September 2011

R.A.O.K Friday

As I write this post, I'm actually 30,000+ feet in the air in flight to Chicago for the Financial Blogger's Conference. Yay for Wi-Fi! I didn't have a scheduled post because I've been preparing for my presentation all week, but I wanted to take this time, en route, to tell you a quick story. I [...]

How to Manage Relationships Online Like a Pro (For Free)

Relationship management is the idea of organizing the interactions that you have with other people. It's a simple idea, but it's not simply implemented—especially as your blog, business and brand begin to flourish. When I first started blogging it was very easy for me to remember who contacted me, when, and for what reason—mostly because [...]

What We Don’t Know Can Drive Us: My Experience with Uncertainty

"Uncertainty must be present in the quest to create anything deeply meaningful to you as the creator and, should you choose to seek value from others in exchange for your creation, to the world." - Jonathan Fields A lot of people ask me the following question: "Pat, when you were laid off and decided to [...]

SPI 026: The Two Types of Relationships You Must Develop Online in Order to Succeed

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about the importance of two different types of relationships that we need to develop and why they both play a major role in the success of an online business. In the online world, if you try to go at it alone you're going to [...]

Quick Update: Chicago, Blog World Expo, and the Podcast Awards

I just got back from a bachelor party in Las Vegas and no, we didn't lose the groom and yes, I still have all of my teeth (that's a reference from the movie, The Hangover, in case you didn't know). I did win $800 and I also met Siegfried and Roy who tapped a keg at Hofbrauhaus [...]

Reader Challenge Roundup: Mini-Product Creation and the Next Challenge

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are." - Bernice Johnson Reagon Every few months, I challenge you, the readers of SPI, to do something specific that will take your blog, business or brand to the next level. In November of 2010, I asked you to [...]

Conversion Strategy Results and the One Page You MUST Include an Opt-In Form On

In today's post, I'll be comparing the number of people who subscribed to my email list on various locations on The Smart Passive Income Blog before and after I implemented a simple strategy recommended to me in Derek Halpern's SPI conversion strategy video. To summarize what Derek suggested, I was definitely not giving myself the [...]

Blackout: Unplugged Passive Income

Yesterday around 3:45pm, the power went out in our house. I thought it was just us, but after checking Facebook on my iPhone I saw that all of my local friends had lost their power too. I soon learned that the blackout spanned from Baja California all the way up to southern Orange County. Then, apparently, [...]

My August 2011 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my August 2011 monthly report! Each month I write a detailed report about what's been happening with my online businesses. I do this not only to help me keep track of my progress, but also to show you what's working for me, and what isn't. I also include a detailed breakdown of the [...]

What I’m Reading Right Now: Stand and Deliver

As many of you know, I have a couple of speaking gigs coming up in the near future: A presentation at the Financial Blogger's Conference in Chicago in early October, and A presentation at Blog World Expo in Los Angeles in early November. I'm very honored to be speaking at both of these wonderful events, [...]