Chin Up, Cheer Up, It’s the August Best of the Web!


It’s August.

That hazy, lazy, last month of Summer where all the craziness starts to fizzle out, and the days get shorter.

Here at Firepole Marketing, our crazy and intense Business Ignition Bootcamp has finally wound down and we’re well on the way to getting a bunch of great business-building content into people’s hands with our Campaign Mastery Blueprints Club.

So, with so much winding down here at Firepole Marketing, what better way to kickstart creativity for something new than a Best of Web list that’s chock full of new and exiting ideas?

Whether you’re looking for the optimal time to send an email or wondering what the future of currency will look like, we’ve got some great resources  to help stimulate your current business or help you launch a new one.

So let’s get to it!

The Gmail Changes/Freakout

Okay, so one of the big things that’s made headlines lately is the Gmail promotional tabs thing. First of all, for the record, we’re fine with it. Here are some interesting perspectives on it, that might explain why:

The Efficacy of Email

With the intense focus on social media marketing these days, it’s easy to lose sight of the power of email. Here are some great strategies for improving your list and some stunning email success stories that will make your jaw drop.

Tick, Tock

Timing really is everything! Here are some resources that will ensure you never miss the boat on opportunities with your list, as well as some interesting articles about how time is flying and technology is changing in our rapidly advancing digital age.

Tips, Tricks and Terrific Ideas

These are some great and grandiose ideas for launching with success or streamlining your website or online business as well as some inspiring tales of people doing just that with some wild innovation.

Out of the Ordinary

Here are some inspiring or out of the ordinary stories that will make you step back, take a breath, and look at life just a little bit differently and hopefully crack a smile.

The Write Life

I also recently helped with the launch a great blog called the Write Life, along with some other great colleagues.

Guest Posts from Me and Megan

We also had a couple of guest posts up this month – one was mine, on the Write Life, and another was Megan’s, on the Flippa Blog:

We’ve listed a lot of great content here, but if you think we’ve missed out on anything important, please let us know in the comments!

Danny Iny
Danny Iny
Danny Iny (@DannyIny, +DannyIny), a.k.a. the "Freddy Krueger of Blogging", is the proud founder of Firepole Marketing. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller Engagement from Scratch! (available on Amazon, or for free in our Engagement Toolbox), and creator of the Audience Business Masterclass.


  1. Danny also contributed his story and POV for this post on the Impostor Syndrome: http://thewordchef.com/2013/07/confessions-marketing-fraud/

  2. John Gibb says:

    Hey Danny

    Not sure if you missed anything, but one thing is for sure…

    Wonderful collection of resources; these help us stumble upon other blogs and relevant conten that we probably couldn’t find on our own (we’re too busy researching for stuff like this…)

    I liked Reboot Authentic’s article, very insightful and Robin Sharma… I have yet to check out the others… I bet there are many other gold nuggets in there.


  3. Alexis Grant says:

    Thanks for mentioning The Write Life, and for helping us get it off the ground!

  4. Amandah says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    I admit that I’m tired of the emails and blog posts about Gmail’s updates. I think I’ve read hundreds of them already. If someone out there doesn’t know that Gmail has tabs, something is wrong. 😉

    I’m familiar with some of the contributors on The Write Life, but not all of them and look forward to reading posts from those that I don’t. I’m interested in getting a different, perhaps, new perspective on The Write Life.

  5. Ti Roberts says:

    Fantastic roundup, Danny.

    I must admit, when the new Gmail tabs update rolled out, I was one who freaked as I noticed an immediate drop in my email open rates. However, as the days rolled by, I began to notice increased engagement and interaction from my list, and just recently, my open rates began to stabilize.

    I personally don’t really like the update and I’ve been turned it off. But I do understand that if my readers still want to hear from me they’ll know what to do and still find their way back to my blog to get my communications.

    Thanks, Danny, for taking the time to address this and sharing all this great content with us. I’ll definitely be setting some time aside to shift through it all.

    Have a great week ahead!


  6. So glad to hear you say to not freak out about the Gmail update. I’m so tired of hearing about how terrible it is for marketers. As an end user I’ve found it to be a huge improvement and was thrilled with its arrival. And it took all of 5 seconds to work out how to find the marketing emails that were in the other tabs. One particular marketer has sent multiple emails about how terrible Google are being and how dare they? One more and I’m unsubscribing and then it won’t matter where his emails go will it!?!?!? Thanks for this roundup – I’ve discovered some really good sites here that I can’t wait to get into a bit more.

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