My Monthly Income Report – August 2012

Monthly Income Report - August 2012Welcome to my August 2012 Monthly Income Report! This post is special because it’s the first post I’ve published on SPI since becoming a father of two!

Our baby daughter was born last week, a couple weeks early, but she and mommy are doing very well. Thank you all for the best wishes and support! I’m remembering what it’s like to sleep no longer than 2 hours at a time, but I absolutely love it. Here’s a picture of our daughter on Facebook – isn’t she gorgeous?

All right – let’s get to business.

Each month I write a detailed report about my online businesses – what I’ve been up to, what’s working, what’s not, and how much and where my income is coming from.

I create these reports for several reasons. First, they are here to help me keep track of how I’m progressing – sort of like an online journal that I can go back to in the future.

Secondly, I want to be transparent about everything I do online. I talk a lot about online business strategies that I use and this is where I summarize whether those things work or not. I share so you can learn from my wins, as well as from my losses too.

Lastly, I share the numbers in this post only because I know you’re interested and they inspire. I don’t do this to showoff or pretend like I’m better than anybody else, because I’m not. I just take action and execute, and these are my results.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report!

Important Going-Ons in August

A lot of “prep-work” is being done in several of my businesses for the future. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

iPhone Apps

It’s been a long time since my business partner and I published a new iPhone application, but we’re working on a new one as we speak. We just hired a developer to execute an idea we’ve had for over a year that we’re finally acting on. The total cost will be a few thousand dollars and it’ll be interesting to see how it’s received by the market.

As many of you know, the iPhone app market is extremely saturated now and releasing a new application in this environment is very ‘hit or miss’ – mostly miss – but we see that as even more reason to make sure the application is unique and something noteworthy, which we believe it is.

If I had to go into the iPhone app market again from scratch, I wouldn’t choose the path that we chose , which is the “lets build an entertainment brand that builds apps that serves no specific market except those that are bored or looking for a good laugh”. I’d rather follow Mike Doonan’s model and build an application that provides a solution to a specific niche or a specific pain. Very similar to Dane Maxwell’s approach to software as a service.

We’re excited through, and we will be thinking outside of the box when marketing this application so it does serve a specific market – sort of. I’ll tell you more about it once it’s almost ready to go. It’s not an easy application to develop either, so we’re not exactly sure how long it’ll take. A couple months at most, I’m hoping. We’ll see, but it’s nice to get back on the saddle.

Security Guard Training Redesign

For the past month, I’ve been working on redesigning the niche website that has so far earned over $30,000.00 since it was born out of the Niche Site Duel. I’m working towards expanding its income sources outside of Adsense, which currently make up about 98% of the total income. It’s definitely not diversified, which isn’t smart.

I tried a couple of other income sources on the site before.

Private advertising worked (i.e. cutting out the middle-man: Google), but the few hundred I was earning per month from those direct advertisements did not make up for the several more hundred that I lost in Adsense as a result of putting those direct ads on the site, so I decided to ditch the private ads.

I also tried CPA (cost-per-acquisition) offers that I found on sites like Commission Junction, but the only relevant offers were for Criminal Justice degrees and after several thousand impressions and ZERO conversions (and hardly any clicks), it was apparent that people on my security guard training site were not looking to find criminal justice degrees, which makes complete sense.

They are there because they want information on how and where to become security guards.

I was already giving them the how with my content, but I wasn’t actually giving any information as far as the “where” to get training, so that’s what I’ve been working on these past couple of months.

One of my VAs has been conducting research for me and has compiled a nice database of about 2,500 (and growing) security guard training companies around the United States – a list that apparently has never existed before on the web. My other VA has connected this database to a Zip Code search function on my test site through MyPHPAdmin. Now, anyone can search for their zip code and find a training facility near their area.

When the new site goes live, the homepage will include a clear call to action in the header to enter a zip code. From there, the results page will show a list of posts related that that specific state (since each state has a different set of security guard training requirements) and the nearby training facilities below that.

On individual internal posts, which is what a majority of my traffic lands on first through Google, at the bottom of the post I’ll include a zip search function box/action-area as well so that when people finish reading the requirements, they’ll get the nearby facilities in their area as well.

Here’s a preview of what the new header looks like on the homepage:

Security Guard Training Redesign

And here’s the header on the internal pages. I didn’t want the zip search field to be in the header since I want people to read the content on these pages first:

New SGTHQ Header

I love the new logo!

So, how am I going to make money with the Zip Code search function?

My thinking is that it’s going to be very similar to the 1-800-DENTIST  business model where people come to the site, find a company close to them and give me their contact information. I can then send that information (individually or in bulk) to the particular security guard training company for a fee.

I’m not 100% sure how this is going to work yet, it’ll take some trial and error and experimentation, but all I know is that there are security guard training companies in need of leads and people who are desperately looking for security guard training companies in their area (that’s my #1 email I get) and I’m providing the solution for that.

I will probably have to hire someone part time to execute this for me and forward the leads to various companies. We’ll see what happens, and even if it doesn’t monetize it’ll be an important feature on the site that’ll definitely make it stand out and become a top resource in the niche, which can only help my Adsense income. It should up the traffic coming to the site as well.

I’m also going to be partnering with a security guard gear company to sell gear on my site too, and I’ve also noticed that security companies around the web have terrible looking websites. It might be cool to start to offering specialized design services for them as well, maybe an out of the box solution I can create that’s specific for this niche (again, a la Dane Maxwell). I could probably charge a good amount for this as well.

I still feel there is a ton of potential with this site, I just have to fool around a bit and find what works. :)

Smart Passive Income

In August, Smart Passive Income surpassed the 50,000 subscriber mark! It’s also saw record traffic thanks to a lot of great features:

The Forbes article was an awesome surprise and I’m deeply humbled to be listed in a post with other business leaders who I definitely look up to, such as Tony Hsieh from Zappos and Jason Fried from 37Signals. It’s also pretty cool to represent the solopreneurs and work-at-homers out there since I’m the only one of the list.

Also, if you watch the reality show Big Brother on CBS, there’s a man named Dan Gheesling who actually won Big Brother in 2008 who is back on the show this season. After he won I helped him with his business a little and I found out that he’s been name dropping me and my blog quite a bit on the live feed. Talk about Being Everywhere!

Speaking of “Be Everywhere”, the biggest project I’ve been working on as of late is my book. I’m currently over halfway finished (over 25,000 words) and am already working with an editor to go over the parts of the book I’ve already drafted. I’m enjoying the process very much, as much as it is stressful and new for me. I can crank out a 3000 word blog post in just a few hours, but this book is an entirely new beast. Since I’ve started, I’ve learned to stop editing along the way and just let the words flow, and a lot of great stuff has come out of it. I can’t wait to share it with you!

If you’re not yet following my progress and the progress of several other published and soon-to-be-published authors, click here to join the private Facebook group which is now over 2,600 people strong! And it’s very active too! I’m learning new things every day.

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: $3,037.76
      • Last Month: $2,918.27
      • Difference: +$119.49
  • SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com:
    • Adsense: $2,128.32
    • Job Board: $27.85
    • Total: $2,156.17
      • Last Month: $1,939.32
      • Difference: +$216.85
  • Purchased Website #1 (not revealed, no work done on site since purchase 6 months ago):
    • Adsense: $99.45
      • Last Month: $95.57
      • Difference: + $3.88
  • Other Mini-Sites in Portfolio:
    • Total: $204.06
      • Last Month: $186.31
      • Difference: +$17.75
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $2,995.37
    • Free Apps: $399.10
    • Total: $3,394.47
      • Last Month: $4,028.65
      • Difference: -$634.18
  • Client Payment: $1,500.00
  • Gross Total in August: $50,611.38
    • Last Month: $53,791.06
    • Difference: -$3,179.68
  • August Expenses (Below is what was paid last month. It does not include pro-rated yearly fees):
    • Web Developer Virtual Assistant: $700
    • Researcher / Admin Virtual Assistant: $400
    • Servint Dedicated Server: $240.00
    • Bluehost Renewal: $118.87
    • Dropbox: $9.99
    • Amazon Web Services: $2.81
    • Libsyn.com (podcast file hosting): $12.00
    • Aweber: $333.00
    • Basecamp Project Management Software: $49.00
    • E-Junkie Shopping Cart Fee: $5.00
    • Paypal Website Payments Pro: $30.00
    • Certified Public Accountant / Bookkeeping: $260.00
    • Skype $2.99
    • Legal Fees: $500.00
    • Trademark Fees: $375.00
    • Voice Talent: $175.00
    • Writer for Security Guard Training Site: $220.00
    • WordPress Theme for Client: $42.00
    • Domain Registration (GoDaddy): $8.17
    • Affiliate Payment for GreenExamAcademy.com: $382.34
    • B&H Foto & Electronics: $1,199.00 (Canon Rebel T4i with 18-135mm lens)
      • Total Expenses for August:  $5068.17
  • Net Total in August: $45,543.21

Another amazing month of earnings! The Bluehost earnings continue to amaze me and the conversion patterns have always been the same. If you’d like to learn more about exactly where my Bluehost links are located on this blog, and how well each of them convert, click here.

As I mention in every income report, 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. Because of that, I have no shame in earning this much from the blog as I know that I’m helping people, I’m just fortunate that I’m doing it in a way that pays me back too.

My non-SPI related income is over $10k per month (which I’d be completely happy with and is much more than I ever made working my 9 to 5 job in architecture) but I’m truly blessed I have the support of an amazing community here at SPI who is willing to pay me back for all of the information I publish here and the help that I try to provide. 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.

Things I Learned in August

I’m going to keep this short because I’ve been writing for a few hours (not straight away), sometimes typing with just my right hand with a sleeping baby cradled in the other (like I’m doing right now).

There is one thing that all businesses and blogs should strive for, and it’s not more traffic, subscribers, leads, conversions or sales.

It’s this:

Thank You Notes

Thank you’s.

This is actually a picture of just a small percentage of personal thank you notes that have been sent to me, many of which are hand-written from people who have benefited from the content that I’ve produced on this blog. People who have seen results. The more thank yous that you can get, the more traffic, subscribers, leads, conversions and sales will come your way.

That’s just how it works.

Whether it’s through comments, email, social media or personal notes from people like these, or even word of mouth, getting “thank you’s” is a great way to know that you’re doing something right, because remember – it’s people who are on the other end of traffic, subscribers, leads, conversions and sales.

Thank you all for your support, and have an awesome September!

  • http://blogueaygana.com/ José Vega

    Patt, this is so inspiring to me, I hope have a blog someday like you.

    Now I´m having an increase of traffic in my blog and hope monetize it as well as you do. By the way, I was watching in your list of expenses your Hosting renewal. ¿What type of hosting do you use to handle all the traffic you receive here?

    • Pat

      Thanks José! For the hosting renewal on the expense report, that was for a separate Bluehost site that needed to be renewed. This site is hosted through servint.net on a dedicated server, for $240/month. I needed it to handle all the traffic because it was too much for a shared hosting solution.

      • Jamie Tomlinson

        Hello Pat,

        That’s quite a lot to pay for hosting – have you looked at VPN’s they may come out a bit cheaper? Do you manage your server or is it a managed service?

      • https://www.cloudflare.com/wiki/BlueHost alexey petrovsky

        Pat, are you tryed CloudFlare.com features (cloud caching proxy)? They are helpful to offload traffic to their extensive network. Also they do anti-DDoS and sometimes can evade away spamming.

        CloudFlare works with all major shared hosting providers (i.e. Bluehost).

    • http://www.websitemarketingtricks.com Marius

      Yes, I am waiting also for these income reports, because every month they inspire me to do something, when I see the numbers of Pat’s income with this blog.

  • http://www.barbraignatiev.com/ Barbra Ignatiev

    Aww, I actually came to this post just to read the warm and fuzzy at the end. So true and a great reminder to keep working to make a difference to people. I LOVE getting thank yous. On a shite day, one simple thank you or nice comment makes a HUGE difference.

    • Pat

      Thanks Barbra, I definitely agree with that!

  • http://youngadultfinances.com LaTisha

    We missed you at FINCON! But I’m really glad you were smart enough to know when to plan for the unexpected. Congrats on your daughter, she’s adorable!

    • Pat

      I missed all of you too! I remember telling PT earlier in the year that I wasn’t going to make it to FINCON12 “just in case”, even though it was 2 weeks earlier than the due date. I had a feeling though! See you there next year? Heard it was epic this year.

  • http://www.alphablossom.com Tony

    Amazing results, and so well-deserved! Congratulations Pat, and thanks for always delivering such valuable information!

  • http://foreverjobless.com/ Billy Murphy

    Well done Pat. I’ve been reading these since you started them- really cool to watch how you’ve grown your income.

    Much respect for still grinding out so much content- I’m in awe at the guys like you who have consistently put out quality stuff- there’s not many.

  • David Pride

    Congrats, you deserve it!

  • http://www.masonworld.com Mark Mason

    Thanks for doing this Pat — I know how much work it is. I applaud you for your transparency. I know why you are doing what you are doing, and I am really proud to call you a friend. You inspire me, and knowing you make me better — Mark

  • http://www.iheartbudgets.net Jacob @ iHeartBudgets

    Wow, well done Pat! As always, your transparency and genuinely awesome attitude are truly inspiring. I am pretty much bookmarking every post on your site under different categories as I grow my blog an look into affiliate advertising, growing readership, etc…

    And let us know what your new iPhone App is when finished. :)

    • http://www.iheartbudgets.net Jacob

      Oh, and feel free to remove the tag from my name, forgot to remove that before commenting.

  • http://www.kevinvelasco.com Kevin Velasco

    Thanks for posting yet another awesome income report. Since I’m hosted on BlueHost, your BlueHost earnings are inspiring me to write a review on my experiences with them (after switching from GoDaddy last year).

    Also, now that you have a DSLR, can we expect a photography blog from you in the future? ;)

    • Pat

      Well I did have a DSLR before, a Canon Rebel T3i, but when I saw the T4i I just had to get it. The follow-focus function and touch screen LCD is so awesome and will come in very handy during conferences. A photography blog – we’ll see! ;)

    • http://blogueaygana.com José Vega

      Hi Kevin, I saw in your comment that last year you migrated your blog from godaddy to bluehost, and it caught my attention because I have two blogs hosted on Godaddy and since few months ago I want to migrate them to another hosting like hostgator or bluehost, but I do not know exactly how.

      Can you tell me how did you did it? I´d really appreciate it.

  • http://kentrecommends.com Kent Faver

    Congrats again on your growing family Pat – love her name. I have two daughters in college. Thanks for the report. I’m always nothing but dumbfounded by your BlueHost income. I can’t imagine anyone is higher on their commission list than you – well done!

    • Pat

      Thanks Kent, although I did ask Bluehost and if I recall correctly I’m no where near the top of the list. They paid out 5 million in commissions last year, and so I suspect there is a lot of top affiliates who make a lot more than I do out there who just keep it to themselves. Cheers, and thanks for the kind words!

  • http://www.faithandfinance.org Tim

    Fantastic month Pat! We missed ya at FinCon12, but it’s good to hear that your family is doing well. A lot of us sent thoughts and prayers your way from the conference :)

    Hope to see you next year! Would love to see you host a ‘how-to’ seminar or a detailed case study on an area within your business.

    Tim

    • Pat

      Thank you Tim. I remember meeting you at FINCON11 and it was a pleasure, so of course I was bummed I couldn’t make it, but there is always next year, for sure! Family first, always. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers!

  • http://alexandreb.net Alexandre B

    Hi Pat,
    What a summer ! Don’t you think ?
    A new baby, a wonderful business and an awesome community, congratulations !

    You know what ? My little finger tells me that you’re going to receive a thank you note from France, let me know when you’ll get it ;)

    Alex

  • http://www.mybusinesstricks.com/ Peter Mutiso

    This is motivating. Keep up man

  • http://www.internetbusinessblogger.com Bill

    What an inspiration Pat. I followed your podcast at one point last year and then I heard you on Social Media Examiner podcast and that reminder brought me back here again and through a dozen of your podcasts.

    Life with a new baby is tough I know and even though it may slow you down a bit I have plenty to learn from your archives here. Have a great week!

  • Chris Altamirano

    The thank you’s! Gotta love that brother!

    Congrats on the baby girl!

  • http://www.internetbusinessgeneration.com Pierre | Internet Business Generation

    Pat, you deserve all your success. Was chatting to a friend about how committed you are to completing a task and focusing until it succeeds. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going.

    • Pat

      Thanks Pierre! I don’t always complete the tasks, to be honest. Following through is one of the hardest things to do, especially with an entrepreneurial mindset and the crazy amounts of opportunity that’s available to all of us, but I do my best!

    • http://www.thedocumentaryphotographer.net Roger Overall

      Pierre, you make a very, very good point. One that is worth dwelling on.

      Many of us start projects with great hopes and ambitions. A lot of them peter out. There are tons of reasons. Life has a habit of getting in the way. It’s also hard to keep pushing on when you don’t appear to be making any progress.

      I think Pat’s success comes from a powerful combination of vision and stamina (and no doubt a great deal of cheer-leading from those dear and close to him when the going got tough). I think you need that combination to succeed.

      Pat has it and he’s leveraged it brilliantly. And in doing so, he’s helping out a lot of people in the pursuit of their dreams.

      A pretty remarkable combination.

      (You blushing yet, Pat?)

      Roger

  • http://www.flawlessconfidence.com Diggy

    Hey Pat,
    wow man, congrats on the great result and even more congratulations with your new baby girl! :)

    You are really an inspiration to tons of people, me especially.

    Last month I made around $1400 from affiliate sites, actually my biggest earnings for affiliate sites ever. Your income reports inspire me to keep going, showing me that it’s possible to do so much more than where I’m currently at!

    Thanks Pat :)

    • Pat

      Congrats Diggy! I know you’ve been doing a lot of things with your businesses since Upgrade Reality – well done and keep it up!

  • Rey

    Congratulations on taking control of your life and destiny, Pat. On top of all that, you are helping people. That is the ultimate. I hope I can do the same with my passive income ventures. Keep it up.

    Rey

  • http://www.wcnetworker.com Richard

    Wow..I just found your blog from a video I saw in the warrior forum and Already I am learning so much. I looked at the strategy for backlinking and I going to implement it as soon as I am finish with My launch. Thank you so much for the great information..No I know how I need to do my blogs..Thank you so much!!!!

  • http://www.greaterarticles.com Will

    Congratulations Pat! What an adorable baby girl.

    I agree with your sentiment about the “thank you”s. The Internet can be a very impersonal place, but when we remember that we’re dealing with other human beings (and conduct ourselves accordingly) it’s better for all of us.

  • http://writerpresident.com Aqif Azizan

    Seriously, the Security Guard Training logo was really awesome. I believe it is going to blow your income in the next few months. Congratulations Pat for becoming the father of two.

    They are really lucky to have lovely parents like you. May God always bless your effort.

  • http://www.freelanceunleashed.com Christopher A Green

    PAT … you know i’ve been a long time fan and I want to tell you once more that you are a superstar!!! I did a seminar last week to a group of brick n mortar business owners about the Internet and used your site as an example of creating value and quality.

    When I told them about your success in creating passive income, they all started scribbling down your URL.

    Thanks again.. (and here’s how I used your site in the presentation if you’re interested…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvXXizeVnRM )

    • Pat

      I know you’ve been a fan for a while Chris, thank you! I remember when you created that Facebook Landing Page tutorial way back in the day around the same time I did. It got a good number of views too!

      Thanks for sharing my website at your seminar and in your video, I really appreciate it! Cheers!

  • http://1kex.com Jay Piecha

    Congrats on the baby girl, Pat! What a beautiful girl with a beautiful name.

    Thanks so much for including a more detailed expense report and for the link to the “insider look” post at the end. I hadn’t seen that one and I’m about to consume it right now. :)

    Regarding your non-SPI income (estimated at 10k/per month):
    If SPI shut down tomorrow, would ANY of that be affected, or is that all 100% separate traffic, separate business that SPI does not contribute to?

    Amazing job, and all those thank yous are well-deserved.

    Cheers
    Jay

    • Pat

      If SPI shut down tomorrow, yes – those other businesses would still be up and running and continue to earn what they earn – potentially more because I’d have a lot more free time since SPI is the bulk of the work that I do. :)

      Thanks Jay!

      • http://1kex.com Jay Piecha

        Yeah, I guess you’d have at least 1/5th the time available for the other projects and therefor could probably end up making the same. ;)

        *heads back to the other SPI post*
        Cheers
        Jay

  • http://true-blood.net Mel

    You are a continual source of inspiration, Pat, not just in the (very impressive) income reports you share, but in your generosity to others and your love of your family. Congratulations on the new addition!

  • Tipjar

    Love the New SGT logo, where’d you get it designed at?

    • Pat

      Actually got it designed from a person who had won a 99designs contest way back in the day. Just emailed him out of the blue to see if he wanted a quick job. Here’s a post on Facebook that had two iterations before the final one you see here:

      https://www.facebook.com/173586149011/posts/10151337283849012

  • http://leftcoastadvertising.com/ Justin Douglas

    Very Well Done! I have been reading this blog since you first started it and have watched you grow more and more. It’s also been one of the biggest inspirations that got me into internet marketing and my income is rising as well. Keep it up, you’re helping a lot of people!

  • Derick

    Hie Pat,
    Do you think you have to outsource (e.g.article writing) if you have the money to do so,and if you believe that time is money? You know sometimes it’s difficult to spend if you are a very conservative guy and sometimes you just feel like why am I doing this if I can outsource it or you are just too lazy to do it.

    • Pat

      Yes, I’m a very conservative guy so I understand how you feel. At first when I started online business, I didn’t outsource anything. Partly because I didn’t even know it existed, but then after I dod I was still reluctant to hand over any control.

      I think you have to think about what it is you need to do vs. what you want to do, and if it makes sense to hand that off to someone else who could possibly do it better and faster than you can, then you can spend your own time doing something you’d rather do. If time = money then that makes complete sense.

  • http://www.markeroni.com Linda Gentile

    Congratulations on another stellar month–in more ways than one. I appreciate the detail you put into these reports, but above all I appreciate the enthusiasm. Those thank-you notes are lovely. My users send me postcards because they know I love them. *grin* Each one brightens the day.

  • http://www.zzneo.pl Teresa

    Hi Pat,
    It’s incedible how people quickly comment on your posts. Others have to wait even few days for one single reply.
    My congratulations,
    best wishes,
    Teresa

  • http://www.alaininternetmarketing.com Alain

    Pat,

    You have been my inspiration from the beginning. I have been blogging for 3 months now and since the first month I did an income report. I noticed that many other bloggers have started doing income reports as well. I think we are all learning from your example.

    I have never blogged before and it gives me great pride to report that my net profit was $20. This is totally amazing. If I had a physical business it would take me at least one year to break event.

    By taking action, I am already being the person that my friends turn to when they have a question about anything related to the internet. There is so much to learn, but I feel so much confidence having you as a mentor.

    Hey thank you for answering my question during Leslie’s podcast and congratulations for that gorgeous baby.

  • http://MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com Dan Horner

    Pat – I really appreciate the way you diversify your earnings. I learn from you each month. Thank you!

  • Byron

    Another awesome month, congratulations :)

    Would be really nice to see a post (or series) about how you reinvest your earned money. Thats a topic way to less IM’s talk about yet I think.

    Keep going :)
    Byron

  • http://jakoszczedzacpieniadze.pl Michal

    Hi Pat,
    All the best to Kailani! Daughter is completely different experience for a father :) Enjoy the moment! I’m sharing your hapiness :)

  • http://nathalielussier.com Nathalie Lussier

    Congratulations on your new baby girl! I love the personal stuff, because at the end of the day that’s why we’re all doing what we do online right? :)

    And again the heartwarming bit at the end of your post is another reason why we all love cheering you on Pat. You’ve got your heart in the right place and people can feel that. Way to keep rocking it out!

  • http://www.mobileapptycoon.com Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon

    Congrats on the awesome month and of course on the new addition to your family :) Really cool what you have in store for SGTHQ and I can’t wait to hear all about your new iPhone app!

    Thomas

  • http://www.vfunk.net Deo Guru Chaturvedi

    Congrats man nice earning stats keep it up

  • http://jessicakihara.com Jessica Kihara

    Awesome!!! I look forward to these posts every month. They’re so inspiring and I love peeking into your business.

  • http://fakesocialproof.com Patrick

    Wow, talk about inspiring! I love checking out your monthly income reports – it stands as proof that financial freedom from an online income IS possible without having to resort to ‘underhanded’ tactics.

    Your honesty and integrity are what set you apart Pat and it’s really cool to watch that approach pay off for you…..

    Congrats again on the new addition to your family – loving the pics on FB!

  • http://knsfinancial.com/ Khaleef @ Faithful With A Few

    Hey Pat, congratulations on the birth of your daughter! It was actually announced at FinCon! We missed you there (my wife was very disappointed), but you definitely had a great excuse for missing it. ;-)

    I think the best part of this article was the picture of all the “thank you” notes that you receive. You definitely deserve them for sharing so much with us for free. That’s why I gladly come back here to see if you are an affiliate whenever I want to purchase something!

  • http://stream-seo.com Servando Silva

    Another great month of inspiration, and recently I’ve been hearing all your podcasts. Also, considering your Bluehost earnings I’m so much tempted to switch to Bluehost and leave Hostgator now.

  • http://leweylu.blogspot.com/ Lewey Lu

    Pat, I think I LOVE YOU. ;) Awesome article.

    Also, please let me know if you want an affair. HAHA!

    Cheers,

    Lewey

  • http://anamikas.hubpages.com Anamika

    That was really inspiring! It definitely motivated me to try hard. Btw, your daughter is gorgeous! God bless her…

  • http://www.blogging24h.com/546/how-to-start-a-blog/ Trung Nguyen @ Starting a Blog

    I always follow and track your income report, Pat. It inspire me and the others on the way to learn how to make real money online. Thanks, again :)

  • http://www.myjapanesegreentea.com Ricardo Caicedo

    Thanks for the inspiration, Pat!
    My goal right now is to earn 1 percent of your income, hopefully I can do so before this year ends.

  • http://Www.ingeniousinternetincome.com Steve Eason @ Ingenious Internet Income

    Thanks again Pat for your inspiration. And congrats on the birth of your daughter. You have an amazing time ahead of you and it helps that you have a consistent income available so that you can spend time with them.

    Tonight I had a great experience that your comment about getting thanks brought to mind. I had a reader from my site ask if she could call and ask a few questions. I was happy to do so, and we had a great conversation lasting about 45 minutes. The call was uplifting and helped reinforce that what I am doing is appreciated and useful. It was great to hear from a reader and to get the direct feedback.

  • Tammy

    Hey Pat,
    I assume you’re no longer writing for sites like Info Barrel. Just curious, are you still seeing any residual income from the articles you have there?

    Congrats on the new Flynn!

  • Anthony Thomas

    I have been listening to podcast from your site, over and over and over again. I am going to launch a blog here soon and I thank you for all your help. I will launch it with a podcast which is something I have been meaning to do since 2008 actually.

    Thanks for all the help and I look forward to sharing the URL with you to get your opinion.

  • http://bestdrydogfoodhq.org Charley

    Another fascinating income report. It just goes to show that online success can be created, and it’s large not difficult, although time and effort is required. It’s great to see you progressing.

  • http://www.itsabhik.com Abhik

    Pat, first of all, congratulations for being a daddy, again.
    I have been listening to your podcast since a while. They surely helped me to gain a better knowledge in the IM field. You are just awesome.
    And, thank you for your earning reports. They motivate me every time I look at them.

  • http://inmyhomeoffice.com/ Ian McConnell

    WOW Pat those are some inspiring numbers… It’s probably my biggest inspiration for continuing in my own business.

    Thanks for being so transparent, it is incredibly helpful to us.

    Cheers
    Ian McConnell
    Western Australia

  • http://www.cobrainsurancedirect.com Kristen Marie @ COBRA Insurance Direct

    Very impressive month again – you continue to be an inspiration :)

  • Gabriel

    I started reading this blog last week, I started with the BackLinks strategy for my site. Next month I will be happy to tell you about the results.

    Thanks for shareing with us your experience I really appriciate

    Congratulations for your new family member

  • http://adaptise.com Jeff

    Pat, first of all, congrats on the new addition to the family! You must be over the moon!

    In regards to what to do with the Security Guard Training niche site – check out a guy called MJ Demarco. He was the guy behind “limos (dot) com” – built it up as a lead generation service…ended up selling the business for 10 million. You might want to try something similar…!

  • http://mediatechblog.net Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi

    Thanks so much part, your openness in the declaration of your monthly income (Earnings-Expenses) has always left me with a heart of staying motivated with my online marketing.

    I have a fine biz concept that you can incorporate into your line of online biz but dont know how to contact you.

    here is my email: [email protected] as i have sent you 2 mails apparently no replies to any yet.

    Thanks so much!

  • http://mediatechblog.net Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi

    @Jeff, you are right MJ Demarco of the Millionaire Fast Lane is a cool guy that has re-shaped the way i see and do online biz,

    Maybe Patt may have something to learn from the way he sold limos twice for mega wads of profits

  • http://www.zzzprofits.com Moe

    I always look forward to your income reports. You always seem to be able to find a way to make each month interesting and full of fresh new content and ideas. You are the MOZART of blogging about Make Money Online.

  • http://www.adrianbold.com Adrian

    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter Pat. Precious times! :-)

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

    Great month dude! I’m excited to see what apps are coming. Also, you should check out Apptopia.com. I buddy of mine started it about a year ago and he was on the Mobile Mixed show as well. Could be an opportunity for you to sell apps at some point.
    :)

  • Charlie

    Hey Pat, great job!

    I am curious are your applications development costs listed here? It would be interesting to know about the ROI of your app business :)

    Cheers!

  • http://www.killyourcomfortzone.com Georgios

    That’s very inspiring Pat. Congratulations on your new born~! Wish you and her all the best.

    Georgios

  • Bo

    I want to see you on big brother! Maybe survivor! That would be cool!

  • http://www.seoacer.com/blog acewin

    Pat,congratulations!I believe your girl will grow up happily with such a good parent!

  • http://TimsMinions.com Andi the Minion

    wow Pat your BlueHost commissions are incredible… great month again. Very inspirational and motivational. Think I am going to take a week off and just study every inch of your site :-)
    All the best
    Andi

  • http://www.michaelcharalambous.com/ Michael Charalambous

    As always, very inspirational. One thing I’ve never been too keen on is having so many different sites/revenue streams. Doesn’t it all get a little complex to organise and manage? Or is that the VAs job!?

  • http://www.recentnigerianjobs.com Nigerian Vacancies

    Wow this is so insipiring. I hope to have a blog like SPI in the nearest future.

  • http://cathypresland.com Cathy Presland

    Such a beautiful baby Pat – big congratulations to the family. Love to see the income figures but you’re so right – it’s those thank you notes that keep us going on this path. Great way to end this month’s post!

  • http://myonlinesuccessdiary.com/ Phil Jensen

    Congrats again on an amazing month.

    I’m also working on a lead generation model inside the new membership site I’m currently working on.

    I’m also wondering how to market the leads once they are gathered. I found this site: http://www.leadpile.com/lead-marketplace/lead-sellers/. They’re kind of like a lead marketplace.

    I might just try and advertise in respective trade magazines and related trade websites…will have to see how it goes.

    Great stuff Pat, thanks.

  • http://www.void-life.com bryan

    Great post Pat, I hope you and your family the best! This post is very very inspirational and it makes me Feel the needs to work harder on my Passive income efforts.

    Have you ever thought of doing another Niche site duel?

  • https://www.adaptu.com Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    Congrats on the baby girl! So great to hear the news from Baker at FinCon this year.

    Also, it’s our one year Friendaversary!

  • http://www.therisetothetop.com David Siteman Garland

    We have the same camera now. Yay us! Have any favorite settings?

  • http://ineeddiscipline.com Dean Saliba

    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! :)

    Nice to see you still managed to increase your revenue despite the arrival of your daughter, the new design and additions to your security site look amazing. :)

  • http://www.mypassivepaycheck.com Scott Frye

    Congrats on the birth of your daughter, and another great month!

    Your security site header change looks good. What percentage of people enter the site through the home page? On my Hyper-local Sites, most of the traffic gets sent right to the page localized for their area.

  • http://www.moneypodcasting.com Marco

    It is the first post I read from you and I loved it, being transparent like this is awesome and I think I have to learn a lot from you. Thanks again !

  • http://www.websitebegin.com Joe Boyle

    You never cease to amaze me, Pat. $50k this month! Everytime I stop by it’s always something bigger and better – I can’t wait to see where you are in a year or two.

    You’re really crushing it! Them Bluehost affiliate sales are AMAZING! Great stuff.

  • http://www.shunjackson.com Shun Jackson

    Wow! Amazing! I’m just now starting out and am currently reading your e-book on How to Write an e-book. I got a lot of things going and am hoping to be able to quit my 8 to 5 job in about 18 months. All it takes is how to get there. Your blog is very inspirational and has been a guide in me finding my way. Thank you!

  • http://www.emailslistbuilding.com Matteo Spigolon

    Always awesome Pat. In Italy It would be impossible to do as you.

  • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio

    Wow Pat another awesome income report to blow us away with. You continue to inspire me to share my own reports though not remotely as impressive as yours mate. Congrats on the SGT redesign too, I’m sure you’ll be able to diversify the income fromt that site.

  • http://rotterwrites.com Kimberly Rotter

    Wow! Amazing illustration of blog potential. Big congrats on becoming a dad again.

  • http://www.learnnichemarketing.com David Tong

    Pat, all I can say is…

    CONGRATS FOR BEING DAD 2.0!!!!

    :D:D:D

    Time flies, been following this income report for 2 years now and it still excites me.

    Dave from LNM

  • http://www.ellomology.com Carmello (Hello I’m Ello)

    Wow, it’s 2am in Miami, Florida and this is exactly the motivation and attestation I needed to read to keep my high hope rising even higher! I really do feel lucky to know you…even if it’s currently only virtually. Your online pressense is exactly what the online and offline world needs right now. As a fellow web page developer and advisor I am certain I will write about you for a long time in my ebooks, blogs, and conversations. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your experience with us. We know you didn’t have to so that is why we thank you. When I get a chance to get my site back up and running I want my readers to find it easy to love reading and writing. As for my list of inspiring role models you have truly earned my top 3…Scott Ginsberg (The NameTag Guy), Pat Flynn (The Smart Passive Income Guy), and myself…Carmello C. Antoine (The New Guy)! (^_^) I’ll tell you all the real alias later…LOL {Cheers to your success and the new born! Congratulations Pat Flynn

  • http://noosaholidayhomes.net.au David Anderson

    Well done Pat and congratulations on your new addition to the family.

    What do you think about promoting a cause such as Kiva.org and rallying your loyal followers behind you?

  • http://BloggersCreed.com/ Ansel Gough

    Hey Pat,

    Thanks for the report. I appreciate the great information you provide.

    I see that Bluehost makes up around 50% of your income each month. We also generate income from Bluehost as an affiliate (as I’m also a pro blogger). I was just wondering if you receive recurring income from each customer on Bluehost, or is it just the one off affiliate payment?

    Thanks,
    Ansel

    • Pat

      One-time payment each time, and I will say that I do receive a higher than normal commission because of the volume that I produce.

  • http://brusaaudlejning.dk Jeppe

    Good income report once again. I just wonder where the LeadPlayer affiliate income is?

    • Pat

      I started promoting LeadPlayer in September so the earnings will go on te September report next month :)

      • http://raspberrypi.dk Jeppe Kollerup

        Arh, of course. Thanks for the answer.

  • http://www.tricklecheddar.com Jared @ Trickle Cheddar

    Wow, those thank you’s are amazing! And yes, I hate the general culture of thinking it’s wrong to make money from helping people, as if that undermines your good intention and shows that it’s selfish or something. I never understood that. You have a great blog here and the thanks you’s prove it. People are happy to spend when they offered true value.

  • http://scpi-1.com John

    Another fabulous month Pat, congratulations, it’s just amazing!

  • http://www.cheapestwaytotravelhq.com Kyle

    You amaze me my man. You really dip your toe in anything and everything and that’s what I’m trying to do myself. It is so easy to say “oh that looks too hard” or “I don’t how to do that” but you just go for it. Trying to do the same!

  • http://jeffcarson.co Jeff Carson

    I liked your interview on Social Media Examiner. I just did my first podcast and what you said about yours hit home (I laughed lol). It’s great to get a ‘look into the future’ with these income reports. Thanks.

  • http://www.efficientlifeskills.com Joseph Michael

    Hi Pat,

    Congrats on the new baby!
    I just want to say thanks for taking the time to produce these income reports. It was actually one of these that I stumbled across a few months back that inspired me to start a blog of my own. You have really shortened the learning curve for so many including myself. I’m proud to say I made my first $2 this month. I haven’t been this excited about $2 since I was probably six years old :-) haha Thanks man!

    • http://blogueaygana.com/ José Vega

      Hi Michael, congrats. Every top blogger begun like you and me. I´m also in the same situation. In augost I was able to made my first $60, and I was/am very excited about it.

      I hope we can make so much more this month.

      • http://www.efficientlifeskills.com Joseph Michael

        Thanks Jose. That’s awesome to hear you made your first $60! Great job. Keep it up. I wish you the best in the journey ahead…

  • http://cashflowsto.com Monty

    Thank You Pat.

    Thanks for your authentic message. I appreciate you help people and show that you can be a father and entrepreneur at the same time. The resposibility you show with your family and business are tremendous.

    I’m grateful to have watched you grow. I look forward to a measure of success also. This is a time and place where we all need to succeed and help other too.

    God Bless and Wish You The Best.

  • http://www.moneysavingplus.co.uk Samantha B

    All I can say is WOW. You’ve been such an inspiration since I found the podcast back in April this year (and spent a week catching up on every episode). I, too, have used your affiliate links specifically. I have yet to get going on any of the ideas I have (I’m a thinker, not a do-er) but I want to change, and I think that is the first step! Congratulations on your beautiful girl and I wish nothing but happiness for your family.

  • http://www.responsivewebdesignblog.com Chris

    Hi Pat, first time commenting… long time reader- thanks for all you do and congrats on your new baby girl!

    It’s strange but I have been strongly compelled for a while now to ask you if you currently do or have ever considered donating some of your wealth and blessings to either a church tithe or a charity(s) that you feel strongly about or both.

    You have been blessed with many gifts and wealth from God in alliance with your hard work.

    If you do give to church tithe or a charity(s) regularly already that’s awesome and you should post such offerings as part of your expenses as I know that your audience would love to see where your heart is in regards since you so un-selfishly offer your life and business to the world.

    If you don’t, then I would encourage you do give back (time/money) as a way of saying thank you for your blessings and abundance as most other “wealthy” do because they know that when you give……you get.

    Again, I love your work and just wanted to put this on your radar for some reason.

    • http://blogueaygana.com José Vega

      Hi Chris, I definitely agree with that.

      • http://www.professionalcontentcreation Rebecca Livermore

        Hi Chris (and Jose),

        I agree with the giving, but not with reporting on the giving. There are a couple of reasons.

        First, giving is not an expense related to what Pat does here any more than buying groceries or making a house payment would be. It simply a personal choice of what he does with his income.

        Second, true philanthropy is not something you do publicly. I think of this Scripture, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full” (“Matthew 6:2).

        Now the giving to churches and charities — oh yeah. But announcing it just doesn’t seem like the right thing to me.

  • http://memorytraining.insplisity.com/ Henrik

    Congratulations on you second child, Pat! :)

    It would be cool if you would let us know when your new app is finished. It would be interesting to see what is it and how is it done.

    Best regards!

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

    A mind blowing achievement as always Pat. Your awesome result has always inspired me to keep on trying knowing that it will certainly arrive. Yes i agree with you on the issue of THANK YOU because i know how i use to feel whenever i got such a mail from my readers, it really show that some people actually love what I’m doing.

    Thanks for sharing Pat.

  • http://paidwritehq.com Rose Smith

    Hi Pat,
    Wow. The Power of One. Look at what one person built. It reminds me of what a romantic once said–we build generations of loving family and traditions just from two people falling in love. The Power of One and the Power of Two. Congratulations on both your business and your family!

    Take care,
    Rose Smith
    paidwritehq.com

  • http://kellercoleman.com Keller Coleman

    Excellent post, thanks for being a real marketer and sharing information that is so helpful to us. I’m a new entreprenuer, only been around 2 years, and watching your post and the knowledge that you share is awesome. Thanks

    I really enjoyed the 5-SEO tips that you shared on YouTube, I already started to implement some of the strategies. Keep up the good work and congratulations on the new baby.

  • mike

    Hi there,

    congrats on your $XX,xxx earnings figures, you rock!

    May I ask you one slightly off topic question… If not a secret, where did you get the USA map for the Security Guard Training website?

    Is it custom made or a WP plugin perhaps?

    Best,

    mike

    • Pat

      Check out http://www.createaclickablemap.com :)

      Actually, I’m updating that free tool shortly to include more options. Should see it within a couple of months hopefully.

  • http://www.jasonloveslife.com Jason Love

    Pat, I noticed you didn’t have a spot for you info barrel income.
    I am considering writing some posts on that site and was wondering if you could give me an idea of what someone makes from that site.

    Thanks,
    Jason Love
    http://www.jasonloveslife.com

  • http://www.wpsquare.com/ Bharat

    This report is incredibly inspirational for young and energetic bloggers. All the best Pat.

  • http://www.mesavemoney.com/ Clayton

    First off, congrats on the new baby, that’s wonderful.

    I have had a blog on personal finance for the last couple years and gave up because I didn’t make any money. After reading your site, I’ve started up again. I’ve also started learning about marketing and how what i tried didn’t work out well.

    I have now revamped my site and started working on it again. I really appreciate what you do. I just want to be able to go travel and make my dreams reality. I’ve learned that I’m going to have to make it online and I really appreciate what you’ve done. In fact, i just wrote my first thoughts on a monthly income report, which I’ll probably keep doing.

    Thanks Again.

  • http://www.brookswebdesign.net Maria

    Pat,

    The number that always amazes me the most is your Bluehost income. I’ve used goDaddy for 14 years for my company website. I’m an affiliate and recommend it to all new clients. They have absolutely awesome customer service! I’m not referring quite as many people per month as you. Nevertheless, this is an impressive number. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

  • mitul

    Hi Pat…
    really awesome and inspiring work here… I found ur site thru google “passive income” search last month and its has mind blown me ever since. I havent seen anyone so transparent with their techniques and strategy… i want to thank you for all that.
    I just had a small silly question… its about the bluehost affiliate earnings. It has been somewhat consistent for a few months now and im wondering if those earnings are from new affiliates every month or are most of them recurring earnings from people who were reffered thru your links?

    Thanks again
    mitul

  • http://www.highrisklifeinsuranceagency.com Chris Huntley

    Hey Pat,
    Great month. One thing that always pops out at me from your report is your bluehost earnings. Would you care to share how much of that comes from the “build a site in 4 min” video you posted? It’s quite incredible really when I think it’s only 6 or 7 bucks per month to use bluehost. How you get a percentage of that and make 5 digits off it is amazing!

  • Joe Awesomeness

    I was wondering if I might ask, do you share the iphone app profits with others, or is that all yours?

  • Sam

    Awesome Pat! You’re an inspiration! This site is one of the reasons why I keep trying to make it online.

  • http://beercanchickenblog.com Erock

    Congratulations Dad — and thanks for sharing all the tips and insight.

  • http://www.googlesnipermojo.com/ Brad Campbell

    With a 14-month old baby boy and a baby girl on the way, I can appreciate the “sleeping baby cradled in one hand” while you slowly chip away at your blog post…

    The thank-you’s, genuine appreciation from your followers and of course, flexible schedule to spend with your family — that’s what this online business thing is all about.

    Very inspirational as usual.

    Brad

  • Jim Marchetti

    Pat – love that you break out your income and expenses – it proves that it can be done with hard work, dedication and one or two interesting ideas. thanks for sharing so transparently and proving that there are other ways to earn that trading hours for dollars…

    AND… Congratulations on your second child. I’ve recently become a grandfather, and am enjoying my granddaughter immensely.

    Ciao!
    Jim

  • http://www.androidpaycheck.com/ Vickram

    Congrats for your daughter, Kailani…

    Monumental numbers, as usual…!!!

    You are a true inspiration to me. I have been following my heart and as I keep my baby steps, I assure myself with people like you around there is always some one to look up to in times of hardships…

  • tarum

    Pat,
    Congratulations for both your sweet daughter and this month’s income..

    I am iPhone developer, and I am interested in your income report especially coming from your ios apps. One of your posts I read that your apps are published under the name of “Loler apps”, do you have any other apps not belonging to this publisher name?

    I am asking this because I ‘ve investigated all your app’s rankings and see that most of them are not in top lists so it’s impossible to get the results written in your income report with the apps published under loler apps…

    I am waiting for your response,

    Regards,

    Tarum

    • Pat

      Tarum, thanks for the comment.

      A couple of things:

      1) You don’t have to be in the top rankings in order to get sales. You should listen to some of my success story podcasts which talk about some apps that are not in the top lists, but are making 5 figures a month. See:

      http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/niched-iphone-apps/

      2) Also, we have a 20/80 rule in place, about 20 percent of the apps – maybe even 10% are making most of the income. BabyMaker and our Radar application are our top two, and all of our free apps combined make up our free app income.

  • http://www.freshclick.net vikram

    impressive income report pat..and congrats to ur Family

    Regards,

    Vikram

  • http://www.matsholmvik.com Mats Holmvik

    Congratulations again Pat, on both your new family member and the great income your produce! Its really a great inspiration to follow you on your path, and that you are so transparent with everything!

  • http://www.paulcaparas.com Paul Caparas

    Congrats Pat on the family. Also great numbers as always. Love reading these reports.

  • http://7minentrepreneur.com Joe Cassandra

    Thanks for posting these Pat! It provides that spark of motivation/kick in the butt I need every month!

  • http://www.vintanews.com Frederick Gella

    Congrats Pat on your gorgeous daughter. Actually, you’re site and you are my ideal references in increasing traffic of my website. I just only knew last week that we have same Thesis theme and skin from Kolakube.

    How did you decrease the size of the footer and how did you put text on the middle ads portion?

  • Leroy Jackson

    Hey Pat,

    Huge fan here! Just want to say I love all your stuff and find the monthly income reports especially interesting.

    Since you’re working on a new iPhone app, I have a question for you… What dimensions will you have your new app be? Will the new iPhone and its updated size be taken into account?

    Inspired by your writings on creating apps, I’m working now working on my first app and am having trouble figuring out what dimensions to have my graphic designer use!

    All the best,

    Leroy

  • http://www.iblogjuicing.com/category/weight-loss/ frank

    I always find these reports amazing. Your blog is a perfect example of this quote:

    You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

    Zig Ziglar

    Great Job Pat

  • http://ways-to-invest-money.com/ Thomas

    Hey Pat,

    Not sure if you well get a chance to respond to this are not but here goes. Is your Part Time VA looking for more work? I am interesting in a VA and you seem to really love the one you have. If possible you can reply to the email with this comment.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.seducingwithstyle.com/ Vince Lin

    Thanks Pat for the link backs.

    Been following you since you first started nice to see 28k to over 50k in such a short time frame last year

  • http://smallbusinessphilippines.com [email protected]

    Pat’s income reports are truly inspiring. He is the one who actually inspired me to start my own blog. I listened to his podcasts a month and a half ago and been following him since. CONGRATS PAT BTW FOR THE NEW ADDITION IN THE FAMILY!

  • http://www.kylelife.com Will

    Pat, you’re an inspiration man! I’ve been searching through old posts on your site to learn more about affiliate marketing lately. Seems to be working well for you…! The podcast on the same subject was a huge help!

    Thanks,

    Will

  • http://www.thedesignrange.com Alex Singleton

    Oh that zip code idea is amazing- love that Pat!

  • http://www.medical-marijuana-mentor.com Tomoko

    Congrats on another amazing month. And thank you for keeping it real, always. You are so genuine and “relate-able”. There are so many ‘make money on the internet gurus’ who just want us all to know how awesome their awesomeness is and we should all bask in it. But to me, you are a good friend who puts his family first.

    I’ve been listening to other interviewers and you are one of the best. You let your guests talk without interrupting. I know how hard it can be when your guests are dropping some mindblowing knowledge. Thanks for being you!

  • http://www.mybasicllc.com stewardc

    Hey Pat, you’ve got a great business model that people can learn from years to come. Indeed you chase after wisdom on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing and being a resource to the community. On top of that you make it a priority to balance family and I must commend you… great job. I read a book once call rich dad poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki and I am wondering did you ever go to college for what you do now? I ask because it’s fascinating to see people thrive above the standard model of getting a job to build someone else’s business and not your own. What you’re doing is has not only benefited you but will benefit your children’s children. Proverbs 13:22
    Continued blessings to you and your family Pat

    Steward C.

  • Nikki Caini

    Hi Pat
    A friend recommended your website to me. I think this idea is awesome and that you are very entrepreneurial minded. One smal/personal question: Saw your August income/expense sheet. Not quite sure about the reason you live so modestly with such a healthy income.

    • Pat

      Just because I make a decent income doesn’t mean I have to spend more. I enjoy living a modest lifestyle and there’s no reason for me, no matter how much money I earn, to get away from that.

      • http://www.medical-marijuana-mentor.com Tomoko

        There’s a lot to be said about living within your means. And it’s a well known fact that most millionaires and billionaires live well below their means. Kudos to you Pat, for not letting the success get to your head and continue to exercise fiscal responsibility! Cheers!

      • Luis

        Pat,

        I’m really impress with your successful business. How can you help an unemployed person to start a new online business and change our lives? My unemployment benefits are not enough to take care of my family. Any help will be appreciated.

        Have a great day!
        lcburg36

  • http://yorgo.us Y

    Unbelievable. This has to be complete BS.

    • Pat

      If you have any questions or would like to chat offline about this, Y, please let me know, or email me at pat (at) smartpassiveincome.com. This is definitely not BS. If you don’t think this is possible, then you’re already not giving yourself a chance to make this happen on your own.

  • Jim Marchetti

    @Y – Pat hit the nail right on the head – you’re starting behind the eight-ball in your mind. It is blocking you from what is possible.

    One of my favorite sayings is “Lead, follow or get out of the way” – I think you know the one I would say you should do – Pat is leading, I am following, you?? What are YOU doing?

    Other favorite saying is: “Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, 5 May 1787

  • http://www.goandread.com vick

    Awesome blog. I love it. Ive been doing Internet marketing for about 8 months and seen some results but not much. I wanna take that next step. Sometimes I get stuck and don’t know which way to go. But I will NEVER give up.

  • http://CashFlowsToo.com Monty Campbell

    It is an inspiration to see your progress. It is also a challenge to step up the game. I’ve watched / read and listened to you for over a year. Well in truth, I’ve watched all the content you’ve produced in Podcast (congrats on 2,000,000 downloads by the way) and reviewed your content on this site. I’m inspired to step out on faith.

    That said, I know there is a part of me that has reluctantly taken the action. But listening to some of your podcast and guest, I realize if you want what you go keep doing what you are doing. To get more you most not only do more but do thing differently. I appreciate how authentically you show what you are doing differently. Its a help to we the followers whom want to emulate that exceptional model you exemplify.

    Best Wishes Mr. Flynn & Thank You

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    Wowo, very few bloggers give out financial info…thanks for sharing

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    wow very few bloggers give out this financial info. thanks for sharing

  • http://www.DionLynk.com Dion Lynk

    The amount of transparency on this blog is admirable. SPI is one of the reasons that I decided to stick with it and keep, keeping on. Don’t have much opportunity to send a physical thank you card, but thanks for the motivation over the last couple of years.

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    Wow, I wish I have these income. Will work hard and see what I have in the end of the month, this is really motivational Pat!

  • http://www.mrfaruque.com Faruque

    Hi Pat!!
    it’s really amazing. i love it and trying to follow the way of income. i’ll let all of my friends and motivate how to income over internet within very short period. thanks again to share great things…
    Faruque

  • http://www.litenfant.info Mariq

    Amazing!
    It gives me and my friends a boost for trying doing the same thing as you do.
    But still we have a long journey to take..
    Thanks for you inspierment.

    Greetings from France,
    Mariq

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    I can’t believe I just discovered your website. I can already tell that I will be spending hours here looking through the content you’ve created. I’ve been trying to find transparent information on the earning potential of passive income on the internet, and your site is a godsend. Thank you!

  • Walter

    Hi Pat, awesome content as always brother! I’m reading your stuff all the way from Japan and it’s been nothing short of inspiring. I’m actually starting a niche blog on a certain type of drumming and want to include a zip code search function like you have on your security guard training site. Yours is nice and clean and I want mine to be just like it. Can you point me in the direction of the exact plugin you use? My list is almost compiled and ready to go! Thanks again for all you do.