$100k in Debt to Facebook Ads Expert—Monica Louie and Her Amazing Journey

Monica Louie: But we paid off in two years $120,000 on a single middle-class income. So we definitely hustled. Pat Flynn: Wait, how much on— Monica: $120,000. Pat: $120,000. How? Give me the plan. How did you make that happen? On a single income? That doesn’t even seem real in just a couple years. Monica: Yes. In two years . . . Pat: You’re listening to Monica Louie, our featured guest today from MonicaLouie.com. She has an amazing story to tell about how she got out of debt on a single income, $120,000, in two years. Not only does she tell us this story, but she tells how this milestone led into a new blog, which then she sold. And then because so many people were asking her, she then developed her own agency around a special skill that she learned, and now serves the world with this skill. That […]

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Is YouTube Even Worth it Anymore? Life after Getting Serious about Video

Is YouTube even worth it anymore? I share what’s worked for me on YouTube, what hasn’t worked, YouTube strategies, and YouTube for me going forward! Pat Flynn May 6, 2019 I’ve had a YouTube channel since 2009. But for most of that time, I didn’t really take this platform all that seriously. That all changed in February 2018. Since then, I’ve jumped into the deep end with YouTube, treating it like a primary platform for a lot of my content. In this post, I want to share with you why I made this big shift, and how it’s worked out so far. Getting Serious About YouTube: The Experiment In the time I’ve been in the YouTube game, I’ve scaled new heights … and occasionally fallen flat. Some of my videos have done very well, getting over 500,000 views. Others have barely made a mark. Until recently, though, I didn’t consider […]

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Top 5 Major Business Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Pat Flynn: Look, we all make mistakes, and making mistakes is a part of being an entrepreneur, but the problem is when we make the same mistakes over and over again, and we see other peoples make those mistakes, and we do them anyway. This particular episode, I’m going to teach you five major mistakes that new entrepreneurs make, no guests in this episode, just you and me having a conversation, and listen to the intro, here we go. Announcer: Welcome to the Smart Passive Income Podcast, where it’s all about working hard now, so you can sit back and reap the benefits later. And now your host, when he wants to learn something, he hires a mentor to save him time, Pat Flynn. Pat: What’s up and welcome to session 390 . . . no 369 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Thank you so much for joining me […]

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How to Build a YouTube Brand that Makes an Impact with Tim Schmoyer

Pat Flynn: By the year 2020, Google says, which is a little bit scary—that’s next year—they say that ninety percent of all content consumption will be through video. That’s a pretty significant percentage. And they have access to data that may actually show that they are right. Obviously, they own YouTube and now Linkedin is on the video train, Facebook, Facebook Watch, Instagram video, IGTV . . . Video is here to stay and whether you believe the ninety percent number is actually going to happen, we can all agree likely that a large amount of the percentage is going to be video consumption. So it’s really important that we understand how to create videos, and not just videos that are often one-off answers to certain questions and things like that, but videos that can actually gain a following, build a community, help us in our business. And today I’m […]

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Anti-Busy. Pro-Purpose. Talking Work-Life Balance with Chalene Johnson

Chalene Johnson: We’re so used to being hyperstimulated and go, go, go, go, go, go, go, I’ll say, admittedly, mainly for me because I had such an addiction to work as my default. We had lots of things in . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Chalene Johnson, an amazing friend and mentor of mine and today we’re going to be discussing work-life balance. I don’t know if you’re like me or like Chalene, but oftentimes we default to just continuing to stay busy and how do we know what we should stay busy on when we want to say no to things. What do we prioritize, how do we manage this versus our family, how do we blend them together nicely? I’ve always admired Chalene and how she’s been able to seemingly have everything together and we find out in this episode that it wasn’t always that way. […]

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Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing with Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis: For me, it’s always, I want a business that supports my life, not a life that supports my business. So I don’t want to Elon Musk things and work eighty hours a week and sleep on a couch in my office. I want to work thirty-ish hours a week and enjoy the rest of my time. As long as I make enough money to cover that, put money into savings and all of that, I feel good. I don’t need to . . . Working awards ten times more than that wouldn’t serve me, wouldn’t serve my life in any way. I don’t think it would serve my customers, even. Pat Flynn: I recently read a really interesting book, it was called Company of One, Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business. When I was initially going to read it, I was thinking about the […]

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SEO Simplified with Tim from Ahrefs

Pat Flynn: S-E-O, search engine optimization, simplified. That’s what we’re going to be talking about in this episode today. You know, SEO is a big topic. There are people who make their living by helping websites rank higher and teaching SEO. We’ve had a number of people on the show before talking about SEO strategies. And every once in a while, I love to bring somebody new on to give us a perspective on SEO and where it is now. And when I was thinking about, okay, who can I bring on? You know, there were a lot of names that popped in my head. But I wanted to also invite a person on who is behind a tool that I use for SEO purposes and research, both on YouTube and on Google. And this is Tim Soulo from Ahrefs. Ahrefs is an amazing and very powerful tool; I still […]

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Introducing AMP’d Up Podcasting—My New Advanced Podcasting Course!

Introducing my brand-new advanced podcasting course: AMP’d Up Podcasting! Too many podcasters are powered up, but falling flat. Don’t let that be you and sign up for AMP’d Up Podcasting today. Pat Flynn March 25, 2019 A couple of weeks ago, I shared some stories of SPI audience members who had taken my Power-Up Podcasting course and used what they learned to not just build a better podcast, but to use that podcast to grow and improve their business. It’s awesome to see how so many podcasters are doing life-changing things with their show, and taking their businesses to heights they probably never imagined! As much as ever, I’m a big believer in the power of podcasting. But there’s a sad lining to this story, and that’s what I want to talk about today. Too Many Podcasters Are Powered up but Falling Flat At the same time that many podcasters are […]

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SPI 363: Dear Podcasters

Pat Flynn: Podcasts. Isn’t it weird how, when you really think about what’s happening right now, you’re listening to a recording of me in my dirty home office—dirty because there’s a lot of . . . I just didn’t have time. You’re listening to this at some point in the future, and it kind of feels like we’re speaking to each other right now. I might even be able to call out exactly where you are. Like on a drive right now, or maybe you’re on a walk, maybe you just woke up and this is the first thing you turned on in the morning, or maybe you’re out working out and get stuff done, washing the dishes—that’s when I listen to podcasts. It doesn’t really matter where you’re at. First of all, I just want to say thank you for listening. But second of all, I just want you […]

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3 Ways My Podcast Makes Money (And How You Can, Too)

Discover three ways my podcast makes money and how you can too, including affiliate marketing, promoting your own product, and podcast advertising. Pat Flynn March 18, 2019 In this income report, I going to take you “behind the microphone” and share three different ways my podcast helps me make more money, and exactly where it all comes from. I’ve been talking a lot about advanced podcasting strategies lately, and if you missed my video interviews featuring several different podcasters and how they’re each using their podcast to support their business, click here to watch and discover new ways to promote your business with your podcast.  Generating an income with your podcast is 100 percent possible, and you don’t have to rely just on advertisements and sponsorships. In fact, especially if you have a smaller audience, you have way more opportunity elsewhere to generate more income than you would with advertising. […]

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10 Podcasters Who Grew Their Business on Top of Their Show

In this post, ten podcasters who grew their business on top of their show share how they did it, from podcast ROI to podcast Kickstarters and more! Pat Flynn March 11, 2019 Podcasting isn’t just a hobby for people anymore. For many, it’s about business growth and profit. In this post, I’m going to share several examples of how different people have used their new podcast to either grow an existing business or start a brand new one. When I started podcasting in 2010, I wasn’t ready for the kind of positive results it would have for my brand. It didn’t happen overnight, but relatively quickly, my podcast began helping me extend my reach, increase my authority, and grow my income. In a survey I conducted in 2012, for example, I learned that the Smart Passive Income Podcast was the #1 way my audience discovered me, ahead of links on […]

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My First Physical Product (Costs, Manufacturing, and More)

How a common pain point led us deep into the physical product world, from designs and prototypes to a KickStarter launch and everything in between. Pat Flynn February 4, 2019 “There’s got to be a better way.” This is what my videographer Caleb Wojcik and I said to each other 15 months ago—almost in unison—as we observed video creators of all types walking around the VidSummit event in Los Angeles. That thought immediately turned into an idea, which then turned into some drawings, which turned into prototypes, which turned into what is now a new hardware brand that just released its first physical product into the world on Kickstarter last week. Meet the SwitchPod, the first tripod invented specifically for vloggers. This blog post is an all-in, super-detailed account of every part of this entire process. From how this idea came to be, who we worked with, every single design […]

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Everything Behind the Launch of My New Invention—the SwitchPod

Pat Flynn: Fourteen-ish months later and here we are from idea to launch. I’m so scared. I’m so excited. This is something I’ve never done before. For those of you who don’t know, myself and my videographer, Caleb, we partnered up, we invented an actual physical product. This idea was conceptualized in October of 2017, and it just launched on Kickstarter. This is a big experiment. Some people have called it a big gamble, but Caleb and I are gonna talk about it and everything about it, including how much money we spent in the process so far, what we hope to achieve out of this, where this idea came from, the entire prototyping process, and how we have been marketing this overtime to hopefully have a successful funding campaign. We’ll even answer questions like, well, why are we even funding it on Kickstarter and where is it gonna be […]

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Inside a 5-Figure JV Affiliate Promotion

In this Campaign Income Report, I’m going to unpack a promotion I ran for someone else’s online course. Here’s how I became one of the top three affiliates and earned five figures in the process without spending any money on ads! Pat Flynn January 28, 2019 Welcome to the first of our new edition of income reports here on SPI! For nearly a decade since the blog was created in October 2008, I’ve been sharing monthly income reports to reveal exactly how my online businesses were performing, including exactly how much money was being made, where it was all coming from, the expenses and the lessons learned that month, too. These income reports, many said, are what put me on the map and what I had become known for, and they were the most popular blog posts on the site. Then, in January 2018, I stopped publishing them. For an […]

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How to Build a Successful YouTube Channel in 2019—with Derral Eves

Derral Eves: Yeah, I would never rely on one platform because the platforms can change, policies can change, and you’d be trying to scramble to do something next and so . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Derral Eves. He is a YouTube and branding expert, somebody who a lot of people look up to in the YouTube space. He’s actually also the founder of one of my favorite events that I have ever attended, which is called VidSummit, ad this is where I met a lot of people that you’ve heard me talk about on the show before: Roberto Blake, Sean Cannell, and several others. He’s very connected in this space of YouTube, but he’s also more than just a YouTuber, he’s a businessman. He knows how to create businesses and brands that work. He is a producer on the Squatty Potty series with the Harmon brothers—like, not […]

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How Alex from Travel Fashion Girl Built Her Empire

Alex Jimenez: I don’t know even know how to explain it, because it really was such a whirlwind. It was cool to see the opportunities, but again, I don’t think I quite understood the possibility behind it. I thought, “Man, if I can make enough money; a couple of hundred dollars a week or something, where I could just cover the cost of my travel.” Pat Flynn: You are listening to Alex from TravelFashionGirl.com, an amazing friend of mine who I’ve gotten to know very well over the last year. She has a great story about how she almost stumbled upon her niche, which is the travel industry, through a lot of experiences, and problems, and people that she had experienced on her own travels. She built this website and it took off and it became a world wind . . . a world wind? A whirlwind of an opportunity […]

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How Powerhouse YouTuber Marques Brownlee (A.K.A. MKBHD) Grew His Massive Brand

Pat Flynn: What’s up Team Flynn? Welcome to not just The Smart Passive Income Podcast, but also 2019! Happy New Year to all of you, and I got a special treat for you today to kick off the year here on the podcast, a special guest, Marques Brownlee. You might also know him as MKBHD, that’s his handle on YouTube, on Twitter, Instagram, everywhere else. And if you don’t know who this is, Marques is a big time YouTuber and tech reviewer, and has become very big in the media lately. He’s interviewed people like Elon Musk. He has videos that reach millions even after just a day, and a YouTube channel of over 7.5 million. And he’s a big inspiration to me, so this was quite an honor to interview him, and to have him on the show with us to not just talk about his origin story and his humble […]

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My Favorite 5 Posts, Podcasts, and Videos of 2018!

Here’s the can’t-miss content for SPI in 2018! I’ll give you my top five in each category: Smart Passive Income Podcast sessions, AskPat episodes, YouTube videos, and blog posts. Pat Flynn December 31, 2018 2018 has been an amazing year for SPI, and I’ve had a blast digging deep across the board, whether that’s on the blog, the podcasts, or YouTube. For today’s post, I decided to challenge myself a little bit by selecting the top five pieces of SPI content from each category. It was a daunting task—there were over fifty episodes of the SPI Podcast this year alone—but I was able to distill each category down to five videos, podcasts, and blog posts. It’s not that I didn’t have a total blast creating the hundreds of other episodes, posts, and videos, because I did. I just don’t want you to miss out on this hard-hitting stuff before 2019 […]

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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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Announcing SPI-ber Monday Deals!

It’s SPI-ber Monday! Deals last until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific! Save on my brand new online course, Smart Podcast Player, my current courses, and the brand new SPP Sticky Player! Pat Flynn November 26, 2018 Welcome to SPI-ber Monday! A brand new course I think you’ll love! A special Smart Podcast Player deal—plus a new player for subscribers! And major discounts on all of my current courses! What occasion could possibly bring all of these awesome things together in one place? What could cause the stars to align like this? Get ready for the very first SPI-ber Monday (get it? Haha.)! As you may know if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my passion and mission in life is to help people. I do that by showing how I’ve grown my online business, and how others can start and grow their own businesses too. SPI-ber […]

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