Off Topic Blog Post – Should You Go Off Topic?

It seems that whenever I make an off topic posts, I get a few people complaining. I’ve even received emails from readers saying that if I don’t keep the topic to making money online, they would stop reading my blog. I personally get a nice chuckle out of those emails because it’s clear the reader doesn’t understand this blog started as a personal blog to post about whatever was on my mind. If you check the blog categories, you’ll see that Make Money Online have 237 posts while Ramblings have 445 posts. The complaint does raise the question how often should you go off topic in your blog.

Are You Really Going Off Topic?

To me, none of my posts are off topic. Every posts I make fits one or more of the 12 categories I cover. However, many new readers discovered this blog because it’s known for helping people make money online and find it strange to see a restaurant review or a car post. I would like to think that these kinds of post add variety to the blog and help readers get to know me better. After all, this blog bears my name. When I first checked out Grace Cheng’s Forex blog, the first thing I did was find out more about Grace because the blog bears her name. If it was call ForexTrading.com, then I probably wouldn’t have done that.

The name of your blog will dictate a lot on how far and how often you can go off topic. The more specific the name is, the harder it is to go off topic.

Going Off Topic Gives Your More To Post

I always feel that a non-updated blog is a dead blog. If you cover a niche that is very narrow, it can be hard to post something new everyday. Given a choice between a reader seeing the same post or a new post when they visit, I take the new post every time. Writing a few off topic posts can not only give you more to write about, it will increase your traffic as well. Some of my highest commented posts have been ramblings posts.

Don’t Go Too Off Topic

While going off topic helps to create new content on your blog and keep your readers engaged, there is a limit on how far you can take it. Like I have stated, I keep all my posts within my 12 categories – mind you, one of the categories is call Ramblings, which pretty much allows me to talk about anything. 😈

While I am sure there are some readers who would prefer every posts to be about making money on the Internet, I feel that the majority of the readership read this blog for the total package. If that was not the case, then traffic and RSS count would be declining instead of setting new records.


110 thoughts on “Off Topic Blog Post – Should You Go Off Topic?”

  1. I never complained about it but I see the reason to you posting these random ramblings. Something that also makes others think this would have to be your slogan, Make Money Online With John Chow dot Com, which gets everyone to thinking that they will make money by reading your blog. I know this is your favorite keyword but I don’t think it helps the readers. πŸ˜‰

    Well, keep doing what you do best JC! πŸ™‚

    1. Ok, I’ll try to sum my argument up as best I can. John, you market this site as a blog about Making Money Online. You use it in your title tag, you use it throughout the site, and in all sorts of campaigns and schemes. However, you only deliver information on how to make money online a fraction of the time. That’s where the issue is. You promise one thing and deliver another.

      For example, if I were to tell you my blog (http://BloggingExperiment.com) is about science experiments, but when you got there, I talked about making money by blogging, you’d be disappointed and feel like I didn’t deliver what I had promised.

      If you want this blog to still be your personal rambling blog, then promote it as such. Change the title of the blog, change the way you market it, and I won’t say another word. But if you’re going to promote this as the source for information on how to make money online, then you had better deliver. I’m not saying every post needs to be on that topic, but it should be the majority of posts. Right now I’d argue it’s not.

      1. Joshua says:

        Yet you still comment on every single post and almost every single comment because it’s relevant traffic and exposure, no?

        1. I don’t comment on every single post. I comment on posts that interest me and the food/car/other random stuff I simply skip. I do respond to a lot of comments but that’s more my love for debate than anything. It is good exposure as well but like I said, I don’t usually bother with the off topic stuff.

      2. Poker Sharks says:

        The blog is called JohnChow dot com, the miscellenous ramblings of a dot com mogul.

        Posts seem to fit perfectly to me.

        Besides, with traffic, revenue, rss, EVERYTHING on the way up – im suprised John even bothered to make this post other than to tell the constant moaners to pipe down.

        1. BigMeep Joe says:

          Exactly! I read this blog because of the “cult of personality”, I find it very entertaining as well as useful. The total package is what keeps me coming back.

        2. @ Poker Sharks, I said the title tag. That’s that pesky thing at the top of your window that shows up in search engines etc. I don’t mind people disagreeing with me, but the title tag is a fact, not an opinion.

          1. It’s also more of a SEO tool these days than a TITLE. As far as I see it this is John’s blog and he can post whatever the hell he wants on it. It’s not a business but a blog.

            People can turn off and go elsewhere at any point, the fact is though that the majority won’t because there is enough good information posted to keep people coming back IMHO.

          2. John Chow says:

            I just changed the title to “I talk about whatever I want.” Happy now? :mrgreen:

            I think I’ll change the title every few days just to mess with Google.

          3. Googlelady says:

            Don’t mess with them then I will mess with you πŸ˜›

          4. Haha! That’s great. Actually, yes, I think that makes a big difference. πŸ˜‰

          5. Matthew says:

            I think shoemoney uses a random title tag generator. Maybe you should do that and allow uses to enter random stuff for you.

      3. I like this post. This will help me guide what I write about on my blog as I follow 10 bloggers from around the world.

    2. Stockshaker says:

      WHATEVER! Hey John, did you write this post because of all the haterz???

      People will ALWAYS get jealous when others become successful. Thats just the way of life. Do WHATEVER the hell you want to. Sure, this blog may be about making money online, and considering you are making 15k+ a month off of writing a blog, then yes, that does make you an authority in this field.

      And who really gives a damn if there are people threatening to NOT read your blog. Let them! Who cares about them, anyways?!

      You shouldn’t have to explain yourself, if your strategy is working thus far, that means you must be doing SOMETHING right.

      Even though you don’t really have to (but I think its good karma) maybe you can start gearing your blog to helping the community that comes here to read your posts. In reality, you don’t really owe anything to anyone, since the people who are signing up thru your affiliates, or ordering your REview Me’s, or advertising on your site – ARE NOT doing this to help YOU out, they are doing this to help THEM out by riding on your success. So people who think that you owe them something clearly do not konw anything about how business works.

      At the same time, you have become a focus point in the cyber world, and maybe its time to mature your blog into something a little more substantial.

      Like a cyber-Oprah.

      But then again, its whatever the hell you feel like doing. Its working thus far …

  2. Michael says:

    You are clearly right. Before you started monetizing your blog, it was just a very personal blog. But now you generally blog a bout money making and new people assume that this is just a Money Making blog. 😯

    1. Wallace says:

      John Chow dot Com is a personal blog for me,
      and it is a problem only if i find off topics at Problogger.

    2. people don’t assume that it’s a make money blog, John tells them that with the page title!

      1. I have to agree with you. The main blogs title is Make Money Online With John Chow dot Com hence the users believe that the blog is make money online blog. What users don’t understand is that thats a “keyword rich title” , after all not users fault if they get confused but hope this post will clear their thoughts about this blog.

        1. @ Poker Sharks, why would my opinion be any less valid than yours? Is sucking up and kissing John’s butt a requirement for posting now? πŸ™„

  3. Klaudio says:

    I’ll try to never go off topic. only a few times, but not regulary. If i’ve got a topic (its development) so I’m trying do write only about development in my blog.

  4. Rush says:

    I think ramblings is necessary, escpecially when you write about a niche-topic. Even though the “making-money” is the main category at JohnChow dot com, I personally like to get a glimpse of his everyday life, like weddings to food. This attracts more people than repulsing I think. We like people behind the blogs, not “machines”. Right?

  5. NiF says:

    I sometimes go off topic because I don’t want to blog only money thingy only. I ‘ll try not go off topic often. Just once in awhile..

    Blogging is hard work for real ! πŸ˜‰

  6. Leigh says:

    I’m very new to blogging and until 4 months ago, I had no idea blogging as an income even existed. I am in the process of trying to get my blog out there , but I do of course dream of being able to make some money from blogging because I love it and hey – who doesn’t want to be able to get paid for doing what they love. Okay now, that I’ve rambled off into the ozone , I really wanted to say that I just started reading your blog and all the information you post is interesting and helpful, but since what you write about making money blogging is articulate and interesting, I would like to hear what you have to say about other things.

  7. Since your blog like mine is under your name (domain name) it gives us the ability to cover what if of interest to you as a person. Most of us have variety of interests, therefore a lot of posts can and should be on different topics since they are reflection of who YOU are. At least this how is see it – it is a personal blog after all, not Yada Yada Inc. πŸ˜€

  8. Softsled says:

    When you are making almost $18k per month from your blog I think you can write about whatever the hell you want to πŸ˜€ .

    Granted, it has got a little boring a few times when you had like 4 posts about food in a row. Some people might enjoy those posts, but I just skip over them until you post something interesting.

  9. James Pegram says:

    Sometimes the best things in life are found off the normal road we travel. While you’ve got great advice and information on how to make money online John, this place wouldn’t be near as interesting without the “Off Topic” posts. That’s the beauty of the internet, if one doesn’t post something of interest today, that doesn’t mean they won’t tomorrow and if you run from it then you might miss the one thing that will turn you into the next John Chow. (Did that even make sense.. lol) Keep it up!

  10. CKacey says:

    John,
    Anyone who made over $12,000 on a blog that’s as young as this one is, last MONTH, doesn’t have to explain anthing to anyone.

    He just needs to keep doing what he’s doing.

    This blog is yours to do with as you please. The information is FREE. People don’t have to read the articles they aren’t interested in.

    So what’s the problem people? πŸ™„

    1. The problem is John promotes this site as a site about making money. When most of the posts aren’t about that, people get annoyed. It’s fairly simple really.

      1. Shaun Carter says:

        I think the “people” you’re referring to are you and a couple others. And quite honestly if people don’t like it, why do they keep coming back to complain about it?

        1. It’s possible that I’m in the minority but John must get enough complaints to write a post about it. I bring it up or as you say “complain” about it because I feel John has a lot more to offer than pictures of food. It’s a bit like watching a star football player play with one hand tied behind his back… it’s just frustrating because you know it could be so much more.

          1. Poker Sharks says:

            no its not at all – its giving an incite into johns thoughts other than making money online.

            blogs that go on about one thing and one thing only are boring and dull – bit like your blog.

            plus coming on here trying to bash john in the comments of a blog that is uber popular aint good publicity for you.

            I suggest you put this one down to experience and admit defeat.

            Ta

          2. Lol I should have figured out to ignore your remarks after you weren’t able to figure out what a title tag is but apparently I give people the benefit of the doubt too often.

            I’m not bashing John. If you read my comments you should see that I’m a fan of this blog and think it’s amazing what John has done with it. However, I think it could be better. I guess if constructive criticism is viewed as bashing and bad publicity then well, I probably don’t mind if you don’t read my blog.

          3. I agree with John about the ramblings…. it’s why his site is doing better than DoshDosh when the latter has, on a whole, more valuable content. John’s USP is his personality so those posts are definitely part of the package. His antics have made him famous.

            A couple of follow up points to that-

            – It took me quite a few visits to John Chow before I finally subscribed. I was annoyed at the Off Topic posts but ended up adding to RSS because others were blogging about him so much.

            -I now find your posts nearly always entertaining besides the restaurant ones! For the love of .. !

  11. David says:

    Personally, I find this blog to be well rounded and interesting. Marketing and moneymaking all stems from things that we see in our personal lives and interests. What one person sees as irrelavent to their needs could be the inspiration for next breakthrough idea for another person. I wouldn’t change a thing here. Keep up the good work John.

    1. Softsled says:

      Yeah, what he said.

      1. Do you really feel you added anything of value by leaving that comment? I mean seriously… πŸ™„

        1. Softsled says:

          I do or I wouldn’t have left it. I was “seconding” what he said. You need to go find someone who is actually spamming to get in the top commentators list and pick on them.

          Hmmm…I think I see you in the top commentators list. You might want to change your signature to match your new position though – Comment Moderator. πŸ˜†

  12. Collin says:

    I would have to agree with you John. I have done alot of sales in my life and my biggest tool was to keep any sales call I made personal. I hardly ever talked about what I really needed to talk about, but yet I took a service department from 6 guys to 23 guys in 8 months useing this method. I like your off topic blogs as I understand them more….lol…still learning what everything is and I think my site might need a new name or completly redone. I dont care for web.com site builder to much. To many restrictions

  13. Lindsay says:

    Nothing is really “OFF TOPIC” every person is an individual with differing interests that change and evolve as they learn more. What mat appear “OFF TOPIC” today may well be “THE DRIVING TOPIC” tomorrow. Whilst a constant editorial theme provides focus, targeting and self qualification, “OFF TOPIC” provides the rich texture of real life. I reckon, but then who cares what I think… πŸ˜•

  14. Nothing wrong in going off topic some times. We all need to relax from time to time. Don’t we? I usually watch TV even if i am in front of the computer or i just go to read some jokes online or watch funny videos…so why not reading something off topic ?

  15. I am quite a new reader of your blog but I think that the content is always very interesting.
    As a visitor, I am fascinated to hear (read) what you have to say.
    I enjoy seeing what makes you tick – not in a stalker like way LOL – but because you are very successful and it is a great opportunity to be able to ‘hang out’ with you and learn all I can.

  16. HMTKSteve says:

    Off-topic posting helps break up the monotany of reading the same thing over and over again. It also allows your readers to connect with you. The only time your blog annoyed me was several months ago when you had that big run of ReviewMe posts all crammed together.

  17. I personally don’t like going off-topic. But if I do, I try to keep in the general area of Technology.

  18. MyBlogCotest says:

    That’s right Don’t Go Too Off Topic!! In my blog, I don’t go off topic, almost all of the posts are blog contest! :mrgreen:

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      Yes, but as John pointed out in his post, if the name of your blog is very specific then you have to stay on a very narrow topic. You’re blog URL is myblogcontest.com – so you don’t have any choice but to stay on topic. This blog is JohnChow.com…. it’s his name and thus doesn’t hold him to a specific niche as your site does.

      1. Shaun you’re trying to have it both ways. Why does the URL hold you to a topic but your title tag doesnt? If John wants this to be his personal blog why not have the title of “John Chow’s personal blog and miscellaneous ramblings”?

        Going off topic is going off topic, period. Now, no blog is going to be 100% on topic all the time but as John pointed out, he’s off topic more than half the time!

        1. kanak says:

          I think a person should go off topic once a while, but i feel he should mention is in the post title. Well, i totally agree that you should not go too much off topic which will just confuse the readers. Owning a technology blog i do find it pretty hard getting offtopic. But unless you provide good content even in your off topic posts it will surely keep readers stick to the blog

        2. Shaun Carter says:

          I’m not having it both ways here. John targets “make money online” with his title tag for SEO purposes. This blog was monetized as an experiment and as such is in itself an example of how you can make money online, but it is still “The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a Dot Com Mogul.” There is only so much content you can rehash over and over again regarding making money online… there has to be some filler in everything.

          1. I agree, you don’t want to rehash and just provide filler. But it’s marketed as make money online. If John didn’t want it to be about that, then he shouldn’t market it as such.

  19. John, I found myself writing a really really long comment in response to this post so rather than clogging up this space, I just published it as a post on my site. I’d really like for you to take a look at Why You’re Wrong.

    1. Poker Sharks says:

      havent heard of carriage returns then?

      id reccomend you read some of johns older posts to see how to break up a blog post to make it readable and not a wall of text.

      oh and id try and work on the content a bit too, very weak.

  20. Roberta says:

    I actually like the restaurant reviews and food posts. They had depth to this blog. I like to see that it’s not ALL about making money online, and that John is like the rest of us.

    My name is my domain, too. I have more categories, so I skew my topics a little sometimes. I need a place to ramble πŸ˜‰

  21. Paula Mooney says:

    I like going off topic on my personal blog, even though the central focus is making money online.

    On my TV guide site, I stick to the point at hand: where to find TV shows to watch online.

    Paula

  22. Joel Rivera says:

    Well is not hard to say why readers complains, to find this blog I typed “make money with blog” and for my surprise this blog came up with other blogs with the same niched. The problem of getting off topic is that most of the readers are here because they want to make money (Your Website says “Make money with John chow”) when a new blogger navigates your blog with look for ways to make money and if the reader see off-topic posts will get confused or dissapointed.

    Note: I’m not complaining, just a little something of my own

    I agree with john starting this blog as personal blog most bloggers does, readers should know that not every post has to be on how to make money. So if readers don’t like the current post there is only one thing to do close the browser or move to another blog.

  23. YC says:

    I find ‘ramblings’ to be a personal touch by the blog author and it adds colour. If every post was about making money, while not necessarily a bad thing, it does get boring at times (even tho’ it’s about money 😈 ).

  24. I’d say it’s better to go off topic than just not post for days/weeks. If the post isn’t of interest, your readers will skip it – at least they won’t think your blog is dead! πŸ™‚

    1. So you’d rather waste your visitors time than not post for that day?

      Imagine what would happen if you didn’t just settle for an off topic post ? You’re readers will skip any post that doesn’t interest them but when they start skipping the majority of your posts, that becomes a problem.

  25. James says:

    Just keep doing what you’ve been doing John. It seems to be working. Anyone who really wants to learn how to make money online should read all your posts. That includes the ramblings.
    I find it funny that someone that does not no how to make money online, or at least is still trying to figure it out, should be telling you what to write about. Maybe they need to ramble more to make money instead of complain.

    1. Really? You find the posts about what John had for lunch teach you things about making money online?

      1. I find clicking on a category at the side may help in this respect. For somebody who doesn’t comment on off topic posts you’re doing quite well on this one?

        1. Far out you get boring sometimes BE

          One would think you don’t have a successful site of your own to focus on.

          Oh, wait…

  26. I like you ramblings. It keeps me entertained. :mrgreen:

  27. Jack says:

    Although you’re having 247 posts only about make money online, all the articles are top notch for a newbie like me. We’re your followers… πŸ™‚

  28. Shaun Carter says:

    I think these people need to quit complaining. This is your blog and they are not your customers. You write what you want to write about and ironically your number of visitors and RSS subscribers continue to rise, as does your income from this blog. The larger this blog gets, the louder that minority of complainers will get as well. Just ignore them and keep going.

    1. That’s just it though, the blog readers ARE your customers. How does John make money from this blog? By having people read what he writes. If you don’t listen to your readers you’re doomed to fail. As I mentioned in my response post, just because his RSS subscribers keeps going up doesn’t mean that John is doing everything perfectly. His subscriber count is going up because he’s gaining more and more popularity. Why? Because he makes so much online and shares tips and ideas with his readers about how to do that. He could be writing total drivel right now but as long as the info (like that contained in his ebook) is still found on this site, people will continue to find it and continue to subscribe. Just imagine what his count would look like if he didn’t stray off topic so much.

      1. Shaun Carter says:

        That is where your opinion and mine differ. I read your response before I posted my above comment. I don’t agree with your “visitors are customers” thinking. I write for myself in short stories, poetry and fiction that I have had published – I don’t do that for “customers” because as soon as I start writing for someone else I might as well quit. My blog is mine, not yours and not the next guy’s and I write it that way. I make money off my blog and it is only a couple months old.
        I am not a follower and will not start writing that way as you have done on your blog. To each his own.

      2. Very wise man once say that treating blog as business is great way to turn people away. Write naturally, write about what you want. If people like you they will read what you write if not then no worries. They’re not cutsomers they’re browsers visiting your web content.

        John earns enough from this blog to indicate he’s doing something right, I don’t think he sees it as a business? I have 2 blogs, one formal, one more personal. One made $0 last month and 1 made over $80 in it’s first month. Guess which?

      3. Stockshaker says:

        No, you are VERY incorrect Blogging Experiment.

        the customers are people who are trying to emulate what John is doing. You think I’m going to sign up for Text Link Ads becuase I want to help out John? Hell no. I’m doing it because on one of his monthly income summaries he makes 2k just of TLA.

        I’m signing up because I WANT TO MAKE MONEY. Not because John is my best friend and I want to help him go to another Lobster dinner!

        At the same time, if John DIDNT write about his income, you would be correct, the blog would probably fail because there is no focus toward the make money aspect.

  29. NothingMan says:

    Look closely for the key word.
    Miscellaneous Ramblings of a dotCom Mogul”

    1. Look closely for the Title of “Make Money Online with John Chow dot Com”. That’s the title tag of this site and that’s how the site appears in the search engine listings as well as several other places. I’m willing to bet the bulk of the people coming to this site do so for the make money online content, not the random crap. If John’s going to promote this as the make money online info source, then it should be that. If he want’s it to be the miscellaneous rambling personal blog, then promote it as that.

  30. It seems I’m one of the only ones who disagrees with John on this so I feel I should clear up a few things. First of all, I’m not threatening to not read or even unsubscribe. I just don’t read most of the posts anymore. According to John’s subscriber stats I’m still an active subscriber. Does that mean I like when John goes off topic for days or weeks at a time? Not at all! So by relying on his subscriber count to gauge whether he should go off topic or not, he’s missing the boat.

    In business there’s an old saying that for every complaint you get there’s probably 10 more people feeling the same way that just didn’t bother to complain. John has obviously seen enough complaints about this subject to write a post about it so imagine how many more there have been that just didn’t bother to complain. Now I’m sure John will probably point to the number of comments from people saying oh I like the ramblings and all that jazz but how many of those people are simply brown nosing, “yes” men that compliment John for every single post?

    I’m an avid fan of this blog and think it’s amazing what John has done with it. However, I’m still going to call it like I see it and would hope that John see’s the value in constructive criticism as opposed to the mindless compliments.

    1. Joshua says:

      ‘Yes’ men? How about comment slut Blogging Experiment? :mrgreen:

      You (Blogging Experiment) are making yourself known, adding value, taking an alternative stance, and driving targeted traffic to your blog. Does this about sum it up?

      -OR-

      You REALLY care about the readers here and get really sad when John is not writing about making money online.

      This makes for sleepless nights and all you can do is preach amongst the people (in the comments), hoping to eventually lead them towards greater enlightenment of making money online. You go girl!

      -OR-

      You REALLY care about John’s income and think he should maximize it by spending all his time writing, instead of ENJOYING LIFE as a ‘dot com mogul’.

      For John, enjoying life could include eating at restaurants, spending time with family, and looking at fast cars!

      I’ll leave you with a ‘powerful business quote’ from my step-father:

      ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’

    2. Poker Sharks says:

      and for every person that says ‘good work’ there are 100 people who couldnt be bothered.

      so by that matchs i think its about 11 against 10,000.

      you lose.

  31. Kanute says:

    On Kabatology:Open Source, Linux, I talk a lot on Linux and Open Source. Sometimes it becomes very narrow and I look around and say “what the hell am I going to talk about”. Its good to able to go off topic.

    1. Yes, going off topic every now and then is fine, but if you’re off topic more than you’re on, it’s a bad thing IMO.

  32. GA says:

    Occasionally it’s nice to for you to go off topic, having said that I can’t stand the photo’s of food!!! When I see those posts I almost always leave the site straightaway!

  33. nithin says:

    hi, in my openion at times you have to go offtopic but be sure that you got to have a bit related or just show us that you are memorising your old topic. Just a part of it and thats it, will calm people who say that you are going offtopic.Just check my blog once Online Earning Opportunitie and you will find that i go to offtopic and will come back again to the original topic. At times i start an offtopic and then actually come to my original idea.

  34. Poker Sharks says:

    Last 10 posts:

    WordPress 2.2.3 Security Upgrade
    Off Topic Blog Post – Should You Go Off Topic?
    New Pagani Zonda R Renderings
    Win 7 Winning Strategies for Trading Forex
    The Alibi Room Needs a Restaurant Makeover
    Sign Up For AuctionAds and Make an Instant $25
    Are You a Pro Blogger? Take The Test and Find Out
    You Can’t Afford To Buy It But Can You Afford To Rent It?
    SEM or SEO, Which One Should You Do?
    AuctionAd Increases Affiliate Payout

    7 posts that can go under the ehading of making money
    2 car posts
    1 restuarant post

    I can’t even see where the debate is here. 70% money making and 30% other is just about the perfect mix.

    John is setting the blogging standard not following them, keep doing what you do best.

    1. I wouldn’t call these posts about making money online category:
      Off Topic Blog Post – Should You Go Off Topic?
      New Pagani Zonda R Renderings
      The Alibi Room Needs a Restaurant Makeover
      Are You a Pro Blogger? Take The Test and Find Out
      You Can’t Afford To Buy It But Can You Afford To Rent It?

      That’s a 50/50 split but actually the ratio HAS been a bit better lately, I’ll concede that. Up until about a month ago or so it had gotten as bad as 2 or 3 to 1 off topic versus what I would consider on topic.

      Again, let me say, I’m not trying to bash anyone, (well except maybe Poker Sharks a bit πŸ˜‰ ) I’m simply trying to offer up some a constructive critique.

  35. Shaun says:

    I feel weird because every time I come here my first thought is “I hope he does some more food posts.” πŸ˜› Keep it up, don’t change it.

    1. Poker Sharks says:

      haha, wouldnt go that far but yeah, only top blogger that takes photos of food and puts them on his blog thats for sure.

  36. Lincoln says:

    My blog is about as off topic as you can get, only because I hadn’t decided what my defined topic should actually be. :mrgreen:

    FWIW, I skim over whatever posts don’t interest, and it’s only John’s posts relating to food that annoy me (only cuz I’m trying to diet and the last thing I need is to see up-close shots of delicious looking food to tempt my taste buds). Damn you John! DAMN YOU!!!

    But if some of you guys simply can’t abide by “off topic”, you can just subscribe only to the category feed that interests you. For making money, the feed url is:

    http://www.johnchow.com/category/making-money-from-a-blog/feed/

    The only problem is the subscription won’t get counted towards the Feedburner total. I wish there was some way to consolidate category feed subscriptions so they get counted along with the main feed though.

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      This is probably the most useful comment I have ever seen here. I didn’t know it was possible to subscribe just to certain categories. Perhaps the people who hate the “random crap” as one person put it could subscribe this way.

    2. Now that’s not a bad idea. I didn’t realize each category had a subscription option either.

  37. David Savage says:

    Well, considering its YOUR blog called JohnChow.com and not MakeMoneyOnline.com or something…you have the right to blog about whatever. I actually enjoy most of your posts cause even though most deal with you personally, they still give insight into how you make so much money and how you got to where you are today. Keep it up.

  38. Googlelady says:

    I enjoy this blog even if there is other topics that are not “make money online”.

    What I would recommend is to change the title of your blog to what is was “rambling..”

  39. Rob says:

    don’t care too much about the few that complained

  40. Click Input says:

    Nothing wrong with going off topic at all, but as you say there is a limit!

  41. DeboHobo says:

    Hmmm interesting!

  42. Perhaps if you offered an RSS feed to the on topic stuff (make money online related) then people could just read the stuff that was related to what they were interested in.

  43. Going off topic occasionally is fine. It gives the mind a rest. It also helps with those “OMG, I have nothing to write about” days. As long as most posts don’t go off topic, then I see no problem with it.

  44. It is also more interesting for me to see some other posts. I wouldnt worry about title. It can be also “Making money online with John Chow Rumblings” that would be correct. πŸ’‘

  45. Ebay_Tips says:

    Ha
    “I talk about whatever I want”
    I admire it, hope others do too.

  46. Colin Temple says:

    I don’t see the harm in going off-topic from time to time. I run a personal blog that has no topic, so that no-rules thing applies there. On a site like this I don’t think it’s a problem. You might lose visitors if you stop writing about online money making altogether… but that’s not happening here.

    On any of my niche sites, though, I’d at least try to relate the post to my topic. That’s coming up with this Blog Action Day thing… not every blog can talk about the environment as easily – but those that do should tie it into their main topic.

  47. CatherineL says:

    John – I blogged about this a couple of days ago after a commentor had got a bit hostile regarding one of your posts. The title of the post is: Does Everybody Hate You?

  48. WarriorBlog says:

    Well this is your blog and you can write whatever you please 😎
    I don’t think it even matter much if you go off topic for awhile because your blog is already famous.

  49. Aditya says:

    Johnchow.com is more like a personal blog. You can blog whatever shit you want to blog . πŸ˜€

  50. John,

    That is a very comforting post. I often worry about going off topic. I also respect your opinion, and I plan to worry a lot less now!

  51. Wahlau.NET says:

    i guess it varies between bloggers. some are personal blogs which write about their personal thoughts but some blogs are strictly writing on the topics.

  52. I see that your TITLE is now perfect. I think it covers exactly the content… gets the visitor and also SEO.

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