John Chow is a blood sucker, but…

but his plans still get response. He is evil and he knows it.

I read on John Chow‘s site that he is actually asking people to pay him USD10 per month to get the no-follow tag removed. That is just sooooo….blardy, typical Chinaman, blood sucker way of earning money.

The Evil Plan

For $10 per month, I will remove the nofollow tag off your comments and the link on your name. Now you don’t have to get on the Top Commentators list in order to get a full link. When you sign up for this deal (for lack of a better name, it’s call WP FollowMe), your link will carry the same weight as the links in the blog post. With the nofollow removed, Google will follow the link and index your blog.

I am speechless. I must make mental note never, ever to come to this stage. This just makes blogging real ugly. If you notice, there are so many no lifers who can make a comment every two or three minutes just to get on the Top Commentor list.

If you want to know, I am evil too. I have the Top Commentor plugin (in my personal blog) as well but if I see anyone commenting for the sake of giving mundane comments, I will dissed them off or just hide their links. This can easily be done on the plugin editor.

I find it distasteful to go to someone’s blog to comment just because you want your link there. What do you think? Will you ever resort to John Chow’s way of earning money? Will you pay to get a link on his site?

Post Author: lilian

12 thoughts on “John Chow is a blood sucker, but…


    (May 27, 2007 - 3:21 am)

    yes this is a desgusting way of blogging
    actually he is selling his blog piece by piece…
    and he should know that google follows the “no follow” links….whether it spreads Pr or not, is still not sure
    some will say it doesn’t….

    Jase Lee

    (May 27, 2007 - 7:27 am)

    WOW! Actually that’s the lowest a blogger could get!

    Andrew Ooi

    (May 27, 2007 - 7:44 am)

    Hey, I’m one of those no lifers. :)

    Actually I blogged favourably about this when I heard about it.

    I love to promote ‘free link love’ and I definitely support abolishing the no-follow tag.

    You find people paying for links just to get a little traffic. Hey this is what Text Link Ads based their income model on, isn’t it? I find that very similiar to paying John Chow USD 10 to remove the no-follow links in your comment. IMHO, it’s the same as being a TLA advertiser paying for links on someone else’s blog.

    It’s evil no doubt. Trying to monetize whatever way possible. But I think John Chow will make money from it. For example, being a PR 0 blog, I’m tempted to pay the USD 10 to have my comments bring home links from a PR6 blog.

    John: From what I see in my WordPress dashboard, if I comment on LiewCF blog I do not have a link back because there is a no-follow tag. But if I commented on 5xmom site, she gives me a link back and I see it on the dashboard. So I guess at least the no-follow tag does have some effect on search engines.

    Ryan Shamus

    (May 27, 2007 - 10:24 am)

    I can’t lie and say I wouldn’t do the same thing. It’s definitely super evil, but guess what – he’s going make a pretty good haul off of it, if I had to bet on it.

    I know what you’re saying – it might seem low, but his whole purpose of that blog is to monetize it in EVERY way possible, and he’s doing a pretty sweet job of it so far.

    I was one of the suck ups that bought him a beer when he added the “Buy me a beer” plugin because I had a feeling he might link to those that did – and I was right! So really I got a PR6 link in a post for $3.

    I only wish I could think of half the evil plans he does!!


    (May 27, 2007 - 11:50 am)

    I love going especially here because Lilian got so many tips to making money. and Now i know how John chow make his money just by coming here. He may be evil in that case, but in real life money making, one got to be evil (a bit) to get where they wanted to be – at the top, more money.
    now the nofollow tag. sometimes this thing is embedded in the plugin as default. sometimes, we tend to forget to unable it, sometimes they deserved to be nofollow -ed. now, who deserved to be nofollow-ed or not, up to the blog owner. so, in all honesty – I beg u not to nofollow-ed my comment. ekekeke. I do read all your post… especially here. :)


    (May 27, 2007 - 1:04 pm)

    We know John Chow is evil, some of us are going to his blog to see how evil is he, I don’t mind, in fact I like to know about his evil ways, but I will not pay for it.

    On the other hand, the incentive of profit may make him give more free advices to all of us and writing a better blog, why do we need to hate that?

    I think it is ok, it is similar to the “Top Commentor”, just that this one pay their money, that one pay their effort


    (May 27, 2007 - 4:22 pm)

    Wah, this post is labeled as “scam”? Not sure about it since people do get what they paid for (I think). Anyway, as crazy as his marketing plan may sound, I’ve read people confessing they paid for it. I’m not sure if it’s worth it though.


    (May 27, 2007 - 5:27 pm)

    Good luck to those ignorant dudes who pay JC that $10. It won’t last. After that what do you do or get? Get real, man, write good posts (like our mommy here) and your blog will grow steadily. You can pay $10, $20 or even $100 but if you can’t put together a decent blog with good, matured content, you ain’t going nowhere. How silly (and gullible or desperate) can some people be. Many young Malaysian bloggers are just not savvy up there, cerebrally speaking. Lots of herd mentality.


    (May 27, 2007 - 8:41 pm)

    as evil as it sounds, it actually a genius way of making money … hey he’s not pointing a gun at your head to buy it … if you think it’s not worth it, then walk away, not that he opened up the nofollow now … he just opened up the option … would you curse him if his proposed plan wasn’t published? no, right? i still can see loads of people follow him wherever he’s going (even into the toilet) …

    you should thank him because of his evilness, you’ve something to blog about LOL … having said that doesn’t mean i agreed to what he proposed, well, etiquette-wise … but it’s a free market, so walk away if it’s not something for you …

    just my opinion …


    (May 28, 2007 - 12:55 am)

    Well, this is prob what a business-minded person would do and his way of limited people who drop comments just to get links.
    Like you, if someone leave a ‘no value’ comment just to get a link, I would delete it. I’ve already had some who came by and dropped some ‘copy and paste’ comments, something they did for any blog. I wouldn’t bother myself to give these people the link love. Eh, Lilian, how to hide their links?


    (May 28, 2007 - 1:18 am)

    doris, agreed with you … i received tons of spammer – i’ll normally reject their comments (by enabling my moderation in blogger) …


    (May 28, 2007 - 6:17 pm)

    Wanna know more? Go to The PaperBull and Untwisted Vortex to read about JC’s $10 offer. Also follow this link to Niche Marketing. That’s Andy Beard’s blog. Have a good read.

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