My April 2013 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my April 2013 income report!

Each month, I write a detailed report about my online businesses and web properties.

I do this not only to help me keep track of my own progress (which I could obviously do in private), but I want to be open and honest about what’s going on in my business. I want to lead by example by showing you what’s working, and what’s not.

I also include an extremely detailed breakdown of the income I’ve earned online.

For those of you new to SPI, you might be wondering why I care to post my income reports in the first place. Here’s why:

Companies in the stock market share their earnings too, which gives people an idea of how the company is performing. Based on that, people can make a decision whether or not to invest (or continue investing) in that company.

Although you’re not investing money into my company, you are investing time – time to consume my content as well as any time you use to execute the strategies and methods that I share. It’s my responsibility to be totally upfront, honest and transparent with you, and to give you a snapshot each month of how I’m performing.

Before I get to the meat of this month’s report, if you’re just starting out online, please understand that making money on the Internet is definitely not an overnight thing. Not even close. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to pull it off.

A lot of people will attempt it and many people will fail, but I absolutely know that it’s possible to find success.

And remember, I struggle through trial and error every single day too, so as long as you have a goal and constantly work towards it, you’re giving yourself a great chance for great things to happen.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report!

Important Going-Ons in April

April was the first month in a while where I felt like everything was finally, at least for the most part, running at full speed again. If you’ve been a long time reader, you probably felt it too.

When my servers went down for an entire week at the beginning of  March, it threw me off a bit. Last month, I was finally able to get back on the saddle and start producing content regularly again. Not only that, it was content that seemed to truly resonate with people, as the number of comments that were coming through were much higher than the previous months.

Here’s a convenient list of what was posted on SPI in April, in case you missed anything:

In April, the SPI blog saw record numbers both in terms of monthly traffic and downloads to the podcast.

Also, both the blog and the podcast hit huge milestones this past month:

  • 5,000,000 visitors since October of 2008
  • 3,000,000 podcast downloads since July of 2012

Mind blown. That’s really all I can say.

‘Let Go’ is a #1 Best Seller!

The biggest news coming out of the month is that my new book, Let Goshot up to become the #1 Best Selling Small Business and Entrepreneurship book on Amazon.com! Not just on Kindle, but overall!

Let Go at #1 in Amazon!

Now, you might be wondering how this all happened, since I originally published Let Go on another platform first.

Here’s the story…

At the end of March, Let Go was published on a brand new multi-media platform called SnippetApp for iOS, which allowed me to do some cool things like embed videos, images and even social media (i.e. a Twitter hashtag conversation – see #letgobook) right inside the content itself.

The format allowed me to tell my story in a way that I couldn’t really ever tell it before, especially when it came to the videos that were included in the book. For example, at the end of one of the chapters you can tap a button to watch a personal interview with my wife. I had just proposed to her right before I was told I was going to get laid off and the interview examines how she was feeling at the time and why she was so supportive or my decision to work for myself. There’s also an interview with my dad who had originally suggested I go back to grad school after I was let go. Plus a lot of other cool on-location videos at the end of most of the chapters.

Beyond that, I definitely wanted to seize the opportunity to become one of the very first authors for this very forward-thinking platform.

In a little over a week, I sold over 2000 copies of the book through SnippetApp, which was awesome considering that a lot of my audience couldn’t get it because they didn’t have an iPhone or an iPad. AND the fact that people had to download the free SnippetApp first, and THEN get my book from there. That’s asking a lot of my audience, so thank you to those of you who picked it up!

As a result of hundreds of emails from people who were disappointed that they couldn’t get the book, and because it’s something my team and I were planning on doing eventually, we made it a priority to reformat the book and optimize it as best as possible for Amazon’s Kindle platform. The beauty is that anyone with any device can read a Kindle book: Kindle devices plus iOS, Android, and even desktop on Mac and Windows. (See free Kindle Apps for more info on how this works)

The challenge was trying to figure out how to best translate the multi-media SnippetApp experience into a Kindle book. There are many different Kindle devices (e-reader, PaperWhite, Fire), not to mention the free Kindle Apps  – but there was no way we were going to be able to embed videos, images and social media into the content like it was before.

The solution we came up with was to simply link to the videos within the Kindle book. On some devices, it would open up the video on another application on that device. In some cases, like for e-readers and PaperWhites, one would have to manually type in the (friendly) URL to watch the videos. This definitely isn’t optimal, but it works. There are many instances while reading the physical version of Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Body, where I would manually type in a URL to watch a video related to something that I just read, so I thought this would be okay.

After a few rounds of edits and the inclusion of a Bonus Chapter (a video to my younger self, which is included on the newest version on SnippetApp too), I signed up for Kindle’s Direct Publishing (KDP) and my team submitted Let Go for publication on Kindle.

Within 12 hours of submittal, on Thursday, April 18th, the Kindle version of Let Go was available on Amazon.com. I was in Chicago for an event at that time, so it made sense for me to wait until Monday the 22nd to begin any sort of push to my audience.

On Sunday evening, I decided to share the link to Let Go on Amazon on my social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and then also with my private Kindle Author Facebook Group that I started almost a year ago, which currently has over 3,000 members.

Apparently, that was enough because when I woke up on Monday morning, my book had sold over 300 copies on Amazon and was already ranking #1 in the Web 2.0 category – while also ranking #2 in Kindle > Entrepreneurship category, and #7 in Entrepreneurship overall.

After hanging out with the kids in the morning, I immediately crafted this email.

By 5:00pm that day, Let Go was the #1 book in the overall Small Business and Entrepreneurship category!

And that’s how it happened! I plan to do a second push for Let Go in the near future using some strategies that Jeff Goins shared with me for an hour over Skype recently. The rankings have dropped a bit, which is expected, but the 2nd push could take the book even higher overall than it was before. I guess we’ll see!

That conversation with Jeff was recorded and will be put into a future podcast episode, one that not only includes the tips and strategies that I’m going to test, but also a future recording that we’ll do together after I implement the strategies where we’ll talk about the results and what I did right or wrong.

If you’re interested in getting free early access to the first part of that recording, be sure to join my Private Facebook Group, which is the only place where I’ll share it before the episode actually comes out.

To those of you who picked up Let Go already, on any platform – thank you! You rock!

If you picked it up (on any platform) and have yet to leave an honest review, you can do so by clicking right here. (You don’t have to purchase ‘Let Go’ on Kindle to leave a review on Amazon – if you bought the SnippetApp version, you can still leave a review on Amazon – it’ll be extremely helpful!)

And lastly, if you haven’t picked up Let Go yet, here are the links:

Niche Site Duel 2.0

If you haven’t heard already, Niche Site Duel 2.0 is on the horizon!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this, and I know a lot of you are too. :)

For those of you who don’t know, the original Niche Site Duel (NSD) was a public challenge to create a website from scratch, get it on the first page of Google and start earning an income from it. In 73 days I was able to work my Security Guard Training website to #1 in Google, and since then the site has been earning between $1,500 and $3,500 per month with very little upkeep involved.

In total, since last month’s income report, that one website site has earned over $50,000.

The strategies I used for NSD1.0 still work today, just not as well and not as consistently as they did before, since Google has made a ton of algorithm updates since them.

This is why now is the perfect time to start up Niche Site Duel 2.0 and see if I can rank a website from scratch, using tactics that are working today.

Before I select a niche and primary keyword, build a website and begin my marketing strategy, I’m in heavy research mode right now. I’m  conducting interviews with people who seem to know how to build and rank a website in today’s environment.

I recently interview Alex Becker who shared his search engine optimization strategy in a video interview that was posted last week. The transcript to that interview is now posted on that page as well.

Alex’s primary strategy is to purchase expiring domains that have an existing Page Rank, and create links on those sites to a main site, all while maintaining a diverse anchor text profile.

It proves to be working very well, however there are two reasons I’m not going to be using his strategy in NSD2.0:

  1. The strategy involves a lot of additional money (to buy the domains and also put them on separate IP addresses and servers); and
  2. It’s not ‘white hat’.

I won’t get into the arguments here about white hat vs. black hat vs. gray hat SEO strategies – I recommend you check out the amazing comment section of that interview post for some good discussion on the topic. Just know that I’m going to do my best to take an honest approach to this challenge, and yes some link building will have to happen but I’m going to try to go as ‘white hat’ as possible for a more long-term approach, although I’ll still do what I can to rank quickly.

Other Interviews

I’ve also scored interviews with other people who seem to be doing things to rank well in Google today, including Spencer Haws from NichePursuits and creator of Long Tail Pro (the Keyword Research tool I’ll be experimenting with during NSD2.0), as well as Neil Patel of QuickSprout.

My interview with Spencer goes live on SPI Podcast session #66 this coming Wednesday, where we will explore exactly, step-by-step, what he recently did to get a brand new website to #1 in Google, and also some great tips for proper keyword research.

My interview with Neil Patel will be a special edition that goes live this coming Friday in podcast session #67.

It’s like SEO week here on SPI!

In Neil’s interview – well, it’s just incredible. He’s in a league of his own when it comes to SEO and really has me excited to get started with NSD2.0. He’s helped companies like TechCrunch and Gawker Media get millions more visitors per month to their sites as a result of his work – and in Session #67 he’s going to help us. He reveals some strategies I have never heard before – you’re going to love it.

Glen Allsop is also in line for an interview. He revealed some strategies in SPI Podcast Session #3, way back in 2010, which helped me pick a good niche, and I’ll have him on again to help us figure out how today we can do the same thing.

Lastly, a lot of you have been asking me if you can participate in NSD2.0 with me.

Well…right now I can’t even call it a duel since it’s just me…so I’m going to need people to duel with – so of course you’re welcome to join in!

Logistically, this is all still being figured out, so just look out for more information in the near future.

Also, a special few of you will be able to work directly with me along the way – in scheduled webinars and a private group discussion somewhere. There will be an application process and I’m sure there will be a lot of applicants, so it’ll take time to go through them all, but I figured it would be fun to have a select group of people to highlight and keep progress on along the way as well. This’ll be a great way to see how the strategies work and if they are just a flash in the pan, or really something that anyone can do.

Again, logistics are still being figured out, but just look out for that information within the next month or so.

Excited yet? ;)

Ok, I think it’s time for some numbers…

Income Breakdown

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I absolutely appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me!

Also, please note that a lot of these are figures from reports from each individual company for the previous month. It does not necessarily reflect the actual payment which, for some of the companies listed below, come 30 to 60 days later and may change because of potential refunds or corrections.

  • GreenExamAcademy.com Product Sales:
    • Total: $3,110.19
      • Previous Month: $3,456.12
      • Difference:-$345.93
  • SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com:
    • Adsense: $2,478.83
    • Job Board: $53.18
    • Affiliate Earnings: $176.95
    • Total: $2,708.96
      • Previous Month: $2,836.57
      • Difference: -$127.61
  • CreateaClickableMap.com:
    • Total: $319.68
      • Previous Month: $489.51
      • Difference: -$169.83
  • 2 Other Mini Experimental Sites and YouTube (adsense):
    • Total: $721.21
      • Previous Month: $420.10
      • Difference: +$301.11
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $2,156.95
    • Free Apps: $462.01
    • Total: $2,618.96
      • Previous Month: $2,715.09
      • Difference: -$96.13
  • eBook Sales:
    • SnippetApp: 634 sales
      • 50% of $2.99: $947.83
    • Amazon Kindle: approximately 1100 sales

      • 70% of $2.99 (minus $0.20 delivery cost):  ~$2,082.30
    • Total: $3,030.13
  • Gross Total in April: $58,412.33
    • Previous Month: $54,747.28
    • Difference: +$3,665.05
  • April Expenses (Below is what was paid last month. It does not include pro-rated yearly fees. Most are related to the Smart Passive Income Blog and new projects under development. Travel fees and related travel expenses were not included this month since they were reimbursed):
    • Web Developer Virtual Assistant: $700.00
    • Researcher / Admin Virtual Assistant: $400.00
    • Server and Hosting Fees: $680.00
    • Assistant Web Developer / Server Optimization: $1,050.00
    • Dropbox: $9.99
    • Libsyn.com (podcast file hosting): $15.00
    • Transcriptions and Podcast VA: $227.00
    • Aweber: $453.00
    • E-Junkie Shopping Cart Fee: $5.00
    • Paypal Website Payments Pro: $30.00
    • Certified Public Accountant / Bookkeeping: $260.00
    • Skype $2.99
    • Team Payments for Let Go: $2,937.50
    • Voiceover work for Podcast Intros: $175.00
    • Affiliate Payments for GreenExamAcademy.com: $180.45
    • Venue and food for meet and greets at Conferences: $1,520.00
    • Total Expenses for April:  $8,650.93
  • Net Total in April: $49,761.40
  • Net Total Previous Month: $45,823.54

A Quick Note on my Affiliate Earnings:

I’ll be the first to admit that a significant portion of my total online income comes as a result of The Smart Passive Income Blog – mostly from the products that I recommend as an affiliate, which are products I’ve used or am extremely familiar with and have helped me in one way, shape or form.

When I first started this blog back in 2008, I never intended to make any money from it. If you go back to my earlier income reports you’ll see that all of my income was coming from outside of this blog through other businesses. Over time, however, the SPI community has grown and as a byproduct of being helpful and giving everything away for free, I started earning from this site too. Because I believe in total honesty and transparency, I decided to include the income from SPI on these reports as well. It wouldn’t feel right hiding this from you.

My non-SPI related income has hovered around the $10,000/month mark for the past year, which is much more than I ever made working my 9 to 5 job in architecture, but I’m truly blessed that I have the support from an amazing community here at SPI who is willing to pay me back for all of the information I publish and the help that I try to provide for free. Some people go out of their way to make sure I get credit for an affiliate link, often emailing me to make sure I got it, which means the world to me. Thank you so much!

With this type of community comes great responsibility and I will never take it for granted. I will never promote something just for the potential income that can come from an affiliate offer, even though those opportunities are definitely there.

I’m incredibly grateful for everything and I will continue to give back with valuable content and my experience in return.

Something Else to Get Excited About

In 2010, I was introduced to a company called Only72, which was co-founded by my good friend Adam Baker.

A couple of times a year, Only72 brought together some of the top digital information products around the web, packaged them together and sold them at a massive discounted price to customers, for only 72 hours – hence, Only72.com.

I’ve been a customer before, and I’ve also been a successful affiliate for them too.

Because Adam is a really good friend of mine, I was really interested to see how this business was going to work out for him when he first started it, and I was so happy to see how successful the first few launches went. The first Only72 sale in 2010 went through the roof, and the company was able to donate about $30k to Charity:Water as a result of their success.

During the second launch in 2011, I joined as an affiliate and sold several copies of that particular group of products to happy customers here on SPI.

Then, I started to notice that some of the later launches weren’t quite as spectacular. Sure, they were still offering great deals but I didn’t end up promoting them as it seemed a bit formulaic and overall, it just lost its excitement. There was no theme to the sales anymore – it was just sort or whatever they could scrap up and sell at a discount.

I’m just being honest here.

I loved the business model through, so it was quite unfortunate that things seemed to go in the direction they did.

Well – a couple of months ago Adam contacted me via phone. We talk from time to time, but this time he wanted to talk business. He told me that his partner Karol Gajda was leaving the company to work on other things that needed his time and focus.

Then, Adam popped the question, “How would you like to partner with me on Only72.com?”

I didn’t expect this question at all when I picked up the phone, so I didn’t really have an answer for him. I had to think about it for quite a long time. I knew the history of the company, and also knew the trajectory that it was on.

But, I also remembered, as a customer and an affiliate, things that I wish were done differently. I wanted things more SPI style: getting really into the details of each of the products that were being offered, showing videos of each product before people decide to purchase, actually talking to the product owners and sharing those conversations, and just giving away a ton of massive value and focusing on customer experience. All of that stuff seemed so obvious to me, yet, it wasn’t getting done.

With only a few sales a year, for only 72 hours each, I felt like this was something I could definitely add to my plate and add value to, so after long consideration, I decided to say yes and partner with Adam! I really wanted to make sure that things would be taken to the next level, and Adam was really excited because my ideas aligned exactly with what he wanted to do and where he wanted to take the company:

Careful selection and transparency with all of the products that are being offered, getting customers completely familiar with the products in the deal, and again just focusing on customer experience and overall value, which must never be forgotten. I also asked for some changes in the web design and other small things like that, which aren’t reflected on the current design yet, but are coming soon.

I’m super stoked because in addition to selling information products related to online business and blogging, we’re planning on expanding outside of this niche. There are hundreds of other potential markets we could run similar sales for, and if we can get a team to do most of the legwork for us, which they are doing already, then we’re golden.

It almost feels like an advisory role, in a way, and I’m excited to be working with someone who has, time and time again, executed on his ideas. Adam was the one who created and produced the documentary, I’m Fine, Thanks, in about 3 months!

The next Only72.com sale is coming up within the next month or so, and we have something special planned for it. Not only am I now a partner with Adam on Only72, but for this next sale I’ll be contributing an info-product of my own. It’s gonna rock!

So look out for more information about that when you start to hear about the Only72 sale from me or others around the web.

Woo! A ton of awesome stuff happening in 2013 – and it’s almost half over already. Time for a progress check on your goals for the year!

Cheers, and I wish you all the best!

  • http://www.makingsenseofcents.com Michelle

    That’s awesome that you had the #1 Best Selling Small Business book on Amazon.com! Congrats! :)

    Looks like another awesome month. I just posted my Extra Income from side hustles update the other day and managed another $8,000 in April. I can’t manage to break that $10K mark but I’m hoping that I will soon! I need to ramp up my affiliate income, and I think that will help a lot.

    • http://supermoneysave.com Vijay

      Kudos to Pat and I really like the way people like Michelle coming up and showing up their income reports publicly. This initiative started by Pat is really making people to maintain transparency, customer first approach and willingness to share everything they do!

      Thanks Pat!

    • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/new-here/ iain

      I agree it’s awesome that Pat’s book hit number 1. I know that can’t be easy, but he managed to do it.

      Also, Michelle that sounds like you had a rocking month as well. Breaking the 10K mark will happen. You could always release a product I hear that can be helpful as well.

      Vijay, totally with you on the transparency point. I love it.

    • http://focusa2z.com/author/purbitaditecha Purbita Ditecha

      I don’t understand , why senior marketers and bloggers reveal such income story where a few of us blindly follow and trust ?

  • http://www.onlinebizlist.com Brian

    Great to finally see the response to the Kindle Success. I’ve the read the book and it’s great; for those of you yet to grab it, pick it up today!

    It’s amazing to see how much easier it is to have payday now that you have a brand. All of the hard work now pays out constant dividends, probably a good argument to build authority sites!

  • http://www.attractionmarketingdirect.com Stephen Malan

    Hi Pat,

    Just found your blog and have been going over the various pages and you have a lot of great content. Also saw your Alexa ranking and it appears your doing all the right things and more.

    Thank you so much for the great posts, looking forward to more of them!

  • http://dollarsandroses.com/ Jeff Rose

    Great job, Pat!

    Looking forward to the niche site duel 2.0. I’m already prepping to start my own niche site with my VA when the competition goes live.

    My other niche sites (more an authority site) had its best month last month and the skies the limit. I owe that all to the first niche site duel. :)

  • http://www.homelearningexperience.com Sibo

    A very detailed income report, Pat. Thank you for sharing!

    Recently I found quite a few great blogs from the readers of SPI blog including my4hrworkweek, leavingworkbehind and source-wave. I spent on average more than 5 hours on each of these blogs last week and found my staying up till 2am almost every single morning (I am a guy who usually go to bed around 9:30pm every night, lol) and I love the contents they are providing, so I want to shout out a big “thank you” to Pat and SPI blog.

    I am currently working on my first eBook about selling on eBay as I am now generating more than $1000 per month from my eBay accounts, so Pat’s experience about Kindle book sets a great example for me. I hope one day I will see my book on best seller list of Amazon as well.

    My website was just ranked by Alexa from more than 25 million up to around 5 million. I know for most of you experienced blogger, this is nothing, but for me, it’s big. I keep working hard, because Pat is leading me to my ultimate goal and by looking at him consistently working along his journey, the inspiration to me is evergreen.

    Thank you, Pat. Keep up your hard work!

  • http://www.salesproblog.com Johnny Bravo

    Awesome job Pat. Another great month as normal. And congrats on the eBook sales. I haven’t picked up my own copy yet but will be soon. Very much looking forward to it and the Niche Site Duel 2.0. You’ve created such a great community here and it shows. The next NSD 2.0 should be a huge event from the looks of it.

  • http://www.webofincome.com The Rookie

    Great work as always,
    Ive been following since the last niche site duel. I think thats how I came across you. Win or lose upfront your whitehat method will win in the long run. Not that I think blog networks are truly black or grey. But anyways. Good luck. Im looking forward to following another good competition.

  • Will

    Pat –

    So appreciate what you do and how you do it on SPI. I’m really new to the internet business world but enjoy your site immensely. Really looking forward to following along (and participating in) NSD 2.0.

    Wishing you much continued success!

  • http://livingformondays.com/3546/the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-rank-youtube-videos/ Monja

    hi pat,
    thanks once again for your income report. i really find it interesting to see what came out by different projects. especially your success with the ebook – congratulations!
    i love how you always wok on one project, do your best to it, market it and then move to the next one.
    when i started i usually got lost in the amount of options so this is in my opinion a great example how you do it best!

  • http://wanttoquitmyjob.com Erick

    Hi pat! thanks again for sharing, I can’t wait for your niche site duel 2.0, I
    have been trying to use your back linking strategy but it’s going a bit slow for me, but i now this isn’t 100m race but the marathon so I’ll keep trying til I succeed.

    You are a great source for inspiration.

  • http://www.adaptdnation.com Cody Stevenson

    Great numbers Pat! As always, you are an inspiration and have got me to take action.

    I’m glad to see your new book, Let Go, do so well man. Can’t wait to see what new stuff you come up with next.

    Well gotta go, to busy doing work :) thanks to you!

  • http://www.somethinspecial.com Sue

    Hi Pat,
    Ever since I found you, I love reading these reports and watching your success. Congrats!!

    Sue

  • http://www.computerrepairservicespro.com/ Mark Floyd

    Hi Pat! Thank you so much for sharing all of your great success. I am kind of new here, but I am stoked for your new NSD 2.0 to start. Congrats on “Let Go” reaching number one; next up should be a New York Times best seller, right? Again, thanks for everything that you do.

  • http://www.smartbusinessrevolution.com John Corcoran

    Congrats on everything – in particular Only72. I’m interested to see what it’s going to look like.

  • http://www.fitdeskjockey.com Matt

    Awesome stuff Pat! Congratulations on having the courage to share your story, it’s definitely a story worth sharing.

    I can’t wait for Niche Site Dual 2.0!

    Every morning I’ve been checking my email account like a drug crazed chimp, hoping that today’s the day. You’re killing me Pat.

    What’s “Assistant Web Developer / Server Optimization: $1,050.00″ under your expense? Is this expense related to when your site was crapping out on you?

    Best wishes,

    -Matt

  • http://medlicker.com Michal Vilimovsky

    Hello Pat. Your results are again very inspiring. It is funny to see how your approach to business and your “strategy of total openess” works and how honesty pays. People eventually discover if someone is trying to fool them or sells products or services “just for money”. You are one of the few exceptions in the “make money online” niche and it is really great to see that marketing and hard selling are not the only ways to earn a living on the net.

  • Stan

    Pat,
    I love your blog but I have to CALL YOU OUT a little bit on your Niche Site Duel.

    You say you want to go white hat with it but you know as well as I do that you HAVE to build links to rank and according to your terms, building links is not “white hat”.

    You also say that you are trying to go white hat because it’s a better long term approach yet you built your security guard training site on black hat linking and it’s made $50,000+ and still ranks #1. I would say that is LONG TERM!

    Lastly, in looking at your affiliate earnings, much of it is from so called “black hat” stuff, the stuff you say your trying to avoid. You make over $3,000 per month on things like The Best Spinner and Unique Article Wizard.

    You are a great dude but don’t let holier than thou people get to you. You’ve built your security guard site on “blackhat” linking because it works and you earn money from those affiliate programs that are also blackhat because they work.

    We need more people, people in high profiles like yourself, to stand up and say that blackhat and whitehat are meaningless. They are just terms and there is no “law” or definition for that kind of stuff. Building links or blog networks has nothing to do with ethics. No need to shy away from it, you’ve done nothing wrong.

    Keep up the good work, I love everything else you are doing.

    • Pat Flynn

      Hey Stan! I appreciate the honest comment, thank you for the call out!

      I think really this all comes down to semantics. I mean, Google even says guest posting is okay, but that is building links, and some consider that white hat, others may not.

      As far as long term – 2 years isn’t THAT long term and honestly with the strategies that I used for NSD1.0, they have definitely kept me at the top for a while, but because of the link structure, Google could just change things one day and boom, all done for. Many sites that were more aggressive with their backlinking already felt the affect of some of Google’s recent changes. Longer term would be things that are obviously going to always matter, like great, unique content (of course), and things like that.

      And again as far as the security site, I would consider that gray hat, but again we’re getting into semantics here and that is not the point. The point is that I’d like to give it a go this time around with something that would generally be considered safer, although it may take longer upfront. I personally don’t feel that white hat and black hat tactics are the same. I believe there are two sides to it and I’d rather focus on what is considered to be safer, more white hat techniques, as much as the other techniques may work for now, and possibly a long time.

      Thanks again Stan, I appreciate it!

  • http://Cashflowsto.com Monty Campbell

    Great Report.

    I appreciate the detail you go into with each report to cover your expenses and income. It is the game changer as you clearly continue to have social proof with this page alone.

    Meeting you in person was an honor and a privleige. You inspire me to continue to sow seeds to help people in this industry of online marketing. With my soon to be launched Podcast I seek to be the voice that echoes the resounding theme “We can be success full”

    I wish you success with only72.com. In fact I look forward to buying from the site in due time. I look forward so seeing you again. I wish you and your family continued success and prosperity.

  • http://anthrogeek.com/ Christina

    Congrats on everything Pat. I’m especially excited to see how only72 turns out. I bought the first year and had a hard time with the format of the downloads. I’m not sure if that part is better, but dealing with all the zipped files thrown together made using them difficult to manage.

  • http://wahjobs.blogspot.com Traci-Work at home job journal

    Congratulations on another great month I always learn alot from you and do publish my own but I am more freelancing rather building sites.

  • http://www.airplanepatch.com Adam

    Hey Pat!
    Congrats on another excellent month! I can’t wait until NSD 2.0 kicks off, and can’t wiat to participate in it. I love the principles that Alex Becker teaches, and have been digging through his site since I watched the interview you did with him. The only downside is needing money for the other Higher PR sites and other various tools backlinking he uses.(something I don’t have the luxury of having right now).

    I read Let Go! and it was an excellent and inspiring read, thank you offering at such an awesome and afforadable price! Thank you for sharing your story.

    I have to say your everywhere, and I can’t wait to be where your at. Every morning when my alarm clock goes off at 330 am it gets closer and closer to becoming an extinct species. Reading your income reports gives me the motivation to try harder and keep my little military site growing more and more. (600 visitors last month woohoo!)

    Thank you again for everything you do! Catch ya on the flip side

  • Maria

    Hey Pat – I loved the Snippet (I actually went through it in a night!)
    Just wanted to say thanks, your backlinking strategy that works has taken me to #1 page in google for my keyword in less than a month. Looking forward to the next strategy and climbing to #1!

  • http://fantasysportfans.com Richard Neckar

    Hey great long but good post Pat. It seems like pretty great opportunities continue to come your way from the networking sources you have. That’s pretty cool and shows that if you put in the effort then good things will come.

    I’m still working on my latest project basically every free hour I’m not at my regular job right now, and I am starting to also see some results. After only 2 months the site has been up, I am finally starting to get some rankings within my niche on google, bing, and yahoo. (Actually in the top 10 results for several of my keywords using mainly just the principles I’ve learned from your site and especially the “Be Everywhere” approach.)

    Keep up the good work and keep the information flowing!

    Richard

  • Ling-en

    So excited about your contribution to only72 AND your own product :D

    Cheers,

    Ling-en

  • http://www.ilovefrenchmovies.com Will

    Pat, I’ve been following you on SPI since the very beginning, and this is one of the chief reasons why:

    “Although you’re not investing money into my company, you are investing time – time to consume my content as well as any time you use to execute the strategies and methods that I share. It’s my responsibility to be totally upfront, honest and transparent with you, and to give you a snapshot each month of how I’m performing.”

    You get it, and you have pretty much always gotten it. Time is the only non-renewable resource we have, and you have always respected our time. That, and the fact that you have amazingly detailed content will keep me and others coming back to SPI for a long, long time.

    • Pat Flynn

      Thank you will, I appreciate your comment very much. Cheers, and all the best to you!

  • http://www.experimentalincome.com Tommy

    Hi Pat,

    I have been following you for a couple of years now and I just want to let you know that I find your success inspiring. I love reading your income reports and seeing that honest people are actually making a living online. I have launched a website to do a case study in passive income to help people affected by the economy make extra money and you are my #1 success story. Thanks again!

  • http://www.teachsuzukiviolin.com John

    Hi Pat, I bought Let Go on Snippet straight off when it first came up. Great filming by the way. As you said in one of your recent podcasts, people feel like they know you – and meeting April, the kids and your Dad through the book builds this sense even more. It’s a great example for all bloggers, because there’s so little real transparency in the world of business. And honest transparency is the sure road to trust.

    After living in Japan for a several years and later doing some education business there, I was impressed by our Japanese counterparts’ willingness to put all of their cards on the table. They were happy to honestly show us how much they made on a particular deal and invited us to do the same. It built some long lasting business relationships and friendships based on real trust – and mutual benefit. Back here in the west (Australia), I was soon aware of the contrast – opacity was too often the starting point. I believe your approach is the way of the future.

    Cheers, John

  • http://michaelburrows.me Michael

    Hi Pat, really looking forward to NSD 2.0. I’ve just started a public niche site case study and find it really motivating knowing that people are following me on my journey. I’ve no doubt NSD 2.0 will be a great success and am really enjoying your process of learning what is working in 2013 from other SEO’s.

  • http://www.sproutspire.com/blog Carlie Hamilton

    Congrats on the sucess of Let Go! What an inspiration.

    I am looking forward to your second Niche Dual. I read about the first after the fact, so it will be great to read along with your progress. :)

  • Floris Lefever

    I’m really looking forward to your next Niche Site Duel. I needed the inspiration to start a new niche site for a long time, so hopefully this new Duel will give me some more motivation. Keep up the good work!

  • http://mywealthdesire.com/blog-2/ Walt@MyWealthDesire

    Congrats Pat! This is very inspiring income from a blogger. I know you are now reaping all the hard works you rendered during your early day in online business. Hope you can share to us from the start till date how you made it.

  • http://andrewminalto.com Andrew Minalto

    Congrats on yet another $50k month Pat! :-)

    I actually didn’t know that Let Go is available on Amazon.com! I was under impression that it’s in some sort of special format etc.

    Anyway, one click and it’s on the way on my Kindle now! Off to reading!

    $6 price tag was a good starting point! :-)

  • http://www.producingforfilm.com Rich

    Pat – this is really inspirational, especially since I am about to launch my own niche website in a few weeks after six long months of pulling it together. And thank you for so much content on what’s going on in the web world. Hopefully I can take advantage of your advice and experience.

  • http://zachis.it Zachary Smith

    Thanks for the info! will share…

  • http://emfastincome.com Enstine Muki

    It’s so great that your book hit the top position Pat
    Congrats !

  • http://blogyouth.com/ sandhubrothers

    great sir u inspired me a lot

  • http://thecorporatethiefbeats.com/ Daniel Hartnett

    Hay Pat I just noticed that a large portion of your income comes from the blue host affiliate program $30,000 , would you be better off to recommend a couple of affiliate hosting websites as if blue host went bust tomorrow you’d be down a massive portion of income ?

    • Pat Flynn

      I don’t believe I would – part of the appeal is that this is the ONE hosting company that I choose, trust and recommend for those starting out. It may sound counterintuitive to not give more options, but the more options I give, the less likely people are to make a decision and follow through. The first decision is to build a website in the first place – if I give them that one option, that’s it, no more decisions, that’s just THE resource I recommend. If I give two options, then people have to think, “okay, now that I’ve decided to build a website, now I have to think again to decide which hosting company to go with – Pat recommends both, which one do I choose?” – and this is why conversions are less with more options.

      I’m very fortunate that I’m making so much from Bluehost, but even if Bluehost were to go bust and I’d lose my affiliate income from that company overnight (which would, of course, hurt a bit), I’d still be okay and I could then explore another host until I was comfortable recommending it to my audience.

      • http://www.webofincome.com The Rookie

        They will never go bust with affiliates like you giving them that much business, so you have no worries there lol. Great job again.

        Your response above to Stan about sd1 being grey hat. Probably a little. Really though other than the spinning you were just syndicating content. When spun well and I mean really well you can still make a fairly good article that is still informative.

        I used have a huge blog network from using senuke. I swear I was the only one on there (maybe like two others) that used it in a non spammy way. The moderators even promoted the spam I argued all the time on their forums. I think I was with senuke 3 years. Left because I had to much offline stuff going on. Should have just contracted someone to keep it going. Regardless I dont consider those blogs black or grey maybe a little grey, but if you went to each one they looked like a regular blog constantly getting added to. Some had themes like movies others were a mix of everything and some were very niche specific. They are still around I just don’t have all the passwords and info because they were tied into senuke lol.

        Anyways, do you think you will be going social for 2.0 I find social builds traffic better than anything anyways. Not matter what google lists you at you get traffic from day one. It depends on the type of content obviously its hard to go social for a single squeeze page but a good niche is fairly easy. For those out there who think social is just facebook I mean I mean related forums, related commenting, guest blogging guest podcasting, facebook all the others.

  • http://www.incometreatment.com Hasan

    Sounds good PAT. Keep growing – best of luck.

    If you don’t mind let me know which iphone app you are sealing?

  • http://www.bloggersmakemoney.com Wade Harman

    Pat, this is simply amazing at how you can crank out the sales. One can only hope to be as successful online as you are! Hey, I’ve been listening to your podcasts..just finished your tutorial, and found your podcast, I believe I’m on #8 right now, but you said something that peaked my interest.

    You said that it didn’t matter, that you would create a relationship with just about anyone because you never know how that person will turn out in the future! Good to know!

  • Sharon

    Amazing effort. I really appreciate how you are building your business and sharing what you’ve learned. I’m also completely addicted to your podcasts and learn something from every one. I wanted to know if you ever take suggestions for podcasts? I see that you use a virtual assistant, and I recall you talking about how it works in the past. I’m at the point where I think a virtual assistant might really help me out, but I’m not sure how to start and what exactly they can do. Would you ever consider doing a podcast where you interview your virtual assistant? Do they take calls from clients. Manage websites, upload content, handle payments? Thanks Pat.

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    I’ve been wondering what was up with Only72. That’s cool to hear you’re helping out with it. I’m sure it’s going to be pretty awesome.

    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks Benny, we have lots of things planned for the future with Only72!

    • http://modernhealthmonk.com/ Alexander

      Haha this is a weird group intuition going on. I just checked only 72 today as well, and was wondering why the clock has been cycling.

      Last time the products were fantastic!

      Can’t wait to see what you are going to be contributing pat!

      Cheers

  • Robin

    Great job as always, Pat. I’m interested specifically on your e-book production. Your team payments for Let Go are pretty high. What did that cover overall? How many are on your team?

  • Ysk

    I am looking forward to the nsd2.0!

    Thanks for sharing all those interesting details.

  • http://[email protected] Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi

    Another impressing income report again! I could see that your adsense in security guard training dropped slightly unlike in January i am sure this is because of the fact in the beginning of the year lots of people seems to be very serious with their career and profession why many others want to change; this leads high job search impart on the.

    I just cant wait to hear from the man i respect so much in the whole of the internet marketing web space “Glen” on the podcast

  • http://www.CastleForgeMedia.com Dennis Duty

    Great stuff as always, Pat! I’m sure becoming a “New York Times Bestseller” is right around the corner for you!

  • http://www.mobilemixed.com Greg Hickman

    Dude! Keep doing what you do!

    I can’t wait to see the income statement after you launch your own product. It’s going to be insane!!!!

    :)

  • http://www.LiveWorkTravelUSA.com Dan

    I like the artsy cover and content pics of your new e-book, Pat.
    Have these been drawn especially for your book or are these stock images?

    • Pat Flynn

      They were created specifically for the book – had an amazing illustrator on board with us, Jonathan Wondrusch :)

  • http://www.bestdarnhomebusiness.com Robert Marsh

    That is a very impressive Income Report, Pat.

    I think it is pretty cool that you prove that an individual can make a very , very healthy living from just affiliate products alone.

    I know creating your own product can up your business earnings tremendously.

    But contrary to what many IMers say you can fare very well with earning commissions from someone Else’s product.

    Keep it going man !! ;)

  • http://www.garrodmedia.co.uk Josh Garrod

    Roll on niche site duel 2.0!

  • Tony Cocchiarella

    Pat, as always you are an inspiration to all of us, keep up the good work and thank you for all the information that you provide to us.

  • http://www.videoschoolonline.com Phil

    I love checking out your income reports. Looking back at your first ones and seeing how far you’ve come is very inspiring! Thanks for all that you do!

  • http://john-shea.net John Shea

    Awesome Pat, I picked up a copy of Let Go on Kindle and it was awesome. Glad to see it is doing so well. I am also excited to see how the niche site duel v2.0 progresses.

  • Patrik

    Hi Pat,
    I was just on my way to purchase clickable map of Europe,the premium map, 10 pieces because my website is multilingual. But I did not in the end.

    I have an advice for you that may increase your sales.
    You are selling European map as a premium one. In this case there should be right countries on the map , right ?

    There is one huge country missing -Turkey (capital city is Istanbul, the city on two continents), also Monaco, Lichtenstein,Vatican and San Marino are missing.

    In other hand- Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan -these countries are absolutely not part of modern Europe , you will never see then on any kind of european championship or in school books as a part of Europe.

    Hope you will correct it soon and I am sure your sales will increase , I am definitely going to purchase it for my travel guides ;)
    P.S. I believe that my opinion is opinion of at least 95% of european citizens who were attending elementary school.

    • Pat Flynn

      It’s already being worked on as we speak! Got hold of a template map elsewhere that apparently wasn’t correct. Thank you!

  • http://www.topbloggingcoach.com Theodore Nwangene

    This is very interesting Pat,
    I’m indeed happy for your success as always and i think you deserves it because you worked for it.

    I will also be waiting for the NSD2.0. Thanks a lot for sharing. :)

  • http://www.kentanphoto.com Ken Tan

    Wow! Impressive income report, Pat!

  • http://lostcyclist.me Quinton Hamp

    I love these reports (as always).

    I’m glad you brought Becker on, and I hope you take advantage of some of his strategies for some of your other “off-screen” projects.

    However, I’m greatly excited to see what other ideas you come up with and I can’t wait for the Jeff Goins podcast!

    Thanks for everything!

  • http://tutorial.world.edu Rina

    Income that you get in April is very much
    income should not be of one thing but other things too, this is what I get from you
    Thank you, your success really inspired me :)

  • http://www.technofreaky.com Ayush

    Really great achievement by you. Hope you get more success in future.

  • Priyank

    Namaste Pat,

    Your journey is our education, and you achievements are our motivations.

    Congrats on being best-seller on Amazon.

    Desperately waiting for NSD2.0. People will be crazy about it and if allowed, I will be one to participate for sure, though i am newbie.

    Thanks,
    Priyank, Your Indian Fan & Follower.

  • http://www.valuestrate.ch/ Pascal

    First of all congratulations for the achievement. However don’t be surprised when finding yourself in the elite of entrepreneurship as seen in the top 5 of amazon books.
    You simply belong there!

    Looking forward to the duel II! Actually can’t wait ;-)
    All the best and thanks,
    Pascal

  • Steve

    Been a podcast listener (for the most part) for a while, and an interested reader of the blog.
    I’ve never particularly analysed the breakdown of the monthly report, but did so (for no reason) tonight.

    Question, Pat….

    You earned $3,503.60 (less than 8% of your affiliate sales, I know) from:
    - Unique Article Wizard, and
    - The Best Spinner

    I was going to ask (but clearly don’t need to, as you don’t affililate for any company you don’t satisfactorily use yourself) whether you actually stand by, no, ‘vouch’ for these products. But you clearly do, otherwise they wouldn’t be on your list.

    I’m surprised.

    How does, “Quickly Generate Hundreds Of Unique Versions of Your Articles Using This Revolutionary Software,” (The Best Spinner) and Unique Article Wizard (whatever that is – hard to tell from the landing page)…fit in, not only to so-called, ‘white-hat SEO’, but also fit in to the focus on customer experience?

    I just got on live chat to, “The Best Spinner” to ask what it was all about (giving it the benefit of the doubt), and here is the reply – and I quote, “TBS will make your article more unique by spinning the content in other words it will use synonyms to create a more unique article for your blog.”

    So – I don’t get how these are the types of products that you use, recommend and support (for ‘online business builders’?)

    I happily support your site through purchase of hosting, for example (and several other, excellent, recommended products). But these types of products, I would suggest, require re-assessment, particuarly in light of some of the things you have said (re: white hat SEO) in your NSD 2.0 posts. I would find it incredulous to imagine you’d forgotten a product you recommend that others spend money on purchasing – so I am simply asking for an explanation of why you recommend these particular products, currently?

    Steve

    • http://danielflucke.com Daniel

      I second Steve’s question. Eager to hear Pat’s thoughts on article spinning and how it’s in the customer’s best interests.

    • Fred

      You guys need to get a life. Success escapes those who worry this much about others….

      • Steve

        Are you serious, Fred? Based on the question asked, you’d actually tell someone to, ‘get a life?’ That’s a bit nasty…

        Your comment is ridiculous. No one is worrying about anything, and who made you the expert on who success comes to?

        Pat shares his monthly income report on his blog, PUBLICLY. He’s free to aprove or delete any comment he wishes (and he’s approved this one). He’s also free to reply or not reply to any comment (and thus far has not done so).

        I’ve never seen Pat post something publicly and then have a problem with someone questioning something he wrote. That’s called, ‘engagement’.

        Something you seem to not understand…

  • http://www.unstoppableprofits.com Aurelius Tjin

    Mate, you’re on fire!

    It’s only a matter of time ’till you break you six-figure /month mark.

    Keep going.

  • http://www.mypersonalfinancejourney.com/ Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey

    I am not surprised to see your sites earning thousands of $$$. I am working hard so that my blogs would reach that amount as well. I am excited to hear about your partnership with Only72. I am looking forward to the products you will feature and I hope I will purchase one of your products in the future.

  • http://genxfinance.com/ KC @ genxfinance

    Whoaw! Good job there man. Most especially with your eBook. Congrats.

  • http://www.atmebook.com/ Alex

    You are a real inspiration. Those are amazing totals. I am working on my first internet money and have started to follow your blogs and podcast. Keep up the great work. Thanks…Alex

  • http://explainify.com Eric @ Explainify

    Woah, you are dominating. So thankful you share this stuff so you give us all hope. lol.

  • http://troiaportugal.pt Troia Portugal

    Great results Pat!

    Rui from Troia Portugal

  • http://www.nottoolatetostart.com Jason Clements

    Pat, you are an inspiration! Thank you for everything that you do to help us out. You are rocking it…keep up the excellent work!

  • http://www.canadianbudgetbinder.com Canadian Budget Binder

    Well done Pat, an true inspiration. Your reads always make me feel as if I’m in an auditorium listening to you speak. I hear you loud and clear. What I like about your reports is your openness to share and say, “this is how I did it” not look at how much I have which is a big difference. We all have to be willing to learn and have the drive to get from point A to point B and circle it a few times…trial and error! Cheers
    Mr.CBB

  • http://www.thebinaryoptionstrader.com Vernon Lees

    Wow. I have not long discovered your site and I have loved looking back through your updates. In fact I am happy that I have found your site altogether! A great inspiration and a lot of good advice and inspiration!

  • http://www.twoseoulmates.com Nate

    Hi Pat! Thanks for being consistent and posting these numbers. My wife and I are just starting to try and go down the passive income path, and your blog/podcast/webinars have been SO helpful and encouraging. I really appreciate the information you provide, and even though your monthly earnings are intimidating to think about at these beginning stages, I know that it’s at least possible. Thanks for going ahead and showing us it’s possible, AND helping us to get there.

  • http://www.bloghover.com Sai Krishna

    Wow Patt,

    That’s really amazing, I am learning from your blog, and I must say, your seminars are pretty much interesting and I respect your hard work and knowledge.

    Thanks for this nice share and making me realize that earning can be so much easy with your tips, and you have now been my idol.

  • http://www.ahlifikir.com Barzrul

    Hi Pat,

    Your monthly income is really inspiring me. Can’t wait to see the outcome of your new NSD2.0.

  • http://greenwichseo.com/seo-glossary/ D.P.

    Pat…just amazing. Well done this month; I’m really looking forward to Neil’s interview. I have learned a lot about SEO from him thus far.

  • http://www.ratracegrad.com Jennifer @ Ratracegrad

    My life long goal was to retire at age 50. On April 8th I turned 51. I am still working. In April I worked 176 hours in my day job and worked 102 hours in my online business. Yet I earned 26% more online that I took home in my day job. I am going to reach my goal and escape from the ratrace by August 31st. Just like you I post up how much I earn each month and I just posted my April 2013 Income Report. Thanks for sharing and giving us all hope.

  • http://www.geekular.com Vipin Soni

    A very good amount you are making from this website :) I am glad to know that blogging can achieve that much success. Thanks for sharing your income report with us.

  • http://tathkarti.com Bashar

    How do you keep on top of all those revenue/expense sources? Do you use some financial app? Really hope you can shed some light on that.

  • Darrell

    Hi Pat

    I appreciate you sharing your information so openly and certainly gives a lot of people encouragement that we can all benefit from.

    OK, now this niche dual thing you got going on and your comment about black hat vs white hat seo strategies. You mentioned above you are not going to use Alex Becker’s approach and you want to go as white hat as possible.

    As per your comments “It’s not ‘white hat’.”

    Sorry, but you are being a hypocrite here and I’m going to call you out on it. You clearly mention you will be doing some back linking and to rank quickly. During your last niche dual site contest, you used link building to rank that security guard training site to the top, which it still is I see. Um, that would be black hat link building for the record according to Google.

    Lets be clear – any link building designed to manipulate the rankings on any search engine including Google is against their TOS period. There is no black or white with Matt Cutts and the crew. Just call it like it is instead of dancing around and pretending its white hat – we know its not.

    Then again, I could care less what Matt or Google thinks anyways. I will always manipulate them like they manipulate our sites. There is nothing friendly about Google’s business approach. Personally, I just do smart link building and don’t care which color Matty calls it. Remember, Google is not our friend – never will be.

    I will agree, that the quality of the links being built make all the difference and that is something we should all incorporate into our link building strategies. This is something I wish I used more of even 3 years ago. The basics by the way still work just fine.

  • http://www.marineonamission.com Ryan

    Wow those are great numbers Pat!!! I am just getting started myself and you are truly and inspiration. I have really started getting into local seo for my own business and doing it for others as well. I have a long way to go to make the kind of returns you are getting but i guess we all have to start somewhere. great work keep it coming.

  • http://troiaportugal.pt Troia Portugal

    Pat, you monthly income is really amazing. Congrats.
    Troia Portugal

  • http://visitarnovayork.com Nova York

    I am amazed with you income. I just wish I could get half of it.
    I will just keep following your blog and try to increase my ROI.

    Rui from Nova York

  • http://moneyoptions-online.com Kollin

    Wow! It seems ever month that I look at how much you make with Bluehost it blows my mind. Congratulations for all your success with Lets Go too.

  • http://www.jasawebmedan.com JasaWebMedan

    only one word! ‘Awesome’!!! i’m so amazed of how fast you get your way back after what’d happened on march.

    Well done, dude!

  • http://shoutingblogger.blogspot.com/ April

    Woo ! really you are making huge amount with Bluehost affilation , Keep it up

  • http://www.body-buildin.com Radu

    49,000$ net monthly income! WOW!
    If I could make at least 1/10 of that I would be very happy :)

  • http://sitagabriel.com/gmail-gdrive-google-photos-15-gb/ Sita Gabriel

    Good work, keep it going. I see you are a very hard worker.

  • http://www.bestofamsterdam.com/nl Sandra

    You’re doing great! Kind of jealous now!

  • http://www.newuganda.com Mac

    Pat wow just wow, God bless you and the work you are doing, you will always be my guide. :)

  • http://www.foreveraffiliate101.com/ Ryan

    Wow, $30,000 from bluehost. This blog is a money-maker!!!

  • http://www.olliehales.com/blogging/april-earnings-report-april-showers/ Ollie Hales

    Good Job Pat!,

    I’ve still not caught up to you yet, but my monthly income report shows I’m on your tail.

    http://www.olliehales.com/blogging/april-earnings-report-april-showers/

    Keep up the good work. You’ve inspired me month after month to do better.

  • Lindsey McCarthy

    Can’t wait for website Duel 2.0!! I will be applying for your inner circle :)

  • http://www.jasonlopezfilms.com Jason Lopez

    A professional courtesy warning to the SPI community about OptinSkin. Their customer service is horrible. I’ve made 7 attempts for support. Their first response was after attempt #5 in which they told me to just request a refund from ClickBank. They didn’t even attempt to help me. I responded twice telling them I don’t want a refund, I just want help.

    I appreciate Pat, SPI and the community and don’t want OptinSkin ruining Pat’s reputation and the community’s overall experience. So, be careful if you buy OptinSkin.

    I hate writing this post because I want everyone to win and make money. But when someone in the SPI community simply doesn’t attempt to make things right, we ought to know.

    • Glen

      Hey Jason,

      Not really sure why this is posted here but I’ll respond as best I can. Though I’m very surprised you wrote this here since it seems we were very close to a resolution.

      We’ve had some issues with moving inbox recently that caused us to miss some emails. Originally our email address was hello@optinskin but that is no longer the case.

      You were offered a refund due to our limitations with support staff at the moment. I told you in multiple emails that we’re trying to expand the team but I couldn’t give you a timing as to when. Your response was “I understand (you have a growing business)”.

      I deeply apologies for the delay that you had in receiving a response, though I do believe we made it clear exactly why we couldn’t help.

      • http://www.jasonlopezfilms.com Jason Lopez

        Hi Glen,

        First, I want to update the community that you have been responsive after my post here. I do appreciate your efforts and apologies accepted. Second, in the end, I think the technical issue has more to do with Constant Contact than your product.

        I think my original post is clear why I posted here and that my “understanding” was also subject to getting a timely response from you. That’s the most important part of the equation here! I say this only because you’ve referenced this a couple of times but don’t follow full circle with what else I wrote.

        Nonetheless, we’re past that now. In the future, I recommend setting up a support forum for users where all issues are logged and made public for OptinSkin members. I’d be the first to contribute about the Constant Contact issue. This would be a big relief to you in not having to deal with every single issue one by one.

        In the end, this was a communication issue. I hope you can set up a system to address some of the tech support issues you’re facing because I do think your product is good and holds a lot of promise.

        All the best – J

  • http://www.medienpapst.com/ Medienpapst

    Hi,

    I just have discovered your blog by listening to IBM. Your progress in creating income really inspired me to move on and put all my energy into creating successfull content.

  • http://www.profesyonelbayanmasoz.com/istanbul-masoz/ istanbul masöz

    So great Pat, congratulations! :-) I am far away from your figures, however your open and guiding posts allow me to gain motivation and momentum. It shows me that it is possible through hard work accumulated over time. By the way, looking forward to website Duel 2.0! I may be applying for your inner circle :-)

  • http://www.monetizados.com JaviEN

    Wow, this is just amazing!

    I can imagine how much work there is behind this blog.

    I’m new reading your posts but you are right, it is good to post these incomes so we can know it is possible. There are maybe only a few people in the world that are able to make such an income but it pushes you up to keep on trying it and working everyday in our blogs.

    I think I will spend some hours reading your posts and follow you up from now on.

    BR!

  • http://fortune86400.blogspot.com Kameko

    I am really very much impressed & dumb-founded as I am visiting this page for the first time though I have visited your blog so many times earlier.

    I keep following you in the future too.

    Your explanation is very unique & easy to catch.

    Thank you for your efforts to bring us such a good content always.

  • http://www.youtube.com/FerbHuynh Ferb

    Amazing, love to be like this one day -.- so proud of you.

  • http://www.myimagepoetry.blogspot.in/ Pooja

    Hi Pat,
    I have seen on interview on radical tribe.
    Thanks for sharing information.

  • http://www.makemoneyninja.com Andy

    Pat, when will you be removing your endorsements for The Best Spinner and UAW. Granted The Best Spinner works and does what it says on the tin, but UAW has not been effective at all for a while (Article directory links) are trash and can now harm SEO, not hurt it.

    Personally, you can get much better results with verifying authorship, getting a few authority links, buying a few gigs for pillowing and then spending 90% of your time churning out good content for longtails.

    The Best Spinner and UAW combo is now dead (Tested this) and continually endorsing this will cause harm to your users.

    • http://www.webofincome.com The Rookie

      Ive tested this as well and article directory links are still great. Im not sure how you did your testing. That being said I don’t use uaw, Just submit to article dirctories naturally. They do work and not only help ranking –not like they used to– they still bring in traffic just like blog commenting.

      Secondly Spinning if done right (which is tough) can actually add value. I don’t suggest it for most people and I don’t really do it now anyways but when doing a lot of niche sites it can help. Of course you might just not spin and just syndicate, that is ok as well spinning correctly will get a little better results.

      That being said I don’t promote spinning but article submissions are still a great way to promote.

  • http://moms-make-money.com Deby

    Hi Pat. Inspired by your openness, I’ve been sharing my monthly income details on my site at http://moms-make-money.com and trying to pass on my knowledge to other bloggers starting out and trying to earn from blogging. It takes a lot of hard work so I can only imagine how hard you must work to be so successful. Your figures are inspiring, although out of reach for most of us but you have such a lot of great advice and content that I can spend hours on your site alone!
    Thanks for sharing so much.

  • http://www.emitez.com/ anis

    I think there’s lots of things to learn from you thanks sharing this income report :)

  • http://peterhemmingsen.com Peter Hemmingsen

    Pretty crazy to think that over the next 12 months you’ll be making over half a million dollars!!

  • http://www.techlila.com/ Rajesh

    Amazing, this figures inspire me to do something great.

  • Naruto

    How much can a guy earn through GOOGLE ADSENSE ?

  • http://www.clickmeister.com J Sanjay Shenoy

    I can’t believe I had missed this blog. I follow other blogggers religious and there is one more to the list. What amazes me is the fact that you are able to pull in $30k just by promoting a hosting company . That’s insane! Keep it up!

  • sceptic

    Am I the only who can see the absurdity of thousands of bloggers trying to makey money from blogging about how to making money blogging?

  • Abdur Rakib

    That’s a crazy and awesome report. It helped to to get quick motivation. Thank you for sharing.

  • Simon Joe

    That’s really interesting article!! I hope you’ll be successful. :)

    I preparing some stuff with my buddies http://www.answerl.com/..
    I thought it won’t be prosperous but now I have great motivation, thanks !! :)