April’s Blogging Thoughts

Well April was a good month of blogging here at BobBuskirk.com. I set a record with the most blog posts I have done in a month, 30! I guess I had a lot to talk about and I actually made time to write. I used to just blog when I had free time. No I am taking the time out of my day to blog. It is nice being able to express your feelings and actually have people listen. The blog has come a long way since I first started it. April brought a lot of cool things for the blog.

We had our first contest. Which went well, I wish I would have got more entries, but hopefully the next contest will go better. Cher Free was the lucky winner of the 1GB flash drive. There were also some very popular posts this month that got a lot of comments, they included RSS or Bookmarks, Quit Looking for Instant Results, Timeshare…How about a DreamShare, and Another Digg for ThinkComputers. It’s good to see a lot of people commenting, it means they are actually interested in what you have to say. Plus I also give a shoutout to my top commentators.

RSS subscriptions have been up. Before April I was averaging around 20-30 RSS subscriptions. Now I average 50-60, which is a nice improvement. In the beginning of April I wrote down my Technorati ranking (34,033) and my Alexa ranking (172,399). As of today my Technorati ranking is 32,522 and my Alexa raking is 154,790. So there is an improvement on both of those. The blog really has not made any money, but that is not what it is here to do. Hopefully May I will increase my numbers and keep more of you coming back!

The Real John Chow

I’m sure a lot of you know John Chow by now. Maybe from his four front page Digg’s in 2 days, or from his many ways to make money online, or even more recently for his 13,000 AGLOCO signups, but do you know the real John Chow? I met John Chow around 2 years ago. After attending Million Man Lan and meeting John “Gruntman” Krump, the owner of Gruntville.com he told me about a tech site owner’s forum. On this forum users talked about advertising, products they were getting to review, and just shared their stories about running a tech site. After using the forum for a few month one user really stood out “Moto”, which was of course John. He was always answering questions and helping people out. He also made very funny posts and often showed off the new things he bought.

There was a thread on the forums to post your screen name so I got John’s screen name and decided to message him. Sometimes when you talk to people who are accomplished (which he was at the time running TheTechZone) they really don’t feel like helping you and see you as a “peon” so I really was not expecting much. After messaging him and telling him who I was he was very easy to talk to and answered all of my questions and even gave me some tips. What I was asking him about was Google Adsense. Back in 2005 I really did not know anything about online advertising. Up until that point ThinkComputers was just a hobby to me, after talking with John I realized it could make me some money. I was in college at the time so any extra money was good.

After helping me signup for Adsense and helping me place ads I realized what ThinkComputers could become. With the help of John I really went full steam with ThinkComputers and ended up going to the 2006 CES in Las Vegas. I had never been to a trade show before let alone met any of my sponsors. I met John at the first press event. You can pick him out of the crowd anywhere, a 6 foot tall Asian guy! John invited me to his party at the MGM skylofts. This was a lot of fun being able to kick back with other tech site owners like Stephen Fung, Sal Cangeloso, and of course John. The party was great and John made sure he said hi to everyone and made sure you were having a good time. The entire time at CES all John was doing was having a good time, enjoying the free food and drinks of all of the parties he crashed!

After CES 2006 John further helped me by introducing me to other ad networks. The one in particular was Shopping.com. John runs his own Shopping.com network, TTZ media. These are the ads that you see in every review on ThinkComputers. TTZ Media ended up becoming my biggest money maker.

Over 2006 John helped me out with various things like advertising, sponsors, and even legal problems! He always seemed to want to help no matter what. Now he has become one of the most popular bloggers out there. Has it changed him? NOT AT ALL! I still talk to him on a daily basis and anytime I need help with something or advice he is the first person I turn to and he is always there to help. That’s what I always liked about John his willingness to help. He is not a person to hide his secrets he openly talks about how he makes money online and tells you how to do it! I am really glad I met John and who knows I might not be where I am without his advice.

In January at the 2007 CES John, Stephen, and I held a “Night before CES Party”. It was a lot of fun and just like the year before John made sure everyone was having a good time. It would be nice if so many other accomplished people would be like John and be willing to help out. That is very hard to find these days.

Top Commentators for April

Well we do have somewhat a community here at BobBuskirk.com. It is the start of a new month so I though I would give a shout out to my top commentators. They take the time out to post their thoughts on my post and this user interaction helps out the community.

Shawn Knight – Shawn is one of my friends who owns OCIA.net. He has just recently started his blog and there is always something interesting on it.

Glenn Hawkins – Glenn always seems to comment on a lot of my posts. His blog is about making money online, investing, and working out. A lot of good stuff to read over there.

Moulinneuf – Well this guy must not have a site, but he always makes great comments that are lengthily and though out.

Jacob – Jacob runs zerotomed.com, which is about his journey trying to pay for medical school using the internet. He updates often so check it out!

Dimitry – My good buddy Dimitry! We used to hang out all the time when I was in highschool. Had some good times! He also has a blog

Well that is the top 5 for April. Comment numbers reset on the first so if you want to be mentioned in the top commentators post for May start posting!

Digg Gets Owned by It’s Own Users

Last night the scene at Digg.com was quite funny. It’s not often you head over to Digg and see every story on the front page be about the same thing. Not to mention all the stories were just links to various sites, but had the HD-DVD encryption key in them. Some of the stories were extremely funny titled “Key Fun lawlzwtfbbq” and “Today’s Lottery Numbers”.

The whole thing started when Digg removed a story that hit the front page that was a legit story about the HD-DVD encryption key. I guess Digg did not want to get into any legal trouble so they took the story down. Because Digg is user-based and users thought that the story was unrightfully taken down they starting submitting tons of stories with the HD-DVD encryption key in it. Every story on the font page as well as the first 5-6 pages were stories with the HD-DVD encryption key in them. This was really funny to see, there was even a Myspace Profile and a Facebook group with over 5,000 members!

Finally Digg was taken down and the front page is still down, but you can still easily submit stories or check out stories. I’m sure Digg has coded something that will auto-bury stories with the HD-DVD encryption key in them. Digg founded Kevin Rose has posted his thoughts on the whole thing. He obviously knows it was a mistake for them to remove the story. What do you think?

And the Winner Is?

So who won the 1GB Mushkin Flash Drive? The contest ran for around 2 weeks and I only had 9 entries. I wish I would have had more, but hey it’s only a 1GB flash drive not a Wii or PS3. Here are the nine entries that I received…

I’m A Lucky Girl (Cher Free)
Obsidian Profile (Sean)
Beyond the Rhetoric (Michael Kwan)
World of Joel (Joel)

Well you all got a linkback! So as you can see above I wrote everyone’s name down on a piece of paper. People who posted a picture got 2 entries. Then I folded each piece of paper up and put them all in an old hat. I shook it up and picked out 1 folded piece of paper. So the winner is…

Cher Free from I’m A Lucky Girl! Congrats!! I have already e-mailed you about the contest so if you are reading this and you have not received an e-mail from me let me know! Well that concludes the April’s contest. There will be a contest for May, I just need to find something else to give away. How many people out there are interested in an iPod car accessory? Let me know and stay tuned for the next contest!