My October 2012 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my October 2012 monthly income report!

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

I create these reports for several reasons.

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

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

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

I hope you enjoy this month’s report! :)

Important Going-Ons in October

October was a fantastic month and it all comes down to the fact that my 1-month old daughter graciously decided to follow a somewhat regular sleeping pattern through the night. She wakes up every 3 hours, approximately, instead of every 1 hour like she did in September. It has made a huge difference on my entire day and I’ve been a lot more focused and driven when I’m in the office getting stuff done.

Create a Clickable Map

In last month’s income report I talked about how I hired a web developer on Elance to help me revamp my free Create a Clickable Map web tool to make it HTML5 friendly and enable people to come back and edit their maps later (among a few other additional features).

I hired the developer on September 17th and within 10 days he had finished the first phase of the project, converting the tool so that it was HTML5 compatible and it was perfect!

I was completely impressed.

Phase 2, which involved adding the option for users to pay a small fee to have them be able to come back and edit their maps later started immediate after, and that’s when things started to go sour.

He stopped all communication.

I thought maybe he needed a few days, but then a week went by, and still nothing. No replies to any of my messages, and I even hunted him down on Facebook.

Still nothing.

The completion date was October 12th and since he was so great in Phase One I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought that maybe he was just hard at work with it, but then when I heard nothing from him on the 12th, I filed a dispute with Elance.

Then and only then did he finally get back to me and say that he was having personal issues and was unable to respond.

My first reaction was that I was seriously glad that he was alive.

My second reaction was <insert rant here>.

Unfortunately, long story short, he stated he was unable to finish the second phase of the project and I was refunded that amount.

Luckily, Elance is incredible good at handling things like this, and since my money was in Escrow there was no worry about the developer running off with my money for good.

After sharing this fiasco on Facebook here (and you can see there are many other people with similar outsourcing experiences), an SPI fan who develops web apps contacted me and offered to finish the project instead.

Words cannot describe how thankful I am! I won’t share his name here yet because he hasn’t given me permission to do so, but if/when he does, you can be sure I’ll promote the heck out of him and his services when the app goes live, which should be fairly soon. He showed me a version just yesterday that is 95% complete!

What a roller coaster.

And yes, I do plan on expanding the application to other countries in the future as well.

Security Guard Training Headquarters

My security guard training niche site is seeing record numbers all around! (see how it all started at

There were 24,995 unique visitors, 68,192 pageviews and earnings were up 50% from last month, surpassing the $3,000 mark.

This was due primarily to an uptick in traffic thanks to some upward movement in the search engines. Here’s a snapshot of several keywords in the industry and where the site ranks for them:

Rankings for SGTHQ in Oct.

I’m most excited about guard card, which is a keyword that I’ve been targeting for over a year now.

guard card is the license that someone in the state of California needs before they can become a security guard. This is a keyword that has nearly the same amount of monthly searches as my primary keyword, security guard training, however it’s a bit more competitive in the rankings.

(“Comp.” in the charts below reflect the advertising competition in Google Adwords for that particular keyword, not the actual competition for search engine rankings. This is a common mistake people make when looking at the charts in the Google Adwords Keyword Tool)

Guard Card Analytics

Charts generated at

Now that I’m ranking in the top 3 spots in Google for guard card, I’m finally starting to see decent surges of natural traffic from that specific keyword. The page that is ranking is a secondary page that I specifically created and campaigned to rank for guard card.

What’s exciting is that in October I worked with a company that administers online classes for security guards in California who want obtain their guard card. Not all states in the U.S. allow online training, but California does.

I reached out to this company and proposed an affiliate relationship for their course, and they agreed! They did not yet have an existing affiliate program, but I was lucky because they ran their course through membership software (Amember) that had existing affiliate software that could be programmed into it.

Within a week their technical team set it up for me, gave me an affiliate link and I started to plant those links throughout that ranking article and several other California related posts on my site as well.

A total of 462 (unique) people clicked through my affiliate link in October. Unfortunately, conversion rates were pretty low but I still generated 8 sales for $167.92 in commissions. It’s not a game-changer, but that’s $167.92 that I wouldn’t have made otherwise and the affiliate links didn’t seem to impact my Adsense earnings at all (like my attempt at private advertising did), since those links are only located on just a few articles on the site.

I plan to find more companies from other states that can do something similar. It would be nice to have an offer for each particular state so I could have all 50 states covered, but like I said not all states allow online training for their security guards.

I’m still working on redesigning the website and including a database that my virtual assistant created of all of the training facilities in the U.S., but I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to take advantage of those potential leads. I may end up giving those leads away for free and offering B2B services to security guard companies instead. It seems like several security websites were built in the 90s and are just dying for something more current. It would be cool to be that potentially (turnkey) solution for them.

We’ll see what happens, but I’m working on it!

Podcasting Tutorial

Much of October was dedicated to shooting a high quality, FREE podcasting tutorial to help anyone easily start their own podcast.

There were already a ton of great podcasting tutorials on the web, but a lot of people requested a specific tutorial from me. Since podcasting has become an incredibly significant part of my brand, I decided to go all out with it.

I approached creating this tutorial like I approach every other project that I do where information like it may already exist: I utilize my unfair advantages. This is something you must do if you want to stand out of the crowd and turn some heads.

My unfair advantages here were:

  1. My ability to take complicated information and break it down into easy-to-consume, bite-size information.
  2. Injecting my personality into the tutorial (we each have this particular unfair advantage – use it!).
  3. Extremely high-quality videos.

Check these out:

CineskatesThese are Cineskates from Cinetics, and they are awesome! I was actually introduced to them when surfing through Kickstarter a couple of months ago.

It’s a tripod with skate wheels and it can produce some amazing, professional looking videos. I definitely used them to my advantage in my first video when I talk about equipment and software, which you can see below (starting at the 0:35 second mark):

The Cineskates have absolutely nothing to do with podcasting, but for me they represent a creative way to uniquely present something that has already been presented many times before. You have to look for those kinds of opportunities when you create content if you want it to really make some noise, and they don’t always require toys or spending money on things – just a little creativity can go a long way!

It has been less than a month since the podcasting tutorial videos went up and I’m already getting emails from those who have published their first episode and have their podcast live on iTunes!

Congratulations to those of you who have already taken action!

Podcast Awards Voting is Happening Now!

I’m honored to have been nominated by the SPI fans for two awards for the 8th Annual Podcast Awards!

Please show your support by going to and voting for The Smart Passive Income Podcast in the People’s Choice and Business sections. (see below)

Please Vote for Pat!

You can actually vote daily up until the 15th of November, and whether you vote just once, or ten times from this point forward, I appreciate your support entirely!

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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: $3,302.12
      • Last Month: $3,687.63
      • Difference:-$385.51
    • Adsense: $2,828.71
    • Job Board: $52.06
    • Affiliate Earnings: $167.92
    • Total: $3,048.69
      • Last Month: $1,962.00
      • Difference: +$1,086.69
  • Other Mini-Sites in Portfolio:
    • Total: $412.12
      • Last Month: $395.68
      • Difference: -$16.44
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $1,861.73
    • Free Apps: $226.75
    • Total: $2,088.48
      • Last Month: $2,378.28
      • Difference: -$289.80
  • Gross Total in October: $47,848.18
    • Last Month: $55,799.51
    • Difference: -$7,951.33
  • September Expenses (Below is what was paid last month. It does not include pro-rated yearly fees):
    • 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
    • Basecamp Project Management Software: $49.00
    • E-Junkie Shopping Cart Fee: $5.00
    • Paypal Website Payments Pro: $30.00
    • Certified Public Accountant / Bookkeeping: $260.00
    • Skype $2.99
    • Legal Fees: $650.00
    • Affiliate Payment for $82.40
    • Elance (for – refunded): ($1,200.00)
      • Total Expenses for October:  $1,626.38
  • Net Total in October: $46,221.80
  • Net Total Last Month: $50,286.74

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 October

We ALL have the power to truly change people’s lives. 

Meet Michal Szafranski, an SPI fan from Poland who had a drastic snowboarding accident in December of 2007 and broke both of his legs and was left unable to walk.

You can see an x-ray of both of his reconstructed legs below:

Fast forward to September 30th, 2012 – this is a picture of Michal on the final stretch of the Warsaw Marathon, his Mt. Everest:

I cried reading this story and am so honored that I had an impact on Michal’s road to recovery. He even held up a thank you banner that included my name on it when crossing the finish line.

I’ve included a copy of the email he sent to me below. It’s a little long, but I’m happy to share his story with you. There are so many powerful lessons to be learned here. I hope you enjoy.


Hi Pat,

In July I promised you that I will share some story with you by the end of September. It took me some time to complete my story… but I hope you will find it interesting. I’m sorry for my not-so-perfect English but I’m pretty sure you I will be understood :)

The story I’m sharing with you today is very personal but I’m more than open to share it with the world as I think it is just worth spreading. The story is the proof of how important you – Pat Flynn – was in my life and how you’ve help me achieve my personal goals. I’m extremely grateful for your completely “passive help”. I actually think that your blog is not only about “Smart Passive Income” – I would rather call it (from my perspective) “Smart Passive Help” or “Smart Passive Inspiration”. And Pat – I’m living proof of how powerful your message is. Although we have never ever spoken to each other, I consider you my friend. I’m feeling quite strange saying that and I’m still unsure whether I can say “friend” about you. But I think that after reading of my story you will understand why I’m thinking so.

My story starts in December 2007. I was already happy husband and father of gorgeous son and daughter. I was also workaholic (I think I still am) and seasoned snowboard rider. When the first snow appeared in Poland I’ve packed my board and drove to Polish mountains. One day later one of my jumps went really bad. I was bouncing of the hill and broke both of my legs in the same time. The result was horrible. I’ve finally went through expensive surgery and I was facing long rehabilitation process with no clear end-date.

I was unable to stand, unable to walk. I felt like the lion in the cage. I felt that, due to my stupidity, I disappointed my family and also my boss and coworkers. All my plans and schedules were ruined and I was both unsure about my physical and mental future. It was the first time in my life I’ve really started to worry and have negative thoughts. I thought that maybe all the best things in my life have already happened. Additionally I’ve felt guilty (being the only money source for our family) and troublesome. My wife and kids were very supportive what was making me even more worried. Before accident I’ve acted like a bulletproof person but seeing myself unable to stand and walk, I’ve lost all my confidence in myself. Something in me broke for good.

The pain I’ve experienced during transportation to my home city Warsaw, waiting for surgery and few days after it – moved my accepted pain level to new frontier. But physical pain was nothing compared to what was happening in my head. It took me roughly about a month to start to accept my state.

On the other hand I knew that I was the only person who could change the perception of the situation. I could make everyone worry about me and my mental state, or I could play strong man who can handle any situation. I chose to be positive and acted as “nothing really happened”. I think no one realized what was happening within me. It was really the hardest time in my life but I wasn’t willing to accept compassion / mercy from walking people. It would be pathetic. So I kept my “nothing happened” attitude but it was really tough.

Being tied to bad I’ve started to plan my goals. I’ve started with small ones like “clean up the house”. Small but very difficult for me (I was able to crawl or walk on my knees as my ankles were broken). I’ve spent two days doing home cleaning which normally would take me 30 minutes. Once I did it, my self confidence increased. At least I knew I can be useful somehow. Then I started to plan more ambitious goals. Step by step I was building my confidence in myself. One of the commitments I made during those days was: “I will run a marathon some day”. Strange commitment taking into consideration that I was unable to even stand on my legs and and was expecting my first walking lessons.

My way to marathon

My positive attitude helped me. I’ve realized that even on wheel chair I can do pretty much everything I’ve done before the accident. I was even meeting with my colleagues and customers in local restaurant. In April 2008 I went for roadshow being a speaker on several conferences around Poland. Being active helped me to get back to normal life. In June 2008 I was allowed to walk myself without any support. In September 2008 I’ve did my first 10 km run in “Nike Human Race”. At that time it was the Mount Everest for me, as had still several titan plates in my legs and tens of titan screws (I’m attaching my x-ray just for reference :)). In October 2008 I went through second surgery – all the titan was removed from my legs. By the end of 2008 my rehabilitation was complete. I had just one extreme and unachieved goal in my head – Marathon. It may sound stupid but for me this objective was the last thing that was keeping that bad chapter in my life opened. My self-confidence was still not there where I wanted to be and I’ve kept asking many questions which hit me right after the accident: am I enough helpful for my family and others, do I know what to do with my life, shall I slow down and enjoy the simple things rather than running through my life building my professional career, will I ever have enough time for my kids… Although I was fully functional from the physical perspective, I was still quite weak on my mental side. There were many questions with no really good answers.

In March 2009 I took my first half-marathon and I did it. Early September 2009 I’ve done my personal best in 10km race – 47 minutes and 15 seconds. At the end of September 2009, after months of training, I’ve started in marathon… but I’ve haven’t finished it. I went of track on 31st km due to knee problem. I felt horrible. The problem was quite serious and it took me another 5 months of rehabilitation to recover from it. I was destroyed mentally. I’ve started thinking I was rushing to much and even though that my goal is beyond my possibilities.

I won’t go into details of what happened within next two years. It is enough to say I was struggling with myself and was rarely willing to go out and run. In whole 2010 and 2011 I’ve done less trainings than in one month of 2009. I’ve got more weight, I felt I’m heading nowhere. I’ve almost lost my positive attitude. Sometimes I was feeling I’m toxic both to others and myself. This self-judgment was depressing.

How I met Pat Flynn

I’ve turned 39 in February 2012. I’ve realized this year is the last chance to change my life before I become 40 :) I’ve also remembered that being before 30 I was telling everyone that I’m going to retire at age 40. I was very far away from it. Additionally we’ve moved to the new flat just before real estates prices started to go down. And I had pretty new and pretty big mortgage on me. In the meantime I realized that working for someone else is not giving me the joy it used to give. Although I’m satisfied with my job, I can’t imagine working at the same pace for next 10 years.

I decided to act. The only problem was I didn’t knew where to start. I remembered how I tried to set and achieve small victories when I was laying in the bed due to my accident. I tried to do the same now – just move step by step. From smaller victories to bigger ones. I repainted my old apartment myself and I rented it. In April 2012 I’ve told everyone I will run a marathon before 40 and printed a map of marathon track to get used to this idea. But, although the marathon was scheduled for September, I haven’t started my trainings yet. In parallel I started to think about sharing of my huge experience in personal finance and home budger area. I wanted to do something good for others. I knew I can start blogging about this topic however I knew nothing about blogging itself. The only name that came to my mind was “Wordpress” and this is how I found your blog Pat. I think the first article I saw on Smart Passive Income Blog was “how to setup a WordPress blog in 4 minutes” with helpful youtube wideo.

I started reading and listening to your podcasts and I was somehow threatened with the scope of things to be done around my planned blog (to get it right). I knew I have to have a plan. But on the other hand I’ve heard your “just go for it, just create the content, move your ass and do it”. I decided I won’t wait too long and scheduled realistic date of July 1st as my blog start. I’ve spent whole June learning how to setup a blog, planning the topics and following all the great tips you’ve shared with me. The more I was reading and listening to you Pat, the more I realized how awesome you are! I will get back to my blog topic later on…

Pat and me – training together

Do you remember what I was telling to my friends since April? I told everyone that I will run a marathon this September. Actually the end of May was coming and I still haven’t started my trainings. I realized it’s very late. I started looking for excuses. I even started thinking how I will explain to everyone why I’m not going to complete marathon this year do to lot of work etc. I already felt like loser… and I hated the feeling. Then I started listening to your podcasts. Your possitive energy and motivating “work hard now and reap benefits later” completely changed my mind. I realized that if I want to listen to all of your podcasts I will have to spend a lot of time. I also realized the best way to “optimize” listening is to do it during other activity. Running was obvious choice. Now I had a real good reason to run and really no good excuse for it. I started my marathon trainings on June 1st. There was only 120 days left to marathon. I didn’t knew if I will be prepared enough but I knew that listening to all of your podcasts will help my blog.

Listening to you Pat during my 660 km of trainings was great experience. Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I cried during my run. I remember many stories from your podcasts. One was the story of an ill man who was listening to your podcasts all the time again and again. I was doing the same. You become a very good, close friend to me. Strange but true. I decided I have to do two things:

1) Follow as many of your suggestions as I can and be as generous and helpful to others as I can. R.A.O.K. become my daily habit now.
2) Do something for you Pat as a small gift for all the good things you’ve done so far for me.

What can I do for Pat?

I decided I will dedicate my marathon to you and my closest friends and I will do it the big scale :) And I did it. On 30th of September I run the Warsaw Marathon. 42 km 195 meters with my personal coach Pat Flynn talking to me all the time through my headphones. Awesome! The finish was on beatiful brand new National Stadium built for EURO 2012 football championships. I was bringing a big banner with “Thank you God :-) and you Gabi, Szym, Ida [my wife and kids], parents, DCS [my company] & Pat Flynn”. You can’t imagine how happy I was being able to cross the finish line. I stopped and I cried like a baby. I achieved my Mount Everest of self confidence. And you Pat deserve all the honour. None of that would happen without your help :-) Thank you very much and God bless you! The official time of my marthon: 4 hours 23 minutes 13 seconds.

I had a crisis time during the marathon but your calm and optimistic voice helped me go through it. I was listening to the podcasts and I was smiling to myself through the pain. I knew that I’m only several kilometers away from my big objective of running through the stadium with my “thank you” message for my family and you. Awesome! (I know how you like this word :-)).

I hope you will like my story and my thankfulness :)

How have you helped my blog?

At the end I would like to share some traffic statistics of my blog – just as the proof that everything you teach Pat really works:

§ My blog topic is “How to save money” and it is in generally crowded personal finance and home budgeting “niche”.
§ Blog is written in Polish. Following the advice of your German speakers from wedding portal I decided I will stick with my language and my reality :)
§ “Down to the penny” calculations are the most important part of my blog. I provide ready to use Excel files and solid numbers (ie. cost of one shower etc). I also share all costs of our 4-members family.
§ I’ve implemented your “be everywhere” strategy what gave me since 1st of July:
-18 663 visits
-8695 unique visitors
-Average visit time = 5 minutes 13 seconds
-706 visitors on record day!
-In last week between 300 and 400 visitors daily
§ Currently I have 253 Facebook likes and 175 people on my mailing list
§ I’m begging for comments and I already got 634 of them (probably half of them are mine) :)

And one of the comments is from you Pat. I really do appreciate it :)


Thank you again, Michal, for letting me share your amazing story here on the blog and I hope it makes an impact on others like it has on me already. You are a true inspiration.
Click here to check out Michal’s (polish) website.
  • Tim Ferraris

    Pat, tremendous month as always.

    I really appreciate your commitment to pursuing income streams outside of SPI. Although you’re generating more revenue through SPI, those outside streams – GreenExamAcademy, SGTHQ, and your mobile apps – they are the real passive income streams that matter here.

    Congrats to Michal! I’ve done a marathon on two perfectly healthy legs and knowing how hard that was, I can only imagine Michal’s challenge. Inspiring! Time to go for a run.

    • Jason Love

      It is really a smart move on Pat’s part to share and I appreciate his commitment to outside incomes from SPI as well. His sharing both those SPI income streams and the outside ones is what bring me back to the site on a regular basis. I have several different sites and all of them are trying to generate income in different ways. Looking at Pat’s reports I can figure out the potential earning for those revenue streams and try to find what he is doing to get those numbers, which helps me a lot.
      On a side note Tim, I enjoyed your last article on priorities and time management.

      • Tim Ferraris

        Thanks for reading, Jason.

        Pat could very easily rest on his laurels and not bother figuring out new ways to make money online, but he doesn’t. He keeps chasing more and more, learning more and more, passing on what he learns to us, and we’re the ones who benefit along with him. It’s a huge win-win.

    • Michal Szafranski

      Hi Tim, Thank you very much :) The challenge was huge indeed but Pat helped me a lot :)

      • M.

        Congrats to both of you. I am reader from Poland as well:)))
        Tak trzymaj Micha?:)) napisz adres stronki:))

  • Holger

    Very interesting post. Came to you cause of a german link. Looking foreward to next articels and more such inspiring posts. Gratulations to a three-hour-sleeping daughter. I Know what that means!

  • James

    Awesome month again Pat. What an awesome story from Michal.

    • John Nathan

      yes, very inspiring report, the income from hosting is outstanding :)

  • Felipe

    WOW that’s an amazing story! I guess that you are aware that there is so many people that listen to your podcast or read your blog and feel connected so deeply with you. I’m one of those passive listeners or readers that never comment (until now) but I really appreciate your hard work and effort!!

    I feel the same as Michal in away. When I think I’m not going to succeed on something no matter what it is, I always get back to smartpassiveincome to find some inspiration and courage because this blog is not only about sharing information so we can generate passive income. I think that you implicitly deliver ideas such as discipline, courage, humility, hard work and altruism.

    you are awesome Pat! take care!

  • Hassan

    Hello Pat

    I am a strong fan of your blog :)
    Pat I want your suggestion I am a newbie and How I can promote my Blue host affiliate link and this niche is 100% saturated :(

    • ketoan cantho

      You can use the video marketing, create a hosting seting up instruction video or write compelling review blog post to promote it.

  • Jon @ Authority Website Income


    Great month as always.

    Your security guard training site has continued to do incredibly well! How are you promoting it each month? Are you adding x number of articles and promoting it/buildining backlinks via ___?

    I haven’t watched the epic podcasting tutorial but I am impressed by the quality and will be sure to come back to it if I ever start one.

    Thanks for sharing your results this month and Michal’s story!


  • Amir Rimer

    Amazing results Pat!

    Thanks for the very detailed analysis

    You are a great inspiration!

  • Ashok

    Very interesting & transparent details for OctoberIncome Report, i like your post,.

  • Manu

    I still cannot understand how everyone’s being penalyzed for unnatural backlinking on securityguardtraininghq (let’s admit it, you probably have a lot of good natural links but you started off building them unnaturally) and your site is actually growing!
    I so hate you… :)

    • TomL

      Who said everyone is getting penalized?

      I’m seeing great results and so are many others that I know. Pat’s obviously doing the right things.



      • Manu

        Yeah, try to do the ‘the backlinking strategy that works’ without diversifying the online presence and show me the results.

      • Manu

        What I mean… I don’t know when you started with that strategy, but now you cannot go full-throttle with it, unless you want to be penalyzed for unnatural backlinking.
        What I’m saying it takes a lot more work. Pat obviously did that before the latest Google updates and worked pretty well. Later on he could diversify the sources of links and traffic and build a brand. But now it’s a suicide, you should go much more mildly and it takes much longer to see the same results.
        If I’m wrong please tell me why, it would be very appreciated.

  • April @ MomBizOwners


    I always enjoy reading your Monthly Income Reports and knowing that you’re an example of a nice (and smart) guy finishing “first”. It’s wonderful to see and hear that the hard work you put into SPI rewards not only you and your family, but your readers as well.

    Thanks for sharing Michal’s story. It was indeed Awesome! Michal if you’re reading this – A BIG congratulations and Great job to you!

    Lastly, Pat since I’ve recently stopped being a “lurker” after reading your blog for awhile, congratulations on the birth of your daughter and thank you for all of the inspiration and wonderful information that you provide here on SPI! I hope to do the same for my audience.

    God Bless!

    • Michal Szafranski

      Hi April,

      Thank you very much! :) I hope there is a little bit of inspiration for everyone in my story. I’m so happy I could give back my “Thank you” to Pat and that he enjoyed it so much :)


      • April @ MomBizOwners


        Absolutely! Your story was VERY inspiring. My husband and I are raising four boys, two of whom have a severe form of autism. So when I read about someone who makes the choice to persevere despite the challenges, it’s definitely inspiring. And it sounds like you gave credit to all of the right ones for helping you to persevere, including God. : )

  • John Lee Dumas

    Can you have a daily income report Pat? I love these :-)

    Warms the heart…thanks.

  • Leslie Samuel

    Ok, so the whole income stuff is pretty cool, but that story at the end – AMAZING!

    That’s how you know you’re having a positive impact on the world. Keep up the awesome work bro!

  • EntrepreneurCrunch

    Always an inspiration, Pat. Can’t imagine how your blog is impacting people’s lives. This is great!

  • Ryan

    Hey Pat,

    Just a quick simple comment. Your monetary rewards are amazing, but having an impact on people like Michal is the most rewarding of all. Always, Pat, good on ya!


  • diamantis

    that was an inspirational story. you kinda appreciate what you already have.

    be healthy and smile !

  • Brendan

    Great writeup Pat. I had never thought of Cineskates but I’ll definitely look into using them for some of my gi reviews!

    Thanks for having me on the podcast as well. What a blessing to be able to give back to the SPI community that’s given me so much.

    Thanks also for sharing Michal’s story. You’re changing lives, Pat!

  • Curt

    Another awesome month, these are huge inspirations. When I got your email saying that you were posting this today, I couldn’t wait for this morning.

    All the best, you’re helping me maneuver the sometimes mind boggling and difficult world of making passive income (specifically online).


    PS. Totally inconsequential and irrelevant, but just wanted to let you know that under:
    Other Mini-Sites in Portfolio:
    Total: $412.12
    Last Month: $395.68
    Difference: -$16.44

    Difference ought be +16.44. Again, inconsequential, but hope it helps!

  • Trung Nguyen @ Make Money Blogging

    I always love what you shared on monthly income report blog post, thanks for giving to us your awesome experience about passive income by telling how you did. Have a great day, Pat.

  • Jason Love

    Great to see how your business is growing.
    While I am still trying to narrow down my niche for my main blog to more specifics. Currently I am focusing on internet business for artists, but might niche down to just comic books since that is what I am working on…. Anyways, I recorded my first podcast thanks to your video and hope to have it published by next week.

    Thanks Pat for all you do and sharing Michal’s story.
    Jason LOVE

  • Ebony M.

    Oh. Wow. Next time I feel lazy or complain that the weather sucks I will remember this man’s extraordinary journey and perspective and I will put on my gear and tie my laces and go for a run. That is amazing! Thanks for the reminder that we can all inspire one another and change each other’s lives. :)

  • Edgar

    Amazing Story and great month for you Pat. Keep up the great work your truly a inspiration.

  • Will

    I look forward to these income reports because they are always motivating. Even without including Michal’s uplifting story, you’ve hopefully shown everyone that most of us have far more control over our lives than we realize. Good news on being able to sleep at least 3 hours at a time!

  • bryan

    Pat, as always your income reports motivate me to work harder on my own sites. and my own blog. Which I am using mainly as a journal of my online pursuit.

    Have you ever considered doing another Niche site duel? the market has changed so much recently that I would be interested in seeing what kind of results are possible now.

    Another note. your Income for other mini sites should be a “+” not a “-” :)

  • Samuel


    It was a long read but the story at the end was truly inspirational. Imagine the others you have impacted who might not have written you an email. I’m sure there are a lot more out there.

    Great work on the income reports Pat. Still very surprised though that you don’t have your own product out yet. I know you are probably waiting for the right time or the right content to put out.

    Thanks for sharing the story and keep up the great work!

    • Tim Ferraris


      Pat’s got a ton of products. It just so happens that he gives them to us for free!

      Nice guy, eh?

      • Samuel

        Hey Tim,

        Didn’t think of it that way. But you are right. I have purchased some WSO’s in the Warrior Forum that don’t even come close to the content Pat shares in his blog posts! Definitely a nice dude!

  • Howie Nguyen

    Sleeping for 3 hours already? Nice! My 7 month old just started sleeping through the night. I think I can finally get some work done now.

    Congratulations on another solid month at SPI!

  • Brandon Breshears

    Thanks so much for the inspiration man, you’re doing so great, and congrats on getting some sleep! Keep chargin man, appreciate what you’re doing! I keep sending people here because it is such great information.

  • george@seekdefo

    Hi Pat you have given me a strong dose of confidence for blogging. Nice story too. I hope you win the podcast award too.

  • Wade McMaster

    Awesome Pat – from Strength to Strength! It’s really awesome to see your Security Niche site continue to grow!

  • Dawn M

    What an amazing story – you made me cry. It just goes to prove you never know who you are influencing. Thanks again Pat for a great post. Very Inspirational!

  • LC @ LondenCity

    Great to not only share your Income Report, but also the inspirational story from Michal!

  • Rod


    Thanks for another great post. When you say “I’m most excited about guard card, which is a keyword that I’ve been targeting for over a year now.” – how are you targeting it? (or KW in general). How much time do you spend linkbuilding please?

    Thanks mate

  • Kevin McNally

    Loved the personal story, I am sure in it’s special way that means more to you than all those nice commissions in October.

    Can you share more Pat about your current linkbuilding plan ?


  • Marcin

    You really surprised me with Michal’s story, it’s awesome you shared it.
    This way I learned that there are more Smart Passive Income fans in Warsaw, besides me;) High five!

  • Stacy

    Wow, Pat….another awesome month for us to aspire to :) Congratulations on all of your hard work! This was a very inspirational post today with Michal’s story. It made me cry, as well! Thanks for always sharing so much with us :)

  • Daniel Malau

    This is inspiring for me, I think I’m a fan now, Pat
    You’re truly an honest person by revealing your monthly income like this
    I see that you had your biggest income from Bluehost affiliate… just one word, AMAZING

  • Dan

    Very nice post Pat and a great story about Michal. After seeing the website traffic that Michal has created in just a few months, it is more proof that your blogging and podcasting are not only inspirational, but what you are preaching works! Thanks.

  • Dodie Rahlmann

    Pat, wanted to thank you for sharing all your valuable experiences with building your website businesses. I am using some of your tactics with a website of my own and am starting to see some positive results. I’m slowly climbing up in the rankings and have seen a definite increase in traffic to my website for my offline business (DJ and Photo Booth rental).

    A big Thank You from St. Louis Missouri! :-)

  • Theodore Nwangene

    Kudos Pat,
    A tremendous report as always. Why i like reading your income reports unlike others is because of your transparency in the whole thing.

    At least its now obvious that one can earn a living online if he do everything right.

    Thanks for sharing mate.

    @ Michael, congrates on your survival and on your success so far in the blogging game.

  • Nils Heitmann

    Hi Pat.

    I cant´t believe you make these numbers.



  • Tom

    Another amazing month for you, Pat, congratulations! And what an inspiring story from Michal Szafranski! None of us have any excuses to not be working harder to achieve our goals after you read that!

  • Shan @


    Thanks for the nice tips. I am actually a newbee and really struggling in this field . Till now my blog earning is zero . I was think of leaving it ,but your post really inspired me. I will try again.


  • Sigal

    Pat, I’ve only recently started following your blog and podcast. I’m curious to know how comes you are making so much money from Adsense on your security guard website, and I don’t see any Adsense ads there. Where are the ads??

    Thank you for your hard work and the great content you consistently provide.

  • mike

    Lovely ADSENSE earnings, Pat!!

    I’ve been strugling to upward the traffic trend at my niche adsense blog for months, so I’m particularly interested to see how your adsense site is performing in both, earnings and traffic.

    You’re doing good, so keep up with great work!

    What I’m interested in is what SITEMAP plugin do you use? Does it support all pages/articles?

    I have a blog with more than 900 posts and to date haven’t installed the sitemap plugin. Luckily, I’m working on a redesign of the site and will install one there.

    Now, may I ask which one do you use or suggest?

    thanks! mike

  • Stacey

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Your income report :) Thanks for sharing Pat!

  • Rahul

    Great great so are you….awesome

  • Autumn

    Great job Pat. Anything about $2,000 is always fantastic.

  • Dave @ VirtualAssistantSource


    Excellent article. I’m glad that you were finally able to work things out with your VA. I have been working with VAs for years and was finally fed up with the inconsistencies from Elance and Odesk. Their vetting process is subpar and you don’t know what you are really getting. The biggest problem, as you mention is the lack of communication with your VAs once you hire them. Most of them often work for a while and then have an emergency or some other job they are working so your work is put on the back burner. Our VAs are vetted, trained and their primary focus is to work with one client, not 3 or 4 at a time, so you get the individual attention you deserve.

    Continue the great work with your website and let me know if you need any quality VAs in the future.


    Dave Hahn
    Virtual Assistant Source

  • Kristy

    thanks Pat! Wonderful as always you truly have a gift. It is unfortunate that you and many others have sour experiences with elancers. I am a writer and would love to help people achieve their goals through contracting out their work to writers like me, but I feel there is a cloud of mistrust and uncertainty. I would really like to build a strong reputation as a dedicated writer and helpful tool for business owners. Unfortunately, there are so many people out there to make a quick dollar that it creates a tough stigma to get around. Especially as a young writer it is hard to showcase my work ethic to employers who would really enjoy my work if I were given a chance. Anyways I hope you have better experiences with contractors!
    Thanks for your Words!

  • Michael

    Always motivating these reports. Nice month.

  • Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey

    Some people may say the month of October is not good because your total net income decreased as compared to previous month’s net total. On the other hand, I would still say that October is still good despite the reduced income because your income from security guard niche almost doubled. You are an inspiration. You continue to motivate us to work harder so that our sites will earn more. Thank you and congratulations!

  • Okto

    Hi Pat,

    Great income reports as always. But I’m focus more on your share of “powerful lessons” at the end of this post. :)

    And I thank you for that, it’s a spirit-booster that anyone can learn from.

  • Mathias

    Truly inspiring as always Pat. I admire your transparency! 600% increase in earnings since your first income report in Oct-2008. That’s remarkable!

  • George at seekdefo

    Pat I had sent you an email asking you about being an hostgator affiliate. I don’t know whether it reached you. My question is if people who buy hostgator hosting from you are more than 21 per month you get $125 from each sale. So why not hostgator. It’ll triple your income

    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks for the comment George! First and foremost, I’ve never used hostgator so I would never promote them. I’m sure their service is great, but I don’t feel comfortable promoting tools and services that I’ve never used before. And in addition, the commission from hostgator would not increase my income because I negotiated a higher than normal commission with Bluehost because of the volume that I produce.

      • Adam

        Hi Pat. One question. How did you negotiate a higher than normal commission with Bluehost if they would get your traffic anyway, no matter if they raised your commission or not? Thanks.

  • stephen

    Amazing post Pat, thanks for sharing Michal. Got me choked up at work. Ha

  • Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi

    Another great monthly income report Pat, i dont really know your channel for promoting those CB products any clue for your readers

  • Otto

    Hey Patt,
    so happy for your success with your blog. It’s inspiring and it gives me hope that one day, when I finally find the time to come up with my own blog, I might be able to create a little passive income for myself.
    I just wanted to tell you that several German financial and passive income blogs regularly declare your blog the most financially succesful Englisch language blog on the web.

    Please keep up the good work. Regards, Otto.

  • Herman

    Your income is getting better all the time! I think you did the best when you decided to build SGThq even more attractive site and finally will get it real brand site. Good luck!

  • Dhruv Bhagat

    You are one of the richest bloggers :)

    Great 😀

  • Grant

    You’re changing lives in so many ways!!

    Great stuff!

  • Vick Strizheus

    Incredible results! Changing the world for all bloggers. Consistency is what you have going for you Pat! Keep it up.

  • Diego Suarez

    Hi Pat, I have problems with organic visits the website I manage, I am from Colombia so excuse the English, I hope you understand and can give me a recommendation to increase organic traffic, the site is

  • The Secret Insider

    Another excellent month Pat, not just in money but what a great story by Michal, that is simply incredible. You do need to understand that you do have a major impact on many of us. I work inside the Internet Marketing industry and I don’t personally like a lot of it, but you have shown me a far better and ethical way and that is blogging.

    I hold you up as a mentor and inspiration. Thank you for all of the great information that you share for free.


  • Kate Luella

    Wow! Check out that guys maraton effort, in his marathon letter too! Such passion! Love it! Well done Pat for being such a great inspiration… for me too, but I’m afraid I won’t be running any marathon soon for you… xxxxxxxKate

  • Kia

    Your income report every month works like a ‘work hard tonic’ to me.
    You are really doing a good job and just keep it up.

  • Shaza I noticed that your expenses were so low! I joined the link in the front….it costs 500 dollars and it impossible to use and the support is awful…this seems different to what you use! I am trying to find a way to put up a support site for my Apple Apps without waiting days and days for support….is there more than one wordpress and which links do you advise re: your affiliate program!

    Frustrated in Australia,

  • Shaza

    I forgot to ask…Is you map SVG code ? Shaz

  • Ruth

    Pat, I stumbled across your website by accident and I’m so glad I did. I’m really inspired by your openness and transparency.

    I’ve also been on your youtube channel and learned so much from your videos.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Rich Blogger

    Affiliate incomes looks really impressive! Diversification also looks good, only earnings from BlueHost looks little dangerous here (more than half of income!), I would change that.

    Story of Michal… it’s BIG. Great work and keep going!

  • Joe @ How I Got Rich

    Great figures once again!

    I think my earnings for October are .01 % of yours!

  • Dylan

    Every month I am still fascinated by your income results. Great, once again Pat.

  • andrew

    great,,,, Please keep up the good work.

  • Karo

    It was a great read! :)

  • Carmello

    WOW, simply WOW! First of all it’s amazing to see how much you can write from Everyday to WEEK, MONTH, and YEAR! Secondly, every time I visit this site I’m always finding something new. All of this is simply MIND BLOWING! (^_^) I wish I could say more but I don’t know what else to say.

  • Davaughn White

    Wow. These earnings are amazing. I hope I can reach atleast a few hundred dollars a month with my website. As a teenager, Pat you are really an inspiration to me.
    Davaughn White,

  • Sam Matla (Minimal Blog)

    Great report Pat, very inspiring and motivating. I notice how diverse you are with your income sources, I think it’s great that you have so many different forms. Still, I can’t get over the amount you earn from bluehost!

  • Petunia @ Free Shipping Singapore

    Hi Pat, been reading your blog for a while now. You are such an inspiration! Your posts really keep me going whenever I feel dismay at my own results from my sites. Please keep this up! 😀

  • Sha

    Hi Pat,

    This is really inspiring! I haven’t listened to your podcasts yet but after reading Michal’s letter, I will start checking your podcasts out.

    More power to you!



  • Kevin

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and this is my first time commenting. My brother kept telling me things like “You don’t want to get too engaged with an email marketer, they will end up spamming you like crazy.”

    Well, I’m glad to say Pat has not spammed me once since going through his affiliate links or signing up for his newsletter! Obviously, Pat, you are the real deal. Thank you for all of your hard work. You inspired me to be bold and take action. I first found you this summer and now I have just launched my first website! Thanks again!

  • Jeff

    Great post Pat, love your transparency. I was turned on to your blog from a student of mine when I mentioned I didn’t have a monitization strategy for one of my blogs. Hoping your great information will help spark ideas.

    Also loved the marathon story. Very inspiring!

  • Dori From NicheWolf

    Mike’s story brought tears to me eyes .I am so inspired by this post. Thanks

  • karan singh chauhan

    Great Income buddy! I dreamed to achieve this ASAP. Anyways thanks for sharing your report.

  • Steve

    Pat, you definitely set the bar high every month with your earnings reports. I am continually impressed by you transparency and ability to relate to your audience when at the same time you are crushing it. Keep up the good work man

  • Melissa at MyWorkAtHomeVentures

    That’s so awesome about your security guard training site! I am so glad I found you, and of course, I wish I’d found you sooner! lol Keep up the great work. I also love the Cineskates! My husband is wanting to record a music video for some of the songs on his new album and I think those would be awesome to have for something like that! ( is his website )

    I’m hoping soon my projects will really start paying off!

  • Rhonda

    Thanks for being transparent with what you’re doing so that the rest of us can learn what is working! Appreciate your advice.

  • Alex B. (@DreamJobGuy)

    Congrats on another great month my friend! Keep up the great work and hustle! I always look forward to seeing your income reports, as they certainly provide a great sense of inspiration to us all!

    You are awesome, and that’s an understatement. I enjoyed your heartfelt, emotional story. I’ve been wanting to address my weight issue (again), and I get too lazy to even go on walks, let alone a run. Seeing your story has inspired me to take advantage of the God given gifts, and get off my butt and do something!

    Kudos to you, my friend. You are such an inspiration! I wish you many more years of love, health, and happiness!

    All the best,

  • Surviving Disaster

    Pat – another amazing month. It seems you now have started using affiliates to sell your Green Academy product. This is great – showing how the other side works as well.

    Great story on Michael and, as always, very inspiring.

    Hoping to get to that magical $100/month mark here.

  • Ross Gomez

    How exactly are you sending traffic to your bluehost affilate site ?
    Did you post info about it somewhere before ?

  • stalyn

    Keep up the good work pat. You work hard for your success.

  • daveM

    Thanks so much for this post. You have given me some great ideas for managing my site and my efforts to promote it. I would like to be able to develop some metrics for management, certainly I will use your ideas. Seeing the post reminds me to review the business plan I made, I can already see where some changes are required. Thanks again!

  • David Landen

    Those are very impressive numbers! I only wish I had your bluehost affiliate earnings! I will look for your November numbers to see if you earn even more.

  • raj

    hi, pat i am big fan of you because for inspire us by publishing those impressive figures.

  • Joseph

    Hi Pat,
    Very inspiring stuff. Bookmarked your site for inspiration because one day I aspire to be like you. Would like to ask yo how do you create backlinks and what is your largest source of traffic please?

  • Dan

    Joseph, I know you want Pat to respond (I wouldnt mind him responding to your question either), but if I might attempt to guesstimate the answer – organic search traffic is his biggest source of traffic. Why do I say this? Well, his domain is an exact match for a longtail keyword phrase that gets over 8,000 searches a month. Within the same phrase is another which gets 60K+ searches a month. He also ranks extremely well for market samurai, which is also highly searched online at 60K+ searches a month. He ranks #2 for all of these in the Google SERPs at this time, I believe. His TLD also has ~80K+ backlinks, which is a huge number. Took me 5 minutes or less to dig this up. What I don’t have a good guesstimate at is why the recent Google update or two didn’t destroy his rankings..well.. maybe I do – most of his anchor text seems to be an exact match to his domain name, which is rarely penalized from what I have seen.. hmm. Although I certainly haven’t checked 10s of thousands of his anchor text, but looking at the first few dozen or so they’re all exact matches.

    • Pat Flynn

      Hey Joseph and Dan, thanks for the comments. Dan is pretty spot on with the keyword assessment. A little less than half of my traffic comes from Google. The rest from Direct traffic (such as email) and social media and YouTube. As far as backlinks, it’s all created naturally here – other people linking to the articles and tutorials that I post. And yes, most of the time the anchor text is an exact match of my branded domain name, which is okay in Google’s book. Cheers!

  • Dan

    By the way Pat.. is this site hosted with Bluehost? If so, I wouldn’t also mind knowing how much traffic you’re really getting, because your site is pretty dang slow. Understandable if you get HUGE traffic and you’re using some econo host package, but.. uhm.. yea dude, it’s WAY slow. And that captcha plugin may or may not be the greatest in terms of how fast it is. I’ve commented two or three times today and each time I thought, wow, did I just lose my comment? Because it took THAT long to ever come back with anything. Anyway, I’ll just throw this tidbit out there – don’t go with Midphase. I have them, and they suck, very slow host and not great support. They couldnt even setup my account properly and I had to inform them they set my permissions incorrectly.

    • Pat Flynn

      Hey Dan. No, this site is hosted on a dedicated server and was optimized for speed a couple of seconds ago. It was opening under 2.5 seconds when tested. It just may be running slow at the moment. It’s 1:18am in the morning at the time that you commented, on the morning after Thanksgiving. The servers could be running an update or upgrade now since now’s a time when not too many people, at least in the U.S., are going to be online. We’re all asleep from all the Turkey we’ve eaten (except for me, lol). Thanks for the heads up though!

  • Peter

    Hi Pat,

    thanks for your honest report. You are a idol for me.

  • daveM

    I think the idea of going to the companies and offering to get recruits for them would be super……. recruits for a fee.. you have the ability to reach the market place far more effectively than they do so your referrals would be valued. Improving their sites would not be as lucrative as operating your own referral service.. IMO

    I think you have in place already the nucleus of such a service, a few more pages and a couple modifications would allow you to be the national recruiter for the industry and you could sell the leads.. If you make them effective marketers, you lose the opportunity of selling the products you have today. Free classifieds will help in this area.

  • Nicolas

    Wow!! Amazing story that of Michal!!! Truly amazing story.
    Everytime i read one of your blog post, i’m impressed at how helpful you are … for free… but as Michal says, it’s not even about Income anymore, it’s about Belief and Inspiration.
    You must be so proud to inspire people like this. I’ve just started a blog and i really hope one day i can inspire people the way you do.

    One technical question about something Michal mentioned: do you really advise foreign people to write a blog in their own language? I’m French and i have to say I struggle a bit to post in english, since it’s not my mother tongue… But on the other side, i really like the idea that i’m reachable to the entire world, not only Frenchs.

    Plus, my blog is about Productivity, Zen, Motivation, Encouragment… so it’s not that I should totally stick to french language…

    What do you think?

  • Joseph

    Thanks for your answers – lively blog you have here, Pat.
    I must say that you have aremarkable blog here with lots of interaction
    Pat what I am a curious about is how did you build your income to what it is now (very impressive btw)? I mean content is really a large part but am more intersted in the traffic / backlinks part? I asked because I am trying to build traffic myself!

    Dan what do you use to find all this info. Also is there software that lists all the backlinks to a page (not the home page)? Apreciate your help in advance.

    • daveM

      In addition to Joseph’s question, I would like to ask if the technique of mini sites to feed other sites to feed the home page is still viable.(re Pandas and Penguins and Seagulls)

    • daveM

      If you can take the time to look back in the posts on the site, he spells out the method(s) and also all of the tools that he uses for traffic. I am guessing that he has left out nothing, I recall reading a number of very thorough posts. I have attempted to adopt a couple of his approaches, it takes time to set things up. For sure he is not using anything that is unavailable to us although a couple pieces of software that he uses are a bit pricey. I feel that the basis of his approach is articles, a circle of small sites which feeds a second smaller circle and the smaller circle feeds the major site for his project, he has diagrammed the process on one of his posts and also explained carefully his use of articles, article spinner and article poster. The short answer, if I may, is that he uses article sites to generate his traffic and ranking. (I hope I got that correct) I am not sure as to how many sites are in each of his circles, probably many of them, I am not sure if that is mentioned…. Try to find the posts, a goldmine of info there.

    • daveM
  • Dan

    Joseph – I used, – just ‘cuz – it usually doesnt give me much, but in this case it reminded me to pay attention to the domain name – and brought market samurai to my attention – the search analytics listed it.

    To be perfectly honest with you, I’m about as pro n00b as most can be. I have a technical background, but I am not the most technical person around, and though I do have my own blog and I do have some eBooks I’m writing, I’ve made only a little money online so far. And that was from ghostwriting. =)

    What I do have, though, are many gigs of IM documentation, books on marketing (not internet marketing), copywriting, etc. And lots and lots of time spent analyzing different sites, approximating traffic with little or no real information to go on. BTW: if a site’s alexa score isn’t at least ~2,000,000 or lower, they get almost no traffic most likely.. from what I’ve seen so far. Pat’s site that we’re on right now has a MUCH better traffic rank than that (less than 6,000 world wide, and less than 4,000 in the US I think)

    As far as software tools and checking specific pages.. I’ve used the trial version of market samurai, but quite frankly I’m cheap. And I don’t like trusting “multiple sources” nearly as much as just going with The King, Google.. Also, Noble Samurai or whoever kind of rubbed me the wrong way with some of their marketing. I forget what exactly went down, but I really felt like I was duped, and just never went back – even in my mind – to even consider purchasing that software. Plus, it crashed quite often when I did use it. I’ve also used Traffic Travis but I’m less familiar with it.

    Basically I go with what one of my computer science teachers always used to say, “You have to know where you’ve come from to know where you’re going”; possibly not the best analogy, but essentially I feel if I do not really know the stuff well, and cannot comfortable use the google keyword tool to get data and have a good idea what that data means, then the last thing in the world I’d want to do is trust *ANY* software package that does it for you, especially when the data you get doesn’t match up with the data that comes direct from Google. And I never felt like vetting it, so I just skipped it altogether.

    But, hey, if I had dozens of sites making me $20.00+ per day, per site, I’d likely go get market samurai, traffic travis, spend a week or two drilling those softwares into my brain, so I could (hopefully) learn to trust them, and train a virtual assistant on their use to save them time and me money. I am just stubborn – a lot of people like Market Samurai, I just don’t trust people for the most part. However Pat seems like 1 of the few honest people in this category, and he apparently likes it, so.. meh.. can’t be all that bad. (Part of the reason I gravitate towards Pat is because his story and mine aren’t really all that different. We both live in SoCal, we both got laid off around the same time, we both look to the internet for revenue – it’s silly, but hey I’m only human)

    As for checking links to a specific page and not just the TLD.. that one I don’t have an answer to. I wish I did. I’d love to check backlinks to Ezinearticles that have 100,000+ views in 12 months, for instance, but I really don’t know how to do that.

    • daveM

      Checking Backlinks
      There is an area in Market Samurai that will give the backlinks pointing to a page and also their page rank, nicely sorted… and also the anchor text. I have been learning to use this page so that I can get similar links for some of my pages. What I have found is that it is really easy for a person to get links on PR 0,1,2 but to find 5, 6, 7 etc takes a lot of work as they are not always easily found.
      Another method that I have been using is with SEOQuake, search Google for a keyword, set the number of items on the search results to 100 per page and then use SEOQuake to sort those by PR and all the lovely sites are at the top… Between those two routines I find a bunch of candidates for my links.

      • Joseph John

        Hi daveM,
        I used Market Samurai re backlinks pointing to a page but all I got was a total number and not the actual links pointing to a page. Maybe I am not using the feature you mentioned. Could you please tell where it is please?
        Thanks in advance

        • daveM

          Go to SEO competition, select the keyword you want to check on, then you will have the green/yellow/red page listing about ten sites… there is a little diamond or half diamond to the left of page rank. click on that and a new list of sites will appear, just above the new sites is ACRank analysis and anchor text analysis, click on those and you will get a lovely sorted list to study. I guess MS goes out to the web and searches the pages…. This thing is fantastic!! I just did the thing and got a list of pr6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 sites with the anchor text.
          Ask again if you can not locate the thing.

  • http://www.prooptimization Felix

    Pretty awesome. your earnings are impressive for most of us

  • Ricky

    Thank Michal Szafranski for sharing the story with us. Pat Flynn has inspired your life, and now it is your turn to being inspired by us. Your hard-work and determination will only bring us strength to do more than we can achieve.

  • Rodrigo

    Awesome Pat! you’re getting close to the 60k every month, I know You’ll get it in the new year, thanks for all the value!

  • Timo van den Noort

    Nice job Pat!
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and been sitting around inactively for two months, waiting to be ready to really start my project. For some sign or something. The story of your friend is that sign. I will put on my running shoes again tonight (it’s is cold here in Germany!) and train for a marathon. Writing content that matters to me.
    Keep inspiring!

  • piyush goyal

    Wow! Check out that guys maraton effort, in his marathon letter too! Such passion! Love it! Well done Pat for being such a great inspiration… for me too, but I’m afraid I won’t be running any marathon soon for you…

  • Prakash

    The figure of your monthly income is really good. I am working in my new project at this time. And want to grab these figures. I know it will take time.

  • Melinda

    Very nice to see your income and all around your Blog!
    Really good job…your business grows as very well…

    I wish you also much continued success for you and your site!

  • Matt

    How can you earn 23,000 $ in one month from bluehost commissions with a video that has only 50,000 views over the last three years ?

    by the way: love this blog!

  • Khalid SHARIEF

    Good job…your business grows as very well…
    Will see you next for 100k every month.

  • Durga

    i’m impressed at how helpful you are … for free… but as Michal says, it’s not even about Income anymore, it’s about Belief and Inspiration.

  • Judy

    Hi, Pat. First of all, than you very much for all the information that you put on your site. I read a lot of your post in the past couple of weeks, and I watched many of your videos. Thank you for your hard works.

    I’m touched by Michal Szafranski’s story. It’s so incredible to see how you can help a person’s life across the ocean. God bless you, and have a wonderful Christmas.

  • ke toan can tho

    I am very amazed by your bluehost earning this month, can you share tips on how to maximize the conversion ratio, where the sales converted, on this blog, from video youtube,etc,…

  • High Page Rank Backlinks List

    Well getting onto the top of search engine results with your desired and niche keywords is a great success.congratulation for such real success.can you please share your methods of creating backlinks.

  • Robert

    I think, he keeps chasing more and more, learning more and more, passing on what he learns to us, and we’re the ones who benefit along with him…

  • porady

    hello i have a One technical question about something Michal mentioned: do you really advise foreign people to write a blog in their own language? I’m French and i have to say I struggle a bit to post in english, since it’s not my mother tongue

  • Alan Fascia

    Porady, I would like to answer your question, you can right blogs in own language but make sure there should be option to translate your blog into english as we all know english is the only language which is easy to understand..

  • Quek Kai Hock .

    Awesome sharing! Thanks Michal Szafranski and Pat Flynn for your inspiration. I am starting to think about doing a marathon now! To Pat: I started reading your Income Report 2 months ago from the very first one until now. I am almost catching up with your latest one in April 2014. Cheers to myself!