It’s been a quieter week, because most of the bloggers I know have been away at BlogWorld, and I was busy getting rejected for a teaching job, and graduating from my MBA.
Without further ado, here’s the round-up from the last two weeks:
Pocket Changed: Keep to the Code: Financial Advice from Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy? – A really fun and interesting read from my friend Caleb, who is living it up right now at the World Domination Summit!
DIYBlogger NET: How To Ruin Your Business With Disembodied Testimonials and Applying Game Mechanics to Blog Design to Drive Engagement - Dino’s knocked it out of the park this past two weeks with not one, but two really solid posts. I enjoyed his testimonials post enough to bookmark it and spend an hour brainstorming about how to follow his directions in an impending site redesign, and as for applying game mechanics… you’ve just got to read that one! Speaking of which, Lisa Gerber also wrote a great post about game mechanics and its effect on marketing.
Reality Burst: Active vs. Passive Income: A Strategy That Works – I love talking about “passive income”, which is usually as passive as owning and running a restaurant (ever heard the saying that internet marketers work 80 hours a week so they can make money while they sleep?). Eugene’s post does a great job of getting the conversation started.
Shake Off the Grind: How to Live a Confident, Empowered, and Balanced Life and Are you Grateful for Your Life? 13 Blessings You May Be Overlooking – Two very interesting and thought-provoking posts from my friend Joe Wilner over at Shake Off the Grind.
Expat Life Coach: Lessons from online mentors for growing a lifestyle abroad – John Falchetto’s shout-out to the bloggers that have taught him something important, all of whom deserve to be on that list for a lot of people: the wonderful Gini Dietrich, the stalwart Mark Harai, the totally awesome Marcus Sheridan, and the super-friendly Ingrid Abboud.
Mark Harai: Entrepreneur Series: Time Management Is Essential For Business Success – Mark Harai points out that we have 2,304 hours per year to spend on whatever project we want (in addition to eating, sleeping, working, and commuting) – so who’s complaining about not having time?!
Smart Passive Income: Smart Passive Income Gets Critiqued – Conversion Strategies with Derek Halpern – This is just great – not only is the video critique super-useful, but my hat comes off to Pat Flynn for having the courage to do it so publicly. Kudos, man!
Guest Posts and Mentions
And here are the awesome sites that I’ve had the honor of contributing to (if you haven’t already, please check them out and leave a comment!):
Unlock The Door: How Bugs Bunny Can Make You More Productive – Jk Allen asked me in an email how I get so much done, and that inspired me to write this guest post. There are two parts to the answer: Parkinson’s Law, and the Bugs Bunny Effect…
Think Traffic: When Will Your Blog Reach Escape Velocity? – If you’re trying to grow a blog, then you might be wondering when you cross over to that point where there’s enough momentum for things to start getting easier. Well, there is a point, and I’ll tell you where it is in the post!
YoungPrePro: Two Ingredients of Awesome: Content and Metaphor – Wondering how to go about making content consistently interesting? There’s a trick to it, and a formula that you can apply to make it work for you, every time.
Have we missed anything? Have you found something online that deserves to be on this list? Leave a comment and let us know…
Danny Iny is an author, strategist, serial entrepreneur, and proud co-founder of Firepole Marketing, the definitive marketing training program for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-marketers. Check out his free cheat sheet about Why Guru Strategies for Blog Growth DON’T WORK… and What Does!, or follow him on Twitter @DannyIny.