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A Year in Review, What Happened to My Purchased Website and Some Lessons Learned

A lot can happen in a year, and a lot can not happen in a year. With 2012 just about over, it's a great time to see what we've accomplished, but also what we've possibly fell short on. If you didn't meet your goals or follow your plan exactly how you wished, that's okay. Plans [...]

What I Know I Did Right

In my last post, If I Had to Start Over...This is What I'd Do Differently, I shared a lot of things that I wish I knew when I first started doing business online. I made a lot of mistakes and although I can't go back in time and redo things, I hope that my past [...]

My 2012 Goal Post

Setting goals is an important aspect of growth - for business, for personal development, and for life. Without goals to guide our actions, without that X on our map to navigate towards, we're aimlessly wandering. We're wanderpreneurs. And sure - wanderpreneurs can still grow and be happy - but setting goals will keep us on the right [...]

Pat FAIL – My Past Business Ideas That Didn’t Work Out So Well

I've had a lot of success online, but I've probably had even more failures - and I'm very thankful for each and every one of them. Without my failures, I would not be where I'm at today. As Winston Churchill once said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." It's [...]

An Insider Look: My Affiliate Links and Exactly Where They Convert

I received an interesting email from an SPI reader over the weekend: "I don't get it Pat. You make all this affiliate income (your June income report was off the hook!) and you have never come across as being pushy or aggressive with your promotions. I read your blog and am subscribed to your newsletter [...]

How to Protect your Blog’s Assets

This is a guest post by John Corcoran from California Law Report. John is a lawyer and blogger who understands that there are a lot of people who blog and do business online who don't take the necessary precautions to legally protect themselves and the assets that they've created. Although laws differ depending on where [...]

Gizmos and Gadgets For Online Business and Blogging

As a blogger who does both video and podcasts, I've invested in a number of gizmos and gadgets to help me run my businesses. Below, you'll get an over the shoulder look at exactly what I'm working with. Also, please note that some of the links below are affiliate links to Amazon. Currently, I'm running [...]

The No Fail Approach to Product Creation

Market research, surveys, focus groups, middlemen, test markets - these are all things that people (and companies) spend a ton of money on to ensure that a new product they create with will become a winning product. You can I - the bloggers, internet entrepreneurs and small online businesses owners of this world, can utilize [...]

The Details Behind Starting an LLC For Your Small Business – Part 2

This is the second part to my two post series about starting an LLC. In part 1, I talked about the pros and cons of starting your own business. Part 2 will walk you through exactly what you need to know before you apply. Here's that disclaimer again: I am not a lawyer, CPA or [...]

The Smart Passive Income Brand and Plans for the Future

I started this blog almost exactly one year ago. I was employed at that time and was planning on writing about how to make a decent side income while still working the 9 to 5, a job which I was actually enjoying despite 4 hours of travel each day (from San Diego to Irvine via [...]