Three Low Cost Promotion Ideas To Get More Blog Traffic

Buy $100 of Text Links for $25

If you’re a new advertiser to Text Link Ads, you can use this coupon to get $100 off the purchase. You will have to make a $125 purchase to get the discount but that still gives you $125 of links for just $25.

If you want to really leverage this idea, what you can do is email the blog you bought a text link from and tell them you’re their new advertiser and hope the link works well because you would love to renew it. Many times, the blog you purchased the link with will give you a “Welcome to our new advertiser” post.

If you’re really evil, you can extend this promotion even further but I won’t talk about that because of legal reasons.

Send Shoemoney a T Shirt

Auction Ads’ front man, Shoemoney, has this thing he does call Free Shirt Friday where if you send him a T-shirt, he’ll strike a pose with it on his blog on Friday. A T-shirt won’t cost you more than $10 to make but that $10 shirt could get your blog in front of a blog that has an Alexa ranking of 2,017 and nearly 10,000 RSS subscribers.

About Free shirt friday: companies or site owners send me shirts for free and I take a pic in them and write about them. If you would like to send me a free shirt contact Susan at and she can give you the address. BTW I wear a XL t-shirt (cause they shrink) or normally a large dress shirt.

In order the bring the price of the shirt down to $10 or less, you’ll need to order in quantity so this promotion may end up costing you a few hundred bucks but that’s still cheap because you can send them to other bloggers and ask them to pose with it. Alternatively, you can give away the shirts with a bunch of blog contests. Either way, the ROI is extremely high.

Pretend To Sell Your Blog

This one is pretty evil and it could piss people off because it’s dishonest. Basically, what you do is put your blog up for sale in the Sitepoint or Digital Point marketplace with no intention of selling it. You do this by setting a super high reserve or BIN price. If someone is crazy enough to pay the BIN, you sell it and move on to the next project. The Digital Point marketplace is free. The Sitepoint marketplace cost money but will get you more exposure.

If your blog is well known, this promotion has the added benefit of being great linkbait. If I were to put John Chow dot Com up for sale on Sitepoint, not only would it send a good amount of traffic for only $40 for a premium listing, but a ton of blogs would be blogging about it as well.

Personally, I wouldn’t do this one but a certain cow site, who is trying to be more evil than me, did. Their $20 listing sent them nearly 700 visitors. Not a bad return on investment. Damn evil cow!

97 thoughts on “Three Low Cost Promotion Ideas To Get More Blog Traffic”

  1. Qiu Xianli says:

    Indeed the 3rd one is evil!

    1. Simon says:

      JohnChow is not The Mr. Evil now. JohnCow is! 😈

      1. Debo Hobo says:

        They say “Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery”. John Cow definitely followed John Chows Making Money Online E-Book to the T.

        Now that’s evil 😈

        1. John Cow says:

          Cows can’t read.

  2. I am first.
    LOL. Evil John COW. 😛

    1. Cash Quests says:

      The cow must be sacrificed for the greater good.

      1. Mubin says:

        You forget to say make a parody site like JohnCow, or bootmoney great promotional methods.

        1. indyank says:

          Well will it be Jon Chow dot com :mrgreen:

          i will have another post to make then 😀

          and read the cow parody here:

        2. Haha that’s a good point. But then who would want to see posers and copycats all the time? One cow is enough, IMHO.

      2. cooliojones says:

        There will be no sacrifices made, especially not on the cow’s life!! Besides, the cow is giving away mooolah in his new contest, check it out –>

        1. John Cow’s managed to get some loyal readers, too, I see. So very John-Chow of him, I must admit.

    2. Goob says:

      I knew those cows were up to no good!

      1. well, it looks like is a good idea after all

        1. Lewis Empire says:

          In the short run?

        2. I think it’s only a good idea if you were the first to come up with it. A copycat of the copycat — hmmm, I’m just not too keen on that.

  3. That’s a good list. I’m going to make a t-shirt and send you and shoemoney… wear it! It’s the new fashion!

    1. Send me one also pls. But I am 207cm tall so some very long size 🙂

      1. t-shirt is a good idea

        1. cooliojones says:

          You know what would be really cool and good PR? (public relations, not page rank, lol) Everyone send a shirt to a family in Africa and if they could somehow send a photo of them wearing it back to us. We’d be clothing the less fortunate and getting good PR all at the same time!

          1. Lewis Empire says:

            Now this is a great idea. What’s a guy with 10,000 RSS readers going to do with 1,000 $10 shirts?

        2. Marc says:

          The t-shirt is a fantastic idea… Time to start plotting the awesomeness of the T-shirt I’ll make 😉

  4. AmeyJah says:

    Hey yeasterday i visited that site. Total copy of yours. Will you sue him. hey just joking.

    I liked your last point. personally i have never tried like this. and it is bit risky too. hey what you think about my tips on 3 Good Blog Habits To Get Huge Traffic For Your Blog. another free way of blog promotion.

      1. Debo Hobo says:

        Ditto what he said

  5. Krillz says:

    “you brought a text link from and tell them”

    Isn’t that supposed to be bought and not brought?

    Anyway good post mate! 🙂

    1. i spotted it too

      typo error

  6. The t shirt idea is good – you can then use it in competitions, or hell, even try and sell your shirt on your blog. Get links and money!

  7. alamster says:

    lol, good points, specially cow stuff. I like milk, mooo :mrgreen:

  8. I just put my blog up for sale (for real) and it did send over 500 visitors and since it is webmaster / internet marketing related, the traffic was fairly targeted. As an active digitalpoint member with over 3,500 posts, please do not SPAM the message boards.

    I also like the shoemoney part, I sent him a few tshirts almost a month ago with no post, so I don’t think he posts all the tshirts he gets.

    1. 3500, that’s pretty good

      do you sell the signature too?

      1. Thanks. I do sell 2 signature links and use the other two for my sites.

    2. Marc says:

      Or he gets so many that he only chooses the best one.

    3. There are only so many Fridays in a month and probably a surge of shirt deliveries to the Shoemaker household every single day. He probably chooses the best ones (as far as fit and design goes) to post.

      There was this one time when he posed with his daughter in a tiny version of the shirt. I just loved that! I guess you got to be creative in your presentation, too, not just with the shirt design.

      1. I agree – creativity is key. A neat little package, something for his daughter, etc.

        1. A shirt for his dog would be very cool, wouldn’t it. 😎

  9. Valdis says:

    evil cow.. this rocks! :mrgreen:

    1. cooliojones says:

      Evil cow…evil cow…gives me an idea? What if he had like a hero cow and a evil cow, duke it out Star Wars style? Maybe Chow vs. Cow, oh man, think of the ratings!

  10. Yeah John (or anyone else), if you are ever looking for quality proof-reader, look me up.

  11. Those are some great ideas. Thanks

  12. shman says:

    The Evil King John Chow 😈 nice tips, thank You!

    1. John Cow is probably having a field day with this LOL.

      1. John Cow says:

        We spend most of our days in the field actually..

        1. And there you go, ladies and gentlemen…

  13. seldomstatic says:

    If you want to go el cheapo on the t-shirt promotion, visit and just do a one-off design instead with your company logo/whatever and send it to shoemoney. This ought to save you a few hundred bucks in t-shirt costs.

    1. cooliojones says:

      Wow!! Thanks for this tip? Surprised to see that they even have…custom…thongs?!

  14. Pallab says:

    I was waiting for you to blog about Johncow dot com 😈

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      I’m surprised you posted a link.

      1. I always considered John to be the unselfish kind.

        1. Lewis Empire says:

          Is that John Chow or John Chow?

          1. Oh, right, we all have to make a distinction now, don’t we. I meant CHOW, Lewis, my bad. 😐

  15. Yes TLA is the best, I am reading also ShoeMoney blog but the pretend sale is realy evil.

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      But even with a high reserve the website is still for sale for a price. How much would you sell yours for John? Maybe John Cow can buy it.

  16. I think that John Cow air doing rely well… now he has also your atention. 💡

    1. exactly, look at the amount of attention the john cow site gets. he is mentioned all over this site

      1. Yes it is better than the paid review. But I also hit his site before just because of the name.
        I am wondering how much typo traffic he gets.

        1. That is how I originally found that site, was with a typo on my part

        2. I think a lot of people capitalize on typo websites, actually it’s probably not a bad idea.

          1. Reno says:

            It might not be a bad idea to start buying typo addresses once your blog gets very large. Little did everyone know would come around and here we are talking about it, giving it more traffic on one of the greatest web pages around. His strategy paid off.

        3. Honestly, I’ve never even visited the Cow site. Probably never will, too. As a copywriter, I guess I have my reasons.

  17. Jason says:

    Nice… I know for sure that I will use one of these ideas. Thanks John

  18. Hip Hop says:

    Thanks for the text link ads coupon

    1. Goob says:

      I want to know what the really evil TLA idea is! 😈

      1. well, only register as a new user even if you’ve already got an account

        1. Hmmm there’s a reason why John omitted this part, you know.

  19. Paul says:

    Harpzon recommends the third idea.

  20. john, i think you missed one idea which costs nothing, that is becoming a top commentator at

    1. cooliojones says:

      He’s already on that one!! Trust me, this guy is on it!

      1. Lewis Empire says:

        We’re all just free content for John (and readers to spread his evil domain)

  21. John Cow says:

    We are glad the Big Beef Liked our ideas! 😈

    1. LOL.
      I like the dancing cow in your blog. It looks funny and cute. :mrgreen:

  22. Lance says:

    really evil 😈

  23. Mybloggo says:

    Great information ,Thx john

  24. I have the free t-shirt idea already going. Good idea. I made myself 2 t-shirts and figured why not try to get one to Shoemoney.

  25. Sabrina says: is hilarious!

  26. Wonder how much would fetch if you did put it up for sale?

  27. cooliojones says:

    It might fetch a lot of money, but what would the new owner do with it? The site name is kinda personal.

    1. Yeah and why would you want to get rid of $12,000 a month

    2. Could always be a “John Chow dot com: a tribute to the dot com mogul.” That could work. 😎

  28. Jaime says:

    Hi John,

    I am trying the first tip, and soon i will be writing about the results on my blog.

  29. I’m doing the third one. 😀 Thanks for the advice! :D:D:D

  30. Monty says:

    Yet more great but evil advice. Keep it up John. When your feeling not so evil could you take a lok at my blog

  31. Wahlau.NET says:

    thanks for the tips

    this is the cow from hell…hehe

  32. Zen Zoomie says:

    Awesome ideas…coming soon to a blog near you.

  33. Chris says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  34. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, as they say. Good post! 😀

  35. John says:

    how evil is that 3rd one. 👿

    Very very clever
    – lol

  36. the trasher says:

    Pretend To Sell Your Blog…hahahah

    that is too evil, isn’t it?


    p/d: i’m still waiting and your answer for my two month old email? did you received it?

  37. Chris says:

    Here’s one more way try

    You need Stumbles, Diggs, and Links to really get traffic.

  38. Why is the site being sold on DigitalPoint? 🙂

  39. Wow, this John Cow guy has brains – and how to take limelight of already popular blog and also earn a free backlink to his blog from john chow himself.

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