Miscellaneous Ramblings – 9/22/2007

Top Trackbackers for WordPress Plugin

You know how I have the Top Commentator plugin to encourage more comments? Well, it seem someone made a plugin to encourage sites to link to you because they could be displayed in a Top Trackbackers list. Blogging Tips has the full story.

I came across a fantastic little plugin the other day called Trackbackers. Written by Michael Wales, this plugin will list the top domains which have linked to you. It’s very similar to the top commentators list except this plugin lists all the blogs which have been linking to your articles (generated via the trackback list).

You can download the Top Trackbackers plugin here.

Blog Rush Adds Some Flavors To Their Widget


Many bloggers running the BlogRush widget are asking for the more color choices so they can better integrate the system into their blog. It seems BlogRush has been listening. They will be coming out with BlogRush Flavors in the next few days. You’ll be able to choose the color of your choice so it more closely matches the design of your blog. It’s a good start but I would like to see more customizable features, especially the ability to adjust the width of the widget.

My Ad On Bob Buskirk

John Chow

I’m running the ad on the right over at Bob Buskirk’s blog because He wasn’t making anything from Google (they had the spot before). What do you think of Bob’s creative ad design? Would you click on it?

I’m thinking of buying more ad space on other blogs. If Google is not doing well for you, then make me an offer. I am only interested in 300×250 ads that are embedded into the article itself.

Speaking of banners, what do you think of my new DealDotCom banner at the bottom of this post?

Should You Start a Make Money Online Blog If You’ve Never Done It?

I am glad to know that I am not the only pro blogger to get asked this question. Darren Rowse answers the question, “Should you start a make money online blog if you don’t know how to make money online?” Not only did he answered the question but he did it in a video post as well.

One mistake that many bloggers fall into when they discover the idea of making money from blogging is to start a blog on that very topic.

It is understandable in some ways – many people first read about the idea on a blog on that topic and automatically assume that to make the kind of money that that blogger is making they just need to copy what they are doing.

Bose Suspension In Action

Bose is most commonly known for its stereo systems and other home entertainment gear. However, they hold a bunch of patents for stuff that we would have never thought of. One of them being a really cool suspension setup for the car. Check out this video of the system in action.

Source: Autoblog

Picture To Get Your Weekend Started

Sally Chow

This is Sally relaxing in front of the plasma screen. She can actually stay there for 30 minutes before getting bored. For a baby, that’s a pretty long attention span!

My New DealDotCom Banner

Last but not least, what you think of my new DealDotCom banner? it was designed for me by Rainer of Think Referrals. It’s based on the BlueFur DealDotCom WordPress plugin.

65 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ramblings – 9/22/2007”

  1. Hyder says:

    The banner is OK. Look like he used my line from the banner I made for dealdotcom. “Internet Marketing Deals, Dirt Cheap” – he forgot the “daily” part at the end.

    1. Raymond says:

      Um…that banner is rather disturbing.. 😯
      Can you just hold a mallet to the panda’s head or something? πŸ˜•

      1. Maybe we should report him to the RSPCA πŸ˜€

      2. Googlelady says:

        I really like it πŸ™„

  2. Matej says:

    DealDotCom is not giving us any real “deal” so far….

    1. That’s because they have to include JC’s commission in the price πŸ˜‰

    2. Googlelady says:

      For me, wp affiliate pro was a good deal

      1. Worked for me and already paid for itself in ClickBank commissions. DealDotCom looks to be running out of steam very early though.

  3. LoL the new banner rocks. Well done, and DON’T kill that panda, i am already here.

  4. ContentAds says:

    Theme of the Ad is amazing.

  5. dcr says:

    I think I’ll use the Top Trackbackers plugin to replace the empty TLA “Featured Sites” plugin. The financial compensation will be the same, and it will look better. πŸ™‚

    1. lol πŸ™‚

      Now I’m gonna spam you with trackbacks ;P

    2. Googlelady says:

      One day I will try them and see it seems a good plugin depends on the reactions of the bloggers readers. πŸ˜‰

  6. Zac Johnson says:

    Excellent banner! I would love to see the end result of click throughs. I’m sure anyone who doesn’t know who you are already, would click the banner just based off of pure curiosity.

  7. Ritu says:

    Do not kill the Panda, they are almost on the verge of extinction, well i know its a toy but still, anyway it was fun to read

  8. MK says:

    I like your banner

  9. Lori says:

    It would be nice of you could let the rest of us in on how to customize our dealdotcom ad.

    1. It’s a plugin we have been working on with BlueFur, John asked if I could customize a banner for him, so I did. Regular 468 X 60 banner will be ready in version 0.6 of the plugin. Just testing the new version in a bunch of browsers now, should be ready tonight or tomorrow morning.

  10. MK says:

    wow i really like your banner πŸ˜‰

  11. Koen says:

    Hej John, thanks for the tip about the top commenter and top trackbacker plugin. I’ll definetely going to try them out. Thanks a lot, keep it up,
    Koen πŸ™‚

  12. Andrew says:

    Hey John,

    Did you get my email and get a chance to check out my


    1. Andrew says:

      Opps my comment got messed up. I meant to say did you get a chance to check out my site?

  13. Nice post there John. I liked the pictures and videos.

  14. I already noticed the ad on Bob’s blog a couple of days ago and I think it’s very cool.

  15. Collin says:

    Hey john, it all looks great. I would love to get a deal dot com banner for my site but I cant open the file when I download it from Blue Fur. IS there a program I need so I can open wordpress plugings? and keep up the great job on your site!

  16. michel says:

    mashable , has the news john , paidwiki.org $49 the page , $23 in affiliate juice!!!

  17. Ali says:

    I see that the designer used my line from my original deal dot com banners. “Internet Marketing Deals, Dirt Cheap.” He forgot the “Daily” part.

  18. acosmin says:

    πŸ™‚ that 300×250 banner is insane lol =))

  19. The wordpress plugin looks nice – I may have to add it.

    1. Wait for version 0.6 tonight or tomorrow morning. We have added cache and 468 X 60 banner.

  20. I’m loving the panda ad. Very eye-catching. :mrgreen:

  21. I agree! That panda ad is a classic! Should get a great click through rate!

  22. Content Ads says:

    Google sucks for Bob and John Chow. Google not sending traffic to john Chow neither sending money to Bob. With this combination Bob started getting money and John Chow started getting traffic.
    What Google ? Why Google?

  23. I would love some DealDotCom banners as well

    1. I never noticed JC was replacing words with links in Comments before. I was just toying with the same thing on my blog, so if someone writes “BlogRush” in the comments for example, it becomes my affiliate link πŸ˜€

    2. Wait for version 0.6 tonight or tomorrow morning. We have added cache and 468 X 60 banner. If you want custom, just let me know.

  24. Israel says:

    dealdotcom banner sucks. i love the panda banner though.

  25. Shams says:

    Great advancement John!! Now you will be a great hope and hopefully source for money for many. Three Cheers for the dot com Mogul!!!

  26. Israel says:

    i think blogrush should have different widget sizes. the standard 469×60, 125×125 and some other sizes would help bloggers place the widget in better places.

    1. KingJacob says:

      That may come later but you would than have to change the algorithm a bit cause now you get 1:1 for showing 5 headlines, with different sizes would come different amount of ads being shown so you couldnt give the same credits per impression to a person thats widget displays 5 as one that displays 1 or 20.

  27. Googlelady says:

    I really liked the embeded DDC banner πŸ˜‰

  28. Douglas Karr says:

    I’m curious how the Bose suspension affects the stress on the tires. That’s a pretty impressive video and great technology. Sort of defeats the purpose of speed bumps, though, doesn’t it?

  29. Scoot says:

    Nice banner John. I was wondering why you didn’t have one yet. Looks good.

  30. Suzie Cheel says:

    Think the banner is a great idea, think you will increase your sales- let is know

  31. Love the plasma. We’ve got a 46′ back at home, love it over LCD.

  32. max says:

    Wow, this would work great for my new site, http://zedomax.biz , which leaves trackbacks to any blogs! Great find, John! πŸ’‘

  33. Nice catch on that Bose demo. As someone who has been around cars for 50+ years now it amazes me how much things like drivetrains, entertainment electronics, creature comforts have improved so much and yet the suspension systems are hardly better different than “horseless carriages” were. Kudos to the forward thinkers.

  34. KingJacob says:

    Their was an article in wired or pop sci about the bose suspension and it was interesting that the same science goes into making speakers and suspensions.

  35. max says:

    I like the banner, very clever! and evil! πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ

  36. Derek says:

    I found the default color to go best with my blog. How much traffic have you seen from Blogrush John? I have not seen much but need to start getting referrals so my ratio will improve.

  37. Michael says:

    It is a good banner ad but I don’t want the panda to die!! Noooooo! πŸ˜‰

  38. I don’t rate the bottom banner

  39. Kanute says:

    I really like your “Miscellaneous Ramblings” its so cool. I wish I could be able to write about my self with nonchalance as you do.

  40. Love the new blog look and congrats on the mag cover!
    I’ve also read Darren’s piece on “Should you start a money making blog” and would have to say I agree, don’t simply copy what you guys are doing and expect to make money online. Instead, find new ways to be creative, build from the ground up and have fun doing it. Those are the best sorts of business ventures and endeavors..and who knows they just might outdo the Chow, Cow, Shoe or Rowse one day πŸ˜‰

  41. I might take you up on that. Advertising on my site is dirt cheap at the moment. Probably because its not worth that much πŸ˜‰

  42. Windyridge says:

    Wow! Who woulda thunk… Bose and car suspensions? And it looks like they know what they’re doing.

  43. Two comments in one box!

    Panda blog – cute. I am tempted to send you an offer. Do not kill the poor thing.

    Bose – are they the same as the Sound System makers or are they some other Bose. This is a common Bengalee surname. Hence the query.

  44. The Panda ad is a Killer! :mrgreen:

  45. Girish says:


    The banner is really disgusting !

  46. Wahlau.NET says:

    I like the panda ads…

    dealdotcom is no good

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