Shoeperstar Finalists Annouced – Vote For Your Favorite

by Jeremy Schoemaker on February 18, 2008 · 64 comments


It was a photo finish! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner soon!

Here are the finalists for the winner in the “Become a Shoeperstar” contest.

Please vote for who you think should win an all expense paid trip to SXSW and be in a episode of Rock Startup with me and the Izea crew.

***Winner will be selected at midnight EST on February 22, 2008.***

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1 ZakShow

Im think im the first one to vote :)
I hope that i made the right choice.
Sorry for others but i can’t vote twice :(

2 Start Blogging

How can you come up with 69 reasons? Dang! I’ll read through them all then vote.

3 Syed Balkhi

just voted for Max Pool .. good luck Max :)

4 robdogg

lol… did max pool really buy a website dedicated to winning this contest?

that gets my vote =)

5 AmazonGrace

Totally voting for the biggest dork, and that’s Max, without a doubt.

6 ebookbum

I don’t know who to vote for? I am leaning towards Max though. Bum, out.

7 Joe

“If you are what you say you are, a Shoeperstar, than have no fear, the ticket is here and the microphones and they wanna know Oh oh oh yeah”

8 Joe

Shoemoney, you should have more contests for people to win stuff. How can I be the next Shoeperstar?

9 Keith Cash

3 Hardworking finalists.
Tough choice………Good Luck to everyone.

PS. I am available to carry luggage, along with gopher duties is go along free with you.


10 Paul

I voted for the under dog.

11 Heather in Beautiful British Columbia

I had to vote for the Digital Vegetarian (Note the correct spelling!) as he put so much effort into his entry – and it was funny! He’s definitely a Shoeperstar :)

12 Think Like An SOB

Good job Max. Voted for you. Might want to clear up “Web 2. compliant” and not “complaint”

13 Mattaw

Ha ha, great video by Max Pool, he has my vote. Keep up the great work for everyone.

14 Health

voted for Digital Vegetarian on name alone, i love it!

15 big money

I thought all of them were pretty good, it is a tough one.

16 Royal Radande

Max Pool gets my vote!

17 Max Pool

Thanks for the votes everybody!

Glad you enjoyed the video and hopefully I can make the episode of RockStartup equally as entertaining if I win…


I am not for sure who to vote for because don’t know enough about each candidates but in the future as I do learn more I will get to voting. I would like to become a Shoeperstar though.
Rob West

19 Erica DeWolf

I too am very impressed by that. It gets my vote! Good luck Max!

20 Erica DeWolf

Woahhh…it looks like Max is winning by a land slide!

21 web design

Max Pool is already leading by far

22 RacerX

Voted for ya too Max…looks like you might wana start packin’!

23 blueberry

Max pool is very LAME comparing with digital v…whiever has time to read that will be impressed!

24 Luke Beale

I vote for Max Pool :)

25 domprofesor

Under dog vote.

26 Hyder

If you’re name is Web 2.0 complaint. I vote!


i had 99 reasons…but then i had a limited time to work from an iphone so i shortened it…. the plan was to add video posts of me playing guitar. now that i have a few more days i will update the post with some video clips of real playing!


Hello all,

In the true spirit of competition and to make this an interesting competition, I have suggested us posting some videos of our playing……why not! haha best of luck to all.

- KRONiS –

29 Jeremy Schoemaker

We do stuff like this quite a bit… This one was a pretty good shot for someone to win there was only about 20 people who actually competed.

30 Max Pool

I have no guitar skills (you saw them all in the video), on that topic I concede you the winner…

My skills are in PPC and Aff marketing – Adwords Duel? =P

31 Mikey

I vote for that digital Vegetarian. What a nut. A true SEO rockstar.

32 domprofesor

I can see DV is catching up. Go go go.

33 Start Blogging

Wow. Well, good luck!

34 Affiliate Confession

I just voted for Digital Vegetarian and it looks like they’re catching up.

35 Paul

I voted for Max! Loved the video! LOL


terms? hmmm but your reasons said and I quote “I can play guitar like a shoeperstar”.

I guess the definition is the question then…
Adwords duel ? can i use rubicon? hahaha

cheers – i’m still gonna post some guitar playing as i meant to initially…check back later tonight (can’t really do it at work without my guitar)

37 RacerX

Wow…it is gonna be a race. Best of luck to you both!

38 chris

Digital Vegetarian has my vote!


Keep it coming! thanks guys. – here’s a link to some music – Yours Forever Industry download page -in mp3,

40 Gecko Tales

I want to vote conversative but the liberal candidate is darn charming

41 tommyboy

Digital Veg. FTW. Rocking guitar, is that an Ibanez?

42 tommyboy

WTF? I thought that voting would close on the 22nd at midnight, not 1:30 in the afternoon on the 21st?

43 Digital Vegetarian

WTF it ends at 9pm PST or midnight.

44 Digital Vegetarian

THANKS FOR ENDING THE CONTEST EARLY – all the people i sent stuff to are telling me they can’t vote and it is supposed to end at midnight?

I guess this wasn’t very clear: did i misinterpret? when DID it end. I’m feeling gipped for sending so many people to a site to vote when the voting ended already…

” Three finalists will be selected by Jeremy and Ted by February 11th, 2008 based on the quality of the blog post (yes, it’s subjective). Public voting between the three best posts will take place the week of February 18th with the winner selected at midnight easter on February 22, 2008. Airline travel allowance up to $500 for international bloggers. Hotel selected by Izea staff. We are not responsible for applicable taxes on prizes. Void where prohibited by law.”

- i think you guys owe me some type of explanatioin or a ‘ hey we liked how you tried so hard and promoted our site so much’

feeling gipped right now.

anyone?what else is subjective? Kudo to max for a great post.
i hope he has a great time. hope the webisode goes #1 on digg.

still feel ripped off.

45 Digital Vegetarian

i assumed from the shoeperstar page it would be 11:59 Eastern Time on the 21st.

46 Angela-Jo Griffin

I am extremely disappointed that you closed the contest early on such a tight race. Many of my friends were disappointed they didn’t get to vote.

Were you afraid your friend might lose? I am assuming the winner was your friend or you would have allowed the contest to finish as posted.

If it wasn’t nepotism what a disservice you have done to the winner.

47 File Snatcher

O noes! It’s closed to early. I was going to vote for MAX Pool because he put up a website about it already.

48 Digital Vegetarian

Thanks for your support angela, it was a mistake and they’ve reopened the voting. Kinda learned something here… look how stupid my previous posts look now.

49 Max Pool

Wow! This race has really got pretty close! May the best man win DV!

50 Max Pool

LOL – Obviously Shoemoney’s servers are in Florida and the hanging chads are getting counted now!

Well done DV – looks like the tables have turned. Be sure to check out the geek bowling!

51 EmCee

WAY to go Kronis! At least you actually play guitar! You pwned mang!

52 EmCee

Interesting, my comment says it was made by max pool! Dirty Pool Old Man!

53 Aaron Kronis

i think we should both go!

54 EmCee

And the weirdness resolves itself

55 aaron kronis

So did I win, can I stop bugging people to vote or what? its over now.

56 mulletmann

Shoemoney, I truly feel you put on an outstanding competition and brought out two fierce competitors. I don’ t know who won, but if the results are so close maybe you should do a little kickback and send both competitors to SXSW. What do you think?

57 Adam Guest

Well, this is the first time I have ever blogged before to be honest thanks to my buddy Aaron ‘Rockstar’ Kronis who asked for my support to try to win this comp. Anyways, he is the real deal and deserves to win this thing and it’s a shame that the race got cut short and then restarted because I feel he was gaining traction and I know that a number of my friends were just finding out about it late and would have voted for him.

Aaron has always been hip to the newest webculture out there and he’s a trailblazer when it comes to using all the various internet forums, blogs, fansites etc. to promote and share his music and thoughts with others with similar interests so I think he really deserves this one. Not to mention he rocks, trust me I know! Send him to this conference, I am sure he will promote the cause well! Rock Stead!

58 RacerX

Heat of the was tight.

Good job still…

59 Steffan Watkins

So, what’s the word?

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