Miscellaneous Ramblings – Weekend Edition

Kontera Technology

I got an email from my Kontera rep. He said that I have helped over 1,300 publishers discover Kontera ContentLink, which is good. However, many publishers are not giving it a chance, which is bad.

The problem is they either hate what they see after just 1 hour of using us, or they’re not up to speed on all of the different optimizing techniques and efforts that can happen through just giving us time. A lot of them pull without a lot of thought, and given that the majority of our higher paying advertisers don’t kick in until about a week after a site signs up, I think we’re leaving a lot of money on the table.

In my Kontera optimization guide, I stated that Kontera needs at least a week to adjust itself to a new site. The system can’t work if you remove them after a day. If you’re going to run Kontera – and you should since it’s a good moneymaker – you need to give it at least a week. I recommend trying any new ad network for full month because you can’t judge performance with just a few days of data.

Grace Cheng – The Voice of Money


I like to welcome Grace Cheng as a new blog sponsor. Grace makes money online by trading money online – a lot of it. Now that’s my kind of girl! Hopefully, she’ll be able to help with my biggest online income killer.

Grace will be sending me several copies of her book, 7 Winning Strategies For Trading Forex, to give away in a blog contest. In addition to writing the book, Grace offer a course of FX trading and her blog is full of interesting ways to make money by trading money.

Ed & Michael Sitting In A Tree, Bloggggging

Michael Kwan and Ed Lau are working together on a new hockey blog. The only problem is, they don’t know what to call it. So they’re asking for your help.

Think of a good name for a hockey website and send your idea to [email protected] Please include your domain idea in the subject line and perhaps a short blurb about why you think it’d be a good name in the body. Make sure that the domain is an unregistered dot com. We are not going to settle for a .ca, .net, or any of that garbage. You can check on Go Daddy.

The person who sends in the winning name will win an 8GB iPod nano. There will also be a random draw for a 4GB nano. Full rules are available here.

Reverse Culture Shock

My friend Carl Nelson just came back to Vancouver after spending the last two years in Hong Kong. Carl is doing the “get the hell out of Canada to avoid tax” game. In his latest blog entry, Carl write about the reverse culture shock he suffered upon landing back in Vancouver.

While I was laying in bed trying to get back to sleep half an hour ago, I was thinking back to my first full day in Canada in almost 2 years. There were a few instances of what I can only call β€˜reverse culture shock’. Everyday things that have changed in my life since moving to Hong Kong, that are noticable when I come back.

Some of the culturally shocking things includes very expensive food, tipping, mobile phone plans and the fact that Vancouver seems to run in slow motion compared to Hong Kong. Hey! We like to relax here. 😎

Can a Nobody Be Successful Online?

Kyle sent me an email asking me to start a new blog but not tell anyone I am behind it. He says it would be good motivation and proof that a nobody can be a somebody.

In this experiment you would detail your strategy, hardships and successes at starting this new blog (an experiment) but never mention the actual blog url/name. You can always sell it off at the end, or give it away on johnchow.com as massive super challenge/reward… to gain a ton of publicity for john chow dot com.

Good idea Kyle. I’ll think up something at tomorrow’s Dot Com Pho.

Can a Freelance Writer Really Make Money Online?

Freelance writer Chris Bibey has posted his freelance writing income for July 2007. He pulled down $4,894.78 by writing 43 articles. That’s pretty good! I wonder if he’s doing better than Michael Kwan?

John Cow Goes To The Slaughter House

It looks like the cows are about to come home for John Cow. The growing parody site has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Carefully considering our current position, we have decided that it’s time to give in. The money we’ve made so far would not cover any lawsuit. It is with great regret that we are throwing in the towel because we really thought we were well on our way to become dot cow millionaires.

Before anyone ask, it’s not me suing the cow. This is one of those sue them to rack up their legal bills type of lawsuit. The guy is not looking to win. He knows he won’t. However, he also knows the cow doesn’t have the milk to pay for a lawyer. I’m going to work with the cow to see if we can come up with some evil way to get him out of his legal mess.

119 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Ramblings – Weekend Edition”

  1. I am really digging the freelance writing income report. I am trying to make this a larger part of my income, and it is difficult to break into.


      1. Debo Hobo says:

        I have used Kontera ever since reading it in you make money online book. It is another great source of revenue for me.

        I hate that john cow has been sent out to pasture. There is room for all of us, why do the haters have to bogart all the time. 😈

      2. SELaplana says:

        i forget if it’s you (john chow) who helped me get my own Kontera account. When I first applied to Kontera, I was actually rejected immediately because of traffic issues.

        I just received my first check worth 150 and hopeful to earn much from it.

    1. Glen Allsopp says:

      Same here, im very surprised at the amount of money he was able to generate

    2. mason says:

      haha wow. if only I had the patience to write. $4k is a good amount though. good luck to you guys who are pursuing it.

  2. Grace rocks! It’s great to see some more women out there trading online! I love it!

    And yes… the Cow (maybe in another form though) should be back up online soon, I can’t imagine he won’t think up another great idea in the very near future.

    1. just count the monitors!

    2. Cash Quests says:

      The Cow redirects to the Chow???

    3. Grace Cheng says:

      Thanks Terra. There are really very few women traders out there, and it would be great to see more.

  3. Blog Reviews says:

    Great post, I love this site

    1. Daniel says:

      yes…this is a good blog…I hate myself for not found this blog erlier… 😑

      1. ForumeR says:

        Yeaa, but you still lucky to know it now πŸ˜‰

  4. Shaun Carter says:

    I have been running Kontera from the beginning and the CTR is ok… it isn’t intrusive so I just let it run, not sure why anyone would stop after a couple days.

    I love the idea about starting a new blog, perhaps under a pseudonym and make it successful. It would really prove to people that you don’t need to come from a well known site (TTZ) to write a successful blog.

    And I’m glad to see you’re helping out The Cow!

    1. come on, it smells fishy

  5. bob cobb says:

    I look forward to that forex book contest, hope I can win that πŸ™‚

      1. hey, another spammer! Just what this site needed πŸ™„

  6. trench says:

    Grace is one fine looking lady! haha. I’ve been running Kontera for about a week now. Going to leave it up a couple months to see if it will do any good for my little site on the web.

    1. she is beautiful, i kinda envy her

  7. B. Durant says:

    Re: Kontera – I was just about ready to pull the plug on them until I read this post and it pointed me to your optimization guide. I’ll try them for another 2 weeks and see what happens.

    I’m also concerned because I changed my domain name and it was approved under the old one but in spite of 2 (possibly 3) attempts to contact the folks at Kontera to advise of the change I’ve not heard a word back. Hate to find out that they won’t pay me my money based on a technicality like that.

    I suppose at the rate my clicks are going they’ll need to make up their minds within the next 10-12 years. πŸ™‚

    Re: John Cow – Can’t say I’m surprised this is happening to him though I can’t help but wonder if he’s folding up his “tent” why exactly is his site still active? Oh and by the way helping with the legal issues, very cool. Best of luck at it.

    1. well, since you’ve got an account, you should give it a try

      1. B. Durant says:

        Give what a try?

  8. Susan says:

    πŸ˜€ John hey great post as always. I am becoming an avid reader and I am considering using Kontera to begin generating more income. I am still working on my traffic generation, after all if you have an affiliate on your site and no traffic it doesn’t do you any good.

    Yes I believe that an anybody can make money with a blog. It just takes persistence.


    Have a great day.


  9. Angel says:

    Regarding the freelance write, I think there is far more money in magazine work. IF he’s living in the States, writing 43 quality articles, he could be making serious money. To be honest, if he was a serious writer, he should be making that much money writing less articles.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Because that’s how many articles Chris wrote last month.

    1. cooliojones says:

      Ok so how could he (and perhaps the rest of us) be getting paid writing less? Details?

      1. Angel says:

        Find magazines and send your articles in. It’s not as hard as people think if you have the ability to present yourself in a fashionable, prove you are a good writer, and have something to say.

  10. Karol Krizka says:

    Thanks for the link to the Kontera guide. I just started using it yesterday, so it was in perfect timing.

    Who’s suing the cow, and what exactly did he infringe? I though he was only parodying your site. Thumbs up for trying to help him!

    1. it’s john’s linkbait tectics

  11. Angel says:

    And regarding the cow, what exactly is the legal mess all about? I’m really confused by the whole situation. Who have they ripped off?

    1. Matt Huggins says:

      I would like to know too if anyone has the answer.

  12. shaun says:

    I can’t believe someone is actually doing this. I didn’t think it was john that got the lawyers after them that wouldn’t make any sense.

  13. Ed Lau says:

    Yep, Michael and I need some help folks and we’re giving away a couple iPods as a thank you. Head to either…

    http://www.ededition.com or

    for details on how to enter our hockey blog naming contest.

  14. dcr says:

    I’m most interested in seeing Kyle’s suggestion play out. That would be an interesting one, though we won’t be able to see how it plays out live, since JC wouldn’t be able to tell us the URL.

  15. P.B says:

    ive just started kontera…
    guess it still needs to adapt itself for the site


  16. cooliojones says:

    Kontera is my lowest paying program. Been running it for about 4 weeks, so I have some good data to back it up. You need thousands upon thousands of impressions just to earn a happy meal.

    Do you all believe the John Cow thing or think it’s just hype? I lean towards the latter.

    1. B. Durant says:

      I’m not sure about John Cow. Seems to me like the site would be down, but it’s still up in full effect.

      1. cooliojones says:

        Wow, not anymore! You type it in and it comes to John Chow dot com now! Maybe he was forreal?

        1. B. Durant says:


          Or maybe it was all a giant John Chow evil ploy to generate traffic to his own site from the beginning. 😯

        2. cooliojones says:

          If that were the case, it would indeed be truly, truly evil!

          Well I KNOW he didn’t do John Buffalo as well! πŸ™‚

  17. Desi Videos says:

    I won’t be surprised if this whole John Cow lawsuit thing is another evil linkbait scheme.

  18. Michael says:

    I’ve been thinking about using Kontera but I hate how it pops up on you when you hover over it accidentally.

    1. Angel says:

      Yes me too. I don’t think it’s something you can use on a low-traffic blog as it will turn new readers away. On a big blog like this one then there is far more that the blogger can get away with.

  19. Rhys says:

    I know nothing about ice hockey, but isn’t the thing you hit called a “Puck”?

    How the hell can you not come up with a name from that?!?!?!?

  20. Forex trading is a quick way to lose a lot of money.

    1. John Chow says:

      It goes both ways. For every winner, there is a loser.

      1. Grace Cheng says:

        Well said John, and the only way to consistently make money is to know what you are doing. If not you will most definitely lose.

        1. While what you said is somewhat correct, it doesn’t change the fact that Forex is a terrible way to invest money. Its basically like gambling. As you said for every winner there is a loser, but thats not entirely accurate. After fees and taxes, the average player is a loser. Compare that with the stock market where the average player is a winner. Buy and hold investing in the stock market is much more sensible than playing around with foreign currencies. Most Forex systems are simply scams, plain and simple.

  21. NSpeaks says:

    Howcome JohnCow.com redirecting to here? Maybe that’s how you gonna help him. Seems Chow and Cow have joined hands for a legal battle.

    1. Glen Allsopp says:

      Thats what i was thinking but the comments below seem to suggest it may have been johns to start with

      How did he know about the legal battle after-all?

  22. I think it’s great that you are helping out the cow.

    I’d also be super interested to see you follow up on Kyle’s idea. It would be a great experiment. It’d also make for a really “evil” book! 😈

  23. Fable says:

    That’s a real shame to hear that John Cow dot come is coming to an end. I thought they were hilarious. I wish them luck for the future.


    1. mason says:

      I wonder why would anyone want to sue them…. And how come I’ve never heard of that site before? 😯

  24. Fatgadget says:

    Regarding John Cow Dot Com, either he is really evil and has re-directed http://www.johncow.com here or you and him set the whole thing up in order to get more traffic for this blog.


    1. cooliojones says:

      Fat, there was speculation about this even when John Cow started. Wouldn’t it be something if it were confirmed to be true? This is really wild though.

      1. Fatgadget says:

        I have a sneaking suspicion the cows will be back, but I wont say anymore 😈

  25. Please shed some more light on the John Cow thing. I loved that site. Very well written and always a good laugh.

    I agree with keeping Kontera running, I’ve had them running for a few weeks now and I’m getting a small, but steady income stream from them.

    Does anyone know if running Text-Link-Ads will affaect my Adsense income or pagerank?

    http://www.bangkokdiaries.com – Tales from the “Big Mango”

  26. The anonymous blog looks like a great idea. But I wonder how long would it take for someone to recognize John’s writing style, if we writes the posts himself.

    1. Glen Allsopp says:

      I highly doubt that you would find it though with the millions of blogs out there…

      Unless he hosted it on the same server or something

      1. Yumcha Girl says:

        I’m starting a brand new blog and devouring your blog John to find out as much as I can to promote it successfully. If you decide to start a new blog as a nobody, I would be very interested in the results! It could give some of us bloggers out there some hope.

      2. In the beginning it would be difficult, but if the blog turns out to be successful that means a lot of traffic, and that means eventually some of John’s readers would find it.

  27. I’ve been using Kontera for 6 months now and the results have been suprisingly good. It’s been worth a few hundred extra $’s a month and hasn’t impacted on my Adsense at all. I prefer to give any ad network 3 months before making my mind up.

    The only possible downside to Kontera is that it can really slow up your pages.

  28. Thanks for the mention John. Also, thanks for everybody who commented on my freelance writing income. It can be a tough industry to break into, but as you can see, it is possible. The money I made in July is only half of what I did in some previous months this year!

    Thanks again to everybody!

  29. paikia says:

    I just wonder does Kontera working fine for Chinese blog? 😐

  30. Jack says:

    I am a confirmed fan of Kontera – I have a higher click tbru rate than with AdSense. Might be the result of AdSense Blindness whereas Kontera is relatively new for some readers.

    1. Glen Allsopp says:

      ive been thinking about trying but think it will really p*ss off my regular visitors

      1. cooliojones says:

        Read Steve Pavlina’s blog and you’ll see this was not the case with him.

  31. Jack says:

    Grace’s website is very powerful and well done. Amazing marketing of her own identity in a very crowded, huge niche market. Incredible.

    1. Grace Cheng says:

      Thanks Jack! Glad you like it.

    2. Glen Allsopp says:

      isnt it, i looked at it and i was like ‘wow’, very striking

  32. Graham says:


    1. agree. dude where is your avatar?? anyhow, i am rising like johnchow, in a few weeks my blog would be as big as john chow. no lie!

      1. Glen Allsopp says:

        wheres your avatar?

      2. Graham says:

        dude you have 1 subscriber

        1. cooliojones says:

          Make that 2, I just saw another one. But he says nothing about how he is going to rise to be so big, so fast.

  33. Grace Cheng says:

    Thanks for the mention John.

    I sure understand what you mean about how the declining USD affects online businesses since most charge in US dollars.

    Even the PowerFX Course I’ve created is priced in USD.

    One good thing though, it makes it cheaper for people to buy stuff priced in US dollars.

    1. Glen Allsopp says:

      Very true grace, there are two sides to the decline

    1. 😈 I’m beginning to wonder if JohnCow.com was not a parody of John’s blog, but orchestrated by none other than John Chow himself! Could that be right? If so, that’d be twistedly 😈


      Evil knows no limits!

      1. Glen Allsopp says:

        I wouldnt put it past him but would put money on that he didnt do it

        1. I know, but it makes a nice conspiracy! Anyway, redirecting the traffic is still quite shrewd!

          Kenneth πŸ˜€

      2. Karol Krizka says:

        I bet John Chow just really wanted that USB Drink Cooler:

  34. Fatgadget says:

    Its a Cowspiracy πŸ˜›

    1. Of course, it could be a Chowspiracy????!

  35. Glen Allsopp says:

    John I dont think it was just 43 single articles

  36. Kiltak says:

    About the whole JohnCow.com matter, the guy could have simply removed the copyrighted material from his site, and keep everything else up.. I don’t understand why he took the whole site down….

    1. cooliojones says:

      The verdict about this whole thing isn’t out yet. But the truth will be known soon…

    2. And the biggest question is why would his site be redirected to JohnChow?? Did he redirect his domain to JohnChow as a compensation to whatever he did to JohnChow?? I think JohnChow himself is the best person to answer all this..

  37. Graham says:

    If John Cow is dead, has anyone called dibs on the filet mignon?

    If not, I’ll take it.

    (I’m talking, of course, about all the revenue! ahahaha)

  38. simon says:

    What wrong with the Mad Cow?

  39. Jo says:

    So I guess that John Chow now gets hits for all the stupid posts we put up for the contest right?

    Nicceeeeeeeee. Forget that!

  40. Regarding Kontera… I didnt know that there is referral program alo, I connot find any referral links there.
    If there is someone looking for similar program to Kontera than look here: http://www.webmaster-money.org/MediaText.html

  41. Nick says:

    Leave it to a frivolous lawsuit to ruin all the fun. But as they say you can’t keep a good cow down.

    Does anyone know if Shoemonkey.com is taken?

  42. cooliojones says:

    New theory: John Chow and Cow are two different people, but John Chow paid off John Cow to have all of his readers come to him now. Something orchestrated in the beginning.

    But I was able to snag a talk with both Chow and Cow. Coming up soon, on My New Hustle! πŸ™‚

    1. Jo says:

      Either way the whole things sucks. Not your talk the other stuff. πŸ˜‰

      1. And just to have fun and review the whole situation I have started a contest to comment on my site about what do you feel whether the cows should have lived or not? Best comment wins.. πŸ‘Ώ

  43. Ryan Bourne says:

    If you start another blog as a “nobody” I would suggest starting it from some type of free blogging site and then move to a dot com. Go from truly nothing to something.

  44. Angel says:

    The Cows are back. God, can’t somebody tell us what’s going on? Or is that the plan?

    1. John Chow says:

      Part of the art of being evil is never revealing the plan.

  45. Trump says:

    So Grace Cheng makes SO much money with forex, that she decided to waste her own time to produce a book that can’t possibly match her “profits” on forex. This sounds like one of those late night infomercials put out by the real estate millionaire. Unfortunately for some of these guys, the millions were made on their infomercial, and not their investing skill.

    1. Grace Cheng says:

      Unless you are JK Rowling or John Grisham, you probably don’t want to write a book just for the money. Look at George Soros, he’s done fairly well with his funds and yet he’s written 3 or 4 books.

  46. Knuckles10 says:

    I used Kontera but nearly every second word on my site was underlined, rather than two or so words in each post on your site. Anyone know how to lower the number?

  47. Nick says:

    In regards to the nobody blog, I think it would be OK to start with a dot com, but I have a couple ideas about it. First of all, there would have to be a rule that there can be no mention of the blog or link to it on johnchow.com at all (wouldn’t want him to favor himself) and it would probably be best if he were to host it with a completely different hosting provider (not BlueFur) to make it harder for us to figure out.

  48. This ended up being a great post! Thanks so much John!

  49. I have to say, that you have to give Kontera a chance. The folks that aren’t are silly.

  50. Linky Love says:

    Hope you and the cow can work something out, gosh maybe I need to remove my 2 cars on my blog as well… 😈

  51. To Kyle’s idea:

    I like the concept, but part of what makes John Chow successful is his writing style, wit, ability to make money online and more. Even if he did make a blog and not tell anyone about it, he has something that many “nobody’s” don’t have – his writing style, wit, ability to make money online and more.

    See what I’m saying? If John Chow does this it’s not the perfect example of going from a nobody to a somebody – he already is a somebody. What would be better is if he coached nobody or perhaps tracked a nobody’s progress somehow…

    I guess I just think the concept is good, but I’m sure he’d be a success at it anyway.

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