This Months Stupid Cow Award

Written by Jason Katzenback on November 11th, 2007
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So much for a quiet Sunday. Waking up, drinking 2 liters of water to cure the hangover we’re suffering right now, we switched on our sexy iMac and went through our emails. Between the tons of daily fanmail and marriage proposals, we found a rather odd email from someone with the email address halcyon5@gmail.com (oops, hope you wont get picked up by spambots now!), who appears to have the same name as Mr John Chow. Better yet, he even seems to think he knows us! See first screen shot for the email contents. The funny thing is that we spoke to John about this sort of thing a few months ago, we even registered a domain for it but decided against the project in the end, because even though it might not seem much at times, we do have a slight sense of ethics.

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Maybe a few of you remember the shit that hit the fan a while back when a website appeared online which was selling blog comments? Big boys like Read/WriteWeb and Darren Rowse were all over it. The blog community lashed out at the idea and we don’t think many bloggers actually use these lame attempts to look cool. Now these guys of RSSxplosion.com seem to be taking it to the next level. They are selling FAKE RSS numbers for your feedburner widgets and they way they try to promote it is by putting up examples of recent blog sales. I’m sure BloggingFingers and RyanShamus are not happy about this, because now they are getting associated with the bunch of clows that are trying to inflate the value of blogs. The same goes for Mark of 45n5, Hari of GotChance and John Chow himself, who probably wont be happy with these guys since they are now even pretending to be him via email to other people!

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Now we went ahead and took a look if we could see who these losers were. With a simple whois query we found out that a certain brian@bleedingvision.com (again, we hope you won’t get spammed to death now! :twisted: ) is responsible for this stupidity. Funny how Brian’s domain points to a broken WordPress blog. Is that the type of ‘quality’ your losers customers can expect from you? It’s like winding back the odometer on a car you’re going to sell. You lie to your potential buyers. If anyone finds out you’re using this kind of service, you think they’ll ever come back to you to buy more stuff? You can kiss your online reputation goodbye.

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We have unanimously decided that you have truly earned our infamous stupid cow award with this bleeding stupid idea. You might be the title holder for a long time to come, since it’ll be hard for anyone to top this one! Congratulations Brian, and we hope you have a nice weekend.

(PS Do we still get our 10 freebies like you promised for your grand opening? :twisted: )

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Update: Seems scot.smith@meridiancrest.com had the balls to confess in our comments that he’s the brain behind the whole operation. So tell us Scot –why did you lie and pretend to be John Chow when you emailed us, ProBlogger and probably a bunch of other bloggers? Your meridiancrest.com blog just got a hole blown in it’s credibility. Well done! And no need to thank us for the extra exposure you’re getting, its real and for free!

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99 Responses to “This Months Stupid Cow Award”

  1. name is Scot. If it is he is even stupider than I thought and he has just jeopardized ever running a successful blog in this niche by throwing away relationships with some of the top bloggers here. He is a liar in every single way. In the comments onJohnCow.comhe argues that blogs have no credibility, but the description of RSSXPlosion contains the phrase, “Your blog is your credibility!”.

  2. [IMG] It appears Mr Scot Smith from RSSxplosion.com is now trying to compete with himself for the stupid cow of the month award. Just after we said that it would be hard totop his stupidity, he proves us wrong with yet another email. This time it’s a receipt that states that we’ve ordered 12,000 RSS subscribers from him. Scot, we all have silly ideas from time to time, just be kid enough to admit it, drop the project and move on. Is

  3. Anyway, unsurprisingly, bloggers are up in arms about this. Here are three posts that explain this a billion times better than I can be bothered to do. Cashquests: Pay To Increase Your Subscriber CountJohn Cow: This Months Stupid Cow AwardBlogging Fingers’ Good Name Tainted by an RSS Gaming Con Man Pretty shady service, don’t you agree? This dude hasn’t endeared himself to the blogging world, and he hasn’t endeared himself to me. So, as the Moral White Knight of the blogging

  4. m still trying to recover from last week… Anyway, here are the main topics: Mr John Cow started his own little war against the guys from RSSxplosion.com and their spamming techniques. You can find everything about it inThis month Stupid Cow Award, a post written in the already famous mooish style I always found it incredibly hard to develop a blog identity. Daniel from DailyBlogTips has a very nice post on this subject that might come in handy:

  5. 100+ Untapped Link Building Strategies” or 7 babes with a new blog, but surely all you guys and gals want is more information on how to make money online, right? Well today we don’t have any. Nooutrageousscandals to gossip about either. Nothing to brag about, no silly photos to post. There’s not even something to LIE about! How sad is that? [IMG 7babes.jpg]Surely tomorrow will be a better day. Someone with a

  6. no content or value on the blog whatsoever? The problem is simple and it is actually more simple to conduct such a fraudulent scam on the RSS count. If you guys are a frequent reader on John Cow’s blog, I’m sure you checked out their post about “RSSxplosion“. It seems like some have found a loophole towards feedburner’s RSS count meter. What RSSxplosion does is actually sign up to a client’s rss feed countless number of times through e-mail. Obviously the e-mail feeds are different from regular

  7. John Cow dot Com » Blog Archive » This Months Stupid Cow Awardjohncow.com69 comments So much for a quiet Sunday. Waking up, drinking 2 liters of water to cure the hangover we’re suffering right now, we switched on our sexy iMac and went through our emails. Between the tons of daily fanmail and

  8. Here are some of the bloggers who have picked up the story about RSS Xplosion. I’ll go ahead and send them a free PR4 with no nofollow. Retired Pay A Feed Is Born BloggingTips MoneyMasher The Gospel According to Rhys Eh?John CowMcGrath GeekBoys Gary Conn Rookie Millionaire (I dunno either) Thread on DP Forums The 3D Technologies Courtney Tuttle Blogging Fingers Internet Marketing Mind ChipSEO CashQuests I’ll follow up with some of my own thoughts tomorrow. But,

  9. mike says:

    haha thats funny. Perhaps thats how shoemoney won his contest with john chow? :D

  10. Hyder says:

    :shock:

    What will scammers think of next.

  11. Jasper says:

    I’m not surprised. TheGeekBoys (dot com) did the same thing (inflate his RSS) and made a joke out of it. I wasn’t impressed and told him I think it affects his credibility.

    Cow-jacking is a good joke (he he) but inflating any numbers isn’t a bit funny no matter the reason.

  12. Mr. Rajawang says:

    That is a unique but stupid idea..rss subscriber for sale. What next? PR for sale? :razz:

  13. Thats just stupid.. it just ruins the people like us that have to put in hard work to build our feed subscribers.

  14. Prince John says:

    Services like this do just one favor to us bloggers. Give a good reason for others to talk about us – in such a way that we don’t like it.

    It can also mean we need to pull the Feedburner chicklet out of the visible areas and stop talking about the RSS readers we have.

    It will even estrange the most friendly advertisors, as they begin doubting the figures.

    Did that John Cow Vs Shoemoney tussle has something to do with this?

  15. WOW what horror! first buyblog comments now this bullish! ober gay

  16. RSS Xplosion says:

    I could’ve just told you I own meridiancrest.com if you wanted to find out who I truly was :p No need for all that fancy schmancy undercover agent whois stuff.

    Thanks for the rave review!

    And yes, 10 New RSS Subscribers are coming your way!

    – Scot

  17. What a load of crap. Hopefully it gets binned as soon as possible… :twisted:

  18. RSS Xplosion says:

    Not to mention this article is sending me great business – 3 new customers already (probably from some of the people whining most about it)

  19. [...] John Cow emailed me wanted to know Garry Conn’s opinions and thoughts? I am glad he asked. The Make Money Online Niche is one of the most dry, sneaky and misleading blog communities within the blogosphere. Majority of the people in this niche lie and say that they’re experts when they really are not. Many people say that they make a ton of money when they don’t. More so, many people blog about how to make money online and how to optimize your blog and market your blog for search engines when they have no clue. [...]

  20. Garry Conn says:

    Cow Man,

    You sent me an email and asked me for my opinions and thoughts, I decided to write a post about it. You should get a trackback on it soon.

    Best Regards,
    Garry Conn

  21. Fatgadget says:

    Dammit I am never going to win the stupid cow award :sad:

    I must try harder :twisted:

    I have to admit that is one of the stupidest ideas I have seen to date.

    Don’t people realise that using a service like this may provide a short term gain, but in the long run all it will do is damage their blog and reputation.

    I would rather have no subscribers than resort to tactics like this.

  22. Unfortunately, these kinds of tactics could be considered ‘fraudulent’ as it is deliberately attempting to manipulate the numbers of a third party site, such as Feedburner to attract either audience or financial benefit. I’m sure in a few years, this kind of thing will be as illegal as spam is now.

    Kenneth

  23. Nick says:

    Hey, maybe I should sign up for this and make my feedburner show a bigger number….oh, wait, I don’t have the RSS count displayed on my site and am not even signed up for feedburner.

  24. Fatgadget says:

    @ RSS Xplosion

    Quote “I could’ve just told you I own meridiancrest.com if you wanted to find out who I truly was :p No need for all that fancy schmancy undercover agent whois stuff.”

    If there was no need for all that fancy schmancy undercover stuff then why did you email the Mad Moos pretending to be John Chow ?

  25. RSS Xplosion says:

    Fatgadget,

    It’s call marketing. I wasn’t pretending to be John Chow at all or I wouldn’t have put my e-mail in the message.

    :D

  26. Angel says:

    It’s misleading.

  27. Fatgadget says:

    : Rss Xplosion

    It may be called marketing but there is a difference between clever marketing and stupid marketing :razz:

  28. chipseo says:

    Thanks for the information, I will be interested to see how this works itself out, especially in light of the PR selling links issue that never seems to go away. Scott

  29. ms danielle says:

    i see where this trend is going… everyone get ready for feedburner to start regulating. if you’ve cheated, they’re probably going to get you and throw out the fake signups. it’s not hard for them to catch, according to how i hear it’s being done.

  30. John Cow says:

    Scot, you’re calling this marketing? Saying you never pretended to be John Chow? So how come the email sender ID is John Chow? And we heard that you emailed John Chow, pretending to be Shoemoney?

    Marketing schmarketing.

  31. RSS Xplosion says:

    John Cow,
    I’m not the typical “Make Money Online” blogger who just opened my blogger.com account. If I wanted to make a message seem like it were truly from Chow or Shoemoney, I would have done so.

    Actually, here is the e-mail I sent John Chow:
    http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/9693/chowfo8.gif

    Obviously not from Shoemoney… But keep the controversy stired up– it’s good linkbait!

  32. this is thegeekboys dot com yeah I consider myself an evil blogger but not that evil :evil: “All the evil bloggers of the world should join together and take down this monopoly” what do you guys think?

  33. John Cow says:

    Scot aka RSSxplosion, no matter what you say, you changed the email senders ID into someone you are not, and you talk in that email to John Chow as if you are Jeremy Schoemaker. You talked to us in your email as if you were John Chow

    We quote your email to John Chow:”Hey Mr. Chow,
    How do you think I beat you in the RSS Challenge last month?”

    What’s that ‘I’ doing in there? You didn’t have an RSS challenge with John, Jeremy did.

    You’re a liar and you’re offering a shady and questionable service. Don’t be surprised if people don’t trust you.

  34. [...] in here… Seems it’s more lying than marketing like Scot claims hes doing in the comments at http://www.johncow.com/this-months-stupid-cow-award/ __________________ Free Limited Beta Invites | Get Paid To Put Your Link On My [...]

  35. RSS Xplosion says:

    John Cow,
    1) Blogs aren’t credible. Blogs aren’t quoted in newspapers or any other form of journalism for that precise reason. Trying to maintain a blog’s credibility is silly. You write entertaining content (such as this) and people will read it.

    2) If you still think I was ACTUALLY pretending to be Shoemoney (or John Chow)– you aren’t half as smart as you let on to be. Why do you think I included my own domain in the e-mail? I’m not going to argue the point with you but let’s be realistic.

    3)I didn’t change the e-mail “senders ID”. I contacted John and everyone else through their blog’s contact form.

    4) Don’t be surprised if people don’t trust me on what? I’m not selling anything but my ideas on my blog, and RSS Xplosion offers something very simple– RSS Subscribers.

  36. John Cow is a Hypocrite says:

    John Cow:

    You yourself offered a shady service. Remember MEW? What’s it done since you sold it since you didn’t care to bother with it anymore? That’s right. It’s done nothing. And you’ve screwed the folks that made the initial investment in it as well. You’re just as bad as RSS Xplosion if not worse. Hypocracy at it’s finest.

  37. John Cow says:

    Mr or Ms Anonymous; Ask the new owners, they’ll probably be more than happy to talk about MEW with you. And we didn’t screw anyone, their investment is still there.

    So does it feel safe, posting like an anonymous troll?

  38. Gilberticus says:

    Scott, you’re nothing but a snivelling little dirtbag. You’re spoofing the sender field in the email header because you f’n KNOW people are going to try to weed you out of the inboxes. I’ve reported you to gmail for abuse of your account….for what it’s worth. I’ve also reported you to your ISP for using your connection to send commercial email with a spoofed sender ID…. I suggest others do the same. Not all attention is good asshole, as you’re about to find out.

  39. RSS Xplosion says:

    Gilbert,
    I didn’t send any e-mail through G-Mail. Your efforts will be fruitless, please see the above comment.

    “I didn’t change the e-mail “senders ID”. I contacted John and everyone else through their blog’s contact form.”

    Which, by the way, is exactly what contact forms are made for. Are you so simple-minded that you’ve missed out on the entire point of this project?

  40. Gilberticus says:

    Yeah, I’m simple minded. Honesty should be rewarded. Dishonesty should be punished. That’s simple, right? So where do you think you fall? I don’t give two flying fucks whether you sent the email from gmail or via the comments field – You know it’s sent to the blogger via email anyway, and you damn well knew how it would be presented. You also knew that you’re a practical ‘unknown’, and that pro-bloggers wouldn’t waste pissing time on you, which is why you used others names instead of your own. Asshole, your project reflects exactly who you are and what your biggest problem is as I see it – You’re encouraging others to substitute an artificially inflated RSS reader count for real creativity and hard work in gaining subscriptions. Just because you refer to your ‘project’ as part of your creative output, doesn’t mean it’s in any way a positive contribution on the whole.

    Here’s how I see this working…..

    Fledgling blogger trying to make it big online build his blog.
    Gets a few RSS readers. Makes a little noise.
    Scot the crook introduces himself, as someone else, a successful blogger, of course – not as himself, as we can all see already.
    Refers fledgling to RSSxplos….com, saying how great it was when ‘he got started’.
    Fledgling pays Scot, who’s quite happy to take the money and run.

    Am I right so far?

    Now, say Fledgling actually makes something of his blog, and turns a monthly income out of it. What happens then Scot? Do you really expect us to believe you’ll just sit back and smile and give yourself a pat on the back for being helpful? Or would you do what I think you’d do – Use that purchase of RSS subs by Fledgling to effectively bully/blackmail more money/linkbacks/reviews and whatnot?

    I don’t know – I’m not a blogger, but I know enough about people to know when someone’s a crooked fuck. And you’re it my man.

    Gilberticus

  41. RSS Xplosion says:

    Gilbert,
    My point is my ISP doesn’t care if I contact people through e-mail forms and I’m sure they keep a good log of activity that goes on through their pipes.

    As far as your second idea– that’s just crossing the line of legality and nobody ever brought up blackmail and extortion until you’ve come along.

    Good theories though, and a solid idea– though I don’t and wouldn’t participate in illegal activities / scams.

  42. Gilberticus says:

    Your professional integrity is highly suspect right from the offset Scot. You still skirt around your deceitful impersonation of someone else when contacting John Cow, John Chow et al. You’ve ignored that one repeatedly. And don’t think that it can be passed off lightly either – It’s easy to see your motives, and they’re nothing but dishonest.

    The very nature of your business is to promote deceitful practices by unscrupulous bloggers. You’re effectively enouraging others to profit (in more than monetary terms I guess) by misleading advertisers, subscribers and contributors regarding the readership figures. You’ve not refuted this, and I can’t see how you can. Your business is to promote deceit. Your business is to facilitate dishonesty.

    As you have said yourself, my theories are good, and you think it’s a solid idea. In case anyone’s skipped it, I’ve suggested your business would be a good vehicle to abuse novice bloggers trust for a short term payoff, and that you could easily extort more from a novice should they make it big. You think that’s a solid idea. Yet you expect anyone to believe you? You, the man who’s all about telling lies in effect. Mr. Dishonesty?

    It’s a sad measure of a persons character when they willfully engage solely in dishonest practices to turn a quick buck, and that’s what you’re doing buddy. It’s just a shame there are so many other greedy shits out there who will see real merit in casting aside personal pride and self respect for the payout. But you’ll get what’s coming to you I’m sure….Karma’s a complete PITA like that.

    All I’ll say is fair play to Cow for calling you out on this. Sometimes there’s more to it than ‘making money online’, and the cow knows it.

    Gilberticus.

  43. A Nony Mouse says:

    I’d like to know what John Chow thinks of all this. :???:

  44. Mike Huang says:

    WOW….just Wow….that’s all I have to say.

    -Mike

  45. -Paul says:

    I think Scot knows what he is doing is fundamentally wrong, and would admit it if asked in very simple terms. He is the one who has to live his conscience. As a co-owner of MEW, I could also lie and cheat about pages sold, bullshit about up-coming marketing etc etc to make everybody believe we are making a fortune and build the hype, but I enjoy a good night sleep every night.

  46. [...] your RSS reader subscription is low) to increase your RSS subscribers, by paying for fake readers. JohnCow.com has a good post detailing about this [...]

  47. Allyn Paul says:

    To: Xplosion subscriber salesman…so are the RSS subsribers you generate real people or just free email addresses you set up? IOW–will anyone actually read the feed ever?
    Once you answer this, I will have more questions for you. Wanna play?

  48. Angel says:

    “Blogs aren’t credible. Blogs aren’t quoted in newspapers or any other form of journalism for that precise reason.”

    They are occasionally quoted in newspapers and there is also something called “citizen journalism” that you obviously aren’t aware of. See the recent events in Myanmar for further information, or even the coup in Thailand.

  49. [...] A John Chow impersonator stopped by the site last night to let me know about a new blog service. They used my contact form using the name John Chow with someone else’s email address. I almost died laughing when I saw that they were dumb enough to use their own email address. Wouldn’t you use John Chow’s if you wanted to look legit? John Cow (not Chow) stopped by to tell me that they also left him an bogus email. I’m not going to link to the fakers or even tell you who it was because they don’t deserve any recognition, but you can read about it on John Cow, where the Cow gave them the stupid cow award. [...]

  50. Allyn Paul says:

    On other note to the Dumb Ass subscriber salesman.
    “Chicklet” is spelled wrong on your site. Isn’t it ironic that you can’t even spell in the same vein as you are marketing? Novice!!!!! :razz: :roll:
    (See Cow’s screen shot above to see Dumb Ass Salesman’s incorrect spelling.)

  51. RSS Xplosion says:

    @Allyn
    I’m not a RSS Salesman.
    I won’t go into detail per the exact algorithm and system, but lets look at the big picture and realize what this service is doing for you rather than call me on a spelling mistake. Good call though, maybe I will change it next time I update the website.

    – Scot

  52. Prince John says:

    Hey RSS Explosion,

    Do you honestly think bloggers have no credibility?

    And, you choose to do business with the exact group of people you think and preach are devoid of credibility.

    It is too tough to digest.

    BTW, no one will miss the credibility you have already built for yourself.

    You sure did design your website nice.

  53. Allyn Paul says:

    To RSS salesman…don’t you get it? You not knowing how to spell “Chicklet” is like a used car salesman not knowing how to spell “Chevrolet” ROFL! :lol:

    Once again: are there REAL people who get the feeds you supply, yes or no?

  54. blackysky says:

    after buying visitor then back link then anchor for thos backlink then comment and now rss subscriber.. what’s next .. ..PR, Stumble, digg, facebook and myspace friend.. twitter friends….mybloglog communities fake number wow … people can really get crazy .. I thought John cow could go low :evil: :lol: but this one beat everything I saw .. it is just a blog cool off

  55. RSS Xplosion says:

    @ Prince John
    Bloggers have plenty of credibility. Blogs (especially in the Make Money Online Realm) on the other hand, have no credibility to the mainstream media. That’s all I was saying. Of course bloggers have personal credibility. I’m a blogger and realize that myself.

    @ Allyn
    It’s not that I do not know how to spell the word, it’s that sometimes when you’re creating a website with lots of literature overnight, you may have a few typos.

    And, it doesn’t matter about the subscribers. I won’t reveal trade secrets whether they be real people or not. You’re still missing out on the big picture…

  56. tony gee says:

    LOL..talk about a good swift kick to the stones. Well worth it.Have a hankie and keep on crying who ever you are.

  57. Prince John says:

    Mainstream media is dying ;)

  58. [...] to John Cow and Garry Conn, and my recent brush with an unsavory incident, I decided to write something [...]

  59. Neil Duckett says:

    @ Tony Gee ….. `have a hankie and keep on crying` …gold my friend!

  60. Wayne Liew says:

    This is MADNESS! Everything from traffic to now, RSS subscription numbers can be flawed. Money does all the magic here. Will there be any more space more bloggers with pure quality.

    Maybe we should let this dude do his business, do what he likes to do. I know he will get business (perhaps many) but what goes around comes around, we shall see… :mrgreen: Actually, I quite like the way you pitch probloggers, daring and skilful explanation after everything was poked out of your bag. :mrgreen:

  61. Allyn Paul says:

    To exploded RSS hawker: I see your point about readership building credibility. Would-be readers want to be a part of something successful, and a big number showing on the RSS readers box draws them in. It’s the bandwagon theory. (I do real marketing on the outside)
    However, anything that is faked will eventually come crashing down. Don’t you know that print media outlets get fined and sued over inflating subscriber numbers?
    Finally, I am not asking for your proprietary secrets. I am asking “are real people getting the feed and reading it” when you generate them.
    Why woul you not offer full disclosure unless you know you are shady?

  62. Fatgadget says:

    @RSS Explosion

    If blogs have no credability, how come the likes of Darrewn Rowse, John Chow and Shoemoney are all accepted by the mainstream media and have all been featured in large publications?

    How come one article on Engadget (all be it wrong), sent Apple’s stock into a nosedive on the stock exchanges around the world

    You talk about marketing in one of your earlier posts, is it good marketing to state that the very people you are trying to obtain as your customers have no credability to the mainstream media.

    The only one lacking any credability here is you and your pathetic attempt to manipulate a useful tool for bloggers and itwould be interesting to see how Google and Feedburner view ‘unique service’

    Rather than attempting to scam something, why dont you put your time and effort into something that would actually be of a benefit to people.

  63. chipseo says:

    I would have to agree, to say that blogs have no credibility is throwing a big blanket over a lot of people’s hard work. As I recall, the BlogWorld Expo looked like it was a huge success, and I am gaging that from the live news reports from Fox News as they reported from the floor of the convention.

    Everyone may not care for FNC but I would say they are pretty legit, and they interviewed a bunch of bloggers and carried the story for several days.

    There are more blogs than just MMO blogs, and many of them have a ton of credibility in the main stream media, not to mention the ones already spoken for above. Scott

  64. A Nony Mouse says:

    Does anyone even care about the # of RSS subscribers? I don’t use the “counter” chicklet for the same reason that I don’t use a hit counter. In my opinion, neither of them are particularly credible since they can be so easily faked.

    Why bother with this chump’s hack when you can just stick up a gif that says you’ve got 50,000 RSS subscribers? Anyone who is going to subscribe to a blog “because everyone else does” isn’t going to bother to see if the subscriber count is legit, so a spoofed count will work just as well and you won’t tick off Feedburner.

  65. [...] else that just came up is a new money making scheme exposed by an article, This Months Stupid Cow Award, and Being A Fake Is Harmful For Millions of People Who Want To Learn How To Make Money Online, [...]

  66. Maybe this should end so that the RSS Explosion guy doesn’t get anymore exposure on this thread

  67. Julio Medina says:

    Why would you pay for “fake” readers? If you are that “desperate” for readers you can create fake accounts on your own for free. But here is a great alternative. Blog about stuff people are interested in and attract your own crowd! I know that sounds out there, LOL but maybe if you need “fake readers” you should not be blogging. :roll: :!: :shock: :smile: :mrgreen:

  68. Frank C says:

    It’s pretty obvious that this kind of thing can be done easily through email subscriptions.

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  70. fatgadget says:

    @ Frank C

    It could be done easily, I suspect that what he is doing is using one domain name and the email coming through to catchall, then he just clicks on the feedburner confirmation in the email and the subscriber is live.

    Just one problem, when the person or company who is buying your blog wan’ts full details of your rss subscribers how do you explain the 10,000 subscribers on the same domain name ?

    :roll:

  71. jessica says:

    Wait just a cotton pickin’ second. That email I got from John Chow wasn’t real? Next thing I know, you’ll be telling me that the check I sent to Nigeria to help me claim my dead relative’s money is a scam. Good think I bought the Brooklyn Bridge last week.

    To me, if you change your email name to be someone else, and use their identity to falsly promote you business – everything that comes of that is fruit from the poisonous tree.

    If you can’t get people to consider your product or service without misleading them – how good can it be?

  72. Prince John says:

    Author: A Nony Mouse
    Comment:
    Does anyone even care about the # of RSS subscribers? I don’t use the “counter” chicklet for the same reason that I don’t use a hit counter. In my opinion, neither of them are particularly credible since they can be so easily faked.

    Sure, Nony Mouse, it will be time for to take the RSS subscriber count off the subscription chicklet. That number just lose its shine and legit bloggers too will have to answer questions like how many of these subscribers are ‘real’.

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  74. TDave says:

    While I think faking/semi-faking an email is ridiculous, let’s not forget the little hoax you and John Chow pulled about someone threatening a lawsuit against johncow.com. Did you get the first Stupid Cow award for that one :?:

    P.S. What’s up with prechecking the “subscribe to comments by email” box without even labeling it?

  75. John Cow says:

    Thanks for the warning TDave, seems that plugin is broken. And no, we didn’t win the award for that little joke. But thanks for thinking of us!

  76. [...] Scot you win the stupid cow award. read more about it at johncow.com [...]

  77. Lol that’s a nice expose :)

  78. Jon Waraas says:

    I wish the kid didn’t use my service (buyblogcomments) in his email. Its like he is trying to feed off all the bad hype my company produced.

    I really don’t like how he used John Chow. Not very creative at all, now a lot of people wont take his new company serious.

  79. Jamaipanese says:

    an award well deserved :evil:

  80. [...] with himself for the stupid cow of the month award. Just after we said that it would be hard to top his stupidity, he proves us wrong with yet another email. This time it’s a receipt that states that [...]

  81. Rampantheart says:

    I didn’t know such people even existed!Thanks a lot for bringing such shameful act into the limelight!I stumbled upon this post and i must say i find your weblog very interesting!;)

  82. John Chow is gonna be furious with these buffoons, I’m sure he doesn’t condone any such behaviour.

  83. [...] of quality, but they are not a replacement for real authority and valuable content! Certainly not worth paying a dollar per fake subscriber like some services are [...]

  84. [...] today we don’t have any. No outrageous scandals to gossip about either. Nothing to brag about, no silly photos to post. There’s not [...]

  85. Indra Diky says:

    i don’t care about scot and his stupid idea.

  86. [...] is welcome to participate in this little project, but if your name is Scot Smith, you’ll most likely get auto-disqualified [...]

  87. Great job for exposing that stupid site.

  88. Jenny says:

    *sings* how low can you go?!

  89. [...] I could do better than that. Unlike that twit, however, I won’t act like a jackass on the John Cow [...]

  90. [...] else that just came up is a new money making scheme exposed by an article, This Months Stupid Cow Award, and Being A Fake Is Harmful For Millions of People Who Want To Learn How To Make Money Online, [...]

  91. [...] the guys from RSSxplosion.com and their spamming techniques. You can find everything about it in This month Stupid Cow Award, a post written in the already famous mooish [...]

  92. [...] site without 50-60 real RSS subscribers, the rest of which have been purchased from a service like RSSxplosion.com (I wont provide a link to them. Cut and paste it [...]

  93. Mr. Rajawang says:

    That is a unique but stupid idea..rss subscriber for sale. What next? PR for sale? :razz:

  94. almir says:

    sad thing is they not really worried about it because their looking to make a quick buck than they go ahead and come up with another great idea but yet terrible one since it will fake out others

  95. almir says:

    i certainly agree i find it wrong considering its terrible for anyone to use such practices in order to gain or benefit from them

  96. almir says:

    well think of it in this way many things online are so just be on the look out for such practices