Seven Deadly Sins For People Trying to Make Money Online

by Jeremy Schoemaker on January 5, 2009 · 260 comments

Last week on the History channel every day they have covered one of the seven deadly sins. Lots of people think they came from the bible but they didn’t.  Basically some smart dude sat down and made 8 (originally) things that hurts human kind and over time those became known as the 7 deadly sins.  So that started me thinking about where and why people go wrong with their sites and business plans.  So I came up with my own list.  Here it is;


Do you get excited about thinking about doing something? STOP. Go do it. Its not going to magically happen. As soon as you get a great idea in your head  and BEFORE you start picturing all the awesome shit your going to buy with all the money your going to make, go to your computer and start putting it to action. AND I don’t mean to make a list of stuff TO DO. I mean start making progress.

A couple nights ago I got an idea to make the shoemoney marketplace (which I have yet to officially announce). I got out of bed and started writing code. I SUCK at coding. I am a marketer but I just can’t stand to have a idea about something and just sit on it. Is it perfect? No actually it looks like crap but I did it. If people start to use it more I will do more with it.

Envy – I know SO MANY people who are SO INCREDIBLY TALENTED but they just hate on others. The main difference between Envy and Jealousy is that with Envy you wish to take away what the person you are envious of has.

In the last few months more then ever you see TONS of SEO’s outing others techniques and affiliate marketing “hater” sites up making fun of those who have achieved stuff.

Envy gets you no where.  It doesn’t help you.  If it doesn’t help you, why do it?

I get so pissed off looking at forums or on IRC and hear people do NOTHING but constantly rip on other people and plot to take them down. If only these people had the same energy to help themselves =( .


Do you go on forums or blog about how awesome you are? Well then you better suck it up when people make fun of you.

Listen up Chachi, its the law of averages, the more people who follow you the more haters you are going to get. Prepare to embrace negative press.  Most people can’t hack it.

Being so fat when I was a kid really makes me invulnerable to this stuff.  Its like I had training being made fun of most of my early life.


Did you just trip over a rock and fall into a profitable niche? Are you satisfied? If so don’t quit your day job. You better realize that tomorrow that shit is going to be gone!

5 years ago I tripped over a rock and killed it for years in the ringtone industry but without leveraging my position to start this blog, AuctionAds, the Elite Retreat conference and many other companies I would have to had to go back to work for corporate America and hate my life.


Did you just get major paid and you want to take a picture with you and a check? Did you just discover a profitable niche and you want to walk the world through it step by step and help everyone in . YOUR A MORON! Guess how I know?!?! Shut up and get paid. Feel free to help people and guide them but your a complete idiot if you walk people through it. Your profitable niche just went to shit.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will steal out of your bucket” – Jeremy Schoemaker, SES San Jose, Contextual Advertising Panel.

I have this curse where I want to help everyone and I don’t just mean help…. like when I started hooking people up by doing their adwords accounts for them and making them 7-8x on their money.  Just ask Aaron Wall.

Why? Because I wanted to showoff. I think when I first started banking I wanted to show the world how smart I was to make up for all the years I was pretty worthless.

Fortunately now I am in a position now where I have a ton of responsibilities and it keeps me in check.

Anyway don’t be a showoff. Learn some humility. Trust me. Yes I am a hypocrite.

Inconsistency (AKA lazziness):

I have friends… close friends who wanted to learn how to make money online. They bust it out for a day or so… maybe every other day… then they take a day off, a weekend off, holidays off. WTF?

Hey Jerky – your biggest competition is busting ass because he sleeps on a mud bed in Nigeria. He is not only copying your exact stuff now but he is mass producing it.

You have to bust it out all day every day.


I don’t want to hear it.

I was 420lbs, 50k in debt, on my way to nowhere and somehow I pulled it off. What makes me so much better then you? Nothing!

I used to be an excuse master until I met my wife. Here was a woman who not only put herself through college/med school but put herself through HIGH SCHOOL because she wanted the best possible education and her parents could not afford it.   Do you need to meet a badass wife who shows you how to bust it out?  I did…

You can make excuses all day why you are not successful.   Just look at my comments.  Everytime I post on how to do something people always come up with reasons why they can’t do it. wah wah wah.

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1 Owen

Great post. I’m guilty of most of those from time to time .. but at least I can knock some code together. I think procrastination is my greatest sin. I could do so much more if I put my mind to it

2 The Poker Jerk

Interesting fact about the wife, Shoe. I know John Chow said the same thing about his wife (in terms of the fact that without her, he wouldn’t have stayed motivated)

3 The Poker Jerk

Me, I don’t have a wife. She left me. But I do have my dog, who will never leave me. But he’s not like your wife or John’s wife.. He’s a lazy ass. All he does is eat and sleep all day, and fart. But I love him anyway, because unlike humans, he will be loyal to me no matter what.

But he is a lazy ass! Stupid dog.

4 Blog Expert

Sounds like a great dog. At least you always have him in your life.

5 Jeremy Schoemaker

PokerJerk – please stop replying to the first commenter and not commenting on what they said. first/last warning.

6 The Poker Jerk

Sorry Shoe, won’t let it happen again. I respect you and your readers. Well except for that one from North Carolina who just started spamming my comments with how much he hates my site. There will be a Poker Jerk fanclub one day, I know it!

7 Monty -

So you mean, your dog is as good as your wife? lol

8 Nicholas James

Use your dog as an incentive, be the opposite of your dog!

9 Ben Pei

Yeah boy I read about this too..

10 meethere

i would agree without you.
Great and interesting post. :)

11 ways to make money online

He did have to match her in income you know ; )….

12 Taris Janitens

Procrastination is anyones greatest sin – if it never gets done, how can you make it work???

13 AJ Kumar

Exactly. Procrastination is definatley a killer. Not only that, but it can end up biting you in the butt long run too. Putting something off to the side can cause unwanted fiires to appear which can become an even bigger set back


I marched DCI for a year and then taught Drum Lines for about 10 years. the difference between great drum lines and mediocre is giving up before your body and mind does. And when the season is over and we lost by .10 we all look back and think. You know, I could have worked a whole lot more.

Shoes, right about motivation. If you’re sleeping in a bed and that you no longer want to sleep in then you are going to do everything that you can to make it so that you don’t have to sleep in that bed anymore.

It’s time to get to work

15 Barry Sausse

There is another type of procrastination I think. Call it ‘procrasti-they-tion’ – that’s where you rely on other people to do their part of the project and, even though you know they probably won’t, you don’t just go ahead and do it yourself. Why? Because it gives you an excuse as to why the project failed…”Well, so-and-so never got the thing done like he was supposed to…”

Well, that makes it your fault anyway – who partnered up with so-and-so to begin with, huh?

16 Make Money Online with a 17 year old kid

Hey Owen,
You are guilty of some of the points up there. I am guilty of all of those.
I always thought that I have overcome them. But a small extent I am still suffering from envy. AND I am envious of Jeremy, john chow, darren rowse… LOL. Jeremy please don’t sue me for this comment. :)
And Jeremy,
I am too good at coding. I think you are get tough competition in coding from your fellow bloggers.
And thx for the marketplace. When will you launch it?


17 Internet Marketing Industry

Agreed – I basically live and eat on the PC – sometimes I sit there and get so distracted with 100 different things so just wanted to add one more to the list of sins – DISTRACTIONS

18 Jeremy Schoemaker

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19 SEO Tips South Africa

They seem to work OK, my previous comment went into moderation though.

20 Nicholas James

Owen, you should create yourself an effective working structure – even with a scorecard – and then set yourself a minimum target of points to get per day (there is an example of one on my blog) and ensure you get these points (by completing tasks you’ve set yourself)

21 Julia wilkinson

Love it, shoe! But..what jumped out at me is you are testing a marketplace of your own? What up with dat? Do tell. I will also google it and see what I can find.

22 Wesley

The marketplace looks nice! Will it continue to be free?

23 Jeremy Schoemaker

Well at present I have no plans to make it paying.

24 Melvin

hey dude, the edit part of the mrktplace for those who created an ad is crap at present.. hope to have it better in future,,,

25 Ben Pei

Who did this gravatar for you jeremy?

26 James

Great post, I like this post. Some great points, There are excuses in order to be successful. You carry on regardless.

27 Web2Mom

Amazing, Most of the things resonate with me most often the Hope one. Thanks for hitting the nail on the head

28 Sensei

your right in most cases but there is one reason not to invest all your time into a new project, it’s education if you’Re still in school or some kind of university you need to concentrate on your education first because if you fail you’ll need a backup stategy……

going to check the marketplace;)

29 Martin Muehl

I just read Stephen Coveys excellent “7 Habits of highly successful people” and one thing he writes a lot about is to develop a win/win mentality and systems supporting it. Really an eye-opener and just what you mean with your #2 envy. There’s enough out there for everybody.

30 AJ Kumar

There is enough for everybody, and that reminds me of a quote which is kind of a good thought to know.

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

Chances are people know what you know, but luckily, most people will just continue to envy.

31 Ari Lestariono

Like the quote AJ Kumar, i believe your background is a philosopher?

32 krishna

Good Post. Now i need to keep in mind of these 7 Deadly Sins to make money Online :)

33 Sky Xavier

hey that is really good start of marketplace. at lease now we dont need to visit those messy forums to buy/sell stuffs. hope this place be free of charge. :) hope to get some good stuff from it. thanx buddy.

34 Tom -

Mine is definately hope and inconsistency. I just need to start something and continually work on it! Great post for the start of the year.

35 Ben Pei

Everybody hopes I guess.. not many turn it into actual action..

36 vivek

Consistency is very important.

37 The Daily Minder

I’d also add FEAR – fear of success that is.

38 Top Credit Cards

good points,
specially like the hope one,
i have seen many people who just tell and never do the work themselfes,
even i used to be one of those lol,

39 Faw Q

this was one of the only posts i could agree with you on in a long time.

40 The Poker Jerk


Good job on losing most of it!

41 Taris Janitens

It kills me when I see you say that – haven’t you said that before lol

42 Tom

Jeremy, You hit the nail right on the head with this one.

43 Mike - Make Cash Online

Awesome list! Very timely for the start of the year.

44 Saad Kamal

nice post. checking out the marketplace now…

45 Ken Price

Great post. I’d like to add one more – Distraction! Emails. Blog posts, Newsletter, twitter – when you have a boat load of stuff coming in it’s far easier to get sucked into consuming versus producing info. So while it may seem like you are hard at it, you’re really just treading water.

46 Brennan

These are actually really good for people to follow. I saw this on TV also and though I didn’t actually watch it what you said it legit. I think if everyone at least loosely followed these everyone would be a lot better off.

47 Ari Lestariono

I think it is not a sin to teach people your secret success, a saying from East, you make 1000 students success then you will be more success 1000 times.But it all depends on your sincerity.Anyway like your article and keep it up bro!

48 jtGraphic

I think I do well on most fronts here. I am a bit inconsistent at times, but I’m constantly trying to battle that.

49 Chris

Wow, great advice. I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind. Thanks, Jeremy!

50 Ben Pei

Actually I wish I could show off! haha.. but not at the moment.. now here comes another sin.. HOPE

51 Ari Lestariono

Yes Ben, many sins,we everyday try to eliminate and purify it.

52 Taris Janitens

This was a most excellent read Jeremy!! I totally agree with the part on being a showoff, as well as hope!! Both will get you sunk in the end – well they all will, but those two were my favourite bits

53 SEO Tips South Africa

One of my favourite sayings dates from the 2nd World War.

“Loose lips sink ships!” is pretty much applicable here too.

54 Sajid Iqbal

Very true. I commit all these sins everyday in my life. I hope to marry this year, hopefully I’ll become motivated like you. She showed some signs.

55 Keith

Alright, so a little hate first off. When I read the title I thought it was going to be lame. Then I realized you were relating to the history channel show, which I watched and it was pretty cool.

Then I read…and this is probably the best post I’ve read on Thanks.

56 Adamxcl

Great post. Kind of an online version of Anthony Robbins (personal power, etc )

57 Putra Eka

I’m learning so much in this post, there are so many sins I have in this post. In the new year, I should make better progress to my life.

58 David

The basis for any successful venture always begins with a thorough investigation. You need to do some research online and find out what kind of internet marketing interests you. From there you will be able to narrow your search and select a company or product to promote those best suits your individual needs.

59 Nick Stamoulis

This really is great advice. it all comes down to being motivated. I know people that wait and hope someone knocks on their door with a check. Don’t hold your breathe people. Sleep is peoples worst enemy sometimes. I once had someone ask me how many hours a week I spend sleeping because this one single answer can determine your fate.

60 Steven-Sanders

I’ve got to say the same about my wife. She is the person that motivated me to start my website design company, to work a real job besides some fast food joint, and to begin my career with blogging.

I think if you’ll look at how successful someone is, the ones with the most success usually have the motivating woman behind him.

On a side note. I talked about writing a book for some time, but that’s all it was. About a month ago I finally decided I should stop dreaming and start doing, and I’ve been writing a little on it every day since.

I’m also working on something pretty new and exciting that came to me yesterday morning. I was actually up until 5am this morning working on the details and designing a prototype.

I’ve already got some friends lined up that are gonna get together with me today or early tomorrow to get it started.

If you’re interested, I’d like you to be a beta tester when it’s finished.

61 Ant Onaf

Great advice Jeremy. Another deadly sin which is not listed is “over doing it” — which I do plenty of times. I get myself knee-deep into a project and just can’t think straight. Sometimes I overload myself with things to do that nothing gets done or everything gets done half-ass. I find that when trying to be successful at something you have to dedicate your full time to that one project and don’t juggle multiple projects or take on a load that you can’t carry, otherwise you will meet failure.

62 Sean

good post. liked the link over to Aaron Wall’s post. 200K keywords is that true?

63 internet marketing

Awesome post Jeremy. I’d say hope or getting excited about an idea isn’t always a bad thing, as long as you’re still action oriented enough to actually get stuff done and put in the work. Having the mindset that you’re going to make it is a hell of a lot better than being negative and expecting failure. Definitely agree with everything else.

64 naysh

i love the part “your biggest competition is busting ass because he sleeps on a mud bed in Nigeria”

This is so true and Google adsense has expanded its payment methods to facilitate issuing to third world countries where most of them are going anyway.

65 Ryan

Great points. I always get a kick out of the cheesy “I make $50k a day with _______. Learn how.” Every time I see those I think to myself, “He’s either smart and full of crap and plans on duping thousands of gullible twits; or he’s an idiot and I don’t want to do what idiots do.”

66 Dog Health

great post shoe, inspiring as always…

67 @domainpubber

Thanks for the New Year’s inspiration Jeremy; a good swift kick in the butt is just what most of us need. For me, this is one of your best posts in a long time, except the ones where you teach us a little about how to fish, which are always my favs, lol.

68 Melvin

oh boy! this is just one hell of a nice post… I need to read it again!

69 Adrian Eden

Content is king, and good content takes along time to create.

I would say the most important thing is to have a solid business model and understanding of your space in the marketplace before engaging in anything else. Take time to develop that and you will be golden.

Happy New Year ! ! !


“YOUR A MORON! Guess how I know?!?! Shut up and get paid.”

Shut up and get paid?



71 Mr. School Fundraising ideas

You forgot procrastination, which might be hope but when I read or hear of hope I think of something else like hope is a good thing and with out hope you would never start anything because you don’t think it will work or succeed. Second I like to help other people as well and the quote about the fish is funny but true, even though the ocean is huge there are usually only so many fish in a certain area.

Mr. School Fundraising Ideas


Feel free to help people and guide them but your a complete idiot if you walk people through it. Your profitable niche just went to shit.

Thus, why you’re shoemoney and not showmoney!

73 GM

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will steal out of your bucket” – Jeremy Schoemaker, SES San Jose, Contextual Advertising Panel.”

Dude…this makes no sense whatsoever.

74 Sean

I agree it is a little garbled. Funny that he attributed it to a specific conversation like someone would quote that as a truism

maybe it should be more like …show a man your honey hole and it aint “your” honey hole anymore. :)..whatever… the point I think is that you create competitors for yourself by opening your coat so to speak

75 ways to make money online

It doesn’t literally mean he’s going to steal fish directly out of your bucket…It means more fish will be exerted out of the water due to your teachings of fishing to others…Which in return, means less fish for you at the end of the day..

76 GM

I think I like the “honey hole” metaphor better.

77 Barry Sausse

Actually, I think he means that if you teach the guy to fish, He’ll probably just let you go ahead and do the work for him – Why not?

We all know people who enable bad behavior in others, right?

The original truism is “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for life.” But I like the ShoeMoney version better, because in my experience, 9 times out of 10 that’s how it ends up.

You could also ask, “why is a fish on a plate?”
…”Because It opened its mouth.”

78 AussieWebmaster

It would have been clearer if he said will start fishing at your special fishing spot – but in essence that ultimately is stealing out of your bucket. You just have to understand the Shoe – he thinks three or four moves ahead.

Teach to fish, they start fishing depleting the fish population, eventually getting to your special spot, depleting the fish there and thus stealing the fish you can put in your bucket…..

79 Ben Pei

Hmmm? New comment template?

80 SEO Tips South Africa

The best way to illustrate this is from personal experience. As a youngster I worked for a boss, doing security installations. Once I had the necessary skill level, I started doing private jobs, mainly from his customers looking for a better deal. Scooping fish out of my boss’s bucket, quite literally…… ;-)

81 ways to make money online

Inconsistency seems to be my problem…Inconsistency to do something positive or find something positive that will turn into some cash. First, I sit on this fucking thing too fucking much looking for ideas and the new income stream. Some days I get places, some days I don’t which is my problem. I’m sure everyone has there bad days. Then when I get that Writers Block I just want to smoke a joint til time passes for that new spark…

Sounds good ehh

82 BrandC

good post shoe. It’s always the most basic and simple things that people forget about the most. It’s good to refresh on points like the ones you made.

83 Rowell Dionicio

Thanks for giving me another slap in the face! Sometimes you get overwhelmed and lose track of what needs to be done.

84 Internet Marketing Industry

Jeremy, all I have to say is AMEN.

85 Link Bidding Directory

Thanks for the marketplace.


Tell us how you really feel. After reading your post I just wanted to say “Amen, brother!”

I’m trying to adopt the little engine that could mantra … “I think I can, I think I can …


87 GetReal

Yes, positive awareness is good and makes for great internet blah blah blog content, e-books and rip-off seminars, but let’s keep it a bit real here slick. I was in business for 20 years but this economic disaster has crushed me and forced me out of business. Telling people who have a great idea (in their minds) to just go for it is irresponsible advice. WE ARE IN A BAD RECESSION!

Now someone with a bad idea is going to take your advice, run up a huge credit card debt, fail because we are in a recession and most folks are very discretionary in their purchases, and will want to ring your neck.

88 Ben Tremblay

For me it’s not my wife because I’m not married, but I can say my girlfriend thought me to “do it” instead of just “thinking” or “dreaming” about it. About a year ago I totally changed my mindset because of here. I can’t say I earn a full time income yet, but I earn decent part time money. I’m still pushing forward.

I must confess I’m not always consistent…

89 Jonathan Volk

Great post bro! :)

90 Nicholas Chase

Hey Jeremy,

Thanks for kicking my butt into gear!

Today I’m researching the attendees for Affiliate Summit West 2009 and I plan to meet as many as I can, make my pitch short and sweet, no more than 90 seconds, and then follow-up with them after each days scheduled events at the Meet-Market.

I’m convinced that I can make money on-line. Just need to go for it!


Nicholas Chase – Affiliate Summit 2009 Attendee

91 Bondox

Hi Shoe, I am actually guilty of most of the sins here. Like the first comment, procrastination is

92 Bondox

Like I said procrastination is my greatest enemy and I am about to fight that this year 2009.

And not all Nigerians are copycats some are actually innovative.

93 Brandie

Thanks for the lashing… it’s a good kinda pain! :)

94 Carla

I guess I am guilty of inconsistency. It’s hard to balance a 50 hour/week job and blog and website. Is taking a (short) break for self-care, take care of family, or just to have a day off really that bad?

95 Wink

Im guilty of it too. What I want to do is wake up at least 30 minutes earlier than my family (or before I start getting ready for work) and go to bed at least 1 hour after everyone. This will give me just enough time to attend to my blog. I can make up for on the weekends with a few more hours here and there. Even automate the posts.

Bottom line is I dont want to focus on my blog more than my family.

96 Carla

I guess I am guilty of inconsistency. It’s hard to balance a 50 hour/week job and blog and website. Is taking a break for self-care, take care of family, or just to have a day off really that bad?

97 Moira

Great post!

(I need a he-wife…hife)

98 Missy (from G34 Media)

I’m kicking ass and taking names in 2009. This year is my year and i’m not letting anything or anyone stop me.

I’m tired of living NOT they way i want. Enough is enough. I’m getting mine. Get the freak out of my way.

Great motivating post. (found via ref on Twitter)

99 Wink

Yeah, I am with you. 2009 is going to be a good year. We have to stay motivated and concentrate on the job at hand to see it through. Wait…what was I talking about?

100 Epiphany

Thanks for the inspiring post, Shoe. Makes me want to get down to work! :) I think my biggest sin is inconsistency. Sometimes I get ramped up, work on things like mad, and then fizzle out… sucks, but recognizing that flaw in myself has helped me begin to push through it. Now when I catch myself beginning to fizzle, I remind myself of my goal, recommit, and refocus.

I’m wishing you *massive* continued success in 2009, Shoe! ~Epiphany

101 Douglas

This is the kind of posts I like to come and read about, experience from the veteran.

102 Bill


Dude you hit the nail on the head for me! I get probably 10-15 ideas per month, if not more. I sit to plan 2-3 of them, identify one that may work and that’s usually as far as it goes. Several ideas I had, I have since seen pop-up elsewhere from someone else – and I think “If only I had capitalized.”

Make no mistake, you have to have some idea of where you want to end up with an idea or project, but you don’t have to take months to plan and try and materialize it – otherwise someone else will have done it already and too-bad-so-sad for you.

Great post and I like how you point out some things you have dealt with and still deal with and that you are even a hypocrite – too funny, but darn real.

103 Florian

Way too many fishing lessons in this post, but it rocks!

104 AussieWebmaster

Great article mate… am guilty like everyone of this… it is human nature. You have to break those habits, apply yourself more, etc.

I have a few projects that need this type of attention and may print this out and put on the inside of my entrance door – that way will see it when I am about to go out drinking, bragging and wasting valuable time.

105 Sheeple

You all are sheeple. Followers, you will be here next year no richer. Why? Because you all are just the KoolAide drinkers of life and Shoe is your Jim Jones.

Drink up.

106 Scorpiono

I’ll resume to a few words: Inspirational, thank you!

107 justamiragi

Just wanted to say thanks for an enlightening read. I am so guilty on the counts of Hope and Inconsistency. I may have to tattoo those two to my forehead so I can constantly remind myself what I need to be doing! Looking forward to reading more!

108 Dick

I’d like to say a word about a sin called satisfaction that I like to commit when the great job has been done.

109 WeReviewOnline

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will steal out of your bucket” – Jeremy Schoemaker, SES San Jose, Contextual Advertising Panel.

LOL!!!! I think you are right about that. But you can still teach him how to fish.

because teaching an apprentice, does not mean that you have to show him everything.

You have to keep something to yourself, so you can stay ahead of the game.

Just teach him how to survive but not how to get your food later.

110 TEGS

Wow Shoe looks like you hit the nail on the head!

My Wife motivates me as well, but for different reasons. She is the most caring, honest, loving person I have ever met in my life. We just had a beautiful baby girl in Aug.

I guess my motivation is that I want to be the man that they deserve….

Another great post shoe!

111 deStone

Nice read – I am completely honest in saying I fall into a lot of the categories. I think most affiliate marketers do.

Ahh well – maybe we will learn.

112 Charlie

Awesome list. Great series on the History Channel too.

How about adding “ignorance”? Taking the time to REALLY understand how a system or concept works is essential. You can turn a blind eye to something but it only comes back to bite you.

113 Derrick Siu

Hey Jeremy,

Really enjoyed your post.

And in my eyes – Comedy Gold! :)

I see why you’re listed among the top blogs!

One Month Blogging Newbie

114 Derrick Siu

Hey Jeremy,

Really enjoyed your post.

and in my eyes – comedy gold!

I see why you’re one of the top blogs out there.

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115 TStrump

I think the important lesson is there’s enough to go around for everyone.
Just focus on what you’re doing and don’t obsess over what everyone else is up to.

116 JR Griggs

Great post. A lot of people tend to envy guys like you or think that you had it easy. I look at it as encouragement that with hard work I can get there too. Plus with honest posts like this I know your not just selling me some ebook here.

117 Jes

Argh!!!! thats me!!! hehehe nice posts!!! can i copy and blog about it? hehehe i lie it its really like for me!

118 WidgetWoman

Consistency… with a Capital C.

Ever get carried away with something, do a terrific job, then realize at 9 p.m. that an important “other” action had to be taken this morning?

Today I decided I have to put my daily and weekly “must dos” on a spreadsheet.

Did I create the spreadsheet? Umm… not yet.

119 Jeremy Schoemaker


120 Firas Steitiyeh

Thanks Jeremy,

one of the best posts i have ever read, to be honest one of the best things i have ever read!! Piece of art!! Thanks alot man


121 Hammad (required)

for the fist time i think you are right, Awsome post dude…

122 MikeWords

Great Post! Nice to know I wasn’t the only one watching this series.

123 Dick

I think there will be enough sins for this year.

124 Eoin O'Leary

Great post.

“Go to your computer and start putting it to action” should be a banner above every online business owners PC.

Remove the the word, “but”, just take action.


125 The Poker Jerk

Shoe you broke the site again! ;)

126 emmanuel

thanks man, for these post it’s really touching and i appreciate it man.

127 Pigion

8th Deadly Sin: Distraction

1. You come up with an idea for a site — you love it, it’ll be great!
2. You start working on the site….
3. You come up with another idea… (Go back to step 1)

So you never actually finish anything – and you just keep starting projects!!!

How do you deal with that! “the dip” book didnt help me :-( I just always feel that the new site will be better. How do you decide which to do?!?!

p.s i had to rewrite this comment — as for some reason, your new comments leaves the word (required) at the end of the email address, so i got an error — but i love the new tags ;-)

128 PizzaForADream (required)

Well said. Excuses are the biggest hurdle to success that I’ve found. Most make way too big a deal about meaningless stuff!

129 izumou

Seven sins?This is too mush,Mr shoe I suggest you send the sinners to were the belongs,seven is too mush :D
Thank you for your great post showmoaney,we newbies are prone to be making mistakes but thank God for a wise man like you.A helpful post!

130 Taris Janitens

Holy popular post batman!! And interesting setup for the new comments – fresh!!

131 TYCP Entertainment Magazine

Yeah, I like this setup much better.

132 Taris Janitens

Did you make it do a reverse order situation with the comments on purpose?? I wouldnt normally expect the last comment to show up first on the page

Also, the autofill information for name/info not only autofills what you’ve previously entered, but it tacks on (required) to both fields even if its autofilled information

Just a Heads up on those two things incase they were unplanned

133 TheSwede

This is a magnific post.

You have obviously defeated many obstacles. And by now you know the mindgames we have when we are not as successful. I’m tired of my own too. I need to get everything put on paper from now on, for months to come. I just get to either dreaming or just waiting for a brighter day. Not to talk about the time I spend on forums, trying to show of my theortical brilliance. I need a wife who can kick me in the buttlocks and get me straightened!

134 Mega Champ

Laziness and leaving everything for tomorrow are my sins, have to overcome them inorder to succeed, btw nice post Shoe.

135 Wink

The #1 way to make money online is to give something away for free, so I decided to host a contest giving away an iTunes Gift Card. Read about it here

136 Charlie

My comment from yesterday disappeared… weird.

137 Charlie

nevermind, found it..

138 Matt

Excellent post!

I understand what you mean in regards to hope. When I come up with an idea I become very excited about it until I eventually lose focus and just lose interest all together eventually and that idea would fall by the wayside.

Or if I get an idea I then start to lose myself in the detail. Like if I was designing a marketplace I’d think “holy shit this is a mammoth task” and end up doing nothing!

But yeah you’re right. Fuck excuses, I’m gonna just start TRYING shit again. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Either way I’ve tried something.

In summary, fuck hope and embrace failure as the learning tool it is!

139 ways to make money online

Yea, I don’t like this comment change. It seems like some of my comments have been deleted…Who knows why ; )…

However it says theres like 133 comments. There is probably only 50…

140 Kirill Williams

Great article Jeremy. I think showing off is my fatal flaw. I want to help so many other people that sometimes I forget that I need to help myself first.


Thanks for the motivation. Just launched:

142 garry egan

Man, Shoe, you write some good shit. Also happy to see that there is more recommendation to practice STFU Social Marketing.

143 Ari Lestariono

I read the 7 deadly sins and like it very much, every time I am down, I read it and suddenly I became diligent.Thanks for motivating people

144 Dick

Your post is right about laziness.Every day one must overcome it.That sin is the root of all evil.

145 Kenney Works From Home

That’s funny, laziness gets us all. It’s not until we get this fire under our ass or we get so fed up with our situation that we just can’t take it any more, before we get up and do something about it.

146 Monty -

Good article :)

147 Matt

Its “you’re” genius….

148 TYCP Entertainment Magazine

I like what you said about hope. There have been times where I came across people that only sat around, talking about how they would love to do this & that. I’m like, well get off your ass & DO IT.

149 ritchie

And another great posting… I loved hard at the “show-off” text, you’re so on point – and still most people never ask themsevles why all those moron-gurus went from making money to teaching :-)

150 Ted @ xs650Chopper

“those moron-gurus went from making money to teaching” I agree with that but on the other hand there are also a lot of great gurus resources. when Jeremy’s book drops I’ll definitely pick one up..

151 Genel kultur

woow great post man.i completely agree with you. i am usuing internet mostly for entertainment. But some people use it as a bazaar and earn money

152 Ari Lestariono

Envy is not a deadly sin, it is motivational to other people.Vanity is deadly sin….lol

153 Dick

I like your metaphor about giving a man a fish….Brilliantly said !

154 iskandarX

This 7 deadly sins almost aimed on me too?? Keep avoiding.

155 Ari Lestariono

This week my sins is AKA Laziness(Inconsistency)

156 Dilip Shaw

Your Message – Nothing! Just want to say, good post, but frankly the world wont learn. Keep the good work anyways.

157 luxury rentals miami

Inconsistency is my main sin, though others pop up on occasion too ;)
While this is all good and nice, I need to stress that focusing only on your work for too long could turn you into an Internet ghoul :P So be smart!

158 Mr. School Fundraising Ideas

I think that hope is one of the greatest things in life, and not even in a religious since. Without hope I think that humans would have never crawled up out of the mud, or hold onto their lives. So hope can change a person, whether it drives them to move forward or turn over and die. Hope is everything it just depends on what you do with that hope will determine success or failure.

159 Ted @ xs650Chopper

“I think that hope is one of the greatest things in life” wordup man.. But there is a fine line between hope and ignorance.. I spent the whole entire day working on my site but I am not deluded into thinking that it’s going to make me a millions dollar..

160 Atniz

Seven deadly sins it is. Most of it are bloggers attitude. Not taking a break, every day and every week is like 365 work days. I prefer to take off at least once a week.

161 Wolfbernz

NIce Post, Rock on Jeremy!


162 Mega Champ

Laziness is my biggest evil with so many plans and so many project in mind. Just because of this laziness they just stay in mind never see the light of day. But will try to turn the tables this year :-)

163 Ted @ xs650Chopper

“Do you get excited about thinking about doing something? STOP. Go do it” yes totally.. Doing more and thinking less is something I’ve been working on with all of my business idea..

On a side note when leaving a reply in the comments why not have the required field clear automatically? You have to delete the reply before you can start type..

164 krissy knox

All excellent points. I also have trouble with time management. It is more a problem with distractions than it is procrastination. I am finding something interesting online while I am in the middle of one project, so I start the next one… I need to keep on a schedule in 2009.

krissy :)

165 Listen To Me Bitch


Great points here, especially the ones about Envy and Showing off, I personally have friends with these issues and it leads to quite a conflict of interest among the group.

I probably suffer from laziness if nothing else. I am also a bit slow to bring my ideas to market but that’s generally due to my crappy codewriting and decent design skills…I’m often too much of a perfectionist.

166 uwak

yes …..iam lazy, sometimes feel boring…..,not easy discipline on posting daily. okay….let’s making better on 2009

167 Catherine

Great points. I should bookmark this post and remind me always………

168 IronBlogger

This is a very inspiring post Shoe. It just shows that as long as your willing to put a lot of effort into something you can do whatever you want in life. I really look up to you when you write posts like this one.

169 Win Prizes

I really enjoyed reading this article. It relates to a lot of people including myself :D


170 Ruby

Wow, I feel the inconsistency part was written especially for me!

171 Nasir Jafri

Great post Jeremy, I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind. Keep posting helpful info Thanks

172 Keral Patel

I loved that new saying about teaching a man to fish.

173 sumter sc

awesome post – too often we see guys tell all their secrets too soon

174 Ari Lestariono

It’s not the fish it’s the fishing tools that we have to hook….

175 Cy

hey Shoe:

can’t agree more on the consistency.

I am pissed whenever I heard people said “4 hours week” rah rah rah..

Problem is it takes a lot of efforts to reach that stage..

176 Jonathan Browne

woah man. Some of what your saying is true I think, but you might want to take it easy with the whole “no weekends or holidays” or your liable to lose the wife who motivated you! Not that I know anything about your personal situation, but it’s fairly crazy to tell people they can’t take days off…. You still need to live life and enjoy life. Relaxation is an important part of life.

177 Brian

Always wondered how badly it affected you to tell your ppc secrets. And you’ve still got haters for your Adsense check. I run across a new one of those probably weekly. Great post, but I’ve gotta shut up and do some work now!

178 Georjina

Well! That was the kick in the a** I needed!

179 Bob L

Great post, as usual. Not diversifying while you are on top of your game is a very common mistake. Be careful that you don’t jump into the wrong venture with your free flowing cash. Paintball dodging for free gas? Love it! Imagine your venture when gas was $4+

180 Aggressive Dog Training

I totally agree. In order to make something happen, you can’t just dream about the outcome, you must always be active, expect to have critics, and not let anything get in your way.

181 gendut

you are right……….sometimes I feel like above, ……2009 is time to change

182 The Blogger Source

Great post. Worth referring to time and again to keep you fresh and alive.

183 Amanda M

Really great post Jeremy. I’m going to print this post out, frame it, and put it on my desk for a little daily dose of reality. Thank you!

184 Misafir

Thanks for all the tips.

185 Article Spinning

You are right about hope, Jeremy. As important as it is to be hopeful, the good book says “hope delayed makes the heart grow weary” or something like that. So, in as much as it is important to be hopeful, it’s best to be hopeful and WORK towards that which is hoped for.

186 Ari Lestariono

Hopes comes in many forms…..

187 Anna

Hi, the “Showoff” one really made me laugh. I’ve always wondered about that, sales pages that promise to walk people through everything they need to know in order to exploit some new, untapped, virgin territory with no competition. But now the eBook that teaches how to compete is being broadcast to thousands of people.

It reminds me of receiving a promotional email about the worlds-best-kept-secret tiny village in Central America. Undiscovered and unspoiled, nary a tourist in sight. The land of your dreams, you should go there now before its too late! It’s called “….”

188 Future of Blogging

Your quotation was one of the best quote i ever read…“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will steal out of your bucket” GuRU Maker :)

189 Flashes In The Dark

I agree with a lot of what you say…writing is very similar…you have to face a lot of bad feedback and rejections before you can get anywhere.

190 Dereks Free Software

Hi, too many waste their time moaning & making excuses when they should be concentrating on addressing their own weaknesses.

191 Busby Tester

yeah, i always in inconsistency in making money online.
like one of the seven deadly sins for people.

192 blogging success

That was a great article.Thanks a lot :)
I especially liked the first point.There is nothing to get excited till we get what we wanted .

193 Freeware Gallery

I enjoyed this post! This post has a lot of knowledge about earning from internet. Thanks!

194 nilai3

InConsistency Killed me ! Need to wake up ! and start over again and again. Thanks… )

195 Ari Lestariono

Being focus and not distracted is very difficult only people on master level can do that, only 10% will make it to this business.

196 Affiliate marketing

Lack of focus is my biggest trouble. I don’t follow through.

197 How To Make Money From Home

Great motivation from this post, however I just caught myself being lazy again by spending the last half an hour reading thru your site instead of promoting my own sites.

Some day I suppose….:)

198 Rick

I have been on the wrong side of these sins many times. My main problem is the inconsistency/laziness… it’s a real problem to stay motivated when you work from home. I find it helps to get out of the house and go work at a cafe or something.

Baby steps.

199 Kenney Works From Home

Dang good post Shoe. You made me chuckle on the first one, HOPE… Stop Just do it… because it’s so true.

200 Alex K

I think I just found my new role model!

201 tevin

Start making a life time long stream income from working at home for just a couple hours visit i promise youll make lots of money

202 Gina

You spaketh the Truth.

203 Arsento

I read a few topics. I respect your work and added blog to favorites.

204 doing business

thanks for sharing this nice article. I got some enlightenment from this article.

205 Joey

Hi Jeremy … Now I follow your blog but this article in particular is very nice, so so so so so so nice. Well first because I learn how to leave those sins by the bitter road, I have an idea and start to invite friends to complete it, in that time I knew just basics about coding, so those “friends” just wanted to count bucks and pesos but do not wanted to learn code and nothing about that, my girl just leave me because it seems that I am married to my laptop, and now I have a nice project growing fast and cool … and I want to add something more about taech peope to fish:

-When have a cool project and your analysis & marketing study says “hey today is a good day to spend your life coding”, just get it, in silence, no noise, do not tell anyone unless you trust in him, just tell to the people that seems to be interested-

Avoid the sins you mark us in this article, make people thinking and doing. Stay in tune … do not be a sins doer.

206 Link Building

I really like how you’ve dissected some of the less obvious obstacles for creating success. I have been down the road of failure more tha I can count and all that saved me was my consistency and determination. I learned to throw away things that don’t work and replace them with those that do.



207 Does zeno work

So ture. The worst thing is to start off and actually get the backlinking going.

208 jack designer

Regardless, it is always good for getting an outsider’s perspective in web design. We are looking outward, from inside. Yet, our work has been intended for people who were from outside, but rarely have a time to “look in”. So being able to view how they see is worth our time. Too cool, I like them, thank you!

209 Good Web Designing

Thank you for such useful tips and information.

210 Guts N Glam

awesome tips from JS! more please!!!

211 Chad A. Wilgus

I think I should of come here before listening to the dudes at a three letter forum starting with a p. They really cut on you and you offer quite a bit of free tips I just found due to looking for a myads coupon code. Sorry for trusting a secondary source before just reading up on you myself. Hope to here a lot more from the Shoe as the days roll on.

212 Jules

my wife is a shrink, comes in handy !

213 Cheryl Jones

What can we say after that? Nothing. You hit it all.

214 vizyon

That was a great article.Thanks a lot
I especially liked the first point.There is nothing to get excited till we get what we wanted .

215 Tanmay affordable small business seo

Make money online is a famous issue of thinking now a day but people should learn about its proper use before start.

Thanks for the nice post.



217 Johnny Rogers

Interesting post… A little harsh but very motivating and it has a ton of truth to it… For the past few years I have been chasing the image of you holding that $132k Google check, it is what motivates me. I may never get there and right now I’m not even close, but that is what drives me.

BTW, just listened to a podcast you did on WebmasterRadio.FM with Seth Godin back on April 2, 2009. It was very informative. Seth really had and has his finger on the pulse of marketing and how to reach people. I especially like the comment he made about not trusting people to do the right thing when money is involved.

P.S. I am going to send you a t-shirt soon for my college planning site:

Always a pleasure!

218 Mysoft101

I know what you mean about point 1 & 2 but not entirely sure I agree… mmmm I see the ethical dilemma but then scarcity and time insentives work.

Ok – in future I think I’ll honour all my time sensitive or price statements but… I just have to make the time (or find the script to action them!)

219 curtsbad

I have been trying to be an affiliate promoting ads. I have 10 websites up but nothing is happening or I have not done something right. I have sites on I have one on bettingsecrets on websites,bmw,art and not one has ever made a penny, I have a family of 5 to support and no work in the horizon. Now I have put in alot of work and I am willing to put in alot more,Just what does it take to make money being an affilliate. I have been doing this for months with no luck. where do I turn to can anyone help me please I am about to lose everything.

220 todd

i dont have a website although i would love one i just cant seem to figure it out .its so overwhelming to me and that sucks,i cant figure out what im supposed to do with your site and this making money thing why would they give me money,please help me to understand, thank you for reading todd

221 Sapna Tv

This entry is ancient in social media time, but seriously this is the best damn piece of advice on PSF marketing I’ve read in a while. I’m going to re-tweet as if it’s brand-spanking-new.

222 Sapna Tv

Are you overwhelmed by all the social media information out there? Do you need visual aid to help you wrap your mind around social media marketing and how to use it to grow your revenues?

223 Mark

Your comments are RIGHT ON! Action and humility are sometimes much easier to spell than to live. Thanks for providing motivation to live in action and humility as opposed to just typing those words. Nowdoit.

224 pulse oximeter

I think this is great list….And can say ive done some of those try to help instead of shutting my mouth! we live n learn!

225 Seb at Pedometer watches

Great post and very inspirational.

226 Jerrick

i think there a deadly sins that is lot of people get brain wash which everyone come toward to earn fast money . Make money online are not easy . Is not a place to earn fast money . ofcourse it maybe less costly and more easy to setup but to be success , you maybe have the face the same problem again from what you face in physical.

227 Kevin Deal

I listened to Charlie Munger say that you can pick any one of the seven deadly sins, envy is the only one you won’t have any fun with. Haha.

228 Pilotgardens

Either you are a genius or you have too much time on your hands but I do appreciate the end result and find I have to agree with you on this one. Thanks for the realistic entertainment and getting me thinking.

229 Chosen Fingers

This is so very true! I am working like a dog every day to get my site going but I didn’t quit my day job!

230 Sahil Kotak

Surely, I very nice post. I really learned a lot from this post.

231 Jamie Hudson

Excellent list! Some of them are just so true and I’ve experienced them all myself. Procrastination would be my biggest one as I say I’m doing something one minute, and think of a new idea the next. Anyway, thanks a lot although this comment is 2 years later, the info is still very helpful and relevant.

232 seo in kent

This is a very relevant article, you dont get all the gurus telling you about these. You have to conentrate on one thing at a time otherwise you could be destined to fail.

233 Rodney

I hate sitting on ideas too.. I wear many hats, that because i have go getter kind of attitude.. I believe in myself so much that if i have a idea that NO one can ever break my focus on it. I will WILL it to happen.. Kind of like the law of attraction. A good dvd on that is called The Secret, i recommend it to any and everyone…

234 Ask Money Maker

Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. That is an extremely neatly written article. I?ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your helpful information. Thanks for the post. I?ll definitely return.

235 Join our team and get 2 paid members in your downline

I don?t even understand how I ended up right here, but I believed this post was once great. I do not know who you’re however certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you happen to aren’t already ;) Cheers!


Thank you for the good writeup. It if truth be told used to be a entertainment account it. Look complex to more brought agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

237 David

Just wanted to say thank you for the post

238 Your Name

Shoemoney!@ they talk of you the first day of college, and now i’m so interested in making money online since as we know competition is fierce.

I wanna read your blog all the time and learn from it then one day I hope to earn that picture of me and a cheque,

I love this money makin on line stuff but to tell ya the truth i’m no good, i want to do passive income from adsense but i get the feeling you need a super site with alot of traffic going through it not just an article pasted onto a site. I get this from you, and your ringtone site nextpimp? anyhow any advice i would truly cherish, but thanks for showing us all, good day

239 Mission0ps

Holy cow .. I like this post, It’s cool when you can rant and educate at the same time,,, skillz.

and by the way .. just above this comment as I write is a whiner asking .. why can’t I make any cash .. whinner LOL

240 rima

first off all thank’s for the post, on the first “sins” HOPE yes that’ s right always take action..again and again…

241 Ted

How much is written about online earnings but there is no 100% truth nowhere

242 Brad

Great post shoe! My favorite post in long while!
You make your own success, no one is going to do for you. Just recently I sold 2 of my websites, and bought my dream car! ~ not the smartest use of my money.. but i’ll make more successful websites. =P I’ll see you on SC..

243 Sandor from Budapest

This is so damn good post, I have saved it into my bookmarks. I was hit expecially from the First Sin, but actually I do all of them. My favorite part of this, which really switched me on is ” AND I don’t mean to make a list of stuff TO DO. I mean start making progress.”
Wow! Making too much preparation is a kind of procrastination.
And you know what? As I sit there and simply put the things in action, it is not so hard at all… So there is no need for any procrastinaton.

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