Why Pay Per Post When You Can Beg

Let’s face it, many sites and blog would love to get reviewed by John Chow dot Com. However, not all can afford the $300 price tag. This is where Beg For Post comes in. Instead of paying for a post, you get down on your knees and beg for it.

You’ve worked for months building a startup on a boostrap budget and the launch is near. How will you get an initial influx of traffic to propel your product/service into viral bliss? Don’t pay off bloggers to promote your startup, beg! Getting started is quick and easy. Fill out the form below, sit back, and wait for Internet stardom. Youโ€™re almost there!

  • Completely free
  • No chicken hats
  • No conflicts of interest
  • No annoying reality show
  • No direct deployments to production
  • No premature acquisition announcements


The first beg that was addressed to me came from Scott Dawson of Mac Support. Scott writes:

Now that your site is so popular I don’t have enough money to order a ReviewMe review from your blog.

How about doing the review for free and any revenue I make that day I will give it to you or a charity of your choice?

Very nice Scott. However, you need to work on that begging skills. I expected much better begging from an Apple user. I figure you guys are used to begging for everything. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

104 thoughts on “Why Pay Per Post When You Can Beg”

  1. Yumcha Girl says:

    Looks interesting at least. Will check it out!

    1. Jonix says:

      Looks VERY interesting. The guy who have the idea is a genious and a bit of a joker. But this idea is really good.

      John, one warning, the MyAvatars plugin is given an error, images of the avatars are not showing.

      1. It’s interesting, but it’s bound to fail.. No one’s gonna give free things for nothing!

        1. Jonix says:

          Hmmm…lyndonmaxewell, i doubt a bit of that. People in this world are very strange. Sometimes you get suprised.
          Only time will say.

          1. Made me laugh at least!

            By the way, could anyone spare a dollar? ๐Ÿ˜†


          2. DanyO says:

            Personally I think this will open a market for exchanges of services.

            Say someone sends me a request for a free review, I might want to do it for free, but only if they link to me, or provide me with something else, like write an article for my blog.

          3. Marc says:

            That’s actually a good point DanyO. While I suspect the beg per post idea is funny, but doomed to utter failure, an exchange could be viable.

      2. ilker says:

        He does have a sense of humor ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. ilker says:

      Yeah I’m checking it too ๐Ÿ˜•

    1. Josh Rives says:

      We gonna try also

      1. Marc says:

        Let us all know how it works out.

  2. Ed Lau says:

    But I like chicken hats…

    1. ilker says:

      What is chicken hats?

      1. Marc says:

        It’s what they give to the programmer who’s made a really bade mistake. Also shows p on their 500 code page.

  3. blogdinero says:

    Probaremos a ver que tal ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Jonix says:

      uhh, one muchacho, bien venido siรฑor

  4. kwandom says:

    That’s pretty funny. Wonder how long they’re going to stay online before PPP hits them with a C/D.

    1. Dave says:

      Yeah, probably not too long ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. DanyO says:

      Hopefully PPP has a sense of humor about this, nowdays it seems all problems on the internet are resolved by CD letters or lawsuits…

      1. Marc says:

        They’ve had so much bad press that I doubt they want to try and strong-arm anyone who’s playing a gag like this. If they started making money off it somehow then I can see them wanting to put a stop to it.

        1. Dave says:

          Well in some cases the C&D is required. If you have a mark, you are obligated to protect it. If you don’t purse people using your mark, you can loose it

  5. blogdinero says:


  6. santosh p says:

    Awesome!!! I shall try to make use of it, i mean beg as much as possible..

    so john have you decided to write a review for them..
    asusual evil john has a rude comment.. how do u want him to beg more ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  7. derrich says:

    I begged for post earlier this morning. I got nothing. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I guess I didn’t beg hard enough.

    1. heh… You won’t get any from him unless it’s good for him.

    2. Jonix says:

      it’s like the word say: “beg”…beg again and again, improve the beg thing.
      Maybe you’ll improve and win a beg answer.

      1. derrich says:

        Good idea. I’ll try again. ๐Ÿ™

    3. ilker says:

      How to be a beggar.. learn from the streets! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Scott Dawson says:

    Please Please Please I’m down on my knees.

    Pretty Please with sugar on top?

    1. Dave says:

      some how I don’t think that’s going to cut it either Scott ๐Ÿ™‚

      Look on the bright side, you got a link ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. ilker says:

      Nice try Scott. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. James says:

    That last paragraph made me laugh.

    1. Jonix says:

      :mrgreen: it’s the evil “thing” :mrgreen:

      1. ilker says:

        The evil thing ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  10. Richie says:

    I read a post about it on techcrunch yesterday,very interesting site.

  11. Richie says:

    I just noticed you have nearly 3k readers.Congrats,John!

    1. ilker says:

      Half of it is “fake” readers because Google counts theirs twice..

  12. Miriguy says:

    Ahaha! Nice finding.. John, I did one request over there. hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰
    This one looks cool :p

  13. John Wesley says:

    John Chow, I love you. Your blog that is. Very funny.I notice I have almost half as many subscribers as you. Not bad for 4 months.

    1. Jonix says:

      what king of “love” are you talking about?

      1. ilker says:

        Get yourself another mogul Wesley.. Chow is my love! ๐Ÿ˜ก

        (how difficult is it to write a comment when referencing two different people with the same first names ๐Ÿ˜• )

        1. Dave says:

          Hey guys settle down, there’s plenty of John to go around

  14. Gary Lee says:

    I can’t wait to see the first video post of someone on his knees begging for a post . . . . the thought came across my mind, but i rather get a net and scrape a fountain for loose change to come up with the $300 =)

    1. Casey says:

      video is much better :mrgreen:
      Begging is not my style. I guess I have no choice but work for it.

    2. ilker says:

      Great idea! ๐Ÿ’ก

    3. Oh.. that would be pretty good begging. Who wants to go first? ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. derrich says:

        Me, me, me…pick me. Wait…

  15. Kauna says:

    Hey, nice find! I’ve been doing PPC for a website (www.buddystumbler.com). We’ve recently stopped advertising because we’re low on funds! Hope we get posted,thanks John! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. msdanielle says:

    the site’s pretty funny but not really organized. but i guess it doesn’t matter bc scott dawson got his free link out of it.

    1. ilker says:

      I think it’s fine organization for a start.. thought later he might want to categorize all the “targets”

  17. I think it is hard to get a post from popular bloggers ( e.g. JohnChow.com ). We get the post, what does John Chow get? Unless we give him some incentives ( other than money like Wii )

    1. ilker says:

      Yeah.. I’ve been begging John for years now

  18. unless exchange with something worth $300 … ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. ilker says:

      I think he is getting a linkback everytime some1 begs him there.. โžก

  19. The whole thing just not right

    1. Marc says:

      In what respects? That’s a pretty open ended statement.

  20. Michael Kwan says:

    This is just said…. but funny at the same time. I thought it was a spoof like “Get a First Life” by Darren Barefoot.

  21. Dave says:

    Make a video you say….hmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I am not to good at begging, I have been begging my wife to come home for 9 months now, and she will not budge lol.

    1. Dave says:

      Oh that sucks ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  23. Kelly Cho says:

    Begging? No thanks! I’ll figure out a way to get an extra $300! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Jeff Kee says:

    That’s a great idea!!! Wow.

  25. It wouldn’t ever going to work.. Who’s going to give out free reviews for nothing? Beats me.. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Jonix says:

      a “good sould” will do that ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. That might be limited as well. ๐Ÿ˜€ How wide will a good soul stretch out his arms? ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. Dave says:

      If you have good content and someone likes what they read on your site, they may give you a plug for nothing.

  26. So john are you willing to do beg posts? Let me know if you are. My revenues might buy you a coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ilker says:

      The coffee needs to cost $300!

  27. My revenues might not buy you a coffee, but I can give you a life-long sidebar link on my blog… ๐Ÿ˜†

  28. Piggy says:

    Cmon John, hook us up!


  29. If you need traffic from a blog that gets some decent traffic I still have a spot left:


    1. Dave says:

      I might take you up on that offer ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. DanyO says:

    Yeah, I guess this would fall under the “Nice-Try” category, but I wonder, if it’s a good beg, will you actually review a good site for free? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  31. What is your opinion John? Will you be doing these in the future? I suppose you don’t want to say, because you will have a million requests and a lot more work on your hands trying to do reviews. Actually, if you do one review that is exactly what will happen.

    There is another contest for you, do a full site review for 1 in 10 that do reviews of you. Can be a lottery contest. This time you could go for the keywords “king of the world” or something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Line your worlds up first. There is little crossover from this blogging for money and food blogs or travel blogs etc. ad infinitum. I’ve no increased traffic from John’s link. People may click in, but they don’t stay. My readers didn’t even comment when I reviewed John’s blog, although I wrote the review to my audience and slanted it to explain why I would even do it.

      I read here because there are other things going on here besides blogging for money. I like to be aware of what goes on in worlds other than mine. Apparently my readers don’t give a hoot.

      I have had one request to swap reviews, but it simply doesn’t work for either party.

      When you have all become rich and look around to say, “What now?” there will be all kinds of lifestyle blogs to show you what else there is. Maybe.

  32. DanyO says:

    John,a bit off topic here but, does anyone have stats as to how much traffic it can bring to a site when it is reviewd by JohnChow? if the numbers are good, I think this would be a good think to display, as more people would pony-up the money to get reviewed.

    1. Dave says:

      We got a bit from our review post, but not as much as having a top commentator spot brings.

  33. Denise says:

    Never say never, John Chow. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Just when you are sure you are on top of the world, the world can topple.

  34. Denise says:

    Ooops! Forgot to check the notify me by email of follow up comments.

  35. Josh Rives says:

    How about a post on getting more RSS subscribers?

    1. DanyO says:

      That would be a good subject. RSS is still grossly under used on most blogs I read, including my own.

  36. gaskin says:

    So how long are you excepting beggars? You’ve inspired me to launch blog and i’ll be begging hard to get you to review it. You, guru of all guru’s in the online advertising market are the only choice of for us who are reaching for a level where we may be able to take shelter in your shadow of success!

    1. My belief is that – Never. Pay up folks, for a review.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Haha, sucks for him.

    1. Jonix says:

      lol, stuart you are becoming evil ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  38. Please Please Please review my site for free. I’m begging you!

  39. Charlie says:

    John Chow You Are The Man.

  40. Dave says:

    ManChow? That doesn’t sound good ๐Ÿ™„

  41. Sunflower says:

    That’s so funny.
    I can’t stopping laughing ๐Ÿ˜†

  42. praguebuzz says:

    I just beggged for a post on your blog.

    “hi john, happy traveling around the world. visit prague, and i’ll show you around (even bring a local buff with me), and buy you a good beer or two. this site is a site offering travel and living advice. good stuff. thank you very much.”
    ๐Ÿ˜€ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜†

  43. BegForPost…now why didn’t I think of that? I couldn’t get over it; It’s a [email protected]#$ ๐Ÿ˜†

  44. Mr. Red says:

    LOL, i have no issues with begging for traffic.

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