Are the Big MMO Blogs Feeling Threatened by Growing Competition?

Interesting question, isn’t it?

Take John Chow dot Com, for example. No more Top Commentators are listed, reportedly due to “database issues.” No more monthly blog income reports either. And, Friday came this guest post by Bob Jones trying to dissuade newcomers from starting new MMO* blogs.

While it may be true that 90% of the MMO blogs out there are garbage, that’s probably true in just about every niche. There are countless blogs out there and many of them aren’t worth reading.

Likewise, something like 9 out of 10 new businesses fail. Should we discourage people from starting new businesses?

Why discourage people from starting new MMO blogs, unless you’re worried about competition? Could that be the ulterior motive here? It’s anyone’s guess.

If you want to start your own MMO, go ahead! The thing is, though, don’t just try to do what everyone else is doing. Check out the other MMO blogs and figure out how you can do them one better.

*MMO = Make Money Online

13 comments on “Are the Big MMO Blogs Feeling Threatened by Growing Competition?
  1. John Chow says:

    Thanks for the post. I am not discouraging anyone from starting a MMO blog. Bob is free to post what he wants and his opinion are his own and may not match up with mine. However, I do agree with Bob that you should blog about something that you know and are passionate about.

  2. Dan,

    You read my mind. I was getting ready to post the same thing. I was also wondering why the Top Commentators disappeared from the sidebar. That is one of the plugins that John Chow recommends in his ebook.


  3. pete says:

    Thanks for the e-book, I’ll give it a read.

    Regarding Bob’s post, the word “irony” comes to mind.

  4. Dan:

    Nice e-book that contain many good inspiration quotes.

    I have never pay attention on the Top Commentators section on John Chow’s blog. They are useless to me. What is useful is how John Chow became who he is today.

    I have learned lessens from John Chow. It’s not because how he makes money online. It’s because how he transforms himself into the leader of MMO. I do believe that there are many competitions going after John, but I do believe that most of them will fail.

    I believe that John Chow has a bigger plan. He is definitely going after big money ($200K/m) or even huge money ($2M/M) instead of OK money ($40/M).

    Personally, I don’t care how much money John has made. It’s not the point. It’s the progress he is making that makes me wanting to stick with his blog. I won’t personally reveal how rich I am, because that won’t help other people getting rich anyway.

    I think it’s a wise choice that John Chow don’t reveal his income. I would love to see what he is going to do for the next big things. Changing is not a bad thing.

  5. dcr says:

    Lots of people are passionate about making money, whether online or not. πŸ˜‰ Of course, not as many of them know a lot about it.

  6. dcr says:

    The “database issues” was John Chow’s actual answer on his blog. I keep pointing it out because I just happened to be on the list when he took it down. πŸ˜‰

  7. dcr says:

    I read John Chow’s blog almost every day.

    I’m not going to do my monthly blog income reports forever either. πŸ˜‰ I think having it for a while does help to show other people that it is possible to make money blogging. Of course, you still will have people that think everyone’s making it all up. I’m sure some are!

    By the way, did you notice which of John Chow’s tips I used for this post? πŸ˜‰

  8. I like John Chow- he’s pretty amiable in person and he’s one of the few people I want to know what they are eating… ;0)

  9. dcr says:

    Should Elvis be worried? πŸ˜‰

  10. Debo Hobo says:

    He does eat well.

  11. doug m says:

    hopefully the big MMO blogs will look at the smaller ones and post more meaningful content relating to the expertise they’ve gained instead of rehashing old information just to stay on top

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