Reader Challenge Roundup: Readers Choice and the Next [BIG!] Challenge

SPI Reader ChallengePart of my responsibility here on SPI is to not only give you the best information possible, but to encourage you to take action as well.

One of the ways I love to do that is through my reader challenges, where I challenge you to do something specific that I know will help you and your online business or blog.

It took me a while to finally write this post, but I’m excited to share the results (and winners) from the last Reader Challenge!

Here’s a list of all of the previous reader challenge results posts:

At the end of the last challenge, I challenged you again by asking you to choose and complete any of the previous challenges.

A huge kudos to everyone who took action and participated! Whether you contributed or not, check out the list below and feel free to read any that compel you. There are 5 winners, announced at the bottom of this post: 4 random, and 1 to my favorite headline. Let’s see if your favorite headline matches my own…

Amazing Arab Street Food! – Martabak (Mutabak) Recipe [VIDEO] by Katherine of Sheba Yemeni Food

50 Questions You Should Ask Yourself [LIST POST] by Ani from Life Probabilities

Over a Decade Later, REDUX Still Sucks [PILLAR POST] by Doug from The Military Guide

Building a Website in 3 Minutes with a Custom Domain Name [VIDEO] by Michael from Building a Website Pro

Lo que te hace unico, te lleva al Exito. Estrategias para potenciar tu marca personal [INTERVIEW] by Naylin from Soluciones 4 Web

A Look Behind the Scenes at How I Developed My First Android App [CASE STUDY] by Mark of The Mad Hermit

7 Ways to Get Better Results From Your Facebook Ad Spend [LIST POST] by Ryan of Hache Marketing

10 Goals That I WILL Accomplish By The End of 2012 [LIST POST] by Michael of Earning Forever

The Cold Hard Truth On Being a Personal Finance Blogger – What I Learned in Less Than 2 Years! [STORY] by Mr. Fox from Finance Fox

Spend the Day with an ATM Business Owner; Then Start Your Own Passive Income Stream [VIDEO] by Carey of ATM Business Blueprint

Real Video Interviews Guiding You into Mamahood [INTERVIEW] by Steve from Your Baby Booty

10 Management Lessons from the Olympics [PILLAR POST] by Remco of Sport Management

How to Draw:  Blue Jay [PILLAR POST] by Sam of Two Birders and Binoculars

8 Reasons WHY You Must Take Action to Simplify Your Finances [LIST POST] by B Simple of Simple Financial Lifestyle

Top 10 Option Trading Blogs [LIST POST] by Options Trading IQ

Map Your Family History Like a Best-Selling Novel [VIDEO] by Lynn from The Armchair Genealogist

20 Free WordPress Themes Published on Our Facebook Page (French) [LIST POST] by Alex of WP Themes Pro

The Vinyl Odyssey: How a Song Sparked an Adventure [STORY] by Craig of A Day Trip

SASM 004 – Passive Income Mastery and How to Be Everywhere with Pat Flynn [INTERVIEW] by Joel of Value of Simple

What I Learned About Blogging From the Naked Men in the Trunk of My Car [STORY] by Rebecca of Professional Content Creation

What is Live Chat Support and How Can I Make it Work on My Website? [VIDEO] by Robert of Chat Tool Tester

Men: Dress Like a Million Bucks (Without Spending it) [PILLAR POST] by James of This Is Common Cents

Investing in Mutual Funds for Beginners Series – Part 1 [PILLAR POST] by John Border of The University of Money

Interview with James from Mum Network Ltd [INTERVIEW] by Adam of Affiliate FYI

How to Become Self-Employed Like These 5 Top Bloggers [INTERVIEW] by Robert of The College Investor

Advanced Tiered Link Building Tutorial Part 1 – Theory [VIDEO] by Matthew of

Lessons in Gratitude: I Opened That Box and Couldn’t Stop Crying [STORY] by One Frugal Girl

5 Ways to Unlock Golden Handcuffs [LIST POST] by NoTrustFund at Wheres My Trust Fund

Whole World Theatre on Improv! [VIDEO] by Pamela of Call Time Atlanta

Grass For Shade: Growing a Good Lawn in Shady Areas [PILLAR POST] by Colin of Lawns for You

10 Sites with Free Royalty-Free Images for Commercial Use [LIST POST] by Tune Seidelin of Website from Scratch

Interview: Building a Thriving Audience with Corbett Barr [INTERVIEW] by Blair of Bootstrapped Entrepreneur

Case Study: Seasonal College Niche Site [CASE STUDY] by Joel of Passive Machine

Top Speaking Strategies for the IELTS Test [PILLAR POST] by Mark of

The Best Way to Learn a Language in 3 Months (Blueprint 1/2) [VIDEO] by Brian Kwong of Da Genius Lab

25 Free Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her [LIST POST] by Carol of Christian PF

Dan Miller on Online Business, Blogging, And Books / Podcast [INTERVIEW] by Bob of Blogging Your Passion

WordPress Trick: User Friendly Category Pages [PILLAR POST] by Marius of Webmarkin

45 Great Jobs You Can Do While Traveling the World and How to Get Them [LIST POST] by Micki of The BareFoot Nomad

How to Craft a Better Site and Make Your Tribe Larger [PILLAR POST] by Tony of

How to Make Your Own Beer (The Satisfying and Easy Way) [PILLAR POST] by John of Home Brew Manual

Venus Fallen Au Naturel with Geek Shirts HQ [INTERVIEW] by

Weber Kettle Grills [PILLAR POST] by David of BBQ Dry Rubs

Expert Time Management Interview: Online Business Productivity with Steve Scott [INTERVIEW] by Timo of Productive SuperDad

Why Read Travel Blogs – and 28 Travel Blogs that Rock [LIST POST] by Ayelet of All Colores

You Can Build a Coffee Table [MINI PRODUCT] by Jeff of

22 Year Old’s Business Backed By $1 Million Dollar Investment [INTERVIEW] by Kevin of Dropout Got Rich

The Renaissance Entrepreneur [PILLAR POST] by Patrick of RenfestHQ

National Institutes of Health Global Health Research Program [STORY] by Elliot of

Ranking on Page 1 for “Make Money Online” Without Even Trying [CASE STUDY] by Eric of My 4-Hour Workweek

Differences Between Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign [VIDEO] by Christelle of Handy Marketer

10 Awesome Low Carb Substitutes for Popular Foods [LIST POST] by Eric of Slow Carb Diet Experiment

The Ultimate Guide to YouTube Video Interview Production [PILLAR POST] by Ruan of Freelance Writing Tactics

If You Want to Escape the Rat Race, Read These 2 Books [LIST POST] by Ryan of Real World Myth

Types of Charts: Lines, Candles, and Bars – How to Read Different Types of Financial Charts [PILLAR POST] by Steven Fox of Fox Day Training

Top 3 Reasons to Switch to Low Energy Light Bulbs [LIST POST] by The Low Energy Bulb

10 Touristy (But Must-see) Things to Do in Boston [LIST POST] by Kim of Kim Olson Photography

7 Must Have Springsteen’s Bootlegs [LIST POST] by Tsitalia of Springsteen’s Bootleg Collection

Aran Knitting Patterns [PILLAR POST] by Cherry of From Sheep to Shawl

Pet Insurance Guide Podcast – 13: An Essential Step When Purchasing Pet Insurance [INTERVIEW] by Dr. Doug Kenney of Pet Insurance Guide US

How to Find a Physical Therapist [PILLAR POST] by Jill of Motion Works Physical Therapy

21 Quick Actions to Get Rid of Cold Symptoms! [LIST POST] by Candida Diet Plan

Founding of the Process Management Alliance – An Introducing Video [VIDEO] by Lasse of

Frugal Gift Ideas for the Busy Woman [PILLAR POST] by Frugal Patti of

Providing App Development Solutions to Small Businesses: Part 1 [CASE STUDY] by Thomas of Mobile App Tycoon

My First Time at Tahquamenon Falls [STORY] by Jesse of Things to do in the U.P.

Beyond Hallucinations: Productivity Tips from Sleeping Pills [STORY] by Bel of Progress & Success

How to Install WordPress a Do-It-Yourself Guide [PILLAR POST] by Howie of

10 Reasons Why a 5:00am Bootcamp is Great for “New” Entrepreneurs [LIST POST] by Stacey of My Son and Money

The 5 Commandments of Web Hosting [LIST POST] by Ross of

031 – Starting Out on Your Own! Interview with Dustin Hartzler [INTERVIEW] by Peder of 168 Opportunuties

Kids and Their Feelings – You Can Help! [VIDEO] by Oleg of

Easy DIY Bike Rack and PVC Bike Rack [PILLAR POST] by Shawn of Texas Mountain Bike Trails


In total, there were 73 submissions, made up of the following:

  • 20 List Posts
  • 18 Pillar Posts
  • 12 Interviews
  • 11 Videos
  • 7 Story Posts
  • 4 Case Studies
  • 1 Mini-Product

A lot of the content has been viewed several times by their respective audiences, including some of the videos which have view counts between 6,000 and 12,000, and some of the posts have well over 50 comments!

I’ve also noticed some of you who have done interviews or created videos for the first time during this challenge got a little addicted to the process, and now you can’t stop.

Great job! Way to step out of your comfort zone and get stuff done!

The Winners

As mentioned in the previous challenge, I’m giving away 5 (five) $100 Gift Cards to 5 different participants in this particular challenge. Four go to random participants, and one goes to my favorite headline.

The random winners are:

  1. Steven Fox from Fox Day Trading
  2. John from Home Brew Manual
  3. One Frugal Girl from
  4. Joel from Passive Machine

Congratulations! If you are a winner, you will get an email from me soon if you haven’t already!

My Favorite Headline

We all know how important a great headline is for our articles. It’s what people see first before choosing to read, and a great headline alone can generate more views.

There were a lot of headlines that stood out to me, however one stood out amongst the rest:

What I Learned About Blogging From the Naked Men in the Trunk of My Car by Rebecca of Professional Content Creation

Compelling, to say the least! Congratulations Rebecca!

Brendan Hufford from

You may recognize Brendan’s name from SPI Podcast Session #49. He’s the owner of and decided to take this particular challenge to a whole new level. He decided to do ALL of the previous challenges again! It’s no wonder his business is taking off, he’s a man of action!

Here are Brendan’s entries:

Write a Pillar Article – How to get a Pre-Sale Shoyoroll Guaranteed

Publish a List Post – 5 Reasons Why I Started the GiReviews Podcast

Create a YouTube Video – How to be Awesome Pt. 2

Develop a Mini-Product – Epic Gi Book

Write a Post that Tells a Story – The moment I realized I was a hater and what I did about it

Create a Case Study – Case Study: Why Google Penalized My Site and How I Fixed It

Interview SomeoneGiReviews Podcast 002 – An Interview with the Real Scrambleman – Scramble’s Matt Benyon

Well done Brendan!

The Next Challenge

Unlike the previous challenges, I’m not going to announce the new challenge here in this roundup post.


Because the next challenge is going to deserve its own post. I won’t reveal exactly what it is  orhow it’s going to work just yet (since I’m still working out the details), but think about this:

Niche Site Duel Round 2, an application process to become a part of a related “learning / mastermind group”, live tracking, and a whole lot more!

Excited yet? 😉

Congratulations again to all of the winners, and to each of the participants in this reader’s choice roundup post!


p.s. I’m so excited to announce that my book, Let Go, is currently the #1 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Book on Amazon! Click here to read it if you haven’t already now that it’s available on Kindle and Kindle App devices! Thank you all so much for your support!

  • Patrick Matherne

    Wow a lot of great articles to look through when I get home. I can not wait to see the next challenge.

    • Iain

      I feel the same way Patrick.

      There seems to be a ton of fantastic material here. I’ll have to comb through it to find the gems if they aren’t all gems.

      A couple of the ones that stand out are:

      Advanced Tiered Link Building Tutorial Part 1 – Theory [VIDEO] by Matthew of

      How to Craft a Better Site and Make Your Tribe Larger [PILLAR POST] by Tony of

      I have read through Mathew Woodward’s advanced tiered link building and it is a pretty sweet post definitely worth checking out.

      I haven’t had a chance to read through Tony Meijer’s post, but the headline definitely got my attention.

      Pat, thanks very much for the great post. The challenges really give inspiration. It isn’t always easy being a blogger, but when you build such a great community it makes it amazing.

      Thanks again

      • Tony Meijer

        Hi Iain,
        pleas read it and give me a yay or nay, I’m starving for feedback on it to be honest 😉

        It should be mentioned that its mostly aimed at user interface design and at somewhat basic :)

    • Morrid

      very iche and i like this idea Pat

  • Robert Farrington

    Pat, thanks for putting this together. Your reader challenges continue to inspire me to try things outside my comfort zone and they have yielded me some great success

  • Rebecca Livermore

    Hey Pat!

    Thanks so much for choosing my post as one of the winners! I’m stoked! I’ve always wanted to find a way to use that story, and this seemed to be a perfect time. As you can imagine, that post has brought me a decent amount of traffic, though I think that some who found it via search were hoping for something a little different than what I delivered. 😉

  • Kim Olson

    Thanks for another awesome Challenge Roundup, Pat! Definitely a lot of great articles to read from all sorts of genres. I love seeing such huge participation and know that a big part of it is you helping us to actually take action.

  • Michelle

    This is a great list! So many awesome posts.

  • Jason Love

    I can’t wait for the next challenge. Thanks Pat for the motivation to create amazing content and plan to go through several of those you posted in this article.

  • Jon Haver

    I am VERY excited for niche site duel #2 and 100% in! Looking forward to seeing you roll this BIG challenge out!

    Congrats on the book being number 1!

    • Tung Tran

      I’m excited about the duel #2 as well :) The #1 challenge is SO HUGE and helpful that helps and inspirse so many people (include me) to take action and make a living building niche sites.

  • Drew

    Pat, I literally sat straight up in my chair when I saw niche site duel #2! The first niche site duel is what REALLY inspired me to get into this whole niche site business. I just purchased my first domain and am working through the steps to get it up and running. Can’t wait to hopefully be a part of something like niche site duel #2!

  • Alex from WP Themes Pro

    Hi Pat,
    I’m really pleased that you published my post, thanks !
    I hope that the SPI community could find some interesting themes on my blog. As my blog is french, you can use Google translate in order to understand something :)

    Concerning the NicheSiteDuel 2.0, I’m super stoked ! Unfortunately, I think I’m not going to participate because my projects are too much time consuming. I’ve to take care of my readers (and they will take care of me ;)).

    All the best from France

  • James Petzke

    Really excited to see this second niche site challenge! I’ll definitely be applying!


    Thanks, Pat, I appreciate being able to get a military-related pillar post out to a such a huge audience!

    Now that I’ve seen the other posts, I’m glad I didn’t go with my original “naked men” post title… just kidding.

    Let me know if you ever need a military topic guest post.

    • Rebecca Livermore

      Hahah, good one! BTW, mine is the naked man post, and it takes place on a military base. My husband is retired Army, and we had all kinds of adventures during his active-duty time. I actually loved being an Army wife. :)

  • Jamal Hale

    Hi Pat,

    I’ve been crawling around your site for a few weeks now and you’ve inspired me to take action. Today is the day I start to change my life.

    Thank you so much for being so open and proving that making a life for yourself online can be done. Next time I comment I promise there will be a website link :).

    Best Wishes,

  • Victoria @ My Daily Cuppa

    Congratulations to everyone who actually took part in the various challenges and made it to the end. I remember reading some of these posts the first time round, thinking that there was no way that I would ever be able to write something so epic.

    Little by little, I am building up my blogging chops and I may even have the courage to jump in with your next challenge, depending on which direction you tend to take us. lol

  • Theodore Nwangene

    Hi Pat,
    I thought you will not publish this report again but its finally here. I remembered i also submitted my post but maybe, it wasn’t fortunate enough to appear.

    I very happy for all the people that got their post here and especially for the winners, kudos guys.

    Thanks for sharing Pat.

    • Pat Flynn

      I didn’t see it submitted Theodore, I’m sorry. I only looked for those with the subject line “READER CHALLENGE” – not sure if you did that per the instructions. Thanks for your support!

  • marty

    there are a lot of cool of new articles to read which i love having new material.I cant wait to see what the next challenge is

  • Mark Barros

    Great list of entries! Glad to have participated again. Looking forward to the next challenge Pat!


  • http:// Sibo

    Hey Pat,

    I am glad to hear that you are about to start your next challenge. I like challenges, because they keep me working harder. Even though I am currently taking 3 challenges myself at the same time, I will still love to join the new one with many great readers here.

    Let’s start some competition here, everyone!



  • Naylin

    Hi Pat,

    Thank you very much for teaching us and encouraging us to act. What a great pleasure to find you in this path!

    Yours Sincerely,


  • Siegfried

    I think I need to take part in one of your challenges!
    best regards!

  • Byron

    Nice subject line indeed 😀

    Can’t wait for Challange #2, would be to cool to be a part of it :)


  • Saifi Ali

    thats a cool article, i am regular visitors of this blog, nice blog

  • Olusola

    Hi Pat,

    Love this list. I’ve been visiting the sites and it seems the link for Tune Seidelin’s post is going to the garden lawn website instead :(

  • John

    Hi Pat,

    Thanks for including me in the round-up, and for the pleasant surprise at the end.

    I’m now looking forward to reading what everyone came up with.



  • Johnny Bravo

    Looking forward to the next challenge Pat. Definitely looking forward to participating this time around.

  • Dave G

    Like the sound of the Niche Site Duel Round 2….might try to get in on this!

  • Richard Neckar

    Been looking through the posts. Good Job Guys (and Girls)!

  • Stephanie

    I just lost my job yesterday so I’m ready to go! I hope you post it soon because I’ve been feeling in a slump and really need something to pour some heart into.

  • Tish

    Great article. There are lots of information here. Okay, I’m going to take the challenge too. :)

  • JP

    Spent the last hour or so looking through most of the posts, brilliant job to everyone.

  • Monja

    Thanks for the awesome article, I love reading through these posts.
    I’ve also sent in an article but looks like it got lost because it is not in the list :(

  • Ken Tan

    Thanks for putting this together, Pat! You really inspires and encourage us to take action to become better! Thank you!

  • Jack

    Man, this is an awesome list of articles. Been reading some of them and I must say, thanks for the resources Pat! Great stuff.

  • Jeremiah Say
    • Pat Flynn

      Jeremiah, it’s an automated email that should come through with the link immediately after you send an email to it. Have you checked your spam folder? I’ll resend from my other email just in case.

  • Brendan

    I’m so honored to be a part of this post! I can’t wait to read all of the other articles and entries.

    As I noted on the podcast, taking what Pat’s written here (and said on his podcast) and implementing it exactly as stated can lead to a tremendous amount of success. I would encourage EVERYBODY who entered this challenge with a single entry to go back and do the rest of them!!

    Thanks again for all of the transparency, encouragement, and FREE advice!

  • Christopher @ This that and the MBA

    Cant wait for niche site duel number 2. I used duel 1 to build a niche site that is making a few bucks a month.

    Count me in!!!!

  • Sachin Bille

    Ohh that’s great. Would love to be a part of that challenge. Just throw a post about it.

  • SEO Guru

    This is a great idea. this not only keeps the readers active but also gives them a great knowledge in return

  • Cody Stevenson

    Congrats to all the winners and some really great articles!

    Pat I really like how you made this challenge too. You have so many good ideas.

    I would like to really give a shout out to Rebecca though. I couldn’t resist clicking on the headline to save my life! Awesome headline Rebecca haha.

    “What I learned About Blogging From the Naked Men in The Trunk of My Car”

    That is classic

  • Elliott Garber

    Thanks for the link, Pat! I’ve completed several other categories of challenges now as well, and I’m excited to participate in whatever you have for us next.

  • Lee Lewis


    These are awesome! I have listened to all the podcast episodes but am sad that i haven’t been able to participate in the challenges. However, since listening to the first podcast I have: (1) started a blog, (2) posted a list post on it (and 8 other posts), (3) and made a tutorial video, so I’m on my way. Can’t wait to do the other challenges!

  • Wade

    I love reading things like this! This is something I’m going to do myself!

  • Gaurav

    Cool list! Not only does it keeps one engaged but also provides knowledge to them. Great work man!

  • George

    A perfect article to bookmark where one can read many more things as lots of links are provided. I haven’t read much of them but sure going to read many.

  • Freeman LaFleur

    Very excited for the next challenge Pat! Congrats on the #1 spot on Amazon too!

  • Tim Elliott

    I love this post – it’s great to see all the things you’ve inspired people to do.

    I started my own 30 day challenge but it ended up taking well over 30 days to get anywhere near what I wanted. I’m looking forward to niche site duel 2 though. Things have changed so much in the SEO world lately it will be interesting to see whether it’s still possible to get similar results.

  • Izzy

    Damn, how did I miss this. I put together an interview post (actually a number of interviews) based off the advice on this blog, I missed the post where you asked for examples. If you’re still interested this is the interview which performed best.

  • Ani

    Amazing :) My traffic increased these days and I was wondering why…. :) Now I know it is because of this post. And I am not even a winner :)

    Thanx Pat!

  • Hasan

    I am wondering how I read all of this O_o Thanks Pat.

  • Scott

    I totally missed this challenge, but I do have a new list post coming out today, check it out, Top 7 Apps to Safe this Summer:

  • Brent

    Looking forward to the Niche Site Duel 2 – I’ve got a nice site that I think can do well, but I haven’t gotten off my butt to make it happen – I think working together in a group would be great motivation to really kick it up a level!

  • Robert

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for mentioning my post about live chat software. The link is actually not correct, it should be linking to Would be excellent if you could correct it.
    Thank you!

  • Zachary Smith

    Great post – subscribing to rss now :)

  • Rina

    This is very unique challenge. Congratulations to all the winners and I hope this challenge will be there again someday because I want to follow it too :)

  • Stefan @

    Awesome, wish I could have participated in this. Looking forward to the next one!