Come To The SEO ThinkTank 2008 ON ME!

by Jeremy Schoemaker on September 4, 2008 · 172 comments

Seo ThinkTank 2008

SEO ThinkTank  THE Seo event of the year takes place in San Diego on September 26th, 27th and 28th.   Its a fantastic event filled with no bullshit Internet Marketers and Business Owners who have built successful companies, having a fun time, partying and networking.  Its not your typical conference with 1,000 SEO’s working for agencies bragging about their clients trying to impress each other…   The ThinkTank attendees  are mostly made up of top notch self made entrepreneurs who actually know what works because they do it every… single… day…

Anyway I was talking with DK and we were talking about how much value there is in an event like this.  Its just something you have to experience.

I love to give back and give people this kind of experience.  I feel it can really be a life changing event for the right person….

 SO….  I would like to give one of YOU that experience!   Thats right!  I will pay for YOU to attend.

This contest is pretty sick. Three days hanging out with the crew in San Diego, scoring great food, and free drinks. SureHits is sponsoring MMA training by Shawn Tompkins. Epic Advertising (Azoogle Ads) is throwing an awesome sunset BBQ on the beach on Sunday. SEO Intelligence is sponsoring an amazing online game using and winning real money and also sponsoring a killer Sunday Brunch for everyone. SEM Journal is throwing a pool party and a Mongolian Stir Fry in the park looking over the surf.

Well now, here’s the catch. Most of these guys attending are my friends, and I don’t want to give this prize to someone who is just going to take, take, take all weekend and be a pain.

The whole event is about helping each other, solving problems, make money online and giving tips so we can all be even more successful. It’s for high end guys only, or those on their way there. Invite only by the way.

Write a blog about how you can help the other guests at the Purpose Inc ThinkTank. I know you will learn a ton, and hang out with the biggest names in the business by the beach, playing games, trading secrets and on and on. But what can you offer the other guests? 

So write a blog post about yourself and what you have to offer to the attendees of the 2008 ThinkTank.

Ping me or leave a comment below with the url.  There is no lame link requirements… thats it.  Just tell me why I should shell out $4000.00 to send you to this event.

I’ll pick the winner and announce it here on Friday September 12th.

Here’s what the winner gets.
- A plane ticket from a major airport near you in the continental U.S. to San Diego and back
- Transportation from the San Diego airport to the ThinkTank
- The $2499 entry fee to the ThinkTank.
- A room Fri and Sat night at the Del Mar Motel right on the water (The original hotel sold out).
- Transportation from the ThinkTank to Pacific Beach.
- You also get Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights free hotel, after the ThinkTank at the Surfer Beach Hotel right on the water in Pacific Beach, a cool beach town in San Diego.

A total Value of $4100.

* If you’re under 18 I’ll buy a plane ticket for one of your parents and they have to come along. If you are under 21, you won’t be able to drink.

Best of luck to those who enter!

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About the author...

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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 Andy Crofford

This sounds awesome. Unfortunately I don’t think I could contribute much at this point. Sounds like a great prize for the winner.

2 Online Dividends

That’s a little pricey for my budget right now..

3 Chris Jacobson

Plane ticket is only FROM the U.S.?

4 Jeremy Schoemaker

yup foreigners are welcome to apply but you need to get to the us ;)

5 Static

Maybe you should pay for their visa fees too. :D


no prob to come to you guys… but would you write a letter to the embassy to help us obtaining a visa?

7 jim

Heh, I know it’s a joke but the visa won’t be approved in time. :)

8 Miha

Damn, I hope I could buy a plane ticket to US once.

9 Static

Hmm… Only for the top guys… Let’s see what I can offer them. ;)

10 BenSpark

Sounds awesome. I’m blown away by how many of these events are out there.

11 TylerC

I have some ideas :) I will have a post ready.

Also, whats good with that design contest for ShoemoneyTools… I am still waiting to see if I need to pay or if I got a year free ;)

12 Steven-Sanders

Sounds like an awesome deal. I’ll see what I can whip up. Be looking for my link to the post within the next couple of days.

13 James

Great idea, I’m going to have a go.

14 Bradley

to rich for my blood

15 Borgo7

Why San Diego! T_T I can’t fly to san diego T_T

16 cheap used cars

umm for the record San Diego is the best place on earth. out.

17 Myrtle Beach Rentals

sounds like an exciting event.

18 sockmoney

Dammit… I learned from the Olympics going first is usually not a good thing… oh well. Here is mine:

19 TylerC

lol, we have sockmoney, bootmoney, cog money, I better go buy !!!

20 sockmoney

I figured since I make peanuts compared to Shoe, I could only afford a sock… and not the shoe… ;-)

21 Le Melon

Good luck and nice name!

22 sockmoney

Thanks! =)

23 Search_Junkie

This is an awesome opportunity, thanks ShoeMoney! I am already plotting my post. I can’t believe that this event is going to be in my backyard!

24 Reid

I think this would be probably one of the biggest opportunities to learn something and could change my life… I will be posting this weekend!

25 Blogging Millionare

Sounds freaking awesome! I am stoked!

26 WebTrafficROI

Thansk for the contest .. I am in

27 stevewrightaz

This is all awesome but I’m not sure how I can I relate this to my blog about finding a job?

28 acrucia - the adult price comparison

Wow an amazing offer, if only i wrote a blog and lived in the US :)

29 Santhosh

Are you imitating Rich Jerk’s style with virtual girls.(;()

30 meethere

looks great
Why they are always away from me ? :(

31 Melvin

Because we’re not from US… ;-)

32 Natalie

I will be there. You all should come and see me!

San Diego is my home turf! Lets hit the beach!

33 Custom T-Shirts

So far…. and so expensive…

34 Bulbboy

You just need to sell a few thousand custom Ts.


35 purposeinc

You rock Jeremy!

Note from the Purpose Inc. Legal Department

Regarding the online contest mentioned above
(Not Shoemoneys contest but the contest at the event)
The attorneys are working out the rules, so it will in no way violate any laws of the United States. The full rules will be posted at in the following weeks.

36 Celebridiot

how much money should you be making to be considered a successful blogger that would make giving advice worth while?

37 Le Melon

Well your site looks pretty damn popular (celebridiot).
I definitely think you would be considered successful!

38 Melvin

hehhe.. i dont think i could contribute an advice either…

39 purposeinc

Dug your site. Found myself clicking around. Very nice!

40 Lawrence

$2499 entry fee…

What?! This event can just suck my stick.

As for the req. that you must be enlightening and share good info…well, you’re asking your readers – so that’s like asking the student to teach the teacher something.

41 TylerC

why post the comment?

42 How I Got A Job In The OC

Yea why bother posting if you’re just going to flame it? Jealous much?

43 Lawrence

Need I say more?

How the hell is that price justified
you can read their blogs and what not, and learn the same thing – for free.

44 cheap used cars

um if you never go how do you know it’s the same thing? or are you just thinking too small?

45 Ganesh

$2499 entry fee! Boy! That a lot. Although I have nothing against this contest. It would be great if I won a chance to go there. :P

46 Sohail

This contest is pretty sick. Good luck to whoever wins…

47 Corey Geer

Well this even sounds killer and I would love to go on about what I could offer other guests but I couldn’t honestly offer much to other successful Guru’s.

Is this like RJ’s Playboy mansion party?

48 cheap used cars

wellll I entered. Since I can’t even win the dail’y t-shirt contest I dunno about this one, but I have High Hopes.

49 Le Melon

You’ll win it (the T-Shirt contest) this month, I’m sure of it! :D

50 purposeinc

Hey San Diego Cheap Used Cars,
Where is the entry? I want to link to it?
Fire me an e-mail, or comment on my blog.

51 Nick Throlson

I live an hour away from san diego so would go just need transpertation gotta think about going would be really fun

52 Saad

I want to participate in this contest. Wow. Great prizes.

53 Soha Kashif

$4100 is very good prize for the contest. i try to participate in this contest.

54 shifka

That is so cool Jeremy. Thanks!

55 Baasim

Cool, interesting to see the contest prize.

56 Rekzai

Congratz on getting onto the frontpage of sphinn

57 Joe Kowal

Hi Shoe,

I’m a kickass ghostwriter, and my services would be valuable to all ThinkTank attendees — I can write anything they need, and in huge quantity. I’m also hilarious, smoke huge cigars, and am the best poker player you’ll ever see…


58 Dick

I think the most important part of this comment is about playing poker. -)))

59 What to See in San Diego

Enjoy your visit to San Diego. I’m a long-time resident so feel free to contact me for any visitor questions you may have.

60 jim of Blueprint for Financial Prosperity

First free imacs, now free flights… high roller!

61 Moneybites

Not a bad idea, I’ll pass on this one though..

62 Bryn Youngblut

Well you never have a chance unless you try so to all the people saying “I have no shot I won’t bother”, how will you ever get better? I will work on a post tonight Jeremy. Good luck everyone.

63 Patrick

Nice invite, and idea. Sounds like fun.

64 Dustin Cucciarre

Nice, Shoe I will def be in on this one. It would be nice to win, I love ad-tech’s and affiliate summit.

65 corey

“Mongolian Stir Fry”

mmmmm worth it just for that meal alone

66 Zac Johnson

Awesome contest… I’ll definitely be entering this one. EliteRetreat was amazing and I got to meet so many excellent people there. Glad to see that most of them are attending this event as well! Look forward to my post within a few days.

67 purposeinc

Glad you are entering Zac!!

68 Jeff -

What a great idea for a contest. I believe I can offer something very valuable to everyone who will be attending the event (and to anyone with an online business). Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the event. However, I invite everyone to still consider my offer.

I am a software developer with 12+ years experience in internet / web application development. I have decided to make the big move…I am in the process of transitioning from a full time job to being self employed. I have a strong interest in blogging, web 2.0, an internet marketing. I will be offering my services to Internet Entrepreneurs, who (I know) have a ton of great ideas, and are looking for a developer that can help get them off the ground.

Please check out my recent blog post about my move to being self employed and what I can offer anyone who attends the Purpose Inc. event, or any of your other readers for that matter.


69 Badi Jones

Hey Jeremy,
Great contest. Here’s my entry.

70 Melvin

oh seems awesome… but then lets see…

71 mrkbsm

I won’t be in on this one, but I’m sure that will be an amazing experience for the winner. Another generous offer, Shoe!

72 Liz

Great idea. Good way to spread the word about ThinkTank as well!

73 AussieWebmaster

Very nice contest…. was tempted to throw the hat in but it really should go to someone not really known in the space who can bring an out of the box perspective…. maybe I should have my daughter apply and come along as her chaperone

74 TylerC

Thats me. :)

75 Paul

I wouldn’t be able to contribute and significant tips, but would love to go a soak everything in. Looks like if I would like to learn I would have to pay. Good luck to everyone!

76 Melvin

I think we really will learn a lot from it… ;-)

77 Russ

I am trying to get ready. I think it is a great oppurtunity for many reasons.

78 Bryn Youngblut
79 Nicholas Chase

Jeremy, I blogged about the Think Tank here:

Thank you for the opportunity!
Respectfully, Nicholas

80 gLENN

that was a nice banner design jeremy.

81 lasvegascom

this would be so cool but I am going to san diego this weekend, so good luck to whoever enters.

82 Jeremy

Sweet idea! I like the banner design and that shirt is awesome… ironic, but awesome ;)

83 River Girl

That is a very nice deal. Some day I may be up to it. :-)

84 SEI Design Group

Wow – that is awesome. You are a real leader, Jeremy.

85 Dick

Yes, this proposal is worthy of respect.

86 100kjob

If I’d love to win, unfortunately I fall in the foreigner category, and seems like I can’t take the prize as cash :(

87 100kjob

Sorry, take the “If” out from my previous comment please. BTW, I like the banner, Jeremy – you look so cool among the chicks.

88 purposeinc

Earlier today this post just blew up over on Sphinn. Was it removed, or can I just not find it?

89 poor jokes

thats a cool banner
n u looking hot with dem

90 Bail Bonds

This is a great contest, I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I’ve never been to San Diego, but have heard great things. What better opportunity to soak up some knowledge, thanks!

91 purposeinc just sent me an e-mail, posted on my blog, that they are going to kick in $500 cash to the winner of Shoe’s contest for spending money!!

92 Justin

As if we needed anymore incentive! Awesome!

93 Kenneth Dreyer

I got to say this is a really good offer. To bad I’m busy with university stuff around those dates..

94 dtadpole

Wish I could contribute to you elites! One day maybee… one day!

95 Dick

This is really cool. I do not claim to the place, I simply expressing respect.

96 Tom

Hey Jeremy … here’s my entry.

Thanks for the consideration! This really is a generous offer and a very cool opportunity for one of your lucky readers.

97 purposeinc

Our attorneys just gave me this official statement about the contest taking place during the Purposeinc ThinkTank.

“This is to clarify that this will not in any way be a game of chance. Instead Purpose Inc. and SEO Intelligence will be sponsoring a contest with groups of people working together on a project where prizes will be awarded based on value created.” – From The Law office of Brian M. Mahoney

98 i will come...ONLY if those anime chicks are going to be there

if those girls arent gonna be there, then I aint coming.

99 Ranked Hard

Surprised this was kicked off of Sphinn. I thought they liked off-topic posts based on the hundreds of Happy Birthday posts that have hit the front page. It seemed to be 1 comment by a fellow named Jeeb that caused a hailstorm of madness to surround the post.

100 purposeinc

You can read the story here,

101 Nick Stamoulis

Kudos to you and your contests — they are definitely “no bullshit” giveaways… I like that you give the every day person a chance to score big.

102 Steven-Sanders

Ok, I’ve made my blog post about what I could contribute to the SEO Think Tank.

When you read it, please leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are.


103 Steven-Sanders
104 Dan

This is one of the coolest things I have seen anyone do. I just wish I had a little more experience and could contribute.

105 max
106 Earth4Energy

Looks like alot of fun.

107 Debbie
108 Tom The Furry Hat Guy

Ok, I just posted why I should be chosen for this awesome prize. Here is my link:

109 Ashley

I’m in. Here’s my entry.

I hope you like it.


110 My Awesome Blog

I’m having a hard time believing that a sausage is going to win this one. I think they probably wanna give this one to the ladies. lol

111 Mary Sanders

Well, I’m new to blogging but I’m willing to throw my hat in the ring!

112 Loganet

Wow! Awesome incentive! Like most newbies, I think my odds are slim, but hey, I’m going to take aim and try to shoot the cherry off the poor boy’s head . .

Here’s my entry: To build big ships you must sale in deep waters

113 Loganet

Sorry, it will make more sense if you use this link instead :)

114 Balkhis

Timing is not great because my parents can come with me. If it was after October 2nd.. I would’ve considered. Also those days is when I am getting my first set of exams.

115 Mary Sanders

Let’s see if this one disappears!

116 Mary Sanders

It’s definitely posted right now. Why does it constantly

117 Hjortur Smarason

You can find my submission on my blog, Jeremy:


118 Mary Sanders

Since no one’s responding to why my posts with my URL in it are disappearing, here it is for the 6th time:

119 Justin
120 jack

I would love to attend

121 Misty
122 Max Pool

Jeremy – here is my entry.

Check it out – I hope you and your readers find some value in it…

123 My entry to the contest

I am making multiple entries here, since I do not see a limit. Shoemoney, please choose one to be the winning entry.

1. I will offer my concierge services to all those in attendance, with a max. limit of 30 minutes per guest, so that I can be spread around evenly amongst the guests

2. I am a very experienced business owner that has helped multiple companies make millions of dollars online. I can contribute in a standard sense providing insight to both seo and ecommerce. Those that know me will tell you that I can find an answer to most any problem and can show you the difference between what works and what doesn’t.

3. I can provide a “30-second with Mr. E” platform
I am ideal for showing the potential strengths and weaknesses in almost any business idea rapidly, or can help the person to ask the right kinds of questions to elicit it from themselves.

124 My entry to the contest

excuse me, I realize I need to post that information on my blog and not yours.

125 hi

seo is very important for site, traffic and business

126 Kevin Moses

Thanks Shoemoney for the generous invitation.

This is my post for the event

I have been reading your blog for a few months now and love it. I really enjoy learning about the latest online ideas about. blogging, SEO, adsense, and all the other interesting topics.

Here’s my blog post for this event.

I’m assuming that my service of personal training would be different from most.

I’m a Fitness Coach with a degree in Exercise & Fitness. I’m national certified with the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and have been for over 10 years. I’m an entrepreneur pursuing my dream of helping others get fit and enjoy helping them reach their goals. In my spare time I own and run my own apparel line of motivating phrases.

The service that I would provide for the group would be, “How to stay fit at the computer”. I do in home personal training and I know how sitting at the computer can be detrimental to your health. Learn to stay healthy and fit.

I could do mini-workouts, group workouts, how to workout at home, and stretching exercises to help elevate pains in the back, neck, shoulder, and leg.

I live in San Diego, so no need for airfare or a place to stay.

I have been blogging for a few years and do it almost everyday. I blog about my personal training world and other fitness topics. I love sharing my passion with other like mined people.

I would love to learn more about the online potential of personal training. I receive requests on a daily basis and feel this would be great niche for me. This Think Tank sounds like an awesome opportunity and I look forward to attending. Please!

Thanks again Shoemoney. If you have any suggestions on to reach the blogger who sits on his or her computer for hours that could use some fitness help, please let me know.

Kevin Moses BS, CSCS

127 Ways To Earn Online

You are very generous. It sounds like fun. This will surely help that lucky person out. Like the photo at the top of the post too.

128 Kevin Fleming
129 Thomas
130 Zac Johnson
131 My entry to the contest

I have one more entry I added. This could very well be the winner shoemoney. I mean it really fulfills a real need at all seo conferences.

132 nadnayr

Was there a deadline on this? Here is my blog entry;

133 Ryan Graves

Why I would be a good addition to the ThinkTank conference:
(I hope I didn’t get to this to late, as I just found out about ThinkTank today)

I care about start ups:

When it comes to startups I care. I co-founded, a startup spotlight site that interviews and brings attention to startups. The whole point of the site is for my co-founder and I to meet and get to know how and why people run startups. I spend 8-10 hours a week currently with no fiscal return. I do it because I love helping start-up founders and I love learning their stories and experiences. Straight up, I love this stuff.

I have a process background and all businesses need process:

I currently work at GE Healthcare in an IT Management training program. I am constantly thinking ‘process improvement’. Whether a startup company likes it or not, as they grow they will have to implement processes. I do that every day and I can talk to how and why processes are implemented into a business. I understand, first hand, the pains of being “over processed”, but I also see how that process focus can help a business team operate effectively and profitably.

I will listen:

I’m 25 years old and I fully realize that I have A LOT to learn. ThinkTank will be packed with guru’s and I can’t wait to keep my ears and eyes wide open during this event. One of the most valuable assets someone can have, in my opinion, is the ability to listen and it’s something that I focus on all the time. Many people who have a lot of experience think that they don’t need to learn or listen…they are wrong. I will learn a ton, contribute a ton, and add to the overall value of ThinkTank.

I can’t wait to win! Regardless of the outcome I hope that you guys have a blast at the event and I hope that the attendees take away something of extreme value. Talk to you guys soon!

my blog

134 Ryan Graves
135 fthead9

Hey Shoe, hope it’s not too late to enter. Was thinking about going but hey if it’s on your dime even better,

136 Mike

I live in san diego, too bad can’t afford to go to it :(

137 Regina Anderson

Great contest, but just found out about it tonight!


Sweet contest! Too bad the event is the same weekend as the Decibel Festival up here in Seattle; and too bad I love electronic arts more than SEO. But SEO is a close second.

139 Earth 4Energy

Cool I am coming.

140 Michael Harrington

I think so i have missed this party.But anyways i would also like to know of the next party and Web Analytics.

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