Podcast

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

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 answer their questions was why I started the original AskPat podcast. After 1,000 very successful episodes, I’m making AskPat even better! AskPat 2.0 takes the AskPat template and goes deeper with a weekly coaching call between me and an entrepreneur ...more

Episodes

  • AP 1097: Where Are They Now? Jake Gosselin (1053)

    Dec 05 2019

    For this Where Are They Now? episode, we talk to Jake Gosselin, who runs a membership and coaching site for worship leaders at Churchfront.com. Since we last spoke, he's been able to double his membership, but now he's wondering if he needs to pivot and go in a new direction with higher-ticket personal coaching.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick rev...more

  • AP 1096: Where Are They Now? Laura Dobbins

    Nov 28 2019

    On AskPat 1096, we check back in with Laura Dobbins from Episode 1052. Since we last spoke in January, Laura has been able to more than double her monthly passive income just by changing the pricing structure of her course, Laundromats 101. We also hear about an exciting new project she has in the works, so make sure to listen to the full episode.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this sh...more

  • AP 1095: Where Are They Now? Julia Kuhn

    Nov 21 2019

    On this week's episode of AskPat, I check back in with Julia Kuhn who I first spoke with back in AskPat 1054. Since February, Julia has been able to diversify her income, increase her affiliate earnings, and she's even created a course! Plus a whole lot more has changed. Listen in! And learn more about Julia at TheTravelingTraveler.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and help...more

  • AP 1094: How Do I Pitch My Product Better?

    Nov 14 2019

    Gordon is a therapist in Tennessee who has created a course to help others manage the finances of their private practices, but when it came time to pitch his ideas, things didn't go so well. In this episode, we explore how Gordon can adjust his thinking in order to succeed. You can find him at practiceoftherapy.com and the Practice of Therapy Podcast.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of thi...more

  • AP 1093: Welcome to AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 (3 of 3)

    Nov 07 2019

    In the final AskPat Live episode from FlynnCon1, I bring on another special guest, Chris Ducker, to take your questions! We answer questions about building trust and rapport with your audience, memberships vs. courses, Instagram strategy, business naming, and so much more. Speaking of FlynnCon, FlynnCon2 tickets are available now! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and help...more

  • AP 1092: Welcome to AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 (2 of 3)

    Oct 31 2019

    In this second of three AskPat Live episodes from FlynnCon1, I bring on Chalene Johnson to take questions from FlynnCon1 attendees about how to position the problem you solve for your customers, how to balance what you share about your personal life with your business audience, and much more! We also get into Chalene's story a bit too. Speaking of FlynnCon, FlynnCon2 tickets are available now! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoy...more

  • AP 1091: Welcome to AskPat Live from FlynnCon1 (1 of 3)

    Oct 24 2019

    In this first of three AskPat Live episodes from FlynnCon1, I take questions from FlynnCon1 attendees about how to market your podcast, how to serve your audience by focusing on their biggest pain points, how to integrate Instagram stories into your business, and many more! Speaking of FlynnCon, FlynnCon2 tickets are available now! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and hel...more

  • AP 1090: How Might I Use My Recognition and Award to Grow My Audience?

    Oct 17 2019

    Kathy Walker recently received the 2019 North Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year award, which is such an amazing honor. Kathy also runs a podcast called Year of APing Dangerously, which helps other assistant principals and educators at large manage the ups and downs of the school year. Kathy wants to leverage her award to help grow her brand and, most importantly, serve even more people in the education field. Listen to Kathy's podcast at YearofAPingDangerously.com.If you want to be consid...more

  • AP 1089: With No Extra Time, How Do I Increase Engagement and Grow My Business?

    Oct 10 2019

    Dr. Hussain Gandhi (aka Dr. Gandalf) helps general practitioners better understand and utilize technology for their practice and for their patients. He has a community of GPs he wants to grow, but feels like his niche is too small and doesn't have the extra time to accomplish it. In this episode of AskPat, we discover solutions for moving the needle on his business, even with very little time. You can learn more about Dr Gandalf at eGPlearning.co.uk and the eGP Learning Podblast.If you want to b...more

  • AP 1088: How Do I Know What to Create a Course About and Best Serve My Customers?

    Oct 03 2019

    Lesya runs a nutrition and weight loss blog helping moms get fit and healthy after having babies. She wants to find focus in her business, and one way we explore doing that is through an online course. I help define what the course could be, and figure out how to validate the course idea with Lesya's audience. Learn more about Lesya at EatBeFitExplore.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format o...more

  • AP 1087: How Can I Increase My Audience Engagement with a Podcast?

    Sep 26 2019

    Kara Gott Warner hosts a yarn crafting podcast called Power Purls. Kara's a maker, and she's building a community of other creatives and makers through her podcast, her website, and workshops. She's looking to reignite the passion in her business through her podcast, but wants to know how she can increase audience engagement. Learn more about Kara at KaraGottWarner.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you lov...more

  • AP 1086: How Can I Translate My In-Person Group Success Into Online Growth and Connection?

    Sep 19 2019

    Danielle West runs a business that hosts small in-person groups focused on helping partners communicate better and stay connected. But she's having difficulty translating the success she's had with small in-person groups into online growth and connection. I share some strategies for going from offline to online, scaling your online business, and more! Learn more about Danielle at IntentionalMarriages.net.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you...more

  • AP 1085: How Can I Expand My Reach and Grow My Audience for More Passive Income?

    Sep 12 2019

    Ben has a solid number of offline clients, and he wants to boost his online client numbers and grow his online reach. Right now, as Ben says, he's in the "murky middle" and wants to know a way out of it. We talk about where he wants to take his business, and how to expand his reach and grow his audience for more passive income. Learn more about Ben at FitnessPenPal.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you lov...more

  • AP 1084: How Do I Create Passive Income for My Growing Product-Based Business?

    Sep 05 2019

    Steph has a solid, and growing, product-based business. She's looking for ways she can create passive income for her business. In this episode, we explore ways she can further optimize her current product offerings, as well as scale up her business in a big way. Learn more about Steph and her hand-crafted paper products business at JoyCreativeShop.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of th...more

  • AP 1083: I Have Two Separate Platforms, But How Do I Connect Them Together?

    Aug 29 2019

    Brent has two separate platforms, a podcast and a brand, and they are a bit disconnected. In this episode of AskPat, I help Brent by figuring out how he can connect the two platforms together in a way that's easy for his customers to understand and find his brand without confusion. You can learn more about Brent and his business at MargaritaTexas.com, and his podcast at TequilaTester.com.[Disclaimer: Content relating to alcohol is mentioned in this episode, so if you're under 21, please be aware...more

  • AP 1082: I Start a Lot of Ideas, But How Do I Follow-Through and Stick to One?

    Aug 22 2019

    Jeremy is host of the podcast, The Aworkening, where he explores the new world of work. Jeremy is a self-professed "serial side hustler." He likes to start a lot of new ideas, but is having trouble with the follow-through. How can he stick to just one great new idea? We explore all of that on this episode of AskPat! You can learn more about Jeremy and his podcast at TheAworkening.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's epis...more

  • AP 1081: Where Do I Start to Build an Audience and Community Online?

    Aug 15 2019

    Mio is starting to build an audience within her mental health and wellness niche. We talk about Mio's superpowers, and how she can use those superpowers for good to build a community online for her business. Mio has an amazing offline business, but how can she take it online to grow her audience there? You can learn more about Mio at SolidWellness.org.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of th...more

  • AP 1080: How Do I Prioritize What Needs to Be Done, in My Business, and in My Life?

    Aug 08 2019

    Ryan is a hairstylist with expertise in balayage. He shares his knowledge with his audience through online courses on Masters of Balayage, as well as through live events and speaking engagements. While business is good, it's hard to figure out what to focus on and how to get things done, especially with an eight-month-old in the house. We talk through strategies to prioritize work and get help where you need it the most!If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at A...more

  • AP 1079: How Do I Deal With Imposter Syndrome, and How Do I Better Serve My Audience?

    Aug 01 2019

    Ben helps leaders become better leaders. He has a decent size email list and some products, but he's looking to jump to the next level. Ben wants to figure out how to best serve his audience, and overcome the imposter syndrome he's experiencing while growing his business. On this episode, Ben has some strategic and mental breakthroughs! You can find Ben at ThoughtfulLeader.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and...more

  • AP 1078: How Do I Build a Robust and Engaged Community That Translates to Sales Later?

    Jul 25 2019

    Katherine Maslen is a naturopath and is growing a community of people who want to shift their mindset, habits, and health for personal growth. Today, I talk with Katherine about how she can further grow her community while keeping them engaged enough to, hopefully, take action later by purchasing products, online courses, books, etc. Lots of great stuff in this episode! Learn more about Katherine's growing community at TheShiftClinic.com/group and KatherineMaslen.com.If you want to be considered...more

  • AP 1077: How Do I Best Scale My Business After Getting Started and Building a Following?

    Jul 18 2019

    Kate Nelson is doing amazing work educating people on ways to reduce plastic use in everyday life. She has an awesome start, but she wants to know how to best scale her business after getting started and building her following. On this coaching call, I show Kate how to spread her message and boost her strong business start. You can learn more about what Kate's doing at IQuitPlastics.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's e...more

  • AP 1076: How and Where Do I Focus My Time Across Multiple Interests?

    Jul 11 2019

    Bryony has a travel blog, a vegan blog, a course, and is working on a book. She has a pretty solid footing in her business, but she's struggling with how and where to focus her time across multiple interests. In this episode, I share some tips and strategies for growing and monetizing her brand while also finding the focus to grow her other interests. Learn more about Bryony at CoastingAustralia.com and VeganPossum.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at As...more

  • AP 1075: How Do My Live Workshops and Online Courses Work Together?

    Jul 04 2019

    Anne is a teacher who specializes in language development, and specifically she helps other teachers learn Spanish so that they can better communicate with students and parents. Anne wants to host live workshops and create online courses for her language education, but she's not sure how it all fits together or where the money would come from. Find out today on AskPat. Learn more about Anne at MyBilingualHeart.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat....more

  • AP 1074: What Is Superfans About and Who Is It For?

    Jun 27 2019

    On a special episode of AskPat, I answer questions about my new book, Superfans, which will be out on August 13! I explore everything from what Superfans is all about, who it's for, and why you should pre-order the book before August 13 to claim two bonuses: a free download of the audiobook and a 90-minute training call with me! To pre-order Superfans, go to YourSuperFans.com today!If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episod...more

  • AP 1073: How Do I Get My Audience to Move and Convert?

    Jun 20 2019

    Kara is a running coach who provides support for new and experienced runners and walkers to help them achieve their fitness goals. She's built a strong community, but she's having a difficult time getting her audience to take the next step. With all of this valuable content Kara has created, how does she get her audience to move and convert? Find out today on AskPat! You can find Kara at ThisRunLife.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you ...more

  • AP 1072: How Do I Progress When There's So Much to Do?

    Jun 13 2019

    Sarah is an author, a mom of four boys, a two-time cancer survivor, a mental health counselor, and so much more. She has a lot going on, to say the least, and a lot working in her favor. But how can Sarah progress when there's just so much to do, and the overwhelming feelings start taking control? Find out today on AskPat! You can learn more about Sarah at SarahFenlonFalk.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and ...more

  • AP 1071: Does It Make Sense for Me to Start a Podcast?

    Jun 06 2019

    Dr. Kathleen Perry isn't quite sure if she should start a podcast. Kathleen's business helps women over 50 reclaim their vitality and live life to the fullest. But how can she translate that into a podcast? And does a podcast make sense for her? We explore that, why she's stuck on getting a podcast started, and how a podcast can help her business in the end. Dr. Perry can be found at DrKathleenPerry.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you ...more

  • AP 1070: I'm an Expert, But How Do I Get People to Buy My Services?

    May 30 2019

    Ross was laid off recently, and is an expert in his technology field. Since then, he's been looking to start a business fueled by his expertise. But where should Ross start? And how does he get people to buy his services? By the end of this episode, Ross has a major breakthrough. Listen in! Ross can be found at Ross-Sivertsen.com and DallasDigitalSolutions.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the for...more

  • AP 1069 How Do I Scale My Business and Reach My Goals?

    May 23 2019

    Leili creates designer cat collars and harnesses for her company, Supakit. Leili has the systems in place, but she needs a little help scaling her business. How can she get more customers on her website? Today, we explore the ways Leili can scale her business and reach all of her business goals. You can find Leili at Supakit.co.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping othe...more

  • AP 1068 How Do I Monetize My Growing Audience Authentically?

    May 16 2019

    Vickie, with her wife Larissa, runs a vegetarian lifestyle blog, podcast, community, and website called Vegetarian Zen. Vickie is starting to think about monetizing her audience, after some success using Patreon. But she wants to know how to monetize her growing audience in an authentic way. We explore all of that on the latest AskPat! You can find Vickie at VegetarianZen.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and ...more

  • AP 1067: How Can I Succeed with a Business I Care About that Once Failed?

    May 09 2019

    Tiffany has gone through a ton of iterations in her business, some great wins, and some failures. Today on AskPat, she's trying to figure out how she can succeed with a business she really cares deeply about but that has already failed in the past. We can learn so much from our failures, and that's what we explore today! You can find Tiffany at KidsCookingSchool.org.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love t...more

  • AP 1066: How Do I Organize My Offerings and Make Sure They Make Sense?

    May 02 2019

    Jonathan is a sports psychologist. He just launched a beta version of a new online coaching program for athletes. Bu he wants to know how to launch it to the public, and how to organize his other offerings so they make the most sense for his audience. You can find Jonathan at JonathanLelievre.comIf you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me ...more

  • AP 1065: How Do I Choose Which Passion to Monetize?

    Apr 25 2019

    Brandon has two main passions. The first being fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle. The second being video gaming. In this call, we explore how Brandon can determine which passion to follow through with and the ways he can monetize going forward.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have t...more

  • AP 1064: What Is Preventing My Success?

    Apr 18 2019

    Guy Macpherson is a trauma therapist, and his business brings together resources for trauma clinicians and therapists. Guy has all the right components for his business, he just needs help putting it together to achieve the success he wants. What is preventing his success? Find out today on AskPat! You can find Guy at TheTraumaTherapistProject.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this s...more

  • AP 1063: How Do I Break Through When My Business Plateaus?

    Apr 11 2019

    Erin is a a personal development and self-care blogger who teaches people how to use a bullet journal. Erin has experienced a lot of rapid growth, but has since stalled and is now at a plateau. I help her with some tools and strategies for breaking through her business plateau. You can find Erin at ThePetitePlanner.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepr...more

  • AP 1062: How Do I Pitch My Dream Product?

    Apr 04 2019

    Connie Neal is an educator who helps people create online courses. But she now wants to focus on her big dream. During this coaching call, Connie pitches her big dream product to me, and I give her a grade. This is one of the most fun coaching calls I've had in a long time, and I hope you enjoy it too! You can find Connie at AchieversStudio.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show...more

  • AP 1061: How Can I Get My Audience to Finally Start Taking Action with Me?

    Mar 28 2019

    Chris Hill is a chef who helps other chefs with personal development and company culture. He's been growing a loyal following, but wants his audience to take action with him. We're going to uncover an awesome strategy for doing exactly that, so stick around! You can find Chris on Facebook, Instagram, and ChrisHillOnline.com. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping ot...more

  • AP 1060: How Do I Grow My Small Social Media Following and Build My Brand?

    Mar 21 2019

    Cody is a new entrepreneur in the cannabis space, but he's having difficulty building a brand and monetizing the work he does online. Should he try affiliate marketing? Consulting calls? We're going to dive into a bunch of strategies for Cody today. If you want to learn more about Cody's business, you can find him on Instagram and YouTube.And hey, if you're looking to build an email list of your own, there's no one I recommend more highly than ConvertKit, a company I've worked with for the last ...more

  • AP 1059: What Is the Path to Doing Only What Sparks Joy?

    Mar 14 2019

    Dara is a well-known gender therapist who needs a little help niching down so they can create the biggest impact. How can they declutter their business life and do only what sparks the most joy? You can find Dara at DaraHoffmanFox.com and on their YouTube channel.The thought exercises we go over today are from my book, Will It Fly?, which I highly recommend to anyone looking to find direction and clarity in entrepreneurship.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form ...more

  • AP 1058: How Can I Get Customers When Culture and Language May Be a Barrier?

    Mar 07 2019

    Today I'm talking with Paul from Mind Nation—this is a very unique call because of the particular population that Mind Nation targets and the challenges that come from that. Paul's business is in the personal development space, but he and his business partner are having trouble connecting to their Japanese target audience. No matter who you're targeting with your own business, I promise you there's a lot to learn from today, so stay tuned! Find out more about Paul at MindNationJP.com.If you want...more

  • AP 1057: How Should I Organize a Launch with Various Start Dates?

    Feb 28 2019

    Today I'm talking with Stacey from Side-Hustle-Teachers.com—she helps teachers create additional income through side hustles. She has some launches and new pursuits on the horizon, so today I'm giving her strategies for knocking them out of the park, like coordinating a launch with various start dates, utilizing influencer and affiliate marketing, and more!If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format ...more

  • AP 1056: How Do We Convert More Traffic into Our Coaching Program?

    Feb 21 2019

    Zuzana and Nikki have an awesome website in the health and wellness space—ActiveVegetarian.com—but they're not converting as many coaching clients as they'd like. Listen in as I help them hone in on what's working, and the changes they can make to drive the results they're after.If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others t...more

  • AP 1055: How Can I Grow My Business When I Also Have to Run It?

    Feb 14 2019

    Today I'm chatting with Lea Pica from LeaPica.com—she's a data storytelling expert who turns numbers and data into inspirational, applicable material for businesses and presentations. She wants to take her business to the next level, and today I'm going to give her—and you by proxy—a quick resource that can seriously change the entire course of your business. Let's get started! You can hear more from Lea on her podcast—The Present Beyond Measure Show—and you can find her on Twitter and other pla...more

  • AP 1054: How Do I Diversify My Affiliate Income in My Business?

    Feb 07 2019

    Julia has a site called TheTravelingTraveler.com, where she provides tips and inspiration for traveling healthcare professionals. It's an amazing niche. She has some great affiliate partners, but she wants to create some different relationships with those partners. How can she diversify her affiliate income from the site? You can definitely hear the lightbulbs going off in this one—stick around! You can also find Julia through her instagram: @TheTravelingTraveler_.In this episode I recommend rea...more

  • AP 1053: What's the Best Way to Grow and Scale with All the Options out There I Could Do?

    Jan 31 2019

    Today I'm coaching Jake Gosselin, who runs a membership site in the worship leader space—people who sing and create energy at church gatherings. He's had a good taste of success so far, but he wants to grow further. How can he grow and scale his business? What I offer Jake is probably the best piece of advice that I could give you—make sure you stick around! Jake's sites are Churchfront.com and WorshipLeaderSchool.com.In this episode I mention Session 115 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast—"900...more

  • AP 1052: Have I Made All the Money I Can in My Niche? What Else Could I Do?

    Jan 24 2019

    Laura found a super-specific niche for her business. Actually, I wouldn't recommend starting out in it, but Laura ended up becoming the go-to resource within that niche, which is laundromats! She feels that her potential income is tapped out, but today we're going to create a strategy to help her optimize and grow exponentially without adding a ton of work. There's so much growth within this episode—you can hear it in Laura's voice—so make sure you listen in. You can find Laura online at Laundro...more

  • AP 1051: How Can I Make Passive Income on Top of My Ecommerce / Product Business?

    Jan 17 2019

    I'm coaching Kyle today, who owns an ecommerce business creating parts for ebikes and custom-building his own ebikes too. Kyle's trying to figure out what his next steps are and how to maximize his time so he can make some passive income on top of what he's already doing. We dive deep today so that he can do exactly that. Check out Kyle's site at BoltonEbikes.com.The recommended resource for this episode is Kit.com, where you can create lists of gear or tech that you use in your business or hobb...more

  • AP 1050: How Do I Grow My Business as a Designer after a Failed Course Launch?

    Jan 10 2019

    Today I'm chatting with Jessica Freeman, an amazing designer who works one on one with clients, primarily service-based businesses and health and wellness professionals. She's trying to create more passive income, but so far her efforts haven't worked out as well as she'd like. How can she create more passive income and get some time back too? You can find out more about Jessica at JessCreatives.com or on Instagram and YouTube @JessCreatives.In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? It's a...more

  • AP 1049: My Target Audience Didn't Respond—What Do I Do?

    Jan 03 2019

    Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! Today I'm chatting with Pam Farley, a blogger and author whose niche is in all-natural products, healthy eating, and gardening. You can find her at BrownThumbMama.com. Pam recently created new content for a specific audience that she had surveyed, even though that audience wasn't her typical avatar. Things didn't take off, so today I'm going to help her debrief and better organize her approach going forward. Let's dive in!If you want to be considered for a coa...more

  • AP 1048: Where Are They Now? Jacques Hopkins (From AP 1032)

    Dec 27 2018

    Jacques Hopkins is back with us today, from Pianoin21Days.com. He was coached just sixteen episodes ago in Episode 1032, and it's amazing to hear how far he's come. Back then he needed help segmenting his email list; today he's going to tell us about the tool he used to make that process easy and the results he's seeing because of it, plus the new business he began in the meantime, TheOnlineCourseGuy.com!In this episode we mention RightMessage—a fantastic tool for segmenting your audience. You c...more

  • AP 1047: Where Are They Now? Sam Gavis-Hughson (From AP 1004)

    Dec 20 2018

    Sam was last on the show earlier this year in Episode 1004 of AskPat 2.0 (I accidentally said 1003 in the intro—oops!). Sam put a lot of my advice from that episode into practice, particularly related to creating and optimizing online courses and driving traffic to his content, and he's here today to tell us all about how it went. If you want to learn some tips and tricks for creating successful online courses of your own, this is a great example! Find out more about Sam at Byte-by-Byte.com or o...more

  • AP 1046: Where Are They Now? Jackie Bolen (From AP 1003)

    Dec 13 2018

    Jackie was one of the first guests here on AskPat 2.0, back in Episode 1003. Back then, Jackie was struggling to decide between pursuing her ESL (English as a Second Language)-related business or a second business focused on Amazon. She was torn between the two, and couldn't focus and grow either as a result. What happened next? That's what today is all about: Jackie's here to tell us what she decided, what happened, and the strategies she's now using to grow her business by 4x. Amazing.I'm thro...more

  • AP 1045: Where Are They Now? Ethan Clarke (From AP 1010)

    Dec 06 2018

    Ethan joined us in Episode 1010 to get advice on scaling his super-niche site—a business in the marriage proposal space called TheMarriageProposal.com. He's back this week to tell us what happened since then and how he's driving traffic and leveraging past customer relationships. Plus, he's looking for advice on new directions in his business. Let's dive in!In this episode I mention two recent episodes of The Smart Passive Income Podcast which deal specifically with the physical product process....more

  • AP 1044: Where Are They Now? Walid Azami (From AP 1022)

    Nov 29 2018

    Today I'm talking with Walid Azami, who was featured back in Episode 1022 of the show. Back then, he was struggling with the idea of selling to his audience. He's come a long way since then: He's here today to tell us what happened and to get some advice on his next steps. Find Walid on Instagram or on his website, HowtoPhotograph.net.I'm throwing my first-ever live event next year, FlynnCON1, in San Diego, July 26-28! The theme is Press Start, and I'd love to see you there at this family-friend...more

  • AP 1043: Where Are They Now? Stephen Pasquini (From AP 1014)

    Nov 22 2018

    I interviewed Stephen back in Episode 1014—he has two great websites at ThePALife.com and SmartyPANCE.com where he helps Physician's Assistants learn their trade. He was struggling with the overwhelm of the technology for his website and running the business on his own. Now he's back to tell us about how he overcame those struggles, plus what's next for his business. Let's get started!In this episode I mention ConvertKit, my number one recommendation for email list management. It makes managing ...more

  • AP 1042: Where Are They Now? Gianna Kordatzky (From AP 1001)

    Nov 15 2018

    This week I have something really special: I'm bringing back Gianna Kordatzky, who was on the very first coaching session for AskPat 2.0! When I coached Gianna (way back in Episode 1001) she was dealing with a lot of overwhelm related to systems, who does what in her business, that sort of thing. She's back this week for a follow-up: Let's find out what happened since our last call! You can learn more about Gianna's business at FamilyFunTwinCities.com.If you want to be considered for a coaching ...more

  • AP 1041: Where Are They Now? Meg Brunson (From AP 1009)

    Nov 08 2018

    We're back this week with another Where Are They Now? episode, this time featuring Meg Brunson from Episode 1009! That was recorded seven or eight months ago when Meg was having some issues related to decisions around her branding—whether to put her projects under one brand or many. This week she'll tell us what's happened since then, what she's learned, and what her plans are for the future. You can find out more about Meg at MegBrunson.com.Let me know how you feel about the new Where Are They ...more

  • AP 1040: Where Are They Now? Lisa Bunnage (From AP 1019)

    Nov 01 2018

    This is going to be the first of many Where Are They Now? episodes, where I actually bring back a guest I've coached in a past episode. It's been about six months since I talked with Lisa in Episode 1019, who had some issues with taking her coaching practice online. She helps parents deal with troubled teens, and her site's called BratBusters.com. Today we're going to see what Lisa's been up to, what pains or problems I might be able to help her with next, and what's on the horizon. Let's get st...more

  • AP 1039: As My Business Grows, How Do I Stay Connected to My Audience?

    Oct 25 2018

    This week I'm sitting down with Aleisha Maddock, who has a thriving business over at TheBrideChilla.com. Her concern now is that she doesn't want to lose touch with her audience as she grows. We always want to make sure we're there for our people, and I share a lot of my own personal experience with the challenges of growing. Side note: Aleisha is one of the funniest people I've ever had on this show, so don't miss it! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at...more

  • AP 1038: How Can I Create an Online Business When Time Management Is Difficult?

    Oct 18 2018

    Roger is a seasoned woodworker. Now that he's an empty-nester, he's getting a bit tired of the physical labor and wants to translate his expertise into an online, passive income-driven business. He's got a lot of ideas—a book and online course, for example—but business is good and his time is limited. How does he make the most of his time? If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. In this episode I recommend Rev. Rev is an amazing tool for fast,...more

  • AP 1037: So Many Ideas! How Do I Know If I'm Going in the Right Direction?

    Oct 11 2018

    This week's coaching call is with Michelle, who owns a counseling practice (online and offline). She has a lot of ideas, and she's not sure if she's heading in the right direction. I coach her to some amazing breakthroughs and a game plan for the future. You can find out more about Michelle at StrideWellness.org. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? It's full of great thought experiments and t...more

  • AP 1036: How Do I Manage Two Businesses, and How Can They Connect Together?

    Oct 04 2018

    Today I'm talking one on one with Jane Hamill, who has a couple brands going at once. Today we're going to figure out how they all relate and how Jane can manage and organize them. You can find Jane online at JaneHamill.com, FashionBrainAcademy.com, and her membership site, Imperfect Action. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help ...more

  • AP 1035: How Can I Create Something Online to Support My Offline Practice?

    Sep 27 2018

    I'm talking to Tarun today, who has a passion for dentistry. He's done a lot of work educating dentists around the country and wants to do more of it. He wants to turn that passion into a thriving online side-business without quitting his chair-side practice altogether. I'm going to help him find the simplest way to do that—stick around! In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? It's full of great thought experiments and tactics for validating your business. Find out more by clicking th...more

  • AP 1034: How Do I Create an Offer That Serves a Majority of My Audience?

    Sep 20 2018

    You're about to hear a coaching call with Melody from MelodyWilding.com. You can also visit MelodyWilding.com/mediasecrets for free training on how to get mainstream publicity. Melody's a coach and she wants to serve more of her audience by creating a wider-reaching offer. She's not quite sure how to do that, so we walk through the process and uncover exactly what she wants to do next. Let's get started! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. ...more

  • AP 1033: My Profits Are Being Eaten! How Do I Scale but Stay Profitable?

    Sep 13 2018

    This week I'm coaching Luis Diaz, who has a podcast agency in the fitness entrepreneurship space. You can find Luis on his Instagram. Like with any new business, Luis's agency is having some growing pains. As he's gained clients, it's become harder and harder to scale his revenue without scaling the cost of providing the service. He's feeling stuck. How can he scale, both in terms of growth and revenue? And as he scales, how can he better manage his team and systems so he can focus where he need...more

  • AP 1032: How Can I Segment My Audience Without Getting Overwhelmed?

    Sep 06 2018

    On the show with me today is Jacques Hopkins, who owns a very successful business called Pianoin21Days.com. He also has a successful YouTube channel. Jacques is at a point where he wants to create better sales funnels for his business, specifically through audience segmentation. This is a great idea but—as I know from experience—it can be completely overwhelming. Today we're going to talk about how to tackle segmentation step by step. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply...more

  • AP 1031: How Do I Serve Another Market in the Same Niche?

    Aug 30 2018

    Today I'm coaching Shira Karpel, who has a business helping ABA therapists (Applied Behavior Analysis), specifically ABA therapists who help children. You can find her online at HowtoABA.com and The Behavior Resource. She's thinking of branching out to start a resource for parents of children with learning disabilities as well. How does her new direction fit into her current business? How can she serve both groups? If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at Ask...more

  • AP 1030: How Do I Expand outside My Local Area and Go Online?

    Aug 23 2018

    I've got Debbie Tringale on the show today, a dog training expert with a very special superpower, or "unfair advantage" as I like to call it. But her business is very location-based, and she mainly caters to local people. How can she transition her services online, gather a following, and create revenue streams for her new online business? Find out more about Debbie at MeandMyDogs.biz. In this episode I talk about idea validation, which I cover extensively in my book, Will It Fly? I also ment...more

  • AP 1029: What Should I Offer to Better Monetize My Business?

    Aug 16 2018

    Today's coaching session is with June Bolneo, Founder of The Digital Workforce, a company that teaches people how to shift from the traditional nine to five to remote, online careers. She wants to better monetize, get some more time back, and go full-time with her business. Today I'm going to help her create some positive momentum! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show, and ...more

  • AP 1028: As a Side-Wantrepreneur, Where and How Should I Start?

    Aug 09 2018

    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 starting out in online business. Through the call, we identify key strategies for validating your business ideas and creating blueprints for getting them off the ground. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.co...more

  • AP 1027: I'm at My "Client Limit" - How Do I Go Solo to Agency?

    Aug 02 2018

    The issue with a service-based business is that you can only scale so big before you either burn out or stop delivering quality work, and that's what's happening with today's guest, Julienne DesJardins. She's reaching her client limit but knows she can help a lot more people, so she's expanded her business to include a team. The problem that she's running into is that people don't want the team—they want her. How can she keep her brand running under her name but with a team behind it? And how sh...more

  • AP 1026: How Can I Monetize My Hobby Website? Can It Make Money?

    Jul 26 2018

    Emory is my guest on the show today. He has a hobby website called ByLand.co. He's a backpacker who once hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and so his website is in the backpacking niche. He also runs a podcast called The By Land Podcast. I'm going to coach Emory so he can monetize that site, go full-time with his business, and help more people backpack better. Stick around! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. In this episode I mention how eff...more

  • AP 1025: Should I Hire a Coach or Get into a Mastermind Group?

    Jul 19 2018

    This week's coaching call is with Melanie Bledsoe. She's a CPA and the owner of Bledsoe Consulting Services, providing bookkeeping and tax services for small business owners. She wants to move to full-time work with her business, but she wants to make sure she doesn't miss anything along the way. Should she hire a coach or join a mastermind group, and are either choices the best use of her money and time? You can find Melanie online at BledsoeConsultingServices.com or on Instagram @BledsoeConsul...more

  • AP 1024: Where Do I Focus the Growth of My Business?

    Jul 12 2018

    Today I'm coaching Adam, one of two Founders of SEO Brothers (you guessed it, they're brothers). Adam wants to grow his company, but needs some guidance so he can put his energy in the right direction and not be kicking himself later (I've been there). We'll work through a few exercises to help him brainstorm his next steps—you can play along too, so stick around! You can find Adam's business online at SEOBrothers.co. If you like the thought experiments we go through in this episode, the firs...more

  • AP 1023: What Lead Magnet Should I Create for My New Business?

    Jul 05 2018

    Today's guest is Amanda Brown, a UK entrepreneur who's in the midst of writing a book with her two daughters about working from home. She wants to grow her email list, but she's not sure what lead magnet she should use. We'll talk her through it so she doesn't overextend herself, so that she can create the most effective, robust lead magnet possible. You can find Amanda on the web at Homepreneur.co. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. In t...more

  • AP 1022: How Do I Sell but Still Help People for Free?

    Jun 28 2018

    This week I'm coaching Walid Azami, a successful photographer who wants to get out there and help others do the same. He wants to monetize his business through ebooks, courses, and coaching, while also building his following and staying conscious of his followers who might not have a lot of money. How should he proceed? Check out Walid on Instagram and at WalidAzami.com. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. I haven't asked for this in a whi...more

  • AP 1021: How Do I Stay Organized with Multiple Websites and Courses?

    Jun 21 2018

    On today's show I'm coaching Guy Hauptman, a science teacher who has built several different online courses on several different websites and hosting accounts. He needs help managing all of them before he burns out, so I'm giving him strategies to streamline his business, as well as some advice and mindsets for outsourcing help. You can find Guy's sites at ChemVideoTutor.com, BioVideoTutor.com, PhysicsVideoTutor.com, AlgebraVideoTutor.com, and GeometryVideoTutor.com. In this episode I recomme...more

  • AP 1020: How Do I Stop the FOMO and Start Making Money?

    Jun 14 2018

    Anand is struggling with a little bit of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)—I think a lot of us can relate! He's had an amazing weight transformation in his life—losing 125 pounds and maintaining his weight loss over six years—and wants to share it with the world, but his FOMO is distracting him. Today I'm going to help him find focus, monetize his business, and defeat FOMO so he can get out there and serve others. You can check out Anand's site at UnderdogStrength.com. If you want to be considered f...more

  • AP 1019: How Do I Go from Coaching to Generating Passive Income?

    Jun 07 2018

    On this episode I'm coaching Lisa, who is herself a coach—a parenting coach. Her website is BratBusters.com. She helps parents understand how to discipline children while still having fun and keeping those relationships strong. She's having trouble converting her one-on-one coaching to passive income, like an online course, and finessing the messaging of her brand. I'm going to walk her through that process today. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskP...more

  • AP 1018: Why Didn't Our First Launch Go Well?

    May 31 2018

    On this episode of AskPat, we're talking to two people—Michael Allen and his partner Ri'keam Kenebrew, of 2023 Vision—a business with a YouTube channel that helps people create music videos. Recently, they validated and launched an online course . . . but it didn't go so well. How can they make their next launch more successful? If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management softwa...more

  • AP 1017: How Do I Make an Extra $200-$400 Per Week?

    May 24 2018

    Today's guest is Darlene Smith, a hairstylist who's great at selling but doesn't know what to sell. She recently got involved in the promotions field and loves it. But she's been working seventy-hour weeks for a while now, and wants to find ways to create passive revenue streams. Her initial goal is small: Make an extra $200-$400 per week. How can she get there? Today I'm going to coach her to a major breakthrough, so stick around. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply vi...more

  • AP 1016: How Do I Double the Revenue on My Blogs?

    May 17 2018

    Today's guest is Tom Drake, from MapleMoney.com, RetireHappy.ca and TomDrake.net: a financial blogger who I've known through the years from FinCon—the financial media conference. Tom has been running his online business for nine years now and he's looking to take it to the next level: His goal this year is to double his revenue. He wants to monetize better, reduce expenses, and get to a point where he can quit his day job comfortably. What advice and strategies can I offer him? If you want to...more

  • AP 1015: Which Niche Business Should I Focus On?

    May 10 2018

    Today’s guest is Sherree Murray. She's going through something that a lot of entrepreneurs go through, which is figuring out which business to focus on. Which one will serve the most people? Where should she focus? What are her long-term goals? We're going to work through that today and make sure there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I think a lot of you can relate. Sherree's sites are RemarkableSpaces.com and WellPlannedMove.com. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply...more

  • AP 1014: How Do I Upgrade My Site and Serve My Audience Better?

    May 03 2018

    Today’s guest is Stephen Pasquini. He has two websites in the growing Physician’s Assistant (PA) niche: ThePALife.com and SmartyPance.com. He’s been growing his business for a while now and it’s doing well, but he thinks it could improve. How can he serve his audience better? He’s also having trouble on the tech side with his website. Should he outsource help? And should he go all-in with his online business? If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.co...more

  • AP 1013: How Do I Grow My Membership Site Faster?

    Apr 26 2018

    Today I’m talking to Steve, a statistcs teacher and basketball coach who’s building an online membership site for his website: TeachHoops.com. This isn’t Steve’s first time on the show; he was actually featured in Episode 964. His membership site is growing steadily, but he wants that growth to accelerate. How can he grow his business faster? If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. I am loving this new format, and it would be so grateful to ha...more

  • AP 1012: How Can I Make Online Teaching More Passive?

    Apr 19 2018

    Today’s guest is Alexi Hoeft, a Calculus teacher and tutor who does both of those things mostly online! Her website is INeedtoPassCalculus.com. She’s juggling a lot of things—content, podcasting, YouTube, an online course. How can she keep all of those balls in the air, and should she? I know lots of us are in that camp of trying to do a lot of things at once. But if we’re not careful we end up with a kind of Frankenstein business. How to we manage and plan it, and what’s best? If you want to...more

  • AP 1011: How Can I Use Superfans to Grow My Online Business?

    Apr 12 2018

    Today I’m coaching Rodney Holder, a music business coach. He used to play drums all around the world, creating records and playing with his idols. Now he’s building the lifestyle he wants through music! We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things—online course scarcity, affiliate percentages, membership sites, price points, and how to build superfans. It’s a loaded conversation and we cover a lot of ground, so enjoy! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the f...more

  • AP 1010: How Do I Grow and Scale a Super Niche Site?

    Apr 05 2018

    Today’s coaching session is with Ethan Clarke, who has a niche website called TheMarriageProposal.com. Ethan’s website teaches men how to plan an awesome marriage proposal, all written from a guy’s perspective. The website mainly generates revenue from ads and affiliate links. Ethan wants to branch out into ebooks eventually, but right now he’s focusing on his client/vendor relationships. He currently has relationships with photographers for proposals, engagements, weddings, etc, who then guest ...more

  • AP 1009: Should All of My Projects Be Under One Website, or Many?

    Mar 29 2018

    Today we’re having a chat with Meg Brunson who’s doing a number of things with online business. We’re going to talk about balancing and branding them, and how they all fit together (or don’t). Meg is launching a podcast called Familypreneur, which covers the topics of parenting, entrepreneurship, and raising entrepreneurial kids. But she’s not sure at which point her side ventures merit their own websites, social media channels, etc. What fits under her personal brand and what deserves its own s...more

  • AP 1008: How Do I Stay Relevant in My Niche?

    Mar 22 2018

    Nicole needs a little help. She’s an amazing photographer, but she’s worried that her competition is getting ahead of her because of their age advantage. She wants to make sure that her audience grows with her, and that she’s attracting an audience outside of her age group. I’m going to talk this through with her today—a lot of it’s mindset, but a lot of it is specific strategies that she could implement, and some future-proofing for her brand. Find Nicole online at Nicolesy.com. If you want ...more

  • AP 1007: How Can I Find More Accountability and Focus?

    Mar 15 2018

    Today’s coaching call is something I think you’ll relate to. David McBride is calling in from Northern Ireland, and he’s having a hard time focusing on one thing. Bright Lights Syndrome, Squirrel Syndrome—call it what you like, we’ve all been there. David is just starting out too, so if you’ve gone through the process of getting your business running, you know how hard this is. Let’s get started! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. I am lo...more

  • AP 1006: Book or Speaking - Which Comes First?

    Mar 08 2018

    Today’s coaching call is with Stacy. She wants to go on speaking tour and she wants to write a book: Which should she do first? Her second question: Before either of those things, what type of editor should she choose to help her finish her book? Check out Stacy online at StacyBrookman.com. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to...more

  • AP 1005: How Do I Double My Email List and Sell Without Selling Out?

    Mar 01 2018

    Today’s coaching call is with Brian Matiash of Matiash.com, a photographer who sells a number of products and podcasts at well. He has two main questions. How can he double the size of his email list, and how can he sell without selling out? In this episode I mention a few tools to help with giveaways: KingSumo (for Wordpress) and Gleam.io. Check them out! If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the b...more

  • AP 1004: How Can I Grow My Audience When I've Done All I Can?

    Feb 22 2018

    I’m talking to Sam today, from Byte-by-Byte.com. He helps software engineers interview for jobs (like Google, Facebook, etc). He’s testing his new course right now, and he’s a little burnt out. He’s doing pretty much everything himself and wants to focus on building his audience next. He feels like the best thing he can do to improve is to grow his audience, but he feels like he’s hit a barrier and is trying to figure out where to go next. How can he grow his audience to the next level? Check ou...more

  • AP 1003: What One Thing Should I Focus On?

    Feb 15 2018

    Today’s coaching call is with Jackie Bolen, who needs to make a big decision but doesn’t quite know how. Jackie is a blogger and writer who teaches ESL (English as a Second Language). She was an ESL teacher in South Korea for ten years, started blogging, and fell into the online business world. Now back in Canada, she’s quit her job and is focusing full-time on her online business. With thirty books, three websites, and several Amazon affiliate sites, she feels she needs to pick one thing and fo...more

  • AP 1002: How Much Should I Reinvest in My Business?

    Feb 08 2018

    Today’s coaching call is with Cathy, a full-time professor and mom of three. She helps academic women—specifically moms—write and publish more. She makes most of her money via coaching and online courses. She’s had a great first year, but is wondering how much she should reinvest in her business. What should she be spending it on, business-wise? Check out Cathy’s site at CathyMazak.com. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. Today’s sponsor ...more

  • AP 1001: How Do I Streamline My Business so I'm Not Overwhelmed?

    Feb 01 2018

    Welcome to the first episode of AskPat 2.0! To recap, in case you missed Episode 1000, going forward the episodes of AskPat will be much more than a single answer to a single question. Instead they’ll be a live, one on one coaching session! Through this process, you’re going to learn so much more in terms of how to discover the problems in your own business so you can tackle them head on. If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com. Today’s coachin...more

  • AP 1000: What’s Next for AskPat?

    Nov 20 2017

    Today is a very special episode, and an important announcement! Since February of 2014, I’ve been answering questions five days a week here on AskPat. It’s been an amazing journey—999 questions answered and 4,000 questions submitted from listeners. To everyone who’s been listening and asking questions, thank you! Recently, I’ve noticed that I’ve been wanting more. I’ve been wanting to ask questions back, to have real conversations with the people asking questions. I want to get at the roo...more

  • AP 0999: Should I Go Full-Time with My Online Business?

    Nov 17 2017

    Jackie has a question today about personal growth. She’s making enough money online that she could pay her bills, so she’s considering going full-time with her online business. What advice do I have for her? Jackie’s website is http://jackiebolen.com. Do you have a question about personal growth? Record it at http://askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free down...more

  • AP 0998: Should I Periodically Offer New Freebies to My Audience?

    Nov 16 2017

    Today’s question comes from Cookie, who has a podcast called Weight Loss Made Real. She has three short questions. Should she periodically offer new freebies to her audience? How often should she mention her free book on her podcast; on every episode? Does it make sense to use Facebook ads to lead people to the podcast? Check out Cookie's podcast at http://realweightlossrealwomen.com/category/podcast/. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Record it at http://askpat.com/. Today...more

  • AP 0997: How Do I Sell Original Products on Amazon?

    Nov 15 2017

    Today’s question comes from Chris. He has some physical, original products, like teeshirts, that he’d like to sell on Amazon. Should he still use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)? How does he market those products? What thoughts and advice do I have? In this episode I recommend checking out Benny Hsu’s website, http://getbusylivingblog.com/, where he talks about selling teeshirts in a similar manner. Benny uses https://teespring.com. You could also check out http://www.onlinesellingexperiment.c...more

  • AP 0996: Is Reviewing Restaurants Monetizable?

    Nov 14 2017

    Today’s question comes from Razwan. He’s been reviewing Halal-certified restaurants on Instagram; is reviewing restaurants monetizable? Do you have a question about monetization? Record it at http://askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

  • AP 0995: How Can I Improve My Email Open Rate?

    Nov 13 2017

    Today’s question comes from Emilio. How can he improve the open rate for his email marketing? In this episode, I recommend https://glockapps.com/, a great tool for testing emails before you send them. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0994: What Tips Do You Have for Setting up a Mastermind Group?

    Nov 10 2017

    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 masterminds? Troy’s website is http://troydelaney.com/. In this episode I mention a presentation I gave at Social Media Marketing World, specifically about mastermind groups, in 2015: http://bit.ly/2i1qi3T. Search for "mastermind groups," on SmartPas...more

  • AP 0993: Should I Publish Podcast Segments Individually?

    Nov 09 2017

    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 $1,000 to a random person who solves it, every day! You can also get multiple entries for sharing the podcast. To enter into the drawing go to AskPat.com/solve. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://askpat.com/. Today's sp...more

  • AP 0992: How Can I Bootstrap More Traffic to my Website?

    Nov 08 2017

    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 to a puzzle. Next week I’m giving away $1,000 to a random person who solves it, every day! You can also get multiple entries for sharing the podcast. To enter into the drawing go to AskPat.com/solve. In this episode I mention my new course, Powe...more

  • AP 0991: Should I Package My Courses as Separate Modules?

    Nov 07 2017

    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 been leaving clues to a puzzle. Next week I’m giving away $1,000 to a random person who solves it, every day! You can also get multiple entries for sharing the podcast. To enter into the drawing go to AskPat.com/solve. Do you have a question about ...more

  • AP 0990: Should I Put Multiple Podcast Formats in the Same Feed?

    Nov 06 2017

    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) Episode 1000, I’ve been leaving clues to a puzzle. Next week I’m giving away $1,000 to a random person who solves it, every day! You can also get multiple entries for sharing the podcast. To enter into the drawing go to AskPat.com/solve. Do you h...more

  • AP 0989: How Do I Drive More Traffic to My Site?

    Nov 03 2017

    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://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-launch-a-brand-new-website/. Do you have a question about traffic-building? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over ...more

  • AP 0988: How Do I Put Everything I’m Learning Together?

    Nov 02 2017

    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 course: Build Your Own Brand. In this course I walk you through the process of creating a foundational website. Check it out today at https://smartpassiveincome.com/byob. I recommend checking out https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/convertkit, an...more

  • AP 0987: Can I Convince People to Have a Mentor If I Don't Have One?

    Nov 01 2017

    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://borjagiron.com. Do you have a question about mentorship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a fr...more

  • AP 0986: What is a Good Members-Only WordPress Plugin?

    Oct 31 2017

    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, Will It Fly?, which is all about idea validation and testing your next business idea. Check it out at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/will-it-fly/. I also mention a few WordPress plugins in this episode: https://zippycourses.com and https://...more

  • AP 0985: Can I Get My Relaunched Podcast into New and Noteworthy?

    Oct 30 2017

    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, Power-Up Podcasting. It will take you from no podcast to a vibrant, thriving podcast in just weeks. You can sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Th...more

  • AP 0984: Should I Start Out with a Podcast?

    Oct 27 2017

    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 podcasting, I can show you how to start a great show from the ground up before the end of the year. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist.

  • AP 0983: How Do I Get Reviews for My Podcast?

    Oct 26 2017

    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.com/. In this episode I recommend checking out https://mypodcastreviews.com/, a tool for collating all of your podcast’s reviews into one place. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 50...more

  • AP 0982: How Do I Know When I’m Ready to Quit My Job?

    Oct 25 2017

    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 enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0981: How Do I Present My New Niche to My Audience?

    Oct 24 2017

    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 https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/convertkit, an amazing tool for building an email list. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.] I also highly recommend checking out Episode 205 of the Smart Passive Incom...more

  • AP 0980: How Far in Advance Do You Schedule Social Media Posts?

    Oct 23 2017

    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 scheduling social media and blog posts. It’s a great tool for editorial planning; check it out! [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Do you have a question about content strategy? Record i...more

  • AP 0979: What Fresh Ideas for Marketing Your Courses Do You Have?

    Oct 20 2017

    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.net/. Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a ...more

  • AP 0978: When Should I Spend Money on a Tool or Service?

    Oct 19 2017

    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 solution? Russ' site is http://russkahle.com. Do you have a question about starting an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did Yo...more

  • AP 0977: Do You Write Posts Based on Your Podcasts or Vice Versa?

    Oct 18 2017

    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 course, Power-Up Podcasting. You can sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/ask...more

  • AP 0976: How Do I Differentiate Myself from My Competitors?

    Oct 17 2017

    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 about business competition? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off th...more

  • AP 0975: What's Your Advice to Someone Building Their First Website?

    Oct 16 2017

    Today’s question comes from Ali. She’s building her first website and needs some advice. How long does it take to get a website up and running? How should she pace herself? Ali’s site (still in the works!) is TeacherTransition.com. In this episode I mention my new, free five-day challenge and course: Build Your Own Brand. In this course I walk you through the process of creating a foundational website. It opens today, and if you enter in the next week you can win a MacBook Pro, and you’ll be ...more

  • AP 0974: How Can I Give Value to My Affiliates Without Being Biased?

    Oct 13 2017

    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.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askp...more

  • AP 0973: How Do I Generate Leads in a Saturated Market?

    Oct 12 2017

    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: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

  • AP 0972: How Do I Talk About My Competition?

    Oct 11 2017

    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.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0971: How Can I Start an Online Fund to Help Rescue Animals?

    Oct 10 2017

    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 philanthropy or fundraising? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0970: How Do I Share My Progress without Others Copying Me?

    Oct 09 2017

    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 episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0969: Should I Get off Twitter If It Doesn't Result in Traffic?

    Oct 06 2017

    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 http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0968: How Do I Enter the Personal Development Niche?

    Oct 05 2017

    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 website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

  • AP 0967: What Tools Do You Use to Organize Your Team?

    Oct 04 2017

    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/. Do you have a question about team management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. In this episode I mention several tools that I and my team use for project management. https://coschedule.com for content creation and management; https://trello....more

  • AP 0966: How Do I Start Online Courses or a Coaching Business?

    Oct 03 2017

    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 http://www.askpat.com/. In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? In it, you'll learn how to test your business ideas so that you don't waste your time and money. Check it out at http://smartpassiveincome.com/will-it-fly/ My course, Smart ...more

  • AP 0965: How Do You Measure the Impact of Giving Away T-shirts?

    Oct 02 2017

    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 Pencils of Promise (https://pencilsofpromise.org/), a charity I'm an advisor for. Check out the t-shirt at https://servefirst.io/. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for ...more

  • AP 0964: How Do I Grow My Business Faster?

    Sep 29 2017

    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 business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0963: How Do I Increase My Podcast Download Numbers?

    Sep 28 2017

    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://wavve.co, a cool way to turn your audio into videos for social media. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from ov...more

  • AP 0962: How Many Episodes Should I Have Before I Launch My Podcast?

    Sep 27 2017

    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, check out my course, Power-Up Podcasting. You can sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbo...more

  • AP 0961: How Do I Choose an Idea and Go Forward with It?

    Sep 26 2017

    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 way to validate your business ideas with proven methods, sign up for the waitlist for my course, Smart From Scratch. Go to http://smartfromscratch.com/. Do you have a question about idea validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0960: What’s the Advantage of a Standalone vs. a Redirect Page?

    Sep 25 2017

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0959: Should I Create a Podcast, YouTube Channel, or Both?

    Sep 22 2017

    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 course, Power-Up Podcasting. You can sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crow...more

  • AP 0958: How Do I Make More Course Sales?

    Sep 21 2017

    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 have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0957: How Can I Leverage My Research for My Audience?

    Sep 20 2017

    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 question about content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off the...more

  • AP 0956: How Do I Interlink My Articles with Each Other?

    Sep 19 2017

    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.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0955: What's the Initial Cost of Live Streaming Equipment/Fees?

    Sep 18 2017

    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 mention two mics that will help you level-up your livestreaming: The Rode Smartlav microphone (http://www.rode.com/microphones/smartlav), and also the iRig Mic Lav (https://bhpho.to/2glJBUH). Do you have a question about live streaming? Record ...more

  • AP 0954: How Do I Keep My Book Launch from Overshadowing My Courses?

    Sep 15 2017

    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 question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0953: Should I Create a Video Version of My Podcast?

    Sep 14 2017

    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 sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering th...more

  • AP 0952: Why Do You Use a Commission System for Your Kids’ Chores?

    Sep 13 2017

    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 about raising your kids to be financially successful. https://www.amazon.com/Smart-Money-Kids-Raising-Generation/dp/1937077632 Do you have a question about home-based business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: ...more

  • AP 0951: How Do I Connect with Leaders in My Niche?

    Sep 12 2017

    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 marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0950: What’s the Difference between Libsyn and Soundcloud?

    Sep 11 2017

    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://buzzsprout.com. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more infor...more

  • AP 0949: How Do I Evaluate Email Success with ConvertKit?

    Sep 08 2017

    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/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat an...more

  • AP 0948: How Do I Produce Podcast Transcripts?

    Sep 07 2017

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0947: Should I Post Content During Holidays?

    Sep 06 2017

    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 FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0946: How Can I Generate Leads for My Business?

    Sep 05 2017

    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/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and...more

  • AP 0945: How Do I Keep My Website Alive after I Pass Away?

    Sep 04 2017

    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 today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0944: What’s the Best Way to Record Call Audio?

    Sep 01 2017

    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 this episode are TapeACall (https://www.tapeacall.com/), Zoom (https://zoom.us), Call Recorder for Mac by Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/), and Pamela for Skype (http://www.pamela.biz/). Do you have a question about recording call au...more

  • AP 0943: Are Virtual Summits Still Viable?

    Aug 31 2017

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting ...more

  • AP 0942: How Do I Grow My Email List Without Over-Promoting?

    Aug 30 2017

    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://100emails.com. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for mor...more

  • AP 0941: What Are Your Top Resources for Building a New Website?

    Aug 29 2017

    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://askpat.com/leadpages, which helps users build beautiful landing pages. I also recommend ConvertKit, http://askpat.com/convertkit, an easy to use email marketing platform. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for Leadpages an...more

  • AP 0940: How Can I Expand My Online Community?

    Aug 28 2017

    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 question about community growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0939: How Do I Engage with People Who Buy My Book on Amazon?

    Aug 25 2017

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0938: I Can’t Find an Audience for My Passion; How Do I Move On?

    Aug 24 2017

    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 sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering ...more

  • AP 0937: Would You Change Anything in Will It Fly?

    Aug 23 2017

    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.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0936: I No Longer Work in My Niche; Should I Keep Its Website?

    Aug 22 2017

    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 website is https://www.smartpinoyblogger.com/. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers...more

  • AP 0935: How Should I Set Up My Homepage?

    Aug 21 2017

    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 http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0934: Do Shorter Emails Work Better?

    Aug 18 2017

    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 learn strategies that will take you from 0 to 100 emails in 72 hours. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0933: How Much Content Should Be on My Site?

    Aug 17 2017

    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 is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo ...more

  • AP 0932: What Is the Best Way to Outsource Content?

    Aug 16 2017

    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 FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0931: Should I Expand My Niche into a General Industry?

    Aug 15 2017

    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. Do you have a question about niche websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0930: Which Platform Should I Use for My Online Course?

    Aug 14 2017

    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 tool for online summits. For online courses, I recommend Teachable, http://askpat.com/teachable. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Do you have a question about online content? Reco...more

  • AP 0929: How Do You Maintain Connections with Your Audience?

    Aug 11 2017

    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 question about audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0928: I Co-Host a Podcast; How Do I Drive Traffic to My Own Site?

    Aug 10 2017

    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 business? Sarah’s website is https://thefreelancenaturopath.com/. In this episode I mention https://lastpass.com and https://1password.com, great tools for password sharing with your team or business partner. Do you have a question about pod...more

  • AP 0927: Why Did You Use Teachable for Smart From Scratch?

    Aug 09 2017

    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, a great site for hosting courses. Check them out at http://askpat.com/teachable. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www...more

  • AP 0926: What App Do You Recommend for Creating Live Streams?

    Aug 08 2017

    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://livestream.com), and the folks at Live Streaming Pros (https://livestreamingpros.com/). Do you have a question about live streaming? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0925: How Do I Edit Old Articles?

    Aug 07 2017

    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 editing this content? William’s website is http://fitness4backpain.com. In this episode I mention Episode 200 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast: How Deleting a Third of Your Content Can Triple Your Traffic—How to Do a Content Audit with Todd Tre...more

  • AP 0924: Should I Monetize My Blog or Keep It a Hobby?

    Aug 04 2017

    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.com/.

  • AP 0923: Do I Need to Pay Experts to Speak in My Virtual Summit?

    Aug 03 2017

    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 mention Episode 151 of The SPI Podcast: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-put-on-a-virtual-conference/. I recommend it, because it tells you exactly how to put on a successful and profitable virtual conference. Do you have a q...more

  • AP 0922: Can I Provide Services in My Field without Certification?

    Aug 02 2017

    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.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0921: Should I Create My Course or Build My List First?

    Aug 01 2017

    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 https://www.revealmyvoice.com/. In this episode I mention my free 72-hour email list-building challenge, http://100emails.com. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for spon...more

  • AP 0920: How Do I Address People Who Think Passive Income Is Easy?

    Jul 31 2017

    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://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0919: What Are Your Thoughts on Creating a Minimum Viable Product?

    Jul 28 2017

    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.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0918: How Do You Reboot Your Business If You Lose Everything?

    Jul 27 2017

    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/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0917: What Tools Did You Use to Build Your Site?

    Jul 26 2017

    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/.

  • AP 0916: How Can I Automate Instagram Following from My Email List?

    Jul 25 2017

    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 at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0915: How Do I Ask My Audience What They Need?

    Jul 24 2017

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0914: When Should I Monetize My Podcast? Where Do I Find Sponsors?

    Jul 21 2017

    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 this episode, I mention https://www.patreon.com/, a website that helps you get paid for your podcast content. You can hear my interview with Patreon founder Jack Conte on The Smart Passive Income Podcast at https://smartpassiveincome.com/session188. ...more

  • AP 0913: How Do I Decide What Format Is Best for Serving My Audience?

    Jul 20 2017

    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? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a two-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about audience engag...more

  • AP 0912: What Is The Key to Podcast Success?

    Jul 19 2017

    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, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a two-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.a...more

  • AP 0911: How Do I Schedule a Second Podcast around My First?

    Jul 18 2017

    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? Stephane’s website is http://bazinphotography.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a two-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September...more

  • AP 0910: What Are Your Top Confidence Tips?

    Jul 17 2017

    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://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a 2-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about personal growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0909: How Do I Find An Audience for My Niche?

    Jul 14 2017

    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/. Michelle talks about my lessons on http://NicheSiteDuel.com, and you can also find them in my book Will It Fly? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on Monday, July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlis...more

  • AP 0908: Should I Take a Break from Creating Content to Grow My List?

    Jul 13 2017

    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 this episode I mention Session 263 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, a great episode about laddering up in your business https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-build-a-7-figure-business/. I also mention Session 145 of The Smart Passi...more

  • AP 0907: How Do I Handle Negativity Towards Affiliate Marketing?

    Jul 12 2017

    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 online community at http://smartpassiveincome.com/community, a great resource for online business support. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.fres...more

  • AP 0906: How Do I Get Feedback for My Podcast?

    Jul 11 2017

    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 you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0905: Why Do You Use SamCart with Teachable?

    Jul 10 2017

    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.com/teachable), which I use for selling my online courses. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about ecommerce? Record it at h...more

  • AP 0904: Would You Rather Work with a Team or Be a Solopreneur?

    Jul 07 2017

    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 July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about entrepreneurship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0903: How Do I Present Older Podcast Episodes to New Listeners?

    Jul 06 2017

    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.com—great resources for posting older podcast episodes on social media. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in ...more

  • AP 0902: How Do I Collaborate with Other Entrepreneurs in My Niche?

    Jul 05 2017

    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 at https://www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about collaboration? Record it at http:...more

  • AP 0901: How Did You Update Your Website with No Transition Time?

    Jul 04 2017

    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://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://design...more

  • AP 0900: How Many Downloads Do I Need for Podcast Sponsorship?

    Jul 03 2017

    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 waitlist. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0899: How Do I Research What My Audience Needs?

    Jun 30 2017

    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 for determining what content to create for your blog or website. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over ...more

  • AP 0898: I Help People Quit Social Media; Is Using It Hypocritical?

    Jun 29 2017

    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.com/. And, if you want to ask me a question live, you can at 1:30 PM Pacific on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did...more

  • AP 0897: Should I Post Full Video Takes or Edit out My Mistakes?

    Jun 28 2017

    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 YouTube personality whose editing style I recommend checking out. https://www.youtube.com/user/sxephil. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. ...more

  • AP 0896: Should I Split Services by Site? How Do I Productize Them?

    Jun 27 2017

    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 online at http://manvgomez.com. In this episode, I mention Episode 158 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast: How to Productize Your Service-Based Business, https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/. ...more

  • AP 0895: Do You Have Any Advice for First-Time Conference Goers?

    Jun 26 2017

    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 conferences? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. And, if you want to ask me a question live, you can at 1:30 PM Pacific on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askp...more

  • AP 0894: What Length and Frequency Is Optimal for My Podcast?

    Jun 23 2017

    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.passivebody.com/. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a f...more

  • AP 0893: How Can I Find an Audience for My Niche?

    Jun 22 2017

    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 at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0892: How Can I Move My In-Person Business Online?

    Jun 21 2017

    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 about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0891: How Much of My Web Traffic Should Be Return Visitors?

    Jun 20 2017

    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 question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 ...more

  • AP 0890: How Can I Secure My Online Course?

    Jun 19 2017

    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 episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0889: How Hard Was It to Learn Internet Marketing on Your Own?

    Jun 16 2017

    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 the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com Do you have a question about entrepreneurship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You He...more

  • AP 0888: How Do I Give My Audience Value without Overdelivering?

    Jun 15 2017

    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 episode I mention my new course, Power-Up Podcasting. Sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that he...more

  • AP 0887: How Far in Advance Do You Plan Your Content?

    Jun 14 2017

    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 launches next month. Check it out at http://poweruppodcasting.com Do you have a question about content management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from ove...more

  • AP 0886: How Transparent Should I Be With Retailers?

    Jun 13 2017

    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 to know, how open should she be about the fact that it’s just her behind her company? You can find Vicki’s site at http://tinychipmunk.com Do you have a question about growth or business relationships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Tha...more

  • AP 0885: How Do I Stay Motivated Outside of My Day Job?

    Jun 12 2017

    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/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0884: How Do I Manage a Lot of Social Media Replies?

    Jun 09 2017

    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 comments and questions? Find Stephen online at http://www.fulltimefba.com/ Do you have a question about public relations? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0883: How Do I Identify My YouTube Audience?

    Jun 08 2017

    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 https://convertkit.com/, a great email marketing tool for professional bloggers. I also talk about https://leadpages.net, a great resource for building landing pages for your website. Do you have a question about YouTube? Record it at http://www...more

  • AP 0882: How Do I Manage More Than One Website or Podcast?

    Jun 07 2017

    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 episode I mention http://podcastingtutorial.com, my guide to getting set up with your own podcast. I also talk about https://coschedule.com/, a fantastic tool that I and my team use for managing content on different platforms and delegating tasks....more

  • AP 0881: Should I Update the Intro on Old Podcast Episodes?

    Jun 06 2017

    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/. In this episode, I mention that my course, Smart from Scratch, just reopened. Get lifetime access for $197 at http://smartfromscratch.com Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Vistaprin...more

  • AP 0880: Is It Better to Have People Find Your Email List Organically or to Use Pop-Ups?

    Jun 05 2017

    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 course, Smart From Scratch, just opened enrollment. Prices will go up soon, so get in early at http://www.smartfromscratch.com. Do you have a question about email lists? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring...more

  • AP 0879: How Do I Market My Podcast to Listeners Who Don’t Know What a Podcast Is?

    Jun 02 2017

    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 computer screen for walkthroughs or tutorials. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Next week is open enrollment for Pat's course, Smart From Scratch. Visit http://www.smartfromscratch.com to enroll, ...more

  • AP 0878: Any Advice on Working at Home When My Kids Are in the House?

    Jun 01 2017

    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 enroll, or join the waitlist ahead of time. Do you have a question about working from home? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers wo...more

  • AP 0877: How Much Should I Charge for a Kindle Ebook on Amazon?

    May 31 2017

    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 producing audiobooks. Do you have a question about ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0876: How Do I Deal with the Pressure of My Growing Business?

    May 30 2017

    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://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0875: What Strategies Can I Use to Source Feedback for My Ebook?

    May 29 2017

    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 The Smart Passive Income Podcast: "Building a Book Launch Street Team." SmartPassiveIncome.com/session198 Do you have a question about ebooks or idea validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http:/...more

  • AP 0874: How Do You Reference Past Episodes Easily & How Do I Handle Haters on My YouTube Channel?

    May 26 2017

    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 his podcast, Misfits & Rejects, here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/misfits-rejects-spt/id1080207746?mt=2. On June 5th I’ll open enrollment for my course Smart from Scratch. Sign up at http://SmartFromScratch.com. Do you have a question...more

  • AP 0873: What Do You Do with Your Profits? Reinvest in Your Business? SEO? Hiring?

    May 25 2017

    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.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0872: Is It a Good Idea to Start a Business if There Is No Competition at All?

    May 24 2017

    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. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

  • AP 0871: How Do I Decide What Gets Deleted During a Content Audit?

    May 23 2017

    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 content that could be really valuable? Find Justin’s site at https://logicalharmony.net/ In this episode, I mention episode 200 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, where my friend Todd Tresidder gives a step-by step walkthrough of how to do a con...more

  • AP 0870: How Do I Serve Two Specific Audience Segments for My Business?

    May 22 2017

    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 a question about serving your specific audience needs? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0869: How Do You Find the Right Work-Life Balance if You Work at Home?

    May 19 2017

    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 the right balance, your work-life balance, between family and work? Do you have a question about balancing work and life? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs ...more

  • AP 0868: Do You Have Any Advice for Taking Constructive Criticism?

    May 18 2017

    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 for constructive criticism? In this episode, I mention that I’m working on a new podcasting course right now. 165 beta students have already gone through the podcasting course, and they’re loving it! If you want to check that out and sign up f...more

  • AP 0867: How Can I Apply the Popularity of One Podcast Episode to My Other Episodes?

    May 17 2017

    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 grow his podcast audience? Alexander’s website is http://ModernDaySuperhero.com. In this episode, I mention that I’m working on a secret podcasting course right now. If you want to check that out and sign up for the waitlist today, you can at ht...more

  • AP 0866: What Project Management Tool Do You Recommend for Collaboration?

    May 16 2017

    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 episode, I mention Slack (http://Slack.com), the collaboration and project management tool that I love and use with my team. Do you have a question about project management tools? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBoo...more

  • AP 0865: How Long Should It Take to Produce My Podcast Episodes?

    May 15 2017

    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? Can he decrease the amount of time spent on podcast editing while maintaining excellence? Rob’s website is http://YouthBaseballEdge.com. In this episode, I mention the $1,000 a day giveaway, which I’ll be dropping hints for in the episodes leading...more

  • AP 0864: What Are Your Tips for Using News and Media Icons for Social Proof?

    May 12 2017

    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 website is http://WiredEducator.com. In this episode, I mention PicMonkey and Canva, which are both websites where you can create and design your own images. Learn more at http://PicMonkey.com and http://Canva.com. Do you have a question about usin...more

  • AP 0863: Where Should I Start to Create My Own Video Studio at Home?

    May 11 2017

    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 video lighting equipment? Eric’s website is http://StartupsWithNoCode.com. In this episode, I mention that starting in AskPat episode 900, I will be dropping in hints and clues about how you can win money leading into episode 1,000! I also ment...more

  • AP 0862: People Are Using My Images Without Giving Me Credit. What Can I Do?

    May 10 2017

    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 permission or credit? Christine’s website is http://LittleHouseOntheCorner.com. Do you have a question about people using your content without your permission? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.f...more

  • AP 0861: How Do I Validate My YouTube Channel?

    May 09 2017

    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 advertise? How can create videos to better reach his target audience? Ron’s website is http://ScienceToy.org. In this episode, we mention Will It Fly?, my book that will help you validate your business idea. You can pick up a copy at http://WillIt...more

  • AP 0860: What Inventory Management Tool Do You Recommend?

    May 08 2017

    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 platform do you recommend? Ash’s website is at http://ArmenianKidsClub.com. In this episode, I mention http://ShipStation.com, a great website to help manage your inventory. Do you have a question about inventory management? Record it at http://www....more

  • AP 0859: Should I Promote My YouTube Channel on My Website?

    May 05 2017

    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 episode, I mention AskPat Live, which you can join every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT on my Facebook page: http://Facebook.com/smartpassiveincome. Do you have a question about promoting your YouTube channel? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0858: What Are the Pros and Cons of Sharing Personal Information with My Audience?

    May 04 2017

    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 information with her audience? Why does sharing personal information matter? Darcie’s website is at http://ErgonomicHelp.com. Do you have a question about sharing personal information with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Tod...more

  • AP 0857: How Can I Become More Comfortable in Public Speaking or in Front of a Camera?

    May 03 2017

    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 business. Do you have a question about public speaking or speaking in front of a camera? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0856: How Should I Use Live Video to Answer Questions from My Audience?

    May 02 2017

    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://StudentLoansGuy.com. In this episode, I mention Zoom and Go To Meeting, both of which are platforms you can use to engage with your audience live. Check out http://Zoom.us and http://GoToMeeting.com. Do you have a question about live video? Rec...more

  • AP 0855: What Calls to Action Should I Use to Convert Podcast Listeners to Subscribers?

    May 01 2017

    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 this episode, I mention Amy Porterfield’s podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy at AmyPorterfield.com/amy-porterfield-podcast. I also mention Power-Up Podcasting, my new online course which will be launching soon at http://PowerUpPodcasting.com. Join ...more

  • AP 0854: How Do I Effectively and Concisely Answer Questions from My Audience?

    Apr 28 2017

    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 organize her answers and her notes as she answers her audience? Tammy’s podcast is the Local Small Business Coach Podcast. In this episode, I mention Speakpipe, a great tool you can use to answer questions from your audience. Check that out at http...more

  • AP 0853: What Are the Best Practices for Submitting My Podcast to iTunes?

    Apr 27 2017

    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 minimum or maximum number of episodes he needs before submitting to iTunes? Dave’s podcast is Solomon’s Porch Podcast. In this episode, I mention AskPat Live, which you can join every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT at http://Facebook.com/SmartPassiveInc...more

  • AP 0852: What Are Five Business Lessons You’ve Picked Up from The Walking Dead?

    Apr 26 2017

    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 this episode, I mention The Walking Dead Story Sync. Check it out at http://AMC.com/shows/the-walking-dead/story-sync/. I also mention my new online course, Smart From Scratch. Join the waitlist at http://SmartFromScratch.com. Do you have a ques...more

  • AP 0851: What’s the Best Follow-Up Email Etiquette?

    Apr 25 2017

    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 email follow-up etiquette? Are there other places where he can reach out to people, other than email? In this episode, I mention that my course, Smart From Scratch, will be launching again to the public in June. Smart From Scratch helps you find...more

  • AP 0850: Should I Use an External Hard Drive to Back Up My Podcast Content Storage?

    Apr 24 2017

    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 podcast host, such as SoundCloud or Libsyn? Jason’s podcast is the Solomon’s Porch Podcast. Do you have a question about podcast content storage? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to htt...more

  • AP 0849: How Should I Organize and Categorize My Blog Post Tags?

    Apr 21 2017

    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 post reorganizing and blog post tag categorization? Brad’s website is at http://BradHobbs.com. In this episode, I mention http://TopRankBlog.com, a great SEO website you can check out. I also mention Todd Tresidder, who talks to me about content a...more

  • AP 0848: Why Don’t You Use YouTube Video Annotations?

    Apr 20 2017

    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 for YouTube video add-ons? How does he utilize YouTube cards and end screens? In this episode, I mention that, starting in May, annotations on YouTube videos will go away, which means you won’t be able to add annotations going forward. I also ment...more

  • AP 0847: How Do I Boost Ebook Sales?

    Apr 19 2017

    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 Kindle service? What are some ebook marketing strategies she can use to get more book sales? Jules’s website is at http://HelloImHandmade.com. In this episode, we mention my book, Will It Fly? Learn more at http://WillItFlyBook.com. Do you hav...more

  • AP 0846: Is It Possible to Rank High for Five Keywords in Search Engine Rankings?

    Apr 18 2017

    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? What are some strategies he can use to improve his search engine rankings for the five keywords? Should he use short-term keywords or long-term keywords? In this episode, I mention http://SEMRush.com, a neat keyword research website. I also men...more

  • AP 0845: How Do I Grow My Email List with My Email List?

    Apr 17 2017

    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 practices to help grow his email list? What kinds of strategies can he implement to serve his audience while growing his email list? Glenn’s website is at http://SurvivalStill.com. Do you have a question about growing your email list? Record it a...more

  • AP 0844: How Can I Incorporate Ecommerce Solutions Into My Website?

    Apr 14 2017

    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 payment? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Power Up Podcasting. It’s a podcasting course to help you level up your podcasting power. Join the waitlist at PowerUpPodcasting.com. I also mention Shopify, a very well known ecommerce p...more

  • AP 0843: What Is The One Thing You’ve Done Well to Make SPI Successful?

    Apr 13 2017

    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 one thing and apply it to his own business success? What can Adam learn about failure in business? If you’d like to comment on this episode, share the one thing you’ve done really well in your business. Share that on Twitter with the hashtag #Ask...more

  • AP 0842: I Haven’t Been Able to Grow My Business. What Am I Missing?

    Apr 12 2017

    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? Is he connecting with the right people? Glenn’s website is at http://LiveFitLean.com. Do you have a question about growing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/ask...more

  • AP 0841: Should I Use My Own Website for Podcast Hosting?

    Apr 11 2017

    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 the code “Pat” to get your first month free) and Buzzsprout, podcast hosting providers you can start with. Learn more at Libsyn.com or Buzzsprout.com. Do you have a question about podcast hosting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. The spons...more

  • AP 0840: How Much Premium Content Should I Give Away for Free?

    Apr 10 2017

    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 premium content? If he gives it all away for free, are there other opportunities to make an income from his audience? Lewis’s website is at TheFreelanceEffect.com. In this episode, we mention Upwork, a site where you can hire freelancers or offer u...more

  • AP 0839: I’m New to Online Business. What SPI Content Should I Focus On?

    Apr 07 2017

    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? In this episode I mention three episodes of the Smart Podcast Income Podcast that will help you get started in your online business: SPI Session 192, SPI Session 193, and SPI Session 194. Do you have a question about starting an online business...more

  • AP 0838: How Do I Create a Podcast Intro By Myself?

    Apr 06 2017

    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 to her own audio intro? In this episode, I mention my new podcasting course, which is in beta testing right now. It will be available later this year! You can find that at PowerUpPodcasting.com. Do you have a question about creating an audio ...more

  • AP 0837: How Do I Ask My Clients for Money without Seeming Pushy?

    Apr 05 2017

    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? What balance should she strike between asking for money and providing value to her audience? Gianna’s website is at FamilyFunTwinCities.com If you have something to add to the conversation, use the hashtag #AskPat 837 and mention me on Twitter...more

  • AP 0836: Should I Start a New Email List to Align with My New Blog?

    Apr 04 2017

    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 vision for the website? What can she do to prepare her audience for the website change? Jeanette’s website is at http://craftwhack.com. Do you have a question about changing the direction of your website and your email list? Record it at AskPat.com....more

  • AP 0835: How Do I Figure Out What My Audience Will Pay Me For?

    Apr 03 2017

    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 ways he can start growing his online business reach and earnings? How can he solve problems for his audience and get paid for doing it? Justin’s website is at http://logicalharmony.net. In this episode, I mention Smart From Scratch, my new online c...more

  • AP 0834: Does My Website Color Matter?

    Mar 31 2017

    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/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0833: I'm 11. Can I Start a Business?

    Mar 30 2017

    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/user/EvanTubeHD). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0832: How Much Free Content Should I Give Away with My Online Course?

    Mar 29 2017

    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 course is without giving it away entirely for free? Richard’s website is at AFlexibleYou.com. In this episode, I mention AskPat Live. You can check out AskPat Live every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT at http://facebook.com/smartpassiveincome. Do yo...more

  • AP 0831: If I Credit the Author of the Music, Can I Add Their Songs to My Podcast?

    Mar 28 2017

    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? What are some alternatives to adding his favorite song or band of the week to his podcast? Do you have a question about adding music to your podcast? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about wo...more

  • AP 0830: How Do I Make the Most Out of My Content with Tutorials?

    Mar 27 2017

    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 his audience on YouTube and his website? Dan’s website is at TheRealDanVega.com. On this episode, I mention Rev as a neat tool for transcribing your YouTube videos. Learn more at Rev.com. I also mention two other tutorials that I’ve created, whic...more

  • AP 0829: As a Teenager, How Do I Create a Niche Product for a Wider Audience?

    Mar 24 2017

    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 audience? Should age matter? Do you have a question about creating a niche product or business? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.co...more

  • AP 0828: Can I Use Images from Google on My Website?

    Mar 23 2017

    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 the legal implications for using images from Google on his website? In this episode, I mention Flickr as good alternative to iStock. Check them out at Flickr.com. I also mention my Ultimate Guide to Finding and Using Images on Your Blog, which ...more

  • AP 0827: Should I Create a Website to Promote My Book?

    Mar 22 2017

    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 on that to help promote himself? Do you have a question about promoting your book? Record it at http://askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

  • AP 0826: How Does the SPI Pro Theme Compare to Other WordPress Themes?

    Mar 21 2017

    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 episode, we mention the SPI Pro Theme, which you can learn more about at http://www.AskPat.com/SPITheme. I also mention that, each Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT, I host AskPat Live over at http://www.Facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome. Do you have a ques...more

  • AP 0825: How Do I Determine If My Niche Is Right for an Online Course?

    Mar 20 2017

    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 online course? How should she design her online course? In this episode, I mention LeadPages (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/leadpages) as a good place to create a landing page to generate interest for your online course. I also mention Teachab...more

  • AP 0824: How Do I Look For and Land Interviews for My Podcast?

    Mar 17 2017

    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’s new to podcasting, who should she reach out to for interviews? In this episode, I mention the calendar tool Calendly. Check it out at http://calendly.com. Do you have a question about securing people to interview for your podcast? Record i...more

  • AP 0823: I Purchased an App. As a Non-Developer, How Do I Serve My Audience the App?

    Mar 16 2017

    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 software on her own? Do you have a question about serving your audience with apps? Record it at http://askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

  • AP 0822: I Am Doing a Content Audit. Do I Delete Content? Set Up Redirects?

    Mar 15 2017

    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 going to happen to my carnival links? Katie’s website is at http://kitchenstewardship.com. In this episode, we mention SPI Session #200 about doing a content audit on your website. Listen to that episode at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ses...more

  • AP 0821: How Do I Start Making Money Online as a New Entrepreneur?

    Mar 14 2017

    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? How does he find and focus on his unique value proposition? In this episode, I mention my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. I also mention my new online course, Smart From Scratch. Sign up for ...more

  • AP 0820: What Steps Should I Take to Get My Content Into a Consistent Schedule?

    Mar 13 2017

    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 plan his content? Greg’s website is at http://musicianmonster.com. In this episode, I mention my chat with my Managing Editor, Janna, at http://smartpassiveincome.com/session215. I also mention CoSchedule, the amazing content scheduling tool I us...more

  • AP 0819: What Blog Post Types Should I Launch My New Blog With?

    Mar 10 2017

    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 does he balance the larger blog posts and the smaller posts? Jeff’s website is at NewMiddleClassDad.com. In this episode, we mention my interview with Neil Patel about content marketing for your blog. Listen to that episode at SmartPassiveIncome...more

  • AP 0818: Should I Separate Multiple Podcasts or Put Them Under the Same Podcast Network?

    Mar 09 2017

    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 should he separate them under different brands and websites? Mike’s website is at http://www.mongoals.com/. Do you have a question about managing multiple podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To lea...more

  • AP 0817: I’m An Online Educator. Should I Create a Subscription Service or an Online Course?

    Mar 08 2017

    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 educator online? What is the difference between a subscription service and an online course? Should she create specific online courses to help solve specific problems? Amirra’s YouTube channel is Art With Amirra. In this episode, I mention my new cours...more

  • AP 0816: I Have a New Podcast. What Can I Do to Build My Podcast Audience?

    Mar 07 2017

    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 and set her podcast apart in that niche? Teresa’s website is at http://www.popcollectorspodcast.com/. Do you have a question about building your podcast audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http:/...more

  • AP 0815: I've Received Negative Feedback on My Writing. Should I Quit or Hire Help?

    Mar 06 2017

    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 writing he puts out on his website? Should he hire an editor, or someone to help him improve his writing? Do you have a question about improving your writing for your website? Record it at http://www.AskPat.com. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks...more

  • AP 0814: My Website Is Doing Well. Now How Do I Monetize It?

    Mar 03 2017

    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 his website? Max's website is at http://www.ruinmyweek.com/. In this episode, I mention SEM Rush as a neat tool to help support website monetization. Learn more at http://www.semrush.com/. I also mention Patreon, an amazing crowdfunding-type plat...more

  • AP 0813: I'm Starting a YouTube Channel. What Should My Videos Cover?

    Mar 02 2017

    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 it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0812: Should I Host a Webinar to Help Grow My List?

    Mar 01 2017

    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/. In this episode I mention http://www.webinarninja.co/ as a good webinar tool to use. I also mention SPI Session 29 with Lewis Howes on mastering and conducting a webinar. Check that out at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session29/. Lastly, ...more

  • AP 0811: I Started a Business But Forgot to Collect Data. What Now? How Can I Better Collect Data on My Customers?

    Feb 28 2017

    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 to serve his customers beyond his business? Tyron's website is at http://www.tigdress.com/. In this episode, I mention that we're in launch week for Smart From Scratch, my new online course created to help you validate your business idea. Learn ...more

  • AP 0810: Are Business Cards a Necessary Part of Starting a Business?

    Feb 27 2017

    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 and engage with people at conferences? Are there any alternatives to business cards? In this episode, I mention that today is launch day for Smart From Scratch, my new online course created to help you validate your business idea. Learn more an...more

  • AP 0809: Should I Create Show Notes, Why, and What Resources Can I Use to Manage My Show Notes?

    Feb 24 2017

    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? What resources can he use to manage his show notes? Bill's website is at http://www.podcastbyfriday.com/. Do you have a question about creating show notes for your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design...more

  • AP 0808: What Makes a Successful Mastermind Group?

    Feb 23 2017

    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 is at http://www.sideofincome.com/. In this episode, I mention my webinar replay on How to Build a Winning Mastermind Group. You can watch that at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv/how-to-build-a-winning-mastermind-group-webinar-replay/. ...more

  • AP 0807: How Do I Identify My True Fans?

    Feb 22 2017

    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 he continue to grow his audience more strategically with his true fans? Barry's website is at http://www.turningthepage.info/. In this episode I mention a couple of tools you can use to serve your audience and find your true fans, including htt...more

  • AP 0806: I Want to Develop a Routine Around Online Business Metrics. Where Should I Start and What Should I Focus On?

    Feb 21 2017

    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 monthly routines for analytics? Do I delegate analytics to your team? In this episode, I mention Google Webmaster Tools. Learn more at https://www.google.com/webmasters/. I also mention my new course, Smart From Scratch, which opens next week! Learn ...more

  • AP 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

    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? Will his audience care about his background in education? If he don't have a relevant degree but does have the relevant knowledge and experience, how can he make sure that shines? Richard's website is at http://www.aflexibleyou.com/. Do you have ...more

  • AP 0804: I Am a Young Parent. How Do I Find Time to Exercise as a Parent?

    Feb 17 2017

    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? Dave's website is at http://www.catholicprotools.com/. In this episode, I mention my Instagram account, where I feature a lot of my health and fitness activities. Find me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/patflynn/. Do you have a q...more

  • AP 0803: How Do I Separate the Auto-Responses to My Emails from the Real Responses?

    Feb 16 2017

    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 better filter out the auto-responses from the real responses? Simone's website is at http://www.echemusic.com/. Do you have a question about managing your email inbox? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. ...more

  • AP 0802: I Want to Inspire Others with Affiliate Marketing. How Do I Start and Achieve Results?

    Feb 15 2017

    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 he get results from his affiliate marketing? Are there any specific ways to engage his audience to inspire them in his affiliate income building process? Do you have a question about kickstarting your affiliate income? Record it at http://www.as...more

  • AP 0801: What Can I Do to Promote My Book on My Blog?

    Feb 14 2017

    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's website is at http://www.disneylanddevotional.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your book? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http:/...more

  • AP 0800: How Should I Reach Out to My Audience to Start Growing My Email List?

    Feb 13 2017

    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 in his first email to his audience? Craig's website is at http://www.empowerthetribe.com/. In this episode, I mention my 3-Day Email List Challenge at http://www.100emails.com/, which you can join for free to grow your email list from 0 to 100 ...more

  • AP 0799: Should I Spend Time in a Competitor's Facebook Group?

    Feb 10 2017

    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 should he split his time between these groups? Mike's site is http://fermentingfood.uk/. Mike talks about the market map exercise from my book, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about choosing where to spend your time? R...more

  • AP 0798: Should I Charge for the Business Directory on My Website?

    Feb 09 2017

    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.emailoverloadsolutions.com/. I talk about the directory on my Green Exam Academy website (http://greenexamacademy.com). Do you have a question about what to include on your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Fr...more

  • AP 0797: How Can I Improve How I Sound on a Microphone?

    Feb 08 2017

    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://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor today, BambooHR. This online management software will help you manage the human resources tasks for your small business. Go to http://bamboohr.com. Click the microphone in the upper-right and enter "PAT"...more

  • AP 0796: How Much Should I Spend on Facebook Ads?

    Feb 07 2017

    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/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0795: Should I Make My Product Available for a Limited Time Only?

    Feb 06 2017

    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 #162 (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session162). Do you have a question about launching a product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, Vistaprint. Vistaprint will help you create affordable, custom marketing mate...more

  • AP 0794: I Need to Rebrand My Site. Should I Migrate to a New URL?

    Feb 03 2017

    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 migrated Green Exam Academy from intheleed.com to greenexamacademy.com using 301 permanent redirects. Do you have a question about rebranding a site and migrating URLs? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go t...more

  • AP 0793: How Do I Build My Website's Business Directory?

    Feb 02 2017

    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.securityguardtraininghq.com/) and share my best advice for getting businesses to sign up. Do you have a question about adding special features to your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.co...more

  • AP 0792: Which Video Host Is Best for Online Courses?

    Feb 01 2017

    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.podcastingtutorial.com) versus a paid course like Smart From Scratch. Teachable is a good option if you're looking for a full course platform (http://askpat.com/teachable). If you're using your own hosting system (like WordPress with a membership plugin),...more

  • AP 0791: How Do I Make Sure My Email Subscribers Get the Right Resources?

    Jan 31 2017

    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 GetResponse for emails (https://www.getresponse.com/); I recommend and am an advisor for the email service provider ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Ge...more

  • AP 0790: Why Do You Put Your Name and Date on Blog Images?

    Jan 30 2017

    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 blog (http://smartpassiveincome.com/blog). I also discuss how Gary Vaynerchuk manages images (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsorin...more

  • AP 0789: Can I Start a Blog Before I Choose My Business Name?

    Jan 27 2017

    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 starting a new website and need website hosting, I recommend Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you want help validating your idea for starting a business...more

  • AP 0788: What Is the Best Method for a New Blogger to Build Traffic?

    Jan 26 2017

    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 include the correct SEO fields (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/); All in One SEO Pack is also a good alternative plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/). This is the FoodTruckr article I mentioned (http://foodtruckr.com/...more

  • AP 0787: If I Have Multiple Businesses, Do They Need Separate LLCs?

    Jan 25 2017

    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 the LEED; http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). My original LLC is Flynndustries LLC. The other LLC I discuss in depth is related to the Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com). My account is Dave from Profitwise Accounting (http://www.p...more

  • AP 0786: What Should I Share When I Teach People How to Start a Business?

    Jan 24 2017

    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 thoughts on how to get started. Do you have a question about starting an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0785: How Do I Set Up an Online Store for Selling Physical Products?

    Jan 23 2017

    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://www.shipstation.com/). A good website platform to check out is Shopify, which is an alternative to WordPress that is designed specifically for online stores (https://www.shopify.com/). If you want to stick with WordPress, WooCommerce is a good platfo...more

  • AP 0784: Should I Share My Amazon Affiliate Link for My Product?

    Jan 20 2017

    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 website is http://margaritatexas.com/. To see my book club landing page strategy with Amazon affiliate links, go to http://patsbookclub.com/. Do you have a question about selling products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you are inter...more

  • AP 0783: How Do I Test Business Ideas with Facebook Ads?

    Jan 19 2017

    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 can they use the same domain? Ciaran discusses some of the methods I share for validating your ideas in my book Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). The landing page tool I recommend is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a...more

  • AP 0782: Will Redesigning My Website Hurt My SEO?

    Jan 18 2017

    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 permanent 301 redirects. Do you have a question about website redesigns? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0781: How Do I Get Health Insurance and Other Benefits When I Become Self-Employed?

    Jan 17 2017

    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 talk about COBRA, which is a method for continuing health insurance from a previous employer. Check out https://www.healthcare.gov/ to find out how to get individual health insurance in your state. Do you have a question about becoming self-employe...more

  • AP 0780: What Happens When My I Validate My Business Idea, But My Customers Leave?

    Jan 16 2017

    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://willitflybook.com) and my talk with Noah Kagan about SumoJerky (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv/validating-a-product-and-the-story-of-sumojerky-with-noah-kagan/). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.c...more

  • AP 0779: Is It Better to Niche Down or Target a Broader Market?

    Jan 13 2017

    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://www.saasjunkie.com/. In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your fir...more

  • AP 0778: How Can I Be More Successful With My Online Business? From Editorial Calendars to iTunes Categories

    Jan 12 2017

    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 penalize him? Does iTunes categories matter, and what happens if there isn't a specific category for his podcast? How do you transfer your domain from one host to another without losing email service? What is the best way to monitor and fix third-party l...more

  • AP 0777: How Do I Market and Validate My Online Course Idea?

    Jan 11 2017

    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 idea? How does he know what's working and what's not working? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you valid...more

  • AP 0776: I Want to Create a Membership Site. What Do I Need to Know to Start One?

    Jan 10 2017

    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 website is at http://www.signbabysign.org/. In this episode, I mention Rainmaker from Copyblogger. You can learn more about Rainmaker at http://www.rainmakerplatform.com/. I also mention my new book, Will It Fly?, which helps aspiring business ow...more

  • AP 0775: How Can I Get My Kids Interested in Entrepreneurship?

    Jan 09 2017

    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 of business-related things and lessons should she teach her children? Jeanette's website is at http://www.craftwhack.com/. Do you have a question about getting your children interested in entrepreneurship and business? Record it at http://www.a...more

  • AP 0774: How Do I Stay Motivated and Productive Once I Achieve a Comfortable Level of Success?

    Jan 06 2017

    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 goals in his business? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your firs...more

  • AP 0773: I Want to Create a Website Like Green Exam Academy. How Do I Start?

    Jan 05 2017

    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 what exam he can help his customers with? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business id...more

  • AP 0772: What Is the Ideal Length for Emails?

    Jan 04 2017

    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, I mention SPI Podcast Episode 115 on managing emails (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session115/). Do you have a question about finding the right length for your emails? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks....more

  • AP 0771: What Is a Good Earnings Per Click Number for Online Ads?

    Jan 03 2017

    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 earnings per click advertising? Sarah's website is at http://www.probaseballinsider.com/. In this episode, I mention SEM Rush as a great tool for keyword research at http://www.semrush.com/. Do you have a question about earnings per click or...more

  • AP 0770: How Do I Balance My Full-Time Job with My Side Business?

    Jan 02 2017

    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 commit to both without negatively affecting either of them? What can he do to invest more time in his side business? Andrew's website is at http://www.itcareerbuilder.com/. In this episode, I mention Chip and Dan Heath's book, Decisive, which is a ...more

  • AP 0769: How Can I Set My Blog Content Up for Success?

    Dec 30 2016

    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 Income Podcast Episode 200 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session200). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. My new course for choosing your business idea opens up next year. To get on the waitlist, go to http...more

  • AP 0768: How Will a Website Redesign Impact My Affiliate Earnings?`

    Dec 29 2016

    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/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0767: How Do I Increase My Local Web Traffic?

    Dec 28 2016

    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/minneapolis) and Angie's List (https://www.angieslist.com/). Do you have a question about web traffic for your brick and mortar business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you haven't started your business yet or are still trying to validate...more

  • AP 0766: I Want to Upgrade My Website. What Do I Need to Know?

    Dec 27 2016

    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 Vistaprint (http://www.vistaprint.com/). Do you have a question about web development? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you haven't started your business yet or are still trying to validate your business idea, check out my new course, S...more

  • AP 0765: What Email Marketing Incentives Can a DJ or Artist Use?

    Dec 26 2016

    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 question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0764: What's the Best Way to Use Medium?

    Dec 23 2016

    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 question about writing on Medium? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out the audiobook for my book, Will It Fly?, on Audible (http://audible.com/). Find it in paperback, Kindle download, and audiobook at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0763: What Interview Questions Should I Ask My Guests?

    Dec 22 2016

    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 at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0762: What Are Best Practices for Exploring Long-Tail Keyword Searches?

    Dec 21 2016

    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, check out my book, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. For advice on starting an email list, try my email challenge at http://100emails.com. The content search tool I discuss is BuzzSumo (http://buzzsumo.com/). Do you have a question about ni...more

  • AP 0761: If I'm Selling on Amazon, Do I Need a Separate Website?

    Dec 20 2016

    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 to grow your email list at http://www.100emails.com. A good platform for setting up online stores is Shopify (https://www.shopify.com/). Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, ...more

  • AP 0760: How Do I Get Exposure for My New Website?

    Dec 19 2016

    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 audio questions, like I have for the AskPat Podcast? The tool that records questions is called Speakpipe, which allows you to embed an audio recorder on your webpage (http://askpat.com/speakpipe). Listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #145 ...more

  • AP 0759: How Do You Handle Spammy One-Star Reviews in iTunes?

    Dec 16 2016

    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 that negativity against your podcast? David's website is at http://www.daviddifran.co/. Do you have a question about dealing with spammy one-star reviews for your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Cro...more

  • AP 0758: What Should I Know When it Comes to Getting Sponsors for My Podcast?

    Dec 15 2016

    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 for in a podcast sponsorship relationship? What should you include in the contract? Jonathan's website is at http://www.salespurpose.com/. Do you have a question about podcast sponsors? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our spo...more

  • AP 0757: When Do I Use Follow Links and When Do I Use No-Follow Links?

    Dec 14 2016

    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 purpose? Michelle's website is at http://www.custardandbear.com/. Do you have a question about follow and no-follow links? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask P...more

  • AP 0756: How Can I Help My Audience Promote and Sell Their Art Online?

    Dec 13 2016

    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 should come first? What are some other ways to create highly valuable and engaging content for your audience? Jules's website is at http://www.unlimitedcreative.com/. In this episode, I mention Smart From Scratch, my new online business course whi...more

  • AP 0755: How Often Should I Create Content for My Blog, Podcast, or Video Platform?

    Dec 12 2016

    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 video? Does the amount of content depend on the audience? In this episode, we mention my book, Will It Fly?, which is about validating your business idea. Learn more at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about content volume? R...more

  • AP 0754: How Can I Grow My Podcast Audience?

    Dec 09 2016

    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 starting a podcast, check out my free podcasting tutorial at http://www.podcastingtutorial.com. The episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I discuss are #227, where I interviewed 15 entrepreneurs (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session227) and #...more

  • AP 0753: Should I Record My Audiobook Myself?

    Dec 08 2016

    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 voiceover artist (http://askpat.com/upwork). I recorded Let Go (http://askpat.com/let-go) and Will It Fly? (http://www.askpat.com/willitfly) myself. For audiobooks, I love Audible (http://www.audible.com/). Do you have a question about recording audio...more

  • AP 0752: Can I Start an Online Business in English? It's Not My First Language.

    Dec 07 2016

    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 http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0751: How Much Writing Do I Need for My Podcast's Website?

    Dec 06 2016

    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.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about getting your podcast started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the ...more

  • AP 0750: How Much Blog Content Should I Have Prepared Pre-Launch?

    Dec 05 2016

    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 question about launching your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information. Thanks also to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode....more

  • AP 0749: What Would You Do to Make Money Fast?

    Dec 02 2016

    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 you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0748: Why Is My Email Bounce Rate Increasing?

    Dec 01 2016

    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 (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/power-of-habit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started p...more

  • AP 0747: How Do I Add Value to My YouTube Video's Blog Post?

    Nov 30 2016

    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://fizzle.co/. Check out the 30 day challenge over at Simple Green Smoothies (http://simplegreensmoothies.com/). Do you have a question about making your website more compelling? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbook...more

  • AP 0746: Should I Build Seasonal Websites?

    Nov 29 2016

    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 is http://getbusylivingblog.com/. Do you have a question about building niche sites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0745: How Do I Set Up a Price Increase Strategy with Email Automation?

    Nov 28 2016

    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.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0744: Can I Use Affiliate Links for My Book Club?

    Nov 25 2016

    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 you have a question about book clubs? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0743: As My Audience Grows, How Do I Keep the Personal Touch?

    Nov 24 2016

    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 each one? Matt's website is http://www.timezillionaire.com/. My assistant Jessica talks about how she approaches my email in Smart Passive Income Podcast #115: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/email-management. Do you have a question ...more

  • AP 0742: When I Launch a Forum, How Can I Make Sure I Have Users from Day One?

    Nov 23 2016

    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.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-keep-a-forum-active. Do you have a question about community forums? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcr...more

  • AP 0741: Should I Sell to My Whole Email List or Just to a Segment?

    Nov 22 2016

    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://mumswithhustle.com/. I'm an advisor for and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about selling to your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Fres...more

  • AP 0740: How Early Is Too Early to Market My Product Launch?

    Nov 21 2016

    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 Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 137 with Amy Porterfield (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session137). Do you have a question about launches? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about...more

  • AP 0739: Should I Start with an Ebook or a Video Series?

    Nov 18 2016

    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 Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). Teachable is a great platform for setting up a paid or free video course. Do you have a question about creating content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www...more

  • AP 0738: What Should I Have on My Homepage?

    Nov 17 2016

    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 design on my website Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com), as well as my SPI Pro Theme from StudioPress (http://askpat.com/spitheme). Do you have a question about your website's content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. ...more

  • AP 0737: How Can I Grow My Email List with a WordPress.com Website?

    Nov 16 2016

    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 website is at http://www.pureenergylifestyle.com/. In this episode, I mention Mail Chimp's subscriber pop-up feature, which you can find in the Mail Chimp database. I also mention Drip, which is a new tool I use. You can get started with Drip for fr...more

  • AP 0736: What Writing Tools Can I Use While I'm Traveling?

    Nov 15 2016

    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.frankcjones.com/. In this episode, I mention Michael Hyatt's blog post, 5 Reasons Why I Switched to Scrivener (http://www.michaelhyatt.com/switched-to-scrivener.html/). You can get a 20% discount off Scrivener with Michael Hyatt's code: MICHAELH...more

  • AP 0735: How Do I Increase My Conversion Rates for Amazon Associates?

    Nov 14 2016

    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 can promote your affiliate products and earn better commissions? Pascal's website is at http://www.cuisinealaplancha.com/. In this episode, I mention my free ebook, Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way. You can get this today at http://www.affilia...more

  • AP 0734: How Can I Monetize My Niche Website?

    Nov 11 2016

    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, especially if it is a narrow niche/industry? Phil's website is at http://www.buildingautomationmonthly.com/. In this episode I mention Will It Fly?, my book on validating your idea for a business. Pick up your copy at http://willitflybook.com. ...more

  • AP 0733: Should I Start a YouTube Channel to Complement My Website?

    Nov 10 2016

    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 brand with a YouTube channel? Ernie's website is at http://www.militarydiscountscentral.com/. Do you have a question about starting a YouTube channel for your brand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to h...more

  • AP 0732: What Are Some Key Tips for Crafting My Podcast Episode Titles?

    Nov 09 2016

    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 publish? Do keywords in podcast titles matter? Z's website is at http://www.artofmfg.com/. In this episode, I mention SPI Session 78, which you can find at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session78/. Do you have a question about improving your...more

  • AP 0731: How Can I Keep Track of My Sales Funnels as I Grow My Business?

    Nov 08 2016

    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? Henry's website is at http://www.guitareasier.com/. In this episode I mention Ramit Sethi's website at http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/. I also mention the book Ask by Ryan Levesque at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ask-amazon/. Do you h...more

  • AP 0730: How Do I Troubleshoot My Podcast Feed When I'm Missing Episodes?

    Nov 07 2016

    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 need to know about your ID3 tags? David's website is at http://www.salesvideos.com/. In this episode, I mention Cast Feed Validator, a place where you can validate your podcast feed, at http://www.castfeedvalidator.com/. Do you have a questi...more

  • AP 0729: Should I Separate My Products into Different Sites?

    Nov 04 2016

    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 your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0728: Can I Set Up Multiple Websites on a Single Domain?

    Nov 03 2016

    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 is at Linode (http://linode.com/), but when you are getting started I highly recommend using Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about your website hosting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor...more

  • AP 0727: Is Fiverr a Good Place to Find Writers?

    Nov 02 2016

    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://problogger.com/jobs/) for finding writers. The transcription app and website I use is Rev (http://rev.com). Do you have a question about content creation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more...more

  • AP 0726: When Can I Start Selling to My Audience?

    Nov 01 2016

    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 with Brian Harris is Session #190 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/step-by-step-product-creation-with-bryan-harris/). Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question ...more

  • AP 0725: How Do I Keep My Video Course Private?

    Oct 31 2016

    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 video host Wistia (http://wistia.com/). I also discuss the video hosts Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/) and Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/). The WordPress plugins I mention are WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/) and Zippy Courses (http://a...more

  • AP 0724: Which Business Training Course Is Best?

    Oct 28 2016

    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 also discuss Chris Ducker's Youpreneur (http://www.youpreneur.com/) and Fizzle (http://askpat.com/fizzle). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0723: How Early Is Too Early to Start Social Media? Can I Start Before I Build My Website?

    Oct 27 2016

    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://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0722: How Do I Improve My Podcasting Guest's Audio?

    Oct 26 2016

    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://auphonic.com/), which can help you automatically process your caller audio. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you're planning to start a podcast, follow my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcasti...more

  • AP 0721: How Can I Stand Out on Fiverr?

    Oct 25 2016

    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 about marketing your services? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0720: What Are the Ethics of Ghostwriting and Guest Posting?

    Oct 24 2016

    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 maintaining a relationship with your readers? The transcription service I use is Rev (http://askpat.com/rev). Do you have a question about writing for your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your ide...more

  • AP 0719: What Tools Can I Use to Estimate Website Traffic?

    Oct 21 2016

    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, traffic, and the like? In this episode, I mention a few great analytics tools, including Alexa at http://www.alexa.com/, SEM Rush at http://www.semrush.com/, and http://www.similarweb.com/. Do you have a question about finding the right tool...more

  • AP 0718: What Can I Do to Separate Myself From My Competitors Without Burning Bridges?

    Oct 20 2016

    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 some ways you can set your website apart from your competitors in your unique niche? Aaron's website is at http://www.hamconnect.com/. Do you have a question about separating your business from your competitors without burning bridges? Record it...more

  • AP 0717: How Do You Organize Your Website to Better Serve Your Audience?

    Oct 19 2016

    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 for your audience? What are some ways you can instantly explain who you are on your website? Jessica's website is at http://www.jessicacrossasmr.com/. Do you have a question about organizing your website to better serve your audience? Record it...more

  • AP 0716: What Are The Best Ways to Engage with Inactive Email List Subscribers?

    Oct 18 2016

    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 inactive subscribers? What happens when they do not respond? How many emails do I send to my cold subscribers? Mark's website is at http://www.firstresponderfitness.us/. In this episode, I mention ConvertKit. You can learn more about ConvertKit...more

  • AP 0715: How Can I Leverage My Book to Support and Monetize My Brand?

    Oct 17 2016

    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 my email list? Should I write a new book? You can find Jeanette's art and activity website at http://www.craftwhack.com/. In this episode, I mention SPI Episode 37 with Lain Ehmann on monetizing in a hobby niche at http://www.smartpassiveincome...more

  • AP 0714: Can I Use Someone Else's Trademarked Brand in My Website URL?

    Oct 14 2016

    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 from my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Jake mentions my book, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about intellectual property? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor ...more

  • AP 0713: How Do I Keep My Eyes Healthy When I Spend All Day in Front of a Computer?

    Oct 13 2016

    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 have a question about staying healthy as an entrepreneur? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0712: How Do I Migrate an Email List from AWeber to ConvertKit?

    Oct 12 2016

    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 ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear....more

  • AP 0711: What Should I Focus on Right Now to Grow Business?

    Oct 11 2016

    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/. Do you have a question about growing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0710: Why Haven't You Created a Niche Site Marketplace?

    Oct 10 2016

    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; http://www.flippa.com/). Do you have a question about buying a niche website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

  • AP 0709: How Much Content Should I Have Before My Blog Launch?

    Oct 07 2016

    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-starting-my-food-truck/. Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

  • AP 0708: Would Tim Ferriss's Business Model Work for Other People?

    Oct 06 2016

    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://smartpassiveincome.com/session51) and Episode 110 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session110). I also discuss Ramit Sethi (http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/) and Gary Vaynerchuk (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/). Do you have a question abou...more

  • AP 0707: What Are the Rules about Using Music in Videos and Podcasts?

    Oct 05 2016

    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.com (http://www.askpat.com/istock-photo) or AudioJungle (https://audiojungle.net/) or use music in the public domain (http://www.pdinfo.com/public-domain-music-list.php). Do you have a question about copyright licenses? Record it at http://www....more

  • AP 0706: How Do I Make My Email Newsletter Valuable?

    Oct 04 2016

    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 made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to ...more

  • AP 0705: How Can I Get More Questions for My Podcast?

    Oct 03 2016

    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 http://godzoneshow.com/. Paul and I both use Speakpipe to collect recorded questions from our audience (http://askpat.com/speakpipe). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for s...more

  • AP 0704: How Do I Grow My Audience at the Beginning Stages of My Website?

    Sep 30 2016

    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 my listening audience or subscriber base? Khizer's website is at http://www.hizerk.com/. In this episode, I mention Huzza as a neat interactive tool for creators. Learn more about Huzza at http://www.huzza.io/. Do you have a question about g...more

  • AP 0703: How Do You Rebrand a Podcast?

    Sep 29 2016

    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.aggrad.com/. In this episode, I mention Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/) and BuzzSprout (http://www.buzzsprout.com/). Do you have a question about rebranding for your podcast or business product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's spo...more

  • AP 0702: Is Udemy a Good Platform for Repurposing Content?

    Sep 28 2016

    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://teach.udemy.com/course-quality-checklist/). I also mention Smart Passive Income Session 009 with Nicole Dean, where we discuss PLR content (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/make-money-making-web-wonderful-place-nicole-dean). Share your tho...more

  • AP 0701: How Can I Increase Traffic to My Forum?

    Sep 27 2016

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

  • AP 0700: What Is the Upload Process for Video Podcasts?

    Sep 26 2016

    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 podcasts. (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) Do you have a question about video production? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0699: How Do You Get Your Business Up and Running Without Breaking the Bank?

    Sep 23 2016

    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 your business running without having to go into debt? In this episode, I mention Will It Fly?, my book about validating your business idea, which you can get at http://willitflybook.com. I mention crowdfunding options like Kickstarter, which you...more

  • AP 0698: How Do You Shift Your Mindset When You Face Adversity?

    Sep 22 2016

    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 do you overcome those obstacles? What are a few tips to change your perspective for the better so you can move forward and stay positive? Karyn's website is at http://www.theremotecoach.com/. In this podcast, I mention my book, Will It Fly?, whic...more

  • AP 0697: How Do You Start a Niche Website?

    Sep 21 2016

    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? In this episode, I mention Niche Site Duel where you can learn more about how I launched, grew, and monetized my niche sites. You can learn more at http://www.nichesiteduel.com/. I also mention my three integral niche websites, which can be case re...more

  • AP 0696: How Do You Find Affiliate Links When You're First Starting Out?

    Sep 20 2016

    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 affiliate program? Do you start with the products you trust? How difficult is it to get affiliate links for those products? In this episode, I mention Amazon Associates, which is an easy place to start for building affiliate income. You can learn...more

  • AP 0695: How Do I Find the Balance Between Actively Working and Earning a Passive Income?

    Sep 19 2016

    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 rewards? Mark's website is at http://www.exceptionalpoker.com/. In this episode, I mention the 4-Hour Work Week from Tim Ferriss as an example of earning a passive income. You can get Tim's book at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/fourhourworkweek/. ...more

  • AP 0694: My Niche Has No Lasting Podcasts. Why Is That?

    Sep 16 2016

    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.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0693: If I Want to Link to Other Web Shops, Do I Need to Work with Those Sites?

    Sep 15 2016

    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 have a question about working with web shops? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0692: Should I Worry That I Don't Enjoy the Business I Started?

    Sep 14 2016

    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 from my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about running a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept bus...more

  • AP 0691: How Often Should Podcasters Ask for Reviews?

    Sep 13 2016

    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). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, Pelican Business Capital. To learn about their financing options, call 949-299-1999.

  • AP 0690: Do I Need a Separate Website for Each Client Type?

    Sep 12 2016

    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 conduct audience surveys (http://www.amazon.com/Ask-Counterintuitive-Discover-Customers-Business/dp/1939447720/&tag=smartpassiveincome-20). Do you have a question about setting up your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ...more

  • AP 0689: Is Giving Away a Free Ebook a Good Idea?

    Sep 09 2016

    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 provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. The conversion tool I recommend is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a question about emai...more

  • AP 0688: How Do You Plan Your Editorial Calendar?

    Sep 08 2016

    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 Maron (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/keep-your-editorial-calendar-ahead/). The two biggest tools we use are CoSchedule (http://askpat.com/coschedule/) and Google Sheets (https://www.google.com/sheets/about/). Check out my book club at http:...more

  • AP 0687: How Do I Create a Video Podcast?

    Sep 07 2016

    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.podcastingtutorial.com). For hosting, my favorite audio hosts are Libysn (http://www.libsyn.com) and Buzzsprout (http://www.buzzsprout.com); my favorite video podcast host is Podbean (http://www.podbean.com). The download tool I mention is ClipConverter (http://w...more

  • AP 0686: How Important Is It to Thank Readers?

    Sep 06 2016

    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.garyvaynerchuk.com/). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0685: Why Doesn't Your Home Page Have a Feature Box?

    Sep 05 2016

    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 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/conversion-strategies/). Do you have a question about web design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more info...more

  • AP 0684: Should I Worry about Spam Bots Filling My Email List?

    Sep 02 2016

    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 provider ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my free resource, Email the Smart Way, which will teach you what content to include in your email ...more

  • AP 0683: How Do You Distribute AskPat T-Shirts?

    Sep 01 2016

    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, we use Speakpipe (http://speakpipe.com). Do you have a question about using promotional materials? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get start...more

  • AP 0682: What Content Does My Niche Website Need?

    Aug 31 2016

    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 tool to use is the Google Keyword Planner (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner). The Google search trick I recommend is to enter the following for a forum website (replace "forumwebsite.com" with the URL for the site you want to search): s...more

  • AP 0681: What Did You Learn from Michael Port's Public Speaking Course?

    Aug 30 2016

    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 Toastmasters (https://www.toastmasters.org/) for improving your public speaking. Do you have a question about public speaking? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers...more

  • AP 0680: I Just Started My Blog. What Should I Do to Get Started the Right Way?

    Aug 29 2016

    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-hosting (http://www.askpat.com/bluehost). I'm an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a...more

  • AP 0679: I'm an Introvert. How Do I Overcome My Fear of Speaking to My Potential Customers?

    Aug 26 2016

    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 this episode, I mention Darren Rowse from http://www.problogger.net/. Do you have a question about overcoming your fears? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat"...more

  • AP 0678: If I Change Careers, Does that Mean I Wasted Time Earning My Professional Degree?

    Aug 25 2016

    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? Do you have a question about your career? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0677: Should I Continue to Submit to StumbleUpon?

    Aug 24 2016

    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 discovery engine (http://www.stumbleupon.com/). Two different tools I recommend for studying and improving your site analytics are Crazy Egg (https://www.crazyegg.com/) and SumoMe (http://www.askpat.com/sumome). Do you have a question about increa...more

  • AP 0676: Who Gets Affiliate Commission if a User Clicks from Multiple Affiliates?

    Aug 23 2016

    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 my Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 186 on affiliate marketing (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session186). Check out my guide on Affiliate Marketing, Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way (http://affiliatemarketingthesmartway.com). Do you h...more

  • AP 0675: Can I Use the Same Content on Multiple Content and Social Media Channels?

    Aug 22 2016

    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 podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about your marketing and social media efforts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iu...more

  • AP 0674: How Do I Keep Track of My Sales?

    Aug 19 2016

    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 Accounting (http://www.profitwiseaccounting.com/). Today's sponsor, Freshbooks, is an excellent tool for your bookkeeping (http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat"). Stripe is an excellent tool for collecting credit cards and keeping track of the ...more

  • AP 0673: Are Video Podcasts a Good Idea?

    Aug 18 2016

    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/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0672: Are Vending Machines Smart Passive Income?

    Aug 17 2016

    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 business, share your experience on Twitter with #AskPat672. Do you have a question about different business models? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubend...more

  • AP 0671: Should I Drip My Course Content?

    Aug 16 2016

    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://strategicstartup.com/. Do you have a question about structuring your course content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0670: Is It Possible for Someone to Replicate Your Success?

    Aug 15 2016

    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/. Share your thoughts on Twitter with the hashtag #AskPat670. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0669: How Do You Choose What to Outsource?

    Aug 12 2016

    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 (http://askpat.com/virtualstafffinder). Check out Chris Ducker's book Virtual Freedom for advice (and his Three Lists of Freedom exercise) (http://askpat.com/vf). Do you have a question about outsourcing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. T...more

  • AP 0668: How Do I Improve My Email List's Open Rate?

    Aug 11 2016

    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://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0667: Should I Re-Record Old Podcast Episodes?

    Aug 10 2016

    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 podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubenda will help you cre...more

  • AP 0666: Should I Update the Publish Dates on Old Posts on My Blog?

    Aug 09 2016

    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, where Todd Tresidder and I discussed content audits (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session200). Here's the updated post I discuss: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-most-important-conversation-ive-had-about-my-business-ever/. Do you have a quest...more

  • AP 0665: Should I Outsource My Social Media Workload?

    Aug 08 2016

    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 (https://meetedgar.com/). Another option is Hootsuite (https://hootsuite.com/). Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. i...more

  • AP 0664: How Do I Keep Students from Sharing My Ebook?

    Aug 05 2016

    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-stamping). Share your experience on Twitter using #AskPat664. Do you have a question about ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcro...more

  • AP 0663: How Has Your Work Schedule Changed as You Became Successful?

    Aug 04 2016

    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 about time management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0662: What Process Do You Use for Planning Projects?

    Aug 03 2016

    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 validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about project planning? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, DesignCrowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go...more

  • AP 0661: How Do I Get Influencers to Respond to My Emails?

    Aug 02 2016

    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 is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

  • AP 0660: I Feel Overwhelmed. How Important Is Keyword Research to Getting My Business Started?

    Aug 01 2016

    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 Smart Passive Income Episode 145 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session145). Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecrui...more

  • AP 0659: How Do I Create a Good Design Contest?

    Jul 29 2016

    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/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0658: Why Do You Set Up URL Redirects for New Projects?

    Jul 28 2016

    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 about your website setup? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0657: How Do I Encourage My Listeners to Record Their Questions?

    Jul 27 2016

    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 this episode, use #AskPat657 on Twitter. The tool that Jason references (and the one that I use for AskPat) is Speakpipe (http://www.askpat.com/speakpipe). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Toda...more

  • AP 0656: My Niche Involves the Use of Dangerous Equipment. How Do I Protect My Business Legally?

    Jul 26 2016

    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 the legal side of your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0655: What Are the Best Practices for Conducting Interviews Over Skype?

    Jul 25 2016

    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 interviewing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0654: How Can I Run a Weekly Q&A?

    Jul 22 2016

    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/gotowebinar). The other tools I recommend are WebinarNinja (https://webinarninja.co/; use discount code "patflynn") and Huzza (https://huzza.io/). The WordPress plugin I mention is Pretty Link (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/). Do you...more

  • AP 0653: Should I Send Email Subscribers to YouTube or to My Website?

    Jul 21 2016

    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 about sharing your content with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0652: How Do I Keep Work and Personal Separate on Facebook?

    Jul 20 2016

    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 social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0651: What Content Do I Send to My Podcast's Email List?

    Jul 19 2016

    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://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Learn about Teachable's "Crazy Eight Email Strategy" (http://blog.teachable.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-launching-your-online-course). To learn more about email management, go to http://emailthesmartway.com. Do you have...more

  • AP 0650: How Do I Become a Good Guest Blogger?

    Jul 18 2016

    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 blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0649: Why Are You an Advisor to Other Companies?

    Jul 15 2016

    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 relationship? Adam's site is http://morningroar.com/. Do you have a question about your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from custome...more

  • AP 0648: Can I Podcast in English? It's Not My First Language.

    Jul 14 2016

    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 recommend is the AudioTechnica ATR 2100. For more on starting a podcast, check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about starting a podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor...more

  • AP 0647: Are Job Boards a Good Monetization Strategy?

    Jul 13 2016

    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) and the Indeed Publisher Program (http://www.indeed.com/publisher). Do you have a question about monetizing your niche site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their des...more

  • AP 0646: Should I Delete or Update My Old Podcasts?

    Jul 12 2016

    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 Smart Passive Income Podcast #200 with Todd Tresidder (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-do-a-content-audit-with-todd-tresidder/). Do you have a question about managing your site's content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Tod...more

  • AP 0645: How Do I Set Up a Special WordPress Category Archive?

    Jul 11 2016

    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.com/upwork). Do you have a question about setting up your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0644: Have You Used Infusionsoft?

    Jul 08 2016

    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-infusionsoft-to-convertkit/. My affiliate link for ConvertKit is http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0643: How Do I Schedule the Goals I Want to Achieve?

    Jul 07 2016

    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 Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Do you have a question about productivity? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0642: What Are the Must-Haves for Starting a Podcast?

    Jul 06 2016

    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); Buzzsprout (http://buzzsprout.com) or Libsyn (http://libsyn.com); My podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com); AudioTechnica ATR 2100 microphone; Audacity (http://www.audacityteam.org/); Studiopress (http://www....more

  • AP 0641: Should My Course Use a Facebook Group for Comments and Questions?

    Jul 05 2016

    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 about courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0640: Should My Podcast Share My Brick-and-Mortar Business's Website?

    Jul 04 2016

    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 website? Joel's site is http://lifestylechirocenter.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0639: Can I Start a Business but Stay Anonymous?

    Jul 01 2016

    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 Stampylongnose (https://www.youtube.com/user/stampylonghead), Ballistic Squid (https://www.youtube.com/user/iBallisticSquid), and The Blog Tyrant (http://www.blogtyrant.com/). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpa...more

  • AP 0638: What Are Your Favorite Live Events and Conferences?

    Jun 30 2016

    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 Marketing World: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/ Podcast Movement: http://podcastmovement.com/ FinCon: https://finconexpo.com/ Smart Success Summit: http://smartsuccess.com/ See my speaking page: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/s...more

  • AP 0637: How Do I Put My Podcast on My Website?

    Jun 29 2016

    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, check out my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Your podcast host (like Libsyn), will offer you a podcast player to use. The other two WordPress plugins I mention are Powerpress (http://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress...more

  • AP 0636: Is Your Affiliate Income a Realistic Goal?

    Jun 28 2016

    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 you have a question about passive income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0635: I Have a Quality Product But a Small Fan Base. How Should I Promote My Product?

    Jun 27 2016

    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.amyporterfield.com/) and Rick Mulready (http://rickmulready.com/). Do you have a question about promoting your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0634: When Is the Best Time to Post on Social Media?

    Jun 24 2016

    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 the HubSpot infographic I mentioned here (http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-times-post-pin-tweet-social-media-infographic). Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Find me on social media! My user...more

  • AP 0633: How Much Traffic Do I Need to Meet My Advertising Revenue Goal?

    Jun 23 2016

    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 business around test preparation, which is how I got started with passive income. I reference my friend Cornelius from PM Prepcast (https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/). For advice on validating your idea for a business, check out my new ...more

  • AP 0632: How Should I Promote Affiliate Products?

    Jun 22 2016

    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 affiliate landing page I discuss is http://askpat.com/bluehost. Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my guide on affiliate marketing at http://affiliatemarketingthesmartway.com.

  • AP 0631: How Do I Make the Most of My Mailing List for My Community Site?

    Jun 21 2016

    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/. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0630: I'm Just Starting My Website. What Should I Do First?

    Jun 20 2016

    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 (http://askpat.com/aweber) and LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). My recommended website host is Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about starting your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0629: Should I Create a Launch Team for My Podcast?

    Jun 17 2016

    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://podcastingtutorial.com/. Do you have a question about podcast launches? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0628: What Content Should I Share After My Kickstarter?

    Jun 16 2016

    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://www.andhegames.com/. Do you have a question about content creation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0627: Is My Niche Too Narrow?

    Jun 15 2016

    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 it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

  • AP 0626: How Do You Record Your Podcast Intros?

    Jun 14 2016

    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. Do you have a question about recording? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpa...more

  • AP 0625: Is YouTube Worth My Time?

    Jun 13 2016

    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/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0624: Can My Email Subject Line Impact Click-Through Rates?

    Jun 10 2016

    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 question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

  • AP 0623: How Do You Stay Focused on a Big Project?

    Jun 09 2016

    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 (http://www.the1thing.com/). Do you have a question about managing projects? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Earth Class Mail. Earth Class Mail brings your snail mail to the cloud. Go to https://www.earthclassmail.com/pa...more

  • AP 0622: Do I Need LeadPages to Deliver Free Downloads to My Readers?

    Jun 08 2016

    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 Porterfield offers downloadable content (http://amyporterfield.com/). The WordPress plugin I mention is Pretty Link (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/). Do you have a question about how to provide content to your audience? Record it at...more

  • AP 0621: What Should Teenagers Know about Building Online Businesses?

    Jun 07 2016

    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 getting started in online business while still in school. Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" ...more

  • AP 0620: How Do I Encourage Followers to Subscribe to My Facebook Fan Page?

    Jun 06 2016

    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 Facebook for your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0619: How Do I Know How Well My Site Is Doing?

    Jun 03 2016

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0618: If I Buy a Website, How Does the Transfer Process Work?

    Jun 02 2016

    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/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

  • AP 0617: How Do I Convert a Word Document into a Professional PDF?

    Jun 01 2016

    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 designers, try our sponsor today or Upwork (http://upwork.com) or Fiverr (http://fiverr.com). Do you have a question about creating ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working ...more

  • AP 0616: What Tools Do You Use in Your Whiteboard Videos?

    May 31 2016

    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, I recommend Screenflow for Mac (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm) or Camtasia for PCs (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). I also use the pen tool in Omnidazzle (http://omnidazzle.en.softonic.com/mac). Do you have a ques...more

  • AP 0615: How Do I Quickly Bring in New Clients?

    May 30 2016

    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.com), as well as my own videographer, Caleb Wojcik (http://www.calebwojcik.com/). Do you have a question about bringing in business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integr...more

  • AP 0614: How Can I Get More Views for My Video Podcast?

    May 27 2016

    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, I discuss the Mixergy podcast (https://mixergy.com/interviews/) and Eventual Millionaire (http://eventualmillionaire.com/blog/). Do you have a question about videos? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. ...more

  • AP 0613: How Did You Write Your Book?

    May 26 2016

    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://willitflybook.com). In this episode, I talk about the writing program Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php). The transcription tool that I used is Rev (http://rev.com). You can find the SPI TV playlist on YouTube at http://www.smart...more

  • AP 0612: How Do I Create Good Content?

    May 25 2016

    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://ebooksthesmartway.com). Do you have a question about content creation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

  • AP 0611: Will a Film Audience Cross Genres?

    May 24 2016

    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 31 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session31). Do you have a question about connecting with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated market...more

  • AP 0610: How Passive Is Your Income Really?

    May 23 2016

    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 boo, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about passive income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0609: Can I Use Upwork to Find Business Partners?

    May 20 2016

    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 Elance and oDesk (http://upwork.com). I share my advice for vetting contractors on Upwork. Do you have a question about finding business partners? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0608: What Should I Do When My Competitor Joins My Email List?

    May 19 2016

    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? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0607: Can I Rank on Google with Only a Landing Page?

    May 18 2016

    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.amyporterfield.com/). Do you have a question about starting your new business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0606: Should I Separate the Brands of My Business and Podcast?

    May 17 2016

    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 question about marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

  • AP 0605: How Do I Convert Podcast Listeners into Website Visitors?

    May 16 2016

    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://www.amyporterfield.com/), as well as the LeadPages podcast, ConversionCast (http://podcast.leadpages.net/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go...more

  • AP 0604: Someone Is Copying Your Website.

    May 13 2016

    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 have a question about starting your own business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

  • AP 0603: Help! I Have Trouble Sticking with My Ideas.

    May 12 2016

    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 question about getting a new business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.c...more

  • AP 0602: Why Didn't You Use BlogTalk Radio?

    May 11 2016

    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 about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0601: How Do I Know the Niche I've Chosen Is Good?

    May 10 2016

    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 question about keyword research? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0600: Does ConvertKit Replace LeadPages?

    May 09 2016

    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 Passive Income Podcast interview with Clay Collins (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session78). To enter to win the AskPat t-shirt, send a tweet with #AskPat600 by 05/15. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpa...more

  • AP 0599: I Have Two Hours Per Day to Build My Business. What Should I Work On?

    May 06 2016

    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 you have a question about prioritizing your time? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0598: I've Spent Too Much Money on Courses. Where Do I Find Partners for Joint Ventures?

    May 05 2016

    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), Youpreneur from Chris Ducker (http://www.chrisducker.com/youpreneur/), Michael Hyatt's Platform University (https://platformuniversity.com/influence/), and Fizzle (http://askpat.com/fizzle). Do you have a question about getting started in online bus...more

  • AP 0597: How Do I Make My Website More Professional?

    May 04 2016

    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://safetysolutionsacademy.com/. In this episode, I recommend finding developers on Upwork (http://upwork.com). If you have experience with the tool, Magento, that Paul mentions, share your advice with #AskPat597. Do you have a question about improving your web...more

  • AP 0596: Should I Use Blog Post Excerpt Email Subscriptions?

    May 03 2016

    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.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0595: How Do I Prepare My Audience For My Paid Offerings

    May 02 2016

    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 sell to your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0594: How Do I Find Sponsors For My Podcasts?

    Apr 29 2016

    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 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session180). I work with The Midroll for some of podcast sponsorship (http://www.midroll.com/). Do you have a question about podcast sponsorships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbo...more

  • AP 0593: How Do I Monetize My Website?

    Apr 28 2016

    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 issues, I recommend WP Curve (http://wpcurve.com/) and/or start using Securi (https://sucuri.net/). I recommend creating a course on Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/). Do you have a question about monetizing your website? Record it at http://www.askpat....more

  • AP 0592: Can I Build a Business Around Affiliate Sales?

    Apr 27 2016

    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 have a question about affiliate sales? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to http://www.harrys.com/ and use the promo code "AskPat."

  • AP 0591: Is Keyword Research Still a Good Way to Find Business Ideas?

    Apr 26 2016

    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 validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0590: Can I Invite a Competitor to Join My Mastermind Group?

    Apr 25 2016

    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 in the same mastermind group (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session180). Do you have a question about masterminds? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to htt...more

  • AP 0589: Do I Need Two Separate Websites?

    Apr 22 2016

    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 the same site as the music content? Brendon's site is http://www.claimthethrone.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shavi...more

  • AP 0588: What Should I Include in My Podcast Pre-Launch Strategy?

    Apr 21 2016

    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 book launches, but absolutely applies to launching a podcast (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session198). I also mention the ConversionCast podcast (http://podcast.leadpages.net/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www...more

  • AP 0587: Is It Okay to Sell Without Providing Free Content?

    Apr 20 2016

    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 marketing your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0586: How Do I Get People to Use My Site?

    Apr 19 2016

    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 unique selling proposition from my book, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about marketing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shav...more

  • AP 0585: Will My Name Hurt My Business?

    Apr 18 2016

    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 different name professionally (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv/how-sean-mccabe-focused-his-way-into-entrepreneurship/). Do you have a question about starting your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for ...more

  • AP 0584: What's a Good Email Open Rate?

    Apr 15 2016

    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://nathanbarry.com/). Do you have a question about email marketing. Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. I would so appreciate an honest review of the AskPat Podcast in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/askpat-your-online-business/id806364627?m...more

  • AP 0583: How Do I Offer Exclusive Content to My Email Subscribers?

    Apr 14 2016

    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 episode I talk about my favorite email service provider, ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit) and a great tool for sign up forms, LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Check out Episode 78 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast to learn about rapi...more

  • AP 0582: How Should I Market an Expensive Trip to My Audience?

    Apr 13 2016

    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 Tropical Think Tank (http://www.chrisducker.com/ttt/). Do you have a question about marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0581: How Can I Get Facebook Influencers to Share My Content?

    Apr 12 2016

    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 you have a question about networking with influencers? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0580: How Do I Deal with Competition Who Has the Same Name?

    Apr 11 2016

    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 competition? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out the Audible audiobook version my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0579: How Do I Expand My Professional Network?

    Apr 08 2016

    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 Launch course (http://askpat.com/ztl). The conferences I recommend are Social Media Marketing World (http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/), Podcast Movement (http://podcastmovement.com/), FinCon (https://finconexpo.com/), and Traffic and Conve...more

  • AP 0578: Should I Repurpose My Content on Other Sites Like Medium or Quora?

    Apr 07 2016

    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://thecasualcapitalist.com. In this episode, Glenn and I discuss Medium (http://www.medium.com), Quora (http://www.quora.com) and Anchor (https://anchor.fm/). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Fre...more

  • AP 0577: How Do I Manage Affiliate Payments?

    Apr 06 2016

    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 episode, I mention setting up swipe copy pages with integrations for Infusionsoft (http://askpat.com/infusionsoft), Ontraport (https://ontraport.com/), and Active Campaign (http://www.activecampaign.com/). Gumroad (http://gumroad.com) is another s...more

  • AP 0576: Which Email Service Provider Should I Use?

    Apr 05 2016

    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? Alexia’s site is http://capitalizesocial.com. Alexia mentions two episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, Session 159 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/autoresponder-email-best-practices/) and Session 185 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com...more

  • AP 0575: Should I Claim Social Media Accounts If I Won’t Use Them Right Away?

    Apr 04 2016

    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 media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

  • AP 0574: I’m a Musician. How Can I Grow My Email List?

    Apr 01 2016

    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.periscope.tv/) and Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/) as good ways to build engagement for an audience like Applejaxx has. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have a podcast, check out the Smar...more

  • AP 0573: Can I Have More Than One Target Customer Type?

    Mar 31 2016

    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 1,000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). Do you have a question about determining who your customers are? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "A...more

  • AP 0572: Can I Include Interviews in a Paid Product?

    Mar 30 2016

    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 Pipedrive, the customer relationship management tool for small teams. Check out https://www.pipedrive.com/pat to get started.

  • AP 0571: How Can I Convert Facebook Fans Into Customers?

    Mar 29 2016

    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://smartpassiveincome.com/session178). I also recommend validating ideas using exercises in my new book, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about selling to your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today...more

  • AP 0570: How Do I Create Video Tutorials?

    Mar 28 2016

    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 videos, I recommend using Screenflow (http://askpat.com/screenflow) or Camtasia (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). For drawing in Mac programs, I use OmniDazzle (http://omnidazzle.en.softonic.com/mac) and a Wacom tablet (http://askpat.com/tab...more

  • AP 0569: How Do I Stay Safe While Sharing Personal Stories Online?

    Mar 25 2016

    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 question about blogging and personal safety? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. The audiobook for my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, is available now at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0568: Should I Use Images in My Marketing and Autoresponder Emails?

    Mar 24 2016

    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 email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0567: How Can I Improve My Live Chats with Customers?

    Mar 23 2016

    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 Podcast with Trevor Page (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/blog-ebook-membership-site/). Do you have a question about improving your interactions with fans and customers? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Pipedrive, the cu...more

  • AP 0566: What Should I Track for My New Podcast?

    Mar 22 2016

    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 is http://emailthesmartway.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Pipedrive, the customer relationship management tool for small teams. Check out https://www.pipedrive.com/pat to get...more

  • AP 0565: How Do I Grow My Site's Traffic Beyond One Million Visitors?

    Mar 21 2016

    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 is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat to get your 30-day free trial. The Will It Fly? audiobook is now available through Audible! Check it out at http://willitflybook.com

  • AP 0564: How Many Podcast Episodes Do I Launch With? How Do I Schedule Episodes?

    Mar 18 2016

    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 (https://www.buzzsprout.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free.

  • AP 0563: Can My Video Podcast Double as an Audio Podcast?

    Mar 17 2016

    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 (https://www.youtube.com/user/smartpassiveincome). Do you have a question about video podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0562: I Have a Local Business. Do I Need a Second Website When I Expand Into Online Business?

    Mar 16 2016

    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.com/. In this episode I mention Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 37 with Lain Ehmann (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session37) Do you have a question about expanding a local business into an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.c...more

  • AP 0561: Is It Worth Hiring a Podcast Editor?

    Mar 15 2016

    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 (http://www.twentyfoursound.com/), Music Radio Creative (http://www.musicradiocreative.com/), and Upwork (https://www.upwork.com/). If you're just getting a podcast started, check out my free podcasting tutorial (http://podcastingtutorial.com). Do yo...more

  • AP 0560: How Do I Hire an Executive Assistant Who Lives Near Me?

    Mar 14 2016

    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. Connect with Jessica on Twitter at https://twitter.com/galfriday612! Here is a coworking directory to help you find coworking spaces in your area: http://wiki.coworking.org/w/page/29303049/Directory. Do you have a question about hiring members f...more

  • AP 0559: How Do I Switch My Podcast Feed to SoundCloud?

    Mar 11 2016

    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 different podcast hosts, Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/), SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/), BuzzSprout (https://www.buzzsprout.com/), and Podbean (http://podbean.com/). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.co...more

  • AP 0558: How Do I Monetize My Website?

    Mar 10 2016

    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 Sessions 192, 193, and 194: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session192 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session193 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session194 A good tool for podcast monetization is Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/). I cover Patr...more

  • AP 0557: Is It Okay to Build a For-Profit Website Around My Kids?

    Mar 09 2016

    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 you have thoughts on this topic, share them on Twitter using #AskPat557. Do you have a question about the intersection between your business and your family? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Pipedrive, the customer relatio...more

  • AP 0556: How Do I Add Forms and Pop-Ups to My Website?

    Mar 08 2016

    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 are the tools I recommend in this episode: SumoMe (http://askpat.com/sumome) Rapidology (https://www.rapidology.com/) OptinMonster (http://optinmonster.com/) LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages) Do you have a question about your w...more

  • AP 0555: How Can I Improve My Podcasting Delivery?

    Mar 07 2016

    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: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSongbirdtree). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app ...more

  • AP 0554: How Do I Get Started in Online Business?

    Mar 04 2016

    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/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0553: How Much Do I Charge for Podcast Sponsorships?

    Mar 03 2016

    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 188 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/patreon-a-potential-alternative-for-generating-an-income-online/). I use The Midroll for podcast sponsorships (http://www.midroll.com/). Do you have a question about monetizing your podcast? Record it at http:...more

  • AP 0552: How Do I Clean My Email List?

    Mar 02 2016

    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. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0551: Is Infobarrel Still a Good Way to Make Passive Income?

    Mar 01 2016

    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 passive income. There are three episodes in the series, Smart Passive Income Podcast No. 192–194: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session192 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session193 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session194 I would reco...more

  • AP 0550: Can a Solopreneur Sell Their Business?

    Feb 29 2016

    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/. Today's sponsor is Earth Class Mail. Earth Class Mail brings your snail mail to the cloud. Go to https://www.earthclassmail.com/pat to get your first month free.

  • AP 0549: Do I Need Insurance for My Online Business?

    Feb 26 2016

    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.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0548: How Do I Get My Social Media Ready for a New Business?

    Feb 25 2016

    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 business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

  • AP 0547: Should I Narrow My eCommerce Site's Offering?

    Feb 24 2016

    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 Optimizely (https://www.optimizely.com/). Learn more about retargeting, which I discuss with Kimra Luna in Smart Passive Income Episode 181 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session181). Do you have a question about selling online? Record it at htt...more

  • AP 0546: How Long Should Email Autoresponders Last?

    Feb 23 2016

    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 you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information. Check out Lain Ehmann's Biz to Book (http://biztobook.com/...more

  • AP 0545: Is WordPress The Best Platform For An Online Business?

    Feb 22 2016

    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 David online at https://twitter.com/mindfulmeanings. David has previously used Weebly (http://www.weebly.com/). WordPress is what I typically recommend (https://wordpress.org/). Share your thoughts on platforms on Twitter using #AskPat545. Do you hav...more

  • AP 0544: I'm Afraid of Failing. When Should I Start?

    Feb 19 2016

    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 is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0543: How Long Should I Test Web Tools?

    Feb 18 2016

    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 website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free.

  • AP 0542: Why Did You Start An LLC?

    Feb 18 2016

    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 question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

  • AP 0541: How Do I Choose Between Creating a Lead Magnet or an Epic Post?

    Feb 16 2016

    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 content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Pipedrive, the customer relationship management tool for small teams. Check out https://www.pipedrive.com/pat to get started.

  • AP 0540: I'm Starting A Website. Where Should I Spend My Money?

    Feb 15 2016

    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.jamesjenneman.com/. The conference James references is the LeadPages Converted conference (http://converted.com/conference/). The course James mentions is Ramit Sethi's Zero to Launch (http://askpat.com/ztls). Jamie Tardy Masters has a coaching course c