John Chow (and Googles Dilemma)

About 3 years ago John Chow (from my recollection) was growing at a rapid pace.  He was selling text links,  doing paid posts, and he had this whole thing going where if you liked to him with the words “make money online” then he would link back to you.  He did this for what seemed like months and he quickly moved up to #1 for “make money online”  which of course made google look stupid (receprical links dont work right?) so they nuked his ranking for that.
A Short time later Google took a very hard nosed stance on paid text links and posts and John was pretty much completely nuked from Google.

Many people wrote about the John Chow vs Google thing.  Almost all of them siding on the side of Google saying how John Chow was done.

Here is the interesting thing.  John has only grown in popularity…. and grown HARDCORE.

This is one of my big beefs with SEO.  A great brand does not need Google.
Now to be fair to Google I completely understand why they did took John out of Google.  He clearly violating the policy they put in place.

Sure,  It probably wasnt fair that he was completely nuked out where others got simple warnings.

Barry Schwartz, of got his pageranked nuked for selling text link ads but stated publicly that his seo traffic had only increased.   He still continues to sell links. Weird huh?

Ok back to Chow.

So what now does Google do?  They helped create John Chows brand and now when people search for it they cant find his site.  Scraper sites outrank John for his own content.  At what point does this hurt Google and make them look incompetent?

I recently talked to John about seeing if I could play a role between him and Google and try to get him back in.     John could care.  His profits continue to go through the roof… all without needing Google.

Its a interesting case study.

About The Author

Comments 162

  1. Pyj
  2. Mubin
  3. Pyj
  4. kmajor
  5. mark rushworth
  6. Paul B
  7. Affiliate Marketing Blog
  8. Chris Hunter
  9. Cal Golden
  10. Adam Baird
  11. |1f34|-|1r3
  12. JoeBlow
  13. Acai Burn
  14. Ari Lestariono
  15. make money online
  16. Rogerio
  17. Tom
    • Acai Burn
  18. BonsaiJon
  19. EfitPedia
  20. myinternetbusiness
  21. chuckiesd
  22. Robby G
  23. MakeMoneyOnline | diTesco
  24. jesse grant
  25. Philip
  26. Shaun Carter
  27. Jino
  28. Nike Air Max
  29. Google Destroyed Me
  30. Rick Vaughn
  31. Virgil
  32. Farmer
  33. Rick
    • Ryan McLean
      • Not John Chow
  34. Watch Superbad Online
  35. Mogul
  36. Nicholas Chase
  37. Vinh Nguyen
  38. Jack
  39. Mico
    • Ray Ebersole
      • Mico
    • Kuuzak
  40. yosef martin
  41. yosef martin
  42. Ray Ebersole
    • Domain Superstar
  43. Play Games Win Prizes
  44. Mike
  45. Nick Sullivan
  46. Bibokz
  47. Harry
  48. Google Destroyed Me
  49. Rahul Jadhav
  50. Mega Champ
  51. Medical Aid
  52. Millionaire Acts
  53. Muri Online
  54. joe gelb
  55. Best CSS Gallery
  56. greg
  57. Nate at Plasticprinters
  58. diabetes ii symptoms
  59. Melissa Johnson
  60. Igor
    • Accident Injury Claim
  61. Vinh Nguyen
  62. Smitty
  63. Accident Injury Claim
  64. Doctor Twitter
  65. contentpig
    • Asthma Treatment
  66. Informixx
  67. Richard Catto
  68. Wii Fit Games
    • Accident Injury Claim
  69. Make Money Online
    • Accident Injury Claim
  70. SEO Blog
  71. gout
  72. Tinh
  73. ppc coach review
  74. Data Recovery
  75. Ari Lestariono
  76. InvestorBlogger
  77. Making Web make Sense
  78. Will
  79. mark rushworth
    • Richard Catto
    • Mayank
  80. Design
  81. Graham
  82. Barry Wheeler
  83. E. Dorr
  84. VlogHog
  85. Mayank
    • Toronto personal injury
  86. paul
  87. Affiliate Guides
  88. 51 Grand
  89. Best CD Rates
  90. kampanye damai pemilu
  91. Smart Boy Designs
  92. horisly
  93. Jehzeel Laurente
  94. Paul @ HollywoodDJ
  95. Will
    • Matt James
  96. how to fix my own credit
  97. Ernan
  98. Nathan @ Web Money Blog
  99. Garret
  100. Kimberly
  101. Sharon Roode
  102. Jana
  103. Nike Dunk
  104. scients
  105. dsims
  106. Rodney
  107. zygor guides
  108. iwan
  109. Michele
  110. Margarette Villwock
  111. E-Commerce
  112. Ata
  113. Teddy Quander
  114. Christian Audigier
  115. Women Nike Dunk Low
  116. Sneakers
  117. SEO Malta
  118. Oluwaseun Babajide
  119. Yolanda
  120. Pawan
  121. Arif
  122. Adeyemi Adisa
  123. Dave Keys
Weapons Of Marketing
My Legal Issues & Downloadable Resources
ACT Affiliate Marketing Method & Download
FaceBook Ninja Marketing Presentation
Interviewing Darren Rowse Of Problogger
Sarah East From PopCrunch – *NSFW* – Most Awkward Interview Ever
I Spill it All To Andrew Warner
Interviewing Penn Jillette @ TC 50
How To Be Successful Making Money Online (keynote)
NamesCon Keynote Talk (Domain Name Focused)
Affiliate Summit 2012 Closing Keynote With Slides
FaceBook Ninja Marketing Presentation