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How a Tiny Blog Landed Guy Kawasaki (and Copyblogger!)

Posted By Guest Blogger 29th of March 2011 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 0 Comments

This guest post is by Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing.

On March 8, 2011, Guy Kawasaki released Enchantment, his latest book.

There was media attention befitting his star status. There were reviews on periodicals like Forbes, and major blogs like Startup Nation and Brazen Careerist.

Oh, and an exclusive interview on Firepole Marketing.

What? You haven’t heard of Firepole Marketing?! Well, that’s no surprise, because unlike Forbes, Startup Nation, or Brazen Careerist, whose subscriber count numbers in the hundreds of thousands, Firepole Marketing’s subscribers number in just the hundreds—no thousands.

So how did a little fish like Firepole Marketing land a giant ocean liner like Guy Kawasaki? It all started with Jon…

Jon Morrow, that is. Jon Morrow of Copyblogger.

Step 1: Being nice

Back in 2008, I was running a flailing start-up. We ran out of money just as the financial markets crashed, and there was very little capital to be found.

I’ve been a fan of Copyblogger for a long time, and have bought almost every product they’ve released. At the time, I was a member of Partnering Profits, and I received an email from Jon Morrow. He was looking for case studies to help (basically, he offered free consulting) as part of the program. I had nothing to lose, so I reached out.

We exchanged emails, and this was his eventual conclusion: “My advice: stop trying to raise money until you’re already making money. If you can’t do that, then shut down your company and do something where you have a higher chance of success.”


(This is just one line extracted from a fairly long email. Jon gave me plenty of great advice, and has been very helpful to me over the years, as you’ll see. I’m not complaining in any way, shape, or form. But sometimes, the truth hurts!)

Now, I could have sulked, or been angry, but what good would that have done? I thanked him, and kept on trucking (though eventually I did have to pull the plug on that business).

Step 2: Seizing the opportunity

Fast-forward to the end of 2010: I had co-founded Firepole Marketing, and I was in the middle of Jon’s latest training program, about guest blogging.

One day, a lesson arrives in my inbox in which Jon explains that the easiest kind of guest post to get onto a popular blog is a list post, because it just takes so much work to write them, and they tend to be very highly rated because they’re so bookmark-able.

I had just finished developing a curriculum of business books to create an alternative business education program for a client of mine.

So I seized the opportunity. I replied to Jon’s email, telling him about the booklist, and asking him if I could write it as a guest post for Copyblogger. He said that he couldn’t make promises, but that I could write a draft and send it to him.

Well, I spent hours upon hours working on that post, to make it as good as it possibly could be. And it worked! 38 Critical Books Every Blogger Needs to Read was published on Copyblogger, and as of this writing, has accumulated 199 comments, 869 tweets, and 189 Facebook shares. (Yay!)

Step 3: A nice Guy

One of the 38 books that I discussed in the post was The Art of the Start. A few days after the post went out, I received an email from Guy Kawasaki thanking me for including his book on the list. He also explained that he had a new book coming out called Enchantment, and asked if I’d like him to send me a review copy.

Sounds great, right? A free book! (Seriously, I was flattered!)

Step 4: Seizing the opportunity … again!

Sure enough, a few weeks before the publication date, I received a follow-up email saying that I should receive the book within a couple of days, with links to material that might be useful in writing a review (biographical and background information, pictures of the book, etc.).

He also wrote that “if you’d like record a podcast or interview me, please let me know.”

Hell, yes!

Guy and I corresponded (I had to chase a little—not surprising, given how busy he is), and we finally nailed down a time to do the interview. The only time he could do it was 9pm Pacific time (I’m on the east coast, so it was midnight over here). Well, that was fine by me!

I spent about fifteen hours preparing for that interview. I read the book from cover to cover, and took notes along the way. Then I thought about what might be valuable to showcase about the book that most interviewers wouldn’t ask about.

In the best-case scenario, my goal was to make the interview so good that Guy would want to tell everyone he knew to listen to it—but at the very least, I wanted to be absolutely sure that I didn’t blow it with Guy, or make him feel like he wasted his time. The work paid off, and turned out to be a pretty good interview.

Step 5: More nice!

Now, did Guy mean to offer for me to interview him on my tiny blog? I may never know for sure, but my hunch is that I got the same email that went out to all of the reviewers on his list, most of whom are from way bigger media outlets.

But he made the offer, and he’s a good enough guy to have honored it and made the time for me to do the interview (time that he doesn’t have; on top of running his business and being a husband and father, he was doing five or six interviews per day—all with sites way bigger than mine). Thanks, Guy!

It doesn’t end there, though. Now it was my turn to be nice.

I posted the interview on Firepole Marketing, but also created a video to promote the book on YouTube, wrote reviews on Amazon and other bookseller websites, and basically did everything I could think of to get the word out (mostly because it’s my turn to be nice, but also because it’s a great book!).

9 Lessons for bloggers

So what’s the message here for other bloggers and online entrepreneurs? Here are nine lessons that I can think of:

  1. Be appreciative of any help or advice that anyone is kind enough to offer you—even if it isn’t what you want to hear, even if you don’t agree with it, and even if you aren’t planning on following it. They took the time to think about you and your problem—thank them for that. In other words, be nice.
  2. Keep on trucking. Don’t give up—even if you’re tired and frustrated, keep on working at your goals, because eventually you’ll get there. Especially if you…
  3. Cultivate relationships. Being gracious and appreciative is part of it, but go further—take advantage of any opportunity that you can to be nice to people. Like mentioning their books on other people’s blogs (or mentioning their blogs on yours!).
  4. When people teach you something, show them that you’ve been paying attention. A big part of why I got that post on Copyblogger is because I took Jon’s course on Guestblogging, and then did exactly what he taught me to do!
  5. Embrace the nobodies. This isn’t my lesson, it’s straight out of Guy’s new book, Enchantment. He didn’t have to make the time for that interview, but he did, and I’ve publicized his book in every way that I could think of. The lesson for you? Don’t just focus on getting a break from megablogs like ProBlogger or celebrities like Guy Kawasaki. Work with the little guys (like Firepole Marketing, iMarketingHacked, One Spoon At A Time, Jon Alford’s blog, and others). You might be surprised where they’ll take you.
  6. Be in the right place at the right time. Does this sound like frustrating advice? Well, being in the right place at the right time is part luck, but it’s also part getting out there and working hard. If you’re in enough places at enough times, then some of them are bound to be the right ones.
  7. Seize opportunities. If you’re out there being nice and cultivating relationships in enough places at enough times, then sooner or later an opportunity will appear. Make sure to grab it! Leonardo da Vinci once wrote that “when fortune approaches, seize her firmly by the forelock—because I swear, she’s bald in the back!” In other words, you’ll probably only get one chance to grab that opportunity, so don’t miss it!
  8. Do the work. Once you get that opportunity, you’ve got to work hard to make it happen, and to make the most of it. If I hadn’t chased after Guy to make the interview happen, and done all that prep work to make it as good an interview as I could, then the opportunity would have fizzled into nothing.
  9. Say thank you, and be nice some more. Once that opportunity has been seized and made the most of, be appreciative, and keep on being nice. Keep on cultivating those relationships.

In short, success is part being in the right place at the right time, part putting yourself in the right place at the right time, ten parts hard work, and part Guy Kawasaki being nice to you!

I think we learn best from stories, and I’d love to learn from your experiences. So, every person who leaves a comment with their story will be entered into a draw to win a free subscription to Firepole Marketing (worth $900)!

Do you have a serendipitous story of being in the right place at the right time, and then working to make it happen? Please share it as a comment…

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. For free marketing tips and ideas, head over to his blog, and sign up for their FREE 7-Day “Business Fireproofing” Video Course.

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  1. This is an awesome article! Very solid tips that any blogger can take away!

    My story:

    Ive been running a small health and fitness blog for a few months now. When I first started out I was trying to cultivate as many relationships as I could because I had so much to learn. For weeks I visited any and every blog and forum in my niche looking to get in touch with people (basically I was trucking).

    Like you said…if you’re in enough places enough times then some of them are bound to be the right ones. I ended up meeting a guru in my niche who was kind enough to help me out. He didn’t have to, but he decided to take some time from his day to help out a complete stranger. Since then I’ve been promoting his stuff like crazy couldn’t be more thankful.

    I believe that persistence pays off. And, today, I try to help out all those that approach me because I know what it’s like to be in their shoes.

    Thanks for the great post!

  2. I am a tiny blog so am finding this invaluable advice, Thanks Danny, and Darren.

  3. Does winning money in a slot machine count as being in the right place at the right time? If so count me in! :)

    Great story. Guy definitely sounded like he was working hard to publicize his book. Sure he could have focused on the big boys but glad he took the time to do an interview with you. Besides all the publicizing you did afterwards, now it’s mentioned on ProBlogger which has a bit more than a hundred readers.

    I was reading your post and when you said you prepared 15 hours for your interview, I knew already that the interview was going to do well.

    It’s funny how one thing lead to another thing that led to the interview. That’s how life works sometimes. Just keep moving forward and doing positive things and the compass will lead you into the right direction.

    • That’s exactly how life works sometimes… the thing is that we don’t push long enough to let the knots unravel themselves into something meaningful. It would be great if we had a crystal ball, but we don’t… so we have to just keep on trucking… ;)

  4. Great advice, Danny – especially about cultivating relationships. It takes time, but makes all the difference. I’m actually taking Jon Morrow’s class right now. I’m happy to see it’s worked out so well for you!

  5. Hey Danny

    Thanks for the mention (One Spoon). What’s funny is that we were both on Jon’s course at the same time, the guest blogging course, only I didn’t have much time whilst it was running to connect with anyone or even view the course modules. Only just got round to it in the last few weeks….better late than never.

    And by chance we HAVE connected. How weird is life…anyway cool post and one that I totally endorse. You’ll struggle to get the attention of the big boys, therefore find some guys in your boat who are up and coming and make a loose alliance with them! That way you help each other and you all rise up the rankings – plus it makes a little less lonely!

    Catch you later.


  6. This is great advice! I am also the author of a “tiny blog” about snowboarding, and I secured an interview once with a very well-known actress (my guess is that I got added to a mass press list, and that the scheduler didn’t quite vet the list before setting up the interview). Unfortunately for me, I received an e-mail about a week later saying that they could not honor the interview because my blog did not correctly align with their goals, and that was that.

    Unfortunately, you don’t meet many good guys like Guy, but it is inspiring to know that the little guys have experienced success. I think I’ll go ahead and follow tip #4!


    • It’s just a matter of how long you keep on pushing – eventually the dominos all fall into place. If you’re planning on applying tip #4, shoot us an email at Firepole Marketing to let us know how it turned out! ;)

  7. Wow, talk about a great recognition boast for his site! Now he needs to capitalize on the increased traffic resulting from his exclusive!

  8. Thanks Danny
    I used some of there techniques and I was able to get pretty big people interviewed on my blog. Thanks.

  9. Thanks for the great information and I will certainly pass it along to my team bloggers. Love to see people take action and share the results. Very inspiring post.

  10. Absolutely, KARMA – it is in giving that you receive, excellent work Danny :-D

  11. Help comes in all shapes and sizes..but its up to you to accept it or not..people do want to help..but are you willing to listen..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  12. Very inspirational post. Plus the advices in the end are great. I liked about being in right place in a right time and how it is not just plain luck.

  13. I pop over here this morning, settling into my morning coffee, and lo and behold I get excited because I see a fellow guest blogging and coaching peer on Problogger. Congrats, Danny! I love your story about Guy Kawasaki and how you talk about being nice. It’s so important to give in marketing to connect with people.

    For being in the right place at the right time, I was struggling with writing for awhile, not finding leads and not really knowing why my business was tanking. I took a job as a virtual assistant and they liked me! They gave me four different clients and I learned a lot from running the backend of their businesses. Plus I added more targeted pieces to my portfolio in my writing niche. Now I’ve decided it’s time to go on my own and build my business. I feel like now I’m at the right place at the right time and Jon’s Guest Blogging course is definitely helping me understand marketing and building relationships.

    It’s an ongoing process right now. “The best part is the journey” – John Searles

  14. Good stuff, Danny.

    I absolutely believe that helping others is the way to go. Most of us (bloggers) are aspiring for bigger and brighter success. Despite all the advice we glean from the untold amount of books read, being a good neighbor is the best tip anyone can follow.

    Congrats on your great experiences!

  15. Danny,

    Some great lessons in how to make yourself a success from scratch, So many good things here to mention, but the over-riding thing I thought of was hustle.

    I know it is not your point, but I find that you are doing all the right networking moves to have achieved what you achieved. It really shows that you can get some pretty surprising results when you go out there and really work it!

    A really excellent article. In fact one of the best I have read here in a while.


  16. What a wonderful story, Danny.

    It’s amazing what reaching out…even when you half expect to get your nose caught in the door jamb…can do.

    While I haven’t landed Guy…or Copyblogger…or any of the other Cool Kids, I did land what eventually led to a cover story in a print magazine from just the same kind of reaching out idea…and being nice. (It helped that I truly enjoy the mag and promote the snot out of it whenever I can.)

  17. I’d say that cultivating relationships has been the most beneficial for me. In the beginning of my blog, I really didn’t link to other blogs much, but I’ve started to link more. I link to not only ‘famous’ blogs, but also new, smaller ones too and I’ve been so surprised that the ‘famous’ people actually come to my blog and thank me for linking.

  18. Nice post Danny, I was trying to single out a few of my favorite “pointers” but they are all great! However, I must say that building relationships (in-person if possible) is a great way to get noticed and generally have a fun time at life haha. None of that matters unless you actually DO something with it, so recognizing and capitalizing on an opportunity is also very important. That’s one of the consistent learnings I’m finding from the people I’ve interviewed – they didn’t just sit there, but took consisten, incremental action and handled the challenges on the way (and not let the thought of them stop them before starting).

    Interesting article in HBR today about this as well

    Congrats and good luck mate!

  19. Danny, that’s a killer story. I can attest to relationships being a huge key. My business kicked in the minute I started caring about, sharing with and promoting other people (particularly the other little guys). It sounds very “Kumbayah” but it’s totally true. Others seem to know when you give a damn versus when you’re out for what you can get and they respond accordingly.

    Thanks again, this really was one of the best Problogger guestposts in a while.


  20. Hey Danny!

    Thank you for sending the link to this post. It is inspiring to see all the steps you went through, and how hard you worked for this opportunity to present itself, and materialize. It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re tired or you’re down. It is what comes after “Yes, I’ll do it” that makes the difference.

    I’ll share your post with my friends on facebook and LinkedIn!


  21. Guy Kawasaki is a class act. He is smart and makes the personal connection. Too many authors hide behind a publicist, but Guy knows there is nothing enchanting about that. Guy has also reached out to me personally, and in my book that makes him remarkable.

  22. Great story. Mine also involves Guy strangely. I was launching a new podcast and blog a few years ago. I started looking at the niche and found this cool site I wanted to talk to the founders about. Guy’s name appeared as a backer so I emailed him as well. Surprisingly he answered and then things got quiet. I was treading lightly, waiting patiently. A week or so went by and he emailed with one line?
    “Still need me for this?”

    From there another week of scheduling and we were all set and Episode 3 (yes 3) was launched covering his new site “Truemors”

    This was so early on I was stunned to get a response from him and not pushed off to a PR person or the like. Since then it has pushed me to land interviews, reviews and more with a bunch of names I wouldn’t have been able to nerve to reach out to.

  23. Danny, great post. Reminded me of some of the concepts of my blog post on getting media attention. Funny how so many of the concepts don’t change, like being helpful!

    I’ve received tremendous value from Jon Morrow as well, through his Guest Blogging program.

  24. Great stuff, Danny. It’s great to see a little guy meet with a big “Guy.” I saw the video of Guy’s speech promoting Enchantment at Stanford. That single point about not overlooking the little guy that he talked about was impressive. And now I see it in action with you. I wish you many more good days ahead.

  25. Danny – great notes & points.

    I looked here & at your site for a Twitter name and/or hashtags to give you props as I tweeted about this, but couldn’t find it!

    perhaps another note you could add later is to always be sure your twitter name & hashtags are readily available in any postings – I don’t have that many followers, but some of my followers do have thousands…

    Great advice & thanks much for taking the time to share the great ideas above.


  26. Hi Danny,

    Thanks for sharing your story and asking us to share ours. In 2009 I graduated with my MBA but instead of running off to the corporate world I picked up a student worker job at ASU SkySong. I chose to take the severe cut in pay (I was making over twice that before entering the program) because it put me in the center of entrepreneurship at ASU (and my goal has always been to start my own company). After the summer I got a job with the Research & Economic Affairs department but left after 6 months because it was a really, really poor fit. Where did I end of working again? Yep, SkySong as a student worker.

    Fortunately…while I’m technically a student worker I get to do the same work as the regular staff. One of my roles is to advise startups and entrepreneurs how to move their idea forward using the resources ASU has to offer. I’ve seen so many startups this past year, it’s given me a lot of experience in such a short time. Knowledge that I will use to launch my own venture one day. Not only that but because of my work here I was chosen to launch and run a new co-working space at SkySong. We launched in January and pulling off this successful project (with ZERO funding) was just like running my own mini startup. I built many great relationships with entrepreneurs around town as well. The pay cut was tough, but I know in the end it will pay off….it’s already started to.

    • Hey Stephen, that’s a great story, and you’re right, the experience is super-valuable. The pay cut may feel like a lot, but believe me, it’s small compared to the losses that you’ll avoid as an entrepreneur. :)

  27. Well it’s important to keep on trying to get success in Blogging. Thanks for sharing your story line Danny. And kudos that you got to Interview Guy Kawasaki

  28. Nice to see you here Danny!

    Solid advice. Congrats!

  29. I enjoyed this article immensely!
    So much valuable info to digest. Thanks for sharing.

    I’ll check out your article about the important books too.


  30. Congratulations Danny.

    I’m a big fan of Jon Morrow. Whenever he writes an article on Copyblogger, you KNOW it’s going to be a huge success! That guy spends more time writing his articles than most of us, and it clearly shows.

    Getting an appearance on Copyblogger isn’t extremely difficult. You just have to have something worth saying, and say it well. It’s fun though.

    I remember when your 38 books article came out on Copyblogger. I could tell you’d put the time in putting it together! The cool part was that I’d already read Strengths Finder 2.0.

    Jon’s right too. Guest posting is THE key to getting subscribers. It’s how my blog’s gone from 0 to 200 in just a few months.

    Great job.

    • Thanks, Martyn!

      I agree with you – Jon’s work is great, and a large part of that is because of all the work that he puts into it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s got a generous helping of talent, either… ;)

      That’s really impressive growth for your blog – congratulations! I’m heading over right now to take a look!

  31. This applies not just on blogs and the internet but also offline. It’s always good to be nice to people even if you’re not into networking because you don’t know when people you meet in passing can give you significant help in the future. I’ve had some luck in getting referrals to individuals (who is out of my league) from people I conversed with just once. I still had to work to get the best out of that referral but without the endorsement of that random person I talked to, I wouldn’t have made it passed the front desk.

  32. Danny! Incredible article my friend. Thanks for the shout!

    Man, I gotta say, I can’t agree more with everything you just said.

    Nice way of reciprocating and returning the niceness to Guy. Very cool of you. Fantastic ingenuity man, getting Guy to do the interview. When you first told me about this, I was psyched! I couldn’t believe you got him on the interview.

    I think that this post goes down in history as a great demonstration (and reminder to all of us) of the power of time. I mean.. how many people know what it’s like to consistently plug away at something, taking action and rolling a snowball down a hill until you get an avalanche? Well, you certainly do!

    Dude, sick post, great stuff, thanks again for the shout my friend.

    • Wow, I’m really flattered, Ryan. I think a lot of people know what it’s like to consistently plug away – that’s what we all have to do, right? That being said… it’s nice to see results come from it! :D

      • Yea, I guess we’d like to think so. It just seems that when you grow on a massive scale, people are quick to say “a beam of light hit you,” or “luck is on your side,” when they’re missing the entire two years you plugged away. It’s because not many people are taught how to sustain a great mindset throughout the times where they’re not getting results and the whole “gap between action and outcome” is incredibly ambiguous, to say the least.

        Glad you’re flattered Danny, you should be!

  33. Danny,

    What can I say, man? You have been tenacious lately all over the interwebs and crafting some quality content. You impressed me with that Guy K interview and it was so refreshing to see such a successful man willing to share his time with you. Thank YOU for chasing him down!

    Oh, and thanks for the mention here ;) I’m also a loyal Copyblogger follower (and buy all their goodies). Problogger is incredible as well, of course.

    My story? It ties into your point about “working with the little guys (or gals).” The whole reason I am part of a great community that I co-founded was because I reached out to Sarah from Common Sense Marketing at the beginning of the year. She had just launched her site and I wanted to offer encouragement and I commented (thoughtfully) on all her content.

    Long story short: I knew she was the caliber person I’d want to work with so I reached out. We emailed back and forth and I pitched the idea to open up a community challenge. This is all in line with what you stated in the post, my friend.

    It was luck that I found her early in her journey, I was nice by encouraging her via comments and emails, and we both seized an opportunity. She now leads the community and is a savvy marketer and knows her stuff.

    If we don’t reach out to others, we’ll never have the opportunity to set ourselves in the right place at the right time.

    Great article, Danny!


  34. Relationships and networking really pays off.

    I wish twitter profiles with automated tweets realizes this.

  35. Awesome tips and advices, Danny!

    But I’m wondering for those who want to start to guest post, should they have enough content in the blogs first?

  36. Thanks for the nuggets of wisdom Danny. I too believe that it takes a lot of hard work and continuous plugging away at it for success to come your way.

    My serendipitous story:

    At university I was involved in an art magazine that because of new leadership wasn’t going anywhere. However, I wanted to put a fashion shoot together so emailed across the university to recruit photographers. A lot of them were keen. I met up with a girl to get ideas together and found we were on the same ‘wavelength’ creatively. We started saying how it was a shame the magazine wasn’t doing as well as it had. We thought what we could do better if we started our own one. From that moment we decided to start a new magazine. I already had a list of photographers and through further emailing, found like minded people. I set up the society (which was difficult because of university beurocracy), funded money through a gig, and got editorial content together. However, we still needed a graphic designer which was rare since we went to an academic university with no art department. The co-editor however was in the dark room, developing photographs one evening when she started talking about the new venture to a stranger who so happened to work for the university as a graphic designer.

    Long and short of it, everything seemed to come together in a very organic way. Sure, it took hard work and perseverance, but it felt like serendipity/luck was on our side from the start. With a clear vision we focused on what we wanted not thinking about the logical set backs that came to us later. It felt as if the saying, ‘Success favours the prepared mind’ was in play. There was a combination of experience and hard graft plus being in the right place at the right time that made it work.

    Thanks Danny,


  37. I love this post! It would have been really easy for you to assume that Guy was doing well enough on his own that he didn’t need your extra help in promoting his book. That shows that you are a class act, and that will rub off in everything you do.

    My blogging career is young enough that I don’t have a story of being in the right place at the right time yet, except that I came here tonight to get some inspiration and found it. :)

    • Not every angle succeeds, but you never know until you try, right? Honestly, I don’t think Guy *needed* my extra help, but he’s a class act enough to appreciate it anyway.

      Stories of being in the right place at the right time don’t just apply to blogging, do they? ;)

  38. On seizing opportunity:

    Bo Peabody (founder of Tripod – sold it to Lycos for something like $58 Million) has a good “quote”:

    “I was smart enough to know I was getting lucky.”

    These opportunities appear in most people’s lives. We need to be attuned to them and ready to grab them :-)

  39. “keep on working at your goals, because eventually you’ll get there”…inspired! Also liked – “Embrace the nobodies”

  40. Jamie Harrop says: 03/29/2011 at 8:33 pm

    Brilliantly written and inspirational post, Danny. I too have had books sent to me by Guy, but I was never able to use it so effectively like you did.


  41. I like your keep on trucking point as it encourage me to do work more and never give up…

  42. I remember when I launched the 60 Second Marketer site a few years ago and asked Seth Godin for some guest posts. I figured it was a long shot, but he responded quickly and was kind enough to oblige!

    Thanks for reminding us that all it takes is a question and a smile.


    — Jamie Turner

  43. What a pleasure to read :) Great content, very well written…

    For myself, I’ll summarize with 4 word:
    be nice – ’cause most people are, and will be nice back
    dare – so you not only grab the opportunity but create it
    have stamina – to keep on going on those rainy days
    and show respect – by doing your share of work, by being appreciative, by passing it on…

    Thanks, Danny!!!

  44. I guess nice guys don’t finish last after all. This is a very encouraging post, and as someone who is re-launching my blogging journey, it makes me want to dream bigger. Thanks, Danny.

  45. Wow, some great lessons and insights in there. This is going to be supremely useful. I’ll need to go through it all a few more times, but thanks, that’s some inspirational content!

  46. Kudos on a great post, Danny. I’ve had minor success getting the interviews I wanted, but would like more. I’m definitely going to “steal” your roadmap for myself. I appreciate the concise writing and “how to” details, not just “here’s what I did.”

  47. Thanks for a great article, Danny. You’ve given me incentive to contact others for guest interviews. I especially like the part about thanking others. You took the time to share your insight and experience so as a thank you, I’ll take the time to promote this post. :)

    Looking forward to reading more Copyblogger guest posts from you. You’ve also convinced me to contact them about a guest post too!

    • Thank you, Lisa! I clicked through to your site, and it looks great – what a clever name! ;)

      Definitely reach out to Copyblogger – they’re super nice, and as long as your content is good, I’m sure you’ll be on there in no time. :)

  48. Such a great article. Of course, your advice is great, but I especially liked your format.

    Your story was amazing. It’s written so well and is so captivating. It’s a great way to explain your idea.

  49. This was a great encouragement to a current “little guy.” I especially took away the point to work with the little guy. Instead of competing for attention trying to get the big break with the big players, I’m fostering relationships with other little guys where I can focus more of my time generating the great content people want.

  50. I really enjoyed this post. Such great lessons for bloggers like me. I don’t have a story like yours. My only brush with success came when I wrote a post about last year’s Golden Globe awards,

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