This post takes me a long time to go together but I know a lot of people enjoy the recap.
Started off with a BANG. We were chosen Best Affiliate Marketing Blog, Best Contextual Advertising Blog and Best Conference Photo Coverage by the Search Engine Journal awards.
Google decided they were going to slap foreign web masters in the face by terminating the referral programs.
I made a post about why I do not like 95% of the SEO of “SEO EXPERTS”.
I talked about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone.
Michael Arrington of Techcrunch sent me press credentials for the Techcrunch awards and I got to roll with some pretty big names like Kevin Rose (digg founder) and Mark Zuckerberg (facebook founder):
Rocketprofit sent me a badass Video Camera that I use a TON!
Danny Sullivan came on the radio show to talk about my recent comments about SEO People.
Rebecca Kelley wrote a great post about how SEO is like Guitar Hero.
Undermat company sent me some undermats that were super pimp!
I wrote about how to approach people for interviews.
I made a post with a video showing all the free stuff we get from companies.
My post about Customer Support Does Not Matter In Online Commerce sparked a lot of debate.
While driving cross country I answered some questions from readers.
Poetic Prophet performed a pretty cool SEO/SEM rap.
I talked about the power of negative press and why you should embrace it.
And I also explained what lead scrubbing was and how it worked.
At the end of February, I traveled to SMX and at the beginning of March, I posted a video with Randy from SEOMOZ about blog monetization.
I listed out the top ten extensions I think are a MUST HAVE for Firefox.
Who could forget this? I also had a little screw-up when I accidentally ordered oh, let’s say, an extra 30 iPods!
The first Shoeperstar, Aaron Kronis, headed to the SXSW conference with me and had a blast.
Started off April Fool’s Day with a little video. 🙂
The Elite Retreat 2008 was kick ass and I gave a nice wrap up about the event.
I also explored different ways to make money with the YouTube Partner Program.
Then I wrapped up the month by answering a bunch of questions. Round 5 baby!
I really got some people talking when I said that I believed SEO has no future and that it would eventually die. I took the conversation a step further by emailing some industry people for their definition of SEO and here’s what they had to say!
In May, my wife J and I celebrated our fourth anniversary.
I also decided to vent a little and list the 10 Reasons Why You’re An Idiot.
And to kick the summer off, I also pimped out the ShoeMoney pool. 🙂
My wife was about to have our second child so I was unable to attend the SMX Advanced conference. Instead, I recorded a video about buying sites for SEO purposes for all the attendees. I also shared it here with you.
From fear to motivation, I also gave my theory on why most people fail in business.
In June, I also looked at Google Trends compared to Alexa, Quantcast and Compete.com and people had a lot to say.
Joe Daley’s start-up, BlingEasy.com, made for some interesting photos.
It’s a girl! I had my second child, on July 3, actually ten minutes before the fourth of July!Â We named her Joslyn, and let’s just say – this was one of the craziest (and scariest) week’s of my entire life.
Here is my older daughter, Juliet, listening to baby Joslyn’s heart beat:
Know the Internet marketer’s drug of choice? If you don’t remember, caffeine barely beat out…
John Chow also invaded the “Shoeplex!” – in other words, my office.
The .me domain registration got off to a crappy start (and almost 200 people had something to say).
I also gave a preview to the ShoeMoney Tools (which now has a ton of users and still growing!).
And at the end of July, the blog hit the 60,000 comment mark!
The Board of Advisers for ShoeMoney Tools was announced. Pretty sweet list of people.
I revealed that I am a recovering addict of MMORPG games. 😛
Tons of people signed up for the ShoeMoney Newsletter. (If you haven’t done it by now, you can still sign up here.)
Jammed out at the CPA Empire Breakaway event. A little after hours fun.
At the SES San Jose Conference, I learned how to tip a maid. haha
Germany’s greatest SEO definitely threw down some rhymes. Beatbox anyone?
Logo Samurai transformed John Chow and I into animation domination.
And Harrison Gevirtz gave some great insight on how to optimize PPC campaigns.
Traveled to Denver, Colorado where Media Breakaway let us take a look behind the scenes of their company.
Who could forget the quick approaching election and Joel Comm’s launch of the Sarah Palin action figure? Hi-ya!
I shared with you what I consider a successful blog.
I even explored whether or not affiliate companies could/should demand your Google AdWords account info.
Harrison made a follow up guest post about running an ad network.
I also explained my SCREW GOOGLE! mentality.
It was scary times for the economy and I talked about my investment strategies and take on the whole bailout.
TechCrunch revealed that Google’s image search may include sponsored links.
Nate Moller from MollerMarketing.com conducted one of the best interviews ever.
And I asked the question, “Have you ever lost it all?”
Interviewed Ads4dough owner, Jason Akatiff about blackhat SEO and affiliate network and his perspective from both sides of the industry.
In 2008, I not only started using Twitter, but at the end of four months – I had seen the Twitter light. (Actually, I think 2009 will be the year for Twitter and we’ll see alot more users joining.)
Originally part of the ShoeMoney Newsletter, I re-posted this article on how to make money online with local affiliate marketing programs. It’s truly the new gold rush.
Google tells Yahoo! to stick it.
Joost de Valk did a great guest post on 7 steps to get more comments.
I followed that up with a post on how to incentivize users to get content.
My wife and I traveled to Vegas to see Madonna and had tickets for the wrong night. Whoops. Did a little social engineering to fix the situation. 🙂
My Website Magazine article, “Beyond AdSense”, hit the shelves.
I announced the Elite Retreat 2009 line up and we were already 75% sold out on the first day.
I gave a recap of the ShoeMoney Tools and the tools we continue to add.
Traveled to my hometown of Moline, Illinois, and saw the festival of trees with the fam.
I started off my holiday shopping with a $500 shopping spree at Kmart.
Then I posted video proof that the recession does not affect online marketers. haha
Used a story about undercooked shrimp to demonstrate the importance of quality.
Affiliate Summit West let me give out 20 FREE passes to the conference this January.
After a few months at it, I also reviewed the MySpace MyAds advertising platform.
I’ve done alot of things, but now I can add auctioning myself on eBay to that list. It was a great way to earn over $10,000 for the Affiliate Marketers Give Back charity!
In the spirit of giving, I also made a post on how to get others to donate to you through Amazon Wish Lists.