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SPI 199: The Marketing Effort Behind Will It Fly?

Will It Fly? has launched, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Team Flynn is back again today to share what goes into planning, scheduling, and marketing a new book. These same approaches can be applied to any large-scale project you have in the works.

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SPI 196: How to Level Up Your Life with Steve Kamb

On today's show, I talk with the founder of Nerd Fitness, Steve Kamb. Steve has built an amazing community at the intersection of his two interests: fitness and video games. By carving out a space in the highly competitive fitness market for folks just like him, Steve’s Nerd Fitness has become more than a business—it’s an amazing, die-hard community of devoted fans.

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SPI 195: Carrie Clark and Her SPI Reader Success Story

Today's episode is a success story with Carrie Clark. Carrie, a speech therapist by trade, runs Though she loved her private speech therapy practice and the school where she worked, she grew frustrated with the limitations of those jobs and their drain on her time and energy. Carrie knew she could be earning more and serving her patients better.

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SPI 190: Step-by-Step Product Creation with Bryan Harris

Today's guest is Bryan Harris of, who is a master at building email lists and using them as a cornerstone for product creation. Today, he’s sharing his step-by-step formulas for designing, launching, and maximizing profit from your online product.

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SPI 189: Entrepreneurship and Life with Aaron Walker

On this episode, I have Aaron Walker with me. He offers up a lifetime of wisdom on how to thrive—both professionally and personally—as an entrepreneur. Aaron runs, is a veteran entrepreneur with 37 years experience, and has been involved in mastermind groups for more than 20 years.

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SPI 188: Patreon: A Potential Alternative for Generating an Income Online

Here with me today are two experts on Patreon, founder Jack Conte and Tom Merritt, a podcaster who has had huge success funding his shows through Patreon. Patreon allows creators to receive recurring payments directly from their fans. It mimics the old-school model of patronage, where patrons of the arts personally funded the careers of their favorite artists. It’s a platform that has brought big change to the lives of musicians (like Jack), podcasters (like Tom), visual artists, writers, game developers, and other creators who might otherwise struggle with monetization.

If you’re on the hunt for a different approach to funding your project, listen to Jack and Tom’s stories. They’ll explain how they use Patreon, how it has helped them connect with their fans, and how it can change your business in radical ways.

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SPI 186: How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer

In this episode, I cover my top nine rules for becoming an affiliate marketer, plus the three crucial tools every affiliate marketer should have in their toolbox. I’ll also dispel some affiliate myths and pass along some words of wisdom for folks just getting started with affiliate programs.

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SPI 185: Solving a Problem by Building It Yourself—The Story Behind ConvertKit with Nathan Barry

Today's guest is Nathan Barry, who previously joined me on Episode 75 to talk about his six-figure business selling ebooks. In today's show, Nathan tells me how his frustration with email platforms led him to build ConvertKit, a system built specifically to serve bloggers. He also shares how he surveyed prospective customers and built trust in his product over time, with amazing results. He’ll cover what questions he asked, what questions he should’ve asked, and why he’s making his progress totally accessible to the public.

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SPI 184: Psychological Strategies to Get More People to Open Your Emails, Read Your Copy, and Click on Links with Derek Halpern

If you’re ready for a new and deeper understanding of your customers, listen in. Derek Halpern from Social Triggers is back to share his expertise in the psychology of growing your business. The strategies he’s offering up today will help you get more people to open your emails, read your copy, and click your links. He’ll delve into identifying that all-important Ideal Customer persona—who they are, how they feel, and what they need from you.

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SPI 183: Listener Success Story: From Masters Degree to Maestro of Online Business with Julian Bradley

This week, I’m excited to bring you something I know you guys love: a listener success story. My guest is the amazing Julian Bradley, a musician who has built a thriving online business over at Julian is a jazz pianist and composer by trade and began creating jazz tutorials for his YouTube channel. He tried his hand at creating an e-book, hoping to earn a few extra bucks. But that e-book did much more. He blew past his $4,000 goal within two hours of his launch.

In this episode Julian shares his advice for building a community on YouTube and using your natural skills to grow your business.

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SPI 181: From Welfare to Nearly $1 Million with Kimra Luna

Today’s guest, Kimra Luna, has one of the most amazing transformation stories I’ve heard. Like a lot of us, life threw Kimra a few curveballs—just a few years ago, she and her husband found themselves on welfare with two young children, living in an unfamiliar town. Kimra turned to blogging, with a dream of making money online. Kimra’s here to share how she grew her thriving online business from scratch. She’ll offer up her tips for hosting awesome webinars, building your authority online, and harnessing the power of Facebook ads—all while staying true to your unique, authentic self.

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SPI 180: Two Woodworkers and How They Make a Full-Time Income from Their Craft with David Picciuto and Bob Clagett

David Picciuto and Bob Clagett run different businesses, but they share a mutual passion: woodworking. Both left their office jobs in hopes of turning their hobby into a full-time business. Since then, David’s and Bob’s have gained huge followings and become full-time jobs, all while allowing them to do what they love most.

In this episode, they share how they monetized their hobby, built their followings, and grew their businesses across multiple income streams. They’ll offer their tips for getting started with sponsorships and running an online store, too.

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SPI 179: New & Underused Methods for Building Your Email List (on Your Podcast & Other Content Platforms) with Tim Paige

My guest today is none other than Tim Paige, an email list-building expert and host of the awesome podcast, ConversionCast. There’s a lot of information out there about how to grow your audience of email subscribers. With so many tools and technologies available, how do you choose the best strategy for you? Tim’s here to answer those questions. You’ll hear a ton of actionable tips you can apply to any channel of your business, from your blog to your podcast, as well as a few list-building success stories to get you inspired.

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SPI 178: The Ask Formula—How to Discover Exactly What Your Audience Will Buy (Even If You Don’t Have a Following) with Ryan Levesque

Ryan Levesque is the survey master: This guy generates 52,000 email subscribers every single day, all through his surveys.

In this episode, he walks you through his in-depth, super-actionable strategies for asking your audience what they want to buy, and he’ll be using me as the test subject. Ryan will walk me through what I did right, what I did wrong, and how you can apply that knowledge to your own survey campaign. If you’re ready to take serious strides in growing your business, this is your chance—and Ryan’s going to show us how.

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SPI 177: Periscope—Another Fad or the Next Big Thing?

Chris Ducker is back, and he wants to tell you about all things Periscope. Periscope offers a whole new frontier for interacting with your community, personalizing your online presence, and exposing new fans to your business. As an early adopter of Periscope, Chris has gathered some excellent tips and insights about how to get the most out of this platform.

If you have a following of any kind, you’ll want to hear his hot take on what could be the next big thing in online media.

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SPI 176: Backlinking—What’s Working and Is It Even Still Important with Brian Dean from

I’m thrilled to have Brian Dean from Backlinko here to share his expertise on backlinking. You may remember Brian’s epic post on backlinking that appeared on the Smart Passive Income blog in 2014.

In this episode, Brian reviews the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and teaches which strategies will help you boost your site’s Google rank and drive traffic to your site.

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SPI 175: The 8-Year Hobby Blog That Quickly Transformed into a 6-Figure Per Month Business with Kirk Du Plessis

Today, I’m bringing you guys something I know you love: a success story from someone just like you.

I’m with Kirk Du Plessis of, an amazing business that was once simply a blog Kirk ran on the side. Now, Kirk’s turned his hobby into a business that’s earning him six figures per month. He’s done that using some genius strategies, total transparency, and a whole lot of authenticity.

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SPI 174: How to Invest the Passive Income You Earn from Business with Ryan Moran

One thing I've never discussed here on the blog or podcast before is what I do with the earnings I generate online. I can tell you, however, that several people have asked me about it, though.

In this episode, I bring back a recent guest who has a passion for building wealth beyond his online business. He shares how he’s maximized his business earnings, invested them, diversified his income streams over time, and built up his wealth for the future. He’ll offer up strategies for beginning investors as well as ultra-technical tips for seasoned pros, so check it out!

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SPI 173: Tips for Staying Consistent with Your Editorial Calendar with Garrett Moon from

Today’s episode is hugely valuable no matter what kind of content you create for your followers. I have Garrett Moon here with me today to talk about a seriously amazing tool: It’s called CoSchedule, and it’s changing the way I write.

Garrett and his team created CoSchedule in response to a common frustration they saw among their busy clients: Writing is hard enough. How can we maximize the impact of our content, from the brainstorming process to long after the post is published?

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SPI 172: Game Changing Business Growth with Peter Voogd

As CEO of, Peter has trained nearly 5,000 young entrepreneurs. He draws on the wealth of experience he’s gathered from his own career (which started before he even hit high school) to teach aspiring business owners how to take charge of their lives, their money, and their aspirations.


SPI 171: A Crash Course on Copywriting with Nikki Elledge Brown

I’d like you to meet Nikki Elledge Brown, a.k.a. your Communication Stylist. If you’re ready to get serious about your writing and communication skills, this is the episode for you.

As a self-declared Communication Stylist, Nikki is an expert at helping people uncover their unique voice and become smarter communicators. Like any top-notch stylist, Nikki’s approach to coaching isn’t about changing who you are or what you sound like. Instead, she provides strategies and tools to help you stay 100% authentic, whether you’re writing a from-the-heart blog post or a page of sales copy.

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SPI 170: The Secrets of a Successful Product Launch with Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is here again, and this time, he’s offering up everything you need to know to launch an online product. Ramit always brings with him amazing, specific insights and heavy-hitting strategy, and this episode is no exception. Today, you’ll get all the do’s and don’t’s of preparing for a successful launch, as well as expert advice on how to generate both maximum profit and maximum impact in those crucial first days.


SPI 169: How Nathan Chan Built a 6-Figure Digital Magazine and the Marketing Strategies We Can All Use

When Nathan first built Foundr Magazine, he knew he was headed into unique, unfamiliar territory. Without tried-and-true methods to fall back on, Nathan found himself learning through experience every step of the way.

Now, the magazine ranks with heavy hitters like Entrepreneur and Fast Company and sports an incredible Instagram following. He got there through smart strategy, amazing design, and total commitment to creating the best product possible.


SPI 168: Multiple Successful Businesses in Multiple Niches with Scott Turner

Running a successful online business takes serious effort. Today’s guest doesn’t just run one successful online business—he runs several! I first connected with Scott Turner through his company Green Building Education Services when I was just starting out, building my own Green Exam Academy. When I re-connected with him at the 1-Day Business Breakthrough, I realized that Scott hadn’t just stopped there. He’d launched several businesses across a variety of niches. Now, he’s enjoying multiple income streams and living the passive income lifestyle.


SPI 164: Michael O’Neal from Solopreneur Hour Talk Shop—His Success Journey and Actionable Tips for Interviews

Michael is the host of Solopreneur Hour, a podcast with a totally unique style—a style I’m borrowing from today. Michael has mastered the art of interviewing. His approach as an interviewer allows his guests to reveal surprising sides of themselves they might not usually get to share on industry podcasts. He’s an expert at establishing a rapport, asking questions, entertaining his audience, and simply allowing his guests to have a great time.

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SPI 162: A First-Timer’s $130,208 Product Launch

Nick Stephenson heard SPI Session #136 with David Siteman Garland about creating online courses. Nick took action, creating an online course for fiction writers, Your First 10K Readers. His first product launch brought in $130,208. In today's episode, he'll tell us how he did it.

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SPI 161: How to Stand Out of the Crowd with Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a phenomenal writer, speaker, and business professor—but she didn’t get there overnight. Starting out as a marketing consultant, she spent years writing book proposals and facing rejection. It wasn’t until her blog post “How to Re-Invent Your Personal Brand” appeared in the Harvard Business Review that she knew she’d found something special—her breakthrough idea.

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SPI 158: How to Productize Your Service-Based Business

I've got a truly special episode this week—one that I hope will be a huge game-changer for a lot of you. This episode is all about productizing. A productized service takes a skill you already provide and allows it to run systematically, growing with or without your direct involvement. It's what the passive income lifestyle is all about. Productizing your service can free you from the classic freelance model, where you bill by the hour. When you productize, you're no longer limited by the number of hours you can feasibly work. Exciting, right? Listen in for more...

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SPI 156: The Story Behind Abel James and the Success of Fat Burning Man

There are a lot of scammy fitness and nutrition businesses out there. That's what makes today's featured guest, Abel James so amazing—he's used transparency, honesty, and personality to earn the trust of his fans. Abel has monetized his business with integrity, and he's built an amazing community in the process. Here's how it all happened...

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SPI 155: Inside One of My Weekly Mastermind Meetings

I would not be where I'm at today if it was not for the mastermind groups I'm in. They are so important to me, I'm actually in 3 separate groups, and I put them up there near my family in terms of priority because they've made such a huge impact - not just on my business, but in my life. In this episode, you'll get a behind the scenes listen of an actual phone call with my mastermind members, and hear exactly what can happen in one of these powerful mastermind hotseat sessions.

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SPI 153: Systematizing—Pat and Mindy Talk AskPat and Our Productive Workflow

Back in Episode 138, I had a blast introducing you to the amazing people of Team Flynn. I got a ton of responses about one team member in particular: Mindy Holahan. Mindy does so much amazing work around here, including the AskPat podcast. So many of you reached out to ask more about Mindy, what she does, and how on earth she produces a podcast that publishes five shows a week. That's why I've brought her on today.

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SPI 149: Dane Maxwell Interviews Pat Flynn

The most downloaded episode of the SPI Podcast is #46, featuring Dane Maxwell. Today, Dane returns to the Smart Passive Income Podcast—and this time he's interviewing me! We discuss why I've started a software business, and talk more in depth Dane's approach for starting a new business from scratch, and the mindset and steps required in order to succeed. Pat's in the hotseat today - check it out!

How to Become a Contributing Writer on Large Media Sites

SPI 145: How to Become a Contributing Writer on Large Media Sites—From Bread Delivery to Content Delivery with Kimanzi Constable

You'll love this story. A former bread delivery man turned successful self-published author, who then got a multi-book deal as a result of his published work. Kimanzi Constable not only gives us an amazing & inspiring story, but he gives us a ton of actionable advice too—especially when it comes to something he's finding success with now, which is contributing articles on large media sites. Here's how you can do that too...

SPI 144: Building a Million Dollar Business in 12 Months – With Ryan Moran

SPI 144: Building a Million Dollar Business in 12 Months with Ryan Moran

This episode is here by popular demand. Since featuring a couple of past sessions about using Amazon to sell and fulfill products for your business, a lot of you have been asking for more. More detail, more specifics. An exact how-to of how it's all done. Well, Ryan Moran brings all of that, and more, to us today. Check it out.

Actionable Email Marketing Strategies and How to 3X Revenue Using Your Autoresponder with Steve Chou

SPI 143: Actionable Email Marketing Strategies and How to 3X Revenue Using Your Autoresponder with Steve Chou

Email marketing is still alive and strong, and in this episode of The SPI Podcast we chat with one of my good friends, Steve Chou from shares with us a few small tweaks he made to his autoresponder sequence that yielded him BIG results. We also get a glimpse of he and his wife's extremely successful (and very niched!) online e-commerce store. Check it out! (Transcript available too!).

SPI 142: How Paying Attention Paid Off for Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach

SPI 142: How Paying Attention Paid Off for Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach

Happy New Year! To start us off on the right foot, I'm happy to share yet another online business success story outside of the "how to build a business" space! We're diving into Joseph Michael's story and strategies, who changed his life one day by simply paying attention. Your next business idea might be right in front of you, and unless you pay attention, it's not going to pay off. You won't want to miss this one to start off the year...

Productivity and the Early Morning Routine with Hal Elrod

SPI 140: Productivity and the Early Morning Routine with Hal Elrod

I've always been a night owl. I work after the kids go to sleep (because my WHY is to spend all day with my family as much as I can), and I've found the evenings to be when I'm the most creative. Recently, however, after recording this interview with Hal Elrod, I've added a small early morning routine to my day, and the results have been amazing. Check it out!

How to Work a Room and Socialize for Success

SPI 139: How to Work a Room and Socialize for Success with Susan RoAne

Put me in a room full of people I know, and I'm as comfortable as I can be. Put me in a room with strangers or people I don't really know that well, and I usually hide in a corner somewhere. Today, I'm happy to welcome Susan Roane who is here to help us become better at socializing - how to be good in a room - a skill that is of utmost important today if you want to get ahead in your business and in life. Check it out!


SPI 135: How an Animator Built an Online Business by Being Transparent

This week's episode is my favorite kind of episode: the kind where I share another success story that came straight from you, the listener. My guest this week is Morr Meroz, an animator who runs As an animator straight out of art school, Morr wasn't used to thinking about his creative career in business terms, but now he is, and this is how it all happened...


SPI 131: Creating Creativity: Success Outside of the Box with Jason SurfrApp

Being creative is scary. There's a fear that comes along with it sometimes. By being creative and putting ourselves out there, we're inviting judgement from others, and when someone else puts down our idea or the hard work we've put into something, it hurts. Quite a bit sometimes. But at the same time, being creative gives us opportunities to be found, shared and talked about - to stand out of the crowd. In this episode, we chat with Jason SurfrApp who talks about how he's built businesses by thinking out of the box and being creative, and how we can be inspired to be creative too.

How to Scale Up Your Services Based Business

SPI 129: How to Scale Up Your Service Based Business with Josh Shipp

Scaling up your business can be painful, ESPECIALLY if you're a service-based business because there are only so many hours in the day, and only so much of you to do what you do. In this session, Josh Shipp and I tackle a real-life entrepreneur's service-based business and define exactly how to scale it up. A different and unique episode, that I'm craving for more of...

Successful E-Commerce Business Private Labeling

SPI 127: Building a Successful E-Commerce Business and Private Labeling with Ryan and Daniel

There are countless ways to generate an income online. E-Commerce is one that I have yet to personally explore myself, but after listening to this episode with Ryan and Daniel who are earning over $1,000,000 per month in revenue (by private labeling and selling using fulfillment services from Amazon), I may experiment with this in the near future. Learn about the how-to strategies Ryan and Daniel use to run their successful e-commerce business in this episode.


SPI 126: How to Get Paid for Your IDEAS

An idea alone doesn't make you money. It's the execution and action taken upon that idea. With that said, product developer and best-selling author Stephen Key, who has licensed over 30 different ideas, shows us how to work with other companies and get paid royalties and passive income for our IDEAS. For under $200, you can get started. Check it out...


SPI 125: Small Secrets to Stay Mentally Focused and at the Top of Our Entrepreneurial Game

It doesn't matter what business you have - if you're not thinking straight, focused and mentally ready to make tough decisions, you will not get the results you want. Today I'm happy to welcome Shawn Stevenson, host of The Model Health Show, a #1 Nutrition and Fitness Podcast on iTunes. His show is one of the only ones I listen to, because it helps me become a better entrepreneur, and this episode will do that for you too.

A Crash Course on Charisma - A Guide to Winning In-Person Encounters

SPI 121: A Crash Course on Charisma—A Guide to Winning In-Person Encounters with Jordan Harbinger

Networking and building real relationships is incredibly important for the success of your business. Many entrepreneurs consider it their number one priority! (I do!) But, it's not easy and there's a right way and wrong way to do it. Jordan from The Art of Charm gives us a crash course on charisma, teaching us all about first impressions and being memorable. A must-listen for everyone, especially if you'll be going to any conferences or events!

How to Create the Ultimate Flagship Product with Ramit Sethi

SPI 120: How to Create the Ultimate Flagship Product—From Research to Launch and Beyond with Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is back with us for a second time to talk about the history of one of his most successful flagship products. There are a ton of takeaways from this episode, including research strategies so we know exactly what our audience wants, to exact launch sequences that we can use so we don't have to beg for customers, to how to keep a product evergreen and continue to sell it over time.


SPI 119: What Is the “Minimum Marketable Event?” (And How Did LeadPages Use It To Go from Zero to 25K Customers in Less Than Two Years?)

Clay Collins, founder of LeadPages, was on the show before (in Session #78). That episode has over 760 comments, and this one could have even more. He brings back a ton of actionable content for growing your list, and further more launching your business with a very smart and innovative strategy that helped LeadPages go from zero to 25k paying customers in less than 2 years. Plus, don't miss the high-end GIVEAWAY in this episode - two enterprise editions of LeadPages worth over $1000...


SPI 118: How to Raise Capital for Your Startup with Bill Glaser

Sometimes ideas take more than just execution to succeed - sometimes they need capital too. In this session, Bill Glaser, who has helped raise over $200 million for companies (including $25 million for companies he has founded himself), educates us about the different ways to fund a business, and the pros and cons of each.

Copywriting Tips and Formulas

SPI 116: Copywriting Tips and Formulas with Kevin Rogers

Copywriting is incredibly important for our online businesses. Unfortunately for me, I'm not very good at it. Fortunately for all of us, we have Kevin Rogers, professional copywriter and former stand-up comedian to help us out on the show today. You'll enjoy the tips and formulas he shares with us for better sales pages, headlines, and anything else that we want to write and make a change with.


SPI 115: 9000 Unread Emails to Inbox Zero: My Executive Assistant Shares How We Did It (and How You Can Too!)

I used to answer every single email. Then, as my business grew, my inbox eventually spiraled out of control to a tune of over 9000 unread emails. That is NOT good. So - I did something I never thought I would do: I hired someone to help me clear and manage my email. In this session, you'll hear directly from my executive assistant about how she cured my disease (and how you can too)...

Tim Ferriss - Session #110

SPI 110: Tim Ferriss on Podcasting, Productivity, Experimentation, and if He Had to Start Over

Tim Ferriss joins us for a second time on The Smart Passive Income Podcast! In this session, we talk about Tim's new top ranked business podcast, including his strategies (and struggles) with it. We also discuss split testing and experimentation on his website, formulas for becoming more efficient today, and what he would do if he had to start over. It's always great to chat with Tim, and I'm glad you can be a fly on the wall for this conversation.


SPI 109: From Personal Trainer to Successful Self-Published Author and Podcaster with Vinnie Tortorich

Many online businesses start as a result of people going through major life challenges. For me, it was when I was laid off from architecture. For Vinnie Tortorich, a personal trainer, it was the crash of 2008, the writer's strike (since his clients were in Hollywood) and Leukemia - all at the same time. Since then, he's battled back and has become an incredibly successful self-published author and podcast host. Here is his story and how it all happened...


SPI 108: 8 Things That Pat Flynn Is Struggling with Right Now

I'll often ask my audience, "What are you struggling with right now?" Now it's MY turn to answer this question. In this session, I get into detail about 8 different things I'm struggling with in business, and how I'm attempting to break through. Maybe you can relate, or maybe you've mastered these things, but I wanted to share what's going through my head too. Can you relate?


SPI 103: Stop Being a Superhero. It’s Killing Your Business (and You)

Superhero Syndrome a terrible condition that can turn businesses into failures, and can burn people out in an instant. I know, because I've suffered from it before. Chris Ducker joins us today to talk about what we can do to deal with our own entrepreneurial habits of wanting to do everything ourselves. Should you be doing everything yourself, as the business owner?


SPI 100: A Look Back with Two People Who Changed My Life

It's such an incredible feeling to publish the 100th episode of The Smart Passive Income Podcast! In this session, I bring on two guests who had a massive impact and influence on my life when I started my online business, and there's no one else I'd rather have on the show to come celebrate with me. Lots of memories, reflection and lessons learned in this one.


SPI 095: The DOs and DON’Ts of Online Video with Caleb Wojcik

Adding videos to your arsenal of content is a great idea, but creating GREAT online videos (that convert!) is much more than just whipping out a camera and hitting the record button. That's why Caleb Wojcik joins us on the show today. He's my own hired videographer, and he gives us several tips and tricks to help us create more, better web videos, faster. A must listen for anyone even remotely thinking about shooting videos for their online business or blog.


SPI 094: 5 Proven Content Creation Tips to Help You Maximize the Impact of Your Information

The last couple of weeks have not been good to me. Since coming back from New Media Expo, I was diagnosed with viral bronchitis, which means my voice and my energy levels have gone missing for quite a while.

Thankfully, I'm back and ready to go again! Let's start off with Session 94 of the SPI podcast where I'll be sharing 5 carefully selected content creation tips to help you maximize the impact you have with the information you share, no matter what form of content you're creating: blog posts, podcast episodes, videos, webinars, and even live presentations.


SPI 092: The Psychology of Selling and How to Price Your Products with Ramit Sethi

Are you psychologically ready to sell to your audience? It can be one of the most difficult and gut-wrenching phases of your online business, especially if you've been giving stuff away for free. Listen to Ramit Sethi tell us about his experience timidly selling a $4.95 ebook (and his audience revolting) to now confidently producing courses that run well over $12,000.00. Also, we talk specific pricing strategies for you and your products. Click to listen and enjoy the show!


SPI 091: Mixing Online Business with Offline Marketing Strategies—Direct Reponse with Kim Walsh-Phillips

Offline marketing techniques...for your online business? Oh yeah! Our guest Kim from shares direct marketing techniques that are totally being underutilized in the online arena. You'll hear specific strategies that will help you increase the value of your products, retention rate and also reinforce purchasing decisions that your customers make too. Plus, the truth about the cost of running such campaigns. If you're going to sell anything online, this interview with Kim is a MUST-listen. Click play to listen...


SPI 090: 6 Things Architecture Taught Me about Starting an Online Business

I went to Architecture School for 5 years, and then worked in the industry for several more. And now - I own several online businesses almost completely unrelated to architecture. Do I think my time in school was worth it? Is there anything I learned from school and joining the work force that help me in my online businesses now? Listen to find out...


SPI 089: Gary Vaynerchuk and How to Fight and WIN with Social Media (+My 50 Book Giveaway!) #JJJRH

Sweet! Gary Vaynerchuk is on the show with us today! Gary's new book - Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is all about how we can best utilize different social media platforms so we're not wasting our time and giving our content and brand the attention it deserves. Beyond specific social media strategies, we talk about Gary's inspiration and energy, and also a lot of his struggles too. Also, click through to learn how to win 1 of 50 free copies!

SPI 076: 8 Productivity Tips from Pat—But WHY?

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, a follow-up to the popular post I published earlier this week titled The Effect My Kids Have Had on My Business, I reveal 8 productivity tips that I use to get more done in less time,  but more importantly, I talk about why productivity matters in the [...]

SPI 075: Six-Figure Earnings with eBooks (Not on Amazon) and a Pricing Structure That Works with Nathan Barry

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm extremely excited to welcome former freelancer turned app developer turned incredibly successful self-published author, Nathan Barry from to the show! In a relatively short time period, Nathan has earned well over $200,000 by self-publishing eBooks on his website, and he shares all of his strategies [...]

SPI 070: The Brain, The Equation of Emotion, and How We Feel

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm happy to welcome Sean Webb as a guest on the show as we discuss and discover some really interesting things about our brains and why and how we feel what we feel. On the surface it may seem like this information isn't too relevant to [...]

SPI 069: How to Build Buzz and Why It’s Better Than Hype

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, we're talking all about how to build buzz. It's not enough just to create and "ship"  something. Buzz needs to happen in between when (or even as) you create something and when you launch so that when you do come out with something new, momentum has [...]

SPI 068: The Most Powerful (and Toughest) Productivity Tip to Implement

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about an incredibly powerful productivity tip that can help you get more and better results faster - however, it's one of the toughest strategies to implement, especially for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset, like myself. What is this tip? Work in small, but complete batches, taking [...]

SPI 065: Go Mobile or Get Left Behind with Greg Hickman of

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I interview mobile marketing expert Greg Hickman of We talk about everything that we as bloggers, online business owners and entrepreneurs need to know about our growing mobile audience and how to better serve them to get better results. Beyond sharing exactly why mobile is so [...]

SPI 063: Monetizing a Hobby Blog and the “Magic” of Membership Sites

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I reminisce while having a chat with Douglas Linn from, a website and community that serves those who are interested in the popular card dueling game called Magic the Gathering, or MTG for short. More specifically, he and his partner's site provide a platform and [...]

SPI 062: Marketing and Monetization with Mom Blogger, Meagan Francis

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm excited to have a chat with successful mom blogger, Meagan Francis from! The mom blogger community is a huge force with incredible klout in the blogosphere. When I was working as the web and social media director for Crooked Arrows, part of our marketing strategy [...]

SPI 060: Behind the Scenes of My New Publication, Let Go

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm really excited to talk all about my new multimedia book, Let Go, which just recently went live this past Monday! To get Let Go, download the Snippet App for iPhone or iPad (Android and Kindle version coming soon!), then download 'Let Go' and enjoy! So far, the [...]

SPI 058: Pay What You Want with Anthony Vennare from Hybrid Athlete

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast we have another success story interview for you, and once again the focus is on a building business outside of the blogging and make money online industries. Today's guest is Anthony Vennare, an SPI fan who has incorporated a lot of the strategies that I've taught [...]

SPI 054: The Click

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, we talk all about a small, tiny little action that happens on our websites, but it's probably the most important action there is. What is it? A click. We click on links all day long, but how conscious are we about exactly what's going on? By [...]

SPI 047: Maintaining a Balanced Life

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about what it's like to try and maintain a balanced life, one that involves an expanding family and trying to get things done in my business at the same time. In three words: it's not easy. I get a lot of emails a lot [...]

SPI 045: How to Win With Your Email List – Part 2 of 2

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast we continue the discussion about email lists and how to win with them. In about 2 years, I've been able to quickly grow a list of 35,000 subscribers, encourage an email open rate of 50 and 70% (the industry standard is typically 20% or less) and [...]

SPI 044: How to Win With Your Email List – Part 1 of 2

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'll be sharing my thoughts about email lists - specifically why they are absolutely crucial for any online business or brand to have, how to start building one and what you can do to maximize the number of subscribers who sign-up for your list. This particular [...]

SPI 042: Killer Kindle Publishing Tips with Jonny Andrews

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast I pick the brain of someone who is seeing massive success by publishing books on Amazon's Kindle platform. As many of you may know by now, I'm deep in the middle of publishing my own Kindle book for the first time, and when conducting research and [...]

SPI 038: World Domination and the $100 Startup with Chris Guillebeau

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I'm happy to welcome writer, traveler and fighter of the status quo, Chris Guillebeau. Chris has a blog called The Art of Non Conformity, he holds an annual conference called the World Domination Summit and the first time I heard about him was when I was introduced to [...]

SPI 037: Monetizing in a Hobby Niche—Success Story, Interview Series 3

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I'm stoked to feature yet another success story from someone who has built a six-figure business online in a hobby niche that, to be honest, I never thought was possible to make a living from—at least online. Lain Ehmann from shares an amazing story about [...]

SPI 034: My 3rd ANNUAL Passive Income Report

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I'm extremely excited to share my 3rd ANNUAL Passive Income Report! I have a ton of information to share and because the SPI podcast had such a huge impact on my business in 2011, I thought it was quite appropriate to try something different and share my [...]

SPI 032: How to Buy a Website with Chris Guthrie

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast we welcome back (for the third time!) Chris Guthrie of The first time he was on the show in SPI Session #10 - we talked about niche sites and his amazing success promoting products as an affiliate for In 2010 he sold over a [...]

SPI 031: Seeds of Opportunity and Pat Goes Hollywood

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, to kick of the new year I share something special that happened to me that happened as a result of producing the SPI podcast. This is session is a little different than the rest in that it's more inspirational and motivational (as opposed to stuff that [...]

SPI 030: Pat’s Top 30 Tips for Successful Affiliate Marketing

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I go over my top 30 tips for successful affiliate marketing, which involve a wide range of topics - all the way from the approach and mindset of affiliate marketing, to the little details of where links should be placed and how often. As many of [...]

SPI 027: How to Harness the Power of Social Proof Online

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about social proof, what it is, why it's extremely important and what we can do online to really take advantage of this incredibly powerful marketing idea. You'll hear me talk about all different types of social proof and some exact strategies that you can implement right now. In [...]

SPI 014: iPhone App Development and Marketing Tips

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk more about my iPhone app business. I've written a couple of posts about iPhone apps before (here and here) and have always been asked for more, so I thought what better way to talk about the business than on an podcast session! During this [...]

SPI 013: Is Giving Away Free Information Bad? Here Are Some Answers

Note: Cliff also joined me on AskPat 0237 to talk about paid premium podcasts. Click the links or scroll to the Related Podcasts section below to listen to those episodes. In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I bring back a topic of a recent post I wrote, Is Giving Away Free Information [...]

SPI 009: Make Money By Making the Web a More Wonderful Place with Nicole Dean

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I interview Rock Star internet entrepreneur, blogger, business coach, publisher, affiliate marketing manager and friend, Nicole Dean from Nicole obviously knows a lot about doing business, but what I really love about her is her approach to online business, which can be summed up in [...]

SPI 004: 5 Powerful Ways to Create Profitable Passive Income Products

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I go over 5 powerful ways that you can create profitable passive income products. There's a ton of info out there about what kinds of products you can make (i.e. eBooks, membership websites, etc.), but there isn't much about the creative methods that you can easily [...]

SPI 001: Introduction | Show Formalities | What to Expect

It's here! The first session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast! You can download the podcast to your computer or listen to it here on the blog. Click here to subscribe in iTunes. Since this is our first session together, I spend a little bit of time introducing myself and how I define passive income [...]

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