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Pat Flynn: Answering Your Online Business Questions Daily

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

Episodes

AP 0966: How Do I Start Online Courses or a Coaching Business?
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AP 0966: How Do I Start Online Courses or a Coaching Business?

Today’s question comes from JT. He owns a handyman business in Colorado and is looking for guidance as far as doing coaching and/or creating an online course. What advice can I give him? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? In it, you'll learn how to test your business ideas so that you don't waste your time and money. Check it out at http://smartpassiveincome.com/will-it-fly/ My course, Smart From Scratch, is relaunching soon. It’s a lot like my book, Will It Fly?, except you get more detailed information about you and your specific idea, and access to a community and me as well. Check out http://smartfromscrach.com to sign up for the waitlist; you’ll hear about it next time enrollment opens.

AP 0965: How Do You Measure the Impact of Giving Away T-shirts?
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AP 0965: How Do You Measure the Impact of Giving Away T-shirts?

Today’s question comes from Borja: How do I measure the impact of giving away t-shirts or selling them online? Find Borja’s podcast online at https://www.borjagiron.com/podcast/. In this episode I mention my Serve First t-shirt, which I sell for Pencils of Promise (https://pencilsofpromise.org/), a charity I'm an advisor for. Check out the t-shirt at https://servefirst.io/. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0964: How Do I Grow My Business Faster?
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AP 0964: How Do I Grow My Business Faster?

Today’s question comes from Steve. He has a website for basketball coaches, but so far it has grown in steps. How can he establish a curve of growth for his business? Steve’s website is http://www.teachhoops.com. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0963: How Do I Increase My Podcast Download Numbers?
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AP 0963: How Do I Increase My Podcast Download Numbers?

Mar is a meditation teacher in Mexico City. She has a podcast; how can she increase the amount of downloads her podcast receives? You can find Mar’s podcast online at http://www.mardelcerro.com/medita-podcast/. In this episode I suggest trying http://wavve.co, a cool way to turn your audio into videos for social media. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0962: How Many Episodes Should I Have Before I Launch My Podcast?
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AP 0962: How Many Episodes Should I Have Before I Launch My Podcast?

Today’s question comes from Jonathan who has a question about podcasting. How many podcast episodes should he have cued up before he launches his podcast? Jonathan’s website is http://jonathangaby.com. If you want to go deeper into podcast strategy, check out my course, Power-Up Podcasting. You can sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0961: How Do I Choose an Idea and Go Forward with It?
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AP 0961: How Do I Choose an Idea and Go Forward with It?

Today’s question comes from Luis, who has a question about idea validation. He has a lot of ideas for startup businesses, but doesn’t know which one to pick. How can he get past the discomfort and and make a decision? If you’re looking for a great way to validate your business ideas with proven methods, sign up for the waitlist for my course, Smart From Scratch. Go to http://smartfromscratch.com/. Do you have a question about idea validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0960: What’s the Advantage of a Standalone vs. a Redirect Page?
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AP 0960: What’s the Advantage of a Standalone vs. a Redirect Page?

Chris has a question about websites. He asks: What is the advantage to having a page hosted as a standalone website as opposed to a redirect within your own website? Chris’ website is http://safetydawg.com. Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0959: Should I Create a Podcast, YouTube Channel, or Both?
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AP 0959: Should I Create a Podcast, YouTube Channel, or Both?

Today’s question comes from Paul, who has a question about podcasting. Should he do a podcast and a YouTube channel? One or both? Paul’s website is http://DigitalIntervention.com. If you want to go deeper into launching a podcast, check out my course, Power-Up Podcasting. You can sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0958: How Do I Make More Course Sales?
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AP 0958: How Do I Make More Course Sales?

Today’s question comes from Corey, who runs a site called http://classroomtechmadesimple.com. He’s created an self-hosted course on his site for his customers, but he’s having problems selling the course. How can he make more course sales? Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0957: How Can I Leverage My Research for My Audience?
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AP 0957: How Can I Leverage My Research for My Audience?

Today’s question comes from David, who has a question about content. What steps should he take to leverage the research that’s he’s produced while in school, to help address his readers’ needs? David’s site is http://thetwleader.com/. Do you have a question about content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0956: How Do I Interlink My Articles with Each Other?
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AP 0956: How Do I Interlink My Articles with Each Other?

Today’s question comes from Chris, in Germany. He wants to know how to interlink his articles with each other on his niche site. Should they open in the same window or a new one? Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0955: What's the Initial Cost of Live Streaming Equipment/Fees?
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AP 0955: What's the Initial Cost of Live Streaming Equipment/Fees?

Today’s question comes from Diego, who has a question about live streaming. What are the initial equipment investments and monthly fees, and how can he multicast to more than one platform? Diego's site is http://diegodavila.com. In this episode I mention two mics that will help you level-up your livestreaming: The Rode Smartlav microphone (http://www.rode.com/microphones/smartlav), and also the iRig Mic Lav (https://bhpho.to/2glJBUH). Do you have a question about live streaming? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0954: How Do I Keep My Book Launch from Overshadowing My Courses?
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AP 0954: How Do I Keep My Book Launch from Overshadowing My Courses?

Today’s question comes from Mo, who’s launching a book. How can he keep his book launch from interfering with his companion courses, which will be launching at the same time? You can find Mo’s site at https://intentionalbeings.com/. Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0953: Should I Create a Video Version of My Podcast?
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AP 0953: Should I Create a Video Version of My Podcast?

Today’s question comes from Sha. Should she create a video version of her podcast and upload it to YouTube? Sha’s website is https://seminarphilippines.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0952: Why Do You Use a Commission System for Your Kids’ Chores?
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AP 0952: Why Do You Use a Commission System for Your Kids’ Chores?

Today’s question comes from Max who asks, what is the commission system I use with my kids for chores? Find Max online at http://themodernyou.com/. In this episode I recommend Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze, a great book about raising your kids to be financially successful. https://www.amazon.com/Smart-Money-Kids-Raising-Generation/dp/1937077632 Do you have a question about home-based business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0951: How Do I Connect with Leaders in My Niche?
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AP 0951: How Do I Connect with Leaders in My Niche?

James has a question about niche marketing. He’s identified leaders in his niche but doesn’t know what to say when he reaches out to them. Where does he start? James' website is http://godspeeddevelopment.com. Do you have a question about niche marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0950: What’s the Difference between Libsyn and Soundcloud?
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AP 0950: What’s the Difference between Libsyn and Soundcloud?

Today, Wan has a question about podcast hosting: What is the difference between Libsyn and SoundCloud? Find Libsyn at http://libsyn.com and Soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com. I also talk about another podcast host, Buzzsprout, which is at http://buzzsprout.com. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0949: How Do I Evaluate Email Success with ConvertKit?
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AP 0949: How Do I Evaluate Email Success with ConvertKit?

Today, Darcy has a question about email marketing. How can she use ConvertKit to measure how her emails are doing? Darcy’s website is https://redcaperevolution.com/. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0948: How Do I Produce Podcast Transcripts?
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AP 0948: How Do I Produce Podcast Transcripts?

Brad has a question about podcasting. Should he create transcripts, what are the benefits, and how would he go about creating them? In this episode I recommend http://rev.com, a great transcription service. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0947: Should I Post Content During Holidays?
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AP 0947: Should I Post Content During Holidays?

Today’s question comes from Jeff. Should he post content on his site during holiday weeks? Jeff's site is http://newmiddleclassdad.com. Do you have a question about online content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0946: How Can I Generate Leads for My Business?
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AP 0946: How Can I Generate Leads for My Business?

Nicholas has a question about lead generating and lead sources. He’s found that it’s costly to purchase leads—what other ways can he generate leads for his business? Do you have a question about lead generating? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0945: How Do I Keep My Website Alive after I Pass Away?
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AP 0945: How Do I Keep My Website Alive after I Pass Away?

Today’s question comes from Joey, about something that isn't discussed very much: what happens to your website after you pass away? Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0944: What’s the Best Way to Record Call Audio?
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AP 0944: What’s the Best Way to Record Call Audio?

Today’s question comes from Steve. He started a blog with his daughter called http://Catemix.com. She wants to interview people in the music mixing industry; what tool can she use to record both sides of the call audio? The resources I discuss in this episode are TapeACall (https://www.tapeacall.com/), Zoom (https://zoom.us), Call Recorder for Mac by Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/), and Pamela for Skype (http://www.pamela.biz/). Do you have a question about recording call audio? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0943: Are Virtual Summits Still Viable?
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AP 0943: Are Virtual Summits Still Viable?

Kate has a question about virtual summits: In 2015-16 they were all the rage—are virtual summits still viable, or are they overplayed and overdone? You can find Kate online at https://katedoster.com. Do you have a question about virtual summits? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0942: How Do I Grow My Email List Without Over-Promoting?
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AP 0942: How Do I Grow My Email List Without Over-Promoting?

Today’s question comes from Will: How can he grow his email list without being overly promotional? In this episode I mention my 100 Email Challenge, a free, three-day challenge to help you build an email list of 100 subscribers. Check it out at http://100emails.com. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0941: What Are Your Top Resources for Building a New Website?
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AP 0941: What Are Your Top Resources for Building a New Website?

Alana has a question about getting started. She’s building a new website and wants to get it finished in the next six months. What are the top resources that she should be using? A resource that I recommend using to get started is Leadpages, http://askpat.com/leadpages, which helps users build beautiful landing pages. I also recommend ConvertKit, http://askpat.com/convertkit, an easy to use email marketing platform. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for Leadpages and ConvertKit.] Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0940: How Can I Expand My Online Community?
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AP 0940: How Can I Expand My Online Community?

Miha has a question about his online community. He doesn’t have a big advertising budget, but he wants to expand his community. How can he grow the reach of his website? You can visit Miha’s website at https://failuresanonymous.com/. Do you have a question about community growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0939: How Do I Engage with People Who Buy My Book on Amazon?
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AP 0939: How Do I Engage with People Who Buy My Book on Amazon?

Today’s question comes from Byron: How can he optimize or maximize marketing for a book on Amazon? What service could he use to manage the post-sale follow up? Byron’s site is https://bmxteacher.wordpress.com. Do you have a question about marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0938: I Can’t Find an Audience for My Passion; How Do I Move On?
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AP 0938: I Can’t Find an Audience for My Passion; How Do I Move On?

David has a question about idea validation. He can’t seem to find an audience for his idea, even though he’s very passionate about it. How does he move on? Do you have a question about idea validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0937: Would You Change Anything in Will It Fly?
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AP 0937: Would You Change Anything in Will It Fly?

Today, Bryce asks if, having been through online course-making, I would change anything in Will It Fly? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0936: I No Longer Work in My Niche; Should I Keep Its Website?
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AP 0936: I No Longer Work in My Niche; Should I Keep Its Website?

Today’s question comes from Billy. Should he continue blogging on his website related to his previous career, or should he move on to his new passion related to blogging an online business? How did Pat transition from Green Exam Academy to SPI? Billy’s website is https://www.smartpinoyblogger.com/. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0935: How Should I Set Up My Homepage?
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AP 0935: How Should I Set Up My Homepage?

Ian has a question about his website. How should he set up his website’s navigation? What’s the first thing his guests should see on the homepage? Ian’s website is http://www.nextlevelguy.com/. Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0934: Do Shorter Emails Work Better?
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AP 0934: Do Shorter Emails Work Better?

Scott has a question about email marketing. He noticed that my emails seem to have gotten shorter recently; is this intentional? Do shorter emails work better? In this episode I mention my free email challenge, http://100Emails.com. Sign up and learn strategies that will take you from 0 to 100 emails in 72 hours. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0933: How Much Content Should Be on My Site?
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AP 0933: How Much Content Should Be on My Site?

Steve is starting a new blog and wants to know, how much content is enough? How can he find the right balance between too much and too little? Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0932: What Is the Best Way to Outsource Content?
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AP 0932: What Is the Best Way to Outsource Content?

Today’s question comes from Kristen, who asks: What is the best way to outsource content? Kristen's site is http://bestbeachdays.com. Do you have a question about content management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0931: Should I Expand My Niche into a General Industry?
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AP 0931: Should I Expand My Niche into a General Industry?

Today’s question comes from Stephen. He has a successful niche site, but wonders, should reformat his content to also serve a more general industry? How would he do so? Stephen’s websites are http://www.scoopschool.com/ and http://insideicecream.com. Do you have a question about niche websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0930: Which Platform Should I Use for My Online Course?
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AP 0930: Which Platform Should I Use for My Online Course?

Jamie has a question about online content. He wants to teach other teachers how to create resources for sites like Teachers Pay Teachers. What platform and/or strategy should he use? In this episode I recommend Zoom, https://zoom.us, an easy to use tool for online summits. For online courses, I recommend Teachable, http://askpat.com/teachable. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Do you have a question about online content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0929: How Do You Maintain Connections with Your Audience?
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AP 0929: How Do You Maintain Connections with Your Audience?

Today’s question comes from Glen, who asks: How do you maintain a relationship with your audience members? What is it about people who reach out to you the first time that grabs your attention? Glen’s website is https://gaps.com/. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0928: I Co-Host a Podcast; How Do I Drive Traffic to My Own Site?
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AP 0928: I Co-Host a Podcast; How Do I Drive Traffic to My Own Site?

Sarah has a question about podcasts. She co-hosts a podcast with a friend. The trouble is that her friend hosts the podcast on her own SoundCloud account, rather than Sarah’s. How can Sarah maximize traction from the podcast and bring it back to her business? Sarah’s website is https://thefreelancenaturopath.com/. In this episode I mention https://lastpass.com and https://1password.com, great tools for password sharing with your team or business partner. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0927: Why Did You Use Teachable for Smart From Scratch?
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AP 0927: Why Did You Use Teachable for Smart From Scratch?

Jason and his wife, Chelsea, are starting their first online course. What was the process of choosing Teachable for Smart From Scratch? Jason and Chelsea’s blog can be found at http://www.jasonandchelsea.com/. In this episode I recommend Teachable, a great site for hosting courses. Check them out at http://askpat.com/teachable. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0926: What App Do You Recommend for Creating Live Streams?
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AP 0926: What App Do You Recommend for Creating Live Streams?

Madhava works for a yoga studio in Australia, and his studio has just started to use live streaming to reach out to more people. What live streaming app does Pat use? In this episode, I talk about BeLive.TV (https://BeLive.tv), Livestream.com (http://livestream.com), and the folks at Live Streaming Pros (https://livestreamingpros.com/). Do you have a question about live streaming? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0925: How Do I Edit Old Articles?
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AP 0925: How Do I Edit Old Articles?

Today’s question comes from William. He has some articles that drive traffic to his site, and would like to go back and add information to them. But he’s concerned that by altering the articles, Google will re-rank the page. Is there a strategy for editing this content? William’s website is http://fitness4backpain.com. In this episode I mention Episode 200 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast: How Deleting a Third of Your Content Can Triple Your Traffic—How to Do a Content Audit with Todd Tresidder. http://smartpassiveincome.com/session200. Do you have a question about content management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0924: Should I Monetize My Blog or Keep It a Hobby?
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AP 0924: Should I Monetize My Blog or Keep It a Hobby?

Jeanette has had a music blog for a number of years. Should she keep trying to monetize it or keep it as a side hobby? Jeanette’s music blog is http://eatsleepbreathemusic.com/. Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0923: Do I Need to Pay Experts to Speak in My Virtual Summit?
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AP 0923: Do I Need to Pay Experts to Speak in My Virtual Summit?

Alexa has a question about online summits or conferences. If she facilitates conversations between experts in her field, does she need to pay those experts? How does she go about that? Alexa’s website is http://girlinhealing.com/. In this episode I mention Episode 151 of The SPI Podcast: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-put-on-a-virtual-conference/. I recommend it, because it tells you exactly how to put on a successful and profitable virtual conference. Do you have a question about virtual summits? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0922: Can I Provide Services in My Field without Certification?
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AP 0922: Can I Provide Services in My Field without Certification?

Today’s question comes from Joe. If he doesn’t have accreditation in an area, can he still provide services and create content in that area? Joe's website is https://joe.gg/. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0921: Should I Create My Course or Build My List First?
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AP 0921: Should I Create My Course or Build My List First?

Amy has started to build her online business, and is working on an online vocal course for adult singers. But she’s wondering what she should do first. Should she create her content and course first, or focus on building her following? Amy's site is https://www.revealmyvoice.com/. In this episode I mention my free 72-hour email list-building challenge, http://100emails.com. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0920: How Do I Address People Who Think Passive Income Is Easy?
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AP 0920: How Do I Address People Who Think Passive Income Is Easy?

Jane has a question today. She is bothered by people who think she puts no work into making passive income. How does she deal with people who think she’s getting something for nothing? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0919: What Are Your Thoughts on Creating a Minimum Viable Product?
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AP 0919: What Are Your Thoughts on Creating a Minimum Viable Product?

Today, Will has a question: What are my thoughts on creating a minimum viable product? Will’s site is http://willyoulaugh.com. Do you have a question about ? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0918: How Do You Reboot Your Business If You Lose Everything?
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AP 0918: How Do You Reboot Your Business If You Lose Everything?

Today, Zan has a question: what would I do to reboot my online business if I lost everything today? Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0917: What Tools Did You Use to Build Your Site?
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AP 0917: What Tools Did You Use to Build Your Site?

Niels is a fourteen-year-old entrepreneur from Germany who asks: What tools were used to build the Smart Passive Income website? Do you have a question about website building? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0916: How Can I Automate Instagram Following from My Email List?
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AP 0916: How Can I Automate Instagram Following from My Email List?

Today’s question comes from Parker, who asks how he can automatically follow subscribers to his email list. Is this possible, specifically for Instagram? Parker’s website is http://meetnomo.com/. Do you have a question about email lists? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0915: How Do I Ask My Audience What They Need?
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AP 0915: How Do I Ask My Audience What They Need?

Today’s question comes from Angie. How does she ask her audience engaging questions so she can find out what they most need? What are some good examples? Angie’s site is http://proclaimtruth.com. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0914: When Should I Monetize My Podcast? Where Do I Find Sponsors?
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AP 0914: When Should I Monetize My Podcast? Where Do I Find Sponsors?

Today, Denaye has a question about podcasting. Her podcast has grown much faster than she anticipated. At what point should she start seeking sponsorships, and where should she look for them? Denaye's website is http://www.simplefamilies.com/. In this episode, I mention https://www.patreon.com/, a website that helps you get paid for your podcast content. You can hear my interview with Patreon founder Jack Conte on The Smart Passive Income Podcast at https://smartpassiveincome.com/session188. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a 2-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0913: How Do I Decide What Format Is Best for Serving My Audience?
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AP 0913: How Do I Decide What Format Is Best for Serving My Audience?

On today’s episode, Michael has a question about serving his audience. He is a pastor and a trainer, and wants to help serve his pastor friends who are out of shape. Should he start a podcast, video course, ebook, membership site, or all of the above? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a two-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0912: What Is The Key to Podcast Success?
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AP 0912: What Is The Key to Podcast Success?

On today’s episode, Win has a question about podcasts. What is the key to success on a podcast? Download numbers? Featured interviews? You can find Win’s podcast, Butterflies of Wisdom, at http://butterfliesofwisdom.weebly.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a two-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0911: How Do I Schedule a Second Podcast around My First?
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AP 0911: How Do I Schedule a Second Podcast around My First?

Today’s question comes from Stephane. He has a photography podcast, but wants to add a business podcast to his offerings as well. Should he alternate weeks to accommodate the new podcast, or should he start releasing an episode of each every week? Stephane’s website is http://bazinphotography.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, is open. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a two-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0910: What Are Your Top Confidence Tips?
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AP 0910: What Are Your Top Confidence Tips?

Today, Bree has a question about confidence. What are three tips for having the confidence to do the things you are afraid of? Bree’s website is http://breearmstrong.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches today! Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to enroll. You can also choose to enroll in a 2-day, in-person course with me in San Diego this September. Do you have a question about personal growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0909: How Do I Find An Audience for My Niche?
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AP 0909: How Do I Find An Audience for My Niche?

Today, Michelle has a question about niche websites. Her niche is very specific. Where does she find out where her target audience is hanging out? Where does she look in addition to Facebook? Michelle’s website is https://collegeswimmingguide.com/. Michelle talks about my lessons on http://NicheSiteDuel.com, and you can also find them in my book Will It Fly? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on Monday, July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about niche websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0908: Should I Take a Break from Creating Content to Grow My List?
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AP 0908: Should I Take a Break from Creating Content to Grow My List?

Today, James has a question about websites. He has twenty or so articles on his site, but they haven’t received much love. Should he take a break and focus on growing his email list? You can find James’ site at http://godspeeddevelopment.com. In this episode I mention Session 263 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, a great episode about laddering up in your business https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-build-a-7-figure-business/. I also mention Session 145 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, about becoming a contributing writer on large media sites https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-become-a-contributing-writer-on-large-media-sites-kimanzi-constable/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0907: How Do I Handle Negativity Towards Affiliate Marketing?
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AP 0907: How Do I Handle Negativity Towards Affiliate Marketing?

Today’s question comes from Jackie. She’s received negative reactions from friends and family towards the affiliate marketing she does. How should she handle the negativity? Jackie’s website is http://eslspeaking.org/. In this episode I mention the online community at http://smartpassiveincome.com/community, a great resource for online business support. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0906: How Do I Get Feedback for My Podcast?
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AP 0906: How Do I Get Feedback for My Podcast?

Today’s question comes from Gerald. He has a podcast, which he enjoys doing, but he’s having a difficult time soliciting feedback. How can he get feedback for his podcast? You can find Gerald’s podcast at https://twopeasonapodcast.podbean.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0905: Why Do You Use SamCart with Teachable?
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AP 0905: Why Do You Use SamCart with Teachable?

Today, Stephen asks: Why do you use SamCart for enrollment and collecting payments for Teachable, rather than its native integration with PayPal or Stripe? In this episode I mention SamCart (http://askpat.com/samcart) and Teachable (http://askpat.com/teachable), which I use for selling my online courses. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about ecommerce? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0904: Would You Rather Work with a Team or Be a Solopreneur?
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AP 0904: Would You Rather Work with a Team or Be a Solopreneur?

Today, Borja asks: If you could make the same amount of money, would you rather continue working with a team or would you rather be an solopreneur? Borja blogs online at http://BorjaGiron.com. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches on July 17. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about entrepreneurship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0903: How Do I Present Older Podcast Episodes to New Listeners?
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AP 0903: How Do I Present Older Podcast Episodes to New Listeners?

Today’s question comes from Kurt, who asks: How do I get older, valuable episodes of my podcast in front of new listeners? You can find Kurt’s website at https://leadinglds.org/. In this episode I mention https://MeetEdgar.com and https://coschedule.com—great resources for posting older podcast episodes on social media. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0902: How Do I Collaborate with Other Entrepreneurs in My Niche?
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AP 0902: How Do I Collaborate with Other Entrepreneurs in My Niche?

Today, Claire has a question about collaboration. She has a podcast and wants to collaborate with other entrepreneurs in her niche to serve their shared audience. How can she do so in a way that’s positive for both parties? You can find her podcast at https://www.thecatholicfeministpodcast.com/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about collaboration? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0901: How Did You Update Your Website with No Transition Time?
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AP 0901: How Did You Update Your Website with No Transition Time?

Today’s question comes from Jeanette who is about to revitalize her website. How was SmartPassiveIncome.com redone with no transition time whatsoever? Jeanette’s site is http://horrormade.com. Do you have a question about websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0900: How Many Downloads Do I Need for Podcast Sponsorship?
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AP 0900: How Many Downloads Do I Need for Podcast Sponsorship?

Jordan has a question about podcasting today. How many downloads does he need in order to entice potential sponsors? My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0899: How Do I Research What My Audience Needs?
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AP 0899: How Do I Research What My Audience Needs?

Today’s question comes from Anna, who asks: How can I research what my audience needs? She hasn’t had much luck with this on Facebook groups: What suggestions can I give her? In this episode I mention http://answerthepublic.com/, a great resource for determining what content to create for your blog or website. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0898: I Help People Quit Social Media; Is Using It Hypocritical?
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AP 0898: I Help People Quit Social Media; Is Using It Hypocritical?

Today’s question comes from Muj, who wants to help people quit or control their social media use. Is it hypocritical for him to use social media to acquire views for his site? Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. And, if you want to ask me a question live, you can at 1:30 PM Pacific on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0897: Should I Post Full Video Takes or Edit out My Mistakes?
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AP 0897: Should I Post Full Video Takes or Edit out My Mistakes?

Today, Michael has a question about video content. Should he edit multiple takes together or use full, unedited takes for the sake of authenticity? Michael’s site is http://stillfeel21.com. In this episode I mention Philip DeFranco, a blogger and YouTube personality whose editing style I recommend checking out. https://www.youtube.com/user/sxephil. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0896: Should I Split Services by Site? How Do I Productize Them?
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AP 0896: Should I Split Services by Site? How Do I Productize Them?

Manv is a translator, editor, and copywriter. Should he create separate websites for his services, even though he’s been trying to see himself as a brand? How can he transform these very active tasks into sources of passive income? You can find Manv online at http://manvgomez.com. In this episode, I mention Episode 158 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast: How to Productize Your Service-Based Business, https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/. My brand-new course, Power-Up Podcasting, launches in a couple of weeks. Check out http://poweruppodcasting.com to sign up for the waitlist. Do you have a question about websites or productization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0895: Do You Have Any Advice for First-Time Conference Goers?
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AP 0895: Do You Have Any Advice for First-Time Conference Goers?

Today’s question comes from Andre, who’s attending his first media conference this year. Does Pat have advice for making the most out of conferences? You can find Andre’s site online at http://asmallinvestment.com. Do you have a question about conferences? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. And, if you want to ask me a question live, you can at 1:30 PM Pacific on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0894: What Length and Frequency Is Optimal for My Podcast?
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AP 0894: What Length and Frequency Is Optimal for My Podcast?

Today, Maarten has a question about podcasts. What are the pros and cons of having a podcast in the six to ten minute range? Is there an advantage for growth with a more frequently published podcast? You can find Maarten’s website at http://www.passivebody.com/. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0893: How Can I Find an Audience for My Niche?
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AP 0893: How Can I Find an Audience for My Niche?

Today, Andy has a question about building his audience. He’s starting a website about retirement, targeted at millennials. How can he find groups of people who are interested in his niche? Do you have a question about building an audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0892: How Can I Move My In-Person Business Online?
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AP 0892: How Can I Move My In-Person Business Online?

Today’s question comes from Kevin. His business is mostly an in-person service. Does Pat have any tips or suggestions for producing products online? In this episode, I recommend https://zoom.us for recording video calls. Do you have a question about online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0891: How Much of My Web Traffic Should Be Return Visitors?
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AP 0891: How Much of My Web Traffic Should Be Return Visitors?

Today, Joseph has a question about getting return visitors to his website. What percentage of his traffic should be returning visitors, and what can he do to grow that number? You can find Joseph’s website at http://www.jmlalonde.com/ Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0890: How Can I Secure My Online Course?
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AP 0890: How Can I Secure My Online Course?

Today’s question comes from Ron, who wants to know how he can secure his online course so that it’s not shared freely. Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0889: How Hard Was It to Learn Internet Marketing on Your Own?
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AP 0889: How Hard Was It to Learn Internet Marketing on Your Own?

Today, Tina asks: How difficult was it to learn internet marketing on your own? What advice would you give to a college grad interested in generating passive income online? In today’s episode I mention my new course, Power-Up Podcasting. Sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com Do you have a question about entrepreneurship? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0888: How Do I Give My Audience Value without Overdelivering?
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AP 0888: How Do I Give My Audience Value without Overdelivering?

Today, William has a question about the content he provides to his audience. How can he provide the right amount of value without giving too much information? How does he find that balance? Williams site is http://fitness4backpain.com/ In today’s episode I mention my new course, Power-Up Podcasting. Sign up for the waitlist at http://poweruppodcasting.com Do you have a question about content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0887: How Far in Advance Do You Plan Your Content?
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AP 0887: How Far in Advance Do You Plan Your Content?

Today’s question comes from Mark, who asks, how far in advance do you plan your content? You can find Mark’s websites https://podcastwebsites.com/ and http://excellence-expected.com. In this episode I mention my course, Power-Up Podcasting, which launches next month. Check it out at http://poweruppodcasting.com Do you have a question about content management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting https://designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0886: How Transparent Should I Be With Retailers?
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AP 0886: How Transparent Should I Be With Retailers?

Today’s question comes from Vicki, who has a small company called Tiny Chipmunk. She has a blog for her business which is very open and honest about how she’s created her company. She’s recently started to create relationships with retailers and wants to know, how open should she be about the fact that it’s just her behind her company? You can find Vicki’s site at http://tinychipmunk.com Do you have a question about growth or business relationships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0885: How Do I Stay Motivated Outside of My Day Job?
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AP 0885: How Do I Stay Motivated Outside of My Day Job?

Today’s question comes from Jeremy. He has a day job and wants to know how he can keep himself motivated to create a successful business during his time off? Do you have a question about work-life balance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0884: How Do I Manage a Lot of Social Media Replies?
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AP 0884: How Do I Manage a Lot of Social Media Replies?

Today, Stephen asks for advice about answering comments and questions from his followers. He has grown to a point in his business where it would be a full-time job to reply to everyone. What is the best plan of action for dealing with all of these comments and questions? Find Stephen online at http://www.fulltimefba.com/ Do you have a question about public relations? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0883: How Do I Identify My YouTube Audience?
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AP 0883: How Do I Identify My YouTube Audience?

Today’s question is from Jim, who asks for advice on identifying his audience on YouTube. Are there any methods, other than speaking to them directly on YouTube, of finding out who they are and what their interests are? In this episode I mention https://convertkit.com/, a great email marketing tool for professional bloggers. I also talk about https://leadpages.net, a great resource for building landing pages for your website. Do you have a question about YouTube? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. There are a few days left in the open-enrollment period for Pat's course, Smart From Scratch. Prices will go up, so get it while it's hot at http://smartfromscratch.com. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0882: How Do I Manage More Than One Website or Podcast?
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AP 0882: How Do I Manage More Than One Website or Podcast?

Today’s question is from Kelly, who asks how to manage more than one website or podcast. Are there any tools for managing multiple websites or podcasts? You can find Kelly’s website at http://wirededucator.com/ and http://kellycroy.com/. In this episode I mention http://podcastingtutorial.com, my guide to getting set up with your own podcast. I also talk about https://coschedule.com/, a fantastic tool that I and my team use for managing content on different platforms and delegating tasks. Do you have a question about website or podcast management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0881: Should I Update the Intro on Old Podcast Episodes?
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AP 0881: Should I Update the Intro on Old Podcast Episodes?

Today, Tammy has a question about podcasts. She’s recently made some changes to her episodes, like changing the intro. Should she go back and edit her old episodes to sound like the new ones? Tammy’s website is https://localsmallbusinesscoach.com/. In this episode, I mention that my course, Smart from Scratch, just reopened. Get lifetime access for $197 at http://smartfromscratch.com Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Vistaprint, a great resource for printing custom designs, from business cards to teeshirts. Visit https://vistaprint.com and enter "Pat" at checkout to get 500 business cards for 50 percent off.

AP 0880: Is It Better to Have People Find Your Email List Organically or to Use Pop-Ups?
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AP 0880: Is It Better to Have People Find Your Email List Organically or to Use Pop-Ups?

Today’s question comes from Steve, who has a question about email lists. Is it better to have people find your email list organically, or to use a pop-up to help them find it? You can find Steve’s site on the web at http://www.sheruns.com/ My new course, Smart From Scratch, just opened enrollment. Prices will go up soon, so get in early at http://www.smartfromscratch.com. Do you have a question about email lists? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0879: How Do I Market My Podcast to Listeners Who Don’t Know What a Podcast Is?
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AP 0879: How Do I Market My Podcast to Listeners Who Don’t Know What a Podcast Is?

On today’s episode, Liz asks: How do I market my podcast to listeners who don’t know what a podcast is? In this episode I mention https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/screenflow, or https://www.Camtasia.com if you're on a PC, tools for recording your computer screen for walkthroughs or tutorials. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Next week is open enrollment for Pat's course, Smart From Scratch. Visit http://www.smartfromscratch.com to enroll, or join the waitlist ahead of time.

AP 0878: Any Advice on Working at Home When My Kids Are in the House?
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AP 0878: Any Advice on Working at Home When My Kids Are in the House?

On today’s episode, Chad asks for some advice on working at home when his kids are in the house. You can find Chad’s site at http://dontdietdiet.com/. Next week is open enrollment for Pat's course, Smart From Scratch. Visit SmartFromScratch.com to enroll, or join the waitlist ahead of time. Do you have a question about working from home? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting http://www.designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0877: How Much Should I Charge for a Kindle Ebook on Amazon?
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AP 0877: How Much Should I Charge for a Kindle Ebook on Amazon?

Today’s question comes from Cathy, who wants to know how much to charge for a Kindle ebook on Amazon. You can find Cathy on the web at https://www.cathymazak.com/ In this episode I recommend http://www.acx.com/, a resource and marketplace for producing audiobooks. Do you have a question about ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0876: How Do I Deal with the Pressure of My Growing Business?
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AP 0876: How Do I Deal with the Pressure of My Growing Business?

Today’s question comes from Hallie, who asks for some advice on dealing with the pressures of growing as a business. You can find Hallie on the web at http://speechtimefun.com/about/ Do you have a question about business growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0875: What Strategies Can I Use to Source Feedback for My Ebook?
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AP 0875: What Strategies Can I Use to Source Feedback for My Ebook?

Andrew’s question is featured today. He’s writing an ebook and wants to know what strategies Pat used to get feedback for his book, Will It Fly? You can find Andrew on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ww4me. In this episode I refer to Episode 198 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast: "Building a Book Launch Street Team." SmartPassiveIncome.com/session198 Do you have a question about ebooks or idea validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0874: How Do You Reference Past Episodes Easily & How Do I Handle Haters on My YouTube Channel?
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AP 0874: How Do You Reference Past Episodes Easily & How Do I Handle Haters on My YouTube Channel?

On today’s episode, Chapin has two questions: How does Pat reference past episodes so effortlessly and how should Chapin deal with the haters on his YouTube channel? You can find Chapin on the web at http://www.surfprotechniques.com/ and you can find his podcast, Misfits & Rejects, here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/misfits-rejects-spt/id1080207746?mt=2. On June 5th I’ll open enrollment for my course Smart from Scratch. Sign up at http://SmartFromScratch.com. Do you have a question about managing comments on your media channel? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting http://www.designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0873: What Do You Do with Your Profits? Reinvest in Your Business? SEO? Hiring?
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AP 0873: What Do You Do with Your Profits? Reinvest in Your Business? SEO? Hiring?

Today's question comes from Jackie who wants some advice on reinvesting her profits in her business. Find Jackie’s business on the web at http://eslspeaking.org/ Do you have a question about reinvesting in your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0872: Is It a Good Idea to Start a Business if There Is No Competition at All?
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AP 0872: Is It a Good Idea to Start a Business if There Is No Competition at All?

Today's question comes from Taher, who asks, “Is it a good idea to start a business if there is almost no competition at all?” Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section for more information.

AP 0871: How Do I Decide What Gets Deleted During a Content Audit?
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AP 0871: How Do I Decide What Gets Deleted During a Content Audit?

Today’s question comes from Justin, who has a question about what to delete during a content audit. He asks where he should draw the line on a piece of content to be deleted, based on views? How does he make that decision without removing a piece of content that could be really valuable? Find Justin’s site at https://logicalharmony.net/ In this episode, I mention episode 200 of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, where my friend Todd Tresidder gives a step-by step walkthrough of how to do a content audit. Listen here: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-do-a-content-audit-with-todd-tresidder/ On June 5th I’ll open enrollment for my course Smart from Scratch. Sign up at http://smartfromscratch.com. – this is your last chance to get it at the current price point! Do you have a question about content audits? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. And, if you want to ask me a question live, you can at 1:30 PM Pacific on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smartpassiveincome/. Today's sponsor is Vistaprint, a great resource for printing custom designs, from business cards to t-shirts. Visit https://vistaprint.com and enter "Pat" at checkout to get 500 business cards for 50 percent off.

AP 0870: How Do I Serve Two Specific Audience Segments for My Business?
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AP 0870: How Do I Serve Two Specific Audience Segments for My Business?

Today's question comes from James, who has a question about the strategy behind serving different clients. Should he create two landing pages to target each audience? What about two separate websites for each specific audience segment? Do you have a question about serving your specific audience needs? 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 0869: How Do You Find the Right Work-Life Balance if You Work at Home?
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AP 0869: How Do You Find the Right Work-Life Balance if You Work at Home?

Today's question comes from Chris, who has a question about separating family and work when you work from home. How do you find the time for your work and the time for your family? What are some tips to make sure the two are separate? How do you find the right balance, your work-life balance, between family and work? Do you have a question about balancing work and life? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting http://www.designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0868: Do You Have Any Advice for Taking Constructive Criticism?
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AP 0868: Do You Have Any Advice for Taking Constructive Criticism?

Today's question comes from Josh, who has a question about taking constructive criticism. Where does he draw the line between implementing the suggestions of his audience and not? How should he handle receiving criticism? Do I go to anyone specifically for constructive criticism? In this episode, I mention that I’m working on a new podcasting course right now. 165 beta students have already gone through the podcasting course, and they’re loving it! If you want to check that out and sign up for the waitlist today, you can at http://PowerUpPodcasting.com. I also mention Peek User Testing. Learn more at http://Peek.UserTesting.com. Do you have a question about taking constructive criticism? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting http://www.designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0867: How Can I Apply the Popularity of One Podcast Episode to My Other Episodes?
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AP 0867: How Can I Apply the Popularity of One Podcast Episode to My Other Episodes?

Today's question comes from Alexander, who has a question about how to take the popularity of one podcast episode and apply to other, less popular podcast episodes. How can he get more people to listen to his other podcast episodes? What can he do to grow his podcast audience? Alexander’s website is http://ModernDaySuperhero.com. In this episode, I mention that I’m working on a secret podcasting course right now. If you want to check that out and sign up for the waitlist today, you can at http://PowerUpPodcasting.com. Do you have a question about growing your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is DesignCrowd: A website that helps businesses crowdsource designs from over 500,000 designers worldwide. AskPat listeners can receive a free download and $100 off their next design by visiting http://www.designcrowd.com/askpat and entering the promo code "AskPat".

AP 0866: What Project Management Tool Do You Recommend for Collaboration?
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AP 0866: What Project Management Tool Do You Recommend for Collaboration?

Today's question comes from Leah, who has a question about collaborating on a project with others. What resources can she use to collaborate on the project? Is there a specific collaboration or project management tool that you recommend? In this episode, I mention Slack (http://Slack.com), the collaboration and project management tool that I love and use with my team. Do you have a question about project management tools? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0865: How Long Should It Take to Produce My Podcast Episodes?
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AP 0865: How Long Should It Take to Produce My Podcast Episodes?

Today's question comes from Rob, who has a question about how long it should take to edit each individual podcast episode. How long should he spend on podcast editing? Is there a way to improve efficiency and productivity for his podcast production? Can he decrease the amount of time spent on podcast editing while maintaining excellence? Rob’s website is http://YouthBaseballEdge.com. In this episode, I mention the $1,000 a day giveaway, which I’ll be dropping hints for in the episodes leading up to episode 900, so keep your ears open for that! Do you have a question about podcast production? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0864: What Are Your Tips for Using News and Media Icons for Social Proof?
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AP 0864: What Are Your Tips for Using News and Media Icons for Social Proof?

Today's question comes from Kelly, who has a question about using news and press icons. Where do you get those press or media icons, such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times? Do you make press logos or icons yourself? Kelly’s website is http://WiredEducator.com. In this episode, I mention PicMonkey and Canva, which are both websites where you can create and design your own images. Learn more at http://PicMonkey.com and http://Canva.com. Do you have a question about using news and media icons for social proof? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0863: Where Should I Start to Create My Own Video Studio at Home?
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AP 0863: Where Should I Start to Create My Own Video Studio at Home?

Today's question comes from Eric, who has a question about building his own video studio at home. Where should he start? What kind of camera should I pick up for my in-home video studio? What microphone and sound equipment do you recommend? What about video lighting equipment? Eric’s website is http://StartupsWithNoCode.com. In this episode, I mention that starting in AskPat episode 900, I will be dropping in hints and clues about how you can win money leading into episode 1,000! I also mention a resource, Caleb Wojcik’s http://DIYVideoGuy.com, a website that will help create your own video setup. I also mention Rode’s SmartLav mic, which you can check out at http://SmartLav.com. Do you have a question about creating your own video studio? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0862: People Are Using My Images Without Giving Me Credit. What Can I Do?
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AP 0862: People Are Using My Images Without Giving Me Credit. What Can I Do?

Today's question comes from Christine, who has a question about people using her images online without giving credit. Is it too much to ask that people properly credit her images? What can she do to prevent people from using her images without her permission or credit? Christine’s website is http://LittleHouseOntheCorner.com. Do you have a question about people using your content without your permission? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0861: How Do I Validate My YouTube Channel?
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AP 0861: How Do I Validate My YouTube Channel?

Today's question comes from Ron, who has a question about validating his YouTube channel. To start, who should he reach out to for video validation? How can he validate his YouTube channel? How can he get viewers to purchase the toys that his videos advertise? How can create videos to better reach his target audience? Ron’s website is http://ScienceToy.org. In this episode, we mention Will It Fly?, my book that will help you validate your business idea. You can pick up a copy at http://WillItFlyBook.com. Do you have a question about validating your videos? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0860: What Inventory Management Tool Do You Recommend?
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AP 0860: What Inventory Management Tool Do You Recommend?

Today's question comes from Ash, who has a question about keeping a physical product inventory. How can I create a central inventory for my physical products? What are some effective ways to keep track of my inventory? What inventory management platform do you recommend? Ash’s website is at http://ArmenianKidsClub.com. In this episode, I mention http://ShipStation.com, a great website to help manage your inventory. Do you have a question about inventory management? 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 0859: Should I Promote My YouTube Channel on My Website?
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AP 0859: Should I Promote My YouTube Channel on My Website?

Today's question comes from John, who has a question about promoting his YouTube channel. Should he promote his YouTube channel on his website? Should he keep his website and YouTube channel separate? What are some YouTube promotion tips? In this episode, I mention AskPat Live, which you can join every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT on my Facebook page: http://Facebook.com/smartpassiveincome. Do you have a question about promoting your YouTube channel? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0858: What Are the Pros and Cons of Sharing Personal Information with My Audience?
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AP 0858: What Are the Pros and Cons of Sharing Personal Information with My Audience?

Today's question comes from Darcie, who has a question about building her email list. How can she bring attention to her email list? What is the value of sharing personal information as an entrepreneur? What are the pros and cons of sharing personal information with her audience? Why does sharing personal information matter? Darcie’s website is at http://ErgonomicHelp.com. Do you have a question about sharing personal information with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0857: How Can I Become More Comfortable in Public Speaking or in Front of a Camera?
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AP 0857: How Can I Become More Comfortable in Public Speaking or in Front of a Camera?

Today's question comes from Brandon, who has a question about being comfortable and natural on camera. What are some public speaking tips? How can he become more comfortable in front of a camera? Brandon is the owner of Vegetable, a farm-to-food truck business. Do you have a question about public speaking or speaking in front of a camera? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0856: How Should I Use Live Video to Answer Questions from My Audience?
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AP 0856: How Should I Use Live Video to Answer Questions from My Audience?

Today's question comes from Brandon, who has a question about live video. What live video platforms should he experiment with? Should he use live video to answer questions from his audience? Should he use Facebook Live? Brandon’s website is http://StudentLoansGuy.com. In this episode, I mention Zoom and Go To Meeting, both of which are platforms you can use to engage with your audience live. Check out http://Zoom.us and http://GoToMeeting.com. Do you have a question about live video? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0855: What Calls to Action Should I Use to Convert Podcast Listeners to Subscribers?
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AP 0855: What Calls to Action Should I Use to Convert Podcast Listeners to Subscribers?

Today's question comes from Cesar, who has a question about creating calls to action to convert podcast listeners to subscribers. How do you craft the perfect call to action? What calls to action should I use to acquire more email subscribers? In this episode, I mention Amy Porterfield’s podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy at AmyPorterfield.com/amy-porterfield-podcast. I also mention Power-Up Podcasting, my new online course which will be launching soon at http://PowerUpPodcasting.com. Join the waitlist today. Do you have a question about creating calls to action? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0854: How Do I Effectively and Concisely Answer Questions from My Audience?
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AP 0854: How Do I Effectively and Concisely Answer Questions from My Audience?

Today's question comes from Tammy, who has a question about answering questions from her audience. What system should she use to answer questions from her audience? What are some tips to make sure her answers are natural and genuine? How should she organize her answers and her notes as she answers her audience? Tammy’s podcast is the Local Small Business Coach Podcast. In this episode, I mention Speakpipe, a great tool you can use to answer questions from your audience. Check that out at http://Speakpipe.com. I also mention AskPat Live, which I do most every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT over on my Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome. See you there! Use the hashtag #AskPat854 if you want a free AskPat t-shirt. We’ll pick a winner randomly. Thanks! Make sure to tag @PatFlynn on Twitter. Do you have a question about asking audience questions effectively? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0853: What Are the Best Practices for Submitting My Podcast to iTunes?
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AP 0853: What Are the Best Practices for Submitting My Podcast to iTunes?

Today's question comes from Jason, who has a question about submitting a podcast to iTunes. Should he submit his podcast to iTunes now? Should he wait to submit his show when he has multiple episodes? Should he launch with just one episode? Is there a minimum or maximum number of episodes he needs before submitting to iTunes? Dave’s podcast is Solomon’s Porch Podcast. In this episode, I mention AskPat Live, which you can join every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT at http://Facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome. Do you have a question about submitting your podcast to iTunes? 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 0852: What Are Five Business Lessons You’ve Picked Up from The Walking Dead?
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AP 0852: What Are Five Business Lessons You’ve Picked Up from The Walking Dead?

Today's question comes from Maverick, who has a question about business tips from The Walking Dead television show. What are five business lessons I have picked up from watching The Walking Dead? Maverick’s website is at http://HellIsFull.net. On this episode, I mention The Walking Dead Story Sync. Check it out at http://AMC.com/shows/the-walking-dead/story-sync/. I also mention my new online course, Smart From Scratch. Join the waitlist at http://SmartFromScratch.com. Do you have a question about business tips, from The Walking Dead or elsewhere within the zombie apocalypse? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0851: What’s the Best Follow-Up Email Etiquette?
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AP 0851: What’s the Best Follow-Up Email Etiquette?

Today's question comes from Adam, who has a question about following up after his initial email. How should he reach out to people for potential partnerships or after he’s pitched an idea? How long should he wait to send a follow-up email? What’s the email follow-up etiquette? Are there other places where he can reach out to people, other than email? In this episode, I mention that my course, Smart From Scratch, will be launching again to the public in June. Smart From Scratch helps you find a winning business idea and potentially find your first customer. Sign up for the waitlist at http://SmartFromScratch.com. Do you have a question about follow-up emails and the email etiquette you should follow? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0850: Should I Use an External Hard Drive to Back Up My Podcast Content Storage?
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AP 0850: Should I Use an External Hard Drive to Back Up My Podcast Content Storage?

Today's question comes from Jason, who has a question about podcast content storage. Should he store his podcast content online? What about using an external hard drive as backup storage? Is there another place to store his podcast content on his podcast host, such as SoundCloud or Libsyn? Jason’s podcast is the Solomon’s Porch Podcast. Do you have a question about podcast content storage? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0849: How Should I Organize and Categorize My Blog Post Tags?
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AP 0849: How Should I Organize and Categorize My Blog Post Tags?

Today's question comes from Brad, who has a question about blog categories and blog post tagging. Should he re-categorize his blog posts? What should he do about blog post tags? How should he organize the tags on his blog? what’s the benefit of blog post reorganizing and blog post tag categorization? Brad’s website is at http://BradHobbs.com. In this episode, I mention http://TopRankBlog.com, a great SEO website you can check out. I also mention Todd Tresidder, who talks to me about content auditing on Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #200. You can listen to that at http://SmartPassiveIncome.com/session200. Do you have a question about blog post tagging? 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 0848: Why Don’t You Use YouTube Video Annotations?
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AP 0848: Why Don’t You Use YouTube Video Annotations?

Today's question comes from Vegard, who has a question about annotations for YouTube videos. Why don’t I use a lot of annotations on YouTube videos for Smart Passive Income? What are some alternatives to YouTube annotations? What’s working right now for YouTube video add-ons? How does he utilize YouTube cards and end screens? In this episode, I mention that, starting in May, annotations on YouTube videos will go away, which means you won’t be able to add annotations going forward. I also mention my AskPat Live, which is held every Friday at 1:30pm PT at Facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome. See you there! Do you have a question about YouTube video annotation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0847: How Do I Boost Ebook Sales?
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AP 0847: How Do I Boost Ebook Sales?

Today's question comes from Jules, who has a question about boosting ebook sales. What can she do to selling more ebooks? Should she revise the book and relaunch it? Should she reformat the ebook to improve sales? Should she add her book to Amazon’s Kindle service? What are some ebook marketing strategies she can use to get more book sales? Jules’s website is at http://HelloImHandmade.com. In this episode, we mention my book, Will It Fly? Learn more at http://WillItFlyBook.com. Do you have a question about improve your ebook sales? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0846: Is It Possible to Rank High for Five Keywords in Search Engine Rankings?
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AP 0846: Is It Possible to Rank High for Five Keywords in Search Engine Rankings?

Today's question comes from Mike, who has a question about search engine rankings for specific keywords. Is it possible to rank high for five specific keywords? How can he be sure his website is ranking high across the country, and not just regionally? What are some strategies he can use to improve his search engine rankings for the five keywords? Should he use short-term keywords or long-term keywords? In this episode, I mention http://SEMRush.com, a neat keyword research website. I also mention http://AnswerThePublic.com, a fun website that will give you the who, what, why, and when of your keyword search terms. Do you have a question about search engine rankings and SEO? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0845: How Do I Grow My Email List with My Email List?
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AP 0845: How Do I Grow My Email List with My Email List?

Today's question comes from Glenn, who has a question about growing his email list by using his email list. He has about 30k people on his list, so how does he continue growing his list by tapping into his audience? What are some email marketing best practices to help grow his email list? What kinds of strategies can he implement to serve his audience while growing his email list? Glenn’s website is at http://SurvivalStill.com. Do you have a question about growing your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. In this episode, I mention two contest tools you can use to grow your email list: King Sumo (KingSumo.com) and Rafflecopter (Rafflecopter.com). Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0844: How Can I Incorporate Ecommerce Solutions Into My Website?
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AP 0844: How Can I Incorporate Ecommerce Solutions Into My Website?

Today's question comes from Michael, who has a question about incorporating ecommerce into a WordPress website. What ecommerce tools should he use on his WordPress website? How should he add ecommerce into his website? What are some ways he can take payment? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Power Up Podcasting. It’s a podcasting course to help you level up your podcasting power. Join the waitlist at PowerUpPodcasting.com. I also mention Shopify, a very well known ecommerce platform you can check out at Shopify.com. As well as WooCommerce, another ecommerce tool you can use on your WordPress website. You can find WooCommerce at WooCommerce.com. Lastly, Stripe is another ecommerce tool I’d recommend on the show. Learn more at Stripe.com. Do you have a question about ecommerce solutions for your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0843: What Is The One Thing You’ve Done Well to Make SPI Successful?
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AP 0843: What Is The One Thing You’ve Done Well to Make SPI Successful?

Today's question comes from Adam, who has a question about the one thing I’ve done well in my business. Since I talk a lot about my failures in business, he’s curious about the one thing I’ve done well. What is that one thing? How can Adam take this one thing and apply it to his own business success? What can Adam learn about failure in business? If you’d like to comment on this episode, share the one thing you’ve done really well in your business. Share that on Twitter with the hashtag #AskPat843. And don’t forget to tag me on Twitter @PatFlynn. Do you have a question about what it takes to make your business a success? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0842: I Haven’t Been Able to Grow My Business. What Am I Missing?
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AP 0842: I Haven’t Been Able to Grow My Business. What Am I Missing?

Today's question comes from Glenn, who has a question about growing his business. He’s doing the right things in his business and has followed my advice. What is he missing? What opportunities are there for Glenn to take advantage of for his business? Is he connecting with the right people? Glenn’s website is at http://LiveFitLean.com. Do you have a question about growing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0841: Should I Use My Own Website for Podcast Hosting?
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AP 0841: Should I Use My Own Website for Podcast Hosting?

Today's question comes from Chris, who has a question about hosting his podcast on his website. Should he host his podcast on his website? What are the pros and cons of using his website for podcast hosting? In this episode I mention Libsyn (use the code “Pat” to get your first month free) and Buzzsprout, podcast hosting providers you can start with. Learn more at Libsyn.com or Buzzsprout.com. Do you have a question about podcast hosting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. The sponsor for this episode is Vistaprint, an excellent resource for your business marketing needs. As a special to AskPat listeners, get 500 custom business cards for just $9.99 (50 percent savings!). Be sure to enter "Pat" at checkout. Learn more at http://www.vistaprint.com/. 

AP 0840: How Much Premium Content Should I Give Away for Free?
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AP 0840: How Much Premium Content Should I Give Away for Free?

AP 0840: How Much Premium Content Should I Give Away for Free? Today's question comes from Lewis, who has a question about how much premium content he should give away on his blog. Where should he draw the line between offering free content and premium content? If he gives it all away for free, are there other opportunities to make an income from his audience? Lewis’s website is at TheFreelanceEffect.com. In this episode, we mention Upwork, a site where you can hire freelancers or offer up your services as a freelancer for hire. Go to Upwork.com to learn more. Do you have a question about premium content and free content on your blog? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0839: I’m New to Online Business. What SPI Content Should I Focus On?
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AP 0839: I’m New to Online Business. What SPI Content Should I Focus On?

Today's question comes from Mike, who has a question about whether or not the Smart Passive Income podcast archive is still relevant. Are niche websites still relevant? What content should he focus on when he’s just starting out in online business? In this episode I mention three episodes of the Smart Podcast Income Podcast that will help you get started in your online business: SPI Session 192, SPI Session 193, and SPI Session 194. Do you have a question about starting an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0838: How Do I Create a Podcast Intro By Myself?
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AP 0838: How Do I Create a Podcast Intro By Myself?

Today's question comes from Nara, who has a question about creating a podcast intro by herself. What should she do to create an audio intro for her podcast? What are the main components of a good podcast intro? Where can she find inspiration to apply to her own audio intro? In this episode, I mention my new podcasting course, which is in beta testing right now. It will be available later this year! You can find that at PowerUpPodcasting.com. Do you have a question about creating an audio intro for your podcast? 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 0837: How Do I Ask My Clients for Money without Seeming Pushy?
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AP 0837: How Do I Ask My Clients for Money without Seeming Pushy?

Today's question comes from Gianna, who has a question about how she should reach out to her audience. What is the best way to reach out to her audience without seeming too pushy or sleazy? Should she set up an email series to connect with her audience? What balance should she strike between asking for money and providing value to her audience? Gianna’s website is at FamilyFunTwinCities.com If you have something to add to the conversation, use the hashtag #AskPat 837 and mention me on Twitter.com/PatFlynn. Do you have a question about asking your audience for money? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0836: Should I Start a New Email List to Align with My New Blog?
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AP 0836: Should I Start a New Email List to Align with My New Blog?

Today’s question comes from Jeanette, who has a question about starting a new email list to align with the change in direction of her blog. Should she create a new email list or use the existing email list? Does she start from scratch with the new vision for the website? What can she do to prepare her audience for the website change? Jeanette’s website is at http://craftwhack.com. Do you have a question about changing the direction of your website and your email list? Record it at AskPat.com. Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks. Go to Freshbooks.com/AskPat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

AP 0835: How Do I Figure Out What My Audience Will Pay Me For?
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AP 0835: How Do I Figure Out What My Audience Will Pay Me For?

Today’s question comes from Justin, who has a question about creating a product or something his audience will pay for. How can he start introducing paid content or products with the free stuff he’s already giving away? What are some cost-effective ways he can start growing his online business reach and earnings? How can he solve problems for his audience and get paid for doing it? Justin’s website is at http://logicalharmony.net. In this episode, I mention Smart From Scratch, my new online course. 500 students are already going through Smart From Scratch. Sign up for the waitlist now to be ready for the June launch. Go to SmartFromScratch.com to sign up today. I also mention Patreon, a site you can use to help grow your business along with your community. Learn more at http://patreon.com. Do you have a question about getting your audience to start paying for your services? Record it at http://AskPat.com.

AP 0834: Does My Website Color Matter?
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AP 0834: Does My Website Color Matter?

Today's question comes from Alexander, who is planning a website for the food and website industry. Does the main color of the site matter? Is there a bad choice? Do you have a question about your website design? 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 0833: I'm 11. Can I Start a Business?
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AP 0833: I'm 11. Can I Start a Business?

Today's question comes from Maya, and it's the kind I love! She asks if she is able to start a business at the age of eleven. Maya's mom's site is http://www.familyfuntwincities.com/. In this episode, I talk about EvanTubeHD (https://www.youtube.com/user/EvanTubeHD). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0832: How Much Free Content Should I Give Away with My Online Course?
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AP 0832: How Much Free Content Should I Give Away with My Online Course?

Today’s question comes from Richard, who has a question about how much free content he should add within his online course. How much content should he give for free as a teaser for his online course? What are some ways I can show how valuable my online course is without giving it away entirely for free? Richard’s website is at AFlexibleYou.com. In this episode, I mention AskPat Live. You can check out AskPat Live every Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT at http://facebook.com/smartpassiveincome. Do you have a question about marketing your online course? Record it at http://askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

AP 0831: If I Credit the Author of the Music, Can I Add Their Songs to My Podcast?
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AP 0831: If I Credit the Author of the Music, Can I Add Their Songs to My Podcast?

Today’s question comes from Dave, who has a question about adding songs to his podcast. Can he add music that is not his? Even if he credits the author of the music, can he add that to his podcast? If any, what are the licensing and legal implications? What are some alternatives to adding his favorite song or band of the week to his podcast? Do you have a question about adding music to your podcast? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0830: How Do I Make the Most Out of My Content with Tutorials?
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AP 0830: How Do I Make the Most Out of My Content with Tutorials?

Today’s question comes from Dan, who has a question about tutorials. Where does he start in tutorial creation? Should he first start with YouTube? Does he post that on his blog? How does he make the most out of the content he’s creating while growing his audience on YouTube and his website? Dan’s website is at TheRealDanVega.com. On this episode, I mention Rev as a neat tool for transcribing your YouTube videos. Learn more at Rev.com. I also mention two other tutorials that I’ve created, which you can find at http://podcastingtutorial.com and http://startanemaillist.com. Do you have a question about growing your audience with tutorials? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today’s episode. Go to http://ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0829: As a Teenager, How Do I Create a Niche Product for a Wider Audience?
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AP 0829: As a Teenager, How Do I Create a Niche Product for a Wider Audience?

Today’s question comes from Muj, who has a question about creating a niche product as a teenager. How does he overcome the age obstacle? What can he do to create a niche product from the perspective of a teenager that will still be relevant for a wide audience? Should age matter? Do you have a question about creating a niche product or business? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0828: Can I Use Images from Google on My Website?
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AP 0828: Can I Use Images from Google on My Website?

Today’s question comes from Glen, who has a question about image use on his website. Can he use images from Google on his website? What are some good alternatives to iStock or other stock image websites? Are there free to use images on Google? What are the legal implications for using images from Google on his website? In this episode, I mention Flickr as good alternative to iStock. Check them out at Flickr.com. I also mention my Ultimate Guide to Finding and Using Images on Your Blog, which you can find at http://smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-find-images-blog-guide/. Find Google's Advanced Image Search at https://www.google.com/advanced_image_search. Do you have a question about image use for your website? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0827: Should I Create a Website to Promote My Book?
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AP 0827: Should I Create a Website to Promote My Book?

Today’s question comes from Andre, who has a question about promoting his new book. Should he create a website for his book? What other promotion opportunities does he have? What else can he do to get the word out about his new book? How does he expand on that to help promote himself? Do you have a question about promoting your book? Record it at http://askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

AP 0826: How Does the SPI Pro Theme Compare to Other WordPress Themes?
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AP 0826: How Does the SPI Pro Theme Compare to Other WordPress Themes?

Today's question comes from Vitaliy, who has a question about the SPI Pro Theme and how it compares with other premium WordPress themes. What is the difference between the SPI Pro Theme and other WordPress themes? What are the pros and cons? In this episode, we mention the SPI Pro Theme, which you can learn more about at http://www.AskPat.com/SPITheme. I also mention that, each Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT, I host AskPat Live over at http://www.Facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome. Do you have a question about WordPress themes or the SPI Pro theme? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0825: How Do I Determine If My Niche Is Right for an Online Course?
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AP 0825: How Do I Determine If My Niche Is Right for an Online Course?

Today’s question comes from Sarah, who has a question about how she determines if her niche is a good one for an online course. How does she determine if her niche and topic are right for an online course? What can she do to drum up interest in her online course? How should she design her online course? In this episode, I mention LeadPages (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/leadpages) as a good place to create a landing page to generate interest for your online course. I also mention Teachable (http://teachable.com) as a great tool for online course creation. Do you have a question about developing an online course? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0824: How Do I Look For and Land Interviews for My Podcast?
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AP 0824: How Do I Look For and Land Interviews for My Podcast?

Today’s question comes from Ashley, who has a question about looking for and landing interviews for her new podcast. Where should she start in finding the right people to interview? What are some tips to reaching out to people for interviews? Since she’s new to podcasting, who should she reach out to for interviews? In this episode, I mention the calendar tool Calendly. Check it out at http://calendly.com. Do you have a question about securing people to interview for your podcast? Record it at http://askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

AP 0823: I Purchased an App. As a Non-Developer, How Do I Serve My Audience the App?
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AP 0823: I Purchased an App. As a Non-Developer, How Do I Serve My Audience the App?

Today’s question comes from Kris, who has a question about supporting and serving her audience with an app she purchased. As a non-developer, what should she do? Should she hire someone to help with the development of the app? Does she learn the software on her own? Do you have a question about serving your audience with apps? Record it at http://askpat.com. Today’s sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://freshbooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” for more information.

AP 0822: I Am Doing a Content Audit. Do I Delete Content? Set Up Redirects?
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AP 0822: I Am Doing a Content Audit. Do I Delete Content? Set Up Redirects?

Today’s question comes from Katie, who has a question about the SEO impact of deleting old content and setting up redirects for her website. Should she delete her content that’s under 300 words? Should she set up 301 redirects or 410 redirects? What is going to happen to my carnival links? Katie’s website is at http://kitchenstewardship.com. In this episode, we mention SPI Session #200 about doing a content audit on your website. Listen to that episode at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session200. Do you have a question about auditing your old website content? Record it at AskPat.com. Thanks to our sponsor, Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0821: How Do I Start Making Money Online as a New Entrepreneur?
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AP 0821: How Do I Start Making Money Online as a New Entrepreneur?

Today’s question comes from Josh, who has a question about how entrepreneurs start making money online when they’re first starting out. What should he do first to start making money online? Where should he start when he doesn’t yet have an audience? How does he find and focus on his unique value proposition? In this episode, I mention my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. I also mention my new online course, Smart From Scratch. Sign up for the next public launch in June at http://smartfromscratch.com. Go to http://www.100emails.com to learn how to start an email list. Do you have a question about making money online when you first start out? Record it at http://askpat.com. The sponsor for this episode is Vistaprint, an excellent resource for your business marketing needs. As a special to AskPat listeners, get 500 custom business cards for just $9.99 (50 percent savings!). Be sure to enter “Pat” at checkout. Learn more at http://vistaprint.com.

AP 0820: What Steps Should I Take to Get My Content Into a Consistent Schedule?
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AP 0820: What Steps Should I Take to Get My Content Into a Consistent Schedule?

Today’s question comes from Greg, who has a question about content scheduling. How does he determine how to get his content into an actionable format? What steps should he take to get his content into a consistent schedule? How should he organize and plan his content? Greg’s website is at http://musicianmonster.com. In this episode, I mention my chat with my Managing Editor, Janna, at http://smartpassiveincome.com/session215. I also mention CoSchedule, the amazing content scheduling tool I use for Smart Passive Income. Learn more at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/coschedule. Do you have a question about content scheduling? Record it at http://askpat.com. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today’s episode. Go to http://ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0819: What Blog Post Types Should I Launch My New Blog With?
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AP 0819: What Blog Post Types Should I Launch My New Blog With?

Today's question comes from Jeff, who has a question about creating one large blog post to launch his new blog. Should he create one epic blog post to launch his new blog? What other content should he create to launch his blog? As his blog grows, how does he balance the larger blog posts and the smaller posts? Jeff’s website is at NewMiddleClassDad.com. In this episode, we mention my interview with Neil Patel about content marketing for your blog. Listen to that episode at SmartPassiveIncome.com/session214. You can find the FoodTruckr.com article here: http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/. Do you have a question about launching your new blog? 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 0818: Should I Separate Multiple Podcasts or Put Them Under the Same Podcast Network?
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AP 0818: Should I Separate Multiple Podcasts or Put Them Under the Same Podcast Network?

Today's question comes from Mike, who has a question about managing a variety of different podcasts. If he has a variety of different themed shows, should he keep them under the same brand and website? Does starting a podcast network make sense? Or should he separate them under different brands and websites? Mike’s website is at http://www.mongoals.com/. Do you have a question about managing multiple podcasts? 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 0817: I’m An Online Educator. Should I Create a Subscription Service or an Online Course?
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AP 0817: I’m An Online Educator. Should I Create a Subscription Service or an Online Course?

Today's question comes from Amirra, who has a question about creating a subscription service and creating an online course in the education space. Should she create a subscription service or create an online course? Is there room for both as an educator online? What is the difference between a subscription service and an online course? Should she create specific online courses to help solve specific problems? Amirra’s YouTube channel is Art With Amirra. In this episode, I mention my new course, Smart From Scratch. Learn more by heading to http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. I also mention my new AskPat Live on http://www.Facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome, which happens every Friday at 1:30 p.m. Do you have a question about creating subscription services and online courses? 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 0816: I Have a New Podcast. What Can I Do to Build My Podcast Audience?
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AP 0816: I Have a New Podcast. What Can I Do to Build My Podcast Audience?

Today's question comes from Teresa, who has a question about building an audience for her new podcast. What should she focus on first to reach and grow her audience? Is Instagram a good platform to promote her podcast? How can she focus on her niche and set her podcast apart in that niche? Teresa’s website is at http://www.popcollectorspodcast.com/. Do you have a question about building your podcast audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0815: I've Received Negative Feedback on My Writing. Should I Quit or Hire Help?
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AP 0815: I've Received Negative Feedback on My Writing. Should I Quit or Hire Help?

Today's question comes from Tyler, who has a question about writing with a learning disability. Should he throw in the towel after receiving some negative feedback about his writing? What can he do to overcome this obstacle? How can he improve upon the writing he puts out on his website? Should he hire an editor, or someone to help him improve his writing? Do you have a question about improving your writing for your website? Record it at http://www.AskPat.com. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.Freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0814: My Website Is Doing Well. Now How Do I Monetize It?
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AP 0814: My Website Is Doing Well. Now How Do I Monetize It?

Today's question comes from Max, who has a question about monetizing his website. How does he monetize his website? What can he do to incorporate and improve Google AdSense for his website monetization? What are his options for private advertising on his website? Max's website is at http://www.ruinmyweek.com/. In this episode, I mention SEM Rush as a neat tool to help support website monetization. Learn more at http://www.semrush.com/. I also mention Patreon, an amazing crowdfunding-type platform that enables your fans to support what you're doing. Learn about Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/. Do you have a question about website monetization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is BambooHR, a simple and central system for organizing human resources data in the cloud. For a limited time, you can get a free 14-day trial by going to http://www.bamboohr.com/, clicking on the microphone, and entering the code "Pat."

AP 0813: I'm Starting a YouTube Channel. What Should My Videos Cover?
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AP 0813: I'm Starting a YouTube Channel. What Should My Videos Cover?

Today's question comes from Otis, who has a question about starting a YouTube channel. How can he determine what topics his videos should cover? Otis's website is at http://www.lakecitytactical.com/. Do you have a question about YouTube? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0812: Should I Host a Webinar to Help Grow My List?
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AP 0812: Should I Host a Webinar to Help Grow My List?

Today's question comes from Jeff, who has a question about using webinars to grow his list. Should he wait until he has a big audience to host a webinar? Can he use a webinar to grow his audience? Jeff's website is at http://www.newmiddleclassdad.com/. In this episode I mention http://www.webinarninja.co/ as a good webinar tool to use. I also mention SPI Session 29 with Lewis Howes on mastering and conducting a webinar. Check that out at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session29/. Lastly, we're in launch week for Smart From Scratch, my new online course created to help you validate your business idea. Learn more and sign up at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. Do you have a question about growing your list through webinars? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Bamboo HR, a simple and central system for organizing human resources data in the cloud. For a limited time, you can get a free 14-day trial by going to http://www.bamboohr.com/ and entering the code "Pat."

AP 0811: I Started a Business But Forgot to Collect Data. What Now? How Can I Better Collect Data on My Customers?
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AP 0811: I Started a Business But Forgot to Collect Data. What Now? How Can I Better Collect Data on My Customers?

Today's question comes from Tyron, who has a question about collecting data on his customers. How does he better collect data on his customers? What are some ways he can monetize that data? How can he start marketing to his list? What is the best way to serve his customers beyond his business? Tyron's website is at http://www.tigdress.com/. In this episode, I mention that we're in launch week for Smart From Scratch, my new online course created to help you validate your business idea. Learn more and sign up at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. Do you have a question about data collection? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0810: Are Business Cards a Necessary Part of Starting a Business?
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AP 0810: Are Business Cards a Necessary Part of Starting a Business?

Today's question comes from Brian, who has a question about business cards. Should he create business cards when he first starts his business? Does he bring business cards with him when he goes to conferences? What are some strategies to use to connect and engage with people at conferences? Are there any alternatives to business cards? In this episode, I mention that today is launch day for Smart From Scratch, my new online course created to help you validate your business idea. Learn more and sign up at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. Do you have a question about business cards? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. For AskPat Live, go to http://facebook.com/smartpassiveincome. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0809: Should I Create Show Notes, Why, and What Resources Can I Use to Manage My Show Notes?
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AP 0809: Should I Create Show Notes, Why, and What Resources Can I Use to Manage My Show Notes?

Today's question comes from Bill, who has a question about engagement and traffic from podcast show notes. How much engagement and traffic do I get from my show notes? Could he get away with skipping show notes? What should he include in his show notes? What resources can he use to manage his show notes? Bill's website is at http://www.podcastbyfriday.com/. Do you have a question about creating show notes for your podcast? 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 0808: What Makes a Successful Mastermind Group?
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AP 0808: What Makes a Successful Mastermind Group?

Today's question comes from Jennifer, who has a question about building a successful mastermind group. What is the best structure of a mastermind group? What kinds of topics should they discuss? How can they best leverage each other? Jennifer's website is at http://www.sideofincome.com/. In this episode, I mention my webinar replay on How to Build a Winning Mastermind Group. You can watch that at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv/how-to-build-a-winning-mastermind-group-webinar-replay/. Do you have a question about running a successful mastermind group? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0807: How Do I Identify My True Fans?
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AP 0807: How Do I Identify My True Fans?

Today's question comes from Barry, who has a question about Kevin Kelly's 1,000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). How does he identify which of his fans are his true fans? What's the best way to follow up with these people? How can he continue to grow his audience more strategically with his true fans? Barry's website is at http://www.turningthepage.info/. In this episode I mention a couple of tools you can use to serve your audience and find your true fans, including http://www.commun.it/ and http://www.socialrank.com/. Do you have a question about identifying who your true fans are? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0806: I Want to Develop a Routine Around Online Business Metrics. Where Should I Start and What Should I Focus On?
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AP 0806: I Want to Develop a Routine Around Online Business Metrics. Where Should I Start and What Should I Focus On?

Today's question comes from Matthew, who has a question about developing routines around online business metrics. Which metrics do I find the most important? Which are my favorite tools for monitoring performance? Do I have any daily, weekly, and monthly routines for analytics? Do I delegate analytics to your team? In this episode, I mention Google Webmaster Tools. Learn more at https://www.google.com/webmasters/. I also mention my new course, Smart From Scratch, which opens next week! Learn more and enroll at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. Do you have a question about online business metrics? 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 0805: If I Don't Have a Relevant College Degree for My Industry, Does it Matter? How Does that Affect My Impact?
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AP 0805: If I Don't Have a Relevant College Degree for My Industry, Does it Matter? How Does that Affect My Impact?

Today's question comes from Richard, who has a question about the importance of having a relevant college degree for the type of industry blog you run. Should he have a Bachelor Degree in Sport Science to run a successful lifestyle and fitness blog? Will his audience care about his background in education? If he don't have a relevant degree but does have the relevant knowledge and experience, how can he make sure that shines? Richard's website is at http://www.aflexibleyou.com/. Do you have a question about how your background and how that affects your value in your industry? 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 0804: I Am a Young Parent. How Do I Find Time to Exercise as a Parent?
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AP 0804: I Am a Young Parent. How Do I Find Time to Exercise as a Parent?

Today's question comes from Dave, who has a question about how to balance time for fitness and time for kids. How can he fit in time to exercise when he has kids? Do you have tips for young parents who want to find time for healthy activities with kids? Dave's website is at http://www.catholicprotools.com/. In this episode, I mention my Instagram account, where I feature a lot of my health and fitness activities. Find me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/patflynn/. Do you have a question about making healthy choices as a parent? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0803: How Do I Separate the Auto-Responses to My Emails from the Real Responses?
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AP 0803: How Do I Separate the Auto-Responses to My Emails from the Real Responses?

Today's question comes from Simone, who has a question about separating auto-responses from real responses in her inbox. How can she make sure that she can easily find and respond to actual responses from her emails? What are some tips she can use to better filter out the auto-responses from the real responses? Simone's website is at http://www.echemusic.com/. Do you have a question about managing your email inbox? 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 0802: I Want to Inspire Others with Affiliate Marketing. How Do I Start and Achieve Results?
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AP 0802: I Want to Inspire Others with Affiliate Marketing. How Do I Start and Achieve Results?

Today's question comes from Jorge, who has a question about achieving results from affiliate marketing. How does he start building affiliate income? And how can he connect with the Filipino community specifically with my affiliate marketing? Where can he get results from his affiliate marketing? Are there any specific ways to engage his audience to inspire them in his affiliate income building process? Do you have a question about kickstarting your affiliate income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0801: What Can I Do to Promote My Book on My Blog?
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AP 0801: What Can I Do to Promote My Book on My Blog?

Today's question comes from Randy, who has a question about promoting his book on his blog. What if he feels like he doesn't have much more to say outside of the book? Should he keep his blog going? What should he write about to promote his book? Randy's website is at http://www.disneylanddevotional.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your book? 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 0800: How Should I Reach Out to My Audience to Start Growing My Email List?
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AP 0800: How Should I Reach Out to My Audience to Start Growing My Email List?

Today's question comes from Craig, who has a question about reaching out personally to his audience to start growing his email list. What should he include in the email to make an impact? How can he better personalize emails? What should be the ask be in his first email to his audience? Craig's website is at http://www.empowerthetribe.com/. In this episode, I mention my 3-Day Email List Challenge at http://www.100emails.com/, which you can join for free to grow your email list from 0 to 100 emails in 3 days! Do you have a question about building your email list? 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 0799: Should I Spend Time in a Competitor's Facebook Group?
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AP 0799: Should I Spend Time in a Competitor's Facebook Group?

Today's question comes from Mike, who has a small Facebook community as a part of his website. There is a similar, much larger Facebook community that is not his where he could also be active and may potentially attract new users to his site. How should he split his time between these groups? Mike's site is http://fermentingfood.uk/. Mike talks about the market map exercise from my book, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about choosing where to spend your time? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor today, BambooHR. This online management software will help you manage the human resources tasks for your small business. Go to http://bamboohr.com. Click the microphone in the upper-right and enter "PAT" for your free trial.

AP 0798: Should I Charge for the Business Directory on My Website?
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AP 0798: Should I Charge for the Business Directory on My Website?

Today's question comes from Michael, who has a directory of service providers on his website. Should he be charging businesses to get listed in this directory, or should he continue to list people and businesses for free? Michael's site is http://www.emailoverloadsolutions.com/. I talk about the directory on my Green Exam Academy website (http://greenexamacademy.com). Do you have a question about what to include on your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0797: How Can I Improve How I Sound on a Microphone?
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AP 0797: How Can I Improve How I Sound on a Microphone?

Today's question comes from Andres, who is looking for some advice on improving his skills in front of the microphone. I share my advice for leveling up your microphone skills. Do you have a question about podcasting and recording? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor today, BambooHR. This online management software will help you manage the human resources tasks for your small business. Go to http://bamboohr.com. Click the microphone in the upper-right and enter "PAT" for your free trial.

AP 0796: How Much Should I Spend on Facebook Ads?
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AP 0796: How Much Should I Spend on Facebook Ads?

Today's question comes from Otis, who asks about Facebook ads. How does he know how much he should spend each month? Otis's site is http://lakecitytactical.com/. Do you have a question about Facebook advertising? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0795: Should I Make My Product Available for a Limited Time Only?
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AP 0795: Should I Make My Product Available for a Limited Time Only?

Today's question comes from Paul, who is planning for an upcoming product launch. Should he consider making the product available for a limited time only? Paul's website is http://photographytv.com/. Paul talks about Smart Passive Income Podcast #162 (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session162). Do you have a question about launching a product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, Vistaprint. Vistaprint will help you create affordable, custom marketing materials for your business. To learn more, go to http://vistaprint.com/ and use the coupon code "PAT" for a special offer.

AP 0794: I Need to Rebrand My Site. Should I Migrate to a New URL?
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AP 0794: I Need to Rebrand My Site. Should I Migrate to a New URL?

Today's question comes from Tim, who asks about rebranding his site, which has grown beyond its original focus. Should he keep the original URL, or migrate his site to a different URL? Tim's site is http://androidpcreview.com/. Tim talks about how I migrated Green Exam Academy from intheleed.com to greenexamacademy.com using 301 permanent redirects. Do you have a question about rebranding a site and migrating URLs? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0793: How Do I Build My Website's Business Directory?
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AP 0793: How Do I Build My Website's Business Directory?

Today's question comes from Simone, who asks about building a business directory on her website. How can she encourage new businesses to sign up? I've used business directories on my niche site Security Guard Training HQ (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/) and share my best advice for getting businesses to sign up. Do you have a question about adding special features to your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0792: Which Video Host Is Best for Online Courses?
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AP 0792: Which Video Host Is Best for Online Courses?

Today's question comes from Marie, who is building an online course for kids. What is the best tool to use for delivering video and keeping them protected? In this episode, I discuss how I use video on my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) versus a paid course like Smart From Scratch. Teachable is a good option if you're looking for a full course platform (http://askpat.com/teachable). If you're using your own hosting system (like WordPress with a membership plugin), Wistia is an excellent video platform (https://wistia.com/), as is Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/). Do you have a question about hosting a paid course? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. My new course, Smart From Scratch, launches this month to help you choose and validate a business idea. If you're ready to get your business started, check it out at http://smartfromscratch.com.

AP 0791: How Do I Make Sure My Email Subscribers Get the Right Resources?
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AP 0791: How Do I Make Sure My Email Subscribers Get the Right Resources?

Today's question comes from Oz, who has a question about using email autoresponders and landing pages together. How can he make sure that people who are subscribed to one segment get the resources offered by other his other campaigns? Oz is using GetResponse for emails (https://www.getresponse.com/); I recommend and am an advisor for the email service provider ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Get my free templates for writing better emails—check out Email the Smart Way (http://emailthesmartway.com).

AP 0790: Why Do You Put Your Name and Date on Blog Images?
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AP 0790: Why Do You Put Your Name and Date on Blog Images?

Today's question comes from Andre, who asks about my blog images on the SPI blog. Why do I put both my name and my date on them? Andre's website is http://www.asmallinvestment.com/. Andre is referencing the images you see at the Smart Passive Income blog (http://smartpassiveincome.com/blog). I also discuss how Gary Vaynerchuk manages images (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/). Do you have a question about blogging? 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 0789: Can I Start a Blog Before I Choose My Business Name?
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AP 0789: Can I Start a Blog Before I Choose My Business Name?

Today's question comes from Kit, who hasn’t chosen her company name yet. Can she still start a blog without choosing a name? Kit mentions using the lessons from my book Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com) to start her business. If you are starting a new website and need website hosting, I recommend Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you want help validating your idea for starting a business, check out my course, Smart From Scratch (http://smartfromscratch.com).

AP 0788: What Is the Best Method for a New Blogger to Build Traffic?
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AP 0788: What Is the Best Method for a New Blogger to Build Traffic?

Today's question comes from Sean, who asks about building traffic to his blog. Which method is best for a new blog: SEO or content marketing? Sean’s site is http://flighttrainingpro.com. I recommend using Yoast SEO WordPress plugin to help you include the correct SEO fields (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/); All in One SEO Pack is also a good alternative plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/). This is the FoodTruckr article I mentioned (http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/). The giveaway plugin I recommend is KingSumo (http://kingsumo.com/). Do you have a question about traffic growth? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0787: If I Have Multiple Businesses, Do They Need Separate LLCs?
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AP 0787: If I Have Multiple Businesses, Do They Need Separate LLCs?

Today's question comes from Jacob, who asks about business structure. Should multiple businesses operate under the same LLC, or should each business have a separate legal entity? The first business I started is Green Exam Academy (formerly called In the LEED; http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). My original LLC is Flynndustries LLC. The other LLC I discuss in depth is related to the Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com). My account is Dave from Profitwise Accounting (http://www.profitwiseaccounting.com). Do you have a question about your business structure? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0786: What Should I Share When I Teach People How to Start a Business?
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AP 0786: What Should I Share When I Teach People How to Start a Business?

Today's question comes from Eric, who lives in Ghana and is looking to build a site teaching others how to start online businesses in Africa. What specifically should he document? Eric's site is http://www.internetbusinessafrica.com/. I share my thoughts on how to get started. Do you have a question about starting an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0785: How Do I Set Up an Online Store for Selling Physical Products?
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AP 0785: How Do I Set Up an Online Store for Selling Physical Products?

Today's question comes from Jason, who has some questions about setting up a shopping cart for his website. Which is the best one for his needs, with include considerations for shipping physical goods? I recommend checking out ShipStation (http://www.shipstation.com/). A good website platform to check out is Shopify, which is an alternative to WordPress that is designed specifically for online stores (https://www.shopify.com/). If you want to stick with WordPress, WooCommerce is a good platform (https://woocommerce.com/). Another good shopping cart option is Samcart, for which I am an advisor (https://askpat.com/samcart). Do you have a question about selling products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you are interested in starting a business, sign up for the Smart From Scratch waiting list at http://smartfromscratch.com/. Smart From Scratch will help you choose and validate your business idea so that you start your business off on the right foot.

AP 0784: Should I Share My Amazon Affiliate Link for My Product?
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AP 0784: Should I Share My Amazon Affiliate Link for My Product?

Today's question comes from Brent, who is selling a product on his website, but it is also available on Amazon. Should he let people know they can buy the product on Amazon, rather than directly from him? Should he share the affiliate link? Brent's website is http://margaritatexas.com/. To see my book club landing page strategy with Amazon affiliate links, go to http://patsbookclub.com/. Do you have a question about selling products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you are interested in starting a business, sign up for the Smart From Scratch waiting list at http://smartfromscratch.com/. Smart From Scratch will help you choose and validate your business idea so that you start your business off on the right foot.

AP 0783: How Do I Test Business Ideas with Facebook Ads?
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AP 0783: How Do I Test Business Ideas with Facebook Ads?

Today's question comes from Ciaran, who asks about business idea validation using Facebook ads. If you're testing three different ideas with Facebook, do you need three separate landing pages? Do the landing pages need to be on different domains, or can they use the same domain? Ciaran discusses some of the methods I share for validating your ideas in my book Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). The landing page tool I recommend is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a question about testing ideas with Facebook ads? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you are interested in starting a business, sign up for the Smart From Scratch waiting list at http://smartfromscratch.com/. Smart From Scratch will help you choose and validate your business idea so that you start your business off on the right foot.

AP 0782: Will Redesigning My Website Hurt My SEO?
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AP 0782: Will Redesigning My Website Hurt My SEO?

Today's question comes from Denise, who asks about redesigning a website. What steps should she take during the redesign to maintain her site's search ranking? Will redesigning the navigation negatively impact the SEO? In this episode I talk about permanent 301 redirects. Do you have a question about website redesigns? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0781: How Do I Get Health Insurance and Other Benefits When I Become Self-Employed?
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AP 0781: How Do I Get Health Insurance and Other Benefits When I Become Self-Employed?

Today's question comes from James, who is building his business on the side while he continues to work his day job. How does he prepare himself to become a full-time entrepreneur, looking specifically at day-job benefits like health insurance? I talk about COBRA, which is a method for continuing health insurance from a previous employer. Check out https://www.healthcare.gov/ to find out how to get individual health insurance in your state. Do you have a question about becoming self-employed? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0780: What Happens When My I Validate My Business Idea, But My Customers Leave?
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AP 0780: What Happens When My I Validate My Business Idea, But My Customers Leave?

Today's question comes from Nathan, who validated a business idea, but the customers didn't last. Is that a sign that the business idea isn't good? Nathan's site is http://honeybunnybaking.com/. Nathan talks about my book Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com) and my talk with Noah Kagan about SumoJerky (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv/validating-a-product-and-the-story-of-sumojerky-with-noah-kagan/). Do you have a question about starting a business? 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 0779: Is It Better to Niche Down or Target a Broader Market?
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AP 0779: Is It Better to Niche Down or Target a Broader Market?

Today's question comes from Brian, who has a question about niching down. How does he niche down his website and his course? Should he target a specific niche, or a broader market? How specific should his target market be? Brian's website is at http://www.saasjunkie.com/. In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your first customers. Open enrollment starts next month! You can learn more and sign up for the waitlist at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. I also mention Internet Business Mastery, a resource that was key for me early on in my business journey. Learn more at http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/. And, lastly, I mention SPI Podcast #46 at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session46/ with Dane Maxwell, where he discusses building a lucrative business with no ideas. Do you have a question about niching down? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0778: How Can I Be More Successful With My Online Business? From Editorial Calendars to iTunes Categories
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AP 0778: How Can I Be More Successful With My Online Business? From Editorial Calendars to iTunes Categories

Today's question comes from Steve, who has a number of essential online business questions. Would Pat be as successful if he wasn't let go? How do you define success in online business? Should he post his editorial calendar online or will Google penalize him? Does iTunes categories matter, and what happens if there isn't a specific category for his podcast? How do you transfer your domain from one host to another without losing email service? What is the best way to monitor and fix third-party links? In this episode I mention SPI Podcast #215 at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session215/, the episode where I cover my editorial calendar and strategy. I also mention a broken link checker at http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/. Do you have a question about the things you need to do to be a successful online entrepreneur? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0777: How Do I Market and Validate My Online Course Idea?
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AP 0777: How Do I Market and Validate My Online Course Idea?

Today's question comes from Bobby, who has a question about marketing his online course. If he has already built his online course, how does he collect students? What should be his focus: research or promo video? What can he do to validate the course idea? How does he know what's working and what's not working? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your first customers. Open enrollment starts soon! You can learn more and sign up for the waitlist at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. I also mention my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about creating online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0776: I Want to Create a Membership Site. What Do I Need to Know to Start One?
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AP 0776: I Want to Create a Membership Site. What Do I Need to Know to Start One?

Today's question comes from Cynthia, who has a question about creating a membership site. How does she set up a membership site? Should she create a pilot group first? What are some steps she should take before launching a membership site? Cynthia's website is at http://www.signbabysign.org/. In this episode, I mention Rainmaker from Copyblogger. You can learn more about Rainmaker at http://www.rainmakerplatform.com/. I also mention my new book, Will It Fly?, which helps aspiring business owners validate their business ideas. Learn more at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about creating your own membership site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0775: How Can I Get My Kids Interested in Entrepreneurship?
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AP 0775: How Can I Get My Kids Interested in Entrepreneurship?

Today's question comes from Jeanette, who has a question about instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in her kids. How does she get her kids interested in entrepreneurship? What is a good age to start showing her kids the tools of the trade? What kinds of business-related things and lessons should she teach her children? Jeanette's website is at http://www.craftwhack.com/. Do you have a question about getting your children interested in entrepreneurship and business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. The sponsor for this episode is Vistaprint, an excellent resource for your business marketing needs. As a special to Ask Pat listeners, get 500 custom business cards for just $9.99 (50 percent savings!). Be sure to enter "Pat" at checkout. Learn more at http://www.vistaprint.com/.

AP 0774: How Do I Stay Motivated and Productive Once I Achieve a Comfortable Level of Success?
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AP 0774: How Do I Stay Motivated and Productive Once I Achieve a Comfortable Level of Success?

Today's question comes from Tom, who has a question about staying motivated and productive when you reach a comfortable level of success in your business. What can he do to motivate himself to keep going? How does he keep moving forward and creating goals in his business? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your first customers. Open enrollment starts soon! You can learn more and sign up for the waitlist at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. I also mention Pencils of Promise, the organization that inspires me to keep moving forward. You can learn more about Pencils of Promise at http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/.

AP 0773: I Want to Create a Website Like Green Exam Academy. How Do I Start?
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AP 0773: I Want to Create a Website Like Green Exam Academy. How Do I Start?

Today's question comes from Gabriel, who has a question about starting a niche website with a supplemental online course for his audience. How does he create a niche website? What can he do to create a unique mark in his market? How does he determine what exam he can help his customers with? In this episode, I mention my brand new course, Smart From Scratch. If you're just starting out in business (or it hasn't gone the way you want), Smart From Scratch will help you validate your business idea and get your first customers. Open enrollment starts soon! You can learn more and sign up for the waitlist at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. I also mention my niche website, http://www.greenexamacademy.com/, a site that continues to earn passive income today, eight years after I created it. Do you have a question about creating a niche website with supplemental learning for your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0772: What Is the Ideal Length for Emails?
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AP 0772: What Is the Ideal Length for Emails?

Today's question comes from Rachel, who has a question about the ideal length for emails. What is the best word count for her emails? Should she try to target a specific length for her emails? What should she focus on in her emails? In this episode, I mention SPI Podcast Episode 115 on managing emails (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session115/). Do you have a question about finding the right length for your emails? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0771: What Is a Good Earnings Per Click Number for Online Ads?
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AP 0771: What Is a Good Earnings Per Click Number for Online Ads?

Today's question comes from Sarah, who has a question about earnings per click numbers for online ads. What is a good earnings per click number? How much money can she make with online paid advertising? When is it not worth her time to spend money on earnings per click advertising? Sarah's website is at http://www.probaseballinsider.com/. In this episode, I mention SEM Rush as a great tool for keyword research at http://www.semrush.com/. Do you have a question about earnings per click or online advertising? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0770: How Do I Balance My Full-Time Job with My Side Business?
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AP 0770: How Do I Balance My Full-Time Job with My Side Business?

Today's question comes from Andrew, who has a question about balancing his side business with his full-time job. How does he balance his side business with his full-time job? If you love your day job but also want to grow your side gig, how do you commit to both without negatively affecting either of them? What can he do to invest more time in his side business? Andrew's website is at http://www.itcareerbuilder.com/. In this episode, I mention Chip and Dan Heath's book, Decisive, which is a great resource for figuring out how to make the right decisions when it comes to your work life and personal life. Learn more at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/Decisive/. Do you have a question about balancing a full-time job with a side gig? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Also, if you'd like to share your tips for balancing the two, or want to comment on this topic, ask them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PatFlynn/ and use the hashtag #AskPat770. Thank you! Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0769: How Can I Set My Blog Content Up for Success?
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AP 0769: How Can I Set My Blog Content Up for Success?

Today's question comes from Jeremy, who wants to set himself up for success. What are the steps he can take now to structure his blog properly and to make sure the content he creates is worth keeping in the future? Jeremy references Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 200 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session200). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. My new course for choosing your business idea opens up next year. To get on the waitlist, go to http://smartfromscratch.com.

AP 0768: How Will a Website Redesign Impact My Affiliate Earnings?`
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Today's question comes from Joey, who would like to redesign his website. How can he redesign his Amazon Affiliate site without killing its current earnings? Do you have a question about your website design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0767: How Do I Increase My Local Web Traffic?
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AP 0767: How Do I Increase My Local Web Traffic?

Today's question comes from Stephen, who asks about local promotion. How do you increase your in-person and web traffic from a local audience? Stephen's site is http://mountainfreshmedia.com/. The sites I discuss are Yelp (https://www.yelp.com/minneapolis) and Angie's List (https://www.angieslist.com/). Do you have a question about web traffic for your brick and mortar business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you haven't started your business yet or are still trying to validate your business idea, check out my new course, Smart From Scratch at http://smartfromscratch.com. You'll learn how to select and test whether or not your business idea will work.

AP 0766: I Want to Upgrade My Website. What Do I Need to Know?
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AP 0766: I Want to Upgrade My Website. What Do I Need to Know?

Today's question comes from Jan, who is looking to upgrade her website. What is a 301 redirect? Can she use other template websites and still maintain her Google ranking? Jan's site is http://www.coloradolash.com/. Jan's first website was built by Vistaprint (http://www.vistaprint.com/). Do you have a question about web development? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you haven't started your business yet or are still trying to validate your business idea, check out my new course, Smart From Scratch at http://smartfromscratch.com. You'll learn how to select and test whether or not your business idea will work.

AP 0765: What Email Marketing Incentives Can a DJ or Artist Use?
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AP 0765: What Email Marketing Incentives Can a DJ or Artist Use?

Today's question comes from DJ D'Loose, who asks about how to get people signed up to his email list. Traditional incentives like ebooks don't apply for this type of business. Share your advice and ideas on Twitter using #AskPat765. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0764: What's the Best Way to Use Medium?
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AP 0764: What's the Best Way to Use Medium?

Today's question comes from Jon, who asks about using the site Medium (http://medium.com) like guest posting. Should he put in links back to his main site in his posts on Medium.com? Jon's site is http://www.moneysmartguides.com/. Do you have a question about writing on Medium? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out the audiobook for my book, Will It Fly?, on Audible (http://audible.com/). Find it in paperback, Kindle download, and audiobook at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0763: What Interview Questions Should I Ask My Guests?
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AP 0763: What Interview Questions Should I Ask My Guests?

Today's question comes from Jason, who asks about interviewing. How should he determine which questions to ask his guests when interviewing? Jason's site is http://www.digitaltoolsofthetrade.com/. Do you have a question about interviewing? 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 0762: What Are Best Practices for Exploring Long-Tail Keyword Searches?
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AP 0762: What Are Best Practices for Exploring Long-Tail Keyword Searches?

Today's question comes from Jason, who is looking to start a new niche site, but needs some advice on long-tail keyword searches. How can he find an under-used market? Jason's site is http://www.canonblogger.com/. For advice on market research, check out my book, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. For advice on starting an email list, try my email challenge at http://100emails.com. The content search tool I discuss is BuzzSumo (http://buzzsumo.com/). Do you have a question about niche site selection? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0761: If I'm Selling on Amazon, Do I Need a Separate Website?
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AP 0761: If I'm Selling on Amazon, Do I Need a Separate Website?

Today's question comes from VK, who asks about selling seasonal items on Amazon. Does he need to set up a website to go along with his Amazon listings, or is it okay just to use Amazon and his email list? If you are just getting started, learn how to grow your email list at http://www.100emails.com. A good platform for setting up online stores is Shopify (https://www.shopify.com/). Do you have a question about getting started? 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 0760: How Do I Get Exposure for My New Website?
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AP 0760: How Do I Get Exposure for My New Website?

Today's question comes from Brandi, who is feeling overwhelmed by the existing competition in her market. Is it even worth getting started? How can she get access to big name media properties for exposure? Also, how does she add the ability to ask audio questions, like I have for the AskPat Podcast? The tool that records questions is called Speakpipe, which allows you to embed an audio recorder on your webpage (http://askpat.com/speakpipe). Listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #145 to learn how to get coverage from large media outlets (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session145). Another great tool is Help A Reporter Out (HARO), which will connect you with reporters who need sources for their stories (https://www.helpareporter.com/). Do you have a question about gaining exposure for your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0759: How Do You Handle Spammy One-Star Reviews in iTunes?
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AP 0759: How Do You Handle Spammy One-Star Reviews in iTunes?

Today's question comes from David, who has a question about dealing with one-star iTunes ratings and reviews for his podcast. How do you handle poor reviews? What happens if those one-star ratings come from spam or online trolls? How do you deal with that negativity against your podcast? David's website is at http://www.daviddifran.co/. Do you have a question about dealing with spammy one-star reviews for your podcast? 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 0758: What Should I Know When it Comes to Getting Sponsors for My Podcast?
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AP 0758: What Should I Know When it Comes to Getting Sponsors for My Podcast?

Today's question comes from Jonathan, who has a question about podcast sponsors. Do you sign a contract with podcast sponsors, or is it a hand shake deal? What details should you consider when you sign on new sponsors for your podcast? What do you look for in a podcast sponsorship relationship? What should you include in the contract? Jonathan's website is at http://www.salespurpose.com/. Do you have a question about podcast sponsors? 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 0757: When Do I Use Follow Links and When Do I Use No-Follow Links?
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AP 0757: When Do I Use Follow Links and When Do I Use No-Follow Links?

Today's question comes from Michelle, who has a question about follow links and no-follow links. What is the difference between follow links and no-follow links? When do you use follow links, and when do you use no-follow links? What is the their purpose? Michelle's website is at http://www.custardandbear.com/. Do you have a question about follow and no-follow links? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0756: How Can I Help My Audience Promote and Sell Their Art Online?
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Today's question comes from Jules, who has a question about helping her audience learn how to promote and sell their art online. Should you create an ebook for your audience? What about creating an online course, even if it is takes more time? What should come first? What are some other ways to create highly valuable and engaging content for your audience? Jules's website is at http://www.unlimitedcreative.com/. In this episode, I mention Smart From Scratch, my new online business course which will be open soon for another limited run at http://www.smartfromscratch.com/. I also mention Teachable, which is the platform I used for Smart From Scratch. It's easy to use and the team over there is super great. You can learn more at http://www.askpat.com/teachable/. Do you have a question about helping your audience through an online course or ebook? 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 0755: How Often Should I Create Content for My Blog, Podcast, or Video Platform?
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Today's question comes from Gordon, who has a question about the volume of blog content he should be creating. How often do you need to create new content for your audience? Is there a sweet spot for specific platforms, such as a podcast, website, and video? Does the amount of content depend on the audience? In this episode, we mention my book, Will It Fly?, which is about validating your business idea. Learn more at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about content volume? 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 0754: How Can I Grow My Podcast Audience?
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AP 0754: How Can I Grow My Podcast Audience?

Today's question comes from Chris, who has a podcast and wants to find new subscribers. What's the best way to bring in new listeners? Is Facebook advertising recommended? Chris's site is http://www.parentnormal.com/. If you're thinking about starting a podcast, check out my free podcasting tutorial at http://www.podcastingtutorial.com. The episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I discuss are #227, where I interviewed 15 entrepreneurs (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session227) and #97, where I focused on serving artists (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session96). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0753: Should I Record My Audiobook Myself?
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AP 0753: Should I Record My Audiobook Myself?

Today's question comes from Kris and Kit, who ask about recording audiobooks. What advice do you have for recording? Should you do it yourself or hire someone? Kris and Kit's site is http://gomousescouts.com/. I have used Upwork for finding a voiceover artist (http://askpat.com/upwork). I recorded Let Go (http://askpat.com/let-go) and Will It Fly? (http://www.askpat.com/willitfly) myself. For audiobooks, I love Audible (http://www.audible.com/). Do you have a question about recording audiobooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0752: Can I Start an Online Business in English? It's Not My First Language.
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Today's question comes from Mohamed, who is interested in starting an online business. English is not the primary language where he lives. Is there anything he should do differently? Do you have a question about starting a business? 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 0751: How Much Writing Do I Need for My Podcast's Website?
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Today's question comes from Karyn, who is planning a podcast. How much writing does she need to do to support her podcast? Karyn's site is http://melbourneseast.com.au/. If you're starting a podcast, check out my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about getting your podcast started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0750: How Much Blog Content Should I Have Prepared Pre-Launch?
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Today's question comes from Jeff, who is planning to start a blog. Should he launch right away, or should he wait until he has a backlog of posts banked up? What is the right order, between writing, setting up email, and launching? Do you have a question about launching your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information. Thanks also to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0749: What Would You Do to Make Money Fast?
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Today's question comes from Joshua, who has a small budget. What can he do with $100 to start seeing some immediate returns? Joshua's site is http://creatingcomfortable.com/. Check out Ramit Sethi's course Earn $1K (http://askpat.com/earn1k). Do you have a question about getting started? 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 0748: Why Is My Email Bounce Rate Increasing?
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Today's question comes from Sean, who has watched the bounce rate on his emails steadily increase. Should he be concerned about this? Sean's site is http://www.worldsfastesthypnotist.com/. In this episode, I talk about the book, The Power of Habit (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/power-of-habit). 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 0747: How Do I Add Value to My YouTube Video's Blog Post?
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Today's question comes from Ryan, who has a website and YouTube channel that focuses on DIY projects. How can he add value to his YouTube video's project posts? Ryan's site is http://doingwhatever.com/. You can find Corbett Barr's website at https://fizzle.co/. Check out the 30 day challenge over at Simple Green Smoothies (http://simplegreensmoothies.com/). Do you have a question about making your website more compelling? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0746: Should I Build Seasonal Websites?
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Today's question comes from Amine, who asks about building websites around specific date-based events, like the Olympics or holidays and monetizing them with affiliate offers and advertising. Is this a good niche site strategy? Benny Hsu's website is http://getbusylivingblog.com/. Do you have a question about building niche sites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0745: How Do I Set Up a Price Increase Strategy with Email Automation?
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Today's question comes from Chris, who asks about selling through email automation. How does he properly tag subscribers so that they are offered increasing prices over time? Do you have a question about email automation? 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 0744: Can I Use Affiliate Links for My Book Club?
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Today's question comes from Amanda, who is planning to have a book club as part of her website. Is it okay to ask her readers to use her affiliate link when they buy the recommended books? Check out my book club at http://www.patsbookclub.com. Do you have a question about book clubs? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0743: As My Audience Grows, How Do I Keep the Personal Touch?
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AP 0743: As My Audience Grows, How Do I Keep the Personal Touch?

Today's question comes from Matt, whose website is growing. He appreciates the 1:1 interaction he has with his readers right now, but that won't scale. How can he keep the connection with his readers when he can't have as deep of an interaction with each one? Matt's website is http://www.timezillionaire.com/. My assistant Jessica talks about how she approaches my email in Smart Passive Income Podcast #115: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/email-management. Do you have a question about connecting with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Design Crowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0742: When I Launch a Forum, How Can I Make Sure I Have Users from Day One?
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Today's question comes from Andy, who is planning to launch a forum on his site. How can he launch it with a big enough pool of users from day one? Andy's site is http://iporada.com/. Andy mentions my post on how to keep a forum active: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-keep-a-forum-active. Do you have a question about community forums? 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 0741: Should I Sell to My Whole Email List or Just to a Segment?
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AP 0741: Should I Sell to My Whole Email List or Just to a Segment? Today's question comes from Tracy, who asks about selling to her email list. Should she pitch her product to her entire list or just to a targeted segment? Tracy's site is http://mumswithhustle.com/. I'm an advisor for and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about selling to your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0740: How Early Is Too Early to Market My Product Launch?
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Today's question comes from Huw, who is planning ahead for a launch in four months. How early is too early to start the marketing for this launch? Huw's YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/HuwsNursery. For more on launches, check out Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 137 with Amy Porterfield (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session137). Do you have a question about launches? 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 0739: Should I Start with an Ebook or a Video Series?
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Today's question comes from Mary, who is a college professor and is planning to create both an ebook and a video series based on a topic she teaches. Which should she focus on first? For more on creating an ebook, check out my guide Ebooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). Teachable is a great platform for setting up a paid or free video course. Do you have a question about creating content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0738: What Should I Have on My Homepage?
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AP 0738: What Should I Have on My Homepage?

Today's question comes from Brad, who asks a great question about his website. What makes a good homepage? What content should he have and how does he make it useful to his readers? Brad's site is http://growmilkweedplants.com/. We talk about the design on my website Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com), as well as my SPI Pro Theme from StudioPress (http://askpat.com/spitheme). Do you have a question about your website's content? 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 0737: How Can I Grow My Email List with a WordPress.com Website?
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AP 0737: How Can I Grow My Email List with a WordPress.com Website?

Today's question comes from Leslie, who has a question about building email lists. What email marketing plugins works best for a WordPress.com (not self-hosted) site? How do you grow your email list without a self-hosted website platform? Leslie's website is at http://www.pureenergylifestyle.com/. In this episode, I mention Mail Chimp's subscriber pop-up feature, which you can find in the Mail Chimp database. I also mention Drip, which is a new tool I use. You can get started with Drip for free at http://www.askpat.com/drip/. Do you have a question about building your email list? 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 0736: What Writing Tools Can I Use While I'm Traveling?
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AP 0736: What Writing Tools Can I Use While I'm Traveling?

Today's question comes from Frank, who has a question about writing blog posts while traveling. What do you do while you're offline? Do you recommend any offline writing tips and tools so you can maintain productivity? Frank's website is at http://www.frankcjones.com/. In this episode, I mention Michael Hyatt's blog post, 5 Reasons Why I Switched to Scrivener (http://www.michaelhyatt.com/switched-to-scrivener.html/). You can get a 20% discount off Scrivener with Michael Hyatt's code: MICHAELHYATT. I also mention Byword, a distraction-free writing tool (http://www.bywordapp.com/). Do you have a question about writing offline? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0735: How Do I Increase My Conversion Rates for Amazon Associates?
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AP 0735: How Do I Increase My Conversion Rates for Amazon Associates?

Today's question comes from Pascal, who has a question about conversion rates for Amazon Associates. How do you increase your conversion rates? Are there other products you can promote to increase your affiliate income? What are some specific ways you can promote your affiliate products and earn better commissions? Pascal's website is at http://www.cuisinealaplancha.com/. In this episode, I mention my free ebook, Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way. You can get this today at http://www.affiliatemarketingthesmartway.com/. Do you have a question about increasing conversion rates for your affiliate relationships? 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 0734: How Can I Monetize My Niche Website?
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AP 0734: How Can I Monetize My Niche Website?

Today's question comes from Phil, who has a question about monetizing a niche website. How do you find affiliates to work with your niche business? Where do you look for affiliates? How do you get your website visitors to comment on your website, especially if it is a narrow niche/industry? Phil's website is at http://www.buildingautomationmonthly.com/. In this episode I mention Will It Fly?, my book on validating your idea for a business. Pick up your copy at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about monetizing a niche website? 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 0733: Should I Start a YouTube Channel to Complement My Website?
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Today's question comes from Ernie, who has a question about starting a YouTube channel. Should you start a YouTube channel to complement your website and brand? What types of videos can you add to your channel and your website? How do you enhance your brand with a YouTube channel? Ernie's website is at http://www.militarydiscountscentral.com/. Do you have a question about starting a YouTube channel for your brand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0732: What Are Some Key Tips for Crafting My Podcast Episode Titles?
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AP 0732: What Are Some Key Tips for Crafting My Podcast Episode Titles?

Today's question comes from Z, who has a question about podcast episode titles. What are the pros and cons of using episode numbers? What should you keep in mind when you craft your podcast episode titles? Can you change the titles later after you publish? Do keywords in podcast titles matter? Z's website is at http://www.artofmfg.com/. In this episode, I mention SPI Session 78, which you can find at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session78/. Do you have a question about improving your podcast episode titles? 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 0731: How Can I Keep Track of My Sales Funnels as I Grow My Business?
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AP 0731: How Can I Keep Track of My Sales Funnels as I Grow My Business?

Today's question comes from Henry, who has a question about how to keep track of his sales funnels. How does he make his website scalable as he grows? Are there any specific strategies to put in place to make his funnels more efficient and simpler? Henry's website is at http://www.guitareasier.com/. In this episode I mention Ramit Sethi's website at http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/. I also mention the book Ask by Ryan Levesque at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ask-amazon/. Do you have a question about organizing your sales funnel? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0730: How Do I Troubleshoot My Podcast Feed When I'm Missing Episodes?
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AP 0730: How Do I Troubleshoot My Podcast Feed When I'm Missing Episodes?

Today's question comes from David, who has a question about missing podcast episodes in iTunes. What do you do if your feed is missing episodes? What do you do if your iTunes feed is not working right? How do you validate your podcast feed? What do you need to know about your ID3 tags? David's website is at http://www.salesvideos.com/. In this episode, I mention Cast Feed Validator, a place where you can validate your podcast feed, at http://www.castfeedvalidator.com/. Do you have a question about troubleshooting your podcast feed? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to Design Crowd for sponsoring today's episode. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat/.

AP 0729: Should I Separate My Products into Different Sites?
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AP 0729: Should I Separate My Products into Different Sites?

Today's question comes from Ryan, who sells posters in different niches. He's selling them from the same store; should he separate them into different sites? Ryan's site is http://designdifferent.ca/. Do you have a question about selling products on your site? 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 0728: Can I Set Up Multiple Websites on a Single Domain?
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AP 0728: Can I Set Up Multiple Websites on a Single Domain?

Today's question comes from Joshua, who has a question about hosting plans. Is there any downside to setting up multiple websites on a single hosting environment? Joshua's site is http://informationtechnologytraining.biz/. The dedicated server I use is at Linode (http://linode.com/), but when you are getting started I highly recommend using Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about your website hosting? 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 0727: Is Fiverr a Good Place to Find Writers?
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AP 0727: Is Fiverr a Good Place to Find Writers?

Today's question comes from Dan, who asks about using Fiverr. Is it a good source for finding writers to help with his site's content? Find Fiverr at http://fiverr.com/. I prefer Upwork (http://askpat.com/upwork) or the Problogger Job Board (http://problogger.com/jobs/) for finding writers. The transcription app and website I use is Rev (http://rev.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 0726: When Can I Start Selling to My Audience?
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AP 0726: When Can I Start Selling to My Audience?

Today's question comes from Brandon, who asks about selling to his audience. How large of an audience does he need before he begins selling things? Brandon's site is http://www.startupmusician.co/. The episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast with Brian Harris is Session #190 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/step-by-step-product-creation-with-bryan-harris/). Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about selling to your audience? 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 0725: How Do I Keep My Video Course Private?
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AP 0725: How Do I Keep My Video Course Private?

Today's question comes from Brian, who is planning to sell a video course. How does he keep his course private? Brian's site is http://www.coachingclarity.org/. Brian mentions the course hosting site Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/), as well as the video host Wistia (http://wistia.com/). I also discuss the video hosts Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/) and Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/). The WordPress plugins I mention are WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/) and Zippy Courses (http://askpat.com/zippycourses). The course host I use is Teachable (http://askpat.com/teachable). Another option is Gumroad (http://askpat.com/gumroad) Do you have a question about creating and selling courses? 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 0724: Which Business Training Course Is Best?
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AP 0724: Which Business Training Course Is Best?

Today's question comes from Lauren, who asks about online business training courses. Which is best for her? The courses Lauren mentions are Internet Business Mastery (http://askpat.com/ibm) and Ramit Sethi's Zero to Launch (http://askpat.com/ztl). I also discuss Chris Ducker's Youpreneur (http://www.youpreneur.com/) and Fizzle (http://askpat.com/fizzle). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0723: How Early Is Too Early to Start Social Media? Can I Start Before I Build My Website?
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AP 0723: How Early Is Too Early to Start Social Media? Can I Start Before I Build My Website?

Today's question comes from Taj, who has claimed his social media accounts but has not started using them yet. Is it too early to start posting if he's not ready to start his business yet? Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0722: How Do I Improve My Podcasting Guest's Audio?
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AP 0722: How Do I Improve My Podcasting Guest's Audio?

Today's question comes from Garrett, who has an interview podcast that he records through Skype. How can he improve the audio quality from his guests? Garrett's site is http://www.thesquadroom.net/. The tool I recommend trying is Auphonic (https://auphonic.com/), which can help you automatically process your caller audio. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you're planning to start a podcast, follow my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com).

AP 0721: How Can I Stand Out on Fiverr?
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AP 0721: How Can I Stand Out on Fiverr?

Today's question comes from Riley, who asks how to promote himself better on Fiverr. What can he do to stand out? Also, should he build his own website? Riley talks about the work he does on Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/). Do you have a question about marketing your services? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0720: What Are the Ethics of Ghostwriting and Guest Posting?
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AP 0720: What Are the Ethics of Ghostwriting and Guest Posting?

Today's question comes from Travis, who asks about the ethics of working with ghostwriters and guest writers. Is it ethical to use ghostwriters for blog posts published under your own name? How do you involve guest writers on your site while still maintaining a relationship with your readers? The transcription service I use is Rev (http://askpat.com/rev). Do you have a question about writing for your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. The book is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook format, and if you are a new subscriber to Audible.com, you can get my audiobook for free.

AP 0719: What Tools Can I Use to Estimate Website Traffic?
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AP 0719: What Tools Can I Use to Estimate Website Traffic?

Today's question comes from Corey, who has a question about the right tools for estimating website traffic. What are the best tools I can use to estimate web traffic of my competitors? Are there other things I should be looking at for website rankings, traffic, and the like? In this episode, I mention a few great analytics tools, including Alexa at http://www.alexa.com/, SEM Rush at http://www.semrush.com/, and http://www.similarweb.com/. Do you have a question about finding the right tools for estimating website traffic? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you are a podcaster, I recommend you check out Smart Podcast Player, a WordPress plugin my team and I built for folks like you. We recently updated the player with new features and design, so I'd love it if you could check it out at http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com/.

AP 0718: What Can I Do to Separate Myself From My Competitors Without Burning Bridges?
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AP 0718: What Can I Do to Separate Myself From My Competitors Without Burning Bridges?

Today's question comes from Aaron, who has a question about communicating with your competition without burning bridges. How can we support each other without creating conflict? Is there room for building relationships with your competitors? What are some ways you can set your website apart from your competitors in your unique niche? Aaron's website is at http://www.hamconnect.com/. Do you have a question about separating your business from your competitors without burning bridges? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. You can also share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter by using the hashtag #AskPat718 Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0717: How Do You Organize Your Website to Better Serve Your Audience?
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AP 0717: How Do You Organize Your Website to Better Serve Your Audience?

Today's question comes from Jessica, who has a question about organizing the content on her website. Is it okay to have different types of videos on your website? Where do I put those videos? How do you build your website to make your brand more clear for your audience? What are some ways you can instantly explain who you are on your website? Jessica's website is at http://www.jessicacrossasmr.com/. Do you have a question about organizing your website to better serve your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Let Go, my first book, is now available on Audible! Start listening today at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/letgoaudible/.

AP 0716: What Are The Best Ways to Engage with Inactive Email List Subscribers?
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AP 0716: What Are The Best Ways to Engage with Inactive Email List Subscribers?

Today's question comes from Mark, who has question about the "cold subscribers" on email lists. What are the pros and cons of engaging with cold, or inactive, subscribers? Should I delete my bounced subscribers? What are the best ways to reach out with inactive subscribers? What happens when they do not respond? How many emails do I send to my cold subscribers? Mark's website is at http://www.firstresponderfitness.us/. In this episode, I mention ConvertKit. You can learn more about ConvertKit at http://www.convertkit.com/. I also mention my ebook, Email the Smart Way. You can get this ebook for free at http://www.emailthesmartway.com/. Do you have a question about engaging with your inactive email list subscribers? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0715: How Can I Leverage My Book to Support and Monetize My Brand?
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AP 0715: How Can I Leverage My Book to Support and Monetize My Brand?

Today's question comes from Jeanette, who has a question about how her new book can help build her brand and monetize her website. How do I use my book to help promote my brand? What can I do to connect my book to my website? Can the book help me build my email list? Should I write a new book? You can find Jeanette's art and activity website at http://www.craftwhack.com/. In this episode, I mention SPI Episode 37 with Lain Ehmann on monetizing in a hobby niche at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session37/. I also mention Survey Monkey to help you to get feedback from your audience through surveys. Learn more at http://www.surveymonkey.com/. Do you have a question about leveraging your book to support and monetize your brand and website? 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 0714: Can I Use Someone Else's Trademarked Brand in My Website URL?
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AP 0714: Can I Use Someone Else's Trademarked Brand in My Website URL?

Today's question comes from Jake, who is interested in starting a niche site aimed at iPhone users. Is it okay to use the term "iPhone" in his website URL? Jake's website is http://www.goodnightjakeandtraci.com/. I have experience with this issue from my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Jake mentions my book, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about intellectual property? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0713: How Do I Keep My Eyes Healthy When I Spend All Day in Front of a Computer?
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AP 0713: How Do I Keep My Eyes Healthy When I Spend All Day in Front of a Computer?

Today's question comes from Zubin, who is fatigued by spending so much time in front of his computer. What would I recommend to keep eye strain down? The tool I recommend for adjusting screen brightness is Flux (https://justgetflux.com/). Do you have a question about staying healthy as an entrepreneur? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0712: How Do I Migrate an Email List from AWeber to ConvertKit?
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AP 0712: How Do I Migrate an Email List from AWeber to ConvertKit?

Today's question comes from Rob, who is in the process of migrating his email list from AWeber into ConvertKit. What's the best way to migrate people from AWeber lists into ConvertKit? I'm an advisor for and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0711: What Should I Focus on Right Now to Grow Business?
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AP 0711: What Should I Focus on Right Now to Grow Business?

Today's question comes from Lucas, who started his animation business a year ago. He needs to grow his business but doesn't have a significant email list or fan base. What should he focus on right now? Lucas's website is http://mudbrickstudios.com/. Do you have a question about growing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0710: Why Haven't You Created a Niche Site Marketplace?
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AP 0710: Why Haven't You Created a Niche Site Marketplace?

Today's question comes from Glenn, who asks why I haven't built a marketplace for buying and selling successful niche websites. There are several marketplaces available where you can buy and sell niche websites, including Flippa (a past sponsor; http://www.flippa.com/). Do you have a question about buying a niche website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0709: How Much Content Should I Have Before My Blog Launch?
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AP 0709: How Much Content Should I Have Before My Blog Launch?

Today's question comes from Chris, who in the process of launching a website with a blog. How much content should he have prepared before launch? Here is the FoodTruckr launch post I discuss: http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/. Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0708: Would Tim Ferriss's Business Model Work for Other People?
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AP 0708: Would Tim Ferriss's Business Model Work for Other People?

Today's question comes from Abel, who asks about how Tim Ferriss's business model compares to mine. Tim doesn't seem to focus as narrowly on a niche as I do—is that a bad business model? Tim was my guest on Smart Passive Income Episode 51 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session51) and Episode 110 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session110). I also discuss Ramit Sethi (http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/) and Gary Vaynerchuk (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0707: What Are the Rules about Using Music in Videos and Podcasts?
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AP 0707: What Are the Rules about Using Music in Videos and Podcasts?

Today's question comes from Bryan, who asks about using music in videos and on podcasts. Does he need to buy music or is it sufficient merely to give credit to the artists? Bryan's site is http://thebusinessplan.co/. You can buy music at iStockPhoto.com (http://www.askpat.com/istock-photo) or AudioJungle (https://audiojungle.net/) or use music in the public domain (http://www.pdinfo.com/public-domain-music-list.php). Do you have a question about copyright licenses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0706: How Do I Make My Email Newsletter Valuable?
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AP 0706: How Do I Make My Email Newsletter Valuable?

Today's question comes from Adriaan, who sends a regular newsletter to his clients. How can he "spice up" his newsletter so that it is valuable for his customers? I'm an advisor for and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0705: How Can I Get More Questions for My Podcast?
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AP 0705: How Can I Get More Questions for My Podcast?

Today's question comes from Paul, who has a weekly podcast that relies on listener-submitted questions. How can he ensure that he gets enough submissions on an ongoing basis? Is there a baseline amount of traffic his website needs? Paul's website is http://godzoneshow.com/. Paul and I both use Speakpipe to collect recorded questions from our audience (http://askpat.com/speakpipe). 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 http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0704: How Do I Grow My Audience at the Beginning Stages of My Website?
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AP 0704: How Do I Grow My Audience at the Beginning Stages of My Website?

Today's question comes from Khizer, who has a question about growing his audience. How do I grow an email list at the beginning stages of my website? As a musician, are there any unique ways to gain attention? What are some platforms I can use to grow my listening audience or subscriber base? Khizer's website is at http://www.hizerk.com/. In this episode, I mention Huzza as a neat interactive tool for creators. Learn more about Huzza at http://www.huzza.io/. Do you have a question about growing your email list or building your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0703: How Do You Rebrand a Podcast?
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AP 0703: How Do You Rebrand a Podcast?

Today's question comes from Tim, who has a question about rebranding a podcast. How do I go about rebranding a podcast? Should I rebrand my podcast to reach a wider audience? What are the pros and cons of rebranding? Tim's website is at http://www.aggrad.com/. In this episode, I mention Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/) and BuzzSprout (http://www.buzzsprout.com/). Do you have a question about rebranding for your podcast or business product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0702: Is Udemy a Good Platform for Repurposing Content?
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AP 0702: Is Udemy a Good Platform for Repurposing Content?

Today's question comes from Keri, who asks about Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/). Is Udemy a good platform for repurposing content? For course hosting, I'm using Teachable (http://teachable.com/). Here's Udemy's Course Quality Checklist (https://teach.udemy.com/course-quality-checklist/). I also mention Smart Passive Income Session 009 with Nicole Dean, where we discuss PLR content (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/make-money-making-web-wonderful-place-nicole-dean). Share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter using #AskPat702. Do you have a question about courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. I've just released the second edition of my free guide, Ebooks the Smart Way. Go to http://ebooksthesmartway.com to download it for free.

AP 0701: How Can I Increase Traffic to My Forum?
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AP 0701: How Can I Increase Traffic to My Forum?

Today's question comes from Amy, who has a question about forums. How can she increase traffic on her forum? Should she replace the forum with a different solution? Amy's site is http://www.mphgrads.com/. Do you have a question about website forums? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0700: What Is the Upload Process for Video Podcasts?
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AP 0700: What Is the Upload Process for Video Podcasts?

Today's question comes from Saj, who asks about video podcasting. What is the procedure for posting a video podcast? I recommend using Podbean for your file host (http://www.podbean.com/). Check out my audio podcasting tutorial for more on audio podcasts. (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) Do you have a question about video production? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0699: How Do You Get Your Business Up and Running Without Breaking the Bank?
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AP 0699: How Do You Get Your Business Up and Running Without Breaking the Bank?

Today's question comes from Tyler, who has a question about what to do if you have a great business idea but don't have the necessary funds to get started. How do you validate your business idea before spending money? What are a few strategies to get your business running without having to go into debt? In this episode, I mention Will It Fly?, my book about validating your business idea, which you can get at http://willitflybook.com. I mention crowdfunding options like Kickstarter, which you can find at http://www.kickstarter.com/. And I mention my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do you have a question about getting your business off the ground without breaking the bank? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/.

AP 0698: How Do You Shift Your Mindset When You Face Adversity?
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AP 0698: How Do You Shift Your Mindset When You Face Adversity?

Today's question comes from Karyn, who has a question about how she can shift her mindset to overcome adversity. What do you do when you face adversity? What do you do about negative comments on your website? Do you allow yourself time to grieve? How do you overcome those obstacles? What are a few tips to change your perspective for the better so you can move forward and stay positive? Karyn's website is at http://www.theremotecoach.com/. In this podcast, I mention my book, Will It Fly?, which documents some of the adversity I've encountered and how I've moved on. You can order a paperback or Kindle copy of Will It Fly? at http://www.willitflybook.com./ If you sign up for Audible, you can also get Will It Fly? for free. Go to http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/willitflyaudio/. Today's sponsor is TunnelBear. To learn more and to try TunnelBear for free, go to http://www.tunnelbear.com/askpat/. Do you have a question about shifting your mindset when you face adversity? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0697: How Do You Start a Niche Website?
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AP 0697: How Do You Start a Niche Website?

Today's question comes from Eric, who has a question about how he can create a niche website as someone who's just starting out. What are the essential elements of a niche website? How do I host a niche website? How do I monetize my niche website? In this episode, I mention Niche Site Duel where you can learn more about how I launched, grew, and monetized my niche sites. You can learn more at http://www.nichesiteduel.com/. I also mention my three integral niche websites, which can be case reviewed as case studies: http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/, http://www.greenexamacademy.com/, and http://www.foodtruckr.com/. Lastly, I also mention Bluehost as a great option for your new niche website. You can get an exclusive discount at http://www.askpat.com/bluehost/. Do you have a question about creating a niche website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0696: How Do You Find Affiliate Links When You're First Starting Out?
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AP 0696: How Do You Find Affiliate Links When You're First Starting Out?

Today's question comes from Mark, who has a question about where to go to find affiliate links when you're first starting out. If you don't have a big following or recognition in your niche, how do you discover affiliates? Do you launch with Amazon's affiliate program? Do you start with the products you trust? How difficult is it to get affiliate links for those products? In this episode, I mention Amazon Associates, which is an easy place to start for building affiliate income. You can learn more at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/. If you want to learn more about how I built up an income through affiliate marketing, be sure to check out my free guide, Affiliate Marketing The Smart Way, at http://www.affiliatemarketingthesmartway.com/. In this episode, I talk about my niche site, Green Exam Academy, which you can find at http://www.greenexamacademy.com/. Do you have a question about finding affiliate relationships when you're first starting out? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Pelican Capital. For more information, go to http://pelicanbusinesscapital.com/.

AP 0695: How Do I Find the Balance Between Actively Working and Earning a Passive Income?
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AP 0695: How Do I Find the Balance Between Actively Working and Earning a Passive Income?

Today's question comes from Mark, who has a question about how he can attain a truly "passive" income. How do I find the right balance of effort and passive income? When do I have the time to stop actively working and start passively reaping the rewards? Mark's website is at http://www.exceptionalpoker.com/. In this episode, I mention the 4-Hour Work Week from Tim Ferriss as an example of earning a passive income. You can get Tim's book at http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/fourhourworkweek/. Do you have a question about finding a balance between your active work and earning a passive income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0694: My Niche Has No Lasting Podcasts. Why Is That?
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AP 0694: My Niche Has No Lasting Podcasts. Why Is That?

Today's question comes from Jerold, who is in cycling niche. There are no lasting podcasts in this niche—why is that? Jerold's site is http://www.cargobikelane.com/. If you're looking to start a podcast, check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0693: If I Want to Link to Other Web Shops, Do I Need to Work with Those Sites?
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AP 0693: If I Want to Link to Other Web Shops, Do I Need to Work with Those Sites?

Today's question comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. If he wants to link to other web shops from his site, does he need to work with the owners of those sites? In this episode, I talk about Houzz (http://www.houzz.com/). Do you have a question about working with web shops? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0692: Should I Worry That I Don't Enjoy the Business I Started?
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AP 0692: Should I Worry That I Don't Enjoy the Business I Started?

Today's question comes from Nick, who has started a business model, but he has discovered that he does not enjoy the work involved in running the business. Nick's site is https://compassionateman.com/. In this episode I talk about a few exercises from my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about running a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0691: How Often Should Podcasters Ask for Reviews?
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AP 0691: How Often Should Podcasters Ask for Reviews?

Today's question comes from Brad, who has a question about podcasting. How do I feel about podcasters who ask for reviews on a regular basis? Brad's site is http://89days.net/. Brad mentions my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, Pelican Business Capital. To learn about their financing options, call 949-299-1999.

AP 0690: Do I Need a Separate Website for Each Client Type?
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AP 0690: Do I Need a Separate Website for Each Client Type?

Today's question comes from John, who is a photographer with several different client types. Should he build a separate website for each specialty? John's site is http://naccaratophotography.com/. I recommend Ryan Levesque's excellent book on how to conduct audience surveys (http://www.amazon.com/Ask-Counterintuitive-Discover-Customers-Business/dp/1939447720/&tag=smartpassiveincome-20). Do you have a question about setting up your website? 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 0689: Is Giving Away a Free Ebook a Good Idea?
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AP 0689: Is Giving Away a Free Ebook a Good Idea?

Today's question comes from Matthew, who has asks about using ConvertKit. Can ConvertKit help him set up a system for delivering ebooks to new email subscribers? Is a free ebook even a good idea? I'm an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. The conversion tool I recommend is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. To learn how to create a great resource for your website, check out my free guide, Ebooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com).

AP 0688: How Do You Plan Your Editorial Calendar?
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AP 0688: How Do You Plan Your Editorial Calendar?

Today's question comes from Kamil, who asks about my blog planning process. How do I decide what to do and how often? Kamil's site is http://www.excelonomia.pl/. Check out Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 215 with my managing editor, Janna Maron (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/keep-your-editorial-calendar-ahead/). The two biggest tools we use are CoSchedule (http://askpat.com/coschedule/) and Google Sheets (https://www.google.com/sheets/about/). Check out my book club at http://patsbookclub.com/. Do you have a question about managing your editorial calendar? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, Pelican Business Capital. To learn about their financing options, call 949-299-1999.

AP 0687: How Do I Create a Video Podcast?
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AP 0687: How Do I Create a Video Podcast?

Today's question comes from Cynthia, who has a huge backlog of YouTube videos. How can she turn these videos into a podcast? Cynthia's site is http://signbabysign.org/. For audio podcasts, check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). For hosting, my favorite audio hosts are Libysn (http://www.libsyn.com) and Buzzsprout (http://www.buzzsprout.com); my favorite video podcast host is Podbean (http://www.podbean.com). The download tool I mention is ClipConverter (http://www.clipconverter.cc). My video podcast is SPI TV (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv). Do you have a question about video podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0686: How Important Is It to Thank Readers?
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AP 0686: How Important Is It to Thank Readers?

Today's question comes from Nadeem, who is a real estate agent and is starting a blog. Is it okay to include the "I appreciate you" phrase at the end of posts? In this episode I talk about Gary Vaynerchuk's social media appreciation (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/). Do you have a question about blogging? 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 0685: Why Doesn't Your Home Page Have a Feature Box?
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AP 0685: Why Doesn't Your Home Page Have a Feature Box?

Today's question comes from Max, who asks about my new website design. It doesn't include a feature box on the home page. Why did I leave that out? Max's site is http://copypulse.com/. Max references Derek Halpern's critique of my old website design (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/conversion-strategies/). Do you have a question about web design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0684: Should I Worry about Spam Bots Filling My Email List?
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AP 0684: Should I Worry about Spam Bots Filling My Email List?

Today's question comes from Jason, who asks about spam email list signups. What do you do to keep from getting a list full of spambot accounts? Jason's site is http://www.thesoundguyisinvisible.com/. I'm an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my free resource, Email the Smart Way, which will teach you what content to include in your email marketing: http://emailthesmartway.com/.

AP 0683: How Do You Distribute AskPat T-Shirts?
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AP 0683: How Do You Distribute AskPat T-Shirts?

Today's question comes from Kelly, who asks about the AskPat t-shirts. What is the distribution process? Kelly's site is http://wirededucator.com/. We use Printfection for distribution (http://www.askpat.com/printfection). For collecting questions, we use Speakpipe (http://speakpipe.com). Do you have a question about using promotional materials? 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 0682: What Content Does My Niche Website Need?
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AP 0682: What Content Does My Niche Website Need?

Today's question comes from Abdul, who has created a niche website and is filling out the content. What content is the most important? Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. A great tool to use is the Google Keyword Planner (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner). The Google search trick I recommend is to enter the following for a forum website (replace "forumwebsite.com" with the URL for the site you want to search): site:forumwebsite.com "I need" Do you have a question about writing for your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0681: What Did You Learn from Michael Port's Public Speaking Course?
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AP 0681: What Did You Learn from Michael Port's Public Speaking Course?

Today's question comes from Aaron, who asks about a course I took, Michael Port's Heroic Public Speaking (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/hps). What did I get from this program? I also recommend SCOREE (http://www.scorreconference.tv/) and Toastmasters (https://www.toastmasters.org/) for improving your public speaking. Do you have a question about public speaking? 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 0680: I Just Started My Blog. What Should I Do to Get Started the Right Way?
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AP 0680: I Just Started My Blog. What Should I Do to Get Started the Right Way?

Today's question comes from Jayson, who just started his blog four days ago. What should he do to get started the right way? Jayson's site is http://navyprogrammer07.blogspot.com/. I recommend a few tools in this episode, including Bluehost for self-hosting (http://www.askpat.com/bluehost). I'm an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about getting your website started? 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 0679: I'm an Introvert. How Do I Overcome My Fear of Speaking to My Potential Customers?
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AP 0679: I'm an Introvert. How Do I Overcome My Fear of Speaking to My Potential Customers?

Today's question comes from Rachell, who is in the process of reading Will It Fly? and has encountered an exercise the feels overwhelming. As an introvert, the idea of talking to strangers is very scary. What can she do to push past this fear? In this episode, I mention Darren Rowse from http://www.problogger.net/. Do you have a question about overcoming your fears? 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 0678: If I Change Careers, Does that Mean I Wasted Time Earning My Professional Degree?
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AP 0678: If I Change Careers, Does that Mean I Wasted Time Earning My Professional Degree?

Today's question comes from Lesley, who spent eight years earning a professional degree. Now she would like to shift careers but worries about the time she spent earning that degree. Do I regret my architecture training? Do I ever use those skills now? Do you have a question about your career? 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 0677: Should I Continue to Submit to StumbleUpon?
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AP 0677: Should I Continue to Submit to StumbleUpon?

Today's question comes from Jan, who asks about using StumbleUpon. While StumbleUpon increases her page views dramatically, it also pushes her bounce rate above 90%. Should she continue to submit her posts to StumbleUpon? StumbleUpon is a content discovery engine (http://www.stumbleupon.com/). Two different tools I recommend for studying and improving your site analytics are Crazy Egg (https://www.crazyegg.com/) and SumoMe (http://www.askpat.com/sumome). Do you have a question about increasing traffic to your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubenda will help you create one; go to http://www.iubenda.com/ to build an easy-to-read policy.

AP 0676: Who Gets Affiliate Commission if a User Clicks from Multiple Affiliates?
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AP 0676: Who Gets Affiliate Commission if a User Clicks from Multiple Affiliates?

Today's question comes from Paul, who has a question about affiliate marketing. What happens if a user clicks on a product's affiliate link on two separate websites? Who gets the commission? Paul's website is http://photographytv.com/. Paul mentions my Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 186 on affiliate marketing (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session186). Check out my guide on Affiliate Marketing, Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way (http://affiliatemarketingthesmartway.com). Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? 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 0675: Can I Use the Same Content on Multiple Content and Social Media Channels?
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AP 0675: Can I Use the Same Content on Multiple Content and Social Media Channels?

Today's question comes from Daria, who asks about my "be everywhere" strategy. Is it okay to put the same content across multiple social media and content channels? Daria's website is http://realrussianclub.com/. In this episode, I mention my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about your marketing and social media efforts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubenda will help you create one; go to http://www.iubenda.com/ to build an easy-to-read policy.

AP 0674: How Do I Keep Track of My Sales?
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AP 0674: How Do I Keep Track of My Sales?

Today's question comes from Brian, who has a question about bookkeeping. Brian's site is http://cpr4educators.com/. Brian mentions the automation tool Zapier (http://www.askpat.com/zapier). The accountant I work with is Brian from Profitwise Accounting (http://www.profitwiseaccounting.com/). Today's sponsor, Freshbooks, is an excellent tool for your bookkeeping (http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat"). Stripe is an excellent tool for collecting credit cards and keeping track of the records (http://www.askpat.com/stripe). Do you have a question about the accounting side of 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 more information.

AP 0673: Are Video Podcasts a Good Idea?
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AP 0673: Are Video Podcasts a Good Idea?

Today's question comes from John, who asks about video podcasts. Are they a good idea? The host I recommend for video podcasts is Podbean (http://podbean.com). Do you have a question about video podcasting? 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 0672: Are Vending Machines Smart Passive Income?
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AP 0672: Are Vending Machines Smart Passive Income?

Today's question comes from Jasmine. Do vending machines qualify as smart passive income? For an example of a vending business, check out my friend Matt Miller's School Spirit Vending (http://schoolspiritvending.com/). If you have a vending machine business, share your experience on Twitter with #AskPat672. Do you have a question about different business models? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubenda will help you create one; go to http://www.iubenda.com/ to build an easy-to-read policy.

AP 0671: Should I Drip My Course Content?
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AP 0671: Should I Drip My Course Content?

Today's question comes from Glenn, who asks about the best way to structure his course. Should he provide access to all of the videos at once, or should he drip out the course content, providing access one at a time? Glenn's site is http://strategicstartup.com/. Do you have a question about structuring your course content? 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 0670: Is It Possible for Someone to Replicate Your Success?
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AP 0670: Is It Possible for Someone to Replicate Your Success?

Today's question comes from Ruben, who asks whether it's possible to repeat my success. Is it possible for someone to follow what I've done and achieve the same results? Do you have a question about branding? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Share your thoughts on Twitter with the hashtag #AskPat670. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0669: How Do You Choose What to Outsource?
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AP 0669: How Do You Choose What to Outsource?

Today's question comes from Mark, who asks which parts of my website I outsource other people. Mark's site is http://www.gigsthatwork.com/ In this episode, I recomment Upwork (merger of oDesk and Elance; http://upwork.com) and Virtual Staff Finder (http://askpat.com/virtualstafffinder). Check out Chris Ducker's book Virtual Freedom for advice (and his Three Lists of Freedom exercise) (http://askpat.com/vf). Do you have a question about outsourcing? 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 0668: How Do I Improve My Email List's Open Rate?
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AP 0668: How Do I Improve My Email List's Open Rate?

Today's question comes from Megan, who works for a nonprofit organization and is looking to improve her email list's open rate. What re-engagement techniques do I recommend? I'm an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0667: Should I Re-Record Old Podcast Episodes?
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AP 0667: Should I Re-Record Old Podcast Episodes?

Today's question comes from Eddie, who asks about podcasting. The quality of his show has improved dramatically since he began the show. Should he go back and redo his early episodes? Eddie's site is http://changeyourpov.com/. Eddie mentions my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubenda will help you create one; go to http://www.iubenda.com/ to build an easy-to-read policy.

AP 0666: Should I Update the Publish Dates on Old Posts on My Blog?
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AP 0666: Should I Update the Publish Dates on Old Posts on My Blog?

Today's question comes from Andrea, who asks about blog content audits. Should she change post dates? Should she remove seasonal posts? Andrea's site is http://www.goodhealthgirl.com/. Andrea discussing Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 200, where Todd Tresidder and I discussed content audits (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session200). Here's the updated post I discuss: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-most-important-conversation-ive-had-about-my-business-ever/. Do you have a question about content audits? 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 0665: Should I Outsource My Social Media Workload?
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AP 0665: Should I Outsource My Social Media Workload?

Today's question comes from Neil, who has a question about increasing his social media involvement. He has a very busy schedule; is this something that he should outsource? Neil's site is http://thelawentrepreneur.com/. The tool I mention is Edgar (https://meetedgar.com/). Another option is Hootsuite (https://hootsuite.com/). Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, iubenda. If you have a website, you need a privacy policy. iubenda will help you create one; go to http://www.iubenda.com/ to build an easy-to-read policy.

AP 0664: How Do I Keep Students from Sharing My Ebook?
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AP 0664: How Do I Keep Students from Sharing My Ebook?

Today's question comes from Naureen, who asks about selling ebooks. What is to stop people from sharing your book after they download it? In this episode, I mention Gumroad's PDF stamping (http://blog.gumroad.com/post/40614820182/introducing-pdf-stamping). Share your experience on Twitter using #AskPat664. Do you have a question about ebooks? 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 0663: How Has Your Work Schedule Changed as You Became Successful?
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AP 0663: How Has Your Work Schedule Changed as You Became Successful?

Today's question comes from Peter, who asks about my work schedule over the life span of Smart Passive Income. How many hours a week did I work each year? In this episode, I mention RescueTime (https://www.rescuetime.com/). Do you have a question about time management? 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 0662: What Process Do You Use for Planning Projects?
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AP 0662: What Process Do You Use for Planning Projects?

Today's question comes from Adam, who asks about planning projects. How do I plan large projects and break them down into smaller pieces? Adam's site is http://morningroar.com/. In this episode, I discuss the project planning for my book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about project planning? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, DesignCrowd. To learn more about working with their designers, go to http://designcrowd.com/askpat.

AP 0661: How Do I Get Influencers to Respond to My Emails?
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AP 0661: How Do I Get Influencers to Respond to My Emails?

Today's question comes from Megan, who is working on a roundup post. How can she get influencers in her industry to respond to her emails? Do you have a question about building your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0660: I Feel Overwhelmed. How Important Is Keyword Research to Getting My Business Started?
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AP 0660: I Feel Overwhelmed. How Important Is Keyword Research to Getting My Business Started?

Today's question comes from Travis, who hasn't launched his website yet. He's feeling overwhelmed by keyword research. How can he overcome this and get started? Kimanzi Constable shares advice for raising your profile with larger media sites in Smart Passive Income Episode 145 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session145). Do you have a question about getting started? 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 0659: How Do I Create a Good Design Contest?
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AP 0659: How Do I Create a Good Design Contest?

Today's question comes from Nicole, who asks about setting up a good design competition on 99Designs. What are best practices for getting the best designers to participate? Do you have a question about logo design? 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 0658: Why Do You Set Up URL Redirects for New Projects?
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AP 0658: Why Do You Set Up URL Redirects for New Projects?

Today's question comes from James, who asks about my strategy around websites and product URLs. Why (and how) do I set up new URLs like http://ebooksthesmartway.com/ that redirect to a page on the Smart Passive Income website? Do you have a question about your website setup? 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 0657: How Do I Encourage My Listeners to Record Their Questions?
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AP 0657: How Do I Encourage My Listeners to Record Their Questions?

Today's question comes from Jason, who has a call-in show. His listeners are comfortable emailing questions; how does he get them to record their questions using Speakpipe? Jason's site is http://cameraquestion.com/. To enter to win the t-shirt from this episode, use #AskPat657 on Twitter. The tool that Jason references (and the one that I use for AskPat) is Speakpipe (http://www.askpat.com/speakpipe). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0656: My Niche Involves the Use of Dangerous Equipment. How Do I Protect My Business Legally?
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AP 0656: My Niche Involves the Use of Dangerous Equipment. How Do I Protect My Business Legally?

Today's question comes from Serena, who has a blog that offers advice that involves the use of potentially dangerous tools and chemicals. How does she protect herself legally? Serena's site is http://thriftdiving.com/. Do you have a question about the legal side of your business? 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 0655: What Are the Best Practices for Conducting Interviews Over Skype?
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AP 0655: What Are the Best Practices for Conducting Interviews Over Skype?

Today's question comes from Taj, who asks about using Skype for interviews. What are the best practices for using video? Here's the Mixergy Ugly Webcam infographic: https://mixergy.com/infographic-webcam-settings/. Do you have a question about interviewing? 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 0654: How Can I Run a Weekly Q&A?
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AP 0654: How Can I Run a Weekly Q&A?

Today's question comes from Andrea, who wants to run a weekly question-and-answer session for her audience. What's the software for this? Andrea's site is http://godiaperfree.com/. For a recurring Q&A, I recommend GoToWebinar (http://www.askpat.com/gotowebinar). The other tools I recommend are WebinarNinja (https://webinarninja.co/; use discount code "patflynn") and Huzza (https://huzza.io/). The WordPress plugin I mention is Pretty Link (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/). Do you have a question about webinars? 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 0653: Should I Send Email Subscribers to YouTube or to My Website?
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AP 0653: Should I Send Email Subscribers to YouTube or to My Website?

Today's question comes from James, who asks about how to best share his videos with his email subscribers. Should he send them to YouTube or should he send them to his website? James's site is http://jamesshipwayguitar.com/. Do you have a question about sharing your content with your audience? 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 0652: How Do I Keep Work and Personal Separate on Facebook?
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AP 0652: How Do I Keep Work and Personal Separate on Facebook?

Today's question comes from Chris, who asks about managing Facebook when you have a business. How can he separate what he shows to a business audience versus what he would like to share with friends and family? Do you have a question about managing social media? 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 0651: What Content Do I Send to My Podcast's Email List?
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AP 0651: What Content Do I Send to My Podcast's Email List?

Today's question comes from Mike, who asks about his email list. Now that he is getting subscribers, what type of content should he send to them? Mike's site is http://www.travelnursingclassroom.com/. Mike mentions my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Learn about Teachable's "Crazy Eight Email Strategy" (http://blog.teachable.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-launching-your-online-course). To learn more about email management, go to http://emailthesmartway.com. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0650: How Do I Become a Good Guest Blogger?
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AP 0650: How Do I Become a Good Guest Blogger?

Today's question comes from Katie, who asks about guest posting. How does she know what makes for a fair exchange? Here's the Viperchill article on guest blogging: http://www.viperchill.com/guest-blogging/. Do you have a question about guest blogging? 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 0649: Why Are You an Advisor to Other Companies?
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AP 0649: Why Are You an Advisor to Other Companies?

Today's question comes from Adam, who asks a question about something he read in my book, Will It Fly? I'm an advisor for several companies, and Adam asks what my goal is in acting as an advisor for these companies. What is it that I get out of this relationship? Adam's site is http://morningroar.com/. Do you have a question about your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0648: Can I Podcast in English? It's Not My First Language.
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AP 0648: Can I Podcast in English? It's Not My First Language.

Today's question comes from Michael, who asks about podcasting. Will the fact that English is his second language hurt his podcast? The Polish podcaster I mention is Michal Szafranski (http://jakoszczedzacpieniadze.pl/). The podcast microphone I recommend is the AudioTechnica ATR 2100. For more on starting a podcast, check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about starting a podcast? 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 0647: Are Job Boards a Good Monetization Strategy?
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AP 0647: Are Job Boards a Good Monetization Strategy?

Today's question comes from Tim, who asks about job boards. Are they a good way to monetize a career website? Tim references my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). The job site I reference is Indeed (http://indeed.com) and the Indeed Publisher Program (http://www.indeed.com/publisher). Do you have a question about monetizing your niche site? 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 0646: Should I Delete or Update My Old Podcasts?
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AP 0646: Should I Delete or Update My Old Podcasts?

Today's question comes from John, who asks about conducting a content audit with podcasts. Should he delete older episodes of his show that are no longer relevant? John's site is http://thewiredhomeschool.com/. In this episode, John references Smart Passive Income Podcast #200 with Todd Tresidder (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/how-to-do-a-content-audit-with-todd-tresidder/). Do you have a question about managing your site's content? 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 0645: How Do I Set Up a Special WordPress Category Archive?
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AP 0645: How Do I Set Up a Special WordPress Category Archive?

Today's question comes from Winnie, who asks about WordPress category pages. How do you set up a separate blog and podcast page? Winnie's site is http://theletstalktechshow.com/. In this episode, I mention hiring developers at Upwork (http://askpat.com/upwork). Do you have a question about setting up your website? 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 0644: Have You Used Infusionsoft?
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AP 0644: Have You Used Infusionsoft?

Today's question comes from Jen, who asks about Infusionsoft. Have I heard of it? What do I think about it? Here is the post I mentioned about my switch to, and then from, Infusionsoft: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/why-i-switched-from-aweber-to-infusionsoft-to-convertkit/. My affiliate link for ConvertKit is http://askpat.com/convertkit. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0643: How Do I Schedule the Goals I Want to Achieve?
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AP 0643: How Do I Schedule the Goals I Want to Achieve?

Today's question comes from Cathy, who is organizing her goals. How can she schedule the tasks that she wants to accomplish? The books I mention in this episode are Essentialism by Greg McKeown (askpat.com/essentialism) and The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Do you have a question about productivity? 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 0642: What Are the Must-Haves for Starting a Podcast?
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AP 0642: What Are the Must-Haves for Starting a Podcast?

Today's question comes from Matt, who is in the process of starting a new podcast. Getting started is expensive; which are the parts that he must spend money on? I recommend the following tools and services: Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost); Buzzsprout (http://buzzsprout.com) or Libsyn (http://libsyn.com); My podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com); AudioTechnica ATR 2100 microphone; Audacity (http://www.audacityteam.org/); Studiopress (http://www.studiopress.com/); Themeforest (http://themeforest.net/); Woothemes (https://www.woothemes.com/); Audiojungle (http://audiojungle.net/); Fiverr (http://fiverr.com/). Do you have a question about starting a podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0641: Should My Course Use a Facebook Group for Comments and Questions?
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AP 0641: Should My Course Use a Facebook Group for Comments and Questions?

Today's question comes from Jane, who has a course and is thinking about how to manage comments. Should she keep them within the course platform, or should she start a Facebook Group specifically for comments and questions? Do you have a question about courses? 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 0640: Should My Podcast Share My Brick-and-Mortar Business's Website?
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AP 0640: Should My Podcast Share My Brick-and-Mortar Business's Website?

Today's question comes from Joel, who has a service business. He's starting a podcast that will reach an audience beyond his brick-and-mortar business. Should he create a separate website for the podcast, or can he host it on his existing business website? Joel's site is http://lifestylechirocenter.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your podcast? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0639: Can I Start a Business but Stay Anonymous?
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AP 0639: Can I Start a Business but Stay Anonymous?

Today's question comes from a caller who wishes to remain anonymous—and asks about starting a business anonymously. Is this possible? In this episode, I discuss a lot of different content creators who don't use their own names, including Stampylongnose (https://www.youtube.com/user/stampylonghead), Ballistic Squid (https://www.youtube.com/user/iBallisticSquid), and The Blog Tyrant (http://www.blogtyrant.com/). Do you have a question about starting a business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0638: What Are Your Favorite Live Events and Conferences?
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AP 0638: What Are Your Favorite Live Events and Conferences?

Today's question comes from Jillian, who is looking for live events to attend. Which events would I recommend? The events I recommend in this episode are: Everything Food Conference: http://www.foodbloggingconference.com/ Social Media Marketing World: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/ Podcast Movement: http://podcastmovement.com/ FinCon: https://finconexpo.com/ Smart Success Summit: http://smartsuccess.com/ See my speaking page: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/speaking Do you have a question about networking events? 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 0637: How Do I Put My Podcast on My Website?
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AP 0637: How Do I Put My Podcast on My Website?

Today's question comes from Anita, who has a question about podcast hosts. How does she host her files on Libsyn but get them to show up on her website? Anita's question is http://www.simplyspeakinggenealogy.com/. If you are starting a podcast, check out my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Your podcast host (like Libsyn), will offer you a podcast player to use. The other two WordPress plugins I mention are Powerpress (http://create.blubrry.com/resources/powerpress/) or my own Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com). The two file hosts I discuss are Libysn (http://libsyn.com) and Buzzsprout (http://buzzsprout.com). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0636: Is Your Affiliate Income a Realistic Goal?
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AP 0636: Is Your Affiliate Income a Realistic Goal?

Today's question comes from Jon, who is new to affiliate marketing. It is still possible for someone to make the high affiliate income that I currently have? Jon references my income reports: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/income-reports/. Do you have a question about passive income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0635: I Have a Quality Product But a Small Fan Base. How Should I Promote My Product?
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AP 0635: I Have a Quality Product But a Small Fan Base. How Should I Promote My Product?

Today's question comes from Shawn, who asks about promoting a self-published book. He has a quality product but a small fan base; where should he put his time? In this episode, I talk about Facebook ads experts Amy Porterfield (http://www.amyporterfield.com/) and Rick Mulready (http://rickmulready.com/). Do you have a question about promoting your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0634: When Is the Best Time to Post on Social Media?
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AP 0634: When Is the Best Time to Post on Social Media?

Today's question comes from Gil, who asks about the best time to post content on various social media platforms. Find Gil on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gilliamwallace. The tool I mention in this episode is Tweriod (http://www.tweriod.com/). Find the HubSpot infographic I mentioned here (http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-times-post-pin-tweet-social-media-infographic). Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Find me on social media! My user name on Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope is @patflynn. My user name on Snapchat is @patflynnspi.

AP 0633: How Much Traffic Do I Need to Meet My Advertising Revenue Goal?
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AP 0633: How Much Traffic Do I Need to Meet My Advertising Revenue Goal?

Today's question comes from Sanyog, who is building a site to help students prepare for an exam. If he would like to make $4000/month in Google advertising revenue, how much traffic will he need? In this episode, I share how I would start to build a business around test preparation, which is how I got started with passive income. I reference my friend Cornelius from PM Prepcast (https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/). For advice on validating your idea for a business, check out my new book Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. 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 more information.

AP 0632: How Should I Promote Affiliate Products?
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AP 0632: How Should I Promote Affiliate Products?

AP 0632: How Should I Promote Affiliate Products? Today's question comes from Phillip, who has a question about affiliate marketing. Should he use the provided swipe files and sales page, or should he create his own personalized content? The affiliate landing page I discuss is http://askpat.com/bluehost. Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my guide on affiliate marketing at http://affiliatemarketingthesmartway.com.

AP 0631: How Do I Make the Most of My Mailing List for My Community Site?
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AP 0631: How Do I Make the Most of My Mailing List for My Community Site?

Today's question comes from Tyler, who runs a site that isn't based around content, but rather around connecting League of Legends players with each other. How does he make the most of his mailing list? Tyler's site is http://loltraininghouse.com/. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0630: I'm Just Starting My Website. What Should I Do First?
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AP 0630: I'm Just Starting My Website. What Should I Do First?

Today's question comes from Matthew, who is just getting started. After he has his website running, what should he do next? Should he start with ConvertKit or LeadPages? In this episode, I talk about ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit), AWeber (http://askpat.com/aweber) and LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). My recommended website host is Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about starting your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0629: Should I Create a Launch Team for My Podcast?
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AP 0629: Should I Create a Launch Team for My Podcast?

Today's question comes from David, who has a question about podcast launches. Should he create a launch team for a podcast? Can a small launch team make a difference? If you're starting a podcast, check out my free advice at http://podcastingtutorial.com/. Do you have a question about podcast launches? 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 0628: What Content Should I Share After My Kickstarter?
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AP 0628: What Content Should I Share After My Kickstarter?

Today's question comes from Andrew, who is struggling to figure out what kind of content to create for his Kickstarter audience. Now that he has delivered on the Kickstarter, what kind of content should he share with his audience? Andrew's site is http://www.andhegames.com/. Do you have a question about content creation? 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 0627: Is My Niche Too Narrow?
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AP 0627: Is My Niche Too Narrow?

Today's question comes from GTO, who has a question about his friend's website, which serves a Pittsburgh neighborhood. Is the site's niche too narrow? The website is http://homewoodnation.com/. Do you have a question about your niche site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0626: How Do You Record Your Podcast Intros?
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AP 0626: How Do You Record Your Podcast Intros?

Today's question comes from GTO, who asks about my intros for the Smart Passive Income Podcast. How do I record those? The program I use to record is Adobe Audition, but you could use any recording program like Garage Band, Audacity, or Reaper. Do you have a question about recording? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0625: Is YouTube Worth My Time?
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AP 0625: Is YouTube Worth My Time?

Today's question comes from Matt, who is considering building a YouTube channel for his site. Is YouTube worth his time? Matt's site is http://buddhaimonia.com/. Do you have a question about expanding your brand? 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 0624: Can My Email Subject Line Impact Click-Through Rates?
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AP 0624: Can My Email Subject Line Impact Click-Through Rates?

Today's question comes from Michael, who has been split-testing his email subject lines. Can the email's subject line affect the click-throughs that the reader makes? Share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter at #AskPat624. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0623: How Do You Stay Focused on a Big Project?
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AP 0623: How Do You Stay Focused on a Big Project?

Today's question comes from Matt, who asks about the writing process for my book, Will It Fly? How did I stay focused on that project while keeping the rest of my business running? I recommend the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Do you have a question about managing projects? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Earth Class Mail. Earth Class Mail brings your snail mail to the cloud. Go to https://www.earthclassmail.com/pat to get your first month free.

AP 0622: Do I Need LeadPages to Deliver Free Downloads to My Readers?
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AP 0622: Do I Need LeadPages to Deliver Free Downloads to My Readers?

Today's question comes from Danielle, who asks about offering free downloadable content with her posts. Does she need LeadPages in order to offer this content? Danielle's site is http://textpanther.com/. In this episode, Danielle talks about how Amy Porterfield offers downloadable content (http://amyporterfield.com/). The WordPress plugin I mention is Pretty Link (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/). Do you have a question about how to provide content to your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0621: What Should Teenagers Know about Building Online Businesses?
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AP 0621: What Should Teenagers Know about Building Online Businesses?

Today's question comes from Thomas, who is fifteen and building an online business. What does he need to know about building an online business and building passive income at his age? Thomas's site is http://wewearshirts.com/. I share my thoughts on getting started in online business while still in school. Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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 0620: How Do I Encourage Followers to Subscribe to My Facebook Fan Page?
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AP 0620: How Do I Encourage Followers to Subscribe to My Facebook Fan Page?

Today's question comes from John, who has a question about Facebook. How does he get followers to like his fan pages, rather than request to follow him personally? John's website is http://www.writersauthorsonfire.com/. Do you have a question about Facebook for 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 more information.

AP 0619: How Do I Know How Well My Site Is Doing?
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AP 0619: How Do I Know How Well My Site Is Doing?

Today's question comes from Kyle, who has a new website. How does he determine how well his site is doing? Which statistics matter? Kyle's site is http://studywebdevelopment.com/. Do you have a question about determining your website's growth? 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 0618: If I Buy a Website, How Does the Transfer Process Work?
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AP 0618: If I Buy a Website, How Does the Transfer Process Work?

Today's question comes from Charles, who asks about buying websites. How does the transfer process work? You can buy websites through Flippa (http://flippa.com). Do you have a question about buying websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0617: How Do I Convert a Word Document into a Professional PDF?
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AP 0617: How Do I Convert a Word Document into a Professional PDF?

Today's question comes from Monik, who is working on an ebook. What is the best way to convert a Word document into a professional PDF? For advice on writing an ebook, check out my guide, Ebooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). To find designers, try our sponsor today or Upwork (http://upwork.com) or Fiverr (http://fiverr.com). Do you have a question about creating ebooks? 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 0616: What Tools Do You Use in Your Whiteboard Videos?
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AP 0616: What Tools Do You Use in Your Whiteboard Videos?

Today's question comes from Pat, who asks about my explainer videos. What drawing program do I use? The pen/table tool that I use is Wacom Bamboo tablet (the exact model is no longer available; search Amazon for "Wacom tablet"). For screen recording, I recommend Screenflow for Mac (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm) or Camtasia for PCs (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). I also use the pen tool in Omnidazzle (http://omnidazzle.en.softonic.com/mac). Do you have a question about screen recordings? 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 0615: How Do I Quickly Bring in New Clients?
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AP 0615: How Do I Quickly Bring in New Clients?

Today's question comes from Jeremy, whose biggest client no longer needs his services. How can he quickly bring in new clients? In this episode, I discuss Upwork (http://upwork.com), Freelancer.com (http://freelancer.com), and Fiverr (http://fiverr.com), as well as my own videographer, Caleb Wojcik (http://www.calebwojcik.com/). Do you have a question about bringing in business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0614: How Can I Get More Views for My Video Podcast?
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AP 0614: How Can I Get More Views for My Video Podcast?

Today's question comes from David, who has a question about YouTube. How can he get more traffic to his videos? David's site is http://bartenderhq.com/. To enter to win an AskPat t-shirt, use #AskPat614 in a tweet by June 3, 2016. In this episode, I discuss the Mixergy podcast (https://mixergy.com/interviews/) and Eventual Millionaire (http://eventualmillionaire.com/blog/). Do you have a question about videos? 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 0613: How Did You Write Your Book?
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AP 0613: How Did You Write Your Book?

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 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/spitv-playlist. Do you have a question about writing? 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 0612: How Do I Create Good Content?
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AP 0612: How Do I Create Good Content?

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 0611: Will a Film Audience Cross Genres?
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AP 0611: Will a Film Audience Cross Genres?

Today's question comes from Michael, who asks about building an audience for a film. Can a film studio reach out to audiences for their past films, even if their new film is in a different genre? Michael mentions Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 31 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session31). Do you have a question about connecting with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0610: How Passive Is Your Income Really?
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AP 0610: How Passive Is Your Income Really?

Today's question comes from Menasheh, who poses a hypothetical question: if I were to quit working today, how passive is my income? In this episode, I mention my income reports (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/income-reports/). I also mention my boo, Will It Fly? (http://willitflybook.com). Do you have a question about passive income? 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 0609: Can I Use Upwork to Find Business Partners?
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AP 0609: Can I Use Upwork to Find Business Partners?

Today's question comes from Mark, who asks how to use Elance (now called Upwork) to find business partners. Is it a good place to find a business partner? In this episode, we discuss Upwork, which is the company that was formed by the merger of Elance and oDesk (http://upwork.com). I share my advice for vetting contractors on Upwork. Do you have a question about finding business partners? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0608: What Should I Do When My Competitor Joins My Email List?
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AP 0608: What Should I Do When My Competitor Joins My Email List?

Today's question comes from Sarah, who has noticed that a few competitors have joined her email list. What should she do, delete them? Keep them? Sarah's site is http://thefreelancenaturopath.com/. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0607: Can I Rank on Google with Only a Landing Page?
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AP 0607: Can I Rank on Google with Only a Landing Page?

Today's question comes from Lucas, who asks about starting a new website. Is it possible to rank on the front page of Google with only a "coming soon" landing page? In this episode I talk about Amy Porterfield's list-building strategy (http://www.amyporterfield.com/). Do you have a question about starting your new business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0606: Should I Separate the Brands of My Business and Podcast?
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AP 0606: Should I Separate the Brands of My Business and Podcast?

Today's question comes from Priest, who has a question about marketing his podcast. Should he market his podcast as a separate brand, or should he keep it with his existing audience? Priest's site is http://www.affiliatemission.com/. Do you have a question about marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

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

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 http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0604: Someone Is Copying Your Website.
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AP 0604: Someone Is Copying Your Website.

Today is a little bit different. A kind, anonymous caller let me know about a website that is copying me. I've seen this before, both with my own site and sites of others. In this episode, I share my thoughts on copying and getting copied. Do you have a question about starting your own business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0603: Help! I Have Trouble Sticking with My Ideas.
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AP 0603: Help! I Have Trouble Sticking with My Ideas.

Today's question comes from Kyle, who has trouble sticking with his ideas. How can he learn to stick with his ideas? In today's episode, I talk about Steven Pressfield's book, The War of Art (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/war). Do you have a question about getting a new business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0602: Why Didn't You Use BlogTalk Radio?
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AP 0602: Why Didn't You Use BlogTalk Radio?

Today's question comes from Ileana, who asks about BlogTalk Radio. Why didn't I publish my podcast with BlogTalk Radio? If you're considering starting a podcast, check out my free tutorial (http://podcastingtutorial.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0601: How Do I Know the Niche I've Chosen Is Good?
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AP 0601: How Do I Know the Niche I've Chosen Is Good?

Today's question comes from Jamal, who asks about validating a niche selection. How can he tell if the niche he has chosen is a valid choice for a business? In this episode, I reference Steven Pressfield's book, The War of Art. Do you have a question about keyword research? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0600: Does ConvertKit Replace LeadPages?
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AP 0600: Does ConvertKit Replace LeadPages?

Today's question comes from Lea, who is using both ConvertKit and LeadPages. What is the best way to use these services together, or does ConvertKit replace LeadPages? Lea's site is http://www.leapica.com/. In this episode I discuss my Smart Passive Income Podcast interview with Clay Collins (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session78). To enter to win the AskPat t-shirt, send a tweet with #AskPat600 by 05/15. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0599: I Have Two Hours Per Day to Build My Business. What Should I Work On?
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AP 0599: I Have Two Hours Per Day to Build My Business. What Should I Work On?

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 0598: I've Spent Too Much Money on Courses. Where Do I Find Partners for Joint Ventures?
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AP 0598: I've Spent Too Much Money on Courses. Where Do I Find Partners for Joint Ventures?

Today's question comes from Bob, who has spent a lot of money in online business courses, but with no result. Where can he find business partners? In this episode, I mention Internet Business Mastery Academy (http://smartpassiveincome.com/ibm), Youpreneur from Chris Ducker (http://www.chrisducker.com/youpreneur/), Michael Hyatt's Platform University (https://platformuniversity.com/influence/), and Fizzle (http://askpat.com/fizzle). Do you have a question about getting started in online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Active Campaign. To learn more about their integrated, automated marketing campaign and to get a free trial, visit http://activecampaign.com/askpat.

AP 0597: How Do I Make My Website More Professional?
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AP 0597: How Do I Make My Website More Professional?

Today's question comes from Paul, who asks how to make his course sales process more professional. Does he need to take the time to learn how to manage each element, or should he take the time to hire out help? Paul's website is https://safetysolutionsacademy.com/. In this episode, I recommend finding developers on Upwork (http://upwork.com). If you have experience with the tool, Magento, that Paul mentions, share your advice with #AskPat597. Do you have a question about improving your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to http://www.harrys.com/ and use the promo code "AskPat."

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

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 0595: How Do I Prepare My Audience For My Paid Offerings
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AP 0595: How Do I Prepare My Audience For My Paid Offerings

Today's question comes from Mark, who has built up an audience by providing free content. How can he transition his audience from free content to paid content? Mark's site is http://www.healthynomics.com/. Do you have a question about beginning to sell to your audience? 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 0594: How Do I Find Sponsors For My Podcasts?
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AP 0594: How Do I Find Sponsors For My Podcasts?

Today's question comes from Martie, who asks about sponsorships for podcasts and videos. How do I find my sponsors? Martie's site is http://letsbuildwp.com/. I discussed podcast sponsorship with my guests on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 180 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session180). I work with The Midroll for some of podcast sponsorship (http://www.midroll.com/). Do you have a question about podcast sponsorships? 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 0593: How Do I Monetize My Website?
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AP 0593: How Do I Monetize My Website?

Today's question comes from Priscilla, who has a website that she has been working on for five years. What does she need to do to start making money from her site? Priscilla's site is http://www.africancurls.com/. To help with website security issues, I recommend WP Curve (http://wpcurve.com/) and/or start using Securi (https://sucuri.net/). I recommend creating a course on Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/). Do you have a question about monetizing your website? 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 0592: Can I Build a Business Around Affiliate Sales?
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AP 0592: Can I Build a Business Around Affiliate Sales?

Today's question comes from Gil, who asks about using a podcast or live stream to drive affiliate sales. Find Gil on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gilliamwallace. I share my thoughts on how to build a business based on affiliate sales. Do you have a question about affiliate sales? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to http://www.harrys.com/ and use the promo code "AskPat."

AP 0591: Is Keyword Research Still a Good Way to Find Business Ideas?
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AP 0591: Is Keyword Research Still a Good Way to Find Business Ideas?

Today's question comes from Brad, who asks about keyword research. Is this still a good way to find ideas for new businesses? Do you have a question about researching business ideas? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0590: Can I Invite a Competitor to Join My Mastermind Group?
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AP 0590: Can I Invite a Competitor to Join My Mastermind Group?

Today's question comes from Scott, who asks about masterminds. Is it acceptable to invite a competitor to join his group? Scott's site is http://freeteachertech.com/. Listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 180 to hear two competitors who are in the same mastermind group (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session180). Do you have a question about masterminds? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to http://www.harrys.com/ and use the promo code "AskPat."

AP 0589: Do I Need Two Separate Websites?
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AP 0589: Do I Need Two Separate Websites?

Today's question comes from Brendon, who has a heavy metal band. On the band's website, not only do they provide fan content, but also advice to other aspiring bands. Should he create a separate website for the entrepreneurial content, or keep it on the same site as the music content? Brendon's site is http://www.claimthethrone.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to http://www.harrys.com/ and use the promo code "AskPat."

AP 0588: What Should I Include in My Podcast Pre-Launch Strategy?
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AP 0588: What Should I Include in My Podcast Pre-Launch Strategy?

Today's question comes from Luke, who is planning to create a podcast. What should he include in his pre-launch strategy? Luke's site is http://lukeguy.com/. My interview with Daniel Decker on the Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 198 talks about book launches, but absolutely applies to launching a podcast (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session198). I also mention the ConversionCast podcast (http://podcast.leadpages.net/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0587: Is It Okay to Sell Without Providing Free Content?
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AP 0587: Is It Okay to Sell Without Providing Free Content?

Today's question comes from Kevin, who asks about providing free value vs. paying for traffic to sales pages. Kevin's site is http://hyperlush.com/. I share my thoughts on businesses built around cold traffic. Do you have a question about marketing your products? 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 0586: How Do I Get People to Use My Site?
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AP 0586: How Do I Get People to Use My Site?

Today's question comes from Sean, who is having trouble convincing people to use his project-sharing site. How can he get users to understand the appeal of his site? Sean's site is http://www.simplecove.com/ I mention some exercises for finding your unique selling proposition from my book, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about marketing your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Harry's, who provides great razors and shaving products. Go to http://www.harrys.com/ and use the promo code "AskPat."

AP 0585: Will My Name Hurt My Business?
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AP 0585: Will My Name Hurt My Business?

Today's question comes from Daryl, who is planning to start a business. He shares a name with a famous singer—is this a positive or a negative when starting a business? In this episode, I talk about my SPI TV interview with Sean McCabe, who uses a different name professionally (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/tv/how-sean-mccabe-focused-his-way-into-entrepreneurship/). Do you have a question about starting your business? 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?
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AP 0584: What's a Good Email Open Rate?

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

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 rapid email list building (smartpassiveincome.com/session78). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. I'm an advisor and big fan of the email service provider ConvertKit. They have made advanced email marketing easy and affordable. Check out my affiliate link: http://askpat.com/convertkit.

AP 0582: How Should I Market an Expensive Trip to My Audience?
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AP 0582: How Should I Market an Expensive Trip to My Audience?

Today's question comes from Brooke, who has a marketing question. What recommendations do I have for marketing an expensive travel adventure? Brooke's site is https://yogatraveltree.com/. In this episode, I give the example of Chris Ducker's Tropical Think Tank (http://www.chrisducker.com/ttt/). Do you have a question about marketing? 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 0581: How Can I Get Facebook Influencers to Share My Content?
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AP 0581: How Can I Get Facebook Influencers to Share My Content?

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

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?
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AP 0579: How Do I Expand My Professional Network?

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 Conversion Summit (https://trafficandconversionsummit.com/). Online communities include David Siteman Garland’s community (http://www.therisetothetop.com/), Fizzle.co (http://fizzle.com), Youpreneur.com (http://youpreneur.com). Do you have a question about networking and building relationships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out David Siteman Garland’s Create Awesome Online Courses program. Go to http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/cheatsheet to download a list of seven free tips to help you get started creating online courses.

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

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 Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0577: How Do I Manage Affiliate Payments?
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AP 0577: How Do I Manage Affiliate Payments?

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 another solution for affiliate management (http://www.gumroad.com). To find help with legal services, find an attorney or search on Upwork.com. Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0576: Which Email Service Provider Should I Use?
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AP 0576: Which Email Service Provider Should I Use?

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 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-story-behind-convertkit-with-nathan-barry/) . The email service providers Alexia mentions and I discuss are Active Campaign (http://www.activecampaign.com/), Infusionsoft (http://askpat.com/infusionsoft), and ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Share your thoughts on this episode on Twitter using the hashtag #AskPat576. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

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

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

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 Podcast Player, a beautiful podcast player for your website. Go to http://smartpodcastplayer.com to check it out.

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

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 Pat" for more information.

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

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

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 sponsor is Pipedrive, the customer relationship management tool for small teams. Check out https://www.pipedrive.com/pat to get started.

AP 0570: How Do I Create Video Tutorials?
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AP 0570: How Do I Create Video Tutorials?

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 (http://askpat.com/tablet). Do you have a question about creating tutorials for your blogging audience? 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 0569: How Do I Stay Safe While Sharing Personal Stories Online?
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AP 0569: How Do I Stay Safe While Sharing Personal Stories Online?

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.

AP 0568: Should I Use Images in My Marketing and Autoresponder Emails?
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AP 0568: Should I Use Images in My Marketing and Autoresponder Emails?

Today's question comes from Glenn, who asks about using ConvertKit email templates. Should he use images or stick to text only? Glenn discusses the email marketing service ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0567: How Can I Improve My Live Chats with Customers?
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AP 0567: How Can I Improve My Live Chats with Customers?

Today's question comes from Matt, who has a chat feature on his website. What are some good tips for his agents to increase sales without seeming pushy? Matt's site is http://www.homeoanimal.com/. I mention an episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast with Trevor Page (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/blog-ebook-membership-site/). Do you have a question about improving your interactions with fans and customers? 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. My audiobook recording of Will It Fly? is now available at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0566: What Should I Track for My New Podcast?
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AP 0566: What Should I Track for My New Podcast?

Today's question comes from Collin, who has recently started a podcast. What are the activities or statistics he should track? Collin's site is http://20se.co/. I share the four things I think all podcasters should track. The landing page I reference is http://emailthesmartway.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0565: How Do I Grow My Site's Traffic Beyond One Million Visitors?
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AP 0565: How Do I Grow My Site's Traffic Beyond One Million Visitors?

Today's question comes from Daniel, who asks about traffic growth. How can he maintain his site's traffic growth and reach one million visitors? Do you have a question about traffic to your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.freshbooks.com/askpat to get your 30-day free trial. The Will It Fly? audiobook is now available through Audible! Check it out at http://willitflybook.com

AP 0564: How Many Podcast Episodes Do I Launch With? How Do I Schedule Episodes?
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AP 0564: How Many Podcast Episodes Do I Launch With? How Do I Schedule Episodes?

Today's question comes from Travis, who asks about podcasting. How many episodes should he launch with and how does he schedule his episodes? Some podcast host to consider are Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/) and BuzzSprout (https://www.buzzsprout.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free.

AP 0563: Can My Video Podcast Double as an Audio Podcast?
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AP 0563: Can My Video Podcast Double as an Audio Podcast?

Today's question comes from Molly, who asks about video podcasting. She has started a video podcast, but is wondering if she can also make it an audio podcast. Molly's site is http://thepreparedperformer.com/. Molly mentions my video podcast, SPI TV (https://www.youtube.com/user/smartpassiveincome). Do you have a question about video podcasting? 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 0562: I Have a Local Business. Do I Need a Second Website When I Expand Into Online Business?
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AP 0562: I Have a Local Business. Do I Need a Second Website When I Expand Into Online Business?

Today's question comes from David, who has a local service-based business. He is expanding into online business to extend his reach. Should he start a second website, or can he make his local website work? David's site is http://www.mindfulmeanings.com/. In this episode I mention Smart Passive Income Podcast Session 37 with Lain Ehmann (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session37) Do you have a question about expanding a local business into an online business? 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. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0561: Is It Worth Hiring a Podcast Editor?
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AP 0561: Is It Worth Hiring a Podcast Editor?

Today's question comes from Scott, who asks about podcast editing. Should he hire a podcast editor or do it himself? Scott's podcast is at https://www.facebook.com/theannapolispodcast/. Three sources for finding podcast editors are TwentyFourSound (http://www.twentyfoursound.com/), Music Radio Creative (http://www.musicradiocreative.com/), and Upwork (https://www.upwork.com/). If you're just getting a podcast started, check out my free podcasting tutorial (http://podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcast editing? 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 0560: How Do I Hire an Executive Assistant Who Lives Near Me?
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AP 0560: How Do I Hire an Executive Assistant Who Lives Near Me?

Today's question comes from David, who wants to hire an executive assistant who lives near him. How can he find a reliable person to help with communication tasks? I have a special guest today! Jessica, my executive assistant answers David's question. Connect with Jessica on Twitter at https://twitter.com/galfriday612! Here is a coworking directory to help you find coworking spaces in your area: http://wiki.coworking.org/w/page/29303049/Directory. Do you have a question about hiring members for your team? 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 0559: How Do I Switch My Podcast Feed to SoundCloud?
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AP 0559: How Do I Switch My Podcast Feed to SoundCloud?

Today's question comes from Daniel, who asks about switching his podcasting feed from Libsyn to SoundCloud. Daniel mentions my podcasting tutorial at PodcastingTutorial.com (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). In this episode, we talk about four different podcast hosts, Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/), SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/), BuzzSprout (https://www.buzzsprout.com/), and Podbean (http://podbean.com/). Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0558: How Do I Monetize My Website?
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AP 0558: How Do I Monetize My Website?

Today's question comes from Gideon, who asks about monetizing his site. Can he make his site profitable? Gideon's site is http://gideonhanekom.com/. I have covered website monetization and online passive income in depth on Smart Passive Income Sessions 192, 193, and 194: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session192 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session193 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session194 A good tool for podcast monetization is Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/). I cover Patreon on Smart Passive Income Podcast Session (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session188). Learn more about productizing a service-based business on Smart Passive Income Podcast Session (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/). Do you have a question about making money from your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0557: Is It Okay to Build a For-Profit Website Around My Kids?
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AP 0557: Is It Okay to Build a For-Profit Website Around My Kids?

Today's question comes from Scott, whose daughter is a competitive gymnast. He wants to build a niche site around his daughter's career, but is that okay? In this episode, I talk about Evan from EvanTubeHD (https://www.youtube.com/user/EvanTubeHD). If you have thoughts on this topic, share them on Twitter using #AskPat557. Do you have a question about the intersection between your business and your family? 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 0556: How Do I Add Forms and Pop-Ups to My Website?
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AP 0556: How Do I Add Forms and Pop-Ups to My Website?

Today's question comes from Zycco, who asks about which sign-up forms his new website needs. Which services should he use to add these to his site? First, you need a good email service provider like ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Here are the tools I recommend in this episode: SumoMe (http://askpat.com/sumome) Rapidology (https://www.rapidology.com/) OptinMonster (http://optinmonster.com/) LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages) Do you have a question about your website design? 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 0555: How Can I Improve My Podcasting Delivery?
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AP 0555: How Can I Improve My Podcasting Delivery?

Today's question comes from Glen, who asks about podcasting. What are some tips for improving the speaking quality in his podcast? I have worked with Kerri Ho for some podcast coaching (her website: http://thesongbirdtree.com/ and her YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSongbirdtree). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free.

AP 0554: How Do I Get Started in Online Business?
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AP 0554: How Do I Get Started in Online Business?

Today's question comes from Carl, who has decided that entrepreneurship is the right route for him. What are the first steps toward getting started? Do you have a question about getting started in entrepreneurship? 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 0553: How Much Do I Charge for Podcast Sponsorships?
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AP 0553: How Much Do I Charge for Podcast Sponsorships?

Today's question comes from Richard, who has some questions about podcast sponsorships. How much should he charge for advertisements? I also recommend Patreon as a way of monetizing your podcast. To learn more, listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast 188 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/patreon-a-potential-alternative-for-generating-an-income-online/). I use The Midroll for podcast sponsorships (http://www.midroll.com/). Do you have a question about monetizing your podcast? 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 0552: How Do I Clean My Email List?
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AP 0552: How Do I Clean My Email List?

Today's question comes from Paul, who has a question about email marketing. How should he go about cleaning his email list, to remove people who are no longer actively reading his emails? To share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter, use #AskPat552. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0551: Is Infobarrel Still a Good Way to Make Passive Income?
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AP 0551: Is Infobarrel Still a Good Way to Make Passive Income?

Today's question comes from Josh, who asks about an old episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast that talks about writing for Infobarrel. Is this still a good way to make passive income? I recently updated my podcast series on getting started with passive income. There are three episodes in the series, Smart Passive Income Podcast No. 192–194: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session192 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session193 http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session194 I would recommend writing on Medium.com (https://medium.com/). Do you have a question about passive income? 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 0550: Can a Solopreneur Sell Their Business?
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AP 0550: Can a Solopreneur Sell Their Business?

Today's question comes from Harsh, who asks about selling a business. Is it hard for a solopreneur to sell a business? Harsh's site is http://fireyourmentor.com/. Do you have a question about selling your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Earth Class Mail. Earth Class Mail brings your snail mail to the cloud. Go to https://www.earthclassmail.com/pat to get your first month free.

AP 0549: Do I Need Insurance for My Online Business?
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AP 0549: Do I Need Insurance for My Online Business?

Today's question comes from Liz, who asks about insurance. Does she need insurance for an online business? Do you have a question about legal side of 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 more information.

AP 0548: How Do I Get My Social Media Ready for a New Business?
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AP 0548: How Do I Get My Social Media Ready for a New Business?

Today's question comes from Josh, who asks how to prepare his social media presence before he starts his business. Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0547: Should I Narrow My eCommerce Site's Offering?
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AP 0547: Should I Narrow My eCommerce Site's Offering?

Today's question comes from Valerie, who asks a question about her ecommerce site. Should she narrow her offering to focus on what sold best in her brick-and-mortar shop? Valerie's site is http://bambulei.com/. One of the tools I recommend using is Optimizely (https://www.optimizely.com/). Learn more about retargeting, which I discuss with Kimra Luna in Smart Passive Income Episode 181 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session181). Do you have a question about selling online? 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 0546: How Long Should Email Autoresponders Last?
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AP 0546: How Long Should Email Autoresponders Last?

Today's question comes from Sarah, who has a question about using autoresponders for email marketing. Who should get the autoresponders and how long should they go on? Sarah talks about my guide, Email the Smart Way (http://emailthesmartway.com). Do you have a question about email marketing? 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. Check out Lain Ehmann's Biz to Book (http://biztobook.com/) project, where you can learn how 16 entrepreneurs have written a book.

AP 0545: Is WordPress The Best Platform For An Online Business?
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AP 0545: Is WordPress The Best Platform For An Online Business?

Today's question comes from David, who has two brick and mortar businesses, but now he's ready to move online. He has previously used Weebly to build websites. Is WordPress what I would recommend for building a website for an online business? Find David online at https://twitter.com/mindfulmeanings. David has previously used Weebly (http://www.weebly.com/). WordPress is what I typically recommend (https://wordpress.org/). Share your thoughts on platforms on Twitter using #AskPat545. Do you have a question about getting your online business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free. Check out Lain Ehmann's Biz to Book (http://biztobook.com/) project, where you can learn how 16 entrepreneurs have they have written a book.

AP 0544: I'm Afraid of Failing. When Should I Start?
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AP 0544: I'm Afraid of Failing. When Should I Start?

Today's question comes from Andrew, who is struggling to overcome a fear of failure. Should he keep researching, or should he launch now? Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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 0542: Why Did You Start An LLC?
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AP 0542: Why Did You Start An LLC?

Today's question comes from Collins, who wants to know why I formed an LLC for Smart Passive Income. This is the article Collins references: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/why-i-switched-from-aweber-to-infusionsoft-to-convertkit/. Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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 0543: How Long Should I Test Web Tools?
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AP 0543: How Long Should I Test Web Tools?

Today's question comes from Yazmin, who is trying out a web service that hasn't worked as expected. How long should she test it out before turning it off? Yazmin's site is http://thefamilybrick.com/. Do you have a question about optimizing your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free.

AP 0541: How Do I Choose Between Creating a Lead Magnet or an Epic Post?
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AP 0541: How Do I Choose Between Creating a Lead Magnet or an Epic Post?

Today's question comes from Benji, who asks about content. How should he choose what becomes a lead magnet and what becomes epic content that lives on the blog? Benji's site is http://www.thecoffeeconcierge.net/. Do you have a question about your blog content? 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 0540: I'm Starting A Website. Where Should I Spend My Money?
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AP 0540: I'm Starting A Website. Where Should I Spend My Money?

AP 0540: I'm Starting a Website. Where Should I Spend My Money? Today's question comes from James, who asks where to spend money when starting a new website. Where's the best place to spend money when getting started? James's site is http://www.jamesjenneman.com/. The conference James references is the LeadPages Converted conference (http://converted.com/conference/). The course James mentions is Ramit Sethi's Zero to Launch (http://askpat.com/ztls). Jamie Tardy Masters has a coaching course called Hustlers (http://eventualmillionaire.com/). Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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. LeadPages has a free tool called Rapidology, which will help you build your email list. Got to https://www.rapidology.com/. Thanks for helping me make the Wall Street Journal's bestseller list!

AP 0539: Who Has Influenced You and Your Business?
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AP 0539: Who Has Influenced You and Your Business?

Today's question comes from Matt, who asks which bloggers have influenced me and my sites. In this episode I talk about just-in-time learning. I was inspired to get started by Internet Business Mastery (http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/). Darren Rowse has always been inspiring and has provided a great example (http://problogger.com/). The first person to share me with their audience was Yaro Starak (https://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/). Tim Ferriss (http://fourhourworkweek.com/), Ramit Sethi (http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/), and Lewis Howes (http://lewishowes.com/) have inspired me to grow my business. Adam Braun has inspired me toward greater philanthropy (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/changing-the-world/), including through Pencils of Promise (https://pencilsofpromise.org/). I'm also inspired by Elon Musk (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk). Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0538: Why Should I Continue with Content Marketing?
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AP 0538: Why Should I Continue with Content Marketing?

Today's question comes from Isloooboy, who asks why he should continue with content marketing, when after five years he hasn't made any profit. It's a great question. Isloooboy's site is http://isloootalkingpoint.com/. In this episode, I talk about my site, Security Guard Training HQ (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/) Do you have a question about content marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to ConvertKit for providing an excellent email experience for bloggers with online businesses like mine. Check out http://askpat.com/convertkit for more information.

AP 0537: How Do I Get Started in a Saturated Niche?
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AP 0537: How Do I Get Started in a Saturated Niche?

Today's question comes from Dale, who asks how to get started in a saturated niche. How do you break in amongst the noise? I talk about crowded niches with Steve Kamb on Smart Passive Income Podcast 196 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-level-up-your-life-with-steve-kamb/). Neil Patel shared a good strategy for evaluating your competitors on Episode #67 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/neil-patel-seo/). Derek Halpern shares his strategies for getting your message seen on Episode #184 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/psychological-strategies-to-improve-email-conversion-with-derek-halpern/). I share an exercise from my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about crowded niches? 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 0536: How Do I Write Review Posts On Expensive Equipment?
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AP 0536: How Do I Write Review Posts On Expensive Equipment?

AP 0536: How Do I Write Review Posts on Expensive Equipment? Today's question comes from Curtis, who wants to write more review posts, but can't afford all of the equipment. How can he do this? Curtis's site is http://www.everythinghamradio.com/. 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.

AP 0535: Which Type Of Call To Action (CTA) Should I Use?
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AP 0535: Which Type of Call To Action (CTA) Should I Use? Today's question comes from Ramon, who asks about the best way to handle call to action (CTAs) on a sales page. Do you have a question about selling products online? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0534: Which Podcast Host Is Best for Short-Run Podcasts?
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AP 0534: Which Podcast Host Is Best for Short-Run Podcasts?

Today's question comes from Travis, who is planning a series of short-run podcasts (or nanocasts). Which is the best podcast host for this situation? Travis's site is http://www.providfilms.com/. The hosts I discuss in this episode are SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/stream), Libsyn (http://www.libsyn.com/ with the coupon code: SPI), and Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0533: Where Can I Find a Good Transcriptionist?
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AP 0533: Where Can I Find a Good Transcriptionist?

Today's question comes from Lain, who asks about transcriptions. Where is a good place to find a transcriptionist? In this episode I mention James Schramko's podcast (http://www.superfastbusiness.com/). I've used transcriptionists from Upwork (merger of oDesk and Elance; http://upwork.com). Lately I have been using Rev for some transcriptions (https://www.rev.com/freelancers/transcription) and Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0532: Should I Make My eBooks Printable?
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AP 0532: Should I Make My eBooks Printable?

Today's question comes from Glenn, who asks about formatting ebooks. Should ebooks be graphic-heavy or should they be printable? Do you have a question about ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0531: How Do I Know My Project Partner Is A Good Fit?
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AP 0531: How Do I Know My Project Partner Is A Good Fit?

Today's question comes from Jeff, who asks about finding partners to collaborate on projects. How do you know if they have enough passion to be a good collaborator? Jeff's podcast is http://www.generallytrivial.com/. Do you have a question about finding good collaboration partners? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Today's sponsor is Pipedrive, the customer relationship management tool for small teams. Check out https://www.pipedrive.com/pat to get started. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0530: How Do I Know If My Business Idea Will Work?
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AP 0530: How Do I Know If My Business Idea Will Work?

Today's episode is special! My new book, Will It Fly?, launches today! Learn how to validate your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. If you picked up the book, let me know on Twitter @PatFlynn. Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thank you so much for listening! I appreciate you!

AP 0529: Is My Potential Audience Large Enough?
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AP 0529: Is My Potential Audience Large Enough?

AP 0529: Is My Potential Audience Large Enough? Today's question comes from Hunter, who has a website topic that he's ready to start, but he's worried the search volume is too low. How can he tell? In this episode, I talk about my niche site, Security Guard Training HQ (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/). Do you have a question about testing your website idea? 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. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Check out my friend John Lee Dumas's Kickstarter for The Freedom Journal (http://thefreedomjournal.com/).

AP 0528: How Do I Determine Which Niche Is Worth My Time?
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AP 0528: How Do I Determine Which Niche Is Worth My Time?

Today's question comes from Marco, who has a few niche site ideas. How does he determine which niche will be most worth his time and effort? Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about niche site validation? 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. Check out my friend John Lee Dumas's Kickstarter for The Freedom Journal (http://thefreedomjournal.com/).

AP 0527: How Do You Deal with Discouragement?
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AP 0527: How Do You Deal with Discouragement?

Today's question comes from Jae, who is beginning to feel discouraged and wants to know how I've dealt with these feelings in the past. In this episode, I talk about Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning book and strategy (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/). Share your encouragement on Twitter with #AskPat527. Do you have a question about the emotional side of entrepreneurship? 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. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0526: What Program Do You Use to Write Blog Posts?
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AP 0526: What Program Do You Use to Write Blog Posts?

Today's question comes from Rickey, who is planning to start a blog. What program do I use to write my blog posts? Also, do I use a PC or Mac? One text editor I've used is Byword (http://bywordapp.com/). Our team now does the initial writing in Google Docs (https://docs.google.com/). Other tools include Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php) and Evernote (https://evernote.com/). Do you have a question about getting started with blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0525: How Do I Compensate Software Developers?
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AP 0525: How Do I Compensate Software Developers?

Today's question comes from Clifton, who is interested in hiring a WordPress developer to help develop a software product for his customers. How should he compensate them—should he hire them or partner with them? In this episode, I talk about the structure for Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com/). Do you have a question about developing software? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0524: How Do I Manage Communications with My Virtual Assistant?
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AP 0524: How Do I Manage Communications with My Virtual Assistant?

Today's question comes from Marilyn, who asks a question about virtual assistants. How can they keep track of the tasks that she is assigning? Marilyn's site is http://www.infantdentalcenter.com/. You can find virtual assistants using Upwork (a combined company of Elance and oDesk; http://upwork.com/). I highly recommend using Slack for communication (http://smartpassiveincome.com/slack). Do you have a question about working with virtual assistants? 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. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0523: How Do I Get Questions for My Advice Podcast?
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AP 0523: How Do I Get Questions for My Advice Podcast?

Today's question comes from Sam, who is interested in starting an advice podcast similar to AskPat. If he doesn't have a big audience, how does he get people to ask him questions? I love Speakpipe for collecting audio questions (https://www.speakpipe.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0522: How Do I Monetize My Course?
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AP 0522: How Do I Monetize My Course?

Today's question comes from Daniel, who asks about monetizing his blog through a course. How should he go about monetizing that course? Daniel's site is http://www.createmytherapistwebsite.com/ Learn more about productizing your service-based business in Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode #158 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/). Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about monetizing your website?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. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0521: Should I Use Webinars to Build My Email List?
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AP 0521: Should I Use Webinars to Build My Email List?

Today's question comes from Venisha, whose business creates custom first dance songs. Should she hold webinars to get email subscribers? How can she keep people on her email list after their wedding is over? My wife and I had fun with our first dance (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/random-fun-post-of-the-weekend-our-first-dance/). Do you have a question about building your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0520: How Do I Determine Podcast Sponsorship Costs?
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AP 0520: How Do I Determine Podcast Sponsorship Costs?

Today's question comes from Rebecca, who asks about podcast sponsorships. How do I determine which sponsors play at the beginning versus the end of the show? Is there a difference in rate? Rebecca's site is http://clrvirtualconnection.com/. I discuss the ins and outs podcast sponsorship rates with John Lee Dumas on Smart Passive Income #97 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/facebook-webinar-conversion-adding-sponsors-podcast/). Midroll helps me find podcast sponsors (http://www.midroll.com/). Do you have a question about podcast monetization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Survata, who will help you get customer feedback on your surveys. Name your discount at https://www.survata.com/askpat/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0519: What Do I Need to Know about Partnerships?
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AP 0519: What Do I Need to Know about Partnerships?

Today's question comes from Ryan, who is helping another entrepreneur get started online. What should he know about partnering with someone else? Ryan's site is http://www.alternativeslibrary.org/. Do you have a question about business partnerships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0518: Will a Facebook Page Limit My Personal Connection with Fans?
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AP 0518: Will a Facebook Page Limit My Personal Connection with Fans?

Today's question comes from Ron, who asks about Facebook Pages. Will it limit the personal connection he is able to have with his followers? Ron's site is http://ronmckeefery.com/. To join my Facebook Group, go to http://smartpassiveincome.com/community. The social media tool I mention is Edgar (http://meetedgar.com/pat/). Do you have a question about social media? 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 0517: Should I Repurpose My Content?
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AP 0517: Should I Repurpose My Content?

Today's question comes from Eric, who asks about repurposing Q&A podcasts for video and blog posts. Is this a good idea? In this episode, both the caller and I discuss Michael Hyatt's content repurposing. Do you have a question about your content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0516: Which Emails Should I Send, Autoresponder or Broadcast?
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AP 0516: Which Emails Should I Send, Autoresponder or Broadcast?

Today's question comes from Eliska, who asks about the best kinds of emails to send to her subscribers, broadcast emails with updates about her current posts, or autoresponder emails? In this episode, I share my thoughts, as well as a hybrid solution I've recently tried, called the digest email. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Survata, who will help you get customer feedback on your surveys. Name your discount at https://www.survata.com/askpat/.

AP 0515: I'm Bilingual. Do I Need A Separate Periscope Account For Each Language?
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AP 0515: I'm Bilingual. Do I Need A Separate Periscope Account For Each Language?

Today's question comes from Diego, who asks about using Periscope when bilingual. Should he have one account for each language, or continue to host both languages on one account? I share my thoughts. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about Periscope? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Survata, who will help you get customer feedback on your surveys. Name your discount at https://www.survata.com/askpat/.

AP 0514: How Much Should I Pay for Blog Images?
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AP 0514: How Much Should I Pay for Blog Images?

Today's question comes from Jourdan, who needs help creating blog images. How much should he expect to pay? Jourdan's site is https://medium.com/new-game-magazine. In this episode, I talk about a few different tools: Canva (canva.com), PicMonkey (http://www.picmonkey.com/), and Word Swag (http://wordswag.co/). For finding stock images, I recommend iStockphoto (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/istock), DepositPhotos (http://depositphotos.com/), or Flickr Creative Commons photos. AppSumo periodically has deals for DepositPhotos (http://www.appsumo.com/idrive/). Do you have a question about blog images? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0513: Should I Keep My YouTube Channel Active?
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AP 0513: Should I Keep My YouTube Channel Active?

Today's question comes from Brian, who uses his YouTube channel to help promote some affiliate sales. The videos help conversions on his site, but don't drive traffic from YouTube to his site. Should he change his YouTube strategy? Do you have a question about YouTube? 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. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0512: Do I Have To Pay The People I Interview On My Podcast?
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AP 0512: Do I Have To Pay The People I Interview On My Podcast?

Today's question comes from Nick, who is starting an interview podcast. Does he have to pay the guests he invites? How do you get people to agree to be on your show? Nick's site is http://truetightwad.com/. Check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0511: Is It Worth Getting My Podcast Transcribed?
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AP 0511: Is It Worth Getting My Podcast Transcribed?

Today's question comes from Sebastian, whose podcasting users have asked for podcast transcripts. Is it worth the money to get his show transcribed? Sebastian's site is http://projektphoenix.com/. Sebastian mentions my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). In this episode I talk about Fiverr (http://fiverr.com/) and Upwork, as well as the app Rev. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Survata, who will help you get customer feedback on your surveys. Name your discount at https://www.survata.com/askpat/.

AP 0510: How Do I Get More Podcast Ratings And Reviews?
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AP 0510: How Do I Get More Podcast Ratings And Reviews?

Today's question comes from Andy, who is trying to generate podcast ratings and reviews. In this episode, I mention my podcast with Chris Ducker, 1-Day Business Breakthrough (https://1daybb.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Survata, who will help you get customer feedback on your surveys. Name your discount at https://www.survata.com/askpat/.

AP 0509: How Do I Boost Sales Of My Book For Kids?
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AP 0509: How Do I Boost Sales Of My Book For Kids?

Today's question comes from Dennis, whose books sales in person are high, but his online sales aren't as good as he'd like. He has a lot of advertising in place—what else can he do? Dennis's site is http://www.thegreedyfish.co.uk/. In this episode I mention another author, Katie Davis (http://katiedavis.com/), as well as KDP Select promotions (https://kdp.amazon.com/select). Do you have a question about selling your books? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0508: Should I Have A Resources Page Or A Resources PDF?
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AP 0508: Should I Have A Resources Page Or A Resources PDF?

Today's question comes from Eliska, who asks having PDF of resources versus a resources page on a website. Which is better? Should she have both? Eliska references Smart Passive Income Podcast #78 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session78). The podcast episode I mention with Jessica is #115 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session115/). Do you have a question about your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0507: Which Course Would You Recommend For Getting A Business Started?
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AP 0507: Which Course Would You Recommend For Getting A Business Started?

Today's question comes from Glen, who asks about online courses for passive income. Which one would I recommend? I recommend several courses, which you can check out from my resources page (http://smartpassiveincome.com/resources), including Ramit Sethi's, Noah Kagan's, Fizzle.co, Youpreneur with Chris Ducker, The Foundation with Dane Maxwell. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about getting started? 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 0506: Are Large Blogs Worth Their Valuation?
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AP 0506: Are Large Blogs Worth Their Valuation?

Today's question comes from Blanca, who asks about the valuation of websites (she specifically references http://brit.co). Are blogs of that size really worth such a high valuation? The podcast I recommend listening to is StartUp with Alex Blumberg (https://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/). Share your thoughts on this topic on Twitter using #AskPat506. Do you have a question about the business of blogging? 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 0505: Should I Purchase Domain Privacy?
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AP 0505: Should I Purchase Domain Privacy?

Today's question comes from Jackie, who asks about domain privacy. Is it worth adding? Jackie's site is http://www.jackiebolen.com/. In this episode I talk about Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost) and GoDaddy (https://www.godaddy.com/). Do you have a question about web domains? 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 0504: How Do I Give A Good Presentation?
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AP 0504: How Do I Give A Good Presentation?

Today's question comes from Rick, who has some upcoming public speaking opportunities. What can he do to make his presentations successful? Rick's site is http://rickzullo.com/. In SPI TV 16, I covered 33 public speaking tips that will help (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/33-public-speaking-tips/). Do you have a question about public speaking? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0503: Do You Believe In Work-Life Balance?
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AP 0503: Do You Believe In Work-Life Balance?

Today's question comes from Leonardo, who has a question about work-life balance. Does it exist when you're starting a business? In this episode I mention Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning; for much more on that listen to my conversation with him on Smart Passive Income Episode 140 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/). Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about work-life balance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, SaneBox. SaneBox helps you clean up your inbox. Get a 14-day free trial at http://sanebox.com/pat.

AP 0502: With Some Extra Time, What Business Would You Start?
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AP 0502: With Some Extra Time, What Business Would You Start?

Today's question comes from Stacy, who has an existing small business. With 72 free hours, what new business should she start? Learn how to productize your service business on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 158 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session158). For learning how to speak to small businesses about building custom solutions, listen to Episode 46 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session46). Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about starting a new business? 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 0501: How Do You Keep Track of the Information in Your Annual Report?
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AP 0501: How Do You Keep Track of the Information in Your Annual Report?

Today's question comes from Kelly, who asks about my annual report. How do I keep track of the information that goes into that report? Kelly's site is http://wirededucator.com/. You can see my income reports here: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-income-reports. The tools I mention are the Chrome extension Speed Dial 2 (http://askpat.com/speeddial2) and 1Password (https://agilebits.com/onepassword). Do you have a question about bookkeeping or income reports? 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 0500: How Challenging Was Your First Year in Business?
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AP 0500: How Challenging Was Your First Year in Business?

Today's question comes from Loris, who asks about my first year in business. Was the first year hard? I reflect on my first year in business and what helped me stick with it. This is a topic that is important to me—I want to help you start the business that is right for you. I recently wrote a new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about starting an online business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0499: Is Kickstarter a Good Way to Validate a Business Idea?
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AP 0499: Is Kickstarter a Good Way to Validate a Business Idea?

Today's question comes from David, who asks about starting a business with funding through Kickstarter. Is this a good way to validate a business idea or will it give me a skewed sense of the market for my product? Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about validation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Earth Class Mail. Earth Class Mail brings your snail mail to the cloud. Go to https://www.earthclassmail.com/pat to get your first month free. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0498: Can I Include Affiliate Links in My Membership Site?
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AP 0498: Can I Include Affiliate Links in My Membership Site?

Today's question comes from Gianna, who asks about including affiliate links in membership sites. Is it okay? What are the best practices? Gianna's site is http://familyfuntwincities.com/. I share my thoughts on ethical monetization strategies. Share your thoughts on this topic using #AskPat498. Do you have a question about monetization strategies? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0497: What Does Your Wife Think of Your Career?
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AP 0497: What Does Your Wife Think of Your Career?

Today's question comes from Friede, who asks about my wife April's perspective of my career. Do you have a question about work-life balance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0496: What Has Changed with the Keyword Research Process?
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AP 0496: What Has Changed with the Keyword Research Process?

Today's question comes from an anonymous caller, who asks about a video I made in 2013 about keyword research and SEO analysis. What has changed since I made that video? The 2013 video the caller mentions is available here (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/niche-site-duel-2-keyword-research-seo/). The tools I mention are SEMrush (http://www.semrush.com/) and Long Tail Pro (http://askpat.com/longtailpro). Do you have a question about keyword research? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new book on validating your idea for a business, Will It Fly?, at http://willitflybook.com.

AP 0495: Do You Recommend Scripting a Podcast?
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AP 0495: Do You Recommend Scripting a Podcast?

Today's question comes from Glen, who asks about scripting podcasts. I share my thoughts about podcasting off-the-cuff, with a script, and with an outline. Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0494: What Happens If the Internet Goes Away?
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AP 0494: What Happens If the Internet Goes Away?

Today's question comes from Prabhu, who asks what would happen if a major internet service (or the whole internet) goes away. Prabhu's site is http://www.bloggersbooks.com/. Do you have a question about your business planning? 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 0493: Should I Bother with Low Value Affiliates?
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AP 0493: Should I Bother with Low Value Affiliates?

Today's question comes from Brittany, who asks about low value affiliates. Is it worth the time involved for inexpensive, low commission items? Brittany's site is http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/ Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0492: How Can I Build a Profitable T-Shirt Business?
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AP 0492: How Can I Build a Profitable T-Shirt Business?

Today's question comes from Alain, who asks about t-shirts. How do you get t-shirts produced and shipped? Benny Hsu has shared how he runs his t-shirt business (http://getbusylivingblog.com/how-ive-profited-100k-online-in-just-5-months-this-year/) on a platform called Tee Spring (https://teespring.com/). The platform I use for shipping AskPat t-shirts is Printfection (http://www.printfection.com/). Do you have a question about your business idea? 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 0491: Can I Send My Podcast's RSS Feed to Facebook?
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AP 0491: Can I Send My Podcast's RSS Feed to Facebook?

Today's question comes from Sheeran, who asks about sending an RSS feed for the podcast into Facebook. In this episode I talk about Gary Vaynerchuk's book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (http://askpat.com/jjjrh). The two tools I mentioned (but don't recommend for this purpose) are IFTTT (http://ifttt.com) and Zapier (https://zapier.com/). Do you have a question about social media? 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 Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0490: Is My Niche Too Small?
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AP 0490: Is My Niche Too Small?

Today's question comes from Jeremy, who is concerned that the niche he has selected may be too small: springboard diving. How can he validate the size of this market? Also, how can he feel comfortable teaching, given that he is young? For more on idea validation, check out my forthcoming book at http://willitflybook.com. Do you have a question about testing your business idea? Record it at http://www.askpat.com Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0489: How Do I Manage My Side Business in My LinkedIn Profile?
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AP 0489: How Do I Manage My Side Business in My LinkedIn Profile?

Today's question comes from Darin, who asks about managing his multiple careers on LinkedIn. Darin's side business is http://kidsdoubledesk.com/. Share your thoughts on this topic with Darin using #AskPat489. Do you have a question about managing your social media profiles? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. It's my birthday week! I would so appreciate if you'd leave me an iTunes review. Coming soon: http://willitflybook.com/.

AP 0488: How Do I Share Private Videos with My Email Subscribers?
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AP 0488: How Do I Share Private Videos with My Email Subscribers?

Today's question comes from Jenna, who is using AWeber. She wants to share videos that only her email subscribers can access. What's the best way to do this? Jenna's site is http://fitpigs.com/. I share two different ways to achieve this. Do you have a question about sharing videos? 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 0487: What Are Necessities for Starting an Online Business?
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AP 0487: What Are Necessities for Starting an Online Business?

Today's question comes from Julian, who is getting his online business started. He wants to keep costs down; what are the necessities to purchase at the beginning? Julian's site is http://www.mystartuplifestyle.com/. I share my advice for getting started, where to spend money, and most importantly, where to spend time. Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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.

AP 0486: My Son Wants to Start an Online Business. What Should I Tell Him?
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AP 0486: My Son Wants to Start an Online Business. What Should I Tell Him?

Today's question comes from Glenn, whose son is interested in starting an online business. I share my advice with him on how to get started. Do you have a question about starting a 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.

AP 0485: How Should I Use My Email List?
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AP 0485: How Should I Use My Email List?

Today's question comes from Meghan, who has built up an email list for her blog but isn't sure how to use it. What type of content should she send her subscribers? I offer email templates at http://emailthesmartway.com. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0484: Do I Need A Backup For My YouTube Videos?
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AP 0484: Do I Need A Backup For My YouTube Videos?

Today's question comes from Andrew, who asks about his backlog of YouTube videos. Does he need to keep a backup of the files after they are uploaded to YouTube? The video editing file I mention is Screenflow for Mac (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm). Do you have a question about your videos? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free.

AP 0483: Can I Build A Business On A Broad Topic?
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AP 0483: Can I Build A Business On A Broad Topic?

Today's question comes from Will, who asks about building a business based on a broad range of products and topics. Does his niche have to be narrow? Share your thoughts about this on Twitter using #AskPat483. Do you have a question about building your niche business? 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 0482: How Do I Bounce Back from Failure?
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AP 0482: How Do I Bounce Back from Failure?

Today's question comes from Rocky, who asks how to bounce back from failure. I have found a lot of helpful advice on haters from Derek Halpern (http://socialtriggers.com/). The WordPress plugin I mentioned (the one that is successful) is the Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com). Do you have a question about improving your mental toughness? 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 0481: How Do I Make the Most of My #1 Google Rank?
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AP 0481: How Do I Make the Most of My #1 Google Rank?

Today's question comes from Scott, who asks how to make the most of his No. 1 Google ranking. What should he do to help build his business? Scott's site is http://cybergrooveam.com/. The keyword tool I use in this episode is SEM Rush (http://www.semrush.com/). The user testing site is http://peak.usertesting.com. Do you have a question about making the most of your site's traffic? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Earth Class Mail. Earth Class Mail brings your snail mail to the cloud. Go to https://www.earthclassmail.com/pat to get your first month free. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0480: How Can I Improve My Site's Page Rank?
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AP 0480: How Can I Improve My Site's Page Rank?

Today's question comes from Jackie, who asks about improving her site's page rank. She seems to be doing everything right, and yet her site is not ranking. What can she do to improve? I share my thoughts. Jackie's site is http://FreedomThroughPassiveIncome.com. Do you have a question about your website? 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 0479: How Do I Livestream a Podcast Interview on Periscope?
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AP 0479: How Do I Livestream a Podcast Interview on Periscope?

Today's question comes from Reine, who asks how to livestream a podcast with interview over Periscope. Reine's site is http://www.pmchats.com/. The episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast that Reine mentions is #177 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/periscope-another-fad-or-the-next-big-thing/). The plugins I recommend for recording calls over Skype are Ecamm Call Recorder for Macs (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/) or Pamela for PCs (http://www.pamela.biz/). The recording website I recommend is Blab.im (http://blab.im). The Periscope gear I discuss in the episode is all available here (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/periscope-gear/). Do you have a question about Periscope? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 31996 to try the app for free. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0478: How Do I Increase My Udemy Course Sales?
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AP 0478: How Do I Increase My Udemy Course Sales?

Today's question comes from Diego, who asks how to increase sales for the courses he has on Udemy.com. Diego's site is http://www.diegodavila.com/. Good plugins for hosting courses include WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), WP Courseware (https://flyplugins.com/wp-courseware/), and Zippy Courses (http://askpat.com/zippycourses). Another platform I've heard great things about is Teachable (https://teachable.com/). Do you have a question about creating and selling courses? 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 0477: How Do I Improve the Way I Sound on Microphone?
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AP 0477: How Do I Improve the Way I Sound on Microphone?

Today's question comes from Casey, who asks about using the AudioTechnica ATR2100 microphone. The microphone is picking up too much of the breathing sounds. What should he do? Casey's site is http://www.ministerstoolbox.com/home. In this episode I recommend using a pop filter and/or a microphone pre-amp. The pre-amp I use is DBX 286s, connected to my microphone with an XLR cable. Here's the video from Music Radio Creative on how to set up your pre-amp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR1KoMAqfJA). Do you have a question about podcast quality? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0476: Why Do You Write eBooks Instead of Create Courses?
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AP 0476: Why Do You Write eBooks Instead of Create Courses?

Today's question comes from Laurence, who asks why I write ebooks instead of creating courses. Why do I choose ebooks? Laurence's site is http://learntocodewith.me/. We're giving away this episode's shirt on Twitter. Use #AskPat476 within the first week of launch to enter. Do you have a question about your information product strategy? 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 0475: How Does Email Marketing Differ for One-Time Purchases?
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AP 0475: How Does Email Marketing Differ for One-Time Purchases?

Today's question comes from David, who asks how to build a business around one-time only transactions, rather than ongoing purchasing relationships. I discuss the marketing around my one-time sales at my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Share your thoughts on Twitter with #AskPat475. Do you have a question about marketing to your audience? 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. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0474: Which Platform Is Best for My Ambassador Group?
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AP 0474: Which Platform Is Best for My Ambassador Group?

Today's question comes from Erich, who wants share a behind-the-scenes look into a launch with a special audience. Where should that live? On his blog? On Facebook? Erich's site is http://harmonyinsights.com/. The community Erich mentions is at http://patsfirstbook.com/. I discuss building an ambassador group with Jeff Goins on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 79 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/book-marketing-time-travel/). Do you have a question about building an ambassador group? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. To win the AskPat shirt, share a tweet using #AskPat474 within one week of this episode's publishing date. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0473: How Do I Build an Audience in My Niche?
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AP 0473: How Do I Build an Audience in My Niche?

Today's question comes from Jourdan, who asks about building an audience of gamers. How can he draw this audience to his site? Jourdan's site is http://jourdanb.com/. Do you have a question about building traffic to your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0472: For Website Analytics, Which Items Are Important?
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AP 0472: For Website Analytics, Which Items Are Important?

Today's question comes from Keil, who has a question about website analytics. With so many factors that impact traffic, how do you know which variables to focus on? Ke's site is http://www.crostrength.com/. Do you have a question about your website's analytics? 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 0471: How Do I Choose the Right Affiliates?
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AP 0471: How Do I Choose the Right Affiliates?

Today's question comes from Justin, who asks about choosing which affiliates to work with. What are my criteria for making these decisions? An example of the special landing page I mention is http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/bluehost. Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? 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 LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0470: How Do I Avoid Violating Trademarks When Naming My Show?
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AP 0470: How Do I Avoid Violating Trademarks When Naming My Show?

Today's question comes from Josh, who is trying to name a podcast without violating a government trademark. In this episode, I talk about the trademark problems I ran into with my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do you have a question about naming your podcast, blog, or product? 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. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0469: Where Do I Start? I Feel Overwhelmed.
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AP 0469: Where Do I Start? I Feel Overwhelmed.

Today's question comes from Patrick, who asks about feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of getting into online business. Where does he get started? I recommend the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/) and Essentialism by Greg McKeown (http://gregmckeown.com/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less/). I also recommend reading the post by Kevin Kelly called 1,000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0468: How Do I Find Insurance When I'm Self-Employed?
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AP 0468: How Do I Find Insurance When I'm Self-Employed?

Today's question comes from Victor, who asks about insuring himself as a self-employed individual. How does he find insurance? Victor's site is http://moneyuseitwisely.com/. To find your state's health insurance marketplace, go to https://www.healthcare.gov/. Do you have a question about self-employment? 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 0467: Can I Have a Podcast with Two Formats?
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AP 0467: Can I Have a Podcast with Two Formats?

Today's question comes from Ozzy, who asks about his podcasting strategy. Can one show have two formats? For advice on setting up a podcast, try my free podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0466: Is Content Curation a Good Model?
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AP 0466: Is Content Curation a Good Model?

Today's question comes from Jonah, who asks about curating content. He mentions paper.li, but asks if I recommend any content curation plugins. Jonah's site is http://testingthemuse.com/. The tool I recommend for finding out what people are sharing is BuzzSumo (http://buzzsumo.com/). Do you have a question about your blog's content strategy? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. To share your own advice on this topic on Twitter, use #AskPat466. 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 LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0465: How Should I Structure a Blog for Learning as I Go?
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AP 0465: How Should I Structure a Blog for Learning as I Go?

Today's question comes from Paul, who asks how I would structure blog for preparing for a test and learning a new topic. Paul talks about my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/), which I set up to prepare for the LEED exam. I recommend using a self-hosted WordPress blog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPwQvnar99w). Do you have a question about blogging? 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. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0464: How Much Podcasting Equipment Do I Need?
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AP 0464: How Much Podcasting Equipment Do I Need?

Today's question comes from Patti, who asks about starting a podcast. Does she need the full setup I usually recommend? Can she start by just recording Skype calls? Patti's site is http://pattigood.com/. Check out my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com) for getting started. For recording Skype calls, on Mac use Ecamm Call Recorder (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/), on PC use Pamela for Skype (http://www.pamela.biz/). An excellent inexpensive microphone is the AudioTechnica ATR 2100 (http://askpat.com/atr2100). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0463: Why Aren't People Subscribing to My Email List?
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AP 0463: Why Aren't People Subscribing to My Email List?

Today's question comes from Prabhu, who asks about building his email list. He's getting social engagement but people aren't subscribing to his email list. What should he do differently? In this episode I mention 1-Day Business Breakthrough (https://1daybb.com/). Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0462: How Do I Use LeadPages to Deliver Weekly Enhanced Content?
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AP 0462: How Do I Use LeadPages to Deliver Weekly Enhanced Content?

Today's question comes from Sean, who asks about LeadPages. How do use LeadPages for delivering enhanced content to current subscribers? Sean's site is http://flightcrit.com/. In this episode, we discuss LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a question about using enhanced content? 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 0461: Should I Make My Site Available in Other Languages?
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AP 0461: Should I Make My Site Available in Other Languages?

Today's question comes from Sam, who asks about making versions of his website in multiple languages. Is it worth the time? Sam's site is http://edmprod.com/. Use Google Analytics to help you make this decision (http://www.google.com/analytics/). Do you have a question about making your site multi-lingual? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0460: How Do I Balance Between Working and Learning?
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AP 0460: How Do I Balance Between Working and Learning?

Today's question comes from Wendy, who is getting back into self-employment. How should she balance her time between working and learning? In this episode, I mention a show I love, Internet Business Mastery (http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/). I'm a big fan of using Evernote for saving content (https://evernote.com/). Do you have a question about learning skills for building your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0459: What Are Trackbacks and Pingbacks?
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AP 0459: What Are Trackbacks and Pingbacks?

Today's question comes from Wesley, who asks about two blogging terms: trackbacks and pingbacks. What are they? Do you have a question about a blogging term you don't understand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. To learn more about email marketing, go to http://emailthesmartway.com. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0458: What Is the Difference Between Blog Categories and Tags?
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AP 0458: What Is the Difference Between Blog Categories and Tags?

Today's question comes from Darin, who has been building a blog and has a question about post metadata. What is the difference between categories and tags? Darin's site is http://mystartupchallenge.com/. The WordPress plugin for combatting spam is Growmap Anti Spambot (https://wordpress.org/plugins/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/). Share your advice with Darin on Twitter using #AskPat458. Do you have a question about blogging metadata? 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.

AP 0457: Are Niche Sites Outdated?
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AP 0457: Are Niche Sites Outdated?

Today's question comes from Estevan, who asks about niche sites. Is the traditional niche site outdated? How do you learn enough to become an authority in your niche? The site I mention in this episode is http://howtobakeapotato.com. The tool I used to analyze the site is SEMrush (http://www.semrush.com/). I discuss my niche site project, Niche Site Duel (http://www.nichesiteduel.com/), and the niche sites I built out of this Security Guard Training HQ (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/) and FoodTruckr (http://foodtruckr.com). Do you have a question about niche sites? 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 0456: Can I Put Multiple Affiliate Links on One Page?
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AP 0456: Can I Put Multiple Affiliate Links on One Page?

Today's question comes from Nick, who asks about affiliate marketing. Is it okay to put multiple affiliate links on a page, or should he put each on a separate page? In this episode, we use Bluehost as an example (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Do you have a question about affiliate marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0455: Which Crowdfunding Site Should I Use?
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AP 0455: Which Crowdfunding Site Should I Use?

Today's question comes from Kitt, who has questions about crowdfunding. Which site do I recommend? Kit's site is http://theillustratedcoach.com/ The crowdfunding sites I discuss are Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/), IndieGogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/), and GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/). I talk with Dwight Peters from BackersHub about crowdfunding in Smart Passive Income Session 117 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session117). Do you have a question about funding your next project? 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 0454: How Do I Recover from a Google Search Penalty?
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AP 0454: How Do I Recover from a Google Search Penalty?

Today's question comes from Tom, who asks about Google search algorithm changes. He was hit with a Google penalty, and even after updating his site, it still hasn't recovered. How can he get back into Google's favor? Check out Neil Patel's guide on QuickSprout to recovering from Google penalties (a short link to the article: http://askpat.com/penalty). Do you have a question about the Google search algorithm? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0453: How Do I Find a Mentor?
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AP 0453: How Do I Find a Mentor?

Today's question comes from Jay, who asks about mentorship. How can he find a mentor? Jay's site is http://www.respect1st.com/. My review of Azul Terronez's book is on SPI TV (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-art-of-apprenticeship/). The printing company for our t-shirts is Printfection (http://www.printfection.com/). Do you have a question about mentorship? 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. Check out my new email marketing guide at http://emailthesmartway.com.

AP 0452: Is Domain Flipping a Good Income Strategy?
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AP 0452: Is Domain Flipping a Good Income Strategy?

Today's question comes from AJ, who asks about domain flipping (the buying and reselling of domain names). Is it a good income strategy? In this episode I talk about a principle Nicole Dean shared with me in Smart Passive Income Episode 009 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/spi-009-make-money-by-making-the-web-a-more-wonderful-place-with-nicole-dean/). I also discuss flipping websites using Flippa (https://flippa.com/) and my friend Chris Guthrie who has done this successfully (http://upfuel.com/). I tried this once with http://beginnergolftips.com/. Do you have a question about income strategies you've read about online? 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 0451: Should I Set Up a Pre-Launch Landing Page?
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AP 0451: Should I Set Up a Pre-Launch Landing Page?

Today's question comes from Ethan, who asks about launching his new website. Should he set up a pre-launch landing page? Ethan's website is http://whydidntyouask.com/ and his Twitter name is @ethanpariseau. In this episode I talk about the launch strategy for my niche site FoodTruckr (http://foodtruckr.com/). Do you have a question about landing pages? 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 0450: How Do You Know When To Outsource?
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AP 0450: How Do You Know When To Outsource?

Today's question comes from Stefan, who asks about outsourcing. How do you know when it is time to outsource a task? Stefan's site is http://howtolucid.com/. A few great companies for finding staff are Upwork (merger of oDesk and Elance; http://upwork.com) and Virtual Staff Finder (http://askpat.com/virtual stafffinder), as well as Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/) and 99 Designs (99designs.com/spi). I recommend Chris Ducker's book, Virtual Freedom, for discovering which tasks to outsource (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/vf). The calendar tool I mention is Calendly (http://calendly.com/). Do you have a question about outsourcing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Be sure to check out Email the Smart Way (http://emailthesmartway.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.

AP 0449: How Do I Get My Podcast to Rank in iTunes?
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AP 0449: How Do I Get My Podcast to Rank in iTunes?

Today's question comes from Ray, who has a podcast that isn't showing up in search on iTunes. Ray's podcast is http://topagentsplaybook.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new guide on email marketing at http://emailthesmartway.com. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0448: What Is Your Blog And Podcast Posting Schedule?
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AP 0448: What Is Your Blog And Podcast Posting Schedule?

Today's question comes from Ximena, who asks about my posting schedule for my blog posts, podcast, and video. What is my schedule? In this episode, I mention Darren Rowse (http://problogger.net/) and Derek Halpern (http://socialtriggers.com/). The tool I recommend is Coschedule (smartpassiveincome.com/coschedule). 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.

AP 0447: How Should I Name My Blog Images?
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AP 0447: How Should I Name My Blog Images?

Today's question comes from Ted, who asks about images in blog posts. How should he name his images? Ted's website is http://www.beersinsac.com/. The tool I recommend is Sumo Me (smartpassiveincome.com/sumome). Do you have a question about the nitty-gritty of blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0446: How Safe Is It to Share Detailed Financial Information with My Audience?
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AP 0446: How Safe Is It to Share Detailed Financial Information with My Audience?

Today's question comes from Jordi, who wants to help his peers get started with their own freelancing businesses. He lives in an area where security is a concern—how safe is it to share details about his personal income? I share reports on my income with my audience (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-income-reports). Do you have a question about sharing with your 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 0445: How Do I Pick a Topic for My Podcast?
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AP 0445: How Do I Pick a Topic for My Podcast?

Today's question comes from Jim, who has several different interests. How does he choose which interest will make the best podcast? To learn how to better serve your audience, listen to Smart Passive Income Episode 178 with Ryan Levesque (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-ask-formula/). The acronym I use is FOCUS (Follow One Course Until Success), from John Lee Dumas (http://www.eofire.com/). Do you have a question about starting your podcast? 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.

AP 0444: How Do I Take Advantage of Seasonal Traffic Spikes?
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AP 0444: How Do I Take Advantage of Seasonal Traffic Spikes?

Today's question comes from Richard, who works in Formula One racing. Each race weekend he gets a big spike in traffic. How can he convert that traffic into book sales? Richard's site is http://jobinf1.com/. Richard talks about my very first niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Take a look at Google Trends (https://www.google.com/trends/). Do you have a question about taking advantage of the traffic that comes in to your site? 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 0443: Should I Start a Podcast to Improve My Public Speaking?
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AP 0443: Should I Start a Podcast to Improve My Public Speaking?

Today's question comes from Ian, who is looking to build his confidence with public speaking and in interviews. Would starting a podcast help him improve his public speaking? Ian's site is http://logogeek.co.uk/. I share my experience with using a podcast to build my confidence with public speaking. Do you have a question about improving your confidence in an area of 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.

AP 0442: How Do I Handle Links In EBooks?
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AP 0442: How Do I Handle Links In EBooks?

Today's question comes from Jonathan, who asks about adding links into ebooks. Jonathan’s site is http://www.best27inchmonitor.com/. In this episode, I talk about Geni.us, which helps you join international Amazon affiliate programs (http://geni.us). 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 posting jobs today.

AP 0441: How Should I Promote My Content?
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AP 0441: How Should I Promote My Content?

Today's question comes from Tony, who asks about content promotion. Tony mentions Derek Halpern, who spends a lot of time promoting his content (http://socialtriggers.com/). The tool I use for recycling social posts is Edgar (http://meetedgar.com/); the tool I use for my editorial schedule is Coschedule (http://smartpassiveincome.com/coschedule) Do you have a question about promoting your content? 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 0440: What Is A Good Mobile Business?
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AP 0440: What Is A Good Mobile Business?

Today's question comes from Peter, who has to move often. What’s a good online business for someone on the move? In Episode 46 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, Dane Maxwell talks about how to find a business idea (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/no-ideas-no-expertise-no-money-business/). The post by Kevin Kelly I mention is called 1,000 True Fans (http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/). Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0439: Why Are Meetups Important?
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AP 0439: Why Are Meetups Important?

Today's question comes from Thomas, who asks if I still have meetups in person. Use the hashtag #AskPat439 to let me know if you’re interested in my idea. Do you have a question about networking with others? 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 0438: Is Disqus A Good Comment Platform?
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AP 0438: Is Disqus A Good Comment Platform?

Today's question comes from Todd and his kids Joshua and Jenna, who ask about blog comment platforms. Do you recommend Disqus? Smart Passive Income uses Disqus (https://disqus.com/). My friend Cliff uses Livefyre (http://web.livefyre.com/). The spam plugin I mentioned (but didn’t work well for me) is Akismet (http://akismet.com/). The spam plugin that did work for me is Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/). Do you have a question about blogging plugins? 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 0437: How Has Your View Of Design Changed?
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AP 0437: How Has Your View Of Design Changed?

Today's question comes from Tony, who asks about how my online business has impacted how I feel about design. Tony’s site is http://designerhacks.com/. Tony mentions Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 90 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/architecture-online-business/). In this episode, I also talk about what I’ve learned from Derek Halpern (http://socialtriggers.com/) and from my designer Dustin (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/meet-team-flynn/). Do you have a question about how design impacts 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 more information.

AP 0436: How Do I Provide Offers For My New Podcast?
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AP 0436: How Do I Provide Offers For My New Podcast?

Today's question comes from Will, who hopes to convince his podcast guests to provide offers for his audience. The problem is that he doesn’t have an audience yet. How should he get started? I share how I would go about finding offers for my podcast audience. Do you have a question about podcasts? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0435: Is It Okay To Use Single Opt-In For Email Marketing?
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AP 0435: Is It Okay To Use Single Opt-In For Email Marketing?

Today's question comes from Michael, who asks about single opt-in for email marketing. In this episode, I mention my interview with Ryan Levesque on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 179 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/underused-methods-for-building-your-email-list/). Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0434: How Do I Deal With A Tremendous Amount Of Spam?
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AP 0434: How Do I Deal With A Tremendous Amount Of Spam?

Today's question comes from Tony, who is overwhelmed by spam email. What can he do to combat the huge amount of spam emails? Tony’s site is http://bloggingdiabetes.com/. For blog comments, I recommend getting a captcha plugin for your WordPress website or switching your commenting system to Disqus (https://disqus.com/). I use a paid service called Sanebox (http://sanebox.com/pat), combined with Google Apps for Business (https://www.google.com/work/apps/business/). I talk about how to tackle a huge backlog of email on Smart Passive Income Episode 115 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/email-management/). Do you have a question about email management? 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 0433: How Do I Use Pinterest To Promote My Food Blog?
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AP 0433: How Do I Use Pinterest To Promote My Food Blog?

Today's question comes from Nicholas, who is trying to understand how to promote his business using Pinterest. Nicholas’s website is http://informationalcuisine.com/. I recommend looking to Social Media Examiner for advice on Pinterest (http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/). Check out the Everything Food Conference (http://www.foodbloggingconference.com/) and listen to Smart Passive Income Session 148 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/the-story-behind-the-success-of-food-blog-pinch-of-yum-with-lindsay-and-bjork/). I also mention the Get Rich Slowly blog (http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/). Do you have a question about promoting your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0432: How Do I Turn Podcast Listeners Into Email Subscribers?
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AP 0432: How Do I Turn Podcast Listeners Into Email Subscribers?

Today's question comes from Joe, who is having trouble converting podcast listeners into email list subscribers. How can he improve this conversion rate? Joe’s podcast is The Q2 Podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-q2-podcast/id897345646?mt=2). Joe’s podcast host is Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/). The WordPress plugin I mention is Pretty Links (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/). The conversion tool I recommend is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Check out my book, eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). For more on email list building, listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 78 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/rapid-list-building/). Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0431: How Do I Hire A Software Developer?
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AP 0431: How Do I Hire A Software Developer?

Today's question comes from Wayne, who is looking to hire a software developer. How does he find someone who can make his idea a reality? I recommend Upwork, which is the new company created by the merger of Elance and oDesk (https://www.upwork.com/). For team communication, I highly recommend Slack (http://askpat.com/slack-communication). Do you have a question about hiring staff to help create your projects? 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. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0430: Are eBooks Too Old Fashioned?
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AP 0430: Are eBooks Too Old Fashioned?

Today's question comes from Tara, who asks if ebooks are too old school. Is something fancier, like video, a better choice? Good platforms for hosting courses include WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), WP Courseware (https://flyplugins.com/wp-courseware/), and Zippy Courses (http://askpat.com/zippycourses). The entrepreneurs I mentioned in this episode are Nathan Barry (http://nathanbarry.com/) and David Siteman Garland (http://www.therisetothetop.com/). For recording your screen, I recommend Screenflow (http://askpat.com/screenflow) or Camtasia (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). Do you have a question about lead magnets? 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.

AP 0429: How Can I Manage My Growing Email Inbox?
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AP 0429: How Can I Manage My Growing Email Inbox?

Today's question comes from Karin, whose business is growing rapidly. Her email inbox is getting out of hand—what strategies can she use to keep the personal touch without getting overwhelmed? For more on how Jessica and I handle email, listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 115 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/email-management/). Do you have a question about email management? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0428: Can I Build An Online Business Without A Niche Site?
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AP 0428: Can I Build An Online Business Without A Niche Site?

Today's question comes from Rachel, who wants to build a business without creating a specific niche site. How can she do that? In this episode, I talk about Glen Allsopp from Viperchill (http://www.viperchill.com/). The tool I talk about is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). The affiliate marketplaces mentioned are ClickBank (http://www.clickbank.com/) and CJ (formerly Commission Junction; http://www.cj.com/). To contribute your thoughts on this topic, use the hashtag #AskPat428. Do you have a question about starting your online business? 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 0427: How Do I Find A Mentor?
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AP 0427: How Do I Find A Mentor?

Today's question comes from Corey, who is looking for a mentor. How can he find one? In this episode, I talk about Brian Harris’s “Poster Boy” strategy (http://blog.videofruit.com/poster-boy/). Do you have a question about mentors? 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 0426: How Do I Generate Leads For My Brick-And-Mortar Business?
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AP 0426: How Do I Generate Leads For My Brick-And-Mortar Business?

Today's question comes from Nick, who needs some suggestions for better lead generation for his home building company. To learn about content marketing, check out Marcus Sheridan (http://www.thesaleslion.com/). Do you have a question about lead generation? 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. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat.

AP 0425: How Do I Make My Blogger Website Mobile-Friendly?
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AP 0425: How Do I Make My Blogger Website Mobile-Friendly?

Today's question comes from Amanda, who wants to get back to blogging again. How can she make her Blogger site more mobile-friendly? Amanda’s site is http://www.mommymiamonologues.com/. In this episode, I mention this article from Big Little Geek on responsive Blogger templates (http://www.biglittlegeek.com/best-responsive-seo-optimized-blogger-templates-2015/). If you’re using the Amazon Associate program, check out Genius (https://www.geni.us/). Do you have a question about making your site more mobile-friendly (or responsive)? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0424: How Do I Keep My Subscribers From Getting Duplicate Emails?
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AP 0424: How Do I Keep My Subscribers From Getting Duplicate Emails?

Today's question comes from Rachel, who has a question about email lists and lead magnets. How can she keep subscribers from receiving duplicate emails? Rachel’s site is http://www.candokiddo.com/. Rachel mentions the Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 78 with Clay Collins (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/rapid-list-building/), which talks about how to use LeadPages (http://www.askpat.com/leadpages). The email service providers I discuss are Mailchimp (http://mailchimp.com/) and AWeber (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/aweber), and ConvertKit (http://askpat.com/convertkit). Do you have a question about how to manage your email list? 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 0423: Can I Use Cold Emails To Find New Business?
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AP 0423: Can I Use Cold Emails To Find New Business?

Today's question comes from AJ, who asks about sending cold emails. Are they a good tool for generating new business? Do you have a question about using email to build 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 more information.

AP 0422: How Do I Deal With A Much Larger Competitor?
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AP 0422: How Do I Deal With A Much Larger Competitor?

Today's question comes from Brian, who has a question about the sharing the work of a much more established individual in his market. Is it a good idea to share a competitor’s site when they have a much larger presence? Brian’s site is http://www.askadaddy.com/. Do you have a question about the competition? 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.

AP 0421: How Do I Set Up A Video Studio In A Small Space?
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AP 0421: How Do I Set Up A Video Studio In A Small Space?

Today's question comes from Jon, who is setting up a video studio in the corner of his home office. What some space-saving advice do I have to recommend? In this episode I mention a bunch of photography tools, including using a wide angle lens, using bokeh effect (works better on a standard lens), using LED lights to save on space and heat, folding light reflectors, and ring lights. The lenses I mentioned are the Canon 1.4F 50 mm or 35mm lens. For purchasing camera equipment, Amazon is a good resource, as is B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/). As always, check out Caleb Wojcik’s resource at DIY Video Guide (http://diyvideoguide.com/). Do you have a question about shooting videos 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. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0420: What Do You Think Of Using Periscope To Market A Business?
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AP 0420: What Do You Think Of Using Periscope To Market A Business?

Today's question comes from Ann, who asks about the Periscope platform. What is its potential for marketing a business? Chris Ducker inspired me to get started using Periscope (http://www.chrisducker.com). Do you have a question about social media? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Thanks to our sponsor, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

AP 0419: How Many Hours Do I Work When I'm Starting My Business?
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AP 0419: How Many Hours Do I Work When I'm Starting My Business?

Today's question comes from Mary, who asks how much a new business owner needs to work in the beginning. Is it important to work long hours when you’re first getting a business started? The two authors I contrast are Gary Vaynerchuck (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/) and Tim Ferriss (http://fourhourworkweek.com/). Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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 0418: How Long Will My Online Business Last?
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AP 0418: How Long Will My Online Business Last?

Today's question comes from Megan, who asks about leaving a traditional product-based business to start an online business. How does she make sure this new business will last? 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 starting your online 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, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

AP 0417: What Questions Should I Ask My Audience?
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AP 0417: What Questions Should I Ask My Audience?

Today's question comes from Chris, who is planning to interview some audience members. What questions should he ask his audience members? Chris’s site is http://sidehustleacademy.com/. I recommend Ryan Levesque's excellent book on how to conduct audience surveys (http://www.amazon.com/Ask-Counterintuitive-Discover-Customers-Business/dp/1939447720/&tag=smartpassiveincome-20). Do you have a question about learning from your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0416: How Important Is Having A Business Plan?
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AP 0416: How Important Is Having A Business Plan?

Today's question comes from Elizabeth, who asks about business plans. How important is having a business plan? Elizabeth’s site is http://www.theseniorgap.com/. In this episode I mention the SBA, which is the Small Business Administration (https://www.sba.gov/). I recommend the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Do you have a question about getting started with 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 more information.

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

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 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-nathan-chan-built-a-6-figure-digital-magazine-and-the-marketing-strategies-we-can-all-use/). To set up domain redirects, check out the WordPress plugin Pretty Link (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/). Do you have a question about Instagram? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today's sponsor is Braintree. Braintree will help you accept business payments for your products from customers across the world. Go to http://braintreepayments.com/pat. Thanks to our sponsor, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

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

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 posting jobs today.

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

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

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 (http://www.authorize.net/). Kajabi is another option for hosting courses, but I have not tried it out (https://www.kajabiapp.com/). To host a course on your own website, look into these WordPress platforms: WP WishList (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), WP Courseware (https://flyplugins.com/wp-courseware/), and Zippy Courses (http://askpat.com/zippycourses). For screen recording, I recommend Screenflow for Mac (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm) or Camtasia for PCs (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). A great, inexpensive microphone is the AudioTechnica ATR 2100 (http://askpat.com/atr2100). Zoom is another webinar hosting platform (http://zoom.us/pat). Do you have a question about building membership courses? 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 0411: How Do I Build Traffic To My Services Website?
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AP 0411: How Do I Build Traffic To My Services Website?

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/). Here’s the video of Derek walking me through how to improve my conversion strategies (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/conversion-strategies/). Do you have a question about building traffic for your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Share your thoughts on today’s episode using #AskPat411. 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, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

AP 0410: What Did I Learn When My Website Got Hacked?
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AP 0410: What Did I Learn When My Website Got Hacked?

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 (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/). The password managers I mention are 1Password (https://agilebits.com/onepassword) and LastPass (https://lastpass.com/). The hosting companies I recommend are Linode (https://www.linode.com/) and Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Two other service I recommend are Sucuri (https://sucuri.net/) and Cloudflare (https://www.cloudflare.com/). Do you have a question about your website’s security? 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, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

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

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 http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

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

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 more information.

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

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 http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

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

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 (https://flyplugins.com/wp-courseware/), and Zippy Courses (http://askpat.com/zippycourses). Do you have a question about creating courses? 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.

AP 0405: Should I Create My Own Health Food Product?
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AP 0405: Should I Create My Own Health Food Product?

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, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

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

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?
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AP 0403: How Do I Become A Millionaire?

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. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

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

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 (http://fiveminutejournal.com). Do you have a question about the habits of a good entrepreneur? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, MileIQ! MileIQ tracks your mileage automatically for your taxes. Text “Pat” to 89800 to try the app for free.

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

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 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, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

AP 0400: AskPat Live On Periscope
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AP 0400: AskPat Live On Periscope

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, Sidekick. Receive live notifications when someone opens your email. Go to http://getsidekick.com/pat to check it out.

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

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

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 sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

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

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 sponsor Zip Recruiter (http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat). Do you have a question about your small business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0396: Can I Start Blogging in a Crowded Industry?
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AP 0396: Can I Start Blogging in a Crowded Industry?

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.

AP 0395: Did I Choose A Niche That Is Too Small?
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AP 0395: Did I Choose A Niche That Is Too Small?

Today's question comes from Paula, who worries that she may have selected a niche that is too small. What should she do? In this episode, I recommend using the Google Keywords Tool (https://adwords.google.com) and LongTail Pro (http://askpat.com/longtailpro), as well as Amazon (http://amazon.com/). The Gary Vaynerchuck book I reference is Crush It (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/new-york-times-bestselling-aut-649919693.html). Do you have a question about your niche website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0394: Do You Still Use Muse For Meditation?
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AP 0394: Do You Still Use Muse For Meditation?

Today's question comes from Mike, who asks about my experience with the Muse device for meditation. You can find the Muse device here (http://smartpassiveincome.com/muse). I use meditation as a part of my morning routine, which I discuss with Hal Elrod on Smart Passive Income Podcast #140 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/). Do you have a question about meditation? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Zoom. Check out their fantastic video and web conferencing service at http://zoom.us/pat. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0393: How Do I Record My Podcast Guests?
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AP 0393: How Do I Record My Podcast Guests?

Today's question comes from Tehout, who records interviews for her podcast. How can she ensure that her guests have a good sound quality? I recommend the Ecamm Call Recorder for Mac users (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/) and Pamela recorder for PCs (http://www.pamela.biz/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0392: When Should I Ignore My Audience's Opinion?
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AP 0392: When Should I Ignore My Audience's Opinion?

Today's question comes from Matt, who is wrestling with the opinions he received after polling his audience. A small portion of his audience disagrees with a design change he is considering. Should he listen to them or continue with his rebranding plans? Matt’s site is http://skylanderscharacterlist.com/. This site is about the game Skylanders (http://www.skylanders.com/). Pat’s a fan of Disney Infinity (https://infinity.disney.com/). Do you have a question about managing feedback from your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0391: How Do I Encourage My Readers To Leave Reviews?
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AP 0391: How Do I Encourage My Readers To Leave Reviews?

Today's question comes from Matt, whose wife has just released a cookbook. What is the best way to encourage her community to leave reviews on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites? Lynn’s site is http://freshaprilflours.com/. I discuss reviews with Jeff Goins on Smart Passive Income Podcast Episode 79 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/book-marketing-time-travel/). Do you have a question about selling your book? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0390: How Do I Get My Family To Support My Business Goals?
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AP 0390: How Do I Get My Family To Support My Business Goals?

Today's question comes from Elizabeth, who needs help convincing her husband that building a business structured around passive income is a smart idea. Elizabeth’s site is http://www.savvysandwicher.com/. Thank you so much for completing the survey I ran on Smart Passive Income. Your responses help me cover topics that are helpful to you as you build your business. To talk about his episode, use #AskPat390. Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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 0389: Why Did You Start Smart Passive Income?
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AP 0389: Why Did You Start Smart Passive Income?

Today's question comes from Liz, who asks about how my feelings about Smart Passive Income have changed. How do I feel about what I have to offer my listeners? Liz’s site is http://cuddlesandrage.com/. I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about Smart Passive Income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Zoom. Check out their fantastic video and web conferencing service at http://zoom.us/pat. Thanks also to MileIQ, an app that helps you keep track of your mileage for your tax reporting. Text FLYNN to 89800 to try it out for free.

AP 0388: How Do I Restart My Blog After An Absence?
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AP 0388: How Do I Restart My Blog After An Absence?

Today's question comes from Jason, who is interested it reviving his blog. How does he come back from a long absence? The book I mention is Ask by Ryan Levesque (http://www.amazon.com/Ask-Counterintuitive-Discover-Customers-Business/dp/1939447720/&tag=smartpassiveincome-20). Here’s the survey I’m running based on what I learned from this book, and I would appreciate if you could fill it out: http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about getting your blog restarted? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0387: How Do Your Affiliate Sales Change Your Business Priorities?
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AP 0387: How Do Your Affiliate Sales Change Your Business Priorities?

Today's question comes from Michael, who has a question about my Bluehost affiliate sales. How does this income source change the way I approach my business? What would I do differently if I didn’t have this income source? (http://askpat.com/bluehost) I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about affiliate sales? 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 0386: How Do I Make Sure New Visitors Find My Old Content?
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AP 0386: How Do I Make Sure New Visitors Find My Old Content?

Today's question comes from Jimm, who has a site with a large backlog of content. How can he make sure he’s making the most of his backlog so that new people find it? Jimm’s site is http://vententersearch.com. In this episode, I talk about my Getting Started page at Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/passive-income-101/), as well as AskPat Episode #383 (https://soundcloud.com/askpat/how-do-i-organize-my-content-plan) and the social media tool Edgar (http://meetedgar.com/). I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about your content strategy? 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 0385: How Do I Find A Development Coach Or A Mastermind Group?
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AP 0385: How Do I Find A Development Coach Or A Mastermind Group?

Today's question comes from Mary, who is looking to build a professional support network. How can she find a personal development coach and a mastermind group? I’ve covered mastermind groups on SPI TV Episodes 9–12 (http://watchspi.tv). Share your experience with mastermind groups and/or working with a development coach using #AskPat385. I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about your personal development? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0384: What Is A Good Platform For Selling Online Courses?
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AP 0384: What Is A Good Platform For Selling Online Courses?

Today's question comes from Steve, who is looking to sell an online course. What are good platforms for selling online courses? In this episode, I discuss several different platforms and tools, including Udemy (https://www.udemy.com/), Lynda (http://lynda.com), Wistia (http://wistia.com/hub), Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/), Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/), WP Wishlist (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/) and Zippy Courses (http://askpat.com/zippy). Check out Smart Passive Income Episode #136 for more on building online courses (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-build-an-online-course-that-sells/). The 1-Day Business Breakthrough site uses Zippy Courses here (https://1daybblive.com/buy/2015/). To share your experience with course creation, use #AskPat384. I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about creating online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Zoom. Check out their fantastic video and web conferencing service at http://zoom.us/pat.

AP 0383: How Do I Organize My Content Plan?
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AP 0383: How Do I Organize My Content Plan?

Today's question comes from Dana, who is still getting started and needs help getting organized. What information should she keep track of when she’s organizing her content plan? In this episode I mentioned Speakpipe, which we use for taking questions on the show (https://www.speakpipe.com/), as well as Google Drive spreadsheets (https://drive.google.com/). I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about your content strategy? 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 0382: Which Comes First, The Podcast Or The Blog?
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AP 0382: Which Comes First, The Podcast Or The Blog?

Today's question comes from Greg, who asks which should come first, the podcast or the blog. I have a lot of thoughts on how to get started. To learn about getting your podcast started, go to my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com). I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0381: Is It Worth Buying Backlinks?
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AP 0381: Is It Worth Buying Backlinks?

Today's question comes from Dean, who asks about buying backlinks. Dean’s site is http://moderngreenlife.com/. Kimanzi Constable shares great information on how to become a contributing writer to large media sites on Smart Passive Income Podcast #145 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-become-a-contributing-writer-on-large-media-sites-kimanzi-constable/). Brian Dean’s article on backlinking contains lots of great information for the current search environment (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/backlinking-strategy-2014-beyond/). I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about search engine rankings? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0380: How Do I Prioritize My Time Between Two Projects?
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AP 0380: How Do I Prioritize My Time Between Two Projects?

Today's question comes from Chirag, who has two websites. How should he balance the effort spent on the two different sites? Chirag’s site is http://chiragmehta.co.uk/. I would appreciate if you could fill out my survey at http://spisurvey.com. Your responses will help me serve you better. Do you have a question about time management? 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 0379: How Do I Structure A Good Podcast Interview?
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AP 0379: How Do I Structure A Good Podcast Interview?

Today's question comes from Carlos, who is preparing to start a podcast. He asks how I structure my interviews and how I plan the questions. Carlos’s site is http://quietsalesguy.com/. Carlos mentions the event I held with Chris Ducker, 1-Day Business Breakthrough (https://1daybb.com/download). Do you have a question about interviewing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0378: When Should I Use A Pen Name?
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AP 0378: When Should I Use A Pen Name?

Today's question comes from Jason, who asks about protecting his online identity. What should he do to protect his identity? When should he use a pen name? Jason’s site is http://debtdeparture.com/. In this episode, I talk about my niche website Security Guard Training (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/) and why I used a pen name. Share your experience using a pen name with #AskPat378. Do you have a question about protecting your online identity? 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 0377: How Did You Build Your Niche Sites?
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AP 0377: How Did You Build Your Niche Sites?

Today's question comes from Kedar, who asks about how I built my niche sites. What did I know before I got started? How did I learn about the niches? In this episode, I talk about my niche websites Security Guard Training (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/) and FoodTruckr (http://www.foodtruckr.com/). Do you have a question about creating niche sites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0376: How Do I Create A Good Podcast Intro?
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AP 0376: How Do I Create A Good Podcast Intro?

Today's question comes from Filmon, who is looking to change his podcast’s intro music. Here are the tools and services I recommend. Music Radio Creative created the AskPat intro (http://askpat.com/mrc). For software, the Mac’s built-in Garage Band program works well, otherwise check out Audacity (http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/), Adobe Audition (https://creative.adobe.com/products/audition), and Reaper (http://www.reaper.fm/index.php). For getting intros made, try Fiverr (http://fiverr.com), Elance (https://www.elance.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0375: How Do I Handle New Lead Magnets For My Existing Email Subscribers?
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AP 0375: How Do I Handle New Lead Magnets For My Existing Email Subscribers?

Today's question comes from Melody, who asks about email newsletters and lead magnets. Should she require her existing users to opt-in again to get new lead magnets? Melody’s site is http://melodywilding.com/. The tool I mention is LeadPages (http://askpat.com/leadpages). Also, find Josh Shipp here (http://joshshipp.com/). Do you have a question about email newsletters? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0374: What Happens When New And Noteworthy Ends?
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AP 0374: What Happens When New And Noteworthy Ends?

Today's question comes from Adrian, who has a podcast in iTunes’s New and Noteworthy section. What happens when it ends? Adrian’s podcast is Your Daily 10 Minute Meditation Podcast (http://apple.co/1e5RB9p). Check out the Smart Podcast Player (http://smartpodcastplayer.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0373: How Do You Stay True To Your Morals When Making Business Decisions?
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AP 0373: How Do You Stay True To Your Morals When Making Business Decisions?

Today's question comes from Matt, who asks about making business decisions. How do I stay true to my morals when someone is offering me a lot of money? Do you have a question about making good business decisions? 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 0372: Where Do I Find My Podcast Stats?
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AP 0372: Where Do I Find My Podcast Stats?

Today's question comes from Kirklan, who is having trouble finding his podcast stats. How does he figure out how many downloads his show has? Kirklan’s podcast is http://empowertk.org/. In this episode, I talk about Feedburner (http://feedburner.google.com). I share advice from Cliff Ravenscraft (http://podcastanswerman.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0371: How Do I Politely Decline Requests For Free Content?
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AP 0371: How Do I Politely Decline Requests For Free Content?

Today's question comes from Maelisa, who asks about politely declining request for free content. In this episode I discuss my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/) and my product Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com/). Do you have a question about fielding requests from your audience? 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 0370: Do I Need A Separate Website For My Podcast?
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AP 0370: Do I Need A Separate Website For My Podcast?

Today's question comes from Roy, who is starting a new podcast. Should the podcast live on its own website? Roy’s site is http://www.idealdreammarriage.com/. In this episode, I talk about my project with Chris Ducker, 1-Day Business Breakthrough (https://1daybb.com/), as well as my main website, Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0369: How Do I Turn Followers Into Relationships?
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AP 0369: How Do I Turn Followers Into Relationships?

Today's question comes from Michael, who asks how to turn followers into relationships. What a great question! In this episode I talk about email service providers AWeber (http://askpat.com/aweber), Infusionsoft (http://askpat.com/infusionsoft), Ontraport (https://ontraport.com/), Constant Contact (http://www.constantcontact.com/index.jsp), iContact (http://www.icontact.com/), and MailChimp (http://mailchimp.com/). Do you have a question about audience engagement? 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 0368: Should I Pay For Facebook Ads To Build My Email List?
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AP 0368: Should I Pay For Facebook Ads To Build My Email List?

Today's question comes from Joe, who is working to build his email list. Should he spend money on Facebook Ads? Joe’s site is http://panvisio.org/. Amy Porterfield has great advice on this topic (http://www.amyporterfield.com/), as does Rick Mulready (http://rickmulready.com/). In this episode, I also mention Gary Vaynerchuck (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/new-york-times-bestselling-aut-649919693.html). Do you have a question about email list building? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0367: How Do I Record A Webinar?
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AP 0367: How Do I Record A Webinar?

Today's question comes from Daniel, who wants to record webinars for his organization. What equipment does he need? Webinar providers include GoToWebinar (http://askpat.com/gotowebinar), Google Hangouts (https://plus.google.com/hangouts/), and Webinar Jam (http://ww2.webinarjam.com/welcome/). Scheduling/signup tools include LeadPages plus your email service provider (http://askpat.com/leadpages) (http://askpat.com/aweber). The webcam I use is the Logitech Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (http://amzn.to/1JYnpcj). A great inexpensive microphone is the AudioTechnica ATR2100 (http://amzn.to/1JYnGw3). I recommend recording the webinar using Screenflow (http://askpat.com/screenflow) or Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp). The Smart Passive Income Podcast with Lewes Howes is episode 29 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session29). Do you have a question about webinars? 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 0366: Should I Focus On Creating Digital Products Outside My Niche?
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AP 0366: Should I Focus On Creating Digital Products Outside My Niche?

Today's question comes from Bree, who asks about whether she should spend time creating digital products outside her niche. Do you have a question about digital products? 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 also to Relay Rides, who helps you rent out your car when you’re not using it. Get an extra $100 when you sign up at http://www.relayrides.com/pat.

AP 0365: Why Is My Podcast Promotion Strategy Failing?
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AP 0365: Why Is My Podcast Promotion Strategy Failing?

Today's question comes from Joel, who is having trouble with the promotion of his podcast. Why is his strategy failing? Joel’s podcast is Look Like a Local (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/look-like-local-travelers/id993214217?mt=2). In this episode, I talk about this FoodTruckr post: http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/. Do you have a question about podcast promotion? 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 0364: Should I Buy All The Variations Of My Domain Name?
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AP 0364: Should I Buy All The Variations Of My Domain Name?

Today's question comes from Ron, who asks about domain names. Should he buy up all the variations (.net, .com, .org, etc.)? In this episode, I mention Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net) and LeadPages (http://leadpages.net). Do you have a question about managing domain names? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0363: Do I Need An MBA For Online Business?
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AP 0363: Do I Need An MBA For Online Business?

Today's question comes from Chastity, who asks about whether or not she should pursue an MBA. In this episode, I discuss starting Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do you have a question about running your online business? 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 0362: What Role Does Appearance Make In Building A Personal Brand?
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AP 0362: What Role Does Appearance Make In Building A Personal Brand?

Today's question comes from Aaron, who has a question about standing out from the crowd. Does a professional appearance still have a place? Aaron’s site is http://freecustommusic.com/. To sign up for my email list, go to eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). In this episode, I mention a post I wrote for Fizzle about software development (http://fizzle.co/sparkline/five-lessons-learned-from-building-two-failed-wordpress-plugins-and-how-they-led-me-to-my-first-successful-software-venture). Check out Budgets Are Sexy to see J. Money’s distinctive look (http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/). Do you have a question about building a personal brand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0361: How Do I Promote My New Podcast?
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AP 0361: How Do I Promote My New Podcast?

Today's question comes from Saj, who is starting a new podcast. How do I promote my new podcast? You can find my podcast tutorial at PodcastingTutorial.com (http://podcastingtutorial.com/). In this episode I share my experience with podcast promotion. Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0360: Should I Make My Website Bilingual?
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AP 0360: Should I Make My Website Bilingual?

Today's question comes from Jordi, who is working to refine his target audience. Should his site be bilingual, with information in both English and Spanish? In this episode, I mention Google Analytics (https://www.google.com/analytics/). Share your experiences with bilingual websites using #AskPat360. Do you have a question about getting your website started? 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 0359: Do You Have Any Resources For App Development?
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AP 0359: Do You Have Any Resources For App Development?

Today's question comes from Kristin and Britain, who are looking for resources for planning and developing an iOS game. How can they get organized and started with development? In this episode, I talk about Elance (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/elance). Do you have a question about app development? 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 0358: What Does It Cost To Get A Niche Website Started?
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AP 0358: What Does It Cost To Get A Niche Website Started?

Today's question comes from Will, who asks about website startup costs. What does it take to get a new niche site up and running? Will is talking about my niche site, Security Guard Training (http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/). For keyword research, I used LongTail Pro (http://askpat.com/longtailpro). Market Samurai is another keyword tool (http://www.marketsamurai.com/), as is the Google Adwords Keyword Planning (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner). For domain hosting, I recommend Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). I used a free WordPress theme to start that. For email, I used Aweber (http://www.aweber.com/askpat). I used Elance for help with writing (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/elance). Do you have a question about starting a niche site? 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 0357: How Do I Optimize My Podcast's Metadata?
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AP 0357: How Do I Optimize My Podcast's Metadata?

Today's question comes from Ken, who wants to know how to optimize his podcast metadata. Ken’s podcast website is http://www.gregbennettsales.com/podcastm/. For keyword research, the Google Adwords Keyword Planning Tool may be useful (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner). Other keyword tools I recommend are LongTail Pro (http://askpat.com/longtailpro) and Market Samurai is another keyword tool (http://www.marketsamurai.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0356: 5 Things I Recommend New Bloggers Do
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AP 0356: 5 Things I Recommend New Bloggers Do

Today's question comes from Phil, who asks what five things I’d recommend for new bloggers. Phil’s site is http://selfdevelopmentjourney.com/. The episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast I recommend is episode 145 with Kimanzi Constable (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session145). Do you have a question about blogging? 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 also to Relay Rides, where you can rent out your own car when you're not using it. Go to http://www.relayrides.com/pat for a special offer.

AP 0355: How Do I Make A Professional-Looking Info Product?
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AP 0355: How Do I Make A Professional-Looking Info Product?

AP 0355: How Do I Make a Professional-Looking Info Product? Today's question comes from David, who is ready to put out his first info product. He has the content—what’s the best way to make it look professional? The payment platform I mentioned is Gumroad (http://gumroad.com). The tools I recommend are WP Wishlist (http://member.wishlistproducts.com/), Zippy Courses (https://zippycourses.com/), and WP Courseware (https://flyplugins.com/wp-courseware/). Do you have a question about information products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0354: What Is The Best Video Hosting Platform?
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AP 0354: What Is The Best Video Hosting Platform?

Today's question comes from Fay, who is looking for a good, cost-effective video hosting platform. Here are my suggestions. YouTube is best for public videos and is the most cost-effective option (http://youtube.com/). Wistia is a more expensive option, but it will give you the best data and is ideal for paid communities (http://wistia.com/). Vimeo is another good option for videos in a paid course (http://vimeo.com/). Also, hear why I think you should upload videos directly to Facebook. Learn about creating great videos from my friend and videographer Caleb Wojcik (http://DIYVideoGuide.com and http://DIYVideoGuy.com). Do you have a question about video? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Also, share your advice with #AskPat354. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0353: How Do I Convince A Company To Start An Affiliate Program?
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AP 0353: How Do I Convince A Company To Start An Affiliate Program?

Today's question comes from Art, who needs advice on educating businesses on affiliate programs. How can he educate company owners on the benefit of affiliate programs? Art’s site is http://scapefu.com/. I’ve had experience with this problem with my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). For phone tracking, check out Call Rail (http://www.callrail.com/). I also reference episode 41 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/affiliate-marketing-the-smart-way/). Do you have a question about affiliate programs? 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 0352: How Long Do I Wait Before Releasing A Course?
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AP 0352: How Long Do I Wait Before Releasing A Course?

Today's question comes from Danny, who asks how long he should wait (or how many subscribers he should have) before releasing a course. Danny’s site is http://thehindsightjournal.com/. Share your experiencing releasing courses using #AskPat351. Do you have a question about courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0351: How Do I Interact With People On My Sales Page?
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AP 0351: How Do I Interact With People On My Sales Page?

Today's question comes from Pim, who wants to interact with people who land on his sales page. What’s a good tool for this? In this episode, I talk about the live chat feature, Olark (https://www.olark.com/), the heat map tools that can help you improve optimization, Crazy Egg (http://www.crazyegg.com/) and ClickTale (http://www.clicktale.com/). If you have any suggestions for Pim, share them using #AskPat351. Do you have a question about increasing your sales page conversions? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0350: How Did You First Make Money With Your Podcast?
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AP 0350: How Did You First Make Money With Your Podcast?

Today's question comes from Nicole, who has a podcast topic and wants to know how I first made money with the show. Nicole’s site is http://www.loveradianceskincare.com/. I talk with John Lee Dumas about podcast sponsorships on Smart Passive Income Session 97 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/facebook-webinar-conversion-adding-sponsors-podcast/). John is from Entrepreneur On Fire (http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0349: What Is A Good Alternative To Google Ads?
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AP 0349: What Is A Good Alternative To Google Ads?

Today’s question comes from Chava, who is looking for an alternative to Google Ads. What’s an alternative way to monetize her site? Chava’s site is http://www.ourkidscanthrive.com/. This is a great question. I talk about what I feel are the important things to keep in mind when monetizing your website. Do you have a question about monetization? 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 0348: Do You Edit Past Blog Posts?
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AP 0348: Do You Edit Past Blog Posts?

Today's question comes from Bethany, who asks about editing old blog posts. Do I edit old posts? How do I keep on top of what needs editing? Do you have a question about your blog? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0347: What Does Your Podcasting Workflow Look Like?
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AP 0347: What Does Your Podcasting Workflow Look Like?

Today's question comes from Lea, who asks about my podcasting workflow. What information do I send my guests? How do I do my research? What does the workflow during and after the podcast look like? Lea’s site is http://www.leapica.com/. In this episode, I mention Ramit Sethi (http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/). Listen to the whole episode to hear which songs my son loves. You’ll find the song soon by searching for #AskPat347. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0346: What Is A Good Customer Support Ticket System?
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AP 0346: What Is A Good Customer Support Ticket System?

Today's question comes from Butch, who is looking for a good support ticketing plugin. I have several suggestions for tools. We use HelpScout for the Smart Podcast Player (https://www.helpscout.net/) to track support tickets and provide a support database (http://support.smartpodcastplayer.com/). We use Rhino Support at Create a Clickable Map (https://www.rhinosupport.com/) to track support tickets. Zendesk is another paid option that integrates nicely with WordPress (https://www.zendesk.com/). A free solution for WordPress is WP Support Plus Responsive Ticket System (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-support-plus-responsive-ticket-system/). If you have a suggestion for Butch, share it using #AskPat346. Do you have a question about providing service to your customers? 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 0345: How Do I Balance My Time Between Learning And Working?
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AP 0345: How Do I Balance My Time Between Learning And Working?

Today's question comes from Bill, who asks about time management. How should he split his time between working on the business and learning new skills? Bill’s site is http://www.traumamonkeys.com/. Bill mentions Fizzle (http://fizzle.co). I talk about advice from Jeremy over at Internet Business Mastery (http://internetbusinessmastery.com/). Do you have a question about time management? 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 0344: What's The Best Way To Write For My Niche Site?
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AP 0344: What's The Best Way To Write For My Niche Site?

Today's question comes from Anne, who has a question about the writing style for her niche site. Are posts made up of bullet points okay? I share my experiences with different writing styles on Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/) and at my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Share your experiences with #AskPat344. Do you have a question about writing for your website? 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 Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0343: How Many Hours Do You Work Each Week?
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AP 0343: How Many Hours Do You Work Each Week?

Today's question comes from Curt, who asks about my work-life balance. How many hours do I work in a week? Curt’s site is http://valuesdrivenresults.com/. In this episode I mention Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning (http://halelrod.com/). Do you have a question about building your business around your schedule? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0342: How Do I Leverage The Success Of My Niche Site?
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AP 0342: How Do I Leverage The Success Of My Niche Site?

Today's question comes from Garret, who has a successful niche site. How can he leverage that success to grow a larger business? Today’s caller mentioned Niche Pursuits (http://nichepursuits.com/), a great resource for information on making the most of your niche site. Do you have a question about niche sites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0341: How Do I Increase My Social Following?
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AP 0341: How Do I Increase My Social Following?

Today's question comes from DJ D’Loose, who is looking to build his following across platforms. What can he do to increase interaction on Facebook, Soundcloud, and other platforms? In this episode I take a look at DJ D’Loose’s social media feeds and share my thoughts for how to better engage his audience. Do you have a question about increasing audience engagement? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0340: How Do I Build Up My On Camera Confidence?
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AP 0340: How Do I Build Up My On Camera Confidence?

Today's question comes from Gary, who needs to build his on-camera confidence. What are some good resources for building up this confidence? Toastmasters is a great resource for improving your public speaking (https://www.toastmasters.org/). Caleb Wojcik has lots of advice for improving your own videos (http://diyvideoguide.com). Do you have a question about your online presence? 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 0339: How Do I Get People To Use A New Forum?
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AP 0339: How Do I Get People To Use A New Forum?

Today's question comes from Warren, who is planning to start a forum. How can he encourage users to contribute when the forum is still new and doesn’t have a lot of content? Warren’s site is http://www.thesuperblife.com/. Fizzle does a great job managing their community (http://fizzle.co/), as does Darren Rowse from Problogger (http://www.problogger.net/). Steve Kamb institutes challenges to keep his community engaged (http://www.nerdfitness.com/) Do you have a question about forums and Facebook? 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.

AP 0338: Do I Continue My Launch Plans When A Giant Competitor Releases Something Similar?
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AP 0338: Do I Continue My Launch Plans When A Giant Competitor Releases Something Similar?

Today's question comes from Laura, who needs help deciding if she should continue with her launch plans, given that a Google-backed venture has just launched something incredibly similar. What should she do? I need you to weigh in using #AskPat338. Would you keep going? The Google-backed project is http://digit.co/. Uber (https://www.uber.com/) and Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/) come to mind. I also discuss Meerkat (http://meerkatapp.co/) and Periscope (http://www.periscope.com/), Vine (https://vine.co/) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/). Do you have a question about your launch plans? 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 0337: How Do I Get People To Use My App?
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AP 0337: How Do I Get People To Use My App?

Today's question comes from Eric, who has an app that he wants his target audience to use. The app doesn’t need to make money; he just wants it to get used. Eric’s site is http://aboutmywoods.org/. Do you have advice for Eric? Share it with #AskPat337. Do you have a question about marketing your app? 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 0336: How Do I Use Email For Product Validation?
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AP 0336: How Do I Use Email For Product Validation?

Today's question comes from Nickeya, who has a question about using email for product validation. This is an area I’m very interested in. I mention Chris Ducker's experiences with infomercials, which is very similar to how we can validate products in the online world (http://chrisducker.com/). Do you have a question about product validation? 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 0335: How Many Words Should A Blogger Write Every Day?
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AP 0335: How Many Words Should A Blogger Write Every Day?

Today's question comes from David, who is a new blogger. He asks, “How many words should I write per day?” Here are the tools I recommend: Five Minute Journal (http://www.fiveminutejournal.com/), 750 Words (http://750words.com/), and Jeff Goins’s 500 Word Challenge (http://goinswriter.com/my500words/). The sites I reference are Problogger (http://www.problogger.net/), Daily Blog Tips (http://www.dailyblogtips.com/), Social Triggers (http://socialtriggers.com/), and Become a Blogger (https://www.becomeablogger.com/). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0334: What Tools Should I Use To Record A Video Podcast?
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AP 0334: What Tools Should I Use To Record A Video Podcast?

Today's question comes from Kara, who has an audio podcast and is considering starting a video podcast. Which tools should she use to record her video podcast? Kara’s site is http://www.morningcooldown.com/. To learn about RSS feeds, go to my podcasting tutorial (http://podcastingtutorial.com). For video editing, I recommend Screenflow on Mac (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm) and Camtasia on a PC (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). For video podcasts, my videographer Caleb Wojcik (http://diyvideoguy.com/) introduced me to Podbean (http://www.podbean.com/). Vimeo Pro (https://vimeo.com/pro) is also a good choice for video podcasts. Do you have a tool to share? Use #AskPat334. Do you have a question about video podcasts? 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.

AP 0333: How Do I Make A Service Business Passive?
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AP 0333: How Do I Make A Service Business Passive?

Today's question comes from Emmanuel, who is a graphic designer. How can he take his service-based business and make it passive? To learn how to productize your services, listen to Smart Passive Income session 158 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-productize-your-service-based-business/). Do you have a question about your service-based business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Share your thoughts on this episode using #AskPat333. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0332: Is Your Income Truly Passive?
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AP 0332: Is Your Income Truly Passive?

Today's question comes from Jeremy, who asks if my income is truly passive. Here are my thoughts on this great question. In the episode, I mention FoodTruckr (http://foodtruckr.com/). Do you have a question about passive income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0331: What Is Your Process For Capturing Thoughts For Writing?
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AP 0331: What Is Your Process For Capturing Thoughts For Writing?

Today's question comes from Alain, who wants to know how I capture thoughts for my writing process. Share your writing process with #AskPat331. In this episode, I talk about Evernote (https://evernote.com/), Scrivener (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php), and Rev (https://www.rev.com/) Do you have a question about the writing process? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0330: How Do You Write Your Show Notes?
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AP 0330: How Do You Write Your Show Notes?

Today's question comes from Brian, who is getting a new podcast started. He wants to know the best way to write out his show notes. In this episode I mention Amy Porterfield (http://www.amyporterfield.com/), Michael Hyatt (http://michaelhyatt.com/), and Cliff Ravenscraft (http://podcastanswerman.com/). Do you have a question about podcasting? 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 0329: When Do I Need To Set Up An LLC?
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AP 0329: When Do I Need To Set Up An LLC?

Today's question comes from Curtis, who is just getting started. He wants to know when he should set up the LLC. Does he have to do it right away or can he wait a little while? Do you have a question about getting your business started? 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 0328: What Do I Do When The Domain Name I Want Isn't Available?
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AP 0328: What Do I Do When The Domain Name I Want Isn't Available?

Today's question comes from Luca, who is starting a website, but the domain name he wants isn’t available. What should he consider as he picks a new site? I mention Glen Allsop from Viperchill (http://www.viperchill.com/), Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net/), Problogger (http://problogger.net/), and Entrepreneur’s Journey (http://entrepreneurs-journey.com/), as well as this article from Niche Pursuits (http://www.nichepursuits.com/goodbye-exact-match-domains-hello-brandable-websites/). The Patent and Trade Office is online at http://www.uspto.gov/. Do you have a question about starting your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0327: What Are The Best Practices For Managing WordPress Plugins?
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AP 0327: What Are The Best Practices For Managing WordPress Plugins?

Today's question comes from Tyler, who is looking for advice regarding WordPress plugins. What’s the best way to managing frequent updates and making sure that features don’t break? I share my advice; share yours using #AskPat325. Do you have a question about your WordPress website? 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.

AP 0326: How Do I Find Broken Links On My Site?
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AP 0326: How Do I Find Broken Links On My Site?

Today's question comes from Nathan, who wants to know if there is a quick method for finding and fixing broken links on his site. Nathan’s site is http://minneapolisrunning.com/. The plugin I recommend is Broken Link Checker (https://wordpress.org/plugins/broken-link-checker/). Do you have a question about keeping your website up to date? 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. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0325: Should I Respond To Negative Comments?
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AP 0325: Should I Respond To Negative Comments?

Today's question comes from Alice, who has received negative comments from members of her community. How should she respond? Should she respond? Alice’s site is http://www.yourdoulabag.com/. You can find Jay Baer at http://www.convinceandconvert.com/. Do you have a question about dealing criticism? 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 0324: How Narrow Should I Make My EBook Topic?
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AP 0324: How Narrow Should I Make My EBook Topic?

Today's question comes from Jackie, who has written an ebook for a very narrow niche. Sales are good but not amazing. Should her next book topic be as narrow or should she go broader? Share your thoughts using #AskPat324. Jackie’s site is http://freedomthroughpassiveincome.com/. In this episode, I mention the tool Crazy Egg (http://www.crazyegg.com/). Do you have a question about topics for ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0323: How Can I Increase Traffic To A New Website?
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AP 0323: How Can I Increase Traffic To A New Website?

Today's question comes from Alyce, who has a new website that is getting some attention. What can she do to keep building traffic? Alyce’s site is http://www.newstability.com/. In this episode I mention John Lee Dumas (http://entrepreneuronfire.com/), Caleb Wojcik (http://diyvideoguy.com/), Amy Porterfield (http://amyporterfield.com). Do you have a question about driving traffic to your website? 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 0322: How Many Podcast Listeners Do I Need Before Selling Ads?
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AP 0322: How Many Podcast Listeners Do I Need Before Selling Ads?

Today's question comes from John, who asks how many listeners he should have before he starts selling advertising. I share what I’ve learned about podcast advertising. Do you have a question about podcast advertising? 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.

AP 0321: How Do I Do Keyword Research For The Amazon Kindle Marketplace?
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AP 0321: How Do I Do Keyword Research For The Amazon Kindle Marketplace?

Today's question comes from Toni, who asks about software for keyword research in the Amazon Kindle marketplace. The Google keyword tools I recommend are Google Keyword Planner (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner) and Long Tail Pro (http://askpat.com/longtailpro) and Market Samurai. The Self Publishing Questions podcast has a good episode on this topic (http://www.selfpublishingquestions.com/keywords-tools/). One tool that specifically searches Amazon is available at Keyword Tool Dominator (http://www.keywordtooldominator.com/k/amazon-keyword-tool). Do you have a question about the Amazon Marketplace. Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0320: How Do I Restrict Access To My Email List Incentive?
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AP 0320: How Do I Restrict Access To My Email List Incentive?

Today's question comes from Michael, who wants to restrict access to his email list incentive. What’s the best way to do this? In this episode I mention the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast (https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/) and Meta Robots WordPress Plugin, also by Yoast (https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/meta-robots-wordpress-plugin/). Do you have a question about setting up your email list incentive? 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 0319: What Type Of Facebook Page Is Right For A New Business?
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AP 0319: What Type Of Facebook Page Is Right For A New Business?

Today's question comes from Josh, who has a question about Facebook pages for businesses. Should he use a Page or a closed Community Group page? Josh’s site is http://www.bestpedometerreview.com/. Do you have a question about using Facebook with 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 more information. Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0318: Should I Restrict The Countries My Facebook Ads Target?
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AP 0318: Should I Restrict The Countries My Facebook Ads Target?

Today's question comes from Jim, who has a question about running Facebook ads. Is it a good idea to restrict Facebook ads to the United States? Jim’s site is http://www.microtutes.com/. In this episode, I mention Amy Porterfield’s (http://www.amyporterfield.com/) strategy for driving email signups to a webinar. A good webinar platform is GoToWebinar (http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar). Rick Mulready has lots of advice on Facebook ads (http://rickmulready.com/). I also mention The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/). Do you have a question about using Facebook ads? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have advice to share, use #AskPat318. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0317: What Homepage Changes Will Improve My Sales?
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AP 0317: What Homepage Changes Will Improve My Sales?

Today's question comes from Alex, who wants to know what tweaks he can make to his homepage to improve sales. Alex’s site is http://www.cowboybillytime.com/. Cowboy Billly looks like Chase Reeves from Fizzle (http://fizzle.co/) and that is awesome. I give my advice on how to tweak the homepage—I have some easy changes that will improve optimization. Do you have a question about improving your sales page to increase conversions? 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.

AP 0316: How Do I Capitalize On A Large Instagram Following?
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AP 0316: How Do I Capitalize On A Large Instagram Following?

Today's question comes from RK, who has a friend with a large social media following. How can his friend monetize this following? Do you have a question about monetization? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have advice, share it using #AskPat316. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0315: What Do I Need To Know About Joint Venture Partnerships?
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AP 0315: What Do I Need To Know About Joint Venture Partnerships?

Today's question comes from Marty, who has a question about joint venture partnerships. Marty’s site is http://www.golfstrategyschool.com/. Marty mentioned the AudioTechnica ATR2100 microphone and my video podcast SPI TV (http://watchspi.tv), as well as the Fizzle membership community (http://fizzle.co). Do you have a question about partnerships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have advice for how Marty can provide value to his partners, share it with #AskPat315. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0314: How Do I Set Up A Podcast Advertising Program?
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AP 0314: How Do I Set Up A Podcast Advertising Program?

Today's question comes from Kris, who has a question about podcast advertising. I’ve learned a lot about podcast advertising and share my favorite resources. John Lee Dumas’s guide to podcast sponsors is incredibly helpful: http://entrepreneuronfire.com/podcast-sponsorships. I discussed podcast sponsorships with John Lee Dumas on Smart Passive Income Podcast episode 96 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session96). Do you have a question about podcast sponsorships? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0313: Which Makes A Bigger Impact, A Blog Or A Podcast?
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AP 0313: Which Makes A Bigger Impact, A Blog Or A Podcast?

Today's question comes from Sam, who asks which I think makes a bigger impact: a blog or a podcast. I share my thoughts on blogging, podcasting, and video blogging. Do you have a question about getting started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0312: Why Aren't Visitors Using My Site?
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AP 0312: Why Aren't Visitors Using My Site?

Today's question comes from Tom, who wonders why visitors to his site are not using it—even when they can get paid to use the site. I offer my thoughts. Tom’s site is http://crowdfoto.net/. Do you have a question about your website’s conversion? 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 LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0311: How Do I Get Started Building A Website?
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AP 0311: How Do I Get Started Building A Website?

Today's question comes from Ollisha, who needs some advice for getting started building a website. Here are the resources I recommend exploring in this episode: Squarespace (http://squarespace.com/), Bluehost (http://smartpassiveincome.com/bluehost); Entrepreneur on Fire (http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/); Gary Vaynerchuck’s Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/new-york-times-bestselling-aut-649919693.html); and the Getting Started button on Smart Passive Income (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/passive-income-101/). Do you have a question about getting your business started? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0310: Should I Learn Copywriting To Improve My Website?
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AP 0310: Should I Learn Copywriting To Improve My Website?

Today's question comes from Tracy, who wants to make his blog look better. Should he learn copywriting? Tracy’s site is http://www.tracerammo.com/. I recommend checking the resources at Copyblogger (http://www.copyblogger.com/), especially this Copyblogger post on formatting (http://www.copyblogger.com/formatting-wordpress-posts/) Do you have a question about your blog’s appearance? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat. Thanks to LegalZoom for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.legalzoom.com/ and enter the discount code "Pat" at checkout.

AP 0309: When Should A Company Remove People From An Email List?
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AP 0309: When Should A Company Remove People From An Email List?

Today's question comes from Donna, who has an observation about the way she uses emails from companies. When is it a good idea to clean your email list? Share your thoughts at #AskPat309. Do you have a question about managing your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0308: Why Do You Recommend Pretty Link Lite?
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AP 0308: Why Do You Recommend Pretty Link Lite?

Today's question comes from Jake, who wants to know why I recommend Pretty Link Lite vs Simple 301 Redirects. Jake’s site is http://www.familybeforefortune.com/. The two plugins Jake references are Pretty Link Lite (https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/) and Simple 301 Redirects (https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-301-redirects/). I also explain what 301 redirects are. Do you have a question about managing links? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0307: How Do I Know If What I'm Reading Is Current?
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AP 0307: How Do I Know If What I'm Reading Is Current?

Today's question comes from Richelle, who asks if the information on my site is current. I take a wider view of the question and share how to tell if what you’re reading online is current. For current social media advice, check out Social Media Examiner (http://socialmediaexaminer.com/). Share your tips on this topic using #AskPat307. Do you have a question about keeping your blog current? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0306: Should I Add A Donation Button To My Blog?
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AP 0306: Should I Add A Donation Button To My Blog?

Today's question comes from Giovanni, who asks about the use of a donation button. Is it a good idea to add a donation button to his site? Giovanni’s site is http://liveanddare.com/. I talk about the Muse headset (http://www.choosemuse.com/) and the Headspace app (https://www.headspace.com/). I also mention the guide I created for my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). For more on pay-what-you-want, listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast #58 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session58). Share your thoughts on this topic using #AskPat306. Do you have a question about monetizing your site? 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 0305: How Do I Get Traffic To A New Site (Without Advertising)?
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AP 0305: How Do I Get Traffic To A New Site (Without Advertising)?

Today's question comes from Daniel, who wants to know how to get traffic to a new site without paid advertising. I share my advice; share yours using #AskPat305. I mention the Smart Passive Income Podcast session 145 with Kimanzi Constable (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session145) and the roundup post on FoodTruckr (http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/). Head over to the Podcast Awards to vote for AskPat (http://www.podcastawards.com/). Do you have a question about your website’s traffic? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0304: What Makes A Good Email List Incentive?
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AP 0304: What Makes A Good Email List Incentive?

Today’s question comes from Bradley, who wonders what makes for a good email list incentive. Bradley’s site is http://senseyourenergy.com/. Bradley mentions eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com/). I also discuss Smart Passive Income Podcast session 145 with Kimanzi Constable (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session145), session 78 with Clay Collins (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session78), and session 115 with Jessica (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session115); as well as Ramit Sethi’s site (http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/) and LeadPages (http://leadpages.net/). Do you have a question about your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0303: How Did You Create Your Current Website Design?
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AP 0303: How Did You Create Your Current Website Design?

Today’s question comes from Chris, who asks about my current website design. I review what I’ve learned about web design. Here’s the post I reference about my theme design: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/history-of-themes-smart-passive-income/. Some of the resources I mention are Thesis (http://diythemes.com/), Copyblogger (http://www.copyblogger.com/), E-Junkie (http://www.e-junkie.com/), and Libsyn. My WordPress podcast player plugin is the Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com/). Do you have a question about your website design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0302: How Do I Keep MP3s For Customers Only?
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AP 0302: How Do I Keep MP3s For Customers Only?

Today’s question comes from Anabell, who is looking for a way to distribute paid MP3s. Anabell’s site is http://pregnancyperfect.com/. Do you have a question about delivering paid products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0301: Is My Website Topic Too Broad?
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AP 0301: Is My Website Topic Too Broad?

Today’s question comes from Gaby, who wants to know if her website topic is too broad. I share my thoughts—share yours using #AskPat301. In this episode, I mention Andrew Warner (http://www.mixergy.com); the Smart Passive Income episode with Lain Ehmann (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session151); Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book, The One Thing (http://www.the1thing.com/); and Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism (http://gregmckeown.com/essentialism-the-disciplined-pursuit-of-less/). Do you have a question about your website’s topic? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0300: What Kind Of AskPat Questions Do You Like To Answer?
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AP 0300: What Kind Of AskPat Questions Do You Like To Answer?

Today’s question comes from Emilio, who wants to know what kinds of questions I get for AskPat. I share my thoughts on content strategy. Share yours using #AskPat300. Do you have a question about your content strategy? 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.

AP 0299: How Soon Should A Blogger Start Sharing Income Reports?
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AP 0299: How Soon Should A Blogger Start Sharing Income Reports?

Today’s question comes from Laurence, who wants to be transparent with her affiliate income. When is the right time to start sharing income reports? Laurence’s site is http://learntocodewith.me/. You can see my income reports here: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/my-income-reports/. You can find Pinch of Yum’s income reports here: http://pinchofyum.com/category/making-money-from-a-food-blog. National Novel Writing Month is http://nanowrimo.org/. Do you have a question about affiliate sales? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have any ideas, share them with #AskPat299. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0298: How Do I Promote My Products During My Podcast?
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AP 0298: How Do I Promote My Products During My Podcast?

Today’s question comes from Belah, who is looking for advice on how to appropriately promote her products while interviewing guests who also have something to promote. Belah’s site is http://delightyourmarriage.com/. If you have advice for Belah, share it using #AskPat298. Do you have a question about promoting products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0297: How Do You Make Your Featured Images For Blog Posts?
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AP 0297: How Do You Make Your Featured Images For Blog Posts?

Today’s question comes from Mike, who wants to know how I create the images for my podcast posts. Here are the tools I use to make these look nice. Canva (http://canva.com/) is a great tool for creating shareable images. The big listing of resources from the Fizzle guys is available here: http://askpat.com/fizzle-images. For stock photography, I like Deposit Photos (http://depositphotos.com) and iStockPhotos (http://istockphotos.com/). The fonts I use are Proxima Nova (extra bold) and Pacifico. Do you have a question about the images on your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0296: Are Private Label Rights Still A Good Strategy?
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AP 0296: Are Private Label Rights Still A Good Strategy?

Today’s question comes from Mike, who has a question about private label rights, also called PLR. Are they still a good strategy for internet marketing? The episode of Smart Passive Income Podcast regarding Private Label Rights is Session #9 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session9). My guest for that episode was Nicole Dean (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/plr). Do you have a question about writing for your site? 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 0295: How Do I Balance My Time Between Writing And Promotion?
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AP 0295: How Do I Balance My Time Between Writing And Promotion?

Today’s question comes from Aaron, who has been focusing intently on writing. How much time should he spend on promotion? The book Aaron mentions is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Check out the episode of the Smart Passive Income Podcast with Kimanzi Constable to learn about writing for news sites (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session145). I also mention this post on the FoodTruckr niche site: http://foodtruckr.com/2013/10/what-i-wish-id-known-before-starting-my-food-truck/. Do you have a question about promoting your content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0294: How Did You Select Your Niche Markets?
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AP 0294: How Did You Select Your Niche Markets?

Today’s question comes from Tim, who wants to know why I chose the niche markets I chose. My niche sites include serving security guard training (http://securityguardtraininghq.com) and food trucks (http://foodtruckr). I mention Gary Vaynerchuck’s book, Crush It (https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/new-york-times-bestselling-aut-649919693.html). Do you have a question about niche sites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0293: Is It Okay To Outsource Web Design?
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AP 0293: Is It Okay To Outsource Web Design?

Today’s question comes from Melissa, who feels overwhelmed by the technical aspects of creating a website. Is it okay to outsource web design? What are some simple search engine optimization tips for the non-technically savvy? I recommend checking out WPCurve (http://askpat.com/wpcurve), Themeforest (http://themeforest.net), and WordPress SEO by Yoast (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/). Do you have a question about your website’s design? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0292: How Do I Build A Brand Without Alienating Existing Brands?
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AP 0292: How Do I Build A Brand Without Alienating Existing Brands?

Today’s question comes from Matt, who wants build his brand without alienating existing brands in his niche. Matt’s site is http://www.whyiwetshave.com/. I have tons of advice for him, but I want to hear yours as well. Share your advice using #AskPat292. I mention Themeforest, a great place for finding WordPress themes (http://themeforest.net/). Do you have a question about building your brand? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0291: What's The Best Way To Record Podcasts?
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AP 0291: What's The Best Way To Record Podcasts?

Today’s question comes from Linda, who has a question about recording her podcast using Skype. Find Skype at http://skype.com/. The recorders I mention are Call Recorder by Ecamm for Macs (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/) and Pamela for PCs (http://www.pamela.biz/en/download/). Do you have a question about podcast recording? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0290: Are There Free Alternatives To E-Junkie?
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AP 0290: Are There Free Alternatives To E-Junkie?

Today’s question comes from Sara, who has a question about a service I’ve recommended, E-junkie. Sara’s site is http://www.inventingclarified.com/. Sara mentions my book, eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com) and E-junkie, a tool for selling ebooks (http://www.e-junkie.com/). Another shopping solution I mention is Gumroad (http://gumroad.com/), which we’re using over at FoodTruckr (http://foodtruckr.com). Do you have a question about selling ebooks? 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.

AP 0289: Should I Change The Order Of My Autoresponder Series?
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AP 0289: Should I Change The Order Of My Autoresponder Series?

AP 0289: Should I Change the Order of My Autoresponder Series? Today’s question comes from Andy, who has an autoresponder series. Some have a higher open rate—should he rearrange the emails so that those ones come first? Andy’s site is http://channelempire.com/. Do you have a question about email marketing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0288: How Do You Relax Your Mind After Working Late?
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AP 0288: How Do You Relax Your Mind After Working Late?

Today’s question comes from Chris, who would like to know how I relax after working long into the night. I recommend Flux (https://justgetflux.com/) for automatically adjusting the brightness of your screen. I also talk about Smart Passive Income Podcast #150 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session150). Do you have a question about maintaining a daily schedule? 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 0287: What Is A Good Day Job For Online Business Skill Building?
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AP 0287: What Is A Good Day Job For Online Business Skill Building?

Today’s question comes from Nick, who is in the process of creating an online business. He’d like his day job to help him build skills useful to his business. What’s a good field to work in? I give my advice—share yours with #AskPat287. Do you have a question about your career? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0286: Is Podcasting Traffic Cyclical?
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AP 0286: Is Podcasting Traffic Cyclical?

Today’s question comes from David, who asks about podcasting traffic. His show’s traffic fell over the holidays and hasn’t rebounded yet. Is this normal? David’s site is http://www.xonebros.com/. I mention GameFly (http://www.gamefly.com/) and one of my other podcasts, 1 Day Business Breakthrough (http://1daybb.com/). Do you have a question about your podcast? 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 0285: How Do I Encourage My Followers To Contribute To My Charity?
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AP 0285: How Do I Encourage My Followers To Contribute To My Charity?

Today’s question comes from Gary, who wants to know how best encourage his social media following to contribute to his charitable cause. Gary’s site is http://www.545miles.com. I mention my videographer, Caleb Wocjik (http://diyvideoguy.com/), as well as Edgar (http://meetedgar.com/), Buffer (http://bufferapp.com/), and using image posts on Facebook. The campaign sites that allow fundraising are Indiegogo (http://indiegogo.com/) and GoFundMe (http://www.gofundme.com/). Do you have a question about promoting your cause? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs. Thanks also to our other sponsor, 99Designs. Go to http://www.99designs.com/pat to get a Power Pack upgrade for free.

AP 0284: How Do I Explain A Long Absence To My Podcast Audience?
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AP 0284: How Do I Explain A Long Absence To My Podcast Audience?

Today’s question comes from Cornell, who took time off of his podcast due to some hard moments in his life. How does he explain the downtime to his audience? If you have advice for Cornell, share it using #AskPat284. My video channel is SPI TV (http://watchspi.tv), produced by Caleb Wojcik from DIY Video Guy (http://diyvideoguy.com/). Do you have a question about communicating with your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0283: How Do I Transition A Niche Site To An Affiliate Site?
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AP 0283: How Do I Transition A Niche Site To An Affiliate Site?

Today’s question comes from Marlin, who wants to transition a niche site to an affiliate site. What’s the best way to do this? Marlin’s site is http://www.plantoprep.com/. Do you have a question about niche or affiliate sites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0282: How Do I Choose Which Idea To Work On First?
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AP 0282: How Do I Choose Which Idea To Work On First?

Today’s question comes Lee, who asks how to choose which project to start on first. How do you stay on track? We’ve all experienced this. Do you have a question about project planning? 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 0281: Is It Worth Trying To Compete In A Saturated Podcast Market?
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AP 0281: Is It Worth Trying To Compete In A Saturated Podcast Market?

Today’s question comes from Alex, who would like to start a podcast in an already saturated niche. Is it worth trying to compete? Alex mentions one of my other podcasts, 1 Day Business Breakthrough (http://1daybb.com/). 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 http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0280: What Does A Podcast-Only Website Look Like?
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AP 0280: What Does A Podcast-Only Website Look Like?

Today’s question come from Alain, who is planning to start a podcast but not a blog. What should his website look like? Alain references my podcasting tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com), as well as the Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com/). The premium programs I recommend are Podcasting A to Z (http://podcastanswerman.com/atoz/) Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. To see the oldest episodes of AskPat, go to http://soundcloud.com/askpat. 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.

AP 0279: Which Habit Has Had A Big Impact On Your Life?
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AP 0279: Which Habit Has Had A Big Impact On Your Life?

Today’s question comes from Drew, who wants to know which habits have had a big impact on my life. Here’s the Smart Passive Income Podcast episode that Drew mentions: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/. The projects I mention are 1 Day Business Breakthrough (http://1daybb.com/), the Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com/), and SPI TV (http://watchspi.tv/). I also talk about Muse (http://choosemuse.com/). Do you have a question about habits? 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 0278: Where Do I Post My Articles To Best Demonstrate Authority?
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AP 0278: Where Do I Post My Articles To Best Demonstrate Authority?

Today’s question comes from Richard, who is selling a product and wants to write articles to demonstrate his authority. Is it better to post the articles on his own blog or on an article-sharing site? Here’s my most recent post on backlinking: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/backlinking-strategy-2014-beyond/. Do you have a question about increasing your online authority? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0277: How Do I Promote An eBook For Kids?
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AP 0277: How Do I Promote An eBook For Kids?

Today’s question comes from Eddie, who is looking for tips on how to promote an ebook geared toward kids. My friend Katie Davis has lots of great advice for children’s authors: http://katiedavis.com/. The Amazon programs I discuss are KDP Select (https://kdp.amazon.com/select) and Giveaway (I called it Sweepstakes in the recording; http://www.amazon.com/gp/giveaway/home). The Smart Passive Income Podcast episode with Jeff Goins is session #079 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/book-marketing-time-travel/). Do you have a question about promoting your paid products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0276: How Can I Improve The Graphics On My Website?
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AP 0276: How Can I Improve The Graphics On My Website?

Today’s question comes from Singleton, who is struggling with using Photoshop. What are some other resources for design? I recommend iStockPhoto (http://www.istockphoto.com/) and DepositPhotos (http://depositphotos.com/) for finding stock photos. If you use Flickr, make sure to use the advanced search (https://www.flickr.com/search/advanced) to filter for the appropriate Creative Commons license. Here’s the link to my article on how to appropriately use images: askpat.com/images2. For image creation and manipulation, I recommend Canva (http://canva.com/), PicMonkey(http://www.picmonkey.com/), and Paint (http://www.getpaint.net/). Do you have a question about the look of your website? 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 0275: When Do I Start Sharing My Website On Social Media?
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AP 0275: When Do I Start Sharing My Website On Social Media?

Today’s question comes from Kevin, who is just getting his website started. When is the appropriate time to start sharing the site on social media? Kevin’s site is http://www.kevinburke2.com/. The article on website launches I reference is http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-launch-a-brand-new-website/. I also discuss my niche site FoodTruckr (http://www.foodtruckr.com) and Corbett Barr, from Think Traffic, which is now Sparkline at Fizzle (http://fizzle.co/sparkline). Do you have advice to share? Use the hashtag #AskPat275. Do you have a question about social media and your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to everyone who has subscribe to SPI TV! You can watch it here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDJEdc_B8s). 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.

AP 0274: How Can I Hold a Book Signing for an eBook?
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AP 0274: How Can I Hold a Book Signing for an eBook?

Today’s question comes from Robert, who asks what replaces a book signing with digital-only books. Robert’s site is http://www.hardcoreselfhelp.com/. If you have a suggestion for what Robert can do, share it with #AskPat274. Do you have a question about ebooks? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0273: How Do I Optimize My 404 Page?
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AP 0273: How Do I Optimize My 404 Page?

Today’s question comes from Bartek, who purchased and repurposed an active website. He’s getting traffic to the previous owner’s old posts, and they get a 404 error. Should he try to capture this traffic? Bartek’s site is http://rozmowyodzieciach.pl. Do you have a question about optimizing the pages on your website? 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 0272: How Do I Price My Product Tiers?
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AP 0272: How Do I Price My Product Tiers?

Today’s question comes from Kris, who is looking for some guidance in creating his product tiers. Kris’s site is http://www.essentialsql.com/. I’ve learned a lot from Nathan Barry on tiered pricing (http://nathanbarry.com/). Do you have a question about product pricing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, SkilledUp, who helps you find the online courses you need to build your skills. Go to http://www.askpat.com/skilledup to download the free toolkit for web entrepreneurs.

AP 0271: I've Identified My Target Audience. Now How Do I Find Them?
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AP 0271: I've Identified My Target Audience. Now How Do I Find Them?

Today’s question comes from Angeline, who has identified her target audience—but now needs to know how to find them! What can she do to connect with them? Angeline’s site is http://sensiblegirlfriend.com/. I walk you through a neat tool for finding where your audience spends time online. Do you have a question about finding your audience? 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 0270: Should My Brand Be Me Or My Company?
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AP 0270: Should My Brand Be Me Or My Company?

Today’s question comes from Bill, who asks if his online brand should be him or his company. What a great question! Bill’s site is http://digitalfarm.com/. Do you have a question about branding? 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.

AP 0269: What Is A Good Click-Through Rate For Email Newsletters?
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AP 0269: What Is A Good Click-Through Rate For Email Newsletters?

Today’s question comes from Jeff, who wants to know what is considered a good click-through rate for email newsletters. Jeff’s site is http://www.homerepairtutor.com/. Do you have a question about building your email list? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0268: Should I Switch To A Different Niche?
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AP 0268: Should I Switch To A Different Niche?

Ali has just gotten started with her website, but she has found another niche that is inspiring to her. Should she switch to the other niche? The book I mention is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (http://www.the1thing.com/). Derek Halpern’s site is Social Triggers (http://socialtriggers.com/). Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0267: How Do I Monetize My Parenting Site?
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AP 0267: How Do I Monetize My Parenting Site?

Today’s question comes from TJ, who has a parenting sites for dads. How can he monetize his site? I have lots of ideas. Do you have a question about monetizing your site? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to those of you will be attending 1 Day Business Breakthrough, either in person or virtually! Go to http://1daybb.com/ and use the promo code ASKPAT to take 15% off.

AP 0266: How Can I Grow My Online Business?
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AP 0266: How Can I Grow My Online Business?

Today’s question from Sean who is just getting started setting up his business. How can he grow his business? Where is the best place to recruit web support staff? I reference Smart Passive Income podcast episode 144 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/session144) and episode 99 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/99). Check out the Fulfilled by Amazon program (http://services.amazon.com/content/fulfillment-by-amazon.htm). I also discuss working with contractors on Elance (http://askpat.com/elance)and oDesk (http://askpat.com/odesk). Do you have a question about how to grow your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0265: How Did You Grow Your Income With Bluehost?
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AP 0265: How Did You Grow Your Income With Bluehost?

Today’s question comes from Bobbie, who wonders how my relationship with Bluehost has grown over the years, and what I’ve done to foster that growth. What a great question! I share my history with Bluehost and how I grew my affiliate income with them. Do you have a question about affiliate income? 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 0264: How Do I Use Social Media To Grow My Audience?
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AP 0264: How Do I Use Social Media To Grow My Audience?

Today’s question comes from Victoria, who asks about how to social media to build her subscriber base. Victoria’s site is https://sillysparklessensory.wordpress.com/. I mention LeadPages, for which I am an advisor (http://askpat.com/leadpages). I also mention the great social media scheduling tools Buffer (http://www.bufferapp.com/) and Edgar (http://meetedgar.com/), as well as Tweriod (http://www.tweriod.com/). If you have additional advice, share it using #AskPat264. Do you have a question about using social media to grow 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 more information.

AP 0263: How Can I Make My Site Stand Out?
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AP 0263: How Can I Make My Site Stand Out?

Today’s question comes from Josh, whose website is still new. What can he do to build traffic to his site? Joshua’s site is http://www.joshuapcornwell.com/. Do you have a question about how to improve your website? 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.

AP 0262: How Do I Add Personality To A Serious Topic?
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AP 0262: How Do I Add Personality To A Serious Topic?

Today’s question comes from Michelle, who wants to make a fun site for a serious topic. How can she accomplish this? I reference my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Do you have a question about finding the right tone for your website? 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 0261: How Can I Get One-on-One Engagement with My Audience?
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AP 0261: How Can I Get One-on-One Engagement with My Audience?

Today’s question comes from Kris, who doesn’t get a response when he reaches out to audience members individually. How can he get his audience to realize that these emails are individual and not bulk? Kris’s site is http://successfulperformercast.com/. I recommend the tool Rapportive (https://rapportive.com/) for integrating social media with your email account. Do you have a question about engaging your customers? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0260: How Should I Format My eBook Giveaway?
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AP 0260: How Should I Format My eBook Giveaway?

Ryan is looking for advice on formatting an ebook, and he noticed that my ebook, eBooks the Smart Way, is formatted in three columns. Would I recommend that he do the same? Find eBooks the Smart Way at http://www.ebooksthesmartway.com/. Do you have a question about ebooks and giveaways? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Check out my new podcast with Chris Ducker at http://1daybb.com/.

AP 0259: How Do I Manage Multiple Domains With A Single Hosting Account?
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AP 0259: How Do I Manage Multiple Domains With A Single Hosting Account?

Today’s question comes from Joshua, who has a question about how to manage multiple domains with a single host. Joshua’s site is http://informationtechnologytraining.biz/. The hosts I recommend are Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost) and if you have the traffic that requires a dedicated host, Linode (https://www.linode.com/). Use #AskPat259 to share your advice on shared hosting. Do you have a question about managing your websites? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0258: How Did You Learn To Sound Natural On The Microphone?
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AP 0258: How Did You Learn To Sound Natural On The Microphone?

Today’s question comes from Warren, who would like to start a podcast but is worried that he won’t sound natural. How can he work to improve his communication skills? Warren’s site is http://www.thesuperblife.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks for your support of both my launches this week! For podcast creators, check out the Smart Podcast Player (http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com); for podcast consumers, check out my new podcast with Chris Ducker (http://1daybb.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.

AP 0257: Is The Sample Of My Book Hurting My Sales?
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AP 0257: Is The Sample Of My Book Hurting My Sales?

Today’s question comes from Guillermo, who wonders if the sample of his ebook is hurting his sales. Do you have a question about promoting your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks for your support of the new 1DayBB podcast, which features my buddy Chris Ducker and I tackling one small business owner’s most pressing problem. Find it here: http://1daybb.com/ Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0256: How Do I Act Ethically In A Crowded Market?
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AP 0256: How Do I Act Ethically In A Crowded Market?

Today’s question comes from Andrew, who is trying to find an ethical way to stand out in a crowded market online. Here’s the link to Brian Regan’s comedy bit about “the me monster” (http://youtu.be/vymaDgJ7KLg). Do you have a question about getting noticed by your target audience? 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 0255: Should I Focus On Writing More Often Or Writing Deeply?
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AP 0255: Should I Focus On Writing More Often Or Writing Deeply?

Today’s question comes from Alyssa, who ask about the balance of content frequency versus depth. Alyssa’s site is http://www.earnyourspurs.com/. The podcast editing services I recommend are Music Radio Creative (http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat) and TwentyFour Sound (http://twentyfoursound.com/). I talk about Derek Halpern, who you can find at Social Triggers (http://socialtriggers.com/). Check out the Smart Podcast Player plugin for WordPress, which my team and I launched today! http://www.smartpodcastplayer.com/. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0254: Do I Have A Business Or Do I Have A Hobby?
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AP 0254: Do I Have A Business Or Do I Have A Hobby?

Today’s question comes from Talia, whose audience shies away from public engagement and purchasing online products. What should she do? Talia’s site is http://www.partyinmyplants.com/. Do you have a question about engaging with your audience? 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 0253: How Do I Prepare My Email List For A Message Shift?
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AP 0253: How Do I Prepare My Email List For A Message Shift?

Today’s question comes from Katie, who is planning to target a broader audience than before. How should she prepare her mailing list for this change? Katie’s site is http://katiedavis.com/. In this episode, I talk about Infusionsoft (http://www.infusionsoft.com/) which is an email service provider and customer management system. Do you have a question about managing your email list? 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.

AP 0252: What If A Big Company Takes My Idea?
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AP 0252: What If A Big Company Takes My Idea?

Today’s question comes from Brooke, who has an idea to get started. She knows it will be successful, but is worried that a large company will take her idea and out-compete her, and she would like to know my thoughts on this. I’ve had some experience with this over at my niche site, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Share your thoughts with #AskPat252. Do you have a question about getting started? 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 0251: Which Is Better, Evergreen Content Or Lots Of Blog Posts?
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AP 0251: Which Is Better, Evergreen Content Or Lots Of Blog Posts?

Andy is starting a site to help people pass an exam. Is it better to focus on writing a few evergreen posts for his site, or should he write a blog on an ongoing basis? Andy references the site that got me started online, Green Exam Academy (http://www.greenexamacademy.com/). Some examples of evergreen content from Smart Passive Income include my Podcasting Tutorial (http://www.podcastingtutorial.com/), my email list tutorial (http://www.startanemaillist.com), and eBooks the Smart Way (http://ebooksthesmartway.com). Do you have a question about blogging and building a niche site? 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 0250: What Is The Future Of Email Lists?
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AP 0250: What Is The Future Of Email Lists?

Rebecca has a thriving site, and she’s noticed that her younger users don’t prefer email. What do I think will be the future of audience communication? Is it email, or is there something else? Rebecca’s site is http://evidencebasedbirth.com/. In this episode, I talk about apps, including my own, which you can download here: http://smartpassiveincome.com/app. Do you have a question about email lists and the future of communication? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0249: Should My Online Course Have Open Registration Or Registration Windows?
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AP 0249: Should My Online Course Have Open Registration Or Registration Windows?

Cassel returns to ask about online courses. Should she have open registration or registration windows that close after a short time? Cassel’s site is http://scrapbookcampus.com/. I reference episodes of the Smart Passive Income Podcast with David Siteman Garland (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-build-an-online-course-that-sells/) and Amy Porterfield (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/3-part-video-series-launch/). To discuss this episode, use #AskPat249. Do you have a question about online courses? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0248: How Do You Avoid Information Overload?
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AP 0248: How Do You Avoid Information Overload?

The first question of 2015 comes from Khan, who would like to know which blogs I follow. More specifically, he’s trying to avoid information overload. I found Gary Keller’s book, The One Thing, very useful for figuring out what I need to focus on. I also like using Evernote (http://www.evernote.com/) to keep track of information for future use. Do you have a question about organizing your time? 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.

AP 0247: Do You Use A Layout For Your Blog Posts?
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AP 0247: Do You Use A Layout For Your Blog Posts?

Today’s question comes from Winston, who would like to know if I have a template or layout for writing my blog posts. I reference Smart Passive Income Podcast #140 (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/early-morning-routine/), where I discuss with Hal Elrod the strategy for building a morning routine. Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0246: Is Infobarrel Still A Good Place To Get Started Making Money Online?
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AP 0246: Is Infobarrel Still A Good Place To Get Started Making Money Online?

Today’s question comes from Adam, who is referencing Smart Passive Income Podcast #15 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session15) where I recommend starting with Infobarrel (http://www.infobarrel.com/). Do you have a question about getting started with passive income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0245: How Do You Manage Business Partnerships?
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AP 0245: How Do You Manage Business Partnerships?

Today’s question comes from Ann, who is interested in setting up a partnership on a project. How do you set that up? Ann references my partnership with Chris Ducker at http://1daybb.com/. Do you have a question about creating a business partnership? 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 0244: Which Conferences Would You Recommend Attending?
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AP 0244: Which Conferences Would You Recommend Attending?

Reuben asks for a list of five conferences I would recommend attending in 2015. I give a top seven—conferences I have attended in the past that have been very useful for me. Social Media Marketing World: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/ New Media Expo: http://nmxlive.com/2015-lv/ Podcast Movement: http://podcastmovement.com/ New Media Europe: http://newmediaeurope.com/2015/ Platform Conference: http://www.platformconference.tv/ FinCon: http://finconexpo.com/ 1DayBB: http://1daybb.com/ Do you have a question about conferences? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0243: Merry Christmas And Thanks For Listening!
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AP 0243: Merry Christmas And Thanks For Listening!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for listening to AskPat this year.

AP 0242: Should I Restrict My Facebook Advertising To Desktop Computers Only?
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AP 0242: Should I Restrict My Facebook Advertising To Desktop Computers Only?

Today’s question comes from Jim, who wants to advertise his sales site on Facebook. Because people are less likely to purchase from a mobile phone, should he only advertise to desktop computer users? Jim’s site is http://huntersapron.com/. For this episode, I brought in my friend Rick Mulready, who is an expert in Facebook advertising. Find more from Rick at http://rickmulready.com/. His new podcast, The Art of Paid Traffic, is coming soon! Do you have a question about advertising your business? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. If you have advice to share with Jim, use #AP242.

AP 0241: Should I Publish My Blog Post Before Peak Hours?
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AP 0241: Should I Publish My Blog Post Before Peak Hours?

Today’s question comes from Joseph. He references episode #0089 of AskPat, which tackled the best time to post a blog post. Should he publish his blog post a little before the ideal time? Joseph’s site is http://www.jmlalonde.com/. You can find episode #0089 here: https://soundcloud.com/askpat/best-day-and-time-to-publish-blog-post. I mention the book The Bulletproof Diet: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bulletproof-Diet-Reclaim-Upgrade/dp/162336518X/&tag=smartpassiveincome-20. Do you have a question about publishing schedules? 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 0240: Did You Have Prior Experience With Your Niche Site Industries?
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AP 0240: Did You Have Prior Experience With Your Niche Site Industries?

Today’s question comes from Benjamin, who asks if I had experience in the security guard or food truck industries before creating my niche sites, http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/ and http://foodtruckr.com/. In this episode, I mention using Elance for writing help (http://askpat.com/elance). Do you have a question about writing for a niche site? 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 0239: Should I Outsource My Writing To Fiverr?
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AP 0239: Should I Outsource My Writing To Fiverr?

Today’s question comes from Dan, who wants to know if he can use Fiverr for written content. In today’s episode, I discuss how to use Fiverr (http://fiverr.com/) and Elance (http://www.askpat.com/elance) to help with your blog writing. Also, check out Speakpipe if you need to take questions from your audience (https://www.speakpipe.com/). Do you have a question about blogging? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Tag your guess for who said today’s quote with #AskPat239. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0238: How Can I Monetize My Site?
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AP 0238: How Can I Monetize My Site?

E.J. has a niche site with a #1 Google ranking—but no affiliate offers. What else can he do to monetize the site? E.J.’s site is http://cubicletent.com/. Do you have a question about site monetization? 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 0237: How Do I Create A Paid Premium Podcast?
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AP 0237: How Do I Create A Paid Premium Podcast?

We have a special guest today! Stephanie wants to limit the number of free podcasts her audience can access, so that they will subscribe to her premium podcast. I’ve brought in my friend, Cliff Ravenscraft, also known as Podcast Answer Man, to answer this question. Find Cliff at http://podcastanswerman.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0236: How Do I Find A Mastermind Group?
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AP 0236: How Do I Find A Mastermind Group?

Today’s question comes from Rowland, an experienced business owner looking for a mastermind group. Rowland’s site is http://winestorageguide.com/. I discuss the mastermind groups I am in with Cliff from http://podcastanswerman.com/ and Jaime from http://eventualmillionaire.com/. I also mention checking http://www.meetup.com/. Do you have a question about running your mastermind group? 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 0235: How Can I Make My Book Club Valuable?
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AP 0235: How Can I Make My Book Club Valuable?

Chris is in the process of reviving his nearly dead blog (http://golfmoreswingless.com/) and he wants to add a book club. How can he add value and monetize it? I have a book club, which you can join here: http://patflynn.com/book-club/. Do you have a question about ways to reach your audience? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0234: What Do I Do When I Think My Niche Site Is Done?
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AP 0234: What Do I Do When I Think My Niche Site Is Done?

Dan has a niche site that is cyclical in nature and he feels he has taken the site as far as he can. What should he do next? Dan’s site is http://www.howtogetonrealitytv.net/. Do you have a question about taking your niche site to the next level? 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 0233: When Is It Okay To Repurpose Content?
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AP 0233: When Is It Okay To Repurpose Content?

Cassel is considering repurposing content and wants to know if there are any problems she might encounter. Cassel’s site is http://scrapbookcampus.com/. Do you have a question about content repurposing? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0232: How Did You Know You'd Be Successful?
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AP 0232: How Did You Know You'd Be Successful?

Mike is getting started with his online business and he wants to know how I knew my business was going to succeed. I recommend reading Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. I also recommend listening to the Internet Business Mastery podcast (http://www.internetbusinessmastery.com/). Do you have a question about getting started with 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.

AP 0231: When Do I Add Sponsors To My Podcast?
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AP 0231: When Do I Add Sponsors To My Podcast?

Jackson is about to start his podcast and is interested in having sponsors. Should he recruit sponsors for the first episode or should he build up a listener base first? Jackson’s site is http://incredibleentrepreneurs.com/. Check out my chat with John Lee Dumas about finding sponsors on Smart Passive Income episode 97: http://smartpassiveincome.com/session97. Do you have a question about podcast sponsorships? 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 0230: When Should I Use Google Adsense?
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AP 0230: When Should I Use Google Adsense?

Today’s question comes from Avi, who asks why I don’t use Google Adsense on the Smart Passive Income blog. I don’t use it on http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ but I do use it on http://www.foodtruckr.com and http://www.securityguardtraininghq.com/. Here’s why. To celebrate my birthday, I’m raising money for Pencils of Promise to build schools in Ghana. Learn more and donate at http://askpat.com/birthday. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0229: When I Create A Second Niche Business, Do I Need New Social Media Accounts?
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AP 0229: When I Create A Second Niche Business, Do I Need New Social Media Accounts?

Today’s question comes from Lain, who was my guest on the Smart Passive Income Podcast episode 37: (http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-monetize-a-hobby/). Lain’s sites are http://www.layoutaday.com/ and http://lainehmann.com/. She has a popular, established business in the scrapbooking niche, and is creating a new business in a different niche. Should she create separate social media profiles for the new business, or should she mix in the new information with her existing accounts? Share your thoughts using the hashtag #AskPat229. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0228: What Is The Fastest Way To Promote My Products?
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AP 0228: What Is The Fastest Way To Promote My Products?

Annette is looking to promote her products and wants to find the fastest way to promote her products. Annette’s site is http://www.thomasapublishing.com/. Do you have a question about selling your products to a new audience? 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 0227: Should I Offer A Free Trial For My Product?
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AP 0227: Should I Offer A Free Trial For My Product?

Jarrod is ready to launch his product and wants to know about the pros and cons of offering a free trial. Jarrod’s site is http://thepegeek.com/. Jarrod was a part of 1 Day Business Breakthrough; more coming soon at http://1daybb.com. In this episode, I recommend Flurry Analytics (http://www.flurry.com/solutions/analytics). Do you have a question about selling your product? 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 0226: How Do I Get Started Tracking My Business Income?
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AP 0226: How Do I Get Started Tracking My Business Income?

Stephanie is a college student with a blog that has started to generate income. She is looking for some free strategies to get started tracking her business income and expenses. The app I recommend is TaxBot (https://taxbot.com/landing/home). Do you have an accounting strategy you’d like to suggest? Use the hashtag #AskPat226 to share it with us. Do you have a question about tracking your business records? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0225: Which Podcasting Equipment Would You Recommend?
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AP 0225: Which Podcasting Equipment Would You Recommend?

Gabe is interested in starting a podcast and video blog and is looking for recommendations on the best equipment to use. For a complete list of equipment, visit my podcasting tutorial at http://podcastingtutorial.com/. A few highlights from the list: the Heil PR-40 microphone or the ATR2100 microphone and the Xeynx 1002 mixer or the Scarlett 2i2 mixer. The DSLRs that I love are the Canon Rebel series. The webcam I like is the Logitech C920. Check out Caleb Wojcik’s site for more video and audio advice, DIY Video Guy: http://diyvideoguy.com/. Do you have a question about video and audio recording? 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.

AP 0224: How Do I Map Out A Process For A Presentation?
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AP 0224: How Do I Map Out A Process For A Presentation?

Mike is giving a presentation and is looking for a way to map/illustrate his business process when he’s giving a presentation. I recommend Lucid Chart (https://www.lucidchart.com/) and Draw.io (http://draw.io/), as well as FreeMind (http://freemind.sourceforge.net/) and MindMeister (http://mindmeister.com/). Do you have a question about giving presentations? 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 0223: I'm Thankful For You
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AP 0223: I'm Thankful For You

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. I share my family's gratitude practice on Thanksgiving. I'm so grateful to have the chance to know you and to serve you. Thanks for listening to AskPat and thank you so much for being part of my life.

AP 0222: How Do I Offer Enhanced Content Along With Posts?
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AP 0222: How Do I Offer Enhanced Content Along With Posts?

Catherine wants to begin offering enhanced content and wants to make sure her users have a good experience. Catharine’s site is http://askthedentist.com/. Do you have a question about offering downloads? 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 0221: How Do You Balance Promotion and Creation?
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AP 0221: How Do You Balance Promotion and Creation?

Today’s question comes from Joel, who asks how to balance the time spent creating content versus promoting content. Do you have a question about balancing your work schedule? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0220: How Do I Find Good Partnerships To Grow My Sales?
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AP 0220: How Do I Find Good Partnerships To Grow My Sales?

Glenn’s growth strategy relies on networking with people with large email lists. How can he find these people? Glenn’s site is http://survivalstill.com/. Do you have a question about finding the people you want to help? 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 0219: What Are Money-Back Guarantee Best Practices?
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AP 0219: What Are Money-Back Guarantee Best Practices?

Mike is selling a product. He offers a money-back guarantee and wants to know more about best practices and acceptable cancellation rates. Mike’s site is http://aceorganicchem.com/. Do you have a question about selling best practices? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0218: How Did You Create Your Tutorials?
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AP 0218: How Did You Create Your Tutorials?

Doug is getting his niche site started and he wants to know how to create tutorials for his site. Go to http://podcastingtutorial.com for an example of the tutorials Doug is talking about. Splasheo (http://www.splasheo.com/) made my video intros. Screenflow (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm) and Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html) are great video tutorial editors. The microphone I recommend is the AudioTechnica ATR 2100. The lavalier microphone I recommend is the Rode smartLav. The widget I use for taking questions is Speakpipe (http://askpat.com/speakpipe). Do you have a question about creating tutorials? 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 0217: How Do I Get Started With My App Idea?
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AP 0217: How Do I Get Started With My App Idea?

Britney has an app idea, but doesn’t have the money to get started developing it. Where should she start? In this episode, I recommend Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/) and Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/) to test out the idea and to raise funds. Do you have a question about app development? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0216: What If I Picked The Wrong Name For My Website Or Podcast?
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AP 0216: What If I Picked The Wrong Name For My Website Or Podcast?

April from DIY Nuru (http://diynuru.com/) wants to know if she should change her website and podcast name. I’d like your opinion—tell us what you think April should do using #AskPat216. I tell my story of what happened to my “In the LEED” website and how to do a permanent 301 redirect. Do you have a question about naming a website or product? 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 0215: How Do I Optimize My Website's Resources Page?
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AP 0215: How Do I Optimize My Website's Resources Page?

Cindy has followed by advice in building her website. She’s ready to level up her resources page and wants to know where to get started. Cindy’s site is http://realfoodwithcindy.com/. The WordPress plugin I recommend is Pretty Link Lite: https://wordpress.org/plugins/pretty-link/. Do you have a question about improving your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0214: How Do I Set Up My Own Affiliate Program?
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AP 0214: How Do I Set Up My Own Affiliate Program?

Melanie is ready to set up her own affiliate program and is looking for the best practices to set it up right. Melanie’s site is http://fit4two.ca/. In this episode, I recommend Commission Junction (http://www.cj.com/), Neverblue (http://www.neverblue.com/), and Clickbank (http://www.clickbank.com). I also share these services: Post Affiliate Pro (http://postaffiliatepro.com/), Affiliate Royale (http://www.affiliateroyale.com/), Infusionsoft (http://www.infusionsoft.com/), E-Junkie (http://www.e-junkie.com/), aMember (http://www.amember.com/), AffiliateWP (http://affiliatewp.com/), iDevAffiliate (http://www.idevdirect.com/), and 1ShoppingCart (http://www.1shoppingcart.com/). Do you have a question about affiliate programs? 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.

AP 0213: How Do You Find The Right Mindset To Stay Motivated?
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AP 0213: How Do You Find The Right Mindset To Stay Motivated?

Trends asks me how I stay motivated to keep producing on my businesses. Trends’s website is http://www.masteringevents.com/. Do you have a question about finding the right mindset to keep you running 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 more information.

AP 0212: Which Books Teach The Skills Needed To Run An Online Business?
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AP 0212: Which Books Teach The Skills Needed To Run An Online Business?

Today’s question comes from Matt, who asks which are my favorite books for learning the specific skills needed to run an online business. Matt’s site is http://www.introvertimpact.com/. The books I recommend: Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss, and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Do you have a question about skill development? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0211: Do You Follow Up With People Who Unsubscribe?
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AP 0211: Do You Follow Up With People Who Unsubscribe?

Today’s question comes from Jon, who has a question about his mailing list. Jon’s site is http://classicallytrained.net/. Share your thoughts on this question by using the hashtag #AskPat211. Do you have a question about your mailing list? 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 0210: How Do I Recruit An Honest Focus Group?
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AP 0210: How Do I Recruit An Honest Focus Group?

Our question today comes from Peter, who is starting a business-to-business podcast. He would like to run a sample episode past a focus group, and wants to know where to find participants who will give honest feedback. Check out the Smart Passive Income Podcast #129 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/session129) to learn more about Peek (http://peek.usertesting.com/), which is a great user-testing tool. I also mention Fiverr (http://fiverr.com) Do you have a question about improving your podcast? 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 0209: Should I Share Other People's Videos In My YouTube Stream?
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AP 0209: Should I Share Other People's Videos In My YouTube Stream?

John is getting started with his YouTube channel, and is considering sharing other people’s videos in his feed. Is this a good idea? Do you have a question about creating and sharing videos? 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 0208: How Can I Maximize The Audience Coming In From A Guest Post?
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AP 0208: How Can I Maximize The Audience Coming In From A Guest Post?

Today’s question comes from Craig, who has a question about welcoming an audience who comes to his site through a guest post. In this episode, I recommend the LeadBoxes feature from LeadPages (http://www.askpat.com/leadpages). Do you have a question about making the most of the traffic that comes to your site? 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 0207: How Do You Stay Informed When You're Not In The Industry?
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AP 0207: How Do You Stay Informed When You're Not In The Industry?

Andrew has a question about my very first business, Green Exam Academy. Now that I’m no longer active in the architecture industry, how do I stay informed enough to keep my advice current? I recommend using Google Alerts (http://alerts.google.com/). Do you have a question about creating information products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0206: How Do You Feel When Someone Copies Your Work?
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AP 0206: How Do You Feel When Someone Copies Your Work?

Ari has noticed other blogs that have copied aspects of my design, and he wants to know how that makes me feel. Do you have a question about running an online 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.

AP 0205: I'm Using An Old Email Provider. How Do I Switch?
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AP 0205: I'm Using An Old Email Provider. How Do I Switch?

Jeff is using an older email provider and needs advice for switching to a more professional solution. Jeff’s site is http://customstix.com/. Check out the Smart Passive Income Podcast 115 on email management: http://smartpassiveincome.com/session115 I also love Boomerang for Gmail, which allows you to schedule email: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/. I also mention Rapportive: https://rapportive.com/. Do you have a question about improving your business systems? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat.

AP 0204: Which Comes First, The Blog Or The Podcast?
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AP 0204: Which Comes First, The Blog Or The Podcast?

Micky is starting a podcast and would like to create a blog that features her podcast guests. Which one should she start first? Check out my podcasting tutorial at http://www.podcastingtutorial.com/. Do you have a question about getting started with your online project? 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 0203: Should I Wait Until I'm Finished Before Launching My Course?
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AP 0203: Should I Wait Until I'm Finished Before Launching My Course?

Today’s question comes from Stan, who is developing a video course and has a question about his launch strategy. Stan’s site is http://greekforall.com/. Do you have a question about launching a course? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0202: I Want To Improve My Site. Where Should I Start?
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AP 0202: I Want To Improve My Site. Where Should I Start?

Rene has been blogging for two years and is now in improvement mode. Where should he begin? Rene’s site is http://absolutetelemark.com/. To understand how people are using your site, try a tool like Crazy Egg (http://www.crazyegg.com/). Do you have a question about improving your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to today's sponsor, AWeber. Your email list is your most valuable asset—get started today. Go to http://www.aweber.com/askpat

AP 0201: How Do I Monetize My Writing After Giving It Away For Free?
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AP 0201: How Do I Monetize My Writing After Giving It Away For Free?

Christian has been giving away his content for free. Now he’s ready to sell a product, but what should he sell if he’s been giving it all away for free? Christian’s site is http://christianboyce.blogspot.com/. Do you have a question about selling your first product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Flippa. Flippa is the #1 marketplace for buying and selling websites. Go to http://www.flippa.com/pat.

AP 0200: What Should I Consider When Hiring A UX/UI Designer?
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AP 0200: What Should I Consider When Hiring A UX/UI Designer?

Joel is getting his business off the ground and would like advice about hiring a User Experience (UX) or User Interface (UI) designer. I share my experience—and let you hear from my UX/UI designer, Dustin. Leave your feedback for this show using the hashtag #AskPat200. Do you have a question about hiring team members? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Flippa. Flippa is the #1 marketplace for buying and selling websites. Go to http://www.flippa.com/pat.

AP 0199: How Do I Target The People Who Didn't Open My Emails?
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AP 0199: How Do I Target The People Who Didn't Open My Emails?

Joel asks how to target the people on his list who haven’t opened his emails. What’s the best strategy to get them to open the next email? Joel’s site is http://www.trackandtrain.org/. For my advice on starting an email, go to http://startanemaillist.com. Do you have a question about email marketing? 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 0198: Which Passive Income Tips Work For Fiction Writers?
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AP 0198: Which Passive Income Tips Work For Fiction Writers?

Today’s question comes from Roger, who is a writer of thrillers, and he asks which passive income tips work best for fiction writers. I recommend checking out the Self Publishing Podcast (https://selfpublishingpodcast.com/), as well as Smart Passive Income Podcast episode #79 (http://smartpassiveincome.com/79). If you have ideas, tweet them using the hashtag #AskPat198. Do you have a question about promoting your fiction? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0197: Which Cameras Do You Recommend For Creating Videos?
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AP 0197: Which Cameras Do You Recommend For Creating Videos?

Vinnie wants to know which camera I use in my Podcasting Tutorial videos. In addition to cameras, the tools I recommend are CineSkates (http://cinetics.com/cineskates/) and Screenflow (http://askpat.com/screenflow) or Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). My free podcasting tutorial is available at http://podcastingtutorial.com/. Thanks to our sponsor, Flippa. Flippa is the #1 marketplace for buying and selling websites. Go to http://www.flippa.com/pat.

AP 0196: Why Do I Choose WordPress For My Blog?
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AP 0196: Why Do I Choose WordPress For My Blog?

Jonny asks why I use WordPress instead of SquareSpace or another alternative. Jonny’s site is http://safestaff.com. The platforms I mention are WordPress (https://wordpress.org/), SquareSpace (http://www.squarespace.com/), and Wix (http://www.wix.com/). For WordPress hosting and easy installation, I recommend Bluehost (http://askpat.com/bluehost). Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0195: What Does It Take To Revive A Dead Blog?
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AP 0195: What Does It Take To Revive A Dead Blog?

Uzoma hasn’t written on his blog in eight months and wants to know what it will take to revive the blog. I share a process that should help get him back in the game. Do you have a question about blogging after a break? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0194: What Is The Ideal Length For Epic Content?
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AP 0194: What Is The Ideal Length For Epic Content?

Ryan has a two-part question on epic content. How long should it be? Is it okay to break up older epic content into shorter chapters? Check out Brian Dean’s epic SPI post on backlinking: http://www.askpat.com/backlinking. Do you have a question about writing epic content? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0193: How Can I Use The Bonus Sandwich For Betting Selling?
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AP 0193: How Can I Use The Bonus Sandwich For Betting Selling?

Marco wants to know how to use the bonus sandwich selling concept for an existing book. Do you have a question about selling your products? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Today’s sponsor is Music Radio Creative. Go to http://musicradiocreative.com/askpat for more information on podcast intros, commercials, and jingles.

AP 0192: How Does SpeakPipe Work? Do I Have To Worry About Trolls?
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AP 0192: How Does SpeakPipe Work? Do I Have To Worry About Trolls?

Today’s question comes from Merinda, who is interested in using SpeakPipe so that her users can record questions. Are there any problems with trolls? Find SpeakPipe is at https://www.speakpipe.com/. Do you have a question about podcasting tools? 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 0191: When Am I Going To Buy That Audi R8?
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AP 0191: When Am I Going To Buy That Audi R8?

Anthony has a fun question—when am I going to buy an Audi R8? There’s a backstory to this question, and it revolves around goal setting. Let me know on Twitter what you think about this episode by using the hashtag #AskPat191. Do you have a question about setting goals? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0190: Is Blogging Over?
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AP 0190: Is Blogging Over?

Phoenix has a question about an article he read that caused him to wonder, is blogging over? I give my opinion. Phoenix’s site is http://thetattootrade.com/. In this episode I mention Greg Hickman from Mobile Mixed: http://mobilemixed.com/. 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.

AP 0189: How Can I Encourage Podcast Reviews?
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AP 0189: How Can I Encourage Podcast Reviews?

Kristin is starting a new podcast and is planning to run a giveaway for people who leave an iTunes review. I offer some tactics for making this plan easier, as well as some other ideas to drive engagement. The tool I mention is My Podcast Reviews: http://askpat.com/mypodcastreviews Do you have a question about building podcast engagement? 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.

AP 0188: What Is The Fastest Way To Monetize My Podcast?
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AP 0188: What Is The Fastest Way To Monetize My Podcast?

Mike is getting his podcast up and running and wants to know how to monetize it as quickly as possible. Before I answer that question, I also suggest some other ways to make money quickly. I recommend selling services to make money quickly. You can post your skills on Craigslist (http://craigslist.org), TaskRabbit (https://www.taskrabbit.com/), the Problogger Job Board (http://jobs.problogger.net/), Elance (http://elance.com) and oDesk (http://odesk.com/). Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0187: Which Do You Prefer, Ebooks or Training Courses?
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AP 0187: Which Do You Prefer, Ebooks or Training Courses?

Craig wonders which I prefer: ebooks or training courses. Craig’s site is http://usabilityhour.com/. Do you have a question about creating an information product? 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 0186: How Do I Create Scarcity For My Info Product?
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AP 0186: How Do I Create Scarcity For My Info Product?

Today’s question comes from Brad, who wants to know how to create a sense of urgency for his first sale. Brad’s site is http://lowcarbrunning.com/. Do you have a question about selling information products? 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 0185: How Does Keyword Research Increase Website Authority?
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AP 0185: How Does Keyword Research Increase Website Authority?

Dean has a question about my keyword research webinar—what did writing so many blog posts do for my site’s authority? Check out Google’s Keyword Planner at https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner. Long Tail Pro is one of my favorite keyword search tools; find it at http://askpat.com/longtailpro. The SPI post I reference from Brian Dean is http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/backlinking-strategy-2014-beyond/. Brian’s site is http://backlinko.com/. Check out my free resource, Keyword Research Webinar, at http://keywordresearchwebinar.com.

AP 0184: How Do I Set Up A Landing Page?
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AP 0184: How Do I Set Up A Landing Page?

Today’s caller wants to know about how to setup a landing page. To set up a landing page, I recommend LeadPages: http://www.askpat.com/leadpages. I mention one of my landing pages, eBooks the Smart Way: http://ebooksthesmartway.com. Do you have a question about landing pages? 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 0183: How Can I Use The Recording Of A Live Show To Build My Audience?
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AP 0183: How Can I Use The Recording Of A Live Show To Build My Audience?

Kelly has an hour-long show and is wondering if it is worth breaking up the show into smaller chunks. Kelly’s site is http://www.jurinspired.com/. The tool I mention is TubeTrackr: http://tubetrackr.com/. Do you have a question about maximizing your video views? 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 0182: How Do I Make My Website More Visual?
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AP 0182: How Do I Make My Website More Visual?

Spencer wants to make his website visual—what can he do to enhance the visual experience for his users? Spencer’s site is http://sanctifiedmarriage.com/. I recommend finding a good theme from a marketplace like WooThemes (http://www.woothemes.com/) or Themeforest (http://themeforest.com/). The sites Spencer mentioned are Canva (http://canva.com/) and PicMonkey (http://www.picmonkey.com/). The stock photo sites I mention are Dollar Photo Club (http://www.dollarphotoclub.com/) and Deposit Photos (http://depositphotos.com/). Finally, I also mentioned getting a great deal from Deposit Photos on AppSumo (http://www.appsumo.com/) and finding good design tips on SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/). Do you have a question about the way your site should look? 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.

AP 0181: How Do I Know When My Audience Is Ready To Buy A Product From Me?
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AP 0181: How Do I Know When My Audience Is Ready To Buy A Product From Me?

Hamza has a popular website and is trying to figure out the ideal timing for releasing a product on his site, which is http://www.barcabyfans.com/. Do you have a question about selling a product? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Learn about building niche sites at Niche Site Duel: http://www.nichesiteduel.com/.

AP 0180: How Can I Help My Site Grow?
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AP 0180: How Can I Help My Site Grow?

Today’s question comes from Tom who wants to grow his audience faster. He has a lot of good strategies but is looking for more. Tom’s site is http://howtowrangler.com/. Do you have a question about promoting your site? 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 0179: Should My About Page Be Written In The First Or Third Person?
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AP 0179: Should My About Page Be Written In The First Or Third Person?

George is writing his about page, and he’s wondering if he should write it in the first or third person. George’s site is http://georgeniebling.info/. Also be sure to listen to AP 0001 on how to build an about page: http://www.askpat.com/ Do you have a question about the content for your personal website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/.

AP 0178: How Do I Determine If There's A Market For My Niche Topic?
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AP 0178: How Do I Determine If There's A Market For My Niche Topic?

Thomas is an expert in mosquito control—but is it too specific of a niche for blogging and podcasting? Do you have a question about determining your market? 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 0177: Do I Have To Issue A 1099 - MISC For An Overseas Virtual Assistant?
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AP 0177: Do I Have To Issue A 1099 - MISC For An Overseas Virtual Assistant?

Pete wants to know how taxes work for overseas virtual assistants. Pete’s site is http://www.elfboxes.com/. I asked my accountant Dave http://www.profitwiseaccounting.com/ to help with this question. You can also see a blog post Dave wrote about this topic here: askpat.com/overseas.

AP 0176: Which Paid Services Do I Need When I'm Getting Started With My Niche Site?
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AP 0176: Which Paid Services Do I Need When I'm Getting Started With My Niche Site?

Austin is getting started with a niche site and wants to know which services he needs to pay for when he’s getting started. In today’s episode I mention Bluehost for website hosting: http://askpat.com/bluehost. I also recommend Dropbox for file sharing: http://www.dropbox.com. For stock images, Dollar Photo Club is very affordable: http://dollarphotoclub.com. For podcasting, I recommend SoundCloud or Libsyn for your file hosting: http://www.soundcloud.com/ and http://www.libsyn.com/. For video hosting, my favorite site is Wistia: http://wistia.com/. Finally, to create easy sales pages and email subscription boxes, I recommend LeadPages: http://askpat.com/leadpages Thanks to Zip Recruiter for sponsoring today's episode. Go to http://www.ziprecruiter.com/pat to get started posting jobs today.

AP 0175: How Can I Make An Audio Guide For My Products?
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AP 0175: How Can I Make An Audio Guide For My Products?

Cy is interested in creating an audio guide and wants to know how to go about it. In this episode, I mention selling through E-Junkie: http://www.e-junkie.com/?r=36952 and Gumroad: http://gumroad.com/. I found help recording on Elance: http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/elance. Today's sponsor is Freshbooks. Go to http://www.GetFreshBooks.com and enter "Ask Pat" for more information.

AP 0174: How Do I Manage Lots Of Different Affiliate Programs?
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AP 0174: How Do I Manage Lots Of Different Affiliate Programs?

Jay has hundreds of affiliate programs to manage and wants to know if there is a good tool for managing the bookkeeping process. I love the Chrome extension Speed Dial 2: https://speeddial2.com/. I also use 1Password: https://agilebits.com/onepassword. LastPass also manages passwords: https://lastpass.com/. Do you have any suggestions for good tools? Tweet us with #AskPat174. Do you have a question about affiliate income? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. For basic information on how to get started with online business, check out my free resources at http://www.askpat.com/start.

AP 0173: I'm Going To My First Conference. How Can I Make The Most Of It?
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AP 0173: I'm Going To My First Conference. How Can I Make The Most Of It?

Denny will be attending his first conference. As an introvert, he would like some tips for navigating the conference. The book I mention is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Do you have a question about attending events? 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 0172: How Do I Know When I Need A New Web Host?
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AP 0172: How Do I Know When I Need A New Web Host?

Today’s question comes from Kristin, who wants to know what I mean when I say I’ve “outgrown” my web host. At what point does someone need a more specialized web host? Kristin’s site is http://www.willtravelforveganfood.com/. When you’re getting started with your website, I recommend BlueHost: http://www.askpat.com/bluehost. Do you have a question about setting up your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Servint is https://www.servint.net/. The dedicated hosting company that I use is Linode: https://www.linode.com/. Do you have a question about managing your website? Record it at http://www.askpat.com/. Find me at http://www.facebook.com/SmartPassiveIncome and http://www.twitter.com/PatFlynn

AP 0171: Which SEO Strategies Are Timeless?
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AP 0171: Which SEO Strategies Are Timeless?

Barney has a question about search engine optimization (SEO). Advice in this category gets old quickly—which strategies are timeless? Do you have a question about SEO? 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 0170: What Happens When You Have An Inactive Domain?
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