The Smart Passive Income Online Business and Blogging Podcast

The Smart Passive Income Online Business and Blogging Podcast Podcast

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. Although Pat confesses he is not a millionaire, he's been supporting his family 100% with passive income generated online, easily earning a six-figure salary while working only a few hours a week. Automation, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, niche sites, social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, online courses, affiliate marketing, getting things done and everything that works (and doesn't work) to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business.

SPI 418: How to Get Super High-Profile Guests, with Jordan Harbinger
#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:

SPI 417: Have a Vision or Be Doomed to Failure. Vision Scripting, with Michael Hyatt
#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...

SPI 416: Before Your First or Next Presentation DO THIS, with Grant Baldwin
#416: On this SPI podcast episode, Grant Baldwin from 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...

Emergency Episode #2: Steps to Take When You Get Laid Off
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:

Emergency Episode: Covid-19 and Maintaining Your Business
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 ...

SPI 415: How to Make Money Through Voice-Over Work, with Mike Russell
#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:

SPI 414: The Podcast Interviewer Authority Strategy that Led to a Six-Figure Business, with Erika Vieira
#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:

SPI 413: The Secrets of Publishing for Profit (Both Fiction and Non-Fiction), With Mark Dawson
#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:

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SPI 412: The Power and Pain of Partnerships & The Future of Content on the Web, with Darrell Vesterfelt
#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.smartpassi...

SPI 411: 5 Market Must-Haves when Building a Business that will Succeed, with Ryan Levesque
#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:

SPI 410: How Building a Tribe Took this Man from Rock Bottom to Massive Business Success
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:

SPI 409: An Interview with Jess my Executive Assistant (and How We Choreograph Our Work Together)
#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:

SPI 408: How to Hire the Right Help and Get More Time Back without Driving Yourself Crazy
#408: In this episode, we're talking with Shannon and Bryan Miles from 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:

SPI 407: How to Raise a Kid Entrepreneur
#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. Podcas...

SPI 406: The 7 DOs and DONTs of Email Marketing Success
#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:

SPI 405: Gather Your Community or Get Left Behind—Mighty Networks and More with Gina Bianchini
#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:

SPI 404: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team with Patrick Lencioni
#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.smartpassive...

SPI 403: 2 Time Management Strategies to Practice in 2020
#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 focu...

SPI 402: Everyone Needs to Have a Podcast
#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

SPI 401: Jesse Cole—The Yellow Tux Guy
#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:

SPI 399: Last Minute Cyber Monday Strategies to Get More Sales
#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:

SPI 398: 5 Different Affiliate Marketing Strategies I Use
#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:

SPI 397: Becoming a Niche Reviewer: The Story Behind Bagworks with Chase Reeves
#397: Chase Reeves is a niche reviewer focusing on travel bags and accessories. You can find his curated best-of lists at and his reviews on his YouTube channel. I first met Chase when he was a web designer for 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:

SPI 396: Not So Fun Business Stuff (But in a Fun Way)
#396: Today we're bring my CFO and COO, Matt Gartland, on the show to talk about the changes that are coming to (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!...

SPI 395: Podcasting in 2020—What You Need to Know
#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:

SPI 394: Organizing Your Life with April and Eric Perry
#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 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:

SPI 393: Got Story Brand? An Interview with Donald Miller
#393: Donald Miller is the author of Building Your Storybrand and the founder of 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:

SPI 393: Got Story Brand? An Interview with Donald Miller
#393: Donald Miller is the author of Building Your Storybrand and the founder of 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:

SPI 392: Everything You Need to Know about Membership Websites with Stu McLaren
#392: Stu McLaren from 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....

SPI 390: Scott Voelker and The Take Action Effect
#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:

SPI 389: How to Get More 1-on-1 Clients with Jenny Shih
#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:

SPI 388: Why Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo
#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:

SPI 387: How to Become Indistractable with Nir Eyal
#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:

SPI 386: The Upside-Down Content and Product Strategy with Todd Tressider
#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:

SPI 385: The Next BIG Thing for Marketers Is . . . Email
#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....

SPI 384: An Essay to All Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, and Marketers
#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:

SPI 383: Income Report: How Much Did "Will It Fly?" Make?
#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:

SPI 381: Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing
#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:

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SPI 381: Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing
#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:

SPI 380: 5 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing Books
#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:

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SPI 380: 5 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing Books
#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:

SPI 379: How Books Increase Our Authority and Leadership with Azul Terronez
#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:

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SPI 378: Amazon Book Marketing—Everything You Need to Know with Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur
#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:

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SPI 375: The State of Podcasting in 2019 with Matt and Pat
#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:

SPI 373: $100k in Debt to Facebook Ads Expert—Monica Louie and Her Amazing Journey
#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:

SPI 372: Why People Really Hate Us Online
#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:

SPI 371: SEO and Business Growth Today with Glen Allsop
#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:

SPI 369: Top 5 Major Business Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
#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:

SPI 368: How to Build a YouTube Brand that Makes an Impact with Tim Schmoyer
#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:

SPI 367: The Miracle Equation and How to Help You Achieve Your Biggest Goals
#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:

SPI 366: Anti-Busy. Pro-Purpose. Talking Work-Life Balance with Chalene Johnson
#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:

SPI 365: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing with Paul Jarvis
#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:

SPI 364: SEO Simplified – with Tim from Ahrefs
#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:

SPI 363: Dear Podcasters
#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:

SPI 362: Women and Entrepreneurship with Christy Wright
#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:

SPI 357: How a Beautiful Mess Became a Beautifully Diverse Business Empire – with Emma and Trey
#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:

SPI 354: The Next Big Steps in Business with Matt Gartland from Team Flynn
#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:

SPI 353: How Alex from Travel Fashion Girl Built Her Empire
#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:

SPI 351: The Ten Hardest-Hitting SPI Episodes of 2018
#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:

SPI 350: Massive Transformation in Six Months—Before/After with Walid Azami
#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:

SPI 349: Will You Go to P.R.O.M. with Me? Lessons Learned in 2018
#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:

SPI 345: How to Build a Software Company—the Story of JungleScout with Greg Mercer
#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:

SPI 343: Some Big Business and Life Updates—Lightning Round Style!
#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:

SPI 341: How to Become an Inventor Entrepreneur with Ryan Gorman
#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:

SPI 340: How to Build Atomic Habits—with James Clear
#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:

SPI 339: My First Live Conference—Announcing FlynnCON1!
#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:

SPI 338: Selling a Book? Overlooking This Page Could Kill Sales—Book Marketing with Bryan Cohen
#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:

SPI 337: The Riches Are in the Niches—The Advantage of SMALL
#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:

SPI 336: The Story of Super Coffee—from Dorm Room to Whole Foods and Beyond with Jim Decicco
#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:

SPI 335: Creating Evergreen Sales Funnels (And What to Watch out For) with Amy Porterfield
#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:

SPI 334: How to Conduct an Unforgettable Interview with Andrew Warner
#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:

SPI 333: Branding Masterclass (and Selling Digital and Physical Products) with the Amazing Seller, Scott Voelker
#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:

SPI 332: How to Build and Scale an Agency Model Business—with Jason Swenk
#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:

SPI 331: The Story You Tell Yourself (That Could Crush You) – with Dr. Shannon Irvine
#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:

SPI 330: Building a Personal Brand (Because It’s Your Calling) with Jadah Sellner
#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:

SPI 328: 3 Ways to Use YouTube to Grow Your Business & Make Money with Sean Cannell
#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:

SPI 327: How to Write Copy that Sells with Ray Edwards
#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:

SPI 325: How to Be an Amazing Coach with Michael Bungay Stanier
#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:

SPI 323: How to Get Affiliates and JVs to Promote for You with Matt McWilliams
#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:

SPI 322: How “The Rideshare Guy” Created a Business Helping Uber and Lyft Drivers
#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:

SPI 321: Earn More Media Exposure (At Any Level) with Christina Nicholson
#321: Learn how to connect with media outlets, pitch effectively, and master PR with Christina Nicholson of Regardless of the size of your business, Christina has lots of great strategies you can use. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 319: How to Work Less & Make More with James Schramko
#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:

SPI 317: Make Money with Your Skills—Creating Awesome with Roberto Blake
#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:

SPI 316: The Art of Scaling with Nathan Chan from Foundr
#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:

SPI 315: How to Disrupt Yourself & Grow a Company with Whitney Johnson
#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:

SPI 314: From Clients to Passive Income—Productize Your Business with Brian Casel
#314: Learn tips and strategies for productizing—making your client-based business streamlined and scalable—with special guest Brian Casel. Brian shares examples of productizing, advice for hiring staff, and why delegation is the key to a successful productized business. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 313: Building a Strong and Healthy Brand with Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo
#313: Hear the story of Michelle Tam, creator of Nom Nom Paleo, plus learn strategies for getting started in online business and launching a book or product. We also discuss taking book pre-orders and the strategy she used to make sure her cookbook launch was a success (and it was—it landed on the New York Times bestseller list!). Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 311: How to Build an Audience with Your Hobby
#311: Hear a conversation with Phil Lichtenberger, who built a podcast and audience out of a niche hobby, scanner radio. Phil and I discuss his experience with Power-Up Podcasting, why podcasting was helpful for his business, as well as tips and strategies for taking your own podcast to the next level. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 310: The Secret to Superfans in Two Words
#310: Learn my strategies for building a thriving community of superfans, hear a special interview with Matt Barnett and Oli Bridge from Bonjoro, and find out about a special giveaway! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 309: How to Create a Marketing Funnel That Works (with Molly Pittman)
#309: Learn how to optimize your customer journey, simplify your sales funnels, and motivate customers to be ambassadors for your brand with special guest Molly Pittman. Learn how to keep your funnel simple and upsell at the right moment. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 307: Copyright Infringement and DMCA (with my Attorney)
#307: Hear legal strategies from attorney Richard Chapo for dealing with copyright infringement and protecting yourself legally when you allow others to post to your website. We discuss the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) and how it applies to an online business. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 306: Rise of the Youpreneur with Chris Ducker
#306: Today I'm going deep with Chris Ducker about his burnout, personal branding, and his new book, Rise of the Youpreneur. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 305: The Funnel After the Funnel with Nicole Walters
#305: Nicole Walters is here today to talk about how she built a powerful membership community and seven-figure business, all while being an amazing mother too. We discuss her viral videos, why she moved her business from Facebook to her own membership portal, and her process for hiring a Head of Operations. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 304: Building an Online Course From Start to Finish
#304: Online courses have been an incredible experience for me, and today I'm sharing the ten steps you can take to create life-changing online courses for your audience. I discuss how to validate your course in advance, how to pre-sell the course, how to create course materials, and how to get over the fear of selling your online course. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 303: How a Loan Signing Agent Built a $30K per Month Business
#303: A simple idea turned into an online business that's changed lives and earned Mark Wills and Roman Rosario over $30K per month—hear the story and their strategies on today's episode! Hear how the strategies in my book, Will It Fly?, helped them validate their business idea for Loan Signing System, and how Facebook advertising helped them get started. There are great online course and YouTube strategies in this episode! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 302: Coaching vs. Teaching—What I’ve Learned Since Investing in the Art of Coaching
#302: What's the difference between coaching and teaching, what are the seven questions you need to ask when coaching, and why is this important for you and your business? Whether you're just getting started with coaching or looking to improve, this episode is critical listening! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster)
#301: Today I'm talking to Ben Sullins, the founder of, who listened to the signals, pivoted into the Tesla space on YouTube, and won a Tesla Roadster! Ben shares his knowledge of how the YouTube algorithm works. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 300: Meet the Mastermind Members in “The Green Room”
#300: To celebrate Episode 300, I'm speaking with the other five members of my mastermind group, The Green Room: Leslie Samuel, Michael Stelzner, Cliff Ravenscraft, Mark Mason, and Ray Edwards. Learn what they've been up to, what's on the horizon, and some takeaways that you can apply back to your own business journey. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 299: The Humble Beginnings of Hmong Baby
#299: Hear a special conversation with Hmong Baby founders Mykou and Touger Thao, about what they've learned after marketing and successfully launching their products. They used the pre-selling method that I advocate in my book, Will It Fly? You'll hear about their experience with a giveaway that went wrong, Facebook Messenger, and ManyChat. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 298: Before Your New Year Begins . . .
#298: The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect, and this episode will inspire you, going forward, to be vulnerable and courageous in 2018. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 297: Looking Back at 2017—What Went Well, What Did Not
#297: This week I'm revealing what did not go according to plan in 2017, what I learned, and what lessons you can take away from my experiences. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 296: What’s Coming in 2018 for the Podcast and SPI
#296: In today's episode, I'm revealing my plans for an exciting, fresh, and higher-value 2018, including YouTube, an accelerator program, and how I'm changing my blog content. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 294: 21 Top Places to Include an Affiliate Link
#294: In this episode I'm revealing the twenty-one best places to link to affiliate products or services, including in evergreen or pillar content, in your email, and the best places outside of your website. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in affiliate marketing. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 292: The Dark Side of Affiliate Marketing (and How to Do It Right!)
#292: It's always important to understand both sides of the coin; that's true of affiliate marketing as well, so let's talk about the dark side of affiliate marketing. This episode will help you make decisions about what to promote and how to promote in an ethical manner. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 290: Affiliate Marketing: An Insider Look at My Most Successful Long-Term Campaigns
#290: In this episode I break down my process for getting started with affiliate marketing, and explore some of my most successful long-term affiliate marketing campaigns. I review a case study and share my blueprint for affiliate marketing success. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 288: Interview with Bec and Joe from The 4 Blades
#288: Hear the story of how Bec and Joe Winston built their niche site and community around cooking with the Thermomix. We talk about why they decided to launch a digital magazine for their brand, their experiences with digital publishing, and how they use Facebook Live. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 287: Should I Create a Personal Brand? Pros and Cons
#287: Today I'm exploring, in depth, the pros and cons of creating a personal online brand. I cover personal branding success stories to inspire you. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 286: How to Build a Brand that Stands Out from the Crowd
#286: Today we're talking about how to build a brand that stands out from the crowd: How to speak your audience's language, grow your community, and create a brand that's an experience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 285: Accidental Entrepreneurship and Design Commerce with Jeff Sheldon from
Today I'm talking to founder Jeff Sheldon about his story, all things Kickstarter, and how he recently launched a campaign that earned close to $500,000. Jeff shares lots of great advice on planning all the little details of a Kickstarter campaign. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 284: Crowdfunding Secrets for Success with Clay Hebert
#284: Crowdfunding expert Clay Hebert shares his best advice for validating and building a successful crowdfunding campaign. Clay shares how to determine what your Kickstarter goal should be, how to set your perks, and what you need in your campaign video. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 283: Six-Figures in an Obscure Niche with Cassidy Tuttle
#283: Cassidy Tuttle joins me to discuss how focusing on a very narrow topic helped her build a profitable niche website. Hear her strategies for making a living. She gives great advice for finding new content topics when you've been blogging for a long time, as well as Pinterest strategies and book publishing. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 282: How Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Rocked the Kickstarter Scene
#282: Hear the story of one of the most daring and successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time—Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls—from one of its creators, Francesca Cavallo. Hear about launching a children's app in the app store, building a pre-launch community, and their PR strategy. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 281: How Coach Glitter Built Her Affiliate Business and Launched a Product
#281: Coach Glitter reveals how she transformed her career as a makeup artist into a thriving online business. She shares how she naturally evolved an affiliate marketing business, built a brand, and overcame self-doubt to build a thriving business. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 279: Finding Fringe Hours and Work-Life “Balance” with Jessica Turner
#279: Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours, joins me to talk about finding more hours in the day to achieve the work-life satisfaction you crave. We talking about scheduling, managing expectations of others, networking as a new blogger, and using sponsored content and influencer marketing as a revenue stream. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 278: List Building Made Easy with Special Guest Amy Porterfield
#278: List building expert Amy Porterfield explores how to build your audience, fine-tune your sales funnel, and craft a successful sales pitch for your latest and greatest product. Learn why she uses free resources to build her audience, how she delivers content upgrades, and how she has experimented with live video. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 277: Buying Push-Button Solutions vs. Taking Real Action—A Coaching Call with Amy Torres
#277: Listen in on a very special coaching call with entrepreneur Amy Torres, who's wondering how to take her online course to the next level. We talk about scaling her business in ways her audience will appreciate, how to make use of Facebook Live, and why staying authentic is important. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 276: The Art of Significance with Dan Clark
#276: Legendary speaker Dan Clark joins me for an inspirational conversation on success, service, and leading a life of significance. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 275: Real Stories and Results from 3 Brand-New Podcasters
#275: Joining me today are three star students from my latest course, Power-Up Podcasting, to share their incredible journeys from newbie to podcasting pro. We talk about strategies for using a podcast to grow your audience, obstacles they had to overcome, and strategies for launching when you haven't got an existing audience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 274: How to Avoid the Slimy Sell with Chalene Johnson
#274: The brilliant Chalene Johnson explores how to "serve, not sell," and shares her strategies for pitching your products with confidence. Learn how to overcome your fear of selling! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 272: Starting and Running a Business as a Couple Featuring the Bakers
#272: Joining me today are Bryan and Erika Baker, a husband-wife entrepreneurial duo who've built a thriving online business as relationship coaches. They have great advice for working with a family member, how to stay organized, and how to get started with live video. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 271: An Interview with The Five-Minute Journal Founders UJ Ramdas and Alex Ikonn
#271: Here today are UJ Ramdas and Alex Ikonn, who are the co-founders of The Five-Minute Journal, a product that's changed the lives of its users by turning gratitude into a daily habit. We talkboth about mindset and the process of designing the product. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 270: What You Need to Know Before You “Get Physical” with Richie Norton
#270: I'm joined today by Richie Norton, founder of Prouduct and master of building, validating, refining, and distributing tangible products. Learn about working with overseas manufacturers, mistakes to avoid when creating your first product, and how a product gets from the manufacturer to your customer. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 269: How to Build a Massive Community Behind Your Physical Product with Tom from Chubbies
#269: Today, I'm joined by Chubbies co-founder Tom Montgomery to talk about selling a physical product with help from a massive, engaged community of fans. We talk about creating a unique brand voice with the help of video, using social to build community (not to sell), and using fan content in marketing. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 268: How to Up Your Online (and Offline) Game with Jordan Harbinger
#268: I'm joined again by the host of The Art of Charm Podcast, Jordan Harbinger, who sheds light on building better relationships and improving your non-verbal communication. Learn how to improve your non-verbal communication, why "keeping score" in relationships doesn't help, and how to improve your interview skills. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 267: An Introduction to Video Advertising with Gideon and Anja from Veeroll
#267: Here today are Veeroll's Gideon Shalwick and Anja Kicken to offer a beginner's guide to video advertising for your online business. They share a step-by-step walkthrough for creating a YouTube video ad campaign, a five-part structure for honing your video ad's unique message, and the three things you don't want to get wrong with your video advertising. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 266: How to Start Selling on Amazon with Ryan and Nick from Online Selling Experiment
#266: Online Selling Experiment's Ryan and Nick have built their thriving business selling products through Amazon, and they're here today to explain just how they did it. We discuss the Fulfillment by Amazon program, who this type of passive income is right for, and how to get started. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 265: Shane and Jocelyn Sams and Their Awesome Advertising Strategy
#265: Jocelyn and Shane Sams teach me their awesome advertising strategy. Learn how to use highly focused ads across platforms to build traffic for your business, even if you're a beginner; tips for choosing keywords and improving niche targeting; and their favorite platforms for attracting new business. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 264: How to Win with Paid Traffic with Rick Mulready
#264: Here today is online advertisement expert Rick Mulready, sharing the secrets and strategies behind growing your business with Facebook ads. Rick addresses common misconceptions and hesitations surrounding Facebook ads, what you should prepare before getting started with Facebook ads, and strategies for finding and tracking your target audience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 263: Laddering Up: How to Build a 7-Figure Business by Building a $7K per Month Business
#263: Here today is Clay Collins, LeadPages CEO and co-founder, dropping expert knowledge on how to build a seven-figure business, step by step. Clay shares the concept of a "minimum viable audience," strategy for growing a business from six to seven figures, and how to learn to "ladder up." Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 262: Habit Forming Products with Nir Eyal, Author of Hooked
#262: Here to talk about building habit forming products is Nir Eyal, author of Hooked and expert on how the mind creates habits. We talk about the triggers that lead users to products, how popular products can teach us about habit formation, and the difference between habits and addictions. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 261: SEO Self-Audit Checklist – An Interview with My Recent SEO Hire
#261: Meet the mastermind behind the most recent SEO audit of, and learn what a pro like Sam McRoberts does to optimize search engine rankings. Sam shares tons of tools and resources for analyzing and improving your site's SEO. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 260: Undergoing a Website Overhaul with Rocket Code
#260: The masterminds behind the Smart Passive Income site redesign talk through what makes a successful web design and how business owners can better communicate with their development teams. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 259: How to Set Up Your YouTube Channel to Win
#259: Two expert YouTube travel vloggers share how to build a successful YouTube channel and their tips for creating video content viewers will love. Their advice will help you find your YouTube niche, get comfortable in front of the camera, and keep your viewers watching. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 258: The Productivity Project with Chris Bailey
#258: Productivity expert and author Chris Bailey shares his research on the true nature of productivity and the habits that help us do more with our days. Learn how to improve your daily productivity! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 257: The Incredible Story Behind Kelsey Baldwin’s Business, Paper and Oats
#257: On this episode of the SPI Podcast, Kelsey Baldwin shares the incredible story of how she built her business in the middle of a turbulent time in her life. Hear about the ins and outs of selling digital products on Etsy, why she switched to selling courses, and project management tips for solo entrepreneurs. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 256: Productivity and Frameworks with Mike Vardy from Productivityist
#256: Productivity master Mike Vardy shares his favorite tools, tips, and frameworks for getting even more done with your workdays, including managing email, keeping meetings productive, and why you should theme your days. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 255: Deep Work with Cal Newport
#255: Cal Newport explores the concept of "deep work," reveals his strategies for practicing it, and shares more of his favorite tactics for improving focus and productivity. Cal also shares advice for studying and choosing a career. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 254: Lessons Learned While Testing and Launching My First Online Course
#254: Launching my first online course, Smart from Scratch, feels like the perfect time to look back on my previous launch experiences and explore what I've learned about creating, testing, launching, and maintaining a product. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 253: How to Build Relationships with Influencers with Selena Soo
#253: Here today is relationship-building expert and PR mastermind Selena Soo with advice for approaching influencers and forging connections with entrepreneurs you admire. Selena also shares tips and resources for marketing your next book. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 252: Live Streaming Video and the Data that Proves Its Worth with Michael Stelzner
#252:'s Michael Stelzner joins me to explore the future of live streaming video, its exciting applications, and the tools you can use to get started. Michael also shares how live video has transformed Social Media Examiner. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 251: (In the Middle) Launching a New Course with New Entrepreneur, Sarah Argenal
#251: I've had the pleasure of getting to know and mentor Sarah as she builds her online course for working parents, and today, we're going to check in on her progress. Hear my advice for how Sarah can improve her course and take its success to the next level. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 250: Stories of Failure that Turned Into Something Great
#250: How often do you get to hear entrepreneurs open up about their failures? That's what I'm exploring in today's episode, thanks to ten brave folks who submitted stories about their darkest moments. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 249: Pivoting: How, When, & Why to Do It with Jenny Blake
#249: Entrepreneur and pivoting expert Jenny Blake joins me to talk about her book, PIVOT, a handbook for navigating life's big turning points. Learn how to know when you've arrived at one of life's pivot moments. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 248: The Art of Giving Gifts with John Ruhlin
#248: Today's guest is John Ruhlin, professional gift-giver who has built a career teaching others how to give better gifts. Learn how intentional gift-giving can transform your business relationships and reputation as an entrepreneur. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 247: The Epic Origin Story Behind The Walker Stalkers Brand
#247: Joining me today are Eric and James of The Walker Stalkers, two guys who've built a massive, fan-driven business around their love of the hit AMC show, The Walking Dead. Hear how Eric and James established rapport with sought-after guests, how they built buzz around the brand by serving their biggest fans, and how The Walker Stalkers planned a fan convention with a limited budget and no experience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 246: SPI Podcast Best of 2016
#246: The Smart Passive Income Podcast has captured some fantastic conversations this year, so before the new year arrives, I want to revisit a few of the best ones. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 245: How Sol Orwell Builds Successful Businesses by Solving His Own Problems
#245: Entrepreneur Sol Orwell joins me today to share his totally unique approach to business, and how he transforms obstacles into business opportunities. This episode is a must-listen for learning about strategy for niche sites. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 244: Bootstrapping a Startup with Nathan Barry from ConvertKit
#244: ConvertKit Founder and CEO Nathan Barry shares his journey in bootstrapping a business and growing a software company from the ground up. Learn about how Nathan and his team work to grow ConvertKit, how rejection and criticism have been helpful, and how the company uses advisors. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 243: How to Create Your Life Vision Plan with Michael Hyatt
#243: Today's episode is all about goals: setting them, achieving them, and knowing when to change them. And who better to talk about achieving great things than Michael Hyatt? Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 242: How to Master Your PR with Christina Nicholson
#242: PR professional Christina Nicholson shares her tips, tools, and resources for attracting coverage from media outlets and publicizing your business. Christina shares her experience as a TV anchor and reporter, as well as why she decided to get into PR. She shares tips for crafting a newsworthy story around your business and why you need to embrace "tooting your own horn" when reaching out to media outlets. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 241: My Top 10 Most-Used Apps in 2016
#241: Chris Ducker and I review our favorite business and productivity apps of the past year. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 240: Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of the Conferences You Attend
#240: Conferences can be a thrilling, unforgettable way to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and learn from the online business community. Today, I'm answering questions about how and where to find the best conference experiences. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 239: Mentors and Masterminds with Ellory Wells
#239: Ellory Wells is a passionate advocate of something too many entrepreneurs take for granted: mentorship. He's here today to explain why you should be surrounding yourself with business role models, supportive peers, and a network that holds you accountable to your goals. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 238: How Marco Schwartz Built a Business Based on the Internet of Things
#238: Today's guest is another SPI listener success story, here to share how he built a unique online business around his home automation tutorials. Learn the strategies and tools Marco uses to monetize his website. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 237: An Online Business Success Story. . .in Knitting, with Lauren from Girly Knits
#237: Today's guest has built a booming online business creating totally awesome knitting patterns, and she's here to tell us how it's done. Lauren shares the platforms and tools she used to monetize her passion, how she stands out in a crowded field, and how to give your best work away for free and still make money. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 236: Secrets and Science to Living the Good Life with Jonathan Fields
#236: My guest today is my friend and mentor Jonathan Fields, creator of and author of How to Live a Good Life. Jonathan is here to teach us, among other topics, how to say no. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 234: Teens Can Be Entrepreneurs Too, with Eva Baker
#234: Eva Baker is one special entrepreneur. She runs a successful blog. She started her own conference. She does consulting. And did I mention she started it all while still a teenager? Eva shares tips for parents who want to nurture their kids' entrepreneurial spark. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 232: How Lucas Hall Built and Sold an “Ultimate Resource” Blog
#232: Today's guest has another passive income success story to share. Lucas Hall tells me how he built the "ultimate resource" for rental property owners, and how he made the decision to sell it. Lucas shares advice for knowing when you've found the right buyer for your site. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 231: Attorney Roundtable: Money and Legal Considerations for Starting Out
#231: I'm joined today by two lawyers, Richard and Alena, to talk through common legal considerations for entrepreneurs and the best ways to protect yourself as a business owner. Among other topics, we cover privacy policies, terms and conditions, trademarking, fair use, and disclaimers. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 230: From Deathly Afraid to Cool and Confident: My 5-Year Public Speaking Journey
#230: In today's episode, we're going back to 2011, the first time I ever spoke in public. I'll break down all the things I got wrong about that first presentation, and everything I've done since to become a cooler and more confident public speaker. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 229: Tips for Building a Simple and Effective Website and Brand with Jess Catorc
#229: Web designer and SPI listener Jess Catorc is here this week to share her web design tips for entrepreneurs, plus her own entrepreneurial journey to success. Jess shares the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make with their websites and how you can show off your personality through your website. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 228: Taking Care of Yourself as an Entrepreneur with Jeff McMahon
#228: Joining me today is my own virtual personal trainer, Jeff McMahon, with advice for getting active and setting your own fitness goals. Jeff shares the benefits to your business that you'll find when you focus on your health. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 226: Defeating the “Curse of Knowledge” and How Jason Brown Built His Successful Online Business
#226: In today's episode, it's my pleasure to introduce you to another Smart Passive Income success story. Meet Jason Brown of, a site where Jason where teaches ordinary people how to start investing in the stock market. Jason shares the tools, platforms, and resources he used to build his business, which includes instructional webinars. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 223: Over the Shoulder—How John Lee Dumas Launched a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
#223: My guest today is none other than John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur on Fire, here to talk about his remarkable success selling a product through Kickstarter. We talk about planning the campaign, publicizing the campaign, and the tools he uses for product distribution. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 222: The Right Products at the Right Price Point with Ramit Sethi
#222: Ramit Sethi is back, with more insights on designing the perfect online product at the ideal price point for your audience. We discuss the power of adopting a value-driven, rather than price-driven, view of your product. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 220: An Interview with Make-A-Wish Co-Founder, Frank Shankwitz
#220: I'm honored to introduce you to Frank Shankwitz, one of the founders of an extraordinary non-profit called the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Frank shares what he has learned from leading a non-profit, what the non-profit and for-profit business worlds have in common, and the key to successful non-profit fundraising. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 217: Brik Book and How Brett Miller Quit His 6-Figure Job to Build LEGOs
#217: Brett Miller, creator of Brik Book, joins me to discuss selling physical products, from testing and marketing to manufacturing and shipping. Learn how to validate a business idea through Kickstarter. Plus, we have a surprise just for SPI listeners! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 216: Your Habits and the Story Behind Pavlok with Maneesh Sethi
#216: Maneesh Sethi joins me today to talk about Pavlok, a wearable device that helps you break unwanted habits. Listen in as we discuss both the science of habit formation and the process of building a hardware product. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 215: How to Keep Up With Your Editorial Calendar (and How to Get Ahead)
#215: I'd like you to meet Janna, my Managing Editor, who's had an incredible impact on the consistency and quality of the content I make here on We discuss the editorial process, the importance of banking content, and how to plan we go about planning content out. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 214: How to Master Content Marketing with Neil Patel
#214: Neil Patel is back for another awesome episode, and this time he's sharing content marketing advice every single blogger should hear. We discuss the entire writing process from research to publishing and the promotion that comes afterward. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 213: Gary Vaynerchuk on “Why Snapchat Matters”
#213: This business mastermind, author, and host of The #AskGaryVee Show is here to teach me everything he knows about the explosive new social platform, Snapchat. We discuss strategies for managing your social platforms and experimenting with new ones. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 212: Inside a Coaching Call with Pat—Redesigning USA Weightlifting
#212: In this episode, John Filippini joins me in a coaching call. We review his weightlifting business to determine how best to help it move forward. In this call, we discuss how to figure where to start improving his business, strategies for attracting new audiences, and how to tailor content to niche audiences. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 211: How to Know What You Were Born To Do with Chris Guillebeau
#211: This week, it's my pleasure to introduce Chris Guillebeau, author of Born for This and inspiring role model for living a rewarding, purpose-driven life. We discuss side hustles, when to leave a day job for self-employment, and how to foster productive writing time. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 210: How to Automate Your Business to Save Time and Make More Money with Dana Malstaff
#210: Joining me this week is the amazing Dana Malstaff, CEO and founder of, a community that provides online resources and support for entrepreneurs who also happen to be moms. Dana shares great automation tips, including tools, strategies, and resources. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 209: The Power of Community—How Noah Bradley Made Art Camp
#209: Today's guest is Noah Bradley, an incredible visual artist and founder of a phenomenal community and online school called Art Camp. Hear how Noah validated the idea before he started to sell, how he picked his price point, and how he has positioned his business to stand out from his competitors. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 205: How Simple Green Smoothies Used “Challenges” to Grow from 0 to 200k Subscribers in a Year
#205: Meet Jadah Sellner, co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies, a truly exciting online business that's transforming the health of its community. Hear how an e-book kickstarted Jadah and Jen's business, how they've built a strong relationship as business partners, and how listening to their audience changed their business. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 202: How SPI Helped Zephan Blaxberg Make the Leap
#202: Zephan Blaxberg took a leap of faith, chased after his passion, and found himself achieving more success than he ever dreamed. Hear how Zephan found his first freelancing clients, and how he breaks down goals into small, achievable success. Podcast show notes available here: Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 201: How Chef Allison Schaaf Built a Newsletter-Based Business—The Story of PrepDish
#201: Allison Schaaf took something she loves—helping people create amazing meals in their own homes—and turned it into a sustainable online business. Hear how Allison built her newsletter-based business buy building a community of engaged, supportive fans. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 199: The Marketing Effort Behind Will It Fly?
#199: Will It Fly? has launched, and I want to introduce a few of the people who made its release such a success. I share how to create a book launch marketing schedule by working backwards, tips and tools to keep the schedule organized, and strategies for rallying influencers to help with the launch. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 198: Building a Book Launch “Street Team” (Plus Pre-Order)
#198: Meet Daniel Decker, the man behind the Will It Fly? launch team. Daniel shares how a launch team can help your next book or project get the attention it deserves and the method to use for recruiting them. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 197: Behind the Scenes of Writing Will It Fly?
#197: Today, I'm talking about the "why" and the "how" of writing my new book, Will It Fly? I share how I knew I'd stumbled onto the topic for my next book and the self-publishing strategies I used to launch my route. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 196: How to Level Up Your Life with Steve Kamb
#196: Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness joins me to talk about his new book, Level Up Your Life. Hear the story behind Steve's devoted, close-knit following, how he put his personality into his business, and how he has built an incredibly close-knit following. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 195: Carrie Clark and Her SPI Reader Success Story
#195: I'm kicking off 2016 with an incredible success story from a very special guest, Carrie Clark. Hear how Carrie built and monetized her online speech therapy business. We discuss how Carrie built her membership program, and how she provides value to her members. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 192: (Updated Recording) Types of Passive Income Generated Online and What to Expect From Each – Part 1
#192: Get my updated information regarding generating passive income online, plus wisdom I've gathered from my own experiences with passive income. Learn all the ways you can generate a passive income online, the crucial difference between passive income and other types of business, and strategies for building your audience, however broad or niche-focused. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 191: When a Product Launch Doesn’t Go as Planned: Inside a Coaching Call with Pat and Robert Kibbe
#191: On today's show, I'm sharing a coaching call with Robert Kibbe about everything that happens when a product launch doesn't pan out. We cover strategies for troubleshooting your launch problems, key signs your product is viable and worth launching, and the three-phase process I develop with Robert to build his audience and drive sales. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 190: Step-by-Step Product Creation with Bryan Harris
#190: Today I've got Bryan Harris on the show to talk about his step-by-step formulas for designing, launching, and maximizing profit from your online product. Learn how to get your first 1,000 email list subscribers, the three questions to ask yourself when building your first product, and Bryan's Poster Boy Formula. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 189: Entrepreneurship and Life with Aaron Walker
#189: On this episode, I have Aaron Walker with me. He offers up a lifetime of wisdom on how to thrive—both professionally and personally—as an entrepreneur. Aaron shares advice for staying proactive and holding yourself accountable as a business owner, the danger of the word "can't," and the qualities of a great business coach. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 188: Patreon: A Potential Alternative for Generating an Income Online
#188: On this episode, I speak with Patreon founder Jack Conte and podcaster Tom Merritt about funding your business through recurring donations from fans. Learn what sets apart Patreon revenue from other kinds of income, how to pitch your patronage program to your audience, and unique ideas for showing supporters your appreciation. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 187: How to Run a Successful Affiliate Marketing Campaign (as the Product Owner) with Lewis Howes
#187: Lewis Howes joins me to discuss how to run an affiliate program as the product creator. He shares his favorite strategies and tools for a successful launch. You'll learn how product owners can best serve their affiliates, strategies for incentivizing involvement from your affiliate partners, and how to fire up your affiliates in the days leading up to a product launch. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 186: How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer
#186: In this episode, I cover my top rules for becoming an affiliate marketer, three tools you should have in your toolbox, and some common affiliate myths. You'll learn how to find an affiliate for your industry (no matter what your niche is), how to get a company to sign you on as an affiliate, and how to build trust with your audience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 185: Solving a Problem by Building It Yourself—The Story Behind ConvertKit with Nathan Barry
#185: Today's guest is Nathan Barry, creator of ConvertKit, the email system designed specifically for bloggers. Nathan shares tips for surveying clients and building trust over time, how to find your niche in a competitive market, and why it's a good idea to pair your software product with training and education. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 182: Frameworks for Writing Copy That Converts with Ray Edwards
#182: I struggle to write great copy that drives conversions without sounding sleazy. On this episode, my friend Ray Edwards shares actionable tips for writing great copy that converts. Ray shares his toolbox of strategies, the difference between persuasion and manipulation, and the key ingredients of a successful sales page. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 181: From Welfare to Nearly $1 Million with Kimra Luna
#181: Kimra Luna went from living on welfare to running a thriving online business. Join us to hear her tips for growing an online business from scratch. Hear why she expanded her business beyond blogging, tools for hosting webinars, and strategies for running Facebook ads. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 180: Two Woodworkers and How They Make a Full-Time Income from Their Craft with David Picciuto and Bob Clagett
#180: Today I'm talking with woodworkers David Picciuto and Bob Clagett about how they have been able to build successful businesses with their craft. Hear how to transform your part-time hobby into a full-time business, how they built a following through their YouTube channels, and tips for selling and distributing merchandise. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 179: New & Underused Methods for Building Your Email List (on Your Podcast & Other Content Platforms) with Tim Paige
#179: My guest today is Tim Paige, an email list-building expert, and the host of the ConversionCast podcast. He shares tips you can apply to any channel of your business, including how the right lead magnet can mean huge growth for your email list, lead magnet ideas to adapt for your business, and how to use mobile text messages as an opt-in tool. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 178: The Ask Formula—How to Discover Exactly What Your Audience Will Buy (Even If You Don’t Have a Following) with Ryan Levesque
#178: Ryan Levesque is the survey master. In this episode, he walks you through his in-depth, super-actionable strategies for asking your audience what they want to buy. Learn how to uncover your audience's unspoken needs and challenges, the four kinds of emails your survey should include, and how to ask the perfect questions. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 177: Periscope—Another Fad or the Next Big Thing?
#177: Chris Ducker is back, and he wants to tell you about all things Periscope. It's a whole new frontier for interacting with your community. Learn why Periscope is great for building person-to-person connections, tips and strategies for using Periscope as a content tool, and the unique ways Periscope fosters community and holds you accountable to your audience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 176: Backlinking—What’s Working and Is It Even Still Important with Brian Dean from
#176: Brian Dean of Backlinko is here to share his expertise on backlinking, including what's working, what's not, and why backlinking matters. Learn what backlinking and interlinking are, how to get your website to rank higher in Google, and which search engine optimization (SEO) strategies are (and are no longer) working. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 175: The 8-Year Hobby Blog That Quickly Transformed into a 6-Figure Per Month Business with Kirk Du Plessis
#175: Listen to Kirk Du Plessis of chat about how his hobby blog transformed quickly into a business that's earning him six figures per month. Kirk talks about building a thriving membership community, making money while giving content away for free, and how to improve customer retention. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 174: How to Invest the Passive Income You Earn from Business with Ryan Moran
#174: Ryan Moran stops by the show to talk about maximizing business earnings, how to invest, diversified income streams, building wealth for the future. He talks to me about choosing stocks, managing an emergency fund, and how he got his Tesla for free. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 173: Tips for Staying Consistent with Your Editorial Calendar with Garrett Moon from
#173: Listen to Garrett Moon of CoSchedule talk about making your editorial calendar work for you—no matter what kind of content you create for your followers. You'll learn how to make the most of your published content across channels, content management mistakes, and strategies for managing blogging procrastination. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 172: Game Changing Business Growth with Peter Voogd
#172: I can’t wait for you to meet today’s amazing guest: He’s Peter Voogd, and he’s the leading authority on Gen Y entrepreneurship. As CEO of, Peter has trained nearly 5,000 young entrepreneurs. He draws on the wealth of experience he’s gathered from his own career (which started before he even hit high school) to teach aspiring business owners how to take charge of their lives, their money, and their aspirations. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.c...

SPI 171: A Crash Course on Copywriting with Nikki Elledge Brown
#171: I’d like you to meet Nikki Elledge Brown, a.k.a. your Communication Stylist. If you’re ready to get serious about your writing and communication skills, this is the episode for you. As a self-declared Communication Stylist, Nikki is an expert at helping people uncover their unique voice and become smarter communicators. Like any top-notch stylist, Nikki’s approach to coaching isn’t about changing who you are or what you sound like. Instead, she provides strategies and tools to help you stay 100% authe...

SPI 170: The Secrets of a Successful Product Launch with Ramit Sethi
#170: Ramit Sethi is here again, and this time, he’s offering up everything you need to know to launch an online product. Today, you’ll get all the dos and don’ts of preparing for a successful launch, as well as expert advice on how to generate both maximum profit and maximum impact in those crucial first days. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 169: How Nathan Chan Built a 6-Figure Digital Magazine and the Marketing Strategies We Can All Use
#169: Just about every business owner starts from scratch. Today’s guest did, too, but in a totally unique way. He’s Nathan Chan, creator of Foundr Magazine, an entirely digital publication. When Nathan first built Foundr Magazine, he knew he was headed into unique, unfamiliar territory. Without tried-and-true methods to fall back on, Nathan found himself learning through experience every step of the way. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 168: Multiple Successful Businesses in Multiple Niches with Scott Turner
#168: Running a successful online business takes serious effort. Today’s guest doesn’t just run one successful online business—he runs several! I first connected with Scott Turner through his company Green Building Education Services when I was just starting out, building my own Green Exam Academy. When I re-connected with him at the 1-Day Business Breakthrough, I realized that Scott hadn’t just stopped there. He’d launched several businesses across a variety of niches. Podcast show notes available here: ht...

SPI 167: Chalene Johnson and the Lowdown on Lifers
#167: You might know today’s guest as a fitness guru. But Chalene Johnson hasn’t stopped there—she’s also an inspiring entrepreneur and the leader of a tribe of amazing, committed fans. Chalene’s career has grown beyond the fitness industry to include all kinds of businesses, lifestyle coaching, and podcasts like Build Your Tribe. When Chalene invited me to her event, The Success Summit, I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was incredible: an amazing event full of raving fans that Chalene calls her “L...

SPI 166: The 2015 Halfway Point—Goal Status and Future of SPI
#166: Let’s take a break from strategy to check in with ourselves. We’re halfway through 2015. What progress have you made on your goals for this year? What have you learned? What else does 2015 have in store for you? In this episode, you’ll hear my own, personal answers to those questions. I’ll walk you through my year so far, the goals I’ve reached, and the lessons I’ve learned. I’ve got a few announcements, too, that I’m eager to share with you. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassive...

SPI 165: Susan Petersen from Freshly Picked on Selling Moccasins and Her BOOMING Online Retail Business
#165: I can’t wait for you to meet today’s guest, who’s an incredible success story from the online retail world: Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked. Since starting out as an early Etsy entrepreneur, Susan’s had an amazing journey, including an appearance on Shark Tank, a partnership with Nordstrom, and now, a million-dollar online business selling baby moccasins. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 164: Michael O’Neal from Solopreneur Hour Talk Shop—His Success Journey and Actionable Tips for Interviews
#164: Michael is the host of Solopreneur Hour, a podcast with a totally unique style—a style I’m borrowing from today. Michael has mastered the art of interviewing. His approach as an interviewer allows his guests to reveal surprising sides of themselves they might not usually get to share on industry podcasts. He’s an expert at establishing a rapport, asking questions, entertaining his audience, and simply allowing his guests to have a great time. If you’d like to hear a great example of top-notch intervie...

SPI 163: Michael Hyatt on the Secrets of Team Building and Leadership
#163: It’s such a pleasure to have Michael Hyatt as my guest this week. Michael is a truly inspirational leader, and he brings an amazing wealth of wisdom and experience with him. He’s talking with me today about something close to home for every entrepreneur: being a leader and building your team. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 162: A First-Timer’s $130,208 Product Launch
#162: My guest today, Nick Stephenson, heard David Siteman Garland talk with me about creating online courses back in Session 136. Nick took action, and by the time his product launch rolled around, he was crushing it. Just how much was he crushing it? The answer’s right there in this episode’s title—his online course for fiction writers,, launched at over $130,000. Nick’s here today to reveal just how he did that. He’ll share the tools he used and steps he took to conceptualize, dev...

SPI 161: How to Stand Out of the Crowd with Dorie Clark
#161: My guest today is a woman who knows what she’s talking about when it comes to finding great ideas. Dorie Clark is a phenomenal writer, speaker, and business professor—but she didn’t get there overnight. Starting out as a marketing consultant, she spent years writing book proposals and facing rejection. It wasn’t until her blog post “How to Re-Invent Your Personal Brand” appeared in the Harvard Business Review that she knew she’d found something special—her breakthrough idea. Podcast show notes availab...

SPI 160: People Over Profit with Dale Partridge
#160: My mantra for the next few years is “Think bigger.” How can I think beyond business and profit toward bigger causes and social good? I find it so exciting that I’ve met so many amazing people who help me think bigger every day—people like Lewis Howes, Adam Braun, and today’s guest, Dale Partridge. Dale is the author of a brand-new book called People Over Profit, as well as the founder of a host of incredible online businesses. In the midst of a successful career as an entrepreneur, Dale started to ask...

SPI 159: The Best Practices for Increasing Sales with Your Autoresponder Email Series
#159: This week, we’re talking about a simple thing that can have a huge positive impact on your business: email marketing and the power of an autoresponder series. Dan runs, a consultancy he started after building his martial arts training business from the ground up. Dan’s become a master of building a subscriber base, sequencing emails, and sending the right messages to the right audience. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 158: How to Productize Your Service-Based Business
#158: This episode is all about productizing your service-based business. With me this week is productization all-star Brian Casel, founder of If you’re curious how to go about productizing your service, what service you should choose, or what’s worked for others, Brian has answers for you. He’s drawing on his own experience as a web developer to bring you advice for delegating, streamlining, and standardizing your service. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 157: The Art of Rejection with Jia Jiang
#157: I first saw today’s guest on a TED Talk. His name is Jia Jiang, and his talk was titled, “Surprising Lessons from 100 Days of Rejection.” It’s one of those TED Talks you start watching and find you can’t stop—it’s that good. I bet a lot of us can relate to Jia’s struggle with rejection. It’s the kind of fear that keeps us from taking risks and seeking out life-changing opportunities, because we’re so afraid of hearing the word “no.” That’s why I had to bring him on to share his story with you. Podcast...

SPI 156: The Story Behind Abel James and the Success of Fat Burning Man
#156: This week’s guest comes to us from the fitness world. He’s Abel James, who I got to know last year when he won an award for his incredible podcast, Fat Burning Man. Abel didn’t just stop at podcasting—his Fat Burning Man brand also includes a wildly successful book and mobile app. He’s built a multimedia franchise in an extremely saturated field, and he’s done it all without any of the sleaze that plagues so much of the fitness industry. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassiveincom...

SPI 155: Inside One of My Weekly Mastermind Meetings
#155: Joey Korneman runs, an online resource for motion designers, and he’s been working hard to grow his business. Joey brought his questions and challenges to the mastermind group, and we offered our insight and advice. A few months later, I reconnected with Joey to see how things were going. What I heard was amazing—Joey had taken what he learned from that mastermind group and used it to create incredible results, all in a few months. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smar...

SPI 154: Behind the Scenes of SPI TV with Caleb Wojcik—Gear, Numbers, and Production Tips
#154: This week’s guest is the amazing Caleb Wojcik, the video mastermind behind and the videographer for my latest project, Smart Passive Income TV. Caleb’s sharing his expert knowledge on the gear and techniques you need to make killer video content. He’ll give his advice for launching a video podcast of your own, creating an efficient workflow, and producing high-quality video week after week. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 153: Systematizing—Pat and Mindy Talk AskPat and Our Productive Workflow
#153: Back in Episode 138, I had a blast introducing you to the amazing people of Team Flynn. I got a ton of responses about one team member in particular: Mindy Holahan Peters. Mindy has an amazing brain for building and improving a workflow. She knows how to systematize and automate to keep things simple, time-saving, and super-effective. She’s also a master of podcast production, and she’ll be sharing the tools and tricks she uses to keep AskPat running at full steam. Podcast show notes available here: h...

SPI 152: How a Guest Post Became a Product and The Story of Cole’s Classroom
#152: When I met this week’s guest, Cole Humphus, two things stood out: the amazing story behind his online business and his generosity. Cole is the owner of Cole’s Classroom, an online resource for photographers. Cole had been offering his photography tips and videos for free when he stumbled upon a brilliant way to monetize his products. Just last week he left his day job to focus full time on his online photography business and the passive income lifestyle, all thanks to a passion project that turned int...

SPI 151: How to Put on a Successful (and Profitable) Virtual Conference with Lain Ehmann
#151: This week’s guest comes up a lot on this podcast, and rightly so—she’s got one amazing success story. Remember Lain Ehmann, who turned her scrapbooking hobby into a six-figure online business? She’s back with another crucial lesson for all you online entrepreneurs: the power of the virtual conference. A big part of Lain’s success has come from her virtual conferences, where hundreds of scrapbookers gather online to connect, trade ideas, and learn from invited instructors. Lain’s here to share what goe...

SPI 150: A Day in the Life of Pat—My (New) Routine, Schedule, and Habits Shared
#150: A few months ago, I added something new to my life: a morning routine. The results have been so dramatic that I had to share them with you all. That’s what this week’s episode is all about. I put together this routine after interviewing Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning in SPI Podcast Session #140, and after continually hearing other successful people rave about the power of their morning routine. They talked about how many aspects of their lives it transformed, from their productivity and focu...

SPI 149: Dane Maxwell Interviews Pat Flynn
#149: We’re doing something different today on the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Dane Maxwell is back on the show for his third time, but he’s not the guest—I am! As many of you know, I recently started something new in my approach to passive income: software. It’s been an exciting process, and I wanted to share with you why I decided to create a software business, how I did it, and what my results have been so far. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 148: (By Popular Demand) The Story Behind The Success of Food Blog Pinch of Yum with Lindsay and Bjork
#148: My two guests today are here by popular demand. That’s right—so many of you told me to get these two on the show, and here they are! I’ve got Lindsay and Bjork here to talk about their hugely successful food blog, Pinch of Yum. In this episode, Lindsay breaks down exactly when and how she quit her job as an elementary school teacher—a job she loved—to pursue her passion for cooking and sharing recipes. Bjork shares how he jumped on to the project, maintaining and monetizing the site. You’ll hear speci...

SPI 147: Behind the Scenes of a Thriving and Active Membership Site with Corbett, Chase, and Barrett from
#147: Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves, and Barrett Brooks are the masterminds behind one of most well-run, engaged, and high-quality membership sites out there. You might remember Corbett from our interview back in 2012, where he talked about his project Since then, he’s joined forces with Chase and Barrett to create, a membership site that provides a huge library of resources to aspiring business owners. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 146: Product Validation and Pre-Selling—A Real Life Example with Jarrod Robinson
#146: I’m so stoked for you to meet my guest this week. He’s Jarrod Robinson of, and he’s had amazing success with his digital products thanks to pre-selling. Jarrod’s here to walk you through just how he’s able to guarantee a profit before the product is out the door. Jarrod has built over 60 iOS apps, but he’s not a software developer—he’s a PE teacher. Jarrod has a passion for integrating technology into physical education in meaningful ways, and he builds his products for other educators l...

SPI 145: How to Become a Contributing Writer on Large Media Sites—From Bread Delivery to Content Delivery with Kimanzi Constable
#145: Ready to hear an amazing story? Because that’s what Kimanzi Constable has brought with him today. I can’t wait for you to hear how this guy went from delivering bread to becoming an author with 82,000 books sold. Before he got published, Kimanzi worked a job he hated. While working late nights, he listened to podcasts like this one and kept a journal of thoughts and ideas. He got inspired to turn those ideas into an eBook, and he set out to self-publish. Podcast show notes available here: https://www....

SPI 144: Building a Million Dollar Business in 12 Months with Ryan Moran
#144: Here with me this week, by popular demand, is e-commerce superstar Ryan Moran from Freedom Fast Lane. Ryan’s going to walk you through building a business selling through Amazon, using one of his own companies as a model. You’ll get the nitty-gritty details of choosing a product, creating your inventory, and making Amazon work for you. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 143: Actionable Email Marketing Strategies and How to 3X Revenue Using Your Autoresponder with Steve Chou
#143: I’ve got an amazing guest this week, and he’s brought tons of great, actionable advice along with him. He’s Steve Chou from If you use autoresponder sequences in your online business, you know that strategy is everything. Steve’s here to share how a few email sequencing tweaks yielded massive results for his business. You’ll be able to use these actionable strategies to promote your own online course or product and start seeing results. Podcast show notes available here: https://...

SPI 142: How Paying Attention Paid Off for Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach
#142: Welcome to 2015, everybody! I can’t think of a more perfect time to talk with Joseph Michael, the Scrivener Coach. He’s another passive income success story I can’t wait for you to meet. If getting focused and finding your next big idea are some of your New Year’s resolutions, you’ll want to hear Joseph’s story. Figuring out your particular expertise can be the biggest hurdle in getting your online product out the door. Listen to what Joseph has to say about smart listening and paying attention. I gua...

SPI 141: The Biggest Lessons I Learned from 2014 and How We’re Going to Crush 2015
#141: As 2014 rounds out, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to reflect on this year with you all and share what’s on my mind. This week, I’m speaking from the heart. I’m going to talk through the big life lessons I learned this year, and how we—you and I—are going to kill it in 2015. With that inspiration in mind, here are my 10 Biggest Lessons from 2014. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 140: Productivity and the Early Morning Routine with Hal Elrod
#140: I can’t wait for you to hear the amazing story this week’s guest has to share. He’s Hal Elrod, a best-selling author, keynote speaker, success coach, and all-around inspiring guy. Hal’s here this week to share how he became a productivity master, and bounced back from huge life setbacks, with the help of a morning routine. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 139: How to Work a Room and Socialize for Success with Susan RoAne
#139: I am so excited for you to meet this week’s guest: Susan RoAne. She’s generous, she’s brilliant, and she’s been a huge inspiration to me—she even manages to make me blush in this episode. Her superpower? How to work a room. Susan was one of 1,200 teachers who lost their jobs during a massive layoff of San Francisco public school teachers. She got the idea to start a career change workshop, designed specifically for teachers. The next thing she knew, she had 100 people on her waiting list. That worksho...

SPI 138: Meet Team Flynn—My Trip to Columbus and a Big Decision I Need to Make by 2015
#138: This week, I’m giving you a little glimpse behind the scenes and into the future of Smart Passive Income, and I’m doing it in the style of a podcast that I’ve recently been pulling inspiration from—Startup by Alex Blumberg. Many of you know I recently made a trip to Columbus, OH to meet my team and plan for 2015. On the trip, I decided to turn on the voice recorder on my iPhone and capture some of those conversations, and after hours of editing (seriously, this style of podcasting takes a load of time...

SPI 137: A Product Launch Sequence That Works—How to Create a 3-Part Video Series with Amy Porterfield
#137: This week, I’m joined by none other than Amy Porterfield! You might know Amy for her social media strategies or from her podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy, where she dishes out the insight and expertise that’s made her the Facebook Queen. In this episode, she’s here to share her secret weapon for creating a killer launch: the 3-Part Video Series. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 135: How an Animator Built an Online Business by Being Transparent
#135: My guest this week is Morr Meroz, an animator who runs As an animator straight out of art school, Morr wasn’t used to thinking about his creative career in business terms. He created film after film, attracting very little traffic on his YouTube channel, until the day he tried something different: he posted a video called “How to Make an Animated Movie”. The overwhelming response stunned him. He had attracted an audience simply by being transparent about his process. Podcast show n...

SPI 134: Crucial and Common WordPress Mistakes and How to Avoid Them with Dan from WP Curve
#134: I’m very pleased to welcome Dan Norris to this week’s Smart Passive Income Podcast. Dan is the co-founder of WP Curve, a company every WordPress user needs to hear about. Even if you’re not on WordPress, there’s still a lot of great information to take away from this episode to improve your website experience and usability. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 133: Gary Vaynerchuk on “Right Hooks,” Physical Products, Book Publishing, App Marketing, and More
#133: I’m incredibly excited to welcome back Gary Vaynerchuk to the show! Gary Vee has had a significant impact on my business personally, from the moment I picked up and read Crush It, to when I interviewed him for SPI Podcast Session #89 and he called me out on some things I wasn’t doing on social media. Since that point, I implemented his tips and have seen drastic results from them ever since. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 132: Social Media Strategies and Automation Tools with Laura Roeder
#132: Over the past three months, I’ve been experimenting with a new social media automation tool and have been extremely pleased with the results. The tool is called Edgar, and I’m happy to welcome the founder, Laura Roeder, to the SPI Podcast today to talk all things social media and the principles behind her new automation and scheduling tool. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 131: Creating Creativity: Success Outside of the Box with Jason SurfrApp
#131: I brought Jason of SurfrApp on today to talk about his creative (and different) approach to his work, and give us inspiration to be creative and be okay with the risks involved with being creative. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 130: Booking Yourself Solid: The Sales Process, Pricing, and More with Michael Port
#130: Today I have the honor of welcoming Michael Port to the Smart Passive Income Podcast! If you don’t know the name, then you might know the book: Book Yourself Solid. For the past several years, Book Yourself Solid has become almost required reading in the world of business and entrepreneurship, and the principles from the book have become the standard. In today’s episode, we dive into elements of his book which include the fundamentals of the sales process, pricing strategies, and we also talk about pu...

SPI 129: How to Scale Up Your Service Based Business with Josh Shipp
#129: Today’s guest is Josh Shipp, a former at-risk foster kid turned successful entrepreneur who has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, 20/20, and was named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30. He has a service-based business traveling around the country speaking to kids and families, and at one point he almost burned himself out from all of the travel. Luckily, he’s been able to scale his service-based business in a smart way that has allowed him to earn a 7-figure income, but more importantly, make a bigg...

SPI 126: How to Get Paid for Your IDEAS
#126: You may have heard people say (including me) that ideas aren’t worth anything. An idea just sitting in your head can’t truly help anyone, and you definitely cannot make money from it until you execute and create. Well, today’s guest on The SPI Podcast, Stephen Key would most likely disagree, because you can get paid for your ideas. He has, and with over 30 different ideas that he’s licensed to other companies, he’s making millions. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 124: Your Author Empire—Pick a Niche and Publish for Profit with Steve Scott
#124: Like most communities that you’ll create online, there always seems to be a few standouts—people who rise to the top as the most helpful and active in the forum. One clear standout in this particular group is an author named Steve Scott, who is always offering his advice, responding to questions and sharing his success. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 123: Turning a So-So Blog into a So-Profitable Brand—Gretchen and Jason from Woodland Bakery
#123: In this session of The SPI Podcast, I’m excited to welcome Gretchen and her partner Jason from Woodland Bakery Blog—a brand that Gretchen started out of a passion for baking. At first, things were fun and exciting but then after the “honeymoon period” ended, she kept it going but with less than stellar results. Some traffic, some income, but that’s it. That’s when she connected with Jason, who took her so-so brand and turned it into something extremely profitable. Podcast show notes available here: ht...

SPI 122: From Teachers to Totally Rocking It Online—Shane and Jocelyn Sams Share Their Success Story
#122: Today I’d like to share an incredible success story packed with valuable strategies and actionable tips from not just one, but two people—a husband and wife combo who each have their own respective successful online businesses in completely different niches. Shane and Jocelyn Sams were teachers (Shane a teacher and football coach and Jocelyn a librarian) before they discovered the Smart Passive Income Podcast and gave online business a shot. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassivei...

SPI 121: A Crash Course on Charisma—A Guide to Winning In-Person Encounters with Jordan Harbinger
#121: There’s an art to being charismatic, which is why I’m super excited to welcome Jordan Harbinger from The Art of Charm and The Art of Charm Podcast to the show today. He’s got an incredibly successful business teaching people how to be confident and put their best self forward, and he shares a TON of tips and strategies for us to help us do the same. If you’re going to any conferences or meetings anytime soon, this is definitely a podcast episode you should listen to. Podcast show notes available here:...

SPI 120: How to Create the Ultimate Flagship Product—From Research to Launch and Beyond with Ramit Sethi
#120: The last time Ramit Sethi from was on the SPI Podcast he dropped some huge knowledge bombs on us about the psychology of selling, and also gave us great, actionable advice on pricing our products. I invited Ramit to come back on the show for two specific reasons: A high demand from the audience; and to get into the deep details of one of his most successful products. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 119: What Is the “Minimum Marketable Event?” (And How Did LeadPages Use It To Go from Zero to 25K Customers in Less Than Two Years?)
#119: In this episode, we recap a couple of the strategies that were talked about the last time (namely the ones I’ve implemented myself and the results), and we also get into some launch strategies as well, which were very interesting because he talked about things I’ve never heard of before, including something called the minimum marketable event. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 118: How to Raise Capital for Your Startup with Bill Glaser
#118: The world of raising capital and startup funds is completely unknown to me, which is why I’m extremely happy to welcome Bill Glaser to the show today to tell us all about it. You may have an amazing idea in your head for a product or business that could only come to life if you had the funds to make it happen. If that’s the case, then this episode is for you. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here, even if you’re already established and simply want to grow and expand. Podcast show notes availab...

SPI 117: Broke on a Friend’s Couch to Successful Entrepreneur with Dwight Peters of BackersHub
#117: Today’s guest on the podcast, Dwight Peters, had started a number of different businesses that didn’t go according to plan, which eventually led him to going broke and having to stay on his friend’s couch while he figured out his next move. His perseverance paid off, however, because Dwight is now the founder of BackersHub, a successful online business that helps out those who utilize the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 116: Copywriting Tips and Formulas with Kevin Rogers
#116: Copywriting—writing that’s meant to persuade people to take a specific action (like buying something)—is a crucial element of any online business. You can have great products, but if your copy is mediocre, your conversions will be mediocre too. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 115: 9000 Unread Emails to Inbox Zero: My Executive Assistant Shares How We Did It (and How You Can Too!)
#115: In this episode, I’d like to introduce you to Jessica, my new executive assistant. She’s awesome. So awesome, in fact, that in a few weeks she was able to help me go from 9000+ unread emails, to now helping me consistently reach inbox zero each day. Jessica shares exactly how she tackled my problem, and it’s quite interesting to hear her talk about her first reactions to my inbox when I hired her. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 114: User Stories and BIG Project Production with My Team!
#114: Whether you’re working with a team of your own or going solo, completing BIG projects beyond your normal editorial calendar can be an extremely difficult task. That’s why today I’m so happy to introduce you to the team members behind the production of my new SPI iOS application today: Matt Gartland (the producer), Dustin Tevis (the designer), and Ryan Nystrom (the developer). Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 113: An Interview with 10-Year-Old Entrepreneur, Enya Hixson
#113: This interview was one of my all-time favorites. Why? Because it was with a 10-year old entrepreneur named Enya Hixson! I recently met Enya’s parents, Mike and Natalie, at Social Media Marketing World and after chatting about kids (which parents tend to often do with each other), I learned all about the businesses Enya was involved in, and was super inspired! Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 112: How Matt Donley Quit to Go Full Time with His Side Gig—Even Though He’s Not an Expert
#112: Today, I’m happy to welcome Matt Donley on the SPI podcast who is still working for himself and successfully running his online business. He owns a site called, which teaches people how to use SketchUp, a 3-D modeling software that I actually used for over a year when I was still in the architecture industry. We cover his entire story, including how he was able to break away from the 9 to 5 and launch a successful business from the side gig he had in his after work hours. Podcast sh...

SPI 111: The Life of a Brand New Visitor
#111: In this solo session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I get into deep detail about several moments in the journey of a brand new visitor to your site, and it starts before they even get there. My goal is to get you thinking more about the user experience on your site, and use this session as an exercise to determine whether or not you’re addressing everything that you could. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 110: Tim Ferriss on Podcasting, Productivity, Experimentation, and if He Had to Start Over
#110: I’m extremely happy to welcome Tim Ferriss back to the SPI Podcast! Tim is an unofficial mentor of mine and a huge inspiration for the Smart in Smart Passive Income. We cover a plethora of topics in this session, including his brand new #1 ranked podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, why he started one, how he’s been experimenting with it and what he’s been struggling with. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 109: From Personal Trainer to Successful Self-Published Author and Podcaster with Vinnie Tortorich
#109: I’m happy to welcome Vinnie from and author of Fitness Confidential: Adventures in the Weight-Loss Game to the SPI podcast to share his story with us. He gives us a lot of great tips for self-publishing, getting things done and standing out of the crowd. The fitness industry, as most of us know, is completely saturated, but even so he’s been able to create a top-rated iTunes podcast and self-publish a popular book with nearly 600 5-star reviews on Amazon. Podcast show notes availab...

SPI 108: 8 Things That Pat Flynn Is Struggling with Right Now
#108: One of the best questions you could ever ask your audience is: What are you struggling with right now? Many successful online entrepreneurs use this question to discover what pains, problems and issues their target audience has so they can better serve and provide solutions for them. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 106: How to Get More Clients and Win in a Competitive Niche with Mary Beth Storjohann
#106: In this session of The Smart Passive Income, I’m happy to welcome Mary Beth Storjohann from to the show! Mary Beth and I met last year at The Financial Blogger Conference, and ever since then I’ve been extremely impressed with her approach to her work and making a name for herself in the very competitive space of personal finance. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 105: S.P.L.A.T.—The Neuroscience Behind a Great Presentation, a Solid Pitch, and Total Attention
#105: In this episode, we cover S.P.L.A.T., which serves as a way to remember 5 important aspects of audience engagement and better presenting our ideas. What’s cool is that Bryan, who has read and listened to SPI for a while, also saw me speak in Vegas earlier this year and pulls a lot of examples from my own teaching and how it aligns with neuroscience and what’s happening in our heads. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 104: The Dark Side of Online Business, Blogging, and Success
#104: Building a successful online business or blog doesn’t happen overnight, but beyond that, it’s not always pretty and positive either. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing this for a while, you will always come across some of the negative aspects of being online, and I think it’s important to talk about these things and be real with you about what might be ahead, so you can be better prepared and understand that you’re not alone. Podcast show notes available here: https://www.smartpassi...

SPI 101: A Look into the Business of One Smart Passive Income Student
#101: In less than a year, Ken has setup a successful niche site at, which is already generating some earnings for him. Beyond that, many new opportunities have come about as a result of starting this site, and you can tell just how much fun he’s having with it. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 100: A Look Back with Two People Who Changed My Life
#100: I’m happy to welcome Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden from Internet Business Mastery on episode 100 today! They are the hosts of that very first podcast where I was introduced to the idea of online business, and I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for me, both indirectly through their show and directly later on. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 097: John Lee Dumas on His 6-Figure Month, Facebook Webinar Strategy, and Adding Sponsors to Your Show
#097: In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I’m honored to bring back for a second time, John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire! We start by breaking down his recent 6-figure month, and we get into the specific strategies that he’s using that are working really well right now. We also have a back-and-forth conversation about sponsorships—more specifically selling advertising spots in podcast episodes. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 096: How to Make a Living Selling Your Artwork Online with Cory Huff from The Abundant Artist
#096: Every month I get a handful of emails from artists—painters, crafts people, musicians, and actors—who are looking to create a reliable stream of income online by selling their artwork over the internet. Selling art, however, is not easy and something that I have yet to experience myself, which is why I’m excited to welcome Cory Huff from The Abundant Artist to the show. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 095: The DOs and DON’Ts of Online Video with Caleb Wojcik
#095: In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I’m happy to welcome Caleb Wojcik from and to the show! Today, we’re talking all about creating videos. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 094: 5 Proven Content Creation Tips to Help You Maximize the Impact of Your Information
#094: In this session, I’ll be sharing 5 carefully selected content creation tips to help you maximize the impact you have with the information you share, no matter what form of content you’re creating: blog posts, podcast episodes, videos, webinars, and even live presentations. Podcast show notes available here:

SPI 092: The Psychology of Selling and How to Price Your Products with Ramit Sethi
#092: In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I’m stoked to welcome Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You to Be Rich to the podcast! Ramit’s blog is one of the first blogs I ever subscribed to back in 2006 when I was still working at an architecture firm before I had any idea I would eventually create businesses of my own. Podcast show notes available here: