The Smart Passive Income Online Business and Blogging Podcast

By Pat Flynn

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 Mar 13, 2019

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Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. Discover how you can create multiple passive income streams that work for you so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love, whether it's traveling the world, or just living comfortably at home. Since 2008, he's been supporting his family with his many online businesses, and he's been openly sharing his wins, his losses, and all the lessons in between with the community of energetic but humble entrepreneurs who follow him. Self-proclaimed "crash test dummy of online business", you'll learn about building authority online, email marketing, building a team and outsourcing, content marketing, podcasting, search engine optimization, niche sites, social media strategies, how to get more traffic, creating online courses, affiliate marketing, and productivity tips so that you create something amazing without burning yourself out. It's a mix of interviews, special co-hosts and solo shows from Pat you're not going to want to miss. Hit subscribe, and get ready to change your life.

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SPI 601: How to Get the BEST Testimonials for Your Products, Hands Down
00:35:43

#601 How do you build trust with someone who’s just visiting your website? How do you connect and convert them into paying customers right then and there? In business, we often have so many big ideas that we forget to go back to the tried and true fundamentals, like gathering testimonials from our audience. Today I’m chatting with Casey Hill, the Head of Growth at Bonjoro. They've created a testimonial tool that I think is absolutely revolutionary. Imagine this, you send a link to a customer of yours, and it then prompts them with the exact questions that lead to the most fruitful text or video testimonials and case studies that you could ever ask for. But what does a good testimonial even look like? When is the best time to ask for testimonials, and what are the precise questions you should ask? Casey shares all of this along with some massive tips you can use in your business, no matter which tools you use. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session601.

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Aug 10, 2022
SPI 600: Always Keep Casting - Thanks for 600!
00:13:43

#600 Episode 600. Wow! I really appreciate all of you and a big thank you for helping me get here! We usually like to do something big for these milestone episodes, but I’m flying solo today. I have a fishing story for you that's actually a business analogy because that’s what I do. I'll get into a hobby because I enjoy it. And then I take my business experience and lay it over on top. So, there are going to be days when you do everything right. You have the right line, you have the right bait, you have the right location. You're doing all the same motions that everybody else is doing. And you're getting nothing. Why is that? What can we do about it? Well, I have some tips for you today, so join me for this milestone episode. Again, a huge thank you to all of you, and Team Flynn for the win! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session600.

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Aug 05, 2022
SPI 599: Rewire Your Mind for Growth with Natasha Graziano
00:40:56

#599 How do you keep getting back up after being knocked down again and again? Natasha was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and living in a hostel with her son, but everything changed for her when she started serving others. This is an incredible survival story and we’re going to hear the whole thing today from Natasha Graziano. If you need motivation, I guarantee this episode will help you overcome whatever challenges you’re facing. Natasha helps people realize their full potential. She is a bestselling author, mindset coach, and the Forbes #1 Female Motivational Speaker Under 40. We covered a lot of ground in this interview, everything from neuroscience to overcoming impostor syndrome and taking the woo-woo out of the law of attraction. We also get some of the valuable lessons Natasha has learned while growing her Instagram page to eleven million followers! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session599.

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Aug 03, 2022
SPI 598: How to Run a Business as a Couple with Finley Robinson
00:26:12

#598 It’s becoming more common to see couples not just starting a family but also starting businesses together. But is going into business with your spouse or partner a good idea? Finley Robinson is taking over the show today to talk about his experience working with his wife, Brooke. They run B•TRIBAL•FIT together, and Finley has come up with a three-point process for couples considering this kind of lifestyle: simplifying your priorities, having the discipline to stay in your lane, and finding your own balancing act. You’ll get an in-depth exploration of each of these points in this episode. Finely also shares how he and his wife handle the “wow” and the “how” that have made their business a success. These Teaching Friday episodes, hosted by members of SPI Pro, are jam-packed with actionable tips. This one is no exception. Listen in to find out how to run a business as a couple while preserving your relationship. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session598.

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Jul 29, 2022
SPI 597: How This 12-Year-Old Built and Sold His First Business
00:21:58

#597 When I was at Social Media Marketing World earlier this year, I heard something that just blew me away. It was the story of a 10-year-old who started his first business and sold it for $15,000 three months later. Today on the show, we get the complete story and a heavy dose of inspiration from Ryland Dixon himself. Ryland is now twelve years old, and he joins me on the show to give us a wonderful inside look at his membership site, Bible Builds. You’ll get to hear how Ryland came up with his business idea, and we talk about the challenges and lessons learned along the way. That’s not all, though. We also get a first look at Ryland’s new venture, Kid Business Club. He already has something else in the works, and the way he’s thinking about promoting this new business is insanely creative. Ryland is a super smart kid and this is an inspiring interview for us all! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session597.

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Jul 27, 2022
SPI 596: How to Craft Irresistible Offers with Karthik Vijayakumar
00:24:23

#596 What if you had an offer people just couldn’t refuse? And no, I don’t mean going all The Godfather on your audience. I’m talking about making your products and services irresistible. Karthik Vijayakumar is talking over the show today to teach us his simple three-step copywriting process. He is the host of the Launch Plan podcast, creator of the Sales Copy Mastery series, and the founder of Design Your Thinking. Karthik will walk you through the exact steps you need to take to craft an irresistible offer. This is another installment in our Teaching Friday series, where we invite members of the SPI Pro community to share their expertise with our listeners. By the end of the episode, you'll be able to apply what you’ve learned to websites, sales pages, email campaigns, social media posts, and wherever else you connect with your audience. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session596.

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Jul 22, 2022
SPI 595: Proving the Riches Are in the Niches with Matt Giovanisci
00:44:50

#595 There’s no shortage of business strategies out there. But what if you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to stick? The key is adapting these tactics to your niche, your business, your audience. When Matt Giovanisci finally did that, his business skyrocketed. Now he’s the absolute authority in his niche and he’s bringing in hundreds of new subscribers per day. So what’s the business? Pool maintenance. Yes, pool maintenance! We always say the riches are in the niches. Matt is a classic example of that, and today we get to hear his whole story. We talk about the simple strategy that changed everything for him, selling digital and physical products, opting out of new trends, and much more. It was a fascinating chat with loads of actionable advice for us. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session595.

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Jul 20, 2022
SPI 594: How to Heal Burnout with Valerie Hamaker
00:29:55

#594 As an entrepreneur, you’re creating something special and carving your own path. That isn’t always easy. You’re likely putting a lot of pressure on yourself and likely setting yourself up to experience some degree of burnout. Valerie Hamaker is a professional counselor, private practice owner, and host of the Generation Xhausted podcast. She’s taking over the show today to share her fantastic eight-step process for healing and managing burnout. These Teaching Friday episodes, hosted by members of SPI Pro, are jam-packed with actionable tips and this one is no exception. Valerie sees burnout as a symptom of being estranged from where we're supposed to be in our lives. We’re very lucky to have her walk us through every step we need to take to begin the healing process and come out on the other end with a new perspective. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session594.

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Jul 15, 2022
SPI 593: Inside an Audience Member’s Business & How It Works with Greg Langston
00:35:34

#593 College is expensive. Shoker, I know. But did you know that the “four-year degree” is basically a myth at this point? Fewer than 40% of students graduate in four years. For most, it takes six years to earn a bachelor’s degree. College Flight Plan helps students discover their strengths, values, and goals and save between $50K and $160K. Greg Langston is on the show today to walk us through how the program works and to give us an inside look at the business behind it. He tells us about the process of getting high-school students to plan ahead and the surprising transformations that have often shocked parents. These are steps you can take at any stage of your life to set and achieve goals. Greg also talks about how SPI Pro has helped him develop his pitch to students and parents, and he gives us some great marketing tips. The way he gets effective testimonials that paint a picture of what it’s like to work with him is pure genius! I just had to bring Greg on SPI to learn more about his business and amply his message! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session593.

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Jul 13, 2022
SPI 592: How to Market Mindfully with Daphne Gomez
00:20:58

# 592 Ever feel like your marketing is too salesy? The question is, can you stay true to yourself and still attract customers? You can! In fact, being upfront will likely lead to better results. That’s why Daphne Gomez is taking over the show today to talk about mindful marketing. This is another installment in our Teaching Friday series, where we invite members of SPI Pro to share their expertise with our listeners. Daphne has mindful marketing down to a three-step process: creating your brand values, developing a brand tone of voice, and auditing your current approach with your core values in mind. These practices will help you attract the people you can best serve, the ones who will become your supefans and help you have a bigger impact. Show notes and more at smartpassiveincome.com/session592.

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Jul 08, 2022
SPI 591: Geeking Out on Funnels and High-Ticket Pricing With Rick Mulready
00:43:08

#591 How do people go from first discovering our businesses to investing thousands of dollars with us? You might think that's impossible, but today we talk about the funnels that can get you there. Rick Mulready, from The Art of Online Business Podcast, returns to the show and we go deep on creating relationships with your audience. We start at the moment people first come across your content and go all the way to the ultimate level: high-ticket items your superfans would go nuts for! You're likely serving your audience through courses, but what about the students who want to go deeper with you? You need to go beyond the norm and come up with unique experiences they'd love. We geek out on funnels and pricing and come up with exercises you can use to move your business forward at any level. Show notes and more at smartpassiveincome.com/session591.

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Jul 06, 2022
SPI 590: Share the Platform
00:12:03

#590 In the early days, as Smart Passive Income began to grow, people started asking me if they could guest blog on the site, or guest host on the podcast, and I said no. It took me some time to realize that I was being selfish and actually hurting my brand by closing it to other creators. Your platform doesn't exist for you. It exists to serve your audience. And there are so many people out there with skills and knowledge you don't have, who can help your audience. So you owe it to your audience to share your platform. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session590.

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Jul 01, 2022
SPI 589: I Interview the Other Pat Flynn—Talking Business, Sharing the Same Name, and Generalism
00:36:57

#589 On today’s episode I interview the other Pat Flynn, owner of Chronicles of Strength. I like to call him Kettlebell Pat Flynn. Why did I bring Pat on? Because we wanted to connect and understand what it was like in this world to share the same name as business owners and entrepreneurs, and help those of you who might be struggling with something similar. In this episode Pat and I have some deep philosophical conversations about our approach to business, our approach to generalism and focus, growing too much, and all that kind of stuff. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session589.

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Jun 29, 2022
SPI 588: Entrepreneurship is an Energy Game
00:12:12

#588 I was thinking about something the other day: that success as an entrepreneur is largely a game of energy management. You may remember when we had Jim Collins on the show to talk about his idea of the “20-mile march,” from his book Great by Choice. In the book, Jim talks about the idea of going 20 miles a day, no more and no less, and it's that consistency that'll get you to your goal. Even if you feel like you can do more, you don't because you want to manage that energy and establish a habitual rhythm or cadence. But what about the days when you just don't have the energy? Let's dig in today and talk about what that might look like. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session588.

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Jun 24, 2022
SPI 587: Keenya Kelly update on Tik Tok for Business
00:36:49

#587 Today I’m talking with Keenya Kelly about short-form video platforms. Things like Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts, and specifically TikTok, and how you can use short-form videos to grow your business. Keenya’s been on the podcast before to talk about the environment of short-form video. Many businesses are using them to get more leads and make more money. I ask Keenya some very specific questions about how we can use these platforms—even if you’re just starting from scratch, even if you have zero subscribers—to get in front of new audiences. This is the new form of organic reach, and Keenya’s here to break it down for us. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session587.

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Jun 22, 2022
SPI 586: Excuses
00:15:52

#586 In the 14 years I've been an entrepreneur, I still create excuses about why I can't do certain things or why something I attempt won't work out. So today I want to cover some of the more common excuses that hold back entrepreneurs. This is going to be a great exercise in understanding how people think and how they gut stuck. Because guess what? Your audience, your potential customers or students, may also share the same objections or excuses that are stopping them from working with you or buying from you. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session586.

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Jun 17, 2022
SPI 585: Life as a Parent and an Entrepreneur (Caleb had Twins! Let's catch up)
00:48:21

#585 Today I’m talking with Caleb Wojcik. Caleb and I go way back, and he’s been on the show a couple of times. A while back he talked about creating videos and getting started on YouTube. More recently he came on to talk about SwitchPod, the physical product that we co-invented and co-launched on Kickstarter to the tune of $438,000 from backers. I wanted Caleb to come on the show today for a few reasons. Number one, to give you an update on that company, where it’s at, how it’s doing, and how it’s performing. But more than that, Caleb has another update to share. Recently he and his wife have given birth to twins. They also have a toddler, so parenting has definitely affected Caleb’s work in many different ways. Caleb is here to share honest and real insights on what it's like to be an entrepreneur while raising small children, to give us an update on SwitchPod, and to talk about our new course, YouTube From Scratch. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session585.

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Jun 15, 2022
SPI 584: Book Writing: The Truth
00:14:59

#584 Writing a book and getting it out into the world is one of the hardest things you can do—and one of the most fulfilling. I'm currently working on my next book, titled The Lean Learner. After self-publishing three books, I want to try to get this one in the hands of a traditional publisher. If it works out, it could be an amazing way of expanding my reach into areas I haven't explored yet. And if it doesn't work out? There will still be a lot to learn from having tried. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session584.

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Jun 10, 2022
SPI 583: How to Increase Productivity and Happiness with Plants with Maria Failla
00:43:44

#583 Did you know you can actually increase your productivity, creativity, and happiness simply by having plants in your office or around your house? We spend so much time and money on applications, devices, and other things to help us produce more. Why not simply add a plant? This isn’t just a feng shui situation, if that’s what you’re thinking. There are actual studies and data that prove this. I’m really excited because on today’s show we have Maria Failla. We’re going to talk about her book, her community, her business, and the parallels between growing a garden and growing your business. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session583.

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Jun 08, 2022
SPI 582: Advisorship and Helping Other Companies Grow
00:10:46

#582 Today I want to share what can happen when you combine your superpowers and implement them elsewhere. One of the things I've been doing in the online video space with my new YouTube channel, Deep Pocket Monster, is building relationships. As a result, I've recently had the opportunity to become an advisor and investor in a brand new company. I'm really excited about it—and really excited for you. Why? Because this is the sort of opportunity that might await you as you progress in your business journey. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session582.

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Jun 03, 2022
SPI 581: Behind the Scenes of My Successful New YouTube Channel Venture
00:59:02

#581 For the last year and a half I’ve been talking about my new side hustle. It’s called Deep Pocket Monster, and it’s a YouTube channel in the Pokemon hobby collection space. It’s doing amazingly well, and today I’d like to do a deep dive into how it got started. My special guest on the show is Dan Patrick Norton. Dan is my producer and editor for Deep Pocket Monster. He’s been a part of the SPI community for a very, very long time, and has an incredible story of how he got here and started working with me. I’ll also give you some practical tips for creating and growing a successful YouTube channel. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session581.

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Jun 01, 2022
SPI 580: How to Listen to and Follow Your Intuition with Benjamin Yeh
00:31:57

#580 Benjamin is a business and transformation coach who has realized that the foundation your business is built on is often as important as—if not more important than—how you execute on things. In today's episode, he'll be covering three topics: why your intuition matters, how to follow it, and the action steps that will help you create the outcomes you desire with the help of your intuition. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session580.

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May 27, 2022
SPI 579: How to Easily Monetize Your Knowledge with Graham Cochrane
00:46:28

#579 On today’s show I talk with Graham Cochrane. When he was in college Graham was set on becoming a musician. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. He had to get a job that he didn’t like, and even started living off of food stamps for a while. In this episode you’re going to hear how Graham turned things around, and also how he became successful using YouTube and selling online courses. Now Graham teaches others how to do business. He’s going to give us some of his best business advice. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session579.

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May 25, 2022
SPI 578: How to Use the Power of Myth to Unlock Your Hero's Journey with Daniel Allison
00:19:33

#578 In today's Teaching Friday episode, you're going to learn how to think mythically, to see how ancient stories can reflect your journey through life and business, and gain some insights to help you on your way. Daniel Allison is a bestselling author and oral storyteller. He's going to share a simple yet profound story from Borneo, and along the way he'll stop to discuss how it might apply to your life, your hero's journey. And he'll give you some tools you can use when looking at other stories. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session578.

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May 20, 2022
SPI 577: The Secret to a Wealthy & Simple Life with James Schramko
00:48:27

#577 One of the most common questions I get is, “Pat, do you have a business coach? You coach a lot of people. You have a podcast. You help tens of thousands of people. Do you get help, too?” Absolutely. I think it’s massively important, and today you get to hear from somebody I get weekly coaching from. His name is James Schramko, from SuperFastBusiness. Today we talk about simplification. We talk about lifestyle design, and using your business as the mechanism to design the life you want. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session577.

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May 18, 2022
SPI 576: How to Light the Path for Your Audience with Michael Gerharz
00:23:32

#576 This episode is another Teaching Friday, where we bring in members of our SPI Pro community to teach us about a topic in their area of genius! Today, Dr. Michael Gerharz of Leaders Light the Path shares why it's so important to “light the path” for your audience, so you're not trying to persuade harder, but instead resonating stronger. He shares the three steps you need to take to do that: getting clarity about what you want to be known for, answering the three questions any audience wants answered, and understanding why anyone would want to follow us along the path we've lit for them. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session576.

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May 13, 2022
SPI 575: How to Sell It Like a Mango with Donald C. Kelly
00:42:24

#575 Today I’m joined by Donald C. Kelly. Donald is known as The Sales Evangelist, and his new book Sell It Like a Mango is going to teach us how to close more deals. When I asked why it’s called Sell It Like a Mango, Donald told me about how his parents used to sell mangoes in Jamaica, and how everybody else was also selling mangoes. If everyone’s selling the same thing, how do you succeed? How do you stand out? We’re gonna dive into that today and learn exactly how to become a salesperson whether you have a unique product or not. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session575.

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May 11, 2022
SPI 574: How to Get Started with TikTok for Business with Rose Griffin
00:20:20

#574 In the return of our Teaching Friday series, we welcome Rose Griffin, a speech therapist with her own business at ABA SPEECH, as well as a podcast. Rose loves using and optimizing social media to reach her ideal clients, and she's here today to talk about getting started with using TikTok for your small business. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session574.

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May 06, 2022
SPI 573: The State of Community Building in 2022 with Andy from Circle
00:39:43

#573 Today we’re talking all about community. Leaning into building communities has paid huge dividends for Smart Passive Income. Our guest is Andy Guttormsen, Co-Founder of Circle. Andy has access to 5,000-plus communities, so he knows what’s working and what’s not working for communities in 2022. We’re going to talk about launching and price points. We’re also going to talk about who communities are for, and compare paid communities with free communities. If you have an online business in 2022, and you are thinking about building a community, this is the episode for you. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session573.

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May 04, 2022
SPI 572: How to Turn (Almost) Everything You Touch to Gold
00:12:42

#572 Someone told me the other day, “Pat, everything you touch just seems to turn to gold.” Typically, I would deflect this question, but instead I said, “Well, I only touch things that can turn into gold.” I want to unpack this for you today, by sharing the five-step process I use to make sure I'm only working on things I know have a great chance of succeeding. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session572.

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Apr 29, 2022
SPI 571: Easy SEO for Non-SEO People with Tim Soulo from Ahrefs
00:44:58

#571 Today’s show is probably the most mind blowing, and likely one of the most valuable podcast episodes that you will ever hear. I’m very happy to have Tim Soulo back on the show. Tim is the CMO at Ahrefs, an industry leading search engine optimization (SEO) toolset. If you haven't heard of Ahrefs, it’s software you can use to audit your website and get all kinds of data to help you improve your Google search rankings. Ahrefs is Google Search Console times a hundred. This episode is about simplifying SEO and taking the right approach. You’re going to actually get excited about search engine optimization, and learn how to rank higher and get more search engine traffic to your website. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session571.

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Apr 27, 2022
SPI 570: The Marketing Matrix
00:12:37

#570 Have you ever "matrixed" yourself? If you've seen the movie The Matrix, you know what I mean. It's like waking up to the reality of what's happening out there, and you're able to see things in a different way. And you can apply this idea to the world of marketing! It'll help you understand when you're being sold to, and why marketers do what they do. It's fun—and over the long haul, it'll help you strengthen your own marketing chops. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session570.

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Apr 22, 2022
SPI 569: The BIG Passive Income Opportunity in Payment Processing with David and Patricia Carlin
00:43:51

#569 It always amazes me when I discover new ways people are generating an income. On today's show we will discover a new pocket of the entrepreneurial world. It’s one a lot of us are familiar with, but didn’t know it was a way to make money. Out of all the forms of passive income that I’ve discovered over time, this may be one of the most—if not the most—passive of them all. I’m really excited to introduce this world to you on today’s episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session569.

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Apr 20, 2022
SPI 568: Why Do We Like What We Like?
00:13:50

#568 This past week, I interviewed Samir from Colin and Samir, an awesome podcast duo you can find on YouTube. I love the approach Colin and Samir take with their podcast, and their goal and mission of helping creators by interviewing other creators. In fact, I love it so much that I want to spend some time today talking organically about why I love it, because I think it's really important to do this exercise with things that you enjoy. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session568.

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Apr 15, 2022
SPI 567: The Origin of the Colin & Samir Show - One of YouTube's Most Popular Podcasts
00:50:55

#567 On today’s episode I’m talking with Samir, from Colin and Samir. Their show is my absolute favorite podcast. Colin and Samir have an amazing story. In this episode we unpack their journey, and discover a bunch of new things about how their show came to be. Besides the story behind their success, Samir has some really amazing tips for you. If you are a creator of any type, this episode is definitely one you'll want to pay attention to. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session567

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Apr 13, 2022
SPI 566: The Most Underrated Way to LOCK ATTENTION to Your Brand
00:12:43

#566 On Wednesday I spoke with Jaspreet from Minority Mindset, one of my favorite YouTube channels. I stumbled onto the channel via a YouTube recommendation, watched the video, and got a quick win from some of Jaspreet's helpful mortgage refinancing formulas. That quick win was so helpful that I dove right into everything else the channel had to offer. That's the power of the small, quick win—it can help quickly lock attention to your brand. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session566.

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Apr 08, 2022
SPI 565: Behind the Minority Mindset Brand and Empire with Jaspreet Singh
00:53:42

#565 Today we are talking about different ways to earn passive income. Our special guest on the show is Jaspreet Singh. Jaspreet shares his knowledge about how he started his YouTube channel, Minority Mindset. He’s turned it into an empire, not just through ad revenue, but also by creating a newsletter called Market Briefs, creating products, and selling ad spots in his newsletter. Jaspreet has some amazing words of wisdom for you, especially if you are brand new to the creator economy in 2022. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session 565.

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Apr 06, 2022
SPI 564: I Sold the SPI Podcast
00:15:00

#564 I'm here today with major news. That news is… that you should go check your calendar. To be honest, I'm not that great at this April Fool's thing, so let's just get into the real topic of today's show, shall we? This marketing thing—what would it look like if it were simple, as Tim Ferriss likes to ask? I think it would look like telling stories. If you've helped someone with your product or service, then tell their story. Better yet, let them tell their story. Story and storytelling are so, so important. They're the key to great marketing. We're going to talk about creating a StoryBrand (Donald Miller), telling great stories on TikTok, how to find the “heroes of the story” in your audience, and more. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session564.

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Apr 01, 2022
SPI 563: The 3-Phase Approach that DOUBLED Josh's Revenue Online
00:49:48

#563 Today we’re speaking with Josh Hall, from JoshHall.co. He’s a web designer and web developer. He teaches and coaches people how to create businesses as web designers. Josh was last on the program in episode 456. Since then he’s turned his full-time business into a 2X full-time business, meaning he doubled his revenue. When you think about doubling your business, you think of doubling your conversions or 2X-ing your traffic. That’s not what we’re talking about today. Josh gives us a very specific three-phase approach he used to achieve this. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session563.

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Mar 30, 2022
SPI 562: An Update on My "On the Side" YouTube Channel
00:23:18

#562 Today, I wanted to give you an update on my side hobby/side hustle at Deep Pocket Monster, my Pokémon YouTube channel. Some incredible milestones have happened recently! We passed 100,000 subscribers, I got invited to my first live Pokémon event, and the Pokémon International Company even sent me some cards! But it hasn't been all roses, and so I'm here today to talk about the good and the bad of the journey so far. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session562.

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Mar 25, 2022
SPI 561: How Marketing Has Changed, and What's Working TODAY with Neil Patel
00:40:57

#561 Today we’re going back in time with Neil Patel. Neil’s been on the show once before, but that was six years ago. A lot’s happened since then. It’s not really an interview, but more of a conversation about how business has changed, how marketing has changed, why what worked before doesn’t work anymore, and where are things going. We finish the conversation with probably the most epic piece of advice you could ask for when it comes to starting something new and seeing results. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session561

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Mar 23, 2022
SPI 560: A Special Event You Won't Want to Miss!
00:07:58

#560 This is a really special episode, because we have something very fun to announce! As you probably know, community has been the biggest thing for SPI in the past couple years, especially with the July 2020 launch of SPI Pro, which was a massive positive shift for our entire business and our audience. With that in mind, I want to share an exciting event we're hosting alongside Circle, the company that created the platform we use to host SPI Pro and our SPI Academy for course students. The event is called CX Day, and it's happening on Wednesday, March 23. Community experts on our team and from Circle will be there to share what they know about creating and running a thriving community today. You can sign up at SmartPassiveIncome.com/CXDay. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session560.

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Mar 18, 2022
SPI 559: How to Get More Free Time and Enjoy Your Work More with Jenny Blake
00:43:51

#559 Free time. It’s something we all want more of. Unfortunately, whenever we get more free time we end up filling that free time with more things to do. That keeps us busy, overworked, and overburdened. It can also lead to burnout. That’s the worst thing in the world. When we can’t do our work we can’t serve our audience, let alone the relationships around us. Today we’re speaking with Jenny Blake. Jenny’s been studying and writing about getting more free time in a way that doesn’t hurt us or the businesses we’ve created. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session559

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Mar 16, 2022
SPI 558: The Only Thing You Need to Do
00:12:34

#558 I want to talk about one of the best things—maybe the best thing—you can do if you want to build a business. Having conversations. Everybody talks about creating a minimum viable product, an MVP, but often they forget about the "viable" part. If you want to know if your idea is viable, you need to ask people. You need to have conversations with your target audience. And if you've already started your business and you're not having conversations, why not? They'll help you understand what's working so you don't have to waste your time on stuff that isn't. They'll help you see what else you can do to serve your audience, where to put your time and effort. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session558.

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Mar 11, 2022
SPI 557: Secrets to Starting a Business and Earning Passive Income with Hiten Shah
00:55:47

#557 We’re definitely talking about passive income today with our friend, Hiten Shah. We talk about his new business, and how he’s applied his secrets to his business. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re thinking about starting a business, or you want to make sure your business idea is validated and it’s a perfect product market fit, we’re going to remove the guesswork for you today in this episode. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session557

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Mar 09, 2022
SPI 556: When You Open Your Mind, This Happens
00:15:14

#556 The world works in incredible ways. When you open yourself up to the idea of something, maybe you don't believe it 100% yet, but you at least open yourself up to it, exciting things start coming your way. Many people are talking about things like NFTs and crypto similarly to how we talked about the internet in the early 1990s. And of course, the internet is now an inextricable part of our everyday lives. Today I want to talk a little bit about some things that might seem “out there.” Not because SPI is about to dive headfirst into any of this stuff—but because I think it's important and exciting to be open to what might be possible. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session556.

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Mar 04, 2022
SPI 555: NFTs, Crypto, and its Potential Business Application with Justin and Gene from Braindrops
00:51:49

#555 You’ve probably heard words like, “cryptocurrency,” or the “blockchain,” “Ethereum,” and, of course, “NFTs” a lot lately. It seems to be all the talk within a certain group of people. How can NFTs help artists, and what are some of the rules? What are some of the basics? What are the foundational things that we as regular folk, if you will, can understand about it? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session555

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Mar 02, 2022
SPI 554: Pressure Situations
00:16:40

#554 I started my entrepreneurial journey as a not-so-great communicator. I was most comfortable behind my keyboard, writing for my blog. Today, I'm way more at ease in situations I would have run from a decade ago. I worked my way into someone who could communicate and perform “on the spot.” It didn't happen overnight but gradually, by putting myself in situations that cranked up the pressure: from starting a podcast, to going live on YouTube, to speaking on stage, to doing coaching calls on AskPat 2.0... In today's episode, I share some examples and ideas of ways you can put yourself in pressure situations so you're ready to perform when the moment arrives. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session554.

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Feb 25, 2022
SPI 553: The Art of Making a Living Without Feeling Gross with Chris Do from The Futur
00:51:03

#553 I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Chris Do’s podcast, The Futur. Chris and his podcasts, and his YouTube channels contain a ton of valuable content. Chris teaches us how to position ourselves so that when we sell, we’re not feeling gross. We don’t feel like we’re selling out, or do something that makes us uncomfortable. We also talk about value and where it comes from, how to show others the value you offer, how to get paid on time, and how to use content to support what it is that you are selling. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session553

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Feb 23, 2022
SPI 552: My Personal Money Story
00:16:10

#552 In Wednesday's episode, we chatted with Marisa Pier about the money stories (and other stories!) we tell ourselves that then become our reality. Today, I wanted to talk a little about my own money story, because it's definitely had a role in the difficulty I had with my transition from a nine-to-five to entrepreneurship. As I was getting started as an entrepreneur, I held onto a lot of my money—and it definitely got me in trouble. In order to succeed with my business, I had to get over the idea of “I can't afford it.” Now, instead I'm focused on what's important, the north star, the mission and values here at SPI Media. Because when you do that, the question becomes, “How could I afford not to? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session552.

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Feb 18, 2022
SPI 551: Why Lying to Yourself Helps You Become More Successful with Marisa Peer
00:48:58

#551 Today’s guest is Marisa Peer. She focuses on Rapid Transformational Therapy. She has clients all over the world who are massive celebrities, massive millionaires, and high-performance people. She helps them work out much of what they’re going through. Marisa is going to help us through the struggles and challenges we have around money and business success, entrepreneurship, relationships, and gaining confidence. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session551

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Feb 16, 2022
SPI 550: It's Okay to Not Know
00:11:23

#550: This past episode, I interviewed Eric Wooten from AltaredMarriage.com, who's right in the middle of building his business. As you might have heard in that episode, I asked a lot of questions where Eric was like, "Well, I'm not exactly sure," or, "I'm still trying to figure it out." Today I want to tell you that it's okay if you don't know exactly where you're going, if you haven't figured it all out yet. To be honest, I don't know of any business owner or entrepreneur who's had an un-messy journey on their way to success. I had a very messy start. But here's the thing: as long as you're doing, you're not failing. So if you're not sure where you're headed or what to do next, give yourself some grace. Give yourself permission to get messy and fail. It's okay. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session550.

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Feb 11, 2022
SPI 549: Meet Eric, Who's Building His Business As We Speak
00:43:07

#549 On today’s show we’re speaking with somebody who is right in the middle of building his business. We’re talking with Eric Wooten, from AltaredMarriage.com. He’s fairly new to the entrepreneurial space, and he’s a member of SPI Pro. We talk about some really interesting topics, including managing a business where you have to get people comfortable with being vulnerable. We also talk about what it’s like to be right in the middle of starting a business and not knowing what your next steps might be. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session549

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Feb 09, 2022
SPI 548: Reading Bad Emails from People Asking to Be a Guest on This Podcast
00:15:18

#548 I get a lot of emails from people asking to be a guest on one of my podcasts. And a lot of those emails... well, they're not great. That's why today I'm going to share some of the ways to most definitely not ask to be on someone's podcast. I want to preface this episode by saying that I don't mean to offend or make fun of anyone. I'm here to educate. And if you've sent me an email like this, I hope you'll take this as a chance to learn and improve. But the truth is, you're never going to be on another person's podcast if you approach the ask the way these people did. Here's where they went wrong—and what you should do instead. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session548.

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Feb 04, 2022
SPI 547: The Right Way to Guest Podcast and Grow Your Brand with Ray Blakney
00:43:26

#547 Seth Godin once said, podcasting is the new blogging. If that’s true, guest podcasting is the new guest blogging. Today, we’re going to talk about how to be a guest on another person’s podcast. How do you get that person to say yes? How do you maximize your time on that show? How do you bring those listeners to your website, your brand, your product, your lead magnet, or whatever it might be? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session547

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Feb 02, 2022
SPI 546: My (Terrible) First Podcast Episode
00:16:17

#546 I'm gonna be honest. What you're about to hear in today's episode might be a little disturbing. Okay, I'm kidding (mostly). You might cringe a little, though. That's because you're going to hear clips from my very first podcast episode ever, from July 2010. Podcasting was very difficult then. It was not just technically difficult, but hard because there were fewer people making shows and proving that this thing actually worked. It was also hard because I was very much in my own head, and the thought of putting my voice out into the world was scary. But I also knew a little bit about the power and potential of podcasting. And I knew I wanted to help people change their lives through podcasting as well. That's why I also want to share a special offer on our Power-Up Podcasting course. It's the best resource out there to get you up and running with the podcast of your dreams. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session546.

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Jan 28, 2022
SPI 545: The Reality of Starting a Podcast (Actually 2) with Abby Rose Green
00:47:51

#545 A lot of people are looking to start podcasts this year. I've been podcasting for a very long time, and we've done episodes with other podcasters talking about podcasting and what that can do for your brand. It can do a lot. Today we're speaking with Abby Rose Green. She co-hosts two relatively new podcasts, and they're both doing extremely well. This is a component that I don't have a ton of experience with: co-hosts. How do you coordinate? How do you work with another person who is also a voice on your show? Today, we're going to talk about all that and more. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session545.

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Jan 26, 2022
SPI 544: How to Build a Remarkable Email Marketing Machine with Brad Hussey
00:20:07

#544 Have you ever had an ambitious goal—one that when you're finally faced with the opportunity to fulfill it, you're met with resistance and ultimately try to self-sabotage? It's that voice in your head that tells you you're just not good enough. Today's guest host, Brad Hussey, knows that voice—and he also knows that what we creators and entrepreneurs must always try to do is feel that fear, that anxiety—and do it anyway. The "it" in today's case is email marketing—and not just any ordinary email marketing. Brad will be sharing his approach to creating a remarkable, hyper-personalized marketing machine that delights, resonates, and turns traffic into customers and fans for life. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session544.

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Jan 21, 2022
SPI 543: Marketing, Mindfulness & Making Things Happen with Espree Devora
00:41:40

#543 Today, you are going to learn so much. You’re going to be inspired, but you’re also going to learn a lot of tactical things. For example, a not-so-common tool that our guest uses to find the right people at the right time. You’re also going to hear about how to get something started. If you’re starting a podcast, or anything where you have to put yourself out there, our guest today tells us a lot of her secrets for how to stand out. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session543

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Jan 19, 2022
SPI 542: Creating Your Own Workshop with a Twist with Trudy Rankin
00:30:17

#542 Today is our second installment in the new "Teaching Friday" series where we tap into the amazing knowledge of folks in the SPI audience and our SPI Pro community, and I'm excited to welcome another SPI Pro member, Trudy Rankin of Online Business Lift-Off. Today, Trudy will be sharing some of her deep knowledge about creating life-changing workshops and masterclasses, with a twist. What's the twist? It's an interactive diagnostic tool that you pair with your workshop that complements and creates synergies with what you're teaching. This twist will help your workshop or teaching event have even more of an impact with your students and clients. These Teaching Fridays are new, and they're not necessarily permanent. They might be, but we're experimenting! We'd love to know what you think of them, so hit me up @patflynn on Instagram or Twitter.

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Jan 14, 2022
SPI 541: How Lewis Howes Achieved Record Earnings, Lands Celebrity Guests and Finds Inner Peace
01:02:31

#541 Today on the show I’m joined by my good friend, Lewis Howes. He’s a New York Times Bestselling author, a lifestyle and business coach, a former pro athlete, a top-ranked podcaster, has been featured on numerous television programs and magazines, and that’s not even half of his list of accomplishments.

Lewis and I talk about building a successful agency. Lewis shares what he’s learned on his journey to success—the trials, heartaches, triumphs, and the wisdom he’s gained along the way. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session541

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Jan 12, 2022
SPI 540: How to Negotiate ANYTHING with Guest Host Mike Lander
00:17:10

#540 I've been hogging the mic here on the SPI Podcast. Yeah, I've shared some airspace with some amazing guests in the 500+ episodes we've published. But there are still so many talented, amazing teachers and storytellers in our community. I wanted to see what would happen if we had some of them join us on Fridays to share what they know with all of us. So today, we have the pleasure of bringing in SPI Pro community member Mike Lander, who you might remember from an earlier episode of AskPat. Mike helps people become better negotiators. He packs a ton of great insight into this short episode, including his simple, step-by-step guide to negotiate anything and get a better outcome every single time. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session540.

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Jan 07, 2022
SPI 539: The NEW Creator Economy with Roberto Blake
00:53:18

#539 I can't believe we got here so quickly, but I'm fired up for 2022, because we have a great lineup for you this year on the Smart Passive Income Podcast—starting with today's guest, Roberto Blake. Roberto's been on the show before, and he's just a wealth of knowledge and inspiration! Today we're talking about the creator economy and how to approach it this year. With so many people creating content on all these different platforms, how do we stand out from the crowd? How do we approach the work in a way that makes sense for not just the platforms we're on, but who we are and where we want to go in our lives? If you're thinking about being a better creator in 2022, then you're in the right place. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session539.

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Jan 05, 2022
SPI 538: What Bob Ross Taught Me in 2021
00:15:26

#538 Happy new year! 2021 went fast, didn't it? A lot of great things happened this year, especially right here on the podcast. (Check out episode 534, where I share my standout episodes.) Today, I wanted to talk about a hobby I picked up at the tail end of the year. I don't remember exactly how it happened, but I ended up in a deep YouTube rabbit hole—a good rabbit hole—of Bob Ross videos. I went right back to season one of his show and found a really helpful video with Bob and his son answering questions. In the video, they made the idea of painting with oil on canvas seem a lot easier than I'd previously thought. Oftentimes, things we're unfamiliar with can seem very difficult. It almost looks like magic when we see them in action. But once you find someone who can show you the basic techniques and start to break down some of that magic, everything starts to change. So here's to learning something new in 2022! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session538.

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Dec 31, 2021
SPI 537: Finding Your Spark for 2022 with Jonathan Fields
00:44:26

#537 Whether or not you're already an entrepreneur, how do you position yourself for success? Not just with money, or your goals, but how do you wake up every morning excited to do something that sparks you, that lights you up? Jonathan Fields is here today to help us answer that question. Jonathan's work is all about helping people understand what truly excites them, and the Sparketype—a combination of “spark” and “archetype”—is his framework for doing that. In my opinion, of all the self-assessment tests out there, this one is the most interesting, and the one that I feel gives you answers that can push you forward. This is the exact right time for an episode like this as we roll into the new year. Here's to finding your spark in 2022! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session537.

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Dec 29, 2021
SPI 536: The 20-Mile March
00:09:34

Control. We all want it, but very little is actually in our control. So what's in your control? The ability to wake up every day and be consistent with whatever it is you're trying to achieve. Perhaps 2021 didn't go the way you wanted it to, or you fell short on some goals. As you're looking toward 2022, I want to share an excerpt from a book called Great by Choice by Jim Colllins, which contains a wonderful concept called the “twenty-mile march” that might give you some direction for approaching your goals in the new year. It provides a tangible point of focus to keep you and your team moving forward, despite confusion, uncertainty, and even chaos. As we round out 2021, I hope this gives you a boost of inspiration that no matter the conditions, you've got to keep going and march that 20 miles each day. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session536.

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Dec 24, 2021
SPI 535: How to Craft a Team Retreat That Achieves Great Things with Matt Gartland
00:33:56

#535 Our vision at SPI most years is to bring our team together in the fall to think about the following year, source ideas, have conversations, and arrive at a strategic plan for the next year. We lost out on the opportunity to do that last year in the height of COVID, but 2021 provided an opportunity to “reboot” our in-person team summit. In today's episode, I take you behind the scenes to understand exactly what we did in Denver, and how it's guiding the direction of SPI in 2022. To help with that, I invited my co-CEO and chief operating and financial officer, Matt Gartland, back on the show. Matt rallied us and developed this retreat in a way that was so helpful and so valuable for our company, and I wanted to bring him on to share how we ran the summit and what it means for SPI and our audience. If you have a remote team and are hoping to get together soon—it will hopefully provide some structure, motivation, and inspiration for what you can create and achieve in your next in-person team meeting. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session535.

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Dec 22, 2021
SPI 534: These Are the Best Episodes of 2021
00:16:18

#534 Today I'm digging back into the archives of the SPI Podcast to reveal my favorite episodes we've put out this year. I'll be sharing some of the most memorable moments from the show in 2021, and expressing my gratitude for the year that was in podcast land here at SPI. We've got a ton of great podcast content coming at you in 2022, and I can't wait for all of it. But for now, thanks for being here for the ride that was 2021. I appreciate you! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session534.

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Dec 17, 2021
SPI 533: How Brenda Built a Niche Online Education Business the Smart Way
00:38:57

#533 Brenda Petrella is an ex-scientist who helps people get outside in nature through her online business, Outdoor Photography School. She's here to share what she's learned about niching down and building her online business in a way that works for her. You'll learn how Brenda found her niche and started her YouTube channel and podcast. We chat about the differences between online video and podcasting, and how the cohort-based podcasting course Brenda took earlier this year gave her the boost she needed to get the ball rolling. We also talk about how Brenda plans to deal with her first YouTube trolls (if and when they show up!), and how she manages the burnout of the "content treadmill." And stick around for an announcement about something new Team SPI is doing in January 2022 that could be a game-changer for a lot of people! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session533.

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Dec 15, 2021
SPI 532: Leave Your Marina
00:15:09

#532 I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't taken a brave step forward to discover what was out there. It's almost like a boat parked in a harbor, and the world of online business is a giant ocean. As we approach the end of 2021, how are you going to get your boat out of the marina and into the ocean, so you can lose sight of the shore—knowing that there's something better out there? Something a little scary, something that makes you nervous, but something very much worth doing? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session532.

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Dec 10, 2021
SPI 531: How Eevi Jones Published Over 40 Children's Books (and How You Can Write One, Too)
00:39:34

#531 Some of my all-time favorite episodes here on the podcast are ones where we interview somebody who is not just a successful business owner, but a member of the SPI community too. Today's guest, Eevi Jones, is a member of SPI Pro, our premium entrepreneurial community here at SPI. And she helps people write children's books. How awesome is that? If that's a field you want to get into, this episode is a must-listen. Eevi is such a joy. She's so knowledgeable, and has some amazing tips for anybody who's starting anything, really. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session531.

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Dec 08, 2021
SPI 530: The Dos and Don'ts of Team Retreats
00:17:37

#530 As you learned if you listened to this Wednesday's episode, our team spent a week together in Denver for our first in-person retreat since COVID. Check out episode 529 with Jillian and Tony, two members of my team who were there in Denver who help run our membership community and events and have a ton of experience and insight in community building. In that episode, I talked about the importance of meeting your team in person. Our team is fully remote—we're located all over the United States, and we don't have an in-person office anywhere. So it's really important for us to meet in person because there's just no replacement for real, human connection. That's why today I wanted to talk a little more about the retreat. Specifically, I want to talk about the dos and don'ts of running a retreat, in case it's something you're thinking of doing for your own remote team. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session530.

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Dec 03, 2021
SPI 529: An Insider Look at Starting and Managing a Paid Community with Jillian & Tony of SPI
00:46:56

#529 During our team's recent retreat in Denver, I huddled with two of my team members, Jillian Benbow and Tony Bacigalupo, to record the episode you're about to hear. Jillian is our SPI Pro community manager, and Tony is our community program manager—and they're also the cohosts of our Community Experience podcast. Tony and Jill are absolute rockstars when it comes to community, and I'm so excited for you to dive into this conversation with us. Because community—and I cannot stress this enough—is the future of business. Bringing a niche community together to feel welcome with each other, to inspire, motivate, educate, and entertain, is where long-term business success is going to come from. We talk about all sorts of things community today, from how to manage trolls and haters, to accessibility and inclusion and making sure the community feels welcoming for everybody. We talk about how to get people motivated and comfortable stepping up and having conversations. So whether you have your own free Facebook group, are planning on launching a big premium community for your paid course members, or anything in between or outside those options, listen closely. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session529.

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Dec 01, 2021
SPI 528: About the New Book I'm Writing
00:18:08

#528 This might sound weird, but I've learned too much. There are a lot of things I picked up in school and in college, and even as an entrepreneur, that are just superfluous. Why am I talking about this? Because it has everything to do with the new book I'm writing, tentatively called The Lean Learner. I've talked about the book a little bit on social media, in SPI Pro, and with a few people, but I wanted to take time in this episode to go into more depth. The Lean Learner is about how to learn the things that matter to us most and can help us get to the next level, while excluding the things we don't need to learn right now. It's about understanding how to learn what we need to learn so we can get results faster. The Lean Learner is definitely not ready for the world yet—I'm still in the middle of writing it—but I think there's nothing better than working in public and sharing things as they're coming along. I'll share a little bit about the struggles and decision points I've had with this book already, including the decision to go with a traditional publisher or self-publish again. And I'll talk about some of the mentors and influences who have inspired me in my writing, with this book and others. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session528.

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Nov 26, 2021
SPI 527: How to Start Something That Matters with Michael Bungay Stanier
00:46:32

#527 I'm so excited for this episode. We are speaking with one of my favorite people in the world: Michael Bungay Stanier. Michael is an author who's written a bunch of amazing books. He's also the founder of a training and development company, Box of Crayons, that has taught coaching skills to hundreds of thousands of people. In fact, one of Michael's books has been hugely impactful on my own business, and it's called The Coaching Habit. The Coaching Habit has guided the exact process I use when I coach my students—you can hear it in action when I'm coaching people on AskPat 2.0. Speaking of coaching, Michael also wrote another game-changing book called The Advice Trap, about how we default to offering advice to people before we know the full circumstances, and how to change our behavior to be more helpful to them. But the big focus of today's conversation is Michael's new book, How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters. And this book is incredible because it gets to the heart of why we do what we do. How do we make sure that what we're going to do moving forward is actually something that, like Michael says, matters? How do we have the courage to let go when we need to? And how do we navigate the raging waters that sometimes happen when making these decisions? We talk about how to know whether or not the direction we're going is one that lights us up. You're going to love this conversation because Michael is just a great, genuine person, with a ton of amazing insights to share. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session527.

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Nov 24, 2021
SPI 526: 4 Easy Ways to Stand Out
00:18:06

#526 If you listened to this Wednesday's episode, 525, we spoke with Derrick Reimer from SavvyCal, which is a tool that competes with Calendly, a very popular calendar/scheduler. In that episode, Derrick and I talked about competition. We talked about standing out. We talked about how to get started and grow your business in a crowded space. Now, Derrick's in the software business. But there are strategies and principles to help you stand out that apply no matter what type of business you're in. Whether you're an app developer, or a content creator, or serving an audience in some other way, you need to find ways to set yourself apart from everyone else out there. That's why today I want to give you four ideas to help you frame how you can stand out from the competition. Those four things actually have an acronym: P-A-S-T. Why P-A-S-T? Well, that's what you'll find out when you listen in to this follow-up Friday episode. Let's do this! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session526.

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Nov 19, 2021
SPI 525: How to Build Software that Competes in a Crowded Space with Derrick Reimer from SavvyCal
00:42:59

#525 How do you compete in a space where there are already established players? Whether it's software, or information products, or physical products, it's not always possible to create something entirely original. There are likely others who have already built something and started cultivating an audience or customer base in your space. Today we're talking with Derrick Reimer, who created SavvyCal, a competing tool to popular schedulers like Calendly. As a competitor to an established option, Derrick had to go about things thoughtfully to make sure there would be a market for what he wanted to create. We talk a little bit about SavvyCal itself (and it's a really cool scheduler!). But the big focus of our conversation is how to get started in a crowded space and create something better than what exists. Because it is definitely possible—you just have to go about things smartly. You're going to learn a lot—because I learned a lot—and I hope you'll take what you learn and apply it to the market and niche you're in. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session525.

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Nov 17, 2021
SPI 524: The 5 Biggest Mistakes I've Made
00:19:19

#524 In Wednesday's episode with Los Silva from eCom Powerhouse, we talked about some of the big mistakes entrepreneurs make. That conversation is a great one, so check it out if you haven't already. And it got me thinking about the mistakes I've made along the way. And I've made a ton of them. In fact, we could talk for seven to eight hours about all the mistakes I've made in my business. But this is a follow-up Friday episode, so I want to talk about just the five biggest mistakes I've made since embarking on my entrepreneurial career in 2008. I'm not going to talk about the little stumbling blocks, like using the wrong software tool. No, today is about the big, juicy mistakes. The ones that can create forks in the road, and really teach you something valuable. So if you're the kind of entrepreneur who's afraid of making mistakes as you build your business, this might be the perfect episode for you! Here's to the mistakes we all make, and what we can learn from them. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session524.

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Nov 12, 2021
SPI 523: The Biggest Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Growing a Business with Los Silva
00:44:42

#523 We all make mistakes in business. I have made several, and this topic is one of the centerpieces of my conversation today with Los Silva of EcomPowerhouse. Los is somebody I recently met and have become fascinated by. Why? Because in getting to know Los, I've begun to realize that his secret to success goes against the grain of what a lot of people talk about. Because sometimes the best way to grow is to actually slow down and go smaller. It's to try lots of different things at the start until you find what clicks. And it's even—yes—to fail, because failure is an opportunity to learn. You'll hear about Los's origin story in the eBay world, and the failures he went through, until landing on something he could lean into. He shares a ton of insights he's learned along the way, including how to hire and delegate the right way, and why he doesn't like to compete or compare himself or his business to anyone else's. He even shares a little thought experiment for those of you out there who are thinking about how to start positioning and selling your very first product. This episode was a good kick in the butt for me, and I think it might be for you, too! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session523.

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Nov 10, 2021
SPI 522: These People Sell WAY Better than Us
00:16:50

#522 I'm going to let you in on a little secret. It's something I've learned over time that I know I even have to embrace even more now, and it's something that we should all embrace and do more of. Have you ever had trouble selling a thing you made, perhaps because you're just afraid of failing, or you don't want to feel icky about it, or you don't want to let people down or sell out? Perhaps you're afraid of selling because just you don't even know how to? Beyond those questions, there's a chicken-and-egg dilemma that many creators face: how do you sell something with confidence if people haven't actually tried it yet and found great results? Well, what I'm about to share with you in today's episode will help you solve these problems. I'm going to tell you how to find the people who can help you test and sell your next product or service, and who can help tell the story of the transformation they experienced as a result of what you've created for them. Because selling shouldn't be scary—and, as I like to say often, you most definitely can sell and serve at the same time. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session522.

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Nov 05, 2021
SPI 521: How to Build, Launch & Sell a Course Today with Jess Catorc
00:38:14

#521 It's one thing to create an online course. But it's a whole other thing to figure out how to get people interested in it. How do you get people to find your course? How do you launch it? Do you do a fireworks launch, or a fireplace launch? What do those two terms even mean? Well, we're going to talk about all of that and more today with one of my favorite people in the world: Jess Catorc. Jess was actually on the podcast before, over five and a half years ago, in session 229. Back then, she was a blogger, writer, and brand strategist who helped people with their websites. Now she's become one of the top people over at Teachable, where she co-leads creator launch initiatives. She was head of partnerships for a while, and she's one of the smartest people I know. Jess and I talk about all things online courses, like how the landscape has changed in the past five years, how to launch a course successfully today, how to know if your course content is actually working, and why community is such an important element of the online course experience. We have so many tips, strategies, and resources to share with you in this episode, including a very special project called the Creators Guild. I'm so excited to share this conversation with Jess, because she's just amazing. So, sit back, buckle up, and enjoy. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session521.

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Nov 03, 2021
SPI 520: Let Me Tell You a Story
00:15:56

#520 This past Wednesday I interviewed Mike Pacchione, who is an amazing speaker and coach. Mike once worked with Nancy Duarte, whose organization helped people like Steve Jobs create presentations. And we all know how wonderful Steve Jobs's presentations were. And so Mike is super high caliber when it comes to helping people with their speaking. He even helped me with some of my first presentations back in 2012 and 2013, and he's completely influenced my entire speaking career. Mike and I had a great chat earlier this week about storytelling, so make sure to check out that episode if you haven't already. Because storytelling is absolutely key. It's one of the most valuable skills you can learn as a content creator. Great content, one that relates to people, one that people resonate with, one that people share, always has some sort of story at its core. That's why today I want to tell you a story. A few stories, in fact. Stories about the power of storytelling. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session520.

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Oct 29, 2021
SPI 519: Great Storytelling 101: How to Be Remembered & Get Shared with Mike Pacchione
00:49:33

#519 When I think back on my 13-year entrepreneurial career, I think about some of the skills I've learned to get here, and one of the most important skills is storytelling. But storytelling is not something I've always been good at. In fact, at one point I wasn't great at it at all. But it's a skill that can be learned. When I started sharing lots of content, I realized I needed to learn how to better engage people through stories, to keep them on the page, or screen, or on a podcast like this one. Then, when I started speaking live, I really started to hone my storytelling skills. And there's no other person I can thank more for this than Mike Pacchione, who was my speaking coach back in 2012. I started speaking in 2011, got really hooked on it, and like everything I do, I went and found an expert to help me get better faster and minimize the mistakes. We're going to tell lots of stories today, and break down how stories should be told. Because story is, like I said, what engages an audience. It's what brings emotion to the points you're making. It is what helps transport a person from, "Hmm, I wonder if this is something I should keep paying attention to?" To, "Whoa, what happens next?" This is what brings connection, and storytelling is the key to connection. That's what we're going to talk about today with my former speaking coach, Mike Pacchione. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session519.

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Oct 27, 2021
SPI 516: Let's Be Audience Driven
00:10:44

#518 “Audience driven.” It's a term that has become a part of our vocabulary here at Team SPI, and it's why we put on the Audience Driven Summit earlier this month. An audience-driven approach is the way we've always believed a business should be built, and it's the stance we're doubling down on today. It's how we believe all businesses should be created. And if you joined us in this Wednesday's episode, you heard how Arvid Kahl built his own business in the exact same way, where you spent some time to build an audience first, and then you understand, well, what does that audience need help with? What are the biggest struggles that they might be having? And then you figure out, well, how can I get a few of these people some results? What works best for them? When you take this approach, you're not going to know all the answers. But you'll find them out as you go along. It takes out the guesswork, because your path toward a sustainable business is driven by your audience. Now, this is a very opposite approach to how many people think about creating a business. But it's how we need to be thinking about building businesses today. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session518.

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Oct 22, 2021
SPI 517: The Best Way to Start a Successful Business Today with Arvid Kahl
00:58:27

#517 Many of the guests on this show are people I know personally. Today's guest, however, comes to me by way of crowdsourcing. Arvid Kahl is someone who was recommended by several of the members of Team SPI, and I couldn't be happier that they did. Arvid is one of the most fascinating people I've met in a long time. He's a software engineer and entrepreneur who's been building businesses the right way. What do I mean by that? Well, everything that I've talked about in terms of finding an audience you can serve and figuring out what they need? Arvid is doing it about as well as anybody out there, and he's going to tell us all about it today. This is going to be a really great episode because we're going to be going, almost from start to finish, from building an audience, to learning about that audience, and building something for that audience. You're going to learn a number of powerful principles and strategies that'll help you get started building a following, a community, and a business today. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session517.

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Oct 20, 2021
SPI 516: The Numbers Are Vital, but This Is More Important
00:14:20

#516 We're going to talk some numbers today—and we're also going to go beyond the numbers. Here's one number: This podcast has gotten 65 million downloads and counting, which is awesome. And it's important to share numbers like that, because they represent social proof that the podcast is worth paying attention to. But there's something much more important than a number like 65 million: the people at the other end of it. On Wednesday, I spoke with Dustin Bakkie about accessibility and universal design. We talked about how creators and entrepreneurs can make our content more accessible to those who may be hearing or sight impaired, or have another disability. Everyone should have an equal ability to access the things we're creating. So, go ahead and listen to episode 515, if you haven't already. It's a great one, on a topic that's so important. That episode also got me thinking about numbers—big numbers like 65 million, and small numbers like ten. And how getting fixated on the numbers can cause us to make bad decisions, like not making our content accessible to everybody just because "enough" people can still access it. Most people who visit our websites and social channels are not going to need additional help to see or hear our content. So, does that mean we should ignore everybody else? No. If that were the case, then you wouldn't see handicap ramps or parking spaces anywhere. That's really what this is all about to me, serving the people in your audience, no matter who they are, no matter where they're from, no matter what challenges they might have. And that's why I still, every single month, love having direct conversations with people in my audience. That's where that number ten comes in, and it's what I want to talk about in today's follow-up Friday episode. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session516.

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Oct 15, 2021
SPI 515: This Is Not Being Talked About! How to Create Accessible Content
00:36:34

#515 One of my favorite things that happens as a result of this podcast is when a listener or fan says, "You know what, Pat? I noticed that you haven't really talked about [topic] much, but it's so, so important. Is there anything you can do about it?" We get a lot of feedback like that, and we appreciate it. We're always trying to improve, and how would we know how to improve if it weren't for the people in our community who speak up? Today, I wanted to highlight one of those community members. His name is Dustin Bakkie. Dustin started his online journey focused on effective teaching and course design. He's helped a lot of teachers, especially through his YouTube channel (DustinBakkie1). He has a lot of really popular videos that have helped teachers, especially during COVID with how to effectively use Zoom, and how to create really good curriculums online, something that obviously bleeds over into entrepreneurship. But Dustin recently had an epiphany that he could serve his audience even better by helping creators like us create accessible online content. What does that mean? It refers to the ability of all people, regardless of ability or disability, to access what we create. Dustin is really focused on helping foster and normalize inclusive digital communities. I love that, and I'm so glad he's here today to talk about what that means and how you can start to implement it in your own business. I think a lot of us creators know how important accessibility should be, but we're worried that it's really complicated. Well, Dustin is here to break things down and show us that it's not as complicated as we might think. So sit back and listen in, because we're going to be learning something very important today that you may not have heard anywhere else. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session515.

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Oct 13, 2021
SPI 514: The Fall of FlynnCon...
00:13:02

#514 I started my speaking career in 2011 at FinCon, the financial blogger conference. I got called onto the main stage at the last minute because the keynote speaker was unable to make it. I was kind of thrown into the deep end, and although I was nervous and scared, it was a life-changing moment. Flash-forward to 2018, when I decided to host my own conference. I pitched the idea to Team SPI, and we decided that in the summer of 2019 we'd put on an event in San Diego for 500 people who wanted to come. The very first FlynnCon was an amazing experience, a family-friendly event where entrepreneurs could come together and learn and connect (and even play some Mario Kart). Then of course in 2020, everything changed. We'd hoped to run back FlynnCon for a second year, but the pandemic had something to say about that. So we delayed it by a year. But soon we realized that hosting an in-person event in 2021 wasn't going to happen either. Long story short, FlynnCon was an incredible experience that may or may not happen again. But in the meantime, we're still moving forward on creating highly valuable experiences for entrepreneurs to come together and learn—like this month's Audience Driven Summit. Today, I'll share all the details about how FlynnCon came to be, how we tried to plan its sequel through the pandemic, and what you can look forward to in our upcoming summit. It may not be FlynnCon, but it'll still be a blast (and it's free!). Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session514.

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Oct 08, 2021
SPI 513: The Untapped Potential of Cohort-Based Courses with Wes Kao of Maven
00:47:46

#513 A lot has changed recently when it comes to online courses. For a while, it was all about having as much content as possible. Sixty hours of video and five hundred worksheets? Great! Ship it! We might have thought that way once, but we know now that's just the wrong way to build a course. We want our course experiences to be more efficient—for both the course creator and the students taking it. But online courses have continued to evolve beyond just more efficiency. It's about the experience people have around that content, and how we can enhance their learning through extra guidance and community. This evolution is showing up in the form of cohort-based courses—”cohort” meaning a group of people, in this case, course students. The concept isn't exactly new. Cohort-based learning has been around for a while. (You may be familiar with “schools” and “classrooms.”) But when it comes to online education, cohort-based courses have come to the fore thanks to people like Seth Godin and his altMBA program, which a lot of very successful people have gone through. Credit for coming up with the altMBA concept actually goes to someone named Wes Kao—and she's our special guest here today. Wes is a cofounder at Maven, a platform where you can create and teach your own online cohort-based courses. In fact, I and a couple of my teammates on Team SPI have had the privilege of taking a cohort-based course from Wes and her team on how to do our own cohort-based courses. We're now running several “boot camps,” as we call them, where we lead a group of people through our courses in a more structured format, with accountability, working hours, and group collaboration. We're going to talk today with Wes about exactly what a cohort-based course looks like, how it'll deliver better results, and how to go about creating your own cohort-based course. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session513.

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Oct 06, 2021
SPI 512: Planning for the Future and Finding the Right Help
00:15:38

#512 This past week I interviewed Joe Sanok from Practice of the Practice, who is the author of a new book called Thursday is the New Friday. My chat with Joe really got me thinking, "Who created the five-day week anyway, and why is it like that?" I think we've all been burnt out by working five days a week, and feeling like the weekend isn't quite long enough. What if we had an extra day? How cool would that be? Now, today's episode is actually going to take a bit of a different angle! But it's one that was sparked by the episode with Joe. That's because in thinking about a four-day workweek, I started to wonder: “Okay, four days a week. I could spend the other three days fishing on a boat with my kids, my family, building memories that will last forever. What would it take to make that happen?" So that's what I want to talk about today: how to start making your goals and dreams of the next phase (or next-next phase) of your life a little more possible. Maybe like me your dream is owning a boat, or having a coffee farm in Hawai'i—or probably it's something entirely different. I'm going to share some personal stories that illustrate how to start finding your path to making those dreams come true—or at least figure out if they make sense. Spoiler alert: it means putting yourself out there, and finding the people who can start to point you in the right direction. Now, if fate puts those people in front of you, awesome. But if not, you need to go find them. You need to put yourself out there, and yes, it's going to get uncomfortable. It's going to put you out of your comfort zone, but that's where all the most amazing things happen, right? Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session512.

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Oct 01, 2021
SPI 511: Why Thursday is the New Friday with Joe Sanok
00:33:58

#511 Perhaps you've heard about the four-hour workweek. Well, a lot of us have come to realize that it's kind of hard to come by. Even Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, has said that maybe wasn't the best title for his book. Because even with passive income coming in, you still have to do work to maintain things. Four hours is probably out of the question for most of us—but what about a four-day workweek? That's three days for a weekend, four days of work, then rinse and repeat. In fact, this has become the norm in places like Iceland, where 85 percent of workers are working just four days a week. And guess what? They still get paid the same, and productivity is up. So the question is, when is this going to happen in the US? Well, the truth is it can happen right now if you are an entrepreneur and you control your own time. And even if you're not an entrepreneur, you can still make this happen if you're smart about it and willing to have the right conversations with your employer. Thankfully, my good friend Joe Sanok from Practice of the Practice might have a path forward for us. Joe has a new book coming out called Thursday is the New Friday, How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money, and Spend Time Doing What You Want. And he's joining the podcast today to tell us all about how he's made this approach work for himself and his business. He's not "at work" very much anymore, but he's still doing so much to help people, and making good money as a result. So, if you've ever felt overworked or that you're putting too much time into something and not getting a lot of results back, there's a lot of great stuff in this episode for you. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session511.

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Sep 29, 2021
SPI 510: The Secret to Staying Consistent
00:15:07

#510 Earlier this week, we spoke with Dorie Clark, author of the brand new book The Long Game, about being in it for the long haul and doing the things now that will ensure long-term success in your business and your life. And we talked about a lot of strategies to ensure that you're always staying on top of your business, your community, and your physical and mental health. Today I want to talk a little about a related question: how do we remain consistent? Because if you're in it for the long haul in this creator economy, it can take a lot to remain consistent. It can be tough to be continually uploading and creating content, continually showing up for your community, and continually providing value. It takes a lot of energy. And having now created 510 episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, nearly 1,200 episodes of AskPat, more than 1,000 videos on YouTube, and more than 1,000 blog posts, we've been pretty consistent. Now, I haven't been consistent the entire time. There've been moments where I've been derailed. But I got back on track, and it's thanks to the five lessons I'm going to share with you today. These are tips and strategies to help you show up and keep showing up for your business and your audience, so let's get into them. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session510.

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Sep 24, 2021
SPI 509: How to Play the Long Game in Business and Win in Life with Dorie Clark
00:42:19

#509 Are you in this for the long game, or the quick buck? The problem with short-term thinking is that it's so vulnerable. When you go for the long game, you're building something that will last—and perhaps even outlast you. Thankfully, most of the entrepreneurs I speak to are thinking about how to succeed in the long term. Now, you may not make a lot of money upfront by playing the long game. And you may have to dedicate more time than you'd like initially. But the end result is that you'll have more time and money and freedom down the road. We're talking with one of my favorite people today: Dorie Clark, author of The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World. Dorie and I chatted on here a long time ago, in session 161. She had just come out with a couple of books, Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out that have gotten really great reviews. We're going to discuss what it actually means to play the long game in today's world of short attention spans. What does it mean to sacrifice now so we can get more later? How do we play the long game, not just in business, but in life, so we're not sacrificing our health along the way? If you're not successful mentally and physically, then it doesn't matter how successful your business is. These are some of the most crucial topics we all need to think about as entrepreneurs, and we're discussing all of it and more, today with Dorie. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session509.

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Sep 22, 2021
SPI 508: You Must Adapt to Changing Times, Or Else
00:15:49

#508 Today we're following up on the episode we did in 507 with Jeff Walker, the creator of the PLF or Product Launch Formula. If you missed the episode, PLF is essentially a way to warm up an audience, to give them value, and to bring them on a journey that all leads to a product launch. And this could be the launch of any kind of product or service or course. In our conversation, we discussed how Jeff has updated and revised PLF over the years since he created it in 1996, and how to go about launching things today. Because the truth is, things are a little bit different than they were before. And that's the topic of today's conversation. Not when it comes PLF, specifically, but the fact that we as entrepreneurs, we do have to learn how to adapt and to change. We can't expect that things that we once used and succeeded with, are going to continue working just as well for us over time. Blogs used to be the cornerstone of online content and connection, but things have changed, and live streaming and online communities have quickly become the new standard. We have to learn how to adjust and adapt, and as Ross of Friends would say, to "Pivot!" to current reality. So let's talk about what that looks like for us entrepreneurs. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session508

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Sep 17, 2021
SPI 507: The Formula for Launching a Product with Jeff Walker
00:41:24

#507 Maybe you've heard the name Jeff Walker. Even if you haven't, you've probably heard of something called the Product Launch Formula (PLF). If you've been in business online for any number of years, PLF has become the staple way that people launch their products online. It's also referred to as the “three-video series formula” for pre-launching a product of any kind: a service, a physical product, digital product, online course, training—you get the picture. PLF has become ingrained in the world of internet marketing and online business, and today, we're talking with the man himself, the legend, Jeff Walker. Jeff "launched" his book Launch in 2014, and it went on to become a New York Times bestseller. He recently came out with a new, revised version of the book that updates the PLF formula to cover how to launch products in today's world, with shorter attention spans and shorter sales cycles. This is Jeff's first time on the show, and he's going to share with us his framework for launching a product online today, using the updated and enhanced version of the PLF formula that's been helping entrepreneurs make sales since 1996. This is a highly valuable episode that I'm sure many folks will want to listen to more than once. Let's hear it all from the guy who created the system that's made over a billion dollars for entrepreneurs. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session507.

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Sep 15, 2021
SPI 506: Generating Leads for the Rest of Us (The #1 Thing You Should Do)
00:14:54

#506 This week we spoke with Anthony Sarandrea, who gave us a lot of gold nuggets about generating leads online. But I know what some of you may be thinking: “I'm not even close to being able to do some of the things you talk about in that episode.” I still recommend listening to it, because we discuss an amazing approach to generating leads for your business. However, if you're just starting out, I want to point out one thing Anthony mentioned that's so important when you're starting to build your business because it makes everything else so much easier: before you start trying to generate leads, you need to know exactly what your target audience is going through. Hopefully, this won't be a foreign concept. But it bears repeating: everything else comes more easily when you know who your audience is. so how do you learn about them? Well, it's one thing to say, “I'm going to do some research, have conversations with people. I'll see what the forums are saying, put myself in people's shoes, and try to figure out what I can do to best serve them." That's a great start, and it'll definitely help. But it's just the first step. The next step is what I want to talk about today: becoming your target audience. Stick around and let's talk about what that looks like. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session506.

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Sep 10, 2021
SPI 505: The Ultimate Guide to Lead Generation for Your Online Business with Anthony Sarandrea
00:41:02

#505 They often say that this world is very small, especially the world of online business. When I go to conferences (or at least when I did before COVID), I'd often get introduced to somebody, and we'll find that we've already connected before, or we have a second- or third-degree connection. Today's guest is someone I'd never connected with, or even heard of long before we talked, but I'm so glad that we met because we had one of the best conversations I've had about lead generation in a very long time on the show. His name is Anthony Sarandrea, and I'm so grateful he's joining us today because he is a master at lead generation. Anthony has a number of different businesses. One in particular, Pocket Your Dollars, helps people become the financial experts of their own lives, and generates a ton of leads doing it. He also helps other businesses generate their own leads, and he's got some systems and approaches that I very much resonate with—especially when it comes to immersing yourself into that space you're trying to get into. Speaking of immersing yourself, you'll hear about a really interesting way Anthony did his market research: he literally became his own target customer on purpose. When it comes to lead generation, Anthony is one of the most creative and dedicated people I've met in the space. He knows the importance of remembering that your leads are real people, and that you need to serve them if you want to succeed. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session505.


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Sep 08, 2021
SPI 504: How I Forgot to Be Myself and The Power of Superpower
00:15:42

#504 That's right—follow-up Friday episodes are back! I wanted to talk about something that crossed my mind after this week's conversation with Ali Abdaal. And this is a result of “competition.” When you start to build a business and do competitive research, you come across people who are already doing amazing things in the space. You come across people who are amazing writers. You come across people who write just the most beautiful emails in the world. You come across people, like Ali, who have incredible storytelling capabilities and who have the ability to create very professional videos. And you always wonder to yourself, “Man, why can't I do it like them?” And sometimes you'll try to do it like them—but that's almost never the right choice. You've got to check yourself before you wreck yourself, and that's what I want to talk about today. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session504.

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Sep 03, 2021
SPI 503: From Med Student to Passive Income—Ali Abdaal's Incredible Success Story & YouTube Tips
00:46:55

#503 Has this ever happened to you? About a year and a half ago, I discovered a six-minute YouTube video about note-taking, by someone named Ali Abdaal. After I finished watching it, I thought, "Whoa, I really like this guy." So I watched the next video, which was about iPads. (I had just recently bought an iPad Pro and I wanted to learn how to make the most out of it.) Thanks to the way Ali taught, and his easy-to-listen-to accent, I started binge-watching everything on his channel. Ever since I started paying attention to Ali, things have been really taking off him for him. His brand and community have grown tremendously, and he's even released his own online course. And we've become good friends! I knew I had to ask him to come onto the podcast to share his journey from med school student to creating a YouTube channel, and how he's grown it to nearly two million subscribers, with passive income now coming in from multiple sources. We'll unpack the strategy behind Ali's impressive rise, and if you're interested in YouTube or creating video yourself, we also dive into some tips to help you with the algorithm and taking advantage of what YouTube can offer in terms of driving traffic and finding new customers. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session503.

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Sep 01, 2021
SPI 721: The Community Experience — a Brand-New Podcast from SPI!
00:49:18

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Community Experience, a brand-new podcast from SPI!

In this feed drop (episode 001), hosts Tony Bacigalupo and Jillian Benbow are hanging out with a different Jillian, Jillian Richardson, a woman on a quest to cure the world of its loneliness epidemic. Through her popular newsletter, the Joy List, and her book, Unlonely Planet, Jillian is doing remarkable work.

We invited her onto the show to try to understand why community is such a hot topic right now. How can you integrate community into what you’re building and keep it authentic? Whether you hope to find a new community or want to build a more impactful community yourself, there's something here for you.

Let us know what you thought of episode 001! Reach out to us @TeamSPI on Twitter. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/cx001. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!

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Aug 31, 2021
SPI 502: All Things Live Video (the Best Way to Connect to Your Audience) with Luria Petrucci
00:40:18

#502 Have you tried live video yet? If you haven't, this episode is for you. And even if you've already been using live video in your business (no matter what platform), this episode is also for you! Wherever you land on that spectrum, I want you to consider using live video more because it's the best way to engage with an audience. I've experienced this firsthand in the past year and a half with my live video show, the Income Stream. It's been fascinating to see what going live on YouTube every day has done for the brand for the connections. Live streaming is such a wonderful tool, whether you're pre-launching something, pitching something, or simply trying to build a deeper relationship with your audience. Today we're speaking with none other than Luria Petrucci from LiveStreamingPros.com. Luria has personally helped me with setting up my live streaming stuff, from gear selection to strategies, to how to be engaging on camera. She's such a wonderful person, and I can't wait for you to hear from her, learn from her, and hopefully be inspired to do more live videos. We'll be digging into how to use live video to engage with your audience, how and where to go live, and much more. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session502.

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Aug 25, 2021
SPI 501: Niching Down & Leaning Into Your Passion So You Can Make a Profit with Megan Gilger from Fresh Exchange
00:40:50

#501 Do you ever wonder what your life or career would be like if you'd made a different decision at a fork in the road? I definitely don't use my architecture degree anymore. But at the same time, I think about the skills I've learned and the things that happened early in my career that helped get me to where I'm at today. If I'd taken a different path, I wouldn't be where I am today. And I'm grateful for the experiences. In fact, some of my favorite stories and conversations are about starting down a path that pivots into something else, whether it's niching down into something specific, or making a more radical change. Either way, it's always an amazing story—and you're going to hear one of those stories today from Megan Gilger from Fresh Exchange. Megan and her husband, Mike, started a design studio that evolved into something completely different. Today they have an amazing blog and online community at FreshExchange.com that's all about the pursuit of community and connection and reciprocity with the earth. It's not necessarily what they set out to do, but it's what it became. You'll hear about how this journey has unfolded for Megan and the Fresh Exchange brand: how it all started and gained traction, and how Megan knew this was the route she was meant to follow. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session501.

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Aug 18, 2021
SPI 500: Session 500! A Mystery Host Flips the Script!
01:06:57

#500 Significant number alert! This is episode 500 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, and to celebrate the milestone, we're doing something a little different. We're flipping the script. Today we have a guest host running the show, and although we won't say who it is (you'll have to listen to find out!), you may remember this person and his wife from two hugely popular episodes of the show (122 and 265). Anyway, our mystery host is taking over the mic today and interviewing his "guest," Pat Flynn, about his online journey. They talk about Pat's experience losing his architecture job, and how he started, built, and grew his first online business. You've probably heard some version of this story before, but this episode is different—Pat and our host go really deep to uncover some of the nitty-gritty details of the struggles and the excitement on Pat's path to creating multiple online businesses and becoming a trusted educator for entrepreneurs everywhere. Pat also reveals a little about what's coming next for the SPI community, and for this very podcast. As for our mystery host, well, what can we say? He's a delight. We think you'll agree that this episode is the perfect way to cap off the first 500 episodes of the SPI podcast, the first of many more to come. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session500.

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Aug 11, 2021
SPI 499: How to Get Your Ideas to Actually Spread with Jeff Goins
00:45:07

#499 If you're a business owner, this might be one of the most important podcast episodes you listen to. That's because as an entrepreneur, whether you're just starting out or you have been doing this for a while, you're probably constantly coming up with ideas. Some of those ideas are probably great. Some of them, not so great! But when it comes to great ideas, you need to know how to actually get them out into the world. And I'm not talking about specific strategies, like email or advertising. What I'm talking about is this: How do we take our ideas and put them out there so they'll spread? That's the big idea behind today's episode. This stuff is on the level of Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath, or Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Today I'm talking to Jeff Goins, from GoinsWriter.com. Jeff is a great friend of mine, someone I've known for over a decade now, who's been on the show before and has helped me with my book writing. And he's here today to help us all out. So if you're looking to create ideas that spread on their own, this one's for you. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session499

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Aug 04, 2021
SPI 498: Step by Step: How to Make Sure Emails Don’t End Up in Spam with Adrian Savage
00:40:05

#498 If you're running a business, you need an email list. But you also need to send the right emails. And you also need to make sure those emails are actually getting into your subscribers' inboxes. I often talk about the fact that email is the way to go. And it is! I only wish I'd started my email list sooner. And email does offer advantages over platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, with their algorithms that can block our messages from the audiences that want to hear from us. But email has a similar issue, and it's one you need to address if you want to reach more people: the dreaded spam folder. Why do emails end up in spam, and what can you do about it? That's what we're talking about today with Adrian Savage, the founder of Deliverability Dashboard. Adrian is a wizard when it comes to all things email, and he goes over the four keys to massively improving your deliverability rates. If you have an email list or are thinking of starting one, this episode is a must-listen. You can also get access to a simple checklist that helps you avoid the spam folder and potentially double your open rate at DeliverabilityDashboard.com/checklist. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session498.

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Jul 28, 2021
SPI 497: Building a Big-Time Brand with Shawn Stevenson from The Model Health Show
00:50:29

#497 Today, you're going to hear an incredible level of detail on how to build a brand, write a bestselling book (or two), and make business and family life work together in a powerful way—plus why health and sleep are so crucial, and much more. Our guest is an SPI fan favorite: Shawn Stevenson of the Model Health Show, and he's going to take us behind the scenes of how he runs his business and gets things done, from his podcast to his books and everything else that's gone into building his incredibly successful brand. In fact, some of what Shawn shares in this episode is stuff he's never shared, because nobody's ever asked him these questions before! I cannot wait to go behind the scenes with you. How does the man run the show? Let's find out! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session497.

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Jul 21, 2021
SPI 496: The #1 Business Superpower You Can Use Today with Mike Kim
00:44:35

#496 How do you position yourself as an expert? How do you talk about yourself online so that other people become interested, not just in following you, but potentially buying from you? How do you sell yourself in a way that's not sleazy? It starts by remembering that you are the only you that exists. Today we're talking with Mike Kim from youarethebrandbook.com about how to turn your youness into a personal brand that gets people's attention and makes you money. Mike is one of the most genuine people I know. He's been through the ranks and gone through a lot of ups and downs, to now be helping people build their brands online. I'm really excited for you to hear this episode because it could be the refresher you need to take hold of who you are and how you position and talk about yourself online. In fact, Mike and I go through an entire blueprint on how to do this yourself. So sit back, relax, and take notes if you need to, because this is a great one. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session496.

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Jul 14, 2021
SPI 495: How to Run a Successful Community (And What to Put Inside)
00:38:12

#495 The future of business is about community and connection. And, it's more than just creating Facebook or LinkedIn groups—now your entire business can be run like a membership site. That's exactly what we're going to be talking about today with Jillian Benbow, the manager of our membership community, SPI Pro. Jillian and I cover what it takes to create a thriving community where members feel welcomed and excited to engage and grow together. She's a pro at fostering connection and managing all the different facets of running a community of diverse people with all kinds of businesses and goals. We talk meetups, networking, AMAs, gamification, and much more—it's a wealth of information on how to manage a community, so don't miss it. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session495.

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Jul 07, 2021
SPI 494: Why Online Summits Rock (& How to Run One) with Rob Gelb of HeySummit
00:34:08

#494: A long, long time ago—before Zoom was even a thing—we were talking about summits here on SPI. And guess what? Summits are back, and they're hotter and better than ever, especially because now we have even more tools to create and run amazing summits. One of those tools is HeySummit. It's a platform Rob Geld cofounded to help make online summits more flexible, more customizable, and easier to run. I'm really excited to welcome Rob to the show to share all the ins and outs, plus the practical, strategic step-by-step advice to create your first summit. Where do you start? How do you make it happen? Rob's got the answers, so check it out. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session494.

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Jun 30, 2021
SPI 493: How to Use Clubhouse for Social Media - All the Tips You Need to Make It Worth Your Time
00:46:21

#493 So by now you've probably heard about Clubhouse Let me tell you, Clubhouse is here, social audio is definitely here to stay, and it's not going anywhere. Having spent some time on Clubhouse (80,000 followers and counting), I can tell you that some of the connections and experiences I've had there have been amazing. Clubhouse can be a fantastic way to spark genuine conversations, create powerful connections, and take your business to the next level. It can be an absolute game changer! But you gotta do it right, and that's why I have Mike Stelzner on the show today, founder of Social Media Examiner. Today he'll be breaking down what you should and shouldn't do when joining the platform, how it works, how to promote your brand on Clubhouse, and more. Let's dig in! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session493

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Jun 23, 2021
SPI 492: How to Find and "Characterize" Your Passion with Connie Neal AKA Grandma Goodie
00:45:42

#492 We've got a fun one for you guys today. Connie Neal is on the show and boy, is she a character. And I mean that literally . . . Connie creates amazing content for kids as a character she created called Grandma Goodie, and she does a phenomenal job. First, we're going to be going back in time a little bit because Connie wasn't always a for-kids YouTube content creator. A while back she had an idea for something else that she actually mailed to me, but it didn't pan out. Still, Connie pushed forward with relentless optimism and now she's starting to really find her groove. We'll chat about how she got to where she is now and where she's going next, with a couple of fun stories to boot. Let's get started! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session492

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Jun 16, 2021
The Museum of Failure on Flops!
00:49:51

Did you know that there's a Museum of Failure? For the final installment in season 1 of Flops — the brand-new podcast my team launched this year — hosts Karen Beattie and Ray Sylvester sat down with the museum's director, Dr. Samuel West. What followed was a fascinating conversation around normalizing failure, how different cultures approach it, Dr. West's criteria for deciding what gets displayed in the museum, and more. Plus, stick around until the end for a special "mini failure" story from yours truly. And if you haven't listened already, all 8 episodes of the first season of Flops are now available for streaming. Learn more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/flops.

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Jun 11, 2021
SPI 491: Work Life Balance & The 18 Summers You Have with Your Kids (a Chat with Jim Sheils)
00:34:53

#491 As entrepreneurs a lot of us develop this idea that we need to hustle now, grind out the hours, and our families will understand. But this is the opposite of what I would advise. Nothing can replace lost time that you could have used to develop a strong relationship with your children, your partner . . . I've seen the other side of the "hustle now" mentality. Trust me, it isn't pretty.

Today I've got Jim Sheils on the show with a life-changing conversation about how to schedule time to connect with your family, why it's essential that you do so, and the rules he follows to get it right. His company, 18 Summers, is devoted to this topic and Jim's also the author of The Family Board Meeting, which I highly recommend you check out. If you want to learn how to succeed as an entrepreneur and have a great relationship with your family, this is the episode for you! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session491

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Jun 09, 2021
SPI 490: You Must Draw a Line in the Sand
00:15:09

#490 Earlier this week I interviewed Kevin Espiritu from Epic Gardening for session 489 of the show. He's absolutely killing it in his space and I've taken a few notes from him in terms of content creation. In talking with Kevin and interacting with him outside the show, I was reminded of some of the things I've seen other successful people do. I'll tell you all about them today, as well as something that I think it's critical all entrepreneurs realize: you have to take a stand at some point. I'll illustrate this for you today with an experience I had hearing Ramit Sethi speak back in the day. A few quick but impactful lessons in here for you today, so don't miss out! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session490

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Jun 04, 2021
SPI 489: The Niche That Exploded during the Pandemic and How Kevin Espiritu Is Owning It
00:52:11

#489 The pandemic put a lot of entrepreneurs on high alert and changed the way we work or do business. But some businesses thrived, and today's guest has a business that pretty much exploded during the pandemic. I first got connected with him because I (like a lot of us!) decided to try and start a garden. And when it comes to learning about all things gardening and plants, Kevin Espiritu from Epic Gardening is the man to go to. But Kevin's success wasn't just due to the pandemic. He poised himself for explosive success. Over time Kevin's built up a massive following on YouTube, published two books, expanded his brand, and created incredibly valuable product and affiliate deals. You'll learn all about how he did on today's episode, so don't miss out! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session489

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Jun 02, 2021
SPI 488: How to Get the Story That Connects, Serves, and Sells
00:09:49

#488 Earlier this week on episode 487 I got to interview PJ of GoatMilkStuff.com — it'll be one for the ages for sure. And it reminded me of something, an episode from way back, episode 122 with Shane and Jocelyn Sams. In fact, I'm going to share a clip from that episode today as well. And in having my memory jogged, something crystallized for me around being an effective podcast host. We're going to get into all of it today, so take a coffee (or tea, or water) break and let's chat! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session488

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May 28, 2021
SPI 487: Business Success as a Farm Family: The Story of Goat Milk Stuff
00:41:14

#487 PJ Jonas started making goat milk soap in 2008 and has since grown the business into the family business. Seriously, her entire family is involved with everything from actually making the soap to social media and more. And they don't just make soap anymore, they've added lip balms, lotions, and more to the products they ship worldwide. How did she scale the operation, how did she recruit the whole family into the business, and how do the Jonas's keep a sense of work life balance? PJ's giving us the full rundown today, so whether you're a seasoned or aspiring entrepreneur or just want to hear an amazing story, you're in the right place! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session487

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May 26, 2021
SPI 486: One of the Most Important Things You Can Do for Entrepreneurial (and Life) Success
00:11:25

#486 Sometimes our competitive edge can prevent us from finding a critical link with someone who, on paper, might look like a competitor. Well, I'm here today to encourage you to find a buddy, someone you can build up and who can encourage you as you progress, even if (again, on paper) you might look like competitors. Press play for a bit of encouragement from me and an important call to action! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session486

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May 21, 2021
SPI 485: Making Major Business Decisions during a Major Crisis with Chris Ducker
00:46:45

#485 The pandemic has taught all of us about the importance of flexibility. Chris Ducker, a great friend of mine, is here to tell us his experience, how his business is doing, and what he's learned making major business decisions in these times. How we respond to major shifts like these are often the ultimate test of ourselves and our businesses. Chris's key learnings can help us all better plan for the future and cultivate the right mindset for the next big pivot. There are some amazing nuggets on this episode — don't miss it! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session485

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May 19, 2021
SPI 484: The #1 Most Efficient Way to Succeed on Your Business Journey
00:11:33

#484 When I was a kid, when I was in school, I was afraid to ask questions. I worried that I'd look silly in front of my friends, that I'd get made fun of, or that I'd reveal something I didn't know (that I should). I'm here to tell you that your entrepreneurial journey shouldn't be like that. Asking questions, particularly at the start of my own journey, was a huge part of why I was able to go on and have success. It's just you and me today, so let's dig in. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session484

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May 14, 2021
SPI 483: Turning Life's Challenges into a Podcast and Brand That Changes Lives with Mary Barbera
00:32:25

#483 Today's guest is a student of mine who has a podcast and a book called Turn Autism Around. She's on a mission and she's here to tell us how she's started to realize that mission through books, courses, and more. She'll also share some of the strategies she learned for writing her book, launching her show (now with over 400,000 subscribers), and how she handles criticism online. Mary's story shows us just how positive the ripple effect can be — it's super-inspiring for anyone, especially if you're at the beginning of your business journey. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session483

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May 12, 2021
SPI 482: The 3-Second Rule That You Need to Know
00:15:12

#482 I've got a great tip to share with you today — especially if you're an introvert like me. This goes way back to my first conference. If you've ever been to one of these events you know that networking is a big part of the appeal. The ability to walk up to someone, introduce yourself, and strike up a conversation can lead to incredible opportunities. But way too often we end up psyching ourselves out of making the first move. Often the answer . . . is action. So we're going to dig into this topic a bit today, just you and me. Let's do it! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session482

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May 07, 2021
SPI 481: How to Negotiate Like a PRO with FBI Negotiator Chris Voss
00:39:00

#481 Chris Voss is the CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd. and the author of Never Split the Difference — an amazing book on negotiation that I'd highly recommend everyone read. I'm so grateful that Chris joined me on the show to talk about negotiation, how he got interested in the topic, as well as his in-depth advice on negotiation. We talk about how to great a lasting last impression (and why that's more critical than a first impression), setting yourself up for success, why negotiation is ultimately about collaboration, and we even get into Chris's thoughts about having the right kind of mindset for successful negotiation. Everyone uses negotiation to some degree in their life or business and man, this is one for the books. Let's do it! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session481

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May 05, 2021
SPI 480: The Entrepreneurial Game That No One Ever Wins
00:16:33

#480 If you're an entrepreneur, at some point you're inevitably going to compare yourself to the other entrepreneurs out there. Maybe you wish you had success like theirs, maybe you're envious because their success seemed to happen overnight. But some comparisons are healthy, like if you're trying to pull inspiration from someone or compare yourself now to where you were in the past. How can we approach those thoughts in a healthy way?

I've been there, and over time I've developed a few mindset shifts and thought experiments that have helped me a lot. Let's chat! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session480

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Apr 30, 2021
SPI 479: John Lee Dumas and The Common Path to Uncommon Success (Behind the Scenes)
00:47:02

#479 John Lee Dumas is here today to share the story behind his book, The Common Path to Uncommon Success: why he decided to write it, why he went with a traditional publishing deal, and all the strategies he used to make it come together. Whether you've written a book before, want to compare notes with John, or just want to learn more about this amazing book, stay tuned! Learn more about the book by going to UncommonSuccessBook.com. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session479

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Apr 28, 2021
SPI 478: When I Was a Newbie, This Helped More Than Anything
00:15:35

#478 For today's Follow-Up Friday, we're going one-on-one so I can tell you about my own first experiences with memberships, going all the way back to the days when I was a newbie with Internet Business Mastery. There's a lot you can learn from my experience and what it taught me about the power of membership communities, how to set them up so that members feel heard and taken care of, and providing students and learners with an amazing experience. Let's dig in! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session478

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Apr 23, 2021
SPI 477: How to Launch and Manage a Successful Membership Community with Stu McLaren
00:51:55

#477 Creating a membership community has been one of the best decisions we've ever made at SPI! Maybe you've thought about creating a membership community of your own, or maybe you're just curious. Either way, you're in the right place!

Today's episode is essentially a masterclass in membership communities. I'm honored and thrilled to have Stu McLaren on the show today, someone who has over 10 years of experience launching, cultivating, and empowering people through online membership communities. We're not just skimming the surface or laying out steps for getting started. We get into some advanced strategies and tactics on everything from onboarding to ensuring the longevity and health of your membership. Definitely take notes for this one! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session477.

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Apr 21, 2021
Introducing Flops: A New Podcast from SPI Media!
00:49:54

The podcast team at SPI has been cooking up something very exciting: a brand-new podcast called Flops! Flops presents an honest portrait of entrepreneurial failure in its numerous forms. When we hear entrepreneurial stories, we often glorify the big wins and brush over the failures that had everything to do with why success occurred. Flops turns the atypical success story on its head. Here to chat about the concept for the show and how it came about are co-hosts Karen Beattie and Ray Sylvester — after our short conversation you'll hear the first full episode of Flops: "The Pyramid Scheme." Learn more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/flops


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Apr 20, 2021
SPI 476: What I Finally Realized That Mattered So Much
00:17:21

#476 We hear phrases tossed out around the word "value" all the time. "Provide value," "give value," "massive value," etc. Sometimes that can sound a bit challenging, but Michael Hyatt — who was an amazing guest earlier this week on episode 475 of the podcast — has taught me a way to provide huge value to people in a really simple way. This isn't a superpower by the way, although Michael is obviously phenomenal at doing this thing (which I'll reveal in the episode). This is something everyone can start doing right now, and I'm going to challenge you to start today. I want to tell you how helpful and amazing Michael has been in my own life so that you can hopefully follow his example. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session476

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Apr 16, 2021
SPI 475: Michael Hyatt's New Book, Win at Work and Succeed at Life
00:39:29

#475 Is it even possible to win at work and life? It's the so-called "double win" — succeeding at work and life simultaneously — and Michael Hyatt's here to explain some of the strategies he uses to achieve it. He has a new book out on this very topic, which he co-authored with his daughter, Megan: Win at Work and Succeed at Life.

In this episode, you'll hear Michael and I talk over strategies and mindsets for achieving balance and freeing yourself from the cult of overwork. Michael details how to embrace constraints, how he structures his workday, and how to curb workaholism. This episode will inspire you to find that crucial balance in your own entrepreneurial journey — let's go!

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Apr 14, 2021
SPI 474: My First Time Hire Story (And How Much I Tried to Avoid It)
00:15:58

#474 Today we're going to jump back in the DeLorean and go all the way back to when I made my first time hire. Now, this wasn't a long-term hire or a team member, but I learned a lot of valuable lessons in the process (some of them kind of embarrassing, to be honest). Making that first hire was really the unlock for me in a lot of ways. Ultimately, you just can't do everything on your own, and once you realize just how much more you can do by outsourcing, hiring, delegating . . . so many doors open up. So let's sit back, relax, and I'll tell you the story. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session474

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Apr 09, 2021
SPI 473: Assistants, Admins, and Appreciation (with Jess, My Assistant of 7+ Years)
00:39:52

#473 How do you show appreciation for your assistant, who basically acts as an extension of your entrepreneurial self? Or, how do you resolve conflict with an assistant, what do you do if they're not the right fit? We're going to get into all of that, discuss how my assistant's role with SPI has evolved over 7+ years, and a lot more. Jess is such a blast to work with and I'm so grateful that she's on the show with me today. Let's go! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session473

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Apr 07, 2021
SPI 472: My Struggles with Communication
00:19:19

#472 We just had an amazing episode on the podcast earlier this week — SPI 471: How to Become a Better Communicator with Kolarele Sonaike. Definitely listen to it if you haven't had a chance yet. But today I want to share my own journey as a communicator. We're going to hop in the DeLorean and go all the way back to middle school, high school, and college — where I first started honing my communication skills. Sometimes you just have to hit the ground running, and when it comes to learning how to communicate as an entrepreneur, it's not helpful to be "the kid in the back of the class" (like I once was). Hopefully, this episode inspires you to get out there, make mistakes, and avoid the trap of thinking everything you put out there has to be perfect. SmartPassiveIncome.com/session472

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Apr 02, 2021
SPI 471: How to Become a Better Communicator with Kolarele Sonaike
00:33:56

#471 Communication is one of the most critical foundations to everything you do as an entrepreneur, in your personal relationships, and so much more. And becoming a better communicator is a lifelong journey — how do we do better? Our guest today is Koralele Sonaike, a Communication Skills Coach with a background as a barrister (England's version of a lawyer). He's here today to talk about approaches for becoming a better communicator, his own journey as a barrister and communicator, and the transformations he helps create in the lives of his clients. This episode can do amazing things for you, so if you want to better your communication and get better results in your business, don't pass it up. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session471

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Mar 31, 2021
SPI 470: I Found It!
00:20:00

#470: What is it I've found, you ask? Let me tell you: a topic that I'm deeply interested in and a way to share it that's unlike what anyone else is doing.

In session 469, I talked to Nick from PokeRev about his Pokemon card collecting and how he's been able to create a community—and earn money—around his hobby. Over the last few months, he and I have built a friendship around our shared love of Pokemon, and I've joined a number of his live streams and even become a moderator for his community, the PokeCave. Seeing what he's doing inspired me to create my own Pokemon-centered YouTube channel, Deep Pocket Monster, where I've found a love for live streams. There I try to bring positivity and energy to inspire other collectors and create a fun space for families to join. I've learned so much doing those live streams, and now I want to share what's making those successful. Let's go! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session470

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Mar 26, 2021
SPI 469: How Nick Turned His Passion into a Diverse Entrepreneurial Goldmine
00:49:28

#469 What if you could turn a hobby or passion — maybe something you loved or were crazy about as a kid — into a thriving goldmine of a business? That's exactly what Nick, AKA PokeRev, has done. Pokemon was his passion as a kid, it's something that's deeply steeped in nostalgia for him. He's managed to turn that joy into a super-successful YouTube channel. Thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of people join him on his live streams and he's been able to grow his subscribers to nearly 300k in just about a year! Whether you're new to the hobby or not, definitely give this one a listen. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session469

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Mar 24, 2021
SPI 468: When I've Failed at Work & Life Balance
00:17:39

#468: In SPI 467, I talked to Kristen at Bearfoot Theory, who took a month-long sabbatical from work at the end of 2020—a whole month disconnected from her business!— and managed to make more money than she had before, even while she was gone. We all need a break from time to time, and for those of us who own and manage our businesses on a day-to-day basis, it can be a real challenge to even think about stepping away for an extended time. This can feel overwhelming and stressful and trust me, I've been there. Finding a healthy work and life balance has not always been easy for me.

After a vacation to Hawaii a couple of years ago, I realized I had a near-impossible time disconnecting completely from work. I even took all my podcasting equipment with me to record an episode while I was there. (Not cool, Pat.) This kept me from fully relaxing and enjoying the precious time I had away with my family.

Since then, I've put a good deal of thought into how my next vacation can be different, and today, I'll take a deep dive into the strategies my team and I have worked on together to set the business up for success for those times when I need to step away, unplug, and recharge.

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Mar 19, 2021
SPI 467: What Going on Sabattical Can REALLY Do for Mental Health and Clarity with Kristen Bor
00:37:05

#467 We talk about a lot of business topics here at SPI, most of them related to moving forward: how to optimize your time, build your business, launch courses, create a podcast. It's a lot of doing. But today we're going to talk about something on a different side of the spectrum: taking time away from your business to think, focus on your mental health, gain new clarity, and reevaluate your relationship with your business or things like social media. On the show with me today is Kristen Bor, a travel blogger at BearfootTheory.com who did exactly that. Whether you've never taken a sabbatical before or the idea is just plain crazy to you, you should listen to this episode. I hope it's as inspiring for you as it was for me! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session467

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Mar 17, 2021
SPI 466: The Moment I Took the Entrepreneurial Leap
00:17:28

#466: We go deep in this episode. We're talking about the entrepreneurial leap—that moment when you accept the risk and truly dedicate yourself to the path of starting your own business. For me, it didn't happen the moment I got laid off or even after I started making more than four times what I'd been making as an architect. It came later, after several eye-opening experiences and conversations with people I trusted. Today, I'll tell you that story. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session466

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Mar 12, 2021
SPI 465: Making the Entrepreneurial Leap with Confidence with Gino Wickman
00:44:15

#465 Today's guest has written some truly incredible books that I wish I'd had on hand at that time. His book Rocket Fuel was a game-changer for me in helping me realize my role in the business. His new book, Entrepreneurial Leap is a powerful book, especially for anyone who's considering making the leap into entrepreneurship. Whether you've made the leap already or need to reassess where you're at, Gino's throwing down a lot of wisdom for us. Here we go! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session465

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Mar 10, 2021
SPI 464: Deep Into the Details of a New YouTube Channel (Our First Follow-up Friday!)
00:20:36

#464: I'm excited to introduce you to our first Follow-Up Friday episode on the SPI Podcast! Over the last couple of years we've had a lot of requests for more solo episodes of the show and now we're finally doing it. I'll be dropping a new episode every Friday to dive deeper into our Wednesday's guest interview. In this case, we didn't have a guest on Wednesday, so today it's just me diving even deeper into the world of YouTube.

In today's episode we'll talk about my newest side project, Deep Pocket Monster, a Pokemon YouTube channel where I document my Pokemon card collecting and investing journey. I've put a lot of thought into strategies to get the most views and gain subscribers, and today I'll share what's working and what's not in hopes it will help you in your own YouTube journey. Welcome to Follow-Up Fridays! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session464

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Mar 05, 2021
SPI 463: Behind the Scenes: My New Hobby YouTube Channel (and How I Pulled It Off)
00:32:19

#463: Starting off in a brand-new space can be hard for anyone but there are some strategies and mindsets you can use to optimize your approach. Today I'm going to break it down for you as I talk about my new YouTube channel . . . in the Pokemon card collecting space. But how did I make some noise in a space that I was essentially coming into for the first time? How did I fit a brand-new project into my life on top of everything else that I do? My foray into the Pokemon card YouTube space is an excellent case study in doing exactly that, so give this episode a listen! Also, make sure you stick around until the very end: I've got a very exciting announcement for you about the future of the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session463

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Mar 03, 2021
SPI 462: Everything about Podcast Advertising: Growing Your Business and Making More Money with Podcast Ads with Heather Osgood
00:51:15

#462: The cash flow between advertisers and podcasters recently has been insane — some projections say over $1 billion will be spent on podcast ads in 2021. So where do you start, whether you're someone with their own show or an advertiser with a product or service you want to spread the word about? If your curiosity is piqued, you're in the right place. Here to help answer your questions about podcast ads — whether you're a podcaster or an advertiser — is Heather Osgood of True Native Media. Podcast advertising is a massive opportunity and Heather has a ton of wisdom to share on the topic. Don't miss this one. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session462

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Feb 24, 2021
The Surprising State of Podcasting in 2021
00:34:01

If you're familiar with this podcast then you've probably heard me talk about the power of podcasting. Seriously, it can be life-changing. But what's going on out there in the "podverse" — what's the state of podcasting in 2021?

Whether you're new to podcasting or already have a show of your own, today's bonus episode is a must-listen: our guest is none other than Buzzsprout's head of marketing, Alban Brooke. Alban's sharing a ton of insight based on what he's seeing in the industry, where it's going, how to leverage social media to bring more listeners onto your show — there's something in here for everyone!

By the way, I would highly recommend checking out Buzzsprout as a hosting provider, plus you can get some extra time on your plan if you go through SmartPassiveIncome.com/buzzsprout. [Full disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/podcast2021

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Feb 19, 2021
SPI 461: How YOUR Life Experiences Translate into Serving Others Online and on Stage with Darryll Stinson
00:34:33

#461: Darryll was a Division I athlete when his football career essentially... imploded. By learning how to pick himself up from that event, including a serious turning point in his life due to a suicide attempt, Darryll realized an incredible new mission: to help people, specifically athletes, to find their next big passion. He's now a two-time TEDx speaker and the author of an Amazon best-selling book: Who Am I After Sports? An Athletes Roadmap to Discover New Purpose and Live Fulfilled. He's here today to share his story, how he created his foundation, Second Chance Athletes, and his roadmap for finding your next passion in life. He's bringing the heat so go ahead and hit that play button! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session461

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Feb 17, 2021
SPI 460: The Easy Way to Start Freelancing Now to Make Money and Change Your Life with Jay Clouse
00:36:40

#460: So look, I usually don't try to "sell" anyone too hard when it comes to these episodes, but this one might just change your life. Why? Well, if I had to suggest ways to get started tomorrow, this would be one of my top recommendations: start freelancing now. With us today is Jay Clouse, Community Experience Director for Smart Passive Income. He's also the creator of Freelancing School, an incredible resource for anyone who wants to learn how to make money with freelancing. He's going to break down some of the in and outs of freelancing for us: from where to focus early on to landing your first clients and asking for referrals or testimonials. Like I said at the top, this episode could change your life so don't hesitate to give it a listen! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session460

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Feb 10, 2021
Why Community Is Everything In 2021 (and Beyond) — Bonus Episode with Circle.so
01:13:42

Bonus episodes are a rare occurrence here but we're doing this one because we feel compelled to tell you about an incredible shift happening in our industry and an amazing tool we're using to ride that shift. It's called Circle. Today, we're going to explain why community is everything and why we describe our commitment to the community within SPI as the beating heart of the business. We're so stoked that there are actually three segments within this bonus episode: a one-on-one interview and two roundtables. There's tons of actionable advice through this whole episode, whether you have a community of your own or are just starting to think about it. I can't emphasize enough what an amazing, critical opportunity online communities are for creators; Circle is an invaluable asset in making it happen. Check out Circle at SmartPassiveIncome.com/circle [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for Circle]. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/circlebonus

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Feb 08, 2021
SPI 459: The Right Formula to Win on YouTube with Derral Eves
00:50:21

#459: Is there a formula to winning on YouTube? We've been getting requests for an episode just like this one for a while, which is why I'm thrilled to bring on Derral Eves, founder of VidSummit. He is an absolute master when it comes to understanding what it takes to grow massive channels on YouTube, which is why he has a new book out: The YouTube Formula: How Anyone Can Unlock the Algorithm to Drive Views, Build an Audience, and Grow Revenue. Today, he's diving into some of his strategies. We get seriously deep today. There's a lot of super-specific, invaluable information here about how to grow your channel, so grab something to take notes with, and let's do this thing! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session459

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Feb 03, 2021
Welcome to the Smart Passive Income Podcast!
00:02:43

This is the podcast for people who want to create and sustain a passive income stream online! Whether you have a side-hustle already in the works, don’t even know where to begin, or just want to crush it with what you got — this show has it all: from expert advice from people like Michael Hyatt, Amy Porterfield, and Gary Vaynerchuck to deep dives on marketing, social media, podcasting, YouTubing, and living a balanced, rewarding life as an entrepreneur.

The guests here share all they can so that you can flourish, no matter what your personal goals are or where you’re at. Tune in every Wednesday!



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Feb 02, 2021
SPI 458: Nailing Your Pitch and Growing Your Business with Maria Failla (SPI Pro COTM Winner)
00:37:36

#458: Imagine you got on an elevator today, right now even, with someone who could benefit from your business. You have 60 seconds to convince them. What would you say? To put it bluntly, nailing your pitch is mission-critical. That's why we launched an elevator pitch contest as our Challenge of the Month on SPI Pro back in July. The prize was an appearance on the SPI podcast, which is why we have Maria Failla on the show today! Hopefully, today's episode clues you into the importance of nailing your pitch and inspires you to try this exercise for yourself. If you do, tag me on Twitter or Instagram @PatFlynn. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session458

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Jan 27, 2021
SPI 457: The Secret to Taking Risks & How to Make It Work - Behind the Scenes with Katie Kimball
00:47:46

#457: One event put Katie in a position to ultimately change the lives of tens of thousands of children and families all over the world: An email from a book publisher (whom she actually hasn't heard from since). But Katie's career isn't built on luck. She had to first ask questions — something she's insanely good at. She also describes herself as a "medium-speed" entrepreneur, mitigating risk wherever possible. Take a step behind the curtain of Katie's business with me today. We're diving into her origin story, the ins and outs of the decisions she made along the way, her secret to taking risks, and the strategies she's used to bring her business to the next level. I know that by listening in you'll be inspired to apply these takeaways towards your journey too. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session457

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Jan 20, 2021
SPI 456: From Side Hustle to a Life-Changing Business - How Josh Hall and His Courses Made It Happen
00:57:53

#456: You know those stories that start out "once I was in a rock band . . . " ? It turns out that drumming in a rock band would put Josh Hall in the right place for a major entrepreneurial lightbulb to go off. Fast forward about a decade and Josh would be running his own web design firm and launching wildly successful courses for entrepreneurs hoping to follow in his footsteps. Here's how Josh did it all: you'll learn how Josh transitioned from his first clients to starting his agency, building a suite of online courses, and creating his new membership site. He'll talk you through all the "whys" behind those decisions, some of the hard lessons he learned early on, and the revolutionary effect podcasting has had on his business. There's a lot of ground to cover today — roll tape! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session456

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Jan 13, 2021
SPI 455: How to Build a Trust-Worthy Brand in a Crowded Space with Rob Maurer from Tesla Daily
00:46:28

#455: This might surprise you, but there's really only one show that I absolutely have to listen to . . . every week. Actually, every day. The show is Tesla Daily, which is why I couldn't be more thrilled to have its host Rob Maurer on the show today!

If you want a behind-the-curtain peek at how someone with over 100,000 YouTube subscribers produces a hard-hitting podcast every day, you're in the right place. Even more impressive is how Rob's built a trust-worthy brand in such a crowded space.

What does it take to keep up production with a daily show like this? How do you combine an audio-first podcast with the power of YouTube? And what does Rob do when Elon Musk posts a controversial tweet? All that and more today — press play, y'all! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session455

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Jan 06, 2021
SPI 454: The Most Impactful Podcast Episodes of 2020 (and a Look Forward)
00:34:50

#454: I want you to step into the DeLorean with me for a moment, because we're going back in time all the way to January . . . of 2020.

Think of this episode as a guide to the year, in terms of SPI podcast episodes. From deeply personal and heartfelt stories to actionable advice and expert strategies for everything from email marketing to TikTok, this shortlist of 17 episodes has something for everyone. Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session454

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Dec 30, 2020
SPI 453: A Reflection on 2020 and a Chat about Our 2021 Goals
00:31:03

#453: I've been an entrepreneur for over a decade and, oh man, I've definitely never had a year like this one. It's been a serious doozy, so some reflection needs to be done. And that's what this episode is all about. Just you and me today. I'm going to take you through five things — events, decisions, etc — from 2020. We're talking the good, the struggles, the pivots, the lessons learned, all of it, so that we can move forward confidently into 2021. It's not just about what didn't happen this year — the in-person events, for example — it's about what is possible because of the changes we're all having to embrace. And that mindset shift can open up a completely different way of thinking about everything 2020 threw our way. Let's get started! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session453

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Dec 23, 2020
SPI 452: Can You Actually Have It All? How a Mom of 8 Kids Tries to Make It Work (and the Hard Lessons Learned)
00:49:29

#452: How do you balance every 24 hours between business, family or personal relationships, and the rest of it? Well, what if you had eight kids on top of running a business? (Is that even possible?) Like today's guest Lisa Canning says: "the juggle is real," and whether or not you're a parent, I promise you at some point, you're going to be juggling. So many entrepreneurs feel like success comes at the detriment of other areas in their life. Is equilibrium even possible? If you're asking questions like this, I highly recommend listening to this episode. Lisa's going to take us through her own story, from a meltdown in her minivan to finding a more holistic approach to business and life. You'll learn Lisa's three-part framework for balancing work and life, plus a great "litmus test" for checking whether that balance is off. Whether you have eight kids or none, this episode is for you! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session452

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Dec 16, 2020
SPI 451: The Most Insane Journey to Becoming an Entrepreneur I've Ever Heard: Casanova Brooks and Achieving Your Dreams
00:47:49

#451: There's a saying that you're going to hear on this episode that I absolutely love: "Joy wouldn't feel so good if it wasn't for pain." It's a heck of a true statement, and Casanova Brooks, today's guest, has truly lived it.

Today, he's taking us through his experience: from his tough upbringing to how he found his drive, why he decided to pursue real estate, and what he learned from a tough period sleeping next to a water heater. This one is super motivating, super inspirational, and there's a ton of solid advice in here about finding mentorship, discovering your drive, and setting goals for yourself. And the title says it all: this is the most insane journey to becoming an entrepreneur I've ever heard. Let's dig in! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session451

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Dec 09, 2020
SPI 450: Entrepreneur Growth, Self-Discovery, and Pivoting in Tough Times
00:44:37

#450: Can you imagine being in the travel influencer industry when COVID-19 hit? Kristin Addis is the creator at BeMyTravelMuse.com—a site for travelers, especially solo female backpackers. Kristin works with brands and organizes special trips for adventurers. Kristin's no stranger to adversity. Her whole travel adventure started when she was four years deep in a top-notch corporate job that she just knew from day one wasn't going to stick.

How is she innovating and keeping her business thriving? Kristin's going to take us through it all today, from her business's origin story and the decisive moments when she knew to stay with it, to adapting to a post-COVID world, to getting vulnerable and creating new offerings for her audience. A lot of great inspiration in this one—let's go!

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Dec 02, 2020
SPI 449: A Blast from the Past and Life's Interesting Journey — Back After 8 Years
00:42:44

#449: It's been 8 years and exactly 400 episodes since Brendan Hufford last joined us on the show. He's back to give us an update on where life has taken him since then. We talk about his experience as an admin for the SPI Facebook community, how the idea for SPI Pro started, and what lessons he's learned as a father of four and an entrepreneur. Brendan is an SEO expert—you can learn more at SEO for the Rest of Us. He's also going to dive into what we should know about SEO and why you don't need a thousand-dollar course to learn SEO the right way. There's a lot to talk about so let's dive in! Show notes and more at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session449

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Nov 25, 2020
SPI 448: How to Use Scarcity and Urgency to 10x Your Sales and Marketing with Jack Born
00:39:50

#448: Our job as marketers to help people make decisions, even life-changing ones. Creating scarcity and urgency ("scurgency," as I once heard someone put it) is the name of the game.

Why is scarcity so necessary and what can it do for us? What's the psychology of selling, how do you set deadlines in a genuine way, and how do you help someone commit to life-changing action? Jack Born, today's guest, has the answers to those questions and more, plus a story about kitesurfing that perfectly illustrates the power of deadlines

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Nov 18, 2020
SPI 447: The Story of Matt D'Avella and His Rise to YouTube Fame
00:45:03

#447: Matt D'Avella is one of the most entertaining YouTubers I've found in a long time—his videos are engaging and his storytelling is brilliant. He's also the director of the 2015 documentary film Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. In this episode, Matt starts at the beginning and unpacks how he was able to go from $97k in student loans to debt-free with a thriving YouTube channel. He explains how he found his voice in front of the camera, his process for creating high-view uploads, and why he launched his new course platform, Slow Growth Academy.

Whether you're a YouTuber yourself or just want a peek behind the curtain at someone who's doing it really, really right, this one's for you. Show notes available at: SmartPassiveIncome.com/session447

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Nov 11, 2020
SPI 446: How to Start and Sustain a Successful Business with Racheal Cook
00:46:33

#446: As an entrepreneur, it's hard to be in it for the long haul, and Racheal Cook has seen a lot of people hit burnout really quickly. Some of the things that make someone a potentially strong entrepreneur—the focus, the hustle—can work against us when we deprioritize things like health. Racheal sees hiring others as a high-leverage opportunity that will help any entrepreneur grow their business to the next level and avoid burnout. We talk about the importance of "firing yourself," and how to set up your business from the start to be sustainable and profitable. Plus, she provides listeners with a special offer— a checklist with her tips for business growth. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session446

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Nov 04, 2020
SPI 445: Courses, Community, and Courage—How Sam and Joe Built a Successful Online Business with Mum
00:56:43

#445: After spending some time trying to figure out a direction to take, today's guests, Sam and Joe Pitcher, ultimately turned their artist-mom's talents into a thriving website and community. Their story shows that with enough experimentation—some of their first ideas completely bombed—you can land on something great. Their site, textileartist.org, is unexpected and surprising, and it's incredible what they've done to monetize it. Plus, there's a sweet story to go with this success—these guys are really proud of their mother. And they're from England, so they call her "Mum," of course. ;) Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session445

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Oct 28, 2020
SPI 444: Instagram Reels and TikTok for Business—Yes, It Does Work
00:40:15

#444: Although it might seem like a fad, TikTok has been the most crucial part of brand building for today's guest, Keenya Kelly. She's here to teach us about TikTok and a similar platform out there called Instagram Reels, and how you can use short-form videos on both platforms to take your own brand and business to the next level. She shares what kind of content has worked really well for her, why it's so exciting to be involved with this trend early, and tons more. She's super generous dishing out her secret sauce, has great charisma, and is really fun to talk with and listen to. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session444

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Oct 21, 2020
SPI 443: A New Way to Monetize Your Podcast with Jason from Supercast
00:52:52

#443: A lot of podcasters are struggling to find ways to monetize their shows. Today I'm talking to Jason from Supercast, which provides a way to create a membership opportunity with your podcast. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session443

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Oct 14, 2020
SPI 442: How to Get More Traffic and Exposure for Your Brand with Brittney Lynn
01:00:16

#442: For this episode of the SPI Podcast, I invited my PR agent, Brittney L. Lynn, to talk about how she and her team help people get media attention. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session442

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Oct 07, 2020
SPI 441: Your Relationship with Selling and How to Finally Get Your First Customers with Ramit Sethi
00:59:37

#441: Today I'll be speaking with Ramit Sethi about the psychology of selling. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session441

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Sep 30, 2020
SPI 440: How to Create Bingeworthy Content with Tracy Hazzard
00:50:00

#440: Tracy Hazzard is here to talk about what gives a podcast that "binge factor" (which also happens to be the name of one of her podcasts). Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session440

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Sep 23, 2020
SPI 439: The #1 Most Underrated Way to Grow Your Email List and Brand Today (Let Me "Quiz" You)
00:49:24

#439: Randy Rayess is the cofounder of Outgrow, and in this show he shares the different use cases for these email list growth tools, and how they might be useful for you. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session439

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Sep 16, 2020
SPI 438: How IPA Can Lead to The Best Version of You—Productivity, Staying True to Yourself, and More with Eric Partaker
00:46:30

#438: Today's guest, Eric Partaker has dedicated his life to helping others be their best selves in business, relationships, and life. Podcast show notes available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session438

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Sep 09, 2020
SPI 437: Life After Being a High-Performance CEO with Jon Oringer
00:34:36

#437: Jon Oringer is the billionaire founder of Shutterstock.com. Podcast show notes are available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session437

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Sep 02, 2020
SPI 436: How to Become a Valuable Leader with Dave Stachowiak
00:43:05

#436: In this episode, I'm speaking with Dave Stachowiak, and he's the host of the podcast Coaching for Leaders. Podcast show notes available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session436

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Aug 19, 2020
SPI 435: 7 Terrible Traps Entrepreneurs Fall Into (And How to Get Out of Them)
01:06:18

#435: On this session of the SPI Podcast, I give you a heads up about seven terrible pitfalls that entrepreneurs often encounter. Podcast show notes available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session435

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Aug 12, 2020
SPI 434: How to Know What to Fix Next with Mike Michalowicz
00:27:46
#434: Of all the things that seem vital and urgent in your business, how do you know what you should be focusing on right now? You can't address everything at once, so how can you stop putting out urgent fire after urgent fire so you can continue to grow? That's what we're talking about today with Mike Michalowicz. Podcast show notes are available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session434 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 05, 2020
SPI 433: Black Entrepreneurs Speak Out, Volume 2
00:42:29
#433: In June we asked Black entrepreneurs in the SPI community to share their experiences, and we're once again handing them the mic. This episode includes some things Team SPI has especially needed to hear. We're trying to do better and face our unconscious biases so we can make progress in the fight against racism. Warning: this episode includes mentions of violence and prejudice and may not be suitable for younger listeners. Podcast show notes available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session433 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 29, 2020
SPI 432: From Zero Audience to a Successful Podcast-Based Business, with Sophie Walker
00:37:10

#432: In this session of the SPI Podcast I talk to Sophie Walker. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session432

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Jul 22, 2020
SPI 431: Is Writing Still a Viable Content Platform? Medium, Copywriting Tips and More, with Dr. Benjamin Hardy
00:42:10

#431: In this session of the SPI Podcast, I talk to Dr. Benjamin Hardy. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session431

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Jul 15, 2020
SPI 430: Passive Income Success Story: How Jacques Hopkins Finally Made (Significant) Money Online
00:48:51
#430: In this session of the SPI Podcast, I talk to Jacques Hopkins, who started six unsuccessful passive income ventures before finding the right niche. After years of work, Jacques has finally started to make significant money with his course, Piano in 21 Days [affiliate link]. We cover the importance of mapping out the customer journey, what's working well right now for online course creators, and the value of customer feedback. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session430 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 08, 2020
SPI 429: Taking Your Business to the Next Level with SPI Pro
00:31:17
#429: I couldn't be more excited to finally reveal a project we've been working on in secret for almost a year! My business partner, Matt Gartland, joins me to talk about the exciting new SPI Pro Community, a membership community for aspiring entrepreneurs. Online community development, a private network rooted around common goals, focus, ethics, and vision. It all starts with our Founding Members. Will you be one of them? Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session429 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 01, 2020
SPI 428: Inside the Start of an Online Membership Community with Kevin Fremon
00:49:03
#428: In this session of the SPI Podcast I speak with Kevin Fremon, an entrepreneur who's just getting started building an online membership community to better serve and support his audience. We discuss why it's so important to test your idea before you commit, the differences between various membership platforms, and what makes a community leader smile like a giddy kid. Podcast show notes are available at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session428 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 24, 2020
SPI 427: Since Launching a Physical Product, Here's What We've Learned—SwitchPod Updates
00:43:22
#427: This episode of the SPI Podcast is about the business at SwitchPod, a physical product my videographer, Caleb Wojcik—who joins me—and I created. From an idea in 2017, to a $418K Kickstarter launch in 2019, to building and shipping it, to placement on Amazon and retail stores... It's been awesome, and we want to share what we're learning along the way to help you fast-forward your own physical product success. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session427 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 17, 2020
SPI 426: Black Entrepreneurs Speak Out, Volume 1
00:46:05
#426: In an effort to spend more time listening to and amplifying the voices of SPI's Black community, we invited people to submit a recording via SpeakPipe sharing whatever they felt comfortable. Team Flynn did not disappoint. Numerous Black entrepreneurs responded, sharing their challenges, promoting their businesses, sharing advice and resources, and telling their stories. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session426 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 10, 2020
Emergency Episode #5: A Message From Our Team
00:02:58
We’re pausing our regular content this week to honor and mourn the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others in the Black community who have been taken too soon. My teams at SPI Media, Fusebox, Flynndustries, and SwitchPod are taking stock of what we need to do to help bring an end to systemic racism. We’re also opening up a forum for our Black community members and Black entrepreneurs to be heard at http://smartpassiveincome.com/contribute. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 05, 2020
SPI 425: How to Host a Lower-Priced Workshop to Lead to a Higher-Priced Product, with Rick Mulready
00:52:01
#425: Imagine you sell a valuable premium product—one people aren't buying because of the high price point. How do you get them to buy? In this episode I share an honest, authentic marketing tactic used successfully by my friend Rick Mulready, from The Art of Online Business Podcast and RickMulready.com. Here is step-by-step guidance on leading people to a higher-priced product using a lower-priced workshop. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session425 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 27, 2020
SPI 424: The Antidote to Dry Marketing and Sales, with Ann Handley
00:32:09
#424: Ann Handley is a Wall Street Journal-bestselling author who helps businesses escape marketing mediocrity to ignite tangible results—and she's here to talk about how we can best portray our authentic selves to effectively market our brands. Learn why so many people are bad at marketing, an incredibly simple way to approach marketing that turns what most people do on its head, and whether likability is even that important. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session424 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 20, 2020
SPI 423: A Copywriting Masterclass and Sales Page Components that Convert, with Prerna Malik
00:53:26
#423: In this episode of the SPI Podcast, I talk to Prerna Malik about how to become a better conversion copywriter. You'll learn the elements of Prerna's proprietary copywriting process, how to lead a browser to become a buyer, the difference between a bad testimonial and a great one, and how to get social proof before you even have your first customer. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session423 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 13, 2020
SPI 422: Email Marketing Audit: Which of These Email Marketing Strategies Are You Actually Doing?
00:41:23
#422: In this solo show, I share a little ten-point quiz you can take to test the strength of your email marketing strategy, and I let you in on some of my email marketing secrets. This isn't the traditional stuff I hope you’re doing already, like writing great subject lines, cleaning your email list, and paying attention to deliverability. No—these are tips from deep inside the Smart Passive Income toolbox. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session422 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 06, 2020
Emergency Episode #4: Podcasting During Covid-19 (and Your Big Opportunity)
00:31:05
Podcasting has definitely been affected by the pandemic. Numbers are down for some, however, in some industries, the numbers are way up. Why though? Also, why might now be a great time to start a podcast, and how do we, in this environment, best grow our podcast? All that and more in this episode. Check out Buzzsprout, which we talk about in this episode:  smartpassiveincome.com/buzzsprout. And download the SPI Podcast Cheat Sheet, which gives you step-by-step guidance on starting your podcast.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 04, 2020
SPI 421: Deborah Niemann: Deborah's Online Course Success Story (About Goats—Yes, Goats)
00:39:56
#421: In this episode, I interview Deborah Niemann, who helps people all over the world raise their goats and make cheese and soap via her online courses. We cover how to position yourself as the expert and actually be that expert, ways not to create your online course, and the importance of collecting email addresses early on. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session421 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 29, 2020
SPI 420: How the CEO of Everbowl is Radically Growing and Creating an Amazing User Experience for His Customers
00:47:01
#420: Self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and childhood classmate of mine Jeff Fenster is here to tell us how he's created multiple successful businesses in an all kinds of spaces. These include a small payroll company, a digital marketing agency, a construction company, and most recently, a healthy-dining establishment. You'll learn about the different "types" of entrepreneurial minds, what it means to "reverse-engineer" a business, and why it's good to be the dumbest guy in the room. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session420 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 22, 2020
Emergency Episode #3: Your Undiscovered Opportunity During This Time of Crisis
00:36:13
At a time when we are craving connection and the ability to connect with others, there's an amazing opportunity in the online world that you may be able to create a business from - membership websites. Memberships right now are thriving, bigtime. In fact, we at SPI are working on one of our own right now, and we wanted to bring Stu McClaren on to talk about this opportunity and even how to validate a membership idea and how to get started today. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 21, 2020
SPI 419: 23 Entrepreneurs Answer: How Do You Run a Business and Raise Kids at the Same Time?
01:40:19

#419: For this special episode, I asked some of my parent entrepreneur friends a few questions about owning your own business and working at home. Then, the unprecedented health crisis of 2020 happened, and they found themselves in even closer quarters with their kids. You'll learn tips, plans, strategies, and tools for juggling family and business, and how to ask for forgiveness when the inevitable ball does fall. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session419

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Apr 15, 2020
SPI 418: How to Get Super High-Profile Guests, with Jordan Harbinger
00:38:58
#418: Jordan Harbinger, often referred to as “The Larry King of podcasting,” talks about the role of luck in business success and how to cultivate relationships with publicists, agents, and others. His podcast, The Jordan Harbinger Show, has been a top 50 iTunes podcast for over twelve years and receives over six million downloads per month. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session418 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 08, 2020
SPI 417: Have a Vision or Be Doomed to Failure. Vision Scripting, with Michael Hyatt
00:45:23
#417: Joining me for this episode is Michael Hyatt. He's been a guest here on the show several times in the past, and he's one of our favorites. He has a book that just came out called, The Vision Driven Leader. In this episode, Michael talks about the ideas in this book and how he came to be such a successful and admired leader. You'll learn: how to figure out which opportunities are relevant and which are distractions, why it is a mistake to take action without first thinking about the vision you have for your business, and what a vision actually is. Read show notes here: www.smartpassiveincome.com/session417 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 01, 2020
SPI 416: Before Your First or Next Presentation DO THIS, with Grant Baldwin
00:56:30
#416: On this SPI podcast episode, Grant Baldwin from TheSpeakerLab.com is here. Grant loves to be up with a microphone in front of a group of people. He just released a book called The Successful Speaker, and he's here to share some great advice about preparing for a presentation. Have a listen. You'll learn, why speaking might be a great gig for you, the most important questions to ask yourself as you prepare your talk, the number one most powerful thing to include in every talk, and more. Read show notes here: www.smartpassiveincome.com/session416 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 25, 2020
Emergency Episode #2: Steps to Take When You Get Laid Off
01:09:23
Pat and Matt discuss getting laid off, and the next steps you can take to turn your knowledge into a potential freelancing career, either on the side, or potentially full time. Pat discusses his layoff in 2008 during the recession and how to set yourself up for success mentally, and Matt takes it home to give you specific advice on where to potentially go from here. Read more here: www.smartpassiveincome.com/toolkit See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 25, 2020
Emergency Episode: Covid-19 and Maintaining Your Business
00:46:55
Pat Flynn and Matt Gartland (CFO + COO of SPI Media) come together to chat about the current state of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health comes first, however almost every business, online and offline, is being affected by what's happening, and Matt and I wanted to come on to share some thoughts about how to navigate these turbulent times with your business. From finances to team culture and mental health, we hope this episode provides some help to you during this time. For more information and other helpful resources Team SPI has put together for you, please visit: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/toolkit See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 19, 2020
SPI 415: How to Make Money Through Voice-Over Work, with Mike Russell
00:38:10
#415: If you've ever thought about getting into the world of voice-over work, today's guest is here with a ton of information about how to use your voice to make money. Mike Russell and his wife, Isabella, are co-founders of Music Radio Creative. Today, he shares his story about how he got into voice-over work and built his amazing agency. You'll learn how you can break into the voice-over space, how to get started, and more. Read show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session415   See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 18, 2020
SPI 414: The Podcast Interviewer Authority Strategy that Led to a Six-Figure Business, with Erika Vieira
00:39:39
#414: In this episode, we talk with Erika Vieira who started a podcast because she was curious about the world of successful female YouTubers. She now has a six-figure business and amazing relationships with YouTubers who are helping her grow her own audience and authority. You'll learn about unexpected opportunities that podcasting can create, how you can turn your curiosity into something that pays, and more. Read show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session414 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 11, 2020
SPI 413: The Secrets of Publishing for Profit (Both Fiction and Non-Fiction), With Mark Dawson
00:43:48
#413: In this episode, I talk with Mark Dawson who made more than $1.5 million last year alone from self-published books. Now, he teaches other people how to put out self-published books, and he has very unique strategies and a formula for doing that. Listen in and learn why self-publishing worked better than traditional publishing for Mark, how to position yourself for success when publishing books, strategies for placing Amazon ads, and more. Read show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session413 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 04, 2020
SPI 412: The Power and Pain of Partnerships & The Future of Content on the Web, with Darrell Vesterfelt
00:54:35
#412: In this episode, we're talking with Darrell Vesterfelt who can give us the low-down on all things partnerships. A partnership brings another pro onto your team to focus on what they do best, so you can focus on what YOU do best. And you both have ownership of the venture. Listen in to learn why sole entrepreneurs might consider forming a partnership, the first steps toward bringing a partner on board, and what needs to happen legally to be in a partnership. Read show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session412 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 26, 2020
SPI 411: 5 Market Must-Haves when Building a Business that will Succeed, with Ryan Levesque
00:57:27
#411: Is the market that you are serving viable for a long-term business model? Is it actually possible for you to succeed and make money in that space? Well, that's what we're going to talk about today with special guest Ryan Levesque. You'll learn the two most important things you need to be successful in business, how to not choose a bad market, and how to find a market-size sweet spot. Read the show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session411 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 19, 2020
SPI 410: How Building a Tribe Took this Man from Rock Bottom to Massive Business Success
00:45:08
SPI #410: In one day, Mark Bowness' marriage ended, he lost his job, and he lost his community and sense of self. He was at rock bottom. Now he's a leading authority helping coaches, consultants, experts, thought leaders and entrepreneurs to build purpose-driven tribes. In this episode, you'll learn how to amplify your work and impact through building community, the four key elements of a tribe, and what makes a great leader. Read show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session410 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 12, 2020
SPI 409: An Interview with Jess my Executive Assistant (and How We Choreograph Our Work Together)
00:43:02
#409: If you've ever thought that you don't have enough time to do everything you want to do, listen to this podcast episode. I interview my executive assistant, who has made it possible for me to focus on the big picture items on my to-do list. She's super organized, and, well, it's time for you to get to know her. You'll learn how to work with an executive assistant, how to build a strong relationship, and what tasks to handoff. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session409 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 05, 2020
SPI 408: How to Hire the Right Help and Get More Time Back without Driving Yourself Crazy
00:42:31
#408: In this episode, we're talking with Shannon and Bryan Miles from Belaysolutions.com. They have a three-pronged approach to helping entrepreneurs get the support they need— featuring virtual assistants (VAs), bookkeepers, and web assistants. You'll learn how to determine the right time to hire an executive assistant, what the qualities of a great virtual assistant are, and how to take the first steps towards finding help. Read the show notes here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session408 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 29, 2020
SPI 407: How to Raise a Kid Entrepreneur
00:48:51
#407: If you’re a parent and an entrepreneur, or a kid and an entrepreneur, or a parent of a kid-entrepreneur, or just want to be part of a fun conversation, this podcast with Steve Chou is one you’ll want to listen to. Steve and I have come together because our kids are both entrepreneurs. We talk about how our kids got started in entrepreneurship, how much influence we have (or don’t have) on their projects, how we deal with other issues of safety and social media and dealing with haters, and more. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session407 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 22, 2020
SPI 406: The 7 DOs and DON'Ts of Email Marketing Success
00:42:18
#406: In this episode, we’ll focus on what to do—and what not to do—to drastically improve your open rates and make email marketing that works. We’ll talk about subject lines and why you need to be spending way more time on them than you think. We’ll also cover why I think most of you aren’t sending enough emails, while also going over that all-important question: how much is too much? Read full show notes: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session406 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 15, 2020
SPI 405: Gather Your Community or Get Left Behind—Mighty Networks and More with Gina Bianchini
00:50:52
#405: I’m super psyched to have a conversation with Gina Bianchini, the founder of a platform for communities called Mighty Networks. This tool lets you create your own groups and puts you back in the driver’s seat. You'll learn why people crave community, starting small in creating courses, Mighty Networks vs. Facebook Groups, and more! Read the full show notes: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session405 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 08, 2020
SPI 404: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team with Patrick Lencioni
00:46:36
#404: On today’s episode, we have Patrick Lencione, author of the bestselling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I can’t tell you enough how much of a gamechanger it’s been for me as I’ve been trying to build Team SPI. Don’t miss this episode, because the conversation we have is just mind-blowing in so many ways. Patrick is chock-full of so many great stories and examples to illustrate what a healthy team looks like, and where so many teams go wrong. Read the full show notes at: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session404 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 01, 2020
SPI 403: 2 Time Management Strategies to Practice in 2020
00:12:37
#403: This episode is short and sweet, but I talk about two key time management strategies that have really helped me make the most of my time. The first is just in time learning, which is the idea that you only learn the things you need in order to take your next step. Balancing that is the twenty percent itch rule, which is the idea that I set aside twenty percent of my time each week to experiment and try new things. That way I still get to scratch that itch and explore some new things while keeping focused on what I have to do here and now with the other eighty percent of my time. Take a listen to learn more, and happy holidays from all of us here at Team SPI. Read the full show notes at: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session403 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 25, 2019
SPI 402: Everyone Needs to Have a Podcast
00:32:09
#402: If you’re not already podcasting, I have just one question for you: WHY?! As I’ve been saying over and over on the Smart Passive Income Podcast, podcasting is just the most rapidly growing way to connect directly your listeners. Learn more at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session402. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 18, 2019
SPI 401: Jesse Cole—The Yellow Tux Guy
00:36:02
#401: On SPI 401, Jessie Cole, the Yellow Tux Guy, stops by to share one of the most inspiring and wackiest success stories I've ever heard on this podcast! You'll learn how Jessie has created unbelievable and amazing experiences for his fans, and how you can do the same. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session401 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 11, 2019
SPI 400: Top 10 Things I've Learned Since Recording 400 Episodes of the SPI Podcast
00:36:30
#400: I share the top 10 things I've learned since recording 400 episodes of the SPI podcast. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session400 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 04, 2019
SPI 399: Last Minute Cyber Monday Strategies to Get More Sales
00:39:34
#399: As Cyber Monday approaches I run through 10 strategies you can use to take advantage of the holiday and drive sales, including the kinds of special bonuses people pay attention to and why free shipping can be the best deal you offer. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session399 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 27, 2019
SPI 398: 5 Different Affiliate Marketing Strategies I Use
00:30:44
#398: Today I have 5 strategies for the most underutilized, underrated, underappreciated form of marketing out there: affiliate marketing. Learn how interviewing the creator or founder of the product makes great content that sells, the right way to do product demo videos, and how I turned a time-sensitive challenge into something automated and evergreen. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session398 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 20, 2019
SPI 397: Becoming a Niche Reviewer: The Story Behind Bagworks with Chase Reeves
00:59:59
#397: Chase Reeves is a niche reviewer focusing on travel bags and accessories. You can find his curated best-of lists at matterful.co and his reviews on his YouTube channel. I first met Chase when he was a web designer for smartpassiveincome.com. Chase shares how he found his passion for great bag design and what makes for a great product review video, which is a great skill for growing your affiliate marketing. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session397 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 13, 2019
SPI 396: Not So Fun Business Stuff (But in a Fun Way)
00:42:32
#396: Today we're bring my CFO and COO, Matt Gartland, on the show to talk about the changes that are coming to smartpassiveincome.com (including how we're getting team members more involved in the content) and the new business fundamentals guide he's writing. Learn the basics of getting started with an LLC and why you need one, the first things you should do when you want to start a business, and the basics of cash flow and what you need to keep track of. There's a ton of great information in this episode! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session396 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 06, 2019
SPI 395: Podcasting in 2020—What You Need to Know
00:50:00
#395: Kevin Finn, the co-founder of Buzzsprout, shares with us what works and what doesn't in the ever-expanding world of podcasting. Kevin and I discuss why Buzzsprout is the podcast host I recommend to people just starting out, and we get deep into how advertising works in podcasting, and why affiliate marketing is the future. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session395 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 30, 2019
SPI 394: Organizing Your Life with April and Eric Perry
00:57:52
#394: April and Eric Perry help people escape the piles of stuff we're all drowning in by re-organizing their lives through their community and courses at LearnDoBecome.com. Hear how they have created their own superfans, as well as what they learned from Don Miller to transform their messaging. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session394 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 23, 2019
SPI 393: Got Story Brand? An Interview with Donald Miller
00:37:32
#393: Donald Miller is the author of Building Your Storybrand and the founder of StoryBrand.com. He shares how you can spend a few days rewriting your website's copy to dramatically increase your sales. We discuss the key examples of story structure you’ve probably already heard of and how to make your audience the hero of the story. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session393 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 16, 2019
SPI 392: Everything You Need to Know about Membership Websites with Stu McLaren
00:54:45
#392: Stu McLaren from stu.me is the founder of Tribe, an amazing community of people building membership websites. He explains the ins and outs of the business, and how you can start something that lasts. He shares examples of people with small communities who have launched successful membership sites, stories of membership sites where the founder wasn’t the expert, and the ways in which courses differ from membership sites and how they can work together. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 09, 2019
SPI 391: FlynnCon1 – The Unexpected Story – A Behind the Scenes Interview with Pat Flynn
01:02:03
#391: Michael O'Neal, host of the Solopreneur Hour Podcast, turns the tables and interviews me about FlynnCon1 and what's on deck for FlynnCon2. We talk about why FlynnCon is family-oriented and how the SmartBar allowed us to serve our attendees in a unique way. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 02, 2019
SPI 390: Scott Voelker and The Take Action Effect
00:37:19
#390: Scott Voelker from the Amazing Seller brings us insights from his new book, Take Action Effect, to show us how an appreciation for how far we've come can help us achieve more going forward. This episode offers a wealth of advice on improving your mindset so that you can truly take action on the plans you've been dreaming about. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session390 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 25, 2019
SPI 389: How to Get More 1-on-1 Clients with Jenny Shih
00:48:40
#389: Jenny Shih teaches business owners how to earn a full-time income as service-based entrepreneurs. She shares her unique approach to getting more 1-on-1 clients, how to be helpful, and how to avoid coming across as sales-y. Jenny has a dedicated audience—her superfans made this episode happen! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session389 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 18, 2019
SPI 388: Why Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo
00:46:36
#388: The legendary Marie Forleo is here to talk about her new book, Everything Is Figureoutable, and shares her lessons from coaching thousands of people in almost every industry you can imagine. We discuss the variety of jobs she has had, why she started B-School, and why it’s only offered once a year. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session388 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 11, 2019
SPI 387: How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal
00:52:39
#387: Nir Eyal returns to SPI to discuss his new book, Indistractable, and teaches us how to be indistractable in lives and in our business. We talk about the problems that run deeper than technology and why digital detoxes aren't a sustainable solution. Listen in to hear why the opposite of distraction is traction, and how to create it. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session387 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 04, 2019
SPI 386: The Upside-Down Content and Product Strategy with Todd Tressider
00:40:34
#386: Todd Tresidder, a financial planning expert and author of How Much Money Do I Need to Retire, explains his unique upside-down content strategy. You may remember Todd from episode 200, where we discussed content audits. In this episode, we discuss content audits again, how he uses keywords in part to determine what content to cover, and how courses fit into his content strategy so that he makes sure he is serving his audience well. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session386 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 28, 2019
SPI 385: The Next BIG Thing for Marketers Is . . . Email
00:22:01
#385: I cover why you can't rely on Facebook, YouTube, and Google to reach your fans, and why email marketing is back in a big way. Learn how the big algorithms get in the way of you actually reaching your fans and how email (plus a few other tools) can help you get your message to the people who want to hear it. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 21, 2019
SPI 384: An Essay to All Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, and Marketers
00:21:10
#384: To celebrate to launch of Superfans, we take this episode to share episodes 6 and 11 from the audiobook so you can get a preview of why this book is so important for any business, large or small. I share lessons I've learned about engaging an audience on all mediums. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session384 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 14, 2019
SPI 383: Income Report: How Much Did "Will It Fly?" Make?
00:37:13
#383: With Superfans launching next week, we look back at the total earnings of Will It Fly? three years later and break down all the numbers. I share the profits breakdown for total book sales, how Kindle Unlimited and Audible audiobooks can help your sales, and how much I made with foreign licensing rights. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session383 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 07, 2019
SPI 382: The Surprising Truth about How One (Self-Published) Author Sold Millions of Books
01:05:51
#382: Hal Elrod explains how his self-published book, The Miracle Morning, sold over 1.8 million copies. Learn the secret behind Miracle Morning’s eighty-two percent conversion rate for email opt-ins and how he developed his book's framework. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session382 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 31, 2019
SPI 381: Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing
00:38:23
#381: Thinking of publishing a book? Listen in on the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, and publishing tips! I discuss the costs involved and how your choice affects the editorial and marketing processes. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session381 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 24, 2019
SPI 380: 5 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing Books
00:32:29
#380: If you're thinking about writing and publishing a book, get your notepad out because here are the 5 hard truths about writing and publishing books today. In this episode, I cover the differences between self-publishing and more traditional models, why initial sales numbers aren’t everything, and how to think about your book as part of a larger goal. Podcast show notes available here:  https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session380 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 17, 2019
SPI 379: How Books Increase Our Authority and Leadership with Azul Terronez
00:55:51
#379: Azul Terronez shares how books increase our authority and leadership, build our community, grow our business, and boost our opportunities. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session379 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 10, 2019
SPI 378: Amazon Book Marketing—Everything You Need to Know with Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur
01:04:14
#378: Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur shares everything you need to know about Amazon book marketing, book ranking, book cover design, and more! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session378 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 03, 2019
SPI 377: Retail Arbitrage: Buying and Reselling Items from Stores on Amazon (Revisited) with Cliff and Jessica Larrew
00:53:21
#377: I revisit one of our most popular episodes ever to find out what's new with Amazon retail arbitrage from Cliff and Jessica Larrew. Learn how to setup an Amazon Seller account and the hidden costs you should account for when reselling on Amazon. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session377 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 26, 2019
SPI 376: How to Actually Make Progress and Grow Your Business—A Conversation with James Wedmore
01:00:48
#376: James Wedmore is on the show to teach us how to actually make progress and grow your business, maintain self-integrity, focus on committing, and how to get into the genius zone. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session376 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 19, 2019
SPI 375: The State of Podcasting in 2019 with Matt and Pat
00:41:32
#375: Matt Gartland, COO and CFO of Flynndustries LLC, joins the show to talk about the state of podcasting in 2019, including trends, why we think that there's still plenty of room to start your show, and various revenue models for podcasts. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session375 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 12, 2019
SPI 374: The Psychology of Money and Wealth with Ramit Sethi
00:55:45
#374: I walk the streets of New York City with Ramit Sethi to talk about why you need to change the way you think about wealth and money. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session374 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 05, 2019
SPI 373: $100k in Debt to Facebook Ads Expert—Monica Louie and Her Amazing Journey
00:54:30
#373: Monica Louie shares the story of how she paid off $120,000 of debt in just two years and built a boutique Facebook Ads consultancy. Learn the three main elements of a successful Facebook ad and why patience is important when it comes to Facebook ads. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session373 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 29, 2019
SPI 372: Why People Really Hate Us Online
00:35:58
#372: This episode is about what to do if you're on the receiving end of hate online: why people do it and how you can move past it. I share stories of being the target of online hate, as well as strategies for how to keep your head in the right place. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session372 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 22, 2019
SPI 371: SEO and Business Growth Today with Glen Allsop
00:47:40
#371: In this episode I talk to Glen Allsop, serial entrepreneur and SEO expert, to learn what you can do to fly up the page rankings. Learn techniques for analyzing and improving your site traffic. Podcast show notes available here: https://smartpassiveincome.com/session371 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 15, 2019
SPI 370: Staying Positive and Building a Business That Matters with Marc and Angel Chernoff
00:50:58
#370: We learn how Marc and Angel Chernoff turned their blog into a business that helped them make a career out of helping others change their lives. Learn how they overcame imposter syndrome and began to create products, including a New York Times bestseller. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session370 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 08, 2019
SPI 369: Top 5 Major Business Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
00:40:53
#369: These are the five major business mistakes that entrepreneurs make, why they happen, and what you can learn from them. Get your notepads out and be inspired! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session369 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 01, 2019
SPI 368: How to Build a YouTube Brand that Makes an Impact with Tim Schmoyer
00:51:12
#368: YouTube master Tim Schmoyer shares the key to sticky videos, what most content creators get wrong, and helps Pat figure out how to fix his YouTube strategy. You'll learn how to approach your video creation process with a plan for success. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session368 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 24, 2019
SPI 367: The Miracle Equation and How to Help You Achieve Your Biggest Goals
00:44:48
#367: Hal Elrod shares his amazing story of not one but two near-death experiences, and how they helped him develop the philosophy behind his book, The Miracle Equation. His passion and insight are truly contagious, so take a listen. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session367 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 17, 2019
SPI 366: Anti-Busy. Pro-Purpose. Talking Work-Life Balance with Chalene Johnson
00:53:47
#366: Chalene Johnson and I talk work-life balance: the mistakes she's made, the lessons she's learned, how she's brought that all together in her book, 131 Method. Lots of lessons here for you no matter what business you're in! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session366 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 10, 2019
SPI 365: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing with Paul Jarvis
00:46:05
#365: Paul Jarvis is here help you build a better, not bigger, business. There can be benefit to keeping your business small. Listen in and learn why growth isn't always the answer. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session365 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 03, 2019
SPI 364: SEO Simplified – with Tim from Ahrefs
01:06:33
#364: Tim Soulo from Ahrefs breaks down a simple, actionable SEO strategy—from the very first steps, to query and keyword research, content planning, SEO competition, and more! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session364 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 27, 2019
SPI 363: Dear Podcasters
00:32:00
#363: No matter where you are in your podcasting journey, I have a message for you. Here's how to avoid "podfade," break through plateaus, connect deeply with your audience, and create massive growth through podcasting. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session363 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 20, 2019
SPI 362: Women and Entrepreneurship with Christy Wright
00:49:35
#362: What unique challenges do female entrepreneurs face? Business Boutique Founder Christy Wright is here to answer that question and dive deep on taking your first steps, connecting with your audience, selling with your heart, and more! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session362 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 13, 2019
SPI 361: Super Simple Segmentation & Web Personalization for Next Level Marketing – with Brennan Dunn
00:45:56
#361: RightMessage Creator Brennan Dunn lays down strategies for understanding and serving your audience through segmentation and web personalization, driving more sales and saving you money at the same time. It's a next-level tool for online business! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session361 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Mar 06, 2019
SPI 360: How to Plan and Manage Projects and Programs Successfully – with Janna Maron from Team SPI
00:52:13
#360: Janna Maron—Team SPI's Editorial Director—breaks down the tips, workflows, and strategies she uses to schedule and organize massive programs and projects and keep overwhelm to a minimum. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session360 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 27, 2019
SPI 359: How to Build a Business You Enjoy Even with Little Time—with Dana Malstaff
01:02:57
#359: Boss Mom Founder Dana Malstaff lays out approaches for building an online following, climbing the business ladder, and optimizing your time—even if you don't have much time available in the first place. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session359 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 20, 2019
SPI 358: Creating Evergreen Funnels for a Sustainable Business – with Nick Stephenson
00:53:29
#358: Author Nick Stephenson unpacks the blueprints he uses to create a sustainable business through evergreen funnels. Plus, he'll share tactics for selling books on Amazon and creating a raving fanbase as a writer. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session358 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 13, 2019
SPI 357: How a Beautiful Mess Became a Beautifully Diverse Business Empire – with Emma and Trey
00:59:20
#357: A Beautiful Mess Co-Creator Emma Chapman and her husband Trey George are a power couple; their secret is diversifying their income streams! Discover how they got their start and how they manage and organize a high-traction blog, apps with millions of installs, their team, and so much more! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session357 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Feb 06, 2019
SPI 356: Everything behind the Launch of My New Invention – the SwitchPod
01:04:05
#356: Get the inside scoop on my first physical product—the SwitchPod—from idea to prototype, marketing, and more, with videographer and co-inventor Caleb Wojcik! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session356 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 30, 2019
SPI 355: How to Build a Successful YouTube Channel in 2019 – with Derral Eves
00:54:38
#355: VidSummit creator Derral Eves breaks down the strategies you need to turn your YouTube channel into a profitable online business, plus what's on the horizon for YouTube in 2019 and beyond. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session355 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 23, 2019
SPI 354: The Next Big Steps in Business with Matt Gartland from Team Flynn
00:56:44
#354: Matt Gartland, an integral member of my team, is here to help me make a huge announcement. Plus, he's digging deep on project management, developing your business's culture, financial planning, and strategies for transitioning from scrappy entrepreneur to organized, focused CEO. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session354 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 16, 2019
SPI 353: How Alex from Travel Fashion Girl Built Her Empire
01:02:43
#353: Data, ads, SEO,  affiliate marketing, and organic connection with your audience can drive massive traffic and revenue for your online business. Today, Alex Jimenez from Travel Fashion Girl breaks down the tools and tactics she used to grow a niche site with almost 1 million monthly visitors! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session353 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 09, 2019
SPI 352: How Powerhouse YouTuber Marques Brownlee (A.K.A. MKBHD) Grew His Massive Brand
00:46:59
#352: What does it take to grow a massive YouTube channel? Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) breaks down his origin story, how he developed his unique style, his interview with Elon Musk, and the advice he'd give newcomers to the platform. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session352 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jan 02, 2019
SPI 351: The Ten Hardest-Hitting SPI Episodes of 2018
00:48:09
#351: Let's close out 2018 strong: Listen to ten clips from ten of the most impactful and actionable SPI episodes of 2018! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session351 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 26, 2018
SPI 350: Massive Transformation in Six Months—Before/After with Walid Azami
01:11:38
#350: Walid Azami transformed his life and business in just six months, and you can too! In this episode you'll hear two AskPat coaching sessions with Walid—a before and after—so you can get inspired by his journey. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session350 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 19, 2018
SPI 349: Will You Go to P.R.O.M. with Me? Lessons Learned in 2018
00:44:29
#349: What did I learn in 2018? Today I'll share the hard-hitting, powerful lessons and strategies that I learned and implemented this year and how they've changed my life. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session349 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 12, 2018
SPI 348: How to Buy and Sell Websites with Empire Flippers Founder Justin Cooke
00:42:23
#348: Ever wanted to sell your site or buy someone else's? Empire Flippers Founder Justin Cooke is here to tell us what to expect, the risks, and the questions you should ask yourself before you take the plunge. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session348 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dec 05, 2018
SPI 347: How to Organize a Massive Event (Brick by Brick with Chad Collins)
00:45:34
#347: According to today's guest, Chad Collins, throwing a massive event is the most powerful thing you can do for your audience. Here are some of the strategies he uses to sell out tickets. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session347 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 28, 2018
SPI 346: Booted out of His Own Business & the One Thing Jordan Harbinger Did to Survive
00:58:09
#346: What if you had to start again from scratch? That's what happened to Jordan Harbinger. He's here with strategies for growing and maintaining your network so you can bounce back just like he did. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session346 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 21, 2018
SPI 345: How to Build a Software Company—the Story of JungleScout with Greg Mercer
00:42:45
#345: What does it take to create a successful software tool? JungleScout Founder Greg Mercer shares the inspiration, strategies, and marketing effort that scaled his company to a team of nearly 100, plus what he would do differently if he had to start all over again. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session345 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 14, 2018
SPI 344: How Studio Neat Became Physical Product Rockstars through Kickstarter
00:56:51
#344: Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost—the brains behind Studio Neat—break down strategies and tactics for a successful Kickstarter campaign. They would know; they've crushed it with over nine campaigns! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session344 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 07, 2018
SPI 343: Some Big Business and Life Updates—Lightning Round Style!
00:27:08
#343: I've got a lot of updates for you! Here's what's going on with my first physical product launch, FlynnCON1, and my income reports, plus what's on the horizon for 2019. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session343 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nov 02, 2018
SPI 342: What You Need to Know before Hosting a Conference (with Ronsley Vaz)
00:53:44
#342: Want to run a live event? Let the creator of the We Are Podcast conference, Ronsley Vaz, give you the inside scoop—from navigating cashflow challenges to booking speakers and everything in between. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session342 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 31, 2018
SPI 341: How to Become an Inventor Entrepreneur with Ryan Gorman
00:46:48
#341: Ryan Gorman is an entrepreneur with over fifty inventions. He'll teach you strategies for developing a product, selling your ideas, and protecting your intellectual property at every step. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session341 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 24, 2018
SPI 340: How to Build Atomic Habits—with James Clear
00:46:52
#340: Learn how to design permanent habits so you can live your best life, with Atomic Habits author James Clear. James explains his framework, the Four Laws and Cardinal Rule of Behavior Change. He has lots of great advice on how to set yourself up for success when implementing new habits. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session340 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 17, 2018
SPI 339: My First Live Conference—Announcing FlynnCON1!
00:24:43
#339: My first-ever live conference goes down in July of 2019! Here's why I'm doing it, the unique vision I'm structuring it with, and the nitty gritty of how to attend. I can't wait to see you there! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session339 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 10, 2018
SPI 338: Selling a Book? Overlooking This Page Could Kill Sales—Book Marketing with Bryan Cohen
00:54:04
#338: Sell more books with Amazon sales pages that attract customers and maximize revenue, with special guest Bryan Cohen. Bryan covers key tips for converting book sales on Amazon, including how to write compelling sales page copy, how to make your calls to action (your CTAs) successful, and how to use those customer reviews to sell more books. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session338 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Oct 03, 2018
SPI 337: The Riches Are in the Niches—The Advantage of SMALL
00:31:07
#337: Sit back and let me tell you about the five big advantages to starting small and niche with entrepreneurship! I cover the Four Ps, why companies pay top dollar to work with businesses that have niche audiences, and why starting small is great if you don't have a lot of money to get started. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session337 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 26, 2018
SPI 336: The Story of Super Coffee—from Dorm Room to Whole Foods and Beyond with Jim Decicco
00:37:14
#338: Discover the story of Super Coffee: How three brothers and a dorm room blender broke into the bottled coffee niche and earned $5 million in revenue! I speak with Super Coffee CEO Jim Decicco about how they landed Whole Foods as their first account, how they got on Shark Tank, found an industry mentor, and what they did to make the most of these opportunities. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session336 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 19, 2018
SPI 335: Creating Evergreen Sales Funnels (And What to Watch out For) with Amy Porterfield
00:48:29
#335: Considering evergreen sales funnels? Listen in for key strategies, common mistakes, and tools and resources for success with special guest Amy Porterfield! Amy talks about the differences between live and evergreen funnels, and why you may want to consider each. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session335 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 12, 2018
SPI 334: How to Conduct an Unforgettable Interview with Andrew Warner
00:47:29
#334: Ever interview someone for your podcast or YouTube channel? Andrew Warner is here to teach you how to conduct interviews that inspire, demand attention, and make a true impact for listeners. Andrew talks about how he prepares both himself and his guests for live interviews, how he guides the conversation, and what kind of research he does beforehand. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session334 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sep 05, 2018
SPI 333: Branding Masterclass (and Selling Digital and Physical Products) with the Amazing Seller, Scott Voelker
00:52:10
#333: Get strategies and tactics for creating and selling successful products on Amazon, competing in the marketplace, and building a notable brand in the process with Scott Voelker, AKA the Amazing Seller. Scott talks about why it's important to build a brand outside Amazon as well, and how to use content and social media to promote your products. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session333   See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 29, 2018
SPI 332: How to Build and Scale an Agency Model Business—with Jason Swenk
00:40:18
#332: Have you ever considered transitioning your business into an agency? Learn strategies for growing, hiring your team, positioning and marketing your brand, and pacing yourself with special guest Jason Swenk. Jason talks about what to consider when you think about forming an agency and how to make sure you're not the bottleneck for decision making. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session332 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 22, 2018
SPI 331: The Story You Tell Yourself (That Could Crush You) – with Dr. Shannon Irvine
00:45:35
#331: Your biggest business asset is your mindset. Learn how to rewrite the stories you create about yourself and develop a success-oriented mindset with Dr. Shannon Irvine. In addition to all the great mindset tips, Dr. Irvine also talks about how to take an offline business online, which is great advice for my brick-and-mortar listeners! Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session331 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 15, 2018
SPI 330: Building a Personal Brand (Because It’s Your Calling) with Jadah Sellner
00:45:42
#330: Ever wanted to start a personal brand? Here's how to tune into your passion, face the fear, and transform your dreams into a reality with special guest Jadah Sellner. Jadah talks about deciding to leave her Simple Green Smoothies brand to work on what she was really passionate about. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session330 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 08, 2018
SPI 329: One of the Most Important Business Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself—with Dan Andrews
00:51:39
#329: Ever considered exiting your business? Before the Exit author Dan Andrews is here with the questions and thought experiments you should use to make a smart decision without regrets. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session329 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Aug 01, 2018
SPI 328: 3 Ways to Use YouTube to Grow Your Business & Make Money with Sean Cannell
00:50:50
#328: Learn how to harness the power of YouTube to create cashflow, build your brand, and grow your reach with Sean Cannell. Sean discusses how to use affiliate marketing for monetization, how to create powerful product review videos, and how to negotiate brand deals. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session328 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 25, 2018
SPI 327: How to Write Copy that Sells with Ray Edwards
00:50:17
#327: Learn techniques and foundations for powerful, success-driven sales copy with copywriting master Ray Edwards. You'll learn how to connect with your readers, prove the value of your product, and create bonuses to help with your pitch. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session327 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 18, 2018
SPI 326: From $50k in Debt to Business Success in Less than a Year—How to Be Mindful and Ruthless
01:00:57
#326: How Full Stack Designer Sagi Shrieber overcame debt and created an amazing community and lifestyle by taking massive action. Sagi discusses the investments he made into his business, even when he didn't have a regular salary and was $50k in debt. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session326 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 11, 2018
SPI 325: How to Be an Amazing Coach with Michael Bungay Stanier
00:42:10
#325: Ditch the rescuer mindset and become more coach-like with the author of The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier. Michael has an amazing wealth of information to share on how to be a better coach, as well as the ways those skills transfer to other activities, such as hosting a podcast. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session325 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jul 04, 2018
SPI 324: From College Nerd to Wildly Successful Personal Brand with Thomas Frank
00:52:41
#324: Get ready for a masterclass in YouTube strategy, personal branding, and niche blogging with College Info Geek creator Thomas Frank. Thomas has a wealth of strategies, techniques, and tools to help you grow. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session324 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 27, 2018
SPI 323: How to Get Affiliates and JVs to Promote for You with Matt McWilliams
00:57:06
#323: Uncover best practices for planning and launching an affiliate program for your business with affiliate marketing master Matt McWilliams. Matt shares how to start an affiliate marketing program for your product or service, how to encourage your affiliate to promote your product, and how to prepare for product launches. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session323 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 20, 2018
SPI 322: How “The Rideshare Guy” Created a Business Helping Uber and Lyft Drivers
00:43:39
#322: Hear how Harry Campbell—The Rideshare Guy—quit his day job in aerospace engineering, monetized his business, and helped millions of drivers have better experiences with Lyft and Uber. Harry has great promotion advice for anyone with a niche site. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session322 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 13, 2018
SPI 321: Earn More Media Exposure (At Any Level) with Christina Nicholson
00:45:59
#321: Learn how to connect with media outlets, pitch effectively, and master PR with Christina Nicholson of MediaMavenandMore.com. Regardless of the size of your business, Christina has lots of great strategies you can use. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session321 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jun 06, 2018
SPI 320: How to Run a Contest to Build Your Email List and Grow Your Brand with Noah Kagan
00:50:51
#320: KingSumo creator Noah Kagan teaches how to grow an explosive online following and brand using viral giveaways. You'll also learn how to convert the subscribers you get during a giveaway into customers. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session320 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 30, 2018
SPI 319: How to Work Less & Make More with James Schramko
00:56:29
#319: Learn how to design a fulfilling business and lifestyle with James Schramko, author of Work Less, Make More. James shares his philosophy for reinvesting in your business, the business models he uses, and how to get comfortable with selling. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session319 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 23, 2018
SPI 318: Modern Mindfulness with Melissa Monte—An SPI Student and Her Successful Start
00:37:17
#318: Power-Up Podcasting student Melissa Monte shares the strategy behind the successful launch of her show, Mind Love, tips for taking action, and what she's learned in her journey so far. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session318 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 16, 2018
SPI 317: Make Money with Your Skills—Creating Awesome with Roberto Blake
00:50:34
#317: Learn the strategies and mindset you need to create a personal brand, prove your expertise in your industry, and be a successful creator with special guest Roberto Blake. Roberto has lots of outstanding advice for cultivating creativity. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session317 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 09, 2018
SPI 316: The Art of Scaling with Nathan Chan from Foundr
00:55:06
#316: Discover the strategies and mindset behind Foundr Magazine's explosive growth with its creator, Nathan Chan. We discuss scaling a company and creating courses. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session316 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
May 02, 2018
SPI 315: How to Disrupt Yourself & Grow a Company with Whitney Johnson
00:44:28
#315: Disruption expert Whitney Johnson shares her strategies for disrupting your life and business in order to change and grow. Whitney shares her journey from music major to entrepreneur, investor, and innovator. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session315 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Apr 25, 2018