The State of Podcasting in 2019 with Matt and Pat

Pat Flynn: Hey, you know what I love about the fact that you’re listening to this right now? The fact that you already know what a podcast is. Now, whether you already have a podcast of your own or not doesn’t really matter. But what’s cool is we’re talking about the state of podcasting in 2019 because there’s a lot of changes that are happening, a lot of cool things that are relevant to you whether you have a podcast or not, so make sure you stay around, pay attention, because it’s me and my COO Matt talking podcasting. But first, the intro. 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. He wants to invent a hot sauce called “Pat on the Back,” Pat Flynn. Pat: What’s up, everybody? […]

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$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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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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Top 10 Tips for Conducting an Exceptional Interview

Conducting a good interview is a great skill to have as an entrepreneur—for your website, for your blog, for your podcast, and so much more. Find out why! Pat Flynn July 30, 2018 In this blog post, I share my top 10 tips for conducting an exceptional interview for your podcast, your YouTube channel, and your website. You’ll learn: The benefits of interviews How to serve your audience with your interviews What homework you need to do pre-interview The types of questions open-ended and follow-up questions to ask your interviewee How to create a warm, welcoming interview environment Ways to give space and opportunity to your interviewee The importance of listening Why you should emphasize understanding The tools to use for high-quality production What you should never do in an interview And how to have a little fun too Ready for your interview prep? Let’s do this.One of the best […]

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How to Be an Amazing Coach with Michael Bungay Stanier

Today’s guest is Michael Bungay Stanier, author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller: The Coaching Habit—my choice for top business book of 2017. Why, you ask? Because everyone is a coach. Seriously. Think about it. If you tell anyone how to do anything, you are a coach. If you are helping anyone else in any sort of way, you are a coach. But here’s the trick: You aren’t supposed to just tell someone what to do, if you want to be a great coach. You have to listen and ask the right questions. I’ve directly applied lessons like these—not just in AskPat and this podcast—but in every aspect of my life, personal and business-wise. I’m just going to say it: This is the most useful book I’ve ever read. In today’s episode, we’re going to dive into the principles of the book and I’m going to ask some followup questions. This […]

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Top 10 Podcast Recording Tips to Sound Like a Podcasting Pro

Podcasting is one of the most powerful ways to build your brand and audience. Here are my top 10 recording tips for producing professional, engaging episodes that will keep your listeners coming back for more. Pat Flynn February 19, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel I believe podcasting is one of the most powerful tools available to build your brand and your audience. And when it comes to creating a great podcast, the real magic happens when you’re recording. Over several years and hundreds of episodes, I’ve uncovered several crucial tips that have helped me improve my craft and produce podcast content that keeps people engaged and coming back for more. And I wanted to share those tips with you! Without further ado, just click on the video above, or read below for my top 10 tips for recording a killer podcast episode! #10: Watch Your Mouth! This tip is […]

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SPI 296: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast and SPI

We are closing in hot on the end of the year here on SPI. Next week I’ll be recapping the year in full (the good and the bad) but today I want to give a little sneak preview of what’s coming up in 2018 for SPI. It’s going to be a very exciting year, and I can’t wait to share my plans with you! First off: the theme for 2018 is Higher Value. That doesn’t mean tons more content—a lot of us think that in order to do something better we have to do more of that thing, but actually the opposite is true. Sometimes less is more, and sometimes scaling back can have a positive impact on the quality of the content that you are publishing. What I’m talking about today is not necessarily what you should do personally. It’s a preview of what to look forward to, to […]

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SPI 288: Interview with Bec and Joe from The 4 Blades

This is a fun one! I’m sitting down with Bec and Joe Winston, the brains behind The 4 Blades, a brand in a niche that I never knew existed. What is that niche? It’s a kitchen appliance called the Thermomix. You’ve probably never heard of Thermomixes, but Bec and Joe have built a vibrant digital publication, podcast, and community around them. Bec and Joe’s brand is an incredible success story, and it just goes to show what you can accomplish when you focus on what you’re passionate about. They have a successful brand because of their amazing personalities and perseverance—all in a realm I never even knew about. They are truly living the lifestyle they want, and it’s all because of the action they’ve taken and the value they provide. Hopefully you’ll all be motivated and inspired after hearing this episode. Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out my new […]

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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 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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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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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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SPI 268: How to Up Your Online (and Offline) Game with Jordan Harbinger

I’m thrilled to welcome Jordan Harbinger back to the podcast to talk about the most important factor in the success of your business: you. In this episode, Jordan’s offering up the lessons he’s learned as the host of The Art of Charm podcast about building authentic relationships, winning over an audience, and making a stellar first impression. As a podcaster, public speaker, and coach, Jordan knows a thing or two about making quality conversation and putting a listener at ease—the kind of skills that can transform an everyday run-in with a stranger at a conference to a lifelong professional relationship. In this episode, he’ll share stories from his business journey and key teaching moments he encountered along the way. He’ll debunk a few myths about what makes a good first impression and offer up a few, simple rules for staying confident and genuine while networking. Like Jordan says, there aren’t many […]

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SPI 247: The Epic Origin Story Behind The Walker Stalkers Brand

The Smart Passive Income Podcast kicks off 2017 with a very special episode I know you’re going to love. Joining me today are Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, two guys who’ve built an astonishingly successful brand called The Walker Stalkers. Eric and James have created a fan-driven business empire around their love of the hit AMC show, The Walking Dead. If you’re wondering, “How could you possibly turn a profit off being a super-fan?,” stick around—Eric and James are about to tell you how it’s done. The Walker Stalkers brand has grown from a low-budget podcast to a booming franchise that includes eighteen annual conventions, a cruise, and a worldwide community of fans. Through their passion and sincerity, Eric and James have built a massive following—with combined annual attendance passing San Diego Comic-Con. It’s an amazing example of what happens when you dream big, and how even the smallest idea can attract life-changing opportunities. Listen in to hear […]

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SPI 241: My Top 10 Most-Used Apps in 2016

Every successful online entrepreneur needs the right toolkit. That’s why I’ve asked my good friend Chris Ducker on the show today to talk through a few of our favorite tools—namely, our most-used business and productivity apps of the past year! Working alone or with a small team often means wearing several hats: social media manager, podcast producer, webmaster, and more. Having the right software in your arsenal can make the difference between spinning your wheels and growing your business. In today’s episode, Chris and I will give you our totally honest take on the apps we use, why we love them, and how they might be able to help you run your business. Curious about any of the software mentioned in the show? Just scroll down for links to all our recommended apps and resources. Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment […]

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My August 2016 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my August 2016 Monthly Income Report! Historically, August earnings take a dip for me, and I’ve heard the same from many other online businesses too, both large and small. This drop is most likely due to the summer season, where many people take a break from focusing primarily on work or building their business. It’ll be interesting to see where August 2016 stacks up against the rest of the year, but before we get to the income breakdown, let’s talk about the latest happenings across some of my businesses. Latest Goings-On in August The biggest announcement in August was the brand new SPI Pro Theme, which became available for WordPress users worldwide this month. Through a partnership with the team over at StudioPress, we were able to re-engineer the SPI theme that was used on this site between 2013 and early 2016 to one that could be distributed […]

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SPI 229: Tips for Building a Simple and Effective Website and Brand with Jess Catorc

One of the best parts of my job is hearing from listeners about how the Smart Passive Income Podcast has helped them transform their careers. Today’s guest is one of those listeners: She’s Jess Catorc, a web designer who’s built a successful business teaching fellow entrepreneurs how to build their own websites. Jess grabbed my attention in an unconventional way: She sent me a personalized video that introduced her, her journey as a business owner, and how SPI has helped her along the way. I was floored by how quickly Jess has turned her passion—designing for the web—into a thriving business empire that includes online courses, a podcast, and a video series. I had to hear how she’s done it. In today’s episode, not only will your hear the story of Jess’s business journey, but you’ll get her expert advice on building a website as well. She’ll share her favorite platforms and tools, her tips on hosting and security, […]

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Podcasting and the Stats that Really Matter

I received a great voicemail question for AskPat that I decided to answer in this blog post instead of on the podcast. Pat, I’m starting a podcast soon and I want to know what you think the most important metrics are related to podcasting that I should worry about. What should I be paying close attention to understand if this is working or not? Since coming back from Podcast Movement earlier this month, a lot has been on my mind in the world of podcasting, and as more and more people begin to start their own shows, more and more people are going to wonder about the answer to this very question. On the other hand, many people won’t even realize just how important this question really is, which is why I’m sharing it here today. It’s crucial to ask ourselves these questions about success metrics because unless you know […]

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