If you are into making money online and don’t read John Chows blog regularly, then you are living under a rock, seriously. John Chow is a first generation internet marketer, means he is one of those that invented the game. He got himself banned from Google for several years, continued to make money without Google and is now back in the Google index again. His blog is top notch, updated several times a day and a reliable source of information when it comes to making money online.* Like many money bloggers, John Chow has an ebook, but unlike many other money bloggers, he gives it away for free. Ok, nearly for free, you have to give him your email address, you know for list building and all this 😉 John Chow’s ebook is also different in respect to that you can re-distribute it for free, as long as you don’t change the content! To down load John Chow’s ebook from Hospitalera’s Blog for free click on the link at the end of this article. No email sign up necessary.
So, I downloaded his ebook…and have to say:
Update your ebook John Chow!
This ebook resembles a blog that hasn’t been updated for years, whilst some of the information contained is timeless, other is hopelessly outdated and a lot of the links to background information sites / posts are broken. The pieces that are still actual are the ones that deal with internet history, attitude and work ethic. He also has some good tips up his sleeves on how to stick to blogging and on how to connect with the wider community. But that takes up only part of the book. The rest is about recommended software, plugins and programs. And here a lot of links are either broken or the recommendation is outdated by how the internet has developed over the last years. To benefit from this part of the book you need to know quite a bit about the current developments and alternatives in this market. For example he recommends using the sidebar widget, something that is now incorporated into each WordPress installation for version higher then 2.2. One of many examples where the book needs updating.
Summary: Is this book worth reading? Definitively yes, even if it would be only for the history bit at the end, that gives us “youngsters” a nice round-up how it was back in ‘ye good ole days of the dot com gold rush, how it all ended in a big crash and how internet marketing changed, survived and made a comeback. The www is really like a phoenix 😉 The other positive point is that the book doesn’t contain any sales pitches of “further John Chow products”, nothing like “now you know a little, but buy XYZ for $$$$$ and I will tell you all!” John Chow tells all in his ebook, as of 2007 unfortunately.
The other great thing about this ebook is also that it teaches you how a good linkbait looks like. This whole ebook is a linkbait for his blog and also spiked with referral links and affiliate links to the products and services he recommends. I bet that thanks to these links he has earned more in affiliate sales then he could ever earn by selling the book! So yes, download the book, read it and use common sense when checking out the recommendations. If it is nothing else it is still a great guide to blogging and a glimpse into the past of internet marketing.
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