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The 13 Most Important Posts of 2013 for Your Online Business

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What an Amazing year this has been.

With only a few days left 2013 is long in the teeth as they say and the 2014 baby is coming in next week to take over.

I don’t know why but I’ve always thought this baby/old man new years analogy was hilarious but very true in many ways.

The new year starts with all the aspirations and dreams and hopes of what you wish to accomplish but by the end you’re just happy to have made it out alive. 

Ha haaaaaaaa!

But seriously.

When the year starts you don’t know jack about what the rest of the year has in store for you, that is unless you have a plan.

One of the things that I harp about continuously is strategy of which planning is the core.

It is the only way to know the future.

  • For example I’m already planning on how I will promote my favorite tournament the 2014 #IBCT next year and I have already started selecting and nominating bloggers.  I will double the list from 128 to 256 bloggers next year. 
  • Also, I have already identified the product that I will be launching next year and I have already received some really cool submissions and contributions from some very talented and popular writers, thank you again, you know who you are. (sorry I can’t say who just yet.)


However, the biggest thing that I’m planning is how I will break through in 2014 to the next level:


Actual Example Testimonial by Moving Simplified / Flickr

I will make a huge shift away from publishing “tips”to specifically helping people accomplish something important. My primary goal now is getting people to testify that the advice they receive from me helped them in a substantial way.  This is the new fuel for the youronline.biz spaceship.


Well it’s simple really.

I’m on the level where I know in order for me to go any higher I have to first help other people accomplish something meaningful and important.

I know that once I help someone accomplish something really useful that they will tell others who will then in tern come for help and also tell others who will then do the same.

Ultimately, these referrals will “compound” and result in a cascading effect that will generate many more people who’ll want my help than I can serve on a one on one basis.

This demand will require me to provide even more value in a product such as a book or premium training course.

Then if the premium product genuinely helps people I have a chance to go on to the next level after that.

Then, it just keeps going on and on and on.

I’m sharing my plans with you so that you can understand and see where you fit in as I review the top posts of 2013 for your online business.

Without a doubt you fit in somewhere between not having a blog, where I am today, and where these amazingly successful bloggers are now.

With that said before I get to the list of top posts of the year here are:


The 13 Most Important people to follow of 2013 for Your Online Business:


#1 – Gail Gardner @GrowMap

Double G helps more bloggers in a real way than the law should allow.  (Let me stop before I give the alphabet boys any ideas.) Seriously, Gail is always sharing cool stuff.  Earlier this year she shared with me this awesome page turning book which really puts your situation in perspective and gives you classic ideas that you can use to get out of any financial situation (If you’re a fighter).  Gail’s blog was also selected as #1 by the people in the second annual IBCT.


#2 – Carol Tice @TiceWrites 

Carol’s popular because so many people she trains go on to make really good money as freelance writers.  So, it’s not surprising that she also shares awesome tips on her blog and twitter so if you’re a writer you should follow her.  However, the reason why I recommend you follow her this time is because sometimes she also posts hilarious stuff like this:


#3 – Linda Formichelli @LFormichelli 

Listen to me very carefully.  Linda will help you as a freelance writer so follow her on Twitter, no details will be provided as to why I am saying this but just trust me on this one or thank me later or both.  Anyway, thanks again Linda for all that you do keep up the good work.  



#4 – Ileane Smith @Ileane

Ms Ileane is one of my favorite examples of what is possible with internet marketing.  Every time I check she just keeps climbing up the rankings higher and higher.  It’s hard to say if it’s because of her blog or her podcasts when both are really good.  If you’re like me and can’t decide follow her on twitter and get updates whenever she publishes something new on both.


#5 - Tyler Cruz @tylercruzdotcom

Tyler Cruz gets money online like a BOSS and inspires others in the process.  Follow the man and learn how he turns quarters into dollars by investing into his online businesses that yield an amazing 50%+ ROI on average, WOW.


#6 - Jon Loomer Jon Loomer Digital

I actually found out about Jon after writing for a client earlier this year.  I was immediately impressed by how accurate his Facebook tips are.  Now, I’m not a Facebook guy, far from it.  But I do acknowledge the power of Facebook and I don’t know who can explain it all better than Jon.  Sign up for his weekly podcasts and tell him I said what’s up.


#7 - Francisco Perez @ditesco

Francisco does an excellent job of sharing not only useful tips for internet marketers but also very important industry trends and breaking news that you should pay very close attention to.



#8 - Steve Scott @stevescott1

One of the things that I want to focus on more in 2014 is self publishing.  Steve is definitely who I’m inspired by in this department as he has now transitioned into promoting his digital products even more than just his blog.



 #9 - Penelope Trunk @penelopetrunk

Penelope makes it all look so easy.  I learned a ton from her in my exclusive interview with her earlier this year but more importantly I learned from the example that she sets with her blog and her overall entrepreneur persona.  Don’t miss her training coming up in January, get off to a great start in 2014.



#10 – Lisa Irby  @2createawebsite 

Definitely subscribe to Lisa’s YouTube channel  and get an idea of what “doing YouTube right” looks like.  Lisa sets an excellent example of the types of topics to cover, how to edit your videos, the latest changes/trends that are important, and much more.



#11 – Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee

Right now Gary V’s the man buy his new book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Hook and tell him I said what’s up.




#12 - Michael A. Stelzner @Mike_Stelzner

Leave it to Mike to breakdown what’s important in the world of social media in a way that serious entrepreneurs and newbies can understand.  Don’t know if you should be investing more in Twitter or Facebook marketing next year?  Subscribe to Mikes blog and listen to the podcasts you might be shocked at what you discover.  Also, tell him I said what’s up.  I’m honored and humbled to have such an important and successful person in the online business world following me @FreedomMMC. 


#13 - Rand Fishkin @randfish

It’s important to pay attention to the news that Rand breaks through his blog and twitter feed.  Even though I’m not a big SEO advocate and actually I seem to come out better in rankings on my blogs when I completely ignore Google/SEO.  It still doesn’t mean his info is not extremely meaningful and obviously useful as his blog Moz.com has embedded itself in the foundation of the internet marketing industry.



 …and now without further ado here are 

The 13 Most Important Posts of 2013 for Your Online Business:


#13 – Glen Allsopp - viperchill.com - Triple X Case Study Update: How We Spent $1,500 

Want to learn step by step how to build a profitable online business?  You need to read and follow this case study carefully.

Don’t forget to tell Glen I said thanks for publishing this man and, what’s up.



#12 – Vignesh Subramanyan – The Future of Content Marketing: 50 Experts Share Their 2014 Predictions 

Gail Gardner @GrowMap shared this post with me and i’m glad she did.  Here’s one thing before you read this article write down your predictions for 2014 and then see who you agree with when you read the article.  My prediction?   Apps will do to blogs what blogs did to websites; content will need to be rich and light to be noticed.  More Mobile all the time.



#11 – Ayelet Weisz - How I Found 488 Red-Hot Freelance Writing Prospects

I found this post researching something  I was working on and I’m glad I came across this article.  When I first found it I was shocked that it didn’t have more shares so check this article out and if you found it useful share it with your friends on social media.  (Don’t forget to post comments and tell Ayelet I said thanks for sharing homie.)


#10 - Ana Hoffman - 202 Bite-Sized Tips To Insanely Increase Your Blog Traffic

When it comes to generating traffic Ana knows what she is doing make sure you bookmark this article as many of these 200+ tips can be used for many years to come.



#9 – Tom Ewer – The Only Figure That Matters (Why My Income Reports Have Been Wrong)

It takes some serious courage to share the intricate details of your finances like Tom has been doing all this year.  However, this post I feel is especially important as it details how even success can have challenges.  It’s hard as a mofo to make money online just ask HuffPo they’re still struggling to turn a profit.  Anyway, don’t miss this article and tell Tom I said what’s up.


#8 – Ali Luke - Five Common Sidebars Mistakes – and How to Fix Them

Your sidebar is critical.  Most webpages are either one or two columns with your sidebar making up the second column.  How you use this valuable real estate can have a dramatic impact on the performance of your site. Ali’s article does an excellent job of explaining the risk reward of using this area improperly.



 #7 - Spencer haws – 2013 Reflections and the Benefits of Working online

This is A1 premium information for anyone interested in learning how to build a profitable online business from scratch.  Spencer really sets the bar high with this post series I hope he keeps it going into next year.



#6 – Steve Scott – Kindle Publishing Questions Answered (Part 3)

If you want to learn more about how to publish your products using Amazon you need to bookmark this article series.  Don’t forget to tell Steve I said what’s up and to mention me in his next book.  Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I’m only halfway kidding mostly probably.


#5 – Francesca Nicasio - Business Blogging Part 2: How to Keep Blogging Clients Successfully

You don’t want to miss this two part series.  This is excellent for anyone interested in freelance writing.  Don’t forget to tell Francisca I sent you and thanks again for writing such a great post series.



#4 – Benny Hsu - 2013 Annual Review

I have to admit I have an eye for these things.  You will be hearing more from Benny Hsu.  You may not recognize his name now but with articles like this annual review it won’t be long until he’s one of your favorite bloggers favorite blogger.


#3 – Neil Patel - Why Every Business Should Blog

Neil perpetually kills it with his blog over and over and over again. Due to this, I didn’t know which article to choose but I think his explanation of why business should blog is one of the best I’ve seen. Bookmark this infographic and tell Neil I said thanks for another great year and bring on more for the 14′.



#2 – Pat Flynn made over 100 stacks one month this summer and he did a podcast with Gary V that was HEAT.

I couldn’t choose which post I was most impressed by from Pat so I picked them both.  Just imagine bringing in $100k in one month, fokn a man, that’s AWESOME. 



#1 – Jeremy Shoemaker - Holiday Deal Arbitrage

The most sophisticated design is a simple one. This is why this short little article by Shoe is the most important of 2013 for your online business.

I notice that most people don’t make money online because they don’t understand THE HUSTLE.  They don’t understand how they will spend a dollar to make a dollar more.  This post clarifies and identifies a very simple arbitrage that you can actually start using today–if you aint scared.  




As if I would only give you 13 posts, yeah right here are a couple more that also caught my eye as the best this year. 


David Aston - 20 Mistakes Bloggers Are Still Making

I couldn’t agree with David more.  Bookmark this article and read over it very carefully.  If you’re making these mistakes it will take you much longer to make it to the top so, stop it. 



Yaro Starak – How To Sell Your Blog Or Web Business For Life Changing Money

This is a very inspiring story that you should read and consider as you grow your online business.  Use this post to think about what you’re going to do once you find the success that you’re working and waiting for.  Do you sell, hold, or do something else?  Before you decide listen to Yaro.



Darnell Jackson –  In two years

This is my contribution to the list. It’s important for you because it details what I have learned in the 24 months after I decided to take blogging seriously.  In other words it took me two years to write this article.   You can learn a TON from my failures and successes. Thanks for sharing this article with your online peeps and real friends. 




As I said it’s been an amazing year.

I hope this information helps you plan, plot, and strategize so that you’ll have the best year ever in 2014.

Until then pop a bottle or two for me on New Years Eve and another one on Chinese New Year which is January 31st and until the next post like this next December please share your feedback below on what you think about this list.

Also, don’t hesitate to let me know about some other awesome bloggers or articles that I should have considered.


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What's up! I'm Darnell the founder of Your Online Biz. I believe "We come from absolute greatness. Accomplishing the extraordinary is the least that we should expect from ourselves." In 2012 I launched TruckLicense.net which redefined how to get a CDL without expensive trucking school. I also created the #IBCT - International Blogger Championship Tournament which features the top 64 blogs worldwide in a competitive comparative analysis. When you support me you help #PayItForward as I contribute 10% of my online income to help children in need.

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14 comments on “The 13 Most Important Posts of 2013 for Your Online Business
  1. Beth Hewitt says:

    Hey Darnell,

    I’ve bookmarked your blog post, because there was too much good information and people to connect with lol.

    Thanks for putting this post together. Good luck with your 2014 plan. I’ve already made some pretty big changes in January a little worried about what I might do next lol.

    See you around,

    Beth :)
    Beth Hewitt recently posted…Vulnerable BloggingMy Profile

  2. Yulia says:

    Hey Darnell, have you ever considered adding a search box to your site? It’d be convenient for people who like to reread old articles (like me lol) without having to dig through the archives. Just a thought.. Nice collection here! I added many of these to my to-read list :)
    Yulia recently posted…8 Alternative Winter Sports to Try in Utah (Other than Skiing & Snowboarding)My Profile (dofollow)

  3. Ana Hoffman says:

    Love your goals, Darnell – the secret of every successful business is in the “doing”.

    Honored you’ve included one of my posts.

  4. vijesh says:

    Nice posts to bid 2013 farewell and hoping to get more inspiring posts in 2014.
    BTW Happy New year Darnell, may this new year bring lots of joy and fun…
    vijesh recently posted…This year my blog flopped badly, It’s time to plan for 2014My Profile

  5. Ileane says:

    Hi Darnell,
    Happy New Year and wishing you all the best in 2014.
    Thanks for mentioning me and my podcast, it means a lot.
    Chat soon!
    Ileane recently posted…The Naked Truth About Your Podcasting Stats and Why You Should Host Your Show on LibsynMy Profile (dofollow)

  6. Thanks for the mention! And you should know at least a couple times a month people call or email me asking if I can get Mark Cuban to invest in their startup. It’s because I used to cover Shark Tank on my Entrepreneur blog…but seriously, I’m not his best friend. People.

    I think it’s telling that you called that comment out. The big thing I learned from Chris Brogan is to be funny, and real, and yourself on social media, and not always promoting. People enjoy sharing your journey and hearing about your day and funny stuff that happens to you.
    Carol Tice recently posted…Work Smarter and Earn More: 10 Freelance Writers’ TipsMy Profile (dofollow)

    • Whatever Carol we know you have connections, when you can please have Martin Scorsese or Lawrence call me I have this movie idea.

      Ha haaaaaa!

      But seriously who know’s what’s possible only the sky is the limit, here’s to the best of all times in twenty fourteen!
      Darnell Jackson recently posted…What’s HotMy Profile

  7. Ayelet Weisz says:

    I love planning and having a strategy too – that’s great advice! I always leave room for flexibility and surprises, though, because you really can’t know what the year will bring and staying open to changes makes a huge difference for me.

    Thanks for including my post for Carol Tice’s Make a Living Writing (dot com) blog in this great list, Darnell! What a wonderful way to start my day :) I love Linda Formichelli and Carol’s tweets too, and look forward to exploring some blog posts you mentioned that I haven’t read yet. Have a joyous, fulfilling 2014!

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