unH4cked

Written by Jason Katzenback on November 7th, 2007
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Nooooooo, we weren’t hacked! Just a little joke to get the message across about how important it is to get your blog backed up. Seems we’re now once again the scum of the earth etc. Bad cows! So anyway, we hope we didn’t cause any permanent trauma to any of our sensitive readers. We’re still here to brighten up your long and boring days at the office, school or perhaps you’re just bored at home –even though it might be a bit sad to get your kicks from a blogging cow :twisted:

Turns out we actually have at least 13 die-hard fans that really love us. For the rest of you that were waiting for some cow well done –there won’t be a BBQ today! Here’s the list of cool people that donated a dollar to save the day! (we didn’t get links from all of you guys, but if you drop us a quick email, we’ll add them)

We really didn’t do it for the $100 or thought it to be linkbait. We just think that it doesn’t have to be the 1st of April to play pranks. And our adorable advertisers needn’t worry, you will all receive your full 31 days obviously.

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So what’s new today? Well we’re in pain. Even though the gym workout was great yesterday, our backs are disagreeing today :???: But we have to push on to get in shape again. Only two months left before we can be spotted on the scorching sands of Western Australia’s beaches. Going to the gym 3 times a week again after a year of couch potato-ing can is proving a tough job. Guess we don’t have much choice if we don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb eh?

We’d like to thank a couple of our sponsors though. They made it possible that we had some cash to spend on a ‘gadget’ that every self respecting dot com moogul should have — a back massaging shiatsu chair! Probably the best investment we’ve made this year. Blogging seems to have become a breeze, having the chair do it’s work while we type. All the stress that being a famoos A-list blogger brings with it disappears like snow before the sun. We love it — most definitely 100% John Cow Approved!

Anyway, we’re gonna double the $13 we’ve gotten through donations and give it away to a random someone. Just leave a comment and we might pick you tomorrow. And once again we apologize to all of those who didn’t get their daily dose of dairy!

(PS if you’re really upset, we thought that cownapper@johncow.com as paypal address would say it all…)

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85 Responses to “unH4cked”

  1. Would you consider this content to be valuable to you personally? If the answer is yes, you are definitely on the right track and your linkbaiting efforts will not be in vain. Linkbait examples: Secret Google Admin Area Lets You Change Search RankingsunH4ckedGeorge Bush – Great President or Greatest President Ever?

  2. little joke as claimed by the owner

  3. H4acked”, indicating Turkish Data Processing Military had taken the Cow blog over. The tactic was to show people just what might happen should you not have your blog backed up. Bloggers blogged about the “security breach” too, so it helped John Cow quite a bit. And John Cow was able to teach readers the valuable lesson he wanted to illustrate in a creative way on his blog (as well as make 1 easy blog post called “H4cked”).

  4. ’t reap the benefits. Instead of trying to figure out how to rehash the same old stuff all over again spend some time figuring a way to be innovative. Prime example of innovation at work would beJohn Cow’s being *cough, cough* hacked. How did it turn out for Mr. Cow? Not bad at all from what I’m seeing. Innovation drives success. This is especially true in saturated markets like blogging. Build strong relationships There is no substitue for building strong relationships with

  5. ass is parked in there for the best part of the day. Make sure you find a chair that fits you well. Obviously recommended is a chair that can adjust in height, rotates and has arm rests. We’ve taken it a step further and ‘installed’ a electricback massage device. (it’s really just some sort of pillow that goes over the back of your chair) Besides the iMac, this must be one of the best buys we’ve made in 2007. If you’re back feels tense and strained from sitting in that chair the whole day, 20 minutes of

  6. account that got hacked which caused a stir in the blogging community. If i remember correctly, it was a group of Turkish hackers that got our attention after they sent out a deliberate answer to who is behind all these. We got to also remember howJohn Cow used this news to his advantageby creating linkbait contest giving away $100 telling others his blog just got hacked! I am sure Darren is ethical and will not have to resort to such ways to receive backlinks for his blog.

  7. account that got hacked which caused a stir in the blogging community. If i remember correctly, it was a group of Turkish hackers that got our attention after they sent out a deliberate answer to who is behind all these. We got to also remember howJohn Cow used this news to his advantageby creating linkbait contest giving away $100 telling others his blog just got hacked! I am sure Darren is ethical and will not have to resort to such ways to receive backlinks for his blog.

  8. Fatgadget says:

    Welcome back Mr Moo!

    I thought it was quite funny myself :lol:

  9. Meh. Good linkbait but you’ve probably upset more folks than anything. Although there’s at least 10-12 articles on the top of Google when you search for John Cow Hacked.

  10. Jamie Harrop says:

    It’s good to see the Cow back. Give it a month, and I’m sure somebody will conduct a survey to see just how many bloggers are now backing up their blogs after seeing your reminder. :)

  11. Michael says:

    Yay! You’re back!!

    I was worried for a while and if you didn’t come back soon I would have donated $100 myself.

    Oh, and thanks for the 31 days — appreciate it!

  12. Heads up.. got a php error when attempting to post a comment. Not sure if it was isolated or not.

  13. Hyder says:

    Testing a comment for php error.

  14. Ad Tracker says:

    Hmm…. I wonder if I’m elligible for this one?

    Oh well, worth a shot ;)

  15. K-IntheHouse says:

    Welcome back.. glad it was just a joke! The $100 ransom money was a giveaway although I couldn’t be sure! :mrgreen:

  16. Mike Huang says:

    THE MOO IS BACK! :)

    Anyways, if you guys were really “HACKED”, it would mean they got into your Cpanel. If you view your e-mails through the Cpanel, they wouldn’t been able to create that @johncow.com e-mail :???:

    Well…1-2 days of not seeing John Cow post the daily dairy, I really thought you guys got hacked :sad:

  17. Contest Beat says:

    Was wondering what the deal was!

  18. Allyn Paul says:

    I was afraid to click on anything for fear someone might jack up my free blogger account! :razz:

  19. Indra Diky says:

    Glad that you’re back! But it was a good joke :p BTW, could u change my name above to Indra Diky plz. Thank you.

  20. MrGPT says:

    Good ‘ol linkbait :) .
    Nice job!

  21. that was one very good ransom note :D

  22. madringo says:

    You should invest in some ‘Bovine Blog Bouncers’, keep those hackers at bay :lol:

  23. James says:

    I want this chair :-) I bought a president chair with internet money a while back and that was really a good investment!

  24. mubin says:

    $26 here I come.

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  26. Rebecca says:

    You were really hacked, by no other than John Chow himself!

  27. Turk Hit Box says:

    I was actually the first one to post and you didn’t list me :(
    http://www.turkhitbox.com/general/cow-is-hacked.html

  28. Turk Hit Box says:

    And, I was the one who mailed the people on the list at first place. I deserve to be on the list :D

  29. Roberta says:

    Welcome back, cow! I thought it was a cute idea….. these kinds of things keep us on our toes…..very cute :)

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  31. Court says:

    Hahaha I knew it! When I saw it I figured it was marketing genius at work yet again. Lol you’re a sneaky sucker cow. :twisted:

  32. Chanya says:

    Great way to prove a point. You probably got lots of backlinks as a result.

    Wonder how many people thought this was real?

  33. Ellie says:

    This was a great reminder to all bloggers to back up your blog! I use WordPress Database Backup, which can be set to backup on a set schedule!

  34. Neil Duckett says:

    Good to see the site back.

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  36. Rock says:

    I did click on the paypal address to see where it lead, and as soon as I saw the address I started laughing. The cow has done it again.

    I find it funny that some people are actually offended by this prank.

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  38. Angel says:

    I thought it was quite funny. We all knew what it was, which is why I don’t understand how people could be so upset over the matter.

  39. Haha great linkbait! I was one of the donators :razz:

  40. Profit Baron says:

    Good to see the cow back in action! Nice linkbait though :lol:

  41. Rajiv says:

    Hey why are you giving the donations away?.
    Develop some good dairy product COW dude !. :lol:

  42. Steven says:

    People will be people and some get upset over pointless things all the time.

  43. Joe says:

    Great idea, John Cow! I didn’t think it was hacked, but it was good enough for me to subscribe to your feed! Haha, I’m looking forward to this! Maybe I will win!

  44. Kenneth says:

    It was funny and not one would ever thought about it except you the evil cow. How should I say this, you made me more and more love you.

  45. bloggernoob says:

    It was funny and an original marketing idea. im sure alot of people will copy it.

  46. It was pretty funny

  47. mahdi yusuf says:

    hahaha here is my go at the 26 dollars! :twisted:

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  49. Teejay says:

    I thought it was brilliant.

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  51. shy guy says:

    Good chair for you..
    Maybe I’ll buy one..

  52. LinkBait says:

    Welcome back. I loved the stunt and I’m sure you’ve gotten a ton of new inbound links because of it.

  53. bmunch says:

    I thought that was brilliant linkbait marketing, though with the paypal button, it might offend some sensitive readers.

    Lighten up, folks.

  54. Wayne Liew says:

    Hopefully I can get some extra cash.. :mrgreen:

  55. betshopboy says:

    Welcome back Cow! For a couple of days and nights, children of the world were without their daily milk!

    If the site got down any longer, they might suffer from calcium deficiency :sad:

  56. Indra Diky says:

    What’s next Kidnapped by alien? :mrgreen:

  57. Seems some people cant take a joke :) Good job, very creative!

  58. Yea Yea whatever, just send me the money :mrgreen:

    *good linkbait though.

  59. miffy_the_rabbit says:

    :lol: how anyone who fell for this can actually make money online astonishes me

  60. Julie says:

    I thought it was hilarious. People seriously need to lighten up. :smile:

  61. James says:

    I thought it was pretty funny and original :mrgreen:

  62. jerrykhoo says:

    Knew it was stunt the moment I saw the pretty newspaper cutout ransom note. Tot it was pretty fun and something the Cow would do. Remember the stunt that the Cows were being sued not too long back? :lol:

    Not sure if you have developed a “cry wolf” personality. What happens if something really happens to our dear Cow and your readers still think it’s a joke? :twisted:

  63. McBilly says:

    Slick move Cow. One of the best moves ever. Hehe. Plus it got me a few laughs. :lol:

  64. Deborah Dera says:

    Hahah! Too funny – and even funnier that people are writing about it but refusing to give you links (as though it’s difficult to find http://www.johncow.com and bring you traffic anyway). Ho hum to the bored and the boring!

  65. NSpeaks says:

    btw that paypal address could be of the hacker also if you would really have been hacked. Hacker needed only 5 minutes to create that fake id. :lol: and add it to his paypal account. :twisted:

  66. Jorge says:

    Welcome back! I’m in.

  67. Ryan says:

    Lol, nice joke. I found this from a link at Sitepoint http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513102

    Very funny joke and I’m now a subscriber :)

  68. Etienne Teo says:

    That looked like a pretty cool chair you got for yourself. I guess that trick fooled a number of others.

  69. mcangeli says:

    Nice one. I wonder if that would work on a regular domain….

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    :mrgreen: Nice Joke, Thank you.

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  82. Michael says:

    Yay! You're back!!

    I was worried for a while and if you didn't come back soon I would have donated $100 myself.

    Oh, and thanks for the 31 days — appreciate it!