5 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing Books

Pat Flynn: Hey, Team Flynn. Today in this podcast episode, we’re going to talk about five hard truths about writing and publishing books. A lot of you may know I have a new book coming out in less than a month. On August 13th, my new book, Superfans, comes out. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered it, you can. If you do, you actually get the audiobook for free on launch day. Just go to yoursuperfans.com, and you can submit your receipt there after you pre-order, wherever you want to pre-order it, Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, what have you. But today, we’re going to talk about some hard truths because I’ve been doing this for a while and this is my third book. Man, it’s not easy, and I’ve learned a lot. I’m here to share everything with you, so stick around. Announcer: Welcome to the Smart Passive Income Podcast, where […]

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Amazon Book Marketing—Everything You Need to Know with Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur

Pat Flynn: Alright. We’re about a month away, a little over a month away from the publication of my brand new book, Superfans. And like with a lot of things I do, I love to kind of take you behind the scenes and also bring on experts on SPI to show you who I’m learning from about certain things. So next week you’re going to hear from my book coach, Azul Terronez, and how he helped me through writing Will It Fly? And how I’ve applied those things to Superfans, how to know what to write your book about, how it gets involved in your business, and it’s not just like a book that stands alone. But that’s for next week. This week, on today’s episode, you’re going to hear from Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur.com . . . That’s right, Kindlepreneur. This is his job to teach people how to […]

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The Boom (or Bubble) of Podcasting?

Is this the boom or bubble of podcasting? Is podcasting the new blogging? Explore why podcasts are a big deal, podcast tips, podcast sponsorships, and more! Pat Flynn June 10, 2019 Somebody recently asked me the question, “Pat, do you think podcasting is in a boom . . . or a bubble? . . . One that’s perhaps about to pop?” I’m about to answer that question in this post. Is Podcasting the New Blogging? Kind Of! Now, it’s not like blogging ever popped and dropped off the radar. Blogs are still hugely popular today—but I also think podcasts are having their day now. If you go to Google trends and compare the terms “blogs” and “podcasts,” you’ll notice that in 2017 the two kind of crossed over. That’s right: podcasting is on the up and up. The trend is clear, and there’s definitely still growth and opportunity in podcasting […]

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Creating Evergreen Funnels for a Sustainable Business – with Nick Stephenson

Nick Stephenson: Evergreen runs on all our products all the time, but we will do a live promotion or a live launch once a year. So, for the main product, 10k Readers, we do an affiliate launch once every year and there’s a reason we do it once a year: It’s because it’s exhausting. It makes you want to just go to bed for a week. Pat Flynn: You’re listening to a conversation that I had recently with Nick Stephenson from YourFirst10kReaders.com, who’s also a former guest here on the show back in Episode 162, which was back in May of 2015. When he came on for the first time, he talked about his very first product launch, which was over $130,000. The fun story about Nick was that he was actually sitting in the audience on a webinar that I produced and co-hosted, that he then bought a course […]

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Massive Transformation in Six Months—Before/After with Walid Azami

Pat Flynn: Building a business is all about transformation. For you as a business owner: learning from your mistakes, growing over time, adapting to different situations, hopefully becoming a better person, one percent better every single day perhaps. And it’s about transformation of your audience and the customers that you have: your subscribers, your readers, your viewers, and you the listener. And hopefully you’ve been transformed over the year, through a number of the examples that people have set here as guests on the show, sharing their stories and transformations that they’ve had. Hopefully you’ve been transformed by the information in some of the solo episodes that I’ve done here on The Smart Passive Income Podcast. And since we’re closing in on 2019, and most of you hopefully have some really big, lofty goals for 2019, I’m excited to share with you today a unique episode, where it’s not an […]

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Selling a Book? Overlooking This Page Could Kill Sales—Book Marketing with Bryan Cohen

Pat Flynn: Writing a book . . . probably one of the hardest things you could ever do in your life. I’ve written a few books, and I plan to write some more, but every time I think about the process it makes me want to throw up, because it is such a struggle. I’m so thankful that, for example with my book, Will It Fly?, I got connected with a guy named Azul who became my book coach. But writing is just part of it. What about the selling and the marketing, and the promotional aspects that should go along with the book-writing process too? There are so many ways that you can promote a book, and we’ve talked about a number of those ways in past episodes of the SPI Podcast. We’ll include links to all those shows from the past that talk about book marketing on the […]

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From $50k in Debt to Business Success in Less than a Year—How to Be Mindful and Ruthless

Today’s special guest is Sagi Shrieber, coming at us from Tel Aviv, Israel, who bailed himself out of $50k worth of debt by taking massive action. Today he’s sharing his journey, why he hired a coach (even though he was deep in debt), and how he’s building an amazing community in the design and entrepreneurial spaces now. Sagi’s also breaking down some of his favorite design tools, as well as quick and easy tips so you can boost your design game and maximize conversions for your business. Sagi is what’s known as a Full Stack Designer, a designer who also knows how to get great results for sales and conversions (he uses the metaphor of an MMA fighter). It’s that kind of mindset—Sagi calls it the Full Stack life—that got him through some of the tougher times. In the end, he managed to push through the discomfort and learn to […]

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How to Get Affiliates and JVs to Promote for You with Matt McWilliams

If you’ve listened to the show before, you’ve probably heard me talk about affiliate marketing. But what about the other side? What if you have a product—like a course or a new book—that you own and you want other people to promote it? How do you find those people? What should their commission be? Learn the answer to these questions and more with today’s special guest Matt McWilliams. Every time I’ve done a joint affiliate promotion over the last few years, Matt’s been there. In fact, he’s been behind some of the largest collaborative affiliate promotions I’ve ever been a part of. He’s helped promote Michael Hyatt’s products and a few others too, helping them make millions of dollars in the process. He’s here today to tell you how to find people to become affiliates for your products, even if you’re just getting started. (And if you are just getting […]

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My April 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my April 2017 Monthly Income Report! As always, I create these reports to share the latest happenings with my online businesses, including the wins, the failures, the lessons learned, and the income generated along the way. If this is your first time stumbling upon these reports, check out the income report page to see my income history dating back to October 2008, which is when I first started to monetize a website (InTheLeed.com then; now GreenExamAcademy.com) dedicated to helping people pass an architectural industry exam. Since then, I’ve created many more websites, brands, and products ranging from courses to software to books. And, as always, I’m happy to share the inside scoop on what I’ve learned so you can be better prepared for your own online business journey. Without further ado, here’s the April 2017 report. Latest Goings-On As shared in last month’s income report, March was an […]

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My March 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my March 2017 Monthly Income Report. Fun fact: This is the 102nd monthly report published here on the blog. As always, I’m happy to share with you what happened during the past month, from the actions taken to the lessons learned, and, of course, the earnings report and where it all comes from. March was an extremely busy month, but also very exciting. A lot of hard work from the past six months paid off in March, and I’m stoked to talk about the results of two course launches that happened. Yes—two courses. 🙂 Am I crazy? Probably, but also very excited to be moving forward with the goals I set for myself and the business. With no more delay, let’s get right into it. Important Goings-On in March Two courses? Yes. Let’s start with the one that’s more well known, Smart From Scratch, which opened up for […]

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How To Create and Sell an Online Course: The Ultimate Guide

My ultimate guide to creating online courses! Here are the three principles and ten practical steps you need for creating amazing, profitable, and life-changing online courses. Pat Flynn April 2, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Online courses can help you make more money, save more time, and help more people. In 2017, I hit one million dollars in revenue from online courses alone! And I’ve made lots of money serving as an affiliate for other people’s courses too. Today, I want to share the keys—the three crucial psychological principles, plus the ten practical steps—that will help you do the same. This post has been crafted to be the ultimate guide (it’s there in the title!) to creating and selling your own online course, so it’s a bit of a long one. But if you’re looking for a one-stop shop on what it takes to create and sell a great […]

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SPI 304: Building an Online Course From Start to Finish

Last year I built three online courses—premium courses that people paid for—as well as a fourth free course. They’ve been working like gangbusters: In 2017 I earned $1 million in revenue from online courses alone. Online courses have been an incredible experience for me, and today I’m sharing the ten steps you can take to create life-changing online courses for your audience. Why are online courses so great? Why wouldn’t you do an online course? Does it make sense to do an online course? Does it best serve your audience? Today we’re going to get into all of these questions and a whole lot more. (I hope you brought a notebook!) I hesitated about building an online course for so long because, well, I was too afraid to sell to my audience. The big realization for me? You can sell and serve at the same time. And, I realized that I […]

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My August 2017 Monthly Income Report

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SPI 283: Six-Figures in an Obscure Niche with Cassidy Tuttle

I want you all to meet Cassidy Tuttle. She’s the founder of Succulents and Sunshine, a thriving online business that has earned her six figures and grown to include a popular blog, a book, online courses, and more. She’s done it all while operating in a relatively obscure niche—teaching others to raise succulent plants—and she’s here today to share her story. When Cassidy first began raising succulents, it was purely a side project, which she documented on her blog. To her surprise, her gardening experiments ignited an under-served niche. She soon expanded her website to include a series of ebooks and two online courses, which led to a book deal with the publishers of the Idiot’s Guide series. In this episode, you’ll hear how Cassidy continues to serve her audience with fresh, valuable content and resources year after year. You’ll hear her honest account of writing a book in three months, and why her transparency helps her […]

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SPI 281: How Coach Glitter Built Her Affiliate Business and Launched a Product

Before Tiffany Lee Bymaster got into online business, her friends called her the “walking Yelp.” In addition to being a professional makeup artist, she had a reputation as a trusted, go-to resource for recommendations on just about everything. When Tiffany dove into coaching and affiliate marketing, that reputation came with her, and the “Coach Glitter” empire has thrived ever since. In today’s episode, Tiffany (a.k.a. Coach Glitter) walks me through her journey from pro makeup artist to branding coach, course creator, and affiliate marketer. She shares how reading Will It Fly? helped her uncover her entrepreneurial “superpower” and how she maintains her reputation as a trusted voice in the online business world. You’ll hear how she mines her audience for feedback, the platforms she used to build her brand, how she makes the most out of online courses, and the mindset advice that helped her the most while building a business from […]

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Open Cart or Closed Cart? That Is the Question.

Selling and promoting a product or course? Ask yourself: open cart or closed cart? The pros and cons of an open cart, closed cart, and more! Pat Flynn August 21, 2017 As someone who’s been in online business for almost a decade now, I’m grateful to have met and built friendships with many amazing people, such as Amanda Bond and Greg Hickman, who’ve been successfully selling products online for years. I’ve learned so much from these people over the years, and have been truly inspired by all of them. I’ve poured all of that learning and inspiration into my recent online course launches: Smart From Scratch® and Power-Up Podcasting®. I’m so thankful for that. As I continue to learn more (there’s always more to learn!) about selling and promoting products online, there’s one question that I keep asking myself (and, as I’ve realized, I’m not alone in this). That question […]

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My July 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my July 2017 Monthly Income Report. Thanks for checking it out! Each month, I write a detailed report about my online businesses, including what I’ve been up to, the lessons I’ve learned, and, of course, the money I’ve earned online. I’ve been publishing these reports since October 2008, so make sure you check out the income reports page if you’d like to go back in time and check out the complete history. If this is your first time at Smart Passive Income (SPI), thanks for being here. SPI was built to serve others by experimenting with my own trials and errors. Sometimes the business experiments I try work well, and other times they don’t. But each time there’s a lesson involved that I can pass on to you so you can have better insight and knowledge moving forward with your own business or project. Smart Passive Income isn’t […]

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SPI 278: List Building Made Easy with Special Guest Amy Porterfield

Great news, SPI family: Amy Porterfield has returned to the podcast for yet another insightful, actionable episode I know you’re going to love. Today, she’s covering everything an online business owner needs to know about list building, from capturing new leads to pitching your products. Amy’s a master at bringing new fans into the fold, whether they find her through her podcast, her live video streams, or her webinars. Amy’s developed a killer strategy for hooking potential followers, connecting them with the right resources, and building trust before presenting them with a sales pitch. A key part of that list building strategy is the “content upgrade,” a value-packed downloadable resource Amy gives away for free. Offerings like this are why Amy has become such a list building master and trusted expert in the online business world, and I’m thrilled to have her here today. Listen in (and learn alongside me) as Amy explores building a list, fine-tuning a sales […]

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31 Tips from 31 Course Creators on How to Build and Launch a Successful Online Course

Entrepreneurs from various niches share their number one lesson learned from creating an online course. Pat Flynn August 7, 2017 This was my first year experiencing what it was like to create and sell online courses. With one public course launched (Smart From Scratch®) launched earlier in the year, and another one that just launched last month (Power-Up Podcasting®), I’m already experiencing the benefits I always heard other course creators talk about: Increased income, yes. But, more importantly, increased amounts of success stories. Truly, there’s no better way to package up information you have to solve a problem, and provide a win for your customer while also getting paid at the same time. As an advisor now to Teachable, the online platform I use to host and sell my online courses, I knew there were tons of other course creators out there—many more and different experiences than my own—who could offer […]

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SPI 277: Buying Push-Button Solutions vs. Taking Real Action—A Coaching Call with Amy Torres

Today’s episode is a special one. You’ll get to hear a coaching call with entrepreneur Amy Torres, who’s been creating courses, blogging, coaching, and writing books for years. Her latest course is about to launch, and she’s got questions about scaling, marketing, listening to her audience, and providing as much value as possible. In this call, we talk through what she can do to take action and bring her course to the next level. I love working with fellow entrepreneurs on the early stages of their business—it’s the focus of Will It Fly? and my online course, Smart From Scratch. [Full Disclosure: As an Amazon affiliate, I receive additional compensation if you purchase Will It Fly? through this link.] Amy, however, has done her research, moved beyond the validation stage, and is ready to see her new course bring great things to her online business. Where should she direct her focus? How can she scale […]

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