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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The Psychology of Money and Wealth with Ramit Sethi

Pat Flynn: So I like to mix things up here on the Smart Passive Income Podcast. This is a very different kind of episode, you’re going to be transported to the city of New York. I actually conducted a walking interview, through the city of New York, with a good friend of mine, Ramit Sethi. I was in New York for some interviews and to meet some people and some retailers, related to the SwitchPod. And I was there with Caleb and he said, why don’t we just try this thing? And so we did it, it’s a learning process. You’ll hear at the beginning of the episode, my mic was a little bit hot because I was holding it close to me. You’ll also probably hear how cold I was. I was losing my breath a little bit, because it was twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Which for me, being from […]

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The Truth about “Work-Life Balance”

When most people think about work-life balance, they imagine a perfectly balanced scale. I’ll tell you why this idea is flawed—and how to think about work-life balance instead. Pat Flynn May 13, 2019 Let’s talk about work-life balance. When most people think about work-life balance, they imagine a scale that can only be perfectly balanced when there is equal weight on both sides. But I think this idea is flawed, and I’ll tell you why—along with how you should be thinking about work-life balance instead. How I Like to Think About Work-Life Balance First, realize that in life, things rarely fall cleanly into one category or another. There are many aspects of “business” that are only “business”—but there are other aspects of “business” that also bleed into “life.” So when you’re trying to build a work-life balance, how do you know what’s “life” and what’s “business”? There can be a […]

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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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Here’s a Sneak Peek Behind the Curtain of How SPI Operates

Take a sneak peek behind the curtains of how SPI operates, from our core values and mission to management to business systems and tools for performance. Matthew Gartland April 8, 2019 Tony Robbins. A primetime news broadcaster. The front-man for a popular band. What do they all have in common? One heck of a team behind the scenes that brings their respective magic to life. Your favorite newscaster, for example, may be a star. But the folks in the control room are the ones running the show. Aaron Sorkin’s show Newsroom puts the chemistry between newsroom team and big personality broadcaster on captivating and insightful display as only Sorkin can. I love it so much not just because the writing is brilliant but more so because of the truths it conveys: big personalities cannot do it alone; uncontrolled ego is a destructive force; mutual deference between authority figures (e.g. between […]

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How & When They Grew Their Team

Take your business to the next level by making your first hire! Learn from 20 entrepreneurs who reveal their first hire story today on the blog! Pat Flynn April 1, 2019 Ah, your first hire. When you’re just starting out, it can be tricky to know when it’s time to start building your team. The key, my friends, is to remember that you can’t do it alone—and that it’s okay to start small. Like many entrepreneurs, I started out working with contractors for things like building iPhone applications, copywriting, and web design. But a couple of years in, as I was building new passive income streams, I realized I could use help with things like building websites and creating backlinks. Even though I enjoyed doing those things, they probably weren’t exactly the best use of my time. So I started using sites like Elance and Odesk to find help for a few […]

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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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Women and Entrepreneurship—with Christy Wright

Christy Wright: So here’s what’s interesting, and this is research-based, this is not just my experience alone. But I think we can all agree men and women, in general, are wired differently. And women, generally, are very, very relational. So we value ourselves by our relationships, as a mother, as a sister, as a daughter, as a friend, as a wife, and so on. Well this is great in business, because we are amazing at customer service. You don’t have to tell a woman how to take care of people, because that’s what she does, that’s who she is. It’s like telling a fish to swim, like this is who we are. However, being wired relationally tends to pose some challenges when relationships are at play in business. For example, pricing . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Christy Wright, a good friend of mine from Business Boutique. Business […]

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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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Super Simple Segmentation & Web Personalization for Next Level Marketing—with Brennan Dunn

Pat Flynn: Hey. If email marketing is important to you, if making more sales is important to you, if providing a better customer experience before they become a customer and after they become a customer is important to you, then I would make sure you really pay attention to this episode. Today, I invited Brennan Dunn from RightMessage.com on the show. And RightMessage is probably one of the most mind-blowing tools that I’ve been able to use in my business over the last year. We’ve been experimenting with it and really playing with it over the past six to eight months. And it is about time to let you know about it, if you don’t know about it already, because it’s a game changer. A game changer. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] So what we’re gonna talk about today, is onsite […]

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10 Timeless Business Lessons I Learned During My 7-Year Agency Career (And Why I Sold Mine)

Matt Gartland, CFO and COO at SPI, shares 10 timeless business lessons, from the importance of your people and culture to why ideas alone don’t make a business. Matt Gartland February 25, 2019 By: Matthew Gartland, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at SPI. If you haven’t heard the news, something special is happening here at SPI. The team has officially forged as one. We’re upping our game with smarter and bigger plans for the future of SPI. (Hello, FlynnCon1!) And all of us as the collective “Team Flynn” community are invited to have a louder voice than ever to help empower entrepreneurs from all walks of life to create a lasting impact with their work. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to press start on this new chapter! As Semisonic made famous during my youth, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Ends are bittersweet. This […]

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How to Build a Business You Enjoy Even with Little Time—with Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff: So he sends me this article and it’s called “The Heroine’s Journey,” and it’s hilarious. I’ll see if I can find the link and send it to you. So it basically is, hey there’s the hero’s journey, well nobody talks about the heroine’s journey. Pat Flynn: I love this. Dana: “The Heroine’s Journey” is literally a woman that goes, “I’m sorry, what journey are we talking about? I have to feed the kids and take them to school and cook everybody dinner and make lunches and do the laundry. I don’t know what journey you’re talking on, but no one’s got time for a hero’s journey on this end.” So”The Heroine’s Journey” is, “I ain’t got time for a journey.” Pat: You’re listening to Dana Malstaff, the founder of Boss Mom who is our special guest today. She leads an amazing, engaged and very large community of moms over […]

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How to Win with Email Marketing in 2019

Ready to crush it with email marketing in 2019? Email marketing is as crucial to online business as ever—here are my top five tips for success! Pat Flynn February 11, 2019 Email marketing isn’t dead. In fact, it’s very much alive and well. It’s still working really well for SPI—and it can do the same for you in 2019. I’m not the only one who feels this way—check out this tweet from David Heinemeier Hansson (also known as DHH), one of the founders of Basecamp and the inventor of Ruby on Rails: Email is the next big thing. We’re finally realizing just how precious these open standards were all along. Your way around Facebook, and all the other walled-garden parasites, goes through email. https://t.co/mHnLlnFKdm — DHH (@dhh) January 20, 2019 In 2018, email marketing played a huge part in helping us drive more than $1.5 million sales in online courses, […]

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How a Beautiful Mess Became a Beautifully Diverse Business Empire – with Emma and Trey

Emma Chapman: You should tell him. We just hit a milestone early today. Trey George: Oh yeah. Literally. Pat Flynn: What’s the milestone? Trey: We just hit 10 million installs on A Color Story. Pat: Are you serious, 10 million? Trey: Yeah, today. Pat: 10 million installs. Emma: Today. So we’re going to go get lunch after this. Pat: Oh my gosh, congratulations. I have so many questions about this. Trey: Thank you very much. Pat: First of all, that’s wonderful . . . This is part of a conversation that I just had with Emma and Trey, a wife and husband team who had built an app that is one of their many, many, many different things that they have in their portfolio of income streams in their business. This app in particular is called A Color Story, just hit 10 million installs. As you can tell, I’m a […]

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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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