John Chow Blog Demolished – Turkish Hacker Attack or Ultimate Link Bait?

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  • Written on: April 12th, 2007

The blog of John Chow, a Technorati top 100 blogger mysteriously went offline yesterday. This is highly unusual for a man who makes his living by marketing on the Internet, and reportedly may be the result of an attack by the “Turkish Hacker” who defaced Shoemoney’s blog a few months ago.

John Chow makes a name for himself by pushing the line between whitehat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and blackhat SEO by finding ways to manipulate online systems to his financial advantage. He has at one time or another been banned by sites like Digg, Technorati (but was later reinstated) and others.

While his activities may skirt the boundaries of acceptability by some, the data he collects and distributes from his blog is an invaluable help to others who want to know how far they bend the rules before breaking them. So it would not be beyond the realm of possibility that Chow would take his own site down, blame it on the famous Turkish Hacker and then reap the whirlwind of backlinks from the blogosphere.

Time will tell whether he was actually attacked by a hacker, or if this is yet another Chow game of Internet chess.

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