually written by him, but by guest bloggers… It should be noted that the post about faking it till you make it, is not about faking your income, but faking your confidence and your expertise. If you started faking your income on the internet you would be worth nothing… I mean think about John if your readers found out this whole time you were lying about your earning what do you think would happen? (BTW I am not implying John is lying about his earnings, his earnings are pretty much verifiable)

    Just thought I would clear that up.

    And yes John can get away with almost anything that a normal blogger would not be able to. The only mistake he has not commited is not updateding daily? I wonder what would happen than? I bet your RSS readers go up, trust me I know. I did it.

    Damn this is a really long comment, I should have just wrote a post and pingbacked here dammit.

  13. Frank C says:

    One thing that would be valuable in the TTZ setup would be a way to pick from a list of suggested top level keywords. This would be helpful for header banners or sidebar ads where the page content may cover several topics. Inline ads could still use more precise, product specific, targeting.

  14. xBrain says:

    I love JohnChow dot Com!!
    Do you Love me, John?

  15. KingJacob says:

    Noth of those posts were guest blogged but they did have some valid points.

    1. KingJacob says:

      “Noth” is supposed to be “Both” 😳

  16. loredan says:

    To whom it may concern

    Thanks for the useful links πŸ˜†

  17. I think John gets away with talking about personal stuff though because it’s his name in the domain name. Having your name as the domain name is personal in itself, but if you’re calling “super pro blogging tips” then having personal posts will just seem weird and non-related.

  18. Israel says:

    dont forget that those posts on shoemoneys site are by a diff person, not shoe himself.

  19. I agree on the google thing. It will come back to bite them, I think. It may just be a flea bite, but it will be a bite.

  20. Regarding google and TLA, I just put in a call and email to them to confirm how they are dealing with google’s policy change. I am posting the results as well.

  21. Scott says:

    Hey I really like your blog. It really helped me with increasing traffic on my two blogs.

    Thanks, again

  22. Nelson says:

    phony Shoe, he is faking it like a whore πŸ‘Ώ

  23. Hey John,

    Do you do your own research when you put together your articles or do you outsource any of it? You seem to have your finger on the pulse with the blogging community.


  24. Google and TLA really is a pain for lots of blogger

    1. True, I don’t know any blogger who likes TLA… πŸ‘Ώ

  25. Dandruff says:

    Well, I am not interested in technology much, but I wish I could join you for a free lunch.

    1. lyricsreg says:

      food over science ? you’re not very geeky, are you ?

  26. Are you making any money yet on your secret “start a blog as a nobody” experiment yet?

    1. Forgot about this, how long do you think before you can give us an update?

      1. Really, what’s going on with this experiment? πŸ˜•

  27. How many clicks are usually discarded from TTZ after the logs are audited?

    1. John Chow says:

      Not very many. Most of the time, zero.

      1. Cool, you’ve just given me a reason to remove Auction Ads from all my sites – SO LONG AA!

  28. lyricsreg says:

    Interesting compilation. You should have something like this in a feed.

  29. Clement says:

    I really liked Search Engine Guide’s Jennifer Laycock’s recent posts on Google’s war against paid links. I have learnt a lot about this whole issue.John, don’t you think it will be a great if you can come up with a post reviewing the major posts on this issue (both for and against)?That will be cool, in my opinion.

    Clement Nyirenda’s blog world

  30. I just dont like google’s attitude on paid links…

    1. lyricsreg says:

      Yeah, like anyone does. The question it : what will anyone do about it ? (nothing)

  31. Teejay says:

    Very interesting links. I am heading to one of them now.

  32. A personal touch is what makes your blog stand out from the rest – with out it your just another blog amongst millions.

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