My June 2013 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my June 2013 income report!

Each month I write a detailed report about the progress of my businesses – from what’s working to what’s not. I include a financial report revealing exactly how much I’ve earned and where it all came from, and how much money I’ve spent too.

I do these reports for several reasons. I believe in total transparency online and I also know these reports are inspirational to many. Most importantly, however, I write these reports because I feel that if a person is talking about online business and making money online, it’s only right to show how much money is actually being made.

I like to use this analogy:

Companies with public stock share quarterly earnings reports to give their investors and potential investors a snapshot of how the business is going. Only then can those people make an education decision whether or not to invest (or keep investing) in that company.

I don’t ask you to invest money in my company like with stocks, but I know you’re investing time with me. You’re investing time to read these posts, listen to my podcasts and watch my videos – and most importantly you’re investing time to implement these strategies and tactics that I share.

Creating an online business and earning a passive income online isn’t easy. In fact, it’s downright difficult and not everyone who attempts to build a business online will succeed. Most will fail. You will see the lessons learned and earnings report below and I want you to know none of this happened overnight. Ask any successful entrepreneur and they’ll tell you the same story – none of what they earned happened overnight. But it did happen, and over time with the right guidance it can happen to you too.

I hope I can give you the inspiration and guidance you need to give you the best chance to make things happen.

Thanks so much, and enjoy this month’s report!

Important Going-Ons in June

I got more work done in June than I ever have in any other month since I started going business online.

On June 17th I celebrated Let Go Day, which marked the 5 year anniversary of my lay off in 2008. To celebrate, I conducted a large-scale coordinated effort between several blogs and podcasts to publish guest posts and interviews (21 in total) all on the same day. For a couple of days prior, I was conducting interviews every half hour for 8 hours in a row. It was actually really fun!

I also hosted a 2-hour live stream celebration that saw over 2000 different people stop by for some fun Q&A and giveaways. This helped push book sales up a little bit (it jumped from #14,999 in the Kindle store all the way up to #2,010), but more importantly I was able to get the Let Go story, including a free audio version that I was giving away, in front of thousands of brand new people, which was the goal.

All in all, Let Go Day was a huge success! (Reinvented)

When the first Niche Site Duel happened between 2010-2011, it was a huge success. I was able to built a site from scratch publicly on here on the blog, get it ranking in Google and earning an income within 3 months. But, there was one part of that case study that was a major failure: how I organized getting other people involved.

All I had was a page where I would link to other people’s updates on their own blogs, and that’s it. No accountability, no way to view people’s progress, and no line of communication between participants.

A big goal of mine for Niche Site Duel 2.0, which I just started, is to do a better job of getting participants involved.

In June, launched…and it’s beautiful.

Previously, that domain redirected to a Niche Site Duel archive page here on the blog, but now it’s a standalone, full-blown leaderboard and forum that acts as the hub for anyone building their own niche sites and following the Niche Site Duel 2.0 journey.

There are already over 1500 people registered, thousands of comments and a ton of people who are already sharing their progress, questions and victories in the discussion forum – it’s awesome!

The actual leaderboard where people can register their niche site’s target keyword and url (which remain hidden) currently ranks people based on when they sign up, but I’m working on including the ability for the leaderboard to automatically (yes, automatically!) generate keyword ranking in Google, Alexa ranking, number of indexed pages, age of domain and more. Then, the rankings will actually be based on progression.

The Mastermind Learning Group

Related to Niche Site Duel 2.0, I read through a total of 622 applications and narrowed them down to a final group of 6 people for what I’m calling a Mastermind Learning Group (MLG).

The purpose of creating the MLG is to highlight a group of NSD2.0 participants who will work closely with me and meet regularly every few weeks as they build up their niche sites to share their progress and results here publicly on the blog. So, instead of just my own case study, you’ll be able to follow along with 6 other people in close detail too.

Participants were chosen not just based on the keyword and market that they chose and decided to build a website for, but for their personality and how they rounded out and diversified the overall MLG. For example, the group members are both male and female, young and old, local and international, experienced and not experienced with building websites online, etc.

It took a lot longer than expect to narrow down the group to one that I felt would be best suited for the SPI audience to learn from, but at the same time, it was an incredibly fun process. Thank you to those of you who submitted an application – it was an absolutely pleasure to get to know each and everyone one of you through the responses to your questions.

In case you’re interested, here are the exact questions that I asked applicants to fill out:

  • What is the target keyword you selected and why did you choose it?
  • Why do you REALLY want to become a part of the Mastermind Learning Group?
  • What is your favorite childhood memory, and why?
  • You and me end up sitting next to each other on a 3-hour bus ride somewhere. I’m a great listener. Besides anything business or blogging related, what could you talk to me about for the entire ride?
  • What’s an interesting habit you have?

These questions really helped me to understand truly what kind of person was applying and what kinds of values they had. Like I said, reading the answers to these questions took a lot longer than expected, but it was worth every minute and probably one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done all year.

The MLG group members will be highlighted quite often during the upcoming NSD2.0 posts. At first, their target markets will be revealed but their exact keyword and URL will not. I don’t want their public participation in NSD2.0 to give them a surface-level advantage over other participants. In other words, I don’t want the fact that they revealed their URL to help them get more backlinks and more traffic and attention than they would have if they did not – because their results would be arguably skewed.

Security Guard Training Headquarters

June 2013 was the worst month for earnings since August of 2011 for Although it still earned roughly $1,500 with zero hours of work, it did earn $1000 less than the previous reported month. Some up-and-down is expected, but $1000 is a significant loss.

Let’s see if we can dissect why?

Let’s look at where the earnings are coming from. In Adsense, which is the primary income source for this site, click-through-rate  and cost-per-click were normal, but pageviews was significantly less.

In May 2013, for example, specific ad channels for this niche site saw a total of 131,760 pageviews.

In June, there were only 93,195 total pageviews – a 30% loss.


Let’s look at the traffic.

In May 2013, a total of 30,055 people visited the site.

In June 2013, a total of 21,580 people visited the site – a 29% loss.



Let’s look at the traffic sources.

It’s clear that most of my traffic comes from organic searches in Google. In May, a total of 18,555 people visited my site from Google searches.

In June, that total is only 12,525.

Another thing that’s significant is the decrease in the number of long tail keywords that the site is being found for. This is important because the site actually got most of its traffic from long tail keyword searches – not its primary keyword, security guard training.

In May, the site was found by 5,683 total different keywords.


In June, the site was found only by 3,920 total different keywords – a 30% loss.


This is the first month ever that the total number of different keywords that the site has been found for went down by more than 8%.

So the earnings went down – due to the traffic, which was due to organic search engine traffic. So naturally, we’ll want to see what happened to the rankings.

I started this site almost exactly 3 years ago, and for the past 2.5 years it has enjoyed a comfortable and reliable spot at the #1 spot in Google for its target keyword. Recently, however, it’s starting to see a lot of really wacky activity on the search engine results pages.

During the month of June, the site was #1 in Google except for the following days:

(date : position)

  • June 14th: #13
  • June 16th: #12
  • June 21st: #11
  • June 26th: #10

Each day after the sudden drop, the site came back to the #1 position.


I don’t understand exactly why this is happening, but I do know that Google has come out with even more algorithm changes lately – and fairly significant ones too.

In late May, Google rolled out with Penguin 2.0. It’s the 4th iteration of the update which tackles webspam, but the first actual algorithm update that was beyond just a data refresh. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry. All it means is that spammy sites are being targeted more and more, as explained by Matt Cutts here.

Another update that was recently rolled out has to do with PMDs (partial-match domains). This seems like an extension of Google’s EMD (exact-match domain) update, which targets low-quality sites that were getting favorable rankings due to having the keyword they wanted to rank for in their domain name.

This update doesn’t mean you should avoid using keywords in your domain name – it just means that you can’t and shouldn’t rely on keywords in the domain name to directly improve search engines rankings.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with The site has successfully generated over $50,000 in revenue since 2010, but I will admit that the tactics that were used to rank the site back then I would avoid using in today’s search engine environment. The strategies still work, but the chances of them working are slim and it’s easy to put yourself at risk to become an easy target for Google.

This is why I’m really excited for Niche Site Duel 2.0. I plan to take a completely different approach when it comes to marketing and backlinking for the website I will built. Hopefully Google will reward the approach. I guess we’ll see!

For now, let’s check out some of the numbers for June…

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.

  • Product Sales:
    • Total: $3,424.15
      • Previous Month: $2,838.85
      • Difference:+$583.30
    • Adsense: $1,414.55
    • Job Board: $36.36
    • Affiliate Earnings: $41.98
    • Total: $1,492.89
      • Previous Month: $2,610.62
      • Difference: -$1,117.73
    • Total: $399.60
      • Previous Month: $539.46
      • Difference:-$139.86
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $2,351.26
    • Free Apps: $444.12
    • Total: $2,795.38
      • Previous Month: $2,541.04
      • Difference: +$254.34
  • eBook Sales for ‘Let Go‘:
    • SnippetApp:

      • This Month: Not Reported
      • Last Month: $294.52
    • Amazon Kindle:
      • This Monty:  ~$1,523.51
      • Last Month: ~$1,667.73
    • Total: $1,523.51
      • Previous Month: $1,962.25
      • Difference: $-738.74
  • Gross Total in June: $61,101.77
    • Previous Month: $66,582.93
    • Difference: -$5,481.16
  • June 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:
    • Dropbox: $9.99
    • (podcast file hosting): $20.00
    • Transcriptions and Podcast VA: $213.00
    • Aweber: $453.00
    • E-Junkie Shopping Cart Fee: $5.00
    • Paypal Website Payments Pro: $30.00
    • Certified Public Accountant / Bookkeeping: $260.00
    • Legal: $1,250.00
    • Skype $2.99
    • Affiliate Payments for $299.94
    • Payments for SPI Team members: $10,532.50
    • Total Expenses for June:  $13,076.42
  • Net Total in June: $48,025.35
  • Net Total Previous Month: $57,788.80

A Quick Note from Pat:

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 away as much as possible, 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.

The Big Lesson Learned in June

Last month, I shared that I had to let go of both of my virtual assistants. They were from the Philippines and they were amazing – the work they did was always done well and done on time – but unfortunately, the tasks that I hired them to do I didn’t need done anymore, so I had to let them go.

Although they were excellent assistants and completely loyal, what I felt was missing with my virtual assistant experience were people that were totally 100% in tune with my business, what I was doing and where I wanted to go with it; people who could think about the future of SPI and all of the projects I was working on and actually feel comfortable speaking up and offering their own opinion or thoughts about it, with the ability to shape where it was going.

What was missing were team members that were big thinkers and big doers, as opposed to virtual assistants who just completed tasks that I fed to them. I wanted to experience a team that would create and complete tasks of their own to meet specific company goals.

In June, I think found my team and it’s been the most amazing experience working together with them. I wouldn’t have been able to get half, or even a quarter of what was done without them, and I owe most of what was accomplished in June to them. This includes coordinating Let Go Day, the entire leaderboard and discussion forum, and my new course, Breakthrough Blogging, which I’ll talk more about in July’s income report, since that launched on July 1st.

The team consists of a project manager, who allows me to stop worrying about putting all the pieces together and just focus on what I need to focus on. He utilizes a designer and a developer that we have on the team as well, plus a general support person who is there to pick up the pieces. We also have a videographer on the team as well.

They are far more expensive than working with virtual assistants from the Philippines (hence the larger than normal expense report) – but the team’s ability to work together to get things done is definitely worth the price. SO much of the work and thinking is lefted off of my shoulders, and it’s amazing. Currently they aren’t employees, but when there’s a project that needs to be done we all work on it together, and we also share the rewards too.

Hiring a team like this isn’t something that everyone can do, especially right away, but I know this is something I should have done a long time ago with how fast SPI has grown. Although there are things they do that I wouldn’t mind doing myself, I’ve grown to a point where I need to hand those types of things off and focus on what I know I need to focus on.

As a result of working with this team (and currently they are contractors who work for me on a project-by-project basis), look out for more, bigger idea type things from SPI that will be there to help you.

The next thing on our list is converting SPI from what it looks like now to the new and improved design, which is already complete – it just needs to be coded, tested and then turned on.

I hope this get this implemented by the end of July, so look out for that!

Thanks again for reading this month’s report!

Cheers! I appreciate you!

  • Phil

    Hey Pat,

    it’s really hard to see such a quality site like yours drop in rankings and would be interesting to know what are the reasons. Anyway I’m sure you will find a way to recover!

    I am so excited about NSD I checked lots of participants sites until your last post and posted several updates on my own blog :-)


    • Michelle

      I’m interested in this as well. I just noticed that in June that my unique visitors and page views are over double what they were in May, and I am unsure as to why this is, as I haven’t been doing anything new. 100,000 page views in June compared to 50,000 page views in May is confusing me! I know that I shouldn’t complain about something as positive as this, but it is confusing!

    • Patricia Lim

      wow I can only dream to be able to produce that much.

  • Stefan

    Great job Pat! You continue to inspire. It is amazing the amount of work you are able to accomplish with all of these different projects going on at the same time! Like you have said multiple times, it is not easy you have to work really hard for the eventual benefits!


  • Jack

    “I do these reports for several reasons. I believe in total transparency online”

    Total transparency is not writing a post and telling us what you earned, anyone can do that.

    Maybe you could make a video where you log in to your accounts to show real proof of your earnings.


    • Pat Flynn

      Jack, I could easily do that but I don’t think I have to. If you wanted to chat over Skype I could screenshare that stuff for you if you wanted, but to me the real value here is in the transparency of what’s going on in my businesses. If I created videos and did screenshots of my earnings I think it would seem like I’m trying too hard to convince you of something that to me isn’t the most important part of the report. A lot of scammy IMers do that sort of thing because they’re validating what they are selling. That is not my purpose of sharing these reports.

      • Josh

        It is just Pat’s way of getting his affiliate links in front of people every month. Nothing wrong with that but lets be honest about that too.

        • Pat Flynn

          Actually, that’s not true Josh. When I started these reports there were no affiliate links at all, and it was that way for over two years until I got an email from a few people saying I might as well include them here. The numbers are here because I know people are interested in them.

        • Will

          Don’t let the naysayers get you down, Pat. Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on SPI knows that you have provided (and continue to provide) relevant, potentially life-changing information to anyone willing to take the time to learn what you’re teaching and to then put in the work required to make it happen. This isn’t an easy business, but few things worthwhile are easy.

          Congratulations on the new team, and the Niche Site Duel website is awesome!

        • Josh Lee

          I second Pat and Will. Keep up the good work, Pat, and thanks for the motivation!

      • Jack

        Pat, i will take you up on the skype offer and if your claims prove to be real i will be your greatest advocate. There is no transparency in your business (except for the things you do that can be validated) this is the internet, anyone can make claims about anything they like but without real proof those claims are unfounded, having said that i do find the info you share interesting, clearly you are a very talented and intelligent guy yet at the same time i find the manner in the way that you present your income statements to be very childish. Backing up your words with real proof is what counts, i believe you when you say your sgt website is ranking no1 for its main keyword because i can see it its real and so on.
        Personally i think you are doing yourself and others more harm than good by posting claims of income.

        We have a program in the UK called the apprentice, maybe you have an equivalent in the states, during the semi final the candidates are interviewed by some of the UKs leading business brains, one of the contestants made a claim in their portfolio to have generated a 5 million turnover in their current business, under scrutiny from the interviewers this figure turned out to be just a claim with no foundation whatsoever.

        All parts of an income report are important, if the income part of the report was not the most important it should not be titled “My June 2013 Monthly Income Report” if a business does not generate an income then there is no point in that business existing.

        • Dan


          Just curious; did Pat show you what he said he would via Skype? I’m not asking for the information you’ve seen – that’s strictly between you and Pat. I’m just curious if Pat’s suggestion actually went through.

      • Dan


        That is the problem; you ARE trying too hard. I find your articles valuable and useful, but I also can’t shake the feeling that you go out of your way to stress how transparent you are WAY too often. In my experience, people who really have nothing to hide or who are truly honest don’t ever need to constantly remind others about how transparent and honest they are. They just ARE transparent, they don’t need to constantly remind everyone else about that every second sentence. This looks more to me like text-book manipulation. I think your content IS valuable (in the right hands), but I just don’t trust your agenda.

        With that said, I do believe your income reports are true. I just don’t trust the whole “transparency” thing, sorry.

        • Jack


          unfortunately he has not followed through with his offer , yet, that is not say that he will not.

      • Joe

        Pat, I would be willing to be an independent referee to settle this dispute. Of course, you could also put the screenshots on your blog, perhaps parlaying it into a blog post, podcast, even media interviews.

        Your numbers are believable, and I believe them too. Now, you’re not required to share anything with anyone, not least because you’re a busy family man running a thriving business.

        But even so, thinking about this purely from a business perspective, the benefits of putting the evidence out there would almost certainly outweigh the costs. As you mentioned previously, you could respond to and silence your critics like Gary Vaynerchuk, and it would be a huge positive for the SPI brand, bringing in new traffic and revenue. Indeed, it would make for a fascinating case study.

        Okay, enough from me. You and Jack can contact me anytime via email and/or Twitter below.

        [email protected]

        ****Oh, and a disclaimer is in order: IQentrepreneur was going to be my “brand,” but I decided against it because using entrepreneur in your brand/domain name invites MASSIVE legal bullying from Entrepreneur Magazine. This has been well documented in the financial press (see below), and I also have personal knowledge of a case involving a friend of mine which I cannot discuss further.

        So all this means that basically, I’m not hyping myself or my brand by using the IQentrepreneur identity on SPI media and elsewhere. I am, in effect, acting as an mediator and IQentrepreneur is just the easiest way to contact me. In the meantime, back to the drawing board to think up a clever new brand name…

        So for everyone out there, beware of using the generic word “entrepreneur” in your business or face the wrath of Entrepreneur Magazine once you start growing.

        Entrepreneur, the Magazine That Sues Entrepreneurs

        Entrepreneur Magazine Has Trademarked The Word “Entrepreneur” And Is Suing Some Businesses That Use It


    • Phuong Le

      The first time I dicover SPI, I also have the same thought as yours but in fact many aff networks donot allow the client to share (public) the creenshot from the account panel, after a long time following series of guides, I have learnt much, applied and profit for myself, so i strongly believe the numbers in monthly report here are true.

    • Joe

      I believe Pat’s numbers are honest and genuine (and awesome!), however, as a scientist, I can understand where Jack is coming from.

      The scientific method requires that data and experimental results are shared, and that the results can also be replicated.

      So it’s fine for Jack to have a healthy skepticism. Such is the nature of classical hypothesis testing methodology.

      So a question for Jack: If Pat were to submit his revenue numbers to you or the entire SPI community, would you be willing to concede that Pat is being honest?

      I’m talking about both parties dealing in good faith. Perhaps Pat can submit, say, only the top ten revenue sources, which would make up most of his monthly revenue. As an independent taking an unbiased, rigorous, evidence-based approach, I would be happy to play the role of arbiter so we can settle this once and for all.

      My Twitter is: @iqentrepreneur
      My email is: [email protected]


  • phuong le

    wow i am so amazed by the commision from bluehost, do you have higher compentation ?

  • Prateek Bansal

    amazing… as always…


    Wao,cant just wait to see your new design for spi,i guess there should be a formal lauch

  • Brandon

    Hey Pat, I noticed you’re tracking your Google ranking on a daily basis. Do you have an automated tool for collecting this data? Thanks… great stuff as always!

  • Bryan

    Hey Pat! awesome income report. I always look forward to these to give me that extra little boost of motivation! I’m looking forward to the next update on NSD 2.0 and also looking forward to seeing where the new team takes your business from here.

    You already make an insane amount of money (to me) and I would be impressed to see it double with the help of your new team.

  • Freddie

    Hey pat I noticed you didn’t pick me for the mlg well I’m going to blow everyone out of the water now so get ready to eat my dust!!!

    • Pat Flynn

      Love it Freddie! Can’t wait to see what you come out with – I’m sorry I couldn’t add more to the group but best of luck to you!

    • Irina Z

      That’s the attitude to have!!

  • Jacky P

    Hi Pat, I love your series your income, it take me action, you are my idol, I am following Niche Site Duel and it’s very useful, thanks you very much

  • Mike

    Pat, I’m not surprised to see LTP trumping your MS earnings now. I’m still chugging along at $500 or so a month of passive income, which was my goal for 2013, but it remains a treat to see how well you are doing each month.

    I’d still love to see a post on how you’re managing your earnings for the future. This has to be occupying at least some of your time these days!

  • joe

    Would love to know more about how you brought on a team and how you manage that, and especially how they “share in the rewards” as you say. Would love to see some non newbie content like this.

    • Pat Flynn

      That’s a great idea Joe, thanks! My team sort of just found itself after working with a few of them on Let Go and just really enjoying the process. As far as sharing the rewards, there are many ways to do this in my mind. One example is when I saw them all at WDS this past weekend, I handed them each an envelope with a bonus check in it as a thank you for all the hard work they did the previous couple of weeks for Breakthrough Blogging.

      • David

        If you haven’t read “Entreleadership” by Dave Ramsey, he discusses creative compensation packages and profit sharing in depth and I think it would really help you! Thanks for sharing!

  • Michelle

    Wow another great month! I had a really great month on my blog last month as well, with over $10K in side hustle income. Again, a lot of it is thanks to you.

    I have been wanting to start a niche site, but honestly, I’m afraid that it’s just way over my head. I can’t wait until I have more time for something like this once I make the self-employment switch.

  • Trung Nguyen

    Thanks for sharing your monthly income with us, Pat. I’ll keep following you. Have a great day.

  • Daniel

    I always look forward to your income reports. Thanks for sharing! Do you plan to do anything to try to help the security guard site, or are you just leaving it totally passive for now? When did you last add content to it?

  • ray

    Fantastic! I look forward to seeing these each month, as proof that with hard, smart work, it’s possible to make money online.

  • Pete

    Great work Pat, been looking forward to the June report given all that’s been happening on SPI. The fall in google related to the niche site is disappointing to read about, thought the site might have been above the algorithm changes given its age, development since the actual duel, etc. Nonetheless, $1500 is definitely an amazing amount to still take home – kudos.

    On another note, it’s a little disappointing to be reading what seems like more and more negative comments on SPI. I’ve held back from commenting on them but after seeing more here, I couldn’t help myself.

    @jack, these reports started well before Pat’s huge earnings. There is a lot of information you are not allowed to share via terms of references (i.e., CTR from adsense) so saying to be fully transparent you need a video with actual log ins is a bit ridiculous. The entire SPI brand is built on trust and the underlying implication of your comment is Pat could be lying. Again, ridiculous. Sorry if this is harsh but the guy gives a ridiculous amount value for free and is too polite to blatantly call people out.

    @josh, the reference to Pat just using these to get the affiliate links in front of people is a low blow. Saying there is nothing wrong with it doesn’t make it right. A number of hugely successful web entrepreneurs have come out and said on different occasions, with their audience size, they could easily recommend a product and earn a huge amount affiliate commission in a single day but it’s disingenuous and harmful to their brand. Everything recommended by Pat on SPI has been backed by detailed usage and examples of when you would / wouldn’t want to use it. The recent Niche Site video covers free tools for the first half of the video and paid tools if you want to go that route for the second half. I personally like having the links on the page because it saves me from having to go dig around for them if I want them – that’s just Pat facilitating a good user experience.

    I’m not going to get into the negative comments on the last blog post regarding the product launch, I think those were sufficiently addressed by others at the time. But all that said, Pat, hopefully none of this detracts from what you’re doing. You’re a huge inspiration to a lot of people, keep up the good work.

  • Idea?

    I think you should really update that security guard website. Letting it sit for all this time without any additional link building or content creation will eventually make your income come down. Also perhaps the lower number of visitors is simply down to the season? It is july and people are perhaps looking for less of these types of trainings…

  • Marcin

    How is it possible that your iPhone applications income remain the same every month for so long? There are so many apps out there and it’s amazing that you still generate this kind of income month by month. What’s more, the app quality went through the roof and your apps look now a little bit outdated (no offence!).

    Is it because you entered the market so early? Would you be able to do it again starting today? Thanks in advance for the reply.

  • Sibo

    This month’s report is a little late, but is more inspiring than previous months. I like the idea of the team work and hope you greater success in the future, Pat.

    By visiting many other blogs, I realized how you are a great leader of sharing monthly income online. This is as powerful as your ” be everywhere” strategy, Pat. You are a personal with great influence on the web in deed.



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  • Matt

    How have you found working with a US based team affecting your work routine? From memory you had some irregular hours going.

  • Marty

    Hey Pat, I just ran your site ( through the tool at sistrex, you can check it here:

    Looks like you have been the victim of a number of Panda refreshes. I had the same thing recently but was able to remove the pages that had been hit and got my no. 1 spot back fairly quickly. Might be worth looking into?

    All the best.

  • dppboss

    Pat: Thanks for Sharing. BRAVO!!!!! I am so enjoying the NSD2.0 site and I can wait til we really get into the nitty gritty.

  • xingfan

    It is amazing and inspiring to see how you and SPI have grown over the years. Please keep the big ideas coming as your success is my or I should say, our inspiration and motivation! Great post as always!

  • Vince Lin

    Pat isn’t Bluehost 31k+ more than half the income? Interesting thoughts in your lessons learned section

  • jennifer

    Glad to hear that I am not the only one that had a very bad June. I lost almost 1/3 of my online income due to troubles at my 2 largest affiliate programs. It was a tough loss but I have rebounded and am working on my niche site for the Niche Site Duel 2.0 and have picked up another affiliate program. Even with the big loss of income in June I was still able to earn almost $2.5k in June. The best news is that I earned more online in the first 6 months of 2013 than I took home in my day job. Looking forward to day that I have the online income up to a level where I can quit the ratrace like you. Thanks for the encouragement your posts provide.


  • Therm

    Wow…First off, those negative comments are exactly why other websites turn their comment section off. If you don’t believe it and think they’re childish, then go to another blog. It’s as simple as that. If I was Pat, no chance I’d even give you the time of day to look at my computer.

    Anyway, I think the best part of this report is the new team. I remember one of my favorite rappers expressing what he loved about getting as far as he did in his career. It was being able to choose his team (producers, engineers, other artists…etc). People underestimate the value in this. If you KNOW there are people who make you feel good, can produce at a high quality, naturally share your values and beliefs and love what they do, then you can accomplish anything. I’m a 9 to 5er that employs Pat’s teachings. It has helped me be a better employee on every level. I’m an employee that runs his position like a service business. I can not WAIT until I get to round up a team to start knocking projects out. It’s the part of my career I can’t wait for.

    Last note. Pat did you write this? You’re normally on point with the errors. I noticed a few and usually you’re flawless.

    Anyway, thanks for EVERYTHING Pat!!

  • Chris Altamirano


    Glad to see you’re doing well dude! As sad as it was to let go of your virtual assistants, that’s a very valid reason. TEAM


    Cheesy acronym but it’s definitely true. You and I know all about that from having soccer backgrounds. All the best in the future and I know you’re going to do well in this next adventure (Niche Site Duel 2.0)

    – Chris

    P.S. Tell Benny to step his YouTube Game Up! hahah

  • Leiping

    Hi Pat,

    Good job on the income.

    There’s a small typo in your article where it says: “lefted off of my shoulders”.
    I don’t use facebook or twitter and I couldn’t e-mail you so I left you a note in this comment.

  • Anil Agarwal

    Pat, your income reports always motivates us to do well with our online ventures.

    As per my experience about exact match domains, they lost rankings for some of their targeted keywords during EMD. But now look like they got all of their rankings back.

  • Zeny

    wow… amazing pat, inspiration for me!

  • Peter

    You rock Pat, reading your income report is always so motivational. It always reminds me of where I would like my business to be. Awesome!

  • Fabrizio

    Hey Pat, another awesome and inspiring income report as always, it’s a real kick in the teeth to lose traffic due to Google algo updates, I can’t understand how your niche site was hit, it’s worrying to see a quality site get affected even the slightest. Anyways it will be interesting to see what happens over the coming months. Keep up the great work mate :)

  • Cass

    Inspiring as always! Thanks for Sharing!

  • Derek –


    You keep knocking it out of the park. You are a true inspiration. If I can even get to 10% of where you’ve gotten I will consider myself blessed.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Josh

    Hi Pat!

    Just came across your blog today! I have been involved in Internet Marketing a little while now, yet I haven’t really tried affiliate marketing yet. Seeing the sort of numbers you are making here plus the useful advice you are giving on your other posts has really inspired me to have a go at it.

    I’ll be will coming back to your site frequently for more,


  • Valerie

    Bummed about the loss, but at least there is some idea where it is stemming from. I wonder what’s next in the Google updates that will cause havoc on actual quality sites. :/

    Keep on keeping on! Can’t wait for more info on NSD!

  • Aloe Vera Headquarters

    Awesome Pat!

    Another excellent month! Quick Question?

    Here you say ” but I will admit that the tactics that were used to rank the site back then I would avoid using in today’s search engine environment. The strategies still work, but the chances of them working are slim and it’s easy to put yourself at risk to become an easy target for Google.”

    Is this the “Backlinking strategy that works” method you are talking about?? And if so would you not recommend using this strategy now?

    Keep up the great work!


  • Gillian

    Another great post with lots of takeaways and can’t wait to see the new format SPI. I will be interested to hear how your Skype conversation goes with Sceptical Jack!

  • Jesscool

    Your business income is extraordinary, so now I can learn a lot from your article! success always pat ..

    • Patricia Lim

      why it look easy to you but not for me friends?

      • Gisela

        Because he fought without feeling tired … I believe, that success would happen if we work hard and pray.

      • Money Management

        I am grateful, as a novice blogger can read useful tips from you, and your earnings are always inspired me to continue to learn to be better at managing blogs and online businesses. success always!

      • Phuong Le

        There are tons of reason for the success. I can answer one, that is the spirit of sharing, i have bought many info product about internet marketing but the quality is much lower what is shared free by Pat.

    • bobby

      Pat is an online entrepreneur or can be called as a successful bloggers, Ya … I believe and I also have a lot to learn from you … successful greeting!

  • Pedro

    Hi Patt,

    great work.
    regarding your SecurityGuardTrainningHQ blog and the Penguin 2.0, we all will be expecting any more information on how to recover from it.

    Rui from

  • Pedro

    Great work Pat!
    I would like to achieve at least half of what you get!


    • TomL


      Then you will need to do about half the work that Pat does.

      Good job once again. Still haven’t checked out your book… will try to grab it one of these days.



  • Navid Moazzez

    Hi Pat,

    I always love the income reports, great work! You are a big inspiration and I have learnt a lot from you ever since I started my own journey. Thanks for sharing!

    All the best,


  • Alan

    Hello Pat, congratulations for another great month. If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask you something:

    How did you keep focused on your business? specially during the hard times. There are moments when things are not going well, and it looks like quitting is the best option. That’s my weakness; I want to succeed but I can’t find “that” thing to keep going when times are though. Where did you get inspiration or motivation?

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my question. Have a nice day!

    • Dustin

      What’s your big WHY? Why are you doing and what carries you through to want to do it?

      Then find the “why behind the why.” That will probably be your answer.

      Good luck!

  • Naim

    Hi Pat,

    It’s good and a surprise to see that how one can give all the details about his money’s in and outs. You are surely broad minded guy. Thanks for the detailed info again.

  • Riza

    Analogy’s good! You have always been one of those good online entrepreneurs and you’ve proven yourself, time and again, true to your words even with the current controversy you’re in.

    Not only that, you’ve provided valuable works and your monthly reports are one of those. Congratulations! Business doing well. :)

  • Jack

    ” If you wanted to chat over Skype I could screenshare that stuff for you if you wanted”

    Pat, im still waiting for you to email me your skype name.

    • Joe

      I believe Pat’s numbers are honest and genuine (and awesome!), however, as a scientist, I can understand where Jack is coming from.

      The scientific method requires that data and experimental results are shared, and that the results can also be replicated.

      So it’s fine for Jack to have a healthy skepticism. Such is the nature of classical hypothesis testing methodology.

      So a question for Jack: If Pat were to submit his revenue numbers to you or the entire SPI community, would you be willing to concede that Pat is being honest?

      I’m talking about both parties dealing in good faith. Perhaps Pat can submit, say, only the top ten revenue sources, which would make up most of his monthly revenue. As an independent taking an unbiased, rigorous, evidence-based approach, I would be happy to play the role of arbiter so we can settle this once and for all.

      My Twitter is: @iqentrepreneur
      My email is: [email protected]


      • Jack


        it depends on the method of submission as his results need to be verified in a genuine way, but yes as i stated in my original post, i will be his greatest advocate if the numbers can be proven but up until that point everyone should be aware that in reality the income claims he makes are not worth the post they are written on.

        Pat has already very kindly publicly offered to do a screen share with me to prove his income claims but up to this point he has not followed through with his offer.

        i genuinely hope this does not turn into another Tyrone Shum scandal

        • MiaGal

          I almost hate to ask. What is the Tyrone Shum scandal?

        • Stephanie

          * Just as a reference, Tyrone Shum was (is?) an internet marketer that for awhile, claimed to be making 6 figure income online. Then at some point, he came clean and said that even though he works really hard on his online businesses, he’s not really making as much money as he claimed.

          On one hand, it’s hard to trust someone again after they come clean but on the other hand, you have to give them props for being honest.

          If Pat’s story ever came to be a lie, I would give him props for coming clean. In the end, there are people that have gotten their business started following SPI. There’s people that wouldn’t have tried otherwise if it hadn’t been for Pat. In the end, the difference Pat made in most of his followers has nothing to do with his income at all. It’s his “Just go do it” attitude and bringing the whole making money online “dream” to a more “down to earth” kind of level. If that makes any sense.

  • Jeff C

    Get update as always! I’m guessing your fluctuations in traffic to your security guard site we’re caused by the Google algo updates as you mentioned…….I’ve seen similar variances from day to day……I don’t get the traffic volume you do with my sites, but I saw drops with a recovery shortly after as well on several of them….

  • jordan

    great post pat, just wondering though, how many clicks does it take to generate that kind of income from your security guard training site? and do you think a small niche site is capable of reaching that in 2013 with the parameters set for selecting keywords you have set?

  • JohnGS

    Great update! Thanks for sharing. We appreciate you and what you are doing.

  • Matty

    It will be interesting to see how your niche site goes with the Penguin Update. Great update btw.

  • Ankit Bansal

    Its extra ordinary. What is great is its consistency. That clearly reflects quality of your work . Its inspiring , surprising because i live in India and that amount here means a average person income for about 2 years. Yeah . #respect for you Pat .

  • Casey Dennison

    Pat, wow, you’re a beast! The detail you go into, it must take you forever to write up these income reports… ..then again – you’re a beast!!

  • Pramod

    Your blog is a money making machine that’s generating an income that most of the bloggers cant even imagine and its all because of your hard work .You’re role model to many bloggers around the globe.


  • Nicolas Yi Shu

    Hi, Pat :)

    I don’t want to be a “know-it-all” but when I read this article, I noticed this sentence: “I hope this get this implemented by the end of July, so look out for that!”
    …”this” get “this” implemented….it’s obvious what you mean but it’s not comfortable to read, that’s for sure.

    Congratulations on your success and it’s nice to see that you have found a team you are satisfied with. Some years ago, I wanted to team up with friends, too. Well, unfortunately, I ended up doing everything on my own.
    I’m a fan of your podcasts. Your videos are not my cup of tea, though. Have a nice weekend.

  • Alex

    Awesome, Pat!

    Let’s help a retired teacher to get a better house:

  • Implantes Dentales

    Your monthly income reports are always a lot of inspiration and motivation to keep going in the internet business.

    Best Regards!

  • Robert Marsh

    Hey Pat,
    As a fellow blogger for over 5 years myself it is refreshing to hear that another person agrees with me…..and that is you can make a considerable amount of money through just Affiliate products alone.

    I can attest to this.

    It is a joy to read your blog. You have so many strategies and suggestions as well as a great motivation spirit for people to get off their butts and just do it 😉

    I will say if you really have something unique on top of all the great affiliate products out there, it sure can be of benefit to your readers if you forge ahead and make your own product.

    Thanks for such a great place to visit.


  • JohnB

    Pat, I don’t UNDERSTAND your bluehost earnings every month. I thought typical hosting affiliates pay per NEW sign up customer, not recurring each month, right? If you are in a higher tier earnings of (what I’ve seen as top tier) $150 per sign up, that means your $31,950 aff. commission from bluehost meant you had 213 NEW customers sign up this past month…?? (and, virtually every month past you had somewhere around 200 NEW customers using your aff link?) Is that correct? or is it a recurring comission somehow? (and if so, how did you get that?) Thanks man, really looking forward to an answer on this, as I’ve never understood it about your income reports! :)

    • cole

      I just commented on the same thing, & now I see your comment!

      How are you getting $30,000+ a month from BlueHost pat???? Are they just the greatest affiliate program out there or what? I guess should be throwing BlueHost banners on our site, right? Please suggest any other affiliates that are paying $30,000 a month….. this seems absolutely beyond belief

    • cole

      ok so i just found out that bluehost gives $65 per referral

      why would pat stay with them when he could be getting $105 per referral with ????

      in any case, his $30,000 a month from bluehost means he got almost 500 people to sign up to bluehost and commit to 1yr+ hosting plans. seems unreal. please confirm pat!

      • cole

        Even more confusing about his $30,000 a month bluehost revenues is that the tiny little banner he has for blue host doesn’t even seem to give him any credit whatsoever, so how are his referrals being tracked?

        That is the coding on the little banner I see for bluehost on his site.

        • Zack

          He promotes BlueHost in many more ways than just the little ad in the sidebar. Also, 200 people per month is not all that much when you figure he’s probably got visitor counts in the million plus range every month. Even at 1,000,000 visitors per month, that means if just 0.02% of visitors sign up, he gets 200 referrals. It’s not impossible at all, especially since he is giving such awesome tips on starting successful websites and encouraging people to go for it.

  • Charlie

    ‘ll keep reading for sure!


    See hard work always pays… you have worked hard in online business and see you are earning a great income… Really appreciable .:)

  • Arwin Adriano

    That was a very inspiring June Income Report. What I am looking forward right now is your insight of the big difference between having a team and working with virtual assistants. The difference between from being established as well starting all things out.

    I definitely agree that VA’s from the Philippines rocks and I think they do help you big building what you are already now.

    Keep inspiring and God bless.

  • Jeffrey

    Hi Pat,

    Such joy reading your income every month. You’re such an inspiration to all of us. I’ll keep learning and working on building my online business until i succeed like you.

    Thanks Pat for this month income report. For those who still sitting on the fence, get started. Action speaks louder than words.

  • cole

    How are you getting $30,000+ a month from BlueHost pat???? Are they just the greatest affiliate program out there or what? I guess should be throwing BlueHost banners on our site, right? Please suggest any other affiliates that are paying $30,000 a month….. this seems absolutely beyond belief

    • Barry

      Hi Cole: I’m guessing he has many sites and videos that use his affiliate link to Blue Host. Probably not just the SPI blog sidebar image.

      • cole

        but why would his banner on this site not include his referral info? seems like a steep mistake

        • Tung Tran

          Have a look at here

          He promotes Bluehost because he uses it. That’s simple!

          The number one reason he’s making lots of money promoting hosting is because he is able to drive targeted traffic to the landing page.

  • cole

    ok so i just found out that bluehost gives $65 per referral

    why would pat stay with them when he could be getting $105 per referral with ????

    in any case, his $30,000 a month from bluehost means he got almost 500 people to sign up to bluehost and commit to 1yr+ hosting plans. seems unreal. please confirm pat!

    Even more confusing about his $30,000 a month bluehost revenues is that the tiny little banner he has for blue host doesn’t even seem to give him any credit whatsoever, so how are his referrals being tracked?

    That is the coding on the little banner I see for bluehost on his site.

    i would love to confirm these figures are true because I want to not only sign up with bluehost for vps/dedicated server, but for this affiliate program, but i need clarification!

    • Amir

      1. He is premium partner for BlueHost.
      2. Majority of his affiliate tracking seems to be from his Youtube video?

      • Amir

        So I go to this particular video and seems that it is going around 100-200 views per day and keep increasing.

        500 sales per month does not seems unreal.

    • Chris Green (from Freelance Unleashed)

      Cole – Pat created a whole guide to using Bluehost. I’m assuming there was a bit influx of sales from that.

  • Jason

    I think you should have sold the Security Guard site while you had a chance. One change buy Google and it could be worthless. You that site pre panda and penguin with techniques that you would not use now. You have a major drop % wise on the site.

    • Jason

      Wow I should have proofed that. Need changes: by instead of buy and you built that :-)

      • Kim Benitez

        You know that’s a good idea. Either to have sold the site or hire a VA just to strictly work on it so that it really withstands authority. Right now it’s on autopilot and since it’s a valid revenue stream, he CAN afford to hire a VA to manage and improve it.

  • David

    Based on SEMRush Your securty website has been droping keywords every month for the past 12 months :

    Might be a interesting to look at : )

  • Samantha

    Hi Pat and thanks for the share.

    I am also finding that more and more of my blogging income is coming from affiliate links on my blog and I am adding some new reviews this month. After all when you find a income stream that you love that is working well you would be mad not to expand on it wouldn’t you?

    I am also planning on promoting thesis again when I move back onto it so its nice to see someone else doing well from it in the mean time!

    • Jack

      Hi Samantha

      is the blog you mention the one in the link in your name – if so, sem rush reports that since aug 2012 you have had only 15 keywords ranking in the top 10 and currently you have 4, so unless im missing something can you enlighten us on how you are

      ” finding that more and more of my blogging income is coming from affiliate links on my blog”


      • Danielle

        Well in Samantha’s defense, Google is not the only source of traffic in the world, Jack…

  • Dan Franks

    Crushing it Pat! Don’t listen to any income report haters, we love them and look forward to yours continuing to grow!

    • Danielle

      Asking for proof of a claim before you commit months or years of your time to following in someone’s steps is “hating” according to you? Nice.

  • Tom Bradshaw

    Dear Pat,

    First and foremost, I’d like to disclose that I’ve been an avid follower of yours for the better part of 2 years. You have consistently inspired and motivated me as I continue to grow my online business, and I am grateful for all the helpful information you have shared with this community.

    That being said, there have been several questions posed in this comment thread that I feel are quite valid. I have noticed over the last few months that as you continue to grow in public exposure, there is a steadily growing segment of readers that are voicing similar concerns, which unfortunately you have not seemed to address. Although you are not obligated to respond to your critics, and have nothing to prove to me or the SPI community, I do feel that were you to tackle the concerns I have summarized below it would go a long ways towards silencing a significant portion of your critics – not to mention, further cement your branding as an honest, transparent individual!

    I’ve taken the liberty of summarizing the two over-arching concerns that I’ve observed:

    1) As was discussed earlier in this thread, the Tyrone Shum controversy reminded us all that a healthy dose of skepticism is always advisable when dealing with online personalities. By the very nature of its being, the internet allows us to live in a realm of relative anonymity i.e. it’s all too easy to fabricate or bend truths. On July 10 9:26am, you had offered reader ‘Jack’ the opportunity to Skype with you in order to reinforce your position as a transparent individual. Jack accepted your offer, yet you have not responded since. As Jack himself has stated, proof via Skype would make him your greatest advocate – and what better way to spread the message than to convert a former critic?

    2) Bluehost. Simply put, we don’t get it. There has been so many questions swirling around the topic of how you consistently earn $30k+ a month from Bluehost affiliate earnings. To the best of my knowledge you have never provided any real disclosure of how this pay structure works. As much as it pains me to admit it, I am quite skeptical on how it is that you can CONSISTENTLY generate the same number of user leads monthly (200 new registrants give or take?). You’ve stressed time and time again how you value providing transparency to your readers, yet the Bluehost question is the real thorn in your side.

    I hope you take the time to read this Pat. And again, thank you for your continued contribution to the Online Marketing community. I do hope you will break your silence on the issues I have summarized above. All the best.


    • Pat Flynn

      Hey TB, I’ve been honest about Bluehost several times, in posts and in comment threads on other monthly income reports. I earn $150 per sale, a higher than normal, negotiated commission structure that can happen due to the volume that I produce. I don’t share this all of this time because I don’t want people to think they can just go and ask Bluehost for $150 right off the bat, it doesn’t happen like that. You need the volume which happens here thanks to where I mention Bluehost on this site.

      I even wrote a post a while back and keep sharing it over and over again because it describes exactly where the affiliate links are converting:

      The volume is much more now but the percentages are almost identical to what they were back when I wrote this post. I’m never afraid to share the truth because that’s all I share anyway – so I appreciate you bringing this up and everyone else who has left similar comments here. It shows me I have to do an even better job at making sure people know how this is actually happening.

      Recently, the new Niche Site Duel posts are already helping increase click-throughs through my Bluehost links, which isn’t shown or mentioned in that older post.

    • Pat Flynn

      And I just emailed Jack. I haven’t been able to get back into the comment section here for a while (hence my delay in response) as I was in Portland for WDS and then have been hosting my friend Chris Ducker here in San Diego, so I didn’t have time to go through the comments until now. I emailed Jack and gave him my Skype address, and I look forward to sharing my screen with him. I’m sure he’ll get back to you and everyone else here after it happens.

      • Joe

        Very nice!

        Okay, now the ball is in Jack’s court. I hope you and him get together to make this happen, so Jack if you’re reading this, get in touch with Pat and please report your in-depth investigation back to everyone else in good faith.

        For the record, I do understand where Jack is coming from because I have been trained extensively in the scientific method, so I like how Pat is willing to create even more transparency and provide evidence.

        And as I mentioned in previous posts, I never really doubted Pat’s numbers because unbeknownst to everyone, I have been seriously crunching the numbers behind the scenes with my wicked statistical skills and I have yet to find any red flags.


        • Pat Flynn

          Jack reached out, we’re talking on Skype later today.

    • Pat Flynn

      And here are a couple of screenshots I just took that show my Bluehost earnings from previous months:

      You’ll notice the $150 commission rate on the last one. Again, I don’t show this unless asked to because $150 is a special offer Bluehost and I negotiated together. I don’t want people to think they can just go and ask them and it’ll happen and I don’t want to be the reason Bluehost gets a whole mess of unworthy requests: you need to prove yourself as an affiliate first before even being considered for something like this. And, SPI continues to grow, proportionally so does the Bluehost click-throughs and income.

      I hope Jack gets back to me soon via Skype so we can just settle this already but maybe these screenshots will help put some of your doubts at ease.

  • Alex

    Hey Pat. Have you done an 80/20 analysis on this data to see what things would be worth eliminating/emphasizing? It’s surprising to see almost half your income from Bluehost. I would definitely try to build on that.

    • Serge Marchuk (@MrMarchuk)

      I’d have considered setting up a Bluehost (or hostgator) reseller account by now. Just saying :)

  • clark @ medxpwoer

    This is my first Visit to Your Income Report and indeed get a lot of Inspiration and courage to Live with Online world.

  • anis

    this is my first visit too and I’m not desappointed this report gave me lots inspirations 😀
    thanks for sharing

  • Imon

    If I were u…………………………………………………………………………..

  • Lior

    Sorry to point this out but you wrote “going business online.” instead of “doing”.

    • Tom

      ….yet your pointing out of a grammatical flaw did absolutely nothing to improve upon the post’s key message.

      Sometimes you grammar enthusiasts are just plain silly. Don’t forget to see the forest for the trees…

  • Robert Connor

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for sharing your June report lets us see what hard work can bring – take care and have a great day on purpose!

  • Kent Faver

    I’ve asked Pat several questions over the past 2-3 years regarding income verification, and he’s answered all in some capacity. I was asking about his Blue Host income years ago – when it was less than half its current level.

    I’m an analyst by trade. There is no way to scientifically prove income of this type. Obviously the income can be audited and proven factual, but that’s it. This is no different than experts attempting to verify the income of a top income earner in Amway, Shaklee, or with a top real estate firm. It’s not explainable – and it’s also not duplicatable. I don’t think Pat ever said it was.

  • Jack

    True to his word Pat contacted me and he very kindly spent 30 minutes of his time to show me his income directly from his affiliate accounts and i can say that from my perspective i am satisfied with everything that he showed me.

    We discussed various ways to deal with the subject of being transparent with regards to claims of income and i strongly believe Pat will step up and find a way to validate his income claims in a professional manner.

    Pat also was extremely kind enough to answer my questions with some issues i had surrounding building websites and seo in general.

    Thanks again

    • Pat Flynn

      Was a pleasure Jack. Thank you for coming back and leaving this comment, and also your respectful approach to this issue. Cheers!

  • Japhem

    Pat, you are a true inspiration. The way you have tackled all the questions asked and responded to issues raised has just given you back your audience. Going through the comments made me almost doubt the whole thing but am grateful you’ve successfully shed off the doubt.
    As a young upcoming blogger, I look up to you since your posts are the ones that inspired me to begin blogging, I trust in you that I will live upto my commitments just because of your posts.
    Thumbs up and God bless you.

  • John

    It is such a nice income Pat!

  • Jane

    You are surprised your traffic has fallen 30 percent? Just wait a while and it will increase to 75 percent. That is the usual prognosis of sites that do not have a LOT of credible links. The only way you can stop this is if you decide to invest a major portion of earnings into building REAL LINKS — not the crap that * seo firms ” build these days. You should know better, Pat, and you deserve better, too, for i know you are a nice guy.

    So, start today to salvage your site’s remaining traffic. Even building 15 real links per month from now on will save you from heartache down the road. And you cannot imagine the heartache you will feel when the income drops to 200 dollars per month by the end of this year.

  • Akila

    Hi Pat,

    Just found that security guard training site is back to 1st. I would like to know what you did to get its position.

  • Vik

    Hey Pat,

    I think you’re right on the money about wanting to hire a full time project team. Time is our most precious resource, and having a reliable group of people working with you might be well worth the investment.

    Good luck!

  • Kim Benitez


    Since you’ve started doing the Ask Pat podcast, it would be cool if you scheduled it soon after you released your income report so that you could cover a few select questions about it.

  • Manthan Thakar

    You are truly an inspiration, Pat! You really help me with the current blogging site I’m working on. Thank you so much!
    Please check out: if you can! I’d really like some help from you.

  • Ollie Hales

    Hey Pat,

    Great job again this month. Its amazing you are realizing your goals month after month. Keep it up.

    Here’s my earnings report for June as well:

  • Denton

    I have been reading your posts for quite some time and finally my curiousity cannot take it anymore. I am a little confused as to the source of the “Bluehost” revenue. Is it as an affiliate $65/referral or as a reseller? Why not “Hostgator” as they pay up to $125/signup which is more than “Bluehost”? What would be the other reasons to use Bluehost? Thanks for entertaining my question. I deeply appreciate it. P.S. I love your total Transparency – I think you are on to something.

    • Pat Flynn

      Denton, I earn much more than $65 per referral, and it’s actually more than Hostgator. Plus, I wouldn’t promote hostgator anyway because I’ve never used it (I don’t promote anything I haven’t used and trust putting my name next to). Also, I’ve used Bluehost since the beginning (although with this site I had to upgrade away from it due to the volume of traffic), and I appreciate their customer service, and more their service is reliable. Hope this helps!

      • garry

        Hi Pat,

        Thanks for all the gems you share here.
        I was wondering : what kind of fraud, refund or any kind of refused leads percentage you got from your revenue with bluehost ?


        • Garry

          Hi Pat,

          I see you’re used to answering pretty much all of the questions here, so maybe you missed mine ?


        • Pat Flynn

          Thanks for the bump Garry. On average, each 15 day period I see about 6-8 adjustments, meaning people who cancel or the payments didn’t go through properly or whatever. That’s out of over 100+ sales that do go through.

      • Darren

        Greetings Pat,
        Could you please explain how you earn “much more than $65 per referral” to Bluehost? Last year in a post on your “Affiliate links and where they convert” you outlined that you “referred 79 people to Bluehost, earning over $7000.00 in commissions”? By my calculations that was around $89 per referral at that time? Have you now negotiated a higher commission due to the volume you send them or am I missing something? You’re now getting more than $125 per customer whilst the rest of us can only expect to get $65? I appreciate all of your honesty and your giving nature and hope you will have the time to answer this one. Cheers.

        • Pat Flynn

          Yes, I’ve since negotiated an even higher commission rate with them, due to the large volume I’ve been producing. I am earning more than 125 as you have calculated, but I’m not in this to help other’s promote Bluehost, it’s just what I recommend. If you’d like to have the ability to increase commission rates it’s easier once you produce the volume, which of course comes from valuable content and the trust you’ve earned from your audience. I’ve negotiated with other companies too. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Wally

    Yeah – let’s look at where the money comes from. A large part comes from telling people how ‘easy’ it is to make money online. By just quick adding, you made over $50K off exactly that – market samurai, bluehost, thesis, long tail pro keyword research, build a blog, uaw, best spinner, lead player, amazon affiliates sales – all “how to make money online” tools.

    A small pittance of the overall earnings comes from projects.. or ‘proof of concept’ pet projects, which highlight how everything being said on the site is true. Except.. you never really build a strong, highly lucrative business, outside of the business of building online business. Just like most web ‘gurus’.

    Seriously.. SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.. Try living off that in San Diego. You make next to nothing on the ‘best selling’ snippet publishing, even less from Kindle than you do from securityguardtraining.. People come here and think, “Oh! Pat knows! Let’s just do what he says”, click your links and you make the vast majority of your money – as you state in this reports – from affiliate commissions for products centered around “making money online”, and of course Bluehost web hosting – which.. btw.. a LOT of people plug it for the same reasons really .. but never really stop to flat-out tell people it will be very difficult to make any *real* money without selling the promise of making real money online to people.

    Its all bluehost affiliate commissions… wonder how many faithful followers have gone on to earn $5K+ a month, without just creating yet another “make money online” business.

    I know you’re going to delete this or tell me I shouldn’t waste my time here or some other BS. But.. holy crap I’m tired of people getting recognition and making money off pure fluff.

    • Pat Flynn

      Wally, I appreciate your honesty and the fact that you are respectful in your comment. I’m not going to delete it.

      You’re right, most of my income comes from stuff related to SPI. It’s all out there for people to see so that’s definitely something I’m not trying to hide. What is overshadowed, I believe, because I share it all is that I am making $10k per month on non SPI related projects. That’s definitely more than enough for me to live off of, even here in San Diego with 2 kids. When I first started the site, if you go back to my older reports from 2008-2009, no money was earned from SPI and most of it was from, up to $30k per month, which was definitely not related to teaching business online

      In regards to the best selling book, that wasn’t created to make money. At $2.99, that should be obvious. Plus, I gave away over 8000 free copies of the audio version because my goal was to get it in front of as many people as possible while still being able to cover the costs of creating and marketing the project. I’ve received countless emails from people who said that book has already changed their lives, and that’s what matters most to me, not the money coming from it.

      And I ALWAYS tell people that it’s flat-out difficult to make money online – it’s mentioned at the beginning of each of my reports. There are no lies or false promises there.

      If you think this is pure fluff, then that’s your opinion, but have you actually put any of this into practice? I just had a reader email me two days ago who said that they had their first 5-figure month ever and it was because of what I teach – and no they aren’t teaching people how to make money.

      I hope to feature them (they are a husband and wife team) on the podcast soon, much like how I’ve featured other success stories from people in non-IM markets who have used what I teach here to build a successful online business.

      If you’d like to discuss this more Wally, I’d be happy to. Just let me know. Wishing you a fantastic day!

      • Michael Belly

        Just a look from aside. I understand both sides – Pat’s and Wally’s. After all above is said, here is a little note: Whatever Pat does as long as it motivates people for a long-run efforts for a good purpose, I think it is good.
        Internet is a big party where you can hang out with many friends. They are different – someone is a money making machine; someone is a great personality, someone is both… Just pick up what is yours and that’s it.
        I believe different people can make the world better in different ways. Pat can do what he does and it is great. Wally, if you can deliver to this world anything precious from your point of view, I believe you may share it in the web and you will find supporters sooner or later.

      • Kennedy Tan

        I just realize recently that the most profitable businesses are the recursive ones. Except from limited resource businesses like Real Estate and illegal businesses.

        1. Making money by selling how to make money
        2. Having a lot of social media followers because you evangelize how to get more followers

        First I didn’t realize that and if I were to stumble upon Pat’s SPI few years ago, I would’ve curse him because I saw it as a scam before!

        But now that I know more than ever, recursive businesses are no different than the beautiful life we have.

        We search for the creator of life and when we found about Jesus, we try to find who created him and we found God and we try to find who created God.

        We’re basically trying to find the beginning of beginning.
        In terms of business, as long as you are helping your customers, then you have a good business. Everybody else is gonna hate.

        I’m not mocking you Wally, just giving you another perspective.

        In Layman’s term, Pat is simply being a TEACHER. That’s how he earns money :)

  • Lance Johnson

    I think that this income report is a pretty neat move! Definitely a transparent way to do things. One question – since you send pretty solid volume do you get paid out on a recurring basis?

    Take care,
    JMJ -Lance

  • Mike

    Hey Pat, this is really amazing income! It will be a dream of my life just to make 3-5k/month. It looks like easy stuff to do, but I know it’s hard enough, yet by looking at you, It’s gurantee that it’s not impossible! I’ll keep reading your blog and keep dreaming about success. Have a nice day! :)

  • Paul Shakuri

    Hey Pat , Paul here … Thanks for helping get me up and running , you and Cliff Ravenscraft I now have my show. As a token of appreciation I bought a few things with your affiliate links and to be honest , I felt damn good using your links because of the Quality help you gave ! Others that use trickery , I hate using their affiliate link ! Hey God bless you always and thanks once again. I’m on your site daily ! Going through it all as I have been successful offline and am now diversifying Online. See you at the NEXT summit !


    Hi Pat
    Passiveincome very nice, i try my best to running but only 1/1000 you.

    Thanks sharing

  • Dave

    really appreciate the way you handle comments from guys like wally… completely pro. (takes a very cool/collected mindset to not get sucked into the negative and remain positive)

    cheers to you and yours, pat!

    always a fan,

  • Charles Floate

    Another great month Pat!
    It’s absolutely insane how much you’re earning from your work as a blogger, I think in most bloggers eyes you’re the ultimate inspiration.
    I just released my first ever income report, the second month of my blog! I made close to $2,000 which I think for a 2 month old blog, is pretty damn incredible!

    I also love how much user generated content you get (In terms of comments etc..) a good 1/3 of this page is the comments alone, that’s another huge amount of content that Google will index and rank SMI for even more keywords. I’ll be reading over a hell of a lot more of your posts after I saw you featured on Matthew Woodwards blog, feel free to check out my income report.. Would love any tips you have for august! :)

  • Rina

    adsense revenue from so high up to $ 1,414.55 in last June. This is inversely proportional to my lack of success in adsense
    Please give tips to be successful a google adsense publisher
    Thank you and success always for you :)

  • Mostafizur Firoz

    great bro. Today is my first visit in this blog. But, reading this post, me become a fan of yours.

  • Jesper Baltzersen


    Im a first time visitor here on the site. Really looking forward to learn more about passive income. After reading this post i went to It looks awful because the CSS stylesheet isn’t loading for some reason. Tried both in chrome and safari on a mac. Not saying that’s the reason for the drop in traffic but it’s probably not helping either:-) Thought you might like to know….

    Have a great weekend all

  • Daniel Law

    Hi Pat,

    First time on SPI. Thanks for the valuable insights into your websites and earnings. Inspiration and highly motivating stuff. Looking forward to reading more.

  • Mathan raj

    Hi pat,
    Since from 2009, i am following you and quicksprout.
    How did you dong SEO for securitygaurdtrainnghq? Are you hiring a seo guy or did you do that to get to back to first position.

    Do you believe, by creating web 2.0 site will help for seo? As quicksprout mentioned your site on Advanced guide SEO about your site, is this helps after Google algorithm update?

  • Dan Shure

    Hey Pat

    Apologies if I am behind on something – but are you getting ALL of your Bluehost commissions from that one YouTube post?


  • Djebah O’Vughe

    I really enjoyed reading your piece. Nothing beats the transparency in all your income sources. Way to go! I hope others were inspired just like i was. Thank you so much.