I have always preferred reading shoemoney (link removed in response to Shoemoney removing link over johnchow.com. Why? I always felt he knew his stuff a bit more than John. I also hated the cheating attitude of John.
This most recent RSS contest has left me with a sick (exaggerated a bit) taste in my mouth from Jeremy Schoemaker and the lack of explanation. I don’t have the exact numbers on the RSS contest but here is what happened for those that don’t know and I will also go into why I don’t like it.
John from what I could tell wasn’t cheating but beating Jeremy fair and square. At the end of the month he was really beating him where Shoemaker couldn’t catch up.
Then BAM, Shoemoney.com throws up an astounding number and all believe that Schoemaker had been hiding his number by putting a Feedburner graphic that was lower than what he really had. Schoemaker did always put in the saying… time will tell who really won with quality subscribers. This is his way of getting out of this all.
Then the problems started showing. Shoemoney.com’s numbers dropped dramatically. I let John know and he knew something was fishy and he said he was having dinner with Jeremy and would beat him up (jokingly). Today Shoemoney is below what JohnChow.com is showing and JohnChow started with a couple of thousand less than Jeremy. Good job Chow.
None-the-less Jeremy cheated. I would have been fine if he laughed about it sooner than now and gave a good explanation of what he did. He didn’t. He took the winnings (link on JohnChow.com) and hasn’t said anything.
I would bet that he will do this soon, but I hate it that it went this long. It was funny for a day or two, but to continue for longer is something I don’t like.
He will come out I am sure in the coming days and clarify, but from an avid Shoemoney.com fan (who did subscribe), I am turned off knowing that JohnChow the cheater didn’t cheat.
I will be called a Shoemoney hater I am sure, but I am not. I am an avid reader. I would have liked an explanation although I am not owed one. Just would have been nice and interesting for sure on how he did it.
Oh well, who cares I suppose. I will tell you my whopping 130+ subscribers are all real.
So what is your take? Should you cheat to win?
*** update from John Chow *** John emailed me tonight saying this:
He told me how he did it and asked that it be kept just between us so I doubt he will be revealing how it was done on his blog.
So don’t expect anything from Shoemoney.com tomorrow about how he did it. Also the h8r post may be gone. Only time will tell. It is set to run tomorrow last we knew.
*** Update from Jeremy Schoemaker Jeremy has emailed me tonight and as of right now it looks lie he is not going to make the post tomorrow.