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I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and the opportunity to answer their questions was why I started the original AskPat podcast. After 1,000 very successful episodes, I’m making AskPat even better! AskPat 2.0 takes the AskPat template and goes deeper with a weekly coaching call between me and an entrepreneur just like you! I won't be able to coach everyone, but I'll do my best to feature entrepreneurs with questions other online business owners can relate to and learn from. If you’re stuck with your online business, just ask pat! Now, plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing, and so much more. #askpat

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I’m Pat Flynn, a regular guy who happens to be a successful online entrepreneur. You may know me from my other podcast, Smart Passive Income, which is consistently ranked as a #1 business podcast. I love hearing from my fans, and the opportunity to answer their questions was why I started the original AskPat podcast. After 1,000 very successful episodes, I’m making AskPat even better! AskPat 2.0 takes the AskPat template and goes deeper with a weekly coaching call between me and an entrepreneur just like you! I won't be able to coach everyone, but I'll do my best to feature entrepreneurs with questions other online business owners can relate to and learn from. If you’re stuck with your online business, just ask pat! Now, plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about online business, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, audience building, passive income, blogging, list building, virtual assistants, startups, search engine optimization, email marketing, and so much more. #askpat

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So much great info here. Highly recommend.

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I’ve gotten soo much value from this podcast that it’s unbelievable! I highly recommend listening!

iTunes Ratings

537 Ratings
Average Ratings
499
23
10
1
4

Highly recommend

By Jenny Lisk - Dec 02 2019
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So much great info here. Highly recommend.

Outstanding!!

By Rell707 - Aug 26 2019
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I’ve gotten soo much value from this podcast that it’s unbelievable! I highly recommend listening!
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AskPat 2.0: A Weekly Coaching Call on Online Business, Blogging, Marketing, and Lifestyle Design

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Rank #1: AP 1026: How Can I Monetize My Hobby Website? Can It Make Money?

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Emory is my guest on the show today. He has a hobby website called ByLand.co. He's a backpacker who once hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and so his website is in the backpacking niche. He also runs a podcast called The By Land Podcast. I'm going to coach Emory so he can monetize that site, go full-time with his business, and help more people backpack better. Stick around!


If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.


In this episode I mention how effective resource pages can be, and a fantastic example is my buddy Thomas's resource page at CollegeInfoGeek.com/resources. Check it out!


If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show, and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!


A lot of people have been asking me if I have any special deals for ConvertKit. As a matter of fact, I do! You can actually get a 45-day free trial if you go to SmartPassiveIncome.com/convertkit45—you can only get that through me.


Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.


Tune in next week, where I go deep with someone who's reached their client limit. They can only handle so many and they want to go agency but they don't know how. You can hear that coaching call next week on AskPat. See you then!

Jul 26 2018

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Rank #2: AP 0788: What Is the Best Method for a New Blogger to Build Traffic?

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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.

Jan 26 2017

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Rank #3: AP 1051: How Can I Make Passive Income on Top of My Ecommerce / Product Business?

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I'm coaching Kyle today, who owns an ecommerce business creating parts for ebikes and custom-building his own ebikes too. Kyle's trying to figure out what his next steps are and how to maximize his time so he can make some passive income on top of what he's already doing. We dive deep today so that he can do exactly that. Check out Kyle's site at BoltonEbikes.com.

The recommended resource for this episode is Kit.com, where you can create lists of gear or tech that you use in your business or hobby and share it. Super cool—check it out!

If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Jan 17 2019

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Rank #4: AP 0792: Which Video Host Is Best for Online Courses?

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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.

Feb 01 2017

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Rank #5: AP 1060: How Do I Grow My Small Social Media Following and Build My Brand?

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Cody is a new entrepreneur in the cannabis space, but he's having difficulty building a brand and monetizing the work he does online. Should he try affiliate marketing? Consulting calls? We're going to dive into a bunch of strategies for Cody today. If you want to learn more about Cody's business, you can find him on Instagram and YouTube.

And hey, if you're looking to build an email list of your own, there's no one I recommend more highly than ConvertKit, a company I've worked with for the last four plus years. They truly care about your success and they have a ton of advanced features without advanced feature pricing. If you want a free trial, just head on over to AskPat.com/convertkit. [Full Disclosure: I'm a compensated advisor and an affiliate for ConvertKit.]

If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Mar 21 2019

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Rank #6: AP 0885: How Do I Stay Motivated Outside of My Day Job?

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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.

Jun 12 2017

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Rank #7: AP 1037: So Many Ideas! How Do I Know If I'm Going in the Right Direction?

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This week's coaching call is with Michelle, who owns a counseling practice (online and offline). She has a lot of ideas, and she's not sure if she's heading in the right direction. I coach her to some amazing breakthroughs and a game plan for the future. You can find out more about Michelle at StrideWellness.org.


If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.


In this episode I mention my book, Will It Fly? It's full of great thought experiments and tactics for validating your business. Find out more by clicking the link! I also mention a great book by my friend Chris Ducker called Virtual Freedom. It's a book that focuses on working with virtual staff to find more time yourself, but it also includes great exercises for understanding what what aspects of your business you should focus on.


If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!


Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Oct 11 2018

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Rank #8: AP 0889: How Hard Was It to Learn Internet Marketing on Your Own?

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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.

Jun 16 2017

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Rank #9: AP 1029: What Should I Offer to Better Monetize My Business?

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Today's coaching session is with June Bolneo, Founder of The Digital Workforce, a company that teaches people how to shift from the traditional nine to five to remote, online careers. She wants to better monetize, get some more time back, and go full-time with her business. Today I'm going to help her create some positive momentum!


If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show, and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!


Next week I'm talking with Debbie, who has a very localized, brick and mortar business. How can she scale and expand out into the online world?


Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Aug 16 2018

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Rank #10: AP 0781: How Do I Get Health Insurance and Other Benefits When I Become Self-Employed?

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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.

Jan 17 2017

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Rank #11: AP 0769: How Can I Set My Blog Content Up for Success?

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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.

Dec 30 2016

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Rank #12: 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.

Dec 02 2016

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Rank #13: 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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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.

Feb 21 2017

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Rank #14: AP 0879: How Do I Market My Podcast to Listeners Who Don’t Know What a Podcast Is?

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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.

Jun 02 2017

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Rank #15: AP 0882: How Do I Manage More Than One Website or Podcast?

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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.

Jun 07 2017

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Rank #16: 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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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.

Feb 20 2017

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Rank #17: AP 1055: How Can I Grow My Business When I Also Have to Run It?

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Today I'm chatting with Lea Pica from LeaPica.com—she's a data storytelling expert who turns numbers and data into inspirational, applicable material for businesses and presentations. She wants to take her business to the next level, and today I'm going to give her—and you by proxy—a quick resource that can seriously change the entire course of your business. Let's get started! You can hear more from Lea on her podcast—The Present Beyond Measure Show—and you can find her on Twitter and other platforms @LeaPica.

In this episode I recommend Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters—it's an awesome book that will help you on the way to growing your business to the next level. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.]

If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.

If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!

Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #18: AP 0893: How Can I Find an Audience for My Niche?

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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.

Jun 22 2017

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Rank #19: AP 1025: Should I Hire a Coach or Get into a Mastermind Group?

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This week's coaching call is with Melanie Bledsoe. She's a CPA and the owner of Bledsoe Consulting Services, providing bookkeeping and tax services for small business owners. She wants to move to full-time work with her business, but she wants to make sure she doesn't miss anything along the way. Should she hire a coach or join a mastermind group, and are either choices the best use of her money and time? You can find Melanie online at BledsoeConsultingServices.com or on Instagram @BledsoeConsultingServices.


If you want to be considered for a coaching session, apply via the form at AskPat.com.


If you enjoyed today's episode and you love the format of this show, and helping other entrepreneurs, can you help me convince others to listen too? All you have to do is leave a quick review and rating on iTunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would mean the world to me, so thank you so much!


Today’s sponsor is FreshBooks, who make the best financial management software out there. It’s ridiculously easy to use and their interface is highly-visual and super-intuitive. You can actually get an unrestricted, thirty-day trial for free; just go to FreshBooks.com/askpat and enter “Ask Pat” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Jul 19 2018

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Rank #20: AP 0785: How Do I Set Up an Online Store for Selling Physical Products?

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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.

Jan 23 2017

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