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My “Blogging With John Chow” Review – Can You Trust John Chow?

When it comes to blogging and making money with it, there is one name that always seems to creep up; John Chow. John Chow is six-figure blogger and the creator of the product I’ll be reviewing today called “Blogging With John Chow“.

But before I start dissecting this product, let me just fill you in with a brief history of John Chow’s blogging career.

A Little History Of John Chow

John Chow is the man the makes money online, by telling people how much money he makes online – I didn’t come up with that actually, it was all John’s idea.

John Chow started blogging in 2006 and in just two years time, his blog hit the $40,000* per month mark. Now that’s impressive !

He started his blog just as a personal blog to share his life with relatives all around the world, but seeing as he was into online marketing (and it was a big part of his life), he started talking about that on his blog as well.

One of the main things he used to talk about is how blogging can make serious money, but there was one problem – his blog wasn’t making any money. A reader picked up on this and soon “challenged” John to make an example by monetizing his own blog.

John agreed to this challenge and since then, he has turned his blog into a case study of how to make money blogging.

This “case study” has turned into one of the most successful blogs online. He’s an authority in the blogging world, wrote books on the subject, appeared in movies and also launched a blogging course called “Blogging With John Chow” – the same one I’ll be reviewing for you here today.

*This program was released in 2012 and since then, John says he has triple his income and now makes close to $100,000 a month. (More on this later) 

My Relationship with John Chow

I’ve been following John Chow for quite some time now and I have to admit; it’s been a love/hate relationship so far.

There are times when I see John as a just another money-hungry guru, but sometimes I also see him as an inspirational blogger.

Having said that; for the past 6 months or so, I’ve been “loving” John, and I’ve been following him closely by subscribing to his blog’s RSS feed, and I’m also subscribed to his email list.

Come to think of it, JohnChow.com is now one of my favourite blogs to read.

I’m a big fan of how “transparent” he is. He blogs about his income, his home, his food…. everything. All you need to know about John Chow is on his blog. He just gives so much of himself online and I’m a big fan of that.

Although I follow John for “blogging advice”, I also like seeing how he lives the life of a pro blogger through videos like the “Driving With John Chow” series on YouTube.

I have to admit, he’s also the reason I started my mini-series called “Life As A Blogger” here on this blog.

Since John Chow has managed to win my trust, I’ve now decided to try out one of his programs and review it for you here. I’ll be showing you what is inside, what it’s all about and if it’s worth investing in it.

Way down below, I’ll also share with you how John Chow is suddenly making the $100,000+ I mentioned earlier, stick around.

My “Blogging With John Chow” Review

My "Blogging With John Chow" Review

The Sales Page

Unfortunately this was just another “one of those” sales pages. You know which ones I’m referring to: Lots of highlighters, lots of arrows and lots of hype.

If you’ve ever seen a sales page before, you know what I’m talking about.

Anyways the sales page is not important here, let’s talk about the program…

But Wait.. There’s Upsells

Before I could make my way to the training, I was hit with upsells. Lots of them!

As I said, I do sometimes think John is a bit of a “money hungry guru” and these annoying upsells have raised some red flags yet again.

  • The first offer was for a complete ready-made blog you can purchase.
  • The second was for something else.
  • The third was for another something something.

No, I don’t really pay attention to upsells. I know it’s a way for them to increase revenue but please let me see the product first, let me make up my own mind.

You don’t have to push me, if I see an offer is worthwhile, I’m going to take it.

The Members’ Area

Ahh! Here we are!

The training is spread over 9 modules and they are very easy to follow – things are looking better here.

As soon as you join, you’re greeted by John Chow and you can start going through the modules immediately.

Here is how the members’ area looks.

The members' area in "Blogging With John Chow"

The members’ area in “Blogging With John Chow”

I’m going to talk about the training modules and what they’re about.

There is a total of 9 and each module has about 2 to 4 lessons in them so I won’t be going into deep. Otherwise you’re going to be here all night.

Module 1

This module walks you through the process of choosing your niche and also how to brand yourself.

Module 2

With this module, you’ll learn all about WordPress, WP themes and plugins and how to get started with WordPress. I have to mention that John’s method is quite confusing for starting with WordPress. I much rather use the SiteRubix platform to launch WordPress sites.

Module 3

In module 3, you’ll learn about the 7 habits of successful bloggers, how to schedule blog posts and some more on branding. John is really big on branding. I guess you can’t argue that.

Module 4

CONTENT IS KING! This module, is all about content! This time, John tells you about coming up with ideas for content, getting it ranked and also how to encourage interaction on your blog posts. I’ve definitely learned some great tips with this module.

Module 5

Things are starting to heat up now and with this module, you’ll be learning all about email marketing. The idea of building an email list is a must for every blogger and John shares his secrets on how he managed to get over 100,000+ subscribers. I’ll be using his tips to try and increase my subscriber count for aBlogOnBlogging.

Module 6

This is the longest module and it covers what people want to know about the most: Blog monetisation. John walks you through all the business models you can take with a blog. (i.e Affiliate Marketing, paid ads, product creation etc…). It’s a must-see for every aspiring blogger.

Module 7

Here you’ll learn about ways you can drive traffic to your blog. Be it RSS feeds, social media, keywords, SEO etc…  There is also an important lesson on how to network with other bloggers.

Module 8

Module 8 is all about SEO. Proper search engine optimisation is key to getting search traffic (one of the most valuable kinds of traffic too) to your blog. John explains how to optimise your content and also all a newbie blogger needs to know about the different linking types.

Module 9

This is the last module in the training and here, you’ll be learning all about Google Analytics and what to do with the data you get from there to improve your traffic stats.

The 30 Day Action Plan

Now that you’ve completed all the training in the modules. You’re ready to start off work. As I always say: All the training in the world can’t help you unless you take action on it.

John Chow has outlined a superb 30 day step-by-step program which promises you will have a blog up & running by the end of the month – even maybe earning your first $ in these next 30 days.

Here is what your to-do list would look like for the next 30 days if you decide to follow John Chow’s training.

The 30 Day Action Plan

The 30 Day Action Plan

Now that we’ve discussed all that you’ll be getting with “Blogging With John Chow“, let me tell you what I like and what I don’t like about this program.

What I Liked 🙂

Easy to navigate: The site is very easy to navigate. The next lesson is always linked at the bottom of the current lesson so once you’re done with one, just one click will take you to the next one. Easy!

Very beginner friendly: This training is all you need to know to set up a blog and monetise it. It’s designed to help a newbie start blogging in the easiest way possible; There is definitely much more to blogging than this guide shows you, but as a “beginner’s guide”, I can’t fault it.

The videos of John Chow: It’s nice to see John Chow at the beginning of every module explaining to you what the module is about. I think it’s always beneficial to be able to see (and hear) from the man behind the product.

John Chow is very entertaining: Speaking of John Chow; John is a lovable character. He’s funny, witty and a real expert in this field. His videos are great and even his blogging is top notch. This content will keep you entertained for weeks.

The actual training: I was really surprised the training was this good. I knew John would not give “bad advice” but I didn’t expect to see this much effort for a $47 product. There is hours of content on here to read and it’s all great advice.

Main focus is on providing value: This is something I am truly passionate about and that is providing value to your visitors. I’m glad John is also a firm believer in this and he’ll make sure you understand this concept as well.

The 30 day action plan: I love “action plans”. I live my life by them. The 30 day action plan John provides is ideal for anybody that wants to start their own blog. It’s easy, enjoyable and a breeze to follow.

What I Didn’t Like 🙁

Is it an eBook?: The training is written the same way a book is written. Most of the training is referred to as “Chapters” and John always refers to the training as “this book”. I hate to think John used one of his books (which are much cheaper) and changed it into a training course.

Some outdated strategies: This program was launched in 2012 and some of the training is really outdated. I’d love to see the training getting an update sometimes soon, as the newbie that’s going to read it is going to find out some of the things have changed in two years.

Upsells: I’ve talked about this already but had to mention it again. I hate upsells!

No support: Although John says he will answer back your emails, the support system for this product is basically non existent. There is no place you can turn to and get a quick answer to an urgent question.

No community: It seems like you’re alone in the training. There is no sense of community. This might be a good thing for certain people but I’ve got used to the community at Wealthy Affiliate and I find it is comforting to be surrounded by people with the same goals as you.

Things I Learned From “Blogging With John Chow”

I’m no expert, but I’m not a complete newbie either. This training only provided me with little information that I didn’t know already.

Here are some of the main take-aways that I’ve learned from “Blogging With John Chow”.

  • Branding

I know it’s important but I’ve never given the science behind it much thought. John says it is one of the most important parts of turning your blog into a business – and I believe him. I’m going to apply some of his tactics to my own blog business and I’ll let you know how that goes in a future post.

  • Google Follows People

This is an interesting concept. One that I’ve never heard before.

Most people (including me) think that Google brings people, when in reality; people bring Google.

Google follows and tracks what people do on your site, so if your site is pleasing to the people, it’s going to be pleasing to Google.

I knew that creating content for the people was always important but I’ve never saw it being put that way.

This is definitely the key takeaway for me from John’s training.

So How Did John Chow Triple His Income in 2014? 

As I said in the beginning of this post, John Chow now makes over $100,000+ a month from his blog. A $60,000+ jump from when he created ‘Blogging With John Chow” back in 2012. Good for him, But how?

John has attributed this astronomical income growth to him selling high priced items. Most products he’s selling now go for as high as $30,000!

The “business model” he’s pushing now is to sell high ticket items and so far (apparently) it’s working for him.

One thing that troubles me is that I don’t know what this $30,000 product really is. Is it training? Is it a physical product? What?

Should You Buy “Blogging With John Chow”?

John has raised some of my alarm bells in the past with his products so I really went into this program expecting some get-it-out-there-quick training, but I’m surprised at the high quality of training there is in BWJC.

So yes, you CAN trust John Chow ! He has created a fantastic product.

As a matter of fact: I love this product so much, I’m going to give it a 4 star rating out 5 !

4 out 5 stars for John ChowIf you’re a new blogger that wants to learn how to start a blog, then this product is perfect for you. It’s inexpensive and it covers all the basics you need to know.

But I do have to say that even though there is only 1 star separating them, this program doesn’t come close to my five star rated program; Wealthy Affiliate.

I really do suggest you check out my review of WA before you buy “Blogging With John Chow”.

Got Any Questions? 

If you have any question regarding this program or any other thing related to blogging, make sure you leave a comment below or send me an email.

I’d also like to hear from you if you’re ever bought a product from John Chow.

  • How was your experience with it?
  • Was it worth it?
  • Would you trust John Chow again?

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My blogging with john chow review

28 Comments My “Blogging With John Chow” Review – Can You Trust John Chow?

    1. Chris Lee

      Yep he’s one of the ones that made blogging what it is today! I learned a lot from this man! 🙂

  1. Gaurav Tripathi

    Excellent review of blogging with john chow. He is one of the top blogger and affiliate marketer from arroud the world and i loke reading his blog article.
    Here you have shared something very useful for all internet marketers who what to start blogging for their regular income.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      I agree Gaurav. I have been following John for years now and I’ve also found his posts helpful, inspiring and informative.

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad to have you here.

      All the best.

      CLV

  2. Anamech

    Hey Chris

    I guess I know the answer to this question, but here goes!

    Would you suggest starting out with WA and at some stage the also purchase the course from John. I am seriously intrigued by this whole blog/affiliate marketing thing!! It feels like someone threw a bunch of excited wasps in my stomach that’s waiting to burst out into the world…in good kinda way!! 🙂

    I am a PC gaming enthusiast, is that a saturated market or do you think I could make that work as my niche?

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hi there Anamech.

      My top recommendation for people looking to start a blogging business will always be Wealthy Affiliate just because it’s just the best in the world (training, free tools, live community, support system etc), however… WA can be a bit of an investment for somebody that is just “curious” about it.

      You can start (and stay) as a free member for as long as you wish with WA but to unlock it’s full power and all training modules you would need to become a premium member.

      On the other hand, Blogging With John Chow will give you all the basic information for you to start. It’s a great place to get started if you have a tiny budget and you’re just curious.

      However “Blogging With John Chow” is an aging product now and some material in there may not be 100% correct.

      What I suggest you do is try out WA for free and if you like what you see try out a premium membership for a discounted price (it will be offered to you once you join in).

      As for your blog topic being gaming, you’re right; it is a bit saturated. That is why I suggest you find a specific type of niche (or topic) in the gaming niche and focus just on that till you start growing (then you can expand).

      Let me know if this answered your question.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Chris Lee

  3. cielo

    Hi Chris,

    This Review is the best I saw for Blogging with John Chow. Very detailed. Thanks for this! See you around in WA! 🙂

    Cielo

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Thanks Cielo. Glad I could help out. Send me a PM on Wealthy Affiliate. I’d love to connect with you over there.

      Chris

  4. salman

    Are you sure? after reading this e book , i could be make money.
    I am also fallowing john chow from 5 months and he is the best online marketer and motivator.

    If you will read john chow blog then you can also get all tricks that john use in their blog.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Hello Salman. Thanks for dropping by.

      Am I sure about what?

      I agree reading and applying the lessons taught by John Chow will make you money if you work hard at it.

      That is why it is one of my highest recommended product for bloggers.

      Chris Lee

  5. Ty Jord

    This is a very very good review of this product, one I’ve found immensely informative and worth checking out. But I have been a member of WA for a while and looking at the comparison and having first hand experience, I have to say I’ll be sticking with my preferred option, WA.

    Thanks for sharing and best of luck.
    Ty

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Oh definitely. If you’re with WA already then you’re the the best place to be.

      Thanks for stopping by Ty.

      Much appreciated

  6. John

    Nice, in depth, review! I had never heard of John Chow, but now I am intrigued. I also agree with you that Wealthy Affiliate cannot be beaten.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      Thanks for stopping by John. Yes WA is by far the best I’ve seen yet… The value for money there is incredible.

      Chris

  7. Wendy

    What a good review. I enjoyed it. I also took the course with John chow and enjoyed learned a few things, however I found WA much easier to follow. And I loved the community atmosphere. Plus as you explained above, you get much more for you money.

    Reply
    1. CLV

      You sure do. I like John Chow and his products and I still follow him to this day but the value I got from WA is unmatched.

      However “Blogging With John Chow” is my number 2 rated product. I think it can bring immense value to anybody that is in the beginning phase of building their blog.

      Thanks for stopping by Wendy. 🙂

    1. CLV

      Yep. I also suggest you check out his “Driving With John Chow” series on YouTube. there’s plenty of great, inspiring information there. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Deborah Rhoden

    What an absolutely great site. Such and interesting and gripping read, I didnt want to take my eyes off it until I reahed the end. The more i was learning about Joh Chew the more excited i felt. I love the way you have made a comparion of two separate companies.
    Wishing you ever success.

    Reply
  9. Lavonte Martin

    Awesome blog post on John Chows blogging course. I’ve already been through a few blogging courses but I’m definitely going to give his course a shot. I started blogging about 2 months ago. The first month I really pushed hard and cranked out 22 blog post. Did a little SEO and Keyword optimization as well as promoting my post on social media and now I’ve been averaging around 15-20 visitors per day! Yesterday I had my highest clocking out at 46 visitors and today its 3 in the morning and I’m already at 26 visitors. Certaintly may not seem like alot to experience bloggers but 2 months ago my blog wasnt getting any traffic at all. Its such a great feeling. Anyways I will be getting Johns course thanks to your post so again, THANK YOU!

    Reply
    1. Chris Lee Vella

      Oh that’s great news Lavonte! Having 46 visitors by the morning for a blog that is only a few months old is proof that what you’re doing is working.

      You’ve did the work and you got the results – that’s incredible! Also big ups on 22 blog posts in 1 month – this tells me you’re really passionate and interested in your niche.

      Well John Chow’s course will definitely be helpful to you but since you’re already a bit more advanced than your avergae beginner, I say you should take a look at Wealthy Affiliate as well.

      Let me know how it goes and keep me updated with your progress – I have a feeling you’ll soon register your first sale with your blog and I want to know all about it ! 🙂

      Good luck! 😀

    1. Chris Lee Vella

      Well he’s one of the top bloggers out there and he’s been doing it for a while but unless you’re a blogging junkie like me, you wouldn’t have come across him and his work.

      Needless to say I’m very impressed with his lessons and tutorials. He’s been very influential in helping me reach some success.

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