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San Diego, CA

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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 0613: How Did You Write Your Book?

5/26/2016
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Today's question comes from Travis, who asks about about my new book, Will It Fly? How did I write the book? What tools and habits did I use? Travis is talking about my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). In this episode, I talk about the writing program Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php). The transcription tool that I used is Rev (http://rev.com). You can find the SPI TV playlist on YouTube at...

AP 0612: How Do I Create Good Content?

5/25/2016
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Today's question comes from Manjit, who is getting started with his site and who needs a boost of confidence. How does he create good content for his readers, such as with writing an ebook? I put together a guide for creating ebooks (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). Do you have a question about content creation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0605: How Do I Convert Podcast Listeners into Website Visitors?

5/16/2016
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Today's question comes from Pete, who has a successful podcast. How does he convert his podcast listeners into website visitors? Pete's site is http://meaningfulmoney.tv/. In this episode I talk about Amy Porterfield's podcast and website (http://www.amyporterfield.com/), as well as the LeadPages podcast, ConversionCast (http://podcast.leadpages.net/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to...

AP 0599: I Have Two Hours Per Day to Build My Business. What Should I Work On?

5/6/2016
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Today's question comes from Eric, who has two hours available each day to dedicate to his business. How should he spend those two hours? The phases I mention in today's show are covered in my new book, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about prioritizing your time? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0596: Should I Use Blog Post Excerpt Email Subscriptions?

5/3/2016
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Today's question comes from Vladimir, who has a question about blog post email subscriptions. Should he send readers the full text of the post or should he only send an excerpt? Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0584: What's a Good Email Open Rate?

4/15/2016
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Today's question comes from Ray, who asks about email marketing and sales conversion. What are healthy email open and conversion rates? Ray mentions Nathan Barry, who is an expert in online selling (and is the creator of ConvertKit: http://nathanbarry.com/). Do you have a question about email marketing. Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. I would so appreciate an honest review of the AskPat Podcast in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/askpat-your-online-business/id806364627?mt=2

AP 0583: How Do I Offer Exclusive Content to My Email Subscribers?

4/14/2016
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Today's question comes from Claudius, who asks about building an email list for his book review site. Specifically, he would like to create exclusive content available only to email subscribers. Which tools should he use to set this up? In this episode I talk about my favorite email service provider, ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit) and a great tool for sign up forms, LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Check out Episode 78 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast to learn about...

AP 0581: How Can I Get Facebook Influencers to Share My Content?

4/12/2016
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Today's question comes from Brandon, who is having trouble gaining traction with thought leaders in his industry. How can he convince larger Facebook groups to share his content? Brandon's site is http://www.bootstrappingthefoodrevolution.com/. Do you have a question about networking with influencers? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0580: How Do I Deal with Competition Who Has the Same Name?

4/11/2016
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Today's question comes from Glenn, who has an existing podcast and website. How should he handle competition from someone with the same business name as him? Glenn’s site is http://amiibotrainer.com. Do you have a question about dealing with competition? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out the Audible audiobook version my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0579: How Do I Expand My Professional Network?

4/8/2016
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Today's question comes from Tiffany, who is looking to expand her professional network. Which conferences would I recommend to meet other savvy online entrepreneurs? Tiffany’s site is http://heytiffany.com. Tiffany mentions Ramit Sethi’s Zero to Launch course (http://askpat.com/ztl). The conferences I recommend are Social Media Marketing World (http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/), Podcast Movement (http://podcastmovement.com/), FinCon (https://finconexpo.com/), and Traffic and...

AP 0578: Should I Repurpose My Content on Other Sites Like Medium or Quora?

4/7/2016
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Today's question comes from Glenn, who asks about reposting his content on sites like Medium or Quora. Is it a good idea to repost his content verbatim on these sites? Should he rework the content for those sites? Glenn’s site is http://thecasualcapitalist.com. In this episode, Glenn and I discuss Medium (http://www.medium.com), Quora (http://www.quora.com) and Anchor (https://anchor.fm/). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is...

AP 0577: How Do I Manage Affiliate Payments?

4/6/2016
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Today's question comes from Janet, who asks about preparing content for her affiliates. How should she manage her affiliate payments? How can she create social media sharable content for them? Janet’s site is http://www.getsocialhealth.com/. In this episode, I mention setting up swipe copy pages with integrations for Infusionsoft (http://askpat.com/infusionsoft), Ontraport (https://ontraport.com/), and Active Campaign (http://www.activecampaign.com/). Gumroad (http://gumroad.com) is...

AP 0576: Which Email Service Provider Should I Use?

4/5/2016
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Today's question comes from Alexia, who asks about email marketing. Which email service should she use? Can she start with a provider for smaller lists first and upgrade later? Also, can she email people she knows who did not opt in to an email list? Alexia’s site is http://capitalizesocial.com. Alexia mentions two episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, Session 159 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/autoresponder-email-best-practices/) and Session 185...

AP 0575: Should I Claim Social Media Accounts If I Won’t Use Them Right Away?

4/4/2016
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Today's question comes from Diana, who asks about claiming social media handles for her new business. Should she claim social media accounts right away, even though she isn’t planning to use them immediately? Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0574: I’m a Musician. How Can I Grow My Email List?

4/1/2016
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Today's question comes from Applejaxx, an artist who asks how to grow and better engage with his email list. His free downloads are very popular—how can he get engagement with his other content? In this episode, I recommend Periscope (https://www.periscope.tv/) and Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com/) as good ways to build engagement for an audience like Applejaxx has. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have a podcast, check out the Smart...

AP 0573: Can I Have More Than One Target Customer Type?

3/31/2016
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Today's question comes from Serena, who is struggling to determine who her target customer is. Can she have more than one type of target customer? Serena’s website is http://thriftdiving.com. In this episode, I mention the post by Kevin Kelly called 1,000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). Do you have a question about determining who your customers are? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask...

AP 0572: Can I Include Interviews in a Paid Product?

3/30/2016
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Today's question comes from Jakub, who asks about including interviews in a paid product. Should he compensate the people he interviews? Do you have a question about creating paid products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Today's sponsor is Pipedrive, the customer relationship management tool for small teams. Check out https://www.pipedrive.com/pat to get started.

AP 0571: How Can I Convert Facebook Fans Into Customers?

3/29/2016
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Today's question comes from Raylee, who has a huge quantity of Facebook fans, but almost no conversions. What should she do differently? I highly recommend reading Ask by Ryan Levesque, who I interviewed on Smart Passive Income Podcast #178 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session178). I also recommend validating ideas using exercises in my new book, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about selling to your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's...

AP 0570: How Do I Create Video Tutorials?

3/28/2016
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Today's question comes from Tammy, who asks about the video tutorials I have on Smart Passive Income. Which tools do I use to create these tutorials? Tammy's site is https://trainingforlocalsmallbusinessowners.com/. For creating screen recording videos, I recommend using Screenflow (http://askpat.com/screenflow) or Camtasia (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). For drawing in Mac programs, I use OmniDazzle (http://omnidazzle.en.softonic.com/mac) and a Wacom tablet...

AP 0569: How Do I Stay Safe While Sharing Personal Stories Online?

3/25/2016
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Today's question comes from Ben, who asks how to share personal stories on his blog, while still staying safe. How can he protect himself from any malicious invasions of his privacy? Ben's site is http://theamateurcyclist.net/. Do you have a question about blogging and personal safety? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. The audiobook for my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, is available now at http://willitflybook.com.
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