What do you
Just financially speaking… not the common “I’m happy, so I’m rich” definition.
ShoeMoney: If you limit me to simply financial I would have to say when you can purchase everything you need and not go into debt.
Party Clothes asks:
What would you do to make a good party great?
ShoeMoney: Invite me
When are you going to post pics/video tour of your new office?
ShoeMoney: We are still doing some small construction in the new building and outfitting the kitchen, conference room, and the 4 offices will be a bit. Its possible we might do a video eventually. Its possible there will be some of it on the top affiliate challenge.
How much do you make per month? not only from this blog but your grand total earning ( Adsense + Affiliate + Private ad sales etc… )
ShoeMoney: My personal salary is 120k per year so that would be 10k per month. We are looking at taking on some investment money so I am unable to disclose company financials at this time.
team ray asks:
whats the least you spend on ppc yet made a huge margin on?
sorry i remake the question: Can you give me some advice on how to bring more traffic on petsfunky.com
ShoeMoney: Make a good site/service people want to use then make it very easy for them to share it with there friends.
what are your views on mahalo? is calacanis gonna appear on the failblog?
ShoeMoney: I think Mahalo is great. Its already getting good market share and I expect it to grow. I think its probably on schedule.
What do you think about www.SoftDistrict.com and what techniques do you think will help it grow?
ShoeMoney: At first glance I have no clue what the site is about. Most of its content seems to mirror other new sites. For this site to be successful its going to need to find its edge and give people a reason to come there for news vs the 10,000 other sites they can read the same news on.
Starting a new social website would you use a pre-built solution (Ning/Souped up Drupal/Other) or would you build from scratch?
ShoeMoney: I actually really like wordpress from a user/content management system. This is a new thing for me coding around wordpress. I will report more as I dink more with it but I love how easy it is to hook into.
Rajaie AlKorani asks:
If there was one other thing you could do for a living, what would it be?
ShoeMoney: Own a baseball team.
Adi Moga asks:
Did you know any search engine based on human feelings or other service(like social networking) that use human feelings as an engine ?
ShoeMoney: honestly I have no interest in that
Christian Flickinger asks:
What is your favorite beer?
ShoeMoney: I don’t drink bear. I drink Skinny Pirates (captain morgan and diet coke)
Whats one of the craziest things you have done?
ShoeMoney: A couple weeks ago in las vegas I was on this radio station with professional fighter frank trigg. After the show we went out for lunch at TGI Fridays. We started tanking long island ice teas. After about 5 in 1 hour I passed out then wokeup 5 hours later in a bathroom with my pants around my ankles and puke all over my shirt. There was a note that said “Take a shower and there is fresh clothes for you in the closet” I was in frank triggs house. I have not talked to him since. That was the most recent craziest thing to happen to me.
ShoeMoney, being a business owner you are exposed to the best and worst of the world. I was wondering how do you deal with anger and not get something negative get to you?
ShoeMoney: I think the best way to learn to deal with anger is just experience. I have been trying to make money online for the last 15 years but only really doing it for the last 5-6. Its also a lot easier being that I have a team of people and its not all on me.
So you have mentioned Google Trends as being a category killer but I have sites that get over 2,000 unique visitors a day and GT does not even recognize them yet. When do you think Trends will be a stable product?
ShoeMoney: I think its probably pretty stable for decent volume sites now. Similar to regular google trends.
Still with your NextPimp. How many server you provide NextPimp ?
I have a single Dedicated Server for single site with up to ten thousands uv/day, some time this get Server Load and Memory Used get Overload too. So I need suggestion from you, what should I do..? Upgrade memory, Add addition Server or just Optimizing my code ..?
ShoeMoney: 1 server. Learn memcached 😉
Anil Gupta asks:
Do you think link exchange is still effective?
And if don’t mind sharing, what are the ways you follow to promote your blog and its individual posts?
ShoeMoney: I think there is always value in link exchanges(although maybe not SEO) I try to create a service/site/content that people will want to use then provide a easy way for people to share that content.
Do you use the mobile web and if so what websites do you visit?
ShoeMoney: I dont.
As someone who has put together a few sites in your day, how would you respond to this? Should one try several niches, domains, ideas, verticals to see which one gets traction and then put more effort into that one? Or would you say that more sure success is to focus on one idea and spend the time and resources necessary to make it work?
ShoeMoney: It really depends on the time you have available. Many times you can focus on 1 long term site and build many short term money makers in the mean time.
Sketch Online asks:
Shoemoney seems like a personal blog and get-rich-quick site.
ShoeMoney: hmm get rich quick site?…. thats sad. I have tried to be very transparent on how to build successful businesses over time and discourage the whole get rich quick mentality.
Do you think that more subscription based sites will dump that model and open their content up for free because of the increased revenue that can be generated from the additional page views and ad impressions of having a site fully open to the public?
ShoeMoney: It depends. Most people have to give away great content in order to demonstrate they know what they are talking abut to charge for their content.
Which affiliate network do you think is the “best”, meaning if you “have to” use only one, which one would it be?
ShoeMoney: Azoogleads I have worked with the most. They were previous sponsor. I still use them more then anyone else. There SOAP API is pretty impressive.
Does Fighters.com attend fights with credentials ?
ShoeMoney: We are credentialed with every major Mixed Martial Arts Organization. (have you seen our interviews?)
still accept guest posts?
ShoeMoney: I am always accepting guest posts but rarely see one that I would post. I like posts where the author takes a risk. Gives an opinion that has not ben heard before. Sometimes its rants.. The last thing people need is 10 ways make more money… or something lame like that.
jeremy, do you believe in God? Because most americans I believe do really feel that believing in God is trivial? Any thoughts to share?
ShoeMoney: I am agnostic. Normally people that front their religion is a major red flag to me.
Adi Moga asks:
and one more question… if i`ll build a web site that use human feelings would you test it(for sure i’ll not have money for a review due to the fact that i can’t build the matrix by myself, and i`ll have to pay few psycho-analysts 🙂 ) ?
ShoeMoney: I think that is pretty stupid.
David Parkinson asks:
Have you seen the screenshots for UFC 2009?
Are you going to be getting this game?
ShoeMoney: Yes when the ufc first showed it like a year ago =P
Have you ever considered affiliating for casino or poker?
ShoeMoney: We have done some casino stuff but I have never been very good with it.
In a previous question session you mentioned that you would announce the iphone apps you’re working on. I may have missed it but what are they? and In talks with other developers have you gotten some info on what others are creating?
ShoeMoney: ya man… really a bummer. The people we were working on this with totally flaked. Massive let down and a huge opportunity missed. This is why I do not like to outsource =(
Devil May Cry asks:
Which are you current top 3 favourite websites? Just curious!
ShoeMoney: digg, techcrunch, googlenews
If you started up a project, and after a few months it hasn’t done as well as you’d expected, would you carry on or drop it before you waste any more time?
ShoeMoney: It happens all the time. Sometimes I will sell it off or change gears with it. It all depends how much I believe in the service.
Bench Press asks:
Going to get an iPhone 3G?
Is there still money in creating incentivized sites? Enough incentivized affiliate offers to make it worth creating a site?
ShoeMoney: Sure there are always idiots who will sign up for incentivized offers. The human mind always wants to believe its really possible. Its not my thing but tons of money to be made in it.
What kind of advantages do you see in a static website over a blog type site?
Bryn (Internet Is My Life) asks:
Why don’t you display feedburner RSS stats?
ShoeMoney: RSS was fun last year building a base. Now I am having fun with twitter.
GO Zone Jeremy asks:
Why do you shave your head?
ShoeMoney: Its easy.
I have a network of 10 blogs on a cheap hosting plan. Is there a cheap way to back up my blogs so if my host is down, i can switch them to another server for the day? Basically I want a white trash version on load balancing server.
ShoeMoney: Sure learn mysqldump
Which ads would you go with on a site that is getting enormous traffic via image searches, particulary from Google Images search.
Simple Google ads or affiliates related to the products that are being searched?
ShoeMoney: I have never found a way to monetize from Google Search. Even if you break them out of the google frame the bounce rate is huge.
Do you think you can put a little more time and effort into your responses?
How many random people IM you on AIM on a daily bases?
ShoeMoney: None. I have to add you in order for you to message me.
Not sure if you’ve discussed this before, will search after I ask, lol, how valuable do you consider LinkedIn to be, and do you think that it’s effective for web presence and in real life?
How would you leverage a network on LinkedIn if you were to do so?
ShoeMoney: I think linked in is a piece of crap. I have blocked all email from linked in.
There are times when I feel don’t feel like doing anything, not sure whether this happens with you or not but if it does what do you do to bring back your missed timelines on track , basically it boils down to, what do you do for time management on a bad day ?
ShoeMoney: I often feel very overwhelmed but I take a step back and break out the job into some very small jobs and get them done. Its all about making progress.
Would you use affiliate advertising on a general site that has no specific topic? Such as a general web directory for example?
ShoeMoney: Seems to work well for BOTW
At age 24 and fresh out of college, I quit my day job as a project engineer (construction) 7 months ago to develop affiliate sites and promote exclusively through SEO. I currently have 4 sites and 2 are making money and have essentially replaced my previous work salary. I plan on developing a total of 10 sites this year. It’s still very risky since I’m essentially at the mercy of Google, Yahoo, and MSN. I haven’t hit that homerun yet, but I’m trying to getting close. What is the best way for me to sustain growth and mitigate risk?
ShoeMoney: Ya you need to get off of your Search Engine dependancy AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Focus on retaining your customers that ind you via the search engine but helping them share your site so you can survive without the search engine traffic.
Is PPC traffic the only type of advertising worth buying?
ShoeMoney: Depends on the niche. Sometimes ppc is the worst type of advertising….
Sports Picks asks:
Is fighters.com doing better or worse than expected as compared to any projections made prior to launch?
ShoeMoney: Its on par. I think our writing staff is way way way above where we thought we would be. We also never thought we would have gotten press credentialed with all the organizations so early. Many people told us that would never happen. Marketing wise we are backing off a little bit for now and instead focusing on building relationships in the space. We also are working on buying a few well established sites in the space. The development side of fighters is on par and we will be rolling out some more features throughout the summer getting to phase 3.
Nick Throlson asks:
Do You Think Google Or Adbrite Will Copy Adtoll’s Peel Away Ads ?
ShoeMoney: I doubt it. There are so many scripts that let you do it yourself.
Paulo Faustino asks:
Hello Shoe. This week i want to ask you if you do any kind of sports at this moment?
ShoeMoney: I just follow MMA.