Exciting News about Let Go (expanded edition) and a Video Contest!

There’s more to the story. Let Go, my first book, is back with 8 additional chapters! Share your Let Go story and potentially win a paid trip to San Diego to spend the day with Pat Flynn! Pat Flynn July 31, 2017 I have some exciting news to share and a fun video contest for you to participate in! But first, as some of you may know, I wrote a book titled Let Go, which documented my experience in getting laid off from my architecture job in 2008, and eventually overcoming that adversity through a commitment to pursuing my own path. After being let go from my job, over time, I also realized that had to let go of the obstacles keeping me from doing what I was meant to do. Letting go has been an integral part of my success as an online business owner. And I have a […]

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Choosing Your Blog Post Topics

The way you should think about the individual blog post topics is very similar to how you should be thinking about the overall niche or subject for your blog as a whole, except on a far more detailed or specific basis. The content on your blog should be there for a specific purpose. Give Me a Reason In the context of an individual blog post, it should answer a particular question or be useful in a rather specific kind of way. Given the constraints of a blog post, the topic shouldn’t be so broad that you can easily expand on it into a whole book on its own. At the same time, it needs to be specific enough that you can provide readers with a suitable amount of value within the limited space that you have for each blog post. Of course, there are no real hard and fast rules […]

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To Massively Increase Your Confidence, Plan to Spend Your Time Constructively

Replace something you do every day you don’t want anyone to know about with one thing you’ve been putting off longer than you want anyone to know and your confidence will soar. March 19, 2018 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A friend asked me if I was planning to write a book and what I would write it on. Confidence, I replied. And I went a step further by telling her what the contents of the book would be: the word confidence, multiplied 500,000 times. Nothing but confidence. I don’t think you’d find a redundancy in all 500,000 words because confidence is that important. Without it, you automatically settle for mediocre jobs and relationships; and you give yourself 500,000 excuses for not living out your dreams. Considering how crazy-awesome life can be, that’s insane. Especially when you plan to make a difference to others as […]

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SPI 276: The Art of Significance with Dan Clark

This week, I’m honored to welcome legendary speaker Dan Clark to the show for a truly inspirational conversation on the art of significance. Dan generously sat down with me to discuss success, service, and making a difference in the world, and I’m thrilled to share that conversation with you today. Dan’s career includes a jaw-dropping number of achievements. He’s one of the top ten motivational speakers in the world. He’s written over 30 books. He’s led multiple successful businesses. He’s even been to space. Despite his many lofty accomplishments, however, Dan is all about the basics, and that’s what he explores with me today. In this episode, I ask Dan what motivates him, why he feels compelled to serve, how he attracts new opportunities, and how he approaches setbacks. You’ll also hear some incredible stories from his days as a football player, his time on the road as a speaker, and his experience viewing […]

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SPI 275: Real Stories and Results from 3 Brand-New Podcasters

Today’s episode stars not one guest, but three! Joining me are Dr. Shannon Irvine, Rob Stuart, and Dr. Barbara Cohen—all students from the beta version of my latest course, Power-Up Podcasting. All three have had incredible experiences along the road to launching their first podcasts, and today they’re sharing their stories. I’ve shared a lot about why I think podcasting is the best platform for building your brand as an entrepreneur. Launching a podcast can open all kinds of doors for your business, and it forges a connection with your audience unlike any other medium. But why take my word for it, when you can hear first-hand accounts from folks who’ve just taken the leap into podcasting? My guests today come from a variety of backgrounds, industries, and levels of technical skill. Some have been making a name for themselves in their industries for years; others are just starting to enjoy notoriety. Some have large […]

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Announcing Power-Up Podcasting® – The Smart Passive Income Blog

The public launch of my new course, Power-Up Podcasting®, is here! This course will not only walk you through launching your podcast, but will show you how to market it too. Pat Flynn July 17, 2017 Today is the big day! I’m extremely happy to announce the first public launch of my brand new course, Power-Up Podcasting®, a complete online training course with all of the information you need—not just to set up a high-quality podcast (without spending a ton on expensive equipment), but also how to launch and market your show so that it can be found by as many people as possible, even if you don’t yet have an audience. I’ll also teach you how to integrate your new podcast into your life so that you can stick with it without getting overwhelmed. Whether you have an existing podcast and want to scale, or you’re using this opportunity […]

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SPI 274: How to Avoid the Slimy Sell with Chalene Johnson

I used to hate selling. It made me feel slimy. Despite earning a living for years through online business, I never felt comfortable delivering a sales pitch. That’s all changed, and I’ve invited the brilliant Chalene Johnson here today to explore how that change occurred. Ever since Chalene invited me to speak in front of her audience at Marketing Impact Academy, I approach pitching products as serving, rather than selling. It’s a game-changing mindset shift that’s transformed my own confidence and others’ confidence in me as a seller. In today’s episode, you’ll get Chalene’s expert advice for making this shift yourself, and how it can revolutionize your business. You’ll hear her favorite strategies for beta testing new products, setting a price point, overcoming self-doubt, and avoiding that “slimy” feeling we associate with selling. She’ll also share personal stories from her own launches and what she’s learned about building an audience of devoted, enthusiastic fans. I created my […]

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Make Money Online While Flying To Puerto Vallarta

On this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog, I fly to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to check out the Fiesta Americana Resort and Spa. It’s really nice here. And best of all, I made $1k while I was flying! I can do that because I live the Dot Com Lifestyle. How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE has consistently been one of the highest earners. It’s the program I recommend for new and experienced Internet marketers. The best way to start is by applying for the 21 Step System. This is a step by step system that I created with MOBE to […]

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My June 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my June 2017 Monthly Income Report! I’ve got a great one for you this month, as it includes earnings from my recent Smart From Scratch online course launch. But, as always, let me first share what these income reports are all about, for those who may be new. In October 2008, after generating an income online for the first time from my architecture-related business, I decided to share openly how much money I was making, and exactly how it all happened. Since then, I’ve been posting these reports monthly, which you can find here on my income report page. I do this not only to keep track and inspire others, but also as a way to teach lessons along the way. I’ll tell you this, though: I don’t know everything there is to know about online business. I’m always learning, but whether my income goes up, or it […]

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How to Become the Master of Your Life

Don’t let your ego get in the way of living life to the fullest. March 18, 2018 2 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes If we’re feeling scared, it’s our ego talking. We are holding onto some form of identity, and we’re meeting something that challenges it. Our ego tells us to get away from that.  But once you realize that it’s your ego talking and not you, then you can face it head-on. Keeping the wide-angle on your life to be able to see this in real time requires a unique type of self-care. To give you the tools to have these candid conversations with yourself, I brought on the master of self-honesty: Aubrey Marcus. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a holistic health […]

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SPI 273: 7 Powerful Things That Can Happen as a Result of Starting a Podcast

Starting a podcast changed my life. I’m not the only person for whom that’s true, either. Lots of my fellow entrepreneurs have found life-altering success through podcasting. In this episode, I’d like to walk you through the seven most dramatic changes podcasting has brought to my career—changes you can enact in your life and your business too. Podcasting is an online business owner’s greatest platform for growing brand exposure and building relationships with an audience. It creates intimacy in ways a blog never could. It allows you to network with industry influencers in an organic, mutually beneficial way. It transforms your communication skills. It offers new opportunities to monetize. Podcasting has benefited my business in ways I never could have anticipated back in 2008, when I first picked up a microphone. In this episode, I want to walk you through how that happened, what I’ve learned in the nine years since then, and what I’d do differently if I could start all over again. […]

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The Right Way to Grow Your Business Internationally

A promising new customer base is an enticing draw, but today’s entrepreneurs must consider underlying factors that didn’t exist a generation ago. March 18, 2018 4 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Serving an international customer is no longer as difficult as it used to be. According to one study, 82 percent of shoppers made at least one purchase from an international merchant in a calendar year — despite the fact that only 1 percent of small businesses in the U.S. export goods overseas.  But filling the occasional overseas order isn’t the same as having a truly international presence. Expanding to a new market requires boots on the ground to ensure you understand the unique nature of consumption patterns, marketing strategies and business laws. […]

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Top 10 Tips for Brand New Podcasters

Starting your podcast is easier than you think. Here’s how to push past the fear and get your podcast started now! Pat Flynn July 3, 2017 Although podcasts have been around for over a decade, now is the best time to start one if you haven’t already. Podcast hosts are standing out from the crowd in their niche. Brands are getting more reach and building bigger, tighter audiences. Coaches are getting more clients, and new entrepreneurs are using podcasts to launch their new businesses, or power-up their existing one. As with any content platform, when it starts to go mainstream, a lot of people rush into it and fail to have the proper expectations and strategies to make that time worthwhile. Podcasting is an incredibly powerful medium, and these top 10 tips for brand new podcasters come from my own experience hosting several of my own shows, and helping thousands […]

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5 Possible Reasons Your Website Isn’t Converting

Conversions are crucial to making a website successful, but there are plenty of things that can interfere with an optimal conversion rate. Converting site visitors into buying customers is a tricky challenge, but the right strategies can make your website a successful powerhouse that turns visitors into profit. You Aren’t Driving Traffic to Your Site Your website can offer the perfect look, navigation, and content, but that means nothing if users can’t find it through search engines. An optimized site makes it easier for search engines like Google to crawl and index its pages. Invest in an SEO audit; a marketing agency that specializes in search engine optimization can assess your site and indicate the areas that need work. Think of an SEO audit as a type of “health check” for your website. During an audit, SEO specialists poke around in the technical infrastructure of your site, observing on-page elements […]

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10 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress (Infographic)

Getting a grip on your stress levels is not as hard as you think. March 18, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Stress is a major factor in our lives and can take a toll on our mental health. However, before letting yourself reach burnout, it’s important to understand where your stress is coming from so you can tackle it. Related: Finding Your ‘Stress Sweet Spot’ to Perform at Your Best For starters, if you find yourself dealing with high stress levels often, cut out caffeine and other stimulants. Jumpstart your day with exercise instead. Physical activity can help boost your metabolism, make you happier and reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body. Of course, one of the other obvious things you can do to reduce stress is get enough sleep — according to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult should get seven […]

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SPI 272: Starting and Running a Business as a Couple Featuring the Bakers

Not long ago, I asked you guys to send me your favorite business partnerships—couples and friends who’ve teamed up to start and run a business together. I received lots of recommendations for one couple in particular, who’d impressed you all with their transparency as business owners and knack for communication: Bryan and Erika Baker from TheBakers.tv. Through their blog, live video series, online course, and private coaching, the Bakers help couples (romantic and otherwise) improve their communication. Bryan and Erika draw from their personal experiences as partners and parents to give their audience an honest, authentic look at how real couples resolve conflicts and grow closer. This strategy has helped them grow a thriving business and won them a huge community of raving fans. I had to know how they’d done it. In this episode, you’ll hear first-hand advice on navigating a business partnership from two people who’ve been through it all. Bryan […]

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Why Employer Branding Is So Important

Employer branding will help you hire new employees, create a strong company culture and even reduce marketing costs. March 17, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Having a reputable employer brand is a must for an organization’s strategy because it helps companies recruit better candidates, reduce hiring and marketing costs, and improve productivity. Therefore, for organizations that are still in doubt about investing in employer branding, here’s why it’s so important. Related: The Do’s and Don’ts of Asking for a Raise 1. Help retain employees and recruit new ones A strong employer brand will make your employees proud that they are a part of the organization. Being a part of the right company culture is very important for most employees. A majority of employees look at the social media channels of employers before applying for a job to have an idea of the brand image. Also, through these channels, […]

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10 Reasons Why Podcasting Is the #1 Content Platform

There’s a story I like to tell here at Smart Passive Income. I tell this story again and again because it’s a core part of who I am, and it’s an integral part of my journey to becoming an entrepreneur and the “crash test dummy of online business.” The story I am referring to is the time, back in 2008, when I was laid off from my architecture job. If you’ve been here awhile, you’ve probably heard that story. What you may not be as familiar with, however, is the specific moment within that story that made all the difference in the world for me, and made where I’m at today—in my personal life and my business—possible. That’s what I am going to get into today. But before I do, if you’re interested in the whole story, I wrote about it in my first book, Let Go. I was still […]

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Visual Marketing – What Can It Do For Your Brand?

You’ll be surprised how certain visual aspects of your blog can increase engagement. Many times a simple infographic, chart, video or images can be more than a thousand words on a piece of paper. This is why the famous quote is so popular “a picture tells a thousand words”. However, in blogging it’s NOT that simple because you need to know what works and this will depend on the type of audience you are attracting. For example, the problem with online websites is that many visitors can be from foreign countries or many visitors can simply be impatient. They are looking for a quick solution so won’t wait around to read 1,000+ words. This is why visual marketing is so important and beginning to change the way we interact with content. My clients often ask me the question: What can visual marketing do for my brand? I directly tell them […]

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How to Love the Journey and Check Your Travel-Related Stress at the Gate

Good news: Even homebodies can develop a sense of wanderlust. March 17, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Is it easier for extroverts to travel than it is for introverts? Can travel be learned? If so, what does it take to overcome the fear, anxiety and logistical challenges often associated with long-distance travel? In search of answers, I asked several seasoned tourists and travel converts for their stories and advice. As it turns out, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. People who travel as children are far more likely to travel as adults. “Thanks to my parents, I started traveling when I was young,” says Avery Blank, an avid international traveler and strategy consultant from Philadelphia. “That made it relatively easy for me now to adapt to new cultures, surroundings, ways of doing things.” If you were raised by homebodies, you’re at […]

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