Want Traffic? Think Negative.

This article is guest posted by John Cow dot Com. Pretty evil, huh?

We’ve sharpened our horns, polished our hooves and put on our best fur. We bet you’ve been speculating about when this was going to happen! Hello boys and girls, us from JohnCow.com will be your hosts for this post!

Ok, can everyone sit down and stop moo-ing us please? We’re here to give you folks some bovine advice, which will hopefully shed a different light on your ideas of making money online. If not, heck, we still got to post on John Chow’s blog! 😈

A popular, well known and pretty smart way to make money online is to stay on top of off-line trends and make sure you grab a particular domain name the nano-second Steve Jobs announces something big like the iPhone. 4000 iphone related domains have been snatched up as we write this and it’s expected to grow to a total of 8000 at the end of the year. Pretty crazy huh? Now you will find that most of those domains will be related to iPhone services, goodies and more fun stuff. That’s a dense market to penetrate if you’re looking to get high up in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). This is where negative thinking comes into play.

Remember when you as an early adapter forked out over $600 for that 8GB iPhone? When you took her smooth and shiny body out of the box it was love at first sight, she couldn’t do anything wrong, not a bad word was to be said about her.

Fast forward 3 days later. You find out that she’s really a blonde and doesn’t know what MMS is. She’s cute but has problems getting to know your AT&T provider. What do you do? If you’re anything like the stereotypical internet user, you fire up your favorite browser and Google your way through topics related to the issues you’re having with your new blond girlfriend.


This screenshot shows July’s search keyphrases from iPhoneFlaws.com, a site solely meant to cover the problems Steve’s new toy has. As you can see there’s plenty of people that found out their new gadget wasn’t all that after all. The site is not even 3 weeks old and has had no advertising done. Imagine what could be achieved with a little work on the blog! Here’s where you come in to turn people’s negative thinking into your positive bank account!

Obviously the iPhone is just an example and there’s loads of stuff that people have problems with. If you take a smart approach and let all the others fight for the best spot on Google, try to think different and become the best for the worst on Google.

Hmm, we were just told the show is nearly over so we’d like to take these last few seconds to say, Hi Mom! And remind you kids that besides the signed by John Chow USB Cooler, we’re also giving away a $500 prize.

67 thoughts on “Want Traffic? Think Negative.”

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      You go on out to pasture and enjoy your weekend. Get a Mooove on!

      1. i’m new here, so is johncow.com johnchow.com?

  1. Susan says:

    John Cow a great post as always and I have to agree this is a unique way of looking at things. After all most people associate success with positive things not negative ones. Another coup of your part.

    1. a very good one indeed

      i’m just surprised how people are actually jumping on the iphone domain name bandwagon

      i tried to register one, but all of the good ones are gone, even some crap ones are gone too

      i think that’s why some can make some serious money while us lot are too slow to achieve that

    2. cooliojones says:

      This was a great post. The iPhone name game is probably over, and I think the best thing anyone could have done is to get it before it was actually released, then be ready for the onslaught of issues. very mootivating!

      1. Hawaii SEO says:

        I was one of the ones who grabbed several good ones the day they announced the new gadget.

        I did keyword research on the iPod and just substituted iPod for iPhone and then checked my list of keywords for domain availability.

        Most of my domains are about iPhone Accessories and iPhone Docking Stations.

        So far… there are no “iPhone Docking Stations” that I know of but I’m willing to bet it’s only a matter of time. (Let me know if you want to make an offer)

        1. Lewis Empire says:

          Thanks. Which domain registrar do you use?

      2. No we have to find other new think which will be anounced.

    3. ouchs says:

      this John Cow guy is pretty creative…His site is the fastest startup successful blog i’ve seen. Even John didn’t get this much traffic when he first started!

  2. Debo Hobo says:

    I agree this is a really great post. You are on a steam rolling rise. I am all over this one. Focus on tth negative now that is a whole new train of thought.

    1. john should write a few more posts about domain names

  3. Again… John Chow = John Cow

    1. John Cow says:

      So how come our names are spelled different? 😈

      1. jajaja, twins? :p clone?

    2. Susan says:

      I can attest that John Chow is NOT the same person as John Cow. Granted there may be some resemblance but I think that is more like the resemblance between two REALLY distant cousins than two brothers.. or twins! 🙄

    3. Debo Hobo says:

      I think I agree with you. There couldn’t possibly be two bloggers so evil 😈

    4. cooliojones says:

      I dunno…I mean, would he really have time to do all of this blogging on two sites as intense as these are? Someone call Chris Hansen to do an investigation!

      1. Lewis Empire says:

        If it was John Chow he would need to be working more than 4 hours per day…

    5. Julie says:

      Nooooooo, he’s not. 🙂 You’re so funny. 😆

  4. Great idea John. Now all we need is an inside source at apple to help us discover the next problem before the medie 😉

    One Man. One Year. $100,000 online. How’s he doing it?

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      Hey, One Year I just checked out your blog. Cool idea for a blog. I hope you moderate my comment soon. 😉

    2. cooliojones says:

      The next thing cooking in the Apple kitchen is the new OS called Leopard, complete with Time Machine technology. I don’t think this one will be very buggy tough.

      1. Lewis Empire says:

        They can keep going back and fixing the future bugs before it’s released.

  5. ouchs says:

    oh man John Cow…very creative!

  6. Stefan says:

    I read John Chow dot Com with RSS

  7. Kirg says:

    Buying a domain with iphone in it is a surefire way to get sued and get your domain taken away from you because of trademark issues.

    This used to be perfectly legal a long time ago, not anymore. The companies actually have rights now and can come after your domain.

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      Well now that throws a wrench in the mix. John Cow what say you? 😳

      1. John Cow says:

        I guess we’ll read soon enough if Apple is sueing those 8000 people. Surely they must have a good reason to demand a domain. We remember a certain arrogance from Steve when he introduced the iPhone while Cisco had the name patented.

        1. blogcrowds says:

          Hiding with the masses when you are relatively small shouldn’t be much a problem, but once you get bigger, being served like Perez Hilton is a real possibility.

        2. Cash Quests says:

          No problem. Just say it’s “I Phone Problems”.com

    2. cooliojones says:

      Tell us how a domain called iphoneproblems.com could get sued, that’s free speech! People have issues and want to go to a site that discusses them. You don’t think that Apple would freely offer one now do ya? Or what about Microsoft? Bwahahahahahaha!! When cows fly!!

    3. Laura says:

      If (any) companies don’t want people using domains that include their company or product’s name they should have bought it themselves first. They did know their own name before anyone else.

      If it’s not legal then the domain companies should be the ones sued for selling them wouldn’t you think?

      A very entertaining post as well as the comments. 😉

    4. ouchs says:

      yeah I think getting a good iPhone domain is scarce now. No bother trying anymore!

  8. Maria Palma says:

    Hey John!

    We will always have issues and problems with our little gadgets. Helping people solve those issues definitely opens up the opportunity to make more money! After all – we’re all here to help others, eh?

    Thanks for helping us!

  9. Ali says:

    I was thinking myself to buy one and sell it off later on ebay. But I just couldn’t make myself to do it.

    I guess I’m not as evil I need to be on the internet.

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      Or you could buy it and give it away as prize on your blog.

  10. wow … now thats really 👿


    1. Debo Hobo says:

      I’ve been hangong around John Chow dot Com a lot, the evilness is starting to rub off on me. Is that a good thing or a bad thing. My bank account says it is a really good thing. 😈

  11. Tom says:


  12. I am not sure if i really understood this article. Whats about thinking negative in making a blog or site that “solves” problems actually? If you just think about it, every blog that is more oriented to a certain niche would be thinking wrong, since they all give solve issues or at least give solutions on how to do it by yourself.

    What am I missing? I might be just tired and can’t think straight, i will re-read the post once again tomorrow.

    1. cooliojones says:

      He means that when a new technology comes out, there are bound to be problems, so if you think ahead and think of what those problems may be, you can snag a site and be ready for people to look for you after the technology is released. Now you have a bunch of new visitors and no real expenditures for marketing!

      1. What i still can’t get is..what in the world does all that have to do with “thinking negative” ?

        1. 2xKnight says:

          Instead of “Oh wow the iPhone is great!” it’s “Oh wow the iPhone has tons of problems!”

          That’s what thinking negative means. Not focusing on what’s good about the product, but focusing on it’s flaws.

  13. H:H says:

    nice strategy, when is the next apple launch?

    1. Debo Hobo says:

      I love your avatar, makes me want to travel even more!

  14. Tomas says:

    I read John Chow dot Com with RSS

  15. blogcrowds says:

    John Cow, iPhoneFlaws are all BobMeetsWorld huh?

    Pretty wicked.

  16. Sergio says:

    Never thought of something like this. Good post.

  17. Chris says:

    I wondered how long it would be before the evil one figured out how to use johncow.com for his own evil uses.

    Well done John’s!

  18. sandossu says:

    I thought Apple is doing good toys, but it seems i was wrong.

    Two months ago i was dreaming to get an iPhone, but now i don’t know what happened, i really do not want one. I got sick of it with everyone talking about it.

  19. Mybloggo says:

    What Like that also can….

  20. Misspelling, negative thoughts, parody…. anything and everything.

  21. ouchs says:

    I wish I was the guy who registered IPhone.com in 1995. He just sold iPhone.com to Apple for 7 figures. Lucky bastard

  22. Etienne Teo says:

    an interesting post that you made john, love it and i guess your evil way are showing up always! 😈

  23. Bloggeries says:

    Some of the terms mentioned were pretty intense like word ones. Most likely quite difficult to rank for especially if you are just starting out. I’d target some longer phrased ones and see what happens. Iphone domains are all snatched up though I’m pretty sure as others have eluded to; best to wait until the next rush.

  24. Hope there will more new gadgets that we can handle this way.

  25. that’s right, it’s called a reverse psychology marketing and advertising.

    I’ve used it frequently on my blogs.

  26. Etienne says:

    Thinking negatively should be the key to success..

  27. lionstarr says:

    If we combine it with Google’s Motto:
    Think negatively but do no evil! :mrgreen:

  28. Good post as always. I need to think negative more often.

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