Great Blogging Tips I Learned From Smart Passive Income By Pat Flynn

A few weeks ago I talked about how you can learn from bloggers who are better than you.
This week, I took a dose of my own advice and put it into action. Here we go..

I’ve been a loyal and regular reader of Smart Passive Income blog by Pat Flynn for over 2 years now. Pat is one of the most personable & authentic bloggers I’ve come across. No, I was not “bribed” to write this post nor is this is a sponsored post :-) .

Even though I don’t know Pat “in person”, I feel as if I know him through his writing, podcasts & videos. Several weeks ago, Pat headed over to a blog post I wrote and left a comment. I was blown away. A comment by Pat on my blog!! I blinked several times, just to make sure I was not seeing things!

I have grown immensely as a blogger(& my blogs) because of all the useful and relevant advice Pat gives out. I guess in my own way, I consider Pat as one of my blogging mentor’s. So I thought of writing this post because
1. I wanted to introduce Smart Passive Income to my audience. If in case you haven’t heard about the blog, I highly recommend that you start reading his blog.

2. I wanted to appreciate and give credit to Pat, for what I have learned over the years.

3. I am an advocate for actionable blogging advice. In this post, I want to highlight some of the specific things I’ve learned via Smart Passive Income. Here’s how I’ve taken Pat’s advice and put what I read, into practice.

On Creating Niche sites

How to do keyword research the correct way

I have been blogging for several years now and know a thing or two about keyword research. Or at least, I thought so, until I watched his keyword research webinar!
In general, we have been “programmed” do carry out certain steps with regard to keyword research. We apply them and it works! But often, we don’t really know why it works or the background into why it should be done “that” way.

Pat gives “real world” examples and simplifies the technical jargon which makes it easier to understand. After watching this video, I did my own keyword research and picked a niche. In less than 2 months I was able to rank on the first page of Google for the keyword! In addition, I get a few dollars on the sideline too.

(I want to mention the link here, for proof as well as my “feel good reason” – “yay, I did it”. However, I have noticed that most people who share niche site details, tend to regret it later. A few people (with not so noble reasons!), rip off the keyword research and create an exact copy of the niche site. So since my niche site is fairly new at this point, I am not in a position to risk that by sharing the url. If you are really… interested, you should be able to find it yourself 😉 )

I briefly shared a few stats in my post, Niche Site Disappeared From Google Results After Penguin Update What I Did To Recover.

How to use amazon book to generate niche content ideas

This is a cool tip Pat sends out to email subscribers (not sure whether it’s mentioned anywhere in the site). Pat gives exact steps on how to get ideas from amazon books for niche sites. It’s a great way to get started on niche site content.
You don’t have to think too much about what topics to write about. You can re-use ready made topics, with your “unique spin“.

On Social Media

Pat has an amazing and engaging Facebook page. He went an extra mile and told the world the steps he did to create such page.

When Facebook timelines first entered the picture, I wasn’t happy at all. I didn’t want to go through another “re-design” of my landing page. However, after going through Pat’s Facebook Timeline Guide, which included a few “How To” type videos, I was able to create a new Facebook timeline for Better Blogging Ways in about 15 minutes! It has about 800 ++ likes to-date. I must be doing something right!

On YouTube Video

Video is a medium I hardly used. First of all, I am camera shy (it’s with great difficulty that I plastered my face on this sidebar!). I initially thought I had to be in front of a camera to actually produce a video. I didn’t know about screencasting.

After several videos over at Smart Passive Income YouTube Channel, I felt inspired to create a YouTube Channel for Better Blogging Ways.

I’ve uploaded a couple of videos which are in the nature of “How To”s related to blogging. I’ll admit that I am still a bit self conscious when I record for videos. I don’t sound like “me” in the videos. I guess I am yet to find my “groove”. Hopefully by producing more videos I will be able to get better.

At the end of the day, it really feels good when I receive comments like the ones I’ve got for this video.

If I write all the things that I’ve learned, I won’t be able to finish this post! So, I cherry picked a few to write about, with great difficulty!

Pat, if you are reading this Thank you so… much for all the you’ve done and still.. do.

P.S: I enjoyed writing this post. I just might feature more bloggers in the future and turn this into a regular series. Is it something you would be interested in? Let me know your thought in the comments below.

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14 Responses to “Great Blogging Tips I Learned From Smart Passive Income By Pat Flynn”

  1. Hey Shamelle, just wanted to take a moment here on your blog to thank you for all the links and kind words about me and SPI in your post – that means a lot!

    I’ll continue to do what I do in hopes that it continues to help you and everyone else out there! Cheers, and all the best!
    Pat recently posted..SPI 040 : How a Space News Site Generates 5,000,000 Pageviews a Month with Fraser CainMy Profile

  2. Shamelle, I totally agree with you and know what you’re talking about. I read SPI as well and learned so much already but I must have missed out on that keyword webinar, gosh I love it! Seems I got some extra work to do now 😉
    Robert recently posted..Zielgruppen & Targeting: Wie erreiche ich die richtigen Besucher?My Profile

    • Hey Robert, Happy that I was able to highlight a hidden gem from SPI :-) Hope you put it into action and see results soon.

  3. Hey Shamelle, great blog with some very good stuff to share! Keep up the great work and keep smiling, because your smile got me to your blog! Really. :0) Good Day!
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  4. Shamelle, Thanks for revealing a super blog. I have a bookmark folder named “super blogs” in my firefox toolbar. Have added Smart passive income to the folder. Looking forward to reading the blog posts and watching the videos.

    Dr.Spencer Jones
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  5. Great post Shamelle and I agree! Pat has taught me a lot too! It’s amazing how much he gets done!
    Lisa Stoops recently posted..Simple Product Creation – A Case StudyMy Profile

  6. Hey Shamelle,

    Pat Flynn belongs in the category of voices I have listened to for years. His advice is top-notch, always.

    Great to know we share the same tastes in advisors.
    Yeremi Akpan recently posted..Is Writing a Blog Post Daily Killing Your Blog?My Profile

  7. Pat is a great example to learn from.
    Take the elements that work well, and try and implement them into your own blog. I like his personal style and way he delivers content.
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  8. nice tips and post. thanks for sharing it with us. I will also try to share it on my blog.
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  9. Pat has been s source of inspiration to many of us. Keep up the good work and transparency. Looking forward to learning a lot more from you
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  10. Hi Shamelle – You have done a wonderful job at listing out the nice features of his blog, it is indeed a great insight into the various topics of interest for a blogger. Pat has a wonderful command on the subject as his posts and videos speak for themselves.

    Your idea of making this a series is indeed a good one and you should keep up the good job and continue this. I had a series going early this year and I should say that it was quite a hit. I am sure yours will not none the less. Good Luck.
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  11. Hi Shamelle,

    SPI is also one of my favourite blogs. I don’t know, if you remember, but one of the first comments on my blog was made by you!

    And I suppose, that I find you by one of your comment on SPI
    BR, Chris
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  12. This actually shows that bloggers who work hard to ensure their audience get the right answers get their stuff mentioned – meaning great content is a must for a blog to become successful.

    Content + Promotion.

    First time commenting here and wish you the best with your niche site and
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