Passive Income, Game Mechanics and Captain Jack Sparrow – Best of the Web!

It’s been two weeks since our last Best of the Web round-up, so it’s time to take stock of all the best things that we’ve been reading here at Firepole Marketing.

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:

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.

The Friendly Blogger: 8 Death Knells for Your Business Blog – A really great list of things to watch out for, from Mariam Noronha. Look out for a guest post from her on Firepole 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. :)

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!

Kaiser The Sage: 5 Link Bait Ideas – If you want to get linked to, then Jason Acidre is the expert. Check out this post, where he shares tons of ways that you can do exactly that!

And since I’m working on a new start-up, my lovely fiancee sent me this link: Startup Genome (go there to get a free report of your startup type – very interesting!)

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!):

Problogger: Is “Ooh, Shiny!” Destroying Your Blog? – Have you heard of Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS)? Well, if you haven’t, then maybe you should, because many business owners suffer from it!

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
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. Mark Harai says:

    @johnfalchetto:disqus is nuts… it must be the fresh grapes he drinks daily – he’s a great content creator and business coach… one of the finest you’ll ever find : ) 

    I can really relate to where John is coming from though… We are surrounded by such talented bright caring people, it’s amazing to included in any list with them, him, or you for that matter Danny!

    Thank you for your graciousness and support and thank you for sharing a link to my article here.

    I did receive your email and will be replying back shortly.

    Cheers to you and your awesome work  bro!

    • Danny Iny says:

      We’re all surrounded by such awesome talent – that’s what’s so great about this whole experience. The least I could do is offer some acknowledgement of the great work that people like you and John are doing. :)

  2. John Falchetto says:

    HI Danny, thanks for the mention here with some awesome bloggers. I actually feel a bit out of place being listed with my mentor Mark Harai and Mr Dogan himself.

    I hope you have a great weekend, when is the Grand Prix this year?

    • Danny Iny says:

      Hey John, are you kidding? You absolutely deserve to be on this list! I would have put the 4HWW post on the list, too, but I read it after I hit publish yesterday. :)

      Grand Prix is next weekend – I live downtown, so I’m going to be right in the middle of all the excitement! 😀

  3. Dino Dogan says:

    Dude..this is an exceptional list…lots of great content. Thnx for including me :-)

  4. Wong Jia Jun says:

    Hi Danny, thanks for sharing these. 
    The titles are already very attracting to me, and can’t stop myself to clicking in to find out more. 
    And by the way, I get to know Firepolemarketing from guest post you wrote on Think Traffic, awesome. 😀
    Thanks for the share again. 😀

  5. Internet Marketing Nick says:

    Great, now i have that much more to read!  These look good, especially since I have already read “5 Link Bait Ideas” – which was excellent!

  6. Joe - Shakeoffthegrind says:


    Thanks so much for including SOTG! It’s an honor to be a part of this list!!!

  7. Jason Acidre says:

    Awesome guest blogs you have there Danny :) and it’s cool to have my recent post listed here, I really feel honored that people are enjoying my posts.

    @042f0999dbc142ade67705d8d4623d02:disqus Glad you liked that post, thanks for the compliment!

    By the way, congrats on your getting your MBA.

  8. Brad Harmon says:

    Some interesting titles in here, Danny.  I’m amazed that I haven’t read a single one of them yet.  Thanks for putting together the list and giving me something to read while I drink my coffee at Starbucks this morning.

    • Danny Iny says:

      You bet, Brad. These guys all deserve comments and shares (which go great with a Starbucks decaf latte, or any other drink of choice!). Have a great Sunday, my friend!

  9. Jana Quinn says:

    Great collection of posts here, Danny. Is it a mark of progress entering the blogging community that I’ve already read some of them?  :)

    Looking forward to following your guest posts over to find even more new sites!

    Thanks for putting something like this together. I can attest that we “newbies” can benefit from the selection, and I’m sure those who’ve been in the game for a while still run across new parts of the community.

    • Danny Iny says:

      Hey Jana, thanks for stopping by!

      I think it’s a mark that you and I run in the same circles, so to speak. That’s what I love about this sort of round-up post; as active and present as I try to be in the blogosphere, often they’ll show me all kinds of stuff that I had never even heard of! :)

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