Win a free John Chow Review – $400 Value

How would you like to win a free ReviewMe review from John Chow dot Com? Well, Gyutae Park of Winning the Web is offering that a prize in a new contest. If you’re the winner, Gyutae will order a ReviewMe review for you so I can review your blog.

How To Enter

For the next two weeks, Winning the Web is going to display a scrambled word/phrase, adding 1 letter at a time in 11 upcoming posts. These letters can only be viewed in a feed reader so you must subscribe to the Winning the Web RSS feed. The 11 scrambled letters, when unscrambled, make up a phrase/word. Be the first to guess what it is, and you win a ReviewMe review from John Chow dot Com. Here are the rules:

  • Letters will be added to the scrambled message in random upcoming posts on Winning the Web. You must subscribe to the RSS feed to view it.
  • To take a guess at the unscrambled word/phrase, you must make a comment to the contest post.
  • You can guess what the word/phrase is at any time in the process, but only 1 entry per person (by website and IP address).
  • You must enter the web site you want reviewed.
  • Winner will be announced Friday, December 21.

Who Is Winning the Web?



Winning the Web is the work of Gyutae Park, an Internet entrepreneur and professional SEO working in New York City. He developed a passion for the Internet in college and runs a variety of different sites and online businesses through his company Teaguy Media. He must be really busy with the money making sites because Teaguy doesn’t seem to have any tea at the moment. Good thing Gyutae updates Winning the Web a lot more.

Gyutae started Winning the Web in October of 2007 as a means to share his insights on the issues surrounding Internet marketing. Topics covered on his blog include making money online, blogging, affiliate marketing, search engine marketing, SEO, guerrilla marketing, and business motivation. The blog seems to have gotten a lot of its inspiration from this one. There’s a car on the header, popular post element, self repositioning 125×125 buttons and many of the other elements that became popular when John Chow dot Com got redesigned. I wouldn’t call it a copycat however. The layout is nice and clean and Gyutae does have some posts that are worth checking out. Some of the ones that stood out include:

In addition to the normal blog posts, Winning the Web features the Winners’ Circle and the Blog Audit. The Winners’ Circle is a series of interviews with some of the Internet’s better known bloggers. So far, Gyutae has interviewed Tyler Cruz, Ms. Danielle and Prija from Blogging the Movie. The Blog Audit lets Gyutae do a detail analysis of your site’s targeted keywords, optimal site architecture for search engines, and on-page factors such as title tags, header tags, etc. Judging by the Audit of, Gyutae does an extremely good job.

I like Winning the Web enough to sign up for the RSS feed. It would be really cool if I was the first to unscrambled the letters and win the prize. Don’t worry, if that happens, I’ll be giving the ReviewMe away in another contest. 😎

66 thoughts on “Win a free John Chow Review – $400 Value”

  1. That is one pretty cool prize. I have subscribed πŸ˜†

    1. That would be a great prize. Very neat idea too!

      1. Jack says:

        yeah, i have to admit that they have done a great job!
        they got buzz all over the world, on the same day, they made it on, and 😎

        1. Ninja Dollar says:

          Well I hope he gets enough subscribers to cover the $400 outlay. I suppose he’s hoping to get at least an extra 500 subscribers to cover the cost.

          1. James B. says:

            Are you sure they won’t???

            500 subscribers can more than cover the cost of $400. He will only need about 200 more subscribers.

        2. Jack says:

          they made it on, and
          i got a wrong information. WTB made on shoemoney but not about this contest, but about shoe’s contest winner here

          sorry for the wrong info guys.

        3. Their idea rocks, giving a GREAT price and playing very smart. Lets see how much will the numbers on their chicklet grow πŸ˜‰

    2. Coupons says:

      Even more important than the prize is for we marketers and webmasters to see the result of this experience, that will benefit WinningTheWeb and JohnChow. Good partnership idea.

      Nuno Oliveira

  2. GemViper says:

    Great prize, nice site, I just don’t have enough time! I made the mistake of signing on with heavily funded and dedicated sponsors on my latest project idea before the idea was fully rolled out so I now have people watching over my shoulder as I finish coding it. All of my current projects are being neglected. πŸ˜•

    My guess would be “MAKE ME MONEY” although with my schedule “FIND THE TIME” fits too, or maybe “ONE POST A DAY”… ah well.

    Good luck everyone!

  3. Michael Talk says:

    Great offer but there will be thousands of people entering. Your chances of winning are tiny or microscopic

    1. Well, I think winning comes to a person who THINKS who CAN win. You’ve lost the battle already I am sorry. Nothin’ personal.

      1. Ninja Dollar says:

        Subscribing, unscrambling and presumably lots of entrants…just too much effort. Although the prize is great value, it just seems like too much effort. You could probably get more entrants and subscribers just by selecting a random e-mail subscriber. Entering your e-mail address is just so much easier.

      2. Michael Talk says:

        One Buck Wiki, I don’t blame you for saying that I have already lost because that true. That is because I have no luck!

        1. Bruce says:

          Micheal, you are not alone. I never win things like this either. But I’m still going to give it a shot.

  4. Cool stuff. I will be trying to win! hahaha… my evil roots are starting to come out now…be ware other competitors! 😈 😈 😈

  5. Well isn’t he getting one hell of a publicity push! I give this guy credit. I’d never heard of him before this even. But I ran across Shoemoney’s blog in which he guest posted today. Followed by a fun and unique contest. Then the plug here on JohnChow dot com!!! I give the guy credit.

    Nice work Gyutea!

    1. You mean Gyu Tae? I know since I am korean too but… it’s a very bad thing to mis-pronounce names in Korean…. just kidding… lol…

      1. heh. Yeah, my name is Tevin. Which incidentally is mispronounced after introducing myself apx. 118% of the time. However in this case it appears it IS Gyutea. Source:

        1. Gyutae Park says:

          It’s actually Gyutae. Yeah, people get it mixed up all the time writing it. Now try saying it…

  6. Was this post a review me order itself?

    1. Neil Duckett says:

      It looks like it to me, and what a brilliant way to maximise the review it is.

    2. James B. says:

      It might be….

      But probably not.

  7. Marko Novak says:

    I could really use it since I’m doing little competition on my blog.

  8. Carl says:

    This guy is smart – he bought a ReviewMe review from John, and knowing John doesn’t hold back when he actually reviews a site, made the review just a plug of his contest instead! because looking at the “content” on that site, I don’t think it would be getting a positive review. Smart guy! Cost him $800 though

    1. Wait, I don’t think he bought a ReviewMe yet, like I just did for

      What I think he did is used his college status as a reason for John Chow to help him.

      This post clearly states he did NOT buy a ReviewMe… i think… can anyone correct me wrong? (Remember, I got big Johnny in my house to get you if you correct me wrong, he likes beating up people for fun)

      1. Jack says:

        yes, I think WTB don’t buy this review.
        being smart they are, they know if they create this contest, John will give it a head up. clever.

        1. GemViper says:

          Actually it wouldn’t be very clever unless they got Johns ok first. Imagine offering a 400.00 review only to have john decline?

          I’m sure John declines as many review requests as he accepts judging by the higher level of quality in the reviews he does do.

  9. holly crap, really? Now, I gotta go over to Shoemoney then…

  10. GemViper says:

    Small error to fix John
    – “Gyutae started Winning the Web in October of 2007”
    Not accurate, that blog has been around since mid August 2007 although it looks to have had its content wiped at least once. So says cache files and most likely Alexa pageviews too.

  11. Bruce says:

    What a lot of people seem to be missing is this type of thing is done more and more. Fairly new sites basically buy their way to the top. Its actually pretty smart for people who aspire to be A-list bloggers or build up a blog to sell. Spend a little money to gain exposure on several high profile sites, if you can make it so that you gain a high number of RSS readers at the same time, then you could probably demand one of those high dollar offers.

    Pretty smart in my opinion.

  12. John Cow says:

    Speaking of competition, when are you giving away the 16GB iPod touch you won on the Million Euro Wiki John ? 😈

    1. Wouldn’t mind winning that contest either.

  13. GemViper says:

    John, can I pursuade you to donate one of your 125×125 ad spots to a good cause, like this one?

    I’ve just read the latest updates from 30 or so blogs on my RSS and it struck me that not a single one of the others is diverting even a penny to worthwhile causes like the smile train. You charge 400.00 for a review, it costs 400.00 to permanently fix a childs face. I would gain a whole new level of respect if you gave charity an important role on

    1. No Nonsense says:

      This would be a great cause. And would raise a lot of visibility. Everyone is always talking about making money instead of ways people can give something back. It should be a two way street, but sadly that is not the world we live in.

  14. enovator says:

    Cool Blog I will try to win that prize. Good Luck to me πŸ˜† πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†

  15. Great contest. I went over to Gyutae’s blog and subscribed. I’d love to win it…who wouldn’t?

  16. GemViper says:

    Congrats JOHN!

    YOUR BLOG HAS A BIGGER REACH THAN CLASSMATES.COM is launching an IPO at 10-12 a share this month, and this blog has a larger reach recently (so says Alexa), any plans on taking your media empire to wall street someday John?

    1. James B. says:

      Hey, it probably won’t happen with a blog like this because they really dont need the cash and tey make enough money. They also want complete control of the site. Making an IPO is a lot of work. 45n Media or whatever it is called migh though.

    2. James B. says:

      I don’t think a blog like this would prosper from an IPO. 45n Media or whatever it’s called would probably do well with one.

      1. GemViper says:

        I didn’t say a blog like this, I said “media empire”. I’m willing to wager that TTZ media and this blog aren’t all John is up to. No one horse show here!

  17. I really wish i could win that review (even though the review would probably have a ton of criticism). Another great prize and i think everyone would agree should be used more, is free advertising.

  18. James B. says:

    Gem Viper, that would be sweet if someone with a real blog (ex. Shoemoney, problogger, johnchow) would go public. A lot of readers would buy and blogging is easy to stay positive in income, but most bloggers don’t need the extra money an IPO offers.

  19. James B. says:

    I think a IPO would be cool. It probably won’t happen with a blog like this though. Maybe 45n Media or whatever it is called will go public.

  20. DeboHobo says:

    I’m in 😈

  21. Hendric says:

    Sounds like ca good deal eh

  22. Zlatara says:

    I can hardly wait to see those letters!

  23. McBilly says:

    Awesome contest and cool prize! I’d personally love to win that review me. Good job Gyutae! πŸ˜€

  24. MoneyNing says:

    Awesome contest and linkbait. Well worth the $400 he’s going to spend!!!!!!

  25. Youfoundjake says:

    As nice as an offer that it is, being that my site is only 10 days old, can’t really take advantage of it since its so new, but congrats to whoever gets it.

  26. Nice review and great blog contest!!

  27. Mike Huang says:

    Excellent prize giveaway πŸ™‚ Every man or woman for him/herself πŸ™‚


  28. James B. says:

    Even if i was good at those types of things ( i never have) the probability of me being first is slim to none.

  29. Etienne Teo says:

    Excellent review there and a great contest.

  30. Interesting opportunity…might do it

    1. I wish some of these self proclaimed SEO moguls would list all of the sites they operate…I’m always curious about what mix of sites they own

  31. Steve! says:

    $400 really is a lot, but i guess with the flood of traffic you could possibly get, its worth it. πŸ˜•

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