My Interview with Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income Blog and Podcast
One affiliate marketer that I have always wanted to interview was Pat Flynn. Not only is he a great internet entrepreneur, online blogger, teacher, speaker, an excellent affiliate marketer but he is also a family man and all around good guy!
He started only about 5 years ago and today is one of the most profitable and popular affiliate marketers teaching others how make money online, create passive income and lifestyle design at Smart Passive Income. He also has a show on iTunes called ‘Smart Passive Income’. Make sure to check it out.
I recorded this interview in video, if you would like to see it, please visit the Video Interview with Pat Flynn.
Couldn’t get much better than this!
I wanted to know what brought Pat to San Diego from Connecticut at an early age as well as when he got started with making money online and creating passive streams of income. It turns out Pat moved from Connecticut with his family while he was in 3rd grade because of a job relocation. He really loves it here and you can see that family is what Pat is all about.
Pat shared his history with how he started making money online and the driving force behind it. He does go on to explain that his success did not come over night and that he did have to put in a lot of hard work to get to where he is today. We go over the different streams of income and techniques he uses to currently bring in over $40,000 every month. Sometimes much higher than that! Wow.
Be Everywhere Philosophy
Pat has diversified his income streams well and not only is he making money through many different methods, but he is also Everywhere on the internet. You can find Pat Flynn on Blogs, Videos, Podcasts, Niche Websites, iPhone Applications, Conventions and even movie credits!!!! I believe he handled the social media for a movie called Broken Arrow and even walked the red carpet.
In a short 5 years, he has built up his income, along with his reputation by being very straight forward and honest with everything he does. In most online industries, competition is fierce, but not only is he praised by the competition, I feel like he has also brought people in his same niche together. Pat focuses on many different niches when making money online, but he also teaches others how to do it and that is currently where the bulk of his income comes from. But he doesn’t have any products of his own to sell, you can’t buy his tutorials.
Pat provides tremendous value to his viewers – and they give the love back
How he makes his money through teaching is by showing people how he makes money online. He uses his income reports to show what profitable areas he is currently working in. He has created a niche site duel that teaches people how to make money with niche websites. He even talks about his iPhone applications. If he is using a product or service, he might mention that product or service in a blog post or on his podcast. His loyal viewers in turn want to use the same products and services and he gets a little commission on each sale. But don’t think his viewers or readers don’t know about it, he doesn’t hide the fact, he actually promotes it.
While some purchase through his affiliate links because the link is right there, easy to click on and just follow in his footsteps, others will actively seek out his affiliate links to send some love back to Pat. I know I have. It just feels good to give back when you really appreciate how well he delivers his information. He does it for free and he is changing lives. I wouldn’t have started teaching others how I make money online if I didn’t come across his website. I really liked his style and was tired of the SELL SELL SELL grind.
I have been an affiliate marketer for a long time now and am trying to learn the soft sell technique that he employs. I wouldn’t even say he uses soft selling techniques! He is just very open and honest.
The Soft Sell
Pat has excelled at showing people , he has been doing to make moneyonline . When you are learning how to make money online you usually need website hosting, special tools and scripts that can make it easy and quicker to get jobs done, etc… We both use Market Samurai for our keyword research and we teach others how to use it. Website hosting is one of his best affiliate products. He doesn’t say you must use Blue Host because that is the only way to get a website up and hosted. Because he started his blog with Blue Host, is happy with their service and continues to them as a blog host. He makes money through affiliate commissions from products and services that he uses to make money online.
What is Passive Income?
Well, I came across a very generic definition online: income that is received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it.
When I first read it I thought to myself, ‘little effort, hah!’, but when I thought about it, that is the true definition of passive income. Work HARD, set up your automation or processes and later enjoy the passive income that it brings in. Your passive income streams should be set up in a way to not require additional work for the most part. Sometimes you will need to do some maintenance to keep it going or to optimize sales, but for the most part it is passive.
Pat has set up multiple passive streams of income that are very diversified. You can find his income reports at: Smart Passive Income – Income Reports. In the interview we talk about a variety of his passive income streams that include Adsense, iPhone apps, affiliate marketing and his niche website products. He has been sharing his monthly income reports from the very beginning and this has helped him to become one of the most popular affiliate marketers today.
Niche Websites Explained
In general, a niche is a specific area of demand for a product or service. In relation to internet marketing, a niche market is a small area of a much larger market. You build niche websites focusing on a small segment of a much larger market which tends to be more specialized and have less competition than the larger market work from home .
For example, instead of selling tools, you might specialize in drills. If you wanted a micro niche and there was enough of a demand to support the business, you might consider selling only cordless drills, or 1 specific model of cordless drills. The much more targeted niche website would most likely have more detailed information on the specific product or service and the content information won’t get diluted with tons of different products and services. Not only will the search engines have an easier time of finding the niche website, but you might even become known for that specific niche website and get additional links and social love because of it.
You can make a lot of money with niche websites and Pat keeps track of everything in detail at Niche Site Duel. There are a lot of other people that have joined the challenge as well. Make sure to check it out.
What a great interview, Pat is very easy to talk to, but I felt like I just scraped the surface! I hope to do another interview with Pat in the near future as he eluded to some new projects he was working on but not ready to reveal.
Make sure to check out his Smart Passive Income blog with Pat Flynn and subscribe to his podcast through iTunes!
Thanks again for visiting, now go make some money!
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