SEO Flipfloper, ShoeMoney Origin, What If I Was Broke Tomorrow & More

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questionsGeez big batch of questions this monday…

Are you a SEO or not? You say you are not yet sometimes you say you are? SEO FLIPFLOPER!

I just learned what SEO was about 1.5 years ago… or so… I am intrigued by some aspects of SEO. I just try to focus on building quality service oriented websites and let the search engines rank them where they may. I really focus on viral traffic. Most of my websites traffic comes from people direct (they book mark it or make it there start page) which I will take over a SEO ranking any day of the week.

Here is a funny story.. the first SEO conference I ever went to I went up to the SEO INC booth and took there “SEO Challenge”. Basically they ask you what your website is and what you want to rank for then they tell you how much they will charge you to make you rank better. Anyway I told them my site name and said I wanted to be #1 for “ringtones”. At that time I was #2. The lady had this look on her face like she was pissed and she said “get out of her”. I said “What you cant help me?” and she was seriously mad and was like “no get out of here”. My friends Jason and Stewart (who I met at digitalpoint forums) could not stop laughing.

So am I a practicing SEO. I would say YES – I think its hard to be a successful web developer and not do SEO even if you don’t know the terms or the industry.

Am I a professional SEO – NO WAY.

Hopefully that clears up that issue….

I have a off the wall question. Where does ShoeMoney come from? From your last name Shoemaker I assume?

Actually my last name is spelled Schoemaker no worries tho many people make the same mistake ;)

I was working at Happy Joes in my home town Moline Illinios and I was always the designated pizza cutter. I was also very influenced by Rap music as a youth and used to rap/rhyme at work all the time. Well one year at our christmas party they got me a shirt that said “ShoeMoney On The Cut”. Kind of like a DJ Cutting records only I was just cutting pizzas ;) Anyway thats how that started.

Lets pretend that you just woke tomorrow and you have 20$ to your name and zero websites but you know what you know and you have to earn money or your family starves. What do you do?

Its amazing how much I get this question… Ok serious answer.

1) I would get a 9-5 job somewhere.. even if it was at Mc Donald’s but I would hope someone would hire me with benefits. I gotta put food on the table for my family and need security FIRST PRIORITY.

2) In the offtime – Right now there is a super hot deal on AzoogleAds (look ma no affilaite link) for “Dada Mobile dating” that pays 20$ per lead (valentines week special ) …. I am seeing a average EPC of almost 2$ on this offer. We are absolutly killing i with this offer but to bad its short lived… I think the special 20$ cpa only lasts for this week. I would get coupons off of ebay or digitalpoint for like 100$ free adwords or adcenter for 5$ and get after it in my spare time.

(btw the 2nd part of this offer is always changing… sometimes weekly ;) PPC is a crazy game. I know im probably shooting myself in the foot (again) but this dating deal is only good for this week so.. bring it =P

What is the cockiest thing you ever said to someone in person?

One time while my wife was a resident we attended some work shindig for her… one of her asshole staff doctors asked me what I did. I said that I made websites. He kind of snickered and said ohh can you make any money at that? I said, “well while sleeping tonight I will probably make more then you will working all week” … I know I am bad =(

Why Do You Always defend Jason Calacanis? Its like you bail Him out ever time he hangs himself (and piss off your seo friends)

I guess I understand where he is coming from because like him I also try concentrate on building good quality websites and let the search engines sort them out. I think its important to point that out. HOWEVER he goes off the deep end and well I dont agree with that part of it.

(BTW I have asked Calacanis to come on my radio show 2x even before all this SEO crap and he has never responded)

Being that you are in the Technorati top 100 can you tell me how much traffic you get from the pr7 link?

Hmmm Traffic wise it doesn’t even show up on the top 1,000 referrals… PRESS wise I am contacted probably once a week fro m a news paper, TV station or radio station and when I ask them how they heard of me they usually always say the Technorati top 100 list.

Each Monday I am going to try to take some questions asked to me in email and here on the blog and answer them. I call the answer part the “Shoemoney answer� mainly because I do not know if its right or wrong but its what I think based on my experience so far.

24 thoughts on “SEO Flipfloper, ShoeMoney Origin, What If I Was Broke Tomorrow & More

  1. Chad

    One time while my wife was a resident we attended some work shindig for her… one of her asshole staff doctors asked me what I did. I said that I made websites. He kind of snickered and said ohh can you make any money at that? I said, “well while sleeping tonight I will probably make more then you will working all week�

    Haha, that’s awesome Shoe. I’m a senior medical student myself and the other residents and attending physicians can get very cocky at times. I’m really glad you put that asshole in his place. It’s funny how web-illiterate most of them are.

  2. Jan

    Totally sweet post!

    We gotta hear more stories like these!

    Anyway I told them my site name and said I wanted to be #1 for “ringtones�. At that time I was #2. The lady had this look on her face like she was pissed and she said “get out of her�. I said “What you cant help me?� and she was seriously mad and was like “no get out of here�. My friends Jason and Stewart (who I met at digitalpoint forums) could not stop laughing.

    Oow, I would love to have seen the schmuck smile on your face! Lol! It must cause some nice situations when you are actually amongst the top of the bill!

    Still striving and working on that!

  3. Kiley

    “well while sleeping tonight I will probably make more then you will working all week�

    That is it right there!
    That will shut anybody down in a heartbeat.

    Hilarious.

  4. CPA Affiliates

    “well while sleeping tonight I will probably make more then you will working all week�

    Thats awesome man the funny thing is IT is the truth and not just you but many of us in the internet biz.

  5. Gopi

    I get questions like that doc in many gatherings and i would always tempted to throw an answer like yours but then i would have to listen to their “how i can make money online like you” naggings!…

    So i act humble and just say i make enough to make the ends meet :)

  6. SUP3RNOVA

    Hey Shoe, funny post :).

    Just wanted to also let you know that a couple things in the blog don’t load up perfect (template wise) on my computer. Granted I’m using an awful iBook G4 14″ screen, but the “What Do You Think” at the top gets a little messed, and the “Comment This” at the bottom doesn’t fit perfectly either. Just email me if you want a screen shot or something, even though I know I’m in the 1% demographic who uses an outdated Mac, 1% for Shoemoney is quite a bit.

  7. Kn10

    “well while sleeping tonight I will probably make more then you will working all week”

    Haha, good work Shoe. There are so so many asshole doctors (dentists too) who are so full of their own bullshit. Nice to see you put one in his place. :D

  8. Kris

    “…Right now there is a super hot deal on AzoogleAds…”

    How do you get such information ?
    Is just because you have e.g. email notification from azoogleads or you found it on a forum ?

  9. Dan Root

    I worked at Happy Joes up in Clinton, Iowa….

    Gotta love the Happy Joes Special… and I was a “Pizza Artist”. HAHA. Keep up the great work Shoe!

  10. David Bain

    The problem is that people pushing product launches have hijacked the name “Internet Marketing”. And that’s just not right!!!
    These people are no more than product pushers – and in my opinion the real Internet marketers are those who know the subject inside out.
    SEO is just SEO. Aimed at search engines.
    Internet marketing is EVERYTHING else – including SEO, but more importantly focusing on whatever is important for an individual businesses’ strategy.
    ShoeMoney – in my opinion you’re a professional Internet Marketing Consultant and it’s time to claim back the name! :)

  11. Stufferbox

    Hi Shoemoney how are you?. I do some SEO thecniques in my natural language spanish but it is more difficult to me when i try to do SEO in other language for example ennglish the first is that i dont know to much english to do that and second is hardest to do. I read somewhere that Google initially put you in the sandbox if your page is in english.
    I Like to much your SEO aproach and i learn from you the humble way of make SEO. If you dont know to much about SEO i can imagine what you can do if you know more.
    Thanks for all of your insights.
    StufferBox

  12. Stufferbox

    Hello Showmoney i like to much your blog and i do some SEO thecniques but i learn from you that you the humble way to aproach SEO. You say that you dont know to much. But i can imagine if you know more you will be a the King. I just start a video sharing site i see more difficult to do SEO in other language different to my natural language (spanish). Thanks for all your insights an hope to learn more from you.
    Stufferbox

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  14. Ricardo Jahncke

    Thank you so much, this was very interesting. I was actually born in Spain (I’m not telling when though!) but moved around various parts of europe and lastly settled in the UK when I was 6. I dont remember much of the few years I was in spain, but the smell of spanish food always seems to ring a bell in me or something. Funny, how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I actually found a internet site dedicated to spanish recipes, which gave me great delight and thought I ought to share with your readers. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my husband to add your website to my rss thing…

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