IZEA Fest 2008 – Shoemoney Keynote

Shoemoney opened IZEA Fest 2008 with an inspiring keynote on his blogging and Internet career. He took us on a journey from his early days, when he weigh over 400lbs to today, where he runs a multimillion dollar media company.

Some of Shoe’s key points for Internet success include having good work ethic, making progress every day, prioritizing goals, doing what others are not willing to do, not making excuses and never settling. These are good rules to live by no matter what field you’re in. Also, it really helps to have a supportive wife.

The entire theme of Shoe’s keynote is never settle. He could have rested on his butts from his success with NextPimp.com. The site had over 70,000 paying members and made over $5 million in 2006. Instead, he started AuctionAds in 2007 and built it to $2 million per month in revenue in four months. He could have stop there as well. However, Shoe never settles and neither should you. Shoe summed up his keynote with this slide. I think it speaks for itself.

You can check out my IZEA Fest photos at my photo gallery. I will be adding more photos as I take them. For those who can’t make it to Orlando, IZEA Fest is being streamed live on Ustream at channel izeafest. My session is at 1:00PM EST. See you there!

24 thoughts on “IZEA Fest 2008 – Shoemoney Keynote”

  1. SEO genius says:

    What sounds to be a great keynote, wish i was there. Shoe is making some serious cash now…

    1. Shoe’s speech was amazing. Glad I went.

      1. Your lucky you got to see it.

        1. Thanks for posting this speech. I like the points about screwing …

  2. CoolProducts says:

    I watched his speech on UStream…pretty good. I really love the last bullet on that slide. Google is huge, but sometimes I think people let Google affect their business decisions.

  3. It was a great speech! Can’t wait until the Big Money Bloggers panel. 🙂

  4. Awesome – Never setttle ,
    SCREW GOOGLE – I am with Shoe on this.

    1. I actually think he meant not to write for search engines but for people. Initially i understood it as “don’t rely only on adsense for revenues”

      1. I think you are right on this one in that the point was to write for your audience. Like anything else google is a potentially profitable “tool.” I don’t think that shoe would say screw something that made him a lot of money. An author writes for his audience not for the computer, or his publisher, or the paper that the words are printed on. Those are all tools. So lets not get caught up on the “give it to the man” mentality.

  5. Joe King says:

    Great keynote from Jeremy. I’m glad that I decided to attend Izeafest in person. He set the stage for the rest of the event.

  6. Eric says:

    Hey John,

    Why didn’t you hook us up like Shoemoney by offering us the live stream. I was very disappointed. But at least shoemoney hooked us up!! Check it out now….




    1. John Chow says:

      I link to the live stream!

  7. I personally liked the screw Google approach. Classy. Inspiring

  8. Josten says:

    i must say shoe money is inspiring you as well john.

  9. I liked Shoe’s speech. He’s right.

    I’m always coming up with new ideas that I think about & go with. On top of that, you never know if someone else comes up with the same idea & goes for it as well. It would suck to sit back, only to see that other person do it & become successful.

  10. “Screw Google” I like it Shoe. Good One.

  11. Eric says:

    Oh My Bad!! I totally missed the link. I guess I was just to into the video!

    Sorry about that John!

    Thanks again,


  12. Eric says:

    Oh My Bad!! I totally missed the link. I guess I was just too into the video!

    Sorry about that John!

    Thanks again,


  13. Joy Smith says:

    Ya, I agree. Great slide form Shoemoney. It made me think which is something I need to do more often when it comes to financial goals and gain. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  14. Cool! I have never heard that story. Can’t believe he weighed that much. I love stories like that!

  15. Neil Duckett says:

    Interesting speech, much better to hear from Shoemoney than that tool that opened the show.

  16. Ryan McLean says:

    The video takes so so so long to load. I don’t like the player because I couldn’t watch it 🙁
    Maybe it is because my internet is slow atm

  17. This is great information. Good points, thanks. It is a joy to read your blog John, I’m learning everytime more and more, thanks again!

  18. Nebraska SEO says:

    Thanks for posting this. It’s long so it took some time for me to get around to watching it. Turns out that it’s something you can have playing in another window while you do work.

    I like the point that people just need to go out and actually do something rather than stopping at getting excited by the idea of doing something. Great advice.

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