May 2011

Ask the Reader: What Makes You Leave a Website?

What I truly love about my blog here at SPI is the unbelievable and amazing community of people that have congregated here, not only to support the blog and what I do, but also to support each other. Some of the best and most valuable content on this site has been posted by you, the [...]

Niche Site Update: New Content, Record Earnings and What’s Next

A couple of weeks ago, I shared how I declined a five figure offer for the niche site I built from scratch publicly here on the blog, because I felt there was still a lot more room for growth, and possibly an even higher offer in the future. The lovely thing about this particular niche [...]

Your Website Is Up—Now What? 5 Things You Can Do To Market and Promote Your Website

You've just put up a brand new website, or maybe you've had one for a while and it's just not getting anywhere. The Good News: You've already taken some action. Putting up a website is just one piece of the puzzle that many people who want to do business online can't even say they've done. [...]

SPI 020: All about Virtual Assistants and Outsourcing with Chris Ducker from

Note: As of 2015, Elance has combined with oDesk to create Upwork. The links below still work, but the company name has changed. In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, my good friend Chris Ducker from Virtual Business Lifestyle joins us and shares his expertise and wisdom in the world of virtual assistants [...]

One of the Best Action Taking Posts I’ve Read in a Long Time

I love to feature great content that other people have written here on SPI. I know that I have a rather large and active community, and I feel that it's my job not only to write excellent content for you, but also to point you to excellent content written by other talent online as well. [...]

A Day in the Life of Pat

A lot of people have been asking me to write a post about what daily life is like as Pat  - someone who has a family, works from home, and earns a passive income, but is also actively creating new income streams at the same time. Maybe you're just curious, maybe you're looking for some [...]

A Mastermind Group Exercise You Can Try Right Now

I attribute a lot of my success as an online entrepreneur to my participation in mastermind groups. I can honestly say that without mastermind groups, I would not be where I'm at today. A mastermind group is a small number of like-minded people who get together regularly to discuss business ideas, share business goals, offer [...]

I Was Just Offered Five Figures for My Niche Site!

Many of you have watched me build a niche site from scratch—from the inception of the idea, all the way to #1 in Google and earning a very generous passive income of about $700 to $800 per month. My security guard training niche site has been a great success thus far, and I'm happy to [...]

Reader Challenge Roundup: Creating a YouTube Video and the Next Challenge

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." -Joshua J. Marine Every few months, I offer a new challenge to my readers. In November of 2010, I asked you to write a Pillar Article, which resulted in 51 posts, over 200 hours of writing, tens of thousands of additional visitors [...]

A Blogger’s Guide to Getting Your Freq. On: Defining the Importance of Consistency

"Success doesn’t happen overnight – especially when it comes to Blogging, but simply going out there and ‘being consistent’ isn’t going to get you anywhere. Not if you don’t have the right focus, the right drive – and an ability to get your freq. on." This is a quote and guest post by my buddy, [...]