My January 2013 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to the first monthly income report of 2013!

Each month I publish a detailed account of my online businesses including a breakdown of exactly how much money I’ve earned and where it comes from.

Doing this helps me take notice of any upward or downward trends in my businesses, and it allows me to be transparent while hopefully providing some inspiration and value to you as well.

With that said, many people see the numbers and fail to realize that years of hard work was put into my businesses before getting to this point.

Succeeding online takes time, patience, stamina and perseverance, and as a result most people who try will fail. I hope that my insights both here in this post and on the rest of my blog will help you succeed in your journey.

Important Going-Ons in January

In early January, I attended the New Media Expo in Las Vegas. I also presented on the final day of the event, which was a blast! I had the entire talk recorded and it’s nearly ready for public viewing, I just have a few finals things left to edit. Once it’s ready, I’ll publish it on YouTube and embed the video here in a blog post so you can watch it!

The event itself was incredible – I met so many fantastic people (way too many to mention individually here in this post) but I wanted to give a special thank you to everyone who attended my presentation and showed their support, and to all 100 of you who came out to the SPI Buffet meetup! I overheard that many new friendships and business connections were made at the meetup, which is exactly what I was hoping for!

And because he deserves it, I wanted to give a huge thank you to Bobby from The Art of Woodshop Design for his hospitality and friendship during the week. May the odds forever be in your favor my friend. 😉

In case you missed it, here’s a little video I shot after the event, right before I left Vegas, with some lessons that I learned during the week. And no, that is not my normal voice:

Efficiency in 2013

One area that I know I can improve on as an entrepreneur is letting go of the things that I know I shouldn’t have to do on my own.

Like most entrepreneurs who hire virtual assistants, I utilize my VAs to do things that I don’t know how to do, or would take me a very long time, such as web programming and software development. The issue is that I actually enjoy doing a lot of the tasks that I know I could (and should) hand off to someone else.

I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on how to be efficient and productive – I’ve accomplished a lot since I started doing business online 4 years ago, even with 2 kids in the house – but after sitting in on Chris Ducker’s presentation at New Media Expo where he listed 45 different things that I could and should be letting my VAs do for me, it was almost like a wake up call.

As a business owner, I should not be utilizing my time doing things that I could easily hand off to someone else, even if I enjoy doing those things on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that I learned how to do everything on my own – I think that’s important – but any serious business owner should eventually get to a point where they know where their time is better spent. For me, at this moment in time, that’s producing and creating content, building relationships and public speaking. Focusing on this will give me even more time with my family too.

Part of it is that I’m comfortable doing those things, but on a deeper level it could be because I have a hard time trusting others to do “my work” for me, or maybe I’m self-sabotaging my own progress. I don’t know for sure – but what I do know is that in 2013 I want to have more systems in place so I can better utilize my time and the skills I have to offer.

This is supposed to be Smart Passive Income, isn’t it?

I have already taken some baby steps…

For Session 55 of the SPI Podcast, besides conducting the interview and creating the audio file, everything else was done for me by one of my VAs; from tagging the media file, uploading it to a server, creating a post and inserting all of the required show notes and links.

On Wednesday morning, I logged into WordPress, checked my drafts and there it was, all ready to go. I read it over, changed one thing and hit the publish button. Done.

It was a beautiful thing.

I got a couple extra hours of sleep, my brain wasn’t fried, and I could just use my energy for other things like promoting the podcast or working on something else.

Session #56 goes live on Wednesday in the same manner.

As much as I’m going to miss tagging my audio files and uploading them to a media server (hah!), I think this is a smart (and very obvious) move.

Security Guard Training Headquarters

I’m happy to share that hit record numbers in January, earning a total of $3707.17 (about $120 per day)! That’s a 25% increase in a single month!

Most of the earnings are still coming from Google Adsense, but the affiliate and job board earnings are on the rise too, which I’m always happy to see.

The site was visited a total of 40,797 times. In December, it was only visited 29,818 times.

The traffic surge, I’m guessing, is primarily seasonal. Most people start getting serious about their careers once the holiday season is over and the site is a perfect starting point for people interested in the protection services industry.

Interestingly, my primary keyword, security guard training only made up for only 5.26% of the total number of visits. The rest comes mainly from a combination of 9088 different long tail keywords, which is amazing.

The number of different long tail keywords that a site is found for is probably my all time favorite stat on any website.

One thing I recently noticed on the site is that the Adsense ads now display an arrow next to the ad. It almost looks like a nice little button when you really look at it:

Adsense Arrow

Here’s an article about the arrows from Search Engine Land.

I’m not here to comment on how they look, but since December I have seen an uptick in clicks on the site, which seems to be the case for many others. I believe Google is just testing this feature out, but since they look so much like a button, I’m guessing there are more accidental clicks than ever because of them.

We’ll see if they continue with the arrow in the future or not.

If you’d like information about how I built this website from scratch, including how I selected the topic for the site and how I wrote the content, check out The Niche Site Duel

Smart Passive Income Podcast – Weekly!

Good thing I have a VA to help me publish my podcasts, because in 2013 I’ll be publishing a podcast each and every single week. So far, with 3 published sessions over the last 3 weeks, the reception has been more than awesome!

As a result of publishing a podcast more often, I’m ranked higher on the top lists in iTunes, I’m getting more messages from new fans who tell me they’ve only recently discovered my podcast, and the number of downloads and traffic to SPI is at an all time high! Just check out the peaks below:

Uptick in Downloads Shown on Libsyn

The decision to go weekly was made because, as I mentioned in one of my NMX roundup posts, the podcast has done so much for the Smart Passive Income Brand, so much that 90% of the people I spoke to in Vegas talked about my podcast first before mentioning anything about my blog.

I only hope to connect with even more people by producing a weekly show – not just the guests who I might have on for an interview, but those who listen to the show during their normal day. A podcast is even more intimate than a video, in my opinion, because a video forces people to look at a screen. With a podcast, I can be with you anywhere. I know that sounds a little creepy (now that I’m re-reading what I just typed) but it’s true.

My Progress on Let Go

Let Go is the title of my Snippet, which I wrote about in my previous income report.

As a refresher, Snippet is a new publishing platform that’s coming out during the first quarter of the year. I was invited to be one of the first publishers for the platform, which is a tremendous honor.

A Snippet combines a blog and a book in the way that each chapter is required to be 1000 words or less. This way, the “book” is more easily digestible and it moves quickly. Plus, and what I’m most excited about, is that it seamlessly integrates multimedia and social media in ways that I’ve never seen before.

Today, I’m excited to share that my snippet is done!

Well, sort of…

I handed the manuscript to an editor and as of yesterday we’re finally finished with the text portion of the snippet, but now it’s time to work on the multimedia. I hired a videographer and a photographer to help me fill in the multimedia aspects of the book, and I’m working with a producer as well to help me put it all together.

It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait to share it with you! You’ll hear about it when it’s ready, I’m sure.

Ok, let’s get to 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.

  • Product Sales:
    • Total: $2,680.94
      • Previous Month: $2,318.70
      • Difference:+$362.24
    • Adsense: $3,428.31
    • Job Board: $47.97
    • Affiliate Earnings: $230.89
    • Total: $3,707.17
      • Previous Month: $2,973.60
      • Difference: +$733.57
    • Total: $329.67
      • Previous Month: $480.51
      • Difference: -$150.84
  • 2 Other Mini-Sites and YouTube:
    • Total: $545.98
      • Previous Month: $745.11
      • Difference: -$199.13
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $2,471.11
    • Free Apps: $567.17
    • Total: $3,038.28
      • Previous Month: $2,698.56
      • Difference: +$339.72
  • Gross Total in January: $61,777.54
    • Previous Month: $48,081.98
    • Difference: $+13,695.56
  • January 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):
    • Web Developer Virtual Assistant: $700.00
    • Researcher / Admin Virtual Assistant: $400.00
    • NMX Presentation Video Editing: $750.00
    • Servint Dedicated Server: $289.00
    • Server Optimization Services: $265.29
    • Office Supplies (includes new Desk): $869.87
    • Dropbox: $9.99
    • (podcast file hosting): $15.00
    • Transcriptions: $54.00
    • Aweber: $397.00
    • E-Junkie Shopping Cart Fee: $5.00
    • Paypal Website Payments Pro: $30.00
    • Certified Public Accountant / Bookkeeping: $260.00
    • Skype $2.99
    • MindMeister Mindmapping Yearly Fee: $59.00
    • Ticket to World Domination Summit in July: $506.95
    • Travel Expenses for New Media Expo: $687.12
    • Affiliate Payments for $237.44
      • Total Expenses for January:  $5,538.65
  • Net Total in January: $56,238.89
  • Net Total Previous Month: $44,417.17

What an incredible way to start the new year! January 2013 was my 2nd highest grossing month of all-time. The highest grossing month was actually January of 2012, but that included a $12,500 check from a client.

There was a huge boost in Bluehost earnings! This is probably because it’s the beginning of a new year, and also because of any promos that they were running on their end. I did not do anything different on my end to promote domain and hosting this month.

Click here to see exactly where I make most of my Bluehost sales from. The conversion breakdown is virtually the same, the volume is just much higher.

I also saw a huge increase in sales of Long Tail Pro, a favorite keyword research tool of mine along with Market Samurai. Spencer Haws, the creator of Long Tail Pro, ran a huge promotion during the past couple of weeks and was selling it for a massively discounted price. My earnings increased from $114 to $4,155, all because of a price change. I did not mention LTP in any new posts, I simply added the tool to the gray bar you see at the top of my page below the navigation menu. I haven’t really talked much about that feature (fun fact: it was inspired by the look of’s website), but that little sliver of real estate converts pretty darn well.

Expenses were higher than normal this past month, primarily because of travel expenses to Las Vegas, extra VA work and purchasing a ticket to World Domination Summit in July. Anyone else going?

A Quick Note on my Affiliate Earnings:

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

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

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

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

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

Things I Learned in January

I want to introduce you to a good friend of mine today, someone who recently made me laugh, made me cry (in a good way!) and made me never want to look him in the eye because I was scared he would find out something about me that I didn’t even know, hehe.

His name is Roderick Russell, and to me he’s one of the most remarkable and entertaining people on planet Earth.

Roderick is actually in my Monday morning mastermind group (MMMG) and he and I have spoken together on a number of Monday morning conference calls, but I never got to met him in person until last month at New Media Expo.

His business card reads: sword swallower.

He’s also a hypnotist, mind reader, stage performer and speaker, and he’s really good at what he does.

Really good. 

During one of the evenings in Vegas he showed a small group of us exactly what he does for a living, and it blew everyone’s mind away.

Text on a blog post, or even a video wouldn’t do him justice, but this picture may help a little:

Jaime pulling a sword out of Roderick's Mouth

That’s Jaime Tardy from EventualMillionaire (also in our MMMG) pulling a twenty-six inch sword out of Roderick’s mouth. It was insane.

He also did some ridiculous mind reading tricks on me and a few other people. That’s when I started crying – again, in a good, happy “OMG how did that just happen!” type of way.

He even correctly memorized the order of an entire deck of playing cards in just a few seconds. I think I teared up after that too, but for the same reasons as before.

The entire impromptu show was amazing, and he didn’t even perform any hypnotism. That’s probably a good thing.

The point of mentioning Roderick here isn’t just to talk about how cool he is and also how you should sign up for his email list for the new blog he’s launching very soon, but I wanted to talk about him for a couple of other reasons:

Of course, when you swallow a sword in front of a crowd of people in an intimate setting like a hotel suite, someone is eventually going to ask “how did you learn how to do that?”

His response (and I’m paraphrasing here) is that when he was much younger he started with a smaller blade and every single night before bed he’d see how far down it could go, and he’d measure it. It started around 5 inches, and every night he would try to increase the length of blade in his mouth centimeters at a time. After a number of years following that daily ritual, he was able to do what he does now.

Roderick was actually featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not and is a now a world record holder for swallowing swords.

Results don’t usually happen right away – and sometimes they shouldn’t. In Roderick’s case, if he got ahead of himself he could have injured himself very badly. It can take years to see success, sometimes progressing just centimeters a day, but with patience, determination and consistency, amazing things can really happen.

Before coming to this conference only a few attendees knew who Roderick was – mostly just everyone in our MMMG – and after sharing his epic talents with a dozen or so people in a hotel room and leaving our brain matter on the walls after exploding our minds, word got out about Roderick and his abilities and people who he had never met before were seeking to meet him. He even landed an important, potentially life changing gig as a result, and he didn’t do any pitching whatsoever.

When you have something amazing to share, people start talking. I don’t recommend picking up a sword and going down the same route as Roderick did, but I feel we all have the ability to create something incredibly epic that people can’t help but share and talk about, and you don’t need a sword or playing cards or hypnosis or mind-reading abilities to make it happen.

It took Roderick years to master his skills, but only a couple of minutes to show us exactly why we weren’t going to do anything else but talk about him all week, and here I am talking about him on my blog too.

I’m sure you’ll hear more about Roderick once his blog goes live, it’s going to be awesome. :)

Thanks, as always, for your undying support and here’s to a safe, happy and profitable February!


  • DJ Wetzel – HireMeHigherEd

    Impressive start to the new year! Looks like 2013 will be more of the same for Pat. You continue to be an inspiration

    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks DJ, I appreciate it! Wishing you all the best this year as well!

      • TomL


        Just when I start catching up to you… you move ahead.

        Awesome month buddy!


      • Katherine

        Can’t wait for the site redesign…it seems like you have so much high quality archived info that I hope becomes really accessible. Not that its not accessible now, its easy to get through the search button, but of course there could be OTHER things that I am missing out on because they are hidden in the archive.

      • The Strongest Karate

        First, Pat, let me say “Congrats” on all your success. You have spent years building all of this and you deserve ever bit of your accomplishments.

        This is the first of your income reports I have ever read and I am shocked. I knew that there is money to be made online, through apps, ebooks, etc. But to see the amount you have amassed, even after expenses, in just one month is astounding.

        Funny part is that this is both disheartening and encouraging at the same time; disheartening because it dwarfs what I think I’ll be able to accomplish, but encouraging because I know I can get better and better every year like you have.

        Thanks Pat

    • Michael Chibuzor

      Absolutely DJ. I’m so impressed with this income report. My question is this: You earn so much from bluehost. Does it mean that your SPI blog is also hosted with bluehost?

      I’m asking this because recommending a product you use, and found helpful is one of the tips I get from Super Affiliates. Let me know your thoughts Pat. And I can’t wait to check out Snippet as well. It’s going to be a wonderful year – regards.

      • Pat Flynn

        I always recommend a product that I’ve used and have had success with. I currently don’t use Bluehost for SPI because I’ve outgrown it and am now on a dedicated server, but I did start with it and a lot of my other niche sites are hosted with Bluehost :)


        • Michael Chibuzor

          Thanks for the response. Really helpful.

        • Sachin Bille

          Oh Boy,
          Your income reports are always INSANE! (sorry for ‘Insane’ word. I am following your blog since last 9 months and I got strongly inspired by your approach. Even I started documenting my journey and thoughts on my blog. (its name is inspired by SPI 😉 ) .
          Every time I see your income report & amaze how can you able to fetch more 30K from bluehost? (I already gone through the ‘An Insider look’ post). Is there any other strategy that you use?? like PPC or something else?? (sorry, I am poking you on this again, you already answered this, but I cant resist myself doing this to hear from you).
          There are lot of things and questions are in my mind but will ask them in furture. ( I wish I could able to get a interview of your :-)

      • Blogging tips

        Hi Michael,
        I just wanted to add that bluehost don’t let you refer them until and unless you use their services. this quality and standard led them to this height. Purpose of replying is, if every one use this principle it will make more sense and people will more likely to trust the referrer as he has used that him self.

        • Constantine

          That’s not true. I was first an affiliate before I became a customer.
          They allow anyone to sign up as an affiliate, you don’t need to be their customer.

        • muddaser

          Yes its true, Try it now @Constantine

  • Michelle

    Wow definitely looks like you did great! Great way to start 2013.

    We are really working on our extra income, and I’m really trying to grow my online income. Last month I made over $6,000 ( and I will say that you definitely were a big inspiration and keep me going! I’m hoping to be even a third or fourth of where you are one day!

    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks awesome Michelle! $6000 last month is no joke! Keep up the amazing work and please keep us posted on your results :)

      • Michelle

        It’s definitely no joke since just last year I was only making around $100 in extra income. Your blog has pushed me so hard!

    • Brandon

      Oh man, Michelle you’re killing it too..

      I guess one of the biggest realizations I’ve had this year is that there are so many people making tons online… I always assumed there was only a tiny amount of people making serious money online, but in reality there are so many.

  • Britt Bartley

    Hey Pat,

    Congrats on the great month! I recently came across your blog and since then have started back at the beginning with your podcasts and I am hooked. Your honesty and willingness to share your experience is much appreciated. I am actually listening to your session 20 podcast, which goes hand in hand with the VA outsourcing you mention above. Your post inspire me and I will continue to follow and learn from you as I go forward with my own ideas. Thanks!


    • Pat Flynn

      Thank you for the comment Britt! I love hearing about people who have recently found out about the blog and are now putting things into action :) Keep up the fantastic work and all the best to you!

  • Monty Campbell

    Awesome report! NMX was great and a tremendous learning experience. I love how you are improving efficency. Challenges me to do the same. Chris Ducker’s presentation inspired me to get the VA. I pray I used the asset effectively to help me help others better.

    Continued well wishes to you your family and your business.

    God Bless

    • Pat Flynn

      Well wishes to you and your family and business as well! Cheers!

  • Brandon Turner

    Great month Pat. I’m glad to see you’ll be doing more Podcasts in 2013! Everything you said about the power of podcasting is right on! We’ve been getting a lot of traffic and publicity from our new real estate investing podcast – and for a few brief days were even beating you on the Top Business Podcasts in iTunes (short lived… but we shall meet again!)

    Looking forward to learning new and awesome stuff from you Pat!

    • Pat Flynn

      Dude that’s so awesome Brandon, podcasts are still an incredibly untapped resource and more and more people are listening to them every day – way to take action and get in on that now! Thanks for the support my friend!

  • Mike @Personal Finance Beat

    $31k just from Bluehost affiliate sales alone? That is incredible. Clearly you are inspiring a lot of people to start their own sites!

    So glad I found your blog, definitely a tremendous resource for anyone looking to get started making money online.


    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks Mike – and yeah it’s incredible, I mean the commissions are great, of course, but knowing that people could potentially change their lives after starting something new is awesome too – and what a lot of people don’t see are the thank you notes and letters that come in the mail from people’s whose lives have indeed changed as a result of what they’ve started – I love it! Thanks for the support Mike!

  • Jon @ Authority Site Income

    Great results! It’s great to see the results of your security guard site continuing! Thanks for sharing Rodericks story…sounds like a mind altering time!

    • Pat Flynn

      Yah Jon! I am super stoked that the income keeps growing for the security site, I hope to continue the trend!

  • Teresa

    Incredible numbers. You will never stop amaze me and anyone who comes to this blog.

    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks Teresa!

  • KimP

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! As always.

    I love humbly enjoy your success and graciously share it with others! Rock on, Pat!

  • Mike Locke

    Amazing results Pat!…well deserved based on your hard work. I just found you a week ago and you sparked about a million ideas in my head. Stay blessed buddy.

  • TMS Mike

    Congrats Pat and thanks. Hit a lull here and needed something extra to get me going again.

    Going to crush it due to your motivation.

  • Michael Good

    Congrats on the great month, Pat! As always, great podcast last week! Looking forward to Lewis Howes being back.

  • mike

    Hey there Pat!

    Congrats for the increase in adsense earnings!!

    May I ask what CTR does the site get? (the security guide)

    When do you plan to release a redesign? You have mentioned it about two months ago…

    Kind regards,


  • jeff Rose

    Awesome month buddy!

    Thanks to you and others at #NMX, my wife and I are definitely jumping into the podcasting realm. Thanks to your monster post you have saved me hours (maybe years) in getting started. :)

  • Mike

    Another great month! Well done! I’ve just published my own monthly report, and I almost hit $500 this month after my ninth month online, so thanks for the techniques and inspiration!

  • Sam Matla (Passive Productive)

    Wow Pat! What a month,

    Great work on your Security Guard Training Site, I actually started my blog from the niche blog challenge that you wrote a while back and it’s cool to see how far you’ve got.

    Thanks heaps for the motivation, and I’m looking forward to your podcast :)


  • Katherine

    Congrats on the awesome month Pat!

  • Vasiliy

    So nice to see all the income and expenses breakdown!
    Your information is always valuable! Thanks s lot, Pat!

  • PartialPassiveIncome

    This is motivating like nothing else! I get a kick from reading this every single month. Good stuff Patrick. Keep it coming..

  • LaTisha

    Wow! I always enjoy reading these reports especially since I remember when you were not generating so much from affiliate income and how things steadily grew over time. I am also working on hiring a VA to help push things along a bit.

  • Joseph Michael

    Awesome Pat! Very inspiring as always. I always think to myself if I could just earn a tiny fraction of what you do online I would be doing cartwheels haha. Thanks for the inspirational story at the end too. I wrote a post recently about the power of the first small step and how often that is the hardest one. The key to accomplishing great things is just to keep taking those small steps and over time they add up to giant leaps just like your friend with the swords (Jaw dropping amazing btw…sheesh!)

  • Greg Hickman

    Pat, great month dude congrats.

    I loved that you shared Rodericks’s story. Having been in the room to witness it in person with you and all of the other amazing folks at New Media Expo was a great experience.

    I actually remember him telling us the story of his progression and I thought the same thing. Determination, consistency and small steps towards the bigger goals are something we should all be aiming for and what a great example to look to when you have moments of doubt and frustration.

    Remember why you’re doing what you do and what your ultimate goals is. Then break that goal down into reasonable actionable steps/milestones.

    Cheers to a great February brotha!

  • Vince Lin

    Patt you’re awesome for posting your income reports. I’m up to 3k a month. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Kiyosaki talked about moving from small business owner to large business owner and part of the mental transition is hiring and trusting the other people to do what you would normally do as a employee

  • Call Me What You Want Even Cheap

    Awesome income in January. You are so inspiring. Keep it up!

  • Jack Alford

    Wow! That’s awesome Pat. Makes me even more depressed that my Adsense account got shutdown last week :-(

  • Justin

    Just laying on my couch with Pat( listening to the Podcast)… yeah that’s a little creepy lol

  • Philip Ellis

    Congrats on another great month! I’m slowly working my way to $500 a month! Thanks for all of your help! Maybe I’ll see you at SXSW?

  • Raine

    Wonderful start of the year! Even with the “let go” process! It is so hard to delegate tasks specially when you know you can do them well.
    I already said it once, but need to say it again: very glad your are now doing weekly podcasts! :) So needed!
    Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder (sort of validation) that “with patience, determination and consistency, amazing things can really happen.” Thank you!

  • Ade Sobanjo

    Wow… it’s always inspiring and challenging reading your posts. Keep up the good work Pat.

  • Adams

    Hi Pat.
    this post is most inspiring especially on the transparent accounting of your incomes.

  • Dean Patino

    Congratulations Pat! SO well deserved, I couldn’t be happier for you! Here’s to another sensational year ahead to you, as well as to everyone else that is following your awe inspiring journey and are doing everything necessary to earn their own smart, passive income in 2013.

  • Adams

    Hi Pat,

    your post was most inspiring especially on the transparency of your incomes.

  • Darnell Jackson

    Awesome Pat keep it going bro,

    I Look forward to hearing the weekly podcast the last one may have been your best ever.

    Did you use long tail pro to target those keywords? Or was this something that you manually tweaked along the way from google analytics?

    I’m seeing a weird trend where google analytics won’t tell me the search terms for organic traffic. I keep getting “not provided”. Problem is it’s the best traffic.

  • Jason Love

    Thanks for sharing the Roderick’s story.

    I have been a sideshow performer and magician for many years because of the economy and my unwillingness to move I have had a hard time making it that industry. When I talk to people I am weirdly embarrassed about being able to do fire eating, straightjacket escape, etc.

    I actually was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performed for America’s Got Talent but I never know if I should bring it up or not. Or show people my talents because it isn’t related to business.

    Any thoughts on that? How did Roderick bring it up without seeming to attention seeking?

    Thanks again for sharing your income numbers and your story.
    Jason Love

    • Roderick Russell

      Hey Jason. I’d love to chat. I see a lot of options for you, and regardless of the economy, you can, should and deserve to thrive. Shoot me a private message via email or Facebook and we’ll continue the discussion. :)

      • Jason Love

        That sounds great. I will contact you via facebook.

  • Sandy

    Thank you so much for mentioning EFFICIENCY. I’ve noticed that I spent so much time on my blog that my relationships were suffering. No mas! I’m learning how to maximize the efficiency of the amount of time that is dedicated to the blog.

  • Mark Mason

    This is just nuts.

    Total greatness.

    But just nuts.

    What a ride.

  • Jessica @ The Budget Savvy Bride

    Amazing! I am continually blown away by your income reports. Considering in 2012 I made in one year what you have made in just the first month of 2013, I am inspired and motivated to keep working to make my site better! Thanks for your transparency!

  • Jet

    Im just getting started with adsense and am so inspired with the success your having with your securityguard site. Is it true that having clicks per impression of more than 10 % is considered “very high” and a red flag by G? With this kind earnings you must be in the 10-25% or more and growing. Thanks!

  • Paul Kim

    Hi Pat!


    I don’t know much about Apple’s TOS for iPhone apps so I could be saying nonsense here, but I think it would be nice if you included links to your apps in your earnings reports.

    I read about your apps in your other posts, but I’m sure a lot of your readers may look at your earnings and be interested in downloading them.

  • David

    Great stuff Pat, just starting with the podcasts, and am now officially inspired all over again, keep up the great work.

  • Steven

    Don’t we all just LOVE Pat’s haircut :)

  • Daniel

    I’m one of the people who found you through the SPI podcast. I was starting my work-study job of mopping, and I wanted something to listen to while I worked. SPI looked intriguing, so I started listening to it. I think I’ve listened to almost every episode now.

    You wrote, “With a podcast, I can be with you anywhere. I know that sounds a little creepy (now that I’m re-reading what I just typed) but it’s true.” That’s definitely true. If all you did were videos, I wouldn’t be able to listen/watch at all. With the podcast, I’m now listening while I’m walking a dog (the joys of grad school jobs!) and being inspired. I’m excited that the SPI podcast is now weekly!

  • Farrell

    Hey Pat,

    I started reading your blog in 2011 when I was in Iraq working as a defense contractor flying UAV’s. Your income reports have been so inspirational to me! You really opened my eyes to the possibilities of doing that much business. When I returned to the US in March of 2012 I started a property services company. Last month I did $22,000 in business and my company has only been around for about 8 months! I never would have imagined creating my own business and doing that much in sales in such a short amount of time if it wasn’t for your income reports! We did just over $100,000 in 2012 and we have that much on the books for February alone. With that being said, congratulations on your continued success and I look forward to many more of these in the future!


  • sammy

    Lool i contributed to your bluehost earnings and im happy to do so as long as you keep postin this killer content, thanks to your blog ive started two sites so i thank you mr pat flynn.

    Oh yeah please update the best backlinking strategy and tell us of your new seo methods.

  • steve

    That’s a great start to the year Pat and very inspiring.
    Loved your story about Roderick Russell, I’ve signed up to his blog and am looking forward to it going live.
    A podcast a week fantastic!!!



  • Yudhistira Mauris

    Awesome start for 2013 Pat! I’m regretful that I hadn’t found your blog since the beginning of my internet marketing journey. You’re perfect for being role model for IM beginners because you share all the stuff you do on your blog. Congrats for the amazing income! I wish I can reach your income level ASAP! 😀

  • Chris @ Stumble Forward

    Wow Pat! I am totally stunned at your earnings this month. As for the adsense arrows I like the new feature I think have the presence of a button which makes people want to take action versus just clicking an ad and on top of that it gives an entirely new perception to the ad.

    Also I’ve recently just started listening to Chris Duckers podcast and it’s awesome ( well maybe not quite as good as yours but it still awesome none the less) I hope to start a podcast shortly but I’m taking things one step at a time right now and working on learning about doing You Tube Videos and how to rank with them

    Thanks for all of your valuable tips.

  • Chris C. Ducker


    This is a phenomenal month. Congrats, Brotha.

    Couple of things:

    a) Thanks for the shout out. Much appreciated.
    b) The fact that my presentation had such an awesome effect on you clearly shows that this ‘outsourcing stuff’ should be taken way more seriously than a lot of people believe.

    The bottom line here, as I said in my session, is that time is our Most Valuable Commodity (MVC). If someone that is KILLING IT as much as you are in business can see that, and start to make changes (even though you’ve already got a couple of VA’s) based on all of what I discussed, it just goes to show how much more is possible with the help of solid outsourced staff.

    I recently asked a group of entrepreneurs that ARE working with VA’s already what they used their VA’s for mostly… Can you believe that only 5%-odd came back to me with anything ‘marketing’ related – I was flabbergasted.

    Anyway, I’m rambling now… Great month. Keep rockin’.


  • Malds

    Wow, just wow. I haven’t been reading your income updates for a while and you just blew me away with this. I’m subscribed to your podcast so I’ve been getting my Pat Flyn fix there lol. It seems like I need to regularly come back again to SPI. Reading your stuff is so motivating.

    Keep it up!

  • Troy Vayanos

    Great start to 2013 Pat and thanks for sharing this personal information with the rest of us. It’s interesting, nobody else does this online!

    I would love to help you out and contribute some posts for your golfing website if you are interested.


  • Javin Paul

    That iis fantastic Pat, Congratulations. I come to know about this blog in all seriousness with your podcast on Trevor Page but now I see there is lot of things one can learn about blogging from your site. Keep it up.

  • patrick

    wow!!! that is in a month! I am dreaming of becoming a software engineer and as I become one, I also want to try building some passive income. How can I achieve that? I am a 15 year old living in Japan for 8 months.

  • Richard Ng

    Awesome start of the year…

    This year I am going to focus on monetization for my blogs and I’ve quite a lot of stuff just by following your blogs.

    Thanks and all the best in your future venture!


  • Cassie | Womenswaytowealth

    Wow, congrats Pat! And love the idea of the Monday Mastermind Group – very powerful. It’s true isn’t it that you’re the sum of the five or six people you hang out with the most.
    Thanks for the update and great info.

  • Sunday

    Like I said in where your post was crowned (kingged), it’s really very inspirational that you continue to share your earnings report with everyone. I am sure those who have been thinking of giving up will be motivated to push on and achieve the success they deserve. Kudos to you for always doing this!

    Sunday – moderator

  • Nickolas

    Why do Spencer Haws diss market samuray and call it, outdated, clunky and slow?

    And you use both? I am confused.


    • Pat Flynn

      Spencer owns Long Tail Pro, so of course he’s going to be biased and make a strong case for his product. Who wouldn’t in his position?

      I started using Market Samuari, am completely used to it and can do keyword research like a maniac on it, and personally I’ve found that it still does exactly what I need it to do. I’ve used Spencer’s product because I wanted to test drive it, and it does the job too.

  • Goodkarma

    Lol Pat …you are an inspiration :))
    Why anyone in his right mind would like to display his earnings if they were real ?
    I just checked your security site (I guess this is the main way that you are getting traffic to that site) and here is a piece of advice:
    Security guard training search term has about 9000 searches a month. OK let’s say that combined with all the related search terms you have about 20,000 searches per month, which I really doubt, but for the sake of argument let’s say 20,000.
    Well, to make over $ 3000 revenue from that searches would mean a 35 maybe 40% CTR, which is impossible unless that site is a worthless MFA site, and even then that percentage is to high for these days. That would have worked 4-5 years ago.
    I have niche sites (sites…not 1 site) with over 1500 unique visitors per day and all I pull in is around 15 $ per day, which is normal.
    In your case you need over 300 clicks per day to make 3000$ a month.
    A normal CTR for any niche site is around 2-5%.
    With a 40% CTR you will get your adsense acount banned in no time.
    So to make yourself more credible, for Christ’s Sake lower a bit your adsense income figures at least on that site.
    Anyone with a bit of experience knows that there is no way to make 3000$ from adsense with such niche site.
    Or at least add a “note”: I make that much money not because of the organic traffic but because traffic via my own, so in these way your devoted followers won’t waste their time in building a niche site following your model, and hoping to make 3000 a month.

    • Pat Flynn

      Hey GoodKarma – here is some actual data for you so you can stop guessing:

      Consider, also, that I have a CPC that is above $1.00. Let’s say it’s just $1.00 to make it easy for you.

      And let’s just take the 28k that is from organic search, not taking into account the direct traffic and referral traffic from other sources in the industry that have linked to the site.

      To earn $3000 a month, I need a CTR of 11% – not 35-45% like you mention.

      Oh, and what’s cool is that ads don’t show up on just the first page that a visitor might land on – it shows up on every page that Adsense happens to be on as the user goes through the site. With over 90k pageviews (as shown here:, let’s see what that makes the CTR out to be for $3k in a month:

      A little over a 3% CTR.


      Either you really need to optimize your ads on your site, or you’re in the wrong niche.

      And don’t worry, I’m on great terms with Google, I was on the phone with them last month to talk about this very site and they were very impressed.

      Is there anything I can do to help you?

    • Goodkarma

      Hi Pat,
      I’m surprised you answered this comment, most bloggers won’t even publish it. But then again I noticed you are not most bloggers :)
      I hope you don’t expect only positive comments, after all, you said is not easy to make money on line, but somehow you make it look like a walk in the park.
      No doubt you are among the best bloggers out there(I can see the traffic), but to build a niche site(that has 270 pages, including tags!!) around a main keyword that has only around 5000 local searches and 9000 global searches per month (yes, I’m using Longtail pro) and claiming that makes you 3000 a month, it means that you are very lucky, a genius or really economical with the truth.
      We can play with figures like for ever. I can say there is no way you make over 0.30 per click and you can say that you make over 1.00, I’ll say is 35% CTR and you’ll reply with 11%.
      It matters not.
      It is my right not to buy the 3000 figure. Is just my experience with the niche sites in various fields, especially now when Adsense revenue went down hill everywhere in the world.
      Is not my meaning to show you in a bad light, after all you did an OK job with this particular niche site.
      Regarding “being on the phone with Google”. Yeah right. Probably you are friends with Matt Cutts, the same guy who helped Jeff Poskanzer to get his Google account reinstated, after Google denied his appeal.
      Google Adsense works just as Google works: is triggering some algorithm that flags an account, you get a warning or a ban message, end of story. Occasionally along years there were some people working for Google manually checking accounts, and disabling the spammers using MFA sites.
      But I don’t think they do that anymore. Only the raters following the Guidelines manual do that kind of stuff nowadays. (I hope you read the manual :) )
      Anyhow, good luck with your blog and have a great day.

      • Pat Flynn

        I always welcome and appreciate the negative comments, GK, so long as they are respectful and you were no way being disrespectful, I just think you are being a bit closeminded, and I reply here not because I’m trying to defend myself (like you said I could easily just ignore the comment or even delete it) but because I don’t want you to think that what I’m sharing isn’t possible. Based on your comments, you’re holding yourself back and I don’t want you to, and since it’s public I don’t want anyone else to think this isn’t possible either.

        I mean, check out the CPC for the primary keyword, security guard training. It’s $2.92, which is awesome. Some keywords cost more (for example, San Diego Lawyer, which is $22.84 per click!), and most keywords are less, such as the ones you’re probably targeting on your niche site. Google pays us a percentage of the total cost per click, and I’ll show you, for me it’s more than a dollar. Per terms and conditions I can’t share all the data publicly, but here you go:

        Does that help any? I swear, there are so many great keywords out there, even for Adsense and for me and many others, it’s not on the decline, but on the rise.

        Keyword research is KEY.

        About my relationship with Google I’ve never spoken to Matt Cutts – again there you go guessing again. I got an email from someone named Brian from their monetization team who wanted to learn more about what I was doing and see if any of other Google’s services were a fit for SGTHQ or anything else I was doing. We talked about DoubleClick quite a bit but right now it’s not a good fit.

        Again, I’m not taken aback from your comments, I just want to show you that you don’t even know what’s possible, so don’t settle for sites that normally just pay $0.30 per click and tell everyone else that’s the only way it is. :)

        Cheers, and have an awesome day!

        • Hector Cuevas

          Wow… lol

        • Rahul

          Hi Pat

          I know that adsense income can be widely vary as per region and niche and type of traffic. also on type of audience as well. But i do agree with above comments that you are just lucky to get site like this.

          I had site which has $4 + cpc and got total of 20k traffic for main keyword. and it made whopping $40 and CTR is less than 0.5 approx.

          So, i say you need to replicate adsense site with even bigger site. May be don’t share on blog but to ensure this to yourself that “you are not just lucky”.

      • Joe

        Karma, I appreciate you having the courage to stand up and question Pat. And Pat, I applaud you for being very gracious in your replies.

        As a complete newbie to all of this…I am baffled by the number of people that are clicking on google adwords.

        Above you alluded to a CTR of 11% out of 28,000 visitors to get the $3000 in the example. Is it really possible to get 10% of your visitors to click a link. I find that to be an amazing number.

        Frankly, I can’t recall a time I have ever intentionally clicked a google adwords ad and I think that this in some ways has been hindering me and keeping me from getting started to a degree. Just seems hard to believe, you know.

        • Pat Flynn

          My pleasure Joe. The 11% was just used as part of my example, and in truth there’s an extra 12,000 visitors that were not accounted for since there’s direct and referral traffic as well, so the percentage is a little more believable. 10% CTR is definitely far-fetched and I have never experienced or heard anyone getting into double digits with click through rates. But there are many factors at play here that are hard to understand and account for, for example, page views, page views per person, maybe someone clicking on more than 1 ad.

          The truth is although you may not click on these Adwords/Adsense ads, and are probably so used to seeing them that you just automatically tune them out, people do click on them, especially if they are relevant, which in the case of this particular website, they typically are. People who come to learn how to become security guards and look for training are going to see links right there, from Adsense, that are relevant to them – probably location based too in some cases.

          I, personally, don’t click on any adsense ads I see as well so I see where you’re coming from, but many people’s adsense accounts are showing otherwise. Niche selection and understanding who your target audience is and what their pains are, what they want is extremely important, and if the ads that show up align with their needs and pains, it’s a winning combo.

  • Darren

    Hey Pat,

    Great job, makes my $1800 in December look pretty sad…

    Its obviously a healthy monthly income, but do you think your starting to level out in income growth ??

  • Michelle

    Inspiring stuff. Progressing is still progressing, even if it’s just centimetres a day. I’m going to write that down. That and the not rushing ahead too quickly or you could seriously injure yourself. Love your Bluehost earnings!

  • James

    Nice report Pat. I’m definitely excited about a new podcast every week 😀 Keep it up buddy!

  • Traci-Work at home job journal

    Congrats on your record earnings and looking forward to your weekly podcast. I just published my own earnings for my call center work and freelance stuff of course nothing great but looking forward to doing some passive income things as well.

  • Binh

    A brave move to publish your actual income publicly each month Pat. Well done on the net profit figures. Very impressive – both the figures and the decision to start this monthly income report.

    It’ll be interesting to see how this number grows over the next few months.


  • Rob Orr

    I love it each month when you release these reports. All at once they’re a kick in the pants to build something awesome, and an inspiration and real-world proof that it can be done.

    Working on my niche sites now, and while I don’t know if I can reach what you’ve done, I’m certainly getting after doing it.

  • Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi

    One thing that still gets me bewildered is how these earnings are churning from different sources roundabout the cyberspace.

    This I still can’t figure out. your traffic sources and earnings are simply amazing.

  • sameer

    Way to go Pat. I too increased my sales for my WordPress plugin ( to $350 last month from around $90 due to some focused marketing. Not much, but still for a small niche product the increase is substantial.

  • Gaurav Vichare

    why are you so awesome ?

  • Kent Faver

    And I will say the same thing I said a year ago – incredible! The most amazing thing about BlueHost is I’ve seen other A list bloggers try to replicate what you’re doing, and it really doesn’t work for them – or so it seems.

    Of course, no other A list blogger discusses income, but I can’t imagine anyone doing even 5% of what you do on BlueHost. Is that inspirng? Yes and no – it is, but it’s also qute puzzling. Other A ist bloggers have blogged about having huge traffic and poor conversions.

    Why does SPF have conversions second to none? I have no idea, and neither do bloggers much smarter than I. Bravo!

  • Elliott

    Pat, you continue to be an inspiration to me as I take initial steps in creating my own brand as the Uncommon Veterinarian. I’ve enjoyed your writing about the process of becoming a more comfortable speaker.

    Did you see this little post on public speaking from the Harvard Business Review blog a few days ago? Sounds like you’re doing the right things.

  • Danny Nguyen

    Congratulation, Pat. You did an awesome jobs with security site. You will have another success in new year, I believe that.

    If you don’t mind, I have a question about the link building strategy you wrote in niche duel, there thousand of comments out there and I know you do not have time to answer every question. I asked in your facebook fan page as well but you are really busy, I know. So just leave a question and hope you could help when you have time.

    1. How many anchor site you created in that strategy, when I read your post, my thinking is, for example we have 5 article sites and 5 web 2.0 to submit, so after created 1 post each site, do I turn back and create more accounts for more sites or just add more articles on those exits sites?

    2. Tier – 2 backlink (redirect layer) will be created right after 1 article is posted on anchor site or do we need some time between posting article on anchor layer and redirect layer?

    3. How many anchor sites I need to create each day and when do I start to build link for niche site, I mean how many days after site be created and add content I could start build link for it?

    Thanks a lot Pat, I hope you will have some minutes to help me, I will be very happy. But if not, I understand. Best wishes for you and family.

  • Titus

    Very Inspiring ! Keep on Going :)

  • Julzwriter

    Wow! seriously started thinking about affiliate marketing when I viewed this income report. Time for me to use all those affiliate links I have. Just noticed that your affiliate links don’t have funny url’s, how did you do that? From your report, I see the importance of having multiple streams of income. Wish I had started following your blog earlier!

  • Kunal

    Congrates Pat, this month was much better for you than previous one. I am just so amazed to see your Bluehost earning. Honestly pays, you recommend only products that really matter. Appreciate that. Cheers.

  • Bryan

    Glad to see good things still coming your way Pat, especially in the AdSense world. Unfortunately for me, I just got banned from AdSense last month after almost three years. I wasn’t making much on it anyway, but as has been the case with countless others, Google denied my appeal and I have NO idea why I was banned. You’ve all probably heard this before, but don’t EVER base your primary business model on AdSense, because it can all be taken away from you in a split-second by almighty Google!

  • Irfan Siddiqui

    New year brings new smile on our faces and it is proved in your case. Congratulation on a superb start, wish you a better luck.

    I wish I could be a Graphic, Logo designer for your projects. :)

  • Thang

    Yeah, Congratulation!
    So amazed to see your Adsense income.
    Could I set a $1000 for a website that is six months old ?

  • Zac

    Hey Pat, I love the monthly updates. They always keeps my eyes looking for the next idea and to keep pushing through with the current projects. Just earned my first affiliate check this week – what a great feeling!

  • Jon

    Pat, or anyone else that has input, with an income of $3,700 from last month, what would you value the website at if you wanted to sell it?

    I realize that it’s whatever someone will pay, but do these types of website have a common multiplier?


  • george@bluehost review 2012

    Its nice to see that bluehost is working out so well for you. Bluehost ran a special $3.95 throughout new year’s eve and christmas and again long tail pro discounted their stuff by 75%.

  • Tharun P Karun

    The earnings your having is superb! Keep it up dude!

  • Christian Erick

    Hi pat! thanks again for sharing, and also for the answers you give to goodkarma because in between we were able to see some good notes from you, sometimes we all close our minds to the real posibility of making a profit from our sites, I had some great domains around 6 years ago but content but a couple of years after I was making $50 a month I just let them die, I realize now this wasn’t smart at all.. I’m starting over and hopefully I’ll be able to do it right this time! Thank you again for sharing!

  • Perry

    Hi Pat,

    A quick tip: the majority of social sharing on my blog happens through Linkedin. I see you just use FB and Twitter. Why?

    Obviously it depends on the niche you are working, but did you try Linkedin?

    • Julzwriter

      Yeah, I agree with you on that one, LinkedIn can be quite resourceful. I use it on a regular basis and there are some great groups in there.

  • Manu

    This is utterly amazing Pat. So jealous.

  • Sergey

    Awesome, as always! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • MArek

    Thank you for the article. I have a question about the adwords. If I come to your website securitytraining, I see no google adwords. Did you put them away or is the space just with no advetiser?

  • Mike Taylor

    You inspire me to reach beyond my current restraints. It’s always a pleasure to read your blog, listen to your podcasts and view your videos.
    If only you could have come into my life 30 years ago.

    Thank you for YOUR success Pat. All the best in the new year.

  • Okto

    Hi Pat,

    It’s been a while since my last visit. As usual, an awesome report and lot of lessons I can have.

    All the best

  • Eric Foster

    My 2013 prediction for Pat Flynn….

    2013 will be the year that Pat makes his first million!… And I can’t wait to see you do it Pat!

    Eric Foster

  • Javin Paul

    Hi Pat,
    One question, How do you create internal link in your blog? I see you have so many normal link as well as affiliate links? do you use any tool?


  • John David Tupper

    Wow Pat so impressed! As I read all the comments a lot of people wished that they had ran across you earlier. As Eric Foster stated above we have run across you early. This year, with a possible SPI product on top of the affiliat earnings you will make your first million. You will do it as the SPI, Pat Flynn fan base proudly notes, “I followed him before his first million.”
    Those that still feel that they missed the boat by discovering SPI now I lend a John Lee Dumas Quote “The best time to start is twenty years ago. The second best time to start is now!”

  • zohaib naman

    Hi Pat

    I started in december 2012 . I am already making $10-$12 every day . On track for $500+ this month :) Thanks to yOu

    • Pat Flynn

      Way to be original.

      • Zohaib Naman

        Content is Original 😀 .

        • brainetics method

          How many pages in your site?

      • Rich Johnson – PA

        You’re joking… right LOL 😉

    • Alexander

      Hey Zohaib Naman, what theme are you using for your site if you dont mind me asking?

  • Bojan – Alpha Efficiency

    Pat, you’ve proved to be the endless source of inspiration for me, during my digital income journey. I believe that this blog enabled me to live of the marketing knowledge for past 2 years, although while working for someone else.

    My website is continually growing, but I believe that I am yet to break the mold. I hope I’ll be able to see you on the Global Domination summit, and that I’ll be in USA by than. My visa process is in it’s final stages.

  • Brett

    I credit those arrows with a good increase in my own AdSense earnings.

    The lesson here is to make things on the Internet simple. You simply can’t dumb down enough.

    2011 and 2012 were pretty brutal. Let’s hope 2013 is good for those of us still left in this game. I’ve quit my job, and I’ll be spending most of 2013 in Asia. I’m really excited about discovering so many niches because I’ll be able to visit the factories making the stuff that you’re all gonna want to blog about.

  • Jason Varner

    I am starting to get a little skeptical. The thing is that the more money Pat says he makes, the more hype and visitors he gets. By far his greatest income (according to these reports he is giving out) is from BlueHost commissions.

    It is very easy to skew the numbers. The truth? Nobody knows except for Pat. I do see that this blog has tons of direct visitors and a huge following, but the 30k/month of new people signing up for hosting seems high.

    I am not saying anything, just saying there is a little conflict of interest here. In the end, Pat is the winner though.

  • Raiyan Adam

    Hey Pat you are a millionaire now. I did a quick calculation based on your income report, you made around $1.4 million dollars.. woaaahh Thts Awesome.. Maybe its time for you to change your about me content.. lol

    • Pat Flynn

      Hehe, there’s a difference between grossing a million dollars, and netting a million dollars (i.e. taxes, business expenses, etc.) :)

      • Raiyan Adam

        haha.. Okay Lets say you are a Grossing millionaire on the way to Netting millionaire.. :) but if you add the worth of your assets I’m sure you are a true Millionaire now 😉

  • Nick

    It’s Massive start of 2013 year.. Congratulation..
    Pat, I want suggestion to Monetize my blog, Which one is better adsense or Affiliate marketing? Which one I choose?

  • Shawn James

    Pat, you get lead in the first month of the year. It is a strength of an experienced player. I hope, you will finish race(of making money) with first place as well.

    I am highly inspired from you and trying to follow your footprint that you leave on this blog.

  • Backpack travel bag, Caprese bags

    wow!!! awesome….
    this post is really informative and very interesting indeed…Thanks for sharing this post to us…^_^

  • Ameet Kaur

    Got few new tips from here. Just want to say something about your post! I am really impressed by it. I hope to catch more such interesting ideas.

  • cpa requirements

    Wow, earning 31k from blue host is incredible. Your income is increasing massively.

  • Anand

    This is the first time m landing on your blog…I must say by seeing your income report “you just rock”….Keep it up..hope you make more in coming months and hope i too learn something from your blog and get benefited from it..Thanks

  • Nova York

    Hey Pat,

    keep up the good work… and sharing your knowledge.

    Rui from Visitar Nova York

  • Bible and Money

    Another amazing month. Glad to see things are going so well for you. Keep up the good work.

  • James Frazier

    Hey Pat,

    Love your stuff and I will be at your meeting here in Nashville next week.

    I see on your site that you have almost a menu type Adwords Banner for specific search terms. How do you generate that through adsense? I can’t figure that out.



  • Jim Pestke

    It never ceases to amaze me all of the wonderful relationships and businesses you’ve developed online. A true inspiration to others in the business, best wishes for you and your family, Pat.

  • Joey

    Congrats on the income boost, Pat! January was also my best month of all time as well! It feels good to be making progress and getting into more of a flow. As for your friend (the sword sallower), he seems like Patrick Jane (character from the show “The Mentalist”). There aint no way I’d be swallowing stuff like that.

  • Michael

    Wow, I didn’t know you were in the same MMG with Jamie Tardy, she’s great! I listen to every one of her podcasts. That guy Roderick sounds epic, can’t believe he does that craziness, but hey, got to make a living somehow! Thanks for sharing, and hope to see you one day at New Media Expo when I finally go :) God bless Pat.

    Thanks for the update on your income, crazy money that you make every month.

  • Patrick

    hi. I am fifteen years old and I previously made a blog with blogger about badminton. It has been up for about 6 months and only has about 100 views a day. Mostly because it is just free and I decided to stop writing for it months ago. At that time, I tried Google Adsense without knowing anything and I got banned. I want to start a real blog seriously but the problem is, I do not have and cannot re-apply for anew Google Adsense account which I see is a widely used method of earning online. I actually want to write for info barrel but I won’t earn anything without a Google Adsense account. What should I do? How do I pick a niche? I want to blog so that I can have an asset which will progress and which will give me a recurring income. The link on my name leads to my first ever blog which I designed by myself with the simple tools of blogger. Another problem that I had with my blog is that all my content is about how to play badminton and I am not an expert yet but I love badminton which is why I chose that niche. Thank you all for your time.

  • william

    OMG ! 50000 bucks per month :O :O :O :O well congratulations first of all man for your success and i hope you should become inspiration for newbie like me 😀 so best of luck for near future :)

  • Patrick

    I changed my mind. I cannot write for my blog for years. I will lose ideas. Can you suggest other great ideas for passive income which I could start right now without needing lot is money for startup?

  • The tra truoc

    Hello Pat, you are really an inspiration to me. I am planning to create two niche sites. The second one you mentioned is true, people love stories and when you touch their hearts, it is for sure that they will give back to what you given to them.

    Keep up the good work and Godbless!

  • Mike

    I can see how things change so quickly over a period of time if you stick with it! Sometimes we get presented with opportunities that may not be what we originally wanted but becomes essential for our success (like making money from SPI)! Keep up the good work!

  • My Wealth Desire

    Wow, what a great accomplishment and earning. Keep up a good works. You are really reaping what you have planted before.

  • Patrick

    I am again rethinking of blogging. The reason I said that I wouldn’t is because I might lose ideas fast. Maybe in less than a month. How do you keep ideas fresh? Or maybe how do you make a static website?

  • sid

    What else to say other than a wow. I’m unconscious after seeing this report. You deserve it sure. Keep the great work up.

  • Darlene

    Hi Pat – I wanted to say a huge thanks to YOU for hosting the SPI buffet meetup! I did indeed meet some great people, fellow Canadians it turned out, that we ended up hanging with the whole weekend and are still in touch with.

    I too met some people that I’d only met virtually before, including yourself, (I know you liked it when I tweeted I was sitting in front of you in the first lecture of the weekend then turned around to show you my itunes was set to SPI podcast!). I did meet Roderick on the last day and found him quite engaging and entertaining, but I didn’t know about the mind reading thing – I’ll be more aware next time.

    I can’t wait for next year. I’ve already shared the link to SPI to so many people back home that want to grow their incomes, just yesterday in fact I sent two people to one specific podcast on webinars. They have a list of over 20,000 subscribers but are hosting “bootcamps” online for $39 for a whole weekend and only getting 10-20 people in them. They could triple their price and fill it with over 100 people based on the tips for Lewis Howes alone.

    Between you and Corbett Barr, you’re my two most trusted internet advisors. Thanks for what you do Pat and for being you!


  • Alan

    Pat this is an amazing January earnings report. Just goes along with your amazing story.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Dave

    I’ve been away from SPI for a few months to focus on my own thing. I came back and read the inspiration and motivation coming from this post. Amazing stuff as usual. Thank you Pat.

  • John (Affiliate Coach)

    hey Pat,

    I love your income reports for 3 main reasons:

    1. You give hope, real PROOF and inspiration for the little blogger/affiliate guy wanting to make $ online… he has no excuses for not making it on the web!

    2. You share not only the earnings, but expenses as well — which most bloggers are overlooking or not revealing at all…

    3. You pepper your reports with real-life tips and insights… I like how you profiled the sword eater guy, and the links you shared about him.

    Keep up the great work my friend!

  • Rinkesh

    WOW…$50K bucks a months is just too awesome. Congrats Pat. Your post is so so inspirational. Keep up the good work.

  • Pankaj

    It is really amazing income of US$50K per month. Its look like dream for me.

  • Anup

    It’s very inspiring earnimgs, Pat. Keep posting so my motivation from you still goes live :)

  • Rich Johnson – PA

    Hey Pat,

    Love your stuff, man. I watched your “duel” series and saw that you use a plugin to do custom meta tags, description and title. Is that just for you main page? Or will that also create “customs” for each page and each blog post? Is it possible to have custom tags, description..etc for each blog post?

    Really appreciate the help and thanks for all the info you haven given. Amazing that you can still make a living even by giving the information for FREE :-)


  • Luis Martínez

    Hi Pat,

    It is awesome to see you thriving with success. I can only dream now on reaching where you are, but I’ll never stop dreaming big :)
    It’s inspring to see you always trying to improve on things and always having a critical attitude toward yourself, despite all that you have accomplished.

    Keep rocking! 😀

  • Marie

    Oh my god, that income is amazing and so inspiring. I subscribe to you to learn more, you inspire me to dream big.

  • Kabenlah Cudjoe

    You’re one sincere blogger I’ve ever come across. I like the statement you made in your first paragraph with regards to how hard you’ve worked. This tells all of us that Hardwork actually pays.

  • Elvis Michael

    Your income reports keep me motivated each and every month, Pat. My own income reports PALE compared to yours. But hey, we all have to start somewhere, correct? Most of my reports are based on Kindle publishing, as I still haven’t expanded onto other territories such as affiliates.

    I have been relying on ebook publishing since 2011 to bring in some of my total income. It’s a real blessing to see those earnings increase a bit more every single month. And again, my own journey was purely inspired by yours, Pat.

    Best of luck and keep up the hard and admirable work.

  • Vikas

    Oh man, These reports can inspire anybody. Awesome Pat.


    Best post ever!!!

  • Krishna Parmar

    Your earning status just gives us a new boost and inspiration to do something new and creative for earn such passive income. Keep posting your earning reports and keep inspiring us!

  • brainetics

    Is your backlinking methods that you use to build your niche site still effective or workable in 2013 for squidoo lens or niche sites.

    The figure you show are pretty amazing and we are tempted to use your guide.

  • Pavan Somu

    I am speechless after seeing the earnings of a single month ans especially the BlueHost affiliate earnings are mind blowing.

  • Pawan

    Great Patt, I am very impressed by your blogging skills. Thanks for sharing the Monthly income.

  • Scott Alexander

    I keep thinking about the SGT site and you only making 5% of your traffic from your main keyword….

    at that point to me, it sounds like all the stress of finding the perfect keyword is not really worth it. I would take the 9088 long tail keywords any day. So it is really not about the exact right keywords as much as it is about quality content. and lots of it.

    So my thinking is that maybe your passion is more important then the keyword research. It is a lot easier to create a ton of good content on something you are truly passionate about then something that is generated by keyword tools.

    Just my thoughts – would love other opinions.

  • qadar

    I’m really impressed. As a newbie it really give some motivation. It is long way to be successful. Hope to get income like this.

  • Dakota


    I am inspired by your success. I, too, am working towards a piece of the pie for myself. I am 15 but committed. I appreciate the open approach that allows us a peak into your success.
    I hope to join the ranks sometime soon!

  • Chris

    Hi Pat,
    Are you still pulling money from infobarrel, I couldn’t see you mention it in your post?



  • Tushar

    really awesome income…. Its all about Hardword Pat.
    Thanks for sharing your income report with us. You really Great.

  • Dhruv

    More than 56000 US Dollars profit is just superb.. If I earn this much in one month and die next month , then my wish will be completed – “Die Rich” 😛

    Anyways, this is an awesome way to start a new year.. Great man.. Keep sharing your stories with us and motivate us each and every time :)

  • Greg Jeffries

    Very exciting and encouraging as always. Thanks for sharing your income stats and progress.

  • Emma from True Target Marketing

    Thanks for sharing your earnings and learnings again Pat.

    I find it AMAZING that only around 5% of your total keyword traffic came from your primary keyword and the balance came from more than 9000 long tail keywords. It just goes to show the importance of creating lots and lots of good, relevant content around your niche.

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  • Nadeem Khan

    Pat, you are such an inspiration !

  • Carlos


    I have been listening to your podcasts for the better part of a year and I heard you talk about your income statements but I never looked at them until today!

    This is some amazing inspiration to help me keep going. I never really knew you could make so much online (I guess I knew it but didn’t know how much or anyone that has made tons of cash online)

    Thanks Pat. I look forward to you growing your business even more and helping me to grow mine along the way with the use of your knowledge.

  • Darcy Pattison

    The Security Guard site had traffic of 40,797, and earned $3707?
    How do you make so much? I have more traffic and nothing near that kind of return from Adsense. You only have a large rectangle of text and a link unit. And it makes THAT MUCH?

    Please–do a tutorial on Adsense. Step-by-step, how did you optimize the income? Don’t just say, you did split testing. That’s not enough.

    For example, if you only average 500 visitors a day and traffic fluctuates wildly, how do you know what is a successful trial? Maybe, it’s just due to traffic fluctuations. And while you’re doing this, you risk losing a known amount of money, because some of the tests will fail. How long does it take to optimize? One month or six months?

    Is there a WordPress plugin to make this easier?

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