(And yeah, we seem to be settling into an “every two weeks” routine for our Best of the Web series.)
But seriously, pretty crazy – I’ve had the honor of a guest appearance on so many sites, I’m almost losing count (and feeling a bit dizzy, too!).
I’ll list them all in case you missed one of my gracious hosts, but first I want to call your attention to some of the other awesomeness that’s been happening on the nets:
Christopher Sharpe: Leveling Up – Building an Audience Is Kind of Like Playing a Video Game – In this post, Chris explores how to build an audience, as he successfully did with Hilah Cooking. He discussed building an audience online, but I think his lessons apply to building an audience for most businesses.
Just Creative Design – No specific post here – we recently discovered Jacob Cass’s website, and we’re blown away by how much great content he’s got about everything relating to design, and especially logo design.
One Spoon At A Time: Is It Time For ‘Comment Love-Ins’ To Stop? – A great post from my friend Paul Wolfe about the need for authentic conversation and discussion (as opposed to just ass-kissing) in the blogosphere.
Blogging Bookshelf: How to Get Your Blog Noticed in a Crowded Niche – Okay, even though we try not to focus exclusively on marketing on the internet, sometimes there’s stuff that is just too good to pass over. In this case, we’re talking about a post that is really an e-book hosted on a blog (and you can get it for free as a PDF). This is really pretty awesome – go read it, and leave a comment (tell Tristan that we say hi).
Man vs. Debt: The Cost of a Dead Osama Bin Laden – The list wouldn’t be complete without at least a mention of this little piece of history, and I really like Baker’s analysis of the opportunity cost of getting it done.
And here are all the wonderful sites that I’ve had the honor of contributing to (if you haven’t already, please check them out and leave a comment!):
Belief and Action: An Interview with Peter Vogopoulos – Robert Pinto-Fernandes is really kicking things up a notch, and fast. Not only did he do this interview with Peter, his site has also gotten a facelift – check it out and give him some feedback!
(There’s also a fantastic interview with Jk Allen from The Hustler’s Notebook – make sure to listen to that one, too!)
Think Traffic: The Viral Content Formula That Could Double Your Readership – In this post I laid out an actual mathematical formula for creating virality. There’s exponents, square roots, and everything.
(Corbett also ran a fantastic post called 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success, and if you want to read more great stuff about viral online marketing, check out Alex Whalley’s Viral Marketing Blueprint and Flowtown’s Viral Marketing: Creating Content That “Pops” On Social Media)
SteveScottSite.com: How to Chain an Elephant: Breaking the Shackles We’ve Placed on Ourselves – This post uses the example of how circus elephants are trained to illustrate why and how it is so important for us to stretch beyond our comfort zones and challenge the limiting assumptions that we’ve placed on ourselves.
(Steve also had not one, but two fantastic posts that we just have to link to and that you should read: Motivation: What it takes to succeed and Information Overload? YOUR Blueprint for Turning Information into Action)
The Sales Lion: Business Failure or Strategic Relocation?: It’s Your Call – This is probably the most personal blog post I’ve ever written – in it I share my experience running a start-up company that crashed and burned, leaving me broke and with a quarter of a million dollars of debt.
Problogger: Should You Even Be Blogging?! – This post is about stopping to take a reality on whether or not it makes sense for you, in your business, to be blogging. When I wrote in the first section that “blogging is dead”, I really thought people would be able to tell that I was joking…
Metamorphoself: How Does Your Money Move? – This post is about how money can move as either a solid that comes into your bank accounts in big chunks that you then hack pieces off of, or a liquid that flows in and out. There’s a free tracking spreadsheet that you can get at the bottom, so go check it out.
JonAlford.com: Enter the Matrix… of Performance Optimization! – Here I write about the performance optimization tool that I’ve developed and use with my assistant to make sure we both get as much as possible out of the working relationship.
Have we missed anything? Have you found something online that deserves to be on this list? Leave a comment and let us know…