Forum Earnings, Cracking The Technorati top 50, and more

by Jeremy Schoemaker on February 27, 2007 · 60 comments

Here are some fun numbers.

748 – would be the unique amount of domains that linked to (according to technorati) in the last week. Most of this was due to the mybloglog hubub. This catapulted from the 70 to the 50′s in the most popular blogs on the internet. Watch out fellow elite retreat speakers Darren Rowse and Guy Kawasaki I am on your heels!!!!!

30 – is the Age of forum legend Nintendo!! Happy 30th Birthday Ninno you crazy mf’er!!

$23,000.00 is the amount SEO blackhat forums is making monthly from subscriptions!! Quadzilla makes the disclosure in this post That is some nice reoccurring revenue

4 – would be the amount of days in a row that was on diggs front page last week.

160is the hits per second we received for the noon time digg.

Unknown the amount of time the server was down… lol before you talk shit lets see you handle 140 hits per second! (we can handle it now tho)

60 is the number of days since I announced I was going to do a myspace contest.. sorry… trying to get to it when I have time.

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Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of the ShoeMoney Blog, Elite Retreat Internet Conference, & the PAR Program. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 Amazon Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. Jeremy currently lives in Lincoln Nebraska with his wife and 2 daughters.

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1 Dan

There’s no such they as bad publicity hey. So next on the agenda is to get banned by digg? :)

2 Bulbboy

Are you fancying a flutter on a new forum Shoe?

3 Stuart

Damn, quadzilla is raking in a butt-load.

4 Stuart

Maybe shoe should start posting digg exploits, now that would be something to take a look at.

5 ToddW

Who cares about 23k a month – more importantly da king of the wackos is 30… lol

6 Gary R. Hess

I don’t know about gaming but the guys who have a lot of friends just submit stories which have been submitted by 10 other people and theirs is the one who gets on the front page. This isn’t really that big of a deal because the friends feature is nice, however it is really hard for new guys to get started there.

7 John Loch

What would you do if an XPLT were made available to you ?

8 John Loch

I’m curious what drives the membership at BHSEO. I mean, I know what its about, but there must be assloads of ppl who figure, whats new ?

I reckon they should cultivate a ‘public’ forum/thread, then when enough of their members have posted (knowing its going public), throw the doors open on it for a week or so.

I’m at a level where I know more than many about ‘black hat’, and wonder if it would be of benefit to me (you put some 5 star juice in front of me and I’ll quaff it just like the next bloke)

Certainly validates what you posted about recurring subscriptions Shoe. :)

9 Ahmad Uzair

never had stats like this..wish to be like you or even better than you..

10 Dominic Hodgson

Are those dig stats regular 160hits a SECOND seems a little high shoe? (i’ve never been dugg but i’ve never seen stats that high)

11 mincus

$5000Cost to attend Elite Retreat

$450 – Cost to fly from Baltimore, MD (BWI) to Omaha, NE (OMA) to see Shoemoney, talk and pick his brain with under 25 other people at the Nebraska People Making Money Online meeting

Now, obviously there is a huge amount of value in the elite retreat – the amazing lineup of speakers, the intimate setting – but if you are looking to have the chance to meet Jeremy and make some contacts, $450 honestly seems like a steal.

12 Daniel

Do you guys remember the site that tried to game digg? looks liks it crashed down

13 Daniel

Jeremy, this is an off-topic suggestion. I would consider removing those AuctionAds from your sidebar. Every now and then there is naked woman and strange ads there, not sure how it related to your content.

14 wildbluff_matt

23K a month in subscriptions?? You weren’t kidding about recurring income flowing heavy.

15 Lee Bandoni

So with Quadzilla taking offers over $1,000,000 for his site what figure would it take to take ownership of the brand?

16 jim

23k a month… that’s some sick stuff.

17 Dastar

$100 a month subscription price. A bit pricey but I am sure it’s worth it for the black hatters.

18 Ryan

160 hits per second? Must be nice to have that kind of a problem!


160 hits per second….sick…

20 Hoodmonkey

It only lasted a second, though.

21 Kyle

I completely agree.

22 CPA Affiliates

Awesome Job on cracking Technorati man thats a Big Feat!

23 natekapi

Wow, 23k a month off the Blackhat SEO forums is awesome!! Not being a member, I actually always wondered how many people were actually signed up there and shared stuff. Looks like its 230 is the answer.

Does anyone here have access to the forums? Shoe, are you on the forum there?

24 ToddW

If you click the ad you’d see it’s some PPC ebay ad or how to make money with adsense kind of thing ;)

25 ToddW

The first rule about fight club is…. ;)

26 wildbluff_matt

$100/month? It’s probably worth it, but you’ve gotta be really serious about it.

27 jim

The only one I ever see is one in a bikini top… and it’s made me click it (but not buy anything). :)

28 jim

it’ll cost you $100 to find out

29 Brian Despain

Good point – who wants to buy a web property with 230 members? Quadzilla strikes me as a guy who is pretty upset about missing out on the first dot com wave.

30 SonicReducer

There were many of these types of sites around, but they all fail due to their own publicity. I still think it would be possible to game digg if you had a tight network of people, you would just have to keep everything private.

31 Tyler Banfield

I’ve chatted with several people about it, and although they didn’t disclose anything, they did say it’s one of the best investments that they make every month

32 Daniel

sometimes it might make the site look cheap, not something that loyal readers care, but a first time visitor might

33 Stuart

Digg is full of nerds, they have days to write algorithms to keep them from being gamed.

34 Stuart

I sure as hell wish I could be making $23,000 a month

35 Stuart

That’s a lot of money to throw, but maybe it is worth it.


Holy crap! $23k/month for forum subscriptions? I’m in the wrong business…

37 jim

But you’d need enough people and that many people can’t keep a secret… at least for longer than a day. :)

38 Marko

I got a number for you, im 747,416,635 seconds old.

39 dan

There will always be a way around whatever they put in place. There’s only so much you can do when you rely on users to control content. There will always be gaming, I think they are trying to simply minimize its effect.

40 ToddW

No one said you can’t ;)
Work work work.

41 ToddW

Not only BH’ers.

Things you read spark your brain and you can think of new stuff yourself based on things you’ve read there.

42 ToddW

I thought it was $10mill ?
Guess I read that wrong.

43 ToddW

I’m pretty sure he’s safe ;)

44 John Loch

The problem with the Shoemoney brand is it *cant* be sold. Its not about a product or a site – its about a person (which is why he can do things like the elite retreat..)

45 Stuart

Damn, top 50. I’m in the top 500,000. That means you’re 10,000 times higher than me essentially. :(

46 ToddW

Of course they are trying to minimize the effect if they didn’t then their system/site wouldn’t be to good ;)

47 Tyler Banfield

It’s interesting to look at the SEO BH Forum overall stats in comparison to the $23K per month:

Threads: 799, Posts: 4,638, Members: 4,647

48 John Loch

Yes he’s a member ;)

49 Stuart

Nah, probably 2 hours. DIGG has great traffic for a couple hours.

50 TheGrin

he he, i honestly didn’t see the post on digg front page but i almost guested right when i wrote this post on your down time

51 Maki

Naked women? Whoa. Awesome. I didn’t notice any.

52 Maki

Naked women? Whoa. Awesome. Didn’t see anything though.

53 Chris Alexander

I’m surprised SEO black hat is able to keep those subscribers. The content is great at first, but hardly anyone posts. I suppose its because of the small, relatively, number of members.

54 Nathan Hannig

Nintendo is 30 years old? I thought he looked a lot younger.

55 Poor Credit

My site has been banned by digg due to one forum user… that’s bad publicity. To top it off, the credit site is only 3 months old

56 boxing-for-sports-ru


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