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I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and boy do they love sending me questions :) That’s why I’ve started the AskPat podcast. AskPat is a brand new, DAILY podcast. Each episode features an actual question submitted from someone like you! I won't be able to answer everyone's question, but I'll do my best to get through as many of them as I can. Now, plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing and so much more. #askpat

I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and boy do they love sending me questions :) That’s why I’ve started the AskPat podcast. AskPat is a brand new, DAILY podcast. Each episode features an actual question submitted from someone like you! I won't be able to answer everyone's question, but I'll do my best to get through as many of them as I can. Now, plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing and so much more. #askpat
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I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and boy do they love sending me questions :) That’s why I’ve started the AskPat podcast. AskPat is a brand new, DAILY podcast. Each episode features an actual question submitted from someone like you! I won't be able to answer everyone's question, but I'll do my best to get through as many of them as I can. Now, plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing and so much more. #askpat

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Episodes

AP 0415: How Do I Convert Instagram Followers To Customers?

8/24/2015
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Today's question comes from Josh, who wants to know how to convert his Instagram followers to newsletter followers and customers. Josh’s site is http://mad-realestate.com/. I cover strategies for converting Instagram followers on my interviews on Smart Passive Income Podcast Podcast 165 with Susan Petersen (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/susan-petersen-from-freshly-picked-on-selling-moccasins-and-her-booming-online-retail-business/) and 169 with Nathan Chan...

AP 0414: Do I Need A Separate Email List To Promote Different Affiliate Products?

8/21/2015
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Today's question comes from Greg, who asks about affiliate products and email lists. Can he promote multiple products to a single list, or should he set up several email lists? For affiliate marketing advice check out this page: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/affiliate-marketing-strategies/. Do you have a question about affiliate marketing. Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started...

AP 0413: How Do You Stay Motivated When Life Gets Tough?

8/20/2015
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Today's question comes from Michael, who asks how I stay motivated when work and life gets tough. It’s a great question, because life is a roller coaster. Here’s what I do. Do you have a question about staying motivated? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0412: What Tools Do I Need To Create A Course?

8/19/2015
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Today's question comes from Saj, whose audience is asking him to create some coaching courses. What tools does he need to create a course? These are the tools I recommend. For hosting the course, if you don’t want to create your own website, you can use Udemy (http://www.udemy.com/) or Teachery (https://www.teachery.co/). For a merchant account, you can use Stripe (https://stripe.com/), PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/), 1Shopping Cart (http://www.1shoppingcart.com/) or Authorize.net...

AP 0411: How Do I Build Traffic To My Services Website?

8/18/2015
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Today's question comes from Elyse, who writes online content for a living. How can she increase traffic to her site to help her find more customers? Elyse’s site is http://www.contentbyelyse.com/. Take a listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast 158 with Brian Casel, where we discuss how to productize a service-based business (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/). Also check out Derek Halpern’s site, Social Triggers (http://socialtriggers.com/)....

AP 0410: What I Learned When My Website Got Hacked?

8/17/2015
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Today's question comes from Gaynete, who asks about the time my website got hacked. What did I learn from getting the site hacked? What would I do differently to prevent future attacks? I share the 11 things I learned from the DDOS attack that will help you prevent your site from getting hacked—or help you recover if a site hack happens to you. The plugins I discuss for limiting logins are Limit Login Attempts (https://wordpress.org/plugins/limit-login-attempts/) and Wordfence...

AP 0409: Where Should I Put My Affiliate Disclosure Statement?

8/14/2015
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AP 0409: Where Should I Put My Affiliate Disclosure Statement? Today's question comes from Jason, who asks about affiliate disclosure. Where should he put the affiliate disclosure statement? I recommend creating a resources page that includes a disclosure statement (http://smartpassiveincome.com/resources). On that page you can see my disclosure statement in blue. Do you have a question about affiliate sales? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to...

AP 0408: Can I Start A Business Using Only Social Media?

8/13/2015
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Today's question comes from Khizer, who is a musician with very active social media accounts but no active website. He’s ready to start releasing his own music—how can he use his social media to make money? In this episode I talk about Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans post (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). Do you have a question about starting your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for...

AP 0407: How Do I Get Started With Keyword Research?

8/12/2015
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Today's question comes from Stephen, who has a question about keywords and Google Analytics. How can he get started with keyword research in Google Analytics? In this episode I talk about how to use Google’s free Keyword Planner tool (https://adwords.google.com/ko/KeywordPlanner/), as well as how to use Amazon and iTunes for research. Do you have a question about keyword research? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to...

AP 0406? I Have Courses. How Do I Build My Audience?

8/11/2015
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Today's question comes from Tanner, who has courses on Udemy. He’s ready to market courses from his own platform, but he doesn’t have an audience yet. How should he get started? Tanner’s courses on are the course platform site Udemy (http://www.udemy.com/). For Facebook marketing and list building advice, check out Amy Porterfield’s site (http://www.amyporterfield.com/). Good platforms for hosting courses include WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), WP Courseware...

405 AP 0405 Should I Create My Own Health Food Product

8/10/2015
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Today's question comes from Selin, who has a question about choosing between two business ideas, an ecommerce site and custom product versus blogging. Kickstarter is a good tool for raising production funds (https://www.kickstarter.com/). Do you have a question about when to start your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Lynda.com. Try out all of Lynda.com's courses for free for seven days. Go http://lynda.com/AskPat to get started. Thanks to our sponsor,...

AP 0404: Why Do You Give Out T-Shirts To Callers?

8/7/2015
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Today's question comes from Aron, who wants to know why I give out t-shirts to AskPat callers. What’s the reason for the giveaway? The conference I mention is Podcast Movement (http://podcastmovement.com/). Do you have a question about why I’m doing something with the show? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0403: How Do I Become A Millionaire?

8/6/2015
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Today's question comes from Ross, who wants to make enough money to have the freedom to live the life he wants. How does he get started? Get started with episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, which features regular people who’ve built businesses that help them to live the lives they want (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/category/podcast/). Do you have a question about building a business to support your lifestyle? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks....

AP 0402: Which Habits Do You Wish You Had Started Sooner?

8/5/2015
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Today's question comes from Alex, who ask which habits I wish you had started 5–10 years ago. Alex’s site is http://www.66dayexperiment.com/. The first thing I wish I had started sooner is my morning routine, which I cover in this episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast with Hal Elrod (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/) and on Episode 150 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-new-morning-routine-schedule-habits/). Also, I love the Five Minute Journal...

AP 0401: What Happens When I Add New Autoresponder Emails?

8/4/2015
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Today's question comes from David, who has a question about autoresponder sequences. David’s site is http://bartenderhq.com/. There are two episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast that cover autoresponder emails, Session 143 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/actionable-email-marketing-strategies/) and Session 159 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/autoresponder-email-best-practices/). Do you have a question about your email autoresponders? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to...

AP 0400: AskPat Live On Periscope

8/3/2015
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Today is special episode of AskPat! I’m taking a lightning round of questions live from the audience on Periscope. The book I recommend in today’s episode is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://amzn.to/1MHXaJP). Do you have a question about using Periscope for your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Lynda.com. Try out all of Lynda.com's courses for free for seven days. Go http://lynda.com/AskPat to get started. Thanks to our other sponsor,...

AP 0399: How Do I Get My Facebook Group Members To Join My Email List?

7/31/2015
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Today's question comes from Bill, who hosts a successful Facebook group. How can he get his members to join his email list? Bill’s site is http://themakersguide.com. I offer my advice for how to get your community members on to an email list. Do you have a question about interacting with your Facebook community? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0398: How Long Does It Take To Build A Platform?

7/30/2015
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Today's question comes from Gabriel, who is new to blogging and wants to know how long (on average) it takes to build up a platform. Is it a year? Two years? Here’s what I think Gabriel (and you) should keep in mind. Gabriel’s site is http://www.gabrielaviles.com/. In this episode I talk about John Lee Dumas (http://entrepreneuronfire.com). Share your experiences using #AskPat398. Do you have a question about building your platform? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's...

AP 0397: How Do I Grow My Business From Freelancing Into An Agency?

7/29/2015
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Today's question comes from Tom, who is interested in growing his freelancing business to a small agency. How does he go about this? Tom’s site is http://www.convertdigital.co.uk/. In this episode, I mention my Smart Passive Income interview with Brian Casel, which covers “productizing” your business (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/). Also check out his resource on productizing (http://askpat.com/productize). I also recommend the AskPat...

AP 0396: Can I Start Blogging In A Crowded Industry?

7/28/2015
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Today's question comes from Junaid, who is questioning his desire to be a tech blogger. It’s a crowded industry—is it worth entering, or should he write in a different industry? I share my thoughts on how to get started. Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.