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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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 Launch a Brand New Website (with a Bang!)

I’ll walk you through each step in how to launch your brand new website with a bang, from creating your viral content to creating buzz for launch day. Pat Flynn June 25, 2018 So you’re here because you want to know how to launch a brand new website (with a bang!). That’s exciting, and you should feel proud! This post will show you exactly how to do that and will cover a wide range of website launch tips, including: What an ideal website launch day looks like. How to maximize your reach and website traffic on day one of your launch. Why you need to be able to pitch your website in seven seconds. What content to choose to be live on day one of your launch. How to create your viral piece: a beastly resource page and a round-up post. Why I also recommend having how-to content, case studies, and […]

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How to Plan Anything (So You Actually Get it Done)

My formula for planning anything without getting overwhelmed, plus how you can use it to write the perfect blog post! Pat Flynn May 21, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Have you ever tried to plan something and just gotten completely overwhelmed? Today, I’m going to give you my PAT formula for planning anything—along with the one tool I use to make any planning process dead simple. I’ll dig into the details of the PAT formula in just a minute. But first, the thing I love the most about the PAT formula is it’s applicable to just about anything you might be planning. Maybe you’re building a business, or writing a book. Maybe you’re creating something smaller, like a podcast episode or a blog post. Or maybe you’re planning an event, like a party or a vacation. It could even be something as big as a wedding. Whatever it is, […]

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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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How to Write a Book: The Secret to a Super-Fast First Draft

Learn the tools and techniques I use to write 36,000 words in two weeks, save time, and achieve up to 180 words per minute. I’ll also be covering strategies to keep you moving forward, so you write your book fast without getting stuck. Pat Flynn December 15, 2017 Hey, everyone! This post is a trial run of a new blog post format, and we’re using a video guide I created in 2015 on how to write the first draft of your book to test it out. Basically, I want to make it as easy as possible for you to digest, enjoy, and benefit from the content I produce—and my videos in particular! I’d love to hear if you find this new format useful. Please let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments! If you’d prefer to watch the video version of this blog post on YouTube instead, click […]

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A Blueprint for a Successful Short-Term Joint Venture Affiliate Campaign

November is Affiliate Month here on SPI. Last week we talked about long-term affiliate relationships, so today we’re going to be talking in depth about how to create a successful blueprint for a short-term JV (joint venture) affiliate promotion. How is a short-term affiliate opportunity different, and how can you plan your campaigns to take advantage of the opportunity in a shorter time span? Often there are times when you have the opportunity to promote a product that has some scarcity involved. Maybe it has limited access, discounted prices for a short time only—your goal is to crush it and become the top affiliate. Depending on the promotion, these opportunities can be golden, and you don’t want to waste the short time that you have. I’ll be talking about the different kinds of short-term affiliate opportunities available, how to get involved, and how to stand out from the other affiliates […]

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$453k in 33 Days: A Guide to Launching on Kickstarter – Guest Post by John Lee Dumas

Absolutely everything you need to know to launch a successful Kickstarter campaign. John Lee Dumas made $453k in 33 days. I think you can too. Pat Flynn September 11, 2017 John Lee Dumas. You’ve probably heard the name since he has one of the most popular business podcasts in the world, Entrepreneurs on Fire. But did you know he has also led the sixth most funded publishing campaign and the second most funded journal on Kickstarter ever with his launch of The Freedom Journal? Amazing. Because of the Kickstarter success John Lee Dumas has had, I knew that one day I’d ask him for advice on how he did all of that. Well, that day has come, and I’m excited to have John (and Kate too!) share their knowledge publicly here in a guest post on SPI to help me and anyone else thinking about going down the crowdfunding route […]

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How to Fuel Your Predictable Marketing Funnel with Facebook Ads

Meet Bond. Amanda Bond, also known as The Ad Strategist. I first met Amanda briefly before Traffic and Conversion Summit here in San Diego in February, but I’ve mainly heard about how awesome she is through her colleague and my friend Greg Hickman, who wrote part one to this two-part complete ads and funnels series here on SPI. Greg’s post was titled The Beginner’s Guide to Predictable Marketing Funnels, and helped you define and understand what you wanted traffic to do when it came to your website. Amanda’s follow up is now about how to get that traffic you’re looking for with Facebook Ads—the hot thing that everyone wants to use now, but so few know how to use correctly. Without further delay, here’s Amanda to walk you through it. Let’s get some traffic and convert it! Take it away, Amanda! Ads are sexy. I get it. “Run your own ads on […]

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SPI 266: How to Start Selling on Amazon with Ryan and Nick from Online Selling Experiment

Ever since Jessica and Cliff Larrew joined me for Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 99, I’ve received so many questions from curious entrepreneurs about selling on Amazon. Here today to answer those questions and offer some seriously actionable strategies are Amazon experts Ryan and Nick from Online Selling Experiment. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Ryan and Nick have built a thriving, passive income business selling products with the help of the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program. This program allows online entrepreneurs to send merchandise to Amazon’s warehouses and sell it through the Amazon marketplace to a vast audience. What started as a two-man operation has grown into a booming source of passive income, thanks to Ryan and Nick’s smart scaling. In this episode, Ryan and Nick walk through each step of building a Fulfillment by Amazon-based business, including how to scale up your operation when the […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Predictable Marketing Funnels

In this guest post, Greg Hickman gives us an in-depth beginner’s guide to predictable marketing funnels. Learn how to set up a reliable system for growth. Pat Flynn May 15, 2017 We’ve been going full steam this month with a load of paid advertising related content, both here on the blog and on the podcast. Before we keep going, however, it’s important that we pull back a little and ask ourselves this question: What are we driving traffic to anyway? A product? A promotion? No. A funnel. We MUST know what our goals are related to the traffic we pay for, or else—and I can say this from experience—you’ll quickly lose money and opportunity. So today, I’m happy to re-introduce Greg Hickman. He’s been on the podcast before way back in Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #65, where he talked about marketing strategies related to mobile, such as SMS and […]

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Physical Product Experiment [PPE #2] – Validation and Feedback

Welcome to the second edition of the Physical Product Experiment! In this series, I will be exploring and experimenting my way through a brand new realm for me: a physical product. In case you missed the first Physical Product Experiment [PPE #1] post, you can check that out here. To help ease you into this second post, I want to share a quick recap on what it is I am experimenting with, why I am doing it, and what it means for you! But before I do that, I want to thank those who’ve already signed up to be a part of the initial feedback group for this physical product. You will, with the help of the productivity calendar, be writing the first draft of a book in ninety days. That’s awesome, and I’m so excited to see what you’ll write. Remember this: You are the glue that holds this […]

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SEO in 2017: Proven Content Ideas That Attract Backlinks

In this guest post, Glen Allsopp explores SEO in 2017, offering up in-depth content strategy ideas to help you attract backlinks to your site. Pat Flynn March 27, 2017 This is a guest post from Glen Allsopp from Gaps.com, who (fun fact) was featured in SPI Podcast Session #3 from over six years ago! He was one of the first in the world of SEO to really inspire me back in the day, and someone, although quite a bit younger than me, I very much look up to. He’s been diving even more into the world of SEO since 2010, which is why I wanted him to share a guest post about what’s working today. Take it away Glen! I’ve been actively involved in the SEO world for eleven years now, and if there’s one thing that has kept me so interested in the topic it’s the ever-changing landscape of […]

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How to Write the Perfect Blog Post – SPI TV Ep. 56

For bloggers, nothing’s more terrifying than that blinking cursor at the top of a blank page. That’s why I’ve gathered ten tips for getting past that blank page anxiety so that you can write the perfect blog post. Running a blog for the past eight years has taught me what works, what doesn’t, and the kinds of things readers crave from your writing. In this episode, I’m sharing my time-tested advice for common blogging hurdles like picking the perfect topic, letting go of writing insecurities, working with keywords, and leaving your readers better off than they were before. For more blogging tips, check out these posts from the Smart Passive Income blog: Thanks so much for watching SPI TV, and be sure to subscribe (via YouTube or iTunes) to get new episodes of SPI TV delivered to you each week! source_link Related posts: Book Publishing Tips with Honorée Corder – SPI TV, Ep. 40 How to Repurpose Your Blog Content [Infographic] […]

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9 Tips for Managing Your Business Finances—Guest Post from Dave Heistein

Look underneath the surface of any good business, and you’ll typically find finances that are well-managed and in order. This is why I wanted to invite my personal CPA, Dave Heistein from ProfitwiseAccounting.com, to write a guest post to talk about what we as entrepreneurs can do to best manage the finances of our business. I’ve been working with Dave for over five years now, and he’s been fantastic. CPAs come in all styles, and I love working with Dave because he’s always very honest and he plays it safe for the benefit of my family and my business. Here he is with some tips to help you manage your own business finances, no matter what level you’re at right now. Most of us would agree that highly successful people tend to share common traits such as tenacity, vision, hard work, luck, and business savvy. We often say these people, […]

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SPI 230: From Deathly Afraid to Cool and Confident: My 5-Year Public Speaking Journey

In today’s episode, we’re hopping into the Delorean. We’re going back to 2011, to my very first FinCon—the first time I ever spoke in public. I’ll break down all the things I got wrong about that first presentation, and everything I’ve done since to become a cooler and more confident public speaker. I’m inviting you to listen in on clips from my best (and most cringe-worthy) presentations, so you can hear what works, what doesn’t, and how I’ve learned to tell the difference. I’ll share the strategies I use to prepare, tips for making a stellar first impression, my favorite audience participation tactics, and the questions I ask myself every time I craft a new speech. Public speaking can be one of the most daunting parts of being an entrepreneur, but that shouldn’t stop you. I hope this look at my own personal journey toward impactful public speaking inspires you to take risks, hone your […]

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How to Repurpose Audio Content Like a Machine

Not too long ago, I published a post titled How to Repurpose Your Blog Content Like a Machine, which was all about how to take the written content you publish and turn it into a lot of other handy pieces of content that you can use to drive more traffic back to your site. Just to give you an idea, here’s an infographic that was actually created from the content of that post. Click the image to go to the original post: Repurposing content is really powerful, but a lot of people don’t take the time because, well—it takes more time! We’re always rushing into the next piece of content even before we get the most out of what we’ve already published. I’ve made this mistake in the past too, and it was brought to my direct attention via Gary Vaynerchuk in this article here about how he produces content […]

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What You Need to Know to Launch a Successful Podcast

Are you ready to start your podcast? In this post, I guide you through the process of planning your podcast launch, so that you can make the biggest splash possible on your launch week. Pat Flynn July 4, 2016 Podcasts are huge nowadays. It seems like there are podcasts for every subject, from fiction storytelling podcasts like Welcome to Night Vale to entrepreneurial podcasts like Chris Ducker’s YouPreneur and everything in between. It’s a wonderful time to be a podcast listener! It’s also a wonderful time to be a podcast creator. In this post, I am going to jump into a number of specific tips to guide you as a new podcast creator and help the launch of your your podcast be as successful as possible. Sound like a plan? Let’s get into it! Tip 1: Start With My Complete Step-by-Step Podcasting Tutorial In How to Start a Podcast: Pat’s […]

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Why Webinars Are Important (Webinar Ninja Demo) – SPI TV Ep. 49

The post Why Webinars Are Important (Webinar Ninja Demo) – SPI TV Ep. 49 from The Smart Passive Income Blog. source_link Related posts: ConvertKit Demo by Pat Flynn – SPI TV, Ep. 28 SPI Pro Theme Demo – SPI TV Ep. 54 5 Ways to Make More Money with Your Next Webinar Overcome Webinar Offer Anxiety and Get Your Audience to Buy “I Appreciate You”: What It Means & Why It’s Important to Me Backlinking—What’s Working and Is It Even Still Important with Brian Dean from Backlinko.com The ‘Ninja Trait’ that Copywriting Clients Are (Desperately) Looking For 3 Ways to Get Started with Relationship-Building Webinars

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