My November 2012 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my November 2012 income report!

Every month I write a detailed report sharing exactly how much I’ve earned online and where it comes from. This isn’t all about the numbers though, it’s also about the journey, so I always make sure to include the latest going-ons within my businesses and the lessons that I’ve learned along the way, wins and failures.

I do this not only to motivate you and to be transparent, but I also feel that if anyone is talking about making money online he or she should let their readers decide on what to do based on legitimate results, not on hype, exaggeration or amazing copywriting skills.

That’s why I’m never afraid to tell you up front, especially if you’re new to online business, that none of this is easy and none of it happens overnight.

The first monthly income report I published back in October of 2008 totaled $7,906.55 – but what most people forget or don’t realize is that the website where that income was earned (via an eBook I sold was running for nearly 2 years before it was monetized with an eBook. Those two years were spent struggling through the technology, writing all the content, building connections with other people in the industry and most important, slowly becoming a trusted authority.

A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into building that business, and any other successful business that I own, but it’s all about putting in the hard work now so you can reap the benefits later.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report.

Let’s get to it…

Important Going-Ons in November

In my last income report, I shared a miserable experience I had with a developer that I hired to work on Create a Clickable Map version 2.0.

I had originally created (outsourced) version 1.0 of this tool to help people easily create a clickable map of the United States that they could paste onto their own website, for free. I did this after I received a few dozen emails from people asking me how I created the map that I included on the homepage of Security Guard Training Headquarters.

After hundreds of people started creating maps of their own, I knew it was time to switch from flash to HTML5 and add some additional features to the tool based on user feedback. I hired someone to do this for me in October, and halfway through the update everything was perfect!

That is, until he vanished. No communication for weeks and it was one of the most frustrating experiences ever – especially because there were so many people looking forward to the new version and willing to pay the optional fee I was going to charge to be able to save and edit the map later, a feature that wasn’t included in version 1.0.

In November, I hired a new developer (an SPI reader, actually!) and after a couple of weeks, the tool was finished! There were a few bugs to work out after it went live, but I’m really happy with the results and the tool has already served about 30 paying customers at $9.99 each, most of them coming to the site naturally since I didn’t make any official announcement about version 2.0, until today.

And yes, you can still create a map for free if you wanted to.

What I love most about this tool is not only the fact that it’s another addition to my passive income portfolio (albeit a relatively small, for now), but it’s that people use it and immediately get something in return. This is unlike selling information, which you can sell to someone but that doesn’t guarantee that they’re going to see results, or even use it.

I’ve had a lot of requests for other maps from around the world, and the (new) developer and I are currently working on adding more maps to the product line.

Who knows, Create a Clickable Map could become much bigger than expected! We’ll see what happens!

Security Guard Training Headquarters continues to rock!

See the niche site duel for how it all began.

In November, the average daily income was just under $100.00 and the new affiliate products I added in October (for Guard Card courses specifically in the state of California) have continued to make some sales too. I should be adding more very soon.

What’s even more impressive is how much the traffic continues to grow, especially without having to do any extra work. This kind of untouched growth can’t last forever without some sort of upkeep and fresh content posted on the site, but this just shows you that your site can continue to work for you, even when you’re not working on it.

It just has to have a lot of juicy, useful content on it.

This past month, the site was visited a total 30,111 times (over 1k visits per day), 74.33% coming directly from Google Search.

In an article I published in October of 2011, I wrote about how 9,900 exact searches for my primary target keyword (security guard training) equates to $1500.00 per month, which is what Security Guard Training Headquarters was making at the time.

The reason? Because of the long tail, un-targeted keyword.

In October of 2011, “search sent 12,540 total visits via 4,727 keywords“.

In November 2012, “search sent 22,382 total visits via 7,826 keywords“.

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Keywords in November: SGTHQ

In both cases, I was number one in Google for my primary keyword. My income has doubled since.

Go for the long tail. Publish more content. Win.

The New York Times

Pat in the New York Times

I was blessed to have been featured in the New York Times last month!

In an article titled How Pat Flynn Uses Podcasting to Build His Business (where I’m constantly referred to throughout the article as “Mr. Flynn” – hehe!), there’s a brief account of my story from architect to online entrepreneur, and then it highlights the success of my podcast and just podcasting as a platform in general.

The article even links back to my homepage and podcasting tutorial, which is a pretty awesome bonus. I did see a nice spike in traffic for a few days after the article was posted.

First Forbes and then the New York Times? I am truly humbled and I have you, the SPI fans, to thank for all of it.

Thank you! :)

New Media Expo

My presentation at New Media Expo in Las Vegas is less than a month away, and I’m happy to say that my presentation is already 99% finished! Now, I can just focus on rehearsing it.

I’m particularly excited about this presentation because I’m working with a speaking coach to fine-tune it. Although I’m quite happy with my previous public speaking experiences, I know I can do a lot better and I can only learn so much about public speaking on my own.

I’ll be doing a lot of speaking next year, so I’m happy to invest some money upfront to become a better speaker and potentially get hired for more speaking gigs down the road. It’ll definitely help when the book(s) come out sometime in the future.

One thing is for sure: my slides will definitely be ready.

If you have yet to buy your ticket to New Media Expo in January, use discount code SPI20 at checkout for 20% off! Click here if you’d like to go through my affiliate link at no extra cost to you.

SPI Redesign

I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

It’s been over 2 years since I last touched the design of this blog. It’s about time for something fresh.

In early 2013, look out for a major redesign of The Smart Passive Income Blog, one that is no longer a jumbled mish-mash of random things that I’ve wanted to include on the site over time.

(Also known as blog design hoarding)

Progress is already being made and a couple of people you might already know (Corbett Barr and Chase Reeves) were in San Diego last week to help me out. We rented a conference room downtown and just spilled our brains on the whiteboard.

It. Was. Awesome.

I can’t wait to show you what came out of it. I’ll talk more about the redesign as the date to flip the switch approaches!

Okay, 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: $3,012.84
      • Last Month: $3,302.12
      • Difference:-$289.28
    • Adsense: $2,610.15
    • Job Board: $19.38
    • Affiliate Earnings: $167.92
    • Total: $2,797.45
      • Last Month: $3,048.69
      • Difference: -$251.24
    • Total: $289.71
      • Last Month: none
      • Difference: +$289.71
  • Other Mini-Sites in Portfolio:
    • Total: $502.09
      • Last Month: $412.12
      • Difference: +$89.97
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $1,598.50
    • Free Apps: $345.12
    • Total: $1,943.62
      • Last Month: $2,088.48
      • Difference: -$144.86
  • Gross Total in November: $47,546.29
    • Last Month: $47,848.18
    • Difference: -$301.89
  • November 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
    • Servint Dedicated Server: $289.00
    • Dropbox: $9.99
    • (podcast file hosting): $15.00
    • Aweber: $333.00
    • E-Junkie Shopping Cart Fee: $5.00
    • Paypal Website Payments Pro: $30.00
    • Certified Public Accountant / Bookkeeping: $260.00
    • Skype $2.99
    • Affiliate Payment for $376.36
    • developer: $1,500.00
    • Writer for $110.00
    • Transcriptions for Podcasts: $139.50
      • Total Expenses for November:  $4,170.84
  • Net Total in November: $43,375.45
  • Net Total Last Month: $46,221.80

Why do I include income from Smart Passive Income in my reports?

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 November

November was a BIG month for the Flynn Household. A day that my wife and I had been dreaming of for a long time has finally arrived!

What happened exactly?

My son (2 years old, almost 3) is potty trained!

If you’re a parent, you know exactly how big of a deal this is. No more diapers, no more messes, cool superhero underwear – it’s awesome.

There are two reasons why I bring this up:

  1. Potty training is the epitome of “if at first you don’t succeed, try try again” – both for the parents and for the child. It was frustrating, but patience, consistency and adaptation played a huge role in our son’s success. Much is the same when learning how to build a business.
  2. It’s been over a month now and our son still gets so excited after he goes potty. Every single time. He is SO proud of himself, I smile every time he yells, “I did it! I did it!”. When you really think about it, he’s just using the bathroom – we all (er, most of us) do that several times a day and think nothing of it, but for my son, it’s something that makes him so happy.

The lesson? Celebrate the wins – big and small – and be proud of yourself for each and every one of your accomplishments . It’ll make your life much happier if you note these things as they occur!

And for you parents out there, I know you’re probably all interested in “how we did it”, or what the trick was. That’s what parent’s do – they share things like this.

Well, to keep it quick, our son got to a point where he’d sit there on the toilet for 45 minutes straight with no results, and then immediately after he was off, he’d go in his pull-ups. That was NOT fun. Eventually, we just put him straight into big boy underwear. Sure, he made a ton of accidents – especially at first, but because it wasn’t absorbed he felt it and it wasn’t comfortable for him. Plus, we told him he couldn’t have his Buzz Lightyear or Lightning McQueen underwear anymore when it was wet. That worked pretty well.

For #2, we took him to the store to pick out a bunch of small toys. We then put those toys into a “treasure box” that he could only access if he went #2. Not 5 minutes after we got home and told him the rules, he asked to go #2 on the potty. Winner!

Good times.

And lastly, I just wanted to congratulate a good friend of mine whose dream also recently came true, Scott Dinsmore from

Scott had the privilege of doing an incredible TEDx presentation at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. He wrote an amazing post about how it all happened, in case you’re wondering how you might be able to get invited to do a TED presentation of your own. It’s a goal of mine, for sure.

Here is Scott’s presentation, which in a little over a week already has nearly 80,000 views. Well done Scott!

If you have 18 minutes to spare, I encourage you to check it out below:

I hope you enjoyed this month’s report!

Cheers, and thank you all for your support!

  • Rich Blogger

    Great work! Another month and you are hitting bigger income. That’s awesome! We really have lot of thing to learn from you.

  • Tim Ferraris

    Mr. Flynn,

    Amazing as always.

    Another instance which proves that giving value away for free will benefit you in the end, this time with Create a Clickable Map.

    I’m publishing a post today with an interview of a successful Adsense niche site owner that owes a lot of his success to you.

    Looking forward to seeing the redesign!

    Keep up the good work, and thanks so much for your leadership.

  • Raplus

    Greate Work. I hope to publish this type of report 😀 But I don’t know how many days it takes 😀 May be 2 years, may be 5 years. However I will publish this type of report in my blog :-)

    • raza

      Hi Raplus, I wish the same but I think hard work matters more than time. If someone is doing good and is on right track then will achieve it in far less time.

  • Phanindra

    Excellent Pat :) These are the real motives for anyone entering to the online for success. Congratulations that you got featured in “The New York Times”.

  • Karen

    Hey Pat, congrats on the NYT feature and double congrats on the potty training!

    As a parent I’m willing to bet that they both felt equally good in different ways 😉

    Thanks for being so transparent when you publish your income. I really look forward to hearing your figures and you keep me inspired that I can reach these goals if I keep working hard and stay focussed.

  • Yamato

    congrats to the successes with your son (we are in the same situation :) ) – and a belated happy birthday – all the best!

    When you have other countries ready for clickablemap please give us a heads up here.

  • cubicle free Quinn

    Love the diaper analogy. It is a great reminder that building a successful business takes perseverance and we need to celebrate the small wins. Think we also need to surround ourselves with successful people and on that note I am looking forward to NMX! Quinn

  • Minh Quyen

    I am very amazed by your monthly income, especially the commission from blue host.

  • Chris C. Ducker

    Hi Man

    Every father on the planet can understand where you’re coming from with that diaper analogy!

    Another stella month, and I believe that December will be better as people start gearing up for the beginning of next year.

    Congrats, as always, on your on-going success.


  • Chris Jacob

    Congrats on the NYT article. I found SPI through iTunes – and since then you’ve opened my eyes to how significant podcasting and iTunes is to “reach”.

    My son is 3.5, we used a sticker chart and Toy Story undies to win him over … Simple rewards like this apply to all ages – I think I’ll have to buy some superman undies the day I launch my new business. :-)

    Scott’s TEDx talk is brilliant. Amazing to see how much support he has from other bloggers (Zen Habits, Think Traffic and now SPI). What a wonderfully support group you have with one another!

    As always; thanks for sharing!

  • Xavier

    Hey Pat,

    Great job and great report ! If you want to create a clickable map for France, sure i will be one of your customer ! :)

  • Michelle

    Wow you definitely did great yet again! Love your income reports.

  • Seth

    Thanks for sharing this information once again Pat – this is some seriously helpful data to work with. I plan on adding to your monthly income in December by purchasing OptinSkin. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  • Ryan Baker

    Thanks Pat!

    Pretty amazing results month after month. I look forward to your income reports because it is such a strong reminder of what can come with daily, consistent, and quality content.

    Thanks for always motivating and showing the way, Pat.

    Looking forward to the redesign!

  • Summer

    Hey Pat,

    I think u have an awesome blog design. Nonetheless, will be looking forward to ur new blog design. Congrats on the NYT article. Love ur blog, esp the income reports.

  • Jon at Authority Website income

    Pat, awesome month! Those are some impressive traffic numbers for your security guard site. Good luck with your new media expo presentation.

  • Survivor Mike

    Pat, congrats on another awesome month. Also, how awesome is a potty trained kid? The world gets a little easier (and cleaner). ; )

    I hit you on Twitter with a huge thanks as I eclipsed my goal of $100 / month in earnings for the first time in November. Have to say that a lot of it is due to your inspiration and learnings. Certainly appreciate it and will continue to express it.

    All the best to you and your family for the holidays.

  • Sereyboth Yorn

    Thank Pat, publishing your income report monthly here really inspire me and all your reader.
    And it is very great to see your niche site still going strong in Ranking.

  • PrIyAnGsHu

    Great income stats buddy. You are obviously an affiliate giant. Looks like BlueHost is cashing in big time for you. Does most of your sales comes from that “create a blog with Bluehost” video on YouTube?

  • Ryan

    Good luck on the New Media Expo next month! Congrats on the potty training! One down, one to go!

    Looking forward to the new site design as well.

    As always, thanks Pat and looking forward to the next post!

  • Internet Marketing With Casey Gentles

    Fantastic month again Pat and I am so proud of you being features in Forbes and the NT Times. You truly deserve it and you are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work.

    Can’t wait to see the new design of SPI.

    May God continue to bless you and your family Pat.

  • Trung Nguyen

    Wow, congrats you, Pat, I’m waiting for your new blog design, I’m sure it’ll be so cool :)

  • Chad Agrawal

    My first time reading your income report, but I’m amazed at how many products and affiliate programs you can monetize with. Very cool.

  • Teresa

    Hi Pat,
    As always amazing month. My congrats.
    Keep going like that.

  • James Hare

    It’s great to see all your hard work pay off Pat. Like you say “work hard now, so you can reap the benefits later.”

    Cheers :)

    -James from The Orlando Vacation Tips Blog

  • Lance @ Money Life and More

    Congrats on the potty training! That is not something I look forward to attempting when we eventually have kids. Glad things are.going well for you with the big mentions and stellar income reports! Hopefully December doesn’t slow down too much for you.

  • Mike

    Well done Pat – another great month (on so many fronts!)

    I continue to be inspired by all that you’re doing. Looking forward to hearing your New Media Expo presentation – hope it goes really well (wish I could be there this time but sadly can’t but maybe next time)
    All the best.

  • Bryan

    your income reports never fail to inspire Pat! I should read one every time I work on my site. It might just get me the motivation to go that extra mile with my own business.

  • Krishna

    Fantastic one! You have provided out a great inspiring article for us, Does, YouTube also plays role in your income?

  • Dave

    Keep up the great work Pat. You are an inspiration. I’ve been refreshing my site and site strategy. Very excited about what’s next.

    Keep it up bud.

  • KimP

    Inspiring as always! Keep it up, Pat!

  • Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon

    That’s really cool that your create a clickable map is doing well as soon as monetized. What amazes me is how it’s getting organic search traffic without having much text on it at all!


  • Ben

    Every month I look forward to your amazing income reports Pat. So full of inspiration even without the monetary info!

  • Steve @ Ingenious Internet Income

    Great work as usual. I’m super stoked about seeing the new site design. I don’t know what you have in store, because I really like your current design. How can it get better? Can’t wait to see!

    Also great job on the wins last month. They are all great movements forward including the potty training.

    Another great income report where I can learn ideas to help me focus on the things I need to focus on.

  • Ioan Draniciar

    I love these income posts. People love to watch successful entrepreneurs reveal their results. By being so transparent you gain so much credibility in front of your readers. This is definitely a great model to follow.

  • Melissa at MyWorkAtHomeVentures

    Hey Pat! That is all very exciting! Especially the potty training! lol I have 3 boys and our last one is still potty training and he’s a bit over 3 years old. He’s our latest one, but it has more to do with me being so busy, it’s hard to keep up with it and he’s stubborn. Oh well, I know it’ll happen and he continually gets better.
    I haven’t tried the clickable map yet, but I have a website I might want to use it on. Just trying to get to a place with my other project where I can move back to working on that site again.
    Thanks for all you do and keeping us updated. It’s very encouraging!!

  • Joe Cassandra

    Great work Pat! Looking forward to the new blog design (yours is still pretty rad!), thanks for your inspiration and potty tips! 😀

  • Jeff Rose

    Awesome stuff; especially the potty training! Our 2 oldest are both potty trained (middle son turns 3 in Jan) and it’s a great feeling.

    We have one more left for sure, and may have another one when our adoption goes through.

    Can’t wait to meetup in Vegas! 😉

  • Justin

    Very good to see all your progress, I have been following you since nearly the beginning good to see you blow up.

  • Ralph Quintero

    Congrats on another SPECTACULAR month my friend! Looking forward to seeing you at the New Media Expo!

  • Michael


    wow 3000 bux for an ninche site. ….

  • Claire

    Good job Pat, and congratulations on all your success. You remain an inspiration to me!

  • Jason Mathes

    Although I read your income reports and think they are amazing. Being a parent of a 2 yr old boy too? I am most impressed with the fact your boy is potty trained! It trumps the whole post lol!

    So congratulations on that huge win! And of course.. having 5 figures of profit is outstanding too!

  • Wade McMaster

    Another top month! Hey I’m looking forward to the redesign Pat! Your website has always had a friendly approachable feel about it which seems to match your persona, so I hope you keep the theme running!

    Are you thinking of going responsive? Seems to be a big trend these days. Either way, cannot wait!

  • darren


    Way to go, I guess its the small things in life that we should enjoy, like not crapping yourself…

    Keep it up buddy…

  • Chris Altamirano

    This is dope Pat! Congrats on the potty training extravaganza! Haha

    One thing I was wondering about is Taxes. After taxes on any given month, how much is the actual net?

    I ask because I was watching one of Jonathan Budd’s marketing videos and he was talking about how he used to make $50k in MLM but that a ton of the money he earned went straight back to taxes.

    I also recently spoke to Grant Cardone, author and business man, dude’s worth over $100 million..and he actually just moved away to Florida to get away from all of California’s taxes.

    Regardless, the numbers you’re putting up is awesome, but the content and overall brand is definitely way more important than that.

    Keep it up brother, and I’ve yet to read your article in the NY Times but I’ll be sure to check it out.

    – Chris


    Can’t wait to see the new blog design!

  • Sam Matla (Minimal Blog)

    Hey Pat,

    I really appreciate you sharing your results as it motivates all of us to achieve higher. It’s awesome.

    I’m really looking forward to the redesign of your site!

  • Adam Young

    Hey Pat –

    My wife is a Beachbody “rep”, and makes a little passive income here and there without proactively promoting anything. I know you completed the Insanity workout series a while back. Is there a reason why you’re not partnered up with Beachbody for affiliate sales? I’ve considered starting a campaign to promote her site a little more to boost affiliate sales, but wanted to see if there’s a specific reason you’ve stayed away from it…thanks Pat!

    – AY

  • Sam Brunson

    Congrats Pat! I’m looking forward to the re-design next year. Whenever you change things on your website/projects (i.e-createaclickablemap) it is always for the better :)


  • Samuel

    Hey Pat,

    Thanks for sharing the video with Scott Dismore. His presentation was great and eye opening. Your time on Ted should be coming soon.

  • Justin Lewis

    I just watched the video 15 times today, no joke. The most encouraging statement is when Scott talks about, surrounding yourself with people who inspire responsibility. To make the not so normal become normal. Great share!

  • Leonard “Leo” Jackson

    Hey Pat,

    This is the first time I rad one of your income reports and I just wanted you to know how I loved the way you write it. You write it like you’re actually sharing and giving value and not just showing off.

    It was also very inspiring to get me back to where I can quit my job again.

    Thanks for sharing this and I hope everyone who reads this (or any of his blog posts) understands why he’s doing this. I wish I had access to information like this when I first started out. I paid tens of thousands in dead-end courses, training and countless hours wasted on Google and You Tube searches.

    Good for you Pat for sharing everything you do. You’re an inspiration, motivator and EVERYONE can learn from you and how you conduct business.

    Thanks for everything,

    => Leo

    p.s. $23,850 commissions for webhosting!!!!

  • Tiffany

    Wonderful results, Pat!

    (On both the income and the potty training LOL)

    Thanks for sharing – it’s inspiring seeing someone break it out.

  • Hector Avellaneda

    Another awesome month Pat. Congrats to you man. I think when someone who is new to online business and has similar ambitions they forget that before you ever reached this level of success there were many challenges and obstacles you had to overcome.

    I love the fact that you share all of your lessons learned because it shows that you go through the very same challenges every one else does. But you also show how you overcome those obstacles and at the end of the day thats what counts!

    Thanks again for sharing this and congratulations to you, your wife and your little boy for this milestone in his life. I dont have any children yet but I tell you what man, the time is fast approaching. HAHA.

  • Tom

    Great news Pat! My daughter is a little over 2 years old but she’s still in the denial phase about using her little potty seat. So I know she’s close. :)

  • Vince (PopularBlogSite)

    Your income statements are incredible! I hope someday to be making what you are making. #motivated

  • Ian McConnell

    Congrats Pat those are some awesome income numbers… Your consistency is amazing.

    I know exactly what you mean with the potty training and it made me laugh. Our sons are 19 and 16 now and it reminded me of when the kids were small. You go through the teething, walking, talking, potty training, etc… you move from the one thing to the other, and it’s fantastic when each stage is complete.

    Those stages seem to take forever and then they turn into these wonderful independent teens… and you feel so proud of the kids you have raised. It’s just awesome!

    As you said… it’s just like an online business!

    Ian McConnell
    Western Australia

  • Ollie Hales

    Always an inspiration. I’ve been following you for quite some time now. I’ve been publishing income reports very similar to yours. You’ve always beaten what I’ve been able to generate, but its been fun trying to keep up with you. This month was a bad month for me…usually over 8k to 10k profit….things fell apart this past month…..but I know I’ll get things back up and running.

    Check out my report and let me know what you think.

  • Achabani

    Nice numbers you have there Pat. I started my blog last month and thanks to you. Your podcasts and monthly income reports have been a great help so far.


    Hello Pat Flynn, it is always a pleasure and confidence boost to read your income reports and i cant begin to explain how your guidance has helped me get to where i am today. I was amazed to see your new Clickable Map idea and was happy to see the progress, although you may have the design under raps but id like to offer my web design services to your for your Clickable Map site as id love to design it and couldn’t possibly take a payment from someone who has taught me so much, if you accept my offer i would be greatly appreciated to assist you in anyway i can. I was also amazed(Yet not surprised) to see you on New York Times! i thought it was great when you were on Fox 5 news and only dream of being in such a position, i am sure your loved ones are extremely proud of you, as i am. I also cannot wait to see the new design, and i am sure it will be amazing.

  • Dori From NicheWolf

    Hi Pat , I am always inspired to read your income report. Thanks for sharing


  • Leena Dasot

    Hi Pat, really you have done hard work to reach on TOP, you are one of the man which i fllow, keep it up..

  • Julie

    That is awesome about your son. I have three boys and the older two are PT and we are just about to start with our youngest. It is a challenge but so nice when they finally understand.

  • Josh

    Hi Pat.
    Love the site. Question for you: in your SPI 015 podcast, you discuss how you’ve made money of However, I didn’t see them listed on your income statement. Are you still making money from them, or did the Google Panda update erode those earnings?


  • Rodrigo Flamenco

    Nice, usually this time of the year means less income, but I see that you’re doing damn good Pat, congrats! let’s make it 60k every month for 2013! 😀

  • Sal

    Even in the NYT! You are Amazing!!!

  • ken Mole

    Nice and motivating stuff, keep it up.

  • Matt Greener

    Interesting and insightful information especially relating to the fact that your product does not directly make much at all comparatively, yet sets the stage for all the other commissions!

  • John Corcoran

    Congrats on the potty training – my son is 2 and 3 months and we’re working on reading the Elmo potty book and Elmo potty training DVD. He LOVES Elmo so we’re hoping that will help, but I like your recommendation of having the box of treasure toys he’s picked out himself.

  • Glenn F

    Thanks for sharing Scott’s presentation. Found it inspiring and motivating. There’s a minor typo with his last name -missing an ‘n’.

  • Joe

    Hey Pat!
    Congratulations on the another stellar month.

    Quick question on the redesign, are you going to use Thesis 2.0 for the redesign? As you may know that Thesis 2.0 has been out since early Oct.

    I have been having second thoughts about whether to switch to thesis 2.0. Thesis 1.x was very versatile and you could configure it to your hearts’ content but Thesis 2.x is a different animal.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers!

    • Pat Flynn

      Yep, it’ll be in Thesis 2.0. Fortunately I have a person who will do the conversion from wireframe to Thesis 2.0 for me, but I’m going to explore the framework from scratch too because I want to know what it’s all about, for sure. Cheers!

      • Joe

        Thanks Pat for your reply! You rock sir! I was kinda looking for validation on Thesis 2.x and if you or your WP resource is sold on it. I’m too.

        I consider myself quite proficient in Thesis 1.x but just starting to grasp thesis 2.x. Good luck all three of us :-)

  • shelley

    Pat you truly are a hero.Well in my eyes anyway. I really admire how helpful and totally honest you are. One day i hope to be in the same situation that you are. You are right having a child potty trained is a huge milestone. I can remember doing all kinds of tricks to help my boys to get potty trained. Congratulations.
    cant wait for 2013 to see how your going to restructure your already incredible blog. Wishing you guys all the best for xmas and new year.

  • Okto

    Congrats for being featured in the New York Times Pat. That’s worth a million I believe :)

  • Lenny Low

    How cool to be featured on I’m proud of you Pat – you’ve deserved it all the way through.

  • Shalu Sharma

    Congratulations for being featured in the New York Times Blog. That’s very cool indeed. The Market Samurai is always on top. Thanks for your earnings report for this month.

  • Mark

    What a great motivator when things get frustrating. Gotta share this with my wife. Thanks for all the info, Pat!

  • Derek Melrose

    Awesome to read your reports Pat. I really appreciate that you break it down so thoroughly. Thank you for being so easy to understand.

    You’re one of the more human marketers in the business. Keep it up.

  • Alex Wise

    Always great to read these reports Pat. Keep up the great work. I’m now brainstorming how I can better monetise based on my niche. Lots of opportunities out there :)

    – Alex

  • Toni

    Wow.. it’s huge earning for most bloggers. It’s inspiring me to work harder to achieve my target

  • Andrius

    Yeah, it’s not bad 😀 Your blog is a place where I can get motivation to work harder. Thank you :)

  • Jigar Kapadia

    thanks again pat.. This is really inspiring

  • Wirocool

    Hey Pat!!

    Is it possible to add Canada too in create a click-able map?


  • Sheree

    Thanks, Pat, for sharing so much about your business and experience. You are the picture of a viable business that’s built around values, delivering value and principled practices.

    That said, after skimming through all the comments, I think I’m relieved that I didn’t have to train a baby boy. Had no idea it was that difficult. (Coming from a a girl. We just do it.)

  • M.Hossain

    Mr. Pat, this is my first time in your blog. I am so much impressed by your blogging method. Here is many things to learn about successful blogging. Keep writing keep teaching the world.

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    Thanks for the motivation and inspiration that you provide. Keep up the good work.

  • Brandon Johnson

    Keep up the excellent work Pat! You continue to be an inspiration to those of us who are just getting started! Very happy for you!

  • George at seekdefo

    Hey pat more than the figures on your income report i like the fact that people trust you. Since you never promote what you don’t trust can i’ve your opinion on matt lloyd’s m.o.b.e

  • Nova York

    Great work Pat,

    We all have a lot to learn with the experts :)
    Keep sharing as we are all eager to learn more.


  • Steven Hughes

    Pat – Another solid month. Your numbers are drop dead impressive. Are you concerned or frustrated that you can’t get over the 50K level consistently? I mean are you thinking about that? or I’m I crazy that you would feel this way? Just curious.


  • Axel

    I still can’t believe what i saw!, 47K/month, OMG, you are a genius IM mate. Really need to learn a lot of things from you. Just wondering did you spend your money on other “smartpassiveincome” projects?. Any way congrats! :)

    kind regards


  • Kevin Colwick

    30,111 views on brings in $2,610.15 in Adsense! You have some high quality visitors, Pat! Which ads are you seeing more success with? The text link ads at the top or the bigger square banner within the content?

    Thanks for everything you do! You continue to inspire me month after month!

  • Mathias

    Another stellar month Pat. I can’t wait to read next month income report as I’m curious to see how/if the recenct changes to Adsense and how the ads now display affect SecurityGuardTrainingHQ earnings. Cheers and happy holidays!

  • Nick

    Over 1K visit per day!? That is my goal with my Japanese site. I have reached the 250 per day mark. Thank you for sharing your online success every month. It is very inspiring.

    I look forward to your the SPI makeover.

  • Prakash

    Great stats of revenue. Its always encouraging when I see your income report each month.

  • raj

    once again the awesome income report.Please keep posting revenue reports for us.

  • Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi

    My wonderful friend MJ Demarco’s theory – process what many people hate and event what people wanna see would at any point always be the summary of every successful self made entrepreneurial

  • Elvis D.

    Excellent work, Pat. i’ve been following you quietly since your days at eHow, and I always noticed the incredible amount of work you put into everything you do. Truly happy for your hard-earned success.

    While my own income reports are quite small, they always help keep me on track, as everyone has to work their way up. As always, I will keep watching you and wishing you the very best of luck.


  • SchemaByte

    Your monthly reports are inspirational, friend. You’ve set a standard many will strive for with them, myself included, and thank you.

  • nxthemes

    Woooowww! $47,546.29
    It really is a large amount and is the dream of many people.
    I will reading your article and learning from them.

  • khan jut

    wow… that’s very amazing. I believe to get a big income we should spending MORE budget, right! If you don’t mind! how many budget your spent in a month? (stupid question from noobs) 😀

    • Daniel Malau

      I guess you didn’t read all of the article, it’s easy, just push Ctrl + F and type ‘Total Expenses for November’

  • Ueberflieger

    Dear Pat – amazing numbers, congratulations! I have a question though: does it worry you that more than half of the income is from Bluehost? And that most of it comes via SPI and not from the actual niche site? Don’t get me wrong, I love your blog and it’s been so helpful in my endeavours, it’s the best out there. But for aspiring bloggers / passive income generators, what it tells me is that it must be incredibly hard to make decent money from niche sites – if even you only make let’s say $10k from niche sites per month and the rest is from “blogging about blogging” and related activities, to me that means most people will struggle to make more than a few thousand per month – it’s still great especially if it is passive income, but not as spectacular as your headline numbers suggest. What do you think?

  • Joey

    Hey, Pat. I was turned on to your blog by Tiffany Dow and am really impressed. Your monthly income reports really inspire me to get off my butt, so to speak and to diversify my income. I’m gonna get started right now! Keep up the great work!

  • Blogdum

    Pat, you definitely did great yet again! Its really motivating …
    Love your income reports.

  • m.Faisal Iqbal

    Hi Pat,

    I don’t believe on your income reports.
    In my experience, people who really are pulling in a lot of income do not like to draw public attention to it, unless they are celebrities. There are negative consequences to doing that. Especially if you are making a lot of money online, it is not in one’s best interest to publicize it, for it will draw bad people, and incite others to follow your business model and create copycat versions of your site, which could potentially jeopardize your income. No rational person would want to do that.

    Straight But true i think so

    Happy Chirstmiss

    • Pat Flynn

      I’ve been doing this for 4 years and only positive things have come because of it. If I’m going to share make money online techniques here on the blog, it’s only fair that I reveal exactly how much I earn. It’s like a company that shares its earnings with it’s shareholders. People invest a lot of time learning on this blog, I owe it to them to be honest and upfront. Welcome to the day in age of transparency.

      • Thou

        Hi Pat,

        Great to know that you are honest and transparent on your blog. In response to m.Faisal Iqbal, it is true that you will draw bad people by publicizing income reports but it also draws good people who are interested. We live in a number-driven society, and Pat not only brings that to the table, he shares his experience as well. If anything, it would have a negative impact on his honesty and credibility if he did not share his earnings and experience since the foundation of his website is based on detailed reports, reflection, reviews, and action.

        Great work on the income and report but more importantly, congratulations on the potty training! My two-year old was very consistent at first but seems to have taken a step back – I will try the “treasure box” idea.

  • Terrence Kommal

    Hi Pat,

    First time on your site and its simply WOW! Found it mentioned on a bhw site post, but still thankful I did.

    Just working on a new medico-legal consulting business and finding inspiration in your work and podcasts.

    Thinking of how to use podcasts in consulting work…

    Happy New Year

    Terrence Kommal MD


    Well done Pat for another successful month and am wishing you more better earning in this coming year. thanks for sharing this article.

  • Jeremiah Say

    Really inspiring. I read your blog since 2010. I love it and I never stop reading it since then. Good luck with your business endeavor and wish you further success in 2013.

    Happy holiday,

  • Steffen

    Always taking a look at your monthly reports, nice job man! That is a lot of money…

  • Ravish

    Your income is just awesome

  • Monty Campbell

    Thanks Pat,

    This is an inspirational report. Its amazing to see bot your current success and your goal of TedX. I too wondered how to get there and do that. Its a long term goal of mine as well. First, I would love to present at the NMX conference. God willing that will happen sometime soon too.

    Congrats your your success. The business success is awesome. The parenting success on potty training, legendary. I will use that tip and give you all the credit. I wish you and your growing family continued success and blessings.


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  • Subin

    Wow. Just loved everything from your monthly report to scotts presentation.

    Thanks.Your income really motivates people like me.


  • Masoud

    Hey Pat !
    Im your new reader , really congratulation for your success .
    Masoud from Iran :)

  • Justin

    Very Inspiring Pat.
    Very interesting how perspective influences how great you allow your success to be, as illustrated through the example of your son’s toilet habits.

    Keep up the good work

  • randy hollingsworth

    Thanks for sharing, that should give us all some inspiration to keep on striving to get better at what we do.

  • Javmediafire

    Your income is just awesome, I’m dream about it in future

  • Greg Jeffries

    Thanks for giving a breakdown of what you’re making monthly in your various income streams and for sharing the Scott Dinsmore TEDx video.

  • Ava

    Thank you for continuing to share the behind the scenes of your business. It continues to inspire. Most of all, though, I love that you share your family with us. Potty training is indeed an epic accomplishment! Congratulations to your baby boy on this major milestone.