My Monthly Report – December 2009

dollar-signWoohoo! Time for another monthly report!

Each month, I write a detailed report about where my online income comes from, along with the lessons I learned during the month and where I’m headed in the future. Part of the reason I do this is not only to help me keep track of how my businesses are doing, but also to let you in on exactly what kinds of things I’ve done or have planned to improve my results. I hope you enjoy my report for December of 2009.

Important Going-Ons in December

I’m a Daddy!

Christmas came early for the Flynn family this year as my wife and I celebrated the birth of our son, Keoni, on Christmas Eve! He was an entire month early. Except for a bit of jaundice (which caused us to spend Christmas day in the hospital too), everything went according to plan. We’re so blessed.

If you don’t have a kid already, I can say that the birth of your child will be one of the most amazing things you’ll ever experience in your entire life. Besides the fact that a little you just entered the world, it really makes you think about life and what really is important. Watching Keoni look up at me while in my hands just reaffirmed the motive behind everything I do online – to give me the time and freedom to do what I want. What I want to do is spend as much time with my family as possible. So far, working online has made that possible.

Happy Birthday

I turned 27 on the 6th. Yay!

Now to business…

GreenExamAcademy.com

Sales on my site at GreenExamAcademy.com were relatively slow, but that was expected. People aren’t studying for exams during the holidays. Service and help websites generally see a dip during the holidays, while eCommerce and product sites usually see a spike.

That being said, I was lucky enough to be contacted for a large order of guides from a single person who will be using them for a class later in the year. I threw in a significant discount for the larger quantity (20% off), and ended up with an order of $900.00 from a single person. Because this was a special order (a multi-license order on a single electronic product), I had to manually create a license agreement and invoice that formally described how much everything was, as well as the terms of use on the product.

Naturally, I didn’t do this entirely on my own. I used the services from elance.com. There are actually a number of people (and companies) on elance that deal with license agreements and contracts, so it took very little work on my end to get this done.

elance-legal

Other than that, nothing unusual happened. I must have spent a total of 1 to 2 hours of work the entire month on this site – answering a few customer emails and dealing with my CPA and my bookkeeper (which I will be writing a blog post about very soon, since tax season is coming up!). Most of my free time and energy, as you know, is geared toward the growth of the Smart Passive Income Blog, for now.

The Smart Passive Income Blog

December was yet again another awesome month for this blog. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for that.

ebook-cover3-1I successfully finished my eBook and was finally able to take the new blog design live. It was really nice to see a couple months of hard work finally materialize, especially with the kind comments and responses you have all made towards the new design and my eBook.

During the month of December, I started to create some buzz about my eBook, even before it was finished. I did this for a couple of reasons:

  1. Obviously, to get people to realize that I was coming out with an eBook very soon; and
  2. To get me off my butt and actually finish it! (Which was one of my hacks for not giving up).

I had mentioned the book a few times in blog posts early in the month, and I even held a contest to help me come up with a name for it. That post alone generated over 100 comments.

I think it worked pretty well, considering the eBook was downloaded over 300 times within the first 24 hours of going live. If you haven’t gotten your free copy yet, feel free to enter your name and email in the sidebar to get it now.

iPhone Applications

lolerapps-logoAbout 10 months ago, I had mentioned that my buddy and I started an iPhone app company, LOLer Apps, and released a few iPhone apps into the world as kind of an experiment to see how much passive income we could make.

In the beginning, we did quite well, finally breaking even after the first 6 months (we paid to have the apps developed, we did not code them ourselves). But, after 6 months, the income stream almost dried up as more and more apps entered the market. We were averaging a mere 10 dollars a day – far less than the 150-200 dollars a day we were averaging in the first few months of going live.

Well, December hit, and for some reason unbeknownst to us, all of our apps entered the top 100 in their categories and we’ve seen a massive influx of income once again, back to averaging at least 120-150 dollars a day. BabyMaker, our app that lets you take a picture of two people and generate a funny looking baby made up of the parent’s facial features on a toddler’s face – climbed back into the top 60 of the photography category. At $2.99 a pop, this generates the most of our income for us.

A very pleasant surprise this was.

Income Breakdown

Please note that 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 because of potential refunds.

GreenExamAcademy.com Product Sales:

  • Ebook Only: $733.80
  • Audio Only: $149.75
  • Ebook + Audio Package: $2,095.55
  • Total: $2,979.10
    • Last Month: $2,436.55
    • Difference: +$542.55
  • eHow Earnings:
    • Total: $135.03
      • Last Month: $186.90
      • Difference: -$51.87
  • Affiliate Earnings:
    • Total: $4,957.78
      • Last Month: $5,033.23
      • Difference: -$75.45
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Total: $1,927.84
      • Last Month: $852.30
      • Difference: +$1,075.54
  • Gross Total in December: $9,999.75
    • Last Month: $8,547.54
    • Difference: +$1,452.41

Things I Learned in December

There are a few important lessons I learned in December, which all relate to the birth of our son.

1. Life (and Business) are Full of Surprises.

Keoni’s one month early arrival definitely caught me and my wife by surprise, but we were prepared. We had just purchased a new car (that fit a baby seat) and previously packed a couple bags for the hospital, just in case he came early. We’re so glad we did all of that. Panic was at a minimum.

In business, we prepare business plans and talk about futures and all those kinds of things. Do things always go 100% according to plan? No way. Sometimes, it’s how well a company prepares it self for the unexpected that make it successful.

Expect the unexpected.

2. People Enjoy Helping Other People

At the hospital, you see hundreds of nurses, all working vigorously to make sure we’re all taken care of. They come in for 12 hour shifts, sometimes during the dark hours of the night, which is crazy. You’d think the last thing they would want to do is answer a bunch of questions from a childbirth newbie like myself, but that was totally not the case. All of the nurses, from shift to shift, were more than happy to answer all of my questions. I think it made them feel happy that I trusted their opinion and their expert advice on things.

The lesson here is to never be afraid to ask for help. People who may have more knowledge and experience than you are often more than willing to offer a bit of help at no cost.

3. The Best Way to Learn is To Do

Before Keoni was born, I had only held a baby once in my life. Actually – twice, and both times the baby hadn’t started crying until she was in my hands.

I read books, watched videos, and even took a daddy-only preparation course so I could make sure I was ready to hold and take care of Keoni once he was born. I was, to say the least, frightened.

Once I finally had the chance to hold him, it took a bit of arm rearranging advice from my wife, but after about 10 minutes, I felt totally comfortable.

Preparation with anything, including your businesses, is always good. However, there’s nothing quite like just doing whatever it is you’re preparing to do. So, if you’ve been stuck in prep mode for a while now, get out of it, and just do.

Plans for the Future

Now that the blog’s redesign is 99% complete and my eBook guide is done, I can now start focusing on the podcast. I have a few episodes completed already, but I’m waiting to complete about 10 before I begin to roll them out and go live on iTunes. I’m hoping to provide you with some good listening material for whatever downtime you have during your day.

Thank you all for your support and inspiration. Here’s to a healthy and prosporous 2010!

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  • http://www.realestatecareermentor.com Marty Green

    Congratulations Pat on your awesome news.

    The new site looks great, and your new baby looks even cuter! It’s very inspiring to read your posts and I’ m looking forward to your Podcasts as well, I’ll have lots of questions and comments for you as I head down that road as well.

    Keep it up and all the best in 2010!

    Marty

    • Pat

      Thanks Marty! I appreciate it! I can’t wait until the podcasts go live either – it’s killing me! Cheers, and all the best to you in 2010!

  • http://www.wakeupcloud.com/ Henri @ Wake Up Cloud

    Awesome stuff! Congratulations on Keoni. You seem to know what you’re doing and doing it well, so it’s always cool to see someone like you sharing their experience and knowledge.

    Let’s kill 2010 ;)

    • Pat

      Thanks Henri! Let’s tear it up in 2010, for sure :)

  • Don Gallagher

    Pat,
    Congratulations on the birth of your baby. My sense from the giving spirit of your blog and your past posts is that you’re a great dad and husband.

    Your new site look is very clean and smooth. Easy to navigate. Nice changes.
    Congrats on the ebook and thank you, thank you for the awesome info.

    Regards, Don

    • Pat

      Wow Don, I can’t express how happy your comment has made me. My goal in life now that Keoni is born is to become a good father, so I hope my work translates to my parenting. Thanks again!

  • http://www.personalfinancenotebook.com Patrenia

    Congratulations on another awesome month for you Pat! Your son, the ebook, the earnings, etc. It’s amazing how you lost your job and life got better. That’s not the way it’s “supposed” to happen.
    Your blog has become one that I MUST READ each time there is a post and I’m anxiously awaiting the podcasts. I’m truly inspired by you and your accomplishments. Congrats again!

    • Pat

      It’s funny how you said “that’s not the way it’s supposed to happen”, because when I think about it, is keeping a 9 to 5 job the way it’s supposed to be? Definitely an interesting topic to ponder, hehe. Thanks again for your awesome comments – I look forward to them each time I post, and I’m glad to know you’re always awaiting the next one. Definitely an inspiration and motivator for me to do even more. Thanks!

  • http://www.thegreenninja.org jen

    Great month, Pat! It’s always so exciting to read your monthly reports! My only son turned 18 this year and moved out. I can remember when he was just born…it seems like yesterday.

    • Pat

      I hear that watching your kid go up really illustrates how fast time flies. It’s only been 13 days, and he’s already getting bigger. He gained 8 oz. in just 5 days. All the best to you Jen!

  • http://www.captiveagents.com Robyn

    Hi Pat! I had to say something about holding a new baby. When my son was born 3 years ago, I was just like you – rarely held a baby and scared to death and I was the mother! The next morning they brought him to me while I was all alone before my husband got there and I remember looking at him and wondering -what the heck do I do now? lol We made it just fine, but I still don’t like to hold other people’s babies!!

    • Pat

      Right, Robyn? Totally scary.

      I’m still the same way. I think I’m comfortable holding my own (he’s actually in my hands here as I type one-handed, lol), but other people’s babies…give me a couple of year and then we’ll see! Thanks Robyn!

  • Jeff

    Congratulations on the birth of your son, he looks great!
    I really appreciate your transparency, it’s refreshing in a world where we like to hide things.

    • Pat

      Thanks Jeff – I appreciate that. I always try to keep it real, because sadly, it’s the best way I’ve found to stand out from the rest (and I can’t see myself hiding anything that may have an effect, one way or the other, on other people’s lives). Cheers Jeff!

  • http://www.kuzeo.com Fabien Grenier

    Congratulation for you baby and your new design,

    I’ve never heard about the Keoni name and i can tell you right now… i love it!

    Best of luck for this new year.

    • Pat

      Awesome Fabien! Thanks! I’m glad you like the name. It actually means “John” in Hawaiian, so it’s a fairly common name you hear over there, but really unique here, which is why we like it. Plus, my dad’s name is John, so it’s our way of naming the baby after him, but in a more unique fashion. Best of luck to you too!

  • http://www.behappynyc.com Einat

    Congratulations! I have been following your blog for a few months now and really appreciate the transparency you offer to your readers. Saying you earn $10k a month and SHOWING us are two different things. You are truly an inspiration! Best to your family in 2010!

    • Pat

      Hi Einat, thanks so much! You and your comments are an inspiration to me as well. Stay Happy in NYC! Cheers!

  • Howie

    lol…..25 cents shy of $10,000, Pat!

    ….December clearly brought some awesome times for you man….great job…..there’s a reason why this blog is one of my first stops in the morning…

    P.S. Check out the minor grammar error at the top ;) (lol…i make my fair share of grammar and spelling errors…but, figured i’d point it out…)…

    (I’m the kind of guy that points out if my fiance has a piece of food in her teeth….i’d rather her clear it out right away, rather than walk around looking foolish all day, and then wonder why I didn’t tell her earlier…lol)

    “Did You Know? Pat was has a ridiculous case of arachnophobia.”

    • Pat

      Doh, thanks for pointing out that typo Howie! I can always rely on you to tell me when I have something in my teeth, hehe.

      • Howie

        Anytime, Pat! :)

  • http://www.moneycrush.com Jackie

    Preparation (and then just doing it) really is the key, isn’t it. Congrats on your baby, and all the other newness too.

    Have you been able to figure out what caused the upsurge for your apps? That would be worth trying to repeat. My Pay Off Debt app had an upsurge too, but I assumed that was due to people wanting to get a handle on their finances after Christmas and for New Year’s resolutions too. Maybe not though.

    • Pat

      Hey Jackie, I wish I knew EXACTLY what the reason was, but I think it’s a combination of people getting new iPhones, and people giving away iTunes Gift Cards for Christmas. That alone will just up the numbers as far as app sales and download, I think. The app store is such an ambiguous market :P

  • Howie

    P.S.S. Pat:

    Don’t be afraid to tap into the collective knowledge and experience of your blog readers, as well, if you have any medical/nursing type questions ;) Wikipedia is GREAT…but, sometimes it’s also great to hear personal ideas, research, and applications…. :)

    i’m sure there may be a few nurses who frequent your blog who can provide insight if you ever need it, as well ;) :)

    • Pat

      Haha, cool – thanks a lot Howie! I’ll definitely let you know if I’m online and have any med questions. Your wife is a nurse, yea?

      • Howie

        Not quite “wife”….March 27th is the BIG day…. :)

        But, yep, sure is…..we both graduated with our B.S.N.s…..She was class President, and I was her “helper”….lol

        so…if you ask me something, and I don’t know….I can just ask her……lol :)

  • Howie

    just noticed…

    ….that was a bit of a ‘dip’ in your eHow earnings, Pat….

    ….think that was related to the articles they deleted, of yours?

    • Pat

      I don’t think it was, because I haven’t had any articles deleted in the past 2 months. Scouring in the eHow forums, most people saw a dip, probably due to the holidays. We’ll see how much I get in Jan.

      • Howie

        come to think of it, Pat….

        The gentleman I wrote our eBook course with, had noticed a significant change in earnings when he went to his Adsense account and opted-out of their “Self-interest” ads….

        ….I think that’s a rather new thing Adsense is doing, but, it appears like they apply it to EVERYONE automatically…and, you have to actually go Opt-out of it….

        He was really getting hit hard with earnings, but the day after he Opted-out of it, his earnings went up significantly (he earned around $26 yesterday…not bad at all….compared to ALOT less when that was applied)…

        May be something to try ;) :)

  • Howie

    Pat,

    How in the world do I get a picture/avatar to show up here?

    (I’m beginning to feel like the ODD man out…lol)

    • Pat

      Go to http://www.gravatar.com, and connect a picture to the email address that you use when you comment. Totally free, totally awesome.

      • Howie

        Test. Test. Test. :)

        lol…sorry, Pat…hope this worked! :)

  • http://chasingthebull.info Dusty

    There is nothing like holding your son for the first time (or the 5,000,000th). My son is three now and I still rush home every day for lunch just to play with ‘trucks and diggers’ for a few minutes. Last night, he even ‘helped’ me fix the kitchen sink when it got clogged. I would not trade that for anything!

    The more I work online, the more I realize that you can make a real income and support your family (which you have proven over the last year or so). In fact, I just bought 50 domain names to start building up my tiny niche empire.

    It is going to be a great 2010!

    • Pat

      Hey Dusty! I can’t wait to play trucks and diggers with my son, or legos or whatever he’s into. Congrats on your 50 domain purchase, that awesome. I wish you all the best, and please keep me updated on your progress!

  • http://www.freemanlegacyllc.com Ms. Freeman

    That was an awesome read. There were a lot of lessons learned by I think all of us that read your blog as well. As always your story is such an inspiration.

    I am in ‘Just Do’ mode today so I’ll keep this short.

    Congrats on your December successes and may we all be as fortunate in 2010 :)

    • Pat

      Nice! Way to get things done today, Ms. Freeman. All the best to you!

  • Howie

    hey Pat,

    I was wondering….do your affiliations with eHow products do pretty well on this site?…. (just trying to gauge ‘potential’ for our Info Barrel product….)…..

    ….one thing is for sure…content submission is a HUGE market….

    one person actually told me that the “How-to” industry is absolutely HUGE, however, they said, it’s still in its ‘infancy’…..

    i think MANY people are beginning to turn to sites like Info Barrel, eHow, HubPages, Squidoo, etc….

    • http://www.freemanlegacyllc.com Ms. Freeman

      Oh man thanks for the reminder Howie…I’ve been meaning to get a Squidoo Lens.

  • http://genywealth.com/ RJ Weiss

    Pat,

    Congrats on the birth of your new soon. I like how you have the picture up already. You must be proud. (:

    • Pat

      Most definitely. Thanks RJ!

  • http://www.EngagedMarriage.com Dustin | Engaged Marriage

    I look forward to more stories about Keoni, my man! It’s the greatest thing ever…and we’ll be experiencing it all over again in July, God willing.

    I love your closing statements about “doing” is everything when it comes to learning. I’ve declared 2010 as my “Breakthrough” year (it’s my chosen themeword), and I look forward to your continued guidance and support to help get me there. Get those podcasts going…I need to hear them…NOW! :)

    • Pat

      I’ll be sure to put in some Keoni on the blog every once and a while. You know how I like to sprinkle a little personal into the blog, so I’m sure he’ll show up. Maybe when he’s old enough to start typing and writing full sentences, I’ll have him write a blog post, hehe. Love your themeword – I think it’s one that everyone should take. Thanks Dustin, and congrats on all the recent success on your blog as well.

  • http://loving-life-today.blogspot.com Steven

    Great Article Pat!! Like many of the other readers, whenever I see a new post by you, I always read no matter the topic, because I’ve learned something everytime. Thanks for being so transparent, and all the tips you give. Congrats on the birth of your son!! I have a 3-yr old little boy, and he is SO MUCH FUN!! Great days ahead of you!!

    • Pat

      Thanks Steven! I really appreciate it! It’s har dbecause I want Keoni to be 3 already so we can play together, but I also don’t want him to grow up so fast, cause he’s so cute right now. Cheers Steven!

  • Jen

    Hi Pat,

    I’m new to your blog–it’s really interesting.

    I’m curious to know how many hours you spend working on passive income. Are you logging 40+ hours a week? Or are you raking in $10K a month part time?

    I have a lot of ideas for my own passive income strategies and your information, experiences and attitude are really inspiring me. Cheers!

    • Pat

      Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by. The $10k a month literally comes from just a couple of hours a work per month. Those are from my passive income businesses that are setup in a way to automatically generate an income, which require little to no work. In my free time (maybe an additional 20-25 hours a week), I spend just writing on this blog and trying to help others.

      I hope to hear from you again soon, Jen!

      • Jen

        Interesting… but that does include time spent building/redesigning your sites, writing ebooks, developing audio books, etc? Seems like setup involved generating “passive” income is a pretty fulltime job, no?

        • Pat

          Jen, of course that time doesn’t include the time spent building my business, because that’s already done! The setup of everything may be a full time job, but earning an income because of that setup for months or even years down the road WITHOUT ANY FURTHER WORK is not. Actually, for many, it’s more than 40 hours a week to get everything setup.

          Take my business at greenexamacademy.com for example. When setting it up, it took me maybe 60 hours a week for 2 months of total work to get it to where it’s at. That’s a lot of work. But, for the last year I’ve only needed to put 2 HOURS A MONTH in order to generate the same income as some CEOs (over $200,000). As I always mention on the blog, it’s about putting in hard work now, so you can reap the benefits later. I don’t have to trade my valuable hours to earn money anymore because the income I earn is passive, which took some setting up to do, obviously.

          It seems like you’re looking for a way to earn a lot of money, for little to no work. The only way that can be done, is by putting in hard work at the beginning, so you can continue to earn an income later without having to put in any work – or winning the lottery.

          Here’s another example: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ehow-income-reports-make-money/ – it’s a chart that shows my income from writing for eHow. I put in lots of work writing 150 articles in one month, then I stopped. However, I continue to earn over $130 each month (for over a year now), because I’ve put in the work already.

          If you have any more questions about how this works, please let me know. Feel free to contact me, and I’d love to chat with you on the phone to explain it even further.

          I’m glad I spent time working 60 hours a week 1 and a half years ago, so I only need to work 2 hours a month now, and spend my free time with my family.

      • Jen

        Thanks for the detailed feedback below. No, I’m not unwilling to put in the legwork… lol… just curious what kind of time investment you had made to get to this level of success. I’ll definitely be following you as I get the ball rolling on my own endeavors. Cheers!

  • http://baglady.dreamhosters.com thebaglady

    Congrats on the baby!!! I just had mine in October and boy they grow fast. My boy came 3 weeks early and he was small, but now he has caught up. You must be excited in being a daddy. My husband is a couple weeks younger than you and he is having a lot of fun.

    • Pat

      Congratulations on your baby boy too! Keoni was only 5 lbs. 2 oz at birth, and he went down to 4 lbs. 8 oz. when we were discharged. Now, he’s almost 6 lbs! I’m sure he’ll grow even faster to catch up to everyone else soon. I’m definitely having the time of my life. All the best to you!

  • http://www.biblemoneymatters.com Peter

    Pat, congrats on becoming a father for the first time – you’re very blessed to have such a little cutie! My wife and I are expecting right now, and we are only beginning to imagine now the joy you must be experiencing. We’ll join you in the parenthood department soon.

    10k a month from the passive income projects, huh? Can’t say I’ll be joining you nearly as quickly there. I do hope to be increasing my online income this year, my goal that I’m shooting for is closer to 5k/month. Wish me luck!

    • Pat

      Hey Peter – keep working hard like you do, and you’ll get there. All the best to you and your family. I’m excited for you to experience the beginnings of fatherhood just as I have. Woohoo! Boy or girl?

      • http://www.biblemoneymatters.com Peter

        We don’t find out if it’s a boy or girl til february. Looking forward to that though!

  • http://www.whatamidoingwithmylife.com Kerry @ Whatamidoingwithmylife.com

    Congrats on becoming father! That’s an impressive month for sure, despite the holiday dip. I would love to hear more about your affiliate earnings and the affiliate process in a future article. I also just noticed you named the LLC Flynndustries, catchy!

    • Pat

      Thanks Kerry. Actually, I can’t take credit for the name of the company. It was my best friend (who was actually my best man), who came up with i a long long time ago. I’m glad I finally put it to good use.

      As far as the affiliate earnings, have you checked out this article here: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/3-types-of-affiliate-marketing-explained-and-the-one-i-profit-from/

      Thanks again Kerry!

      • http://www.whatamidoingwithmylife.com Kerry @ Whatamidoingwithmylife.com

        Oh I missed that! Thanks for the tip!

  • http://livingyourbalance.blogspot.com Tammy

    Hey Pat
    Great results this month considering all the exciting stuff that went on.

    Keoni is soooo little, my goodness, I forgot how little new babies are. Hes beautiful and loved the pic of you and him having a nap nap.

    Im realy looking forward to the podcasts, I finaly figured out how to get them on my phone, lol.

    Ive finaly stoped stuff my face and have started to get back to doing some work. Its great being a stay home parent, however, right about now I am counting down the days till my kids go back to school and my partner goes back to work, hehehe. Next xmas holidays I hope to be earning enough to take them all on holiday somewhere and cant wait!!

    Thanks again for all your inspiration and the wonderful content on your site. Just wanted to let you know that we all appreciate the hard work you put into all of this for our benefit.

    Till next time
    Cheers
    Tammy

    • Pat

      Thanks for the kind words about Keoni! Where would you end up going on a holiday? Once Keoni gets older, I’d love to take him to Australia to visit some of our family that’s over there, or even Italy so I can teach him about the architecture there. Who knows, he’ll probably just end up wanting to go to Disney World, but I wouldn’t complain about that either. Till next time! Thanks Tammy!

      • http://livingyourbalance.blogspot.com Tammy

        Hey Pat, thanks for the response. Actualy, my kids are dying to go up to Brisbane to hit the theme parks, I sure wont be complaining about that either lol. So thats our family goal for xmas holidays this year.
        I was just thinking about babies and that new baby smell they have, awww, i miss that :)
        Well, let us know if you make it to Melbourne with your family, would love to meet you all in person and put on a good old BBQ.

        Oh, by the way, I made my first money online, a big 26cents, actualy, i was realy realy excited to see it, best motivation to get me moving forward is to see results, no matter how small they may be. My family is wrapped as well, lol, luv it. Thanks again for the inspiration dude, You Rock!! big cuddles to keoni and I hope April has recovered.

  • Robert Hagstrom

    Wow; hey can I give you 25 cents to make an even 10K? If I had known I would’ve bought my friend Deo an app for his iPhone and made your stats look nicer.

    Man, I’m disappointed I didn’t catch the grammar error first before Howie! Curses!! But I can’t fault you now because I just imagine you with Keoni in one hand trying to type with the other, then burp!

    BTW, I broke 100 lbs. in 10th grade so don’t feel too bad.

    All kidding aside, I hope you know how helpful and motivating you’ve been–your statement “if you’ve been stuck in prep mode for a while now, get out of it, and just do.” is very profound and good timing for me. I’m thinking of putting a time limit on my “design phase” so I can get it out and correct course as I go along. This will probably prove to be a very good move, because without launching the site how can I keep making corrections without feedback from my audience or testing? Thanks, Pat!

    • Pat

      Hey Bobby! Dude, you’re comments are always so insightful. I’m always glad to see you post one here. Soon, you’ll have a website address to fill in to activate the link in your comment. Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve. Thanks man!

  • http://www.healingwithjuices.com/ Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl

    Woo hoo is right!

    Wow. So much is going on for you! Congratulations on your son, Keoni! How precious! Such a blessing to receive during the holidays!!

    And… another wonderful earnings report?! You’re such an inspiration, Pat!

    *smiles*
    Michele

    • Pat

      Thanks Michele! Glad I could be a source of inspiration for you. Happy New Year!

  • parker

    Hi Pat,

    Are the license agreements with the greenexamacademy.com so that no one copies it for free? Got any basic information on licensing an ebook on your blog here,,,,or that could be another blog post.

    • Pat

      There’s some copyright text (similar to the copyright text in my free eBook here), that mentions it, but honestly there’s nothing we can do to stop people from doing it, except asking people nicely to not share it with others. Most people are completely honest and won’t share it though, I’ve found.

      • parker

        Thanks Pat!!! Hard to believe at first but I think you are right, especially if people count it as a business expense.

  • http://BlogOnlineBiz.com Jimi Jones

    Hey Pat,
    that is really inspirational stuff. It’s great to see all of that hard work pay off. Congrats man, and have a great 2010 and beyond.

    • Pat

      Same to You Jimi! Thanks!

  • http://www.landlordsanonymous.com Jake

    Nice Earnings this month Pat. But where’s the adsense?

    • Pat

      Hey Jake, thanks! I’m actually not running adsense anymore, which is why I took it down from the list. I should of explained that, my apologies!

      • http://www.xomba.com/residual_passive_income_make_easy7_approaches JadeDragon

        So you decided that Adsense just is not worth it? That is the whole model on sites like Xomba.

  • http://rusticgardenbistro.com Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro

    A friend sent me a link to your site today. Congratulations, and thank you for the information! Now… I need to see if this applies to my site. :) Thanks again! [K]

    • Pat

      This stuff can apply to any site that’s looking to either generate some extra income, or help free up some extra time. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to hear from you again – cheers!

  • http://www.chrisducker.com Chris C. Ducker

    Pat, not the best of months, in terms of INCOME, but, you sure made up for it by the arrival of the BEST Christmas Gift ever! Congrats again.

    And, congrats on knocking out the new design AND eBook all in the same month. Being consistently productive is a tough thing to do – you obviously handle it well.

    Keep going, and look forward to hearing more from you in 2010.

    Best,
    Chris

  • http://www.joshwhitford.com The Real Josh

    Pat thanks for sharing all of the things you have been a part of and giving examples of what you have learned. A few things people probably note is how diverse your income is. Whether or not you work on or offline this is something everyone should be doing. I look forward to participating more.

  • Navaneeth

    Hey, Pat. Congrats for the new Mr. Pat Junior. I still have the same fear when I hold a baby.

  • http://www.vagabondinsider.com Bobby Huang

    Thanks for the positive comment on my blog Pat, I appreciate it.

    Congrats man, I love your reports and how open you are with it. I especially enjoy the part about Affiliate Earnings, it is huge!

    Quick question, the 4 ads on the right, the 4 boxes, is that the OIO plugin?

    Thank you again Pat, one of your guest posts on this blog about taking action caused me to take a lot of action instead of just studying and doing nothing.

  • http://www.jocalling.com Jo

    Thanks for the Twitter follow Pat. That’s how I landed up here. It’s amazing to see how much you value your family and make a living off Internet. Cheers!

  • http://www.forty2fifty.com Jason @ forty2fifty.com

    Really Great work Pat…

    Your blog is one of the few I follow on a consistent basis. Your rock’n the web the way I want to be. Keep up the great work and 2010 is gonna be awesome.

    Thanks buddy

  • http://www.replaceyoursalary.com Alan Mater

    Hey Pat,

    Great job on the income! And congrats on being a Dad… that is surely a wonderful Christmas! I have no doubt you’ll do great.

    To a prosperous 2010!

  • http://selfhelpstory.wordpress.com/ Erin

    Your blog is so positive and inspiring. I rarely bookmark any of the “make money online” blogs, but I keep coming back to yours and leaving with a sense of motivation.

    I have only several followers on Twitter, a couple of friends on eHow, and probably no visits to my blog, but already I feel like a huge success. Every small triumph keeps me motivated to push myself harder and make this thing work. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  • http://www.surveyosity.com ebele

    What a beautiful December you’ve had, Pat. Happy birthday to you and your boy. I wish you all the very best this year: you and your family. Thanks for all your incredible, positive, insightful posts …and your energy.

    Take care…

  • http://www.MarkMcCulloch.com Mark McCulloch

    Great Blog

    Great Information and quality

    Awesome content

  • http://www.ghilliesuitclothing.com Ghillie Suit

    Congrats on both the baby and your websites. I love reading your income reports.

  • http://www.usmarinepilot.com kevin

    Pat,

    Interesting to see the ebbs and flow of online income.

    Just wondering… when you decided to make an iphone app what process do you go through to decide on what type?

    Kevin

    • Pat

      Because I was new to iPhone apps, my only thought process was what would I want to see, or what do I think would be fun to have on the iphone. That’s it. Now, if I could go back, I would do things a bit differently, because the entertainment and “fun” category is so competitive. I think i’d much rather use my money and resources more on utility applications and ones that people may be able to use day in and day out.

  • Kerry-Ann

    Hi Pat~

    I know I’m a bit late but Happy New Yr!! Congrats to you on the birth of your son. I recently had a little boy myself and I’m truly enjoying the joys of having a newborn around the house again (I have 3 total). :)

    Anywhoo, I just wanted to leave you a comment thanking you for your detailed website. It’s been very helpful to me. I’m just starting up my own blog and wanted to make sure I follow in the footsteps of people who are actually making money and who have similar interests and an important voice in the cyber space world.

    Thanks again.
    Best wishes to you and your family,

    Kerry-Ann

  • http://www.chetzyusof.com Chetz Yusof

    Thanks for ur income report. It’s inspiring. I like your 3rd lesson, the best way to learn is to do. A lot of times a lot of people (including me : )) spend most of the time learning but don’t do anything. Thanks for that reminder.

    Chetz Yusof

  • http://errantadventures.wordpress.com Mitch

    Pat,

    Congratulations on the birth of Keoni!

    I’m just starting with your blog after watching the interview with The Ren Men. So far I am very impressed with your site and am enjoying digging thru some of your older posts.

    I just wanted to thank you for ‘giving back’ to the community, I hope to be able to do the same thing.

  • http://www.liftkettlebells.com Jeff Waters

    Pat,
    Just discovered you through the RenMen show. Loved your eBook, and got a ton of value from it. Can’t believe you post your earnings!

    Question on that: Affiliate earnings appear to make up a big portion of your income. Is that affiliate links to other company’s products, or the performance of sales to you through your own affiliate programs organized through e-Junkie?

    • Pat

      Hey Thanks Jeff!

      Regarding my affiliate earnings, they are from affiliate links and offers to other company’s products. Not the earnings that I make from affiliates promoting my own. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to hear from you again soon!

      • http://www.liftkettlebells.com/ Jeff Waters

        Neat, thanks. I’ve got an interesting site going, http://www.liftkettlebells.com. It started off more or less for fun, but has started to get a good niche following. Only after reading Tim Ferriss and people like you have I started to realize that I need to start doing more to convert this popularity into income.

        I get a decent revenue from affiliate links, but haven’t done much to optimize that or kick out the low performers. I also have a T-shirt account through Printfection that brings in a little bit.

        Ideally, I’d like to use e-Junkie to start selling MP3 audio workouts. (I give one away for free now, and people love it.)

        My initial thought was to have 10-15 titles for $12 a piece or so… but after reading your eBook, I’m kinda thinking it would be better to do a single bundle offer to limit the “paradox of choice” issue. Maybe something for a total of around $69 with 5-8 individual workouts.

        What do you think? Any advice just in general?

        Thanks!
        Jeff

        • Pat

          Hey Jeff – good stuff you have going on. I wouldn’t be surprised if you took it to the next level very soon, after a bit of hard work. Awesome!

          Regarding your mp3s, your thinking is right on track. You should offer each one individually at X price, and then offer what’s called a BUCKET OFFER, which puts all of them into one large bundle, for a significantly lower price. People would be crazy not to go with the bucket offer this way.

          So, you could do it like this. Offer 1 free mp3 for signing up for a newsletter. Then, within your auto responder series (not but right away), pitch the other files that you have and their individual offers. Then later (maybe the next day), pitch your bucket offer, and mention that anyone who bought individual mp3s can get the rest for the price difference of the package vs. the individual, if that makes sense. That way, people who do purchase will be more likely to get the bundle, and the people who don’t may not think about it because of the outrageous discount.

          Something like that may work…you may first want to gauge interest by setting up an autoresponder and the free first mp3 to see what kind of response you get, but apparently so far it’s pretty good, which is a good sign.

          Hope that sparks some thoughts for ya!

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  • http://www.building-character.net Meredith

    Hi Pat – I’m new here – visiting from probloggger… I love your story and your transparency. I’m looking forward to digging through your files here!

    I’ve got a personal blog that is more or less practice for me – I started it for my own well being – I literally figured out how to subscribe to blogs after I got it online. My goal is to figure out how to create some passive income for my company, Geofuels… I’ve got some ideas – your monthly reports are inspirational… thanks.

    & Congratulations on your new addition! Hope his first month was relatively uneventful… :)

    Meredith

  • http://www.corebloggers.com/blog/ Nimit Kashyap

    this is cool income, i am really impressed

  • http://www.sunshinecares.com/ Home Care Nurse

    I came to this blog accidentally but I must say found some great information. I read another articles which was as much fun as this one titled”10 fun ways to make money”.

  • http://www.underwaterplanet.com/Oz%20Report%202.htm Michelina Switzer

    Wouldn’t this only be applicable in America?