AskPat 2.0: A Weekly Coaching Call on Online Business, Blogging, Marketing, and Lifestyle Design

AskPat 2.0: A Weekly Coaching Call on Online Business, Blogging, Marketing, and Lifestyle Design

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I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and the opportunity to ans?


1095: Where Are They Now? Julia Kuhn
Nov 21 • 23 min
Check back in with Julia Kuhn and see how she’s diversified her income!
1094: How Do I Pitch My Product Better?
Nov 14 • 22 min
Find out how to pitch your products better today on AskPat 1094!
1093: Welcome to AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 (3 of 3)
Nov 7 • 40 min
Building trust with your audience, membership vs courses, Instagram strategy, and more!
1092: Welcome to AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 (2 of 3)
Oct 31 • 32 min
Listen to part 2 of AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 with special guest Chalene Johnson.
1091: Welcome to AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 (1 of 3)
Oct 24 • 19 min
Listen to the first of three AskPat Live episodes from FlynnCon1!
1090: How Might I Use My Recognition and Award to Grow My Audience?
Oct 17 • 19 min
Leverage your spotlight to grow your brand and serve even more people!
1089: With No Extra Time, How Do I Increase Engagement and Grow My Business?
Oct 10 • 31 min
Move the needle on your business, even with very little extra time!
1088: How Do I Know What to Create a Course About and Best Serve My Customers?
Oct 3 • 29 min
Does your audience want an online course? Learn how to validate your course idea!
1087: How Can I Increase My Audience Engagement with a Podcast?
Sep 26 • 23 min
Reignite passion in your business and increase audience engagement through a podcast!
1086: How Can I Translate My In-Person Group Success Into Online Growth and Connection?
Sep 19 • 24 min
Take your offline in-person success and translate that to online growth and connection!
1085: How Can I Expand My Reach and Grow My Audience for More Passive Income?
Sep 12 • 23 min
Grow your online audience and reach for more passive income.
1084: How Do I Create Passive Income for My Growing Product-Based Business?
Sep 5 • 23 min
Learn how to create passive income for your product-based business.
1083: I Have Two Separate Platforms, But How Do I Connect Them Together?
Aug 29 • 26 min
Want to learn how to connect two separate components of your brand? Listen in!
1082: I Start a Lot of Ideas, But How Do I Follow-Through and Stick to One?
Aug 22 • 25 min
You have so many great ideas. But how can you stick to one and follow-through to the end?
1081: Where Do I Start to Build an Audience and Community Online?
Aug 15 • 31 min
Find out how you can take your growing offline business to build a big online community.
1080: How Do I Prioritize What Needs to Be Done, in My Business, and in My Life?
Aug 8 • 30 min
Having trouble prioritizing your work and personal life? Tune in for answers!
1079: How Do I Deal With Imposter Syndrome, and How Do I Better Serve My Audience?
Aug 1 • 34 min
How can you break through imposter syndrome as a business leader?
1078: How Do I Build a Robust and Engaged Community That Translates to Sales Later?
Jul 25 • 30 min
Find out how to grow your community, keep them engaged, and later get them to take action.
1077: How Do I Best Scale My Business After Getting Started and Building a Following?
Jul 18 • 31 min
You have a strong start to your business. Now what? Listen in for ways to spread your message far and wide!
1076: How and Where Do I Focus My Time Across Multiple Interests?
Jul 11 • 29 min
Get unstuck and grow your business while also finding time for your other interests!
1075: How Do My Live Workshops and Online Courses Work Together?
Jul 4 • 32 min
Figure out how live workshops and your online courses work together, make money, and support your business.
1074: What Is Superfans About and Who Is It For?
Jun 27 • 14 min
Everything you need to know about my new book, Superfans, which comes out August 13!
1073: How Do I Get My Audience to Move and Convert?
Jun 20 • 28 min
Discover how to get your audience to move and convert today on AskPat 1073!
1072: How Do I Progress When There’s So Much to Do?
Jun 13 • 28 min
Break through the overwhelm and focus on simplifying your overwhelm. Today on AskPat!
1071: Does It Make Sense for Me to Start a Podcast?
Jun 6 • 27 min
Are you unsure about starting a podcast for your business? Find out why you maybe should!
1070: I’m an Expert, But How Do I Get People to Buy My Services?
May 30 • 32 min
Laid off? How do you take your expertise and get customers to buy your services? Find out!
1069 How Do I Scale My Business and Reach My Goals?
May 23 • 22 min
You have the right systems in place, but you’re not growing. Discover how to scale and reach your business goals!
1068 How Do I Monetize My Growing Audience Authentically?
May 16 • 26 min
Find out how to monetize your growing audience in a way that still serves your audience authentically.
1067: How Can I Succeed with a Business I Care About that Once Failed?
May 9 • 35 min
Discover how you can, even after a failure of a beloved business, move forward and breathe life into that idea.
1066: How Do I Organize My Offerings and Make Sure They Make Sense?
May 2 • 25 min
So you have numerous ideas and offerings, but you’re stuck on how to get organized and focused so they each make the most sense?
1065: How Do I Choose Which Passion to Monetize?
Apr 25 • 28 min
You have many passions, but how do you find out which to choose and how to monetize it? Find out today on AskPat.
1064: What Is Preventing My Success?
Apr 18 • 28 min
Maybe you have all the right pieces in place for your business, but what’s preventing your success? Find out!
1063: How Do I Break Through When My Business Plateaus?
Apr 11 • 24 min
Are you stuck in your business? Are you stalled? Find out how to break through your business plateau!
1062: How Do I Pitch My Dream Product?
Apr 4 • 32 min
Learn how to shift your focus, develop the courage, and pitch your big dream idea.
1061: How Can I Get My Audience to Finally Start Taking Action with Me?
Mar 28 • 28 min
Learn how to help your audience take action by getting them fired up through challenges and quick wins.
1060: How Do I Grow My Small Social Media Following and Build My Brand?
Mar 21 • 28 min
Discover blueprints for validating your business, monetizing, and growing a following through influencer marketing, social media, and more.
1059: What Is the Path to Doing Only What Sparks Joy?
Mar 14 • 25 min
Learn thought exercises for discovering what parts of your business bring you the most joy, plus strategies for discerning how to best serve your audience.
1058: How Can I Get Customers When Culture and Language May Be a Barrier?
Mar 7 • 30 min
Learn strategies for discerning and connecting with the right target audience for your business, even when culture and language are barriers.
1057: How Should I Organize a Launch with Various Start Dates?
Feb 28 • 29 min
Learn how to coordinate an online launch with multiple start dates, plus marketing tactics so you can ensure its success.
1056: How Do We Convert More Traffic into Our Coaching Program?
Feb 21 • 24 min
Discover insights on converting your online audience to a personal coaching program.
1055: How Can I Grow My Business When I Also Have to Run It?
Feb 14 • 26 min
Learn critical strategies for hiring key team members and creating massive growth for your business.
1054: How Do I Diversify My Affiliate Income in My Business?
Feb 7 • 32 min
Learn strategies for diversifying your blog’s income through affiliate partnerships and creating original products for your brand.
1053: What’s the Best Way to Grow and Scale with All the Options out There I Could Do?
Jan 31 • 33 min
Uncover tactics for optimizing your team, time, content, and more so you can scale your business to new heights.
1052: Have I Made All the Money I Can in My Niche? What Else Could I Do?
Jan 24 • 31 min
Learn how to increase niche site earnings through affiliate partnerships, price point framing and positioning, and more.
1051: How Can I Make Passive Income on Top of My Ecommerce / Product Business?
Jan 17 • 33 min
Learn how to create passive income streams for an ecommerce-based business.
1050: How Do I Grow My Business as a Designer after a Failed Course Launch?
Jan 10 • 27 min
Listen in on this coaching call for strategies on up-serving your clients, creating more passive income, and growing your business.
1049: My Target Audience Didn’t Respond—What Do I Do?
Jan 3 • 21 min
Learn tactics for segmenting your website traffic and better serving your audience as a result.
1048: Where Are They Now? Jacques Hopkins (From AP 1032)
Dec 27, 2018 • 19 min
Discover inspiration for building online courses and how simple tools can be catalysts for massive growth.
1047: Where Are They Now? Sam Gavis-Hughson (From AP 1004)
Dec 20, 2018 • 26 min
Discover tactics you can use to create powerful, effective online courses for your students.
1046: Where Are They Now? Jackie Bolen (From AP 1003)
Dec 13, 2018 • 20 min
Discover tips for choosing where to focus in your business, working with others, and creating business growth.
1045: Where Are They Now? Ethan Clarke (From AP 1010)
Dec 6, 2018 • 31 min
Learn about some of the challenges and strategies of taking an online business offline, plus how to create new opportunities from past customer relationships and more!
1044: Where Are They Now? Walid Azami (From AP 1022)
Nov 29, 2018 • 32 min
Learn strategies and mindsets for producing, marketing, and selling life-changing, profitable online courses.
1043: Where Are They Now? Stephen Pasquini (From AP 1014)
Nov 22, 2018 • 22 min
Stephen was stuck with his business, but he took massive action and created more opportunities than ever before. Here’s how he did it, plus my advice on developing apps for business.
1042: Where Are They Now? Gianna Kordatzky (From AP 1001)
Nov 15, 2018 • 23 min
Gianna got rid of overwhelm in her business and the aftermath has been amazing for her. Here’s how she did it, plus her top tips for running a live event and what’s on the horizon for her thriving business.
1041: Where Are They Now? Meg Brunson (From AP 1009)
Nov 8, 2018 • 23 min
Discover strategies for marketing multiple projects under one brand, growing a podcast, and boosting your business.
1040: Where Are They Now? Lisa Bunnage (From AP 1019)
Nov 1, 2018 • 27 min
Learn strategies and mindsets for working through the growing pains of starting a new podcast and online course.
1039: As My Business Grows, How Do I Stay Connected to My Audience?
Oct 25, 2018 • 30 min
Discover strategies for maintaining a strong connection with your audience as your business grows.
1038: How Can I Create an Online Business When Time Management Is Difficult?
Oct 18, 2018 • 18 min
Learn about tools and strategies you can use to streamline content creation for your business.
1037: So Many Ideas! How Do I Know If I’m Going in the Right Direction?
Oct 11, 2018 • 28 min
Learn strategies and tactics for validating your online business, prioritizing next steps, and charting a course for its future.
1036: How Do I Manage Two Businesses, and How Can They Connect Together?
Oct 4, 2018 • 28 min
Learn how to synergize and market multiple online businesses so that they earn more income, save you time, and help more people.
1035: How Can I Create Something Online to Support My Offline Practice?
Sep 27, 2018 • 21 min
Learn strategies and mindsets for pushing past hangups and perfectionism and serving your audience online.
1034: How Do I Create an Offer That Serves a Majority of My Audience?
Sep 20, 2018 • 27 min
Uncover tactics, insights, and thought exercises for creating an offer that serves most, if not all of your audience.
1033: My Profits Are Being Eaten! How Do I Scale but Stay Profitable?
Sep 13, 2018 • 29 min
Learn how to finesse your service-based business by restructuring your team, services, and client communications, while also increasing your profits.
1032: How Can I Segment My Audience Without Getting Overwhelmed?
Sep 6, 2018 • 26 min
Discover tools, methods, and strategies for creating powerful sales funnels through audience segmentation.
1031: How Do I Serve Another Market in the Same Niche?
Aug 30, 2018 • 19 min
Uncover guiding principles and strategies for serving a new market within your niche.
1030: How Do I Expand outside My Local Area and Go Online?
Aug 23, 2018 • 27 min
Learn how to move a location-based business online, gather a following, validate your action plan, and create income streams through new products and services.
1029: What Should I Offer to Better Monetize My Business?
Aug 16, 2018 • 30 min
Learn how to reevaluate your business so you can scale, monetize, and go full-time as it continues to grow.
1028: As a Side-Wantrepreneur, Where and How Should I Start?
Aug 9, 2018 • 27 min
Today’s guest is Jake Nelson. He works a full-time job as a project manager, but he wants to start something new. He has a lot of passions, he just doesn’t know where to start or what to do. This is an awesome episode, especially if you’re just startin…
1027: I’m at My “Client Limit” - How Do I Go Solo to Agency?
Aug 2, 2018 • 29 min
Go deep with strategies for expanding your business to an agency model, positioning your brand, and better packaging and streamlining your services.
1026: How Can I Monetize My Hobby Website? Can It Make Money?
Jul 26, 2018 • 29 min
Discover effective methods for monetizing a niche business and overcoming fears about making money.
1025: Should I Hire a Coach or Get into a Mastermind Group?
Jul 19, 2018 • 24 min
Learn strategies for deciding if a mastermind group or personal coaching is right for your business journey.
1024: Where Do I Focus the Growth of My Business?
Jul 12, 2018 • 30 min
Discover thought experiments, strategies, and validation tactics for taking the guesswork out of your business planning and drafting a plan for the future.
1023: What Lead Magnet Should I Create for My New Business?
Jul 5, 2018 • 19 min
Learn how to use lead magnets to support your audience, gain feedback, and prime your fans for an upcoming product or book release.
1022: How Do I Sell but Still Help People for Free?
Jun 28, 2018 • 39 min
Tactics and mindsets for selling ebooks, building your online following, selling with integrity, and monetizing successfully.
1021: How Do I Stay Organized with Multiple Websites and Courses?
Jun 21, 2018 • 27 min
Learn how to manage your growing online business and outsource help so you don’t burn out.
1020: How Do I Stop the FOMO and Start Making Money?
Jun 14, 2018 • 22 min
Discover strategies for finding focus in your online business, choosing a path forward, and monetizing successfully.
1019: How Do I Go from Coaching to Generating Passive Income?
Jun 7, 2018 • 32 min
Learn strategies for converting a coaching business to passive income through a refined, well-marketed online course.
1018: Why Didn’t Our First Launch Go Well?
May 31, 2018 • 31 min
Uncover strategies and tactics for pre-selling and launching a successful online course.
1017: How Do I Make an Extra $200-$400 Per Week?
May 24, 2018 • 25 min
Learn core concepts for translating your personal skillset into a passive income revenue stream with huge earning potential.
1016: How Do I Double the Revenue on My Blogs?
May 17, 2018 • 37 min
Discover blueprints for launching an online course, creating accountability, and taking your online business to the next level.
1015: Which Niche Business Should I Focus On?
May 10, 2018 • 48 min
Learn mindsets for finding focus between multiple online businesses, establishing niche relationships, and developing a long-term plan for your business’s future.
1014: How Do I Upgrade My Site and Serve My Audience Better?
May 3, 2018 • 31 min
Discover strategies for upgrading your website and content experience, as well as approaches for building a mindset for the future of your online business.
1013: How Do I Grow My Membership Site Faster?
Apr 26, 2018 • 31 min
Listen in on a coaching call with Steve and learn strategies for scaling your online business and membership community.
1012: How Can I Make Online Teaching More Passive?
Apr 19, 2018 • 30 min
Discover tips and techniques for structuring online content through podcasting and YouTube, building an email list, and earning passive income through online courses.
1011: How Can I Use Superfans to Grow My Online Business?
Apr 12, 2018 • 32 min
Learn how to effectively monetize online courses and products while building an awesome community of superfans.
1010: How Do I Grow and Scale a Super Niche Site?
Apr 5, 2018 • 37 min
Learn how to grow and scale your niche business through vendor relationships, your audience, and your website content.
1009: Should All of My Projects Be Under One Website, or Many?
Mar 29, 2018 • 23 min
Learn strategies for successfully branding multiple projects.
1008: How Do I Stay Relevant in My Niche?
Mar 22, 2018 • 30 min
Listen in on this coaching call to learn tips and strategies for future-proofing your business and brand.
1007: How Can I Find More Accountability and Focus?
Mar 15, 2018 • 33 min
Sit in on this coaching call to learn how to focus and find accountability for your new business.
1006: Book or Speaking - Which Comes First?
Mar 8, 2018 • 21 min
Listen in on a coaching call with Stacy, who needs help strategizing her public speaking and book launch.
1005: How Do I Double My Email List and Sell Without Selling Out?
Mar 1, 2018 • 41 min
Hear a full coaching call with photographer Brian Matiash, who wants to double his email list and sell without selling out.
1004: How Can I Grow My Audience When I’ve Done All I Can?
Feb 22, 2018 • 29 min
Listen in on a coaching call with Sam, who wants to grow his audience to the next level.
1003: What One Thing Should I Focus On?
Feb 15, 2018 • 25 min
Hear a coaching call with Jackie, who’s looking for guidance about what to focus on with her business.
1002: How Much Should I Reinvest in My Business?
Feb 8, 2018 • 33 min
Be a fly on a wall for my coaching call with Cathy, who wants to know how much she should be reinvesting in her business.
1001: How Do I Streamline My Business so I’m Not Overwhelmed?
Feb 1, 2018 • 28 min
Listen in on a special coaching call with Gianna, who wants help streamlining and scaling her business.
1000: What’s Next for AskPat?
Nov 20, 2017 • 8 min
Learn about my plans for the future of AskPat: AskPat 2.0!
0999: Should I Go Full-Time with My Online Business?
Nov 17, 2017 • 8 min
Get Pat’s advice for going full-time with your online business.
0998: Should I Periodically Offer New Freebies to My Audience?
Nov 16, 2017 • 9 min
Learn about incentivizing your audience with free downloads (like ebooks).
0997: How Do I Sell Original Products on Amazon?
Nov 15, 2017 • 9 min
Learn about selling original products—like teeshirts—online.
0996: Is Reviewing Restaurants Monetizable?
Nov 14, 2017 • 8 min
Find out if you can make money from reviewing restaurants.
0995: How Can I Improve My Email Open Rate?
Nov 13, 2017 • 11 min
Learn how to improve your email open rate.
0994: What Tips Do You Have for Setting up a Mastermind Group?
Nov 10, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Troy, who has some questions about mastermind groups. What should he consider when setting up his mastermind, what should he talk about in his first meeting, what tools do I use, and what suggestions do I have for paid maste…
0993: Should I Publish Podcast Segments Individually?
Nov 9, 2017 • 5 min
Jason has a question about podcasting: Should he publish segments as separate episodes or as one long episode? Starting at Episode 900 and leading up to (and including) Episode 1000, I’ve been leaving clues to a puzzle. Next week I’m giving away $1,…
0992: How Can I Bootstrap More Traffic to my Website?
Nov 8, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from James: How he can get more traction on his site in a bootstrapping kind of way? James’ website is http://lasercutterfaq.com. Starting at Episode 900 and leading up to (and including) Episode 1000, I’ve been leaving clues …
0991: Should I Package My Courses as Separate Modules?
Nov 7, 2017 • 6 min
Darcie has a question about online courses. Should she bundle her courses together or package them as separate modules? Darcie’s website is https://ergonomicshelp.com/. Starting at Episode 900 and leading up to (and including) Episode 1000, I’ve bee…
0990: Should I Put Multiple Podcast Formats in the Same Feed?
Nov 6, 2017 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Juan. He has a podcast, but wants to try different formats of podcasts. Should he put the new podcasts in the same feed? Juan’s website is http://disruptivo.tv. Starting at Episode 900 and leading up to (and including) E…
0989: How Do I Drive More Traffic to My Site?
Nov 3, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Dominick, who asks: How do I drive more traffic to my website? Dominick’s website is http://PeaceofMindFinances.com. In this episode I recommend a blog post on SPI: How to Launch a Brand New Website (With a Bang!)—https:/…
0988: How Do I Put Everything I’m Learning Together?
Nov 2, 2017 • 6 min
Alana has a question about starting out. She’s building a website and looking for new clients—how does she put everything she’s learning together, and what suggestions do I have for her? In this episode I mention my new, free five-day challenge and …
0987: Can I Convince People to Have a Mentor If I Don’t Have One?
Nov 1, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Borja, who asks if it’s hypocritical to encourage people to have a mentor even if he doesn’t have one? If someone wants to hire a mentor, does the mentor need to be more successful than them? Borja’s site is https://borjagir…
0986: What is a Good Members-Only WordPress Plugin?
Oct 31, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who asks if I know any good members-only WordPress plugins. Also, what are some added-value items he can give to his community? Paul’s website is https://www.recoveryelevator.com/. In this episode I mention my book,…
0985: Can I Get My Relaunched Podcast into New and Noteworthy?
Oct 30, 2017 • 6 min
Today, Amy has a question about podcasting. She’s about to relaunch her podcast—is there a way to get into the New and Noteworthy section on iTunes when she does? Amy’s website is http://makermama.com/. In this episode, I mention my new course, Powe…
0984: Should I Start Out with a Podcast?
Oct 27, 2017 • 5 min
Gayle has a question about podcasting. Should she start that way to connect with her audience, even if she’s just starting out? Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you’re looking to go deeper into podc…
0983: How Do I Get Reviews for My Podcast?
Oct 26, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Yukari. She’s trying to get some reviews for her podcast, but has been unsuccessful so far. How can she encourage her audience to leave some reviews? Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat…
0982: How Do I Know When I’m Ready to Quit My Job?
Oct 25, 2017 • 6 min
Monica has a big question today: How does she know when she’s ready to quit her job? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and ent…
0981: How Do I Present My New Niche to My Audience?
Oct 24, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Charvee. Her niche is shifting and she’s concerned that if she begins to market her website with a new focus area, it will discourage or confuse her audience. What should she do? In this episode, I recommend checking out …
0980: How Far in Advance Do You Schedule Social Media Posts?
Oct 23, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who asks: How far in advance should I schedule my social media posts? Jeff’s website is http://newmiddleclassdad.com. In this episode I mention CoSchedule—http://askpat.com/coschedule—the tool my team and I use for …
0979: What Fresh Ideas for Marketing Your Courses Do You Have?
Oct 20, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tsh, who asks if I have any ideas for marketing courses or enrollment sites, especially when they have short enrollment windows. What outside-the-box ideas do I have on this subject? Find Tsh online at http://theartofsimple….
0978: When Should I Spend Money on a Tool or Service?
Oct 19, 2017 • 8 min
Russ has a question about starting his online business. He tends to find a lot of free or open-source tools, rather than spending money where he doesn’t have to. At what point is it best to spend money on a tool, rather than finding a cost-free solutio…
0977: Do You Write Posts Based on Your Podcasts or Vice Versa?
Oct 18, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Walter and Francis. Do I write my blog posts based on podcast episodes, or vice versa? Find Walter and Francis online at https://activerecall.co/. If you want to go deeper in your own podcasting journey, check out my cour…
0976: How Do I Differentiate Myself from My Competitors?
Oct 17, 2017 • 7 min
Ros has a question about his online business. He is a multimedia advisor, but sometimes feels overwhelmed by the competition. How can he differentiate himself from his competitors? Ros’ website is https://www.mpresta.com/. Do you have a question abo…
0975: What’s Your Advice to Someone Building Their First Website?
Oct 16, 2017 • 7 min
Learn what it takes to build your first website.
0974: How Can I Give Value to My Affiliates Without Being Biased?
Oct 13, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Aaron, whose site is https://pickakit.com. How can he provide value to his site’s affiliates without being biased in his recommendations? Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat….
0973: How Do I Generate Leads in a Saturated Market?
Oct 12, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Amir. How can he create leads in a market where there is a lot of competition and lots of free content? Do you have a question about online content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is DesignCrowd: …
0972: How Do I Talk About My Competition?
Oct 11, 2017 • 7 min
Adam has a question about competition. How should he handle it? What’s the best way to talk about competition in a positive light? Adam’s website is https://acepodcasts.com/. Do you have a question about competition? Record it at http://www.askpat.c…
0971: How Can I Start an Online Fund to Help Rescue Animals?
Oct 10, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Joey. How can he start an online fund for his wife’s veterinary clinic? Two crowdfunding platforms I recommend for philanthropy are https://indiegogo.com and https://gofundme.com. Do you have a question about philanth…
0970: How Do I Share My Progress without Others Copying Me?
Oct 9, 2017 • 5 min
Tina has a question about online marketing: How does she share her progress without having other people copy her? Do you have a question about online marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today’s ep…
0969: Should I Get off Twitter If It Doesn’t Result in Traffic?
Oct 6, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question is from Jeff, whose site is https://newmiddleclassdad.com. He’s noticed that Twitter brings his website the least amount of traffic; should he curtail his activity on Twitter? Do you have a question about social media? Record it at …
0968: How Do I Enter the Personal Development Niche?
Oct 5, 2017 • 8 min
Ron has a question about starting out. He wants to enter the personal development niche: How would I advise him to get started? Do you have a question about niche websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is DesignCrowd: A we…
0967: What Tools Do You Use to Organize Your Team?
Oct 4, 2017 • 9 min
Emanuel has a growing team for his business, Italy Made Easy, and he’s having some growing pains. How should he organize his growing team and how many tools do I personally use in my business? Find Emanuel online at https://www.italymadeeasy.com/. …
0966: How Do I Start Online Courses or a Coaching Business?
Oct 3, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from JT. He owns a handyman business in Colorado and is looking for guidance as far as doing coaching and/or creating an online course. What advice can I give him? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at htt…
0965: How Do You Measure the Impact of Giving Away T-shirts?
Oct 2, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Borja: How do I measure the impact of giving away t-shirts or selling them online? Find Borja’s podcast online at https://www.borjagiron.com/podcast/. In this episode I mention my Serve First t-shirt, which I sell for Pen…
0964: How Do I Grow My Business Faster?
Sep 29, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Steve. He has a website for basketball coaches, but so far it has grown in steps. How can he establish a curve of growth for his business? Steve’s website is http://www.teachhoops.com. Do you have a question about online …
0963: How Do I Increase My Podcast Download Numbers?
Sep 28, 2017 • 6 min
Mar is a meditation teacher in Mexico City. She has a podcast; how can she increase the amount of downloads her podcast receives? You can find Mar’s podcast online at http://www.mardelcerro.com/medita-podcast/. In this episode I suggest trying http:…
0962: How Many Episodes Should I Have Before I Launch My Podcast?
Sep 27, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jonathan who has a question about podcasting. How many podcast episodes should he have cued up before he launches his podcast? Jonathan’s website is http://jonathangaby.com. If you want to go deeper into podcast strategy,…
0961: How Do I Choose an Idea and Go Forward with It?
Sep 26, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Luis, who has a question about idea validation. He has a lot of ideas for startup businesses, but doesn’t know which one to pick. How can he get past the discomfort and and make a decision? If you’re looking for a great w…
0960: What’s the Advantage of a Standalone vs. a Redirect Page?
Sep 25, 2017 • 6 min
Chris has a question about websites. He asks: What is the advantage to having a page hosted as a standalone website as opposed to a redirect within your own website? Chris’ website is http://safetydawg.com. Do you have a question about websites? Rec…
0959: Should I Create a Podcast, YouTube Channel, or Both?
Sep 22, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who has a question about podcasting. Should he do a podcast and a YouTube channel? One or both? Paul’s website is http://DigitalIntervention.com. If you want to go deeper into launching a podcast, check out my cours…
0958: How Do I Make More Course Sales?
Sep 21, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Corey, who runs a site called http://classroomtechmadesimple.com. He’s created an self-hosted course on his site for his customers, but he’s having problems selling the course. How can he make more course sales? Do you h…
0957: How Can I Leverage My Research for My Audience?
Sep 20, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about content. What steps should he take to leverage the research that’s he’s produced while in school, to help address his readers’ needs? David’s site is http://thetwleader.com/. Do you have a …
0956: How Do I Interlink My Articles with Each Other?
Sep 19, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, in Germany. He wants to know how to interlink his articles with each other on his niche site. Should they open in the same window or a new one? Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat….
0955: What’s the Initial Cost of Live Streaming Equipment/Fees?
Sep 18, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Diego, who has a question about live streaming. What are the initial equipment investments and monthly fees, and how can he multicast to more than one platform? Diego’s site is http://diegodavila.com. In this episode I …
0954: How Do I Keep My Book Launch from Overshadowing My Courses?
Sep 15, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Mo, who’s launching a book. How can he keep his book launch from interfering with his companion courses, which will be launching at the same time? You can find Mo’s site at https://intentionalbeings.com/. Do you have a qu…
0953: Should I Create a Video Version of My Podcast?
Sep 14, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Sha. Should she create a video version of her podcast and upload it to YouTube? Sha’s website is https://seminarphilippines.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s s…
0952: Why Do You Use a Commission System for Your Kids’ Chores?
Sep 13, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Max who asks, what is the commission system I use with my kids for chores? Find Max online at http://themodernyou.com/. In this episode I recommend Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze, a great book abou…
0951: How Do I Connect with Leaders in My Niche?
Sep 12, 2017 • 5 min
James has a question about niche marketing. He’s identified leaders in his niche but doesn’t know what to say when he reaches out to them. Where does he start? James’ website is http://godspeeddevelopment.com. Do you have a question about niche mark…
0950: What’s the Difference between Libsyn and Soundcloud?
Sep 11, 2017 • 4 min
Today, Wan has a question about podcast hosting: What is the difference between Libsyn and SoundCloud? Find Libsyn at http://libsyn.com and Soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com. I also talk about another podcast host, Buzzsprout, which is at http://…
0949: How Do I Evaluate Email Success with ConvertKit?
Sep 8, 2017 • 7 min
Today, Darcy has a question about email marketing. How can she use ConvertKit to measure how her emails are doing? Darcy’s website is https://redcaperevolution.com/. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0948: How Do I Produce Podcast Transcripts?
Sep 7, 2017 • 8 min
Brad has a question about podcasting. Should he create transcripts, what are the benefits, and how would he go about creating them? In this episode I recommend http://rev.com, a great transcription service. Do you have a question about podcasts? …
0947: Should I Post Content During Holidays?
Sep 6, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff. Should he post content on his site during holiday weeks? Jeff’s site is http://newmiddleclassdad.com. Do you have a question about online content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBook…
0946: How Can I Generate Leads for My Business?
Sep 5, 2017 • 8 min
Nicholas has a question about lead generating and lead sources. He’s found that it’s costly to purchase leads—what other ways can he generate leads for his business? Do you have a question about lead generating? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. …
0945: How Do I Keep My Website Alive after I Pass Away?
Sep 4, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Joey, about something that isn’t discussed very much: what happens to your website after you pass away? Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring …
0944: What’s the Best Way to Record Call Audio?
Sep 1, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Steve. He started a blog with his daughter called http://Catemix.com. She wants to interview people in the music mixing industry; what tool can she use to record both sides of the call audio? The resources I discuss in th…
0943: Are Virtual Summits Still Viable?
Aug 31, 2017 • 7 min
Kate has a question about virtual summits: In 2015-16 they were all the rage—are virtual summits still viable, or are they overplayed and overdone? You can find Kate online at https://katedoster.com. Do you have a question about virtual summits? Rec…
0942: How Do I Grow My Email List Without Over-Promoting?
Aug 30, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Will: How can he grow his email list without being overly promotional? In this episode I mention my 100 Email Challenge, a free, three-day challenge to help you build an email list of 100 subscribers. Check it out at http…
0941: What Are Your Top Resources for Building a New Website?
Aug 29, 2017 • 7 min
Alana has a question about getting started. She’s building a new website and wants to get it finished in the next six months. What are the top resources that she should be using? A resource that I recommend using to get started is Leadpages, http://…
0940: How Can I Expand My Online Community?
Aug 28, 2017 • 8 min
Miha has a question about his online community. He doesn’t have a big advertising budget, but he wants to expand his community. How can he grow the reach of his website? You can visit Miha’s website at https://failuresanonymous.com/. Do you have a q…
0939: How Do I Engage with People Who Buy My Book on Amazon?
Aug 25, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Byron: How can he optimize or maximize marketing for a book on Amazon? What service could he use to manage the post-sale follow up? Byron’s site is https://bmxteacher.wordpress.com. Do you have a question about marketing?…
0938: I Can’t Find an Audience for My Passion; How Do I Move On?
Aug 24, 2017 • 7 min
David has a question about idea validation. He can’t seem to find an audience for his idea, even though he’s very passionate about it. How does he move on? Do you have a question about idea validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s…
0937: Would You Change Anything in Will It Fly?
Aug 23, 2017 • 6 min
Today, Bryce asks if, having been through online course-making, I would change anything in Will It Fly? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks…
0936: I No Longer Work in My Niche; Should I Keep Its Website?
Aug 22, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Billy. Should he continue blogging on his website related to his previous career, or should he move on to his new passion related to blogging an online business? How did Pat transition from Green Exam Academy to SPI? Billy’s…
0935: How Should I Set Up My Homepage?
Aug 21, 2017 • 5 min
Ian has a question about his website. How should he set up his website’s navigation? What’s the first thing his guests should see on the homepage? Ian’s website is http://www.nextlevelguy.com/. Do you have a question about websites? Record it at htt…
0934: Do Shorter Emails Work Better?
Aug 18, 2017 • 5 min
Scott has a question about email marketing. He noticed that my emails seem to have gotten shorter recently; is this intentional? Do shorter emails work better? In this episode I mention my free email challenge, http://100Emails.com. Sign up and lea…
0933: How Much Content Should Be on My Site?
Aug 17, 2017 • 4 min
Steve is starting a new blog and wants to know, how much content is enough? How can he find the right balance between too much and too little? Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor i…
0932: What Is the Best Way to Outsource Content?
Aug 16, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Kristen, who asks: What is the best way to outsource content? Kristen’s site is http://bestbeachdays.com. Do you have a question about content management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Fres…
0931: Should I Expand My Niche into a General Industry?
Aug 15, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Stephen. He has a successful niche site, but wonders, should reformat his content to also serve a more general industry? How would he do so? Stephen’s websites are http://www.scoopschool.com/ and http://insideicecream.com. …
0930: Which Platform Should I Use for My Online Course?
Aug 14, 2017 • 8 min
Jamie has a question about online content. He wants to teach other teachers how to create resources for sites like Teachers Pay Teachers. What platform and/or strategy should he use? In this episode I recommend Zoom, https://zoom.us, an easy to use …
0929: How Do You Maintain Connections with Your Audience?
Aug 11, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glen, who asks: How do you maintain a relationship with your audience members? What is it about people who reach out to you the first time that grabs your attention? Glen’s website is https://gaps.com/. Do you have a q…
0928: I Co-Host a Podcast; How Do I Drive Traffic to My Own Site?
Aug 10, 2017 • 7 min
Sarah has a question about podcasts. She co-hosts a podcast with a friend. The trouble is that her friend hosts the podcast on her own SoundCloud account, rather than Sarah’s. How can Sarah maximize traction from the podcast and bring it back to her bu…
0927: Why Did You Use Teachable for Smart From Scratch?
Aug 9, 2017 • 5 min
Jason and his wife, Chelsea, are starting their first online course. What was the process of choosing Teachable for Smart From Scratch? Jason and Chelsea’s blog can be found at http://www.jasonandchelsea.com/. In this episode I recommend Teachable, …
0926: What App Do You Recommend for Creating Live Streams?
Aug 8, 2017 • 6 min
Madhava works for a yoga studio in Australia, and his studio has just started to use live streaming to reach out to more people. What live streaming app does Pat use? In this episode, I talk about BeLive.TV (https://BeLive.tv), Livestream.com (http:…
0925: How Do I Edit Old Articles?
Aug 7, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from William. He has some articles that drive traffic to his site, and would like to go back and add information to them. But he’s concerned that by altering the articles, Google will re-rank the page. Is there a strategy for edi…
0924: Should I Monetize My Blog or Keep It a Hobby?
Aug 4, 2017 • 5 min
Jeanette has had a music blog for a number of years. Should she keep trying to monetize it or keep it as a side hobby? Jeanette’s music blog is http://eatsleepbreathemusic.com/. Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat…
0923: Do I Need to Pay Experts to Speak in My Virtual Summit?
Aug 3, 2017 • 6 min
Alexa has a question about online summits or conferences. If she facilitates conversations between experts in her field, does she need to pay those experts? How does she go about that? Alexa’s website is http://girlinhealing.com/. In this episode I …
0922: Can I Provide Services in My Field without Certification?
Aug 2, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Joe. If he doesn’t have accreditation in an area, can he still provide services and create content in that area? Joe’s website is https://joe.gg/. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www….
0921: Should I Create My Course or Build My List First?
Aug 1, 2017 • 10 min
Amy has started to build her online business, and is working on an online vocal course for adult singers. But she’s wondering what she should do first. Should she create her content and course first, or focus on building her following? Amy’s site is ht…
0920: How Do I Address People Who Think Passive Income Is Easy?
Jul 31, 2017 • 6 min
Jane has a question today. She is bothered by people who think she puts no work into making passive income. How does she deal with people who think she’s getting something for nothing? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http…
0919: What Are Your Thoughts on Creating a Minimum Viable Product?
Jul 28, 2017 • 8 min
Today, Will has a question: What are my thoughts on creating a minimum viable product? Will’s site is http://willyoulaugh.com. Do you have a question about ? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.fre…
0918: How Do You Reboot Your Business If You Lose Everything?
Jul 27, 2017 • 5 min
Today, Zan has a question: what would I do to reboot my online business if I lost everything today? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/…
0917: What Tools Did You Use to Build Your Site?
Jul 26, 2017 • 4 min
Niels is a fourteen-year-old entrepreneur from Germany who asks: What tools were used to build the Smart Passive Income website? Do you have a question about website building? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0916: How Can I Automate Instagram Following from My Email List?
Jul 25, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Parker, who asks how he can automatically follow subscribers to his email list. Is this possible, specifically for Instagram? Parker’s website is http://meetnomo.com/. Do you have a question about email lists? Record it a…
0915: How Do I Ask My Audience What They Need?
Jul 24, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Angie. How does she ask her audience engaging questions so she can find out what they most need? What are some good examples? Angie’s site is http://proclaimtruth.com. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Rec…
0914: When Should I Monetize My Podcast? Where Do I Find Sponsors?
Jul 21, 2017 • 12 min
Today, Denaye has a question about podcasting. Her podcast has grown much faster than she anticipated. At what point should she start seeking sponsorships, and where should she look for them? Denaye’s website is http://www.simplefamilies.com/. In th…
0913: How Do I Decide What Format Is Best for Serving My Audience?
Jul 20, 2017 • 9 min
On today’s episode, Michael has a question about serving his audience. He is a pastor and a trainer, and wants to help serve his pastor friends who are out of shape. Should he start a podcast, video course, ebook, membership site, or all of the above? …
0912: What Is The Key to Podcast Success?
Jul 19, 2017 • 7 min
On today’s episode, Win has a question about podcasts. What is the key to success on a podcast? Download numbers? Featured interviews? You can find Win’s podcast, Butterflies of Wisdom, at http://butterfliesofwisdom.weebly.com/. My brand-new course,…
0911: How Do I Schedule a Second Podcast around My First?
Jul 18, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Stephane. He has a photography podcast, but wants to add a business podcast to his offerings as well. Should he alternate weeks to accommodate the new podcast, or should he start releasing an episode of each every week? Step…
0910: What Are Your Top Confidence Tips?
Jul 17, 2017 • 9 min
Today, Bree has a question about confidence. What are three tips for having the confidence to do the things you are afraid of? Bree’s website is http://breearmstrong.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches today! Check out http://po…
0909: How Do I Find An Audience for My Niche?
Jul 14, 2017 • 7 min
Today, Michelle has a question about niche websites. Her niche is very specific. Where does she find out where her target audience is hanging out? Where does she look in addition to Facebook? Michelle’s website is https://collegeswimmingguide.com/. …
0908: Should I Take a Break from Creating Content to Grow My List?
Jul 13, 2017 • 8 min
Today, James has a question about websites. He has twenty or so articles on his site, but they haven’t received much love. Should he take a break and focus on growing his email list? You can find James’ site at http://godspeeddevelopment.com. In thi…
0907: How Do I Handle Negativity Towards Affiliate Marketing?
Jul 12, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jackie. She’s received negative reactions from friends and family towards the affiliate marketing she does. How should she handle the negativity? Jackie’s website is http://eslspeaking.org/. In this episode I mention the …
0906: How Do I Get Feedback for My Podcast?
Jul 11, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Gerald. He has a podcast, which he enjoys doing, but he’s having a difficult time soliciting feedback. How can he get feedback for his podcast? You can find Gerald’s podcast at https://twopeasonapodcast.podbean.com/. Do y…
0905: Why Do You Use SamCart with Teachable?
Jul 10, 2017 • 4 min
Today, Stephen asks: Why do you use SamCart for enrollment and collecting payments for Teachable, rather than its native integration with PayPal or Stripe? In this episode I mention SamCart (http://askpat.com/samcart) and Teachable (http://askpat.co…
0904: Would You Rather Work with a Team or Be a Solopreneur?
Jul 7, 2017 • 4 min
Today, Borja asks: If you could make the same amount of money, would you rather continue working with a team or would you rather be an solopreneur? Borja blogs online at http://BorjaGiron.com. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on Ju…
0903: How Do I Present Older Podcast Episodes to New Listeners?
Jul 6, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Kurt, who asks: How do I get older, valuable episodes of my podcast in front of new listeners? You can find Kurt’s website at https://leadinglds.org/. In this episode I mention https://MeetEdgar.com and https://coschedule…
0902: How Do I Collaborate with Other Entrepreneurs in My Niche?
Jul 5, 2017 • 7 min
Today, Claire has a question about collaboration. She has a podcast and wants to collaborate with other entrepreneurs in her niche to serve their shared audience. How can she do so in a way that’s positive for both parties? You can find her podcast …
0901: How Did You Update Your Website with No Transition Time?
Jul 4, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jeanette who is about to revitalize her website. How was SmartPassiveIncome.com redone with no transition time whatsoever? Jeanette’s site is http://horrormade.com. Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http…
0900: How Many Downloads Do I Need for Podcast Sponsorship?
Jul 3, 2017 • 12 min
Jordan has a question about podcasting today. How many downloads does he need in order to entice potential sponsors? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the w…
0899: How Do I Research What My Audience Needs?
Jun 30, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Anna, who asks: How can I research what my audience needs? She hasn’t had much luck with this on Facebook groups: What suggestions can I give her? In this episode I mention http://answerthepublic.com/, a great resource fo…
0898: I Help People Quit Social Media; Is Using It Hypocritical?
Jun 29, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Muj, who wants to help people quit or control their social media use. Is it hypocritical for him to use social media to acquire views for his site? Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat…
0897: Should I Post Full Video Takes or Edit out My Mistakes?
Jun 28, 2017 • 8 min
Today, Michael has a question about video content. Should he edit multiple takes together or use full, unedited takes for the sake of authenticity? Michael’s site is http://stillfeel21.com. In this episode I mention Philip DeFranco, a blogger and Yo…
0896: Should I Split Services by Site? How Do I Productize Them?
Jun 27, 2017 • 7 min
Manv is a translator, editor, and copywriter. Should he create separate websites for his services, even though he’s been trying to see himself as a brand? How can he transform these very active tasks into sources of passive income? You can find Manv on…
0895: Do You Have Any Advice for First-Time Conference Goers?
Jun 26, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Andre, who’s attending his first media conference this year. Does Pat have advice for making the most out of conferences? You can find Andre’s site online at http://asmallinvestment.com. Do you have a question about confe…
0894: What Length and Frequency Is Optimal for My Podcast?
Jun 23, 2017 • 8 min
Today, Maarten has a question about podcasts. What are the pros and cons of having a podcast in the six to ten minute range? Is there an advantage for growth with a more frequently published podcast? You can find Maarten’s website at http://www.passive…
0893: How Can I Find an Audience for My Niche?
Jun 22, 2017 • 6 min
Today, Andy has a question about building his audience. He’s starting a website about retirement, targeted at millennials. How can he find groups of people who are interested in his niche? Do you have a question about building an audience? Record it…
0892: How Can I Move My In-Person Business Online?
Jun 21, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Kevin. His business is mostly an in-person service. Does Pat have any tips or suggestions for producing products online? In this episode, I recommend https://zoom.us for recording video calls. Do you have a question ab…
0891: How Much of My Web Traffic Should Be Return Visitors?
Jun 20, 2017 • 6 min
Today, Joseph has a question about getting return visitors to his website. What percentage of his traffic should be returning visitors, and what can he do to grow that number? You can find Joseph’s website at http://www.jmlalonde.com/ Do you have a …
0890: How Can I Secure My Online Course?
Jun 19, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Ron, who wants to know how he can secure his online course so that it’s not shared freely. Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today’s…
0889: How Hard Was It to Learn Internet Marketing on Your Own?
Jun 16, 2017 • 8 min
Today, Tina asks: How difficult was it to learn internet marketing on your own? What advice would you give to a college grad interested in generating passive income online? In today’s episode I mention my new course, Power-Up Podcasting. Sign up for…
0888: How Do I Give My Audience Value without Overdelivering?
Jun 15, 2017 • 7 min
Today, William has a question about the content he provides to his audience. How can he provide the right amount of value without giving too much information? How does he find that balance? Williams site is http://fitness4backpain.com/ In today’s ep…
0887: How Far in Advance Do You Plan Your Content?
Jun 14, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who asks, how far in advance do you plan your content? You can find Mark’s websites https://podcastwebsites.com/ and http://excellence-expected.com. In this episode I mention my course, Power-Up Podcasting, which la…
0886: How Transparent Should I Be With Retailers?
Jun 13, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Vicki, who has a small company called Tiny Chipmunk. She has a blog for her business which is very open and honest about how she’s created her company. She’s recently started to create relationships with retailers and wants …
0885: How Do I Stay Motivated Outside of My Day Job?
Jun 12, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jeremy. He has a day job and wants to know how he can keep himself motivated to create a successful business during his time off? Do you have a question about work-life balance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Tod…
0884: How Do I Manage a Lot of Social Media Replies?
Jun 9, 2017 • 6 min
Today, Stephen asks for advice about answering comments and questions from his followers. He has grown to a point in his business where it would be a full-time job to reply to everyone. What is the best plan of action for dealing with all of these comm…
0883: How Do I Identify My YouTube Audience?
Jun 8, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question is from Jim, who asks for advice on identifying his audience on YouTube. Are there any methods, other than speaking to them directly on YouTube, of finding out who they are and what their interests are? In this episode I mention htt…
0882: How Do I Manage More Than One Website or Podcast?
Jun 7, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question is from Kelly, who asks how to manage more than one website or podcast. Are there any tools for managing multiple websites or podcasts? You can find Kelly’s website at http://wirededucator.com/ and http://kellycroy.com/. In this epi…
0881: Should I Update the Intro on Old Podcast Episodes?
Jun 6, 2017 • 6 min
Today, Tammy has a question about podcasts. She’s recently made some changes to her episodes, like changing the intro. Should she go back and edit her old episodes to sound like the new ones? Tammy’s website is https://localsmallbusinesscoach.com/. …
0880: Is It Better to Have People Find Your Email List Organically or to Use Pop-Ups?
Jun 5, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Steve, who has a question about email lists. Is it better to have people find your email list organically, or to use a pop-up to help them find it? You can find Steve’s site on the web at http://www.sheruns.com/ My new co…
0879: How Do I Market My Podcast to Listeners Who Don’t Know What a Podcast Is?
Jun 2, 2017 • 8 min
On today’s episode, Liz asks: How do I market my podcast to listeners who don’t know what a podcast is? In this episode I mention https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/screenflow, or https://www.Camtasia.com if you’re on a PC, tools for recording your …
0878: Any Advice on Working at Home When My Kids Are in the House?
Jun 1, 2017 • 7 min
On today’s episode, Chad asks for some advice on working at home when his kids are in the house. You can find Chad’s site at http://dontdietdiet.com/. Next week is open enrollment for Pat’s course, Smart From Scratch. Visit SmartFromScratch.com to e…
0877: How Much Should I Charge for a Kindle Ebook on Amazon?
May 31, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Cathy, who wants to know how much to charge for a Kindle ebook on Amazon. You can find Cathy on the web at https://www.cathymazak.com/ In this episode I recommend http://www.acx.com/, a resource and marketplace for produc…
0876: How Do I Deal with the Pressure of My Growing Business?
May 30, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Hallie, who asks for some advice on dealing with the pressures of growing as a business. You can find Hallie on the web at http://speechtimefun.com/about/ Do you have a question about business growth? Record it at http://…
0875: What Strategies Can I Use to Source Feedback for My Ebook?
May 29, 2017 • 6 min
Andrew’s question is featured today. He’s writing an ebook and wants to know what strategies Pat used to get feedback for his book, Will It Fly? You can find Andrew on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ww4me. In this episode I refer to Episode 198 of …
0874: How Do You Reference Past Episodes Easily & How Do I Handle Haters on My YouTube Channel?
May 26, 2017 • 5 min
On today’s episode, Chapin has two questions: How does Pat reference past episodes so effortlessly and how should Chapin deal with the haters on his YouTube channel? You can find Chapin on the web at http://www.surfprotechniques.com/ and you can find h…
0873: What Do You Do with Your Profits? Reinvest in Your Business? SEO? Hiring?
May 25, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jackie who wants some advice on reinvesting her profits in her business. Find Jackie’s business on the web at http://eslspeaking.org/ Do you have a question about reinvesting in your business? Record it at http://www.askp…
0872: Is It a Good Idea to Start a Business if There Is No Competition at All?
May 24, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Taher, who asks, “Is it a good idea to start a business if there is almost no competition at all?” Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. G…
0871: How Do I Decide What Gets Deleted During a Content Audit?
May 23, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Justin, who has a question about what to delete during a content audit. He asks where he should draw the line on a piece of content to be deleted, based on views? How does he make that decision without removing a piece of co…
0870: How Do I Serve Two Specific Audience Segments for My Business?
May 22, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from James, who has a question about the strategy behind serving different clients. Should he create two landing pages to target each audience? What about two separate websites for each specific audience segment? Do you have …
0869: How Do You Find the Right Work-Life Balance if You Work at Home?
May 19, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who has a question about separating family and work when you work from home. How do you find the time for your work and the time for your family? What are some tips to make sure the two are separate? How do you find t…
0868: Do You Have Any Advice for Taking Constructive Criticism?
May 18, 2017 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who has a question about taking constructive criticism. Where does he draw the line between implementing the suggestions of his audience and not? How should he handle receiving criticism? Do I go to anyone specifically…
0867: How Can I Apply the Popularity of One Podcast Episode to My Other Episodes?
May 17, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Alexander, who has a question about how to take the popularity of one podcast episode and apply to other, less popular podcast episodes. How can he get more people to listen to his other podcast episodes? What can he do to g…
0866: What Project Management Tool Do You Recommend for Collaboration?
May 16, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Leah, who has a question about collaborating on a project with others. What resources can she use to collaborate on the project? Is there a specific collaboration or project management tool that you recommend? In this ep…
0865: How Long Should It Take to Produce My Podcast Episodes?
May 15, 2017 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Rob, who has a question about how long it should take to edit each individual podcast episode. How long should he spend on podcast editing? Is there a way to improve efficiency and productivity for his podcast production? Ca…
0864: What Are Your Tips for Using News and Media Icons for Social Proof?
May 12, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Kelly, who has a question about using news and press icons. Where do you get those press or media icons, such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times? Do you make press logos or icons yourself? Kelly’s websit…
0863: Where Should I Start to Create My Own Video Studio at Home?
May 11, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who has a question about building his own video studio at home. Where should he start? What kind of camera should I pick up for my in-home video studio? What microphone and sound equipment do you recommend? What about …
0862: People Are Using My Images Without Giving Me Credit. What Can I Do?
May 10, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Christine, who has a question about people using her images online without giving credit. Is it too much to ask that people properly credit her images? What can she do to prevent people from using her images without her perm…
0861: How Do I Validate My YouTube Channel?
May 9, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Ron, who has a question about validating his YouTube channel. To start, who should he reach out to for video validation? How can he validate his YouTube channel? How can he get viewers to purchase the toys that his videos ad…
0860: What Inventory Management Tool Do You Recommend?
May 8, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Ash, who has a question about keeping a physical product inventory. How can I create a central inventory for my physical products? What are some effective ways to keep track of my inventory? What inventory management platfor…
0859: Should I Promote My YouTube Channel on My Website?
May 5, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from John, who has a question about promoting his YouTube channel. Should he promote his YouTube channel on his website? Should he keep his website and YouTube channel separate? What are some YouTube promotion tips? In this ep…
0858: What Are the Pros and Cons of Sharing Personal Information with My Audience?
May 4, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Darcie, who has a question about building her email list. How can she bring attention to her email list? What is the value of sharing personal information as an entrepreneur? What are the pros and cons of sharing personal in…
0857: How Can I Become More Comfortable in Public Speaking or in Front of a Camera?
May 3, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Brandon, who has a question about being comfortable and natural on camera. What are some public speaking tips? How can he become more comfortable in front of a camera? Brandon is the owner of Vegetable, a farm-to-food truck …
0856: How Should I Use Live Video to Answer Questions from My Audience?
May 2, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Brandon, who has a question about live video. What live video platforms should he experiment with? Should he use live video to answer questions from his audience? Should he use Facebook Live? Brandon’s website is http://Stud…
0855: What Calls to Action Should I Use to Convert Podcast Listeners to Subscribers?
May 1, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Cesar, who has a question about creating calls to action to convert podcast listeners to subscribers. How do you craft the perfect call to action? What calls to action should I use to acquire more email subscribers? In t…
0854: How Do I Effectively and Concisely Answer Questions from My Audience?
Apr 28, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tammy, who has a question about answering questions from her audience. What system should she use to answer questions from her audience? What are some tips to make sure her answers are natural and genuine? How should she org…
0853: What Are the Best Practices for Submitting My Podcast to iTunes?
Apr 27, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who has a question about submitting a podcast to iTunes. Should he submit his podcast to iTunes now? Should he wait to submit his show when he has multiple episodes? Should he launch with just one episode? Is there a …
0852: What Are Five Business Lessons You’ve Picked Up from The Walking Dead?
Apr 26, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Maverick, who has a question about business tips from The Walking Dead television show. What are five business lessons I have picked up from watching The Walking Dead? Maverick’s website is at http://HellIsFull.net. On t…
0851: What’s the Best Follow-Up Email Etiquette?
Apr 25, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Adam, who has a question about following up after his initial email. How should he reach out to people for potential partnerships or after he’s pitched an idea? How long should he wait to send a follow-up email? What’s the e…
0850: Should I Use an External Hard Drive to Back Up My Podcast Content Storage?
Apr 24, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who has a question about podcast content storage. Should he store his podcast content online? What about using an external hard drive as backup storage? Is there another place to store his podcast content on his podca…
0849: How Should I Organize and Categorize My Blog Post Tags?
Apr 21, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Brad, who has a question about blog categories and blog post tagging. Should he re-categorize his blog posts? What should he do about blog post tags? How should he organize the tags on his blog? what’s the benefit of blog po…
0848: Why Don’t You Use YouTube Video Annotations?
Apr 20, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Vegard, who has a question about annotations for YouTube videos. Why don’t I use a lot of annotations on YouTube videos for Smart Passive Income? What are some alternatives to YouTube annotations? What’s working right now fo…
0847: How Do I Boost Ebook Sales?
Apr 19, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jules, who has a question about boosting ebook sales. What can she do to selling more ebooks? Should she revise the book and relaunch it? Should she reformat the ebook to improve sales? Should she add her book to Amazon’s Ki…
0846: Is It Possible to Rank High for Five Keywords in Search Engine Rankings?
Apr 18, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who has a question about search engine rankings for specific keywords. Is it possible to rank high for five specific keywords? How can he be sure his website is ranking high across the country, and not just regionally?…
0845: How Do I Grow My Email List with My Email List?
Apr 17, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who has a question about growing his email list by using his email list. He has about 30k people on his list, so how does he continue growing his list by tapping into his audience? What are some email marketing best p…
0844: How Can I Incorporate Ecommerce Solutions Into My Website?
Apr 14, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who has a question about incorporating ecommerce into a WordPress website. What ecommerce tools should he use on his WordPress website? How should he add ecommerce into his website? What are some ways he can take pa…
0843: What Is The One Thing You’ve Done Well to Make SPI Successful?
Apr 13, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Adam, who has a question about the one thing I’ve done well in my business. Since I talk a lot about my failures in business, he’s curious about the one thing I’ve done well. What is that one thing? How can Adam take this on…
0842: I Haven’t Been Able to Grow My Business. What Am I Missing?
Apr 12, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who has a question about growing his business. He’s doing the right things in his business and has followed my advice. What is he missing? What opportunities are there for Glenn to take advantage of for his business? …
0841: Should I Use My Own Website for Podcast Hosting?
Apr 11, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who has a question about hosting his podcast on his website. Should he host his podcast on his website? What are the pros and cons of using his website for podcast hosting? In this episode I mention Libsyn (use th…
0840: How Much Premium Content Should I Give Away for Free?
Apr 10, 2017 • 7 min
AP 0840: How Much Premium Content Should I Give Away for Free? Today’s question comes from Lewis, who has a question about how much premium content he should give away on his blog. Where should he draw the line between offering free content and prem…
0839: I’m New to Online Business. What SPI Content Should I Focus On?
Apr 7, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who has a question about whether or not the Smart Passive Income podcast archive is still relevant. Are niche websites still relevant? What content should he focus on when he’s just starting out in online business? …
0838: How Do I Create a Podcast Intro By Myself?
Apr 6, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Nara, who has a question about creating a podcast intro by herself. What should she do to create an audio intro for her podcast? What are the main components of a good podcast intro? Where can she find inspiration to apply t…
0837: How Do I Ask My Clients for Money without Seeming Pushy?
Apr 5, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Gianna, who has a question about how she should reach out to her audience. What is the best way to reach out to her audience without seeming too pushy or sleazy? Should she set up an email series to connect with her audience…
0836: Should I Start a New Email List to Align with My New Blog?
Apr 4, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jeanette, who has a question about starting a new email list to align with the change in direction of her blog. Should she create a new email list or use the existing email list? Does she start from scratch with the new visi…
0835: How Do I Figure Out What My Audience Will Pay Me For?
Apr 3, 2017 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Justin, who has a question about creating a product or something his audience will pay for. How can he start introducing paid content or products with the free stuff he’s already giving away? What are some cost-effective way…
0834: Does My Website Color Matter?
Mar 31, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Alexander, who is planning a website for the food and website industry. Does the main color of the site matter? Is there a bad choice? Do you have a question about your website design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0833: I’m 11. Can I Start a Business?
Mar 30, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Maya, and it’s the kind I love! She asks if she is able to start a business at the age of eleven. Maya’s mom’s site is http://www.familyfuntwincities.com/. In this episode, I talk about EvanTubeHD (https://www.youtube.com…
0832: How Much Free Content Should I Give Away with My Online Course?
Mar 29, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Richard, who has a question about how much free content he should add within his online course. How much content should he give for free as a teaser for his online course? What are some ways I can show how valuable my online…
0831: If I Credit the Author of the Music, Can I Add Their Songs to My Podcast?
Mar 28, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Dave, who has a question about adding songs to his podcast. Can he add music that is not his? Even if he credits the author of the music, can he add that to his podcast? If any, what are the licensing and legal implications?…
0830: How Do I Make the Most Out of My Content with Tutorials?
Mar 27, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Dan, who has a question about tutorials. Where does he start in tutorial creation? Should he first start with YouTube? Does he post that on his blog? How does he make the most out of the content he’s creating while growing h…
0829: As a Teenager, How Do I Create a Niche Product for a Wider Audience?
Mar 24, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Muj, who has a question about creating a niche product as a teenager. How does he overcome the age obstacle? What can he do to create a niche product from the perspective of a teenager that will still be relevant for a wide …
0828: Can I Use Images from Google on My Website?
Mar 23, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Glen, who has a question about image use on his website. Can he use images from Google on his website? What are some good alternatives to iStock or other stock image websites? Are there free to use images on Google? What are…
0827: Should I Create a Website to Promote My Book?
Mar 22, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Andre, who has a question about promoting his new book. Should he create a website for his book? What other promotion opportunities does he have? What else can he do to get the word out about his new book? How does he expand…
0826: How Does the SPI Pro Theme Compare to Other WordPress Themes?
Mar 21, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Vitaliy, who has a question about the SPI Pro Theme and how it compares with other premium WordPress themes. What is the difference between the SPI Pro Theme and other WordPress themes? What are the pros and cons? In this…
0825: How Do I Determine If My Niche Is Right for an Online Course?
Mar 20, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Sarah, who has a question about how she determines if her niche is a good one for an online course. How does she determine if her niche and topic are right for an online course? What can she do to drum up interest in her onl…
0824: How Do I Look For and Land Interviews for My Podcast?
Mar 17, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Ashley, who has a question about looking for and landing interviews for her new podcast. Where should she start in finding the right people to interview? What are some tips to reaching out to people for interviews? Since she…
0823: I Purchased an App. As a Non-Developer, How Do I Serve My Audience the App?
Mar 16, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Kris, who has a question about supporting and serving her audience with an app she purchased. As a non-developer, what should she do? Should she hire someone to help with the development of the app? Does she learn the softwa…
0822: I Am Doing a Content Audit. Do I Delete Content? Set Up Redirects?
Mar 15, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Katie, who has a question about the SEO impact of deleting old content and setting up redirects for her website. Should she delete her content that’s under 300 words? Should she set up 301 redirects or 410 redirects? What is…
0821: How Do I Start Making Money Online as a New Entrepreneur?
Mar 14, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who has a question about how entrepreneurs start making money online when they’re first starting out. What should he do first to start making money online? Where should he start when he doesn’t yet have an audience? Ho…
0820: What Steps Should I Take to Get My Content Into a Consistent Schedule?
Mar 13, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Greg, who has a question about content scheduling. How does he determine how to get his content into an actionable format? What steps should he take to get his content into a consistent schedule? How should he organize and p…
0819: What Blog Post Types Should I Launch My New Blog With?
Mar 10, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who has a question about creating one large blog post to launch his new blog. Should he create one epic blog post to launch his new blog? What other content should he create to launch his blog? As his blog grows, how d…
0818: Should I Separate Multiple Podcasts or Put Them Under the Same Podcast Network?
Mar 9, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who has a question about managing a variety of different podcasts. If he has a variety of different themed shows, should he keep them under the same brand and website? Does starting a podcast network make sense? Or sho…
0817: I’m An Online Educator. Should I Create a Subscription Service or an Online Course?
Mar 8, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Amirra, who has a question about creating a subscription service and creating an online course in the education space. Should she create a subscription service or create an online course? Is there room for both as an educato…
0816: I Have a New Podcast. What Can I Do to Build My Podcast Audience?
Mar 7, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Teresa, who has a question about building an audience for her new podcast. What should she focus on first to reach and grow her audience? Is Instagram a good platform to promote her podcast? How can she focus on her niche an…
0815: I’ve Received Negative Feedback on My Writing. Should I Quit or Hire Help?
Mar 6, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tyler, who has a question about writing with a learning disability. Should he throw in the towel after receiving some negative feedback about his writing? What can he do to overcome this obstacle? How can he improve upon the…
0814: My Website Is Doing Well. Now How Do I Monetize It?
Mar 3, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Max, who has a question about monetizing his website. How does he monetize his website? What can he do to incorporate and improve Google AdSense for his website monetization? What are his options for private advertising on h…
0813: I’m Starting a YouTube Channel. What Should My Videos Cover?
Mar 2, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Otis, who has a question about starting a YouTube channel. How can he determine what topics his videos should cover? Otis’s website is at http://www.lakecitytactical.com/. Do you have a question about YouTube? Record i…
0812: Should I Host a Webinar to Help Grow My List?
Mar 1, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who has a question about using webinars to grow his list. Should he wait until he has a big audience to host a webinar? Can he use a webinar to grow his audience? Jeff’s website is at http://www.newmiddleclassdad.com/….
0811: I Started a Business But Forgot to Collect Data. What Now? How Can I Better Collect Data on My Customers?
Feb 28, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tyron, who has a question about collecting data on his customers. How does he better collect data on his customers? What are some ways he can monetize that data? How can he start marketing to his list? What is the best way t…
0810: Are Business Cards a Necessary Part of Starting a Business?
Feb 27, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who has a question about business cards. Should he create business cards when he first starts his business? Does he bring business cards with him when he goes to conferences? What are some strategies to use to connect…
0809: Should I Create Show Notes, Why, and What Resources Can I Use to Manage My Show Notes?
Feb 24, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Bill, who has a question about engagement and traffic from podcast show notes. How much engagement and traffic do I get from my show notes? Could he get away with skipping show notes? What should he include in his show notes…
0808: What Makes a Successful Mastermind Group?
Feb 23, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jennifer, who has a question about building a successful mastermind group. What is the best structure of a mastermind group? What kinds of topics should they discuss? How can they best leverage each other? Jennifer’s website…
0807: How Do I Identify My True Fans?
Feb 22, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Barry, who has a question about Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). How does he identify which of his fans are his true fans? What’s the best way to follow up with these people? How can…
0806: I Want to Develop a Routine Around Online Business Metrics. Where Should I Start and What Should I Focus On?
Feb 21, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Matthew, who has a question about developing routines around online business metrics. Which metrics do I find the most important? Which are my favorite tools for monitoring performance? Do I have any daily, weekly, and month…
0805: If I Don’t Have a Relevant College Degree for My Industry, Does it Matter? How Does that Affect My Impact?
Feb 20, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Richard, who has a question about the importance of having a relevant college degree for the type of industry blog you run. Should he have a Bachelor Degree in Sport Science to run a successful lifestyle and fitness blog? Wi…
0804: I Am a Young Parent. How Do I Find Time to Exercise as a Parent?
Feb 17, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Dave, who has a question about how to balance time for fitness and time for kids. How can he fit in time to exercise when he has kids? Do you have tips for young parents who want to find time for healthy activities with kids…
0803: How Do I Separate the Auto-Responses to My Emails from the Real Responses?
Feb 16, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Simone, who has a question about separating auto-responses from real responses in her inbox. How can she make sure that she can easily find and respond to actual responses from her emails? What are some tips she can use to b…
0802: I Want to Inspire Others with Affiliate Marketing. How Do I Start and Achieve Results?
Feb 15, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jorge, who has a question about achieving results from affiliate marketing. How does he start building affiliate income? And how can he connect with the Filipino community specifically with my affiliate marketing? Where can …
0801: What Can I Do to Promote My Book on My Blog?
Feb 14, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Randy, who has a question about promoting his book on his blog. What if he feels like he doesn’t have much more to say outside of the book? Should he keep his blog going? What should he write about to promote his book? Randy…
0800: How Should I Reach Out to My Audience to Start Growing My Email List?
Feb 13, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Craig, who has a question about reaching out personally to his audience to start growing his email list. What should he include in the email to make an impact? How can he better personalize emails? What should be the ask be …
0799: Should I Spend Time in a Competitor’s Facebook Group?
Feb 10, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who has a small Facebook community as a part of his website. There is a similar, much larger Facebook community that is not his where he could also be active and may potentially attract new users to his site. How shoul…
0798: Should I Charge for the Business Directory on My Website?
Feb 9, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who has a directory of service providers on his website. Should he be charging businesses to get listed in this directory, or should he continue to list people and businesses for free? Michael’s site is http://www.e…
0797: How Can I Improve How I Sound on a Microphone?
Feb 8, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Andres, who is looking for some advice on improving his skills in front of the microphone. I share my advice for leveling up your microphone skills. Do you have a question about podcasting and recording? Record it at http…
0796: How Much Should I Spend on Facebook Ads?
Feb 7, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Otis, who asks about Facebook ads. How does he know how much he should spend each month? Otis’s site is http://lakecitytactical.com/. Do you have a question about Facebook advertising? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0795: Should I Make My Product Available for a Limited Time Only?
Feb 6, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who is planning for an upcoming product launch. Should he consider making the product available for a limited time only? Paul’s website is http://photographytv.com/. Paul talks about Smart Passive Income Podcast #16…
0794: I Need to Rebrand My Site. Should I Migrate to a New URL?
Feb 3, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tim, who asks about rebranding his site, which has grown beyond its original focus. Should he keep the original URL, or migrate his site to a different URL? Tim’s site is http://androidpcreview.com/. Tim talks about how I…
0793: How Do I Build My Website’s Business Directory?
Feb 2, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Simone, who asks about building a business directory on her website. How can she encourage new businesses to sign up? I’ve used business directories on my niche site Security Guard Training HQ (http://www.securityguardtra…
0792: Which Video Host Is Best for Online Courses?
Feb 1, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Marie, who is building an online course for kids. What is the best tool to use for delivering video and keeping them protected? In this episode, I discuss how I use video on my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcast…
0791: How Do I Make Sure My Email Subscribers Get the Right Resources?
Jan 31, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Oz, who has a question about using email autoresponders and landing pages together. How can he make sure that people who are subscribed to one segment get the resources offered by other his other campaigns? Oz is using …
0790: Why Do You Put Your Name and Date on Blog Images?
Jan 30, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Andre, who asks about my blog images on the SPI blog. Why do I put both my name and my date on them? Andre’s website is http://www.asmallinvestment.com/. Andre is referencing the images you see at the Smart Passive Income…
0789: Can I Start a Blog Before I Choose My Business Name?
Jan 27, 2017 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Kit, who hasn’t chosen her company name yet. Can she still start a blog without choosing a name? Kit mentions using the lessons from my book Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com) to start her business. If you are starti…
0788: What Is the Best Method for a New Blogger to Build Traffic?
Jan 26, 2017 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Sean, who asks about building traffic to his blog. Which method is best for a new blog: SEO or content marketing? Sean’s site is http://flighttrainingpro.com. I recommend using Yoast SEO WordPress plugin to help you inclu…
0787: If I Have Multiple Businesses, Do They Need Separate LLCs?
Jan 25, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Jacob, who asks about business structure. Should multiple businesses operate under the same LLC, or should each business have a separate legal entity? The first business I started is Green Exam Academy (formerly called In…
0786: What Should I Share When I Teach People How to Start a Business?
Jan 24, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who lives in Ghana and is looking to build a site teaching others how to start online businesses in Africa. What specifically should he document? Eric’s site is http://www.internetbusinessafrica.com/. I share my tho…
0785: How Do I Set Up an Online Store for Selling Physical Products?
Jan 23, 2017 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who has some questions about setting up a shopping cart for his website. Which is the best one for his needs, with include considerations for shipping physical goods? I recommend checking out ShipStation (http://ww…
0784: Should I Share My Amazon Affiliate Link for My Product?
Jan 20, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Brent, who is selling a product on his website, but it is also available on Amazon. Should he let people know they can buy the product on Amazon, rather than directly from him? Should he share the affiliate link? Brent’s web…
0783: How Do I Test Business Ideas with Facebook Ads?
Jan 19, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Ciaran, who asks about business idea validation using Facebook ads. If you’re testing three different ideas with Facebook, do you need three separate landing pages? Do the landing pages need to be on different domains, or ca…
0782: Will Redesigning My Website Hurt My SEO?
Jan 18, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Denise, who asks about redesigning a website. What steps should she take during the redesign to maintain her site’s search ranking? Will redesigning the navigation negatively impact the SEO? In this episode I talk about p…
0781: How Do I Get Health Insurance and Other Benefits When I Become Self-Employed?
Jan 17, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from James, who is building his business on the side while he continues to work his day job. How does he prepare himself to become a full-time entrepreneur, looking specifically at day-job benefits like health insurance? I tal…
0780: What Happens When My I Validate My Business Idea, But My Customers Leave?
Jan 16, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Nathan, who validated a business idea, but the customers didn’t last. Is that a sign that the business idea isn’t good? Nathan’s site is http://honeybunnybaking.com/. Nathan talks about my book Will It Fly? (http://willit…
0779: Is It Better to Niche Down or Target a Broader Market?
Jan 13, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who has a question about niching down. How does he niche down his website and his course? Should he target a specific niche, or a broader market? How specific should his target market be? Brian’s website is at http://…
0778: How Can I Be More Successful With My Online Business? From Editorial Calendars to iTunes Categories
Jan 12, 2017 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Steve, who has a number of essential online business questions. Would Pat be as successful if he wasn’t let go? How do you define success in online business? Should he post his editorial calendar online or will Google penali…
0777: How Do I Market and Validate My Online Course Idea?
Jan 11, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Bobby, who has a question about marketing his online course. If he has already built his online course, how does he collect students? What should be his focus: research or promo video? What can he do to validate the course i…
0776: I Want to Create a Membership Site. What Do I Need to Know to Start One?
Jan 10, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Cynthia, who has a question about creating a membership site. How does she set up a membership site? Should she create a pilot group first? What are some steps she should take before launching a membership site? Cynthia’s we…
0775: How Can I Get My Kids Interested in Entrepreneurship?
Jan 9, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jeanette, who has a question about instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in her kids. How does she get her kids interested in entrepreneurship? What is a good age to start showing her kids the tools of the trade? What kinds …
0774: How Do I Stay Motivated and Productive Once I Achieve a Comfortable Level of Success?
Jan 6, 2017 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tom, who has a question about staying motivated and productive when you reach a comfortable level of success in your business. What can he do to motivate himself to keep going? How does he keep moving forward and creating go…
0773: I Want to Create a Website Like Green Exam Academy. How Do I Start?
Jan 5, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Gabriel, who has a question about starting a niche website with a supplemental online course for his audience. How does he create a niche website? What can he do to create a unique mark in his market? How does he determine w…
0772: What Is the Ideal Length for Emails?
Jan 4, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Rachel, who has a question about the ideal length for emails. What is the best word count for her emails? Should she try to target a specific length for her emails? What should she focus on in her emails? In this episode,…
0771: What Is a Good Earnings Per Click Number for Online Ads?
Jan 3, 2017 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Sarah, who has a question about earnings per click numbers for online ads. What is a good earnings per click number? How much money can she make with online paid advertising? When is it not worth her time to spend money on e…
0770: How Do I Balance My Full-Time Job with My Side Business?
Jan 2, 2017 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Andrew, who has a question about balancing his side business with his full-time job. How does he balance his side business with his full-time job? If you love your day job but also want to grow your side gig, how do you comm…
0769: How Can I Set My Blog Content Up for Success?
Dec 30, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jeremy, who wants to set himself up for success. What are the steps he can take now to structure his blog properly and to make sure the content he creates is worth keeping in the future? Jeremy references Smart Passive In…
0768: How Will a Website Redesign Impact My Affiliate Earnings?`
Dec 29, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Joey, who would like to redesign his website. How can he redesign his Amazon Affiliate site without killing its current earnings? Do you have a question about your website design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. T…
0767: How Do I Increase My Local Web Traffic?
Dec 28, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Stephen, who asks about local promotion. How do you increase your in-person and web traffic from a local audience? Stephen’s site is http://mountainfreshmedia.com/. The sites I discuss are Yelp (https://www.yelp.com/minne…
0766: I Want to Upgrade My Website. What Do I Need to Know?
Dec 27, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jan, who is looking to upgrade her website. What is a 301 redirect? Can she use other template websites and still maintain her Google ranking? Jan’s site is http://www.coloradolash.com/. Jan’s first website was built by V…
0765: What Email Marketing Incentives Can a DJ or Artist Use?
Dec 26, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from DJ D’Loose, who asks about how to get people signed up to his email list. Traditional incentives like ebooks don’t apply for this type of business. Share your advice and ideas on Twitter using #AskPat765. Do you have a qu…
0764: What’s the Best Way to Use Medium?
Dec 23, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jon, who asks about using the site Medium (http://medium.com) like guest posting. Should he put in links back to his main site in his posts on Medium.com? Jon’s site is http://www.moneysmartguides.com/. Do you have a ques…
0763: What Interview Questions Should I Ask My Guests?
Dec 22, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who asks about interviewing. How should he determine which questions to ask his guests when interviewing? Jason’s site is http://www.digitaltoolsofthetrade.com/. Do you have a question about interviewing? Record it…
0762: What Are Best Practices for Exploring Long-Tail Keyword Searches?
Dec 21, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who is looking to start a new niche site, but needs some advice on long-tail keyword searches. How can he find an under-used market? Jason’s site is http://www.canonblogger.com/. For advice on market research, chec…
0761: If I’m Selling on Amazon, Do I Need a Separate Website?
Dec 20, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from VK, who asks about selling seasonal items on Amazon. Does he need to set up a website to go along with his Amazon listings, or is it okay just to use Amazon and his email list? If you are just getting started, learn how t…
0760: How Do I Get Exposure for My New Website?
Dec 19, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Brandi, who is feeling overwhelmed by the existing competition in her market. Is it even worth getting started? How can she get access to big name media properties for exposure? Also, how does she add the ability to ask audi…
0759: How Do You Handle Spammy One-Star Reviews in iTunes?
Dec 16, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about dealing with one-star iTunes ratings and reviews for his podcast. How do you handle poor reviews? What happens if those one-star ratings come from spam or online trolls? How do you deal with…
0758: What Should I Know When it Comes to Getting Sponsors for My Podcast?
Dec 15, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jonathan, who has a question about podcast sponsors. Do you sign a contract with podcast sponsors, or is it a hand shake deal? What details should you consider when you sign on new sponsors for your podcast? What do you look…
0757: When Do I Use Follow Links and When Do I Use No-Follow Links?
Dec 14, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Michelle, who has a question about follow links and no-follow links. What is the difference between follow links and no-follow links? When do you use follow links, and when do you use no-follow links? What is the their purpo…
0756: How Can I Help My Audience Promote and Sell Their Art Online?
Dec 13, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Jules, who has a question about helping her audience learn how to promote and sell their art online. Should you create an ebook for your audience? What about creating an online course, even if it is takes more time? What sho…
0755: How Often Should I Create Content for My Blog, Podcast, or Video Platform?
Dec 12, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Gordon, who has a question about the volume of blog content he should be creating. How often do you need to create new content for your audience? Is there a sweet spot for specific platforms, such as a podcast, website, and …
0754: How Can I Grow My Podcast Audience?
Dec 9, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who has a podcast and wants to find new subscribers. What’s the best way to bring in new listeners? Is Facebook advertising recommended? Chris’s site is http://www.parentnormal.com/. If you’re thinking about starti…
0753: Should I Record My Audiobook Myself?
Dec 8, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kris and Kit, who ask about recording audiobooks. What advice do you have for recording? Should you do it yourself or hire someone? Kris and Kit’s site is http://gomousescouts.com/. I have used Upwork for finding a voiceo…
0752: Can I Start an Online Business in English? It’s Not My First Language.
Dec 7, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Mohamed, who is interested in starting an online business. English is not the primary language where he lives. Is there anything he should do differently? Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at htt…
0751: How Much Writing Do I Need for My Podcast’s Website?
Dec 6, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Karyn, who is planning a podcast. How much writing does she need to do to support her podcast? Karyn’s site is http://melbourneseast.com.au/. If you’re starting a podcast, check out my free podcasting tutorial (http://www…
0750: How Much Blog Content Should I Have Prepared Pre-Launch?
Dec 5, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who is planning to start a blog. Should he launch right away, or should he wait until he has a backlog of posts banked up? What is the right order, between writing, setting up email, and launching? Do you have a que…
0749: What Would You Do to Make Money Fast?
Dec 2, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Joshua, who has a small budget. What can he do with $100 to start seeing some immediate returns? Joshua’s site is http://creatingcomfortable.com/. Check out Ramit Sethi’s course Earn $1K (http://askpat.com/earn1k). Do y…
0748: Why Is My Email Bounce Rate Increasing?
Dec 1, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Sean, who has watched the bounce rate on his emails steadily increase. Should he be concerned about this? Sean’s site is http://www.worldsfastesthypnotist.com/. In this episode, I talk about the book, The Power of Habit (…
0747: How Do I Add Value to My YouTube Video’s Blog Post?
Nov 30, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Ryan, who has a website and YouTube channel that focuses on DIY projects. How can he add value to his YouTube video’s project posts? Ryan’s site is http://doingwhatever.com/. You can find Corbett Barr’s website at https…
0746: Should I Build Seasonal Websites?
Nov 29, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Amine, who asks about building websites around specific date-based events, like the Olympics or holidays and monetizing them with affiliate offers and advertising. Is this a good niche site strategy? Benny Hsu’s website…
0745: How Do I Set Up a Price Increase Strategy with Email Automation?
Nov 28, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who asks about selling through email automation. How does he properly tag subscribers so that they are offered increasing prices over time? Do you have a question about email automation? Record it at http://www.ask…
0744: Can I Use Affiliate Links for My Book Club?
Nov 25, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Amanda, who is planning to have a book club as part of her website. Is it okay to ask her readers to use her affiliate link when they buy the recommended books? Check out my book club at http://www.patsbookclub.com. Do yo…
0743: As My Audience Grows, How Do I Keep the Personal Touch?
Nov 24, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, whose website is growing. He appreciates the 1:1 interaction he has with his readers right now, but that won’t scale. How can he keep the connection with his readers when he can’t have as deep of an interaction with ea…
0742: When I Launch a Forum, How Can I Make Sure I Have Users from Day One?
Nov 23, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Andy, who is planning to launch a forum on his site. How can he launch it with a big enough pool of users from day one? Andy’s site is http://iporada.com/. Andy mentions my post on how to keep a forum active: http://www.s…
0741: Should I Sell to My Whole Email List or Just to a Segment?
Nov 22, 2016 • 10 min
AP 0741: Should I Sell to My Whole Email List or Just to a Segment? Today’s question comes from Tracy, who asks about selling to her email list. Should she pitch her product to her entire list or just to a targeted segment? Tracy’s site is http://mu…
0740: How Early Is Too Early to Market My Product Launch?
Nov 21, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Huw, who is planning ahead for a launch in four months. How early is too early to start the marketing for this launch? Huw’s YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/HuwsNursery. For more on launches, check out …
0739: Should I Start with an Ebook or a Video Series?
Nov 18, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Mary, who is a college professor and is planning to create both an ebook and a video series based on a topic she teaches. Which should she focus on first? For more on creating an ebook, check out my guide Ebooks the Smart…
0738: What Should I Have on My Homepage?
Nov 17, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Brad, who asks a great question about his website. What makes a good homepage? What content should he have and how does he make it useful to his readers? Brad’s site is http://growmilkweedplants.com/. We talk about the de…
0737: How Can I Grow My Email List with a WordPress.com Website?
Nov 16, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Leslie, who has a question about building email lists. What email marketing plugins works best for a WordPress.com (not self-hosted) site? How do you grow your email list without a self-hosted website platform? Leslie’s webs…
0736: What Writing Tools Can I Use While I’m Traveling?
Nov 15, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Frank, who has a question about writing blog posts while traveling. What do you do while you’re offline? Do you recommend any offline writing tips and tools so you can maintain productivity? Frank’s website is at http://www….
0735: How Do I Increase My Conversion Rates for Amazon Associates?
Nov 14, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Pascal, who has a question about conversion rates for Amazon Associates. How do you increase your conversion rates? Are there other products you can promote to increase your affiliate income? What are some specific ways you …
0734: How Can I Monetize My Niche Website?
Nov 11, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Phil, who has a question about monetizing a niche website. How do you find affiliates to work with your niche business? Where do you look for affiliates? How do you get your website visitors to comment on your website, espec…
0733: Should I Start a YouTube Channel to Complement My Website?
Nov 10, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Ernie, who has a question about starting a YouTube channel. Should you start a YouTube channel to complement your website and brand? What types of videos can you add to your channel and your website? How do you enhance your …
0732: What Are Some Key Tips for Crafting My Podcast Episode Titles?
Nov 9, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Z, who has a question about podcast episode titles. What are the pros and cons of using episode numbers? What should you keep in mind when you craft your podcast episode titles? Can you change the titles later after you publ…
0731: How Can I Keep Track of My Sales Funnels as I Grow My Business?
Nov 8, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Henry, who has a question about how to keep track of his sales funnels. How does he make his website scalable as he grows? Are there any specific strategies to put in place to make his funnels more efficient and simpler? Hen…
0730: How Do I Troubleshoot My Podcast Feed When I’m Missing Episodes?
Nov 7, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about missing podcast episodes in iTunes. What do you do if your feed is missing episodes? What do you do if your iTunes feed is not working right? How do you validate your podcast feed? What do you…
0729: Should I Separate My Products into Different Sites?
Nov 4, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Ryan, who sells posters in different niches. He’s selling them from the same store; should he separate them into different sites? Ryan’s site is http://designdifferent.ca/. Do you have a question about selling products on…
0728: Can I Set Up Multiple Websites on a Single Domain?
Nov 3, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Joshua, who has a question about hosting plans. Is there any downside to setting up multiple websites on a single hosting environment? Joshua’s site is http://informationtechnologytraining.biz/. The dedicated server I use…
0727: Is Fiverr a Good Place to Find Writers?
Nov 2, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Dan, who asks about using Fiverr. Is it a good source for finding writers to help with his site’s content? Find Fiverr at http://fiverr.com/. I prefer Upwork (http://askpat.com/upwork) or the Problogger Job Board (http://…
0726: When Can I Start Selling to My Audience?
Nov 1, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Brandon, who asks about selling to his audience. How large of an audience does he need before he begins selling things? Brandon’s site is http://www.startupmusician.co/. The episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast wit…
0725: How Do I Keep My Video Course Private?
Oct 31, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who is planning to sell a video course. How does he keep his course private? Brian’s site is http://www.coachingclarity.org/. Brian mentions the course hosting site Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/), as well as the vi…
0724: Which Business Training Course Is Best?
Oct 28, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Lauren, who asks about online business training courses. Which is best for her? The courses Lauren mentions are Internet Business Mastery (http://askpat.com/ibm) and Ramit Sethi’s Zero to Launch (http://askpat.com/ztl). I…
0723: How Early Is Too Early to Start Social Media? Can I Start Before I Build My Website?
Oct 27, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Taj, who has claimed his social media accounts but has not started using them yet. Is it too early to start posting if he’s not ready to start his business yet? Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http…
0722: How Do I Improve My Podcasting Guest’s Audio?
Oct 26, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Garrett, who has an interview podcast that he records through Skype. How can he improve the audio quality from his guests? Garrett’s site is http://www.thesquadroom.net/. The tool I recommend trying is Auphonic (https://a…
0721: How Can I Stand Out on Fiverr?
Oct 25, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Riley, who asks how to promote himself better on Fiverr. What can he do to stand out? Also, should he build his own website? Riley talks about the work he does on Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/). Do you have a question a…
0720: What Are the Ethics of Ghostwriting and Guest Posting?
Oct 24, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Travis, who asks about the ethics of working with ghostwriters and guest writers. Is it ethical to use ghostwriters for blog posts published under your own name? How do you involve guest writers on your site while still main…
0719: What Tools Can I Use to Estimate Website Traffic?
Oct 21, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Corey, who has a question about the right tools for estimating website traffic. What are the best tools I can use to estimate web traffic of my competitors? Are there other things I should be looking at for website rankings,…
0718: What Can I Do to Separate Myself From My Competitors Without Burning Bridges?
Oct 20, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Aaron, who has a question about communicating with your competition without burning bridges. How can we support each other without creating conflict? Is there room for building relationships with your competitors? What are s…
0717: How Do You Organize Your Website to Better Serve Your Audience?
Oct 19, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jessica, who has a question about organizing the content on her website. Is it okay to have different types of videos on your website? Where do I put those videos? How do you build your website to make your brand more clear …
0716: What Are The Best Ways to Engage with Inactive Email List Subscribers?
Oct 18, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who has question about the “cold subscribers” on email lists. What are the pros and cons of engaging with cold, or inactive, subscribers? Should I delete my bounced subscribers? What are the best ways to reach out with…
0715: How Can I Leverage My Book to Support and Monetize My Brand?
Oct 17, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jeanette, who has a question about how her new book can help build her brand and monetize her website. How do I use my book to help promote my brand? What can I do to connect my book to my website? Can the book help me build…
0714: Can I Use Someone Else’s Trademarked Brand in My Website URL?
Oct 14, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jake, who is interested in starting a niche site aimed at iPhone users. Is it okay to use the term “iPhone” in his website URL? Jake’s website is http://www.goodnightjakeandtraci.com/. I have experience with this issue fr…
0713: How Do I Keep My Eyes Healthy When I Spend All Day in Front of a Computer?
Oct 13, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Zubin, who is fatigued by spending so much time in front of his computer. What would I recommend to keep eye strain down? The tool I recommend for adjusting screen brightness is Flux (https://justgetflux.com/). Do you…
0712: How Do I Migrate an Email List from AWeber to ConvertKit?
Oct 12, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Rob, who is in the process of migrating his email list from AWeber into ConvertKit. What’s the best way to migrate people from AWeber lists into ConvertKit? I’m an advisor for and big fan of the email service provider Con…
0711: What Should I Focus on Right Now to Grow Business?
Oct 11, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Lucas, who started his animation business a year ago. He needs to grow his business but doesn’t have a significant email list or fan base. What should he focus on right now? Lucas’s website is http://mudbrickstudios.com/. …
0710: Why Haven’t You Created a Niche Site Marketplace?
Oct 10, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who asks why I haven’t built a marketplace for buying and selling successful niche websites. There are several marketplaces available where you can buy and sell niche websites, including Flippa (a past sponsor; htt…
0709: How Much Content Should I Have Before My Blog Launch?
Oct 7, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who in the process of launching a website with a blog. How much content should he have prepared before launch? Here is the FoodTruckr launch post I discuss: http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before…
0708: Would Tim Ferriss’s Business Model Work for Other People?
Oct 6, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Abel, who asks about how Tim Ferriss’s business model compares to mine. Tim doesn’t seem to focus as narrowly on a niche as I do—is that a bad business model? Tim was my guest on Smart Passive Income Episode 51 (http://sm…
0707: What Are the Rules about Using Music in Videos and Podcasts?
Oct 5, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Bryan, who asks about using music in videos and on podcasts. Does he need to buy music or is it sufficient merely to give credit to the artists? Bryan’s site is http://thebusinessplan.co/. You can buy music at iStockPhoto…
0706: How Do I Make My Email Newsletter Valuable?
Oct 4, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Adriaan, who sends a regular newsletter to his clients. How can he “spice up” his newsletter so that it is valuable for his customers? I’m an advisor for and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have mad…
0705: How Can I Get More Questions for My Podcast?
Oct 3, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who has a weekly podcast that relies on listener-submitted questions. How can he ensure that he gets enough submissions on an ongoing basis? Is there a baseline amount of traffic his website needs? Paul’s website is ht…
0704: How Do I Grow My Audience at the Beginning Stages of My Website?
Sep 30, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Khizer, who has a question about growing his audience. How do I grow an email list at the beginning stages of my website? As a musician, are there any unique ways to gain attention? What are some platforms I can use to grow …
0703: How Do You Rebrand a Podcast?
Sep 29, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tim, who has a question about rebranding a podcast. How do I go about rebranding a podcast? Should I rebrand my podcast to reach a wider audience? What are the pros and cons of rebranding? Tim’s website is at http://www.aggr…
0702: Is Udemy a Good Platform for Repurposing Content?
Sep 28, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Keri, who asks about Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/). Is Udemy a good platform for repurposing content? For course hosting, I’m using Teachable (http://teachable.com/). Here’s Udemy’s Course Quality Checklist (https://teac…
0701: How Can I Increase Traffic to My Forum?
Sep 27, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Amy, who has a question about forums. How can she increase traffic on her forum? Should she replace the forum with a different solution? Amy’s site is http://www.mphgrads.com/. Do you have a question about website forums?…
0700: What Is the Upload Process for Video Podcasts?
Sep 26, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Saj, who asks about video podcasting. What is the procedure for posting a video podcast? I recommend using Podbean for your file host (http://www.podbean.com/). Check out my audio podcasting tutorial for more on audio pod…
0699: How Do You Get Your Business Up and Running Without Breaking the Bank?
Sep 23, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tyler, who has a question about what to do if you have a great business idea but don’t have the necessary funds to get started. How do you validate your business idea before spending money? What are a few strategies to get y…
0698: How Do You Shift Your Mindset When You Face Adversity?
Sep 22, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Karyn, who has a question about how she can shift her mindset to overcome adversity. What do you do when you face adversity? What do you do about negative comments on your website? Do you allow yourself time to grieve? How d…
0697: How Do You Start a Niche Website?
Sep 21, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who has a question about how he can create a niche website as someone who’s just starting out. What are the essential elements of a niche website? How do I host a niche website? How do I monetize my niche website? …
0696: How Do You Find Affiliate Links When You’re First Starting Out?
Sep 20, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who has a question about where to go to find affiliate links when you’re first starting out. If you don’t have a big following or recognition in your niche, how do you discover affiliates? Do you launch with Amazon’s a…
0695: How Do I Find the Balance Between Actively Working and Earning a Passive Income?
Sep 19, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who has a question about how he can attain a truly “passive” income. How do I find the right balance of effort and passive income? When do I have the time to stop actively working and start passively reaping the reward…
0694: My Niche Has No Lasting Podcasts. Why Is That?
Sep 16, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jerold, who is in cycling niche. There are no lasting podcasts in this niche—why is that? Jerold’s site is http://www.cargobikelane.com/. If you’re looking to start a podcast, check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www….
0693: If I Want to Link to Other Web Shops, Do I Need to Work with Those Sites?
Sep 15, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. If he wants to link to other web shops from his site, does he need to work with the owners of those sites? In this episode, I talk about Houzz (http://www.houzz.com/). Do you hav…
0692: Should I Worry That I Don’t Enjoy the Business I Started?
Sep 14, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Nick, who has started a business model, but he has discovered that he does not enjoy the work involved in running the business. Nick’s site is https://compassionateman.com/. In this episode I talk about a few exercises fr…
0691: How Often Should Podcasters Ask for Reviews?
Sep 13, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Brad, who has a question about podcasting. How do I feel about podcasters who ask for reviews on a regular basis? Brad’s site is http://89days.net/. Brad mentions my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com)…
0690: Do I Need a Separate Website for Each Client Type?
Sep 12, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from John, who is a photographer with several different client types. Should he build a separate website for each specialty? John’s site is http://naccaratophotography.com/. I recommend Ryan Levesque’s excellent book on how to…
0689: Is Giving Away a Free Ebook a Good Idea?
Sep 9, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Matthew, who has asks about using ConvertKit. Can ConvertKit help him set up a system for delivering ebooks to new email subscribers? Is a free ebook even a good idea? I’m an advisor and big fan of the email service provi…
0688: How Do You Plan Your Editorial Calendar?
Sep 8, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Kamil, who asks about my blog planning process. How do I decide what to do and how often? Kamil’s site is http://www.excelonomia.pl/. Check out Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 215 with my managing editor, Janna Mar…
0687: How Do I Create a Video Podcast?
Sep 7, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Cynthia, who has a huge backlog of YouTube videos. How can she turn these videos into a podcast? Cynthia’s site is http://signbabysign.org/. For audio podcasts, check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutor…
0686: How Important Is It to Thank Readers?
Sep 6, 2016 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Nadeem, who is a real estate agent and is starting a blog. Is it okay to include the “I appreciate you” phrase at the end of posts? In this episode I talk about Gary Vaynerchuk’s social media appreciation (https://www.gar…
0685: Why Doesn’t Your Home Page Have a Feature Box?
Sep 5, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Max, who asks about my new website design. It doesn’t include a feature box on the home page. Why did I leave that out? Max’s site is http://copypulse.com/. Max references Derek Halpern’s critique of my old website design…
0684: Should I Worry about Spam Bots Filling My Email List?
Sep 2, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who asks about spam email list signups. What do you do to keep from getting a list full of spambot accounts? Jason’s site is http://www.thesoundguyisinvisible.com/. I’m an advisor and big fan of the email service p…
0683: How Do You Distribute AskPat T-Shirts?
Sep 1, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kelly, who asks about the AskPat t-shirts. What is the distribution process? Kelly’s site is http://wirededucator.com/. We use Printfection for distribution (http://www.askpat.com/printfection). For collecting questions, …
0682: What Content Does My Niche Website Need?
Aug 31, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Abdul, who has created a niche website and is filling out the content. What content is the most important? Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. A great t…
0681: What Did You Learn from Michael Port’s Public Speaking Course?
Aug 30, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Aaron, who asks about a course I took, Michael Port’s Heroic Public Speaking (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/hps). What did I get from this program? I also recommend SCOREE (http://www.scorreconference.tv/) and Toastma…
0680: I Just Started My Blog. What Should I Do to Get Started the Right Way?
Aug 29, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jayson, who just started his blog four days ago. What should he do to get started the right way? Jayson’s site is http://navyprogrammer07.blogspot.com/. I recommend a few tools in this episode, including Bluehost for self…
0679: I’m an Introvert. How Do I Overcome My Fear of Speaking to My Potential Customers?
Aug 26, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Rachell, who is in the process of reading Will It Fly? and has encountered an exercise the feels overwhelming. As an introvert, the idea of talking to strangers is very scary. What can she do to push past this fear? In th…
0678: If I Change Careers, Does that Mean I Wasted Time Earning My Professional Degree?
Aug 25, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Lesley, who spent eight years earning a professional degree. Now she would like to shift careers but worries about the time she spent earning that degree. Do I regret my architecture training? Do I ever use those skills now?…
0677: Should I Continue to Submit to StumbleUpon?
Aug 24, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jan, who asks about using StumbleUpon. While StumbleUpon increases her page views dramatically, it also pushes her bounce rate above 90%. Should she continue to submit her posts to StumbleUpon? StumbleUpon is a content di…
0676: Who Gets Affiliate Commission if a User Clicks from Multiple Affiliates?
Aug 23, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who has a question about affiliate marketing. What happens if a user clicks on a product’s affiliate link on two separate websites? Who gets the commission? Paul’s website is http://photographytv.com/. Paul mentions…
0675: Can I Use the Same Content on Multiple Content and Social Media Channels?
Aug 22, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Daria, who asks about my “be everywhere” strategy. Is it okay to put the same content across multiple social media and content channels? Daria’s website is http://realrussianclub.com/. In this episode, I mention my podcas…
0674: How Do I Keep Track of My Sales?
Aug 19, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who has a question about bookkeeping. Brian’s site is http://cpr4educators.com/. Brian mentions the automation tool Zapier (http://www.askpat.com/zapier). The accountant I work with is Brian from Profitwise Account…
0673: Are Video Podcasts a Good Idea?
Aug 18, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from John, who asks about video podcasts. Are they a good idea? The host I recommend for video podcasts is Podbean (http://podbean.com). Do you have a question about video podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. …
0672: Are Vending Machines Smart Passive Income?
Aug 17, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jasmine. Do vending machines qualify as smart passive income? For an example of a vending business, check out my friend Matt Miller’s School Spirit Vending (http://schoolspiritvending.com/). If you have a vending machine …
0671: Should I Drip My Course Content?
Aug 16, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who asks about the best way to structure his course. Should he provide access to all of the videos at once, or should he drip out the course content, providing access one at a time? Glenn’s site is http://strategicsta…
0670: Is It Possible for Someone to Replicate Your Success?
Aug 15, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Ruben, who asks whether it’s possible to repeat my success. Is it possible for someone to follow what I’ve done and achieve the same results? Do you have a question about branding? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Sha…
0669: How Do You Choose What to Outsource?
Aug 12, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who asks which parts of my website I outsource other people. Mark’s site is http://www.gigsthatwork.com/ In this episode, I recomment Upwork (merger of oDesk and Elance; http://upwork.com) and Virtual Staff Finder (…
0668: How Do I Improve My Email List’s Open Rate?
Aug 11, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Megan, who works for a nonprofit organization and is looking to improve her email list’s open rate. What re-engagement techniques do I recommend? I’m an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit (http:/…
0667: Should I Re-Record Old Podcast Episodes?
Aug 10, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Eddie, who asks about podcasting. The quality of his show has improved dramatically since he began the show. Should he go back and redo his early episodes? Eddie’s site is http://changeyourpov.com/. Eddie mentions my free…
0666: Should I Update the Publish Dates on Old Posts on My Blog?
Aug 9, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Andrea, who asks about blog content audits. Should she change post dates? Should she remove seasonal posts? Andrea’s site is http://www.goodhealthgirl.com/. Andrea discussing Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 200, wher…
0665: Should I Outsource My Social Media Workload?
Aug 8, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Neil, who has a question about increasing his social media involvement. He has a very busy schedule; is this something that he should outsource? Neil’s site is http://thelawentrepreneur.com/. The tool I mention is Edgar (…
0664: How Do I Keep Students from Sharing My Ebook?
Aug 5, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Naureen, who asks about selling ebooks. What is to stop people from sharing your book after they download it? In this episode, I mention Gumroad’s PDF stamping (http://blog.gumroad.com/post/40614820182/introducing-pdf-sta…
0663: How Has Your Work Schedule Changed as You Became Successful?
Aug 4, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Peter, who asks about my work schedule over the life span of Smart Passive Income. How many hours a week did I work each year? In this episode, I mention RescueTime (https://www.rescuetime.com/). Do you have a question…
0662: What Process Do You Use for Planning Projects?
Aug 3, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Adam, who asks about planning projects. How do I plan large projects and break them down into smaller pieces? Adam’s site is http://morningroar.com/. In this episode, I discuss the project planning for my book on validati…
0661: How Do I Get Influencers to Respond to My Emails?
Aug 2, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Megan, who is working on a roundup post. How can she get influencers in her industry to respond to her emails? Do you have a question about building your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor i…
0660: I Feel Overwhelmed. How Important Is Keyword Research to Getting My Business Started?
Aug 1, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Travis, who hasn’t launched his website yet. He’s feeling overwhelmed by keyword research. How can he overcome this and get started? Kimanzi Constable shares advice for raising your profile with larger media sites in Smar…
0659: How Do I Create a Good Design Contest?
Jul 29, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Nicole, who asks about setting up a good design competition on 99Designs. What are best practices for getting the best designers to participate? Do you have a question about logo design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com…
0658: Why Do You Set Up URL Redirects for New Projects?
Jul 28, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from James, who asks about my strategy around websites and product URLs. Why (and how) do I set up new URLs like http://ebooksthesmartway.com/ that redirect to a page on the Smart Passive Income website? Do you have a question…
0657: How Do I Encourage My Listeners to Record Their Questions?
Jul 27, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who has a call-in show. His listeners are comfortable emailing questions; how does he get them to record their questions using Speakpipe? Jason’s site is http://cameraquestion.com/. To enter to win the t-shirt from…
0656: My Niche Involves the Use of Dangerous Equipment. How Do I Protect My Business Legally?
Jul 26, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Serena, who has a blog that offers advice that involves the use of potentially dangerous tools and chemicals. How does she protect herself legally? Serena’s site is http://thriftdiving.com/. Do you have a question about…
0655: What Are the Best Practices for Conducting Interviews Over Skype?
Jul 25, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Taj, who asks about using Skype for interviews. What are the best practices for using video? Here’s the Mixergy Ugly Webcam infographic: https://mixergy.com/infographic-webcam-settings/. Do you have a question about in…
0654: How Can I Run a Weekly Q&A?
Jul 22, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Andrea, who wants to run a weekly question-and-answer session for her audience. What’s the software for this? Andrea’s site is http://godiaperfree.com/. For a recurring Q&A, I recommend GoToWebinar (http://www.askpat.com/…
0653: Should I Send Email Subscribers to YouTube or to My Website?
Jul 21, 2016 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from James, who asks about how to best share his videos with his email subscribers. Should he send them to YouTube or should he send them to his website? James’s site is http://jamesshipwayguitar.com/. Do you have a question a…
0652: How Do I Keep Work and Personal Separate on Facebook?
Jul 20, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who asks about managing Facebook when you have a business. How can he separate what he shows to a business audience versus what he would like to share with friends and family? Do you have a question about managing …
0651: What Content Do I Send to My Podcast’s Email List?
Jul 19, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who asks about his email list. Now that he is getting subscribers, what type of content should he send to them? Mike’s site is http://www.travelnursingclassroom.com/. Mike mentions my podcasting tutorial (http://ww…
0650: How Do I Become a Good Guest Blogger?
Jul 18, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Katie, who asks about guest posting. How does she know what makes for a fair exchange? Here’s the Viperchill article on guest blogging: http://www.viperchill.com/guest-blogging/. Do you have a question about guest bl…
0649: Why Are You an Advisor to Other Companies?
Jul 15, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Adam, who asks a question about something he read in my book, Will It Fly? I’m an advisor for several companies, and Adam asks what my goal is in acting as an advisor for these companies. What is it that I get out of this re…
0648: Can I Podcast in English? It’s Not My First Language.
Jul 14, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who asks about podcasting. Will the fact that English is his second language hurt his podcast? The Polish podcaster I mention is Michal Szafranski (http://jakoszczedzacpieniadze.pl/). The podcast microphone I re…
0647: Are Job Boards a Good Monetization Strategy?
Jul 13, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Tim, who asks about job boards. Are they a good way to monetize a career website? Tim references my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). The job site I reference is Indeed (http://indeed.com)…
0646: Should I Delete or Update My Old Podcasts?
Jul 12, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from John, who asks about conducting a content audit with podcasts. Should he delete older episodes of his show that are no longer relevant? John’s site is http://thewiredhomeschool.com/. In this episode, John references Smar…
0645: How Do I Set Up a Special WordPress Category Archive?
Jul 11, 2016 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Winnie, who asks about WordPress category pages. How do you set up a separate blog and podcast page? Winnie’s site is http://theletstalktechshow.com/. In this episode, I mention hiring developers at Upwork (http://askpat….
0644: Have You Used Infusionsoft?
Jul 8, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jen, who asks about Infusionsoft. Have I heard of it? What do I think about it? Here is the post I mentioned about my switch to, and then from, Infusionsoft: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/why-i-switched-from-aweber-to…
0643: How Do I Schedule the Goals I Want to Achieve?
Jul 7, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Cathy, who is organizing her goals. How can she schedule the tasks that she wants to accomplish? The books I mention in this episode are Essentialism by Greg McKeown (askpat.com/essentialism) and The One Thing by Gary Kel…
0642: What Are the Must-Haves for Starting a Podcast?
Jul 6, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who is in the process of starting a new podcast. Getting started is expensive; which are the parts that he must spend money on? I recommend the following tools and services: Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost)…
0641: Should My Course Use a Facebook Group for Comments and Questions?
Jul 5, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jane, who has a course and is thinking about how to manage comments. Should she keep them within the course platform, or should she start a Facebook Group specifically for comments and questions? Do you have a question ab…
0640: Should My Podcast Share My Brick-and-Mortar Business’s Website?
Jul 4, 2016 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Joel, who has a service business. He’s starting a podcast that will reach an audience beyond his brick-and-mortar business. Should he create a separate website for the podcast, or can he host it on his existing business webs…
0639: Can I Start a Business but Stay Anonymous?
Jul 1, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from a caller who wishes to remain anonymous—and asks about starting a business anonymously. Is this possible? In this episode, I discuss a lot of different content creators who don’t use their own names, including Stampylong…
0638: What Are Your Favorite Live Events and Conferences?
Jun 30, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jillian, who is looking for live events to attend. Which events would I recommend? The events I recommend in this episode are: Everything Food Conference: http://www.foodbloggingconference.com/ Social Media Marketin…
0637: How Do I Put My Podcast on My Website?
Jun 29, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Anita, who has a question about podcast hosts. How does she host her files on Libsyn but get them to show up on her website? Anita’s question is http://www.simplyspeakinggenealogy.com/. If you are starting a podcast, chec…
0636: Is Your Affiliate Income a Realistic Goal?
Jun 28, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jon, who is new to affiliate marketing. It is still possible for someone to make the high affiliate income that I currently have? Jon references my income reports: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/income-reports/. Do …
0635: I Have a Quality Product But a Small Fan Base. How Should I Promote My Product?
Jun 27, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Shawn, who asks about promoting a self-published book. He has a quality product but a small fan base; where should he put his time? In this episode, I talk about Facebook ads experts Amy Porterfield (http://www.amyporterf…
0634: When Is the Best Time to Post on Social Media?
Jun 24, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Gil, who asks about the best time to post content on various social media platforms. Find Gil on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gilliamwallace. The tool I mention in this episode is Tweriod (http://www.tweriod.com/). Find…
0633: How Much Traffic Do I Need to Meet My Advertising Revenue Goal?
Jun 23, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Sanyog, who is building a site to help students prepare for an exam. If he would like to make $4000/month in Google advertising revenue, how much traffic will he need? In this episode, I share how I would start to build a…
0632: How Should I Promote Affiliate Products?
Jun 22, 2016 • 7 min
AP 0632: How Should I Promote Affiliate Products? Today’s question comes from Phillip, who has a question about affiliate marketing. Should he use the provided swipe files and sales page, or should he create his own personalized content? The affi…
0631: How Do I Make the Most of My Mailing List for My Community Site?
Jun 21, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Tyler, who runs a site that isn’t based around content, but rather around connecting League of Legends players with each other. How does he make the most of his mailing list? Tyler’s site is http://loltraininghouse.com/. …
0630: I’m Just Starting My Website. What Should I Do First?
Jun 20, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Matthew, who is just getting started. After he has his website running, what should he do next? Should he start with ConvertKit or LeadPages? In this episode, I talk about ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit), AWeber…
0629: Should I Create a Launch Team for My Podcast?
Jun 17, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about podcast launches. Should he create a launch team for a podcast? Can a small launch team make a difference? If you’re starting a podcast, check out my free advice at http://podcastingtutoria…
0628: What Content Should I Share After My Kickstarter?
Jun 16, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Andrew, who is struggling to figure out what kind of content to create for his Kickstarter audience. Now that he has delivered on the Kickstarter, what kind of content should he share with his audience? Andrew’s site is http…
0627: Is My Niche Too Narrow?
Jun 15, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from GTO, who has a question about his friend’s website, which serves a Pittsburgh neighborhood. Is the site’s niche too narrow? The website is http://homewoodnation.com/. Do you have a question about your niche site? Record i…
0626: How Do You Record Your Podcast Intros?
Jun 14, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from GTO, who asks about my intros for the Smart Passive Income Podcast. How do I record those? The program I use to record is Adobe Audition, but you could use any recording program like Garage Band, Audacity, or Reaper. D…
0625: Is YouTube Worth My Time?
Jun 13, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who is considering building a YouTube channel for his site. Is YouTube worth his time? Matt’s site is http://buddhaimonia.com/. Do you have a question about expanding your brand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0624: Can My Email Subject Line Impact Click-Through Rates?
Jun 10, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who has been split-testing his email subject lines. Can the email’s subject line affect the click-throughs that the reader makes? Share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter at #AskPat624. Do you have a quest…
0623: How Do You Stay Focused on a Big Project?
Jun 9, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who asks about the writing process for my book, Will It Fly? How did I stay focused on that project while keeping the rest of my business running? I recommend the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (h…
0622: Do I Need LeadPages to Deliver Free Downloads to My Readers?
Jun 8, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Danielle, who asks about offering free downloadable content with her posts. Does she need LeadPages in order to offer this content? Danielle’s site is http://textpanther.com/. In this episode, Danielle talks about how Amy…
0621: What Should Teenagers Know about Building Online Businesses?
Jun 7, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Thomas, who is fifteen and building an online business. What does he need to know about building an online business and building passive income at his age? Thomas’s site is http://wewearshirts.com/. I share my thoughts on…
0620: How Do I Encourage Followers to Subscribe to My Facebook Fan Page?
Jun 6, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from John, who has a question about Facebook. How does he get followers to like his fan pages, rather than request to follow him personally? John’s website is http://www.writersauthorsonfire.com/. Do you have a question about …
0619: How Do I Know How Well My Site Is Doing?
Jun 3, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Kyle, who has a new website. How does he determine how well his site is doing? Which statistics matter? Kyle’s site is http://studywebdevelopment.com/. Do you have a question about determining your website’s growth? Recor…
0618: If I Buy a Website, How Does the Transfer Process Work?
Jun 2, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Charles, who asks about buying websites. How does the transfer process work? You can buy websites through Flippa (http://flippa.com). Do you have a question about buying websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. …
0617: How Do I Convert a Word Document into a Professional PDF?
Jun 1, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Monik, who is working on an ebook. What is the best way to convert a Word document into a professional PDF? For advice on writing an ebook, check out my guide, Ebooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). To find …
0616: What Tools Do You Use in Your Whiteboard Videos?
May 31, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Pat, who asks about my explainer videos. What drawing program do I use? The pen/table tool that I use is Wacom Bamboo tablet (the exact model is no longer available; search Amazon for “Wacom tablet”). For screen recording…
0615: How Do I Quickly Bring in New Clients?
May 30, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jeremy, whose biggest client no longer needs his services. How can he quickly bring in new clients? In this episode, I discuss Upwork (http://upwork.com), Freelancer.com (http://freelancer.com), and Fiverr (http://fiverr….
0614: How Can I Get More Views for My Video Podcast?
May 27, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about YouTube. How can he get more traffic to his videos? David’s site is http://bartenderhq.com/. To enter to win an AskPat t-shirt, use #AskPat614 in a tweet by June 3, 2016. In this episode…
0613: How Did You Write Your Book?
May 26, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Travis, who asks about about my new book, Will It Fly? How did I write the book? What tools and habits did I use? Travis is talking about my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly? (http://willitflyb…
0612: How Do I Create Good Content?
May 25, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Manjit, who is getting started with his site and who needs a boost of confidence. How does he create good content for his readers, such as with writing an ebook? I put together a guide for creating ebooks (http://ebooksth…
0611: Will a Film Audience Cross Genres?
May 24, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who asks about building an audience for a film. Can a film studio reach out to audiences for their past films, even if their new film is in a different genre? Michael mentions Smart Passive Income Podcast Session…
0610: How Passive Is Your Income Really?
May 23, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Menasheh, who poses a hypothetical question: if I were to quit working today, how passive is my income? In this episode, I mention my income reports (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/income-reports/). I also mention my b…
0609: Can I Use Upwork to Find Business Partners?
May 20, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who asks how to use Elance (now called Upwork) to find business partners. Is it a good place to find a business partner? In this episode, we discuss Upwork, which is the company that was formed by the merger of Elan…
0608: What Should I Do When My Competitor Joins My Email List?
May 19, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Sarah, who has noticed that a few competitors have joined her email list. What should she do, delete them? Keep them? Sarah’s site is http://thefreelancenaturopath.com/. Do you have a question about email marketing? Recor…
0607: Can I Rank on Google with Only a Landing Page?
May 18, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Lucas, who asks about starting a new website. Is it possible to rank on the front page of Google with only a “coming soon” landing page? In this episode I talk about Amy Porterfield’s list-building strategy (http://www.am…
0606: Should I Separate the Brands of My Business and Podcast?
May 17, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Priest, who has a question about marketing his podcast. Should he market his podcast as a separate brand, or should he keep it with his existing audience? Priest’s site is http://www.affiliatemission.com/. Do you have a q…
0605: How Do I Convert Podcast Listeners into Website Visitors?
May 16, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Pete, who has a successful podcast. How does he convert his podcast listeners into website visitors? Pete’s site is http://meaningfulmoney.tv/. In this episode I talk about Amy Porterfield’s podcast and website (http://ww…
0604: Someone Is Copying Your Website.
May 13, 2016 • 7 min
Today is a little bit different. A kind, anonymous caller let me know about a website that is copying me. I’ve seen this before, both with my own site and sites of others. In this episode, I share my thoughts on copying and getting copied. Do you…
0603: Help! I Have Trouble Sticking with My Ideas.
May 12, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Kyle, who has trouble sticking with his ideas. How can he learn to stick with his ideas? In today’s episode, I talk about Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/war). Do you have a …
0602: Why Didn’t You Use BlogTalk Radio?
May 11, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Ileana, who asks about BlogTalk Radio. Why didn’t I publish my podcast with BlogTalk Radio? If you’re considering starting a podcast, check out my free tutorial (http://podcastingtutorial.com/). Do you have a question …
0601: How Do I Know the Niche I’ve Chosen Is Good?
May 10, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jamal, who asks about validating a niche selection. How can he tell if the niche he has chosen is a valid choice for a business? In this episode, I reference Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. Do you have a ques…
0600: Does ConvertKit Replace LeadPages?
May 9, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Lea, who is using both ConvertKit and LeadPages. What is the best way to use these services together, or does ConvertKit replace LeadPages? Lea’s site is http://www.leapica.com/. In this episode I discuss my Smart Pas…
0599: I Have Two Hours Per Day to Build My Business. What Should I Work On?
May 6, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who has two hours available each day to dedicate to his business. How should he spend those two hours? The phases I mention in today’s show are covered in my new book, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do…
0598: I’ve Spent Too Much Money on Courses. Where Do I Find Partners for Joint Ventures?
May 5, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Bob, who has spent a lot of money in online business courses, but with no result. Where can he find business partners? In this episode, I mention Internet Business Mastery Academy (http://smartpassiveincome.com/ibm), Youp…
0597: How Do I Make My Website More Professional?
May 4, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who asks how to make his course sales process more professional. Does he need to take the time to learn how to manage each element, or should he take the time to hire out help? Paul’s website is https://safetysolutions…
0596: Should I Use Blog Post Excerpt Email Subscriptions?
May 3, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Vladimir, who has a question about blog post email subscriptions. Should he send readers the full text of the post or should he only send an excerpt? Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.a…
0595: How Do I Prepare My Audience For My Paid Offerings
May 2, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Mark, who has built up an audience by providing free content. How can he transition his audience from free content to paid content? Mark’s site is http://www.healthynomics.com/. Do you have a question about beginning to s…
0594: How Do I Find Sponsors For My Podcasts?
Apr 29, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Martie, who asks about sponsorships for podcasts and videos. How do I find my sponsors? Martie’s site is http://letsbuildwp.com/. I discussed podcast sponsorship with my guests on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 180…
0593: How Do I Monetize My Website?
Apr 28, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Priscilla, who has a website that she has been working on for five years. What does she need to do to start making money from her site? Priscilla’s site is http://www.africancurls.com/. To help with website security issue…
0592: Can I Build a Business Around Affiliate Sales?
Apr 27, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Gil, who asks about using a podcast or live stream to drive affiliate sales. Find Gil on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gilliamwallace. I share my thoughts on how to build a business based on affiliate sales. Do you ha…
0591: Is Keyword Research Still a Good Way to Find Business Ideas?
Apr 26, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Brad, who asks about keyword research. Is this still a good way to find ideas for new businesses? Do you have a question about researching business ideas? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on v…
0590: Can I Invite a Competitor to Join My Mastermind Group?
Apr 25, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Scott, who asks about masterminds. Is it acceptable to invite a competitor to join his group? Scott’s site is http://freeteachertech.com/. Listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 180 to hear two competitors who are…
0589: Do I Need Two Separate Websites?
Apr 22, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Brendon, who has a heavy metal band. On the band’s website, not only do they provide fan content, but also advice to other aspiring bands. Should he create a separate website for the entrepreneurial content, or keep it on th…
0588: What Should I Include in My Podcast Pre-Launch Strategy?
Apr 21, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Luke, who is planning to create a podcast. What should he include in his pre-launch strategy? Luke’s site is http://lukeguy.com/. My interview with Daniel Decker on the Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 198 talks about…
0587: Is It Okay to Sell Without Providing Free Content?
Apr 20, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kevin, who asks about providing free value vs. paying for traffic to sales pages. Kevin’s site is http://hyperlush.com/. I share my thoughts on businesses built around cold traffic. Do you have a question about marketi…
0586: How Do I Get People to Use My Site?
Apr 19, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Sean, who is having trouble convincing people to use his project-sharing site. How can he get users to understand the appeal of his site? Sean’s site is http://www.simplecove.com/ I mention some exercises for finding your…
0585: Will My Name Hurt My Business?
Apr 18, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Daryl, who is planning to start a business. He shares a name with a famous singer—is this a positive or a negative when starting a business? In this episode, I talk about my SPI TV interview with Sean McCabe, who uses a d…
0584: What’s a Good Email Open Rate?
Apr 15, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Ray, who asks about email marketing and sales conversion. What are healthy email open and conversion rates? Ray mentions Nathan Barry, who is an expert in online selling (and is the creator of ConvertKit: http://nathanbar…
0583: How Do I Offer Exclusive Content to My Email Subscribers?
Apr 14, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Claudius, who asks about building an email list for his book review site. Specifically, he would like to create exclusive content available only to email subscribers. Which tools should he use to set this up? In this epis…
0582: How Should I Market an Expensive Trip to My Audience?
Apr 13, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Brooke, who has a marketing question. What recommendations do I have for marketing an expensive travel adventure? Brooke’s site is https://yogatraveltree.com/. In this episode, I give the example of Chris Ducker’s Tropica…
0581: How Can I Get Facebook Influencers to Share My Content?
Apr 12, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Brandon, who is having trouble gaining traction with thought leaders in his industry. How can he convince larger Facebook groups to share his content? Brandon’s site is http://www.bootstrappingthefoodrevolution.com/. Do y…
0580: How Do I Deal with Competition Who Has the Same Name?
Apr 11, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who has an existing podcast and website. How should he handle competition from someone with the same business name as him? Glenn’s site is http://amiibotrainer.com. Do you have a question about dealing with competi…
0579: How Do I Expand My Professional Network?
Apr 8, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Tiffany, who is looking to expand her professional network. Which conferences would I recommend to meet other savvy online entrepreneurs? Tiffany’s site is http://heytiffany.com. Tiffany mentions Ramit Sethi’s Zero to Lau…
0578: Should I Repurpose My Content on Other Sites Like Medium or Quora?
Apr 7, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who asks about reposting his content on sites like Medium or Quora. Is it a good idea to repost his content verbatim on these sites? Should he rework the content for those sites? Glenn’s site is http://thecasualcapita…
0577: How Do I Manage Affiliate Payments?
Apr 6, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Janet, who asks about preparing content for her affiliates. How should she manage her affiliate payments? How can she create social media sharable content for them? Janet’s site is http://www.getsocialhealth.com/. In this…
0576: Which Email Service Provider Should I Use?
Apr 5, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Alexia, who asks about email marketing. Which email service should she use? Can she start with a provider for smaller lists first and upgrade later? Also, can she email people she knows who did not opt in to an email list? A…
0575: Should I Claim Social Media Accounts If I Won’t Use Them Right Away?
Apr 4, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Diana, who asks about claiming social media handles for her new business. Should she claim social media accounts right away, even though she isn’t planning to use them immediately? Do you have a question about social medi…
0574: I’m a Musician. How Can I Grow My Email List?
Apr 1, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Applejaxx, an artist who asks how to grow and better engage with his email list. His free downloads are very popular—how can he get engagement with his other content? In this episode, I recommend Periscope (https://www.pe…
0573: Can I Have More Than One Target Customer Type?
Mar 31, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Serena, who is struggling to determine who her target customer is. Can she have more than one type of target customer? Serena’s website is http://thriftdiving.com. In this episode, I mention the post by Kevin Kelly called…
0572: Can I Include Interviews in a Paid Product?
Mar 30, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jakub, who asks about including interviews in a paid product. Should he compensate the people he interviews? Do you have a question about creating paid products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is P…
0571: How Can I Convert Facebook Fans Into Customers?
Mar 29, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Raylee, who has a huge quantity of Facebook fans, but almost no conversions. What should she do differently? I highly recommend reading Ask by Ryan Levesque, who I interviewed on Smart Passive Income Podcast #178 (http://…
0570: How Do I Create Video Tutorials?
Mar 28, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Tammy, who asks about the video tutorials I have on Smart Passive Income. Which tools do I use to create these tutorials? Tammy’s site is https://trainingforlocalsmallbusinessowners.com/. For creating screen recording vi…
0569: How Do I Stay Safe While Sharing Personal Stories Online?
Mar 25, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Ben, who asks how to share personal stories on his blog, while still staying safe. How can he protect himself from any malicious invasions of his privacy? Ben’s site is http://theamateurcyclist.net/. Do you have a questio…
0568: Should I Use Images in My Marketing and Autoresponder Emails?
Mar 24, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who asks about using ConvertKit email templates. Should he use images or stick to text only? Glenn discusses the email marketing service ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about em…
0567: How Can I Improve My Live Chats with Customers?
Mar 23, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who has a chat feature on his website. What are some good tips for his agents to increase sales without seeming pushy? Matt’s site is http://www.homeoanimal.com/. I mention an episode of the Smart Passive Income Pod…
0566: What Should I Track for My New Podcast?
Mar 22, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Collin, who has recently started a podcast. What are the activities or statistics he should track? Collin’s site is http://20se.co/. I share the four things I think all podcasters should track. The landing page I reference …
0565: How Do I Grow My Site’s Traffic Beyond One Million Visitors?
Mar 21, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Daniel, who asks about traffic growth. How can he maintain his site’s traffic growth and reach one million visitors? Do you have a question about traffic to your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Today’s sponsor…
0564: How Many Podcast Episodes Do I Launch With? How Do I Schedule Episodes?
Mar 18, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Travis, who asks about podcasting. How many episodes should he launch with and how does he schedule his episodes? Some podcast host to consider are Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/) and BuzzSprout (
0563: Can My Video Podcast Double as an Audio Podcast?
Mar 17, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Molly, who asks about video podcasting. She has started a video podcast, but is wondering if she can also make it an audio podcast. Molly’s site is http://thepreparedperformer.com/. Molly mentions my video podcast, SPI TV (…
0562: I Have a Local Business. Do I Need a Second Website When I Expand Into Online Business?
Mar 16, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a local service-based business. He is expanding into online business to extend his reach. Should he start a second website, or can he make his local website work? David’s site is http://www.mindfulmeanings.co…
0561: Is It Worth Hiring a Podcast Editor?
Mar 15, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Scott, who asks about podcast editing. Should he hire a podcast editor or do it himself? Scott’s podcast is at https://www.facebook.com/theannapolispodcast/. Three sources for finding podcast editors are TwentyFourSound (ht…
0560: How Do I Hire an Executive Assistant Who Lives Near Me?
Mar 14, 2016 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from David, who wants to hire an executive assistant who lives near him. How can he find a reliable person to help with communication tasks? I have a special guest today! Jessica, my executive assistant answers David’s question….
0559: How Do I Switch My Podcast Feed to SoundCloud?
Mar 11, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Daniel, who asks about switching his podcasting feed from Libsyn to SoundCloud. Daniel mentions my podcasting tutorial at PodcastingTutorial.com (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). In this episode, we talk about four diffe…
0558: How Do I Monetize My Website?
Mar 10, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Gideon, who asks about monetizing his site. Can he make his site profitable? Gideon’s site is http://gideonhanekom.com/. I have covered website monetization and online passive income in depth on Smart Passive Income Session…
0557: Is It Okay to Build a For-Profit Website Around My Kids?
Mar 9, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Scott, whose daughter is a competitive gymnast. He wants to build a niche site around his daughter’s career, but is that okay? In this episode, I talk about Evan from EvanTubeHD (https://www.youtube.com/user/EvanTubeHD). If…
0556: How Do I Add Forms and Pop-Ups to My Website?
Mar 8, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Zycco, who asks about which sign-up forms his new website needs. Which services should he use to add these to his site? First, you need a good email service provider like ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Here ar…
0555: How Can I Improve My Podcasting Delivery?
Mar 7, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Glen, who asks about podcasting. What are some tips for improving the speaking quality in his podcast? I have worked with Kerri Ho for some podcast coaching (her website: http://thesongbirdtree.com/ and her YouTube page: ht…
0554: How Do I Get Started in Online Business?
Mar 4, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Carl, who has decided that entrepreneurship is the right route for him. What are the first steps toward getting started? Do you have a question about getting started in entrepreneurship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0553: How Much Do I Charge for Podcast Sponsorships?
Mar 3, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Richard, who has some questions about podcast sponsorships. How much should he charge for advertisements? I also recommend Patreon as a way of monetizing your podcast. To learn more, listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast 1…
0552: How Do I Clean My Email List?
Mar 2, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who has a question about email marketing. How should he go about cleaning his email list, to remove people who are no longer actively reading his emails? To share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter, use #AskPat552…
0551: Is Infobarrel Still a Good Way to Make Passive Income?
Mar 1, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who asks about an old episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast that talks about writing for Infobarrel. Is this still a good way to make passive income? I recently updated my podcast series on getting started with …
0550: Can a Solopreneur Sell Their Business?
Feb 29, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Harsh, who asks about selling a business. Is it hard for a solopreneur to sell a business? Harsh’s site is http://fireyourmentor.com/. Do you have a question about selling your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0549: Do I Need Insurance for My Online Business?
Feb 26, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Liz, who asks about insurance. Does she need insurance for an online business? Do you have a question about legal side of your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www….
0548: How Do I Get My Social Media Ready for a New Business?
Feb 25, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who asks how to prepare his social media presence before he starts his business. Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a bus…
0547: Should I Narrow My eCommerce Site’s Offering?
Feb 24, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Valerie, who asks a question about her ecommerce site. Should she narrow her offering to focus on what sold best in her brick-and-mortar shop? Valerie’s site is http://bambulei.com/. One of the tools I recommend using is Op…
0546: How Long Should Email Autoresponders Last?
Feb 23, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Sarah, who has a question about using autoresponders for email marketing. Who should get the autoresponders and how long should they go on? Sarah talks about my guide, Email the Smart Way (http://emailthesmartway.com). Do …
0545: Is WordPress The Best Platform For An Online Business?
Feb 22, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has two brick and mortar businesses, but now he’s ready to move online. He has previously used Weebly to build websites. Is WordPress what I would recommend for building a website for an online business? Find Davi…
0544: I’m Afraid of Failing. When Should I Start?
Feb 19, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Andrew, who is struggling to overcome a fear of failure. Should he keep researching, or should he launch now? Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor…
0542: Why Did You Start An LLC?
Feb 18, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Collins, who wants to know why I formed an LLC for Smart Passive Income. This is the article Collins references: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/why-i-switched-from-aweber-to-infusionsoft-to-convertkit/. Do you have a qu…
0543: How Long Should I Test Web Tools?
Feb 18, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Yazmin, who is trying out a web service that hasn’t worked as expected. How long should she test it out before turning it off? Yazmin’s site is http://thefamilybrick.com/. Do you have a question about optimizing your websit…
0541: How Do I Choose Between Creating a Lead Magnet or an Epic Post?
Feb 16, 2016 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Benji, who asks about content. How should he choose what becomes a lead magnet and what becomes epic content that lives on the blog? Benji’s site is http://www.thecoffeeconcierge.net/. Do you have a question about your blog…
0540: I’m Starting A Website. Where Should I Spend My Money?
Feb 15, 2016 • 8 min
AP 0540: I’m Starting a Website. Where Should I Spend My Money? Today’s question comes from James, who asks where to spend money when starting a new website. Where’s the best place to spend money when getting started? James’s site is http://www.jamesj…
0539: Who Has Influenced You and Your Business?
Feb 12, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who asks which bloggers have influenced me and my sites. In this episode I talk about just-in-time learning. I was inspired to get started by Internet Business Mastery (http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/). Darre…
0538: Why Should I Continue with Content Marketing?
Feb 11, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Isloooboy, who asks why he should continue with content marketing, when after five years he hasn’t made any profit. It’s a great question. Isloooboy’s site is http://isloootalkingpoint.com/. In this episode, I talk about my…
0537: How Do I Get Started in a Saturated Niche?
Feb 10, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Dale, who asks how to get started in a saturated niche. How do you break in amongst the noise? I talk about crowded niches with Steve Kamb on Smart Passive Income Podcast 196 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-level-…
0536: How Do I Write Review Posts On Expensive Equipment?
Feb 9, 2016 • 9 min
AP 0536: How Do I Write Review Posts on Expensive Equipment? Today’s question comes from Curtis, who wants to write more review posts, but can’t afford all of the equipment. How can he do this? Curtis’s site is http://www.everythinghamradio.com/. Do …
0535: Which Type Of Call To Action (CTA) Should I Use?
Feb 8, 2016 • 9 min
AP 0535: Which Type of Call To Action (CTA) Should I Use? Today’s question comes from Ramon, who asks about the best way to handle call to action (CTAs) on a sales page. Do you have a question about selling products online? Record it at http://www.as…
0534: Which Podcast Host Is Best for Short-Run Podcasts?
Feb 5, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Travis, who is planning a series of short-run podcasts (or nanocasts). Which is the best podcast host for this situation? Travis’s site is http://www.providfilms.com/. The hosts I discuss in this episode are SoundCloud (htt…
0533: Where Can I Find a Good Transcriptionist?
Feb 4, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Lain, who asks about transcriptions. Where is a good place to find a transcriptionist? In this episode I mention James Schramko’s podcast (http://www.superfastbusiness.com/). I’ve used transcriptionists from Upwork (merger …
0532: Should I Make My eBooks Printable?
Feb 3, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, who asks about formatting ebooks. Should ebooks be graphic-heavy or should they be printable? Do you have a question about ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea f…
0531: How Do I Know My Project Partner Is A Good Fit?
Feb 2, 2016 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who asks about finding partners to collaborate on projects. How do you know if they have enough passion to be a good collaborator? Jeff’s podcast is http://www.generallytrivial.com/. Do you have a question about findi…
0530: How Do I Know If My Business Idea Will Work?
Feb 1, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s episode is special! My new book, Will It Fly?, launches today! Learn how to validate your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. If you picked up the book, let me know on Twitter @PatFlynn. Do you have a question about…
0529: Is My Potential Audience Large Enough?
Jan 29, 2016 • 11 min
AP 0529: Is My Potential Audience Large Enough? Today’s question comes from Hunter, who has a website topic that he’s ready to start, but he’s worried the search volume is too low. How can he tell? In this episode, I talk about my niche site, Securit…
0528: How Do I Determine Which Niche Is Worth My Time?
Jan 28, 2016 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Marco, who has a few niche site ideas. How does he determine which niche will be most worth his time and effort? Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do y…
0527: How Do You Deal with Discouragement?
Jan 27, 2016 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Jae, who is beginning to feel discouraged and wants to know how I’ve dealt with these feelings in the past. In this episode, I talk about Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning book and strategy (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/earl…
0526: What Program Do You Use to Write Blog Posts?
Jan 26, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Rickey, who is planning to start a blog. What program do I use to write my blog posts? Also, do I use a PC or Mac? One text editor I’ve used is Byword (http://bywordapp.com/). Our team now does the initial writing in Google…
0525: How Do I Compensate Software Developers?
Jan 25, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Clifton, who is interested in hiring a WordPress developer to help develop a software product for his customers. How should he compensate them—should he hire them or partner with them? In this episode, I talk about the stru…
0524: How Do I Manage Communications with My Virtual Assistant?
Jan 22, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Marilyn, who asks a question about virtual assistants. How can they keep track of the tasks that she is assigning? Marilyn’s site is http://www.infantdentalcenter.com/. You can find virtual assistants using Upwork (a combin…
0523: How Do I Get Questions for My Advice Podcast?
Jan 21, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Sam, who is interested in starting an advice podcast similar to AskPat. If he doesn’t have a big audience, how does he get people to ask him questions? I love Speakpipe for collecting audio questions (https://www.speakpipe….
0522: How Do I Monetize My Course?
Jan 20, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Daniel, who asks about monetizing his blog through a course. How should he go about monetizing that course? Daniel’s site is http://www.createmytherapistwebsite.com/ Learn more about productizing your service-based business…
0521: Should I Use Webinars to Build My Email List?
Jan 19, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Venisha, whose business creates custom first dance songs. Should she hold webinars to get email subscribers? How can she keep people on her email list after their wedding is over? My wife and I had fun with our first dance …
0520: How Do I Determine Podcast Sponsorship Costs?
Jan 18, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Rebecca, who asks about podcast sponsorships. How do I determine which sponsors play at the beginning versus the end of the show? Is there a difference in rate? Rebecca’s site is http://clrvirtualconnection.com/. I discuss …
0519: What Do I Need to Know about Partnerships?
Jan 15, 2016 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Ryan, who is helping another entrepreneur get started online. What should he know about partnering with someone else? Ryan’s site is http://www.alternativeslibrary.org/. Do you have a question about business partnerships? R…
0518: Will a Facebook Page Limit My Personal Connection with Fans?
Jan 14, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Ron, who asks about Facebook Pages. Will it limit the personal connection he is able to have with his followers? Ron’s site is http://ronmckeefery.com/. To join my Facebook Group, go to http://smartpassiveincome.com/communi…
0517: Should I Repurpose My Content?
Jan 13, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who asks about repurposing Q&A podcasts for video and blog posts. Is this a good idea? In this episode, both the caller and I discuss Michael Hyatt’s content repurposing. Do you have a question about your content? Re…
0516: Which Emails Should I Send, Autoresponder or Broadcast?
Jan 12, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Eliska, who asks about the best kinds of emails to send to her subscribers, broadcast emails with updates about her current posts, or autoresponder emails? In this episode, I share my thoughts, as well as a hybrid solution I…
0515: I’m Bilingual. Do I Need A Separate Periscope Account For Each Language?
Jan 11, 2016 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Diego, who asks about using Periscope when bilingual. Should he have one account for each language, or continue to host both languages on one account? I share my thoughts. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a…
0514: How Much Should I Pay for Blog Images?
Jan 8, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jourdan, who needs help creating blog images. How much should he expect to pay? Jourdan’s site is https://medium.com/new-game-magazine. In this episode, I talk about a few different tools: Canva (canva.com), PicMonkey (http…
0513: Should I Keep My YouTube Channel Active?
Jan 7, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who uses his YouTube channel to help promote some affiliate sales. The videos help conversions on his site, but don’t drive traffic from YouTube to his site. Should he change his YouTube strategy? Do you have a quest…
0512: Do I Have To Pay The People I Interview On My Podcast?
Jan 6, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Nick, who is starting an interview podcast. Does he have to pay the guests he invites? How do you get people to agree to be on your show? Nick’s site is http://truetightwad.com/. Check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www…
0511: Is It Worth Getting My Podcast Transcribed?
Jan 5, 2016 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Sebastian, whose podcasting users have asked for podcast transcripts. Is it worth the money to get his show transcribed? Sebastian’s site is http://projektphoenix.com/. Sebastian mentions my podcasting tutorial (http://www….
0510: How Do I Get More Podcast Ratings And Reviews?
Jan 4, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Andy, who is trying to generate podcast ratings and reviews. In this episode, I mention my podcast with Chris Ducker, 1-Day Business Breakthrough (https://1daybb.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at…
0509: How Do I Boost Sales Of My Book For Kids?
Jan 1, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Dennis, whose books sales in person are high, but his online sales aren’t as good as he’d like. He has a lot of advertising in place—what else can he do? Dennis’s site is http://www.thegreedyfish.co.uk/. In this episode I m…
0508: Should I Have A Resources Page Or A Resources PDF?
Dec 31, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Eliska, who asks having PDF of resources versus a resources page on a website. Which is better? Should she have both? Eliska references Smart Passive Income Podcast #78 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session78). The podcast…
0507: Which Course Would You Recommend For Getting A Business Started?
Dec 30, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glen, who asks about online courses for passive income. Which one would I recommend? I recommend several courses, which you can check out from my resources page (http://smartpassiveincome.com/resources), including Ramit Set…
0506: Are Large Blogs Worth Their Valuation?
Dec 29, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Blanca, who asks about the valuation of websites (she specifically references http://brit.co). Are blogs of that size really worth such a high valuation? The podcast I recommend listening to is StartUp with Alex Blumberg (h…
0505: Should I Purchase Domain Privacy?
Dec 28, 2015 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Jackie, who asks about domain privacy. Is it worth adding? Jackie’s site is http://www.jackiebolen.com/. In this episode I talk about Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost) and GoDaddy (https://www.godaddy.com/). Do you hav…
0504: How Do I Give A Good Presentation?
Dec 25, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Rick, who has some upcoming public speaking opportunities. What can he do to make his presentations successful? Rick’s site is http://rickzullo.com/. In SPI TV 16, I covered 33 public speaking tips that will help (http://ww…
0503: Do You Believe In Work-Life Balance?
Dec 24, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Leonardo, who has a question about work-life balance. Does it exist when you’re starting a business? In this episode I mention Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning; for much more on that listen to my conversation with him on Smart P…
0502: With Some Extra Time, What Business Would You Start?
Dec 23, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Stacy, who has an existing small business. With 72 free hours, what new business should she start? Learn how to productize your service business on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 158 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/ses…
0501: How Do You Keep Track of the Information in Your Annual Report?
Dec 22, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Kelly, who asks about my annual report. How do I keep track of the information that goes into that report? Kelly’s site is http://wirededucator.com/. You can see my income reports here: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-…
0500: How Challenging Was Your First Year in Business?
Dec 21, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Loris, who asks about my first year in business. Was the first year hard? I reflect on my first year in business and what helped me stick with it. This is a topic that is important to me—I want to help you start the busines…
0499: Is Kickstarter a Good Way to Validate a Business Idea?
Dec 18, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from David, who asks about starting a business with funding through Kickstarter. Is this a good way to validate a business idea or will it give me a skewed sense of the market for my product? Check out my new book on validating …
0498: Can I Include Affiliate Links in My Membership Site?
Dec 17, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Gianna, who asks about including affiliate links in membership sites. Is it okay? What are the best practices? Gianna’s site is http://familyfuntwincities.com/. I share my thoughts on ethical monetization strategies. Share…
0497: What Does Your Wife Think of Your Career?
Dec 16, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Friede, who asks about my wife April’s perspective of my career. Do you have a question about work-life balance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fl…
0496: What Has Changed with the Keyword Research Process?
Dec 15, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from an anonymous caller, who asks about a video I made in 2013 about keyword research and SEO analysis. What has changed since I made that video? The 2013 video the caller mentions is available here (http://www.smartpassivein…
0495: Do You Recommend Scripting a Podcast?
Dec 14, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glen, who asks about scripting podcasts. I share my thoughts about podcasting off-the-cuff, with a script, and with an outline. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor …
0494: What Happens If the Internet Goes Away?
Dec 11, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Prabhu, who asks what would happen if a major internet service (or the whole internet) goes away. Prabhu’s site is http://www.bloggersbooks.com/. Do you have a question about your business planning? Record it at http://www….
0493: Should I Bother with Low Value Affiliates?
Dec 10, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Brittany, who asks about low value affiliates. Is it worth the time involved for inexpensive, low commission items? Brittany’s site is http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/ Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record …
0492: How Can I Build a Profitable T-Shirt Business?
Dec 9, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Alain, who asks about t-shirts. How do you get t-shirts produced and shipped? Benny Hsu has shared how he runs his t-shirt business (http://getbusylivingblog.com/how-ive-profited-100k-online-in-just-5-months-this-year/) on …
0491: Can I Send My Podcast’s RSS Feed to Facebook?
Dec 8, 2015 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Sheeran, who asks about sending an RSS feed for the podcast into Facebook. In this episode I talk about Gary Vaynerchuk’s book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (http://askpat.com/jjjrh). The two tools I mentioned (but don’t recomm…
0490: Is My Niche Too Small?
Dec 7, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jeremy, who is concerned that the niche he has selected may be too small: springboard diving. How can he validate the size of this market? Also, how can he feel comfortable teaching, given that he is young? For more on idea…
0489: How Do I Manage My Side Business in My LinkedIn Profile?
Dec 4, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Darin, who asks about managing his multiple careers on LinkedIn. Darin’s side business is http://kidsdoubledesk.com/. Share your thoughts on this topic with Darin using #AskPat489. Do you have a question about managing you…
0488: How Do I Share Private Videos with My Email Subscribers?
Dec 3, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jenna, who is using AWeber. She wants to share videos that only her email subscribers can access. What’s the best way to do this? Jenna’s site is http://fitpigs.com/. I share two different ways to achieve this. Do you have…
0487: What Are Necessities for Starting an Online Business?
Dec 2, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Julian, who is getting his online business started. He wants to keep costs down; what are the necessities to purchase at the beginning? Julian’s site is http://www.mystartuplifestyle.com/. I share my advice for getting star…
0486: My Son Wants to Start an Online Business. What Should I Tell Him?
Dec 1, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Glenn, whose son is interested in starting an online business. I share my advice with him on how to get started. Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor,…
0485: How Should I Use My Email List?
Nov 30, 2015 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Meghan, who has built up an email list for her blog but isn’t sure how to use it. What type of content should she send her subscribers? I offer email templates at http://emailthesmartway.com. Do you have a question about e…
0484: Do I Need A Backup For My YouTube Videos?
Nov 27, 2015 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Andrew, who asks about his backlog of YouTube videos. Does he need to keep a backup of the files after they are uploaded to YouTube? The video editing file I mention is Screenflow for Mac (http://www.telestream.net/screenfl…
0483: Can I Build A Business On A Broad Topic?
Nov 26, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Will, who asks about building a business based on a broad range of products and topics. Does his niche have to be narrow? Share your thoughts about this on Twitter using #AskPat483. Do you have a question about buildin…
0482: How Do I Bounce Back from Failure?
Nov 25, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Rocky, who asks how to bounce back from failure. I have found a lot of helpful advice on haters from Derek Halpern (http://socialtriggers.com/). The WordPress plugin I mentioned (the one that is successful) is the Smart Pod…
0481: How Do I Make the Most of My #1 Google Rank?
Nov 24, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Scott, who asks how to make the most of his No. 1 Google ranking. What should he do to help build his business? Scott’s site is http://cybergrooveam.com/. The keyword tool I use in this episode is SEM Rush (http://www.semru…
0480: How Can I Improve My Site’s Page Rank?
Nov 23, 2015 • 4 min
Today’s question comes from Jackie, who asks about improving her site’s page rank. She seems to be doing everything right, and yet her site is not ranking. What can she do to improve? I share my thoughts. Jackie’s site is http://FreedomThroughPassiveIn…
0479: How Do I Livestream a Podcast Interview on Periscope?
Nov 20, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Reine, who asks how to livestream a podcast with interview over Periscope. Reine’s site is http://www.pmchats.com/. The episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast that Reine mentions is #177 (http://www.smartpassiveincome….
0478: How Do I Increase My Udemy Course Sales?
Nov 19, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Diego, who asks how to increase sales for the courses he has on Udemy.com. Diego’s site is http://www.diegodavila.com/. Good plugins for hosting courses include WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), WP Coursewa…
0477: How Do I Improve the Way I Sound on Microphone?
Nov 18, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Casey, who asks about using the AudioTechnica ATR2100 microphone. The microphone is picking up too much of the breathing sounds. What should he do? Casey’s site is http://www.ministerstoolbox.com/home. In this episode I rec…
0476: Why Do You Write eBooks Instead of Create Courses?
Nov 17, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Laurence, who asks why I write ebooks instead of creating courses. Why do I choose ebooks? Laurence’s site is http://learntocodewith.me/. We’re giving away this episode’s shirt on Twitter. Use #AskPat476 within the first we…
0475: How Does Email Marketing Differ for One-Time Purchases?
Nov 16, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from David, who asks how to build a business around one-time only transactions, rather than ongoing purchasing relationships. I discuss the marketing around my one-time sales at my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.gree…
0474: Which Platform Is Best for My Ambassador Group?
Nov 13, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Erich, who wants share a behind-the-scenes look into a launch with a special audience. Where should that live? On his blog? On Facebook? Erich’s site is http://harmonyinsights.com/. The community Erich mentions is at http:/…
0473: How Do I Build an Audience in My Niche?
Nov 12, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jourdan, who asks about building an audience of gamers. How can he draw this audience to his site? Jourdan’s site is http://jourdanb.com/. Do you have a question about building traffic to your site? Record it at http://www….
0472: For Website Analytics, Which Items Are Important?
Nov 11, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Keil, who has a question about website analytics. With so many factors that impact traffic, how do you know which variables to focus on? Ke’s site is http://www.crostrength.com/. Do you have a question about your website’s …
0471: How Do I Choose the Right Affiliates?
Nov 10, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Justin, who asks about choosing which affiliates to work with. What are my criteria for making these decisions? An example of the special landing page I mention is http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/bluehost. Do you have a …
0470: How Do I Avoid Violating Trademarks When Naming My Show?
Nov 9, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who is trying to name a podcast without violating a government trademark. In this episode, I talk about the trademark problems I ran into with my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do …
0469: Where Do I Start? I Feel Overwhelmed.
Nov 6, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Patrick, who asks about feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of getting into online business. Where does he get started? I recommend the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/) and Essen…
0468: How Do I Find Insurance When I’m Self-Employed?
Nov 5, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Victor, who asks about insuring himself as a self-employed individual. How does he find insurance? Victor’s site is http://moneyuseitwisely.com/. To find your state’s health insurance marketplace, go to https://www.healthca…
0467: Can I Have a Podcast with Two Formats?
Nov 4, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Ozzy, who asks about his podcasting strategy. Can one show have two formats? For advice on setting up a podcast, try my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcasting?…
0466: Is Content Curation a Good Model?
Nov 3, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jonah, who asks about curating content. He mentions paper.li, but asks if I recommend any content curation plugins. Jonah’s site is http://testingthemuse.com/. The tool I recommend for finding out what people are sharing is…
0465: How Should I Structure a Blog for Learning as I Go?
Nov 2, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who asks how I would structure blog for preparing for a test and learning a new topic. Paul talks about my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/), which I set up to prepare for the LEED exam….
0464: How Much Podcasting Equipment Do I Need?
Oct 30, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Patti, who asks about starting a podcast. Does she need the full setup I usually recommend? Can she start by just recording Skype calls? Patti’s site is http://pattigood.com/. Check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.po…
0463: Why Aren’t People Subscribing to My Email List?
Oct 29, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Prabhu, who asks about building his email list. He’s getting social engagement but people aren’t subscribing to his email list. What should he do differently? In this episode I mention 1-Day Business Breakthrough (https://1…
0462: How Do I Use LeadPages to Deliver Weekly Enhanced Content?
Oct 28, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Sean, who asks about LeadPages. How do use LeadPages for delivering enhanced content to current subscribers? Sean’s site is http://flightcrit.com/. In this episode, we discuss LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Do yo…
0461: Should I Make My Site Available in Other Languages?
Oct 27, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Sam, who asks about making versions of his website in multiple languages. Is it worth the time? Sam’s site is http://edmprod.com/. Use Google Analytics to help you make this decision (http://www.google.com/analytics/). Do …
0460: How Do I Balance Between Working and Learning?
Oct 26, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Wendy, who is getting back into self-employment. How should she balance her time between working and learning? In this episode, I mention a show I love, Internet Business Mastery (http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/). I…
0459: What Are Trackbacks and Pingbacks?
Oct 23, 2015 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Wesley, who asks about two blogging terms: trackbacks and pingbacks. What are they? Do you have a question about a blogging term you don’t understand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. To learn more about email marketin…
0458: What Is the Difference Between Blog Categories and Tags?
Oct 22, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Darin, who has been building a blog and has a question about post metadata. What is the difference between categories and tags? Darin’s site is http://mystartupchallenge.com/. The WordPress plugin for combatting spam is Gro…
0457: Are Niche Sites Outdated?
Oct 21, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Estevan, who asks about niche sites. Is the traditional niche site outdated? How do you learn enough to become an authority in your niche? The site I mention in this episode is http://howtobakeapotato.com. The tool I used t…
0456: Can I Put Multiple Affiliate Links on One Page?
Oct 20, 2015 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Nick, who asks about affiliate marketing. Is it okay to put multiple affiliate links on a page, or should he put each on a separate page? In this episode, we use Bluehost as an example (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you h…
0455: Which Crowdfunding Site Should I Use?
Oct 19, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kitt, who has questions about crowdfunding. Which site do I recommend? Kit’s site is http://theillustratedcoach.com/ The crowdfunding sites I discuss are Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/), IndieGogo (https://www.ind…
0454: How Do I Recover from a Google Search Penalty?
Oct 16, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Tom, who asks about Google search algorithm changes. He was hit with a Google penalty, and even after updating his site, it still hasn’t recovered. How can he get back into Google’s favor? Check out Neil Patel’s guide on Qu…
0453: How Do I Find a Mentor?
Oct 15, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jay, who asks about mentorship. How can he find a mentor? Jay’s site is http://www.respect1st.com/. My review of Azul Terronez’s book is on SPI TV (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-art-of-apprenticeship/). The printing…
0452: Is Domain Flipping a Good Income Strategy?
Oct 14, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from AJ, who asks about domain flipping (the buying and reselling of domain names). Is it a good income strategy? In this episode I talk about a principle Nicole Dean shared with me in Smart Passive Income Episode 009 (http://ww…
0451: Should I Set Up a Pre-Launch Landing Page?
Oct 13, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Ethan, who asks about launching his new website. Should he set up a pre-launch landing page? Ethan’s website is http://whydidntyouask.com/ and his Twitter name is @ethanpariseau. In this episode I talk about the launch stra…
0450: How Do You Know When To Outsource?
Oct 12, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Stefan, who asks about outsourcing. How do you know when it is time to outsource a task? Stefan’s site is http://howtolucid.com/. A few great companies for finding staff are Upwork (merger of oDesk and Elance; http://upwork…
0449: How Do I Get My Podcast to Rank in iTunes?
Oct 9, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Ray, who has a podcast that isn’t showing up in search on iTunes. Ray’s podcast is http://topagentsplaybook.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new guide on emai…
0448: What Is Your Blog And Podcast Posting Schedule?
Oct 8, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Ximena, who asks about my posting schedule for my blog posts, podcast, and video. What is my schedule? In this episode, I mention Darren Rowse (http://problogger.net/) and Derek Halpern (http://socialtriggers.com/). The too…
0447: How Should I Name My Blog Images?
Oct 7, 2015 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Ted, who asks about images in blog posts. How should he name his images? Ted’s website is http://www.beersinsac.com/. The tool I recommend is Sumo Me (smartpassiveincome.com/sumome). Do you have a question about the nitty-g…
0446: How Safe Is It to Share Detailed Financial Information with My Audience?
Oct 6, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jordi, who wants to help his peers get started with their own freelancing businesses. He lives in an area where security is a concern—how safe is it to share details about his personal income? I share reports on my income w…
0445: How Do I Pick a Topic for My Podcast?
Oct 5, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jim, who has several different interests. How does he choose which interest will make the best podcast? To learn how to better serve your audience, listen to Smart Passive Income Episode 178 with Ryan Levesque (http://www.s…
0444: How Do I Take Advantage of Seasonal Traffic Spikes?
Oct 2, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Richard, who works in Formula One racing. Each race weekend he gets a big spike in traffic. How can he convert that traffic into book sales? Richard’s site is http://jobinf1.com/. Richard talks about my very first niche sit…
0443: Should I Start a Podcast to Improve My Public Speaking?
Oct 1, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Ian, who is looking to build his confidence with public speaking and in interviews. Would starting a podcast help him improve his public speaking? Ian’s site is http://logogeek.co.uk/. I share my experience with using a pod…
0442: How Do I Handle Links In EBooks?
Sep 30, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Jonathan, who asks about adding links into ebooks. Jonathan’s site is http://www.best27inchmonitor.com/. In this episode, I talk about Geni.us, which helps you join international Amazon affiliate programs (http://geni.us). …
0441: How Should I Promote My Content?
Sep 29, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Tony, who asks about content promotion. Tony mentions Derek Halpern, who spends a lot of time promoting his content (http://socialtriggers.com/). The tool I use for recycling social posts is Edgar (http://meetedgar.com/); t…
0440: What Is A Good Mobile Business?
Sep 28, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Peter, who has to move often. What’s a good online business for someone on the move? In Episode 46 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, Dane Maxwell talks about how to find a business idea (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com…
0439: Why Are Meetups Important?
Sep 25, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Thomas, who asks if I still have meetups in person. Use the hashtag #AskPat439 to let me know if you’re interested in my idea. Do you have a question about networking with others? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today…
0438: Is Disqus A Good Comment Platform?
Sep 24, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Todd and his kids Joshua and Jenna, who ask about blog comment platforms. Do you recommend Disqus? Smart Passive Income uses Disqus (https://disqus.com/). My friend Cliff uses Livefyre (http://web.livefyre.com/). The spam p…
0437: How Has Your View Of Design Changed?
Sep 23, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Tony, who asks about how my online business has impacted how I feel about design. Tony’s site is http://designerhacks.com/. Tony mentions Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 90 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/architectu…
0436: How Do I Provide Offers For My New Podcast?
Sep 22, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Will, who hopes to convince his podcast guests to provide offers for his audience. The problem is that he doesn’t have an audience yet. How should he get started? I share how I would go about finding offers for my podcast a…
0435: Is It Okay To Use Single Opt-In For Email Marketing?
Sep 21, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who asks about single opt-in for email marketing. In this episode, I mention my interview with Ryan Levesque on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 179 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/underused-methods-for-buil…
0434: How Do I Deal With A Tremendous Amount Of Spam?
Sep 18, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Tony, who is overwhelmed by spam email. What can he do to combat the huge amount of spam emails? Tony’s site is http://bloggingdiabetes.com/. For blog comments, I recommend getting a captcha plugin for your WordPress websit…
0433: How Do I Use Pinterest To Promote My Food Blog?
Sep 17, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Nicholas, who is trying to understand how to promote his business using Pinterest. Nicholas’s website is http://informationalcuisine.com/. I recommend looking to Social Media Examiner for advice on Pinterest (http://www.soc…
0432: How Do I Turn Podcast Listeners Into Email Subscribers?
Sep 16, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Joe, who is having trouble converting podcast listeners into email list subscribers. How can he improve this conversion rate? Joe’s podcast is The Q2 Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-q2-podcast/id897345646?mt…
0431: How Do I Hire A Software Developer?
Sep 15, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Wayne, who is looking to hire a software developer. How does he find someone who can make his idea a reality? I recommend Upwork, which is the new company created by the merger of Elance and oDesk (https://www.upwork.com/)….
0430: Are eBooks Too Old Fashioned?
Sep 14, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tara, who asks if ebooks are too old school. Is something fancier, like video, a better choice? Good platforms for hosting courses include WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), WP Courseware (https://flyplugins…
0429: How Can I Manage My Growing Email Inbox?
Sep 11, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Karin, whose business is growing rapidly. Her email inbox is getting out of hand—what strategies can she use to keep the personal touch without getting overwhelmed? For more on how Jessica and I handle email, listen to Smar…
0428: Can I Build An Online Business Without A Niche Site?
Sep 10, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Rachel, who wants to build a business without creating a specific niche site. How can she do that? In this episode, I talk about Glen Allsopp from Viperchill (http://www.viperchill.com/). The tool I talk about is LeadPages …
0427: How Do I Find A Mentor?
Sep 9, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Corey, who is looking for a mentor. How can he find one? In this episode, I talk about Brian Harris’s “Poster Boy” strategy (http://blog.videofruit.com/poster-boy/). Do you have a question about mentors? Record it at http:/…
0426: How Do I Generate Leads For My Brick-And-Mortar Business?
Sep 8, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Nick, who needs some suggestions for better lead generation for his home building company. To learn about content marketing, check out Marcus Sheridan (http://www.thesaleslion.com/). Do you have a question about lead gener…
0425: How Do I Make My Blogger Website Mobile-Friendly?
Sep 7, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Amanda, who wants to get back to blogging again. How can she make her Blogger site more mobile-friendly? Amanda’s site is http://www.mommymiamonologues.com/. In this episode, I mention this article from Big Little Geek on r…
0424: How Do I Keep My Subscribers From Getting Duplicate Emails?
Sep 4, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Rachel, who has a question about email lists and lead magnets. How can she keep subscribers from receiving duplicate emails? Rachel’s site is http://www.candokiddo.com/. Rachel mentions the Smart Passive Income Podcast Epis…
0423: Can I Use Cold Emails To Find New Business?
Sep 3, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from AJ, who asks about sending cold emails. Are they a good tool for generating new business? Do you have a question about using email to build your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks….
0422: How Do I Deal With A Much Larger Competitor?
Sep 2, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who has a question about the sharing the work of a much more established individual in his market. Is it a good idea to share a competitor’s site when they have a much larger presence? Brian’s site is http://www.askad…
0421: How Do I Set Up A Video Studio In A Small Space?
Sep 1, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jon, who is setting up a video studio in the corner of his home office. What some space-saving advice do I have to recommend? In this episode I mention a bunch of photography tools, including using a wide angle lens, using …
0420: What Do You Think Of Using Periscope To Market A Business?
Aug 31, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Ann, who asks about the Periscope platform. What is its potential for marketing a business? Chris Ducker inspired me to get started using Periscope (http://www.chrisducker.com). Do you have a question about social media? R…
0419: How Many Hours Do I Work When I’m Starting My Business?
Aug 28, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Mary, who asks how much a new business owner needs to work in the beginning. Is it important to work long hours when you’re first getting a business started? The two authors I contrast are Gary Vaynerchuck (https://www.gary…
0418: How Long Will My Online Business Last?
Aug 27, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Megan, who asks about leaving a traditional product-based business to start an online business. How does she make sure this new business will last? In this episode I mention the post by Kevin Kelly called 1,000 True Fans (h…
0417: What Questions Should I Ask My Audience?
Aug 26, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who is planning to interview some audience members. What questions should he ask his audience members? Chris’s site is http://sidehustleacademy.com/. I recommend Ryan Levesque’s excellent book on how to conduct audie…
0416: How Important Is Having A Business Plan?
Aug 25, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Elizabeth, who asks about business plans. How important is having a business plan? Elizabeth’s site is http://www.theseniorgap.com/. In this episode I mention the SBA, which is the Small Business Administration (https://www…
0415: How Do I Convert Instagram Followers To Customers?
Aug 24, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who wants to know how to convert his Instagram followers to newsletter followers and customers. Josh’s site is http://mad-realestate.com/. I cover strategies for converting Instagram followers on my interviews on Smar…
0414: Do I Need A Separate Email List To Promote Different Affiliate Products?
Aug 21, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Greg, who asks about affiliate products and email lists. Can he promote multiple products to a single list, or should he set up several email lists? For affiliate marketing advice check out this page: http://www.smartpassiv…
0413: How Do You Stay Motivated When Life Gets Tough?
Aug 20, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who asks how I stay motivated when work and life gets tough. It’s a great question, because life is a roller coaster. Here’s what I do. Do you have a question about staying motivated? Record it at http://www.askpat…
0412: What Tools Do I Need To Create A Course?
Aug 19, 2015 • 16 min
Today’s question comes from Saj, whose audience is asking him to create some coaching courses. What tools does he need to create a course? These are the tools I recommend. For hosting the course, if you don’t want to create your own website, you can u…
0411: How Do I Build Traffic To My Services Website?
Aug 18, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Elyse, who writes online content for a living. How can she increase traffic to her site to help her find more customers? Elyse’s site is http://www.contentbyelyse.com/. Take a listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast 158 with…
0410: What Did I Learn When My Website Got Hacked?
Aug 17, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Gaynete, who asks about the time my website got hacked. What did I learn from getting the site hacked? What would I do differently to prevent future attacks? I share the 11 things I learned from the DDOS attack that will …
0409: Where Should I Put My Affiliate Disclosure Statement?
Aug 14, 2015 • 9 min
AP 0409: Where Should I Put My Affiliate Disclosure Statement? Today’s question comes from Jason, who asks about affiliate disclosure. Where should he put the affiliate disclosure statement? I recommend creating a resources page that includes a disclo…
0408: Can I Start A Business Using Only Social Media?
Aug 13, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Khizer, who is a musician with very active social media accounts but no active website. He’s ready to start releasing his own music—how can he use his social media to make money? In this episode I talk about Kevin Kelly’s 1…
0407: How Do I Get Started With Keyword Research?
Aug 12, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Stephen, who has a question about keywords and Google Analytics. How can he get started with keyword research in Google Analytics? In this episode I talk about how to use Google’s free Keyword Planner tool (https://adwords….
0406: I Have Courses. How Do I Build My Audience?
Aug 11, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Tanner, who has courses on Udemy. He’s ready to market courses from his own platform, but he doesn’t have an audience yet. How should he get started? Tanner’s courses on are the course platform site Udemy (http://www.udemy….
0405: Should I Create My Own Health Food Product?
Aug 10, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Selin, who has a question about choosing between two business ideas, an ecommerce site and custom product versus blogging. Kickstarter is a good tool for raising production funds (https://www.kickstarter.com/). Do you have…
0404: Why Do You Give Out T-Shirts To Callers?
Aug 7, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Aron, who wants to know why I give out t-shirts to AskPat callers. What’s the reason for the giveaway? The conference I mention is Podcast Movement (http://podcastmovement.com/). Do you have a question about why I’m doing …
0403: How Do I Become A Millionaire?
Aug 6, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Ross, who wants to make enough money to have the freedom to live the life he wants. How does he get started? Get started with episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, which features regular people who’ve built business…
0402: Which Habits Do You Wish You Had Started Sooner?
Aug 5, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Alex, who ask which habits I wish you had started 5–10 years ago. Alex’s site is http://www.66dayexperiment.com/. The first thing I wish I had started sooner is my morning routine, which I cover in this episode of the Smart…
0401: What Happens When I Add New Autoresponder Emails?
Aug 4, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about autoresponder sequences. David’s site is http://bartenderhq.com/. There are two episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast that cover autoresponder emails, Session 143 (http://www.smartpass…
0400: AskPat Live On Periscope
Aug 3, 2015 • 27 min
Today is special episode of AskPat! I’m taking a lightning round of questions live from the audience on Periscope. The book I recommend in today’s episode is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://amzn.to/1MHXaJP). Do you have a questio…
0399: How Do I Get My Facebook Group Members To Join My Email List?
Jul 31, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Bill, who hosts a successful Facebook group. How can he get his members to join his email list? Bill’s site is http://themakersguide.com. I offer my advice for how to get your community members on to an email list. Do you h…
0398: How Long Does It Take To Build A Platform?
Jul 30, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Gabriel, who is new to blogging and wants to know how long (on average) it takes to build up a platform. Is it a year? Two years? Here’s what I think Gabriel (and you) should keep in mind. Gabriel’s site is http://www.gabrie…
0397: How Do I Grow My Business From Freelancing Into An Agency?
Jul 29, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Tom, who is interested in growing his freelancing business to a small agency. How does he go about this? Tom’s site is http://www.convertdigital.co.uk/. In this episode, I mention my Smart Passive Income interview with Bria…
0396: Can I Start Blogging in a Crowded Industry?
Jul 28, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Junaid, who is questioning his desire to be a tech blogger. It’s a crowded industry—is it worth entering, or should he write in a different industry? I share my thoughts on how to get started. Do you have a question about…
0395: Did I Choose A Niche That Is Too Small?
Jul 27, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Paula, who worries that she may have selected a niche that is too small. What should she do? In this episode, I recommend using the Google Keywords Tool (https://adwords.google.com) and LongTail Pro (http://askpat.com/longt…
0394: Do You Still Use Muse For Meditation?
Jul 24, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who asks about my experience with the Muse device for meditation. You can find the Muse device here (http://smartpassiveincome.com/muse). I use meditation as a part of my morning routine, which I discuss with Hal Elro…
0393: How Do I Record My Podcast Guests?
Jul 23, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Tehout, who records interviews for her podcast. How can she ensure that her guests have a good sound quality? I recommend the Ecamm Call Recorder for Mac users (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/) and Pamela recorder fo…
0392: When Should I Ignore My Audience’s Opinion?
Jul 22, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who is wrestling with the opinions he received after polling his audience. A small portion of his audience disagrees with a design change he is considering. Should he listen to them or continue with his rebranding plan…
0391: How Do I Encourage My Readers To Leave Reviews?
Jul 21, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, whose wife has just released a cookbook. What is the best way to encourage her community to leave reviews on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites? Lynn’s site is http://freshaprilflours.com/. I discuss reviews with J…
0390: How Do I Get My Family To Support My Business Goals?
Jul 20, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Elizabeth, who needs help convincing her husband that building a business structured around passive income is a smart idea. Elizabeth’s site is http://www.savvysandwicher.com/. Thank you so much for completing the survey I …
0389: Why Did You Start Smart Passive Income?
Jul 17, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Liz, who asks about how my feelings about Smart Passive Income have changed. How do I feel about what I have to offer my listeners? Liz’s site is http://cuddlesandrage.com/. I would appreciate if you could fill out my surve…
0388: How Do I Restart My Blog After An Absence?
Jul 16, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who is interested it reviving his blog. How does he come back from a long absence? The book I mention is Ask by Ryan Levesque (http://www.amazon.com/Ask-Counterintuitive-Discover-Customers-Business/dp/1939447720/&tag…
0387: How Do Your Affiliate Sales Change Your Business Priorities?
Jul 15, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who has a question about my Bluehost affiliate sales. How does this income source change the way I approach my business? What would I do differently if I didn’t have this income source? (http://askpat.com/bluehost) …
0386: How Do I Make Sure New Visitors Find My Old Content?
Jul 14, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Jimm, who has a site with a large backlog of content. How can he make sure he’s making the most of his backlog so that new people find it? Jimm’s site is http://vententersearch.com. In this episode, I talk about my Getting …
0385: How Do I Find A Development Coach Or A Mastermind Group?
Jul 13, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Mary, who is looking to build a professional support network. How can she find a personal development coach and a mastermind group? I’ve covered mastermind groups on SPI TV Episodes 9–12 (http://watchspi.tv). Share your exp…
0384: What Is A Good Platform For Selling Online Courses?
Jul 10, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Steve, who is looking to sell an online course. What are good platforms for selling online courses? In this episode, I discuss several different platforms and tools, including Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/), Lynda (http://l…
0383: How Do I Organize My Content Plan?
Jul 9, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Dana, who is still getting started and needs help getting organized. What information should she keep track of when she’s organizing her content plan? In this episode I mentioned Speakpipe, which we use for taking questio…
0382: Which Comes First, The Podcast Or The Blog?
Jul 8, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Greg, who asks which should come first, the podcast or the blog. I have a lot of thoughts on how to get started. To learn about getting your podcast started, go to my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com)….
0381: Is It Worth Buying Backlinks?
Jul 7, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Dean, who asks about buying backlinks. Dean’s site is http://moderngreenlife.com/. Kimanzi Constable shares great information on how to become a contributing writer to large media sites on Smart Passive Income Podcast #145 …
0380: How Do I Prioritize My Time Between Two Projects?
Jul 6, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Chirag, who has two websites. How should he balance the effort spent on the two different sites? Chirag’s site is http://chiragmehta.co.uk/. I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your r…
0379: How Do I Structure A Good Podcast Interview?
Jul 3, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Carlos, who is preparing to start a podcast. He asks how I structure my interviews and how I plan the questions. Carlos’s site is http://quietsalesguy.com/. Carlos mentions the event I held with Chris Ducker, 1-Day Business…
0378: When Should I Use A Pen Name?
Jul 2, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jason, who asks about protecting his online identity. What should he do to protect his identity? When should he use a pen name? Jason’s site is http://debtdeparture.com/. In this episode, I talk about my niche website Secur…
0377: How Did You Build Your Niche Sites?
Jul 1, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Kedar, who asks about how I built my niche sites. What did I know before I got started? How did I learn about the niches? In this episode, I talk about my niche websites Security Guard Training (http://www.securityguardtrai…
0376: How Do I Create A Good Podcast Intro?
Jun 30, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Filmon, who is looking to change his podcast’s intro music. Here are the tools and services I recommend. Music Radio Creative created the AskPat intro (http://askpat.com/mrc). For software, the Mac’s built-in Garage Band pr…
0375: How Do I Handle New Lead Magnets For My Existing Email Subscribers?
Jun 29, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Melody, who asks about email newsletters and lead magnets. Should she require her existing users to opt-in again to get new lead magnets? Melody’s site is http://melodywilding.com/. The tool I mention is LeadPages (http://a…
0374: What Happens When New And Noteworthy Ends?
Jun 26, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Adrian, who has a podcast in iTunes’s New and Noteworthy section. What happens when it ends? Adrian’s podcast is Your Daily 10 Minute Meditation Podcast (http://apple.co/1e5RB9p). Check out the Smart Podcast Player (http:/…
0373: How Do You Stay True To Your Morals When Making Business Decisions?
Jun 25, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who asks about making business decisions. How do I stay true to my morals when someone is offering me a lot of money? Do you have a question about making good business decisions? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. …
0372: Where Do I Find My Podcast Stats?
Jun 24, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kirklan, who is having trouble finding his podcast stats. How does he figure out how many downloads his show has? Kirklan’s podcast is http://empowertk.org/. In this episode, I talk about Feedburner (http://feedburner.googl…
0371: How Do I Politely Decline Requests For Free Content?
Jun 23, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Maelisa, who asks about politely declining request for free content. In this episode I discuss my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/) and my product Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartpodcas…
0370: Do I Need A Separate Website For My Podcast?
Jun 22, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Roy, who is starting a new podcast. Should the podcast live on its own website? Roy’s site is http://www.idealdreammarriage.com/. In this episode, I talk about my project with Chris Ducker, 1-Day Business Breakthrough (http…
0369: How Do I Turn Followers Into Relationships?
Jun 19, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who asks how to turn followers into relationships. What a great question! In this episode I talk about email service providers AWeber (http://askpat.com/aweber), Infusionsoft (http://askpat.com/infusionsoft), Ontra…
0368: Should I Pay For Facebook Ads To Build My Email List?
Jun 18, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Joe, who is working to build his email list. Should he spend money on Facebook Ads? Joe’s site is http://panvisio.org/. Amy Porterfield has great advice on this topic (http://www.amyporterfield.com/), as does Rick Mulready …
0367: How Do I Record A Webinar?
Jun 17, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Daniel, who wants to record webinars for his organization. What equipment does he need? Webinar providers include GoToWebinar (http://askpat.com/gotowebinar), Google Hangouts (https://plus.google.com/hangouts/), and Webinar…
0366: Should I Focus On Creating Digital Products Outside My Niche?
Jun 16, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Bree, who asks about whether she should spend time creating digital products outside her niche. Do you have a question about digital products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Lynda.com. Try out …
0365: Why Is My Podcast Promotion Strategy Failing?
Jun 15, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Joel, who is having trouble with the promotion of his podcast. Why is his strategy failing? Joel’s podcast is Look Like a Local (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/look-like-local-travelers/id993214217?mt=2). In this episo…
0364: Should I Buy All The Variations Of My Domain Name?
Jun 12, 2015 • 5 min
Today’s question comes from Ron, who asks about domain names. Should he buy up all the variations (.net, .com, .org, etc.)? In this episode, I mention Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net) and LeadPages (http://leadpages.net). Do you have a question abou…
0363: Do I Need An MBA For Online Business?
Jun 11, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Chastity, who asks about whether or not she should pursue an MBA. In this episode, I discuss starting Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do you have a question about running your online business? Record…
0362: What Role Does Appearance Make In Building A Personal Brand?
Jun 10, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Aaron, who has a question about standing out from the crowd. Does a professional appearance still have a place? Aaron’s site is http://freecustommusic.com/. To sign up for my email list, go to eBooks the Smart Way (http://e…
0361: How Do I Promote My New Podcast?
Jun 9, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Saj, who is starting a new podcast. How do I promote my new podcast? You can find my podcast tutorial at PodcastingTutorial.com (http://podcastingtutorial.com/). In this episode I share my experience with podcast promotion….
0360: Should I Make My Website Bilingual?
Jun 8, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jordi, who is working to refine his target audience. Should his site be bilingual, with information in both English and Spanish? In this episode, I mention Google Analytics (https://www.google.com/analytics/). Share your ex…
0359: Do You Have Any Resources For App Development?
Jun 5, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Kristin and Britain, who are looking for resources for planning and developing an iOS game. How can they get organized and started with development? In this episode, I talk about Elance (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/el…
0358: What Does It Cost To Get A Niche Website Started?
Jun 4, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Will, who asks about website startup costs. What does it take to get a new niche site up and running? Will is talking about my niche site, Security Guard Training (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/). For keyword resea…
0357: How Do I Optimize My Podcast’s Metadata?
Jun 3, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Ken, who wants to know how to optimize his podcast metadata. Ken’s podcast website is http://www.gregbennettsales.com/podcastm/. For keyword research, the Google Adwords Keyword Planning Tool may be useful (https://adwords….
0356: 5 Things I Recommend New Bloggers Do
Jun 2, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Phil, who asks what five things I’d recommend for new bloggers. Phil’s site is http://selfdevelopmentjourney.com/. The episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I recommend is episode 145 with Kimanzi Constable (http://sm…
0355: How Do I Make A Professional-Looking Info Product?
Jun 1, 2015 • 14 min
AP 0355: How Do I Make a Professional-Looking Info Product? Today’s question comes from David, who is ready to put out his first info product. He has the content—what’s the best way to make it look professional? The payment platform I mentioned is Gum…
0354: What Is The Best Video Hosting Platform?
May 29, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Fay, who is looking for a good, cost-effective video hosting platform. Here are my suggestions. YouTube is best for public videos and is the most cost-effective option (http://youtube.com/). Wistia is a more expensive optio…
0353: How Do I Convince A Company To Start An Affiliate Program?
May 28, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Art, who needs advice on educating businesses on affiliate programs. How can he educate company owners on the benefit of affiliate programs? Art’s site is http://scapefu.com/. I’ve had experience with this problem with my n…
0352: How Long Do I Wait Before Releasing A Course?
May 27, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Danny, who asks how long he should wait (or how many subscribers he should have) before releasing a course. Danny’s site is http://thehindsightjournal.com/. Share your experiencing releasing courses using #AskPat351. Do y…
0351: How Do I Interact With People On My Sales Page?
May 26, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Pim, who wants to interact with people who land on his sales page. What’s a good tool for this? In this episode, I talk about the live chat feature, Olark (https://www.olark.com/), the heat map tools that can help you impro…
0350: How Did You First Make Money With Your Podcast?
May 25, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Nicole, who has a podcast topic and wants to know how I first made money with the show. Nicole’s site is http://www.loveradianceskincare.com/. I talk with John Lee Dumas about podcast sponsorships on Smart Passive Income Se…
0349: What Is A Good Alternative To Google Ads?
May 22, 2015 • 17 min
Today’s question comes from Chava, who is looking for an alternative to Google Ads. What’s an alternative way to monetize her site? Chava’s site is http://www.ourkidscanthrive.com/. This is a great question. I talk about what I feel are the important …
0348: Do You Edit Past Blog Posts?
May 21, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Bethany, who asks about editing old blog posts. Do I edit old posts? How do I keep on top of what needs editing? Do you have a question about your blog? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, AWebe…
0347: What Does Your Podcasting Workflow Look Like?
May 20, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Lea, who asks about my podcasting workflow. What information do I send my guests? How do I do my research? What does the workflow during and after the podcast look like? Lea’s site is http://www.leapica.com/. In this episod…
0346: What Is A Good Customer Support Ticket System?
May 19, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Butch, who is looking for a good support ticketing plugin. I have several suggestions for tools. We use HelpScout for the Smart Podcast Player (https://www.helpscout.net/) to track support tickets and provide a support data…
0345: How Do I Balance My Time Between Learning And Working?
May 18, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Bill, who asks about time management. How should he split his time between working on the business and learning new skills? Bill’s site is http://www.traumamonkeys.com/. Bill mentions Fizzle (http://fizzle.co). I talk about…
0344: What’s The Best Way To Write For My Niche Site?
May 15, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Anne, who has a question about the writing style for her niche site. Are posts made up of bullet points okay? I share my experiences with different writing styles on Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/)…
0343: How Many Hours Do You Work Each Week?
May 14, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Curt, who asks about my work-life balance. How many hours do I work in a week? Curt’s site is http://valuesdrivenresults.com/. In this episode I mention Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning (http://halelrod.com/). Do you have a…
0342: How Do I Leverage The Success Of My Niche Site?
May 13, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Garret, who has a successful niche site. How can he leverage that success to grow a larger business? Today’s caller mentioned Niche Pursuits (http://nichepursuits.com/), a great resource for information on making the most o…
0341: How Do I Increase My Social Following?
May 12, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from DJ D’Loose, who is looking to build his following across platforms. What can he do to increase interaction on Facebook, Soundcloud, and other platforms? In this episode I take a look at DJ D’Loose’s social media feeds and sh…
0340: How Do I Build Up My On Camera Confidence?
May 11, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Gary, who needs to build his on-camera confidence. What are some good resources for building up this confidence? Toastmasters is a great resource for improving your public speaking (https://www.toastmasters.org/). Caleb Woj…
0339: How Do I Get People To Use A New Forum?
May 8, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Warren, who is planning to start a forum. How can he encourage users to contribute when the forum is still new and doesn’t have a lot of content? Warren’s site is http://www.thesuperblife.com/. Fizzle does a great job manag…
0338: Do I Continue My Launch Plans When A Giant Competitor Releases Something Similar?
May 7, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Laura, who needs help deciding if she should continue with her launch plans, given that a Google-backed venture has just launched something incredibly similar. What should she do? I need you to weigh in using #AskPat338. Wo…
0337: How Do I Get People To Use My App?
May 6, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who has an app that he wants his target audience to use. The app doesn’t need to make money; he just wants it to get used. Eric’s site is http://aboutmywoods.org/. Do you have advice for Eric? Share it with #AskPat337…
0336: How Do I Use Email For Product Validation?
May 5, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Nickeya, who has a question about using email for product validation. This is an area I’m very interested in. I mention Chris Ducker’s experiences with infomercials, which is very similar to how we can validate products in …
0335: How Many Words Should A Blogger Write Every Day?
May 4, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from David, who is a new blogger. He asks, “How many words should I write per day?” Here are the tools I recommend: Five Minute Journal (http://www.fiveminutejournal.com/), 750 Words (http://750words.com/), and Jeff Goins’s 500 …
0334: What Tools Should I Use To Record A Video Podcast?
May 1, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Kara, who has an audio podcast and is considering starting a video podcast. Which tools should she use to record her video podcast? Kara’s site is http://www.morningcooldown.com/. To learn about RSS feeds, go to my podcasti…
0333: How Do I Make A Service Business Passive?
Apr 30, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Emmanuel, who is a graphic designer. How can he take his service-based business and make it passive? To learn how to productize your services, listen to Smart Passive Income session 158 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ho…
0332: Is Your Income Truly Passive?
Apr 29, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Jeremy, who asks if my income is truly passive. Here are my thoughts on this great question. In the episode, I mention FoodTruckr (http://foodtruckr.com/). Do you have a question about passive income? Record it at http://ww…
0331: What Is Your Process For Capturing Thoughts For Writing?
Apr 28, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Alain, who wants to know how I capture thoughts for my writing process. Share your writing process with #AskPat331. In this episode, I talk about Evernote (https://evernote.com/), Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.c…
0330: How Do You Write Your Show Notes?
Apr 27, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Brian, who is getting a new podcast started. He wants to know the best way to write out his show notes. In this episode I mention Amy Porterfield (http://www.amyporterfield.com/), Michael Hyatt (http://michaelhyatt.com/), a…
0329: When Do I Need To Set Up An LLC?
Apr 24, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Curtis, who is just getting started. He wants to know when he should set up the LLC. Does he have to do it right away or can he wait a little while? Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at h…
0328: What Do I Do When The Domain Name I Want Isn’t Available?
Apr 23, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Luca, who is starting a website, but the domain name he wants isn’t available. What should he consider as he picks a new site? I mention Glen Allsop from Viperchill (http://www.viperchill.com/), Zen Habits (http://zenhabits…
0327: What Are The Best Practices For Managing WordPress Plugins?
Apr 22, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Tyler, who is looking for advice regarding WordPress plugins. What’s the best way to managing frequent updates and making sure that features don’t break? I share my advice; share yours using #AskPat325. Do you have a quest…
0326: How Do I Find Broken Links On My Site?
Apr 21, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Nathan, who wants to know if there is a quick method for finding and fixing broken links on his site. Nathan’s site is http://minneapolisrunning.com/. The plugin I recommend is Broken Link Checker (https://wordpress.org/plu…
0325: Should I Respond To Negative Comments?
Apr 20, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Alice, who has received negative comments from members of her community. How should she respond? Should she respond? Alice’s site is http://www.yourdoulabag.com/. You can find Jay Baer at http://www.convinceandconvert.com/….
0324: How Narrow Should I Make My EBook Topic?
Apr 17, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Jackie, who has written an ebook for a very narrow niche. Sales are good but not amazing. Should her next book topic be as narrow or should she go broader? Share your thoughts using #AskPat324. Jackie’s site is http://freedo…
0323: How Can I Increase Traffic To A New Website?
Apr 16, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Alyce, who has a new website that is getting some attention. What can she do to keep building traffic? Alyce’s site is http://www.newstability.com/. In this episode I mention John Lee Dumas (http://entrepreneuronfire.com/),…
0322: How Many Podcast Listeners Do I Need Before Selling Ads?
Apr 15, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from John, who asks how many listeners he should have before he starts selling advertising. I share what I’ve learned about podcast advertising. Do you have a question about podcast advertising? Record it at http://www.askpat.co…
0321: How Do I Do Keyword Research For The Amazon Kindle Marketplace?
Apr 14, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Toni, who asks about software for keyword research in the Amazon Kindle marketplace. The Google keyword tools I recommend are Google Keyword Planner (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner) and Long Tail Pro (http://askp…
0320: How Do I Restrict Access To My Email List Incentive?
Apr 13, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who wants to restrict access to his email list incentive. What’s the best way to do this? In this episode I mention the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast (https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/) and Meta Robots WordP…
0319: What Type Of Facebook Page Is Right For A New Business?
Apr 10, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who has a question about Facebook pages for businesses. Should he use a Page or a closed Community Group page? Josh’s site is http://www.bestpedometerreview.com/. Do you have a question about using Facebook with you…
0318: Should I Restrict The Countries My Facebook Ads Target?
Apr 9, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jim, who has a question about running Facebook ads. Is it a good idea to restrict Facebook ads to the United States? Jim’s site is http://www.microtutes.com/. In this episode, I mention Amy Porterfield’s (http://www.amyport…
0317: What Homepage Changes Will Improve My Sales?
Apr 8, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Alex, who wants to know what tweaks he can make to his homepage to improve sales. Alex’s site is http://www.cowboybillytime.com/. Cowboy Billly looks like Chase Reeves from Fizzle (http://fizzle.co/) and that is awesome. I …
0316: How Do I Capitalize On A Large Instagram Following?
Apr 7, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from RK, who has a friend with a large social media following. How can his friend monetize this following? Do you have a question about monetization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have advice, share it using #AskPa…
0315: What Do I Need To Know About Joint Venture Partnerships?
Apr 6, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Marty, who has a question about joint venture partnerships. Marty’s site is http://www.golfstrategyschool.com/. Marty mentioned the AudioTechnica ATR2100 microphone and my video podcast SPI TV (http://watchspi.tv), as well …
0314: How Do I Set Up A Podcast Advertising Program?
Apr 3, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Kris, who has a question about podcast advertising. I’ve learned a lot about podcast advertising and share my favorite resources. John Lee Dumas’s guide to podcast sponsors is incredibly helpful: http://entrepreneuronfire.c…
0313: Which Makes A Bigger Impact, A Blog Or A Podcast?
Apr 2, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Sam, who asks which I think makes a bigger impact: a blog or a podcast. I share my thoughts on blogging, podcasting, and video blogging. Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Th…
0312: Why Aren’t Visitors Using My Site?
Apr 1, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Tom, who wonders why visitors to his site are not using it—even when they can get paid to use the site. I offer my thoughts. Tom’s site is http://crowdfoto.net/. Do you have a question about your website’s conversion? Recor…
0311: How Do I Get Started Building A Website?
Mar 31, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Ollisha, who needs some advice for getting started building a website. Here are the resources I recommend exploring in this episode: Squarespace (http://squarespace.com/), Bluehost (http://smartpassiveincome.com/bluehost); …
0310: Should I Learn Copywriting To Improve My Website?
Mar 30, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Tracy, who wants to make his blog look better. Should he learn copywriting? Tracy’s site is http://www.tracerammo.com/. I recommend checking the resources at Copyblogger (http://www.copyblogger.com/), especially this Copybl…
0309: When Should A Company Remove People From An Email List?
Mar 27, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Donna, who has an observation about the way she uses emails from companies. When is it a good idea to clean your email list? Share your thoughts at #AskPat309. Do you have a question about managing your email list? Record i…
0308: Why Do You Recommend Pretty Link Lite?
Mar 26, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Jake, who wants to know why I recommend Pretty Link Lite vs Simple 301 Redirects. Jake’s site is http://www.familybeforefortune.com/. The two plugins Jake references are Pretty Link Lite (https://wordpress.org/plugins/prett…
0307: How Do I Know If What I’m Reading Is Current?
Mar 25, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Richelle, who asks if the information on my site is current. I take a wider view of the question and share how to tell if what you’re reading online is current. For current social media advice, check out Social Media Examin…
0306: Should I Add A Donation Button To My Blog?
Mar 24, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Giovanni, who asks about the use of a donation button. Is it a good idea to add a donation button to his site? Giovanni’s site is http://liveanddare.com/. I talk about the Muse headset (http://www.choosemuse.com/) and the H…
0305: How Do I Get Traffic To A New Site (Without Advertising)?
Mar 23, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Daniel, who wants to know how to get traffic to a new site without paid advertising. I share my advice; share yours using #AskPat305. I mention the Smart Passive Income Podcast session 145 with Kimanzi Constable (http://www…
0304: What Makes A Good Email List Incentive?
Mar 20, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Bradley, who wonders what makes for a good email list incentive. Bradley’s site is http://senseyourenergy.com/. Bradley mentions eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com/). I also discuss Smart Passive Income Podc…
0303: How Did You Create Your Current Website Design?
Mar 19, 2015 • 18 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who asks about my current website design. I review what I’ve learned about web design. Here’s the post I reference about my theme design: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/history-of-themes-smart-passive-income/. Som…
0302: How Do I Keep MP3s For Customers Only?
Mar 18, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Anabell, who is looking for a way to distribute paid MP3s. Anabell’s site is http://pregnancyperfect.com/. Do you have a question about delivering paid products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s spons…
0301: Is My Website Topic Too Broad?
Mar 17, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Gaby, who wants to know if her website topic is too broad. I share my thoughts—share yours using #AskPat301. In this episode, I mention Andrew Warner (http://www.mixergy.com); the Smart Passive Income episode with Lain Ehma…
0300: What Kind Of AskPat Questions Do You Like To Answer?
Mar 16, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Emilio, who wants to know what kinds of questions I get for AskPat. I share my thoughts on content strategy. Share yours using #AskPat300. Do you have a question about your content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.c…
0299: How Soon Should A Blogger Start Sharing Income Reports?
Mar 13, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Laurence, who wants to be transparent with her affiliate income. When is the right time to start sharing income reports? Laurence’s site is http://learntocodewith.me/. You can see my income reports here: http://www.smartpas…
0298: How Do I Promote My Products During My Podcast?
Mar 12, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Belah, who is looking for advice on how to appropriately promote her products while interviewing guests who also have something to promote. Belah’s site is http://delightyourmarriage.com/. If you have advice for Belah, share…
0297: How Do You Make Your Featured Images For Blog Posts?
Mar 11, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who wants to know how I create the images for my podcast posts. Here are the tools I use to make these look nice. Canva (http://canva.com/) is a great tool for creating shareable images. The big listing of resources f…
0296: Are Private Label Rights Still A Good Strategy?
Mar 10, 2015 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Mike, who has a question about private label rights, also called PLR. Are they still a good strategy for internet marketing? The episode of Smart Passive Income Podcast regarding Private Label Rights is Session #9 (http://s…
0295: How Do I Balance My Time Between Writing And Promotion?
Mar 9, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Aaron, who has been focusing intently on writing. How much time should he spend on promotion? The book Aaron mentions is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Check out the episode of the…
0294: How Did You Select Your Niche Markets?
Mar 6, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Tim, who wants to know why I chose the niche markets I chose. My niche sites include serving security guard training (http://securityguardtraininghq.com) and food trucks (http://foodtruckr). I mention Gary Vaynerchuck’s boo…
0293: Is It Okay To Outsource Web Design?
Mar 5, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Melissa, who feels overwhelmed by the technical aspects of creating a website. Is it okay to outsource web design? What are some simple search engine optimization tips for the non-technically savvy? I recommend checking out…
0292: How Do I Build A Brand Without Alienating Existing Brands?
Mar 4, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who wants build his brand without alienating existing brands in his niche. Matt’s site is http://www.whyiwetshave.com/. I have tons of advice for him, but I want to hear yours as well. Share your advice using #AskPat29…
0291: What’s The Best Way To Record Podcasts?
Mar 3, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Linda, who has a question about recording her podcast using Skype. Find Skype at http://skype.com/. The recorders I mention are Call Recorder by Ecamm for Macs (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/) and Pamela for PCs (htt…
0290: Are There Free Alternatives To E-Junkie?
Mar 2, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Sara, who has a question about a service I’ve recommended, E-junkie. Sara’s site is http://www.inventingclarified.com/. Sara mentions my book, eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com) and E-junkie, a tool for sel…
0289: Should I Change The Order Of My Autoresponder Series?
Feb 27, 2015 • 9 min
AP 0289: Should I Change the Order of My Autoresponder Series? Today’s question comes from Andy, who has an autoresponder series. Some have a higher open rate—should he rearrange the emails so that those ones come first? Andy’s site is http://channelem…
0288: How Do You Relax Your Mind After Working Late?
Feb 26, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who would like to know how I relax after working long into the night. I recommend Flux (https://justgetflux.com/) for automatically adjusting the brightness of your screen. I also talk about Smart Passive Income Podc…
0287: What Is A Good Day Job For Online Business Skill Building?
Feb 25, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Nick, who is in the process of creating an online business. He’d like his day job to help him build skills useful to his business. What’s a good field to work in? I give my advice—share yours with #AskPat287. Do you have a …
0286: Is Podcasting Traffic Cyclical?
Feb 24, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from David, who asks about podcasting traffic. His show’s traffic fell over the holidays and hasn’t rebounded yet. Is this normal? David’s site is http://www.xonebros.com/. I mention GameFly (http://www.gamefly.com/) and one of …
0285: How Do I Encourage My Followers To Contribute To My Charity?
Feb 23, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Gary, who wants to know how best encourage his social media following to contribute to his charitable cause. Gary’s site is http://www.545miles.com. I mention my videographer, Caleb Wocjik (http://diyvideoguy.com/), as well…
0284: How Do I Explain A Long Absence To My Podcast Audience?
Feb 20, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Cornell, who took time off of his podcast due to some hard moments in his life. How does he explain the downtime to his audience? If you have advice for Cornell, share it using #AskPat284. My video channel is SPI TV (http:/…
0283: How Do I Transition A Niche Site To An Affiliate Site?
Feb 19, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Marlin, who wants to transition a niche site to an affiliate site. What’s the best way to do this? Marlin’s site is http://www.plantoprep.com/. Do you have a question about niche or affiliate sites? Record it at http://www….
0282: How Do I Choose Which Idea To Work On First?
Feb 18, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes Lee, who asks how to choose which project to start on first. How do you stay on track? We’ve all experienced this. Do you have a question about project planning? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbook…
0281: Is It Worth Trying To Compete In A Saturated Podcast Market?
Feb 17, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Alex, who would like to start a podcast in an already saturated niche. Is it worth trying to compete? Alex mentions one of my other podcasts, 1 Day Business Breakthrough (http://1daybb.com/). Do you have a question about p…
0280: What Does A Podcast-Only Website Look Like?
Feb 16, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question come from Alain, who is planning to start a podcast but not a blog. What should his website look like? Alain references my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com), as well as the Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartp…
0279: Which Habit Has Had A Big Impact On Your Life?
Feb 13, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Drew, who wants to know which habits have had a big impact on my life. Here’s the Smart Passive Income Podcast episode that Drew mentions: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/. The projects I mention are…
0278: Where Do I Post My Articles To Best Demonstrate Authority?
Feb 12, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Richard, who is selling a product and wants to write articles to demonstrate his authority. Is it better to post the articles on his own blog or on an article-sharing site? Here’s my most recent post on backlinking: http://…
0277: How Do I Promote An eBook For Kids?
Feb 11, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Eddie, who is looking for tips on how to promote an ebook geared toward kids. My friend Katie Davis has lots of great advice for children’s authors: http://katiedavis.com/. The Amazon programs I discuss are KDP Select (http…
0276: How Can I Improve The Graphics On My Website?
Feb 10, 2015 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Singleton, who is struggling with using Photoshop. What are some other resources for design? I recommend iStockPhoto (http://www.istockphoto.com/) and DepositPhotos (http://depositphotos.com/) for finding stock photos. If y…
0275: When Do I Start Sharing My Website On Social Media?
Feb 9, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kevin, who is just getting his website started. When is the appropriate time to start sharing the site on social media? Kevin’s site is http://www.kevinburke2.com/. The article on website launches I reference is http://www….
0274: How Can I Hold a Book Signing for an eBook?
Feb 6, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Robert, who asks what replaces a book signing with digital-only books. Robert’s site is http://www.hardcoreselfhelp.com/. If you have a suggestion for what Robert can do, share it with #AskPat274. Do you have a question abo…
0273: How Do I Optimize My 404 Page?
Feb 5, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Bartek, who purchased and repurposed an active website. He’s getting traffic to the previous owner’s old posts, and they get a 404 error. Should he try to capture this traffic? Bartek’s site is http://rozmowyodzieciach.pl. …
0272: How Do I Price My Product Tiers?
Feb 4, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Kris, who is looking for some guidance in creating his product tiers. Kris’s site is http://www.essentialsql.com/. I’ve learned a lot from Nathan Barry on tiered pricing (http://nathanbarry.com/). Do you have a question abo…
0271: I’ve Identified My Target Audience. Now How Do I Find Them?
Feb 3, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Angeline, who has identified her target audience—but now needs to know how to find them! What can she do to connect with them? Angeline’s site is http://sensiblegirlfriend.com/. I walk you through a neat tool for finding whe…
0270: Should My Brand Be Me Or My Company?
Feb 2, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Bill, who asks if his online brand should be him or his company. What a great question! Bill’s site is http://digitalfarm.com/. Do you have a question about branding? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our spo…
0269: What Is A Good Click-Through Rate For Email Newsletters?
Jan 30, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who wants to know what is considered a good click-through rate for email newsletters. Jeff’s site is http://www.homerepairtutor.com/. Do you have a question about building your email list? Record it at http://www.askp…
0268: Should I Switch To A Different Niche?
Jan 29, 2015 • 13 min
Ali has just gotten started with her website, but she has found another niche that is inspiring to her. Should she switch to the other niche? The book I mention is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Derek Halpern…
0267: How Do I Monetize My Parenting Site?
Jan 28, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from TJ, who has a parenting sites for dads. How can he monetize his site? I have lots of ideas. Do you have a question about monetizing your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to those of you will be attending 1…
0266: How Can I Grow My Online Business?
Jan 27, 2015 • 15 min
Today’s question from Sean who is just getting started setting up his business. How can he grow his business? Where is the best place to recruit web support staff? I reference Smart Passive Income podcast episode 144 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com…
0265: How Did You Grow Your Income With Bluehost?
Jan 26, 2015 • 20 min
Today’s question comes from Bobbie, who wonders how my relationship with Bluehost has grown over the years, and what I’ve done to foster that growth. What a great question! I share my history with Bluehost and how I grew my affiliate income with them. …
0264: How Do I Use Social Media To Grow My Audience?
Jan 23, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Victoria, who asks about how to social media to build her subscriber base. Victoria’s site is https://sillysparklessensory.wordpress.com/. I mention LeadPages, for which I am an advisor (http://askpat.com/leadpages). I also…
0263: How Can I Make My Site Stand Out?
Jan 22, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, whose website is still new. What can he do to build traffic to his site? Joshua’s site is http://www.joshuapcornwell.com/. Do you have a question about how to improve your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0262: How Do I Add Personality To A Serious Topic?
Jan 21, 2015 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Michelle, who wants to make a fun site for a serious topic. How can she accomplish this? I reference my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do you have a question about finding the right tone …
0261: How Can I Get One-on-One Engagement with My Audience?
Jan 20, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Kris, who doesn’t get a response when he reaches out to audience members individually. How can he get his audience to realize that these emails are individual and not bulk? Kris’s site is http://successfulperformercast.com/….
0260: How Should I Format My eBook Giveaway?
Jan 19, 2015 • 9 min
Ryan is looking for advice on formatting an ebook, and he noticed that my ebook, eBooks the Smart Way, is formatted in three columns. Would I recommend that he do the same? Find eBooks the Smart Way at http://www.ebooksthesmartway.com/. Do you have a …
0259: How Do I Manage Multiple Domains With A Single Hosting Account?
Jan 16, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Joshua, who has a question about how to manage multiple domains with a single host. Joshua’s site is http://informationtechnologytraining.biz/. The hosts I recommend are Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost) and if you ha…
0258: How Did You Learn To Sound Natural On The Microphone?
Jan 15, 2015 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Warren, who would like to start a podcast but is worried that he won’t sound natural. How can he work to improve his communication skills? Warren’s site is http://www.thesuperblife.com/. Do you have a question about podcast…
0257: Is The Sample Of My Book Hurting My Sales?
Jan 14, 2015 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Guillermo, who wonders if the sample of his ebook is hurting his sales. Do you have a question about promoting your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks for your support of the new 1DayBB podcast, which fe…
0256: How Do I Act Ethically In A Crowded Market?
Jan 13, 2015 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Andrew, who is trying to find an ethical way to stand out in a crowded market online. Here’s the link to Brian Regan’s comedy bit about “the me monster” (http://youtu.be/vymaDgJ7KLg). Do you have a question about getting n…
0255: Should I Focus On Writing More Often Or Writing Deeply?
Jan 12, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Alyssa, who ask about the balance of content frequency versus depth. Alyssa’s site is http://www.earnyourspurs.com/. The podcast editing services I recommend are Music Radio Creative (http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat) a…
0254: Do I Have A Business Or Do I Have A Hobby?
Jan 9, 2015 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Talia, whose audience shies away from public engagement and purchasing online products. What should she do? Talia’s site is http://www.partyinmyplants.com/. Do you have a question about engaging with your audience? Record i…
0253: How Do I Prepare My Email List For A Message Shift?
Jan 8, 2015 • 16 min
Today’s question comes from Katie, who is planning to target a broader audience than before. How should she prepare her mailing list for this change? Katie’s site is http://katiedavis.com/. In this episode, I talk about Infusionsoft (http://www.infusi…
0252: What If A Big Company Takes My Idea?
Jan 7, 2015 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Brooke, who has an idea to get started. She knows it will be successful, but is worried that a large company will take her idea and out-compete her, and she would like to know my thoughts on this. I’ve had some experience w…
0251: Which Is Better, Evergreen Content Or Lots Of Blog Posts?
Jan 6, 2015 • 10 min
Andy is starting a site to help people pass an exam. Is it better to focus on writing a few evergreen posts for his site, or should he write a blog on an ongoing basis? Andy references the site that got me started online, Green Exam Academy (http://ww…
0250: What Is The Future Of Email Lists?
Jan 5, 2015 • 10 min
Rebecca has a thriving site, and she’s noticed that her younger users don’t prefer email. What do I think will be the future of audience communication? Is it email, or is there something else? Rebecca’s site is http://evidencebasedbirth.com/. In this …
0249: Should My Online Course Have Open Registration Or Registration Windows?
Jan 2, 2015 • 16 min
Cassel returns to ask about online courses. Should she have open registration or registration windows that close after a short time? Cassel’s site is http://scrapbookcampus.com/. I reference episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast with David Site…
0248: How Do You Avoid Information Overload?
Jan 1, 2015 • 13 min
The first question of 2015 comes from Khan, who would like to know which blogs I follow. More specifically, he’s trying to avoid information overload. I found Gary Keller’s book, The One Thing, very useful for figuring out what I need to focus on. I a…
0247: Do You Use A Layout For Your Blog Posts?
Dec 31, 2014 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Winston, who would like to know if I have a template or layout for writing my blog posts. I reference Smart Passive Income Podcast #140 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/), where I discuss with Hal El…
0246: Is Infobarrel Still A Good Place To Get Started Making Money Online?
Dec 30, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Adam, who is referencing Smart Passive Income Podcast #15 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session15) where I recommend starting with Infobarrel (http://www.infobarrel.com/). Do you have a question about getting started with …
0245: How Do You Manage Business Partnerships?
Dec 29, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Ann, who is interested in setting up a partnership on a project. How do you set that up? Ann references my partnership with Chris Ducker at http://1daybb.com/. Do you have a question about creating a business partnership? R…
0244: Which Conferences Would You Recommend Attending?
Dec 26, 2014 • 8 min
Reuben asks for a list of five conferences I would recommend attending in 2015. I give a top seven—conferences I have attended in the past that have been very useful for me. Social Media Marketing World: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/ Ne…
0243: Merry Christmas And Thanks For Listening!
Dec 26, 2014 • 3 min
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for listening to AskPat this year.
0242: Should I Restrict My Facebook Advertising To Desktop Computers Only?
Dec 24, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Jim, who wants to advertise his sales site on Facebook. Because people are less likely to purchase from a mobile phone, should he only advertise to desktop computer users? Jim’s site is http://huntersapron.com/. For this ep…
0241: Should I Publish My Blog Post Before Peak Hours?
Dec 23, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Joseph. He references episode #0089 of AskPat, which tackled the best time to post a blog post. Should he publish his blog post a little before the ideal time? Joseph’s site is http://www.jmlalonde.com/. You can find episode…
0240: Did You Have Prior Experience With Your Niche Site Industries?
Dec 22, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Benjamin, who asks if I had experience in the security guard or food truck industries before creating my niche sites, http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/ and http://foodtruckr.com/. In this episode, I mention using Elan…
0239: Should I Outsource My Writing To Fiverr?
Dec 19, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Dan, who wants to know if he can use Fiverr for written content. In today’s episode, I discuss how to use Fiverr (http://fiverr.com/) and Elance (http://www.askpat.com/elance) to help with your blog writing. Also, check out…
0238: How Can I Monetize My Site?
Dec 18, 2014 • 7 min
E.J. has a niche site with a #1 Google ranking—but no affiliate offers. What else can he do to monetize the site? E.J.’s site is http://cubicletent.com/. Do you have a question about site monetization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s spo…
0237: How Do I Create A Paid Premium Podcast?
Dec 17, 2014 • 16 min
We have a special guest today! Stephanie wants to limit the number of free podcasts her audience can access, so that they will subscribe to her premium podcast. I’ve brought in my friend, Cliff Ravenscraft, also known as Podcast Answer Man, to answer t…
0236: How Do I Find A Mastermind Group?
Dec 16, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Rowland, an experienced business owner looking for a mastermind group. Rowland’s site is http://winestorageguide.com/. I discuss the mastermind groups I am in with Cliff from http://podcastanswerman.com/ and Jaime from http…
0235: How Can I Make My Book Club Valuable?
Dec 15, 2014 • 14 min
Chris is in the process of reviving his nearly dead blog (http://golfmoreswingless.com/) and he wants to add a book club. How can he add value and monetize it? I have a book club, which you can join here: http://patflynn.com/book-club/. Do you have a …
0234: What Do I Do When I Think My Niche Site Is Done?
Dec 12, 2014 • 16 min
Dan has a niche site that is cyclical in nature and he feels he has taken the site as far as he can. What should he do next? Dan’s site is http://www.howtogetonrealitytv.net/. Do you have a question about taking your niche site to the next level? Re…
0233: When Is It Okay To Repurpose Content?
Dec 11, 2014 • 11 min
Cassel is considering repurposing content and wants to know if there are any problems she might encounter. Cassel’s site is http://scrapbookcampus.com/. Do you have a question about content repurposing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sp…
0232: How Did You Know You’d Be Successful?
Dec 10, 2014 • 12 min
Mike is getting started with his online business and he wants to know how I knew my business was going to succeed. I recommend reading Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. I also recommend listening to the Internet Business Mastery podcast (http:…
0231: When Do I Add Sponsors To My Podcast?
Dec 9, 2014 • 10 min
Jackson is about to start his podcast and is interested in having sponsors. Should he recruit sponsors for the first episode or should he build up a listener base first? Jackson’s site is http://incredibleentrepreneurs.com/. Check out my chat with Joh…
0230: When Should I Use Google Adsense?
Dec 8, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Avi, who asks why I don’t use Google Adsense on the Smart Passive Income blog. I don’t use it on http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ but I do use it on http://www.foodtruckr.com and http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/. …
0229: When I Create A Second Niche Business, Do I Need New Social Media Accounts?
Dec 5, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Lain, who was my guest on the Smart Passive Income Podcast episode 37: (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-monetize-a-hobby/). Lain’s sites are http://www.layoutaday.com/ and http://lainehmann.com/. She has a popular, …
0228: What Is The Fastest Way To Promote My Products?
Dec 4, 2014 • 8 min
Annette is looking to promote her products and wants to find the fastest way to promote her products. Annette’s site is http://www.thomasapublishing.com/. Do you have a question about selling your products to a new audience? Record it at http://www.as…
0227: Should I Offer A Free Trial For My Product?
Dec 3, 2014 • 13 min
Jarrod is ready to launch his product and wants to know about the pros and cons of offering a free trial. Jarrod’s site is http://thepegeek.com/. Jarrod was a part of 1 Day Business Breakthrough; more coming soon at http://1daybb.com. In this episode,…
0226: How Do I Get Started Tracking My Business Income?
Dec 2, 2014 • 10 min
Stephanie is a college student with a blog that has started to generate income. She is looking for some free strategies to get started tracking her business income and expenses. The app I recommend is TaxBot (https://taxbot.com/landing/home). Do you h…
0225: Which Podcasting Equipment Would You Recommend?
Dec 1, 2014 • 11 min
Gabe is interested in starting a podcast and video blog and is looking for recommendations on the best equipment to use. For a complete list of equipment, visit my podcasting tutorial at http://podcastingtutorial.com/. A few highlights from the list: …
0224: How Do I Map Out A Process For A Presentation?
Nov 28, 2014 • 9 min
Mike is giving a presentation and is looking for a way to map/illustrate his business process when he’s giving a presentation. I recommend Lucid Chart (https://www.lucidchart.com/) and Draw.io (http://draw.io/), as well as FreeMind (http://freemind.so…
0223: I’m Thankful For You
Nov 27, 2014 • 3 min
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. I share my family’s gratitude practice on Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful to have the chance to know you and to serve you. Thanks for listening to AskPat and thank you so much for being part of my life.
0222: How Do I Offer Enhanced Content Along With Posts?
Nov 26, 2014 • 11 min
Catherine wants to begin offering enhanced content and wants to make sure her users have a good experience. Catharine’s site is http://askthedentist.com/. Do you have a question about offering downloads? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s s…
0221: How Do You Balance Promotion and Creation?
Nov 25, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Joel, who asks how to balance the time spent creating content versus promoting content. Do you have a question about balancing your work schedule? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, AWeber. You…
0220: How Do I Find Good Partnerships To Grow My Sales?
Nov 24, 2014 • 10 min
Glenn’s growth strategy relies on networking with people with large email lists. How can he find these people? Glenn’s site is http://survivalstill.com/. Do you have a question about finding the people you want to help? Record it at http://www.askpat….
0219: What Are Money-Back Guarantee Best Practices?
Nov 21, 2014 • 11 min
Mike is selling a product. He offers a money-back guarantee and wants to know more about best practices and acceptable cancellation rates. Mike’s site is http://aceorganicchem.com/. Do you have a question about selling best practices? Record it at htt…
0218: How Did You Create Your Tutorials?
Nov 20, 2014 • 14 min
Doug is getting his niche site started and he wants to know how to create tutorials for his site. Go to http://podcastingtutorial.com for an example of the tutorials Doug is talking about. Splasheo (http://www.splasheo.com/) made my video intros. Scre…
0217: How Do I Get Started With My App Idea?
Nov 19, 2014 • 10 min
Britney has an app idea, but doesn’t have the money to get started developing it. Where should she start? In this episode, I recommend Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/) and Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/) to test out the idea and to rai…
0216: What If I Picked The Wrong Name For My Website Or Podcast?
Nov 18, 2014 • 10 min
April from DIY Nuru (http://diynuru.com/) wants to know if she should change her website and podcast name. I’d like your opinion—tell us what you think April should do using #AskPat216. I tell my story of what happened to my “In the LEED” website and …
0215: How Do I Optimize My Website’s Resources Page?
Nov 17, 2014 • 13 min
Cindy has followed by advice in building her website. She’s ready to level up her resources page and wants to know where to get started. Cindy’s site is http://realfoodwithcindy.com/. The WordPress plugin I recommend is Pretty Link Lite: https://wordp…
0214: How Do I Set Up My Own Affiliate Program?
Nov 14, 2014 • 13 min
Melanie is ready to set up her own affiliate program and is looking for the best practices to set it up right. Melanie’s site is http://fit4two.ca/. In this episode, I recommend Commission Junction (http://www.cj.com/), Neverblue (http://www.neverblue…
0213: How Do You Find The Right Mindset To Stay Motivated?
Nov 13, 2014 • 11 min
Trends asks me how I stay motivated to keep producing on my businesses. Trends’s website is http://www.masteringevents.com/. Do you have a question about finding the right mindset to keep you running your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/….
0212: Which Books Teach The Skills Needed To Run An Online Business?
Nov 12, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who asks which are my favorite books for learning the specific skills needed to run an online business. Matt’s site is http://www.introvertimpact.com/. The books I recommend: Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker, Bird by B…
0211: Do You Follow Up With People Who Unsubscribe?
Nov 11, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Jon, who has a question about his mailing list. Jon’s site is http://classicallytrained.net/. Share your thoughts on this question by using the hashtag #AskPat211. Do you have a question about your mailing list? Record it a…
0210: How Do I Recruit An Honest Focus Group?
Nov 10, 2014 • 12 min
Our question today comes from Peter, who is starting a business-to-business podcast. He would like to run a sample episode past a focus group, and wants to know where to find participants who will give honest feedback. Check out the Smart Passive Inco…
0209: Should I Share Other People’s Videos In My YouTube Stream?
Nov 7, 2014 • 9 min
John is getting started with his YouTube channel, and is considering sharing other people’s videos in his feed. Is this a good idea? Do you have a question about creating and sharing videos? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Fre…
0208: How Can I Maximize The Audience Coming In From A Guest Post?
Nov 6, 2014 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Craig, who has a question about welcoming an audience who comes to his site through a guest post. In this episode, I recommend the LeadBoxes feature from LeadPages (http://www.askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a question …
0207: How Do You Stay Informed When You’re Not In The Industry?
Nov 5, 2014 • 12 min
Andrew has a question about my very first business, Green Exam Academy. Now that I’m no longer active in the architecture industry, how do I stay informed enough to keep my advice current? I recommend using Google Alerts (http://alerts.google.com/). …
0206: How Do You Feel When Someone Copies Your Work?
Nov 4, 2014 • 11 min
Ari has noticed other blogs that have copied aspects of my design, and he wants to know how that makes me feel. Do you have a question about running an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Lynda.com. Try out al…
0205: I’m Using An Old Email Provider. How Do I Switch?
Nov 3, 2014 • 15 min
Jeff is using an older email provider and needs advice for switching to a more professional solution. Jeff’s site is http://customstix.com/. Check out the Smart Passive Income Podcast 115 on email management: http://smartpassiveincome.com/session115 I…
0204: Which Comes First, The Blog Or The Podcast?
Oct 31, 2014 • 12 min
Micky is starting a podcast and would like to create a blog that features her podcast guests. Which one should she start first? Check out my podcasting tutorial at http://www.podcastingtutorial.com/. Do you have a question about getting started with y…
0203: Should I Wait Until I’m Finished Before Launching My Course?
Oct 30, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Stan, who is developing a video course and has a question about his launch strategy. Stan’s site is http://greekforall.com/. Do you have a question about launching a course? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s spo…
0202: I Want To Improve My Site. Where Should I Start?
Oct 29, 2014 • 14 min
Rene has been blogging for two years and is now in improvement mode. Where should he begin? Rene’s site is http://absolutetelemark.com/. To understand how people are using your site, try a tool like Crazy Egg (http://www.crazyegg.com/). Do you have a …
0201: How Do I Monetize My Writing After Giving It Away For Free?
Oct 28, 2014 • 13 min
Christian has been giving away his content for free. Now he’s ready to sell a product, but what should he sell if he’s been giving it all away for free? Christian’s site is http://christianboyce.blogspot.com/. Do you have a question about selling your…
0200: What Should I Consider When Hiring A UX/UI Designer?
Oct 27, 2014 • 13 min
Joel is getting his business off the ground and would like advice about hiring a User Experience (UX) or User Interface (UI) designer. I share my experience—and let you hear from my UX/UI designer, Dustin. Leave your feedback for this show using the h…
0199: How Do I Target The People Who Didn’t Open My Emails?
Oct 24, 2014 • 8 min
Joel asks how to target the people on his list who haven’t opened his emails. What’s the best strategy to get them to open the next email? Joel’s site is http://www.trackandtrain.org/. For my advice on starting an email, go to http://startanemaillist….
0198: Which Passive Income Tips Work For Fiction Writers?
Oct 23, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Roger, who is a writer of thrillers, and he asks which passive income tips work best for fiction writers. I recommend checking out the Self Publishing Podcast (https://selfpublishingpodcast.com/), as well as Smart Passive I…
0197: Which Cameras Do You Recommend For Creating Videos?
Oct 22, 2014 • 9 min
Vinnie wants to know which camera I use in my Podcasting Tutorial videos. In addition to cameras, the tools I recommend are CineSkates (http://cinetics.com/cineskates/) and Screenflow (http://askpat.com/screenflow) or Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.c…
0196: Why Do I Choose WordPress For My Blog?
Oct 21, 2014 • 6 min
Jonny asks why I use WordPress instead of SquareSpace or another alternative. Jonny’s site is http://safestaff.com. The platforms I mention are WordPress (https://wordpress.org/), SquareSpace (http://www.squarespace.com/), and Wix (http://www.wix.com/…
0195: What Does It Take To Revive A Dead Blog?
Oct 20, 2014 • 9 min
Uzoma hasn’t written on his blog in eight months and wants to know what it will take to revive the blog. I share a process that should help get him back in the game. Do you have a question about blogging after a break? Record it at http://www.askpat.c…
0194: What Is The Ideal Length For Epic Content?
Oct 17, 2014 • 10 min
Ryan has a two-part question on epic content. How long should it be? Is it okay to break up older epic content into shorter chapters? Check out Brian Dean’s epic SPI post on backlinking: http://www.askpat.com/backlinking. Do you have a question about…
0193: How Can I Use The Bonus Sandwich For Betting Selling?
Oct 16, 2014 • 12 min
Marco wants to know how to use the bonus sandwich selling concept for an existing book. Do you have a question about selling your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative….
0192: How Does SpeakPipe Work? Do I Have To Worry About Trolls?
Oct 15, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Merinda, who is interested in using SpeakPipe so that her users can record questions. Are there any problems with trolls? Find SpeakPipe is at https://www.speakpipe.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting tools? Reco…
0191: When Am I Going To Buy That Audi R8?
Oct 14, 2014 • 9 min
Anthony has a fun question—when am I going to buy an Audi R8? There’s a backstory to this question, and it revolves around goal setting. Let me know on Twitter what you think about this episode by using the hashtag #AskPat191. Do you have a question …
0190: Is Blogging Over?
Oct 13, 2014 • 11 min
Phoenix has a question about an article he read that caused him to wonder, is blogging over? I give my opinion. Phoenix’s site is http://thetattootrade.com/. In this episode I mention Greg Hickman from Mobile Mixed: http://mobilemixed.com/. Do you ha…
0189: How Can I Encourage Podcast Reviews?
Oct 10, 2014 • 10 min
Kristin is starting a new podcast and is planning to run a giveaway for people who leave an iTunes review. I offer some tactics for making this plan easier, as well as some other ideas to drive engagement. The tool I mention is My Podcast Reviews: htt…
0188: What Is The Fastest Way To Monetize My Podcast?
Oct 9, 2014 • 9 min
Mike is getting his podcast up and running and wants to know how to monetize it as quickly as possible. Before I answer that question, I also suggest some other ways to make money quickly. I recommend selling services to make money quickly. You can po…
0187: Which Do You Prefer, Ebooks or Training Courses?
Oct 8, 2014 • 10 min
Craig wonders which I prefer: ebooks or training courses. Craig’s site is http://usabilityhour.com/. Do you have a question about creating an information product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://ww…
0186: How Do I Create Scarcity For My Info Product?
Oct 7, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Brad, who wants to know how to create a sense of urgency for his first sale. Brad’s site is http://lowcarbrunning.com/. Do you have a question about selling information products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks…
0185: How Does Keyword Research Increase Website Authority?
Oct 6, 2014 • 10 min
Dean has a question about my keyword research webinar—what did writing so many blog posts do for my site’s authority? Check out Google’s Keyword Planner at https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner. Long Tail Pro is one of my favorite keyword search t…
0184: How Do I Set Up A Landing Page?
Oct 3, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s caller wants to know about how to setup a landing page. To set up a landing page, I recommend LeadPages: http://www.askpat.com/leadpages. I mention one of my landing pages, eBooks the Smart Way: http://ebooksthesmartway.com. Do you have a que…
0183: How Can I Use The Recording Of A Live Show To Build My Audience?
Oct 2, 2014 • 9 min
Kelly has an hour-long show and is wondering if it is worth breaking up the show into smaller chunks. Kelly’s site is http://www.jurinspired.com/. The tool I mention is TubeTrackr: http://tubetrackr.com/. Do you have a question about maximizing your …
0182: How Do I Make My Website More Visual?
Oct 1, 2014 • 11 min
Spencer wants to make his website visual—what can he do to enhance the visual experience for his users? Spencer’s site is http://sanctifiedmarriage.com/. I recommend finding a good theme from a marketplace like WooThemes (http://www.woothemes.com/) or…
0181: How Do I Know When My Audience Is Ready To Buy A Product From Me?
Sep 30, 2014 • 8 min
Hamza has a popular website and is trying to figure out the ideal timing for releasing a product on his site, which is http://www.barcabyfans.com/. Do you have a question about selling a product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Learn about build…
0180: How Can I Help My Site Grow?
Sep 29, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Tom who wants to grow his audience faster. He has a lot of good strategies but is looking for more. Tom’s site is http://howtowrangler.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.c…
0179: Should My About Page Be Written In The First Or Third Person?
Sep 26, 2014 • 4 min
George is writing his about page, and he’s wondering if he should write it in the first or third person. George’s site is http://georgeniebling.info/. Also be sure to listen to AP 0001 on how to build an about page: http://www.askpat.com/ Do you have…
0178: How Do I Determine If There’s A Market For My Niche Topic?
Sep 25, 2014 • 11 min
Thomas is an expert in mosquito control—but is it too specific of a niche for blogging and podcasting? Do you have a question about determining your market? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFresh…
0177: Do I Have To Issue A 1099 - MISC For An Overseas Virtual Assistant?
Sep 24, 2014 • 7 min
Pete wants to know how taxes work for overseas virtual assistants. Pete’s site is http://www.elfboxes.com/. I asked my accountant Dave http://www.profitwiseaccounting.com/ to help with this question. You can also see a blog post Dave wrote about this …
0176: Which Paid Services Do I Need When I’m Getting Started With My Niche Site?
Sep 23, 2014 • 11 min
Austin is getting started with a niche site and wants to know which services he needs to pay for when he’s getting started. In today’s episode I mention Bluehost for website hosting: http://askpat.com/bluehost. I also recommend Dropbox for file sharin…
0175: How Can I Make An Audio Guide For My Products?
Sep 22, 2014 • 12 min
Cy is interested in creating an audio guide and wants to know how to go about it. In this episode, I mention selling through E-Junkie: http://www.e-junkie.com/?r=36952 and Gumroad: http://gumroad.com/. I found help recording on Elance: http://www.smar…
0174: How Do I Manage Lots Of Different Affiliate Programs?
Sep 19, 2014 • 6 min
Jay has hundreds of affiliate programs to manage and wants to know if there is a good tool for managing the bookkeeping process. I love the Chrome extension Speed Dial 2: https://speeddial2.com/. I also use 1Password: https://agilebits.com/onepassword…
0173: I’m Going To My First Conference. How Can I Make The Most Of It?
Sep 18, 2014 • 10 min
Denny will be attending his first conference. As an introvert, he would like some tips for navigating the conference. The book I mention is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Do you have a question about attending events? Rec…
0172: How Do I Know When I Need A New Web Host?
Sep 17, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Kristin, who wants to know what I mean when I say I’ve “outgrown” my web host. At what point does someone need a more specialized web host? Kristin’s site is http://www.willtravelforveganfood.com/. When you’re getting start…
0171: Which SEO Strategies Are Timeless?
Sep 16, 2014 • 12 min
Barney has a question about search engine optimization (SEO). Advice in this category gets old quickly—which strategies are timeless? Do you have a question about SEO? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://w…
0170: What Happens When You Have An Inactive Domain?
Sep 15, 2014 • 11 min
Michael has a question about domain names: What happens when you have an inactive domain? I suggest using LeadPages: http://www.askpat.com/leadpages. Do you have a question about managing domains? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our s…
0169: How Frequently Do I Need To Post To My Blog?
Sep 12, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Amy, who has a blog with a topic that is evergreen. How often does she need to post to the blog if the content never gets stale? Amy’s site is http://www.themomretirementplan.com/. Do you have a question about your content …
0168: How Do I Stay Focused When I Get Distracted?
Sep 11, 2014 • 11 min
Stuart asks about something I know we all experience: he’s on a roll, being productive, and then something pulls his attention away. How can he get his focus back? Do you have a question about cultivating a work mindset? Record it at http://www.askpat…
0167: I’m Writing A Book. Where Do I Start?
Sep 10, 2014 • 11 min
0167 Carrie is ready to write a book but is feeling overwhelmed by the process. Where should she start? http://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/ In this episode I mention the following resources: - My book, eBooks the Smart Way: http://ebooksthesmartwa…
0166: Which Technical Skills Should I Learn?
Sep 9, 2014 • 10 min
AP0166 Today’s question comes from Fred, who wants to know which technical skills are worth learning. In this episode I mention WPCurve: http://askpat.com/wpcurve. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today’s episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter…
0165: How Do You Find Sponsors For A Podcast?
Sep 8, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from James, who is about to start a podcast and wants to know how to find sponsors for a podcast. If you’re planning to start a podcast, go to my completely free tutorial: http://PodcastingTutorial.com. I also mention Pretty Lin…
0164: Can I Skip A Website And Just Use My Facebook Page For Affiliate Income?
Sep 5, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Kevin, who asks if he can forgo his website and rely on Facebook for his affiliate income. You can bet I have opinions! Kevin’s site is http://soccerpracticevideos.com/. In this episode, I talk about my buddy, Chris Ducker:…
0163: Should I Have Keywords In My Domain Name?
Sep 4, 2014 • 12 min
Isaac has an existing website, but he’s considering switching to a domain name that’s more keyword-rich. Should he switch to a domain name with keywords in it? How hard would it be to switch his domain name? The tool I discuss is SEMRush: http://www.s…
0162: How Long Should I Make My Podcast Episodes?
Sep 3, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Brian. He’s starting a new podcast and wants to know my thoughts about the ideal show length. Do you have a question about your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www….
0161: How Do I Write Content For A Niche Site?
Sep 2, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Patrick, who asks how to write content for a niche site. I share my experiences writing when I was new to an industry. Do you have a question about writing for your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0160: What Do I Do When I’m Not Getting Traffic?
Sep 1, 2014 • 15 min
Christian has been building a website, regularly posting great content, but the traffic has not grown. What should he do differently? Christian’s website is http://daddylibrium.com/. In this episode, I mention http://www.destinationqueensland.com/ and…
0159: Should I Start An Online Business To Teach People To Start Online Businesses?
Aug 29, 2014 • 12 min
Ryan is considering starting an online business to teach people how to start businesses, and he’s asking for my opinion. In this episode I mention Derek Halpern’s http://socialtriggers.com/, Yaro Starak’s http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/, and Gle…
0158: How Do You Reinvest Into Your Business?
Aug 28, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Gavin, who asks about how I reinvest back into my business. Gavin’s site is: http://disneydose.com/. Do you have a question about how to make your business stronger? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is …
0157: Can I Be Successful With Audio And Video But Not Much Writing?
Aug 27, 2014 • 11 min
Don has trouble keeping up with writing for his site. He asks if a blog that is focused on audio and video can be successful. Don’s site is http://3rhinomedia.com/. In my answer, I mention http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/, http://entrepreneuron…
0156: Can I Start Two Businesses At Once?
Aug 26, 2014 • 12 min
Carly has two business ideas that are very different. Should she tackle them both or just focus on one? The book I recommend is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Do you have a question about starting your business? Record it at http:…
0155: How Do I Blog For An Industry I’m Not In?
Aug 25, 2014 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, a composer who wants to blog for game developers. How does he get started when he doesn’t have expertise in gaming? Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Fres…
0154: How Do I Differentiate Myself In An Already Crowded Niche?
Aug 22, 2014 • 9 min
Skip is planning to start a podcast in a crowded niche. How can he differentiate himself? I mention these podcasts in my answer: http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/, http://mixergy.com/interviews/, and http://podcast.leadpages.net/. Do you have a ques…
0153: When Should I Create A Getting Started Page?
Aug 21, 2014 • 9 min
Heidi has a website and she is wondering at what point she should create a “Getting Started” page for new visitors. Heidi’s site is http://www.tonsofthanks.com/. Do you have a question about the pages on your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.co…
0152: Should I Use Internal Or External Links To My Etsy Shop?
Aug 20, 2014 • 13 min
Kim has an Etsy shop and asks about the best way to optimize her site for SEO. Should she use internal links or should she link out to her shop? Kim’s site is http://trashycrafter.com/. Do you have a question about linking to an external sales site? R…
0151: My Website Loads Slowly. How Can I Speed It Up?
Aug 19, 2014 • 13 min
Pete’s website loads slowly. How can he speed it up? Pete’s site is http://www.elfboxes.com/. I recommend a bunch of resources in this episode. Bluehost is a great option for a shared server: http://askpat.com/bluehost. Resize large pictures with http…
0150: A Question From Jared And Dan From Podcast Movement
Aug 18, 2014 • 6 min
Today’s question comes from Jared and Dan from Podcast Movement. You can find Podcast Movement at http://podcastmovement.com/. Do you have a question you’d like me to answer? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0149: Why Is Your Bluehost Affiliate Income So High?
Aug 15, 2014 • 13 min
Cy noticed that my Bluehost affiliate income is really high, and was wondering why. Is my volume really high, or am I doing something differently? Check out my resources page—you need one too! www.smartpassiveincome.com/resources/ Do you have a quest…
0148: How Do You Respond When A Marketer Has Violated Your Trust?
Aug 14, 2014 • 13 min
David had an experience where a marketer said one thing and did another. While the information the marketer offered was good, how can he trust anything that they say if they were dishonest? I mention my friend John Lee Dumas from http://www.entreprene…
0147: How Do You Tell The Difference Between Distractions And Actual Concerns?
Aug 13, 2014 • 12 min
Jessica has a great idea, but has let fear hold her back. How can she tell the difference between distractions and real business concerns? I highly recommend reading two books, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Ho…
0146: Do You Do Your Own Social Media Interactions?
Aug 12, 2014 • 9 min
Jo asks about my social media strategy, and if it’s really me managing all of my social media accounts. Jo’s site is http://dexterousdiva.co.uk/. Do you have a question about time management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Fr…
0145: How Much Information Does An Authority Site Need?
Aug 11, 2014 • 13 min
Chris has a lot of knowledge in a particular topic, and is ready to build an authority site—but how much information should he share immediately? In this episode, I talk about my sites http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/, http://www.nichesiteduel….
0144: How Do I Bring Focus To My Blog?
Aug 8, 2014 • 10 min
Zane has a website with a good traffic and engaged readers, but he’s worried that his lack of focus is holding him back. Zane’s site is http://lifebyexperimentation.com/. Do you have a question about your blog’s direction? Record it at http://www.askp…
0143: What Do You Do When An Investor Has Different Expectations?
Aug 7, 2014 • 13 min
AJ has an interesting situation, and I’d like us all to offer some advice. An investor from a single business of AJ’s has become a mentor, and now feels entitled to a cut of all AJ’s businesses. Tweet your advice for AJ with the #AskPat143. I look for…
0142: What Is Your Opinion Of “Positive Thinking” Techniques?
Aug 6, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Michael, who wants to know my opinion of the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne and “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Michael’s site is http://mcostanzo4.wordpress.com/. Do you have a question about an inspirational or…
0141: How Long Should I Wait For A Landing Page To See If It Converts Before Making Changes?
Aug 5, 2014 • 11 min
Jeff has a great question about landing pages: how long should he wait to see if it converts before making changes? Jeff’s site is http://www.salonbusinesspodcast.com/. Do you have a question about landing pages? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. …
0140: Should I Build My Own Website Or Hire A Professional?
Aug 4, 2014 • 8 min
Helen needs a website, but she’s not technically savvy, and she wonders if she should try to build it herself or if she should hire a developer to do it for her. Do you have a question about building your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. …
0139: How Do We Improve Our iTunes Search Rankings?
Aug 1, 2014 • 11 min
Mary has a very specific podcast, and she’s having trouble ranking well in iTunes against her competitors. I have some advice for improving those rankings. Mary’s site is http://www.thelivingreminders.com/. I mention my friend Cliff Ravenscraft, bette…
0138: How Do You Balance Your Time Between Creating And Marketing?
Jul 31, 2014 • 16 min
Ryan asks about how he should balance his time between writing blog posts and marketing blog posts. The site I talk about today is Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers: http://socialtriggers.com/, specifically the “Design is king” post: http://socialtrigg…
0137: Could Changing My WordPress Theme Affect My Traffic?
Jul 30, 2014 • 12 min
Alex is considering changing his WordPress theme, and he wonders what affect it could have on his traffic. Also, he asks about the best structure for a website. Do you have a question about making changes to your website? Record it at http://www.askpa…
0136: Should I Have My Podcasts Transcribed To Create Content On My Site?
Jul 29, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Keith, who has a successful podcast and no time to blog. Should he invest in having his podcast transcribed? Keith’s site is http://www.pdrcollege.com/. Do you have a question about podcast strategy? Record it at http://www…
0135: If You Had To Start Again From Scratch, What Would Your First 90 Days Look Like?
Jul 28, 2014 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Stephen, who wants to know, knowing what I do now, what I would in my first 90 days of business. Stephen’s site is http://freeandrichin90days.com/. Other resources mention in this episode include Smart Passive Income Podcas…
0134: How Do You Determine Names For Your Products And Or Websites?
Jul 25, 2014 • 8 min
Sami needs to name a product, and wonders how to go about choosing a great name. Do you have a question about your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter “Ask Pat” fo…
0133: If You Only Had 30 Minutes Each Day, What Work Would You Do On Your Blog Or Podcast?
Jul 24, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from John, who wonders how I’d spend my time if I only had 30 minutes each day to work on my blog and podcast. John’s site is http://thewiredhomeschool.com/. Do you have a question about time management? Record it at http://www….
0132: I’m Moving My Website. How Do I Convince My Audience To Follow?
Jul 23, 2014 • 12 min
Sarah is planning to move her website, and she wants to know how to get her current site subscribers to move with her to the new site. Sarah’s site is http://thefreelancenaturopath.com/. Do you have a question about moving a website? Record it at http…
0131: How Do I Effectively Backlink Without Incurring Penalties From Google?
Jul 22, 2014 • 11 min
Joel is taking a college course on internet marketing, and he is skeptical about some information he received about interlinking from his professor. Do you have a question about link strategies? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is…
0130: Financially Speaking, When Is The Best Time To Hire Additional Help?
Jul 21, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who asks when to know the best time to hired additional help. Do you have a question about building your team? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0129: Which Should Come First An EBook Or A Blog?
Jul 18, 2014 • 7 min
Brian is writing an ebook and starting a blog. Which should he do first? Do you have a question about ebook strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack up…
0128: Is It Worth Starting An Email List, Even Though I Don’t Have Many Visitors?
Jul 17, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Claudio, who has a small audience and wants to know if it’s worth sending out emails when his list is so small. Claudio’s site is http://www.summerinbrazil.net/. Do you have a question about email lists? Record it at http:/…
0127: How Do I Market A Digital Product That Already Exists?
Jul 16, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Ethan, who asks about how to market existing digital products. Ethan’s site is http://www.comparedcare.com/. Do you have a question about marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, 99Designs…
0126: How Often Should I Reshare My Content On Social Media?
Jul 15, 2014 • 16 min
Matthias asks about how often he should reshare his blog content on social media. Where is the line between not enough sharing and too much? Matthias’s site is http://howtobecomearockstarphotographer.com/ Do you have a question about social media? Rec…
0125: How Can I Repurpose My Podcast Content For YouTube (Or Should I)?
Jul 14, 2014 • 9 min
Kristin is planning to start a podcast, and she asks about content repurposing for YouTube. Should she put a video of her podcast up on YouTube? Kristin’s site is http://wtfveganfood.com/. Do you have a question about content repurposing? Record it at…
0124: Would You Recommend Taking A Business Class?
Jul 11, 2014 • 10 min
James has been building his business, and he asks if I have ever taken any business classes that have been helpful in growing my business. Do you have a question about building your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0123: Should I Host My Course On My Website Or On A Course Site Like Udemy?
Jul 10, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Rodney, who is ready to start creating courses. He asks whether it’s best to host his courses on his own website, or to use a course site like Udemy. Do you have a question about selling your courses? Record it at http://ww…
0122: How Do I Start Selling Ads For My Site?
Jul 9, 2014 • 15 min
Tom is getting traffic to his site and would like to sell advertising. He asks me how to get started, both with sales and with plugins. Tom’s site is http://howtobecomeanappraiser.com/. Do you have a question about advertising? Record it at http://www…
0121: How Do You Handle Imposter Syndrome?
Jul 8, 2014 • 10 min
Daniela asks if I’ve ever felt like an imposter, and how I’ve handled those feelings. I certainly have, and share my advice. Daniela’s site is http://www.101conversations.com/. Do you have a question about the mindset of an entrepreneur? Record it at …
0120: How Do I Update An Old High Traffic Post?
Jul 7, 2014 • 9 min
Eric has an old post that brings in a huge portion of his search traffic, but it doesn’t convert well. How can he update the post without breaking the search traffic? Eric’s site is http://www.ericdingler.com/. Do you have a question about search tr…
0119: Should An Inexperienced Leader Start A Mastermind?
Jul 4, 2014 • 13 min
Nathaniel asks whether or not it’s a good idea for a novice to lead a mastermind. Wouldn’t it be better to join an existing group? Nathaniel’s site is http://www.the8020drummer.com/. Do you have a question about masterminds? Record it at http://www.as…
0118: Should I Join Social Media If My Content Is Boring Or Sensitive?
Jul 3, 2014 • 10 min
Jon blogs about Excel, and he asks if it’s worth joining social media to talk about such a technical topic. He asks a great question that applies to blogging about dry and/or sensitive topics. Jon’s site is http://www.excelcampus.com/. Do you have a q…
0117: Where Do You Get All Of Your Content?
Jul 2, 2014 • 8 min
Manny asks a question that I hear often: “Where do you get all your content?” Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power …
0116: Do I Rely On Keyword Tools or Do I Trust My Instinct?
Jul 1, 2014 • 8 min
Carole (also known as Cassel) has an idea for a new website. Should she trust the keyword tools that say it has a low search volume, or should she trust her clients, who say they need the information? Do you have a question about keyword tools? Record…
0115: Do You Have Any Beliefs Around Personal Finance That Have Changed with Success?
Jun 30, 2014 • 8 min
Matt wants to know how my habits and beliefs regarding personal finance have changed as my business has become successful. Do you have a question about finance and mindset? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today…
0114: Can I Add A Paywall Halfway Through My Autoresponder Series?
Jun 27, 2014 • 11 min
Craig asks a great question about monetizing autoresponder emails. (I love autoresponder emails!) Do you have a question about autoresponder emails? Record your question at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Swiftly, who will complete…
0113: How Do I Keep From Missing Out On Monetization Opportunities?
Jun 26, 2014 • 14 min
Chris is worried about missing out on monetization opportunities. I give him my advice. Chris’s site is http://imafighter.net/. Do you have a question about monetization for your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor…
0112: Should I Give My EBook Away Or Should I Sell It?
Jun 25, 2014 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Thomas, who has written an ebook. He wants to know if he should give it away, or if he should sell it. Thomas’s site is http://derinterviewer.com/. Do you have a question about your ebook strategy? Record it at http://www.a…
0111: What’s The Best Way To Create A Multi Language Website? What About SEO?
Jun 24, 2014 • 9 min
Laura has a website that serves both English and Spanish speakers, and she asks a few questions about site strategy. Should she record podcasts in both languages? How does having two languages on one site impact SEO? Laura’s site is http://www.latiniza…
0110: I’ve Been Writing A Personal Blog Without A Lot Of Focus. Now I Want To Start A Podcast.
Jun 23, 2014 • 13 min
Dylan has been writing a personal blog for some time and has some financial success. Now he’s ready to start a podcast, but he has some questions about what the podcast should sound like. Dylan’s site is http://dylanvslife.com/. Do you have a question…
0109: Why Do You Purchase Additional Domains When You Could Just Use A Pretty Link?
Jun 20, 2014 • 11 min
Erich wants to know why I purchase additional domains for products that redirect to my main site, when I could just use a Pretty Link. Erich’s site is http://harmonyinsights.com/. Do you have a question about domain management? Record it at http://www…
0108: I Want To Start Two Separate Podcasts. Do I Need Two Separate Webpages For Them?
Jun 19, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Paul, who wants to start two podcasts. He wonders if he needs two separate websites, or if he can set his feeds up on the same website. Do you have a question about setting up your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.co…
0107: What Were Three Things That Helped To Build Your Audience When You First Got Started?
Jun 18, 2014 • 13 min
JR is trying to grow his podcast audience and asks what were the top three things I did to help grow my audience. If you have a question about growing your audience, record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Swiftly, who will co…
0106: Do I Ask People to Subscribe to an Email List or Should I Just Allow Them to Use RSS?
Jun 17, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Jeff, who is wondering whether he should ask his audience to sign up to an email list or to use RSS to sign up. Do you have a question about communicating with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out …
0105: When Should I Offer Ads On My Site, and How Do I Determine Pricing Strategy?
Jun 16, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Gaby, who wants to know about adding advertising to her site. How much should she charge? When should she start with advertising? If you have a question about monetization, record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to to…
0104: How Do You Generate Leads For Your Business Through Affiliate Marketing?
Jun 14, 2014 • 10 min
On today’s show, Tashawna asks how to generate leads through affiliate marketing. I answer the question from two different perspectives. Tashawna’s site is http://www.tashawnanicole.com/. Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at …
0103: I Let My Podcast Fizzle Out. How Do I Bring It Back?
Jun 12, 2014 • 9 min
Bobby had a podcast but he let it fizzle out. He’s ready to start it up again, and asks about the best strategy to do that. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today is launch day for the beta release of my S…
0102: I Don’t Have A Big Budget, How Do I Market My Website Outside Of Social Media?
Jun 11, 2014 • 14 min
John is starting his video blog and he asks how he can market the site. Social media is a given, what are my other suggestions? There’s a catch—he doesn’t have a big budget. John’s site is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzXx9l1X3tcx24fz5PGLK6w. Do y…
0101: Screen Recording: What’s The Best Software (and More Tips From Pat)?
Jun 10, 2014 • 9 min
Oscar wants to know which screen recording software I prefer. It’s a tough question, because I love making screencast videos. Do you have a question about which tools and technology to use for growing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/…
0100: The 100th Episode Of AskPat! A Valuable Lesson From Pat
Jun 9, 2014 • 8 min
It’s the 100th episode of AskPat! I share one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in business. Thank you so much for helping make this show special! I love hearing your questions, so go to http://www.askpat.com to record one! Thanks to LegalZo…
0099: What Are The Rules About Using Music In A Podcast Intro?
Jun 6, 2014 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Aaron, who is starting a podcast and has questions about the rules regarding using music for theme songs. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. For theme song music, I recommend Musi…
0098: Is It Better To Sell My Products Through My Site Or Through Amazon?
Jun 5, 2014 • 14 min
Today’s question comes from Greg, who wonders if it’s better to sell products through his own site, rather than on Amazon. Do you have a question about selling on your site? Record your question at http://www.askpat.com/. If you’re just getting start…
0097: Should I Use Facebook Ads To Grow My Following For Social Proof?
Jun 4, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Tony, who asks if Facebook ads are a good way to build a following and increase social proof. Tony’s site is http://www.thequarterlyreporter.com/. If you have a question about building your audience, record it at http://www…
0096: How Do I Determine The Best Monetization Strategy For My Site?
Jun 3, 2014 • 15 min
Josh has found a niche and now he has questions about monetization. How can he figure out the best strategy for monetizing the site? If you have a question about monetization, go to http://www.askpat.com/ to record it. For an easy way to listen to As…
0095: How Do I Research App Development Ideas and Developers?
Jun 2, 2014 • 9 min
Maaz has a great series of questions about app development. How do you make sure your idea hasn’t already been built? How do you know that your developer knows what they are doing? Do you have a question about app development? Record it at http://ww…
0094: How Do I Build A Website If I Have No Experience, And No Capital To Hire Out?
May 31, 2014 • 10 min
Mikel is just starting out, and he’s wondering how to survive the learning phase of building a website. He doesn’t have the capital to hire a developer. Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Succ…
0093: Why Do You Use Audio Instead Of Video? Which Is Better?
May 30, 2014 • 9 min
Maurice has a great question about content strategy: why do I choose audio instead of video? Which is better? Here are my thoughts. Do you have a question about your content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today’s sponsor, St…
0092: How Do I Get The Most Out Of My Mastermind Group? How Do I Contribute Well?
May 29, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Roy, who wants to know how to get the most out of his mastermind group, as well as how to contribute well to his group. Do you have a question about mastermind groups? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Go to http://www….
0091: Is It Wise To Make Podcasts Out Of Blog Posts?
May 28, 2014 • 7 min
Miriam asks a question that I’ve been thinking about lately: is it a good idea to turn blog posts into podcasts? Do you have a question about your podcast content strategy? Record your question at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for s…
0090: Is It Worth Creating My Own Guide When Many Already Exist?
May 26, 2014 • 8 min
Frank asks a question that many bloggers and podcasters will encounter: his audience is asking him questions that he could answer in a guide—but a lot of similar guides and tutorials already exist. Is it worth making his own? Frank’s site is http://www…
0089: What Is The Best Day Of The Week (and Time) To Publish A Blog Post?
May 23, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Bren, who asks about how to know the best day and time for blog post publishing. Do you have a question about your content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out the blog at http://www.smartpassiveincome….
0088: Why Doesn’t My Audience Respond to My Guest Posts, Even When the Content Is Great?
May 22, 2014 • 8 min
Greg has an interesting problem. His audience doesn’t seem to like his guest posts, even when the content is better or more detailed than he is able to produce on his own. How should he respond to that? Do you have a question about how your audience…
0087: Do You Release Every Podcast That You Record?
May 21, 2014 • 7 min
Hayden has a great question about podcasting: do I release every episode that I record? Do I ever release episodes that don’t fit my audience? Hayden’s site is http://www.ptprophet.com/. If you have a question about the content strategy for your podca…
0086: Do You Worry That By Sharing Your Niche Information, People Will Steal Your Ideas?
May 20, 2014 • 8 min
Today I have an anonymous question that got me fired up—in a good way. He asks if I ever worry about people stealing my ideas. You’re welcome to leave anonymous questions for me at http://askpat.com/. I’ve got a big announcement coming soon about the…
0085: How Do I Make Sure My Emails Don’t End Up In The Promotions Tab?
May 19, 2014 • 12 min
Ryan has a great question about email marketing: how do I keep my emails out of the Gmail Promotions tab and get them in to the Primary inbox? Ryan’s site is http://musicwithryan.com/. Do you have a question about building your email list? Record it a…
0084: How Do I Monetize My Site Without Undermining The Site’s Core Purpose?
May 16, 2014 • 14 min
Mitch has a great question about retail websites. He knows he could better monetize the site, but he wants to make sure he doesn’t detract from the site’s core purpose. Do you have a question about monetizing your site? Record your question at http://…
0083: How Do You Figure Out Who Your Audience Is, And What They Need?
May 15, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Tim, who wants to know how to figure out who your audience is and what they need. It’s a great question for anyone getting started. If you have a question about serving your audience, record it at http://www.askpat.com/. I…
0082: How Do I Tactfully Decline A Request From An Audience Member To Be On My Show?
May 14, 2014 • 7 min
Dana asks a really great question that many podcasters struggle with: how do you tactfully decline a request from an audience who wants to be on your show? Dana’s site is http://www.diaperdirt.com/. If you have a question about a sensitive challenge w…
0081: How Do I Get On Other Podcasts As A Guest? Do You Use Keywords In Your Podcast Titles?
May 13, 2014 • 12 min
Jake asks a two-part question about podcasting: how do you get booked as a guest on other people’s shows? Do I use keywords in my podcast titles? They are great questions and you can see Jake’s site here: http://operationselfreset.com/. If you have a …
0080: How Did You Find All Of The Information For Your Niche Sites, Like Security Guard Training?
May 12, 2014 • 17 min
Heath has a great question about the content on my niche site, Security Guard Training. I’m not a security guard, so how did I go about getting the information for my site? Heath’s site is http://www.redbuffalostudios.com/. Do you have a question abou…
0079: Is There A Way To Leverage My YouTube Subscribers Beyond Just Making More Videos?
May 9, 2014 • 12 min
CJ has a thriving YouTube channel, http://www.diygopro.com/, and wonders how to make the most of his subscribers on YouTube. Do you have a question about your online audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. I urge you to check out http://Purpee…
0078: How Do You Segment Your Various Email Lists?
May 8, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Andrea, who wonders how to get started with segmenting her email lists. I share my strategy. Do you have a question about managing your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, AWeber. Go to …
0077: How Do I Reach Out To Potential Mentors?
May 7, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Zoheb, who wants to know how to reach out to potential mentors for support. Do you have a question about strategies for your own personal development? Record them at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor Success Sh…
0076: Email Lists: Which Address You Should Use If You Don’t Want To Share Your Home Address?
May 6, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Eric, who wonders which address he should use at the bottom of his email newsletter. What if he doesn’t want to share his home mailing address? Do you have a question about setting up your email list? Record it at http://ww…
0075: Forums: Are They Worth The Time?
May 5, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Josh, who wants to add a forum to his site, but worries that he’ll bite off more than he can chew. Do you have a question about getting to connect with your audience? Record that question at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s…
0074: Is There Any Hope Of Getting Started In An Already Crowded Niche Like Blogging?
May 2, 2014 • 13 min
Andrew is interested in starting his own blog and online business, but asks if the market for his topic is too saturated. Do you have a question about the strategy for your new business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor,…
0073: Email Marketing: How Often Should You Send An Email To Your Email List?
May 1, 2014 • 10 min
Our question today comes from Eric, who wants to know how often he should send emails to his email list. Eric’s site is http://pillarsocialmedia.com/. Do you have a question about your email strategy? Record your question at http://www.askpat.com/. T…
0072: As A Beginning Blogger, Should My Social Media Engagement Be Deep Or Shallow?
Apr 30, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Alex, who is a new blogger. He wonders if he should focus deeply on single social media channel, or if he should spread out his efforts across several channels. Alex’s site is http://brainyexpat.com/. Do you have a question…
0071: Email Marketing; Email Vs. Blog Content: How Do You Know Where To Put Content?
Apr 29, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Troy, who wants to known about email list content strategy: what content goes where? Troy’s site is http://troydelaney.com/. Do you have a question about managing your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Thanks…
0070: How Do I Get People To Leave Comments On My Posts?
Apr 28, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Danny, a young blogger who wonders how he can encourage more people to leave comments on his posts. Danny’s site is http://www.thestudyingmusician.com/. Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat….
0069: Which WordPress Theme Is Best?
Apr 25, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Tracey, who wonders which WordPress theme I use for http://www.greenexamacademy.com/. Do you have a question about setting up your WordPress site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to h…
0068: How Do I Write An Email So That My Readers Know That I’m Actually Writing Directly To Them?
Apr 24, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Timothy, who wants to know the best practices around sending personal emails to his audience members. Timothy’s site is http://masterofmemory.com/. Do you have a question about building community engagement? Record it at ht…
0067: How Can I Incorporate Ads In A Tasteful Way?
Apr 23, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Carlos, who wants to know how to tastefully incorporate ads into his site, which is http://www.millennialleader.org/. Do you have a question about advertising on your website? Record your question at http:/www.askpat.com/. …
0066: Is Submitting Articles To Directories Still A Worthwhile Practice, Recent Google Changes?
Apr 22, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Ray, who wonders if it’s still a worthwhile practice to submit articles to article directories. Do you have a question about your blog marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring …
0065: How Vulnerable And Authentic Should You Be With Your Audience?
Apr 21, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Clark, who wants to know how vulnerable he should be with his audience. Is there a point at which you can share too much? Clark’s site is http://buckbranding.com/. Do you have a question about connecting with your audience?…
0064: How Have You Come Up With Your Ideas For Your Mobile Apps And How Have You Monetized Them?
Apr 18, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Steve, who wants to know how I’ve come up with the ideas for my iPhone apps and how I have monetized them. Steve’s site is http://mobileappchat.com/. Do you have a question about mobile app business strategies? Record it at…
0063: My Email List Is Too Expensive For The Return. Is It Worth Consolidating?
Apr 17, 2014 • 10 min
Morr asks me a question I haven’t gotten before: his list is growing too fast—faster than the return he’s getting. Should he consolidate the list? I give my recommendations. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record your question at http://…
0062: How Do You Get People From Facebook Into Your Email List?
Apr 16, 2014 • 12 min
Jason asks a great question on today’s show. He has an engaged Facebook community, but how can he get them to subscribe to his email list? Jason’s site is http://www.heavyhaulinfo.com/. Do you have a question about social media for your business? Reco…
0061: Email Marketing: Email Templates Vs. Text Only, Which Is Better?
Apr 15, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question is from Brent, who wants to know why someone would choose to send text-only emails through an email service. Brent’s site is http://edtech.tv/. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record your question at http://www.askpat.co…
0060: How Did You Lower Your Bounce Rate When You First Started Your Blog?
Apr 14, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Gabriel, who wants to know how to lower his website’s bounce rate. Do you have a question about building traffic to your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Personal Capital. Go to http://p…
0059: How Do I Buy A Domain Someone Else Owns?
Apr 11, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s question comes from Venu, who wonders if there’s a way to buy a domain that someone else owns. I’ve experienced this before and dealt with it in very different ways. Do you have a question about your online business? Record it at http://www.as…
0058: Why Are You In Multiple Masterminds? How Do You Keep Up With The Commitment?
Apr 10, 2014 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Ted, who wonders how I keep up with all the mastermind groups I belong to—and why I belong to several in the first place. Ted’s site is http://purposepodcast.com/. Do you have a question about running your small business? R…
0057: How Do You Feel About Using PLRs On Niche Sites?
Apr 9, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from Ted, who asks about using PLRs for content creation. What are they? Take a listen. Ted’s site is http://specialneedshome.org/. Also mentioned: http://www.askpat.com/plr http://www.nicoleonthenet.com Do you have a question …
0056: When Do I Turn My Blog Or Niche Site Into A Business Entity? When Do I Trademark?
Apr 8, 2014 • 12 min
Tony has a great question: When should he create a legal entity for his blog? When should he explore trademarking? I am not a lawyer, but I do answer small business questions. Record your question at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sp…
0055: With My New Podcast, Should I Use My Real Name Or Create A Fake Persona?
Apr 7, 2014 • 8 min
Jeff has a great question if you’re thinking about starting a podcast or blog as a sideline to your day job: should you use your real name or create a fake persona? Do you have a question about getting a podcast started? Record it at http://www.askpat…
0054: I’m New To Conferences. How Do I Determine Which One To Attend?
Apr 4, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Mary Kathryn, who asks about conferences. How should she choose which ones will give her the most value? Do you have a question about networking or education? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s episode is sponsor…
0053: What Is The Most Important Advice For Someone New To Affiliate Marketing?
Apr 3, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Christopher, who is just cracking into the world of affiliate marketing. He’d like to know where I would begin, if I was just getting started today. Do you have a question about affiliate programs? Record it at http://www.a…
0052: I Haven’t Emailed My List For A Long Time. How Do I Restart?
Apr 2, 2014 • 9 min
Dayvon asks a great question that I know a lot of people have wondered about: what do I do if I haven’t emailed my list in a while? Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0051: How Do You Determine Which Items To Hand Off To An Assistant?
Apr 1, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from P. Desmond Adams, and it is one that anyone considering hiring an assistant will have to tackle: how to figure out which tasks to hand off. Chris Ducker’s new book, Virtual Freedom: http://www.askpat.com/vf/ I want to hear…
0050: Which Split Testing Tools Do You Find Most Useful?
Mar 31, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from John Dennis from http://www.smarttimeonline.com/. John is looking for advice on split testing, something that all bloggers should do. If you have a question on blogging strategy, leave it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s…
0049: I Have A Blog Idea, Do You Have Tips For Getting Started?
Mar 28, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Kyle, who is ready to start his blog. He has a great idea, he’s looking for advice on how to get started. Do you have a question about how to start your next big project? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s episod…
0048: How Do You Stop Spam From Coming In Through Your Contact Form?
Mar 27, 2014 • 8 min
Today I help Linda battle contact form spam! It’s an icky problem, but there are solutions. Do you have a problem that makes blogging harder? Leave your question at http://www.askpat.com/.
0047: Monetization Isn’t Working—Any Ideas?
Mar 26, 2014 • 9 min
Today, Lauren asks about monetization strategies to try when the standard ideas (affiliate marketing, ebooks) aren’t enough. Do you have a question about monetization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Lauren’s site is http://nwtripfinder.com/.
0046: What Are Some Good Kindle Book Marketing Strategies?
Mar 25, 2014 • 9 min
Today’s question comes from John, who asks for some Kindle book launch advice. John’s site is http://www.voicesofmarketing.com/. If you have a question about your product’s launch strategy, record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s episode is spon…
0045: How Do You Sell When Your Users Are Young And Their Parents Are The Ones That Pay?
Mar 24, 2014 • 14 min
Today’s question is from Guy, who has a website where the target audience may not be able to buy his product directly. I give some suggestions for how to reach and motivate the parents to buy his product. Guy’s site is http://www.chemvideotutor.com/. …
0044: How Do You Create A Successful And Profitable Affiliate Relationship?
Mar 21, 2014 • 19 min
Today’s question comes from John, who asks about how to create a successful affiliate relationship. Do you have a question about building a business online? Leave your question at http://www.askpat.com/.
0043: What Tools Would You Recommend For Website Images, Especially To Add Nice Effects?
Mar 20, 2014 • 9 min
Keith asks a great question about website images, which are so important both for the visual look of your website and for the social sharing of your site. Do you have a question about making your website more welcoming? Record it at http://www.askpat….
0042: What’s The Best Way To Track Affiliate Links?
Mar 19, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Elias, who wants to know about affiliate link tracking. It’s an important question that deserves more attention than it usually gets. Do you have a question about best practices for affiliate sales? Go to http://www.askpat….
0041: How Do You Include Other People In Your Own Paid Product, And Are They Compensated?
Mar 18, 2014 • 12 min
In today’s episode, Andrea asks a really great question about paid online communities: if you have a guest share information for your paid product, how do you compensate them? Do you have a question about affiliate marketing or online communities? Rec…
0040: Which Marketing Bloggers Do I Follow?
Mar 17, 2014 • 9 min
Kim asks a great question: which marketing bloggers do I follow for advice? Do you have a question for me? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0039: What Can Startups And Beginners Use As Social Proof When They Are Just Starting Out?
Mar 14, 2014 • 10 min
Phil asks a great question for beginning bloggers: how to you demonstrate “social proof” when you’re first getting started? Do you have a question about blogging? Leave your question at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshboo…
0038: Was It Hard To Leave Your Old Job And Move Into Your Online Career?
Mar 13, 2014 • 11 min
Ben asks a great question about my career switch from architecture to online entrepreneurship. Was it hard to leave my old career behind? Do you have a question about making a career change? Leave your question at http://www.askpat.com/.
0037: How Do You Get Big Names To Agree To Be On Your Show?
Mar 12, 2014 • 8 min
Austin asks a great question about how to book big-name guests. While the answer is simple, I offer a bit of nuance to tip the odds in your favor. Do you have a podcasting question? Hop on over to http://www.askpat.com/ and ask me! Austin’s site is h…
0036: How Do You Know When To Go Full-Time With Your Side Business?
Mar 11, 2014 • 14 min
Today’s question is a big one. Ben asks about when to make the leap from side business to going full-time. If you have a question about running a small business, ask it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. Go to http…
0035: When Starting Out, How Broad Or Specific Should Your Niche Be?
Mar 10, 2014 • 10 min
Kevin asks an important question for bloggers, podcasters, and anyone who is just starting to build an audience: how specific should you be? Do you want to focus on a narrow niche, or is it better to be broad? If you have a question about building an …
0034: How Many Domains And Hosting Accounts Do You Need?
Mar 7, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question is about managing multiple websites at once. Janelle asks if she needs separate hosting for each of her sites, or if she can host all of them on the same account. Do you have a blogging question? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0033: How Do You Know When It’s Time To Invest In Virtual Help?
Mar 6, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Chuck, who asks how a business owner can know that it’s time to invest in outside help. Do you have a small business question? Leave it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0032: If You Had To Start Your Online Business Over Again, What Changes Would You Make?
Mar 5, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Steve, who is asking a big question: if I could do it all over again, what would I do differently? Well, Steve, a few things. Do you have big question you want answered? Go to http://www.askpat.com/.
0031: How Do You Prepare And Organize Your (Epic) Blog Posts?
Mar 4, 2014 • 7 min
Today’s question comes from Nick, who invents a fun word! He also asks about my strategy for preparing blog posts. How to I keep track of all that content? Do you have a question about blogging? Ask me at http://www.askpat.com/. Nicky’s site is http:…
0030: What Are Your Writing Habits And What Tools Do You Use?
Mar 3, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Chris, who wants to know what my writing habits are. How do I find time to write long-form content? What tools do I use? I want your questions! Record a question for me at http://www.askpat.com/. Chris’s site is http://www…
0029: How Do You Build a Brand that Relies on User-Generated Content?
Feb 28, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question about content strategy is a little bit different. Joe is looking for advice on building a brand around user-generated content. How can you build a brand that relies so heavily on your audience? Do you have a question about online busi…
0028: Do You Have Any Business Advice For A 10 Year Old?
Feb 27, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question is so fantastic, because it is from Colin who is 10 years old. Colin wants to start a business, and he’s looking for advice. We take questions from everybody, not just 10-year-olds! Go to http://www.askpat.com/.
0027: How Do You Continue To Run Your Brand While You’re On Travel?
Feb 26, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question is from Andrew, who asks about my tips for staying connected while traveling. Leave your question for the show at http://www.askpat.com/.
0026: Why Do You Give Stuff Away For Free When Other People Charge?
Feb 25, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Jerry, who wonders about free vs. paid content strategies for blogs. Why give away information for free? Why ask someone to pay? I bet you have a question about business strategy! Leave it at http://www.askpat.com/.
0025: What Are “Profitable Keywords?” How Do You Find Them And What Do You Do With Them?
Feb 24, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Yanne, and he asks about a term that I’ve used often: “profitable keywords.” What are profitable keywords, how do you find them, and what do you do with them? Do you have a burning question about keywords, online entreprene…
0024: How Do You Handle Negative Reviews?
Feb 21, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question is from John, who asks about handling negative reviews? What good can you take from a bad review? Should you respond to a bad review? If you have a question, go to http://www.askpat.com/. John’s website is http://castmembersecrets.com/.
0023: How Did You Initially Build The SPI Audience? Where Did You Start?
Feb 20, 2014 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Meg, who wants to know how I built my audience for Smart Passive Income. Do you have a question that you need answered? Go to http://www.askpat.com/. Meg’s site is http://audiencewatch.me/.
0022: Which Pen And Tablet Do You Use For Your Electronic Whiteboard Videos?
Feb 19, 2014 • 8 min
Today we have a fun tools-based question from Jenn, who wants to know which pen and tablet I’d recommend for my electronic whiteboard videos. Do you have a question? I bet you do! Leave it at http://www.askpat.com/. Whiteboard Video: http://www.askpa…
0021: What Do You Need To Spend Money On To Build A Successful Online Business?
Feb 18, 2014 • 11 min
Our question today comes from Mike, who would like to know what is on my checklist for online business expenses. If you have a questions for the show, go to http://www.askpat.com/
0020: How Important Is A Getting Started Page For Your Website Or Blog? How Do You Create One?
Feb 17, 2014 • 12 min
Today our question comes from Idris, who wonders if every blog needs a “Getting Started” page. I think so, and here’s why. If you ask a question that gets answered on the show, you get a t-shirt! That should be reason enough to head over to http://www…
0019: How Do You Create Expert Content When You’re Not An Expert?
Feb 14, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question is one that I suspect a lot of new bloggers have struggled with. Mike asks about the best way to create content for a blog when you’re not an expert. I bet you have a great question you could ask! Go to http://www.askpat.com/ Mike’s …
0018: How Do You Prepare For An Individual Podcast Episode And Interviews?
Feb 13, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Zac Johnson: How do you prepare for a podcast episode? What kind of research should you do before interviewing a guest? If you have a question, leave it at http://www.askpat.com. Zac’s site is http://zacjohnson.com/.
0017: How To Shut Up That Voice In Your Head That Tells You Are Not Good Enough
Feb 12, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Liz, who asks for strategies on how to quite that destructive, negative voice that tells us we’re not good enough. Do you have a question? Leave it at http://www.askpat.com. Liz’s site is http://www.liveyourlifenowshow.com.
0016: Be Everywhere — Yes! But Where Do You Start?
Feb 11, 2014 • 8 min
Today’s question comes from Crystal, who asks about my “Be Everywhere” strategy. It’s great advice, but how do you actually get started? I want to hear your question! Leave it for me at http://www.askpat.com. Crystal’s website is http://fineartmom.co…
0015: SEO - How Do You Stop Link Juice From Leaking From Your Website?
Feb 10, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question comes from Tony, who has a question regarding a discussion from an episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast: how do you stop “link juice” from leaking from your website? Just what is “link juice?” We want your question! Leave it at…
0014: What Software Would You Recommend To Create A Membership Website?
Feb 7, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s question comes from Juliette, who asks about building membership sites. What software should she use? How should she get started? You can leave a question for AskPat! Go to http://www.askpat.com.
0013: How Do You Promote A Podcast To An Audience That Isn’t Podcast Savvy?
Feb 6, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Emilio, who wants to start a Spanish-language podcast, but is concerned that his audience is not familiar with podcasts in general. How can he educate his audience to become regular podcast listeners? If you have a burning …
0012: Productivity Hacks: How Do You Prioritize And Manage Your Work?
Feb 5, 2014 • 16 min
Brad’s question today hits on a popular topic: productivity. Specifically, he wonders about the best way to prioritize and manage his work. Let’s hear from you! Leave a question at http://www.askpat.com. Brad’s site is http://www.skilledup.com/.
0011: A Sensitive Niche, But How Do You Sell Without Seeming Insensitive?
Feb 4, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s question comes from Nora, who wants to share her experience with a sensitive topic. She’s wondering which is better for her topic, a blog or a podcast; as well as how to approach selling without seeming insensitive. If you want to leave a ques…
0010: Where do you find a good web programmer and how much should you budget?
Feb 3, 2014 • 15 min
Today’s question comes from Matt, who is ready to take his business to the next level. That next level includes web programming knowledge he doesn’t have, and he wants to know where he can find a good web programmer, and how much he should expect to pa…
0009: How Do You Stay Motivated When You’re Not Seeing Success, & You Don’t Have Family Support?
Jan 31, 2014 • 12 min
In today’s episode of AskPat, Christine has a tough question: how do you stay motivated when you’re not seeing success, especially if you don’t have a family support system? To leave a question for AskPat, go to http://www.askpat.com.
0008: Do You Need Permission To Write Reviews On Monetized Sites?
Jan 30, 2014 • 5 min
Our AskPat question today comes from Jeff, and he’d like to know if you need permission before writing reviews, particularly for monetized sites. If you’d like to ask a question for the show, head over to http://www.askpat.com.
0007: How Do You Find Speaking Gigs?
Jan 29, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s AskPat question is from Alease, and it’s about how to build a speaking career. What’s the best way to start booking speaking gigs? If you have a question you’d like answered on the show, head on over to http://www.askpat.com. Alease’s site is…
0006: What’s The Best Way To SEO My Website For Multiple Keywords?
Jan 28, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s question is from Jacques, about how to better optimize your websites for multiple search terms. If you have a question you’d like answered on the show, head on over to http://www.askpat.com!
0005: How Do You Become A Better Leader, & What Tools Do You Use To Delegate Tasks To Your Team?
Jan 27, 2014 • 12 min
Today’s AskPat question is from Adam, and it’s all about how to become a better leader, and he also asks about how to best delegate and hand off work to your team. If you have a question you’d like answered on the show, head on over to http://www.a…
0004: Work/Life Balance: How Do You Maximize The Time You Have For Each?
Jan 24, 2014 • 13 min
Today’s AskPat question is from Nick, who asks about how to balance and maximize time when working when you’re in work mode, and family time when you’re in family mode. I get a little personal in this one. If you have a question you’d like answered o…
0003: How Do I Increase Engagement And Participation In My Community?
Jan 23, 2014 • 10 min
Today’s AskPat question is from Briggs, a 10 year old kid (which is awesome!) who needs help getting the students in his online community to speak up and become more active. Go Briggs! If you have a question you’d like answered on the show, head on ov…
0002: What Kind Of Goals Should I Be Making For My Website And Podcast?
Jan 22, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s AskPat question is from Sean from Australia. He asks about goals that we should be setting online, specially goals outside of financial goals. I had lots to say about this one. Check it out! If you have a question you’d like answered on the …
0001: How Do You Craft The Perfect About Page?
Jan 21, 2014 • 11 min
Today’s AskPat question is from Addie! It’s about one of the most important pages on your website. If you have a question you’d like answered on the show, head on over to http://www.askpat.com