About a year and a half ago I went to Jeremy Schoemaker’s house for a few days (aka Shoemoney, aka Shoe) because I heard rumors that the Shoemoney team was making tons of money from the affiliate marketing/arbitrage space. I wanted to learn first hand on how I could do the same.
[Ann Smarty](https://www.searchenginejournal.com/author/ann-smarty/) from [Search Engine Journal](https://www.searchenginejournal.com), recently wrote a great article reviewing all of the [SEO tools](https://www.searchenginejournal.com/seo-tools/7299/) out there. If you are an SEO or want to be one, I highly recommend checking it out.
High search engine rankings is something that many of us dream about and very few of us achieve. To obtain these rankings, in many cases you have to manipulate search results, but what if you could rank high naturally?
Sometimes a company can be marketed virally on social media platforms without actually hiring a social media marketer or putting together a social media campaign. Established brands which have a loyal grassroots following, either large or small, sometimes enjoy the benefit of that following establishing an online presence, whether in Facebook groups or Youtube Video channels.
I was just reading [Weird Asia News](http://www.weirdasianews.com) and noticed that they are having a [design contest](http://www.weirdasianews.com/2008/05/21/weird-asia-news-design-contest/). If you are a designer and are looking to win a PS3 I highly recommend checking it out. The contest seems like a fun thing to do and it would be interesting to see what type of designs people come up with do to the theme of the website.
[AffilatePrograms.com](http://www.affiliateprograms.com) just launched their new website. If you visited the site in the past, it pretty much looked like a directory with a forum. But now with their new design they have made a lot of improvements.
[Aaron Wall](http://www.seobook.com) wrote an interesting article the other day about the [value of a Google ranking](http://training.seobook.com/google-ranking-value). As we already know being number 1 on Google can drastically affect your business, but the question is, what is it worth? According to the data that AOL released a while back the number 10 listing gets 14x less clicks than the number 1 listing. And to go one step further, 89% of the clicks that users make when searching, happen to be on page 1.
I am not sure how many of you are into forums, but [Webmaster-Talk.com](http://www.webmaster-talk.com/) and Earners Forum have just merged to create a better community. Now users have access to an enhanced marketplace, informative articles, blogs, interviews, and valuable tools.
There has been a lot of new stuff been going around the SEO industry lately, so I thought I would do a quick blog post talking about the two things that were interesting for me:
Just out of curiosity, how many of you have attended a marketing conference in the past? Or to take it one step further has anyone attended a conference that purely revolves around social media?
As many of you can tell, I haven’t been blogging as much lately. One of the main reasons for this is because of [Clickbooth](http://www.clickbooth.com). I have been spending a lot of time on the Clickbooth network because it pays out really well for affiliates.
I’m not sure how many of you run/manage advertising campaigns, but I just found a useful [tool](http://www.rimmkaufman.com/duck) that makes it easier to sort ad groups.
When most companies are trying to create buzz they usually ask bloggers to blog on their company or they higher a marketing firm to do it for them. Although these are not bad ways to create buzz, with a bit of creativity you can create an organic buzz around your company.
One of the best conferences I attended last year was the [Elite Retreat](http://www.eliteretreat.info). Many people were skeptical of a conference that charges $5000 for 2 days, but ALL of the attendees felt that they got their moneys worth.
As many of you already know, last year Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman kicked off the [Search Marketing Expo](http://searchmarketingexpo.com/) (SMX). The conference series started with [SMX Advanced](http://searchmarketingexpo.com/advanced/) in Seattle and it was a hit. Compared to most conferences, people actually came away learning new information as well as actually being happy with conference food for the first time (no more boxed lunches).
[Shoemoney](http://www.shoemoney.com) is throwing a contest called [Shoeperstar](http://www.shoeperstar.com/) where one lucky winner is going to get an all paid expense trip to [SXSW](http://sxsw.com/), plus $1000 in spending cash.
Shoemoney is throwing a [contest](http://www.shoemoney.com/2007/10/24/come-to-vegas-party-like-a-rockstar-at-pubcon-on-us/) where one lucky winner will get to hang out with [Shoemoney](http://www.shoemoney.com/shoemoney-biography/), [Dax Herrera](http://www.biggnuts.com/), [Rebecca Kelley](http://www.seomoz.org/team/rebecca), [Greg Hartnett](http://greghartnett.com/), [David Dellanave](http://www.dellanave.com/), and [me](http://www.quicksprout.com). The contest is simple… all you have to do is write a blog post about why you should win the Roll With The Rockstars contest and post your link in the [comments](http://www.shoemoney.com/2007/10/24/come-to-vegas-party-like-a-rockstar-at-pubcon-on-us/#comments).
So do you want to hang? Then you better start writing!
On November 8th and 9th I will be at [Blog World Expo](http://www.blogworldexpo.com/). I will be speaking on advanced money making techniques on the 9th. If you want to learn about making money via blogging or just anything about blogging I highly recommend attending the conference. People like [Brian Clark](http://www.copyblogger.com), [Shoemoney](http://www.shoemoney.com), [Greg Hartnett](http://greghartnett.com/), and [Matt Mullenweg](http://www.wordpress.com) will be there.
So anyone attending?
You are probably reading this blog because you want more traffic and links from social media sites like Digg, Del.icio.us, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and any other social site out there. The sad thing is even by reading this blog there is no guarantee that you will do well on the social web, but instead you just improve your odds of success.
There are only a few more days left till [SMX Social Media](http://searchmarketingexpo.com/social/). If you haven’t registered I highly recommend doing so for the following reasons: