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John Chow Interview – Blogging His Way To Millions

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Could you describe what you do and how you earn your living John?

Officially, my title is Founder and CEO of TTZ Media Inc. However, I’m best know as the guy who makes money online by telling people how much money I make online. I earn my living by creating websites that help solve a problem.

You are living the life so many desire, The Internet Lifestyle! Can you tell me what the internet lifestyle means you to and how its changed your life?

Living the dot com lifestyle is like living the dream. The dot com lifestyle is about more than making a lot of money. There are many thing you can do to make a lot of money. The dot com lifestyle is about time freedom and location freedom. Most people who make a lot of money have very little time to enjoy it. In addition to that, they’re tied down to one place.

With the Internet, I have time, money and location freedom. I can be anywhere in the world and as long as I have access to the Net, I can make money. Right now, I am in Shanghai for a month long Asia trip. Just because I went away doesn’t mean paycheck stops. Try doing that with a job. ๐Ÿ™‚

What advice would you give to a new blogger trying to drive traffic to their website? Could you share an example of the effects?

The most effective free way is to guest blog for an A-list blogger. Find the biggest blog in your niche and send them a guest post. If it gets accepted, you’re get some nice targeted traffic as well as bump in your brand because of the power of association.

I understand that you run three large websites, JohnChow, The Tech Zone and TTZ Media. How do you manage to run three really large websites and still have time for family and fun?

With the exception of John Chow dot Com, the other sites pretty much run themselves. TTZ Media is fully automated. The only thing I do is approve new affiliates and set up the mass PayPal payment every month. I have staff to run The TechZone. I spend an average of two hours per day running the John Chow dot Com blog.

The key is to automate and deligate. Too many try to do everthing themselves. If you do that, you’re falling into a trap. You think Bill Gates can run Microsoft all by himself? The sooner you can let go and get others to help you, the better off you’ll be.

When you first started blogging did you model yourself on anyone? How did you learn how to be a “Problogger” and do so well with your first blog?

I got into blogging for fun. I never intended for the blog to make money or to become a problogger. My blog grew because I applied what I learn from running high traffic websites to blogging. The marketing methods used to promote a regualar content site works with a blog as well. John Chow dot Com was my first blog but it wasn’t my first site. Experience counts.

Month after month you have been earning over $30,000 from your personal blog which is crazy! If someone is new to blogging and are looking to make money from blogging, what advice / tips would you offer?

Treat your blog like a real business. Because of the low barrier of entry, most people don’t take their blogging seriously because they don’t have much to lose if they fail. I mean, you can start a blog for zero dollars. However, a blog can make serious money if you take it serioulsy. Ask yourself this questions. If your blog cost $100,000 to start, would you be running it the way you’re running it now?

Don’t be afarid to test new revenue channels and models. Advertising is just one of many ways a blog can earn money. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Try to run as many revenue channels as possible while still preserving the user experience.

Capture ever lead that comes to your blog. If you don’t have a mailing list, get one now. Down the road, your list will not only be a huge source of traffic, but income as well.

Working less and making more money sounds like a good deal to me, have you got any tips for getting more done in less time?

Think passive income. Over the last year, I haven’t raised my ad prices and I haven’t added any new ad spots. Yet the income of the blog keeps going up. This is because a big chunk of the blog’s income comes from affiliate programs that offer passive income. For example, if I refer a new publisher to Market Leverage, the will give me 5% of whatever the publisher makes. Over the years, I’ve referred thousands of publishers to different ad networks that pay me a percentate of revenue. The reason my blog income keeps increasing is because I’m still getting paid for stuff I did years ago.

The really nice thing about going after passive income is it requires no extra time commintment. You do the work once and get paid forever. It’s also not dependent on the blog. If my blog were to go down today, I would lose my advertising income but the passive income will keep coming in.

What advice would you give to people just starting out with an online business?

Just like with making money by blogging, treat your online business like a real business and take it seriously. An online business has so much greater protentail than any normal business but it cost so much less to start. It’s a real some that most people associate high start up cost with seriousness.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what advice would you give yourself regarding making money online?

Don’t do it all by yourself. You’re just buying yourself another job if you do that.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

If you can make something for a little less than your competition, and sell it for a little more, then you’re doing OK.

Thanks very much for the interview, Have you any plans (personal or business) that you can share with us about your future plans / goals / lifetime goals?

My short term goal is keep growing the business. Mid term, I want to set up a schoolarship to provide post secondary education to deserving students. Long term, I want to set up my own foundation to fund causes that I believe in.

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  1. Farrhad A says:

    Great interview, Michael.
    John Chow rocks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Scott :: says:

    If you ever need someone to look up to, this might well be the guy!

  3. Barry Dunlop says:

    John makes a great point here:

    If your blog cost $100,000 to start, would you be running it the way youโ€™re running it now?

  4. Scott: I think most people when they start, start because of JohnChow’s blog, he does make it look very easy!

    Thanks Farrhad and Barry ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Shane Hudson says:

    I agree with John about “If your blog cost $100,000 to start, would you be running it the way youโ€™re running it now?” but to be honest.. if I could afford to run mine for that much.. I would!

  6. James Cunningham says:

    But, if your blog costed $100,000, and you had that much to spend on a blog, your obviously doing something else right and might want to focus on that.

    Great Interview btw, gave me some motivation, but I wish I was a good writer to actually keep a blgo full of content.

  7. Great interview with John ๐Ÿ™‚ love his site and this just has convinced me to start my blog finaly!

  8. Farrhad a says:

    Michael, I think you must install a plugin so that we can subscribe to comments.

  9. Sure thing Farrhad ๐Ÿ™‚ Will email my programmers now.

  10. Yan Susanto says:

    Nice interview, Michael. Full of tips and advices. He raised a very interesting point that “even if the blog were to go down today, the work he did many years ago will still generate passive income”. He has all the right mindset to be a problogger so to speak.


  11. Charles Lau says:

    Thanks michael for having such an interview!
    Though the advices are very simple to understand, they really speak of John’s experience.
    I can still remember reading john’s blog since 2007, and he has been doing what he has told us in this interview.
    It’s real people speaking real experience here…

  12. Excellent interview! I love hearing from John about his money making strategies and tips. I also love the MarketLeverage plug!

  13. I like his advice for new bloggers. Guest posting is one of the best ways (if not the best) to get out there, get your name known, and get backlinks.

  14. Really great interview. An inspiring read with lots of great information. The guy is a genius.

  15. John Russo says:

    John did say his past experience was a key factor and paralleled a blog. It helps to have the tech skill for making the blog pages work , the right ideas that may interest people and knowing how to write good copy. I agree that doing it alone is difficult but many people are afraid to work together. I’ve offered to begin projects as joint ventures with others only to have zero responses. Many of these people went broke buying all the new launch ideas, software and home business scams but would enter into a legitimate business concept.

    • John Russo says:

      I meant to say at the end of my post would NOT enter into a legitimate business concept. IS sharing so out of touch when you are failing alone? Working as a team could be very productive and financially rewarding for all partners.

  16. Thanks for a great interview. I have followed John for some time and am still amazed at his success. For me, the two statements I loved the most were:

    1. If your blog cost $100,000 to start, would you be running it the way youโ€™re running it now?

    2. If my blog were to go down today, I would lose my advertising income but the passive income will keep coming in.

  17. John is a real legend.

    Along with a handful of pro-bloggers, his advice is top notch and I especially like the passive income tips in this interview.

  18. Shearill Brown says:

    Very excellent article. Some excellent points. You have to delegate where you can and not burn yourself out. Also the referral piece is pretty sweet. I refer a lot of publishers and have never thought of getting paid from what there audience buys. WOW Thanks!!!!!

  19. Great article! I just have a question: How do you set up passive income from affiliate program?

  20. Eleazar | Entrepinoy Bank says:

    I’m a fan of John Chow and believed on what he said. I learn a lot from him and implemented it in my site.

  21. Great read. Very inspiring. I did learn quite alot from reading this interview. Thanks for sharing.

  22. this gave me peace of mind that anyone can do this and i will continue on my site because of this article

  23. Solid advice on making money online the real way.

  24. Thanks Michael for doing this interview. Very inspiring indeed.