My Monthly Report – March 2012

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Welcome to my March 2012 income report!

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

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

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

The first monthly income report I published back in October of 2008 totaled $7,906.55 – but what most people fail to realize is that the site where that eBook was sold (greenexamacademy.com) was up and running for nearly 2 years prior. Those two years were spent struggling through the technology, writing all the content, building connections with other people in the industry and most importantly, becoming a trusted authority.

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

I hope you enjoy this month’s report.

Let’s get to it…

Important Going-Ons in March

March was an event-filled month, to say the least.

I want to cover 3 things:

  1. My Response to Timeline for Facebook Pages.
  2. SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com losing it’s #1 spot in Google after 492 days at the top.
  3. The product I was supposed to launch here on SPI.

Timeline for Facebook Pages

At the beginning of March, I learned that Facebook was forcing all pages to switch to the new Timeline format.

Before the switch, I had the number one tutorial on YouTube and in Google for setting up a Facebook landing page and I held a relatively high-ranking spot for how to setup a Facebook page in general. In total, those tutorials amassed over 600,000 plays on YouTube and about just as many page views on the blog.

I knew I had to create another set of tutorial videos for the new Timeline format, but I also knew I was going to have my work cut out for me.

It took me awhile to wrap my head around the purpose of Timeline and how it worked, but after about 20 hours I had reformatted my own page, finished 2 tutorial videos and wrote a blog post about it, and that’s when I published Timeline for Facebook Pages: THE COMPLETE GUIDE, and so far it’s had an amazing response!

After just 2 weeks the tutorial has earned 650 likes, 350 tweets, 200 comments, and over 14,000 total video views.

More importantly, I’ve already had a ton of emails from new readers of the blog who said they found me through the new videos, and I received a few messages from fellow bloggers who said they were thinking about creating a tutorial of their own, but I beat them to it and they would rather send their traffic to me instead.

I’m cool with that. ;)

Thank you all for the amazing and encouraging response, and I will continue to update that post as I learn more tips and tricks for the new Timeline format.

Security Guard Training Headquarters Drops in the Rankings

In late 2010 I started an experimental niche site at securityguardtraininghq.com. My goal was to get it to #1 in Google and monetize it.

In 73 days it got to #1 for its primary keyword and it has earned upwards of $2,500 per month since then.

I publicly documented, in detail, how this site was built (click here to start from the beginning), even revealing the niche and the domain name, so it was no surprise that after some time a bunch of other people would enter the niche too.

Still, I was able to hold my #1 position…until this past month.

After 492 days at the top of Google, my security guard training site was finally outranked on March 11th:

Outranked - Drop to #2

Lots of questions came to mind, of course.

1. How was this drop going to affect my traffic?

For any keyword, there’s a big difference in click-through rates between the first and second result.

It’s said that on average about 42% of people click on the first result, and only 18% on the second. That’s a HUGE difference!

You’d expect a huge drop in traffic, but fortunately for me my site is very content heavy. As a result, most of my traffic comes from long-tail keywords, not my primary keyword.

In other words, I knew the drop wouldn’t affect my traffic too much.

My target keyword makes up only 14% of my overall search engine traffic, so even if I were to disappear entirely from the first page, I’d still have over 5000 different keywords drawing in traffic. Most just get 1 or 2 hits, but they definitely add up.

Keyword Count - SGTHQ

Here are some other interesting stats:

  • In February, the target keyword, security guard training, brought in 2,365 visitors, or 11.27% of my overall traffic.
  • In March, it brought in 2,057 visitors, or 9.85% of my overall traffic. Not too much of a difference.
And here’s a snapshot of my overall traffic from February 15 through April 1st:

Feb through March Traffic - Security Guard Training HQ

The lesson here is that the more you publish, the more chances you’ll be found in the search engines – and if you can make that content extremely relevant and unique, what happens to your primary keyword doesn’t matter too much.

Something to think about, especially if you’re in a niche where you just can’t seem to break through to the top spots in Google.

2. Did I do something to trigger the drop?

You might think that my site took a big hit because of the recent de-indexing of blog networks like Build My Rank, but that happened a week later on March 19th. I was already comfortably sitting at #2 at that point.

Also, blog networks were not a significant part of my backlinking strategy, and as such I didn’t really see any effects from Google’s recent moves.

Besides that – the only other significant thing I did was add banner advertisements to the site, but could that have affected my rankings?

I had never heard of anything like that happening before, but when I checked to see what kind of site was outranking me, what happened became very apparent: I didn’t do anything to trigger a drop in the rankings – another site was created and was considered more relevant, and thus took the #1 spot in Google.

3. Where did this site come from?

The fact that I was outranked after such a long period of time didn’t really bother me, and I would welcome a site in the #1 position that was better for the end user. That means I would have to step up my game a bit, and that’s fine – that’s what it’s all about.

But after looking at the site for 5 seconds, it was obvious that something fishy was going on.

It was created in November of 2011 and it shared the exact same domain as mine – except for one additional character.

Further more, a couple of the keywords in the metadata are “pat flynn” and “smart passive income”.

Hmm…

Plus, it had earned over 2,600 likes on Facebook and my backlinking analysis was definitely “very interesting”, especially for only being live for about 3 months.

And was it built for the end user?

No. It seemed like it was built just to outrank me.

All of my thoughts were confirmed when the owner of the site publicly left a comment on my blog last week saying he created the site as an experiment just to see how long it would take to outrank me.

Say what you will about the situation – I openly revealed my niche and my domain so something like this was bound to happen eventually. That’s a risk I was willing to take in order to teach this stuff to you.

All I have to say is that this book could really help a lot of people and how they approach their business.

4. How could I get the #1 spot back?

Even though my traffic didn’t waver much after the drop, I still want that #1 spot back, of course! :)

Here is a list of options:

  • I hadn’t done any backlinking for over a year (yeah, it held up for that long!), so I could start to do that again.
  • Google loves fresh content, so I could post more relevant articles on the site.
  • I could speed up the site a bit – the page load time isn’t fully optimized yet.
  • I could also start to garner a more active community, one that may share the information on the site more often so it becomes more of a social factor.

I should do all of these things no matter what, but yesterday I woke up to this:

Back to #1

I took back the #1 spot!

We’ll see how long it stays there, and it’s likely to continue to fluctuate, but just the fact that an “SEO Expert” has to continue to work his butt off to compete with a site like mine says a lot about the site that I built and the backlinking strategy behind it. He even said it himself in his comment:

“This project actually took more effort then I was expecting, which is a testament to your solid strategy.”

Who knows how much time and money was invested in his efforts to finally outrank me – I’d rather continue to do what I do.

Enough of that – let’s get to the income breakdown. I’ll talk about point #3 at the end of this report.

Income Breakdown

Disclosure: many of the links below are affiliate links that will earn me a commission if you purchase through them. If you do, I absolutely appreciate it and if you have any questions about any of the products or services please contact me!

Also, please note that a lot of these are figures from reports from each individual company for the previous month. It does not necessarily reflect the actual payment which, for some of the companies listed below, come 30 to 60 days later and may change because of potential refunds or corrections.

  • GreenExamAcademy.com Product Sales:
    • Total: $3,283.06
      • Last Month: $3,166.86
      • Difference: +116.20
  • SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com:
    • Adsense: $1,417.85
    • Media.net: $113.64
    • Job Board: $6.16
    • Private Advertising: $273.25
    • Total: $1,810.90
      • Last Month: $2,359.58
      • Difference: -$548.68
  • Purchased Website #1 (not revealed yet):
    • Adsense: $109.79
      • Last Month: $64.63
      • Difference: +$45.16
  • Other Google Adsense (includes other mini niche sites & videos):
    • Total: $298.02
      • Last Month: $333.22
      • Difference: -$35.20
  • New Amazon Product Niche Site (not revealed yet):
    • Total: $323.23
      • Last Month: $177.80
      • Difference: +$145.43
  • iPhone Applications:
    • Paid Apps: $3,544.63
    • Free Apps: $517.23
    • Total: $4,061.86
      • Last Month: $4,708.00
      • Difference: -$646.14
  • Gross Total in March: $52,792.74
    • Last Month: $50,351.14
    • Difference: +$2,441.60
  • Expenses: ~$5,152.93
    • Major expenses this month include virtual assistants (one full-time, one part-time), hosting account for SPI (dedicated server), hosting for other websites, recurring payments for various tools, attorney and CPA (Certified Public Accountant) fees.
  • Net Total in March: $47,639.81

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

Another fantastic month!

It’s really nice to see some new niche sites start to finally gain traction, one of them being an amazon affiliate product site which is a nice addition to my diverse portfolio.

Also, the site that I purchased is still holding strong after 2 months, even though I haven’t done anything to it except add Adsense ads. I’m still testing a few things before I make changes and “reveal” it and everything I have done and plan to do with it.

My Adsense earnings for securityguardtraininghq.com did drop a bit, but it wasn’t because of the drop in rankings. As I said before, the traffic was virtually unaffected, as was the number of Adsense impressions on the site, but for some reason the cost-per-click (CPC) has decreased significantly.

For what reason, I’m not sure, but I’ve been testing other forms of monetization on the site (banner ads and a new ad network – media.net), so maybe that impacted the CPC a little. Again, I’m not totally sure, I’m still investigating.

It may be as simple as it’s just not a popular time for companies in the industry to buy and bid for advertisements, and when ad costs are lowered, so is the payout to publishers per click.

Still though, I’m excited that my non-SPI related earnings continue at around $10,000 per month, with more sites in place to hopefully take that number higher, however  that $10k is definitely overshadowed by my affiliate earnings.

(Bluehost continues to be my top affiliate product, which is awesome. If you’d like to read more about how I promote Bluehost and where those links convert the best, click here.)

I’ll be the first to admit that a significant portion of my total online 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.\

My 3rd and Final Point

I usually end my income reports with what I’ve learned, but I wanted to do something different today.

I want to be open and talk about my product.

Don’t worry, there’s no pitch here, because there’s nothing to sell.

You see, over the past 8 months I’ve dedicated hundreds of hours developing a niche site course – an extensive high-quality online program, better than any other I’ve seen before, similar to the coaching courses I ran last year that have helped several people create their own successful niche sites (and a couple people quit their 9 to 5 jobs too).

My goal was to launch this product by March 15th, 2012, but due to the recent changes in the world of SEO and the fact that things still seem to be in a transition period, I have no choice but to hold off on any sort of launch and reassess the course material. This may require several more months of testing before I can be confident enough to launch a new version of the product, if I ever do.

I put so much hard work into it and was extremely happy with the end result, but with something like this I have to be 100% confident in the product before ever putting it out there for sale.

“It probably works” isn’t good enough for me.

I know I hold a lot of authority in this space and have the opportunity to pull off a six-figure launch, but with that comes great responsibility and I always have to think about the end-user first, not my bank account. Doing that has always provided me with the better outcome in business and in life, so although I’m bummed, I know it’s the right move at this point in time.

I know a lot of you were waiting for that course since I’ve dropped hints about it here and there for the past 6 months – but I hope you can see why I’ve decided to hold off on it at this point in time.

Thanks for your understanding and for all of your support.

Despite all the craziness of March, I had an amazing month of earnings and experienced a ton of growth, so I can’t really complain.

Cheers, and here’s to a safe, happy and profitable April!

p.s. if you’re interesting in going to Blog World Expo in New York this year, I’ll be speaking 3 times (2 panels and 1 solo presentation), I was able to get a special discount for SPI readers. Just use my referral link (I do get a commission from this) and use the coupon code SPIBWE10 in the shopping cart to get 10% off the ticket price. Cheers!

  • Teresa

    Hi Pat,
    Well done.Great success. Keep going like that. My congratulations to you.
    Teresa

  • http://www.kfm24.com Kenny Fabre

    Pat

    my brother keep rocking it with your solid income, I’m looking forward to your new product

  • http://monthinplaya.com Joesphe Rodrigues

    Loking forward to see you getting that #1 spot back :)

    • Jordan

      He already got the spot back if you read the whole thing…

  • http://www.experimentincome.com/5-ways-to-drive-traffic-without-seo Ramy Khuffash

    I like that you’re adding more niche sites to the report! :-)

  • http://www.monthlyincomereport.com Adam

    Great month — can’t wait to see you re-claim the top spot! :-)

  • http://www.brockstarlife.com Brock @ BrockStarLife

    The wait for your course will be worth it, I’m sure. How about a pre-order bonus discount for your loyal readers?? Haha, jk. Kind of.

    Congrats on another great month!

    -Brock

    • Pat

      Hehe – thanks for the support Brock!

  • http://sdavismedia.com/ Sean Davis

    Inside… this inspires me every single month.

    • http://sdavismedia.com/ Sean Davis

      Insane* :P

  • http://richkent.com/ Rich Kent

    I’m forever impressed by how many different sources of income you have going – and the fact that you keep adding more! Good stuff Pat, thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.faithandfinance.org Tim Fraticelli

    This is why I love SPI. Not because of the income reports, but because you’re living proof that get rich quick (or get ‘rank’ quick) schemes don’t work. The whole philosophy behind SPI is to work hard now so that you can reap the benefits later. You, my friend, have put in a lot of work and while others may try to imitate your sites, your hard work in the past will make it difficult for them to beat you out long term.

    Looking forward to your product launch. I don’t even know exactly what it is, but my paypal checkbook is ready :)

    -Tim

    • Pat

      Thanks Tim – I appreciate the kind words, and I’m sure if anything is launched you’ll hear about it here on the site. Cheers!

  • http://www.funinthefastlane.com Terry

    Pat, you never cease to amaze us. You are absolutely crushing it again and you’ll probably break your 2011 yearly income report by the looks of it. Can’t wait to see what your new niche is. You’re an inspiration to the hundreds of people out there trying to build websites and provide engaging content to the end user.

    Congrats again!

    • http://www.thefrugalpennypincher.com JIM

      Hey Terry…

      Pretty sure that Pat probably won’t tell us what his niche is. Can’t be totally transparent, or the exact same thing will happen. Pat knows exactly the chance he was taking when he gave out the niche for the security guard site, I doubt that he will give another out unless it was to improve this site.

      Cheers!

      JIM

  • http://healthinsane.com/ Tim Anderson

    I’ve read all the details that you provided in your niche building strategy. I will apply the same strategy for my niche sites and will inform you if anything good happens.

    Thank you Pat for this awesome income sharing. :)

    • Pat

      Good luck Tim! All the best to you!

  • http://carefulcents.com Carrie Smith

    Congrats on another excellent month Pat! It’s a bummer that some people diliberatly work to make your website #2 (IMO their time could be better spent elsewhere). But in true Flynnspiration style, you recovered the top spot. I love the business model/example you set, and I too, truly believe that hard work and doing it right will always win in the end. You can’t fake authenticity. I’m glad you weren’t too worried about the drama, because “haters gonna hate”. Keep it up!

    • Pat

      Thanks for the suport Carrie, and for the tweet you posted as well! Cheers!

  • http://youngprofessionalfinances.com Young Professional Finances

    It’s amazing to me how many sources of income you have – and it’s amazing how they add up! Congratulations and thanks for writing a detailed summary that really shows how hard you worked for this.

  • http://www.daninfocus.com Dan Stratton

    You’re inspiring me. I have my idea and am working on it. Two weeks ago when I found you, I had given up on ‘the dream’. The spark has reignited and is slowly kindling into a flame. Thank you.

    • Pat

      Thanks Dan, and all the best to you!

  • http://thevirtualonlineassistant.com Nica Mandigma

    Another great month! Congratulations on taking the #1 spot again for that keyword. And I do love that book by Dale Carnegie.

    • Pat

      Thanks Nica! You rock! :)

  • Jeremy Klein

    Congrats Pat!!! Another amazing post, with amazing content!

    Pat do you have an affiliate link for a fantastic virtual assistant that can help me do all of the work you recommend for back-linking strategy (set up blogs + article accounts + post blog and articles) …

    I am happy to make you some money, since I know all of your recommendations are top

    Thanks

    • Pat

      Hey Jeremy, I use virtual staff finder to help me find great VAs (I have two), however you’d have to teach them how to run through the process – you can’t just expect them to know everything right from the start. After you give them the right procedures and processes, they’ll do it for you.

      My link for virtual staff finder is: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/virtualstafffinder

      Cheers Jeremy, and thanks!

      • Jeremy Klein

        Thanks Pat! Will contact them … do you think they have people that already know how to set up blogs and post on article directories? I don’t know the details, so was looking for someone already experienced in that area

        • Pat

          Yes – when you go through their service, tell them what you want and they’ll find people who have that capability. They’ll give you 3 people to select from, and you can interview them, see their credentials, etc.

  • http://ineeddiscipline.com Dean Saliba

    Another good month for you Pat. I was surprised to read that someone deliberately created a site just to knock you of the top but I’m pleased to hear you have regained the top spot again. Maybe this gave you a little kick up the butt to keep an eye on things more? :)

  • http://www.jonwiggens.com Jon

    Another great month Pat – congrats.

    I’m definitely interested to see what happens with securityguardtraininghq.com. I find it quite lame that someone did an “experiment” to try to outrank you but I think over the long term, your site will retain that top spot – especially if you start to build a community on there.

  • http://www.smallscalebusiness.com Carl

    You never cease to amaze me! Congrats!

  • http://stream-seo.com/ Servando Silva

    Very nice report.
    Aside from the Bluehost earnings, I can see some of your top earners and Market Samurai does a great job. Is it only promoted here at SPI?

    • Pat

      There’s a link below the income report numbers that share exactly where that income comes from – most of it directly from this blog, although I have the podcast and YouTube videos working in my favor as well. I don’t have any affiliate sites created for my Bluehost promotions.

  • http://www.bloggingtoolkit.co Alex @ Blogging Toolkit

    I’ve been looking forward to this report, once again it hasn’t failed to impress. I can’t say I’m not too surprised at someone trying to copy your niche site, but i think it can also be kind of a compliment to your great work, and considering he’s used your methods it can reassure readers that what you have posted really does work! Well done again Pat, keep up the good work.

  • http://www.geargenius.com Tim

    Tons of inspiration. I’d love it if you could sometime go over those first two years of your ebook site. I’m currently in those first two years and while I know there’s light at the end of the tunnel, it’s sometimes hard to see. I’d love to hear what you did that helped you push through.

    • Pat

      Sure Tim – but I can tell you that most of it was just setting up a blog, free theme, really ugly looking, and just adding content daily to help me study for that exam. Google naturally just found my site, ranked it high, and people started to find it and share it. I’ll see if there’s a spot where I can talk more about this in the near future. Thanks for your support Tim!

      • http://www.thehomeforsurvival.com Survivor Mike

        Pat, I have a similar question. I, too am in the first two years of building content, links and networking. However, I believe I could invest some money to improve the site. My question is if you had ~$1000 to invest, where would you focus those resources?

        Thanks and love the site.

  • http://www.dormroomcash.com Adam

    Congrats on another solid month.

    Hopefully, your niche site will stay on the top spot from now on. Also, do you still plan on creating more articles for the site or are you content with where it is right now?

    • Pat

      I’m content with where it’s at, but that doesn’t mean I won’t add more content to it. I’d like to add even more down the road, which can only help the site.

  • http://www.infobarrel.com/Do_I_Need_to_Spend_a_Lot_of_Money_to_Lose_Weight Jason

    I am surprised that it took that long for some to try to take a shot at your site. I think the key thing is the fact you have valuable content which will win out in the long run.

    Honestly you played into that person’s hand by publicly acknowledging that they were able to do that.

    Is the domain “SmartPassiveIncomeHQ” available? lol

    Good stuff once again!

  • http://shuckabuck.com Shuck

    Awesome results again.

    So I take it it’s the backlink strategy for your niche site training product you were going to come out with that is the reason you are not going to offer that product?

    If so, are you planning on updating the backlink strategy that you use currently?

    Also, what is the analytics/rank tracker program you are using for the security guard site? It looks pretty slick, I’d like to try it.

    • Pat

      It’s more than just the backlinking strategy, Shuck, it’s the long-term viability of the approach – from keyword research all the way through how the site is built, how much content is placed on the site and the backlinking strategy. Like I said, the SEO world is in a transition period and things have changed since I wrote that backlinking post. The strategy still works and I’ve updated that post over time (I have new niche sites that prove it), but in order for me to charge for something and be comfortable with it, I need to do extensive testing in today’s search engines. When you charge for information like that it becomes a whole different ballgame.

      • http://analyzeniche.com Jared Dees

        Pat, I had the same question about the new rank tracker, but it looks like you answered it below: http://www.seokeywordranking.com

  • http://www.raisingbillionaires.com/ Angela

    OK, hand down the best laugh of the year……

    “How to win friends and influance people”… (oh slam)… I do not think you could have placed a better link in that spot- ever… EPIC….

    Congrats on the great month!

  • http://dbpmarketing.com Dror Bekerman

    Another great month with some great points and lessons.

    It is really amazing to learn you delayed your product launch. As you said, you can easily make 6 or even 7 figures if you will go all out with a full blown product launch and i’m sure that your product as it is right now is 10 times better than other 6 or 7 figure product launches in the IM sphere so that is really impressive and says a whole lot about you (for those that don’t already know).

  • http://ush.re/k97s Serdar Kara

    Hi Pat,
    Well done.Great success. Keep going like that. ongratulations.

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi

    When I saw your complain on facebook or so, i checked to see that you are back to the number 1 spot for the main KW. I’m so glad to read this income report and its a sign that good things can happen to one online which is where i belong to.

    Your success story has been a motivating factor for me and i am always learning new things from you daily.

    Thanks for been a blessing Pat.

    Sheyi

    • Pat

      Hehe – just to clarify, I never complained about it – it was just simply a fact.

  • http://www.rileydigitalmedia.com Benjamin

    Pat, thank you for sharing your income reports every month; it really makes a difference and continues to motivate me! I follow your blog closely and I have been putting your advice to work. I launched my first iPhone app in January, bought my first website in February and I’m working on two niche sites (not competing with you, LOL) using your strategies right now. I am already seeing income from my efforts and I am looking forward to catching up with your revenues in a year or so!

  • http://www.victoralexon.com Victoralexon

    Hey Pat!

    I am very excited to hear that you are releasing a product. I may not buy it immediately once you release it (I have promised myself that I will only purchase stuff with the money that I make from my own Internet marketing endeavours), but maybe later in the future.

    Kind regards,

    Victoralexon

  • http://www.geldschritte.de Gordon Kuckluck

    Hey Pat,

    thanks for this report again (and thanks for your fast respond via Twitter today ;))!

    Congratulations!

    I wondered which tool you use for checking your rankings? Where are those screenshots from?

    Thanks again and best regards
    Gordon

  • http://www.ericdgreene.com Artist Eric D. Greene

    “I always have to think about the end-user first, not my bank account”

    Thank you Pat that is why I keep coming back and I sure am not the only one who would say that!

  • http://talesofwork.com Kimanzi Constable

    Another great month Pat, congrats and you deserve it buddy!

  • http://bluecapra.com Alan Reeves

    Great report. I always like reading about your success as it inspires me to give it a go. Glad to hear you are back at #1 in Google. I am on my own journey to reach 1st on Google for my name. Right now I am at 5th but have been as high as 2nd. The only sites that out rank me are Wikipedia, IMDb, and LinkedIn, all huge sites. I am trying to use your techniques and with a little more luck and a lot more work, I’ll hit that 1st spot also. Thanks

  • http://www.howtogetonrealitytv.net Dan Gheesling

    Another epic month Pat. Congrats. I think the fact you are willing to delay a “6 figure launch” to improve the end product will yield a higher 6 figure launch for you. Looking forward to hearing about your website-purchase story!

  • David Wedner

    For someone attending the BlogWorld Expo hoping to hear some of the speakers but not all, which pass do you reccomend?

  • http://www.polybagpro.com/ Johnny Bravo

    Pat, another great month for you congrats. I too am looking forward to your product, and if you decide to open it up to a select few to test it out please feel free to reach out to me. I’ve already been using your strategies successfully (in my mind) so look forward to doing it even more.

    Best Wishes ~Johnny

  • Damian Watracz

    Hello, do you have your Audi R8 Spyder yet? :) It costs something about $160.000 on eBay and when you have $50.000 / month, you probably could have couple of them right now ;) and you don’t need couple of years like on your video http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-videos/?tubepress_page=1 . I just want to make sure that all your stuff here is not fake, and I believe everything you say it’s true but cannot understand the issue with the car, hope you drive it everyday now! :)

    • Pat

      LOL, I haven’t gotten the car yet, but the reason is because there are wayyyy more important things in my life that are higher priority. For example, my family, my kids’ education (and I have another one on the way) and a house and investing, and taxes (which take about half).

      I don’t need the car right now. Someday though.

      • Damian Watracz

        :) so move your company to other country where you don’t have to pay big income taxes ;) for example Cyprus or Hong Kong ;) you will have your dream car and money for investments and education of your kids without any problem ;)

        • Tipjar

          Haha this guy is on to something. Also..consider Malta, 15% tax rate. 35% is absolutely ridiculous in this country!

        • http://adsenseflippers.com Justin

          Interesting point, Damian,

          Pat – I don’t remember reading about how your business is set up, but looking offshore might be something worthwhile for you. You’re pulling in enough revenue to realize some serious savings. Let me know if this is something you’d like to explore…I know a few people who are legit and know this way better than I. No scammy, hiding-money-offshore stuff…just good accounting/business practices.

  • http://www.tecnoguide.com Arquigrafico

    Hi pat! i feeled very angry for that kind of people that use all the knowledge that you have share with us to make a site using the almost the same domain like your. But as you say, all the long keyword is the diference. I recomend you to take care for the green academy blog too. Maybe this guy is will try to use that site too.

  • http://www.sybersquad.com Christopher Knopick

    Hi Pat,
    More great results. I look forward to seeing the niche site training that you speak about above. Your comment about google loving more content is true and I definitely need to put my nose to the grindstone and produce more.

    One quick question, what product did you use to get the data that you picture above? I have Market Samurai and I don’t believe its that.

    Keep up the good work. Following these reports is almost like watching the stock market back in the good ‘ol days.

  • http://whataremangroves.com Tansey Louis

    good going Pat. I’m interested to find out about your new niche site.

  • http://www.englischtestonline.de Englisch Test Online

    Ok, things like these happens – outranking I mean. But that someone is doing it on purpose and just to validate your strategies – thats no good behavior.
    I immediately went to your site and ‘liked’ it (which i really do as it is a very good example of builiding content and provide meaningful information to the enduser).
    When testing a few minutes ago, your site was still #2 on google com (seen with german IP).
    Good luck in regaining your position.

    Btw, when do we see more about your Private Advertising experiment?

  • http://www.diymusicmovement.com Joshua Liston

    Congrats on a Massive month Pat! :)
    Maybe you can rework the course material into a kind of “How To” mini-series on the Podcast; on the subject of producing digital products and creating timeless masterial. Your mini-series Episodes are always heaps awesome brother (if the product doesnt go live in future, that is).

    Anyway man, keep welldone!

  • http://www.dollarstopounds.biz James

    Awesome Pat, congratulations once again. When I read you’d lost the ranking on security guard training I went and checked myself and you were at #1 again (used on a fresh browser, no cookies, not logged in, important to do this) – so it must have been very short lived!

  • http://kristinboster.com Kristin

    Hey Pat.
    Congratulations on another great month. I just want to tell you how refreshing it is to read your posts and see that you always have a positive and constructive attitude. Even when you’re faced with a challenge or hurdle, you look on the bright side and are respectful. I think that says a lot about your character and is just one more reason why I look forward to your posts and enjoy seeing you succeed. Keep up the good work and know that we appreciate all you do.

  • Alex

    Good yob Patio… It bogles my mind how you kick ass so damn well… thanks!

  • http://legitseo.com/ Alex

    Almost $19k from Bluehost! That is INSANE! I hope to be making even half of that one day. Congrats on another epic month, and I’m glad to have contributed this time, I’m rocking the new OptinSkin, bought through your link :)
    Cheers

  • http://www.becominglocationindependent.com Ian Robinson

    You’re a champ Pat! Congratulations on another killer month.

  • Paul

    Hi Pat,

    Quick question – what program are you using in those screen shots? You’re a real professional. Thanks for all you do.

  • http://www.scratchcam.com Steve Arnold

    Respect to you Pat for holding off on your launch, I imagine it would be extremely tempting to try and shuffle your material around and release something on schedule.

    It’s things like this that guarantee you will remain the most trustworthy IM guy out there!

  • http://mikecheck.ca Mike Greig

    Thanks for sharing your income every month Pat! It is inspiring and motivating to see how much you have accomplished.

    Looking forward to your product launch!

  • http://mymakemoneymission.blogspot.com/ Make Money Mission

    Thanks for your honesty as usual! Your income report is much more impressive than mine but thanks to your great tips I hope to get to your level soon.

  • http://www.nichewebsites.com.au Ralph | Niche Websites

    Pat,

    Are you using the getclicky (pro) version to track the Rankings etc?
    Just guessing from the screenshots on your Securityguard training site.

  • http://www.dogprobioticshq.com Ann Quirk

    LOVE IT! I also love how you got the #1 spot back for your Security Guard site. :-)

  • http://www.makingmoneyonlineguide.net/ Eli – the IM Newbie since 2007

    i love it! always looking forward to this post… you inspire me to do the same Pat, i’m giving myself another 5 years to earn the same! :)

  • http://www.affilweb.com marketing d’affiliation

    Pat

    my brother keep rocking it with your solid income, I’m looking forward to your new product

  • http://yesiamcheap.com Sandy

    Another stellar month, Pat The niche site that I created and mentioned to you at FINCON continues to earn money without the having competed the entire backlinking strategy.

    I won’t be at BWE, but I’m in New York. I know that you’ll have a good talk.

  • Brandon Johnson

    Great Post Pat and congrats on your continued success! Could you or any of my fellow ‘Flynnatics’ help me identify what tool you are using to track the page rank in the screenshots? I am sure it is somewhere in on the site but I don’t think I have seen it before. Thanks!

  • http://www.bisnisonlinez.com Adi Rian

    Hi Pat,

    Your online income is really inspiring, hope sooner or later I will get the same amount of income. And regarding your competitor for Security Guard website, I believe your website will back to number 1 since it’s obvious that your content is much better with your competitor.

    Cheers

    Adi Rian

  • http://www.blogging24h.com Trung Nguyen

    Really impressed me, how did you get #1 on Google for your keyword in just 73 days, Pat?

  • Steve Wyman

    Hi Pat

    Congrats on a solid month. your 100% right to hold off on the product. Its really important to the Brand and Tribe thats its as top notch as possible.

    I assume th eguy that outranked you has realised the negative effect of bad karma and has reduced the ranking of his site on his own… That kind of thing is so annoying and to be honest down right Lame.

    ANyway well done and keep on crushing it!

  • http://www.learnnichemarketing.com David Tong

    In both good and bad way, it’s interesting that the site that beat you for your main KW was public about it as well and it goes to show that with on-page leverage, it’ll take so much more off-page backlinks to beat a site.

    Keep rockin’ it Pat, your Bluehost income still astounds me…

    Dave from LNM

  • http://www.freshphotographer.com Richard Neckar

    Nice income report! It definitely keeps the motivation up to keep at it for many of us. Its very hard to tell the legitimate from the BS on the internet especially with the marketing sites, but that’s what sets you apart from the crowd and I’m sure responsible for your success, your legitimacy .

    Richard

  • http://www.mymultipleincomes.com Robert

    Wow Pat, another solid month. I love the fact that content is king, and that your site held up because of the long tail search. I recently saw my primary keyword drop in the same type of situation, and haven’t seen too much of an income loss as a result.

  • http://www.marylandstinkbugs.com Steve

    As usual you killed it. Amazing is the number from Bluehost and Market Samurai..I look forward to seeing how you did you Amazon Site and your newly purchased Site…Oh and the product in development I’m sure will be top notch, I look forward to that too.

  • http://www.thenichethinktank.com/ Larry Clark

    I’ve experienced the same type of BS from people too, who I’ve revealed my niche site/s too as well. It’s a person taking the easy way out and that’s ok…for them. They will not succeed in the long run. But I think we all knew this would happen eventually. right?
    Oh well so what.
    Let’s do coffee again soon Pat got some things to share with you. and Only you.
    Niche sites #1 on page 1 of google for the past 8 months.
    Larry

  • http://www.lazybastardlife.com Jason

    It’s refreshing to see someone hold off on a potential $100K payday to get it right. Since the deindexing and panda update, my spam email has been hit with at least 5 offers for new courses to “right the ship”. Unsubscribe, delete. Preying on panicking people to make a quick buck. More reinforcement for my trim the fat process for my google reader and email subscriptions.

  • http://Www.jobsinayurveda.com Bill

    It’s great to see that the google rankings ghost sometimes stops by your house too. It’s happened to me but thankfully I’m still climbing the rankings for my keyword.

    Reading your posts always give me inspiration, but I’m embarking on an interesting path that I havent seen anyone else doing so far. I plan on telling you and all your other followers about once it all works itself out.

    Until then, help keep our hopes alive!

  • http://inmyhomeoffice.com/ Ian McConnell

    Congrats Pat, those are very inspiring results for anyone.

    Your willingness to share everything is amazing. I’ve always been very nervous about revealing exactly where I make the most money but looking at your growth maybe I shouldn’t be.

    Cheers
    Ian McConnell
    Western Australia

  • http://www.thefrugalpennypincher.com JIM

    Hey Pat…

    So I checked out your competition, and this Travis is something else. It seems it is just a plug to his main site. I think he knew you would blog about him passing you, and other people would buy his SEO tactics. Hope that is not the case, since you give great advice and are creating great passive income.

    Just remember his main site is anything but passive, he has to do work to make his money, and once he stops the cashflow stops.

    All the best,

    JIM

  • http://adsenseflippers.com Justin

    Hey Pat,

    Smart of you to delay the launch, I think. No matter HOW much you would have made on the launch it wouldn’t be worth the negative hit to your brand/credibility if it wasn’t fully tested. We just put up some information about some backlinking we’re testing and made it extremely clear that it’s not tested and that it’s something we’re going to be starting now. Even with that, I was a bit worried about it…and that’s information for FREE! I totally understand where you’re coming from here.

  • http://www.hardgainerwisdom.com PJ

    Pat,

    Congrats on another awesome month. You continue to inspire me every month. Thanks for sharing all this info with us. Take care..

  • Mccoy

    Pat,

    Which software do you use for checking website rankings?

  • http://dog-breeds-explorer.com Tonya

    Thanks for everything you do!!! The monthly reports gives us all a boost of inspiration to keep working harder. It shows us what can be possible to achieve.

  • http://www.inmarketingtips.com Kent @ Make Extra Income Online

    Pat, it’s awesome to see your New Amazon Product Niche Site income. I have been doing pretty good with it vs Adsense. I’m thankful to make some extra income in March. Yours is always inspiring.

    In April, I’m focusing on addding content, diversified backlinking, and growing my niche site traffic.

    I’m looking forward to your Niche Site Course. Know that it gonna be awesome as your SPI content.

  • http://www.vast9.com Garish Wasil

    Great, as always, to see your Income report. Its really encouraging.

    For the competitor’s security Guard site, Do you think the External Authority site links that he have on all of his pages helped him to reach the #1 spot ?
    May be google have incorporated this factor a bit more in its series of updates.

    Also, I noticed that, many of his links were from Forum Profiles. And even more, the First tier web 2.o links that he has, also have forum profile links as their second tier (I found this by a little extended analysis).
    So, do you think Forum profile have their role here ?

    As you mentioned in your last post, it is quite obvious that google will devalue forum links as its next target. And I wish it happens soon.

    Hope, your #1 ranking stays forever :)

    Regards,
    Garish Wasil

  • brian

    Awesome job as always pat. Maybe you wote about it before but curipus how you approach amazon for your sites….are you doing the emd with product reviews style of site or more of an authority informational style site with amazon links mixed in. I just wonder how much longer amazon review sites will last going forward

  • Tipjar

    Hey Pat,

    Good idea to put off the release. Any idea when it will be released, ball park?

  • http://web-kredyt.pl Adrian

    I am here first one, but Your achievements are just awesome. I do not know how many years You were working for that result but it is attainable for me. Congratulations Pat. This blog is so motivate.

    Regards

    Adrian

  • http://www.jamienorthrup.com Jamie Northrup

    You’re back to number 2 as of right now in my search, but like you said I would rather have your site over the one with the dash in it, because one it’s more passive and two it doesn’t rely on only the main keyword. Congrats on another month of great income Pat.

  • http://www.passionmeetscoffee.com Denny Robert

    I really liked your old expense report from last year. Why don’t you do those or integrate it more within these reports? I guess it isn’t directly related to the income of the month, however it is maintenance of that income source.

    • http://www.passionmeetscoffee.com Denny Robert

      Also, how do I get my picture to show up next to my comments?

  • Adam

    Great month for you Pat!

    I had given up on the dream of being my own boss. Luckily I read about your site on another blog that I read. I love the information you have given and continue to give.

    Thank you for all the advice that you pass on to your readers.

    Congrats on the second child on the way. Best of luck to you.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.thinkentrepreneurship.com Pete Sveen

    Congratulations Pat! I love how you are so transparent about everything. Your blog has taught me so much and I listen to your podcasts all the time. Always inspiring to check out your income report. Take care.

  • http://www.whatsonmybrain.com Joshua Houghton

    Hey Pat,

    We haven’t talked in a while, but I just wanted to say congrats on all the success and that I would love to see you release a niche site product. I don’t know if you remember or not, but because of what I learned from your free material on niche sites I went from 0 a month to about a steady $700 to $800 a week from all my niche sites total.

    Even with all of googles shake ups going on I’m still holding first page spots. I’m close to quitting my job as I have created a pretty efficient system for producing these sites. I owe it to you and thanks for everything you do for us. I wish I lived on the west coast so I could treat you to dinner as my way of saying thanks.

    Btw, the amazon site and your other Adsense sites beside the security guard one did you buy them or create them yourself?

    Thanks
    Josh Houghton

  • http://www.dsunte.com DSunte Wilson

    Hi Pat:

    Thanks for inspiring me:)

  • http://www.designrdealz.com/ KBharath

    Incredible Income report. you have achieved a lot in Blogging sir. Really Inspirational Income Report.

  • http://www.aboutrunning.net/ Tommy Hardin

    Just a dash? That is all this person used to get a website name? Plus used your name in the site as well? That is cheeky.

  • http://guganeshan.com/blog Guganeshan.T

    The ‘confirmation’ that copycats cannot compete with genuine content, is the lesson I take from this month’s report. Way to go Pat, Good luck.

  • http://blogs.fanextra.com Tom Ross

    Outstanding work as always Pat! I really respect that you’re holding off on your product launch, and I’m sure it will benefit you and your readers in the long term. I’ve never delved into niche sites but will definitely consider using your course to explore that area.

  • http://www.sparkindark.com Phanindra

    Again, another excellent report Pat.
    Here there are 4 screenshots in this article which give data of your stats.
    Can you please let us know what type of software you use to check your rankings ?

    • http://www.webbusinesstoolbox.com/blog/2012/03/25/i-woke-up-last-night-internet-marketing-doubts/ Monja

      I’d Love to know that as well,Pat – Thanks so much for all the Information you share

  • http://flipico.com Mathias

    What iPhone apps did you make?

  • http://moneyonlinetalk.com Cashjay@ make money online free

    This is great! I hope to reach where you are soon.

  • http://www.freebrowsinglink.com Legendkid- University of Nigeria

    Wow! This numbers are staggering! Like others said, what software are you using to check your ranking? Is it free?

  • Eric

    Another awesome month! Holding off on the SPI product was a good move and says a lot about you as a business man. Well done, Pat. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.imfuse.com/ Ye

    Pat,
    Your security guard training site is always an inspiration. Your niche site duel with Tyrone and the niche site coaching changed my life. I’m forever grateful to you guys!

    Ye

    • http://www.imfuse.com Ben

      Ye I must agree with you. Thanks Pat! You were not only successful with SGTHQ but you successfully inspired many others to be successful. I look forward to you getting back to #1. Good luck buddy!

  • Seye

    Good one pat! The seo guy dat outranked u did so to gain more customers for is seo service and i saw is homepage is heavy with words and h2′s. On your amazon site how many product review page do you have?

  • http://www.queasystomach.com/ Tommy Hardin

    I am one that can’t wait to hear about your Amazon site. This is ever since I heard your interview of Chris Guthrie.

  • http://www.projectlifemastery.com Stefan Pylarinos from Project Life Mastery

    Great blog post Pat. I loved your backlinking strategy and have followed your strategies for your Security Guard website, and I’ve done my own niche sites based on what you teach – it’s great stuff. For me personally, your niche site stuff is the most relevant to me and is the content on your blog I enjoy and follow most. Would love to hear more updates on what you’re doing for that website, and even what strategy you plan on doing to take it further – perhaps duplication and creating more niche sites like that? Or creating a product with a front-end and back-end?

    I’d also love to hear your strategy in creating the Green Exam Academy site… that’s another niche method that isn’t talked about much, but requires more skills (copy writing, design work, etc…)

  • http://wealthgoals.blogspot.com M

    I noticed you are now doing Amazon again, but last year you said it was the Amazon Associates program is no longer available to CA residents. Just wondering if that changed?

  • http://www.tennistipsandshots.com E R V

    Awesome month..hope to be there one day

    • http://www.thingstodoinphils.com/ Ren

      Wow, I hope I can have an earning as huge as yours.

  • Mike

    Is that a typo for affiliate hosting? $18,900? Wow!

  • http://www.yourbodygrooming.com Ern

    Pat, this is inspiring for all of us your readers. Hope can reach this point in our online businesses.

  • Ryan

    Hey Pat,

    How much of your monthly operating expenses are dedicated to the SPI blog? Because it seems like the 10K of non-SPI income that you earned would be quite a bit less if you deducted the expenses no?

  • Ryan

    Ok, to put it in another way, if the majority of your operating expenses are non-SPI related then it is as if your actual online business is only earning you 5K a month, and the other 42K of earnings is made from selling people products that are supposed to help them “make money online” right?

    • Mike

      Yes, you are correct! The majority is from SPI. Does that make Pat a “guru”?

      Well not if you look into it. In February 2009 Pat made 20k from a site he owned. The next month that site made 25k. It had a good run and then because of changes the sites content was obsolete. That was not from SPI.

      So it would appear he knows how to “make money online”.

      • Ryan

        Well, some of Pat’s information is useful. However, if he is only making ~5K a month right now in business ventures that doesn’t involve teach people on “how to make money online”, then it begs the question of just how effective his techniques really are no?

        • http://www.triathleteswimschool.com Scott

          I think you are forgeting one important point. – Even if he makes 5K a month on other businesses, he does that in just a couple hours. Wealth is money AND time.

          Now obviously his passion is SPI. and that is where he puts his time. But if he makes say 5K in a couple hours a month on the other stuff, what if his passion was the other stuff and he put more time in – like 40-80 hours a month in the other stuff. My guess is that the 5K would be more like 20K.

          So when you are making statements about the 5K – you are forgetting the biggest factor and that is time.

          I wish I could make 5K in a couple hours a month to just go on top of my regular job.

    • Pat

      About 99% of my expenses are related to the SPI blog. So my non SPI earnings do net about $10k a month, and growing.

      Back in 2009 when my exam site was at it’s peak, I was earning $30k with only $15/month expenses (hosting and e-junkie.com) – and yes most of my time is spent on SPI. My others businesses, as Scott pointed out, hardly take any time at all.

      I appreciate the questions and concerns!

  • http://www.workfromhomeideas.co.za Teresa Schultz

    Although I’m really pleased to have earned just-just over $400 passive income for the first time ever, I know I can still improve my earnings so much more – and it’s your monthly income reports that inspire me to keep going and working hard at trying to improve my passive income. Thank you. Ps – being a firm believer in adding fresh or more content to sites whenever one gets a chance to, I love it how you point out that not ranking in 1st position for a domain’s primary keyword or keyword phrase doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Well done on your excellent March 2012 earnings.

  • http://www.reichwerden.me selfmade

    nice

    keep going…..

  • http://zulumuscle.blogspot.com/2012/03/5-reasons-why-cycling-is-good-for-you.html Eugene

    You are not a millionaire, well it seems like you will be soon. your income keeps growing and having your own network of satellite sites and sniper sites will surely get you there since you already know how to make money online. Goodluck For the rest of 2012.

  • http://daybedwithpopuptrundle.org meggie

    I think its admirable that you are reevaluating your product. Nice income report as always.

  • http://soulmate-search.ws soulmate

    wooww.. i always like to read about your income report. it’s amazing, fantastic!!

  • http://geosya.blogspot.com Geo

    That’s really wonderfull! I believe your success would be motivate me :)

  • http://www.thedentalhygienistsalary.com cambo

    That is really great report. what kind of iPhone Applications did you sell ?

  • http://badfoodfordogs.com Alan

    Pat, you’r income posts are inspiring…. but also insanely depressing. My site pulled in a total of $1.38 last month (adsense) and I can’t get traffic there. Honestly, I’d be satisfied pulling in a tenth of what you pull each month. I just don’t know how I’m going to get there :(

    • Ausitn

      Alan,

      Stick with it! What Pat teaches here work and but like he says, this is not a “get rich quick” scheme.

      My first month I only made $0.02 cents and last month I made $205! A far cry from Pat’s earnings but I’m on pace for $375 this month and things are starting to fall into place (thanks to a lot of hard work) for those numbers to keep going up! I had a $60 day the other day!

      Use these as motivation and keep working hard.

      Take care,

      Austin

  • http://www.itechcode.com Amit Shaw

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

  • Jeff

    Hi Pat,
    Just got round to reading this and as always it has been an inspiration. Being in the business planning phase of starting out in online marketing your material (blog, podcasts, videos etc) continue to be extremely useful research tools. I like your honesty when you say that it can be hard work developing the business as this has been my experience so far. I have experimented with several ideas but with the help of your detailed information, along with another marketers blog you are familiar with I have found a focus. Keep up the good work and thanks.

  • http://efanpagedesigns.com/ Thomas Sharky

    Yet another interesting, quality content post. Thanks, Pat. I was womdering whether you don’t plan to use Facebook Pages for your niche sites. I noticed that your SGTHQ has a FB page, but it’s more or less in test mode.

  • http://www.lostcyclist.me Quinton Hamp

    Was just spinning through Ahrefs.com to compare the sites.

    You have 387 versus his 987.

    I hope he feels like it was worth it. That’s a lot of effort.

  • http://www.latestnewsheadline.com John

    Awesome report! Good luck!

  • http://www.vdsbd.blogspot.com Raihan

    Hey Pat!
    I have been following your blog consistently. Being inspired I have started keyword research to start my blog from scratch :) Thanks for your keyword research webinar, simply awesome! And congratulation once again because your security guard blog regain top position in google search.

    Cheers!!

  • http://www.towhidzaman.com Towhid Zaman

    Hey.. Pat thanks for bringing in another half an hour to my life.I just have a quick question/request for you :D …… I don’t know it may sounds weird to many … can you explain how you keep your tracking your income or what do you do when you sit to write the last month income report.I think tracking income report is very important & as I’m still at high school I’m finding this very hard to maintain the tracking process.I think for me its easy to make money but what I can’t do is I can’t boost up my maturity because that’s natural.I’m finding so hard to keep every tracking under control & I’d love to see you posting a dedicated post only about the business progress tracking.

  • http://www.seoxy.org/ Leif @SEOXY.org

    Pat, thanks for all the intel on marketing, in my arsenal of blogs to keep up on. I am bummed that your site thebacklinkingstrategythatworks.com is not working nor nichesiteduel.com I really wanted to check those out !

    Leif

  • http://vegetablegardenhub.com Heather@Vegetable Garden Hub

    Pat, I really appreciate you sharing your income report with us, I don’t anybody else in this business who does. Your numbers from referring people to Bluehost are just amazing. This really inspires me. Well done, and may the next month be even bigger!

  • http://www.discoverwithandy.com Andy

    Hey Pat, I’m just getting started on making my blog, but I love coming back to your site to get examples of how to do it well. Hoping to eventually support myself with it – I’m sure I won’t make a killing in the crowded travel field, but that’s more for fun and enjoyment. I have an idea for a niche website as well – now I just have to find the time to jump into it. Sometimes I wish I’d get fired from my dayjob just so I could explore something else ;)

    Cheers!
    Andy

  • http://cellphonediary.com/ Wayne B

    He built the “replica” website just to see IF he could outrank you :). Hmm….. interesting. No hard feelings towards him though……right?

  • http://www.fluent-time-management.com Demian Kasier

    Wow! this information is priceless. Thanks! You’re the best.

    If I can earn a tenth of this I will be a very happy men. This just shows it can be done. And a major motivation.

  • Ausitn

    Pat,

    If you don’t mind, could you give us an idea of any incremental income you saw from adding 2 more 125×125 ads in your side bar?

    Thanks!

    Austin

  • http://www.30yearoldninja.com Izmael Arkin

    Man, I really appreciate that you make this so transparent to people. As a new blogger and someone who is just starting to learn about generating online income this is so helpful.

    Thank you

  • http://legitseo.com/ Alex

    I’d be happy making half of that :)

  • http://iamlynncasper.com lynn

    what do you use to find your SEO keyword ranking that you took a screenshot of in this image http://4.smartpassiveincome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/seokeywordranking.png ?

    • Pat

      Hey Lynn, I’m using seokeywordranking.com

  • http://WWW.PRICECHECKFIRST.COM,WWW.EXTRA-CASH-ONLINE.COM RCONNORIII

    Thanks for the motivation and Have a Great Day on Purpose!

  • Emily

    Hey Pat,

    I’ve just been following your website for a few months now. Super inspiring and informative, and your level of integrity is awesome to see!

    Sorry if you already mentioned this elsewhere on your blog, but I was wondering how you’re able to still use the Amazon affiliate program, since you live in California (as do I).

    Thanks!
    Emily

    • Pat

      Hi Emily – Amazon re-opened it’s doors to California affiliates a few months back. This is probably temporary until it goes to a higher court, however with how slow things take to get to that point it’s definitely worth looking into – at least for a side income.

  • http://www.blogging4dummies.co.uk Karl

    Hi Pat

    Thanks for the share and insperation
    I have 2 sites now my blogging 1 is new and I am trying to get the correct format, The other is around the casinos and is now getting maybe 40 Google hits a day after 3 months, am I on the right track to your god like status of making a psssie income online if I get the numbers in (yes I Know I need to convert them once on my site) ?

    Karl

  • http://pazer.blog.com/ Andreas Pazer

    Hi Pat:

    Thanks for inspiring me:)

  • http://www.personal-success-factors.com Steve-Personal Success Factors

    Hi, Pat. Thanks for modeling the SMARD model of working smart and hard on your product, as well as showing us that the end user comes first before any income. And in the long run, that works best for us as well. Thanks for the inspiration you provide!

  • http://www.mulius.com Lars Holdgaard

    One of the reasons this website is so popular, is the transparency of these posts. Really good job once again! :-)

  • Steve

    Great job Pat..I’m looking forward to details about the new sites…

  • http://www.techethon.com/ Tanmay Sawant

    Great Report mate. Ive just started blogging. Thanks this is inspirational to me. Will keep continuing the hardwork to get good money

  • http://www.badheizkoerper-haken.de Roland

    Hello Pat,

    thanks for your incrdible report. It´s always a pleasure for me to see how hard work and inspirational spirit can produce such amazing results.

  • http://www.makemoneyinlife.com JamesW

    Amazing stats, thanks for sharing this with us.

  • http://www.hcgdietrecipesmadesimple.com Toni Scott

    Hey Pat! After reading your income reports I decided to start my own little income report spreadsheet. My first website went live Dec 1, 2011, so it’s taken a little while to build up traffic. But thanks to you since April 1 I’m at Google #1 for my main keyword and on the first page for several secondary keywords. Surprisingly, my affiliate sales are more than double adsense earnings. Thanks again for all of your sharing and encouragement!

  • http://www.speckygeek.com Pritam @ Make Money Online

    The latest update has ‘nuked’ my website. It was ranking in top 10 for several keywords, including some keywords in the make money niche. Now, I have no significant keywords in top 10. Interestingly, I had never focused on building backlinks. So I cannot understand the reason for the dramatic fall.

  • Nick

    Thanks, Pat. I love your site, and everything I have read on it has been very inspiring and motivating. I can clearly see how you putting the user first has made you a trusted source online and in the world. I only hope I can learn from you and give as much as you do.

  • http://www.extra-cash-online.com/ RCONNOR111

    Hello Pat,
    After 90 days & many many hrs, mostly spent learning wordpress, i have started making my first passive income form adsense. Its not much, but its a great feeling knowing its just the beginning. Any advice for a newbie of where to go from here? Thanks for the inspiration…Have a great day on purpose!

  • Kai

    Hi Pat,

    two days ago I spoke with a friend of mine about your great site.
    He is by nature quite a sceptic and thank’s God not always right with his opinion. He reviewed your blog and asked me about the income reports you publish (by the way a great idea). He and now also me would love to see some more proof like adsense screenshots, paypal payment confirmation, etc..Okay, this can also be manipulated, but would be better than only typing in the numbers. Just saying and thinking of the sceptics.

    Nevertheless great content and keep it coming.

    Kai

  • http://calendartoprint.com/ Martin @ calendar to print

    Nice little read bro. Thanks, absorbed…

    BTW how do you do the cool little borders on the pics/illustrations you use on this post, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Take care
    Martin

  • http://absotivelydogs.com Bill

    Hats off to you Pat. For your affiliate earnings you say that it includes other niche sites. If you took away the money made from SPI, how much are the other niche sites making?

    The one thing that stands out the most, and for me the most inspirational, is that your most successful niche ( that is listed) site is your GreenAcademy site. Made for no other reason than to help people.

  • http://freeaffiliatemarketingtraining.com Bruce Stewart

    Pat I have just come across your blog doing a google search for optin skin plugin. I purchased it and have set it up on one of my blogs and didn’t like the look of it. Probably cause I never put to much effort into it.

    I thought I don’t like it (rushed judgement) I will send in for a refund in a couple of days. So I start reading your blog anyway and am so impressed with how transparent you are I have decided I am not getting a refund because the imformation you give here is so valuable that it far out ways the purchase price that I paid for the Optin Skin Plugin. Over a 12 month period I am going to improve my own earnings online just from reading your blog and that is, well priceless.
    Cheers Bruce.

    • Pat

      I don’t really know what to say Bruce, but thank you! I’m sorry OptinSkin didn’t really work out for you but I’m extremely grateful for your kindness. Thank you so much! :)

  • http://www.mbloggers.com Sam

    Thanks for sharing your income report……………its great…………..!!

  • Gary

    Hi Pat,

    Really enjoying the SPI site and all the various content therein. Love the monthly income reports as they give a great sense of hope for the new fish like me.

    In the end openness and honesty, shine through and win out. Thanks for your openness and honesty.

    Gary

  • http://www.themodernyou.com Matthew De Feo

    Hey Pat,
    LOVING your blog! Though I do have a question for you. How come you don’t do more guest posts? As a matter of fact I haven’t noticed any?! Is there a reason behind this?

    • Pat

      Why don’t I do any guest posts on other sites, or do you mean why I don’t have more guest posts on SPI?

  • http://joybutik.com Crocs Murah

    First time here and thanks for inspiring me…i will try to reach the same spot as you, maybe more ;) wish me luck pat…

  • http://Www.facebook.com/cybergaiden Axl rahman

    I found your blog frm a fellow marketer and we hav a lot in common i shall say.u r nt stingy with your knowledge and experience.u jus want d best for your followers and transparent.i hate sneaky marketers.dey turn me off.i will feel bad if i ever were to lie jus to make sales.honesty is crucial.hw can dey even live another day.i luv your income report.it reali motivates me and shows any1 can do it with hard work as with any biz.u hav made me a believer.i reali hope we can work together in future smeday.for d rest of u,dont stop believing.

  • http://www.socialmediadirectbiz.com Mayank

    HI Pat,

    Great stuff..Loved reading about your back-linking strategy :-)

  • http://www.kutas-s.blogspot.com rihsan

    i think thats good strategy for backlink thanks for inspiring me :)

  • http://www.banksyariah.net/ bank syariah

    Your security guard training site is always an inspiration.

  • http://rvbs.blogspot.com/ randi

    really good thinks . Thanks

  • Jason James

    Hey Pat.

    How long did it take you to get to 40k+ income a month?

  • http://importanceofweightloss.com adam

    Hi Pat,
    I would also like to know how long it took you to get 40K+ per month and how many websites did you need to achieve this results? Thanks