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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.

SPI 149: Dane Maxwell Interviews Pat Flynn

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...

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 MyWifeQuitHerJob.com 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 BloopAnimation.com. 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)...


SPI 111 : The Life of a Brand New Visitor

The better you can understand the life of a brand new visitor to your site, the better you can serve them. In this solo session, I take you through the journey of a new visitor so that you can understand what opportunities you might be missing out on to keep them going through your site and becoming a reader, subscriber, customer and fan for life.

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 IOCreativeGroup.com 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 NathanBarry.com 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 MobileMixed.com

In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I interview mobile marketing expert Greg Hickman of MobileMixed.com. 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 QuietSpeculation.com, 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 TheHappiestHome.com! 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 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 MakeMoneyOnTheInternet.com. 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 Amazon.com. In 2010 he sold over a [...]

SPI 031 : Seeds of Opportunity & 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 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 NicoleOnTheNet.com. 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 008 : How to Get More Traffic with Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I welcome Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net as a co-host, and we discuss something I know most of you are very interested in...traffic! We talk mostly about traffic for bloggers, although many of the same principles and techniques can apply to any other type of website you [...]

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. Additionally, I will be submitting the podcast feed to iTunes soon, so you can subscribe there as well - but I'll let you know when it's up and [...]