The Dot Com Mongul

Thursday, March 26, 2009 3 comments

John Chow, a damn fine person, friend of the community, Ultimate Fighting Championship contestant, member of the Save the Whales Foundation, the man who controls the black market on baby seal pelts and member of the “probably yo’ daddy” foundation.

Master of The TechZone and TTZ Media Network. Creator of some of the fastest computers the world have ever seen.

Consider yourself blessed to be reading his blog.

The above is a joke. Please don’t take it seriously. If you’re looking for a little more information about John Chow, go here.





Well, after over 5 years, I thought it was finally time to update my home page. I’m sure most people were getting sick and tire of my picture splashed across this home page.
For the first time visitor, this site use to be call The Wired World Of John Chow. Now it’s call the John Chow dot Com The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a Dot Com Mogul, because that is what I am - a Dot Com Mogul - and that is what I’ll be doing - rambling.
A little somethinig about me. My name is John Chow (as you no doubt notice from the domain name). I also go by the nick name “Moto”, named after the old video game Moto Racer. I live in Vancouver, Canada pretty much all my life. Before discovering the internet, I was a partner in a local Richmond printing company. After over a decade of running a print shop, I decided it was time for a change, and the internet was where I was going to stake my claim.
On April 1999, I started a little technology site call The TechZone. That site has risen to become one of the largest hardware tech sites on the net. Currently the site has over 10,000 pages and gets over 200,000 page views per day.
Besides taking care of the day to day business at The Tech Zone, I can be seen riding my bike around Vancouver, working out at Fitness World or climbing Grouse Mountain. I am best known for his famous quote “My World! My Rules!” and “Oh well.”

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Tempting You

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April Fool

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Pumping Hard

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Meryyali Blogger

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Donec lectus

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Tracking202 Pro - The Ultimate PPC Tracking Tool

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My buddy Steven over at Tracking202 sent me an email saying they’ve just launched Tracking202 Pro. If you’ve been using the original Tracking202 to track your PPC campaigns, wait until you see what the Pro version offers.

Tracking is one of the most important things you have to do if you want to make money online with Pay Per Click marketing. Without it, there’s no way to find out what keywords are converting and which ads are doing well. Most affiliates spend way too much money on their PPC because they can’t track the results accurately. The original Tracking202 did a great job tracking results and was free. However, Stephen and his team wanted to push the envelope and create a Pro version with even greater features.



Original Tracking202 Vs. Tracking202 Pro

Unlike the original, Tracking202 Pro is fully integrated with the big three PPC networks (Google Adwords, Yahoo Search Marketing, MSN AdCenter) and the affiliate networks; which essentially means the application is able to download all of your campaign/adgroup/creative/keyword information automatically without you having to do any work. It is also able to get 100% accurate cost tracking, and it also pulls in your subids automatically from the affiliate networks every night. No longer do you need to ever manually update your CPC or your subid reports.

Setting up Traking202 Pro is also a lot easier than ever. Simply add your PPC accounts, your affiliate accounts, and place one piece of javascript code across all of your affiliate pages. Once you do that, the last thing you’ll need to do is make your own PHP redirect code, and basically redirect your traffic to your affiliate link and add in our subid at the end.

From there Tracking202 Pro will download every night, all of your cost data from the Google, Yahoo and MSN, and then sync in all of your conversions from the network for you automatically. So you will now be able to see with 100% accuracy all of your conversions down to the keyword level in the specific adgroups and campaigns that they live in. Text Ad conversions are also synced in automatically.

You’ll be able to analyze both the searched keywords and the bidded keywords side-by-side. You’ll be able to easily split your results between content and search traffic. There is also a real-time spy view that has been made better. You can now see the campaign, adgroup and creative being clicked on in real time and you can also see the bidded and searched keywords come in side by side. No more redirects and no more manual labor.

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How To Create Traffic For CPA Offers

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After releasing his free 89 page insider’s guide to CPA marketing profits, Gauher Chaudhry is following it up with even more free stuff. This time, he’s released ten bite sized videos on how to generate traffic to your CPA offers.

Understand one thing and one thing only. Without traffic, you will NOT make much money online with CPA (cost-per-action) offers. I don’t care how much content you have, how great a copywriter you are or how great your latest ebook is. Without traffic, conversions will never happen. I have created ten (10) super short videos to help you get started in ways to generate traffic.

In addition to the ten videos, Gauher has created a PDF Rolodex with links to dozens of traffic sources. This will be a real saver and I’m sure you’ll discover traffic sources you didn’t even know existed. The Rolodex is free along with the videos. Free is a very good price. Go get it and enjoy!


Download How To Create Traffic Videos And PDF Rolodex

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Giving Commentators Some Luv

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I’ve installed a new plugin on this blog that will help encourage more comments by giving commentators a link to their latest blog post. CommentLuv works by checking the RSS feed of the commentator’s blog and pulling the last updated post and displaying it along with his or her comment. In addition to WordPress, CommentLuv is also available as a Drupal and Typepad plugin.

The plugin is very easy to install (just unzip, upload and activate) and offers a decent level of customization. You can control the styling of the text, background and link. You can take advantage of the extended features of CommentLuv by registering your URL. Doing that allows you to see the top 20 active sites and see which of your last blog post links have been clicked. It’s a good way to find out if your comments are bringing you any traffic.



Unlike my Top Commentators plugin, which only rewards the most active users, CommentLuv gives every commentator with a blog a little link love. Readers with blogs will be encourage to comment more because they’re getting something extra in return. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Then try it on your blog and see if it helps to get more comments.

Download CommentLuv for WordPress

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Win A Brand New ASUS Eee PC Netbook!

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My friend Patric Welch over at Noobie.com let me know that his company’s third birthday is coming up and to celebrate, he’s giving away a brand new ASUS Eee PC Netbook! The ASUS Eee PC spots a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 10 GB Eee Storage and built-in wifi and Bluetooth capability. For all you Vista haters, the Eee PC comes pre-installed with Windows XP. The claimed battery life is whopping 9.5 hours, making it perfect all day blogging! It’s also very light at only 3.2 lbs.

Are You A Noobie?

Noobie is a company that helps technology challenged people learn how to use their digital cameras, iPods, cell phones and other tech toys. If you’re a noobie, then Noobie.com is the site for you! Patric also help people purchase technology products through the Noobie Concierge service and help small businesses leverage technology to grow their business.


Some examples of this are helping businesses set up simple WordPress sites, helping them use Google Apps or helping them set up and grow their email database. You know, really noobie stuff. Anyway, you don’t have to be noobie to enter their contest.

How To Enter

To enter for a chance to win the $399 ASUS Eee PC, simply go to this page and fill out the form and click the Submit button at the bottom. That’s it! Absolutely no purchase is required.

You can earn up to five additional entries by telling your friends about the Noobie contest. There is no obligation for your friends to enter the contest for you to get these additional entries.

Entries for Noobie’s ASUS Eee PC Netbook Giveaway will end on April 18th, 2009 at 11:59 P.M. EST. The drawing will take place on or about April 20th, 2009.

Yes, I’ve actually entered. If I should win it, I’ll be giving it away in another contest. Good luck!

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uSocial Simplifies Social Bookmarking Submissions

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Social bookmarking and social networking sites can offer a wealth of traffic to your website when utilized correctly. I wrote about this last year, documenting my experience of combining Twitter and StumbleUpon to generate a huge surge in site visitors. Wouldn’t it be great if you could sustain that kind of growth by using a variety of social bookmarking sites?

The trouble with that kind of approach is that it can be terribly time-consuming. Sometimes, it’s just a better idea to pay someone else to do it for you and that serves as the subject of this review. Today, we consider the social bookmarking service being offered by uSocial. It could be the simplest solution you’ve seen to date.

No Accounts, No Interface, Just Email


The philosophy behind this social bookmarking service isn’t new. You’ve surely encountered a few similar services on the Internet that promise all sorts of traffic rewards, telling you about their system of submitting your website to directories and social bookmarking sites.

Typically, these kinds of services will either get you to install some software on your computer or to access some sort of web-based application. From there, you’d enter all of your usernames and passwords for the different social bookmarking sites. Only after all of this could you finally submit a page. This saved time over doing several manual submissions, but it was still time consuming.

With USocial, you just do this:

usocial-email

There is no software to download. There is no user manual to read. Instead, all you do is send an email message containing all the URLs that you would like to see submitted and uSocial takes care of the rest. That’s it. You don’t even need accounts on the various sites, because they will all be submitted using some other account. It really doesn’t get any easier. That said, it is a little unclear how the keywords and descriptions are selected for the URL submission process.

From Digg to Del.icio.us

What social bookmarking and social networking sites are utilized by uSocial’s service? By their last count, uSocial will direct your submissions to nearly 200 social sites around the web. Looking through the list of sites, you’ll find familiar names like Reddit, Mixx, Tumblr, Digg, and Furl. Since there are so many, you’ll also find a lot that you don’t recognize too.

In a highly unscientific study, uSocial found that their service was able to generate sustained results after about 20 days. Scroll about halfway through their sales page to see this shot from Google Analytics.

usocial-analytics

The unnamed site went from about 400 daily visitors to almost 700 daily visitors after about 20 days of using the uSocial bookmarking submission service. Being able to nearly double your traffic in such a short time is pretty good, I’d say. Whether it can sustain that kind of growth remains to be seen. Naturally, you’ll need some good content too.

How Much Does It Cost?

Since you are not purchasing a specialized piece of software or anything like that, you shouldn’t be all that surprised that uSocial’s social bookmarking service is subscription-based. I’m assuming that they keep a database of user emails so some rogue user doesn’t take advantage of the service for free.

While you could certainly go to the regular page and pay the full asking price for uSocial’s service, you’d much rather get a special deal, right? The regular price for uSocial’s service is $47 a month. However, if you go to the special John Chow discount page, you’ll find that you can get in for $37 a month instead. That’s just a touch over a dollar a day for an unlimited number of submissions. Yes, you can submit as many pages as you’d like.

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