Miscellaneous Ramblings – 3/6/2008

Winner of The Waterman Pen

Congrats goes out to Amanda of Mommy Mandy for winning the $80 Waterman pen from the promotional pens maker, 1234Pens.com. Now Amanda can stay at home and have a nice pen to write with. Congrats again. Thanks to everyone who entered. Look for a new contest soon.

Want To Make An Easy $20?

My buddy Scott Wainner is trying to help people live longer by promoting longevity research. He came up with a very novel way to do it – he’ll give you $20 if you blog about it.

The first 100 bloggers who do a blog post about this issue to voice their demand for serious research to stop the aging process, and who write me to give me a link to their post, will each earn $20 paid via Paypal by yours truly – don’t delay to write your post and claim your easy $20!

I just took the first $20. There’s 99 more to go. Better get on it if you want a piece!

Union Gospel Mission’s Website Launch Party

Over at the Union Gospel Mission (one of the charities I support and donate to), they’ve just finished up work on their brand new website. There are lots of exciting new features, including a groundbreaking new blog maintained by the front-line workers. To celebrate the new site, the UGM would love to have you come down to their headquarters for their official Website Launch Party.

616 E Cordova St., Vancouver, BC (Drop by the front desk)

Wednesday, March 12, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (It’s an open house; Come and go as you please). Short speeches start at 3:30 pm.

I can’t say no to a party. See you there!

Commission Junction Tries To Beat Up Pepperjam

It seems Commission Junction feels threaten by Pepperjam’s new affiliate network. Commission Junction is requiring existing Pepperjam clients who use Pepperjam affiliate program management services on Commission Junction to immediately terminate agreements with Pepperjam or get kicked off Commission Junction. It that legal? You can read the full story here.

34 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ramblings – 3/6/2008”

  1. $20 for blogging about it? I’m in!

    1. Eastwood says:

      sounds like a great idea

  2. Zac Johnson says:

    The other day I was thinking about how you donate a portion of your monthly blog earnings. They must be feeling extremely happy with the success of your blog and increased donations each month!

    1. Mr. Rajawang says:

      donations? how about making more EASY contest for chow’s reader?

  3. Rob says:

    $20 eh? I think I will pass, but I’ll be willing to read some of the posts that the bloggers talk about it.

  4. Terry Tay says:

    Congrats to Mommy Mandy!

    $20 for a blog post is about the easiest $20 you can make. Awesome deal!

    It’s great that you give back to the community by helping out The Union Gospel Mission (and probably other charities). I think if everyone did their little part to give back, the world would be a much better place.

    This was such a good news blog post I don’t really want to get into the Commission Junction thing.

  5. Syed Balkhi says:

    i just take the honor of posting it on my blog as well..

    CJ is going gay … that is just monopolizing and i think it will not gain them anything but more publishers will move to pepperjam.

  6. Kerala says:

    I invite all johnchow.com readers to visit Kerala (God’s own country) πŸ™‚

  7. Kerala says:

    I invite all johnchow.com readers to visit Kerala (God’s own country)

  8. ElectroGeek says:

    With all of the issues that Commission Junction has with reporting, maintenance and outages, I wouldn’t be surprised if people flocked to Pepperjam. I will definitely stop by to see what they have to offer.

  9. $20 for blogging about something completely off topic from what my readers expect of me? Sorry… maybe if it was $200. πŸ™„

  10. RacerX says:

    What CJ is doing is Restraint of Trade. Unless it says in there current contract that you cannot be part of another affiliate program with the same ad, they cannot do this.

    I would send a cease an desist letter asap. If the don’t CJ will have scared off their business.

  11. Gospel Mission looks like a great charity to be giving your money to.

  12. How to Blog says:

    $20 here i come. 😯

  13. I already blogged, it’s 5 minute frame 😯 πŸ™‚

  14. Post completed around midnight last night for $20, GMT. πŸ˜€

  15. Robert says:

    I never thought $20 came so easy!

  16. Robert says:

    I wanted to reply to Chris Jacobson’s comment. Chris, I think that you can, indeed, blog about longevity research (for the easy $20), even if it is unrelated to the subject of your blog. To see what I mean, read my post about it here: http://flimjo.com/?p=59. My blog is about business ideas, investing, passive income, personal finance, and money in general. I wrote about longevity research, and I gave it a business-opportunity kind of spin. I argued that it was a trend in the market that presented countless opportunities for starting a business. Even if your blog is about cooking or animals, I still think there are creative ways to write about it.

    1. Terry Tay says:

      That’s a very creative way to take it for blogs that are totally unrelated to longevity research. Just make it fit in with what you normally write and turn it into something your readers would like to read.

  17. Amanda says:

    wow thank you!!!

  18. I think John’s post on Scott Wainner’s blog should count for 5 reviews!

  19. James Wilcox says:

    Commission Junction sucks. They cancelled my account without notice and won’t allow me to open another one. Their customer support never answered my emails. I don’t trust them and will never use them again or recommend them to anyone.

    1. Terry Tay says:

      Commission Junction didn’t even tell you why your account was cancelled? That is not the way to do business. I’m just curious though, why did you want to open another account with them after they did this to you?

  20. Robert says:

    Good point about John’s post counting as 5 reviews. 5 reviews x $20 = $100. Not bad for a few lines of content.

  21. Robert says:

    I wonder if Commission Junction is doing is going to lead to some lawsuits. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s exciting though to see the competition take shape. If Commission Junction feels threatened, they should just offer a better affiliate package for its signees.

  22. Yogesh Goel says:

    its really not easy to get money out of things from the net….
    but ur post really worked out for me and i did earn 20$ from Scott…..

    thanx to u and also Scott…

    Regards and Love,

  23. Oliver Morris says:

    Being brand spankin new to blogging I can’t sell out for $20. At least not yet πŸ˜‰

  24. Those Waterman pens write like they have magic ink in them. I did see an instructable that had you convert a regular G2 pen to a Mont Blanc. It’s a great way to save $150.

  25. Jake Cohen says:

    THANKS! I would love if you would post more contests and/or others way to make instant cash from writing about about a good cause. You can read my post about how Longevity Research Opens My Eyes. Your misc ramblings are among one of my favorites types of posts that you write.


  26. Honest Ed says:

    John you made me $40 yesterday <3

  27. Syed Balkhi says:

    i feel sorry for those who didn’t participate in the offer for longevity research .. those were easy $20 and free backlink…
    I was happy to be a part of it.

  28. Chip says:

    Commission Junction is one of the oldest advertisers on the market. They are too old to match with the new alternatives, or to promote, or to enhance their services. I don’t see a happy ending out of this.

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