Why I Like John Chow and His Blog.

What do you want to do with your life?  I’m not asking “What do you do for a living?”.  Personally, I want to be a dotcom mogul.  I want one (or a few) websites that I can work on full time and earn my own dollar.  I would have to be making at least $100,000 a year in profit.  That’s not too much considering that I have to pay for my own medical insurance and other benefits as well as tough it out through any tough times while also saving a large portion (in case I go dot-bust).

Here’s one guy that I slightly look up to, John Chow.  I believe I found him while looking at ShoeMoney’s blog.  John makes well over $100,000 a year.  John obviously has some sort of vision.  He sees how to make profit from things, and this naturally transcends to web pages and sites.  John also has worked hard which is huge intangible, personally I would love to just come up with a great idea and work in a mediocre style ;)

Lastly John has perfected the art of link baiting and article writing.  His main website TheTechZone.com is all about reviewing technical and computer related products.  I’m not sure why he is so good at article writing/posting.  Perhaps he has worked hard at it or maybe he was gifted a talent.  I don’t believe that his native language is English either which humbles me and my attempts to write articles.  A native speaker should be able to link bait and write better articles by default.   John seems to have a skill that I haven’t been able to develop yet.

If you are interested in writing good, interesting articles (that are mostly technical in nature), or want to learn how to become a dot com mogul, I suggest checking out John’s blog.  

The Ultimate Rejection Letter

I found this today and found it well worded and funny!

Herbert A. Millington
Chair – Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I
regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me
an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually
large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field
of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in
rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at
this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor
in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Sincerely,
Chris L. Jensen

How to Ban Sites From Digg

Ingredients:
10 IP Addresses
10 Email Addresses

1. Go to DIGG.com from IP address #1 and register on DIGG.com with email address
#1.
2. Repeat 1 for all 10 IPs and email addresses, never repeat an IP or email address.
3. Login from all 10 IPs and find a victim post.
4. Mark Post as SPAM.

OPTIONAL
5. Find all DIGG articles from your competition and repeat steps 3 and 4.

RESULT
All articles from target site will be removed from DIGG.  After a few articles are marked as SPAM, the entire URL will be banned by DIGG.

NOTES
You may be able to get away with less IP addresses.  5 (or fewer) will probably be enough but 10 is guaranteed not to get caught by DIGG’s filters.

THIS HAS BEEN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, FIX DIGG’S SPAM ALGORITHM

Digg needs to update it SPAM algorithm!

Before you “BURY” this article or mark it as “SPAM” or “LAME”, know that I really  enjoy DIGG.  It is a great site that has a terrific premise.  DIGG has  been able to scale up very nicely.

However I see a huge problem today.  The problem is with its SPAM algorithm.  It seems any article that receives 10 SPAM comments is marked as SPAM and removed  from DIGG.  Once a few articles from a URL are marked as SPAM, the entire site  is banned from DIGG.

I originally found this from an individual named John Chow in his   BANNED FROM DIGG post.  I read John’s blog often and never have found  a post of his to be spam.  Regardless, this wasn’t enough to fire me and get  me to make an effort to change DIGG’s spamming policies.  That was until I  read this article about a 2 year old in need  of a bone marrow transplant.  That article quickly got 200+ diggs and  made it to the front page before 10 people marked it as SPAM and it got removed.  I don’t think that is what DIGG is all about!

DIGG is an open podium for free speech, should 10 people be able to cancel the votes  of 190 others?
I ask that you DIGG this article if you agree or BURY it is you don’t.  If  enough people agree, I am sure DIGG will improve their algorithm.  That is  the magic of DIGG, it gives all of us little people a voice when we ban together.  In turn that creates something better than our separate voices and THAT is what  DIGG is really all about. 

Definition of Click Bait

Most likely you came here from here from Digg.com.  Thank you for partaking in our “Reverse Psychology”, “Click Bait” experiment.

Please do not be angry, this CLICK BAIT experiment has been made to show everyone the simplest example of how to use reverse psychology as CLICK BAIT.

click bait: Any content or feature within a website that “baits” a viewer to click.  “Anything interesting enough to catch a person’s attention”.  More often than not, click bait uses “highly alternative text/phrasing”,  ”controversial slogans/ideas” or “culturally inspirational descriptions/events”.  CLICK BAIT is similar to LINK BAIT but is generally seen as less effective, more shortsighted and more shortlived.