If you’re like me, successful copywriting doesn’t come easy. Crafting the right words to drive conversions—without sounding sleazy—is no simple task. Ray Edwards is here to demystify the process of writing great copy with memorable acronyms and actionable tips.
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.
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 DrunkenWoodworker.com and Bob’s ILikeToMakeStuff.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 OptionAlpha.com, 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.
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!
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?
As CEO of GameChangersMovement.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You might know today's guest as a fitness guru. But Chalene Johnson hasn't stopped there—she's also an inspiring entrepreneur and the leader of a tribe of amazing, committed fans.
Today’s episode is just you and me.
Let’s take a break from strategy to check in with ourselves. We’re halfway through 2015. What progress have you made on your goals for this year? What have you learned? What else does 2015 have in store for you?
Since starting out as an early Etsy entrepreneur, Susan’s had an amazing journey, including an appearance on Shark Tank, a partnership with Nordstrom, and now, a million-dollar online business selling baby moccasins.
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.
It’s such a pleasure to have Michael Hyatt as my guest this week. Michael is a truly inspirational leader, and he brings an amazing wealthy of wisdom and experience with him. He’s talking with me today about something close to home for every entrepreneur: being a leader and building your team.
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.
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.
In this episode, I welcome Dale Partridge, the founder of several successful online businesses and the author of People Over Profit. We discuss how to turn a business into something bigger: an engine for social good.
This week, we’re talking about a simple thing that can have a huge positive impact on your business: email marketing and the power of an autoresponder series. Dan Faggella is a master of building a subscriber base, sequencing emails, and sending the right messages to the right audience.
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...
Jia Jiang was afraid to face rejection as he built his business, until he tried something unexpected: he started seeking it out. What he learned has changed his life.
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...
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.
My videographer, Caleb Wojcik, is our special guest today! He comes back on the show to shed some light on the production process of my new show, SPI TV, and the surprising results from repurposing the video content on iTunes as a video podcast. We also talk about video gear, and how you can maximize your reach with video too. Check it out!
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.
Sometimes how you think you'll monetize your site and how you actually monetize your site are completely different. In the case of Cole over at Cole's Classroom - a photography tips based site - it was a guest post from someone else on his own site that turned into an extremely successful product. Here's how it all happened...
You may remember today's guest from a previous episode, because I bring up her story a lot. Her name is Lain Ehmann, and she's the one who makes 6-figures a year in the scrapbooking niche! Today, she's back to give us more detail on her biggest revenue source - virtual conferences - and you can put one together to serve your audience in a unique and profitable way. Check it out!
A few months ago, I added something new to my life: a morning routine. The results have been so dramatic that I had to share them with you all. And this coming from a guy who used to work between the hours of 9pm-2am every single day. From night owl to miracle morning, here's how I made the switch and what happened as a result...
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!
So many of you asked us to have these two on the show, and here they are! Lindsay & Bjork from Pinch of Yum share exactly how they generate an income from their food blog. It's an amazing story, and what's even cooler is that like here on SPI, they publicly share their income report to their audience. And yes, on a food blog. Here's why, and what the reaction has been like...
Membership sites are often described as the "holy grail" of passive income, with a predictable recurring income coming in each month based on the number of members you might have. With that said, it's not easy to setup, and it's definitely not easy to keep alive. Here is the crew from Fizzle.co who is here to help us keep our membership sites alive and thriving...
How do you know if what you're working on will pay off? You'll love this episode because we'll get the step-by-step details on how PE Teacher Jarrod Robinson pre-sold and validated a product idea before he even created it. Check it out!
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...
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.
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!).
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...
I know it's Christmas, but it's Thursday (my normal podcast publication date) and I couldn't help but reflect on 2014 and give you the biggest lessons I learned, and how we're totally going to crush it next year. You with me? Here we go!
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!
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!
I've never published an episode like this before, and it's making me completely nervous. Come behind the scenes with me and my team and listen in on conversations we've had about our plans for 2015. Thanks to Alex Blumberg and his new podcast Startup for the inspiration to present content in this new and exciting format.
A popular strategy to successfully launch a product or online course is to use a 3-part video series. There's a specific order of events that can skyrocket your launch results, and today we have Amy Porterfield to share exactly what we need to do to make this happen.
One of the best ways to generate passive income is to sell an online, digital course. In this episode, we chat with David Siteman Garland who gives us step-by-step instructions for creating an online course that actually sells. This is the one that's been in demand for a while, so check it out...
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...
Dan Norris, co-founder of WP-Curve (a company that provides on-going support for Wordpress users) has helped hundreds of Wordpress site owners through a myriad of different problems. He's on the show today to help us with the most common mistakes webmasters make, and how to avoid them for an improved site and user experience.
Gary Vaynerchuk is back on The SPI Podcast! Woot! In this interview, I ask him several questions ranging from how to find your right offer, to how Gary would sell his own physical product, book publishing, app development and marketing, and more!
I'm excited to chat all things social media in this episode with Laura Roeder, founder of Edgar - a tool I've been using successfully over the past few months to automate and schedule my messages. Here's what to do, and what not to do on social media...
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.
Michael Port, best-selling author of Book Yourself Solid (a book that has sort of become standard reading in the world of business and entrepreneurship) joins us on the show today to talk about the sales process, pricing strategies including the important of anchoring and framing, plus a whole lot more...check it out!
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...
In this session of the SPI Podcast we chat with Manu Kalia about how he transformed his offline physical therapy practice into a successful online business, including the strategy for his successful 5-figure launch for his first information product, and what he wish he did instead. Another great success story from someone in the real world!
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.
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...
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.
Steve Scott has built a book publishing empire on Amazon.com and is earning an average of $45,000 per month! He shares exactly how he's been able to do it by niching down and producing books to solve one problem at a time. Super smart and incredibly inspiring! Plus, you can download his free 46-point book publishing checklist here!
Gretchen's blog about baking was doing okay, but she questioned whether or not to keep going. Then, she connected with Jason who helped take her so-so blog, and turn it into an extremely profitable brand with a HUGE audience. Here's how it all happened...
Some of the most popular and relatable episodes of The SPI Podcast involve success stories from those who have successfully built a business outside of the Internet Marketing, Online Business and Blogging niches. In other words, there are more ways to build a successful online business and make money online than just talking about how to [...]
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!
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.
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...
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.
Down to his last $0.27 in the bank and sleeping on his friend's couch, Dwight Peters was determined to make things work and build a successful online business. Well - here he is sharing exactly how he made that happen.
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.
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)...
Big projects = big results. However, big projects beyond your normal editorial calendar can be a HUGE challenge! That's why I'm happy to introduce you to some of my team members who have a workflow process that you can learn from to help you with your next big project too...
I have two kids of my own, which is why this interview with 10 year old Enya Hixson, serial entrepreneur and podcast host, is especially meaningful to me. Have a listen and check out what she's up to!
Matt Donley is an SPI reader and listener who emailed me one day to tell me he was going to quit his job to go full-time with his side gig, which was doing well. A few days later, he told me he was terrified and felt like he was letting his boss and co-workers down. Here's his story and what he's up to now...
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 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.
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...
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?
I love sharing stories of people who create successful online businesses outside of the how to make money, blogging and entrepreneur space! In this episode, Lisa and Jason Leake from 100DaysofRealFood.com share their wild success story and how their small food blog became a BIG, in-demand nationally known website.
I'm happy to welcome fellow San Diego native, Mary Beth Storjohann from WorkableWealth.com to the podcast! We talk about her strategies for getting more clients, standing out (and niching down) within a very competitive market, plus a whole lot more. There are a TON of golden nuggets and actionable content in this session, so check it out!
If we cannot hold the attention of our audience, then we might as well not try to build one. In this session, Bryan Kelly and I discuss cognitive science to help us understand how our audience's brains work, so we can better deliver and make change in their lives, and in turn, ours own lives as well.
It's not always pretty. In this session, you'll hear me talk about several negative aspects of running an online business and blogging, which is important to know about and understand so that when these things happen to you, you know you're not alone, and you can tackle these issues wisely.
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?
After I recorded this interview with Adam Braun and hung up on Skype, I sat there at my desk for 30 minutes just thinking about my work, my business and my purpose in a totally different, bigger and more meaningful way. Thank you Adam, seriously.
In this episode, I'm extremely happy to feature a Smart Passive Income student who has successfully created a niche site using a lot of the strategies and tactics shared here on the blog. He reveals his niche, as well as everything that's working for him today.
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.
I love when I'm introduced to a brand new business model like this. Here, you'll learn how Jessica and Cliff Larrew leveraged Amazon's FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program to generate over 6-figures in profit last year. Funny thing, it all starts with a trip to the store to buy stuff to sell on Amazon later. This one blew me away.
Jaime interviews millionaires. Lots of 'em (over 130), and she's just published a book and shares a ton of insight on what makes people successful, and others not. We also talk about how she was able to get me to say yes to joining her mastermind group 4 years ago, even after I said no. I'm so thankful though, because saying yes changed my business and my life.
John Lee Dumas is back for a second time! Since his last appearance 6 months ago, his brand has exploded, and so has his earnings! Learn how, his exact Facebook to Webinar strategies you can use, and the pros and cons (and how) to add sponsors to your own show.
Creating an income stream by selling your artwork is not easy, but as an artist, in order to share what you create with others and earn from it so you can create even more, you must first adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. Here's how, and the steps you can take to make a living from the art that you create...
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.
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.
It's that time of the year when goal setting is on our minds, but how do we make sure we accomplish those goals we set out to achieve? Join me and Michael Hyatt as we discuss how to make 2014 the best year ever!
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!
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...
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...
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!
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I stoked to interview Srinivas Rao, host of the popular podcast, BlogCast FM. With Srini on the other side of the mic this time, we get deep into his story and his transformation from an interview, to a creative and artistic entrepreneur. Lots of tips for conducting the best interviews you can too.
I share exactly why you should be on the stage too - what it can do for your business, how to land gigs, the challenges that you'll face and all the tips I can give you to help you deliver the best presentation you can the next time you're up!
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I have a laid back, fireside chat with Joel Comm. We talk everything from iPhone apps to Google Adsense, Twitter, Klout and much much more...
Note: Dane Maxwell also joined me on Episode 046 and Episode 149. Check out the Related Podcasts section below to listen. In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm really excited to bring back Dane Maxwell from The Foundation, who was with us before in Session #46, which happens to be the top [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, we talk selling and turning browsers into buyers with my good friend, Derek Halpern from Social Triggers. Out of all of the other websites I've mentioned here on the blog and on the podcast, Derek's site is probably referenced the most, and that's because Derek always [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm excited to answer more voicemail questions from the SPI audience! Every once and a while, I record podcast episodes that are completely driven and made up of questions asked by you, so if you have any questions you'd like potentially answered on the show, simply [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm really excited to feature the details of a success story from a listener who decided to take action after listening to one particular episode of the SPI Podcast - and it was this action that helped him discover a new path in his life, quit [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm really excited to bring you another online business success story from someone who is generating over six-figures a year in an niche completely outside of the how to blog, how to make money online or the how to become an entrepreneur space. In fact, when [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm very happy to welcome Tony Stubblebine, co-founder of Lift - an iPhone and web application that was first mentioned here on SPI by Tim Ferriss in Episode 51, and a tool that I've since been using every day to help me create and stick with habits [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I get to do something I've always wanted to do: Time Travel. Let me explain. :) My good friend, Jeff Goins - a popular Amazon best-selling author, award-winning blogger and speaker who writes at GoinsWriter.com - joins me for what is essentially two sessions in one. We talk all [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast (actually, you could call it more like a course!) I'm happy to welcome my good friend Clay Collins to the show! Unlike other podcast sessions where I interview others about their story and how they've become successful, Clay and I get deep (and immediately) into tactics [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm super stoked to welcome my good friend and host of one of the fastest growing and most popular business podcasts available, John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire. In case you have yet to be introduced to John and his show, John produces a daily [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm happy to welcome my good friend Chris Ducker from ChrisDucker.com to the show! After we both attended Chris Gullibeau's World Domination Summit in Portland, Chris came down to San Diego to hang out with my family for a week. This is the second time Chris [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm super stoked to answer voicemail questions from the SPI audience! Every once and a while, I'll be recording podcast episodes that are completely driven and made up of questions asked by you, so if you have any questions you'd like potentially answered on the show, [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm really excited to interview Andrea Olson - an awesome mom and business owner - but she's not a mom blogger in the traditional sense of the term. Instead, Andrea has been able to take some unique information she's become an expert on and successfully create [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm happy to welcome Noah Kagan, founder of AppSumo, employee #30 at Facebook (and the brain behind the status update), #4 at Mint.com, founder of several other startups and a person who at a relatively young age, in addition to all of his success, had already [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm honored to interview Neil Patel, founder of the popular blog QuickSprout, and co-founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics. Neil's resume is beyond impressive. By age 21, the Wall Street Journal named him one of the top influencers on the web and Entrepreneur Magazine listed him as one [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, we welcome Spencer Haws, founder of Niche Pursuits and creator of the popular keyword research tool, Long Tail Pro. This particular episode, along with a few other upcoming episodes and posts, are a part of an ongoing research phase that I'm conducting for the upcoming Niche Site Duel [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I re-record the live presentation I recently did at Social Media Marketing World, a conference that took place here in my hometown of San Diego earlier this month. As many of you know, me and technology don't get along very well during my public speaking appearances. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm incredibly excited to talk about creating successful startups and life as an entrepreneur with visionary serial entrepreneur, John Saddington from John.do. I recently discovered John and his work when I met and connected with him in person at the Platform Conference in Nashville this past [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm really excited to chat with Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at Wharton's School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of his new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On. To sum it up, the book is about why and how stuff goes viral. Even though it's [...]
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 [...]
In this episode of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I chat with a guest and good friend who used to be in a mastermind group with me. I purposely timed this particular episode to coincide with my trip to Nashville, where I’m speaking at Michael Hyatt’s Platform Conference. Nashville is known as, “Music City,” and [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, by special request, we're bringing back a guest that I’ve had on the show before. Several people have asked me to bring back many of our previous guests such as Dane Maxwell from Podcast Session #46, which was the most downloaded SPI Podcast to date. I [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, we bring back another success story interview with someone who has built a successful online business outside of the blogging, make money online and social media niches. One year ago, Trevor Page was working a comfortable 9 to 5 job. Today, he's working for himself. Trevor [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about several things that I wish I knew about before starting my online business and working on my own. If I could go back in time and tell myself these things, I would have been much better off. When I was laid off in [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm delighted to bring back (by popular demand) another success story interview with a someone who has built an online business outside of the how to make money online and blogging niche. It has been 12 episodes since my last success story interview, which was an [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, we have Tim Ferriss on the show! Tim is a two-time, #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author with his books The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body, and he recently came out with the third book in his "4-hour trilogy" titled The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like [...]
Today we celebrate the 50th session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast! Woohoo! It was my goal to have a total of 50 podcast sessions by the end of the year, and we did it! Thank you all for your support, encouragement and constructive criticisms - I appreciate each and every one of you and [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast I have the pleasure of interviewing Brendan Hufford, a full time teacher who has built a successful product-based niche site using many of the strategies outlined here on the SPI blog. It's a profitable "niche within a niche" website and the incredible part is that this product-based niche [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, we get into the story of Leslie Samuel, a good friend of mine who I consider to be one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Leslie is a part-time blogger, full-time teacher who has a number of interesting blogging success stories under his belt. [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I invited Dane Maxwell from The Foundation to come onto the show and chat with us about his approach to building an online business, one that doesn't include the need to become an expert in any particular niche (what?!), any money or start up funds (double [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I have not one, not two, not three, not four - but five guests in what is known as the Summer Marketing Mashup. This is a round table session with myself and some of the top podcast hosts and online business minds, including: Jason Van Orden [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast you'll hear a revised (blog & podcast-friendly) version of my recent solo presentation at Blog World Expo in New York, which is all about how I manage to earn a significant income from affiliate marketing without using aggressive or forceful marketing tactics and hardly any pitch at [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I'm happy to share yet another amazing success story, this time with Fraser Cain from Universe Today, a news site dedicated to the space and astronomy niche. Universe Today pulls in a massive amount of traffic - up to 5,000,000 pageviews per month - and it generates [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I'm super stoked to feature another success story interview, this time with someone who has built a very successful iPhone application business in a very tight niche. His name is Mike Doonan from Speech With Milo, and what makes him and his apps special is that he's [...]
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 [...]
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 LayoutaDay.com shares an amazing [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast we continue our back-to-back-to-back series of success story interviews where we get inside the heads of people who are running successful online businesses and learn about how they're making it happen. Today I'm really excited to share my interview with Sunil, a blogger who I've gotten to [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast we begin a back-to-back-to-back series of success story interviews where we get inside the heads of people who are running successful online businesses and learn about how they're making it happen. These interviews get deep into the start-up stories and business models of people who are specifically [...]
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 [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I share 21 small things you can do for your audience that can lead to big time results for your blog, brand and online business. What I love about this particular session is that all of these tips are relatively easy to implement and most of them [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of SPI Podcast I have the privilege of welcoming Lewis Howes from LewisHowes.com to the show, an ex-football player turned entrepreneur who many people know for his success with utilizing LinkedIn to grow his business from scratch. He actually published two books about his success with LinkedIn not too long ago. This session isn't about [...]
Note - a book entitled BE EVERYWHERE is being worked on as we speak! Please subscribe to the blog to stay updated. In this special session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I share a re-recording of the presentation I did at Blog World Expo in Los Angeles last week. I also include a YouTube [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, we continue what we started in SPI Session #24 and bring in 4 more fantastic and inspiring success stories from people who are making a living online and generating a passive income without having to teach others how to make money online. As I mentioned before, [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm happy to showcase 3 success stories from people who are making a living online and generating a passive income without having to teach others how to make money online. Many people think that the only way to really make money online is to talk about [...]
Note: Check out episode 147, where Corbett returns to the podcast, along with the whole Fizzle team. Click the link or scroll to the Related Podcasts section at the bottom to listen. In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm honored to have back Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net, who was our special guest [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, special guest Chris Guthrie and I discuss several affiliate marketing strategies, tips and techniques drawing from real life examples from our own websites and experiences. Affiliate marketing has been huge for me lately. Last month, I earned $18,638.24 from affiliate marketing and Chris has pushed over [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I do something a little different and give detailed answers to some of most commonly asked questions. I'm doing this for a number of reasons: First, I'll be able to help more people who may have these very same questions. Instead of answering each person individually, I can [...]
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 and outsourcing. Hiring help for your online business, whether it's just for one task you'd like to complete or on a more full-time [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I explore the world of video and start from scratch with YouTube to show you exactly how I make sure I give myself the best chance to get the most views and have the most impact for my business and blog. As I mentioned in a [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing multi-millionaire entrepreneur and recent author MJ DeMarco, who recently published a fantastic book entitled The Millionaire Fastlane. I was asked by a number of SPI readers to get MJ on the show for an interview. I'm really glad I did [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I finish off a 3-part series about the different types of passive income streams that can be generated online and what you can expect from each. I discuss the potential costs that are involved, how one might get started, what kind of results are typical and [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I continue to investigate the different types of passive income streams that can be generated online and what you can expect from each. I discuss the potential costs that are involved, how one might get started, what kind of results are typical and how long it [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I investigate the different types of passive income streams that can be generated online, and what you can expect from each. When I say "what you can expect", I mean: the costs that are involved how one might get started what kind of results are typical; [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about exactly how I manage to work on so many projects at the same time, stay focused and get things done! I've divided the podcast into three different segments, which include: Mind Hacks - The mindset of how we work and what we do [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I give you 5 questions that you absolutely need to be asking yourself in order to improve your online business, blog or website. When we look for ways to improve, we often ask for outside help, but in this podcast I ask you to look inward [...]
In this session (the 10th session!) of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I interview Chris Guthrie of Make Money On The Internet, who is making a killing as an affiliate for products from Amazon.com. Out of all the places to sign up as an affiliate and earn a commission from the products you can sell, [...]
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 [...]
Note: Corbett has been back on the podcast since this episode, on episode 023 and on episode 147 with the whole Fizzle team. Check the Related Podcasts section at the bottom of this post. In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I welcome Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net as a co-host, and we discuss [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I interview Michael Dunlop of IncomeDiary.com, who is a 20-year old entrepreneur who seems to know exactly what he's doing. He's making well over 6-figures online from blogging working half-time hours, and he's recently found success with a brand new premium Wordpress plugin that he just [...]
In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I cover 6 hurdles that I encountered while running my online businesses and exactly how I overcame them. It's my hope that after listening to this session, you'll have a better understanding of some of the struggles that I went through to get to where I'm [...]
Note: Cliff also joined me on Episode 013 and 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 interview the totally wise and inspirational Cliff Ravenscraft of PodcastAnswerMan.com, who [...]
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 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm very excited to chat with Glen Allsop of Viperchill.com as we get into crazy detail about exactly how he makes money online. If there is one session to take notes on, this is the one because Glen reveals a ton of information about his 5 [...]
In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to interview Mark Mason from Masonworld.com. Mark is a good friend of mine who has a 60 hour per week corporate job and a family to support, yet he still makes a killing online as an internet marketer. He shares [...]
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 [...]