My February 2012 Monthly Income Report

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Yes – it’s that time of the month again – my monthly report for February 2012 is up!

I love writing these reports because not only is it a great way for me to look back and see what I’ve accomplished over the past month, but it’s also a way for me to see exactly what I could have done better.

Beyond the actual numbers, this report is actually meant to give you an over-the-shoulder look into my online businesses and the lessons I’ve learned within each. Hopefully you can avoid my mistakes and use my success to inspire you to crush it online too.

I hope you enjoy this month’s report.

Important Going-Ons in February

February was a tough month for me. I had my wisdom teeth taken out and instead of the normal 2 to 4 days it takes most people to recover, it took me about 3 weeks.

This, of course, greatly affected my ability to work – not only because I was in constant pain but probably more so because I couldn’t eat and I didn’t have any energy. At times, I even felt a little depressed.

The main set back I had in my business was the progress I wanted to make on a course I’ve been working on over the past 7 months. My goal was to have the course completed and ready to go by mid-March, but now it seems like it’ll be pushed back until April or possibly even May – but that’s okay.

I’m not going to rush through something just to meet a deadline and potentially comprise the quality of the product I’m hoping to create.

Despite the teeth, a lot of good things happened in February as well.

Keep reading…

Public Speaking Opportunities Continue

Blog World Expo NY 2012 - Featured Speaker

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at Blog World Expo 2012 in New York this coming June!

Last year was my first time speaking at Blog World Expo and I had an incredible time presenting my “Be Everywhere” marketing strategy, so when I was invited by the CEO and Co-founder of Blog World Expo to come back again this year, I could not turn down the opportunity.

In June I’ll be presenting specifically about affiliate marketing. I have a very strong opinion about how affiliate marketing should be done if someone really wants to maximize their affiliate earnings and I’ll be using examples of unique strategies that I’ve been using in my businesses, primarily from Green Exam Academy and Smart Passive Income.

More details about this coming soon.

Plus, I might setup an SPI community meetup in New York as well, so even if you’re not attending BWE if you’re on the east coast you can come hang out and have a good time with me and a few other awesome people while I’m there.

Taxes and Stuff

Tax season is upon us, and as you can imagine with all of the different businesses I have and how they all work, not to mention the fact that I do work from home and I have a number of investments in place – my tax situation, for a normal person, would be a complete nightmare.

And guess what?

I’m a normal person – and it is a nightmare.

A lot of people have been asking me to go into detail about how to best deal with taxes for an online business, but this is a difficult topic for me to write about because everyone’s tax situation is going to be a little different, and so I don’t feel I’m qualified to say what’s best for you.

For me, it absolutely makes sense to hire a professional to manage my money.

I’ve hired a local CPA that keeps track of my books and handles my taxes. He and his company also act as a consultant, providing an educated and professional opinion on what I can do to maximize my earnings. Although there’s a fee involved, it’s money well spent because I can focus more of my time and energy in growing my businesses, rather than stressing out too much about taxes and understanding the ever-evolving subject.

That said, I’m not completely hands off here – I like to understand what’s going on and learn about why things are handled the way they are, plus I can serve as a second set of eyes on my reports just in case – which is always a good thing.

Green Exam Academy – Split Testing a New Sales Page

“Assume nothing, test everything.”

Three years ago, when was hot and generating an easy 15-25k per month, I was always running split tests on my sales pages, as one should to maximize revenue.

If you’re not sure what split testing is or how to implement it, I recommend you read How to Run Free Split Tests Using Google Optimizer for Better Results, a piece about split testing I published back in December of 2008 which still applies today.

Split test after split test after split test, it was surprising to me (and most online marketers that I spoke to) that the sales page that was generating the most revenue on Green Exam Academy was one that looked like a normal published entry on my site – with the sidebars and navigation menu in tact, and sales copy that wasn’t more than 1500 words.

I had tested against several versions of the traditional long-copy sales pages that many people are used to seeing (no navigation menu or sidebars, 3000-6000 words in length), but for some reason the other style was converting better.

Fast forward to today, I wanted to give this test another shot, just in case.

I had a copywriter spend some time to create a new long-copy sales page, which I’m currently testing against the one that has been successful for me over the past 3 years. Right now it’s too early to come to any conclusions, but both have made a number of sales so far so at least they both “work”, which is good to know.

I’ll probably update you on the progress of this experiment in next month’s report.

My First Website Purchase

Another one of my goals in 2012 is to purchase at least 2 existing websites and then optimize them for maximum return on investment.

After conducting an interview with Chris Guthrie for SPI Podcast session #32, I ended making my first purchase and learned a ton during the process.

I’m excited to see what I can do with the new site, which is in the golfing niche. I’m a golfer myself so I think it’s a perfect fit and when I want to I can add more content on the site on my own.

I’ll be talking a lot more about this project in the near future including the URL, how much I paid for it, how I made the switch from another owner to myself and what I’m doing to improve the site, but I’m waiting to collect more data first before compromising it with traffic from The Smart Passive Income Blog.

The one thing I will say about this site now is that when I bought it, there was no form of monetization on the site. In other words, it wasn’t making any money at the time of purchase.

This made the buy a little interesting because pricing for a new website is typically determined by how much the site is already making. The site is already ranking high for several golf related keywords with a decent cost-per-click, and so I feel there’s a lot of opportunity here.

I did place some Adsense ads on the site and it began to make some money from day 1 – so we’re off to a decent start.

More on this coming soon. For now, let’s get to the 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.

  • Product Sales:
    • Total: $3,166.86
      • Last Month: $2,749.52
      • Difference: +417.34
    • Adsense: $2,074.20
    • Job Board: $12.13
    • Private Advertising: $273.25
    • Total: $2,359.58
      • Last Month: $2,876.32
      • Difference: -$516.74
  • Purchased Website #1:
    • Adsense: $64.63
  • Other Google Adsense (includes other niche sites & videos):
    • Total: $333.22
      • Last Month: $175.31
      • Difference: +$157.91
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $4,213.12
    • Free Apps: $494.88
    • Total: $4708.00
      • Last Month: $6,232.60
      • Difference: -$1,524.16
  • Gross Total in February: $50,351.14
    • Last Month: $62,572.22
    • Difference: -$12,221.08
  • Expenses: ~$6,123.86
    • Major expenses this month include virtual assistants (one full-time, one part-time), hosting account for SPI (dedicated server), recurring payments for various tools, attorney and CPA (Certified Public Accountant) fees and new website purchase. 
  • Net Total in February: $44,227.28

(Click here to read a typical monthly expense report which breaks down how my time and money is spent)

Although I did earn about $12,500 less than last month, the numbers are relatively the same because in January I included a $12,500.00 check from a client.

Also, considering the fact that February was a shorter month by two days, it was an incredibly successful month. Knowing that I was unable to focus or do any sort of work for about 3 weeks because of my surgery and still generate this kind of income – it’s just amazing and I count my blessings every single day.

The affiliate earnings (most of which come from SPI, but some come from specialized niche sites as well) continue to blow me away. I’m happy that my non-SPI earnings continue to hang around the $10-12k mark, which I plan on growing even more this year.

As I always make sure to mention in each of my income reports, I’ll be the first to admit that a significant portion of my income comes as a result of blogging here on 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.

I’m so fortunate to have the support of an amazing community here who sometimes makes purchases through my affiliate links (some people going way out of their way to make sure they do that). With this comes a responsibility to the community that I know I have and will never take for granted – and as such I never promote just for the potential income that can come from an 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 February

I don’t want to get too much into health and fitness here in my income report (I’ve covered it plenty in my P90x and Insanity results posts) but after going through that surgery and not being able to eat well for a long period of time, I can definitely say that what one puts into their body for fuel has a direct correlation on their mood, energy and how well they can focus.

This may sound obvious, but to those who are not ill or aren’t recovering from a surgery, the same rule applies – we just don’t think about it as much and as a result we don’t give ourselves the best opportunity to get the most (and best) work done.

Whether you’re working for yourself or in an office, if you want to crush it with your online business and really focus and get stuff done you’ve got to give your body the fuel it needs to perform.

Just a thought that kicked in for me this past month.

Hiring Out vs. Getting Experience First

One of the most common questions I get is whether or not it’s better to hire a virtual assistant right from the start (even though you may not know exactly what they’re doing because all you care about is the end result), or is it better to first learn about those tasks (and possibly even do them) yourself before you hire somebody so that you can understand what’s going on?

My answer is that it sort of depends on what task you’re trying to accomplish, but to be honest even though I know I could have done many things in the past a lot faster if I hired a virtual assistant right away, I do appreciate the experience that I had learning those tasks first.

I believe that in the long run my experience has helped me when I do hire people from Odesk or Elance for one-off jobs, and Virtual Staff Finder for longer-term and repetitive jobs.

I bring this up because when I purchased my new website, after transferring ownership the first thing that I wanted to do was to switch from the existing html coded website to a WordPress driven site.

I originally planned on having my programmer do this for me, but I decided to do it all on my own so I could understand exactly what the process was like. Also, there’s a ton of different ways to actually go about transferring an html site to a WordPress site, so after a lot of research and asking around I finally found the solution I liked best and did it on my own.

It took about 9 hours to complete the entire transfer, but now I know exactly how it’s done and can easily share that with my programmer so he can do it the way I would like it to be done for the next set of websites that I might purchase.

Plus if there’s something that isn’t the way it should be, I can catch it, and if something small needs to be changed I can do it myself with confidence.

I remember back when I first started doing business online with my LEED exam website, it took me several hours just to figure out how to move an image in the header of my website just a few pixels over.

It was a struggle, but you can be sure after I learned how to do that I would never forget the process.

Of course, if you simply don’t have the time to perform certain tasks on your own the first time, then it might make complete sense to hire right from the start – although I’d make sure to hire someone who has shown that they have the capability to do whatever it is you want to accomplish.

The Best News Ever

And lastly, I’m incredibly excited and proud to announce that the Flynn family is expecting another baby!


Being a dad has been the most rewarding experience of my life so far, and to know that another child is coming into our lives just puts me on cloud nine! I couldn’t be any happier! :)

No word on the gender yet, but the baby is due in September so this changes a few plans.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to the Financial Bloggers Conference this year. I’m sad I won’t be able to speak again and hang out with many of the wonder people from the personal finance niche, but I’m sure you can all understand why!

Next year, hopefully!

Thank you all for your support, your kind words and well wishes over the past month.

And also, thanks for helping SPI surpass 40,000 subscribers today! You all rock!

Cheers, here’s to your success in March!

  • Financial Knowledge

    Another awesome month!

    What I like most is the fact that, even without the income from SPI, you are still making close to $10k a month doing what you show others how to do for free.

    Congrats on the baby news! Being a dad is what life is all about!

    • Pat

      Thanks so much!

  • KrisN

    Amazing numbers!

    Is BlueHost one time fee or recurring? Because you are absolutely killing it!

    • Pat

      Thanks Kris! Bluehost is not recurring for me, which is why it’s pretty awesome!

  • Beau

    Congrats on the earnings and the baby Pat!

    • Pat

      Thanks Beau! I appreciate that!

  • Adam

    Awesome month, and congrats on the exciting news!

    • Pat

      Thank you Adam! :)


  • Cristina Ansbjerg

    Congratulations Pat!!! A new baby is great news!

    • Pat

      Thank you so much Cristina!!

  • Lisa

    Woohooo! Congrats on the soon-to-be new addition! That’s always exciting!

    • Pat

      Thanks Lisa! I appreciate that! Definitely an exciting time!!

  • Chris | Sminso

    Incredible numbers for a “short month” and being under the weather. Congratulations on the exciting news!

    Cant wait to find out more about this golf site, taking a site that was not monetized at all and making $64.63 is exciting (depending on what you paid of course). Hopefully we see a post about how you decided on that particular site and what your steps were!

    • Pat

      Thanks Chris! I’m excited to talk about the golf site as well – but like I said I want to “mess with it” first and get some good data to share before I share the URL on SPI. Cheers!

  • Justin


    Congrats on the good news!

    We just had our second child two weeks ago and agree with what you say ‘the best exp ever’

    Ive just started getting into blogging and love your honesty and work ethic, keep up the good work

    • Pat

      Congrats on your second addition Justin! That’s great news, and I hope you and mommy are doing well too! Thanks for the kind words, and all the best to you!

  • Ricky Figueroa


    I’m extremely happy for you, man! The baby news are beautiful news and despite on not being able to work much because of your surgery… You had a great month! That is the beauty of great work ethic and Smart Passive Income.



    • Pat

      Thanks Ricky! I appreciate it!

  • Michal

    Congratulations on your results and on being a father for the second time as well. Your story is so inspiring for all of us. I just have one question regarding the VA. Do these people tend to stick with you? I have heard some people saying that it is a problem to keep a good VA for a longer time. I am thinking of giving it a shot (using Chris Ducker’s Ph company) but am still hesitating because I do not want to explain all the stuff all over again after one or two month. What is your experience?

    • Pat

      Hi Michal – great question.

      I’ve been lucky that my VAs have stuck around with me, but they are great so I make sure to take care of them so they wouldn’t want to go elsewhere.

      I have heard of VAs leaving or not sticking around though, so it’s definitely a concern.

      A few things you can do to help:

      1) Make sure you find a good VA. This could either be done with due diligence on your end of through a company like Chris’s.

      2) Make sure you treat them well and make them want to stick around with you.

      3) And just in case, shoot videos when you’re explaining things and have them learn from those, so you can easily give those videos to any new VAs that may come in the future in case your current ones leave.

      Hope this helps, and thanks again!

      • Michal

        Thanks for your help Pat. These videos are a great idea.

  • Mikey

    Sounds like you had a dry socket issue when you got those teeth removed. I had that issue January of last year when I had all four of mine removed, and it was a nightmare.

    Also, glad to see that February was two days shorter than normal in a leap year. LOL

    Anyways, great to see you’re still doing well. I hope for your continued success.

    • Pat

      Actually, it wasn’t a dry socket issue – it was the fact that the roots to my wisdom teeth were curved (a lot – almost like a hook), and that part of the root on my lower teeth was fused to my jaw bone, so they actually had to cut into the bone to get them out. It was pretty much a full on surgery because of that 😛

      Sorry to anyone who feels that was a bit too graphic.

      I did and was worried about the dry socket thing too, but luckily I didn’t experience that kind of pain on top of everything else.

      LOL. Thanks Mikey!

      • Remco

        Well, I got also all 4 extracted last week thursday, and got of the tranquilizers monday. I was amazed how easy the ones who were already fullgrown got extracted within seconds. The other one, who was still deep in the gum……drilling and stuff……you know the deal.
        Swelling is almost over, and looking forward to eat some good meat like porckhops 😉

        Pat congrats on the baby news and this month!

      • Mikey

        Ouch. That does sound pretty painful. I’m just glad I made them put me to sleep. I just didn’t know it’d last basically an entire day. Not being able to eat sucks.

  • KimP

    Congrats on the new baby, that’s the best news!

    Another awesome month, Pat! I am really looking forward to your posts about the purchased site. Also, I would love to hear more details on the method you used to convert the site from HTML to WP.

  • Ben

    Congrats on the little one!

  • kimanzi constable

    Congrats on the great month and congrats on the new baby! I have 3 kids, so I know what a joy child are, excited for you. Keep up the good work, keep motivating me!

  • Carrie Smith

    Yay! You totally rocked February, even with all the dental issues. And a new baby on the way?! Congratulations Pat.

    I’m so excited for you and your family. I’m bummed you won’t be able to make it to FinCon, your speeches are part of the major highlights, but totally understandable. Can’t wait to hear more about your story as it progresses.

  • Eric

    Congrats on the great baby news Pat!

  • Charles

    Hi Pat,
    Well done on your achievements this month…Amazing!!
    I’m sure it could be a lot more if you weren’t so generous and honest.

    Also…great news about your new baby.
    I can totally relate, being a Dad of two amazing daughters…they are my life!!
    It’s the best thing ever.
    And well done for making the decision to NOT attend the Financial Bloggers Conference.
    This says a lot about you as a man and your commitment to your family.
    After all, surely the whole point of working for yourself and specifically from home is FREEDOM to do what you want to do WHEN you want to do it….Respect!
    Keep On Keepin’ On with all your fantastic work.
    Health, Wealth and Happiness…Always

  • Smarty

    Hi Pat,
    Congrats on the little one!

    You are doing incredible progress. I’m trying to build some sites and I’m doing well but still far behind your numbers. You are a star.

  • Eric Baldwin

    Umm… I’ll pad this out a bit in case of filters….

    But that’s great news!

  • Mike

    Congratulations Pat – such great news on the baby front !!

    Thanks for all your help over the last few weeks. I’m a total beginner to the whole blogging and online / affiliate marketing thing and you’ve been a huge inspiration on this journey (and this is the first comment I’ve made on anyone’s blog, EVER)

    Hope March is your best month yet in all ways. Keep up the good work !

  • Faith

    I’ve been a reader of your blog forever, decided to finally leave a comment. :-) Congrats on the new baby and thanks for all the amazing info you provide.

    I built my first micro niche site as an experiment to see if I could do it, using your advice and it’s slowly but steadily earning. Now I’m starting on a more personal blog, I feel like it’s going to be even better than the first since I have more of an idea of how everything works. I’ll be sure to join in on upcoming challenges to keep myself motivated as well as keeping my content fresh.

  • Joel Zaslofsky

    Let me add to the chorus of people saying congratulations for a number of things Pat! The biggest one in our books is the little future Flynn joining the rest of us in this wonderful world soon. As a papa of a 16 month old son and someone who plans to have a second sometime next year I can’t wait to have two little ones running around the house too.


  • Jon

    Another inspiring month Pat – both in your earnings and in the announcement of your little boy :) Congrats on both fronts my friend.

    You can continue to be an inspiration and by far one of the most valuable and entertaining blogs in my list… Keep up the great work!

  • Michael O’Neal

    Hey Pat, congratulations again on the new addition! I’m going through the same situation as far as doing it myself or outsourcing. There are things I’ve been doing for years, so I see the value of outsourcing it because I already know what’s going on there. But it’s very gratifying to know I can be on the racquetball court and I’ve got a couple of articles being written and submitted. :)

  • Nate

    Hell of a job Pat- on #2 I mean.

    I think you’re dead on about first becoming proficient in the tasks you want outsourced- or else how are you going to know if what they’re doing is effective or not.

    A lot of people are selling “outsourcing” as a silver bullet just like other methods-

  • Tim Anderson

    Seriously, USD20,000 per month from Internet is my dream income, and you have achieved it many times Pat.

    I’m not going to stop here. I will work hard to serve people with good content. And I believe the money will come. Just like you always advice us in your blog. :)

  • Brian Kwong

    Part me is saying wow that is so amazing, another part of me is saying, will I ever reach your monthly income amount consistently?

    It amazes me that you have a kid, work mostly at night and still able to generate this kind of result. You are an inspiration Pat =)


  • Louie Sison

    Congratulations on you new baby! I know that’s more than earning money online, it’s a blessing to you and your wife.

    Louie Sison

  • Tysen Webb

    Congrats on your big news!! I have 5 kids of my own and they’re all so much fun! Great month as well. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you more success in March! :)

  • Robert

    Congrats on another great month and congrats on the new baby! That is very exciting news! Sorry I won’t see you at FinCon12, as I was planning on going this year!

  • Jia Jun

    Awesome Pat.
    Sorry to ask, may I know how free apps on iPhone makes money? The “Free Apps: $494.88”.
    Just curious as I’m interest into this. :)

    • Kristoffer

      That’s most likely due to ads being shown in the application, which people click through. Kind of like a google adsense for iPhone apps!

  • Steve Wells

    Congrats on another ‘month of awesomeness’, Pat! I find your commitment to look forward and develop your business no matter what really amazing. And I totally agree on the wisdom teeth issue. If you don’t feel okay, you simply can’t reach your normal performance. I had all four taken out at once and it was a horror.

  • Ralph | HotHit Media

    Congratulations Pat and you family for the new arrival!

    Also great news about your new niche purchase, looking forward to hear more about that in the future.

    Ps. you killed it on the OptinSkin commissions! That must have been a lot of emails you had to reply to :)

  • Aysen

    Congratulations to you and your wife, it’s wonderful news.

    Although I haven’t been very active with comments, I’ve been following you for the past eighteen months and you have inspired me in so many different ways. You are a natural and not only do you educate with ease, but above all you’re transparent, which is a very rare quality these days. THANK YOU for sharing all your wisdom.

    Get well soon and best wishes for the future.

  • Kevin

    Congrats on the second child Pat! Oh and another great month :)

  • Kaz

    Congratulations on the fantastic news, Pat! We have a baby due in just 5 weeks and understand the excitement it brings.
    All the best!

  • Joey

    Brotha congrats on the baby news. Man you must be sooo happy.

    For my first we new the gender. The second we decided to keep it a surprise. We loved it so much that for our third child we kept it a surprise.

    I think not knowing adds to the excitement. Cause really, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what gender it i, just as long as the baby is fully healthy with all the pieces in the right place 😉

    Again congrats and god bless you and the fam.

  • Jayne Kopp

    Hi Pat.. wow what a post. Where to start?? Ok, well I am so sorry to hear the struggles you had with your surgery. Yuck! Glad to see you are doing better now.

    Also, glad to see the “struggles” you’re NOT having with your ‘Smart Passive Income”. :-) WOWSER holy shishkabobs. That’s very impressive.

    Third… Yes… get an accountant. I have one, always had one with my offline business. Let the pros do their job, they know it, let them fly at it.

    Outsourcing… well, I totally understand the concept. Haven’t done it yet… should though I suppose. Like you I feel better ‘knowing’ how things are done for a start. Definitely see the benefit though in the time savings… and I do know time is money.

    Best of all… HUGE congrats on another little human joining this cool planet. There’s no greater blessing!

    Wonderful read… how about that income. Wow. Good on you.


  • Margaret

    So glad that you are back to good health!

    Congrats on the new baby and another awesome month!

  • Kim

    Congratulations!! Wonderful news about the new addition to the Flynn family!
    Thanks for all you do.

  • Jamie Northrup

    I’m happy you’re doing better Patrick, you had some good guest posters filling in, but it’s not the same.

    Congrats on another baby, we are expecting our first in the next week or two.

  • lemuel

    Hi Pat,

    Congrats on your earnings and the new baby.

    For your newly acquired website, how much is your investment with that site?


  • Phil Jensen

    Wow…congrats on the new addition to the family……get your sleep now while you can.


  • Allie


    I was just wondering when you were going to add another little one to the Flynn family!!! HUGE CONGRATS to all of you, and that goes double for future big brother!

    You are an inspiration as a man, a dad, and an entrepreneur. Keep it up!


  • Matt Wolfe

    Awesome news! Congratulations!

  • Toni Scott

    Congratulations on the new baby, Pat! I have been following you since I launched my site in November. I read your blog like it’s the Bible! I’m happy to say that your tips, plus my hard work have paid off. I got my first Google check last week and I was SO excited. Last week I was crying the blues because it seemed as if my site would NEVER get off Google page 3. Today I am in the #2 spot for my keyword!!! I was really beginning to worry if I was doing something wrong. Now, the name of the game for me is to go forth and replicate! Thank you so much!

  • Kanwal Sarai @ Simply Investing

    Great news! Congratulations on the new baby!!

  • wilson

    Congrats pat!Perhaps you can ask your child to give a try in internet marketing when he grows up since his dad is a successful internet marketer!With your son helping,your business empire will be stronger!

  • Devesh

    Congrats on another successful month, Pat. Keep up the fantastic work.

    Looking forward to your new course / project.

  • Jenny

    Hey Pat I saw that you have affiliate earnings for Corbett Barr’s Affiliate Marketing for Beginners course. I was wondering if you have used this course or know much about it? I’ve been looking into it the past week and am very interested in purchasing it.

  • Andre Garde

    Congrats on #2, Pat! I can barely keep up with my little one, so hopefully you’ve got enough energy for two! :)

  • Dan Gheesling

    Pat! Congrats on the soon to be new addition to your family! Was very unexpected to read that – but happy for you none the less.

    Awesome Feb. report – thanks again for all the motivation and insight into helping me launch my first online venture. Appreciate all the work you do man.

    Take care!

  • Tony

    Wow Congrats Pat! Thank you for everything you share on this blog. You hit the nail on the head with what you said about food and its correlation to how it affects your life. Thats exactly the message I tell at my blog LivingSuperhuman. I hope you check it out and find some useful information. I think I owe you just at least a little bit of useful information in return for all that you have given your readers. :) Best of luck for an even better March!

  • Wil

    Awesome! Congratulations Pat!

    Make sure you let your little one know that he will have a lil bro or sis on the way. This way he won’t get jealous so much when most of the attention is on the newcomer. :)

  • Gordon Kuckluck

    Hi Pat,

    just wanted to say congratulations to the income report but furthermore to your baby! :)

    Best regards from Germany

  • Servando Silva

    Hello Pat! I’ve been eagerly waiting for your Feb Income Report.
    Congratulations on bringing a baby on to this world in such a capable way to help him grow in a great way.
    What would he say about his father after 20 years? That’s so interesting to think.

  • Benny

    Great news on the upcoming baby! Always enjoy reading these reports and I feel like I learn something new every time, but baby news can just happen once, so congrats!

  • Tim

    I am floored every month at your numbers. It’s solid proof that it can be done and, unlike most other jobs, the work you put into it now will pay off in multiples down the road.
    I was wondering if you were ever planning on taking a successful website that is earning you a good income, and then letting it stand for a while without doing any work on it and see how it does? I know this is risky and would be hard to not add more content to an already successful site but it may show how well and how long you could earn a passive income from something you don’t need to update any longer.

  • How to Speak Japanese

    I guess this post will rank much better for anythiong related to babies as to income :) Up to now: baby was mentioned 27 times, income only 22 times.
    Anyway, congrats on the good news – more exciting times to come!
    All the best to you and your family.

  • Yong Custodio

    Hi Pat,

    Everytime I get lost or feel no-interest to internet marketing, I’m reading your posts, especially this monthly income report, and I am enthusiastic again to work more and get better results! Thanks a lot!

  • Trung Nguyen

    Your income always is a big number, congrats Pat.

  • Ole

    Congrats with the baby!

  • Nathan Sloan

    Great start to 2012 and big congrats for the new member of the family!

  • Brett

    Good month report, and well done for baby 2.0.

    I’d like to know about buying websites. I bid on a Flippa site last night but got rejected – even though my offer was the highest bid. Strange.

    Most of Flippa is junk though – 90% of it is IM junk and good sites in niches I know something about are hard to come by.

  • Steffen

    Congratulations to you and your wife about the great news !! Awesome !!

    And I’m glad to hear you have recovered from your surgery. About to years ago I also have a surgery like yours, and it also took me about 3 weeks to recover. So I know how tough a period you just have gone through.

    I wish you all the best, here from Denmark :)

  • Alok

    Congratulations Pat, you are a real hero.

  • Dan Sumner

    Awesome month Pat well done again.

    Congratulations to you all for the future new edition. I have two and it’s great! Hard, but great!

    Cheers Pat


  • Ron

    Pat that is wonderful news. What a way to start the year!

    But you know this does change the game plan. I have two myself (and two years apart) and when they were younger it took a lot of energy. But I wouldn’t trade a bit of the time with them. God Bless

  • Tomas Merrill

    I can’t wait to hear more about your purchased website, Patt. Thanks again for the income info. It really inspires me to buckle down and crush it!

  • Cassie | Womenswaytowealth

    Wow Pat, congrats, your monthly reports are so refreshingly open and honest, and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Good luck with the purchased website…..look forward to hearing more about it as things progress.

  • Cassie | Womenswaytowealth

    Congrats on the baby news (sorry, that should have come before business!)

  • Craig

    Well done, Pat and congrats on the news of a new baby!

    I definitely agree with what you said about the quality of food being in direct correlation with the quality and amount of work that gets done. It’s easier said than done though hey, and can be tough to keep that habit when your focused on other goals/projects.

  • Cashjay

    It is amazing to know that you are well and healthy! Congratulation for a successful month.

  • Legendkid

    Very nice report, i hope some day i will reach this stage.

  • John Wood

    Congratulations on the baby news Pat and nice job on another successful month.

    Will you be revealing more about your site purchase?

  • Christopher Knopick

    Congrats on the news! I have 4 myself with one almost finishing high school and it’s really amazing to know that you’ve shaped their lives and helped make them the people that they are. I’m sure you have quite the life in store, enjoy it!

  • PJ

    Awwww… A baby! Congratulations Pat. Your monthly reports continue to inspire me. Keep up the good work.

  • Hector cuevas

    Pat Congrats on the new baby… That’s awesome dude.

  • Shawn McAfee

    Pat, Congratulations on fatherhood round 2!

    Yet again you just crushed it last month. Keep up the amazing work and thank you for all of the teaching you do.

  • Craig Deakin

    Congrats on the news regarding growing your family along with your projects Pat :)

  • Tom

    Congratulations on the new baby Pat! Keep up the great work with SPI.

  • Ramy Khuffash

    Congratulations on the baby news! :-)

  • Jonas Möller

    Big congrats to the news about your second baby, my second is 3 months old, got a 3 year old daughter too! :-)

    It’s a inspiration to read your monthly reports!!

  • Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    great report Pat. congratulations on new baby Flynn

  • Christina Gillick

    I love these posts because they get me revamped every month! Soon I will be following in your shoes and that’s exciting! Congratulations on another great month and on the news of a new addition to your family! What a great year 2012 has been for you so far! Thank you for all you do!

  • Stefan

    Was just reading your post like I always do, but the last thing you mentioned put a smile on my face! Congrats Pat! :)

  • Survivor Mike

    Pat – congrats on the great news!

    I just wanted to say thanks as February was my first month generating an income from my site. While it wasn’t much it was something and it has encouraged me to expand things. Thanks again for all your help.

    Hope to meet you at Blog World Expo.

  • Edgar

    wow thats alot of revenue Pat.. Congratulation.

  • Christelle Hobby

    What a perfect income report to reveal just how “passive” your income really is. You’re out for 3 weeks and bring in more than $40,000. That’s all the endorsement anyone new to your blog should need to realize that what you teach on SPI is not a joke or gimmick. Your income reports are always a very interesting and motivating read. Thanks Pat!

  • David DuBose


    Congrats on the new addition!! Very exciting.

  • Tom Ewer

    Pat, congratulations on the news about your new baby! That is wonderful.

  • Thomas Storm

    Pat, Great news! Congratulations!

  • Aaron

    Keep up the great work Pat, can’t wait for March’s report!

  • jules @ Video Hero

    bet you can’t resist starting that daddy blog ): congrats

  • Mary

    Hi Pat – I came to your site just now to look up your “backlinking strategy
    that works” but just want to reiterate what you said about “hiring out” versus “doing it yourself” – I think you should definitely know how to do things yourself whenever possible, especially for the reasons you mentioned. Once you know how to do something yourself and have enough money then by all means hire out.

    Now I’m off to your backlinking strategy article…

    Best regards,

  • E R V

    Congrats on the great month and exciting news…2 more and you will catch up to me….

  • John Lee


    Congrats on the great news and your amazing income! Here’s to your continued success and the value you provide to your SPI readers!

  • JT

    Pat, this is truly amazing. Your success is great motivation. The information you provide to this community is golden! Keep up the good work and congratulations on the little one.

  • Felicity

    Many congratulations to you all, wonderful news!

  • William

    Pat, it’s been said before but your SPI website really is a great template for new and experienced bloggers alike. I wish you best of look with your newborn:) Congratulations it really is a blessing!

  • Steve Scasta

    Pat, just was turned on to the site. So much good info and motivation all in one place! Can’t wait to start implementing some of your tips and strategies.

    Congratulations on the new little one, my wife is due with our 2nd any day now!!

  • Princess P

    Congrats on the new baby and another great month. Reading these reports helped push me to start my own blog.

    • Cash37

      Exactly… start a blog.

    • bo4610

      It seems that your site is in need of help Princess, ping me when you can so I can help you =)

  • Philip Kristians

    Wow this is some huge numbers..
    You are an inspiration to a whole new generation of marketeers but hopefully some will due the smart thing and keep away from the make money niches hehe.

    But most important of all congrats on the new baby.. Samuel Patt Ingalls would be a good name for a boy wink wink.

  • Okto

    It’s always nice to see the progress of your work Pat.

    Congratulations for the new born baby.

    • bo4610

      Okto your contact page is having a problem. it says “There are missing fields! recipient is missing” YOu might be missing a lot of possible clients

  • Kevin

    Congratulations, Pat! It’s very inspiring. Looking forward for your next month report and Green Exam Academy – Split Testing progress :)

  • Seleema

    Awesome news Pat! Congratulations!

  • Sharon Fiberesima

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family; being a parent is a family. Thank you so much for sharing your monthly report – I’m new to SMI so this is the first one I’ve read. It has truly been an inspiration.

  • Brockstar

    Congrats on another great month and, more importantly, the baby!

  • Eddie

    Congrats on a great month. It is very inspiring. And congrats on the new addition! That’s awesome!

  • Sally

    Hi Pat,

    You’re blogs are so inspiring. I really appreciate your wanting to dig in on your own to learn how things are down–experience is the best teacher.

    I’m just getting started with my blog on and now realize I should probably be on I’ll be digging in to learn how to do that, Lord willing!

  • Ken

    Hi Pat,

    Congrats on the great news of a another child on the way. I have a lot of catching up to do!

    Regarding the management of money and taxes, you have developed an amazing blog and diversified business interests. The fundamental key is reaching a level of capital preservation rather than investing accumulated wealth in high risk assets. So having the right consultants and experienced money managers is very important. But it is also essential to conduct your own due diligence, which will enable you to make better informed decisions.

    From experience trading in the stock market professionally since 2004 and managing client assets, the long term success and profitably, primarily centers on the management of the trading position and how to limit downside risk and increase upside potential.

    As I always say and I am sure you have heard of this before:

    Right education+Action= Long term success.

    Speak soon Pat.

  • Ron P

    Great post. I really look forward to your monthly reports post.

    Congrats on the addition to the family.

  • Dale | How to build wealth

    Congrats on another great month Pat, and also congrats on the upcoming addition to your family.

    I think it is great that you are so honest about where your earnings comes from.

    FYI – I’m one of the SPI readers that went out of my way to purchase one of your affiliate products. Why? Because i would not have known about that tool without you writing a blog about it. I tried the tool out and am experiencing really great results. I moved from page 17 for a competitive keyword to page 2 within a couple of weeks.

    I am taking a page out of your book and just focusing on providing quality content for my readers and only recommending products that I have used and got good results with. Some visitors actually asked me why I’m giving away so much information for free! LOL

    Thanks for what you do for the online community Pat, it is appreciated by many.


  • Towhid Zaman

    fantastic pat.I was waiting for your report.btw, congratulation to Flynn family specially you. 😀

  • Marshall Stevenson

    Pat I always look forward to your income reports but this one is extra special. Congrats on the upcoming addition to the Flynn clan and on another great month!

  • Cliff Ravensctraft

    Pat, Dude!!! Congratulations.. That is AWESOME news!!!

  • edna smith

    Congratulations on the new baby, hope is a girl.

  • Garret Akerson

    Hey Pat, Congratulations! That last bit is the best part of this update!

  • Tim Anderson

    Another insane income report by Pat. Thanks a lot for sharing this statement. I bet next month will be more awesome than this.

    Congratulations Mr. Pat Flynn. 😀

  • kenneth

    just reading your reports gives me goose pimples, you are an inspiration to me and other newbie marketers.

  • Lourdes Welhaven

    Congrats on all of your success but mostly congratulations on the baby-on-the-way. Many blessings!

  • TomL

    Great stuff Pat… I had a killer month as well and am loving it.



  • Tony

    Goop for you Pat! Congrats on the baby. No matter what kind of funk I am in motivationally, your income reports always snap me right out of it. I look forward to next months!

  • Nick Purcell

    Wow, Pat. Inspiring to see that in such a tough month you are still making that much money. Most people don’t even make that much in a year! Congratulations on the new baby!

  • Travis

    Great demonstration of how passive really pays off when you can’t focus on work. Great job.

  • Fred

    Wow doesn’t even seem to be fitting in this case. How in god’s name do you guys pull off numbers like that online? I guess i still have a lot to learn. Motivational stuff though.

  • Mary

    Congratulations on your continued success and especially for the new baby you and your wife are expecting!

  • Janet

    Congratulations on a wonderful month and on your news of the new baby. I’m rooting for a girl! :)

  • Jennifer

    As always I learned a ton from your monthly income posts. I think my biggest problem is that I have no traffic (seriously, I have 8 subscribers). I’ll be reading lots about how to get my site noticed, I know SPI can help me alot. Thanks for all you do and congratulations on a second child.

  • James

    Congrats Pat . That’s some sick earnings there! Wish I could get one 10th of that.

  • kim

    Congrats on the baby news! And of course, love to read your income reports!

  • John

    Pat, Another great month Congrats! A question on your security guard niche site, looks like the AdSense went down, I guess its hard to tell at this point if this is just a natural dip or if your AdSense CTR is down due to your new private ad’s? Interested in your thoughts if adding Private Ad’s may not cover the drop in CTR? Food for thought for those thinking of adding private ad?

  • Dave

    Congrats and thanks for leading the way and showing others how to be successful.

  • Samuel

    Congrats on another great month Pat!

  • Spoiled_kid01

    Hey Patt … (:
    I have got a question hope you got the answer. In fact you got the answer and i want to know it (:
    So i can make use that website and get hired as a VA by someone who really deals online thing as a business.
    I am damn good at some things but never get a VA job of my own. I work as a VA in a company that provides SEO services which pays me TooooOOoO low.

  • CrystalsQuest

    If you’re still having problems with the teeth (“wisdom teeth don’t hurt, they smart”) you might want to look up some of the online info about “juice feasting”. Quick, easy way to get massive nutrition into your system, without having to chew.

    Like everone else, congratulations on your brilliant news.

    If you’re ever speaking downunder in Australia, I’d love you to look me up!


  • Alexandre Sacroforte

    Hi Pat! Im very curious, and my research shows that the site you bought(sorry my english) is the . Am I right? Looks like a site made by you (laughing) . Very good Layout! Big Hug, Man!

    • Pat

      Nope – that’s not my golfing site!

  • Ryan Sprout

    Those numbers look amazing! I started off a few niche sites after carefully studying your niche site duel. I think it’s amazing that you shared your strategies to the world to be successful online! After watching your videos and being inspired went through your aff links to set up a few niche sites! So far, it’s been slow but I think it’ll get there!

    Thanks Pat!

  • Chris Trynkiewicz

    Congratulations on the baby, Pat! Best wishes to all of your family!! :)

  • joel domantay

    awesome Pat! congrats to you and your wife on your second child! thank you for all the inspiration and real info! looking forward to meeting with you someday!

  • Rick Nielsen

    Hey Pat.
    Another awesome post! Not bad for a weeks worth of work! 😉

    You don’t have to go into details, but you said you received $12,000 in compensation from a client. Again, I understand if you don’t want to say, but what type of client work did you do for that? Was it phone consulting work or actual implementation of things you do for yourself on SMI or something else?

    Thanks again for all you do for our community.

    • Pat

      Thanks Rick!

      Well, it’s basically directing a social media campaign, implementing web strategies and being there as an expert when it comes to working with other companies that could help us spread word about a new and upcoming movie online. I also am in charge of the website and design of it, and the email newsletter – those sorts of things, which I mostly outsource to my team so it’s not much actual work on my end – a lot of time on marketing calls and sharing my opinion though as far as what should be done.

  • Bill Biko

    Congrats on the great month Pat and especially about the update on the growing Flynn family!

  • Lester

    This post made me realize that marketing is exciting when you know the reason why you’re doing the things that you do. Putting your customer first is the foundation of marketing but this is usually forgotten and seldom applied. Thanks for reminding me about this concept and may you have everything that your heart desire.

  • Kylie C White

    Many congrats on the new addition to your family!
    It seems that you keep on Growing bigger and bigger with both family and career wise. I personally want to reach at your level but they way things are with me, it might take couple years more.
    Thumbs up!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Kyle Anthony

    Congrats Pat!

  • Sean

    Congratulations on your growing family!

  • Gary Huynh

    Hi Pat,

    It’s pretty surprising to see how high your affiliate sales are considering that you rarely plug any of those items in your blog posts. Are the sales coming from new readers going to your older blog posts? You make a lot on hosting referrals. I assume your site attracts a lot of newbies. Oh, and congrats on the new baby!

    – Gary

  • Ryan

    Congrats on the new addition, Pat. :)

  • George

    Hello and congratulations for your site and work!

  • Bridget Wright

    Congratulations on the upcoming new addition and on your stellar $$ month!!

  • Josh

    If you haven’t already, it’s time to get that Audi R8

  • Darryn Moutfort

    Hi Pat,

    A huge congrats man! My daughter was born a couple of days ago, also our 2nd child. Completely forgot about those first few weeks of sleepless nights.

    I’m still in awe at the income you are making online. What you make in a month, is what I make in an entire year, and i work day and night, sometimes all the way through. I’m really doing it the wrong way! 😉

    Do you offer mentoring?

    • Pat

      Hi Darryn, thanks for the kind words, and congrats on the latest arrival! So exciting!

      As far as mentoring, I’m not currently mentoring individual people at the moment, sorry!

  • Matthias

    WOW – Congratulations for your this work!

  • Savita Bhabhi

    Y U NO release SPI android app ??

  • Adrian

    Wow, I’m really impressed!
    I have seen your stats at a german site which shows the best english money making sites and you are on Top.

  • Caleb

    Pat, kudos to your awesome work on your security guard training niche site!!! Amazed at all the AdSense revenue your site generates :-)

  • shaun ling

    You are very discipline with your onilne business pat! You’ve got your own very detailed journal here! I have to learn from you! haha

  • Joseph Laucius

    Congratulations to you & family on baby. I am so happy for you and the progress you have made. I strive each day to be like you.

    Keep it coming…..!

  • David

    Congrats Pat! This is fantastic news.

  • Dean Saliba

    I also suffered misfortune that stopped me earning as much as I normally would but I like the fact that you still managed to pull in $50,000+! My income dropped like a rock to about $400! 😛

  • Matt @ RamblingFever Money

    Congratulations on the pregnancy! As a fairly new blogger in the personal finance niche, I was hoping to make it to FinCon as well this year. Like you, my wife is pregnant and due only 3 short weeks before that conference, so I won’t be able to make it.

    Listened to one of your most recent interviews with Srini from the BlogCastFM archives last night. Had to stop by and see what you were doing for myself. What an incredible inspiration you are. Thank you for everything you do!

  • John Obrie

    Hi Pat,

    very usefull site! Keep up the great work you do!

    best regards,


  • Tania

    Hi Pat,

    Well l am impressed to say the least. Congratulations on your success and on the news of your addition to the family. As a mum of 2 toddler boys l am wanting to “get a web presence” but am finding the journey rather confusing! So for some one like me, may l please ask…. where do l start? Would appreciate your guidance..

    Lots of love and health to you…Tania

  • Andreas Pazer

    Was just reading your post like I always do, but the last thing you mentioned put a smile on my face! Congrats Pat!

  • Gary

    Hey Pat

    Hope to say Hi at blogworld, enjoy your site and the honesty you show. Its a real encouragement. With a name like Pat, there must be Irish blood in there somewhere. Regards from Ireland, Gary


    Please i want you to help me compose a quality weekly short Business & Marketing report, i mean you should write it not the tips aspect so that when we see the one you wrote we will start using the format & it will improve our own intellectual. Thanks.