I've been looking over the blog of a popular internet marketing guru, Pat Flynn, at www.smartpassiveincome.com. It is very helpful and generous with
all its free advice and instructions for generating online passive income and creating websites to do that with. He is definitely very
However, I can't help but be a bit skeptical of his personal success claims. First, he tells us in his intro 101 page that making money online is not
easy. It takes a lot of hard work and time to build up. That's true. See here:
But then he claims in his interviews and story that he made $8000 in his first month off of selling one ebook about how to pass an architect license
exam. Then he says he made over $200,000 in his first year, and that he now makes over $30,000 monthly. That seems to contradict his teaching that it
takes a lot of time and effort to make money online, doesn't it, since he claimed to get rich quickly.
Here are his monthly income reports where it shows his monthly build up of $8k a month to $30k:
Here are his interviews where he makes these claims:
Now, I've been making money online for three years, and I know many others who are doing it too. So I know that making $8000 during your first month,
especially selling one ebook, is an extraordinary claim. After three years, I'm only pulling in just over $900 a month, and that's after a slow steady
traffic build up, that involved hard work and production of good content, with no secret formulas. So based on my experience, his claims of success
and quick high profits are extraordinary.
He doesn't seem to have any proof of these claims. Yet all his fans seem to believe everything he says, based on their comments in his blog and on
other third party blogs as well. To them, all his claims are true. If he says it, then it's true. Amazingly, on the internet, there are no critical
reviews of him. There are dozens of blogs that praise him, with many positive comments under them, but no critical ones (could the bloggers have
edited out all negative comments?). Everyone says he is the real deal. But how do they know? Where is the evidence or proof? Online, anyone can say
His sample passive income business sites do look great though, and are ranked very high. So he definitely must have a lot of traffic coming in, which
would give him good income. But there are many sites out there that look great with web 2.0 graphics and nifty wordpress themes, but they ain't making
#. Here are his online businesses so you can see them for yourself.
This one was created as part of an online contest with another internet marketing guru to see who could create a better new passive income site, and
ended up generating $2000 a month for him:
Here is his original online business that he allegedly became successful and rich off of:
On his blog teaching people how to make passive income, he gives a lot of free advice and information, which his fans say is very generous and
altruistic of him. However, within his free advice blog are embedded various affiliate links to a number of website optimization products that claim
to help get traffic to your site, which you have to pay for of course. So I wonder if that's why he's giving out so much free advice, to get
commissions on these SEO products? It's hard to believe that he would do it for nothing or do it out of altruism.
Could it be that he is making more money off his "making passive income blog" than off of his online businesses themselves?
But what evidence is there to back his $30k a month income claims? Why hasn't he posted screen shots of his Adsense report earnings, or monthly PayPal
transactions? But even those are easy to fake. Anyone can download or save a webpage offline, and then manipulate the HTML in it to produce any
numbers they want. On the internet, anyone can claim anything. Even in Amway and other MLM's, lots of people making nothing are claiming to be doing
well and pulling in thousands of dollars per month. It doesn't mean it's all true.
Furthermore, if Pat Flynn really made $30k a month, why is he always wearing cheap looking worn out T-shirts in his video interviews? See this one for
In his self intro on his home page, same thing.
In my experience, people who really are pulling in a lot of income do not like to draw public attention to it, unless they are celebrities. There are
negative consequences to doing that. Especially if you are making a lot of money online, it is not in one's best interest to publicize it, for it will
draw bad people, and incite others to follow your business model and create copycat versions of your site, which could potentially jeopardize your
income. No rational person would want to do that.
In addition, there is an old adage that says: "You cannot make a lot of money by telling people the truth". I wonder if that applies here. Another
witty quote says:
"The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them
the truth." - H. L. Mencken
So it makes sense to be skeptical here, doesn't it?
What do you all think?
edit on 16-12-2011 by WWu777 because: (no reason given)