For affiliate newbies, should they really by By Rosalind Gardner’s book, the Super Affiliate Handbook? (?? Yes, even knowing you are an affiliate of hers…) Will it really save us time and energy?
ShoeMoney: No idea. I don’t read books. Her name sounds familiar but I don’t think I have ever done business with her.
Do you still promote a lot of affiliate products? What do you think are the most lucrative verticals in terms of pure search volume?
ShoeMoney: We don’t really “promote” anything right now. We are just sitting on organic rankings we have had for years for various sites while we work on new stuff. I think right now a lot of people are exploiting the christian and ethnic markets for dating and other stuff seems to be pretty lucrative.
I just bought http://makemoneyonlineideas.net what would be your suggestions for the first year of blogging?
ShoeMoney: Write a lot of good content
In google webmaster tools, in the top search queries I get seemingly impossible position (like 1-10) for a popular single word query. yet i get no traffic from it, and when I search for it, i don’t appear anywhere in the results for the first 100 or so. Any ideas what’s going on there?
ShoeMoney: Try to narrow it down by country or service. For instance I rank very high for some terms in google images but not in search.
Have you been able to use twitter to get traffic, income or both? if so how much and how can we do the same?
ShoeMoney: It does boil down to income. Twitter is a great tool to communicate instantly with tons of people who care what you have to say. For instance i posted I was taking questions and had over 50 responses on a Sunday in less then 2.5 hours.
Clog Money asks:
Why do you bother to keep this blog up to date when in comparison to your other sites it makes very little in terms of revenue?
ShoeMoney: The blog might not make sense financial from its own revenue but its a great networking tool and also a good spot to launch my own stuff.
For a new social site of mine.
What is better: keyword.net or my+keyword.com
In terms of branding and what people will remember.
Would love to hear your opinion. The keyword.com doesn’t seem available.
ShoeMoney: For branding if you can afford it you should go with keyword.com always. I would stay away from my+keyword.com and instead build a unique keyword.com
Do you think teenagers aged 13-18 can make a decent income on the web?
MrAchievement.com (Stanley Bronstein) asks:
In a blog, which is most important. Quantity of posts or quality of posts ?
I have my opinion, but I’d love to know yours.
ShoeMoney: Quality… duh
Think Like An SOB asks:
Would you have kept Auctionads if CJ was not involved? Or would you have sold it for more?
ShoeMoney: Well if CJ was not onboard we would have been able to do a lot of things we couldnt have…. But they were not the reason we sold it. Auctionads just got sooo big so fast and we were 2 guys trying to run it all. We wanted to focus on other things so we sold it. Thats the bottom line.
Do you sell anything using clickbank? And do you build email lists?
ShoeMoney: I dont think I have ever done anything with clickbank… and I don’t build lists.
Laptop Best Buys asks:
What is the truth about backlinks, are relevant backlinks best? I mean what’s more important for backlinks high serp or relevance to my site?
ShoeMoney: This is a good question for a SEO… not me 😉 I will take any link anyone wants to give me.
You have made a ton of money in a relatively short time. Are there still ample opportunities for someone to do the same thing as you have done? How does someone spot a good situation in order to be able to exploit it, like you did for ring tones?
ShoeMoney: There is always a oppourtunity to improve on a existing products. We did it with ringtones then we came in with auctionads there was already 7 other companies doing exactly what we were doing but we just did it better. Now we are doing it in MMA and it will take a bit but we will get there.
I remember some where you said you prefer a pc laptop over a Apple laptop. Is this true and if so why?
ShoeMoney: I used to use a pc laptop because I did not like the large size of apple + the lack of support of evdo. Now I have a macbook air and evdo so I am pretty much all mac now.
Keith Cash asks:
If you could have only three affiliates on you blog to make money what would they Be?
Thank you for your time.
ShoeMoney: no clue I have never done much with affiliates here.
So what’s going on with ShoeCapital, or whatever you called your tech/vc company? How do you decide what companies to fund and where do you get the money to invest to begin with?
ShoeMoney: ShoeMoney Capital INC is in the process of being formed. We have had about 20 offers but nothing that really excites us to much. Assets contributed to form the company are from David Dellanave and myself.
Hey, i have been thinking of making several content sites based on music video embeds from sites like youtube, dailymotion etc.
Is it legal to embed any video from the site if i didnt upload it in the first place. And if not, does it make a difference if i have a user submitted site where i do not have direct control over approving videos that may or may not be copyrighted.
Also, related to music videos. Websites like http://new.music.yahoo.com/ seem to have the right to host any music video and give users the capability of embedding it themselves.
This seems like a legal grey area to me, and i dont really want to proceed if theres potential of me getting sued.
ShoeMoney: I am not a lawyer but if the gray area of the internet keeps you from doing something its probably just not for you.
Siva | car345.com asks:
Shoe what was your toughest $1000 earning online? what was easiest $1000 earning online?
ShoeMoney: hmm easiest was when I won 1300 betting on Mac Danzig in the TUF5 finale. The hardest was when waaaaaaaay back when I used to do consulting having to deal with clients. I hate clients.
Why do people say “heads up!” when they want you to duck?
Hello Shoe – I’m a big fan.
My question; from reading your blog it seems like the tipping point in your success was NextPimp.com’s Adsense revenue – that income fueled your other endeavors. Do you think that model: blog + forum + useful tools + Adsense/subscriptions still can work today?
Is time spent building monument sites with user generated content time well spent?
ShoeMoney: The nextpimp subscriptions far far far far and away exceeded revenue per month then any other form of advertising. In 2006 we had over 70,000 paying subscripers at 19.95 per 6/mo. Thats almost 300k/month. Its just funny how people focus in on that adsense check so much ;). Nextpimp was my first site so definatly it was a starting point. Yes all techniques still work.
Robert MacEwan asks:
Do you know of any probloggers that mentor?
ShoeMoney: I don’t. I dunno what I would even tell someone… “start writing?”.
Lee Bandoni asks:
When you decided to build AuctionAds you must have realised that creating a “out of the box” interface bolted onto a well known network would be a huge success. Products like Twhirl are another example of making a tool even easier to use , do you think the way forward for smaller developers is to add value to existing products which already have a known user base.
ShoeMoney: Well again there was 7 other companies making something very similar (including eBay with adcontext) so the real pioneering difference with auctionads was incentivizing users, paying out 100%, net zero payouts.
When you first got started, how long did it take you to start earning significant money online? Significant meaning when you started earning let’s say at least $1,000 a month.
ShoeMoney: 7 years
Chris Edwards asks:
Hey Shoe, not to sound like a kiss up but I want to say your the man bro. My question is after all of the time you have spent on the web seeing it evolve, whether it be the search engines or the latest social apps and websites, what would you say is the best way to make money online for the long term and why?
Many thanks in advance and for the opportunity to ask you questions!
ShoeMoney: The same rules always apply. Build a site people want to use and link to and everything else will take care of itself.
Silviu Lucian asks:
What would be your top #1 suggestion to somebody just starting out making money online. I’ve been at it for a bit over a year now, with a website in a very competitive niche, paired up against some really big boys, barley making any money at all, working some insane hours, keeping a job, etc…
ShoeMoney: hmm #1 work hard
how can i promote my site, other then social networking. and give him a note from scale 1 to 10_
ShoeMoney: If you have the budget PPC. Otherwise build some widgets.
Michael D asks:
Do you think MMA fighting will pass US US boxing in popularity in the upcoming years? Besides the launching of the fighters.com social platform site, what potential related opportunities do you feel you could share openly about?
ShoeMoney: Its already passed boxing in terms of PPV and search volume. I think also opening mma franchise gyms will be lucrative aswell.
Sean W asks:
What is your stance on the Ebay Partner Network? Do you think anything will change within the next 5-10 years that would stop affiliates from making money?
ShoeMoney: I honestly have no clue. I have never tried the eBay partner network. I got eBay’d out.
Shoe, what non paid methods or sites would you use to promote a specifically tourism-related website? Thank you!
ShoeMoney: Get a domain without a hyphen… something brandable. Then write really good tourism related content that people will want to come back to later or tell there friends about
There’s a rumor going around on twitter that you have an incredibly large penis. did you start this rumor, and is it true?
ShoeMoney: Its not true but it does sound like a rumor I would start.
Should small time bloggers report their blog incomes…even if it is maybe no more than $100 a month and whats the best way to do it?
ShoeMoney: Your should always report your income to the irs.
One of my sites (http://WinScrabble.com) has proven difficult for me to promote through my normal methods.
It’s a site to help people cheat at Scrabble, by taking their letters and generating valid words for them. Once I hook a user, they tend to convert to long-term, direct traffic easily, but the problem is there is a very strong incentive for them to not share the site with their friends. So, word of mouth is next to nil.
Can you think of any way that I could motivate people to share that site with others? Going with 100% CPC advertising has felt like an uphill battle, so far.
ShoeMoney: Well aslong as you can grow and make a profit then pour on the CPC. Eventually your site will not just be the hush hush it will be the bare minimum if people want to compete.
What’s your opinion about Techpin.com in short?
ShoeMoney: It looks like another engadget clone.
Hey Shoe — one of my favorite posts on your blog is “I used to be fat …”. These days you seem to have “rockstar confidence” (in a good way), and I’m guessing that losing weight, amongst other things, really helped that. So my question is:
How would you describe your own confidence and self-esteem, and the role that it plays in your life and business?
ShoeMoney: I think my confidence and self esteem more came about when I got married and had a kid. It puts things into perspective.
Microsoft’s deadline for their offer to Yahoo passed yesterday. What do you think is going to happen with Yahoo?
ShoeMoney: being that yahoo laid off all those people and sold everything just to meet the streets expectation microsoft should have no problem doing a hostile take over.
Mark – The Niche Store Builder asks:
Thanks for the chance to pick your brain Jeremy!
Do you think it is wiser to build out 10-20 (random number) tightly focused, Higher earning, higher maintenance, affiliate websites that require more of your time to promote etc. OR… do you think it is wiser to build 100-200 lower maintenance, lower earning, less time investment etc?
Essentially – which is better? Spending more time on less sites, or less time on more sites? Assuming volume will overcome quality….
ShoeMoney: I think the revenue will answer your question for you. We have had some in the past where we could autogenerate thousands of sites and they did well but now its not so easy. If you can come up with a way to do it then go for it. Either way odds are its going to be short lived.
Collin – Feed Flare asks:
When starting into PPCc affiliate marketing, what would be the best way to start if you wanted to be able to double your money everytime you start a campaign? Meaning if I started which a 300 dollar credit is either adwords or yahoo search and was running with rocket profit or Hydra what would I have to do to make 600.
What I want to do is be able to double what evr I invest. I think If I am able to do that everytime it would not be to long before I was making some good money.
ShoeMoney: if I knew how to double my money everytime i started a campaign…. I would be starting new campaigns right now. Sorry chief but there is nobody out there who can guarantee doubling your money on every campaign. Maybe after loosing a lot testing.
Dan Schawbel asks:
How did you get your first 1,000 subscribers?
ShoeMoney: I have no clue. The first time I ever setup feedburner and redirected /feed/ there it already had like 5k or so.
Adi Moga asks:
whould you add me on twitter ? aimoga is my id 🙂
ShoeMoney: I don’t really see you twittering anything interesting and I have no clue who you are so I would say no.
My Dollar Plan asks:
What is your exit plan?
ShoeMoney: I dunno… I am not much of a planner. I would like to own a major league baseball team someday.
Zafar Ahmed asks:
How many times should a blogger update his blog with new blog posts in a week?
ShoeMoney: as many as they feel like writing
Todd Mintz asks:
Why has the popularity of MMA grown so much so quickly?
ShoeMoney: Boxing got very very boring and also left quite a niche. Recently MMA rules fighting has been becoming legal in more and more states.
Would you describe a typical Monday at work?
ShoeMoney: Wake up with my kid get her ready for school then head to the office work all day come home goto gym until about 7pm come home hang out with kid and wife then goto bed
Do you get sick of spammers that use question opportunities like this to ask “What do you think of my site at blah blah blah…”? They’re as annoying as people that think the “Name” field on this form translates to “Add 20 keywords here.”
ShoeMoney: Its kind of like asking for all the idiots to raise there hands ;). They look like jackasses so whatever.
Nick Throlson asks:
Do you hate anyone with a passion name the top 3 ?
ShoeMoney: Oprah, hmmm I know there is more. Ill get back to you on that.
Do you have a mentor? If so, who is it? If not, who would you love to be mentored by?
ShoeMoney: I don’t have a mentor but there are a lot of people I have taken pieces from… seth godin, malcom gladwell, guy kawasaki. I am not a big fan of “mentoring”. I think more people need to do things for themselves and learn from there own experiences and not from the experiences of others.
How many visitors do you get through blogrush?
ShoeMoney: I did a full breakdown of its traffic not to long ago. Search is your friend 😉
Hey, Shoe. Where do you see a site like fighters.com going? Will it stay as a news portal, or are you looking to create more of a community?
ShoeMoney: Definatly not a news portal. Kind of a social site but not really. We have some cool features coming in the next few weeks.
Which SEO/SEM/etc… would make the best UFC fighter?
ShoeMoney: If David Naylor could get in shape I think he would be pretty tough to beat. He broke my rib a couple years ago with a stray punch and it still hurts.
Do you have special routines to decide which projects you start and which you don’t?
ShoeMoney: yeap… and its much to long for this. I go into deep detail in the shoemoneyplaybook
Shoe – in your opinion, whats the best resource (other than shoemoney, of course) for affiliate noobies to learn how to get started and what are the best offers to get started with (sorry, that’s sort of 2 questions in one)?
ShoeMoney: I really dunno any site including this one that will teach people that much how to make money. They need to dive in and learn. Its so simple and costs nothing to start that people need to stop being lazy. No website will replace experience.
I am a newbie to all of this and read your feed everyday – I have learnt a lot from you – thank you!. Would you please be kind enough to explain to me in plain English how this twitter works?. I have signed up but have no idea how to work it? Thank you. Smiles to you. Yvonne
ShoeMoney: Sure you follow people you care what they say and then are alerted when they say something. Its a great cross between a instant messenger and a blog.
How do you think I could improve on my printnpost.com site. its article and blog site for authors to earn with adsense….Aside from my typos and grammer errors! 😛
ShoeMoney: The first thing I notice is adsense right in the middle of your page. What is the goal of this? To drive away users right when they get to your site? Whenever I see adsense in the middle of peoples pages in the prime spots I can’t possible take their site seriously. I mean if they do not value their traffic more then a few pennies why should I?
When is the shoemoney playbook coming out??
ShoeMoney: I hope in 2008…. writing books is a crappy proccess.
If you could have dinner with any entrepreneur who would it be?
ShoeMoney: Russel Simmons
how you doin?
ShoeMoney: Good thanks!