Miscellaneous Ramblings – 2/20/2008

Broke 16,000 RSS Readers

Barely a month after breaking 15,000 RSS readers, John Chow dot Com has reached the 16,000 reader milestone. It took the blog 20 months to go from zero to 6,000 RSS readers and just seven months to add 10,000 more. Here are some posts I’ve written on how to increase RSS readership.

Win $500 at JimKarter.com

Jim Karter was the lucky winner of the iBusinessTalk contest that gave away a 300×250 ad spot on John Chow dot Com. Jim is using the ad to promote his own contest. Subscribes to Jim’s RSS feed and make a blog post about it and you just might win $500. Jim’s current RSS count is at 300 so your chances are not too bad.

How I Made $860,538.38 PROFIT in 4 Months

Zac Johnson has lifted the curtains to give a behind the scenes look at his multi million dollar affiliate operation. In his post, Zac show how he made $860,538.38 PROFIT in just four months. Here’s a photo of his check from Yahoo.


While everyone wants to become a superstar blogger and make a lot of money, keep in mind that the blog is generally not the main source of income for the A List bloggers. This is something that many new “Make Money Online” blogs haven’t figured out. We’ve made money on the Internet before the blog. Zac made just $3,042.64 off his blog in January. That’s not even tip money compare to what he pulls down from his affiliate sites.

ShareASales Party at the Affiliate Summit

This Sunday is the ShareASales party at the Affiliate Summit. ShareASales is looking forward to meeting you. Just for clarification – anyone who is attending the party will need to come by the ShareASale Meet Market table to pick up their ticket. They have printed tickets that will need to be shown at the door for all guests of the party so make sure to stop by early on Sunday afternoon between the hours of 12-6 at the Meet Market. See you at the party!

How Do You Get Full On Such Small Portions?

Ever wonder how diners get full at restaurants that serve very small portion meals? This video will answer that question.

56 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ramblings – 2/20/2008”

  1. Syed Balkhi says:

    congrats on hitting 16000 john.

    1. Graham Lutz says:

      I remember when you hit 6000! I haven’t quite added 10,000 subscribers since then, though…

    2. Graham Lutz says:

      That check is good if you’re into Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars…

    3. RacerX says:

      Truly amazing accomplishment, especially with Google not giving you love.

      Congratulations John, Yet another reason why you are an inspiration to us starting out!

    4. John Hok says:

      It’s now all the way down to 10k. 😯 Who killed the other 6k readers?

    5. Congrats on the 16,000 if i hit 1,000 by the end of the year I’d be happy 😉

  2. Michael Kwan says:

    That’s the Fish House, if I’m not mistaken.

    1. John Chow says:

      No, that was a Kettle of Fish.

  3. Chad says:

    Good point about making money first then blogging, not the other way around. I too make about .01% of my income from my blog.

    1. I think its easier to keep the ball rolling than it is to get it rolling.

      Or it takes money to make money.

      Either way I’m keeping my day job too!

      1. Chad says:

        I dont have a day job, I was saying I make 99.9% of my income actually doing what I am blogging about – affiliate marketing 😉

  4. I read Zac’s post yesterday. That’s a nice check!

    1. TheQuickBuck says:

      Any insight into what he spent on PPC/marketing as a whole? I mean, I’m sure it’s an insane amount of money either way, but it’s possible that $250,000+ was spent on marketing.

      1. TheQuickBuck says:

        Just read Zac’s post. Amazing!

  5. Bloggerking says:

    Congrats John…16000 😛

  6. Way to go making it to 16K readers. Shoe may be catching up, he just broke 15K.

  7. Rhys says:

    And there was me thinking beers.

  8. Steve Olson says:

    Thanks for everything you’re doing here. And thanks for running the ad on my site. Every time I see it pop up I laugh. I don’t know if it is costing me adsense money. But anyway, it is a nice endorsement.

    Stay evil dude!

  9. Tom Beaton says:

    Congrats on the 16k

    Just goes to show Zac truly deserved the Elite Retreat, though I am not sure he needs it!

  10. Congratulations on reaching the 16,000 readers mark, John.

    Now here comes 20,000…

    People who make blogs on how to “make money online” without owning any real properties that actually make money are posers. That’s all I have to say about that.

  11. Zac Johnson says:

    Thanks for linking the article! Congrats on 16k as well! 😈

    1. RacerX says:

      Zac, Very Impressive as well. Congratulations!

  12. Way to go on the 16K!! 😀


  13. Damned! Congrats on the 16k RSS! Also, check out my new site : http://WWW.IAMSTRAIGHTANDWILLBLOWZACHJOHNSONFORONEOFHISAFFILIATECHECKS.COM

    Seriously, epic affiliate checks for Zach!

    1. Snel Lenen says:

      Dude, chill out 😛
      John, congrats on the RSS mark!

    2. Your site was down 😈

  14. You go Zac!
    I totaly agree on non “make money online” sites being hugely more profitable than a make money online blog. My top performing non-blog site currently makes roughly 1.75 times the monthly income of this blog. I will say that page one results on massively popular keywords = HUGE profits thanks to cutting down ad costs cosiderably. I’m not in Zac’s range, yet, but good stuff!

    1. RacerX says:

      I wonder if that is starting to colapse a bit. Seemed at one point Blogs had a stigma of a not as good website.

      Now Blog are getting impressive numbers and Corp America is jumping in hard.

      It will be interesting to see if there is a blog explosion in terms of value.

  15. Congratulations John! I already congratulated Zac yesterday on his blog.

  16. Simon Lau says:

    Congrats on breaking the 16K mark!
    And the break probably costs less than 5 cents but it’s very true. Some places can be pretty quick on giving you more and I’ve been to a few that makes sure your cup is topped off with water too. Never runs dry.

  17. Joe says:

    Congrats on 16,000 and thanks for the idea John. Now I’m off to open my own bakery high end restaurant.

  18. Pinay Mommy says:

    congratulations on your 16K mark achievement. how i wish i could get around 100. anyway, about your video, it seems that the bread looks tasty.

  19. That’s another achievement! Way to go: enjoying the tax posts, but too many guest posts these days! Oh, well.


  20. Bent says:

    That is insane amounts dude!..I can treat my life like a king if I have that kind of money.

  21. I saw the post on Zac’s blog about his huge earnings…that’s just sick.

  22. Katie says:

    Wow that is so awesome for Zac 🙂 That is a big Check. I’m happy for him 😉 I added you to my blog roll and I’m going to add Zac too.
    Thanks for sharing all your great Ramblings. Take care.

    ~Katie 😀

  23. John Hok says:

    Wow congrats on 16k readers. That’s quite an amazing feat!

  24. planktology says:

    good to know you can fill up with a small portion of a bread. the world won’t starve anymore.

  25. Something’s up with Feedburner today. I’ve lost about 50% of my subscribers and and I see John’s are down to around 10K. I wonder what’s going on?

  26. the effects of compounding are setting in…watch how fast you add the next 10K!

  27. Terry Tay says:

    Congratulations on reaching the 16,000 RSS readers milestone and reaching that last 10,000 so much faster than the first 6000. Getting RSS subcriptions can be quite the task for some people, but you posted some very good tips.

    The most important thing of course is providing good content, more good content, and then even more good content, so the readers want to subcribe to your RSS feed. Fresh new content everyday.


  28. Jimson Lee says:

    Do I need glasses?

    The Feedburner count is 10,329 today!

    1. There was an error, its back to normal now 😛

  29. Jimson Lee says:

    RE: Blog income


    if you were paid to do a speaking gig on Blogging, does that count in the Blog income?

    Steve Pavlina counts it.

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      It depends if John has a seperate corporate entity for speaking engagements!

  30. David Chew says:

    There are many readers subscribe to your feed. Congratulation john.

  31. Wow thats one big check keep it up john give u big props on your blog :mrgreen:

  32. Simon Lau says:

    From 16K to 10K, something must have reset somewhere!

  33. Wow! Congratulations on getting that many readers! I can’t wait until I get that many. Congrats on the huge check!

  34. Mike Huang says:

    2 rambling posts…back to back. Don’t know what to think.. 😥


  35. Chetan says:

    How did i miss Zac’s post lol.. Its really inspiring and well written.
    Thanks for sharing John. 🙂

  36. Those are amazing numbers!

    Though there are blogs doing a little bit better, for example:
    Coolest gadgets – 72,000 subscribers, Engadget – 1,500,000 subscribers.

    I guess that those blogs have also a bigger audience then our business internet marketing and making money online.

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